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THE Nooner for December 25, 2017




Capitol Christmas


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Well, Merry Christmas and happiest of holidays to you! The President has been tweeting the fallacy that the phrase "Merry Christmas" was eliminated until he became President. Uh, no, this video shows all. Michelle and Barack did it together every year with pleas to support our troops and their families. 

FIRES: The Thomas Fire is not expected to be fully contained until January 7, reports Michael Livingston in the Times. Our hearts are with the firefighters and other public safety officials over the holiday. 

THE LANDSCAPE: In the Times, Michael Finnegan looks at the political trend that has worked out poorly for the GOP this year and whether it will carry forward in 2018. 

GASSY: The Register's Martin Wisckol writes that while Carl DeMaio's gas tax repeal initiative is doing well on building support, Travis Allen's is fading as the January 8 signature deadline approaches and hasn't been gathering signatures because a court battle over the title..

FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: George Skelton shares what he didn't get on his Christmas list from Sacramento this year.

POT: For CALmatters, Laurel Rosenhall looks at the coming legalization of recreational marijuana.

SHIPPING: Dan Walters writes for CALmatters that, despite fears from the widened Panama Canal, Southern California port traffic is still strong.

WATER WORKS: The LAT's Rong-Gong Lin writes that after last year's super wet winter, we may be in for a dry one.



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CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Susan Rubio and Veronica Villalobos!



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As Year Ends, California Lawmakers Are Graded By The People Who Might Count The Most: Interest Groups
John Myers @
Lawmakers are elected by voters, but their campaigns often enormously depend on interest groups. And as 2017 comes to a close, the scorecards released by some groups offer a glimpse into who really has power in Sacramento.

Christmas A Time Of Hope, Frustration For Homeless - The San Diego Union-tribune
Gary Warth @

Memorial Honors 210 Homeless People Who Died On The Streets Of Orange County
Kathleen Luppi @
The event was held blocks from one of the largest homeless encampments in the county, located along the Santa Ana River Trail.

Guatemala Follows Trump's Lead On Jerusalem - Politico

The Guatemalan flag hangs outside the building housing the offices of the Central American Embassy, in the Israeli city of Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. | Jack Guez/Getty Images

Where's The Rain? California Could Suffer An Unusually Dry Winter From San Francisco To Los Angeles
The dry conditions are partly to blame for the worst fire season on record in California. Low humidity and lack of rain coupled with high winds fueled destructive wildfires from Mendocino down to San Diego this fall. In wine country, more than 40 people died and more than 10,000 homes were lost. To the south, the Thomas fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties became the largest wildfire on record in California.

Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund daily donor list
Fund total as of Dec. 20: $7,509,870 Advocate ($1,000-$1,499): Peter & Elaine Bull; Anonymous, in memory of Michael Fleice; James & Jessica Fleming; Marvin Lundwall, in memory of Marthajo Lundwall; Paul Miller, in memory of my dad, Richard Miller; Bruce & Bonnie Potter; Burt & Teresa Rosensweig; Melchior Thompson, in memory of Ed & Nita Thompson, R.H. Stinson Sr., and Leslie Stinson; Cal & Mary Tilden. Supporter ($500-$999): Alma & Greg Brown; Ralph & Denise Cooper, in memory of Glenn Cooper, Michael Harrington and Dennis Wurm; Karen & Steve Kostka; Marian Li, in memory of Bud Jones; Edwin Oyarzo; Noel Shumway, in memory of Janetta Shumway.