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THE NOONER for December 23, 2015

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I'M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS: Recent snow lifts Sierra snowpack to 112 percent of normal [Dale Kasler @ SacBee] - "The Sierra Nevada snowpack has leaped to above-normal status for this time of year, a bit of encouragement after four years of drought in California. This week’s snows left the snowpack at 112 percent of normal Wednesday morning, according to the Department of Water Resources."

Tahoe got 6.4 billion gallons of water in 24 hrs!

And more is coming tomorrow… Let's hope for a super slow melt and no warm rains. We don't need a repeat of the 1997 flood.

A SWEET PILL TO SWOLLOW: Pharmaceutical industry group scoops up former Assemblyman Henry Perea [Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "Assemblyman Henry T. Perea’s announcement earlier this month he was resigning a year before his term expired set off a guessing game in Sacramento: Which interest group would scoop up the leader of the informal but powerful coalition of business-friendly Democrats? That mystery was solved Tuesday, with the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, better known as PhRMA, revealing the Fresno Democrat will be a senior director of state advocacy. Perea will join the influential trade group, which represents drug companies, on Jan. 4 and will direct field operations in California, Arizona and Nevada."

This trend disturbs me. I have no problem with lobbyists having been one for many years, but the early resignation will leave the voters of Fresno without representation at the beginning of the legislative year (which starts January 4). And, there is certainly an ethics question about whether conversations are happening behind closed doors or at the Capitol's watering holes that are essentially job offers while the hiring entity has business before the Legislature.

Of course, Perea can't "lobby" for a year. Wink-wink.

THE INFLUENCER: The 2015 Pension 40: The Long Climb [Robert Teitelman @ Institutional Investor] - Kevin de León is ranked #6 in the nation. 

SAY IT AIN'T SO! California's Dungeness crab declared not safe for Christmas [Dianne de Guzman @ SFChron] - "California's Dungeness crab remains unsafe for consumption on Christmas Day and the season will be further delayed, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed Tuesday. The most recent tests for the presence of domoic acid in the crabs show that levels are not within the California Department of Public Health's standards for safe consumption."

Hug a crab fisherman this week. It's the largest fishery in California ($60 milllion last year), and now has missed the two biggest consumption days of the year (along with Thanksgiving). This comes after a summer salmon season that yielded only one-third as normal. That's usually where California fisherman alternate to in non-crabbing season. 

Obviously, there are a lot of collateral impact in the coastal communities as well. It's also wreaking havoc on charities that frequently raise a huge amount of their budgets through crab feeds this time of year.

You can still get it at some stores, but it's running about $50 per crab!

HAPPY X-MAS! At 12:01am tomorow morning, you'll be able to listen the entire Beatles music catalog for the first time on streaming sites.

(I know that the song is not Beatles, but rather Lennon/Ono.) Sorry, John, war is still not over 35 years after your death. But, you did include the caveat "if you want it," and far too many in this world don't want it.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Christiana Dominguez and Wendy Mitchell!

Special inclusion for Jim Battin today. Go Ducks!

Go Ducks!




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  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of CA seeks two experienced Senior Campaign Organizers to work with the seven California Planned Parenthood affiliates  on campus  and electoral organizing through the November 2016. Three to five years and two election cycles experience as full time campaign staff required. Prior management experience preferred. Excellent salary (DOE) and cellphone/laptop stipend and reimbursement of healthcare up to a cap. Positions located in the south and north. Details here.

Tahoe Gets 6.4 Billion Gallons Of Water In 24 Hrs. - Sfgate
Since midnight Monday, the lake has gone up 1.92 inches, the equivalent of 6.39 billion gallons of water. The water comes as a winter storm slams the Sierra, bringing several feet of snow to higher elevations and rain at lake level, which sits at roughly 6,223 feet.

Solano State Prison Is Failed By Examiners For Poor Healthcare
State inspectors say medical care at Solano State Prison remains poor after a decade of oversight by a court-appointed receiver.

The Ad Campaign: Ad Portrays Marco Rubio as an Action Hero on Health Care
s campaign, shows his legislative efforts to trip up the Affordable Care Act.

Henry Perea Takes Job With Pharmaceutical Industry Group | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Assembly member joins Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

Formerly interned Japanese Americans stand up against Muslim hate
At the age of 93, Hiroshi Kashiwagi fears the country hasn’t changed much since he was interned at Tule Lake during World War II, and empathizes with Muslim Americans who are enduring hate that Japanese Americans like him once endured. On Tuesday, Kashiwagi, a poet, joined a consortium of Asian American and Muslim American organizations to denounce a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment sweeping the country, fueled, in part, by proposals by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to ban Muslim immigration and create a registry for those living in the country legally. Sameena Usman, government relations coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, pointed to vandalism of mosques in recent weeks as well as a confrontation against Muslim men who were praying at Lake Chabot. A video of the incident posted Dec. 7 on Facebook purported to show a Corrections Department employee, Denise Slader, hitting a Muslim man with an umbrella and throwing coffee on him. Samina Sundas, founder and executive director of the American Muslim Voice Foundation, said the anti-Muslim activity has made Muslim girls afraid of going to school out of fear of being bullied— a concern Korematsu identified with growing up in the postwar period of lingering anti-Japanese sentiment. “Some of our public figures began to draw the historical connections themselves in surprising ways,” said Yaman Salahi, a staff attorney for the Asian Law Caucus.

California Gun Restraining Orders Seek To Balance Public Safety, Ownership Rights | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
New law allows family, police to seek gun prohibitions

Shrimp Boy Trial: Chow Says He's 'changed Man'
Howard Mintz @
While the government maintains the agents uncovered Chow's involvement in a wide spectrum of crime, he told the jury that he had "walked away" from being "a professional criminal" by the time he met those operatives. And Chow, again dressed nattily in suit, tie and vest, insisted he never took money to orchestrate crimes.

Political Memo: In New Hampshire, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie Add Guilt Trips to Campaign Stops
Two Republicans lagging in polls have been telling the first-in-nation voters of their enormous responsibility to pick a candidate not named Donald Trump.

State Rolls Out New Advisory Committee For Elections Guidance | 89.3 Kpcc
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FILE: Voter registration and sample pamphlets are printed in multiple languages. Benjamin Brayfield/KPCC

Christie: 'no Interest' In Responding To Trump's Off-color Comments - Politico
Jake Tapper pressed Christie, asking whether it was appropriate for a presidential candidate to use such a term in the way Trump did.

New Laws Open New Paths To Electric Bikes And Skateboards -
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Kentucky Governor Strikes Clerks' Names From Marriage Licenses - Politico
Ted Cruz laid into the Washington Post on Tuesday for making 'fun of my girls.'

La Airport Police Officers Union Calls For More Regulation Of Drones
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Jail, Rehabilitation For Top User Of 911 Services In San Diego |
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City Attorney Demands Faster Relocation Of Residents Near Porter Ranch Gas Leak
A student from Castlebay Lane Charter School who has been relocated to another school by her parents joins students and parents as they protest in Porter Ranch on Dec. 11. 

First Draft: Which Senators Were Busy, and Who Stayed Out of Sight?
With the 2015 legislative session in the books, C-Span has gone to the tape to see which White House contenders had remained productive, and which missed roll-call votes.

Pasadena Police Fumbled Their Investigation Of A Black Teen's Shooting, Report Says
A new copy of an independent consultant's report on the 2012 fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by Pasadena police officers includes more criticism of the way the city's Police Department handled the investigation into the killing.

Gov. Brown appointee killed in East Bay plane crash
The pilot of a small plane who died when the aircraft went down in Castro Valley Tuesday was identified by family members as John Sacco, of Rocklin — who Gov. Jerry Brown appointed to the state Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board earlier this year. Federal Aviation Administration officials said the plane was flying about 12 miles east of Oakland International Airport when the pilot lost radio contact with air traffic controllers about 11:30 a.m. Search teams from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, the Alameda County Fire Department, the East Bay Regional Parks District and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection began combing through a wide swath of unincorporated Alameda County, near the Sunol Ridge south of Pleasanton, just after noon. Wet, cloudy weather made the search more difficult, but crews discovered the smashed plane near the 3300 block of Palomares Road on a wooded hillside around 3:45 p.m., said Sgt. J.D. Nelson, a sheriff’s office spokesman. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries during a ground search, the Alameda County Fire Department reported, but they were treated and quickly cleared to go back to work. The sheriff’s office was securing the scene Tuesday night with plans to conduct an investigation in collaboration with the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA into the cause of the crash.

California Ahead Of Curve As Clean Power Plan Takes Effect -
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826