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THE Nooner for March 8, 2017





Happy Humpday! It's a beautiful day here at Nooner global headquarters. We're supposed to be in the 70s starting tomorrow.

Thank you to all who offered condolences about the loss of my stepmom. 

LA-LA LAND: Well, I got that one way wrong. On Monday, I predicted that Eric Garcetti would face a run-off in his re-election campaign for mayor. Ha! He is currently at 80.87% of the vote. All other incumbents also won. The sales tax increase to tackle homelessness narrowly won (it required 2/3s), while the anti-development measure was soundly defeated. Joel Fox writes that "The Establishment wins."

GOV: Santa Fe venture capitalist John Cox announced that he is running for governor next year. Cox, a Republican, is also the sponsor of the "Neighborhood Legislatures Act," which would divide each of the 120 state legislative districts into 100 neighborhood districts.

CA04 (Foothills): The Bee's Marcos Breton looks at the interaction between Congressman Tom McClintock (R) and his conservative district, far from here he calls home. Also in the Bee, Anita Chabria reports on a McClintock town hall in which he tells a DREAMer who was brought to the U.S. as a 5-year-old to go back to El Salvador instead of relying on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program issued under President Obama.

CA21 (Kings): Congressman David Valadao (R-Hanford) has skipped the town hall format and instead is having one-on-one meetings with constituents. The LAT's Phil Willon looks at how that is working out.

CA34 (Los Angeles): The LAT's Christine Mai-Duc and Maloy Moore look at the fundraising among candidates for the April 4 special election to fill the vacancy created by Xavier Becerra's appointment as attorney general. Many of the 23 candidates hadn't announced before the December 31 filing deadline. Obviously, Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez leads the pack.

CA49 (Carlsbad): Environmental attorney Mike Levin (D) has entered the race to challenge Darrell Issa in what is a key target for the DCCC.

CAP-AND-TRADE: California's cap-and-trade program, sold as a huge revenue producer for the state while also controlling greenhouse gasses, is in trouble because of failed auctions and an ongoing lawsuit, writes Alexei Koseff in the Bee's AM Alert. The law expires in 2020 unless extended and it appears to have an uphill battle.

GUN LIMITS: The LAT's Patrick McGreevy reports on Anthony Portantino's bill to limit the purchase of long guns to one per month, the same limit that currently applies to handguns.

TWIN TUNNELS: In Capitol Weekly, Chuck McFadden provides an update on the challenges facing Jerry Brown's plan to build tunnels to convey water under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta for farms and cities to the south.

REPEAL AND REPLACE? Jerry Brown joined the bipartisan chorus of governors who expressed concern and questions with the GOP leadership's plan to replace Obamacare, which was unveiled yesterday. The plan appears dead, with four GOP senators already saying that they oppose it. The plan replaces the federal subsidies that lower the cost of health premiums with refundable tax credits, eliminates the individual mandate, among other changes. The OCR's Courtney Perkes reports that opponents of the GOP plan rallied outside of Mimi Walters's office yesterday calling on her to oppose the plan.

VOTING: The Bee's Alexei Koseff writes up the proposed constitutional amendment by Assemblymember Evan Low to lower the voting age in California from 18 to 17.





#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Tara McGee!


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  • The LegiSchool Project invites all Sacramento-area high school Juniors and Seniors to apply to our 5 week Real World Civics Summer Internship! This opportunity educates high school students about the 3 branches of government. Students receive hands-on training while working in legislative offices and the executive branch. Students also participate in a week long introduction to the Judicial branch, where they get involved in California’s court system first-hand. Interns will also have the opportunity to participate in field trips to the Sacramento State Career Center, the California State Archives, the CHP Academy, and much more! For more details, as well as how to apply, please visit our website.


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Political events in the Bay Area: womenâ
Political events in the Bay Area: women’s rallies, climate change Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. Gatherings to promote women’s rights on International Women’s Day, coinciding with calls for a one-day women’s strike. There will be an International Women’s Strike rally from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at UC Berkeley’s Lower Sproul Plaza, near Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way. Women’s rights rallies are also scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. at San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., and in Santa Cruz from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St. The UC Gill Tract Farm in Berkeley is hosting a volunteer opportunity for women striking to support a community project that supplies food pantries. For people interested in running for local government and how to get involved without running for office. 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. 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. International Women’s Day party: A celebration hosted by the Friends of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women and the Young Women’s Christian Association of San Francisco and Marin County. The party is from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include speakers from the Global Fund for Women and U.S. National Committee for U.N. Women. Health care discussion: A conversation about single-payer health care proposals and a proposed state law, SB562, which would establish a single-payer plan in California. The event starts at 1 p.m. at the Community Health and Wellness Center, Room 103, 50 Phelan Ave., San Francisco. 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, March 14, 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. Sierra Club leader Arthur Feinstein leads a discussion on local and statewide environmental issues.

Californians Could Begin Voting At Age 17 Under A New Proposal In The Legislature
John Myers @
Update on 'Essential Politics: California's climate goals rely on more housing on less land, lawmakers propose lowering the voting age ...

CalPERS May Cut Pensions For Socal Workers | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Stanislaus County Opens New Criminal Detention Center With Mental Health And Rehabilitation Space
Jazmine Ulloa @
Update on 'Essential Politics: California's climate goals rely on more housing on less land, lawmakers propose lowering the voting age ...

California Gov. Jerry Brown Says Too Soon To Talk Obamacare | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Sca 1: A Warranty On Government Promises :: Fox&hounds
California legislators can prove they believe their own promises if they pass Senate Constitutional Amendment 1 guaranteeing taxpayers would not be liable if the Secure Choice retirement plan for private workers has financial troubles.

President Trump's health-care plan probably would make health care pricier for core Trump voters

Older, poorer white Americans backed Trump. They may soon pay more for health care.

Lawmaker Wants To Limit Californians To Buying No More Than One Gun A Month
Patrick McGreevy @
Update on 'Essential Politics: Orange County community wants state Senate leader to apologize, post-drought politics in this week's pod...

Seeking racial equity, Oakland overhauls its cannabis laws
After nearly a year of disputes and delays in City Hall over a controversial set of cannabis ordinances, greener pastures may finally be ahead for Oakland. The City Council voted at midnight Tuesday to overhaul its first-in-the-nation laws passed in May that were meant to help the people hurt by the war on drugs get into the burgeoning cannabis industry — a form of reparations to groups whose marijuana use was heavily policed in recent decades. While some thought the laws didn’t go far enough in promoting racial equity or too narrowly defined who could qualify for the program, others said the regulations were overreaching and would all but paralyze the market before it could even get rolling. The Tuesday vote came after three hours of public comment and on-the-fly drafting and recrafting of legislation on the council dais, much of which was summarily shot down by Councilwoman Desley Brooks, the architect of the original equity program. Before Tuesday’s revisions, the laws included a provision that reserved half the city’s medical cannabis permits for residents who were jailed on marijuana convictions in Oakland within the past decade, or who had lived for at least two years within six police beats in East Oakland where pot arrests were concentrated in 2013. The first still reserves half of the licenses for equity applicants and will end once an assistance program — funded by expected cannabis business tax revenue — reaches $3 million. Some worried that longtime Oakland businesses, whose owners aren’t considered equity applicants, won’t be able to get their operating permits ahead of Jan. 1, the deadline by which businesses must have a local license or be operating in good standing with a city in order to continue operating under new state regulations. “We have great disparities between more well off and less well off operators — those that, especially in the cannabis industry, can’t get a traditional loan from a bank, can’t get traditional business advice, (compared to) those that have mom and dad offering a loan to help start your business (who) haven’t been arrested and convicted of a cannabis offense,” said Greg Minor, assistant city administrator, who worked on the report.

Measure H Rebounds From Early Deficit, Reaches Two-thirds Majority
Doug Smith @
Los Angeles County voters were voting Tuesday on a quarter-cent sales tax hike that is expected to raise $3.5 billion over 10 years to fund homelessness efforts.

Conway: We Guarantee The Gop's Obamacare Repeal Bill Will Pass - Politico
"The president is confident that the American Health Care Act will pass the House and the Senate and will become the law," Kellyanne Conway says. | Getty

Sacramento Police Will Have Body Cameras On All 750 Patrol Officers By September 2017 | The Sacramento Bee
Anita Chabria and Nashelly Chavez @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Price Tag Of Homelessness In Orange County Is Nearly $300 Million, Uci Study Finds - The Orange County Register
Orange County would save $42 million a year in health care, law enforcement and other expenses by placing people who chronically live on the streets into housing, according to a first-ever countywide study of the costs of homelessness.

Poll: Majority Say Sessions Lied Under Oath And Should Resign - Politico
Sessions and officials from the administration of President Donald Trump have argued that the attorney general did not lie in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee because he was being questioned only about his activities as a campaign surrogate for Trump and not as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

In New York, Obama Takes Aim At Inequality In Education - The New York Times

La Voters Trickle To The Polls On Election Day
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Protesters Show Up Outside Garcetti's Election-night Party, Demanding He 'stand Up To Trump'
Dakota Smith and Matt Pearce @
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Obamacare Repeal Seen As Weakening Mental Health Protections - Politico
The Medicaid aspects of Obamacare repeal are prompting concern from four Republican senators who are concerned about the prospect of reduced access to mental health and addiction services. | Getty

Ryan speaks on American Health Care Act

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) remarked on the American Health Care Act on Tuesday, saying it's "been a long time coming."