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THE Nooner for December 19, 2016
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It'll probably a quiet week. Those of you who braved the morning frost are probably "working" at your 'puters. By "working," I mean that you are on Amazon beginning your holiday shopping. Yeah, me too. Thank you all for your amazing birthday wishes. As I posted on Facebook, these days one starts replying to each one before realizing that it's as futile as building a snowman before an avalanche.
Happy Electoral College Day (well, unhappy for about 62% of you here in California). California's 55 electors meet at 2pm in the Assembly chambers to cast all votes for Hillary Clinton.
I'll let you get back to your shopping. I won't tell the boss.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Barbara Inatsugu!
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Unions Given Preference For Jobs On $500 Million Bay Area Wetlands Tax – East Bay Times
Such agreements, which originated in the 1930s with federal dam construction projects, require construction companies that are awarded government jobs to hire workers from a union hiring hall. They also must pay into union pension funds and health care programs, even if their own employees are not union members and the companies already provide their own benefits.
'this Is A Historic Day': California Lawmakers Send Governor Sweeping Gun Control Package
Patrick McGreevy and Jazmine Ulloa @ latimes.com
Spurred by outrage over recent mass shootings, California lawmakers on Thursday are expected to send the governor an unprecedented package of 12 gun-control bills
Congressman Responds To Coverage Of His Personal Spending Of Campaign Funds - The San Diego Union-tribune
Ricky Young @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Sacramento Replaces Old Bridges With New | The Sacramento Bee
Some of the oldest and most picturesque bridges in the Sacramento region are quietly fading away.
Unions Given Preference For Jobs On $500 Million Bay Area Wetlands Tax
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Why Our Presidents Are Elected By A Clique Of Elites
Matt Pearce @ latimes.com
An explanation of the tangled history that created the American system of electing presidents.
Education: The Rising Cost Of Not Going To College | Pew Research Center
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Incoming Governor Says North Carolina Will Repeal Lgbt Law - Politico
Gov.-elect Roy Cooper made the announcement shortly after the Charlotte City Council voted to repeal its own local ordinance enacted in early 2016. It was that ordinance that Republicans blamed for the statewide law.
Gun Retailers Report A Run On Firearms Ahead Of New California Restrictions
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
Governor Jerry Brown’s approval of sweeping gun control legislation in July appears to have triggered a run on firearms, with some stores reporting sales have doubled since then.
More And More Millenials Are Skipping College And Choosing Blue Collar Jobs Instead | The Sacramento Bee
Greg Hadley @ sacbee.com
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California Tries Again To Thwart Prison Cellphone Smuggling
Brexit Leader Farage: It Would Be 'monstrous' If Trump Lost Electoral College Vote - Politico
Right-wing United Kingdom politician Nigel Farage said it would be "monstrous" if Donald Trump lost the electoral college vote. | Getty
'how Much And What Damage?' Senators Call For A Special Committee To Investigate Russian Hacking
David G. Savage @ latimes.com
Senators call for special committee to investigate Russian hacking during the presidential campaign
Trump Pick To Lead $1 Trillion Health Agency Draws Physicians' Ire
But doctors across the country took the unusual step to sign because they say they fear federal programs that have helped people get health care coverage will disappear, or will have impossible restrictions attached.
Tech-addicted Parents To Kids: Don't Do As I Do
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Chargers Owner 'has No Choice' But To Move Team To Los Angeles
Several NFL owners who were in contact with Chargers ownership at the just-completed NFL meetings said that Dean Spanos is resigned to the fact he must move his team to Los Angeles during next month's window to do so and has every intention of doing just that.
Chargers Fans Outnumbered, Still Hopeful For Stadium Solution - The San Diego Union-tribune
Dennis Lin @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Memorial Service To Be Held For O.C. Homeless Who Died In 2016 - The Orange County Register
THERESA WALKER @ ocregister.com
Ronald James Tannahill died the 13th day of the year, along the Santa Ana River Trail at Orangewood Avenue and the 57 freeway.
Ireland Says Eu Overstepped In Apple Tax Decision - Wsj
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Judge Orders Unsealing Of Search Warrant In Clinton Email Probe - Politico
In the weeks since Hillary Clinton's unexpected loss, she and her campaign aides have argued that James Comey's initial letter putting her back under suspicion and the later letter effectively clearing her led to a fall-off in support that cost her the election. | Getty