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Two California candidates spent big at Trump properties -- GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a big Trump supporter who has been trying to bend the president’s ear on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, has spent $12,545 at Trump International Hotel this year, most of it for a June fundraiser in the hotel’s Franklin Study. Christine Mai-Duc in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/17/17

GOP Tax Plan May Make Business a Target for Tax Raisers in CA -- If the tax plan passes congress, California business better have a shield because they will be the target of tax increase activists. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 11/17/17

‘The school wasn’t random.’ Neighbor of Rancho Tehama killer says boy may have been target -- The gunman who rampaged through Rancho Tehama Reserve on Tuesday may have been targeting a specific student at the rural community’s elementary school, according to a neighbor whose wife and children were injured in the shooting spree. Anita Chabria and Dale Kassler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/17/17

‘No more victims,’ demand women lawmakers at state Capitol -- The California Legislative Women’s Caucus this week outlined a series of goals to address problems of sexual harassment and retaliation at the state Capitol. Taryn Luna in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/17/17

 Millions of Californians will soon have to visit the DMV. Here’s why -- The new standards mean California fliers who rely on their driver’s license to board domestic flights will no longer be able to do so beginning Oct. 1, 2020, unless they come equipped with the federally approved IDs and licenses or a different form of acceptable identification, such as a valid U.S. passport or military ID, the DMV said. Nashelly Chavez in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/17/17

Poor and isolated, victims of Tehama shooter turn to the internet for help -- Poor and so rural the bus only runs into town a few times a week, a rambling community southwest of Red Bluff faces a long road to recovery after a disgruntled gunman killed six and wounded at least nine people, many of them children, this week. Anita Chabria and Ryan Sabalow in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/17/17

Wine Country requested hundreds of engines in firestorm’s first hours. Less than half came -- In the early hours of the most destructive firestorm in California history, officials in Napa and Sonoma counties knew their local first responders would be overwhelmed and turned to a statewide mutual-aid system designed to swiftly bring in support crews from other regions to protect homes and save lives. They got help, but they didn’t get what they asked for — not nearly. Joaquin Palomino and Kimberly Veklerov in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/17/17

Trump administration has plans to wipe out work permits for H-1B spouses -- The Trump administration has plans to stop granting work permits to spouses of H-1B holders, a move that would overturn a 2015 rule and affect thousands of foreigners currently in the United States, according to sources who have spoken to The Chronicle about the move. Trisha Thadani in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/17/17

DACA negotiations slow as Trump demands more than Democrats will give -- Bipartisan negotiations over protecting so-called Dreamers from deportation have stalled over demands from President Trump and Republican lawmakers that any new law also include tougher measures on legal and illegal immigration. Brian Bennett in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/17/17

House tax plan would mean higher borrowing costs for hospitals, schools, affordable housing -- Hospitals, university buildings and affordable housing projects could become markedly more expensive to develop if the tax plan approved Thursday by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives becomes law. James Rufus Koren in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/17/17

In Orange County, fear and loathing for the GOP tax bill -- Chris Keena feels obliged to explain: He really is a Republican — honest! — before launching his critique of the Republican tax bill that just passed the House. Mark Z. Barabak in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/17/17

Workers once cooked soup here. Now they ship your Christmas presents -- The hulking industrial complex that looms over Franklin Boulevard in South Sacramento used to churn out cans of Campbell tomato soup. This holiday season the old plant is busy again – as Macy’s workers assemble, package and ship items ordered online by customers. Mark Glover in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/17/17

Innovative measures steer Central Valley salmon run near record -- Salmon populations in a Central Valley river are on track for record highs after years of suffering through drought, thanks to some clever human intervention. Denis Cuff in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 11/17/17

Santa Clara County, East Bay power Bay Area job gains of 7,600 positions -- Santa Clara County was, by far, the strongest labor market in October, adding 5,900 jobs, according to seasonally adjusted figures released by the state Employment Development Department. The gains halted two months of job declines the prior two months. George Avalos in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 11/17/17

Fired Google engineer James Damore says he’s autistic, ‘sees things differently’ -- James Damore, the former Google engineer who published a screed against Google’s diversity initiatives, wants you to know he isn’t using autism as an excuse. But he says being on the spectrum means he “sees things differently.” Levi Sumagaysay in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 11/17/17

Navy SEAL charity retracts fundraising flyer that promised training complex tour, Mattis visit -- Under pressure from the Pentagon, the Carlsbad-based SEAL Family Foundation has retracted a fundraising flyer that seemed to offer big donors a visit with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and private tours of Naval Special Warfare’s Coronado training complex. Carl Prine in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 11/17/17

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning  

California releases long-awaited cannabis regulations, will allow huge farms -- There will be no cannabis cappuccinos or drone deliveries in California under the new pot rules state officials released Thursday that regulate everything from who can legally sell and deliver marijuana to how it must be packaged and transported. Rachel Swan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ Ben Bradford Capital Public Radio -- 11/17/17

Third woman alleges misconduct by state Sen. Tony Mendoza -- A third woman is alleging that Sen. Tony Mendoza behaved inappropriately toward her when she worked in his Capitol office seven years ago. Taryn Luna in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/17/17

State Sen. Tony Mendoza criticizes process for reviewing harassment allegations -- Facing an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior with women who worked in his legislative office, state Sen. Tony Mendoza on Thursday criticized the current system of review as “opaque and unjust” and said he supports reforms. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/17/17

Women in the California Legislature want a 'cultural audit' of sexual harassment in the state Capitol -- Insisting on a "unified course of action" on sexual harassment and abuse allegations in Sacramento, women in the California Legislature on Thursday suggested a broad investigation by outside experts and a town-hall style meeting to air the concerns in public. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/17/17

Lawmakers to Californians: Do as we say, not as we do -- With a declaration that “public servants best serve the citizenry when they can be candid and honest without reservation in conducting the people’s business,” lawmakers passed the California Whistleblower Protection Act in 1999. Laurel Rosenhall Calmatters.org -- 11/17/17

National Wave of Sexual Harassment Scandals Complicates de León Run Against Feinstein -- Timing is everything in politics as in life, and by that measure the moment of state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León’s announced challenge of Sen. Dianne Feinstein was less than fortuitous. Forty-eight hours after de León released a videotaped message that he was running, some of the most powerful women in Sacramento politics released a letter describing a long-standing climate of sexual harassment and worse at the state Capitol. Their message: “Enough.” Scott Shafer KQED -- 11/17/17

Antonio Villaraigosa says he hopes to increase voter turnout in the Latino community -- Gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa joined former Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina and Mickey Ibarra, former director of intergovernmental affairs for former President Bill Clinton, at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on Wednesday evening to read excerpts from the book “Latino Leaders Speak: Stories of Struggle and Triumph." Michael Livingston in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/17/17

Berkeley mayor Arreguín investigated over possible campaign violations -- The Fair Campaign Practices Commission was meeting Thursday to discuss whether Arreguín deliberately broke local election laws during his campaign last year by not reimbursing his campaign manager before a statutory deadline for $3,339.66 worth of supplies purchased on 18 occasions. Lizzie Johnson in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/17/17

Politifact CA: Claims abound on California’s ‘highest-in-the-nation’ costs. Not all are factual -- It’s a common refrain: California has some of the ‘highest-in-the-nation’ costs, from gas and water to electricity and taxes. Some of these assertions are supported by the facts, while others are as exaggerated as Yosemite’s granite domes are striking. Chris Nichols Politifact CA -- 11/17/17

Steyer rolls out another folksy TV ad calling for Trump’s impeachment -- San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer is bumping up his $20 million effort to get President Trump impeached with a new nationwide ad blasting the president and the Republican-led Congress for their proposed tax plan. John Wildermuth in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/17/17

San Francisco police officer’s kidney donation leads to lifesaving chain of events -- As a soldier in the U.S. Army, Anna Cuthbertson served in the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan. As a San Francisco police officer, she patrols the streets of the Richmond District, busting criminals and protecting citizens. Sophie Haigney in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/17/17

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Tolls, Bonds 

What gas tax increase? More Southern Californians will hit the road for Thanksgiving -- Gasoline prices in Southern California have surged since the state's gas tax increase, but that won't discourage holiday travelers during the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend. Hugo Martin in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/17/17

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

Elon Musk lifts the veil on Tesla's electric truck of the future – and teases a new sports car -- Elon Musk unveiled the new Tesla Semi on Thursday night — and surprised everybody with a working prototype of a new Roadster sports car whose purpose, he said, is to “give a hard-core smackdown to gasoline cars.” Russ Mitchell in the Los Angeles Times$ Dee-Ann Durbin Associated Press -- 11/17/17

Tesla surprise: Musk unveils world’s fastest production car along with electric semi-truck -- Musk showed off a prototype of the new vehicle, a convertible which he said will go from zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds and from zero to 100 mph in 4.2 seconds, as well as covering a quarter mile in 8.9 seconds. “These are all world records,” Musk said. Ethan Baron in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 11/17/17

Richard Branson's newest space venture, Virgin Orbit, just got a U.S. military contract -- The Pentagon is hiring Richard Branson to launch satellites to orbit. Christian Davenport in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/17/17

Transit  

BART says it won’t meet Thanksgiving deadline to get new cars into service -- BART officials say they’ve found a fix for the problems that caused state regulators to delay approval of the transit system’s new railcars. But it could takes weeks, possibly into December, before the cars can start carrying passengers, they acknowledged Thursday. Michael Cabanatuan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/17/17

Homeless  

L.A. County leaders make a plea to feds in push to keep funds for homeless veterans -- But the shift has generated concern among L.A. County officials, who say it could result in about $34 million being diverted from paying case managers who help homeless veterans find permanent housing to fund other programs at the West L.A. VA Medical Center. Melissa Etehad in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/17/17

San Francisco homeless, activists camp out to protest tent sweeps -- Dozens of homeless people and activists layered Hallidie Plaza in sleeping bags Thursday night to protest the city’s tent sweeps and find solace in one another. The holidays are often the hardest times — many have no family or friends to join for dinner. So volunteers passed out trays of sandwiches, quinoa salad and steaming cups of coffee. Lizzie Johnson in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/17/17

A half-loaded gun, a well-built bunker and 1,000 hidden bikes found at Fountain Valley homeless camp -- The makeshift bunker beneath a recently-displaced Fountain Valley homeless encampment was big enough for a grown person to stand inside, replete with wood-paneled walls and a support beam, and accessible only via a small hatch camouflaged to blend in with its dirt surroundings. Jordan Graham in the Orange County Register -- 11/17/17

Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against City Of San Diego Alleges Mistreatment Of Homeless Living In RVs -- The lawsuit filed late Wednesday with the U.S. District Court in San Diego alleges that disabled homeless people living in their recreational vehicles are unfairly targeted for tickets. Matt Hoffman KPBS -- 11/17/17

Father Joe's 400-unit downtown homeless housing project gets green light -- Father Joe’s Villages will be able to move ahead with a $145 million project to supply 444 units of housing for the homeless and working poor in downtown’s East Village. The project was approved Wednesday by Civic San Diego, the downtown development agency. Jeanette Steele in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 11/17/17

Housing  

Your frequently asked California housing crisis questions—answered -- A few months back, we created an explainer to answer two questions: How bad is California’s housing crisis, and how did it get so bad? Matt Levin Calmatters.org -- 11/17/17

Wildfire  

101-year-old Santa Rosa man now among firestorm’s victims -- A 101-year-old man who got as far as the front door of his burning Fountaingrove home before telling his wife to run to safety without him was the latest victim to be identified Thursday by coroner’s officials as one of 23 people known to have died in Sonoma County in last month’s wildfires. Mary Callahan in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat -- 11/17/17

PG&E aims to remove 25,000 fire-damaged trees near power lines across service region -- PG&E aims to cut down up to 25,000 fire-damaged trees in an urgent effort to protect power lines in 13 counties across Northern and Central California, including Sonoma, where last month’s wildfires scorched 137 square miles. Guy Kovner in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat -- 11/17/17

Education 

Gun threat prompts Davis junior high school to announce Friday closure -- A letter from Principal Jean Kennedy, posted on the school’s website Thursday, advises parents that the school will be closed due to a “targeted and anonymous threat” the school received via the SopIt App. Cathy Locke in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/17/17

Young and homeless in America – More than 4 percent of adolescents and 10 percent of young adults nationwide were living on the street, in cars or shelters, or couch-surfing at some point in the last year, according to a sweeping study by the University of Chicago. Carolyn Jones EdSource -- 11/17/17

University of California to open free speech center in Washington DC -- The University of California, the site of several free-speech clashes and a First Amendment lawsuit this year, announced Thursday that it will open a center in Washington, D.C., to tackle questions of open expression in the way it does best: through research. Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/17/17

Cannabis 

The Standard Hollywood and cannabis brand Lord Jones to open an in-hotel boutique early next year -- Boutique hotel group Standard International and cannabis-infused confection maker Lord Jones have announced a partnership that includes opening a retail shop in the lobby of the Standard Hollywood early next year. Adam Tschorn in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/17/17

Rhee: California’s pot industry will be awash with cash. How dangerous is that? -- We’re used to being told that pizza delivery drivers carry less than $10 or $20 in cash to discourage would-be robbers. Marijuana deliverers will be limited to a tad more – $3,000 in product, plus cash from customers. That’s just asking for trouble. Foon Rhee in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/17/17

Pot For Pets? UC Davis Study Looks Into Safety, Efficacy -- Scientists at UC Davis are trying to find out if pot is good for pets. They’re asking pet owners everywhere to take a survey about what - if any- cannabis products they use on their animals, and what effect those products have. Sammy Caiola Capital Public Radio -- 11/17/17

Immigration / Border 

Appeals court blocks deportation of Bay Area man seeking political asylum -- A federal appeals court has blocked the deportation of a Bay Area man who fled his native India after being attacked by a religious group he had refused to join. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/17/17

Oops, We Lost Your DACA Application -- Thousands of Dreamers thought they had met the final deadline to renew their DACA status last month. But some of those applications got stuck in the mail. Joel Rose NPR -- 11/17/17

Environment 

Muir Woods to start requiring reservations for parking, shuttle rides -- Starting on Jan. 16, 2018, all vehicles and shuttle passengers must use a reservation system to secure a spot at Muir Woods. The system, which will allow visitors to make reservations up to 90 days in advance, will go live on Jan. 1. Annie Ma in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 11/17/17

Racing Rising Seas in the Bay Area: Design Teams ‘Float’ Some Big Ideas -- After months of study, ten carefully-picked design teams are unveiling their first ideas for giving the Bay Area a makeover to cope with rising sea levels. It’s the latest phase of the Resilient by Design challenge, which aims for nothing less than the remaking of waterfront communities with forward-looking design. Craig Miller KQED -- 11/17/17

Salmon population booms on state’s Mokelumne River as restoration efforts pay off -- Salmon crowded in and around the Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery on Thursday, offering leaping and squiggling proof of what so far is a near-record return of the big pinkish delicacies after several years of low breeding numbers. Peter Fimrite in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/17/17

Group files suit to block storing nuclear waste at San Onofre -- Public Watchdogs, a San Diego-based activist group, brought a lawsuit in U.S. District Court Thursday, trying to block the storage of nuclear waste on the premises of the now-shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). Rob Nikolewski in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 11/17/17

Also . . . 

Sheriff's car heading to shots-fired call is involved in crash that leaves 2 pedestrians dead and 3 injured -- Three other pedestrians were injured and taken to a hospital for treatment, though details on their conditions were not available, said Los Angeles Police Officer Tony Im. Two deputies were also taken to a hospital. Alene Tchekmedyian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/17/17

9 unweaned husky pups dropped at SPCA, anonymous donor sponsoring adoptions until 2018 -- The Sacramento SPCA says the appearance of unweaned puppies around Thanksgiving is becoming something of a holiday tradition. This year, nine of the puppies are a German shepherd and husky mix, and they're just about four weeks old. Alyssa Pereira in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/17/17

-- Thursday Updates 

Sacramento police close sexual misconduct investigation into California assemblyman -- Sacramento police on Thursday closed their investigation into an allegation of sexual misconduct by Assemblyman Devon Mathis without bringing charges against the Visalia Republican. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/16/17 ** auto start audio on this link

UC regents chastise UC President Janet Napolitano for approval of interference in state audit -- University of California regents meeting on Thursday admonished UC President Janet Napolitano for agreeing to a plan that led to interference in a state audit on the operation of her office. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/17/17

Keystone pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota -- The Keystone pipeline is part of a 2,687-mile system that also is to include the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which has faced persistent opposition from environmental groups, American Indian tribes and some landowners. Associated Press -- 11/16/17

Most of California's House Republicans vote to pass GOP tax bill; three vote against it -- Eleven California Republicans joined their House colleagues Thursday to approve a tax overhaul expected to have broad negative effects on Californians' taxes. Several said they supported the bill because they think the Senate will make it better. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ Carolyn Lochhead in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Patrick May in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 11/16/17

See how every California House member voted on the GOP tax bill -- Most California Republicans joined House colleagues Thursday to approve a GOP tax overhaul. Several said they supported the bill because they think the Senate will make it better. Sarah Wire and Chris Keller in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/16/17

Trump's environmental rollbacks hit California hard, despite Sacramento's resistance -- When 50,000 acre-feet of water went gushing out of the Sacramento River last month, it fast became a test of California’s ability to protect its environmental policies from an increasingly hostile Trump administration. The episode proved humbling. Evan Halper in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/16/17

Weathering the Heat -- In the decades ahead, as temperatures rise and droughts intensify, Northern California's climate, vegetation, and wildlife may look more like Southern California does today. Alastair Bland East Bay Express -- 11/16/17

Sen. Al Franken accused of kissing, groping KABC’s news anchor Leeann Tweeden -- Leeann Tweeden, KABC-AM’s news anchor and host of “McIntyre In The Morning,” has accused Minnesota Sen. Al Franken of kissing and groping her during a USO Tour to the Middle East in 2006. Alma Fausto in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 11/16/17

White supremacist hate crimes, violence against transgender people surge in LA County, report finds -- Nearly a quarter of all hate crimes reported in Los Angeles County last year were based on sexual orientation, making gay men, lesbians and LGBT organizations and businesses the group most frequently targeted for the first time in many years, according to a new report. Brenda Gazzar in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/16/17

Covered California sees 23 percent jump in health insurance signups -- The number of new customers signing up for health insurance through the state exchange Covered California jumped 23 percent during the first two weeks of open enrollment compared to the same period last year, Covered California officials said Thursday. Catherine Ho in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/16/17

As the housing supply shrinks, San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland are the nation’s three most competitive markets -- The supply of homes for sale fell nationally for the 25th consecutive month in October, down 12.2 percent from a year earlier. But it’s the San Jose metropolitan area that took the cake for the nation’s steepest year-over-year plunge in home supply: down a precipitous 51.6 percent. Richard Scheinin in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 11/16/17

California's state budget could soon be flush with $7.5 billion in unexpected cash, analysts say -- Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers could have a net budget windfall of some $7.5 billion by the summer of 2019 under a new analysis that attributes most of the cash to capital gains income earned by California's most wealthy taxpayers. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/16/17

He was hit with a Taser and died. Now his family wants answers from the CHP -- Kristina Compher worries that her three children are not the same people they were a year ago, before their father Christopher Murphy died after an auto accident and subsequent encounter with two California Highway Patrol officers who allegedly hit him with a Taser, hog-tied and handcuffed him after finding him wandering near the crash. Anita Chabria in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/16/17

Officials are still searching for the source of 4 Legionnaires' cases. Disneyland cooling towers haven't been ruled out -- The outbreak has sickened a total of 15 people, two of whom have died. Eleven of those people visited Disneyland in September, said Orange County health agency spokeswoman Jessica Good. Soumya Karlamangla in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/16/17

California’s problems with money bail were created by the courts, bond agents say -- A high-profile push to scrap California’s bail system, which critics contend has created an unequal system of justice based on wealth, fell short in the Assembly last session amid concerns about cost and the effect on public safety. But Gov. Jerry Brown announced he would continue to work on the issue with legislative proponents and Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/16/17

Police still on alert after new social media threat against Orange County high schools deemed not credible -- Multiple Orange County schools will continue to have an increased police presence this week even after investigators deemed threats on social media of campus shootings to be not credible, authorities said. Sonali Kohli in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/16/17

Scenic San Mateo County beach linked to singer Chris Isaak to become new public park -- For the past few years, this magnificent mile-long stretch of remote oceanfront property seven miles south of Half Moon Bay has become known for its abandoned bluff-top house, rowdy overnight beach parties and rumors about a rock-star absentee land owner. Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury$ Peter Fimrite in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/16/17

Whiting: Southern California soon will have a lot more old people, and that will change everything -- In a state known for youth, a recently released report unmasks the face of California and reveals we’re getting more wrinkled by the minute. The number of people age 60 and older will jump 40 percent by 2030, says the federally mandated California State Plan on Aging. David Whiting in the Orange County Register -- 11/16/17

The Spanish Teaching Shortage -- In Oakland, where the shortage of language instructors is particularly acute, the school district has been recruiting teachers from Mexico and Spain. Robert Gammon East Bay Express -- 11/16/17

Want to help Wine Country’s workers? Buy a bottle. Or better, a case -- As soon as the wildfires hit the North Bay, the California wine industry jumped into action, with dozens of wineries across the state donating portions of wine purchases, tasting room fees and event ticket sales to relief funds. While several of these donation programs ended in October, many are still going strong. Esther Mobley in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/16/17

Jeffe & Jeffe: Healthcare May Be Hazardous To Political Health -- Many Democrats at the state and national levels are playing with fire as they pursue a complete overhaul of the healthcare system. In California, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom’s gubernatorial bid and State Senator Kevin DeLeon’s US. Senate campaign could founder if they push too hard for a government takeover of health insurance. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe & Doug Jeffe Fox & Hounds -- 11/16/17