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THE NOONER for December 1, 2015
Happy December 1. While every nonprofit that has your email address is sending you messages to beg for money on "Thankful Tuesday," let's remember that it's also World AIDS Day. What we are really thankful for today is the remarkable progress made in the treatment after a very sluggish response by the federal government.
Ben Carson says that the Syrian refugee camps are "quite nice." Like how we protected the Japanese-Americans by putting them into "camp." Hmmm...let's contrast a Syrian refugee camp with Carson's home.
U.S. Senate: Top-two primaries could hurt Kamala Harris in Senate race [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "Attorney General Kamala Harris is the odds-on favorite to win the seat, but Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is also running. With three underfinanced Republicans also seeking the seat, the situation is ripe for Harris and Sanchez to finish 1-2 in the June primary and face each other in November. . . Sanchez is more of an ideological centrist, as shown by her most recent spate of endorsements, and thus would more naturally draw support from business and conservative groups, as well as Republican voters."
THE EIFFEL TOWER WAS GREAT, BUT. . . California to Paris: Take our ideas, send money [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Because of Silicon Valley and state policies that promote green technology, California has become a relative giant in private investment in the field. De León’s remarks came hours after Bill Gates announced the formation of a new, multibillion fund to support green energy technology, with nearly a third of its members from California."
SIN AGUA: Official: California water savings take a dip in October [Scott Smith @ MercNews] - "California's latest water conservation numbers may not appear as impressive as in past months, but residents are exceeding a long-term order to use less during the historic drought, a state official said. The State Water Resources Control Board is expected to reveal Tuesday how much water cities saved in October. For a fifth straight month, Californians have been under an order by Gov. Jerry Brown to reduce water use by 25 percent compared with the same period of 2013, the year before he declared a drought emergency."
UNPUMPED: California's top oil regulator quits after 17 months on the job [AP] - "California's top oil regulator announced his resignation Monday after 17 months as head of the embattled agency, including a criticized episode in which he directed state workers to investigate the oil and gas potential of Gov. Jerry Brown's family ranch. Steve Bohlen, the state's oil and gas chief, is quitting to return to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, according to a statement from Brown's office."
MIXED MESSAGES: Two Terrible Ideas, One Ballot Initiative [Joe Mathews @ Fox & Hounds] - "Many ballot initiatives are built around a big, bad idea. Bob Huff and George Runner have distinguished themselves by filing a ballot initiative with two big, bad ideas. Their innovation, and I use that term in a Hindenburg-esque way, is to combine those two bad ideas. Reversing the high-speed rail project that’s already under way, and using bond money for water storage."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to lobbyist George Osborn!
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Could it also affect statewide races?
9th Circuit Says L.A. Broke The Law When It Cut Housing Subsidies For The Poor
A federal appeals court decided Monday that Los Angeles illegally cut housing subsidies for the poor in 2004, a ruling that could force the city to pay a hefty amount in compensation.
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Chris Christie is heading to Capitol Hill in hopes of landing new support.
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Ex-L.A. County Sheriff's Deputies Sentenced To Prison For Beating Of Jail Visitor
Gabriel Carrillo and his then-girlfriend -- now his wife -- show a photo she took of Carrillo a few days after he was severely beaten by L.A. County Sheriff's deputies in Men's Central Jail.
Six GOP Presidential Candidates Will Attend Ryan, Scott Poverty Forum - Politico
If he is found guilty, the murder charges carry a minimum of life in prison and a maximum of death.
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Californians miss water savings target for first time
CaliforniaâÂÂs water savings slipped in October as cities and towns failed to meet Gov. Jerry BrownâÂÂs 25 percent conservation target for the first time since reductions became mandatory in June, according to state water data released Tuesday. The decline likely fell short of the governorâÂÂs goal because of relatively warm October weather, primarily in Southern California, and because people generally have less outside watering to cut back on in the fall, state officials said. Most Bay Area communities continued to save with five of the six largest water suppliers hitting their conservation targets. Under the stateâÂÂs conservation rules, every water supplier is assigned a certain cutback, between 4 percent and 36 percent based on how well theyâÂÂve saved in the past, in order to achieve the statewide 20 percent reduction. State officials expressed disappointment with TuesdayâÂÂs sagging numbers but said total savings since the mandates took effect remain above the cumulative goal, at 27 percent. Following the release of SeptemberâÂÂs water figures, the water Resources control board announced $61,000 fines for four agencies that had repeatedly come up short: the cities of Beverley Hills, Indio and Redlands as well as the Coachella Valley Water District.
2016 Election: Chris Christie Slams Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio For Being Weak On National Security - Politico
The New Jersey governor expanded upon past comments that the United States could not afford another president like Obama.
UC Joins Bill Gates' Clean-energy Coalition With $1-billion Investment
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California's Top Court Sends Newhall Ranch Project Back To The Drawing Board
The California Supreme Court throws out an environmental impact report for Newhall Ranch in the Santa Clarita Valley.
House GOP Leadership Backing Mental Health Overhaul Bill - Politico
The New Hampshire Union Leader's endorsement of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for president has sparked a backlash from an unexpected place: another newspaper.
Wells Fargo's Sales Tactics Are Reportedly Under Investigation By The U.s.
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Kaiser Recruits Members To Help Unlock Autism’s Genetic Secrets | State Of Health | Kqed News
Thousands of Northern California families of children with autism are being recruited to join a new project to help scientists understand how heredity and environmental factors determine where each youngster falls on the spectrum of the disorder.
Tribune Publishing Denies Rumor Of Sale Started By Rupert Murdoch Tweet
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Donald J. Trump was in full attack mode at a campaign rally in Macon, Ga., as he egged on a man who insulted President Obama and lit into Senator Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and several fellow Republican candidates.
County At Odds With City Of L.A. Over Funding Pulled From Emergency System
An ambitious plan to connect all of Los Angeles County's fire and police agencies on a single communications system has hit another potential setback with the loss of $11 million in federal grant funding administered by the city of Los Angeles.
Jake Tapper On Donald Trump Lawyer Comment: 'seriously?' - Politico
The decision could set up a political stumbling block for Hillary Clinton in Iowa.