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THE Nooner for December 29, 2016



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Regardless of your politics, you have to admit that this photo during a press avail is just one of the strangest political pictures ever:

Trump and King 

Seriously, one minute after this presser, my Apple Watch said "Breathe."

ELECTRIFYING! Jerry Brown appoints two top aides to Public Utilities Commission [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - Jerry "Brown appointed Martha Guzman Aceves, 39, and Clifford Rechtschaffen, 59, to replace Michael Florio, a consumer advocate, and Catherine Sandoval, a law school professor. Six-year terms for Florio and Sandoval end next month."

The PUC gigs are full-time, so the two aides will be leaving their horseshoe jobs.

HAPPY NEW YEAR (FOR SOME): On Sunday, new laws take effect in California. What can you expect? [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Californians’ lives will be ruled by hundreds of new laws starting Sunday, including harsher sanctions against criminals, extra restrictions on companies such as Uber and Lyft, and a boost in the minimum wage to $10.50 from $10." See how the new laws affect you.

MONEY MATTERS (IT REALLY DOES): How to influence the California Legislature? New spending details revealed [Taryn Luna and Jim Miller @ SacBee]:

The quarter that covered July 1 through the end of September was so important that companies, unions, trade associations and other groups paid $84.4 million to lobby officials on bills and regulations during the three-month period, according to state lobbyist disclosure filings.

With about a week left in the session, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 32, a heavy lift and a [Tom] Steyer priority that further reduced the state’s greenhouse gas emission targets to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Steyer’s political committee, NextGen Climate, spent $7.3 million to influence legislation that quarter.

HOMECOMING? Retirement watch: 4 California members of Congress who might bow out by 2018, and one who almost definitely will [Sarah D. Wire @ LAT] - "So far, none of California’s 55 senators and representatives have announced plans to retire ahead of the 2018 election. But after weeks at home with family during the holidays to talk about the future, such declarations could come soon."

The representatives identified by Sarah are:

  • Xavier Becerra (the most likely, but he won't give up his seat until confirmed as Kamala Harris' successor as attorney general)
  • Dianne Feinstein
  • Grace Napolitano
  • Nancy Pelosi
  • Dana Rohrabacher

LICENSED: DMV licensed 800,000 undocumented immigrants under 2-year-old law [Tatiana Sanchez @ MercNews] - "Two years after the implementation of AB 60 on Jan. 1, 2015, an estimated 806,000 undocumented residents have received driver’s licenses, according to Department of Motor Vehicles statistics this month. About 14,000 of these licenses were issued in November alone, the DMV said."

#FAREWELL: Funeral scheduled for Riverside County supervisor John Benoit [Jeff Horseman @ PE] - "Funeral services for Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 10 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in La Quinta. . . A rosary for Benoit will be said at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at the church, 47-225 Washington St. and a public viewing is set from 6:30 to 8 p.m. that same day."

TILT: Republican control of Southern California air board may be brief [David Denelski @ PE] - "Republicans are expected to lose control of the South Coast Air Quality Management board when an outspoken liberal Democrat is sworn in next week to serve on panel. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl of Santa Monica will serve as Los Angeles County’s representative, replacing conservative Republican Michael Antonovich, who served on the air board since 1988."

HELP NEEDED: Teen suicide clusters prompt mandate for California schools to confront taboo topic [Jessica Calefeti @ CALmatters] - "A string of suicides this school year among boys who attend the same Central Valley high school in Clovis is the latest example underscoring the urgent need to tackle this problem. The new law asks districts to attack it from all sides by promoting students’ emotional well-being, intervening when they’re in crisis and responding appropriately when tragedy strikes."

GAMBLE: Trump presidency a roll of the dice for local tribes [Aaron Claverie @ PE] - "That’s the multimillion-dollar question for tribes in the region that are hoping that having a former casino owner in the White House is a good thing for both their people and their gaming operations. . . In the early 1990s, he worked to protect his Atlantic City properties from competition by Native American tribes that were trying to open or expand their New England-area casinos."

LIFE TURNAROUND: This 'Unsung Hero' was a convicted murderer until Gov. Brown set him free immediately [Keith Sharon @ OCR] - "Gov. Jerry Brown reviewed all lifer parole cases in 2011. In 72 cases, he modified only one."

SACTOWN HUMANITY: Temporary homeless center gained traction as word spread. It will reopen Thursday. [Anita Chabria @ SacBee] - Mayor Darrell "Steinberg has pushed the project in his first weeks in office as the region experiences a chilly winter. He said the freezing-temperature threshold normally used to open warming centers was arbitrary. He said he would like to keep the facility running through the cold months. The Southside facility has room for about 40 people, and is open from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m."

While I am in Portland until Saturday, my neighbors in our neighborhood surrounding Southside Park have been great, organizing food, blanket and clothing drives to deliver to the warming center at the pool house in the park. No signs of NIMBYism.

Great Job Darrell!

GOOD EATS: Street vendors push for legalization in city of LA as county cracks down [Leslie Berenstein Rojas @ SCPR] - "A three-year-old proposal to regulate vending is moving through the city council. Earlier this month, a council committee approved a draft plan that would decriminalize vending, allow vendors to apply and pay for permits and set rules as to how many vendors can operate per city block."

This is interesting. As I've mentioned before, there is a cluster of street vendors at 8th and T each Sunday, supplementing the street tacos and other goodies at Our Lady of Guadalupe. What a treat it is, and I look forward to each Sunday (and wish they were there more often).

Also, as I write from the Nooner's Portland Bureau, the Rose City has one of the best street food scene perhaps in the country.

You'll find every type of ethnic food on blocks in Portland with food carts surrounding private parking lots. Many of these started as carts and now have brick-and-mortar restaurants, such as Nong's Khao Man Gai. Nong Poonsukwattana, who arrived from Thailand with $70 and two suitcases, was recently featured on Food Network's "Chopped." She has three food carts and a brick and mortar restaurant based on a single dish of Khao Man Gai chicken and rice (now with a slightly expanded menu), originally because she could only afford an 8' by 8' cart. The chicken is that good. She also sells her sauce, available at most high-end Portland restaurants, such as Whole Foods, as well as online.

Anyway, I hope Los Angeles finds a way to balance the interest of existing restaurants and the opportunities afforded to people like Nong of limited means but great promise. 

#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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  • The Sacramento LGBT Center is searching for an Executive & Finance Assistant, which reports to the Executive Director and provides community engagement and administrative support. This position may be part or full-time and is non-exempt. High school diploma is required; associate’s or bachelor’s degree is preferred & 3 years or more in an executive, finance, or related assistant role. Full description.
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Jerry Brown Appoints Two Top Aides To California PUC | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Diane Black Poised To Replace Price As Budget Committee Chair - Politico
Diane Black joined the Budget and Ways and Means committees immediately after her election to Congress and has been working on budget reform issues since she came to Capitol Hill. | AP Photo

Democratic Delegate Who Leads An L.A. Islamic Group Criticized For Tweet About Russian Military Plane Crash
Phil Willon @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Harris adds new Senate staffers, Brown pardons felons for Christmas'

President-elect Donald Trump Meets With Abel Maldonado Wednesday | The Sacramento Bee
Anita Kumar @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Rose Parade Plans More Barriers In Wake Of Truck Terrorism In Europe
Maya Lau @
Police plan to use parked patrol cars and heavy, water-filled barricades at key crossings along the 5.5-mile Tournament of Roses parade route in response to recent terrorist attacks that used trucks as weapons.

Bay Sleep Clinic owners settle fraud suit, deny wrongdoing
The owners of a statewide chain of sleep clinics based in the South Bay have agreed to pay $2.6 million to settle the government’s claim that they defrauded the Medicare program. The U.S. attorney’s lawsuit against Bay Sleep Clinic, its owners and related companies followed a private suit filed in 2012 by a former Bay Sleep technician, Elma Dresser. Government lawyers also said Medicare had approved only two of the clinics for treatment that qualified for coverage, but that Bay Sleep fraudulently billed the program for tests at other clinics. “Medicare patients expect to be treated by properly credentialed health care professionals in approved locations,” U.S. Attorney Brian Stretch said in a statement.

Curiosity Correspondent: A Look At New Laws In 2017 - La Times
Want to snap a selfie with your ballot or avoid liability while rescuing a pet trapped in a car? Benjamin Crutcher, our curiosity correspondent, looks into some

New Ca Lobbyist Rule Reveals Campaigns To Influence Legislature | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna and Jim Miller @
By Taryn Luna and Jim Miller

This 'unsung Hero' Was A Convicted Murderer Until Gov. Brown Set Him Free Immediately - The Orange County Register
He stared across the San Quentin State Prison yard at an old man, a lifer hopelessly sitting, white hair, slumped shoulders, blending into the gravel dust and beige brick.

Retirement Watch: 4 California Members Of Congress Who Might Bow Out By 2018, And One Who Almost Definitely Will
Sarah D. Wire @
On the retirement watch list in California: Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi and Grace Napolitano

Perjury Allegations Hit San Diego Police As City Defends Retaliation Claims - The San Diego Union-tribune
Jeff McDonald @

Ed Reinecke, Lieutenant Governor Ensnared by Watergate, Dies at 92
The political career of Mr. Reinecke, a California congressman and a lieutenant governor under Ronald Reagan, was derailed by a 1974 perjury conviction.

Sd Unified Dismisses Complaint Over Student Planking Punishment - The San Diego Union-tribune
Maureen Magee @

Sf Bay Ferries Riding Tidal Wave Of Popularity - San Francisco Chronicle
Ferry service on the bay, which was revitalized by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, is now riding the wave of an economic boom, and these days public transportation by water is thriving.

Hoekstra Downplays Trump’s Resistance To Intelligence As ‘healthy’ Skepticism - Politico
Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra downplayed President-elect Trump's unwillingness to get daily intelligence briefings. | AP Photo

Trump Presidency A Roll Of The Dice For Southern California’s Casino-owning Tribes
Today's high

Judicial Watch: Obama Family 2015 Honolulu Christmas Vacation Cost Taxpayers $3,590,313 In Flight Expenses Alone - Judicial Watch
Judicial Watch has previously reported the flight expenses of the New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Palm City trips.

The Ghost Ship Fire Was 'a Matter Of Benign Neglect.' It's Not The Only One
Paige St. John @
This city has long been known as the industrial and trading hub of the Bay Area, dotted with shipping depots, armories as well as many old warehouses

Home - Trump National Golf Club 2016 Mar A Lago
The Mar-a-Lago Club sits royally amidst 20 valuable acres of manicured lawns, vibrant gardens and sweeping sea-to-lake vistas.

More Needles Found Ashore In Newport Beach As Officials Ask Where They Came From - The Orange County Register
“I found another one,” Aimee Pacios hollers from the sand in Newport Beach, pinching a hypodermic needle with her glove-covered fingers and holding it up for others to see.

Dmv: More Than 800,000 Undocumented Immigrants Got Driver Licenses Under Ab 60
immigration, undocumented immigrants, California, Department of Motor Vehicles

How A Prominent Southern Calif. Muslim Spokesman Handled A Tweet Gone Wrong
Joy Resmovits @
Muslim leader Hussam Ayloush fired off a tweet on Christmas day that made it sound like he wanted civilians to die. This is how he's handling the blowback.

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