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THE Nooner for January 17, 2017
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Happy Tuesday! Hope you had a great long weekend. The Legislative Analyst/s Office has released its overview of the 2017-19 Goernor's Proposed Budget. The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee had its overview at 10am this morning.
The number of California House Dems not attending the inauguration has grown:
POLL POSITION: California shows low expectations for Trump, but support for some immigration plans [Carla Marinucci @ Politico]:
California's expectations for Donald Trump’s presidency are in the cellar, with little more than a third of voters believing it will be a success, a new Hoover Institution Golden State Poll shows.
But a plurality of voters holds more positive than negative views about some of Trump’s more controversial positions, including his call to restrict immigrants from certain countries, end sanctuary cities and to deport undocumented immigrants.
US SENATE: In California, Democratic politicians' plans rest on Sen. Dianne Feinstein's future [Seema Mehta @ LAT] - "As top California Democrats plot their future career moves, a critical piece of information is missing: Will Sen. Dianne Feinstein seek reelection? Speculation about the 83-year-old senator’s plans took on new urgency this year, as ambitious statewide politicians decide whether to run for governor with Gov. Jerry Brown termed out."
BOE2: Assemblymember Rich Gordon announced that he intends to run for Board of Equalization. Fellow Democrat Fiona Ma is running for State Treasurer since John Chiang is now running for governor.
CA17 (Milpitas-San Jose): Newly minted Rep. Ro Khanna reflects on first two weeks [Eric Kurhi @ MercNews] - Ro "Khanna has been appointed to two key committees — Budget and Armed Services — and he anticipates opportunities to work with the opposition during what are sure to be trying days ahead for progressives. “This country is so divided and so polarized at this point,” he told the crowd. “But I will not replicate the extremism we see and say I won’t even talk to the other side, that we want a divided country. We have the responsibility to find common ground.”"
GRIDLOCK: Those who use California roads should pay to fix them [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "Maintaining and enhancing a huge roadway network that takes a pounding from a huge traffic load is costly, and we have neglected it for far too long. Whatever it costs, the burden should fall on its users without flim-flam."
HSR: Federal warning of higher bullet-train costs prompts sharp opinions, plans for Congressional hearings [Ralph Vartabedian @ LAT] - "A confidential estimate by federal regulators that the cost of California’s bullet train project could jump significantly has prompted critics of the $64-billion Los Angeles-to-San Francisco rail effort to call for new investigations and proponents to disclaim reports that project costs are growing."
CRAZY TRAIN: Enough Already! More Woe for the High-Speed Rail [Joel Fox @ Fox&Hounds] - "Enough already. California has an infrastructure problem, no doubt. But the high-speed rail should not be where the infrastructure fix is focused."
RENEW? California’s stem cell agency will run out of money in three years. Should voters OK spending more? [David Jensen @ SacBee] - "Since its first awards in 2005, the agency has given away money at a rate of $22,000 an hour, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. But it has yet to come up with a therapy that reaches the general public despite rosy expectations raised by the ballot campaign."
MONEY MATTERS: Brown’s Tiny Projected Budget Deficit Doesn’t Matter [Joe Mathews @ Fox&Hounds] - "It’s time to worry less about the budget deficit. And more about changing our system so we can finally address these far more significant deficits."
DOLLARS AND SENSE: States can offer a lesson as GOP proposes deep cut taxes [AP] - "President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans who have pledged to cut federal taxes to boost the economy might consider looking first at lessons learned in GOP-controlled states that adopted similar strategies, only to see growth falter and budget gaps widen."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jackie Bowland-Koenig, Andrew Lachman, and David Quintana!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Trump Team Defends Health Pick Tom Price Over Ethics Charge | Reuters
Steve Holland @ reuters.com
A Senate confirmation hearing is scheduled for Wednesday for Price, a Republican congressman from Georgia who, if confirmed, would be a lead agent in carrying out Trump's plans to overhaul President Barack Obama's signature health care law.
L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin Proposes Full Public Funding For City Campaigns
Emily Alpert Reyes, David Zahniser @ latimes.com
A Los Angeles lawmaker called Monday for the city to move to a public financing system for local elections, saying it would help address fears that wealthy donors buy influence at City Hall.
Those Who Use California Roads Should Pay To Fix Them | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Observations on California and its politics
Former No. 2 In L.A. Sheriff's Office Surrenders To Prison To Serve 5-year Sentence
Jack Leonard, Joel Rubin @ latimes.com
Former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka surrendered Monday to federal authorities in Colorado to begin serving a five-year prison sentence for conspiracy and obstructing an FBI investigation into deputy jail abuses.
Hhs Secretary Burwell Will Sign Up For Obamacare - Politico
President Barack Obama's top health official, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, will soon enroll in the health care law. | AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File
Will Beef With Landlord Result In Two Lefty O'doul's?
San Francisco's legendary Lefty O'Doul's restaurant and watering hole -- a mainstay at Union Square since 1958, when the famed baseball player leased the space -- is embroiled in a battle with the building's landlord over who owns the rights to the name.
In California, Democratic Politicians' Plans Rest On Sen. Dianne Feinstein's Future
Seema Mehta @ latimes.com
As top California Democrats plot their future career moves, a critical piece of information is missing: Will Sen. Dianne Feinstein seek reelection?
Trump Transition Weighing Utah Attorney General For Ftc - Politico
President-elect Donald Trump is considering tapping Sean Reyes, the attorney general of Utah, as the next chairman of the FTC, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter.
GOP, Democrats offer dueling talking points about people losing their 'health care'
Republicans and Democrats both claim that people are losing "health care" because of the other party's plans. How's that possible?
Thousands Of Marchers Expected To Descend On Washington, Sacramento And Cities Worldwide Saturday | The Sacramento Bee
Sam Stanton @ sacbee.com
By Sam Stanton
Latinos Who Voted For Trump Face Criticism, Scorn But Make No Apologies
Brittny Mejia @ latimes.com
Ana Corona came from Mexico to California in 1967, following her father, brothers and sisters and joining millions who would live in the United States illegally.
The GOP's dilemma: As Obamacare repeal nears, government health care is suddenly in vogue
Trump promised âÂÂinsurance for everybody.âÂÂ And increasingly, that's what Republicans want, too.
What Taxpayers Need To Know When Cities Declare Themselves Sanctuaries | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @ scpr.org
FILE PHOTO: A shop in downtown Santa Ana. The city last month declared itself an immigrant-friendly sanctuary city. Maya Sugarman/KPCC
Lost And Found In The City Of Angels - California Health Report
Matt Perry @ calhealthreport.org
By Matt Perry
Trump Tweets Prompt Firms To Rethink Crisis Communication Plans - San Francisco Chronicle
President-elect Donald Trump’s apparent ability to move markets with a few taps on his Twitter app is prompting a wide array of companies to rethink how they manage their reputations and respond to crises that can hit with an unprecedented combination: the speed of social media and the weight of the White House.
Trump's Criticism Of GOP Tax Plan Threatens To Upend Reform Bid - Politico
Donald Trump is complaining that a GOP plan to create what experts call a 'border adjustable' business tax is too complicated. | Getty
The Congressional Budget Office said 18 million would lose their insurance in the first year, with that number and costs rising over 10 years.
Trump Blasts Polls Showing Him To Be Least Popular Incoming President In Modern History - Politico
Polls showing Donald Trump with a historically low approval rating for an incoming president-elect are not to be trusted, Trump himself wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning.