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

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
California's Special Elections Are A Waste Of Time And Taxpayer Money
George Skelton @
latimes.com
The state should save local taxpayers' money and scrap special elections to fill legislative seats. Hardly anyone shows up. Let the governor fill any vacancies temporarily, as he does with U.S. senators, other statewide offices and county supervisors.

Ca Lawmakers Prep To Give Facebook's Zuckerberg Tough Love | The Sacramento Bee
Emily Cadei @
sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

The Missing Billions Spent On Gasoline In California Each Year - The San Diego Union-tribune
Rob Nikolewski @
sandiegouniontribune.com
Between 2000 and 2014, the price difference between California and the rest of the U.S. in real dollars moved in one direction or the other. Sometimes the excess price difference was positive and sometimes it was negative, generally in a range of about 20 cents.

Us Official Says North Korean Leader Ready To Discuss Nukes | The Sacramento Bee
JOSH LEDERMAN @
sacbee.com
North Korea's government has communicated with the United States to say that leader Kim Jong Un is ready to discuss his nuclear weapons program with President Donald Trump, officials said Sunday, increasing the likelihood that the unprecedented summit will actually occur.

Facebook To Create Independent Election Commission To Study Social Media's Impact On Democracy - Politico

Facebook will establish an independent election research commission that partners with academics and researchers to study the effects of social media on democracy and political elections, the company announced Monday.

Activists Protest Auburn Man's Ice Detention In Marysville | The Sacramento Bee
Ellen Garrison, Anita Chabria And Stephen Magagnini @
sacbee.com
By Ellen Garrison, Anita Chabria And Stephen Magagnini

Why Florida's Senate race may be the biggest referendum on Trump in 2018

Gov. Rick Scott, perhaps more than any other major Republican Senate candidate this cycle, is uniquely tied to the president.

When L.A. Opted To Fund City Services Over Housing, Did It Help Fuel A Crisis?
Dakota Smith, Emily Alpert Reyes @
latimes.com
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has repeatedly pointed to the state decision to eliminate redevelopment agencies as one of the reasons that homelessness has surged across the city. But others argue that L.A. missed a critical opportunity to invest in affordable housing after redevelopment ended.

After Mass Shootings, Blurry Line Between Fake And Real Weapons Becomes More Important At Steampunk And Comic Conventions - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @
sandiegouniontribune.com


Queer Trans People Of Color Conference Addresses Anti-blackness
dailycal.org
According to CalSERVE presidential candidate and ASUC Senator Juniperangelica Cordova, the QTPOCC is a gathering of queer, transgender people of color with the aim to share and build skills and knowledge through workshops and discussions.

Talk: Cynthia Nixon Wants to Legalize It

The actress and Democratic candidate for New York governor on marijuana, the black vote and fixing the subway.