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THE NOONER for December 21, 2015

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¡Buenos tardes! All good things must come to an end, so I'm heading home today. I'll be freezing my butt off when catching a cab or Uber at aeropuerto Sacramento esta noche. But, at least I will free my eyes from Speedos for awhile. Apparently, Germans love not only David Hasselhoff, but also Cancun in December.

SIN AGUA: California regulators to propose water conservation changes [Scott Smith @ AP] - "State regulators are expected to propose changes this week to California's water conservation mandate that has required communities throughout the state to reduce use by 25 percent. . . . Local community leaders have criticized the individual targets as unfair and unrealistic. In Southern California, local governments argued state officials should acknowledge huge investments in new supplies to prepare for drought."

SCROOGED: UC payroll problem shortchanged thousands of workers [Alexei Kosoff @ SacBee] - "A new payroll system that has given the University of California years of trouble just uncovered another problem: UC has routinely underpaid thousands of its employees by small dollar amounts on each paycheck. In a Dec. 1 letter to the U.S. Department of Labor, the university asked for assistance in resolving what it deemed a "compliance issue." While working to switch over to the new payroll system, a lawyer for the Board of Regents wrote, UC discovered that there have been regular issues in calculating extra pay, such as overtime."

OH, LINDSEY. Well, Lindsey Graham became the second candidate to realize that 0% in polls does not win presidencies. A few others need to wake up and smell the coffee. The truth is that today was the s*** or get off the pot moment, as it was the filing deadline for the February 20 South Carolina primary. He had no chance of winning it, and could be highly embarassed by a huge loss as the senior senator from the Palmetto State.

It's sad for a great three-term senator, who is being eclipsed by those with no government experience. But, that's the kind of year it is.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to lobbyist Dave Ackerman and State Senator John Moorlach!




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5 Key Things To Know About CalPERS Pensions | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Deep dive into state records yields trove of data

CalPERS Considering Term Limits For Board Leaders | Calpensions
A tentative CalPERS proposal would limit the board president and committee chairs to four consecutive one-year terms, a policy that could end the long-running presidency of Rob Feckner in 2017.

Republicans Keep Pressing For Tenure, Layoff, Evaluation Reforms | Edsource
Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen discusses the education bills that she and other Republican legislators assembled with her during a Sacramento press conference in March.

Chair Ann Ravel Explains Why The Fec Is Broken « Calbuzz
Ann Ravel @
We asked our old friend Ann Ravel — former Santa Clara County Counsel, former chair of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, now chair of the Federal Election Commission — to explain why the FEC is so disfunctional, hoping she would call out the Republican commissioners for their partisan obstructionism. Here, in a Calbuzz exclusive, Ravel spells out the issues but is too diplomatic to slash and burn.

2016 Elections: Bernie Sanders Keeps Up Attacks On Donald Trump - Politico
The one-minute spot features soundbites from Bush calling Trump a "chaos candidate" who would be a "chaos president."

Hospitality and Gambling Interests Delay Closing of $1 Billion Tax Loophole
Lobbyists recently swooped in to add 54 words to a tax and spending bill of more than 2,000 pages that temporarily preserved a loophole sought by the hotel, restaurant and gambling industries, and billionaire Wall Street investors.

There's Plenty At Home For Brown's To-do List
But there are plenty of things that need saving at home. And California's governor has more power than anyone to do it.

Slovenia says no to gay marriage
More than 60 percent of those who voted were against same-sex marriage.

First Draft: Timeline on Lindsey Grahamâ
s presidential campaign fizzled before the first day of winter, as Republican voters were seemingly swayed more by outsider candidates vowing to shake up Washington than a veteran foreign policy hawk known for working well with Democrats.

Marco Rubio 2016: Obama And Clinton 'clueless' About Foreign Policy - Politico
The one-minute spot features soundbites from Bush calling Trump a "chaos candidate" who would be a "chaos president."

After The San Bernardino Shootings, Voices Rise On Both Sides Of The Refugee Debate
Bill Whittle scanned the crowd of more than 200 Redlands Tea Party Patriots and Unite Inland Empire members gathered for the yearly Christmas party. The tables in the Western-themed barbecue restaurant were decorated with stickers hailing the 2nd Amendment and proclaiming: "Don't Tread on Me."

2016 Election: Lindsey Graham's Best One-liners - Politico
His announcement came on the same day as the deadline hit for him to remove his name from the South Carolina primary ballot

If Chargers Bolt, Fans Will Have Bittersweet Memories Of Perhaps The Last Game In San Diego
Was Sunday's game against the Dolphins the final time the Chargers would play in the city they've called home for 55 years?

Spanish Musician Plays Saxophone As Surgeons Remove Brain Tumour - The Local
The musician played jazz, including the classic 'Misty' during the operation so that team of surgeons could ensure they did not damage his ability to play music.

Petaluma Checkpoints Screen Hundreds Of Drivers, No Dui | The Press Democrat
Guy Kovner @
Sgt. Ron Klein said 369 drivers were screened at a checkpoint on Sonoma Mountain Parkway south of Corona Road starting at 6 p.m. Saturday. Eleven drivers were evaluated for DUI; one driver was cited for driving on a suspended license and four were cited for driving without a license.

Lindsey Graham drops out of presidential race
'I was hoping not to have to make this call, but I think the time has come for me to suspend my campaign,' the South Carolina senator says.

Matthew Kelly, lover of S.F.â
The Army captain turned investment banker was a prominent figure among San Francisco’s social elite since his move to the city in the 1960s. Mr. Kelly may best be known as part of the late, much-loved San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen’s pack of pals, who, along with the likes of Willie Brown, Sandy Walker, Wilkes Bashford and Harry de Wildt, for years met every Friday for lunch at Le Central. In one of Caen’s columns — in a quote from former Assemblyman and gay rights activist Tom Ammiano — Mr. Kelly was described as “a man who has lived exclusively on hors d’oeuvres for the past 35 years.” Beyond Mr. Kelly’s grandiose social life, his wife said he had a passion for traveling, tennis and sailing. Mr. Kelly was known in the air transportation industry for his purchase of Insured Aircraft Title Service Inc. in 1968, which he is credited for developing into what became the industry standard for aircraft registration. Besides his wife, Mr. Kelly is survived by his two sons, Matthew Kelly and Michael Kelly; his grandchild, Thomas Kelly; his stepson, James Chapman, and four step-grandchildren.

Parents Of Santa Clara County Babies Exposed To Tuberculosis Fret Over Treatment
Now, like the anxious parents of 349 other babies born recently at Valley Medical Center, the Saenzes will have to feed Brianna a daily dose of a sweet liquid antibiotic for up to nine months to ensure she doesn't develop the potentially deadly disease.

Gas Leak Fuels Frustration - Wsj
Rebecca Smith and Tamara Audi @
Migrant Tragedy Took Heavy Toll on Iraqi Who Stepped In to Help