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THE Nooner for December 27, 2016



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#FAREWELL: Former Assemblymember and State Senator and most recently Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit died yesterday of pancreatic cancer, a day before his 65th birthday. (1951-2016) [PE article]

I hate to start speculating already, but Jerry Brown will appoint his successor. Brown appointed Benoit to the Riverside County board, and will likely choose a Republican in respect of the voters of the conversative district. Former Senator Jim Battin lives in the district, which is the desert portion of Riverside County, stretching from Palm Springs to Blythe on the Arizona border. Battin, who has a political consulting firm represented much of the district in the Senate.

Fear not Noonerific people, as 2016 is almost over. I can't handle anymore of these.

WATER WARS: Speaker Anthony Rendon today released committee appointments. Northern California will be unhappy with the pick of Water, Parks and Wildlife chair--Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) over the battle over the proposed Delta tunnels. The Coachella Valley is a large consumer of water from the State Water Project, as well as the Colorado River. Garcia replaces Marc Levine (D-Marin). While Marin doesn't tap water from the Delta, Northern California legislators have historically been united against the dominant power of SoCal legislators. The full committee membership has not been Released.

After 24 years working together, Feinstein and Boxer say goodbye to their 'Thelma and Louise' partnership [Sarah D. Wire @ LAT] - "The 76-year-old [Barbara] Boxer is retiring in January, leaving behind a 24-year working relationship with [Dianne] Feinstein that was by all appearances in sync until its last days, when an argument over water policy played out in public."

Willie Brown offered a rumor that Feinstein is not running in 2018 and that Jerry Brown would run for the seat. Jerry Brown's office had no comment.

California hopes $3 billion experiment will improve health of neediest [Anna Gorman @ CAHealthline] - "Riverside County plans to connect former inmates with health clinics and social services. Orange County hopes to get homeless residents into housing – and help them stay there. Placer County is opening a respite center where homeless patients can go after they leave the hospital. Those are just some of the pilot projects in a $3 billion experimental effort officials hope will improve the health of California’s most vulnerable populations. The effort is a recognition that improving people’s health will take more than just getting them insured."

Some women worried about Trump, rush to get affordable birth control [Sammy Cailo @ SacBee] - "Reproductive health providers, advocates and some women in California have voiced similar concerns after the Nov. 8 vote. In a state that overwhelmingly voted against Trump, some worry that private or public insurance will no longer cover monthly birth control pills, or that the community clinics women rely on for basic reproductive health screenings will be forced to close their doors. Some women have even rushed out to get IUDs, which can be effective as birth control for up to a decade."

Was this ex-city manager of a town riddled with corruption a 'man of the people' or an old school political boss? [Ruben Vivas @ LAT] - "During his years as Cudahy city manager, George Perez saw himself as a “man of the people,” a guy who knew how to get things done. Others saw an old-fashioned political boss. "

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Allan Acevedo!



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Ny Ag: Trump Can't Dissolve Foundation During Investigation - Sfgate
The statement came after Trump announced that he wanted to dissolve the Donald J. Trump Foundation, part of what his presidential transition team says is an effort to erase any potential conflicts of interest before he takes office Jan. 20. The admissions by the Donald J. Trump Foundation were in a 2015 tax filing made public after a presidential election in which it was revealed that Trump has used the charity to settle lawsuits, make a $25,000 political contribution and purchase items, such as a painting of himself, that was displayed at one of his properties. On Tuesday, Trump tapped an experienced national security adviser to serve as assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. A statement from Trump's transition team said Thomas Bossert will advise the president on issues related to homeland security, counterterrorism, and cybersecurity, and he will coordinate the Cabinet's process for formulating and executing policy. The position "is being elevated and restored to its independent status alongside the national security adviser," the statement said. The decision by the Obama administration to abstain from Friday's U.N. vote brushed aside Trump's demands that the U.S. exercise its veto and provided a climax to years of icy relations with Israel's leadership.

Election System Susceptible To Rigging Despite Red Flags | The Sacramento Bee
More than 80 percent of Pennsylvanians who voted Nov. 8 cast their ballots on such machines, according to VotePA, a nonprofit seeking their replacement. A recount would, in the words of VotePA's Marybeth Kuznik, a veteran election judge, essentially amount to this: "You go to the computer and you say, 'OK, computer, you counted this a week-and-a-half ago. Were you right the first time?'"

San Diego State University Articles, Photos, And Videos - San Diego Union Tribune

Audio: Covered California Chief Stays Hopeful About Trump's Hhs Pick | 89.3 Kpcc
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Republican Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. Cliff Owen/AP

Field Poll | Job Performance Ratings Of Ca Governors

Should There Be Carbon Penalties For 'no Growth' Communities?
Phillip Molnar @
The California Apartment Assn. suggests rewarding communities that build housing near jobs and transportation, but penalizing suburban sprawl by linking it to California climate change legislation.

Sdsu Named One Of 'worst Colleges For Jewish Students' - The San Diego Union-tribune
Gary Warth @
 <h1>Aztecs beat USF, win Diamond Head</h1>

President Obama, Japanese Pm Shinzo Abe To Make Historic Visit To Pearl Harbor - Politico
President Barack Obama delivers remarks next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in May. | AP Photo

Trump Says Un Just A Club For People To 'have A Good Time' - Sfgate
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Reid: White House Options For 2020 Resemble ‘an Old-folks’ Home’ - Politico
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid recently told an aide that he was unsure whether he would support Vice President Joe Biden should he challenge President-elect Donald Trump in 2020. | AP Photo

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Governors stymied by hostile lawmakers still have ways to advance their priorities.

Development Tough On Burrowing Owls - San Francisco Chronicle
Filipa A. Ioannou @
It’s well known that evictions are a growing problem in the Bay Area, one of many consequences of the pernicious housing crisis. But in recent years, there’s been an especially unlikely group of evictees: burrowing owls.

School Building Bonanza — But New Dollars Might Not Reach Poor Districts
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Floating Pier Considered As Site For Key Embarcadero Fire Station - San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco’s Fire Department might have the answer for how best to ride out sea level rise: build a pier that floats and top it off with a two-story fire station.

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Socalgas Likens New Methane Detected At Aliso Canyon To ‘wisping Vapors Of A Single Table Candle
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Global Warming & Climate Change - The New York Times

Wells Fargo Is Trying To Fix Its Rogue Account Scandal, One Grueling Case At A Time - Wsj
Emily Glazer, Christina Rexrode and AnnaMaria Andriotis @
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2016 Year In Review: California Drought Eased But Far From Over
California Drought, Year in Review: 2016

'profitable' Washington Post Adding More Than Five Dozen Journalists- Politico Media
Contributors who met with Trump gave about $59 million in support of his campaign and other Republicans, averaging more than $800,000 per donor.

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Before the children and the move to the suburbs, Joanne Hall checked out a copy of “Atlas Shrugged” from the local library. The due date was stamped in the front cover: Hall, 62, was recently rummaging through storage boxes in the attic of her Pleasanton home when she found it, tucked in a slippery plastic book jacket. “It looked like a library book, but I couldn’t remember what library I had checked it out of,” Hall said. Hall is among an estimated 55,000 book fugitives who have been granted amnesty from the San Francisco Public Library system. From Jan. 3 to Feb. 15, if they return their overdue materials, their fines will be forgiven — along with any previously incurred fines, upon request. In 2009, the library tried a similar fine forgiveness program with the slogan “What’s your excuse?” Over two weeks, more than 30,000 overdue items valued at $730,000 were returned. The fines disproportionately affect low-income patrons, who need library services the most, Herrera said. Tenderloin patrons owe $302,376, Mission residents are $227,722 in the red, and a Bayview, Hunters Point and Visitacion Valley ZIP code owes $253,302. [...] any San Franciscan can earn back card privileges by dropping off late materials at one of the library’s 27 branches during the six-week campaign. [...] no one should plan on waiting for the next fine forgiveness program to return a load of overdue books. Making the program sporadic discourages people from relying on it to avoid paying fees, Herrera said.