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THE NOONER for March 24, 2016

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  • CD09 (San Joaquin): moved from Leans Democrat to Likely Democrat
  • SD29 (Fulllerton): moved from Leans Republican to Likely Republican
  • AD40 (Redlands): moved from Leans Republican to Toss-up

POLL POSITION: PPIC is out with its monthly poll, with a look at the presidential primary. For the first time since 1992, we may actually may be relevant.

  • Jerry Brown job approval: 59% approve, 29% disappprove, 19% don't know
  • Legislature job approval: 44& approve, 39% disapprove, 18% don't know 
  • California: 50$ right direction, 43% wrong direction, 8% don't know
  • REP LIKELY PRIMARY VOTERS: 38% Donald Trump, 19% Ted Cruz, 12% John Kasich, 12% Marco Rubio, 10% someone else (specify), 10% don’t know
  • DEM LIKELY PRIMARY VOTERS: 48% Hillary Clinton, 41% Bernie Sanders, 7% someone else (specify), 4% don’t know
  • US SENATE: 26% Kamala Harris, 17% Loretta Sanchez, 9% Tom Del Beccaro, 6% Duf Sundheim, 11% someone else, 31% don’t know
  • HIGH SPEED RAIL: 52% favor, 14% oppose, but would favor if it cost less, 30% oppose, even if it cost less, 4% don’t know


HEROES: Yolo County supervisor’s story forces a hard look at foster care [Dan Morain @ SacBee] - “Yolo County Supervisor Matt Rexroad is an Iraq War veteran, a Marine, and a no-nonsense political consultant who works to elect Republicans. And his voice cracks when he talks about the little boy he came to call Bonus Baby.”

Another awesome Republican elected official in the region is Sierra College trustee Aaron Klein. Along with his wife Cacey, they have adopted three children from around the world.

BALLOT BATTLE: The fight for $15 an hour minimum wage begins [Margot Roosevelt @ OCR] - “California restaurants, hotels and retailers are revving up to fight a ballot initiative that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next five years.”

CARB: Put state air board’s emissions testing lab in Pomona [Hilda Solis and Connie Leyva OpEd in the Bee] — “While we support and applaud the state’s $360 million investment to upgrade and relocate the El Monte facility, we believe strongly that the lab and its 400 jobs should remain in the Pomona area.”

NO SURPRISE HERE: California Assembly speaker names top election target [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “In a press release, [Speaker Anthony] Rendon called the 16th Assembly District “the top pick-up opportunity for Democrats in the Assembly” and pledged to give Democrat and former Pleasanton City Council member Cheryl Cook-Kallio “all the support she needs” to defeat incumbent Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, R-Dublin.”

LAW AND DISORDER: California crime on the rise [Matt Levin @ CALmatters] - “In California’s 68 largest cities, violent crime jumped 11 percent in the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. Among major U.S. cities, three California cities saw the largest increase in property crime in the country.”

$$$: Why your signature is worth more than ever [Laurel Rosenhall @ CALmatters] - “The competition among [the initiatives] 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.” 


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UC Regents Say Anti-semitism Has 'no Place' On Campus But Reject Blanket Censure Of Anti-zionism
University of California regents declined to endorse a sweeping statement that would have condemned anti-Zionism as a form of discrimination, developed after a series of troubling incidents that targeted Jewish students on UC campuses. They included the defacing of a Jewish fraternity house with a Nazi swastika at UC Davis last year. 

Gov. Brown Seeks Another Initiative Qualifying Miracle :: Fox&hounds
Perhaps the governor thinks he can persuade county Registrars of Voters to push hard to count the signatures he submits. There are many other initiatives seeking qualification for the ballot and registrars are going to be busy counting signatures.

At Stanford, Clinton ridicules Cruz, Trump responses to Brussels
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ripped Sen. Ted Cruz’s call to increase surveillance of U.S. Muslims after the terrorist attacks in Brussels as “foolish” and ‘incendiary racial-profiling, not to mention counter-productive to intercepting future attacks. Tough talk about increasing surveillance on Muslims “doesn’t make you sound tough, it makes you sound in over your head,” the Democratic presidential campaign front-runner said Wednesday during a 28-minute speech on counter-terrorism Stanford University, where her GOP predecessor George Shultz and William Perry, secretary of defense under President Bill Clinton were in attendance. Clinton, who was in California for fundraisers and scheduled the speech at the last minute, sought to portray herself as offering a much more measured perspective than leading Republican presidential candidates Cruz and Donald Trump a day after terrorist attacks in Belgium killed 34 people including three bombers and injured 270 others. After the attacks Republican Cruz on Tuesday called for enabling law enforcement “to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.” Cruz hasn’t backed off his proposal, saying the New York Police Department’s covert surveillance program helped thwart attacks there after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. [...] that is inaccurate: NYPD Assistant Chief Thomas Galati has testified in court that that surveillance program never generated a tip or sparked an investigation of terrorism, according to an AP investigation. Cruz’s response to the Belgium terrorist attacks were echoed by Republican front-runner Donald Trump who proposed that “we close up our borders ... until we figure out what’s going on.” At Stanford Clinton said, “when Republican candidates like Ted Cruz call for treating American Muslims like criminals and for racially profiling predominantly Muslim neighborhoods, it’s wrong, it’s counterproductive, it’s dangerous.” Trump, who has previously backed the torture technique waterboarding, said he would have advocated torturing Salah Abdeslam, captured Friday in connection with last year’s Paris terror attacks that killed 130 people. [...] in the heart of the nation’s tech capital, Clinton called for tapping the “brightest minds in Silicon Valley” to help tap into ISIS recruiting through social media.

California Assembly Speaker Names Top Election Target | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
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Chargers Want Hotel Tax Hike For $1.8b NFL Stadium Project |
A rendering of a proposed downtown stadium and convention center annex. / Submitted photo

Exclusive: NFL Is Funding Campaigns Of Lawmakers Reviewing Concussion Issue
The nonprofit MapLight told this newspaper Wednesday that its analysis of campaign finance data since 2008 has found the NFL's Gridiron PAC has supported members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee that began informal hearings last week on one of the league's most pressing safety issues.

Will Disabled Placard Abuse Undermine Sacramento City Parking Plan? | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @
State law allows cars with blue placard to park for free at meters

Will El Niño's Water Bounty In Northern California Provide For Dry Southern Cities?
Steve ScauzilloSan Gabriel Valley Tribune @
By increasing the official allocation from the State Water Project from 5 percent in 2014 to 45 percent today, the state Department of Water Resources has sent signals the drought is easing, although far from vanquished.

Pew: Voting Changes In Colorado Brought Down Cost -
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Disney Threatens To Stop Filming In Georgia If Anti-gay Bill Becomes Law
Walt Disney Co. is threatening to no longer film in the state of Georgia if an anti-gay bill is signed into law.

Ruling Could Ease Tax Hike Approvals Across State |
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CalPERS Makes Big California Solar Investment | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
Company operates big solar facilities near Palm Springs

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Largest California Reservoirs Releasing Water For Flood Safety | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
Flood releases are first in years at Oroville, Shasta

By 2-to-1 Margin, Americans Want Senate To Consider Supreme Court Nominee - Politico
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are effectively tied among Democratic voters, according to the results of a Bloomberg Politics poll released Thursday.

First Draft: Hillary Clinton Brings On Former Senate Aide for New York Primary
s main liaison to Long Island, will be the state director for her primary fight against Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a campaign aide confirmed.

La Proposes Taxing Pot To Fund Housing For Homeless | 89.3 Kpcc
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LA is trying to identify ways to pay for its fight against rising homelessness. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Ken Howard, Actor And President Of Sag-aftra, Dies At 71
Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard speaks during The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 30, 2016, in Los Angeles.

Donald Trump Has Big Lead In California GOP Primary, Poll Says - San Francisco Chronicle
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California-mexico Cross-border Tunnel Found By U.S. Authorities
CBS News @
This April 25, 2015, photo from the U.S. Border Patrol and introduced as evidence in U.S. District Court shows a trolley in the Mexican side of a tunnel that Border Patrol agents said was used by Evelio Padilla, a Honduran national, to smuggle over 50 pounds of cocaine into the U.S.

Congressional Candidate Lou Correa Credited With Rescuing Seven From Santa Ana Fire - The Orange County Register
SANTA ANA – Congressional candidate and former state Sen. Lou Correa is being credited with rescuing seven people Wednesday after a balcony at a Santa Ana apartment complex caught fire.

Mystery of long-lost tugboat solved in the waters off Farallones
The U.S. Navy’s seagoing tug Conestoga sailed out the Golden Gate into a fierce spring gale 95 years ago Friday bound for Hawaii and was never seen again. No one knew what happened to the vessel or its 56-man crew, or where it was lost — until government scientists recently confirmed that wreckage spotted seven years ago near the Farallon Islands, just 24 miles from San Francisco, was the lost tug. “It was one of the great unsolved mysteries in Navy history,” said the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration in a report released Wednesday during a news conference. Marine archaeologists discovered the wreckage about 200 feet deep last fall using a radio-controlled robot diving craft. [...] over the past six months, Delgado and Schwemmer studied old records, combed Navy files and newspaper accounts, and investigated drawings and pictures of similar vessels. The tugboat, which had done World War I duty in the Atlantic, had sailed from Hampton Roads, Va., to California and to Mare Island in San Francisco Bay. The Navy launched a huge search for the missing vessel, using airplanes, destroyers and even submarines. The Navy searched the Pacific near Hawaii — more than 2,000 miles from the Conestoga’s actual watery grave. Clues — a life preserver found at Moss Beach on the San Mateo coast and material marked U.S Navy found in Monterey Bay — were ignored. The tug, “a substantial vessel built for heavy work,” according to Marine Engineering magazine, was built in 1904 for commercial work on the East Coast. According to old records, the wind picked up to 40 knots, with higher gusts. Perhaps it took a wave, which flooded the engine room, and lost power. “Despite the professionalism, attention to duty and hard work (of the crew), the Conestoga sank with the loss of every man on board,” the NOAA report says.

Is The Israeli Firm Cellebrite Helping The FBI Crack San Bernardino Terrorist's Iphone?
Federal officials have been tight-lipped about exactly who has offered to help them open the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook -- without help from Apple.