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THE NOONER for June 15, 2015




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Gov. Jerry Brown Pushes Budget Measure To Consolidate Water Agencies | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
Proposal is meant to improve access to clean water in California

Labor Ponders How Hard To Punish Democrats Who Back Trade Measures
Organized labor suffered an embarrassing loss in California last month when a defiant Democrat it had targeted for years easily won a state Senate seat over a union-preferred candidate. So it reveled in Friday's victory over President Obama on a trade measure that inspired a battle for the votes of Democratic House members.

Proposal To Mail Ballots To All Voters Targets Low Turnout In California - The Orange County Register
The latest Sacramento proposal to spur voter turnout would radically reduce the number of polling places and would send ballots to every registered voter. Voters could then mail them back, drop them off or vote at one of the remaining polling places

Opinion: Torlakson Green-lights Teacher Pay Raises For Union Allies | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Department of Education official said probably not

California Lawmakers To Vote On $117.5b Budget Without Gov. Brown’s Sign-off
Today's high

Gov. Brown Preaches Adaptation But Ducks Big Fights
 Gov. Jerry Brown speaks passionately about how humans — Californians specifically — must adapt to changing conditions or become extinct. Hopefully he is listening to himself.

The Same-Sex Marriage Decision: Whatâ
If the Supreme Court rules for same-sex marriage, gay spouses will benefit in terms of taxes, estate planning, federal benefits and medical decision making.

Ex-campaign Worker Admits Lying About San Diego Congressional Candidate
In 2014, the national Republican Party was confident that it could defeat a Democratic congressman from San Diego.

Talks, hearings and earlier opinions are scoured for hints about how the Supreme Court will rule this month on same-sex marriage and the health care law.

Man Dodges Jury Duty By Wearing Prison Garb | New York Post
Associated Press @
James Lowe of Barnet says he was released from jury duty Tuesday when he showed up wearing black and white striped prison wear with a matching beanie on his head.

Clinton Distances Herself From Obama On Trade | The Sacramento Bee
Hillary Rodham Clinton is distancing herself from President Barack Obama over a contentious trade proposal, encouraging the president to address concerns raised by congressional Democrats and negotiate a better deal with 11 Pacific Rim nations.

State Lawmakers Set To Approve Budget With Increased Spending
The Legislature is expected to approve a budget Monday that bets on California's economy to continue growing and sets the stage for higher state spending in coming years.

Bush Still With Much To Prove In Leaderless GOP 2016 Race | The Sacramento Bee
When Jeb Bush finally says on Monday that he's running for president, he'll begin the campaign with much to prove.

California Electric Bill Shock: Private Firms Charge Way More Than Public Utilities
In Sacramento, a family using 500 kilowatt hours of electricity last October was charged $58. Customers in Los Angeles, also served by a public utility district, paid $79.

In reversal, Sacramento County wants to restore clinic access to immigrants
Facing a $55-million deficit during the Great Recession, Sacramento County officials made a choice: To save money, they would close their free health clinics to people who entered the country illegally.

Stanford graduate finally attends diploma ceremony â
Back in 1954 when Bonnie “Chuck” Gould earned his master’s degree in education from Stanford University, he was a decorated World War II veteran, a young father of four, and already busy teaching elementary school. Walking some stage to pick up his sheepskin seemed trivial compared to the rest of life. Sporting the black cap and gown he passed up 61 years ago, Gould joined 208 other graduates as they walked the commencement stage for the Stanford’s Graduate School of Education. Back when he earned his master’s, there would have been four young children and a wife cheering him on — but now, after a full lifetime of producing what became six children, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, he had a huge crowd or relatives crying and clapping — with the entire graduating class giving him a standing, yelling ovation. [...] sitting front row, was his wife of 71 years, watching with a smile that reflected decades of pride, love and delayed gratification. “I tried to get him to go to this all those years ago, but we had the children and he had the work and he was so devoted,” Margaret Gould said as he watched him slowly but firmly stride across the stage. [...] after having retired from a 46-year career as elementary and middle-school school teacher, coach, principal and superintendent of the Redwood City School District, that piece of paper is instead an emblem of a life well conducted in the service of educating children. The actual diploma had been sitting for many years in the Gould’s family home — in Palo Alto, and then in Union City when the couple moved there a few years ago — buried in boxes in a spare room. Sturgis started her research last fall with his Navy service in World War II, where as a lieutenant he directed ship fire with the Army’s 77th Division in the Pacific — and wound up at the unusually brutal Battle of Okinawa. Born in Savona, N.Y., Gould worked on the family farm but always wanted to be a teacher, so he earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Taylor University in Indiana. [...] he loved the university so much he worked the ticket booth at the football games and raved about the school for all of his life to his kids. “Dad never mentioned the fact that he didn’t go to his own graduation ceremony, but he always made a big deal out of education and how much he loved Stanford,” said daughter Wendy Gould Miller, 53, of Palo Alto. “When Crystal called us and asked, ‘Would it be possible for my grandfather to graduate?’ of course we instantly said yes,” said Eamonn Callan, who as associate dean of student services has been calling out the names of the education school’s graduates for 11 years. “To have someone who’s had such a remarkable career and who contributed so much locally — well, it was a no-brainer that we would want to celebrate him,” Callan said. Gould kept a straight, solemn face as he did his long-awaited walk and fetched his diploma envelope and a hug from the dean.

Wanted for genocide, Sudan's president barred from leaving South Africa
s government faced embarrassment Sunday when a court ordered authorities to prevent the president of Sudan from leaving the country after an African Union summit, even though the government had promised immunity to all summit participants.

Proposed Legislation Would Grant High School Rodeo Riders Pe Credit | Edsource
Madison Baute, 14, from Agua Dulce, barrel racing on her horse, Dash. She would like to receive physical education credit for the time she spends training.

Clinton campaign kicks off amid boiling press frustrations
Dylan Byers @
Less than 48 hours out from its formal launch, the Hillary Clinton campaign has twice managed to anger the traveling press corps by denying access to the candidate.

Sudanese President Flees South Africa As Court Issues Order For His Arrest
As South Africa’s High Court ordered the arrest of Sudan's president on genocide charges, a South African government lawyer admitted he had been allowed to flee the country.

John Carroll, Editor Who Led L.A. Times To 13 Pulitzers, Dies At 73
Barely a week before the 2003 recall election that targeted California's governor, a team of Los Angeles Times journalists led by Editor John S. Carroll put the finishing touches on a story that they knew could be a tinderbox.

Clinton Campaign Gets Into Another Scuffle With The Press Corps
Hillary Rodham Clinton's long-frosty relationship with the media hit another icy patch in New Hampshire on Monday when campaign officials told major news organizations that certain reporters were not welcome at the candidate’s events.

Hillary Clintonâ
An emerging campaign theme is a way not only to appeal to the middle class but also to convey that when it comes to political combat, Hillary Rodham Clinton is not President Obama..

Why The $15 Minimum Wage Got My 'no' Vote
On June 10, I cast the City Council 's lone “no” vote on the $15-an-hour minimum wage proposal. While everyone agrees that there is genuine poverty in the city of Los Angeles, no wage increase can be high enough to offset the effect of job loss or reduced working hours that will result from a remedy that puts the complete burden on the backs of business.