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THE Nooner for April 10, 2017

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The Nooner's heart goes out to San Bernardino where a shooting at an elementary school has left two adults dead in an apparent murder-suicide and has sent two children to the hospital.


  • CA04 (Foothills): added professor Regina Bateson (D) 

Sorry that some of you received an abridged Nooner yesterday. Still trying to figure out what happened with the script. Let's hope it doesn't happen again today! Oh well, there is little political/policy news in California this week. I'm guessing that, in addition to the Legislature, lots of journalists and others are on spring break.

The Supreme Court of the United States finally has a full complement following this morning's swearing in of Neil Gorsuch.



Since some of you didn't get the full Nooner yesterday, John Myers takes a look at the path that led to the transportation bill's passage on Thursday. "The lesson learned after last week’s vote in Sacramento on an expansive $52-billion transportation plan is a familiar one: You can’t take the politics out of politics."

Matier and Ross write that irony of Steve Glazer's "no vote" on the transportation bill is the concession that Senator Anthony Cannella got is the extension of the ACE rail line, which originates in San Jose, from Stockton to Cres and Merced.

The LAT's Javier Panzar reports that, for the first time since 2000, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is staffing up an office in California. The office in Irvine is focused on the cluster of possibly competitive races next year--Darrell Issa, Steve KnightDana Rohrabacher, Ed Royce, Mimi Walters--as well as Jeff Denham and David Valadao in the Central Valley.  They are also working on defending Ami Bera east of Sacramento and Eric Swalwell in the Tri-Valley.

Speaking of Issa, the SDUT's Joshua Stewart reports that the longtime advocate for online privacy switched and voted for the bill allowing internet service providers to sell customers' data.

In the Times, Richard Winton writes that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department paid out nearly $51 million in claims last year, compared to $5.6 million five years ago. "The judgments and settlements often involved allegations of serious misconduct against law enforcement officers, including sexual assault, excessive force, shooting unarmed suspects and wrongful imprisonment."

The Chron's Peter Fimrite reports that, if a "sanctuary state" bill passes, El Dorado sheriff John D'Agostino has no intention to follow it



The LAT's Phil Willon writes that the changes cities have made under the California Voting Rights Act from at-large to district-based elections haven't resulted in siginicantly higher Latino representation

In the Press-Enterprise, Jeff Horseman looks at how the state funding changes to the In-Home Supportive Services program will hit county budgets. "A looming end to a state cost-control experiment would force counties to shoulder a much bigger share of IHSS expenses — $623 million to start and almost $2 billion over six years."



Joel Fox writes that the Third DCA ruled Thursday that the state's cap-and-trade programs fees do not constitute an illegal tax

The AP's Michael Balsamo reports on the rally in Los Angeles rally yesterday against childhood poverty, which was attended by many electeds, including Nancy Pelosi.

Finally, Senator Ricardo Lara pens an op-ed in support of his (and Toni Atkins's) bill for universal health care in California. 



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Lindsay Phelps and Assemblymember Jim Wood!



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Political events in the Bay Area: sign-making event, education discussion
Political events in the Bay Area: sign-making event, education discussion Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. 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. 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 advisor 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. In Hayward, a march is from 10 a.m. to noon and begins at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, 4901 Breakwater Ave. For information: 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.

Why Are California Legislators Getting Decent Approval Ratings? They're Getting Things Done
George Skelton @
California's Legislature is enjoying good approval ratings for the first time in a while. There's a reason why: good governance.

If California Becomes A Sanctuary State, This County Will Resist - San Francisco Chronicle
PLACERVILLE, El Dorado County — Leaning back in his chair, his gold sheriff’s badge glinting in a shaft of light, John D’Agostini thought for a second about what he would do if Sacramento legislators imposed San Francisco-style sanctuary laws to protect people living across the state illegally.

Seven House Republicans face TV ad attacks over health care

Save My Care, backed by labor and progressive groups, is spending over $1 million on spots that highlight support for the GOP health care plan that now stands in limbo in the House.

Democrats Moving Senior Staffers To Orange County In An Effort To Flip Republican House Seats
Javier Panzar @
Essential Politics

In A Long Career Where Rep. Darrell Issa Protected Online Privacy, A Crack Forms - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @
The founder of a successful electronics company and a proud gadgets geek, Rep. Darrell Issa built a reputation as not only one of the few Republicans with a keen interest in protecting online privacy, but a go-to member of Congress when it came to the topic.

L.A. Oil-drilling Site Could Be Turned Into Affordable Housing
Emily Alpert Reyes @
An oil company has been in talks with Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson to shutter a drilling site next to an Arlington Heights school and build affordable housing there.

Feds: Well-known Oakland Contractors Indicted In Bid-rigging
SAN FRANCISCO — The founders of a well-known Oakland construction company, the son of an Oakland councilman, a former state Veterans Affairs official and other Bay Area contractors have been indicted by the federal government in construction bid-rigging schemes.

Oakland Fire Department Software Blamed For Inspection Lapses - San Francisco Chronicle
After a 2011 civil grand jury report excoriated Oakland’s building services division, concluding that some inspectors were keeping property records in their desk drawers rather than a central database, the city purchased a multimillion-dollar software system to bring the department into the 21st century.

Alum Rock Schools Investigation Into Construction Payments
K 12 Education, School Boards & Measures

Why In-home Care For California’s Needy Could Strain County Budgets
Today's high

Charter Schools Are Growing In Number Where They Are Not Needed, New Report Says
Howard Blume @
Charters are privately operated, taxpayer-funded public schools that are exempt from some rules that govern traditional campuses.

Ill-conceived Aggression Our Legacy Of Being Born In The U.s.a. - San Francisco Chronicle
It’s one of those eerie historical coincidences that you’d rather not dwell on too much. President Trump launches a barrage of Tomahawk missiles into the Syrian powder keg on April 6 — exactly 100 years after President Woodrow Wilson won congressional approval to plunge America into World War I, the European bloodbath that set the stage for so many of the next century’s nightmares.

President Trump’s proposed cuts in environmental programs go far beyond climate change. They would also affect clean water, law enforcement and pollution cleanup.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi And U.S. Rep. John Lewis Join L.A. Rally To End Child Poverty
James Queally @
House leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. John L. Lewis join L.A. rally to end child poverty

For Sf Landlords, Deadline Looms To Retrofit Soft-story Buildings - San Francisco Chronicle
Owners of nearly 2,000 apartment buildings in San Francisco have done nothing to bring their properties up to current seismic safety standards, despite an approaching deadline and possible fines if the mandatory work is not completed.

Gorsuch's Impact On Divided Supreme Court Will Begin Immediately
David G. Savage @
Essential Politics

The Senate may be developing an electoral college issue

By one metric, senators representing less than half the country are passing measures in the Senate.

Poll: Majority Support Missile Strikes Against Syria - Politico
Seventy percent said that Trump must seek Congressional approval before taking additional action against Syria. Of those polled who identified as Republicans, more than 50 percent said further military steps by the president should come with the say-so of Capitol Hill.

As Georgia Vote Nears, G.O.P. Asks if Ideological Purity Matters Anymore
Early voting has begun in a special House election, but in the suburbs north of Atlanta, few seem quite sure what the Republican Party stands for now.

LAPD To Begin Using The World's First 'pursuit-rated' Hybrid Patrol Car
Charles Fleming @
The Los Angles Police Department is among the first law enforcement agencies to use Ford's new "pursuit-rated" hybrid, the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan.

Who is Jeff Sessions?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been implementing big changes at the Justice Department. Here's what you need to know about the former senator and early President Trump supporter.

Mobile Apps For Undocumented Immigrants Mark New Era In Technology – East Bay Times
With the press of a digital “panic” button, immigrants detained by ICE may soon be able to send customized, encrypted messages to friends and family from their mobile phones in a last-minute attempt to share final parting words or critical information.