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THE NOONER for April 6, 2016

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Happy humpday! It's forecasted to be 90 degrees today, so enjoy this pleasant spring morning. You (and I) have twelve days left to do your taxes. Tax day is April 18 this year, as April 15 falls on the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington (and the state follows that extended deadline). Argh, that time when you can't find your iPhone and the battery is dead, so "Find my iPhone" doesn't work. It is somewhere here in my place, according to the last ping.

AD31 (West Fresno): Yesterday, Joaquin Arambula (D) received 52.1% (preliminary, subject to provisionsals and late absentees), meaning he will assume the remainder of Henry Perea's Assembly term, while facing a rematch with Clint Olivier (R) in June and November. Arambula, whose father was a Democrat-turned-independent member of the Assembly, is an emergency room doctor. 

Olivier seems to be hedging whether or not to seriously compete in June:

"Olivier said in an interview with The Times that he has not decided if he would continue his campaign to the June primary, saying, "it is going to require more reflection ... to determine if that's a viable option."

AD47 (Rialto): A pivotal race for California Democrats [Laurel Rosenhall @ CALmatters] - “Though Brown has the powerful endorsement of the California Democratic Party – which comes with the potential for huge financial support – Reyes backers appear ready for a fight. They recently filed an ethics complaint against Brown that is being investigated by the state’s political watchdog. A campaign of big spending from both sides is likely to follow as interest groups vie to influence the direction of the Democratic-controlled Legislature.”

DON’T RUIN A GOOD THING: California bill advances to regulate prices for Uber, Lyft [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “Legislation pushing state officials to regulate prices and do deeper background checks for companies like Uber and Lyft passed its first committee on Tuesday over tech industry objections.”

The bill is authored by former taxi company owner (whose brothers run it now) Ben Hueso (D-San Diego).

I regularly take Uber around downtown Sacramento, and find drivers friendly, safety-minded, and their cars very clean. I'd like more details on Hueso's allegation that surge pricing results in a rider paying $5 one direction and $60 back. I've never seen surge pricing beyond two times the normal fare.

DOLLARS AND SENSE: How the $15 minimum wage will affect California state workers [Jon Ortiz @ SacBee] - “Big bumps on the low end: Last year, 510 interns, student assistants, conservation corps workers and others made the hourly minimum wage (which went from $9 to $10 on July 1) or a few cents above it. Base pay for nearly 100 entry-level seasonal firefighters also started at the state’s minimum.”

SF BENEFITS: San Francisco approves fully paid leave for new parents [Janie Har @ AP] - “San Francisco became the first place in the country Tuesday to require businesses to provide fully paid leave for new parents in what was hailed as the latest move to address income inequality in the nation.

The measure approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors will give new mothers and fathers six weeks of fully paid time off, a rarity now offered to some government sector workers and some private employees, particularly those who work in the tech industry.”

UNDER PRESSURE: UC offers admission to 15% more Californians, particularly Latinos and African Americans [Teresa Watanabe @ LAT] - “Offers to underrepresented minorities grew significantly, with an increase for Latinos to 22,704 from 16,608 last year, representing 32% of the total class admitted. African Americans grew to 3,083 from 2,337, about 4.7% of all admitted freshmen.”

HOLY S***: Mississippi law opens new a new front in the battle over gay rights [Jenny Jarvie @ LAT]

"The Mississippi law, signed Tuesday by Gov. Phil Bryant, allows government employees to refuse to issue marriage licenses or perform marriage ceremonies and permits businesses and faith-based groups to deny housing, jobs and adoption and foster-care services to people based on their sexual orientation." . .

"Owens said the bill would appear to give a landlord the right not to rent to any two people living together before marriage and permit employers to fire workers based on their sexual orientation."

The bill would also allow employers to deny people (including heterosexuals) who engage in premarital sex. Congrats if you were the Geek growing up.

Chick-fil-A must be having a chickengasm today.

MIC DROP: Crew member on United Airlines flight out of Sacramento slides out on runway, walks off [Inform News] - “On Monday morning a United Airlines flight from Sacramento, California, landed at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. The Boeing 737 landed, taxied for about five minutes, and then made a complete stop at the gate. Then, one of the United Airlines flight attendants opened the front door, extended the emergency slide, tossed her purse out, slid off the plane, and walked way.”

I’ve thought about doing that on United flights, even while at cruising altitude.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Sen. Wieckowski's Fielding Greaves and Heather Resetarits, lobbyist Gus Khouri, HHS's Katherine Maestas Ruiz!




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2 GOP candidates win court ruling, will appear on ballot
2 GOP candidates win court ruling, will appear on ballot SACRAMENTO — Two Republican candidates will appear on the June ballot — despite missing the deadline to file for office — after suing the secretary of state last month. A judge ruled in favor of the candidates, one running for the state Assembly seat in a Sacramento suburb and one running for a South Bay congressional seat, requiring their names to appear on the ballot. A third candidate seeking to run for another Sacramento Assembly seat was included in the lawsuit, but ultimately did not have enough valid signatures to be certified to appear on the ballot. Lancaster and Tim Gorsulowsky, who is running against Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove (Sacramento County), both turned in a form voters sign to allow a candidate to waive all or part of the filing fee that was due in February. In March, when they turned in their paperwork, they would have had to turn in signatures from voters wishing to nominate a candidate for office as well as the filing fee. Cooper said a voter who supports a candidate attempting to waive filing fees does not necessarily support that person running for a particular office. Allowing a candidate to avoid having to turn in nomination signatures, such as the 40 required to run for the Assembly, makes it easier for that person to run for office.

Besieged Teachers Unions Reach Out To Their Members | Edsource
CTA President Eric Heins talks strategy in San Jose in October 2012 with teachers Sandra Rivera of Alum Rock Union Elementary School District and Wendi Smith of Sunnyvale School District, who were working full-time on the campaign to pass Proposition 30. Persuading voters to extend the tax increase will be the union's top priority in November.

State Lawmakers Seek Independent Panel For L.A. County Redistricting
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors would be stripped of its ability to redraw its own district boundaries and the job would be given to an independent, citizen-run commission under a proposal advanced Tuesday by state lawmakers.

How Far Should CalPERS Go To Make Profitable Investments? | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Pension fund holds pieces of booze, gambling and tobacco companies

California Elections Officials Warn Of 'surge' For June 7 Primary
California elections officials are anticipating a surge in voter turnout for the June 7 presidential primary election. More than 600,000 Californians have registered to vote online or updated their registration in just the last three months, and county election agencies may be overwhelmed by the...

How The $15 Minimum Wage Will Affect California State Workers | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Jerry Brown signs measure while in talks with state labor

Concord City Council votes to delay selection of developer for huge project
The Concord City Council voted late Tuesday night to put off till next week a decision on whether to choose the only developer left in the running for the first phase of a multi-billion dollar real estate project — a 2,200-acre township on the former Concord Naval Weapons Station. Lennar Urban was the only developer being considered after Catellus Development Corp. dropped out, frustrated over several parts of the process, and accusing inappropriate lobbying of a council member on the part of Lennar's associates. The city plans to turn the land into a trendy, transit-oriented community, lined with parks, greenways, bike paths, a vibrant shopping district, a golf course, hotels, several schools and about 12,000 homes. The council had seemed poised Tuesday to give the green light to a master developer for 500 acres between the North Concord BART Station and Willow Pass Road — the first leg of a potentially decades long project — but ended up voting unanimously to wait until next Wednesday to make a decision. Mayor Laura Hoffmeister, along with Council members Dan Helix and Edi Birsan, said at council meeting overflowing with about 200 people that there were still unanswered questions surrounding several aspects of the bid, including the amount of affordable housing that would be offered, mitigation of increased traffic and plans for revenue sharing. “On all levels I’m confident they’re more than qualified to build a city the people of Concord will be proud of,” he said during public comment. The battle over who would win the bid to develop one of the largest mixed-use projects in Northern California has been plagued by accusations of improper lobbying and illegal closed door meetings, along with the death of a city official. Catellus argued in a Sept. 24 letter sent to the city manager that Lennar had insider connections in the process because of Lennar’s ties to former Mayor Tom Grayson’s state Assembly campaign. Catellus also accused city officials of holding an illegal closed door meeting where they decided to ignore a city staff report that endorsed Catellus for the job. On Oct. 6, Coon jumped to his death from the third floor of a Walnut Creek parking garage, according to Walnut Creek Police Lt. Lanny Edwards, who said several witnesses saw him jump.

California Lawmakers Propose New Oral Swab Field Test For Drivers High On Pot
With medical marijuana in widespread use and a ballot measure planned to legalize recreational pot in California, state officials proposed Tuesday to use new

7 accused of harassment left UC Berkeley; cases newly revealed
Bob Egelko, Kurtis Alexander and Cynthia Dizikes @
A UC Berkeley swim coach sexually harassed a male co-worker over an 18-month period in 2014 and 2015 — loudly describing him as “my boyfriend” at a swim meet, subjecting him to repeated sexual comments despite his objections, asking him, “When are you coming to the dark side?” and offering him $300 for oral sex, according to public records released Tuesday by the campus. Details about the campus investigation into his case and the light discipline were revealed in more than 400 pages of documents released by UC Berkeley on Tuesday night under a Public Records Act request from The Chronicle. The documents include 17 cases investigated by the campus Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination dating back to 2008 in which investigators concluded that harassment had definitely or probably occurred. The report said that in 2015 he sent a student a series of sexually harassing emails, one of which invited the student to go to Hawaii for a “dirty smoke-filled weekend of unadulterated guilty pleasure and sins.” D’Abrera also spoke of killing himself, offered other students vacations, and, before resigning, suggested that students boo the department chairman and turn their back on him when he came to class to look into D’Abrera’s conduct, the report said. According to the report, during a nine-month period in 2008-09, Anderson sent text messages and emails with sexual innuendos to a female student. Alan Wong, a massage therapist at the university’s Recreational Sports Facility, who sexually assaulted a female student in 2014 by touching her genitals while giving her a massage, the report said. Jeffrey Topacio, general manager of Cal Dining, who in 2015 bragged to co-workers about the size of his penis and directed a slur for homosexuals at a male worker who was weeping. The incidents evoked the school’s admissions in recent months that it had known about harassment by some of its most eminent figures but took no serious disciplinary action until the public learned about their conduct. Professor Geoffrey Marcy, a renowned astronomer, and Law School Dean Sujit Choudhry both resigned under pressure after reports surfaced that they had sexually harassed students or underlings. Graham Fleming resigned as vice chancellor for research, but kept his job as a tenured chemistry professor, after an investigation found that he had “more likely than not” inappropriately touched and kissed a former employee. The school has also announced its intention to fire Yann Hufnagel, an assistant men’s basketball coach, for allegedly harassing and frightening a female reporter.

State Attorney General Seizes Videos Behind Planned Parenthood Sting
David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, at the Value Voters Summit in September 2015.

California Senate Panel Backs Stiffer Sentencing For Fentanyl | The Sacramento Bee
Claudia Buck @
SB 1323 would add up to 25 years for those selling/transporting fentanyl

State law to allow supervised centers for drug users stalls
SACRAMENTO — A California lawmaker’s proposal to allow cities and counties in the state to create legal and supervised facilities where intravenous drug users could inject themselves was met with strong opposition Tuesday. A handful of cities across the nation, including San Francisco, have expressed an interest in creating facilities where intravenous drug users can legally shoot up under the supervision of on-site medical personnel in case of an overdose. Eggman said the legislation is needed to ensure cities and counties in California have the legal authority to create supervised injection facilities if they choose to. “While San Francisco has a long tradition of moving forward ahead of state law, federal law, etc, we feel the state law needs to be changed to provide the ability to do this in accordance with state law,” said Laura Thomas, the deputy state director for the Drug Policy Alliance. While criminal liability may be off the table, it would only be a matter of time before a participating agency is sued when a drug user overdoses and an innocent person is killed by someone driving away from the facility. Canadian Sen. Larry Campbell, a former Vancouver mayor and former police officer, urged lawmakers on the Assembly Public Safety Committee to pass the bill, saying that since he helped create the first supervised injection site in North America in 2003, deaths have been prevented.

Cal State Campuses Say Education Will Go On During Strike | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Cecil Canton, left, a criminal justice professor at California State University, Sacramento, joins other faculty members at a news conference, at CSU, Sacramento, to discuss the independent report that supports the position that faculty members at the California State University system are underpaid, Monday, March 28, 2016. The administration says it doesn't have the money to give a 5 percent raise called for by the faculty association and has offered a 2 precent raise. Rich Pedroncelli/AP

Obama Hits Trump On Wall Plan | Thehill
Jordan Fabian @
President Obama on Tuesday blasted Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpAaron Rodgers pokes at Kasich Report: Pfizer threatens to drop Allergan merger amid tax crackdown Trump campaign laid off data-team leader in March: report MORE for his plan to bar immigrants in the U.S. from sending money back home to force Mexico to pay for a new border wall.

California Slow To Adopt Mortgage Tax Relief | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Capitol acted very quickly on minimum wage hike

CpUC Now Wants $12.3 Million For Legal Fees |
The California Public Utilities Commission is seeking an additional $6 million for private attorneys to answer subpoenas, search warrants and other demands on regulators related to their dealings with energy executives.

Proposed California Measures Seek To Increase Government Transparency -
Ben Bradford @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Stung By Trump's Attacks, Mexico Names Ambassador To U.S. Who Is Expected To Fight Back
Amid Trump attacks, Mexico names new top diplomat for Washington

California Bill Advances To Regulate Prices For Uber, Lyft | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Latest effort to impose more regulations on ride companies

San Jose: Judge Upholds Order To Repeal Measure B
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Beth McGowen rejected efforts by former Councilman Pete Constant and the Silicon Valley Taxpayers' Association to block the city from invalidating the controversial measure.

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

Fec Questions Rep. Duncan Hunter's Video Game Charges |
U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter — David Brooks

UC Berkeley: 19 Employees Violated Sexual Harassment Policy Since 2011
Katy Murphy, Thomas Peele, Julia Prodis Sulek and Jason Green, Staff writers @
The records -- obtained Tuesday by this newspaper in response to a Public Records Act request filed in November -- bring to light 11 new cases that had not been disclosed during the recent high-profile revelations that tarnished a renowned astronomy professor, a vice chancellor, the dean of the law school and Cal's assistant basketball coach.