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THE NOONER for April 13, 2016

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

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Bipartisan Budget Subcommittee Rejects Governor's Early Childhood Proposals | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
scpr.org
Samuel Rivera, left, and Daniel Sanchez finish their lunch with orange slices at Options Head Start in Monrovia. On April 12, 2016 the Assembly budget subcommittee on education finance rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal for a childcare block grant. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

California Soda Tax Bill Pulled Without A Vote | The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
sacbee.com
Latest setback for effort to limit sugary beverage consumption

UC Berkeley To Eliminate 500 Staff Jobs - Sfgate
sfgate.com
Financially troubled UC Berkeley will eliminate 500 staff jobs over two years to help balance its budget by 2019-20,

Charity Co-founded By Assemblyman Jim Frazier Opposes His Bill | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
sacbee.com
The Network of Care among more than 200 nonprofits opposed to Assembly Bill 2855

Bart Critic Says Agency Needs To Do More To Win Bond Support | News Fix | Kqed News
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An East Bay lawmaker who has been a leading critic of BART and its unions says a tentative contract is a good start toward restoring public confidence in the agency — but he wants to see more before he drops his opposition to a BART bond measure expected to appear on the November ballot.

After Cosby's Accusers Testify, Legislature Weighs Eliminating Statute Of Limitations For Sex Crimes
latimes.com
After wrenching testimony, including from three alleged victims of comedian Bill Cosby, a Senate committee Tuesday gave its first approval to a bill that would

House Republicans Reopen The Bidding On California Water Bill | Fresno Bee
Michael Doyle @
fresnobee.com
GOP lawmakers now trying a must-pass appropriations bill to push their water agenda

Former L.A. Charter School Leader Fined For Conflict Of Interest
latimes.com
A former local charter school operator has agreed to pay a $16,000 fine for misconduct that includes using public education funds to lease her own buildings.

Sacramento Assemblyman Wants State Watchdog To Investigate Toxic Gun Range | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Lillis @
sacbee.com
Kevin McCarty seeks state intervention at Mangan gun range

California Republicans Give Congress Lower Marks Than Obama
mercurynews.com
As much as Golden State Republicans scorn the leadership of President Barack Obama, they gave even lower marks to the GOP-dominated Congress that has stymied the president's agenda at every turn and now is holding up the confirmation of his Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl Pushes Back Against Critics During Budget Talk
latimes.com
Touting what she said was a responsible budget plan, L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl on Tuesday chided critics who she said had predicted runaway spending after she and another liberal Democrat, Hilda Solis, were elected to the board.  

Trump Faces "monumental Task" Organizing California Delegates - Capradio.org
Ben Adler @
capradio.org
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

The Plan To Get Every California Kid Into Preschool
latimes.com
Three billion dollars may sound like a lot of money to spend on preschool -- but maybe it isn't enough. That's what a group of advocates, former policymakers, researchers and business executives is saying in its push to remake the state's early childhood education landscape. The $3-billion figure...

Focus: California's Energy And Water Are In Short Supply - The Orange County Register
KURT SNIBBE @
ocregister.com
Image from Southern California Edison’s outage map during a blackout in September 2015.

Nebraska Legislature Rejects Winner-Take-All Electoral Vote System
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The current system allows for Electoral College votes to be split between candidates and parties, and gives Democrats a chance to win a vote in a conservative state.

County Soil Testing Finds Widespread Contamination Near Former Exide Plant
latimes.com
Los Angeles County public health officials who tested the soil outside 500 homes in the area surrounding the now-closed Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon

First Draft: Congressional Leaders to Push for Spending Bills Amid Budget Obstacles
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House and Senate appropriators are set to barrel ahead with spending bills over the next few days, even as House Republican leaders seem unable to win passage of a budget resolution because of opposition from hard-line conservatives.

Why La County Banned Medical Marijuana Growing | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
scpr.org
An employee holds one of several strains of medical marijuana sold at a dispensary in downtown Los Angeles on Monday afternoon, Feb. 29, 2016. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

SF supervisors tackle alleged police misconduct, safe housing
sfgate.com
SF supervisors tackle alleged police misconduct, safe housing The San Francisco Board of Supervisors took on a diverse agenda Tuesday, and weighed in on matters ranging from decrepit buildings to police misconduct and a 100-foot height increase at a Transbay development in exchange for more affordable housing. The ordinance, authored by Supervisor Scott Wiener, gives the city attorney the power to sue code violators without waiting for a formal referral from a city department — a process that can take years. Currently, the building, fire and health departments have different standards for conducting investigations and assessing penalties. Supervisor Malia Cohen introduced a resolution that asks state Attorney General Kamala Harris to initiate a civil rights investigation into practices at the San Francisco Police Department. Cohen noted revelations of racist and homophobic text messaging by police officers and the fatal police shootings of minority men, including Mario Woods in December and Luis Gongora, a homeless man, in the Mission District last week. [...] Wiener emphasized that the developer agreed to the deal because of the subsidy the city offered with the height increase — a dig at Kim, his opponent in the race for state Senate, who has maintained that developers can provide more below-market-rate housing in new projects.

First Draft: Bernie Sanders Relishes Backing From a Fellow Senator and a Labor Union
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Senator Bernie Sanders, in addition to receiving the endorsement of Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, received the backing of the Transport Workers Union Local 100, which represents about 42,000 transit workers in the New York region.

San Fernando Valley Residents Sound Off On Proposed Bullet Train Routes
latimes.com
Another chapter in the war over the California bullet train erupted Tuesday at a board meeting of the state's high-speed rail authority as San Fernando Valley