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THE NOONER for January 1, 2016

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

New California Laws Mandate Vaccinations For Schoolchildren, Boost Minimum Wage To $10
Jessica Calefati and Lisa M. Krieger @
State lawmakers passed the minimum wage hike in 2013, raising it to $9 in July 2014 and $10 beginning Jan. 1. The other changes are required under more than 700 bills signed into law this past year by Gov. Jerry Brown on everything from gun control to mattress recycling to sex education.

What Happened In California Politics In 2015? | The Sacramento Bee
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The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Higher Pay, Hoverboards And Vaccinations: Hundreds Of New Laws In California
Californians face new restrictions on carrying guns, protections from warrantless searches of their emails, immunity from city fines for installing artificial turf and higher pay if they earn minimum wage under laws that take effect with the new year. Many of the 807 bills signed into law touch...

Ap Nation / World | Union Democrat | Sonora News, Sports, & Weather, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, Jamestown - Ap Nation / World
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S.F. Marin Food Bank makes difference with Season of Sharing aid
Not long after Karen Fabec came from Pennsylvania to California in the 1970s, she married and moved to Willits in Mendocino County, where she and her husband lived off the land and grew their own organic produce. Four decades, two marriages, two children and a string of jobs later, Fabec, who once envisioned a career as a singer-songwriter and then as a graphic artist, is still trying to carve out a meaningful life for herself. The 65-year-old — a librarian and student at City College of San Francisco who lives in government-assisted housing in Marin City — gathers produce every week, but not always from a grocery store. [...] bell peppers, celery, oranges, Trader Joe’s salads and other fresh foods, along with whole wheat pastas and canned sauces, are among the foodstuffs stocked with the help of the San Francisco Marin Food Bank. “We’re very fortunate to have affordable housing,” said Fabec, slicing vegetables for soup on a recent weekday in the kitchen of the small, sparsely furnished apartment, devoid of holiday decor or gifts, that she shares with her 43-year-old daughter, Shandi Anderson, and her grandson, Evan, 15. Looking on, Anderson, a former mental health and recovery counselor who is not working due to disability, noted that without the Food Bank, “we would not have had food in the house, literally, at times.” During the past 29 years, the Season of Sharing Fund has been instrumental in allowing the San Francisco Marin Food Bank to take a risk that has worked: “It costs more money to handle perishable food — it has to be refrigerated and it has to turn over more quickly,” said Paul Ash, executive director of the San Francisco Marin Food Bank. After a divorce from her first husband, Fabec moved with her daughters to Santa Cruz to be the lead singer in a New Age band. Over the years, Fabec studied broadcasting and graphic design and earned an associate of arts degree, but never found her way into a satisfying career because, she said, she lacked the bachelor’s degree that employers wanted to see on her resume. To help pay for the apartment she shares with her daughter (who has health issues and lives on Social Security), Fabec obtained a certificate in library information technology and landed two temporary library jobs last year, one at the San Francisco Public Library and the other at City College. “What I’m really talented at is video animation and graphic design — those are what I love,” she said wistfully, after tossing vegetables into a pot of water. Mom,” interrupted Anderson, “even if you don’t get hired for your dream job, I’m so proud of you for studying what you wanted to learn, not just doing the drudgery.

Economic View: How Is the Economy Doing? Politics May Decide Your Answer
Two new studies provide evidence that political preferences shape how people perceive reality.

Oil-spill pilot loses bid to regain marinerâ
John Cota of Petaluma served 10 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to water pollution charges stemming from the November 2007 incident in which the container ship, the Cosco Busan, ran into a bridge tower during a thick morning fog. The Coast Guard said medical forms Cota submitted in 2006 and 2007 failed to disclose some of the many prescription drugs he was taking and understated his use of other medications. Cota sued in 2010, arguing that the Coast Guard had failed to give him a chance to explain that he had accidentally omitted some facts from the medical forms, that the 2006 grounding was a minor incident and that he was capable of sailing vessels safely. The Coast Guard “provided Cota an opportunity to respond to each of its reasons for denying his application” and acted within its discretion in refusing to reinstate his license, the three-judge panel said in a unanimous decision.

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s presidential campaign plan the television, digital and radio advertising buy in the early voting states, with the heaviest spending in Iowa, a spokeswoman said.

Clinton Emails: Soros Regretted Supporting Obama In 2008 - Politico
The Clinton campaign closed the year with a statistical recap of all its accomplishments -- including the number of candlestick makers who donated.

Corrections, Jan. 1, 2016
Ex-CPUC chief could be charged, Dec. 31, Bay Area, D1 The article on possible criminal charges against the former president of the state Public Utilities Commission misspelled the first name of the state investigating agent, Reye Diaz. Events calendar, Dec. 31, Datebook, E8 The singer in the photo that ran with the story was misidentified. He is Tom Postilio.

The top political ads of 2015
From prostitutes and food fights to 'SNL' and WWE parodies, 2015 was a memorable year for political advertising.

Academy of Sciences researchers discover 102 new species in 2015
Researchers from the California Academy of Sciences discovered 102 new plant and animal species in 2015, including six new species of tiny, blood-sucking Dracula ants, a shock-inducing torpedo ray and a slew of colorful sea slugs. The discoveries were made during scientific expeditions to remote corners of the world by more than a dozen of the academy’s scientists. “Every time we make a new species discovery, it may be a key to a future medicine, the glue that holds together an ecosystem or an important new predator,” said Meg Lowman, the academy’s chief of science and sustainability. In all, the new species include 26 fishes, 23 ants, 11 spiders, nine slugs, nine plants, eight viruses, eight wasps, three beetles, two frogs, two corals and one water bear. Scientists must identify and collect the new specimens, take them back to the lab for genetic testing, describe them thoroughly and then publish their account in a scientific journal. Lowman said this sort of discovery is more important now than ever before because species are dying off worldwide at alarming rates from habitat loss, pollution, climate change and other often man-made influences. A handful of new Dracula ant species are included in the more fascinating findings of the year, academy curator of etymology and species discoverer Brian Fisher said. The ants are named for their strange ritual of biting their young with their dagger-like teeth to suck up nutrients — it doesn’t kill the young ants — as opposed to participating in a system of social food sharing, which consists of food collection, larval digestion and regurgitation that most ants partake in. Fisher said this type of ant is popular in tropical climates, but goes mostly undetected because of its tiny size — as thin as two stacked pieces of paper — and its preference to travel underground and beneath leaves scattered across rain forest floors. The discovery of these tiny animals is important because, Fisher said, they play a key role in the ecosystems they live in. The torpedo ray is a predator that hovers across the seafloor at depths of about 500 feet and has the ability to stun prey with an electric discharge — from organs on its head — strong enough to knock out an adult human. Terry Gosliner, an academy nudibranch expert, discovered several species of brightly colored and uniquely patterned sea slugs, one of which even had a “dog-like” tail. The new species of shark has a soft body with thin skin, a rounded snout and non-elevated eyes. Goblin spiders are unusual in that, unlike most spiders that spin webs above ground, they exist in darkness, using their exterior armor to push their way through leaves and soil to hunt for food.

Obama's In Hawaii: Reading About Murder And Aliens - Politico
The president has four books on his vacation reading list.

U.S. Doesnâ
The issue has taken on added urgency as part of a broader examination of immigration policy following the mass shootings in San Bernardino, Calif.

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POLITICO assembled the top headlines from each day of 2015 on Here’s what we learned.

Obama to Consider Executive Actions on Gun Violence
President Obama will meet with Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch on Monday to discuss what he can do to curb gun violence, sidestepping an entrenched Congress.

The 7 must-read Hillary Clinton emails
From talk of becoming a 'woman of leisure' to grumblings about credit for the Asia 'pivot,' the latest email release shows more sides of the former secretary of state.