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THE NOONER for March 17, 2016

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Happy Thursday! You are almost there! Saturday should be nice, with a chance of showers on Sunday. Get out there and enjoy the weather! It's legislators gone wild starting this week, as spring break begins today after session.

I know you forgot to wear green. I'm virtually dressed as Kermit the Frog. ;-)

BALLOT BUCKS: Why your signature is worth more than ever [Laurel Rosenhall @ CALmatters] - “The competition among them has created an unprecedented situation in California that’s driving up the cost of gathering the signatures necessary to get on the ballot. Some campaigns are paying double the rate of a typical year. It means that more than ever, access to the ballot is reserved for those with the most money.”

US SENATE: Republican Ron Unz enters California U.S. Senate race [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - “Ron Unz, the conservative critic of bilingual education who in recent years has championed incrementally increasing the statewide minimum wage, said Wednesday he will enter California’s crowded race for U.S. Senate.”

IN THE BAG: Plastic bag referendum tallies $5 million in contributions [Taryn Luna @ SacBee] - “Plastic bag companies and their allies have pitched in more than $5 million to qualify two November ballot measures they hope will kill a statewide ban on their product and prevent grocery stores from benefiting from the sale of bags.”

INFLUENCE? California's June primary just became crucial in the race for the White House [Seema Mehta and Cathleen Decker @ LAT] - “Barring another big shift in the race, such as a decision by one of the three remaining candidates to drop out, the contest for California will be critical to the outcome. How important is it?”

DOLLARS AND NONSENSE: $17,000 door for the file room? Audit blasts California agency [Jon Ortiz @ SacBee] 

HOLY SHAMU! SeaWorld ends orca breeding program [Sandra Pedicini @ SDUT] - “SeaWorld will end its killer whale breeding immediately, the company announced Thursday, after years of controversy over keeping its orcas in captivity. The sweeping change to its business model will also include ending theatrical shows and introducing "new, inspiring, natural orca encounters." That change will start in the San Diego park next year, followed by San Antonio and then Orlando in 2019.”

#CAKEDAY: Light those candles for Assemblymember Scott Wilk!



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$17,000 Door For The File Room? Audit Blasts California Agency | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Audit notes state project management costs 34 percent more than private sector

Big Pharma Dumps Big Money Into Fight Against Prescription Drug Measure | The California Report | Kqed News
Pharmaceutical companies continue to pour cash into their campaign to defeat a California ballot measure that would limit prescription drug prices, a new campaign finance analysis shows.

Plastic Bag Referendum Tallies $5 Million In Contributions | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
Californians will vote on a referendum that aims to veto a single-use plastic bag ban in November

Bill Would Fund Gun Violence Research Center At UC | The California Report | Kqed News
The measure from Sen. Lois Wolk would ask UC to establish a Firearm Violence Research Center. The Davis Democrat is proposing the state give $5 million over five years to help get the center started.

Pharmaceutical Industry Gives Nearly $50 Million To Fight Prescription Drug Initiative | Maplight - Money And Politics

March Storms Brighten Future Of Winter-run Chinook Salmon | The Sacramento Bee
Edward Ortiz @
Shasta Lake reservoir water level has reached 300,000 acre-feet above normal

Ending Lawsuit Abuse Against Small Business :: Fox&hounds
In reality, most small businesses do not violate regulations intentionally. There are so many regulations–with more added all the time–it is hard for a business proprietor to keep up while managing his or her business. If a violation is found, most small business owners willingly will fix a problem if given adequate amount of time.

Spencer To Kasich: Keep It Simple And Surprise ‘em
Old Reagan Hand. Kasich, who trails far behind Donald Trump in delegates, has acknowledged that the only way for him to win the GOP presidential nomination is at an open convention; that would come about only if Trump fails in the remaining primaries and caucuses to capture the 1,237 delegates needed for a first-ballot victory when Republicans gather in Cleveland this summer.

Senate Ed Moves Bill Granting Students Parent Leave :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Alisha Kirby @
SB 1014, authored by Sen. Carol Liu, D-La Canada Flintridge, would also allow K-12 schools to collect Average Daily Attendance funding for absent student mothers, who could take up to six weeks parental leave for births without complications, or eight weeks for Caesarian section deliveries.

Biden To Senate Floor In 1992: Wait Until Election Is Over To Name Scotus Nomination - Politico
A new plan promises the solution that has so far eluded European Union leaders.

Here's Why California's Republican Primary Finally Matters
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton strengthened their leads in delegates in Tuesday night's primaries.The delegate race means California's GOP primary could finally help determine a presidential nomineeDonald Trump says he's skipping next week's debate, so it was canceledFive takeaways from Tuesday's...

DWP Board Ok's Plan To Start Fining Major Water Users Up To $40k | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
A gardener walks past a row of sprinklers watering plants and foliage in front of an apartment complex in South Pasadena, California on Jan. 21, 2014. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

L.A. To Pay Up To $30 Million In Curfew Lawsuit Settlement To Provide Job Training For Gang Members
The city of Los Angeles will pay as much as $30 million to assist thousands of people who were subjected to unlawful curfews included in city gang injunctions. The money, which will be used primarily to provide job training for gang members, is the centerpiece of an agreement to settle a class-action...

San Fernando Mayor Happier About Latest Bullet Train Alternatives, Not So Conservationists | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
File: Computer-generated image of a potential California high-speed train. California High-Speed Rail/Flickr

Kevin Johnson Taps Abhi Nemani To Be Sacramento's Interim Chief Innovation Officer
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Rejecting Vote on Court Pick, Senate Leader Cites â
against the president in their refusal to consider his nomination of Judge Merrick B. Garland.

Merrick Garland: Black Lawmakers Irked By Obama's Supreme Court Choice - Politico
A new super PAC aiming to protect down-ballot Republicans from the aftershocks of a Trump nomination will focus on mail, get-out-the-vote, and social media...

Donald Trump Articles, Photos, And Videos
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Ranching At California Seashore Park Comes Under Fire - Wsj
Environmentalists are suing the federal government in a case that could get the cattle kicked out of the park, about 60 miles north of San Francisco, arguing that the herds are harmful to wildlife and not a natural part of the landscape.

Even In Peak Mosquito Season, Zika Risk Is Low In California
A researcher looks at Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. 

High-speed Rail Opponents Converge At La Meeting | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
The board behind California's planned high-speed rail project met in downtown Los Angeles, and heard fierce opposition from community leaders and Southern California locals who expect to be affected by the building of the bullet train.