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THE Nooner for March 12, 2017



THE SPORTS PAGE: Happy Sunday to you. Last night, the UC Davis Aggies earned their first berth in the Big Dance with an upset over the UC Irvine Anteaters, claiming the Big West championship. UC Irvine beat Davis a week ago by 30 points.

Davis joined Division I in the 2004-05 season and this will be their first landing in the big bracket. Before moving to Division I, the AGS won the Division II national championship in 1998. Davis will almost certainly draw a low seed in the bracket, likely facing one of the country's best teams, which very well could be UCLA. The brackets are announced at 2:30 PDT on CBS.

Congrats to UC Irvine for a great season.

SCOCAL: As I wrote yesterday, I'm starting a list of potential appointees for the Supreme Court of California vacancy that will be created by Kathryn Werdegar's retirement effective August 31. Governor Brown makes the appointment, which is then confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, which consists of Chief Justice Tani-Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and Senior Presiding Justice of the Courts of Appeal (not sure who that currently is). There is no Senate confirmation. Anyway, if you have any tips, forward them to me.

JUST KIDDING! Arnold Schwarzenegger will not be running for US Senate in 2018, reports Seema Mehta in the Times.

BACKLASH: GOP Congressmen Duncan Hunter and Darrell Issa faced tough crowds over "repeal and replace" at town hall meetings yesterday, report Teri Figueroa and Joshua Stewart in the SDUT. Meanwhile, in NorCal, Congressman Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove) faced hostilities from liberal activists over his support of some GOP bills at a town hall, writes the Bee's Alexei Koseff.

CA50 (East SD County): Nurse and health care district board member Gloria Chadwick (D) is entering the race to challenge Duncan Hunter, writes Joshua Stewart in the SDUT.

SD34 (Huntington Beach): Martin Wisckol in the OCR writes that, despite assertions by Senate Democrats that Janet Nguyen was only enjoying "15 minutes of fame" following her expulsion from the Senate floor, she is parlaying it to far more.

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: In the LAT, John Myers looks at the expanded use of vote-by-mail ballots and the trend under a 2016 law that would allow counties to mail ballots to all registered voters, who could then either return them in the mail or use regional multi-service "voting centers."

ZEROING IN: The LAT's Patrick McGreevy reports that Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) has introduced a bill to expand the use of ShotSpotter, which uses sound sensors to pinpoint gunfire to aid law enforcement.

THE CLASSROOM: Dan Walters writes in the Bee that the Local Control Funding Formula's goal of helping disadvantaged students may not be having its intended effect.

BREACH: The man who climbed over a fence at The White House yesterday is San Jose State graduate Jonathan Tran from Milpitas, an engineer who had been recently laid off. He claimed he was a friend of the President and had an appointment to see him. Meanwhile, "repeal and replace" reduces the requirements of mental health and substance abuse coverage of eligible plans...

NOM NOM: Portland-based Voodoo Doughnuts has opened a location at City Walk at Universal Studios Hollywood. I'm guessing we'll be seeing a lot more of those magic pink boxes at BUR as are regularly seen at PDX. Another recent export to LA-LA Land from the (503) is the highly regarded Thai restaurant Pok Pok, which can now be found in Chinatown's Mandarin Plaza



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Chuck Carpenter, Karla Fung, Tom Lackey, and Lisa Maas!


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Political Road Map: California's Electoral Future Is Rooted In The Old-fashioned Absentee Ballot
John Myers @
Elections officials from across California gathered last week to ponder the future of the state's electoral process. And one thing's clear: It's all about ballots cast on your own time.

Bay Area political events: Peace gathering, anti-Trump meetings
Bay Area political events: Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. 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., 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, San Francisco. 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. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 6 union building, 55 Fillmore St., San Francisco. 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, 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 Local 6 union building, 55 Fillmore St., San Francisco.

Here's Why Law Enforcement Groups Are Divided On Legislation To Turn California Into A 'sanctuary State'
Jazmine Ulloa @
Law enforcement organizations are split on whether to support a bill that would prevent local and state police agencies from using resources for immigration enforcement.

Jerry Brown's Big School Finance Reform Could Become A Big Joke | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Cotton Warns House GOP About Health Care Bill - Politico
The House legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare would not only fail in the Senate but could also ruin Republicans' reelection efforts in 2018, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton said Sunday.

Democrat Ami Bera Also Gets Indivisible Protest At His Town Hall | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Lawmakers And Passenger Advocates Push To Keep Airline Seats From Shrinking
Hugo Martin @
Lawmakers and a passenger advocacy group want the federal government to keep airline seats from shrinking.

California Hiv Laws Could Go From Felonies To Misdemeanors | The Sacramento Bee
Robin Opsahl @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Schwarzenegger Knocks Down Senate Rumors - Politico
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Facebook that he's not done with politics, but he'll concentrate on the the kind of political reform issues that won him his most positive reviews in California. | Getty

Trump Draws From Authoritarian Playbook - San Francisco Chronicle
As a candidate and now as president, Donald Trump has displayed an authoritarian streak unrivaled in American history. His dystopian description of the state of the nation and his declaration that “I, alone, can fix it,” at the Republican convention in July evoked the fearmongering and narcissism of many strongmen before him. The “lock her up” chants he savored and stoked at campaign rallies raised unsettling reminders of regimes where jailing a vanquished opponent is step one in a transition of power.

Health District Trustee Gloria Chadwick To Challenge Rep. Duncan Hunter - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Mccain On Trump-russia Probes: 'lot Of Shoes To Drop From This Centipede' - Politico
A growing list of contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials has emerged in recent weeks. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned after misleading Vice President Mike Pence and the American people about the contents of his communication with the Russian ambassador during the transition. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from Justice Department investigations related to campaigns following reports that he failed to disclose during his confirmation hearings two past meetings in 2016 with the same ambassador.

Milpitas Man Arrested In White House Security Breach - Sfgate
Darlene Superville @
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S.F. Charity Told To Pay Back Taxes, Weighs Major Changes - San Francisco Chronicle
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A venerable San Francisco charity recently investigated by The Chronicle must repay the public tens of thousands of dollars after misleading county officials — a rare rebuke that follows a significant internal shake-up at Helpers Community Inc.

Price On Obamacare Replacement: ‘nobody Will Be Worse Off Financially’ - Politico
The plan, formally called the American Health Care Act, has been marked up and advanced through key committees. Congressional Republicans and the White House hope to have their replacement plan signed into law before Congress recesses for Easter.

Janet Nguyen's Expanding '15 Minutes' Of Fame - The Orange County Register
The leader of the state Senate called it Janet Nguyen’s “15 minutes of fame.” But getting forcibly removed from the Senate floor on Feb. 23 has made the Fountain Valley Republican something of a folk hero in the Vietnamese American community.

Stunning Turnaround: Once-empty San Luis Reservoir Now Full
For the first time in six years, San Luis Reservoir, a vast lake that is key to California's water system, is 100 percent full.

Use Of High-tech Tool To Locate Shooters May Greatly Expand In California Under Proposed Bill
Patrick McGreevy @
Gunshot detection systems that triangulate sounds from multiple sensors in a community could be greatly expanded beyond the existing 11 California cities, under state legislation

On Washington: G.O.P. Desire to Keep Party Feuds Private Breaks Down Over Health Care
Serious divisions are being painfully exposed, jeopardizing Republicans’ chances of proving they can govern and fulfill a key campaign pledge.

Pro-immigrant demonstrators rally outside Peter Thielâ
Around 40 protesters rallied Saturday afternoon outside the San Francisco home of Peter Thiel, a billionaire businessman and adviser to President Trump, over fears his data analytics company would partner with the administration to facilitate mass deportations. Carrying signs with slogans like “Make America Mexico Again,” and “No wall no ban no surveillance state,” the group gathered around 3 p.m at the steps of Thiel’s Pacific Heights home on Broadway. The Intercept reported March 2 that technology from Palantir, the data analytics company Thiel co-founded, could help Immigrations and Customs Enforcement carry out raids on unauthorized immigrants. A $41.6 million contract to provide ICE with an intelligence system by September could provide agents with more extensive information on subjects for deportation, according to The Intercept. Lisa Weissman-Ward, supervising attorney with the Stanford Law School Immigrants' Rights Clinic, stood outside Thiel’s home denouncing ICE programs that she said “pushes people underground.”