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Regents throw parties at UC’s expense -- The night before the University of California Board of Regents voted to raise student tuition to help cash-strapped campuses, they threw themselves a party at the luxury Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco and billed the university. The tab for the Jan. 25 banquet: $17,600 for 65 people, or $270 a head. Melody Gutierrez and Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/28/17

They dismissed her as a lightweight. But California's top judge has found her voice — and uses it to call out Trump policies -- Tani Cantil-Sakauye was an obscure judge on a Sacramento appeals court when then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger selected her to become California’s 28th chief justice. Maura Dolan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/28/17

Why are so many women dropping out of the workforce? -- Mari Villaluna never wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. The 36-year-old spent a decade building up a resume as a career counselor and tutor in San Francisco schools after serving in the U.S. Army. Natalie Kitroeff in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/28/17

Is California’s heralded recycling program broken? -- Californians purchased 23 billion bottles and cans last year; 18.4 billion were returned into the recycling circle of life, one of the highest rates in the country. Recycling processors gathered, mashed, mulched and re-formed billions of pounds of plastic, aluminium and glass that would have otherwise clogged landfills or imperiled sea creatures in the Pacific. Rachel Uranga in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 5/28/17

Lopez: 'Everyone I know is worried.' Terrified patients await fate of their healthcare -- Dr. Juan Z. Montes recalls the surge of people who came calling, beginning about two years ago. “We couldn’t handle them all,” he said, referring to the new patients who visited his four Southern California clinics after they got health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/28/17

A Sacramento State chemical spill has lab techs questioning their workplace safety -- Some lab employees say they work in areas so poorly ventilated that acidic fumes corrode metal and rubber, and two workers claim that exposure to these substances and others may have led to their inability to have children. Diana Lambert in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/28/17

Talbot: Old people of San Francisco, your time is up -- San Francisco has a problem with its elderly citizens. There are too many of them. More than 37,000 homes in the city are owned or rented by people 65 or older. David Talbot in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/28/17

School for autistic adults makes splash in Hollywood shows -- Alex Knight was diagnosed with autism when he hit school age in North Hollywood. His parents kept up hope, but his future didn’t include many options, or many dreams. Keith Sharon in the Orange County Register -- 5/28/17

Horton Plaza: Homeless Plaza? -- Horton Plaza Park, reopened a year ago after an $18 million expansion, sometimes looks like homeless plaza. Roger Showley in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/28/17

San Francisco courts test new approach to homeless crimes -- Courts around the country tried to ease the burden of fines and fees in the wake of riots in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 that brought attention to a torrent of traffic and other minor citations that saddled people with debt and even sent them to jail. Sudhin Thanawalla Associated Press -- 5/28/17

Homeland Security chief considers banning laptops on all flights to and from U.S. -- Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly said Sunday that he's considering banning laptop computers from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States. Associated Press -- 5/28/17

Trump Lashes Out at Media After Ducking Press Questions on Trip -- Donald Trump lashed out at the “fake news” media in a series of Twitter messages on Sunday after wrapping up his first foreign trip as president -- a nine-day excursion from Saudi Arabia to Sicily -- without once holding a news conference. Craig Gordon and Jennifer Jacobs Bloomberg Politics -- 5/28/17

Inside Trump's war on regulations -- The chaos of Donald Trump’s first four months as president has overshadowed a series of actions that could reshape American life for decades — efforts to rewrite or wipe out regulations affecting everything from student loans and restaurant menus to internet privacy, workplace injuries and climate change. Andrew Restuccia and Nancy Cook Politico -- 5/28/17

Following Trump’s trip, Merkel says Europe can’t rely on ‘others.’ She means the U.S. -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday declared a new chapter in U.S.-European relations after contentious meetings with President Trump last week, saying that Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands.” Michael Birnbaum and Rick Noack in the Washington Post$ -- 5/28/17

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Political Road Map: Trump's budget presents new challenge to California's long suffering unemployment fund -- After years of the state being deep in debt to the federal government for a loan covering the unemployment benefits of millions of Californians, state government officials have been promising the system was well on its way to stability. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/28/17

Willie Brown: Trump shoves his way across the world stage -- President Trump’s seven days in May will go down as one of the worst-ever trips abroad ever undertaken by a purported leader of the free world. Willie Brown in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/28/17

San Francisco police too quick to go for their guns, critics say -- San Francisco police officers, who were required in the aftermath of a disputed shooting in the Bayview neighborhood to document every time they point their guns, reported doing so 3,130 times in the first 15 months, or about seven times a day, records show. In nearly half of those cases, the person at whom the officer pointed a gun was African American, though black people make up less than 6 percent of the city’s population. Vivian Ho in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/28/17

Walters: Growing retirement costs are hitting new state budget hard -- California’s rapidly growing public employee retirement costs weigh heavily on the 2017-18 state budget now being fashioned, but their impact is only partially revealed in budget documents. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/28/17

Hiltzik: The challenges in setting up a California single-payer system are daunting — but not insurmountable -- Let’s start with what we can almost all agree on: single-payer healthcare is the most effective system for achieving universal health coverage in the U.S. Michael Hiltzik in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/28/17

For Bay Area student, hunger strike in Israeli prison is personal -- But when more than 1,500 Palestinian prisoners started a hunger strike on April 17 to protest conditions of Israeli prisons, the St. Mary’s College business student felt a visceral need to support the main instigator — his father, Marwan Barghouti, a former Palestinian parliament member arrested in 2002 and given five life sentences for murder. Sarah Ravani in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/28/17

Knight: San Francisco installing syringe kiosks as disposal of dirty needles grows -- With San Francisco politicians and police mostly looking the other way as injection drug users shoot up in broad daylight, the official effort seems to have moved from preventing the drug use to cleaning up all those dirty needles left behind. Heather Knight in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/28/17

79-foot-long blue whale washes up dead on Northern California beach -- Scientists and onlookers gathered Saturday at a Northern California beach to view a 79-foot-long blue whale — a member of the largest species on Earth — that washed up dead the day before after apparently being hit and killed in a collision with a ship. Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/28/17

San Diegans who suspect they may be in a gang database seek answers from SDPD -- D’Andre Brooks is celebrating a milestone. The 31-year-old graduated from San Diego City College on Friday with an associate’s degree in sociology. He’ll begin classes at San Diego State University in the fall. Dana Littlefield in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/28/17

Homeless  

It takes two hours each morning to clean up after homeless campers at this courthouse -- It’s just past sunrise and the men and women have begun to break camp on the plaza outside the Sacramento County Courthouse. They know before long Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies will tell them to pack up their tents and bedrolls, gather their belongings and move on. Darrell Smith in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/28/17

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Toss, Bonds

Seniors won’t have to reapply for parcel-tax exemptions each year -- Thanks to a new state law, school districts that grant parcel-tax exemptions to seniors, low-income or disabled homeowners cannot require them to renew or reapply for the exemption each year. Kathleen Pender in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/28/17

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions

Is ‘gas mileage be damned’ the mantra fueling new car sales? -- Auto dealers will have a busy Memorial Day weekend, as drivers in the Golden State continue to pick up new cars and trucks at a feverish pace. Richard Chang in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/28/17

Sacramento lands on list of worst cities for starting a career -- With May coming to an end, millions have either already graduated from college or will soon do so, hoping their degree gives way to a successful career. Michael McGough in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/28/17

Education 

UC Davis stokes American Dream more than most colleges, study says. Can it sustain? -- UC Davis ranks No. 3, and the University of California system comprises the top five, in the New York Times’ third College Access Index that measures their commitment to economic diversity. Jon Schultz in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/28/17

Cannabis 

Birthplace of Fetzer’s Mendocino County wine empire makes way for cannabis economy -- Dust covers the redwood bar inside the abandoned Big Dog Saloon on an 80-acre ranch north of Ukiah where a famous Mendocino County wine family long ago launched an empire. Julie Johnson in the Santa Rosa Press -- 5/28/17

Can I get fired for using legal recreational marijuana? An FAQ for California workers -- Six months have passed since California voted in favor of Proposition 64, the recreational marijuana initiative that allows adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and cultivate up to six plants indoors. And in another six months, state-licensed marijuana stores will begin selling pot purely for adult fun. Peter Hecht in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/28/17

Immigration / Border 

U.S. to increase number of refugees allowed in, reversing a sharp decline under Trump -- The sudden and quiet change in the State Department’s policy will affect tens of thousands of refugees who have completed the nearly two-year-long application process but were waiting in limbo during the legal fights over Trump’s executive orders attempting to bar refugees. Melissa Etehad in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/28/17

Environment 

The Big One is going to happen, no matter how much you want to deny it, California scientists say -- Fear of earthquakes is part of life in California. But people experience this anxiety in different ways. For some, the fear prompts them to take steps to protect themselves: strapping down heavy furniture, securing kitchen cabinets and retrofitting homes and apartments. Rong-Gong Lin II in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/28/17

Also . . . 

Uber co-founder's mother is killed, father injured in boating accident -- The mother of Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick died Friday in a boating accident in Fresno County, while his injured father remains hospitalized. Anh Do in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/28/17

Boy injured in fall on opening day for Dublin water park -- A 10-year-old boy was injured Saturday after flying off a three-story slide on opening day for a Dublin city water park, officials said. Sarah Ravani in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/28/17

POTUS 45  

Trump considers major changes amid escalating Russia crisis -- President Trump and his advisers, seeking to contain the escalating Russia crisis that threatens to consume his presidency, are considering a retooling of his senior staff and the creation of a “war room” within the White House, according to several aides and outside Trump allies. John Wagner, Robert Costa and Ashley Parker in the Washington Post$ -- 5/28/17

A high-stakes gamble: How Jared Kushner reacted to previous crises -- Jared Kushner had barely survived a fight to save his family’s real estate empire. Taking charge of the business after his father went to prison, Kushner, 25 at the time, paid $1.8 billion in 2007 for the nation’s most expensive office building. Then the market went south, the debts piled up, and Kushner spent years pushing banks to renegotiate the loans. Michael Kranish and Jonathan O'Connell in the Washington Post$ -- 5/28/17

Russia scandal casts uncertainty over Kushner’s future role -- Once the untouchable son-in-law in a White House where top aides jockey for the president’s ear, Jared Kushner has now been cast in a new role: reassuring people that he’s not going to resign, while colleagues question whether he can survive politically. Annie Karni and Josh Dawsey Politico -- 5/28/17

Alternately charming and boorish, Trump plays the role of a lifetime overseas -- He was deferential to the berobed king of Saudi Arabia and Pope Francis, yet aggressively rude to his European colleagues, brushing aside a Balkan prime minister to get to his place lining up for a photo shoot at NATO. The French newspaper Le Monde admonished Trump for “verbal and physical brutality” toward NATO allies and said he “lectured them like children.” Philip Rucker and Karen DeYoung in the Washington Post$ -- 5/28/17

Saudis on Trump’s anti-Islamic rhetoric: Just a gimmick to win votes -- Donald Trump described Muslims as sick people who have hatred on their minds and he proposed banning them from entering the United States. Yet surprisingly, many people in Saudi Arabia, a nation considered the birthplace of Islam where citizens are required to be Muslim, don’t hold his words against him. Anita Kumar McClatchy DC -- 5/28/17 

 

-- Saturday Updates 

New advertising campaign targets lawmakers over votes for climate change policies -- A coalition of California businesses launched a new advertising campaign on Saturday to pressure lawmakers against enacting tighter policies on climate change and air pollution. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/27/17

Teenage robbery suspects shot by off-duty federal agent in Arcadia; 1 killed, 1 wounded -- An off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent shot two teenagers, killing one, after the boys allegedly attacked and tried to rob him in Arcadia late Friday, officials said. Brian Day in the Los Angeles Daily News$ Paloma Esquivel in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/27/17

After decades in U.S., feds order Catholic minister to buy one-way ticket to Mexico -- Despite living in the U.S. for nearly 30 years, she was told she had until June 12 to leave the country, and was required to report with proof she had purchased a plane ticket before then. Her case mirrors stories across the country of undocumented people with clean records facing deportation orders, leading advocates to question President Donald Trump’s pledge to focus on criminals living in the U.S. illegally. Mackenzie Mays in the Fresno Bee -- 5/27/17

California bills target private business to help immigrants -- California Democrats are expanding their efforts to resist President Donald Trump's crackdown on immigrants in the country illegally with bills aimed at limiting how much private businesses can cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Sophia Bollag Associated Press -- 5/27/17

California Democrats wrestle with proposal to replace private health insurance with `single-payer’ system -- A sweeping proposal to replace private medical insurance in California with a single, government-run health care system has suddenly taken on sharp political edges for Democrats, threatening party unity even as it promises to mobilize voters on the left. Katy Murphy in the San Jose Mercury$

The store where the pink ‘pussyhat’ began is being pushed out of Atwater Village by rising rents -- Every now and then, people drop by the Little Knittery in Atwater Village to catch a glimpse of where it all began. Esmeralda Bermudez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/27/17

Keeping Golden Gate Bridge in good shape as it turns 80 -- As the Golden Gate Bridge was being built, Joseph Strauss, the chief engineer, was often asked: How long will the bridge last? His answer was always the same. “Forever,” he said. Carl Nolte in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/27/17

California creatures thriving after record winter rains -- The deluge brought distress to deer and butterflies but provided relief for most of the Golden State’s flora and fauna. Yasemin Saplakoglu in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/27/17

To keep crops from rotting in the field, farmers say they need Trump to let in more temporary workers -- More than 11,000 foreign guest workers like Betancourt were approved last year to harvest the lettuce, fruit and vegetables for California’s $47-billion agricultural industry — a fivefold increase from 2011, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of U.S. Labor Department data. If this year’s hiring pace holds, that number will soar even higher. Geoffrey Mohan and Gary Coronado in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/27/17

After 5 decades, MIA pilot's wedding ring and bone fragments found in Vietnam fish pond -- Two U.S. Navy planes came in fast over a bridge in Dong Phong Thuong, North Vietnam. It was June 1965. Cloud cover forced them to descend extremely low. The enemy was waiting. Jeanette Steele in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/27/17

Facing $140k legal payment to his opponent, Rep. Darrell Issa plans to appeal court ruling -- Rep. Darrell Issa is planning to appeal a judge’s ruling that says the congressman infringed on his opponent’s free speech rights when he filed a defamation lawsuit about attack ads last year. The ruling puts Issa on the hook to pay more than $140,000 in legal costs for Democrat Doug Applegate, who narrowly lost the November election to the incumbent. Joshua Stewart in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/27/17

UC San Diego booming as chancellor Khosla finishes fifth year -- In the land of sunshine, Pradeep Khosla is making it rain. As he finishes his fifth year as chancellor of UC San Diego, the campus is being showered with a record level of private donations, fueling the school’s breakneck expansion. Gary Robbins in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/27/17