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THE Nooner for March 1, 2017





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  • President Trump received pretty positive reviews for his speech before the joint session of Congress last night. Although, questions abound as to whether it can last. Our friend John Myers at the LAT writes it up.
  • California attorney general Xavier Becerra either skipped or wasn't invited to a meeting of the nation's attorney generals at The White House, reports Patrick McGreevy at the LAT.



  • Now that Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León has been identified as half-Chinese, he has joined the Asian-Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, reports Christopher Cadelago in The Bee. de León's policy director is my longtime college and law school friend Lisa Chin.
  • The LAT's Melanie Mason profiles Senate Budget Chair Holly Mitchell
  • After losing his bid for CA44, Isadore Hall III has found a soft landing at the California Agricultural Relations Board, courtesy of Governor Jerry Brown. writes Angela Hart for The Bee.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Paul Hefner, Mike Magee, and Rodney Wilson!



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Jesse Jacksonâ
The 75-year-old reverend and leader of the civil rights movement by and large kept a straight face as President Trump softened his tone and promised to follow through on a number of proposals: removing two federal regulations for every one added, overhauling the Affordable Care Act and cracking down on undocumented immigrants. To Jackson, watching inside the Hamilton Families shelter on Golden Gate Avenue in the Tenderloin — which provides families with medium-term housing and other resources — Trump’s remarks were mostly more of the same. Speaking over the cries of a handful of children, crunching a foot over the crumbs of dropped snacks and abandoned juice boxes, Jackson repeatedly denounced the president’s proposal to increase military spending by $54 billion and cut funding from other federal programs to pay for it. “Well, it was full of loaded one-liners but I still didn’t (hear) a plan to finance affordable health care, a plan to reduce the cost of public education, a plan to build affordable housing and a plan to lift up the poor,” said Jackson, a Baptist minister and two-time candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 1980s, who was a driving force of the civil rights movement and worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. During the speech, as more than a dozen people clustered inside a children’s play room at the center, a resident and mother of three, Yolunda Reed, 36, said she was more struck by what Trump didn’t say than what he did. Ashley Moten, 29, said Trump’s promise to bring “law and order” to the border could help cut down on drugs, crime and gangs. [...] she took some solace in Trump’s calls to increase infrastructure spending and add more jobs in the process. Jeff Kositsky, the former executive director of Hamilton Families and the current director of San Francisco’s Department of Homelessness, said at the center that Trump “talked a lot about tax cuts,” but not enough about fixing the “broken” housing market.

Five Initiative Ballot Plan Is A Failed Strategy, I Should Know :: Fox&hounds
I was co-chair of four ballot measures on the 2005 special election ballot that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger supported and all four went down to defeat. I am not the only one who had a negative experience trying to manage multiple ballot measures. Then state Attorney General John Van de Kamp, when he was running for the Democratic nomination for governor in 1990, sponsored three ballot measures. All lost.

La County Sues State, Saying 1 Million Voters Harmed By Redistricting Law | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Los Angeles County is suing over a new law it says discriminates against more than 1 million voters.

University Of California: New Revelations Show Widespread Sexual Misconduct Across The State | The Sacramento Bee
The University of California disciplined more than 100 employees for sexual misconduct, about a quarter of them faculty members, at campuses across the state in the nearly three years before a scandal blew up at UC Berkeley, according to documents released Tuesday after a public records request from the Bay Area News Group.

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra Misses Photo Op With President Trump
Patrick McGreevy @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Trump provides excitement for California Republicans, elections officials digging into campaign reports ...

Graham: Require 2020 Candidates To Release Tax Returns - Politico
Sen. Lindsey Graham floated the idea for a law to require all presidential hopefuls to release their tax returns. | Getty

Donald Trump Creates New Political Activists In California | The Sacramento Bee
Angela Hart @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

This State Bill Seeks To Capture The Scope Of Untested Rape Kits In California
Jazmine Ulloa @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Trump provides excitement for California Republicans, elections officials digging into campaign reports ...

Bay Area political events: Berniecrats gather, Trump fans march
Bay Area political events: Berniecrats gather, Trump fans march Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. Rights workshop: A free panel and discussion by Bay Area lawyers and activists on rights of immigrant communities. The workshop is from 6 to 9 p.m. at Berkeley City College, 2050 Center St., first-floor auditorium. Trump opposition meeting: An afternoon of workshops and training on various actions that protesters can take to oppose President Trump’s agenda. Civic Center Park, 2151 Martin Luther King Jr. To denounce an incident in Kansas last week in which a man allegedly shot two natives of India and a third man after telling the Indian men to “get out of my country.” 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. Women’s Demonstration: A gathering to promote women’s rights on the day of the women’s strike. Standing Rock march: A march and rally calling for President Trump to meet with tribal leaders before continuing work on the Dakota Access Pipeline. Members of the tech community are expected to rally on Pi Day in protest of President Trump.

University Of California: Details Emerging On 100 Sexual Harassment Cases Systemwide
Newly released records show for the first time how widespread sexual harassment complaints were across the UC system's 10 campuses and which schools had the biggest problems.

UC Riverside Ranks Among Nation's Best In Promoting African American Student Success, Study Finds
Teresa Watanabe @
Update on 'Essential Education: Union president reelected'

Democratic Politicians Oppose Trump, But Ignore Californians' Rights | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Is Feinstein Too Rational And Centered For The Age Of Trump? - San Francisco Chronicle
Throughout her life, Dianne Feinstein has always been the responsible one. The oldest of three daughters, she learned the ways of leadership by protecting herself and her younger sisters from their unstable mother, who was prone to demonic rages. Her mother, Betty, once chased young Dianne around the dining room with a knife.

Oscars' 'gary From Chicago' Finished A 20-year Stint In Prison Just Before Meeting Hollywood's A-list
"Gary From Chicago," the most prominent of Jimmy Kimmel's Oscars tourists, just did 20 years in prison. Then he was hanging out with Denzel Washington.

Newly Hired UC Davis Chancellor Gary May Earning $350,000 On Outside Boards | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert @
By Diana Lambert

Issa Votes Down Request To Justice Department To Turn Over Trump Investigation Documents - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @

The Real Goal Of Trump's Executive Orders: Reduce The Number Of Immigrants In The U.s.
Brian Bennett @
President Trump has launched the most dramatic effort in decades to reduce the foreign-born population of the U.S. and set in motion what could become a generational shift in its ethnic makeup.

Health Care Is Front and Center in Democratsâ
Democratic leaders are determined to make health care the centerpiece of their attacks against Republicans leading into next year’s midterm elections

Trump's Speech Fails To Sway Immigration Advocates In L.A.
Andrea Castillo @
When Trump mentioned in his second sentence that Tuesday marked the conclusion of Black History Month and that work remains to be done, some viewers at the center brought their hands to their temples in exasperation and giggled.