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THE NOONER for April 27, 2016

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

California Senate Republicans Want Tax Breaks For Vets, Students | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
GOP legislative priorities have same focus, new message

U.S. Senate Candidates Debate Obama's Foreign Policy Record
In their Monday night debate in Stockon, five candidates for the U.S. Senate offered pretty different viewpoints of President Obama's r...

Ex-Smith College president named UC Berkeley interim provost
A UC Berkeley professor who once served as president of Smith College, a liberal arts women’s school in Massachusetts, has been named interim provost at UC Berkeley — a position that is key to the way the campus handles sex harassment problems. The appointment of Carol Christ follows the resignation two weeks ago of Provost Claude Steele amidst accusations that the campus has mishandled sexual harassment cases. “During her six years as Berkeley’s top academic officer, she sharpened the institution’s intellectual focus and helped build many of our top-rated departments in the humanities and sciences,” Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said in a message to the campus community. Steele announced his resignation on April 15 amid criticism from students and faculty for his alleged light-handed approach to disciplining university’s employees who violated the sexual harassment policy. In his message of resignation Steele did not mention the sexual harassment scandal and cited his wife’s health condition as the reason of his resignation. Choudhry’s case was one of several that drew criticism over the light discipline of faculty found in violation of the harassment policy.

With Uber Battle Raging, One State Lawmaker Wants To Deregulate The Taxi Industry
The conclusion is self evident on all sides of the fight between ride-hailing companies and taxis: Stricter taxi regulations are strangling the industry's

No Wounds Inflicted By California Senate Debate | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
34 Californians running for U.S. Senate this year

First Draft: Tom Coburn, Ex-Senator, Says Merrick Garland Should Get a Vote
Tom Coburn, the former Republican senator from Oklahoma known for his often contrarian views, said Judge Merrick B. Garland should get a vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee, going against his old colleagues who have staunchly opposed even considering President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

Medi-cal Will Soon Cover Immigrant Children Here Illegally, But Adults Pose A Bigger Test
Ever since Obamacare took effect two years ago, many California legislators have been fighting to get health insurance for those it left out -- the quarter of

Translating Special Ed Plans To Meet Family Language Needs :: Si&a Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource For Superintendents And The Cabinet
Kimberly Beltran @
AB 2091 by Democratic Assemblywoman Patty Lopez would require districts, if necessary, to hire “qualified interpreters” to provide an Individualized Education Plan and related documentation translated into the native language of a student’s parents within 30 days of an IEP meeting.

Uninsured? Wednesday's Free Health Clinic Will Include Surgery, Mental Health Services | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
A three-day free mobile health clinic opens Wednesday at the Los Angeles Convention Center, but unlike other mobile clinics, this one will offer more than the usual primary care, eye exams and dental work.

First Draft: Bernie Sanders to Reassess Candidacy After Tuesdayâ
Bernie Sanders and his campaign advisers plan to reassess where his candidacy stands after five states vote Tuesday, though the Vermont senator is adamant that he will remain in the race until this summer’s convention.

La County Approves Program To Strengthen Minimum Wage Enforcement | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Protesters in front of a McDonald's in South L.A. where fast-food workers and their supporters gathered to protest wage theft in April 2014. Many fast-food restaurants like McDonald's say they have no control over hiring and firing decisions in franchises. That has made it difficult for unions to organize workers across a restaurant chain. File photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

Fact Check: Has Loretta Sanchez Missed Committee Hearings?
Republican candidate George "Duf" Sundheim went after Rep. Loretta Sanchez for her attendance record in Washington, appearing to critic...

U.S. Senate Candidate Wants Ban On Middle East Immigrants, Except Israel | Politico

East Bay water district will stop fining water guzzlers
The hefty drought fines that hit many East Bay residents this past year, and outed a number of unsuspecting celebrities as water hogs, are soon to be no more. The Bay Area water agency that blazed the concept of drought-shaming determined Tuesday that financial penalties for those who exceed the district’s conservation quotas are no longer necessary. Supply shortages in the East Bay Municipal Utility District, like much of the state, have eased with the wet winter and stepped-up conservation efforts. The agency is still asking residential customers to reduce water consumption by 20 percent, acknowledging that the state’s historic drought is not over. “Why would we continue penalizing customers when we have enough water,” said Sherri Hong, district manager of customer and community services. Residential customers who flouted the district’s rationing rules were not only sacked with a cumulative $596,878 in fines since last July, but their violations made individual water use - something that is normally kept private - a matter of public record. [...] the names of violators were widely broadcast, prompting such notables as Oakland A’s executive Billy Beane, retired Golden State Warriors star Adonal Foyle, and San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain to pledge to do better. The president and chief executive of ARC Document Solutions, a Walnut Creek software company, consumed an average 9,612 gallons a day during one billing period at his eight-bedroom home next to Mount Diablo State Park. The East Bay Municipal Water District, which continues to charge residents a drought surcharge to make up for revenue lost to conservation, plans to revisit its higher rates after the state water board updates its policy.

Maybe-finally-relief For Lawsuits Against Small Business :: Fox&hounds
That hope expressed in 2014 may finally arrive and although well past time, would be welcomed by the small business community.

Sacramento City Council Frowns On Homeless Tent City, Prefers Triage Center | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Lillis @
City Council members are supportive of 24-hour shelter connecting homeless with services

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

Employment Distress Affects 2.9 Million Californians | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Officially, 1.1 million Californians are unemployed

Anti-trump Resolution 'not Appropriate,' Says Anaheim Mayor
The Anaheim City Council Tuesday plans to vote on a resolution condemning what some members call Donald Trump's "negative rhetoric."

New Report: A Step Up: How Charter Schools Provide Higher Levels Of California Public University Access :: California Charter Schools Association
April 19, 2016

Acapulco Paralyzed By Fear After Gunfights Between Police And Gang Members
The Pacific city of Acapulco remained gripped by fear Tuesday with thousands of businesses and many schools shuttered following two brazen attacks on federal

Sacramento Streetcar Proponents Are Back With Pricier Plan | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @
Advocates have new $195 million plan to reintroduce trolleys to city streets

Rep. Donna Edwards files complaint to extend Baltimore voting hours

Her Senate campaign says polling places opened late and should stay open until 10 p.m.