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THE NOONER for December 16, 2015
Sorry about The Nooner hiccups the last couple of days. Internet connectivity is usually great here, but hasn't been the last couple of days. All advertisers are getting a free week. Sorry about it! #LifeInMexico
DOUBLE SECRET PROBATION: L.A. County probation agency chief steps down amid allegations of a romantic relationship with aide - [Garrett Thereolf @ LAT) - "Los Angeles County’s Probation Department chief, Jerry Powers, resigned Tuesday amid allegations that he had an inappropriate romantic relationship with one of his top deputies."
From Jeremy B. White @ SacBee - "UNCLE LELAND: If you’ve been eagerly waiting to learn how much prison time awaits former state Sen. Leland Yee after pleading guilty to a felony racketeering count, sorry. Yee’s sentencing, which was scheduled for today, has been pushed back to February."
It's not good to be a young black guy. This is crap.
FAREWELL: Reporter Doug Willis.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
High Drug Prices Spike CalPERS Prescription Bill To $1.86 Billion | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
Cost up 7.5 percent from previous year
DWP Board Approves Water Rate Hike To Fix Aging Pipes
The board that oversees the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on Tuesday approved the utility¿s plan to increase water rates by about 4.7% each year over the next five years.
Judge Questions City Stance On Shooting Video | Sandiegouniontribune.com
A federal judge appeared skeptical on Tuesday of arguments from lawyers for the City of San Diego and one of its police officers, who want to keep secret a video of a fatal shooting in April in the Midway district.
The Maple Leaf Candidate: Ted Cruz - Sfgate
This month, GOP political consultant-turned-analyst Tony Quinn wrote
Civil Rights Complaint Filed Against Medi-cal
A group of Californians filed a civil rights complaint against Medi-Cal on Tuesday, alleging that failures in the program have made it so that Latinos are unable to access the healthcare they need.
Anger Boils Over After New Voting District Map Is Scrapped By Anaheim City Council - The Orange County Register
ART MARROQUIN @ ocregister.com
Protesters on Tuesday said they want the City Council to approve a voting map with one district that has a majority of registered voters who are Latinos, and two others where Latinos make up a plurality. The activists see this as the best chance to get multiple Latinos elected to the council. The council tossed out the proposed map last week, opting to examine other proposals that have at least two Latino-majority districts rather than just one. District 1 starts on the west side, moving east to District 6 in Anaheim Hills.
Louis Katz, civil rights lawyer who represented Pete Seeger, dies
Louis Katz, a criminal defense and civil rights lawyer whose clients in five decades of practice included folk singer Pete Seeger and a defendant in the last death penalty case tried in San Francisco, died Dec. 2 at his home in Oakland, his family said. Mr. Katz enrolled in college and law school after volunteer service in World War II âÂÂ he was medically ineligible for the draft but joined the Merchant Marines and served in both the South Pacific and convoys in the North Atlantic that were attacked nightly by German submarines. When the San Diego school board tried to stop Seeger âÂÂ who had been blacklisted for his leftist views during the Cold War âÂÂ from singing at a local high school, Mr. Katz filed an emergency court motion that cleared the way for his performance. Wu and his co-defendant, Victor Diep, were both convicted, but the jury rejected prosecutorsâÂÂ request for the death penalty and chose a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. Mr. Katz taught trial advocacy at the University of San Diego law school and served as a mentor to many defense lawyers. The family suggests donations in Mr. KatzâÂÂs name to the American Civil Liberties Union, 125 Broad St., 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004, or to California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, 1555 River Park Drive, Suite 105, Sacramento, CA 95815.
A Tough Night For Trump And Political Correctness: 5 Takeaways From The Republican Debate
The fifth and final Republican presidential debate of 2015 came less than two weeks after the San Bernardino attacks, which thrust the campaign conversation into a new phase, dominated almost exclusively by national security, that continued into Tuesday night. Though the issues were sober, the candidates did not hold back in attacking each other. Here are five takeaways:
2016 Democratic Primary Campaign: Poll: Majority Of Voters Backing Bernie Sanders Would Be OK With Hillary Clinton - Politico
Chris Christie thinks Donald Trump is a serious candidate and he had a serious performance during Tuesday night's debate.
No Threat Made To San Diego Schools | Sandiegouniontribune.com
SAN DIEGO Officials with the San Diego Unified School District said its campuses will remain open Tuesday even while a "credible threat" prompted the closure of schools in Los Angeles.
La County Supervisors To Consider Gun Buyback Programs, Taxes On Firearms
Man Acquitted In Priest-beating Trial Seeks Signatures For Ballot Initiative
Tracey Kaplan @ mercurynews.com
By the time Will Lynch was ready in the mid-1990s to report he'd been sexually abused as a child by a priest on a camping trip, there was nothing police could do about it. The abuse had happened about two decades earlier when he was 7, and the legal window then for bringing charges against the priest had closed by the time he reached 13.
Golden State Warriors Throw Party To Bag 20,000 Lunches For Hungry People
OAKLAND - The Golden State Warriors threw an elaborate party for team's season ticket holders today where they just happened to bag 20,000 lunches for hungry people.
No new jail â
A contentious proposal to build a new jail at the Hall of Justice failed on Tuesday, as the Board of Supervisors refused to allocate $215 million for the project and said the city should invest instead in diversion programs and mental health services. The vote represents a blow to Mayor Ed Lee and Sheriff-elect Vicki Hennessy, who both championed the replacement for County Jail No. 4, which is located in a seismically unsafe building and has no room for programming. Lee spokeswoman Christine Falvey said âÂÂthe mayor is looking forward to the work that Sheriff-elect Hennessy and Public Health Director Barbara Garcia will lead to taking a deeper look at mental health needs and other jail diversion strategies.âÂÂ Opponents of the project, including Board of SupervisorsâÂÂ President London Breed and District Attorney George GascÃ³n, said the city should continue to invest in diversion programs to decrease the jail population and that the remaining inmates at County Jail No. 4 should be moved to the cityâÂÂs three other jails. The vote gave the supervisors political cover because they did not technically reject an $80 million grant the state has offered to subsidize the $240 million cost of building a new jail.
Drugging Our Kids: California Courts Step Up Scrutiny Of Foster Care Use Of Psychiatric Drugs
The state's juvenile court judges have long had the responsibility for signing off on those prescriptions, but too often they fail to question requests for multiple medications at once, unapproved drugs and unproven regimens for very young children. The proposed new rules aim to turn these often-blanket approvals into serious probing of prescribers and others who care for foster children, from social workers to foster parents and legal advocates.
Qualcomm To Keep Chips, Patent Licensing Divisions Together After Review | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Tax Bill Includes Big Breaks for Cider Makers and Timber Companies
Congressional leaders plan to vote on the tax measure in the next few days, along with a spending bill to finance the government in the coming year.
State Regulators Propose New Rooftop Solar Fees While Rejecting Utility Plans
State regulators proposed new fees Tuesday for rooftop solar customers but rejected several recommendations by utility companies that threatened expansion of residential and commercial solar efforts.
Two Months In, Much Remains Unknown About Calif. Gas Leak - Capradio.org
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