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At rally for state Sen. Janet Nguyen, De Léon offers an apology — and a dig: 'She enjoyed her 15 minutes of fame' -- The show of support for Republican state Sen. Janet Nguyen from California's Vietnamese American community continued Monday in a Capitol rally that drew a crowd of hundreds who traveled from Orange County, San Jose and the Bay Area. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/6/17

Man accused of killing Whittier cop appears in Bellflower court as 19 officers watch -- An East Los Angeles gang member stood impassively in a courtroom Monday as 19 Whittier police officers grimly bore witness to a legal proceeding for the man accused of killing one of their colleagues. Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/6/17

UC proposes its first enrollment cap — 20% — on out-of-state students -- In an unprecedented move to ease controversy over its admission policies, the University of California on Monday proposed a 20% systemwide limit on nonresident undergraduate enrollment and vowed to continue giving Californians top priority. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/6/17

Avalanches and road closer persists from major Sierra snowstorm -- After effects of weekend storms spilled over into Monday morning with road closures, accidents and snow as low as 1,500 feet across parts of Northern California. Filipa A. Ioannou in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/6/17

Google, Apple, Tesla, HP and other Silicon Valley firms imperiled by proposed Trump import tariffs and Republicans’ ‘border adjustment tax’ -- That shiny new iPhone may say “assembled in China” on the back, but its origins are scattered around the world: wafers from Taiwan, modem chips and batteries from South Korea, displays from Japan, components from Europe and raw materials from Africa, Asia, Europe and the U.S. Ethan Baron in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/6/17

California sheriffs say 'sanctuary state' bill would prevent immigration officials from going after violent offenders -- County sheriffs on Monday slammed a Senate bill that would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from using resources for immigration enforcement, saying it would cause their departments to lose federal funding and allow violent offenders to go free. Jazmine Ulloa in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/6/17

Sheriff Scott Jones says ‘sanctuary state’ bill is invalid: ‘Federal law reins supreme’ -- Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said Monday that he believes pending legislation preventing state and local police agencies from using their resources to assist federal immigration authorities would be invalid because it conflicts with federal law. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/6/17

Immigration raid at French restaurant shows difficulties of nabbing workers here illegally -- It was just weeks after the Pacific Beach restaurant and bakery The French Gourmet had been raided by immigration authorities that chef and owner Michel Malécot was out to dinner. Kristina Davis in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/6/17

Trump puts the brakes on H-1B visas -- In what could be a blow to Silicon Valley’s ability to import the best and the brightest tech workers to fuel its innovation engine, the Trump Administration’s immigration gatekeepers have announced they are suspending their 15-day “premium processing” program to fast-track applicants of H-1B visas. Patrick May in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/6/17

L.A. sheriff gains support in legal fight over secret list of 300 problem deputies -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and three other advocacy groups have gone to court to back Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell’s attempt to send prosecutors the names of deputies found to have committed serious misconduct on the job. Maya Lau in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/6/17

Money, politics and the twin tunnels -- In the wake of the Oroville dam near-disaster, a question floating around Capitol corridors now is: Given the amount of money needed for what everyone agrees must be an expensive revamping of the state’s water infrastructure, is there room now for Gov. Jerry Brown’s heart’s desire — the $15.5 billion twin tunnels project? Chuck McFadden Capitol Weekly -- 3/6/17

Fox: Effects of the CA-DC Stare-down: Brown Walks a Tightrope. Feinstein Re-election Opponent? -- Reporting on California policy and politics nowadays seems to be rooted in what happens in Washington, D.C. California, which sets itself up as the exception and trendsetter is spending much time reacting to what is coming out of the theater playing out in Washington. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 3/6/17

Decker: The Trump administration faces multiple threats as it seeks to investigate itself -- After six weeks spent scrambling to fend off chaos, the Trump White House has found itself in territory familiar to several past administrations: trying to pursue a sense of normality as it conducts an investigation into itself. Cathleen Decker in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/6/17

Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Is Less Restrictive But Will Still Face Suits -- After federal courts blocked the president’s initial order barring people from seven mostly Muslim nations from entering the U.S. the administration will now confront fresh legal challenges over a second, somewhat less restrictive ban, legal experts said. David Voreacos, Bob Van Voris and Kartikay Mehrotra Bloomberg -- 3/6/17

Trump University Lawsuits May Not Be Closed After All -- President Trump’s postelection agreement to pay $25 million appeared to settle the fraud claims arising from his defunct for-profit education venture, Trump University. But a former student is now asking to opt out of the settlement, a move that, if permitted, could put the deal in jeopardy. Steve Eder in the New York Times$ -- 3/6/17

GOP’s Obamacare repeal would steer more financial help to affluent -- Doing so would represent a fundamental break from the original intent of Obamacare: to make individual health insurance more accessible and affordable to millions of Americans who need it but can’t pay for it. Tony Pugh McClatchy DC -- 3/6/17


California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva arrested at SFO, booked into SJ County Jail -- Former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva was taken into custody Sunday afternoon by authorities upon his arrival at San Francisco International Airport and was transported to San Joaquin County Jail, according to county authorities and one of his attorneys. Joe Goldeen in the Stockton Record Marissa Lang in the San Francisco Chronicle Jessica Hice in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/5/17

Honduran boy, 14, wins U.S. asylum but remains in jail -- A boy who made his way alone across the U.S. border last year to escape extreme domestic abuse in Honduras has been locked up in a Northern California juvenile hall for nearly a year, even though he has no criminal record and has been granted asylum. Karen de Sá in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/5/17

Where the California congressional resistance can go from here -- California Democrats have talked for months about resisting President Trump, and many of their constituents have demanded it, loudly. With more details about the president’s policies expected to come out in the next few weeks, the state’s congressional Democrats will get their chance to try to turn that talk into action. At least they hope. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/6/17

California won't meet its climate change goals without a lot more housing density in its cities -- To meet the bold new climate change goals put in place last year, California will work to put millions of electric cars on the road, revolutionize its dairy industry and generate half of all power from solar panels and other renewable sources. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/6/17

Caltrain tries to put electrification back on track -- Caltrain officials are scrambling to pull together a Plan B to make up for the $647 million in electrification money they may lose thanks to the change at the top in Washington. Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/5/17

Skelton: California's reservoirs are filled with gunk, and it's crowding out room to store water -- Let’s say you owned a four-bedroom house, but one room was useless because of clutter. You’d probably eventually take a deep breath and clear out the crap. You’d reclaim the room. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/6/17

Marchers in Anaheim show solidarity with 13-year-old boy at center of scuffle with officer -- Several dozen people on Sunday marched to demand justice for a 13-year-old boy who was at the center of a scuffle with an off-duty Los Angeles police officer in Anaheim. The march, which the boy attended, started at Loara High School and proceeded to several streets, including where Los Angeles police Officer Kevin Ferguson resides. Jessica Kwong in the Orange County Register -- 3/5/17

These L.A. school board candidates have a message, but little money to get it out -- The three races for the Los Angeles Board of Education are the most expensive school board contests in the country because opposing special interests — charter-school advocates and the local teachers union — are spending millions to back favored candidates. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/5/17

Oakland sex misconduct investigators paid, but no reports issued -- A team of attorneys enlisted by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf to investigate the Police Department’s sexual misconduct scandal was paid for eight months of work but produced no reports. Now it appears their contract with the city has come to an end — or at least been put on hold indefinitely. Kimberly Veklerov in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/5/17

Activists try to build Women’s March momentum with 1-day strike -- Get ready for a smaller round two of the Women’s March — with a more radical twist. Kevin Fagan in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/5/17

Mobile home park victory: A negligent owner, $10 million settlement and the San Jose residents who prevailed -- Of all the horror stories about poor maintenance at the California Hawaiian mobile home park in South San Jose, David McIntyre’s is arguably the worst: The software engineer was evicted on Christmas Eve after complaining that an avocado tree growing underneath his South San Jose mobile home had burst through his shower wall. Tracey Kaplan in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/5/17

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Tolls, Bonds    

LA County voters to decide on quarter-cent sales tax to fund homeless programs -- The Los Angeles County Sales Tax for Homeless Services and Prevention, also known as Measure H, proposes a quarter-cent sales tax to raise an estimated $355  million a year for 10 years to help homeless people transition into planned affordable housing, officials have said. Susan Abram in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 3/5/17

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions 

US suspends expedited processing of H-1B visas -- The US is temporarily suspending expedited processing of H-1B visas, eliminating the option of shorter wait times for the program that helps highly skilled foreigners work at US companies. Faith Karimi CNN -- 3/5/17

State payroll retirement savings plan can take hit -- A Secure Choice lawyer thinks private-sector employees can still be automatically enrolled in the new state retirement savings plan, even if the Republican-controlled Congress repeals a regulation exempting state savings plans from federal pension law. Ed Mendel Calpensions.com -- 3/6/17

Push for healthier nail salons in California finding success -- It was the swag-bags that convinced community health organizer Julia Liou to redraw the battle plan in a fight to reduce the hazardous chemical exposures of nail-salon workers, most of them low-paid Asian immigrant women. Ellen Knickmeyer Associated Press -- 3/5/17


California transit chiefs wonder: Will Trump ding them in his budget? -- With the Trump administration’s first federal budget proposal due soon, transit executives are worried. Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/5/17


Santa Clara University reverses student vote, OKs conservative group -- A conservative student organization, fighting for a toe-hold of official recognition in the liberal Bay Area, scored a victory at Santa Clara University where a vice provost overturned a student senate decision and granted a charter to Turning Point USA. Eric Kurhi in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/5/17

State charter group takes off the gloves in battle with CTA -- Wealthy supporters of charter schools have never been slow to put up big dollars backing candidates or ballot measures they believe will help the movement. But the state’s umbrella organization–the California Charter School Association–has traditionally been far more circumspect when it came to picking fights. That may be changing. Tom Chorneau Cabinet Report -- 3/6/17

Charter groups and unions spend millions for control of LA Unified school board -- Alliances of charter school groups and labor unions are competing for control of California’s largest school district, raising most of the $6.6 million contributed to date to benefit candidates in three school board races. Mikhail Zinshteyn EdSource -- 3/6/17

Also . . . 

The 'Goat man of Chino' says business is booming, thanks to all the rain -- If you’re lucky enough to glimpse a herd of goats today somewhere in Southern California, it’s best not to bother them. They’re working. Suzanne Hurt in the Orange County Register -- 3/5/17

POTUS 45  

Inside Trump’s fury: The president rages at leaks, setbacks and accusations -- Trump was mad — steaming, raging mad. Trump’s young presidency has existed in a perpetual state of chaos. The issue of Russia has distracted from what was meant to be his most triumphant moment: his address last Tuesday to a joint session of Congress. Philip Rucker, Robert Costa and Ashley Parker in the Washington Post$ -- 3/5/17

A Conspiracy Theory’s Journey From Talk Radio to Trump’s Twitter -- It began at 6 p.m. Thursday as a conspiratorial rant on conservative talk radio: President Barack Obama had used the “instrumentalities of the federal government” to wiretap the Republican seeking to succeed him. This “is the big scandal,” Mark Levin, the host, told his listeners. Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman in the New York Times$ -- 3/5/17

Trump’s puzzling strategy on old, new travel bans -- While the Trump administration ponders a revised version of its attempt to bar anyone from a group of majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S., the president insists — to the bewilderment of legal analysts — that he will keep defending the Jan. 27 travel ban that federal courts have blocked. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/5/17


FBI director asks Justice Department to publicly rebut Trump's wiretap claim -- A combative White House refused to back down from President Trump’s unsubstantiated assertion that his predecessor ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower, demanding a congressional investigation into his claims, even as the director of the FBI took the extraordinary step of asking the Justice Department to publicly repudiate the president’s charge. Laura King and Del Quentin Wilber in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/5/17

Trump’s charge that he was wiretapped takes presidency into new territory -- Donald Trump’s presidency has veered onto a road with no centerlines or guardrails. Karen Tumulty in the Washington Post$ -- 3/6/17

Knives are out for Reince -- With the White House struggling to gain its footing almost two months into Donald Trump's presidency, administration officials are increasingly putting the blame on one person: Reince Priebus. Alex Isenstadt and Josh Dawsey Politico -- 3/5/17

Trump hotel may be political capital of the nation's capital -- At a circular booth in the middle of the Trump International Hotel's balcony restaurant, President Donald Trump dined on his steak — well-done, with ketchup — while chatting with British Brexit politician Nigel Farage. Julie Bykowicz Associated Press -- 3/5/17


-- Sunday Updates 

California exports its poor to Texas, other states, while wealthier people move in -- California exports more than commodities such as movies, new technologies and produce. It also exports truck drivers, cooks and cashiers. Phillip Reese in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/5/17

Could the L.A. school board's balance of power tip pro-charter? -- On Tuesday, charter school supporters have their best chance yet to tip the scales and win a controlling majority on the Los Angeles Board of Education. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/5/17

Abcarian: A proposed California license plate is a subtle nod to abortion rights and to a slain hero -- Here in California, it’s easy to feel complacent about rights we’ve already won, especially access to legal abortion. Don’t relax just yet. Robin Abcarian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/5/17

Riverside sheriff's deputy fatally shoots man who evaded deputies and did not comply with orders -- A Riverside sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man Saturday night who the department says evaded deputies and failed to follow their commands. Paloma Esquivel in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/5/17

Oakland pouring cash into new transportation agency -- It doesn’t operate a single transit line, but Oakland has created its own Department of Transportation, complete with a staff of 270 and a new, $203,179-a-year director. Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/5/17

It’s really wet — so why is Santa Barbara still mired in drought? -- Even after winter rains, the city’s wells remain perilously low. Water levels in a U.S. Geological Survey well climbed merely one-foot last month, after plummeting 110 feet over the past decade. And Santa Barbara’s reservoir, nearly completely dry in January, is still less than half, or 46.5 percent, full. Lisa M. Krieger in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/5/17

Talbot: Airbnb’s strange manifest destiny -- Everyone I know who has rented out a room or an in-law unit on Airbnb has a horror story. David Talbot in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/5/17

Political Road Map: Surprisingly, talk in Sacramento could return to a firm cap on state spending -- During California’s biggest state budget fights, many of which played out in the shadow of monster deficits, lawmakers clashed mightily over this question: Were the state’s problems a result of too little cash or too much spending? John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/5/17

With No Proof, Trump Calls for Obama Phone Tap Inquiry -- A day after leveling a widely disputed claim that former President Barack Obama had ordered the tapping of his phones, President Trump demanded a congressional inquiry. Michael D. Shear and Noah Weiland in the New York Times$ Darlene Superville Associated Press Abby Phillip and Ellen Nakashima in the Washington Post$ Laura King in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/5/17

Roger Stone claims he has 'perfectly legal back channel' to Julian Assange -- Roger Stone, a former adviser to Donald Trump, wrote on Saturday night that he has a “perfectly legal back channel” to Julian Assange, whose organization WikiLeaks published emails related to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign that intelligence agencies say were hacked by Russian intelligence. Stone then deleted the message. Alan Yuhas The Guardian -- 3/5/17