California Policy & Politics This Morning   

At end of session, ‘mushroom bills’ emerge in dead of night -- Among the slew of bills lawmakers sent to Gov. Jerry Brown as the legislative session ended Saturday morning was one that was not even printed when it got its first hearing at 2:09 a.m. Laurel Rosenhall and Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/30/14

Lawmakers could face restrictions on soliciting money for nonprofits -- Lawmakers early Saturday approved a measure that would prohibit elected officials from soliciting contributions to nonprofit groups controlled by the official or a family member, and limited personal use of campaign funds. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/30/14

California lawmakers reject background checks for ammo buyers -- The state Assembly on Saturday failed to muster the votes to approve legislation aimed at identifying criminals and others who are improperly buying ammunition in California. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/30/14

California lawmakers post mixed record on political reform -- In a year marked by scandal in the state Capitol – including two senators indicted on bribery charges and dozens of politicians warned by the state’s campaign finance watchdog for raising money at the home of a prominent lobbyist – California lawmakers pledged to clean up some of their political practices. Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/30/14

California lawmakers seek more frequent campaign finance reporting -- California lawmakers approved a measure Saturday that would require the state to develop a new Internet-based campaign filing and public display system and that candidates file electronic disclosures of their campaign finances every calendar quarter, instead of the current semi-annual filing schedule. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/30/14

California plastic bag ban heads to Jerry Brown -- California lawmakers narrowly approved a sweeping plastic bag ban Friday, leaving Gov. Jerry Brown to decide the fate of the controversial bill in an election year. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/30/14

California Assembly passes historic groundwater legislation -- The state Assembly today narrowly approved a package of bills designed to regulate the pumping of groundwater in California for the first time in state history and make the most significant changes to state water law in 50 years. Jessica Calefati in the Contra Costa Times$ Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ Lauren Sommer KQED -- 8/30/14

California proposes isolation units for mentally ill prison inmates -- To comply with federal court orders to improve the care of mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement, California proposes to create special isolation units that handle only those prisoners. Paige St. John in the Los Angeles Times$ Julie Small KQED Don Thompson Associated Press -- 8/30/14

Bill to reform California's near-solitary prison units dies -- A bill aimed at easing some conditions for inmates in near-solitary confinement in California prisons has died in the state legislature amid concerns that Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who has held a tough line on prison issues, would veto it. Sharon Bernstein Reuters -- 8/30/14

California lawmakers send governor new gift rules after scandals -- The state Senate on Friday acted on stricter ethics rules meant to restore public confidence in the Legislature after three senators were charged with criminal wrongdoing. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/30/14

Push for more disclosure on state political ads dies in Legislature -- Democratic legislative leaders on Friday pulled a bill that would have required greater disclosure of the major financial supports of political advertising for ballot measures, saying the measure did not have the votes to pass this session. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/30/14

Despite fractures among labor, paid sick days bill clears Legislature -- A bill that would significantly expand working Californians' access to paid time off for sick leave cleared the Legislature early Saturday morning. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ Chris Nichols UT San Diego$ -- 8/30/14

'Gun violence restraining order' measure clears Legislature -- The Assembly gave final approval Friday to a measure that would temporarily remove firearms from potentially dangerous individuals. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/30/14

Oil train regulation passes in California -- California lawmakers on Friday passed legislation requiring railroad companies to tell emergency officials when crude oil trains will chug through the state. Jennifer Chaussee Reuters -- 8/30/14

California lawmakers approve stripped-down reform for GI Bill funding -- California lawmakers unanimously approved legislation designed to prevent for-profit schools from preying on veterans at taxpayer expense as the session drew to a close this week – but not before the bill’s author removed most of its significant provisions. Aaron Glantz Center for Investigative Reporting -- 8/30/14

Campaign burglary probe focuses on staffers -- Two former staffers may be the ones responsible for a burglary at GOP congressional candidate Carl DeMaio’s Mira Mesa campaign headquarters on the eve of the June 3 primary election, a San Diego Police Department spokesman said Friday. Mark Walker UT San Diego$ -- 8/30/14

California automatic recount bill stalls in Senate -- Weeks after the tight finish in the June controller’s race highlighted major weaknesess in California’s recount law, legislation to create taxpayer-funded recounts in close contests has bogged down in partisan fighting and is dead for the year. Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/30/14

Assisted living reform bills await Brown -- Ten bills that tighten state oversight of assisted living homes are headed to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature, the most significant overhaul since regulations were first enacted in 1985. Deborah Schoch UT San Diego$ -- 8/30/14

The San Joaquin Valley is California's hottest political spot -- When it comes to competitive political races, nowhere in California beats the San Joaquin Valley -- at least at the state and federal levels. John Ellis in the Fresno Bee -- 8/30/14

GOP challenger tries novel tactics against Brown -- Republicans finally have the kind of gubernatorial candidate they need to be competitive in overwhelmingly Democratic California — a young, second-generation social moderate who has financial expertise and is comfortable on social media. Getting voters to pay attention could be the real challenge. Juliet Williams Associated Press -- 8/30/14

Tesla gigafactory legislation unlikely, Sen. Gaines says --Proposed legislation to help woo electric car manufacturer Tesla’s $5 billion battery gigafactory to California will not emerge before lawmakers finish their work for the year, state Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, said Friday. Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/30/14

Rising (Maxine) Waters -- She has gone from the scourge of Big Business to a sympathetic ally for corporate America. MJ Lee, Zachary Warmbrodt Politico -- 8/30/14

Danny Alvarez named the next secretary of the California Senate -- With Greg Schmidt planning to retire in October, the California Senate on Friday unanimously elected longtime Capitol staff member Danny Alvarez to the top administrative position in the upper house. Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/30/14

Producer considers lawsuit after pre-Emmy arrest in Beverly Hills -- A movie producer is considering filing suit after he was held for six hours as a suspected bank robbery accomplice in Beverly Hills, his attorney said Friday. Joseph Serna in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/30/14

Federal marshals conduct ‘till tap’ at Capitol deli -- A popular eatery inside the state Capitol building was closed Friday after the U.S. Marshals Service effected what is known as a “till tap,” taking money from the cash register to satisfy a court order. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ Phil Willon, Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/30/14

Dog owner guilty of murder in 2013 mauling of woman in Antelope Valley -- A dog owner was convicted Friday of second-degree murder in the mauling death last year of a woman who was attacked by four pit bills in the Antelope Valley town of Littlerock. Adolfo Flores, Corina Knoll in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/30/14

Santa Ana Council to Consider Criminal Case Against Mayor -- In closed session Tuesday, Santa Ana City Council members will consider a city-initiated criminal prosecution of Mayor Miguel Pulido stemming from his family’s property swap with a city contractor, Councilman Sal Tinajero confirmed Friday. Adam Elmahrek -- 8/30/14

D.A. asks for any evidence of wrongdoing revealed by Great Park audit -- County prosecutors have requested financial documents and any evidence of criminal wrongdoing turned up in an ongoing forensic audit of the $200-million effort to turn a retired military base into an enormous municipal park in Irvine. Jill Cowan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/30/14

Greenhut: They diss CEOs, but OK big tax credits -- Shortly after Senate Democrats on Thursday met with one of the nation’s wealthiest men, San Francisco hedge-fund manager and political donor Tom Steyer, they went back to the Senate floor and decried the evils of high-earning corporate executives. Steven Greenhut UT San Diego$ -- 8/30/14

Economy, Employers, Jobs   

California marijuana market poised to explode -- Looking around last week at the exhibitor showroom of CannaCon, the huge marijuana-business expo held outside Seattle, Greg James had something of an epiphany: The pot industry in America is growing like, you guessed it, a weed. Patrick May in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/30/14

Gov. Brown appeals ruling that struck down teacher job protections -- The state’s two largest teacher unions are expected to follow suit in the case of Vergara vs. California. A tentative ruling, announced in June, became final this week, starting a 60-day window for an appeal. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/30/14

Garment broker is seeing rebirth of local apparel factories -- Now 31, he strolls through the Rong Li Fashion factory in Arcadia, where a grinding buzz permeates the concrete floor. Tiffany Hsu in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/30/14


Lawmakers send Gov. Jerry Brown bill for more university funding -- When California lawmakers settled on a new state budget in June, they included triggers that would send more money to public universities if property tax revenue outpaced expectations. Chris Megerian, Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/30/14


Chance of 'megadrought' in U.S. Southwest now 50%, study concludes -- The chance of a "megadrought" gripping the Southwest for more than 30 years has increased to 50%, scientists say, which means bad news for California's already parched landscape. Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/30/14

Marin latest to crack down on water wasters -- Marin County officials have become the latest to threaten fines for water hogs since the state began asking communities to take a tougher stand on conservation. Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/30/14

Immigration / Border

Woman Is First to Be Ruled Eligible for Asylum in U.S. on Basis of Domestic Abuse -- The ruling could slow the pace of deportations because it creates new legal grounds for women from Central America caught entering the country illegally in their fight to stay. Julia Preston in the New York Times$ -- 8/30/14


Chimney failure most common damage in an earthquake -- Chimney collapse historically has been the most common form of damage in California and other earthquakes across the country, yet the most commonly ignored in earthquake-preparedness efforts. Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/30/14

EPA staff recommends significantly lower ozone standard --The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staff said Friday that the nation should tighten smog rules significantly, a step that would improve air quality in California but force costly new requirements on government and industry. Neela Banerjee, Tony Barboza in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/30/14


Ventura County Medi-Cal health plan probed -- California officials are investigating financial dealings between Ventura County's Medi-Cal health plan and a key outside contractor, Xerox Corp., The Times has learned. Chad Terhune in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/30/14

Porn moratorium lifted after HIV test found to be false positive -- A voluntary moratorium announced Thursday on adult film production has been lifted, a porn industry group announced Friday, after follow-up testing of an actor suspected of having HIV came back negative. Christine Mai-Duc in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/30/14

POTUS 44    

Obama unloads on Republicans, sees 'cynical genius' -- Obama, raising money for Democratic candidates as Republicans aim to take over the Senate in the fall, on Friday blamed some Republicans for a calculated effort to undermine faith in government by opposing policy compromises. Mark Felsenthal Reuters -- 8/30/14


Perry serves up red meat at Koch-backed summit -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry, in a Friday afternoon speech that sounded a lot like presidential red meat, accused President Barack Obama of overstepping his constitutional authority and abdicating national defense at home and abroad. Kenneth P. Vogel Politico -- 8/30/14