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Live updates: 21 dead in Wine Country Fire; 285 people still missing -- 5:30 p.m. Sheriff clears up immigration rumor: Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano took time out of a press conference to clear up a rumor he wanted dispelled. “There’s a rumor out there that people are checking immigration status in shelters and that is not true,” he said, explaining that shelters were asking for names to identify who was coming in. “Immigration status will never be asked of you.” 5:25 p.m. School closures continue to expand: West Contra Costa Unified School District superintendent Matthew Duffy said all schools in the district would be closed on Thursday due to declining air quality. All classes and after school activities are canceled. Jenna Lyons, Steve Rubenstein, Hamed Aleaziz, Peter Fimrite and Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/11/17

Wine Country fires ‘burning faster than firefighters can run’ -- The fight to save the North Bay from further devastation as the flames from three major fires continue to bear down on communities there is both harrowing and difficult, as firefighters attempt to outflank fast-moving, wind-whipped blazes. “We are at very low containment on most of these,” said Ken Pimlott, the chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire. “These fires are literally burning faster than firefighters can run.” Peter Fimrite in the San Francisco ChronicleDavid DeBolt, Mark Gomez, and Marisa Kendall in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/11/17

Calistoga a ghost-town after mandatory evacuation order -- Before most of California was awake Wednesday, police and fire officials were doing everything they could to get people out of Calistoga. Marissa Lang in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/11/17

Calistoga evacuations ordered; Sonoma County fire deaths now 21; 5 arrested for suspected looting -- 3:15 p.m. A Cal Fire MANDATORY EVACUATION order has issued for city of Calistoga. All residents must evacuate as the Tubbs fire threatens the city of 5,000. 3:04 p.m. The Sonoma County Sheriff has issued an ADVISORY EVACUATION for most of Boyes Hot Springs and the north side of Sonoma. The item is in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/11/17

Hundreds of missing persons reports amid Sonoma County fires; loved ones go online -- Friends and relatives desperately checked hospitals and shelters and pleaded on social media for help finding loved ones missing amid Sonoma County wildfires, with hundreds of people unaccounted for Wednesday. Brian Skoloff and Janie Har in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/11/17

The worst rumors about the Wine Country fires -- In the confusion surrounding the wildfires devastating Wine Country, rumors are rife. Some areas remain inaccessible and without power and cell phone service, contributing to the spread of misinformation on social media. Here are some of the more notorious rumors that have circulated: Mike Moffitt in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/11/17

Fire danger rises with forecast for high winds in Sonoma and Napa mountains -- An ominous forecast from the National Weather Service calls for strong northerly winds gusting up to 50 mph over the North Bay mountains starting late Wednesday afternoon and continuing overnight. Winds won’t be quite as strong as the 60 mph blasts that propelled the Tubbs fire over the mountains from Napa County into Santa Rosa early Monday, a weather service meteorologist said, but still cause for worry in a region with nerves rubbed raw for three days. Guy Kovner in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/11/17

Lazarus: As California burns, here's what you need to know about fire insurance -- Most homeowners insurance policies cover fire damage. But heads-up: That’s not the whole story. If you live in a high-risk area, such as near a canyon, you may need to pay more for additional coverage. And if, God forbid, a fire has devastated whole communities, such as what we’re seeing now in Northern California, your home-replacement dollars could be stretched thin as costs soar for everything from materials to labor. David Lazarus in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/17

Live updates: 560 people missing in Sonoma Co. fires, 21 dead in N. California -- 11:40 a.m. Death toll now at 21 in California fires: The series of deadly wildfires have now claimed 21 lives, according to Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott. Jenna Lyons, Steve Rubenstein, Hamed Aleaziz, Peter Fimrite and Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/11/17

Thousands more evacuated as Wine Country blazes spread and firefighters dig in -- Even as residents in the North Bay and beyond grappled with the horrific toll of a series of historic wildfires, the flames pushed onward Wednesday morning into more communities, prompting thousands of firefighters to scramble to save lives and property in several counties and authorities to evacuate thousands more people from their homes. Jenna Lyons and Demian Bulwa in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/11/17

As fires burn in Wine County, Sonoma County sheriff fears death toll will continue to rise -- The death toll rose Tuesday to 17 in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Yuba counties while officers in Sonoma County — where 11 of the deaths occurred — searched evacuation centers and homes for 670 people, finding 110 of them as of Tuesday evening. Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano said Wednesday he expects the number of people who perished in the fast-moving wildfires to increase. Mark Gomez, David DeBolt, Katy Murphy and Erin Baldassari in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/11/17

Preliminary report: Homes burned in Santa Rosa’s Oakmont -- Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano said Wednesday that in the wake of overnight evacuation orders in the county, the number of reports of missing people rose to 540. He said 30 deputies are working to locate missing people. None of the 11 fatalities reported to date in Sonoma County were found during searches for missing people, Giordano said. They were found during other law enforcement and rescue operations, he said. The item is in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/11/17

Desperate calls to save those trapped by fire, but emergency alert system failed many -- The distress calls crackled over the Napa County sheriff’s dispatch radio in a rapid staccato late Sunday as flames sped toward residents on Atlas Peak Road. “Parents trapped in garage,” an officer called in to the central dispatcher. Then: “The fire is moving quickly through here.” Paige St. John, Dakota Smith, Hailey Branson-Potts and Joy Resmovits in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/17

If you had only 5 minutes to evacuate, what would you take? -- An essential guide to think about BEFORE it happens via in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/11/17



California Policy & Politics This Morning  

California’s old guard Democrats under siege -- In California, a lodestar for the left in the era of President Donald Trump, the Democratic establishment is besieged and fighting to hang on. Carla Marinucci and David Siders Politico -- 10/11/17

Sen. Dianne Feinstein once thought she might 'just walk away' from another race, she tells donors -- A day after announcing she would seek a sixth term in office, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said at a Tuesday fundraiser that she had considered retiring but decided that she just couldn’t because of President Trump. Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/17

Walters: Political gears shift as Feinstein declares re-election bid -- That gnashing sound you hear are the political gears shifting in response to Dianne Feinstein’s announcement – after months of delay – that she’ll seek another U.S. Senate term next year. Dan Walters Calmaters.org -- 10/11/17

Lawsuit alleges fraud by California GOP in recall campaign against state Sen. Josh Newman -- A group of voters filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging they were defrauded when they were convinced to sign petitions to recall Democratic state Sen. Josh Newman of Fullerton based on claims that the petitions would repeal an increase in the state gas tax. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/17

California State Senator Newman recall effort uncertain as deadline for rescinding signatures passes -- Those who signed a petition supporting a recall election for California Sen. Josh Newman faced a deadline by close of business Tuesday if they wanted to withdraw their support for the effort. Opponents of Newman, a Democrat from Fullerton representing the 29th Senate District, want him out because of his support for the new gas tax increase set to take effect Nov 1. Mary Plummer KPCC -- 10/11/17

A key change to a major state environmental law again misses a deadline -- California lawmakers keep passing bills to ease the burden of environmental lawsuits against big developments. And they keep ignoring the fact that the deadline they set for the end of the litigation is never met. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/17

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti plays coy on possible runs for governor, president -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made clear from the outset of his appearance at the Sacramento Press Club on Tuesday that he would not be offering definitive pronouncements on his future. But his remarks did little to dampen what has become a rowdy parlor game among California politicos: speculating on just what Garcetti will do next. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/17

Los Angeles mayor on Jerry Brown’s tunnels plan: Just build one -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti came out Tuesday against Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin Delta tunnels project to carry water southward, saying he preferred just one tunnel. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/11/17

Trump campaign surrogate and soap star Kimberlin Brown announces run against Rep. Raul Ruiz -- Kimberlin Brown, an actress best known for her roles on "The Bold and the Beautiful" and other soap operas, became the first challenger to announce a run against Democratic Rep. Raul Ruiz of Palm Desert on Tuesday. Christine Mai-Duc in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/17

More zero-emission vehicles will mean better air quality, Gov. Jerry Brown promises while signing new laws -- Touting them as a way to further loosen California's reliance on automobiles powered by fossil fuel, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a dozen laws on Tuesday aimed at boosting the use and sale of zero-emission vehicles. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/17

CA120: Bernie voters stay angry at Dem establishment -- Throughout the 2016 election cycle, Capitol Weekly conducted several statewide polls. Two of them, one during the primary and the other during the general election, targeted voters right after they had mailed in their ballots. Paul Mitchell and Jonathan Brown Capitol Weekly -- 10/11/17

Politifact CA: Hillary Clinton’s False claim on mass shootings -- Citing the Las Vegas shooting that killed 59 people and injured hundreds, Hillary Clinton urged the nation to do more to prevent gun violence during a speech at the University of California at Davis on Monday. Chris Nichols Politifact CA -- 10/11/17


As winds pick up, fire threatens more of Santa Rosa, surrounds Oakmont -- The fires extended existing evacuation orders covering 20,000 people and prompted new directives into Tuesday night, when flames threatened Oakmont on three sides and nipped at the eastern edges of Santa Rosa in Bennett Valley and along Highway 12. With the heavy smoke lifting and breezes increasing Tuesday evening, the new flare-ups were a distressing sign of flames potentially extending into another heavily populated area of the city. Winds are forecast to pick up further and shift through Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Guy Kovner, Julie Johnson, Randi Rossmann and Mary Callahan in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/11/17

Battle on to halt march of Northern California fires that have killed 17, destroyed 2,000 structures -- Thousands of firefighters fought the aggressive march of wind-whipped wildfires that raged out of control Tuesday in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Yuba counties — and the death toll rose to 17 as authorities began the grim task of excavating for bodies amid up to 3,000 ruined homes and businesses. Lizzie Johnson, Trisha Thadani, Melody Gutierrez and Peter Fimrite in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Paige St. John, Phil Willon, Louis Sahagun, Sonali Kohli , Nina Agrawal in the Los Angeles Times$ Katy Murphy, Erin Baldassari and Patrick May in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/11/17

Sonoma County officials on wildfires: 'This is nowhere near over' -- Sonoma County residents battered by deadly wildfires this week were told that a "red flag" warning forecasting potentially hazardous fire conditions has been issued for Wednesday. This comes after cooler weather allowed firefighters to gain ground battling multiple blazes in the county Tuesday morning, only to see the flames flare up again with afternoon winds. Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/17

Atlas Fire moves into Solano County, prompting evacuations -- Solano County authorities issued mandatory evacuation orders Tuesday evening as the Atlas Fire crossed the county line from Napa County, where it began south of Lake Berryessa on Sunday night. Cathy Locke in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/11/17

Sonoma, Napa fires wreak havoc with gas, electricity, cellphone and internet service -- Hundreds of power poles and the lines and transformers they carried have exploded like matchsticks. Gas lines have ruptured. Cellphone and internet networks have been compromised, making service spotty at best and nonexistent at worst. And in some areas residents are not even able to drink their water without boiling it. Kevin McCallum and Nick Rahaim in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/11/17

PG&E power lines linked to wine country fires -- As the first reports came in Sunday night of numerous fires that would grow into one of the most destructive wildfire disasters in California history, emergency dispatchers in Sonoma County received multiple calls of power lines falling down and electrical transformers exploding. Paul Rogers, Matthias Gafni and George Avalos in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/11/17

California wildfires reduces years-long dreams to embers -- Jose Garnica worked for more than two decades to build up his dream home that was reduced to ashes in a matter of minutes by the deadly firestorm striking Northern California. Jonathan J Cooper and Ellen Knickmeyer Associated Press -- 10/11/17

Residents return to rubble and recount escape from Santa Rosa’s Fountaingrove neighborhood -- When a firestorm sweeps into a neighborhood and claims nearly everything, the smallest most insignificant find can elicit gratitude. A small safe, a framed photo, a ceramic teapot, a decorative plate. Kathryn Clickner, 66, was almost giddy when a friend turned up what looked like a small porcelain creamer. Martin Espinoza in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/11/17

A fountain, two tables, 12 chairs: The remains of the Fountaingrove Inn -- At the corner of Fountaingrove Parkway and Mendocino Avenue, the remains of the historic Fountaingrove Inn Hotel and, above it, the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country hotel could be seen from the bottom of a charred hill. The sickly sweet smell of smoke hung in the air. The ground was still hot. Nearby spot fires continued to smolder. Nina Agrawal in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/17

Fires leave elderly evacuees with nearly nothing. 'She's 85 and he's 87. How do you start all over?' -- At the Journey's End mobile home park for seniors on Mendocino Avenue, sons and daughters returned to the skeletons of their parents' homes for the first time since the fire to see what could be salvaged. Nina Agrawal in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/17

In a pile of ashes, a veteran searches for gift he gave father after return from Iraq -- It took Brady Harvell almost exactly two hours to find what he was looking for in the rubble of his parents’ home. Using a small spade to move ashes aside, Harvell, 31, searched for the Army dog tags he gave his father in 2013 when he returned from deployment in Kirkuk, Iraq. Louis Sahagun in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/17

Damaged cell towers create communication problems in Northern California fire zone -- Napa County residents reported problems with getting alerts about fires, an issue possibly caused by fire damage to cellphone towers, a county spokeswoman said Tuesday. Dakota Smith and Joy Resmovits in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/17

Mill Valley fire chief loses home while battling Wine County fires -- As wildfires swept through and decimated neighborhoods in Northern California, some of the first responders lost their own homes as they were helping to evacuate residents. One of them was Mill Valley Fire Chief Tom Welch. Jenna Lyons in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/11/17

Horse rescue center owner won't leave her 72 horses behind, even as Wine Country fires close in -- An embattled horse rescue center owner refused to leave her animals behind as another fire neared her Bangor, Calif. property, where she was carefully monitoring the flames and the safety of her 72 horses and 100 cattle, goats and dogs. Monica Hardeman said Tuesday that with La Porte Road closed due to the fires, she was unable to get the animals out in time — and no one could reach the Equine Rescue Center to help move the animals. Dianne de Guzman in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/11/17

Napa, Sonoma fire alert systems were in place: How well did they work? -- The first alert came Sunday at 10:51 p.m., warning Sonoma County residents of multiple fires in the area being fed by strong winds. Twelve minutes later, mandatory evacuations were ordered in the hills between Santa Rosa and Calistoga. By 2:19 a.m., the fire had jumped Highway 101 in Santa Rosa, tearing through buildings and prompting a stark warning. “This is a life-threatening event,” an alert from the Santa Rosa Police Department read. “Leave immediately.” Joaquin Palomino in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/11/17

How the deadly Tubbs Fire blitzed Santa Rosa, overwhelming residents and firefighters -- The winds were so fierce as a storm of fires kicked off in Wine Country that one of furniture-maker Paul Block’s special wine-barrel chairs — all 50 pounds of it — flew off his shop’s rooftop display in Calistoga. When he spotted flames after 9 p.m. Sunday, he was scared. Fifteen miles to the west, on the north edge of Santa Rosa, most residents were heading to bed. Jill Tucker, Lizzie Johnson, Joaquin Palomino and Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/11/17

Climatologist explains why ‘the conditions are primed for fire’ in California -- Here's why fires are exploding up and down the state, with answers by Bill Patzert, a climatologist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. Rong-Gong Lin II in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/17

Wine country fires: DA puts looters, price gougers on notice -- Prosecutors are vowing to come down hard on looters and price gougers looking to take advantage of fire-ravaged Sonoma County. Jason Green in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/11/17

Canyon Fire 2: On second day, blaze now 40 percent contained; most evacuations lifted -- The second fire to sweep through north Orange County in less than a month continued burning Tuesday, Oct. 10, having scorched 8,000 acres across the eastern edges of Anaheim, Orange and Tustin and leaving in its wake dozens of damaged or destroyed structures, nervous residents sleeping in shelters, and a layer of ash across Southern California. Chris Haire, Scott Schwebke, Jordan Graham and Alicia Robinson in the Orange County Register -- 10/11/17

Wildfires put $25 billion of Southern California housing at extreme risk -- Wildfires like Canyon 2 that has scorched parts of Anaheim, Orange and Tustin are why Southern California is home to two of the nation’s riskiest housing markets for wildfires. Real estate tracker CoreLogic a year ago reported the Inland Empire had the most homes in the nation among metro areas located in extreme risk areas with 51,775. The 18,777 homes in Los Angeles and Orange counties ranked fifth. Sacramento (41,937), Denver (33,226) and Austin (19,554) ranked in between. Jonathan Lansner in the Orange County Register -- 10/11/17

Oakland hills fire survivors’ advice for Wine Country: ‘You can’t rush it’ -- It will all come in waves: Anguish over loss. Frustration with insurance companies and building contractors. Fear. That’s what’s in store for months to come for those savaged by the fires ripping through Wine Country and beyond this week. None of their neighborhoods will look the same again for years. Kevin Fagan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/11/17

Here’s What You Should Have in Your Emergency Bag -- When flames are glowing in your window or someone yells down the street that a fire is coming and to get out quick, what should you grab? “We spent like five minutes looking for keys,” said one caller on KQED’s Forum on Tuesday morning who helped neighbors evacuate from a fire in Redwood Valley in Mendocino County. Erika Aguilar KQED -- 10/11/17

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Tolls, Bonds 

Bay Area voters to decide whether to raise bridge tolls by $3 -- Bay Area voters will decide whether to raise bridge tolls to pay for more than 30 road projects that reduce traffic under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday. Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/11/17

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

Wildfires Hit Napa, Sonoma Before Grape Harvest Complete -- While Sonoma and Napa Counties have been hit hard by unforgiving wildfires that continue to ravage Northern California, it's too early to gauge the economic toll on the region's famed wine industry. Julia Mitric Capital Public Radio -- 10/11/17

High Housing Costs, Scarcity Of Skilled Workers Slow Economic Growth -- California's economic growth will continue to expand at a steady rate over the next couple of years. That's according to the latest forecast from economist Jeff Michael who heads the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific. He says a growing scarcity of skilled workers and extreme housing costs will prevent faster economic growth. Steve Milne Capital Public Radio -- 10/11/17


Counties may regulate the location of gun shops, 9th Circuit Court rules -- Counties may restrict the location of gun stores as long as residents have the ability to purchase firearms, a federal appeals court decided Tuesday. Maura Dolan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/17


LA County moves to add toilets, shower facilities near homeless encampments -- Homeless encampments in unincorporated county areas will be surveyed in coming weeks to determine where toilets, handwashing facilities and showers can be located in a battle to stop the spread of hepatitis A under a motion approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors. Donna Littlejohn in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 10/11/17


Enrollment drops even more than expected in L.A. Unified -- L.A. Unified had been expecting enrollment to shrink 2.1% but the actual drop has been 2.55%. That small percentage difference translates to about 5,400 students, said Scott Price, chief financial officer for L.A. Unified. The faster decline represents an unexpected loss of $17 million in funding. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/17

California’s high school exit exam is officially a thing of the past -- Eighteen years after lawmakers agreed that California high school students should prove their skills on a final exam before earning diplomas, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday to permanently repeal the requirement. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/17

USC rejects $5-million pledge from Harvey Weinstein to fund foundation for women filmmakers -- As allegations of sexual harassment against embattled film mogul Harvey Weinstein continue to unfold, the USC School of Cinematic Arts said Tuesday that it is rejecting a $5-million pledge Weinstein had made to fund a program for female filmmakers. Josh Rottenberg in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/17

Californians favor more college aid for both low- and middle-income students, poll finds -- California voters strongly support increasing state-funded financial aid for both low-income and middle-income students at public colleges and universities, according to a Berkeley IGS/EdSource poll. However, that support is uneven depending on party affiliation and geographic region. Larry Gordon EdSource -- 10/11/17


California wildfires destroying pot farms just before legal sales begin in state -- The Northern California wildfires this week have destroyed at least seven marijuana farms just months before the state begins licensing legal sales of cannabis, making it the “worst year on record” for loss of crops, an industry leader said Tuesday. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/17

Immigration / Border 

Santa Clara County, employee union sues Trump administration over DACA -- Santa Clara County and a union of its employees sued President Trump on Tuesday for repealing the program known as DACA that provides young undocumented immigrants with reprieves from deportation, arguing that the action broke the government’s binding promises to the youths, popularly known as “Dreamers,” and was based on racism. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/11/17

Fearing deportation, many domestic violence victims are steering clear of police and courts -- The woman on the other end of the line said her husband had been beating her for years, even while she was pregnant. James Queally in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/17


SoCal’s water district just committed billions to WaterFix plan. What could it mean for your DWP bill? -- Los Angeles residents and businesses can expect to see their water utility rates go up under a proposed multi-billion dollar project to build water tunnels in Northern California, but by how much is now being questioned by activists and some city leaders. Elizabeth Chou in the Los Angeles Daily News$ Brian Melley Associated Press -- 10/11/17


Cleaning Up the Santa Susana Field Lab is All About the Numbers -- There's one thing that everyone agrees on. The Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL) is contaminated with radionuclides and toxic chemicals. The impact of the contamination on those living near the former nuclear and rocket testing site and how much should be cleaned up depends on who you ask and the numbers they're using. Matthew Glasser NBCLA -- 10/11/17

County supervisors join brewing legal battle against feds over Tijuana sewage spills -- The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to join the growing legal campaign to force the federal government to do more to stop sewage from spilling over the border from Tijuana that routinely fouls South Bay beaches. Joshua Emerson Smith in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 10/11/17

Also . . . 

Harvey Weinstein's wife, Georgina Chapman, says she's leaving him -- Georgina Chapman announced she's leaving Harvey Weinstein over the sexual harassment and assault allegations that have broken over the last week. Jessica Roy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/17

The inmate needed a wheelchair to get around. Doctor accused of taking it away -- The California Medical Board has accused a doctor who provided care at the Fresno County Jail with repeated negligent acts, including denying a wheelchair to an inmate who could not walk. Barbara Anderson in the Fresno Bee -- 10/11/17

POTUS 45  

Trump unleashes himself from would-be handlers, lashing out mornings, nights and weekends -- When President Trump agreed last month with Democrats to strike a deal granting legal status to so-called Dreamers brought to this country illegally as children, his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, was all for it. Another Trump confidant disagreed: Fox host Sean Hannity made clear in a phone call and on his show that Trump must draw a harder line on broader immigration enforcement as his price. Noah Bierman , Cathleen Decker and Brian Bennett in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/11/17


Four Pinocchios: Interior Secretary Zinke’s claim that the U.S. has struggled to produce ‘low-cost, abundant and reliable energy’ -- Since taking office, Zinke has pushed to expand drilling on public land, reinvigorate the coal industry and roll back regulations on energy production to move the U.S. toward his vision of being “the strongest energy superpower this world has ever known.” Nicole Lewis in the Washington Post$ -- 10/11/17


-- Tuesday Updates 

Battle on to halt march of Northern California fires that have killed 15, destroyed 2,000 structures -- As fire crews focused on the southern ends of the blazes in an effort to keep them from sweeping into heavily populated areas such as the cities of Napa and Santa Rosa, the chaos triggered by the fires was underscored by a desperate effort to find missing people: As of Tuesday morning, 200 had been reported missing in Sonoma County alone, with 45 of those later found safe. Peter Fimrite in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Patrick May, Erin Baldassari and Mark Gomez in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/10/17

Bad-news weather forecast for Wine Country: High winds returning -- The dry offshore gales that propelled massive blazes in the Wine Country are returni in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/10/17ng Wednesday night and Thursday, increasing the risk of fires in the North Bay, according to the National Weather Service. Rachel Swan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Randi Rossmann in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/10/17

With dozens missing, there's the grim task of determining how many died in Northern California firestorms -- As the fight against fires continues in Northern California, officials also had the grim task Tuesday of looking for victims. Some of the fires swept into neighborhoods so quickly late Sunday and early Monday that some could simply not get out in time. Sonali Kohli , Paige St. John, Alene Tchekmedyian and Javier Panzar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/10/17

Elderly couple found dead in their Napa condo — first local fire victims -- Charles and Sara Rippey, 100 and 98, were found dead inside their condominium in the 100 block of Westgate Drive at the Silvarado Country Club. Officers found the couple Monday morning after receiving a call from a family member who feared for their safety. Dominic Fracassa and Marisa Lang in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/10/17

Canyon Fire 2 Threatens 5,000 Homes in Orange County -- Thousands of homes remained under threat early Tuesday as firefighters aided by more than a dozen helicopters and six air tankers sought to contain a wildfire that quickly spread into an Anaheim Hills neighborhood the day before, burning homes and injuring at least one person. KPCC -- 10/10/17

Firefighters battling blaze that threatens Oakmont -- Assistant Sonoma County Fire Marshal Andy Parsons told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday 20 strike teams were battling the Tubbs fire. There is still zero containment. Sheriff Rob Giordano told supervisors up to 20 deputies had lost homes. The department was still rescuing residents and helping with evacuations. He said an estimated 125 people were missing. The fires, he said, have “really blown up...this is extremely active. This is by no means over for us in any way.” Randi Rossmann in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/10/17

Maps: Tubbs fire in Santa Rosa and wildfires through Wine Country -- As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, sonomamap.maps.arcgis.com shared the above fire map. Click on the link for an interactive version of the map. The item is in the Santa Rosa Press -- 10/10/17

Smoke from Wine Country fires makes air unhealthy around region -- Smoke from destructive wildfires burning in the North Bay has made the air hazardous near the burn areas and unhealthy all around the Bay Area, air quality monitors said Tuesday. Evan Sernoffsky in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/10/17

North Bay blackouts shrink, but PG&E still assessing damage -- Pacific Gas and Electric Co. slowly chipped away at the number of North Bay customers without power Tuesday morning but still had no estimate for when service would be restored to the areas hardest hit by fire. Indeed the utility, which has been pulling repair crews from throughout Northern and Central California to respond to the emergency, was still waiting to enter some of the areas ravaged by wildfire to evaluate the damage to its equipment. With the Wine Country fires still growing Tuesday, that could take time. David R. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/10/17

15 killed and 200 reports of missing people as Northern California fires continue to rage -- As the number of people confirmed dead in Northern California fires rose to 15, officials warned Tuesday that the death toll could rise as multiple fires scorched upward of 100,000 acres. Sonoma County alone has received about 200 reports of missing people since Sunday night, and sherriff’s officials have located 45 of those people, said Sonoma County spokeswoman Maggie Fleming. Sonali Kohli and Paige St. John in the Los Angeles Times$ Patrick May and Erin Baldassari in the San Jose Mercury$ Kimberly Veklerov in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Sonali Kohli and Paige St. John in the Los Angeles Times$ Mary Orlin in the San Jose Mercury$ Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/10/17

How to find loved ones affected by the Wine Country fires -- As North Bay locals find refuge in evacuee centers and disaster shelters, local officials are encouraging them to register with the Red Cross. The program, called Safe and Well, is a way that those displaced or safe following the fires can let concerned friends and loved ones know how they're doing. Alyssa Pereira in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/10/17

How you can help people affected by the North Bay fires (or get help if you are an evacuee) -- As the scope of the enormous Wine Country fires becomes apparent, it's clear that people and pets will need help in the days, weeks and months to come. If you're looking to assist, we've broken down some ways you can help both right now and any time: Katie Dowd in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/10/17

Live updates: 150 people missing as death toll rises to 13 in Wine Country fires -- Latest developments in the North Bay fires: Jenna Lyons, Peter Fimrite, Jill Tucker, Michael Cabanatuan and Marissa Lang in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 10/10/17

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24 structures lost and 7,500 acres burned in Orange County firestorm, but slow progress reported -- Firefighters on Tuesday were slowing gaining more control of a brush fire that destroyed 24 structures in Orange County, burned 7,500 acres and forced a mass evacuation of residents in Anaheim Hills and Orange. Anh Do, Javier Panzar and James Queally in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/10/17

Canyon Fire 2 Day 2: Blaze consumes 7,500 acres; thousands still evacuated; at least 24 homes destroyed -- Evacuation orders will remain in effect at least through Tuesday, Oct. 10, and possibly through Wednesday, as firefighters work to contain a blaze that has burned about 7,500 acres and destroyed about 24 homes in Anaheim, Orange and Tustin, officials said. Beatriz E. Valenzuela and Chris Haire in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 10/10/17

‘Dice was really loaded’ for wildfires exploding in California, experts say -- A cascade of extreme weather events fed Northern California’s wildfires that exploded Sunday: Unusually high winds blew flames through unusually dense and dry vegetation, which sprung up following last winter’s heavy rains and then were toasted by months of record hot temperatures. Stuart Leavenworth in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/10/17

Tax board leader urged quick hiring to get state workers better pensions -- The elected leader of a California tax agency urged its executives to speed hiring for a project in late 2012 so new employees would benefit from more generous pension plans, according to documents obtained by The Bee. Adam Ashton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/10/17

Trump proposes ‘IQ tests’ faceoff with Tillerson after secretary of state calls him a ‘moron’ -- President Trump proposed an “IQ tests” faceoff with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after the nation's top diplomat reportedly called the president a “moron” and disparaged his grasp on foreign policy. Philip Rucker in the Washington Post$ -- 10/10/17