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THE Nooner for May 13, 2017

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Happy Saturday! Overslept this morning (thankfully), so we're going to be abbreviated today.

CA48 (Huntington Beach): Dana Rohrabacher opponent Harley Rouda is launching a Facebook ad blasting him from voting for repeal of Obamacare, reports Sarah D. Wire in the Times.

PENALTY BOX: As a consequence of his vote against the gas tax, East Bay Assemblymember Steve Glazer has lost his post as chair of the most lucrative committee, Government and Organization, which--among other things--oversees legislation on booze and gambling. The Bee's Taryn Luna reports. Technically, he resigned, reports John Myers in the Times.



REAL ID: The Bee's Jim Miller reports on the effort of the state's--included in last week's budget revise--to comply with the federal government's requirements to enhance the security of drivers' licenses used at airport security. This will require everyone to go to the DMV and show their birth certificate and Social Security card. Doesn't that sound like fun?



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Gov. Brown Defends Gas Tax, Local Legislator – Orange County Register
A day after signature gathering began to recall a Fullerton legislator for supporting new transportation taxes, Gov. Jerry Brown offered an impassioned defense of the road-improvement plan and of the Democratic state senator under attack.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's Opponent Slams Him Over Healthcare Vote In New Ad
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California Seeks Money For Id Law Push | The Sacramento Bee
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Jerry Brown And Two Sides Of The Tax Coin :: Fox&hounds
There would not be agreement from Presidents Coolidge, Kennedy and Reagan, either. All three cut taxes and saw revenue climb.

Contra Costa County DA union board votes no confidence in boss
“I know that as a group we’re extremely disappointed in what Mr. Peterson has done, and we take the recommendation of the civil grand jury very seriously,” DeFerrari said. The board’s unprecedented vote in the county — which pits the union directly against their own boss — is largely symbolic and has no legal implications, but it levies more public pressure on Peterson to step down. The district attorney has been fending off calls for his resignation since he admitted in December to inappropriately spending more than $66,000 of his campaign money on himself. Though Peterson later repaid the misspent campaign funds, along with a hefty fine, and acknowledged his mistakes, a grand jury cited his “willful misconduct” and recommended his removal from office in the Thursday filing. The grand jury’s report specifically cited 600 instances, or transactions, that Peterson admitted to making from his campaign funds over a four-year period beginning in 2011, referring to them as “malfeasance.” Peterson — who spent the money on hotel stays, movie tickets and phone bills, among other expenses — later repaid the funds in full after a state audit was announced. The district attorney, who served as the treasurer of his own campaign committee until 2015, told The Chronicle in a December statement that he was “humbled and embarrassed by my mistakes, for which I take full responsibility, and I apologize for my regrettable errors.”

Immigration Enforcement Allowed In Some Sacramento Area Police Departments | The Sacramento Bee
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$350 Hotel Nights, Limo Rides In Europe: UC Audit Finds More Questionable Travel Expenses
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State auditors on Friday provided new details of questionable travel and entertainment expenses approved by the University of Californi...

State Says Only 72,000 Salmon Died At Oroville Hatchery, Not 300,000 | The Sacramento Bee
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Another Democrat Who Voted Against Transportation Tax Hike Loses Committee Chairmanship
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Bay Area political events: Peace walk, journalist talk
Bay Area political events: Peace walk, journalist talk Political events In honor of Mother’s Day, a walk on the Golden Gate Bridge to “build bridges, not bombs.” Bay Area political journalists, including The Chronicle’s Joe Garofoli, discuss the second 100 days of the Trump presidency. Conversation: A discussion about how social media play into political mobilization and change the nature of protests. The event is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the World Affairs Auditorium, 312 Sutter St., Suite 200, San Francisco. Abortion rights: NARAL Pro-Choice America holds a happy hour to raise funds to support its “fight for reproductive freedom.” Farming film: A screening of “Sunú,” a documentary about the struggle of Mexican farmers to grow traditional, non-genetically modified corn. Peace talk: A conversation with Susan Griffin, author of more than 20 books, on the topic “How War Erodes and Destroys Democracies.” Hosted by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Fake news: A conversation with Joaquin Alvarado, CEO of the Center for Investigative Reporting, on the obligation of the government and media to filter fake news. The event is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the World Affairs Auditorium, 312 Sutter St., Suite 200, San Francisco. The Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity will host a discussion on immigration, followed by postcard writing to support social justice. The event is from 10 a.m.-noon at Northern Police Station Community Room, 1125 Fillmore St., San Francisco.

Here's How Construction Worker Pay Is Dominating California's Housing Debate
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Bill Would Expand Property Tax Portability For Older Ca Homeowners - San Francisco Chronicle

Bay Area Immigrant Workers Face Ice Deportation

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Rep. Ro Khanna Joins Progressive Group That Plans To Challenge Incumbent Democrats
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Silicon Valley freshman Rep. Ro Khanna became the first member of Congress to join a progressive group that has pledged to back Democra...

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Gov. Brown Asks President Trump For Help On The California Bullet Train
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Gov. Jerry Brown made a public appeal Friday to President Donald Trump for help on the California bullet train

Trump at Liberty University commencement: 'In America, we donâ

In a commencement address, the president likened what he faces as a political outsider in Washington to what he said Christians encounter in a secular world.