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THE NOONER for May 19, 2016

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

Bernie Sanders Endorses California Marijuana Initiative | The Sacramento Bee
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Insurgent presidential candidate campaigning in San Jose ahead of state’s June 7 primary

Safe Bet Or Spontaneity? Governor's Race Could Be A Referendum On Presidential Politics
George Skelton writes about the state of the gubernatorial race for 2018 following the entry of John Chiang.

California Assembly Pressing On With Gun Bills | The Sacramento Bee
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Parallel tracks in Legislature, ballot have fueled conflict

Lawmakers Consider A Last-minute Effort To Make Child Death Files Secret
A last minute provision would gut key provisions of a groundbreaking 2008 law that requires child protection services to release case records after a child dies from abuse or neglect.

Some Water Suppliers Resisted Drought Measures, But Data Shows They Worked | Kqed Science
The state water board says it’s partially reacting to more than 150 disgruntled letters it received. But however maligned, the emergency system of state-imposed quotas largely worked.

How Death Penalty Initiatives Seek To Solve A Broken System -
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Gov. Brown, Notice Anything Fishy About Your Coastal Commission?
All sorts of screwiness is going on with the commission that's supposed to be protecting California's gorgeous coast. Lopez notes a few ideas commissioner McClure has, then asks Governor Brown what's up with this appointed body on which his environmental legacy may hinge.

Bernie Sanders And Bill Clinton Are Returning To San Diego |
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Sacramento County Sheriff Takes Stand In Department Bias Trial | The Sacramento Bee
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Scott Jones called by sheriff’s attorneys, defends discipline, rebuts bias claims

California Poised To End Unprecedented Water Restrictions Amid Drought - San Francisco Chronicle
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City Hall Critic Arrested Over Racist Message Toward Herb Wesson
An outspoken critic of the Los Angeles City Council has been arrested after allegedly submitting a public-comment card that depicted a burning cross, a body dangling from a tree and an apparent Ku Klux Klan figure holding a sign labeling Council President Herb Wesson with a racially charged epithet.

Bernie Sanders attends downtown SF union rally
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined hotel and restaurant employees for a boisterous afternoon rally in San Francisco’s Financial District on Wednesday in which the workers demanded to right to unionize. Sanders showed up about 4:30 p.m. at the event in the plaza at 101 California St., near the Le Meridien Hotel, and briefly spoke to a cheering crowd of about 500 people. Sanders, wearing a blue shirt with his sleeves rolled up, spoke for about five minutes. “I’m here to demand the wealthy and the multinational corporations to pay their fair share,” he said. Following his speech, he waded into the crowd to shake hands with supporters before heading to a scheduled evening rally in Vallejo.

We have a winner! 42nd Annual Capitol Frog Jump Results
Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) is pleased to announce the winners of the 42nd annual Capitol Frog Jump. Elected officials, legislative staffers, media, and members of the public jockeyed their frogs in hopes of winning the coveted trophies.

California drops mandatory water cutbacks for cities and towns
State officials, in a major policy shift that reflects California’s easing drought conditions, decided Wednesday to scrap the emergency conservation mandates that have forced cities and towns to cut water use as much as 36 percent — and have prompted unprecedented water restrictions for residents. [...] the State Water Resources Control Board adopted regulations that allow urban water providers to set their own water-reduction targets, a change that enables local suppliers to loosen rules they’ve put on outdoor watering and indoor consumption over the past year. “I’m looking forward to a good-faith effort by the water agencies,” said state water board member Steven Moore, acknowledging that residents may get too much leeway at the spigot if local suppliers don’t act responsibly. The planned relaxation of the state emergency mandates already had several local water agencies undoing the strict rules they slapped on customers. The East Bay Municipal Utility District, the Bay Area’s largest water retailer, decided last month to stop requiring customers to cut back 20 percent, making the reduction voluntary and halting what amounted to some of the state’s stiffest fines for guzzlers. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which serves the city and 26 other communities, is considering dropping its mandatory 25 percent water cut for irrigation accounts like golf courses and office parks. [...] several other Bay Area suppliers are similarly looking to ease statutes put in place after the state’s emergency water limits took effect in June. San Francisco and the suburban communities that share a water source with the city have more than than three years’ worth in their Sierra reservoirs, according to the Public Utilities Commission. The new regulations, which take effect next month, also extend a number of statewide conservation measures that were enacted alongside the community reduction targets. Residents are prohibited from watering their lawns to the point of causing runoff, washing cars without a shut-off nozzle, using potable water in a fountain and spraying down driveways and sidewalks. Many water agencies have lost water sales and revenue because of the emergency mandates, a financial hang-up that Quinn said could prompt suppliers to sell more water than their supplies warrant. State officials have said that, under the proposed rules, they will strictly audit local water supplies and make sure the self-regulated conservation targets are appropriate.

Trolling Trump? One Of His Court Picks | The Sacramento Bee
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Trump names 11 potential Supreme Court nominees

Oakland councilwoman calls on state to expunge pot crime records
Oakland City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan is calling on the state to expunge all marijuana-related criminal records, a move that she says will open the door for people of color who’ve tradtionally been shut out of a multibillion dollar cannabis industry. Kaplan has authored a resolution, which goes before its first council committee on Thursday, and may be the next political maneuver by a city intent on correcting the racial injustices of the U.S. war on drugs. On Tuesday, the council unanimously approved new marijuana laws that included a controversial equity program that supporters say will help right some of the wrongs but that critics say will cause the city’s pot trade to sputter. Residents who have lived for at least two years in a designated police beat in East Oakland where marijuana arrests were highly concentrated in 2013, or individuals who were incarcerated for marijuana-related crimes in Oakland over the past decade. Opponents of the program say it will create huge backlogs on permits because the rules stipulate that the city must award at least one equity permit for each general permit. “We know this is about those who have been arrested and impacted by the drug war, but it’s also about those of us who have taken the immense risk of opening businesses,” Unsworth told the council. “The war on drugs has criminalized black and brown communities, and now that (marijuana) is becoming legalized there’s a whole line of white men that are about to get rich,” said a speaker named George Galvis. A spokeswoman for the state’s newly-formed Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation said she thinks the decision about whether to toss records will be left to the courts.

Passion Of Bernie Sanders And His Supporters Turns Against Democrats
The fight between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton has now expanded to include the Democratic party

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

Potential Supreme Court Pick Mocked 'darth Trump' In Tweets | Thehill
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Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett was named as one of 11 potential justices whom Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump meets with former Nixon adviser Henry Kissinger Oakland mayor fires back at Trump for calling her city dangerous Trump asking to see tax returns of potential VP picks: report MORE would consider nominating for the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Running your Senate campaign against a Clinton? Some Republicans have been there, done that.

The 1996 race against another Clinton could serve as a potent example for 2016 Senate Republicans.