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THE NOONER for April 9, 2016

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It's Saturday, and there is a weird substace falling from the sky. While we need continued moisture, must it be on the day of MadBum v. Kershaw in the Giants/Dodgers series? Fans are still reeling from Dodgers starter Ross Stripling's yank in the 8th inning yesterday in his major league debut. And by the way, he was 5 outs away from a no-hitter, and then Dodgers subsequently lost in extra innings. 

Tonight, we say farewell to Arco/Sleep Train Arena. So many good (and bad) memories there. Let's hope Golden One arena and the Kings gel better than the last several years in North Natomas.

Anyway, not much news today, so I'll be quick.

LOVE TIME: Jerry Brown to sign paid family leave expansion in California [David Siders @ SacBee] - “The legislation, passed by the Legislature last month, will raise reimbursement rates to 70 percent of an employee’s paycheck for the state’s lowest wage earners. It will increase to 60 percent the reimbursement rate for private-sector workers earning up to about $108,000 a year.” 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Gregory Flap Cole, Nicole Fossier, Andy Katz, and Brian VanRiper!



  • Learn strategies for interpreting and applying statutes in the modern administrative state at an Executive Training on Statutory Interpretation by the McGeorge Capital Center for Law & Policy. Intended audience includes lawyers, and non-lawyers with legislative and rulemaking roles. April 22, 9 a.m.-Noon at McGeorge. MCLE. Register.  (link register to

  • NARAL is hiring in CA, NV and DC. The country's most innovative pro-choice advocacy organization is seeking creative, passionate, detail-oriented pro-choice folks to join our committed and talented team. Here are numerous opportunities to help bring true reproductive equality to America. Positions open until we find the right fit. 
  • Immediate Opening for Stellar Support Staff to act as "Assistant to CEO" & Leg Aide for small nonprofit. Reliable, smart, great communication/writing/computer & people skills! 35 hrs/week (Fridays off) $18/hr to start. Great benefits. Near the Capitol, parking paid. Send resume & letter of interest to

  • Finance Assistant for Frontline Congressional Democrat: The Finance Assistant will be responsible for managing low dollar events, staffing Sacramento call time and assisting with the implementation of the fundraising plan, both in district and nationwide, for a top-targeted Frontline Democrat. Send resume and cover letter to
  • Consumer Watchdog is seeking an excellent writer and persuasive communicator to join our Santa Monica office as a Consumer Advocate. Comfort speaking to the public, opinion leaders, policymakers and the media required. Video and graphic skills a plus. Respond if you are passionate about working for justice.

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  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West Regional Political Organizers (Los Angeles and Bay Area). 85,000 member California healthcare union seeks strategic, progressive, motivated political organizers, 3-5 yrs political/union experience. Competitive salary and benefits package. Resume, letter, 3 references:

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Arbitrator Dismisses Joe Dunn's Lawsuit Against State Bar Of California | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Five-part decision says Dunn didn't prove he was illegally fired

Chargers Agree To Meet With Backers Of Rival Initiative To Raise Hotel Tax. |
In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, listens as San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos talks to the media after team owners voted in Houston to allow the St. Louis Rams to move to a new stadium just outside Los Angeles, with the Chargers having an option to share the facility.

LAO Numbers On Cap-n-trade Sure Make It Feel Like A Tax :: Fox&hounds
The California Air Resources Board argues that businesses partake in the cap-and-trade auction voluntarily, nullifying the argument that the revenues are a result of a tax. But, the consumers are stuck with the bill when it comes to gasoline. There is nothing voluntary about the added 11-cents a gallon. Applying the old duck test, if it walks and quacks like a duck its a tax.

Aliso Canyon Gas Field To Remain Stalled Another Year, PUC Exec Says | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Sen. Fran Pavley and Los Angeles Councilman Mitchell Englander at a state-sponsored workshop in Woodland Hills to address energy reliability without the gas storage at Aliso Canyon State of California energy reliability workshop

American Apparel Cuts 80 Garment Jobs In Garden Grove, 300 In Los Angeles - The Orange County Register
More than 80 American Apparel employees were laid off at the company’s Garden Grove facility, and that number could increase to 150 by next week, according to a union representing the workers.

Sf Police Shooting Unfolded In 30 Seconds, Video Shows - Sfgate
Two San Francisco police officers who killed a homeless man they say charged at them with a knife in the Mission District advanced on the man quickly, firing four beanbags and then seven bullets at him within 30 seconds of stepping out of their patrol vehicles, video footage of the incident shows.

California Regulators Cite Five Firms In Fatal Balcony Collapse - The Orange County Register
SACRAMENTO – Five companies involved in the construction of a Berkeley apartment building where six college students were killed when a balcony collapsed performed inferior work that led to the accident last year, the board that licenses California building contractors concluded Friday.

Sanders Campaign Releases Delegate Numbers - Politico
The campaign believes the fight will end on the convention floor.

President Obama arrives in San Francisco for fundraisers
President Obama and his daughter, Malia, landed in San Francisco Friday afternoon for a 24-hour Bay Area visit. Though other planes were delayed as much as an hour and 25 minutes because of heavy cloud cover, Air Force One touched down gently a few minutes ahead of schedule at about 1:20 p.m. In San Francisco, the president will participate in fundraising activities to benefit the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Higher Levels Of Lead Found In Blood Of Children Near Exide Plant In Vernon
Children living near a closed Vernon battery recycling plant had higher levels of lead in their blood than those living farther away, according to an analysis.

Ap News : The Orange County Register

North Carolina Lawmaker Slams Springsteen Over Canceled Concert - Politico
Signs of trouble for Donald Trump in upcoming states.

Warm-Cool Cycle

House GOP To Get 15 Minutes Before Supreme Court In Immigration Case - Politico
When the high-profile case is argued before the Supreme Court on April 18, the Republican-controlled chamber will be allotted 15 minutes of oral argument...

Brain scan could detect Alzheimerâ
Scientists have developed an imaging process that for the first time, they say, can identify and track the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in people’s brains, even when there are no symptoms — a development that could lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment for a disease that has become more pervasive among the growing number of older Americans. To date, doctors have largely depended on a range of diagnostic tools — from rigorous patient and family interviews to cognitive testing and blood samples — to determine whether someone who is starting to show symptoms actually has Alzheimer’s. [...] a team of Bay Area scientists has created a scanning process to visualize levels and locations of two main Alzheimer’s-causing proteins in adult human brains, giving them a window into the current state and future progression of the disease. “We can now improve our ability to diagnose Alzheimer’s and detect the changes years or even decades before people even have the mildest cognitive symptoms,” said Dr. Gil Rabinovici, a professor of neurology at UCSF and an author of the study, which appeared last month in the journal Neuron. First look at brain Over the years, medical specialists have developed increasingly accurate ways to diagnose the memory-robbing disease by looking at a patient’s symptoms, but have not been able to definitively detect Alzheimer’s by looking at the brain, except after death, said Dr. William Jagust, a UC Berkeley professor of public health and neuroscience and author of the study. Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease — meaning it kills brain cells over time — that affects more than 5million people in the U.S. each year, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. With the new approach, radioactive tracers, which are injected into a patient, attach themselves to a protein in the brain called tau, associated with the onset of Alzheimer’s. In combination with previously available scanning technology used to identify another known Alzheimer’s-causing protein, beta-amyloid, scientists are able to track the changes caused by both proteins over time. Dr. Michael Greicius, medical director for Stanford’s Center for Memory Disorders, who was not involved in the study, said he believes the FDA will approve the new use for PET scans “in the not-so-distant future.”

Obama Relents In Fight Over Fast And Furious Documents - Politico
The Obama Administration has turned over a set of documents to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Solano County Gets Little Help Despite High Rates Of Family Poverty | News Fix | Kqed News
Eleven percent of Bay Area families making less than $23,050 annually lived in Solano County in 2012. But during that same time period, the county received only $3 per person in grant dollars.

Hollywood Celebrities Choose Sides in Presidential Race
Power players like Steven Spielberg are endorsing Hillary Clinton, but supporters of Bernie Sanders are vociferous, persistent and having fun.

Bruce Springsteen Cancels North Carolina Show Over Lgbt Law - Politico
Springsteen joins businesses like PayPal in boycotting the state.