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THE NOONER for February 8, 2016
Happy Lunar New Year: Gung hay fat choy, Tết Nguyên Đán, and saehae bok manhi baduseyo to many people and others.
There isn't much political news today, as there was a YUUUGE game yesterday. Most reporters were buried in nacho cheese and chili. I won't taunt, but I'm sorry John Myers.
COASTAL KERFUFFLE: Leadership dispute rekindles coastline conflict [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "There’s a new skirmish in California’s perpetual – and perpetually hyperbolic – conflict over development along the state’s 1,000-mile-long coastline. Environmental groups are in a dither over reports that a majority of the 12-member California Coastal Commission – reportedly led by Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointees – may fire its low-key executive director, Charles Lester."
MOTOR VOTER: Nearly half of new driver's licenses in California went to immigrants here illegally [Tatiana Sanchez @ LAT] - "An estimated 605,000 licenses were issued under the law last year, accounting for nearly half of all new licenses, according to the California DMV. Nearly 400,000 of the licenses were issued during the first six months."
I agree with Jeb Bush, and I don't say that very often. Our economy would absolutely shut down if we deported 11.5 milion undocumented residents. Our restaurants would shut down, and our yards would go wild. And, don't believe the fiction that Billy drinking his Budweiser on the couch wants to wash dishes or use a leaf blower.
SDUT THOUGHT: Gov. Brown in what-me-worry mode - "We could go on in this vein, but the point is plain: We need a governor who shrugs less and acts more. Step one for Jerry Brown should be forceful, clear comments about his expectations of his Coastal Commission appointees."
THE CLEAR LINE: Riverside GOP cracks whip on Democratic endorsements [Jesse Marx @ Desert Sun] - "The Riverside County Republican Party has sent a clear message to its fellow elected officials: endorse a Democrat or third party candidate for another office and in a future election, you won’t get ours. As chairman Scott Mann put it: 'That is the penalty for breaking ranks.'"
Alex Vassar, did Ronald Reagan ever endorse Democrats? I bet he did. I'm just too lazy to reach it this morning.
DO NOT TOUCH MY BURRITO BOWL! No Chipotle for lunch today: Its U.S. restaurants shut for a food safety meeting [Samantha Mrsanuga @ LAT] - "Don't plan on eating at Chipotle before 3 p.m. on Monday. The Denver-based burrito chain is closing all of its U.S. restaurants for part of the day so its employees can attend a company-wide meeting to discuss food safety changes and allow staff to ask questions."
Anyway, it's a good day to do this, as America can afford not eating lunch the day after the Super Bowl.
Congratulations to my friend Assemblymember Matthew Harper, who's district hosted Matt Damon in the Surf-City half-marathon in Huntington Beach yesterday!
Okay, that's it. Go out and help make a better world on this beautiful February day!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
District 17 Race: Honda Campaign Spending Money Fast -- A Large Portion On Legal Fees
Eric Kurhi @ contracostatimes.com
According to Federal Election Commission filings for the quarter spanning Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, the congressman's election expenditures included $86,000 for legal services and $15,000 to San Francisco-based public relations consultant Singer and Associates. Honda is currently the subject of a House Ethics Committee probe of whether his office -- which is funded by taxpayers -- and his campaign shared resources. That would be a violation of House rules and federal law.
Leadership Dispute Rekindles Coastline Conflict | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Coastal Commission director may be on way out
Room To Improve School Services For Lgbt Students :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Alisha Kirby @ cabinetreport.com
School climate – one of eight California priorities for which districts must set goals and detail improvement efforts in their LCAPs – covers the overall culture of a school campus. Positive climates allow students to thrive academically and socially, and negative climates may result in higher suspension, bullying or absenteeism rates.
Obama to Ask Congress for $1.8 Billion to Combat Zika Virus
The money would be used to expand programs that control mosquitoes and for research into vaccines, as well as for new public education programs, particularly for pregnant women, the president said.
Rubio Stumbles With Help From Republican Governors Who Have Nothing To Lose
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida answers a question during the Republican presidential primary debate on Saturday at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.
Legislators Seeking Federal Regulation Of Natural Gas Storage
Bernie Sanders 2016 Logo: Campaign Lawyers Acknowledge 'unintentional Improper Use' Of Logo - Politico
Companies increasingly are putting cash behind events around primaries and debates, settings they say are more casual and less transactional.
Hillary Clinton's Problem: Too Much Prose.
Hillary Clinton meets with supporters after taking part in the Democratic presidential primary debate on Thursday, Feb. 4.
Legislative Analyst Endorses Parental Choice Program | Edsource
8th grade students at South Pointe Middle School perform. The school in Walnut Valley Unified, the largest District of Choice district in the state, was named one of 11 California middle schools designated a School to Watch for 2015-16.
Cities Want To Raise The Minimum Wage. But It's Complicated.
Marchers in Long Beach in September call for increasing the minimum wage. The city last month adopted a timeline that will increase the base wage to $13 by 2019 and potentially to $15 two years later.
Benghazi Committee Asks Judge To Toss Lawsuit From Ex-staffer - Politico
How flip phones, socializing millennials and bad forecasting sowed confusion on election night.
First Draft: Andrew Cuomo to Raise Money for Hillary Clinton in New York
s presidential bid at a campaign event in New York City on Feb. 16, between voting in the New Hampshire primary and the Nevada caucuses.
How California Can Entice Young People Back To Teaching
Think your child's teacher is terrific? Or terrible? Just feel fortunate the kid has a teacher at all.
Bay Area Vaccine Controversy Reignites In Time For Super Bowl
Aaron Kinney @ mercurynews.com
Billboards questioning the safety of vaccines have popped up over the past couple of months from Berkeley and San Francisco to North Fair Oaks, a largely Latino community in southern San Mateo County. More went up in January in the San Jose area to coincide with Super Bowl 50, which has drawn tens of thousands of visitors to the South Bay.
Obama Asking Congress For $1.8 Billion For Zika - Politico
Trump said Rubio's repeated debate line was "certainly different."
Whiting: Inside The Jailbreak Task Force - The Orange County Register
DAVID WHITING @ ocregister.com
After he ended the phone call an hour before midnight, Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Dave Sawyer walked out into the darkness and considered the ordeal ahead.
California Stem Cell Report: Coverage Concluded On California Human Genetic Modification Conference
Ap News: The Orange County Register
JULIET WILLIAMS @ hosted2.ap.org
Obamas Complain About White House Wi-fi - Politico
Top 100 presidential donors have given more than bottom 2 million