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THE NOONER for April 18, 2016

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

John Chiang Is Calm, Cool And Collected. So Why's He 'leaning Toward' Running For Governor?
State Treasurer John Chiang is soft-spoken, reflective, substantive and a numbers geek. So why in this political era of shouting and showboating is he even

California Legislature Ignores Problems, Occupied With Trivia | The Sacramento Bee
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Legislature micromanages horse racing, liquor trade

How to win New York: 7 (touristy) ways the 2016 candidates are chasing the vote
With New York’s presidential primary closing in, the 2016 candidates are doing just about everything they can to show New Yorkers how much they love the state (well, except for Donald Trump, who has preferred to be photographed at his rallies rather than eating pizza, riding the subway or participating in other touristy activities). As the candidates make their way through the state, POLITICO takes a look at a few common ways the presidential contenders are chasing the New York vote.

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It Could Cost $3 Billion To Prevent Disastrous Earthquake Damage Along San Francisco’s Embarcadero
Rising at the tip of Market Street, the Ferry Building here has long been a symbol of survival. The building withstood the great 1906 earthquake and fire that destroyed much of the city 110 years ago today. It was a gathering point for survivors back then, and again for commuters after the 1989...

K12 Inc.: California Virtual Academies' Operator Exploits Charter, Charity Laws For Money, Records Show
California's largest network of online academies is different: Although the schools are set up like typical charters, records show they're established and run by Virginia-based K12 Inc., whose claims of parental involvement and independent oversight appear to be a veneer for the moneymaking enterprise.

Goldman prize winners honored in SF for environmentalism
From California’s redwood groves to the jungles of the Amazon, the push to stop deforestation has become a global fight for the health of the planet. [...] few places have posed the kind of danger that environmentalist Leng Ouch encountered in the rain forests of Cambodia. The son of a pedicab driver in the country’s rural south, Ouch went on to work undercover as a timber dealer, taxi driver and tourist in order to expose the mass logging that devastated his homeland — destruction sponsored by a government that sought to punish Ouch and his family for outing the pillage. Ouch, who arrived in the city Tuesday, is credited with drawing attention to the Cambodian government’s role in clear-cutting forests and, in many cases, getting officials to stop. Deforestation in places like Southeast Asia is not only prompting the loss of habitat for millions of species, it’s also driving climate change as less greenhouse gas is absorbed by trees. The logging there, Ouch explained, has been fueled by a government program that leases out land in the name of agriculture. Despite a childhood marked by extreme poverty, Ouch’s memories of the destruction motivated him to attend law school and later found the Cambodia Human Rights Task Force. The organization has since documented government-sponsored logging through videos and photographs, which spurred protests in Cambodia and helped turn public sentiment against the nation’s land-leasing program. Despite this danger, he continues fighting rampant government corruption to save the Cambodian forest for future generations. Ouch’s efforts led to the cancellation of 50,000 acres of leases inside the Virachey National Park, home to sun bears, otters and dholes, a wild canine, according to the foundation. The environmental scientist used his legal know-how and grassroots organizing to build community and legislative opposition to two proposed seaside resorts, according to the Goldman Environmental Foundation. After residents failed to convince policymakers that the project would spew toxic heavy metals and pose a health risk, Watford and her classmates lobbied the businesses and organizations that had agreed to buy power from the planned incinerator, according to the Goldman Environmental Foundation. While plans for the incinerator haven’t been officially canceled, the plant hasn’t moved forward and now risks having its permits nullified for missing construction deadlines. The subsistence farmer and unlikely activist was thrust to the fore of a national debate about whether Colorado-based Newmont Mining Corp. owned a large swath of land in the Andes, including Acuña’s property. According to the Goldman Environmental Foundation, Acuña has been relentlessly harassed and even beaten by local officials who work in cahoots with the mining company.

Hillary Clinton 'Decision' | Campaign 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign released this video aimed at New York voters ahead of their Democratic primary on April 19.

As La Unified Board President, Zimmer Facing Re-election Challenge | Edsource
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Sacramento City Unified Searching For Game Plan To Build Central Kitchen | The Sacramento Bee
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Tiny kitchens, inadequate space dominate at many schools

The Trump Campaign Has Landed In California. Are You Ready? - San Francisco Chronicle
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Manson Follower Leslie Van Houten Faces Fight From Victim's Family To Gain Freedom
Charles Manson and other members of his so-called family were convicted of killing actress Sharon Tate and six other people during a bloody rampage in the Los Angeles area during two August nights in 1969. Prosecutors said Manson and his followers were trying to incite a race war that he believed was prophesized in the Beatles' song "Helter Skelter."

Connecticut Chooses to Cut Jobs Over Increased Taxes in Budget Crisis
Starting with a wave of layoffs last Monday, and despite union advertising, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has focused on trimming overhead as taxable personal income has declined.

Physician Shortage Drives Wait Times At Va San Diego | Kpbs
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A combination of increasing demand for mental health providers and a shortage of mental health professionals nationwide is contributing to veterans waiting longer to see a mental health professional at VA San Diego.

Ted Cruz: 'Great' | Campaign 2016

The presidential campaign for Republican candidate Ted Cruz released this video attacking rival Donald Trump for positive comments he made about New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

First Draft: Candidates Make Their Final New York Appeals
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is holding an evening rally in Hunters Point, Queens, while Hillary Clinton will address supporters in Midtown Manhattan. The Republicans are campaigning in farther-flung locales, with Donald J. Trump in Buffalo and Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio visiting Syracuse and Schenectady.

'baby John Doe' 14 Years Later - The Orange County Register
Enacted in January 2001, California's Safely Surrendered Baby Law provides an alternative to abandoning a newborn. Under the law, a parent or a person with legal custody can surrender an infant within 72 hours of birth, with no questions asked, and has 14 days to reclaim the child.

San Francisco Bay: Massive Effort To Remove Aquatic Invader Nearly Finished
A fast-growing, non-native plant that spread in dense thickets up to 7 feet tall was exploding out of control, overrunning wetlands, threatening birds, wildlife and even the public's view of the water.

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Google's Online Library Of Books
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The Supreme Court turned away a challenge to Google Inc.'s online book library from authors who said the project makes it harder for them to market their work.

License Plate Readers Capture Loads Of Data. How Long Do Cops Keep It? | 89.3 Kpcc
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A "License Plate Reader" or LPR, one of two mounted on the trunk of a Metropolotian Police Department car in Washington, D.C. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Clinton urges Supreme Court to uphold Obama's immigration moves
Hillary Clinton urged the Supreme Court to uphold the legality of President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, weighing in just as the eight remaining justices heard oral arguments in United States v. Texas.

Sidebar: When a Senator Passes Judgment on a Chief Justice
In scolding Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. this month, Senator Charles E. Grassley made clear he sees two sides on the court: apolitical and liberal.