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THE Nooner for April 30, 2017

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Happy Sunday! If you haven't seen been watching the Zurich Classic golf tournament in New Orleans, there are lots of alligators on the course. Ricky Fowler actually poked one in the butt with a bunker rake on Friday. The final round ends beginning at noon today on CBS.   

I did not know that Hasan Minhaj, the comedian who performed at last night's White House Correspondents Dinner, grew up in Davis and has a political science degree from UC Davis. Darn that John Myers. He got to go!

Forty-two years ago today was the fall of Saigon.

With last Friday's deadline for policy committees to pass out fiscal bills, the April madness moves to the May madness of lengthy appropriations committee hearings. The deadling for non-fiscal bills is May 12.

Dan Walters asks if the Legislature is the most liberal in the state's history.

The Bee's Jane Braxton Little writes that, with Oroville Dam repairs underway, there are growing concerns with Trinity Dam, 130 miles northwest of Oroville. "Trinity Lake, the state’s third-largest reservoir, was filled to 97 percent of its storage capacity Tuesday, and a snowpack estimated at 150 percent of normal still looms over the watershed."



The LAT's John Myers looks at the extent of the University of California's constitutional autonomy in light of the $175 million in previously undisclosed reserves unveiled in a state audit a week ago. In short, while there are limits to the ability to impose policies on the University, the Legislature still controls the state-provided included in the annual budget. Although, cuts could lead to more student fee increases, putting legislators in a tough position.

In the Press-Democrat, Paul Payne looks at the debate over "double dipping" employees in Sonoma County.

The SDUT's Michele Parente reports of the major remodeling and expansion of several of the casino-hotels in the San Diego region.  



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Goeff Kors and Renee Sanchez!



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Bay Area political events: May Day, immigration
Bay Area political events: Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. SEIU United Service Workers West is also calling for a May Day general workers strike. In San Francisco, a protest is planned for 8 a.m. outside Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 630 Sansome St. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union is holding a rally and march at 9 a.m. at 400 North Point St. in San Francisco. 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: (415) 274-6750. Sanctuary cities discussion: A panel hosted by the Freedom Socialist Party Bay Area on how unions, religious groups and schools can defend immigrants. 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. Health care film: A screening of “Now Is the Time,” followed by a health care discussion on the proposed California proposition for a single-payer plan.

Political Road Map: So Why Can The UC Regents Thumb Their Noses At The Legislature?
John Myers @
No other part of California state government has what the University of California does: almost complete autonomy, with state lawmakers making suggestions and not rules.

The Education Of President Trump - San Francisco Chronicle

Crowds In San Diego, Across Nation Protest Trump Policies At People's Climate March - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Trump On Health Care: Preexisting Conditions Will Be Covered - Politico
Trump underscored the progress he has made in forging relations with foreign leaders over any domestic legislative accomplishments, which have proven more difficult for the self-described deal-maker. | AP Photo

Santa Barbarans Are Angered By Trump's Order That Could Lead To New Offshore Drilling
Louis Sahagun @
Santa Barbara residents angered by Trump's order to consider new offshore drilling in federal waters

From Dresden To Tijuana: German Orchestra Plans Protest Concert At Border Wall - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Responding To Foster Kids Like Alex, La County Acts To Protect Educational Stability
spring break of his sophomore year, Alex was living with them and back attending Canyon High. @
Today's high

Gauging Gavin Newsom As He Sets His Sights On 2018 - San Francisco Chronicle

Trinity County Residents Raise Concerns About Safety Of Trinity Dam | The Sacramento Bee
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By Jane Braxton Little

Why A Regional Water District Is Raising Its Rate For Pumping Water
Today's high

'we Are Being Tested,' Sen. Elizabeth Warren Tells Crowd In Glendale
Javier Panzar @
'We are being tested,' Sen. Elizabeth Warren tells crowd in Glendale

This is precisely how not to interview Donald Trump on tax reform

You can't let the president simply say his taxes will go up under his own plan.

Oakland girls choose free prom dresses, thanks to Warriorâ
Allen joined hundreds of girls Saturday morning inside the Oakland High School gymnasium, where they perused 1,000 prom and special event dresses that were there for the picking, free of charge. The effort was put together by Lesley West, wife of Golden State Warriors forward David West, with the help of the Oakland Education Fund, the Oakland Unified School District and the Warriors. “If I can put that smile on somebody’s face and make them feel like a princess because of me, (it’s) worthwhile,” said West, who was clad in Warriors colors at the school gym — she sported a Warriors shirt, and had blue-painted fingernails and a pair of blue Chanel sunglasses, which rested on her head. West, who said she loves to dress up for special occasions, added that she worked two jobs in high school to buy dresses for four different proms. The experience gave her the idea to start a prom dress giveaway in every city she lived in. Last year, she organized the event in San Antonio when her husband played for the Spurs. About 15 racks were lined up throughout the gym filled with different sized dresses — some had frills and tutus while others were elegant ball gowns in pink, purple, white and green. West purchased 700 of the dresses and the remaining 300 were donated by friends, family and different clothing stores. The back of the gym had been transformed into fitting rooms with black velvet curtains. Sarah Ravani is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

Demonstrators March In Santa Rosa For Environmental Protections, Workers Rights | The Press Democrat

Opponents Cry Cronyism Over Pick For Sf Police Commission - San Francisco Chronicle

Legislation Would Improve Patient Care, Staffing At 560 California Dialysis Clinics
Today's high

Trump Administration Lawyers To Discuss Paris Climate Deal - Politico
A Thursday meeting of Trump administration officials about the Paris agreement focused largely on legal issues. | AP Photo

Silicon Valley Ex-ceo's Wife Decries Lenient Domestic-violence Plea Deal
In the courthouse where a Stanford student athlete's light sentence for sexually assaulting a woman at a party triggered a national uproar, prosecutors are drawing fire for a plea deal with a tech exec whose wife says he beat her.

Trump Invites Hardline Philippines President To White House - Politico
Rodrigo Duterte has been criticized following an aggressive crackdown on drug users and dealers in the South-east Asian country. | Getty