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THE NOONER for May 4, 2016

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

Political Tension Ramps Up At Legislative Hearing On Newsom's Gun Control Initiative
Backers of a gun control initiative proposed for the November ballot argued during a legislative forum Tuesday that it is needed to mak...

Gavin Newsom Offers Dugout Full Of Booze For Campaign Fundraiser | The Sacramento Bee
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Democratic lieutenant governor has rented out AT&T Park for fundraiser

Key Argument On Revenue Bond Initiative Debated :: Fox&hounds
A key argument on the initiative to require a vote of the people on revenue bonds that exceeds $2 billion centers around the question if taxpayers could be on the hook for defaulted bonds.

California Voters Getting Chance To Fully Legalize Marijuana
A measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use in California appears headed for the Nov. 8 ballot.

Sacramento Residents Cut March Water Use By Nearly 40 Percent | The Sacramento Bee
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Savings follow months where much of the state, region missed targets

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Proposes $127 Million For Climate Change Projects In 2017 |
Norm Williams reads a tablet during his commute on the Coaster from downtown San Diego to Carlsbad. He rides his bicycle from the Coaster station to work and home. — K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune

Bill To Help Widows Stave Off Foreclosure Passes State Senate Committee
A bill that would give California widows and widowers greater protections against foreclosure passed a state senate committee Tuesday.

Voters Could See Parcel Tax On November Ballot To Pay For La County Parks | 89.3 Kpcc
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A new report found that Los Angeles County has about 3,000 parks. About 15 percent of county park amenities were rated in poor condition. Jed Kim

Lower voting age looks to have support of Board of Supervisors
Critics of the proposal have questioned lowering the voting age below 18, which is the legal age of adulthood. Avalos and other supporters say it will encourage civic engagement among youths and instill in them lifelong voting habits. “Young people have a tremendous ability to express themselves not just through their community work but through voting as well,” Avalos said at Tuesday’s board meeting. Members of the San Francisco Youth Commission, which have championed the proposal, sat next to the supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting, and dozens more youth filled the board chambers to testify in support of lowering the voting age. Jillian Wu, 17, a senior at Lick-Wilmerding High School and vice chairwoman of the Youth Commission, said that “strong voter is at the cornerstone of building a healthy democracy” and that lowering the voting age will “build lifelong voters and strengthen our democracy.” The commission’s chairman, Luis Avalos-Nuñez, 22, said the measure would empower immigrant families, especially those with undocumented parents who lack the right to vote. The Department of Elections estimates that if the voting age is lowered to 16, that would affect between 10,000 and 13,000 youth.

Jindal: I would vote for Trump
Appearing on CNN, Jindal responded to comments that former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman made to POLITICO last week in which the 2012 presidential candidate and former U.S. ambassador to China remarked that Trump is better positioned than any other Republican candidate to assemble a coalition across party lines.

Californians Return To Their Water Saving Ways In March As Drought Continues
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UC Berkeley Chancellor Faces Skeptical Academic Senate - San Francisco Chronicle
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Kamala Harris, Silent On Dams, Says She Would Protect Species Law | The Sacramento Bee
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Harris and Sanchez support water tunnels

Sheldon Silver just got one of the longest prison sentences for a politician. Here are the others.

The former New York Assembly leader was sentenced to 12 years in prison in a corruption case.

Faculty Union Approves Salary Agreement With Cal State
Cal State faculty union members have approved a deal to boost salaries that was struck with management last month and averted a massive strike at the nation's largest public university system, officials said Tuesday. 

Big Day Of Giving Crippled By Technical Issues -
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DSCC: 'Support' | Campaign 2016

Senate Democrats released this ad in March 2016, attacking Republicans who expressed support for the GOP's presumptive presidential candidate Donald Trump.

First Draft: Obama to Visit Flint to Talk About Water Crisis
President Obama, who faced criticism when he did not go to Flint during a Michigan trip this year, will go to the city to hear firsthand from residents about the public health crisis caused by contaminated water.

Former Mccain Adviser: I'm With Hillary - Politico
A former senior adviser for John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign suggested that he would vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.

S.F. State Students Go On Hunger Strike For Raise In Ethnic Studies Budget | News Fix | Kqed News
A protest at San Francisco State University Monday marked the beginning of a hunger strike by four students who vowed to go hungry until the school agrees to increase the budget for the College of Ethnic Studies.

13 photos that defined Ted Cruz's presidential campaign
Ted Cruz suspended his presidential campaign Tuesday after a poor showing in Indiana. The campaign included victories in Iowa, Texas, Wisconsin and other states, but many stinging defeats. Here's a look at Cruz's campaign, from the beginning to the very, very end.