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THE NOONER for April 17, 2015
AURAL PLEASURE: John, Marisa, and Anthony tickle our ears.
HALF FULL: Facing resistance, Gov. Jerry Brown defends order to cut water use [Chris Megerian @ LAT] - "From everything I can see here, it's attainable," Brown said. "Maybe we can do more. Maybe we have to do it differently. We don't do it all in one day."
NUTS! California almond growers to expand orchards, despite drought [Dale Kasler @ SacBee] - "California's almond farmers are likely to continue planting new orchards in the coming years, increasing production by 2 percent to 3.5 percent a year over the next decade, one of the state's leading farm economists said Thursday.
ACTION/REACTION: After small victory, Gray pulled from water committee [Garth Stapely @ Modbee] - "Adam Gray on Wednesday was booted off the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, one day after an unlikely victory when the committee narrowly approved his legislation aimed at protecting communities near the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers."
HELP WANTED: Lending skills or taking refuge? Ex-state lawmakers take Capitol jobs [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT]
SANDY EGGO: San Diego housing market surges [Jonathan Horn @ UTSD]- "Last month, 3,467 real-estate transactions closed in the county, a 13.4 percent jump from March 2014, real estate tracker CoreLogic reported Thursday. It was the biggest annual increase in sales since they rose more than 19 percent from July 2012 to July 2013. The housing market's momentum pushed the county's median sales price up 6.8 percent over the year to $456,000."
TAKE IT SLOW: Don't Rush to Make New Law [Joel Fox]
#CAKEDAY: Happy Birthday to Matt Haney, Jerry Hill, Jonathan Howard, and Nicole Nabulsi!
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Some say they'll get soaked by state's big water cutbacks
Kurtis Alexander @ sfgate.com
Gov. Jerry Brownâs call for mandatory water reductions is not sitting well with some Californians, particularly those in the crosshairs of a sweeping plan to make the stateâs biggest guzzling communities trim the most.
UC Chief Janet Napolitano Recalls Immigrant Roots, Urges Funding Increase
Speaking to a group of fellow Italian American lawyers and judges, University of California President Janet Napolitano this week recounted her own family’s modest immigrant roots and urged Californians to help increase funding higher education so that subsequent and future waves of families can enter the middle class.
Chronicle Watch: Send us your tips about Bay Area water wasters
With a fourth year of drought looming, the state has imposed a handful of restrictions on water use, and many communities have adopted additional conservation rules of their own. Under state regulations, residents face several outdoor watering constraints. Should you see a clear and persistent violation, or just a common-sense abuse of water âÂÂ particularly by a government agency or business that ought to know better âÂÂ send an e-mail us about the case, preferably with a photograph, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doughnut shop owners, developer face campaign-money laundering fines
A Southern California developer and the owners of a Boyle Heights doughnut shop face a combined $90,000 in fines from the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission after acknowledging they improperly funneled contributions to Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar's reelection campaign several years...
House Votes to Repeal Estate Tax
s wealthiest families.
Delay in alerting S.F. police brass about texts could hurt case
A decision by a San Francisco police bureau more than two years ago to shield Police Chief Greg Suhr and other top officials from officersâÂÂ racist and homophobic texts wasnâÂÂt required by a federal court order, a copy of the order shows. The order, which a federal judge issued in March 2012 after the indictment of three city police officers, prohibited the officersâÂÂ lawyers from disclosing certain information in their case, but did not mention the Police Department, phone records or text messages. Suhr reiterated Thursday that he and other Police Department administrators had been denied access to the explosive messages until recently âÂÂ if not by a court order, then by the federal prosecutorâÂÂs office. Federal prosecutors disclosed the texts in a court filing after the convictions in December of two now-dismissed officers, Edmond Robles and Sgt. Ian Furminger, on charges of stealing money and property from drug dealers and crime scenes. The attorney, Ashley Worsham, said Internal Affairs was conducting its own criminal investigation at the time, and kept the messages confidential âÂÂto protect the integrity of the criminal process and insure that no criminal investigation and criminal prosecution was compromised.âÂÂ Asked last week why the Police Department hadnâÂÂt acted sooner, the chief said a âÂÂfederal protective orderâÂÂ had prohibited the Internal Affairs Division from discussing the texts with the rest of the department during the criminal prosecution. The protective order in the criminal case was issued March 12, 2014, a month after a federal grand jury had indicted Robles, Furminger and former Officer Reynaldo Vargas, who later pleaded guilty and testified for the prosecution. The order, signed by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer at the request of U.S. Attorney Melinda HaagâÂÂs office and lawyers for the three officers, prohibited either side in the case from releasing documents that contained personal identifying information âÂÂsuch as Social Security numbers, employment data, addresses, telephone numbers and birth dates,âÂÂ and âÂÂhighly sensitive information such as the identities of confidential informants.âÂÂ âÂÂIf the Police Department had started to take administrative action while the criminal case was going (on) and that would have tipped the scales away from the criminal case where the officers were convicted, the suggestion would have been that the Police Department, either on purpose or through bungling, jeopardized the criminal case,âÂÂ Suhr said. Adachi argues that defense lawyers in cases involving the text-messaging officers were entitled to see the messages as soon as the Internal Affairs Division obtained them, and that their non-disclosure could invalidate many criminal convictions.
For Jeb Bush the Businessman, Lawsuits and Bad Publicity
s nomination for president.
Washington state auditor indicted on 10 federal counts
A federal grand jury has indicted Washington state Auditor Troy X. Kelley on 10 counts, including charges that he filed false tax returns, obstructed a civil lawsuit and possessed stolen property, officials announced Thursday.
Florida Governor to Sue Obama Administration Over Medicaid Expansion
The governor of Florida, Rick Scott, says he plans to sue the federal government for using coercive tactics to get the state to expand Medicaid, a major part of the Affordable Care Act.
House quietly passes tax cut for megadonors
Major contributors like the Koch brothers and Tom Steyer would get a break on gift taxes to secretive non-profit groups.
Rancor Worsens Over Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch
Senate rancor over Lynch nomination for AG is only getting worse