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THE Nooner for January 8, 2017

It's noon. It's time for a break. Here's what people are reading on today:

Political Road Map: The Only Thing 'special' About California Special Elections Is The Cost To Taxpayers
John Myers @
Some Los Angeles voters will have a do-over in 2017, with the move of Rep. Xavier Becerra to state attorney general. Special elections are now the norm in California, at great cost to taxpayers.

Public Campaign Financing A Holy Grail For Some, But Voters Should Decide | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Lucas museum board deciding soon whether to pursue Treasure Island
The Bay Area could soon learn whether billionaire filmmaker George Lucas will try — again — to build a high-profile museum on a prime spot on San Francisco Bay. The board of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is likely to meet by the end of this week to vote on whether to pursue development plans on Treasure Island, across from the Ferry Building in San Francisco, or in Los Angeles at Exposition Park near the University of Southern California. San Francisco’s bid for the museum includes an expectation that Lucas would pay roughly $26 million for the 4-acre site, an amount that city officials say is above market value. Whatever the outcome, the vote would be the latest chapter in a saga with almost as many episodes as Lucas’ “Star Wars” series, including an ill-fated quest to build the museum at Crissy Field in the Presidio. Lee argued that a shoreline perch as part of the larger Treasure Island redevelopment would help showcase Lucas’ museum. The cultural center would include an emphasis on educational programs as well as the expansive range of artwork, much of it related to cinema, that Lucas has collected over 40 years. By contrast, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti stressed the central location of Exposition Park, where the Lucas museum would replace a pair of parking lots near such attractions as the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the California African American Museum. “We’ve got an incredible site that’s the center of the universe, at the crossroads of our mass-transit system, educational institutions, entertainment and arts and sports,” Garcetti said Friday. The unusual competition — each city courting Lucas with visions of an obstacle-free path to opening day — follows failed efforts by the filmmaker not only at Crissy Field but in Chicago. According to Lee, he stayed in touch with Lucas during the Chicago installment of what now is a trilogy. [...] the commission’s staff has indicated that making room for a museum shouldn’t be a problem, although the final decision must be approved by the actual commission.

Pro-trump Californians Hope His Victory Can Fuel A GOP Revival In The Golden State
Seema Mehta @
Pro-Trump forces in California gather in Long Beach to celebrate his victory -- and try to use lessons from his campaign to right the GOP in California.

Mcconnell: We Won't Delay Hearings - Politico
But other nominees with confirmation hearings on tap this week, including Betsy DeVos for Education and John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security, have yet to finish their ethics reviews. DeVos goes before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday, while Kelly has his confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday.

California's Top Court To Decide Whether Planned Speed-up In Executions Is Legal
Maura Dolan @
The California Supreme Court is taking a hard look at Proposition 66, intended to speed up executions.

Bill Backs Provisional Licenses For Drivers Up To Age 20 - San Francisco Chronicle
SACRAMENTO — Adults younger than 21 would face driving restrictions that limit when they drive and with whom under a bill being considered by the state Legislature.

U.S. Reopens Freeway Access Into Mexico After Tijuana Gas Protest - The San Diego Union-tribune
Sandra Dibble, Pauline Repard, Kristina Davis @

Oakland Tenants Live With Uncertainty In Tight Market - San Francisco Chronicle
Blocks away from the fire-gutted Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland sits a tiny, two-bedroom in-law unit with mildewed walls and no heat, perched atop a rickety garage. Water pools beneath chipped bathroom tiles, and mold forms spiderweb patterns amid the dog posters and Baby-Sitters Club books in an otherwise tidy girl’s bedroom.

A Hemp Haven? Overlooked Provision In Prop 64 May Have A Big Impact In California - The San Diego Union-tribune
Rob Nikolewski @

Shops Are Already – Illegally – Selling Recreational Marijuana
Today's high

In Rural California Town Where Trump Won, Latino Minority Says Goodwill Prevails As Always
Cindy Carcamo @
Cecilia A. Rodriguez planted her feet for what she imagined loomed right around the corner in this tiny Northern California logging town.

Jews’ Political Split Is Sharpened After Trump Win, Un’s Israel Resolution
Today's high

Seniors Fighting Ouster From Westwood Retirement Home Cry, 'old Lives Matter'
Steve Lopez @
Renovation plans mean upheaval for 80- and 90-year-olds from the Vintage Westwood Horizons retirement home.

Santa Clara County Courts Face Massive Traffic Ticket Backlog

Oakland Mayor Walks Fine Line Between Safety, Support For Artists - San Francisco Chronicle
Halfway through her four-year term as Oakland’s mayor, Libby Schaaf faced a crushing tragedy that forced her to reconcile the underground arts scene she has long supported with the promise of public safety that helped her win office.

Fights Outside Westfield Culver City Mall Spark Alarm And A Social Media Frenzy
Rosanna Xia @
A series of schoolyard-like fights, staged by roughly 200 teenagers, outside the Westfield Culver City mall set off a social media frenzy and anxious confusion Saturday evening, authorities said.

No Leads One Year After Fatal Shooting On Bart Train
The packed BART train had slowed to a stop around 7:40 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2016, when the gunman opened fire on a man seated near the train car doors. The sound of shots filled the other cars and reverberated around the sparsely populated West Oakland station, sending some passengers fleeing through open car doors, while others rushed to help the bleeding victim. They gave emergency medical care and shielded his body from passengers’ view.

Residents of Novato trailer park stranded by flood waters
Residents of a Novato trailer park were told to shelter in place after a few feet of water blocked the entrance to the community. Novato police told residents of the RV Park to stay put Sunday morning after Armstrong Avenue flooded. Several cars were parked along the roadway, stranded with water rising at least halfway up the tires. Resident Carla Owen kept her eye on the flooded roadway as she did laundry at the shared facility. Jenna Lyons is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

Swastikas At Mission Viejo Park Unite Multifaith Community - The Orange County Register
The community event will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday at Pavion Park, 24051 Pavion in Mission Viejo. The program will include speeches from faith leaders and community members and performances by folklorico dancers.

Northgate Community Looks To "divorce" From Mt. Diablo Unified
No matter how you look at it, a local school district secession movement afoot in the eastern boundary of Walnut Creek is dividing loyalties and community. A group consisting of families who live in the affluent Northgate High attendance area has gathered more than 6,000 signatures in its quest to detach from more ethnically diverse regions of the large Mt. Diablo Unified school district. The group which calls itself Northgate CAPS, says its mission is to build a smaller school district more attuned to students’ needs.