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THE NOONER for February 12, 2017



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Happy Sunday! It's looking like a beautiful day at The Nooner's global headquarters in Southside Park. The sunshine is good news for state water managers who are closely monitoring Oroville Dam, where a damaged spillway has required the use of an emergency spillway never used before.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver returns tonight. If only he had some material to work with. Also tonight is the return of The Walking Dead, along with Grammys. The Chron looks at where all those dead characters have gone.

As I write, I'm watching the The Walking Dead marathon on AMC and am totally disgusted with the offing of Glenn (Steven Yuen). The producers created a brave, strong, and smart Asian-American character--something desperately lacking in teevee.



  • It's another difficult day for the new administration. The latest is that national security advisor Michael Flynn either forgot or lied about talking with Russia about sanctions, which he claims he didn't do. He now knows that the CIA is listening in to his phone calls. That even surprised cynical old me.
  • Meanwhile, President Trump is trying to figure out what strategy to use on the "travel ban" issue following the Ninth Circuit's ruling on Thursday. POTUS suggested that a new executive order might be issued as early as tomorrow, it may take the case to the Supreme Court, or let a trial proceed before Judge James Robart.
  • The case of the deportation of a twenty-year resident in Arizona with two American citizen children following POTUS's executive order has created fractures between The White House and Republicans in Congress as personal stories are being told and business groups are very unhappy with ICE raids of the workplace. The shift in policy was from a focus on violent criminals to any felony convictions, such as driving without a valid license.





  • Senator Dianne Feinstein has sent out invites to a "Feinstein for Senate 2018" fundraiser, report Matier and Ross in the Chron.
  • Governor Jerry Brown has asked President Trump to declare a state of disaster following last week's storms reports The Bee's Jim Miller.
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Political Road Map: What Does The State Spend More Money On, Prisons Or Schools?
John Myers @
For more than a decade, public polling has found widespread ignorance when it comes to what Californians and the state budget: They don't know where the money is spent

Feinstein Fundraising Machine Fires Up For Re-election Run - San Francisco Chronicle
Aspiring Senate hopefuls got some bad news the other day when Sen. Dianne Feinstein sent out invites for a “Feinstein for Senate 2018” campaign kickoff fundraiser March 18 in Bel-Air.

CalPERS Staff Swelled On Eve Of Jerry Brown's Pension Law | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton and Phillip Reese @
By Adam Ashton and Phillip Reese

'We need this Affordable Care Act': Voters discuss health care at Florida town hall

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) held a town hall meeting to discuss health care with voters.

All Quarters Prepare For Trump Immigration Actions - The San Diego Union-tribune
Kate Morrissey, Kristina Davis @
Prosecutors have also been bringing more cases, including immigration-related cases, to trial over the past several months.

Thanks To Storm Runoff, There's A Lot Of Water Over California's Second-largest Reservoir
Bettina Boxall, Patrick McGreevy @
Water from the lake exits through an auxiliary spillway.

Water Flowing Out Of Lake Oroville Emergency Spillway - Sfgate
Oroville Dam discharging water over emergency spillway

Tech Firms Find Their Voice In Resisting Trump, For Now - San Francisco Chronicle
President Trump’s controversial travel and immigration ban is giving the tech industry something many of its members have long craved: a political stand on a cause that is not motivated primarily by profit.

Are Cities’ New Marijuana Laws About Safety, Or Blocking Proposition 64?
Today's high

Education Department Flunks Spelling - Politico
They were not her tweets, but the spelling mistakes came during new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' first week. | Getty

‘not On Our Watch’: Trump Resistance Catches Fire In Bay Area – The Mercury News
Donald Trump, Elections, Presidential Election, Regional, Trump Administration

Effort To Delay Opening Aliso Canyon Gas Field Clears A Hurdle In Sacramento
Today's high

Sacramento, Washington, Have Conflicts Over Regulations | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Thousands March Against Trump In Mexico City: 'pay For Your Own Wall!'
Patrick J. McDonnell @
Thousands of demonstrators waving Mexican flags and signs denouncing President Trump marched through central Mexico City on Sunday.

Planned Parenthood Serves As Latest Protest Battleground In Sacramento And Beyond, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 | The Sacramento Bee
Nashelly Chavez @
By Nashelly Chavez

Unease Over Immigration Hurting Tech Recruiting - San Francisco Chronicle
Facing uncertainty about their prospects for working in the U.S. and wary of exposing themselves and their families to complications with their immigration status, some tech workers are choosing to put any plans to change jobs on hold, recruiters say.

Immigration Rumors Of Checkpoints And Deportation Spark Fear In Southern California Communities
Today's high

Thousands Of Protesters Rally To Save Planned Parenthood Funding In Encinitas - The San Diego Union-tribune
Phillip Molnar @

What Does California’s 1994 Immigration Battle Tell Us About The Us’s Immigration Battles Today?
Today's high

Oroville Dam Energency Spillway In Use For First Time In Dam History | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler and Peter Hecht @
By Dale Kasler and Peter Hecht

Congressional Memo: Democrats at Retreat Seem to Relish a Shifting of Responsibility
As Republicans take heat over issues like the health care law, Democrats, looking almost jovial at their conference, discuss better ways to reach voters.

Protests at Planned Parenthood clinics met with opposition
Demonstrators in the Bay Area joined abortion opponents outside Planned Parenthood facilities across the country Saturday for protests calling for an end to government funding for the organization. While demonstrators in both San Francisco and Redwood City joined more than 200 anti-Planned Parenthood rallies across the country, both groups were outnumbered by counter protesters supporting the women’s health centers. Maya Malika, a Planned Parenthood supporter, aimed to yell louder, shouting, “ A fetus is not a baby, abortion is not murder, women are not incubators!” President “Trump and (Vice President Mike) Pence, especially Pence, is a Christian fascist who wants to take women back to where women induce their own abortions in back alleys,” Malika said. At a Saturday morning protest outside Planned Parenthood’s Redwood City location, about 30 demonstrators rallying against the facilities were met with about 200 counter protesters. House Speaker Paul Ryan announced in January that sweeping legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act would include eliminating money for Planned Parenthood. Saturdays #ProtestPP rallies, primarily sponsored by Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Created Equal and Pro-Life Action League, were held across 45 states to promote reallocation of funds to health centers that do not provide abortions. The government currently awards Planned Parenthood reimbursements only for birth control services, along with reimbursements from the Medicaid program for a variety of health services provided to low-income women.