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California leaders react to DACA phase-out: ‘Despicable assault on innocent young people’ -- The response to President Trump’s decision to phase out the DACA program, which protects immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, was swift in San Francisco and across California, with many elected officials lambasting the policy reversal Tuesday and vowing to fight it. Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/5/17

Bay Area protests planned over Trump’s decision on DACA -- Organizers were set to protest at 5 p.m. at the federal building in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, while across the bay, a rally was planned for the same time at UC Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza. Evan Sernoffsky in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/5/17

UC's chief immigration legal expert urges DACA beneficiaries to stay calm -- The University of California's chief immigration legal expert urged students who have received government reprieves from deportation to stay calm in the face of President Trump's announcement Tuesday that he plans to phase out DACA protections. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/5/17

Oracle slashes at least 900 Santa Clara jobs, more worldwide -- Redwood City-based Oracle slashed the jobs in the company’s hardware and Solaris operating system organizations, notices filed with the state’s Employment Development Department showed. George Avalos in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/5/17

Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers may seek to blunt effort to end DACA -- President Trump’s decision to abandon existing protections for young men and women in the United States without legal status will likely draw a sharp rebuke from Gov. Jerry Brown and an assortment of California elected officials, all of whom have vowed to take extraordinary measures to keep those immigrants from being deported. John Myers and Jazmine Ulloa in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/5/17

Trump's DACA decision could have a sweeping effect on who controls the House in 2018, especially in California -- The Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program next year could have a broad effect on Democratic efforts to retake control of the House in 2018, and nowhere more so than in California, where more than a fourth of the estimated 800,000 recipients, often called Dreamers, are thought to live. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ Hamed Aleaziz in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/5/17

After months, weekly Issa protests show no signs of abating -- Every Tuesday, hundreds of people descend on a Vista side street, waving handmade signs, chanting, cheering, jeering and singing for an hour — as they have since last winter. Teri Figueroa in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 9/5/17

Abcarian: Regardless of what President Trump does on DACA, these Dreamers are defiant, optimistic and aren't going anywhere -- hey aren’t children, they aren’t perfect and — no matter what happens in Washington — they aren’t going to cower in the shadows anymore. Some of them don’t even like the evocative label “Dreamers,” finding it as stigmatizing as the “model minority” stereotype that raises the hackles of so many Asian Americans. Robin Abcarian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/5/17

UC President Napolitano calls DACA decision "backward-thinking" -- University of California President Janet Napolitano blasted President Trump's decision to end a program that deferred deportation for 800,000 young immigrants and urged Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to protect them. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/5/17

California's education chief calls DACA decision 'mean-spirited' -- Torlakson said the students covered by DACA enhance California overall. “Their hard work, energy, dedication and diverse backgrounds help them contribute to our economy,” he said. About 217,000 children in California are Dreamers, according to the California Department of Education. Joy Resmovits in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/5/17

L.A. Unified Supt. Michelle King says DACA students have earned the right to 'a permanent place' -- Leaders of the Los Angeles Unified School District doubled down on their support for immigrant students after the Trump administration announced that it would phase out DACA. Joy Resmovits in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/5/17

Knight: Scott Wiener’s LGBT bill riles conservatives -- When he was a San Francisco supervisor, Sen. Scott Wiener got a lot of flak from progressives for being the buttoned-up, boring moderate who mandated that the city’s naked people cover their genitals. Heather Knight in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/5/17

Water agency looks into its own ethics office, sparking fears the office will be undermined -- The Metropolitan Water District has opened a review into its own ethics office, hiring a Washington, D.C.-based law firm to look into at least two investigations carried out at the agency. David Zahniser in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/5/17

Zero down payment option available for San Diego -- A mortgage that is as close to zero out of pocket as one can get is available in San Diego County from a Utah-based Native American tribal corporation. Aimed at low-income buyers, the Chenoa Fund has looser requirements than many down payment assistance programs, even as one of the nation’s largest mortgage sources cuts back on very low down payment approvals. Phillip Molnar in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 9/5/17

'You might as well be calling to the moon': Animal advocates complain that L.A. city phone system is a nightmare -- Kendall Bryant was sitting at her desk in Virginia when she got the plea for help from South Los Angeles. Emily Alpert Reyes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/5/17

Rep. Hunter's older expenses also incurred at Vons and in Hawaii -- The congressional campaign of Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, spent $314 at a Hawaiian resort, $282 at Dick’s Sporting Goods and $455 on one Vons visit — all in 2012. The expenses are comparable to the spending that has come under scrutiny for Hunter, and the kinds of expenses for which he has reimbursed his campaign. Morgan Cook in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 9/5/17

Fox: The Door Opens for Tax Increases -- The California Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that tax limitations imposed by Proposition 218 in 1996 don’t cover taxes enacted by ballot initiatives. Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar wrote in the majority opinion that unlike Ulysses, who in Homer’s “Odyssey” tied himself to the mast to avoid the Sirens’ tempting song, voters did not tie themselves down when it comes to raising taxes. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 9/5/17

How legalization caused the price of marijuana to collapse -- All the diverse effects of legalizing recreational marijuana may not be clear for a number of years, but one consequence has become evident almost immediately: Pot has never been so cheap. Keith Humphreys in the Washington Post$ -- 9/5/17

McCarthy: Republicans will punt wall fight to December -- House Republicans plan to pass a three-month continuing resolution to fund the government this month and will push any fight over President Donald Trump’s border wall until later this year, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday. Madeline Conway Politico -- 9/5/17

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning   

Southern California DACA recipients hope for the best, brace for the worst as Trump readies announcement -- A day before President Donald Trump was expected to announce his decision on an Obama-era program protecting young immigrants from deportation, dozens of young people who fear how they could be affected by the decision joined a Labor Day march in downtown Los Angeles Monday. Susan Abram in the Los Angeles Daily News$ Leslie Berestein Rojas KPCC -- 9/5/17

‘A nerve-wracking time for many of us’ with DACA in jeopardy, undocumented say -- Latino and Muslim speakers shared the mic during a Labor Day rally at Fresno’s Courthouse Park, calling attention to what they say are the two communities most targeted by the Trump administration. Ashleigh Panoo in the Fresno Bee -- 9/5/17

Why California rescue workers rushed to help Harvey victims halfway across the country -- As the catastrophic flood waters rose higher and higher — obliterating homes, submerging cars, turning streets into raging rivers — hundreds of emergency workers from Southern California poured into south Texas. Teri Sforza in the Long Beach Press Telegram$ -- 9/5/17

Lancaster street vendor may have exposed consumers to hepatitis A -- Fruit sold by a Lancaster street vendor who was infected with hepatitis A might have exposed consumers to the virus, which can cause serious liver disease, Los Angeles County public health officials said Monday in a statement. Kim Christensen in the Los Angeles Times$ Susan Abram in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 9/5/17

Pets orphaned by Hurricane Harvey headed to San Diego -- Dozens of cats and dogs, orphaned by Hurricane Harvey, are coming to town courtesy of Helen Woodward Animal Center and Southwest Airlines. Jennifer Van Grove in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 9/5/17

An ode to the Oakland Coliseum, the last two-sport stadium dinosaur -- Not even two minutes after A’s second baseman Chad Pinder snared a line drive for the final out on Aug. 27, workers emerged through the Oakland Coliseum’s center-field tunnel and launched a decidedly old-school transformation. Ron Kroichick in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/5/17

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

Low-wage workers, union activists rally for higher pay and right to organize without fear of retribution -- Uber drivers, street vendors, fast-food workers and union activists arrived downtown by the busload on Monday to participate in a boisterous march and rally aimed at mustering the political power of low-wage employees in next year’s United States congressional elections. Louis Sahagun in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/5/17

Labor Day: Union rallies demand raises, decry employers -- When it comes to surviving in Silicon Valley, the working poor face a merciless choice. “You can be homeless or pennyless,” Albert Brown III, said. “If your salary pays for a place to live, that is all it pays for. Or you can live in your car and get a 24 Hour fitness membership,” said security contractor Brown, who has experience with both choices. Sharon Noguchi in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/5/17

Hundreds rally for DACA and labor rights in DTLA -- Hundreds of people rallied Monday in downtown Los Angeles in support of an immigration program that protects young adults brought to the United States illegally as children. Priska Neely, Albert Sabaté, and Brianna Flores KPCC -- 9/5/17

Protesters March For Workers’ Rights In Downtown San Diego On Labor Day -- Hundreds of protesters, including local politicians, marched through downtown San Diego Monday to call for more rights for workers as part of a Labor Day demonstration. Marchers said now that they have won a $15 per hour California minimum wage, which will be in place statewide by 2022, they were speaking out against unfair treatment of workers and calling for unionization for all. KPBS -- 9/5/17

At Santa Rosa’s 20th annual Labor Day breakfast, Democrats rip Trump -- Federal, state and local politicians turned out en masse to express solidarity with about 200 pro-labor people who came in for a free breakfast on a mercifully cool morning at the Carpenters Labor Center in Santa Rosa. Guy Kovner in the Santa Rosa Press -- 9/5/17

Napa wineries streamline shipping as alcohol regulations ease -- At a vast new warehouse in American Canyon, workers and machines collect and package tens of thousands of wine bottles per day, ready for shipment to customers around the nation. As many as 13,000 orders are processed a day, thanks to the $7 million WineDirect, the Napa Valley company that owns it, poured into it. Isha Salian in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/5/17

Housing  

Long Beach residents feel city’s plans for more density will destroy neighborhoods -- In the early days, Long Beach had so many Iowa transplants it was dubbed, “Iowa by the sea.” But longtime resident Robert Fox suggests the seaside community is poised to become something else entirely. David Downey in the Long Beach Press Telegram$ -- 9/5/17

Wildfire  

Fish Camp residents allowed to return as Railroad Fire fight continues -- Orders that had kept the Fish Camp area closed to residents because of the Railroad Fire were lifted late Monday night, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office announced. The sheriff’s office said the evacuation orders affect only the Mariposa County part of the region along Highway 41, from the Mariposa-Madera county line to the Wawona Gate at Yosemite National Park. Larry Valenzuela in the Fresno Bee -- 9/5/17

Education 

‘Free college’ is a new rallying cry in California -- When State University of New York and City University of New York students return to campus this fall, tens of thousands of low-income undergraduates will pay no tuition under a new scholarship program. Rhode Island will also begin to cover tuition for nearly all recent high school graduates entering the state’s community college. And San Francisco will, for the first time, waive enrollment fees at City College of San Francisco for any resident. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/5/17

Universities fear what Trump policy shift could mean for immigrant ‘dreamers’ -- College and university leaders expressed deep concern Monday about what an imminent Trump administration policy shift on immigration could mean for students who were brought to the United States as undocumented immigrants when they were children. Nick Anderson in the Washington Post$ -- 9/5/17

Pro-Palestinian UCI students appeal sanctions after Israeli event protest -- A pro-Palestinian student group at UC Irvine is appealing its punishment in response to a protest that flared during an on-campus Israeli veterans panel in May. Hillary Davis in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/5/17

Lawmaker to request state audit of districts' compliance with funding formula – Hours before formally proposing an audit of three California districts’ spending under the state’s school funding formula, the sponsoring legislator pulled the request Tuesday but plans to bring it back. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 9/5/17

Health 

San Francisco’s battle over flavored tobacco heats up -- San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday will reconsider the flavored-tobacco ban they passed unanimously in June. It is now facing a referendum petition to suspend it that has nearly 34,000 certified signatures — well over the 19,040 required to put the matter to voters. Rachel Swan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/5/17

UCSD cancer clinical trial gets $18.2 million -- Cancer researchers at University of California San Diego have been awarded $18.2 million to test a two-drug therapy on patients with B-cell cancers. These include various leukemias and forms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Bradley J. Fikes in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 9/5/17

Environment 

Map shows which San Francisco neighborhoods are hit hardest by air pollution -- Black dust cakes the poplar trees in South Park, the San Francisco waterfront neighborhood at the western end of the Bay Bridge. The soot piles up on stairwells and speckles window blinds. Rachel Swan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/5/17

Also . . . 

Tronc acquires New York Daily News -- In a stunning and bold bet on the future of newspapers, Tronc, the parent company of the Chicago Tribune, has acquired the venerable New York Daily News. This deal for the tabloid, which includes the Daily News' website and other assets, has been in the works for some months and was finalized Sunday. Rick Kogan and Robert Channick in the Chicago Tribune -- 9/5/17

In February, he was given 2-3 weeks to live. He plans to attend his play this month -- Ron Tochterman didn’t feel too well after his infusion late last month. His chemotherapy, administered intravenously, left him tired, itchy and nauseous. Hannah Knowles in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/5/17

POTUS 45  

Both sides gear up for political fight as Trump prepares to end immigration protections for ‘dreamers’ -- Lawmakers and advocates on both sides began to stake out positions Monday for an extended public fight over whether Congress should provide legal status to young undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers” as President Trump is preparing to rescind Obama-era protections for them. David Nakamura in the Washington Post$ -- 9/5/17

Beltway 

EPA now requires political aide’s sign-off for agency awards, grant applications -- The Environmental Protection Agency has taken the unusual step of putting a political operative in charge of vetting the hundreds of millions of dollars in grants the EPA distributes annually, assigning final funding decisions to a former Trump campaign aide with little environmental policy experience. Juliet Eilperin in the Washington Post$ -- 9/5/17

Trump’s punt to Congress on DACA threatens new GOP rift -- President Donald Trump’s expected decision to punt the fate of nearly 800,000 Dreamers to Congress promises to drive yet another rift through an already fractured Republican Party, which has for years struggled to coalesce around immigration reform proposals. Seung Min Kim and Rachael Bade Politico -- 9/5/17

Russia probes kick into high gear -- The congressional Russia investigations are entering a new and more serious phase as lawmakers return from the August recess amid fresh revelations about contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia. Austin Wright and Ali Watkins Politico -- 9/5/17

 

-- Monday Updates 

Weather delivers blow to La Tuna fire's spread: 'Mother Nature kicked in' -- Less than 24 hours after Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County, weather helped take the fight out of a more than 7,000-acre brush fire that officials said is the city’s largest in decades by acreage. Brittny Mejia in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/4/17

After Bay Area violence, California debates classifying 'antifa' as a street gang -- Not long after dozens of black-hooded protesters were filmed pummeling people on his city’s streets, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin made clear his disgust for the self-stylized vigilantes. James Queally, Benjamin Oreskes and Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/4/17

Their lives were transformed by DACA. Here’s what will happen if it disappears -- A former waiter, born in El Salvador, now writes code for a U.S. Navy contractor. A young man from South Korea is using the money he makes selling pastries to help pay for community college. And a psychology major from Ecuador, who feared she’d be stuck babysitting all her life, now plans to earn a doctorate and move to New York. Maria Sacchetti in the Washington Post$ -- 9/4/17

Brief but explosive shouting match erupts at Chicano Park demonstration -- A brief but explosive shouting match erupted at Chicano Park Sunday afternoon between hundreds of park supporters and a small, right-wing group that had recently criticized the park’s iconic murals. Lyndsay Winkley in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 9/4/17

Where the border fence meets the sea, a strange beach scene contrasting the U.S. and Mexico -- Thrusting into the sky from the edge of the Pacific, Tijuana’s lighthouse, or faro, sends out a beacon where the northwestern nook of Latin America edges against the southwestern tip of the United States. Patrick J. McDonnell in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/4/17

At 89, San Francisco’s Quentin Kopp is still getting results -- Carve another notch in the belt of contrarian Quentin Kopp, the 89-year-old former San Francisco supervisor, ex-state senator and retired judge who is now a member of the city Ethics Commission. Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/4/17

Special interests shovel cash to California Democrats and Republicans alike -- When it comes to taking in big bucks from big business, California’s Democrats and Republicans have a lot more in common than you might think. Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/4/17

Schwarzenegger’s bipartisan next political act: Terminating gerrymandering -- Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a master at marketing, having scaled to the top of three different professions. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/4/17

Medi-Cal programs to the state: Can we stop printing and mailing directories the size of phone books? -- The 2017 directory for L.A. Care, a local Medi-Cal health plan, is 2,546 pages of doctors’ names listed by city, by specialty — anesthesiologists, gastroenterologists, ophthalmologists. It includes hours, addresses, phone numbers and languages spoken for each of the thousands of physicians. The directory weighs more than 7 pounds. It wouldn’t fit in most mailboxes. And it can quickly become obsolete. Soumya Karlamangla in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/4/17

These San Diego Scientists Can Predict How You Look Using Only Your Anonymous DNA -- If you have ever provided your DNA for medical research or as part of a consumer test such as 23andMe, you have probably been assured that your personal genetic information will be kept private. But human genome sequencing pioneer J. Craig Venter and his team of scientists in La Jolla are out with a new study that offers a word of warning: computer algorithms can now predict what you look like using only your anonymous genome sequence. David Wagner KPBS Bradley J. Fikes in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 9/4/17

SDSU faculty tour Tijuana, collaborate with Mexico school -- Professors and deans from San Diego State University ventured south of the border Friday to meet social and business entrepreneurs in Tijuana and explore ways to expand its partnership with CETYS Universidad. Gary Warth in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 9/4/17