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THE Nooner for February 20, 2017



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Happy Presidents Day! I hope you are staying high and dry today. In NorCal, the worst is set to come in this evening. Not much political news out there today... 

Well, Kings fans, Boogie Cousins is no more and the Kings didn't get much for him in the trade to New Orleans. Reportedly, Vlade is putting on his sneakers. 



  • In unforced errors, "Last night, in Sweden..." He just left out that he was watching FoxNews reporting on the last couple of years. WH staff, please take away his remote. It would be funny, but our nation's relations with the world and our own security are at risk.
  • A new travel ban is expected to be issued over the next few days. Green card holders won't be included and the religious scrutiny are expected to be removed, but the order will almost certainly challenged in court. The problem for the administration is that there's a paper trail of motive that opponents will use against the order.
  • The LAT's Javier Panzar covers last night's Bernie Sanders's book tour/rally in Los Angeles. “If we play by the old rules, we will lose and they will win. Our job is not to play by the old rules.”
  • As the congressional recess week takes place, protesters are going after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) on ObamaCare and immigration. McCarthy's district is heavily reliant on the health program, and the district's agriculture businesses are heavily reliant on immigrant workers, many of whom are undocumented. 


  • The PE's Jeff Horseman writes that California's influence in Washington has grown because of senior GOP legislators--particularly House Majority Leader McCarthy (R-Bakersfield). Speaking of, House Intel Chair Devin Nunes (R-Hanford) has asked for an investigation into the Trump Administration leaks.
  • The Chron's Katie Dowd looks at Northern California's failing infrastructure. Speaking of, Highway 1 near Big Sur is closed because of a failing bridge. This is scary folks. Dams, levees, bridges, roads, schools, colleges... I see a lot of political debate out there about who to blame for our infrastructure woes. We need a plan of action. We are #OneCalifornia.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Randy Economy and Rita Gallardo Good!




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Taking On Trump Puts Kamala Harris In Spotlight - San Francisco Chronicle
If nothing else, the election of President Trump has upped the profile of California’s new junior senator, Kamala Harris.

Californians Woefully Ignorant About How Their Tax Money Is Spent | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Does California Really Need More Dams? We're Running Out Of Places To Put Them
George Skelton @
Essential Politics

Mayor: San Diego Police Not Focused On Immigration Enforcement - Times Of San Diego
Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Sunday the San Diego Police Department‘s focus will be on enforcing local laws “rather than immigration issues.”

President Trump Is A 'world Class Narcissist,' But He's Not Mentally Ill, Says The Psychiatrist Who Helped Define Narcissism
Robin Abcarian @
Allen Frances is a renowned psychiatrist who says Donald Trump is a "world-class narcissist" but is not crazy, as some mental health professionals have speculated

Some Hear Echoes Of Japanese Internment In Trump's Immigration Plans - The San Diego Union-tribune
John Wilkens @
 <h1>Strong winds hit San Diego County ahead of rain</h1>

Bernie Sanders In Los Angeles: 'we Are Looking At A Totally New Political World'
Javier Panzar @
Bernie Sanders speaks at a sold-out event in Los Angeles.

Staffing, budget shortages put Indian Health Service at 'high risk'

The Indian Health Service will be exempt from President Trump's hiring freeze, but many problems remain for the agency.

Bay Area political events: anti-Trump rallies, town halls
Bay Area political events: anti-Trump rallies, town halls Political events in the Bay Area Rallies, protests and town hall events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. Anti-Trump rallies: “Not My President” rallies in Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco at noon, outside San Jose City Hall at 200 E. Santa Clara St. at 10 a.m., and on the sidewalk of the 300 block of El Camino Real in San Mateo at 4:30 p.m. 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. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, discusses how to shape the 2018 election, from 2 to 4 p.m. Crowne Plaza Cabana, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

Uber Opens Investigation After Former Engineer Alleges Sexual Harassment Cover-up | The Sacramento Bee
Greg Hadley @
By Greg Hadley

Party, Seniority And Expertise Help California’s Delegation Flex Political Muscle In Dc
Today's high

Two Dams Illustrate Challenge Of Maintaining Older Designs | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
In this 2010 file photo the auxiliary spillway, right, is under construction at Folsom Dam, in Folsom, Calif. Twelve years ago, widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast helped compel federal engineers to spend nearly $1 billion constructing the auxiliary spillway at Folsom Dam, scheduled to be completed in 2017. Rich Pedroncelli/AP

Single-payer Health Care Bill Introduced In California Senate | California Healthline
By Anna Gorman February 17, 2017

Nearly 5,000 Remain Without Power From Storm-related Outages, DWP Says
Matt Hamilton @
Nearly 5,000 customers remained without power on Sunday in Los Angeles, according to utility officials.

Trump's Wall Looms Over San Diego - The San Diego Union-tribune
Dan McSwain @
Surely a Wharton business grad, a mogul of reality TV and branding empire, knows all this.

Sweden: It's 'unclear To Us What President Trump Was Referring To'
Laura King @
Swedes take to Twitter to ridicule Trump over implied claim of terror strike

How Brown Would Reject Trump Nat’l Guard Plan « Calbuzz
While Brown has not spoken on the issue directly, at least three Republican governors, in Utah, Arkansas and Nevada, have objected to the suggestion that their National Guard troops should be used as a deportation force.

California's Democrats Are Trying To Harness A New Wave Of Progressive Energy
Sarah D. Wire @
California Democrats work to direct progressive outrage about Trump with an eye toward 2018.

Trump Blames Media For Allegedly Distorting Sweden's Immigration Issues - Politico
This tweet follows a social media dustup that started after Trump alluded to an unknown event in Sweden during a campaign stop in Melbourne, Florida on Saturday.