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Battle on to halt march of Northern California fires that have killed 15, destroyed 2,000 structures -- As fire crews focused on the southern ends of the blazes in an effort to keep them from sweeping into heavily populated areas such as the cities of Napa and Santa Rosa, the chaos triggered by the fires was underscored by a desperate effort to find missing people: As of Tuesday morning, 200 had been reported missing in Sonoma County alone, with 45 of those later found safe. Peter Fimrite in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Patrick May, Erin Baldassari and Mark Gomez in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/10/17

Bad-news weather forecast for Wine Country: High winds returning -- The dry offshore gales that propelled massive blazes in the Wine Country are returni in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/10/17ng Wednesday night and Thursday, increasing the risk of fires in the North Bay, according to the National Weather Service. Rachel Swan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Randi Rossmann in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/10/17

With dozens missing, there's the grim task of determining how many died in Northern California firestorms -- As the fight against fires continues in Northern California, officials also had the grim task Tuesday of looking for victims. Some of the fires swept into neighborhoods so quickly late Sunday and early Monday that some could simply not get out in time. Sonali Kohli , Paige St. John, Alene Tchekmedyian and Javier Panzar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/10/17

Elderly couple found dead in their Napa condo — first local fire victims -- Charles and Sara Rippey, 100 and 98, were found dead inside their condominium in the 100 block of Westgate Drive at the Silvarado Country Club. Officers found the couple Monday morning after receiving a call from a family member who feared for their safety. Dominic Fracassa and Marisa Lang in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/10/17

Canyon Fire 2 Threatens 5,000 Homes in Orange County -- Thousands of homes remained under threat early Tuesday as firefighters aided by more than a dozen helicopters and six air tankers sought to contain a wildfire that quickly spread into an Anaheim Hills neighborhood the day before, burning homes and injuring at least one person. KPCC -- 10/10/17

Firefighters battling blaze that threatens Oakmont -- Assistant Sonoma County Fire Marshal Andy Parsons told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday 20 strike teams were battling the Tubbs fire. There is still zero containment. Sheriff Rob Giordano told supervisors up to 20 deputies had lost homes. The department was still rescuing residents and helping with evacuations. He said an estimated 125 people were missing. The fires, he said, have “really blown up...this is extremely active. This is by no means over for us in any way.” Randi Rossmann in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/10/17

Maps: Tubbs fire in Santa Rosa and wildfires through Wine Country -- As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, sonomamap.maps.arcgis.com shared the above fire map. Click on the link for an interactive version of the map. The item is in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/10/17

Smoke from Wine Country fires makes air unhealthy around region -- Smoke from destructive wildfires burning in the North Bay has made the air hazardous near the burn areas and unhealthy all around the Bay Area, air quality monitors said Tuesday. Evan Sernoffsky in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/10/17

North Bay blackouts shrink, but PG&E still assessing damage -- Pacific Gas and Electric Co. slowly chipped away at the number of North Bay customers without power Tuesday morning but still had no estimate for when service would be restored to the areas hardest hit by fire. Indeed the utility, which has been pulling repair crews from throughout Northern and Central California to respond to the emergency, was still waiting to enter some of the areas ravaged by wildfire to evaluate the damage to its equipment. With the Wine Country fires still growing Tuesday, that could take time. David R. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/10/17

15 killed and 200 reports of missing people as Northern California fires continue to rage -- As the number of people confirmed dead in Northern California fires rose to 15, officials warned Tuesday that the death toll could rise as multiple fires scorched upward of 100,000 acres. Sonoma County alone has received about 200 reports of missing people since Sunday night, and sherriff’s officials have located 45 of those people, said Sonoma County spokeswoman Maggie Fleming. Sonali Kohli and Paige St. John in the Los Angeles Times$ Patrick May and Erin Baldassari in the San Jose Mercury$ Kimberly Veklerov in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Sonali Kohli and Paige St. John in the Los Angeles Times$ Mary Orlin in the San Jose Mercury$ Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/10/17

How to find loved ones affected by the Wine Country fires -- As North Bay locals find refuge in evacuee centers and disaster shelters, local officials are encouraging them to register with the Red Cross. The program, called Safe and Well, is a way that those displaced or safe following the fires can let concerned friends and loved ones know how they're doing. Alyssa Pereira in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/10/17

How you can help people affected by the North Bay fires (or get help if you are an evacuee) -- As the scope of the enormous Wine Country fires becomes apparent, it's clear that people and pets will need help in the days, weeks and months to come. If you're looking to assist, we've broken down some ways you can help both right now and any time: Katie Dowd in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/10/17

Live updates: 150 people missing as death toll rises to 13 in Wine Country fires -- Latest developments in the North Bay fires: Jenna Lyons, Peter Fimrite, Jill Tucker, Michael Cabanatuan and Marissa Lang in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/10/17

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24 structures lost and 7,500 acres burned in Orange County firestorm, but slow progress reported -- Firefighters on Tuesday were slowing gaining more control of a brush fire that destroyed 24 structures in Orange County, burned 7,500 acres and forced a mass evacuation of residents in Anaheim Hills and Orange. Anh Do, Javier Panzar and James Queally in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/10/17

Canyon Fire 2 Day 2: Blaze consumes 7,500 acres; thousands still evacuated; at least 24 homes destroyed -- Evacuation orders will remain in effect at least through Tuesday, Oct. 10, and possibly through Wednesday, as firefighters work to contain a blaze that has burned about 7,500 acres and destroyed about 24 homes in Anaheim, Orange and Tustin, officials said. Beatriz E. Valenzuela and Chris Haire in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 10/10/17

‘Dice was really loaded’ for wildfires exploding in California, experts say -- A cascade of extreme weather events fed Northern California’s wildfires that exploded Sunday: Unusually high winds blew flames through unusually dense and dry vegetation, which sprung up following last winter’s heavy rains and then were toasted by months of record hot temperatures. Stuart Leavenworth in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/10/17

Tax board leader urged quick hiring to get state workers better pensions -- The elected leader of a California tax agency urged its executives to speed hiring for a project in late 2012 so new employees would benefit from more generous pension plans, according to documents obtained by The Bee. Adam Ashton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/10/17

Trump proposes ‘IQ tests’ faceoff with Tillerson after secretary of state calls him a ‘moron’ -- President Trump proposed an “IQ tests” faceoff with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after the nation's top diplomat reportedly called the president a “moron” and disparaged his grasp on foreign policy. Philip Rucker in the Washington Post$ -- 10/10/17

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Dianne Feinstein, 84, is seeking another Senate term. Who might challenge her? -- Had Feinstein, 84, decided to retire, a large field of public officials might have considered seeking the open seat in 2018, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, U.S. Reps. Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman and Ted Lieu, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León. But only one of those is likely to consider a challenge to Feinstein, California political observers say. That’s de León, who has criticized the senator for recent comments about President Trump and gun control that angered many progressives. Kevin Modesti in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 10/10/17

Progressive California Democrat calls for Feinstein primary challenge -- Arguing it’s time for Democrats “to move on” and better represent the progressive grassroots, freshman House Democrat Ro Khanna of Silicon Valley on Monday said he has contacted Rep. Barbara Lee, one of the most liberal members of Congress, and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich to urge them to challenge Feinstein's re-election in 2018. Carla Marinucci Politico -- 10/10/17

Decker: Dianne Feinstein confronts a race for a sixth U.S. Senate term — and her party's shift to the left -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s decision to seek a sixth term in theory leaves her open to a fierce challenge from someone closer to the ascendant and most vocal voters in a party that has moved sharply to the left and begun a generational shift. Cathleen Decker in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

Big Oil pulls Democratic lawmakers through the revolving door -- Inside the California Assembly chamber on the night of June 1, the presiding officer urged lawmakers to recognize former members in their midst, “the honorable Henry Perea and Felipe Fuentes.” In a familiar Capitol ritual, the former assemblymen waved from the balcony as applause rang out from their one-time colleagues. Laurel Rosenhall Calmatters.org -- 10/10/17

Despite assurances to nervous immigrants, Sheriff's Department gave ICE assistance in jails -- Since President Trump laid out his plan for mass deportations, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has gone out of its way to reassure the public it had strict limits on cooperating with immigration officials. Joel Rubin in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes measure to create new state task force on opioid prescriptions -- Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a measure on Monday that sought to curb escalating opioid addiction rates by creating a new state working group tasked with determining best practices in prescribing addictive drugs. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

State will consider lifting contribution limits to California legislators' legal defense funds -- After successfully fighting to bar restrictions on political donations to legislators facing recall, an attorney who normally represents Democratic lawmakers is asking the state to also drop limits on contributions to legal defense funds used by lawmakers facing criminal or civil investigations. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

Abcarian: With cannabis legalization around the corner, Los Angeles contemplates another dumb move -- Like countless Californians in the last few years, Roberta Koz Wilson and her brother Jeff saw the coming revolution in cannabis and decided they wanted a piece of it. Or in their case, a bite. Robin Abcarian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

At California tour stop, Hillary Clinton tells supporters: 'There is too much at stake not to speak out' -- Taking shots at President Trump, sounding the alarm on Russian hackers and doubling down on her call to fight a powerful gun lobby, Hillary Clinton on Monday told advocates and activists in California to get back up and keep going. Jazmine Ulloa in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

During stop in suburban Sacramento, Pence says Trump's tax plan will pass this year -- Vice President Mike Pence toured an industrial machine shop in a Sacramento suburb on Monday evening to pitch President Trump's tax reform plan. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

Water Wholesaler Poised To Vote On Delta Tunnel Plan -- The Metropolitan Water District Board in Los Angeles is scheduled to take a crucial vote Tuesday on whether to support a plan to build two massive tunnels underneath the Sacramento Delta. The $17 billion project promises to help maintain the flow of water from the state water project by easing pressure on endangered fish populations in the delta. Erik Anderson KPBS -- 10/9/17

California regulators reject new lethal injection method -- California regulators for the second time Monday rejected a proposed new method of carrying out the death penalty by lethal injection, another move that slows the process for California to resume executing death row inmates. Don Thompson Associated Press -- 10/10/17

Judge orders Santa Monica Airport runway shortening delayed -- Many residents of Santa Monica have long objected to the noise and pollution from jets using the city's municipal airport. The city had recently begun making preparations to shorten the runway as a step toward eventually closing the facility permanently. Sharon McNary KPCC -- 10/10/17

SoCal survivors of Vegas shooting are forming communities to help each other heal -- Kasey Bennett of La Mirada didn't adopt her new puppy Trooper because of her experience of being caught in the crossfire of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. But she thinks the Husky-Pit Bull mix arrived in her life just in time. "He ended up being really therapeutic for me," she said. "He's worked out just perfectly." Libby Denkmann KPCC -- 10/10/17

Hundreds light candles for La Palma’s Brian Fraser, killed in the Las Vegas shooting -- Brian Fraser did not live or die alone. The avid outdoorsman and devoted father caravaned to Las Vegas with 31 friends and family members – almost all La Palma residents – for the Route 91 Harvest country music festival where a gunman would kill 58 concertgoers on Sunday, Oct. 1. Susan Christian Goulding in the Orange County Register -- 10/10/17

710 Freeway billboard message asks fans to shut off the NFL, which ‘disrespects anthem, flag’ -- Fred Denny, a real estate agent who works in the Long Beach area, said he spent $3,750 for a two-week contract to show his message to motorists driving past the El Paseo shopping center in South Gate. The message, headlined “Shame on the NFL,” declares “NFL disrespects our National Anthem + Flag. We turn off the TV.” Andrew Edwards in the Orange County Register -- 10/10/17

Mike Pence pitches tax reform in Rancho Cordova -- Vice President Mike Pence, on a fundraising swing for vulnerable House Republicans in California, stopped at a manufacturing company Monday in Rancho Cordova to relay the virtues of the administration’s plan to change the federal tax system. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/10/17

Wildfire  

Santa Rosa fire: How a sudden firestorm devastated a city -- The inferno swept up over a wooded ridge, like many California wildfires do, but this one was different. Like a terror in the night, this wall of wind-whipped flames took direct aim for the heart of a city, not just the rural outskirts, not just the homes high in the hills or off the grid. Julia Prodis Sulek in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/10/17

Live updates: New threats to Santa Rosa and Green Valley, Solano County -- 11:49 p.m. More evacuations in Solano Co.: Residents in the Green Valley area west of Green Valley Road from Mason, north to Valley End Lane, are being told to evacuate now, according to Fairfield police. 11:31 p.m. New wildfire in Santa Rosa: City officials said that a new wildfire has moved from Annadel State Park into the Oakmont community, which is being immediately evacuated. 9:30 p.m. More than 100 missing: Sonoma County has received more than 100 missing-persons reports, said Scott Alonso, a county spokesman. Peter Fimrite, Jill Tucker, Carolyn Said, Michael Cabanatuan and Marissa Lang in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/10/17

Firestorm leaves ‘complete devastation’ -- A raging firestorm born in the dark of night by dry, violent winds roared down from the rural hills bordering Napa and Sonoma counties early Monday and cut a devastating swath into Santa Rosa from its eastern outskirts, killing at least seven city residents and destroying more than 1,500 structures. Mary Callahan, Paul Payne, Randi Rossmann, Julie Johnson and J.D. Morris in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/10/17

Update: Death toll reaches 10, missing-person reports top 100 as Wine Country wildfires rage — containment minimal -- Multiple firestorms raged across the state’s bucolic wine country on Monday, resulting in at least 10 deaths, destroying more than 1,500 structures, emptying hospitals, dropping ashes as far away as San Francisco and forcing the panicked evacuation of tens of thousands of residents to crowded shelters. Patrick May, Erin Baldassari and Mary Orlin in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/10/17

At least 10 dead in Northern California fires and blocks of homes destroyed in Santa Rosa -- Two huge fires in Sonoma and Napa counties were part of a series of blazes that raged across the north state, from Yuba and Nevada counties in the east to Mendocino and Lake counties in the west. Ryan Lillis, Molly Sullvan, Ellen Garrison and Hudson Sangree in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/10/17

What fueled Wine Country’s infernos? -- In Santa Rosa on Sunday, temperatures reached 86 degrees, seven degrees above average. Then came hurricane-force winds, gusting to 68 mph in Santa Rosa and 79 mph on a peak southeast of Cloverdale. There’s plenty of fuel, with brush baked dry all summer long. Lisa M. Krieger in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/10/17

Santa Rosa hospitals, care facilities evacuated in fire’s path -- In the face of onrushing flames, medical personnel evacuated patients from two Santa Rosa hospitals early Monday, while other health care facilities moved residents out of harm’s way. Martin Espinoza and Guy Kovner in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/10/17

Water in Larkfield area north of Santa Rosa may not be drinkable for days amid Tubbs Fire -- Residents in the Larkfield area north of Santa Rosa were urged not to drink tap water there for the foreseeable future, as the devastating Tubbs fire ravaging the region has damaged storage tanks and a pumping station, officials said Monday. J.D. Morris in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/10/17

In Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park, a fiery night, a terrible wasteland -- Their neighborhood, a compact subdivision of modest single-family homes built decades ago, was witness to a kind of unfathomable destruction Monday. Whole city blocks were claimed by fire, displacing perhaps several thousand people from an area with more than 1,000 homes. Robert Digitale in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/10/17

Before & After: Coffey Park subdivision in Santa Rosa -- One of the raging fires in Northern California had Santa Rosa under siege Monday morning, with a large swath of the city north of downtown under evacuation order. The item is in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

Wine Country doctors save lives, lose homes -- As a flurry of ash began to fall from the sky outside Santa Rosa Memorial hospital Monday afternoon, Elizabeth and Joseph Tito took comfort in controlling what they could: the flow of ambulances, cars and panicked families in and out of the hospital’s main parking lot. Marissa Lang in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

His late wife’s artwork meant everything to him. It went up in flames -- Santa Rosa resident Andy Luttringer says he’ll deal with the loss of his home of 19 years, which he described as really just a lot of stuff like pool tables, pianos and his daughter’s Chevy Cruze. But what really gets him is the fact that his wife’s artwork burned. Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

Santa Rosa school for autistic students burned to ground -- The only nonprofit school for highly-functioning autistic students in Santa Rosa was reduced to ashes amid the series of wild fires that ravaged Northern California, school officials confirmed Monday. Jenna Lyons in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

Sonoma County’s tiny Kenwood, Glen Ellen hit hard by wildfires -- Clumps of ash and soot continued to drift through the air Monday afternoon in the tiny Sonoma County communities of Kenwood and Glen Ellen, though most residents had long since fled to safety. Dozens of homes, farms and cars along Highway 12 were reduced to little more than twisted metal and ashes, while numerous small pockets of flame burned the little that was left of dozens of properties. Dominic Fracassa in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

Fire destroys Paradise Ridge Winery, Fountaingrove Inn, Willi’s Wine Bar, other local landmarks -- The firestorm that raged from Napa County into Sonoma County early Monday burned well-known businesses, schools and local landmarks, including the luxury 124-room Fountaingrove Inn and the nearby historic Fountaingrove Round Barn. The Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, a 250-room hotel, also was destroyed, as were the buildings at Paradise Ridge Winery. The item is in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/10/17

2 fatalities in Mendocino County, more expected -- A deadly Redwood Valley fire has caused at least two fatalities with more deaths expected and Monday night the blaze was spreading toward Willits, forcing more evacuations, according to a Mendocino County sheriff’s official. By Monday night the fire had reached an estimated 19,000 acres, up from 4,500 acres in Redwood Valley as of Monday morning. Randi Rossmann in the Santa Rosa Press Michael Cabanatuan and Carolyn Said in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

Where Wine Country fires rank among California’s all-time worst -- But 1,500 homes burning in one day ranks at least in the top five most destructive fire events in state history. The worst, the Oakland Hills fire, destroyed 2,900 structures and killed 25 people in 1991. Second is the Cedar Fire, which burned 2,820 homes in San Diego County in 2003. Third is the Valley Fire, which destroyed 1,955 homes in Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties in 2015, followed by the Witch Fire in San Diego County in 2007, which burned 1,650, and the Old Fire in San Bernardino in 2003, which burned 1,003. Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/10/17

These aerial photos show how Canyon Fire 2 is impacting Orange County -- A rapidly expanding brush fire has burned close to 6,000 acres and forced the evacuation of thousands of residents from the eastern edge of Orange County Monday, Oct. 9. About 500 firefighters were on scene, with that number expected to double by Tuesday morning. As of 5 p.m., there was 5 percent containment of the fire. Paul Bersebach in the Orange County Register -- 10/10/17

Anaheim Hills family watches home burn down on TV coverage of Canyon Fire 2 -- It was the only home she ever knew. She posed for pictures on her first day of kindergarten in front of that home in Anaheim Hills. She raised her first puppy there. And went to her first high school homecoming. All these memories were tied in that home on Canyon Heights Drive. Tony Saavedra in the Orange County Register -- 10/10/17

VP Pence pledges ‘any and all assistance’ in Wine Country fire disaster -- Vice President Mike Pence said the federal government “stands ready to provide any and all assistance” to California as firefighters battle blazes throughout the state. Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

Fires strike a blow to the wine industry in Sonoma and Napa counties -- The deadly firestorms raging across wine country have burned hotels, small lodges, winery buildings and even some vineyards, officials in the region said. But the worst damage is likely to be to the residents who toil in the wine and tourism industry, particularly in Santa Rosa, in Sonoma County, where the Fountaingrove fire devastated neighborhoods in the north end of the city. Geoffrey Mohan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

Airbnb activates free housing for victims of Wine Country infernos -- Airbnb regularly makes its short-term rental service available for people in need of free housing following major disasters, using a program called Open Homes. The San Francisco-based startup recently activated the program to provide housing for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the Las Vegas shooting and the earthquake in central Mexico. Marisa Kendall in the San Jose Mercury$ Alyssa Pereira in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/10/17

Bay Area hotels to provide discounts for fire victims -- Bay Area hotels – most of them in San Francisco – will be offering special rates and accommodations for people displaced by the massive wildfires still raging across Northern California's wine country. Graph Massara in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/10/17

Can the Weinstein Co. survive without Harvey Weinstein? -- As the public face and pugnacious spirit behind his company, Harvey Weinstein made himself synonymous with a kind of prestige cinema that was designed to attract discerning audiences and scoop up Oscars by the armful. David Ng and Ryan Faughnder in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/10/17

VCs raise less cash to fund Silicon Valley’s next big thing -- The venture capitalists who fuel Silicon Valley’s tech ecosystem raised less cash last quarter, slowing the frenzied flow of dollars gushing into the industry. Marisa Kendall in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/10/17

Homeless  

San Diego Launches Campground For The Homeless -- The city of San Diego on Monday opened a camping area for people who are homeless, with 24-hour security, bathrooms and storage. The 136-space facility was set up in the parking lot of the city operations yard in Golden Hill, just south of the Balboa Park Golf Course. Susan Murphy KPBS Gary Warth in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 10/10/17

San Diego County has spent $3 million on hepatitis A crisis so far -- San Diego County has spent nearly $3 million on containing a hepatitis A outbreak that has infected hundreds and killed 17, according to data released Monday, and that total could double by 2018. Lauryn Schroeder in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 10/10/17

Housing  

Short-Term Rentals Could Worsen San Diego Housing Crisis -- A University of San Diego economist said San Diego needs to put restrictions on vacation-rental housing, lest it make the supply of local housing scarcer than it already is. Tom Fudge KPBS -- 10/9/17

Bank funds ‘granny’ units project in affordable housing experiment for San Jose, L.A. -- About 25 percent of Bay Area homeowners are interested in building accessory dwelling units on their properties, according to a recent poll. But where will the funds come from to help them finance and build those units, otherwise known as “granny flats” or “in-law apartments”? Richard Scheinin in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/10/17

Education 

California fines charter chain $2 million -- In long-awaited results of a 1½-year investigation, California’s finance and education chiefs on Monday issued a critical audit of the online charter-school chain California Virtual Academies, finding several contractual violations and irregularities and imposing a nearly $2 million fine. Sharon Noguchi in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/10/17

On medical leave, LA Unified school chief replaced by acting superintendent -- Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Michelle King has temporarily relinquished her duties after undergoing a medical procedure, and Vivian Ekchian, the associate superintendent of support services, will be acting superintendent during her absence, according to district officials. George White EdSource -- 10/10/17

Immigration / Border 

How will Trump's immigration-enforcement wish list impact SoCal? -- The Trump administration announced Sunday that it wants a list of immigration enforcement measures and other changes tied to any legislation that would benefit young immigrants now protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Leslie Berestein Rojas KPCC -- 10/10/17

San Diegans condemn, welcome Trump's immigration demands -- While those who support tougher border security embraced President Donald Trump’s latest list of immigration restrictions, San Diego’s dreamers say they are frustrated by the political ping pong match being played with their futures. Kate Morrissey in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 10/9/17

Environment 

Heavy smoke and ash from Orange County fire causes unhealthy air quality across region -- The fire burning in the Anaheim Hills area was causing smoke to flow into Orange County, causing unhealthy air in some areas. Anh Do and James Queally in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

POTUS 45  

A ‘pressure cooker’: Trump’s frustration and fury rupture alliances, threaten agenda -- Frustrated by his Cabinet and angry that he has not received enough credit for his handling of three successive hurricanes, President Trump is now lashing out, rupturing alliances and imperiling his legislative agenda, numerous White House officials and outside advisers said Monday. Robert Costa, Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker in the Washington Post$ -- 10/10/17

White House aides lean on delays and distraction to manage Trump -- In interviews, senior staff and others close to the president have described a series of guardrails they use to push the president away from rash decisions. Josh Dawsey Politico -- 10/10/17

President Trump has made 1,318 false or misleading claims over 263 days -- Five months before unveiling his tax plan, President Trump claimed that it “is the biggest tax cut in history. This is bigger than Reagan. … This is actually bigger than Reagan tax cuts.” We warned readers at the time that there was no public proposal yet and that this was a dubious claim properly measured as a percentage of the nation’s gross domestic product. Trump would repeat this misleading claim 16 more times before he actually revealed his plan to the public Sept. 27. Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Glenn Kessler and Meg Kelly in the Washington Post$ -- 10/10/17

Beltway 

If Trump doesn’t deal on DACA, some Democrats threaten a government shutdown -- Some House Democrats are raising the specter of withholding support for must-pass spending legislation later this year in response to President Trump’s hard-line immigration proposals — meaning the fate of roughly 690,000 younger undocumented immigrants could become a major factor in negotiations to keep the government open after December. Ed O'Keefe and David Nakamura in the Washington Post$ -- 10/10/17

How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics -- A Times examination of Russian-linked Facebook pages used in the 2016 election found that much of the content was taken directly from videos and posts from Americans. Nicholas Confessore and Diasuke Wakabayashi in the New York Times$ -- 10/10/17

 

-- Monday Updates 

10 dead as Wine Country fires burn at least 1,500 structures, force evacuations -- A swarm of fires supercharged by powerful winds ripped through Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties Monday, killing at least 10 people, injuring dozens of others, destroying more than 1,500 homes and businesses, and turning prominent wineries to ash. Peter Fimrite, Jill Tucker, Kurtis Alexander and Demian Bulwa in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Sonali Kohli, Phil Willon, Paige St. John and Alene Tchekmedyian in the Los Angeles Times$ Erin Baldassari in the San Jose Mercury$ Ryan Lillis, Molly Sullivan and Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/9/17

Inferno destroys parts of Santa Rosa — blocks of homes gone -- Neighborhood after neighborhood is gone in Santa Rosa. One of them is Coffey Park, a homey cluster of single-family homes two miles northwest of downtown. Arthur and Chavette Chaney used to live there. Jill Tucker, Kurtis Alexander and Steve Rubenstein in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

Fire destroys Fountaingrove Inn, Willi’s Wine Bar, Fountaingrove Roundbarn, other local landmarks -- The firestorm that raged from Napa County into Sonoma County and through Santa Rosa early Monday burned well-known businesses, schools and local landmarks, damaging or destroying 1,500 structures and leaving behind scorched commercial blocks. Robert Digitale in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/9/17

Update: Two deaths confirmed as wildfires spread across Wine Country -- Multiple firestorms raged across the state’s bucolic wine country on Monday, resulting in at least two deaths, destroying more than 1,500 structures, emptying hospitals, dropping ashes over San Francisco and forcing the panicked evacuation of thousands of residents to crowded shelters. Patrick May, Erin Baldassari and Mary Orlin in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/9/17

Homes and businesses burn as fire rips through Santa Rosa. One confirmed dead in Mendocino -- Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties, where wind-whipped fires have destroyed at least 1,500 structures, including many homes and businesses in Santa Rosa, and forced more than 20,000 people to evacuate their neighborhoods. Ryan Lillis, Molly Sullivan, Tony Bizjak and Benjy Egel in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/9/17

Wine Country fires: What we know, and what we don’t -- Fourteen wildfires in the North Bay and surrounding region ravaged mountainsides, homes, vineyards and farmland beginning Sunday night. Major highways were shut down, and local officials requested help from around the region as Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency. Kimberly Veklerov in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

Possible culprits in Wine Country fires include PG&E lines -- It will take time to determine the cause of multiple wildfires that ripped through Napa and Sonoma counties, but several possible culprits emerged Monday, including downed power lines. David R. Baker and Rachel Swan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

Canyon Fire 2 in Anaheim Hills up to 2,000 acres, forcing evacuations and damaging at least 6 homes -- A wind-driven, fast-moving brush fire has burned 2,000 acres, prompting evacuations of about 1,000 homes, damaging at least six of them, and sending a giant, maroon plume of smoke over the city. The adjacent eastbound 91 freeway is closed at Imperial Highway. At 2:30 p.m., mandatory evacuations were issued for Orange Park Acres, North Tustin and East Orange. El Modena High School has been set up as a Red Cross evacuation center. Scott Schwebke, Alicia Robinson, Kelly Puente and Heather McRea in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 10/9/17

Kaiser employees reportedly evacuate patients in personal vehicles at Santa Rosa hospital -- Kaiser employees evacuated patients in their personal cars as a raging fire threatened a hospital in Santa Rosa early Monday, several media outlets are reporting. Amy Graff in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

Fires burn across Sonoma and Napa counties as thousands flee devastating flames -- Two massive fires burned an estimated 50,000 acres across Sonoma and Napa counties Monday, leveling neighborhoods and businesses from north Santa Rosa to the Sonoma Valley and Calistoga early Monday, forcing massive overnight evacuations of homes and hospitals as firefighters battled to gain an upper hand against the flames. The fire storms were among an estimated 10 fires burning uncontrolled across the North Bay and into Lake and Mendocino counties. Julie Johnson in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/9/17

Santa Rosa under siege as huge fire carves path of destruction -- Santa Rosa was under siege Monday from a wildfire that quickly burned 20,000 acres and had residents running for their lives. The Tubbs fire broke out near the northern end of the city, forcing the evacuations of hundreds of homes as well as two hospitals. Witnesses said homes and businesses had burned but it was not clear how many. Sonali Kohli, Paige St. John and Javier Panzar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

Santa Rosa businesses, homes burn as firefighters get overwhelmed -- Two Santa Rosa mobile home parks, a furniture store and a gun store were among the structures consumed early Monday by wildfires that one witness said “look like Armageddon.” The fire than engulfed the Schmidt Firearms store at 808 Piner Road also created additional hazards for firefighters when ammunition inside the store began to explode with loud pops. Jill Tucker and Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

North Bay fires burn thousands of acres -- Napa County officials give first briefing: County supervisors and emergency officials said three fires were burning in Napa County. The largest is the 35,000-acre Tubbs Fire near Calistoga, which broke out at 9:20 p.m. Sunday. There is zero containment on all of the fires, which also include the Atlas Peak Fire in Napa that has burned 25,000 to 30,000 acres and the 2,000-acre Partrick Fire in the Carneros area of Napa. Peter Fimrite, Jill Tucker and Michael Cabanatuan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

Napa and Sonoma wildfires destroy wineries, bars and hotels; many others threatened -- Dozens of early Monday morning fires erupted across Northern California’s premier wine country, spreading quickly, fueled by high wind gusts. Residents evacuated at a moment’s notice and countless homes and businesses burned, among them many well-known wineries, restaurants and hotels. Mary Orlin in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/9/17

More than 200 evacuated from hospitals -- More than 200 people were hurriedly evacuated from two Santa Rosa hospitals threatened by wildfires that bloomed overnight. Lisa Amador, a spokeswoman with Sutter Health, said around 9 a.m. that Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital had finished evacuating the last of more than 80 patients in surgical, labor and emergency care. Associated Press -- 10/9/17

Hospitals evacuated as fire rips through Santa Rosa. One confirmed dead in Mendocino, Cal Fire says -- Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties, where wind-whipped fires have destroyed at least 1,500 structures, including many homes and businesses in Santa Rosa, and forced more than 20,000 people to evacuate their neighborhoods. In Mendocino County, one person was killed when the Redwood Complex Fire rushed up 4,500 acres from Redwood Valley toward Willits, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection assistant deputy director Daniel Berlant said. Tony Bizjak and Benjy Egel in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/9/17

Thousands forced to evacuate as wildfires spread across Wine Country -- The Bay Area awoke Monday beneath a blanket of thick smoke as multiple wildfires raged to the north across the state’s bucolic wine country, destroying more than 1,000 homes and business, emptying hospitals, dropping ashes over San Francisco and forcing the panicked evacuation of thousands of residents to crowded shelters. Patrick May and Mark Gomez in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/9/17

Several homes burn as fast-moving brush fire hits Anaheim Hills -- A fast-moving brush fire is threatening about 1,000 homes in the Anaheim Hills area and had scorched several structures by early Monday afternoon, according to fire officials and media reports. James Queally and Anh Do in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

Feinstein says she’s “all in” — will seek re-election to the Senate in 2018 -- Ending months of speculation, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced Monday that she would seek re-election next year. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Casey Tolan in the San Jose Mercury$ Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/9/17

Californians will get more information on what’s driving prescription drug prices under law signed by governor -- Gov. Jerry Brown approved a measure Monday to increase disclosure on prescription drug prices, the focal point of growing efforts to clamp down on climbing pharmaceutical costs. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/9/17

Once again, Southern California could make or break a major California water project -- In 1960, the water barons of Los Angeles stood between Gov. Pat Brown and his dream of building a network of dams and canals to make the southern half of California bloom. He beat them – just barely, after weeks of public arm-twisting – and the State Water Project was born. Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/9/17

Fox: Any CA March Primary Consequences for the President? -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill moving California’s presidential primary to early March 2020 and all the focus has been on what that means for Democratic candidates, Californians who might run for president, and setting the Democratic agenda for the entire campaign. But it is possible that the move to March might have an influence on the Republican presidential side of the ballot as well. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 10/9/17

Stabbing at Lafayette BART station might not be robbery related -- stabbing Sunday at the Lafayette BART station that left three people injured might not have been robbery-related as first believed, authorities said Monday. Harry Harris in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/9/17

29 states have legal pot. Jeff Sessions wants to stamp it out, and he's closer than you think -- The 85 words almost seemed an afterthought when Congress hurriedly crammed them into a massive budget bill late in the Obama administration, as if lawmakers wanted to acknowledge America’s outlook on marijuana had changed, but not make a big deal of it. Evan Halper in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

Pence in California for series of fundraisers after Colts football game walkout -- Hours after Vice President Mike Pence left a professional football game in protest of players taking a knee during the national anthem, he landed Sunday in Southern California for a series of fundraisers aimed at helping vulnerable members of Congress in the state. Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

Mike Pence arrives in Sacramento to boost vulnerable California House Republicans -- If Democrats are going to take back control of the House of Representatives next year, their path travels straight through California. Half of the 14 remaining members of the state’s Republican congressional delegation won last November in districts that went to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/9/17

Hiltzik: Trump plots another backdoor effort to gut Obamacare's consumer protections -- Still smarting from congressional Republicans’ abject failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act by legislative means, President Trump now reportedly is plotting a backdoor attack aimed at gutting the act’s most important consumer protections. Michael Hiltzik in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

FCC lets Alphabet try to use balloons to restore cell service to Puerto Ricans -- Google’s parent company received approval to deploy an experimental balloon-based web service to restore cell reception to Puerto Ricans still struggling after Hurricane Maria devastated the island and left many without water or a way to reach loved ones. Andrew Khouri in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17