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THE Nooner for May 2, 2017

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Happy Tuesday. It's going to be a hot one here at The Nooner's global headquarters in SacTown, with a forecasted high of 90. 

Well, Mayday! worked for the Giants, who finally found their bats, beating the Dodgers 4-3, largely behind the long ball of Hunter Pence and Buster Posely. Tonight should be another great evening, regardless if you bleed Dodger blue or Giants black and orange. Opening pitch at 7:10 is forecasted to be around 70 degrees. What a night in Chavez Ravine.

The University of California Office of the President is subject to a joint hearing (Joint Legislative Audit, Assembly Budget Sub 2 and Assembly Higher Ed.) at 2:30pm about its reserves practices. We'll call this a shot across the bow on both sides as the Legislature prepares a 2017-18 budget.

As I have written before, the Legislature has the upper hand. While "constitutional autonomy" defends UC of legislative interference on policy, the Legislature still controls 50% of its overall budget. The Merc-News's Katy Murphy reports that this is one of the biggest chaalleges of Janet Napolitano's tenure as UC President.

The Bee's Christopher Cadelago reports on the very different views of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and a majority of California voters on a variety of issues. And, that's why the Legislature has hired Sessions's predecessor Eric Holder to represent California.

The AP's Jonathan J. Cooper writes that the Senate's plan to revamp and extend the cap-and-trade law would provide that fees applied to carbon emitters would deliver rebates to consumers.

The NYT's Mike McPhate reports in the California Today newsletter that the reduced water usage during the now-over drought is resulting in significant rate increases as agencies seek to meet their budgets. Many water agencies have long-term bonds that paid for infrastructure and contracts for water, both of which don't decrease when usage decreases.

This has been a hot issue on the Southside Park discussion on I don't pay directly for my water, but I'm sure I'll see another big rent increase next year. 



Tony Bizjak reports in the Bee that $50 million was included in the federal budget deal for the proposed Sacramento-West Sacramento street car line. Backers of the $200 million project are looking for a total of $100 million from the feds. 

The credit for this largely goes to West Sacramento mayor Christopher Cabaldon, who has championed the project as the city he oversees has transformed itself from a string of seedy hotels that traced their beginnings to the route from the capital to the Bay Area to one with vibrant housing and other amenities. It has become an attractive option for Sacramento workers who want to live close. Of course, parking downtown is costly--greater than $100/month, so eliminating that would make West Sac even more attractive. 



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Erika HoffmanNick Garcia and Erika Hoffman!



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Sacramento May Start Paying For Legal Defense Of Undocumented Immigrants | The Sacramento Bee
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Sacramento Wants $5 Million Verdict In Internet Child-sex Case Thrown Out | The Sacramento Bee
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Medical Marijuana Gets Reprieve From Feds In Spending Bill – Orange County Register
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Trump Calls For A 'good Shutdown' In September - Politico
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill managed to avoid the imminent threat of a government shutdown late last week and over the weekend, first passing a stop-gap one-week funding bill and then agreeing on a deal to fund the government through the end of September.

LAPD's May Day Strategy: Relationships, Numbers And Invisibility
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Trump On Health Care: ‘i Think It’s Time Now’ - Politico

Ag Jeff Sessions Vs. California On Crime, Pot, Guns, Immigration | The Sacramento Bee
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Texas Immigration Bill Draws Protesters to the State Capitol

The bill would ban so-called sanctuary jurisdictions in Texas and force local law enforcement officials to cooperate with federal immigration agencies.