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THE Nooner for June 18, 2017

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Happy sweltering Father's Day! It's 6:30am and 77 degrees outside and is heading toward 107. Ugh. The heat didn't stop the Davis Music Fest yesterday. The three-day event of 45 bands in six venues continues at two venues today. The talent is amazing. The final band tonight from San Francisco is appropriately named "Hot Flash Heat Wave."

AURAL PLEASURE: John Myers, Melanie Mason, and Marisa Lagos tickle our ears with the California Politics Podcast, talking about what else? The state budget.

US SENATE: The AP's Michael R. Blood writes "California's Dianne Feinstein turns 84 on Thursday and is displaying signs that she's headed for a re-election campaign, not a retirement party. While the Democrat has been coy when asked about seeking a fifth full term next year, her political committee, unambiguously titled Feinstein for Senate 2018, raised more than $650,000 in the first three months of this year in a cue she is looking ahead."

TRAILERS: In the Times, John Myers looks at the proliferation of budget trailer bills, which contained major policy changes and avoided the normal legislative process:

"Trailer bills are a box of chocolates, and you never know what you're going to get,” state Sen. Richard Roth (D-Riverside) joked during last week’s floor debate. . . .

Powerful groups also know something else: Bills related to the state budget take effect as soon as a governor signs them, and they aren’t subject to being overturned by a statewide ballot referendum. In Sacramento, it seems, nothing is more of a sure thing than what’s included in the budget.



MIXED MESSAGES: The Bee's Mark Glover looks at the latest state economic news:

California’s unemployment rate fell to a record-tying low of 4.7 percent in May, but experts still maintained that the state’s economy is slowing down.

Statistics released Friday by the state Employment Development Department said the jobless rate tied the record low from November-December 2000, long before the recession. EDD said its unemployment records date back to 1976.

MONEY MATTERS: In the OCR, Margot Roosevelt looks at the effort to expand overtime in California. AB 1565 (Thurmond) would require employers to pay overtime to salaried employees $47,476 or less, the same as an Obama reworking of overtime that has been stalled in federal courts.

DELIST? The LAT's Patrick McGreevy writes up the effort to change the lifetime sex offender registration requirement. "[Backers of a change] recently won state Senate approval of a proposal that would allow the names of those who committed lower-level, nonviolent sex crimes or are judged low risks to reoffend to be removed from the registry after 10 or 20 years."



BEHIND THE ORANGE CURTAIN: Speaking at the OC GOP's Flag Day fundraiser, Congressman Devin Nunes said that the GOP needs to keep winning in Orange County, particularly to hold on to the Republican House majority, writes the LAT's Seema Mehta. Seema also reports that the event provided an opportunity to showcase Senator Janet Nguyen, who led the pledge of allegiance. Before, the pledge, they showed video of Nguyen being cut off during a speech on the Senate floor.

Of course, there were protestors outside the dinner.

While there are serious threats to Orange County Republicans, it's unlikely to spread east into the Inland Empire, reports Jeff Horseman in the PE. “In a remote scenario, we’d have to be talking about a tsunami,” said David Wasserman of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, which studies and handicaps congressional races."



OROVILLE: The conspiracy theorists are out about the massive mobilization for repairs to the Oroville dam, reports the Chron's Kurtis Alexander. "Some say the around-the-clock clamor high above town must be a secret effort to mine undiscovered metal from the once-booming Gold Country outpost. Others suspect a missile silo is taking shape, not a new spillway to send water down the Feather River. At the least, many residents are skeptical that the unprecedented, deadline-driven project will restore their shaken faith in the nation’s tallest dam."

RECYCLING: The MercNews's Annie Scaccia looks at the decline of recycling centers in California and the impact its having on people who recycle and stores alike.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Venus Stromberg BirdV. Manuel Perez, and Joe Summers!



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Rubio Cautions Against Rushing Health Care In Senate - Politico
Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday cautioned against fashioning health care legislation "behind closed doors" in the Senate and rushing it to the floor for a vote.

Kamala Harris A Politician Now, But Always A Prosecutor - San Francisco Chronicle

New ad campaign to pressure five GOP senators to vote against health-care overhaul

The Community Catalyst Action Fund is spending $1.5 million to pressure senators whose positions on the emerging bill appear to be up in the air.

Will American River Parkway Cleanup Send Homeless To Neighborhoods? | The Sacramento Bee
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Trump Lawyer: President 'not Under Investigation,' No Matter What Trump Tweets - Politico
Jay Sekulow said the president was responding to the Washington Post report and is not under investigation. | AP Photo

Writers on the Right and Left React to the Senate Health Care Bill and Trumpâ

Read about how the other side thinks: perspectives from across the political spectrum on the week in Washington.

Why La Women Who Accused Bill Cosby Of Assault Have Not Seen Their Day In Court
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Statute of limitations, evidence law play key roles in cases of women who say Bill Cosby assaulted them in L.A.

Pass The Cream And The Cannabis Coffee, Please ... - The San Diego Union-tribune
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French Election Turnout Heading For Record Low – Politico
Ginger Hervey @
Just over 35 percent of registered voters had cast a ballot with only a few hours to go in the second round of the parliamentary vote.

Rep. Devin Nunes Says It's 'critical' For Republicans To Keep Winning In Orange County
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As Orange County faces questions about its reputation as a Republican bastion, Rep. Devin Nunes told party donors on Saturday night tha...

Recycling Rates Decline As California Recyclers Shutter
California legislature, Environment, Homelessness, Regional, Retail, Small Business

Orange County Human Relations Council Wins Funding Reprieve As Hate Crimes Continue To Rise
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As hate crimes against African Americans and LGBT community members rise, funding for the Orange County Human Relations Council was under threat.

Democrats Look To Bridge Divide As They Challenge Trump - San Francisco Chronicle
While Tuesday’s breathtakingly expensive congressional runoff election in the suburbs of Atlanta pits Democrat Jon Ossoff against Republican Karen Handel, the real battle could be for the future of the Democratic Party.

Trump lawyer: The president is not under investigation for obstruction

Attorney Jay Sekulow took issue with a Post story and tried to explain a tweet by the president.

Addiction Treatment: The New Gold Rush. ‘it’s Almost Chic’ – Orange County Register
To fully appreciate the money flowing into addiction treatment, consider the size of the bill Tara Richards ran up during a five-month attempt to achieve sobriety at a rehab center in San Clemente —  $416,050.

Tsa And American Airlines Test A New Screening Device For Carry-on Bags
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The TSA and American Airlines are testing out a new CT scanner on carry-on bags that takes a 3D images of the contents of each bag.

France’s Emmanuel Macron Seizes Big Majority In Parliament – Politico
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New president’s centrist party trounces opponents in second round of election.

High-Stakes Referendum on Trump Takes Shape in a Georgia Special Election

On Tuesday, voters in Atlanta’s suburbs will decide the most expensive House race in history — and the most consequential special election in decades.

Trump Starts Father's Day With Tweets - Politico
President Donald Trump, Melania Trump and Barron Trump, walk to Marine One across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on June 17, 2017, en route to Camp David. | AP Photo

Single Mom Raises Two Sons, Works, Earns Bachelor’s Degree To Help Others – Orange County Register
In the avalanche of college graduates this time of year, some would say it’s wrong to honor just one. But the heck with that because Kamilah McGuire’s story embodies all that is good and right and pure about America.

French Election Turnout Slumps – Politico
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Fewer than 18 percent of voters turned out on Sunday morning.