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THE Nooner for February 26, 2017



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Happy OSCAR's Sunday. It's like Super Bowl Sunday...all day coverage for a three-hour event that starts at 5:30. And, like the Super Bowl, few of us know the players (nominees). We will see how Jimmy Kimmel does. I don't think he'll be tumbling down the stairs like James Corden did at the Grammy awards. It's a tough job to be emcee, but somebody's got to do it.

We'll be super quick today, as I need to watch 10 hours of Oscars coverage. 



  • Muhammad Ali's son, Muhammad Ali Jr. was detained (with his mom Khalilah Camacho Ali) at the Florida Hollywood International Airport because of the suspicion that they were undocumented Muslims.




  • Dan Walters writes in the Bee about the challenge local governments are facing with increasing pension costs following CALmatters's Judy Lin's article earlier this month. In particular, 3% (times years of service) of final salary at the age of 50 for public safety employees is proving increasingly hard to handle.


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Allison Gallagher and Josh Richman and my wonderful Mom, who isn't on the Internet.


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Political Road Map: If You Think It's Time To Rein In Money In Politics, Look To Sacramento Or To California's Voters
John Myers @
State, not federal, officials are the ones who must change the game on money in politics. That's the conclusion of the Californian who resigned last week from the Federal Election Commission.

California Local Governments, Schools Feel Big Pension Squeeze | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

After Being Removed From State Senate Floor, Orange County Legislator Becomes Folk Hero Of The California GOP Convention
Update on 'Essential Politics: California Republicans gather for their state convention in Sacramento'

Devin Nunes Calls On California GOP To Use Ballot Measures | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Developers Of Affordable Housing In California Are On Pins And Needles Over Trump's Tax Plan
Liam Dillon @
Uncertainty over the president's tax reform proposal has led investors in California's primary low-income housing program to stay away. The result is multimillion funding gaps for many projects

Trump Taking His Reality Show To Floor Of Congress - San Francisco Chronicle
President Trump’s speech to senators and House members Tuesday night isn’t technically a State of the Union address — it’s being billed as a speech to a joint session of Congress. That’s probably appropriate, because it’s likely to be more about the state of Donald Trump than the state of the rest of us.

Incumbent Gil Cedillo Faces A Challenge In Contest For His L.A. City Council Seat
Seema Mehta @
Incumbent L.A. City Councilman Gil Cedillo faces a challenge in the first council district.

Valley's Trump Voters Have Praise For President | Fresno Bee
Barbara Anderson @
Breaking news, insight on the Valley's political movers and shakers

Darrell Issa | The Sacramento Bee
Angela Hart @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Nunes Rejects GOP Calls For Special Prosecutor Into Russian Ties - San Francisco Chronicle
SACRAMENTO — Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, rejected calls from his fellow Republican for a special prosecutor to investigate purported ties between Russia and members of President Trump’s administration and campaign.

Transgender California GOP Delegate Says The Trump Administration Will Protect The Lgbtq Community
Phil Willon @
Update on 'Essential Politics: California Republicans gather for their state convention in Sacramento'

Officer Who Discharged Gun During Anaheim Scuffle With Teenager Was In Fear For His Life, His Lawyer Says - The Orange County Register
A lawyer for the Los Angeles Police Department officer who discharged a gun while in a scuffle with teenagers in Anaheim earlier this week said Friday that his client feared for his and his sick father's safety during the incident and still does because of the subsequent protests.

Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez Named Democratic Party Leader
Evan Halper @
Update on 'Democrats pick liberal stalwart Tom Perez to lead the party'

Perez Dismisses Trump's Claim That Dnc Race Was Rigged - Politico
Perez was the favorite of many allies of former President Barack Obama, including former Vice President Joe Biden, but Hillary Clinton did not make an endorsement in the race.

Bay Area political events: Berniecrats and Board of Supervisors
Bay Area political events: Political events Rallies, protests and town hall events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. 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.” The event is from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. at the San Francisco Public Library Park Branch, 1833 Page St. Hosted by Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, on how to shape the 2018 election, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the 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.

Sonoma County Law Enforcement Chiefs Detail Immigration Policies | The Press Democrat
nick rahaim @

Faulconer Has Sought More Than $1 Million In Donations For Local Causes - The San Diego Union-tribune
Jeff McDonald @
City-owned land sold, left vacant amid affordable housing crisis

Teacher Owes Trump, He Says, For Students’ New Interest In Politics
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Pelosi Dismisses Trump's First Month, Saying He's 'done Nothing' - Politico
Trump has signed a series of executive actions since coming into office and held meetings with various groups of business leaders, and the White House says it is working on its healthcare and tax reform plans. Still, Pelosi was largely dismissive of his accomplishments on Sunday.

Trump Needs To Stop Terrifying Immigrant Families And Consider The Real Cost Of Mass Deportations
Steve Lopez @
L.A. Archbishop Gomez says Trump "needs to get to know these people" and get to work on humane immigration reform