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THE NOONER for March 22, 2016
Pardon me, but I want to pay a moment of digital silence for the 30+ people and 200+ injured in Brussels. What a sad day for this world. I am rarely "boots on the ground" person, but we have to go there. And, "there," may include here.
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Lawmaker Shifts Course, Now Says UC Davis Chancellor Should Remain | The Sacramento Bee
Sam Stanton @ sacbee.com
Assemblyman Jim Cooper called last week for Chancellor Linda Katehi to resign
Opponents Say Governor's Prison Plan Unlikely To Make Ballot - Capradio.org
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California Ballot Proposal To Require Parental Notification For Abortion Fizzles | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @ sacbee.com
Proponents reported spending $450,000 on signature gathering through 2015
The Wall Of Debt Just Got Higher :: Fox&hounds
The Wall of Debt will grow to an even greater height next year when public employee health care obligations must be added to the debt calculator according to GASB rules. Expectations are another $70-plus billion will be added to the debt.
Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Back This Week To California | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @ sacbee.com
Clinton to raise money in Bay Area and Los Angeles; Sanders to rally in San Diego
Students At East Oakland School Left Without Special Education For Months | News Fix | Kqed News
The Oakland Unified School District says the special education teacher assigned to CUES went out on medical leave the first week of school. So kids with special ed needs were assigned to Kimberly Lum, a special ed teacher at Futures, the school next door.
Kamala Harris Backs A Bill That Would Improve Disclosures On Police Shootings
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris wants to require police agencies to file detailed reports about officer-involved shootings to her office electronically, so they can be quickly and easily posted on a state website for public viewing. Despite the heated national debate over police use of force,...
CpUC Supports Six Reform Bills | Sandiegouniontribune.com
One bill would do away with a committee on payphones that has been defunct for 10 years. [Union-Tribune file]
Digital First Purchase Of O.C. Register Parent Approved By Bankruptcy Judge
Digital First Media will purchase the owner of the Orange County Register and Riverside Press-Enterprise for $52.3 million, beating a competing offer from the parent company of the Los Angeles Times, which faced an anti-trust battle in its effort to build a media empire stretching from the Mexican border to Los Angeles.
Sanders To Campaign In San Diego | Sandiegouniontribune.com
Supreme Court says Oakland canâ
The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to let the city of Oakland take part in the defense of the huge Harborside medical marijuana dispensary, which the federal government is trying to shut down. City officials also said closure of Harborside would increase crime by forcing many of the dispensaryâÂÂs patients to turn to street dealers. Federal judges agreed that Oakland has interests of its own at stake, but ruled that neither the city nor any other outsider has a right to intervene when the government seeks confiscation of private property for alleged legal violations. Harborside is fighting the forfeiture suit in federal court, arguing that it violates several federal laws and the Obama administrationâÂÂs stated policy of deferring to laws in nearly half the states, including California, that have legalized marijuana for medical use. Obama administration lawyers have argued that the amendment doesnâÂÂt affect cases against individual marijuana suppliers, but U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer of San Francisco ruled in October, in a case from Marin County, that the budget language prohibits the government from shutting down dispensaries that comply with state laws.
Road To California Tax Checkoff Paved By Legislative Connections | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Exclusive process has benefited handful of charities favored by lawmakers
Trump Foundation Admits Error In Donation To Florida Attorney General Campaign - Politico
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California Health Exchange Threatens To Cut Underperforming, Overpriced Hospitals
Chad Terhune, Kaiser Health News @ contracostatimes.com
In what appears to be the first proposal of its kind in the country, the goal is to boost the quality of patient care and make coverage more affordable, said Peter Lee, executive director of the Covered California exchange.
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Four years ago, Maribel Marroquin began knocking on doors in her Santa Ana neighborhood, trying to persuade more Latinos in Orange County to vote Republican.
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Predictably, support for allowing Garland at least a vote breaks down along party lines.
Giraffe bone lands Bay Area couple in African prison
A San Mateo County couple went on vacation in Africa this winter, bought what they thought was an innocent keepsake âÂÂ and promptly found themselves locked up in Tanzania on charges of poaching, facing up to 20 years in prison and a $150,000 fine. Jon and Linda Grant had to shell out $62,000 on legal bills and bizarre expenditures and get the help of a U.S. congresswoman before they finally won their freedom and wound up back on United States soil in January. âÂÂItâÂÂs one of the most harrowing travel experiences IâÂÂve heard in a long time,âÂÂ said Speier, whose office wrote to a U.S. ambassador in Tanzania to help secure their release. Jon Grant, 72, said he spotted a giraffe bone carved with pictures of animals at a curio shop in South Africa in December during a two-week cruise with his wife. Grant, a retired dentist and seasoned traveler familiar with the continent, asked if the bone was legal before he purchased it for $900. After going on a safari in that country, they ended their Africa stay and headed to Kilimanjaro International Airport for their flight home. Authorities there promptly seized the souvenir, accused the couple of poaching and sent them to an anti-poaching office. Between the legal efforts of the GrantsâÂÂ friend in Africa and the weight of SpeierâÂÂs letter, officials were persuaded to remove LindaâÂÂs charges and lessen JonâÂÂs charge to not having a permit to export a trophy âÂÂ which fetched a $30,000 fine. An official in the Tanzanian embassy in Washington, D.C., said she did not know about the GrantsâÂÂ situation, but maintained the country has been taking a hard line on poaching lately, particularly when it comes to elephant hunting. âÂÂFor the last year, we had a crisis with the poaching but the government has put in a lot of effort to ensure the problem is eliminated,âÂÂ said Imma Diyamett, a tourism officer for the embassy. By the time the couple was done shelling out money for bribes, fines, legal bills and other expenditures to unsnarl their troubles, theyâÂÂd spent the $62,000.
Davis, Yolo County Take Charge Of Electricity Purchases | The Sacramento Bee
Edward Ortiz @ sacbee.com
City says plan would save 8 percent in electricity costs over 10 years
Ryan: 'no Reason' To Fear Threat To Capitol - Politico
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City Council Proposes Parking Meter Extension To Pay Arena Debt | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak and Dale Kasler @ sacbee.com
City looks to extend parking meter hours downtown to 10 p.m.
Kaiser Nurses End Strike Over Contract At Its L.A. Medical Center
Nurses at Kaiser Permanente's Los Angeles Medical Center will go back to work Tuesday after a week-long strike that called for a contract that included higher staffing levels and better pay.
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