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THE NOONER for March 26, 2016

It's noon. It's time for a break. Here's what people are reading on today:

Granite Bay Water District Says It Will No Longer Follow State Water Conservation Mandate | The Sacramento Bee
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San Juan Water District says Folsom Lake is healthy

Transit Funding Emerges As Key Issue For Sandag Tax Increase | Kpbs
Andrew Bowen @
Board members of the San Diego Association of Governments on Friday debated prioritizing public transit over highways, as the county planning agency mulls placing a half-cent sales tax increase on the November ballot.

3 Ways The Unpredictable GOP Presidential Race Could Shake Out
Essential Politics

Jerry Brown Pardons 59 For Easter | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
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Why So Many Voters Are Drawn To Donald Trump
Many voters are simply mesmerized by Donald Trump the unconventional, Donald Trump the unpredictable.

San Francisco Mayor Bans Government Travel To North Carolina -
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Tony Robbins buys a building for SFâ
First he saved them from being evicted. [...] multimillionaire business coach and self-improvement guru Tony Robbins has gone one step further: Robbins forked over $750,000 in cash this week for the property’s purchase, the offer was accepted, and the two nuns of the Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth Soup Kitchen plan to tote their pots and pans over there by the end of April. Sister Mary Benedicte, who with Sister Mary of the Angels serves meals to hundreds of homeless people a week at their soup kitchen at 54 Turk St., was flabbergasted. Robbins read of the nuns’ plight last month when The Chronicle reported that their little soup kitchen in a tatty corner of the Tenderloin was being evicted by their landlord so he could make more money on the building. Mary Martha flew to San Francisco in mid-March, the nuns found a real estate agent, and in short order they had their kitchen at 1930 Mission St. All they need now is a condominium or apartment for the sisters to sleep in because, unlike at Turk Street, they can’t live in their new space. Robbins — known internationally for infomercials, books and for counseling bigwigs from former President Bill Clinton to actor Leonardo DiCaprio — is tapping some of his billionaire friends for help and advice on the housing front, too. Having spent time homeless before he hit fame as a business coach dubbed “the CEO Whisperer” by Fortune magazine, Robbins said, he takes the issue personally. After The Chronicle wrote of the nuns’ plight, hundreds of people from around the world called or wrote the newspaper offering to help — including several real estate agents, who began scouring the city for buildings the nuns could move to. Gamero said when he called the finance office for the seller, they literally laughed at me on the phone when I said Tony Robbins — the Tony Robbins — wanted to buy the place for cash. The space Robbins bought is on the first floor of a four-story building, a 1,430-square-foot rectangular retail spot that has been empty for two years. Robbins and Mary Martha said they are also working on ways to market the fruity French pastries the nuns bake and sell at farmers markets, the lone funding source for the soup kitchen. [...] some of the money he’s giving to the nuns came from other people taking his advice. While he was onstage conducting a weeklong business seminar last month in Sun Valley, Idaho, for ex-President George W. Bush and 250 of the largest donors to his foundation, one of the nuns from Chicago, Sister Mary Valerie, called to discuss updates on their situation.

Group Gets The Word Out: Undocumented Children Now Eligible For Health Care
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Tensions Rise Over The Storage Of Spent San Onofre Nuclear Fuel - The Orange County Register
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A Path ‘to Debt Relief’ For Defrauded Corinthian Students | The California Report | Kqed News
U.S. Education Secretary John King announced findings of fraud against 91 separate campuses of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges at a press conference in Boston today.

Some Blue Shield, Kaiser Members Get Faulty Obamacare Tax Forms - Sfgate
The faulty 1095-A forms were issued in late February, after the customers had already received correct 1095-A forms indicating they were covered.

Where Does Kamala Harris Stand On Planned Parenthood Videos?
It took a Texas grand jury only two months to reject claims that Planned Parenthood had illegally trafficked in fetal tissue, and instead indict two antiabortion activists whose elaborate plans blew up in their faces. That was some swift poetic justice. But what's taking California so long? In...

Complaint Alleges 30 Guns In Professor's Workspace |
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Villaraigosa's Non-announcement Announcement :: Fox&hounds
There was no question what he was thinking in answering the query.

Least Affordable Markets: Marin, Santa Cruz And San Francisco Are In The Nation's Top Five
In Marin County, the average wage earner would need to spend 109.2 percent of monthly wages to make monthly mortgage payments -- including insurance and property taxes -- on a median-priced single family home or condo. The median price there is $875,000.

Us Border Officials Accused Of Denying Food To Asylum Seekers | Kpbs
Jean Guerrero @
The American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego sent a complaint letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection stating that the agency has been denying food to asylum seekers awaiting processing at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

Trump Fuels Citizenship Drive Among Immigrants -
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Bay Area population grows by more than 90,000 in 1 year
The Bay Area’s population was boosted by 90,834 people — the size of Santa Barbara — between 2014 and 2015, according to estimates in a U.S. Census Bureau report, dramatically outpacing housing and transportation needs of the region, experts say. [...] the relatively steady upswing in the last five years, policy makers say, underscores deficiencies in housing supply and public transportation. “What should be a great story about job growth and very desirable communities is instead a story about housing displacement and gridlock,” said Gabriel Metcalf, president of the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association. Roadblocks to increasing the region’s housing stock, he pointed out, include zoning laws that prohibit high-density housing, prolonged project approval processes and the fact that many voters are homeowners not directly hurt by soaring home prices and who want to minimize congestion for themselves. The unevenness, especially when new residents are living far from their workplaces, has increased strains on public transit lines. The crowded commuter trains were cast into an ugly spotlight in the last month as mysterious power surges knocked dozens of cars out of operation, and service shut down between the Pittsburg-Bay Point and North Concord stations. The metropolitan area defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, which increased by 60,152, was one of the few in the nation to grow by more than 50,000 people. Miriam Zuk, a UC Berkeley researcher and director of the Urban Displacement Project — which last year released a map visualizing gentrification forces — said growth trends in the Bay Area between 2014 and 2015 appeared to be in line with recent years. San Francisco County’s rate of population growth has slowed somewhat in the last three years as Alameda County’s has picked up speed, leading some, like Tim Colen, executive director of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, to call Oakland “the new Brooklyn.”

Alabama Governor In Sex Scandal Hit With Ethics Violations Report - Politico
The report initiates a legal investigation into "misuse of state property" as well as the legality of his senior political adviser's status...

UC Theatre reopening called off amid â
The UC Theatre’s grand reopening Friday night turned out to be a bust, as officials from the newly remodeled music venue had to postpone the planned They Might Be Giants show because of technical difficulties. “Due to technical delays beyond our control, tonight’s They Might Be Giants show has been postponed,” according to a posting on the UC Theatre’s Facebook page. The Berkeley landmark, which has sat vacant for nearly 15 years, planned to reopen with the two-time Grammy-winning alternative rock band after a seven-year, $6 million renovation to turn the old movie theater into a music venue with the capacity to hold 1,400 people. Officials described the problem as “no fault of the band’s,” but a representative for the Berkeley Music Group, the nonprofit formed to renovate the UC Theatre, said Saturday night’s sold-out Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue show is expected to go on as planned. The UC Theatre, located at 2036 University Ave., opened in 1917 as a nickelodeon with 2,200 seats and, at the time, was the largest screen in the West.

State Regulators Deny L.A.’s Request To Fingerprint Uber, Lyft Drivers | The California Report | Kqed News
The California Public Utilities Commission has denied a request by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and two City Council members to launch a pilot fingerprint background check for Uber and Lyft drivers.

Disputed tree in Inner Richmond is staying right where it is
A San Francisco property owner should not be allowed to cut down a 100-foot pine tree in his backyard, a city environmental committee decided Friday, siding with neighbors who want to landmark the tree over the owner’s objections. In a 9-2 vote, the Urban Forestry Council concluded Friday that the tree should be landmarked because of its physical attributes, rarity, environmental benefits and cultural support. The fate of the tree had become so contentious that the owner hired a lawyer, while neighbors who wanted to preserve the tree obtained restraining orders prohibiting its removal. Some two dozen people showed up to the council’s meeting Friday to support or oppose the landmark status. Short urged the council to develop an alternative for protecting big trees that do not rise to landmark status. [...] Dale Rogers, the property owner, told the council that voting to landmark the tree amounts to the “taking of one’s private property against their wishes.”

Holder seeks women's prison reforms
The former attorney general is urging changes to the way the criminal justice system treats female prisoners, particularly those put behind bars by D.C.'s local courts.