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THE Nooner for April 22, 2017
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Good morning and happy Saturday to you! I may be a bit short today because it's Picnic Day at UC Davis. I haven't been for a few years, and the weather is supposed to be great, so my plan is to Uber out there around 8:45 this morning.
Speaking UC Davis, the Bee's Diana Lambert reports that the "morning after pill" is now available at an on-campus vending machine.
AURAL PLEASURE: John Myers, Melanie Mason and Marisa Lagos tickle our ears with the California Politics Podcast.
SANCTUARY SHUTDOWN? As the Department of Justice warned eight California cities and the state of California that they were at risk of losing federal funds for declaring that they are "sanctuaries" for undocumented immigrants, the Golden State is fighting back reports McClatchy's Lesley Clark. The White House budget director Mick Mulvaney has said that a provision barring federal funding to sanctuary cities must be included in the must-pass federal budget bill due by Friday.
That makes the bill a no-go. Several members of the Freedom Caucus won't be aboard the bill because of the level of spending. And, it's unlikely any Democrats will be voting for the bill(s). We're getting very close to a federal government shutdown--again. Many have the attitude of Jed Bartlet.
This could cripple what is a pretty darn good economy. California's unemployment rate dropped to 4.9%, the BLS reported Friday. 5% is generally considered "full employment." Tax revenues are beyond projections.
Yesterday, Attorney General Xavier Becerra strongly rebuked the demands of the federal Department of Justice, writes Angela Hart in the Bee. And, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León called the actions of the Trump Administration "based on principles of white supremacy," reports Patrick McGreevy in the Times.
California has the most number of federal employees, beyond the District of Columbia. Those in the military wouldn't be affected, but it's still a lot of people with decent salaries who would stop spending discretionarily.
BULLET TRAIN: The executive director of the California High Speed Rail Authority, Jeff Morales, is stepping down in June, reports Ralph Vartabedian in the Times. The project is looking less and less likely to be completed, even as segments have been built in the Central Valley. With no signals of further federal support, the hope of putting together $64 billion just seems unlikely.
SMOG: The PE's Daniel Danelski writes that the transportation plan could lead to more smog because it included a provision that limits regulators' ability to impose regulations on big rig trucks.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Maddie Dunlap, former Senator Noreen Evans, Senator Tony Mendoza, and Rod Olsen!
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The head of CaliforniaâÂÂs $64 billion high-speed rail project said Friday heâÂÂs stepping down after five years pushing forward a vision of 220-mph trains that still faces stiff resistance from lawmakers and the public. Jeff Morales, 57, told The Chronicle that uncertainty over the projectâÂÂs future had nothing to do with his resignation, only a genuine desire to move aside after breaking ground on the nationâÂÂs largest infrastructure project. Morales, who sent his resignation letter to Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday, plans to remain chief executive officer of the California High Speed Rail Authority through June 2, long enough to find his replacement. In May 2012, Morales was hired by the rail authorityâÂÂs board as the project struggled to get off the ground, with agency staffing stalled, lawsuits looming over rights-of-way, and the Legislature yet to commit to construction. [...] the agency has bought up more than 1,000 parcels of land and hired a handful of contractors to begin building 119 miles of rail line between Madera and Bakersfield. [...] in Sacramento, the stateâÂÂs cap-and-trade program, which essentially sells pollution credits to industry to fund projects like high-speed rail, has failed to meet revenue expectations. [...] he worked as a senior vice president at Parsons Brinckerhoff, an international transportation firm that has been a primary contractor for the rail authority.
Trump Expresses Support For French Candidate Le Pen - Politico
French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has put terrorism, immigration and criticism of the European Union at the center of her campaign. | AP Photo
Shocker: Majority Of Californians Back Tax-funded School Vouchers - San Francisco Chronicle
If the old musical “West Side Story” were to be remade in 21st century California, it would be written as a love story between young charter school teacher Maria, and her secret paramour, Tony, a field organizer for the California Teachers Association. The latter-day Montague and Capulet would be separated not by race or ethnicity, nor by an age-old family feud. Rather, they would be forced to attempt to traverse an even more insurmountable divide — the ideological gulf between education reformers and traditionalists that has framed the debate over the state’s public schools for the past quarter century.
Sacramento Police Altercation: Pedestrian Groups Say Man Punched By Officer Didn't Jaywalk | The Sacramento Bee
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Conservative Group Threatens UC Berkeley Over Ann Coulter Appearance
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Head Of California's $64-billion Bullet Train Project Is Stepping Down
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t even been signed by Governor Brown yet, but Capitol Democrats are already talking about
Bay Area political events: Science marches, comedy night
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Sanctuary Cities: Trump, Sessions Make Threats, Municipalities Fight Back On Funding | The Sacramento Bee
Lesley Clark @ sacbee.com
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UC Davis Vending Machine Dispenses Morning After Pill, Condoms | The Sacramento Bee
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Trump: No Rush On Obamacare Repeal Vote - Politico
The White House this week also began pushing Republican congressional leaders for a floor vote on legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare next week, as the administration races against the clock for a major legislative achievement ahead of the 100-day mark.
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