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THE NOONER for March 13, 2016
Happy soggy Sunday. Time to find some binge-watching. The NCAA tournament selection show is on at 2:30pm PDT on CBS and streaming on NCAA.org. Ugh, they're stretching out the show to two hours instead of the normal one. The Oregon Ducks won the PAC-12 tournament last night, walloping Utah 88-57.
Politico's M. Scott Mahaskey has a great behind-the-scenes of how the protest at Friday's Trump rally at the University of Illinois-Chicago. While Trump has said it was "professionally" organized by MoveOn.org, Mahaskey embedded with the true leaders, a diverse group of students that organized on campus. The students were not only mad at Trump's positions, but also that the university rented out the arena to the campaign. (This is a complicated legal issue.)
Other groups then piggybacked outside the arena, but this is remnant of the Occupy protests of 2011. Remember this? And, yesterday pepper spray was used against protestors at the Kansas City rally.
WET: Sacramento River flows over weir into Yolo Bypass [Mark Glover @ SacBee] - “Water from the rain-swollen Sacramento River began flowing over the Fremont Weir and into the Yolo Bypass on Saturday morning, according to monitors at the California Nevada River Forecast Center, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The forecast center chart showed the river topping the Fremont Weir crest elevation of 33.5 feet for the first time in more than three years. The National Weather Service said its monitors likewise showed Sacramento River waters flowing over the weir early Saturday.”
AD47 (Rialto): San Bernardino Assembly race could define what it means to be an Inland Empire Democrat [Christine Mai-Duc @ LAT] - “Rep. Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino) was among a group of business-aligned Democrats who objected to a provision in the bill, SB 350, that would have cut California's motor vehicle petroleum use in half by 2030.
Now Brown, a moderate, is facing what could be a bruising reelection fight against an intraparty challenger from the left, attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes. The race raises a question: What does it mean to be a Democrat in San Bernardino, where concerns over jobs often compete with those about the environment?”
INCONSISTENCY: California prisoner count drops, spending increases [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - “Something of a “peace dividend” was promised – or at least assumed – when California, acceding to federal court pressure, sharply reduced its prison population. Forget about it.””
SMOGGED: Inland residents dismayed by air board's softer stance on pollution rules [Paloma Esquivel @ LAT] - “Last week, the South Coast Air Quality Management District's board fired its longtime leader, seen as receptive to the concerns of environmentalists, and reaffirmed smog rules backed by polluters. Some new board members have also been talking of putting more emphasis on the needs of business.”
MARY JANE MONEY: Struggling California desert towns seek tax bonanza with pot farms [Peter Hecht @ SacBee] - “So in 2014, 68 percent of Desert Hot Springs voters approved California’s first local initiative to authorize industrial cultivation of marijuana. With freeway connections to hundreds of marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County, the town set out to lure pot entrepreneurs to revive its industrial districts with new construction bursting with cannabis.
Now Desert Hot Springs is home to a pot real estate bonanza, with well-heeled outsiders snapping up land and buildings to develop massive, city-sanctioned grow facilities, capable of producing thousands of pounds of marijuana in multiple yields a year.”
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to the CRP's Jordan Gurnett, Assemblymember Muratsuchi field rep Brian Mineghino, and the South Bay Labor Council's David Urhausen!
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Lawsuit accuses Mountain View police chief of sexual harassment
A dispatcher with the Mountain View Police Department hit the cityâÂÂs police chief, Max Bosel, with a lawsuit claiming he and members of the SWAT team subjected her to âÂÂsexually explicit banter, lewd jokes, nudity and simulated sexual acts.âÂÂ Annie Lohman, 38, who has worked for the department since 2003, filed a lawsuit in Santa Clara County Superior Court against the city and Bosel, claiming that her complaints to human resources officials only prompted the chief to initiate a misconduct investigation against her. The suit, filed Monday, says the alleged sexual misconduct started two years after Lohman was hired in 2005 as the dispatcher for the departmentâÂÂs SWAT team, which Bosel headed until he was elevated to chief in August 2014. âÂÂSince joining the DepartmentâÂÂs SWAT team ... plaintiff has been repeatedly subjected to sexually explicit banter, lewd jokes, nudity and simulated sexual acts,âÂÂ the suit charges. All departments within the City, and certainly the Police Department, hold integrity and respect as core organizational values, and there is no place for inappropriate or unprofessional behavior. Rich added that the city is initiating additional training on sexual harassment prevention for all police staff âÂÂto ensure there is no uncertainty over what is expected of our Police Department employees and managers in confronting and correcting inappropriate conduct.âÂÂ The scrutiny, the suit claims, was all part of âÂÂChief BoselâÂÂs ultimate goal of pushing the plaintiff out of the Department because of her resistance to his unlawful, inappropriate conduct.âÂÂ
Gas Company Finishes Cleaning Porter Ranch Parks As Fallout From Leak Continues
Southern California Gas Co. said Saturday that it has completed the cleaning of four public parks in Porter Ranch after residents complained about oily residue found on playground equipment. Residents of the San Fernando Valley community have complained of suffering from headaches and respiratory...
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L.A. County Coroner's Office Workloads Could Threaten Accreditation, Sources Say
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Pacifica cliffside apartment building demolished
With a satisfying crunch, two bulldozers sank their teeth into the roof of the ill-fated building at 320 Esplanade Ave., an apartment structure that for years had lurched toward the edge of a rapidly eroding cliffside in Pacifica. In the past few years, a combination of storms, fierce waves and rising sea levels has caused the coastal bluffs to recede. Pacifica officials condemned the building in 2010 and ordered its residents to evacuate, hoping the owner, Millard Tong, would raze the property himself. After years of waiting the city took over, launching a code enforcement proceeding against Tong in July, and following with a criminal complaint in October. Left to deteriorate, it could have sent lead, asbestos and other debris into the surrounding neighborhood about 15 miles south of San Francisco. [...] city officials on Jan. 25 yellow-tagged another of TongâÂÂs properties, a neighboring apartment complex at 310 Esplanade Ave. Residents there were forced to move. Scott, who moved to the neighborhood three years ago, said the apartments at 320 Esplanade were among the last affordable housing options in the region. With El NiÃ±o storms pummeling the Pacifica coastline, officials in January applied for state and federal assistance to help repair wall breaches at Pacifica Pier and the promenade along Beach Boulevard, as well as a crumbling pipe that drains storm water from the Milagra Watershed. Scott, the neighbor, said that while she bemoaned the loss of moderately priced housing, she looked forward to having âÂÂmore opennessâÂÂ in the landscape.