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THE NOONER for March 10, 2016

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DISTRICT UPDATES

Remember, kids. Say no to bullying, unless you are running for President.

Tomorrow is the deadline for turning in declaration of candidacies, in-lieu signatures, and ballot statements for the June 7 election.

AGENDA-SETTING: New GOP leader wants to give ‘a hand up’ [Laurel Rosenhall @ CALmatters] - “A month after taking over as the California Assembly’s Republican leader, Chad Mayes brought his caucus to a shelter for homeless mothers. . . Mayes, 38, believes he can make his party relevant in this blue state by moving away from social issues like gay marriage and abortion, and focusing instead on quality of life issues like housing affordability and the need for middle-class jobs. Fueled by his Christian faith and a pragmatic style, Mayes is trying to make poverty alleviation a key focus for Republicans.”

CARB: State Senate leader wants to add seats to air quality board [Janet Zimmerman @ OCR] - “Senior staff in the office of Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, said Wednesday that he is finalizing a bill to add three seats to the Air Quality Management District board, to give a voice to communities most affected by air pollution.”

CREEP: Berkeley Law dean takes leave of absence amid allegations of sexual harassment [Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks and Shaun Hussain @ DailyCal] - “The dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law will take an indefinite leave of absence from his position as dean — but will remain a faculty member of the school — amid allegations of sexual harassment. . . On Tuesday, [Sujit] Choudhry and the UC Board of Regents were sued by Choudhry’s executive assistant, Tyann Sorrell, for sexual harassment over a period of time spanning from September 2014 — after Choudhry took over as dean of the law school — to March 2015. She alleged in the complaint that Choudhry hugged, kissed or caressed her multiple times per week, among other allegations.”

Great, so he's moving from the dean's office where two women have come forward back to the classroom and office hours. I understand tenure, but I wouldn't be comfortable if I had a daughter enrolled in his class.

Yes means yes for UC law school deans, too [Editorial @ SacBee] - “In a meeting with The Sacramento Bee editorial board, UC President Janet Napolitano said that UC deans are normally disciplined at the campus level. But, she added: “How often do you have to say, ‘It’s a workplace’? People ought to be able to come to work without being groped, as a minimal standard.””

WRIST SLAP: UC President Janet Napolitano: Davis chancellor should stay despite mistake [Diana Lambert and Sam Stanton @ SacBee] - “University of California President Janet Napolitano said UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi made a mistake when she accepted a position on the board of a for-profit university last month, but added that Katehi should not have to resign over the controversy. . . Napolitano said Katehi had turned in paperwork to allow her to assume the DeVry Education Group board seat, but had not received her permission.”

Not a good week for the University of California...

SECOND SPRING BREAK: As a potential strike looms, Cal State faculty and trustees remain at odds over pay [Carla Rivera @ LAT] - “Members of the California Faculty Assn. urged trustees meeting in Long Beach to consider their legacy and find a way fund the 5% pay raise that faculty members have been demanding for nearly a year. Without a new salary deal, union members have pledged to go on strike in April in what would be the largest academic walkout at a four-year university in U.S. history.”

FILL IT TO THE RIM: Holy El Niño! It's possible Shasta Lake will fill up this month [Amy Graff @ SFChron] - “Shasta is the state's largest and most important water reserve, and if it were to fill, it would be for the first time in four years.”

LA BOS: Candidates for Antonovich's county supervisor seat face off in a pair of forums [Abby Sewell @ LAT] - “Candidates for the seat being vacated by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich faced off Wednesday in a pair of forums held in northern county areas, where they sought to appeal to residents who sometimes complain that their concerns are overshadowed by those of the city of Los Angeles and surrounding communities to the south.”

PENSION POLITICS: San Jose: New legal challenge filed against Measure B settlement [Ramona Giwargis @ MercNews] - “ A taxpayer group filed court papers Wednesday seeking to block city efforts to invalidate San Jose's controversial pension reform Measure B to make way for a negotiated settlement with city unions.”

STATE OF CA: A one-party state without the rancor [Sherry Babitch Jeffe and Douglas Jeffe @ Reuters] - “Modern California has long had a candidate-centric electoral process. This dynamic has been abetted by a series of systemic changes that have rearranged the political battlefield in ways that shifts the political wars toward the center of the ideological spectrum.”

SCOTUS WITH THE MOSTUS: California leaders tell Supreme Court that undocumented workers are making the state stronger [David G. Savage @ LAT] - “A cross section of California leaders in business, education, law enforcement and religion joined Tuesday in urging the Supreme Court to uphold President Obama's plan to offer temporary relief and work permits to as many as 5 million immigrants who have been living in the U.S. illegally.”

WE’VE GOT SPIRIT: Complaint over loud 'boom box' music leads to 5-woman brawl on Spirit Airlines flight [Veronica Rocha @ LAT] - “The two intoxicated women blasted music from a "boom box" on board the Spirit Airlines flight Wednesday morning from Baltimore to Los Angeles. When passengers complained, the loud-music lovers held the boom box in the air. But what played out so beautifully when John Cusack did it in "Say Anything" hit a sour note in real life high in the skies. Authorities say five women got into a brawl on Spirit Flight 141 before it landed at Los Angeles International Airport.”

 

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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
40 Years Later, Prop 13 To Be A Main Attraction On 2018 Ballot :: Fox&hounds
foxandhoundsdaily.com
On the 40th anniversary of Proposition 13 passing, the iconic property tax measure could very well be a leading issue on the 2018 ballot both with a ballot initiative or two and a prime topic in the gubernatorial campaign.

Jerry Brown, First Lady Win Shotgun And Propane In Raffle | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
sacbee.com
California governor and wife entered raffle at charity dinner in Colusa County

7 key Bay Area transportation projects likely to lose funding
sfgate.com
A plan for a new interchange has been decades in the making — but is unraveling thanks to a decline in gas taxes and a lethargic state Legislature. The project is one of at least seven in the Bay Area likely to lose funding unless the state resolves a funding crisis that forced the state Transportation Commission to slash $754 million from its five-year budget for projects. On Wednesday, a committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Bay Area agency in charge of planning and financing road and transit improvements, tentatively scratched $71.3 million in projects, putting off their funding until at least 2021. [...] lawmakers failed to come up with a plan to raise taxes or fees to close a yawning funding gap. Transportation officials say the state needs another $5.7 billion a year to maintain the roads, bridges and other infrastructure that already exist. “When gas prices go down, it causes driving to go up, which causes more wear and tear on our roads,” said Scott Wiener, a San Francisco supervisor and commission member who’s running for state Senate. [...] Steve Heminger, the agency’s executive director, said that was a bad bet since there’s no sign the state will get a windfall healthy enough to pay back the Bay Area. The solution to the crisis, he said, lies with the Legislature. [...] transportation planners simply have to scratch projects for which they expected funding. The project’s funding plan leans heavily on money from Contra Costa County’s transportation sales tax, she said, even though the interchange is part of the state highway system.

California Leaders Tell Supreme Court That Undocumented Workers Are Making The State Stronger
latimes.com
A cross section of California leaders in business, education, law enforcement and religion joined Tuesday in urging the Supreme Court to uphold President Obama's plan to offer temporary relief and work permits to as many as 5 million immigrants who have been living in the U.S. illegally. They drew...

How Cal Fire Academy Chief Emerged From Scandal Unscathed | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
sacbee.com
George Morris III ran facility during darkest hour

State Senate Leader Wants To Add Seats To Air Quality Board - The Orange County Register
JANET ZIMMERMAN @
ocregister.com
The leader of the state Senate plans to introduce legislation this week to expand the number of seats on the board that regulates Southern California air quality and counter Republican-led efforts to make pollution rules more business-friendly.

Soda Tax Is Again Before California Legislators | State Of Health | Kqed News
ww2.kqed.org
Still, the presumption is that the two-cents-an-ounce fee — 24 cents on a 12-ounce can of soda — would be passed along to consumers, and, if passed, would raise $2 billion annually.

CalPERS Settles With Ratings Agency Over Housing Bubble Investment | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
sacbee.com
By Dale Kasler

L.A. County Report On Special Education Sees 'crisis'
latimes.com
According to a new report, the special education division of the L.A. County Office of Education is in a state of "crisis."

Competition For Ballot Signatures Heats Up - Capradio.org
Ben Bradford @
capradio.org
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

This California Congressman Wants Cuba To Send Back The Man Who Hijacked His Plane 44 Years Ago
latimes.com
As U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba normalize, a California congressman wants to know what the federal government is doing to bring back the man who kidnapped him and a plane full of people in November 1971. Rep. Jerry McNerney is hoping the matter will come up when President Obama visits Cuba...

Mcnerney Bill Would Rein In Ada Compliance Lawsuits - Capradio.org
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County Report Lays Out Options For Tax Measures To Fund Homelessness Efforts
latimes.com
Los Angeles County analysts laid out five options to raise large chunks of ongoing money to combat homelessness -- most of which would involve voter-approved tax increases-- in a report released Wednesday.

Trump's health care surrender
politico.com
The billionaire businessman wants to turn the country’s biggest health program for the poor into a block grant and give tax breaks to people who buy their own insurance.

Study Tallies Costs Of Wrongful Convictions | Sandiegouniontribune.com
sandiegouniontribune.com
Kenneth Marsh embraced Brenda Buell Warter on the steps of the San Diego Hall of Justice after his release in August 2004. Marsh was convicted in 1983 of killing the son of Warter, his girlfriend at the time. A judge later granted his habeas corpus petition. [Union-Tribune file]

Donald Trump Received Tax Credit For Middle Class Taxpayers
time.com
The perk from the New York State School Tax Relief Program, known as STAR, was small — only $302 off of Trump’s tax bill of more than $175,000 for his penthouse apartment in Trump Tower. Normally, the benefit only is given to people who both apply and demonstrate that their incomes are below the half-million-dollar threshold.

Univision Is First To Make “bernie The Red” Charge « Calbuzz
calbuzz.com
An amazing thing happened in last night’s debate in Miami between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders: For the first time since the campaign began, Democratic voters got a glimpse of the kind of ferocious, meat grinder attacks Republicans would use to pulverize the superannuated socialist, should his party be so unfortunate as to choose him as its candidate.

Two California Judges On Obama’s Short List For Supreme Court | The California Report | Kqed News
ww2.kqed.org
Nguyen and Watford were nominated to the 9th Circuit by President Obama and confirmed in 2012 after their nominations stalled amid partisan bickering over judges, which continues to this day.

Lawyer And D.a. Investigator Have Bloody Brawl In O.C. Courthouse
latimes.com
Attorney James Crawford shown after an alleged fight Wednesday involving an Orange County District Attorney's investigator at a Santa Ana courthouse.

State High Court Confirms: Brown Prison Plan Can Gather Signatures To Qualify For November Ballot - The Orange County Register
PAUL ELIAS @
ocregister.com
SAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Gov. Jerry Brown can continue pursuing a plan to reduce the state’s prison inmate population by releasing certain non-violent felons early while it considers a legal challenge.

5th Circuit to revisit Texas voter ID law
politico.com
As of now, the law remains in effect for the 2016 elections.

UC Berkeley Draws Fire Over Sex Harassment Case, Law School Dean Steps Down
mercurynews.com
Sujit Choudhry -- who stepped down Wednesday from his position as dean but will remain on the faculty -- acknowledged to campus investigators last year that he had hugged, kissed and caressed his administrative assistant, Tyann Sorrell, saying it was his way of "saying thanks" after a long day of work, according to an investigative report released Wednesday by the university.

Farewell To Nancy Reagan: Public Gathers To Pay Respects
latimes.com
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley, has invited the public to pay respects to former First Lady Nancy Reagan, who will "lie in repose" there Wednesday and Thursday, before her burial in a private ceremony Friday.Read the obituary: Former First Lady Nancy Reagan dies at 94Full...