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In San Diego, a House Race Is Made-for-TV Drama -- A late-night break-in, a stolen campaign playbook that ended up in the hands of the opponent and sexual harassment accusations made by a fired staffer against one of the candidates. Kevin Freking and Elliot Spagat Associated Press -- 10/22/14

California Malpractice Cap Generates Big Spending -- Bob Pack wanted to go after the HMO doctors for recklessly prescribing painkillers to a drug-abusing nanny who ran over his 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter as they were heading for ice cream one early fall evening in 2003. Judy Lin Associated Press -- 10/22/14

Big donors dominated California congressional primaries, report says -- Big donors dominated California congressional primaries, report says. Jean Merl in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

Amid ballot fight, state insurance commissioner rips Anthem rate hike -- In the final days of a battle over Proposition 45, California's insurance commissioner criticized Anthem Blue Cross for an "excessive" rate hike affecting 120,000 people with small-business health coverage. Chad Terhune in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

New anti-Prop. 45 TV ad misleads viewers -- Proposition 45 would allow California's elected insurance commissioner to regulate health plan rates for 6 million Californians with individual policies or who get their insurance as employees of small businesses. Tracy Seipel in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/22/14

Sacramento crude oil transfers halted by lawsuit -- Faced with an environmental lawsuit, a Sacramento-based oil company has agreed to stop loading crude oil at McClellan Business Park, officials involved in the dispute said. Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/22/14

UC leaders consider limiting out-of-state enrollment -- The University of California is beginning to have second thoughts about its highly successful effort to bring more out-of-state students onto its campuses. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

Brown throws support behind strong-mayor systems -- Gov. Jerry Brown Wednesday expressed his support for strong-mayor forms of government. While not directly endorsing Sacramento’s Measure L, the campaign behind the ballot measure described the statement as a boost to their effort. Ryan Lillis in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/22/14

Plastic industry gives $1.2 million to repeal bag ban -- Out-of-state plastic companies hoping to block California’s freshly signed ban on single-use plastic bags have poured over $1 million into a referendum campaign. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/22/14

Giants pitcher Sergio Romo hurls heated words at San Francisco police -- Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo had a few choice words for San Francisco police the other night, after the cops received a report that two men were trying to push a woman into an SUV on a downtown street. Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/22/14

Michelle Rhee leans fully into role as Sacramento mayor’s wife -- Two months after announcing plans to step down as head of StudentsFirst, the national education advocacy group she founded in 2010, Michelle Rhee is leaning fully into her role as wife of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/22/14

Lopez: Is the L.A. teachers union tone deaf? -- It was back-to-school night in August. A time for new beginnings and high hopes at Thomas Starr King Middle School on the Silver Lake/Los Feliz border. Then came an awkward moment. Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

Headshot Truck offers a photo studio for actors on the go -- The bright magenta van parked alongside Pan Pacific Park near the Grove could be mistaken for any one of the scores of gourmet food trucks roaming the streets of Los Angeles. Saba Hamedy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

LAPD detective to be fired over training session rant, his lawyer say -- A veteran Los Angeles police detective who admitted making inappropriate comments in an expletive-laden rant at a training session will be fired by police Chief Charlie Beck, the detective’s attorney said Wednesday. Jack Leonard, Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

Prop. 46 battle pits doctors, lawyers overshadowing Los Gatos family tragedy -- Adam Glover and his father took a boys trip to Yosemite during spring break in 2008. After three days of hiking, biking and rock climbing, Adam succumbed to a bad stomach ache and started vomiting. Samantha Clark in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/22/14

Videos offer help in sorting through state ballot measures -- Confused by the conflicting TV ads and political mail concerning the state measures on the Nov. 4 ballot? Can't face reading through the arguments in the official election booklet? Some recently released videos could help. Jean Merl in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

Hoffenblum: Campaign 2014: Weekly Update, What’s Hot -- This is an abbreviated version of the Hot Sheet, which is regularly emailed to subscribers of the California Target Book. Allan Hoffenblum Fox & Hounds -- 10/22/14

'Silicon Beach': Tech boom hits Los Angeles -- So long Silicon Valley. These days entrepreneurs and engineers are flocking to a place better known for wave surfing than Web surfing. Amid the palm trees and purple sunsets of the Southern California coastline, techies have built "Silicon Beach." Ryan Nakashima and Michael Liedtke Associated Press -- 10/22/14

Sacramento City Council member seeks to boost minimum wage -- Sacramento City Councilman Allen Warren said Wednesday he expects the council next year to consider setting a local minimum wage that goes beyond what the state requires. Allen Young Sacramento Business Journal -- 10/22/14

Neighborhood frustration grows as mansionization continues in L.A. -- With mansionization marching on in some Los Angeles neighborhoods and city officials saying stricter regulations are still a year and a half away, some vexed residents are taking matters into their own hands. Emily Alpert Reyes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

USC postpones event with 'Django Unchained' actress Daniele Watts -- "Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts was set to discuss race, sexual expression and civil rights at USC on Wednesday, but school officials postponed the event a day after she was charged with lewd conduct. Angel Jennings in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

McCarthy lays out agenda for 2015 -- He says in a memo that "restoring competence in government" will be a major focus of the GOP. Jake Sherman, John Bresnahan Politico -- 10/22/14

Simon: Fear is good -- That’s our whole point. Fear drives politics. Candidates for Congress are already campaigning on how the White House screwed up on Ebola. At the same time, President Barack Obama is calling on world leaders to help fight Ebola and looking presidential. Roger Simon Politico -- 10/22/14

Greenhut: Union uses Ebola scare to push agenda -- Nurses' group slams hospitals, but tagged with hypocrisy for opposing flu bill. Steven Greenhut UT San Diego$ -- 10/22/14

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning   

Drought, drawdowns and death of the Salton Sea -- The Salton Sea, California’s largest lake at 370 square miles, once supported resorts that drew celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Jerry Lewis. It is now in danger of shrinking by half. Raoul Rañoa in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

More than 5 million Californians live near oil or gas well, report says -- The Natural Resources Defense Council, analyzing state environmental data, identified 5.4 million people who live within a mile of at least one of the state's 84,000 active or new wells. Tony Barboza in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

Online fundraising is boosting candidate war chests in California -- An online fundraising revolution has helped propel California congressional candidates to new heights. Michael Doyle McClatchy DC -- 10/22/14

Dirty tricks alleged in Assembly campaign -- Republicans are illegally funneling big money to Jack Mobley's campaign in a late push to unseat Adam Gray in the California Assembly, says a complaint to state ethics enforcers filed by a Democratic activist from Ceres. Mobley's camp denied the charge and called the complaint "fabricated." Garth Stapley in the Fresno Bee -- 10/22/14

A Barrier to Proposition 1? -- Some environmental groups support the bond measure because it would help water-quality efforts, but many other organizations oppose it, mostly because it would finance new dams. Jean Tepperman East Bay Express -- 10/22/14

Herdt: What Prop. 48 will and won't decide -- Before deciding how to vote on Proposition 48 on the Nov. 4 ballot, there are two things a California voter should know: 1. A yes vote means there will soon be a new Indian casino built just off the Highway 99 freeway near Madera. 2. A no vote means there will soon be a new Indian casino built just off the Highway 99 freeway near Madera. Timm Herdt in the Ventura Star$ -- 10/22/14

Walters: Prop. 48 is new episode in California’s long-running Indian saga -- The multibillion-dollar casino gambling monopoly that Indian tribes enjoy is one of California’s most remarkable cultural and political sagas – and it’s not over yet. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/22/14

L.A. County OKs contract to design new touch-screen voting system -- Los Angeles County is moving to overhaul the way millions of residents vote by replacing the antiquated, ink-based balloting system with modern touch-screen machines. Abby Sewell in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

Hacker, Terrorist Threats Spur Bases to Build Power Grids -- The base at Twentynine Palms, home to about 22,000 people and spread across 1,100 square miles of the Mojave Desert, still buys power from Southern California Edison. But soon it will be able to operate even if there is a blackout, using a system of small power plants, solar panels, batteries and diesel generators. Rebecca Smith in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 10/22/14

Kashkari pounds Brown on teacher tenure in new ad -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, who stirred controversy with an ad depicting a drowning boy, returned to the teacher-tenure issue to pound Gov. Jerry Brown in a new TV ad that debuted Tuesday. Carla Marinucci in the San Francisco Chronicle David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/22/14

Nurses to Jerry Brown: California isn’t ready for Ebola -- The state’s largest nurses union said Tuesday that no California hospital is prepared to treat an Ebola patient, as it pressed Gov. Jerry Brown to require increased training and protective equipment for nurses. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ Judy Lin Associated Press -- 10/22/14

Jerry Brown bets pizza on World Series; Jay Nixon offers ribs -- In the tradition of friendly bets made by politicians on their sports teams in big games, the World Series offers this: California Gov. Jerry Brown put pizza on the San Francisco Giants and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is offering ribs. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

New poll: Peters, DeMaio still deadlocked -- Rep. Scott Peters remains essentially deadlocked with challenger Carl DeMaio in San Diego’s 52nd Congressional District with two weeks until Election Day, according to a new poll. Mark Walker UT San Diego$ -- 10/22/14

DeMaio email about staffer questioned -- An email supposedly sent by congressional candidate Carl DeMaio demeaning a female staffer of his opponent’s campaign has made national news, featured Tuesday on Time magazine’s website. Joel Hoffmann UT San Diego$ -- 10/22/14

Swearengin attacked by labor group in California controller’s race -- A labor-backed independent expenditure committee has started sending out mailers criticizing Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, the Republican candidate for California controller in a sign that the contest has tightened leading up to the Nov. 4 election. Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/22/14

Prop. 46 pits doctors against lawyers -- Most doctors would face random drug tests, just like truck drivers and pilots. Payouts for medical malpractice would more than quadruple. Doctors would have to check a database to see what drugs patients have already been prescribed before issuing any new prescriptions. Deepa Bharath in the Orange County Register$ -- 10/22/14

Beyond the airwaves, Prop. 46 backers and opponents use grassroots tactics -- The battle over Proposition 46, the medical malpractice and drug testing initiative, has led to a deluge of TV and radio ads, mostly from the opposition. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

Ralph Nader urges Jerry Brown to support Proposition 46 -- Ralph Nader, the consumer activist who ran repeatedly for president as a third-party candidate, urged California Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday to publicly support Proposition 46, the ballot initiative that would more than quadruple the limit on medical malpractice awards. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/22/14

Weirdest, wackiest facts about Oakland’s mayoral candidates -- Peter Liu wants to give guns to every law-abiding resident in Oakland. Libby Schaaf spent a summer dressed up as Cinderella. Anonymous and Occupy hacked into Nancy Sidebotham’s computer. As a kid, Ken Houston really wanted to be a veterinarian. Meet Oakland’s mayoral maybes. Will Kane in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/22/14

Feinstein’s fundraising plea for Democratic majority -- California Sens. Dianne Feinstein or Barbara Boxer are not up for re-election this year, but their fates in Washington hinge on a handful of Senate elections elsewhere in the country that will determine whether Democrats keep their majority in the upper chamber. Carolyn Lochhead in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/22/14

Alameda County Alerts Berkeley Voters to Ballot Snafu -- Alameda County elections officials are sending out cards to alert 27,000 voters in Berkeley that they’ve received mail-in ballots imprinted with the incorrect date for next month’s election. Dan Brekke KQED -- 10/22/14

Brownie Mary Democratic Club rises in East Bay -- The East Bay has its first marijuana-oriented Democratic club. Josh Richman Political Blotter -- 10/22/14

Ad Watch: Attack on Roger Dickinson misleads -- A group funded largely by doctors and dentists is airing a television ad slamming Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson for problems in Sacramento’s Child Protective Services unit during the years he was on the county’s Board of Supervisors. The item in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/22/14

Rhee spars with Hansen over strong-mayor campaign donations -- Opponents of the strong-mayor measure on the November ballot have consistently criticized the amount of money proponents have raised from special interests. On Tuesday, Mayor Kevin Johnson’s wife tried to turn the tables on City Councilman Steve Hansen, the lead spokesman for the opposition campaign. Ryan Lillis in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/22/14

In a first, Healdsburg bans under-21 tobacco sales -- The Wine Country city of Healdsburg, known for enticing tourists with a hedonistic blend of fresh food and drink, now has another distinction: It’s the first place in California to ban tobacco sales to anyone under 21. Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/22/14

Calbuzz: Press Clips: A Salute to Bill German, True Newsman -- They buried Bill German on a hilltop overlooking Mt. Tamalpais Sunday, a great editor whose 62-year career at The Chronicle spanned the last great era of newspapering in San Francisco. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine CalBuzz -- 10/22/14

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Tolls

Golden Gate Bridge considers charging bicyclists, pedestrians -- Expect to see a sea of spandex filling the usually staid chambers of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District on Friday when directors consider charging a toll for bicyclists and pedestrians to cross the landmark bridge. And don’t expect those bodies in spandex to be very pleased. Michael Cabanatuan in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/22/14

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Pensions   

Judge tosses San Francisco law meant to shield evicted tenants -- San Francisco apartment owners scored a major victory Tuesday when a federal judge declared unconstitutional the city’s attempt to shield evicted tenants from soaring rents by substantially increasing the relocation fees the tenants must be paid by landlords who decide to get out of the rental business. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/22/14

Some councilmembers want to slow down Los Angeles' minimum wage proposal -- Five members of the Los Angeles city council put forward a proposal Tuesday that would slow down the city's push toward increasing the minimum wage by calling for a full economic study on how businesses and non-profits could be affected by higher wages. Alice Walton KPCC -- 10/22/14

L.A.'s tech scene gets first Google-like luxury bus -- Bay Area tech companies are known for offering their employees luxury bus rides to work. Paresh Dave in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

TV production in L.A. jumps 31% in the third quarter -- TV production continued to steal the show in the third quarter, as on location shoots for television shows surged in the Los Angeles area. Richard Verrier in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

Why you should care about California's ban on commissions for site-selection consultants -- Is the Brown administration hurting California by banning commissions for consultants who help companies win tax credits? Some consultants themselves disagree on that question. Allen Young Sacramento Business Journal -- 10/22/14

What is it like to grow up as a child in Orange County? -- Youngsters are leaving gangs and doing better on tests. But despite progress, Orange County remains one of “the most inaccessible places to live for low and moderate earners.” Nicole Shine in the Orange County Register$ -- 10/22/14

Great Scott! A Los Gatos Company Built A Hoverboard -- It’s official, we’re in the future – sort of. Hendo Hover, a Los-Gatos based company, has launched a Kickstarter to fund the world’s first production hoverboard. Donovan Farnham in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/22/14

Rule Change Lets Los Angeles Dream of Spires -- The city’s Fire Department has agreed to drop a requirement for all skyscrapers to have flat tops, clearing the way for visions of a more inspiring skyline to rival New York or Chicago. Adam Nagourney in the New York Times$ -- 10/22/14

Education

L.A. school board ratifies contract for Cortines to lead district -- The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday ratified a contract for Ramon C. Cortines to serve as superintendent through June. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

Education Secretary Duncan talks tech with L.A. Unified's Cortines -- U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in a brief visit to Los Angeles on Tuesday, met with newly installed L.A. Unified Supt. Ramon C. Cortines to talk about local technology problems and the state of local schools. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

Education secretary says time to debate preschool is over -- U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a conference of preschool advocates in Los Angeles Tuesday that the value of early education to young children is undisputed and the effort should shift to expanding it to more kids. Deepa Fernandes KPCC -- 10/22/14

Whittier Law School grads among most challenged in finding work -- Graduates of a Costa Mesa law school struggle to find stable employment more than students from other accredited colleges, according to a Register analysis of law schools nationwide. Keegan Kyle in the Orange County Register$ -- 10/22/14

Report urges revamping student testing -- With a nod to California, a new report suggests overhauling how school and student success is measured in the United States. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 10/22/14

Drought  

California water agencies lose millions of gallons underground -- As 20 million gallons of drinking water rushed down Sunset Boulevard and flooded the UCLA campus this summer, drought-conscious residents threw up their hands. How are three-minute showers going to make a difference, they asked, when they city's pipes are bursting? Mike Reicher in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 10/22/14

Immigration / Border

Ex-immigration officer gets 51 months in prison for taking bribes -- A former immigration officer convicted of taking bribes from Cambodian immigrants to allow them to stay in the country has been sentenced to four years and three months in federal prison. Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

Health

California Coughs Up $18 Billion In Smoking-Related Costs -- The study reveals more than 34,000 Californians died from smoking-related causes in 2009, the latest figures available for the research. That includes deaths from cancer, heart disease, and respiratory illnesses. Kenny Goldberg KPBS -- 10/22/14

Medical costs up to 20% higher at hospital-owned physician groups, study finds -- Raising fresh questions about healthcare consolidation, a new study shows hospital ownership of physician groups in California led to 10% to 20% higher costs overall for patient care. Chad Terhune in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

Also . . .

On Benjamin Bradlee -- Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily. He achieved that goal by combining compelling news stories based on aggressive reporting with engaging feature pieces of a kind previously associated with the best magazines. Mark Berman in the Washington Post$ -- 10/22/14

Abcarian: Charging "Django Unchained" actress with lewd conduct smacks of payback -- How disturbing that actress Daniele Watts and her boyfriend, the chef Brian James Lucas, have been charged with lewd conduct for that incident last month in Studio City. Robin Abcarian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

Hundreds pay respects to fallen CalFire pilot -- Decked out in sparkling dress uniforms, hundreds of firefighters, park rangers and fellow pilots came to pay their final respects Tuesday for a CalFire pilot killed while battling blazes in Yosemite National Park. David E. Early in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/22/14

Motorcycle lane-splitting study finds: the more speed, the more danger -- A yearlong California study of motorcycle lane-splitting has concluded the practice is no more dangerous than motorcycling in general, if the rider is traveling at speeds similar to or only slightly faster than the surrounding traffic. Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/22/14

L.A. sheriff's deputy pleads no contest to sex-with-minor charge -- A 22-year veteran deputy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department pleaded no contest Tuesday to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl, authorities said. Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

LAPD officer accused of faking military documents to get paid leave -- A veteran Los Angeles Police officer was arrested Tuesday on charges of stealing public funds related to allegedly submitting fictitous military leave documents on several occasions. Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/22/14

POTUS 44    

Obama: Apathy, not Voter ID, keeps minorities from polls -- Controversial voter identification laws are not the primary reason minority voters are failing to cast their ballots, President Obama said in a radio interview airing Tuesday. Justin Sink The Hill -- 10/22/14

Beltway

Rush Limbaugh is America’s least-trusted news source -- Thirty-nine percent of Americans say they don't trust Rush Limbaugh when it comes to news about government and politics, giving the radio personality the highest untrustworthiness rating of 36 news sources included in a recent Pew Research Center Study. Christopher Ingraham in the Washington Post$ -- 10/22/14