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Jerry Brown signs new California affordable housing laws -- The housing bills provide new funding for low-income housing development, seek to lower the cost of construction, fast-track building and restrict the ability of cities and counties to block new development. Here’s a rundown of the bills in the package: Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee$ Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ John Wildermuth in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Jocelyn Gecker and Kathleen Ronayne Associated Press -- 9/29/17

Is bill on governor’s desk a ‘nail in the coffin’ to openly carrying guns? -- Assembly Bill 7, authored by Assemblyman Mike Gipson, D-Carson, would limit where California’s 6 million-plus gun owners can carry unloaded shotguns and rifles in urban areas not previously covered by a statewide ban on openly carrying handguns. Gipson’s bill passed the Democrat-controlled Legislature earlier this month. Ryan Sabalow in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/29/17

Malls, a struggling symbol of suburban America, could help ease the housing crisis -- In the San Fernando Valley, there are plans to level a nearly vacant mall and replace it with some 1,400 homes, boutique retail space and a concert venue. Andrew Khouri in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/29/17

L.A. County now has 58,000 homeless people. So why are there thousands fewer shelter beds than in 2009? -- “Live from skid row, it’s Tuesday night!” Pastor Dan shouted, beginning two hours of Christian music and prayer for worshipers arrayed on metal chairs in the spacious, white-walled chapel at the Union Rescue Mission. Once the playful service ended, worshipers folded and stacked their chairs and began to unfurl cots. There weren’t enough for everyone. Doug Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/29/17

Knight: 4 in 10 calls to San Francisco’s 911 aren’t emergencies -- City officials rightly deserve blame for ignoring the continuing crisis at the understaffed, slow-to-respond 911 call center. But San Franciscans, you’re on the hook here, too. Heather Knight in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/29/17

Microsoft buys north San Jose land, large complex eyed -- Microsoft, poised for expansion into north San Jose, has bought 65 acres of empty land along State Route 237 between Alviso and Milpitas, signaling that the site fits into its plans to widen its reach in cloud and internet technologies. George Avalos in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/29/17

Taylor: Antifascist explains why she protests Trump fans -- As Sunsara Taylor stood on the steps of Sproul Hall on UC Berkeley’s campus Sunday, she held a protest sign high above her head. Police officers circled Taylor and two others, forcing them to the ground as Taylor and her companions chanted in unison. “No fascist USA. No fascist USA. No fascist USA.” Otis R. Taylor Jr. in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/29/17

Bretón: Sins of the father: The story of a Yolo County farmer whose dad was the ‘architect’ of the Vietnam War -- Vietnam and Craig McNamara, a walnut farmer who lives in Winters, are linked by blood and blood shed. As secretary of defense for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, his father, the late Robert McNamara, was the mastermind of America’s disastrous campaign to stop a feared expansion of communism in Southeast Asia. Marcos Bretón in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/29/17

Fox & Rice: Unusual Alliances Brought Success for L.A. School Construction -- At a time of toxic national polarization, a Los Angeles success story 20 years in the making was recently completed, because people with different political perspectives worked together to accomplish a goal — repair schools and build new schools efficiently and cost-effectively for L.A.’s students. Joel Fox and Connie Rice Fox&Hounds -- 9/29/17


California Policy & Politics This Morning   

California lawmaker wants to ban gas car sales after 2040 -- France and the United Kingdom are doing it. So is India. And now one lawmaker would like California to follow their lead in phasing out gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles. When the Legislature returns in January, Assemblyman Phil Ting plans to introduce a bill that would ban the sale of new cars fueled by internal-combustion engines after 2040. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/29/17

California Will Strengthen "Anti-NIMBY Act" As Part Of Housing Package Being Signed Friday -- Gov. Jerry Brown will sign a package of bills Friday that seek to address California’s exorbitant housing costs. One piece that’s flown below the radar would make it harder for cities and counties to evade state housing mandates. The legislation deals with a 35-year-old California law called the Housing Accountability Act – sometimes nicknamed the “Anti-NIMBY (Not In My Backyard)” Act. Ben Adler Capital Public Radio -- 9/29/17

With rats and frogs in Camp Pendleton water supply, base agrees to federal decree -- Camp Pendleton officials swear that the water consumed by 55,000 Marines and their families is safe, despite a pair of scathing state and federal investigations indicating chronic problems in the treatment systems at the sprawling military base. Carl Prine in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 9/28/17

Beaumont city councilman pleads guilty to seeking bribes and falsifying rival's campaign documents -- Mark Orozco, 40, faces six months of home confinement and three years of formal probation for soliciting a bribe from a local property developer and ordering a subordinate to falsify campaign documents tied to a council rival. Joseph Serna in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/28/17

California’s past moves to earlier presidential primaries often flopped -- If Gov. Jerry Brown had made a signing statement when he approved California’s latest effort to move the state’s presidential primary near the front of the list, it likely would have been something like, “What the heck?” John Wildermuth in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/29/17

Early primary election may not benefit California -- The elections bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday moves California’s primary from June to March, an effort to give the state more influence in determining the presidential nominees — and make the candidates pay more attention to the state’s interests and priorities. But reality doesn’t always conform to the script. Martin Wisckol in the Orange County Register -- 9/29/17

Civilian oversight group tells L.A. Sheriff's Department to ground its drone -- In its first nine months, the $10,000 device has hovered over hard-to-reach spots in Los Angeles County, searching for gunmen and missing people. Maya Lau in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/28/17

New Police Commission president to confront crucial challenges and promises to continue LAPD reform -- When Steve Soboroff first joined the Los Angeles Police Commission in 2013, the atmosphere surrounding policing was dramatically different. Controversial police shootings across the country had not yet ignited the national conversation about officers’ use of deadly force. Activists chanting “black lives, they matter here,” had not routinely descended upon the commission’s meetings. Kate Mather in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/28/17

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: ‘I don’t understand why I’m so controversial’ -- Fresh off a presidential pardon, America’s most infamous lawman is coming to California this week as part of an effort to re-enter the political arena. “Don’t think I’m going fishing,” Joe Arpaio, the 85-year-old former Maricopa County sheriff, said in an interview with the Bay Area News Group. “I am not going away.” Casey Tolan in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/29/17

Taking it to the streets: ACLU gives Sheriff Joe Arpaio a ‘civics lesson’ -- The ACLU is driving a mobile billboard around Fresno with a sharp message for former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio: “You violated the Constitution.” Arpaio, known as “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” is giving a speech Friday at a Republican fundraiser at Sunnyside Events in east Fresno. Activists are planning to protest Arpaio’s visit. Lewis Griswold in the Fresno Bee -- 9/29/17

San Francisco examines impacts of its many budget set-asides -- San Francisco lawmakers are beginning to take a hard look at the long-term consequences of the city’s abundant use of budget set-asides — voter-approved ballot measures that mandate how the government spends money on specific projects. Dominic Fracassa in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/28/17

South Bay Cities, Port Sue Feds Over Cross-Border Sewage Spills -- Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and the Port of San Diego are suing the federal government over cross-border sewage spills in the Tijuana River Valley. The legal action accuses the International Boundary and Water Commission and the company that runs the commission's sewage plant near the border of violating the U.S. Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Erik Anderson KPBS Joshua Emerson Smith and Joshua Stewart in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 9/28/17

Warriors settle dispute with Oakland, will pay nearly $800K for parade -- The Golden State Warriors said Thursday they will pay Oakland nearly $800,000 for costs associated with their June championship parade after weeks of contentious back-and-forth between the city and team over the bill. Kimberly Veklerov in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/28/17

Abcarian: Hugh Hefner preached sexual liberation, but he never stopped exploiting women's bodies -- Years ago, I pulled into a long driveway in Holmby Hills, then stopped in front of an imposing wrought-iron gate. I had been directed to announce myself to a large boulder on my left, which I did. The gates swung open. Robin Abcarian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/28/17

Car-jammed San Francisco neighborhoods ponder parking permit zones -- Melvin Meyer stepped out of his Bernal Heights home Thursday morning, hopped into his car, and moved it around the corner so his wife could squeeze into the space in front of their driveway and unload some groceries. Michael Cabanatuan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/28/17

This Sacramento firefighter jumped at chance to help victims of Mexico City earthquake -- At age 9, he lived through the 1985 Mexico City earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people. So when Sacramento firefighter Roberto Padilla saw the devastating temblor hit earlier this month, “I knew what was coming.” Within 48 hours, he was on the ground in Mexico City helping with rescue and recovery efforts. David Caraccio in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/29/17

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Tolls, Bonds 

Why the GOP tax plan's big boost in the standard deduction won't be a windfall for some average Americans -- The Republican plan to nearly double the standard deduction as part of a sweeping tax overhaul appears to be a windfall for average Americans because it would allow them to shield thousands of additional dollars from taxes. Jim Puzzanghera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/28/17

San Diego loses billions in potential water savings under court ruling -- The California Supreme Court effectively brought to end this week a longstanding, bitter fight between water managers in Los Angeles and San Diego — a ruling that means the loss of billions in potential savings for local ratepayers. Joshua Emerson Smith in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 9/29/17

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

Twitter finds hundreds of accounts linked to Russia -- Twitter told congressional investigators Thursday that it pulled down 201 accounts linked to Russian entities that purchased ads on Facebook. The revelation comes as other tech firms, including Facebook and Google, are under growing political pressure to look more closely at how their sites were used to try to influence the U.S. presidential election. Queenie Wong in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/29/17

They hoped to win Cal Fire work with disabled vet’s help – but it backfired -- Three business partners struck a deal to pursue a state contracting incentive for veterans that they thought would win them more work – and money – from Cal Fire. Two years later, former soldier Jason Alexander is out of the company he bought into with a $10,000 down payment from his Veterans Affairs disability pension. Adam Ashton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/29/17

Businesses in California will be required to tell customers exactly how much their automatic renewal will cost -- California will require online businesses that offer free trials to tell customers exactly how much an automatic renewal will cost under a law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday. The law's author, Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), thinks the bill, known as SB 313, will make it easier for customers to cancel service. Mina Corpuz in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/29/17

SDSU supporters launch ballot initiative as alternative to SoccerCity -- The newly formed Friends of SDSU Steering Committee said they will publish a notice of intent Saturday to launch a city ballot initiative drive that would authorize the city to sell 132 of the 166 acres at the SDCCU Stadium site. Roger Showley in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 9/29/17

Escondido takes on looming pension crisis -- Escondido Mayor Sam Abed pointed to the numbers Wednesday as he talked about the city’s unfunded pension liability during a workshop on the looming financial crisis. “We are facing a $4.5 million deficit next year, $8.3 million the next year,” Abed said. “These are real numbers. They are reality. Twelve million in 2020 and $15.5 million (the year after that). J. Harry Jones in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 9/29/17

Google’s alleged gender pay gap: activist investor pushes parent firm for data, cites Damore memo -- Now, an activist investor is demanding that Google’s parent firm Alphabet provide a formal, comprehensive report on its compensation practices. “Alphabet has refused to disclose the company’s gender pay gap in a transparent, quantitative manner,” Arjuna Capital managing partner Natasha Lamb wrote in a Sept. 26 letter to the firm’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt. Ethan Baron in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/29/17

John Deere drives into San Francisco looking for farm-tech engineers -- John Deere, the Illinois farm-machine company, may seem like a surprising presence near the San Francisco office towers of software giants like Salesforce and LinkedIn. And even though its new South of Market lab is focused on technologies like artificial intelligence and automation, some devoted customers can’t stay away. Benny Evangelista in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/29/17

Bay Area self-driving startup Drive.ai sets sights on Singapore -- Few places outside California have courted the self-driving car industry as eagerly as Singapore. The reasons are obvious. With the third-highest population density in the world — a snug 20,000 people per square mile — the island nation needs ways to move its citizens without relying on privately owned cars and the freeways and parking garages they require. David R. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/29/17


Expert: Could Be Some Time Before San Diego Hep A Outbreak Peaks -- At least 461 people in San Diego have become infected with hepatitis A. And despite a mass vaccination campaign, the number of cases continues to grow. Of the 315 people who have been hospitalized in the outbreak, 115 have been treated at UC San Diego Health. Dr. Robert Schooley, professor of medicine and infectious disease specialist at UCSD, said one characteristic of the virus is hampering efforts to control it: the incubation period is up to 50 days. Kenny Goldberg KPBS -- 9/28/17

Homeless move to new parks, streets after camp crackdown -- The recent crackdown on large sidewalk homeless camps in downtown San Diego has forced people without shelter into Balboa Park and other parts of the city. “For the first time during the day, I”m seeing people sleeping in the colonnades,” said Balboa Park Conservancy Director Tomas Herera-Mishler, who also said he’s seen shopping carts for the first time in the park recently. Gary Warth in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 9/29/17

It’s checkout time for the homeless at this hotel. But where will they go? -- At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Velvelyn Brown, homeless and 70, was bargaining with the security guard of the Courtyard Inn in North Highlands for a few more minutes inside the dark and roach-filled confines of room 124, where she had slept for the past three nights. Anita Chabria in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/29/17

Closed Santiago Canyon College center could become a huge homeless shelter -- The 50,000-square-foot Orange Education Center is being considered by the county as a shelter and homeless service center in an effort to entice transients away from encampments along the Santa Ana river bed, Supervisor Todd Spitzer said Thursday. Tony Saavedra in the Orange County Register -- 9/29/17


A Rare Gem in High-Priced San Francisco: New Low-Income Housing -- Among luxury apartments, the future Warriors arena and biotech research campuses stands a rare gem in San Francisco’s waterfront community of Mission Bay — brand-new low-income housing. Erika Aguilar KQED -- 9/29/17


Immigration crackdown taking heavy toll on California students -- The Trump administration’s crackdown on immigrants is having a chilling effect in California’s classrooms, with schools reporting increased absenteeism and students having difficulty concentrating, even crying in class, teachers and administrators said. Carolyn Jones EdSource -- 9/29/17

New poll: Voters want the next governor to invest big in early childhood education -- The poll, released by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, surveyed 800 residents around the state to gauge where early childhood stands among all the other issues in the California. It ranked high. While the cost of health care was the top priority for public investment, the majority of voters ranked early childhood issues above infrastructure and homelessness. Priska Neely KPCC -- 9/29/17

If a strike hits Fresno Unified, it could pay to get a substitute teaching license -- Substitutes stand to earn $500 a day as Fresno Unified School District prepares to recruit replacements in the face of a possible teachers strike. Superintendent Bob Nelson said 800 to 1,000 substitutes could be needed, and the higher pay rate would help attract fill-ins from throughout the central San Joaquin Valley. The regular substitute rate is $120 to $140 day. Barbara Anderson in the Fresno Bee -- 9/29/17


California regulator admits to anxiety as legal pot nears -- In about three months, recreational marijuana sales will kick off in California, yet no one knows exactly how the pot economy will work. It could take until late November for the state to issue regulations that will govern the new marketplace. Michael R. Blood Associated Press -- 9/29/17

AP Exclusive: Inside the scary cash dash of paying pot taxes -- Jerred Kiloh’s eyes narrowed as he checked his mirror again. The black Chevy SUV with tinted windows was still behind him. It had been hanging off Kiloh’s bumper ever since he nosed out of the parking lot behind his medical-marijuana dispensary with $40,131.88 in cash in the trunk of his hatchback. Michael R. Blood Associated Press -- 9/29/17

Cannabis chocolate maker wants to open shop in Westfield San Francisco Centre mall -- A high-end maker of cannabis-infused chocolate has signed a tentative deal to open a store in the Westfield San Francisco Centre, which experts say would be the first time a major class-A mall has agreed to house a marijuana-based outlet. J.K. Dineen in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/29/17

Immigration / Border 

ICE targets sanctuary communities, arrests hundreds -- Immigration officials on Thursday said they’ve targeted sanctuary cities in recent days, arresting hundreds of undocumented immigrants in communities the Trump administration says offer limited cooperation with federal authorities. In all, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it arrested 498 people during a four-day national operation that ended Wednesday. Those arrests included 167 people taken into custody in Southern California. Jordan Graham in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 9/29/17

ICE sweep targeting sanctuary cities snares 27 in Bay Area, 498 overall -- Federal immigration officials in the Bay Area arrested 27 people this week, most with past criminal convictions, as part of a national sweep targeting cities that prohibit cooperation between local law enforcement and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency said Thursday. Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/29/17

Complaint alleges harm to pregnant women in immigration detention centers -- When Jennye Pagoada Lopez arrived at the U.S. border post of San Ysidro in July seeking political asylum, she showed agents ultrasound images of her pregnancy and told them she was bleeding and needed immediate medical attention. Melissa Etehad in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/29/17

Eligible DACA recipients have one week to renew as extension hopes fade -- Tens of thousands of eligible young immigrants with work permits and deportation protection under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have a week to renew for two more years before DACA ends in March. Leslie Berestein Rojas KPCC -- 9/29/17

ICE arrests hundreds of immigrants in 'sanctuary cities' around the nation, California -- Immigration officials on Thursday announced hundreds of arrests in an operation targeting communities where police and elected officials have refused to fully cooperate on enforcing federal immigration laws. Joel Rubin in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/28/17


Congress’ Cold Shoulder Sends Shivers Through Community Health Centers -- The nation’s 1,400 community health centers are carefully watching expenses in case the financial rescue they hope Congress delivers this week doesn’t arrive. With four days left in the government’s fiscal year, Congress has not voted on reauthorizing billions of dollars now going to community health centers and other health programs for the 2018 budget year that starts Sunday. Rachel Bluth KQED -- 9/29/17


Rockfall at Yosemite's El Capitan '10 times bigger' than slide that killed tourist a day earlier, witness says -- A massive hunk of rock fell off Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan on Thursday, a day after a rockfall in the same area of the granite monolith killed a British tourist and seriously injured his wife, park officials said. Joseph Serna and Alene Tchekmedyian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/28/17

Tsunami sent Japanese sea creatures to U.S. beaches, on plastics -- All that plastic debris that floated onto American beaches after Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami carried some unwelcome baggage: non-native sea creatures. Lisa M. Krieger in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/29/17

New redwood park in Santa Cruz Mountains could come from Beall law -- Clearing the way for what could potentially be the biggest open space deal in the Santa Cruz Mountains in years, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill that would streamline the sale of up to 6,500 acres of land owned by San Jose Water Company, allowing it to become a public open space preserve. Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/29/17

Also . . . 

LAPD awards officers for bravery and for using restraint during police encounters -- The man with the knife turned toward the two police officers, shouting “Kill me. Kill me. You’re going to have to kill me.” Cindy Chang in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/28/17

New San Francisco 1K race features doughnut stations as motivation for runners -- If you don't quite have the drive (yet) for a marathon, or even a 5K race, a new "race" is looking to tempt Bay Area couch potatoes/wannabe athletes to participate in a low-key event made for anyone. Enter: the Lard Butt 1K. Dianne de Guzman in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/28/17

Paul Doherty, the Exploratorium’s Beloved Senior Scientist, Dies at 69 -- Paul Doherty’s wife, Ellen Hensen, loved watching his hands when he taught. An animated, enthusiastic speaker, Doherty used movement to lend his words extra meaning. His teaching paired his brilliant, scientifically astute mind with an intuitive understanding of his audience. The celebrated teacher and senior scientist at San Francisco’s Exploratorium museum died last month, after a return of cancer that had been in remission. Danielle Venton KQED -- 9/29/17

POTUS 45  

White House launches probe of private email accounts -- The review began after a Politico report about senior White House officials using private email accounts for government work. John Dawsey and Andrea Peterson Politico -- 9/29/17

Trump Could Save More Than $1 Billion Under His New Tax Plan -- President Trump could cut his tax bills by more than $1.1 billion, including saving tens of millions of dollars in a single year, under his proposed tax changes, a New York Times analysis has found. Jesse Drucker and Nadja Popovich in the New York Times$ -- 9/29/17


Price took military jets to Europe, Asia for over $500K -- The White House approved the use of military aircraft for multi-national trips by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to Africa and Europe this spring, and to Asia in the summer, at a cost of more than $500,000 to taxpayers. The overseas trips bring the total cost to taxpayers of Price’s travels to more than $1 million since May, according to a Politico review. Rachana Pradhan and Dan Diamond Politico -- 9/29/17

Chastened, Tom Price Tries to Deflect Anger Over Chartered Flights -- After being rebuked by President Trump for racking up at least $400,000 in travel on chartered flights, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said on Thursday that he would pay back taxpayers for his part of the bill and stop flying on private jets. But that does not mean his job is safe. Katie Rogers, Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman in the New York Times$ -- 9/29/17

Trump aides sell tax plan with Pinocchio-laden claims -- In selling President Trump’s tax plan, his aides have resorted to making strikingly misleading statements to defend it. At the moment, there are few details about the tax plan, only broad strokes. That makes it easier for the administration to make big claims as analysts scramble to try to make sense of the plan’s possible impact. Glenn Kessler in the Washington Post$ -- 9/29/17

Democrats and the GOP both have a millennial problem -- Although more than 4 in 10 millennials identify as independents, according to the Pew Research Center, history has shown that most young adults vote for the Democratic Party. But Hillary Clinton learned in 2016 that millennials don't always turn out at the rates candidates need them to. Eugene Scott in the Washington Post$ -- 9/29/17


-- Thursday Updates 

The legislator who stares down a recall with a smile — and a bear costume -- Sitting in an Orange County cafe a few blocks from his home, state Sen. Josh Newman appears remarkably calm, often funny, for someone who is likely facing a recall less than a year after being elected. Then again, little fazes the Democrat. He’s not a career politician. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 9/28/17

$57 round-trip to LAX?! Is a California airfare war breaking out? -- Round-trip flights from the Bay Area to Los Angeles for 50 or 60 bucks?! Nope, your airfare alerts may not be deceiving you. A price war on flights from the Bay Area to Southern California could break out this fall and winter, with prices that may not have been seen since those PSA stewardesses were strolling the aisles in hot pink and orange uniforms. Linda Zavoral in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/28/17

Here's why California’s early primary in 2020 is destined to pick the next president. (Nah, not really) -- First off, this will be the sixth time since 1992 the state has moved its presidential primary. It’s bounced from June, March, February and back again. And every time California pushed its primary ahead, other states moved up as well, to minimize California’s impact and make sure they weren’t big-footed. You can be sure the same thing will happen in 2020 when California elbows its way up again. Mark Z. Barabak in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/28/17

Cities get ready for new housing rules—on their own terms -- More than a dozen proposals to address California’s housing crisis recently arrived at the governor’s desk. Most are expected to survive his veto pen; then it will be up to cities and counties to begin faithfully (or maybe not so faithfully) enacting the state’s new housing agenda. That process has already begun. Ben Christopher Calmatters.org -- 9/28/17

Supreme Court poised to deal a sharp blow to unions for teachers and public employees -- The Supreme Court is poised to deal a sharp blow to the unions that represent millions of teachers and other public employees, announcing Thursday it will consider striking down the mandatory fees that support collective bargaining. David G. Savage in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/28/17

Antonio Villaraigosa wants to bring back an urban renewal program to fund low-income housing -- Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers eliminated a state redevelopment program in 2011 as a cost-cutting move aimed at saving nearly $2 billion during the state's budget crisis. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/28/17

CBS pondering sale of historic Television City studios in Los Angeles -- Broadcast giant CBS Corp. is pondering the sale of its historic Television City studio complex in the Fairfax district as the Los Angeles construction boom propels developers in search of new places to build. Roger Vincent and Meg James in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/28/17

Obamacare: Five things left hanging, plus effect on California -- Republicans officially pulled the plug on their last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday. Julie Rovner Capitol Weekly -- 9/28/17

Padilla accepts Latino leadership award in Texas -- Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s parents immigrated to the United States with an elementary education and raised a son who graduated from one of the top ranked universities in the world. Taryn Luna in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/28/17

Tidal wave of enrollment hits UC San Diego, UC Irvine -- The UC system has been flooding San Diego and Irvine with students to cope with California’s surging population, which will grow from 39.5 million today to 45 million by 2030. In the past five years, the two schools added almost 12,000 students — a figure greater than the enrollment of MIT. Gary Robbins in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 9/28/17