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THE Nooner for January 2, 2017
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Greetings...I hope you've had a great holiday. For many of you, today marks the end of a lengthy holiday and you're likely need Google Maps to get directions back to your office tomorrow.
CONGRATS! Assemblywoman rings in 2017 with a surprise marriage to a former lawmaker [John Myers @ LAT] - "Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) was married on Sunday to a former Republican member of the Assembly, Nathan Fletcher. The ceremony, attended only by the couple's close family, was officiated by former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez."
So happy for Lorena and Nathan. If you follow the lovebirds on Twitter, you know that the day was none-too-soon.
CALIFORNIA UBER ALLES: Trump presidency puts California Legislature in defense mode [Jonathan J. Cooper @ SFChron] - "As California lawmakers return to Sacramento on Wednesday, liberal dreams of expanding safety-net benefits and providing health coverage to immigrants are giving way to a new vision revolving around a feverish push to protect gains racked up in the past. After years of pushing forward a progressive agenda, legislative Democrats will be pushing back against conservative policies from President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican Congress."
As you know, I am somewhat of a geek when it comes to California history. I don't know if there was ever a gap between the majority of California voters and the themes of Washington. Even during one of the darkest points in California history--Japanese internment--the majority voters supported Executive Order 9066 and the isolation of Japanese-Americans. Governor Earl Warren carried out the orders of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and put Japanese-Americans "in camp." Those were two liberal icons, albeit from different parties.
Here we are in 2017. California has a pretty darn good health care exchange in Covered California. I buy my insurance from Kaiser through the exchange and have been totally happy. But, the whole exchange could fall apart if the "Repeal and Replace" strategy is pursued without a clearly defined "Replace." I'm not a health care policy expert, but I can't figure out how "ObamaCare" is replaced with "better" and "cheaper" universal health care. We can criticize CEO salaries, but it's a drop in the bucket of overall health care costs.
Yes, single payer is likely cheaper and better, but it simply won't happen. Forget about the interests of middlemen (insurance companies and brokers), but Americans just have in their ethos a value of choice, even if not really used. We like the concept of "possibility." So, we are largely screwed.
MONEY MATTERS: Reality penetrates California’s public employee pension system, but not far enough [Dan Walte rs @ SacBee] - "Rationally, the discount rate should have been lowered by at least another full percentage point. But CalPERS already has increased its mandatory contributions by 50 percent to make up for investment losses during the Great Recession and other factors, and cutting the discount rate to 6 percent would probably mean bankruptcy for a number of local governments, particularly cities."
HAPPY NEW YEAR! New state laws could help some workers catch a few breaks [Margot Roosevelt @ OCR] - "If you are among the Californians who make less than $15 an hour – more than a third of the state’s workforce – you can look forward to a raise. If you are a farmworker toiling long hours in the fields, you finally will become eligible for overtime. If you are a Latino or an African American earning less than a white colleague for doing the same job, you may be entitled to redress."
AND MORE... From Uber to orcas: New California laws going into effect in 2017 [Katie Dowd @ SFChron] - "In the state of the California, 2017 brings with it some 900 new laws. Most won't affect your day-to-day life, but quite a few mark sweeping changes for all residents."
CHECK PLEASE: Restaurants respond to wage hike with dining surcharge [Lori Weisberg @ SDUT] - "Girding for the second minimum wage hike in six months and the fourth in 2-½ years, many of San Diego’s full-service restaurants are introducing for the first time an average surcharge of 3 percent of the meal’s cost to help cover increased labor expenses that some operators say amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars in a single year."
Get over it. I know how tough the business is, but just raise prices and don't segregate it as a surcharge. Restaurants with strong POS systems can do this, but others can not.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Roxanne Gould, Curt Hagman, Jay Hansen, and Adama Iwu!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Assemblywoman Rings In 2017 With A Surprise Marriage To A Former Lawmaker
John Myers @ latimes.com
Update on 'Essential Politics: New state laws take effect on New Year's Day, Brown chooses new energy regulators'
Barbara Boxer Never Hid Her Liberal Views, Leaves On Her Own Terms | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @ sacbee.com
Editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer
High Court To Decide Whether San Jose Or Santa Clara County Win Tax Fight
Politics, San Jose City Council, San Jose politics, taxes
State Court Upholds 2013 Law That Cut Buying Pension Credits - San Francisco Chronicle
A state appeals court has upheld a 2013 California law that eliminated a pension benefit for hundreds of thousands of state and local government employees in an effort to reduce the pension system’s mounting deficits.
New State Laws Could Help Some Workers Catch A Few Breaks - The Orange County Register
MARGOT ROOSEVELT @ ocregister.com
How To Legally Grow Pot Cannabis Marijuana Indoors Or Outdoors | The Sacramento Bee
Debbie Arrington @ sacbee.com
By Debbie Arrington
Abalone Restoration Efforts In Coastal Waters Could Use The Public’s Help, Say Scientists
New Hiring, New Fears In New Year - Capradio.org
Steve Milne @ capradio.org
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826
Trump Rehashes Election Victory - Politico
Donald Trump always knew he was going to win the presidential election, the president-elect wrote on Twitter Monday afternoon, even if nobody else did.
Orange County Democrats To Pick A New Leader, And It's Likely To Be A Woman - The Orange County Register
MARTIN WISCKOL @ ocregister.com
Orange County didn’t get its way when it voted for Hillary Clinton in November, but there’s a good chance it will get a woman to lead local Democrats when the party picks its next chief on Jan. 9.
Mike Honda Gets Ready For Life After Congress - San Francisco Chronicle
WASHINGTON — As San Jose Rep. Mike Honda sat down to grab a quick lunch at the Washington Hilton last month, he didn’t look like a man nearing the abrupt and unwelcome end to a 35-year political career.
Foundation Goes Broke Celebrating Navy, Marine Corps And Coast Guard - The San Diego Union-tribune
Carl Prine @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Corrections, Jan. 2
Senators have pull on court vacancies, Jan. 1, Bay Area, C1 A secondary headline misidentified CaliforniaâÂÂs U.S. senators who will be considering President-elect Donald TrumpâÂÂs court appointments. They are Sen. Dianne Feinstein and incoming Sen. Kamala Harris.
Two-year Twins: Babies Born Dec. 31 And Jan. 1 In San Diego
Associated Press @ latimes.com
Twins in San Diego are getting attention because, though born just minutes apart, one has a birthday in 2016 and one in 2017.
'polar Bear Plunge' Kicks Off New Year For Many - The San Diego Union-tribune
David Garrick @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Many had fear and uncertainty written all over...
New Year’s Resolutions For California’s Top Pols « Calbuzz
With that political landscape in mind, here is what we recommend the Golden State’s top political talents adopt as their resolutions for New Year’s 2017.
Car2go Ceases San Diego Operations - The San Diego Union-tribune
David Garrick @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Two Countries, One Economy: A Mexican Town Whose Chief Earners Are In The U.S. Worries What Happens If They're Sent Home
Patrick J. McDonnell @ latimes.com
There is both anxiety and defiance in Oaxaca, one of Mexico's poorest states, that for decades has sent its sons and daughters to the U.S., mainly California, to earn money.
Mosque Members Turn Out To Help Orange County's Homeless - The Orange County Register
DEEPA BHARATH @ ocregister.com
GARDEN GROVE – Iqra Mukhlis was helping her friends pack socks, tubes of toothpaste and shampoo bottles in clear plastic bags for Orange County’s homeless Sunday morning at the Islamic Society of Orange County’s mosque.
Amid Crowds And Flora, A Skid Row Mission Makes Rose Parade Debut
Harriet Ryan @ latimes.com
In the winter of 1890, a Pasadena hunt club eager to promote the young city as a temperate winter paradise organized a January sports contest with a parade of
Scores brave frigid waters with New Yearâ
Around 200 people plunged head first into the new year with a dip in the freezing waters of Ocean Beach.
San Bernardino County Deputy Accused Of Having Sex With Teen In Explorer Program
Matt Stevens @ latimes.com
A 14-year veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has been arrested and booked on suspicion of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a teenage girl participating in the department’s youth Explorer program, authorities said.