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THE NOONER for April 10, 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
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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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Panama Papers, Campbell Soup And The American Way | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @
Campbell Soup closed its Sacramento plant three years ago, seeking cost reductions

Trump Rhetoric Spurring Latinos To Naturalize, Vote |
Sandra Becerra sits at the dining room table of her home on Friday in National City, California. Becerra is studying to become a U.S. citizen so she can vote against Donald Trump in the 2016 election. — Eduardo Contreras

Some Cry Foul As State Lawmakers Collect Public Pension Checks And Legislator's Salaries
Republican state Sen. John Moorlach of Costa Mesa has emerged as a leading voice in the Legislature against skyrocketing debt piled up by public pension systems. But some in the pension reform movement say the former Orange County treasurer may be contributing to the problem: Moorlach receives...

BART director got concealed gun permit, cites risk from activists
A member of BART’s board of directors has a license to carry a concealed handgun in public after telling authorities his role as an elected official requires him to decide “controversial issues” and that he particularly fears violence by Black Lives Matter activists, public records show. [...] in a series of renewal applications with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, he cited protests that stemmed from the fatal BART police shooting of Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day 2009, including a riot in downtown Oakland and an incident in April 2009 in which a man threw paint on then-General Manager Dorothy Dugger during a board meeting. “As an elected official, I am often the decision maker and focal point on controversial issues,” McPartland wrote in his latest renewal application on April 20, 2015. McPartland said BART meetings are relatively secure, with police officers on hand and visitors’ bags checked, but that outside the boardroom he and his colleagues are highly recognizable by potentially irrational, outraged and/or unstable members of the public. The Sheriff’s Office, which issues the permits, has criteria that must be met by a person wishing to carry a concealed gun including a “documented, presently existing, clear and present danger to life, or great bodily harm.” Capt. Shawn Petersen, who heads the sheriff’s Internal Affairs division, said applications go through a “multilayered” review and are examined by him, the undersheriff and the sheriff, who has final approval. State law requires residents to show “good cause” to carry a concealed pistol or revolver, while leaving permit issuance up to the sheriffs, who records show are far more likely to issue them in rural than in urban counties. McPartland is one of 222 permit-holders in Alameda County, a roster that includes law enforcement officers, judges, prosecutors and ordinary citizens, according to data from the California Department of Justice Firearms Bureau. Gun rights advocates are arguing for the right of any law-abiding adult to carry a hidden firearm in public in California, one of a handful of states that allow local governments to deny concealed-weapons permits. The protester who flung red paint at BART’s general manager after the police shooting of Oscar Grant at Fruitvale Station said it was an act of protest, not violence, and was no justification for an elected official to arm himself. “To try to cite that, kids’ paint thrown at a meeting, as an act of violence is ridiculous,” said Gabriel Meyers, 36, who served a brief jail sentence and now lives in Sacramento.

California's Politics, Unlike New York's, Are Mainly A Tv Affair
It's a shame that Donald Trump canceled his Friday appearance at his golf course on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. It would have been the perfect California

President combines fundraising, golf in whirlwind trip to S.F.
After a wet and foggy round of golf at the Olympic Club Saturday morning, President Obama departed San Francisco en route to the White House after a quick two-day fundraising sweep through California. The president greeted onlookers in the light rain at San Francisco International Airport before jogging up the stairs to Air Force One. The president, who was joined by his 17-year-old daughter, Malia, on the trip, spent less than 48 hours in the state, where he was the featured guest at a number of Democratic fundraising events. Friday was an early night for the president, whose motorcade returned from a Pacific Heights fundraiser to his hotel, the Intercontinental at Fifth and Howard streets, shortly after 8:30 p.m. But Obama was out early Saturday to sneak in a round of golf before returning to Washington. With Obama staying at a South of Market hotel, security measures caused a traffic nightmare in the neighborhood, with street closures and detours tying up the streets for much of Friday and Saturday. The president used the Pacific Heights event, which was held at the home of billionaire Gordon Getty and his wife, Ann, to criticize Republicans senators who refused to allow his Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, the 63-year-old chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C., to receive a confirmation hearing.

California Energy-saving Standards For Computers Expected By 2018 | The Sacramento Bee
Edward Ortiz @
Standards would require computers not in use to shut down monitor or go into sleep mode

Hearst Foundations give $900,000 in grants to 8 Bay Area groups
A high-tech lab for youngsters, scholarships for doctoral candidates in the biology of aging, and jazz in the schoolhouse are among eight Bay Area winners of $900,000 in grants from the Hearst Foundations. The grants are awarded quarterly by the foundations to nonprofit organizations working in culture, education, health and social services. The Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, $75,000 to launch the Early Childhood Fab Lab. The Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, $200,000 in scholarship support over two years for doctoral students in a biology of aging program jointly run by the University of Southern California and the Buck Institute. The California Historical Society in San Francisco, $150,000 to increase public access to its collections through digital asset management and storage. LifeMoves (InnVision Shelter Network) in Menlo Park, $50,000 for the Family and Children’s Support Project, which seeks to help clients break the cycle of homelessness.

State Releases New Details On Possible Bullet Train Routes
The California rail authority released four voluminous reports Friday on proposed alternatives for bullet train routes from Bakersfield to Anaheim -- providing

Ap News: The Orange County Register
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Kids get a chance to meet nature at UCâ
Posted up alongside a swiftly moving stream on UC Berkeley’s campus on a rainy Saturday morning, he stuck his green net into the rushing water and hoped for the best. Dozens of kids and parents from across the Bay Area found their way to the UC campus Saturday, sporting much-needed ponchos, rain boots and umbrellas and ready to explore. The occasion was the 2016 UC Berkeley Campus BioBlitz, one of hundreds of events across the country designed to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service and to get people looking at the living world around them. The event included naturalist-led tours of the campus, looking for everything from slimy salamanders to sprouting seeds. After a short briefing at Mulford Hall participants warmed up with a quick BioBlitz dance — featuring four plant- and animal-inspired moves — and were split into five groups and sent to different parts of campus to see what they could find. The information was sent to a database, placed on a map and shared around the world, helping scientists track the area’s biodiversity. While those scientific findings are nice to have, Deborah Zierten, an event organizer and education manager for the Save the Redwoods League, said the event was much more about the experience. Groups of about 15 people each spent much of the morning flipping over rocks, splashing through water alongside creek beds and rummaging in tall grass, all in search of living things. The two girls were weary of the rain and didn’t show much interest in looking for plants or animals, but once they got out into nature, they laughed, joined in on the fun and quickly moved to the front of the group to be the first to hold the tiny, brown salamanders.

New Hud Guidance On Criminal Records Puts Landlords In A Bind - San Francisco Chronicle
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Big Investments In Potter World And Other Attractions Will Pay Off For The Southland Economy
When the $500-million Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction opened last week at Universal Studios Hollywood, hundreds of parkgoers were already lined up at

Trump Aide Manafort: Cruz Campaign Using ‘gestapo’ Tactics - Politico
He condemns tactics used by the Cruz campaign to sew up delegates.

Should Teachers Carry Concealed Guns? Central Valley School District Says Yes | The California Report | Kqed News
Parent Michele Lopez voiced similar concerns.

With Trump's Rise, Big Donors And Companies Hesitate To Commit Money To The GOP Convention
With Donald Trump locked in a dogfight against much of the rest of the Republican Party, a lot of things are uncertain about the GOP's convention in Cleveland

Kasich: I Wouldn’t Have Signed North Carolina 'bathroom' Law - Politico
His advice: "Everybody chill out."

First Draft: At Harlemâ
Backed by his top black supporters, the senator withstood an anti-Semitic heckler and criticized legislation that Hillary Clinton helped to pass when her husband was in the White House.