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‘I wish I was his son,’ Gavin Newsom jokes of Jerry Brown -- Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who began raising money for his gubernatorial campaign more than three years before the 2018 election, was lamenting the “ridiculous” cost of advertising in California when he came to the name of one politician who could start raising money late and still beat a billionaire: Gov. Jerry Brown. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/28/16

New crop of California Democrats courts national attention -- This week at the National Constitution Center, an interactive museum at the birthplace of American freedom, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla briefly interrupted DJ Aul Purpis as revelers paired wine with assorted mousse cups and mini cannoli. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/28/16

Decker: Clinton has one big edge on Trump: Her supporting cast is stronger -- After a day that demonstrated weaknesses in both presidential candidates, a series of high-powered surrogates for Hillary Clinton impugned Donald Trump from the Democratic convention stage Wednesday, aiming at the voters she will need for victory in November. Cathleen Decker in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/28/16

Rep. Schiff: Trump 'doing damage merely by running for office' -- Donald Trump might not yet be president, but the Republican nominee is already "affirmatively doing damage" to the United States simply by running for office, ranking House Intelligence member Adam Schiff declared Thursday. Nick Gass Politico -- 7/28/16

How an L.A. designer set the stage for unity at the Democratic convention -- Unlike the set at last week’s Republican National Convention, which was sleeker and more imposing, the Democrats’ stage is meant to be approachable. Not quite blue-collar, but stripped of airs. Trying to look economical without looking cheap. Certainly distinct from the futuristic glow we saw in Cleveland. Christopher Hawthorne in the Los Angeles Times$ Amy Graff in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/28/16

Melania Trump’s website disappears amid questions about her degree -- Melania Trump’s website was taken down as of Wednesday afternoon, after her plagiarized speech at the Republican National Convention fueled questions about her educational biography, the Huffington Post reported. The website now redirects to her husband’s site, which features a slideshow of Trump buildings and links to various arms of the Trump Organization. Elizabeth Koh in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/28/16

Democratic donors rip Trump for failure to share tax returns -- There's literally a bounty for the Trump documents. Moishe Mana, a top fundraiser for Clinton, has offered to give $1 million to the charity of Trump's choice if he makes them public. He joins an unnamed Republican donor working with Clinton ally David Brock who has made a similar offer of $5 million. Julie Bykowicz Associated Press -- 7/28/16

Politifact CA: TRUE: Mike Pence advocated for 'conversion therapy' -- California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom joined in the chorus of attacks on Donald Trump’s choice for running mate during a speech at the Democratic National Convention this week. Newsom, a prominent LGBTQ rights supporter, said Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence "advocated for diverting taxpayer dollars to so-called conversion therapy." Chris Nichols Politifact CA -- 7/28/16

Man convicted in D.C. intern Chandra Levy's death won't be retried -- The U.S. Attorney's office said in a statement Thursday that the office has moved to dismiss the case charging Ingmar Guandique with Levy's 2001 murder. Associated Press -- 7/28/16

How a temp agency can get away with discrimination -- The company refused to hire women, telling applicants the jobs were for men only. That’s what government regulators said when they sued Industrial Labor Management Group. The lawsuit demanded back pay and damages for the women. Then, the company disappeared. Will Evans Center for Investigative Reporting -- 7/28/16

Statewide energy alert extended as triple-digit temperatures broil California -- California ISO, which manages the state’s electric grid for most of the state, predicted peak energy usage – 46,888 megawatts -- would occur between 4 and 6 p.m. Power imports will be limited Thursday and Friday because neighboring states were also experiencing a heat wave. Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/28/16

Oakland fights its own drug war over preferential pot permits -- Oakland’s new medical cannabis laws, intended to right the perceived wrongs of the U.S. war on drugs, are the focus of a fierce political fight at City Hall. Rachel Swan in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/28/16

Suspect who allegedly opened fire on Oakland cop arrested -- A gunman who shot at an Oakland Police sergeant after she crashed her patrol vehicle was arrested early Thursday in Stockton, police said. The suspect, an Oakland man whose name was not immediately released, told detectives he targeted Sgt. Nadia Clark solely because she was a police sergeant in uniform, said Lt. Roland Holmgren, head of Oakland Police homicide unit. Evan Sernoffsky in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/28/16

Sacramento County man tests positive for Zika in first reported case -- A Sacramento County man who recently traveled to an area with active Zika transmission has tested positive in a preliminary test for the virus. Sammy Caiola in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/28/16

CalSTRS steps up pressure in Volkswagen diesel scandal -- One month after joining other institutional shareholders in suing Volkswagen, CalSTRS has obtained a court order permitting the pension fund to subpoena the carmaker’s U.S. unit for internal documents that would shed light on how Volkswagen developed technology designed to evade air-pollution regulations. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/28/16

After fatal drug overdoses at rave, parents of dead 19-year-old file lawsuit -- The parents of a 19-year-old college student who fatally overdosed on drugs at a rave at the Los Angeles County fairgrounds last August have filed a lawsuit against the event organizer, Live Nation, and the venue operator, the Los Angeles County Fair Assn. Rong-Gong Lin II and Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/28/16

Family of mentally disabled man killed by Long Beach police files federal lawsuit -- The lawsuit contends Long Beach officers violated Mharloun Saycon’s civil rights by using excessive force and wrongfully killing him. The suit identifies Vuong Nguyen as the officer who shot and killed the 39-year-old. Ruben Vives in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/28/16

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning   

California Millennials Surging: Their votes could be decisive—especially on marijuana -- As they come of age and register to vote, Millennials—that enormous generation born since 1981—are surging so fast they're on the verge of overtaking the Baby Boomer behemoth as a share of the California electorate. And new evidence confirms that, so far at least, the GOP is losing them. Laurel Rosenhall Calmatters.org -- 7/28/16

Republican voters taking a pass on California's U.S. Senate race, poll finds -- Half of California’s likely Republican voters and a third of independents said they wouldn't vote for either candidate in the state’s U.S. Senate race this November, according to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/28/16

Sen. Barbara Boxer says goodbye to California Democrats -- .S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, retiring at year’s end after four terms, gave a moving farewell to California Democrats Wednesday, but in trademark fashion left a little in the tank to excoriate Republican Donald Trump. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/28/16

Californians seem ready to extend the state's landmark climate change law -- A high-profile effort to extend and expand California's decade-old climate change law may face an uncertain future next month in the state Capitol, but it has broad conceptual support in a statewide poll released Wednesday night. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee Amy Quinton Capital Public Radio -- 7/28/16

Feds to require all-cash buyers of L.A. County luxury homes to disclose identities -- But in addition to movie stars, financial executives and foreign billionaires, Los Angeles real estate has also attracted criminals seeking to launder ill-gotten gains by purchasing its tony mega-mansions. Andrew Khouri in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/28/16

PG&E criminal case over safety goes to the jury -- Criminal pipeline-safety charges against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. were sent to a federal court jury Wednesday after a defense lawyer, in closing arguments, said the prosecution’s case was based on anticorporate “sound bites.” Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/28/16

LA’s 101 Freeway the nation’s worst ‘highway from hell,’ study says -- Los Angeles has long reigned as the nation’s Car Capital. Now it leads in Highways from Hell — with six of the top 10 most jam-packed roadways, according to a new survey. Dana Bartholomew in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 7/28/16

Feds say Azano wanted to ‘buy a mayor’ -- Defense says campaign finance investigation that snared Mexican tycoon initially targeted ex-Mayor Bob Filner. Greg Moran in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 7/28/16

Acting California Gov. Tom Torlakson doing much more than acting -- In his temporary role, Torlakson on Tuesday declared a state of emergency for the wildfires in Los Angeles and Monterey counties, giving state agencies greater authority to assist. Martin Wisckol in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 7/28/16

Hillary Clinton expands lead over Donald Trump in California -- Hillary Clinton has expanded her lead over Donald Trump in California, with a large advantage among independent voters as well as Democrats, according to a Public Policy Institute of California poll released Wednesday. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/28/16

Morain: Donald Trump’s dalliance with Vladimir Putin -- Imagine that you crave attention and the adulation of sycophants who will tell you how great you are. Difficult though it may be, imagine you are Donald Trump. Dan Morain in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/28/16

Brown assails Trump on climate change, says he's a 'fraud' -- Gov. Jerry Brown, addressing delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday, said Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is “a fraud” and “dangerously wrong” on climate change. Carla Marinucci Politico David Siders and Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ David Montero in the Los Angeles Daily News$ John Wildermuth and Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/28/16

Southern California reps tell convention that GOP is losing many Asian Americans -- The black and white video at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday showed America’s shame -- heartbreaking headlines about the Chinese Exclusion Act and Japanese internment camps of World War II. Then the lights came up and about a dozen Asian and Pacific Islanders walked on stage, smiled and waved while the crowd cheered. David Montero in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 7/28/16

Calbuzz: Obama Casts Hillary as “Us” and Trump as “Them” -- In one of the most powerful convention endorsement speeches ever made by a sitting president, Barack Obama on Wednesday masterfully reshaped Donald Trump’s division of the nation into “us and them” — putting Hillary Clinton, the middle class and American values on one side and the New York narcissist alone on the other. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine CalBuzz -- 7/28/16

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions      

Developer scraps controversial hotel plan for Hollywood’s Villa Carlotta -- A historic 1920s-era Hollywood apartment that became a symbol for the neighborhood’s recent gentrification and the loss of rent-stabilized housing in Los Angeles is no longer slated to become a boutique hotel. Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 7/28/16

Education 

As deadline looms, California struggles to finalize new school accountability system -- California is on the verge of finalizing what leading educators believe is the most ambitious attempt in the nation to use multiple dimensions to measure how well – or poorly – a school or district is doing, rather than focusing primarily on test scores. Louis Freedberg EdSource -- 7/28/16

LA Unified 'soft-launching' parent website for tracking student attendance, graduation progress -- Los Angeles Unified School District officials have slowly begun to revive an online parent portal for tracking students' daily attendance, test scores, class schedules and graduation progress. Kyle Stokes KPCC -- 7/28/16

Environment 

California power grid issues ‘flex alert’ as temperature soars -- The operator of California’s electricity grid issued a call for energy conservation Wednesday and Thursday to cope with a blistering heat wave. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/28/16

Wash your hands after touching LA River water: there are high levels of fecal bacteria -- The city of Los Angeles is trying to turn the LA River back into a real waterway with a $1 billion dollar restoration plan – but there’s a hitch. A new report released Wednesday confirms the river has high levels of fecal bacteria and isn’t safe to swim in. Even kayakers should shower with soap after paddling its currents. Emily Guerin and Matt Bloom KPCC -- 7/28/16

Health 

More Addiction Training at Stanford Med School as Opioid Epidemic Surges -- Jonathan Goodman can recall most of the lectures he’s attended at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He can recite detailed instructions given more than a year ago about how to conduct a physical. Natalie Jacewicz KQED -- 7/28/16

Amid opioid epidemic, rules for drug companies are loosened -- But this spring, with little attention and virtually no public opposition, lawmakers approved and the president signed a new law that makes it more difficult for government to take action against a key player in the crisis: the pharmaceutical industry. Harriet Ryan and Kim Christensen in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/28/16

Blood centers in Long Beach, SoCal facing massive shortage of donations -- Blood centers are facing a summer shortage in Southern California and across the country, with the drop in donations leaving a critically low one- to two-day supply at a major local blood bank. Suzanne Hurt in the Long Beach Press Telegram$ -- 7/28/16

Also . . . 

Mysterious streak of light across night sky is re-entry of Chinese rocket, expert says -- Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., told The Times that the fireball was debris from a Chinese rocket launched June 25. Based on tracking data provided by the Joint Space Operations Center, McDowell said the Long March 7 rocket reentered about 9:40 p.m. over Utah. Matt Hamilton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/28/16

Quentin Kopp, Blunt as Ever, Seeks Seat on San Francisco Ethics Panel -- Nobody ever accused of Quentin Kopp, a familiar figure in San Francisco politics for nearly half a century, of soft-peddling his opinions. Kopp, who will turn 88 next month, has put his name forward to fill a vacancy on the city’s Ethics Commission. Ted Goldberg KQED -- 7/28/16

Sand fire destroys movie and TV ranch that was backdrop for 'A-Team,' '24' and other shows -- With its picturesque vistas in the hillsides near Santa Clarita, the quiet and sprawling Sable Ranch has long been a backdrop for western films, reality television shows and music videos. Hailey Branson-Potts in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/28/16

Beltway 

Obama portrays Clinton, his former foe and advisor, as uniquely qualified for the White House -- President Obama forcefully made the case Wednesday that Hillary Clinton has the tenacity, heart and temperament to guide the nation as commander in chief, while painting Donald Trump as a candidate of cynicism and fear unfit for the office. Michael A. Memoli, Mark Z. Barabak and Christi Parsons in the Los Angeles Times$ Sarah Wheaton Politico Carol E. Lee and Janet Hook in the Wall Street Journal$ Jonathan Martin and Patrick Healy in the New York Times$ Karen Tumulty and John Wagner in the Washington Post$ -- 7/28/16

5 takeaways from Obama’s last convention -- Obama steals the show with a methodical takedown of Donald Trump’s dystopian worldview. Michael Grunwald Politico -- 7/28/16

Horsey: Articulate, inspiring and decent, Barack Obama sets the bar high for his successor -- At the Democratic National Convention in Boston back in 2004, I chose a random time to get a floor pass to go down and wade among the delegates. I just happened to be right below the podium when a young state senator from Illinois was introduced to give the convention’s keynote address. David Horsey in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/28/16

AP fact check: Warped claims in political hothouse -- It's hot out there, politically speaking, with Hillary Clinton's convention going full steam and Donald Trump refusing to stay quiet while Democrats put on their big show. Reality is sometimes getting warped in the process. Calvin Woodward and Christopher S. Rugaber Associated Press -- 7/28/16

-- Wednesday Updates 

'Treason'? Critics savage Trump over Russia hack comments -- Donald Trump's call on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails has shocked, flabbergasted and appalled lawmakers and national security experts across the political spectrum, with some describing his comments as "treason." Nahal Toosi Politico Stephanie Akin Roll Call Mark Hensch The Hill -- 7/27/16

LA River polluted with harmful levels of fecal bacteria, study finds -- Raul Aquino followed a group of kayakers down to the Los Angeles River, dipped a yellow boot into its flowing stream, then waded past some rocks and algae. Dana Bartholomew in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 7/27/16

Newsom to counter Trump's diversity message in prime time -- Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, in a prime time address to the Democratic National Convention Wednesday, will vigorously challenge the message of GOP nominee Donald Trump, arguing that the diversity of the nation is "what makes America great." Carla Marinucci Politico -- 7/27/16

Arnold Schwarzenegger will appear at the Democratic National Convention -- Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will make an appearance at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday evening. But the one-time action-movie star has no plans to endorse nominee Hillary Clinton, according to a source close to Schwarzenegger. Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/27/16

The 9 wildest lines from Trump's news conference -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gave a whirlwind news conference on Wednesday, vehemently denying that he has any business ties to the Russian government, even while encouraging Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton's private email server. Tyler Pager Politico -- 7/27/16

Donald Trump invites Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails -- Donald Trump dared a foreign government to commit espionage on the U.S. to hurt his rival on Wednesday, smashing yet another taboo in American political discourse and behavior. Noah Bierman in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/27/16

Horsey: Renegade delegates invade the media tent with unconventional complaints -- On the historic night when a woman was officially nominated for the presidency at the Democratic National Convention, this crazy campaign brought another, far less important, but still singular, development: Protesters invaded the media headquarters next door to the convention hall. David Horsey in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/27/16

We got Berned: Sanders camp stiffs Sonoma town for $23,000 -- Back in June in the run-up to the California primary, the Sonoma County town of Cloverdale welcomed Bernie Sanders to the city airport where more than 6,000 people cheered on the Democratic presidential contender. Mike Moffitt in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/27/16

Petitions cleared in push against California gun laws -- State officials have certified petitions that opponents of stricter gun regulations can now circulate in California to overturn recent laws that expanded background checks to buy guns and ammunition and attempted to curb the sale of rapid-reloading firearms. Alison Noon Associated Press -- 7/27/16

California’s race for governor percolates in Philadelphia -- On the 37th floor of a high-rise with panoramic views of Philadelphia, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee introduced Gavin Newsom to a small crowd on Tuesday before the disc jockey Questlove played. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/27/16

Decker: In a campaign that pits fear against facts, Hillary Clinton has a tough opponent in Trump -- Donald Trump aims at the fears of many Americans that the country is spiraling toward an abyss, using visceral images that are powerful, if often inaccurate. Cathleen Decker in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/27/16

Jerry Brown, recalling his own battles, confident Sanders backers will 'come around' -- Gov. Jerry Brown, recalling his own contentious presidential race against Bill Clinton, said Wednesday that he understands how tough it was for Bernie Sanders to give up the fight — but said he’s confident the party will be unified. Carla Marinucci Politico -- 7/27/16

'We will get it,' says Gov. Jerry Brown of his effort to extend California climate programs -- Gov. Jerry Brown isn't saying how he plans to pull it off, but on Tuesday, he emphasized his dedication to extending California's landmark climate efforts. "We will get it one way or another," he told reporters on a sidewalk in Philadelphia, where he's attending the Democratic National Convention. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/27/16

Jerry Brown Reflects on Conventions Past and Present -- By any measure, Jerry Brown has had an extraordinary public life that includes being California’s youngest and oldest governors. He’s gone from being a “Governor Moonbeam” who wore out his welcome with California voters in the 1980s to the elder statesman widely seen as a wise and steadying force in Sacramento. Scott Shafer KQED -- 7/27/16

LAPD officers killed one resident of this Watts housing project. 12 hours later, they worked to save another's life -- The scene outside the yellow, sun-baked apartments of Nickerson Gardens was tense. Kate Mather in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/27/16

Police robots: Departments lack rules on whether they can kill -- Law enforcement agencies around Southern California own and operate military-style robots—but few have policies on when and how to use them, including on whether the machines can be used to kill. Aaron Mendelson KPCC -- 7/27/16

Two raging California wildfires grow, killing 1 and prompting closures in the Los Padres National Forest -- As fire crews made progress controlling a deadly wildfire in Southern California on Wednesday, another blaze continued to rage along the state’s picturesque Central Coast, killing a heavy equipment operator and triggering numerous trail closures and hiker rescues in the Los Padres National Forest. Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/27/16

Bulldozer operator killed fighting growing fire near Big Sur -- The private bulldozer operator, who was not identified, was killed Tuesday after rolling the heavy equipment on the fire’s remote southeastern end, said Capt. John Clingingsmith with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Another operator escaped injury earlier Tuesday after a bulldozer being unloaded off a truck rolled over. Evan Sernoffsky in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/27/16

Sand Fire now 40 percent contained, 38,346 acres burned -- With the majority of evacuated residents back home today, fire crews were working to add to their hard-fought progress against the deadly Sand Fire in the Santa Clarita area. The item is in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 7/27/16

By buying Yahoo, Verizon scoops up a rare prize: Silicon Valley real estate -- When the deal closes, the New York telecom giant will become one of the largest office landlords in the nation's technology hub thanks to the roughly 1 million-square-foot campus Yahoo owns in Sunnyvale, Calif. — a desirable position amid the current tech boom. Andrew Khouri and Tracey Lien in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/27/16

Tribe halts construction on Yuba casino -- The Enterprise Rancheria Indian tribe halted construction Tuesday on its $170 million casino outside of Sacramento, blaming the owners of Thunder Valley Casino and other tribal competitors for filing “frivolous lawsuits” that have made it harder to obtain financing. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/27/16

Fox: In CA, Political Power Resides where Jobs are Strong -- The California Business Roundtable’s monthly report on the state’s employment situation feels like a Jackson Pollock painting with bright colors here, dark spots there while containing hints to why the state’s political power resides where it does. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 7/27/16

California household mosquito could amplify Zika virus spread -- Until last week, researchers believed the virus could only be spread by two types of aedes mosquito much rarer in California and the U.S. Sammy Caiola in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/27/16

San Francisco residential building owners slow on quake retrofits -- Hundreds of San Francisco residential building owners have yet to comply with the city’s mandated seismic retrofit program and face penalties if they don’t initiate the safety improvements in the next 60 days, according to the Department of Building Inspection. J.K. Dineen in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/27/16

Auditor asks Fresno police to speed up Dylan Noble investigation -- Fresno’s police auditor didn’t mince words in his quarterly review of the city’s police department, calling for more urgency in the investigation into the police shooting of Dylan Noble. Rory Appleton in the Fresno Bee -- 7/27/16