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THE Nooner for February 19, 2017



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Happy Sunday! Should have some dry hours here before the next "atmospheric river" arrives.

75 years ago today, President FD Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, sending over 100,000 Japanese Americans to internment camps, the majority of whom were U.S. citizens and Californians. A very dark day in American history. Lots of people lost property, even while the 442nd Regiment of Japanese Americans fought in the European theatre in WWII.

I'm proud to be represented by Congresswoman Doris Matsui, who was born in the very hot Poston War Relocation Center on the Colorado Indian Reservation near Yuma, Arizona, the second largest "camp" aside from Tule Lake, CA with 17,184 internees. #NeverAgain 


  • It's 2pm EST, and POTUS hasn't tweeted yet. He last tweeted about heading to his rally in Melbourne, Florida yesterday. I was hoping we would get a tweet about the anniversary of the unfortunate Executive Order 9066 by now.
  • Reince Priebus got the morning show duty this morning, criticizing the use of anonymous sources in the media. Those in this game know that the strategy is always used both offensively and defensively by executive administrations at the federal and state level.
  • John McCain suggested that POTUS's attack on the media parallels how "dictators get started," reports Greg Hadley for McClatchy.


  • Marcos Breton writes in the Bee that California's Latino leaders are unprepared to go to war with Donald Trump over immigration.
  • Dan Walters writes about the troubling decline in law school enrollments and bar passage rates amid dysfunction at the State Bar. While we all can joke about the goal of having fewer lawyers, this is a big issue. Combined with the Legal Services Corporation on the federal chopping block, there is a huge threat to having lawyers willing to take low-paying cases, which is absolutely essential in our judicial system.

    Fortunately, UC Davis's King Hall is doing well on nearly every metric. Good work, Dean Johnson , faculty and other staff!

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jason Teramoto!




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Oroville Dam: Crews Continue Repairs, Water Releases Likely To Decrease | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
By Dale Kasler

Releasing Water At Oroville Dam A Lingering Problem - San Francisco Chronicle
Even before Lake Oroville reached a crisis point last weekend when it swelled to its brim and saw both of its spillways badly damaged, operators of the nation’s tallest dam were concerned about “drawdown capacity” — their ability to make adequate downstream releases of water at the reservoir.

Trump Reverts To Campaigning A Month Into His Term. This Time, His Opponent Is The Media
Michael A. Memoli @
President Trump held a campaign rally Saturday in Florida less than a month after taking office, likely the earliest reelection bid ever by a sitting president.

New California Bills Take Aim At Bar Closing Times, Painkiller Prescriptions And Concealed Guns At Schools
new legislation, bills, california, health care, 2017, guns, health care, bail, tuition,

Political Memo: With Coverage in Peril and Obama Gone, Health Lawâ
As lawmakers hear an outcry from supporters of the Affordable Care Act, there is no longer a clamor for dismantling it, Republicans say.

Bay Area political events: Day of remembrance, anti-Trump rallies
Bay Area political events: Political events Rallies, protests and town hall events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. Groups in San Francisco and San Jose are holding a day of remembrance marking the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the incarceration of Japanese Americans in internment camps in World War II. 2 p.m. at AMC Kabuki 8 Cinemas, 1881 Post St., San Francisco; 5:30 p.m. at San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 N. Fifth St. Anti-Trump rallies: “Not My President” rallies in San Francisco, at noon in Justin Herman Plaza; at 10 a.m. outside San Jose City Hall at 200 E. Santa Clara St.; and at 4:30 p.m. on the sidewalk of the 300 block of El Camino Real in San Mateo. Anti-Trump, pro-immigration rally: A call to reject mass deportations. Hosted by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Diablo Valley College cafeteria, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. Meet and greet for women and members of women’s organizations working to elect progressive, pro-abortion-rights women to office. Hosted by Democratic Activists for Women Now, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2302 Zanker Road, San Jose. Activists organizing to resist the Trump administration will hold a general meeting from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut St., Berkeley. Hosted by Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, on how to shape the 2018 election, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Crowne Plaza Cabana, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

Another Crisis Flares Up In California's Massive Legal System | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Trump Attack May Reopen Debate On Splitting Ninth Circuit In Sf - San Francisco Chronicle
President Trump has turned his wrath on the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, charging that the court that blocked his travel ban is “in chaos” and “frankly, in turmoil.”

Santa Clara County: Anderson Reservoir Spills Over
The development is significant because state and federal regulators have directed the Santa Clara Valley Water District to cap storage at 68 percent, or 61,810 acre-feet of water, to avoid a catastrophic flood in the event a major earthquake causes the dam there to fail.

Anti-trump Activists Rally In Support Of Immigrants - The San Diego Union-tribune
Lori Weisberg @
To survive in a difficult environment, different breweries have adopted different strategies

Oroville Dam: Residents Preparing To Evacuate Again If New California Storm Damages Spillway | The Sacramento Bee
Around Oroville, some of the skepticism is a residue of the chaos and confusion of last weekend, when the message from public officials seemed to change every few hours.

Graham: A Free Press And Judiciary 'worth Fighting And Dying For' - Politico
Graham, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, pushed back against any notion that the United States is inching towards a dictatorship under President Donald Trump.

Democratic Member Quits Election Commission, Setting Up Political Fight
Ann M. Ravel of the Federal Election Commission believes a stalemate among the panel’s members offers little hope of curbing campaign finance abuses.

Trump To Interview Candidates For National Security Adviser Sunday - Politico
It is unclear whether President Donald Trump will speak to the candidates in person or over the phone. | Getty

Dam Disaster Revealed A Lack Of Heart At The Top - San Francisco Chronicle
As nearly 200,000 Northern Californians abandoned their homes last week in the face of potentially devastating floodwaters, as they fought through paralyzing traffic past shuttered gas stations and boarded-up storefronts seeking shelter at sold-out motels and overwhelmed relief centers, their governor had a message for them.

Dhs Memo Orders Wide Expansion Of Who Can Be Deported | Mcclatchy Dc
Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has issued new orders to agency heads that considerably expand the number of immigrants who can be detained and deported under new executive orders President Donald Trump signed last month.

Coastal Commission: Environmentalists Celebrate Choice For Executive Director
Coastal Commission, Environment

Thousands Rally For Immigrant Rights In Downtown Los Angeles
Emily Alpert Reyes, Andrea Castillo @
David Abud, one of the organizers of the march, said the coalition of activists is demanding that city and county officials refuse to invest any resources in immigration enforcement.

A Long-Running Scandal and a Senate Pick Stir Corruption Questions in Alabama
When Gov. Robert J. Bentley appointed Luther Strange to the United States Senate, he picked a man overseeing an investigation into corruption in state government.