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THE Nooner for March 11, 2017





What a glorious day ahead and it was great to sleep with the window open for the first time in months last night.

SPORTS BREAK: Last night, the UCD Aggies beat the Cal State Fullerton Titans at the finals at the buzzer overtime in semi-finals of the Big West tournament. I have affinity for both schools. Obviously, I'm a devout Aggie, but I also grew up going to Titan Youth Sports Camp every summer, something I always looked forward to and enjoyed carrying Eric Dickerson's helmet after the Rams practices, which were held at CSUF when the team played in Anaheim.

It was nice to see such a great game among two very hardworking teams last night and nobody had a clue how it was going to end--in regulation or in overtime. Tonight, Davis faces off against UC Irvine in the championship to see which of the two will get into the March Madness tourney. 

AURAL PLEASURE: Load up your earbuds with the California Politics Podcast for your stroll through the park today. This week, the LAT's John Myers is joined by his colleague Melanie Mason and KQED's Marisa Lagos, as they talk about the impact of repeal and replace on California, as well as what opportunities are provided to Jerry Brown with the upcoming SCOCAL vacancy with the announced retirement of Kathryn Werdegar.

Werdegar is scheduled to retire on August 31 and the question is how fast does Governor Brown plan to name a successor. The successor is confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments.

Wedergar's retirement brings the court to a partisan balance of 3-3, but it's a pretty apolitical court and Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye--a Schwarzenegger appointee--is particularly apolitical. There will be left three Asian-Americans, one African-American, and one Latino. Gender balance will also be 3-3, so Governor Brown likely won't be under significant pressure to pick a certain demographic for the vacancy. 

I'll start looking at the names that might be floated. I would start by saying to look for at academics equal current appellate judges.

$$$: Yesterday, State Controller Betty Yee's office reported that February revenues came in $772.7 million (10.6%) below budget projections for the month of February. All three major revenue sources--personal income taxes, corporation taxes, and sales and use taxes--came up short. Year-to-date, the Controller's figures show the state's general fund $888.1 million below the revised current year (CY 2016-2017) estimates included in the governor's January 10 proposed budget for 2017-18.

The Department of Finance will come out with its own monthly fiscal report, likely next week. The two agencies use a different method of calculating revenue, although it all settles itself by the end of the fiscal year. The Controller's office uses "Controller's cash" meaning when the funds appear on the state's balance sheet. That's helpful in knowing the state's cash position at a given time. There can be a delay between when revenue is counted by agencies and when it's available for actual spending on the state's balance sheet.

Meanwhile, Department of Finance uses "agency cash," which reflects when the various taxing agencies (Franchise Tax Board, Board of Equalization, etc.) actually receive the payments even though they may not be credited by the Controller until the subsequent month.

Even with revenues running below projection, the state doesn't have a cash crunch, as the Controller identifies $27.4 billion in "Available Borrowable Resources," which is actually above projections. These include the regular state reserve, the Proposition 2 "Budget Stabilization Account," and other internal borrowing. Each of these have different points of required repayment. This is not "free money," aside from the reserve, the available of the others are controlled by law.

April and June are the top two revenue months for the state and are expected to account this year for $34 billion of the state's expected $123 billion in state general fund revenues (27.6%) for the fiscal year, so we have a ways to go.

SPRING FORWARD: Will we change our clocks overnight for the last time? San Jose Assemblyman Kansen Chu has reintroduced his bill to eliminate daylight savings time.

GOV: The LAT's Christine Mai-Duc reports that Republican former Assemblymember David Hadley, who lost his reelection bid to Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) last year, has opened a committee to run for governor in 2018. Hadley was elected to the swing South Bay district in 2014 by defeating Muratsuchi.

DELAYED RETIREMENT: House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters yesterday that, had Hillary Clinton won, she would have resigned from the House this year.

SPEAKING OF... Former Senator Barbara Boxer had planned on being less in the political fray after not running for reelection last year but, with the election of Donald Trump, she is hoping to raise a million dollars to help Democrats in Congress in 2018, reports Seema Mehta in the LAT.

INFRASTRUCTURE: While most of the infrastructure questions have been about Oroville Dam, the ongoing woes are in the beautiful coastal region of Big Sur, where a Highway 1 bridge is collapsing and sliding down a hillside. Many of the 450 residents are cut off from where they normally get their food and services, and helicopters have been dropping supplies for them. Lisa M. Krieger reports in the MercNews that Big Sur "there’s no law enforcement, elected officials, public services or tourists...For three weeks, Big Sur has not only been cut off from California — it’s also been cut in half."

The construction of a new bridge is expected to take as long as a year. It will wipe out at least this summer's tourism season, hitting few of the Big Sur residents but rather residents in Monterey north and east into the Salinas Valley who make the long commute to work in the inns and restaurants.

PROP 64: The SDUT's David Garrick writes that San Diego's existing medical marijuana dispensaries fear that the Trump administration will impede their ability to move into recreational sales after the state promulgates the regulations expected next year.

WAAAA: Okay, it's been a strange political year in the 202. But, what makes a congressman cry? Try missing a vote. Michigan Republican Justin Amash was out of the chamber yesterday to campaign against the House GOP's plan to "repeal and replace" ObamaCare. Upon being told that a roll call had just closed, the three-term congressman who proudly has proclaimed he has never missed a vote broke down in tears, report Rachel Bade and Jennifer Haberkorn in Politico. 



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Political events in the Bay Area: health care, community forums
Political events in the Bay Area: health care, community forums Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. Health care discussion: A conversation about single-payer health care proposals and a proposed state law, SB562, that 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. Antideportations rally: A demonstration in support of immigrants, from 3 to 8 p.m. outside the West County Detention Facility, 5555 Giant Highway in Richmond. Anti-Trump meetings: A discussion on strategies to protest President Trump’s policies, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Redstone Building, 2926 16th St. in San Francisco. Part of 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. An opportunity for people to write postcards to elected officials on issues of concern from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pier 23 Cafe on the Embarcadero, San Francisco. Community forum: A conversation on civic engagement with elected officials, business leaders and community activists, hosted by Golden Gate University. Sierra Club leader Arthur Feinstein leads a discussion on local and statewide environmental issues. The event is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Northern Police Station Community Room, 1125 Fillmore St., San Francisco. Political discussion: A panel discussion on how to be involved at the local, state and federal level, hosted by the United Democratic Club. Women’s rally and march: A “Walk for Equality” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto. Panel: A discussion with immigration attorneys on sanctuary cities hosted by the United Democratic Club. The panel begins at 6:30 p.m. at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union Local 6, 55 Fillmore St., San Francisco.

California Is Sick Of Being A Presidential Campaign Afterthought. Here's One Lawmaker's Fix
Mark Z. Barabak @
Update on 'Essential Politics: California's climate goals rely on more housing on less land, lawmakers propose lowering the voting age ...

Senator Arnold Schwarzenegger? Not Likely But He Will Be Back | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @
Editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer

Lawmakers get greeting cards with a nudge from Santa Cruz County
Filipa A. Ioannou @
Impatient with legislators slow to approve funding to fix roadways damaged by winter storms, Santa Cruz County has sent every member of the state Assembly and Senate a series of greeting cards with a cheerful message paired with photos of the wrecked roads. Rather than show off the county’s sandy beaches and boardwalks, the cards feature scenes like that of a van nearly swallowed whole on a mountain road in February. Another shows a road cracked and buckling as though it is about to become a fiery portal to hell, emblazoned with Greetings! The county is seeking emergency funding from the state and federal government to repair 170 damage incidents.

'i Was Determined Not To Lose My Voice': Former Sen. Barbara Boxer Says Her Retirement Plans Were Upended By Trump
Seema Mehta @
Barbara Boxer talks retirement, Trump and California politics in an interview with the Times before delivering her inaugural speech at her new institute at UC Berkeley.

Borenstein: CalPERS, Unions Deceiving Public About Pensions
Last month, I wrote that Gov. Brown’s 2012 attempt at pension reform has failed.

Group Offers Cuba Trip To Register Voters In Los Angeles District | The Sacramento Bee
Robin Opsahl @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Obamacare Repeal Ignores Real Problems With U.S. Health Care - San Francisco Chronicle
Should the Republicans succeed in scrapping the Affordable Care Act, the country’s health care system will suffer a big setback.

Man Pleads Guilty In Stabbing Of French Train Hero Spencer Stone | The Sacramento Bee
Nashelly Chavez @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Major Health Insurer Backs Gop's Obamacare Repeal Bill - Politico
House Speaker Paul Ryan, flanked by House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, left, and Rep. Greg Walden, right, holds up a copy of the American Health Care Act during a press conference on March 7 on Capitol Hill. | AP Photo

Senate GOP Budget Spotlight: February 9, 2017
The full Budget and Fiscal Review Committee met on Thursday, February 9, to vote on two proposals to give pay increases and bonuses to state employees and to review a new costly budget and accounting IT system.

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens Asks Trump Administration To Help Her Hold Undocumented Immigrants - The Orange County Register
With most California governments and police agencies resisting President Donald Trump’s push to increase immigration enforcement and deportations, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens is bucking the trend, telling the Trump administration she wants her department to cooperate more closely with federal immigration agents.

San Diego's Aclu Sues Government Agencies For Lengthy Immigrant Detentions | Kpbs
Jean Guerrero @
San Diego's ACLU Sues Government Agencies For Lengthy Immigrant Detentions

Why Trumpâ

President Trump promised to slash government spending and taxes, but also made costly promises for military and infrastructure funding. As preliminary budget proposals leak out, some government agencies are very, very worried.

Faa: Expect Vip Movement Near Hagerstown, Maryland, Tomorrow -- Potus To House Chairs On Passing Health Care Bill: “a Good Job, Amazing” -- Spring Forward At 2 A.m. -- The Shows And Weekend Reads -- B’day: Rupert Murdoch - Politico
Happy Saturday. Remember to SPRING FORWARD! Set your clocks forward one hour at 2 a.m. tonight.

The Troubled, Covert Agency Responsible For Moving The Nation's Most Lethal Cargo
Ralph Vartabedian, W.J. Hennigan @
The agency responsible for hauling nuclear bombs across the country is beset with declining budgets, forced overtime and aging equipment.

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

Almost 100 California Entities Are Interested In Building Trump's Border Wall
Carolina A. Miranda @
Firms are lining up to build President Trump's border wall.

Potrero Hill youths to put stamp on community with giant mural
Chain-link fence lines the top, and dilapidated public housing units flank it on all sides. “It’s very great for young people to see that they can have a direct impact on what their community looks like, and it doesn’t matter their age,” said Strider Patton, director of education and murals for the 1 Brush Initiative, a nonprofit that works with youths to beautify public spaces. “A lot of kids just think they are living in a big people’s world, and it’s very empowering that they can sow some seeds of community engagement,” he said. A long line marking the walking school bus route, which many of the students take to Starr King and Daniel Webster elementary schools, will be added Saturday. All their work will be temporary, as their retaining wall with the mural will be knocked out in several years to make way for a new mixed-use housing development, which gave the nonprofit 1 Brush permission to paint the retaining wall. The plan will transform the isolated public housing development into a denser, mixed-income neighborhood over the next decade with 619 units of replacement public housing, 187 below-market-rate housing units and another 817 market-rate units, which will be a mix of rentals and condos. The program helps public housing residents and college graduates gain city government experience. The street corner, now bland and usually lined with residents’ cars, will be a daily reminder of residents’ abilities to transform their community, said Theo Miller, director of HopeSF, which seeks to revitalize San Francisco’s poorest housing communities. “For young children to be able to design, transform, create and express themselves in their community in the neighborhood they live and grew up in, for them to be able to literally imprint their style and their history and vision,” he said.

California College Leaders Attack Trump’s Immigration Plans
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After Four Recent Inmate Deaths, Protesters Call For Changes In L.A. County Jails
Maya Lau @
Demonstrators shut down a street near the main downtown L.A. jail complex, prompting a brief confrontation with police. Fueling their concerns were the deaths of four inmates in nine days.