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Fire officials confirm two fatalities in out-of-control fire in Kern County -- Fire officials confirmed two fatalities Friday, in a fast-moving fire that has destroyed 100 structures and scorched more than 19,000 acres near Lake Isabella. Ruben Vives, Joseph Serna and Alexia Fernandez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

KTVU's Somerville left sleepless after funeral for teen girl shot dead in Oakland -- I can’t go to sleep. I keep thinking about the funeral I was at this morning. I have so many thoughts running through my head. The funeral was for 16-year-old Reggina Jefferies. She was shot and killed in Oakland last week for no reason. Frank Somerville and KTVU in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/24/16

Lucas gives up on Chicago for his museum, seeks California site -- George Lucas is giving up on his plans to build an immense personal museum on Chicago’s lakefront and is instead looking at sites in California, including San Francisco’s Treasure Island. John King in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/24/16

Cleanup efforts under way to remove thousands of gallons of oil following Ventura spill -- Cleanup efforts continued Friday after a leaky pipeline valve spilled almost 30,000 gallons of crude oil into a gorge in Ventura. Veronica Rocha and Matt Hamilton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

After viral sit-in, Swalwell to push for livestreaming in the House -- Rep. Eric Swalwell was undeterred on Wednesday night, when told that — under House rules — the chamber would shut down live coverage of Democrats' sit-in protest because the House was not formally in session. “My immediate instinct was, 'There’s an app for that,'" he said on Thursday. Carla Marinucci Politico -- 6/24/16

California House members were the public's eyes during the Democrats' gun control sit-in -- Civil Rights icon Rep. John Lewis might have been the face of the Democrats’ 25-hour sit-in on the House floor, but three California Congressmen were its eyes. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

Fox: L.A. “No Sunset” Sales Tax Headed for the Ballot, Can it Get 2/3 Vote? -- The Los Angeles area business community said they were ready to battle for the half-cent sales tax dedicated for transportation. They better roll up their sleeves and get ready for a tough fight. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 6/24/16

Abcarian: Farmers Insurance will pay a high price for discriminating against its female attorneys -- Federal District Judge Lucy Koh had some very picky questions Thursday about terminology used in a multimillion-dollar settlement hammered out between Farmers Insurance and the hundreds of female attorneys it has underpaid for years. Robin Abcarian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

Yoga in every California school? Don’t hold your breath -- Reading, Writing and … Reclining Hero Pose? Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/24/16

San Diego's streets are about to become a lot more bike-friendly -- Cars will have to share downtown San Diego’s streets much more with bicyclists and pedestrians under an ambitious plan that aims to boost safety and fight climate change. David Garrick in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

For the mayor-elect, a hyphen separates power and preference -- A resounding June victory made Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg the most popular politician in modern Sacramento history – with no actual power. Anita Chabria and Ryan Lillis in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/24/16

Obama urges entrepreneurs to embrace diversity -- Speaking from Stanford University in the heart of Silicon Valley on Friday, President Barack Obama urged his audience to look beyond the storied tech epicenter and embrace diversity and international relationships. Marisa Kendall in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 6/24/16

The crowd went wild when President Obama dined at a San Francisco restaurant last night -- You would have thought he was a rock star. When President Barack Obama walked through the door at San Francisco's trendy Twenty Five Lusk, he coolly pulled off his shades, and the crowd went wild. Surprised diners and those at the bar broke out in applause and cheered. Amy Graff in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/24/16

U.S. Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) said Thursday he can't support presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump -- Valadao has avoided talking about the presidential race for months, saying he would support the eventual nominee. But in a statement released by his campaign Thursday, Valadao said he can't support Trump and he won't back presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton either. Valadao's district is 71% Latino. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

Donald Trump praises Brits for taking 'their country back,' but only after he promotes his golf resort -- Donald Trump stood on his newly renovated golf course in Scotland and promoted the sprinkler system, the drains and the luxury suites before praising British voters’ decision to leave the European Union and bashing President Obama and Hillary Clinton for urging them to remain. Noah Bierman in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

Uprising in the Rust Belt -- They used to be Democrats. Now they really could hand Donald Trump the White House. Keith O'Brien Politico -- 6/24/16

Trump up, Obama down after shocking Brexit vote -- Great Britain’s stunning vote to exit the European Union has roiled U.S. markets and the presidential race. Republican Donald Trump — on British soil Friday to open a golf course in Scotland — relished in the Brexit decision, highlighting it as a symbol of his own rise in U.S. policies. Ian Swanson The Hill -- 6/24/16

The British are frantically Googling what the E.U. is, hours after voting to leave it -- The whole world is reeling after a milestone referendum in Britain to leave the European Union. And although leaders of the campaign to exit Europe are crowing over their victory, it seems many Britons may not even know what they had actually voted for. Brian Fung in the Washington Post$ -- 6/24/16

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning   

California's climate change agency just approved a $500 million plan — but there's no money for it -- The state agency in charge of combating climate change signed off on a $500 million plan Thursday morning to get 100,000 clean cars on the road, limit pollution from heavy-duty trucks and replace outdated school buses. There’s just one problem. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

California regulators voice support for cap and trade program -- Staff for California's air regulator on Thursday recommended the state extend its carbon cap and trade system beyond 2020, a move supported by utilities and some environmental groups but opposed by environmental activists representing low income communities. Rory Carroll Reuters -- 6/24/16

Sacramento judge moves to cancel a November ballot initiative limiting salaries of hospital CEOs -- An effort to cap the salaries of hospital executives may be blocked from California's Nov. 8 ballot, after a Sacramento judge wrote Thursday that its labor union backers broke a political peace treaty with hospitals. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

Minimum wage ballot measure formally removed from November's statewide ballot -- The healthcare workers union that successfully placed a minimum wage increase on the November statewide ballot formally withdrew the proposal Thursday, two months after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a similar plan into law. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

PoliGRAPH: Drug price ad exaggerates initiative’s reach -- Even before polls closed in the June 7 primary election, the proponents of a fall ballot measure dealing with prescription drug costs were up on TV across California with their first ad of the campaign. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/24/16

Hot-button initiatives fill November ballot -- Pot, the death penalty, condoms, plastic bags, the price of drugs, English only, Citizens United ... There’s a deep pile of hot-button initiatives on the November ballot that even non-voters are likely to have an opinion on. Martin Wisckol in the Orange County Register -- 6/24/16

Oakland police sex scandal: City hires private investigator to find media leaks -- Following weeks of embarrassing press and revelations of police misconduct, city leaders have hired a private investigator in an attempt to quash leaks and find out who has been sharing police personnel information with media. Matthias Gafni and David DeBolt in the East Bay Times -- 6/24/16

Long Beach to pay nearly $3 million after shooting unarmed man 19 times in 2013 -- On Wednesday, a federal court jury awarded $1.05 million to the parents of Tyler Woods, who was shot while fleeing Long Beach police officers after he was detained in November of 2013, court records show. The city has also agreed to pay $1.9 million in damages to Woods’ 4-year-old son, according to John Fattahi, one of the attorneys representing the family. James Queally in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

Borenstein: Agency exacerbates Oakland police chief saga -- It was hard to imagine the ongoing saga of the Oakland Police Department, which includes a sex scandal, racist text messages and serial police chiefs, could get any more bizarre. Daniel Borenstein in the East Bay Times -- 6/24/16

50 to 60 homes burn in fast-moving brush fire in Kern County -- An estimated 50 to 60 homes burned Thursday evening in a fast-moving fire that broke out in a rural area of Kern County, the most destructive blaze in a week of brush fires across Southern and Central California. Nina Agrawal in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

Walters: Fixing California’s bad highways ensnarled in political gridlock -- California’s highways are in bad shape and getting worse every day, with a backlog of deferred maintenance totaling tens of billions of dollars. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/24/16

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Tolls     

PG&E monthly gas bills set to jump about 11 percent -- PG&E customers must brace for a double-digit increase in their monthly gas bills after state regulators Thursday approved a program to pay for upgrades to the utility's aging pipeline system in the wake of the deadly San Bruno explosion. George Avalos in the East Bay Times -- 6/24/16

La Palma looking at cent sales tax to fill revenue hole -- Wording for a November ballot measure adding a city sales tax of a cent on top of the 8 percent already collected on purchases will be considered by the City Council at its July 5 meeting. Brian Whitehead in the Orange County Register -- 6/24/16

Westminster voters to decide if they want to add to sales tax -- If approved in November, Westminster would join Stanton as the cities with the highest sales tax – 9 percent – in Orange County. La Habra is the only other city in the county with its own sales tax, a half cent. Chris Haire in the Orange County Register -- 6/24/16

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions      

When Uber drivers are hurt at work, who pays? -- Kip Baldwin was driving four Uber passengers near downtown San Francisco when his car was broadsided by another Uber driver who ran a stop sign. Carolyn Said in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/24/16

L.A. takes step toward new rules on short-term rentals -- Los Angeles is one step closer to imposing new rules on Airbnb and other websites that advertise rooms — or whole homes — for short stays, including limiting the number of days places may be offered and penalizing platforms that fail to provide key information to the city. Emily Alpert Reyes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

Los Angeles may pass new ban on homeless people living in cars -- More than 4,600 cars and RVS were in use as living quarters this year in Los Angeles, a rise that has sparked bitter complaints that homeless people are taking up scarce street parking, dumping trash and bringing increased crime and safety risks into neighborhoods. Gale Holland in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

Chinese developer teams up on big North Hollywood mixed-use project -- A joint venture that includes a prominent Chinese developer is looking to redevelop nearly 16 acres surrounding the North Hollywood Red Line station, an ambitious plan that could include retail shops, offices and more than 1,000 residential units. Andrew Khouri in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

AEG drops hotel project amid dispute at L.A. City Hall over convention center plans -- Officials with entertainment giant Anschutz Entertainment Group said Thursday they are dropping plans for a 755-room hotel on Olympic Boulevard, the latest development in an escalating dispute over a proposal to put a hotel next to the Los Angeles Convention Center. David Zahniser in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

Boeing applies for license to launch proposed satellite constellation -- Boeing Co. has applied for a license from the Federal Communications Commission to launch and operate a network of thousands of satellites, joining companies such as SpaceX and OneWeb in the new race to build constellations for broadband Internet access. Samantha Masunaga in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

How a Hollywood startup became Microsoft's partner in the marijuana industry -- When David Dinenberg decided to get into the marijuana industry, his business plan was based on fear. James Rufus Koren in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

Education 

California Virtual Academies' attendance, enrollment records to be audited by state Controller -- In a rare move, California's top education official has enlisted the state's highest-ranking accountant to conduct a sweeping audit of California Virtual Academies, a profitable but low-performing network of online charter schools that enrolls about 15,000 students across the state. Jessica Calefati in the East Bay Times -- 6/24/16

New state agency gets infusion of money to promote school success -- The new agency charged with helping to implement and enforce the state’s school accountability and improvement system has a fresh source of money and a plan to spend it, starting this fall. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 6/24/16

UCI reverses restrictions on Republican group's use of campus spaces pending appeal -- Restrictions on using meeting spaces placed Monday by UCI Student Center and Event Services management on the College Republicans at UCI were lifted Thursday after hundreds of calls and emails were received from concerned members of both political parties. Brian Whitehead in the Orange County Register -- 6/24/16

Cannabis 

Richmond lifts ban on commercial cannabis grows -- Starting Friday, Richmond will allow an unlimited number of permits for commercial cannabis grows as well as businesses that produce edibles like cookies, brownies and tinctures. The goal of the new law is to bring a sometimes shady industry into the sunlight and generate money for a city that is perpetually strapped for cash. Karina Ioffee in the East Bay Times -- 6/24/16

Guns   

Want to carry a concealed weapon? California could make it harder -- Only Californians facing threats of violence could carry concealed weapons under legislation unveiled on Thursday, a change that could stem a proliferation of concealed guns in Sacramento. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/24/16

California Voters May Decide On Firearm Magazine Ban -- California voters could decide in November whether to ban ownership of firearm magazines that hold more 10 rounds of ammunition. The California Secretary of State’s office announced today a ballot measure proposed by Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has qualified for the next election. Ben Bradford Capital Public Radio -- 6/24/16

Jackie Speier, in gun-control speech, shows bullet taken from her body -- Rep. Jackie Speier gave a dramatic speech Thursday morning in support of legislation to curb access to guns, showing a bullet that was removed from her body after she was shot five times during the 1978 Jonestown massacre in Guyana. Aaron Kinney in the East Bay Times -- 6/24/16

Immigration / Border 

These students vowed to change immigration laws a decade ago. Where are they now? -- Ten years ago, more than 40,000 Southern California teenagers walked out of class to support rights for all immigrants, taking part in the biggest protests the state has ever seen. Daniela Gerson in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

Immigrant rights activists vow to keep fighting after Supreme Court deadlock -- Rosa Maria Soto ached to visit her dying mother in Sonora, Mexico, one final time. But family members worried that the immigrant rights activist who lacks legal status would not make it back across the border to her Phoenix home. Cindy Carcamo, Nigel Duara, Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Brittny Mejia in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

Supreme Court leaves undocumented immigrants out in the cold -- Hundreds of thousands of people living illegally in Southern California were facing a sobering new reality Thursday: The U.S. Supreme Court isn’t coming to their rescue and their fate may be tied more precariously than ever to the outcome of this year’s presidential election. Donna Littlejohn, Roxana Kopetman, Sandy Mazza and Stephen Wall in the Long Beach Press Telegram$ -- 6/24/16

Environment 

Climate Change is Tipping Scales Toward More Wildfires -- Climate change is producing conditions ripe for wildfires, tipping the scales in favor of the dramatic increases in large wildfires we have seen across the West since the 1970s. KQED -- 6/24/16

Health 

Sun Valley hospital settles for $1 million in second patient-dumping lawsuit -- A San Fernando Valley hospital has agreed to pay $1 million in civil penalties to settle allegations that it put a mentally ill woman in a taxi and lost track of her for three days, Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer announced Thursday. Hailey Branson-Potts in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

Also . . . 

No charges for officer who had girlfriend's help on cases -- An Oakland homicide detective facing discipline for letting a girlfriend transcribe recorded witness interviews for him on 10 cases won't be charged criminally, a Northern California district attorney announced Thursday Paul Elias Associated Press -- 6/24/16

How BART police will keep riders from hogging 2 seats -- Starting this fall, BART riders who fail to contain themselves and their belongings to a single seat during the most crowded times of day may be questioned by police and have their names recorded and criminal records checked. Michael Cabanatuan in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/24/16

Shandobil: This Golden State Podcast -- "This Golden State" Oakland Police Chief Blues: It's a warp speed game of Police Chief musical chairs. Randy Shandobil interviews former San Francisco Police Chief Tony Ribera who talks about why Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf might have real trouble attracting a new full-time chief, a police morale problem and how the mayor's tough words could do more damage than good. Link Here -- 6/24/16

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Obama to voters: After the Supreme Court ruling, immigration reform is up to you now -- President Obama mourned the defeat Thursday of his plan to offer deportation relief to millions of immigrants and tried to put the next steps in the hands of voters, casting the November election as a referendum on what’s widely considered to be a broken immigration system. Christi Parsons in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

Beltway 

Donald Trump will not use donations to pay off $50-million loan to his campaign -- Donald Trump has forgiven nearly $50 million in loans he’s used to help bankroll his presidential campaign, signaling to prospective donors that their contributions will not be used simply to repay him. Kurtis Lee in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

Pro-Clinton ads quote Trump’s comments on women and nuclear weapons without context -- In two recent attack ads, we found scenarios where ad-makers pushed the boundaries editing Trump’s audio and video clips when they really did not need to. Michelle Ye Hee Lee in the Washington Post$ -- 6/24/16

Never Trump movement gets little help from convention rules panel roster -- The mogul's opponents are hoping the panel will help them to oust the presumptive nominee, but the panel's roster, released Thursday, makes that unlikely. Kyle Cheney Politico -- 6/24/16

Trump struggles to explain Clinton server hack evidence -- Donald Trump faced down multiple queries from NBC News' Lester Holt in an interview airing Thursday over evidence that Hillary Clinton's personal email server had been hacked, potentially by foreign governments. Nick Gass Politico -- 6/24/16

Thursday Updates 

Election 2016: Khanna touts primary win over incumbent Honda -- The number of votes being counted in the nail-biter primary between incumbent Congressman Mike Honda and return challenger Ro Khanna has dwindled to a trickle, and on Thursday the challenger's campaign declared it a victory. Eric Kurhi in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 6/23/16

San Francisco mayor outraged by hit-and-run deaths of 2 bicyclists -- Two bicyclists killed in separate hit-and-run crashes in San Francisco within 2½ hours of each other left Mayor Ed Lee outraged Thursday after he leaned from police that both deaths were preventable. Lee said the city’s tireless work and the millions of dollars it’s spent to make streets safer was undermined by the “incredibly irresponsible actions” of the drivers involved in both incidents Wednesday. Kevin Schultz and Lizzie Johnson in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/23/16

Lt. Gov. Newsom's gun control initiative qualifies for the November ballot -- Just days before the Legislature is scheduled to act on a package of gun control measures, state election officials announced Thursday that an initiative by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to restrict firearms has enough signatures to qualify for the November state ballot. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/23/16

California lawmakers propose $3 billion November parks bond -- California lawmakers on Thursday proposed a $3 billion bond to appear on November ballots that would pay for improvements at state and local parks, saying that green spaces are a natural way to improve public safety, health and air quality. Alison Noon Associated Press -- 6/23/16

Supreme Court decision deals blow to health coverage efforts in California -- The Supreme Court decision Thursday effectively blocking President Obama’s immigration programs also comes as a blow to California legislators who have been fighting to offer health insurance to people living in the country illegally. Soumya Karlamangla in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/23/16

Obama to voters: After the Supreme Court ruling, immigration reform is up to you now -- President Obama mourned the defeat Thursday of his plan to offer deportation relief to millions of immigrants and tried to put the next steps in the hands of voters, casting the November election as a referendum on what’s widely considered to be a broken immigration system. Christi Parsons in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/23/16

Hundreds of California recycling centers close – what now? -- The shuttering of hundreds of recycling centers around California has reduced opportunities to cash in bottles and cans while stirring anxiety for grocery store owners who may be forced to start accepting reusable materials themselves. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/23/16

A 'no tax' Chargers stadium plan unveiled -- DeMaio, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2012 and Congress in 2014, said the proposal involves fans and investors, investing in the stadium for $5,000 to $700,000 each. Roger Showley in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/23/16

Lack of preparation for massive earthquake could bring catastrophy, report says -- Southern California’s smaller cities and large businesses must take the threat of a crippling earthquake far more seriously than they have been, a committee of business, public policy and utility leaders said Thursday, saying action is needed to “prevent the inevitable disaster from becoming a catastrophe.” Rong-Gong Lin II in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/23/16

Up to 700 barrels of oil spill in Ventura County; crews stop flow before it hits ocean -- Ventura County firefighters have stopped hundreds of gallons of crude oil from flowing toward the ocean after a leak at Prince Barranca valley, officials said. Joseph Serna and Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/23/16

Ladder used to bypass Foresthill Bridge suicide prevention barrier -- Despite the installation of taller railings, people are still committing suicide in increasing numbers at the Foresthill Bridge in Auburn. Tyler Foggatt in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/23/16

Fox: Los Angeles Laboratory for Local Tax Increases -- In the primary election this month 89 local taxes and bonds faced voters. The total is expected to increase in November. In some jurisdictions voters likely will face multiple tax increases dedicated for different purposes. Los Angeles is a prime example. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 6/23/16

CA120: Poll shows angry two-thirds back Judge Persky recall -- Explosions of anger may be the hallmark of this political cycle. Each party had presidential candidates’ campaigns that were based – at least partly – in anger. There has been violence at rallies and social media often resembles a verbal war zone. However, we’re often unsure of how deep the anger goes. Jonathan Brown and Paul Mitchell Capitol Weekly -- 6/23/16

How Donald Trump's speech attacking Hillary Clinton compares with the facts -- Some of his claims, like the millions of dollars the Clinton Foundation accepted from authoritarian foreign governments, were accurate. Other points, like the decline of manufacturing jobs since the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, revealed only a small part of a larger story. Others, like Trump’s assertion that the U.S. has the world’s highest taxes, were outright false. Noah Bierman and Kurtis Lee in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/23/16

How Trump wore out his Scottish welcome -- In a land where Donald Trump first stormed the national political stage a decade ago, few are eager for his return on Thursday, when he will arrive for his maiden voyage abroad as the presumptive Republican nominee. Ben Schreckinger Politico -- 6/23/16