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THE Nooner for February 15, 2017

It's noon. It's time for a break. Here's what people are reading on aroundthecapitol.com today:

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Hemorrhoids And Nickelback Are More Popular Than Congress, Schwarzenegger Says In Call For Redistricting Reform
Seema Mehta @
latimes.com
Update on 'Essential Politics: Brown plays down any chance of Trump punishing California, Schwarzenegger calls for national redistricti...

Gender Pay Gap Prompted New Hiring Rules, Raises In Ca Senate | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Trump Team, Russian Agents Reportedly In Contact During Campaign - San Francisco Chronicle
Michael S. Schmidt, Mark Mazzetti and Matt Apuzzo @
sfchronicle.com
WASHINGTON — Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former U.S. officials.

Nunes And Schiff Both Call For Investigations Into The Flynn Scandal, Just Different Kinds
Sarah D. Wire @
latimes.com
Update on 'Essential Politics: Brown plays down any chance of Trump punishing California, Schwarzenegger calls for national redistricti...

Federal Government Grants Wilton Tribe Control Of Land For Elk Grove Casino | The Sacramento Bee
Richard Chang @
sacbee.com
By Richard Chang

Audio: La, State Politicians Mull Responses To Obamacare Repeal | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
scpr.org
California lawmakers are discussing how they will respond to a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and Los Angeles County is poised to offer its own suggestions for how to deal with a cut in federal health care dollars.

Tom Perez's Democratic National Committee Campaign Claims 180 Of 224 Needed Votes - Politico
politico.com
The onetime cabinet secretary is set to announce the mark in an email to DNC members on Tuesday afternoon, fewer than two weeks before the election.

California Cap-and-trade Auction In February Will Test Market | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
Observations on California and its politics

Colorado Governor Says California Faces Challenges In Legalizing Pot
Patrick McGreevy @
latimes.com
Update on 'Essential Politics: Brown plays down any chance of Trump punishing California, Schwarzenegger calls for national redistricti...

SF 1st stop for exhibition of Lawrence Halprin photos
sfgate.com
An exhibition of contemporary photographs that trace the 60-year career of legendary Bay Area landscape architect Lawrence Halprin will go on a national tour — with San Francisco as the first stop. “The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin” will open May 24 at the Palace of Fine Arts, with 56 photographs of 30 projects that include private homes along with such enduring destinations as Ghirardelli Square, Levi’s Plaza and Sea Ranch along the Sonoma County coast. “Our goal is to inspire viewers about the artistry of the landscape architect,” said Charles Birnbaum, president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, which organized the exhibition and commissioned the photographs. The Palace of Fine Arts setting is appropriate — it is downhill from one of the Marin resident’s final major projects, the tumbling spill of lawns and waterways that enfolds George Lucas’ Letterman Digital Arts Center on the east edge of the Presidio. After the exhibition closes on Sept. 4, it will visit several other cities, though those stops have not yet been announced.

Mcconnell: We Won't Ignore Russia's Election Meddling - Politico
politico.com
"We are going to look at Russian involvement in the U.S. election. It's a significant issue," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. | M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO

San Diego To Fight Trump's Refugee Travel Ban - The San Diego Union-tribune
Gary Warth @
sandiegouniontribune.com
The closed-session vote was prefaced by a morning of testimony from a broad section of the community who asked council members to join the brief. Dozens spoke in support of joining, and two spoke against it. Many rallied outside City Hall in favor of the brief.

Homeless Man Wins Harassment Settlement From San Diego Police
Jeff McDonald @
latimes.com
The city of San Diego has agreed to pay $15,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a homeless man who accused police of harassment and improper arrests.

FBI Says Russian Hackers Used High-school Students Identities To Create Fake Businesses | The Sacramento Bee
Andy Furillo @
sacbee.com
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Sheriff 'actively Working' To Get Oroville Evacuees Back In Homes, But No Timetable
latimes.com
Update on 'Live updates: Frantic fight to lower Lake Oroville water level before new storms hit'

Trump, Asked About Anti-semitism, Brags About Election Victory - Politico
politico.com
President Donald Trump, during a joint news conference Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, bragged about his electoral college victory in the 2016 election when asked a question about an increase in anti-Semitic incidents since Trump's political rise.

Roadway Update: Highway 50 Remains Closed; Westbound I-80 Traffic Redcued To One Lane At Highway 20 | The Sacramento Bee
sacbee.com
Bee Metro Staff

Oroville Dam Crisis: How We Got To This Point, And Could It Have Been Prevented?
latimes.com
Update on 'Live updates: Frantic fight to lower Lake Oroville water level before new storms hit'

Sf Educators Still Waiting For Promised Teacher Housing - San Francisco Chronicle
sfchronicle.com
Hilary Elfman is the kind of teacher San Francisco Unified School District needs to keep, but the odds of that happening decrease every time the special-education teacher surfs the Internet looking for housing she can afford.

Oroville Dam Brings California's $65 Billion Infrastructure Annual Price Tag Into View
mercurynews.com
Shock over the emergency evacuation downriver from the Oroville Dam has given way to serious questions about how California is coping with aging infrastructure -- which the American Society of Civil Engineers says would cost the state a staggering $65 billion per year to fix and maintain after years of neglect.