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THE NOONER for December 18, 2015

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

Kensington: Triple-dipper Police Chief Balks At Paying For Health Insurance
But it's Hart's free taxpayer-funded health care -- and how he got it -- that is causing the latest flap in the scandal-plagued upscale East Bay enclave that swore him in as chief with a ceremony replete with Boy Scout honor guard.

GOP Candidates Squabble As Californians Watch From Afar
Capitol Journal: For California voters, if you liked or disliked any of the candidates in Tuesday's GOP debate, there's little you can do about it.

Sacramento To Ask Voters To Extend Parcel Tax For City Libraries | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Lillis @
Ballot measure in June 2016 would extend funding source in place since 2007

Lawyers, Medical Experts Weigh In At Community Meeting Over Porter Ranch Gas Leak
More than 1,500 people gathered in a Porter Ranch church auditorium Thursday evening, where medical experts addressed the possible health effects of a leaking natural gas storage facility and lawyers handed out applications for representation.

Black Student Groups At UC Demand Divestment From Private Prisons
"If we truly believe that #BlackLivesMatter from the hood to the academy, we must stand with our brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins and extended family members who are currently incarcerated or are at a higher risk of incarceration because of their very Blackness," said the news release from the Afrikan Black Coalition, which was founded in 2003 in response to the low admission and retention rates of black students in the research university system.

Group opposed to new Warriors Mission Bay arena files lawsuit
The lawsuit filed late Thursday afternoon charges that UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood overstepped his authority by signing a memorandum in support of the project in exchange for transportation improvements pledged by the city of San Francisco. “California law imposes careful limits on leaders like Chancellor Hawgood and others,” the attorney representing the opponents, Josh Schiller of the firm Boies, Schiller and Flexner, said in a statement released after the lawsuit was filed. The basketball team’s 18,500-seat home would be located off Third Street in the Mission Bay district, one block from the huge UCSF medical center that opened early this year. There has been little political opposition to the proposed development, which received votes of approval this month from the Board of Supervisors, but several large UCSF Mission Bay donors have said the sports and event complex could cause dangerous gridlock. The lawsuit was filed in the name of the opposition group, the Mission Bay Alliance, as well as their consultant Bruce Spaulding and Jennifer Wade, the mother of a child who receives treatments at the children’s hospital in the medical center.

Here's How You Spend $600,000 On 19 Consultants In A Senate Race
Attorney General Kamala Harris at a September event in Los Angeles.

Big Trends Will Affect California Politics | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Births and deaths now account for 75 percent

Critics Say Gov. Brown Isn’t Delivering On Reform At Troubled CpUC | The California Report | Kqed News
Last December, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed a longtime adviser, Michael Picker, to head the California Public Utilities Commission.

Paul: Rubio Should Resign Over Missed Senate Votes - Politico
Paul, as well as fellow presidential contenders Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham and Bernie Sanders all showed up to vote.

California Stem Cell Agency Adopts Spending Plan Aimed At Bringing Cures To Market | The Sacramento Bee
David Jensen @
Agency has five years of spending authority left

Ap Nation / World | Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown - Ap Nation / World
>Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown

Mitch Mcconnell: GOP Election Year Needs 'people Who Can Win' To Keep The Senate - Politico
Diplomats concede the Syrian dictator is unlikely to face war crimes charges any time soon.

Los Angeles Outsources Firefighters Exam, Which Will Now Come With A Price Tag
Members of the Los Angeles Civil Service Commission voted unanimously Thursday to replace the test the city uses to hire new firefighters, the latest change to a selection process that Mayor Eric Garcetti has struggled to reform in his bid to root out nepotism and diversify the department¿s rank and file.

Black Bart Nominee: Newsom Out Front On Tough Issues :: Fox&hounds
There were other people and groups who made important contributions to California this year.

San Bernardino Gunman Planned Bombing And Shooting On 91 Freeway, Records Show
Four years before he launched the San Bernardino massacre, Syed Rizwan Farook and his friend Enrique Marquez hatched an elaborate plot to attack Riverside Community College and the 91 Freeway, according to charges filed Thursday by federal prosecutors.

Actor Mark Ruffalo Hails San Diego, With Spotlight On Climate Plan - Times Of San Diego
Noted by The New York Times and others, the City Council’s unanimous vote also brought cheers from Democratic Rep. Scott Peters and environmental groups.

Customers of clean energy programs hit with fee increase
The California Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to allow a nearly 100 percent price increase on exit fees for customers leaving Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for green energy programs like CleanPowerSF and Marin Clean Energy, which will make those and similar programs more expensive. Many of the programs — where local governments purchase green electricity for their residents, while private utilities own and operate the electrical grid - will be undermined financially by the uptick in price, their officials say. Under the increase, which is effective Jan. 1, customers making the switch to local green energy programs will be face a heftier exit fee. In San Francisco, the proposed exit fee for residents moving to CleanPowerSF would jump by 100.26 percent. Because the city energy program is designed to absorb costs for its customers, it would decrease the program’s revenue by $8.4 million. “Overall, we didn’t convince three commissioners to rule our way on the PCIA,” said Barbara Hale, assistant general manager for power at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The fee helps the power company pay for energy it contracted for when it had more customers, preventing remaining patrons from bearing the brunt of the costs. The fee is influenced by several market factors, including the price of energy, which fluctuates from year to year, said David Rubin, PG&E director of services analyst. “The PCIA is going up because it is based very specifically on the difference between the cost of supplies in our portfolio which are based on contracts we signed several years ago when renewable prices were higher,” Rubin said. Critics say the numbers going into this ‘black box’ prevent outsiders from replicating the formula, and that the increase is another attempt by PG&E to undermine fledgling green energy programs, like Peninsula Clean Energy, which will provide electricity in San Mateo County beginning in August.

Hmo Giant Kaiser Permanente Plans To Open A Medical School In Southern California
Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente wants to open a School of Medicine in Southern California by the fall of 2019.

Dnc Rebukes Sanders Campaign For Improperly Accessing Clinton Data - Politico
The Democratic National Committee has suspended the Bernie Sanders campaign's access to its national voter database.

After More Than A Decade, Consolidating California's Voter Rolls Takes Big Step | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
FILE: A voter casts his vote at a polling station in Pasadena, California, on Nov. 4, 2014. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images