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California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Borenstein: Miller urges calm, excoriates Clinton, Kaepernick -- Democrats should start organizing but not panic or react hastily to Donald Trump’s upcoming presidency. That’s the message from George Miller, the liberal former congressman who retired two years ago after representing Contra Costa for four decades in Washington. Daniel Borenstein in the East Bay Times -- 12/29/16

How to influence the California Legislature? New spending details revealed -- With a cap-and-trade battle brewing and major climate change bills on the horizon, billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer hit the airwaves last summer ripping the oil industry in TV advertisements around the state. Taryn Luna and Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 12/29/16

Rose Parade plans more barriers in wake of truck terrorism in Europe -- Police plan to use parked patrol cars and heavy, water-filled barricades at key crossings along the 5.5-mile Tournament of Roses parade route in response to recent terrorist attacks that used trucks as weapons. Maya Lau in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/28/16

Jerry Brown appoints two top aides to Public Utilities Commission -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday announced the appointment of two top aides to the influential Public Utilities Commission as the panel faces significant changes. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ Dominic Fracassa in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 12/28/16

Trump presidency a roll of the dice for Southern California’s casino-owning tribes -- What can Southern California’s casinos expect from a Trump presidency? That’s the multi-million dollar question for tribes who own and operate such resorts, who are hoping that having a former casino owner in the White House is a good thing for both their people and gaming operations. Aaron Claverie in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 12/29/16

Retirement watch: 4 California members of Congress who might bow out by 2018, and one who almost definitely will -- So far, none of California’s 55 senators and representatives have announced plans to retire ahead of the 2018 election. But after weeks at home with family during the holidays to talk about the future, such declarations could come soon. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/29/16

Perjury allegations hit San Diego police as city defends retaliation claims -- Allegations of perjury and making false statements by San Diego police officers have emerged in separate lawsuits filed by a lieutenant and a detective who claim they’ve been retaliated against for speaking out about misconduct. Jeff McDonald in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 12/28/16

The Ghost Ship fire was 'a matter of benign neglect.' It's not the only one -- This city has long been known as the industrial and trading hub of the Bay Area, dotted with shipping depots, armories as well as many old warehouses and shuttered manufacturing facilities. Paige St. John in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/28/16

San Francisco Bay ferries riding tidal wave of popularity -- Ferry service on the bay, which was revitalized by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, is now riding the wave of an economic boom, and these days public transportation by water is thriving. Carl Nolte in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 12/28/16

Santa Ana City Council moves to oust city manager -- Santa Ana’s city government is ending the year in turmoil after a reduced council voted Wednesday to put City Manager David Cavazos on paid administrative leave. Jill Replogle KPCC -- 12/28/16

More needles found ashore in Newport Beach as officials ask where they came from -- Pacios said the needles washing up by the dozens, perhaps hundreds, points to a heroin epidemic that has swept into Orange County in recent years, especially within the homeless encampments that have swelled along the Santa Ana River. Laylan Connelly in the Orange County Register -- 12/28/16

LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl to join air quality board -- Republicans are expected to lose control of the South Coast Air Quality Management board when an outspoken liberal Democrat is sworn in next week to serve on panel. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl of Santa Monica will serve as Los Angeles County’s representative, replacing conservative Republican Michael Antonovich, who served on the air board since 1988. David Danelski in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 12/29/16

This 'Unsung Hero' was a convicted murderer until Gov. Brown set him free immediately -- He stared across the San Quentin State Prison yard at an old man, a lifer hopelessly sitting, white hair, slumped shoulders, blending into the gravel dust and beige brick. It was 2003, 10 years into his own 25-to-life bid. That image – of an aging man eroding into his surroundings – changed everything. Keith Sharon in the Orange County Register -- 12/29/16

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions 

From Bodega Bay north, crab fishermen strike for higher per-pound price -- Crabbers from Bodega Bay north through Oregon and Washington to the Canadian border went on strike Wednesday afternoon after wholesale Dungeness crab buyers sought to lower the per-pound price fishermen earn for the much sought-after crustacean. Angela Hart in the Santa Rosa Press -- 12/28/16


San Diego Unified dismisses complaint over student planking punishment -- An elementary school’s use of “planking” and other physical exercise to curb misbehavior among students was justified and within discipline policies, according to San Diego Unified’s official response to a formal complaint filed over the incident. Maureen Magee in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 12/28/16

Los Angeles Unified Thinks It Has Found a Patch for Big Hole in Its Budget -- Los Angeles Unified School District officials have come up with a plan they hope will resolve a disagreement with activist groups — and state education officials — about whether L.A. Unified spends enough money to help English learners, low-income students and foster kids. Kyle Stokes KQED -- 12/28/16

Immigration / Border 

DMV licensed 800,000 undocumented immigrants under 2-year-old law -- On the day that California officials implemented a controversial law that allows undocumented residents to obtain driver’s licenses, DMV offices throughout the state were packed with immigrants looking to take advantage of the opportunity. Tatiana Sanchez in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 12/28/16

Also . . . 

Earthquakes close beloved California ghost town of Bodie -- The three earthquakes that rattled western Nevada on Wednesday morning caused some damage to California’s fragile Bodie State Historic Park, which will remain closed until Sunday while rangers repair and assess the safety of structures in the beloved gold-mining ghost town. Lisa M. Kreiger in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 12/28/16

POTUS 45  

Trump touts previously announced Sprint, OneWeb hiring pledges -- President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday claimed credit for bringing 8,000 new private-sector jobs to the United States, including 5,000 that he says telecommunications company Sprint Corp. will relocate back from "other countries." But the commitments by Sprint and OneWeb, a satellite manufacturer, are in line with hiring and investment pledges already made by their chief corporate benefactor, Japan-based SoftBank, whose top executive met with Trump earlier this month. Victoria Guida and Tony Romm Politico -- 12/28/16