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THE NOONER for December 10, 2015
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Departure of powerful staffer comes amid changes in Capitol [Laurel Rosenhall @ CALmatters] - "[Greg] Campbell, 42, is leaving the Assembly next week after an 18-year career in which he rose from a student intern who answered phones and opened mail, to the chamber’s most powerful staff member. He served high-ranking positions for the last five assembly speakers, and was chief of staff to the last two. His departure comes as new rules about term limits are changing relationships between Capitol staff and lawmakers. Senior staff gained influence after voters in 1990 approved a measure that limited lawmakers to six years in the Assembly and eight years in the Senate. As politicians were forced from office, political scientists have found that senior staff developed deep connections and expertise -- and the clout that comes with longevity."
Greg and I are the same age, and I have watched him grow (while I have stayed infantile). We're so thankful that he came back from that brain surgery to remove a tumor, and hope that his new firm affords him a more balanced lifestyle than being chief of staff to the Assembly Speaker.
MONEY MATTERS: California Scheming? Funneled Donations Raise Ethics Queries [Laura Mahoney @ Bloomberg BNA] - "The elected chairman of the California State Board of Equalization has been an important figure in getting money into the hands of nonprofit organizations since he joined the board in 2009, but it hasn't come without questions. SBOE Chair Jerome Horton (D) has reported $731,835 in donations by organizations at his request, with that money going mostly to or through nonprofit organizations tied to his wife, a Bloomberg BNA analysis found."
The required "behested donations" to nonprofits reporting is important, and most of the time we see them to legit and important nonprofits. But, Houston, we've got a problem here, when supposedly "nonprofits" are set up to benefit only their employees, which coincidentally have relationships with electeds.
MMM…MMM…MIDDLE: Glazer hopes to lead centrist movement [Dave Roberts @ CALmatters] - "Steve Glazer – bald, bespectacled and mild-mannered – doesn’t look like a revolutionary. But the politically moderate Democratic state senator from Orinda hopes to be in the vanguard of a centrist coalition in Sacramento that challenges the Legislature’s entrenched partisan divide and loosens labor unions’ grip on power."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Democratic superstar Eric Bauman (who has too many titles to list), American Cancer Society's Primo Castro, local gov comm/lobbyist Justin Caporusso, Senator Isadore Hall, and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León! Further, Congressman Mark Takano is celebrating a birthday today. I generally don't recognize those (202) candles, but Mark is an old friend, so let's help him blow out those 55 candles!
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California Democrat Withdraws Support For The High-speed Rail Project
Assemblywoman Patty Lopez says she is withdrawing her support for the bullet train, and she says five other Democrats in the Legislature are reviewing their positions.
Jerry Brown Preparing To Engage In 2016 Ballot Measure Fight | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Options for California governor include climate change, defending Delta tunnels plan
California's 3 Largest Health Insurers Among Few To Show Obamacare Profit In 2014
Blue Shield of California led the country with $107 million in profit on Obamacare policies sold to individuals. Kaiser Permanente was second with $66 million, and Anthem Blue Cross ranked seventh nationally with a $9-million surplus in the Covered California exchange. Above, Sophia Bracho gets information from Blue Shield of California in 2013.
Putnam Livermore, who helped save California public lands, dies
[...] as co-founder of the Trust for Public Lands, first attorney for the Nature Conservancy in the western United States and a leader in conservation law, Mr. Livermore, who died Nov. 1 at the age of 93, helped keep the forces of growth and development at bay as he worked to save huge chunks of the state for future generations. Born in San Francisco on May 29, 1922, Mr. Livermore used his lifetime of family connections and experience to convince wealthy Californians that the state needed their land more than they needed the money it could bring. Mr. LivermoreâÂÂs âÂÂkindness, patience and thoughtful consideration of others made him a favorite with eccentric donors of large pieces of property and he became a highly effective advocate for preserving open space,âÂÂ his family said in a notice of his death. Mr. Livermore attended the Thatcher School in Ojai (Ventura County), UC Berkeley, Yale Law School and Boalt Hall at UC Berkeley. A photo of the boat crossing the finish line seven lengths ahead of the field was featured on his wall for the rest of his life. While Mr. LivermoreâÂÂs great-grandfather came to California to work in the gold fields and his grandfather became a founding director of PG&E when he sold the familyâÂÂs Sacramento-area power company, his parents, Caroline Sealy Livermore and George Banks Livermore, were both prominent conservationists. Mr. Livermore âÂÂwas a good guy,âÂÂ said John Burton, a former Bay Area legislator who now heads the state Democratic Party. Mr. Livermore, whose brother, Ike, was Gov. Ronald ReaganâÂÂs secretary for natural resources for eight years, was a friend of the governor and did some political legal work for him.
Brown Considers Using His Campaign War Chest In 2016 Initiative Battles
Mayor of Seoul Park Won-soon, left, listens to California Gov. Jerry Brown at the COP21 United Nations conference on climate change.
Is California A Climate Model? | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Questions remain about the effect of those policies on the economy, and other jurisdictions praise themselves, too
Senator Gaines Continues Efforts To Carry Common-Sense Drone Legislation
Last session, Senator Gaines introduced a series of drone bills that received unanimous, bi-partisan support from the legislature; however, they were vetoed by Governor Brown. Senator Gaines will be reintroducing those bills as part of his drone-related legislative package, in addition to several others, including the following:
Lawmaker Criticizes Unspent California Charitable Donations | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
A state lawmaker is criticizing California agencies for failing to spend nearly $10 million in charitable donations made by taxpayers.
Lawmakers Aim To Prevent Unspent California Charitable Gifts - Sfgate
Californians Have High Poverty, High Incomes | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
California has 15th highest state poverty rate in nation
Could New California Law Prevent Mass Shootings? - Capradio.org
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826
San Bernardino Shooters Began Plotting Attack Before Their Marriage, FBI Chief Says
San Bernardino shooter may have given false information on her visa application, lawmaker says
Drivers Get Big Boost In Lawsuit Vs. Uber - San Francisco Chronicle
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Donald Trump Rips Time Magazine After Being Snubbed For Person Of The Year - Sfgate
Real-estate mogul Donald Trump panned Time magazine on Wednesday for its Person of the Year declaration. The magazine selected German Chancellor Angela Merkel, praising how she handled Europe's currency and refugee crises. On the campaign trail, Trump often criticizes Merkel for opening up her country to Syrian refugees despite the terror threat emanating from the Islamic State group, which is based in Syria and Iraq. Trump has repeatedly warned that the Syrian refugees coming to the US could be a great "Trojan horse" for terrorists to launch a military attack.
2 Card Clubs Raided, 25 Indicted | Sandiegouniontribune.com
In this file photo, Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas joins the owner of Seven Mile Casino, Harvey Souza, during the opening ceremony for the Seven Mile Casino. Alexandra Mendoza
Lawmakers Rush to Cram Pet Projects Into Spending Deal Ahead of New Deadline
With a presidential election year approaching, and control of Congress also at stake, the current negotiations represent one of the few opportunities in the near future to pass sweeping legislation.
Chanel Pays Record Price For Retail Space On Rodeo Drive
French luxury retailer Chanel paid a record price for retail space on Rodeo Drive amid continued strong demand for properties along the swanky Beverly Hills corridor.
Plastic Industry's Unusual Strategy Against Calif. Bag Ban - Capradio.org
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Anaheim Rethinks Voting Districts, May Add Two Latino-majority Zones - The Orange County Register
ART MARROQUIN @ ocregister.com
Of Anaheim's 336,265 residents, Latinos make up 53 percent of the population, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
Berkeley High School 'takes Back' Dec. 9 After Message Threatened Public Lynching
Berkeley High School students rally against racism at Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus on Nov. 5, 2015.