Stormy weather

Feb 21, 2017

Evacuation notices pepper Northern California as strong storms and flooding pervade the region.

: "Northern California braced for major flooding and widespread power outages late Monday as large amounts of rain fell on swollen rivers."


"About 15 monitors along the Sacramento, San Joaquin, Cosumnes and other rivers showed water levels at or heading toward flood stage Monday afternoon, according to the California Nevada River Forecast Center."


"As evening arrived, officials ordered a mandatory evacuation after a levee broke in San Joaquin County south of Manteca. Police in Lakeport, northwest of Sacramento, reported they needed a canoe to contact some residents in a flooded area."


READ MORE related to Environment: NASA, UC Berkeley recruit public to help find 9th planet -- Daily Californian's AMBER TANGDon Pedro spillway opens, could nearly triple Tuolumne River flow -- Sacramento Bee's DEKE FARROWContinued erosion of Oroville Dam's main spillway part of 'normal process,' state officials say -- Sacramento Bee's ADAM ASHTONReservoirs feeding Lake Oroville are filled to brim as more rain rolls in -- Sacramento Bee'sArcade Creek hits flood stage near American River College -- Sacramento Bee's ANITA CHABRIA; Flooding closes roads in San Mateo, Napa -- The Chronicle's TED ANDERSEN; Major storm soaks Bay Area, swells rivers across the region -- The Chronicle's KEVIN FAGAN/EVAN SERNOFFSKY; Climate change rally Tuesday in downtown San Diego -- Union-Tribune's PHILLIP MOLNAR; Northern California braces for flooding; Don Pedro spillway opened -- L.A. Times' LOUIS SAHAGUN/ESMERALDA BERMUDEZ; Wet winter taking mammoth toll on trees -- Press-Enterprise's DAVID DOWNEY


2016 was an odd year: Republicans dominated a majority of the positions of power in the United States; however, in California, the balance of power has tipped exceedingly towards the Democrats.


Capitol Weekly's PAUL MITCHELL: "Immediately after the 2016 general election, there were a number of people and organizations who made quick analyses of the electorate to explain what happened."


"Here in California we appeared to be bucking a national trend: While the Republican ticket over performed in key swing states on the East Coast and upper mid-west, California saw Democrats regain legislative super-majorities in both houses, hold swing congressional seats and make Republicans appear more vulnerable than they have in many years."


"Now that we finally have in the 2016 vote history from all 58 counties, we can actually dissect what happened in terms of registration, turnout, participation by minorities and young voters, and how the tumultuous months leading up to Nov. 8 made the 2016 General Election look very different than past California elections."


Milo Yiannopoulos is catching some serious flak after a video surfaced of the right-wing provocateur condoning pedophilic relationships after revealing that he himself was in a pedophilic relationship with a priest when he was a teenager.


AP: "Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has been disinvited to this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference after his attempt to clarify past comments on relationships between boys and older men fell flat with organizers. Hours later, his publisher canceled his book “Dangerous,” which had been scheduled to come out in June."


"The American Conservative Union founded and hosts the conference, which is being held Wednesday through Saturday outside Washington. In a tweet Monday, ACU chairman Matt Schlapp said that “due to the revelation of an offensive video in the past 24 hours condoning pedophilia, the American Conservative Union has decided to rescind the invitation of Milo Yiannopoulos to speak.”


"After the polarizing Breitbart News editor was invited, his invitation sparked a backlash. The conservative Reagan Battalion blog tweeted video clips Sunday in which Yiannopoulos discussed Jews, sexual consent, statutory rape, child abuse and homosexuality."


READ MORE related to Yiannopoulous CPAC Controversy: 'A note for idiots' -- A Facebook post from Milo Yiannopoulos in response to his latest controversy -- MILO YIANNOPOULOS


Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster has accepted POTUS45 Trump's National Security adviser appointment, replacing ousted Michael Flynn.


Sacramento Bee's CHUCK WILLIAMS: "Looking for a National Security adviser, President Donald Trump turned on Monday to a career U.S. Army officer with a history as both a warrior known for battlefield heroics and an intellectual who will challenge authority."


"Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who served two years as commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia, was announced by the president at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s club in Palm Beach, Fla. The president called the three-star general “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.”

McMaster is a replacement for retired Army Gen. Michael Flynn, who was ousted last week amid a controversy over his contact with Russia prior to Trump being sworn in. Over the weekend, McMaster’s name surfaced as a potential candidate and he was interviewed Saturday by Trump in Florida."


READ MORE related to Beltway: Trump's new national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, is temperamentally a shift from ousted Flynn -- L.A. Times' MICHAEL A. MEMOLI/LAURA KING


Trump's legal team wrestles with the specifics of their new travel ban.


Sacramento Bee's FRANCO ORDONEZ: "A fight between the leaders at the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security could delay the release of President Donald Trump’srevised executive order limiting travel to the United States by citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries, according to a person who’s been briefed on the dispute."


"The department leaders are debating whether to again revoke the visas of some 60,000 to 100,000 people from those countries whose permission to come to the United States was reinstated after a federal judge in Seattle suspended Trump’s initial executive order."


"The Department of Homeland Security and White House officials want to revoke the visas while Department of Justice lawyers worry about running afoul again of the Seattle judge’s order."


Before he was president pro tem of the California Senate, Kevin de León was Kevin Alexander Leon.


Sacramento Bee's CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO: "The name on his birth certificate isn’t Kevin de León."


"That’s how the Los Angeles Democrat identified himself more than two years ago when he was sworn in as the 47th president pro tem of the California Senate, the first Latino to hold the position in more than a century."


"On his birth certificate and voter rolls, however, the 50-year-old politician is Kevin Alexander Leon."


Ann Ravel has resigned from the Federal Election Commission, but not before sending the new president a letter.


Sacramento Bee's ELLEN GARRISON: "Ann Ravel, formerly California’s chief elections watchdog, has resigned her seat on the Federal Election Commission."


"In a letter to President Donald Trump dated Sunday, Ravel called on the president to do something to increase transparency in elections and reduce the influence of “dark money.”


“I respectfully urge you to prioritize campaign finance reform to remedy the significant problems identified during the last election cycle,” Ravel wrote, noting Trump’s own criticism of the campaign finance system during his race for president. “Disclosure laws need to be strengthened; the mistaken jurisprudence of Citizens United reexamined; public financing of candidates ought to be expanded to reduce reliance on the wealthy; and commissioners who will carry out the mandates of the law should be appointed to the expired terms at the FEC."


A Whittier officer has been murdered at the hands of a Southern California gang member.


The AP's ROBERT JABLON: "A gang member who was recently freed from jail killed his cousin and stole his car Monday, then shot and killed a police officer and wounded his partner before being wounded himself, authorities said."


"Whittier Officer Keith Lane Boyer died and Officer Patrick Hazel was wounded when they answered a report of a traffic accident in the eastern Los Angeles County suburb."


"A motorist pointed out the location of the car that had rear-ended his vehicle, and the officers approached the driver."


READ MORE related to Public Safety: ACLU sues San Diego police over how it collects DNA from juveniles -- Union-Tribune's STAFF; Man in custody after SWAT standoff -- Union-Tribune's STAFF; Slain Whittier officer 'best of the best,' was thinking about retiring, chief says -- L.A. Times' RICHARD WINTON/MAYA LAU; Media asks judge to order details on tool used on San Bernardino shooter's iPhone released -- AP's ERIC TUCKER


An appellate case where a teenager killed by a U.S. Border Patrol Agent is a controversy that some believe will set a legal precedent after the Supreme Court makes its judgment.


AP: "The Supreme Court is taking up an appeal from the parents of a Mexican teenager who was killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent. The case could help define when foreigners outside the U.S. have access to American courts."


"The justices are hearing argument Tuesday in a case that arose from an incident that took place in June 2010 in the cement culvert that separates El Paso, Texas, from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico."


"The circumstances of exactly what occurred are in dispute, but what is clear is that the agent was on the U.S. side of the border when he fired his gun, striking Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca on the Mexican side."


READ MORE related to Immigration: Half the candidates in L.A.'s latest congressional race have their own immigrant story. With Trump, this contest is personal -- L.A. Times' CHRISTiNE MAI-DUC; In a corner of Orange County, a dark chapter in history: the Japanese American internment -- L.A. Times' BEN BRAZIL; 'Not my President's Day' protestors: 'No ban. No Wall. California welcomes all' -- Daily News' SUSAN ABRAM; LAPD Valley chief urges calm amid deportation fears -- Daily News' BRENDA GAZZAR


Uber has hired former Attorney General Eric Holder to spearhead an independent review of recent sexual harassment allegations levied against the company's brass.


The Chronicle's ALYSSA PEREIRA: "Following a sexual harassment claim posted by a former Uber employee named Susan Fowler Rigetti, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has announced the company will launch an independent review into the company's workplace environment."


"Conducting the review will be Eric Holder, who served as the Attorney General under President Barack Obama, and Tammy Albarran."


"Kalanick also stated that Huffington Post founder and Uber board member Arianna Huffington, Uber Chief Human Resources Officer Liane Hornsey, and Uber Associate General Counsel Angela Padilla will join the investigation."


READ MORE related to Transportation: No surprise here: Los Angeles is the world's most traffic-clogged city, study finds -- AP


The military sector is now the latest segment of society under threat from automation.


Union-Tribune's CARL PRINE: "The wave of automation that swept away tens of thousands of American manufacturing and office jobs during the past two decades is now washing over the armed forces, putting both rear-echelon and front-line positions in jeopardy."


"Just as in the civilian economy, automation will likely have a big impact on military organizations in logistics and manufacturing,” said Michael Horowitz, a University of Pennsylvania professor and one of the globe’s foremost experts on weaponized robots."


“The U.S. military is very likely to pursue forms of automation that reduce ‘back-office’ costs over time, as well as remove soldiers from non-combat deployments where they might face risk from adversaries on fluid battlefields, such as in transportation.”


READ MORE related to Economy: Trump protests bring big league sales for LA street vendors -- Daily News' SUSAN ABRAM


A new pediatric clinic in San Diego is focusing on providing mental health services in a timely fashion to children.


Union-Tribune's PAUL SISSON: "Getting a pediatric mental health appointment can take months. But at a new clinic in San Diego, families can walk right in and be seen five days a week."


"The facility in City Heights extends the “just show up when you need us” approach that is common at urgent-care centers to psychiatric clinics, which are experiencing a surge in demand nationwide due to fundamental changes in diagnosis and health-insurance coverage."


"Usually, parents of children undergoing significant behavioral issues have only two options: Go to an emergency room and wait for hours to be seen or schedule an office visit far in the future. Neither option is well-suited for children or adolescents suffering from conditions such as severe depression and aggressive behavior, said Barent Mynderse, director of behavioral services for Rady Children’s Hospital, which runs the clinic in City Heights."


READ MORE related to Health: More seniors turning to marijuana for relief from aches and pains -- Union-Tribune's STAFF


An election with three Los Angeles Board of Education seats on the line has drawn the outside influence of independent spenders, attracting millions of dollars in campaign donations.


L.A. Times' HOWARD BLUME: "Based on outside campaign spending, the school board is where the action is in the March 7 Los Angeles city election."


"This is true even though there are 11 city contests, including races for mayor, city controller, city attorney and eight City Council seats — and just three seats up for grabs on the L.A. Board of Education."


"The total outside spending in the city races as of Friday afternoon was $465,803. For the school board, it was $3,358,847."


A woman running for the District 4 seat on the Berkeley City Council has been traveling the world for the last decade, and wishes to bring her experiences to an elected position to bolster her viability.


Daily Californian's MALINI RAMAIYER: "Kate Harrison has worked in 14 countries, including Serbia, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria and Indonesia — but she’s always come back to Berkeley."


"Harrison, a self-described “Berkeley person,” comes from a family of campus alumni and is a 40-year resident of the city. Now, after traveling the world for the past 10 years, she’s come home for good and is running for the District 4 seat on Berkeley City Council."


"I just come from a family of people who believe in the public sector, who believe in making government work better,” Harrison said."



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