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THE NOONER for February 16, 2015

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

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
CalPERS Paid Lawyers $7 Million In Bankruptcies | Calpensions
calpensions.com
CalPERS has paid two law firms more than $7 million in the Vallejo, Stockton and San Bernardino bankruptcies, even though a federal judge doubts that it has the legal standing to object to city pension cuts.

Drama From Boxer's Retirement Plays Behind The Scenes, For Now
latimes.com
The fact that California's electoral logjam was breaking this winter after two decades of stability seemed to presage high drama: Big beams clattering violently downstream, a powerful rush of water, a cleansing whoosh to the political system in the state.

Trash-burning Plant Protected In California Climate Fights | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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sacbee.com
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Republican lawmakers hold the line against Obamacare at state level
latimes.com
As President Obama fights in Congress and the courts to preserve the nation's sweeping healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act faces still another threat to its viability: Republicans in statehouses, many bucking governors of their own party eager to accept its flow of federal dollars.

Opinion: Test Scoring Of Schools Dismantled In California | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
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Pg&e E-mails May Prove Pivotal In Building Case Against Regulator - Sfgate
sfgate.com
Michael Peevey, president of the state Public Utilities Commission listens to the speakers at the California Public Utilities Commission meeting, Thursday January 27, 2011, in San Francisco, Calif.

Cyclists Split On Proposed Helmet Law | The Press Democrat
DEREK MOORE @
pressdemocrat.com
Senate Bill 192 spurs debate over whether protecting people from what society might consider an unwise choice is more important than personal freedom.

Bumpy Learning Curve For Likely Candidates In 2016 Race | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
NANCY BENAC @
sacbee.com


Taxpayer Activists Criticize California's Purchase Of New Cars
latimes.com
The state purchased $540,000 worth of new Ford Fusion Hybrids and other cars for legislators over the last 18 months, prompting criticism from taxpayer activists who call the vehicles unnecessary political perks given at a time when many Californians continue to struggle financially.

As Oil Prices Slip, North Dakota Struggles to Get a Firm Grip on Its Budget
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The legislature meets only once every two years, so lawmakers must plan a two-year state budget while anticipating how far the price of oil may drop.

Taxpayer activists criticize California's purchase of new cars
latimes.com
The state purchased $540,000 worth of new Ford Fusion Hybrids and other cars for legislators over the last 18 months, prompting criticism from taxpayer activists who call the vehicles unnecessary political perks given at a time when many Californians continue to struggle financially.

Sacramento Overhauling Vintage Train Station | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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sacbee.com
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Axelrod: Obama thought 'Yes we can' was 'corny'
politico.com
The president wasn't so sure about that slogan when he ran his 2004 campaign for Senate.

Some bicyclists are hardheaded about mandatory-helmet law
sfgate.com
A proposed state law that would require adult cyclists to wear helmets — as the law requires minors to do — is facing a bumpier reception than a mountain bike tire on a Mount Tam single track. Last week, state Sen. Carol Liu, D-La Cañada Flintridge (Los Angeles County), said she would introduce SB 192, a bill requiring adult cyclists to wear helmets or pay a $25 fine. The number of bicycle trips has nearly doubled, but the number of accidents has increased about 10 percent. On bike-friendly Valencia Street in San Francisco, a major cycling thoroughfare with its own bike lane, The Chronicle watched 100 cyclists pedal past the corner at 22nd Street on Sunday. Kai Lyons, a 20-year-old jazz guitarist who rides all over San Francisco with his guitar strapped to his back and his amplifier strapped to the front of his bike, said he wears a helmet but understands Snyder’s argument against forcing adults to comply. Pat McBride, an Oakland sleep clinician who ascends Grizzly Peak every Sunday with a pack of fellow hard-core bike addicts, said it only took one accident to convince her the helmet law would be a good idea. George Higgins, an Oakland deputy public defender, rides a tandem through the East Bay hills with his wife, Sharon, in the rear seat. Since 1994, California cyclists under 18 have been required to wear a helmet. The proposed law, in addition to extending that to all riders, would require riders to wear reflective clothing at night. According to Liu, 9 out of every 10 cyclists killed in crashes were not wearing helmets. Liu’s nephew, Alan Liu, was killed in 2004 by a drunk driver while cycling in Sonoma County.

Drones Rule: Proposed Rules For Commercial Unmanned Aircraft | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
JOAN LOWY @
sacbee.com
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California Man's Murder Case Prompts New State Law | 89.3 Kpcc
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Stadium Committee To Meet With Chargers Representative For 'robust' Talk
latimes.com
When San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer named a committee of business and civic leaders to find a way to build a new NFL stadium and keep the Chargers from moving to Los Angeles, he did not include anyone from the team’s ownership.

Japan Pulls Out Of Recession, But Economic Growth Disappoints
latimes.com
Japan emerged from a brief recession in the fourth quarter of last year, but the growth was less than forecast in a sign of continued problems for the nation's long-struggling economy.

Long Road Ahead For Transportation Funding Plans | Utsandiego.com
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Political Consultant David Axelrod Delivers In Revealing 'believer'
latimes.com
In 'Believer,' political consultant David Axelrod is warm and wry, loyal to Obama, and occasionally acid on John Kerry, John Edwards and more.

Early Plans To Raise Transportation Funds | Utsandiego.com
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