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THE Nooner for January 1, 2017
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Well, that's a wrap. 2016 is over. And, for most of us, not too early. It was tough as we saw so many beloved celebrities taken before their time, often with complicit assistance of licensed professionals. The illicit opiod epidemic is huge (where is all this fentanyl coming from?), but there is also a physician/pharmacist-enabled suicide epidemic that needs to be confronted by policymakers.
This year marks the sixth year that I have filled your email box about California politics and policy. Each "off cycle" year has me anxious as to whether there will be enough to write about.
Of course, already this year, we will likely have special elections in CA34 and, if the favorite Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez prevails, we'll have a special election in AD51. We also have Los Angeles municipal elections. It's going to be another busy year!
On Facebook, former Assemblywoman Linda Halderman (R-Fresno) disclosed that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Linda, a physician, has spent her time since her one term in the Assembly providing medical assistance around the world to underserved communities with her expertise in breast cancer treatment.
DANNY DOWNER: California’s economy has recovered, but overdue for a budget-busting recession [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "The question hanging over the state, therefore, is whether technology can continue to buoy its economy, or whether another recession is just waiting to happen. The consensus among economists appears to be that our economy will likely continue to expand for at least a couple of more years."
Anyway, have a wonderful new year! I'm short this morning as I woke up at 8:30 and went to the 9:30 service at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento.
Have a great day!
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Fabrizio Sasso!
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Marilyn Sachs, influential SF author and political activist, dies
Marilyn Sachs, influential SF author and political activist, dies San Francisco author and political activist Marilyn Sachs, a pioneer in the young adult fiction genre, has died. Ms. Sachs was the author of 40 books spanning 42 years, with her first book (âÂÂAmy Moves InâÂÂ) published in 1964 and her final work (âÂÂFirst ImpressionâÂÂ) in 2006. Ms. Sachs was known for tackling serious topics âÂÂ such as depression, divorce, body image and bullying âÂÂ long before such matters were common fodder for authors of young adult novels. On her website, she wrote that the traits children are often bullied for are âÂÂpromising qualities for future writers.âÂÂ âÂÂIf you are a coward, you will probably spend more time at the library than you would ordinarily, and if you tell lies, it just shows that you have an imagination, even if others donâÂÂt always appreciate it,âÂÂ she wrote. In 1990, she helped organize a group of authors and illustrators to contribute to âÂÂThe Big Book for Peace,âÂÂ the proceeds of which were donated to peace organizations. Miranda Sachs said her grandmother was a natural storyteller who loved talking to children. [...] recently, she would make an annual visit to Jefferson Elementary School on Irving Street.
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"We don't think that frankly the steps that have been taken are enough of a deterrent," Rep. Adam Schiff said. | AP Photo
Season of Sharing helps keep family afloat when injury strikes
Season of Sharing helps keep family afloat when injury strikes At some point while riding his board, the 31-year-old Livermore dad slipped backward and threw out his right hand to catch himself, bending his thumb backward in an unnatural way. Espinoza applied for disability and unemployment benefits, but didnâÂÂt initially get anything. The Espinozas quickly got behind on bills for their rent, braces and medical expenses for the boys, and other payments. Elaine Espinoza, a stay-at-home mom, said she considered going back to work, but it would have meant being away from her children, something she didnâÂÂt want. [...] she said, with her husbandâÂÂs schedule always changing, relying on someone else to watch the kids and take them to after-school activities at a momentâÂÂs notice would have been nearly impossible. The Espinozas, who met in middle school and started dating in high school, had always lived in Livermore. [...] their apartment manager was understanding and directed them to The ChronicleâÂÂs Season of Sharing Fund, Elaine Espinoza said. When single-earner households subsist paycheck to paycheck, even the smallest interruption in their income stream can wreak devastation, he said. Money from the Season of Sharing helped the Espinozas get fully caught up on their rent, giving them some financial leeway to begin paying off other bills. [...] accepting help after a lifetime of self-reliance wasnâÂÂt easy, and the couple didnâÂÂt want their friends or relatives to know they needed assistance.
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The 118-room private club, site of an opulent New YearâÂÂs Eve party, is where the president-elect feels âÂÂso comfortable in his own skin, and so relaxed.âÂÂ
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Chronicle Season of Sharing fund daily donor list
Chronicle Season of Sharing fund daily donor list Chris & Dixie Anderson, $500; Stefanie Arthur, $100; Judge Auffinger, $250, in memory of Susan Hershey; Craig & Sheryl Bacharach, $1,000, in honor of Melvin L. Bacharach; Toni Bermeo, $40, in memory of LaVonne G. Fiorentino; Phil Bertetta, in memory of Molly Simon; Molly Buckley & Don Kurtz, $500; Jack B. & Leatrice Burstein; Mrs. Neil Burton, $50; Mr. & Mrs. William C. Christensen, $100; Jack & Bunny Clemes, $100; Wendy Collins; Jim Connors; Robert & Susan Crist, $1,000; Janet Dawson, $100, in honor of my mother, Thelma Dawson; Mike & Suzie Dinicola, $150; John R. Domingos, $500; Dimitri A. Dutoff, $100; the Fahey-Buonos, $50; David G. Fink, $50, in honor of my grandmother, Annie Levenathal White; Scott Fleming, $500; Leonore S. Foorman, $300, in honor of the Gilliland Family; LaMarr & Mary Gibson, $100, in honor of Ira Hirschfield & Thomas Hansen; Linda M. Grady, in memory of Valentina Irene Grady; Judy & Gary Grossman; Frank Harris, $100; Ellen Hauptli & Eric Hayashi, $250; Jo Haymond, $200, in memory of Jay Haymond; Shirley Hodge; Robert Hogeboom, in honor of Laura & Mike McLively; Harold Horowitz, $325; Gail Hudspeth, $100; Sudee & Richard Jacquot, $200; Bill, Joan, & Matt Kelly, $250; Peggy Kwun, $250; Michael Liffmann; Joellen & Peter Lippett; Jo Ann Lockyer, $1,000, in memory of Joseph Lockyer; Beatrice Lynch, $100; Elizabeth Marenco; Pamela & Michael McKinstry, $100; Gary Molitor, in honor of Milton & Louise Molitor; Jerry & Gayle Moore, in memory of Marcella Burch; Judy Paraventi, $200, in memory of Paul Paraventi; Prudence Parker, $50; Susan & Chris Paulson, $500, in memory of Isabel Moore; Bob & Nancy Polsky, $200, in honor of Keith MacAdam; Ruth Poole, $100, in memory of Bernard B. Poole; Carol Porter, $100; Christopher Pouls, $50, in memory of Kathleen Pouls; Sylvia H. Saunders, $100; Bambi & Ed Schwartz, $500; Kathleen Scott, in memory of Ben & Julie Albrecht; David Shragai, $100, in memory of Gershon & Penina Shragai; Patty Sue Stanton, in memory of George L. Stanton; Richard & Carole Steiner, $100; Jim Stuhlbarg, $75; Paul Tjogas & Debra Underwood, in memory of Ron & Doris Underwood; Aidan Toda; Ben Vance, $100, in memory of Robert C. Vance; Anne G. Ward, in memory of Richard H. Ward; Bob Wellenstein, $50; Carolyn W. Wertz, $150; Olivia Menino Wirthman, $100, in memory of my father Alfred R. Menino Sr.; Mei Lie Wong, $400; Richard & Christie Wu, $500, in memory of Amy Wu, our living mother; Andrew Young.
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