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THE NOONER for April 23, 2016

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

Deal Clears Way For $3.6 Billion Sacramento Road, Transit Tax Measure | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @
Half-cent sales tax measure could go on November ballot for voter consideration

Ethics Panel Approves $3,000 Penalty Against San Diego County Supervisor Over Seaworld Vote
-- The state Fair Political Practices Commission has approved a $3,000 penalty against San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox for votes he took on the California

Hillary Clinton Names California Leadership Team | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
Trio has experience in the Golden State

John Kasich Slates A San Francisco Town Hall Ahead Of California's GOP Convention
It's beginning to look a lot like a presidential campaign in California.Campaigns are opening headquarters, hiring staff, shopping for ...

Da To Retry Ex-la Councilman Richard Alarcon For Voting Fraud | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
County prosecutors said Friday they intend to retry former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife.

Trade Backers Hope For ‘watershed’ Obama Visit – Politico
President said national security also depends on ‘messages we send and the institutions that we build.’

Black Panthers Unveil 50th Anniversary Plans With Eye To Future - San Francisco Chronicle
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Allegations Flowing In Against The Surfer Gang Of Lunada Bay
Attorneys attempting to break up a surfer gang that controls a coveted stretch of coastline in Palos Verdes Estates said more alleged victims have called them

Reminders of bohemian artistâ
Paul Engel tapped the brakes of the Explorer as the dirt road curved and dropped into Laird’s Landing. Abandoned on the edge of Tomales Bay since the 1990s, they seemed ready for a flood tide to whisk them away. Shadowy and sagging from rot, windows broken, walls tagged, beer cans crushed in darkened corners, they had helped protect whatever lay beneath the earth, the ancient repositories of so many forgotten stories. Walls had been pushed out, rooms added with a gerrymandered ease, windows framed in angles like the facets of a diamond. Laird’s Landing bore the stamp not just of the Coast Miwok but of Clayton Lewis, fisherman, artist, resident bohemian, who had eked out a living here for 31 years. No wonder the park service — obliged by law to assess historic properties — didn’t know what to do with them, easier to let time take its sad toll. Here the Pacific Plate grinds against North America, with the San Andreas Fault lying beneath the narrow inlet of Tomales Bay. Laurel and oak forests draped in wolf lichen line seasonal creeks that roll down from treeless ridgelines. On windless days, the water is cloaked in fog or bathed in sequined light. The previous decade had had ups and downs: a three-year stint in Los Angeles at the Herman Miller furniture company; time in Marin County, buying a farmhouse, getting foreclosed on. Propane heated the spring water and kept the stove and refrigerator running. The park service acquired the property in 1972 and tried to get him to leave, but the Point Reyes community rallied to his support. Tiny pink flags marked foundation piers, shell fragments, pieces of glass. A tenant farmer at Laird’s, he fished and probably worked for the dairy ranchers who subdivided the peninsula after statehood. Through the Depression and two world wars, Laird’s was home to this family for five generations, until they were evicted in 1955. After their departure, the county zoned the property for 7,500-square-foot lots and single-family homes, but the creation of the national park froze the Coast Miwok homes in time. Native histories, Engel knew, are often reassembled from discarded objects, arrowheads and flakes of chipped stone that tell a familiar yet incomplete story. Lewis was a legend in the Point Reyes community, as inescapable as his red Volvo or his bright Guatemalan shirts and bowler hat. Charming and charismatic, he befriended a raven he called Nevermore, and in front of friends and strangers who dropped in on him, he held court, his words gospel for anyone who thought he was living the hippie dream. A teenager in the 1970s, he and his father enjoyed fishing together, setting a beach seine in the cove and feeling the concussion of the fish striking the net, watching their silvery colors emerge in watery light. The easiest expressions were the cartoons that accompanied letters to his mother in Washington, an attempt to cheer her in her final years. Explosions of color and wit and energy, these watercolor and ink drawings decorated envelops with images ribald and comical, exaggerated and wistful. Lying on his back staring at a skein of geese in the sky, climbing a ladder to the stars or levitating on one finger, naked above the Earth, he showed an abiding commitment not to take himself seriously. After Lewis’ death, friends talked about starting a residency program at the cove for artists and writers, but the park service said no. Through news stories, memories and photographs, Lewis’ ghost began to speak to Engel as clearly as Domingo’s and Euphrasia’s voices did. Lewis’ additions— the prism-like windows, the tower beside the guest cottage — were not historic and would eventually all be torn down, the National Park Service said. More than 300 people attended the memorial, and his ashes were scattered in the bay. A year later, Life magazine published a photograph of Lewis, showing Point Reyes’ resident artist standing on his deck at twilight, dressed in a knit sweater, holding a pipe. The bay spread before him, its waters catching the purple light of the setting sun.

The Fix on Hillary Clinton's vice presidential picks

With Hillary Clinton leading in the Democratic presidential primary, The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza says these are the five people the former first lady might pick as her running mate if she makes it to the general election.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Continues Push For Diversity In Tech Industry - San Francisco Chronicle
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Routine Voter Purge Is Cited in Brooklyn Election Trouble
Investigations are seeking answers as to why 125,000 Democrats were mysteriously removed from the rolls before a consequential presidential primary.

Biden Votes, But Keeps Mum On His Choice - Politico
Biden, who was deep in discussions about running himself before dropping out in October, has vowed not to stay silent about politics.

Egyptian Activist In Exile Struggles In San Francisco - San Francisco Chronicle
Jessica Zack @
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The 2016 Race: The Voting Effect of Virginiaâ
Research shows that few of the newly eligible voters will re-register; still fewer will vote. But they could decide a close election.

Meet The Venture Capitalist Whom Venture Capitalists Love To Hate - Wsj
Christina Passariello @
The New Activism: Analyst at the Gate

California's Next Senator Could Be A Latina. Will Her Past Mistakes Get In The Way?
Sanchez's missteps have drawn snickers but past rivals warn against discounting her. She has a history of defying low expectations.

Trump, Clinton Preview General-election Bout - Politico
"Today is a day in Virginia for celebration," Terry McAuliffe said.

San Jose: Three People Owe Library More Than $10,000 For Overdue Books
How book-borrowers could amass such a staggering debt is hard to say -- the city refuses to divulge who they are. But San Jose's highest unpaid individual library fines, as well as the total penalties owed, dwarf those in San Francisco or Oakland.

L.A. Seeks To Protect 'wildlife Corridor' In Santa Monica Mountains
A mountain lion can be seen on a hillside in the Santa Monica Mountains in a photo provided by the National Park Service.

The Obamas' U.K. visit in photos
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama spent Friday in London, United Kingdom, meeting with Queen Elizabeth and dining at Kensington Palace with the royal family. It's Day 2 of a four-day stay in the U.K., where Obama has made his case for the U.S. and U.K. to maintain their "special relationship," and against British withdrawal from the European Union.