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Jerry Brown signs protection for pot smokers seeking organ transplants -- Proponents of the bill argued some patients had been denied life-saving organ transplants because medical professionals classified them as drug abusers. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/6/15

Kate Steinle Shooting Opens Can of Worms on San Francisco Immigration Policy -- Just what you were looking for: The intersection of a horrific tragedy, the perpetual immigration debate, San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, and the presidential ambitions of Donald Trump. Jon Brooks KQED -- 7/6/15

California Assembly votes to strengthen law protecting sexually abused students -- The California Assembly voted Monday to close a loophole that last year allowed the Los Angeles school district to avoid penalties in a civil case involving a 14-year-old student who said she was sexually assaulted by a teacher. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/6/15

After Measles Outbreaks, Parents Shift Their Thinking On Vaccines -- Nothing like a good measles outbreak to get people thinking more kindly about vaccines. One third of parents say they think vaccines have more benefit than they did a year ago, according to a poll conducted in May. Nancy Shute NPR -- 7/6/15

Embarrassed officials try to explain surge in water use -- While residential water consumers and suppliers throughout California won praise for slashing water consumption 29% recently, a handful of small water agencies caused bewilderment when they reported a surge in water use in May. Monte Morin and Taylor Goldenstein in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/6/15

San Diego will keep filling lake with tap water -- San Diego’s plan to meet state-mandated water conservation targets includes parching dog parks and “nonessential” grass, but officials plan to continue pumping some 57 million gallons of tap water per year into recreational ponds. Morgan Cook in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 7/6/15

Apps Help Farmers With Efficiency During The Drought -- As the drought continues and the weather heats up, California farmers are grappling with how to allocate dwindling water supplies. Patrick Dosier, an independent agronomist and agriculture tech consultant, says smartphone or tablet apps can help with water efficiency. Lesley McClurg Capital Public Radio -- 7/6/15

2 new warrants served in CPUC case -- The criminal investigation of the California Public Utilities Commission appears to be intensifying, with state agents serving a fresh round of search warrants at the regulators’ headquarters in San Francisco and at Southern California Edison offices outside Los Angeles. Jeff McDonald in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 7/6/15

Oil refiners are manipulating California gas prices, consumer advocates say -- Filling up at the pump is often painful in California, where drivers tend to pay more for gasoline than in most other states. Tiffany Hsu in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/6/15

Why is California gasoline so expensive? -- Gasoline sold in California costs more than in the rest of the U.S. - sometimes dramatically so. That's because the Golden State's market is isolated from outside fuel suppliers that might moderate prices. The item is in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/6/15

USFS: Conditions Ideal For Megafires This Summer -- The U.S. Forest Service is re-examining how it manages wildfire this summer. It has historically tried to let lightning-caused fires burn in remote areas as a way to reduce forest density. The hope was to keep forests, particularly in northern California, healthy. Amy Quinton Capital Public Radio -- 7/6/15

Californians buying lots of guns, but ownership rate low -- Californians bought more handguns in 2014 than any other year on record and are annually adding nearly a million firearms to their personal collections, but are still much less likely to own firearms than residents of most other states, a new study reveals. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/6/15

Latino media double down on immigration advocacy, and GOP candidates aren't pleased -- When the nation's largest Spanish-language television network cut ties just over a week ago with Donald Trump, Univision executives said they were acting out of "a responsibility to speak up for the community we serve." Kate Linthcum in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/6/15

FasTrak Flex: Get ready for the Bay Area's next set of express lanes -- Get ready for FasTrak 2.0. Starting this month, drivers will be able to get their hands on the latest version of FasTrak's transponder, which will allow them to breeze along the soon-to-open express/toll lanes on Interstate 580 -- and only get charged if they're driving solo. Gary Richards in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 7/6/15

Fox: GOP a Player Again in Special Sessions -- Jerry Brown made the Republican legislators relevant again. Brown’s call for special sessions for transportation and Medi-Cal funding invariably brings talk about possible tax increases. With a two-thirds vote needed to raise taxes, and the Democratic majority shy of the super two-thirds mark, Republicans must be part of the conversation. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 7/6/15

California senators get ‘crunchy’ at health hearing -- Many of state Sen. Mike McGuire’s Redwood Empire constituents could fall under the common slang definition of crunchy: Environmentally aware folk who like their tea tree oil organic and their compost piles full. Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/6/15

How bad is the California state building where you work? -- Fun fact: The windows on the Resources Building in downtown Sacramento haven’t been cleaned in more than a decade. “The window cleaning platform is not functional,” the California Department of General Services stated in a new report on the 51-year-old building. Jon Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/6/15

UCSD scientists build brain-inspired computer -- Inspired by the human brain, UC San Diego scientists have constructed a new kind of computer that stores information and processes it in the same place. This prototype "memcomputer" solves a problem involving a large dataset more quickly than conventional computers, while using far less energy, the scientists say in a study. Bradley J. Fikes in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 7/6/15

Can a Startup Transform Health Care in California’s Lake County? -- A group of tech entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley has taken on a huge task — trying to transform an entire community’s health status in five places across the country, in just five years. David Gorn KQED -- 7/6/15

Oakland Struggles to Keep Pace With Changing Graffiti Culture -- In West Oakland, mint-green paint covers up a large swath of letters tagged onto the side of a concrete wall. Lauren Westreich has already brought out the paint four times since relocating her business here in February. She remembers helping paint her neighbor’s wall too, which was hit by graffiti 30 feet high. Devin Katayama KQED -- 7/6/15

Civil rights group to petition renaming of Robert E. Lee Elementary in Long Beach -- A civil rights group plans to deliver a petition to Long Beach school district officials Monday afternoon demanding that an elementary school named after Robert E. Lee, the commander of the Confederate Army, be changed. Ruben Vives in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/6/15

Sacramento rabbi wants Amazon to pull Holocaust-denial books -- A California rabbi is urging Amazon to stop selling books that promote Holocaust denial, calling the controversial literature "blatant anti-Semitism," CBS-TV Sacramento reports. Michael Schaub in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/6/15

American Apparel to close underperforming stores, lay off workers -- The Los Angeles clothing maker said the initiatives will save the company about $30 million over the next year and a half. Shan Li in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/6/15

Starbucks is raising prices again -- Starbucks is raising prices again starting Tuesday, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most affected drinks, the company said. Associated Press -- 7/6/15


California Policy & Politics This Morning   

California advocates still pushing to unionize child care providers -- Pamela Sharp’s day starts at 5:30 a.m., when she gets up to make breakfast for the children she watches all day in her home. She’s open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., five days a week. Andrew Holzman in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/6/15

Sen. Boxer, nearing retirement, ‘focusing on the big ideas’ -- Sen. Barbara Boxer and fellow California Democrat George Miller and their spouses used to spend weekends together, just a pair of couples taking a break from the pressures and strains of Capitol Hill. Curtis Tate in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/6/15

Skelton: Aid-in-dying bill will be revived -- An emotionally charged aid-in-dying bill is seriously ailing in the California Legislature. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/6/15

Walters: Politics, self-interest infest construction of California’s schools -- One might think that school construction would be about as simple and straightforward as anything government does. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/6/15

Will Gavin Newsom’s post-Pride glow get him the governorship? -- Rousing chants of “Gavin! Gavin!” echoed off nearby buildings as Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged the cheers of support from thousands of people along San Francisco’s Market Street during the Pride Parade last month. Carla Marinucci in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/6/15

Gonzalez is still on a roll -- It seemed Lorena Gonzalez became a force in Legislature the moment she stepped off the plane in Sacramento after winning a special Assembly election in May 2013. Michael Smolens in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 7/6/15

Decker: Hope for a less-partisan Congress in Supreme Court ruling -- In last week's Supreme Court decision affirming the right of citizens' commissions to draw political districts, many California Democrats saw a lost opportunity to expand their ranks among the state's elected officials. Cathleen Decker in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/6/15

Wesson agenda looks a lot like a mayor's -- Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson spent the last 10 days sounding a lot like a mayor. David Zahniser in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/6/15

Pier killing suspect, in jailhouse interview, admits firing gun -- Francisco Sanchez, 45, spoke in broken English to KGO-TV reporter Cornell Barnard during a Sunday afternoon jailhouse interview, in which Sanchez cryptically touched on the events leading to Wednesday’s slaying. Evan Sernoffsky in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/6/15

Fears surface about mercury in Shasta Lake fish -- Shasta Lake provides water to Sacramento and the crop-rich San Joaquin Valley more than 300 miles to the south. It's California's largest reservoir and considered a jewel by anglers — many unaware of the mercury in the lake and in the fish they catch. Associated Press -- 7/6/15

Dalai Lama wants to talk peace with Russia's Vladimir Putin -- As thousands were getting to their seats at the Honda Center for his 80th birthday celebration, the 14th Dalai Lama sat down backstage to talk about issues that mattered the most to him. Deepa Bharath in the Orange County Register -- 7/6/15

The city on the hill(s) for Obama alums -- San Francisco and its tech firms are a prime destination for aides leaving the administration. Edward-Isaac Dovere Politico -- 7/6/15

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions    

Silicon Valley struggles to pitch water-saving tech to farmers -- Olivier Jerphagnon needed a customer. So he drove toward the farmland north of Fresno, with his marketing director by his side. Geoffrey Mohan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/6/15

CalPERS will reveal private equity share of profits -- Private equity firms have produced big profits for CalPERS, not to mention a pay-to-play scandal, while keeping a big share for themselves as an incentive — traditionally 20 percent of profits plus annual management fees of up to 2 percent. Ed Mendel Calpensions.com -- 7/6/15

Oops. ​California doesn't have the world’s 7th largest economy after all -- It became a proud talking point this year for the Brown administration and other Democratic leaders: California’s gross domestic product had beaten out Brazil, giving the Golden State the honor of having the world’s seventh largest economy. Last week we were knocked down a notch. Allen Young Sacramento Business Journal -- 7/6/15

LA County supervisors to seek support in studying wage theft enforcement -- In a city called the nation’s wage theft capital, two Los Angeles County supervisors are lining up firepower to combat the offense. Sarah Favot in the Long Beach Press Telegram -- 7/6/15


California’s rural poor hit hardest as groundwater vanishes in long drought -- Whenever her sons rush indoors after playing under the broiling desert sun, Guadalupe Rosales worries. They rarely heed her constant warning: Don’t drink the water. It’s not safe. The 8- and 10-year-olds stick their mouths under a kitchen faucet and gulp anyway. Darryl Fears in the Washington Post$ -- 7/6/15

Drought puts California pool repairman who works underwater in high demand -- The 63-year-old Wallace dives underwater in some of the best pools in Southern California to fix rust spots, rebar, structural cracks and drains, using a secret concoction of plaster-based compounds, sterilizing agents and hardeners. The mixture seals within an hour. The best part? No draining of the pool is required. Pat Maio in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/6/15


UC San Diego sues USC and scientist, alleging conspiracy to take funding, data -- UC San Diego has sued USC and a nationally recognized Alzheimer's disease researcher, alleging that they illegally conspired to take federal funding, data and employees from a UC San Diego study center on the illness. Bradley J. Fikes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/6/15

California institute takes lead in promoting project-based learning -- After overcoming a childhood of poverty and proximity to gang violence, Victor Arellano graduated from high school in Hayward last month and is now headed to the University of Pennsylvania on a scholarship. Katherine Ellison EdSource -- 7/6/15


Midwives able to accept Medi-Cal if new law approved -- In California there is a shortage of Medi-Cal providers across the board, but especially for expectant mothers. In many areas of the state families are waiting weeks, maybe months before seeing a doctor for the first time in their pregnancy. Sara Washington California Health Report -- 7/6/15

Also . . . 

County Fairs Lure Guests With Old and New Contests -- It’s hot at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton — 96 degrees in the shade. Some competitors gathered under the tent at the Family Fun Stage are showing signs of stress, others are getting downright cranky. Sam Harnett KQED -- 7/6/15

3 big ways the crisis in Greece could affect Americans personally -- But for Main Street U.S.A., the ripple effects are few and far between. Here are the three big ways the Greek debt crisis — which is likely to intensify in coming days, after Greece rejected a European bailout package Sunday — could affect you personally, from your stock market and summer travel plans to how much it costs to buy a house. Ylan Q. Mui in the Washington Post$ -- 7/6/15


Returning from holiday break, Congress faces busy agenda, looming deadline to fund government -- Members of Congress return Tuesday from July Fourth fireworks and parades facing a daunting summer workload and an impending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall. Erica Werner Associated Press -- 7/6/15

The GOP’s latest ethnicity and inclusion challenge. His name is Donald Trump. -- A few weeks after Republican presidential contenders struggled to find their footing on the Charleston shooting and then seemed to decide almost all at once that the era of public Confederate displays had reached its just end, candidate Donald Trump has become the latest in a series of challenges around race, ethnicity and inclusion with which right-leaning politicians must contend. Janell Ross in the Washington Post$ -- 7/6/15

Hillary Clinton offers some social-media reassurance to gay youth -- In a gesture that fused her campaign’s aggressive social-media outreach to younger voters with her solidarity with the gay rights movement, Hillary Rodham Clinton has offered reassurance and support to an apprehensive gay youth. Robert Costa in the Washington Post$ -- 7/6/15