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THE Nooner for March 9, 2017





REPEAL AND REPLACE: Early this morning (4:30 a.m. EST), the House Ways and Means Committee approved the tax penalty repeal provision of Obamacarel, while Energy and Commerce passed the policy provisions nidday EST. Many members of the California GOP delegation in Congress aren't lovingly embracing the plan to replace, reports Sean Cockerham in the Bee. Meanwhile, insurance commish Dave Jones yesterday warned of the impact of the plan on Californians.

Meanwhile, the LAT's Melanie Mason writes that most California health plan individual participants would be ineligible for the tax credit, as the GOP bill bans the availability of the credit to plans that cover abortion.

After months of protests calling on him to hold a public event, Congressman Darrell Issa will hold two town halls on Saturday, writes Teri Figueroa in the SDUT.

TRAVEL BAN: Hawaii is the first state to make a legal challenge against the revised travel restrictions executive order, reports Jaweed Kaleem in the LAT. The order is scheduled to take effect March 16.

SANCTUARY CITIES: San Francisco has filed a legal challenge to President Trump's executive order threatening federal funding for santuary cities, writes the Chron's Emily Green.

CA25 (Santa Clarita-Antelope Valley): Democrat Katie Hill will challenge incumbent Steve Knight (R) in 2018, reports the LAT's Javier Panzar.. 

AD38 (Santa Clarita): Christy Smith (D) will seek a rematch with Assemblymember Dante Acosta (R) in 2018, also reports Panzar.

VOTER FRAUD? CALmatters's Laurel Rosenhall dives into the allegations of voter fraud in the Golden State:

The Secretary of State received 948 election-related complaints in 2016, according to its response to a CALmatters’ Public Records Act request. The office determined that more than half (525) did not merit criminal investigation. Of the remaining complaints, 140 are still being screened, 194 were non-criminal problems referred to local officials, and 89 triggered investigations by the Secretary of State.

SCOCAL: Justice Kathryn Werdergar yesterday announced her retirmement, effective August 31, reports John Myers in the LAT. Jerry Brown will thus get the opportunity to make another appointment to the court.

The MercNews's Larry Magid writes about a bill that would remove privacy protections from cell phones and online accounts from students and teachers.

GOVERNOR GARCETTI? After his overwhelming re-election victory Tuesday as mayor of Los Angeles, The Bee's Christopher Cadelago looks at what Eric Garcetti will do next. The Daily News's Elizabeth Chou looks at how his large victory could give him much more political clout.



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Political events in the Bay Area: Climate change, Standing Rock
Political events in the Bay Area: Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. 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 and day of action: A march and rally calling for President Trump to meet with tribal leaders before continuing work on the Dakota Access Pipeline. The event is from 5 to 9 p.m. outside the San Francisco Federal Building, 90 Seventh St. Protesters will gather at 1 p.m. outside the Shelterpoint Business Center, 591 Redwood Highway in Mill Valley to defend “our water, our land and our planet for future generations.” 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. To denounce an incident in Kansas 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.” 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, 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.

A State Single-payer Healthcare System? Nice Idea, But It's Just California Dreaming
George Skelton @
Some in state government have floated the idea that California could have its own single-payer healthcare system. Dream on.

Chp: 106 People Could Face Charges In June 2016 Violence At State Capitol | The Sacramento Bee
Cathy Locke @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

L.A. Voter Turnout Likely To Be Lowest Ever, Muddying Garcetti's Historic Reelection Win
Michael Finnegan, Ben Welsh @
The Los Angeles election on Tuesday likely set a record for low voter turnout in an L.A. mayor's race.

Jerry Brown Will Get Another Supreme Court Appointment | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Another Democrat Jumps Into The 2018 Race Against Republican Rep. Darrell Issa
Phil Willon @
Update on 'Essential Politics: California's climate goals rely on more housing on less land, lawmakers propose lowering the voting age ...

Sf Seeks To Freeze Executive Order On Cuts To Sanctuary Cities - San Francisco Chronicle
President Trump’s executive order to cut funding to sanctuary cities has injected huge uncertainty in San Francisco’s budget, City Attorney Dennis Herrera alleged Wednesday as he asked a federal judge to freeze the order until a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality is resolved.

The State's Housing Crisis Won't Be Solved Unless Californians Embrace New Home Building, Report Says
Liam Dillon @
Update on 'Essential Politics: California's climate goals rely on more housing on less land, lawmakers propose lowering the voting age ...

California Republicans Reluctant To Support Obamacare Repeal Bill | The Sacramento Bee
Sean Cockerham @
By Sean Cockerham

106 arrests sought after white-nationalist rally in Sacramento
More than 100 people could face charges relating to a bloody melee that broke out at the state Capitol last year when white-nationalist demonstrators were confronted by counterprotesters. The California Highway Patrol announced Wednesday that it had forwarded results from an eight-month investigation into the clash to the Sacramento County District Attorney and had found clear evidence of crimes ranging from unlawful assembly to assault with a deadly weapon. The violence stemmed from a June 26 demonstration that members of a group calling itself the Traditionalist Worker Party took out permits to hold in the west area of Capitol Park. The organization, which claims about 500 members nationwide, is a white nationalist, political group that formed early last year, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The California Highway Patrol’s new 2,000-page report, which includes hours of video footage, asks the district attorney’s office to consider 514 misdemeanor and 68 felony charges against 106 people.

How Gridlock Beat The Californian Who Tried To Fix Washington - San Francisco Chronicle
Four years ago, when President Barack Obama asked Ann Ravel to serve on the Federal Election Commission, she was seen as one of the last great hopes to save the agency that is supposed to root out the secretive “dark money” political contributions that can poison our politics.

What's At Stake As The GOP Moves To Slash Regulations? For Starters, Clean Air
Evan Halper @
The blueprint for regulatory reform gliding toward Trump's desk alarms public health officials. It threatens to neutralize regulators the same way they were when they were unable to ban asbestos.

Health And Human Services Official Tweets Opposition To Obamacare Repeal Bill - Politico
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, standing with Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., right, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., left, speaks during a news conference on the American Health Care Act on Capitol Hill on March 7. | AP Photo

California's Next Governor: Who's Running, Who's On The Fence?
Phil Willon @
This is who's running for governor of California in 2018, and who might be running.

As Valley Fever Cases Spike, Experts Say Awareness Is Key | The Sacramento Bee
Robin Opsahl @
By Robin Opsahl

Faced With A Chance For Radical Change, L.A. Voters Choose To Stay The Course
Dakota Smith, Matt Stevens, Ben Poston, Doug Smith @
Faced with chance for radical change, L.A. voters chose to stay the course

Will Eric Garcetti Run For Statewide Office? | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

When It Rains, Los Angeles Sends Billions Of Gallons Of 'free Liquid Gold' Down The Drain
Bettina Boxall @
Instead of tossing stormwater into the sea, Los Angeles wants to capture more of it to replenish local groundwater supplies. But that is neither cheap nor easy.