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THE Nooner for March 14, 2017



Happy Pi Day!

CA34 (Los Angeles): The LA Times today endorsed Maria Cabildo in the April 4 special election to fill Xavier Becerra's congressional seat, indentifying her as a bridge between the establishment and the Bernie progressives.  

SPI: Charter schools proponent Marshall Tuck is once again running for Superintendent of Public Instruction, reports Alexei Koseff in the Bee.

MONEY MATTERS: The Bee's Christopher Cadelago and Jim Miller look into the Super PAC operated by Antonio Villaraigosa. Ostensibly created to oppose Donald Trump's campaign for president, records show that much of the spending was centered on paving the path for the former LA mayor's campaign for governor.

Meanwhile, Gavin Newsom is crafting a universal health care plan for California that would be a central focus of his campaign for governor, reports Christopher Cadelago.

Assemblymember Cristina Garcia's bill to exempt women's menstrual products from sales tax has ran into a hiccup in Rev and Tax, as chair Sebastian Ridley-Thomas wants to exclude locally approved sales taxes from the exemption.  Aside from the policy, this would just make things that much more complicated. I think at the small family-owned markets around here. They don't have advanced POS systems. It's already difficult for them to segregate taxable vs. non-taxable items. But, to have three categories--taxable, non-taxable, or state-only taxable?

Speaking of taxes, the Bee's Taryn Luna looks at the bill by Senators Henry Stern and Cathleen Galgiani to exempt teachers from the state income tax after they have taught for five years.

Yesterday, Assembly Democrats unveiled their proposal for "debt free college," report Melanie Mason and Teresa Watanabe in the LAT. In addition to packaging state and federal aid to cover tuition at UC and CSU, it would seek to cover living expenses. Obviously, I'm disappointed that community colleges are not included in the living expenses provision, but acknowledge it's more difficult.

The Bee's Sammy Caiola looks at the impact on California's "gig economy" if the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion are repealed. As someone who buys my Kaiser through Covered California, I certainly am concerned.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jenny Dudikoff, Max Espinoza, Jordan Gurnett, Chris Micheli, Brian Mineghino, and David Urhausen!


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Gavin Newsom To Propose Universal Health Care Plan For California | The Sacramento Bee
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California bill would allow veteran teachers to avoid state income taxes
A bill moving through the state Legislature seeks to give California teachers a big tax break to entice them to enter the profession and stay — a nationally unprecedented approach to boosting salaries amid a shortage in the field. The measure, Senate Bill 807, would exempt veteran teachers from paying state income tax for 10 years and help new teachers pay for their education and certification costs. A teacher with at least five years experience that earns a $75,000 salary would gain the equivalent of a 5 percent raise, saving nearly $4,000 on their annual tax bill. The measure’s sponsors believe the financial support would both increase the number of people entering the field and keep more educators who are already in classrooms. “Last year, the (state budget) included some funding to address California’s severe teacher shortage, but none of those efforts provided a long-range solution,” said state Sen. Henry Stern, D-Agoura Hills, who co-authored the legislation that was introduced last month. Across California, 75 percent of districts reported a shortage of teachers this school year, including 80 percent of urban districts and 69 percent of schools in the suburbs, according to the poll conducted by the California School Boards Association and the Learning Policy Institute, an education research nonprofit group.

Do Californians Want Scandinavian-style Services And Taxes? | The Sacramento Bee
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Audio: Legal Scholars To Trump: White House Can't Legally Defund 'sanctuary Cities' | 89.3 Kpcc
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Thousands of people take part in the "Free the People Immigration March," to protest actions taken by President Donald Trump and his administration, on Feb. 18, 2017. March and rally organizers called for an end to ICE raids and deportations, minority killings by police and that health care be provided for documented and undocumented individuals. Immigrant, faith, labor and community groups called for sanctuary to be given to immigrants. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP

Statewide 'sanctuary' Bill Tweaked But Still Faces Pushback | The Sacramento Bee
California Democrats are making a measure that prevents law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officials less severe in an effort to make it more acceptable to police agencies.

UC Berkeley's New Chancellor Is Hailed As 'a Brilliant Choice'
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UC Berkeley names a new chancellor to succeed Nicholas Dirks, who announced his resignation last August following widespread faculty criticism.

Tax-free Tampons Bill On Hold In Ca After Dispute Over Local Taxes | The Sacramento Bee
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California Democratic, Republican Voter Registrations Decline Sharply Post-election -
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Would Oroville Dam Be Safer If It Stored Less Water? | The Sacramento Bee
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By Dale Kasler, Ryan Sabalow and Phillip Reese

California Senate Democrats Rip The Obamacare Replacement Plan, While GOP Lawmakers Say Quit Whining
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Update on 'Essential Politics: California Democrats propose college debt assistance, Issa withholding support for GOP healthcare plan'

Aclu Accuses Orange County Of Restricting Free Speech At Board Meetings, Threatens Lawsuit - The Orange County Register
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California in a letter to Orange County officials Monday accused county supervisors of violating free speech laws based on recent changes to the way their public meetings are conducted and threatened legal action if the board doesn’t change its rules.

Pitzer College President Condemns Hate Speech From Outsiders After Anti-white Message Painted On Campus
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The president of Pitzer College is condemning hate speech directed at the campus community by outsiders after a dust-up over hoop earrings and cultural appropriation.

GOP Health Plan To Cost Older, Poorer Californians Far More - San Francisco Chronicle
The health care bill proposed by House Republicans would disproportionately affect older and poorer Californians by shrinking federal assistance to hundreds of thousands of older people who buy plans on Covered California and by reducing federal funding to Medi-Cal, the insurance program for the poor, experts say.

Irs Strips Tax-exempt Status From Richard Spencer's White Nationalist Nonprofit
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An inquiry by The Times also raised questions about whether Spencer had properly filed paperwork allowing the National Policy Institute to raise funds in Virginia, its primary place of business, and whether Spencer, a Donald Trump supporter, had flouted federal rules that forbid nonprofits from supporting or opposing political candidates.

Ucsd Scientists Worried Trump Will Interfere With Climate Data - The San Diego Union-tribune
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 <h1>Millions more would be uninsured under GOP healthcare plan</h1>

Intel To Pay $15.3 Billion For Mobileye In Major Self-driving Deal - San Francisco Chronicle
In the biggest deal yet in the race to build driverless cars, Intel is paying $15.3 billion for Mobileye, an Israeli company that makes sensors to help autonomous vehicles perceive the world around them. The alliance creates a powerhouse supplier for the many companies — including all major carmakers, Google’s Waymo and numerous startups — seeking to develop self-driving cars.

Trump Administration’s Healthcare Promises Look Hard To Keep - Politico
President Donald Trump and his advisers have been talking about an Obamacare repeal and replacement plan, and making blanket statements about what it would entail, for nearly two years. | Getty

Bernie Sanders's Ideas Are Catching On In California Legislature -
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Sacramento Low-income Families May Lose Affordable Housing Help Under Federal Cut | The Sacramento Bee
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By Anita Chabria and Tony Bizjak

Edison Awarded $125 Million For San Onofre's Faulty Steam Generators
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A three-member arbitration panel awarded Southern California Edison $125 million in a lawsuit against contractor Mitsubishi Heavy Industries over installation of faulty steam generators at the San O

White House budget director's false claims about the Obamacare legislative process

Mick Mulvaney claims there were no hearings and no one can read the health-care law before it passed. Not so.

G.O.P. Health Law Insures Fewer People, Nonpartisan Review Shows
The review by the Congressional Budget Office said 24 million people over a decade would lose coverage under the Republican health plan intended to replace the Affordable Care Act.