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Yolo County confirms case of Zika virus -- A Yolo County person has tested positive for Zika virus after recently returning from international travel, according to a county news release issued Wednesday. The announcement didn’t mention the identity or sex of the infected person or where they traveled to. Sammy Caiola in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/10/16

USCD researchers: Voter ID laws suppress Dems, minorities -- Researchers from the University of California San Diego have created a new statistical model indicating that voter identification laws do what detractors claim — reduce turnout for minorities and those on the political left. Daniel Wheaton in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 2/10/16

Powerful casino tribes raise concerns with California fantasy sports bill -- The daily fantasy sports industry’s string of easy wins in the California Legislature may be about to end. Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/10/16

Could California’s 16-year-olds be casting ballots? -- A bill before the Legislature would amend California’s constitution to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to cast ballots exclusively in school district and community college board elections – the very races, proponents argue, in which Californians under 18 have the most at stake. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/10/16

Could developmental disability funding be at play in negotiations for tax on healthcare plans? -- For more than a year, the state has grappled with how to overhaul a tax on healthcare plans. Now, as Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal winds through the Legislature, there's another question surfacing: What will the money be spent on? Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/10/16

California senator proposes 15-percent medical marijuana sales tax -- Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, on Wednesday introduced a tax bill that follows long-awaited regulations passed by lawmakers in the final days of the legislative session last September, nearly two decades after voters first legalized medical marijuana. Alexei Koseff in the Los Angeles Times$ Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 2/10/16

At heart of Sheriff's Department scandal was top-secret 'Operation Pandora's Box' -- At the center of the FBI's investigation into abuses at the Los Angeles County Jail was a top-secret program known as Operation Pandora's Box. That investigation took a dramatic turn Wednesday with news that retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will plead guilty to a federal charge of making a false statement. Shelby Grad and Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/10/16

Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca pleads guilty in jail scandal -- Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal investigators, a stunning reversal for the longtime law enforcement leader who for years insisted he played no role in the misconduct that tarnished his agency. Joel Rubin, Cindy Chang and Harriet Ryan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/10/16

With money tight, chancellor says UC Berkeley must 'reimagine' its future -- UC Berkeley is facing an unsustainable budget deficit and will launch an extensive review to “reimagine” its fundamental structure, the university chancellor announced Wednesday. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ Katy Murphy in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/10/16

Ethics agency launches revision of state's Political Reform Act -- The state’s ethics watchdog agency has launched a yearlong overhaul of California’s law governing campaign finance and lobbying with an eye toward streamlining and simplifying rules that many politicians complain are too complex, the agency’s top official said Wednesday. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/10/16

Charter school groups complain to LAUSD, then score some new schools -- After formally complaining that the Los Angeles Unified School District is treating them with increasing unfairness, charter school operators caught a few breaks at Tuesday's school board meeting. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/10/16

Tech fueled job market powers record boom for Silicon Valley: report -- The economy and job market in Silicon Valley chalked up an "astounding" year during 2015, but the region's boom cooled during the final three months of last year, according to a new Silicon Valley Index report released on Wednesday. George Avalos in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/10/16

Bay Bridge worker sues over hangman’s noose, rope incidents -- An African American iron worker for a Bay Bridge contractor says his foreman dropped a hangman’s noose next to him and a short time later a co-worker threw him a rope and told him to put it around his neck — and when he complained about racism, his work hours were reduced. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 2/10/16

Decker: As a long race beckons, Tuesday winners Trump and Sanders face challenges -- With a roar of discontent toward the political establishment, New Hampshire voters sent the presidential contest into what seems likely to be an extended march that will quickly move to territory far less hospitable to Tuesday night’s big winners, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. Cathleen Decker in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/10/16

Lopez: The pristine beauty of California's coast shouldn't be for the few -- I'm sitting on a beach in San Simeon as blue surf cracks before me and wispy clouds drift overhead like sea smoke. I'm wondering how to do justice to what I see. But it's a fool's errand. Mere words don't measure up when you try to describe the California coast. Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/10/16

Who's the driver of that Google car? Feds ready to say it's the computer -- Google Inc.'s self-driving system, controlled by artificial intelligence, could be considered a car's driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Samantha Masunaga in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/10/16

San Diego voters will decide on a minimum wage increase -- Voters will get a chance on June 7 to decide whether the city should have a higher minimum wage than the $10 an hour required by the state. City Council members voted Monday to place incremental minimum wage increases up to $11.50 on the June primary ballot. David Garrick in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/10/16

California solar industry job growth reaches record levels -- California led a record-breaking year for solar power in 2015 that included the addition of more than 20,000 new jobs within the state -- more than half of the positions the industry created nationwide, according to a new report. Ivan Penn in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/10/16

L.A. teachers union seeks to raise dues as it fights a charter school push -- The Los Angeles teachers union has long been the most powerful player in local education. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/10/16

When it comes to saving water, Southern Californians are tapped out — or are they? -- After months of responding to calls to save water, Southern Californians say they've hit a wall. Taylor Goldenstein in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/10/16

CHP officers go out on a ledge to stop woman’s Bay Bridge leap -- A California Highway Patrol officer is credited with preventing a distraught woman from jumping to her death Tuesday morning from the eastern span of the Bay Bridge. Evan Sernoffsky in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 2/10/16

Carly Fiorina ends 2016 Republican bid for President -- Former technology executive Carly Fiorina exited the 2016 Republican presidential race Wednesday, after winning praise for her debate prowess but struggling to build a winning coalition in a crowded GOP field. Catherine Lucey Associated Press -- 2/10/16

California Policy & Politics This Morning   

Aliso Canyon gas leak could be 'controlled' in several days -- Residents in nearby Porter Ranch can expect to receive text messages and phone calls once a relief well intercepts the failed well and crews are able to pump in fluids to stop the leak. Alice Walton in the Los Angeles Times$ Gregory J. Wilcox in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 2/10/16

Wrecking ball for part of California Capitol on the table -- Gov. Jerry Brown’s downtown renovation plan includes the possible tear-down of part of the state Capitol, officials said Tuesday, as the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst raised concerns with the administration’s overall building proposal. Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/10/16

Keep an eye on election IE’s with new search tool -- Voters trying to follow the torrent of unlimited outside spending during this year’s California campaigns now have an easier-to-use alternative to the state’s unwieldy Cal-Access system: an enhanced search tool launched Tuesday. Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/10/16

California corrections chief aims to change prison culture -- California's new corrections chief plans to add training on diversity and leadership for prison employees and to examine what has been effective in other states to change employees' attitudes as he tries to alter a culture that often pits prison guards against inmates and outsiders. Don Thompson Associated Press -- 2/10/16

Teens as young as 14 rescued from sexual exploitation during Super Bowl, FBI says -- Seven teenagers, some as young as 14 years old, were rescued from forced prostitution in the San Francisco Bay Area during Super Bowl week, authorities announced Tuesday. Sarah Parvini in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/10/16

John Chiang ‘strongly leaning towards running’ for governor -- In California’s long, drawn-out race for governor in 2018, there are two ways for a potential candidate to make his or her intentions known. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/10/16

Walters: California has 5 would-be governors -- The 2016 political campaign season has scarcely begun, so of course it’s time to begin noodling about 2018 – and particularly the governorship that Jerry Brown will finally relinquish. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/10/16

Sacramento City Council approves pot tax ballot initiative -- Voters in California’s capital city will decide on whether to use tax dollars from marijuana cultivation as a fiscal elixir to pay for services for kids at risk. Peter Hecht in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/10/16

FBI can't figure out how to unlock encrypted phone in San Bernardino investigation -- FBI technicians have been unable to unlock encrypted data on a cellphone that belonged to the terrorist couple who killed 14 people in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, the FBI director said Tuesday. Brian Bennett in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/10/16

Exit of California Senate candidate could help ailing GOP -- The sudden withdrawal of one of the Republican candidates in California's U.S. Senate race could help a party that's been battered in recent statewide elections, although Democrats remain favorites to hold the seat now occupied by Sen. Barbara Boxer. Michael R. Blood Associated Press -- 2/10/16

BART admits 77 percent of train cameras are fake or don’t work -- BART detailed exactly how many of its train cameras actually record footage in response to a public records request that The Chronicle filed after revealing the agency had been relying for years on scores of decoy cameras to fool criminals and commuters. Demian Bulwa in the San Francisco Chronicle Sam Richards in the Oakland Tribune$ -- 2/10/16

Mysterious ship helped keep California gas prices high, consumer advocate says -- There's an unusual new entry to the long list of reasons why Californians spent the last year paying significantly more for gasoline than other U.S. drivers: a mystery ship. Ivan Penn in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/10/16

Experts tell panel why gas is so expensive in California -- Gouging by oil companies could be one reason California drivers pay about 76 cents more for a gallon of regular gas than motorists elsewhere in the nation, a state government panel was told Monday. Alison Noon Associated Press -- 2/10/16

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Tolls     

Bay Area’s new ‘Lexus lanes’ will require a new FasTrak -- Having two people in your car, or a low-emissions decal, won’t be enough to get you into the new carpool lane on Interstate 580. By the end of the month, when the I-580 Express Lanes are expected to open, carpoolers who want to keep getting a free ride in the fast lane will need a special new FasTrak toll tag, known as “FasTrak Flex.” Michael Cabanatuan in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 2/10/16

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions      

CalPERS loses key court decision in lawsuit over long-term care -- Plaintiffs, 1. CalPERS, 0. A court fight over a massive two-year rate hike on some CalPERS long-term care policies drew a step closer to reality with a recent court ruling that one case can represent 133,000 people who purchased plans. Jon Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/10/16

CalPERS makes huge New York real estate deal -- CalPERS has completed one of the biggest real estate investments in its history, purchasing a New York office tower for $1.9 billion. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/10/16

California’s drought adds $2 billion in electricity costs -- It’s one of the lesser-known costs of California’s drought: the drying-up of the state’s normally abundant cheap hydroelectric power. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/10/16

Gov. Brown requests federal disaster aid for California crabbers -- Gov. Jerry Brown asked the Obama Administration on Tuesday to declare California’s crab fishery a federal disaster, a move that could free up money for those whose livelihoods have been harmed by the closure of the state’s crabbing season. Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 2/10/16

Union files complaint in USC faculty election -- Union officials alleged on Tuesday that USC officials interfered with attempts to organize non-tenure-track faculty by promising them better working conditions and implying that employees would lose rights if they unionized. Jason Song in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/10/16

California farmers reap record sales in record drought -- A new state report shows California farmers reaping record sales despite the epic drought, thriving even as city-dwellers have been forced to conserve water, household wells have run dry and fish have died. Ellen Knickmeyer and Scott Smith Associated Press -- 2/10/16

Bay Area housing squeeze: Millennials hurt the worst -- In fact, close to 75 percent of Bay Area millennials anticipate moving out of their current homes or apartments in the next five years -- though only 24 percent expect to be able to afford the new place they desire. Richard Scheinin in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/10/16

Small-business optimism falls to nearly 2-year low amid fears of slowing growth -- Optimism about the economy by U.S. small-business owners slipped last month to a nearly two-year low as concerns about slowing growth led to projections for fewer sales, according to survey results released Tuesday. Jim Puzzanghera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/10/16


Transgender issue roils high school -- A transgender student who changes in a boys’ locker room at Rancho Bernardo High School has triggered a dispute over a two-year-old state law that seeks to accommodate such students. Gary Warth in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 2/10/16

Nonprofit designs school index for low-income, minority parents -- The California State Board of Education intends to do away with a school rating system that ranks schools based primarily on standardized test scores. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 2/10/16

Immigration / Border 

ICE agents won't be going onto Los Angeles public school campuses -- Immigration agents won’t be allowed onto the campuses of the Los Angeles Unified School District to look for undocumented students, the school board promised with a unanimous vote Tuesday. Sonali Kohli in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/10/16


California Is Likely to Be Stormier With Climate Change -- The types of storms that have been bringing heavy snow and rain to the West this winter, triggering landslides and floods while easing stubborn droughts, are likely to become stronger and more frequent, according to the results of a conclusive new study. John Upton KQED -- 2/10/16

Sacramento Levee Repairs Are In President's Proposed Budget -- Thirty-two-million dollars for Sacramento levees is in President Obama’s budget request for the next fiscal year and in the Army Corps of Engineers’ work plan for this year. The President’s budget request would allow the corps to begin the federal portion of the Natomas Levee Improvement Project. Bob Moffitt Capital Public Radio -- 2/10/16

Our eroding coastline: Recent storms are reshaping beaches, and some are getting tougher to visit -- Recent fierce storms – and their accompanying whipping winds, strong rain and extreme high tides – have made a notable dent on the coastal landscape, cropping out chunks of sand and sucking it out to sea. Laylan Connelly in the Orange County Register -- 2/10/16


8 states, including California had big drop in the number of people without health insurance -- All but Florida had accepted a Medicaid expansion that is one of two major pathways to coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law. The law’s other coverage route is subsidized private insurance, available in all 50 states. Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Associated Press -- 2/10/16

Also . . . 

110, 10 Freeway ExpressLanes are slowing down and officials aren’t sure of the fix -- Metro ExpressLanes are not living up to their name. Since miles of pay lanes were created as an experiment three years ago, too many solo drivers are riding the converted car-pool lanes on segments of the 110 and 10 freeways, causing speeds to drop to levels that could result in federal highway funds being withheld. Steve Scauzillo in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 2/10/16

The 5 biggest unanswered questions about the Orange County jail escape -- Orange County Sheriff's Department officials announced late last week that they're done answering questions about how three inmates managed to cut and rappel their way out of a Santa Ana jail on January 22, at least until the department completes its own internal investigation. Erika Aguilar KPCC -- 2/10/16

San Francisco’s syringe scourge: City deploying rapid needle-disposal team -- Drug users drop hundreds of used syringes around the Civic Center and U.N. Plaza every day. They pile up in the gutters outside the Asian Art Museum, around the farmers’ market and even in the Main Library’s bathrooms. Lizzie Johnson in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 2/10/16

Tougher California laws protect victims of digital harassment -- But in today’s computerized world, harassers have a variety of ways to make life miserable for someone, whether it’s via Facebook, Twitter, a cell phone, video recorder or other digital device. That’s what prompted changes in California’s civil and penal codes that identify and protect victims of digital harassment. Kevin Smith in the Long Beach Press Telegram$ -- 2/10/16

Girl, 1, killed in Compton as gunfire erupts outside home -- Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said the gunman got out of a car, walked up to the residence and fired in the direction of a converted garage where Autumn Johnson, who had just celebrated her birthday last week, lived with her parents. Autumn was struck in the head. Matt Hamilton, James Queally and Nicole Santa Cruz in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/10/16


Obama arrives in Bay Area Wednesday for two Democratic fundraisers -- With his potential successors dominating the airwaves, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will arrive in the Bay Area for two fundraisers -- including one at the home of a Hillary Clinton donor whose own political ambitions may have been damaged by recent bad press. Matthew Artz in the Contra Costa Times$ -- 2/10/16


With New Hampshire result, Trump is a serious contender, and Kasich is back in the race -- With a commanding victory Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary, billionaire Donald Trump — the nightmare of the GOP establishment — has stamped himself as a serious contender for the Republican presidential nomination. The question now is which candidate, or two, will be strong enough to stop him. Mark Z. Barabak in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/10/16

Sanders routs Clinton in New Hampshire; campaign moves to South Carolina and Nevada -- Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton moved quickly Tuesday night to prepare to fight on new terrain in the crucial next round of contests after Sanders delivered a once-unthinkable defeat to the former secretary of State. Evan Halper and Michael A. Memoli in the Los Angeles Times$ John Wildermuth in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 2/10/16

Calbuzz: Barney on Bernie: 3 Reasons Sanders is Doomed -- That Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won the Republican and Democratic primaries in New Hampshire was no surprise, despite all the hyperventilating among the beltway MSM. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine CalBuzz -- 2/10/16

For Trump and Sanders, new challenges loom after victory in N.H. -- A presidential campaign that already has produced a series of surprises now moves to a new round of contests in the South and West with Republicans no closer to knowing who can emerge as the strongest challenger to Donald Trump and with Hillary Clinton under new pressure to right her shaky campaign and fend off a surging challenger in Bernie Sanders. Dan Balz in the Washington Post$ -- 2/10/16

Trump wins New Hampshire — will anyone rise to take him on? -- New Hampshire’s Republican voters were mad — angry at the government, frustrated with their own party and overwhelmingly in favor of keeping Muslims out of the United States. So on Tuesday, they found the perfect vessel for their rage in Donald Trump. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 2/10/16

Analysis: Trump proves GOP establishment can't stop him -- The current and former chiefs of the state Republican Party condemned him. New Hampshire's only two Republican members of Congress refused to endorse him. The conservative owner of the state's largest newspaper called him "a con man" on the front page. Donald Trump won anyway — big time. Steve Peoples Associated Press -- 2/10/16