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THE NOONER for April 7, 2016

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Buenos dias mis amigos! It's a nice day here in the greatest of capitals. Sorry to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders, but Albany ai't got nothing on Sacramento.

Shoosh....don't tell your boss, but they have a ticket to ride on an aeroplane out of SacTown this afternoon. And, that means that you can turn that teevee channel to Giants v. Dodgers! Admittedly, the game is probably not viewable on the micro-screens provided to to the legislative offices, but there are always meetings to be had at Chops and DeVere's acoss the street. It's just a very important bill idea. We'll save California by watching Alex Wood face off against Jake Peavy. Or, if you're not a baseball fan, we have the first day of the Masters on the boob tube today. Although, it's a Master's without Tiger Woods, which is like a Saturday Night Live without John Belushi. 

Well, tonight is the second to last game at Arco Arena. It's a sad week, but Golden One will be golden, and hopefully the team follows.

It's a pretty quiet day in California politics and policy as most of the attention is on the clusterf* of the presidential races--on both sides. Californians are excited that they might be relevent for the first time in 14 years, but that's not claiming the Stanley Cup.

EFF YOU, DNC: Name change aside, Yosemite really wants its hotel sign back [Rory Appleton @ Fresno Bee] - “Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman said that a $1,000 reward has been offered for any information that leads to the recovery of the sign, which was stolen in late February. Thieves took the sign sometime during the evening of Feb. 27 or the morning of Feb. 28.”

Congress needs to act to protect the naming rights at Yosemite National Park. To forfeit the rights to private corporations and the “free” market is absurd. What’s next? The Washington monument to Viagra?

 #CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Sam Chung and Iris Obregon



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Lame Watchdog Lets Big Campaign Donors Hide | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @
Federal Election Commission lets million-dollar donors ignore disclosure

Antonin Scalia News | Photos | Quotes | Wiki -
Scalia was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and attended public grade school and Catholic high school in New York City, where his family had moved. He attended Georgetown University as an undergraduate, and obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from Harvard Law School. After spending six years in a Cleveland law firm, he became a law school professor. In the early 1970s, he served in the Nixon and Ford administrations, first at minor administrative agencies, and then as an assistant attorney general. He spent most of the Carter years teaching at the University of Chicago, where he became one of the first faculty advisers of the fledgling Federalist Society. In 1982, he was appointed as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by President Ronald Reagan.

L.A. And S.F. Want To Regulate Ride Services If State Won’t | The California Report | Kqed News
“The real question is: Should we be doing this?” CPUC President Michael Picker said in a recent interview with KQED, echoing comments he made at two legislative hearings in Sacramento last month.

Court Lets Uber Appeal A Class-action Lawsuit Filed By Its Drivers
Uber has caught a break in a class-action lawsuit that could force the San Francisco company to treat many drivers as employees, not contractors.

Job Growth To Slow In California, But No Recession On Horizon: Forecast
For now, however, a slowdown in the United States economy has begun to affect the economy in California, causing activity to slow in the Golden State, according to the closely watched UCLA Anderson Forecast.

Sacramento Moves To Repeal Minimum Wage Hike After State Action | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Lillis @
Two council members ask that repeal be brought before City Council

Fare Fallout: Uber, Lyft And Rising Costs Force Santa Ana Taxi Firm To Close - The Orange County Register
After 30 years ferrying passengers around Orange County, Santa Ana-based A Taxi Cab ceased operation Tuesday, leaving 150 employees, mainly taxi drivers, unemployed.

First Draft: Obama Will Travel to Chicago to Press Case for Merrick Garland
President Obama will appear at the University of Chicago Law School, where he once taught constitutional law, and will no doubt use the lecture to point out that both he and the Senate have defined constitutional roles to play when it comes to the court.

Former UC Berkeley worker dismayed by new cases of harassment
A former UC Berkeley School of Law assistant whose lawsuit alleging sexual harassment by Dean Sujit Choudhry prompted his resignation last month criticized the university’s handling of harassment cases Wednesday after records revealed a slew of new cases that led to discipline against employees. Tyann Sorrell spoke out against the university at the Oakland law offices of Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP after reviewing several of the 400 plus documents on UC Berkeley harassment cases made public Tuesday. The documents, released by UC Berkeley under a Public Records Act request from The Chronicle, included 17 cases dating back to 2008 where harassment definitely or probably occurred, as investigated by the campus Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination. Why is it that it took a (public records) request to turn up an additional 12 findings of sexual harassment that we didn’t know about? Several incidents had not previously been public, including allegations UC Berkeley swim coach Todd Mulzet harassed a male co-worker for 18 months in 2014 and 2015, which included offering him $300 for oral sex. “I’m shocked at what appears to have been a deliberate suppression of years of sexual abuse and harassment information on the part of executive level at UC Berkeley,” Sorrell said in a statement.

The Newest Assembly Member Is Following In His Father's Footsteps
Voters in Fresno County will be getting a new Assembly member, four months after Democrat Henry Perea resigned to take a job with the pharmaceutical industry.

Pot Legalization Study Says California Needs Strict Rules On Growers, Drivers | The Sacramento Bee
Peter Hecht @
By Peter Hecht

Could All-latino Slate Motivate Higher Voter Turnout In San Diego Neighborhood? -
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Scientists say reducing deep-seated prejudice is possible
Two young political scientists at UC Berkeley and at Stanford who exposed a major research fraud less than a year ago are now reporting the results of their own work countering prejudice, and are being hailed for it by a leading expert in their field. The scientists said they have found that the attitudes of voters who strongly disdain transgender people and opposed laws protecting them can be rapidly changed by brief conversations with volunteers, regardless of whether those volunteers are transgender. David Broockman, 27, a newly minted assistant professor in the Stanford Business School who had earned his advanced degree at Berkeley, and Joshua Kalla, 23, who is a Berkeley graduate student, were working on their own research project a year ago when they detected fraudulent data in a UCLA researcher’s report on prejudice against marriage equality for gay people. The research report had just been published in the widely-respected research journal Science and the two political scientists detected major flaws in the article, finding it was based on fraudulent data. In a separate article on the controversy, Professor Elizabeth Levy Paluck of Princeton’s department of psychology and international affairs called the research by Broockman and Kalla a “rigorous field experiment” and said its results were based on “long term, high quality measurement” that clearly showed for the first time how “prejudice is subject to peer influence.” Broockman and Kalla described how they had worked with the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s “Leadership Lab” whose experts helped recruit volunteers in Miami to canvass voters there who had voiced strong hostility to transgender people and had supported repeal of a city ordinance protecting them from discrimination. [...] Broockman’s and Kalla’s data showed that regardless of the interviewer’s sexual orientation, they were all equally able to lower levels of prejudice among hostile voters during sympathetic interviews with volunteers that lasted only about 20 minutes.

Amazon Expands Free Same-day Delivery In Greater Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
Prime Free offers free shipping on 1 million items

In-custody Deaths: Alameda County Stands Apart In Lack Of Investigations -
But unlike similar incidents elsewhere in the Bay Area, none of the deaths was independently investigated by the district attorney. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley does not automatically probe use-of-force deaths unless the decedent was shot by police.

Video: California Counts: Project Aims To Pair Us Citizens With Immigrants To Vote 'together' | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Francisco Medina is one of the organizers of a project called Vote Allies that aims to pair nonvoters with voters. Medina made headlines last summer as one of two men without legal resident status who were appointed to city commissions in Huntington Park in Southern California. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Workers At Ex-oxy Ceo's Bel-air Home Allege They Were Trafficked To U.S. Via Middle East
Three women from the Philippines have filed a lawsuit against Ray Irani, the former chief executive of Occidental Petroleum Corp., and his wife Ghada, alleging the couple underpaid and overworked them at their Bel-Air mansion, and that two of the women were trafficked into the U.S. via Qatar and...

Arcadia's Planned Anti-mansionization Ballot Initiative Hits A Wall | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
An older, traditional Arcadia home sits next to a recently built mansion. Some of the San Gabriel Valley residents are frustrated by the number of bigger homes replacing older, smaller ones. Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC