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THE NOONER for March 22, 2016

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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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  • California Life Sciences Association (formerly CHI) seeks Senior Director—State Government Relations. The position, reporting to the Vice President—State Government Affairs, will conduct strategic lobbying activities in Sacramento on behalf of the biomedical industry and CLSA. The Senior Director functions both as a lobbyist to secure legislation and regulation to advance the interest of CLSA’s members, and as an organizer to engage legislators and staff to support CLSA’s advocacy goals. Excellent lobbying skills desired, association or capitol experience, superior communication skills, B.A./B.S. required, salary DOE, bonus and competitive benefits. For full job description visit ( Submit resumes with salary history to HR and Administration, Cheryl St. Cyr, via
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Lawmaker Shifts Course, Now Says UC Davis Chancellor Should Remain | The Sacramento Bee
Sam Stanton @
Assemblyman Jim Cooper called last week for Chancellor Linda Katehi to resign

Opponents Say Governor's Prison Plan Unlikely To Make Ballot -
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California Ballot Proposal To Require Parental Notification For Abortion Fizzles | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
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 @
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 |
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 |
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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 dispensary’s 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 administration’s 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 doesn’t 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 @
Exclusive process has benefited handful of charities favored by lawmakers

Trump Foundation Admits Error In Donation To Florida Attorney General Campaign - Politico
It's the kind of divide that Democrats have warned about since Republican senators announced their plan not to fill Scalia's seat.

California Health Exchange Threatens To Cut Underperforming, Overpriced Hospitals
Chad Terhune, Kaiser Health News @
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.

Donald Trump's Success Poses A Challenge To O.C. Gop's Effort To Broaden Its Base
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.

Poll: 53 Percent Of Americans Want Vote On Garland - Politico
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 — 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. “It’s one of the most harrowing travel experiences I’ve heard in a long time,” 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 Grants’ friend in Africa and the weight of Speier’s letter, officials were persuaded to remove Linda’s charges and lessen Jon’s charge to not having a permit to export a trophy — which fetched a $30,000 fine. An official in the Tanzanian embassy in Washington, D.C., said she did not know about the Grants’ situation, but maintained the country has been taking a hard line on poaching lately, particularly when it comes to elephant hunting. “For 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,” 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, they’d spent the $62,000.

Davis, Yolo County Take Charge Of Electricity Purchases | The Sacramento Bee
Edward Ortiz @
City says plan would save 8 percent in electricity costs over 10 years

Ryan: 'no Reason' To Fear Threat To Capitol - Politico
President Barack Obama delivered an optimistic address at the Gran Teatro in Havana, Cuba, telling a crowd of assembled Cubans: "I have come here...

City Council Proposes Parking Meter Extension To Pay Arena Debt | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak and Dale Kasler @
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.

Survey Says: What Changes Minds About the Senate and Judge Garland?
A new online poll suggests historical context can help convince voters that the Senate should vote on Judge Merrick B. Garland.