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THE NOONER for April 8, 2016

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Happy Freaky Friday, you Nooner consumers! If today's brevity is blamed on me playing craps online, that's totally unsubstantiatied. It's part of a study I am conducting for a future story. 

The Dodgers will see if they can match up against the Giants again tonight after an easy win by the orange and black yesterday. A definite example of the pitching decling in Major League Baseball. And, sorry, even on a perfect Friday, you don't really have a reason to leave your desk, since today's game is a night game.

In a sign that the last year isn't just for golf, Barry Obama is spending three days at the California ATM right now. As President, you get to raise money both for your campaigns and for the Democratic National Committee. As Balke said, "What a job!"

POLL POSITION: Field is out with its latest poll, and it's not so great for Hillary as the Golden State is seemingly becoming more relevant in the presidential. Here are the digits:

  • Hilllary Clinton: 47%
  • Bernie Sanders: 41%
  • Undecided: 12%

Sanders leads Clinton among 18-29 year olds 77%-18%....holy guacamole!

NO SECOND SPRING BREAK: CSU faculty will receive 10.5 percent raise over next two years [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - “In an interview with The Bee, [Chancellor Timothy] White said the agreement would help students by pouring more resources into the classroom while also giving the university more time to figure out how to pay for it.”

Well, that's the way to run a university system! Kids studying business: "come to an agreement and then figure out how to pay for it!" What a country! (P.S. I am a big fan of Tim White, who attended a California Community College, a CSU, and UC Berkeley.)

HEALTH ACCESS: Undocumented could be allowed to buy Covered California health policy [Claudia Beck @ SacBee] - “In a move called both symbolic and practical, the Covered California board took the first step Thursday toward allowing undocumented residents to purchase health plans – with no state or federal subsidies – through California’s Obamacare marketplace.”

50/50%: Pope Francis eases the way for divorced Catholics while reiterating limits on gay unions [Tom Lington and Tracy Wilkinson @ LAT] - “Defining his mission to create a more merciful church, Pope Francis published Friday a much-anticipated exhortation on love and marriage, easing the way for divorced and remarried Catholics to rejoin the faith but reiterating limits on gay unions and the ban on contraception and abortion.”

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblymember Jim Wood!




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Steyer Plots 2016 Senate Endorsements - Politico
He was speaking from the University of Chicago Law School, where he previously taught.

Governor Brown, Crime Victims, And The Elephant On The Capitol Steps -
Ben Adler @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

California Senate Approves Funding For Battery Plant Cleanup | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
A County Public Health crew tests a resident's soil for Exide contamination. Gov. Jerry Brown proposed funding in February to clean some of the estimated 10,000 affected properties near the former Exide Technologies plant in Vernon. A bill for $180 million for that purpose has now passed the state Senate and goes to the Assembly next. Elizabeth Aguilera/KPCC

Politicians Gone Wild Over Pro Sports | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Loss of teams induces civic and political panic

New California Marijuana Czar On Pot Use: 'it Appears There Is A Medical Need'
Lori Ajax has two years to set up California's first system of licensing, regulating and taxing medical marijuana. Gov. Brown recently appointed the Republican

Five California Pot Legalization Tips From Washington And Colorado | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
Officials from states with legal cannabis offered some pointers

Sports tickets, a Mideast trip, a drone: freebies given to SF officials
Mayor Ed Lee accepted a mini-drone worth $39.99, two bottles of Tequila that cost $95, and needlepoint scarves, belts and other high-end clothing accessories worth $460 last year. Board of Supervisors President London Breed took a $2,317 trip to New York City paid for by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce to explore affordable housing issues. The gifts offer a glimpse into the little perks politicians receive and who pays for their travels, whether it be the $375 ticket Another Planet Entertainment gave to Supervisor Eric Mar for the Outside Lands music festival, the $320 worth of tickets the San Francisco Symphony gave Supervisor Jane Kim or the $66 Chinese New Year jersey the Golden State Warriors gave Supervisor Katy Tang. The American-Israel Education Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the pro-Israel group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), spent $10,297 to send Supervisor Malia Cohen on a six-day trip to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Golan Heights. As an individual making decisions that affect San Francisco, I think it’s important for us to be world leaders and aware of the world that we live in. Cohen said she also saw her trip as valuable to her role on the San Francisco Retirement Board, which has to make decisions on where to invest. Local Progress, a network of local progressive elected officials, spent $596.20 to send Supervisor John Avalos to Washington, D.C., to meet with officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a philanthropic group dedicated to child welfare issues, spent $1,750 to send Supervisor Norman Yee to Baltimore and Cincinnati to participate in meetings — the filings did not ask Yee to identify whom the meetings were with or what was discussed. The nonprofit Friends of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women spent $2,750 to send the mayor and his wife, Anita, to Rome to participate in Pope Francis’ Conference on Modern Slavery and Climate Change. The Commission on the Status of Women didn’t respond to a request for comment. LeeAnn Pelham, the new executive director of the San Francisco Ethics Commission, said the gift disclosure rules are meant to make sure that public office isn’t used for private gain and that the gifts don’t give donors an unfair advantage, whether real or perceived. Peskin, who joined the board in December, reported one gift: $441 worth of frequent-flier miles real estate developer Walter Wong gave Peskin and his wife to upgrade from economy to first class on their trip to Nepal after the November election.

La Unified Looks To Income Tax Renewal To Offset Budget Woes | Edsource
Supporters of Proposition 30 at a school rally in 2012.

Orange County Developer Listed In Panama Papers Leak - The Orange County Register
Orange County developer and billionaire Igor Olenicoff is among the world’s rich and famous outed by this week’s leak of secret documents from a Panama law firm that sets up offshore financial accounts and shell corporations.

California primary up for grabs as Clintonâ
The California Democratic primary is up for grabs, as Hillary Clinton has watched her onetime 63-point lead in the polls shrink to six points over Sen. Bernie Sanders, according to a Field Poll released Friday. Voters who do not state a party preference are allowed to vote in the Democratic primary, which is good news for Sanders, as unaffiliated voters in other states have been supportive. The survey was brimming with red flags for Clinton, who has lost six of the last seven Democratic primary and caucus contests and has raised less money than Sanders the past three months. While Clinton has a large lead in the number of delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination, Sanders has enough money to continue running a robust campaign through the California primary. According to Field, 47 percent of registered California voters view Clinton positively, 48 percent negatively. The opinion of nonpartisan voters “is interesting because it tells you which way the wind is blowing, devoid of partisan politics,” said Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo. For perspective, 49 percent of registered voters saw former Democratic Gov. Gray Davis in a negative light in May 2001 — two years before he was recalled — while 44 percent had a positive view of him. Six months before the recall, 67 percent of all California likely voters had a negative impression of Davis, according to Field polls taken at the time. Much like a well-known incumbent, Clinton’s 47 percent support level has been virtually unchanged in Field’s readings since October, while Sanders’ has increased six points over that time. While Sanders has centered his candidacy on income disparity, Clinton holds a slight lead (46 percent to 45 percent) among voters who make less than $60,000 and those who earn between $60,000 and $100,000 (46 percent to 45 percent). More than half (51 percent) of Los Angeles Democratic primary voters prefer Clinton, but the race is a dead heat in Northern California (49 percent to 46 percent in Clinton’s favor), which Field defines as turf stretching from the Oregon border south through Monterey County. While men overall preferred Sanders (48 to 40 percent) and women backed Clinton (53 to 36 percent), those numbers varied strongly by age group. The results were based on a survey of 1,400 registered California voters, including 584 who are considered likely to vote in the June 7 presidential primary.

Fec Lets Gingrich Off The Hook For 2012 Campaign No-nos - Politico
The Vermont senator and insurgent Democratic presidential candidate was invited to a Vatican-linked conference on "social, economic and environmental...

Schwarzenegger Voters Are Trump Voters, California Poll Says
ron Scott has high hopes for Kobe Bryant in his last game @
Today's high

Is UC Davis Delaying Access To Public Records During Student Protest? | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert and Sam Stanton @
Responses to public records act requests offer to provide information only after weeks of delay

Judge Rejects $12.25-million Lyft Lawsuit Settlement
A U.S. District Judge rejected a $12.25-million lawsuit settlement between Lyft and its drivers Thursday, saying that the amount offered shortchanges drivers

Cal State University, Faculty Reach Tentative Salary Agreement « Cbs San Francisco
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The California Faculty Association and the Cal State system said in a joint announcement Thursday that details of the preliminary deal would not be disclosed until Friday.

Donald Trump Cancels His California Trip
Campaigns continue to fight for delegates as the Republican race moves closer to a potential contested convention and the Democratic race tightens in New York. Donald Trump cancels his California visitHere's who Trump takes advice from on foreign policy Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battle...

O.C. Billionaire Olenicoff's Banker Pleads Guilty
Jon Lansner @
The Associated Press reports this about one of O.C. billionaire Igor Olenicoff's bankers ...

At&t Wants To Decommission Landlines In California
Seeking to capitalize upon Californians' growing use of Internet-based phone service, telephone giant AT&T is asking state lawmakers to allow it to decommission its costly landlines.

First Draft: Education Overhaul Advocates Express Concern About Bill Clintonâ
s comments this week suggesting Hillary Clinton is not a fan of annual testing raised eyebrows in the so-called education reform movement.

CSU strike averted after tentative agreement reached
Negotiators for the California State University system and its faculty members have reached a tentative salary agreement, averting a five-day strike that was set to begin next week and would have affected 460,000 students across 23 campuses, the two sides announced Thursday. The announcement of an agreement comes on the heels of a neutral fact-finder’s report that found faculty members were entitled to a larger salary increase than the 2 percent raise that CSU officials had offered. The state Public Employment Relations Board stepped in, and Bonnie Castrey, the neutral arbitrator, found last month that a 5 percent raise — the amount requested by the faculty association — would be most appropriate.

Senate Refuses To Stop Airlines From Shrinking Seats
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The Senate refused Thursday to come to the aid of airline passengers squeezed by the ever-shrinking size of their seats.