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Pelosi, Speier greet hundreds at Balboa High town hall meeting  
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Pink Pussyhats and poster board protest signs dotted the auditorium at Balboa High School on Saturday as hundreds of San Franciscans turned out to hear House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Jackie Speier speak about a wide range of topics, including health care reform and the Trump administration‚¬Ä¬ôs fresh defeat, Russian influence in U.S. politics, climate change and more. [...] the protest signs and pink knitted hats ‚¬Ä¬Ē a widely used symbol of the Women‚¬Ä¬ôs March protests that followed President Trump‚¬Ä¬ôs inauguration ‚¬Ä¬Ē belied a room that was largely welcoming to the two Democrats. Unlike several Republican-led town halls earlier this year, where angry constituents confronted legislators over the GOP‚¬Ä¬ôs plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and allegations of the Trump administration‚¬Ä¬ôs coziness with Russian officials, the questions lobbed at Pelosi and Speier were often paired with thank-yous and couched by the acknowledgment that with Democratic minorities in both houses of Congress, the party‚¬Ä¬ôs hands remain somewhat tied. If there were any Trump supporters in the crowd, they weren‚¬Ä¬ôt willing to speak out in deep-blue San Francisco, where the president has few backers. Several in the crowd clamored for Pelosi to capitalize on the failure of Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan to pass an alternative to Obamacare and support a single-payer health care plan ‚¬Ä¬Ē a system where the government would replace insurance companies in paying for people‚¬Ä¬ôs health care. Pelosi, who turns 77 Sunday, touted her long-standing support for a single-payer plan, repeating to several people in the audience that she had been carrying signs in the street supporting such a system ‚¬Ä¬úsince before you were born.‚¬Ä¬Ě
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Golden Gate Bridge, Transamerica Pyramid go dark for a cause  
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At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, the lights went dark for one hour at several Bay Area landmarks, along with other icons around the world, as part of an annual observance known as Earth Hour that‚¬Ä¬ôs intended to call attention to climate change. Organizers said this year‚¬Ä¬ôs observance took on special significance with the change in presidential administrations. President Trump, who once called the concept of global warming a hoax, has proposed deep funding cuts in U.S. efforts to reduce climate change. ‚¬Ä¬úCities, companies and the American people need to pick up the mantle of leadership on climate action,‚¬Ä¬Ě said Lou Leonard, vice president of the World Wildlife Fund, an organizer of the event. Leonard called for a ‚¬Ä¬únew model of leadership‚¬Ä¬Ě in which ‚¬Ä¬úengaged citizens and responsible corporate leaders‚¬Ä¬Ě take on the job of battling climate change if the president‚¬Ä¬ôs priorities lie elsewhere. Just two days before the observance of Earth Hour, California environmental regulators took a stand against the president‚¬Ä¬ôs push to ease greenhouse gas regulations on automakers, signaling a potential battle with the White House. In a unanimous vote, the California Air Resources Board moved to issue stricter tailpipe emissions regulations and require that more zero-emissions vehicles be sold. The Ayn Rand Institute, a think tank dedicated to promoting the philosophy espoused by the conservative author, suggested that Earth Hour fans ‚¬Ä¬útry spending a month shivering in the dark without heating, electricity, refrigeration ... or life-saving products that industrial energy makes possible.‚¬Ä¬Ě
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The Nooner for March 25th

 

Well, that was a clusterf*** in the 202.

However, seven targeted California House GOP members are exhaling today as the last thing they wanted to do was to have to cast a vote on a bill that was dead in the Senate. For all criticism (much deserved) of Paul Ryan, the Speaker was protecting his majority. Like in California's legislature, that's the number one responsibility for the house leaders. For Congressmembers Issa, Knight, LaMalfa, Rohrabacher, Royce, Valadao, and Walters, you are welcome.

To Anthony Wright @ Health Access here in Sactown, congratulations to you and your compadres.

The vote could have upended what are normally safe GOP districts in the Golden State. The top would be Issa and Knight, but the others were elevated to swing with the Obamacare repeal and unclear replace provisions. Of course, Democrats have yet to field candidates in most of the districts. A heartbeat is usally required to run.

TEARS: UC spent nearly $1 million to get rid of Linda Katehi last year as chancellor at UC Davis, while giving her the standard year off before a return-to-the-classroom provision (though she has never taught at Davis), report Diana Lambert and Sam Stanton in the Bee.

Anyway, go Ducks!

 

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