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THE Nooner for April 13, 2017

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Good morning Golden State! In today's #FML, last night I was cleaning out my fridge and one of the door shelves collapsed. Of the bottles that fell to the floor and spilled across the kitchen, it was the Red Boat fish sauce. My place now smells like a one-sided Vietnamese restaurant, but at least it was the highest quality fish sauce. I may just empty a bottle of Sriracha and eat off the floor.

In a continuing spring break week, there is very little out there in the political/policy world. Legislators are with family (junckets) or are chilling and tweeting. I don't mean that critically, as we could all use it.

But, we'll be short today.

Before we talk politics, let's enjoy spring for a moment. I took this picture this morning on my daily morning walk. 

Sacramento flowers


Sorry for those of you reading on smart phones, but we need some cheer in this dreary week.



In LA-LA LAND, Jimmy Gomez is consolidating support in his June 6 runoff against Robert Ahn Lee to succeed Xavier Becerra, with the support of many of his opponents in the primary. Basically, if you want a future in the Democratic party, it is time to get aboard. Of course, that's just continuing the split in the region between Asian-Americans and Latinos.

Meanwhile, behind the Orange Curtain, Senator Pat Bates has fornally taken over as Senate Republican Leader, writes Patrick McGreevy in the Times. 



TRAVEL BAN: Although North Carolina has repealed it's requirement that individuals use the bathroom associated with their gender at birth, Attorney General Xavier Becerra says "no go." Why? The legislation allows local governments and universities to establish their own bathroom requirements. Adam Ashton reports for the Bee. The NCAA has cleared the "First in Flight" state for games, but the "Golden State" ain't buying it.

Adam also writes that there is progress on limiting the tax impact on state employees receiving a $2,500 "bonus" persuant to collective bargaining.

Meanwhile, the LAT's Jazmine Ulloa with graphics staff looks at the practical impact of the sanctuary state of California.


#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Tristan Brown!



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Should California Move Up Its Primary To Gain Clout In Presidential Elections?
George Skelton @
State Sen. Ricardo Lara has legislation to move up the 2020 Ca presidential primary to make the state more relevant. But it screws up the U.S. Senate and legislative primaries by moving them up too

California Vaccine Rates Increase After Legislature Toughens Rules For Children | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

A 'sanctuary State' Bill Is Raising Heated Debate Among California Lawmakers. Here's How It Would Work
Jazmine Ulloa , Los Angeles Graphics Staff @
A state Senate bill that seeks to expand so-called sanctuary city policies across the state is raising heated debate in the California Legislature. We explain how it would work.

Man Punched By Sacramento Cop Resisted Arrest In Fresno | The Sacramento Bee
Nashelly Chavez and Pablo Lopez @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

From Extreme Drought To Record Rain: Why California's Drought-to-deluge Cycle Is Getting Worse
But never before in recorded history has the state seen such an extreme drought-to-deluge swing.

SF lawmaker seeks to speed up homeless housing
Assemblyman Phil Ting says he wants to hammer down the regulatory delays that can turn constructing housing for homeless people into a slog through bureaucratic molasses, and he’s come up with an aggressive approach — a measure that would let San Francisco rewrite the rules to supply roofs quickly for the 7,000 people in the city with no long-term home. Ting is sponsoring a bill that would let a city throw out all state and local building, health and other regulations for homeless housing or shelters, and make up new ones that radically speed up construction. With him were leaders of San Francisco homeless programs who enthusiastically endorsed the measure and promised to rewrite regulations to slash as much red tape as possible while still keeping buildings safe. “Anybody who visits this city can see we are in the middle of an emergency on homelessness,” Jeff Kositsky, director of the city Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, said at the gathering in front of the Civic Center Navigation Center shelter. “This bill could help us with our ability to site shelters, to site Navigation Centers and to build permanent supportive housing,” Kositsky said. “Just being able to pull building permits quicker would help,” said Christy Saxton, a manager at Community Housing Partnership, one of the biggest supportive-housing programs in the city. [...] the negotiations that have to go on between city departments, after you win a building bid, can take two years and be like herding cats — why not speed that up? San Jose declared a state of emergency on homelessness in 2015, and as with Ting’s bill, that declaration was required for the law to take effect. “It’s all about getting folks off the streets into safer conditions with showers, bathrooms, a temporary roof,” said Jennifer Loving, executive director of the nonprofit Destination:

Antenna Permitting Bill Sparks Clash Between State, Local Officials - San Francisco Chronicle
A resolution unanimously approved by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday may put the city on a collision course with Sacramento legislators over a bill that aims to shift the power to regulate the placement of wireless communications devices from local municipalities to the state.

Sea-level rise in California will be bad to catastrophic, study says
A state-commissioned report on climate change released Wednesday raises the stakes for fighting global warming, offering a clearer and, in some cases, more catastrophic picture of how much sea levels will rise in California. “We have learned that the potential for a higher sea level is greater than we thought,” said Gary Griggs, a professor of earth sciences at UC Santa Cruz and one of seven climate experts who prepared the report. The 71-page document was requested by the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Ocean Protection Council, in collaboration with the governor’s office, to help state and local officials plan for rising seas. The report, which represents an update of a 2013 state analysis, lays out expected ocean levels through 2150 for a number of locations and scenarios varying with the amount of greenhouse gas emissions globally. The emission targets are not binding, however, and many scientists predict that President Trump’s executive order aimed at repealing Obama administration limits on coal-fired power plant pollution will prevent the U.S. from reaching its target. Because the ocean at the poles is lifted by strong gravitational forces, when that ice thaws and water is released toward the tropics, the liquid relaxes and spreads out, according to Griggs. “California leads the way in both addressing climate change and protecting our coastal and ocean communities and resources,” Jenn Eckerle, deputy director of the Ocean Protection Council, said in a statement.

Pressure Grows For Assad To Step Down. But In Damascus, His Backers Say The Alternatives May Be Worse
Patrick J. McDonnell @
As Assad faces international pressure to step aside as Syrian president, he appears more defiant than ever.

Wannabe Guv Chiang: “stronger Financial Future”
What’s the message?

UC Berkeley Republicans Test Limits Again With Ann Coulter Speech - San Francisco Chronicle
The Berkeley College Republicans have no problem inviting the nation’s most provocative conservatives to speak on campus — and the more outrageous the better, they say. It’s good for business.

Hungary Law That Could Close Soros-Backed University Faces Uncertainty

Even as an E.U. official said that Central European University should operate “undisturbed,” Hungary’s government appeared to be having second thoughts.

New Funding To House California's Homeless Must First Clear Hurdles -
Daniel Potter @
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Chicken Nearly Disappeared From L.A. School Lunches. Now, It's Making A Comeback
Howard Blume @
For more than a year, one of the foods Los Angeles students like best has been all but absent from school menus.

Hedgecock Suit Says Sidewalk Fall Ruptured Wife's Breast Implants - The San Diego Union-tribune
David Garrick @

George W. Bush Makes Case For Foreign Aid And Immigration Reform - Politico
Former President George W. Bush made the case for continuing to fund foreign aid programs and offering a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in a recent NPR interview.

California Boosts Funding For Electric Vehicle Charging Stations -
Chris Nichols @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

'get Off Or Pay For Another Seat.' United Customers Share Their Bad Experiences
David Lazarus @
Disgruntled United customers share their bad experiences.

Choice of Pro-Immigration Economic Adviser Riles Trumpâ

President Trump selected Kevin Hassett, who believes that immigration spurs economic growth, to lead his Council of Economic Advisers.

House Democrats Want Kushner's Security Clearance Suspended - Politico
President Donald Trump's son-in-law and advisor failed to disclose numerous foreign contacts when he applied for top-secret clearance, including at least two meetings with high-profile Russians during Trump's transition to the White House, according to a New York Times report cited by the lawmakers. It is, they noted, a felony to intentionally conceal such meetings on a national security form.

After Campaign Exit, Manafort Borrowed From Businesses With Trump Ties
A shell company created by Paul Manafort the same day he left the presidential campaign quickly received $13 million in loans from the businesses.