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THE NOONER for February 18, 2016
Today, I am co-moderating the Sacramento mayoral debate with my friend Jann Dorothy with the four candidates. The debate is at 7pm and is sponsored by the Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento, the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, and the Sacramento LGBT Center at KVIE's theatre at 2030 West El Camino Avenue. Seating is limited, and you can RSVP here. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.
I'm not being paid to do this, but it's an honor. This is a very exciting time in Sacramento--from the arena, K Street, Broadway, the Railyard and so many other places. But, like so many other downtown revitalizations, it raises the issue of gentrification. I hear it regularly about the neighborhood I live in now (Southside Park). I love the peacefulness and the park across the street, but the fact is that people were displaced in order for us to enjoy it here.
PLUG IN THE BUNGHOLE: (Stop laughing, Beavis!) Porter Ranch gas leak permanently capped, officials say [LAT] - “State officials on Thursday announced that the leaking natural gas well in Porter Ranch that spewed plumes of methane and other compounds into the atmosphere has been sealed.”
CA07 (South/East Sacto): Labor group endorses Republican Scott Jones over Bera [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - “The Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, the labor group for carpenters, piledrivers, millwrights and other skilled tradespeople, this week endorsed Sheriff Scott Jones, Bera’s Republican challenger in the swing district covering suburban Sacramento County.”
OH NO, YOU DIDN'T! California’s commercial Dungeness crab season to stay closed [Kevin Fagan and Jenna Lyons at SFChron] - “Crab lovers — keep waiting. State officials decided Wednesday to keep the commercial Dungeness season shuttered until more of the coast is clear of a deadly neurotoxin that stubbornly continues to be found in some of the spindly sea creatures.”
CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Santa Monica CCD trustee Louise Jaffe, lobbyist Jean Hurst, Sonoma's Jim Leddy, and Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Fact Check: Gavin Newsom Stretches Impact Of Bond Initiative | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Ballot measure would force large public works projects to a vote
Feinstein, GOP Urge Apple To Help Feds Access San Bernardino Shooter's Iphone
Matthew Artz @ mercurynews.com
Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, urged the company to assist in accessing data from the phone of Syed Farook and threatened "to put forward a law which would essentially require that," if the company resisted.
Brutal Campaign Behind, Glazer Maxes Out To State Dems | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
Prosecutors To Seek 8-year Prison Term For Ex-sen. Leland Yee - Sfgate
Federal prosecutors, portraying former state Sen.
Parents Worried About Massive Data Release | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Alia Ismay @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Parents across the state have become concerned about a large impending release of data to two nonprofit organizations that will have access to student records and education reports as part of a federal court case.
Sentenced To Prison For Assault, Teenage 'parachute Kids' Deliver Warning To Adults In China
Yunyao Zhai steps into court for sentencing hearing. Zhai is one of three high school students from China that were sentenced for their roles in the kidnapping and assault of another Chinese teenager. Yunyao "Helen" Zhai was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
California Porn Industry Protests Rules Mandating Condoms | State Of Health | Kqed News
Adult film executives are complaining that proposed state health and safety regulations threaten to drive the industry out of the state.
Choose Carefully: The Next President Could Shape The Supreme Court For Decades
The president was speaking. And from the gymnasium nosebleed seats came a perfectly timed shout: "Liar, liar, pants on fire."
Former S.F. Political Consultant Pleads Guilty To Poison, Weapons Charges | News Fix | Kqed News
Ryan Chamberlain, the former San Francisco political consultant who in 2014 was the subject of a brief manhunt after federal agents said they had discovered bomb-making materials in his North Beach apartment, has pleaded guilty to charges he illegally possessed a biological toxin.
Two States, Two Issues, One Tycoon | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Billionaire Warren Buffett owns electric utility PacificCorp
'we Walk With Hillary': Why An L.A. Congressman Tells Voters -- In 2 Languages -- To Caucus
Folsom Cordova Schools To Ponder Limits On Outside Emails To Families | The Sacramento Bee
Loretta Kalb @ sacbee.com
District officials say narrow criteria would allow education-aligned groups to use email system
Bullet Train Runs Off-rail--again :: Fox&hounds
It has often been said that in life, timing is everything. Those supporting an initiative to divert money dedicated from high speed rail bonds to water storage projects likely will embrace that bit of wisdom with the revelation that the Central Valley segment of the bullet train is now facing a potential cost overrun of $260-million or a 5 percent increase over projected costs.
Labor Group Endorses Republican Scott Jones Over Bera | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
Carpenters: Jones will protect domestic workers
Hillary Clinton 2016 Immigration Ad: Ad Pitches Nevada Hispanics On Immigration - Politico
The former secretary of state leads the Vermont senator by a margin of nearly two-to-one.
First Draft: Voters in South Carolina Give Jeb Bush Some Campaign Advice
Fresh off the news that Gov. Nikki R. Haley had endorsed a rival days before the South Carolina primary, a visibly frustrated Mr. Bush took advice from voters on how he could be a better candidate.
Ted Cruz Overtakes Donald Trump In Latest Republican Presidential Poll - Wsj
Janet Hook @ wsj.com
Support for Donald Trump among Republicans has declined in the past month, leaving him slightly behind Sen. Ted Cruz in the race for GOP presidential nominee, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted after a combative debate performance that soured some voters on the New York businessman.
Legislators React To Coastal Chief Ouster | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Bay Area Weather: New Radar Better Predicts Just Where And Just How Much Rain To Expect
Lisa M. Krieger @ mercurynews.com
Discrete patches of incoming moisture are detected by a humming "X-band" radar unit on the rooftop of a treatment plant owned by the Santa Clara Valley Water District, predicting precipitation and flood risk with much greater accuracy than current technology. Four more units will be phased in over the next five years for the Peninsula, East Bay and North Bay.
High-speed rail on fast track to Bay Area
High-speed trains would roll into the Bay Area from the Central Valley years before they start going to Los Angeles, under a dramatic strategy change that the state is on the verge of approving. A promise of early Bay Area service could build political support for the overall system and attract private investment that is badly needed to build out the $68 billion rail line. Initially, the California High Speed Rail AuthorityâÂÂs business plan called for building the Burbank-to-Los Angeles portion before laying down track to connect the Central Valley to San Francisco. Under the plan the rail authority is considering, bullet trains could be zipping up and down the Peninsula ahead of what had been the systemâÂÂs 2028 targeted opening date. Rail authority chairman Dan Richard stopped short of confirming the plan to leapfrog the Bay Area ahead of L.A., saying only that âÂÂwhatever we announce will be the most rational way to build a system, so we can get the trains running and attract private sector money as soon as possible.âÂÂ Randy Rentschler, spokesman for the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission, said that just as Caltrain electrification could boost prospects for high-speed rail down the line, a firm high-speed rail plan could boost prospects for Caltrain electrification in the near term. âÂÂHigh-speed rail is going to provide a host of infrastructure investments that benefit the system we already have,âÂÂ Rentschler said. Not only does the system still face technical, legal and financial hurdles, but ballot measures are circulating to redirect voter-approved money to other uses. Three of the protesters who disrupted San Francisco Mayor Ed LeeâÂÂs big speech to 800 guests at a business breakfast at the Fairmont Hotel the other day were arrested after they were escorted from the ballroom. âÂÂThe hotel wanted these people off their premises, and that is their right,âÂÂ said police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza. Ilyich Sato, 41, of San Francisco, was cited for allegedly trespassing and disrupting a public meeting, and was booked for an outstanding warrant in San Mateo County for allegedly failing to appear on a fare evasion charge, according to police.
First Draft: Senate Republicans Face Ire From Editorial Boards Over Supreme Court Stance
For senators from places where good governance and political courage are viewed as inherent state virtues, a critical editorial can still sting. And Republican pledges to block President Obama from submitting a nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia has captured the attention of the civic watchdogs.
Judge says S.F. resident was wronged by U.S. officials in Yemen
U.S. officials in Yemen wrongfully confiscated the passport of Mosed Omar âÂÂ a seriously ill San Francisco resident and longtime U.S. citizen âÂÂ after coercing him into signing a false statement he could neither read nor understand, a federal magistrate has ruled. By the time staff members at the U.S. embassy thrust the paper at Omar, he was weakened from nine hours without food, water or medication, his vision was blurred from diabetes, and he was told he had to sign the document to get his passport back, U.S. Magistrate Jacqueline Scott Corley said of the January 2013 incident. The State Department then accused him of committing fraud and withheld his passport, keeping him in his war-torn native country for the next 13 months, until U.S. officials provided a temporary document that allowed him to return home. Other Yemeni Americans have made similar complaints, and nine civil rights organizations asked the United Nations in 2013 to look into unfair confiscations of passports at the U.S. embassy in YemenâÂÂs capital city of Sanaa. The UN did not respond, but the embassy appeared to improve its practices before shutting down last February at the outset of a Saudi Arabian-led bombing campaign against Houthi rebels, said OmarâÂÂs attorney, Nasrina Bargzie of the Asian Law Caucus. Responding to State Department warnings of the worsening situation in Yemen, Omar went there in July 2012 to bring back his youngest daughter, who was then 13.
Scalia's absence could shape election rules
In redistricting cases and voter ID challenges, a divided Supreme Court could let liberal rulings by lower courts stand.
Gov. Brown Proposes Competition To Create New High School Math Course | Edsource
Brown is proposing spending $3 million for a competition to develop a year-long math course that is closely aligned with the California State University’s expectations for incoming freshmen, and will help students avoid having to take remedial classes when they get there.