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THE Nooner for November 24, 2016



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UNPROCESSED BALLOT STATUS (as of 11/23/16 @ 3:20 p.m.):

  • Vote-by-mail: 495,979
  • Provisional: 905,859
  • Other (damaged, non-machine readable): 64,470
  • Total: 1,466,308

Have a great Thanksgiving! This has been a tough year politically on both sides. Democrats are upset over the ascendancy of Donald Trump, while Republicans are reeling over the apparent supermajority in both houses of the state Legislature.

That said, I just did my morning walk and say several homeless men. Many are too mentally ill to know/accept that there are free meals and even shelter for them, on a very chilly morning. We are so fortunate, but can't forget about them.

I'm in a really bad mood. Siren Fish Company (Sonoma County) shipped me a cioppino kit two days ago. FedEx didn't deliver it yesterday and isn't delivering today. I had a guaranteed delivery by today. Thus, I have no dinner tonight. I'm not sure if Siren or FedEx is to blame, but live seafood (mussels and clams) shouldn't be sitting on a truck somewhere. I don't even know if it will be safe to eat tomorrow (crabs and rock cod in addition to the other shellfish) when delivered. $130 down the drain?

Sorry about the rant, and thank you, Noonerific people.  

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Kristin Bertolina Faust and Allison Joe

THE AG LIST: Here's the current list based on conversations with many insiders:

  • Joe Cotchett, attorney
  • Rocky Delgadillo, former LA City Attorney
  • Katherine Feinstein, retired judge and daughter of Dianne Feinstein
  • Mike Feuer, LA City Attorney
  • Dario Frommer, former assemblymember and my fellow UCD law grad, who I later followed in his footsteps as president of the LSA
  • Leticia Perez, Kern County Supervisor and member, California Board of State and Community Corrections
  • Clark Kelso, professor of law at McGeorge and a Republican nominee appointed to insurance commish in 2000 when the vacancy arose after Chuck Quackenbush was compelled to resign and moved to serve as the state's chief information officer under both Davis and Schwarenegger. Easy confirmation. 
  • Nancy McFadden, executive secretary to Jerry Brown, and a key part of his inner circle
  • Nancy O'Malley, Alameda County DA
  • Ann Ravel, FEC commissioner 
  • Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County DA
  • Jackie Speier, Member of Congress
  • Phillip A. Talbert, US attorney for the Eastern District of California



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Santa Clara heads for war with 49ers over Leviâ
Less than two years after abandoning Candlestick Point for the new $1.2 billion Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the 49ers are enduring a blitz of political opposition questioning everything from their management of the publicly owned stadium to a lack of financial transparency. On Tuesday night the Santa Clara City Council, which doubles as the authority charged with running the stadium, voted to find the 49ers in violation of the voter-approved agreement governing the management of the team’s 68,500-seat home field. Mayor Lisa Gillmor charged that the 49ers’ stadium management firm — which goes by ManCo — has consistently neglected to share important documents with the authority, including a maintenance and operation plan, annual and five-year capital expenditure plans, and detailed budget reports. Council members say they need to see the documents to determine how much money the stadium is generating, what it’s being spent on and whether the city is providing services for which it’s not being reimbursed. If the 49ers don’t comply, council members said, the city could move to take over stadium management on the grounds that the team has breached its lease deal. How do we know we are managing this public asset in the proper manner if we cannot get the documents from the management company that we hired to manage the stadium? Making security information available would put the public at risk, while disclosing the details of the non-NFL events would damage ManCo’s ability to effectively negotiate with promoters such as LiveNation and AEG Live, the team says. “Tonight’s decision was expected and continues a disturbing trend of frivolous and groundless actions by the mayor and her allies on the council, putting politics ahead of civic responsibility,” the 49ers said in a statement. The claim that we have refused to provide all relevant documents is simply another alarming claim intended to capture headlines. Levi’s Stadium was financed in part through a tax on hotel rooms near the stadium and $621 million in construction loans taken out by the city authority, which was created as a separate legal entity to shield Santa Clara’s general fund from being tapped to cover stadium costs. The authority is responsible for paying back the debt on the loans using revenue generated by the stadium. Several residents said they regretted having worked to pass Measure J, the 2010 ballot initiative that allowed the stadium to go forward. Larry Gerston, emeritus professor of political science at San Jose State University, called the skirmish a David vs. The City Council is trying to get a light shined on what the expenses are to determine whether the city is contributing dollars in violation of Prop.

Ca Election: GOP Lawmaker Did Much Better Than Donald Trump | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

University Officials: Daca Students Studying Abroud Should Return Home
Donald Trump, Higher Education, Immigration

Post-election, California Democrats Still Dominate And GOP Has Nowhere To Go But Up
George Skelton @
Both California parties have something to be thankful for: Dems dominate and Republicans can't go much lower. But new Democratic mods make supermajority in Legislature less than it seems.

Donald Trump Tweets Not 'helpful,' Dianne Feinstein Says | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

California Still Has Just Under 1.5 Million Ballots To Count
Jazmine Ulloa @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Transportation negotiations kicked to 2017, California Legislature gets more diverse'

Kristin Gaspar, Darrell Issa Maintain Leads In Latest Election Results - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @
After the San Diego County registrar finished counting votes Wednesday, Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar had extended her lead over Supervisor Dave Roberts by 1,069 votes.

Sacramento City Council Approves Marijuana Ordinance Tuesday, November 22, 2016. | The Sacramento Bee
Nashelly Chavez @
By Nashelly Chavez

Union-backed Changes To LAPD Disciplinary System Could Go To Voters
Kate Mather, David Zahniser @
Los Angeles city leaders took the first step Wednesday toward a major overhaul of the LAPD's disciplinary process—a move long sought by the union that represents rank-and-file officers.

Trump Presidency Brings Uncertainty To California Immigrant Health Care | The Sacramento Bee
Emily Bazar @
By Emily Bazar

With Hate Crimes Rising, L.A. Law Enforcement Vows To Crack Down
James Queally @
Los Angeles law enforcement officials Mike Feuer, Charlie Beck and Jackie Lacey address a recent rise in hate crimes.

Happy Turkey Day, What We Are Thankful For -- Swamp Draining Update -- Wapo: Trump Has Gotten Just 2 Intelligence Briefings Since Election -- B’day: Dan Glickman - Politico
While you were entertaining in-laws and googling how to cook a turkey Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump was continuing the rapid assembly of his...

A Mega-quake Stretching From L.A. To San Francisco Would Devastate California, With $289 Billion In Losses, Study Finds
Scientists say they've found a way to give you a little extra warning before an earthquake strikes.

Citing Minimum Wage Hike, Firm Moving San Diego Jobs To Texas - The San Diego Union-tribune
Dan McSwain @
San Diego’s rising minimum wage has pushed Competitive Edge Research & Communications, a prominent local political consulting and polling firm, to move its call center with about 75 jobs to Texas, said Chief Executive John Nienstedt.

Lausd Board President Says Mission Remains Unchanged After Education Secretary Choice
Today's high

Sacramento Community Leaders Tackle High Black Youth Death Rates | The Sacramento Bee
Sammy Caiola @
By Sammy Caiola

Patt Morrison Asks: Law Expert Hadar Aviram On How California's Promises To Speed Up The Death Penalty Are Impossible
Patt Morrison @
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Senate Republican Leader Fuller Wishes Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving
SACRAMENTO - Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (

Mortgage Rates Keep Rising After Trump's Election Win
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Local Non-profit Coffee House Helps Homeless And Drug Addicts Stay Off Streets -
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Bannon Opens An Alt-right Door To The Trump White House
David Horsey @
Stephen Bannon is the conduit for the alt-right into the Trump White House.

Trumpsition Day 15: Trumpsgiving
While you were entertaining in-laws and googling how to cook a turkey Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump was continuing the rapid assembly of his cabinet.

School Choice: Why Donald Trumpâ
Despite his selection of Betsy DeVos as education secretary, any effort to promote vouchers from Washington would run up against structural realities.

San Francisco's largest taxi company up for sale
The blows keep coming for San Francisco's struggling taxi industry. The city's largest taxi company, the bankrupt Yellow Cab Cooperative, is up for sale.

Drug Costs Skyrocket For Many Older Americans, Despite Medicare Coverage
Melody Petersen @
Prices are soaring on dozens of medications for older Americans on fixed incomes.