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THE Nooner for March 3, 2017





Happy Friday! You made it!



  • Senator Kamala Harris joins thee attorney gdeneral fray, calling on Jeff Sessions to resign. Meanwhile, Michael A. Memoli and David Bennett look at how Sessions came to have such influence in the Times.




  • The LAT's Phill Willon and Sarah D. Wire write:

    "By day’s end, [Jeff] Sessions had indeed recused himself from investigations into the presidential election won by his boss, Republican President Trump. But California’s 14 Congressional Republicans, half of whom are facing potentially tight battles to keep their seats in 2018, remained split — or noticeably silent — on what to do about Sessions."

  • The Legislatve Analyst's Office has released a report that Governor Brown's budget proposal fails to count $22 billion towrd the state's spending limit, writes Joel Fox in Fox and Hounds.
  • Dan Walters writes that high speed rail project may be doomed due to cap-and-trade not bring in expected revenue. 

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman and Ilisa Gold!



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California Bullet Train Project Suffers Two Big Financial Setbacks | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Political events in the Bay Area: Trump rally, peace gathering
Political events in the Bay Area: Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. An afternoon of workshops and training on various actions that protesters can take to oppose President Trump’s agenda. 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.” Meeting on gun violence: A new member meeting hosted by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. The meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at a private residence. 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. For International Women’s Day, join women’s advocates to speak about women’s rights and “the disparate challenges women still face.” The event is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the World Affairs Auditorium, 312 Sutter St., Suite 200, San Francisco. Discussion on executive orders: UC Berkeley law professors will discuss the scope of the president’s authority on executive orders, such as one calling for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. Hosted by the Lamorinda Democratic Club, the discussion will focus on local effects and actions. Standing Rock march: A march and rally calling for President Trump to meet with tribal leaders before continuing work on the Dakota Access Pipeline. Postcard party: A campaign to send 1 million postcards to President Trump on issues including, women’s rights, religious freedom, immigration and economic security. RSVP to the Postcard Party at Booksmith event page on Facebook. Members of the tech community are expected to rally on Pi Day in protest of President Trump.

Essential Politics: State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra To Open Washington Office, Cap-and-trade Auction Revenue Results Are Revealed
Essential Politics: State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra to open Washington office, cap-and-trade auction revenue results are revealed March 2, 2017, 4:20 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: California Atty....

Search Warrants Served At Home Of Former Stockton Mayor, Kids Club | The Sacramento Bee
Cathy Locke @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Audio: Sacramento Moves To Block Immigration Officials From Student Data | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
As federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents ramp up arrests of residents who are in this country illegally, California lawmakers are taking steps they hope will prevent that agency from accessing student records that could help agents deport people.

State Workers Wasted Thousands Of Taxpayer Dollars On The Job, Auditor's Report Finds
Patrick McGreevy @
Update on 'Essential Politics: State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra to open Washington office, cap-and-trade auction revenue results are rev...

More California Texts, Emails Are Public Records, Court Says | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago and Ryan Lillis @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Kamala Harris And Nancy Pelosi Are Calling For Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions To Resign
Sarah D. Wire @
Update on 'Essential Politics: State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra to open Washington office, cap-and-trade auction revenue results are rev...

San Diego Judge Poised To Approve $1 Million Settlement In Border Death Case - The San Diego Union-tribune
Kristina Davis @
 <h1>Sessions recuses himself from any investigation related to presidential campaign</h1>

Bill Would Open Address Program To Human Trafficking Victims | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Gov. Jerry Brown's Definition Of California's Limit On State Spending Could Be Flawed, Analysts Say
John Myers @
Update on 'Essential Politics: State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra to open Washington office, cap-and-trade auction revenue results are rev...

Sacramento County Sheriff's Officials Asks For Public Help In Solving Break-in And Vandalism At A Sacramento School For Disabled Adults | The Sacramento Bee
Loretta Kalb @
By Loretta Kalb

Hardly Anyone Running For Office In La Election :: Fox&hounds
The situation brings to mind the old question: What if they gave an election and no one came? Unfortunately, close to that result is a prospect for the Los Angeles city election coming Tuesday. I talked to a Los Angeles City insider and a local political reporter this week and both questioned whether turnout for the election would top 10-percent. Four years ago, the election saw a 21-percent turnout but there was a contested mayoral race.

Undocumented Immigrants In The U.S. Contribute Billions In Taxes, Report Finds

Trump's White House Honing Its Damage Control - Politico
The White House initially was caught flat-footed by reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had two meetings with the Russian ambassador during the campaign, something he specifically denied under oath during his confirmation hearings.

State Kept Secret Guidelines On Safe Cell Phone Use - San Francisco Chronicle
SACRAMENTO — For years, state health officials kept secret a set of guidelines meant to inform the public about the risks associated with cell phone use and the best practices to avoid potential harm.