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 We lost a giant on Saturday with the death of former California State Librarian Kevin Starr at the age of 76. In addition to being a champion for libraries, he was a prolific writer on California history. 

Starr's successor as State Librarian Greg Lucas issued this statement:

 “Dr. Kevin Starr was one-of-a-kind. No other historian has been able to capture California’s exceptionalism, its vitality and its promise in such detail and yet invest it with the immediacy and excitement of a page-turner novel. Truly, one-of-a-kind.

"His love for California and his breadth of knowledge about the Golden State’s magic and unique diversity was obvious not just in his speeches and lectures as a professor but also in casual conversation.

"Dr. Starr led the State Library for a decade, under three governors, and was a champion for increased investment in not just preserving and protecting California’s rich heritage but in sharing it with all the people of California.”

His books are all wonderful, and gave me more than I learned in several college classes on California government. I just have the first general one on this list for the Sofa Degree in California politics and policy, but those that read the others should earn a masters sofa degree. The series is collectively known as "Americans and the California Dream."

LAW AND ORDER: California union dues case dies, but another rises up [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "As with the Friedrichs case, the unions’ almost total political power in California is at stake."

Meanwhie, there were rallies across the state yesterday to save the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), including in San Diego.

IMPACT: 13.5 million Californians are covered by Medi-Cal. Here's how Trump's plan could cost the state [Soumya Karlamanga @ LAT] - "Along with his vow to repeal Obamacare, President-elect Donald Trump has promised to restructure Medicaid, the nation’s low-income health program — a move that could be acutely felt in California, where 1 in 3 residents receive health coverage through the state version, experts say."

This is huge. Honestly, the Affordable Care Act provided health care to millions who otherwise couldn't afford it. If that care is removed, the costs of care shift from the feds to counties and private hospitals. The last thing that we need is to have emergency rooms serving patients with the common cold, but that is their legal obligation.

I don't know the answer. Indeed, "ObamaCare" needs tweaks, but it can't simply be repealed with no replacement plan. I write this as an enrollee in Kaiser through California's very successful exchange. I pay for my insurance in a variable rate based on my income (not much these days). We'll have to see how things shake out.

IMPACT: California gets ready to rumble with Donald Trump over taxes [Teri Sforza @ OCR] - "With Trump set to take office, California is hastily constructing a legal, philosophical and cultural rampart to protect its progressive agenda from expected attacks by a newly conservative federal government – the bureaucratic equivalent of Sacramento flipping the bird to Washington, D.C."



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Thousands Rally To Resist Republican Health Law Repeal Drive | The Sacramento Bee
Thousands of people showed up in freezing temperatures on Sunday in Michigan to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders denounce Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, one of dozens of rallies Democrats staged across the country to highlight opposition.

Trump's Pick For Education Secretary Could Put School Vouchers Back On The Map
Joy Resmovits @
Donald Trump is proposing to build a huge system of school vouchers, but Californians have voted down similar initiatives twice.

With Medical Marijuana Returning To Long Beach, Officials Push For Educational Campaign
Today's high

California's Bail System Punishes The Poor, And It's Time For The Government To Do Something About It
George Skelton @
Essential Politics

California Union Dues Case Gone, But Substitute Waiting In Wings | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Republicans Face Headwinds Among Trump Voters Over Corporate Tax Cuts - Politico
When poll respondents were asked to choose among six issues that should be extremely or very important for Trump's first 100 days in office, 58 percent of Trump voters named tax cuts, behind repealing Obamacare, aggressive action to stop illegal immigration and major increases in defense spending.

Wilcox: Make Health Care Reform Relevant Again
Patients could truly benefit from a robust health care reform conversation outside of the fight over Obamacare. How to make meaningful change? Here are three areas of focus in dire need of attention from policymakers.

State Republicans Excited To See Others In GOP At Inauguration - San Francisco Chronicle
Donald Trump wasn’t Hilary Hagenbuch’s first choice for president. The San Franciscan was, admittedly, “a Romney girl.” But even though the former Massachusetts governor’s 2016 campaign didn’t materialize, Hagenbuch wasn’t a never-Trumper and eventually supported her party’s nominee.

Historic Downtown Sacramento Mansion In Cross Hairs Of High-rise Building Plan | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Lillis @
News, insight and discussion on Sacramento and its neighborhoods

Villaraigosa: California Must Spread The Wealth
This post is the first in an occasional series based on interviews with the 2018 candidates for Governor of California.

13.5 Million Californians Are Covered By Medi-cal. Here's How Trump's Plan Could Cost The State
Soumya Karlamangla @
Coming changes to Medicaid will spur fights for resources within Medi-Cal, which provides healthcare for 13.5 million Californians.

Slideshow: Kamala Harris Hosts Rally Against Obamacare Repeal In La | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
California Sen. Kamala Harris hosted a rally Sunday outside Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center in Boyle Heights as part of a nationwide string of actions planned by Democrats who oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Marijuana Shops Are Trying To Look Like The Apple Store
Shan Li @
After years of bullet-proof glass and burglar bars, marijuana shops are starting to get a makeover.

Kevin Starr, Former California State Librarian, Dead At 76 | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Judge Thelton Henderson Ending Long Career Rallying For Oppressed - San Francisco Chronicle
Fresh out of law school at UC Berkeley, Thelton Henderson traveled south as the Justice Department’s first black Civil Rights Division lawyer, assigned to keep an eye on local law enforcement for the Kennedy administration. It was 1962, and it was hazardous duty in hostile territory.

Author Of California Histories And Former State Librarian Kevin Starr Dies At 76
David Zahniser and Matt Hamilton @
Former California State Librarian Kevin Starr, who wrote rich cultural, economic and political histories on the birth, growth and maturation of the Golden State, has died.

Thousands March For Racial Unity On Mlk Day In Sacramento, But Rival Gatherings Strike An Angrier Note. | The Sacramento Bee
Sammy Caiola and Claudia Buck @
By Sammy Caiola and Claudia Buck

Bay Area events tied to Trump inauguration
Bay Area events tied to Trump inauguration Bay Area events scheduled for this week centered around President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday. Volunteers and elected officials have organized a fundraiser for progressive organizations from 6 to 9 p.m. at Devil’s Canyon Brewery, 935 Washington St. in San Carlos. More than 100 theatrical organizations are holding actions in front of theaters and art spaces nationwide to “protect the values of inclusion, participation and compassion.” In San Francisco, a ceremonial illumination of electric candles and mobile phones, and a short program with speakers will be held at 5:30 p.m. outside the Geary Theater at 415 Geary St. All proceeds go to Planned Parenthood, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, La Raza Centro Legal and Earthjustice. Bay Area Resist Trump: A rally and march will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in San Francisco protesting Trump’s policies on “health care, public education, civil liberties and environmental protection.” Participants will form a human chain across the Golden Gate Bridge in a “peaceful demonstration and performance art piece,” beginning at 10 a.m. Inauguration Day sidewalk protests: A sidewalk protest will be held along El Camino Real in all Peninsula and South Bay cities. The Sonoma County Inaugural Ball: A ticketed dinner and dance in celebration of Trump’s inauguration begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Flamingo Conference Center, 2777 Fourth St. in Santa Rosa. The Blue Ball: A fundraiser for reproductive rights, environmental protection, racial justice, and immigrant and LGBTQ rights will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. at Home on Treasure Island, an event space, at Avenue D and 12th Street on Treasure Island. Advertised as a family-friendly event to protest Trump’s inauguration. In Walnut Creek, marchers will gather at 10:30 a.m. at Civic Park at 1375 Civic Drive and walk to the Walnut Creek BART Station. In Napa, marchers will gather at 10 a.m. at the Oxbow Public Market parking lot on First Street and walk to Veterans Memorial Park at Third and Main streets.

Lester Holt Says Sacramento Upbringing Prepared Him For Nbc | The Sacramento Bee
Brad Branan @
By Brad Branan

How The UC System Is Bracing For An Escalation Of Political Clashes Ahead Of Trump
Paige St. John, Joel Rubin, Teresa Watanabe @
DAVIS, Calif. — It was the biggest political showdown at UC Davis in years: Hundreds of students and activists turned out last week with protest signs and noisy

Chargers Exit May Help San Diego, If Its Leaders Are Wise - The San Diego Union-tribune
Dan McSwain @
The research is overwhelming. Public subsidies for professional sports venues almost never pay for themselves, and...