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THE Nooner for February 6, 2017



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Good morning and a happy Monday to you. I hope you had a great weekend, even if you're a Falcons fan. To be honest, I was rooting for great football and didn't have a favorite. And, we definitely saw great football, although the teams each chose a different half to play.

Of course, Patriots and Falcons fans alike can agree that one of the best moments of the evening was George H.W. and Barbara Bush's appearance, with the former President tossing the coin.

TWEET DU JOUR: @jbendery: "Next week, the Atlanta Falcons will be spotted hiking in Chappaqua without face paint, looking happier than they have in months."

A GOP congressman from California used the Patriots comeback on CNN this morning to draw an analogy with how President Trump will come back from his lagging approval numbers, found by Gallup to be 42% approve, 53% disapprove.

Sick of politics, the California State archives have released a digital archive "Home Front: California During World War II." Great work!


  • In the travel restrictions case, the 3pm PST deadline today approaches for the feds to file their reply to the brief filed last night by the states of Washington and Minnesota. Also yesterday, 97 companies--mostly tech--filed an amicus brief supporting the ruling of district court judge James Robart's temporary restraining order. The unified amicus is somewhat unusual, considering many of the company's are rivals. In addition to companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook--Levi Strauss and yogurt company Chobani joined the brief. Both companies were founded by immigrants. Google was co-founded by a refugee from the Soviet Union. Adding the publicly traded companies on the brief, their combined market cap is more than 3 trillion dollars.

    The State of Hawaii has filed a motion to intervene with Washington and Minnesota, while several former officials including John Kerry, Madeline Albright, Janet Napolitano, Leon Panetta, Susan Rice and others filed a declaration, concluding "in our professional opinion, the January 27 Executive Order does not further – but instead harms – sound U.S. national security and foreign policy."

    After the 3pm deadline, a Ninth Circuit panel will consider the arguments and issue a ruling over the next few days. Regardless of the ruling, it's widely expected the case will head to the Supreme Court. If it's considered by the current 4-4 court, it is likely that the Ninth Circuit's ruling would be determinative as SCOTUS deadlocks. 
  • Rachael Bade writes in Politico that California Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) is President Trump's "guy on Capitol Hill." Things, however, could get sticky when Congress tackles health care. Roughly half of the district's residents are enrolled under ObamaCare/MediCal. POTUS is realizing that details of "immediately repeal and replace" are much more difficult than a campaign buzz line, as he told Bill O'Reilly on yesterday's pre-Super Bowl interview that it could take a year or more.
  • Speaking of POTUS and O'Reilly, he's scheduled to appear on "The O'Reilly Factor" at 5pm PST. Maybe we'll have a Ninth Circuit ruling by then.
  • The Hill's Scott Wong reports that President Trump is ready to  "crack the whip" on Congress.
  • Senate Democrats, while not technically a filibuster, plan to hold the floor for the next 24 hours in an attempt to derail the moination of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. It's still a 50-50 tie that will be likely broken by VP Mike Pence.
  • Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley has laid out a six-week plan for the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Senate President Pro Tem Mitch McConnell would not rule out using the "nuclear option," of changing the rules to exclude SCOTUS from the filibuster.
  • As is not unusual in the early days of both Republican and Democratic Administrations, the NYT has a story today about dissent and confusion among senior staff. It ranges from the humorous (they couldn't figure out the light switches in the Cabinet) to the serious (President Trump is reportedly fuming that he was asked to sign an executive order putting Steve Bannon on the National Security Council without being told that is what he was signing).

    The article also describes a pretty lonely life for the President, as his wife and son stay in Manhattan so he can finish the school year:

    "Usually around 6:30 p.m., or sometimes later, Mr. Trump retires upstairs to the residence to recharge, vent and intermittently use Twitter. With his wife, Melania, and young son, Barron, staying in New York, he is almost always by himself, sometimes in the protective presence of his imposing longtime aide and former security chief, Keith Schiller. When Mr. Trump is not watching television in his bathrobe or on his phone reaching out to old campaign hands and advisers, he will sometimes set off to explore the unfamiliar surroundings of his new home."

    Yes, you just read about the President watching television in his bathrobe.

    On the same topic, WaPo's Aaron Blake writes about POTUS's isolation:

    "Without the comfort of Trump Tower and robbed of the proximity of his family, Trump is a man apart. He has cable TV, his phone and Twitter. But he lacks a group of friends or confidantes — again, outside of his immediate family — with whom he can have dinner or just chat. He is isolated — and in the most high-powered and high stress job in the world. That's a very tough place to be."
  • WH Press Secretary Sean Spicer yesterday said on Fox that the Melissa McCarthy SNL skit portraying him “...was cute, it was funny..."




  • Dan Walters writes in the Bee that it's time to get rid of the state Board of Equalization.
  • CA34 (Los Angeles): Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez has picked up the endorsement of the California Democratic Party.
  • TOO MUCH TOO SOON? Kamala for President and Other Odd Political Stories [Joel Fox @ Fox & Hounds] - "California’s junior senator, Kamala Harris, has only been in office a month and is included on lists of possible presidential candidates while often being asked about her interest in running for president. Come on, give Harris a chance to be a senator."
  • HMMM: Affordable housing bill raises conflict of interest questions [James DeHaven @ SDUT] - "Under the proposal, about a third of those dollars would be set aside to build homes for low-income families and migrant workers. The rest, perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars, could be used for nearly a dozen other purposes -- including several that might benefit [Toni] Atkins’ wife Jennifer LeSar, who runs a pair of consulting businesses that specialize in affordable housing."
  • The Bee's Richard Chang reports that Pacific Gas & Electric customers are fuming over double-digit rate increases
  • Former Assemblymember Roger Dickinson has been hired as Transportation California's new executive director.
  • Tomorrow, the Assembly Business and Professions, Environmental Quality, and Health are having a joint informational hearing on cannibis regulation. [9 a.m. -Room 4202] Meanwhile, Assembly Public Safety will hear AB 3 (Bonta), an urgency bill which would make it easier for public defenders to access grants to represent noncitizens. [9 a.m. - Room 126]
  • The Capitol Morning Report catches up with retired Legislative Analyst Liz Hill, who served as the agency's director for more than two decades.


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to former Amy O'Gorman Jenkins and Assemblymember Pedro Nava!




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Board Of Equalization Hijinks Make Case For Tax Agency Overhaul | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Californians Are Paying Billions For Power They Don’t Need
We’re using less electricity. Some power plants have even shut down. So why do state officials keep approving new ones?

Northern California Customers Fume As Pg&e Bills Soar | The Sacramento Bee
Richard Chang @
By Richard Chang

Why UC Police Let Anarchists Run Wild In Berkeley - San Francisco Chronicle
When it comes to its treatment of anarchist protesters like the ones who trashed Sproul Plaza the other night, UC Berkeley’s attitude amounts to this: We’d rather deal with broken windows than broken heads.

Tearful reunion at SFO for immigrant family
[...] when his wife, Soghra, emerged to the waiting area he couldn’t hold back the tears. [...] President Trump issued his executive order prohibiting travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, from entering the United States. While Nazari is a U.S. citizen, his wife only has a green card and is not eligible to become a citizen for three years. [...] a federal judge in New York barred enforcement of a provision that prohibited green-card holders from entering the United States. Government lawyers appealed and sought an emergency stay of the Seattle judge’s ruling. The appeals court requested more briefs from the parties by Monday afternoon, and a decision is expected to follow soon. “The law is constantly in flux,” said Lisa Weissman-Ward, supervising attorney with Stanford Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic, who was at SFO on Sunday to provide legal assistance as needed. Weissman-Ward was among a dozen volunteer lawyers and translators gathered at the airport for the eighth day in a row Sunday as they prepared for the arrival of travelers from the seven affected countries. Because there is this constant state of flux and temporary nature of these lawsuits it’s really critical for us to be on the ground, so if there is another change we can make sure (Customs Border Patrol) is complying with the court order, Weissman-Ward said.

Audio: La's March Primary More A Referendum On Garcetti Than A Major Race | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Mayor Eric Garcetti speaking in Little Tokyo on Oct. 29, 2016. Garcetti is seeking reelection in the March 7 primary. He is competing against a field of 10 candidates. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Kit Carson Elementary In East Sacramento Is Being Transformed Into A 7-12 Grade School And Offering The Sacramento School Dstrict Its First International Baccalaureate K-12 Option | The Sacramento Bee
Loretta Kalb @
By Loretta Kalb

California Student, Who Was Detained 23 Hours At Lax And Then Deported, Returns To U.s.
Kate Mather @
Sara Yarjani, who was detained for 23 hours last weekend at LAX and then deported under President Trump's travel ban, made a tearful return to Los Angeles on Sunday.

Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft File Brief Opposing Travel Ban - Sfgate
Protesters show up in force at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in response to President Trump's immigration policies.

Diabetes Among The Most Expensive American Diseases, As Drug Prices Spike | The Sacramento Bee
Claudia Buck @
By Claudia Buck

New Solutions For Long-standing Drinking Water Pollution In Central Valley - California Health Report
Robin Urevich @
By Robin Urevich

Pelosi Calls For Probe Of Possible Russian Blackmail Of Trump - Politico
"I think we have to have an investigation by the FBI into his financial, personal and political connections to Russia," Nancy Pelosi said of Donald Trump. | AP Photo

Will California Become Sanctuary State Under Trump? | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Senate Democrats Plan To Debate All Night In Hopes Of Stopping Devos - Politico
The Senate is expected to vote on Betsy DeVos nomination Tuesday at noon. | AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

Pence, senators respond after Trump compares U.S. to Putin

Vice President Pence and senators of both political parties on Feb. 5 reacted to President Trump’s comments about Russia and the United States in a Fox News interview.

Mendocino County Sheriff Vows To Reduce Deputy Response To Mental Health Crises | The Press Democrat

Thousands Turn Out In Downtown L.A. To Protest Trump's Orders On Keystone, Dakota Pipelines
Amina Khan @
Thousands in downtown Los Angeles expected to protest Keystone, Dakota Access pipelines after Trump executive orders

Desalination Of Aquifers Offers Drought-weary California New Hope – East Bay Times
The new analysis comes just months before the U.S. Geological Survey is expected to issue a groundbreaking report that will map out aquifers throughout the country that contain brackish groundwater.

Trump Says Health Law Replacement May Not Be Ready Until Next Year
President Trump, during an interview with Fox News, suggested that enacting a plan to take the place of the Affordable Care Act will take longer than originally promised.