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THE Nooner for April 24, 2017

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Happy Monday. Tonight, the Giants host the Dodgers for the first of four games.

UMMMM, NO: In the escalating tension between the Golden State and federal government, Attorney General Xavier Becerra said on "This Week" yesterday that California is not in the "business of deportation," reports the AP. The feds warned the state and eight cities that federal funding will be withheld if they fail to cooperate with federal immigration officials.

FROM THE DESK OF THE DEAN: George Skelton writes that it's time for state tax reform to reduce the reliance on the wealthy:

The Franchise Tax Board reported that for 2015, the latest year analyzed, the top 1% paid nearly half — 47.6% — of the total state income tax. These people earned 24% of the taxable income. They represented only about 161,000 tax returns out of a total 16.1 million.

Meanwhile, John Myers reports that this week's income tax revenues are key to the state's budget prospects, and ties in the theme of state tax reform.




Dan Walters writes that it's time to scrap the beleaguered state Board of Equalization. 

THE OTHER CAPITAL: The clock is ticking in Washington, with federal spending authority ending at midnight Friday unless a spending bill is approved before then. It's a big test on the Trump Administration, which is pushing for funding of the border wall a large increase in military spending. There appears to be no Democratic support and not all Freedom Caucus members are on board. ICYMI, I wrote more about this on Saturday.

A shutdown would have a huge impact on California, which has the most number of federal employees, from national parks to civilian employees on military bases. So, if you hava reservation for The Ahwahnee this weekend, you might consider a state park instead.

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL: In the Times, Hailey Branson-Potts looks at the duo towns of Calexico, California and Mexicali, Baja, Mexico. The cities are closely intertwined, with students trekking across the border to attend private schools in Calexico. For those who haven't been to Mexicali, it is home to outstanding Chinese restaurants--estimates are that there are over 200 in Mexicali. There lots of dishes that you'll only find in Mexicali.

Why? It goes back to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, and Chinese who had been laboring in the United States went across the border and stayed. Others spread throughout the Imperial Valley after the Act was repealed in 1943 and being willing to farm after the repeated flooding of the region from the Colorado River projects. On both sides of the border, it's a very unique region that very few Americans ever experience.

Next time you're passing through Mexicali on your way to your fishing trip to San Felipe, stop in a Chinese restaurant and order carnitas coloradas--"red pork"--or, as you might know it, Chinese barbecue pork. Waiters generally speak Spanish and English.

Damn, I need to go do some Baja fishing.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Lisa Chin Fulmer, Sally Lieber, and Sac Supervisor Phil Serna!



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It's Time For California To Stop Leaning On The Rich And Take Up State Tax Reform
George Skelton @
Essential Politics

California Tax Equalization Board Should Be Abolished | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Trump Pledges That Premiums Will 'start Tumbling Down' Under His Health Care Plan - Politico
Republicans have not yet presented their proposal publicly, however, nor has it received a score from the Congressional Budget Office.

Road Tax Would Bring $13 Million A Year For Butte County Roads, Transit
Today's high

Theresa May Hires Former Obama Campaign Chief – Politico
Jim Messina was part of the Tory campaign team for the 2015 general election.

Butte County Supervisors, Firefighters Give Insight On Upcoming Cal Fire Stations Vote
Today's high

Obama Returns To Spotlight, Talks Up His 'next Job' - Politico
Former President Barack Obama made his public return on Monday at an event at the University of Chicago, leading a conversation among young community leaders here that he says will kick off a focus of his post-presidency and taking aim at gerrymandering, money in politics, and low civic participation.

Facebook Moves Toward Augmented Reality Future - San Francisco Chronicle
Facebook is still playing out its $2 billion bet on the future of virtual reality, but the social network showed Tuesday it is shifting toward related technologies like augmented reality and artificial intelligence.

Cannabis Workers, Once Facing Legal Peril, Get The California Seal Of Approval
Robin Abcarian @
A young woman from Sacramento becomes the first California-certified cannabis pharmacy technician

Sacramento Police: Double Homicide Tied To Home Invasion And Robbery At Marijuana Grow House | The Sacramento Bee
Ellen Garrison @
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Macron, Le Pen headed to runoff in French presidential election
Trump appeared to flirt with supporting Le Pen as the election approached, but an aide said his comments did not suggest the U.S. president wanted the far-right firebrand to win.

Trump has no favorite in the French election, Priebus insists, despite the president's tweet

Although Trump and Le Pen share similar policy views, the president's chief of staff said, Trump isn't pulling for the French candidate.

Macron, Le Pen advance in French presidential election
Centrist and far-right candidates to face each other in presidential runoff on May 7.

As Industry Struggles, Sf Cabdrivers At Odds On Dividing Big Fund - San Francisco Chronicle
Back in 2010, when Uber was just rolling to a start and no one had heard of Lyft, the idea of selling San Francisco’s much-wanted licenses to operate cabs and creating a fund with some of the proceeds to benefit taxi drivers seemed like a good one.

Trump Disses The United Nations As An ‘underperformer’ - Politico
President Donald Trump, sitting next to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, speaks during a working lunch with ambassadors of countries on the United Nations Security Council and their spouses on Monday at the White House. | AP Photo

Who was the 'somebody' who issued a 100-day plan for President Trump?

The president suggests his 100-day plan was issued by some campaign staffer. But Trump announced it with fanfare.

Today In Trumpworld -- April 24 - Politico
9:30 a.m.: President Donald Trump will speak by phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel from the residence.

Kamala Harris Gets Star Treatment And No Protests At Her Town Hall | The Sacramento Bee
Sean Cockerham @
By Sean Cockerham

Schumer Mocks Sessions: I'll Ride The Subway With You At 4 A.m. - Politico
Sessions, who was appointed attorney general by President Donald Trump, was heavily criticized after his department sent out a news release last week threatening to withhold federal funding from New York for being a sanctuary city, in which the department characterized the NYPD as being "soft on crime."

Congressional Memo: Will the Government Be Open in a Week? Here Are the Dividing Lines

The Trump administration wants to use the deadline as leverage on a border wall, military spending, health care and more, raising the prospects of a shutdown.

Here's Why Chinese Money Is Pouring Into Temecula's Wine Region
David Pierson @
Chinese investment has been pouring into Temecula wine country and surrounding Riverside County