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THE Nooner for March 16, 2017



Good morning, California! It's another beautiful day here as the east coast digs out from under the snow. UC Davis got its first NCAA tourney win, but now faces #1 Kansas tomorrow.

Our dean, the LAT's George Skelton, looks at what it would mean if California became a "sanctuary state" under Trumpemerica. He concludes "Democrats should use common sense and pass a clearly defined sanctuary bill that protects innocent maids, but helps the federal government give dangerous criminals the swift boot."

The LAT's Harley Rouda ties OC GOP congressman Dana Rohrabacher with Russia.

SCREWED: CalPERS has cut off pensions to members of the the now defunct East San Gabriel Valley Human Services Consortium, screwing over around 200 employees.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Senator Scott Wilk

#FAREWELL: Attorney General John Van de Kamp (1936-2017).



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CalPERS Bets Millions On Underground Water Reservoir | The Sacramento Bee
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By Dale Kasler

Newport-mesa District To Pay $106,000 To Settle Lawsuit Claiming Election System Is Unfair To Latinos - The Orange County Register
The Newport-Mesa Unified District Board of Trustees voted to pay $105,937 to settle a lawsuit that alleges its current trustee election system hinders the election of Latino candidates.

How Did Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, A Protege Of Reagan, Become 'putin's Favorite Congressman'?
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Political events in the Bay Area: travel ban protest, community forum
Political events in the Bay Area: travel ban protest, community forum Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. Anti-travel ban rally: A protest against President Trump’s 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 political climate and how it affects the Bay Area Jewish community, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, 1835 Ellis St., San Francisco. 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 San Francisco chapter leader Arthur Feinstein leads a discussion on local and statewide environmental issues, 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. The event is from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Ave. Contact Nat Rojanasathira, assistant to the town manager, at (925) 314-3328 or for more information. 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. Immigration panel: A discussion with immigration attorneys on sanctuary cities, hosted by the United Democratic Club.

This Democrat And Geologist Says She Is Considering A Run For Republican Rep. Steve Knight's Seat
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Senate Democrats Denied Immigration Meeting With Kelly - Politico
Sources tell POLITICO that Democratic senators have been unable to secure a meeting with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. | Getty

The man who helped save wants a bipartisan solution to health care

Andy Slavitt, who helped rescue the website after its botched rollout in fall 2013 and became a top health-care official in the Obama administration, is launching a new effort to bring bipartisanship back to health-care restructuring.

California Water Shortages Aren't Expected During Clifton Court Forebay Repairs | The Sacramento Bee
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By Ryan Sabalow and Phillip Reese

Claiming Momentum Is On Their Side, California Lawmakers Try Again To Require More Transparency On Drug Prices
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Sacramento Mayor Challenges Trump On Immigration | The Sacramento Bee
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By Sean Cockerham

"sanctuary State" Bill's Backers Put Senate Leader Between Rock And Hard Place -
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Average Cost Of Attending A UC Campus Rose About 4% Last Year, Regents Told
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University of California regents discuss rising college costs, a student housing squeeze and rules for faculty sexual misconduct in the first of a two-day meeting.

Trump Wants $4.1 Billion For Border Wall - Politico
Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said the president would request $1.5 billion in a supplemental spending bill. | AP Photo

Will the GOP close ranks to pass health-care legislation?

Since Republicans unveiled their new health-care proposal on March 7, it's been criticized by politicians on both ends of the political spectrum. The Fix's Amber Phillips and Aaron Blake explain why the GOP is struggling to come up with a plan everyone likes.

Nevada County GOP Prepares For Protests At Lamalfa Town Hall | The Sacramento Bee
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Ice Agents Make Arrests At Courthouses, Sparking Backlash From Prosecutors And Attorneys
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Octavio Chaidez was walking out of a Pasadena courtroom with a client last month when four men jumped up from a hallway bench and rushed toward them.