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THE NOONER for February 10, 2017



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Good morning, Noonerites! My hydrological advisors tell me that it's not yet time to don your lifejackets in the 95814, but the problems with the state's second-largest dam in Oroville can't be ignored. The likely victims are farmers and rural residents, but we are all "downstream."

Truthfully, the emergency likely only applies to non-inhabiteted areas.






  • #CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Courtney Baxter, Sandra Osegueda!




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  • Save the Date: Tuesday February 21, 2017, State Capitol, a Sacramento Memorial to Celebrate the Life and Contributions of Senator Tom Hayden. The event begins at 2 p.m. with a memorial on the Senate Floor and continues at 3:30 p.m. with a reception, program, and refreshments in the Eureka Room located in the Capitol basement. Members, staffers, and lobbyists are invited to share their comments and reflections on Tom’s work in the Capitol and beyond. For more information or to RSVP (not necessary but appreciated) contact

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Statewide Survey Finds Californians Favor State And Local Action When It Comes To Immigration Policies
Jazmine Ulloa and John Myers @
Update on 'Essential Politics: California politicians speak out on 9th Circuit Court ruling, Sen. Kamala Harris proposes attorney acces...

Poll: California Rallies Around Jerry Brown, Eager To Battle Trump
The poll, released late Thursday by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California, comes amid intensifying conflict between Trump and heavily Democratic California. State lawmakers are fast-tracking legislation to shield undocumented immigrants from deportation, and they have hired Eric Holder, the former U.S. attorney general, to help prepare for potential litigation against the Trump administration on issues ranging from climate change to health care and immigration.

Sen. Kamala Harris Pushes To Guarantee Access To Legal Counsel For Those Detained Upon Entry To The U.s.
Sarah D. Wire @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Holder visits Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento, Assembly advances bill providing immigration law resou...

Educating Voters On Education Spending :: Fox&hounds
The latest Public Policy Institute of California poll reflected a similar finding from previous PPIC polls that’s puzzling: When it comes to actual state spending priorities versus the knowledge voters have of those spending priorities the lineup is nearly reversed.

Republicans Think They've Found The Ideal Candidate For Governor. So Why Isn't Kevin Faulconer Interested?
Mark Z. Barabak @
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer seems the ideal GOP candidate for governor. The fact he's not running says much about the California Republican Party, especially in the shadow of Donald Trump

Sacramento Legislators Introduce Bill To Allow City To Contract Out Campaign Finance Enforcment To FPPC | The Sacramento Bee
Anita Chabria @
By Anita Chabria

Trump Brings Up Vote Fraud Again, This Time In Meeting With Senators - Politico
The revival of fraud claim is a sign that President Donald Trump, who lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, continues to see himself as a victim of massive fraud. | Getty

Most Californians Disapprove Of Donald Trump, Poll Finds | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Lawmakers Want Change In Governor's Cap-and-trade Focus -
Ben Bradford @
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California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra Says 9th Circuit Got It Right
Maura Dolan @
Update on 'Live updates: U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules against Trump; travel ban will not go into effect'

Ppic Poll: California Resisting Trump And His Agenda
Californians resoundingly reject Republican President Donald Trump himself and the intrusions he threatens to implement on state policies governing immigration, health care, climate change and access to abortion, according to the latest survey from the Public Policy Institute of California.

Senate Confirms Obamacare Opponent Price To Lead Health Department - Politico
Rep. Tom Price, a seven-term congressman and an orthopedic surgeon by trade, had solid backing from Senate Republicans. | AP Photo

Water Gushing From Damaged Oroville Dam Spillway Puts Baby Salmon, Hatchery Fish At Risk | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Sabalow, Dale Kasler and Phillip Reese @
By Ryan Sabalow, Dale Kasler and Phillip Reese

BART may designate itself a sanctuary transit system
BART, whose trains carry riders between a number of Bay Area sanctuary cities, will consider adopting its own policy protecting undocumented immigrants from the federal government. Recent studies indicate that there are over 500,000 undocumented immigrants living in the Bay Area. State open meeting laws ban the board from discussing matters without public notice. The general idea behind the proposal is to limit how BART police cooperate with federal immigration officials, particularly in sharing information about immigrants in the U.S. without legal documentation. Given the surge in anti-immigrant sentiment, and President Trump’s vow to crack down on immigrants who are in the U.S. without legal documentation, Simon said it’s important to reassure riders they won’t be handed over to federal officials. “I’d like to know the public transit agency in my community has my back,” she said. Alicia Trost, a BART spokeswoman, said the system’s police haven’t turned anyone over to immigration officials in recent memory.

California's Train, Tunnel Projects Could Be Casualties Of Trump War | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

San Francisco City Attorney Takes Aim At Five Gun Companies Over Alleged Sale Of High-capacity Magazines
San Francisco City Atty. Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit Thursday against five gun suppliers, alleging they violated a state law banning the sale of high-capacity magazines.

Tom Price Is Confirmed as Health Secretary
The Senate approved Mr. Price to be secretary of health and human services, where he will lead President Trump’s efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.