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THE Nooner for February 7, 2017



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Well, happy Tuesday folks.

Yesterday was a crazy, as evident by a big mistake I made in a Subscriber Alert email--my own personal OOPS moment. I said the Alex Padilla is attorney general. Of course, Xavier Becerra is attorney general. Padilla is an engineer by background, having graduated from MIT. When I was writing the alert, I was also emailing someone in response to the new California in World War II archive... D'oh! Multi-tasking sucks!

Also, Mitch McConnell is Senate Majority Leader, not Pro Tem as I wrote yesterday. I knew that.

Some days are like that, even in Australia...

Meanwhile, Barack Obama went "foilboarding" with Sir Richard Branson in the British Virgin Islands.



  • The three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit will hear arguments on the travel ban case at 3pm today. Each party will have 30 minutes to make their case. The panel consists of one judge appointed by Jimmy Carter, one by George W. Bush, and one by Barack Obama. The arguments will be live streamed here, audio only since it is being conducted via conference call. The case's documents are available here.
  • Also yesterday, 127 more technology companies joined the previous amicus brief, including Tesla and SpaceX. CEO Elon Musk has been heavily criticized by many in Silicon Valley for serving on President Trump's Business Advisory Council. Also on that list are HP and Adobe.
  • Politico reports that President Trump is not happy with Melissa McCarthy's portrayal of Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live. In response, Rosie O'Donnell has offered to play Steve Bannon.
  • The U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, as Vice President Mike Pence broke the 50-50 tie as the President of the Senate. That's a first for a cabinet nomination.
  • Christine Mai-Duc writes in the LAT that the left is using Tea Party tactics at the town hall meetings that GOP members of Congress are holding.
  • Men's Journal is has a cover story on March 3 with an interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    After President Trump's comments at the National Prayer Breakfast suggesting that attendees should pray for Schwarzenegger amidst bad ratings for Celebrity Apprentice:

    “I said, ‘Let’s sit on it for an hour,’ ” Schwarzenegger says, blowing on his gruel. But then he had an idea. “I called my assistant and said, ‘I think what we really should do is request a meeting and go back to New York.’ ” He pauses for maximum impact. “And then we just smash his face into the table.”
  • The LAT is closely monitoring President Trump's Twitter feed.

  • TWEET DU JOUR: @RepPeteAguilar: "@POTUS @latimes was awarded Pulitzer for #SanBernardino coverage, which once again: would not have been prevented with your #MuslimBan." (In response to the list of 78 terror attacks conducted by "Radical Islamic Terrorism," that the White House alleges were not covered adequately by the media.) 





  • Controller John Chiang has picked up the endorsement of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.
  • Meanwhile, Chiang might be competing in the top two primary with Republican San Diego businessman John Cox, reports the Bee's Christopher Cadelago. Also, dual citizenship (with New Zealand) billionaire Peter Thiel is not running.
  • Also, the major candidates for governor are watching Tom Steyer to see if he jumps in, which may be based on whether Dianne Feinstein runs for reelection or not. Steyer's top priority is climate change, and seems to be weighing whether to be 1 of 100 in the U.S. Senate or to lead the California is going its own way, regardless of what happens in Washington. It's a fascinating parlor game.
  • Speaking of federal funds, all 14 Republican members of the California delegation have signed a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao asking her to block a pending $650 million federal grant that will ultimately support the state's high speed rail project, reports Ralph Vartabedian in the LAT. House Democrats from CA reponded with a letter asking that the grant be made.


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Should California Really Brace Itself To Lose Lots Of Federal Money Under Trump?
George Skelton @
Essential Politics

Kamala For President And Other Odd Political Stories :: Fox&hounds
Come on, give Harris a chance to be a senator.

San Diego Venture Capitalist John Cox Says He's Considering A Run For California Governor
Phil Willon @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Protesters ask GOP lawmaker to keep Obamacare, Schwarzenegger takes aim at Trump'

DeVos confirmation: How every Senator voted on Trump's education secretary
Here is how the Senate voted.

Becerra Vows To Fight Any Effort By Trump To Hold Back Money From California Over 'sanctuary Cities' Dispute
Patrick McGreevy @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Protesters ask GOP lawmaker to keep Obamacare, Schwarzenegger takes aim at Trump'

Ca Assembly Democrats Turn Reagan Resolution Into Message To Trump | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Did Sandag Conceal Revenue Debate Ahead Of Controversial Tax Vote? - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Emerson Smith @

Westminster Educator Among 8 Teachers Suing Feds Over Mandatory Union Dues - The Orange County Register
Eight California teachers filed a federal lawsuit Monday against their school districts and the California Teachers Association, challenging mandatory union membership and the union dues that come with it.

California Democrats Want Answers About Alleged Coercion At Lax During Trump's Travel Ban
Sarah D. Wire @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Protesters ask GOP lawmaker to keep Obamacare, Schwarzenegger takes aim at Trump'

First 100 Days Briefing: DeVos Nomination Faces Vote; Trump Travel Ban Gets Hearing
A Senate vote is set on Betsy DeVos as education chief, a federal court will hear arguments on the immigration ban and Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz will debate.

Reward Offered To Find Two Yolo County Teens Whose Disappearance Is Now Determined Suspicious | The Sacramento Bee
Bill Lindelof @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Betsy DeVos Confirmed as Education Secretary; Pence Breaks Tie
The vote on Tuesday was believed to be the first in Senate history in which the vice president was called in to break a tie on a cabinet nomination.

Trump Invites Sheriff To 'destroy' Texas State Lawmaker Who Opposes Asset Forfeiture - Politico
Earlier in the listening session, during Eavenson's introduction to the group, the sheriff told Trump that his county "is probably 85 percent Republican, so it was pretty easy for you" and added later that "we're very proud to have you as president." Rockwall County did indeed strongly support Trump in the last election, although not quite to the extent that Eavenson suggested: the county's election results website shows that just over 77 percent of those who cast a straight party-line ballot voted for Republicans, while slightly less than 71 percent of those who opted to pick individual candidates cast their votes for Trump.

Inside Silicon Valley's Fight Against Trump
Donald Trump, Immigration, Politics, Technology

Richmond Makes Cuts To Services As Pension Costs For Public-sector Workers Mount -
Ashley Gross @
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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Gives Grants To Help With Housing
affordable housing, bay area, Facebook, housing, Mark Zuckerberg, Real Estate, UC Berkeley

At Stanford, Justice Ginsburg wishes for more civil discourse
Drawing parallels from her 83 years of life to the partisanship gripping the United States government, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Monday night called for a return to civil discourse at a Stanford University talk on how to live a “meaningful life.” “I wish there were a way I could wave a magic wand and put it back when people were respectful of each other, and (government) was working for the good of the country, and not just along party lines,” Ginsburg said. When Ginsburg leaves the court has become a pressing question — and a nagging worry — for liberals who fret the 83-year-old will step down during President Trump’s term in office. Since President Bill Clinton appointed the now-elder stateswoman of the divided court’s left wing, Ginsburg has survived two bouts of cancer and the death of her husband, and she had a procedure to have a stent placed in a coronary artery in 2014. Though Democrats had seized on Scalia’s vacant seat as causing too many deadlocks, Ginsburg, speaking at a measured clip, said that in the court’s last session, only eight decisions were tied, to go with 25 unanimous decisions over 67 cases — contrasting the court’s functionality with the federal government’s dysfunction. [...] though she spoke just days after President Trump’s nomination of conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch to Scalia’s empty seat, absent was commentary on her potential future colleague or other aspects of Trump’s early days in office. Senate Republicans had refused to consider for nearly a year Obama’s nominee to the vacant seat, the moderate liberal Merrick Garland, gambling on a Republican president.

River Flows To Double On American River Monday Afternoon As Wet Storm Approaches Sacramento Region | The Sacramento Bee
Bill Lindelof and Phillip Reese @
By Bill Lindelof and Phillip Reese

Mike Penceâ
A Senate vote by Mr. Pence to confirm Betsy DeVos as education secretary would be the first by a vice president to break a tie on a cabinet nomination.

That time a vice president almost cast a historic tiebreaking vote but was derailed by a nap

Memo to Vice President Pence: Don't fall asleep in the Senate on Tuesday.