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THE Nooner for February 22, 2017



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Well, the flooding happened, although it was in San Jose. Nooner prayers/gatha are out to all those affected.

Speaking of gatha, the Spring Food Festival at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento is coming up, and the deadline to order is next Monday. Lovingly homemade food for a good cause. As I have written before, this is the second oldest Buddhist Church in America and whose most recently retired reverend is chaplain of the California State Aseembly.





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If Republicans In Washington Scrap The Estate Tax, One California State Lawmaker Wants To Bring It Back
John Myers @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Democrats in Congress hear from ICE, California lawmakers consider making election day a paid state holi...

Issa Releases Proposed Legislation To Repeal, Replace Obamacare | Kpbs
City News Service @
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, Tuesday released an initial draft of proposed legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Healthcare Act, as demonstrators on both sides rallied outside his North County office.

Georgia Tech Dean Is Chosen To Replace UC Davis Chancellor Who Resigned Under Cloud
Teresa Watanabe @
A Georgia Tech dean is named new UC Davis chancellor, replacing Linda Katehi, who was forced out after conflict-of-inflict controversies.

Auburn Water Conference Refunds Spark Controversy | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

State Fears Trump Will Topple Health Care Gains Under Obamacare - San Francisco Chronicle
Member services representative Nancy Chen helps a customer with their coverage at the Asian Health Services offices on the final day of open enrollment for Covered California, the state's health insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, in Oakland, CA on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

California Lawmakers Say New State Agency Rules Do Little To Guarantee Family Visits For Jail Inmates
Jazmine Ulloa @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Lawmaker says California needs an estate tax if the federal version is scrapped, Sanders thanks supporte...

Crowd Urges Peters To Hold Ground Against President - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @

Mayor Darrell Steinberg Unveils Plan For $20 Million In Public And Private Funds To Bolster Housing For Homeless Through Federal Vouchers | The Sacramento Bee
Anita Chabria @
By Anita Chabria

Retailers And Law Enforcement Officials Want Lawmakers To Up Penalties For Repeated Theft On Businesses
Jazmine Ulloa @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Lawmaker says California needs an estate tax if the federal version is scrapped, Sanders thanks supporte...

City Council Candidate Ben Gould Cleared By Fair Campaign Practices Commission | The Daily Californian
The Fair Campaign Practices Commission, or FCPC, voted Thursday to not pursue an additional investigation into a complaint filed by the campus Progressive Student Association alleging that City Council candidate Ben Gould demonstrated unfair campaign practices.

After Trump Travel Ban, Immigrants Seek To Naturalize | The Sacramento Bee
Andres Dorantes has long been content with the green card that lets him live in the U.S. and work as a tattoo artist in Los Angeles.

California's Travel Ban Against Anti-lgbt States Is Keeping Athletes From Games And Students From Conferences
Teresa Watanabe, Rosanna Xia @
A new law that bars the use of state funds for travel to anti-LGBT states is hitting UC and Cal State student researchers and athletes.

Lake Oroville Level Continues To Drop As Rain Falls | The Sacramento Bee
Phillip Reese @
By Phillip Reese

Constituents are laying into GOP lawmakers across the country

Americans are flocking to Republican legislators' town hall meetings with questions about health care, immigration and more.

Killing With Kindness, Gop's Mcclintock Faces Down Hostile Questioners As Town Hall Goes Into Overtime
Mark Z. Barabak @
Update on 'Trump's new immigration directives: stricter enforcement and more deportations'

Us Shutting Down Dakota Access Oil Pipeline Protest Camp | The Sacramento Bee
The Army Corps of Engineers' plan to close a Dakota Access pipeline protest camp that's been around for more than six months isn't likely to be the demise of on-the-ground opposition in North Dakota.

Issa Appears At Morning Rallies, Addressing Supporters, Critics - The San Diego Union-tribune
J. Harry Jones @
Telling supporters and protesters gathered outside his Vista office that calm and civil discourse is what America needs now more than ever, Congressman Darrell Issa spent nearly 90 minutes Tuesday morning answering a wide range of questions about the controversial policies of President Donald Trump.