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THE Nooner for March 19, 2017

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Happy Sunday!

SPORTS PAGE: At the Golden 1 Center today, it's Oregon v. Rhode Island (4:10pm PDT) and UCLA v. Cincinatti (6:40pm PDT), both on TBS. In other PAC-12 games, USC plays Baylor (4:45pm PDT - truTV).

It's going to be a very interesting week in politics. Tomorrow, the confirmation hearings for SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch get underway. Also mañana, FBI director James Comey appears before House Intelligence to talk about the allegations made by POTUS the President Obama had "wire tapped" Trump Tower. And, of course on Thursday, House GOP leadership have scheduled a vote on the repeal of Obamacare.

In California, Governor Brown is pushing hard on fundiing for road repairs, and he wants a plan on his desk before the Legislature heads out for spring break April 6. The problem is that the usual solutions--general obligation bonds, gas tax and vehicle license fee increases all require a two thirds vote. Even though Dems have two-thirds in both houses, the concern is that the VLF/gas tax proposal didn't get the votes in committee of two senators--Richard Roth (D-Riverside) and Henry Stern (D-Oxnard). Meanwhile Steve Glazer's (D-Concord) vote is also questionable.

In the LAT, John Myers uses his weekly column to look at President Trump's proposal to eliminate federal subsidies to state and local governments for the cost of jailing undocumented immigrans. The proposal would cost Caliifornia $56.9 million. It's not a new proposal, having been proposed by both George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

The Bee's Ryan Lillis and Jose Luis Villegas dive into the impact of POTUS's immigration proposal on California's farms whle in the Times, Evan Halper and Sarah D. Wire look at the overall impact of his budget plan on California's finances.

CA49/CA52: Issa, Hunter face same heat, react differently [Michael Smolens @ SDUT] - ""Reps. Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter last weekend faced hostile crowds pressing them on many of the same issues. They responded much differently at their separate town hall meetings — a likely reflection of their respective political realities.""

For CALmatters, Laurel Rosenhall looks at Arnold Schwarzenegger's efforts to reform redistricting in large states nationwide.

The Legislature is considering over 100 bills addressing to housing crisis, and the LAT's Liam Dillon writes that the major focus is on greater subsidies for low-income housing, which could be paid for by eliminating state taxes on second homes.

In the Times, Robin Abcarian looks at the economic impact of the bridge collapse in Big Sur during the winter storms. The bridge rebuild is anticipated to take year.




#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Mike Bonin, Andrew Campbell, Peña ClaudiaAdrin Nazarian, and four waters!



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Political Road Map: California Has Long Depended On An Illegal-immigration Program That Trump Wants To Kill
John Myers @
California has long debated whether the federal government should subsidize the cost of prisoners who are in the U.S. illegally. Last week, Trump proposed scrapping the program.

Cruz: I Negotiated Health Care At Mar-a-lago - Politico
Sen. Ted Cruz said Sunday he spent three hours at the Mar-a-Lago estate of his former rival on Saturday, negotiating with President Donald Trump's team on changes to the Republican health care bill.

Economics, Not Insults, Will Win Over Trump Voters On Immigration - San Francisco Chronicle
Geert Wilders may sound like the name that they’d give to a villain in a science fiction movie, but he is also probably the most important international political figure that you never heard of until last week.

On Heels Of Increase In Wholesale Rates, San Juan Water District Considering Raising Rates For Its Customers In Granite Bay And Folsom | The Sacramento Bee
Brad Branan @
By Brad Branan

Is Trump gutting Meals on Wheels? His budget director says no.

Meals on Wheels has become a rallying point for critics of President Trump’s proposed budget, which slashes spending on social initiatives to beef up military spending.

Ryan: Health Care Bill Must Do More For Older People - Politico
Paul Ryan's comments came in the wake of a Congressional Budget Office analysis showing older people could pay higher premiums under the GOP bill. | Getty

Oakland Raiders: Mark Davis Focused On Las Vegas As Vote Nears
OAKLAND — A big black hole sits at the center of the negotiating table in Oakland. While Ronnie Lott, his investors and local lawmakers work to avert another move for the Raiders, the empty chair in the room belongs to team owner Mark Davis.

California Housing Bills Could Take Away Subsidies For Homeowners And Add Them For Renters
Liam Dillon @
State lawmakers have introduced more than 130 bills so far this year that try to tackle the state's housing affordability crisis. "It is the biggest issue in the state right now," one expert said.

Jerry Brown Heads To Washington To Talk Trump, Nuclear War | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
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Lawmakers say still no evidence for Trumpâ

A day before FBI Director James B. Comey appears before the House Intelligence Committee, Republican and Democratic lawmakers on March 19 said they yet have to see any evidence to support President Trump’s claim that former president Barack Obama ordered a wiretap on him in 2016.

He's Devoted His Life To Caring For L.A.'s Neediest Patients, And Trumpcare Has Him Very Nervous
Steve Lopez @
He's devoted his life to caring for L.A.'s neediest patients, and Trumpcare has his very nervous

Sanctuary In The Age Of Trump: Coming To A Church Near You
Today's high

Mulvaney: Trump's Budget Shows 'compassion' To Supporters - Politico
"And I think for the first time in a long time, you have an administration that is looking at the compassion of both sides of the equation," Mick Mulvaney said. | Getty

Senators Ask Trump Adviser to Preserve Any Russia-Related Documents
A letter sent to Roger J. Stone Jr. represents the first public indication of the scope of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s inquiry, and possible connections to Donald J. Trump’s campaign.

Jerry Brown Heads To D.C., With Schwarzenegger Right Behind Him
White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney on Thursday defended reductions to after-school programs, saying there is no evidence that they are effective.

Grassley and Feinstein: The Pair Who Will Lead Gorsuchâ
The senators will face pressure to vindicate their parties’ views both of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s worthiness to join the Supreme Court and of the process leading him there.

GOP lawmakers wouldn't come to a town hall â

The lawmakers figure that you can't get booed if you don't show up. But that's not stopping constituents.

Collins Says Trump 'owes Us' A Wiretapping Explanation - Politico
Sen. Susan Collins stopped short of saying the president should apologize. | AP Photo

San Jose Flood: Heartbreak Continues For Affected Residents
Regional, San Jose Flood

California Kids Would All Be Screened For Lead If Plan Passes
Today's high

For Many Seniors, Medical Cannabis Is More Threat Than Remedy - San Francisco Chronicle
Before it even began, the monthly meeting of the People of Parkside Sunset had devolved into an angry crowd of seniors shouting in Cantonese.

How to fix Obamacare with this one weird trick
Forcing young, mostly healthy Americans off their parents' coverage could help Republicans make good on their promise to salvage the health care system.