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THE NOONER for May 20, 2015

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

Analyst Predicts California Revenue Will Exceed Revised Budget Estimate By $3 Billion | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
LAO expects state to get more capital gains income

L.A. City Council Approves Increase In City's Minimum Wage To $15 By 2020
The Los Angeles City Council tentatively agreed Tuesday to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, joining a trend sweeping cities across the country as elected leaders seek to address stagnating pay for workers on the lowest rungs of the socio-economic ladder.

SF voters to decide on city employee parental leave this fall
The amendment, which will go before voters on the November ballot, would make San Francisco’s already landmark paid parental leave benefits even more expansive. Tang wants to amend the law to allow city workers to maintain one week of sick leave and to give everyone the full 12 week benefit regardless of whether their partner also works for the city. Of the roughly 378 employees who do every year, a majority of them take just four weeks of paid leave, said Micki Callahan, city director of human resources. In January, President Obama announced a six-week paid leave program for federal workers. [...] on Tuesday, the Supervisors unanimously passed legislation limiting where real estate companies, insurance brokers and other title companies can operate in the Castro, Noe Valley and Upper Market neighborhoods. The goal is to keep such companies out of ground-floor level property in commercial districts and instead fill them with shops and restaurants that draw in customers and are open later than 5 p.m. The measure expands on interim controls first passed in 2013.

Steve Glazer wins East Bay Senate seat over Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla
In a battle between two Democrats, Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer was elected Tuesday to the state Senate in a special election against Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla of Concord for a seat representing the East Bay.

Lake Mission Viejo May Soon Be Filled With Purified Recycled Water
The group that operates a private lake in Orange County has proposed building a $5-million purification facility so it can begin using recycled water instead of the potable supplies it has relied on for decades.

Sac City Council Rethinks Measure U Reserve -
The Sacramento City Council is asking for a new plan to spend more Measure U sales tax revenues on immediate parks, police, and fire department needs and less on a reserve fund. That's a turnaround from last week, when the City Council approved a plan that would set aside enough Measure U money each year to ease the transition when the sales tax increase expires in 2019. Dawn Holm with the Finance Department says the city manager's budget proposal includes an increase of $11 million in Measure U money for the fiscal year that starts in July. "One thing we've learned since adding Measure U and all of the positions we've added in the past, we didn't quite add enough spots to deal with the increased demand of our summer programs, our teen hot spots and our community centers."Holm says about 40-percent of the new money -$4.7 million would go to city operations - including nearly 27 more parks and recreation maintenance workers.The city has also proposed spending $4 million in Measure U funds for new fire stations, a million dollars for a young-minorities hiring program, and half-a-million dollars for police department overtime.Voters approved Measure U's half-cent sales-tax increase in 2012 to restore city services that were lost during the recession. The city has proposed spending $42 million dollars in Measure U funds this year.

Happy Rockefeller, Whose Marriage to Governor Scandalized Voters, Dies at 88
Her marriage to Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York, soon after both had been divorced, raised a political storm in a more genteel time and may have cost him the Republican presidential nomination in 1964.

Ufw Dealt Big Setback By Judges | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
2002 mediation law declared unconstitutional

Two Challengers Lead In Early L.A. Unified Board Of Education Returns
In early election returns Tuesday night, two challengers surged to preliminary leads in contests for the Los Angeles Board of Education . 

Amid Clinton cash controversy, House votes to cut ex-presidents' pensions
There was no direct mention of Clinton during the discussion by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Richard Mountjoy, GOP Legislator, Dies At 83 | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
He served in the Legislature for 22 years

Gallup: Support for same-sex marriage at all-time high
Sixty percent of Americans now support legally recognized same-sex marriages.

California Farmers Propose Voluntary Cuts | The Sacramento Bee
Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta are proposing voluntarily cutting their water use to avoid even harsher restrictions later this summer as the state's record drought continues.

L.A. City Hall Outsider Ryu Wins City Council Race
Los Angeles City Council candidate David Ryu defeated his rival in the contest to replace Councilman Tom LaBonge in a sprawling district that includes Los Feliz, Hancock Park and Sherman Oaks.

Poll: Republican voters happy with 2016 options
Fifty-seven percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning voters surveyed in a new poll say they have good or even "excellent" impressions of their party's presidential candidates.

Sacramento Ballet Cancels Performances, Lays Off Dancers For Final Three Weeks Of Season | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Lillis @
Organization lays off all of its dancers

California Medical Association Drops Opposition To Aid-in-dying Legislation - Vc-star
Timm Herdt @
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First Draft: Republicans Continue to Lurch Right on Immigration
Some Republican presidential candidates in 2016, whose party had said they would try to tackle the issue of immigration reform so as to not risk alienating Hispanic voters, have not softened their stance.

Cal State budget not enough to boost graduation speed, officials say
California State University is standing in a budget hole of nearly half a billion dollars compared with pre-recession funding, threatening the system's long-term goals of hiring hundreds more faculty and substantially improving students' time to graduation, officials said Tuesday.