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'Brexit' could halt the growth of California trade with Britain -- The question facing California companies doing business with Britain -- which includes commercial real estate investment, technology and car dealers -- is whether the weaker pound and other fallout from the vote will slow British economic growth and make California’s dollar-denominated exports too expensive, thus reducing trade. James F. Peltz and Samantha Masunaga in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/25/16

What economic fallout can you expect to see in Southern California from Brexit vote? -- While most analysts expect the immediate turmoil to subside, there is fear the United Kingdom could slip into a recession and weaken the European economy. Rachel Uranga in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 6/25/16

150 homes destroyed in deadly Kern County wildfire, with tough weekend ahead -- Firefighters confronted hot, dry weather and steep rugged terrain Saturday as they continued to battle the deadly Erskine Fire, which has grown to more than 46 square miles, killed two people and destroyed 150 homes and other structures. Louis Sahagun, Alexia Fernandez and Ruben Vives in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/25/16

After devastating fire, county turns to marijuana for comeback -- Calaveras adopts rules that allow commercial cannabis farms in region ravaged by Butte Fire. Peter Hecht in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/25/16

For parents, Brock Turner case a teachable moment about sexual assault, consent -- Before her son went off to college, Cindy Wilson realized there was one thing she had to do: make sure he read a powerful, 12-page letter from the victim of the Stanford sexual assault, describing in detail the devastating consequences of the attack. Katy Murphy in the San Jose Mercury -- 6/25/16

Caltech glassblower's retirement has scientists sighing -- Hunkered down in the sub-basement of the Norman W. Church Laboratory for Chemical Biology, underneath a campus humming with quantum teleportation devices, gravity wave detectors and neural prosthetics, Rick Gerhart chipped away at a broken flask. Rosanna Xia in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/25/16

Once the silent partner, now she's taking the reins of the hot dog chain -- For decades, she seemed a minor character in the story of the world’s largest hot dog chain: the pretty sunbather who caught the boss’s eye at the beach; the boss’s new wife; the boss’s ex-wife. Jodi Tillman in the Orange County Register -- 6/25/16

United Airlines hopes slim seats and exclusive lounges will help generate $3 billion -- One way he hopes to meet that goal is do what airlines have been doing a lot lately: Squeeze more thin-cushion seats into the economy section and offer more luxury seating for well-heeled fliers near the front of the plane. Hugo Martin in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/25/16

Judge might release secret Clovis police files in civil rights case -- A federal judge on Friday was leaning toward making public confidential Clovis police documents regarding one of four officers involved in the alleged beating of a motorcyclist in September 2012. Pablo Lopez in the Fresno Bee -- 6/25/16

Trump, in Scotland, takes press for a ride -- The presumptive GOP nominee tools around his golf course, shrugs off Brexit and appears to walk back his blanket ban on Muslims entering the U.S. Ben Schreckinger Politico -- 6/25/16

How Brexit Will Change the World -- 17 top economists, foreign policy gurus and historians look five years into the future. Politico -- 6/25/16

The uncomfortable question: Was the Brexit vote based on racism? -- As the world tries to make sense of Britain's vote to leave the European Union, an uncomfortable question keeps coming up: Is there a link between racist and intolerant attitudes in Britain and Britons' animosity toward the E.U.? Adam Taylor in the Washington Post$ -- 6/25/16

George Will leaves the GOP -- Conservative columnist George Will has left the Republican Party. The longtime commentator reportedly made the announcement during a Federalist Society event in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Kristen East Politico -- 6/25/16


California Policy & Politics This Morning   

Fast, deadly fire in Kern County is barely contained -- Near this man-made lake about 45 miles northeast of Bakersfield, a 2-acre fire has grown to an inferno that stretches over 46 square miles, killing two people and destroying at least 100 homes and other structures. Matt Hamilton, Alexia Fernandez and Ruben Vives in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/25/16

Newsom camp calls De León gun change ‘shockingly, sickeningly cynical’ -- Prompting an accusation of “self-serving” political manipulation, California’s state Senate leader has amended a gun control bill that would alter a key section in a ballot initiative backed by a fellow Democrat. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/25/16

California budget's to-do list includes helping the homeless and protecting orcas -- Lawmakers may have sent a new budget to Gov. Jerry Brown last week, but their work isn’t done. They continue to hash out details on a variety of related measures that are being wrapped into the $171-billion spending plan. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/25/16

Race for Antonovich county seat remains in limbo -- The latest round of vote-counting released by the Los Angeles County registrar shows an outsider candidate maintaining his lead over a state senator in a close contest for a runoff spot in the race to replace retiring county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Abby Sewell in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/25/16

Bill that would allow giant digital billboards in downtown L.A. draws heat -- State lawmakers have resurrected a controversial bill that could allow developers to erect several giant electronic billboards around the $1-billion Metropolis high-rise project in downtown Los Angeles. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/25/16

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Defends Handling of Police Scandals -- Mayor Schaaf has said repeatedly that state privacy laws prevent her from saying more about personnel decisions, but suggested to KQED that there is a lot more than what has been reported in the media. Monica Lam and Thuy Vu KQED -- 6/25/16

Proposal would ease removal of wayward officials -- Nearly three years after San Diego struggled to remove embattled Mayor Bob Filner from office, city officials say they’re ready to put greatly expanded opportunities to oust wayward officials on the November ballot. David Garrick in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/25/16

For three counties, vote-by-mail is only option -- Increasingly, California voters use the mailbox, not the ballot box. But in three of California’s 58 counties — Plumas, Alpine and Sierra — there was no other choice but mail-in voting. And they like it that way. John Howard Capitol Weekly -- 6/25/16

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions      

Brexit could force Silicon Valley to rethink plans for Europe -- The venture capitalists and entrepreneurs who populate Silicon Valley say they love to take risks. But the Brexit might just be a little too much for them. Thomas Lee in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/25/16

What economic fallout can you expect to see in United States from Brexit vote? -- Last year, the United Kingdom was California’s 10th largest export destination, with more than $5 billion in products heading to Britain. But the exit, which will still take years to implement, rewrites the rules of the game for those doing business abroad. “Nobody knows how, that’s the scary part,” Cheung said. Rachel Uranga in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 6/25/16

British EU exit could sting California, but the price of Scotch might fall -- In California – by recent figures the world’s sixth-largest economy – the exit threatened to hurt exports to the United Kingdom. The significance of the exit to the state economy was unclear. But before the vote, the Brown administration had classified the possibility as a risk. David Siders, Jon Ortiz and Mark Glover in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/25/16

President Obama to entrepreneurs: We need your help -- A day after Britain voted to leave the European Union, President Obama told 700 entrepreneurs from around the globe that their leadership is needed to bridge the world’s growing cultural rifts. Jessica Floum in the San Francisco Chronicle Kevin Freking Associated Press -- 6/25/16

Should taxpayers foot bill for public union orientation meetings? -- A California bill requiring government workers to attend orientation meetings in which unions make a pitch about their benefits has been revived by the Democratic-controlled Legislature. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/25/16

California winemakers press for stricter label rules -- Squeezed by the state’s large congressional delegation, regulators are proposing to restrict further the use of certain crucial words on wine labels. Michael Doyle in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/25/16

Oakland official backs ban on coal handling, citing health risk -- An Oakland city administrator is advising the City Council to block a controversial plan to ship coal from the Port of Oakland after a long-awaited study revealed that exposure to coal dust could damage vital organs, cause cancer and stunt childhood growth and development. Rachel Swan in the San Francisco Chronicle Dan Brekke KQED -- 6/25/16


Lake Sonoma, nearly full, reflects ample local water supply for summer -- With more than half of California still in a severe drought, Sonoma County’s water supply remained secure Friday, with Lake Sonoma, the region’s largest reservoir, at 96 percent of its supply capacity, 16 percent higher than it was this time last year. Guy Kovner in the Santa Rosa Press -- 6/25/16


Garcetti panel revokes building permits over illegal tree chopping -- The Los Angeles Board of Public Works moved Friday to punish a developer that illegally cut down three trees in Brentwood, saying the move would send a message to property owners about flouting the city's urban forestry rules. David Zahniser in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/25/16


‘No-fly, no-buy’ gun bill opposed by NRA, ACLU -- Legislation proposed in Congress, which would bar gun sales to people on a government terrorist watch list, has achieved a rare distinction: a thumbs-down from both the National Rifle Association and the American Civil Liberties Union. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/25/16

Also . . . 

Santa Ana city manager kept romance a secret, report says -- A private investigation of City Manager David Cavazos initiated by the city found that he failed to disclose a romantic relationship with a Santa Ana employee until a year after the fact, and that his complaint of sexual harassment by a councilwoman was meritless. Jessica Kwong in the Orange County Register -- 6/25/16


The exodus continues: Yet another top Bushie, Henry Paulson, backs Clinton over Trump -- Henry M. Paulson Jr., the former Treasury secretary under President George W. Bush, just became the second top Bush administration official in two weeks to cross the aisle and endorse Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. Aaron Blake in the Washington Post$ -- 6/25/16

In need of help, Trump finds few willing to work for him -- To compete against Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has finally conceded, he needs more than the bare-bones campaign team that led him to primary success. Yet he's finding that many of the GOP's most experienced political aides just aren't willing to work for him. Steve Peoples Associated Press -- 6/25/16

Can Trump repeat the Brexit miracle? -- The parallels are there, but key differences still spell trouble for the presumptive GOP nominee. Eli Stokols Politico -- 6/25/16

Friday Updates 

Judge invalidates long-fought Delta management plan -- In a decision that could delay or complicate Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two huge tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a Superior Court judge ruled Friday that a comprehensive management plan for the estuary is no longer valid. Ryan Sabalow in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/24/16

PoliGRAPH: Drug price measure foes lob unsubstantiated claim -- The opponents of a drug price initiative on California’s fall ballot are responding to the campaign’s first TV ad with a video spot of their own. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/24/16

Are California companies vulnerable to 'Brexit' turmoil? -- The "Brexit" vote doesn't mean American companies will lose business or see revenue from Britain drop or vanish. But their sales could be affected by whatever new trade deal Britain negotiates with the U.S. once it leaves the European Union. James Rufus Koren and Andrew Khouri in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

LADWP sees no need for state-mandated water conservation -- Los Angeles has enough water to make it through three more years of drought without continuing state-mandated water cuts. That's the finding of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's "stress test," which was due to the State Water Resources Control Board this week. Emily Guerin KPCC -- 6/24/16

Here's what Britain's vote to leave the EU tells us about the U.S. presidential election -- The Britons who voted to take their country out of the European Union were predominantly white, working class, older and deeply upset about immigration. Their leaders drew scorn from the university-educated elite as nativists, borderline racists and occasional buffoons. Backing them was too risky, opponents said. Sound familiar? David Lauter and Mark Z. Barabak in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

Class-action suit filed against Long Beach over stings targeting gay men -- The attorney who successfully argued that the Long Beach Police Department unfairly targeted gay men when conducting lewd conduct stings earlier this year has filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the city, claiming hundreds of other men were victims of discriminatory policing. James Queally in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

Fire officials confirm two fatalities in out-of-control fire in Kern County -- Fire officials confirmed two fatalities Friday, in a fast-moving fire that has destroyed 100 structures and scorched more than 19,000 acres near Lake Isabella. Ruben Vives, Joseph Serna and Alexia Fernandez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

KTVU's Somerville left sleepless after funeral for teen girl shot dead in Oakland -- I can’t go to sleep. I keep thinking about the funeral I was at this morning. I have so many thoughts running through my head. The funeral was for 16-year-old Reggina Jefferies. She was shot and killed in Oakland last week for no reason. Frank Somerville and KTVU in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/24/16

Lucas gives up on Chicago for his museum, seeks California site -- George Lucas is giving up on his plans to build an immense personal museum on Chicago’s lakefront and is instead looking at sites in California, including San Francisco’s Treasure Island. John King in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/24/16

Cleanup efforts under way to remove thousands of gallons of oil following Ventura spill -- Cleanup efforts continued Friday after a leaky pipeline valve spilled almost 30,000 gallons of crude oil into a gorge in Ventura. Veronica Rocha and Matt Hamilton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

After viral sit-in, Swalwell to push for livestreaming in the House -- Rep. Eric Swalwell was undeterred on Wednesday night, when told that — under House rules — the chamber would shut down live coverage of Democrats' sit-in protest because the House was not formally in session. “My immediate instinct was, 'There’s an app for that,'" he said on Thursday. Carla Marinucci Politico -- 6/24/16

California House members were the public's eyes during the Democrats' gun control sit-in -- Civil Rights icon Rep. John Lewis might have been the face of the Democrats’ 25-hour sit-in on the House floor, but three California Congressmen were its eyes. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

Fox: L.A. “No Sunset” Sales Tax Headed for the Ballot, Can it Get 2/3 Vote? -- The Los Angeles area business community said they were ready to battle for the half-cent sales tax dedicated for transportation. They better roll up their sleeves and get ready for a tough fight. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 6/24/16

Abcarian: Farmers Insurance will pay a high price for discriminating against its female attorneys -- Federal District Judge Lucy Koh had some very picky questions Thursday about terminology used in a multimillion-dollar settlement hammered out between Farmers Insurance and the hundreds of female attorneys it has underpaid for years. Robin Abcarian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

Yoga in every California school? Don’t hold your breath -- Reading, Writing and … Reclining Hero Pose? Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/24/16

San Diego's streets are about to become a lot more bike-friendly -- Cars will have to share downtown San Diego’s streets much more with bicyclists and pedestrians under an ambitious plan that aims to boost safety and fight climate change. David Garrick in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

For the mayor-elect, a hyphen separates power and preference -- A resounding June victory made Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg the most popular politician in modern Sacramento history – with no actual power. Anita Chabria and Ryan Lillis in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/24/16

Obama urges entrepreneurs to embrace diversity -- Speaking from Stanford University in the heart of Silicon Valley on Friday, President Barack Obama urged his audience to look beyond the storied tech epicenter and embrace diversity and international relationships. Marisa Kendall in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 6/24/16

The crowd went wild when President Obama dined at a San Francisco restaurant last night -- You would have thought he was a rock star. When President Barack Obama walked through the door at San Francisco's trendy Twenty Five Lusk, he coolly pulled off his shades, and the crowd went wild. Surprised diners and those at the bar broke out in applause and cheered. Amy Graff in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/24/16

U.S. Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) said Thursday he can't support presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump -- Valadao has avoided talking about the presidential race for months, saying he would support the eventual nominee. But in a statement released by his campaign Thursday, Valadao said he can't support Trump and he won't back presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton either. Valadao's district is 71% Latino. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

Donald Trump praises Brits for taking 'their country back,' but only after he promotes his golf resort -- Donald Trump stood on his newly renovated golf course in Scotland and promoted the sprinkler system, the drains and the luxury suites before praising British voters’ decision to leave the European Union and bashing President Obama and Hillary Clinton for urging them to remain. Noah Bierman in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/24/16

Hillary Clinton Camp Says Trump’s ‘Brexit’ Remarks Show He’s Unfit for White House -- They cited the news conference Mr. Trump gave at his newly-renovated golf course in Scotland on Friday. Should the British pound fall in the wake of the Brexit vote, that would be a boon to his golf business in Turnberry, Scotland, Mr. Trump told reporters, drawing more business. (It was down to its weakest level in 30 years on Friday afternoon.) Peter Nicholas and Laura Meckler in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 6/24/16

Uprising in the Rust Belt -- They used to be Democrats. Now they really could hand Donald Trump the White House. Keith O'Brien Politico -- 6/24/16

Trump up, Obama down after shocking Brexit vote -- Great Britain’s stunning vote to exit the European Union has roiled U.S. markets and the presidential race. Republican Donald Trump — on British soil Friday to open a golf course in Scotland — relished in the Brexit decision, highlighting it as a symbol of his own rise in U.S. policies. Ian Swanson The Hill -- 6/24/16

The British are frantically Googling what the E.U. is, hours after voting to leave it -- The whole world is reeling after a milestone referendum in Britain to leave the European Union. And although leaders of the campaign to exit Europe are crowing over their victory, it seems many Britons may not even know what they had actually voted for. Brian Fung in the Washington Post$ -- 6/24/16