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THE Nooner for May 14, 2017

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The Amgen Tour of California men's race begins and ends today in Sacramento. Expect an exciting end with three laps around the Capitol, probably around 3pm.

AURAL PLEASURE: On this week's California Politiics Podcast, John Myers, Melanie Mason and Anthony York convene to talk the state's revised budget proposal and the impact on California's GOP congressional delegation for their votes in favor of repealing Obamacare.

Last night, Jerry Brown appeared in an hour-long, wide-ranging interview with David Axelrod on "The Axe Files" on CNN. Video isn't available, but a podcast with an extended interview is up.

John Myers reports on why the governor is proposing an infusion of $12 billion in a prepayment of retirment obligations in this year's budget. "Brown’s budget team said last week that a $12-billion infusion of cash now will result in a savings to taxpayers of $11 billion over the next 20 years."

The LAT's Jazmine Ulloa looks into the $15 million proposed augmentation for legal defense services for those facing deportation.

AWKWARD: As part of an expected significant staff shake-up, one of the names being discussed for press secretary is Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, who used to be married to Gavin Newsom.



MONEY MATTERS: CALmatters's Laurel Rosenhall looks at how special interests contribute "make up money" when they backed a losing candidate to get in good graces with the winning candidate. 

SANCTUARY: Syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette takes on President Pro Tem Kevin de León for his harsh criticism of Donald Trump on immigration, while de León didn't do so under Obama's deportation of 5 million people.

Speaking of, the First Congregational Church of Riverside says that it will act as a sanctuary, providing room and board, for those at risk of being deported, reports Alejandra Molina in the PE. 



Dan Walters writes that California's dislike of Donald Trump should not distract politicians from focusing on the state's vital issues.

DAM IT: Ryan Sabalow, Dale Kasler and Christopher Cadelago write in the Bee that how fast construction and poor materials may have led to the failure of the Oroville Dam in February and the difficult position for Jerry Brown, since the dam is part of his father's legacy.

420: Similar to the wine country, marijuana is replacing traditional crops in the Salinas Valley, reports the BANG's Lisa M. Krieger.

CVRA: The LAT's Robin Abcarian reports on the Malibu attorney who is taking on cities maintaining at-large elections despite the California Voting Rights Act.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Rose Kapolczynski and Tom Ross!



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Jerry Brown On Donald Trump: 'he Doesn't Have The Answer'
John Myers @
Gov. Jerry Brown said in a national TV interview on Saturday that President Trump was able to tap populist anger on the way to victory ...

Investors Gather In Huntington Beach To Talk Taxes, Stocks And Marijuana – Orange County Register
Want proof that marijuana is going mainstream? Look no further than a wealth management conference that kicked off Thursday, May 11, at the Hyatt in Huntington Beach.

Anti-trump Politcians Should Focus On California's Issues | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Observations on California and its politics

Gov. Brown's Budget Proposal Includes An Extra $15 Million To Help Californians Facing Deportation
Jazmine Ulloa @
Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed $15 million to expand legal defense services for immigrants as Democratic lawmakers push legislative package to protect immigrants under Trump.

Nonnative Plants From Super Bloom Invade California | The Sacramento Bee
Marisa Agha @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

200 Protesters Spell Out 'resist!' In Flash Mob At Trump's Rancho Palos Verdes Golf Course
Victoria Kim @
A flash mob of 200 protesters, including babies and retirees, gathered at President Donald Trump's golf course in Rancho Palos Verdes Saturday to spell out "RESIST."

72 Hours Of Crime On The San Diego-tijuana Border - The San Diego Union-tribune
Kristina Davis @

The Man President Trump Fears Most - San Francisco Chronicle

Bay Area political events: Journalist talk, abortion rights
Bay Area political events: Journalist talk, abortion rights Political events A roundup of upcoming events: Bay Area political journalists, including The Chronicle’s Joe Garofoli, discuss the second 100 days of the Trump presidency. Conversation: A discussion on how social media play into political mobilization and change the nature of protests. 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 author Susan Griffin on How War Erodes and Destroys Democr 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 Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity will host a discussion on immigration, followed by postcard writing to support social justice.

Squaw Valley's Kt-22 Chairlift Open Later Than Ever On May 20 | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Schultz @
By Jon Schultz

Why Kamala Harris Should Not Run In 2020 - San Francisco Chronicle

Lawmakers to Trump: If tapes exist, hand them over

After President Trump suggested that he taped his conversations with former FBI director James B. Comey, lawmakers of both political parties on May 14 said Trump ought to release any recordings that may exist.

Lake County Family Who Lost Everything In California's Valley Fire Rebuilds | The Sacramento Bee
Cynthia Hubert @
Fourth in an occasional series

Mycapture | The Union Democrat

Earthquake Denial Gets A Lot Harder When You Stand On Top Of The San Andreas Fault
Steve Lopez @
Earthquake denial gets a lot harder when you stand on top of the San Andreas fault

Norcal Couple Weds On Mount Everest And The Photos Are Mind-blowing - Sfgate
Sacramento residents Ashley Schmieder and James Sissom have taken their relationship to new heights. On March 16, the couple exchanged vows 17,600 feet above sea level - at Everest Base Camp.

As FBI Controversy Rages, Trump Doubles Down On Outsider Message Before A Friendly Crowd
Michael A. Memoli @
Trump tries to rebound off a very difficult weekspeaks to graduating students at Liberty University in Virginia

Abortion politics hound senators from both parties
Especially for two endangered lawmakers, there's no place to hide.

For Undocumented Immigrants, Mother’s Day Raises Painful Thoughts, Plans – Orange County Register
Mother’s Day means kisses and flowers and schmaltzy cards – in any language.

Despite Those Viral Videos, Airlines Are Turning Passenger Bumping Into A Data-driven Art
Hugo Martin @
Southwest said it no longer overbooks flights as airlines reduce use of the practice.

Brunch Edition -- Happy Mother’s Day -- Ivanka And Jared’s Stroll -- First In Playbook: Trump’s Week -- White House ‘systems Failed’ With Comey Firing -- George Conway Profile -- B’day: Howard Wolfson Is 5-0 - Politico
PHOTO DU JOUR: President of Liberty University Jerry Falwell speaks while President Donald Trump is presented with an honorary doctorate during Liberty University's commencement ceremony on May 13 in Lynchburg, Virginia. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

Scarce Land In Sf Forces City To Seek Creative Housing Solutions - San Francisco Chronicle

Britain and the E.U. Are Breaking Up, but Theyâ

Despite its country’s vote to leave the alliance, the British Embassy in Washington again took part in European Union Day, an annual festival of embassy open houses.