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THE Nooner for January 24, 2017
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This morning, Governor Jerry Brown gave his State of the State address, including the swearing in of Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Becerra submitted his resignation to the House this morning.
BOE2: As Fiona Ma runs for state Treasurer, Assemblymember Rich Gordon is running for her seat on the state Board of Equalization. In this safe Dem seat, the question is whether Gordon will face another Dem in the top-two primary. The one name out there is outgoing Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Tick-tock...
JUST KIDDING: Jerry Brown forgives $2.4 million loan to no-on-53 campaign [Jim Miller @ SacBee] - "The effort to defeat Proposition 53 last November relied heavily on money from Gov. Jerry Brown, whose re-election committee gave the no-on-53 campaign more than $4.1 million in the weeks leading up to the election, with $2.4 million of that a loan. That loan is now history."
CONCERNS: Undocumented CSUS students fearful of uncertain future under Trump [Diana Lambert @ SacBee] - "Conflicting reports about if and when President Donald Trump will end a program that allows undocumented students to remain in the country while attending school has many Sacramento State students nervous. Staff members and faculty are worried, too."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Blanca Arellano and Nitasha Sawhney!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
[...] on Tuesday, all six of them will introduce a resolution supporting universal reproductive health care for all women and girls âÂÂ regardless of possible cuts to federal funding. Other San Francisco female elected officials, including Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu and school board members Emily Murase and Hydra Mendoza-McDonnell, will be at the morning announcement in support. President Trump has long targeted the Affordable Care Act, which among other things requires health insurance companies to cover preventative reproductive services, including birth control, and the new Congress has already begun to chip away at the law. In November, a day after TrumpâÂÂs election, California state Senate and Assembly leaders released a joint statement that the presidential outcome was âÂÂclearly inconsistent with the values of the people of California.âÂÂ âÂÂRegardless of who is leading from the White House, our goal must be to respect and improve women's health care and design a system that is always safe, affordable, and leaves critical decisions in the hands of women,âÂÂ said Supervisor Malia Cohen. Cuts to federal funding, including Title X family planning and Medicaid, could affect clinics across San Francisco, including a Planned Parenthood facility and the WomenâÂÂs Community Clinic on Fillmore Street. There is money in the city budget to cover the health care funding gap if federal dollars are cut, supervisors said. The city is already facing budget constraints because of the failure of a three-quarter-cent sales tax on NovemberâÂÂs ballot and a projected $5 billion pension shortfall.
Senate Panel Narrowly Backs Trump's Choice For Top Diplomat | The Sacramento Bee
RICHARD LARDNER and ERICA WERNER @ sacbee.com
Rex Tillerson's bid to be secretary of state narrowly won approval Monday from the Republican-led Foreign Relations Committee, a move that all but assures the full Senate will confirm President Donald Trump's pick for the key Cabinet post.
State Senate Votes For Final Confirmation Of Xavier Becerra As State Attorney General
Patrick McGreevy @ latimes.com
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Despite Washington-sacramento Split, Legislators Agree On Trickery | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Observations on California and its politics
Arnold Schwarzenegger No Fan Of Trump's Pick To Lead The Epa
Evan Halper @ latimes.com
Update on 'Trump signs orders pulling out of Pacific trade deal, freezing government hires'
Senate Delays Sessions' Confirmation Vote - Politico
Sen. Jeff Sessions' confirmation vote for attorney general in the Senate Judiciary Committee will wait another week.
California Schools May Face Cuts Amid Skyrocketing Pension Costs - San Francisco Chronicle
Public schools around California are bracing for a crisis driven by skyrocketing worker pension costs that are expected to force districts to divert billions of dollars from classrooms into retirement accounts, education officials said.
Judge Blocks Aetna-humana Health Insurance Merger
James F. Peltz @ latimes.com
The proposed $34-billion merger of Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. to form one of the nation’s largest health insurers was blocked Monday by a federal judge on antitrust grounds.
Legislature OKs Appointment Of Xavier Becerra As Attorney General - San Francisco Chronicle
SACRAMENTO — Rep. Xavier Becerra will be sworn in as California’s first Latino attorney general Tuesday after the state Legislature gave final approval to the veteran Los Angeles lawmaker’s interim appointment.
$1b Soccer Redevelopment Initiative Announced For 'q' Site - The San Diego Union-tribune
Roger Showley @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Newsom: It Will Get 'intriguing' If Thiel Runs For Governor
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. | AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
Unionization Vote May Resolve Telemundo's Dispute With Sag-aftra
David Ng @ latimes.com
The long-running dispute between Telemundo and SAG-AFTRA over whether actors for the Spanish language broadcaster can unionize could see a conclusion by March.
Spicer Defends Trump For Claiming Millions Voted Illegally - Politico
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump for continuing to claim that millions of people voted illegally in the November election, despite numerous fact-checks and other studies that have debunked the theory.
McCaskill's full exchange with Price on Trump's health care plan
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) asked Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), President Trump's nominee for Health and Human Services secretary, questions at a Senate Finance Committee hearing, Jan. 24.
A Key Reform Of California’s Landmark Environmental Law Hasn't Kept Its Promises
Liam Dillon @ latimes.com
How minor reform of the state’s landmark environmental law, CEQA, hasn’t done what it promised to do.
Sacramento Region Cut Water Use 25 Percent In 2016 Despite End Of Mandatory Conservation | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler @ sacbee.com
By Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler
Former Wrestling Exec Mcmahon Promises To Be A 'defender Of The Little Guy' At Sba - Politico
McMahon, a former professional wrestling executive and twice-failed Senate candidate, said she would be a strong advocate for small businesses, pushing for fewer regulations and a simplified tax code. She walked back her past support for merging the SBA with the Commerce Department, a position she took in her 2012 Senate campaign, easily diffusing any potential problems for her nomination.
Assembly Speaker Taps Former Obama Spokesman For Communications Strategy
Melanie Mason @ latimes.com
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Investor Group Wants To Bring Mls To San Diego | Kpbs
City News Service @ kpbs.org
A group of investors unveiled a proposal Monday for a $1 billion redevelopment of the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley, which would include a privately financed football and soccer stadium, along with a 55- acre park, housing and commercial buildings.
Got Questions On Trump's Aca Executive Order? Here Are Answers | The Sacramento Bee
Josh Magness @ sacbee.com
By Josh Magness
Democrats Grill Price On Health Care Investments, Obamacare Order - Politico
Democrats went after Rep. Tom Price, Donald Trump's pick to run the Department of Health and Human services, over ethics concerns. | Getty