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THE NOONER for November 30, 2015
Brrr...it's a chilly morning at The Nooner Global Headquarters. I don't want to see this month's PG&E bill. For this reason, our headquarters are relocating to Cancun on Saturday for a week to make up for missed week because of the broken neck.
And, all is right in the world as the Broncos beat the Patriots last night in an exciting game. As a Kings fan, I've never been a fan of Kobe Bryant, but the NBA will miss one of the best players of all time.
Quickie Nooner today, as most political reporters took the weekend off (as well as every California politician, aside from serving turkeys).
U.S. SENATE: Sanchez expands base in U.S. Senate race [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s campaign for U.S. Senate is showing signs of expanding its base beyond Southern California, giving frontrunner Kamala Harris, the state’s attorney general, reason to keep an eye on the rear-view mirror."
BEHESTED PAYMENTS: Donors to state tax board candidates bypass contribution limits [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - “Two days after California's elected tax board gave SpaceX exemptions worth millions of dollars last year, the Hawthorne rocket company donated $7,500, at the request of board President Jerome Horton, to a nonprofit group founded by his wife. SpaceX made the donation as a sponsor of a public conference headlined by Horton as he was running for reelection. Such donations are among the ways that businesses and others with matters before the state Board of Equalization have benefited its members despite a tough law passed in 1990 to prevent conflicts of interest, a Times analysis shows."
THE UPSIDE: There's a bright side to the San Onofre nuclear plant teardown, and it's in the billions [Teri Sforza @ OCR] - "Ever wonder how much that nuclear power plant down the street depresses your home value? Call it an even 6.4 percent. Yes, homes within 10 miles of nuclear facilities can gain that much value once said nuclear facilities are removed, according to Southern California Edison’s study of the economic impacts of San Onofre’s decommissioning, released earlier this month. Real estate barons in San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano can expect to reap those gains eventually."
THE END OF AN ERA: Last Boeing C-17 built in Long Beach takes flight [Dan Weikel @ LAT] - "The last Boeing C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane built at the company's Long Beach plant departed from the facility Sunday, ending production — at least for now — of the last military or civilian aircraft to be built in California. . . . In the coming decades, the U.S. Air Force is planning to replace its fleet of strategic bombers, which could result in contracts to aerospace companies in Palmdale, potentially creating thousands of jobs."
Uh, to my knowledge, Palmdale is still in California.
Anyway, it's still an end of an era. Virtually every family on my Orange County block growing up had at least one parent working in aerospace, including my mom. Yes, it unfortunately turned orange groves into subdivisions, but is a major part of the economic development of the region. Now Hughes Aircraft makes satellites for rural internet service, a far cry from what Howard Hughes envisioned.
I normally don't report on job changes, but Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr is moving to KQED's Sacramento Bureau on December 28th. I love both stations, but congratulations Katie!
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Coast CCD trustee Lorraine Prinsky and Patterson mayor pro-tem Sheree Lustgarten.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
School Advocates Look To Extend Tax Hike On Wealthy :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Kimberly Beltran @ cabinetreport.com
Titled “Tax Extension to Fund Education,” Initiative 15-0065 would extend by 12 years temporary personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 on single filers earning over $250,000; over $500,000 for joint filers, and over $340,000 for heads of household.
Presidential Race Plays Out In Congress: Which Candidates Do California's Members Support?
At least 70% of the Democrats representing California in Congress support former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid. The former senator and first lady has had the support of many congressional Democrats sewn up since the summer. With nine weeks until the Iowa caucuses, 28...
Sanchez Expands Base In U.S. Senate Race - The Orange County Register
MARTIN WISCKOL @ ocregister.com
Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s campaign for U.S. Senate is showing signs of expanding its base beyond Southern California, giving frontrunner Kamala Harris, the state’s attorney general, reason to keep an eye on the rear-view mirror.
CalPERS Takes One Step To Monitor Private Equity | Calpensions
Using a new data system, CalPERS last week issued its first report on fees paid private equity firms, a type of investment that created a new class of billionaires and is criticized for debt-laden company takeovers resulting in job losses and bankruptcies.
Joe Tries To Show One Guy Can Make A Difference | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @ sacbee.com
By 29, Joe Sanberg made more money than he could ever spend
First Draft: Senate Confirmation Vote Set for International Development Post
The Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on the stalled nomination of Gayle Smith to be administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, a vote White House officials have long been pushing for but which Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and other Republicans had delayed in protest of the nuclear deal with Iran.
Marijuana Dispensaries Are Banned In Newport Beach
Brick-and-mortar marijuana dispensaries and delivery services are now illegal in Newport Beach.
UC joins Bill Gatesâ
The University of California has joined an international coalition led by Bill Gates to invest in clean energy technology, it announced Sunday. UC will be the sole institutional investor in the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, according to the university. âÂÂThe University of California, with its 10 campuses and three national energy labs, is home to some of the best climate scientists in the world and as a public research institution we take the imperative to solve global climate change very seriously,âÂÂ UC President Janet Napolitano said in a statement. âÂÂThe UC system âÂÂ with its world-leading campuses and labs âÂÂ produces the kinds of groundbreaking technologies that will help define a global energy future that is cheaper, more reliable, and does not contribute to climate change,âÂÂ Gates said in a statement.
San Jose Leaders Eye Changes To Medical Marijuana Rules
Ramona Giwargis @ mercurynews.com
Nineteen pot providers have been seeking to meet San Jose's regulatory requirements by Dec. 18. The rules, adopted in June 2014, restrict pot stores to select industrial and commercial areas away from schools and parks and impose a host of security, tax payment and other requirements. Dispensaries that fail to meet the requirements by the deadline face closure.
Tax Status of Museums Questioned by Senators
Senator Orrin G. Hatch suggested that some museums may offer minimal benefit to the public while enabling donors to reap substantial tax advantages.
2016 Election: Syrian Refugees Pay Close Attention To U.S. Presidential Race - Politico
In Turkey, Syrian refugees are paying close attention to the U.S. presidential race
First Campaigns: Ted Cruzâ
s presidential campaign is essentially an extension of his 2012 Senate race.
Where Will They Go? Homeless Desperate For A Warm Bed | The Sacramento Bee
Marjie Lundstrom and Debbie Arrington @ sacbee.com
Buses transport some homeless to area churches as temperatures drop
Why Rooftop Solar Advocates Are Upset About California's Clean-energy Law
California's aggressive push to increase renewable energy production comes with a catch for people with solar panels on the roof: You don't count.
California Tobacco Tax Measure's Supporters, Foes Prepare For Battle
Josh Richman @ mercurynews.com
But having been outspent almost 4-to-1 by tobacco companies to lose by just four-tenths of a percentage point -- the narrowest defeat of any statewide measure in California's history -- backers of the tax hike now believe they have the upper hand.
Our Cities Have Become Vulnerable | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Bankruptcies and scandals showed danger
Judge: Regulator Should Release Brown E-mails On Nuclear Shutdown - Sfgate
A San Francisco judge is urging the state
Developmentally Disabled People Face Losing Access To Services As Closures Hit | State Of Health | Kqed News
Surrounded by stacks of packages in a brightly lit room, Michael Palone gingerly folded a box and taped it shut. His eyes averted, he shuffled to the front of the warehouse to retrieve scissors, skirting by people and tables in his path.
Planned Parenthood President Denounces 'hateful Rhetoric' - Politico
Donald Trump's campaign called the cancellation a "misunderstanding"
Last Boeing C-17 Built In Long Beach Takes Flight
A crowd watches as the final Boeing C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane built at the company's Long Beach plant taxis at the Long Beach Airport before departure on Sunday.
GOP Donors Wrestle With Possibility Of Trump Nomination | Thehill
Jonathan Swan @ thehill.com
Schnabel disputes that account and said in a telephone interview Tuesday that it was just banter among friends and that he is confident that all the Republicans at the table would support the final GOP nominee for president, whomever that turns out to be.
President Obama In Paris For Open Of Climate Talks - Politico
The report takes a whack at everything from a $43 million fueling station in Afghanistan to a $25,000 grant for a movie museum.
Bay Area Communities Gearing Up To Create Their Own Power Systems
Tracy Seipel @ mercurynews.com
To its proponents, the idea is a no-brainer. But to its critics, it's just a lot of hype -- a feel-good solution that will lead to unstable prices, empty promises and -- at least for the time being -- no additional green energy.