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THE Nooner for February 16, 2017



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  • President Trump yesterday lost his nominee for Secretary of Labor. Andy Puzder faced opposition from Democrats for his opposition to the minimum wage and conservative Republicans who took offense to the Carl's Jr. advertising campaign that sought to sell burgers with scantily clad women. For Kings fans, remember the Maloof's commercial? To think we would be thinking about that long after the Maloof's reign...
  • This morning, POTUS replaced the nomination of Puzder as Labor Secretary.
  • POTUS is meanwhile looking for a replacement candidate for national security adviser Michael Flynn.
  • POTUS got his pick for director of Office of Management and Budget today with Mick Mulvaney.


  • Thank you Speaker Anthony Rendon for saying you have had enough of talking about Donald Trump, with a specific challenge against DC over the state's "Secured Choice" retirement system for those without a private pension or 401(k) program.

  • Top Dems are totally confused as to whether or not the look at the US Senate seat held by DiFi will be available or not. She has plenty of remaining  remaining money and potential money, but is also 83 years old, beyond most senators' ages.
  • The Bee's Alexei Koseff reports that the State Senate gave raises of up to 10 percent to 71 employees to offset discrepencies between male and female employees.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Kathy Gaither!




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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

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California's Secretary Of State Vows To Spread The Word On Duties, Responsibilities Of Private Immigration Consultants
John Myers @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Brown plays down any chance of Trump punishing California, Schwarzenegger calls for national redistricti...

Rep. Issa's Constituents Call On Him To Attend Town Hall On Health Care | Kpbs
Alison St John @
Constituents in the 49th Congressional District have invited Rep. Darrell Issa to a town hall meeting focusing on health care next week.

Senate Panel Supports Confirmation Of Lori Ajax As California Pot Czar
Patrick McGreevy @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Brown plays down any chance of Trump punishing California, Schwarzenegger calls for national redistricti...

Ca Investigator Wins 5 Years Of Wages In Workplace Lawsuit | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

This Bill Would Bar The State From Compelling Landlords To Disclose Information On Their Tenants' Citizenship
Jazmine Ulloa @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Brown plays down any chance of Trump punishing California, Schwarzenegger calls for national redistricti...

California Politicians Speak To Newspaper Publishers | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Bart Wants To Ask Voters For Bridge Toll Hike - San Francisco Chronicle
Fresh from winning voter approval of a $3.5 billion bond measure, BART is looking at asking for another $1.5 billion as part of a bridge-toll increase that could go on Bay Area ballots as early as next year.

Jerry Brown Moves To Protect Retirement Program | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

San Francisco Firing Up A Marijuana Department - San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco would have its own independent department of marijuana under legislation headed to the Board of Supervisors.

Candidate Trump Loved Leaks. President Trump Is Not A Big Fan Of Them. | The Sacramento Bee
Michael Shear @
By Michael Shear

Rumors Of Immigration Raids, Checkpoints In San Diego Are Largely Unfounded | Kpbs
Jean Guerrero @
Rumors of increased immigration raids and checkpoints in San Diego County are causing widespread panic among immigrant communities, but officials and community leaders told KPBS that many of the reports are false.

Last Call At California Bars Could Be 4 A.m. Under Proposed Law
Jessica Roy @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Brown plays down any chance of Trump punishing California, Schwarzenegger calls for national redistricti...

Assemblywoman Solicited Donations For Charity Launched By Her Husband - The San Diego Union-tribune
Jeff McDonald @

Northern California Levees Straining Under Massive Water Flows | The Sacramento Bee
Ryan Sabalow, Ellen Garrison and Brad Branan @
By Ryan Sabalow, Ellen Garrison and Brad Branan

As Life Returns To Normal In Oroville, Some Reluctant To Go Home - San Francisco Chronicle
CHICO, Butte County — While thousands of Oroville evacuees continued rushing home Wednesday, hundreds of holdouts stuck around a Chico evacuation shelter — either too scared or too lost to return after the threat of disaster dissipated.

Crime Fell Across Sacramento In 2016, Especially In City's Toughest Council District | The Sacramento Bee
Phillip Reese and Richard Chang @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

The Oroville Dam And The Fight For Infrastructure Funding :: Fox&hounds
Might a pending disaster of the Oroville Dam spillway collapse move the legislature to a compromise on infrastructure funding? One of the criticisms that has arisen since the threat of a water deluge is that the dam and spillways were not maintained properly even when warnings about the structure were raised more than a decade ago. A disaster or near disaster could focus the legislature to resolve differences and create a package for infrastructure improvements.

Watch President Trump criticize Obama for campaigning again and again

During the 2016 election, president Trump repeatedly criticized President Obama for campaigning for Hillary Clinton.