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THE Nooner for April 25, 2017

It's noon. It's time for a break. Here's what people are reading on aroundthecapitol.com today:

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Assembly Gives Final Approval To $1 Billion In Side Deals Made Before Vote On Gas-tax Increase
Patrick McGreevy @
latimes.com
The state Assembly voted to give final approval Monday to nearly $1 billion for transportation projects in the districts of five lawmak...

California Lawmakers Send Governor Bill Tied To Gas Tax Hike | The Sacramento Bee
SOPHIA BOLLAG @
sacbee.com
After a fast-tracked process, California lawmakers on Monday voted to send the governor a bill to authorize more than $900 million in transportation projects that helped secure key votes for a gas tax hike.

California Legislature Votes To Raise Gas Taxes, Vehicle Fees By $5.2 Billion A Year For Road Repairs And Transit
Patrick McGreevy, Melanie Mason @
latimes.com
The California Legislature is being asked to vote today on gas tax and vehicle fee increases that will raise $5.2 billion annually for repairs to the state's decaying roads, bridges and highways

Bay Area political events: environment talk, workers memorial
sfgate.com
Bay Area political events: environment talk, workers memorial Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. 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. The free event begins at 7 p.m. at Driver’s Market, 200 Caledonia St., Sausalito. Comedy night: “Comedy Night for Immigrant Rights” will feature Bay Area comedians Irene Tu, Johan Miranda and Zahra Noorbaksh. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at BATS Improv Theatre in Building B at Fort Mason, San Francisco. Memorial: A day of remembrance for workers who have been killed and injured on the job. Panel discussion on Race, Power and Politics: Effects on Workers of Color, with speakers from state and federal agencies, labor organizations and community groups. The event is from noon to 1:45 p.m. at Oakstop Event Space, Telegraph Room, 1721 Broadway in Oakland. In San Rafael, a march will begin 11 a.m. outside San Rafael City Hall, 1400 Fifth Ave. In San Jose, a march starts at 10 a.m. outside City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St. For information on all marches: https://peoplesclimate.org. The second Women’s Coalition meeting hosted by Democratic Activists for Women Now. Immigration event: “Remembering the 135th Anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act” and standing in opposition to President Trump’s proposed travel ban. Contact Chinese for Affirmative Action for information: (415) 274-6750. Health care film: “Healthcare for Everybody” will be screened from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Contra Costa Central Labor Council, 1333 Pine St., Suite E in Martinez. Healthcare film: A screening of “Now is the Time” followed by a health care discussion on the proposed California proposition for a single-payer plan.

California Lawmaker's Bid To Block So-called 'netflix Taxes' Fails
Liam Dillon @
latimes.com
A California bill that would have blocked local governments from taxing Netflix, Hulu and other streaming video services is done for th...

Eliminate The Bd Of Equalization? I Voted For That, Sort Of :: Fox&hounds
foxandhoundsdaily.com
The Board of Equalization is one of a number of tax collection agencies in the state. It was originally formed in the 1870s to equalize property tax assessments around the state. Four elected members plus the state controller make up the board. The total of four members was equivalent to the number to congressmen California sent to Washington in those days. While the state’s congressional delegation has grown dramatically since then, the board membership remained at it original total.

Mentally Ill Inmates Seek Punitive Damages To Change State Prisons | The Sacramento Bee
Andy Furillo @
sacbee.com
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

Ann Coulterâ
sfgate.com
With negotiations over right-wing commentator Ann Coulter’s UC Berkeley appearance at an impasse, college Republicans filed a federal lawsuit Monday accusing the university of unconstitutionally censoring conservative speech. Coulter, an author and television commentator, was invited by the Berkeley College Republicans and the nonpartisan BridgeUSA to speak on campus this Thursday night, but campus officials said they could not safely accommodate her because police had learned of threats of violence by both opponents and supporters of Coulter. The offer was a “sham” because of the timing and because the university, for purported security reasons, was refusing to make large on-campus buildings available for the talk, lawyers for Young America’s Foundation, the sponsor of Coulter’s planned speech, and Berkeley College Republicans said in its U.S. District Court lawsuit. [...] the suit noted, UC Berkeley has recently allowed speakers invited by liberal students — including former Mexican President Vicente Fox, a critic of President Trump’s immigration policies — to appear without similar time-and-place restrictions. University officials “could have taken appropriate security measures to ensure the safety of those attending conservative speaking engagements — as is their duty to all students on campus — but they have refused to do so,” the lawsuit said.

The Billion-dollar Budget Item Garcetti Didn't Mention In His State Of The City Speech
Jack Dolan @
latimes.com
Retiree costs will amount to nearly 20% of L.A.'s general fund in the next fiscal year.

Politics | Fresno Prosecutor Janz Plans Run For Congress Against Devin Nunes | The Fresno Bee
Tim Sheehan @
fresnobee.com
Breaking news, insight on the Valley's political movers and shakers

Water Under Oroville Spillway Probably Caused February Collapse, State Consultants Say
Bettina Boxall @
latimes.com
Water under Oroville spillway may have triggered February break, consultants say

Even in Trump's base, his path forward on health care is awfully unpopular

Trump voters back preexisting condition coverage as confidence in GOP replacement legislation crumbles.

Senate Judiciary Sets Date For Yates, Clapper Testimony On Russia - Politico
politico.com
Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, will testify on Russian meddling in the 2016 election. | AP Photo

That Gas Tax Hike? It’s Not Enough To Fix California’s Roads, Group Says
dailynews.com
Today's high

Two Oroville Dam Documents Released After Complaints About Secrecy | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow @
sacbee.com
By Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow

Anticipating A Shift To The Right In The Courts, The Nra Begins Its Attack On Gun Controls In California
Patrick McGreevy @
latimes.com
The NRA on Monday filed the first of a series of legal challenges to a package of new gun control laws approved in the wake of the San Bernardino terror attack

Conway: Border Wall Remains A 'very Important Priority' For Trump - Politico
politico.com
Money for the border wall would likely have been a major sticking point for Democrats should the president have insisted upon it in legislation that must pass this week in order to keep the government open. By deferring explicit funding for the wall into the future, Trump has removed one of the major obstacles to avoiding a government shutdown, one that would embarrassingly begin on his 100th day in office.

Truecar Proposes Public Offering To Raise Money
Samantha Masunaga @
latimes.com
On Monday, TrueCar Inc. announced a proposed public offering of its common stock.