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THE Nooner for November 25, 2016
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UNPROCESSED BALLOT STATUS (as of 11/23/16 @ 3:20 p.m.):
¡Buenas dias! Hopefull you're out of the food coma by now. It's a pretty quiet news day on the political/policy front as reporters got needed time off for the holiday.
My cioppino ingredients just arrived and all looks good (Dungeness crabs, rock fish, mussels and clams). The great Siren Fish Co. fully refunded the $130 order and Vietnamese food last night was pretty good.
CA07 (East Sacto County): Ami Bera’s tough path to re-election in 2016 [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - “Rep. Ami Bera is 3-for-3 in the perennial political battleground that is Sacramento County’s 7th Congressional District. But the wins for the Elk Grove Democrat haven’t gotten any easier.”
The 2018 midterms are a big threat against Bera. He's up only 5,635 votes (2%) in an election that has Hillary winning with 61.9% of the vote.
AD16 (Tri-Valley): District had no love for Trump, yet Republican assemblywoman prevailed [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - “Heading into the Nov. 8 election, Assembly Democrats were intent on ousting Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, R-Dublin. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by almost 12 percentage points in the 16th, which is chock-full of well-educated, white-collar suburbanites – the type of voter that pre-election polls showed had little appetite for Baker’s fellow Republican at the top of the ticket, Donald Trump.”
NO DEAL: Here's why California's special session to pay for road repairs is ending with no deal [Jeff Horseman @ PE] - “Legislation that Democrats had proposed included tax hikes, which Republicans would not support. The partisan stand-off stymied the special session, which ends Nov. 30. But Democrats hoping to raise taxes to finance transportation projects might have a better chance next year.”
PROP 64: California marijuana legalization comes with legal reprieves [Lisa M. Krieger @ MercNews] — “Proposition 64 does more than legalize the adult use of pot. It grants a reprieve to those already in the criminal justice system — reducing tough penalties and sentences, offering greater leniency to juveniles and wiping the slate clean for some old marijuana offenses, ending a lifetime of stigma.”
VOUCHERS: Trump's choice for U.S. secretary of education has history of promoting school "choice” [Louis Freedberg @ EdSource] - “President-elect Donald Trump has named Betsy DeVos, a billionaire philanthropist with a long history of promoting charter schools and tax-supported vouchers for private school tuition, to be secretary of education in his administration. . . ”Teachers union representatives, however, were highly critical of the appointment. “Taking public money for private vouchers is out of step with California values,” said California Teachers Association president Eric Heins.
$$$: California’s workers’ compensation overhaul saved bigger bucks [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - “The highly respected Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau, or WCIRB, conducted a comprehensive study of a major overhaul of the system enacted by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature four years ago. And it found that it did what it was supposed to do – cut costs, especially for medical care, to offset higher cash benefits.”
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Zak Meyer-Krings, Joel Olsson, and Gregg Solkovits!
THE AG LIST: Here's the current list based on conversations with many insiders:
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
California Earthquake Warnings Modeled On Amber Alert | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @ sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
Berkeley Police Dismantle Homeless Encampment, Arrest City Council Candidate | The Daily Californian
Berkeley Police Department dismantled a South Berkeley homeless encampment early Friday morning, ending in the arrest of a Berkeley City Council candidate, among others.
Start-up Is Pitching A New Type Of Bond To Fix California’s Wildfire And Water Woes
James Rufus Koren @ latimes.com
Blue Forest Conservation hopes to use a new type of financing called social-impact bonds to fund work that would make forests less fire prone and allow more water to flow downstream.
Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Investigates Officer Involved Shooting At Carmichael 7-eleven | The Sacramento Bee
Tim Swanson and Taryn Luna @ sacbee.com
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region
San Francisco 49ers Qb Colin Kaepernick Praises Fidel Castro For Investing In Education | The Daily Dolphin
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Sacramento-area Consumers Expected To Open Wallets For Holiday Shopping | The Sacramento Bee
Richard Chang @ sacbee.com
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There Are 63,000 Homeless Youths In L.A. County. These Are The Children Of Skid Row
Joy Resmovits @ latimes.com
Twice a week, the children of the Union Rescue Mission walk home from their after-school program, passing things most children should never see. Youth homelessness has been increasing.
Another Strong Holiday Shopping Season For California? - Capradio.org
Ben Adler @ capradio.org
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Orange County Complains That Flight Changes At John Wayne Airport Could Significantly Increase Noise
Anh Do @ latimes.com
Orange County has filed a petition in federal court to join Newport Beach in suing the Federal Aviation Administration, with both trying to block revised air traffic plans for planes coming in and out of John Wayne Airport.
How Election, Weather Could Impact Holiday Sales – The Mercury News
Strange Star Has E.t. Seekers Looking Closely For Signs Of Life - San Francisco Chronicle
Berkeley astronomers on a new hunt for E.T. are aiming one of the world’s most powerful radio telescopes at the most bizarre star ever detected.
Service Providers Struggle To Provide With Decreased City Funding - Homelessness In Berkeley - The Daily Californian
Christopher Yee | Senior Staff
Republicans Divided Between Romney and Giuliani for Secretary of State
The leading candidates are both high-profile politicians with their share of detractors.
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News, Photos and Information about Federal Aviation Administration
Here’s Why California’s Special Session To Pay For Road Repairs Is Ending With No Deal
Pop-up Shops Were Once A Sign Of Desperation. Now They're Part Of The Business Plan
Shan Li @ latimes.com
Malls are now looking to pop-ups to attract shoppers rather than merely filling empty space.
Police: Armed Suspect Shot, Killed By Sacramento County Deputies - Sfgate
An armed suspect was shot and killed by deputies during an altercation Thursday at a convenience store in Carmichael, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said.
Small Businesses Lament There Are Too Few Mexicans In U.s., Not Too Many - Wsj
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A Board Set Up To Investigate Border Patrol Shootings And Deaths Has Cleared Agents Every Time
Joseph Tanfani @ latimes.com
A review board has concluded that border agents were within protocol in all eight cases it has reviewed.