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Anti-pot group faces campaign finance violations from its work opposing marijuana legalization in California -- A national anti-marijuana coalition is facing $6,000 in fines for campaign finance violations in its opposition to Proposition, 64, a November ballot measure that legalized recreational use of cannabis in California. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/10/17

California leaders to Sessions and Kelly: Legislature 'will use all available means' to defend state policies -- California state leaders are asking U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly to identify the state's statutes or ordinances that they perceive as designed to prohibit or obstruct the enforcement of federal immigration law. Jazmine Ulloa in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/10/17

Teacher, 8-year-old student dead after gunman opens fire at San Bernardino elementary school -- A teacher and an eight-year-old student were shot and killed Monday morning at an elementary school in San Bernardino after the teacher’s husband opened fire inside a special needs classroom before turning the gun on himself. Veronica Rocha , Richard Winton and Paloma Esquivel in the Los Angeles Times$ Christopher Weber Associated Press -- 4/10/17

Embattled tax board to take on leadership, legal issues -- Potential lawsuits and leadership changes are on the agenda for a special meeting that a California tax board called shortly after it faced tough questions from lawmakers over a recent audit of its spending. Adam Ashton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/10/17

United Airlines suffers more bad publicity after passenger is dragged from overbooked plane -- Less than a month after sparking harsh criticism for denying boarding to two teenage girls over “inappropriate” clothing, United Airlines is again on the defensive over an incident involving a passenger dragged off an overbooked plane. Hugo Martin in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/10/17

California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Newsom raises most for governor’s race, with boost from Airbnb -- The California governor’s mansion isn’t one of the more than 300 homes and apartments available in Sacramento through Airbnb. Even so, the San Francisco company so far appears more committed than any other entity to boosting Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s bid for the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Frank Bass in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/9/17

Skelton: Why are California legislators getting decent approval ratings? They're getting things done -- The California Legislature has achieved something I never expected to see again in my lifetime. Its public job approval rating has soared above 50%. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/10/17

A voting law meant to increase minority representation has generated many more lawsuits than seats for people of color -- Two years ago, the city of Palmdale settled a lawsuit alleging that its system of electing all four council members by citywide votes was rigged against Latinos and other minorities. Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/10/17

In a long career where Rep. Darrell Issa protected online privacy, a crack forms -- The founder of a successful electronics company and a proud gadgets geek, Rep. Darrell Issa built a reputation as not only one of the few Republicans with a keen interest in protecting online privacy, but a go-to member of Congress when it came to the topic. Joshua Stewart in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 4/9/17

Democrats moving senior staffers to Orange County in an effort to flip Republican House seats -- The arm of the Democratic Party in charge of winning control of Congress is moving senior staffers from Washington, D.C., to Orange County in hopes of flipping Republican-held House seats out west during the 2018 midterm elections. Javier Panzar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/9/17

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Rep. John Lewis join L.A. rally to end child poverty -- The event — in support of a California Assembly bill that seeks to increase funding for childcare, after-school service, job placement programs and other antipoverty initiatives — was part block party and part progressive pep rally, as lawmakers took potshots at President Trump and danced to pop songs as they took the stage. James Queally in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/9/17

If California becomes a sanctuary state, this county will resist -- Leaning back in his chair, his gold sheriff’s badge glinting in a shaft of light, John D’Agostini thought for a second about what he would do if Sacramento legislators imposed San Francisco-style sanctuary laws to protect people living across the state illegally. Peter Fimrite in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/9/17

Mobile apps for undocumented immigrants mark new era in technology -- With the press of a digital “panic” button, immigrants detained by ICE may soon be able to send customized, encrypted messages to friends and family from their mobile phones in a last-minute attempt to share final parting words or critical information. Tatiana Sanchez in the East Bay Times -- 4/9/17

Feds: Well-known Oakland contractors conspired to cheat government -- The founders of a well-known Oakland construction company, the son of an Oakland councilman, a former state Veterans Affairs official and other Bay Area contractors have been indicted by the federal government in construction bid-rigging schemes. Malaika Fraley in the East Bay Times -- 4/9/17

Why Industry’s $100 million offer for Tres Hermanos Ranch has sat on the table for months -- After an explosive meeting where a state-appointed board demanded to know the City of Industry’s plans for 2,450 acres of pristine land on the edge of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties, the board’s questions have gone unanswered for months while the City of Industry’s $100 million offer sits on the table. Jason Henry and Steve Scauzillo in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 4/9/17

Oakland Fire Department software blamed for inspection lapses -- After a 2011 civil grand jury report excoriated Oakland’s building services division, concluding that some inspectors were keeping property records in their desk drawers rather than a central database, the city purchased a multimillion-dollar software system to bring the department into the 21st century. Kimberly Veklerov in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/9/17

Where Washington saw possible traitors, some San Diegans saw Japanese neighbors in need -- Seventy-five years ago this month, San Diego County’s Japanese residents were forced to leave their homes, jobs and friends. The Segawa family of San Ysidro also left behind 40 acres of spinach, string beans and beets. What would happen to their crops? Don’t worry, they were told. Peter Rowe in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 4/9/17

Talbot: Ill-conceived aggression our legacy of being born in the U.S.A. -- It’s one of those eerie historical coincidences that you’d rather not dwell on too much. President Trump launches a barrage of Tomahawk missiles into the Syrian powder keg on April 6 — exactly 100 years after President Woodrow Wilson won congressional approval to plunge America into World War I, the European bloodbath that set the stage for so many of the next century’s nightmares. David Talbot in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/9/17

Fox: Courts Jump on Revenue Raising Bandwagon -- Tax and revenue increases are piling up on Californians–passed by voters, approved by legislators, and now the courts are getting into the act. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 4/10/17


L.A. oil-drilling site could be turned into affordable housing -- An oil company is floating tentative plans to shut down a drilling site next to a Los Angeles school and replace it with affordable housing. Emily Alpert Reyes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/9/17

For San Francisco landlords, deadline looms to retrofit soft-story buildings -- Owners of nearly 2,000 apartment buildings in San Francisco have done nothing to bring their properties up to current seismic safety standards, despite an approaching deadline and possible fines if the mandatory work is not completed. J.K. Dineen in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/9/17

As rents in LA County rise, here’s how much of a raise you’ll need to afford them -- Renters in the Los Angeles and Orange County metropolitan area would need an annual raise of $1,152 to keep up with expected rent increases in the next year, a study by real estate website Zillow says. Marilyn Kalfus in the Inland Daily Bulletin$ -- 4/9/17


Alum Rock schools probe: Did district pay $329,000 for non-existent construction? -- California’s education auditor is investigating allegations that the Alum Rock Union School District and its trustees paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a construction contractor for work that was never performed. Sharon Noguchi in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 4/10/17

Charter schools are growing in number where they are not needed, new report says -- Charter schools are proliferating where they aren’t needed while state funding continues to support even those charters that violate state law, according to a report released Monday by a research and advocacy group. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/10/17

Puppy love on campus helping kids cope with daily stress -- Students stressed out over impending college acceptance and rejection letters drop by a teacher’s class to spend time brushing the therapy dog in her class just to calm their nerves. At another campus, a first grader practices reading aloud while absentmindedly playing with the ears of a therapy dog that visits his class once a week. Alisha Kirby Cabinet Report -- 4/10/17

Despite law change, few districts offer early kindergarten for youngest 4-year-olds -- Only a small number of California’s largest school districts are taking advantage of a state law that allows them to enroll more 4-year-olds in a pre-kindergarten program known as “transitional kindergarten.” Ashley Hopkinson EdSource -- 4/10/17


Why in-home care for California’s needy could strain county budgets -- It’s hard to pronounce but easy to see what afflicts Kristine Loomis. Ankylosing spondylitis, an inflammatory disease affecting the spine, robbed Loomis of movement in her joints. The 60-year-old’s spine and hips are paralyzed, and she can’t bend at the waist or the hips. She can’t turn her head and relies on a motorized wheelchair. Jeff Horseman in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 4/9/17

Also . . . 

42 arrested, 14 injured at annual Deltopia spring break party in Isla Vista -- Known as Deltopia, the raucous street party held Saturday is popular among the mostly UC Santa Barbara students who live in the seaside enclave of Isla Vista, adjacent to the campus. Matt Hamilton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/10/17

LAPD to begin using the world's first 'pursuit-rated' hybrid patrol car -- Ford Motor Co. has unveiled the world’s first “pursuit-rated” hybrid police car and the Los Angeles Police Department may be among the first agencies to have one. Charles Fleming in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/9/17

The cellphone can wait – just ask this Cal Poly Pomona grad, who couldn’t -- Gonzalo Aranguiz Salazar couldn’t wait. He had to pick up the cellphone that tumbled in his car. And that’s when a simple distraction turned into a nightmare. Wes Woods in the Long Beach Press Telegram$ -- 4/9/17

POTUS 45  

Trump makes nice with Koch brothers -- President Donald Trump on Saturday night had a friendly chat at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach with twin mega-donor brothers David and Bill Koch, whose family had clashed with Trump during the campaign. Kenneth P. Vogel and Josh Dawsey Politico -- 4/9/17

Who’s visiting the White House? Watchdog groups are suing to find out -- A coalition of government watchdog groups plans to sue the Trump administration on Monday with the aim of compelling the White House to continue President Barack Obama’s practice of releasing logs of lobbyists and others who visit the complex. John Wagner in the Washington Post$ -- 4/9/17


How Bannon’s multimedia machine drove a movement and paid him millions -- Stephen K. Bannon could barely finish his sentences as he implored the listeners of his Breitbart News radio show to see the new movie “Clinton Cash.” Shawn Boburg and Robert O'Harrow Jr. in the Washington Post$ -- 4/9/17

Gorsuch's impact on divided Supreme Court will begin immediately -- Neil M. Gorsuch joins the Supreme Court just in time to cast potentially significant votes in cases that pit religious liberty against gay rights, test limits on funding for church schools and challenge California’s restrictions on carrying a concealed gun in public. David G. Savage in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/9/17

With a deadline looming, nobody is threatening to shut down the government -- Congress is off for two weeks, and when lawmakers return, they will quickly face a critical deadline to keep the government open. But in an unusual development on Capitol Hill, where budget brinkmanship has become a reliable expression of political dysfunction, nobody is threatening to shut the government down. Kelsey Snell in the Washington Post$ -- 4/9/17