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THE Nooner for December 28, 2016



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Greetings from The Nooner's Portland bureau! Hopefully you got to watch the Kennedy Center Honors last night. It was one of the better ones, honoring James Taylor, Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, The Eagles, and pianist Martha Argerich. It's been a tradition when I am up here for the holidays to watch it with my mom and my grandmother.

#AGREE: John Benoit: Good man, thoughtful leader [PE editorial] - "With his passing, Riverside County loses a good man and thoughtful leader."

This was the response on social media as advocates and legislators on both sides who worked with him and saw his leadership yesterday. Lots of people who likely disagreed with many of his votes and positions offered condolences and spoke of a great representative for his district.

When I give talks to young staffers or students, I always speak of this. Politics need not be personal. Aggressively advocate for your position, but recognize that this a very diverse state and you can't make it personal. I've seen too many Kool-Aid drinkers not make it in politics and policy because they make it personal. The longer term folks in this field have built great friendships with people on the "other side of the aisle." That's the only way to survive in this field and can create real policy changes better for both sides.

RIVCOSUPE: First, a correction. John Benoit was appointed by Arnold Schwarzanegger. Also, District 4 does have a Democratic registration advantage of ~19,300, which has been growing like much of Riverside County.. It's largely been held by Republicans because of the seat is elected in gubernatorial years, when there is lower turnout, favoring the GOP. Anyway, the speculation is that Jerry Brown will appoint a Democrat to test whether the registration has changed enough to be held by the Democrats.

Thus, here's the current speculation of possible appointees:

  • Jim Battin, former State Senator
  • Julie Bornstein, former Assemblymember
  • Eduardo Garcia, Assemblymember (perhaps unlikely as he has 10 years left in the Assembly and is on the path to leadership, although Supe is paid more and comes with CalPERS, something that would add to his years on the Coachella City council. State legislators don't receive a pension.)
  • V. Manuel Perez, former Assemblymember and now Coachella councilmember
  • Greg Pettis, Cathedral City councilmember

There are currently no Latinos on the board, despite a sizable Latino population. That increases the likelihood of a Latino appointment as the governor works to establish a legacy. V. Manuel Perez is likely the current favorite for the appointment.

Whoever is appointed will have to run for a full term in 2018.

CALLING IT SPLITSVILLE: New year, new committee chairs for California Assembly [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "Tuesday’s committee chair appointments reflect the elimination of the last session’s Utilities and Commerce Committee and dividing its purview into two new panels: the Communications and Conveyance Committee and the Utilities and Energy Committee."

THE CALIFORNIA NATION-STATE: California, at Forefront of Climate Fight, Won’t Back Down to Trump [Adam Nagourney and Henry Fountain @ NYT]:

Foreign governments concerned about climate change may soon be spending more time dealing with Sacramento than Washington.

President-elect Donald J. Trump has packed his cabinet with nominees who dispute the science of global warming. He has signaled he will withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. He has belittled the notion of global warming and attacked policies intended to combat it.

But California — a state that has for 50 years been a leader in environmental advocacy — is about to step unto the breach. In a show of defiance, Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, and legislative leaders said they would work directly with other nations and states to defend and strengthen what were already far and away the most aggressive policies to fight climate change in the nation. That includes a legislatively mandated target of reducing carbon emissions in California to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

DIFI: On Willie Brown, Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, egg nog and ‘idle speculation’ [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee]:

This Sunday, under the headline “Let me (or others) say a few words about gossip,” Willie Brown offered yet another prediction involving the 78-year-old governor who must step down in 2018 because of term limits: He’ll run for Dianne Feinstein’s Senate seat in two years.

“Word has it that DiFi will announce that she’s not going to seek re-election to the U.S. Senate seat she’s held since 1992,” Brown wrote.

“Instead, she’ll support Gov. Jerry Brown when her term ends in 2019.”

Dan Newman, a campaign spokesman for Jerry Brown, who is building an off-the-grid home on the family ranch in Colusa County, gave a holly jolly reply, wishing a happy holidays and best wishes for continued success and good health to Willie Brown and Feinstein.

Newman also extended the well wishes to “everyone who enjoys idle speculation with their egg nog.”

MALDO: Former California lieutenant governor will meet with Trump to discuss running Agriculture department [Michael A. Memoli and John Myers @ LAT] - "President-elect Donald Trump is considering former California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado to lead the Agriculture department, a move that would bring greater diversity to the Republican’s Cabinet."

RISING UP: Strategist to top politicians, Juan Rodriguez is part of ‘the new generation of California’ [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - Juan "Rodriguez, 31, has spent his career becoming indispensable. After starting out as an intern for then-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, he soon was a regular in the room. The son of immigrants from Central America who came to the United States illegally, Rodriguez immersed himself in policy while rising to be the mayor’s top liaison to city leaders and powerful interests in Sacramento. Last year, [Kamala] Harris asked Rodriguez to come on as manager when her Senate bid hit its roughest point, relying on his business-school background to turn around its finances and his reassuring temperament to smooth choppy communications and lift morale."

BAG BAN: California shoppers adjusting to grocery bag ban [Alejandra Molina @ SoCalNewsGrp] - "The law, which environmentalists say is crucial to reducing litter and ocean pollution, officially took effect Dec. 16 after the California secretary of state certified the vote, but many stores began charging for the bags right after the measure passed. It prohibits supermarkets, stores that sell some groceries and large retail stores with pharmacies from providing free single-use carryout bags. And those merchants must charge customers at least 10 cents for a plastic or paper bag. Many stores charge 15 cents."

STOCKPILING: California gun sales surge to beat new gun control limits [Julie Johnson @ SRPD] - "The new gun control legislation, six bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in July, was a boon to 2016 gun sales already on an upward trend. Nearly one million firearms were purchased in California as of Dec. 9, the most recent state data available, compared to just over 700,000 guns sold in all of 2015. Sales have likely soared beyond one million guns since then."

DOUBLE-X FACTOR: 2016 in Review: For women a year of triumph and heartbreak [Martha Ross @ MercNews]

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to George Andrews, Steve Frank, Ann Garten, Taylor Strand, Michael Trujillo!



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  • The California Charter Schools Association welcomes back to session the 2017-2018 class of State Legislators and looks forward to working to ensure all kids have quality educational opportunities.  CCSA will work with the Legislature to block any federal efforts that undermine the rights of students or are fundamentally at odds with values held by the vast majority of Californians.  Read CCSA’s letter to Legislators here.
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Willie Brown Peddles Rumor On Jerry Brown Seeking Feinstein Seat | The Sacramento Bee
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U.S. Senate: Barbara Boxer Out, Kamala Harris In | Fresno Bee
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What’s First Up On Capitol Hill -- Exclusives: New Dccc Finance Director, And The Head Of Dem Redistricting -- Kerry To Speak On Israel -- Lux House Pix Of Trump’s Cabinet -- B’day: Susanna Quinn - Politico
PHOTO DU JOUR: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe embraces a World War II Pearl Harbor survivor after he and President Barack Obama spoke at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii on Dec. 27. | Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo

Veteran State Legislator, County Supervisor John Benoit Dies | The Sacramento Bee
Veteran California legislator turned Riverside County supervisor John Benoit has died, officials said Tuesday.

Local gun shop regulation to have its day in court
A federal appeals court granted county officials a new hearing Tuesday on whether local governments in California can restrict the location of gun shops, setting aside a ruling that said such regulations may violate the right to bear arms. By a majority vote of its 27 judges, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered a rehearing in a case challenging an ordinance passed by Alameda County supervisors in 1998. The ordinance prohibits new gun stores in unincorporated areas within 500 feet of a residential neighborhood, a school, a day care center, a liquor store or another gun shop. An appeals court panel voted 2-1 in May to reinstate a suit by gun shop applicants, which a federal judge had dismissed. The panel majority said the Constitution protects the right to buy and sell firearms as well as the right to own them, and that the county, to justify the restrictions, must at least provide evidence that gun stores are “a magnet for crime.” State Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office said a ruling allowing a constitutional challenge to the local restrictions could also imperil state laws regulating commercial gun dealers’ licensing, inspection, monitoring, storage methods and delivery of firearms. The case is one of many pending in federal courts over the meaning of the 2008 Supreme Court decision that declared a constitutional right to possess firearms at home for self-defense.

Ward Picked To Lead Obama-holder Redistricting Project - Politico
Kelly Ward has been tapped to lead the redistricting reform effort initiated by President Barack Obama and Eric Holder. | Getty

Hospitals in Safety Net Brace for Health Care Lawâ
As the president-elect and Congress prepare to repeal the law, Temple University Hospital and others serving the poor expect harsh consequences.

UC Davis Study: Teens Could Be More Likely To Smoke Pot After Recreational Use Ok'd | The Sacramento Bee
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Patt Morrison Asks: Barbara Boxer Is Leaving The U.S. Senate But Not The Struggle
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California Strategist Juan Rodriguez Aided Kamala Harris | The Sacramento Bee
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Political Donations Flow As Rick Caruso Seeks Approval For A 20-story Tower Near The Beverly Center
David Zahniser @
Real estate developer Rick Caruso, his companies or his foundation have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to city leaders. Now he wants them to approve a 20-story building on La Cienega.

Dems To Hold ‘save Health Care’ Rallies Before Trump Takes Office - Politico
Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi predicted that the GOP will repeal Obamacare as soon as Congress reconvenes in January. | Getty

Transgender Silicon Valley Worker Leads Call For Health Benefits - San Francisco Chronicle
She had asked her partner not to send flowers, but a bouquet arrived anyway.

Mccain And Graham: U.S. Needs To Hit Russia Hard For Election Hacking - Politico
Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham called Wednesday for Congress to take a tougher stance against Russia for meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

Local Gun Shop Regulation To Have Its Day In Court - San Francisco Chronicle
A federal appeals court granted county officials a new hearing Tuesday on whether local governments in California can restrict the location of gun shops, setting aside a ruling that said such regulations may violate the right to bear arms.

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San Diego School Officials Dismiss Complaint Over 'planking' Punishment
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An elementary school’s use of “planking” and other physical exercise to curb misbehavior among students is justified and within discipline policies, according

Latinos In Tech Prepare For Resistance As Trump Takes Office - San Francisco Chronicle
They heard him when he called them criminals, thugs, rapists. They saw the taco-bowl tweet on Cinco de Mayo and listened as he sought to discredit a federal judge of Mexican heritage.

9 Outrageous Things Donald Trump Has Said About Latinos | The Huffington Post

Southern California Home Prices Keep Rising, And Sales Jump
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Southern California home prices and sales rose in November compared with a year earlier, according to a report released Tuesday by CoreLogic.

Audio: Orange County Homes Even Less Affordable In 2016 | 89.3 Kpcc
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Blomquist said the Orange County real estate market was largely driven by luxury homes worth over $2 million. The volume of sales in that top-price market was up 32 percent in the second quarter of this year compared to last year.