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THE NOONER for January 26, 2016
¡Hola! ¿Como estas?
Well, the talk of the town is about whether tampons should be taxed via sales taxes. The argument is that they are only used by women and Viagra isn't taxed, and the product is necessary for personal hygiene. But, there is toilet paper...slippery slope...we're coming right for you.
Sorry to my subscriber that got my Kings tickets yesterday. Seriously, DeMarcus scores 56 points and the Kings lose in double overtime?
THAT LASTED LONG: Sacramento transit agency backs off of 20 percent fare hike proposal [Tony Bizjak @ SacBee] - "A majority of RT board members said at a Monday night meeting they could not support a level of rate hikes that one community member called “blackhearted.” They told staff to look for ways to improve the agency’s shaky financial situation without leaning so heavily on riders."
DOUBLE-X FACTOR: California Women Lead Hosts Annual Legislative Reception. "Honoring the recipients of our MOVER Award: Making Our Vision of Equality a Reality." Tomorrow from 5:30-7:30pm at the Citizen Hotel.
GO FOR IT, STEVE HANSEN: Time for a redo of downtown Sacramento’s Capitol Mall, Crocker Park? [Tony Bizjak @ SacBee] - "With a downtown arena on the rise and plans afoot for more housing and offices, some downtown Sacramento leaders say the timing is right for makeovers of two underused downtown public spaces, stately but dull Capitol Mall and nearby Crocker Park."
PICKED THE WRONG TIME TO START RENTING: Home prices jump in L.A. and Orange counties -- and soar in San Francisco [Samantha Masunaga @ LAT] - "Home prices in Los Angeles and Orange counties jumped 6.2% in November compared with a year earlier, and prices in San Francisco kept soaring, according to results from the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller index released Tuesday."
Anyway, my councilman Steve Hansen will take care of me or I'll move into my neighbor Jay Hansen's backyard.
Actually, the talk around the Southside Park neighborhood in Sacramento (and probably other neighborhoods) is just how much rent and home prices will go up when the arena opens this fall. The city is going through a renaissance, but there will be consequences.
THE 411 (which the kids probably don't understand...it used to take three twirls around the phone dial): In Wildly Overbroad New Investigation, California Telephone Regulators Gasp For Relevance [Larry Downes @ Forbes] - "California’s scandal-plagued Public Utilities Commission is at it again. Just before Thanksgiving, the agency surprised everyone by launching a comprehensive investigation into the state of competition in the increasingly obsolete analog telephone network."
HOLY COW: El Niño storms erode Pacifica bluff as homes teeter on the edge [Veronica Rocha @ LAT]- "Apartment buildings lining a rocky cliff overlooking the ocean in Pacifica, Calif., are in peril after recent El Niño storms severely eroded the crumbling bluff."
Pacifica is a beautiful locale if you'd never been there. Let's wish the community the best.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to CA Faculty Association's Eddie Kirby, Dept of Fish and Wildlife's Scott Lipton, and Chris Stampolis.
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S.F. drops animal control facility from bond-measure plan
City officials have nixed a plan to ask voters to spend $54 million on a new Animal Care and Control facility because of concern that doing so would send the wrong message at a time when San Francisco is facing a housing and homelessness crisis. Board of Supervisors President London Breed also questioned whether the money could be better spent on a mental health facility and raised those concerns with Mayor Ed Lee. âÂÂFifty-four million is a lot of money to spend on any facility,âÂÂ Breed said Monday at a Capital Planning Committee meeting, where she also criticized the city for âÂÂpouring money down the drainâÂÂ on projects she said are too big and sometimes unnecessary. The money that would have gone to the animal facility will now be split among three initiatives: $20 million for the Department of Public Health to modernize local clinics, including providing mental health services; $20 million for modernizing and transforming homeless shelters; and $14 million for neighborhood fire stations. âÂÂThe mayor is certainly committed to completing the Animal Care and Control facility âÂÂ just using a different source of funding,âÂÂ said Kate Howard, the mayorâÂÂs budget director. Most are cats and dogs, but the animals run the gamut and include snakes, turtles, guinea pigs and even skunks. The department has long sought a new building, both because the existing facility is seismically unsafe and because the large rooms that house the animals contribute to the spread of viruses and diseases among them. Another poll for the city done this month found that voters were most supportive of money for mental health, psychiatric services and San Francisco General Hospital.
Hillary Clinton 2016 Tax Increases: Analysis: Clinton Proposed Almost $500 Billion In Tax Increases - Politico
Christie plans to break from the campaign trail to attend a high-dollar fundraising luncheon in Chicago.
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Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
As methane pours out of a leaking underground gas storage field near Porter Ranch, local lawmakers are looking with concern at gas fields in their own districts.
Graduation Rates Are On The Agenda As Cal State Trustees Meet In Long Beach
The message from Gov. Jerry Brown in his recently released 2016-17 budget proposal could not have been clearer: Cal State campuses are not meeting the mark in graduating four-year degree students within four years.
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Hoping to persuade undecided Democrats with just a week until the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders took on some of the questions that have most dogged their candidacies, from trustworthiness and e-mails to feasibility and socialism.
San Francisco Supervisor Pushes For Super Bowl Event Reimbursement | News Fix | Kqed News
On Tuesday, San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim will introduce emergency legislation to force the city to renegotiate its deal with the NFL over the cost of hosting Super Bowl events.
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The German chancellor and British prime minister agreed progress has been made on Britain’s renegotiation with the EU.
Apnewsbreak: $1 Billion Insured Losses In California Fires
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San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener says the city needs to find a prompt and “humane” way to eliminate tent encampments that house a growing number of homeless people.