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Fake news rose to top of Google, Facebook results after Las Vegas shooting -- As a reeling nation raced to gather information on the at least 59 people killed and more than 500 injured in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history Sunday, false reports and hoaxes masquerading as reliable information quickly rose to fill the void. Marissa Lang in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/2/17

Santa Clara woman on same hotel floor as Las Vegas shooter recalls horror: ‘I turned out the lights’ -- For 90 minutes, Meredith Rich huddled in the bathroom of her Las Vegas hotel room, the lights off, her door locked, just down the hall from where the gunman in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history fired his shots Sunday night. Jill Tucker and Lizzie Johnson in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/2/17

SFPD officer’s wife missing in aftermath of Las Vegas massacre -- Just after a barrage of shots were fired during Jason Aldean’s headline concert at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, an off-duty San Francisco police officer rushed to help victims — and in doing so, lost his wife. Lizzie Johnson in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/2/17

L.A. sues federal government over threats to withhold funds -- Filed Friday in U.S. District Court, the lawsuit alleges that the Justice Department’s decision to place new immigration enforcement-related terms on federal funding is unconstitutional. Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/2/17

No evidence of shooting at USC after lockdown, search, LAPD says -- Los Angeles police said they found no evidence of a shooting on the USC campus Monday after reports of gunfire prompted a lockdown and a huge LAPD response. “No danger to community,” the LAPD said on Twitter after completing a search of campus buildings. Richard Winton, Tracy Boucher and Joseph Serna in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/2/17 

Pair of pro-gun bills on move in House -- The House could pass legislation as early as this week that would roll back decades-old restrictions on gun silencers, opening up the market for a device that critics say would make it difficult in a mass shooting to detect where gunfire is coming from. Carolyn Lochhead in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/2/17

Bay Area woman ran for her life as Las Vegas killer opened fire -- In the hours after a killer unleashed gunfire from a Las Vegas hotel window on fans at a country-western music festival Sunday night, thousands of people, including several Bay Area residents, ran for their lives, sheltering under bleachers, concession stands and liquor carts. Lizzie Johnson and Annie Ma in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/2/17

Bay Area Witness to Las Vegas Carnage: ‘Was This My Last 5 Seconds?’ -- A Contra Costa County man caught in the chaos of Sunday night’s shooting attack on a country music festival in Las Vegas says the scene was terrifying, bloody — and surreal. Olivia Allen-Price and Ted Goldberg KQED -- 10/2/17

Lost in the chaos: Redondo Beach family searching desperately for daughter -- Christiana Duarte had just started as a fan service associate for the Los Angeles Kings. It was her first full-time job since she graduated from University of Arizona in the spring with a degree in business marketing. Now she’s missing — swept up in the chaos of the mass shooting that took at least 58 lives Sunday night in Las Vegas. Benjamin Oreskes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/2/17

Manhattan Beach teacher killed in Las Vegas mass shooting -- A Manhattan Beach Middle School teacher was among those killed Sunday at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Sandy Casey, a special-education teacher, was with a group of Manhattan Beach Unified teachers and staff members who attended the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival over the weekend. Megan Barnes in the Orange County Register -- 10/2/17

Manhattan Beach Police Department employee killed in Las Vegas mass shooting, officer wounded -- A 10-year civilian employee of the Manhattan Beach Police Department was killed in Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas and an off-duty officer was shot and wounded, police said. Rachael Parker, a records technician, was shot during the Route 91 Harvest Festival and died in a hospital, according to a news release. Megan Barnes in the Orange County Register -- 10/2/17

Orange County Sheriff’s deputy tried to aid dying at Las Vegas mass shooting scene -- He lay peacefully, staring at the sky. His chest was covered in blood. Melanie Cooper raced to him Sunday night. “Hang in there buddy,” she said. They were near the stage in the standing-room-only section of the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. Cooper tried to administer CPR. She kept talking to him. “Hang in there,” she said. Keith Sharon in the Orange County Register -- 10/2/17

Newsom, Harris call for increased gun control in response to Las Vegas shooting -- Newsom, who is running for governor, blasted President Trump and GOP leaders as he offered condolences to those who were killed and injured. "We are heartbroken by the lives lost. We are heartbroken for their families and loved ones. We are heartbroken that we can’t pass commonsense gun laws in our nation,” he said in a statement. Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/2/17

California elected officials call for gun control action after Las Vegas shooting -- After a gunman killed at least 58 people at a Las Vegas music festival on Sunday night, elected officials across the border in California called for stricter gun control measures. Several state leaders went beyond the typical thoughts-and-prayers rhetoric to urge quick action in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Casey Tolan in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/2/17

Southern California police, deputies and firefighters among the wounded in Las Vegas -- Multiple police officers, both on and off duty, were among those killed or injured after a gunman opened fire Sunday night at a country music festival opposite the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, officials said. Alene Tchekmedyian and Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/2/17

California law enforcement officers wounded in Las Vegas -- Authorities say law enforcement members from across California are among those wounded in a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas. Associated Press -- 10/2/17

In 1939, the feds made a Central Valley water deal. It may doom the Delta tunnels -- Dam builders from President Franklin Roosevelt’s administration wanted to bring water to the parched eastern half of the San Joaquin Valley, but first they had to deal with a cluster of landowners whose ancestors had been there since the 1800s. Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/2/17

FBI doesn't have to say who unlocked San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, judge rules -- The FBI does not have to reveal the identity of a vendor that helped it unlock the iPhone of one of the shooters in the 2015 San Bernardino terror attack, or the price it paid for the vendor’s services, a federal judge ruled. Samantha Masunaga in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/2/17

Most Bay Area cities won’t allow recreational marijuana sales in January -- Memo to all you Golden State tokers: Your dreams of buying recreational pot in California after New Year’s Day are hazy at best. Casey Tolan and Tracy Seipel in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/2/17

Yosemite scientists probe why rocks fell — and where it will happen next -- As the giant granite El Capitan briefly slumbers, scientists are racing to identify any areas of dangerous new instability on a popular but restless climbing route that last week released enough rubble to fill 750 dump trucks. It’s likely that Mother Nature — not climbers — caused the two massive rockfalls that killed Welsh athlete Andrew Foster, 32, severely injured his 28-year-old wife, Lucy, and smashed through the sunroof of an SUV driven by Florida tourist Jim Evans, who is now hospitalized with head injuries. Lisa M. Krieger in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/2/17

San Francisco’s ambitious homeless strategy seeks sharp cuts, coordinated outreach -- The most ambitious plan in more than a decade for reducing homelessness in San Francisco will be unveiled this week, and its core goals are audacious: cutting the number of hard-core street people in half, ending family homelessness and clearing away all large tent encampments. Kevin Fagan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/2/17

‘Super exciting’ results in stem cell therapy trial -- Four out of six paralyzed patients who had 10 million stem cells transplanted into their spinal cords have shown striking improvement a year after treatment, including increased ability to move their hands and arms and to perform basic functions like feeding and bathing themselves, according to research results being released Monday. Erin Allday in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/2/17

San Francisco’s Chinese Hospital, Rose Pak’s pet project, bleeding cash -- Less than a year after the death of Chinatown powerhouse Rose Pak, San Francisco’s Chinese Hospital, which was largely rebuilt on the strength of Pak’s political prowess and ability to raise millions of dollars, is facing a troubling and uncertain future. Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/2/17

Rep. Ami Bera's father released from prison after serving time for campaign cash scheme -- Rep. Ami Bera’s father, who was convicted for running a money laundering scheme to help finance his son’s campaigns, was released from federal custody Thursday. Babulal Bera, 84, had been sentenced last year to one year and one day. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/2/17

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Kamala Harris' powerful riposte to Trump: 'Racism is real in this country' -- Kamala Harris, a rising star within the Democratic party who is being closely watched as a possible presidential candidate in 2020, delivered a powerful riposte from the altar to Donald Trump on Sunday, accusing him of waging “an assault on our deepest values” Ed Pilkington The Guardian -- 10/2/17

Kamala Harris thinks the US isn't as split as it seems -- Making her first high-profile foray into the Southern black church, California Sen. Kamala Harris told a Georgia congregation founded by former freed slaves that the United States remains wracked by racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination that flout the nation's core values. But the rising Democratic Party star added that Americans aren't as split as "forces of hate and division" suggest. Bill Barrow Associated Press -- 10/2/17

California GOP vice chair steps down, setting off search for state party's next leader -- The former member of the state Assembly cited being a single mother, as well as her work as a consultant and on the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors, for her decision to resign. Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/2/17

Skelton: Why Trump’s tax plan may be the best thing for California’s rickety tax system -- President Trump believes people no longer should be allowed to deduct state and local taxes when calculating their federal income taxes. And they shouldn’t. He’s right. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/2/17

Walters: Maybe California has a couple of reasons to be paranoid -- Just because you're paranoid, the old saying goes, doesn’t mean they aren’t after you. California’s liberal politicians have been paranoid, often ridiculously so, about what’s been happening in Washington of late. Dan Walters Calmatters -- 10/2/17

Scientists test running for key House seats held by the GOP in Trump era -- Help could be on the way for voters frustrated by congressional Republicans who repeatedly attempt to overhaul health care and shrug off the impacts of climate change: A growing number of doctors, scientists and technology professionals are running for Congress. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/2/17

Border wall no novelty for Tijuana residents -- Just yards away from Guillermina Fernández’s plant-filled front yard, workers broke ground last week on prototypes for the most costly, ambitious and controversial project of President Donald Trump’s administration. Sandra Dibble in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 10/2/17

Future of Huge California Water Project May Hang on the Next Few Weeks -- California’s biggest water project in decades appears to be in limbo after a key irrigation district voted not to help underwrite Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two giant tunnels that would re-engineer water transport in the state. KQED -- 10/2/17

Artists honor victims of Ghost Ship, San Pablo fires in Oakland Museum’s Day of the Dead exhibit -- In the immediate wake of the tragic Ghost Ship fire, artists Chris Treggiari and Peter Foucault invited members of the public to send messages to the dead. Erin Baldassari in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/2/17

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

CalPERS candidates say votes no longer secret -- Instead of signing the envelope that contains the mail-in ballot, CalPERS is requiring voters in an election for two board seats to sign the ballot — a change prohibited by state election law protecting voter secrecy, two candidates say. Ed Mendel Calpensions.com -- 10/2/17

A look inside Uber board’s maneuvers for control -- The phone calls began late Friday among Uber’s new chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, and the ride-hailing company’s executives, as well as board members and a raft of lawyers. They were facing an emergency. Katie Benner and Mike Isaac in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/2/17

Supreme Court, spurred by Trump's lawyers, could achieve backdoor repeal of workers' rights laws -- The Supreme Court opens its term on Monday with Trump administration lawyers arguing for a pro-business ruling that could bar workers from joining together to challenge the legality of their company’s workplace rules, including on wages and overtime pay. At issue is whether businesses may require employees to waive their rights to join with coworkers and instead agree to act alone to settle disputes before an arbitrator. David G. Savage in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/2/17

Big Tech’s latest headache: An unwanted role in politics -- Facebook, Google and Twitter can no longer pretend they don’t shape elections. Mark Scott Politico -- 10/2/17

Transit  

12-year-old San Clemente skateboard entrepreneur strikes deal with Richard Branson on ‘Shark Tank’ – At a few minutes after 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, 12-year-old Carson Kropfl logged onto his website, lockerboard.net. He could hardly believe his eyes. “The website started blowing up,” he said. “It was super cool.” Fred Swegles in the Orange County Register -- 10/2/17

Housing  

Converting an old mining pit into 1,800 homes -- A 412-acre rock quarry in Mira Mesa, approved for reclamation in 1994, is being replanned to include a 25-acre community park instead of industrial development. Roger Showley in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 10/2/17

Education 

UC Berkeley student beaten unconscious outside campus dorm -- The student told police that about 12:40 a.m., three men started following him and attacked him, unprovoked, in the courtyard at Unit 3, a complex of high-rise dorms at 2400 Durant Ave., said UC Berkeley police Sgt. Nicole Sanchez. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and has since been released. Alene Tchekmedyian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/2/17

Can we talk? Schools try to wrest cell phones from students' hands -- Three hundred and fifty 8th-graders stood around empty-handed after lunch on the courtyard at Fred Korematsu Middle School last week, forming a throw-back tableau that represented one school’s attempt to revive the art of the face-to-face conversation. Jane Meredith Adams EdSource -- 10/2/17

Music teacher suspected of contaminating flutes with semen, roiling Southern California school districts -- Two Southern California school districts were giving conflicting messages over the weekend as they attempted to guide parents through a scare touched off last week by a state and federal investigation of a music specialist suspected of contaminating musical instruments with semen. Doug Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/2/17

Also . . . 

Harvey Milk Plaza to get rainbow light installation -- Harvey Milk Plaza, a dated transit hub and gathering place at the intersection of Market and Castro streets, will soon be lit in white neon and an array of rainbow colors shooting into the sky to honor the slain San Francisco supervisor. Sam Whiting in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/2/17

POTUS 45  

Trump Takes On All Comers, Believing Himself the Victor -- President Trump flew by helicopter Sunday afternoon to Jersey City to watch the Presidents Cup golf tournament, where he presented the trophy to the winner. In Mr. Trump’s mind, that is something he knows about: winning. In fact, he would argue, he was winning all weekend. Peter Baker in the New York Times$ -- 10/2/17

Trump defies critics of his Puerto Rico response by conducting business as usual -- From a glass balcony overlooking the 14th hole of the Presidents Cup golf event, President Trump on Sunday conveyed a clear statement: He would not be intimidated by the outcry over his administration’s response to the devastation on Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. David Nakamura in the Washington Post$ -- 10/2/17

Beltway 

Republicans defend tax plan as a middle-class tax cut -- Republican leaders on Sunday were unable to guarantee tax cuts for all middle-class workers as a part of a tax plan that GOP leaders have pledged to produce by the end of the year. Kelsey Snell in the Washington Post$ -- 10/2/17

Republicans ignore Trump’s bipartisan Dreamers deal -- President Donald Trump may want to partner with “Chuck and Nancy” on a solution for Dreamers, but House Republicans say forget it — at least for now. Rachael Bade and Heather Caygle Politico -- 10/2/17

 

-- Sunday Updates 

Up to 600,000 expected to apply when L.A. reopens Section 8 housing list this month after 13 years -- Lately, home for Tamara Meeks has been the screened-in back porch of a tiny house behind an apartment building near 66th Street and Compton Avenue. At night she slips into the kitchen to sleep on a mover’s blanket while her two dogs sleep under a car seat on the porch. Doug Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/1/17

As the top pot-producing state in the nation, California could be on thin ice with the federal government -- California produced at least 13.5 million pounds of marijuana last year — five times more than the 2.5 million pounds it consumed. Where did all that extra pot go? Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/1/17

California’s right-to-die law: One woman’s last days have powerful impact on family and friends -- Jil Finnegan wanted to die on the anniversary of the day she married Geoff Protz 14 years ago. The pact that the petite environmental engineer made with her husband wasn’t meant to be macabre. If anything, the couple agreed, it was a way to complete the circle of their marriage vows. Tracy Seipel in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/1/17

Cable cars’ popularity takes huge hit with $7 fare -- San Francisco’s historic cable car system is seeing a roller coaster-like drop in people riding “the little cable cars halfway to the stars” — the decline hit 25 percent last year. According to Municipal Transportation Agency figures, ridership on the 139-year-old system fell to an average of 15,500 a day in fiscal 2016 — down from 20,600 rides a day in 2014. Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/1/17

Long before Petco Park, citizens group foresaw homeless crisis and suggestions went unheeded -- Weeks after the San Diego Padres made it to the World Series in 1998, when they were unceremoniously swept by the dreaded New York Yankees, city voters approved a ballot measure to spend hundreds of millions of public dollars on a new ballpark downtown. Jeff McDonald in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 10/1/17

Ancient bristlecone pine forests are being overwhelmed by climate change -- For thousands of years, wind-whipped, twisted bristlecone pines have been clinging to existence on the arid, stony crests of eastern California’s White Mountains, in conditions inhospitable to most other life. Louis Sahagun in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/1/17

Knight: 4 in 10 calls to SF’s 911 aren’t emergencies -- City officials rightly deserve blame for ignoring the continuing crisis at the understaffed, slow-to-respond 911 call center. But San Franciscans, you’re on the hook here, too. Heather Knight in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/1/17

Sac City Unified charters could grow 50 percent next year -- Sacramento City Unified is ground zero for new charter schools in the region. The school district could add as many as five more charter schools by the beginning of next school year – a 50 percent increase to the current count of 10 independent schools. Diana Lambert in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/1/17

Why Medi-Cal enrollees gain coverage but not broad access to doctors -- Medi-Cal enrollee Michael Gonzalez worked for months in 2015 to get to the Sutter specialists who ultimately treated his thyroid cancer, so he felt undermined this summer when Sutter Health announced that its primary-care doctors would no longer be serving 10,000 adult patients in Sacramento and Placer counties. Cathie Anderson in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/1/17

Pair of pro-gun bills on move in House -- The House could pass legislation as early as this week that would roll back decades-old restrictions on gun silencers, opening up the market for a device that critics say would make it difficult in a mass shooting to detect where gunfire is coming from. Carolyn Lochhead in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/1/17

National parks set their sights on being litter-free -- In a conversation with new Undersecretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, I touched on a subject that U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had brought up: Cleaning up America’s national parks is a No. 1 mission. Tom Stienstra in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/1/17

Can't guarantee tax cut for entire middle class: Mnuchin -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday said one of the top goals of the Trump administration’s tax plan is to help the middle class, but he could not guarantee that every middle-class family would receive a tax cut. Lucia Mutikani Reuters -- 10/1/17