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THE NOONER for July 7, 2015

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

Lawmaker Puts Brakes On Motorcycle Lane-splitting Bill | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, will pursue bill in 2016

California Assembly Votes To Strengthen Law Protecting Sexually Abused Students
The California Assembly voted Monday to close a loophole that last year allowed the Los Angeles school district to avoid penalties in a civil case involving a 14-year-old student who said she was sexually assaulted by a teacher.

City Will Keep Filling Lake With Tap Water |
City officials plan to go on pumping millions of gallons of drinking water into Chollas Lake, saying the ecology of the area helps balance out the need to save water. [U-T file]

Latino Media Double Down On Immigration Advocacy, And GOP Candidates Aren't Pleased
When the nation's largest Spanish-language television network cut ties just over a week ago with Donald Trump, Univision executives said they were acting out of "a responsibility to speak up for the community we serve."

Kate Steinle Shooting Opens Can Of Worms On San Francisco Immigration Policy | News Fix | Kqed News
Just what you were looking for: The intersection of a horrific tragedy, the perpetual immigration debate, San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, and the presidential ambitions of Donald Trump.

2 New Warrants Served In CpUC Case |
California Public Utilities Commission headquarters in San Francisco has been served with a new set of search warrants. [Mel/Flickr]

California Urged To Return $331 Million Meant For Homeowners - Sfgate
FILE - In this July 2, 2008, file photo a foreclosed home is seen for sale in Sacramento, Calif. Several California lawmakers and community assistance groups are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to repay more than $331 million in funds intended to help homeowners struggling with foreclosures that the state siphoned off to help deal with its budget crisis.

How Bad Is The California State Building Where You Work? | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Some office structures lack fire sprinklers, contain hazardous materials, suffer from leaks

Official Website - Assemblymember Mike Gatto Representing The 43rd California Assembly District
SACRAMENTO, CA – “I am canceling next week's hearing of my Assembly Bill 9.  I believe this is the right thing to do at this point because there is no consensus on the issue yet.  My bill has an "urgency" clause, and thus it can be resuscitated at any time.

Can A Startup Transform Health Care In California’s Lake County? | Kqed Future Of You | Kqed Science A group of tech entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley has taken on a huge task — trying to transform an entire community’s health status in five places across the country, in just five years.

Trump Takes On Mexican Government In Latest Comments On Immigrants
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump  clarified his campaign launch speech in which he accused Mexican immigrants of being rapists, saying Monday that he blamed the Mexican government, not the “fabulous” Mexican people, for sending criminals across the border.

Jerry Brown Signs Protection For Pot Smokers Seeking Organ Transplants | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Bill prohibits denying transplants based solely on medical marijuana use

GOP A Player Again In Special Sessions :: Fox&hounds
Given the need for Republican votes for tax plans, Republicans are in the middle of the debate and can offer savings ideas and plans re-directing current revenues that cannot easily be dismissed by the majority. If the GOP simply gave in to raising taxes then the issue of Democrats needing a supermajority is moot. Republicans will use their leverage to be deeply engaged in any solutions.

How To Get A State Job: Getting Past Classifications | The Sacramento Bee
Andrew Holzman @
Learning the language is the first step

What Would Jesus Say About Same-sex Marriage?
Amid all of the overheated rhetoric surrounding the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriages across the nation, evangelicals have alternated between defiance and a kind of martyrdom.

White House On Sf Killing: GOP “blocked” Immigration Reform - Politics Blog
White House press secretary Josh Earnest was asked Monday in the press briefing about the murder of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco, and whether the case of accused killer Francisco Sanchez, an un...

Apps Help Farmers With Efficiency During The Drought -
As the drought continues and the weather heats up, California farmers are grappling with how to allocate dwindling water supplies.

Huff Welcomes New Mexican Consul General to Sacramento
Senator Huff extends a warm State Senate welcome to Consult General Alejandra Garcia Williams.

First Draft: Carly Fiorina Reports Raising $1.4 Million for Campaign
s campaign sought to demonstrate that her candidacy is gaining momentum in other areas such as endorsements and polling.