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THE NOONER for May 30, 2016
“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender or submission.” — John F. Kennedy
Good morning. On Thursday, I was in an Uber and the driver asked me "What is Memorial Day for? Whose memorial?" The driver is from Nigeria originally and spent time in Ireland before immigrating to the United States. After explaining it to him and completing my ride, I was thinking that many Americans probably don't know the answer nor would bother to ask the question today.
Each year on Memorial Day, there is a one-minute national moment of silence held at 3 p.m. local time, which was established by Congress in 2000. So, if you're at the A's or Rivercats game today, when the game stops to observe it, you now know the reason.
While informal laying of flowers on the graves of the fallen can be traced to the Civil War. Many local jurisdictions (including the District of Columbia) established days of remembrance (often known as Decoration Day) wasn't made a federal holiday until 1968 in Public Law 90-363, in which Congress formally created the holiday on the last Monday in May via the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Incidentally, the Act also formally observed Columbus Day, similarly recognized by a majority of states, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was later added in 1984 in PL 98-399.
GIVE ME SOMETHING TO (NOT) TALK ABOUT: This was the response to the fourth and final question asked of Arnold Schwarzenegger by Chuck Todd during yesterday's Meet the Press.
All right, I'm going to ask you one last time. Do you plan on publicly saying whether you'll be for Trump?
I will make an announcement before the election, you can be sure of that. But I will do it my way. Which is always an unusual way. As you remember that I announced my candidacy for governor on The Tonight Show. So that was very unusual, and I will do exactly the same thing also with the endorsement. So I will study the various different candidates, what they represent, all that stuff, and I will then make up my mind and I would make the endorsement. So I will make an endorsement, but it will not be here, because then that would be the headline.
Schwarzenegger was trying to keep the topic on his international efforts to combat climate change and touting emission-limiting AB 32, not exactly the message the Trump campaign wants on the Sunday shows. It's sort of hard for Schwarzanegger to jump on the bandwagon of a presumptive nominee who tweeted in 2012 "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." He later said this year that it was a joke.
AD04 (Yolo-Napa): Outside money leaves Assembly candidate feeling 'out of control' [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee]:
A torrent of outside money has flowed into the liberal 4th Assembly District, with groups that include education reformers, oil companies and real estate interests spending $1.9 million through Thursday to buoy [Cecilia] Aguiar-Curry.
The cash cascade reprises an increasingly common interest-group strategy of elevating business-friendly Democrats in districts dominated by Democratic voters. Oil industry surrogates are playing in three races this year involving sitting lawmakers. In this case, the lack of an incumbent lawmaker presents a wide-open opportunity to elect a new lawmaker who shares their views.
WE'VE GOT SPIRIT, YES WE DO! The Spirit of Democracy PAC, which supports moderate Republicans is back this cycle, thus far investing in 19 candidates, most in small contributions. The committee is the main conduit for campaign funding by billionaire Stanford physicist Charles Munger, Jr., whose father is the vice-president of Warren Buffett's $352 billion Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate. Berkshire owns large stakes in lots of companies, and wholly owns several including Geiko, BNSF Railroads, Dairy Queen, and Fruit of the Loom.
Here are the 2016 contributors to Spirit of Democracy:
THE DOWNTOWN GRID(LOCK)? Clock ticking, Sacramento rushes to prepare for arena crowds downtown [Tony Bizkak @ SacBee] - "A team of police officers, traffic managers, and parking and transit officials has been working for the last year on a game plan for getting 17,000 people in and out of a tightly confined area smoothly. Time is short. Opening night starts with a bang: a sold-out Paul McCartney concert, Oct. 4. And the logistical questions are daunting. The biggest among them may be how to keep fans from creating gridlock by driving directly to the arena for Sacramento Kings games and concerts in search of a close parking spot."
HOT, HOT, HOT: It's supposed to be 108 this week and cooking is going to suck. What to do? While writing the The Nooner, it's time to slow cook (in the awesome Instant Pot slow cooker/pressure cooker) a Bledsoe pork shoulder over Bledsoe bacon for 8 hours and then braise some greens. All farmers' market delights. Of course, I had to save and freeze the pork fat trimmings for some future use (incl. carnitas using the cooked pork shoulder).
WELL PLAYED: Last night's Veep on HBO had a great focus group scene for those who have ever had to participate in or design a focus group.
SPORTS PAGE: It's game 7 in the Western Conference Finals, with the Golden State Warriors facing off against the Oklahoma City Thunder at 6pm in Oakland. The game is on TNT.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Thurmond Leg. Dir. Bridget Kolokosky, DHBK Leg. Asst. Bridget Luebbers, and CDP Exec. Dir. Shawnda Westly!
Arnold Schwarzenegger Not Ready To Endorse Trump, Warns Of Extremes
George Skelton @ latimes.com
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he is not ready yet to endorse Donald Trump for president. âI will make an announcement before the election, you can be sure of that. But I will do it my way. Which is always an unusual way,â he said on NBCâs "Meet the Press."
Names Of Three Vietnam War Veterans Added To California Memorial
Stephen Magagnini @ sacbee.com
Framed by red, pink, yellow and white roses, several hundred veterans and their friends and families gathered in Capitol Park on Sunday for the reciting of each of the 5,660 names on the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial â including three new names etched into history.
Duf Sundheim Resists The Moderate Label
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, left, smiles with Duf Sundheim, right, former chairman of the California Republican Party, at Schwarzenegger's campaign office in Mountain View, Calif. on July 13, 2006.
Giants Ask SF For Tax Break On AT&T Park, Say Value Has Fallen
Matier and Ross @ sfchronicle.com
The Giants are asking the city for millions of dollars in property tax refunds, claiming that the value of AT&T Park has dropped well below the $200 million that the team paid to build it 16 years ago â even as home prices in San Francisco have more than doubled during that time.
Hillary Clinton Campaign Office Opens In Colton
Ryan Hagen @ dailybulletin.com
One of the few California Democrats in Congress who didnât endorse Hillary Clinton for president earlier this year, Rep. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, threw her support behind the former secretary of state Sunday as she helped open the Inland Empireâs first campaign office.
LAWA Deputy General Manager Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI Also Had October Accident
Dakota Smith @ dailynews.com
A Los Angeles World Airports deputy general manager arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence was involved in another car accident last fall.
The Central Valley Brings Out The Sarcasm In Bernie Sanders -- Directed Toward Donald Trump
Cathleen Decker @ latimes.com
For the second straight day, Bernie Sanders found a reason to poke at Donald Trump, the man he would like to face off against in the fall.
I.R.S. Ruling Is Obstacle to Health Care Networks Promoted by Obama
Robert Pear @ nytimes.com
A ruling by the Internal Revenue Service creates a significant obstacle to a new type of health care network that the Obama administration has promoted as a way to provide better care at lower cost, industry lawyers and providers say.
Nevada City Kid Wins Indianapolis 500
Bob Moffitt @ capradio.org
Rossi is 24 and has been successful at every level of racing since he was 10 and racing out of Nevada City. He was born in Auburn.
Libertarians Pick Gary Johnson As Presidential Nominee - Politico
VP pick William Weld, who is under attack for his beliefs, is to be voted on later Sunday.
Memorial Day -- Illinois Man Finds Solace With O.C. Family Of Fallen Comrade - The Orange County Register
DAVID WHITING @ ocregister.com
For Steve Agee and thousands of veterans, every day is Memorial Day.
Charters Are Bleeding Students From Traditional Public Schools | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
A state Supreme Court ruling favors charter schools in its dispute with Los Angeles Unified School District over sharing campus space. SAMUEL KUBANI/AFP/Getty Images
$20,000 Home Loans For Sf Teachers Find Few Takers - San Francisco Chronicle
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Non-Partisan Republicans Offer No Hope To GOP
We have no idea who will be Californiaâs next governor after Jerry Brown rides into the sunset at the end of 2018 but we know this: all the hype around San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who last week said he will not run, represented a lot of magical thinking by Republicans.
A Quiet Day Of Remembrance At Riverside National Cemetery
On the Sunday before Memorial Day, families gather to remember loved ones at Riverside National Cemetery, the third-largest national cemetery in the country.
Success of Jerry Brown, and California, Offers Lesson to National Democrats
Adam Nagourney @ nytimes.com
Blending elements of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, the governor has forged a style of leadership that has brought legislative focus and party unity.
Vietnam Veterans Honored Posthumously For Their Ultimate Wartime Sacrifice
Britain’s Recurring Nightmare – Politico
Warsaw warns it could challenge the Brussels rule of law probe in the EU’s highest court.
24-hour Memorial Day Vigil Honors Latino Veterans In Boyle Heights | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
Families honor the contributions of Mexican American soldiers from World War Two to the present at the Cinco Puntos intersection and war memorial. Molly Peterson / KPCC
Bernie Sanders did something special for this California farm town. He showed up.
Visalia has long been overlooked by presidential candidates.