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THE NOONER for December 15, 2015

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

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
California Ballot Measure Would Broaden Conservation Water Rates | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
sacbee.com
Proponents say it would encourage water conservation

Proposed Ballot Measure Could Re-establish Tiered Water Pricing
latimes.com
A coalition of cities, counties and water agencies filed a proposed ballot measure Monday that would allow water providers to re-establish so-called tiered pricing as a means of encouraging conservation.

Passions in overdrive on plan to allow rolling stops for bikes
sfgate.com
Passions in overdrive on plan to allow rolling stops for bikes In a city coping with an affordability crisis and growing homeless problem, it may seem surprising that one of the most heated political battles of the year centers on how bicyclists stop at stop signs. Supervisor John Avalos’ proposed ordinance allowing bicyclists to roll through stop signs — instead of coming to a full stop — has generated a mass petition drive by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to support it and a rare veto threat by Mayor Ed Lee. The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the legislation Tuesday, and it is still two votes short of the eight needed to override that veto. “Given that stop signs are there for a reason and people have gotten killed at intersections, it’s not trivial,” said John J. Pitney Jr., a professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College. The legislation has also generated an almost philosophical debate about who is squandering more time: the police who are ticketing bicyclists, the supervisors who are trying to legislate bike traffic laws, or the mayor who is expending political will by threatening a veto. The police continue to give out tickets to bicyclists along the popular Wiggle route between Market Street and the Panhandle. [...] this police officer took 15 minutes to give me a ticket. Judging by petition signatures, stories like Sostek’s have made getting the ordinance passed the second most popular campaign in the 40-year history of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, said spokesman Chris Cassidy. The most popular was its opposition to a proposal to charge pedestrians and bicyclists for crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. Opposing the legislation are the mayor, the Mayor’s Office on Disability, the Department of Public Health, the Police Department, the Municipal Transportation Agency and some pedestrian safety advocates. With just one study done on the impact of the rolling stop — in 2010, on an Idaho law — there are little hard data to back up either side’s contention that the ordinance would improve or harm safety on the streets. “I fear the passage of this ordinance will come at a high cost to pedestrians, disabled people and seniors,” Supervisor Malia Cohen said at the hearing.

CalPERS Is Set To Change Private Equity Policy
latimes.com
CalPERS proposes stripping private equity return goal from its written policy objectives.

Sacramento Clergy, Law Enforcement Gather To Support Muslims | The Sacramento Bee
Stephen Magagnini @
sacbee.com
By Stephen Magagnini

Paul Ryan Tells Gop: Budget Deal A Partial Victory - Politico
politico.com
In a POLITICO interview, the Senate leader says he wants to demonstrate to voters that they can trust an all-GOP government.

California GOP Makes Rare Plea For More Spending | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
Republicans usually critical of social services spending

Rep. Loretta Sanchez: 'i've Never Attacked Muslims'
latimes.com
The Orange County congressman said she is not among the politicians attacking Muslims in the wake of the San Bernardino terror shootings.

Doctors Call For End To 20-year Ban On Gun Violence Research | State Of Health | Kqed News
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Harrison Alter is an emergency room doctor at Highland Hospital in Oakland. He sees about one to two gun injuries every shift he works.

Loretta Sanchez Defends Remarks About Muslims And Terror | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
sacbee.com
Sanchez says comments based on expert research

Donald Trump's Proposed Ban On Muslim Immigrants Could Be Legal, Scholars Say
latimes.com
Donald Trump's attention-getting proposal for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” struck many as blatantly unconstitutional because it discriminates against a class of people based on religion and punishes even those who have done nothing wrong.

California Would Be Biggest Loser If Aca Is Repealed - California Health Report
Daniel Weintraub @
calhealthreport.org
By Daniel Weintraub

Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti Announces Support For Higher Water Rates
latimes.com
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti walks with Department of Water and Power officials at an Arleta facility.

E.P.A. Broke the Law by Using Social Media to Push Water Rule, Auditor Finds
rss.nytimes.com
The agency essentially became lobbyists for its clean-water cause by including links that directed people to advocacy organizations, the Government Accountability Office ruled.

Background Checks, No-fly-list Gun Ban Debated At Tense Sacramento Hearing | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
sacbee.com
Rep. Mike Thompson convenes federal hearing in California Capitol

Playback: If Elected, Trump Would Be Healthiest President Of All Time - Politico
politico.com
Bernie Sanders has pulled an ad off of his website, after his campaign felt it veered into the 'gray area' of negativity.

Fertilized Salmon Eggs Injected Into Feather River To Boost Fish Population - Capradio.org
capradio.org
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L.A. Lawmaker Has 'sticker Shock' Over Possible Staffing Costs For LAPD Body Cameras
latimes.com
Officer Jim Stover demonstrated the use of a body camera at the LAPD's Mission Division in August.

Autographs, basketball and a lot of prayer: What the GOP candidates have been up to since the last debate
politico.com
The Republican presidential candidates will take the stage Tuesday night for their fifth debate of the campaign season. In the month since they last debated, they've kept up appearances on the trail — at rallies, town halls and even a college football game.