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California should be able to reduce public employees’ pension benefits, Jerry Brown argues -- Gov. Jerry Brown got most of what he wanted when he carried a proposal to shore up the state’s underfunded public employee pension plans by trimming benefits for new workers. Five years later, he’s in court making an expansive case that government agencies should be able to adjust pension benefits for current workers, too. Adam Ashton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/22/17

Political odd couple: GOP consultant advises Democrat’s bid for governor -- One wants to end the death penalty. The other thinks capital punishment is just. One campaigned for tax increases that the other opposed. One tried to put Hillary Clinton in the White House. The other helped elect President George W. Bush. Laurel Rosenhall Calmatters.org -- 11/22/17

Walters: Distorting ballot measure title undermines electoral system -- Efforts by Republicans to repeal California’s new gas taxes may be ill-considered, but they deserve a fair chance at persuading voters. Dan Walters Calmatters.org -- 11/22/17

California's ski season starts with good snowfall and higher lift prices -- The snow is falling but lift ticket prices are rising at many California ski resorts. November storms have already dumped heaps of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains, including around Lake Tahoe, allowing a few resorts to open. Hugo Martin in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/22/17

Judge rules that US must hold hearings for detained undocumented teens -- A San Francisco federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to hold immediate hearings for undocumented teenagers who were living with relatives or friends in the United States when they were arrested in gang sweeps and sent to lockups in distant states. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/22/17

Lopez: In L.A.'s misguided war on blight, an unpainted fence could cost you $660 -- It's the little things that beat you up in the end, the daily irritations and indignities. Mail from City Hall, for instance. You know, even as you draw blood with a paper cut while opening the envelope, that it can't be good news. Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/22/17

California moves to block national park fee increases -- California moved Wednesday to block the Trump administration’s proposal to more than double entrance fees at popular national parks, including Yosemite and Joshua Tree National Parks, arguing the fee increases would limit public access for low-income people and communities of color. Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee$ Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/22/17

BART’s big dig leading to a big fight in Silicon Valley -- The fear over turning downtown San Jose into a business-killing construction zone has transit agencies fighting over how to dig a 5-mile tunnel that will bring BART to the heart of Silicon Valley. Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/22/17

If California's gas tax is repealed, what would happen? -- Thanksgiving travelers are paying more in state fuel taxes this month as they fill up to hit the road, but voters could be asked next year if they want to scrap the increase. Meghan McCarty Carino KPCC -- 11/22/17

Fox: Other Revenue Sources Should Be as “Devastating” as Prop 13 -- You’ve heard the complaints and criticisms for four decades now on how Proposition 13 severally cut government finances. Yet, once again a report from a government agency itself says that just isn’t so. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 11/22/17

Even Rose Parade floats can’t afford to live in Pasadena -- When dozens of flower-covered floats roll down Colorado Boulevard in the Rose Parade on New Year's Day, it will mark the first time that not one of them was constructed in Pasadena. Thanks to high real estate prices, the giant warehouses where the colorful floats are built have has moved elsewhere. Sharon McNary KPCC -- 11/22/17

Black Friday loses its luster as people opt for alternatives -- Black Friday is losing its luster. As retailers stretch holiday discounts across November and December, the tradition of flocking to crowded stores on the day after Thanksgiving has begun to fade. At the same time, people all over the Bay Area are rejecting the practice of marathon bargain-hunting in favor of nonshopping alternatives. Annie Sciacca in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 11/22/17

Who’s actually going to see Tom Steyer’s impeachment ads in Times Square? -- Nestled between ads for the Express clothing store and a Broadway musical about SpongeBob SquarePants, for 10 seconds every minute, visitors to Times Square will see an ad calling for the impeachment of President Trump. You can see it on EarthCam’s live feed, just above the golden arches. Philip Bump in the Washington Post$ -- 11/22/17

Facebook will let some of its users see if they interacted with Russian propaganda -- Facebook said Wednesday that it would let some of its users see whether they liked or followed pages belonging to Russia-linked operatives that sowed political divisiveness around the 2016 US presidential election. A new page to be published on Facebook's help center by the end of the year will show whether some accounts interacted with the Russia-linked accounts, Facebook said in a blog post on Wednesday. Alex Heath Business Insider -- 11/22/17

Trump and congressional leaders to hold talks to avoid shutdown -- President Donald Trump and top congressional leaders will meet next week to try to hammer out a year-end agreement to avert a government shutdown, according to multiple sources, as Capitol Hill careens toward a legislative pile-up next month. Seung Min Kim, Heather Cagyle and Andrew Restuccia Politico -- 11/22/17

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning

California's most recent cap-and-trade permit auction raises more than $800 million -- The regular auctions are a key feature of the program, which requires companies to buy permits to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Cap and trade is one of the state’s main strategies to combat climate change. In November’s auction, every permit offered by the state was sold, and prices reached their highest-level in the program’s five-year history. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ David R. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/22/17

Antonio Villaraigosa made millions consulting for likes of Herbalife, Banc of California -- Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa has parlayed his business consulting firm into a million-dollar operation since leaving the Los Angeles mayor’s office in 2013, averaging more than $1.3 million in income annually, according to a review of his recent tax records. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ . John Wildermuth in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Patrick McGreevy and Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ John Wildermuth in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Casey Tolan in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 11/22/17

Elon Musk's tunneling company wants to dig through L.A. --Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has famously complained about the traffic he faces on his commute from his Bel-Air home to his office in Hawthorne, near Los Angeles International Airport. Laura J. Nelson in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/22/17

U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas calls for 'expeditious' investigation into allegations against Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra -- U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas said Tuesday that allegations of sexual harassment made against Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra “describe behavior that's unacceptable under any circumstance” and called for holding people “accountable.” Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/22/17

L.A. County to pay $15 million to man wrongfully convicted of murder -- After nearly three decades of legal battles, Frank O'Connell finally got the news he says will help him move on with his life. He had spent 27 years behind bars for a murder he insists he did not commit. He had missed precious moments he could never relive, particularly the growth of his 4-year-old son into adulthood. Melissa Etehad in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/22/17

After hacker attack, Sacramento transit district restores website and gets help from feds -- Sacramento Regional Transit restored its website Tuesday following a weekend cyberattack and began meeting with federal security experts on ways to reduce the chance of future breaches. Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/22/17

American once held prisoner in North Korea found burning in San Diego park, dies of injuries -- Investigators suspect the death of a 38-year-old man who was found on fire in the Mission Bay Park area on Friday was an accident or a suicide, San Diego police said Tuesday. Lyndsay Winkley and Teri Figueroa in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/22/17

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

Uber Paid Hackers to Delete Stolen Data on 57 Million People -- Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing firm ousted its chief security officer and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps, which included a $100,000 payment to the attackers. Eric Newcomer Bloomberg Carolyn Said and Dominic Fracassa in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/22/17

California business leaders urge Congress to reauthorize DACA without a government shutdown -- On a conference call with reporters, members of the Regional Economic Assn. Leaders Coalition of California said the termination of the Obama-era program would be a devastating blow to the nation’s economy — one hard felt across the state. Jazmine Ulloa in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/22/17

Meg Whitman stepping down as CEO of HP Enterprise -- Meg Whitman, who oversaw the breakup of one of Silicon Valley’s pioneering companies, is stepping down as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. The item is in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Rex Crum in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 11/22/17

Lee: FCC chair’s plan to undo Internet rules flies against today’s reality -- Consumer advocates see the FCC’s move as a blow, as do Silicon Valley giants like Facebook and Netflix, which fear that the rollback could mean that the Internet providers charge more to speed their content across the providers’ wires. Small content companies worry that they could get squeezed out in a price war if the Internet service providers require companies to pay more. Thomas Lee in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/22/17

Knight: Cable cars climb halfway to the stars, but SF tourists remember the low points -- While the cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, the food, the beauty and the eclectic neighborhoods draw visitors from around the world, the open-air injection-drug use, sprawling tent encampments, rampant mental illness, car break-ins and dirty streets are, sadly, becoming just as well-known. Heather Knight in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/22/17

Pixar’s John Lasseter admits ‘missteps,’ takes leave -- Pixar chief creative officer and original animator John Lasseter has taken a six-month leave of absence, acknowledging “missteps” and “difficult conversations” related to his interactions with the Emeryville company’s employees. Peter Hartlaub and Trisha Thadani in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/22/17

Wildfire  

Lawmakers to investigate response to Wine Country fires -- California lawmakers concerned that the state was ill-equipped to fight last month’s catastrophic Wine Country fires plan to hold hearings beginning next month to evaluate the response, including apparent shortcomings in a mutual-aid system designed to quickly rally first responders. Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/22/17

Education 

Some California state colleges focus on getting students to return after rocky first year – Six California State University campuses are part of a nationwide group that is aiming to be a clearinghouse of ideas and programs to keep new students on the path to a diploma. Larry Gordon EdSource.

Cannabis 

Last stop for cannabis advertising on Muni buses, trains, stations and stops -- The Municipal Transportation Agency’s Board of Directors on Tuesday banned ads for cannabis businesses from the transit system’s buses, trains, cable cars, stations and bus stops. The ban was a response to concerns that such ads are inappropriate for young Muni riders and might promote marijuana use among children. Michael Cabanatuan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/22/17

Sacramento City Council approves funding for illegal grow house enforcement -- The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday approved funding sources for increased law enforcement against illegal indoor pot grows, following a two-month pilot program that led to the closure of 614 pot houses. Brad Branan in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/22/17

Immigration / Border 

Judge restores DACA status for L.A. immigrant busted while giving teen a ride to border area -- A federal court in Los Angeles has ordered the United States government to restore the protected status of an immigrant in the country illegally who was arrested near the Mexican border earlier this year while giving a ride to a teenager who was later deported. Hailey Branson-Potts in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/22/17

Construction worker detained by ICE at Travis Air Force Base may be released for Thanksgiving -- An undocumented construction worker detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in May while reporting to a project on the Travis Air Force Base will be released in time for Thanksgiving, a relief to Bay Area supporters who have rallied to his cause. Tatiana Sanchez in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 11/22/17

Environment 

L.A. may try to block reopening of oil drilling site blamed for health problems -- Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo is pursuing an unusual plan that could thwart the reopening of a South L.A. oil drilling site that suspended operations after a public outcry over nosebleeds and other health problems reported by neighbors. Emily Alpert Reyes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/22/17

Also . . . 

‘Why did this happen to me?’ shooting victim asks while dying -- Multiple gunshots rang through Oak Park early Tuesday, leaving a man with fatal injuries, the Sacramento Police Department said. Nashelly Chavez and Benjy Egel in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/22/17

LA allows porn viewing on library computers. Some city leaders want to change that -- A pair of Los Angeles City Council members called Tuesday for software filters that block graphic material to be installed at all 73 city libraries, in the wake of reports of patrons viewing pornography on computers in view of children. The item is in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 11/22/17

Valley LAPD officers sue city, saying they faced discrimination, retaliation after injuries -- Two front desk officers at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys division have sued the city, alleging disability discrimination and retaliation, and their court papers specifically criticize a captain who has accused the department of intentionally skewing crime rates by misclassifying violent crimes. The item is in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 11/22/17

San Francisco Public Library to crack down on 13,000 scofflaw bookworms -- The San Francisco Public Library tried being nice. Now it’s playing hardball. It wants its overdue books back, and it’s going to sic the tax collector on 13,000 of its worst offenders. Steve Rubenstein in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/22/17

POTUS 45  

Trump privately doubted Moore's female accusers -- President Donald Trump’s near-endorsement of Alabama Republican Roy Moore followed days of behind-the-scenes talks in which he vented about Moore’s accusers and expressed skepticism about their accounts. Alex Isenstadt Politico -- 11/22/17

Beltway 

Murkowski says she backs Obamacare mandate repeal -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she supports GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, the Alaska Republican wrote in an op-ed for a local newspaper Friday. Dan Diamond Politico -- 11/22/17

 

-- Tuesday Updates 

The driverless revolution may exact a political price -- Driverless vehicles threaten to dramatically reduce America's 1.7-million trucking jobs. It is the front end of a wave of automation that technologists and economists have been warning for years will come crashing down on America's political order. Evan Halper in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/21/17

Santa Ana to Pay $1 Million for Car Dealers’ New Digital Billboard -- Santa Ana City Council members have approved spending $1 million from the city’s emergency reserves to build a new freeway digital billboard for car dealerships at the Santa Ana auto mall, including luxury brands Audi, BMW, Volvo, and Lincoln. Nick Gerda VoiceofOC.org -- 11/21/17

Northern California shooter exploited 'honor system' in telling court he had no guns -- When Kevin Janson Neal told a judge in February that he'd turned over his only firearm, authorities relied on the "honor system," as they often do, in taking him at his word, a Tehama County sheriff's official said. Joseph Serna in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/21/17

Hiltzik: The chained CPI: Another secret tax hike for the middle class slipped into the GOP tax bills -- But here’s a tax increase on working Americans that hasn’t been very well publicized, even though it’s in both GOP proposals. It’s a change in the inflation measure on which tax rates are calculated to something called the chained consumer price index. Michael Hiltzik in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/21/17

California shows its Obamacare support by outspending U.S. 4-to-1 on ads -- The marketing blitz is on. Californians are getting barraged with online pop-up ads, radio spots and television commercials, all aimed at persuading them to sign up for Affordable Care Act health plans during this year’s open-enrollment season. Ana B. Ibarra and Carmen Heredia Rodriguez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/21/17

FCC chairman sets out to repeal 'net neutrality' rules -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday followed through on his pledge to repeal 2015 regulations designed to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content and apps equally, setting up a showdown with consumer groups and internet companies who fear the move will stifle competition and innovation. Associated Press Alina Selyukh KQED Cecilia Kang in the New York Times$ Brian Fung in the Washington Post$ -- 11/21/17

What’s net neutrality and why does the FCC want to end it? -- The long-anticipated reckoning for “net neutrality” is finally here, thanks to Republican leadership of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Abby Hamblin in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 11/21/17

Is a new transportation sales tax in the future for Riverside County? -- Worries about long-term transportation needs have spurred rumblings of a ballot measure for another sales tax to fund transportation projects in Riverside County. Jeff Horseman in the Riverside Press Enterprise$ -- 11/21/17

Tehama deputies were called 21 times to gunman’s neighborhood in the months before shooting spree -- The incident reports, released to The Sacramento Bee in response to a Public Records Act request, depict a feud in rural Rancho Tehama Reserve that was escalating out of control. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/21/17

Hospitals are rationing saline solution. Patients are starting to worry -- Sacramento resident Charis Hill was caught off guard by the tiny bottle of saline solution hanging from the intravenous pole when she went for the latest infusion of medication that helps her avoid crippling pain. Accustomed to seeing a much larger bag of fluid, she immediately asked staff about the change. Cathie Anderson and Molly Sullivan in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/21/17

Lawsuits claim top San Diego restaurants defrauding consumers with minimum wage surcharge -- Lawsuits have been filed against more than a dozen San Diego restaurants and dining groups claiming they are defrauding their patrons by illegally tacking on a surcharge to customers’ bills that many operators have been using to defray increasing labor costs. Lori Weisberg in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 11/21/17

Wrecked And Retching: Obscure Vomiting Illness Linked To Long-Term Pot Use -- She had an obscure syndrome called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, a condition only recently acknowledged by the medical community. It affects a small population — namely, a subset of marijuana users who smoke multiple times a day for months, years or even decades. Pauline Bartolone KQED -- 11/21/17