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California elector files suit, joins anti-Trump Electoral College push -- A Democratic presidential elector from California has filed suit in support of an effort to block Donald Trump’s path to the presidency, the second such lawsuit filed in recent days. Kyle Cheney Politico -- 12/11/16

After years of drama, farmers score a big win in California water battle -- The California water bill now ready for the president's signature dramatically shifts 25 years of federal policy and culminates a long and fractious campaign born in the drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley. Michael Doyle in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 12/11/16

Myers: Get ready for hundreds of extra bills in 2017 -- Just minutes after taking the oath of office last week, new and returning members of the California Assembly received an early holiday gift, one that no lawmakers in Sacramento have been given for more than two decades. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/11/16

John A. Pérez drops congressional bid to focus on health -- Former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez announced Saturday that he is withdrawing from the contest to succeed Rep. Xavier Becerra, citing an unspecified health issue, scrambling the race that was triggered by Becerra’s surprise nomination as state attorney general. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 12/11/16

Zuckerberg 2020? Facebook founder may have political ambitions, according to lawsuit -- Mark Zuckerberg has spent much of the past month or so defending the role or lack thereof that his company, Facebook, played in the 2016 presidential election. Greg Hadley McClatchy DC -- 12/11/16

Taiwan is trending, and L.A.'s Taiwanese community has mixed feelings about it -- The night Donald Trump was elected president, JC Chang, 28, shed tears and called his mother, scared for the direction the country was going. When he learned of Trump’s call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen last week, he found himself in a strange place: on Trump’s side. Frank Shyong in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/11/16

Walters: Two decisions could make big changes in California’s public pension system -- For decades, California’s powerful public employee unions have staved off major changes in pension finances. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 12/11/16

Why the Ghost Ship 'slipped through the cracks' of Oakland inspectors despite repeated safety complaints -- As investigators probed the cause of a warehouse fire that killed 36 people, Oakland city officials faced more scrutiny over their handling of complaints about the building in the years before the blaze. Joseph Serna, Richard Winton, Ben Poston and Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/11/16

Richmond Mayor Calls Out Legendary Punk House Burnt Ramen As City's 'Own Ghost Ship,' Residents Fear Eviction -- This past Tuesday morning, residents at legendary underground punk venue Burnt Ramen woke to discover their Richmond home broadcasted all over the internet — including Mayor Tom Butt himself describing their residence as the city’s “own Ghost Ship.” Jonathan Riley East Bay Express -- 12/11/16

Amid Ghost Ship’s enchanting disorder lurked danger and the seeds of disaster -- They were drinking at Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, an old gay bar in the Tenderloin known for its drag shows and cheap steaks. Joe Mozingo, Paige St. John and Soumya Karlamangla in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/11/16

Ghost Ship warehouse owner: A polite, hands-off landlord -- To her tenants scattered in tiny storefronts throughout Oakland, Chor Ng is the quiet, unobtrusive landlord who shows up once a month in her white Mercedes-Benz to politely collect her rent checks. Kevin Fagan and Vivian Ho in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 12/11/16

Underground arts world goes to war over Ghost Ship operators -- Sociopaths. Talented artists. Slumlords. Loving parents. Killers. Scapegoats. Looking at the lives of Derick Ion Almena and Micah Allison, the married couple who ran the Ghost Ship artist quasi-commune, is like gazing through a prism — there’s a different view from every angle. Vivian Ho and Kevin Fagan in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 12/11/16

Oakland fire victims: A family of connections much larger than nightlife -- This was no random gathering of people who saw a flier about a party. To many, this was a surrogate family, an eclectic group that had spent many similar nights together, dancing and making music. Maria Kendall in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 12/11/16

Oakland choir sings with heart for member lost in Ghost Ship fire -- The concert had been planned for months, long before one voice among the chorus of singers would be silenced forever. Aidin Vaziri in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 12/11/16

San Jose drinking water to receive fluoride, years behind other Bay Area cities -- San Francisco has had it since 1951, Oakland since 1976. Los Angeles and San Diego, along with Contra Costa, Marin and San Mateo counties, have it too. And starting Monday, large sections of San Jose — the nation’s biggest city without fluoride in its drinking water — finally will begin to receive the additive. Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 12/11/16

Stanford band has to face the music this time -- The ever-puckish — or obnoxious, depending on who’s talking — Stanford University marching band has played its last tune for the rest of the school year. Jenna Lyons in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 12/11/16

California Tests Electronic Database For End-Of-Life Wishes -- Mary De Freze, who has heart problems, chronic lung disease and a history of falling, knows she may not have too many years left. And she’s clear about what she wants — and doesn’t want — at the end of her life. Anna Gorman KQED -- 12/11/16


Homeless advocate who lost leg walking Skid Row returns to the streets -- A man who has devoted his life to helping the homeless propels his wheelchair through Skid Row, greeting transients outside their tents in downtown Los Angeles. Dana Bartholomew in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 12/11/16


Silicon Valley getting serious about severe housing shortage -- In the 18 years since Google was born in a garage, Mountain View has ridden a wave of unprecedented job growth. But alongside the boom has come a slew of other issues familiar across the Bay Area: soaring rents, snarled traffic and people living in vehicles because they can’t afford apartments. Wendy Lee in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 12/11/16


Homework, but no home: How Bay Area housing costs affect some UC Berkeley students -- On a weekday evening when they could have been studying for midterms, a group of students at UC Berkeley gathered instead around a conference table to discuss a campus issue of growing concern – homelessness. Katherine Seligman in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 12/11/16

Also . . . 

Dan Rather on fake news, the power of truth, and our bright future -- “If you want to be a journalist worthy of the name, and you want a friend, you better get a dog.” It’s an old adage, but one that’s stuck with Dan Rather through the nearly seven decades of his career. In the era of fake news, though, the newsman might want to update it: On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a fraud. Dominic Fracassa in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 12/11/16

Who invented the Rose Parade? A globe-trotting adventurer and one of Pasadena’s biggest fans -- Charles Frederick Holder battled giant tuna in the Pacific with just a fishing rod and uncovered ancient artifacts in Mexico, but perhaps most importantly, he advocated putting flowers on horse-drawn carriages and calling it a parade. Jason Henry in the Inland Daily Bulletin$ -- 12/11/16

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Intel world struggles to crack the code of an untrusting Trump -- Some fear that Trump's highly public rebukes of the U.S. intelligence apparatus will undermine morale in the spy agencies, politicize their work, and damage their standing in a world filled with adversaries. After all, if the U.S. president doesn't believe his own intelligence officials, why should anyone else? Nahal Toosi and Darren Samuelsohn Politico -- 12/11/16

Donald Trump’s Salvo at CIA Is Unusual Move for a President-Elect -- Donald Trump has picked a fight with the Central Intelligence Agency over Russian computer hacking of American elections, an unprecedented move for an incoming president. Shane Harris in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 12/11/16

Trump, Mocking Claim That Russia Hacked Election, at Odds with G.O.P. -- An extraordinary breach has emerged between President-elect Donald J. Trump and the national security establishment, with Mr. Trump mocking American intelligence assessments that Russia interfered in the election on his behalf, and top Republicans vowing investigations into Kremlin activities. David E. Sanger in the New York Times$ -- 12/11/16

Trump, CIA on collision course over Russia’s role in U.S. election -- The simmering distrust between Donald Trump and U.S. intelligence agencies escalated into open antagonism Saturday after the president-elect mocked a CIA report that Russian operatives had intervened in the U.S. presidential election to help him win. David Nakamura and Greg Miller in the Washington Post$ -- 12/11/16

Democrats unnerved by Trump's reliance on generals -- Democrats are growing uneasy with the number of generals President-elect Donald Trump has tapped for his administration, citing concerns about the amount of sway the military will have in the government. Rebecca Khell The Hill -- 12/11/16