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THE Nooner for May 25, 2017

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Well, hello there. The Nooner community in Sacramento woke up this morning shivering after several days of hot weather. Now week we are leaking classified information from Great Britain. What the hell is going on?



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The Bee's Tony Bizjak reports that President Trump's budget proposal threatens funding for the Sacramento streetcar project.


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Single-payer Healthcare In California? Time To Take A Cold Shower And Return To The Real World
George Skelton @
California is trying to go it alone in trying to pursue single-payer health insurance. But with a financial analysis showing it would cost $400 billion, to do so would be pure folly.

UC Berkeley Fires Instructor Following Sexual Harassment Claims - San Francisco Chronicle
UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks fired an assistant professor Wednesday, two years after the university upheld a student’s complaint that he sexually harassed her by talking about strip clubs and drugs, touching her inappropriately, and seeking her out in the campus offices.

Judy Burton Dies At 69; Led School Reform Efforts Inside And Outside L.A. Unified
Howard Blume @
Judy Burton, who led education reform efforts both inside and outside L.A. Unified, has died at 69.

Trump's 'fossil-fuel Fetish' Doesn't Make Economic Sense, Legislator Says - The San Diego Union-tribune
Rob Nikolewski @

In Strawberry Lawsuit, Jury Sides With UC Davis Over Former Professor
Associated Press @
Jurors have sided with the University of California in its dispute with a renowned plant scientist credited with developing tasty strawberries as a professor there.

Bay Area political events: peace vigil, immigration
Bay Area political events: peace vigil, immigration Political events Peace vigil: A stand against confrontational actions that promote war, hosted by Fremont’s Tri-City Interfaith Council. Climate talk: A presentation by three Bay Area climate and energy experts on California’s leadership role in energy policy and fighting climate change. 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. to noon at the Northern Police Station Community Room, 1125 Fillmore St. in San Francisco. Russia conversation: A public forum on the confrontation between Russia and the U.S., from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St. in Berkeley. Elizabeth Warren event: A conversation with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St. in San Francisco. The discussion is part of an all-day event organized around opposition to President Trump. For National Gun Violence Awareness Day, activists are asking people to wear orange to stand against gun violence. Gun violence march: A march across the Golden Gate Bridge to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day and to stand against gun violence. Marchers are demanding an independent investigation into Trump’s Russia connections in a “March for Truth.”

Senate Dems Seize On Cbo To Slam GOP - Politico
Sanders and Schumer also suggested that the House-passed bill might face difficulty complying with budget rules that dictate the amount of savings it must achieve in order to be taken up under reconciliation, the powerful procedural tool that would allow Obamacare repeal to avoid a Democratic filibuster in the Senate.

Sei Fujii Was Denied A Law License Because Of His Race. California's Top Court Has Granted Him One, 63 Years After His Death
Maura Dolan @
Japanese-American civil rights activist brought a case that overturned the Alien Land Law in a landmark ruling by the California Supreme Court. The same court granted the law license Wednesday.

This California County Will See Its School Population Dwindle The Most, State Predicts | The Sacramento Bee
Phillip Reese @
By Phillip Reese

Roger Boesche, Oxy Professor Who Sparked Obama's Interest In Politics, Dies At 69
Victoria Kim @
Roger Boesche, a beloved Occidental politics professor cited by President Barack Obama as having been an influence, died Tuesday at his home. He was 69.

Four puzzling responses from Betsy DeVos's budget hearing

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testified before Congress on May 24 on the Trump administration's proposed education budget.

Senators: Turkey Must Waive Diplomatic Immunity For Security Guards Involved In D.C. Clash - Politico
The Turkish government must waive diplomatic immunity for individuals involved in a clash with police and protesters earlier this month, a bipartisan group of senators wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson earlier this week, or else face rescinded visas and revoked diplomatic credentials.

Lauryn Schroeder - The San Diego Union-tribune

Senate Confirms Trump's Conservative Pick For Sixth Circuit Appeals Court - Politico
The Senate voted 52-44 on Thursday to install Amul Thapar, a favorite of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, at the Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. | AP Photo

Video: Health care premiums will increase under the GOP health plan

Be wary of politicians promising health-care premiums will decrease. This Fact Checker video explains why.

Reporter: Montana House GOP Candidate 'body-slammed' Me - Politico
In audio of the incident posted by the Guardian Gianforte can clearly be heard getting upset. In it, Jacobs asks Gianforte about the Republican health care bill. Gianforte tells him "let me talk to you about that later" as Jacobs continues trying to ask a question. "Speak with Shane," Gianforte says, referring to his spokesman.

Oroville Dam Update: Repairs Begin On Spillway | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler @
By Dale Kasler

A Brief History Of The Not-so-brief Battle Over The 710 Freeway Extension, Which May Be Coming To A Close
Laura J. Nelson @
Metro officials are expected to vote Thursday on a motion that would shift hundreds of millions of dollars away from a bitterly debated tunnel project, effectively killing it, backers say.

Nearly 1 In 4 San Franciscans Struggle With Hunger - San Francisco Chronicle
According to the SF-Marin Food Bank, 23 percent of San Francisco residents struggle with hunger.

Da Files Charges Against Medical Pot Business Owner - The San Diego Union-tribune
Jeff McDonald @
Payments from San Diego's most controversial employee benefit program hit a new high in 2016, according to new public pension data.

Trump Budget Takes Broad Aim at Undocumented Immigrants

In ways large and small, President Trump’s first budget proposal would root out undocumented immigrants, deprive them of a livelihood and send them packing.

SF man who stole identities of fellow inmates gets 7-year sentence
From June 2010 to January 2012, 52-year-old Howard Webber, who was incarcerated at facilities including San Quentin State Prison, the Santa Clara County Jail and the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility in Wisconsin. promised fellow inmates he could help them take advantage of tax loopholes and government programs as a ruse to get their social security numbers, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Working with a partner, Clifford Bercovich, Webber recruited inmates to get the personal information of more inmates and created a limited-liability company —Inmate Assets Recovery and Liquidation Services LLC — to give their scheme a veneer of legitimacy, according to prosecutors. Webber and Bercovich used the personal information to file false income tax returns, then collect fraudulently obtained refund checks, ultimately filing over 700 false returns that netted more than $600,000, prosecutors said.