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THE Nooner for March 6, 2017








  • Well, we have a new travel restrictions proposal, and there will likely be a legal challenge in the next 24 hours. The new proposal takes Iraq off this list after heavy lobbying by the country that is a key ally to the U.S. in its fight against ISIS, and identifies that the remaining six countries by their political chaos and visa procceses (although these is done by U.S. embassy officials). Additionally, the language about protecting "religious minorities" in the target countries (read Christians) has been softened, and green card (LPR) holders are no longer included in the ban.

    Of course, none of the countries home to the 2001 hijackers still have not been added. Read: oil and POTUS didn't help that the person that the administration put forward to announce the new ban was Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State and former Exxon-Mobil CEO. This will likely be part of the ACLU et. al legal challenge to the revised order. The AG and DHS secretaries also spoke, but no questions were taken. The roll-out was done much more carefully.

    Interestingly, the signing was not covered by a press pool, but rather a still by the WH photographer. Thus, no questions and no holding up the signed order as have been done with so many others in the early days of 45.
  • The administration was disappointed in a new CNN/ORS poll that found that his approval ratings didn't increase following his widely acclaimed speech to the joint session of Congress last Tuesday, likely because of the stories about ties to Russia by many close to him eclipsed the speech. Was this a fault of the media or vetting? I'm guessing we have Noonerific people that fall on both sides of this.
  • SCOTUS sent the transgender bathroom case back to the federal district court judge to reconsider the constitutionality of the requirement of gender identity for use of school bathrooms in light of recent guidances by the feds.
  • The Bee's Tony Bizjak writes that California's transit officials are heading for lobby days in DC to ensure that their federal funding is not cut under the Trump budget. While POTUS has called for massive increases in infrastructure funding (which has subsequently been scaled back), the real concern among transit officials is ongoing funding. Bumpy roads are okay for drivers (have you watched those cool seats?), paying for those drivers and equipment is a bigger challenge.

    Not to dismiss infrastructure. I've sent several requests here in to 311 about a traffic light that has been given a 180-degree traffic light turn around (signalling the other side creating a huge hazard) at 9th/T that I still am not sure it has been fixed). 




  • We have to start this week as a reminder as to why we are "The Golden State." It has nothing to do with gold. It was because the earliest (future non-native and residual) explorers arrived during fall and saw the color of the hills. We've had way to much "golden" in recent years, but that seems that will change with this very went winter.
  • The California political focus today is on LA LA Land. Not the movie, but rather this munis tomorrow. I'll put out what I expect tomorrow as I want to have minimal influence on races, but there is actually literally literal care around. But, that is nothing in the sunbound region. I grew up (literally) diagraming sentences in the Los Angeles Times, but rarely remember them about Tom Bradley vs. Dianne Feinstein. for U.S. Senate in 1986. Anyway, thank you Ms. Fujiyami for your education guides. I hope you are still with us. Namu Amid Butsu. Namu Amid Butsu. Namu Amid Butsu. Namu Amid Butsu.
  • Generally speaking, incumbents should be fine, but mayor Eric Garcetti is likely to be faced with a runoff.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Robert Baird, Melissa Hurtado, Jean Ross, and Assemblymember Miguel Santiago!


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  • Voices For Progress, a new innovative, progressive grassTOPS advocacy organization seeks California Policy Manager. Develop advocacy priorities and strategies for members (philanthropists, business leaders, campaign donors) to weigh in on issues including: climate change, economic inequality, campaign finance reform, voting, immigration, and healthcare. Minimum 3 years (more preferred) of experience working on California State public policy, either in the government or nongovernmental organizations. Details here.

  • President & CEO Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
    The President/CEO will craft and implement strategic vision for public policy and electoral efforts. Location: Sacramento
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  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West, Gov’t Relations Coordinator (Sacramento). CA healthcare union seeks strategic, progressive candidate to develop and implement legislation on behalf of our members. Excellent salary and benefits. For more info or to apply go to:

  • Capitol Weekly/Open California is hosting an event on a Carbon Free California on March 8 at the Masonic Lodge, with a keynote by Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board. [Information and Registration]

  • Free Tuition for California Students to the UC, CSU and Community College Systems Is Possible Today

    A new policy paper demonstrates that it is entirely possible today to provide the same accessible, low-cost university experience that California successfully offered its students from the 1960s through the 1990s.

    The report demonstrates that we can revive the California Master Plan for Higher Education—eliminating tuition, restoring state per student funding, and providing seats for all students— would only cost the median California household $48 per year.

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Political Road Map: Surprisingly, Talk In Sacramento Could Return To A Firm Cap On State Spending
John Myers @
California lawmakers sparred mightily for years over the wisdom of a firm, legal limit on budget spending. Now the idea of a "spending cap" may be sneaking back into the spotlight.

California Transit Officials Worry About Bus And Train Funding In Upcoming Trump Budget | The Sacramento Bee
Tony Bizjak @
Tony Bizjak writes about traffic and travel in the Sacramento region

GOP To Introduce Health Care Replacement This Week
Republicans will introduce their much-awaited bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this week, a senior House Republican aide told NBC News.

La County Voters To Decide On Quarter-cent Sales Tax To Fund Homeless Programs
Today's high

A Proposed California License Plate Is A Subtle Nod To Abortion Rights And To A Slain Hero
Robin Abcarian @
State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson has proposed a "Trust Women" license plate to generate money for reproductive services

Thousands Of Detained Immigrants Say They Were Forced To Work For $1 A Day Or Less | The Sacramento Bee
Kristine Phillips @
By Kristine Phillips

FBI Director Asks Justice Department To Publicly Rebut Trump's Wiretap Claim
Laura King, Del Quentin Wilber @
White House demands that Congress investigate President Trump's unsubstantiated allegation that President Obama wiretapped his office during the 2016 campaign.

Santa Clara University Rejects Students' Decision, Ok's Conservative Turning Point Group
Santa Clara University rejects students' decision, OK's conservative Turning Point group.

California Won't Meet Its Climate Change Goals Without A Lot More Housing Density In Its Cities
Liam Dillon @
Essential Politics

GOP Leaders Offer Obamacare Concession To Win Over Far-right - Politico
In a concession to win over conservatives resistant to their Obamacare replacement plan, House Republican leaders are proposing to curb who would qualify for tax credits to purchase health insurance.

Sessions insists new travel ban is 'lawful'

Attorney General Jeff Sessions outlined President Trump's new travel ban, calling it 'lawful,' during a news conference on March 6 at the Department of Homeland Security.

Where The California Congressional Resistance Can Go From Here
Sarah D. Wire @
The resistance will largely be televised, as Democrats in Congress use public perception of Republicans and Trump as a bludgeon.

Constituents Give GOP Reps An Earful About Obamacare - Nbc News
Angry constituents confronted Republican lawmakers at separate town halls in California and Florida, fearful of the GOP promise to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care law without a comprehensive alternative.

The 'goat Man Of Chino' Says Business Is Booming, Thanks To All The Rain - The Orange County Register
Ranchito Tivo Boer Goats

Honduran Boy, 14, Wins U.S. Asylum But Remains In Jail - San Francisco Chronicle
A boy who made his way alone across the U.S. border last year to escape extreme domestic abuse in Honduras has been locked up in a Northern California juvenile hall for nearly a year, even though he has no criminal record and has been granted asylum.

White House, Still Offering No Evidence, Demands Probe Of Whether Obama Abused Executive Power
Laura King @
Update on 'White House, offering no evidence, demands investigation of Obama'

White House budget director Mulvaney: I'm getting president to 'look at' entitlement reform

Mick Mulvaney, a budget hawk elected to Congress in the tea party wave, came to OMB with ideas about entitlement spending that diverged widely from Trump's.

White House Aides Defend Trump's Wiretapping Claim | The Sacramento Bee
White House officials on Monday defended President Donald Trump's explosive claim that Barack Obama tapped Trump's telephones during last year's election, although they won't say where that information came from and left open the possibility that it isn't true.