California Policy & Politics This Morning   

Sacramento shooting case sparks debate over U.S. immigration policies -- Critics of U.S. immigration policy have seized on the shooting spree that left two Sacramento area sheriff’s deputies dead last week as evidence that the federal government has failed to secure the border with Mexico. Stephen Magagnini and Phillip Reese in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/31/14

Californians will pay more for water, must still conserve: officials -- Californians face higher water prices and permanent conservation measures amid drought, global warming and population growth in a state that has long struggled to satisfy urban and agricultural needs, the administration of Governor Jerry Brown said Thursday. Sharon Bernstein Reuters -- 10/31/14

Judge approves Stockton bankruptcy plan; worker pensions safe -- A federal bankruptcy judge approved the city of Stockton’s bankruptcy recovery plan, allowing the city to continue with planned pension payments to retired workers. Marc Lifsher, Melody Peterson in the Los Angeles Times$ Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/30/14

Bankruptcy judge explains pension cut hurdles -- A federal judge, who earlier ruled CalPERS pension contracts can be overturned in bankruptcy, yesterday outlined the difficulty of cutting pensions while approving Stockton’s plan to exit bankruptcy with pensions intact. Ed Mendel Calpensions.com -- 10/31/14

Resignation in rural California as election nears -- Rain fell over the hay barns and pine forests in the far northeastern corner of the state, and with Tuesday’s election presaging four more years of Democratic rule in Sacramento, an air of resignation filled the Flournoy family ranch. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/31/14

Once seen as a major race, campaign for controller is now a snoozer -- The campaign for state controller, the job responsible for paying the state's bills, was expected to be one of the year's most hotly contested, the showcase for a rising Republican star from the Central Valley. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/31/14

Abcarian: Neutrality will only take GOP controller candidate Swearengin so far -- The mayor of this town is young, telegenic and smart. And she has — please forgive me for using this phrase — gone a little bit rogue. Robin Abcarian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/31/14

Ad Watch: Republicans’ Obamacare ad rings true -- The Congressional Leadership Fund, the Republican group affiliated with House Speaker John Boehner, is wading into the heavily targeted 7th Congressional District, hitting Sacramento-area Democratic Rep. Ami Bera for his support of the federal Affordable Care Act. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/31/14

CA17: Super PAC backing Khanna has spent $812k -- The super PAC that’s spending independently in support of Democratic congressional candidate Ro Khanna’s campaign has reported another $250,000 in spending, this time on radio ads – which means someone has put another big load of money into it. Josh Richman Political Blotter -- 10/31/14

Contentious Final Debate Between Peters, DeMaio -- Democratic Congressman Scott Peters and Republican challenger Carl DeMaio met for a contentious final debate Thursday, just five days before the election. Claire Trageser KPBS Mark Walker UT San Diego$ -- 10/31/14

Changing of guard among L.A. County supervisors not happening quietly -- The final weeks of elected officials' terms are typically spent packing up boxes, exchanging goodbyes, and handing out proclamations to constituents and loyal staff members. Abby Sewell in the Los Angeles Times$ Josh Richman in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/31/14

Jerry Brown casts ballot, mum on Torlakson v. Tuck -- Gov. Jerry Brown, with few exceptions, has long resisted the urge many politicians feel to involve themselves – whether for the sake of good government or political gain – in controversies outside their immediate purview. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ Will Kane in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/31/14

Long-Term Debate Over Jerry Brown’s Short-Term Taxes -- Even Jerry Brown’s critics often concede that he’s a skilled politician, and so no one should be surprised about one part of this, his final campaign for governor: He’s not going to even suggest any additional taxes on Californians beyond those already on the books. John Myers KQED -- 10/30/14

Morain: Jerry Brown is stingy with his endorsements -- For an hour on Wednesday, we Californians almost had a campaign. Dan Morain in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/30/14

Skelton: A voter guide to California's boring but important ballot propositions -- Six state propositions are on the ballot and none are sexy. All are snoozers. But each is significant. Some, in fact, are game-changers. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/31/14

Same-party races challenge California incumbents -- California congressmen Mike Honda and Tom McClintock have never apologized for their strong partisan leanings and are not about to start now. Kevin Freking Associated Press -- 10/30/14

Outside spending dwarfs candidates’ efforts in some California races -- Campaign spending by outside groups exceeds candidates’ own efforts in a dozen state contests on Tuesday’s ballot, the latest state filings show. Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/30/14

How an Ugly, Intra-Party State Senate Race Could Save the Democrats a House Seat -- Low turnout has Ami Bera hoping for help at the bottom of the ticket. Jack Fitzpatrick National Journal -- 10/30/14

PG&E cutting gas pressure on lines with wrong kind of pipe -- Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is cutting pressure on four gas transmission pipelines in the Bay Area after discovering the company used pipe or components that did not comply with federal rules for populated areas, utility officials have told state regulators. Jaxon Van Derbeken in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/31/14

Calbuzz: Why Kashkari’s Electoral Project Is a Total Failure -- Neel Kashkari has argued throughout the 2014 campaign that he could alter the dynamics of party politics in California by demonstrating that a Republican who is socially moderate and economically conservative can win – or at least run competitively – in a race for governor. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine CalBuzz -- 10/31/14

Taxes, Fees, Rates   

L.A. County's Prop. P would levy tax for parks, conservation work -- Along with casting their votes for a new supervisor, sheriff and assessor Nov. 4, Los Angeles County voters will decide whether to tax themselves to pay for park and conservation projects across the region. Abby Sewell in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/31/14

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Pensions   

Kaiser nurses plan two-day strike over Ebola safety issues -- Registered nurses from Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics in the Bay Area are planning a two-day strike next month to demand tougher Ebola safety precautions, the union that represents the health care workers, said Thursday. J.K. Dineen in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/31/14

'Skills gap' threatening to impede economic growth in California -- California employers aren't hiring as quickly as they could — but the economy isn't the damper. Tiffany Hsu in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/31/14

U.S. economy shows solid growth, but it's about to be tested -- The nation's economic output expanded at a healthy 3.5% annual rate in the third quarter, the government said Thursday, thanks to unusually strong federal spending and a sharp narrowing of the trade deficit. Don Lee in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/31/14

L.A. officials: No active quake fault under Hollywood development site -- The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety has signed off on geology reports that found that no active earthquake fault runs under the site of a proposed 16-story development just east of the Millennium Hollywood project. Rosanna Xia in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/30/14

Walters: L.A., Ontario squabbling over airport -- Ontario International Airport opened two large, modernistic terminals in the late 1990s to improve service in California’s fast-growing “Inland Empire” of San Bernardino and Riverside counties, replacing shabby facilities that would have embarrassed a Third World country. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/31/14

Apple’s Tim Cook: ‘I’m Proud to Be Gay’ -- The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay. Dan Brekke KQED -- 10/30/14

Bankrupt San Bernardino to vote on 'autopilot' raises for police, fire -- Voters in bankrupt San Bernardino, California, will decide next week whether to scrap a budget rule that sets pay for police and firefighters based on salary levels in wealthier cities. Tim Reid Reuters -- 10/30/14

Lazarus: The American way of broadband: slow -- AT&T was slapped with a federal lawsuit this week for allegedly duping wireless customers with broken promises of unlimited data downloads. David Lazarus in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/31/14

Education

Witness says City College received warnings for years that it was in jeopardy -- City College of San Francisco has received clear warnings since 2006 about its financial instability and other problems that threatened its accreditation, witnesses said Thursday under questioning from attorneys for the commission trying to revoke the school’s accreditation. Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/30/14

Schools chief race most expensive statewide race -- Spending in the race for California’s superintendent of public instruction is three times the spending in the race for governor, according to recent data from the California Secretary of State site. John C. Osborn EdSource -- 10/31/14

California Schools Ask for $11.6B of Bonds -- On Nov. 4 California's school districts and community colleges will ask voters to approve a record high of 113 local bond measures, totaling $11.6 billion, to fund school construction, acquire equipment, and make repairs and upgrades. Tonya Chin Bond Buyer -- 10/30/14

Berkshire Hathaway executive donates $65 million to UC Santa Barbara -- The vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has donated $65 million to a UC Santa Barbara physics institute -- the largest single gift in the university's history. Adolfo Flores in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/31/14

Drought  

Lake Mission Viejo isn't feeling California drought — yet -- Lake Mission Viejo is Southern California at its most idyllic and, when it comes to water, its most extravagant. Multimillion-dollar homes surround a 1.2-billion-gallon lake created solely for recreation, where sailboats sway under sunny afternoon skies as children frolic on pristine sandy beaches. Matt Stevens in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/30/14

Immigration / Border

Prop. 187 lives on today in a surprising way -- There’s a ghost haunting next week’s elections in California. It’s been there 20 years. Proposition 187 – a measure Californians overwhelmingly voted into law on Nov. 8, 1994 – was never enacted. Roxana Kopetman in the Orange County Register$ -- 10/31/14

GOP not budging on executive action -- In case President Barack Obama forgot, congressional Republicans really — really — don’t want him to take executive action on immigration, like he has promised. Seung Min Kim Politico -- 10/31/14

Environment

Wind Project Pulled From San Bernardino Mountains -- A proposal that would have placed 71 wind turbines on the north slope of the San Bernardino Mountains has been withdrawn by its owner, according to the Bureau of Land Management. Chris Clarke KCET Rewire -- 10/31/14

Health

Questions, answers about California's Ebola policy -- The California Department of Public Health has issued a 21-day quarantine order for people traveling from Ebola-stricken areas who have had contact with infected patients, but the restrictions will be determined by county health officers depending on the individual's level of risk exposure. Judy Lin Associated Press -- 10/30/14

Sacramento County monitoring person with 'very low risk' of carrying Ebola -- Sacramento County health officials are monitoring one person with "very low risk" of carrying Ebola, but will follow new guidelines and a quarantine order issued by state health officials Wednesday when necessary. Kathy Robertson Sacramento Business Journal -- 10/31/14

State inadequately investigates nursing home complaints, audit finds -- The California Department of Public Health has failed to effectively investigate nursing home complaints, a state audit released Thursday found, with a total of 11,000 unresolved complaints in its system. Adolfo Flores in the Los Angeles Times$ Marjie Lundstrom in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/31/14

Decades-old ban on blood donation by gay men draws scrutiny -- When Patrick O’Reilly heard about American River College’s fall blood drive a few weeks ago, he knew there was no point in showing up. Sammy Caiola in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/31/14

Also . . .

A day with San Francisco’s Fire Engine 1, the busiest responders in U.S. -- It responds to about 40 calls per day in a part of the city where many clients dial 911 so frequently that firefighters know them by name, affecting the department’s ability to respond to other emergencies. Greta Kaul in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/31/14

Days after cyclist's death, Newport Beach OKs $22-million safety plan -- Days after a cyclist was struck and killed by a motorist on East Coast Highway, Newport Beach leaders this week approved a $22-million long-range plan to make the city more bike friendly. Jill Cowan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/31/14