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THE NOONER for April 12, 2016

It's noon. It's time for a break. Here's what people are reading on today:

$28-billion L.A. County Budget Proposal Aims To Address Homelessness, Improve Jails
Los Angeles County officials release a proposed $28.5-billion budget for the next fiscal year.

2 UC Berkeley grad students file harassment complaint with state
Two UC Berkeley graduate student instructors — frustrated that an assistant professor who violated the university’s sexual harassment policy continued teaching — filed a complaint Monday with a state agency claiming the man created a hostile work environment for them and that campus officials did little to stop it. Doctoral students Erin Bennett and Kathleen Gutierrez said they filed the complaint with the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing because they feel unsafe more than a year after telling campus officials that Blake Wentworth, an assistant professor in the South and Southeast Asian Studies Department, touched them inappropriately and repeatedly spoke about sex to them in 2014 and 2015. “What happened has completely derailed my future and my education,” Bennett, 25, told dozens of students and faculty who gathered on campus Monday to support her and other victims of sexual harassment by professors, deans, coaches and others at UC Berkeley. Bennett has been on medical leave since November and “is afraid to return to UC Berkeley because of Wentworth’s persistent harassment,” says her state complaint. A student in Wentworth’s department, Gutierrez said in her complaints that beginning in fall 2014, the assistant professor repeatedly sought her out in the student instructors’ office where she works.

Southern California Water Agency Signs $175 Million Deal To Buy Delta Islands | The Sacramento Bee
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Big land purchase intensifies long-held suspicions in the Delta

Why Trump Alone May Not Sink CA Down-ballot Candidates
Although the top-of-ticket will certainly affect races that are decided by razor-thin margins, individual down-ballot races are more likely to be still be decided by traditional factors, such as fundraising, voter registration, incumbency and candidate gaffes.

Field Poll: Merrick Garland Should Get Confirmation Hearings | The Sacramento Bee
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64 percent think Senate should take up nomination

Gov. Jerry Brown not saying whether he supports Clinton or Sanders
At the end of a news conference Monday morning at which he signed a bill expanding paid family leave in California, the four-term governor dodged a question about whether he is voting for Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton. Brown didn’t answer the question, saying instead that he plans to use the full range of his “responsibility and prerogative” as a superdelegate, a title allowing him to vote for whomever he wants, regardless of whom the Democratic Party endorses. After the news conference, the governor also took a jab at GOP hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz when a reporter asked him about what message he has for Cruz as he campaigns in Southern California ahead of the June 7 presidential primaries. California has become a pivotal state if Cruz is to win the GOP’s presidential nomination over front-runner Donald Trump or trailing Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Brown Signs California Law Boosting Paid Family-leave Benefits
Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill expanding California's pioneering family-leave law to help more low income workers and provide better benefits.

California's Seemingly Endless Capacity For Innovation - Times Of San Diego
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The Golden State comes in for frequent criticism over everything from high taxes to crowded freeways, yet the breadth of innovation from its universities and companies continues to set the world standard.

Jerry Brown signs bill expanding state family leave benefits
SACRAMENTO — California workers who need to take time off to care for a newborn or family member will receive up to 70 percent of their pay after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday to expand the benefit. The bill’s author, Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, said many low-wage workers can’t afford to take advantage of the Paid Family Leave Program, which now provides 55 percent of a person’s pay for up to six weeks of leave, and the state disability insurance program, which provides 55 percent of pay for up to 52 weeks depending on the non-work-related injury. Under AB908, workers making around minimum wage would be eligible for 70 percent of their pay while on paid family leave or on state disability, while other workers who earn more would be eligible for 60 percent of their pay, Gomez said. What makes us think that a worker already living paycheck to paycheck on 100 percent of their salary can take up to six weeks off at 55 percent? Expanding the program will cost the state an additional $348 million in 2018 and $587 million by 2021, which would come out of the state’s Disability Insurance Fund, which is funded by employee payroll deductions. Vivian Thorp of the Alameda County Homeless Action Center, who is now taking care of her ill mother, said the bill will help many people who find themselves in the unexpected position of caring for a loved one.

Federal Government To Probe State Spending On Delta Tunnels - San Francisco Chronicle
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Sacramento Prosecutors Help Force Goldman Sachs To Pay $5 Billion | The Sacramento Bee
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Goldman agrees to pay $5.06 billion to settle claims it misled investors during financial crisis

Chinese Investors Love California, But They're Putting Money Elsewhere In The U.S. Too
Chinese investments in U.S. businesses hit a record $15 billion last year, with California remaining a top destination, but the money increasingly is being

Sanders Campaign: Clinton Is Experienced 'on Paper' - Politico
Hillary Clinton's ties to financial institutions like Goldman Sachs would limit her effectiveness as president, Larry Sanders said in an interview aired...

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Strengthening The Embarcadero An Expensive Proposition - San Francisco Chronicle
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O'reilly: Many African-americans 'are Ill-educated And Have Tattoos On Their Foreheads' - Politico
Hillary Clinton's ally, in a speech to top donors, outlines plans of attack against GOP presidential candidates.

Senator Fuller Pays Her Respects to Bakersfield Sound Legend Merle Haggard
Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) paid her respects today to country music icon Merle Haggard on the California State Senate floor. The 79-year-old country music legend passed away on his birthday last week in Shasta County following complications from pneumonia. Friends and family paid their final respects to the legendary superstar this past weekend.

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La Unified's Internal Investigator Becomes Flashpoint In Charter School Debate | 89.3 Kpcc
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Charter school advocates and Los Angeles Unified School District leaders are again toe-to-toe, this time over a bill in the state legislature that would limit the school board's ability to use the district's internal investigator to oversee charter schools.

Bill Adds School Threats To Penal Code :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
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SB 821, according to its author, would close a gap in the state Penal Code by allowing prosecution of those who threaten harm “on any community” even when a specific person is not named in the threat, and even when the threat is not carried out.

Guinness World Records News | Photos | Quotes | Wiki -
On 4 May 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver, then the managing director of the Guinness Breweries, went on a shooting party in the North Slob, by the River Slaney in County Wexford, Ireland. He became involved in an argument over which was the fastest game bird in Europe, the koshin golden plover or the grouse. That evening at Castlebridge House he realised that it was impossible to confirm in reference books whether or not the golden plover was Europe's fastest game bird.

Sketches Released Of Pair Wanted In British Tourist Slaying In Sf - Sfgate
Officials are hoping the artistic renderings of the pair, along with surveillance video released last month, will lead to their capture. The male suspect wielding a sharp weapon attacked the tourist, Paul Tam, on Feb. 18 when he refused to give up his green messenger bag, police said.