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THE NOONER for March 1, 2016
Happy Stupid Super Tuesday! Nominations in both parties could be essentially decided tonight, while we Californians wait for June 7 to have our voices heard. I hope you got a lot out of your extra 24 hours yesterday!
CORPORATE SCUM: Historic Yosemite names scraped off, covered in trademark dispute [Sam Stanton @ SacBee] - “By midnight, all such signs, napkins, telephone nameplates, bars of soap and other materials bearing the names “Ahwahnee,” “Curry Village” or “Yosemite Lodge” were expected to be removed or covered up – the result of a battle between the U.S. government and the park’s outgoing concessionaire over what the names are worth. Even the phrase “Yosemite National Park” has become part of the dispute. All T-shirts, coffee mugs and other souvenirs bearing the park’s name were being sold at 50 percent off until the end of the day Monday, then removed from the sales racks.”
Delaware North (DNC) is corporate scum. They got the patents under the overly lax Patent and Trademark Office, which just creates money for lawyers.
It has had the Yosemite concession contract since 1993 and lost it to Aramark. DNC wants the feds to pay $58 million for the trademarks, even though the names were created over the last 100 years and not by DNC. The fact that employees were literally scraping the Ahwahnee name off windows yesterday is a national shame. Congress should step in and bitch slap DNC.
Express your opinion to scum here. It operates concessions at 9 other national parks and many other venues, such as PETCO Park where the Padres play and Qualcomm Stadium where the Chargers play (at least until now). As a privately owned company, it doesn't publicly report its finances.
DATA: All of California's voters are now in one online database [John Myers @ LAT] - “A single, instantly updated list of registered voters in California became reality on Monday, as two final counties plugged in to an electronic database mandated by a federal law enacted in the wake of the contentious 2000 presidential campaign.”
The project cost $98 million, another example of lengthy and overpriced state IT projects.
TAX INCREASE OR MAXIMIZING FEDERAL FUNDS? California Legislature approves bills on taxing health plans [Jim Miller and Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “California lawmakers approved a health plan tax package Monday designed to continue pulling in more than a billion dollars in matching federal money, while committing several hundred million dollars to services for the developmentally disabled, debt relief and other programs.”
TRUMPED? Donald Trump could hurt — and help — key congressional races in California [Cathleen Decker @ LAT]: “Republican leaders are quaking at the thought of Donald Trump as their party's presidential nominee, even if a good third or more of their voters are just as enthusiastically supporting the real estate tycoon and reality TV star.”
TRUMP DEPORTED EL NIÑO: Instead of record rains, L.A. gets the hottest February on record [Doug Smith and Ryan Menezes @ LAT] - “It was supposed to be one of the wettest Februaries on record. Instead, by one measure at least, it became the hottest. At an average high temperature of 77.5, this February sailed almost two degrees above the previous record set in 1954, according to a Times analysis.”
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to CDE's Alyssa Hanou and CA Community Colleges' Mike Magee!
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Ryan Sabalow @ sacbee.com
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Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
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