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Argh...server woes continue. I might have to start over with a new one. Easier said than done. I've been using this one (hosted at an IBM center) for like ten years.

Tonight, President Trump takes the Speaker's Rostrum for his first speech to a joint session of Congress. Of course, everyone wants to know--was it La La Land or Moonlight? #FAKENEWS #FAKEOSCARS 

Seriously, the story keeps changing. Warren Beatty said that he opened the envelope for Best Actress Emma Stone and saw "La La Land." However, that award had already been given out. So, unless they make duplicates of the envelopes, that explanation doesn't hold muster.



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Los Angeles County Sues State To Block Redistricting Law | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Republican Lawmakers Blast Removal Of State Senator From The Floor, Call For Full Investigation
Jazmine Ulloa @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Trump provides excitement for California Republicans, elections officials digging into campaign reports ...

California Senate Leader Takes Responsibility For Nguyen's Ouster | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

How Los Angeles Sen. Holly Mitchell Went From The Legislature's 'moral Compass' To A Top Budget Crafter
Melanie Mason @
State Sen. Holly Mitchell found a niche pushing fellow Democrats to do more for the poor. Will her new dream job as budget chair undercut what got her there?

California's Water Managers Have Performed Well In Storm Crisis | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

The Political Time Bomb At The Heart Of Republican Obamacare Alternatives: Higher Costs For More Americans
Noam N. Levey @
Most GOP healthcare plans would shift more costs to patients, the very problem that Republican politicians have accused Obamacare of feeding.

Comparing California Road-funding Proposals | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

On The Other Side Of The Wall: Mexicans On The Border Are 'psychologically Traumatized'
Patrick J. McDonnell @
As President Trump prepares to crack down on immigration and deport thousands, Mexicans on the border are preparing for life to get a lot harder. Some say they won't even try to cross.

Lawyer: Justice Department To No Longer Contest Texas’ Voter Id Law - Politico
Danielle Lang, of the Washington-based Campaign Legal Center, said the Justice Department informed plaintiffs in the case that it will be filing documents to formally drop its opposition to the Texas law. She called the decision an "extraordinary disappointment."

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Ca Lawmakers Press Ice On Southern California Immigrant Arrests | The Sacramento Bee
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Judge deals setback to SF police union in fight over use-of-force policy
A San Francisco judge on Monday turned back an effort by the city’s police union to go to arbitration over a new use-of-force policy that bars officers from shooting at moving vehicles and using a neck hold on suspects known as the carotid restraint. By denying the motion by the Police Officers Association, Superior Court Judge Newton Lam is allowing the department to continue rolling out the new policy, which was written in the wake of a series of controversial police shootings and passed by the Police Commission in December. Union officials sued the day before the vote, asserting that the commission violated officers’ collective bargaining rights by going forward with the policy without their consent. Lam ruled that under case law — established after the San Jose police union sued that city over a change in use-of-force policy — such policy shifts do not fall under the union’s right to meet and confer with city officials over any changes to working conditions. The Police Commission reopened the policy for the first time in decades in December 2015, after the fatal shooting of Mario Woods in the Bayview neighborhood was caught on video, sparking public outrage and a push for police reform. The union says officers’ safety will be compromised by the restrictions, while police commissioners noted that using the carotid restraint and shooting at moving vehicles were not considered best practices by experts with the U.S. Department of Justice’s community policing division and President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

Oroville Dam: Spillway Flows Stopped As Work Begins On Feather River Debris Piles | The Sacramento Bee
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By Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler

Complications Multiply For GOP On Health Overhaul - San Francisco Chronicle
WASHINGTON — President Trump declared Monday that “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.” Yet the opposite has long been painfully obvious for top congressional Republicans, who face mounting pressure to scrap the law even as problems grow longer and knottier.

Officials Temporarily Shut Off Water Flow At Damaged Oroville Dam In A Race Against Mother Nature
Joseph Serna @
Engineers will end the outflow for Oroville Reservoir on Monday to assess damage to the spillway.

Community Colleges Fear Drop In Aid Applications From California Undocumented Students | The Sacramento Bee
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By Loretta Kalb

Lax Breaks Ground On A $1.6-billion Midfield Terminal That Will Add 12 Gates For Aircraft
Dan Weikel @
Marking another milestone in the massive renovation of Los Angeles International Airport, city officials broke ground Monday on a $1.6 billion midfield passenger terminal.

Trump Concedes Health Law Overhaul Is â
The president suggested that the struggle to replace the Affordable Care Act was creating a legislative logjam, potentially stalling other parts of his agenda.