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THE NOONER for April 30, 2016

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

Airbnb spends $230,000 on S.F. candidates and propositions on June 7 ballot
Airbnb contributed $230,000 to candidates and measures on the June 7 ballot in the days leading up to and just after legislation was introduced at the Board of Supervisors that could expose the short-term rental company to millions of dollars in fines and potential misdemeanor charges. The contributions were detailed in the latest round of campaign finance reports required by the San Francisco Ethics Commission, which cover the start of the year through April 23. The reports also showed that the race for the influential Democrat County Central Committee has became even more heated, with hundreds of thousands of dollars raised for candidates vying for the 24 open seats. The committee’s makeup is especially important this year because those elected in June will make the official Democratic Party endorsements of candidates for office in November, including those running for the Board of Supervisors, the state Senate and other races. On Tuesday, Supervisors David Campos and Aaron Peskin introduced legislation that would make short-term-rental sites like Airbnb and HomeAway/VRBO responsible for ensuring that their hosts follow the city’s registration requirements. Jung is a registered lobbyist for real estate interests, which has led to claims from progressives that she is beholden to special-interest groups. [...] sitting and aspiring politicians are using the DCCC as a way to increase their name recognition — and circumvent the $500 campaign contribution limit for supervisorial races. To be fair, the DCCC election is in June and the supervisorial race is in November, but it’s an open secret in City Hall that money raised for the DCCC benefits supervisorial campaigns. Candidates who are not elected have to return the money to their donors or donate it to a charitable organization or the city, according to the Ethics Commission.

Trump's Visit Shines Spotlight On California Republican Party's Immigration Dilemma
Donald Trump's emphasis on illegal immigration has propelled his presidential campaign to the threshold of winning the Republican nomination, but it risks huge

Deadline Passes In Probe Of Secret San Onofre Deal | Kpbs
Amita Sharma @
While California Attorney General Kamala Harris gathers steam in her campaign to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, the statute of limitations has run out for her to file charges for a secret meeting in Poland that spawned a San Onofre settlement.

Jerry Brown Gives Counties $16.3 Million More For Election Costs | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
California counties face expected high turnout June 7

'it's A Steep Climb,' Says Kasich Of His Path To GOP Presidential Nomination
Ohio Gov. John Kasich presented himself Friday as the sole candidate in the GOP presidential race with an optimistic vision for how to ...

Ex-schwarzenegger Communications Aide Julie Soderlund Dies At 38 | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Smith and Alexei Koseff @
Battled melanoma since summer 2015

Political Season A Headache For Business :: Fox&hounds
Businesses sensitive about their public image often feel whipsawed during the political season when being pressured by both activists and bottom-line shareholders. This political year, politics and business mix into a troublesome concoction of protest petitions, boycotts and quarrels over candidates and causes.

Transportation Sales Tax Hike To Go On Ballot |
Students headed for either San Diego High or San Diego City College, as well as other trolley users, disembark the trolley in the complex beside Smart Corner apartments. — Peggy Peattie

California State Spokesman And Ex-journalist Jim Zamora Dies At 57 | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Jim Zamora loved journalism even after leaving the industry

Drink Up! Mesa Water District Relaxes Outdoor Watering Rules Starting Sunday
Mesa Water District customers will be allowed to water their yards up to three days a week starting Sunday, according to district officials.

State's GOP Convention Could Foreshadow The June 7 Primary Here - The Orange County Register
LOS ANGELES – California’s Republican Party convention will be an early test for Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich in a state whose June election could hold the decisive delegates in the fight for the party’s presidential nomination.

#cagopconvention In Burlingame | The Sacramento Bee

2 Private Investigators Can Be Tried On Conspiracy And False Imprisonment Charges, Judge Rules
Two private investigators can be tried on charges of false imprisonment and conspiracy in connection with a fake DUI report against a Costa Mesa City Councilman

Sanders Campaign Withdraws Lawsuit Against Dnc - Politico
The Sanders campaign statement on Friday went on to say that an independent investigation vindicated the campaign in the matter.

Trump Spurs A Fresh Wave Of Latino Activism
As Donald Trump's presidential campaign moves into California, he's being met by a revitalized, youthful Latino-rights movement playing from a different rule

Trump Belittles Rivals, Then Calls For Unity | Election 2016 | The California Report | Kqed News
Update 8 p.m.: Ohio Gov. John Kasich Friday night warned against inflammatory rhetoric aimed at Latinos.

Trump, Kasich Make Their Case At Calif. GOP Convention -
Ben Adler @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Finally, Long Overdue Progress In Hospital Seismic Safety | State Of Health | Kqed News
It has taken years for hospitals to get this far.

Mike Pence: 'I will be voting for Ted Cruz'

Cautioning that he wasn't "against anybody," Indiana Gov. Mike Pence revealed on The Garrison Radio Program April 29 that he plans to vote for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz in his state's May 3 primary.

Amid Raging Protests In Bay Area, Trump Calls On California Republicans To Unite Behind Him
BURLINGAME, Calif. - Undeterred by protesters who nearly blocked his way into a California GOP convention, Donald Trump called on the party Friday to unite

Donald Trump's Bizarre California GOP Convention Entrance Was Like 'crossing The Border'
Aaron Kinney, Bruce Newman and Lindzi Wessel, Staff writers @
Hundreds of protesters blocked Trump's path when his motorcade arrived at the Hyatt Regency near San Francisco International Airport, forcing the real estate mogul to enter the hotel through a back entrance. In a scene broadcast live on TV, Trump and his entourage walked along a service road and along a concrete barrier, over a grassy median and into the hotel.