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THE NOONER for January 31, 2016
My morning rant:
Email from Congressman John Garamendi: "It's crab season again, Please join me on February 19th"... Actually, it's not crab season in California and likely won't be by February 19th due to the algae bloom creating a toxin that might just kill you. I'm guessing he'll be importing from Oregon and Washington...a great message for a California member of Congress. Lots of organizations in NorCal have given up on local Dungeness and are flying in crabs from other states.
This is an environmental issue associated with increasing ocean temperatures. Why not have a seafood pasta feed that gives jobs to the poor California fishermen who are desperate for work, as well as the communities that rely on that economy?
Grilled tuna medallions. Bodega Bay oysters. Pacific halibut. Salmon. The options go on and on...
YOUR GRADUATE SCHOOL: A Facebook friend posted that he is reading "A Disorderly House" this morning, which reminded me I haven't put out the Sofa Degree list of books for a long time. While I don't discount higher education, these are the books you need to read for a life in California politics and policy:
ENDORSEMENT TIME: Cheryl Brown survives early challenge in contested re-election bid [Alexei Kosoff @ SacBee] - "Despite an unusual challenge from a fellow Democrat, Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown received enough support at a delegate vote in her San Bernardino-area district Saturday to secure the party’s endorsement at its upcoming convention. Brown is one of several moderate Democrat lawmakers this year who attracted unexpected intraparty opponents in safely Democratic districts where re-election would otherwise be a mere formality. Speculation that the challengers are backed by environmentalists seeking revenge for the weakening of high-profile climate-change legislation last session blossomed into controversy over whether the incumbents were being targeted because of their race."
The California Democratic Party's endorsement process is a parliamentarian's dream. To end up on the consent calendar for the state party convention (essentially guaranteeing your endorsement), a candidate needed to win 70% in the regional caucuses yesterday. If a candidate doesn't receive 70% yesterday, (s)he needed 50% yesterday. I know some of the results from yesterday (perhaps the most notable is that Mike Honda didn't receive 70% against Ro Khanna).
HOLY S STUFF: Day 100: The Porter Ranch gas leak that won't go away [Daily News]
DISCONNECT: Why activists in these California swing districts are feuding with the national Democratic Party [Javier Panzar @ LAT]
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to public affairs consultant Kelly Calkin, my friend consultant Andrea Jones, and political consultant Joshua Walters!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
November's Big Ballot Probably Won't Be Downsized By California's New Election Law
One year after enactment of what was hailed as major reform to encourage compromise on California ballot initiatives, there's still skepticism of Sacramento.
Matters Of Life, Death, Guns And Politics | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @ sacbee.com
Criminal justice is not well-suited for the blunt instrument that is the initiative process
California Tax Measures Loom Like El Niño Deluge
Andrew McGall @ contracostatimes.com
Transportation authorities in Contra Costa, Solano, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties are planning sales tax elections. Santa Clara County is also talking about a sales tax to help the homeless.
Recovered heroin addict goes full circle to serve huge community
Today, Eisen, who is a finalist for The ChronicleâÂÂs second annual Visionary of the Year award, leads HealthRight 360, a nonprofit health provider created in 2011 by a merger of Walden House and the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic. The previous year, she had been named the first and only Walden House graduate to serve as its chief executive officer. Under her leadership, the new organization has expanded its depth and range of services for underserved people, taking under its umbrella other health organizations in the Bay Area and throughout California. HealthRight 360 offers primary care, mental health and substance abuse services using programs sensitive to its patientsâÂÂ languages, ethnicities, genders, sexual identities and cultures. Barbara Garcia, director of health at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, described EisenâÂÂs leadership as âÂÂrooted in her commitment to communities that face profound prejudice and stigma.âÂÂ The personal struggles that brought Eisen to Walden House give her credibility, said journalist, author and broadcaster Ben Fong-Torres, who nominated Eisen for the Visionary award. A self-described middle-class Jew from the Bronx, Eisen dabbled early in marijuana and prescription drugs. Free from her addiction, Eisen finished her undergraduate degree at New College and then attended San Francisco State University, where she received her masterâÂÂs degree in social work. HealthRight 360 also offers treatment to inmates at three state prisons and last year agreed to operate GlideâÂÂs health clinic, now renamed Tenderloin Health Services. The organization plans next year to move its primary care, mental health and substance abuse services into a five-story 50,000-square-foot building it purchased at 1563 Mission St. Lyon-Martin Health Services will move into HealthRight 360âÂÂs current leased 34,000-square-foot building just two blocks away. Eisen credited the Affordable Care Act with helping to financially stabilize the organizationâÂÂs clinics by expanding Medicaid programs to poor people, often single men with no dependents, who previously could not qualify for benefits. Eisen, 56, is married to Rachel Sing, whom she met as a graduate student at Harvard, and the two are raising three children in Berkeley. The eight finalists were nominated by a distinguished committee that included Evan Marwell, CEO and co-founder of the nonprofit group Education SuperHighway; Pam Baer, founder and CEO of For Goodness Sake, a nonprofit foundation that created an e-commerce site to connect consumers with curated brands and nonprofits; Ron Conway, an angel investor and philanthropist; Ben Fong-Torres, a noted rock journalist, author and broadcaster; Pamela Joyner, founder of the strategic marketing consulting company Avid Partners LLC; Zhan Li, dean of St. Mary's School of Economics and Business Administration; and John Diaz, The ChronicleâÂÂs editorial page editor.
First Draft: Hillary Clinton Criticizes Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz on Healthcare
Hillary Clinton staked out her position as the lone defender of the Affordable Care Act on Saturday night, warning that her Democratic rival, Senator Bernie Sanders, would scrap it and start over and that Republicans would hand healthcare back to insurers and drug-makers.
Ap Nation / World | Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown - Ap Nation / World
>Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown
1 day till Iowa: The latest photos from the campaign trail
With the Iowa caucuses just a flip of a calendar page away, POLITICO takes you on the campaign trail Saturday, Jan. 30, as presidential candidates scramble for last-minute support.
When It Comes To The California Coastal Commission, 'cozy' Is A Four-letter Word
A look at the proposed development project by the state Coastal Commission at Banning Ranch near Newport Beach.
Trump Hopes For Reversal On Same-sex-marriage - Politico
"I disagree with the court in that it should have been a states' rights issue."
With No Trump Onstage, GOP Hopefuls Make Sounds Californians Seem To Like
For months, many Republicans in California have held their heads in their hands, watching the presidential contest unfold in a way injurious to their uphill struggle to rebuild the state party.
Gay Rights Advocates Vow to Fight Utah Bill on Adoptions
Proposed state legislation that would require judges to favor heterosexual couples over same-sex couples in adoptions and foster care placements is blatantly unconstitutional, critics of the bill say.
Predicting El Niño's Flood Risk: How New Warning Systems Save Lives, Property
Lisa M. Krieger @ mercurynews.com
"You see that shrub?" one public safety official said. "When it's under water, we're going to start evacuating."
Anatomy Of A Jailbreak: How Three Inmates Carried Out Their Escape From Orange County Central Jail - The Orange County Register
EDWARD HUMES @ ocregister.com
As they cut, crawled, climbed and rappelled their way to freedom, the first inmates to bust out of the Orange County Central Jail in more than a quarter-century were nothing if not audacious.
California's Primary Presidential Might Make A Difference This Time
Jessica Calefati @ mercurynews.com
As the Iowa caucuses scheduled for Monday and the early primaries that follow begin to shape one of the most unpredictable presidential contests in years, California's political junkies are licking their chops about the possible impact the state's huge cache of delegates could have come June.
First Draft: Hillary Clinton Campaign Declined Bill de Blasioâ
s initial offer to campaign in Iowa for her candidacy, the New York City mayor said.
High Times Medical Cannabis Cup Smokes Out San Bernardino
Dispatches From the Final Dash of Presidential Candidates in Iowa
John Doe In San Diego Identified After 16 Years On Life Support | San Diego News From Inewsource
A man previously known only as Sixty-Six Garage has finally been identified after living 16 years in a minimally conscious state.
Citizen Tipped Police To Jail Escapees' Stolen Van In S.F. Whole Foods Parking Lot
The two Orange County jail escapees who remained at large after a daring escape eight days ago were arrested in San Francisco after a citizen noticed a van matching the description of the one they had allegedly stolen parked in a Whole Foods Market parking lot, officials said Saturday.