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THE NOONER for March 28, 2016

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RELEVANT? As California primary nears, state Democrats are uniting behind Clinton and against a common enemy: Trump [David Lauter @ LAT] - “While both Democratic camps prepare for a final battle in the state’s June 7 primary, the latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times statewide poll found that just over half of Sanders’ supporters said they expected Clinton to be the next president. About a third of Sanders’ backers said they expected the Vermont senator to emerge the winner, and 12% said they thought Donald Trump would prevail.

In the primary race, Clinton holds a modest lead over Sanders, 45% to 37%, among all Democrats and independent voters eligible to vote. Her lead is slightly larger, 47% to 36%, among those most likely to vote. Either way, that’s a significant problem for Sanders.”


HIKE! Deal struck to raise California minimum wage to $15 [David Siders and Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “The deal would raise the statewide minimum incrementally, reaching $15 an hour by 2022, and linking increases to inflation after that. Small businesses would be given an additional year to comply.”

STRIKE? Cal State awaits report that could help professors decide whether to go on strike [Jason Song @ LAT] — “The union has demanded a 5% pay raise; administrators have countered with a 2% offer. The report was compiled by a third party after negotiations came to an impasse. Both sides presented the mediator with evidence supporting their positions, and the mediator's report will make recommendations for ending the dispute.” 

The neutral fact finder found iv favor of thee faculty.

CA36 (Coachella): Congressional race reflects changing electorate [Jeff Horseman @ PE] - “California’s 36th Congressional District reflects how much Riverside County’s political landscape has changed.”

$$$: Changes could add hundreds of millions of dollars to first 29 miles of bullet train [Ralph Vertebarian @ LAT] - “The change orders and other claims are coming from construction firms, utilities and railroads involved in that first segment, according to the documents.”
Quin Denvir to Gov. Jerry Brown: Commute all death row sentences [Denny Walsh @ SacBee] - “Quin Denvir, long an opponent of the death penalty and one of the lawyers who steered Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski around probable execution, has asked Gov. Jerry Brown to commute the sentences of California’s death row prisoners.”

916: Sacramento unveils $3.6 billion transportation project to-do list [Tony Bizjak @ SacBee] - “The tax would raise an estimated $3.6 billion over 30 years and would be spent around the county for road repairs, street expansions, new freeway interchanges and major transit projects.”

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Sacramento Unveils $3.6 Billion Transportation Project To-do List | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @
Projects include pothole repairs, freeway interchanges, light rail, new bridge

Gov. Brown's $17 Billion Delta Tunnels Plan Faces New Hurdle -- A Leading Taxpayers Organization
The district, which provides 1.9 million residents of Santa Clara County drinking water and flood protection, has been a key player in Brown's controversial plan. Its share of the tunnels project could cost up to $1.2 billion.

Bay Area Lawmaker, Grieving Mom Push For Breathalyzers In Dui Offender Cars | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @
Tony Bizjak writes about traffic and travel in the Sacramento region

Proposed $15 State Minimum-wage Boost To Be Unveiled This Week, Elicits Divided Reaction
Robert Salonga and Jessica Calefati, Mercury News @
Gov. Jerry Brown and state labor unions have been negotiating over the past week to increase the current $10 minimum wage in increments over the next six years, a Capitol source close to the negotiations told this newspaper.

Report Recommends That Cal State Faculty Receive 5% Pay Increase
Cal State faculty, students and administrators were awaiting the release of a key report Monday that could help determine if professors at the nation's largest public university system walk off the job next month.

State-managed Retirement Plan For California Workers Takes Shape | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
Secure Choice would auto-enroll workers with no employer-sponsored retirement plan

As California Primary Nears, State Democrats Are Uniting Behind Clinton And Against A Common Enemy: Trump
Essential Politics

Lawmakers Reach Tentative Deal To Raise State Minimum Wage To $15 - San Francisco Chronicle
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The Key Facts Behind Clinton, Trump State Leads « Calbuzz
That Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are leading their respective presidential contests in California, according to the latest PPIC poll, is not surprising: what is noteworthy is how significantly the Democratic race appears to be affected by independents who are permitted to vote in that contest.

Bay Area Coast Guard Crew Intercepts Cocaine Smuggling Sub - Sfgate
A Bay Area Coast Guard crew busted a group of smugglers piloting a covert submarine loaded with 6 tons of cocaine through the open waters off the coast of Central America, officials said Monday. Four suspected transnational criminal drug runners were aboard the blow-laden submersible about 300 miles southwest of Panama when the boat was spotted cruising just below the ocean surface. The boat, a self-propelled semi-submersible, is one of scores of makeshift vessels that glide just below the ocean surface to smuggle drugs into the United States. Last year the Coast Guard seized more than 319,000 pounds of cocaine from semi-submersible boats and so far this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, the agency has taken more than 200,000 pounds of drugs from such boats, officials said.

Will The $15 Minimum Wage Pass California's Legislature? And Other Key Questions...
Why a minimum wage increase now?

Retiring Community Colleges Chancellor Discusses Challenges | Edsource
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Some Restaurants Face Pressure To Trim Menus And Staffs Under California's Wage Hike
Business reaction to the proposed California-wide minimum-wage increase.

Moderate Republican Senators Navigate a Complex Course
On some issues, lawmakers like Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, who is fighting for re-election, have distanced themselves from the far right.

How Licensed Dispensaries Are Being Hurt By Santa Ana's Illegal Pot Shops - The Orange County Register
Seven months after Santa Ana began licensing medical marijuana dispensaries, officials say there are up to twice as many unlicensed pot retailers as sanctioned shops in the city.

In America, Syrian Refugee Family Finds Safe Haven |
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Quin Denvir To Gov. Jerry Brown: Commute All Death Row Sentences | The Sacramento Bee
Denny Walsh @
Retired Sacramento federal defender questions morality of executing possible innocents

Santa Clara County Jail-reform Commission Urges Scores Of Changes, Including Seizing Sheriff's Command
Robert Salonga and Tracey Kaplan, Staff writers @
In urging new leadership, the panel pointed to a broken grievance and complaint process, mismanagement of the Inmate Welfare Fund, a flawed classification system for determining where inmates are housed, a fear of retaliation among both inmates and correctional officers, and a "stunning lack of transparency."

Mayor de Blasio and Assembly Speaker Coordinate Closely in State Budget Fight
s interests are represented in budget talks in Albany.

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

First Draft: Senate Meetings With Merrick Garland Start With a Trickle
At least five senators are scheduled to return to Capitol Hill for private sessions with the Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick B. Garland. Those include a session on Tuesday with Senator Mark S. Kirk of Illinois, who will be the first Republican to meet him.