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THE NOONER for May 5, 2016

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

Newsom, pot proponents kick off campaign for California legalization
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, joined by leaders in law enforcement, public health and social justice, announced Wednesday in San Francisco that enough signatures had been collected to put recreational pot up for a vote in this year’s presidential election. The broad array of marijuana proponents, marking the official launch of their statewide campaign, overcame the hurdles of competing priorities and scant funding, on top of general unease about the drug. The common refrain among those at the Commonwealth Club on Wednesday afternoon was that the nation’s war on drugs was failing children and impoverished communities. The pending ballot measure calls for the state to regulate marijuana under a set of rules that includes a 15 percent tax on retail sales and penalties of up to $100 for illegal possession. [...] six years later, with four states having legalized recreational pot and public support growing for decriminalization, the new coalition said the Adult Use of Marijuana Act stood a good chance of succeeding. Campaign officials said they submitted more than 600,000 signatures to the secretary of state’s office, far more than the 365,000 needed before the June 5 deadline.

State Supreme Court To Weigh Gov. Brown's Prison Release Initiative
California's highest court is slated to hear arguments Thursday on whether Gov. Jerry Brown may ask voters in November to allow an early release from prison for

California Lawmakers Kill Bills Pushed By Dissident Union Members | The Sacramento Bee
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SEIU 1000 member has sought access to union finances

Fighting obesity, Oakland puts soda tax on ballot
The Oakland City Council voted unanimously to place a soda tax on the November ballot, a penny-per-ounce revenue stream expected to raise up to $12 million per year to aid in efforts to fight obesity. Sales of soda and other sugary beverages declined 8 percent in Berkeley, a result of not only the higher cost of the drinks but increased education around the health dangers connected to sugar, said Oakland Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington. If voters approve the tax, the money raised would go into the city’s general fund, and officials said the idea is to earmark it to pay for health and education programs in the community and in schools. The measure would tax distributors of soda and other sweetened beverages, including the syrup and powder used to make fountain drinks, with the cost likely passed on to customers.

Marijuana Legalization Campaign Launches In California | The Sacramento Bee
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Gavin Newsom says too many people are in jail for drugs

Why You Should Be Extra Careful Voting For California's Next Us Senator | 89.3 Kpcc
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FILE: A voter places her ballot into a ballot box after voting for the midterm elections in Los Angeles on Nov. 2, 2010. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Could Donald Trump Make A Run At California In November Election? | The Sacramento Bee
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Hillary Clinton leads Trump by wide margin in recent polls

Some O.C. Republicans Wary Of Jumping On The Trump Train - The Orange County Register
Mission Viejo’s Nancy Brown has voted for the Republican nominee for president ever since casting her first ballot, for Dwight Eisenhower, in 1956. But the erstwhile Ted Cruz supporter is ambivalent about her choices this November, now that Donald Trump is the only GOP candidate left.

Fighting Obesity, Oakland Puts Soda Tax On Ballot - San Francisco Chronicle
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Vaping Will Soon Be Banned In Many Public Places In California
California has applied the brakes to slow the vaping craze after Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation to prohibit e-cigarette use in public places.

California: Measure To Legalize Pot Headed For November Ballot
Newsom and other leaders of a coalition behind the Adult Use of Marijuana Act announced they have collected enough signatures to place on the Nov. 8 ballot a measure that would make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess, sell or transport less than an ounce of pot.

Assembly Looks To Add Concussion Rules For Youth Sports -
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University Of California Ranked First Among Universities Worldwide In Climate Change Investment | The Daily Californian
The University of California ranked first among all universities worldwide in incorporating climate change risks in its investment decision making, according to findings released Monday by an independent organization.

Gov. Brown Signs Bills To Raise Smoking Age To 21 And To Restrict E-cigarettes
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a pack of bills that will raise the smoking age in California from 18 to 21, and will restrict the...

Hillary Clinton: '"President Trump" is a dangerous proposition' | Campaign 2016

As Donald Trump appeared to soon be the last candidate standing in the race for the GOP nomination, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton tweeted this video, showing Republicans launching attacks at Trump.

Some UC Majors See Balance Shift Toward Out-of-state Students | The Sacramento Bee
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Engineering programs at Berkeley, UCLA saw big nonresident increase

Progressive Groups Say Annual 'job Killer' List Is Killing Good Legislation
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Trump's Open Path To Nomination Causes Agony For Some In Gop
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The billionaire businessman vowed to unite the splintered GOP, even as he was bitingly dismissive of members who have been critical of his campaign.

Election 2016: Former President Talks Of A Return To Prosperity As The Clintons Hit L.A. - The Orange County Register
Former President Bill Clinton made the case for sending his wife to the Oval Office during a speech Wednesday that referred to the San Bernardino terrorist attack and avoided direct attacks against Republican Donald Trump.

Hillary Clinton Says She'll Be A Golden State Warrior
Even as she increasingly turns to the general election fight against Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton vowed Wednesday to campaign "up and ...

Mitch McConnell's Senate is confirming very, very few presidential nominees

A nonpartisan analysis finds the current Senate has confirmed the fewest civilian presidential nominees of any Congress in the past 30 years.