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THE Nooner for April 17, 2017
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Welcome back from spring break!
AURAL PLEASURE: John Myers, Melanie Mason, and Marisa Lagos tickle our ears with the California Politics Podcast and talk about the efforts to move up the state's primary election in presidential years.
The Legislative Analyst's Office starts its annual geek-a-thon this afternoon with daily tracking of tax revenues.
The Times's editorial board sat down with Jerry Brown to talk climate change.
Also in the Times, John Myers writes that there are no congressional districts in California where Republicans comprise a majority. "Their highest concentration, nestled in the Sierra foothills district of Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove), is slightly less than 44%."
Following his annual Easter tradition, on Saturday, Governor Brown issued 72 pardons and 7 commutations, including three veterans who were deported. Advocates for the pardonees hope that the move will make it easier for them to have their green cards restored.
MONEY MATTERS: The SDUT's Joshua Stewart writes that Duncan Hunter and Darrell Issa have big financial advantages for their reelection campaigns.
BLURRED LINES: In the Paul Mitchell file, Erica Klarreich writes for Quanta Magazine about the mathematical aspects of gerrymandering. It's almost time for redistricting again!
THE 916: The Bee's Tony Bizjak looks at whether downtown Sac is ready for micro-apartments as a solution for the housing crunch.
A GRAB? The East Bay Times editorial board goes after Assemblyman Jim Frazier over his bill to shift money from the East Bay Regional Park District to the East Contra Costa Fire Protection district in a reallocation of property tax revenue.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jonathan Howard!
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Bay Area political events: anti-ICE rally, Feinstein town hall
Bay Area political events: anti-ICE rally, Feinstein town hall Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. Hosted by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., from 11 a.m. to noon at the San Francisco Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 2850 19th Ave. Attendees must have a ticket. Immigration protest: A demonstration calling for Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern to stop working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement by âÂÂnotifying ICE on prisoner releases.âÂÂ The protest is from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Glenn Dyer Detention Facility, 550 Sixth St. in Oakland. Conversation on land use: A discussion on how local communities can âÂÂmake the best decisions to meet regional and local needsâÂÂ on land use and housing. Politics 101: A discussion hosted by the United Democratic Club on the political history of San Francisco, how local and state governments work, and what the future holds for political issues like housing and transportation. Helena, at 6:30 p.m. at Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, 2277 Napa Vallejo Highway in Napa. The League of Women Voters hosts a discussion with Jay Laefer of the American Civil Liberties Union on âÂÂsafeguarding the rights of our entire community.âÂÂ Conversation on Trump resistance: A new event series hosted by The Chronicle is called âÂÂChronicle Chats.âÂÂ Can the Trump Resistance Grow Beyond Protest?, will be moderated by columnist David Talbot and will feature a senior adviser to the Bernie Sanders campaign and other experts and leaders. The event is from noon to 1 p.m. at the corner of Golden Gate Avenue and Larkin Street in San Francisco. The Museum of International Propaganda is hosting a pop-up art and poetry show called Against Trumpism: Bay Area and national artists and poets will present their work from April 20 to 29. The opening reception is April 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. with a poetry reading at 7:30 p.m. at 1000 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. Hosted by Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium of CaÃ±ada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, will host a town hall at 4 p.m. at the Dublin High School student union, 8151 Village Parkway in Dublin. Hosted by Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Fremont, at 1 p.m. at Newark Memorial High School, 39375 Cedar Blvd. in Newark. 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. Marin County Supervisor Kate Sears will discuss the recent findings of the BayWave Project, a study on sea levels and rising tides from Sausalito to Novato. Sears will discuss MarinâÂÂs vulnerability and list next steps for how to deal with issues associated with rising sea levels. Hosted by the International Institute of the Bay Area, a âÂÂComedy Night for Immigrant RightsâÂÂ will feature Bay Area comedians Irene Tu, Johan Miranda and Zahra Noorbaksh.
One Key Way Soggy California Could Save Water For The Next Dry Spell
Bettina Boxall @ latimes.com
Why isn't California, newly awash in water, shoving more into what amounts to its biggest reservoir -- the depleted Central Valley aquifer?
Incumbents Have Big Campaign Money Lead - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Trump Slams Democratic Candidate In Georgia's Special Election - Politico
President Donald Trump waded into the special election in Georgia's 6th congressional district, blasting Democrat Jon Ossoff in a tweet without naming him. | AP Photo
Costs Soar After Huntington Park Picks Politically Connected Firm To Provide Bus Service
Adam Elmahrek @ latimes.com
Huntington Park's cost to run its city buses has nearly tripled since a politically linked firm took over the transportation service.
Two Republican lawmakers face anger, from their own voters, on health care
Ted Yoho, a conservative, and Mike Coffman, a centrist, defended their decisions at home last week.
Tiny Homes Yield Bigger Problem: Where To Put Them? | The Sacramento Bee
Ed Fletcher @ sacbee.com
By Ed Fletcher
Pro-trump Group Launches A $3 Million Ad Campaign To Prop Up House Allies
Hours before the Republican health-care plan fizzled last month, White House officials marched to the Capitol and urged party leaders to call for a vote on the House floor. Several of them later groused privately that they wanted a list of who was with President Trump and who was against him.
LAPD Officers Expected To Face More Scrutiny Over Shootings With New Rules
Kate Mather @ latimes.com
LAPD commission weighs major change in how police officers are judged in shootings
How San Diego International Went From "little Airport" To Global Stop - The San Diego Union-tribune
Lori Weisberg @ sandiegouniontribune.com
A $10-million Fund Will Help Immigrants Fight Deportations. But Should It Help Those With Violent Criminal Convictions?
Dakota Smith @ latimes.com
A city-county plan to provide legal services for immigrants is drawing criticism from immigrant rights groups over who deserves representation.
Congress Needs To Reach A Budget Deal In A Matter Of Days. What Could Go Wrong? | Mcclatchy Washington Bureau
Lesley Clark @ mcclatchydc.com
By Lesley Clark
Cost Triples, Delays Mount For UC Computer System Upgrade | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
Mycapture | The Union Democrat
How Berkeley Became Epicenter Of Violent Trump Clashes
Paige St. John and Shelby Grad @ latimes.com
How Berkeley became epicenter of violent Trump clashes
Bart To Shell Out Big Bucks To Catch Fare Cheats - San Francisco Chronicle
BART is planning to spend $800,000 next year to hire a team of six full-time fare inspectors to roam the line and hunt down fare cheats who supposedly are costing the ailing rail line millions of dollars a year in lost revenue.
Ahead of Democratic unity tour, Sanders says party 'should have put more resources' into Kansas
He was one of very few national political figures who campaigned with defeated Kansas congressional candidate James Thompson.
More Rainstorms Prompt The Reopening Of The Damaged Oroville Dam Spillway
Michael Finnegan @ latimes.com
Damaged Oroville Dam spillway is reopened amid new rainstorms
Some Families Blame Phone Makers For Distracted Driving Deaths - San Francisco Chronicle
Peggy Riggs often warned her children, including 20-year-old son David, about the dangers of texting and driving. In turn, David encouraged his friends never to engage in the practice.
President Trump and first lady kick off the Easter Egg Roll
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump spoke at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on April 17. "We will be stronger and bigger and better as a nation than ever before," Trump said to the families gathered on the White House lawn. "We are right on track."
Professor Says Stanford Balked At Trump Image For Sex-assault Conference
Professor says Stanford balked at Trump image for sex-assault conference