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THE NOONER for January 16, 2016

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Happy Saturday! What a good football weekend we have ahead. And the weather gives you an excuse to sit on the couch and enjoy. For the men, during halftime, do some bathroom cleaning to make your lady-friend forgive your pigskin watching. Anyway, I'll be quick today!

I meant to write earlier this week about Anthony Rendon's election as Speaker (effective March). Instead of the typical acceptance speech at the dais, he addressed his colleagues and fellow Californians from his desk. It was a strong sign of being a Speaker "of the people." Toni Atkins has been great and Anthony will follow.

OVERTURN? Rare murmurs about veto overrides in California Assembly [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "While California law allows legislators to nix gubernatorial vetoes with a two-thirds vote, they haven’t deployed the tactic to challenge Brown, a Democrat, since he took office in 2011. In fact, the Legislature hasn’t successfully overcome one since 1979. But legislators declined on Friday to erase a number of vetoes from the record, leaving open the possibility of overriding them."

BUILDING FRIENDS: Tom Steyer, billionaire environmentalist, to help advance Latino candidates [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, the former hedge-fund manager who has steadily increased his state and national political footprint, has been named co-chairman of the Washington-based Latino Victory Fund."

WHAT'S GREEN IS GOLD: There's a pot of gold in legalized pot - about $1 billion in taxes for California [Teri Sforza @ OCR] - "Support is lining up behind one initiative in particular, which would pump tax revenue “ranging from the high hundreds of millions of dollars to over $1 billion annually” into California public coffers, while slashing the cost of prosecuting marijuana cases by some $100 million a year, according to the state Legislative Analyst."

CORPORATE SCUM: Goodbye "Ahwahnee Hotel," hello "The Majestic Yosemite Hotel"? The scum at Delaware North Companies (DNC) are being crybabies after losing their concession contract in Yosemite National Park (although they have most other national parks). Unbeknownst to the feds, they filed trademarks on the names of facilities throughout the park. Now they are suing the feds over allowing the names for future use by the United States or Aramark, the new concessionaire. Of course, DNC wasn't the concessionaire when the Ahwahnee opened in 1927, let alone Curry Village in 1879. 

DNC is a "family-owned" private company, meaning we don't know about their finances. One thing that's clear is that the leadership is all white men. What do they care about the Native American legacy of the names in Yosemite? 

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Tom Steyer, Billionaire Environmentalist, To Help Advance Latino Candidates | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Steyer joins as co-chairman ex-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

L.A. Lawmakers Obtain Formal Power Over 2024 Olympic Bid
Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, pictured last year, said the City Council should be "equal partners" as an Olympic bid is developed.

Ted Cruz Can't Be President, Lawsuit Says - Us News
In a 28-page complaint Thursday, Newton Schwartz asked the Supreme Court to decide if Cruz's birth to an American mother and Cuban father while they lived in Calgary violates the Constitution's "natural born citizen" requirement.

Water Regulators Propose Further Relaxation Of Conservation Requirements
Water providers that have struggled in recent months to meet conservation targets could soon get some relief under the modified drought rules unveiled Friday by state regulators.

FBI-S.F. Police Counterterrorism Activity Violated Local Law, Advocates Say | News Fix | Kqed News
Activists from San Francisco’s Arab, South Asian and Muslim communities are reacting with angry disbelief to a Police Department report denying it violated a city ordinance governing local law enforcement participation in FBI counterterrorism investigations.

Many Questions Remain Elusive In California Terror Attack | The Sacramento Bee
David Bowdich, chief of the FBI's Los Angeles field office, told The Associated Press that of all the unanswered questions, the one he most wants answered is whether the husband-and-wife killers had accomplices.

Inside Death Row, Inmates Disagree On Capital Punishment | The California Report | Kqed News
Robert Galvan was standing, shirtless, outside in a 12-by-9 rectangular cage the day I was there. His body is covered in tattoos. Galvan was sent to Corcoran Prison in 1996 — he got a life sentence for robbery, a kidnapping for ransom and assault with a deadly weapon.

15-year Prison Sentence For Man Who Killed O.C. Bicyclist
A driver who was high on heroin when he crashed into and killed a bicyclist in Newport Beach was sentenced Friday to 15 years to life in prison.

Court Of Appeal To Hear Arguments In Vergara Lawsuit Next Month | Edsource
Students Matter founder and funder David Welch speaks after the 2014 Superior Court ruling that backed the claims in Vergara v. California and CTA.

Judge Orders Mwd To Release Data On Recipients Of Turf Replacement Rebates
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California must release the names and addresses of recipients of millions of dollars in turf replacement rebates.

The Fear Factor Dominates Campaign Rhetoric :: Fox&hounds
All of this is playing out in an environment of unbridled cable news and radio talk show bloviation, social media frenzy and the hyper-partisanship that has gripped the political arena.

Drought Rules Could Be Eased For Sacramento Region, Other Inland Areas | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow @
Mandatory conservation rules would be less stringent under new plan

S.F. Budget Analyst Says City Got Poor Financial Deal On Super Bowl - San Francisco Chronicle
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California Considers Extending Mandatory Water Conservation Through The Fall
Today's high

Advocates Demand State End Improper Use Of Force On Special Ed Students | Edsource
The Tobinworld II special education school on Country Hills Drive in Antioch.

Audit: Basketball And Working Out Commonly Part Of Garbage Truck Drivers Work Day -
Bob Moffitt @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Walmart to close nearly 269 stores worldwide, including its only Oakland branch
Walmart will close 269 stores by the end of the month, with the Oakland location among those on the international list, company officials announced Friday. In Oakland, employees and city officials expressed shock, and some speculated that the city’s minimum wage law played a part in the decision to shutter the store there. The minimum wage in the city of Oakland played a factor, was one of the factors, they considered in closing the stores. “Actively managing our portfolio of assets is essential to maintaining a healthy business,” said Doug McMillon, Walmart’s president and CEO, in a statement. While most of the stores will close on Jan. 28, Oakland was among those that will shutter on Sunday, when the doors are locked for good at 7 p.m. When Oakland’s Walmart opened in 2005, 11,000 people applied for jobs. “I saw it on the news,” said Vickie, a woman who declined to give her last name, as she arrived for her shift at the store on Edgewater Drive in East Oakland. The store’s workers will stay on to close out the store and move inventory through mid-February, said Walmart spokeswoman Delia Garcia. “All the things we come to buy because over here it’s cheaper compared to other stores,” said Noe Barrajas, who had just purchased soda and other items in the store, adding he lives in East Oakland and the store is convenient. On Monday afternoon, the parking lot was packed and customers streamed through the doors, only a few stopping to read the notice of closure on the sliding doors. Councilman Noel Gallo said the closure was a loss of the kind of entry-level positions that can help people get back on their feet. The closures were based on a store’s financial performance, among other considerations, and that Walmart is managing its portfolio and will continue to grow, adding seven new stores in California in the coming months, Garcia said.

Porter Ranch Gas Leak: Health Officials Admit Slow Initial Response | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Officials with the Los Angeles County Public Health Department concede they were slow to begin extensive testing around a ruptured natural gas well near Porter Ranch because they expected the gas leak to be short-lived.

Spanos, Faulconer Begin Dialogue |
The San Diego Chargers vs. The Jacksonville Jaguars at Qualcomm Stadium. Dean Spanos.

Life Along Concrete River Hits Bump For Los Angeles Homeless As Encampments Torn Down
The city of Los Angeles is trying to work out a plan for dealing with its vast homeless population. But while strategies are plotted, the job of clearing out homeless encampments goes on.

Sanders Calls On Michigan Gov. Snyder To Resign Over Flint Water Crisis - Politico
Hillary Clinton also expresses disappointment in the governor's response.

SF budget analyst says city got poor financial deal on Super Bowl
San Francisco’s Budget and Legislative Analyst slammed the city for not signing an agreement with the National Football League and the Super Bowl Host Committee for full reimbursement of city’s $4.8 million in costs, in a report released Friday afternoon. San Francisco’s Police, and Emergency Management departments even signed letters of assurance promising not to seek reimbursement from the NFL for providing additional security services related to Super Bowl activities. The events are being organized and paid for by the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, a group of private donors, but the city will have to pitch in for everything from added security to cleanup costs and expanded public transportation. “To not have such an agreement would result in a subsidy to the NFL and the Host Committee, which reportedly has raised $50 million to pay for Super Bowl 50 events,” the report states.