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THE NOONER for December 30, 2015

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  • AD40 (Redlands): removed attorney Christine Gagnier (D)

COMMITTEE SHAKE-UP: Committee musical chairs begins in California Assembly [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "New Assembly leadership means new committee assignments, and the reshuffle started on Tuesday. Decisions about who gets to lead which committee carry significant weight in the Legislature, helping to dictate influence and direct campaign dollars. New assignments started trickling out in anticipation of Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, taking over as Assembly speaker and Assemblyman Henry Perea, D-Fresno, departing to advise a pharmaceutical industry group."

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EMAIL HELL: Aside from The Nooner, I would suggest you stay away from email until midnight tomorrow night. It's the quarterly fundraising deadline for federal candidates and the semi-annual deadline for state candidates. The desperation is palpable.

CONSENSUS ON CANNIBAS? Pot advocates settle on 2016 initiative [Steven Greenhut @ SDUT] - "In November, former Facebook President Sean Parker backed something called the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Parker is a billionaire who has said he will dedicate millions to the effort. The proposal also earned the backing of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the 2018 gubernatorial candidate who headed the state’s blue-ribbon commission on marijuana."

NEW YEAR'S BONUS: Wage hike will lift families, won’t cost jobs [Luis Alejo @ SacBee] - "On Friday, Assembly Bill 10 gets California to 10 – a $10-per-hour statewide minimum wage. The final step of a two-stage increase under legislation I authored in 2013, it will give California the nation’s highest minimum wage, along with Massachusetts. All Californians will benefit, not just those workers who will get a raise. The increase will help close California’s growing income equality gap and it will provide additional economic stimulus for our state."

CRABBY: Fresh Dungeness crab may be on the way from Oregon and Washington [Ryan Sabalow @ SacBee] - "Expect to see deals on frozen Dungeness crab at local grocery stores this week, as freezers are emptied in anticipation of Oregon and Washington reopening a commercial crabbing season that had been closed for a month because of toxins in crab meat. California’s crab season, meanwhile, will remain closed, still blighted by a massive coastal algae bloom that has infected crabs along the Pacific shoreline with a toxin that is potentially fatal in humans."

Good culinary news, but still sad for the fisherman and communities that support them . . .

SNOWGLOBE: Visits to California ski areas rebound after a series of snowstorms [Taylor Goldenstein @ LAT] - "After a couple years of not-so-white Christmases, California skiers and snowboarders are welcoming the most bounteous blanket in years. That’s good news for ski resorts across the state, which say business has increased after a series of snowstorms beginning last week in the Sierra Nevada contributed to an above-average snowpack."

BLACKFISH: SeaWorld sues to keep breeding killer whales [Lori Weinberg @ SDUT] - "SeaWorld made good on its vow to challenge a California Coastal Commission decision barring the breeding of its killer whales, filing a lawsuit Tuesday in San Diego demanding a reversal of the prohibition. At issue is an October action by the coastal agency approving SeaWorld San Diego’s plans to significantly enlarge its killer whale tanks, but only on the condition that the marine park no longer be able to breed captive orcas, nor transfer them into or out of the park."

Kobe, go out with class and not as an ass. In the words of the Lakers announcers, he nearly "decapitated" former teammate Jeremy Lin and then complained about being called with a foul. The fight goes back to competition for shots on the Lakers...Kobe believes he should get first call on shots.

The Nooner's heart goes out to the people of the Midwest who are dealing with severe flooding in the continuation of the awful storms that hit the South over Christmas. It's just been a brutal and very unhappy holiday season for far too many Americans.

EARGASM: How do you make a President cry? You're Aretha Franklin signing "Natural Woman" in honor of Carole King at the Kennedy Center Honors. Absolutely beautiful (aired last night).

PARADISE CITY: The original Guns N' Roses reuniting for Coachella and stadium tour - "The original Guns N' Roses are reportedly reuniting to headline the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in April, Billboard reports. It will be the first time founding frontman Axl Rose and founding guitarist Slash have performed together since July 17, 1993."

Congrats to the Cal Bears on a great 55-36 win over Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl yesterday, and particularly to QB Jared Goff. In his last game as a Bear, he scored 6 touchdowns, a bowl record. Now, let's get him to go to Santa Clara...

USC plays Wisconsin at 7:30pm PST tonight in the Holiday Bowl.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Tina Cannon Leahy, who is moving from Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife to the State Water Resources Control Board. She was also a law school colleague of mine at King Hall.




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  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West Regional Political Organizers (Los Angeles and Bay Area). 85,000 member California healthcare union seeks strategic, progressive, motivated political organizers, 3-5 yrs political/union experience. Competitive salary and benefits package. Resume, letter, 3 references:

  • 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.


Senate Republican Leader Fuller Comments on New Law Closing Gender Pay Gap
SACRAMENTO - Several new state laws will go into effect on Friday, January 1st, including Senate Bill 358, considered the nation's strongest equal pay law for women. All 14 Senate Republicans unanimously voted in favor of SB 358, authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara).

How Immigration Issues Could Unfold During The 2016 Campaign
This year saw new influxes of Central Americans and Cubans on the southern border, Syrian refugees rejected by the leaders of more than 30 states and the president's executive action on immigration mired in legal challenges.

Committee Musical Chairs Begins In California Assembly | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

A Year After Congress Voted To End War On Medical Pot, Raids Continue In California
Marijuana grower Basil McMahon with his crop in Grass Valley, Calif. A new package of state laws will clarify California's regulation of the medical marijuana industry, beginning in 2018.

San Bernardino Massacre Struck At Who We Are | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @
A Copt from Eritrea and a Jew who believed that Christ is lord died together

A Year Of Change: The Top Five Education Stories Of 2015 | Edsource
But state leaders are also worried there may be trap doors in the complex blueprint. Among their initial questions: Will ESSA, as the new law will be called, require the state to re-create the Academic Performance Index, the 3-digit measure of school performance that the State Board of Education would like to kill? And will California have to keep giving a standardized test based on old science standards until the state creates a new test based on new standards, which may be three or four years from now?

Assemblyman Mike Gatto Plans Hearings On Porter Ranch Gas Leak
A member of the state Assembly from Southern California plans to hold a hearing in January on Southern California Gas Co.¿s response to a gas leak in Aliso Canyon that has forced the evacuation of thousands of Porter Ranch residents.

Possible Voter Data Breach Probed By California Elections Officials | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Company downplays sensitivity of information

Patricia Siegel, advocate for child care programs, dies
The cause was aplastic anemia, a rare blood disease, said her daughter, Tara Siegel. Siegel employed an entrepreneurial spirit to improving childhood education and services. “Her name is really synonymous with the best initiatives giving all children the opportunity to succeed,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, D-San Francisco, adding that Mrs. Siegel was an early champion of the idea that early education creates long-term cognitive and emotional benefits. “She changed child care in America,” said Margaret Brodkin, the former director of San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth and Their Families. [...] it was after she had her first child, at 23, that she embarked on what would become a lifelong career of improving child care services. In 1980, she founded and became executive director of the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network. Among her biggest achievements was the passage of federal legislation in 1990 creating the Child Care and Development Block Grant, which provides subsidies to low-income families seeking child care. “I would get home from work and my daughter would be in a bouncy chair and she would be on the phone with someone in Sacramento and at the same time streaming a hearing,” Tara Siegel said.

Marco Rubio 2016 Presidential Campaign Immigration: He Claims None Of His Rivals 'understands Immigration Better Than I Do' - Politico
"And I can tell you as the son of immigrants, raised and living in a community of immigrants, enforcing our immigration laws is not anti-immigrant,"...

Wilton Tribe Seeks Land For Casino Near Highway 99 | The Sacramento Bee
Peter Hecht @
Bid by Wilton Rancheria could lead to lavish casino and hotel resort near Galt

Should L.A.'s Probation Agency Be Split Between Youths And Adults?
Some elected officials and juvenile justice reform advocates are pushing a proposal that would split the probation agency into two parts, one for overseeing minors in trouble with the law and one for adults.

New Law Regulates Flea Market Pet Sales -
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Remaining Hospitalized San Bernardino Shooting Victims Are Out Of Critical Condition
Loma Linda University Medical Center, the closest hospital to the San Bernardino shooting scene, treated multiple victims wounded in the attack.

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For Bosses In California, A Tough New Fair-pay Law - Wsj
U.S. Airstrike Kills Associate of Paris Terror Ringleader

Inside California's Death Row
Howard Mintz @
Puddles of water sat on the cold, dank floors, as California leaders worried that the nation's largest death row would run out of space.

Five questions the candidates need to be asked, immediately
The presidential race has been ignoring education. That needs to stop.

L.A. County Jail Inmates Were Handcuffed To A Wall For Hours On 'potty Watch'
The North Facility of the Pitchess Jail in Castaic on May 19, 2010.

Donald Trump 2016 Campaign New Hampshire Endorsements: Some Trump Town Chairs Deny They Support Trump - Politico
The campaign decline to say if the agents were part of the former secretary of state's detail, or on their way to one of Clinton's events on Tuesday.

State Investigator Lays Out Developing Criminal Case Against Former PUC President
A state criminal investigation into the California Public Utilities Commission centers on former President Michael Peevey's persistent intervention into the process to assign costs for the failure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, newly released court documents show.

Oakland: Raiders Stadium Financing Plan Includes No New Offers Of Public Money
Matthew Artz @
The five-page letter signed by Mayor Libby Schaaf and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty included no new offers of public money for the team and paled in comparison to a more than 400-page document submitted by St. Louis, which detailed a $1.1 billion stadium plan, funded 50 percent by city and state taxpayers.

First Draft: Bill Clintonâ
John Kasich, the Ohio governor and Republican presidential candidate, will hold a campaign fund-raiser in California next month, co-hosted by the businessman Ron Burkle