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THE Nooner for February 14, 2017



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  • #CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jacqui Avila-BellTravis Legault, Dan Troy, and Angie Wei!




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  • CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF SEN. TOM HAYDEN:  Reception and Program, 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, Eureka Room.Former State Senator Tom Hayden was an activist, intellect, true progressive, champion for the underdog, and one of a kind who left indelible mark on California and the United States. All are invited to celebrate his life and contributions at a reception and program with speakers, film, music, and light refreshments. The reception follows a memorial ceremony for Senator Hayden on the Senate floor at 2 p.m. For questions or to RSVP please contact

  • Capitol Weekly/Open California is hosting an event on a Carbon Free California on March 8 at the Masonic Lodge, with a keynote by Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board. [Information and Registration]
  • Free Tuition for California Students to the UC, CSU and Community College Systems Is Possible Today
  • A new policy paper demonstrates that it is entirely possible today to provide the same accessible, low-cost university experience that California successfully offered its students from the 1960s through the 1990s.

    The report demonstrates that we can revive the California Master Plan for Higher Education—eliminating tuition, restoring state per student funding, and providing seats for all students— would only cost the median California household $48 per year.

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  • Associate Director, Legislative Affairs The University of California Office of the President is seeking an Associate Director of Legislative Affairs. This Associate Director represents the University in a wide variety of meetings and hearings with elected officials, staff and advocates. They also lead and manage a team of Legislative Directors who serve as the University's key advocates in Sacramento, and supervise Legislative Coordinators who monitor legislative developments. Highly competitive salary and benefits. Learn more and apply
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Lawmakers Should Flex Their Muscles When Approving Key Climate Change Program, Legislative Analyst Says
Liam Dillon @
Update on 'Essential Politics: California politicians speak out on 9th Circuit Court ruling, Sen. Kamala Harris proposes attorney acces...

Assembly Republicans Put Foward No-tax Road Plan | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Janet Napolitano Confirmed As University Of California President – The Mercury News

Jerry Brown Says California And Trump Talking On Oroville Dam | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

The Federal Government Denies That It Has Broadened The Scope Of Its Immigration Raids
Jenny Jarvie, Del Quentin Wilber @
Federal agents nabbed more than 600 in immigration raids last week

Sheriff Defends Evacuation Orders After Oroville Dam Spillway Holds | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago, Jim Miller and Alexei Koseff @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

A Race Against Mother Nature As Officials Send Water Cascading Out Of Lake Oroville
Chris Megerian, Bettina Boxall, Melanie Mason, Laura J. Nelson @
Officials frantically worked Monday to siphon water from brimming Lake Oroville, channeling thousands of gallons per minute down a damaged drainage chute.

Trump's Gift To Teachers: Students' Political Curiosity
Donald Trump, K 12 Education, Politics, Trump Administration

Donald Trump Is The Bad Guy In The First Tv Ad Of Los Angeles' Congressional Race
Update on 'Essential Politics: State lawmakers urged to take more control over climate program, Pelosi says Trump should fire national ...

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

California Legislator Introduces Bill To Push Back School Start Times | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Trump promises education overhaul in meeting with DeVos, teachers

President Trump said he is committed to expanding access to charter schools, and school choice, during a meeting with teachers and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Feb. 14 at the White House.

Senate Confirms Mnuchin For Treasury - Politico
The Senate on Monday night confirmed Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary in a 53-47 vote, filling a crucial gap in President Donald Trump's economic team.