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THE NOONER for November 25, 2015
Oh, it's Wednesday before a four-day weekend! Oh, I have never understood the origin of the phrase "being crabby." But, it's when there are no crabbies for Thanksgiving.
Meanwhile, the Warriors have the best start (16-0) in NBA history.
MONEY MATTERS: State still owes one huge debt [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "One of the debts that [Jerry] Brown omitted was the $10 billion that California borrowed from the federal government to keep unemployment checks flowing to jobless workers."
A Sleeper Senate Race in California [Jack Pitney @ Fox & Hounds]:
The prohibitive favorite would seem to be Kamala Harris. As the state’s two-term attorney general, she has good name recognition and an established political network. As a woman with both African and Asian heritage, she has a unique appeal to the state’s diverse electorate. She has achieved national prominence, albeit in a slightly awkward way. At a San Francisco fundraising event a couple of years ago, President Obama praised her brilliance and toughness, then added: "She also happens to be, by far, the best-looking attorney general in the country." After getting widespread criticism for the sexist character of this remark, the president apologized. Ms. Harris accepted with good grace.
Nevertheless, [Loretta] Sanchez has a serious chance of being California’s next senator. The reason lies in the state’s unusual electoral system. The top two finishers in the June primary, regardless of party, move on to the general election. Although a number of lower-level races have featured same-party opponents in November, it has never happened in a partisan statewide race. It might happen this time. If all the Republican candidates stay on the ballot, they could split the GOP vote, giving the top two slots to Harris and Sanchez.
COST/BENEFIT: California tourism groups worried about changes to visa program [Sarah D. Wire @ LAT] - "The head of a group representing California tourism organizations says she is concerned that the state’s more than $117-billion annual tourism industry could be hurt by a plan to change a visa program following the Paris terror attacks."
GOBBLE GOBBLE: California bill would require double pay on Thanksgiving [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "As Californians start brining birds and mashing potatoes, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, is again hoping to dish out meatier wages for Thanksgiving workers. She plans to amend and revive stalled legislation guaranteeing double Thanksgiving pay so it would only apply to workers at large retail businesses that have more than 500 employees in California."
CVRA: Democrats censure Anaheim Councilman Brandman [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "Democratic Anaheim City Councilman and congressional candidate Jordan Brandman has been reprimanded by the county Democratic Party for his decisive vote to put the city's new Latino majority district council seat before voters in 2018 rather than next year."
This is not unusual in the switch from city/district-wide elections to ward elections, with a variety of excuses.
Finally, Donald Trump is just making up stuff.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to political consultant Joel Olsson and teacher Gregg Solkovits! Thanksgiving birthdays include Dustin Call, lobbyist Pete Conaty, Devon Mathis's COS Sean Doherty, Stacie Frerichs, Learning Solution's Matt Martinez, and UC's Jason Murphy.
Friday's cakedays include Rancho Santiago CCD John Hanna and consultant Luis Marquez. On Saturday, the candles will be lit for Torey Van Oot Davis, Sandre Swanson, and lobbyist Kathryn Austin Scott and on Sunday they will be for lobbyist Barry Brokaw, Fiona Ma's district rep Cally Wong.
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USC Faculty Moves Ahead With Union Election Plan, Despite Warning Of Increased Hostility
People gather around the "Tommy Trojan" statue at the center of USC's campus. On Tuesday, USC faculty filed paperwork to hold union elections.
Palo Alto trailer-park landlords fight tab for tenant relocation
[...] the battle is moving to federal court, where the couple who have owned the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park for nearly three decades are hoping to escape a city order to pay their tenants roughly $20,000 apiece to move out. Tim and Eva Jisser filed suit in San Jose, enlisting the help of the conservative, pro-business Pacific Legal Foundation of Sacramento to argue that the city requirement that they pay a total of $8 million in relocation costs to their tenants is nothing less than an âÂÂunconstitutional taking of money.âÂÂ Buena Vista is home to about 400 people, most of whom maintain they would be forced to leave Palo Alto if the park closes. Cope, a retired seed salesman, shares his trailer at space 75 with two dogs, Oliver and Midnight, and 200 cactus plants that Oliver and Midnight have learned to steer clear of. State and local law requires mobile home park owners to pay displaced tenants reasonable moving costs and rent subsidies, because mobile home residents who own their homes but rent their spaces are at a particular disadvantage if a park closes. âÂÂThe high cost of living in Palo Alto is not the JissersâÂÂ fault,âÂÂ said Lawrence Salzman, an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation who is representing the couple. The Jissers have owned the 117-unit mobile home park since 1986 and have been trying to sell it, perhaps to a developer who would build a high-end apartment complex. The Buena Vista, located just off busy El Camino Real at Los Robles Avenue, behind a smoothie franchise, is a 4Â½-acre collection of mobile homes and cabins in various states of repair. The Palo Alto City Council voted in April to approve the parkâÂÂs closure, on the condition the Jissers pay relocation costs that take into account the cost of living in the city âÂÂ which happens to be among the highest in the U.S. Erika Escalante, president of the residents association, said park tenants were âÂÂsurprised and shockedâÂÂ by the lawsuit, which she called âÂÂanother bump in the roadâÂÂ in their effort to stay put or receive a fair settlement. Residents point out the obvious âÂÂ they cannot find housing in Palo Alto for rents comparable to what they are paying at the trailer park. If the proposed $8 million were divided among the tenants, each would get $20,000 to move their mobile home, if possible, or help pay for rent in another location. Nadia Aziz, a lawyer representing the tenants, said closing the park would mean Buena Vista residents would âÂÂlose their homes and lose their equity,âÂÂ because there is no comparable park to which the tenants can move.
Senator Huff Celebrates "Operation Gobble"
Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) will take part in a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway tomorrow in Covina in anticipation of the upcoming holiday. Senator Huff is working on the Operation Gobble effort in conjunction with both Golden State Water Company and Suburban Water Systems, which annually asks legislators throughout California to nominate charitable organizations to receive Thanksgiving turkeys.
California Bill Would Require Double Pay On Thanksgiving | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Previous version of bill failed badly in Legislature
Rubio Budget Win Is Dealing Heavy Blow To Obamacare | Thehill
Sarah Ferris @ thehill.com
A 2014 budget measure inspired by the Florida senator and presidential hopeful is pushing some insurers to drop out of the ObamaCare exchanges, experts say.
California GOP Consultant Rob Stutzman Helped Sink Vitter In Louisiana | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Republican senator lost governorship to Democrat
Worker Pay Only Small Part Of Water Rate Hikes | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Willie Mays Receives Medal Of Freedom From President Obama - Sfgate
The president walked over to Mays and placed the award around his neck as Mays removed his Giants cap for the presentation before sitting back down with the 16 other honorees.
California Politicians Seek Potential Disaster Relief For Crab Industry - San Francisco Chronicle
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Democrats Censure Anaheim Councilman Brandman - The Orange County Register
MARTIN WISCKOL @ ocregister.com
Democratic Anaheim City Councilman and congressional candidate Jordan Brandman has been reprimanded by the county Democratic Party for his decisive vote to put the city’s new Latino majority district council seat before voters in 2018 rather than next year.
Why Government And Tech Can't Agree About Encryption - Sfgate
California Reaches $1 Million Settlement With Maker Of Robotic Cleaners | The Sacramento Bee
Mark Glover @ sacbee.com
California Energy Commission approves $1 million settlement with iRobot
Average Taxes On Wireless Bills In California Reach A Record 18%
The good news: Thanks to increased competition, wireless companies' rates have dropped nearly 7% since 2008.
Report Finds 6th-grade Science Texts Inaccurate On Causes Of Climate Change | Edsource
As California Gov. Jerry Brown joins world leaders in Paris next week after several months of campaigning to curb climate change around the world, many middle schools in his state are using science textbooks that are inaccurate on the subject, according to a new report from Stanford University this week.
Tough Marijuana Rules In San Diego Fuel Boom In Delivery Services | Kpbs
Andrew Bowen @ kpbs.org
San Diego's first legal medical marijuana dispensary, A Green Alternative, opened its doors for business in Otay Mesa on March 20. Its application and approval process took 13 months.
California Tourism Groups Worried About Changes To Visa Program
The head of a group representing California tourism organizations says she is concerned that the stateâs more than $117-billionÂ annualÂ tourism industry could be hurt by a plan to change a visa program following the Paris terror attacks.
Even After Release, California Convicts Contend With Digital Trail | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Early criminal releases tracked online in Sacramento
Kentucky Governor Restores Voting Rights to Thousands of Felons
Gov. Steve Beshear issued an executive order that will immediately grant the right to vote to about 140,000 nonviolent felons who have completed their sentences, lifting a lifetime ban.
Carsoncare: The doctor's ill-fated dream of solving America's health care woes
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Gas Company Criticized For Uncontrolled Methane Leak Near Porter Ranch
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