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THE NOONER for May 6, 2016

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

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
O.C. Board Of Education To Consider Investigating Member's Emails About Sexual Orientation
latimes.com
An Orange County Board of Education trustee plans to ask his colleagues to order an investigation of the conduct of a fellow board member after learning of

Former Federal Prosecutors To Lead UC Probe Of Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert and Sam Stanton @
sacbee.com
Melinda Haag, who oversaw Barry Bonds prosecution, will lead Katehi inquiry

Assembly GOP Leader Isn't On The Trump Train Just Yet
latimes.com
Just six days ago, Assembly Republican leader Chad Mayes was the opening act to his preferred presidential pick, Ohio Gov. John Kasich,...

Berryhill tapped for Senate Rules Committee
berryhill.cssrc.us
Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) has been elected by his colleagues to the 5-member Senate Rules Committee. The Rules Committee is considered one of the most influential assignments in the Senate, and as such, selection to it must be confirmed by the entire Senate.

Borrego Springs Water Crisis Begins And Ends With Farming
latimes.com
Borrego Springs farms use more water than the state is likely to allow. The community's viability is at stake.

Apple Slammed Over Taxes By Mayor Of Cupertino, Its Hometown
siliconbeat.com
Chang, who’s the target of a recall effort, believes Apple should pitch in to ease Cupertino’s growing pains. He wants the company to give $100 million to help improve the city’s infrastructure. But he can’t get other council members to agree to put forth the proposal.

Just Say Yes: Some California Law Enforcement Leaders Support Legalizing Recreational Pot
latimes.com
California law enforcement leaders are taking some very different positions on the movement to legalize pot for recreational use.

Torrance Refinery Explosion Cost California Drivers $2.4 Billion In High Pump Prices, Study Says
dailybulletin.com
Today's high

Borenstein: Covering Desaulnier's Cancer Deeply Personal To Me - Eastbaytimes.com
eastbaytimes.com
Having covered him for more than two decades, I doubted he was caught up in some sort of political scandal. So when he told me he had leukemia it confirmed my suspicion that his health was involved.

Mandated College Prep Courses Are Counterproductive | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
Big school districts require college prep classes for all students

Kern County Pays $3.4 Million To Settle Wrongful Death Suit Against Sheriff's Department
latimes.com
Kern County has agreed to pay $3.4 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit brought by the family of a day laborer who died after he was struck with batons,

Is Shakespearean Tragedy Brewing For The State Budget? :: Fox&hounds
foxandhoundsdaily.com
Double, double, toil and trouble;

California Republicans can no longer rely on Trump to get out the vote

Turnout among Republican voters could tank, spelling more bad news for Republican Senate candidates Democrats.

SF suing Academy of Art over real estate empire
sfgate.com
After years of finger-pointing, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera says “enough is enough” and is filing suit against the Academy of Art University, saying the nation’s largest for-profit art school and one of the city’s biggest landlords has illegally converted 22 buildings in amassing a real estate empire. “In particular, defendants must return the many housing units they unlawfully displaced to San Francisco’s affordable housing stock,” the city attorney said in the suit he plans to file Friday in San Francisco Superior Court. The lawsuit comes after a decade of bickering between the city, which has imposed hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines against the Academy of Art for alleged planning violations, and the university, which has refused to pay the money. According to the suit, Academy of Art President Elisa Stephens and her family, acting through subsidiary companies, have bought 22 commercial and residential buildings and “cavalierly” converted them to university use without obtaining the required city authorization. Six of the buildings cited in Herrera’s complaint were residential structures that the school turned into student housing — “exacerbating the already scarce supply of affordable housing,” the suit says — and an additional three were hotels where students now live. In implementing their real estate scheme for profit,” the suit says, Stephens and her family “have flagrantly ignored and flouted the zoning and planning restrictions applicable to their properties that govern all San Francisco property owners. In addition to restoring properties for residential use, the lawsuit calls for administrative and civil penalties against the university that could add up to tens of millions of dollars. Herrera’s assertion that the Academy of Art is taking affordable housing units off the market is especially explosive, given San Francisco’s out-of-control rental prices. The university’s questionable real estate conversions have been the subject of years of conflict at City Hall, with Herrera repeatedly raising questions about the Planning Department’s inability or unwillingness to lower the boom on the university for alleged violations. According to sources privy to the negotiations, Stephens had offered to lease at least one of her properties to the city for use as affordable housing — but the two sides apparently couldn’t come to terms. Brosnahan said that “if the city attorney would get out of the way,” the university is prepared to build its own housing in the future, put money into the city’s affordable-housing fund and, “to the extent it would help, we would be open to converting one of the (university) buildings into affordable housing.”

San Jose Rent Freeze Abandoned
mercurynews.com
But city officials have now abandoned the idea of a rent freeze to prevent last-minute increases, and instead are pushing to have the new law take effect sooner.

Thanks A Lot, Indiana: Here's What California Republicans Could Have Had
latimes.com
You can't say it doesn't sting. California's role as the closing prize of the primary campaign season has been sundered by little Indiana, where a sweeping

Darrell Issa Says Donald Trump Is "obvious Choice" | Sandiegouniontribune.com
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3 Patients Died In A Pasadena Outbreak Possibly Caused By Medical Scopes
latimes.com
At least three patients died last year at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena in an outbreak suspected to have been caused by tainted medical scopes, according to a

Long-term Drought Persists In California - Capradio.org
Ed Joyce @
capradio.org
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Oc Sheriff Investigating Its Own Use Of Jailhouse Informants | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
scpr.org
Three inmates escaped from the Orange County Central Men's Jail on January 22, 2016. The facility was built in 1968. Erika Aguilar/KPCC

Loretta Sanchez Touts D.C. Credentials In A Year Of The Outsider | Election 2016 | The California Report | Kqed News
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These days, Loretta Sanchez oversees defense spending and policy on the House Armed Services Committee. Despite the serious issues she deals with, the media seem fascinated by her annual Christmas cards — playful pictures of her posing with cat Gretzky atop a fireplace mantle or astride a motorcycle.

Economic View: The Economy Is Rigged, and Other Presidential Campaign Myths
nytimes.com
This year’s candidates have been particularly egregious in spreading unreliable information about the economy, often portraying themselves as the only cure.