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THE NOONER for February 11, 2016
Happy Thursday! Tonight, we have another presidential debate between Hillary and Bernie, moderated by Gwinn Ifell and Judy Woodruff and airing on PBS stations and CNN at 6pm PST. It's another beautiful day today so we'll be short so you can go eat lunch in Capitol Park.
COASTAL CLUSTERF***: Powerful California coastal panel ousts top executive [Michael R. Blood @ AP] - “The powerful agency that manages development on California's coastline fired its executive Wednesday after a lengthy and, at times, emotionally charged meeting that veered from accusations about the influence of developers and lobbyists to discussions on the mundane inner workings of government.”
SMOKE TWO JOINTS IN THE MORNING, SMOKE FIVE JOINTS AT NIGHT: California senator proposes 15 percent medical marijuana sales tax [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - “With the potential for hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue on the table, California lawmakers are pursuing a 15 percent medical marijuana sales tax.
SWEET SIXTEEN: Could California’s 16-year-olds be casting ballots? [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “A bill before the Legislature would amend California’s constitution to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to cast ballots exclusively in school district and community college board elections – the very races, proponents argue, in which Californians under 18 have the most at stake. They still wouldn’t be able to sway congressional or legislative contests or help pick the next president.”
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Senator Joel Anderson, Assemblymember Cheryl Brown and OC Business Council's Lucy Dunn.
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
California Senator Proposes 15-percent Medical Marijuana Sales Tax | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
15-percent tax mirrors what supporters of legalizing recreational pot have proposed in ballot initiative
Bernie Sanders Blazes A Trail To The Root Of Political Evils
Whether he's your candidate or not, give Bernie Sanders credit: He has made inherently corrupt, high-roller campaign financing a central issue of his presidential bid.
A Doctor Digs Deep In Quest For Ways To Save Lives | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @ sacbee.com
A 20-year-old congressional action blocks federal funding into gun violence prevention
Farm Worker Education Promotes Government Trespassing, Land Rights Group Says
A proposal by the state¿s farm labor watchdog to gain access to fields so it can educate workers about their rights is running into strong opposition from growers, even before it has been written into regulation.
Uscd Researchers: Voter Id Laws Hurt Dems, Minorities | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Overall, the researchers found, strict ID laws cause a reduction in Democratic turnout by 8.8 percentage points, compared to a reduction of 3.6 percentage points for Republicans.
Al Sharpton 2016 Campaign: Hillary Clinton ‘has To Earn’ Black Votes - Politico
They all agree that Obama's budget proposal is out.
Lafayette To Poll Voters On Potential Sales Tax Hike
Jennifer Modenessi @ contracostatimes.com
The City Council agreed Monday to hire San Mateo-based Godbe Research to conduct a $26,250 phone poll in March to gauge support for a general sales tax measure.
After Five Years Brown Appoints New Consumer Advocacy Director At The CpUC | News Fix | Kqed News
Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Elizabeth Echols on Wednesday to direct the California Public Utilities Commission’s Office of Ratepayer Advocates. The division is dedicated to protecting consumers and has been without a permanent director for more than five years. Interim director Joe Como retired in December.
When It Comes To Saving Water, Southern Californians Are Tapped Out — Or Are They?
After months of responding to calls to save water, Southern Californians say they've hit a wall.
Powerful Casino Tribes Raise Concerns With California Fantasy Sports Bill | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
Tribes say daily fantasy sports games are illegal
San Diego Voters Will Decide On A Minimum Wage Increase
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer vetoed a previous minimum wage increase plan.
New Hampshire's Senate Race Heats Up - Politico
With New Hampshire's presidential primary completed, attention has now been focused back on the state's Senate race.
Head of S.F. police union goes after GascÃ³n in letter
Martin Halloran, president of the San Francisco Police OfficersâÂÂ Association, sent an angry letter to District Attorney George GascÃ³n refuting his recent public assertion that the union has tried to block such an investigation with âÂÂa dizzying array of stonewalling tactics.âÂÂ GascÃ³n started the squabble on Jan. 28 with a two-page letter to Lee accusing the mayor of failing to support the district attorneyâÂÂs efforts to look into a wide array of areas concerning police conduct, including use of force, stop-and-search protocols, and internal discipline. GascÃ³nâÂÂs effort to investigate the police began in June when he formed a âÂÂBlue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability and Fairness in Law Enforcement,âÂÂ expecting that it would receive city funding to look into thousands of police reports written by 14 officers accused of trading racist and homophobic text messages. He identified, for example, several lawyer-to-lawyer meetings. [...] he said police had allowed the panelâÂÂs lawyers to ride along with some officers, and added that âÂÂthere have been dozens, if not hundreds, of calls and e-mails back and forth between representatives of the (union) over the last several months.âÂÂ Hardly a dizzying array of stonewalling tactics,âÂÂ Halloran concluded, before adding one small footnote that acknowledged âÂÂmildly contentious early exchanges with panel representatives.
Carly Fiorina Drops Out of Republican Presidential Race
Ms. Fiorina had poor showings in both New Hampshire and Iowa, as her message of corporate experience failed to win over voters.
As A Long Race Beckons, Tuesday Winners Trump And Sanders Face Challenges
Legislative Analyst's Office Says State Building Plan Is Short On Details
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Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca To Plead Guilty In Jail Scandal, His Attorney Says
Lee Baca announces his retirement as Los Angeles County sheriff in January 2014. He was to plead guilty Wednesday to making a false statement.