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THE NOONER for March 21, 2016

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¡Buenos dias! I know it's a controversial subject, but I had tears in my eyes this morning watching the Cuban army band's performance of the Star Spangled Banner. I was doubting whether I'd see it in my lifetime. The fact is that both countries (and Spain) are to blame. The history of slavery cannot be ignored, and Cuba is seen by the World Health Organization as having an outstanding report card on health care and education. Of course, Donald Trump rallies wouldn't be allowed there.

CA120: California, here you come [Paul Mitchell @ CapWeekly] - “[H]ere’s a dozen things you need to know before you’re wheels-down and working in the Golden Primary.”

CA31 (San Bernardino): 31st District set for another hot contest [Jeff Horseman @ PE] - “[Paul] Chabot narrowly lost to [Pete] Aguilar in 2014. He is part of a GOP field that includes former Inland Rep. Joe Baca, who previously served as a Democrat, and Republican economist Sean Flynn, who wrote “Economics For Dummies.””

THE TRUMP FACTOR: How the Trump effect could fire up Southern California races [David Montego @ SB Sun] - “With Trump winning primaries in Florida, North Carolina and Illinois on Tuesday and extending his delegate lead over Ted Cruz, according to the website Real Clear Politics, the question is not only whether California will have a say in determining the Republican presidential nominee but how that top-of-the-ticket race will affect others down the ballot.”

WATER! Hopes rise as winter rain brings green spring [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - “California is green again, except for its deserts and its snow-covered mountains, and its reservoirs are, for the first time in years, holding healthy amounts of water – so much, in fact, that releases are being increased to make room for melting snow.”

BART: Stop playing politics with BART shutdown [Editorial @ CCTimes] - “There is no conclusive evidence that the power surges that have indefinitely shut down BART service between the North Concord and Bay Point stations can be blamed on aging equipment.

It's a politically convenient, but thus far factually unsupported, argument for some BART officials trying to push a November property tax measure. But it's irresponsible.”

CONSOLIDATION: "Digital First purchase of O.C. Register parent approved by bankruptcy judge [Andrew Khouri @ LAT] - “Digital First Media was cleared to purchase the owner of the Orange County Register and Riverside Press-Enterprise by a bankruptcy judge Monday.

The $52.3 million offer prevailed over a competing bid from the parent company of the Los Angeles Times, which faced an antitrust battle in its effort to build a media empire stretching from the Mexican border to Los Angeles.”

END OF AN ERA: Bruce Springsteen's four-hour finale at the L.A. Sports Arena: A fitting ending to 'The Dump That Jumps' - “Bruce Springsteen looked out on Saturday's sold-out crowd at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. They were all witnesses for the last show to be performed there. "This is it!" he shouted. "They're expecting us to tear it down tonight."

The 56-year-old arena will indeed be torn down to make way for a soccer stadium in Exposition Park. But for one last night, the place that Springsteen nicknamed "The Dump That Jumps" lived up to its unofficial title.”

My first concert was seeing Billy Joel at the Sports Arena. Singing Piano Man with 16,000 people was awesome.

MANNERS: The 7 sins of eating sushi. (Note: You're probably guilty of all of them) [Jenn Harris @ LAT] - “Everything involved in the making of sushi — from the years it takes to perfect a rice recipe, to the sourcing of the seafood, to how that fish is sliced and presented — comes from years of training and tradition. If you're going to chose omakase, and often relinquish the equivalent of a week's paycheck for it, you might as well do it the right way.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to UC Berkeley's Ruben Lizardo, State Librarian Greg Lucas, California Clean Money Campaign's Melodi Masanlai, retired Secretary of State elections chief Cathy Mitchell and Dennis Raj!



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Beware Of Good Schools And Good Jobs, And Cynical Politics | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @
Oil giant Phillips 66 paid a little for a campaign and a fine to save a lot in taxes

Why Trump Voters Are Slaves To Authoritarianism « Calbuzz
Matthew MacWilliams, founder of MacWilliams Sanders, a political communications firm, and a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, asked voters:

Candidates Are Gone But Not Forgotten On California's Presidential Primary Ballot
Essential Politics

Illegal Marijuana, Violent Crimes Grow In Sacramento Neighborhoods | The Sacramento Bee
Richard Chang @
Marijuana seizures have risen steadily

Vaccine Debate Returns To California Capitol -
Ben Adler @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Don't Expect Populist Rhetoric In Low-key California Senate Race
Essential Politics

Budgeting From The Blacktop: How One School Is Trying To Bridge Inequities | The California Report | Kqed News
The hope is that local school leaders — not state legislators — will choose more targeted strategies and programs because they understand the unique needs of their students.

Rain holds off as Oakland Running Festival sprints into 7th year
The skies at the Oakland Running Festival were cloudy but the predicted rain held off for most of the morning while runners from 30 states and 10 countries crossed the finish line. Organized by Corrigan Sports Enterprise, the festival was nationally recognized in 2013 as a best marathon to run by Competitor Magazine and this year was named part of the USA Today Sports Active Alliance, one of 14 top independent marathons in the nation to receive the honor. “It’s a great combination of a serious run and community event,” said Schaaf, who noted that organizations like the Oakland Public Education Fund, Youth Uprising and Asian Health Services have benefited from the $1.7 million raised in years past. “Talking to runners crossing the finish line, they were just gushing about how diverse and beautiful the neighborhoods were whether it was the hills of Piedmont, the mariachi bands of Fruitvale or the ring of fire at the Crucible in West Oakland,” she said The festival consisted of seven events: a marathon, a half marathon, a team relay, a 5k run, a kids fun run, a town challenge (in which participants run both the half marathon and 5k) and a corporate relay race. A group of Schaaf staffers ran under the team name “Secret Sauce Beast Mode,” named for Oakland native and Seattle Seahawk star running back Marshawn Lynch. Diane Lang, one of the 1000 volunteers Schaaf said “bring a lot of spirit” to the event’s water stations, was volunteering since she missed the deadline to sign up for the festival a few days before. The marathon winners received $500 in prize money and round-trip tickets to Hawaii from Hawaiian Airlines.

Hopes Rise As Winter Rain Brings Green Spring | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Vernal equinox raises promise of renewal

Santa Monica Firm Says It Has Found A Way To Salt Away Electricity, Literally
In the energy world, the ability to store electricity at an affordable price is the treasure sought by utility engineers and financial wizards. SolarReserve believes it has found a solution. The Santa Monica company recently completed what it touts as a first-of-its-kind solar power plant that...

Bart Chased Glamorous Projects As Its Core System Decayed - San Francisco Chronicle
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President Obama And Raúl Castro Shake Hands Before Bilateral Meeting - Politico
He says he plans to announce more names in the coming days.

Despite rainfall, California county still relying on water tanks
Back in early January, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting examined the water tank program in Tulare County. What began as an emergency response measure to the drought was becoming the norm for hundreds of families who no longer had running water.

Patients In Ecstasy Clinical Trial Find Drug Beneficial - San Francisco Chronicle
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Crowding On Skid Row Creates A Breeding Ground For Illnesses - California Health Report
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Marine From Riverside County Killed By Islamic State Forces In Iraq
U.S. military officials have identified the American serviceman killed in a firefight with Islamic State forces as a Marine from Riverside County.  

Romney robocall: A vote for Kasich is a vote for Trump
A vote for John Kasich is a vote for Donald Trump, Mitt Romney is telling prospective voters in Utah and Arizona ahead of Tuesday contests in those states.

Rain and high surf in store for Bay Area
A storm passing through the San Francisco Bay Area is forecast to bring rain showers just in time for the afternoon commute on Monday, forecasters said. The coastal mountains in the North Bay should get an inch while the valleys are predicted to pick up around half an inch of precipitation. “These large waves can be erratic and unpredictable so use caution near the surf zone as these large waves will be capable of sweeping people into the frigid and turbulent ocean waters,” the weather service advisory says.

Sanders Far Outpaced Clinton In February Fundraising - Politico
The Sanders campaign also spent $624,762 on merchandise.

Older Voters May Be Hillary Clintonâ
s message has made him the choice of the Snapchat generation, but Mrs. Clinton is doing fine counting on voters who came of age with Polaroids.

BART woes to drag into another workweek
Commuters should expect no relief Monday from the delays, crowded trains and service disruptions that plagued BART much of last week, transit authorities said Sunday, even as crews continued to investigate the mysterious mechanical problems causing the chaos. Power surges on a section of track north of the North Concord Station knocked out 50 BART cars last week — on top of 80 cars that were similarly disabled over a two-week period in February, according to BART officials. In addition to taking cars out of commission, the power surges forced BART to stop service from North Concord to the busy Pittsburg-Bay Point Station, to avoid risking further train damage. On Sunday, BART continued testing the track where the power surges happened to try to determine the cause, said spokeswoman Alicia Trost. Transit experts from around the country have weighed in on BART’s woes and similar transportation shortcomings in other U.S. cities. The problems largely revolve around basic maintenance and preventive care of the systems’ aging trains, tracks and stations, transit experts say. BART leaders plan to put a $3.5 billion bond measure on the November ballot to help pay for that kind of maintenance. BART’s 10-year capital improvement program lays out $9.6 billion in needs, but only $4.8 billion in anticipated revenue. The transit system expects to resume service between the North Concord and Pittsburg-Bay Point stations this week, but repairing the dozens of cars that were disabled will require specialty parts that may not be available until the summer. Agata Malkowski, 30, said she’s noticed more delays and tightly packed crowds on her regular visits from San Francisco to her boyfriend’s home in Pleasant Hill.

Sanders: Conservatives Should Vote For Me - Politico
She is expected to say that the United States must never be neutral about defending Israel or standing up to bigotry.