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THE NOONER for December 31, 2015

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Baby, it's cold outside...

Well, we have 12 hours of 2015 left (12.5 for the Early Bird subscribers). Many of you know that I've had a really crappy year, and can't wait to change that calendar (well, Google kind of does it for me). I hope that the rest of you can look back fondly on 2015 and are prepared for a great 2016. Nevertheless, I've enjoyed our little Nooner community with you and thrive on the dialogs that I've had with many of you.

In Buddhism, tomorrow is the biggest holiday of the year, as it represents renewal and a new start. I'll fail at one're supposed to have your house cleaned, sheets washed, etc. Yeah, unlikely to happen. But, I'll hit a service tonight before Old Sac fireworks and another tomorrow morning and am looking forward to getting on my dharma (teachings) with my sangha (community).

WELCOME 2016: Higher pay, hoverboards and vaccinations: Hundreds of new laws in California [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Many of the 807 bills signed into law touch on broad aspects of California residents’ everyday lives or address major issues like voter participation, and life and death."

WHITE CHRISTMAS: Is the drought over? No – but December snow survey is good news for California [Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow @ SacBee] - "As California closed out its fourth year of drought, employees from the state Department of Water Resources conducted the season’s first manual measurement of the Sierra Nevada snowpack Wednesday. They pronounced the results encouraging."

PLAYING BOTH SIDES: Big Oil braced for global warming while it fought regulations [Amy Lieberman and Susanne Rust @ LAT] - "A joint investigation by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism’s Energy and Environmental Reporting Project and the Los Angeles Times earlier detailed how one company, Exxon, made a strategic decision in the late 1980s to publicly emphasize doubt and uncertainty regarding climate change science even as its internal research embraced the growing scientific consensus."

CAN WE GET RID OF THE INITIATIVE PROCESS ALREADY? Should California lawmakers be forced to take lie detector tests? [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] . . . Wow, this is crap. The initiative would also prohibit legislators from lobbying for 12 years after leaving office, instead of the current one year.

PENSION POLITICS: Ruling threatens San Diego pension overhaul [David Garrick @ SDUT] - "City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said he hopes to quickly get City Council approval to appeal Tuesday’s ruling by the Public Employment Relations Board, which he has previously criticized as staunchly pro-union. Goldsmith predicted a state appellate court would nullify the ruling and vindicate the pension cutbacks, which city voters easily approved as Proposition B back in 2012. The measure replaced guaranteed pensions with 401(k)-style retirement plans for most new city hires."

IT'S JUST HUUUGE: Mega ships bring benefits and challenges to ports of L.A. and Long Beach [Chris Kirkham @ LAT] - "The largest container ship ever to unload in North America arrived at the Port of Los Angeles on Dec. 22. Four days later, an even bigger one showed up: the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, a ship just about as long as the Empire State Building is tall."

Barack Obama appears with Jerry Seinfeld on Seinfeld's Comedians in a Car Getting Coffee. Of course, they couldn't leave the White House grounds, but it's great nevertheless. Regardless of your feelings of Obama (or Bush or...), the last year of the presidency is an amazing thing. Obama had such a great time at the Kennedy Center Honors and now this...

Seriously, the Kings lost to the 2-31 76ers last night? At least they can't lose today.

In other sports news, star Texas Christian University quarterback Trevone Boykin was arrested last night in a bar fight that ended with him hitting a police officer. Not a wise move 48 hours before your Alamo Bowl game against Oregon (and final game with TCU). He won't be playing on Saturday. Damn, should have bet for my Oregon Ducks!

My cousin (a political science professor at DePaul) is a big Horny Frog fan, and I'm a Ducks fan because of my Oregon family, many of whom went to U of O. So, it's been a fun few hours, but it's sad for the great quarterback Boykin.

THE CONUNDRUM SOLUTION: Netflix to stream fake New Year's Eve countdowns so you can put the kids to bed early [Alyssa Pereira @ SFChron] - "Netflix wants to help out by assisting you in executing an elaborate lie to trick your kids into thinking they counted down to midnight with the rest of this time zone. [Today], the video streaming site will offer countdowns with six different themes, each starring different animated and live action characters."

Uber sent out a message saying the busiest hours will be 12:30am - 4:00am. Yeah, I'll be celebrating New Year's Eve with New York EST.

CONGRATULATIONS: . . . to Senate Sergeant at Arms Jodie Barnett on his retirement. One of the best people to ever work in the Capitol.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Asm Bob Wieckowski's district director Rocky Fernandez and Assembly Budget Chief Consultant Christian Griffith




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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.


Should California Lawmakers Be Forced To Take Lie Detector Tests? | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Proposed measure inspired by recent indictments of legislators

California’s New Health Laws Coming In 2016 | State Of Health | Kqed News
The new year arrives Friday and with it, a host of new state laws.

Looking For A California State Job In 2016? | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz chronicles civil-service life for California state workers

Ruling Threatens San Diego Pension Overhaul |
Jerry Sanders — Nelvin C. Cepeda

Raiders Scoff At Oakland Stadium Plan: "they Just Don't Want To Play With Us."
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 roughly 400-page document submitted by St. Louis, which detailed a $1.1 billion stadium plan, funded 50 percent by city and state taxpayers.

Ap Nation / World | Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown - Ap Nation / World
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Law Enforcement, Advocates Blame Politics For Increase In Hate Crimes | The California Report | Kqed News
Authorities in Northern California are investigating nearly half a dozen attacks against Muslims and Islamic institutions in the last month.

Woman Can't Sue San Diego Ex-mayor Despite His Guilty Plea
Bob Filner resigned as San Diego's mayor in 2013 after more than a dozen women accused him of groping and making inappropriate sexual remarks.

Law Will Make It Easier For Crime Victims To Get Help | The California Report | Kqed News
California’s system for helping victims of violent crimes is getting a major update come Jan. 1, when a new law takes effect aiming to better connect survivors with services.

Santa Clara: Soccer Park Advocates Sue To Halt Nfl's Super Bowl Takeover
Ramona Giwargis @
"We're not trying to ruin the Super Bowl," said Gautam Dutta, a managing partner at the Business, Energy, and Election Law firm, and the attorney representing the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League in its lawsuit against the city filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court. "But we want to make sure the kids are provided for. And right now, time's up. The fields could be paved over as early as Monday."

Kamala Harris Urges Federal Regulators To Tighten Rules On Payday Lenders
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First Draft: Marco Rubio Helped Brother-in-Law Get Real Estate License After Prison Release, Report Says
s House, he used his influence to help his brother-in-law get a real estate license after his release from prison, where he had been serving time for trafficking cocaine, according to a report.

Biomass Power Could Help California's Dying Forests -
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Enrique Marquez Jr. Faces More Charges In San Bernardino Terrorist Attack
In this courtroom sketch, Enrique Marquez Jr. appears in federal court in Riverside on Dec. 21.

Carson Campaign Raises $23 Million In 4th Quarter - Politico
Polls show Republicans are fired up and excited to vote in the presidential race. Democrats say there's no cause for alarm.

Departing L.A. County Probation Chief Set To Receive Nearly $295,000 Severance
Jerry Powers, shown in 2013, is set to receive nearly $295,000 in severance after his exit as head of the city's Probation Department.

Anti-poverty Measure Contains Wealth Of Iffy Ideas |
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Ted Cruz 2016 Campaign Fundraising Numbers: He Is Expected To Report Raising Nearly $20 Million In Fourth Quarter - Politico
His total for the year is $45 million, campaign manager Jeff Roe said in a memo to staff.

Palos Verdes Police Chief Promises To Take On The 'bay Boys' Of Lunada
Sef Krell is an attorney and a surfer who said he was harassed last year by 'Bay Boys' who try to drive away visitors who come to surf at Lunada Bay in Palos Verdes. He filed a police complaint but the case has not been solved.

Notebook: The Next Big Voting-Rights Fight
“One person, one vote” has long been the logic behind drawing legislative districts. But a new case faces the Supreme Court with a huge question: Who, exactly, counts as a "person”?