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THE NOONER for August 11, 2015
Today is the one-year anniversary of the suicide death of Robin Williams. It happened when I was in alcohol treatment in Pacific Grove, CA--something I have never hidden, and was told to "Get the F out of here at an AA meeting" at the facility I spent $22,000 for a month of recovery. Williams had a history of drug and alcohol dependence, but his suicide is attributed to his diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease.
Thanks for your patience. Being in this darn neck collar is impeding my sleep and work.
CA46 (Santa Ana): Joe Dunn filed a statement of candidacy for Loretta Sanchez's congressional seat.
BANNED WORDS: Gov. Brown doesn't want California to use this word for immigrants [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - "Gov. Jerry Brown signed a trio of immigration-related measures Monday, including one removing the word "alien" from California's labor code because it is seen as a disparaging term for those not born in the United States."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Fran Pavley aide Chris Chavez!
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Jeremy B. White @ sacbee.com
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Los Angeles County supervisors are poised to decide whether to go forward with a proposed overhaul of three health agencies, the latest in a series of moves to restructure county government since last year's election ushered in a new board majority.
California Education Officials Sued For Records On English Learners | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
Civil rights group says documents should be made public
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L.A. Pushes To Be U.S. Candidate For 2024 Summer Olympics, Projects $4-billion Cost
Los Angeles is close to reaching an agreement with the U.S. Olympic Committee to be America's bidder for the 2024 Summer Games, pledging to host the event at a projected cost of approximately $4 billion and offering a guarantee that the city would cover any financial overruns, officials involved with the bid said Monday.
Lobbyist Jay Dee Michael Dies At 82 | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
He was a top Capitol lobbyist for four decades
Watchdog Issues Campaign Fines In Los Angeles Mayor's Race
Juliet Williams Associated Press @ mercurynews.com
The agency also imposed fines against a campaign that supported Gov. Jerry Brown and a GOP state senator suspected of sending money to help a candidate for Assembly.
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Two State Senators Receive Campaign Finance Violation Fines
Two state senators and a former assemblyman are facing $30,000 in fines from California’s ethics agency for violating campaign finance rules, according to documents released Monday.
Bernie Sanders Picks Up First Major Labor Endorsement | The Sacramento Bee
KEN THOMAS @ sacbee.com
Bernie Sanders picked up his first major labor endorsement from the nation's largest organization of nurses, reflecting the Vermont senator's appeal among unions in his challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Kamala Harris' Office Indicts 32 Long Beach Crips And Associates
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Morrell Bill to Help Active Duty Personnel Complete College Degrees Signed into Law
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Bernie Sanders Gets Endorsement Of Big Nurses Union - San Francisco Chronicle
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Sacramento Planning Commission To Consider Allowing Artificial Turf In Front Yards | The Sacramento Bee
Brenna Lyles @ sacbee.com
City has banned artificial turf in front lawns since 1984
Without Immigration Reform, California Citizenship Will Have To Do
It started with in-state tuition. Then came driver's licenses, new rules designed to limit deportations and state-funded healthcare for children. And on Monday, in a gesture heavy with symbolism, came a new law to erase the word "alien" from California's labor code.
Taking care of California's most vulnerable
Of all the ways the government spends taxpayer dollars, most would agree that these programs, which help people who are truly the least able to care for themselves, should be a priority in the state budget. With $10 billion in unanticipated revenue this year, and a record-setting $265-billion budget, they should have been at the top of the list to receive adequate funding.
Ratepayer Group: Scrap San Onofre Deal | Sandiegouniontribune.com
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