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10 dead as Wine Country fires burn at least 1,500 structures, force evacuations -- A swarm of fires supercharged by powerful winds ripped through Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties Monday, killing at least 10 people, injuring dozens of others, destroying more than 1,500 homes and businesses, and turning prominent wineries to ash. Peter Fimrite, Jill Tucker, Kurtis Alexander and Demian Bulwa in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Sonali Kohli, Phil Willon, Paige St. John and Alene Tchekmedyian in the Los Angeles Times$ Erin Baldassari in the San Jose Mercury$ Ryan Lillis, Molly Sullivan and Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/9/17

Inferno destroys parts of Santa Rosa — blocks of homes gone -- Neighborhood after neighborhood is gone in Santa Rosa. One of them is Coffey Park, a homey cluster of single-family homes two miles northwest of downtown. Arthur and Chavette Chaney used to live there. Jill Tucker, Kurtis Alexander and Steve Rubenstein in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

Fire destroys Fountaingrove Inn, Willi’s Wine Bar, Fountaingrove Roundbarn, other local landmarks -- The firestorm that raged from Napa County into Sonoma County and through Santa Rosa early Monday burned well-known businesses, schools and local landmarks, damaging or destroying 1,500 structures and leaving behind scorched commercial blocks. Robert Digitale in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/9/17

Update: Two deaths confirmed as wildfires spread across Wine Country -- Multiple firestorms raged across the state’s bucolic wine country on Monday, resulting in at least two deaths, destroying more than 1,500 structures, emptying hospitals, dropping ashes over San Francisco and forcing the panicked evacuation of thousands of residents to crowded shelters. Patrick May, Erin Baldassari and Mary Orlin in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/9/17

Homes and businesses burn as fire rips through Santa Rosa. One confirmed dead in Mendocino -- Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties, where wind-whipped fires have destroyed at least 1,500 structures, including many homes and businesses in Santa Rosa, and forced more than 20,000 people to evacuate their neighborhoods. Ryan Lillis, Molly Sullivan, Tony Bizjak and Benjy Egel in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/9/17

Wine Country fires: What we know, and what we don’t -- Fourteen wildfires in the North Bay and surrounding region ravaged mountainsides, homes, vineyards and farmland beginning Sunday night. Major highways were shut down, and local officials requested help from around the region as Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency. Kimberly Veklerov in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

Possible culprits in Wine Country fires include PG&E lines -- It will take time to determine the cause of multiple wildfires that ripped through Napa and Sonoma counties, but several possible culprits emerged Monday, including downed power lines. David R. Baker and Rachel Swan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

Canyon Fire 2 in Anaheim Hills up to 2,000 acres, forcing evacuations and damaging at least 6 homes -- A wind-driven, fast-moving brush fire has burned 2,000 acres, prompting evacuations of about 1,000 homes, damaging at least six of them, and sending a giant, maroon plume of smoke over the city. The adjacent eastbound 91 freeway is closed at Imperial Highway. At 2:30 p.m., mandatory evacuations were issued for Orange Park Acres, North Tustin and East Orange. El Modena High School has been set up as a Red Cross evacuation center. Scott Schwebke, Alicia Robinson, Kelly Puente and Heather McRea in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 10/9/17

Kaiser employees reportedly evacuate patients in personal vehicles at Santa Rosa hospital -- Kaiser employees evacuated patients in their personal cars as a raging fire threatened a hospital in Santa Rosa early Monday, several media outlets are reporting. Amy Graff in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

Fires burn across Sonoma and Napa counties as thousands flee devastating flames -- Two massive fires burned an estimated 50,000 acres across Sonoma and Napa counties Monday, leveling neighborhoods and businesses from north Santa Rosa to the Sonoma Valley and Calistoga early Monday, forcing massive overnight evacuations of homes and hospitals as firefighters battled to gain an upper hand against the flames. The fire storms were among an estimated 10 fires burning uncontrolled across the North Bay and into Lake and Mendocino counties. Julie Johnson in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/9/17

Santa Rosa under siege as huge fire carves path of destruction -- Santa Rosa was under siege Monday from a wildfire that quickly burned 20,000 acres and had residents running for their lives. The Tubbs fire broke out near the northern end of the city, forcing the evacuations of hundreds of homes as well as two hospitals. Witnesses said homes and businesses had burned but it was not clear how many. Sonali Kohli, Paige St. John and Javier Panzar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

Santa Rosa businesses, homes burn as firefighters get overwhelmed -- Two Santa Rosa mobile home parks, a furniture store and a gun store were among the structures consumed early Monday by wildfires that one witness said “look like Armageddon.” The fire than engulfed the Schmidt Firearms store at 808 Piner Road also created additional hazards for firefighters when ammunition inside the store began to explode with loud pops. Jill Tucker and Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

North Bay fires burn thousands of acres -- Napa County officials give first briefing: County supervisors and emergency officials said three fires were burning in Napa County. The largest is the 35,000-acre Tubbs Fire near Calistoga, which broke out at 9:20 p.m. Sunday. There is zero containment on all of the fires, which also include the Atlas Peak Fire in Napa that has burned 25,000 to 30,000 acres and the 2,000-acre Partrick Fire in the Carneros area of Napa. Peter Fimrite, Jill Tucker and Michael Cabanatuan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

Napa and Sonoma wildfires destroy wineries, bars and hotels; many others threatened -- Dozens of early Monday morning fires erupted across Northern California’s premier wine country, spreading quickly, fueled by high wind gusts. Residents evacuated at a moment’s notice and countless homes and businesses burned, among them many well-known wineries, restaurants and hotels. Mary Orlin in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/9/17

More than 200 evacuated from hospitals -- More than 200 people were hurriedly evacuated from two Santa Rosa hospitals threatened by wildfires that bloomed overnight. Lisa Amador, a spokeswoman with Sutter Health, said around 9 a.m. that Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital had finished evacuating the last of more than 80 patients in surgical, labor and emergency care. Associated Press -- 10/9/17

Hospitals evacuated as fire rips through Santa Rosa. One confirmed dead in Mendocino, Cal Fire says -- Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties, where wind-whipped fires have destroyed at least 1,500 structures, including many homes and businesses in Santa Rosa, and forced more than 20,000 people to evacuate their neighborhoods. In Mendocino County, one person was killed when the Redwood Complex Fire rushed up 4,500 acres from Redwood Valley toward Willits, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection assistant deputy director Daniel Berlant said. Tony Bizjak and Benjy Egel in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/9/17

Thousands forced to evacuate as wildfires spread across Wine Country -- The Bay Area awoke Monday beneath a blanket of thick smoke as multiple wildfires raged to the north across the state’s bucolic wine country, destroying more than 1,000 homes and business, emptying hospitals, dropping ashes over San Francisco and forcing the panicked evacuation of thousands of residents to crowded shelters. Patrick May and Mark Gomez in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/9/17

Several homes burn as fast-moving brush fire hits Anaheim Hills -- A fast-moving brush fire is threatening about 1,000 homes in the Anaheim Hills area and had scorched several structures by early Monday afternoon, according to fire officials and media reports. James Queally and Anh Do in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17


Feinstein says she’s “all in” — will seek re-election to the Senate in 2018 -- Ending months of speculation, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced Monday that she would seek re-election next year. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Casey Tolan in the San Jose Mercury$ Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/9/17

Californians will get more information on what’s driving prescription drug prices under law signed by governor -- Gov. Jerry Brown approved a measure Monday to increase disclosure on prescription drug prices, the focal point of growing efforts to clamp down on climbing pharmaceutical costs. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/9/17

Once again, Southern California could make or break a major California water project -- In 1960, the water barons of Los Angeles stood between Gov. Pat Brown and his dream of building a network of dams and canals to make the southern half of California bloom. He beat them – just barely, after weeks of public arm-twisting – and the State Water Project was born. Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/9/17

Fox: Any CA March Primary Consequences for the President? -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill moving California’s presidential primary to early March 2020 and all the focus has been on what that means for Democratic candidates, Californians who might run for president, and setting the Democratic agenda for the entire campaign. But it is possible that the move to March might have an influence on the Republican presidential side of the ballot as well. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 10/9/17

Stabbing at Lafayette BART station might not be robbery related -- stabbing Sunday at the Lafayette BART station that left three people injured might not have been robbery-related as first believed, authorities said Monday. Harry Harris in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/9/17

29 states have legal pot. Jeff Sessions wants to stamp it out, and he's closer than you think -- The 85 words almost seemed an afterthought when Congress hurriedly crammed them into a massive budget bill late in the Obama administration, as if lawmakers wanted to acknowledge America’s outlook on marijuana had changed, but not make a big deal of it. Evan Halper in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

Pence in California for series of fundraisers after Colts football game walkout -- Hours after Vice President Mike Pence left a professional football game in protest of players taking a knee during the national anthem, he landed Sunday in Southern California for a series of fundraisers aimed at helping vulnerable members of Congress in the state. Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

Mike Pence arrives in Sacramento to boost vulnerable California House Republicans -- If Democrats are going to take back control of the House of Representatives next year, their path travels straight through California. Half of the 14 remaining members of the state’s Republican congressional delegation won last November in districts that went to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/9/17

Hiltzik: Trump plots another backdoor effort to gut Obamacare's consumer protections -- Still smarting from congressional Republicans’ abject failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act by legislative means, President Trump now reportedly is plotting a backdoor attack aimed at gutting the act’s most important consumer protections. Michael Hiltzik in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

FCC lets Alphabet try to use balloons to restore cell service to Puerto Ricans -- Google’s parent company received approval to deploy an experimental balloon-based web service to restore cell reception to Puerto Ricans still struggling after Hurricane Maria devastated the island and left many without water or a way to reach loved ones. Andrew Khouri in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17


California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Feinstein suggests she's running in 2018: 'I'm ready for a good fight' -- California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is staying coy about whether she'll run for election for the sixth time in 2018, although she continues to drop strong hints she plans to do so. Julie Westfall in the Los Angeles Times$ Evan Sernoffsky in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

De León tangles with Feinstein over her signature issue – gun control -- Tangling with Sen. Dianne Feinstein over one of her signature issues, California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León said Sunday that the United States can prevent mass killings like the one last week in Las Vegas by “getting weapons designed for the battlefield out of our neighborhoods.” Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/9/17

Gov. Brown to sign drug pricing transparency bill -- What is believed to be the nation’s most comprehensive legislation aimed at shining a light on prescription drug pricing is expected to be signed into law Monday morning by Gov. Jerry Brown, according to an advisory issued by his office Sunday. Tracy Seipel in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/9/17

Film producer Harvey Weinstein ousted from Weinstein Co. -- Harvey Weinstein, the sharp-elbowed movie producer whose combative reign in Hollywood made him an Academy Awards regular, was fired from The Weinstein Company on Sunday following an expose that detailed decades of sexual harassment allegations made against Weinstein by actresses and employees. Jake Coyle Associated Press Ryan Faughnder and David Ng in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

Weinstein sexual harassment controversy exposes Hollywood's double standard -- When the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape leaked one year ago, capturing then-candidate, now-President Trump bragging in coarse terms in 2005 about being allowed to grab women because he was a celebrity, Hollywood had a meltdown. Meg James, David Ng and Meredith Blake in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

Gloria Allred has no problem with her daughter advising Harvey Weinstein -- When the New York Times published a story earlier this week accusing movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing numerous women over nearly three decades, it wasn't a surprise to many people in the entertainment industry. Elina Shatkin KPCC -- 10/9/17

Skelton: Does Washington shortchange California on taxes? No, not really -- One of California’s oldest gripes is that Washington shortchanges the state on taxes. But it’s a questionable claim. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

Walters: California’s GOP has become a circular firing squad -- Each week, the San Bernardino County elections office publishes updated voter registration data not only for the county but also for all of its local entities, one being the City of Rancho Cucamonga. Dan Walters Calmatters.org -- 10/9/17

California Republicans spot political opportunity in fight for repeal of new gas tax -- Celebrated by Democrats as a victory for Californians weary of traveling the state’s distressed roads and highways, the law now faces repeal in two possible ballot initiatives floated by its opponents. Several of California’s Republican members of Congress endorsed that effort this week, all but ensuring the tax hikes will be a major issue in the 2018 election. Patrick McGreevy and Christine Mai-Duc in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

Water board reports highlighted health risk before hepatitis outbreak -- San Diego officials were informed repeatedly of the dangers of disease-carrying runoff from homeless encampments into area waterways, as far as a decade before the current hepatitis A crisis spurred action. James DeHaven in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 10/9/17

The Cadiz desert water project is facing a new hurdle -- In a Sept. 20 letter to Cadiz, the State Lands Commission informed the company that its proposed water pipeline crosses a strip of state-owned land and therefore requires a state lease. Bettina Boxall in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

Commercial bus riders who choose not to buckle up could be fined under new California law -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law on Sunday to require passengers on commercial buses equipped with seat belts to use them, a decision following a recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board after a San Jose bus crash that killed two people. Jazmine Ulloa in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

California updates dating services contract law to include sites like Match.com and Eharmony -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a law updating the state’s Dating Service Contract Act to encompass online dating services like Match.com and Eharmony, an effort to ensure consumers can opt out of services. Jazmine Ulloa in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

Hundreds turn out for vigil on Huntington Beach Pier for victims of Las Vegas massacre -- One by one, the mourners called out the names. “Andrea Castilla,” the first one said. She was a makeup artist from Huntington Beach celebrating her 28th birthday when she was shot and killed in Las Vegas on Oct. 1. Makeda Easter and Alene Tchekmedyian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17

Simi Valley residents mourn, honor memory of Las Vegas shooting victims -- Hundreds gathered in Simi Valley on Sunday night for a candlelight vigil to mourn and honor the memory of those slain in the Las Vegas mass shooting, including a local school office manager. Brenda Gazzar in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 10/9/17

Las Vegas shooting highlights wide gaps in gun laws -- Apparently, it was all legal. Though an investigation continues, it appears that everything Stephen Paddock did last Sunday night, before breaking the windows in his 32nd-floor hotel room and pouring gunfire onto a crowd at a Las Vegas country music festival, complied with state and federal gun laws. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

Social media calls out Mike Pence's walk out on Colts, 49ers game as a 'PR stunt' -- The internet is blasting Vice President Mike Pence after he left Sunday's Indianapolis Colts game against the San Francisco 49ers following the protest during the anthem by NFL players. Heather Leighton in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

Mike Pence, CBS play games of their own around 49ers -- If you thought the displays during the national anthem at football games were going to fade away quietly, the highest office in the land just guaranteed that they would not. If you thought that Colin Kaepernick’s story couldn’t get any weirder, CBS just guaranteed it could. Ann Killion in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

De La Fuente to challenge Schaaf for Oakland mayor in 2018 -- Former City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente is adding some early spark to Oakland’s mayoral sweepstakes, saying he plans to challenge incumbent Libby Schaaf in 2018. “When I was in government, I made things happen,” De La Fuente said. Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/9/17

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

Russians in Silicon Valley Can’t Shake Hacking’s Shadow -- With news of the hacking and influence campaigns escalating all year, the Russian immigrant community of Silicon Valley, which numbers in the tens of thousands, is in a strange new position. Nellie Bowles in the New York Times$ -- 10/9/17

How pension costs reduce government services -- A think tank at Stanford University, known for bringing investment earnings forecasts into the public pension debate in California, issued a new study last week that looks at how rising pension costs are reducing government services. Ed Mendel Calpensions.com -- 10/9/17


Labor got higher wages in California’s housing deal. Will affordable homes still be built? -- After a decades-long battle with California’s building industry, developers who want to fast-track housing production – especially in cities that have not built enough housing to keep pace with rising demand – will be required to pay higher wages and benefits to construction workers beginning Jan. 1. Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/9/17


Signs of hope amid Smarter Balanced math scores -- California’s Smarter Balanced math scores may look nearly identical to last year’s, but math educators said they saw at least one glimmer of hope: 3rd-graders. Carolyn Jones EdSource -- 10/9/17

Immigration / Border 

Joint U.S.-Mexican inspections to speed up trade at Otay Mesa -- A maddeningly slow inspection process that can make crossing the border an ordeal lasting as long as six hours for trucks carrying cargo from Tijuana to San Diego soon could be dramatically speeded up. Sandra Dibble in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 10/9/17

Also . . . 

Cyclists recall hit-and-run crash that injured 4 south of Petaluma -- The four cyclists had just made a right turn late Saturday morning onto two-lane Point Reyes-Petaluma Road outside Petaluma when Oliver Colvin warned of a dark blue pickup truck coming up from behind. “The last thing I said was, ‘Car back,’” recalled Colvin Sunday, a Larkspur resident who was in the rear. “Then I woke up and I was on the ground.” Robert Digitale in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/9/17

POTUS 45  

Trump administration releases hard-line immigration principles, threatening deal on ‘dreamers’ -- The administration's wish list includes the funding of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a crackdown on the influx of Central American minors and curbs on federal grants to “sanctuary cities,” according to a document distributed to Congress and obtained by The Washington Post. David Nakamura in the Washington Post$ Noah Bierman and Lisa Mascaro in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/9/17


Rep. Luis Gutierrez: Trump’s immigration proposals ‘an extension of the white supremacist agenda’ -- A longtime Democratic lawmaker thinks negotiating with President Trump on immigration policy is “fanciful thinking” in the wake of the hard-line conservative proposals he announced late Sunday. Ed O'Keefe in the Washington Post$ -- 10/9/17

Bob Corker Says Trump’s Recklessness Threatens ‘World War III’ -- Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview on Sunday that President Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.” Jonathan Martin and Mark Landler in the New York Times$ -- 10/9/17

Russian operatives used Twitter and Facebook to target veterans and military personnel, study says -- Russian trolls and others aligned with the Kremlin are injecting disinformation into streams of online content flowing to American military personnel and veterans on Twitter and Facebook, according to an Oxford University study released Monday. Craig Timberg in the Washington Post$ -- 10/9/17


-- Sunday Updates 

Feinstein: No law would have stopped Las Vegas gunman -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein said in an interview broadcast Sunday that no law could have stopped the suspected shooter, Stephen Paddock, who was behind last week's mass shooting in Las Vegas. Mallory Shelbourne The Hill Connor O'Brien Politico Tory Newmyer in the Washington Post$ -- 10/8/17

Feinstein Says She's `Close' to Announcing Re-Election Bid -- Dianne Feinstein, the senior U.S. senator from California, said Sunday she’s “close” to announcing a 2018 bid for a bid for a fifth six-year term, despite some reservations from voters. Ben Brody Bloomberg Politics Evan Sernoffsky in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/8/17

California could ban gasoline cars — if automakers don’t beat state to it -- In January, when the California Legislature reconvenes, Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, plans to introduce a bill that would ban new vehicles that run on gasoline or diesel after 2040. Automakers may not be too far behind. Kate Galbraith in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/8/17

Walters: With tables turned, Democrats now oppose gerrymandering -- Drawing maps of legislative and congressional districts for partisan advantage—commonly called “gerrymandering”—is ethically wrong, and the U.S. Supreme Court may soon decide whether it’s also a constitutional violation. Dan Walters Calmatters.org -- 10/8/17

Kaepernick tells CBS he'll stand during national anthem -- Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has told CBS that he would stand during the national anthem if given a chance to play football in the NFL again. According to a report by Jason La Canfora on Sunday, Kaepernick has been living in New York and working out privately in New Jersey with the hope of signing with a team this season. Associated Press -- 10/8/17

What jobs will and won’t be needed in California’s future -- The job market in Southern California could look very different by 2021 and beyond. Here’s where the jobs will and won’t be. Southern California is changing from a labor dominated to a digital economy. Kurt Snibbe in the Orange County Register -- 10/8/17

How watching his family’s home burn inspired Sen. Jim Beall to fight for affordable housing -- Fourteen-year-old Jim Beall saw the black smoke from blocks away, wafting over the roofs of his San Jose neighborhood. But it wasn’t until the bus taking him home from summer school turned onto his street that he realized the smoke was coming from his own house. Casey Tolan in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/8/17

Three stabbed on Lafayette BART platform -- Three people were stabbed at the platform of the Lafayette BART station on Sunday morning, prompting police to close the station as they search for the suspect, officials said. The attack happened around 9:45 a.m., when the suspect “got into an altercation” over the theft of a backpack in a possible attempted robbery, BART spokesman Taylor Huckaby said. Evan Sernoffsky in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Erin Baldassari in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/8/17

A prison newsroom mourns its former editor in chief, recently released and then killed in a crash -- Down past the prison yard, where blue lilies grow near a fence topped with barbed wire, the men who manage one of the nation's only inmate-run newspapers were mourning. Esmeralda Bermudez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/8/17

Trump Goes After Senator Bob Corker, Who Bites Back -- Mr. Corker shot back a barbed response. “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center,” he wrote on Twitter. “Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.” Marl Landler, Noah Weiland, Thomas Kaplan and Maggie Haberman in the New York Times$ Philip Rucker and Karoun Demirjian in the Washington Post$ -- 10/8/17