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THE Nooner for September 18, 2017

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

As Long As Trump Is President, California Lawmakers Will Keep Building A Wall Against His Policies
George Skelton @
Essential Politics

Senators Jockey For Senate Leader Kevin De Leon's Job | The Sacramento Bee
Taryn Luna and Christopher Cadelago @
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Jerry Brown Compares Trump Supporters To Ignorant Cave Dwellers - Politico
The Democratic California governor, Jerry Brown, has been rushing to recruit other state and local governments to sign onto their own non-binding climate agreements in defiance of Trump. | Valerie Macon/Getty Images

Feinstein ducks questions on re-election bid
Sen. Dianne Feinstein dodged questions Sunday on whether she is planning to mount a re-election run for a fifth term as a U.S. Senator in 2018. During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Feinstein, a former San Francisco mayor and the oldest U.S. Senator at age 84, quickly sidestepped a question about whether she was “up for another” six-year term. “Well, we will see, won't we?” Feinstein told Dana Bash, the show’s host. “I’m not going to declare on CNN.” Feinstein’s political future has been the subject of intensifying — and, at times, divisive — speculation within Democratic circles in recent months, which the senator’s remarks Sunday will likely do little to quell.

Labor Flexes Muscle At California Capitol | The Sacramento Bee
Jim Miller @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Hundreds Of Bills Await Governor's Pen As Calif. Legislature Adjourns -
Ben Bradford @
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Democrat Ami Bera Faces A New Republican Challenger | The Sacramento Bee
Angela Hart @
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Going Across A Bay Area Bridge Might Get A Lot More Expensive - San Francisco Chronicle
Bay Area voters next year will be asked to raise tolls by as much as $3 on all bay bridges, except for the Golden Gate, under a measure the state Legislature just approved.

Tax-happy Session Ends; Could Have Been Worse :: Fox&hounds
ron de Arakal @

The Dream Act Came Out Of California 16 Years Ago. It's Still The Bill Democrats Want To Be A Model For Daca's Replacement
Sarah D. Wire @
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard filed legislation 16 years ago that would've let people brought to the U.S. illegally as children to stay here. Democrats hope DACA's replacement will look like it.

Who Has The Inside Track On Being The Next U.S. Attorney In San Diego? - The San Diego Union-tribune
Kristina Davis @

Gov. Brown Signs Plan To Spend $1.5b In Climate Money -
Ben Bradford @
Capital Public Radio, Inc.7055 Folsom BoulevardSacramento, CA 95826

Lausd To Try Out Sex Ed Classes For Fourth-graders – Daily News
The Los Angeles Unified School District will test new sex education lessons this year for children as young as 9 years old.

California Rethinks How It Remembers Its History - San Francisco Chronicle
Samantha Young @
Back when Assemblywoman Monique Limón served on the school board in Santa Barbara, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians donated an encyclopedia-style dictionary to the local schools about their language and culture.

Republicans Demand Another Vote to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

If the Senate does not vote by the end of next week, repealing the law would require 60 votes, not a simple majority.

Will The Southland Wind Up Holding Much Of The $17-billion Bill For The Delta Water Tunnels?
Bettina Boxall @
Urban and agricultural water districts are about to make their opening moves in a game of financial chess that could saddle the Southland with much of the bill for the massive delta tunnels project.

Legal Pot Growing Could Hurt Home Values In Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee
Hudson Sangree @
By Hudson Sangree

A's Stadium Pitch Well Considered, But Far From A Done Deal
It has been more than 30 years since I surveyed my first proposed ballpark site. It was at Seventh and Townsend in San Francisco, a charmless lot bounded by elevated freeways and train tracks. Giants owner Bob Lurie was desperate to move his team there from Candlestick Park.

Tillerson Says U.S. May Close Cuba Embassy Over Health Attacks

Closing the embassy would be the most dramatic action yet by the Trump administration to return the Cuba relationship to its Cold War deep freeze.

Dreamers In The Military Face More Than Daca Deadline - The San Diego Union-tribune
Kate Morrissey @
Sergii Pyvovarenko fled after he was kidnapped and tortured by the Right Sector, a far-right nationalist group.

Costa Mesa Considers Adding 'spartan' Restrooms To Deal With Growing Homeless Issues
Luke Money @
Costa Mesa considers more 'spartan' restrooms to deal with growing homeless problems

Trump Sees 'good Chance' Of Striking Mideast Peace Deal - Politico
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly in New York. | Evan Vucci/AP