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THE NOONER for April 13, 2015



Despite pedigree, Autumn Burke followed own path to politics - "There she was on the cover of Ebony magazine in March 1974, nestled in her mother’s arms. Her mother, then-Rep. Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, penned a piece on the type of world she wanted to create for baby Autumn."

THE DEAN SPEAKETH:"It's arguable whether California has enough water to meet its actual needs. But it clearly does not have enough to match people's expectations. And one reason is simple." [George Skelton @ LAT]

GOP Seat LA: Candidates file to run in hotly contested race to succeed Antonovich [Jean Merl @ LAT]

#CAKEDAY: Happy Birthday to Tristan Brown!




  • ASSEMBLYMEMBER DAVID HADLEY---L.A.'s only Republican in the Assembly---discusses getting elected in this exclusive interview:
    Know a current or former elected official in Southern California we should interview? Our TV program reaches California's #1 zip code for campaign contributions. Send suggestions
  • Harbage Consulting, a health policy consulting firm with expertise in public programs and delivery system reform, is seeking a Communiations Coordinator for its Sacramento office. [more info]
  • Join Capitol Network for its Spring Luncheon featuring Debbie Manning, the first female California State Senate Chief Sergeant-at-Arms. April 23 at 11:30am at Cal Chamber 1215 K Street, Suite 1400, California Room. Click here to register: For more info, email

  • Corporate & Individual Sponsorships - Available for 8th Annual Assembly Veterans of the Year Luncheon, Wednesday, June 24th.  Event co-sponsored by major veterans groups.  Last year 75 Assemblymembers honored district veterans, 350 people attended.
    Contact Pete Conaty, 916-492-0550,
  • Plan
State lawmakers take aim at UC brass's lofty salaries
Nanette Asimov @
State lawmakers from both parties are sending the University of California an angry message by advancing a bill to cap compensation for UC employees at $500,000 under penalty of losing public funding.

US Senate 2016: Attorney General Kamala Harris averaged $51k per day in March
In March, Attorney General Kamala Harris averaged $51,612 per day in fundraising for her U.S. Senate campaign.

In California, Rights To Water Exceed The Supply
George Skelton @
It's arguable whether California has enough water to meet its actual needs. But it clearly does not have enough to match people's expectations. And one reason is simple.

Pension Initiative May Empower Local Reforms | Calpensions
The leaders of two local pension reforms, former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio, are working with a coalition on a statewide initiative to help local governments make cost-cutting pension reforms.

Candidates File To Run In Hotly Contested Race To Succeed Antonovich
Longtime Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich won't leave office until the end of next year. But the race to succeed him already has drawn seven candidates, with one high-profile elected official expected to join the field any day and another seriously considering running.

Science, math and art valued more than technology in education poll
Providing computers to public school students is important to California voters, but not as crucial as other factors affecting education, including a more intense focus on math, science and the arts, according to a new poll.

L.A. County Still Has Long Way To Go In Water Conservation, Study Finds
Los Angeles residents and city leaders express pride in the significant cuts in water use they have made. Per capita water demand dropped countywide about 16% between 2000 and 2013.

California Delta's Water Mysteriously Missing Amid Severe Drought
As California struggles with a devastating drought, huge amounts of water are mysteriously vanishing from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta — and the prime suspects are farmers whose families have tilled fertile soil there for generations.

San Diego County Farmers Warn Water Reduction Rules Will Be 'devastating'
A water district serving farmers in northern San Diego County has asked state water officials who are devising cutback regulations for the same exemption given to farmers in the Central Valley.

Us Forest Service Investigates Expired Permit Nestle Uses To Draw Water Out Of California For Bottled Water
SAN BERNARDINO -- The U.S. Forest Service is investigating an expired permit that Nestle has been using to draw water out of a national forest in Southern California for its bottled water business.

Marco Rubio's Running: 6 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Senator
Sen. Marco Rubio became the third official GOP presidential candidate Monday, confirming to a group of donors that he is running for the nation's highest office, according to Associated Press.

15 Years After 'erin Brockovich,' Town Still Fearful Of Polluted Water
Nearly 20 years after Hinkley, Calif., residents won a settlement with PG&E over contaminated groundwater, challenges remain.

GOP judges in the majority on Obama immigration stay
Roster of judges for Friday hearing is 2-1 GOP, includes 1 who clashed with administration over health care law

Potential Pot Entrepreneurs Pay For Cannabis Career Tips At Sacramento Seminar | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Peter Hecht @
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.

The Drought Is Behind California's Skyrocketing West Nile Virus Numbers
California's drought isn't bad news for everyone: turns out West Nile Virus has been thriving in the state's parched climate. The California Department of Public Health announced last week that in 2014 it recorded the most cases of the potentially deadly mosquito-borne illness since it first showed up in the Golden State more than a decade ago. The CDPH tallied 801 diagnoses, including 31 deaths—the most ever in California.

Lawmakers Address California's Deeply Fragmented Mental Health System
Advocates and mental health practitioners say that California's approach to mental health — and particularly to involuntary treatment — is deeply fragmented across its 58 counties.