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THE NOONER for March 5, 2016
Well, El Niño has finally arrived, both in Sacramento and Cancun. It's a good day to go home, if there ever is one.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to UC Davis Law's Pamela Wu!
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UC Davis Chancellor Apologizes For Controversial Moonlighting Activities
UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi apologized Friday for her controversial moonlighting activities, which had prompted key state lawmakers to call for her resignation and announce legislative hearings on paid outside activities by university officials.
Sacramento Assemblyman Wants UC Davis Chancellor To Resign | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert @ sacbee.com
UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi under fire for paid corporate board seats
Rise Of Latino Political Power In Sacramento Could Give New Momentum To Health Care | State Of Health | Kqed News
When Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, is sworn in as Assembly Speaker Monday, it will mark a historic moment in California politics: For the first time, the two top posts in the state legislature will be held by Latinos.
CalSTRS Joins Legal Fight Over Volkswagen Diesel Scandal | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @ sacbee.com
Pension fund joining German shareholder litigation
Despite Attempts To Move Commuters Out Of Cars, More Californians Drive Alone :: Fox&hounds
More cars on the road means those roads take a beating, which has led Governor Jerry Brown to call a special session to deal with funding to fix the roads. While Brown wants tax increases to fix the roads, Republicans in the legislature are seeking to make sure that money collected for transportation purposes are spent on the roads and not siphoned off for other purposes.
Data Tracker: California Tobacco Sales, Revenue Down | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
Pending ballot measure would hike tobacco tax by $2 a pack
UCLA Will Get Hundreds Of Millions For Rights To Prostate Cancer Drug
A prostate cancer drug developed at UCLA will provide hundreds of millions of dollars for research under a record-setting deal announced Friday by university officials. Royalty Pharma, a New York-based pharmaceutical investment company, paid $1.14 billion for royalty rights to the drug known as...
Donald Trump Reverses Position; Thumbs Down On Torture | The Sacramento Bee
Lesley Clark and David Lightman @ sacbee.com
Sudden about-face suggests a post-primary pivot aimed at wooing general election voters
Bill aims to give crab industry $138 million in disaster relief
California commercial crab fishermen, many struggling to keep their businesses afloat amidst an unprecedented season closure caused by a toxic algae bloom, could see more than $130 million in disaster relief under a last-ditch federal proposal to bail them out of financial doom. Jackie Speier and Jared Huffman introduced the legislation this week, more than three months after commercial crabbing was shuttered by state officials due to dangerous levels of a neurotoxin found in Dungeness and rock crabs caught along the coastline from Santa Barbara County to Oregon. SpeierâÂÂs office estimated that commercial crab fishermen have lost $68 million this season, while related businesses, such as restaurants that depend on selling the seafood delicacy to diners, are down about $70 million. Last month, the California Department of Public Health green lighted recreational Dungeness crab fishing near San Francisco, Half Moon Bay and Monterey âÂÂ but commercial crabbing remains dead in the water. The bill proposed by Speier and Huffman âÂÂ the Crab Emergency Disaster Assistance Act of 2016 âÂÂ seeks to appropriate about $138 million in disaster funds to fishermen and small businesses, including restaurants, that were banking on the commercial season. On top of disaster assistance, the legislation would include $1 million for sampling and monitoring of the neurotoxin, domoic acid, which is produced from marine algae blooms. Funds from the legislation are contingent upon a disaster declaration by US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, whose office declined to comment Friday on the possibility, and a potentially lengthy appropriations process in the House and Senate. John Barnett, 50, a fisherman who has caught crabs commercially for 10 years, had to take out loans from his retirement account to do engine work on his boat, The Amigo. The diatom is believed to produce domoic acid, which climbs up the food chain and can wreak permanent brain damage on consumers âÂÂ be they Dungeness crabs, clams, sea lions or humans, for whom the illness is called amnesic shellfish poisoning. Cessation of commercial crabbing cast newfound scrutiny on the rise of harmful algal blooms, which have largely stumped marine scientists.
Does An Extremist's Iphone Contain A "cyber Pathogen"? | The Sacramento Bee
BRANDON BAILEY @ sacbee.com
A local prosecutor has offered an unusual justification for forcing Apple to help hack an iPhone used by a San Bernardino mass killer: The phone might have been "used as a weapon" to introduce malicious software to county computer systems.
Outgoing Calif. Speaker Discusses Accomplishments, Regrets, And Vetoes - Capradio.org
Ben Bradford @ capradio.org
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225 California Transportation Projects In Trouble
The combined loss in state transportation revenue -- more than $1.1 billion -- has put high-profile improvement projects at risk of being canceled or facing delays that could stretch for years.
Paul To Force Senate Vote Against Pakistan Arms Sale - Politico
The offices are located throughout the state, from Pensacola to Miami.
Trump Fends Off Debate Mockery, Trips On Specifics. Will His Supporters Care?
Donald Trump acknowledges his supporters during the 11th Republican presidential debate Thursday in Detroit.
Ap News: The Orange County Register
Why Poorer, Uneducated People Are Leaving California | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
A sold sign is posted in front of a home for sale on July 30, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The report notes that people in California spend more of their income on housing than anywhere else in the country. Getty Images
O.j. Simpson's Legal 'dream Team' Slams Investigation Of Knife
Attorney Carl Douglas, left, sits next to O.J. Simpson while the jury announces that they've reached a verdict on Oct. 2, 1995.
Corrections, March 5
Bay Area is tolerant? Ask a Republican, March 4, Bay Area, D1 Chip JohnsonâÂÂs column included an assertion that incorrectly stated the League of Women VotersâÂÂ position on candidate forums. The nonpartisan organization invites all qualified candidates whose name appears on the ballot to participate.
A New California Bill Would Let Schools Expel Kids For Sexting
This student is using a cellphone to answer questions in class, but other uses might soon be grounds for expulsion.
Jailhouse Informants: Aclu Asks Orange County Da, Sheriff To Turn Over Misconduct Records - The Orange County Register
TONY SAAVEDRA and SCOTT SCHWEBKE @ ocregister.com
Read the ACLU's letters to the Orange County Sheriff's Department and the Orange County District Attorney's Office, requesting records.
Puerto Rico GOP: Let voters buy booze on election day
Alcohol is usually banned on election days in Puerto Rico.