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THE NOONER for December 8, 2015
Initiatives...time to clean out the gutter...
Buenos tardes desde el Nooner World Headquarters. First world problems in the not first world...sitting on my patio and the wind is a bit strong and is literally blowing down my MacBook screen. Now I know why they call it the "Air."
But, of course, I still have two fingers on the jugular of that big white building in Sacramento and around the Golden State.
My friend Luis Alejo announced yesterday that he will pass on a run for Congress and instead run for the district 1 seat on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors. If elected, he would join former Assemblymember Simon Salinas on the board.
It is also another sign that Jimmy Panetta has CA20 wrapped up, in which he would succeed Sam Farr, who succeeded his dad Leon Panetta. Leon, now heading a respected public policy institute, has been seen much more recently. That's not a good thing. He's called out when the world is going to hell, and yes it is. When we have attacks at home, and then attacks by leading presidential candidates to exclude travel by race, it's time for Leon. He's one of our best cool-headed, soft-spoken leaders of our lifetimes.
Some of you note that I switch between identifying congressional districts between "CDXX" and "CAXX". I've always used "CD," but the number of readers from Washington and other out-of-state locales has grown, and they refer to districts as "CA". No diff...
Let me take a pause and say thank you to Stephen Colbert for extending your condolences to the victims and families of the San Bernardino shooting. Of the three main late night show hosts, you were the only one to do so, even though you were off last week.
THE FEDERALIZER: Jerry Brown wants stricter federal gun laws, hesitant on California measure [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Gov. Jerry Brown called Monday for stricter federal gun laws in the wake of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, while suggesting he has reservations about the use of the ballot measure process to strengthen gun control in California."
Of course, the initiative is backed by Lieutenant Governor and gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom, who hasn't had a peachy relationship with Brown. It's not to blame either one of them, as it's designed that way in California. The Lieutenant Governor's job is to sit (or send staff to sit) on a few boards and wake up each day, read the newspaper, and discern whether the governor is incapacitated or out of the state.
The Lieutenant Governor has four staff members, recently supplemented by two more courtesy of the State Senate, but now under jeopardy. The lowliest of Assemblymembers, with one-fourth the office space, have more than that. And, no, I won't name names.
LIFE IN THE FAST LANE: Google Fiber adds Los Angeles to expansion plans [David Pierson @ LAT] - "Alphabet Inc. said it would explore adding its super-fast Internet service to Los Angeles, the largest city yet in the tech giant’s nascent bid to build a network of hyper-connected urban centers called Google Fiber."
Not fair! L.A. shouldn't have Internet traffic faster than the 405. (Remember Prodigy?)
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to my longtime friend and CMA's Lance Lewis, activist Doug Johnson, and CMTA's Michael Shaw!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Jerry Brown Wants Stricter Federal Gun Laws, Hesitant On California Measure | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @ sacbee.com
California governor speaks on guns in wake of San Bernardino shooting
Think Your Transient Occupancy Tax Will Pass With Little Effort? Think Again
Adam Probolsky. @ publicceo.com
Elected policymakers - even those reluctant to put new or higher taxes on a ballot - are attracted to TOT votes because they can explain them away as hotel visitor taxes. It's a tax paid by tourists and business travelers, not residents.
California water suppliers, buoyed by El NiÃ±o, seek relief from cuts
On Monday, water managers from San Diego to Santa Rosa convened in Sacramento to ask state regulators to show leniency to suppliers that find it difficult to meet conservation rules âÂÂ whether due to booming populations, warmer weather or uncooperative residents. âÂÂWe have created new supplies that are not taking water from somebody else,âÂÂ protested Mark Weston, a board member for the San Diego County Water Authority, who called for a relaxing of the rules as his agency opens a $1 billion desalination plant in Carlsbad. At a special meeting, the State Water Resources Control Board did not take action on the scores of suggestions for improving CaliforniaâÂÂs unprecedented water-savings rules. The governor has directed measures to continue, but heâÂÂs given the water board flexibility to tweak the existing rules, including possibly reducing the cumulative conservation target from 25 percent. The policy also launched a number of ordinances, such as banning lawn watering within 24 hours of measurable rainfall, prohibiting restaurants from serving water without a customer request, and forbidding washing hard surfaces like driveways. Even in the Bay Area, where water suppliers face less stringent quotas because of historically low water use, some believe the rules remove the necessary incentive to invest in local reserves, such as building recycled-water plants and banking groundwater. âÂÂThe current regulations strip away much of the drought protection these supplies provide by not allowing the region to benefit from these investments,âÂÂ wrote Jim Wunderman, president and chief executive of the pro-business Bay Area Council, in a letter to the water board.
Actor Rob Lowe Wins Tax Case, More Or Less | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Lowe battled with state tax collectors over home sale
California's Congressional Delegation Calls For Action On Gun Control
California Democrats are taking up President Obama's call to action, asking for more law enforcement resources and trying to force a congressional vote on banning suspected terrorists from legally purchasing guns.
California Gives Local Colleges A New Role | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Community colleges now offer some four-year degrees
Pro Health Care Briefing: The Quality Conundrum
POLITICO's Pro Health Care Briefing with Christine Cassel, Joanne Lynn, and Pierre Yong.
Brown Was No Stranger To CpUC Involvement | Sandiegouniontribune.com
San Bernardino Shooters Had Been Radicalized 'for Some Time,' Went To Shooting Ranges Before Attack
A shooting attack in San Bernardino leaves 14 people dead and 21 injured and prompts a rare address from the Oval Office by President Obama.
Obama Presidential Address: 2016 Candidates Take On Terror - Politico
Praising members - and Ryan
Senator Claims California Grows Jobs Faster Than "rest Of The Nation" | Politifact California
subject @ politifact.com
Top California Democrats like State Senate leader Kevin de León often claim that the state’s economy is humming right along — and not weighed down by their ambitious new clean energy requirements.
Obama Gay Marriage Tweet: Tops Twitter Political List - Politico
On the campaign trail, the billionaire is showing less interest in his Republican rivals and more in Hillary Clinton and November 2016.
Donald Trump's Call For Muslim Ban Is Met With Outrage
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Dec. 5 in Davenport, Iowa.
Ben Carson Announces Africa Trip - Politico
The statement represents the most aggressive comments yet from the billionaire Republican presidential candidate.
Oakland City Council Considering Easing Rules To Overcome Homeless Shelter Crisis
The City Council on Tuesday will vote whether to declare a crisis, which would suspend some rules and regulations considering housing, health and safety for "more flexible interpretation of standard building and planning requirements," according to a city staff report.
School That Taught San Bernardino Assailant Is Known For Anti-western, Fundamentalist Views
Pakistani students arrive Monday at Al Huda Institute, a women-only seminary in Multan, Pakistan, where San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik studied.
San Bernardino Shooting: Survivors Recount Hiding From Gunshots - Wsj
Zusha Elinson @ wsj.com
A Less Risky Anesthesia for Babies
China And The World Turn To California For Climate Change Expertise
Although California lacks a formal seat at the negotiating table while countries seek an international accord on climate change, the state has something many places do not ¿ a track record of ambitious environmental programs that could be imitated around the world.
Ap Nation / World | Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown - Ap Nation / World
>Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown
L.A. City Attorney Sues Socal Gas Over Gas Leak Affecting Porter Ranch
Mayor Eric Garcetti and Southern California Gas Co. officials visits the firm's Aliso Canyon facility near Porter Ranch on Wednesday.