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San Francisco hunger strikers go to hospital, protest camp packed up after 16 days -- Five demonstrators who have been refusing to eat until San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr resigns or is fired were being evaluated by doctors Friday due to “deteriorating health,” supporters said, and their 16-day protest camp outside the Mission Police Station was being packed up. Evan Sernoffsky and Erin Allday in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 5/6/16

Former Placentia finance manager pleads not guilty to embezzling $4.3 million -- The former financial services manager for Placentia pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges of embezzling $4.3 million from the cash-strapped city. Anh Do in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/16

As GOP grapples with Donald Trump, Scott Jones says he’ll support him -- Republican Scott Jones, campaigning to unseat Democratic Rep. Ami Bera in a Sacramento County swing district, has confirmed he will vote for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/6/16

Faulconer rejects Trump's 'divisive rhetoric' -- Apparent Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will have a hard time getting some local Republican votes — including San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s. Daniel Wheaton in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/6/16

Trump will testify after election in Trump University suit -- Donald Trump will testify after the presidential election on a class-action lawsuit that accuses the billionaire businessman and his now-defunct Trump University of defrauding people who paid up to $35,000 for real estate seminars, his attorney said Friday. Elliot Spagat Associated Press Jeff McDonald in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/6/16

Obama previews his Trump attack plan -- Get serious, President Barack Obama said Friday—and that goes for Donald Trump and all the Republicans who say they believe in their principles, but also Congress, voters, reporters and Bernie Sanders. Edward-Isaac Dovre Politico -- 5/6/16

$2 Billion Bail Bond Industry Threatened by Lawsuit Against San Francisco -- The for-profit bail system that Valiente used to get out of jail is part of a larger system known as money bail, which enables many defendants to be released before their cases go to court, as long as they post property or cash as collateral. Sukey Lewis KQED -- 5/6/16

California’s coal collapse -- When it comes to coal production and consumption, California is not exactly West Virginia. But it is striking to see that California’s use of coal to generate electricity has dropped so dramatically — essentially going from small to almost microscopic. Rob Nikolewski in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/6/16

Santa Monica's 'slow growth' initiative one step closer to ballot -- A Santa Monica group pushing a ballot initiative to limit development in the city says it has delivered 10,000 signatures to the city clerk in an effort to qualify the measure for the November ballot. Christian Brown KPCC -- 5/6/16

MLS soccer stadium wins approval from LA City Council -- A plan to construct a $250 million stadium complex for a new Major League Soccer team on the site of the existing Los Angeles Sports Arena won approval from the City Council on Friday. KPCC -- 5/6/16

Top Tribune Publishing shareholders at odds over sale to Gannett -- The second-largest shareholder of Los Angeles Times owner Tribune Publishing has ratcheted up the pressure on the company's board to reconsider a sale to USA Today publisher Gannett Co. James Rufus Koren in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/16

Jamba Juice will move headquarters from Bay Area to Texas -- The company's new corporate home will be in Frisco, Texas, about 30 miles north of Dallas. In a statement, Chief Executive David Pace said Jamba was looking for places that had "competitive operating costs," access to "skilled restaurant talent" and an "attractive cost of living," along with a central location for further expansion. Samantha Masunaga in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/16

Jerry Brown’s Half True Claim About California Doubling Florida’s Job Gains -- Stoking a cross-country feud between the Sunshine and Golden states, Florida Gov. Rick Scott traveled to California for the second time in as many years to urge businesses to move to his state. In his visit this week, Scott said the sun shines more on businesses in Florida, with its lower taxes and less-stringent regulation. Chris Nichols Politifact CA -- 5/6/16

CA120: The Race for Second Place -- Our recent Republican and Democratic primary polls suggest that Democrat Loretta Sanchez and Republican Ron Unz are in a tight race to place a very distant second to Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris in California’s U.S. Senate primary on June 7. It’s important: A second-place finish guarantees a spot on the November general election ballot. Jonathan Brown Capitol Weekly -- 5/6/16

Money: Bocanegra 10-to-1 over Lopez in 39th AD -- Rookie Assemblymember Patty Lopez, a political novice who captured the 39th Assembly District in a dramatic upset, is being outspent 10-to-1 by her opponent – the same person she beat two years ago for the San Fernando Valley seat. John Howard Capitol Weekly -- 5/6/16

Jeffe & Jeffe: CA Primary Still Important for Down Ballot Contenders -- As they say about opera, “it ain’t over until the fat lady sings.” Sherry Bebitch Jeffe & Doug Jeffe Fox & Hounds -- 5/6/16

Fox: Local Cigarette Taxes & One Referendum Averted–Many Local Tax Measures Remain -- A referendum to reverse a bill that would allow local jurisdictions to raise taxes on cigarettes was set to launch if Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill. He didn’t. It was the only cigarette related bill he vetoed of the six that landed on his desk. Brown said he vetoed the bill because there were too many tax measures on the November ballot. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 5/6/16

California's GOP Senate candidates struggle for attention -- When Republican Duf Sundheim showed up at the Democratic Party’s statewide convention in San Jose a few weeks ago, I was a little surprised to see him and asked him what he was doing there. Scott Shafer KQED -- 5/6/16

California Politics Podcast: Tobacco's Tough Week -- California becomes the biggest state in the nation with a smoking age of 21. What will Big Tobacco do? Also, a rundown of the initiatives that look viable for November's ballot. And adios California presidential primary! With John Myers of the Los Angeles Times and Anthony York of the Grizzly Bear Project. Link here -- 5/6/16

Bernie Sanders plans Sacramento, Stockton rallies next week -- With absentee voting starting Monday in California, Bernie Sanders will arrive in the state that night, planning rallies in Sacramento on Monday and Stockton on Tuesday, a campaign source said. Venues and times had not yet been decided. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/6/16

Sierra Meltdown: What Snow We Got is Going Fast -- Unusually high temperatures this spring have acted like a blow-drier on accumulated winter snows, despite a healthy boost during the stormy month of March. Craig Miller KQED -- 5/6/16

Abcarian: Don't blame the smelt: The salmon too reflects the dire state of the California Delta -- The delta smelt is: 1) A nearly extinct species that serves as a crucial barometer for the health of the California Delta. 2) A useless bait fish that deprives Central Valley farmers of critical water for their almond trees. 3) Delicious with cheese and crackers. Robin Abcarian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/16

Jury rules Carson violated mobile home park owner’s constitutional rights, owes $3.3 million -- A federal court jury on Thursday ordered the city of Carson to pay $3.3 million in damages to a mobile home park owner for violating his constitutional rights when it repeatedly rejected proposed rent increases at his park. Sandy Mazza in the Torrance Daily Breeze$ -- 5/6/16

California Policy & Politics This Morning   

As UC’s scandals spread, Janet Napolitano plays tough cop -- Handling any crisis — whether it’s sexual harassment at UC Berkeley or reports of ethics violations by the UC Davis chancellor — comes down to two words, experts say. Fix it. Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 5/6/16

Torrance refinery explosion cost California drivers $2.4 billion in high pump prices, study says -- The February 2015 explosion that shuttered the ExxonMobil plant in Torrance was the costliest disruption at a California refinery in the past 16 years, with motorists paying at least $2.4 billion in higher pump prices in the following six months, according to a recent RAND study. Nick Green in the Inland Daily Bulletin$ -- 5/6/16

Orange County sheriff investigating its own use of jailhouse informants -- Orange County sheriff’s officials have assigned an investigative sergeant to monitor how and if jailhouse informants will be used with the Sheriff's consultation after deputies failed to disclose records to the court on the department’s inmate informant program. Erika Aguilar KPCC -- 5/6/16

Hillary Clinton targets Trump in East LA College speech -- Her speech was heavy on immigration, hard on Donald Trump and silent on Bernie Sanders. David Montero in the Inland Daily Bulletin$ Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/16

 Rep. Mark DeSaulnier has cancer and plans to seek re-election -- Rep. Mark DeSaulnier has leukemia. But his cancer has responded well to treatment. His prognosis is good. And he has even felt well enough to resume his meditative 8-mile runs on Mount Diablo. Daniel Borenstein in the East Bay Times$ Sara D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/16

  Borenstein: Covering DeSaulnier's cancer deeply personal to me -- And I'm a cancer survivor. I'll never forget the moment I got my diagnosis. Having watched my mom pass away rapidly, I was at first quite certain that would be my fate too. Daniel Borenstein in the East Bay Times$ -- 5/6/16

Assembly GOP leader isn't on the Trump train just yet -- Just six days ago, Assembly Republican leader Chad Mayes was the opening act to his preferred presidential pick, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, at the California GOP convention. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/16

Assembly buries Aliso Canyon relief bill deemed ‘job killer’ -- Following late-blooming resistance from business groups, a bill giving Porter Ranch residents more tools to seek legal redress for a gas leak fell far short in the California Assembly on Thursday. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/6/16

California Supreme Court seems likely to allow parole ballot measure to move ahead -- During a hearing, several justices of the state high court suggested that the plan by Gov. Jerry Brown was properly amended into an initiative that dealt solely with juvenile justice. State law requires that amendments to a ballot measure be “reasonably germane” to the purpose of the original measure. Maura Dolan and John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/6/16

Mexico’s top diplomat goes silent on Donald Trump -- Two months ago, Mexico’s top diplomat made international headlines for calling Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s policies “ignorant and racist.” Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/6/16

Darrell Issa says Donald Trump is "obvious choice" -- A little over two months after he said that Donald Trump would be disastrous for the Republican Party, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, on Thursday said the business tycoon is the best candidate for president. Joshua Stewart in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/6/16

Walters: Mandated college prep courses are counterproductive -- More than 6 million youngsters are enrolled in California’s K-12 schools, a number higher than the populations of 33 states. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/6/16

Just say yes: Some California law enforcement leaders support legalizing recreational pot -- As the movement to legalize pot for recreational use heads closer to a November ballot initiative, California law enforcement leaders are taking some very different positions on the matter. Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/16

El Niño rains added fuel to California's upcoming fire season, experts say -- As he drove east of Fresno to the next Wildfire Awareness Week event in Kern County on Wednesday, Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott turned his gaze toward the browning landscape. Joseph Serna in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/16

LA’s homeless increase caused by ‘tug of war for resources’ -- Wednesday’s report showing a 5.7 percent increase in homelessness across Los Angeles County sparked varied responses from providers, professors and even those who live on Skid Row, but all agreed better policies are needed to create more affordable housing options. Susan Abram in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 5/6/16

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Tolls     

Apple slammed over taxes by mayor of Cupertino, its hometown -- Apple has had to defend its tax practices all over the place — from Washington to Europe — throughout the years. Now it’s facing accusations of not paying enough taxes in its own backyard. Levi Sumagaysay in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/6/16

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions      

San Jose rent freeze abandoned -- When a divided City Council two weeks ago mustered the votes to lower maximum rent hikes in 44,000 apartments from 8 percent to 5 percent, there was concern that landlords would jack up rent before the rule goes into effect next fall. Ramona Giwargis in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/6/16


Long-Term Drought Persists In California -- The U.S. Drought Monitor released May 5 shows some minor improvement in California drought conditions. But looking ahead to the dry season shows drought persisting for a fifth consecutive year in the Golden State. Ed Joyce Capital Public Radio -- 5/6/16

Borrego Springs water crisis begins and ends with farming -- It's not that Borrego Springs is running out of water. There are, in fact, three aquifers beneath the valley, one atop the other. But as the water table drops, it becomes more and more expensive to pump water out of the ground. J. Harry Jones in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/16


Brown: What makes you think Legislature can fix it? -- "If the parent screwed up things, and if the principal's no good, if the principal can't lead, if the superintendent isn't very good, if the local school board isn't so good, what makes you think that the Legislature can fix it," Brown told the invitation-only audience. Dave Lesher, Judy Lin Calmatters.org -- 5/6/16

Orange County Board of Education to consider investigating member's emails about sexual orientation -- An Orange County Board of Education trustee plans to ask his colleagues to order an investigation of the conduct of a fellow board member after learning of emails the member sent inquiring about a county employee's sexual orientation and referring to gays as "Sodomites." Alex Chan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/16

Former federal prosecutors to lead UC probe of Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi -- Melinda Haag will head up the independent probe, according to an announcement from UC President Janet Napolitano’s office. As U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California, she oversaw high-profile prosecutions that included Giants star Barry Bonds and former state Sen. Leland Yee. Diana Lambert and Sam Stanton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/6/16

Fight brewing over new schools accountability system -- A tug of war over what and how many measures a new accountability system should use to judge schools is brewing between legislators and state policy officials. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez KPCC -- 5/6/16

Money may be left on table in training program for transitional kindergarten teachers -- A $15 million state program to reimburse transitional kindergarten teachers for required professional development classes is struggling because too few teachers have signed up, and nearly a third of California’s 58 counties face the unwelcome prospect of having to return unused funds by the end of the coming school year. Jeremy Hay EdSource -- 5/6/16

Debate Erupts in California Over Curriculum on India’s History -- Victors are said to write history. But in California, history is being written by a committee that finds itself at the center of a raging debate over how to tell the story of South Asia as it tries to update textbooks and revise curriculums for grades six and seven. Jennifer Medina in the New York Times$ -- 5/6/16


Oakland Retains Consultant to Study Impact of Coal Shipments -- The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a contract with Environmental Science Associates to help city staff investigate the health impacts of a project that could lead to the shipment of millions of tons of coal every year through the planned West Oakland port facility. Ted Goldberg KQED -- 5/6/16


'You want a description of hell?' OxyContin's 12-hour problem -- The drugmaker Purdue Pharma launched OxyContin two decades ago with a bold marketing claim: One dose relieves pain for 12 hours, more than twice as long as generic medications. But OxyContin's stunning success masked a fundamental problem: The drug wears off hours early in many people. Harriet Ryan, Lisa Girion and Scott Glover in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/16

3 patients died in a Pasadena outbreak possibly caused by medical scopes -- At least three patients died last year at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena in an outbreak suspected to have been caused by tainted medical scopes, according to a newly discovered regulatory report. Melody Petersen in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/16

Also . . . 

Kern County pays $3.4 million to settle wrongful death suit against sheriff's department -- The settlement comes nearly three years after the death of David Sal Silva, 33, who according to witnesses had been beaten by deputies on an East Bakersfield street. Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/16

San Bernardino County plans to create a memorial to the terror attack victims -- A committee of victims’ relatives, county workers who witnessed the shooting and others has been meeting regularly to determine a location for the memorial and what form it will take, the committee said in a statement Thursday. Paloma Esquivel in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/16

Urth Caffe owner hires lawyer to fight Muslim women's discrimination allegations -- The owner of Urth Caffe has hired a law firm to counter allegations by a group of Muslim women that they were thrown out of his Laguna Beach restaurant because of discrimination. Anh Do in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/16


Bernie Sanders supporters crash Hillary Clinton rally -- Bernie Sanders supporters clashed with Hillary Clinton backers Thursday outside East Los Angeles College, where the former secretary of state spoke for 15 minutes. Susan Abram in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 5/6/16

How The Absence Of Cruz And Kasich Could Affect Other California Races -- The departure of Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Ohio Governor John Kasich and a competitive Republican primary in California could depress what was expected to be a surge in voter turnout. That could be a problem for Republicans in other state races, but an expert in voter turnout says it likely won't be. Ben Bradford Capital Public Radio -- 5/6/16

Loretta Sanchez Touts D.C. Credentials in a Year of the Outsider -- In the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, only one candidate has any experience in Congress, and that’s Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. But in a recent Senate debate, Sanchez denied she’s the insider. She said she’s not the status quo. Kitty Felde KQED -- 5/6/16

Bill Clinton stumps for Hillary, takes veiled swipe at Trump -- Former President Bill Clinton made the case for sending his wife to the Oval Office during a speech in Los Angeles on Wednesday that referred to the San Bernardino terrorist attack and avoided direct attacks against Republican Donald Trump. Jeff Horseman in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 5/6/16

Trump and California’s GOP Latinos -- For Latino voters in California, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s anti-immigration pronouncements present a dilemma. But for Latino Republicans, the challenge is especially difficult. Alex Matthews Capitol Weekly -- 5/6/16

House Speaker Paul Ryan refuses to back Donald Trump -- House Speaker Paul Ryan is refusing to support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president, insisting Thursday that the businessman must do more to unify the GOP. Erica Werner Associated Press -- 5/6/16

Mitt Romney joins list of Republicans who plan to sit out GOP convention -- With Donald Trump now the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, a chorus of prominent Republicans -- past presidents and nominees alike -- are shunning endorsements and offering similar sentiments about the July convention in Cleveland: will not attend. Kurtis Lee in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/16