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THE NOONER for December 2, 2015
BREAKING: Active shooter situation at the Inland Regional Center on S. Waterman in San Bernardino. Reportedly, over 20 victims, and KABC is reporting 12 fatalities. The center serves kids with developmental disabilities.
Oh, Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree... The Capitol tree lighting is this evening, starting at 4:30pm and the lighting ceremony starting at 5pm. Fortunately, the rain and heavy winds aren't supposed to start until midday tomorrow.
CA20 (Monterey): Bill Monning has decided to run for re-election to the State Senate rather than for Sam Farr's congressional seat. That leaves Jimmy Panetta, a deputy district attorney and son of the area's popular formerr Congressman Leon Panetta, who also served as White House chief of staff, CIA director, and Secretary of Defense.
AD31 (Fresno): Fresno Democrat Henry T. Perea to step down from Assembly [John Ellis @ Fresno Bee] - "Henry T. Perea, who rose from the Fresno City Council to become one of the leading voices among an influential group of moderate Democrats in the state Assembly, said Tuesday that he will resign his seat Dec. 31 – a move that sets in motion a complicated replacement process."
This is a bit of an ethical concern. Lawmakers not completing their terms and takiing government relations jobs with groups that lobbied them. First, it was Michael Rubio (to Chevron), Bill Emmerson (to the California Hospital Association), and now Perea. The word is that the two jobs Perea is considering are with Pacific Gas and Electric and PhARMA, which represents the pharmaceutical industry.
Obviously this should be less of an issue with the 12-year term limits. Perea reported $863,445 on hand as of June 30. You can bet he's getting lots of poinsettias today from candidates hoping to share in that bounty.
The likelihood is that voters in Perea's district will be asked to vote twice on June 7--one a special election for the remainder of Perea's term and the second the primary for the 2017-2018 term. The special election is 50%+1, while the full term is top-two. The favorite as of now is ER doctor Joaquin Arambula, whose father Juan Arambula was in the Assembly from 2004-2010, changing from Democrat to Independent in 2009.
SIN AGUA: California misses monthly water conservation target [Phillip Reese and Dale Kasler @ SacBee] - "Californians failed to meet monthly water conservation targets in October, the first miss since mandatory standards went into effect in June, state officials said Tuesday. Officials said, however, they think the state still can meet its goal of cutting consumption by a cumulative 25 percent through February."
CLEARING THE AIR: Brown readies to take spot on global climate stage: 'They're not calling him Moonbeam anymore' [Chris Megerian @ LAT] - "Throughout his political career, Brown has displayed a desire to minimize society’s footprint on the Earth -- a stance that will gain a global platform when he arrives in Paris on Friday to participate in the U.N. summit on climate change."
California, a climate model for the world, has work to do at home [Kate Galbraith @ CALmatters] - "While the state is a global model for climate policy, however, it also produces more greenhouse gas emissions per person than almost anywhere else in the world, due partly to its heavy reliance on cars. Among the eight largest economies, California is second only to the U.S. in emissions per capita."
MISSED THIS ONE: Providing essential services for low wages [Anthony York @ the Grizzly Bear Project] - "Earlier this month, Gov. Jerry Brown's top aide, Nancy McFadden, when asked about the administration’s on-the-record opposition to efforts to raise the minimum wage, pointed out that a $15 minimum wage comes with a multi-billion price tag for state government. That's because the state employs thousands of minimum wage workers. Many of these workers provide in-home support services. In short, they are low-wage workers providing essential services for families that are often struggling themselves economically. To offer the same level of service, the state would be on the hook for billions more to provide these and other needed services."
FINALLY, UNBELIEVABLE: Trump: We have to take out ISIL members' families [Nick Gass @ Politico] - "But in addition to targeting the terrorists in ISIL, their families should also be killed, he said, adding that one of the reasons why they are so effective is that they are using civilians as "shields," calling it one of the reasons the United States has been "so ineffective.""
Uh, there is little thing called the Geneva Conventions…Have fun at your war crimes trial at The Hague.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
State Lawmakers Worry Projected Budget Surplus Saps Effort To Revise Healthcare Tax
One of the unspoken fears of health care advocates has found a voice in members of the Legislature, a fear that a projected multi-billion dollar state budget surplus could weaken political resolve to revamp a soon-to-disppear tax.
Brown Pledges California's Help For Obama Paris Climate Summit Goals - Bloomberg Politics
As President Obama departs Paris still lacking Republican congressional support for an emerging multi-national treaty obliging the United States to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, California Governor Jerry Brown is heading to the French capital pledging that the largest U.S. state will help limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius.
Feinstein At Center Of Move To Restrict Visa-free Travel To U.S. | The Sacramento Bee
Sean Cockerham @ sacbee.com
Feinstein wants to require fingerprints for visa-free travel to U.S.
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris Sues To Shut Down 2 Car Donation Charities
California attorney general Kamala Harris.
Shell Game On Taxes Must Stop | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
State has levied special tax to finance Medi-Cal
Contradictions In Tax Philosophy On Cigarettes And Marijuana :: Fox&hounds
One of the arguments for raising taxes on cigarettes is to discourage their use. Raise the tax and fewer people will want to buy the product. Of course, some will seek cigarettes in the black market or online.
S.F. Police Commission poised to vote on officer body cams
On the eve of the San Francisco Police CommissionâÂÂs vote on a policy for the use of body cameras by police officers, one hotly debated aspect of the proposal prompted opponents Tuesday to make a last-ditch push to get the panel to reconsider allowing officers to view video before writing reports. After Mayor Ed Lee announced in May that he was setting aside more than $3 million in the cityâÂÂs budget to equip 1,800 officers with body-worn cameras, Police Commission President Suzy Loftus said the department would not be permitted to use the cameras until the commission put in place stringent policies developed by the community stakeholders who would be most affected by the use of this technology. Another version would allow officers to view the footage for âÂÂany legitimate investigatory purpose,âÂÂ but would prevent them from doing so if they are involved in an officer-involved shooting, in-custody death or criminal investigation, or at the discretion of the chief. The Bar Association of San Francisco, the American Civil Liberties Union and San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi called Tuesday for the Police Commission to vote against a use policy that would permit officers to view the footage before writing their reports, arguing such a move would tempt officers to allow their recollection of events to be skewed by the video. Throughout the process of developing the proposal, police groups spoke in favor of permitting officers access to the video before filing reports. At one community meeting, retired and off-duty officers, some still in uniform, spoke about how the heightened stress of the job often can distort their memories when it came to filing reports. Police Officers Association President Martin Halloran said if the section is not approved, the union would most likely advise officers to not cooperate when they are at the center of an officer-involved shooting investigation. According to the policy proposal, officers would turn on the cameras for essentially all public interaction with the exception of those involving sexual assault and child abuse victims, confidential informants and strip searches. Officers would be required to upload all footage immediately at the end of a shift, and that video will be stored on a server for 60 days, or for two years if it is part of an investigation that leads to the detention or arrest of a suspect, if it is relevant to a formal or informal complaint or if it captured a use-of-force incident. The public will have access to the footage through public records requests âÂÂin accordance with the provisions of federal, state and local statutes and Department policy,âÂÂ according to the proposal.
L.A. County Creates Prop. 47 Task Forces To Help Ex-offenders
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Joanne Arcos, who works with many Proposition 47 offenders, walks across a pedestrian overpass to check in on repeat offenders in an unincorporated area in Hacienda Heights.
Charter school advocates push enrollment shift in Oakland
Deep-pocketed education reformers have set their sights on Oakland, where they are pushing changes to the school assignment system used by parents that would include charter schools as well as the districtâÂÂs traditional public schools. Advocates for school choice and charters âÂÂ including the New School Venture Fund and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation âÂÂ have supported similar common enrollment systems in Denver, New Orleans and most recently in Boston and see it has a driver for healthy competition among all schools. Superintendent Antwan Wilson wants this kind of one-stop shopping to help families find the best public school âÂÂ traditional or charter âÂÂ for their children. âÂÂIt is our obligation to the public to create a level playing field so that parents can have access to these schools,âÂÂ said district spokesman Troy Flint. While a formal resolution and vote isnâÂÂt expected until January, the school board is scheduled to hold a study session Wednesday, the first opportunity it has had to review and address the idea. Critics have spoken at several community meetings, including on Monday night, saying they are concerned that common enrollment would mean using district funds to market charter schools to prospective families. The current proposal heading to the board includes a broad overhaul of the student assignment system, improving technology and adding staffing and other resources to ensure parents can access âÂÂ in several languages âÂÂ the system online, at every school and at satellite enrollment centers across the city. The common enrollment effort is supported by OaklandâÂÂs Educate 78, a nonprofit group focused on increasing access to quality schools, including the creation of new charter schools. The organization, funded by several charter advocates including Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, New Schools Venture Fund and Bloomberg Philanthropies, has covered the costs associated with the development of the proposal and initial public outreach, including consultants, surveys and community meetings. [...] the superintendent believes having charter schools in the enrollment process will prevent the charters from gaming the system, attracting a lower proportion of English learners, students with special needs or other high-need students than district schools. Across the country, the idea of common enrollment is coming from market-driven reform groups, which believe that parental choice and competition for students will force low-performing and under-enrolled schools to innovate and improve.
Assemblyman Henry Perea Will Resign Seat To Become Capitol Advocate | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago and Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
Other lawmakers quit to join oil, hospital industries
Convicted Abortion Terrorist: Rhetoric May Have Played A Part In Planned Parenthood Rampage
Words matter, and politicians and candidates need to tone down the anti-Planned Parenthood rhetoric
California Officials Expect 10 Percent Deliveries From State Water Project | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler and Phillip Reese @ sacbee.com
Allocation is preliminary, could change
Pac Shielded $2.3 Million In Donations By L.A. Charter School Backers
Nearly $2.3 million in donations made by charter school supporters during this year's Los Angeles school board races were shielded from disclosure until after the election was over, a review of records shows.
Berkeley OKs laws dealing with homeless
Amid protest from homeless activists, the Berkeley City Council on Tuesday night approved a set of laws aimed at establishing a minimum standard of civility on the cityâÂÂs streets. âÂÂI think it makes more logical sense for the city to look at how to increase its services, instead of citing somebody for having lots of stuffâÂÂ on the sidewalk, Arreguin said. In 2013, the council voted unanimously to build an emergency shelter that would offer comprehensive services, similar to the Navigation Center in San Francisco. [...] the problem has gotten worse, Arreguin said, but there is no concrete plan to build the shelter.
Obamacare Costs Prompt Menu Surcharges, Price Hikes And No Tipping Policy At 3 O.C. Restaurants - The Orange County Register
NANCY LUNA @ ocregister.com
Starting in 2016, the Affordable Care Act requires employers with 50 or more full-time-equivalent employees to offer health coverage to full-time employees.
Alan Grayson Florida Senate Campaign: Campaign Manager, Other Staff Leaving - Politico
The departures are more likely to be celebrated by Democrats than Republicans.
The County: The Story Of America's Deadliest Police | Us News | The Guardian
Jon Swaine @ theguardian.com
Syrian Refugees: Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger Ask Congress To Back Off Refugee Legislation - Politico
The agreement sets the stage for the bill to move through the House and Senate as soon as this week.
California's Snowpack Is Deeper Than Last Year, But More Is Needed, Officials Say
First, the good news: Thanks to a series of frosty winter storms, California’s snowpack is now double what it was last year at this time, according to officials.
Tales Of The Redwood, For Decades The La Times' Bar - Native Intelligence
One of the exhibits at the recent "To Live and Dine in L.A." display at the Los Angeles Central Library was a menu from the old Redwood House on First Street. The menu, resembling a round slice of tree trunk, failed to mention two interesting features of the Redwood when it was next door to the Times.
Mark Zuckerberg And Priscilla Chan Pledge To Donate 99% Of Their Facebook Shares
Mark Zuckberberg with his wife, Priscilla Chan, and their daughter, Max.