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THE NOONER for May 11, 2016

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

Senate Candidates Clash Over Crime, Wages In Last Debate Before California Primary - The Orange County Register
LOS ANGELES – Five candidates for California’s open U.S. Senate seat jousted Tuesday over climate change, crime and the minimum wage, while Republicans jabbed at front-running Democrat Kamala Harris, in their final debate before next month’s primary election.

Bernie Sanders Praises Jerry Brown, A Similar Candidate | The Sacramento Bee
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Running for president that year, Brown crusaded against money in politics

Tax Measure Filed To Support Reduction Of Local Class Sizes | The Daily Californian
Voters will get a chance during the November election to approve the Berkeley Schools Education Excellence Act of 2016, a tax measure that calls for $28 million in tax revenue to help reduce student-to-teacher ratios at Berkeley public schools.

Several Davis Professors Defend Chancellor Katehi At UC Regents Meeting | The Sacramento Bee
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UC regents convene for three days of meetings in Sacramento

Have UC Schools Harmed Local Students With Their Admission Policies? The Regents Weigh In
University of California regents are expected to weigh in Tuesday on a scathing state audit that said UC schools have harmed local students by admitting too

Sacramento Lawmaker Would Expand UC Resident Enrollment By 30,000 | The Sacramento Bee
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Plan would take six years to grow California, reduce nonresident enrollment

Governor Signs Aliso Canyon Urgency Legislation into Law
California Governor Jerry Brown took action today to sign urgency legislation authored by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Sherman Oaks) and Principal Co-Author Bob Huff (R-San Dimas). SB 380 addresses a now plugged natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility, and seeks to implement safeguards so that future leaks can be prevented.

Union-commissioned Report Says Charter Schools Are Bleeding Money From Traditional Ones
A teachers union-funded report on charter schools concludes that these largely nonunion campuses are costing traditional schools in the Los Angeles Unified

Closed-door Talks At Key California Panels Under Scrutiny | The Sacramento Bee
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Nearly 15 agencies, boards or commissions allow private talks

California Tax Revenues Fall Below Estimates As Budget Talks Get Under Way -
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Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

This California Desert Town Is Experiencing A Marijuana Boom
Carlos Bravo, the owner of a tow company here, was at work late last year when a real estate agent came to him offering half a million dollars for 5 acres of

California Wants Major Changes To Water Conservation -
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Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Supervisors OK Ballot Measure To Lower Sf Voting Age To 16 - San Francisco Chronicle
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Gov. Brown Signs Bill Requiring Testing Before Aliso Canyon Gas Wells Can Resume Operation
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation that sets strict rules barring injection of new natural gas into old wells at Aliso Cany...

Taxpayers covered $14 billion in sham charges by private health plans paying for seniors' care, report says

Private insurance plans that bill Medicare for care for the elderly are costing taxpayers $14 billion a year in bogus charges, auditors found.

UC Regents Keeping Sex Harassment Discussion Secret May Violate Law, Experts Say -
Critics say it appears the public university is twisting the state's open-meeting law to shield itself from embarrassment over the growing scandal.

Kamala Harris Is Focus Of California's Final U.S. Senate Debate Before Primary
U.S. Senate hopeful Kamala Harris found herself under attack Tuesday night during a fiery debate where she was accused of putting her political ambitions ahead

California Diaper Advocate Pushes For Low-income Access | The Sacramento Bee
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The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Trump Selects A White Nationalist Leader As A Delegate In California | Mother Jones
On Monday evening, California's secretary of state published a list of delegates chosen by the Trump campaign for the upcoming Republican presidential primary in the state. Trump's slate includes William Johnson, one of the country's most prominent white nationalists.

Duf Sundheim Wrongly Says California's Violent Crime Rate Is Up 34 Percent | Politifact California
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Republican Duf Sundheim started on the attack at Wednesday’s debate in San Diego among five candidates vying to be California’s next U.S. senator.

L.A. County May Seek State's Help On 'millionaires Tax' For Homelessness
L.A. County officials are eyeing a new income tax on millionaires to help address homelessness, but one liberal member broke ranks.

First Draft: Donald Trump Hires C.O.O. for Growing Campaign Finance Operation
The hiring of Eli H. Miller, a deputy finance director for Senator Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential bid, comes as Donald J. Trump’s operation is moving its focus to a general election campaign, and working to quickly raise the as much as $1.5 billion Mr. Trump has said he may need for the fall.

Teachers Union: Enrollment Loss To Charter Schools Costs L.A. Unified At Least $500 Million | 89.3 Kpcc
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FILE - Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, a union representing L.A. Unified teachers, speaks during a rally in February. Kyle Stokes/KPCC