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THE Nooner for March 5, 2017





Good morning and happy rainy Sunday to you. At this rate, the ski resorts willl be able to be open all year. 

If you like psychological thrillers, see "Get Out." Great crowd at Natomas Regal last night. 

The state picked up 9,700 jobs in January, with the unemployment rate dropping to 5.1% (-0.1%). Of the eleven industry sectors measured, seven were up, while construction;  mining and logging; trade, transportation and utilies; and travel and leisure had net job reductions. The January weather likely can account for many of these declines. 

Among the counties, Colusa had the highest unemployment rate in January at 23.6%, while Imperial was 19.6%. Santa Clara came in at 2.9%, and Marin and San Francisco were at 3.2%. (not seaonally adjusted).



  • President Trump is expected to sign a revised executive order on travel restrictions today.
  • The political debate yesterday was focused on whether the series of POTUS tweets accusing Obama of wire-tapping Trump Toweer was a real bellief that it happened that way or was really just a diversion to capure the news cycle. The week's news cycle started out great with Tuesday's speech to Congress, but quickly moved back to allegations of Russian meddling in the campaign. 
  • Kyle Cheney writes in the SDUT "Congressional Republicans were flummoxed Sunday by President Donald Trump and his White House’s continued assertions – provided without evidence – that President Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign
  • Meanwhile, while the continuing resolution expires April 28, it's possible that the debt ceiling will need to be increased as early as next week. If that's the case, the question is whether Congress would tackle both at the same time. That could build up deep political differences just as they are trying to seek consensus on what to replace the Affordable Care Act and whether they will have the votes. There are real challenges with both the Freedom Caucus-styled members as well as moderates.




  • CD04 (Roseville/Foothills): The Bee's Anita Chabria writes that incumbent Tom McClintock (R) held another rowdy town hall yewterday at a high school in El Dorado Hills. A whopping 1,700 people showed.
  • CA25 (Santa Clarita): Incumbent congressman Steve Knight (R) was also subject to protesters yesterday, albit less rowdy, at a town hall meeting, reports Javier Panzar for the LAT. LA Sheriff's deputies escorted him to his car.
  • SD34 (Central/Coastal OC): Vietnamese community leaders joined Senate Republicans in calling for an apology from Senate Democrats for the expulsion frrom the chamber of Janet Nguyen who was giving a critical eulogy of Tom Hayden, citing her family's experience and Hayden's strong oppositiion to the war as a student activist, writes Christine Mai-Duc for the LAT.
  • The Bee's Phillip Reese looks at the migration stats of California, in which lower wage workers are leaving the state, but from an economic sense, the incomers have higher incomes or are destined for higher paying jobs. 


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Bay Area political events: International Womenâ
Bay Area political events: Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. 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. 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. Discussion on climate change: 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. Members of the tech community are expected to rally on Pi Day in protest of President Trump. Call for secure elections: A meet-up with the San Francisco Elections Commission, 6 p.m. at City Hall, Room 408, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place.

Faced With Unprecedented $150 Million Deficit, UC Berkeley Paid Bay Area Firm $306,000 To Handle Pr | The Sacramento Bee
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By Sam Stanton and Diana Lambert

For Gavin Newsom, Political Landscape Is Shifting - San Francisco Chronicle
After his exhilarating and larger-than-life star turn in the hit movie “La La Land,” many thought Gavin Newsom was treated unfairly at the Academy Awards last weekend by not being given an Oscar for his performance.

Afghan Family With Visas Detained By Immigration Officials In Los Angeles; Attorneys Seek Their Release
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Attorneys filed a habeas petition in federal court asking for the release of an afghan family who had been detained at LAX by immigration officials.

Storms Lead To Sewage Spills In Placerville And Sacramento Suburbs | The Sacramento Bee
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By Brad Branan

Hundreds Gather To Support, Protest Trump In Dueling San Diego Rallies - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Oakland: Report Finds Huge Turnover Among New Teachers
OAKLAND —  The Oakland Unified School District must do a better job supporting and retaining new teachers, according to a report by an educational advocacy group that found that nearly three-quarters of new teachers left the district within five years of being hired.

Trump Claims Obama Had Phones Wiretapped; Obama Denies It - Sfgate
Click through to see previous Trump Today items and updates on the president's actions so far.

Trump Explores New Highs, Lows In Just One Week - San Francisco Chronicle
It’s been another weird week for our presidential reality show.

Rather Than A Town Hall, Rep. David Valadao Will Hold One-on-one Meetings Monday | Fresno Bee
Breaking news, insight on the Valley's political movers and shakers

Even Toxics Control Successes Can Leave Affected Southern California Neighborhoods On Edge - The Orange County Register
With the region’s leading air-quality watchdog facing criticism over a string of high-profile releases of hazardous substances into Southern California neighborhoods, government regulators have eagerly pointed to what they consider an environmental enforcement success: hard-won progress in cleaning up a suburban metals-processing plant that for years emitted a potentially cancer-causing carcinogen also known as chromium-6.

Trump Fumes Over Sessions’ Recusal From Russia Probe - Politico
During a conversation with one associate on Friday, President Donald Trump expressed concern that Sessions recusing himself "made it seem like he'd done something wrong." | Getty

La County Health Chief Wants To ‘catch’ People Dropped From Coverage
Today's high

A True L.A. Hero: For People Dying On L.A. Streets, He Offers Help, And He Won't Take No For An Answer
There's a reason Anthony Ruffin can't give up on desperately ill homeless people

Schumer: 'the President Is In Trouble' - Politico
"If it's true, it's even worse for the president," Chuck Schumer said. | AP Photo

Driverless Trucks: Coming Soon To A Road Near You? - The Orange County Register
For decades, trucking has provided big-rig driver Frank Mora and his family a decent living. He doesn’t expect that will last forever.

Republican Rep. Steve Knight Met With Protesters And Boos During Raucous Town Hall In Palmdale
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Update on 'Essential Politics: State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra to open Washington office, cap-and-trade auction revenue results are rev...

Riverbanks Collapse After Oroville Dam Spillway Shut Off - San Francisco Chronicle
When state water officials scaled back their mass dumping of water from the damaged Oroville Dam this week, they knew the riverbed below would dry up enough to allow the removal of vast piles of debris from the fractured main spillway.

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Former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. on March 5 denied that President Trump’s 2016 campaign was wiretapped while senators of both parties weighed in on the allegations.

Latino Activists Pack Library To Learn Legalities Of Raids, Deportations
Today's high

Trump seeks congressional probe into 'politically motivated investigation' during 2016 campaign

The White House says it will not comment further until those investigations are complete.

Patience Gone, Koch-Backed Groups Will Pressure G.O.P. on Health Repeal
The effort to reawaken the grass-roots network reflects concern that lawmakers may buckle to pressure from constituents fearful of losing coverage.

White House Pushing For Obama Probe - Politico
Obama White House spokesman Josh Earnest insisted Sunday that any wiretaps authorized against Trump or his associates arose only from legal law enforcement authority.