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THE NOONER for April 22, 2016

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

Budget Cuts Threaten UC Berkeley’s Medical Program | State Of Health | Kqed News
Budget woes at UC Berkeley could force the shut down of a program many people are unaware of — its medical program.

Two Top California Democrats Feud Over An Issue They Agree On: Gun Control
A political war of words has broken out between Senate pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom over how to enact new gun control laws in California.

Fair Voting In California Should Be Fair Voting | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
California is eliminating at-large voting in local government

Looking At The Whole Story In Quest For School Taxes :: Fox&hounds
Given the feeling that schools need money, that the tax will be levied only on people making $250,000, and that, as of yet, no campaign has come together to oppose the millions of dollars already raised in support of a Prop 30 extension, it would be difficult to bet against the measure passing. The PPIC poll records a 62% to 35% support among likely voters for extending Prop 30.

Bills On Smoking Still Haven't Been Sent To The Governor As Tobacco Politics Play Out
Two weeks after approving a package of anti-smoking bills, the state Legislature has yet to send them to the governor for final action and may not do so until mid- to late-April. The delay could hinder a referendum threatened by the tobacco industry to overturn the measures.

California State Workers, Want Extra Money? Cash Out Some Leave | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Employees in six bargaining units have until the end of May to convert banked vacation/annual leave into dollars

Nonprofit Backed By Koch Brothers Won't Have To Reveal Its Donors To Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris
A federal judge has ruled that a nonprofit group backed by conservative billionaires David and Charles Koch does not have to reveal its donors to Atty. Gen.

UC Davis Chancellor Katehi Apologizes, Plans To Remain As Leader | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert and Sam Stanton @
Linda P.B. Katehi admits mistakes by her and her staff

Ted Cruz: 'Solutions' | Campaign 2016

This video revisits some of what Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has said about voters. The ad is one of three released by the Cruz for President campaign April 21 in Pennsylvania.

Orange County Won't Spray For West Nile Mosquitos, For Now | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Orange County's Mosquito Vector Control District voted Thursday against aerial spraying to combat mosquitos carrying the West Nile virus for the time being, but the board could decide later that it is necessary.

Honda-khanna Rematch Spurs Dueling Spin On Fundraising | Election 2016 | News Fix | Kqed News
The good news for South Bay Congressman Mike Honda: In the first three months of the year, he outraised his Democratic challenger, Ro Khanna, by about $6,000.

State High-speed Rail Officials Tinker With $64 Billion Plan - The Orange County Register
SACRAMENTO – The board that oversees California’s high-speed rail system put off a vote Thursday on a revised business plan to give state officials more time to assuage lawmakers and citizens upset by the recent decision to first send the train to Northern California rather than the Los Angeles area.

Ted Cruz: 'Right' | Campaign 2016

A narrator warns that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton could be worse than President Obama in this pro-Ted Cruz video. The ad is one of three released by the Cruz for President campaign April 21 in Pennsylvania.

The Sweet Spot For Building Drug Tunnels? It's In San Diego's Otay Mesa Neighborhood
As in all real estate decisions, location is a key factor when deciding where to dig a drug smuggling tunnel in the San Diego area.

Proposed La County Law Would Make Pharma Pay For Drug, Sharps Disposal | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
"We just had one of our biggest days ever just a few months ago where we had almost 27 1/2 pounds of needles come through the line," says Hampel. "The workers up there have leather gloves, but there are no gloves made that can stop a fine, little puncture from a needle."