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Gavin Newsom says California gun-control bid headed for fall ballot -- Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the architect of an omnibus gun-control initiative to require background checks for ammunition, said Thursday that the campaign has collected enough signatures to qualify for the fall ballot. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/28/16

Court rejects lawsuit to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir -- A judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit seeking to force the city of San Francisco to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, a key part of the water system for 2.6 million Bay Area residents from Hayward to San Jose to San Francisco. Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 4/28/16

Revealed: inside the tug-of-war to run Donald Trump's California campaign -- The fact Trump has yet to talk to the strategist in command of the all-important California primary contest may say more about the frontrunner’s centralized presidential campaign than it does about Clark. On the other hand, it turns out Clark was not an uncontroversial pick. Paul Lewis The Guardian -- 4/28/16

Delegates: The quiet election -- It’s the most important election you’ve never heard of. On Sunday, thousands of Democrats across California will go to scattered voting places – libraries, community centers, meeting halls – to choose presidential delegates for the national convention this summer in Philadelphia. John Howard Capitol Weekly -- 4/28/16

California Republicans fired up to hang out with Trump and Cruz -- Not since Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller competed for the party’s nomination in 1964 have California Republicans been so relevant in a presidential primary, and the action at this weekend’s convention is the result. Christopher Cadelago and David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/28/16

Tom Steyer calls GOP presidential candidates ‘dangerous people’ -- Launching a statewide voter-registration drive Thursday, billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer offered a harsh assessment of the GOP presidential field. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/28/16

Assembly approves moratorium on injecting gas into Aliso Canyon wells -- Amid concern over the months-long leaking of natural gas in Aliso Canyon near Los Angeles, the Assembly on Thursday formally approved strict rules preventing injection of new gas into old wells until experts determine the operations are safe. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/28/16

SoCalGas ordered to extend deadline for Porter Ranch residents to return home to at least May 31 -- A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered Southern California Gas Co. to continue paying for displaced Porter Ranch residents to live in hotels or apartments until at least May 31. Sarah Favot in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 4/28/16

Katehi sought meeting with firm hired by UC Davis to eradicate pepper spray posts -- UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi sought a meeting in January 2013 with an online reputation firm that promised to help eradicate negative online postings about the university and Katehi, newly released documents state. Sam Stanton and Diana Lambert in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/28/16

FBI arrests brother of San Bernardino terrorist and 2 others on marriage fraud charges -- Federal agents arrested three people, including the older brother of San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook, on charges of marriage fraud and lying to federal investigators on Thursday morning, authorities said. Richard Winton and James Queally in the Los Angeles Times$ Beatriz Valenzuela in the Los Angeles Daily News$ Paul Elias and Kristin J. Bender Associated Press -- 4/28/16

What will $500 million get you in Vegas? Raiders owner Mark Davis hopes it's a home for his team -- Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis said Thursday that he wants to move the franchise to Las Vegas to play in a proposed $1.3-billion domed stadium. Nathan Fenno and Sam Farmer in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/28/16

Citing 'racism' and 'sexism,' Democrats plan protest at Donald Trump rally in Orange County -- The rally comes two days after backers and opponents of Trump clashed outside Anaheim City Hall before the City Council voted on a resolution condemning the presidential candidate and GOP front-runner. The resolution was not approved. Luke Money in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/28/16

Trump’s Bay Area Challenge: Turning Popular Support Into Loyal Delegates -- The last time the state party met, minor tweaks to the party platform passed as big news. When the GOP convention kicks off in Burlingame on Friday, hordes of media from all over the country will be there to record it all. Guy Marzorati KQED -- 4/28/16

Schnur: Bernie's fans shouldn't give up on 2016 -- The best part of being young is believing that anything is possible. The worst part of being young is when you realize that’s not always true. Dan Schnur USA Today -- 4/28/16

UC Davis chancellor says politics driving action against her -- The chancellor of the University of California, Davis says politics are driving the decision to put her on paid leave while the university investigates her treatment of relatives that work at the campus and whether she lied about the school's hiring of online image consultants. Lisa Leff Associated Press -- 4/28/16

Faulconer to oppose SANDAG tax hike -- Under pressure from environmental groups, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer plans to oppose a controversial countywide tax increase proposal Friday — when a pivotal vote will be taken. Joshua Emerson Smith in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 4/28/16

Ethics complaints highlight Hunter's Italy trip -- An ethics advocacy group has filed complaints with two federal oversight agencies, asking officials to investigate what the group describes as a pattern of questionable campaign spending by Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, R-Alpine. Morgan Cook in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 4/28/16

Crackdown on Skid Row drug dealing won’t stop ‘evil people’ who sell -- The pre-dawn arrest Wednesday of a suspected drug kingpin and his associates accused of selling narcotics in Los Angeles’ Skid Row likely won’t alleviate a complicated substance abuse cycle deeply embedded in downtown’s homeless, advocates said. Susan Abram in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 4/28/16

Why LA shelters were rarely at full capacity this winter -- Dozens of emergency shelters popped up in Los Angeles County when El Niño was an expected threat to the homeless community. The city spent an extra $1.7 million on winter shelters because of the impending storm. But, the torrential rains never came, leaving many emergency shelters underutilized throughout the winter months. Christian Brown KPCC -- 4/28/16

California seeks $90 million from utility over wildfire -- California officials say they will seek more than $90 million in firefighting costs from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. after finding that a deadly 2015 fire was sparked by a tree that came into contact with a power line. Janie Har Associated Press Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/28/16

Spring Storms Help Snowpack As California Drought Persists -- There was no change in drought conditions last week in California and Nevada, but spring storms added snow to the northern Sierra Nevada. Ed Joyce Capital Public Radio -- 4/28/16

In Car-Crazy L.A., New Rail to the Beach Promises Stress Relief -- Francis Aquino, whose company makes an app for meditation, has a most un-Zen commute: an eight-mile drive to Santa Monica that can take an hour and fifteen minutes each way in bumper-to-bumper Los Angeles traffic. Christopher Palmeri, James Nash Bloomberg -- 4/28/16

Charter schools sharing LAUSD campuses: Nobody loves it, everyone has to live with it -- The political friction between L.A. Unified and charter schools makes it easy to forget the two sides are often so much more than neighbors — they're practically roommates. More than 19,000 students attend a charter school that operates on a school district site. Kyle Stokes KPCC -- 4/28/16

In San Francisco, Colleges and Universities Struggle to House Students -- The hardest thing about being homeless for George Perez was acting like he wasn’t homeless. During the day, Perez would study at school, go to class or cleanup in the campus gym. At night, the 39-year-old sophomore at City College of San Francisco was downtown, sleeping at BART stations to keep warm. Ericka Cruz Guevarra KQED -- 4/28/16

Home listings drop, as baby boomers stay in houses longer -- Home listings are down three percent from this time last year, according to the California Association of Realtors. Lower housing turnover means less supply, which is driving up sale prices. Josie Huang KPCC -- 4/28/16

Robots Are Now Handling Pills. Will Pharmacists Be Liberated or Out of Work? -- And artificial intelligence has finally matured to the point where doctors trust robots (with human supervision) to do it. For five years now, the UCSF Medical Center has relied on an almost entirely automated “robot pharmacy” to fill prescriptions, and a fleet of thousands of autonomous robots to deliver them. Mallory Pickett KQED -- 4/28/16

LA County Supervisor candidates tackle Porter Ranch gas leak, 710 Freeway gap at debate -- The largest natural gas leak in U.S. history, the 710 Freeway gap and homelessness were among the issues that took center stage Wednesday night at a Los Angeles County District 5 supervisorial debate in Pasadena. Brenda Gazzar in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 4/28/16

The California primary matters for the first time in decades. 25 voters tell us what they care about -- We try to understand why voters make their choices using a variety of tools, each with drawbacks. Christine Mai-Duc, Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/28/16

Comcast's NBCUniversal buys DreamWorks Animation in $3.8-billion deal -- The DreamWorks deal came together with breathtaking speed in the last few weeks, becoming something of a match made in Hollywood heaven. Meg James in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/28/16

Apple 'heartbroken' over death of employee, a 'young and talented coworker' -- As authorities continue to investigate the death of an Apple employee who was found Wednesday morning in a conference room at the company headquarters in Cupertino, the technology giant released a statement regarding the tragedy. Mark Gomez in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 4/28/16

Fox: Cruz’s Fiorina Pick a Play for California -- With Donald Trump running swiftly toward the nomination, his closest rival, Senator Ted Cruz, tried to grab the spotlight by naming his vice-presidential nominee, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 4/28/16

Calbuzz: The Cruz Fiorina Ploy: A Cynical Play for CA Reeps -- By picking failed and fired Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as his would-be vice-presidential running mate, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is making a desperate and farcical last-ditch play to appeal to Republican women and stop Donald Trump in California. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine CalBuzz -- 4/28/16

Riggs: Cruz's California gamble -- Picking Carly Fiorina as his running mate guarantees lots of attention at the gathering in Burlingame. The problem is, it's likely to be the wrong kind of attention. Kevin Riggs Riggs Report -- 4/28/16

GOP senators in denial about Trump -- Fully aware that the GOP nominee could make all the difference in whether they keep or lose their slim, 54-seat Senate majority this fall, Republicans of all ideological stripes clearly aren’t ready to accept the bombastic TV reality star as their standard-bearer. Burgess Everett Politico -- 4/28/16

Poll: GOP disapproval highest since 1992 -- Sixty-two percent of Americans have an unfavorable impression of the GOP compared to 33 percent who view the party favorably, according to a Pew Research Center study released Thursday. That’s a more negative image of the party than in October, when there was a split of 58 percent unfavorable to 37 percent favorable. Brianna Gurciullo Politico -- 4/28/16

Carl Icahn dumps all of his Apple stock -- Billionaire business magnate Carl Icahn, whose investment decisions can influence the stock market, said Thursday that he dumped what was left of his nearly 1% stake in Apple Inc. on fears that Chinese authorities would bully the iPhone maker. Paresh Dave in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/28/16

California Policy & Politics This Morning   

UC Davis chancellor placed on leave as officials launch probe into alleged misconduct -- University of California President Janet Napolitano placed UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi on administrative leave Wednesday night and ordered a probe into "serious questions" raised about her involvement in campus jobs for family members, possible misuse of student service fee revenue and misstatements about her role in social media contracts. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ Sam Stanton and Dianna Lambert in the Sacramento Bee$ Lia Leff Associated Press Bob Moffitt Capital Public Radio -- 4/27/16

Family ties run strong in the California Capitol -- As anti-establishment fervor sweeps the nation this election season – forcing the son of a former president to abandon his campaign for the White House – a contrary trend has taken hold in the California Capitol: political dynasties are going strong. Laurel Rosenhall Calmatters.org -- 4/27/16

SoCal Gas exec says company continues risky injection method near local communities -- A Southern California Gas Company executive told state lawmakers this week that the company continues to use the same controversial method to inject and withdraw natural gas that has been cited as a possible cause for the uncontrolled, four-month gas leak near Porter Ranch. Sharon McNary KPCC -- 4/27/16

Internet poker inches closer to legalization in California -- After years of gridlock, a bill that would help legalize Internet poker in California advanced out of a legislative committee on Wednesday after its author said there has been “serious progress toward consensus” between many competing interests in the gambling industry. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/16

Will young Sanders backers stay and steer Democrats leftward? -- As a light rain fell on the young political activists at Sproul Plaza on Wednesday, the morning after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders all but waved the white flag in his White House bid, the undergraduate who founded UC Berkeley Students for Bernie was “anything but disappointed.” John Wildermuth and Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/27/16

Could Fiorina Help Cruz Win California Delegates? -- If there’s any doubt that Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz needs a strong showing in California’s June 7th primary election, just look at his newly-named running mate. Carly Fiorina has plenty of California ties – and now she’ll be asked to help Cruz block Donald Trump, starting at this weekend's California Republican Party convention. Ben Adler Capital Public Radio -- 4/27/16

Skelton: Ted Cruz picking Carly Fiorina as his running mate? It's a gambit bound to fail -- Pardon me, but this has been tried before: desperately naming a running mate prior to a national convention. It’s a losing gambit. OK, maybe the third time will be the charm. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/28/16

The census missed more than 100,000 California Latino children in 2010. Here's what could change in 2020 -- More than 113,000 young Latinos in California weren’t counted in the 2010 census, a new study says, and Latino advocacy groups want to be sure the U.S. Census Bureau is working to reduce that number in 2020. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/28/16

LACMA receives a historic $75-million windfall, creating an energetic and hope-filled momentum -- It once seemed like a herculean, if not insurmountable, challenge – raising $600 million or more for an ambitious modernist building to serve as the new home for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. David Ng in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/16

Can the U.S. fight climate change with Treasury bonds? -- On Wednesday, the senator from California introduced legislation that would allow the Treasury Department to issue up to $200 million annually in "Climate Change Bonds." Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/16

Placentia chief financial officer resigns after employee accused of $4.3 million embezzlement -- Placentia’s chief financial officer has announced her resignation amid a criminal investigation into a co-worker’s suspected theft of $4.3 million in municipal funds. Linda Magnuson will voluntarily step down effective Sunday, City Administrator Damien R. Arrula said in a statement Wednesday morning. Scott Schwebke in the Orange County Register -- 4/27/16

California gun sales spiking in 2016 -- California has seen a surge in gun sales in recent months, with background checks hitting new highs, continuing trends that began after last year's terrorist attack in San Bernardino. Aaron Mendelson KPCC -- 4/27/16

Drawn to political outsiders, California's young voters face a test of commitment -- Activated by the populist campaigns of Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Donald Trump, their voter registrations across the state have surged. But young voters are notorious for not showing up at the polls, and that's cause for caution when predicting their influence. Mary Plummer KPCC -- 4/27/16

Top L.A. County sheriff's official sent emails mocking Muslims, blacks, Latinos and women -- Tom Angel, who is Sheriff Jim McDonnell's chief of staff, sent the emails in 2012 and 2013 when he was the No. 2 police official in Burbank, hired to reform a department reeling from allegations of police brutality as well as racism and sexual harassment within its ranks. Alene Tchekmedyian and Cindy Chang in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/16

California bill would allow landlords to ban marijuana for renters -- A new bill from Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg, would extend to medical marijuana a 2011 law that permitted landlords to prohibit the smoking of cigarettes and other tobacco products on their rental properties. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/27/16

Legislators reject an effort to allow locals to re-order their ballot -- A proposal that would have shifted the order of ballot measures in some communities — allowing local proposals to be at the top of the page — was rejected on Wednesday by an Assembly committee. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/16

California GOP is rethinking term limits -- for the party chairman -- Republican delegates will consider proposals to extend or remove the term limits for the post of state party chairman. If approved, the current chairman, Jim Brulte, would be eligible to serve at least another two-year term. Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/16

County finds that charity misdirected funds -- Mental Health Systems, a social-services charity that collects and spends millions of tax dollars each year, improperly directed public funds to its for-profit subsidiary and sought reimbursements from San Diego County for costs it did not pay, a county investigation has found. Jeff McDonald in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 4/28/16

Saunders: There’s no such thing as a free lunch or a free education -- As he panders for the youth vote, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders promises free tuition at public colleges and universities because, he says, “A college degree is the new high school diploma.” Debra J. Saunders in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/28/16

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Tolls     

Almost half of California 2014 income taxes paid by top 1 percent -- The wealthiest Californians paid nearly half of the state’s income taxes in 2014 after seeing an uptick in their average income from 2013, according to updated income distribution data compiled by the state Franchise Tax Board. Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/27/16

County officials look to parcel tax to help L.A.'s park-poor communities -- In Malibu, sandwiched between a sprawling national recreation area and a 13-mile beachfront, an abundance of parkland is one of the community's many charms. The city has on average 13 acres of parks for each 1,000 residents. Abby Sewell in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/16

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions      

Competitors are eating into L.A. ports' dominance -- But ports in other parts of the country, from Houston to New York, have poured money into infrastructure projects to make their coastlines deeper and their terminals more efficient. Now they are slowly eating into the L.A. area's dominance as a gateway to U.S. markets. Natalie Kitroeff in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/16

Yahoo gives up four board seats to activist investor Starboard Value -- Activist investor Starboard Value's partial takeover of Yahoo's board Wednesday is expected to speed the sale of the Internet firm and bring a major management shake-up. Ethan Baron in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 4/27/16


Survey: African-American students cite poor diversity in turning down UC -- Many African-American students admitted to University of California campuses said they chose to enroll at other universities because of the UC system’s lack of diversity, its high costs to attend and poor outreach to them while they applied, according to a new UC survey. Fermin Leal EdSource -- 4/28/16

Immigration / Border 

Donald Trump says illegal immigration is at a record high. He's wrong -- According to recent estimates by the Center for Migration Studies, the number of immigrants living in the country without authorization has fallen to the lowest level since 2003, thanks in part to a major buildup of border security started by President George W. Bush and continued by President Obama. Kate Linthicum in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/16


Court opens the door for possible access to Martins Beach -- The gate to Martins Beach, a picturesque cove and magnet for surfers, was closed in 2010 by billionaire entrepreneur Vinod Khosla, who said it was private property. But the public had been welcomed by the previous owners for at least 70 years — and that, a state appeals court said Wednesday, might be a legal basis for prying the gate open. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/27/16

Tiny Central Valley Community Tests California’s Clean-Water Law -- Here’s a statistic that, no matter how many times we report about it, still sounds shocking: More than a million Californians lack access to safe, clean drinking water. Kerry Klein KQED -- 4/27/16


California Medical Association seeks to join ACLU suit against Catholic hospital system -- The California Medical Association is seeking to join the ACLU of Northern California in its lawsuit against a Catholic hospital system over one of its facilities' refusal on religious grounds to allow a doctor to perform a tubal ligation after a planned Cesarean section. Rebecca Plevin KPCC -- 4/27/16

Also . . . 

LAUSD police officer charged with attempted sex trafficking of a child -- A Los Angeles Unified School District police officer surrendered to federal agents Wednesday morning after he was accused of attempting to have sex with a minor, officials said. James Queally in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/16

Willie Williams, LAPD's first black police chief, dies -- Willie Williams, who became Los Angeles' first African American police chief in the aftermath of the 1992 riots, has died. He was 72. Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/16

Apple campus death: Employee dead in company conference room in 'isolated incident' -- An Apple employee was reportedly found dead in a conference room at the company headquarters in Cupertino on Wednesday morning, amid unconfirmed reports that the victim might have had a gun. Mark Gomez and Robert Salonga in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 4/27/16


Decker: A Trump-Clinton general election poses a question: Which one does America hate less? -- Momentous victories in Tuesday’s primaries drove Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ever closer to a November face-off in which the strongest argument each can make for election is the threat posed by the other. Cathleen Decker in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/16

Lopez: Loyola Marymount's 'Trump' wall sparks strong feelings on campus -- Diana Delgado Cornejo, now 21 and about to graduate from Loyola Marymount University, says her father delivered the shocking news to her about 10 years ago. The family had no papers. Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/16

Jeffe & Jeffe: In Politics, It Isn’t Easy Being Clean -- In the political arena, there are few white hats and black hats. The real work gets done in the grey areas. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe & Doug Jeffe Fox & Hounds -- 4/27/16

The Seats Democrats Must Win to Retake House -- It’s not too difficult to see Democrats gaining 10, or even 20, seats in November, but gaining the 30 required for a majority is more difficult and will require Democrats winning a large swath of seats where Republicans are currently heavy favorites. Nathan L. Gonzales Roll Call -- 4/27/16

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are being skewered by political street artists -- The latest are "No Trump Anytime" signs popping up around L.A. They look like city parking signs but have a clear political message. Shelby Grad in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/16

Trump fails to impress foreign-policy experts -- A speech aimed at boosting his credibility got low marks from across the spectrum. Michael Crowley Politico -- 4/27/16