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THE Nooner for November 25, 2017

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

Multibillion-dollar Water Measures Heading To State Ballot - San Francisco Chronicle
With a five-year drought and then a winter of floods having exposed the limits of California’s vast network of reservoirs, dams and canals, voters are likely to have the chance next year to decide whether to pay for major upgrades to the state’s waterworks.

Running For State Assembly In 'bernie Country,' A Former Hillary Clinton Aide Faces A Battle With Local Contenders
Jazmine Ulloa @
One could assume someone with powerful Democratic friends named Clinton and Obama might be an easy victor in a California Assembly race. But her rivals see her as an an outsider trying to parachute in.

Businesses Leaving California Hiring Tax Credits On The Table - San Francisco Chronicle
Judy Lin @
Four years after Gov. Jerry Brown started his signature program to boost California jobs by awarding tax credits to the firms that create them, businesses have left two-thirds of those available credits unclaimed — a sign that most expected jobs have yet to materialize.

Housing Activists Raise Alarm About Turning Over Apartments For Short Stays
Emily Alpert Reyes @
An obscure provision in Los Angeles city codes has drawn fire from housing activists who complain that it allows units to be turned over to travelers instead of tenants.

Problems Lead To Long Delays, Higher Costs In Rebuilding Oakland School - San Francisco Chronicle
An Oakland school construction project is way over budget, more than a year behind schedule and being built in part by contractors under federal indictment in an unrelated bid-rigging scandal.

How a powerful senator schooled Betsy DeVos

A furious Sen. Lamar Alexander saw the Education Department going off track in its enforcement of a law he helped write, and he didn’t hesitate to intervene.

The Battle For Orange County In The Fight For The House
Nathan L. Gonzales @
YORBA LINDA, Calif. — Celina Estrada and Sam Zapata weren’t even born when Republican Ed Royce was first elected to Congress in 1992. Yet a year before the 2018 elections, the two students spent a recent evening knocking on doors in the hills of Orange County, California, to support the vulnerable congressman.

Despite skeptical public, GOP pushing ahead on tax-cut plan

Party betting it can sell proposal once its signed into law, workers see boost in take-home pay

Newport Council Expected To Nullify Banning Ranch Approvals Tuesday
Hillary Davis @
The Newport Beach City Council is expected Tuesday to reverse several approvals for the derailed Banning Ranch development.

Tax Reform: How Does America Compare? - Politico

Sonora Local News, Sports, Weather, And Lifestyle

Republicans flee from McConnell in 2018 primaries

While GOP candidates distance themselves from the Senate leader, Democrats hope to turn him into the next Nancy Pelosi.

Report: Charles Manson left entire estate and body to 'prison pen pal'
Charles Manson left his body and estate to a pen pal, according to a copy of the convicted killer's will obtained by TMZ.

Jared Kushnerâ

Once master of a seemingly limitless portfolio, the president’s son-in-law now focuses on his own projects as speculation mounts about his future.

Sheriff: Fisherman attacked by shark in Monterey County
Sheriff's deputies responded to an apparent shark attack in the waters near Stillwater Cove in Monterey County on Friday afternoon, officials said.