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House committee set to pass bill to dramatically ease concealed gun laws -- In the first congressional action on guns since the nation’s worst ever mass shooting in Las Vegas last month, the House Judiciary Committee was prepared to approve legislation Wednesday that would allow nearly anyone to carry concealed weapons across state lines, even into states such as California that tightly restrict weapons concealment. Carolyn Lochhead in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/29/17

How a U.S. citizen was mistakenly targeted for deportation. He’s not alone -- The arrest last year was the start of a perplexing and frightening ordeal for Carrillo, who said in an interview with The Times that immigration officials scoffed at his repeated claims of citizenship and instead opened a case against him in immigration court to have him deported. It would take four days for government officials to concede their mistake and release Carrillo. Joel Rubin and Paige St. John in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/29/17

California regulators to decide who pays SoCal wildfire costs -- California regulators on Thursday may finally decide whether an electric utility sued over wildfire damage can pass those costs on to its customers. But the long-running and closely watched case — which took on new relevance after October’s deadly Wine Country fires — may not set as much of a precedent as previously expected. David R. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/29/17

What happens if Congress doesn't fund the health insurance used by almost 2 million kids and pregnant women in California? -- Unless Congress comes to an agreement fast, federal funding for a program that provides health insurance to 2 million California children and pregnant women will run out around the end of the year. After that, California could be on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars because the state is required to offer the insurance even if the federal funds don't show up. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/29/17

Apple rushes out software update to fix major MacOS security bug -- In less than 24 hours after the discovery of a major security bug in its new Mac operating system, Apple released a software update Wednesday morning to fix the bug. Seung Lee in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 11/29/17

De León’s uphill journey toward a U.S. Senate seat -- The contrast between Kevin de León and his political opponent Dianne Feinstein is stark. De León, the leader of the state Senate, grew up in the San Diego barrio of Logan Heights. His mother cleaned houses and did odd jobs to support the family. Chuck McFadden Capitol Weekly -- 11/29/17

Sacramento one big step closer to Major League Soccer -- Major League Soccer has formally named Sacramento one of four finalists for expansion, and a contingent representing the city’s bid will make a final pitch to a committee of league owners next week in New York. Ryan Lillis in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/29/17

Huge new Bay Area open space preserve opens to public Friday -- For the past 175 years, it’s been a Mexican land grant, a dairy farm, a hideout for members of Jesse James’ outlaw gang, an oil field, a redwood logging mill, a cattle ranch and a retreat for heirs to the Weyerhaeuser lumber and Folgers coffee fortunes. Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 11/29/17

Southern California home prices rose 6.5% in October -- The sales increase comes despite a shortage of listings on the market and underscores the strong demand for housing as employers add jobs in the region. Andrew Khouri in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/29/17

Downtown L.A. developer could receive $103.3 million in public financial assistance -- A developer seeking to build 1,130 hotel rooms across from the Los Angeles Convention Center could receive $103.3 million in public financial assistance over 25 years under a proposal heading to the City Council. David Zahniser in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/29/17

Recreational Pot Dispensaries Will Be Allowed In Sacramento -- The Sacramento City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to allow businesses to sell recreational marijuana in the city. People will be able to apply for permits for recreational pot dispensaries, delivery services and distribution centers. Sally Schilling Capital Public Radio Brad Branan in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/29/17

San Francisco Approves Rules on Recreational Pot Stores -- San Francisco will not be ready for sales on New Year's Day but if the mayor signs the legislation quickly, the city could be ready in the first week of the new year. Janie Har Associated Press -- 11/29/17

Trump’s Muslim retweets draw fire from US and abroad -- President Donald Trump retweeted inflammatory videos from a fringe British political group Wednesday that purported to show violence being committed by Muslims, drawing quick condemnation from civil rights groups as well as a spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May. Trump retweeted videos from Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of Britain First, a far-right British group whose profile was elevated by Trump’s attention. Catherine Lucey and Jim Lawless Associated Press -- 11/29/17

Trump Wanted a Bigger Tax Cut for the Rich but Lost to Ivanka -- President Trump urged senators this month to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that most Americans have health insurance and use the proceeds to slash the top tax rate paid by the richest Americans, a suggestion that pitted him against his daughter and Republican senators intent on helping the middle class. Jim Tankersley in the New York Times$ -- 11/29/17

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Assembly policy protects ‘rapists’ in the Capitol, women tell committee -- Lawmakers in the state Assembly shield “rapists” in the Capitol through a sexual harassment policy that protects the guilty and allows records of investigations to be discarded well before accused lawmakers leave office, an Assembly committee was told Tuesday. Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Jazmine Ulloa in the Los Angeles Times$ Alexei Koseff and Amy Chance in the Sacramento Bee$ Kathleen Ronayne Associated Press Ben Bradford Capital Public Radio -- 11/29/17

Capitol Staffers: Sexual Harassment Training ‘A Joke’ -- Earlier this year, a female legislative staffer entered Room 4202 inside California’s state Capitol, a large space with tan paneling and green carpet. The staffer, who wants to remain anonymous, was there to attend sexual-harassment training along with “hundreds” of colleagues — including, she says, her harasser. Bob Moffitt Capital Public Radio -- 11/29/17

Democrat Bonnie Corwin announces run for Bocanegra’s Assembly seat a day after his resignation -- Bonnie Corwin, a Democratic activist who led the calls for Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra’s resignation, is running for Bocanegra’s now-vacant office representing the northeast San Fernando Valley. Corwin, a Sylmar resident, announced her candidacy in a phone call to a Daily News reporter Tuesday evening. Kevin Modesti in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 11/29/17

Walters: Brown, with nothing to lose, defies unions on pensions -- “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose,” singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson philosophized in his classic blues song, “Me and Bobby McGee,” a half-century ago. Kristofferson’s tune would be an apt anthem for Gov. Jerry Brown as he winds down his own half-century-long career in politics – especially so since Kristofferson once campaigned for him. Dan Walters Calmatters.org -- 11/29/17

Cracks found on Oroville Dam’s new spillway not a concern, state says -- Several small cracks have been discovered on the Oroville Dam’s newly rebuilt concrete spillway, prompting federal regulators to express concern about the $500 million construction project under way at the troubled facility. Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/29/17

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

Autodesk to lay off 1,150 as company restructures -- Autodesk plans to lay off about 1,150 employees amid a major restructuring effort by the San Rafael software company. The company announced plans to cut about 13 percent of its workforce Tuesday after releasing its third-quarter earnings for the current fiscal year. It is unclear where and when the layoffs will occur. Trisha Thadani in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/29/17

Sacramento approves financial incentive to lure Fortune 500 company -- As it tries to shed the city’s reliance on government jobs, the Sacramento City Council unanimously approved a multimillion-dollar incentive program Tuesday designed to lure the West Coast headquarters of a Fortune 500 health insurer. Ryan Lillis in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/29/17

"Hacker-for-hire" pleads guilty to Yahoo breach -- A Canadian man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges stemming from a massive breach at Yahoo that authorities say was directed by two Russian intelligence agents and affected at least a half billion user accounts. Sudhin Thanawala Associated Press Alene Tchekmedyian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/29/17

Officials warn of possible natural gas shortage this winter -- A natural gas pipeline that exploded last month in the desert east of Barstow has put the Los Angeles region served by Southern California Gas Company at risk of shortages for a second consecutive year, state energy officials said Tuesday. Sharon McNary KPCC -- 11/29/17

Local Farmers Struggle to Compete Against Online Meal Kit Services -- There is now a host of companies that will send meals and produce to your doorstep with just the click of a button. But with all the new options, fewer people are ordering boxes of fruits and vegetables straight from farmers like Paul Underhill. Sam Harnett KQED -- 11/29/17

Y Combinator President Sam Altman: Every adult American should own a share of the United States -- Y Combinator President Sam Altman likes to think about how American workers can be helped as automation and other technologies are poised to revolutionize the economy. Seung Lee in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 11/29/17

Transit  

Fuming Valley business owners are stepping up their outcry against a Metro transit plan -- Storli, who runs Bar Italia Classics, is among a group of business owners in the San Fernando Valley area who are beefing up their efforts in their fight against the project, which has them contemplating the possible relocation of their businesses, some of which operated in the area for several decades. Olga Grigoryants in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 11/29/17

Guns 

Is the Trump Effect Keeping California Gun Sales Lower? -- Gun trend experts say the modest sales in response to a mass shooting are a sign that gun enthusiasts are less worried about gun control measures with Trump and Republicans dominating the federal government. The spikes following the Orlando and San Bernardino shootings occurred while Democrat Barack Obama was in the White House. Aaron Mendelson KQED -- 11/29/17

Homeless  

LA’s underground homeless RV rental market is ‘predatory’ and needs regulation, councilman says -- A Los Angeles city councilman said Tuesday he wants to regulate and potentially prohibit the rental of motorhomes and other vehicles to people who intend on living out of them. Elizabeth Chou in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 11/29/17

LA County homeless encampments to get toilets and wash basins as hepatitis A threat looms -- The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the effort Tuesday after learning there were 222 homeless encampments identified in the unincorporated areas of the County. Susan Abram in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 11/29/17

Knight: San Francisco ballot measure on affordable housing would test voters -- San Franciscans are famous for complaining about the city’s homeless problem, high housing costs and fleeing middle class, and in the same breath, blasting affordable housing projects planned near them. Heather Knight in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/29/17

Housing  

Fannie, Freddie to up loan limits by $43,500 in most of Bay Area next year -- Borrowers will be able to take out a substantially bigger home loan backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac next year, thanks to a 6.8 percent increase in home prices nationwide. Kathleen Pender in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/29/17

Education 

New California law expands low-income parents’ access to subsidized child care -- In an effort to remove obstacles for Californians trying to succeed in the labor market, a new law could make access to child care easier for low-income parents taking classes to learn English or complete high school. Ashley Hopkinson EdSource -- 11/29/17

Cannabis 

San Francisco supervisors pass recreational marijuana rules after months of talking -- The new regulations, passed on a 10-1 vote with Ahsha Safai in dissent, will reduce the school buffer zone from 1,000 to 600 feet, the amount recommended by the state. That revision signaled a remarkable shift in city lawmakers’ thinking on cannabis from the beginning of the month, when several supervisors were trying to push the industry out of their districts. Rachel Swan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Janie Har Associated Press -- 11/29/17

Immigration / Border 

California leaders call for release of detained Cambodian, Vietnamese immigrants -- California leaders are calling on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release an estimated 200 Cambodian and Vietnamese immigrants who advocates say were recently detained in the Bay Area and beyond in never-before-seen roundups. Tatiana Sanchez in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 11/29/17

Oakland officials say police shouldn’t assist federal immigration probes -- Oakland’s elected leaders said Tuesday the city’s police should provide no assistance to federal immigration agents - even if the agents are working on a case that centers on violent crime. Kimberly Veklerov in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/29/17

Officials install video cameras at Trump's border wall project, citing 'threat environment' -- In the weeks before construction was to begin on eight prototypes for President Trump’s border wall, Customs and Border Protection officials ordered a video surveillance system to help authorities guard the project, according to a recently released federal document. Greg Moran in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/29/17

Water  

Lawsuit seeks to block California desert water project -- Environmental activists sued Tuesday to halt a plan to pump water from beneath the Mojave Desert and sell it to Southern California cities and counties. The lawsuit takes aim at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for allowing Cadiz Inc. to build a 43-mile pipeline to transfer the water from its desert wells into the Colorado River Aqueduct so it can be sold to water districts. Robert Jablon Associated Press -- 11/29/17

Health 

Bay Area Scientists Say Computers Can Develop Cancer Drugs 6 Times Faster -- The average time to identify a new cancer drug is six years. Since one of every four deaths in the U.S. is due to cancer, a lot of lives could be saved if that drug development time could be cut down to just a year. Kat Snow and Danielle Venton KQED -- 11/29/17

Also . . . 

Report: Fresno County’s racial equality is among the worst in the state -- Among the data compiled is a striking difference in Fresno County residents living below the federal poverty rate, meaning their annual income is about $12,000 or less. Thirteen percent of white people in Fresno County are living in poverty, compared to 40 percent of black people and 35 percent of Latinos. Mackenzie Mays in the Fresno Bee -- 11/29/17

Apple: MacOS security bug allows unauthorized access without password -- For those who do have High Sierra on their Macs and have experienced this bug, the best course of action is, as Apple says, to create a root password. Seung Lee in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 11/29/17

San Francisco supes reverse sale, return private Presidio Terrace street to homeowners -- A private street in tony Presidio Heights that was sold to a San Jose couple for $90,000 in a little-noticed tax auction over two years ago will be returned to the residents who live there. Rachel Swan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 11/29/17

POTUS 45  

Trump, in Private, Claims Vulgar Tape Is Fake, Aides Say -- President Trump is said to still be casting doubt on the validity of the “Access Hollywood” tape that surfaced during the election. His changing story, as well as his shifting views on how sexual harassment claims should be treated, have stunned advisers. Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin in the New York Times$ -- 11/29/17

From ‘Access Hollywood’ to Russia, Trump seeks to paint the rosiest picture -- President Trump has expressed certainty that the special-counsel probe into his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia will be finished by the end of the year, complete with an exoneration from Robert S. Mueller III, according to several friends who have spoken with him in recent days. Josh Dawsey, Ashley Parker and Philip Rucker in the Washington Post$ -- 11/29/17

Beltway 

House Leaders May Revive Income Tax Deduction for California, McHenry Says -- House GOP leaders are working on a tweak to the state and local income tax deduction to appease California members, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry said Tuesday. Lindsey McPherson Roll Call -- 11/29/17

 

-- Tuesday Updates 

Taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for Capitol harassment settlements, assemblyman says -- As the California Assembly prepares to have its first public hearing Tuesday afternoon on how it handles sexual harassment and discrimination complaints, one Democratic lawmaker says he wants to see changes in how settlements from Capitol complaints are paid. Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) is urging his colleagues to examine how to decrease the burden of settlement payments on taxpayers. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/28/17

Bay Area congresswoman wants to take over John Conyers' House Judiciary position -- Now that the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee has agreed to step aside over sexual harassment allegations, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) is hoping to take his place on the committee that would play a major role in potential presidential impeachment hearings. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/28/17

Strapped stem cell agency eyes tough options -- Facing the likelihood of a slow and withering death, the California stem cell agency is edging gingerly forward on a path of “cuts” and risky fund-raising in hopes that its research results will soon generate voter support for more billions of dollars. David Jensen Capitol Weekly -- 11/28/17

Fox: Homeless Solutions Should Not Target Homeowners -- As the search for solutions to the homeless problem continues current property owners and the equity they have in their homes are often cited as targets for funding homelessness relief. What is ignored with these proposed remedies is that homeowners are counting on the equity in their homes to help with retirement or other needs. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 11/28/17