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THE NOONER for March 19, 2016
Happy Saturday! It's the first Saturday of March Madness, and the Shockers are playing as I write. Normally, that has a totally different meaning. Damn, Withita State. I had Arizona going three rounds.
UPSWING: Unemployment rates fall in Sacramento, statewide [Dale Kasler @ SacBee] - “California and Sacramento’s unemployment rates fell last month to their lowest levels since 2007, suggesting the state’s economy is continuing to improve despite signs of a global slowdown.
Statewide unemployment fell by two-tenths of a point, to 5.5 percent, the Employment Development Department reported Friday. Employers added 39,900 jobs during February. It’s the lowest California unemployment rate since August 2007.”
All the metrics were good. Jobs added, unemployment rate dropping 0.2%, and labor force participation increasing by 26,000. While a certain loudmouth presidential candidate says that the numbers are fake, you can't ignore the facts. Leading the way were the constuction and leisure and hospitality sectors, with the latter largely credited to the great ski season that has drawn Californians and travelers from around the country.
IN THE RED (BUT BETTER THAN BEFORE): California’s pension debt puts it $175.1 billion in the red [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - “Although its 2014-15 budget was balanced, California’s state government ended the fiscal year $175.1 billion in the red, thanks largely to state retirement obligations that had to be included in its balance sheet for the first time.”
DO NOT CONSUME DNC - U.S. steps up fight over Yosemite names, asking trademarks be canceled [Michael Doyle @ SacBee] - “The battle over Yosemite National Park trademarks is now sprawling across multiple fronts, and it could take more than a year to sort out.
Going on the offensive, the National Park Service has formally urged the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to cancel the Yosemite-affiliated trademark registrations secured by the famed park’s former concessionaire.”
I've written about this before, but again, Delaware North Companies is being totally absurd. These names are national treasures and aren't portable simply because the idiotic Trademark Office issued you a license for your coffee mugs based on long-held public names and because you're upset that you lost a contract to Aramark.
US SENATE: Republicans and the House race for Sanchez's seat [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - “I’d never heard of Bob Peterson until March 10, the day before the candidate filing deadline, when the commander with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department took out papers to run for the House of Representatives. He’s one of eight candidates for the vacancy being created by Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s bid for U.S. Senate.”
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: SeaWorld CEO: Why our orca breeding ended [Joel Manby @ SDUT] - “SeaWorld takes seriously its responsibility to preserve marine wildlife. That’s why we are partnering with the Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection and advocacy organization. Together, we will work against commercial whaling and seal hunts, shark finning and ocean pollution.”
STUDENTS GONE WILD[LY SLEEPING]: Protesters outside Katehi’s office plan to stay during spring break [Brenna Lyles @ SacBee] - “One week after occupying the space outside UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi’s office, students remained camped out Friday in protest of her involvement with several private corporate boards. They say they have no plans of leaving.”
March has been a miserable month for the University of California, specifically Berkeley and Davis, and we're not just talking basketball. Both campuses have editorial demands for their chancellors to resign--one for a casual status toward sexual harrassment and the other for serving on corporate boards (one without approval) that are perceived to conflict with the interests of students.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to LA councilmember Mike Bonin, BCF's Andrew Campbell, Lake County supervisor Anthony Farrington, former Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, and consultant four waters!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
'we Must Hold People Accountable' For Sexual Harassment, UC President Says
With sexual harassment controversies roiling multiple campuses in the University of California system, UC President Janet Napolitano on Friday announced new measures designed to prevent future incidents and ensure that punishments, when necessary, are uniform system-wide.In an open letter addressed...
CpUC Regulators Still Hashing Out More Rules For Uber And Lyft | The California Report | Kqed News
The California Public Utilities Commission met today to talk about the latest phase of regulations for ride services, just two days after its president told a state Senate committee hearing that no state agency — including his, apparently — wants to oversee Uber and Lyft.
California Condoms In Porn Measure Tests Merits Of Covering Up | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
Ballot initiative pushed as way to prevent HIV, sexually transmitted diseases
Mostly True: California Has Restored Only A Fraction Of $1 Billion-plus In Child Care Cuts | Politifact California
subject @ politifact.com
For California’s new Assembly speaker, Anthony Rendon, winning more state budget funding for child care is deeply personal.
California Capitol Reopens East Entrance To Public | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
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s electorate is deeply divided on the question of immigration.
California Proposes Financial Backup For La Olympic Plan | The Sacramento Bee
The leader of the California Senate has introduced a proposal that would provide a $250 million financial backup as part of Los Angeles' 2024 Olympic bid, officials said Friday.
California’s Obamacare Marketplace Aims To Kick Out Poor-performing Hospitals | State Of Health | Kqed News
California’s insurance exchange is threatening to cut hospitals from its networks for poor performance or high costs, a novel proposal that is drawing heavy fire from medical providers and insurers.
State Has Funds To Build First Segment Of Bullet Train, Legislative Analyst Finds
The state has enough money to build an initial operating segment of the bullet train from San Jose to the Central Valley but faces major uncertainties about funding for the entire 500-mile system and whether the initial system will be profitable, according to a new report by researchers for the...
Pete Peterson Climbs Ranks Of Academia After Losing California Race | The Sacramento Bee
Peterson named dean of Public Policy at Pepperdine
Porter Ranch: Judge Gives Displaced 1 More Week Of Subsidized Housing | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
The boundary of Southern California Gas Company property, where the Aliso Canyon Storage Field is located. David McNew/AFP/Getty Images
Tribune Argues Against 'antiquated' Antitrust Claims Over Oc Register, Press-enterprise Deal - The Orange County Register
JONATHAN LANSNER @ ocregister.com
Tribune Publishing on Friday pushed back against the federal government's attempt to block its purchase of The Orange County Register and The Press-Enterprise on antitrust grounds, saying regulators are relying on "antiquated notions of the relevant market."
Behind The Hunt For Europe’s Most Wanted Man – Politico
Stephen Crabb, a Conservative member of parliament in Britain, will succeed Iain Duncan Smith as secretary of state at the Department of Work and Pensions. The move …
Tribune Publishing Says Temporary Restraining Order Would Kill O.C. Register Bid
The Orange County Register building in Santa Ana.
O.C. Watchdog: Socalgas Blames Higher Bills On New Meter Errors - The Orange County Register
LILY LEUNG and SUSAN CHRISTIAN GOULDING @ ocregister.com
Southern California Gas Co. has acknowledged that errors tied to the rollout of new digital meters installed at Orange County homes contributed to a rash of higher bills and customer complaints in recent months.
With Its Back Against The Wall, Bart Tweets Like A Boss
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Bart Train Crowding Continues After Cars Damaged
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Trump fights summer trial in Trump University lawsuit
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LAPD Report Defends Ambitious Plan To Outfit Officers With Body Cameras
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, left, displays a police body camera last year with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, who is wearing one of the cameras.
Funding Snag Could Delay Launch Of New San Ysidro Pedestrian Crossing | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Pedestrians line up last year to cross into the United States on foot at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.