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THE NOONER for April 16, 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
Sanders Goes Hollywood: Aiming For A California Upset | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
scpr.org
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a town hall at the University of South Carolina. Sanders promotes the idea of free college education for all. Evan Vucci/AP

Long Ballot Blues :: Fox&hounds
foxandhoundsdaily.com
With expected November ballot measures falling away because of political pressure, costs and legislative deal-making, the concern of an extremely long ballot has diminished somewhat but a long ballot still could confront voters. The length of the ballot could play a role in determining outcomes of some of the measures, especially appearing at the end of the ballot.

Counties Brace For Busy Primary Election Season | The California Report | Kqed News
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California counties are scrambling to prepare for the presidential primary in June, and a large number of ballot initiatives have increased the pressure.

UC Berkeley provost steps down amid criticism, citing wifeâ
sfgate.com
UC Berkeley provost steps down amid criticism, citing wife’s health UC Berkeley’s embattled Provost Claude Steele, criticized in recent months by students and staff for his light-handed approach to disciplining high-profile employees who violated the university’s sexual harassment policy, announced his resignation on Friday. “My wife’s ongoing health challenges remain quite significant, and this is simply not a time in our lives where I can afford to further sacrifice our time together,” Steele said in a message circulated by campus Chancellor Nicholas Dirks.

What Economic Benefit Does La Really Get From Its Half-cent Transportation Tax? | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
scpr.org
Garcetti talked up the city's big spending projects on infrastructure, like those made possible by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax that voters approved in 2008, which is funding construction of five rail lines, highways and bus improvements.

In Time For Tax Day: State List Of Shame | Sandiegouniontribune.com
sandiegouniontribune.com
Be relevant, respectful, honest, discreet and responsible. Commenting Rules

Abortion Foes Want Kamala Harris To Resign — For Doing Her Job
latimes.com
On a shady downtown sidewalk, antiabortion activists were preparing for their lunchtime protest. Members of Students for Life gathered outside Atty. Gen. Kamala

UC Davis Student Sit-in Comes To Quiet End | The Sacramento Bee
Sam Stanton and Diana Lambert @
sacbee.com
By Sam Stanton and Diana Lambert

L.A. City Council Votes To Stop Doing Business With North Carolina And Mississippi Over Lgbt Laws
latimes.com
The L.A. council voted to stop doing business with North Carolina and Mississippi over laws that critics say discriminate against LGBT people.

California GOP Gets Hotel For Cleveland Convention In City Far Away | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
sacbee.com
California Republican Party assigned hotel in Sandusky for national convention

L.A. Releases Addresses Of 13,500 Apartments And Condos Likely To Need Earthquake Retrofitting
latimes.com
Neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood and the Westside will feel the biggest impact from Los Angeles' new law requiring the retrofitting of

Harris Questioned For Representing Gov. Brown During San Onofre Probe | Kpbs
Amita Sharma @
kpbs.org
Former San Diego County District Attorney Paul Pfingst said the attorney general can't do both jobs.

Here's How A Plan For Free Community College For L.A. Unified Grads Could Work | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
scpr.org
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, alongside members of Los Angeles City Council, announces an initiative to provide $100 million to address the city's homeless population. Los Angeles Mayor's Office

Van Hollen: 'Will she say anything to win an election?' | Campaign 2016

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released an ad on April 15 using President Obama to denounce his rival in Maryland's Democratic Senate primary, Rep. Donna Edwards.

Presidential Election 2016
WILSON ANDREWS, KITTY BENNETT and ALICIA PARLAPIANO @
nytimes.com
Here’s the latest news and analysis of the candidates and issues shaping the presidential race.

Sanders supporters demonstrate at Clinton fundraiser in SF
sfgate.com
Three hundred protesters, most of them supporters of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, demonstrated outside a San Francisco home Friday night where donors supporting rival Hillary Clinton had paid up to $353,000 to dine with her and Hollywood power couple George and Amal Clooney. The Sanders campaign rallied its troops outside the swank Nob Hill home of venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar. Potluck dinner for homeless Other signs compared Clinton to fabled French queen Marie Antoinette of “Let them eat cake” fame. Hillary Clinton-ette is out of touch,” said a sign carried by Sanders supporter Mark Noviski, who said Clinton’s big-ticket dinner puts her at odds “with people on the street and what their needs are. The band of Sanders fans had gathered in Huntington Park and held what they said was a potluck dinner for homeless people before marching a few blocks to the site of the pricey fundraiser, which Sanders had called “obscene” in a recent speech. The crowd hollered “Bernie, Bernie” and “Feel the Bern” as well-heeled Clinton donors began to arrive for the event. “One of the main points of the Sanders campaign is to get corporate money out of politics,” said Sanders supporter Christine Jenner. The $353,000 ticket is for “premium dinner seating” at the head table with the Clooneys and Clinton. The Nob Hill dinner comes at a time when Clinton is leading in national polls and well ahead of Sanders in Democratic convention delegates.

Photographs From the Primary Campaign Trail
nytimes.com
The days before primaries and caucuses are intense — and often emotional — for voters and candidates alike. We’re following the campaigns to capture that drama.

California Minimum Wage Hike Hits L.A. Apparel Industry: 'the Exodus Has Begun'
latimes.com
The minimum wage hike in California is accelerating changes in the L.A. apparel industry that began decades ago with outsourcing, industry experts said.

Presidential Campaign in Pictures
nytimes.com
Browse New York Times photos and slideshows from the 2016 presidential campaign.

Senate Republicans Move To Settle Rift Over Leadership Terms - Politico
politico.com
There's no indication that lawyers for Mills, Abedin and Pagliano are on board.

Experiencing the Presidential Campaign: A Virtual Reality Film
nytimes.com
The Times has produced a virtual reality film from footage taken over the last month capturing the candidates and perhaps the best part of their events: the crowds.