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Trump administration steps up war with California over environmental protections -- The Trump administration stepped up its offensive Monday on California's environmental laws, suing to reverse a state law that seeks to handcuff the federal government from selling any of the 45.8 million acres of property it controls in the state. Joseph Tanfani in the Los Angeles Times$ Kate Irby and Stuart Levenworth in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/2/18

California Supreme Court upholds controversial law allowing DNA collection upon arrest -- In a blow to privacy advocates, the California Supreme Court decided 4-3 Monday that the state may continue to take DNA from people arrested for a felony crime. The ruling upheld a provision in Proposition 69, approved by voters in 2004, that said any adult arrested or charged with a felony must consent to have his or her cheek swabbed for DNA. Maura Dolan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/2/18

EPA abandons fuel mileage goals and seeks to revoke California's ability to set its own standard -- Setting up its most aggressive clash yet with California over environmental standards, the Trump administration signaled Monday it may revoke the state's ability under the Clean Air Act to impose stricter standards for vehicle emissions. Evan Halper in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/2/18

Dianne Feinstein on DACA: ‘We must get something done’ -- President Trump may have tweeted Sunday that there won’t be a DACA deal, but Sen. Dianne Feinstein is digging her heels in. “We must get something done,” Feinstein told about 200 business leaders and students at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Fireside Chat Monday. Tatiana Sanchez in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 4/2/18

Dow dives as much as 750 as China puts tariffs on US goods -- U.S. stocks are tumbling Monday after China officially raised import duties on U.S. pork, apples and other products. It’s too soon to call it the beginning of a trade war, but for now, investors aren’t sticking around to find out. Marley Jay Associated Press -- 4/2/18

Kremlin: Trump invited Putin to White House, but no date set -- An aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump invited the Russian leader to the White House when they spoke by telephone last month, but the two countries haven’t started any preparations for such a visit. Associated Press Noah Bierman in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/2/18

13-year-old boy found 'alert and talking' after falling into Griffith Park drainage pipe -- A frantic, overnight search for Jesse Hernandez — the 13-year-old boy who plunged into a vast network of city sewer tunnels beneath Griffith Park — ended happily Monday morning after sanitation workers removed a manhole cover and spotted the boy peering back at them. Alejandra Reyes-Velarde, Alene Tchekmedyian and Monet Morin in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/2/18

Five California counties will trade in polling places for vote centers -- The 2016 Voter’s Choice Act establishes the vote centers in Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento, and San Mateo. Like traditional polling places, the centers will be located mostly in churches, firehouses, high schools and other community buildings. The difference: Voters will be able to do all things voter-related at any center in their county. Byrhonda Lyons Calmatters -- 4/2/18

Woodland Hills residents slam Warner Center project over traffic, lack of affordable housing -- Developers want to create an urban-style district that includes a 24-story hotel, three 15-story office buildings and several plazas in the West San Fernando Valley community bounded by the 101 Freeway, Vanowen Street, De Soto Avenue and Canoga Avenue. Olga Grigoryants in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 4/2/18

So who could be the next Los Angeles schools superintendent? -- The search for the next superintendent to lead Los Angeles' public schools moves into high gear this week as the school board starts to interview and discuss candidates Monday and Tuesday. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/2/18

State officials want to expand task force that targets tax scofflaws in Los Angeles' underground economy -- State officials on Monday proposed expanding a task force that has gone after tax scofflaws operating in the underground economy in Los Angeles and Sacramento, saying California continues to lose billions of dollars in revenue from the illicit activity. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/2/18

Political campaigns will run more digital ads this year than ever. Here's how they'll find you -- There was plenty of outrage to go around last week after revelations that Facebook data on some 50 million users were used to allegedly build profiles of voters, serve them tailor-made ads and try to help Donald Trump get elected. Christine Mai-Duc in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/2/18

Jeffe & Jeffe: Take Me Out To The “Bull” Game -- With spring training done, the major league baseball season is finally underway. But don’t expect most Californians to dive into the state’s June 5 Primary election quite so fast or furiously. President Donald Trump and our national political melodrama are sucking all the oxygen from our civic environment. With no crisis at hand, state politics are very much on the back burner. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe & Doug Jeffe Fox & Hounds -- 4/2/18

Shaquille O’Neal named general manager of Sacramento Kings’ e-sports team -- The team announced the appointment Monday, two days before the draft for the NBA 2K League — a new, 17-team basketball video-game league based on the “NBA 2K18” game. As in other e-sports competitions, players vie for titles from their chairs rather than on the courts. Kate Galbraith in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/2/18

Sierra Snowpack Still Skimpy After March Storms -- The fifth most productive March on record for snow wasn't enough to make up for disappointing precipitation throughout the key months of December, January and February. Craig Miller KQED Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ Peter Fimrite in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/2/18

New rules would make it easier to find oil — and noisier for whales -- The search for offshore oil begins with a boom. Before the oil rigs arrive and the boring begins, operators need to fire intense seismic blasts repeatedly into the ocean to find oil deposits. Rosanna Xia in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/2/18

Planned Parenthood office in Pacific Beach vandalized; group pledges to stay open 'no matter what' -- San Diego police are trying to determine who threw red paint on the sign and windows of a Planned Parenthood office in Pacific Beach early Monday, the second such vandalism incident at the health center in six weeks. Karen Kucher in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 4/2/18

Sinclair Broadcast Group's 'false news' promo, which it made news anchors recite, goes viral -- Sinclair Broadcast Group has been thrust into the spotlight by a viral video showing anchors from its news stations nationwide reading a company-mandated promotional announcement warning against media bias and "false news." The video compiled by the website Deadspin presents local anchors reciting from the same script, which in part echoes President Trump's criticism of news organizations. Stephen Battaglio in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/2/18

How local TV is trending toward Trump TV -- The genius of Sinclair Broadcast Group's national campaign to stir up suspicions of fake news is that it does not appear to be national. Coming from local television anchors, a message about “stories that just aren't true” seems like a friendly warning from the folks at Channel 2 in Portland, Channel 29 in San Antonio or Channel 57 in Columbia, S.C. Callum Borchers in the Washington Post$ -- 4/2/18

Dem candidate pulls ad from Sinclair station -- A Kentucky Democrat running for Congress is pulling her campaign advertising from a television station owned by Sinclair Broadcasting Group, a conservative media company that has been under fire for mandating anchors across the country warn their viewers about "fake news." Ben Kamisar The Hill -- 4/2/18

 

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Frantic search underway for boy who fell into Griffith Park drainage pipe: 'That place is a maze' -- It was an Easter tradition for Jesse Hernandez's family: a day in Griffith Park picnicking and playing soccer and volleyball. Up next was the egg hunt — but the boys had run off. Alejandra Reyes-Velarde and Alene Tchekmedyian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/2/18

What you should know about the protester hit by a sheriff's SUV at a Stephon Clark march -- Wanda Cleveland is a well-known social activist in Sacramento who often attends both City Council and county Board of Supervisors meetings. The Board of Supervisors oversees the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. Ellen Garrison, Anita Chabria and Ryan Lillis in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/2/18

Signs of progress emerge as Sacramento protests over Stephon Clark’s killing remain tense -- But amid the strain, signs of progress have emerged. Though the city has seen near-daily protests since Clark’s death, there have been just two arrests, police Sgt. Vance Chandler said. The Sacramento Kings have launched an education fund for Clark’s children, and Mayor Darrell Steinberg walked with Clark’s family as they left his funeral last week. Rob Kuznia and Sawsan Morrar in the Washington Post$ -- 4/2/18

Cal Fire's new helicopters cost twice as much as the Legislature expected -- Cal Fire wants to swap its fleet of "Apocalypse Now"-era firefighting helicopters for something a little more "Zero Dark Thirty." The trouble is the machines the department is ready to buy cost twice as much as the Legislature expected when it set aside money two years ago to start buying new choppers. Adam Ashton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/2/18

Crash that killed Hart family appears intentional, reports say -- An SUV carrying a large, free-spirited family from Washington state accelerated straight off a scenic California cliff and authorities said the deadly wreck may have been intentional. Information pulled from the vehicle's software shows it was stopped at a flat, dirt pull-off area before it sped off the steep rocky face and plunged 100 feet, said Capt. Greg Baarts with the California Highway Patrol Northern Division. Associated Press -- 4/2/18

Skelton: Trump administration says a citizenship question on the census will help enforce voting rights. Sure. -- He went ahead and did it. Of course he did. Bashing California is way too much fun and easy for President Trump. California Democratic leaders shouldn't be shocked. Politically, they had it coming, proudly emerging as the president's chief antagonist while revving up their liberal and Latino bases. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/2/18

Southern California voters to choose new Assembly members -- Los Angeles-area voters go to the polls Tuesday in special elections to fill three open Assembly seats. Two spots are vacant because lawmakers resigned amid harassment claims, potentially making room for more female lawmakers, but candidates say issues related to sexual misconduct at the Capitol aren't top-of-mind for many voters. Sophia Bollag Associated Press -- 4/2/18

Walters: Census question becomes another Trump-California conflict -- In the superheated conflict between President Donald Trump and the nation state of California, no issue is too trivial. Dan Walters Calmatters -- 4/2/18

You pay the rent, but does Congressman Nunes actually use his Clovis office? -- Every Tuesday, a group of Congressman Devin Nunes’ constituents gathers outside his district office in Clovis even though they know it’s likely empty. Mackenzie Mays in the Fesno Bee -- 4/2/18

With signs, Northern California county declares it has 'no room for racism.' Reality is more complicated -- There’s the one on Lake Boulevard, a quiet two-lane that cuts through the trees south of the towering Shasta Dam. One stands on Olinda Road in Anderson, just west of North Valley High School. Another hangs from an electric pole in Redding, across the street from Kent’s Meats & Groceries. “No Room for Racism,” they declare unequivocally and without margin for debate. But, of course, in all matters of race — and all that comes with it — it’s never as easy as putting up a sign. Hailey Branson-Potts in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/2/18

Here's What You Need to Know About Where DACA Stands -- It’s been a time of uncertainty for the roughly 700,000 young unauthorized immigrants enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The Obama-era program, known as DACA, granted temporary work permits and protection from deportation for young adults who arrived in the U.S. as children. Leslie Berestein Rojas KQED -- 4/2/18

Battery Blood: California Has Worse Lead Standards Than Arkansas and Texas. Why? -- I n the summer of 2008, California’s Department of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) inspected Exide Technologies’ vehicle-battery recycling plant in Vernon, California, an industrial suburb of Los Angeles. Joe Rubin KQED -- 4/2/18

New Yosemite leader Michael Reynolds faces challenges in valley he knows well -- Taking the top job at Yosemite National Park is a sort of homecoming for Michael Reynolds. The 54-year-old superintendent, who started two weeks ago and is still waiting for a moving truck to arrive with the family belongings from Washington, D.C., grew up in the glacial valley. Kurtis Alexander in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/2/18

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

H-1B visas by the numbers: Silicon Valley versus Indian outsourcing companies -- Government data shows significant shifts in the pool of applicants for H-1B visas, with Indian outsourcing companies scaling back and Bay Area tech companies stepping up their use of the foreign-worker program. Trisha Thadani and Annie Ma in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/2/18

China raises tariffs on U.S. pork and fruit in trade dispute -- Effective Monday, Beijing raised the tariff rate on pork products, aluminum scrap and some other products by 25%, the ministry said. A 15% tariff was imposed on apples, almonds and some other goods. The government said earlier that China's imports of those goods last year totaled $3 billion. Associated Press -- 4/2/18

Some cities outsource their highest pension costs -- Dozens of cities, many of them formed in recent decades, do not directly pay police and firefighter pension rates. They get their safety services though contracts with county sheriff departments and large fire districts. Ed Mendel Calpensions.com -- 4/2/18

Education 

Chronic absence rates high at many California continuation schools – California’s continuation high schools are meant to give students a last chance to get back on track for graduation, but state data reveal that many of the schools struggle with a basic challenge: Getting students to attend each day. Nico Savidge EdSource -- 4/2/18

Also . . . 

California city to pay $1.5M in police struggle death -- A Southern California city will pay $1.5 million to a man armed with a knife who died after being stunned with a Taser and subdued by police responding to a domestic disturbance call. The claim filed against the city of Pasadena alleged officers used violent physical force on Reginald Thomas, who died in 2016 following a struggle with police outside his apartment. Associated Press -- 4/2/18

POTUS 45  

In Easter Sunday tirade, a frustrated Trump suggests he will make no deal to help Dreamers -- The tone of the president's holiday tweets differed markedly from the sentiments of goodwill commonly expressed by previous U.S. chief executives on national or religious occasions. Laura King in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/2/18

Beltway 

Even Republicans Have Used the ‘I’ Word, but Would Firing Mueller Get Trump Impeached? -- Even for Senator Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican who has emerged as one of his party’s most fervent critics of President Trump, the warning he issued recently that firing the special counsel could lead to the president’s impeachment was extraordinary. “From what I can see, that’s the only remedy,” Mr. Flake said Nicholas Fandos in the New York Times$ -- 4/2/18

 

-- Sunday Updates 

What we know about the protester hit by a sheriff's vehicle Saturday at the Stephon Clark march -- Who is Wanda Cleveland? Wanda Cleveland is a well-known social activist in Sacramento who often attends both City Council and county Board of Supervisors meetings. The Board of Supervisors oversees the Sheriff's Department. Ellen Garrison, Anita Chabria and Ryan Lillis in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/1/18

Tale of the tape -- In 1992, Laurie Smith took evidence in an investigation implicating her. Now, the key figures in a sexual harassment allegation against the five-term sheriff are finally speaking out. Tracey Kaplan in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 4/1/18

As China puts the brakes on overseas investment, Los Angeles' development boom takes a hit -- Last year, Chinese investors interested in buying or developing property in Southern California peppered World Trade Center Los Angeles officials with questions about how best to break into the market. Roger Vincent in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/1/18

Facebook fiasco boosts bid to put California crackdown on ballot -- The fallout over Facebook users having their personal information used to help Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign is adding fuel to a California ballot initiative directed at tightening privacy rules for social media platforms. Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/1/18

L.A. County women's jail lags behind national standards on preventing sexual abuse, report finds -- A month after a guard was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting inmates at the women’s jail in Lynwood, auditors touring the lockup noted a number of troubling practices that could lead to sexual abuse. Maya Lau in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/1/18

H-1B visa lottery, despite changes, still leaves careers up to chance -- The H-1B visa lottery will begin again Monday, after a dizzying year of rhetoric, memos and executive orders from an administration determined to crack down on any foreign-worker program that it feels threatens American jobs. Trisha Thadani in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/1/18

In fighting homeless camp, Irvine's Asians win, but at a cost -- One by one, the buses pulled up to the Orange County Hall of Administration last week carrying posters with messages such as "No Tent City" and "No Homeless in Irvine." Many of the hundreds on board were immigrants, and this would be their first experience joining a political protest. Anh Do in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/1/18

How Cape Town found water savings California never dreamed of -- A six-car municipal police convoy skidded to a halt outside a Cape Town house, and police leaped from their cars at the offending sight: a trickle of hose water splashing onto a squat red flower. Robyn Dixon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/1/18

News Anchors Reciting Sinclair Propaganda Is Even More Terrifying in Unison -- The anchors were forced to read the so-called “journalistic responsibility messages” word for word by their employer, the conservative-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest owner of television stations in the country. The features were one of Sinclair’s now infamous “must-run” segments, consisting of conservative commentary that every Sinclair-owned station is required to air. Chas Danner New York Magazine -- 4/1/18