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THE Nooner for April 21, 2017

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Happy Friday! You made it and it's going to be a beautiful weekend.

Health advocate Paul Song, who had been mulling a bid for Insurance Commissioner, yesterday posted that he has decided not to run. Song and wife Lisa Ling, who travels a lot for her CNN show, have two young daughters.

The Bee's Christopher Cadelago reports that Governor Jerry Brown announced yesterday that he's going to make a trip to China in June to talk climate change. Meanwhile, the LAT's Chris Megerian writes that California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols told reporters yesterday that there hasn't been progress in negotiations with the Trump Administration on vehicle emission standards.

U.S. SENATE: In the Times, Sarah D. Wire reports that Dianne Feinstein is stalling on a decision as to whether to run for reelection next year while waiting to see if family health issues are resolved. Her husband, Richard Blum, was diagnosed with lung cancer last year. Feinstein made the comments at a mostly friendly town hall meeting in Los Angeles yesterday.

INFIGHTING: Things have gotten pretty intense in the Senate Republican Caucus as Senator Jeff Stone (R-Temecula) went after Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Modesto) on KFI's John and Ken over Cannella's vote in favor of the transportation plan, writes Taryn Luna in the Bee. Cannella's home address and cell phone number were also shared, although not clear by whom.

Joe Mathews asks for Fox and Hounds whether Proposition 54's 72-hour-in-print rule will actually encourage more backroom deals.

MODERNIZATION: California voters may be asked to approve a $450 million bond next year for modernization of the state's voting system under a proposal by Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, reports John Myers in the Times.



BOE: The LAT's Patrick McGreevy reports on the budget subcommittee hearing yesterday at which the accusations of mismanagement of the State Board of Equalization were heard. The agency's executive director David Gau stated at the hearing the agency is in a "crisis mode."  

State Senator Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) is heading to Washington for tomorrow's March for Science. Pan carried the bill requiring public school students be vaccinated.

SOFT LANDING: Former State Senator Isadore Hall (D-Compton) who lost a congressional race to Nanette Barragán last November won State Senate confirmation for his appointment to serve on the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, reports the Bee's Taryn Luna.

LA-LA LAND: Christine Mai-Duc and Maloy Moore write that candidates in LA's CA34 special election primary spent on average $86 per vote.

MONEY MATTERS: BANG's Daniel Borenstein writes that California's city managers are growing increasingly worried that rising pension costs will cause more municipal bankruptcies.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblymember Anna CaballeroSydney Eggert, Brian Green, Nadia Davis Lockyer, and Bob Schelen!




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For Education Poll, Knowledge Is Missing :: Fox&hounds
Here’s what is missing in the latest Public Policy Institute of California poll on education: a test of the respondents knowledge on education funding. It is an understandable reaction to respond to questions about improving schools by adding more funding. That is generally what PPIC got in its new k-12 education poll. But, the reaction measured in the poll is not graded against how much is actually spent on schools and what voters know about state spending priorities.

University Of California Officials Will Ask Judge To Halt Alleged Health Fraud Scheme They Claim Stole Millions
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University of California asked a judge to stop what they say is a multimillion-dollar health care fraud scheme

UC Berkeley Flip-flops On Ann Coulter, Proposes May Date | The Sacramento Bee
University of California, Berkeley officials said Thursday they have a "grave concern" of violence on campus if Ann Coulter follows through on her vow to speak next week at the university.

Trump Is Finding That Trade, Like Health Care, Is Quite Hard - San Francisco Chronicle
President Trump had promised to quickly pass a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. He later acknowledged that health care is “an unbelievably complex subject.”

Board Of Equalization Director Says California's Imperiled Tax Collection Agency Is In 'crisis Mode'
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The executive director of the state Board of Equalization told legislators Thursday that some board members have acted to reassign staf...

John T. Noonan, well-respected judge on Court of Appeals, dies
When President Ronald Reagan nominated John T. Noonan in 1985 to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, he chose a man who had gained prominence in the academic and legal worlds as a Catholic scholar and staunch opponent of abortion. A native of Boston, Judge Noonan graduated from Harvard University with honors, earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in philosophy at Catholic University, and then attended Harvard Law School. In another book, “Narrowing the Nation’s Power,” published in 2002, Judge Noonan criticized Supreme Court rulings that limited individuals’ rights to sue state governments over issues such as religious freedom, age, disability and sexual assaults. In a 1995 ruling, Judge Noonan upheld Washington state’s ban on physician assistance in dying, declaring that compassion for human suffering, though a laudable character trait, “cannot be the compass of a federal judge” when it is inconsistent with constitutional standards. When his court in 1999 upheld police use of a thermal imaging device to monitor heat within a home as evidence of drug planting, Judge Noonan dissented on privacy grounds, a view later endorsed by the Supreme Court. In one case, when two Democratic-appointed judges voted in 2013 to uphold the convictions of thieves who had been drawn in by an undercover agent’s promise of riches in a poor neighborhood, Judge Noonan said in dissent that the government tactics had endangered “values of equality, fairness and liberty.”

Borenstein: City Managers Worry About Pension Insolvencies
Lodi City Manager Steve Schwabauer worries about his town’s fiscal solvency — and estimates roughly a third of California’s municipalities are in the same position because of rising pension costs.

Trump Predicts Victory On Health Care ‘next Week Or Shortly Thereafter’ - Politico
Lawmakers will face a Friday deadline when they return to work Tuesday after a two-week Easter recess. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been adamant that Republicans will be able to work with Democrats to avoid a shutdown, but the White House has added Obamacare repeal to what was already expected to be a busy week.

GOP lawmaker says health care â

Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) was booed at a town hall on April 19 after discussing health care.

Citrus Heights Councilman Mel Turner And Rancho Cordova Councilman Dan Skoglund Died Thursday, April 20, 2017 | The Sacramento Bee
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Conway ‘confident’ There Will Be No Government Shutdown - Politico
Kellyanne Conway said the Trump administration's proposed health care bill is in better shape than in March. | AP Photo

Cal State Hires Too Many Managers, Needs Better Budget Oversight, State Audit Finds
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It also raised concerns about budget oversight at the largest public university system in the nation.

Political events in the Bay Area: town halls, science march
Political events in the Bay Area: town halls, science march Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. Hosted by Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium of Cañada 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, Dublin. State Sen. Scott Wiener and Assemblymen David Chiu and Phil Ting are hosting a town hall, “California’s Role in the Resistance,” at 2 p.m. at the Mission High School Auditorium, 3750 18th St., San Francisco. Hosted by Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Fremont, at 1 p.m. at Newark Memorial High School, 39375 Cedar Blvd., 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 Marin’s vulnerability and list next steps for how to deal with issues associated with rising sea levels. The event is free, wheelchair-accessible and begins at 7 p.m. It will be held at Driver’s Market, 200 Caledonia St., Sausalito. Hosted by the International Institute of the Bay Area, a “Comedy Night for Immigrant Rights” will feature Bay Area comedians Irene Tu, Johan Miranda and Zahra Noorbaksh.

Sacramento Police Department Releases Additional Footage In Accused Jaywalking Incident | The Sacramento Bee
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Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Ann Coulter Rejects Cal Offer To Switch Date Of Speech - Sfgate
A day after canceling a scheduled speech by Ann Coulter for security reasons, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said Thursday that the right-wing pundit’s insistence on coming anyway persuaded him to rethink her banishment.

Vote On Gax Tax Increase In California Senate | The Sacramento Bee
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The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

California Senate Confirms Former Sen. Isadore Hall For Farm Labor Board Over GOP Objections
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Terror Attack Sends Quake Through Last Days Of French Presidential Campaign – Politico
All 11 candidates hit TV screens as details emerge about Paris attacker.

‘you’re Defending Trump!’: Feinstein Draws Boos At La Town Hall
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Trump: White House Will Release Tax Reform Plan Next Week - Politico
President Donald Trump has long promised massive tax cuts. | Getty

Student groups threaten to sue UC Berkeley over Ann Coulter visit
Let her speak on campus Thursday evening or they will sue the university in federal court on grounds it is violating the students’ constitutional rights. The Berkeley College Republicans and a nonpartisan student group, BridgeUSA, gave administrators a 5 p.m. Friday deadline to decide, and have hired San Francisco attorney Harmeet Dhillon to help them. University officials on Tuesday canceled Coulter’s talk, citing recent violent protests in Berkeley and a riot that caused a $100,000 damage Feb. 1 when another right-wing personality, Milo Yiannopoulos tried to speak on campus. Coulter refused, noting that May 2 falls within “Dead Week” when classes are suspended and students are studying for finals. [...] Coulter said, she’s busy that day. The cancellation of Coulter’s speech also “comes on the heels of UC Berkeley’s similar silencing of two other speakers,” Yiannopoulos and David Horowitz, both conservative activists, whose talks were “cancelled at the last minute on the pretext of being unable to provide adequate security,” Dhillon said.

Obama's Back: Former President To Hold Chicago Event On Monday - Politico
Former President Barack Obama will make his first public appearance next week at an event at the University of Chicago. | AP Photo