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THE NOONER for February 1, 2016
#PREMIUM CAKEDAY: Today is my dad's birthday. I'm sorry that the gift is tonight's Iowa caucuses. But, I still believe in a place called "Nope."
Seriously, I know some are feeling the "Bern," while others are feeling the "burn." Heck, I am just glad I don't have to go out in freezing to play junior high school dance games tonight of moving around gymnasiums to "affiliate" with various candidates. Well, it'll be fun to watch on CSPAN tonight. Fortunately, the blizzard isn't expected to start there until after midnight. I feel bad for my media friends like Shane Goldmacher and Tamara Keith, who may be stuck in Des Moines for several days.
And, there are only 8 days until the New Hampshire primary. Getting there could be a challenge.
Meanwhile, without getting political, you can't say that this doesn't make you teary-eyed.
SO CAL GASSED: Southern California gas leak forces Secretary of State Alex Padilla into hotel [David Siders @ SacBee] - "Alex Padilla told NBC 4’s “News Conference” in an interview aired Sunday that his family has been living in a Burbank hotel for the past month and a half, while a leak from a well near the Los Angeles neighborhood of Porter Ranch continues to vent fumes in the San Fernando Valley."
THE DEAN SPEAKETH: Old Brown tries to fix a young Brown's mistake [George Skelton @ LAT] - a good read on criminal justice policies.
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Why Activists In These California Swing Districts Are Feuding With The National Democratic Party
Activists in some California swing districts are feuding with the national Democratic Party
Pondering The Future Of Cta, Sacramento Post-friedrichs :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Tom Chorneau @ cabinetreport.com
Deserved or not, the California Teachers Association has a reputation as kingmaker in Sacramento – a status so solid that only a handful of other stakeholder groups in the country can match. But later this spring, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to deliver a life-threatening blow to them – as well as to all other public employee unions – by trimming their ability to raise money.
Sacramento Cautiously Eyes Commercial Marijuana Cultivation | The Sacramento Bee
Peter Hecht @ sacbee.com
City officials considering plan to tax and license commercial marijuana production
Iowa Caucus Results 2016 Election: President Live Map By County, Real-time Voting Updates - Politico
But attendance at one of his final Iowa rallies was light.
Porter Ranch Gas Leak Forces Family Of Ca Secretary Of State To Evacuate | Nbc Southern California
2016 Election: Bernie Sanders Calls Accusations He's Running Negative Campaign 'absurd' - Politico
Even on Capitol Hill, all eyes are on Iowa.
Super Bowl planners try to avoid game-changing traffic mess
Ever since LeviâÂÂs Stadium opened in 2014, the shiny new home of the 49ers has drawn more attention for the difficulty of getting to and from events than for the quality of the football. On Super Bowl Sunday, officials hope, the focus will be on the game âÂÂ and the parties âÂÂ and that a carefully choreographed game plan for getting 70,000 fans, 6,000 workers and 5,000 members of the media in and out will perform smoothly. âÂÂThatâÂÂs our goal every year âÂÂ to help assure fans have a great game day experience,âÂÂ said Dave Houghton, the NFLâÂÂs senior director of events. The NFLâÂÂs strategy for Super Bowl Sunday counts on adding hundreds of private charter buses, limiting the number of people allowed to ride light rail to the stadium, dedicating zones for taxis and Uber, and keeping looky-loos without tickets from hanging around the event. The suburban location of LeviâÂÂs Stadium, the lack of direct freeway access, the dispersed parking lots and a limited transit system have made getting fans in and out swiftly as tough as fourth-and-long for the 49ers. Fans flooded social media, and sports talk shows, with complaints of two-hour waits to get out of parking lots after 49er games, and of long lines for VTA trains. Stages, corporate party palaces and broadcasting equipment will occupy most of the main parking lot, and almost no one will be able to get within a quarter mile of the stadium except on foot. Fans may be reassured to know that NFL officials, including Houghton, have spent a lot of time in Santa Clara over the past year studying the stadium, attending not only 49ers games but Wrestlemania and the Taylor Swift concerts. About 20,000 people will be hauled to the game on a fleet of 400 or more buses chartered by the NFL, the Super Bowl Host Committee and corporate sponsors. VTA will carry up to 10,000 fans on light rail âÂÂ a crowd the agency should be able to handle without long waits, said Brandi Childress, a VTA spokeswoman. Fans taking light rail to the Super Bowl must buy advance tickets on their mobile phones using a special app, and will have to display a ticket to the game or proof that oneâÂÂs waiting at the stadium. Perhaps appropriately for the first Super Bowl in Silicon Valley, ride service Uber will have special drop-off and pick-up zones for passengers north of the stadium. After the game, fans wonâÂÂt be able to hail rides with their phones outside the stadium, but once they reach the lot, they can log in, request a ride and be directed to a waiting car. For those who drive, about 20,000 parking spaces will be available âÂÂ most in the more distant lots used at 49er games, meaning fans should be prepared for a healthy walk. The NFL plans to take some of the load off the roads around LeviâÂÂs Stadium by using the EarthquakesâÂÂ Avaya Stadium in San Jose for game-day employees to park and catch shuttles. Hundreds of buses are hauling people to the Super Bowl, and fans can catch a ride on an express bus from San Francisco and other sites. While anyone can ride Caltrain, VTA riders will need to buy a ticket on their mobile phone using the EventTIK app and have a game ticket or proof one is waiting at the stadium. AmtrakâÂÂs Capitol Corridor and ACE will also provide rail service to the game, stopping a short walk from the stadium.
School Districts Begin Reporting Pension Debt | Calpensions
How did the debt go from zero to hundreds of millions in a year?
Billionaire Bush Backer Robertson Ponies Up For Kasich - Politico
The billionaire financier had dialed back his political giving after his failed 2004 effort to oust George W. Bush.
On the Runway: A Style Lights Shines on the Presidential Candidates
Donald Trump leads over all, but Chris Christie and Ted Cruz are tied with him in the subcategory of âÂÂpresidential style.âÂÂ
Regional Hospitals Gearing Up To Care For Surge Of Super Bowl Fans
Tracy Seipel @ contracostatimes.com
The Unpredictable Party Animal also is on the loose. But while many aren't going to the game, they might be stampeding area hospitals.
Mojave Desert Areas On Verge Of Protection Under 1906 Law - San Francisco Chronicle
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Old Brown Tries To Fix A Young Brown's Mistake
Hang around long enough and you might see things turn full circle. People included. Like a comet, they come back around.
A Curated Guide To Why The Iowa Caucuses Reek « Calbuzz
Right then, in strode a squad of stern and solid guys with low body fat percentages and wires in their ears, trailed by a couple of pallid 23-year-olds with red ties and scrawny necks. The big fellas ordered the farmers out; they wanted to sweep the room — and the poor cows — in advance of the arrival of presidential wannabe, and Vice President of the United States George H.W. Bush, avec entourage, for the purpose of shaking hands with farmers, for benefit of many cameras.
In Days After Jail Escape, Why O.C. Sheriff's Department Went All Out On Media, Twitter, Periscope And More - The Orange County Register
ANDRE MOUCHARD @ ocregister.com
SANTA ANA – It was barely 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, but Capt. Jeff Hallock and the Sheriff’s Department’s brass stood stone-faced in business suits before a bank of TV cameras outside the hulking Men’s Central Jail.
First Draft: Voter Who Confronted Ted Cruz on Obamacare Said Heâ
A Hillary Clinton supporter whose brother-in-law died shortly after he gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act said he got the idea to confront Senator Ted Cruz after hearing him speak in the fall.
Justice Department To Review Sfpd In Wake Of Mario Woods Killing - Sfgate
Super bowl crowd watches as police block #JusticeForMarioWoods protesters.
Trump Loaned $10 Million To His Campaign Toward End Of 2015 - Us News
JEFF HORWITZ AND JACK GILLUM, Associated Press @ usnews.com
By JEFF HORWITZ AND JACK GILLUM, Associated Press
L.A. First, Or Bay Area? State Rethinks High-speed Train Route Options | Fresno Bee
Tim Sheehan @ fresnobee.com
Bay Area may come to forefront for initial train operations
Super Gouging Will Help S.F. Clean Up On Super Bowl - San Francisco Chronicle
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Letter From America: How Wealth Plays Into Politics at a Personal Level
Research generally confirms what many voters perhaps always intuited: that wealth changes political leaders qualitatively.