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THE NOONER for May 3, 2016

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

Rising Confidence In California's Economy Is A Challenge For GOP Presidential Candidates
The Republican candidates for president have campaigned all over the country lamenting the rough recovery from the recession and condemning President Obama --

California Senate Votes To Remove Mandatory Jail For Prostitution | The Sacramento Bee
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Bill would reverse laws that require 45-day sentence for second offense, 90 days for third

Feds drop bid to shut down Harborside in big win for pot industry
In a major victory for the cannabis industry, the federal government dropped its four-year bid to shut down Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, the biggest medical marijuana dispensary in the country with more than 100,000 patients, according to city officials. Harborside, on the Oakland Estuary, has faced potential closure since 2012, when the U.S. Attorney’s Office cracked down on the industry across California and attempted to seize the buildings that housed the businesses. In Marin County, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag threatened to seize the property of the Marin Alliance dispensary in 2011 and prosecute the landlord for drug dealing and providing medical marijuana within 1,000 feet of a Little League field, a crime punishable by up to 40 years in prison. Harborside has claimed the forfeiture suit violates several federal laws and the Obama administration’s stated policy of deferring to laws in nearly half the states, including California, that have legalized marijuana for medical use. While Oakland was the first city in California to regulate a handful of dispensaries, just eight now operate as sanctioned businesses, subject to sales tax, public health and safety regulations, environmental and employment rules, and other city laws. Gov. Jerry Brown, though, signed a set of bills in October creating a regulatory structure for medical pot, one that allows cities to set policies related to all aspects of the industry. David McPherson of HdL Companies, which offers guidance on handling the explosion of medical marijuana to cities and counties, said permitting 30 growers in Oakland could bring in about $9 million in annual revenue, while doubling the number of dispensaries could mean $3 million more or so in sales and business taxes.

University Of California Regent Violated Ethics Rules, Review Finds | 89.3 Kpcc
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Copies of the letter, which was obtained by ProPublica, were sent for possible action to UC President Janet Napolitano and then-Regents Chairman Bruce D. Varner, but the findings were not made public.

Sdsu President, Students Meet Following Protest |
San Diego State students students, upset at the SDSU president's response to recent anti Muslim fliers, surround the SDSU president in an effort to discuss the matter with him. / San Diego Union-Tribune

Presidential Candidates Address Economy & Jobs At The GOP Convention :: Fox&hounds
Economy and jobs are the top issues for Americans and Californians in most polls so how did the Republican presidential candidates address those issues when speaking at the California GOP convention over the weekend?

Jerry Brown Gets Bill For Registration Of State Contract Advocates | The Sacramento Bee
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Communicating with state officials over contracts would require registration

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Lawmakers Sent New Lobbying Disclosure Bill To Gov. Brown, And Regulators Want Him To Veto It
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Covered California Helps Keep Premiums In Check, UC Berkeley Study Finds | State Of Health | Kqed News
Covered California’s Obamacare exchange has helped consumers get a better deal on health insurance in part because of its negotiating power — power that other Affordable Care Act marketplaces don’t have — according to a new analysis published Monday.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein Opposes Legalizing Internet Poker In California
Just as a bill to legalize internet poker in California appears to be moving forward, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she opposes the m...

Paul Mccartney Booked As First Show For Golden 1 Center | The Sacramento Bee
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Tickets on sale to general public starting 10 a.m. Friday May 6

Silicon Valley Congressman Raised Less Than $2,000 For Legal Defense Amid Ethics Probe, Spends $0
Despite a pending ethics complaint about misusing House office funds, Rep. Michael Honda's campaign and legal defense trust fund reported spending no money on

Baugh, Rohrabacher Clash For Congress Could Lie Ahead - The Orange County Register
Setting up a potential clash of Orange County political titans, former county GOP Chairman Scott Baugh is not ruling out a 2018 challenge of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Costa Mesa.

First Draft: Hoarse but Energetic, Bernie Sanders Presses for Votes in Indiana
The senator held three rallies to court Indiana’s voters, who go to the polls on Tuesday, and stressed the state’s importance in his push to win the Democratic presidential nomination.

Spending By Outside Groups Revs Up In California Legislative Races | The Sacramento Bee
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Oil companies, charter schools and others reported $3.47 million in spending in 15 districts

Bigger Than The Baby Boomers: Are Millennials The New Force In Politics? - The Orange County Register
Pew Research reported last week that America has more millennials, ages 18 to 34, than it has baby boomers, ages 51-69. It's the first time in decades boomers haven't been America's biggest generational group. Because immigrants tend to be younger, the gap figures to grow over time:

San Diego Union-Tribune: The truth behind California's hidden gas tax
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s roads and bridges. Unfortunately, this is not entirely the case.

Gannett Asks Tribune Publishing Shareholders To Withhold Support For Board Nominees
Chicago Tribune @
Gannett is ramping up its efforts to acquire Tribune Publishing by going directly to shareholders, but not going so far as to initiate a hostile takeover bid for the Chicago-based publisher of the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times.

Moratorium At Aliso Canyon Gas-leak Facility Sent To Gov. Brown | 89.3 Kpcc
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File: A crew works in early February to stop the flow of gas from the leaking gas well at the Aliso Canyon storage facility. Courtesy of Sempra Utilities

Trump's Been Talking About A Border Wall. Here's What It's Like To Live With One
Saturday brought Perla Martinez three minutes of joy, a temporary pause in a long, painful separation.