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THE NOONER for April 29, 2016

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

University Of California Opposes Bill To Reduce Terms Of UC Board Of Regents | The Daily Californian
The University of California and the UCLA Undergraduate Students Association sent letters Tuesday to the state Senate opposing a bill that would alter term lengths of UC Board of Regents.

Donald Trump Hits Immigration Hard In California Opening | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Republican presidential candidate touches off campaign in California with rally in Orange County

Letter Details Reasons For UC Davis Chancellor's Placement On Administrative Leave | The Daily Californian
UC President Janet Napolitano sent a letter to UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi on Wednesday detailing reasons for placing her on paid administrative leave.

Katehi Sought Meeting With Firm Hired By UC Davis To Eradicate Pepper Spray Posts | The Sacramento Bee
Sam Stanton and Diana Lambert @
UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi asked to meet with online reputation firm in 2013

San Jose: Council Candidates Raise Dough, Donate To Themselves
Stanford University researcher Devora "Dev" Davis raised the most money -- $51,662.84 since January -- according to campaign finance reports due on Thursday. Davis, 38, one of two Republicans in the District 6 council race, beat her seven opponents after loaning her own campaign $20,000.

Assembly Approves Moratorium On Injecting Gas Into Aliso Canyon Wells
Amid concern over the months-long leaking of natural gas in Aliso Canyon near Los Angeles, the Assembly on Thursday formally approved s...

California Assembly Rejects Resolution Honoring John Wayne | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Critics complained that actor uttered racist remarks

Bay Area transportation gridlock here to stay, most residents say
A pair of polls about the Bay Area’s backed-up transportation system released Thursday reveal gridlock not only on the roads and highways but in the minds of residents. Frustration over increasingly congested traffic around the region has reached the point that most people don’t think it will ever get better, according to a poll by the Bay Area Council. Yet a Metropolitan Transportation Commission poll finds that most — but not quite enough — voters are likely to favor a Bay Area gas-tax increase to fund road repairs and bike and pedestrian routes. The polls were conducted and released independently but point to transportation, and how to improve it, as key issues facing the Bay Area. If people in the Bay Area are feeling comfortable about their finances, comfortable with the economy but have concerns about more housing in the Bay Area and are already frustrated with traffic, that’s a problem. The MTC poll, a telephone survey, was conducted in March and April by Corey, Canapary and Galanis Research of San Francisco and involved 2,048 people. The poll by the Bay Area Council, a business-sponsored public policy advocacy group, focused on traffic, finding that a whopping 83 percent of those surveyed believe that it may never improve. The vast majority of those polled identified the Bay Bridge, San Francisco and Oakland as the worst places for traffic, and 28 percent said traffic was at a crisis level requiring changes in the law to speed improvements. When it comes to transportation planning, those polled preferred a strong regional approach instead of a local focus for both roads and highways and public transportation. For roads and highways, 67 percent wanted regional planning while 64 percent favored a regional approach for public transportation. Jim Wunderman, president and chief executive officer of the Bay Area Council, said the region’s congestion should be expected, especially given economic growth. The business community is not going to accept this fate nor should the public transportation agencies. Wunderman called on transportation planners to harness the innovative and technological riches of the Bay Area to improve traffic and transit, creating easier ways to make transit connections, metering traffic to flow better, coordinating carpooling with apps and modernizing transit systems. State legislation allows the nine Bay Area counties to vote to raise their gas taxes by as much as 10 cents a gallon to fund transportation.

Trump’s Bay Area Challenge: Turning Popular Support Into Loyal Delegates | Election 2016 | The California Report | Kqed News
“All who are Republicans are fed up with the fact that we elected the Senate and the House of Representatives majorities and they did nothing. They did nothing!” bellows Republican Carol Hehmeyer. “That has a lot of us very angry, very angry.”

Board Approves New High-speed Rail Plan - The Orange County Register
SACRAMENTO – The board that oversees California’s high-speed rail project has approved the latest $64 billion business plan calling for trains to run from the Central Valley to the San Jose area starting in 2025.

Judge Orders GOP Candidate Keyser On Colorado Senate Ballot - Politico
Reporters in the West Wing got a dose of "The West Wing" on Friday, as actress Allison Janney strode into the briefing room as her character...

The Cruz Fiorina Ploy: A Cynical Play For Ca Reeps
By picking failed and fired Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as his would-be vice-presidential running mate, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is making a desperate and farcical last-ditch play to appeal to Republican women and stop Donald Trump in California.

Protesters flock to GOP convention in Burlingame, railing against Trump
Dozens of protesters gathered to greet the Republican presidential candidates at the GOP state convention in Burlingame Friday morning, waving signs, chanting and registering their disgust with a party they said was out of touch with California values. Presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas and Gov. John Kasich from Ohio are both scheduled to speak at the convention, but it was front-runner and New York businessman Donald Trump who drew the most ire of the demonstrators Friday morning ahead of his noontime speech. Fight back! Attendees made their way into the convention with amused looks on their faces as they shot video of the protests with their phones, though no direct confrontations had taken place as of roughly 10:15 a.m. The department has called in help from law enforcement agencies around the Bay Area, but cautioned the public that traffic around the Hyatt Regency, where the convention will be held, could be impacted. Many have called Trump’s rhetoric racist and devisive as he’s pushed for a ban on Muslim immigration and made sweeping generalizations of Mexicans as rapists and murderers, but none of that seems to have hurt him with Republican voters. Cruz and Kasich are hoping to derail that effort by siphoning off enough votes to keep Trump from cresting the 1,237-delegate threshold, which would guarantee him the nomination at the national Republican convention in Cleveland this summer.

Court Rejects Lawsuit To Drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
The ruling, by Tuolumne County Superior Court Judge Kevin Seibert, is the latest setback for Restore Hetch Hetchy, an Oakland-based group that says construction of reservoir in Yosemite National Park 93 years ago was a grievous crime against nature that can be undone and the submerged valley restored.

California Republicans Fired Up To Hang Out With Trump And Cruz | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago and David Siders @
Trump, Cruz convention speeches sold out quickly

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Delays Climate Spending Plan |
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer

Unpaid Annual Taxes Rise to $458 Billion, I.R.S. Reports
The agency attributed the increase to better estimates, but Senator Orrin G. Hatch called for it “to get smarter about guaranteeing tax compliance.”

Revealed: Inside The Tug-of-war To Run Donald Trump's California Campaign | Us News | The Guardian
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On the other hand, it turns out Clark was not an uncontroversial pick.

Indianapolis Star's Editorial Board Slams Trump - Politico
The former Senate candidate moved away after losing in 2010, dismantling her political network and leaving some bills unpaid.

Spring Storms Help Snowpack As California Drought Persists -
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What Will $500 Million Get You In Vegas? Raiders Owner Mark Davis Hopes It's A Home For His Team
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis says he wants to move the team to Las Vegas and is willing to spend a half billion dollars as part of a deal for a new stadium