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THE Nooner for March 15, 2017




  • NCAA: UC Davis v. NC Central (3:40 PDT - truTV), USC v. Providence (6:10 PDT - truTV)
  • NIT: Fresno State v. TCU (5:00 PDT - ESPN3), UC Irvine v. Illinois State (6:30pm - ESPNU) 

What a beautiful morning it is. I just got back from my usual walk around Southside Park and it's looking perfect out there. Get out and enjoy the camellias! However, as I put The Nooner to bed, the forecasted overcast skies have appeared.

MONEY MATTERS: Dan Walters looks at the debate over revenues between Jerry Brown's administration and legislative Democrats. As I wrote on Saturday, it's too early to really determine until after April's personal income tax revenues are tallied.

JUST DON'T BREATHE: At an event with autoworkers in Detroit today, President Trump is expected to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to halt Obama-era regulations on increased vehicle fuel standards, report Evan Halper and Chris Megerian in the Times. California currently has a waiver allowing stricter limits than the national standards, although that is likely in jeopardy. 

The Bee's Marcos Breton sat down with Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León to talk about the efforts of Senate Democrats to impede the Trump administration's actions on immigration. "The challenge de León faces is political and legal. On the political end, his arguments for why the undocumented need to be protected from coordinated efforts from local cops and federal immigration authorities largely falls on deaf ears with Trump supporters and even some of his own allies."

Speaking of state senate leaders, the Republican caucus has a new leader--Laguna Niguel Senator Patricia Bates, who takes over from Bakersfield's Jean Fuller, who is termed out in the upper house. She can serve one more term in the Assembly, although AD34 has a new member in Vince Fong.

The LAT's Sarah D. Wire looks at how surfing congressman Dana Rohrabacher became the favorite US congressman of the Kremlin

AG: San Bernardino District Attorney Mike Ramos has dropped his bid for attorney general and will instead run for re-election.

Also from the IE, the PE's Jeff Horseman reports that Redlands and Loma Linda U. graduate Kathryn Allen has filed to run against lightning rod Trump-ally Jason Chaffetz in a Utah congressional seat.

CA25 (Santa Clarita-Antelope Valleys): The LAT's Javier Panzar introduces us to volcanolgist Jess Phoenix, who may challenge congressman Steve Knight next year in one of the DCCC's top target districts.

NON-RAINY DAY SAVINGS: With many state reservoir levels running high, CalPERS is pumping water into an underground aquifer in eastern Kern County to deliver later to contracting agencies that hold the water rights for when the state is dryer. 




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Political events in the Bay Area: Secure elections, postcard parties
Political events in the Bay Area: Secure elections, postcard parties Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. 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. Antitravel ban rally: A protest against President Trump’s new travel ban, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the San Francisco Federal Building, 90 Seventh St. Community forum: A conversation on civic engagement with elected officials, business leaders and community activists, hosted by Golden Gate University. Forum: A Jewish Community Forum to discuss the current political climate and how it affects the Bay Area Jewish community. Author series: A conversation with Aya de Leon, a local poet, author and performance artist, and Kate Raphael, author and producer of the KPFA-FM radio show “Women’s Magazine,” on how to organize against President Trump. 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. Hosted by Mayor Renee Morgan with Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, state Sen. Steve Glazer, Assemblywoman Catharine Baker and Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen. Panel: A discussion with immigration attorneys on sanctuary cities, hosted by the United Democratic Club.

Senator Wiener Announces Ballot Measure To Create California Estate Tax To Replace Federal Estate Tax Threatened With Elimination By Trump And Congress | Senator Scott Wiener
The estate tax applies only to estates of $5.5 million and above.

New Health Care Bill: Midterm Flak May Hit Republicans - San Francisco Chronicle
Republicans don’t just have a policy problem with their proposed health care plan; they’ve got a political problem: It hurts some of the older and low-income voters who helped put Donald Trump in the White House, and helps younger voters who wanted little to do with him.

California Bill Aims To Make It Harder For Megaprojects To Sidestep State Environmental Law
Liam Dillon @
A new bill proposes to close a loophole that allows wealthy developers to bypass state environmental laws without a public vote

Audio: As La Vote Count Continues, Incumbent Cedillo's Lead Narrows | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
Two other candidates, Giovany Hernandez and Jesse Rosas, trailed at 8.23 percent and 4.12 percent respectively.

Poll: Voters Wary Of GOP Health Care Bill - Politico
House Speaker Paul Ryan discusses the American Health Care Act during a press conference on March 9 on Capitol Hill. | Getty

Mike Ramos Won't Run For California Attorney General | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Election Officials Question Applegate's Unexplained $400,000 Campaign Cash Dropoff - The San Diego Union-tribune
Morgan Cook @
City-owned land sold, left vacant amid affordable housing crisis

California Senate Republicans Elect Patricia Bates As Leader | The Sacramento Bee
Republicans in the California Senate elected Sen. Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel as their new leader on Tuesday.

Republicans bet the future on health care bill
The last two times the president's party tried to overhaul health care, it led to politically catastrophic results in the midterms.

Green Projects Face Scrutiny As California Lawmakers Debate Cap And Trade
Chris Megerian @
Since Gov. Jerry Brown asked lawmakers to extend California's cap-and-trade program, a broad cross-section of state policies on climate...

Senate Kills Rule Limiting Drug Testing For Unemployment Benefits - Politico
The move was opposed by civil rights groups and labor unions, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the AFL-CIO. | John Shinkle/POLITICO

Health Premiums Would Leap For Many Californians Under GOP Plan
Melody Petersen @
Health premiums would leap substantially for many Californians, especially for lower-income people living in high-cost cities, under the House Republican plan

The Man Behind Trump’s Tax Return - Politico
David Cay Johnston is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose publication published two-pages from President Donald Trump's tax returns. | POLITICO screen grab via MSNBC

One Certainty of G.O.P. Health Plan: Tax Cuts for the Wealthy
The House Republicans’ plan would make it easier to pass more tax cuts this year and would also break some of President Trump’s populist campaign promises.

Schumer To Gop: Funding The Wall Means Government Shutdown - Politico
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned Republicans Tuesday that they'd risk a government shutdown if they try to attach money for President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall to a must-pass bill to keep the government open. The same applies to any attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, Schumer said.

Schumer questions if 'anyone' likes GOP health care proposal

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer slammed the GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, saying even President Trump doesn't want his name on the bill, on March 14 at the Capitol.

Republican Governors Skeptical Of House GOP Health Care Bill - Politico
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson listens at left as Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin speaks to reporters outside the White House on Feb. 27. | AP Photo

Anxiety, fear, uncertainty mark federal employees awaiting Trump's budget

Trump's expected $54 billion cut proposal from the domestic discretionary budget worries feds about their agencies’ missions, their health-care benefits, retirement plans and even their jobs.

Another Piece Of Trump's Taxes Revealed: $35 Million Paid On $150 Million In Income In 2005
Noah Bierman @
President Trump paid more than $35 million in federal income taxes in 2005 on $150 million in income, according to the first two pages of a tax return that offered a rare glimpse into his finances.

Us Government Says New Travel Ban 'substantially Different' | The Sacramento Bee
President Donald Trump's revised travel ban is "substantially different" from the original and a judge shouldn't apply a previous restraining order to the new version, federal lawyers said Tuesday in a court filing.