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THE NOONER for March 25, 2016

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It's Friday! You made it! And, the Oregon Ducks beat Duke last night. Sorry, John Myers, but QUACK!
 
Last night, we had a great forum on technology and politics, sponsored by Capitol Weekly and RBTiq. We live through incremental changes in life, but it's amazing how much things have changed since I entered politics 22 years ago. As I joked last night, my first Political Data Inc. data came as DB4 files that then I had to import into Microsoft Access. Very different times now with microtargeting/behavioral campaigning. Meanwhile, there's a much increased attention to voter privacy.
 
Thanks to all who participated. 
 
CA46 (Santa Ana): Congressional candidate Lou Correa credited with rescuing seven from Santa Ana fire [Scott Schwebke @ OCR] - “Correa, 58, said he was driving south on Broadway to a meeting when he noticed a flames coming from an apartment building.”
 
STALLING: Bills on smoking still haven't been sent to the governor as tobacco politics play out [Patrick McGreevy @ LAT] - “Two weeks after approving a package of anti-smoking bills, the state Legislature has yet to send them to the governor for final action and may not do so until mid-April. The delay could hinder a referendum threatened by the tobacco industry to overturn the measures.”
 
DISCLOSURE: FPPC to investigate Brown’s top aide [Melody Gutierrez @ SFChron] - “The state’s political watchdog commission will investigate whether a top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown failed to properly disclose her stock in her former employer Pacific Gas & Electric Co.”
 
MOVING ON: Antonio Villaraigosa getting married again [David Siders @ SacBee] - “Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is widely expected to run for governor in 2018, said Thursday he is getting married again.”
 
LET THERE BE LIGHT: At UC Berkeley, promises of a crackdown on sexual misconduct are met with skepticism by students [Teresa Watanabe @ LAT] - “Berkeley students said they realize sexual misconduct occurs on campuses nationwide. But they expected more support from a university famed for its liberal activism.”
 
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to LA councilmember Gil Cedillo, political consultant Robert Olivarez, and the SOS's James Schwab
 
Go out there and have a Hoppy weekend!
 

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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Antonio Villaraigosa Getting Married Again | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
sacbee.com
Former Los Angeles mayor expected to run for governor in 2018

Bills On Smoking Still Haven't Been Sent To The Governor As Tobacco Politics Play Out
latimes.com
Two weeks after approving a package of anti-smoking bills, the state Legislature has yet to send them to the governor for final action and may not do so until mid- to late-April. The delay could hinder a referendum threatened by the tobacco industry to overturn the measures.

Is Berkeley Trump Country? California Republicans Will Find Out | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
sacbee.com
Presidential primary brings new-found relevance to Republicans in heavily Democratic districts

Few GOP Leaders Address Trump Question | Sandiegouniontribune.com
sandiegouniontribune.com
In this March 5, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Big Waves Pounding On California Schools | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
Public education spending up 56 percent

Borenstein: Bart Ratchets Up Diversionary Propaganda With Tax Vote Looming
contracostatimes.com
Agency engineers have worked tirelessly for more than a week trying to determine the cause of voltage flashovers that are disabling train car propulsion systems. "This is a full-court press and we're a little perplexed right now," Paul Oversier, assistant general manager for operations, said Thursday.

Like Alcohol, Heavy Pot Use Linked To Economic, Social Problems | State Of Health | Kqed News
ww2.kqed.org
Persistent, heavy use of marijuana is associated with economic and social problems in adults, according to an international study led by researchers at UC Davis.

Clinton Criticizes Lax Campaign Finance Laws Between Two L.A.-area Fundraisers
latimes.com
In between attending two Los Angeles-area fundraisers, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton railed against the laxness of campaign finance laws on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" "We have to raise money. I raise a lot of money at events and I raise a lot of money online, but there should not be these huge...

Feinstein, Republicans Ask Obama For More Water Pumping From Sacramento Delta | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
sacbee.com
Elected officials seek to aid Valley agriculture

Port Of L.A. Helped Pay For Cleaner China Shipping Vessels--which Later Stopped Docking In L.A.
latimes.com
The Port of Los Angeles paid a Chinese government-owned shipping company $5 million in 2005 to equip cargo vessels to plug into electric shore power while at dock to keep their massive diesel engines from polluting neighborhoods near the harbor. The company, China Shipping, used the money to upgrade...

FPPC Opposes Measure To Register Procurement Lobbyists
techwire.net
The state Fair Political Practices Commission has told lawmakers that it has no business tracking state procurement as a lobbying activity — the heart of one lawmaker’s effort to bring greater transparency to state spending.

As Minimum Wage Heads To November Ballot, Business Groups Leap To Fight It | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
scpr.org
File photo. Fast food workers pushing for minimum wage increases on strike outside of the Central Library in Downtown Los Angeles. Benjamin Brayfield/KPCC

Report Offers a Mixed View of Health Care Law Costs
rss.nytimes.com
The Congressional Budget Office says the overall cost of insurance coverage will be higher than was predicted last year, but much lower than was expected in 2010.

Cupertino: Apple Spaceship Contractor Not Paying Prevailing Wage, Union Protesters Say
mercurynews.com
Members of UA Local Union 393 claim a contractor on the job is not paying plumbers the "prevailing wage rate" as prescribed by the state's Dept. of Industrial Relations.

Corinthian Colleges Students Unlikely To See $1.2 Billion Judgment - The Orange County Register
ROXANA KOPETMAN and MARK MUCKENFUSS @
ocregister.com
A nearly $1.2 billion judgment against defunct, Santa Ana-based Corinthian Colleges is unlikely to find its way to the students who once attended the company’s now-shuttered schools, experts said Thursday.

Hiv Vaccine Trial Set For Next Year | Sandiegouniontribune.com
sandiegouniontribune.com
Shane Crotty, a professor at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology, is working on an HIV vaccine. — Eduardo Contreras

After Baca's Guilty Plea, L.A. Jail Corruption Case Turns Toward Trial Of His Top Aide, Paul Tanaka
latimes.com
The criminal trial of Paul Tanaka, a once powerful figure in Los Angeles policing, is set to open with the former undersheriff facing charges he deliberately thwarted an FBI investigation into jail abuses. Tanaka, who served as the second in command to former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, is charged...

Ap News: The Orange County Register
hosted2.ap.org


Smallest Working Genome May Hint At Secrets Of Life | Sandiegouniontribune.com
sandiegouniontribune.com
Colonies of JCVI-syn3.0, a bacterium custom-designed at the J. Craig Venter Institute to have the smallest genome of any life form. / J. Craig Venter Institute

Infographic: Latinos Make More, Spend More In Los Angeles County, Study Says | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
scpr.org
FILE: A customer buys produce at the Euclid Market in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles in December. /Courtesy of UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Navigating Life And Love When One Parent Is Undocumented - Capradio.org
Lesley McClurg @
capradio.org
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