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THE NOONER for December 22, 2015

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Good morning. Back in Sac and it's a beautiful day. I went for my morning walk through Southside Park and it was beautiful. Lots of geese on the lake, which is better than being on a platter on Thursday. I'm still debating what to cook for myself on Thursday. I'm hoping that Sac Natural Foods have some racks of lamb left. Must get over there today! (Why rack of lamb? Well, I was watching a Beat Bobby Flay show while in Mexico where it was the mandatory ingredient, and I've never cooked it before.) My backstop is guinea hens or quail (which I have in the freezer). 

The best thing...returning from two weeks in Cancun and having an official notice on your door from your property management company saying you have violated your lease by not cleaning the leaves (which just fell) off your patio.

Ugh, a week without late night teevee? That's as bad as egg nog.

THAT’S A WRAP: Capitol Alert’s top 15 stories of 2015 [Alexei Kosoff @ SacBee]:
1. California proposal to legalize killing gays hard to stop (March 19)
2. Jerry Brown’s climate warning: ‘We are talking about extinction’ (July 21)
3. Robert Kennedy Jr. warns of vaccine-linked ‘holocaust’ (April 7)
4. Drug companies donated millions to California lawmakers before vaccine debate (June 18)
5. The state of California is hiring, and it may want people like you (July 26)
6. California community colleges board approves 15 pilot bachelor’s degrees (January 20)
7. Jerry Brown signs California vaccine bill (June 30)
8. State of Jefferson brings three more California counties on board (January 15)
9. Kamala Harris to review group behind Planned Parenthood abortion videos (July 24)
10. Bernie Sanders gaining on Hillary Clinton in California (October 6)
11. California senator says ‘welfare queen’ law must go (February 22)
12. Kamala Harris seeks to block ‘kill the gays’ ballot measure (March 15)
13. Could Fort Bragg be compelled to change name? (July 7)
14. California vaccine bill approved by committee on second try (April 22)
15. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez appears to disparage American Indians (May 16)

DOES ANYONE CARE? These California lawmakers don't live in the districts they represent [Javier Panzar @ LAT] - “Some state and local lawmakers have been prosecuted for not living in the districts they ran to represent -- a requirement under California law. When it comes to Congress, federal law only requires members live in the same state as the district.”

Heck, the surging #2 for the GOP nomination wasn’t even born in the U.S., a clear violation of the Constitution

What we do need is equal application of the law by California counties. I know state and local officeholders who have lived outside of their districts at various times. Only L.A. prosecutes on this issue. Remember Mimi Walters and her 570 square foot apartment with no appliances, and Dr. Richard Pan claimed to live in Elk Grove when everyone knew he lived in Natomas (for the record, I like both of them). Either change the law or apply it uniformally. That's Equal Protection under the Fourteenth Amendment.

GENTRIFICATION OF INGLEWOOD? Construction is underway at Hollywood Park site; if they build there, will NFL's Rams come home? [Sam Farmer and Nathan Fenno @ LAT] - "For two decades, the NFL's return to L.A. has been little more than a pipe dream, the years littered with dozens of failed plans and proposals. A return to the nation's second-largest market is far more realistic now, though, because NFL owners are personally invested, with Kroenke in Inglewood and the owners of the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders teaming up on a competing stadium in Carson."


Finally, some fun...


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




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University Of California Sells Private Prison Holdings Following Student Campaign | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
UC invested approximately $25 million in two companies operating private correctional facilities

S.F. Sierra Club leaders resist newcomersâ
Longtime members argued that the challengers were a front group for real estate interests because they were backed by the the San Francisco Bay Area Renters’ Federation, a pro-development group founded early last year. In the months leading up to the election, the new group took to Reddit to encourage people to join the environmental organization so they could vote for its slate. The challenge transformed what is usually a sleepy affair into a fractious election, one that underscored the degree to which land-use issues dominate city politics, and also the influence of Sierra Club endorsements on ballot measures and political races. “Because of your votes, the SF Group thwarted a takeover attempt by a slate of candidates endorsed by a development-at-all-costs group, SF BARF,” Vaughan wrote in an e-mail after the election results were announced. Among them, Dewsnup drew the most scorn from longtime Sierra Club members because he is a real estate agent with little environmental background. The women, who are racial minorities, have worked in the environmental field, but the fact that the pro-development group supported them raised suspicions. “I have always been active in the environmental field, both as a profession as well as an activist on issue-based campaigns, this outcome does not change that,” Lee said in an e-mail. “This is a huge victory and a clear mandate for the SF Sierra Club to remain a strong environmental voice and continue to fight vigorously to protect our waterfront and environment in the many battles ahead in 2016 and beyond,” he said.

T. Boone Pickens Calls For Bipartisan Panel To Screen Candidates For President - Politico
The ad features information about last week's Senate vote on a $1.8 spending and tax package.

California Governments Low On Workers, High On Payrolls | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Census Bureau report continues long-standing trend

California Water Regulators Suggest Slight Easing Of Conservation Requirements
Much of San Diego County could benefit from the easing of water-conservation rules because of the desalination plant in Carlsbad, shown here in September.

'sometimes Progress Is A Little Uncomfortable': President Obama On Identity Politics : Code Switch : Npr
NPR's Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama at the White House. Claire O'Neill/NPR hide caption

Fremont Terrorism Case Hinges On Intent
But by the time the bespectacled California native and 2011 graduate of Fremont's Mission San Jose High showed up at San Francisco International Airport this summer to board a flight to Istanbul, he had stepped right into the government's war on terror and could end up going away to prison for years.

A Freeway Terror Attack Is The 'nightmare We Worry About,' Law Enforcers Say
A view of construction on the 91 Freeway between the 55 Freeway in Orange County and the 15 Freeway in Riverside County in July.

Measure To Limit Transgender Restroom Use Fails To | The Press Democrat
Monday was the deadline for the initiative's sponsors to submit voter signatures to county election offices for verification.

Alarcon Conviction Is The Latest In String Of Residency Prosecutions
With their convictions this year, two Los Angeles politicians face prison time for a crime once seen as nearly impossible to prosecute.

Richmond: Donald Trump Supporter Arrested On Suspicion Of Threatening Muslims, Possessing Pipe-bomb Device
Members of the mosque alerted police, and they launched an investigation into the local plumber and self-proclaimed Donald Trump supporter who posted on Facebook that he would follow the Republican presidential candidate "to the end of the world." On Sunday, police said, they arrested Celli, 55, after learning he posted a photo of a pipe bomb on social media. Inside his Richmond home, investigators said they found a pipe bomb-type device that was not armed with explosives.

Ted Cruz turns 45! 15 classic photos of the 2016 candidate on his birthday
On Tuesday, GOP presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz turns 45. On the eve of his birthday, POLITICO takes a look at some classic photographs from his time on the campaign trail.

SEIU Launches $3 Million Fund For Ballot Battle With Hospitals
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Obama: Trump Exploiting Blue-collar Fears In Campaign - Sfgate

2016 Election: Chris Christie Sharpens Attacks On Marco Rubio In New Hampshire - Politico
Of the 100 people who cast preferential ballots, 37 first-place votes went to the Islamic State's rise.

Little Known Of Mother Who Lived With California Shooter | The Sacramento Bee
When Rafia Sultana Farook needed help, she often turned to her younger son, a quiet and devout Muslim who the FBI says began veering toward radical ideology while living under her roof.

State floats plan to ease harsh water restrictions
California water officials on Monday announced plans to slightly ease the rigid conservation rules that have forced communities to cut back their water use as much as 36 percent during the drought. The proposal, expected to be approved before the current regulations expire in February, would maintain restrictions on urban water suppliers yet lower the state’s total water-savings target from 25 percent to 22 percent, compared to water use in 2013, officials said. The conservation policy launched in June at the direction of Gov. Jerry Brown has forced water suppliers to limit deliveries to homes and businesses — and in some cases levy big fines on customers who guzzle too much. The change is not meant to encourage people to save less, said Max Gomberg, senior environmental scientist for the State Water Resources Control Board, but reduce inequities in the current policy. Water agencies have taken issue with the individual reduction targets that have been assigned to them, which range between 4 percent and 36 percent, with bigger per-capita users hit with larger restrictions. Under the new conservation plan, water agencies could petition for a reduced level of savings — up to 4 percent less — in a handful of circumstances: if they’ve made efforts to boost supplies, if they’ve grown significantly in population or if they are in a particularly warm climate.

Critics Decry Contributions To Councilman Englander From Taser Execs Seeking LAPD Camera Contract
Last year, a dozen donors affiliated with Taser International, half of them company executives, put $8,400 into the reelection bid of Councilman Mitch Englander

Shrimp Boy Trial: Chow Takes The Witness Stand In Own Defense
Howard Mintz @
Chow, who insists his current racketeering indictment is government-created "fiction," acknowledged that his past was steeped in crime, from gun violence and beating up rivals to running drug and prostitution operations. Chow's first day on the witness stand dealt primarily with his past, but he is expected to address the current charges as the week unfolds.

Chelsea Clinton Pregnant With Second Child - Politico
The ad features information about last week's Senate vote on a $1.8 spending and tax package.

Mother's Grief, Persistence Lead To New Federal Law For Car Rentals
Raechel and Jacqueline Houck had a five-hour drive from their mother’s Ojai home north to Santa Cruz. They wanted to see some friends along the way and Raechel had to work that evening, so the sisters hugged their family and, with Raechel behind the wheel, drove off in their rented PT Cruiser.