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THE Nooner for February 21, 2017



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Happy Tuesday! It's a beautiful morning in Sacramento. Employers with empty offices because of "sick" employees might find them up in Tahoe, where 64" of snow has fallen over the last seven days (at Sugar Bowl). Meanwhile, the Kings's Willie Cauley-Stein has until Thursday to condition himself for being the starting center as the rebuilding campaign begins.

The air has been sucked out of California politics because the drama scene in Washington. From who I've been talking to, California lawmakers have been happy with the shift of focus--both state and federal lawmakers. In the CA, they just want time to develop their sea-legs and are happy to have the falsely reported CNN "breaking news" repeat every hour. (Yeah, I saw the same interview/story two hours ago.)



  • POTUS visited the National African American Museum this morning. I need to get me there.
  • Controversial pick to head the EPA Scott Pruitt showed up to work today, with a fair amount of skepticism by the agency's career employees. Lots of healing to be done within the agency that he sued more than a dozen times as Oklahoma's AG.


  • Paul Mitchell dives into the 2016 California election results for Capitol Weekly with the amazing data resources of Political Data Inc.:

    One question that many have had about the registration surge was whether the pre-primary registrants — especially those who might have been registering to vote for Bernie Sanders — would hang on and vote in the general election.  The data suggests that, yes, they did continue to participate, and their registration rate was 80%, much higher than the average Californian, and reaching the 83-87% high of Political Data’s “likely voter” universes.

  • The Bee's Christopher Cadelago looks at what shaped Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, who is legally Kevin Alexander Leon

    It describes his father, Andres Leon, as a 40-year-old cook whose race was Chinese and whose birthplace was Guatemala. De León’s mother, Carmen Osorio, was also born in Guatemala, the document states. She was 26 when he was born.

It's a fascinating read and so appropriate in the current political climate.  We have so many bi-national Californians who identify with both sides of the border, and lots of very successful people raised without a father. And, the fact that he is bi-racial also identifies with many other Californians--likely to be a majority before long.

  • Longtime staffer Alex Vassar, perhaps our best current historian on California politics, will be having a lunchtime discussion about his new book "California Lawmaker: the men and women of the California State Legislature" on March 2 at the California State Library, hosted by the USC Price School and CSUS Center for California Studies. Vassar arrived in SacTown as a Senate fellow in 2007 and has worked in both houses, as well as at the State Board of Equalization. Dude is constantly checking my facts and is always right. ;-)

    I just ordered my copy.


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Kevin De Leon Isn't The Name On His Birth Certificate | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

This Tiny California Town's Battle Over 'sanctuary City' Status Started Long Before Trump
Ruben Vives @
Long before President Trump promised to crack down on illegal immigration, Maywood's decision to declare itself a sanctuary city in 2006 made it a lightning rod in the national debate.

At Matsui Health Care Town Hall, A Lot Of Preaching To The Choir -
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Oroville Dam: More Erosion Of Main Spillway Expected | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

New Center Shows Surge In Demand For Children's Mental Health Services - The San Diego Union-tribune
Paul Sisson @
Getting a pediatric mental health appointment can take months. But at a new clinic in San Diego, families can walk right in and be seen five days a week.

Trump Considers Tax Credit To Channel Public Money To Private Schools - Politico
Critics on the right worry such a plan would increase the federal role in education and pressure states to standardize state tax credit programs. | AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson

Kate Harrison Hopes To Bring Global Experience To Berkeley Local Government | The Daily Californian
After winning the mayoral election, Jesse Arreguin encouraged Harrison to run for the District 4 council seat he previously held.

University Of Pennsylvania Articles, Photos, And Videos - San Diego Union Tribune

Costa Mesa Council To Review Proposed City Employee Contract With Pay Raises And Lower Pension Contributions - The Orange County Register
COSTA MESA The City Council will discuss a proposed contract Tuesday that would give some city employees pay raises while slashing the amount they contribute toward their pensions.

Northern California Flooding Begins As Rivers Swell | The Sacramento Bee
Phillip Reese and Adam Ashton @
By Phillip Reese and Adam Ashton

Damage To Oroville's Main Spillway 'was An Accident Waiting To Happen'
Ralph Vartabedian @
The badly damaged spillway at Oroville Dam was pounded, thrashed and scoured by massive stormwaters, but its failures occurred well short of the maximum flow that engineers had designed it for.

Don Pedro Spillway Opens, Could Nearly Triple Tuolumne River Flow In Next Few Days | The Sacramento Bee
Deke Farrow @
By Deke Farrow

Russia's Ambassador To U.n. Dies Suddenly After Falling Ill In New York City
Associated Press @
Russian officials say its ambassador to the United Nations has died suddenly in New York City. Vitaly Churkin was 64.

Reservoirs Feeding Lake Oroville Are Filled To Brink As More Rain Rolls In | The Sacramento Bee
Jane Braxton Little @
By Jane Braxton Little

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

Orphan Drugs Offer Hope For Treating Rare Diseases, Despite High Price Tags | The Sacramento Bee
Claudia Buck @
By Claudia Buck

Milo Yiannopoulos Speech, Book Deal Canceled - San Francisco Chronicle
Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has been disinvited to this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference after his attempt to clarify past comments on relationships between boys and older men fell flat with organizers. Hours later, his publisher canceled his book “Dangerous,” which had been scheduled to come out in June.

A Court Is Blocking L.A. County Sheriff From Handing Over A List Of 300 Problem Deputies
Maya Lau @
Sheriff Jim McDonnell wants to send the names to prosecutors, who can decide whether to add them to an internal database that tracks problem officers in case the information needs to be disclosed to defendants in criminal trials.  

‘not My President’s Day’ March Draws Hundreds To Downtown La To Denounce Trump
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San Diego Unified Proposal Would Eliminate Hundreds Of Positions, Reduce Work Year To Balance Budget | Kpbs
Megan Burks @
The San Diego Unified School Board is scheduled Tuesday to hear the first reading of a plan to cut $124 million from the district's budget.

Robots Poised To Take Over Wide Range Of Military Jobs - The San Diego Union-tribune
Carl Prine @
Congress has approved a bill calling for research of space-based missile defense systems, while leading scientists dismiss the idea as fantasy.

Why Oakland Halted Police Crackdown On Potential Ghost Ships - San Francisco Chronicle
Nobody’s saying exactly why Oakland’s assistant police chief sent out an email directing officers to “immediately” begin reporting parties without permits and illegally converted warehouses to their superiors — only to have City Administrator Sabrina Landreth rescind the order hours later.