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THE Nooner for December 4, 2016
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Happy Sunday! I'm going to take the day off. Heading to farmers' market and to get my Sunday street tacos. Have an awesome Sunday!
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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Political Road Map: There Are More Than 15 Lobbyists For Each Lawmaker In Sacramento
John Myers @ latimes.com
As the new California Legislature convenes, lawmakers will be greeted by an ever growing band of professional lobbyists, referred to as the “Third House” of state government.
Jeff Sessions, Xavier Becerra, Tale Of Two Attorneys General | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @ sacbee.com
Editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer
Trump On Twitter: I’ll Punish Companies That Ship Jobs Overseas -- Pence’s Power Play -- Trump’s Tax Nightmare -- Spotted At Eric Wilson And Rachael Dean Wedding -- B’day: Al Hunt - Politico
-- A FEW THOUGHTS to unpack. Yes, congressional Republicans have been dying to reform the tax code for years. But most Republicans privately say they are against punitive tariffs to keep jobs in the U.S. Costs would go through the roof. Furthermore, there are also significant concerns about Trump making deals on a company-by-company basis. Not to mention, the Carrier deal only worked because Pence is still governor of Indiana.
Politifact California: Pence's Support For Conversion Therapy Not A Settled Matter | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
Newsom, a prominent LGBT rights supporter, said Republican Indiana Gov. and now Vice-President Elect Mike Pence "advocated for diverting taxpayer dollars to so-called conversion therapy."
Pence Dubious Of Criticism About Trump's Taiwan Call - Politico
Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., addresses supporters during a campaign event in Carson City, Nev., Monday, Aug. 1. | AP Photo
Maine Adopts Ranked-Choice Voting. What Is It, and How Will It Work?
Maine will become the first state to use the method, which allows voters to list candidates in order of preference.
Trump's tax nightmare
The president-elect would have to navigate a staggering tax bill if he eased out of his business empire.
After years of disrepair, Bayviewâ
[...] on Saturday, community leaders and elected officials at local and state levels celebrated the re-opening of the new and improved Hilltop Park at La Salle Avenue and Whitney Young Circle. [...] the giant 70-foot sundial at the top of the hill shines a bright golden yellow, the dirt hill has been replaced with bright green grass, and the old skate park âÂÂ celebrated as the cityâÂÂs first skate park âÂÂ has been revamped by the Tony Hawk Foundation. The $6.7 million renovation was funded in large part under Assembly Bill 31, pushed by state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De LeÃ³n, D-Los Angeles, in an effort to bring open land and space to children in all areas of the city. âÂÂEvery single child, irrespective of who you are, where you are from, the hue of your skin, your zip code, and yes, your legal status, deserves access to land and space,âÂÂ De LeÃ³n told the crowd. A number of groups came together, from the local Parks 94214 organization and the Trust for Public Lands to the state Parks and Recreation Department, to fund the project. Jeffrey Miller, a landscape architect on the project, looked at the final product of the four-year design plan with pride. âÂÂIt was just two big sand pits,âÂÂ he said Saturday morning, staring at the sun and moon-themed childrenâÂÂs play areas and the concrete slide that has been there from the parksâÂÂ beginnings in the 1970s. Earlier, Darrin had screamed at the top of his lungs as he went down one of the concrete slides, using a cardboard box as a makeshift sled. Gilman Playground was improved over the summer, McLaren Park is in the midst of improvements and one of the more ambitious goals is to transform the India Basin shoreline into a public space.
Catholic Leaders: Climate Change On Same Level As Abortion And Death Penalty - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Emerson Smith @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Opposition to abortion and the death penalty have long been cardinal beliefs for the Roman Catholic church, whose faithful make up about a quarter of all Americans.
Sonoma County To Take Up Pivotal Decision Over Medical Marijuana Regulation | The Press Democrat
guy kovner @ pressdemocrat.com
Video cameras mounted on the house next door have invaded her sense of privacy, prompting Whitener to keep blinds drawn on the windows facing that way.
Artists, musicians missing in Oakland fire
Kimberly Veklerov, Jenna Lyons, Jill Tucker @ sfgate.com
Tied together through the Bay AreaâÂÂs close-knit techno arts community, dozens had converged for a night of drinking and dancing at an underground rave inside a converted warehouse that served as an artists live-in wonderland. Many were students and service workers holding restaurant and retail jobs while trying to break through as entertainers, sustaining a creative culture thatâÂÂs become scarce in the Bay Area as economic prosperity increasingly prices out the arts scene. Micah Danemayer, 28, was doing a light show for the party and he and his girlfriend, Alana âÂÂJenâÂÂ Kane, were among the missing late Saturday afternoon, according to DanemayerâÂÂs friend and bandmate Devyn Fordyce, 26. Danemayer and Fordyce had recently started an electronic music band, Red Cellar, playing synthesizers to create improvised rhythmic noises. The sound artist, whose stage name is Dialtedears, came to California from Iowa in 2005 to get his masterâÂÂs degree at San Francisco Art Institute and never looked back, according to his girlfriend, Grace Lovio. âÂÂHeâÂÂs really connected to the Bay Area art scene,âÂÂ she said by phone Saturday afternoon, before boarding her flight to the Bay Area from France where she is studying at the Paris Institute of Political Studies. Michela Gregory, among the missing Saturday afternoon as well, is a student at San Francisco State University studying child development, while holding a job at Urban Outfitters on Fillmore Street in San Francisco. âÂÂIâÂÂm in shock,âÂÂ said her father, David Gregory, who was in Oakland on Saturday to try to learn the whereabouts of his daughter at the sheriffâÂÂs substation where the Red Cross was set up. Wadsworth was the entrepreneurial type, Tasoff said, and his latest venture was trying to start a cannabis salsa company. Since moving from Boston about three years ago, Wadsworth had taken an interest in art, making sculptures at the warehouse, Tasoff said. Vanessa Plotkin, a third-year sociology student at UC Berkeley, went with her roommate to downtown Oakland and likely stopped at the rave, too, said family members who had been texting her about her plans to go to a party and hadnâÂÂt heard from her since 11 p.m. Friday. The noted video and music producer, who has recently done work for KQED and the Oakland Museum, is considered a driving force in OaklandâÂÂs arts scene. âÂÂThese were musicians and artists trying to give more meaning to their life than what this economic climate has designed for them,âÂÂ Babu said.
Friends, Relatives Nervously Await News Of Oakland Fire Victims - San Francisco Chronicle
Rachel Swan, Jill Tucker, Erin Allday @ sfchronicle.com
Relatives and friends desperately searched for their loved ones Saturday after flames swept through a party at an Oakland artists collective, trapping dozens in a desperate, fatal kaleidoscope of horror.
Trump Attends 'villains And Heroes' Costume Party Dressed As...himself | Reuters
Melissa Fares @ reuters.com
NEW YORK U.S. President-elect Donald Trump attended a "Villains and Heroes" costume party at a major donor's Long Island home on Saturday night, but declined to don any garb that was in keeping with the theme.
Oakland Ghost Ship Leader Posts Controversial Statement On Facebook
At 2 a.m. Saturday morning, Ion wrote: “Confirmed. Everything I worked so hard for is gone. Blessed that my children and Micah were at a hotel safe and sound… it’s as if I have awoken from a dream filled with opulence and hope… to be standing now in poverty of self worth.”
SF Homeless Project resumes this week
The SF Homeless Project, a media consortium dedicated to focusing attention on the issue of homelessness in San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area, will present its second day of widespread coverage Wednesday. A voluntary effort by Bay Area media companies, it seeks to increase public understanding of homelessness and explore potential solutions. The first day of widespread coverage on June 29 produced more than 350 pieces of content across a variety of television, radio, newspaper and online outlets. The project has produced a voter guide to candidatesâÂÂ views on homelessness, as well as stories about the publicâÂÂs reaction to the news coverage.
Trump Launches Twitter Blast About Outsourcing Of Jobs - Politico
President-elect Donald Trump talks with workers during a visit to the Carrier factory on Dec. 1, 2016, in Indianapolis | AP Photo
Police Use 'fake News' In Gang Ruse; Media Criticize Tactics As Dishonest
Associated Press @ latimes.com
Police investigating a notorious gang in a city on California's central coast issued a fake news release that the chief credited with saving two men by deceiving gang members who wanted to kill them, but the ruse was criticized by news organizations that reported it as fact.
Season of Sharing daily donor list as of Nov. 25
Season of Sharing daily donor list as of Nov. 25 Judy Barr, $100; Sherry & Burt Berenstein; Joyce & Sid Berenstein, $25, in honor of Matt Harris; Sally Berger; Bennett Berke & Lorna Wallace; Dione Bowers, $100, in memory of Stewart; Winslow & Ann Briggs; Betty Brookes, $50; Cristina Campbell & Tim DeWolf, $250; Joseph L. Chavez, $250; Mark Chetkovich, in memory of Michael Chetkovich; Harry Chuck & Linda Lee; Geraldine Clifford, $100; Carole Cohen, in memory of Michelle Allen; Ken & Barbara Cole; Francisco Colindres, in honor of Ally & Olivia Vargas; Renate & Robert Coombs, $250; Barbara & Lawrence DiCostanzo; Ralph Dixon, $1,000, in memory of Ray & Bernice Dixon; Phil Duden, $200; Roy & Betsy Eisenhardt, in honor of the Chen-Young Family; Gretchen P. Elliott, $150; Joan Ferguson & Craig Uhrich, $500, in memory of Herb & Grace Schmidt; Finnegans Wake, $100; Wendy & Mark Fitch, $250, in memory of Jim Wright; Ronald Fong, $50; Cheryle Foskett; Janet Furman & Laurie Bolard, $100; Mary Gardner; Rayna Garibaldi; Carleen Goeckel, $250; Leroy & Juanita Gore, $200; Naomi Green, $25, in memory of Rick Green; Jerry & Suzanne Guerzon, $100, in memory of Jerry & Urcencia Guerzon; Stan & Sharon Hammond, $50, in memory of Luigi Santini; Ann Hasse, $200, in memory of Colin Farrish Hasse; Harvey Helfand, $100; Ira Hirschfield & Tom Hansen, in honor of Rick Foglia & Dennis Banks; Fred Holub & Geoff McNally, $250; Carolyn R. Hunt, $1,000; Patricia Hunter, $150, in memory of Robin Williams; Ronald & Audrey Jones, $100; Sylvia Jones, $500; B. Fred Juul, $100; Ruth Konoff & Ben Hermalin; Albert H. & Lynn P. Kugler; Polly Lee, $50; Myron J. Levy, in memory of Beverly Levy; Arielle Liberman, DMD; Gail MacGowan; Roger, Susan and Nicole Marsden, in honor of Bernie Sanders; John & Louise Mason; Lee McGrath-Schweizer, in memory of Raymond J. Schweizer; Kevin G. McHenry, $125; Gary McKinney, $75, in honor of the McKinney Family; Michele McNamara; Gisela Meyers, $100; Mia & Robert Morrill, $200; Thomas Ng; Ed & Marcia Nute, $100; Arlene Owseichik, in memory of Bill Graham; Stephen Paine, in memory of Joan Paine; Helen K. Pedersen; Beth Pokorny, $100; Juan & Marilyn Richardson; Don & Diane Rieschick, $25; Carl & Beth Riseman; Karen Robbins; Chris & Lyn Rudnicki, $250; Roger Sharpe, $200, in memory of Lloyd & Christine Sharpe; Frank Shaul, $250, in memory of Ray & Martha V. Shaul; Randy & Mary Short, $50; Roger & Polly Siebert, $300; Robert & Naomi Stamper, $200; Edith Ullman & Bruce Gorden, in memory of Ann B. Ullman; Ruth Weiller; Mark Whatley & Danuta Zaroda, $250; Susan Whitman & Mark Gergen; Roger & Pat Witte. Anonymous donations in memory of: