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There's a deal to pull consumer privacy measure from the California ballot -- The ballot initiative, which was likely going to be approved for the November ballot, would require big companies to disclose the type of information they gather on consumers and give people the right to prevent businesses from selling their personal data. Taryn Luna in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/22/18

California's campaign watchdog panel deadlocks on proposal to make its chairperson part time -- A proposal to change leadership of California’s state campaign watchdog commission from a full-time position to a part-time job stalled Thursday when the panel deadlocked over the need for a new structure. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/22/18

California to sue Trump administration over family separation policy -- Becerra said California is joining with nine other states led by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson in filing suit. The action is expected to be filed next week. Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee$ Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/22/18

Feinstein working with Republicans to reach family separation compromise -- California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is leading the effort to find a bipartisan solution to the family separation crisis at the border that has fractured Congress and gripped the nation. Emily Cadei in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/22/18

Some California Dems trying to flip the House are backing away from Pelosi -- Nancy Pelosi may be one of the nation’s best-known Democrats, but some California House candidates in her party have decided they would be better off attacking her than backing her. John Wildermuth in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 6/22/18

Pink-slip car loans: Quick cash, high price tag -- Carlos Smith needed rent money while he was between construction jobs, so he tapped his biggest asset — a paid-off 2008 GMC Sierra Denali pickup truck. He pledged it to a storefront lender as collateral for a $4,000 “auto-title loan” with a 70 percent interest rate. Carolyn Said in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 6/22/18

Years after resigning over voting fraud conviction, former state Sen. Rod Wright registers as Capitol lobbyist -- Wright lists his only client as lobbyist and political consultant Richard Ross, who in turn advocates for clients including the California Applicants’ Attorneys Assn., Mercury Public Affairs, the California Business Roundtable and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 3299. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/22/18

This $2.5 Billion Wildfire Charge May Be Just the Beginning for California Utilities -- State fire investigators have pointed to PG&E’s equipment as the cause of 16 fires so far, and are expected to release their findings on other October blazes in the coming weeks. Erin Ailworth and Sara Randazzo in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 6/22/18

Jerry Brown will decide whether Californians vote on daylight saving time in November -- The Assembly on Thursday sent Brown a measure that would ask voters to repeal a 70-year-old initiative enshrining the biannual changing of clocks into state law. If signed by Brown, that question could appear on the ballot as soon as November. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 6/22/18

Official for Compton water district is suspended after reports of fake supporters at town hall -- The general manager of a small public agency under fire for delivering brown, smelly water to parts of Compton and Willowbrook has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately, the water district board’s attorney announced Thursday night. Adam Elmahrek, Ruben Vives, Angel Jennings in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/22/18

Bartenders Learn How to Spot – and Reverse – Opioid Overdoses -- Typically, Marshall educates an audience of people who use drugs. But as the opioid crisis continues to devastate communities, Marshall and her colleagues from the Harm Reduction Coalition are getting more creative in their approach to saving lives. Laura Klivans KQED -- 6/22/18

Black workers allege racial graffiti, nooses hung at San Francisco high-rise construction site -- Three men who worked as elevator operators at a high-rise construction site in San Francisco said they faced constant racism and harassment on the job, and were subjected to graffiti slurs and black dolls hanging by nooses in the workers’ restrooms, according to complaints filed Thursday. Megan Cassidy in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 6/22/18

Racist text scandal revived in backdrop of bitter sheriff race -- New trove of racist and derogatory texts between deputies surface amid contentious race for Santa Clara County sheriff, after union president appealed his demotion related to the illicit activity. Robert Salonga in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 6/22/18

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

Tesla to close a dozen solar facilities in nine states - documents -- Electric car maker Tesla Inc’s move last week to cut 9 percent of its workforce will sharply downsize the residential solar business it bought two years ago in a controversial $2.6 billion deal, according to three internal company documents and seven current and former Tesla solar employees. Nichola Groom, Salvador Rodriguez, Kristina Cooke Reuters -- 6/22/18

Women directors still a rarity on movie sets, according to new DGA study -- The director’s chairs on movie sets have not changed all that much when it comes to gender and ethnic diversity, according to a new study from the Directors Guild of America. David Ng in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/22/18

A Burger Joint Where Robots Make Your Food -- When he was 9 years old, Alex Vardakostas started working at his parents’ fast-food restaurant in southern California, where he experienced firsthand the mindless repetition of flipping burgers. Larissa Zimberoff in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 6/22/18

Its design has been scorned, but L.A. Live has been crucial to downtown's resurgence -- The trio of NBA All-Star games highlights how big events such as awards shows, concerts and movie premieres seem almost routine as L.A. Live marks its 10th anniversary. But the creation of one of the region’s largest economic engines, which was built by Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz’s AEG, was years in the making — and there was nothing certain about its success. Roger Vincent in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/22/18

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Tolls, Bonds 

Would Sacramento's proposed sales tax increase go to pensions, salaries? -- Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg has an ambitious plan for what he would do with a sales tax increase in the city. Ryan Lillis in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/22/18


Photos: I am … Homeless – Gallery -- Using a simple white board and a black marker, Los Angeles Daily News photographer Hans Gutknecht asked more than 50 people struggling with homelessness and poverty across Los Angeles County to write a personal message or answer this question: “If you could say something about yourself to anybody, what would it be?” Hans Gutknecht in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 6/22/18


Exploring the promise — and unintended consequences — of rent control -- Camacho’s California dream — of raising Julian in a safe, affordable home with family, school and her church nearby — is getting tougher. Her rent is going up — way up — from about $600 a month to more than $1,000 a month. She can’t afford that jump. Chris Nichols Capital Public Radio via Calmatters -- 6/22/18

Southern California home prices hit another record high -- The Southern California median home price surged 8.2% in May from a year earlier, hitting a new all-time high of $530,000, according to a report Thursday from CoreLogic. Andrew Khouri in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/22/18

Immigration, Border, Deportation 

Trump administration asks court to lengthen detention time allowed for immigrant kids -- President Trump’s lawyers asked a federal judge Thursday to immediately rewrite a 1997 legal settlement to remove limits on the detention of minors in immigration custody, saying the agreement’s restrictions have caused a surge in illegal migration — the same argument President Barack Obama’s administration presented, unsuccessfully, to the same judge. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 6/22/18

Immigration detainees influx squeezes healthcare at California prison -workers -- n influx of hundreds of immigration detainees at a U.S. prison in California is straining its medical staff and raising concerns about the adequacy of healthcare for detainees and inmates, several employees at the prison have told Reuters. Sarah N. Lynch Reuters -- 6/22/18

Despite Trump order, border child separations could go on: legal experts -- The much-vilified U.S. policy of separating children from parents who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border could continue under certain circumstances because of ambiguous language in President Donald Trump’s order meant to end the practice, legal experts said. Jan Wolfe Reuters -- 6/22/18

Feds don’t have enough beds for migrant families -- The Trump administration has pledged to warehouse migrant families together. But at the moment, it has no place to put them. Ted Hesson, Wesley Morgan Politico -- 6/22/18

What family separation looks like: Guatemalan man is deported, while his 6-year-old daughter remains behind in New York City -- Six weeks ago Nazario Jacinto-Carrillo left his village in Guatemala with his 6-year-old daughter, Filemona, to seek asylum in the United States, but his plan went awry soon after illegally crossing the California border. Richard Marosi in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/22/18


Superbug killers find a home at UC San Diego -- What started with a wife’s stubborn refusal to give up on her husband who lay dying of a superbug infection has become a whole new research initiative at UC San Diego. Paul Sisson in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/22/18

Also . . . 

Will: The Charles Krauthammer I knew -- When he was asked how to become a columnist, Charles Krauthammer would say, with characteristic drollery, “First, you go to medical school.” He did, with psychiatry as his specialty because, he said with characteristic felicity, it combined the practicality of medicine and the elegance of philosophy. George F. Will in the Washington Post$ -- 6/22/18

POTUS 45  

Supreme Court ducks decision on whether president has the power to fire any top federal official -- The court brushed aside a request from Trump administration lawyers to broadly declare the president has power to fire any federal official with significant authority, a move seen by some as laying the foundation for firing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is handling the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. David G. Savage in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/22/18


Behind Trump’s Plan to Overhaul the Government: Scaling Back the Safety Net -- President Trump, spurred on by conservatives who want him to slash safety net programs, unveiled on Thursday a plan to overhaul the federal government that could have a profound effect on millions of poor and working-class Americans. Glenn Thrush and Erica L. Green in the New York Times$ -- 6/22/18

The year Trump was elected, more white Americans died than were born -- Researchers with the Applied Population Lab at the University of Wisconsin at Madison were looking at birth and mortality data when they noticed that a tipping point had been reached: More white Americans died in 2016 than were born. Philip Bump in the Washington Post$ -- 6/22/18


-- Thursday Updates 

California housing about 100 immigrant children separated from parents at the border -- The human fallout from the Trump administration’s abruptly reversed policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border has reached California, where some 100 of those children are living in state-licensed group care and foster homes. Karen de Sá and Hamed Aleaziz -- 6/21/18

Feinstein working with Republicans to reach family separation compromise -- California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is leading the effort to find a bipartisan solution to the family separation crisis at the border that has fractured Congress and gripped the nation. Emily Cadei in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/21/18

Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and intellectual provocateur, dies at 68 -- Charles Krauthammer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist and intellectual provocateur who championed the muscular foreign policy of neoconservatism that helped lay the ideological groundwork for the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, died June 21 at 68. Adam Bernstein in the Washington Post$ -- 6/21/18

PG&E to pay $2.5 billion for Wine Country fires, warns it could get worse -- Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and its parent company, PG&E Corp., warned Thursday that they will record a $2.5 billion charge to cover expected losses from last October’s deadly Wine Country wildfires, saying the utility expects to be held liable for damage from many but not all of the fires. David R. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/21/18

Three UC campuses did not consistently discipline faculty accused of sexual misconduct, state auditor finds -- University of California campuses at Berkeley, Los Angeles and Davis did not consistently discipline faculty who were subject to multiple sexual harassment complaints, according to a state audit released Thursday. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ Sophia Bollag Associated Press -- 6/21/18

Eric Garcetti joins mayors' protest outside Texas holding facility for migrant teens -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and a group of bipartisan mayors protested outside a government-run camp for migrant teens in Texas on Thursday, calling on the Trump administration to reunite families forcibly separated after crossing illegally into the United States. Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/21/18

People donate millions to help separated families -- Among those that have generated the most attention is a fundraiser on Facebook started by a Silicon Valley couple, who say they felt compelled to help after they saw a photograph of a Honduran toddler sobbing as her mother was searched by a U.S. border patrol agent. The fundraiser started by David and Charlotte Willner had collected nearly $14 million by Wednesday afternoon. Olga R. Rodriguez Associated Press -- 6/21/18

States stand to pocket billions as Supreme Court rules internet businesses must collect sales taxes -- By a 5-4 vote, the justices that ruled that online sellers can be required to collect state and local taxes from customers even if the internet-based companies have no physical presence, such as a store or factory in that state. David G. Savage in the Los Angeles Times$ Levi Sumagaysay in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 6/21/18

No stamp, no problem: California lawmakers approve proposal for postage-free voting by mail -- California voters no longer would have to scramble to find stamps for their ballots under legislation sent to Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday for postage-free voting. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/21/18

Californians could vote to end daylight saving time under bill sent to governor -- Californians would be asked in a November ballot measure whether to end the biannual practice of moving their clocks ahead and back to comply with the Daylight Saving Time Act, under a bill the Assembly approved Thursday and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/21/18

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich steps down after affair with employee -- Brian Krzanich has resigned as CEO of Intel after he had a consensual relationship with an employee, the tech giant announced Thursday. The Santa Clara chipmaker said Chief Financial Officer Bob Swan is taking over as interim chief executive, and that it has begun a search for a permanent CEO. Levi Sumagaysay in the San Jose Mercury$ James F. Peltz in the Los Angeles Times$ Barbara Ortutay Associated Press -- 6/21/18

CPUC rejects $639 million SDG&E pipeline project -- A 47-mile natural gas pipeline between Rainbow and Miramar will not be built. On Thursday morning, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in a 5-0 vote rejected the project that San Diego Gas & Electric wanted to construct along with partner Southern California Gas. Rob Nikolewski in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/21/18

Bay Area: What happens if the gas tax is repealed? -- If it’s successful, roughly half of the recently-approved highway improvements and public transit projects in California could lose funding in a battle that’s shaping up as major statewide campaign issue. Cities and counties would also see their newly-approved funding for road repairs slashed by half. Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox has already sparred with Democrats who support the measure. Erin Baldassari in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 6/21/18

One of Sacramento downtown's busiest streets will close for redo. Here's what commuters should know -- City transportation officials say crews working on a repaving and redesign project will close several blocks of the street over two weekends, and will close lanes on the street during weekdays. Construction will start Monday, June 25, and is expected to continue until about Aug. 10. Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/21/18

Trump looks down at crying migrant child on new cover of Time -- The latest cover of Time magazine depicts President Donald Trump's immigrant family separation policy by showing Trump towering over a crying migrant child and staring down at her. Amy Graff in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 6/21/18

House delays vote on immigration bill in face of likely defeat -- House GOP leaders, staring down an embarrassing defeat, postponed a vote on a “compromise” immigration proposal until Friday, according to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Rachael Bade, Heather Caygle, John Bresnahan Politico -- 6/21/18

Calbuzz: The GOP Ignored Our Advice and Lost Steve Schmidt -- When pigs fly” is an adynaton, a way of saying that something will never happen. As in, Steve Schmidt – the savvy Republican strategist who guided campaigns for George W. Bush, Arnold Schwarzenegger and John McCain – will repudiate his membership in the GOP “when pigs fly.” This just in: The swine are airborne. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine CalBuzz -- 6/21/18