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THE NOONER for April 19, 2016
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UC President Calls For Stronger Steps In Faculty Sexual-harassment Cases
University of California President Janet Napolitano said Monday that a review of systemwide policies for faculty sexual harassment cases had failed to make sure
CalPERS Reopens Door To Tobacco Industry Investments | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @ sacbee.com
Consultant said earlier moves cost CalPERS billions
Winners, losers in SF panelâ
Winners, losers in SF panelâÂÂs compromise on affordable housing The high-stakes fight over which San Francisco housing developers will be required to increase affordable-housing levels significantly if Proposition C passes in the June 7 election spilled into public view Monday, with some developers claiming a raw deal. The Board of SupervisorsâÂÂ Land Use and Transportation Committee hammered out details of trailing legislation for Prop. C, a ballot initiative that would double the cityâÂÂs affordable housing requirements to 25 percent on-site or 33 percent off-site. C would apply to any project filed after Jan. 12, the trailing legislation deals with the hundreds of projects in the development pipeline that have not started construction. C sponsors Jane Kim and Aaron Peskin, a committee member, emphasized that the goal is to get developers to include as many affordable units as possible, without squeezing a projectâÂÂs bottom line so much that it doesnâÂÂt make economic sense. Supervisor Mark Farrell warned that the legislation could kill that housing proposal in favor of an office use. Many of the units are thus priced at more moderate levels relative to high-rises in other parts of the city. Supervisor Scott Wiener, a committee member, said the trailing legislation was the result of backroom deal-making, with some builders treated differently than others. Eric Tao, the developersâÂÂ de facto lead negotiator, whose company, AGI, has built more than 1,000 units in SoMa and the Mission, said ideally the entire pipeline would have been grandfathered at the 12 percent level, but given the politics and the affordable housing crisis, the deal was the best the developers could expect. The carpenters union posted a tombstone and a massive hooded skeleton outside City Hall to protest the legislation. On Monday, the committeeâÂÂs third member, Chairwoman Malia Cohen, proposed a motion that the legislation be delayed a week âÂÂ it passed 2-1, with Peskin opposed and Wiener in favor. Developer Oz Ericson of the Emerald Fund said the grandfathering legislation means that the vast majority of projects in the pipeline will get built, but he worries about the future.
Betty Yee: Tax Reform Is Hard, Start The Conversation Now :: Fox&hounds
Previewing the coming report from her Council of Economic Advisors on Tax Reform, state Controller Betty Yee said California needs comprehensive tax reform that must generate job creation to produce a healthy California economy.
Bernie Sanders: 'Get Out and Vote!' | Campaign 2016
Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign posted a video April 19 featuring Spike Lee, Cornel West and others, urging New Yorkers to vote in their state's primary.
State Senate Approves $177 Million For Exide Cleanup | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
Teresa Marquez, president of the Boyle Heights Stakeholders Association, talks with Senator Kevin De Leon during one of many town hall meetings about the lead contamination around the former Exide battery recycling plant. Maya Sugarman/KPCC
UC Davis Chancellor To Answer Questions In Public Forums | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert @ sacbee.com
School has been embroiled in controversies
Sacramento Bee: Legislature must close corrupting campaign money loophole
Patricia Bates and Dan Schnur @ bates.cssrc.us
s sentencing of former state Sen. Leland Yee in a political corruption case closed a dark chapter in the history of the Legislature, and also presents an opportunity to close the legal loopholes that may allow such behavior again.
Jane Sanders: 'New York, Go Vote' | Campaign 2016
In a video posted April 19, Jane Sanders, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, urges New Yorkers to go vote in their state's primary.
Would-be Independents Joining The American Independent Party Could Blame California's Voter Registration Card
Confusing voter registration cards might be one reason would-be independents are landing in the American Independent Party.
Senator Gaines Announces Bills To Provide Californians Much-Needed Tax Relief
In recognition of Tax Day, Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) announced a package of legislation that will help provide much-needed financial relief to over-taxed, over-burdened Californians.
Sacramento Bee Cartoonist Jack Ohman Wins 2016 Pulitzer Prize | The Sacramento Bee
Sam Stanton @ sacbee.com
By Sam Stanton
McConnell 'increasingly optimistic' about a second ballot in Cleveland
If no presidential candidate is able to secure a majority on the first ballot in Cleveland, delegates will vote again âÂÂ and more delegates became unbound and thus able to vote freely with every subsequent ballot.
Rep. Grace Napolitano Is Back At Work In Washington After Stroke
Two months after suffering a minor stroke at a campaign stop, Rep. Grace Napolitano is back in Washington and trying to return to life as normal.
Trump campaign's top leadership undergoes upheaval
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has hired more experienced political operatives and shuffled his top staffers as talk of a contested convention grows. One of his top staffers, national field director Stuart Jolly, resigned amid the changes.
Water Flows In Fresno, Visalia For Recharge | Fresno Bee
Lewis Griswold @ fresnobee.com
First time in two years that Friant contractors have received San Joaquin River water
Some In GOP Yield To Sacramento's Secrecy Lobby - The Orange County Register
STEVEN GREENHUT @ ocregister.com
Sacramento – In one of my favorite “Far Side” comic strips, the first panel offers what people typically say to dogs: “OK Ginger I’ve had it. You stay out of the garbage! Understand Ginger?” The next panel translates what dogs actually hear: “Blah blah Ginger, blah blah blah Ginger.”
New York votes: A look behind the scenes of primary day
Trump voted. So did the Clintons. And millions more were set to cast their ballots in the Democratic and Republican primaries before polls closed in New York on Tuesday night. With all eyes on the Empire State, POLITICO takes a look behind the scenes of primary day.
New Calaveras Dam Project Reaches Major Milestone
The $810 million project to replace the old dam with a new, more earthquake-proof version has been beset by delays and cost overruns, due to the discovery of ancient landslides and other difficulties in the years since work began in 2011 that have made the project more complicated.
First Draft: Ben and Jerry Deliver Free Ice Cream and Politics in Washington
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the Ben & JerryâÂÂs co-founders, held an event at George Washington University, where they scooped ice cream, spoke about campaign finance overhaul and showed support for Bernie Sanders.
Bernie Sanders: 'Anyone Know What Our Average Contribution Is?' | Campaign 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders asked, "Anybody here know what the average contribution?" in Phoenix on March 19. The crowd shouted back "$27!"