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THE Nooner for October 12, 2017


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I'll write more later as we get some more news from the west of here.



  • AD72 (Huntington Beach): added chief executive officer Josh Lowenthal (D)

RE-STUPIDITY: I'm in a dilemma, which I shared on Facebook, where many of you also find me. You likely know that SacBee/McClatchy has come down with one of the strongest paywalls in the publishing industry. Non subscribing visitors get 5 page views before "You have viewed all your free articles."

I totally understand the desired need to find revenue in this new media world. I deal with it every day and while I work for myself, I think about a pink slip every day, despite my love for this community.

Most publishers with paywall open it up for at least disaster-related stories. However, SacBee is not doing so. Thus, when you have a "living" news roll, 5 "visits" expires quickly.

Friends from around California and the country are landing on the SacBee site through searches. They find themselves on the "live updates" page, only to be locked out of blood from their already broken or injured hearts.

McClatchy has received huge tax credits, far outpacing any cost to let a few thousan out-of-towners through its paywall.

As long as I have a computer, a power connection, and a wifi signal, I will let anyone in harm's way or friends in family looking for them to find them without a pay wall behind. Come on, this is mostly public information and that from gleaned from other sources without credit.

Come on McClatchy/SacBee. Fix this and be honorably behind the great reporters who work for you. Until then, you're out of the Nooner.

REBUILD: I wrote yesterday about Darius Anderson's effort to start up Rebuild North Bay. Even after being evacuated overnight from Ramekins, the cookng school and inn that he founded, he is working strong. 

A quick point:


  • 24 dead
  • Mendocino: 6
  • Napa: 2
  • Sonoma: 14 dead, 380 missing
  • Yuba: 2

More later today. 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Chris ChaffeeFrank Gornick, Tony Madrigal, Tim Sbranti, and Sillisa Uriate Smith!



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Will Politics Pass By Sen. Dianne Feinstein As Both Parties Veer To Extremes? Let's Hope Not
George Skelton @
Every ambitious politician yearning to replace Democrat Dianne Feinstein in the U.S. Senate missed their best shot. They should have started running hard before she committed to the race.

Senator Stone Legislation to Repeal Outdated Statute Signed by Governor Brown
Senate Bill 510 by State Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill repeals an outdated statue in order to allow compound pharmacists to do their job more efficiently while protecting patient safety and permitting more effective...

Regulators Demand Answers Into Status Of CpUC Criminal Probe - The San Diego Union-tribune
Jeff McDonald @
Federal investigators probing campaign spending by Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, are looking for evidence of fraud, falsified documents and conspiracy in addition to improper personal spending of political contributions, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Kamala Harris Spurs On Dreamers At UC Irvine, Calling For New Legal Protections – Orange County Register
At a UC Irvine rally for young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday continued her push for a measure to provide them with permanent legal status — a “clean” bill unfettered by stricter immigration enforcement provisions called for by the White House.

Tom Steyer Ponders Race Against Dianne Feinstein | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

The Finance 202: McCain could give the same thumbs-down to a tax overhaul as he did to health care

The senator's tax voting history is mixed.

Ryan Makes Plea For GOP Unity On Tax Reform - Politico
Legislators on the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees are developing details of a bill to reshape tax laws based on a framework Ryan and McConnell developed with White House officials and congressional tax writers.

State Utilities Commission Seeks To Close San Onofre Proceeding - The San Diego Union-tribune
Jeff McDonald @
Federal investigators probing campaign spending by Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, are looking for evidence of fraud, falsified documents and conspiracy in addition to improper personal spending of political contributions, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Legislation To Ease Punishment, Criminal Fines For Juvenile Offenders
Jazmine Ulloa @
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Will Garcetti Run For Governor? It’s Not An Easy Question – Daily News
If running for governor of California were as obvious a next step for a popular mayor of Los Angeles as some might think, Eric Garcetti could have made an announcement this week.

Bridge toll boost seen as salve for Bay Area transportation woes
Although Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill allowing Bay Area voters to raise bridge tolls, no date for an election has been set nor has the amount of the proposed increase or whether it would rise all at once or over a number of years. What is clear, however, is that the toll increase would raise about $4.5 billion that would pay for at least three dozen transportation projects. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission will decide early in 2018 on the logistics of Regional Measure 3, which would require an overall majority vote in the nine Bay Area counties to become law.

Violent Felonies Shown On Facebook Live Could Receive Tougher Sentences Under A New California Law
John Myers @
Violent incidents videotaped or streamed live on sites such as Facebook by attackers or accomplices could result in tougher punishment ...

Ca Youth Serving Life Sentences Will Get Possibility Of Parole | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Armando Calderon Sol, first president to lead El Salvador after its civil war, dies at 69
Emily Langer @
Armando Calderon Sol, who served as president of El Salvador in the 1990s and led his country out of the mayhem of its 12-year civil war, died Oct. 9 at a hospital in Houston. He was 69. Milena Calderon de Escalon, the former president’s sister and a legislative assembly member who belongs to his right-wing party, the Nationalist Republican Alliance, confirmed his death to the Associated Press. Mr. Calderon Sol was reported to have had cancer. Mr. Calderon Sol was trained as a lawyer and served as mayor of the capital city, San Salvador, before winning a five-year term as president in 1994.

La Is Tight On Funds And Needs To Save To Avoid Service Cuts, Controller Warns – Daily News
Los Angeles has had a tough year financially, with the city contending with unexpectedly large legal costs and drawing from its rainy-day fund in order to get by, according to a report released by the city controller Wednesday.

Trump signs executive order on health care

President Trump signed an executive order on the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 12. With the order, he directed federal agencies to rewrite regulations on selling a certain type of health insurance across state lines.

In Wake Of Scandal, Sandag Overhaul Signed By Governor - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Emerson Smith @

Boe Hiring Investigation Finds Favoritism | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
By Adam Ashton

Covered California Slaps A Surcharge On Health Plans As Trump Remains Coy On Subsidies
Chad Terhune @
Covered California authorized a 12.4% average surcharge on silver-tier plans, the second-least expensive option sold on the exchange. It brings the total average premium increase on those plans to nearly 25% next year.

California Dmv Revises Rules To Get Ready For Self-driving Future - San Francisco Chronicle
Robot cars with no steering wheels, brake pedals or accelerator pedals — and no drivers — could be legal in California by June under updated regulations proposed by the state Department of Motor Vehicles on Wednesday.

Will Collins Leave The Senate? Announcement Coming Friday - Politico
The influential moderate plans to make the announcement during a speech she's giving on health care in Rockport, Maine, according to a source familiar with the event. The speech is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.

Sanders Campaign Finally Pays National City For 2016 Rally Bill - The San Diego Union-tribune

Obama To Campaign For Northam - Politico
Former President Barack Obama's appearance for Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam comes as former Vice President Joe Biden campaigns for him the same day. | Saul Loeb/Getty Images