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THE NOONER for July 17, 2015

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

California Assembly OKs Measure To Boost Voter Turnout In City Elections
California cities with low voter turnouts would be required to consolidate their elections with the state elections, under legislation approved Thursday by the state Assembly.

Marijuana Legalization In California: Leading Group Moves To Place Initiative On 2016 Ballot
Jessica Calefati @
Once the marijuana legalization coalition known as ReformCA files its initiative with the state Attorney General's Office, the group can begin gathering the 365,000 valid signatures it will need to put a proposition on the ballot -- something coalition chairwoman Dale Sky Jones says she's confident it can do.

UC San Diego Raises $1 Billion For Research |
UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla attributes the school's success in research to the creativity of the faculty.

Legislature Urges UC Campuses To Condemn Anti-semitism
California lawmakers on Thursday approved a resolution urging University of California campuses to adopt a resolution condemning anti-Semitism.

Lawmakers Revive Measures To Hike Tobacco Age, Regulate E-cigarettes | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Lawmakers hope to accomplish tobacco goals in special session

Governor Brown Signs Legislation

Introduce A Bill And Pay A Fee, Says Proposed Ballot Measure | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Group Sues 13 School Districts For Not Using Test Scores In Teacher Evaluations
An education advocacy group sued 13 California school districts Thursday, claiming that they have ignored a state law requiring teachers’ performance evaluations to include student standardized test scores.

Jeb Bush Hails San Francisco Uber, Doesn't Win Driver's Vote
Zeke Miller @
The Uber driver who picked up Jeb Bush Thursday on a San Francisco street corner doesn’t normally vote and didn’t recognize the Republican frontrunner. But the experience of driving a man who could be President, and talking about it with a reporter, may get him to the polls this year.

House Passes California Drought Bill, But Senate Action Is Unlikely
House Republicans voted Thursday to offer relief to Californians suffering from water shortages as the state’s drought stretches into its fourth year.

Measure To Boost Voter Turnout Among Bills Advanced In State Legislature
Lawmakers on Thursday advanced a proposal to require cities with low voter participation to consolidate their elections with the state elections, an effort to bolster civic engagement in some local contests.

Bill Inspired By Orinda Second Grader Heads To Governor's Desk
The state Assembly unanimously approved Senate Bill 200 on Thursday that would ensure that children of live-in workers, such as nannies, caregivers and gardeners, can attend local schools where their parents live and work a majority of the workweek. The bill now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown.

California Assembly OKs Warnings For Airbnb-type Rentals | The Sacramento Bee
Legislation advancing in California would require short-term rental housing websites including Airbnb to warn users they may be violating their leases.

Huffington Post's politics team won't cover Trump's campaign
Earlier this month, while political news organizations were wrestling with the rise of Donald Trump, Washington Post senior politics editor Steven Ginsberg offered a philosophy: "In my view, making decisions solely according to who may win the nomination is the worst way to cover a presidential election," he said. "A whole lot happens on the way to the nomination and you can't explain what's happening with the candidates or the country without being on top of all of it."

Why Brown Lawns Are No Drought Panacea
Unfortunately, these piecemeal reforms will not make the grass greener or the government leaner in California or Sacramento. When Democratic lawmakers cease prioritizing fish ahead of farmers and plants ahead of people, and when Brown gives up his plans for the multibillion-dollar bullet train and invests in water storage and navigation systems, then he will have something to take pride in.

Fewer Released Felons Returning To California Prisons | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Murderers least likely to go behind bars again

Peters, Issa Clash Over Calif. Water Bill In House - Times Of San Diego
Rep. Darrell Issa and other Congressional Republicans Thursday successfully navigated a controversial new water bill through the U.S. House of Representatives despite vocal opposition from House Democrats, among them Rep. Scott Peters.

First Draft: Today in Politics: Organizers Build Up Events in Iowa, and the Candidates Come
The Iowa caucuses are more than six months away, but party activists in the state will get the chance to size up several Republican presidential candidates at one time this weekend.

Harris Leads Money Race, But Poor Republicans Could Propel Sanchez | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Kamala Harris has nearly $3 million, tripling Loretta Sanchez

California goes after water district that took state to court
A week after a small water district just outside the Bay Area won a legal victory against California’s strong push for water conservation, the state ordered the same district Thursday to stop pumping river water to farmers, making it the first target of disciplinary action under the drought-driven crackdown. The cease-and-desist order sent to the West Side Irrigation District in Tracy, which threatened fines of up to $10,000 a day, marked a significant escalation in pressure on holders of historic water rights who are now being cut off. [...] Thursday, state officials had merely warned about 4,600 farms, irrigation agencies and communities that their rights to California waterways were too junior to continue their draws — and no enforcement steps had been taken. A Sacramento Superior Court judge agreed with the districts that the state — by ordering cuts and threatening fines — didn’t provide farmers their due process rights to contest the directive. By using cease-and-desist orders, officials said, water rights holders accused of unauthorized pumping will be given the opportunity to defend themselves before being assessed penalties. Water board officials said they are acting under the state’s broader authority to cut off junior water rights holders when supplies for more senior users are threatened. [...] he said, the district has continued to pump, but only runoff from irrigated fields so it can be recycled.