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THE NOONER for March 20, 2015x




California's Water Security Can't Wait

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Happy first day of Spring, which is also the Spring Equinox. Today, our daylight and darkness are equally balanced.

California's unemployment rate decreases to 6.7 percent [EDD] "California's unemployment rate decreased to 6.7 percent in February, and nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 29,400 during the month for a total gain of 1,827,900 jobs since the recovery began in February 2010, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two separate surveys."

WHO WANTS TO HELP CONTRIBUTE THE $200 TO FILE THE "BATSHIT CRAZY SUPRESSION ACT"? California proposal to legalize killing gays hard to stop [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - Matt "McLaughlin's "Sodomite Suppression Act" now is testing the limits of free speech and raising the question: Why can't the state's initiative process screen out blatantly illegal ideas? The Legislature’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus wrote a letter to the State Bar, asking for an investigation into McLaughlin’s fitness to practice law. More than 3,800 people signed a petition to State Bar President Craig Holden asking that McLaughlin lose his law license for advocating to "legalize the murder" of gays and lesbians. 

Huh, I don't remember much from law school, but I'm pretty sure "putting bullets in the head" of a suspect class would be, shall we say, ultra-unconstitutional. 

So, here's our ballot measure.

Section 39 is hereby added to the Penal Code.:

Any individual who makes a public statement calling for the assasination of another individual shall not be eligible for any state benefits, including the awarding of occupational licenses.

Funny, according to PDI, Mr. McLaughlin didn't bother to vote in 2014.

SIN AGUA: Jerry Brown, lawmakers propose $1.1 billion drought relief bill amid increasing tension [David Siders @ SacBee] - "With California trudging into its fourth dry year, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Thursday announced $1.1 billion in emergency funding for flood protection and drought relief."

CRAY-CRAY: John Hrabe notes that 1,200 people showed up to vote in the SD37 special election, but didn't actually vote. The reason is that there were no Democrats on the ballot and John Moorlach and Don Wagner did nothing to court Dems. I guess I would have gone to the polls to maintain my perfect voting record and voted for John F. Kennedy, thus creating an undervote.

A BANG-BANG-UP JOB: Republicans critical of slow collection of guns from criminals [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "State Senate Republicans on Tuesday asked for an oversight hearing to look into the slow progress being made by Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris in reducing a backlog of gun owners who are not allowed to possess firearms because of crimes or mental illness."

END OF AN ERA: Silver Dragon, my go-to Chinese place in Davis is closing. That's the place that was once a steakhouse and retains the chairs with a longhorn on the back.

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Maria Aliferis-Gjerde, Greg Hayes and Daymond Johnson! Weekend wishes to Tal Finney (Saturday), Greg Lucas (Saturday), Melodi Masaniai (Saturday), Cathy Mitchell (Saturday), Dennis Raj (Saturday), and Jim Sanders (Sunday)!



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Moorlach Declares Victory In Race For State Senate Seat In O.c.
Former Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach on Thursday declared victory in the special election held two days earlier for a vacant state Senate seat after a final tally of ballots gave him 50.3% of the vote.

Opinion: Democratic Senate Duel Affects Tenor Of Capitol | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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UC student association says Janet Napolitanoâ
University of California students aren’t letting President Janet Napolitano off easy after she apologized for calling a student protest “crap” this week in San Francisco. The UC Student Association issued a statement Friday saying the apology didn’t go far enough because it covered only her regret for using the derogatory word, captured on UC’s video of the regents’ meeting Wednesday. “Students do not see President Napolitano truly championing free speech - in all its forms - as a valued feature of university life and measure of free society,” the statement said. [...] if Napolitano doesn’t want students to protest, they said, she should provide “an alternate opportunity” for them to discuss with her their opposition to the five-year tuition increase of up to 28 percent set to begin in the fall. “Her role as president has given her the opportunity to be a true champion for students and the future of public higher education, but the comments she made point to disrespect for public expression,” said Jefferson Kuoch-Seng, president of the UC Student Association that represents 240,000 students. On Wednesday, a few dozen students attended the regents meeting not only to protest higher tuition, but to urge the regents to ensure that low-income residents benefit from the proposed construction of a new UC Berkeley campus in Richmond through jobs and housing.

The $3.75 Billion Question: Can California Do Big It Right? | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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Review Of San Onofre Deal Is Sought
A Los Angeles County lawmaker is asking state regulators to reopen a legal settlement that apportioned costs of permanently closing the San Onofre nuclear power plant near San Clemente.

Five Pictures Of Yosemite's Half Dome That Capture California's Historic Drought | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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Congress sets up veto showdown with vote to roll back labor rule
Setting up another veto showdown with President Obama, Congress on Thursday approved a measure that seeks to roll back a new labor rule that allows workers to conduct union elections more quickly.

LAPD Event With Ex-mexican Mafia Leader Problematic, Report Says
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Political Memo: Israel Election Result Complicates Life for Clinton
As she prepares to make her campaign for president official, Hillary Rodham Clinton faces a deepening polarization among Jewish Democrats over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and how the United States should deal with his government.

Bay Area Gains 23,000 Jobs In February, Powered By Big Job Surge In Silicon Valley
Santa Clara County added 9,500 jobs, the state Employment Development Department reported. The East Bay added 2,900 jobs. The San Francisco-San Mateo County region -- a new survey area for the EDD -- gained 8,600 jobs. All the numbers were adjusted for seasonal employment patterns.

John Moorlach Prevails In Race To Fill State Senate Seat - The Orange County Register
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Obama Forgets About Free Speech When It Comes To Mandatory Voting
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Governor, Legislators Introduce $1 Billion Emergency Drought Plan | Faultlines | Kqed News
It’s hard to conceive that $1 billion in any state project would be seen merely as a good start, but that’s the general consensus of the drought relief package unveiled Thursday in Sacramento.

News Analysis: Public Pension Cuts Exempt Police and Firefighters
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Fire alarm leads police to 'sophisticated' Santa Ana marijuana farm
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Carlsbad Desalination Plant Gets Close To Making Fresh Water | Kpbs
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San Diego County's investment in the western hemisphere's largest desalination plant is only a few months away from beginning to pay dividends.

California's $1-billion Emergency Drought Relief Is Tiny Drop In Bucket
No matter how much longer California&rsquo;s drought lingers, politicians don&rsquo;t have the power to make it rain. So on&nbsp;Thursday they tried the next best thing &ndash; they proposed showering the state&rsquo;s parched landscape with money.