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THE Nooner for December 23, 2017





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Congratulations to Jill Damrell and Shama Mesiwala for your appointments to the state bench by Jerry Brown yesterday! Both alums of King Hall! Shama is brilliant and having a South Asian woman on the bench is huge. Thank you, Governor.

POLL POSITION:  Gas tax repeal (Berkeley IGS):

  • Support: 52%
  • Oppose: 43%


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FAREWELL: March Fong Eu (1922-2017), the first Asian-American woman elected statewide in The Golden State. She was the profile of Asian-Americans in California. She was born in Oakdale, southeast of Stockton. So many Asian-Americans rose from the fields of the Valley to high profile positions, with the credit to their families who supported their growth.



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March Fong Eu, Pioneering Asian American Politician Who Was Longtime California Secretary Of State, Dies At 95
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March Fong Eu, who was five times elected as California's secretary of state after coming to voter attention 30 years ago with her populist campaign to ban pay toilets from public buildings, has died at age 95.

Davis Considers Parcel Tax To Fund Homeless Services | The Sacramento Bee
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By Ellen Garrison

New Taxes And Higher Costs Of Oil Drive Up Gasoline Prices For Holiday Season
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The higher cost of crude oil is driving up gasoline prices nationwide. And a new state fuel tax that took effect Nov. 1 is helping keep Southland gasoline prices 67 cents above the national average.

Santa Rosa Family Regroups, Celebrates Christmas In Sacramento After Tubbs Fire | The Sacramento Bee
Connecting the dots on issues, people and news in the Sacramento region

Sec Says L.A. Developer Who Bought Celebrity Real Estate Ran $1 Billion Ponzi Scheme
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When small-time investors entrusted their money to Sherman Oaks firm Woodbridge, they were told the funds would be used to make profitable high-interest real-estate loans.

Siskiyou County Sheriff Fights To Control Cannabis Trade, Hmong Farming | The Sacramento Bee
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By Stephen Magagnini

March Fong Eu, Who Smashed Toilets And Barriers, Dies At 95 - Sfgate
When then-Oakland Assemblywoman March Fong Eu took a sledgehammer to a porcelain toilet on the steps of the state Capitol in 1969, it was more than the chains around the commode that she was smashing. Fong Eu, who died Thursday at the age of 95, gained notoriety in that crusade against pay toilets in California. But her career spanned decades in which she shattered barriers - for women, and particularly for Asian American women. Fong Eu "was a pioneering woman who helped open doors to public service for more women and Asian Americans," Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday. She succeeded Brown as secretary of state when he became governor in 1975.

Rocket Launch At Vandenberg Streaks Across San Diego Sky - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Incandescent Light Bulbs Are Scheduled To Disappear In 2018 | The Sacramento Bee
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By Dale Kasler

Trump's Wells Fargo Tweet Cited In Court Hearing As Reason To Remove Mulvaney As Cfpb Acting Chief
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A recent tweet by President Trump about possible penalties against Wells Fargo & Co. was cited during a court hearing Friday as a reason for removing White House official Mick Mulvaney as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Will the tax bill help or hurt Republicans in 2018? It depends on whoâ

Democrats claim Republicans triggered a political tsunami by passing a tax bill with enormous benefits for the rich. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell defiantly disagrees.

San Diego Universities Look To Expand Amid Growing Student Interest | Kpbs
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Applications to San Diego State University and UC San Diego are up more than 10 percent in one year. More than 93,000 undergraduate students are crossing their fingers for a spot at SDSU, and 116,000 hope to attend UCSD.

Cause Of Lilac Fire May Never Be Known - The San Diego Union-tribune
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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Admits Considering A 2020 Bid: 'i Am Thinking About This'
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Housing Crisis In Santa Rosa: After Fires, How Should Communities Rebuild? - San Francisco Chronicle
When developers came to Santa Rosa officials in February with a 237-home proposal for a vacant commercial area near the Fountaingrove neighborhood, it looked like a way for the city to make a dent in its housing shortage.

Socal Gas Cited For 'public Nuisance' Over New Leak At Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Facility
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Air quality officials on Friday cited Southern California Gas Co. for a 50-minute gas leak at its Aliso Canyon storage facility earlier this week, accusing the utility of causing a public nuisance by exposing nearby residents to foul odors.

How Oakland Is Including Black, Brown People In Marijuana Industry - San Francisco Chronicle
In a dark room, Jahful Price slowly worked a row of pungent plants guided by his headlamp.

9th Circuit Says Trump's Third Travel Ban Is Illegal
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A federal appeals court decided unanimously Friday that Trump's newest travel ban. The current version targets visitors coming to the United States from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.

How politics screwed Puerto Rico out of billions in disaster aid

The hurricane-wracked island was denied billions in extra Medicaid funds. Now Republicans and Democrats are sniping over who's to blame.

California Gives Medi-cal Enrollees Something To Smile About
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Starting in January, many of the dental services that were cut eight years ago for people on Medi-Cal will be restored.