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THE NOONER for April 28, 2015

It's noon. It's time for a break. Here's what people are reading on aroundthecapitol.com today:

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Justice Kennedy's Long Road From Sacramento To Landmark Gay Marriage Case
latimes.com
Anthony M. Kennedy was a 44-year-old appeals court judge in Sacramento — a Republican appointee and happily-married Catholic — when he first confronted the question of whether the Constitution protected the rights of gays and lesbians.

Union Group Submits 2016 Initiative To Boost California’s Minimum Wage | Faultlines | Kqed News
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Take the swirling politics over wages and income inequality, add in a healthy dose of expectations about the size and ideology of California’s 2016 electorate, and you’ve got the perfect recipe — in the minds of some — for voters to boost the state’s minimum wage via a ballot initiative.

Gavin Newsom In Dc For Scotus Marriage Cases
ibabuzz.com
By Josh Richman Monday, April 27th, 2015 at 5:09 pm in Gavin Newsom, Lt. Governor, same-sex marriage.

California's Automatic Voter Registration Bill Advances
latimes.com
A proposal to automatically register Californians to vote when they get a driver’s license was approved Monday by a state Assembly panel after Secretary of State Alex Padilla noted there are about 6.7 million state residents who are eligible but not registered.

Assembly Panel Kills Republican Bill To Speed Dam Construction | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
sacbee.com
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Reaching High Conservation Rate May Be Difficult For Sacramento Area - Capradio.org
capradio.org
Proposed regulations from the State Water Resources Control Board would require more than a dozen local water suppliers to conserve 32-percent or more. For the most part, those agencies have used education to get people to conserve.

Justices to Hear Arguments on Constitutionality of Same-Sex Marriage
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s session is the last public step before a decision, expected in June, on whether there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

Grass-roots Campaign To Make Kids, Education Top Priority
latimes.com
A new children's advocacy group on Monday launched a multimillion-dollar grass-roots campaign to improve health, education and access to technology for youngsters in California and across the nation.

Official Claims Bad Blood With Union Boss Bred West Coast Port Crisis
latimes.com
A lawsuit filed last month in Los Angeles Superior Court offers a vividly detailed picture of the obscure waterfront politics that brought Pacific Rim commerce to its knees for several tense weeks earlier this year.

Republicans in House and Senate Agree on a Budget
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The budget would cut education and entitlement programs like Medicare and ease the legislative process to end the Affordable Care Act.

Senate Public Safety Committee to Consider Senator Patricia Bates' Bill to Send Sex Offenders Who Remove GPS Devices Back to Prison
bates.cssrc.us
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) will present her bill to create a felony penalty for convicted sex offenders who remove or disable their GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking device to the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, April 28, at 9 a.m., in State Capitol Room 3191.

Police investigating swastikas at Stanford University as hate crime
sfgate.com
Someone painted swastikas and a pentagram on the Stanford University campus over the weekend in what university officials are calling a hate crime. Students discovered the Nazi symbol and pentagram early Sunday at several student residences, including the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and Casa Italiana. The campus has recently been debating anti-Semitism after the undergraduate student Senate in February took a position favoring divestment from “corporations identified as complicit in human rights abuses in Israel and Palestine,” and recently questioned a Jewish student senator about her views on divestment. The Stanford Review newspaper quoted the student who found the swastikas — identifying him only as the president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity — as saying, “We have no reason to believe this was targeted toward any particular Jewish student in SAE.” Hennessy said the incident “will be fully investigated, both by campus police and by the university under our Acts of Intolerance Protocol.”

Attendance Rates Set To Become Federal Benchmark :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Tom Chorneau @
cabinetreport.com
A proposal set to go before the State Board of Education next week, calls on local educational agencies to meet a target attendance benchmark – probably between 90-to-95 percent – or face intervention sanctions as prescribed by the No Child Left Behind Act.

Senator Gaines' Lake Tahoe Good Neighbor Tuition Bill Passes Out Of Committee
gaines.cssrc.us
Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills) announced today that his Senate Bill 605, which would establish a good neighbor tuition policy with students in Nevada, passed out of the Senate Committee on Education with unanimous, bipartisan support and is now on its way to the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Laura Burton Capps Not Running For Congress
independent.com
Laura Burton Capps, who is the daughter of retiring Rep. Lois Capps and who has many years of D.C. communications and policy experience, announced on Monday that she won’t be running for her mom’s seat, after much speculation. Other Democrats vying to succeed Capps in 2016 are First District County Supervisor Salud Carbajal and Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider. Republicans in the running are State Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian and businessman Justin Fareed.

Judge Won't Delay Order On Inmate Sex Reassignment Surgery | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
DON THOMPSON @
sacbee.com
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Judge Rejects Injunction Request In Taxi Lawsuit | Utsandiego.com
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Big Water Buys To Ease East Bay Drought Shortages
contracostatimes.com
The East Bay Municipal Utility District board on Tuesday will consider authorizing purchase of up to 21,000 acre feet of water from three Northern California suppliers with water to spare. The purchase would amount to about a one-month supply for EBMUD's 1.3 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Amid California Drought, Republicans Want Faster Reservoir Construction
latimes.com
Standing next to dead almond trees on the Capitol steps on Monday, Republican lawmakers and farmers pushed to expedite the construction of new reservoirs during the drought.

New Lawsuit Seeks To Force San Francisco To Drain, Restore Hetch Hetchy | News Fix | Kqed News
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Activists have launched a new round in their long-running campaign to restore Yosemite National Park’s Hetch Hetchy Valley to its natural condition by draining the reservoir that serves San Francisco and most of the Peninsula.

Burnt Mac And Cheese Forces Evacuation Of State Capitol | Thehill
Judy Kurtz @
thehill.com
A cheesy culprit is to blame for an evacuation of the Iowa State Capitol: burnt Easy Mac.

Students Express Anger After Abrupt Closure Of Heald, Corinthian Colleges | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Loretta Kalb @
sacbee.com
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