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Gavin Newsom’s transgender posts about guns stoke online fervor -- But as the Democratic gubernatorial aspirant campaigns for a sweeping gun-control initiative expected to appear on the fall ballot, he’s facing a backlash over posts to his social media accounts in which he asserts that a National Rifle Association group is using the transgender community to combat his measure. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/26/16

Clean-up of Porter Ranch homes resumes after health department lifts stop-work order -- Indoor cleaning of Porter Ranch homes resumed Wednesday after an agreement was reached between public health officials and the Southern California Gas Co on how best to decontaminate homes impacted by last October’s massive natural gas leak. Susan Abram in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 5/26/16

'You are an ignorant bigot': California Democrat clashes with San Diego law professor on transgender issues -- U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren and a University of San Diego law professor got into a sharp back-and-forth over transgender rights during a House Judiciary Committee hearing this week about federal regulations. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/26/16

Assembly, Senate move state budget plans to conference committee -- Lawmakers have approved Gov. Jerry Brown's effort to stash away an extra $2 billion in budget reserves, but Democratic leaders are gearing up for a showdown with the governor over spending levels for welfare and child assistance programs. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/26/16

Pink razors and blue razors should cost the same under gender-pricing measure the California Senate just approved -- State Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), the author of the bill, cited the example of two substantially similar disposable razors sold by the same company. A package of 12 blue razors marketed for men cost $7.99. A package of 12 pink razors for women sold in the same store for $12.99. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/26/16

Large majority of California voters favors raising tobacco tax $2 per pack, poll says -- A new poll finds that 67% of likely voters in California support a proposed initiative that would increase the state’s tobacco tax by $2 per pack of cigarettes. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/26/16

Survey shows deep GOP stresses -- Californians have deeply mixed views about the major political parties, with fewer than one in four viewing the GOP favorably and about half giving Democrats a thumbs up, according to the latest survey by the Public Policy Institute of California. John Howard Capitol Weekly -- 5/26/16

Oil vs. environmentalists: A fight within the Democratic family -- Special interests have come to play in the Bay Area. In a one-minute radio ad airing in the 15th Senate District, billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer says, “The big oil companies will stop at nothing to protect their profits.” Tayrn Luna in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/26/16

Election high jinks? Why these interest groups are backing a Republican and a Democrat in the same Assembly race -- The California Realtors Assn. has put more than $207,000 toward getting Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino) reelected in a tough intra-party fight in the Inland Empire. Christine Mai-Duc in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/26/16

California Supreme Court to weigh in on juvenile sentences -- The California Supreme Court is set to decide whether a mandatory criminal sentence of 50 years to life for a juvenile convicted of a killing violated the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Sudhin Thanawala Associated Press -- 5/26/16

Clinton in San Jose as Sanders and Trump ponder California debate -- Hillary Clinton is swinging through the Bay Area today, rallying supporters as a new poll shows her lead over Bernie Sanders has all but evaporated less than two weeks before the California primary. Matthew Artz in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/26/16

Sanders, Clinton pony up for final stretch -- Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders plan on spending about $2 million combined in TV ads in California as their primary election campaigns hit the final stretch. John Howard Capitol Weekly -- 5/26/16

Those polls showing Donald Trump catching up with Hillary Clinton: Really? -- A raft of polls in recent days has shown a sharply tighter presidential race, with Hillary Clinton's lead over Donald Trump shrinking to just a couple of points. David Lauter in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/26/16

Quinn: Why Trump Just Might Win -- Two new California polls are showing what is becoming increasingly clear across the nation: there is a very good chance that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. Tony Quinn Fox & Hounds -- 5/26/16

Trump candidacy spurs Latinos to seek citizenship, register to vote -- Kimberly Gasca hasn’t made up her mind about whether to vote for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, but she knows one thing for sure: She’s voting against Donald Trump. Andrea Castillo in the Fresno Bee -- 5/26/16

You can now hike 67 miles through the Santa Monica Mountains uninterrupted -- For more than 50 years, Southern Californians have dreamed of following an uninterrupted trail among the sycamore canyons and sandstone peaks of the Santa Monica Mountains. Thomas Curwen in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/26/16

Sacramento County agrees to pay $150,000 over deputy flashlight beating -- In another setback for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, the county has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle an excessive-force complaint that alleges a suspect was needlessly beaten by a deputy wielding a flashlight. Denny Walsh and Sam Stanton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/26/16

Fresno Unified teachers, trustees demand stricter discipline in schools -- Rice and fellow teachers joined Fresno Unified trustees Carol Mills and Brooke Ashjian to call for a more consistent discipline policy and an expansion of alternative schools that focus on providing psychological support and behavioral intervention. They are also calling for more psychologists and social workers in schools. Mackenzie Mays in the Fresno Bee -- 5/26/16

Groups demand UCI act on concerns of anti-Semitism -- A week after a group of protesters disrupted the viewing of a film about Israeli soldiers on the UC Irvine campus, three dozen Jewish organizations signed a letter to the UCI chancellor Wednesday condemning the incident and asking the administration to take action. Roxana Kopetman in the Orange County Register -- 5/26/16

Theranos Hit With Lawsuit -- A California law firm filed a potential class-action suit against Theranos on behalf of an unidentified Arizona man. The suit accuses the blood-testing company of fraud. Jon Brooks KQED -- 5/26/16

LGBT fight sinks House spending bill -- House conservatives on Thursday blocked passage of a relatively uncontroversial energy and water spending measure after Democrats attached an amendment that would bar federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Rachael Bade and John Bresnahan Politico -- 5/26/16

Balz: Trump is borrowing the GOP brand. He’ll resist bending to party leaders -- It’s been called a hostile takeover of the Republican Party, but there’s little that has happened since Donald Trump became the GOP’s presumptive nominee to suggest he wants anything to do with the party. He’s borrowing the brand for his own purposes. Dan Balz in the Washington Post$ -- 5/26/16

Hubler: An ode to Chewbacca Mom, in the worst of times -- This is not, broadly speaking, a joyful era. Americans are at each other’s throats, for not-good-enough reasons. The Supreme Court is deadlocked. Congress is craven and paralyzed. Shawn Hubler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/26/16

The superbug that doctors have been dreading just reached the U.S. -- For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort, an alarming development that the top U.S. public health official says could signal "the end of the road" for antibiotics. Lena H. Sun and Brady Dennis in the Washington Post$ -- 5/26/16

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning   

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders in dead heat for California -- Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are in a virtual tie two weeks ahead of the primary election in California, with Sanders eliminating the modest advantage she held two months ago, according to a new statewide poll released late Wednesday. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ Ben Adler Capital Public Radio Scott Shafer KQED Carla Marinucci Politico John Wildermuth in the San Francisco Chronicle Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine CalBuzz -- 5/26/16

Decker: Ahead of California primary, Clinton focuses on Trump as Sanders seeks to prolong 'the Bern' -- As the primary season whirls to an end, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are two planets occupying orbits that only occasionally cross. Cathleen Decker in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/26/16

The Weeknd and Belly cancel 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' performance because of Trump appearance -- Amid a tempestuous swing through Southern California on Wednesday, Donald Trump made a stop in Hollywood for a taping of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” drawing a small crowd of protesters and prompting singer the Weeknd and rapper Belly to cancel their performances on the show. Kate Mather and Matt Hamilton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/26/16

Skelton: Why Gov. Jerry Brown hasn't endorsed a presidential candidate — and why he should -- Gov. Jerry Brown has endorsed a candidate for the U.S. Senate. He has also embraced one running for Congress in Compton. And for Sacramento mayor. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/26/16

Poll: California Democrats to advance to runoff for U.S. Senate -- Democrats Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez, campaigning for the U.S. Senate in California, are poised to meet in a fall rematch, according to a new poll. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/26/16

Human Voter Guide: Everything you need to know about crossover ballots -- Less than two weeks remain before California’s June 7 primary election and we're hearing from readers and listeners who are confused about using crossover ballots. Mary Plummer KPCC -- 5/26/16

Quizzing the candidates leaves a secret paper trail -- The eight-page document reads like a contract, asking candidates seeking a seat in the Legislature to pledge support for workers organizing unions. It lists priority issues – including health care, immigration and retirement benefits – and asks if the candidate will be a “supporter,” “champion” or “partner” as the union pursues its agenda in Sacramento. Laurel Rosenhall Calmatters.org -- 5/26/16

Assemblyman Roger Hernández faces new accusations of domestic violence in court -- The estranged wife of Assemblyman Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) accused him of assaulting her more than 20 times over the last three years at a divorce court hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Javier Panzar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/26/16

California cap-and-trade auction falls far short, delivering blow to state revenue and bullet train financing -- The latest auction in California’s cap-and-trade market for greenhouse gases fell sharply below expectations, as buyers purchased just 2% of the carbon credits whose sale funds a variety of state programs -- notably, the proposed high-speed rail project. Ralph Vartarbedian in the Los Angeles Times$ Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ Jonathan J. Cooper Associated Press -- 5/26/16

PG&E accuses prosecutors of deceptions in San Bruno blast probe -- Pacific Gas and Electric Co., charged with criminal violations of pipeline safety laws in the wake of the deadly San Bruno gas explosion, is accusing federal prosecutors of lying and concealing evidence showing that federal investigators were also part of a state probe of the blast that gave them direct access to the utility’s records. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 5/26/16

Edison, regulators, cooperated on subpoena -- Even as it was preparing to review a $4.7 billion deal settling costs for the failed San Onofre nuclear plant, the California Public Utilities Commission was working behind the scenes to draft and send subpoenas on behalf of plant owner Southern California Edison. Jeff McDonald in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/26/16

Assembly Democrats Push For Increased Funding For Child Care, Welfare -- Democrats in the California State Assembly will push to add funding for early childhood care programs in next year’s budget, and pay for it by delaying spending proposed by Governor Jerry Brown. Ben Bradford Capital Public Radio -- 5/26/16

A GOP congressman says he used medical marijuana while in office -- Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) just made a striking admission: Speaking to a group of marijuana activists on Capitol Hill, Rohrabacher said he had recently turned to medical marijuana to help deal with arthritis pain, and it worked. Christopher Ingraham in the Washington Post$ -- 5/26/16

Kamala Harris, a ‘Top Cop’ in the Era of Black Lives Matter -- As she campaigns to become only the second black woman elected to the U.S. Senate, the California attorney general is trying to chart a middle course on the Democratic Party’s most contentious issue: criminal justice. Emily Bazelon in the New York Times$ -- 5/26/16

Lopez: Earnest UC Irvine student seeks to shake up the Republican Party -- The party hats and confetti have turned to dust in the California GOP’s pantry. The last Republican elected to the U.S. Senate was Pete Wilson, in 1988. No Republican has held statewide office since former muscle man Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sneaked out of Sacramento in 2011 with the ratings of a weakling. Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/26/16

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions      

Another investor criticizes Tribune's moves, but 2 more proxy advisors back its board -- Another major Tribune Publishing investor is crying foul over the company's rejection of Gannett's buyout offer -- even as two more advisory firms weighed in to give the board cover against a possible shareholder lawsuit. James Rufus Koren in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/26/16

Chevron CEO to climate activists: What would you live without? -- Pressed by activist investors to do more about climate change, Chevron Corp. CEO John Watson on Wednesday rejected calls to put a price on the greenhouse gases that come from burning his company’s products and insisted the world would need oil for decades to come. David R. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 5/26/16

Power plant proposals for Southern California spark an energy debate -- A new wave of natural gas power plants planned for Southern California has stoked a high-stakes debate about how best to keep the lights on throughout the region. Joshua Emerson Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/26/16

Some BART workers are nearly tripling their salary with overtime pay -- A recent review of the 2015 annual incomes of BART's workers has revealed that some employees — particularly those involved with construction and repairs — are making almost triple their salary in overtime pay. Alyssa Pereira in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 5/26/16

Amazon will open 2 new California warehouses, in Eastvale and Tracy -- Both facilities will be about 1 million square feet and will employ more than 1,500 workers together, Amazon said. Both are on the outskirts of major metropolitan areas, a strategy that analysts have said could help the company more quickly deliver products to its city-dwelling customers. Samantha Masunaga in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/26/16

Kings: Arena Job Creation Has Met Or Exceeded Goals -- The Sacramento Kings say they have met or exceeded their goals for local employment and job training during construction of the new downtown arena. Bob Moffitt Capital Public Radio -- 5/26/16

Water   

House rejects bid to strip California water provision from appropriations bill -- The House voted 247 to 169 Wednesday to keep to a measure affecting California's drought in an appropriations bill. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/26/16

Education 

Audit to examine whether Alliance charter schools spent public funds on 'anti-union campaign' -- The state auditor will examine whether leaders of the largest network of charter schools in Los Angeles, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, used public funds in its efforts to dissuade a group of its teachers from unionizing. Kyle Stokes KPCC Zahira Torres in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/26/16

The huge price tag for missing warnings of L.A. teachers abusing students: $300 million and counting -- In a recent court hearing, one young man after another claimed that former Franklin High football coach Jaime Jimenez befriended them during summer practice before 9th grade, then sexually abused them. Richard Winton and Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/26/16

Emergency loan pool proposed for school construction needs -- School construction officials are set this afternoon to consider a new loan program for districts in dire need of building capital once provided through state bond funds which are no longer available. Kimberly Beltran Cabinet Report -- 5/26/16

Charter groups spending big in California legislative races -- Groups that support the expansion of charter schools in California are spending big this year to support the campaigns of sympathetic Democrats vying for open seats in the state Legislature. Aaron Mendelson KPCC -- 5/26/16

Building California’s initial college, career readiness metric could prove challenging -- A new metric to evaluate how well California high schools prepare students for college and careers could include everything from Advanced Placement scores and career technical education enrollment figures to the number of bilingual graduates. Fermin Leal EdSource -- 5/26/16

Cannabis 

Survey: Pot legalization, tax hikes backed in California -- With recreational marijuana headed for the fall ballot, a new poll finds that 60 percent of likely voters support the concept of legitimizing the drug in California. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/26/16

LA County supervisors extend marijuana cultivation ban to June -- The temporary ordinance from the Board of Supervisors originally went into effect on April 12, putting a halt to cultivation, manufacturing, laboratory testing and distribution of medical marijuana in the unincorporated areas of L.A. County. Kellie Galentine KPCC -- 5/26/16

Immigration / Border 

Could anger over Donald Trump's rhetoric reinvigorate the push for immigration reform? Advocates hope so -- A decade ago, Anabel Garcia Romo, then a 17-year-old attending Garfield High School, took part in the epic May Day march through the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Cindy Carcamo in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/26/16

Environment 

Rising reality -- Fifty years ago, Bay Area residents rallied around the call to save San Francisco Bay. Public action on an unprecedented scale reversed development tides that for more than a century had covered shallow waters with land for industrial parks and housing tracts, roadways and garbage dumps. John King in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 5/26/16

Acidifying Waters Put Dungeness Crabs at Risk -- Scientists reported in the journal Marine Biology that ocean acidification, which is caused when carbon dioxide pollution dissolves into oceans, can kill and stunt young crabs, potentially jeopardizing whole populations. John Upton KQED -- 5/26/16

Health 

San Francisco surgeon seeks law fix to do transplant from HIV-infected donor -- A San Francisco surgeon preparing to perform a life-saving liver transplant from an HIV-positive donor to an HIV-positive patient ran up against an unexpected problem this month. The procedure, although allowed under federal law, is illegal in California. Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 5/26/16

Justice Department accuses Ontario-based hospital chain of cheating Medicare system -- The U.S. Justice Department has joined a whistle-blower case against Prime Healthcare Services, adding significant weight to allegations of widespread Medicare overbilling at 14 of the company’s hospitals in California. Paul Sisson in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/26/16

Baby boomers will become sicker seniors than earlier generations -- The next generation of senior citizens will be sicker and costlier to the health care system over the next 14 years than previous generations, according to a new report from the United Health Foundation. We're talking about you, baby boomers. Alison Kodjak KPCC -- 5/26/16

How Therapy Became A Hobby of the Wealthy – Rather Than A Necessity for the Mentally Ill -- There’s something that really bothers Stanford psychiatry professor Keith Humphreys. When he thinks of all the years he spends training the next generation of psychiatrists, the enormous investment in medical school and residency, he wants them to devote that education to taking care of people with serious mental illness. April Dembosky KQED -- 5/26/16

Beltway 

Bernie Sanders is a socialist? Some on the far left say 'sellout' is more like it -- As Los Angeles activist and aspiring officeholder Mimi Soltysik ponders the Democratic ballot in the race for the White House, the words he blurts out include warmonger, imperialist and status quo. Evan Halper in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/26/16

Union Support Still Crucial for Democratic Presidential Contenders -- About 2.5 million union members call California home. With election season upon us, the two Democrats fighting for their party’s presidential nomination see union support as critical to getting out the vote. Katie Orr KQED -- 5/26/16

Sanders cranks up TV ad campaign in California -- Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders is mounting a $1.13 million TV ad campaign targeting Los Angeles and two other cities, and including outreach to the Latino community. John Howard Capitol Weekly -- 5/26/16

Most of California Latino Legislative Caucus endorses Clinton -- Nineteen out of the 22 California Latino Legislative Caucus members have individually endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, according to a list released by the caucus Wednesday morning. Rachel Cohrs in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/26/16

Several arrested after Trump supporters and opponents square off at rally in Anaheim -- Supporters and critics of Donald Trump squared off Wednesday as the presidential candidate held a rally in Anaheim, with police making several arrests after some demonstrators threw objects at them. James Queally, Cindy Carcamo and Anh Do in the Los Angeles Times$ Chris Haire and David Montero in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 5/26/16

At a rowdy but peaceful rally in Anaheim, Trump hits immigration hard -- Donald Trump showed no sign of letting up on his harsh immigration rhetoric as he returned to California on Wednesday with a message decidedly out of step with a state that has roundly rejected a hard-line approach to the issue. Michael Finnegan and James Queally in the Los Angeles Times$ David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/26/16

Hillary Clinton in Orange County: ‘Donald Trump is a divider not a uniter’ -- On the second day of a four-day swing through California, Hillary Clinton took the stage at a Buena Park union hall and focused attacks on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. “The final test is whether the (next) president will unify us,” the Democratic frontrunner told a pumped-up crowd of 500 that nearly filled the room. Brian Martin and Martin Wisckol in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 5/26/16