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California governor, legislative leaders allocate $30 million for 'Dreamers' in wake of DACA decision -- Gov. Jerry Brown and California legislative leaders have agreed to earmark $30 million for financial aid and legal services to help young people brought into the country illegally as children, a response to President Trump’s recent decision to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Jazmine Ulloa in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17

Lawmakers block effort to allow 17-year-olds to vote in California elections -- Assembly Constitutional Amendment 10, proposed by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell), failed to gather a required two-thirds vote in the Assembly. Mina Corpuz in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17

Supreme Court blocks new refugees under Trump travel ban -- The Supreme Court gave a short-term win to the Trump administration Tuesday, bolstering part of a travel ban that will allow the administration to block new refugees arriving from six majority-Muslim nations. David Savage in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17

Now this is ridiculous: $782,000 over asking for a house in Sunnyvale -- A house in Sunnyvale just sold for close to $800,000 over its listing price. Your eyes do not deceive you: The four-bed, two-bath house — less than 2,000 square feet — listed for $1,688,000 and sold for $2,470,000. Richard Scheinin in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/12/17

UC Berkeley says 'Free Speech Week' events with Yiannopoulos, Bannon in doubt -- More than a month after a conservative student organization announced it would sponsor campus talks by a trio of controversial speakers on the right — including Steve Bannon, Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter — University of California Berkeley representatives insist the group has repeatedly failed to comply with requests to facilitate the late September “Free Speech Week” events. Carla Marinucci Politico -- 9/12/17

CA120: An odd tale of prisoners and redistricting -- Much of redistricting law is arcane and technical. But often what seems like a little detail can become a significant factor in how the lines will be drawn. Take, for example, prisoners Paul Mitchell Capitol Weekly -- 9/12/17

L.A. Unified announces highest-ever graduation rate, again -- The Los Angeles Unified School District appears to have once again broken its all-time record, reporting a preliminary graduation rate of 80.2% for the class of 2017. Sonali Kohli in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17

Meet the iPhone X, Apple's newest top-of-the-line gadget -- First off, it's pronounced "iPhone 10." Now that that's out of the way, here are the specs for Apple's new top-of-the-line device. Tracey Lien in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17

Court orders Rep. Darrell Issa to pay opponent Doug Applegate $45,000 after failed defamation lawsuit -- In November, Issa, a Vista Republican, sued Democrat Doug Applegate over attack ads the congressman said hurt his reputation. In March, a judge said Issa didn’t prove his case and sided with Applegate, who argued that he was exercising his free speech rights with the television commercials, and that Issa’s lawsuit was an attempt to silence criticism. Joshua Stewart in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17

Democrats choose union over Tesla in California cap-and-trade deal -- Democratic lawmakers are siding with organized labor in its battle with automaker Tesla, inserting a provision in a last-minute bill to spend $1.5 billion in cap-and-trade money. The package largely spends funds on a variety of anti-pollution programs, such as those to retrofit and replace smog-belching big rigs and buses. Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/12/17

California Legislature reaches its new deadline -- Last-minute amendments have defined the final days of California legislative sessions as much as lawmakers’ busy fundraising calendars and Capitol hallways jammed with lobbyists. Jim Miller and Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/12/17

Progressive Democrats’ counter-argument to Trump tax plan: a $1.4 trillion tax credit for the working class -- As Congress starts to debate President Donald Trump’s plan to overhaul the tax code and cut corporate rates, a Bay Area Democrat is putting forward a radically different tax proposal. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Santa Clara, will introduce a bill Wednesday that would give low-income and working-class taxpayers a big tax credit — at a massive price tag. Casey Tolan in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/12/17

Unions could get a boost from California's cap-and-trade spending proposal -- If passed by lawmakers, the legislation would require state regulators to certify that automakers are "fair and responsible in the treatment of their workers" before vehicles can be eligible for the rebates. The change would take effect next summer. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17

'Revenge porn' victims will be able to maintain privacy in court under new law signed by Gov. Brown -- The legislation by Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) was introduced to protect the confidentiality of anyone who brings a civil action against "revenge porn." Under the new law, when a victim's pseudonym is used in court, it will also have to be used in all pleadings, documents, proceedings and other case records. Jazmine Ulloa in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17

Antonio Villaraigosa banks on historic Latino groundswell in run for governor, but concedes his time might be over -- A few dozen migrants from Mexico looked up from the Salinas Valley field where they were picking strawberries and watched Antonio Villaraigosa’s convoy rumble toward them in a cloud of dust. Michael Finnegan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17

How a relentless work ethic and an eye to bridge cultures transformed a Vietnamese refugee into Alhambra's police chief -- Timothy Vu grips the wheel of a police cruiser and casts a grim gaze south on Atlantic Boulevard in Alhambra. He’s staring down one of the city’s most pernicious public safety issues — a long line of cars snaking down a two-lane road for nearly half a mile, frustrating drivers and endangering pedestrians. Frank Shyong in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17

San Francisco employee pension fund under pressure to unload fossil fuel stocks -- The San Francisco Employee Retirement System is facing mounting pressure to unload its roughly $470 million worth of investments in the fossil fuel industry, which would make it the first major pension fund in the nation to do so. Dominic Fracassa in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/12/17

Salesforce millions have San Francisco, Oakland schools freely trying innovations -- When Joe Truss took over two years ago as principal at Visitacion Valley Middle School in San Francisco, he looked at the classrooms, with their slide-in-sideways wooden desks organized in rows, and thought they evoked the 1950s more than the 21st century. Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/12/17

"Transfer maze" awaits California community college students, advocacy group says -- California’s community college students face frustrations on the path to a four-year degree, enduring confusing and competing policies that result in a small share of students actually transferring to a Cal State or University of California campus. Mikhail Zinshteyn EdSource -- 9/12/17


California Policy & Politics This Morning   

‘Winter is coming’: What do climate scientists predict for California? -- After suffering more than a week under searing, desert-like heat, winter might be the furthest thing from the minds of most Californians. However, to borrow a phrase from TV’s “Game of Thrones,” winter is coming. Steve Scauzillo in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/12/17

Lawmakers move to add other states to oversight of California's electric grid -- Under the banner of clean energy growth, lawmakers are working to change oversight of the state’s power grid to include other Western states — a move critics say will surrender California’s control over its own electricity system. Ivan Penn and Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ Louis Hansen and Katy Murphy in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/12/17

Legislation to allow further review of CPUC records requests dies again -- For the third straight year, legislation to allow public records requests rejected or delayed by the California Public Utilities Commission to be heard in Superior Court has been defeated. Jeff McDonald in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 9/12/17

Last-minute legislation could pull plug on Monterey Bay Community Power -- Supporters of an effort to take local control of electricity scrambled over the weekend to push back against last-minute legislation that put the future of such projects in jeopardy and had advocates crying foul. Nicholas Ibarra in the Santa Cruz Sentinel -- 9/12/17

Big money for clean vehicles in California cap-and-trade spending deal -- California will use cap-and-trade revenue for a massive investment in clean trucks, buses, cars and other vehicles, according to details of an agreement obtained by The Times on Monday evening. The $1.5-billion spending plan comes less than two months after lawmakers extended the state’s cap-and-trade program, which requires companies to buy permits to emit greenhouse gases, until 2030. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17

Governor, Senate Leader Reach Deal on California ‘Sanctuary State’ Bill -- Gov. Jerry Brown and California’s top state Senate leader have agreed to legislation that would further restrict interactions between state and local law enforcement officers, and federal immigration agents. Lisa Pickoff-White and Marisa Lagos KQED Taryn Luna in the Sacramento Bee$ Katy Murphy in the San Jose Mercury$ Jazmine Ulloa in the Los Angeles Times$ Don Thompson and Jonathan J. Cooper Associated Press -- 9/12/17

LA County leaders to consider travel ban on states that oppose DACA -- Los Angeles County supervisors are expected to vote Tuesday on whether to restrict county employees from traveling to nine states that oppose the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Obama-era policy that protected undocumented children from being deported and which President Trump plans to end. Susan Abram in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 9/12/17

California Assembly passes drug price transparency bill -- The California State Assembly on Monday overwhelmingly approved Senate Bill 17, controversial legislation that could soon become the nation’s most comprehensive law aimed at shining a light on prescription drug prices. Tracy Seipel in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/12/17

Weeks after Aliso Canyon reopening, several gas storage wells were taken out of service -- Just weeks after Southern California Gas Co. resumed injecting natural gas into the storage wells at Aliso Canyon, one-third of those wells were taken out of service. Nina Agrawal in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17

El Cajon official who ran private chamber voted on issues affecting paying member -- In late January, El Cajon Councilman Bessmon “Ben” Kalasho sent a $2,500 invoice to the city trash hauler, Waste Management Inc., for its 2017 membership in his business group, the San Diego East County Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce. The company quickly sent a check. Jeff McDonald in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 9/12/17

Prosecuting the President -- East Bay Congressman Eric Swalwell is among a group of Golden State ex-prosecutors who are connecting the dots in the Trump-Russia case. Robert Gammon Oakland Magazine -- 9/12/17

East Bay developer accused of illegal contributions to Swalwell campaign -- A well-known East Bay developer was arraigned Tuesday in federal court on an indictment that accuses him of engaging in fraud to make illegal campaign contributions to Rep. Eric Swalwell, the U.S. Attorney and the FBI announced. Michael Cabanatuan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/12/17

Rohrabacher challenger emphasizes job training -- While Democratic candidates continue to test for the best recipe to appeal to the wage-stagnant and under-employed segment of the middle class, few have made job training a campaign centerpiece the way Laguna Beach’s Michael Kotick has. Martin Wisckol in the Orange County Register -- 9/12/17

Rep. Keith Ellison to headline Orange County Democratic fundraiser -- Democratic National Committee Vice Chair Keith Ellison is headlining the Orange County Democratic Party’s biggest fundraiser of the year later this month. Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17

Judge bars public from trial over Homeland Security contract for device to detect bioterrorism -- A federal administrative judge issued a sweeping order Monday prohibiting members of the public or the news media from seeing any part of a hearing concerning the Homeland Security Department’s cancellation of a contract for a technology aimed at reliably detecting bioterrorist attacks. David Willman in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17

California may slow revolving door of legislators becoming lobbyists -- A measure aimed at slowing the revolving door of California legislators becoming lobbyists was given final approval by lawmakers Monday and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17

Smoking pot while driving or riding in a car in California will soon be punishable with a fine -- With state-licensed marijuana sales months away, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill that prohibits smoking or consuming cannabis while driving or riding as a passenger in a vehicle in California. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17

California lawmakers vote to reduce penalty for knowingly exposing sexual partners to HIV -- State lawmakers on Monday gave final legislative approval to a bill that would reduce from a felony to a misdemeanor the crime of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV without disclosing the infection. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17

California Assembly bill to protect tenants from deportation heads to Gov. Jerry Brown -- The legislation by Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) would bar landlords from disclosing information about immigration status in order to intimidate, harass or evict tenants without following proper procedures. It also would allow immigrant tenants to file civil claims against their landlords if they do. Jazmine Ulloa in the Los Angeles Times$ Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/12/17

Capitol Roundup: Immigration Deal, Parks Bond, DACA Developments -- A "sanctuary state" bill deal, the emergence of a $4 billion parks and water bond, two new California legal fronts against the Trump administration, and the Mexican foreign minister's visit to the state Capitol – just another Manic Monday as lawmakers begin their final week of work before adjourning for the year. Sammy Caiola, Ben Adler and Ben Bradford Capital Public Radio -- 9/12/17

SANDAG overhaul bill passes state Assembly, now goes to governor -- A bill to overhaul San Diego region’s embattled transportation planning agency is headed to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown after the Assembly Monday approved the legislation. The proposal could dramatically change the balance of power on the San Diego Association of Governments — giving elected officials from larger cities more say in what gets built and when. Joshua Emerson Smith in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 9/12/17

Guide to the cover of the 2017 Top 100 -- Just who ARE all those people on the cover of this year’s Top 100? Inspired by The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album cover, Capitol Weekly staff collected a myriad group of political figures and otherwise notable Californians. Below is a numbered “Who’s Who.” Tim Foster Capitol Weekly -- 9/12/17

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

SpaceX close to landing rocket boosters next to its California launch site -- SpaceX, which has launched three rockets this year from Vandenberg Air Force Base and landed all three boosters on an off-shore barge, has built a permanent landing pad at the base to replace ocean recoveries. Sandy Mazza in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/12/17

California lawmakers ease permitting rules for Uber and Lyft drivers -- Drivers for Uber and Lyft will only need one business license to work statewide under legislation headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17

Class-Action Lawsuit Filed In San Diego After Equifax Hack -- A class-action lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Diego on behalf of two people and the approximately 143 million U.S. consumers whose Equifax consumer credit files were hacked in mid-May through July. KPBS -- 9/12/17

AT&T workers plan protest at Apple’s iPhone launch event -- Around 100 AT&T workers will protest in front of the new Apple campus on Tuesday morning to stop the telecommunication giant from offshoring retail and call center jobs abroad. Seung Lee in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/12/17

49ers have temperature issues: Is a fix in store at Levi’s Stadium? -- Levi’s Stadium christened its fourth NFL season Sunday afternoon, and the problems that have plagued the building since its opening in 2014 remain: hot weather, lousy football and empty seats. Ann Killion in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/12/17

Mike Cagney, CEO of fintech leader SoFi, to resign amid sexual harassment suit -- Mike Cagney, chief executive of high-profile online lender Social Finance, said he will step down by the end of the year, making him the latest Silicon Valley figure to resign amid claims of sexual harassment and unhealthy corporate culture. James Rufus Koren in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17

Previous salary? Soon, the question might be illegal in California -- You apply for a new job, and a prospective employer asks for your previous salary. Intrusive? Harmless? No matter–the question soon could be illegal in California. Margot Roosevelt in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/12/17


Lawmakers sign off on bill to give California teachers paid pregnancy leave -- The bill, written by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego), would require public and charter schools to give teachers and staff paid time off for pregnancy, childbirth, miscarriages or other reproductive health issues. It passed the Assembly, 52 to 11. It previously passed the Senate by a 31-8 vote. Mina Corpuz in the Los Angeles Times$ Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/12/17

Iraqi and Afghan refugees could soon pay resident student tuition at California community colleges -- State legislation filed by Assembly members Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) and Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks) would extend in-state tuition and eligibility for state-administered financial aid programs to refugees with special immigrant visas. Jazmine Ulloa in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17

High school students are graduating, but are they ready for what's next? -- High school students in L.A. Unified are graduating at higher rates than ever before. But it’s too early to know whether these students will go on to complete higher-level education or succeed in the job market. Sonali Kohli in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17

How do LAUSD students really feel about the new vegan food? -- At lunch time at Sylmar Charter High School Monday, students eating from the cafeteria could have yogurt and granola, a chef salad with turkey meat, garlic cheese bread or a toasted cheese sandwich. Or they could opt for the vegan choice: vegan chili. Antonie Boessenkool in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 9/12/17

UC Berkeley gears up for Ben Shapiro speech as test run ahead of Milo Yiannopoulos talk -- UC Berkeley is bracing for yet another showdown over a controversial conservative speaker scheduled to visit the famously liberal university this week, marking the first big test for new Chancellor Carol Christ’s approach to handling the thorny issue of free speech on campus. Emily DeRuy in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/12/17


San Diego legalizes marijuana cultivation, manufacturing -- San Diego will have a fully legal and regulated marijuana industry including pot farms, factories making edibles and retail storefronts selling the drug to both medical and recreational customers. David Garrick in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 9/12/17

San Francisco supervisors to consider cannabis dispensary moratorium Tuesday -- A contentious proposal to temporarily halt permits for new cannabis dispensaries in San Francisco will go to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The 45-day halt, sought by Supervisor Malia Cohen, was the most tensely debated topic at Monday’s Land Use and Transportation Committee meeting, where Supervisor Mark Farrell opposed it and Supervisor Aaron Peskin expressed reluctant support. Rachel Swan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/12/17

Immigration / Border 

ACLU Of San Diego Demands Release Of Pregnant Mother In Immigration Detention -- The ACLU of San Diego and Imperial counties is asking Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release a pregnant mother from an Otay Mesa detention facility and allow her to fight her immigration case from her home in North County. Jean Guerrero KPBS -- 9/12/17

They helped clean up the wreckage of 9/11. Now they face the threat of deportation -- Within days of the terrorist attack that destroyed the World Trade Center, word spread in the immigrant neighborhoods of New York that workers were desperately needed to aid in the cleanup. The job would pay cash, about $10 an hour — no questions asked about Society Security cards or immigration status. Barbara Demick in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17


CPMC will keep caring for subacute patients when St. Luke’s closes in San Francisco -- Rattled by accusations that it was putting financial concerns ahead of the sick and dying, Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center announced Monday it will continue caring for the 28 patients in its subacute unit at St. Luke’s Hospital in the Mission when it closes that facility. Rachel Swan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/12/17


Mount Umunhum: Former mountain-top military base opens this week to public -- Thirty-seven years after the U.S. Air Force shut down a mountain-top radar station in the hills south of San Jose that scanned the skies for Soviet bombers during the Cold War, the summit of Mount Umunhum is finally opening to the public this week as a new park, with stunning views of San Francisco Bay, Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay. Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/12/17

Horsey: Climate deniers play politics with looming natural disasters -- When the intensifying effect of climate change was brought into the news coverage of Hurricane Harvey, some conservatives objected. They said it was horrid that the “liberal media” was politicizing a disaster that had upended so many people’s lives. Now, the same complaints will probably be raised in the wake of Hurricane Irma. David Horsey in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17

Also . . . 

Lawsuit settled over rights to monkey’s selfie photo -- “Selfie” photos taken by a monkey in Indonesia six years ago belong to the photographer who left his camera unattended in a wildlife reserve, and who later processed and published the pictures. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/12/17

Renaming Sharon Meadow after Robin Williams gets official support -- The effort to rename Sharon Meadow — a wide, grassy lawn at the east end of the park that is often the site of performances and celebrations — after the late comedian and actor is being led by local comedians Debi Durst and her husband, Will. The pair have worked to put on Comedy Day — an annual showcase for local comedians — at Golden Gate Park for the past 37 years. Dominic Fracassa in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/12/17

San Mateo County official seeks to ban cellphone use in crosswalks -- San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa says he believes banning cellphones in crosswalks will save lives, and on Tuesday, he plans to ask his fellow supervisors to pass a resolution urging state lawmakers to pass the requisite legislation. Jason Green in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/12/17

POTUS 45  

Some Trump Lawyers Wanted Kushner Out -- Some of President Donald Trump’s lawyers earlier this summer concluded that Jared Kushner should step down as senior White House adviser because of possible legal complications related to a probe of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election and aired concerns about him to the president, people familiar with the matter said. Peter Nicholas, Rebecca Ballhaus and Erica Orden in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 9/12/17

After an earthquake and a hurricane — and Trump's failure to send condolences — Mexico rescinds offer of aid to U.S. -- Mexico on Monday withdrew its offer of aid to the United States to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, saying those resources are now needed at home as Mexico recovers from a separate hurricane and a devastating earthquake. Last month, as Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston with days of record-breaking rains, Mexico issued a statement offering to send food, generators and medical aid to Texas “as good neighbors should always do in trying times.” Kate Linthicum in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/17


Democratic foes of Trump flock to single-payer ahead of 2020 -- The Senate Democratic hell-no caucus is saying yes to single-payer health care. Elana Schor Politico -- 9/12/17

Tagging fake news on Facebook doesn't work, study says -- Facebook touts its partnership with outside fact-checkers as a key prong in its fight against fake news, but a major new Yale University study finds that fact-checking and then tagging inaccurate news stories on social media doesn’t work. Jason Schwartz Politico -- 9/12/17


-- Monday Updates 

California sanctuary state bill headed for approval after changes to please Jerry Brown -- The bill was amended to expand law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, reflecting a compromise between the two political leaders. Brown previously said he was seeking changes to the measure, casting doubts on whether he would sign an earlier and stronger version of the bill. Taryn Luna in the Sacramento Bee$ Jazmine Ulloa in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/11/17

California, 3 other states sue Trump administration for DACA decision -- President Trump’s decision to rescind protections shielding hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation betrayed their trust in the government’s assurances that their private information would not be used against them, Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Monday in a lawsuit filed by California and three other states. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/11/17

Law that would expand firearms ban on California campuses goes to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk -- A measure that would expand a firearms ban on school campuses in California won final legislative approval Monday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, a rifle owner who has been skeptical about some gun control measures. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/11/17

Ahead of final week, California lawmakers change bills to garner support for housing package -- A package of bills to address California’s housing affordability crisis inched forward late last week ahead of a do-or-die week in the Legislature. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/11/17

‘Sanctuary businesses’? Tough-talking states give businesses a pass on illegal immigration -- As part of its tough stance against illegal immigration, Texas has been one of the few states requiring state agencies to use a federal system known as E-Verify to check job applicants. Cindy Carcamo in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/11/17

Bernie Sanders coming back to California -- U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the subject of an aggressive effort to lure him into the 2020 presidential race, is returning to California later this month to rally with some of his fiercest supporters. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/11/17

The political parties would like voters to kill California's top-two primary system in 2018 -- Political parties and open primaries are the electoral equivalent of oil and water. They may coexist, but they don’t mix. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/11/17

Taylor: Urban Shield offers tools for law officers, ammunition for skeptics -- When the Alameda County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the use of $5.5 million in federal emergency preparedness funding for Urban Shield, the multiday event that includes tactical exercises for SWAT teams, bomb squads and emergency workers, they also created a civilian task force to monitor the gathering of law enforcement agencies. Otis R. Taylor Jr. in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/11/17

Hepatitis-focused street cleaning to start next week -- Sanitary street washing will commence next week in downtown San Diego and will continue every other week to combat the city’s deadly hepatitis A outbreak, Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office said Friday. Paul Sisson in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 9/11/17

Seismologists hope to create earthquake forecasts for California, using small temblors to warn of big ones -- One day, next to the traffic map and weather forecast on your smartphone, seismologist Thomas H. Jordan envisions an app that you can check to see when the chances of a major earthquake in California rise. Rong-Gong Lin II and Raoul Rañoa in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/11/17

Video of UC Berkeley police seizing bacon hot dog vendor's earnings goes viral -- A video showing a UC Berkeley bicycle officer citing a bacon hot dog vendor on campus and removing cash from his wallet for operating without a permit has gone viral. Joseph Serna in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/11/17

Somber San Francisco ceremonies honor those killed in 9/11 attacks -- Just after 6:45 a.m., on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, four garage doors at Fire Station No. 7 slid up. One by one, three engines and an SUV started up, purring in the warm morning air. They inched forward, their noses poking out of the station. A dozen firefighters in uniform stood facing the street. Then, silence. Lizzie Johnson in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/11/17

Capitol Weekly Podcast: Tom Chorneau -- Longtime journalist Tom Chorneau joins the podcast to talk about his debut novel, Enterprise Reporting, which follows one of the state’s top political reporters and his lobbyist uncle as they game the system during Arnold Schwarzenegger’s reign as California governor. Link Here -- 9/11/17

Fox: Time to Play Ball with CEQA Reform -- SB 798, the bill to give CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) exceptions to a proposed L.A. Clippers sports arena in Inglewood and transportation projects tied to L.A.’s 2028 Olympics, was put aside by the legislature. Too bad—but not for reasons you might think. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 9/11/17

San Jose leads nation in share of co-borrowing on home loans — and size of down payments -- A new report shows that the San Jose metropolitan area has the nation’s highest share of co-borrowers for home purchases. In addition, San Jose buyers make the largest median down payments in the U.S., according to a second-quarter report from Attom Data Solutions, which compiles nationwide property data. Richard Scheinin in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/11/17

In midtown, a daily fight for cleanliness and safety as homelessness surges -- The sidewalk outside of Mango’s restaurant on K Street is soiled and needs a power wash. A couple of blocks away, a homeless man with wild hair and dirty clothing is lingering at a patio table at a pizzeria where employees are preparing for the lunch rush. Across the street from a construction site on 21st Street where workers are climbing scaffolds, food from discarded foam containers is spilling out onto the walkway. Cynthia Hubert in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/11/17