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NTSB finds ‘blind spot’ in SFO radar following Air Canada near-disaster -- Federal aviation officials investigating the Air Canada near-disaster at SFO found a blind spot in the airport’s radar system that prevented a computer from alerting air traffic controllers of a wayward plane for 12 seconds, according to new information released by federal investigators Wednesday. Matthias Gafni in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/2/17

New road planned to traverse Big Sur slide -- California officials announced this week that rebuilding the highway will be the quickest and most cost-effective way to get traffic moving again at the southern end of Big Sur, where locals and visitors have been forced to take a three-hour detour to get around the quarter-mile Mud Creek Slide. Engineers had also looked at the possibility of a constructing a tunnel or viaduct. Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/2/17

Where rent control battles are emerging in California -- California’s rent control movement, strongest in the late 1970s and early 1980s, is again gaining steam as the state faces an extreme housing shortage that has led to skyrocketing rents and rampant tenant displacement. State officials call it an unprecedented crisis, exacerbated by the erosion of state and federal funding for low-income housing development. Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/2/17

A week later, little clarity on Trump’s transgender tweet -- A week after President Trump tweeted a proposed ban on transgender military service, the Defense Department says it’s holding conversations with White House staff on the issue, which would affect thousands of current service members if a prohibition were enacted. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/2/17

BART debuts train cars wrapped in ads -- In an effort to raise badly needed cash, BART is turning 25 of its train cars into rolling billboards. The first four hit the rails Tuesday, and scores more could follow. Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/2/17

A decade later, it’s time to create a memorial to slain Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey -- Ten years ago today, at 7:27 a.m., well-known local reporter Chauncey Bailey was gunned down on an Oakland sidewalk. He died for the First Amendment. Thomas Peele in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/2/17

Boy Scouts not aware of phone call to Trump -- The Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday the organization is not aware of any calls between its leaders and President Donald Trump, even though the president recently said he got a call praising his July 24 speech at the scouting jamboree. Diamond Naga Siu Politico -- 8/2/17

Lawmakers unmoved by Trump threat to ax money for their insurance -- President Donald Trump is threatening to ax money for lawmakers’ health insurance until they repeal Obamacare. Senate Republicans aren't trying to stop him. Jennifer Haberkorn Politico -- 8/2/17

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Oil companies outspent environmentalists during California's climate change negotiations -- Oil companies spent $2.5 million lobbying during negotiations over California climate policies this summer, according to new disclosures. They spent far more than major environmental groups, and more than the $369,791 from Democratic donor Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate Action. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/2/17

These 100 interest groups spent the most trying to influence California officials -- Between April 1 and the end of June, lawmakers in Sacramento passed a controversial gas tax, put the breaks on universal health care and began negotiations on a cap-and-trade deal to extend the state’s marquee climate change program. Taryn Luna and Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/2/17

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra revises rules for collecting data meant to prevent racial profiling -- Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra revised regulations Tuesday aimed at preventing racial profiling by police. The rules, which will go into effect starting next year, require police officers statewide to track racial and other demographic data when conducting traffic and other stops. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/2/17

Rep. Ted Lieu speaks to activists working to oust GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher at 'empty chair' town hall -- Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) got a rock star's reception Tuesday night at an Aliso Viejo town hall organized by liberal activists in Orange County who are working to oust Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa). Activists invited Rohrabacher to speak but he declined. Javier Panzar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/2/17

New challenger for Rep. Ed Royce kicks off race with a $2-million loan to his campaign -- Villa Park health insurance executive Andy Thorburn is entering the 39th Congressional District race against Rep. Ed Royce, and he's loaned his campaign $2 million to get started. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/2/17

Consumer report alleges conflicts of interest between Gov. Brown and Sempra -- One day after Sempra Energy’s regulated natural gas utility announced it had reopened the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage plant, a Southern California consumer activist group raised new questions about the San Diego energy giant’s close ties to Gov. Jerry Brown. Jeff McDonald in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 8/2/17

San Francisco’s Market Street plan would ban private cars, add bike lanes -- Bikes and buses are in, but private cars, Uber, Lyft and bricks are out in a new plan to redesign, repave and modernize San Francisco’s grand civic boulevard, Market Street. Michael Cabanatuan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/2/17

15 states, including California, appeal EPA delay of stricter air-quality standards -- Attorneys general from 15 states, including California, filed a legal challenge on Tuesday over the Trump administration's delay of Obama-era rules reducing emissions of smog-causing air pollutants. Michael Biesecker Associated Press -- 8/2/17

Walters: California has big stake in Tesla’s new car, and it may get bigger -- Tesla delivered the first of its new and much less expensive battery-powered cars last week, betting that it can move beyond producing a relative few luxury vehicles and become a mass producer. Dan Walters Calmatters.org -- 8/2/17

The next Air Force One is sitting in the Mojave Desert, report says -- The next generation of presidential jetliners will reportedly be two modified Boeing 747 jumbo jets that were originally set for service with a now-defunct Russian airline. Samantha Masunaga in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/2/17

L.A. County OKs $2.6-million payout in wrongful death case -- Early on a Friday evening in the spring of 2012, Angelica Arreola, 7, left her after-school program at Ritter Elementary School in Watts after receiving an award for improvement in math and reading, according to court documents. Nina Agrawal in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/2/17

Orange County business owner accused of exporting weapons to Syrian rebels in violation of U.S. sanctions -- The chief executive of a check cashing business in Orange County was arrested Tuesday on charges that he violated U.S. sanctions and exported rifle scopes and other tactical equipment to Syrian rebels, federal prosecutors announced. Joseph Serna in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/2/17

Imperial Beach Poised To Sue Over Sewage Spills -- Millions of gallons of untreated sewage washed across the San Diego-Tijuana border this past winter and the stench was so bad at times Imperial Beach residents couldn't leave their homes. Erik Anderson KPBS -- 8/2/17

Investigation: SANDAG bungled billions in revenue projections, deleted emails ahead of public vote -- The agency behind a major tax proposal to upgrade roads and mass transit stuck to faulty predictions that overestimated billions of dollars of revenue despite concerns from its own staff, according to an investigation released this week. Joshua Emerson Smith in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ Andrew Bowen KPBS -- 8/2/17

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Tolls, Bonds

Ride a cable car for free? Happens all the time -- It’s entirely possible to ride a cable car for nothing. City inspectors did it over and over again in December. And a reporter did the same thing Tuesday. Steve Rubenstein in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/2/17

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions

Dole, Driscoll’s Tied to Watsonville Chemical Incident That Sickened Farmworkers -- Two firms affiliated with the Dole Food Co. and another tied to Driscoll’s, a major berry distributor, are under investigation in connection with a release of insecticides, fungicides and other chemicals believed to have sickened raspberry workers in Watsonville in late June. Ted Goldberg KQED -- 8/2/17

L.A.'s 2028 Olympics deal still needs City Council's blessing -- Los Angeles city officials backed an agreement in January putting taxpayers on the hook for potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in cost overruns from the 2024 Summer Olympics, if L.A. were selected as host and unforeseen expenses arose. Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/2/17

Survey: 83% of LA residents support hosting 2028 Olympics -- Local support for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles is nearly as strong as it was for Southern California hosting the 2024 Games, according to a Loyola Marymount poll commissioned by Los Angeles 2028, the local organizing committee, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the university. Scott M. Reid in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 8/2/17

Santa Ana is first Orange County city to formally support worker cooperatives -- Santa Ana has become the first city in Orange County to adopt a resolution supporting worker cooperatives – businesses owned and operated solely by their workers, who also share profits. Jessica Kwong in the Orange County Register -- 8/2/17

Theranos settles lawsuit brought by Walgreens over blood tests -- Theranos Inc., the once highflying blood-testing firm, said Tuesday it settled a lawsuit filed against the company by the drugstore chain Walgreens and its parent, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. James F. Peltz in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/2/17

Bill would let Uber, Lyft drivers get a single California business license rather than multiple local ones -- Every week, Yolanda Bowie’s part-time job as a driver for Lyft and Uber takes her from her Sacramento home and across the constellation of cities that make up the greater Bay Area. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/2/17

San Francisco warns home-stay companies that hosts must register -- On Monday, San Francisco wrote to 11 companies, warning them that they will face steep fines and criminal sanctions if they arrange short-term stays in unregistered homes. They have 45 days to comply with the law, and several options to do so. Carolyn Said in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/2/17

State worker’s bosses fired him over a medical test. Now taxpayers owe his widow $500,000 -- The court order that gave Jeff Schmeling his job back at San Quentin State Prison came too late for the veteran correctional officer. He’d been dead for two years by the time a judge ruled in his favor, holding that state officials inappropriately fired him over a missed medical test. Adam Ashton in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/2/17

Homeless  

Protesters face off in Woodland Hills as anger grows over panhandling, drug use in Valley -- Two competing groups of protesters marched down Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills on Tuesday evening, with one group voicing its concerns about panhandling, and the other calling for more tolerance of the growing homeless population in the west San Fernando Valley. Elizabeth Chou in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 8/2/17

Civil rights group sues Santa Ana, county for seizing property of homeless people at Civic Center -- A legal group representing homeless inhabitants of the Civic Center plaza filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday, Aug. 1, against Santa Ana and Orange County over alleged civil rights violations. Theresa Walker and Jessica Kwong in the Orange County Register -- 8/2/17

Housing  

Prosecutors spell out their case against L.A. over housing for the disabled -- Los Angeles city officials used federal funds to build housing that had sinks, doorways, balconies and other features that could not be used by people in wheelchairs, prosecutors allege in new federal documents. David Zahniser in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/2/17

Wildfire  

Fire season could stay dangerous into November, experts predict -- In a report that makes last spring’s end to the drought seem like a distant memory, fire officials say anything that could fuel a devastating brush fire in Southern California is quickly drying out and that residents should have their evacuation plans in place. Brian Rokos in the Inland Daily Bulletin$ -- 8/2/17

Education 

UC Davis Chancellor Gary May takes over, hopes to ‘move on to a new era’ -- Fall classes haven’t started yet at UC Davis, but Tuesday was the first day of school for new Chancellor Gary S. May. May, 53, told reporters Tuesday that he wanted the university to move on from the controversy that surrounded former Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi. Diana Lambert in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/2/17

Justice Dept. to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions -- The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, according to a document obtained by The New York Times. Charlie Savage in the New York Times$ -- 8/2/17

UCI is scrambling to solve its crush of freshmen students -- With less than two months before UC Irvine begins a new academic year, the university is scrambling – caught off-guard by an unexpected surge of incoming freshmen. UCI is adding more classes – and increasing the size of others. More instructors will be hired, and courses and labs might be added in the evenings and on Saturdays, faculty leaders said this week. Roxana Kopetman in the Orange County Register -- 8/2/17

No intermediate algebra, no problem: CSU ditches tricky math prerequisite -- Beginning in the fall of 2018, students whose majors aren’t math or science heavy will be able to fulfill their math requirements without slogging through intermediate algebra first — part of a larger effort to increase graduation rates. Emily DeRuy in the Inland Daily Bulletin$ Mikhail Zinshteyn EdSource -- 8/2/17

Pacoima charter school opens new shipping container classrooms — a first for LAUSD -- Fifth-grade teacher Berny Contreras faced his new students in a new classroom Tuesday at Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in Pacoima. “If you take a good look around, a good observer’s going to notice what we are standing in,” Contreras told the children. “Who can tell me, what it is that you are standing in?” Antonie Boessenkool in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 8/2/17

 

Immigration / Border 

Activists say they will rush into action during federal immigration raids in Sacramento -- The Sacramento Immigration Coalition has trained about 60 volunteers to serve as legal observers who will take video and notes during any Immigration and Customs Enforcement actions reported to the group’s 24-hour hotline. Nashelly Chavez in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/2/17

Unauthorized childhood arrival from Guatemala gets out of ICE custody thanks to Rep. Hunter -- A 22-year-old Guatemalan man who was arrested by Border Patrol and held in immigration detention was returned to his family after Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, intervened on his behalf. Kate Morrissey in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 8/2/17

Health 

Get ready to pay more for health care next year: hikes from 5 to 24 percent in Valley -- Amid turbulence over the future of federal health-care reform, consumers buying insurance in Tulare, Mariposa and Merced counties will see a rate increase for monthly premiums of 24 percent on average in 2018 – nearly twice the statewide hike. Barbara Anderson in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/2/17

Here’s what you need to know as Covered California rates go up in 2018 -- Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, described 3 percent of premium increases as an “uncertainty surcharge,” fueled by the unclear future of the Affordable Care Act. Uncertainty about the law also will prompt a big private insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, to stop selling Covered California plans in Southern California. Courtney Perkes in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 8/2/17

Environment 

Tesla to Ramp Up Energy Storage by Investing in Offshore Wind -- Tesla and wind farm developer Deepwater Wind are planning to team up to create the largest project in the world that combines an offshore wind farm with large-scale electricity storage, the companies announced Tuesday. Bobby Magill KQED -- 8/2/17

Why California has tossed drinking water limit on ‘Erin Brockovich’ chemical -- California’s water agency Tuesday agreed to eliminate the cap on hexavalent chromium in drinking water, the toxic chemical made famous in the movie “Erin Brockovich.” Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/2/17

Also . . . 

Woman blinded when man pours bleach on her face in San Francisco attack -- A woman was blinded and sustained life-threatening injuries Sunday evening in a vicious bleach attack in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, officials said. Filipa Ioannou in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Alene Tchekmedyian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/2/17

Man opens fire outside Chinese consulate before turning gun on himself, police say -- A man opened fire Tuesday morning outside the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles before he turned his gun on himself, police said. Authorities found the man dead in his car with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Los Angeles Police officer Sal Ramirez said. He was not identified. Alene Tchekmedyian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/2/17

Massive scaffolding installed as Long Beach’s new bridge continues to rise -- High above the Long Beach skyline construction crews lifted a massive 3.1 million-pound piece of scaffolding on Tuesday, a testament to the everyday feats of engineering that have been unfolding along the waterfront since construction of a bridge connecting Long Beach to Terminal Island began in 2013. Rachel Uranga in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 8/2/17

Berkeley butcher shop displays sign decrying animal slaughter to halt activist group's protests -- An animal rights group has agreed to halt its weekly protests at a Berkeley butcher shop in exchange for the shop's display of a sign decrying animal slaughter. Michelle Robertson in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/2/17

Officials approve reopening some California thrill rides shut down after fatal malfunction in Ohio -- State officials Tuesday approved the reopening of three of seven thrill rides — including one at Knott’s Berry Farm — that were shut down after a similar attraction malfunctioned in Ohio last week, killing a teenager and injuring several others. Alene Tchekmedyian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/2/17

He wanted to download child porn, so he hacked his neighbor’s wifi -- Six years ago, on a warm April morning at the Greystone Apartments in Davis, Caitlin Fitzgerald was awakened by someone knocking on her door. Sam Stanton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/2/17

POTUS 45  

Chelsea Clinton defends staff at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. after Trump reportedly calls the place ‘a real dump’ -- In a new story published on Golf.com about Trump’s links obsession, the hotelier-turned-POTUS reportedly told some of his golf buddies that he prefers staying at his own properties rather than at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, because the executive mansion is “a real dump.” Emily Heil in the Washington Post$ -- 8/2/17

Can this marriage be saved? Relationship between Trump, Senate GOP hits new skids. -- The relationship between President Trump and Senate Republicans has deteriorated so sharply in recent days that some are openly defying his directives, bringing long-simmering tensions to a boil as the GOP labors to reorient its stalled legislative agenda. Sean Sullivan in the Washington Post$ -- 8/2/17

Beltway 

Lawsuit alleges White House link in discredited Seth Rich conspiracy theory -- A private detective who investigated the slaying of a Democratic National Committee staffer alleged in a lawsuit Tuesday that Fox News Channel worked with White House officials to push a discredited theory about the case to undermine allegations of Russian collusion with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. David Weigel and Paul Farhi in the Washington Post$ -- 8/2/17

Republicans in Congress Bypass Trump to Shore Up Health Law -- Congressional Republicans moved on Tuesday to defuse President Trump’s threat to cut off critical payments to health insurance companies, maneuvering around the president toward bipartisan legislation to shore up insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act. Robert Pear and Thomas Kaplan in the New York Times$ -- 8/2/17

Sanders preps month-long campaign for single-payer health care, with legislation to follow -- Sen. Bernie Sanders is ramping up his campaign for single-payer health care, starting with digital ads that ask voters to endorse his planned “Medicare for All” legislation ahead of the Senate’s August recess. The six-figure buy, paid for by Sanders’s 2018 Senate reelection campaign, will direct readers to his website, where they can sign on to his bill. David Weigel in the Washington Post$ -- 8/2/17

Sen. Jeff Flake is one Republican willing to take on President Trump and his party's 'denial' -- Sen. Jeff Flake is among the most endangered Republicans running for reelection next year. But he's not exactly acting like it. The senator from Arizona unleashed a searing criticism Tuesday of President Trump and, more significantly, the GOP's unwillingness to confront the chaos at the White House. Lisa Mascaro in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/2/17

 

-- Tuesday Updates 

Official: Passenger jumps off plane after SFO landing -- A 17-year-old passenger opened an emergency exit door of a Boeing 737 jet, stepped out onto the wing and jumped to the runway after the plane landed at San Francisco International Airport Tuesday afternoon, officials said. The item is in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/1/17

Gavin Newsom raises more money for his gubernatorial bid than Villaraigosa, Chiang and Eastin combined -- According to campaign finance disclosures that cover the first six months of 2017, Newsom raised nearly $5.4 million since Jan. 1, and ended June with $13.1 million cash on hand. The bank balance reflects the fact that he entered the race in early 2015, far earlier than his rivals. Seema Mehta in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/1/17

California's race for lieutenant governor is attracting a lot of money -- California’s 2018 race for lieutenant governor, likely to be lost in shadow of the governor’s race, could turn out to be a pretty competitive contest. Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/1/17

Covered California premiums will rise 12.5%, and Anthem Blue Cross cuts coverage -- State officials said Tuesday that Anthem will continue providing coverage only in Santa Clara County and parts of Northern California and the Central Valley. The 12.5% average increase is slightly lower than last year, when premiums rose by more than 13%. Officials said that people who switch to the lowest-priced plans could see a rise of only about 3%. Jonathan J. Cooper Associated Press Catherine Ho in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Cathie Anderson in the Sacramento Bee$ Courtney Perkes in the Orange County Register -- 8/1/17

Homeland Security To Bypass Environmental Regulations In San Diego Border Wall Construction -- The Department of Homeland Security will be allowed to bypass environmental regulations to speed up the process of building a wall on the international border in the San Diego area, the agency announced Tuesday. KPBS -- 8/1/17

Brown vetoes a bill to make school districts consider ties between zero-tolerance policies and suicide -- Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Monday that would have required school districts that have zero-tolerance policies toward drugs or alcohol use to hold community-wide conversations on whether expulsions related to substance abuse deter students from seeking help for mental health problems. Joy Resmovits in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/1/17

Setbacks put affluent Moraga in fiscal straits -- The two minor disasters in the last 16 months have turned the town of 17,000 people into a symbol of the legacy of Proposition 13, the voter-approved state law that limits property taxes — and town revenue. Alison Graham in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/1/17

See where California is taking guns with restraining orders -- California courts ordered people to temporarily give up possession of their firearms 86 times last year. A new law, which took effect in 2016, allows family members or law enforcement officers to seek a “gun violence restraining order” against someone they believe poses an “immediate and present danger” of harming themselves or others. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/1/17

Lawsuit: Fox coordinated with White House on false story -- An investigator who worked on the Seth Rich case claims Fox News fabricated quotes implicating the murdered Democratic National Committee staffer in the WikiLeaks scandal and coordinated with the Trump administration as it worked on the story. David Bauder Associated Press Hadas Gold Politico -- 8/1/17

Democrats snub new party message -- Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill will spend the next 15 months talking up the “Better Deal” economic message they unveiled last week. What’s not clear is whether anyone else will follow. Gabriel Debenedetti, Elana Schor and Heather Caygle Politico -- 8/1/17