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THE NOONER for May 4, 2015




DEFENSE!  Republicans add Californians to list of its vulnerable House members [Jean Merl @ LAT] - "The National Republican Congressional Committee on Friday named Reps. Stephen Knight (R-Palmdale) and Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) to its Patriot Program. The program gives added attention, including fundraising help, to reelection campaigns in districts most likely to flip to the Democratic column in 2016."

DOUBLE-X FACTOR: Why Don't More Women Run For Office? [Cathleen Decker @ LAT- "It's complicated, said pollster Christine Matthews, the president of Bellwether Research and a partner in Burning Glass, a Virginia-based consulting firm that works to elect Republican women. Among the plausible causes for the dearth of women: the overwhelming scrutiny, the complicated logistics, the demands of fundraising, the innate nastiness of today's politics. And, the big one, the pressure women put on themselves to be perfect at everything."

H2NO: Dams & reservoirs: The 'dinosaurs' of CA water storage? [Chris Nichols @ UTSD] - "The construction of dams and reservoirs has slowed dramatically in California over the past 40 years due to stronger environmental regulations, the lack of remaining suitable sites and growing momentum for more cost-effective methods of storing water."

DIVERSIFY: California tribes bulk up on amenities to attract casino customers [OCR] - "The amenities also are designed to generate more profit from each customer’s visit and create new revenue streams that could shield tribes from threats to the long-established tribal-gaming monopoly in the state, threats that include the possible legalization of online gaming and increased competition from card rooms and racetracks in California."

SURF'S UP: Waves could top 15 feet in Newport Beach this weekend [Jeremiah Dobruk @ LAT] - "A large storm hundreds of miles to the south, typically not seen until midsummer, is expected to create the potentially dangerous conditions along the coast, according to lifeguard Capt. Jon Mitchell."

Will demon sheep be back?

#CAKEDAY: Happy Birthday to Jim Frazier and Matthew Hargrove!





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Candidates Get Early Start For State Senate Race - The Orange County Register
It typically takes a high-profile race like those to replace termed-out President Barack Obama or retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer to make headlines more than a year before the primary. But candidates in down-ticket races have begun staking out their territory as well.

Budget Surplus, Prop. 30 Sunset Lead Tax Reform Talks :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Tom Chorneau @
The effort comes as two budget questions are being considered in and around the Capitol that might help drive a deeper look at how California raises and spends tax revenue.

Opinion: Power Moves Back And Forth From Capital As California Reconfigures Government
Dan Walters @
Since becoming governor for the second time, Jerry Brown has preached the virtues of what he calls “subsidiarity” – reversing the concentration of governmental finances in Sacramento that began when he was governor the first time.

Sacramento Report: What the Hell Are We Doing?
Assemblywoman Shirley Weber during last Wednesday's education committee hearing: "If we are not about improving the lives of children, then what the hell are we doing? … What am I going to do after 40 years of working in a system I am frustrated by? Just go along to get along?"

Health Care: Illegal Immigrants Would Get Medi-cal Under California Bill
Like many of the state's 2.5 million illegal immigrants, Gonzalez does not have health insurance because he can't afford it. If he gets sick, he seeks treatment at a public health clinic. Anything more serious means a trip to the hospital emergency room.

Bill Inspired By Orinda Elementary School Student Passes Senate
Senate Bill 200 -- inspired by this newspaper's reports on an Orinda elementary school student who was at first determined to be living outside her district boundaries -- would update state school residency laws to ensure live-in workers, such as nannies, caregivers, maids and gardeners whose children live with them could attend school in that district.

California 'Automatic IRA'; Study Part Of Big Trend
Ed Mendel @
A quest to help workers save for retirement begun by Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, seven years ago may finally have entered the home stretch of a long journey.

Dams & Reservoirs: The 'Dinosaurs' Of California Water Storage?
Chris Nichols @
With dead almond trees propped on the Capitol steps and school children clutching signs that read “We need water. Build storage now!”, advocates for new dams and reservoirs in California offered a striking set of visuals in Sacramento last week.

Tenants In Building Cited For Housing Violations Settle For $2 Million
Laura J. Nelson @
Tenants who lived in a Los Angeles apartment building that was repeatedly cited for health and housing violations have settled a negligence lawsuit with their property manager for more than $2 million.

Ben Carson on the Issues
An acknowledged novice on foreign affairs, the retired doctor has staked out stronger positions on health care, immigration and same-sex marriage.

Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson Join GOP Presidential Field
Kurtis Lee @
The field of Republican presidential candidates has increased -- and grown more diverse -- as Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson announced what will be long-shot bids for the White House.

Carly Fiorina Announces 2016 Presidential Campaign
Carly Fiorina, a former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, used her private-sector background to differentiate herself in a packed Republican field.

Dozens Of Agencies Seek To Alter Reports On How Much Water Residents Used | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Phillip Reese @
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.

Carly Fiorina: 'Yes, I am running for president'
Carly Fiorina becomes the latest entrant in an increasingly crowded field of candidates.

'Tired Of Prayer Vigils': California Debates 20 Bills Aimed At Police Force
Melanie Mason @
As last week's protests in Baltimore renewed the national debate on the use of force by police, California lawmakers have been grappling with how to address the fractured relationship between law enforcement and minority communities.

Senators Patricia Bates and Joel Anderson Urge State Water Board to Account for San Diego County's Drought Actions
San Diego County, which is represented in part by Bates and Anderson, has been developing drought-proof local water supplies to support the local economy and reduce dependence on outside sources. Modifying the final regulations would provide a greater emphasis on local water supply development. A modification would also support manufacturing jobs, which would be severely threatened by additional across-the-bard water cuts that do not recognize the drought measures that have already been done in the region.

Carly Fiorina's campaign attacked after not securing domain name
"Carly Fiorina failed to register this domain," the website states.

Venture Capitalist Tim Draper Takes Another Swing At Reform
Maybe the third time will be the charm for Tim Draper. He already has swung twice and missed.

News Analysis: Campaign Coverage via Snapchat Could Shake Up the 2016 Elections
s fastest-growing smartphone app, had hired a political reporter for CNN to lead its nascent news division.

Uber And Lyft Face Legal Test To Sharing Economy
Howard Mintz @
But scratch the surface, and both Cotter and Correia represent something else to a booming sector of the new tech economy -- a dark cloud over the very business model that has propelled a seemingly simple smartphone app service such as Uber into a Silicon Valley colossus now valued at more than $40 billion.

Electronic record errors growing issue in lawsuits
Medical errors that can be traced to the automation of the U.S. health care system are increasingly an issue in medical malpractice lawsuits.

Carly Fiorina on the Issues
Gerry Mullany @
Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, announced her candidacy Monday for the Republican presidential nomination, saying her experience running a major multinational corporation shaped her views on everything from foreign affairs to the economy. Here is a look at where she stands on some of the major issues of the 2016 campaign.

LAUSD Coaches Work For Less Than Minimum Wage, Panel Hears
Eric Sondheimer @
After hearing an overview of the state of athletic programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District , audience members at a presentation to a Board of Education panel didn't know whether to laugh or cry.