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THE NOONER for November 20, 2015
Happy Friday! It's here...you made it! Although, from the number of out-of-office replies coming to the Nooner World Headquarters, many of you are off through November 30 to baste your Butterballs. Or, if you're a UC Davis law alum and had Professor Dobris, you'd be basting a Branigan, local and free range. Anyway, take time to enjoy the gorgeous leaves (particularly here around Southside Park). Here's why they are so beautiful this year.
For Capitol staffers, you get to trade watching Food Network on your small office TVs to your big screen at home for a couple of days..
Congratulations to Warriors fans, as the team advances to 13-0 after overcoming a 23-point deficit last night. And, ugh, Kings. Tomorrow is a great football day with the Oregon Ducks facing the USC Trojans (12:30 PST on ESPN) and the Big Game with Cal Bears facing off against Stanford (7:30 PST on ESPN).
AD30 (East Monterey): Yesterday in the supplemental email, I let you know that former Business, Consumer Services and Housing Secretary Anna Caballero announced her candidacy for Assembly. I'll provide more analysis for paid subscribers, but it think the news is good for Karina Cervantez Alejo, as there are now three Democrats and one Republican in the race. Cervantez Alejo has accrued a large number of endorsements and has been fundraising most of the year. If it's one Dem and one Rep place top-two, the Dem would be overwhelming favored in this district in the general. That means less of a need to raise money for the general.
POLITICS: Inside the Syrian refugee vote: California representatives explain what shaped their votes [Sarah D. Wire @ LAT] - "The California Democrats voting in favor of the measure were [Scott] Peters and Reps. Pete Aguilar (Redlands), Ami Bera (Elk Grove), Julia Brownley (Westlake Village), Jim Costa (Fresno), John Garamendi (Walnut Grove), Janice Hahn (Los Angeles) and Raul Ruiz (Palm Desert)."
The other thing in common is that these are the vulnerable Dems from California, with the exception of Janice Hahn, who is running for LA County Supervisor. It was the political expedient way to vote, but reminds some of Executive Order 9066 signed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1942.
Meanwhile, The Bee's Stephen Magagnini writes "Sacramento Japanese Americans joined Muslim Americans, Sikhs, Buddhists and Christians on Thursday to protest the assertion by the mayor of Roanoke, Va., that the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was justified, and that Syrian refugees should be considered just as serious a threat. 'I'm reminded that President Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and it appears the threat of harm to America from ISIS is now just as real and serious as that from our enemies then,' Roanoke Mayor David Bowers said in a Wednesday statement."
Yeah, my former in-laws and their families that were chicken farmers were an existential threat to California. I love FDR and Earl Warren (then California governor who enforced it), but this was among the worst chapters in America's 20th century.
NON-SMOKING SECTION: Tom Steyer gives cigarette tax million-dollar boost [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "The proposed $2-a-pack tax bump, which would also apply to electronic cigarettes, could spur an expensive campaign reminiscent of the drive for a 2010 tax proposal the tobacco industry spent tens of millions to defeat. The California State Council of Service Employees has already contributed $2 million in favor to this year's effort."
SHOCKING I TELL YOU! Business does well in Capitol [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "The California Chamber of Commerce takes the lead by drawing up an annul list of bills it considers to be the most onerous, labeling them "job killers." Not surprisingly, they tend to be the most important measures of the four liberal groups. Nineteen bills found their way onto this year’s list, and when the dust had settled, just one had been signed into law, Assembly Bill 359 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, dealing with retention of workers when grocery stores are sold."
PLASTIC OR PLASTIC? The "American Progressive Bag Alliance" supporting the referendum on the statewide plastic bag ban reported more than $320k in contributions yesterday. The "American" committee has also accepted $764k from Taiwan-based company Formosa Plastics Corp..
THE 916: Teachers union allies demand Kevin Johnson resign over sex allegations [Ryan Lillis @ SacBee] - "The Courage Campaign, a group tied to teachers unions that uses an online mailing list to advocate for liberal causes, released a video Thursday featuring television news reports and police recordings on the allegations against Johnson. The video does not include new allegations and as of Thursday afternoon had been viewed 1,600 times on Facebook. Another 122 had seen it on YouTube."
While the allegations shouldn't be taken likely, this is much about Johnson's wife Michelle Rhee and their support for charter schools. Now that we're within one year of the general election, a vacancy would be filled as acting mayor by the city council. Darrell Steinberg, are you ready to take the reins?
UP IN SMOKE? Marijuana advocates seek to recall Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "A group of marijuana advocates upset with Santa Ana’s pot laws and their enforcement said Thursday they’re planning an effort to recall Mayor Miguel Pulido. . . . Campaign consultant Jason Aula said the voter-approved law allowing no more than 20 dispensaries in the city and police efforts that have repeatedly shut down the unlicensed Sky High shop were key motivations for seeking a recall."
I don't smoke, but we need a statewide solution to this mix and match regulatory structure.
DOLLARS AND NONSENSE: That's a lot of coin: Mayor tries to pay $4K fine with coins [AP] - "A Miami-area mayor who is feuding with his local commission tried to use 360,000 pennies and nickels — that's 28 buckets full of coins — to pay a $4,000 ethics fine."
Have a great weekend. Maybe we'll find out if Glenn is alive.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to LA County Dem Party's Clark Lee, CMA's Eduardo Martinez, deputy AG Robby Sumner, and LA deputy city attorney Jennifer Tobkin! Weekend greetings to Solano Dem superstar Don Lowrie (Saturday), Consumer Attorneys' Samantha Helton (Saturday), progressive consultant Melehat Rafiei (Sunday), and tax critic Lew Uhler!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Tom Steyer Gives Cigarette Tax Million-dollar Boost | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Follows through on promise to back tobacco tax campaign
Inside The Syrian Refugee Vote: California Representatives Explain What Shaped Their Votes
An Obama administration push urging lawmakers to oppose legislation that would effectively halt a program for refugees from Syria and Iraq failed to convince eight California Democrats who joined their Republican colleagues Thursday to pass the measure by a veto-proof majority.
Business Does Well In Capitol | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Moderate Assembly bloc helps business prevail
Daniel Borenstein: Rodeo-hercules Fire District Must Not Skirt Election Rules Or Short Firefighters' Pension Fund.
The financially strapped Rodeo-Hercules Fire District faces huge challenges. But that doesn't excuse legally questionable property assessments or shorting funding for firefighters' pensions.
University Of California Advances Plan To Enroll 10,000 More Resident Students | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Proposal to expand in-state enrollment over next three years faces final vote on Friday
UC Regents Approve Major Expansion At UC Merced
UC regents members on Thursday approved a long-planned expansion to outfit UC Merced with new classrooms, dorms and labs over the next five years and an enrollment boost of nearly 4,000 students.
California Health Watchdog Sues More E-cigarette Companies | Kpbs
Kenny Goldberg @ kpbs.org
The Oakland-based Center for Environmental Health is again suing e-cigarette companies for for violating California's product-labeling law.
Obama administration takes immigration battle to Supreme Court
A Supreme Court ruling on an issue as politically explosive as immigration could be a potential grenade in the 2016 presidential elections.
S.F. State students block plan for exclusive soda deal
A controversial âÂÂpouring rightsâÂÂ contract at San Francisco State University fizzled out Thursday when the collegeâÂÂs president promised to drop the deal. Last spring, the university quietly released a request to sell âÂÂpouring rights,âÂÂ which would have allowed a beverage company to pay to cover the campus in advertising and sell a majority of the drinks. âÂÂCoke kills!âÂÂ one poster said, while another read, âÂÂStop privatization of our community!âÂÂ But the demonstration went flat when Wong announced the universityâÂÂs decision to drop the proposal. âÂÂAfter careful review of the concerns and information, I have decided not to move forward with a process for establishing a formal agreement with a beverage company,âÂÂ said Wong, who doesnâÂÂt drink soda. Students were concerned that school officials werenâÂÂt prioritizing their health, said David Melville, a senior studying business. The winning corporation would have had a monopoly on all fountain drinks in vending machines, residential dining halls and athletic events. [...] school officials will look at installing more water stations for students to fill up their bottles for free, much like the fountains available at San Francisco International Airport. âÂÂI recognize that the university and university system do need revenue, but going to soda companies with this quid pro quo approach was the opposite of what should have happened,âÂÂ Blumenthal said. Pouring rights are another vehicle for spreading the lie that sugary beverages donâÂÂt cause health problems, Glassman said.
CalPERS Pay-down Plan Isn't Fast Enough For Gov. Jerry Brown
Gov. Jerry Brown is upset over CalPERS' plan to lower its investment outlook over the next two decades. Brown wanted it to happen even faster.
California Woman Erroneously Cited 55 Times For Bay Area Toll Violations | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @ sacbee.com
For the last year, Richann Flynn has been getting tickets from the Bay Area Toll Authority
Fremont Republican Enters Race To Unseat Rep. Mike Honda
Ron Cohen, 56, a Fremont accountant, filed papers with the Federal Election Commission this month to form a campaign committee for what will be his first bid for public office. In a brief interview Thursday, Cohen said he's not yet ready to share his entire platform but described himself as a fiscal and social conservative who wants to provide a counterpoint to Honda, D-San Jose, and Khanna.
First Draft: Terrorism and Refugees Dominate Week in Presidential Race
Heightened fears about terrorism and a growing refugee crisis have put presidential candidates on the spot this week, requiring them to come up with harried, and sometimes radical, proposals on how they would handle the new threats facing America.
Trump Tweets Attack John Kasich - Politico
The Ohio Governor's allies are behind the effort to take down the billionaire candidate.
Shrimp Boy Chow Trial: Themes Emerge In FBI's Account
The question for a federal jury here is whether that theme provides the crucial infrastructure of a racketeering conviction -- or ammunition for Chow's lawyers to later argue the FBI enticed Chinatown figures into committing crimes that would never have occurred without the government's instigation and bags of cash.
E-cigarette Explosions Prompt Three Lawsuits In California
An image provided by Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP shows Vicente Garza's injuries after an electronic cigarette exploded near his face.
Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard Released From Prison - Politico
Donald Trump's grip on the Republican presidential race grew tighter Friday.
Syrians' Arrival At U.S. Border Crossing Raises Concern Of A Flood Of Asylum Seekers
On Tuesday, two Syrian families presented themselves at the Laredo border crossing and were transferred to detention centers elsewhere in Texas. Above, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection pilot patrols over the Rio Grande in Texas.
How Ted Cruz is locking up the evangelical vote
It's the well-funded Texas senator who has made big organizational efforts with politically active church goers.
City ambulance response times improving, study shows
San Francisco ambulance response times are finally close to reaching their target goal of arriving on-scene within 10 minutes 90 percent of the time. The improving ambulance response times are a welcome signal that much-needed reforms by the Fire Department are having an impact. The report attributes the improvement to more staff in the Fire Department and greater coordination with the private ambulance companies that jump in to transport patients when the cityâÂÂs system is maxed out. [...] San Francisco Firefighters Union President Tom O'Connor criticized the response time as still too slow, noting that national standards call for a still faster response. The standard set by the National Fire Protection Association is to have advanced life support, usually a paramedic on an ambulance, arrive on-scene within eight minutes, 90 percent of the time. The report gives Muni a positive review, reporting that gaps in service are down and that âÂÂservice deliveryâÂÂ âÂÂ the number of scheduled trains and buses put on the street âÂÂ has averaged 99 percent since January. Despite a 37 percent increase in street cleaning requests since 2013, the department has âÂÂconsistently exceeded its goal of responding to 90 percent of requests within 48 hours.âÂÂ Natasha Mihal, performance program manager at the controllerâÂÂs office, said the idea behind the report is to get departments to use data âÂÂto improve how they are doing their operations.âÂÂ