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THE Nooner for March 31, 2017

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What a glorious breezy Friday morning it is. Get out there and make sure you wear your Oregon Ducks sweatshirt, as it is a bit chilly. The Ducks face the North Carolina Tar Heels at 5:49pm PDT tomorrow. Who comes up with these times? (Answer: CBS) And, KF, I know...I still need to get you my $10. I'm good for it.

We're getting details now on the plan for Senators Toni Atkins and Ricardo Lara for single payer health care in California, as a defense against the federal plans, per Taryn Luna in the Bee. 



If you're a smoker, today is the day to stock up, as cigarette taxes go up $2/pack tomorrow, from 87 cents to $2.87 per pack, per Proposition 56 adopted by voters last year. I have never smoked and would love to see tobacco gone, but also believe this is a highly regressive tax.

The LAT's Mark Z. Barabak writes about how Californians can survive the Trump era. Clue: stay low.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Kara Howard and Sam Mahood!



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Proposition 56 | Official Voter Information Guide | California Secretary Of State
YES A YES vote on this measure means: State excise tax on cigarettes would increase by $2 per pack—from 87 cents to $2.87. State excise tax on other tobacco products would increase by a similar amount. State excise tax also would be applied to electronic cigarettes. Revenue from these higher taxes would be used for many purposes, but primarily to augment spending on health care for low–income Californians.

Bay Area commuters back taxes to pay to improve road, transit
Bay Area residents have grown so exasperated by worsening traffic and the paucity of government money to make things better that they’re willing to tax themselves to pay for a regional program of improvements. The Sacramento plan would focus mainly on immediate needs like patching potholes, repairing storm damage and rebuilding neglected roads and bridges. [...] the new poll by the business-backed Bay Area Council suggests that the regional needs go deeper, with 83 percent of those surveyed imploring politicians to treat traffic congestion “like an emergency” and cooperate on solutions that can be implemented over the next few years. “With declining state and federal support to address the problem, current plans and funding almost exclusively targeted at maintenance rather than new projects, and an economy that continues to grow, the pressure on our roads and highways and mass transit systems is unbearable,” said Jim Wunderman, chief executive officer of the Bay Area Council. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is planning to ask the Legislature for permission to ask voters to approve a toll increase on state-owned bridges to fund transportation projects. The commission already has the go-ahead to place a Bay Area gas-tax measure on the ballot, but has never done so because poll results showed it would fail. EMC Research of Oakland conducted the poll from Jan. 24 to Feb. 1, surveying 1,000 randomly selected registered voters via the Internet on issues including transportation, housing, economic growth and education.

Kamala Harris Opens Campaign Committee For Governor To Hold Money | The Sacramento Bee
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Business Split On Transportation Tax Increase :: Fox&hounds
The governor and legislature barreled ahead with their tax and vehicle registration fee increase proposal for road repair with little compromise that would use more currently collected revenues for the roads. The plan offers some accountability language and a constitutional amendment to protect the new taxes from being spent on other than transportation needs. But where is the language to bring old revenue tied to transportation purposes under the same protective umbrella, which could reduce the size of the tax increase?

Jerry Brown Pushes Taxes For Roads In Concord | The Sacramento Bee
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Senate Republican Leader Fuller Issues Statement on Democrats' Transportation Plan
Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) issued a statement following the release of a $5.2 billion dollar a year transportation plan pushed through by Governor Brown and Capitol Democrats. The transportation proposal would be the largest gas tax increase in state history and includes a massive increase to the diesel tax and vehicle license fee.

Prop. 47 Got Thousands Out Of Prison. Now, $103 Million In Savings Will Go Towards Keeping Them Out
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Nearly 60 city and county agencies have applied for grants to develop offender rehabilitation programs. They will be funded with the $35.6 million the state has saved under Proposition 47.

Political events in the Bay Area: Transgender Day, anti-Gorsuch rally
Political events in the Bay Area: Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. The Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center will host a free event to commemorate Transgender Day of Visibility. Supreme Court protest: A rally against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market St. in San Francisco. The Russians Are Coming? — a forum hosted by the Peace and Freedom Party. Connecting with activists: “Take Back America” with Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, who will discuss the California congressional picture and host a fair where attendees can connect with activist and advocacy groups. Panel on nuclear weapons: “Morality of the Nuclear Age” discussion, featuring Richard Rhodes, Ira Helfand and Martin Hellman. The event is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Schools, Harman Auditorium, 150 Valparaiso Ave. in Atherton. Political discussion: “Fixing the Bay Area’s Growth Politics,” a conversation on issues affecting the Bay Area, including environmental quality and social justice. Discussion on Medicare: “Medicare for All in California” presented by Dr. Paul Song, co-chair of Campaign for a Healthy California, at the San Mateo County Democracy for America meeting. Immigration seminar: “Know Your Rights,” a presentation and training for pro bono attorneys and others to help immigrant communities. The event, hosted by Canal Alliance Communication, is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Guzman Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave. in San Rafael. Flash mob: A flash mob at at 1 p.m. at the cable car turnaround, 1 Powell St. in San Francisco, to sing the song “I Can’t Keep Quiet” by MILCK. Benefit performance at the Punch Line Comedy Club for NARAL Pro-Choice America, an organization that promotes abortion care, birth control and paid parental leave. The Lamorinda Democratic Club hosts a conversation on how federal funding will affect public education. The event is at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Library and Community Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette.

The Money Race In L.A.'s Congressional Election: 5 Candidates Have Gotten 75% Of The Cash
A roundup of the latest campaign finance reports in the 34th Congressional District race to replace Xavier Becerra.

Jerry Brown Finally Addresses Long-festering Highway Decay | The Sacramento Bee
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Sempra Has Paid No Corporate Taxes In Recent Years ... And It's All Legal - The San Diego Union-tribune
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In addition to depreciation provisions, corporations across the board take advantage of a slew of other tax breaks, such as write-offs for research and development, stock options for executives and employees, and industry-specific tax breaks that even include making video games and building NASCAR tracks.

Sacramento Auschwitz Survivor Goes Viral By Comparing Ice Enforcement To Holocaust | The Sacramento Bee
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California's Attorney General Could Investigate Local Police Shootings Under New Legislation
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California Retired Teachers' Fund Only 63.7 Percent Funded | The Sacramento Bee
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Miami-dade State Attorney: Bannon Broke No Laws When He Registered To Vote In Miami
In their investigation, prosecutors were focused on whether Bannon lied to the county elections department about his residency when he twice filed to be a voter in Miami-Dade, beginning in 2014. | Getty

6 Ways New Federal Bills Would Protect California Cannabis Consumers, Businesses - The Orange County Register
Federal legislators are working on a cluster of proposed laws aimed easing the growing conflict between state and federal marijuana laws, with a number of protections and new regulations that could impact cannabis consumers and businesses in California.

California Cigarette Tax Goes Up By $2 | The Sacramento Bee
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Gap In Inspections Of Oakland Fire Site Appears To Violate Law - San Francisco Chronicle
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Documents show the troubled history of the building in West Oakland where a fire claimed the lives of four people. Candice Nguyen reports.

Judge Approves $25 Million Trump University Settlement - Politico
A federal judge has approved a $25 million settlement President Donald Trump agreed to late last year in a bid to head off a civil fraud trial over his Trump University real estate seminar program.

Former Offenders Will Help Award Millions In Proposition 47 Grants To Community Services
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California Jobs Are Back, But What Kind? | The Grizzly Bear Project
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Last week on Meet the Press, Gov. Jerry Brown repeated a stat that has become a mainstay when pointing to the California economy: Our state has added more than 2 million jobs since Brown took office in 2011.