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THE NOONER for March 20, 2016

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While national politics has turned into a complete embarassment, California's Capitol scene tones it down. Next Wednesday, March 30, the Cordial Caucus will be returning to Simon's for a karaoke night from 6pm-9pm (no-host bar). The bipartisan group is led by Board of Equalization member Fiona Ma, and is an opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to mingle in a social atmosphere with the rest of the Capitol community. How refreshing. 

Speaking of national politics, there is an increasing likelihood that we'll see the presidential primary race in California for the first time since 1992, when Jerry Brown and Bill Clinton duked it out, with Brown falling short by 7 points.

You have to give credit to the Phoenix protestors who blocked the highway to keep people from getting to the Trump rally. That's creative. Although, seeing another person punched and kicked just saddens me, aside from partisan politics and candidates. And, seeing Trump's campaign manager out in the audience, pushing and shoving...holy cow.

Hearing the conservative pundits on the Sunday morning shows today, they sound like they are giving in to the Trump phenomenon and are hinting that this year is a throw-away presidential election. That's wild, but just shows how much the establishment is scared of a Trump presidency.

GUBERS: Ex-LA mayor appears poised to enter 2018 governor's race [Michael R. Blood @ AP] - “Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom started banking cash more than a year ago in advance of a run, and state Treasurer John Chiang sounds like he's getting in. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to become a candidate shortly, after flirting with a possible run for years.”

CA46 (Santa Ana): Republicans and the House race for Sanchez's seat [Martin Wisckol @ OCR] - “Of course, it’s probably academic who the strongest Republican is. With Democrats holding a 20-point advantage in the district’s voter registration and with three Democratic candidates – each of who is better known than any of the Republicans – it’s likely two Democrats will advance to the November election under the state’s top-two open primary system.”

CONSEQUENCES: Thanks to Trump, these House Democrats from California can breathe easier [Javier Panzar @ LAT] - “If Donald Trump or Ted Cruz is at the top of the ticket for the Republican Party come November, Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) can take a bit of a breather.

A new analysis by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, which handicaps U.S. House races, shows seats held by Aguilar, Rep. Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) were upgraded from "likely" to "solid" Democratic seats, thanks to their heavy Latino population. ”

GHOST CANDIDATES: Candidates are gone but not forgotten on California's presidential primary ballot [Phil Willon @ LAT] - “When California Republicans cast their votes in the June 7 primary, an election that could decide the GOP’s presidential nominee, they’ll probably be confronted by the ghosts of candidates past.

That means Republicans could still cast a vote for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore or Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, even though they all have ended their campaigns.

They’re all on the state’s presidential ballot alongside the Republicans still in the race: New York billionaire Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.”

WRAP THAT RASCAL: California condoms in porn measure tests merits of covering up [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “Porn is popular and fighting HIV is important: on those points, at least, the adult film industry and proponents of a November ballot initiative mandating condoms in adult films produced in California can agree. But the concord ends there.” 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Cal Department of Rehab's Maria Aliferis-Gjerde and lobbyist Greg Hayes!

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Adrin Nazarian is a current member of the Assembly, not a former member.



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Expensive Measures Are On Tap For California Ballot | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Over 100 ballot measures were filed this year

Who Gets To See Police Body Camera Footage? State Lawmakers May Decide This Year
With police departments across California continuing to equip their officers with body cameras, state lawmakers are trying again to set rules for their use, including one of the thorniest policy issues: who gets to see the footage and when.

Coding Courses A Rarity In California High Schools Despite Tech Explosion | The Sacramento Bee
Phillip Reese @
Information technology is one of the fastest-growing job sectors in California

How John Kasich Could End Up Picking the Next President
A bizarre, tangled, 130-year-old law could leave the 2016 election up to the Ohio governor—unless Congress acts now.

With Banks Out Of Reach, Entrepreneurs Get Creative To Take Cash Out Of The Marijuana Industry - The Orange County Register
The media glare on Orange County after January’s jail break revived buzz over a separate, sensational crime: the brutal kidnapping and torture of a local pot shop owner.

E-cigarettes Appear Much Less Risky Than Smoking, Scientists Say |
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Bush Lent $250k To Failing Campaign - Politico
Bush accounted for a full third of the campaign's $1.2 million haul in February.

Movement Afoot To Take Some Sting Out Of Traffic Tickets - San Francisco Chronicle
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Trump Circus Rolls Into Phoenix In A Taste Of What's In Store For California
Nohl Rosen was ready to back up the police if trouble broke out at the Donald Trump rally Saturday morning in suburban Phoenix. The computer repairman wore a flag bandanna and a "Police Lives Matter" T-shirt, and strapped to his right leg was a 9mm Smith & Wesson.

Cal Under Fire For Arbitrary Discipline In Sex Harassment Cases - San Francisco Chronicle
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Sanders Says Superdelegates Should Vote With Their State - Politico
He will need their support if he is to topple Hillary Clinton at the Democratic convention.

400 volunteers plant trees in S
Many of the estimated 400 laborers were high school students who had logged off their typical weekend schedules, branching out to boost urban greenery that’s been truncated over the years. The mood at the festivities was cheerful, and no one was too sappy as the young Victorian Box, Brisbane Box, Italian buckthorn and flowering cherry trees took their roots amid the pavement. [...] working for the Garden Project — an environmental program for at-risk youth — has made her more open to dirt and germs, and she busily shoveled soil to make room for a sapling. Carla Short, superintendent of the urban forestry bureau in the city’s Department of Public Works, added that trees help absorb rainfall, so the drainage system doesn’t dump excess water into the bay. While the volunteer work was the highlight, there were plenty of other activities, including goats for petting, snow cones for eating and 70-foot-high bucket truck rides for those pretending to be an arborist. The city recently contracted with ArborPro, whose workers are busy counting trees as part of San Francisco’s first-ever comprehensive tree inventory. Officials hope the census — which is tabulating numbers, species, sizes and conditions — will provide some guidance for where to target maintenance and new trees.

The Return Of Doctor House Calls: Convenient, But At What Cost?
An alert popped up on Dr. Sam Kim's smartphone: a 7-year-old with a cough. Would you be comfortable seeing this patient? Kim clicked yes and hopped in his car on a recent Saturday morning. Black bag in hand, white coat donned, he knocked on the door of a home on a tree-lined street in La Canada Flintridge.

California Bill Would Lift Shroud Of Secrecy On Police Misconduct - San Francisco Chronicle
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Republican Leaders Map a Strategy to Derail Donald Trump
If aggressive efforts to deny Mr. Trump the presidential nomination fail, the party leaders say they will try to field an independent candidate for the general election.

Is Cruz already too late to stop Trump?
Arizona's primary is Tuesday, but more than half the ballots have already been cast — including for candidates who've left the race.

Silicon Valley's Zero-gravity Space Startup Boom
Bay Area companies are commercializing the space industry, with ambitions as lofty as the cruising altitude of the International Space Station. They range from Deep Space Industries, which plans to mine asteroids, to Made In Space, which is working on in-space manufacturing, to Planet Labs, which aims to take daily photographs of everywhere on Earth.

Obama's Cuban revolution
In Havana, the president blazes a path for Cuba's future and his own.