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THE NOONER for February 2, 2016
Well, Ted Cruz is the king of the GOP for this week. I can't believe this mailer that his campaign sent to Iowa voters just before the caucus.
THE COASTAL COMMISSION'S DEBACLE: Legislators urge Jerry Brown to intervene in California Coastal Commission spat [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "The letter, which 16 senators and assemblymembers signed, argues that the commission has “made significant progress” under Lester in addressing sea level rise and using newly authorized fines to preserve beach access while ensuring that “processing times for coastal development permits and appeals have been significantly reduced."
I haven't covered this story previously as I try to sort out the politics. However, it's one of the biggest stories in Sacramento.
In an article about 35 past coastal commissioners who sent a letter, the LAT's Dan Weikel and Tony Barboza write:
The correspondence is among more than 11,000 letters the commission has received from the public since the panel decided to consider Lester's firing during a closed session at its December meeting in Monterey. A spokesperson for the agency said that only two letters favor ousting the executive director.
AT YOUR OWN PERIL: Activists in Ami Bera's CA07 (South/East Sacramento) blocked his party endorsement this weekend. However, by receiving 61% of the vote at the regional caucus, Bera is still eligible for a caucus endorsement at the state party convention. Unlike the CA17 race between Mike Honda and Ro Khanna, there are no other Democratic candidates.
THE GREEN GOBLIN: California doctors’ lobbying group formally backs marijuana legalization [Christopher Cadelago] - "California Medical Association, the influential lobbying group representing more than 40,000 members statewide, has officially thrown its support behind a proposed November ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana."
TRUST US! Expanded air monitoring in Porter Ranch finds no health risks so far, but residents skeptical [Susan Abram @ LADN] - "Results from expanded air monitoring in Porter Ranch, where natural gas continues to leak from a breached well show evidence of high methane levels and some benzene, but pose no increased risk for longterm health effects, health officials said Monday."
CONSOLIDATION: Daily News parent to bid for O.C. Register, Press Enterprise [James Rufus Koren @ LAT] - "Digital First Media, the owner of the Los Angeles Daily News, has indicated interest in bidding for the Orange County Register and other assets of bankrupt publishing company Freedom Communications."
THE KINGS: There are lots of reasons to trade DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings, but this one from last night takes the cake. He had a temper tantrum about Lunar New Year shirts being distributed during Black History Month. He basically said he wouldn't play unless the shirts (which had already been placed on the seats) were removed. George Karl should have benched him and not acquiesced. Losing a game instead of principle is well worth it.
I get his complaint. Of the 18 teams playing (and thus 9 cities), there was coordination to celebrate the first day of Black History Month. I have no knowledge about the scheduling of celebrating the Lunar New Year last night (which starts somewhere between February 4 and February 8 based on your country of origin). Perhaps because the only other home date is tomorrow, February 3, and then they start a long road-trip.
What sucks is that this has been turned into an argument between Asian-Americans and African-Americans who should be working together for economic and social justice.
BE PREPARED TO CRY: Aged dog cries at shelter as owner walks out with younger pup - "The family of Cookie, an aging cocker spaniel, left her behind at the San Bernardino City Shelter like she was an old shoe. They came to the shelter to retrieve Cookie and another dog Dec. 30 after the two had been rounded up as strays. The family claimed the younger dog, a Labrador retriever. Then they took off. And as Cookie watched them go, she whimpered."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Wanda Jong, CA Nurses's Assoc.'s Don Nielsen, and Keenan's Cindy Wilkerson!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Loretta Sanchez, Running For U.S. Senate, Unloads Old Campaign Headquarters | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
Sanchez sells campaign digs, rolls money into race
As USC Faculty Awaits Results Of A Union Vote, Some Hope For 'a Bigger Voice'
Nate Heneghan, helping his 4-year-old daughter Ada with her socks, is one of about 430 non-tenure-track faculty members at USC awaiting results of a vote on whether to be represented by SEIU Local 721.
Former Top California Assembly Staff Member Announces Big Lobbying Contracts | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Greg Campbell, chief of staff to two speakers, launches lobbying shop
A California Republican Went To Iowa For The Caucuses. Here's What His Weekend Was Like
It's a vacation only political nerds could love: a trip to chilly Iowa in the lead-up to its famed presidential caucuses. California Assemblyman Matthew Harper, a Republican from Huntington Beach, booked his first-ever trip to the Hawkeye State months ago, before he even had chosen a candidate....
Gas Prices Drop, Gas Taxes Also | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Fuel prices drop to under $2 a gallon in some areas
Garcetti Reelection Fundraising Slows In Second Half Of 2015
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti raised about $7,300 toward his re-election campaign during the second half of 2015, bringing his campaign war chest to more than $2.23 million, according to a report his campaign is filing with city officials Monday.
Only 3 Percent Of Juvenile Salmon Survived California Drought In 2015 | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow @ sacbee.com
Chinook salmon perished despite efforts to cool down Sacramento River
La 2024 Officials Try To Impress Ioc President Thomas Bach During Tour Of L.A.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, center, plays with a soccer ball while watched by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, third from left, and UCLA students during a visit to the university.
Introducing Prop 50, California's Lone June Statewide Ballot Measure - Capradio.org
Ben Adler @ capradio.org
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826
Swastika Is Spray-painted On Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been a polarizing figure in American politics, drawing both cheers and outrage for his comments about immigrants, Muslims and prisoners of war — among other topics.
California Senate Race Fundraising Mirrors Polls - Capradio.org
Ben Adler @ capradio.org
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826
O.C. Escapees Held A Prisoner While On The Run -- And Fought Over Whether To Kill Him
Just as Orange County sheriff's deputies discovered several inmates had vanished from a Santa Ana jail, three men got into a taxi cab not far from the lockup.
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
White House Expected To Nominate High-profile Silicon Valley-based Judge Lucy Koh To Federal Appeals Court
Howard Mintz @ mercurynews.com
The Obama administration is expected this month to nominate Koh to fill a spot on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which shapes federal law for California and eight other Western states. The 47-year-old Koh, best known for presiding over the Apple v. Samsung patent feud and legal claims against Silicon Valley tech powers over illegal hiring practices, has spent nearly six years on the Bay Area federal bench.
Mitchell Englander And Janice Hahn Lead Pack In Fundraising For Supervisor's Races, Filings Show
Campaign finance reports filed Monday gave a glimpse at the strength of candidates running for two open seats on the powerful Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
'devastating' Damage At Torrey Pines | Sandiegouniontribune.com
A number of trees fell at Torrey Pines Golf Course delaying the Farmers Insurance Open. Here a worked cleans up near the 16th hole of the south course. — K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune
First Draft: Sanders Campaign Criticizes State Party for Failing to Collect Votes
Campaign aides for Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont said Monday night that the Democratic Party did not collect the results of 90 Iowa precincts because the party had failed to properly staff the precincts.
Oil Companies Doled Out Big Donations In Climate Bill Fight
Jessica Calefati @ mercurynews.com
Since the state Senate bars its members from accepting campaign checks in the final weeks of the legislative session, a large share of the money went to lawmakers in the state Assembly, with five assemblymembers receiving more than $10,000 each from Chevron, Exxon and Tesoro, campaign finance statements show.
Californians still saving water during El NiÃ±o â
Californians missed Gov. Jerry BrownâÂÂs 25 percent water conservation target for the third straight month in December, consuming 18.3 percent less water compared to the same month in the baseline year of 2013, according to state figures released Tuesday. [...] state officials said the lapse was not so severe that the governorâÂÂs long-term goal of saving significant amounts of water after four dry years was impaired. Cities and towns have cumulatively cut back 25.5 percent since June when the stateâÂÂs first-ever mandatory water rules were introduced amid the historic drought. The agencies have passed the mandates on to to customers in the form of strict landscaping rules and car-washing bans and, sometimes, quotas on total household water use that can trigger fines. Many communities have criticized the stateâÂÂs demands as too harsh, especially as winter weather appears to provide at least some relief from the drought.
Expanded Air Monitoring In Porter Ranch Finds No Health Risks So Far, But Residents Skeptical
The Seventy Four, Founded By Controversial Advocate, Takes Over La School Report
The Seventy Four, a news organization whose co-founder is a controversial education advocate, has taken over LA School Report, a web site that has focused on covering the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Correa, Dunn Lead Pack In Fundraising For Sanchez's House Seat - The Orange County Register
The battle for the congressional seat being vacated by Loretta Sanchez is firming up as a faceoff between two longtime O.C. Democrats: Lou Correa and Joe Dunn.
Iowa Caucus: Hillary Clinton Won Six Delegates By Coin Toss | Us Elections | News | The Independent