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Schwarzenegger for Senate? -- Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger — the “Terminator" action hero who made "I'll be back" one of filmdom's most iconic phrases — may be mulling a political comeback, according to several GOP political insiders in California. Carla Marinucci Politico -- 3/9/17

California is having its wettest year since 1895 -- California is having its rainiest water year since record-keeping began in 1895 — a phenomenon that has lifted tens of millions of residents from drought, according to government records. Joseph Serna in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/9/17

PG&E bills over $600 blindside customers -- Right before Thanksgiving, Andrea Sinclair got laid off from her job as an office assistant. In January and February, the San Jose resident said she got PG&E bills of $687.04 and $681.67, respectively, more than double what she’d ever paid. Tammerlin Drummod in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/9/17

Does AG candidate Dave Jones recall his vote on legal pot? ‘I truly do not’ -- California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, campaigning to become the state’s top law enforcement official, has forgotten how he voted four months ago on the statewide initiative to legalize recreational marijuana. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/9/17

Sign of discontent outside Tesla -- As billboard ads go, it isn’t splashy — just four words on a digital sign near an industrial stretch of I-880 in the East Bay: “Elon: Please Dump Trump.” Louis Hansen in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/9/17

Rep. Eric Swalwell wants an independent probe into the Trump administration's ties to Russia — and he has charts -- Northern California Rep. Eric Swalwell really wants an independent investigation into President Donald Trump and his administration’s ties to Russia. And he has some handy charts and graphics to prove his case. Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/9/17

EPA chief: Carbon dioxide not primary cause of warming -- The new chief of the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with mainstream scientific consensus and his own agency. Matthew Daly Associated Press -- 3/9/17

Upgrade your jail cell - for a price -- Pay-to-stay option allows even those convicted of serious crimes a safer, more comfortable stay. Alysia Santo, Victoria Kim and Anna Flagg in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/9/17

'It’s time to tax liquor before ladies:' Lawmakers trying again to end sales tax on diapers and tampons in California -- Lawmakers in Sacramento are trying again to save California consumers from sales taxes on diapers and tampons. To pay for the tax break, Assemblywomen Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) want to increase taxes on hard alcohol. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/9/17

Lawsuit filed against off-duty LAPD officer who fired gun during videotaped Anaheim clash -- A civil lawsuit has been filed against an off-duty Los Angeles police officer who fired his gun during a wild videotaped clash with several teenagers in Anaheim last month, according to court records and a police union spokesman. James Queally in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/9/17

Talbot: Art Agnos sizes up San Francisco politics over matzo ball soup -- There didn’t seem much to celebrate for a progressive warhorse like Agnos. A man who represents everything Agnos opposes now occupies the White House. David Talbot in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/9/17

What happened at Lake Oroville? -- What happened at Lake Oroville? See an interactive explainer on how a wet winter revealed problems at the nation’s tallest dam — and how a big test is still to come. Emma O'Neill, John Blanchard and Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/9/17

Why Southern California is going to have a major earthquake -- Friday is the anniversary of the most deadly California earthquake in 100 years. We look at our chances of another massive disaster. Kurt Snibbe in the Orange County Register -- 3/9/17

To develop greater trust, Fresno mayor proposes citizens board to help oversee police -- Fresno Mayor Lee Brand’s proposed citizens public safety advisory board will consist of nine people he will appoint whose task will be to improve trust, accountability and transparency of the police department. The item is in the Fresno Bee -- 3/9/17

Fox: The Crime Issue Rises -- The murder of Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer and the big increase of property crimes have highlighted growing concern over the consequences of recent legislation and ballot measures that have opened prison doors. The crime issue, so powerful in the final decades of the last century, is rising again in the public consciousness. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 3/9/17

California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Most California insurance plans could be ineligible for tax credits under the GOP's new proposal -- An antiabortion provision in the recently unveiled House GOP plan to replace Obamacare could make it impossible for most Californians to take advantage of proposed tax credits meant to offset the cost of health insurance. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/9/17

California House Republicans hesitate to back GOP Obamacare repeal bill -- Embattled California House Republicans, representing areas dependent on Obamacare and facing angry protesters, are balking at supporting their party’s bill to repeal and replace the health care law. Sean Cockerham in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/9/17

San Francisco seeks to freeze executive order on cuts to sanctuary cities -- President Trump’s executive order to cut funding to sanctuary cities has injected huge uncertainty in San Francisco’s budget, City Attorney Dennis Herrera alleged Wednesday as he asked a federal judge to freeze the order until a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality is resolved. Emily Green in the San Francisco Chronicle Maura Dolan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/9/17

How gridlock beat the Californian who tried to fix Washington -- Four years ago, when President Barack Obama asked Ann Ravel to serve on the Federal Election Commission, she was seen as one of the last great hopes to save the agency that is supposed to root out the secretive “dark money” political contributions that can poison our politics. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/9/17

Ain’t no sunshine in this California resolution -- Government-transparency advocates have long questioned the records policies of the California Legislature, where rules hamper attempts by the media and others to glean details about lawmakers’ calendars, internal investigations and other information. Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/9/17

Assemblyman wants to tax firms that contract with state prisons and use the funds for incarceration-prevention programs -- The bill authored by Assemblyman Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) would require companies to pay 10% of the value of the contract for any agreements signed on or after Jan. 1, 2018. Jazmine Ulloa in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/9/17

California lawmakers want to repeal HIV criminalization laws -- Exposing a person to HIV is treated more seriously under California law than infecting someone with any other communicable disease, a policy some lawmakers say is a relic of the decades-old AIDS scare that unfairly punishes HIV-positive people based on outdated science. Sophia Bollag Associated Press -- 3/9/17

Democrat Christy Smith looking for a rematch with GOP Assemblyman Dante Acosta -- Democrat Christy Smith will run against state Assemblyman Dante Acosta (R-Valencia) in 2018, setting up a potential rematch between the candidates who faced off in 2016. Javier Panzar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/9/17

State Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Werdegar will retire, giving Gov. Jerry Brown a decisive pick on the powerful panel -- The longest-serving member of the California Supreme Court, Justice Kathryn Werdegar, said on Wednesday that she will retire this summer, giving Gov. Jerry Brown the chance to select his fourth member of the panel in six years. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ Paul Elias Associated Press Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/9/17

Skelton: A state single-payer healthcare system? Nice idea, but it's just California dreaming -- Voters want politicians to be bold. They disrespect timidity. And trying to push every Californian into a government-run healthcare system is certifiably bold. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/9/17

L.A. voter turnout likely to be lowest ever, muddying Garcetti's historic reelection win -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made history in his romp to reelection on Tuesday: His 81% share of the vote was higher than any of his predecessors had won in more than a century. Michael Finnegan and Ben Welsh in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/9/17

Mayor Garcetti’s landslide victory could give him much more political clout -- Some observers speculate that Garcetti’s strong performance could improve his career prospects, such as if he decides to run for governor or senator over the next few years. Elizabeth Chou in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 3/9/17

Mayor Eric Garcetti just romped to re-election in L.A. Is a run for governor next? -- Even before he trounced a field of 10 little-known challengers Tuesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s political future was the subject of speculation. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/9/17

It’s hard to beat an incumbent — just look at L.A.’s City Council races -- Incumbency and the political establishment once again reigned supreme in Los Angeles’ City Council contests. Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/9/17

What's next after Measure S? L.A. must tackle the issues brought up during the campaign, advocates say -- Yet in the wake of that lopsided victory, some foes of Measure S sounded wary about taking too much of a victory lap. City leaders, they say, still need to confront the issues that fueled the campaign, such as the high cost of housing and the need for better planning. David Zahniser, Ben Poston and Emily Alpert Reyes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/9/17

Why did LA voters take a wrecking ball to Measure S? -- Three decades ago, Los Angeles voters worried about protecting their neighborhoods roundly passed Proposition U, a measure to severely limit growth. But the defeat of Measure S by seven out of 10 voters Tuesday signaled construction cranes will not be quieted across Los Angeles. Dana Bartholomew in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 3/9/17

Some Measure H supporters remain cautious as late ballots are tallied -- If the narrow two-thirds majority in favor holds up after all the late absentee votes and provisional ballots are counted, the victory will constitute a wave of generosity by city and county voters — giving homeless-services organizations the funds they say need. Doug Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/9/17

Valid voter fraud complaints in California? Dozens, not millions -- With President Donald Trump alleging serious voter fraud in California, and the state’s top election official calling his claim untrue, how much voter fraud is actually under investigation in the Golden State? Not much—certainly not enough to sway the election, in which California voters chose Hillary Clinton over Trump by 4.3 million votes. Laurel Rosenhall Calmatters.org -- 3/9/17

LA County sues state regulator to delay Aliso Canyon gas field reopening -- Los Angeles County sent a message to California oil and gas regulators Wednesday: Keep a natural gas storage field near Porter Ranch out of commission until the cause of a four-month gas well blowout — the largest of its kind in the nation — is fully known. Sharon McNary KPCC -- 3/9/17

CHP seeks charges against 106 people in state Capitol clash between neo-Nazis and protesters -- The California Highway Patrol asked prosecutors Wednesday to charge 106 people in connection with violent clashes last summer between neo-Nazis and counter-protesters at the state Capitol that left seven people stabbed. Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle Cathy Locke in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/9/17

International Women’s Day rallies bring sea of red to downtown LA -- Hoping to prove their economic worth locally and across the globe, hundreds of women left their jobs and avoided shopping Wednesday to join a massive rally in downtown Los Angeles as part of the A Day Without a Woman strike. Matthew Carey and Susan Abram in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 3/9/17

"Day Without A Woman" Draws Attention From California Lawmakers -- A rally at the California state Capitol on International Women’s Day and the “Day Without A Woman” drew a couple hundred people – and more than a dozen Democratic elected officials. Ben Adler Capital Public Radio -- 3/9/17

A Day Without a Woman rallies unite thousands in Bay Area and beyond -- The Women’s March that spilled millions into the streets in January was no one-off, thousands of women loudly declared Wednesday from one end of the country to the other. It was the beginning of a movement. Kevin Fagan, Filipa Ioannou and Jenna Lyons in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/9/17

Women’s Day march kicks off in Oakland -- They brought their pussy hats and their battered cardboard signs, worn by weeks or months of protesting, and slammed President Trump and gender inequity. Michael Bodley in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/9/17

Bay Area marks “A Day Without A Woman,” with rallies, business closures and lots of red -- Gina Stahl-Ricco told her 8-year-old daughter, Georgia, that someday she’d be reading about day’s like Wednesday in the history books, when women across the Bay Area and country staged a national strike called “A Day Without A Woman.” Tatiana Sanchez in the East Bay Times -- 3/9/17

Women’s Day in the Valley celebrated in different ways -- Women in the Valley celebrated their achievements and their self-worth in different ways on Wednesday – initially designated as International Women’s Day with an added A Day Without A Woman protest. BoNhia Lee in the Fresno Bee -- 3/9/17

Intense conflict, rage at Santa Cruz Women’s Day strike -- A march in honor of the International Women’s Day strike splintered into two factions in downtown Santa Cruz Wednesday, blocking traffic on Mission Street and Pacific Avenue, before sparking intense, angry confrontations with drivers and even between protest groups. Ryan Masters in the Santa Cruz Sentinel -- 3/9/17

Top Democrat wants to meet with author of unsubstantiated Trump dossier -- Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Tuesday that he was “more than willing” to meet author Christopher Steele “in any manner that he is comfortable,” even if it meant connecting with him on his own turf instead of in the House Intelligence Committee’s hearing room. Schiff added that “other members of the committee would join me in that.” Karoun Demirjian in the Washington Post$ -- 3/9/17

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Tolls, Bonds    

BART looking at raising fares, charging more for paper tickets -- Faced with a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall and flat ridership, BART is taking the first step toward a possible fare hike. Michael Cabanatuan and Steve Rubenstein in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/9/17

Homeless  

Measure H: With funding in place, solving homelessness is now up to the politicians -- With Tuesday's electoral victory, leaders in Los Angeles appear to have everything they need to tackle the area's growing homeless crisis over the next decade. Now the pressure is on to make good on their promises. Rina Palta KPCC -- 3/9/17

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions 

Strong dollar, travel ban threaten California tourism, UCLA forecast says -- Fewer people will visit California this year and next, depriving the state of $1.7 billion in spending, a new UCLA analysis finds. Natalie Kitroeff in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/9/17

Trump Immigration Policies Could Hurt California, Economists Warn -- There has been considerable coverage lately about the human effects of President Trump’s stricter immigration policies, such as families torn apart by deportations. But there are also economic effects that could have big implications for several key sectors in California, according to the latest UCLA Anderson Forecast released Wednesday morning. Ben Bergman KQED -- 3/9/17

San Diego Companies Wait To Bid On Trump’s Border Wall -- At least three San Diego companies plan to bid on President Trump's border wall when the Department of Homeland Security issues a formal request for proposals. Jean Guerrero KPBS -- 3/9/17

Mexican Breadwinners Fear Paying for Trump’s Border Wall -- Fifty-year-old Teresa Gomez moved to the United States as a young woman with one goal: to support her aging mother in Mexico. For decades, Gomez has sent her mother a third of every paycheck. She organizes merchandise and attends customers at a Barrio Logan grocery store. Her mother has heart problems, and uses the money to survive in the southern Mexican state of Jalisco. Jean Guerrero KQED -- 3/9/17

Were those trucks on the 110 Freeway driving themselves? -- Three big rigs barrelled up and down the 110 Freeway on Wednesday, mirroring one another in a tight pattern. Two of the Volvo big rigs bore special antennas to “talk” to one another and radar that can detect movement around them. Rachel Uranga in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 3/9/17

Google woos businesses with cloud services -- Google executives on Wednesday made their pitch to businesses to buy the company’s data-management and machine-learning services, as they unveiled features that will shorten the time it takes for companies to search for information in video clips and an acquisition that will build a larger network of artificial intelligence experts for Google and its partners. Wendy Lee in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/9/17

In digital age, no such thing as perfect privacy -- Nearly a week before WikiLeaks revealed that the Central Intelligence Agency may be using personal electronic devices for espionage, a lawsuit settlement admonished Facebook for reading messages the company had led its users to believe were private. Marissa Lang in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/9/17

Education 

LAUSD board President Steve Zimmer forced into runoff election -- Los Angeles school board President Steve Zimmer, the target of a well-financed opposition campaign funded largely by charter-school backers, is heading for a May runoff election. The item is in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 3/9/17

What's behind all the big spending on the LA school board primary -- Outside political groups have already spent more on this year's Los Angeles School Board campaign than they’ve ever spent on an L.A. Unified primary election before. Kyle Stokes KPCC -- 3/9/17

Survey: Many college students need a lot more than academic support to succeed -- Graduates of one of the best known charter school networks in the nation experience significant financial and other hurdles while in college, including difficulties getting work-study jobs and internships related to their career aspirations, according to a recent survey. Mikhail Zinshteyn EdSource -- 3/9/17

Cannabis 

Sacramento City Council finalizes licensing fees for commercial marijuana growers -- The Sacramento City Council has advanced an ambitious commercial marijuana cultivation program by finalizing local licensing fees for an anticipated 200 cannabis grow rooms expected to flourish in mostly light industrial zones in the capital city. Peter Hecht in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/9/17

Immigration / Border 

Immigrant inmates given rotten meat, 24-hour solitary at Theo Lacy Jail, watchdog finds -- Immigrants held in Theo Lacy jail were served spoiled lunch meats, forced to use dirty showers, and subjected to harsh solitary confinement, among other unsafe conditions, according to a government watchdog. Grace Wyler in the Orange County Register Matt Hamilton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/9/17

Trump Administration Says Illegal Border Crossings Declined In February -- The Department of Homeland Security released new data late Wednesday showing that illegal southern border crossings diminished in the opening weeks of the new Trump administration. Richard Gonzales NPR -- 3/9/17

Environment 

LA County joins efforts to ban toxic chemical from Torrance, Wilmington refineries -- The county Board of Supervisors, prodded by increasing political and regulatory efforts to protect public health and safety, endorsed efforts Wednesday to ban highly toxic hydrofluoric acid from the two South Bay refineries that use the chemical. Nick Green in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 3/9/17

Health 

A side-by-side comparison of Obamacare and the GOP’s replacement plan -- A guide to what’s covered under the Affordable Care Act and the proposed Republican healthcare plan. Noam N. Levey and Kyle Kim in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/9/17

Also . . . 

After the deluge, mold plagues San Jose flood victims -- The flooding danger is over San Jose, Guerneville and other Northern California towns and cities. The mold danger has just begun. Mike Moffitt in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/9/17

Damaged main spillway of Oroville Dam to reopen next week -- Oroville Dam’s heavily damaged main spillway is expected to resume releasing water a little more than a week from now as levels continue to rise in the reservoir. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/9/17

Lake Oroville At Highest Level In Nearly 3 Weeks, Spillway Work Continues -- On Wednesday evening, the lake neared 860 feet -- a level managers had earlier said they did not expect to reach during the spillway closure. The lake's capacity tops off at 901 feet. Randol White Capital Public Radio -- 3/9/17

Police Respond To Another Bomb Threat Against Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center -- Another in a series of bogus bomb threats against Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in University City prompted police to search the facility Wednesday. KPBS -- 3/9/17

Crossfire from gang shooting blamed in death of Escondido woman driving home from church -- Catherine Kennedy was driving home from church when she landed in the middle of a gang shootout. Caught in the crossfire, the 55-year-old youth leader was mortally wounded by a bullet to the head. David Hernandez, Pauline Repard in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/9/17

Beltway 

Hawaii becomes 1st state to sue over Trump's new travel ban -- Hawaii has become the first state to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, saying the order will harm its Muslim population, tourism and foreign students. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher and Caleb Jones Associated Press -- 3/9/17

Trump administration considers $6 billion cut to HUD budget -- The plan would squeeze public housing support and end most federally funded community development grants, which provide services such as meal assistance and cleaning up abandoned properties in low-income neighborhoods. Jose A. DelReal in the Washington Post$ -- 3/9/17

Authorities looked into Manafort protégé -- An associate of an ex-Trump campaign chairman is suspected of connections to Russian intelligence. Kenneth P.Vogel and David Stern Politico -- 3/9/17

 

-- Wednesday Updates 

‘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