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THE NOONER for April 14, 2015



ADVICE WE DON'T CARE FOR: Q&A with Florida Gov. Rick Scott on his bid to steal California jobs [Tiffany Hsu @ LAT] = "At a Monday luncheon hosted by the Valley Industry & Commerce Assn. at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, Scott touted his administration's investments in transportation and ports. "

Seriously, in 2015 we have volunteers who can buy a badge and carry a gun?

SWAP: State Senate calls for swapping Father Serra statue with one of Sally Ride [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT]

#CAKEDAY: Happy Birthday to John Ferrera, Chris Napoleon Smith, and Mai Vang!




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Jail Reforms, Health Funding Among L.A. County Budget Plan Priorities
Los Angeles County officials released a $26.9 billion budget proposal Tuesday to operate the nation's largest local government for the coming fiscal year.

Officials: Growers Bogarting Taxes Owed To California -
The California Board of Equalization says the medical marijuana industry isn't paying the taxes it owes. The Board of Equalization staff and board members -including George Runner recently met with marijuana dispensaries, nurseries, and growers in Humboldt County.Runner says the County has begun to add marijuana growers to the tax rolls by establishing a permitting and licensing process."They've got concerns with water permits, with business licenses with seller's permits and Humboldt County is doing good work trying to figure out how to bring those people into the normal business stream."Runner says he would like to see a similar state-wide system established by the end of this year, especially with a recreational marijuana measure on next year's ballot. "If we cannot put into place an effective system now to figure out how to collect taxes, how taxes are dealt with within medical marijuana, how will we ever be able to do it if indeed the people of California vote for the full recreational use." Voters passed medical marijuana Proposition 215 in 1996.

Despite Pedigree, Autumn Burke Followed Own Path To Politics | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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Clear Poll, Murky Politics On California’s Teacher Tenure Laws | Faultlines | Kqed News
It was last summer when the current tenure system, which generally provides strong job protections for teachers after two years on the job, was on the losing end of a nationally watched case, Vergara v. California. Gov. Jerry Brown and education leaders, as well as teachers unions, have appealed the ruling.

Proposed budget cost to run L.A. County: $26.9 billion
Los Angeles County officials released a $26.9-billion budget proposal Monday to operate the nation's largest local government for the coming fiscal year.

Court Case Could Be Blow For California Drought Fight
An appellate court ruling due by next week could put a glitch in plans to reach Gov. Jerry Brown 's goal of slashing urban water use by 25% statewide.

UC Berkeley Students Jump On Board Campaign For $15 Minimum Wage | News Fix | Kqed News
UC Berkeley freshman Nancy Romo says she has many friends who work minimum-wage jobs to supplement what they are getting in loans. She herself is looking for jobs for the next academic year, when her financial aid will be reduced.

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.

Video: Activists Urge California Legislation On Police Stops, Deaths | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
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Democrats want more tough budget votes for GOP
Democratic leaders want to use the budget process to force GOP votes on the minimum wage and sick leave.

Weighing L.A. County Payroll Additions Under Budget Plan
There is necessarily a tug of war between a government's obligation to provide service and its duty to remain fiscally responsible, a fact duly noted in the letter transmitting the proposed 2015-16 Los Angeles County budget to the Board of Supervisors.In this year of continuing economic recovery, budget officials recommend funding for more than 1,000 new positions. That's a lot of new employees &#8212; even in a county of 10 million people. One in every 100 county residents already is a county worker.

San Jose Preparing Tough Drought Plan
SAN JOSE -- As California braces for a fourth year of record drought, the city of San Jose is getting serious about cutting down on outdoor watering, weighing new restrictions on residents' ability to irrigate their lawns, plants and trees, and weighing significant constraints on new lawns.

William Mulholland: L.A.'s Original Champion Of Water Conservation
When Gov. Jerry Brown announced mandatory water restrictions for California, he took a moment to underscore the meaning of the edict. &ldquo;The idea of your nice little green lawn getting watered every day, those days are past,&rdquo; the governor said, suggesting a new era had begun.

Florida Governor Drops In To Lure Away California Businesses - Sfgate
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Where Are Clinton's Democratic Rivals?
As the campaign to succeed President Obama shifts into high gear, Republican voters seem assured of a contested race for their party's nomination that will feature generational, geographical, occupational and ideological contrasts. On Monday, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida announced his candidacy for the 2016 nomination, joining declared or almost-declared candidates Jeb Bush , the former Florida governor; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ; and Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas.

Ban chewing tobacco at baseball games? People like the idea
Ban chewing tobacco at baseball games? In recent years, City Hall has banned the sale of tobacco products in drug stores, severely curbed where people can light up, regulated where people can smoke e-cigarettes, tried unsuccessfully to get voters to approve a soda tax, voted to require calorie counts on chain restaurant menus and banned free toys in fast-food meals for kids. The poll also found support among all age groups, genders, ethnic groups, political persuasions and income levels. Farrell, reached at AT&T Park during the Giants’ Opening Day game, wrote in a text message, “Banning chewing tobacco on our athletic fields is not only sound public policy, but in particular speaks to families and separating the idea (that) growing up playing baseball includes dipping on the field.” Calling them the most affordable type of non-subsidized housing, Supervisor Scott Wiener on Tuesday will try to further expand the creation of in-law units in San Francisco. Last year, Wiener passed legislation allowing for the construction of new in-law units in the Castro as long as they didn’t expand the building’s height or bulk, contained a bathroom and kitchen, and didn’t come from divvying up existing residential units. In other words, Castro residents could turn their basements, storage spaces and garages into legal apartments. “In addressing our housing affordability crisis, we have to employ various approaches to creating new housing, and in-law units are a piece of the puzzle,” he said.

In Bipartisan Vote, Assembly Backs Scam Protections For Undocumented Immigrants -
A bill intended to protect undocumented immigrants from scam artists has passed the California Assembly.

Los Angeles Pays $8 Million To Settle Wrongful-imprisonment Lawsuit
A man whose murder conviction was thrown out by a judge after he spent 17 years in prison said Monday that an $8.3-million legal settlement from the city of Los Angeles could not make up for the years he lost behind bars.