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THE Nooner for November 30, 2016

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

Is Ca Better Off Under The Top-two System? :: Fox&hounds
Attorney General and Democrat Kamala Harris bested Congresswoman and Democrat Loretta Sanchez by nearly 3 million votes out of about 11.5 million votes cast. However, about 2 million voters skipped over that race when voting. Politico Senior Reporter David Siders will moderate the discussion between Sanchez strategist Bill Carrick and Harris strategist Sean Clegg.

California's Moderate Democrats Offset Legislative Supermajority | The Sacramento Bee
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Observations on California and its politics

California Republicans Allege That The State's Online Voter Registration System Isn't Secure
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Trump's Education Secretary Pick Led Group That Owes Millions In Election Fines - Politico
There is no evidence that non-citizens have voted in recent U.S. elections.

California college leaders urge Trump to keep DACA
Since 2012, a federal law has allowed people under age 31 who were brought to this country illegally as children to avoid deportation if they are in school, finished high school or served honorably in the military and have no serious criminal record. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program covers thousands of college students in California, and state education officials are asking the immigration hard-liner to preserve it. Jon Cordova, Trump’s spokesman in California, referred requests for comment to his presidential transition team, which did not respond. “To return home and apply for re-entry like everybody else under the rules” of an immigration system he has outlined that includes blocking federal funding for cities like San Francisco that offer sanctuary to those without documentation. California’s public colleges and universities don’t ask students their immigration status and can’t say precisely how many of their students are participating in DACA. Community colleges, with 113 campuses and more than 2 million students, estimate that tens of thousands are in this category. “One of the things DACA has done for our students is to give them the opportunity to work on campus, which gives them (scheduling) flexibility and higher pay,” said Sabrina Sanders, student affairs director for the CSU system.

California Warns Employees That SEIU Local 1000 Strike Is Illegal | The Sacramento Bee
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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

Doug Applegate Announces He's Running In 2018, Sets Up For A Rematch Against Darrell Issa - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @
On Monday, Doug Applegate’s effort to unseat Rep. Darrell Issa fell short by a few thousand votes. On Tuesday, the challenger announced he would run again for the House of Representatives in midterm elections in two years.

California's University Leaders Are Urging Trump To Embrace Students Who Are In The U.S. Illegally
Rosanna Xia, Teresa Watanabe @
Leaders of the University of California, Cal State and California Community Colleges urge Donald Trump to let students without legal status continue their education and pursue the "American dream."

Wisconsin GOP Alleges Jill Stein Coordinating With Hillary Clinton In Recount - Politico
The Wisconsin Republican Party filed a Federal Elections Committee complaint alleging that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is pushing a recount in the state only to help former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Lawmakers Reach A Compromise To Help California Soldiers Ordered To Repay Enlistment Bonuses
David S. Cloud @
Congress appears likely to assist California National Guard members facing bonus recovery demands

Concerns Raised Over California's Plan To Provide More Water For Fish -
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Golden 1 Center Now Costs $558.2 Million | The Sacramento Bee
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Lawsuit Seeks To Overturn Laguna Beach's Ban On Short-term Rentals - The Orange County Register
LAGUNA BEACH -- A group of Laguna Beach residents has sued the city and the California Coastal Commission, challenging the City Council’s recent decision to ban short-term rentals in residential areas.

Southern California Home Prices Jump, U.S. Values Surpass Bubble-era Peak
Andrew Khouri @
U.S. home prices have fully recovered from their steep plunge during the housing bust and Great Recession, according to a private measure.

Rand Paul Not Sold On Romney As Secretary Of State - Politico
Rand Paul could be the difference-maker in confirming a new secretary of state, since the panel is narrowly divided. | AP Photo

Universities Urge Protection For Unauthorized Immigrant Students Under Trump - The San Diego Union-tribune
Kate Morrissey @
Leaders of California’s three public college and university systems sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday urging him to preserve President Barack Obama’s program allowing children of unauthorized immigrants leeway to stay in the U.S.

A note to our readers
Every retirement of a beloved staffer is a sad occasion, but it’s also a time to reflect on what they have brought to The Chronicle. Chuck has served as a steadfast advocate, calling out politicians and activists when he thought they didn’t have the city’s best interests at heart, moving us to tears with stories around the struggle for marriage equality, and routinely championing the underdog. David is a longtime San Franciscan, journalist and author. Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America’s Secret Government was a New York Times bestseller. David founded the pioneering online news site Salon, was an editor at the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner and has been published in the New Yorker, Time, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times and many other publications.

With Recreational Marijuana Legal, Some Inland Empire Cities Are Reexamining Existing Bans
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Feinstein still pressing Obama to declassify 'torture report'
At issue is a Senate report about the use of harsh interrogation techniques by the CIA under President George W. Bush.