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THE Nooner for January 10, 2017

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 Lawmakers To Vet Governor's Attorney General Pick | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
scpr.org
Attorney General nominee Xavier Becerra, who has vowed to defend California's liberal policies against President-elect Donald Trump, faces his first confirmation hearing Tuesday before a mostly friendly Democratic-controlled panel of the state Assembly.

Gov. Jerry Brown Pushes To Extend Cap-and-trade Program With New Budget Proposal
Chris Megerian @
latimes.com
Update on 'Essential Politics: Confirmation hearing for Becerra as attorney general, Gov. Brown unveils new budget'

CalPERS Return Rate Decision Could Lead To Tax Hikes :: Fox&hounds
foxandhoundsdaily.com
For years, defenders of the government retirement system justified healthy retirement payouts by claiming that CalPERS investments will bring an annual return of 7.5 percent. That assertion was defended despite the fact that over the last 20 years investment returns averaged only 6.9 percent, with the current annual return bringing in only 2.3 percent.

California's Secretive State Budget Process Could Use Some More Sunshine | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
Observations on California and its politics

Tom Steyer Heads Back Into Battle, Starting With An Ad Against Secretary Of State Pick Rex Tillerson
Evan Halper @
latimes.com
Update on 'Trump denies again that he mocked reporter with disability'

California Republican Challenges State's Hiring Of Eric Holder To Fight Trump Policies | Reuters
Sharon Bernstein @
reuters.com
SACRAMENTO, Calif. A California Republican state lawmaker is challenging the legality of a move by Democrats in the legislature to hire former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to help in any legal battles with President-elect Donald Trump's administration.

Painting Depicting Police As Animals Rehung In U.S. Capitol; Rep. Duncan Hunter Says He Won't Pull It Down Again
Sarah D. Wire @
latimes.com
Update on 'Essential Politics: Confirmation hearing for Becerra as attorney general, Gov. Brown unveils new budget'

Senator Janet Nguyen Issues Statement in Response to Governor Brown's 2017-2018 Budget Proposal
nguyen.cssrc.us
s 2017-2018 Budget Proposal:

Senator Gaines Responds To Governor Brown's 2017-2018 State Budget
gaines.cssrc.us
s 2017-2018 state budget proposal:

California Democratic Delegates Get More Progressive | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Senate Intel Chair: 'no Reason' To Doubt Russia's Election Hacks - Politico
politico.com
Intelligence agencies last week released a report accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering a digital campaign to interfere with the U.S. election. The operation eventually aimed to help install President-elect Donald Trump in the White House, the report said.

Backpage Shuts Down Adult Section, Citing Government Pressure And Unlawful Censorship Campaign
Matt Hamilton @
latimes.com
Backpage.com, one of the world’s largest classified ad websites and a frequent target in the political battle against sex trafficking, closed its adult ads section Monday in the United States, claiming to be the victim of a government witch hunt.

Sacramento woman sues Chipotle for $2 billion
sfgate.com
A Sacramento woman has filed a $2.2 billion lawsuit against Chipotle, claiming the restaurant chain used her picture for promotional materials without her permission.

Blog Post Lands Sacramento State Professor On Fox News, Prompts Barrage Of Hate Mail | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert @
sacbee.com
By Diana Lambert

Senator Stone Statement on Governor's Budget
stone.cssrc.us
s announcement of the 2017-2018 Budget, Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) this morning released the following statement:

Senator Patricia Bates' Statement on Governor's 2017-18 Budget
bates.cssrc.us
s 2017-18 budget proposal:

DealBook: Critics Say Trump Appointees Can Dodge a Huge Tax Bill. Thatâ
nytimes.com
Analysts and politicians have denounced a law that they say offers a tax shelter for rich government appointees. But that’s not how the rule works.

Storms Have Added 33.6 Billion Gallons Of Water To Lake Tahoe Since Jan. 1
latimes.com
Update on 'California winter storm live updates'

GOP Pushing 3 Bills In Congress To Restrain Federal Regulations - San Francisco Chronicle
sfchronicle.com
WASHINGTON — Freed from the constraint of a presidential veto, Republicans are moving rapidly on industry-backed legislation that could paralyze the government’s ability to protect the environment, public health and virtually everything else federal agencies regulate.

U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Take Lexi Case, Santa Clarita Couple To Continue Fight For Part-choctaw Girl
dailynews.com
Today's high

Donald Trump Names Son-in-law Jared Kushner As Senior Adviser - Wsj
Peter Nicholas and Peter Grant @
wsj.com
President-elect Donald Trump is hiring his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a senior adviser in the West Wing, giving him a sweeping portfolio and status that will make him one of the most influential figures in the administration.