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THE NOONER for April 4, 2016

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Early morning, April four...shot rings out from a Memphis sky.

Good morning from the balcony at The Nooner's global headquarters in the 95811.

WHOSE WATCHING ME? As I write, I'm watching the joint committee hearing interrogating UC and CSU leaders for outside board service, triggered by UC Davis's Linda Katehi serving on the boards of for-profit DeVry University and textbook manufacturer Wiley and Sons. 


It's another glorious day here, and not just because we get the first regular season game of the Giants at 11:10am PDT. They're in Milwaukee for this three-games series, before returning home to face the Dodgers Thursday-Sunday. For Dan Weitzman, the Dodgers launch their season at 1:05pm today against the Padres at Petco Park. And, I know it's heresy, but I support both the Giants and the Dodgers. That's what you get when I kid grew up in SoCal and ended up in NorCal.

BAD NEWS, GOOD NEWS: Virgin America has agreed to be acquired by Alaska Airlines, meaning the last commercial airline headquartered in California is leaving. It's a great airline being absorbed by a good airline, but likely is a significant loss of administrative jobs at VA's Burlingame headquarters. The good news is that I had stock in VA and, after waking up and hearing the news and checking the stock price, I promptly sold it up 40% on the day.

ONE-PERSON, ONE-VOTE: The Supreme Court unanimously held this morning in Evenwel v. Abbott that one person-one vote is actually that for the purposes of drawing district lines. Conservatives in the Lone Star state wanted to change the standard to one person-one voter, which would have advantaged older communities and those with fewer non-citizen immigrants. The thought behind one-person, one-vote is to ensure that all residents, including children, are represented equally in Congress. SCOTUS got this one right.

AD31 (Fresno): Tomorrow is the special election for the Fresno-area seat vacated by Henry Perea, who left the seat in December to take a job with the pharmeceutical lobby. It's a safe moderate Democrat district by registration, although it has one of the lowest Democratic turnouts in the state.The seat pits ER physician Joaquin Arambula against Fresno councilmember Clint Olivier

While a safe Democratic district, it's one of the most conservative Assembly districts (previously) held by a Democrat. It thus is one of the most challenging districts to defend, and special elections make it not easier. Of course, if somebody wins 50%+1 tomorrow (there are three candidates, including a Dem who isn't really organized), that candidate would assume office until only December, unless they win the regularly scheduled June and November elections. If nobody receives 50%, it moves to a June 7 runoff, putting the office on the ballot twice.

NO PARKING ZONE: MTA pulls commuter shuttle permit from Bauer’s bus company [Emily Green @ SFChron] - “The decision is a blow for Bauer’s, which has faced criticism from the Teamsters Union and the Board of Supervisors because of its conflict with drivers over pay, benefits and unionization efforts. The supervisors passed a resolution last week urging the MTA to remove Bauer’s from the shuttle program.”

The debate is an interesting one. Clearly, the technology boom along the peninsula and down to Silicon Valley has benefited San Francisco immensely. However, long time resident understandably resent the gentrification and first class treatment of the tech workers, who are chauffered from one of the country's most amazing cities to suburbia. Additionally, there have concerns about the safety of the commuter bus drivers, although if you have driven in SF, you know that everyone is batshit crazy.

One company, WeDriveU, which serves Google and Facebook, has agreed to have its employees represented by Teamsters Local 853. Thus, there is a contrast between WeDriveU and Bauer, which allegedly has resisted union representation. All of this is on the backdrop of residents upset that the commercial buses are using public bus stops (which WeDriveU will continue to be able to use, whlie Bauer will not), which has been a mix of travel congestion and, frankly, gentrification concerns and envy and the largely white young males living in the city and getting free bus rides south. 

At the end of the day, Bauer probably caves to the Teamsters, but it's a fascinating story in the Golden State and its most booming region.

THE DEAN SPEAKETH: On minimum wage, the do-something Legislature outshines a do-nothing Congress [George Skelton @ LAT] - “Unlike the worthless Congress, state lawmakers actually are doing things. Not everything they should be, not the hardest tasks — fixing highways, streamlining regulation, lowering tuition, reforming taxes.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Fish and Game's (and fellow King Hall alum) Lacy Bauer, CSBA's Bryan DeBlonk, and communications guru Rob Stutzman!




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The Cal assistant basketball coach who was booted from the team for allegedly sexually harassing a female reporter is fighting back. Lawyers for 33-year-old Yann Hufnagel say they have provided UC Berkeley with 900 text messages between him and the reporter showing what they call a “mutual flirtation” — including one in which she told him, “I clearly have to step up my stalking game.” “The university has wronged an innocent person, and it must correct its error,” said Mary McNamara, an attorney for Hufnagel. The university served Hufnagel with a “notice of intent” to fire him in March at the end of a seven-month investigation by its Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination. In one incident early last year, she said, Hufnagel had her drive him home from a bar, closed the garage door behind her and began talking about oral sex. The attorneys say hundreds of texts that they turned over to the university last week show that the nature of Hufnagel’s relationship with the reporter was more nuanced than UC Berkeley officials made it out to be. The next month, the reporter referred to an earlier conversation with Hufnagel in which she said she had praised him to a potential recruit, and he jokingly offered to take her to the ritzy downstairs restaurant at Chez Panisse in exchange. According to the campus investigative report, Hufnagel conceded that at least one of his sexually suggestive texts was “inappropriate ... because as coach there should be no sexual undertones at all.” [...] PR crisis manager Sam Singer, whom Hufnagel retained to help fight his potential firing, said the woman “selectively chose the texts she provided to the university.” Singer said that if UC Berkeley officials don’t change their minds soon, Hufnagel will “pursue other options” — including taking legal action and going public with all 900 text messages.

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