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THE NOONER for December 11, 2015
Buenos dias desde Cancun. I normally like writing to you but, today, I just won't say. It's a beautiful day here, and the rain has moved along.
Happy Friday. Well, for those of you working this week, it's happy. For those of us on vacation, every minute of the clock, let alone calendar, sucks. Well, you've been there before.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, Senator Isadore Hall, Katie Gerwig, the CA AG's Thomas Lawson, and Health Access's Tam Ma!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
California Pension Overhaul Advocates Move Forward After Kamala Harris Issues Analyses | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Proponents will poll language to gauge likelihood of success
Riot At Donovan Prison; 134 Inmates Involved | Sandiegouniontribune.com
OTAY MESA A fight among two inmates Thursday near a workout area at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility escalated into a riot in the recreational yard involving about 134 inmates, prison officials said.
Jerry Brown In Paris: California Governor Goes Deep On Climate Change And Other Global Threats
California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at one of his many appearances around Paris this week during the U.N. climate change summit.
Feinstein Proposes Social Media Rules As FBI Says Shooters Talked Jihad In 2013 | The Sacramento Bee
Sean Cockerham @ sacbee.com
FBI says the shooters were radicalized before they even met
Democratic Lawyer Announcing Challenge To GOP Rep. Steve Knight
First-time candidate and attorney Bryan Caforio, who lives in Valencia, will announce his candidacy Thursday, the Los Angeles Times has learned.
Friday Preview: The Fed, The Budget, And Tax Extenders - Politico
New House Speaker Paul Ryan is keeping Capitol Hill calm as the possibility of a government shutdown looms over the holiday break.
Thirsty Illegal Marijuana Farms Stealing Water Amid Drought. | Sandiegouniontribune.com
U.S. School Bill Roils Our Debate | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Obama signs more flexible federal measure
California Drought: Storms Help, Water Supply 'below Average' - Capradio.org
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826
How A Conservative Congressman Ended Up On The Terrorist No-fly List | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, once landed on a no-fly list
First Draft: Mitch McConnell Demurs on Prospects of Criminal Justice Overhaul
Despite a push from a broad right-left coalition and though he seemed open to the idea, Senator McConnell says he has not determined whether he will bring a bipartisan criminal justice overhaul to the Senate floor next year, legislation that could present a sticky election-year vote for some Republicans.
Community College Transfer Degrees Doubled Over Past Year
The new degrees stem from a law that took effect in 2011 to help California's transfer students make the leap from one of the state's 113 community colleges to afour-year university, a notoriously lengthy and confusing process.
Former Boxing Champ Tony Lopez To Run For Sacramento Mayor | The Sacramento Bee
Sammy Caiola @ sacbee.com
Three-time world champion Tony Lopez to announce mayoral bid Friday
President Obama Signs Into Law a Rewrite of No Child Left Behind
shrinks the federal role in education and returns power to states and local districts.
Dr. Julia Quint, health scientist, workplace safety booster, dies
Dr. Julia Quint, health scientist, workplace safety booster, dies Dr. Julia Quint, a Bay Area public health scientist and toxicologist who dedicated her life to pushing for stronger workplace chemical regulations, died Nov. 14, about one year after being diagnosed with multiple system atrophy, a neurological disorder associated with the degeneration of nerve cells in the brain. Dr. Quint may be best known for her work as an early advocate for stronger environmental regulations to protect the health of nail salon workers; for helping to get World Trade Center attack first-responders more compensation for their occupational exposures during 9/11; and for her influence in the 2014 passage of a state law establishing a repository of data on toxic materials used in workplaces. âÂÂJulia Quint was a unique and highly influential person in her field, and her contributions to worker health and environmental health were underappreciated for decades, due to her modesty and her low-profile approach to making social change,âÂÂ said Gina Solomon, deputy secretary for science and health in the stateâÂÂs Environmental Protection Agency. What drove her, said her husband, Richard Quint, was her experience as a child being raised by a family that supported civil rights in a segregated South. After holding research positions at UCSF and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Dr. Quint began a career in public health in 1981, joining the state Department of Public HealthâÂÂs Hazard Evaluation and Information Service, a program for preventing workplace illness. âÂÂOver the years, she sounded the alarm over many issues that were not recognized at the time and that are now known to be significant human health hazards,âÂÂ Solomon said. âÂÂIn the face of Big Money cosmetic manufacturersâÂÂ intimidation and distortion of information tactics, Dr. Quint stood with us, arming us with knowledge, conviction and grace,âÂÂ Quach said. Donation checks can be mailed to UC Berkeley School of Public HealthâÂÂs Office of External Relations and Development or submitted online at http://give.berkeley.edu/supportph.
Superintendent Candidates Emerge As L.A. Unified Seeks To Keep Job Hunt A Secret
Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Ramon C. Cortines has said he wants to retire by the end of the year.
Dem 2016 Hopefuls Demand The Citadel Remove Confederate Flag - Politico
The Senate leader, who's been flayed by Stewart over a stalled 9/11 health bill, vows in a POLITICO interview that the measure will pass.
Daniel Borenstein: West Contra Costa School Trustees Flying Blind On Superintendent's Contract
While the superintendent of West Contra Costa schools says district trustees have not yet approved an extension of his sweetheart contract, they actually may have.
San Diegans Support Refugees On Human Rights Day | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Somali Muslim women hold posters in support of refugees at an event in San Diego Thursday.
Little Dip In Poverty After Recession, Study Finds - Capradio.org
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826
Los Angeles Approves Program To Fix Up And Sell Bank-owned Nuisance Properties
Banks that own vacant, rundown houses in Los Angeles soon could lose control of those properties to the city, which wants to fix them up and sell them.