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THE NOONER for February 13, 2017



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Happy Monday to you. So far the spillways at Oroville Dam are holding, although it is unclear when nearly 200,000 residents will be allowed to return home. Let us all thank the thousands of public safety employees and volunteers who are keeping people safe and fed. Kudos to Yolo supe Matt Rexroad who went to Nugget Market this morning to buy 150 breakfast burritos to deliver to the Yolo County Fairgrounds, which is housing evacuees from its neighbors to the north. And, Nugget dropped everything to deliver on his order!

Meanwhile, two Contra Costa supes pen an op-ed against the "twin tunnels" project, which would ferry water from the Delta toward the State Reclamation Project to support SoCal's water needs. This has been California's largest political divide for generations. When I grew up in The OC, the thought was "Why won't NorCal share its water?" Now in Sac, the thought is "Why doesn't the SoCal desert conserve?" Of course, the answer is in the middle. 

Meanwhile, Californians have gone to their political camps to decry conservatives and liberals alike. We're talking about a dam nearly 50 years old that has exceeded its limits once. Could anyone have forecasted the weather we've had in the last few weeks. 

Without making light of the situation in the north Sac Valley, more water has spilled out of my eyes than over the Oroville Dam from last night's GRAMMY Awards. #Hello #Prince #GeorgeMichael

It was a darn good show. Sorry POTUS, it was sourced in your nemesis California.

Anyway, likely like you, we are exhausted from the weekend.



  • There is quite of a bit of palace intrigue in President Trump's administration, particularly what to do about national security advisor Michael Flynn, who was found to have lied to Congress about whether called Russia while Obama was still POTUS, a diplomacy faux pas. And, yesterday's performance on the morning shows by senior advisor Stephen Miller was not reassuring as he touted alleged voter fraud, but had no comment on Flynn.

    George Stephanopoulus was brutal on Miller.
  • POTUS is meeting today with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and hosting a session on women in the workforce.





  • In the Times, Patrick McGreevy asks what's next for Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León:

Kevin de León has started his third year as leader of the California state Senate facing threats to his left-leaning agenda from President Trump, and uncertainty over the future path of his political career. The Los Angeles Democrat says he is so focused on his job and playing defense against Washington that he has not decided what he will do when term limits force him from the Senate in 2018.

    • de León is a star, but is stuck, living in 
  • Meanwhile, childhood favorite Johnny Rockets (So Cal piers anyone) is going upscale. Say it ain't so!
  • #CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Gary Link!




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California Lawmakers Are Stuck On Trump, But There's A Problem At Home That Needs Attention: Dirty Water
George Skelton @
Essential Politics

Many Millions Spent On California Politics, Stakes Are Many Billions | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Kamala Harris On Trump's Immigration Order | Nbc Southern California
We talk with Sen. Kamala Harris on her mission to make sure anyone caught up in an executive order has right to counsel. Conan Nolan reports for NewsConference Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.

Audio: Can California Lawmakers Tackle Road Repairs With New Supermajority? | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
FILE: California state lawmakers have been gridlocked on the issue of paying for a $136-billion backlog of road repairs. Will the new Democratic supermajority make a difference? trekandshoot/iStockphoto

Experts: State Left With Few Options While Trying To Avert Disaster At Oroville Dam | The Sacramento Bee
Phillip Reese and Ryan Sabalow @
By Phillip Reese and Ryan Sabalow

Too Much Water: How Oroville Dam Problems Became A Crisis
Matt Hamilton, Shelby Grad @
Here is a brief explanation of the events so far.

Sacramento County To Advise Tyler Island Residents To Evacuate Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 | The Sacramento Bee
Ellen Garrison @
By Ellen Garrison

Growers And Workers Alike Worried About Immigration Raids
The tension has increased since Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials conducted what they termed "surge operations" last week that netted 161 people -- most, but not all, of them with criminal convictions. Officials told UPI that 37 of those detained in Los Angeles have been deported to Mexico.

Evacuations Ordered Below Oroville Dam After A Hole Is Found In Its Emergency Spillway
Anna M. Phillips, Matt Hamilton, Paige St. John, Chris Megerian @
Millions of gallons of rushing water continued to pound and erode the massive Lake Oroville Dam spillway.

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

Rep. Scott Peters Is Getting Comfortable In The Hot Seat - The San Diego Union-tribune
Michael Smolens @

More Than 100,000 Flee As Oroville Dam Danger Spikes - San Francisco Chronicle
Evan Sernoffsky, Jill Tucker, John King @
Oroville Dam discharging water over emergency spillway

Week Four: Rumors Of A Massive Staff Shakeup -- Nyt: Inside The Turmoil On The National Security Council -- The Juice: Puzder Gets Reinforcements And Female Biz Leaders Huddling With Trudeau/trump - Politico
CHRIS RUDDY, the CEO of Newsmax who is a confidant of President Donald Trump, went on CNN and called the New York Times and Washington Post Sunday saying Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, needs to go, citing a botched rollout of the immigration executive order and broad mishandling of government affairs.

'i Can See The Fear': Multicultural Los Angeles Senses A Different World Under Trump
Joe Mozingo, Victoria Kim, Matt Stevens @
Los Angeles, more than most places, is sufficiently diverse that immigration bans ignite a passionate response

After Health Care Law Repeal, What? Wisconsin Republican Canâ
Representative Jim Sensenbrenner’s constituents have been asking at recent meetings about what will replace the Affordable Care Act — and so far, he has few answers.

Trump Has Gotten Even Less Popular While In Office
David Lauter @
Trump's standing with Americans, already low, has dropped since he took office, although his core supporters remain loyal.

Warren Buffett Predicted Fall Of Eddie Lampert, Sears In 2005 - Business Insider
Bob Bryan @
Eddie Lampert, CEO of Sears Holding Group and a hedge fund manager, announced on Thursday that his fund is once again extending a massive loan to the struggling retailer.

Jerry Brown Holds School Fundraiser At Hotly Disputed Venue - San Francisco Chronicle
When Gov. Jerry Brown walked into a fundraiser for his military academy at Scott’s Seafood on the Oakland waterfront the other day, he was also stepping into the middle of a long-running fight over public access to the bay that involves some big names and a $841,000 state fine against the restaurant.

Live Stream From State Emergency Operations Center | The Sacramento Bee
This is a live view of the activity going on at the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services - State Operations Center near Sacramento.

For Religious Conservatives, Success and Access at the Trump White House
Their relationship has consequences for policy on issues like health care, education and free speech, and how the federal courts will decide cases.