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THE Nooner for December 18, 2016

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

Political Road Map: The Long, Cold Winter For California's Pension Funds Is Coming
John Myers @
California's pension systems face big decisions in 2017 about whether to up the cost on local and state governments.

$3 Billion State Program Hopes To Improve Healthcare For The Poor In 18 Counties, Including O.C. - The Orange County Register
Orange County hopes to get homeless residents into housing – and help them stay there. Riverside County plans to connect former inmates with health clinics and social services. Placer County is opening a respite center where homeless patients can go after they leave the hospital.

Californians With Pre-existing Conditions Worried About Healthcare Future
Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, pre-existing condition, President-elect Donald Trump, repeal and replace, Covered California, health insurance, health insurance companies,

Here's What Colorado's Governor Has To Tell Other States About Legalizing Marijuana
Kurtis Lee @
Four years ago, in the hours after Colorado became one of the first states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, Gov. John Hickenlooper sounded a cautionary, if humorous, note: “Don’t break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly.”

Minimum Wage, All-gender Restrooms Among 2017 Ca Workplace Laws - San Francisco Chronicle
Dozens of California workplace laws take effect next year, the most prominent being a 50-cent-per-hour increase in the statewide minimum wage. Other new laws will require employers to put a unisex sign on single-toilet bathrooms, notify stalking and domestic violence victims of their leave rights, and prohibit them from asking job applicants about juvenile offenses.

California Gets Ready To Defy Trump's Washington | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
A protest against President-elect Donald Trump in Los Angeles last month. Democrat Hillary Clinton drew 61 percent of the vote versus Trump's 31 percent in the country's most populous state. Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

Sierra Avalanche Danger High For Second Year In A Row | The Sacramento Bee
Brad Branan @
By Brad Branan

How Will California’s Sanctuary Cities React To Trump’s Threatened Immigration Crackdown?
Today's high

Obamacare Repeal Could Hit Those Insured By Employers | The Sacramento Bee
Lisa Schencker @
By Lisa Schencker

Conway Suggests Obama Is Bowing To Clinton Campaign 'pressure' - Politico
"It's very clear that President Obama could have, quote, retaliated months ago if they were actually concerned about this and concerned about this, quote, affecting the election," Kellyanne Conway said. | AP Photo

Trucked-in Water Just Part Of Life Where The Toxic Plume Pollutes Ontario’s Groundwater
Today's high

Immigrants Seek Guidance As Trump Era Nears - San Francisco Chronicle
Efrain Salazar, looking tired and down, sat in the waiting room of a drop-in immigration clinic on a recent afternoon because he couldn’t wait any longer.

California Biodiesel Companies Hunker Down - The San Diego Union-tribune
Rob Nikolewski @

Ghost Ship Fire Mystery: What Did Fire Officials Know And When Did They Know It?
Alene Tchekmedyian, Richard Winton, Paige St. John @
One of the biggest mysteries to come out of the deadly Ghost Ship fire is why authorities didn’t do more to address safety and health concerns about a warehouse that some former residents described as a “death trap.”

Trump Team May Have To Testify In Senate Intelligence Russia Investigation | Mcclatchy Dc
Anna Douglas @
By Anna Douglas

Who Are The Electors? - Politico
When the Electoral College meets Monday for the 58th time in American history to cast the only official vote for president, its 538 members will be acting as the most powerful political institution in the world.

Stormier Times For California's Water Expected Under New Law | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
A field being watered in Kern County, the nation's number 2 crop county, near Bakersfield. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images