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THE Nooner for August 17, 2017

It's noon. It's time for a break. Here's what people are reading on today:

Billions In New Spending For Housing, Water, Parks And More Could Be On The 2018 Ballot
Liam Dillon @
In the last month of the legislative year, Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers could be making deals to put billions of dollars in new spending on the 2018 ballot

Bay Area political events: Voter registration, prisoner rights
Bay Area political events: Voter registration, prisoner rights Political events Voter registration: Volunteers will help new U.S. citizens register to vote after swearing-in ceremony. Sponsored by Democracy Action, which works to advance Democratic candidates. Panel discussion on reforming the police training program. Panelists include David Muhammad, former Alameda County chief probation officer, and Reggie Lyles, a retired Berkeley police executive. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-San Jose, hosts a town hall meeting from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Multipurpose room, Berryessa Community Center, 3050 Berryessa Road, San Jose. People’s budget: A discussion of progressive, alternative budget priorities on the state and federal levels from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Unitarian Universalist center, 1187 Franklin St., San Francisco. Protest outside San Francisco Hall of Justice in opposition to antiabortion advocates David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, who are charged with felony invasion of privacy for allegedly secretly recording conversations with abortion providers. Rise Up contingent invites people to march with it in the Silicon Valley Pride Parade. The Sister District Project is raising funds for Kathy Tran, who is running for the Virginia House of Delegates, by hosting a discussion with Rita Bosworth, the Sister District Project founder, and former Assemblyman Ted Lempert.

Former Republican Ca Lawmaker Ross Johnson Dies At 77 | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Smith @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

UC Berkeley Ranked No. 1 Public University In World By Academic Ranking Of World Universities
UC Berkeley has been ranked the No. 1 public university in the world by the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities, or ARWU, released by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy on Tuesday.

Trump Administration Agrees To Continue Healthcare Subsidy For Now
David Lauter @
The Trump administration will continue paying a subsidy to insurance companies that is critical for maintaining stability in healthcare marketplaces.

Audio: Water Agencies Chase Billions In California Prop 1 Project Money | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
The California Aqueduct at Mendota, California on March 11, 2009. The Aqueduct carries water from the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta in the north to farms and cities in the central and southern part of the state. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

When It Comes To Racism And Bigotry, California Has Had Its Own Cross To Bear
George Skelton @
Essential Politics

At Senator Menendezâ

If Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat, is convicted by early January, his replacement is likely to be a Republican, which could affect the health care bill.

Mayor Eric Garcetti Will Travel To New Hampshire To Rally Democrats
Dakota Smith @
Fueling speculation about his political ambitions, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti will campaign for a mayoral candidate in Manchester, N.H.

Ucsd Researcher Says Breitbart Misused His Study On Refugees And Tb - The San Diego Union-tribune
Kate Morrissey @
Kurdish diaspora prepare to vote on independence

Jackie Speier Calls For Trump's Removal Under 25th Amendment
A Bay Area congresswoman is calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from the presidency under a never-before-used constitutional provision.

President Trump Says The 'alt-left' Was Partly To Blame For The Violence At Charlottesville. Wait: What's The Alt-left?
Kurtis Lee @
Trump talks about a so-called "alt left," but what does that even mean? Many are saying it's a false equivalence to the "alt right."

Confederate Plaque In San Diego Has History Of Controversy, Repeated Removals - The San Diego Union-tribune
Joshua Stewart @

Schools Examine Lunch Shaming Policies That Embarrass Students | The Sacramento Bee
Diana Lambert @
By Diana Lambert

Fusion Gps Co-founder To Be Interviewed By Senate Panel - Politico
The co-founder of the firm that commissioned a dossier of salacious allegations against President Donald Trump will be interviewed later this month by the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to a source familiar with the issue.

Business Abandons Trump :: Fox&hounds
Trump defenders say it is early in his presidency; that the Gross Domestic Product has soared since Trump took office; and that he will get the job done for the economy and for business. But by his constant attack on not only his opponents but also his supporters, Trump is losing the political infrastructure to achieve his goals.

President Donald Trump Blamed "both Sides" For Charlottesville Violence | Mcclatchy Washington Bureau
Lesley Clark and David Goldstein @
By Lesley Clark and David Goldstein

Early Migration Of Summer Steelhead And Spring Chinook Salmon Populations May Be Difficult To Recover If Lost, Say UC Davis Scientists | The Sacramento Bee
Carolyn Wilke @
By Carolyn Wilke

Senate Republican Leader Bates' Statement on the Passing of former GOP Leader Ross Johnson
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today on the passing of Ross Johnson, who served as Assembly Republican Leader, Senate Republican Leader, and chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission. He was the first person to serve as a party leader in both the California State Senate and Assembly:

Insurer Fined For Discriminating Against Transgender Patients - San Francisco Chronicle
State regulators have issued $200,000 in penalties against the health insurer Health Net for violating antidiscrimination laws by denying coverage to several patients who sought gender reassignment surgery.

Infographic: Orange County's Wealthiest Cities Have Biggest Opioid Problem | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
File photo: A new report from the Orange County Health Care Agency found that the vast majority of opioid-related overdose deaths in the county were accidental. The county is working to increase the availability of Naloxone, a nasal spray that can counteract an overdose. Hero Images/Getty Images

Feinstein slams Trump for â
The California Democrat visited the family last week after reading a front-page Chronicle story about Maria Mendoza-Sanchez and Eusebio Sanchez, who plan to depart for their native Mexico late Wednesday with their 12-year-old son to start a new life, while leaving behind three daughters aged 16, 21 and 23 who have legal status. “This is a travesty, plain and simple, and evidence that Donald Trump’s immigration policy is nothing more than a hateful deportation program targeting law-abiding families,” Feinstein said in a statement. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, defended the deportation order last week, saying the family’s case had gone through a lengthy review in immigration courts and, “neither of these individuals has a legal basis to remain in the U.S.” Feinstein said the deportation of two people with deep ties to the country and no criminal record was a clear message about the administration’s immigration policy. By deporting Maria and Eusebio Sanchez,” she said, “the administration admits it will refuse to distinguish between criminals and families, proving once and for all that all undocumented individuals and families are priorities for deportation.

Trump's Defense Of A Neo-nazi Rally Crossed A Line For Many Republicans. What Will They Do About It?
Lisa Mascaro @
It took President Trump's nod to neo-Nazis for Republicans in Congress to speak out against the White House. But don't expect much more than their tweets. Lawmakers have no stomach for next steps.

Booker Takes Debate On Confederate Statues To Capitol Hill - Politico
Congressional Democratic leaders have yet to publicly weigh in on Sen. Cory Booker's forthcoming legislation. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

Deportation Order Splits Oakland Family And Highlights Shift Under Trump - San Francisco Chronicle
Although President Trump ran on a platform of rounding up and deporting “bad hombres,” Oakland nurse Maria Mendoza-Sanchez knew that she and her husband — who each lack legal status — would not be protected by their clean records.