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THE Nooner for December 26, 2016
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Greetings from The Nooner's Portland bureau! It's a pretty slow news day. The Legislature convenes next Wednesday. Kamala Harris will be sworn into U.S. Senate on Tuesday, and we will likely get an election date for Xavier Becerra's seat by the end the week. Ten candidates have declared in filings with the Federal Elections Commission.
New California laws bump up minimum wage, tighten gun rules [Juliette Williams @ AP] - " A higher minimum wage, a ban on using “Redskins” as the name of a school team or mascot, and new restrictions on assault weapons are among the latest California laws taking effect with the new year:"
California’s new laws in 2017: Drivers can’t hold phones, barbers can serve free beer [Katy Murphy @ MercNews] - "On New Year’s Day, Californians will wake up to hundreds of new laws, governing everything from the size of our paychecks to the rights of beauty salons to serve booze as they cultivate our coiffure."
Scandals, surprise squeakers and the 'Trump effect': What worked and what flopped in California's five most expensive House races [Javier Panzar @ LAT] - "California’s most expensive House races included some perennially contested seats as well as sleepy districts that were suddenly thrust into competition based on hopes that having Donald Trump at the top of the GOP ticket would imperil incumbent House Republicans down the ballot."
Should California becomes its own nation? One group says yes [Jeff Horseman @ PE] - "“Yes California,” a pro-secession group, filed paperwork with the state attorney general in November for a proposed 2018 ballot measure to strike language in the state constitution binding California to the United States."
Here are the top 10 O.C. politics stories of 2016 [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - "President-elect Donald Trump left his imprint on Orange County even while it becomes ever-less Republican, thanks to shifting demographics. And the county once again shows that even here, government misbehaves."
Where have California’s black college students gone? [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - "Across California this month, hundreds of thousands of students are sending in college applications and hoping for letters of acceptance from their dream schools. But fewer of them are African American, like Terry, even as more black students have become eligible to attend the state’s public universities."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jonathan Lyens!
#FAREWELL: Former lieutenant governor Ed Reinecke (1924-2016).
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Ed Reinecke, California Lieutenant Governor Who Resigned After Perjury Conviction, Dies At 92
Cindy Chang @ latimes.com
Ed Reinecke, the California lieutenant governor who resigned after being convicted of perjury in a Watergate-era scandal, died Saturday in Laguna Hills.
African-american College Enrollment Drop In Ca Steep Since 2011 | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
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Netanyahu, Furious Over U.n. Vote On Jewish Settlements, Summons U.S. Ambassador
Joshua Mitnick @ latimes.com
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, still seething over a U.N. vote censuring Israel's settlement policies, summoned the U.S. ambassador for a meeting.
Gov. Jerry Brown Pardons 112 Ahead Of Christmas Holiday | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
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Fire Department Emails: Inspections Flawed In Fire-prone Oakland Hills – East Bay Times
In an email sent on the chief’s behalf, she said: “Engine companies are directed to reinspect properties where deficiencies are identified. The Department makes every effort to ensure vegetation management inspections are done properly.”
More Than A Year After The Devastating Valley Fire, A Guarded Optimism Returns To Cobb Mountain | The Sacramento Bee
Cynthia Hubert @ sacbee.com
By Cynthia Hubert
Merry Sanfrancismas, Herb Caen, 1985 - San Francisco Chronicle
Herb Caen @ sfchronicle.com
What do you give a city that has everything? Or, to put it more modestly, almost everything, including a deficit. There was a moment there when we had a surplus of millions, but Lady Dianne soon put to a stop THAT foolishness. If you don’t know what to give the city of your dreams for Christmas, mail in a few bucks to the city treasurer, a jolly lady named Mary Callanan. Mary will send you a nice letter in return, suitable for framing. If you would like to help reduce the swelling caused by Mr. Reagan’s trillion-dollar deficit — Mr. Reagan is a fiscal conservative — send your check to the Bureau of Public Debt, Dept. G, 300 13th St. SW, Washington D.C. 20239. Some $1.5 million was sent in voluntarily last year, proving that there are some generous people around looking for a tax deduction.
From Obama, A Final Christmas Tribute To The Troops He's Led | The Sacramento Bee
JOSH LEDERMAN @ sacbee.com
For eight years, Barack Obama has led a military fighting in multiple theaters overseas, becoming the only president in U.S. history to serve full two terms with the nation at war. On Sunday, he sought to pay tribute to the men and women who sacrificed along the way in battles that will continue even after his presidency comes to a close.
Year In Review: Ocean Changes Upend North Coast Fisheries | The Press Democrat
MARY CALLAHAN @ pressdemocrat.com
Warmer than usual water also is believed to have contributed to the collapse of the bull kelp forest off Sonoma and Mendocino counties, along with an explosion of purple urchins that have devoured remaining plant life. The urchins, in turn, are out-competing red abalone, the shellfish that attract thousands of sport divers and pickers each year to the Sonoma and Mendocino coast.
Uber Pulls Self-driving Cars From California Roads | The Sacramento Bee
SUDHIN THANAWALA @ sacbee.com
Uber pulled its self-driving cars from California roads after state regulators moved to revoke their registrations, officials said Wednesday.
Mycapture | The Union Democrat
'brendon Didn’t Have To Die': Family Of Man Fatally Shot By LAPD In Venice Says They're Left Grieving And Wondering
Kate Mather @ latimes.com
The family of Brendon Glenn, who was fatally shot by the LAPD in Venice, describe their desire to see the officer jailed and their frustration that Glenn is largely known as an unarmed homeless man.
Reading L.A.: Carey Mcwilliams And Southern California's 'vast Drama Of Maladjustment' | Culture Monster | Los Angeles Times
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Fire Department Wildfire District | Wildfire District | City Of Oakland | California
In 2003, Oakland voters approved the Wildfire Prevention Assessment District to fund fire prevention activities. Thanks to these benefit fees, the City of Oakland is able to monitor fire risks on more than 25,000 parcels, manage vegetation on public lands, and conduct other activities designed to reduce the threat of damaging wildfires.
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Big-wave Breakthrough: Female Surfer Leads Mavericks Revolution - San Francisco Chronicle
Bianca Valenti found her calling beneath a crashing wave.
California Victims Of Eugenics-based Sterilization Programs Deserve Reparations, Researchers Say
Kate Morrissey @ latimes.com
California should pay reparations to victims of its eugenics-based sterilization programs, which took away the reproductive abilities of about 20,000 people in the first half of the 20th century, researchers said in a new study.
Some Women Worried About Trump Rush To Get Affordable Birth Control | The Sacramento Bee
Sammy Caiola @ sacbee.com
By Sammy Caiola
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Millionaires Sue Hillsborough Over Tiered Water Rates - San Francisco Chronicle
One of the Bay Area’s wealthiest communities has a small uprising on its hands: a group of millionaires angry about water rates. And local leaders are moving to quash it.
Jews Serve Turkey, Play Santa For Families In Need On Christmas
Rep Devin Nunes' Mattis Recommendation Led To Trump Defense Pick | Mcclatchy Dc
Michael Doyle @ mcclatchydc.com
By Michael Doyle
Under Intense Pressure, D.a. Jackie Lacey Faces Crucial Test With Two High-profile Police Shootings
Marisa Gerber @ latimes.com
“You help killer cops, you help killer cops!”