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THE Nooner for March 21, 2017

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Happy rainy Tuesday. As I write, it is pouring outside. It's a nice sound to hear and I'm glad state officials have been working overtime to make room in the reservoirs and repair vulnerabilities for this event. 

March Madness continues in DC today, with the Neil Gorsuch hearings continuing and with Donald Trump visiting the Hill to twist GOP arms on the health care bill. Unlike President Jeb Bartlet, he didn't get out of "the beast" and walk Pennsylvania Avenue, allowing the Secret Service to exhale. BTW, has Hamilton ever been referred to so much in judicial nomination hearings before Lin-Manuel Miranda donned his tights?

Trump warned GOP congressmembers that if they didn't vote for repeal of Obamacare, they would lose their seats next year. One of California's most targer members, Darrell Issa, came out of the meeting saying that he was a likely "yes" vote after expressing many concerns about the plan over the last couple of weeks.

Speaking of Madness, UCLA will make the trek to Memphis for the Sweet Sixteen on Friday, despite Tennessee being on the state's "travel ban," reports Adam Ashton in the Bee. The state adopted a law that took effect January 1 that bans travel to states that enacts statutes that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or identity. Tennessee has adopted the "bathroom bill" first enacted in North Carolina, which requires students to use the bathroom associated with their birth certificate-identified gender. UCLA doesn't schedule games in those states but has excluded postseason games from its ban, which it can do under UC's constitutional autonomy.

Meanwhile, former State Senator Joe Dunn lost his arbitration claim of wrongful termination as a tumultuous period as executive director of the State Bar of California State, writes Dan Walters.

Walters also looks at the odd position California Democrats are in, as they seek more money from Washington while also raising money for their campaigns for "holding the line" against President Trump. 

420: In the regulatory process for recreational marijuana licenses to take effect January 1, 2018, there is an interesting battle between major business groups and unions against the Teamsters union, reports Taryn Luna in the Bee. The Teamsters want the same three-tiered system required of alcohol distribution, which separates producers, distributors, and retailers. And, the same companies that are currently in that middle tier of distribution want to take over the distribution of marijuana. As George Harrison sang, "I Me Mine."

Anyway, that Budweiser truck maybe delivering your bud. I wonder if my friends at the California Beer and Beverage Distributors will have to add "Weed" to their name. From CBBD to CBBWD. Hmmm...better get that domain name!

MONEY MATTERS: The Bee's Jim Miller looks at whether you might get a check in the mail from the state as it approaches the long-forgotten "Gann limit" on state spending. The governor and the Legislative Analyst's Office have differing opinions on the calculation. Only by $20 billion or so...

LA-LA LAND: The LAT's Michael Finnegan and Ben Walsh write that the 20% turnout in LA's muni elections this month wasn't a record low after all. After all, it was 17.9% in 2009!

Also in LA-LA land, the final count is in and former State Senator Gil Cedillo (49.34%) will face Joe Bray-Ali (37.97%), after falling a few hundred votes below 50%+1 to win the primary outright. And you thought March 7 was low turnout. Wait until May 16.

While the governor, with support by LA mayor Eric Garcetti, tries to twist arms for transportation funding, Assembly Democrats are looking to put a $3 billion parks bond on the 2018 ballot.

Speaking of transportation funding, Lisa Renner reports for Capitol Weekly on the challenge of coming up with a spending plan for over $100 billion in needed road repairs. 

Okay...that's enough for this perfect day to get under a blankie and enjoy the sound of the rain! 



On the #CAKEDAY front, I don't think that Tal Finney is a Nooner subscriber. However, he was the inspiration for many of us in our early political careers. Of course, he became a "sellout" and then most of us found other non-partisan endeavors. Thank you, Tal. I think I still have pins around here with your name on them. Happy birthday, bro.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Matt Holland, Ruben Lizardo, Greg Lucas, Melodi Masanlai, Cathy Mitchell, and Dennis Raj!



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Trump Sounds Done With Health Care Before He’s Really Started - Politico
The first big test for health care comes Thursday when the House has scheduled a floor vote. But on Monday, at a rally in the state of a senator, Rand Paul, who has been an outspoken skeptic of his health care proposal, Trump barely touched on the health care bill for the first 30 minutes of his speech. And when he did, he suggested it was the province of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was in the crowd.

Assembly Democrats Aim To Put $3-billion Bond For Parks On 2018 Ballot
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California voters could decide in 2018 whether to approve a $3-billion bond to finance a boost to parks and open space across the state...

Jerry Brown Focuses On Disasters, Not Donald Trump | The Sacramento Bee
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Antonio Villaraigosa Articles, Photos, And Videos
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Could California Taxpayers Get Rebates Under Gann Limit? | The Sacramento Bee
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Governor Brown, Oil Industry Share Interest In Cap-and-trade Extension -
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What Does 'get In Line' Mean In Immigration Debate? - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Garcetti, Other L.A. Leaders Call On Legislature To End Delays On Transportation Funding Plan
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A group of officials including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday called on state legislators to end a stalemate over approving ...

Border Wall Fight: California Considers Divesting Pensions From Companies Building Wall Between U.S. And Mexico
Mexico, wall, pension, divestment, California

Schwarzenegger Taunts Trump Over Approval Rating - Politico
Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger taunted President Donald Trump, saying his policies are "not what you call making America great again." | Getty

Political events in the Bay Area: pipeline protest, â
Political events in the Bay Area: pipeline protest, ‘dark money’ Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. The Bay Area Resistance is calling for a boycott of banks to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline and other projects. Hosted by the California History Society, a panel on the roles women played in resistance and social protest movements in the Bay Area during the 1960s and ’70s. The California Clean Money Campaign hosts a summit on how to get “dark money” out of politics. 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. Hosted by Unity in Diversity to celebrate the Bay Area’s diversity and address the uptick in hate crimes nationally. Anti-Trump meetings: A general assembly to discuss strategy and develop plans to resist the Trump administration. Rally: A rally and walk supporting equality, hosted by the Feminist Majority. Panel talk on sanctuary cities, as well as stories of immigration challenges. The Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center will host a free community-wide event to commemorate Transgender Day of Visibility.

House Leaders Seeking Health Care Votes Eye New York Republicans
A provision that would shift Medicaid costs from New York’s counties to the state was added to the health care bill, a move sought by upstate Republicans.

Trump to visit Capitol Tuesday, urge House Republicans to vote for health bill

Trump’s visit comes as House GOP leaders put the finishing touches on the American Health Care Act.

California Business Associations Enter Pot Battle In Legislature | The Sacramento Bee
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L.A. Police, County Sheriff's Department On First-ever Federal List Of Agencies Not Honoring Ice Detainers
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A list shows that several California law enforcement agencies, including a few in Los Angeles County, are refusing to honor requests to further detain suspects.

Bill Could Lead To More Tax Money For Local Mass Transit Systems - The San Diego Union-tribune
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'He did as well as he could': House GOP members react to Trump's push for health care plan

President Trump met with House Republicans on Monday to encourage members to vote in favor of the GOP plan to replace Obamacare. Trump called out Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and members of the House Freedom Caucus for not supporting the bill.