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THE Nooner for April 9, 2017

It's noon. It's time for a break. Here's what people are reading on aroundthecapitol.com today:

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Nearly $1 Billion In Side Deals By Gov. Brown And Democratic Leaders Cemented The Legislative Vote To Raise The Gas Tax
Patrick McGreevy, Melanie Mason, John Myers @
latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown would not have won legislative approval of a gas tax increase without providing nearly $1 billion in side deals that put money into the pet projects of lawmakers who were holdouts

Political events in the Bay Area: tax march, Trump talks
sfgate.com
Political events in the Bay Area: tax march, Trump talks Political events Rallies and protests are a part of political life in the Bay Area. The Immigrants Rights Commission will hold a special hearing on the impact of federal policies on immigrants. The event is open to the public and is from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, Hearing Room 416, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place in San Francisco. Benefit performance at the Punch Line Comedy Club for Naral Pro-Choice America, an organization that supports abortion rights, access to birth control and paid parental leave. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Public Library of Science, 1160 Battery St. in San Francisco. 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. Protesters will march to demand that President Trump release his tax returns. Anti-Trump rally: A family-friendly event where attendees will use their bodies to spell out an “enormous challenge” to President Trump. The League of Women Voters hosts a discussion with Jay Laefer of the American Civil Liberties Union on “safeguarding the rights of our entire community.” Conversation on Trump resistance: A new event series hosted by The Chronicle called “Chronicle Chats.” Can the Trump Resistance Grow Beyond Protest, will be led by columnist David Talbot and will feature a senior adviser of the Bernie Sanders campaign and other experts and leaders. Hosted by Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, at 10 a.m. at the gymnasium of Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd. in Woodside. Sexual assault conversation: Loosid Projects, Planned Parenthood and Bay Area Women Against Rape host a discussion called Locker Room Talk: Confronting Sexual Violence in the Age of Trump.

Political Road Map: Sacramento's Closed-door Dealmaking Didn't Go Away With Proposition 54
John Myers @
latimes.com
Voters last fall approved new transparency rules for the California Legislature. But as the recent transportation deal proved, private dealmaking is alive and well.

Permanent Water Conservation Rules Coming To San Diego, Rest Of State - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Emerson Smith @
sandiegouniontribune.com
But after five years of severely dry conditions, California also is pressing forward with a dramatic overhaul...

Congressional Bill Seeks To Prohibit Immigration Officers From Identifying Themselves As 'police'
Carlos Lozano and Doug Smith @
latimes.com
A new bill introduced in Congress seeks to prohibit immigration officers from identifying themselves as "police"

Under Trump, Bay Area Tourism Could See A Decline, Travel Leaders Say – East Bay Times
eastbaytimes.com
President Trump’s America-first rhetoric may have endeared him to many voters, but it has concerned those in the travel industry who fear that increased restrictions on international travel and the lack of a welcome message from the White House may have a dampening effect on tourism in the Bay Area and beyond.

Rising Home Prices In California Concern Economists, Prompt Action By Lenders | The Sacramento Bee
Mark Glover @
sacbee.com
By Mark Glover

Tory Voters' Hard Line On Immigration Gives Theresa May A Brexit Headache - Politico
Tim Ball @
politico.com
Authorities said Hani Ramadan posed a serious threat to public order in France.

Northern Sierra On Pace To Beat Former Record For Wettest Year | The Sacramento Bee
Nashelly Chavez @
sacbee.com
By Nashelly Chavez

Tillerson, senators weigh in on Syria strategy

Trump administration officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and senators of both parties on April 9 discussed the U.S. strategy in Syria.

Haley Escalates Rhetoric On Russia Over Syria - Politico
politico.com
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is escalating the Trump administration's rhetoric against Russia for its support of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Cost To Taxpayers For Settling Sheriff's Deputy Misconduct Claims Soaring, Topped $50 Million Last Year
Richard Winton @
latimes.com
In another, it took more than $7 million to resolve multiple lawsuits after deputies in West Hollywood mistakenly shot two hostages, killing one and seriously wounding the other.

Nerdcast: Special Election Season - Politico
politico.com
POLITICO Illustration/AP

Shareholder Suit May Offer Best Chance To Fix Wells Fargo - San Francisco Chronicle
sfchronicle.com
The bills keep piling up for Wells Fargo as it grapples with a scandal where employees signed up customers for millions of accounts they never asked for. There’s $110 million to settle a class-action lawsuit, on top of $185 million in fines to regulators. The company has made amends in other ways, firing CEO John Stumpf, adding two independent directors to the board and slashing executive bonuses.

Los Angeles County D.a.'s Office Sees A Big Drop In The Number Of Public Corruption Prosecutions
Ben Poston, Kim Christensen @
latimes.com
Los Angeles D.A. sees big drop on public corruption prosecutions

Protesters Call For Firing Of El Cajon Cop Who Shot Alfred Olango - The San Diego Union-tribune
Jeanette Steele @
sandiegouniontribune.com
Office of Secure Transportation big rigs haul nuclear weapons and highly enriched uranium on the nation's highways each day.

Trump Condemns Church Bombings In Egypt - Politico
politico.com
President Donald Trump condemned two churches bombings in Egypt on Palm Sunday that claimed dozens of lives.

Conservatives hope that Trump victory on Gorsuch will breed other successes

The president also received some praise on Capitol Hill for his airstrikes on Syria.

Is California Housing Hot Or Cold? 2 Reports Offer Polar Opposite Views - The Orange County Register
JONATHAN LANSNER @
ocregister.com


Tillerson: Even China Sees What A Threat North Korea Is To Their Interests - Politico
politico.com
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that he is "hopeful" that the U.S. and China can work together "to change the conditions in the minds of" North Korea leadership.

Oakland Fire: The Mystery Of The Man In Room 223 – East Bay Times
eastbaytimes.com
OAKLAND — The man in Room 223 kept to himself. He loved computers and would sketch Oakland landscapes with a set of colored pencils.