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THE NOONER for May 12, 2016

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

State Retiree Health Care Could Cost California $6.6 Billion A Year | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Pew report says California owes $80.3 billion for retiree health

Another Bad Idea: A Local Income Tax :: Fox&hounds
Last week, when Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the bill that would have permitted local governments to levy cigarette taxes, he complained that there already are too many taxes on the coming ballot. A push for an income tax would increase the volume of tax measures facing voters.

Ucsf Study: Smokers Quit And Health Care Costs Drop — In Next Year | State Of Health | Kqed News
When smoking rates decline, health care spending declines, too, and fast. An analysis from researchers at UC San Francisco finds that if 10 percent of smokers nationwide quit, it would save a whopping $63 billion in national health care costs the next year.

So The Drought Has You Watering Less? It Won't Matter Much
Gov. Jerry Brown wants to forbid you from hosing down the driveway. And he is really cranky about lawn watering.

California Prison Officers OK Contract With Raises, Sweeteners | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @
Three-year deal includes salary increases

Five California Candidates In One Hour Makes For An Unsatisfying U.S. Senate Debate
Maybe this year's outlandish presidential contest has set too high a standard for political drama, making everything else seem hum-drum. Whether it was that

An Unlikely Duo, Clinton And Romney Challenge Trump On Taxes
Ken Thomas @
Clinton noted at a New Jersey campaign rally that Trump had yet to release his tax returns and said he would slash taxes for the nation's wealthiest people if elected president. Hours later, Romney issued a withering post on Facebook, accusing Trump of hiding a damaging revelation in his tax returns.

Drought Worsening Inland Water Quality |
Taya Lazootin, a volunteer with San Diego Coastkeeper, at Escondido Creek where it flows through Elfin Forest Recreational Preserve, uses a device to check the water for temperature, dissolved oxygen, and conductivity. — Charlie Neuman

UC Adopts Policy To Boost Academic Performance Of Athletes | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
Guidelines guarantee continued scholarships for injured athletes, add academic evaluation for coaches

First Draft: Senate Is Set to Pass a $37.5 Billion Energy Appropriations Bill
The Senate is expected to pass its first appropriations bill for 2017, a roughly $37.5 billion measure for energy and water programs, that had been delayed over a proposed amendment related to the Iranian nuclear bill.

In Senate Debate, Kamala Harris On The Hot Seat - San Francisco Chronicle
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Coastal Commission Chairman May Recuse Himself From Vote After Failing To Disclose Private Meetings
The chairman of the California Coastal Commission on Wednesday asked the agency's attorney to determine whether he should recuse himself from voting on a

Amid Heated Debate, O.C. School Board Demands Changes To Harvey Milk Resolution - The Orange County Register
It took but a moment for the Orange County Board of Education to adopt a resolution Wednesday recognizing Memorial Day.

UC Regents Announce Undocumented Student Funding, Discuss Yearly State Budget | The Daily Californian
Incoming ASUC senator and campus undocumented student Benyamin Mohd Yusof expressed appreciation toward this initiative and said it would greatly aid the development of undocumented student resources throughout the UC system.

First Draft: Protest Candidate, Paul Farrell, Wins 9 Percent of West Virginia Primary Vote
Paul Farrell Jr., a lawyer who paid $2,500 to get his name on the West Virginia ballot to protest how Democrats have treated the coal industry, captured 9 percent of the vote in the primary on Tuesday.

Hunter, Environmental Regulator Appointed To California Fish And Game Commission | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Sabalow @
Gov. Brown appoints lifelong hunter, former regulator to powerful commission

Concord picks developer for huge project
The Concord City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to hire Lennar Urban to develop a portion of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station, despite objections from several residents that the process had been unfair and that the company is untrustworthy. At stake are 500 acres of 2,200 to be developed over 30 years in what could become a $6 billion housing, commercial and recreational series of projects — though only the first phase has been awarded to Lennar. The three council members present — Dan Helix, Edi Birsan and Mayor Laura Hoffmeister — said they supported Lennar because it had improved its proposal with greater financial protection and more affordable housing units. In February, an independent investigator determined that associates of Lennar had improperly funneled nearly $17,000 into Councilman Tim Grayson’s campaign for state Assembly. The investigator had also found that Concord officials had conducted an illegal private meeting during which they suppressed a city report recommending Catellus. On Wednesday, however, advocates for affordable housing applauded the Lennar project, which would add $40 million in affordable housing subsidies.

With Reservoirs Nearly Full, Ebmud Declares Water Emergency Over - San Francisco Chronicle
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Senates Plans Vote On Zika Virus Money Next Week - Politico
The chamber will propose three funding options to fight Zika as an amendment to a package of transportation and military construction spending.

Crime A Top Priority For Supervisor Candidates Vying For Don Knabe’s Seat
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House GOP Wins Obamacare Lawsuit - Politico
John Boehner is standing behind Donald Trump as his successor meets with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee on Capitol Hill.