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THE NOONER for March 25, 2015x
So sorry about the obese Nooner. Hopefully, changes that I made this morning will slim it back down to 580 pixels. If only a line of code could slim me down!
THE GAY HOLOCAUST INITIATIVE: As of this writing, 36,820 people are calling for Matt McLaughlin to be disbarred, a totally appropriate act but legallay questionable. The LAT knocked on the door of a Huntington Beach's Matt McLaughiln based on voter reg, but that Matt is only 24 years old, meaning that it can't be attorney admitted to the bar in 1998. The real question is who McLaughlin is and what he actually does for a living. His address with the State Bar is a Mail Box Express.
That's like a legislator registered to vote at 123 Main Street.
Inever applied to be a member of the state bar, but the MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam) was pretty easy to pass. However, Mr. McLaughlin would not have passed.
FEARLESS ADVOCACY: SeaWorld has more credibility than PETACHICKS NEED NOT APPLY: Kleiner Perkins discrimination trial nears end with closing arguments [Heather Somervile @ MercNews] - "Making his final pitch in the highest-profile sex discrimination suit ever brought against a venture capital firm, Ellen Pao's attorney on Tuesday argued that Kleiner Perkins is run by a group of powerful, sexist men who did everything they could to stymie Pao's chance of success and ultimately forced her out."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Gil Cedillo and James Schwab!
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Fight over waterfront development continues â
J.K. Dineen @ sfgate.com
San Francisco waterfront politics hit the courtroom Wednesday when a state judge is to hear arguments about the legality of a 2014 ballot measure that requires developers to seek voter approval for any project on port land that exceeds height limits. B, also known as the Waterfront Height Limit Right to Vote Act, requires voter approval for projects that exceed current height limits, which ranges from 40 to 90 feet, depending on the area. The cityâÂÂs legal team will be joined by Telegraph Hill activist Jon Golinger of the group No Wall on the Waterfront and former City Attorney Louise Renne, whose firm is representing the Sierra Club, and California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton. Groups backing the agency include the Housing Action Coalition, the Port of San Diego and the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. B was âÂÂa sleepy little issueâÂÂ in a low-turnout election and approved by only 6 percent of registered voters. [...] he said it has had a cooling effect on development, causing Forest City to scale back its plans for Pier 70 and prompting the Golden State Warriors to drop plans to build a stadium on Piers 30-32 and move the project to Mission Bay. B was a follow-up to a ballot initiative on a proposed development at 8 Washington St. that voters rejected.
CSU Faculty Set Stage To Push For Raise | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Be sure to include your name, daytime phone number, address, name and phone number of legal next-of-kin, method of payment, and the name of the funeral home/crematory to contact for verification of death.
Efforts To Expand California University Systems Are Growing
The death last week of former University of California system president and UC Irvine chancellor Jack W. Peltason at 91 elicited warm memories of the modest political scientist who achieved high positions in American academia without losing his sense of humor. He also was known for his role in helping to build new university campuses from scratch and growing them to maturity.
Fewer professors, more managers work on Cal State campuses
The faculty association represents about 25,000 faculty members across CSUâÂÂs 23 campuses, and much of its reportâÂÂâÂÂRace to the Bottom âÂÂ Salary, Staffing Priorities and the CSUâÂÂs 1%âÂÂ âÂÂ looks at salary information the group hopes will help in labor negotiations with the university in May. [...] for students and taxpayers, the numbers paint a revealing portrait of who is teaching the more than 400,000 students at the vast university and its campuses, how the ratio of professors to administrators has changed, and what CSU and its campuses looked like before and after the recession. âÂÂOne of the more ominous findings for the CSU in our paper is that there is no 'next generationâÂÂ of permanent faculty in the pipeline,âÂÂ said Lillian Taiz, a history professor at Cal State Los Angeles and president of the California Faculty Association. [...] enrollment grew during this time by the equivalent of more than 75,000 full-time students, from about 317,000 to nearly 393,000. [...] they were being taught by more part-time lecturers: instructors without tenure who might be experts in their field but who earn lower salaries, work on year-to-year contracts and have no offices on campus or duties other than teaching. For lecturers, however, the lack of permanency âÂÂ which often requires them to drive from campus to campus in search of classes to teach, earning them the nickname âÂÂfreeway flyersâÂÂ âÂÂ is a major problem. Leslie Bryan, a theater lecturer at CSU San Bernardino who works with the California Faculty Association, said the faculty shift is bad not only for employees but also for the university. In essence, this is turning teaching in the CSU into the equivalent of a fast-food job because of the fast-food style of hiring,âÂÂ she said, noting that lecturers are considered âÂÂexpendableâÂÂ and âÂÂgood enough to get the job done and (get) out of the way. Yet the university wants to hire more tenure-track faculty because âÂÂtheir academic scholarship is vital in nurturing students, advancing the quality of our degree programs and preparing the next generation of academic leaders.âÂÂ
High court says Alabama may have improperly redistricted black voters
In a rare Supreme Court victory for the voting rights of minorities, the justices ruled 5-4 Wednesday that a lower court must reassess whether Alabama improperly packed too many black voters into certain districts, diluting their voting strength in other districts.
Environmental groups urge feds to consider beefâ
The ads, sponsored by more than 100 health and environmental groups, come as U.S. policymakers evaluate evidence that meat, particularly beef, takes a toll on the environment, and as they consider adjusting the nationâÂÂs dietary guidelines accordingly. At the heart of the dietary debate is an opinion by an advisory panel that people should eat less meat because of its destructive impact on the planet, a suggestion that the meat industry and its allies in Congress have taken to task. The ads this week serve to counter opposition to the advisory panel and involve such groups as the Center for Biological Diversity, the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club. While the advisory panel thatâÂÂs helping rewrite the guidelines did not say that meat should be eliminated from the American diet, it does recommend cutting back for health and environmental reasons. According to the panelâÂÂs 571 page-report released last month, beef production uses up a disproportionate share of water, land and energy and is responsible for spewing greenhouse gases.
A New Hurdle For L.A. County Emergency-radio Effort: Cell Tower Fears
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, local governments began talking about a new emergency communications plan that would connect every cop and firefighter in Los Angeles County on one system.
Ahead of budget vote, GOP leaders relaxed and confident
SADEGH ZIBAKALAM @ politico.com
The House is scheduled to vote on a series of budget proposals Wednesday afternoon.
Alameda County supervisors extend Altamont wind farmâ
Rachel Swan @ sfgate.com
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to extend permit rights for Altamont Winds, Inc. to operate in the Altamont Pass, despite claims by environmentalists that the companyâÂÂs technology is outdated and will unnecessarily kill thousands of birds. The decision came after nearly two hours of contentious debate that pitted environmental groups against labor advocates, and against a local company that says itâÂÂs being upstaged by giant, multinational competitors. Environmentalists accuse Altamont Winds of dragging its heels on a âÂÂrepoweringâÂÂ process that would replace its current windmill fleet with higher-efficiency turbines that would be less dangerous to birds âÂÂ mostly because the company would need fewer of them to meet the same energy needs and could move them to safer locations. Three other companies in the Altamont began repowering their turbine fleets in response to two separate settlements, one to resolve a lawsuit from five Audubon chapters in 2007, and one with the California Attorney GeneralâÂÂs office in 2010. President Rick Koebbe said the company had already invested some $1 million in the repowering process, but that it had stumbled into regulatory roadblocks, mostly from the California Independent System Operator, the nonprofit entity that oversees the stateâÂÂs electrical power system. Unions that supported the company argued that shutting down Altamont Winds would eliminate union jobs and stymie the companyâÂÂs efforts to curb air pollution. âÂÂThe environmental benefits of wind power are well known,âÂÂ said Caitlin Grant, the companyâÂÂs operations manager, arguing that wind turbines stave off more than 600 millions pounds of toxic air pollution per year.
Officials Powerless To Stop Proposed Anti-gay Initiative
Over the decades, California has chiseled out some of its most colorful laws at the ballot box.
FBI ordered to disclose documents on monitoring of Muslims
The FBI must release some documents describing its efforts to keep watch on Muslims in Northern California and recruit informants from the Muslim community, a Bay Area federal judge has ruled. The American Civil Liberties Union, the Asian Law Caucus and the San Francisco Bay Guardian sought the records in 2010 to determine whether the FBI was using educational and âÂÂcommunity outreachâÂÂ programs to infiltrate Muslim institutions and conduct surveillance without evidence of criminal activity. The federal agency has turned over tens of thousands of documents, some of which showed that its agents in San Francisco had taken notes on the viewpoints and religious activities of Muslims they encountered at Bay Area meetings from 2004 through 2010 and entered the information into intelligence files. [...] the FBI deleted material from some of those documents, and entirely withheld others, arguing that the information was âÂÂcompiled for law enforcement purposes,âÂÂ and thus exempt from disclosure. The agency can ask a federal appeals court to overturn SeeborgâÂÂs ruling and to block disclosures while it considers the appeal. Mass said it was an apparent reference to the FBIâÂÂs past practice of using the possibility of deportation to recruit immigrants as informants.
Right-to-die Group Offers Aid, In Secret, As California Legislation Is Debated
Lisa M. Krieger @ mercurynews.com
"The sneaking around ... feels awful. It shouldn't have to be that way," said Myriam Coppens, a Santa Cruz resident who has served as a "guide" in the deaths of 16 people with advanced cancer, neurological diseases or incurable illnesses.
Supreme Court: Alabama may have illegally packed black voters into legislative districts
Republican lawmakers maintained they were complying with the Voting Rights Act.
Ebmud Considers 7 Percent Permanent Hike In Water Rates
The 7 percent hike would add $3.57 to an average single family homeowners' monthly bill of $48.60 per month.
Cal State Trustees To Review Cost-cutting Measures At Long Beach Meeting
The 23 campuses of the California State University system are sharing more resources, from combining financial systems to coordinating the purchase of electronic library materials in an effort to reduce costs and maximize all available services.
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Bipartisan Deal on Health Care Issues Hits a Snag Among Senate Democrats
Senator Harry Reid of Nevada and other Democrats have begun to undermine what was poised to be a sweeping bipartisan solution to several policy problems that have long vexed Congress.
Mta's Toll-lane Project May Be A Victim Of Its Own Success
The conversion of the 110 Freeway's carpool lanes into toll lanes was not without bumps: Some Angelenos feared that adding tolls to the Los Angeles County freeway network would further divide rich and poor commuters. Others groused that freeways should be free.
Proposed Office To Help Poor Communities Get Clean Drinking Water - Capradio.org
The emergency drought relief bill proposed for California would create a new state office. That might sound fairly mundane. But it could go a long way to help disadvantaged communities.
Sacramento County Writes Big Check To Ease Mental-health Crisis, Take Pressure Off Struggling Hospitals
California Inmate's Parole Reflects Rethinking Of Life Terms For Youths
A California prisoner is released under SB 9, which gives another chance to those sentenced as juveniles to life without parole.