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THE NOONER for March 2, 2016
¡Buenos dias desde Cancun! I wish I could tell you it is miserable here, but I don't lie to my Noonerific people.
TO EAT THEIR OWN: California lawmaker battles fellow Democrat in state Senate race [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “Assemblywoman Nora Campos, D-San Jose, announced on Tuesday that she would challenge Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, for a spot in the upper house. While Campos is termed out at the end of this year, Beall has four years left in the Senate.”
Brilliant chance to waste money in a top-two primary that will likely last through June and November.
HOLY S***: [Peter Hecht @ SacBee]:
Along the length of the California coastline, an extraordinary rescue effort is underway. In January and February alone, 1,450 malnourished or dying sea lion pups have washed up on shore – compared with just 68 in the same period last year.
Marine biologists and climate scientists for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the culprit is a mass of warm coastal water that’s imperiling breeding and nursing colonies of California sea lions. The so-called “unusual mortality event” – following a much smaller bubble of sea lion strandings and deaths in 2013 – has triggered questions about the overall health and volatility of the California ocean environment.
Scientists say the warmer waters can prevent sea lion mothers from finding sufficient quantities of anchovies, mackerel, sardines and other fish to provide nutrition for nursing. So they are leaving behind their pups, mostly born each June on four islands in Southern California, to forage for food for extended periods – far beyond their normal two or three days at sea.
NO NEWS HERE: Jerry Brown’s gifts: $21,000 in travel, $125 night at Zen Center [David Siders @ SacBee] - “Of the nearly $21,000 that Gov. Jerry Brown accepted in travel-related gifts last year, the majority went to pay for his well-publicized trip to Paris for global climate talks, according to a financial disclosure filed Tuesday. But the disclosure included this smaller, less expected line item, too: Hotel accommodations at the San Francisco Zen Center valued at $125. Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian, once studied Zen Buddhism in Japan. He used to visit the center on occasion, and according to the disclosure, he went back for one night last May.”
The article goes on to say that a majority of the funds were from private sources, as used by previous governors.
AGENDA: California’s new leader talks PUC, politics and daylight saving time [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “The Anthony Rendon era is about to begin. A week before the Lakewood Democrat takes over as speaker of the California Assembly, a position he could hold for the better part of the decade, he stopped by The Sacramento Bee Capitol Bureau.”
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Enroll America's Joel Bridgeman, Todd Flora, SFChron reporter extraordinaire Joe Garafoli, Pat Bates' district coordinator Chris Marsh, lobbyist Libby Sanchez and to the great Katie Villegas!
Cost of admission is $10. Sponsorships are available to help support the Dept. of Public Policy & Administration . To RSVP or for more information: hsacstateppa.app.rsvpify.com/
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UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi Quits Devry Board Under Pressure | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert @ sacbee.com
UC Davis chancellor appointed to board last week
Apple Gains Support Of Senate Candidates - The Orange County Register
MARTIN WISCKOL @ ocregister.com
Three of the five California candidates for U.S. Senate are siding with Apple in its fight with the FBI over accessing a terrorist’s iPhone, with only long-shot Republican Al Ramirez taking the government’s side.
California Lawmaker Battles Fellow Democrat In State Senate Race | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Termed-out Assemblywoman Nora Campos taking on Sen. Jim Beall
GOP Legislators Voting For Taxes? It's Not Likely To Happen Again Anytime Soon
The simplest messages in politics are usually the most powerful, with a politician on the wrong side of that simplicity scrambling to explain the unexplainable.
Jerry Brown Approves Health Insurance Tax Package | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
Legislation extends and expands an existing tax on managed-care organizations
Voters To Decide If Orange County Ballot Measures Should Get Price Tags - The Orange County Register
JORDAN GRAHAM @ ocregister.com
Voters will decide in June whether countywide initiatives should come with a price tag estimating how much they might cost, after county supervisors unanimously approved creating a ballot measure to pose that question.
Winners Announced For 2016 James Madison Freedom Of Information Awards « Spj Norcal
PublicResource.org, Mother Jones, and The Freedom of the Press Foundation win Non-Profit Awards. PublicResource.org achieved a landmark FOIA victory that will require the IRS to make all 990 tax returns public and machine-readable. Mother Jones risked bankruptcy to fight an unwarranted defamation lawsuit by a billionaire and defend the fundamental rights of a free press. In December, The Freedom of the Press Foundation launched a fund to support freedom of information lawsuits by local journalists against police departments and city halls around the country. FPF is the developer of SecureDrop, an anonymous online submission system for submitting tips to news organizations adopted by outlets including Gawker, the Toronto Globe and Mail and the Sun in 2015, following deployments at The Guardian, the Washington Post, the Project on Government Oversight and other outlets the previous year.
Election Legislation will Save Local Dollars
Senator Sharon Runner @ runner.cssrc.us
In March 2015 I was elected to my current Senate term in a special election to replace Steve Knight after he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In an interesting turn of events, I was the only candidate to appear on the ballot.
Time Running Out For California’s Voting Machines | Election 2016 | The California Report | Kqed News
Padilla is pushing for about $450 million to replace the current equipment. He says the best path forward would be for the state and counties to work together on coming up with the money.
California Drought: Failure Of Key Water Pipeline Into Silicon Valley May Have Exposed Wider Problems
Paul Rogers @ mercurynews.com
The 8-foot-high, 31-mile-long concrete pipe delivers up to 40 percent of the drinking water for 1.8 million Santa Clara County residents. It moves all of the water that the Santa Clara Valley Water District purchases from the federal Central Valley Project, pumping it from the massive San Luis Reservoir in Merced County through the Diablo mountain range to the Coyote Pumping Plant near Anderson Reservoir in Morgan Hill.
Man Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison For Coachella Valley Mosque Arson
Essential California Newsletter
GOP Elites Would Trash Party To Throttle Trump « Calbuzz
Exhibit A: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie endorsed Trump for president, causing heads to snap up and down K Street. Over the following 24 hours, Christie was savaged by establishment types, led by our old pal eMeg Whitman, and looked like a mistreated POW while standing behind Trump last night.
Former top Fiorina aide won't vote for Trump
One former campaign aide for Carly Fiorina isn't getting on the Trump train.
Oakland Loses Tribune, With Paper Folded Into New East Bay Times - Sfgate
Copies of the San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, and Oakland Tribune for sale in San Francisco on March 1, 2016. The Bay Area News Group, which owns the papers, announced an organizational shakeup, reducing all its newspapers to two.
Prosecutors To Consider Charging Anti-kkk Protesters In Anaheim Melee
Orange County prosecutors will consider filing charges Tuesday against a handful of counter-protesters who allegedly punched, kicked and stabbed a group of Ku Klux Klan members at a park in Anaheim over the weekend, authorities said. Members of the group, part of a larger counter-protest contingent...
90-year-old Woman Takes Road Trip Over Cancer Treatment - Upi.com
The woman named Norma is accompanied by her son Tim, daughter-in-law Ramie and their poodle Ringo, who document her adventures via the Facebook page "Driving Miss Norma."
Ap News: The Orange County Register
Big Rise In Psychiatric Hospitalizations For California’s Latino Youth | State Of Health | Kqed News
Others blame stress from the recent recession, family disintegration and an influx of traumatized children fleeing poverty and violence in Central America.
San Jose Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio Confirms Run For Congress
Ramona Giwargis @ mercurynews.com
Oliverio, 46, confirmed plans to run for the 17th Congressional District against veteran Congressman Mike Honda on Monday, one of the state's most competitive races. It's a move even Oliverio's council colleagues didn't see coming.
Hillary Clinton Campaign Memo: There's No Hope For Bernie Sanders - Politico
The real estate mogul scores decisive wins in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia, Massachusetts, Vermont and Arkansas, while the Texas senator takes...
East Bay Parks board votes to close gun club
Offcials from the East Bay Regional Parks District on Tuesday voted unanimously to close the Chabot Gun Club next year, saying the club cannot afford the cost of meeting new state environmental regulations and cleaning up 50 yearsâÂÂ worth of lead from spent bullets. The 7-0 vote followed a meeting that lasted more than five hours and drew a crowd of more than 500 people to a banquet room of Redwood Canyon Golf Course. Hermanson was among scores of military veterans, police officers and hobbyist shooters who said Chabot provides one of the few spaces left in the Bay Area where people can learn how to use firearms safely. If the club were to stay open, it would be required to install storm water filters and take steps to prevent lead contamination on the range, which could cost $4 million over 10 years, according to park officials. The gun clubâÂÂs lease expired on Dec. 31, and the owners asked for a 10-year extension, insisting that they could pay for lead abatement by raising prices. âÂÂIâÂÂm an environmentalist and a military brat, so this is really rife with conflict for me,âÂÂ said board member Beverly Lane, noting that her Marine officer father kept guns around the house. Besides the lead controversy, Chabot Gun Club has also been a source of noise complaints from hikers and nearby residents in Castro Valley.
Southern California Smog Regulator May Be Forced Out Amid Shift On Air Board
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