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‘Death spiral’ ahead under GOP Obamacare repeal, California’s insurance chief says -- California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones blasted House Republicans’ proposed bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, saying it would deal a devastating blow to the state’s health insurance marketplace and potentially leave 5 million Californians without health coverage. Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/8/17

‘A Day Without a Woman’ rallies kick off in Bay Area and beyond -- Thousands of women took time off from work Wednesday and gathered at rallies throughout the Bay Area and beyond to demand equal pay, reproductive rights and an end to gender discrimination of all kinds. Kevin Fagan and Filipa Ioannou in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/8/17

Fans, foes of Trump came armed for battle in Berkeley -- Berkeley authorities have a long history of dealing with demonstrators confronting police — but Saturday’s rumble between pro- and anti-President Trump demonstrators was a bit different, in part because the two sides were more interested in fighting each other than the cops. Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/8/17

Taylor: Anarchists in Berkeley play into the hands of enemies -- The park in Berkeley named after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. became a battlefield Saturday. Supporters of the U.S. president organized a rally, and beamed with nationalist pride as they hoisted flag-dangling dowels that were later used as skin-piercing spears. Otis R. Taylor Jr. in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/8/17

California's next governor: Who's running, who's on the fence? -- Welcome to your guide to the 2018 California governor’s race. The election may be a little less than two years away, but listening tours are underway, political consultants are doling out advice and pundits are handicapping favorites and wild cards. Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/8/17

Faced with a chance for radical change, L.A. voters choose to stay the course -- Los Angeles voters offered a strong endorsement Tuesday to policies that have brought denser development and a more urbanized lifestyle to a city once famous for its tracts of tidy single-family homes. Dakota Smith, Matt Stevens, Ben Poston and Doug Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/8/17

What's next after Measure S? L.A. must tackle the issues brought up during the campaign, advocates say -- Business, political and labor leaders who warned that the measure would deliver a shock to Los Angeles’ economy secured an overwhelming victory, with nearly 69% of voters rejecting it. David Zahniser and Ben Poston in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/8/17

Two pivotal L.A. school board contests go to May runoff; Garcia wins outright -- Charter school backers had their first chance on Tuesday to win majority control of the Los Angeles Board of Education, but now that goal has been deferred, if it happens at all. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/8/17

Another Democrat jumps into the 2018 race against Republican Rep. Darrell Issa -- Orange County environmental lawyer Mike Levin announced his congressional campaign on Wednesday, saying Washington needs “meaningful Congressional oversight of the Trump Administration.” Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/8/17

Democrat Katie Hill will challenge GOP Rep. Steve Knight in 2018 -- Hill, a political newcomer at age 29, is the executive director and deputy CEO of People Assisting the Homeless, or PATH, a statewide organization that provides homeless services and develops housing. Javier Panzar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/8/17

A state transportation plan that would include tax increases takes another step forward -- A bill that would raise gas taxes to chip away at California’s massive backlog of road and highway repairs passed its last of three Senate policy committees Tuesday as the clock ticks toward an April 6 deadline for acting on a transportation financing plan. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/8/17

Report says travel ban could impact tourism and production of food, clothing and homes in California -- The Trump administration’s proposed travel restrictions and crackdown on undocumented immigrants could slow the production of food, clothing and homebuilding in California and also cost the state billions in tourism dollars, according to a new report. The UCLA Anderson Forecast notes that by some estimates undocumented immigrants account for about half of the state’s agricultural workforce, and that percentage is likely higher for crops that are labor intensive. Kevin Smith in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 3/8/17

Seeking racial equity, Oakland overhauls its cannabis laws -- The City Council voted at midnight Tuesday to overhaul its first-in-the-nation laws passed in May that were meant to help the people hurt by the war on drugs get into the burgeoning cannabis industry — a form of reparations to groups whose marijuana use was heavily policed in recent decades. Kimberly Veklerov in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/8/17

When it rains, Los Angeles sends billions of gallons of 'free liquid gold' down the drain -- During one of this winter’s frequent storms, sheets of rainwater spilled from roofs, washed across sidewalks and down gutters into a sprawling network of underground storm drains that empty into the Los Angeles River channel. Bettina Boxall in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/8/17

The state's housing crisis won't be solved unless Californians embrace new home building, report says -- The largest barrier to California resolving the state’s housing affordability crisis is Californians themselves, according to a new report from the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst Office. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/8/17

Lopez: Build a wall? Trump should talk to the man who spent 25 years fixing it -- Fence builders began submitting design ideas for President Trump’s promised “big, beautiful wall” this week, so I drove to the border Monday to meet with an expert. Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/8/17

Why L.A. City Hall is such a hot spot for film shoots -- While studio productions like “Ocean’s Eight” keep City Hall buzzing with filming activity, the landmark building is also drawing more productions from streaming services, including two series from Amazon and a Netflix feature movie. David Ng in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/8/17

Survey: Most Americans afraid to ride in self-driving cars -- The survey conducted by AAA, which polled 1,832 adults across the nation, found that 75 percent of Americans are afraid to ride in a self-driving car, with Baby Boomers more likely than Millennials to be timid over the technology. Filipa A. Ioannou in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/8/17

Ivanka Trump’s Landlord Is a Chilean Billionaire Suing the U.S. Government -- Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are renting a Washington, D.C., home from a Chilean billionaire who bought it after the November election and whose company is embroiled in a dispute with the U.S. government over a mine potentially worth billions of dollars. Mark Maremont and James V. Grimaldi in the Wall Street Journal -- 3/8/17

Patients With ACA Coverage Rush to Get Treatment -- Some patients across the U.S. who have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act are rushing to get treatments, concerned about Republican efforts to topple the law. Stephanie Armour in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 3/8/17

E.P.A. Head Stacks Agency With Climate Change Skeptics -- Mr. Pruitt has drawn heavily from the staff of his friend and fellow Oklahoma Republican, Senator James Inhofe, long known as Congress’s most prominent skeptic of climate science. Coral Davenport in the New York Times$ -- 3/8/17

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Garcetti wins reelection in landslide; Cedillo narrowly avoids runoff as City Council incumbents prevail -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti won reelection Tuesday in what appeared to be one of the biggest landslides in the city’s history, crushing 10 little-known rivals and strengthening his standing for a potential run for higher office. Michael Finnegan and Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ Elizabeth Chou in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 3/8/17

Measure S appears headed for defeat after heated, costly battle over future L.A. development -- Labor and business leaders declared victory Tuesday night over a bitterly contested ballot measure that would have imposed new restrictions on building apartment towers, shops and offices in Los Angeles. Emily Alpert Reyes, Ben Poston and David Zahniser in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/8/17

Measure H rebounds from early deficit, approaches two-thirds majority -- A quarter-cent sales tax increase in Los Angeles County to fund anti-homelessness measures was nearing the two-thirds majority needed for passage early Wednesday, with backers saying they were optimistic that late returns would propel it to victory. Doug Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/8/17

Protesters show up outside Garcetti's election-night party, demanding he 'stand up to Trump' -- Dozens of protesters gathered outside Mayor Eric Garcetti's election-night party on Tuesday night to push him to take a firmer stance on defending immigrants from deportation. Dakota Smith and Matt Pearce in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/8/17

Crowd returns to Issa's office -- A boisterous crowd demonstrated outside Rep. Darrell Issa’s office again Tuesday in support of Obamacare, while on the other side of the country House Republicans were touting their replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act. Phil Diehl in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 3/8/17

Obamacare supporters rally against proposed replacement plan at Mimi Walters' office -- Cruz Ramirez lost her health insurance when her husband lost his job. But thanks to Obamacare, she says, she didn’t lose her health. Courtney Perkes in the Orange County Register -- 3/8/17

Jerry Brown requests a third presidential disaster declaration -- Gov. Jerry Brown asked President Donald Trump on Tuesday to declare a major disaster for California due to damage caused by heavy rains that hit the state from Jan. 18 to 23. Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/8/17

Cooper got Paul McCartney tickets, $8,600 more in gifts from lobbyist employers in 2016 -- Every year, lobbyist employers shower lawmakers and their staff with free meals, tickets and goodie bags – but no one got more in 2016 than Assemblyman Jim Cooper, according to a Sacramento Bee analysis of lobbying filings. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/8/17

Sherman reintroduces bill to let Wells Fargo customers sue over unwanted accounts -- Wells Fargo & Co. has pledged to reimburse customers harmed when its employees opened unauthorized accounts in their name — but it has been unwilling to allow lawsuits for damages, which are barred by the bank’s standard arbitration clause. James Rufus Koren in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/8/17

How to get involved with 'A Day Without a Woman' — even if you're working -- Women's March organizers have planned a one-day strike for International Women's Day on Wednesday. Women are encouraged to take the day off and refrain from spending any money as part of "A Day Without a Woman," to show the impact women have on the economy and society. Dianne de Guzman and Sarah Ravani in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/8/17

Bail-bond companies allowed to defend law requiring bail -- Bail-bond companies can intervene in a San Francisco case and defend the law requiring newly arrested defendants to post bail, a law that the city and state have refused to defend, a federal judge has ruled. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/8/17

Gov. Brown lauds Stanislaus County for opening new criminal detention center with mental health and rehabilitation space -- Gov. Jerry Brown once knew Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson as the most difficult sheriff in the state. Jazmine Ulloa in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/8/17

Fox: SCA 1: A Warranty on Government Promises -- California legislators can prove they believe their own promises if they pass Senate Constitutional Amendment 1 guaranteeing taxpayers would not be liable if the Secure Choice retirement plan for private workers has financial troubles. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 3/8/17

Homeless  

Price tag of homelessness in Orange County is nearly $300 million, UCI study finds -- Orange County would save $42 million a year in health care, law enforcement and other expenses by placing people who chronically live on the streets into housing, according to a first-ever countywide study of the costs of homelessness. Theresa Walker in the Orange County Register -- 3/8/17

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions 

Uncertainties over Trump policies expected to slow California, Bay Area job growth -- Job creation in California and the Bay Area is expected to weaken this year due to lingering uncertainties over President Donald Trump’s tax, immigration and health care policies. George Avalos in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/8/17

CalPERS set to slash pensions for nearly 200 workers -- For the second time in four months, CalPERS is preparing to slash benefits for a group of retirees whose former employer stopped cutting checks to fund their pensions. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System could act next week to reduce pensions by as much 63 percent for 197 people who used to work for a defunct job-training program that was created by a group of local governments in Los Angeles County. Adam Ashton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/8/17

New travel ban. Same response from Silicon Valley -- President Trump’s new travel ban was revised to pass legal muster, but the changes did nothing to win support in Silicon Valley, where signs of political activism remain on the rise. David Pierson in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/8/17

Hydropower poised for comeback in California, thanks to a wet winter -- California’s years-long drought put hydroelectric power flat on its back. But one of the cleanest and cheapest energy sources may be poised for a comeback as the state has been drenched with rain and its mountains blanketed in snow in recent months. Rob Nikolewski in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 3/8/17

Transit   

LA Metro officials still optimistic about federal funds despite Caltrain troubles -- Local transportation agencies like the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority rely in some part on federal funding to run and build transit. So when the Trump administration delayed a federal grant that was set to go to the Caltrain system in Northern California last month, it rattled some officials here. Meghan McCarty KPCC -- 3/8/17

Education 

Three seats on the ballot in pivotal L.A. school board contests -- Millions of dollars have poured into races for seats on the Los Angeles Board of Education this year in contests that could for the first time shift the balance of power in the nation’s second-largest school district in favor of fast growth of charter schools. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/8/17

Sac City Unified Launches Program To Protect Undocumented Students -- The Sacramento City Unified School District is launching a new campaign to prevent deportations of undocumented students or family members. The District plans to distribute 50,000 information cards entitled, "WHAT TO DO IF ICE COMES TO YOUR DOOR." Bob Moffitt Capital Public Radio -- 3/8/17

Financial aid campaign to reach undocumented college students pays off -- After concerns last month that applications would be down, California financial aid officials said on Tuesday that the final tally of undocumented students applying for financial aid came in up this year. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez KPCC -- 3/8/17

San Diego Unified looks to cut equivalent of 977 positions -- The San Diego Unified School District is looking to cut the equivalent of 977 full-time positions to balance its budget, a move that would affect almost 1,400 employees in a wide variety of jobs. Gary Warth in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 3/8/17

Trump frames 'school choice' agenda as civil rights initiative -- Against the backdrop of a series of ongoing controversies and embarrassing missteps concerning civil rights and race, President Donald Trump, backed by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, is framing his push for greater “school choice” as a civil rights initiative, intended to help the nation’s most disadvantaged children. Louis Freedberg EdSource -- 3/8/17

Turf battle developing over who can test California's 11th-graders -- California is quickly becoming a national battleground over the franchise for testing high school juniors. The College Board, producer of the SAT college admissions test, wants in, while state officials, defenders of the state’s current test provider, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, have a new strategy to keep the SAT and the ACT, the other main college admissions test, out. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 3/8/17

Cannabis 

LA Sheriff thinks feds may target marijuana -- The leader of the nation's largest sheriff's department expects federal drug agents will attempt to step up marijuana enforcement as California moves forward with legalization. But he believes there isn't the manpower to conduct widespread raids on growers and businesses selling marijuana. Michael Balsamo Associated Press -- 3/8/17

Immigration / Border 

Trump Wants to Detain More Immigrants. He Could — With California’s Help -- hen his three young children woke up in their small house in Oakland one morning a few weeks ago, Maguiber wasn’t home. That wasn’t so unusual. The 27-year-old dad worked long hours, juggling three different jobs cleaning in two hotels and a restaurant. Lisa Pickoff-White and Julie Small KQED -- 3/8/17

Environment 

Attorney General Xavier Becerra Sides With Edison And Coastal Commission To Store Nuclear Waste At San Onofre -- Becerra filed a brief this month asking a San Diego Superior Court judge not to set aside a California Coastal Commission permit allowing 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste to be stored at San Onofre behind a seawall. Amita Sharma KPBS -- 3/8/17

Trump's EPA Budget Cuts Would Eliminate Funding For Some California Programs -- The White House is proposing to slash a quarter of the EPA budget and eliminate grants to programs that help protect clean air and water in California. Under the proposal, grants provided to states to reduce diesel emissions and test water quality at beaches would be eliminated. Amy Quinton Capital Public Radio -- 3/8/17

San Diego-to Los Angeles fault could produce 7.3 earthquake -- The Scripps Institution of Oceanography has re-characterized the Newport-Inglewood and Rose Canyon faults, saying that they represent a single system that could produce a magnitude 7.3 quake if their offshore segments ruptured. Gary Robbins in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 3/8/17

Health 

California health advocates blast GOP bill as harmful -- California health care advocates on Tuesday blasted a Republican plan to replace President Barack Obama's health care law, warning it would it would have an especially tough impact in the nation's largest state. Jonathan J. Cooper Associated Press -- 3/8/17

Millions of Californians likely would lose coverage under GOP Obamacare replacement, experts say -- But what probably would affect the greatest number of Californians and raise the toughest questions for the state are proposed cuts to Medicaid, which covers more than a third of California’s residents. Soumya Karlamangla, Melanie Mason and John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/8/17

Your Cheat Sheet on the Republican Health Care Plan (And Its Impact on California) -- Since Republican leaders in Washington released their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, there have been many questions about the specifics of the proposal and its impact on Californians. We’ve dug into the details to simplify this complex issue and create a cheat sheet for you. Carrie Feibel KQED -- 3/8/17

GOP Health Proposal Would Upend Consumers’ Cost Calculations In California -- A House GOP proposal introduced Monday would provide substantially less financial help to many consumers in higher-cost areas of California, from San Francisco to Monterey. But people in lower-cost markets like Los Angeles could fare better. Chad Terhune KQED -- 3/8/17

Republicans’ Obamacare replacement contains huge tax cuts for insurance companies, but it comes at a cost -- The Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act provides huge tax cuts for health care companies, but the measure still leaves many companies facing difficult — and potentially risky — business decisions to make in years to come. Carolyn Y. Johnson in the Washington Post$ -- 3/8/17

Also . . . 

Apple says it’s already patched ‘many’ iOS vulnerabilities identified in WikiLeaks’ CIA dump -- The company said that the latest public version of iOS, released in January, has already patched “many” critical vulnerabilities that had been detailed in the files, while Apple engineers continue to work to fix others that were known to the CIA. Rich McCormick The Verge -- 3/8/17

Flooded homes in Point Pleasant could get county boost – by several feet -- Less than a month after water first rushed into Jose Vargas’ house in Point Pleasant, another round of storms in February brought more flooding, forcing his family to evacuate as most of their belongings were ruined. Sitting in a borrowed trailer behind an unofficial evacuation center at Point Pleasant United Methodist Church last month, Vargas said he didn’t know what to do. Ellen Garrison in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/8/17

Study says San Diego needs more fire stations, new approaches -- A new analysis says San Diego needs to build at least 10 additional fire stations and embrace new emergency response methods to adequately serve the sprawling and increasingly congested city. David Garrick in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 3/8/17

Judge rules Santa Ana must temporarily reinstate fired cop in pot shop raid -- A superior court judge granted a temporary restraining order Tuesday forcing Santa Ana to briefly reinstate a police officer involved in a controversial marijuana dispensary raid, tipping the case in the officer’s favor. Jessica Kwong in the Orange County Register -- 3/8/17

Chatbot that overturned 160,000 parking fines now helping refugees claim asylum -- The original DoNotPay, created by Stanford student Joshua Browder, describes itself as “the world’s first robot lawyer”, giving free legal aid to users through a simple-to-use chat interface. The chatbot, using Facebook Messenger, can now help refugees fill in an immigration application in the US and Canada. For those in the UK, it helps them apply for asylum support. Elena Cresci The Guardian -- 3/8/17

POTUS 45  

Trump campaign approved adviser's trip to Moscow -- Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski approved foreign policy adviser Carter Page’s now-infamous trip to Moscow last summer on the condition that he would not be an official representative of the campaign, according to a former campaign adviser. Josh Meyer and Kenneth P. Vogel Politico -- 3/8/17

After Tweet Storm, a Quiet Washes Over Trump’s Staff -- Even the fiercest of President Trump’s loyalists kept their distance from his wiretapping claims. Sean Spicer said the matter was “above my pay grade.” Jeff Sessions said, simply, “No comment.” Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman in the New York Times$ -- 3/8/17

After loving WikiLeaks as a candidate, Trump decides he doesn’t like leaks as president -- A month before the election, President Trump stood before a cheering crowd at a rally in northeast Pennsylvania and declared: “I love WikiLeaks!” Jenna Johnson and Ashley Parker in the Washington Post$ -- 3/8/17

Beltway 

Trump Budget Proposal Reflects Working-Class Resentment of the Poor -- And yet Mr. Trump’s approach possesses a powerful political logic: The frazzled, anxious working-class men and women who voted for him like Social Security, Medicare and defense. Other government spending, not so much. Notably, there is little political cost for Mr. Trump — in fact, potential benefit — in going after means-tested programs for the poor. Eduardo Porter in the New York Times$ -- 3/8/17

To fund border wall, Trump administration weighs cuts to Coast Guard, airport security -- The Trump administration, searching for money to build the president’s planned multibillion-dollar border wall and crack down on illegal immigration, is weighing significant cuts to the Coast Guard, the Transportation Security Administration and other agencies focused on national security threats, according to a draft plan. Dan Lamothe, Ashley Halsey III and Lisa Rein in the Washington Post$ -- 3/8/17

 

-- Tuesday Updates 

Alleged CIA hacks rekindle security fears over Silicon Valley tech products -- A new WikiLeaks dump of documents, allegedly revealing evidence of Central Intelligence Agency efforts to hack into consumer electronics made by Silicon Valley’s biggest tech companies, is raising fresh concerns about the security of cellphones, computers and televisions connected to the internet. Rex Crum in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/7/17

Jerry Brown wants details about GOP healthcare plan: ‘This thing has been done in secret’ -- Gov. Jerry Brown, his state facing the potential of a massive crater in the budget, said Tuesday it’s too soon to assess the implications of Republican legislation to replace the Obamacare law. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/7/17

Millions of Californians would likely lose coverage under GOP Obamacare replacement, experts say -- The GOP alternative would undo the requirement that everyone have insurance and change how subsidies are offered through the state’s insurance marketplace, Covered California. But the biggest impact would likely be on the state’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, which provides coverage to more than a third of California’s residents. Soumya Karlamangla in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/7/17

Anxious seniors pack NorCal town hall over GOP health care alternative -- Just hours after the GOP unveiled its plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, nearly 1,000 Northern California seniors packed a town hall meeting Monday hosted by Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman, nervously pressing him for details about the draft legislation and its potential impacts on their families, coverage and their drug prices. Carla Marinucci Politico -- 3/7/17

McClintock tells undocumented student best path to citizenship is to leave U.S. -- Rep. Tom McClintock on Saturday reiterated a hardline immigration policy, telling a young immigrant in his conservative Northern California district that her best option for obtaining U.S. citizenship is to go back to her birth country. During a rowdy, two-hour town hall meeting in El Dorado Hills, Doris Romero asked the Elk Grove Republican what she should do to become an American citizen. Romero spoke in front of a crowd of about 1,700, most of whom voiced disapproval of McClintock and President Donald Trump. Anita Chabria in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/7/17

Apple iPhone and Android phones hacked by CIA: WikiLeaks -- Whether you have an iPhone or an Android phone, spooks from America’s spy agency can hack it, siphon off your conversations and messages, and secretly turn on your phone’s camera and microphone to spy on you. So says WikiLeaks after making public March 7 a purported trove of thousands of leaked documents from the U.S. spy agency. Ethan Baron in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/7/17

Republican John Cox is running for governor: ‘There are two Californias’ -- John Cox, a Republican businessman and investor from Rancho Santa Fe, formally announced his campaign for governor on Tuesday, promising to improve the state’s financial accountability and create a more welcoming climate for business. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ Carla Marinucci Politico Javier Panzar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/7/17

Californians could begin voting at age 17 under a new proposal in the Legislature -- "We want to expand the opportunity," said Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell), author of the constitutional amendment that would have to be approved by a statewide vote in 2018. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ Katy Murphy in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/7/17

Lawmaker wants to limit Californians to buying no more than one gun a month -- Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada-Flintridge) said his measure would close a loophole by including long guns in a monthly buying limit that currently only applies to handguns. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/7/17

Anthony Beilenson, 10-term congressman who championed Santa Monica Mountains, dies at 84 -- Anthony C. Beilenson, a veteran Democratic politician from Southern California who advocated for abortion rights, environmental protection and gun control as a state legislator and 10-term congressman, has died. He was 84. Matt Hamilton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/7/17

A section of the San Andreas fault close to L.A. could be overdue for a major earthquake -- Southern California could be overdue for a major earthquake along the Grapevine north of Los Angeles, according to a sobering new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. Rong-Gong Lin II in the Los Angeles Ti mes$ -- 3/7/17

Capitol myth vs. reality, Part Deux -- Welcome to Part II of our series on the myths and realities of legislative procedure. This time we’ll take a look at how bills are amended and moved around. After our earlier piece appeared, one reader called to thank us – he said it helped him sleep at night. Chris Micheli Capitol Weekly -- 3/7/17

LA voters trickle to the polls on Election Day -- Voters strolled to the polls Tuesday in the San Fernando Valley to cast their ballots. Shortly after 7:30 this morning, nine people had voted at Telfair Elementary School in the 10900 block of Telfair Avenue in Pacoima. Gregory Wilcox in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 3/7/17

Trump's travel ban could hurt LA's tourism industry -- The ban only stops refugees and citizens from six countries at the border for 90 days, but tourism experts say international travelers from other nations are also watching the news and taking away that they, too, are not welcome in the U.S. Leo Duran KPCC -- 3/7/17

Who wins and loses under the GOP's Obamacare repeal bill? -- The bill released by House Republicans doesn’t yet have an official Congressional Budget Office score or coverage estimates, so it’s hard to measure its full impact on Americans needing coverage, or health plans and providers. But there are several groups that stand to clearly gain — or lose — under the plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Dan Diamond Politico -- 3/7/17

Why Some Republicans Are Rejecting the Bill -- The bill seems unlikely to lower costs, does less to open up the market than conservatives had hoped and offers subsidies still seen as too generous. Margot Sanger-Katz in the New York Times$ -- 3/7/17

Senate GOP poised to jam through Obamacare repeal -- Senate Republican leaders said Tuesday that they're planning to jam through legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare if and when it passes the House — warning there may be no drawn out debate or extensive input from lawmakers. Burgess Everett Politico -- 3/7/17

Trump’s split screen: A two-hour virtual conversation between the president and ‘Fox & Friends’ -- For more than two hours, the president tweeted responses to the Fox News morning show. Jenna Johnson in the Washington Post$ -- 3/7/17