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THE Nooner for February 25, 2017

 

 

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THE FIRST 100 DAYS

  • Following President Trump's speech at CPAC that largely criticized media, press secretary Sean Spicer cancelled the televised press briefing andreplaced it with an invite only on-the-record but not televised press gaggle in his office. The White House Correspondents Association is up in arms, because CNN, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the BBC, and Politico were not invited. Upon finding that out, AP, Time, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today boycotted the gaggle. Meanwhile, Breitbart got the invite...
  • This was right after POTUS stated at CPAC "And I love the First Amendment; nobody loves it better than me. Nobody."
  • The DNC today votes for a new party chair, and the 447 members of the committee are deeply divided. The leading candidates are former labor secretary Tom Perez and Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN). Ellison is the favorite of more liberal members, while Perez has the buoy of being from the Obama administration. Ellison has said that he would resign from Congress in the aftermath of the Debbie Wasserman-Schultz debacle. It's the Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton fight revived. South Bend, Indiana "Mayor Pete" surprised everyone by using his nomination to speech to announce he was dropping out. The youngest of the candidates and a rising star did not endorse another candidate.
  • As of this writing, Tom Perez was 1/2 a vote from capturing the chairmanship. Only the DNC could have a process in which there is a half-vote. The American territories receive half votes. Remember that whole Constitutional thing of slaves being 3/5ths of a person?
  • Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Carlsbad) last night told Bill Maher on "Real Time" that he supports an independent investigation of Russian influence on the 2016 election, a big step for the chair of the House Oversight Committee, which generally prefers to maintain dominance over such investigations, rather than deferring to the Dept. of Justice. Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Hanford) of the House Intelligence Committee says "we got this." Nunes is safe next year, but Issa is in a vulnerable district.

 


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  • AURAL PLEASURE: The latest California Politics Podcast is out with John Myers (LAT), Melanie Mason (LAT), and Marisa Lagos (KQED).
  • Governor Jerry Brown is prepared to spend $437 million on flood control following the woes of the last couple of months, report Christopher Cadelago and Jim Miller in the Bee. The dough comes from General Fund ($50m) and voter-approved bond funds ($387m). Reportedly, the fixes to the Oroville Dam's spillways will cost $200 million. 
  • Protesters from Indivisible infiltrated the PPIC luncheon yesterday in SF with Senator Dianne Feinstein, demanding that she host a town hall meeting. Her response was to allow the protesters to continue asking challenging questions, putting moderator PPIC CEO Mark Baldassare in a tough position. [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee]
  • As the California GOP meets this weekend at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, some believe they have a path to take back Democratic legislative seats in 2018, writes Taryn Luna in The Bee. The strategy is to ride Trump coattails, although if you talk to many Republican leaders, they're not generally happy with POTUS's rhetoric and policy proposals. However, the expulsion from the chamber of Senator Janet Nguyen is a great talking point.  Many senior Democrats in the upper chamber are embarrassed about the handling of the situation, when Nguyen was speaking in Vietnamese and English about deceased senator Tom Hayden's opposition to the Vietnam War.

 

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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Gov. Jerry Brown Proposes Speeding Up Water And Flood-protection Projects After The Winter's Big Storms
John Myers @
latimes.com
Update on 'Essential Politics: California Republicans gather for their state convention in Sacramento'

Kevin Mccarthy Displays His Clout, For Good And Ill | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @
sacbee.com
Editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer

Brown to redirect millions for flood-control measures at dams
sfgate.com
While California’s dam safety program is considered the strongest in the country, recent storms and the failure of spillways at the Oroville Dam have prompted officials to look more closely at the state’s aging infrastructure. The state has nearly $50 billion in unmet flood-management infrastructure spending, which could include everything from levee and dam maintenance to preparing for potential sea level rise. Brown said he would work with the legislature on solutions, including potential changes to Proposition 218, which requires voter approval of increases in local taxes, assessments and some user fees. Brown also announced plans to require all state-regulated dam owners to develop so-called Emergency Action Plans, which include maps of areas expected to be inundated by flooding, procedures for warning downstream residents and other information crucial to reducing potential death and destruction following a breach. A 2016 report by the Association of State Dam Safety Officials found that while California had the leading dam safety program in the country, internal emergency response procedures were out of date and many staff members were “unaware of their specific responsibilities during and following an event.” The governor also pledged to improve dam inspections, directing the California Natural Resources Agency to conduct more detailed evaluations of secondary structures such as spillways, and to include geologic assessment and hydrological modeling in their examinations. “The event at Oroville, as well as others in the recent past, should give us pause,” said Martin McCann of Stanford’s National Performance of Dams Program, a research group dedicated to dam operations, safety and public policy. Along with enhancing dam inspections and emergency preparedness, Brown discussed widespread damage that strong storms have caused to California’s roads and bridges.

Dianne Feinstein Cofronted By Protesters Asking For Town Hall | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Issa Calls For Special Prosecutor On Russian Interference In Election - The San Diego Union-tribune
Ricky Young @
sandiegouniontribune.com
City-owned land sold, left vacant amid affordable housing crisis

Billionaire Tom Steyer Torches President Trump In Sonoma County Democrats Fundraiser | The Press Democrat
Guy Kovner @
pressdemocrat.com


SF library begins campaign to support unauthorized immigrants
sfgate.com
A cluster of animated figures on the sign — their skin tones black, brown, olive and white — read books, played the piano and held a camera. Weeks after President Trump threatened to cut funding to cities the limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities and San Francisco’s city attorney pushed back and sued, the library has launched a campaign to support unauthorized immigrants. “San Francisco is a city that serves as a progressive hub welcoming our immigrant communities, and as such, the San Francisco Public Library remains a sanctuary for many who seek refuge, comfort and a sense of community,” City Librarian Luis Herrera told staff, noting that 35 percent of its patrons were born outside of the United States. The yellow posters soon covered the walls of the library’s branches, considered community cornerstones where residents can bring tots to picture book readings, earn a high school diploma and research naturalization. The library already hosts citizenship classes and offers materials on English as a second language. [...] managers are scrambling to add legal workshops with pro bono lawyers and launch extra citizenship assistance programs. The Board of Supervisors will also soon decide whether to provide Public Defender Jeff Adachi with the money to hire more attorneys to defend detained immigrants facing deportation proceedings.

California Republicans Are Looking For A Comeback In 2018. Here's The Chairman's Game Plan For Getting There
latimes.com
Update on 'Essential Politics: California Republicans gather for their state convention in Sacramento'

California Doctors On Probation Should Inform Patients, Say Consumer Groups And State Lawmaker | The Sacramento Bee
Claudia Buck @
sacbee.com
By Claudia Buck

Fear Of Disruptions Prompts Heavy Security At California GOP Convention
Seema Mehta @
latimes.com
Update on 'Essential Politics: California Republicans gather for their state convention in Sacramento'

Bay Area political events: Empty chair town hall
sfgate.com
Bay Area political events: Political events Rallies, protests and town hall events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. Hosted by anti-Trump groups in the Bay Area to discuss concerns with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who will not be attending. 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. Residents are planning to attend the meeting to speak out against a Muslim registry and calling for the board to pass an ordinance divesting city funds from the Dakota Access Pipeline. Hosted by San Francisco “Berniecrats,” featuring a guest speech by Supervisor Jane Kim, to discuss how the grassroots organization can “fight for issues they care about.” 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. The organizers behind the Women’s March on Washington are calling for a general strike to show what a day without women would look like. Standing Rock march: A march and rally calling for President Trump to meet with tribal leaders before continuing work on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

At California’s GOP Convention, Delegates Embracing Trump – East Bay Times
eastbaytimes.com
SACRAMENTO — With a Republican in the White House but a state party marginalized in the state Capitol, the California GOP is in a tough, strange spot. Just one in four registered voters in California is a Republican, and the state voted 2-to-1 for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Political events in the Bay Area: town halls, protests
sfgate.com
Political events in the Bay Area: town halls, protests Political events Rallies, protests and town hall events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. Starts at 9 a.m. at Piner High School, 1700 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa. Town hall: “A Conversation About America” hosted by Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Cabrillo Unified School District, 530 Kelly Ave. in Half Moon Bay. Meeting in front of the Environmental Protection Agency’s regional offices in San Francisco to protest the new head of EPA and fight for “environmental justice,” from 1 to 3 p.m., 75 Hawthorne St. 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. Residents are planning to attend the meeting to speak out against a Muslim registry and calling for the board to pass an ordinance divesting city funds from the Dakota Access Pipeline. Hosted by San Francisco “Berniecrats,” featuring a guest speech by Supervisor Jane Kim, to discuss how the grassroots organization can “fight for issues they care about.” Hosted by Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, on how to shape the 2018 election, from 2 to 4 p.m. Crowne Plaza Cabana, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. The organizers behind the Women’s March on Washington are calling for a general strike to show what a day without women would look like. Standing Rock march: A march and rally calling for President Trump to meet with tribal leaders before continuing work on the Dakota Access Pipeline.