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THE Nooner for May 29, 2017
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Remember and relax today. It's going to be a busy week with Friday's house of origin deadline, as outlined by lobbyist Chris Micheli of Aprea and Micheli:
Here's the agenda for the week:
TAKING IT TO THE AIR: The LAT's Chris Megerian reports "A coalition of California businesses launched a new advertising campaign on Saturday to pressure lawmakers against enacting tighter policies on climate change and air pollution. . .The first lawmaker being targeted is Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), accusing him of allowing "unelected state employees" to raise "hidden taxes" on gasoline and electricity because he voted last year for a tougher target to reduce emissions by 2030. Other lawmakers could face similar advertisements."
PHARMA: In the Bee, Alexei Koseff reports that Californians could see their prescription drug costs go down under bills moving through the Legislature.
THE COURTS: Dan Walters writes that the courts have a hard time obtaining funding from the state, with foster care kids paying a particularly big price in legal representation. "It would cost $88 million a year to reduce caseloads to the recommended size, but [Chief Justice Tani] Cantil-Sakauye and others have been trying to get $22 million to provide some minimal relief – so far unsuccessfully."
FOOD STAMPS: Nina Agrawal reports in the Times that LA County is seeking to increase the number of people who are eligible, but are not enrolled in, CalFresh, the state's food stamp program. "Only 66% [statewide] of those who were potentially eligible participated in the program in 2014, compared with 100% in Oregon and 99% in Tennessee. . . . California Food Policy Advocates estimates that if CalFresh reached 100% of eligible individuals, L.A. County would receive an additional $1.2 billion in federal funding."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Lynn Suter and Beth Williams!
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California Professor Leads Research On Gun Industry As The U.S. Stays Away | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Morain @ sacbee.com
Editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer
Los Angeles Lawns Can Lose Up To 70 Billion Gallons Of Water A Year, Report Says
'everyone I Know Is Worried.' Terrified Patients Await Fate Of Their Healthcare
Steve Lopez @ latimes.com
Dr. Juan Montes has patients who'd be hard hit by Trumpcare reform
California Courts Suffer In Competition For State Financing | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Observations on California and its politics
This Memorial Day, We Should Think About Protecting California Fish
George Skelton @ latimes.com
We're fortunate to have what's left of California's shrinking salmon, trout and steelhead population. But it's time to reverse the trend and do more to protect and restore their habitats.
Biden Backs Phil Murphy, Says N.j. Governor's Race 'most Important' In Nation
Former Vice President Joe Biden addresses New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy at a campaign event on May 28 in Lyndhurst, N.J. | AP Photo
Sacramento State Lab Employees Say Their Jobs Are Making Them Sick | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert @ sacbee.com
By Diana Lambert
Trump's budget plan lands with a thud in Middle America
The administrationâÂÂs proposed federal budget cuts are, in effect, local budget cuts that ignore the economic realities of the communities that voted for Trump.
Horton Plaza: Homeless Plaza? - The San Diego Union-tribune
Roger Showley @ sandiegouniontribune.com
Sidebar: A Constitutional Puzzle: Can the President Be Indicted?
The Constitution includes detailed instructions for impeachment. But thereâÂÂs no clear answer on whether a president may be criminally prosecuted.
Jared Kushner 'forgot' Russian Contacts? Don't Even Joke. | The Sacramento Bee
David Freed @ sacbee.com
By David Freed
La County Crime Stoppers Sees Rise In Anonymous Tips As Distrust Of Law Enforcement Grows
Mycapture | The Union Democrat
This Senate staffer could change the course of the health-care debate
The low-profile Senate parliamentarian will decide if the GOP can follow through on its plans to roll back Obamacare.
Bay Area political events: Guns, LGBT rights
Bay Area political events: Guns, LGBT rights Political events 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 stand against gun violence. Fifty Years of Struggle, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the party. The free event will be from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley. Marchers are demanding an independent investigation into TrumpâÂÂs Russia connections in a âÂÂMarch for Truth.âÂÂ The Sierra Club is seeking volunteers to recruit new members and educate people on environmental issues at Sunday Streets, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Golden Gate Park.
Why Are So Many Women Dropping Out Of The Workforce?
Natalie Kitroeff @ latimes.com
It's a mystery that could have stark repercussions for the U.S. economy: why are American women disappearing from the workforce?
How To Survive Talking Politics On Memorial Day
But Kushner certainly has information that FBI investigators think will help them. For example, he met several times with Russian officials during the campaign. While it's not weird for presidential campaigns to meet with foreign officials, under this context, it was.
Sf's Pier 70 Shipyard Closes After 150 Years - San Francisco Chronicle
Some came for their boots and hard hats. Others for their final paycheck. They stood outside the shipyard gates at Pier 70 with trash bags full of work clothes and talked about stuff people usually talk about when the boss lays everyone off.
Trump Returns To An Increasingly Troubled White House And Criticism From Allies
Laura King @ latimes.com
Trump, who had been on a Twitter fast during much of his trip, returned to his favorite social media platform Sunday morning, voicing frustration over the widening investigation into ties between people in his inner circle and Russia.
School For Autistic Adults Makes Splash In Hollywood Shows – Orange County Register
Trump Expresses 'total Confidence' In Kushner - Politico
President Donald Trump on Sunday said he had "total confidence" in Jared Kushner, his embattled son-in-law, in a statement published by the New York Times.
Ken Ackerman, quintessential Bay Area radio announcer, dies
Ken Ackerman, whose classic, stentorian radio announcerâÂÂs voice graced Bay Area airwaves for more than five decades, has died. Mr. Ackerman is best remembered as the soothing announcer on the overnight music program âÂÂMusic âÂÂTil DawnâÂÂ on KCBS. Mr. Ackerman, who was born in 1922 and raised in Sacramento, got into radio while attending Grant Union High School, announcing a student program that aired on KROY. In a 2009 column about KCBS, The ChronicleâÂÂs Carl Nolte wrote that Mr. Ackerman âÂÂsounded like polished wood.âÂÂ KQW became KCBS in 1949, and in 1953 the CBS network began âÂÂMusic âÂÂTil Dawn,âÂÂ offering âÂÂbeautiful musicâÂÂ and light classics, and featuring a local announcer for each of its owned and operated stations. By the time âÂÂMusic âÂÂTil DawnâÂÂ ended in 1970, KCBS had switched from a variety format to all news during the day. Stanford UniversityâÂÂs library is home to a donation he made of recordings of live jazz broadcasts from the 1950s and âÂÂ60s in various San Francisco clubs.