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Earthquake early-warning system gave heads-up before 5.3 temblor hit L.A. area -- Officials said the magnitude-5.3 earthquake that rattled Southern California on Thursday proved to be another successful test of the state's nascent earthquake early-warning system. Rong-Gong Lin II in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/5/18

Trump revives debunked accusation of massive vote fraud in California -- President Trump on Thursday revived a long-debunked claim about massive voter fraud in California, telling an audience in West Virginia that “millions and millions of people” had voted illegally in the state. David Lauter in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/5/18

Mark Zuckerberg’s congresswoman: “Facebook’s platform was weaponized to do damage to our democracy” -- Mark Zuckerberg’s congresswoman says she plans to ask him about how Facebook was used to “damage our democracy” when he testifies at her congressional committee next week. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, will be in the spotlight Wednesday when her most famous constituent appears before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Casey Tolan in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 4/5/18

California owes $40 million in back wages to its judges. It's refusing to pay them -- California state attorneys are digging in to fight court rulings directing the state to pay about $40 million in back wages and benefits to some 3,000 current and former judges who contend they were shortchanged during the recession. Adam Ashton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/5/18

Sacramento’s black police chief talks race and policing -- Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn believes that his department and law enforcement agencies across the nation must do more to combat racial bias to quell the spate of fatal encounters between officers and minorities. William Douglas and Franco Ordoñez in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/5/18

Contra Costa sheriff’s deputy arrested on suspicion of unlawful sex with two inmates -- The deputy, Patrick Morseman, 26, was arrested after detectives investigated allegations that he had engaged in sex acts with two women in West County Detention Facility, the county jail in Richmond, in violation of the law. He was placed on administrative leave. Sophie Haigney in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/5/18

California's most powerful business group plans to kill these 21 bills -- The California Chamber of Commerce's "job killer" list is back, highlighting 21 bills the state's most powerful business coalition plans to slay in the Legislature this year. Taryn Luna in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/5/18

Trump's immigration moves complicate election strategies for both parties -- When administration officials briefed reporters at the White House late Wednesday about President Trump's renewed assault on illegal immigration, a senior official openly spoke about the political advantage they hope to gain. Cathleen Decker in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/5/18

Confusion over 'independent' voters in California prompts redesign of voter registration card -- The card millions of Californians use to register to vote is receiving its first makeover in more than a decade, inspired in part by confusion over how to become an "independent" unaffiliated voter — a problem highlighted by a Los Angeles Times investigation in 2016. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/5/18

Twitter says it suspended 1.2 million accounts for terrorism-promotion violations -- Twitter Inc. said Thursday it suspended 1.21 million accounts from its social media platform between August 2015 and the end of 2017 for "violations related to the promotion of terrorism." Twitter also said the suspensions were on a downswing. James F. Peltz in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/5/18

California’s Nearly Dismal Snow Year a Harbinger of Things to Come -- Californians may be breathing a sigh of relief, but not elation, this week, after the state’s latest snowpack reading. A wet and cold March saved California from a near record-low snowpack, but it proved too little too late to bring a full recovery. And worse, climate scientists say we should start getting used to these low snowpack years. Tara Lohan KQED -- 4/5/18

How California car culture killed the promise of a 20-minute commute -- As an innovator and early adopter of freeways, California became the symbolic capital of car culture. But the ease of movement conferred by the massive postwar freeway building boom was short-lived, turning the dream of car travel into a nightmare of congestion and long commutes. Meghan McCarty Carino Calmatters -- 4/5/18

Most Sacramento Employers Say Recreational Pot Not A Workplace Issue -- It looks like relatively few Sacramento area companies have had to deal with legalized recreational pot in the workplace. A survey of the Sacramento region's top employers asked if recreational marijuana use in the first three months of 2018 resulted in any workplace issues. Steve Milne Capital Public Radio -- 4/5/18

Orange County’s Only Needle Exchange Program Seeks to Go Mobile -- Back in January, a permit was denied for the only needle exchange in Orange County. The reason? Santa Ana officials cited health concerns over needles scattered on the ground in the Santa Ana Civic Center, where the exchange operated a permanent location, and even among stacks of books in the city library. Michelle Wiley KQED -- 4/5/18

Sheriff Gore said he considered firing his rival for office, but thought it would look bad -- Tensions between San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore and the deputy trying to take over his job — Cmdr. Dave Myers — are heightening, with the incumbent saying he’d like his challenger gone. “I wish Dave would take a leave of absence and go work somewhere else,” Gore told editors and reporters at an editorial board meeting of The San Diego Union-Tribune. Joshua Stewart in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 4/5/18

Fox: Is There a Silent Majority Against Sanctuary Laws? -- Is there a “silent majority” opposed to the sanctuary state laws that could show itself in the coming elections? Does the rhetoric of elected officials who defend sanctuary laws reflect the attitude of voters especially when the sanctuary debate gets tangled with the crime issue? Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 4/5/18

Kremlin Calls Facebook's Removal of Russian Pages and Ads Censorship -- The Kremlin is crying foul on Facebook, accusing the social media giant of censorship after it took down more than 200 pages and accounts that were run by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency — the "troll factory" that is under indictment for interfering in the 2016 U.S. election. Bill Chappell KQED -- 4/5/18

Some Facebook Quitters Face Technical Obstacles -- The Wall Street Journal has been in touch with more than a dozen Facebook users from across the U.S. and Europe who all encountered the same issue. Specifically, at the confirmation screen that appears after clicking “Delete My Account,” the system tells them their passwords are incorrect. Katherine Bindley in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 4/5/18


California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Fountain Valley, with aid from Rohrabacher, backs federal lawsuit against ‘sanctuary’ laws -- A majority of the Fountain Valley City Council overcame a reluctance to spend public funds on joining the growing Orange County movement against California's so-called sanctuary immigration laws after U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher offered Tuesday to foot the bill for the city to file a court brief supporting a federal lawsuit targeting the laws. Hillary Davis in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/5/18

Escondido votes to support Trump's suit against state's sanctuary laws -- Following a contentious, three-hour meeting filled with name-calling and impassioned pleas, the Escondido City Council voted 4-1 Wednesday to file a legal brief in support of the U.S. government’s lawsuit challenging the state’s sanctuary laws. J. Harry Jones in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 4/5/18

Republicans find their voice as the resistance to the resistance -- While California Democrats are running against President Trump as the national keepers of the “resistance,” California Republicans are trying to find their voice in taking the opposite position: They’re running as the resistance to the resistance. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/5/18

On social media, a troubling rush to view YouTube shooter as driven by faith -- In the moments following a shooting at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, a report circulated that the assailant was wearing a “headscarf.” Almost immediately, and to the despair of Muslim Americans and others, speculation on social media ignited — with some conservatives asking why the shooter would be wearing a scarf in the sunny weather. Hamed Aleaziz in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/5/18

Shooting at YouTube highlights rift between YouTube, video creators -- But over time, as the company began to favor professionally produced videos with less risque content, some video creators saw their traffic and revenue drop, often abruptly. Wendy Lee and David R. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Karen D'Souza in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 4/5/18

YouTube Shooting Raises Questions About Silicon Valley’s Open-Campus Push -- Tuesday’s shooting at YouTube’s San Bruno, Calif., headquarters comes as many of Silicon Valley’s largest companies are pushing to make their office areas more accessible to the public. Eliot Brown in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 4/5/18

YouTube shooting: Family claims police failed to heed warnings -- Upset relatives of YouTube shooter Nasim Najafi Aghdam said Wednesday that they warned authorities she might take her hostility toward the online video-sharing company to a dangerous level, but that those warnings were not heeded. Peter Fimrite and Kevin Fagan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/5/18

How YouTube shooter turned from defiant to deadly -- Throughout her life, Nasim Aghdam found notoriety — even before she carried a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun and a long-simmering vendetta into YouTube headquarters. Julia Prodis Sulek in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 4/5/18

Jerry Brown quiet on Stephon Clark killing, but candidates running for his job call for change -- Gov. Jerry Brown has been mostly silent about the March 18 shooting death of Stephon Clark, the unarmed black man killed by Sacramento police that has renewed a national conversation about police misconduct and excessive use of force. Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/5/18

Protesters demand justice for Stephon Clark, 50 years after MLK died -- Hundreds of activists marched through Sacramento's downtown streets Wednesday, 50 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., in a nonviolent protest of the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man last month. Nashelly Chavez, Ed Fletcher, Sam Stanton and Hudson Sangree in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/5/18

Bretón: Face it, you just may not believe in Martin Luther King Jr. -- Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s murder, and everywhere you look, his central message of social justice is chucked to one side while his name and likeness are showered with hollow praise. Marcos Bretón in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/5/18

Sacramento Police Union Open To Policy Changes Following Stephon Clark Shooting -- The union that represents Sacramento police officers is signaling it's open to change in the aftermath of the Stephon Clark shooting. "We need to be responsive to the direction that our city wants us to go and the type of policing that they want to see in Sacramento," Sacramento Police Officers Association President Tim Davis told Capital Public Radio. -- 4/5/18

In an already tough election year, Dana Rohrabacher is struggling with his own party -- As the GOP works to protect vulnerable incumbents whom Democrats want to oust in order to regain control of the House, Rohrabacher's longtime local support network is starting to buckle. Christine Mai-Duc in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/5/18

California lawmakers want to roll back some criminal sentencing laws, keep young offenders out of adult court -- In a legislative hearing packed with criminal justice experts and former youth offenders, California lawmakers pushed forward a bill this week to keep minors who commit crimes out of adult courts. Jazmine Ulloa in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/5/18

Skelton: California passes a lot of dumb bills. Ending Columbus Day would be one of them -- The Legislature passed nearly 1,000 bills last year. A few were important. Most were not. Many were frivolous, some dumb — a waste of politicians' time and public money. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/5/18

Tuition hikes drive budget fight between Jerry Brown and California universities -- Under intense pressure not to raise tuition for the second consecutive year, California's public university systems have delayed votes to increase student fees and turned their attention back to the Capitol to lobby the state for more money. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/5/18

Walters: Politics may defeat common sense on bonds -- When governments seek permission to borrow money through bonds, telling voters how much and for how long taxes will be increased to repay those loans is just common sense. Dan Walters Calmatters -- 4/5/18

In LA-area California Assembly elections, a ‘huge moment’ for women and a teen candidate -- With women, a teenager and hyperpartisanship in the political spotlight, much about Tuesday’s special elections for the California Assembly in parts of Los Angeles County seemed to be ripped from the current headlines. Kevin Modesti in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 4/5/18

Send National Guard to border? California is undecided -- President Donald Trump needs states’ consent to execute is his plan to secure the border with Mexico with National Guard troops. While leaders from two of those border states promptly embraced Trump’s proposal on Wednesday, California was less enthusiastic. Emily Cadei and Anita Kumar in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/5/18

California National Guard 'Will Promptly Review' Trump's Troop Deployment To Mexican Border -- California Gov. Jerry Brown has not shied away from taking on President Donald Trump in the immigration debate. On the president’s proclamation Wednesday deploying National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, though, the governor’s reaction so far is muted. Ben Adler Capital Public Radio -- 4/5/18

Trump asks California to send National Guard to border. Will California say yes? -- Federal officials are asking California to send National Guard troops to the Mexican border after President Trump warned of a wave of migrants heading for the U.S. — a request that could set up a new immigration-related conflict between state officials and the administration. Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/5/18

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

Facebook’s Zuckerberg announces campaign against misuse of platform -- Hours after Facebook reported that a political data-sharing scandal affected almost 40 million more of the social network’s users than previously believed, CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday outlined a multiyear campaign to fight election interference by foreign governments and Internet trolls. David R. Baker and Owen Thomas in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/5/18

Facebook severely restricts app access, breaking 2014 promise -- Developers who build apps using Facebook’s relationships with billions of users and the information they post about themselves are paying the price for Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of the social network’s data. Owen Thomas in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/5/18

Facebook: ‘Malicious actors’ used its tools to discover identities and collect data on a massive global scale -- Facebook said Wednesday that “malicious actors” took advantage of search tools on its platform, making it possible for them to discover the identities and collect information on most of its 2 billion users worldwide. Craig Timberg, Tony Romm and Elizabeth Dwoskin in the Washington Post$ -- 4/5/18

Hiltzik: Trump's trade war won't achieve what he wants, but it will hurt American workers and consumers -- One can hardly blame the stock market for being severely rattled by the proliferating signs of a trade war between the United States and the rest of the world. Michael Hiltzik in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/5/18


More than a decade after it passed, California gun law still being fought in court -- It’s been more than a decade since state lawmakers passed a law requiring expended shell casings from new-model semiautomatic pistols to carry identifying marks called microstamps, which police would be able to use to pinpoint a gun used in a crime. But, despite support from law enforcement, the stamps have yet to appear on any guns in California. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/5/18

Growing voice against gun violence: trauma surgeons -- Less than two hours after Tuesday’s shooting rampage at YouTube’s San Bruno campus left three people wounded and the shooter dead, Dr. Andre Campbell walked out of the emergency room at San Francisco General Hospital, looking weary and ill-tempered. Erin Allday in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/5/18


What’s happened to the Santa Ana River homeless people since their motel stays expired? -- It’s always the overriding question whenever there is a push to get homeless people off the streets or out of other public places: Where will they go? Theresa Walker in the Orange County Register -- 4/5/18

Review faults L.A. homeless authority's fiscal management, raising questions over Measure H funds -- After a county auditor's critical review of the fiscal management of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas called Wednesday for an evaluation of whether the agency is capable of managing the large influx of funds generated by Measure H. Doug Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ Rina Palta KPCC -- 4/5/18


Data dig: Big investment firms have stopped gobbling up California homes -- Astronomical prices are forcing a rising share of California families to postpone buying a house. As a result, the state’s record-low homeownership rate has been a boon to one growing segment of California’s housing market: single-family home rentals. Matt Levin Calmatters -- 4/5/18

San Francisco Looks to Create Low-Cost Housing Preference for Artists -- San Francisco has this thing called an affordable housing lottery. It allows low-income residents to rent or buy homes. The city selects winners at random from a pool of qualified applicants. Though the system is mostly online these days, some of the methods are still decidedly old school. Chloe Veltman KQED -- 4/5/18


Drenching rain on the way turns focus to Sonoma County burn scars -- A drenching, late-season rainstorm expected to batter the North Coast over the next several days could cause localized flooding and is expected to present the stiffest test so far to burn scars left by October’s wildfires. Mary Callahan in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat -- 4/5/18


L.A. school board member Ref Rodriguez is arrested on suspicion of public intoxication -- Los Angeles school board member Ref Rodriguez was arrested recently on suspicion of being drunk in public at a Pasadena restaurant, the latest trouble for an elected official who faces political money-laundering charges. Howard Blume and Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/5/18

CSU Faculty And Students Push For More Funding, Aided By Legislative Leaders -- The two Democratic leaders of the California state Legislature threw their support behind California State University administrators, faculty and students calling for more state funding. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate leader Toni Atkins joined hundreds of red T-shirted CSU students and faculty gathered near one of the state Capitol’s main entrances Wednesday. Ben Bradford Capital Public Radio -- 4/5/18

Report links UC Riverside chancellor to Michigan State sexual assault scandal -- UC Riverside Chancellor Kim Wilcox, while serving as Michigan State University provost in 2010, allowed a dean accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women to continue in his post, the Detroit News reported. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/5/18

After hurricane, Puerto Rican university students find academic refuge at UC Davis -- Marcos Ramos Benitez is a doctoral candidate in immunology at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, where he was living when Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory last September. Cassie Dickman in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/5/18

A new bill could increase access to arts education, but some fear it won’t guarantee quality -- The California education code actually requires that all public school students have access to arts education, but in practice, not all kids get it. Carla Javier KPCC -- 4/5/18

Immigration / Border 

California driver's license program for those here illegally surpasses 1 million drivers -- More than 1 million immigrants in the country illegally have obtained special California driver's licenses since the state first began issuing them a little more than three years ago, the state Department of Motor Vehicles announced Wednesday as officials hailed the number as a major milestone. Andrea Castillo in the Los Angeles Times$ Benjy Egel in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/5/18

New performance metrics for immigration judges focus on higher volume, speedier decisions -- The Department of Justice is implementing new performance metrics for immigration judges to speed up rulings and get rid of the court’s growing backlog of hundreds of thousands of cases. It’s a move that the judges union, worried that the fast pace will affect their ability to decide cases fairly, has pushed back on since it was proposed last year. Kate Morrissey in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 4/5/18


Nothing’s been done to protect 100 miles of Southern California creeks and rivers, group claims in lawsuit against Trump administration -- More than nine years after Congress declared 100 miles of waterways in Southern California as wild and scenic, the federal agencies managing those resources have done nothing to protect them, according to a lawsuit filed last week in federal court in Los Angeles. Steve Scauzillo in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 4/5/18

POTUS 45  

Trump’s approval rating at 37% in Orange County, Chapman poll finds -- Most Orange County residents disapprove of President Trump’s job performance, strongly support gun control, support a path to permanent U.S. residency for undocumented immigrants and are willing to tax themselves to fight homelessness, a new Chapman University poll released this week shows. Jeff Collins in the Orange County Register -- 4/5/18

White House makes hasty plan to send National Guard to border, leaving mission and duration unclear -- The Trump administration announced a hastily assembled plan Wednesday to deploy National Guard troops along the southwestern border, hoping to make good on a promise the president made a day earlier that caught many in the military by surprise. Noah Bierman and Brian Bennett in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/5/18

China's State Media Warns of Pain for Trump in Trade Battle -- Chinese state media hailed their leaders’ quick counteroffensive in the brewing trade war with the U.S. and said America would learn a “painful lesson” by tangling with China. Bloomberg -- 4/5/18

Trump’s easy campaign promises run into the difficulties of reality -- An emboldened President Trump is discovering that the policies he once described as easy fixes for the nation are a lot more complicated in reality — creating backlash among allies, frustrating supporters and threatening the pocketbooks of many farming communities that helped get him elected. Michael Scherer, Josh Dawsey and Philip Rucker in the Washington Post$ -- 4/5/18


-- Wednesday Updates 

California's ‘sanctuary’ policy attacked in new ballot initiative -- The parents of two young people killed by immigrants are leading an effort to repeal California's "sanctuary state" policy and criminalize officials who obstruct federal law. Taryn Luna in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/4/18

Clark shooting raises more questions, Sacramento councilman says -- The Sacramento City Councilman who represents the neighborhood where Stephon Clark was fatally shot last month is raising more questions about the incident, but said he’s confident the investigation of the shooting will be fair. Ryan Lillis in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/4/18

Chinese crime syndicate‘s alleged pot grows lead to seizure of 100 homes in Sacramento area -- In the largest operation of its kind, federal agents swept across the Sacramento region Tuesday and Wednesday targeting about 75 homes serving as suspected marijuana growing sites that authorities say are operated by a Chinese organized crime syndicate. Sam Stanton in the Sacramento Bee$ Don Thompson Associated Press -- 4/4/18

Facebook Says Data on 87 Million People May Have Been Shared -- Facebook Inc. said that the data on as many as 87 million people, most of them in the U.S., may have been improperly shared with research firm Cambridge Analytica. Sarah Frier Bloomberg -- 4/4/18

House panel says Facebook’s Zuckerberg to testify April 11 -- Reps. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Frank Pallone, D-N.J., said the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing will focus on the Facebook’s “use and protection of user data.” Announcement of the hearing date comes as Facebook faces scrutiny over its data collection following allegations that the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained data on tens of millions of Facebook users to try to influence elections. Richard Lardner Associated Press -- 4/4/18

Federal law limits Trump's proposal to send troops to guard border -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he hopes to send members of the military to guard the southwest border — an escalation in his push to reduce the number of immigrants coming to the U.S. But without sign off from Congress or Gov. Jerry Brown, federal law will likely block the president’s plans, at least in California. Kate Morrissey in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 4/4/18

YouTube shooter was questioned before attack, found calm -- Just hours before she shot and wounded three people at YouTube headquarters, Nasim Aghdam calmly told police who found her sleeping in her car that she was having family problems and had left her home. Michael Balsamo and Ryan Nakashima Associated Press -- 4/4/18

ACLU sues Orange County Sheriff and DA over jailhouse snitch scandal -- The ACLU of Southern California filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Orange County's district attorney and sheriff for allegedly violating the rights of criminal defendants by misusing jailhouse informants to secure convictions. Jill Replogle KPCC -- 4/4/18

LA Sheriff watchdog is scrutinizing shooting investigations after KPCC reports -- KPCC's investigation found Billups was one of four people fired at by Inzunza in a seven-month span, according to district attorney records. Each time, Inzunza said he feared for his life, and each time officials found Inzunza was justified to shoot. Two of the four men shot were unarmed, according to official records. The other two men, Billups and Alejandro Trejo, told KPCC it didn't happen the way officers said it did, that they too were unarmed at the time of the shooting. Billups' public defender later made that argument on his behalf in court. Billups leveled a serious accusation: He claimed Deputy Inzunza planted a gun. Annie Gilbertson KPCC -- 4/4/18

5 ways police shooting investigations could become more transparent -- With the police shooting of an unarmed young black man once again on the front pages, California State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) Tuesday introduced a bill that would mandate the public release of police investigations into officer shootings and other serious uses of force. California law currently prohibits the release of any information related to a police officer’s personnel file. That includes investigations into officer shootings or other serious uses of force. Frank Stoltze KPCC -- 4/4/18

LAUSD board to play more direct role in setting rules for charter schools — and charter leaders are thrilled -- Five months ago, the Los Angeles Unified School District was locked in a "game of chicken" with the leaders of almost two-dozen L.A. charter schools — a showdown that appeared headed for a crash. Kyle Stokes KPCC -- 4/4/18

'He's making a fortune off the taxpayer': Candidate bashes GOP rival in governor's race -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Travis Allen is going after his Republican rival John Cox for his business dealings as owner of a residential property management company in the Midwest. Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/4/18

Tony San Francisco enclave drenched its greenery on city’s dime for over a century -- Homeowners who live in San Francisco’s gated Presidio Terrace have been using up to 1 million gallons of city water a year to maintain the picture-perfect trees, walkways and flower beds along their private street — and the city has been paying the bill. Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/4/18

Police say relatives never warned about YouTube shooter -- A day before a woman opened fire at YouTube headquarters, her father said he warned police that his daughter was upset with the company’s handling of her videos and might be planning to go to its offices, but authorities say her relatives gave no indication she might turn violent. Michael Balsamo and Ryan Nakashima Associated Press -- 4/4/18

Police say YouTube shooter practiced at gun range prior to attack; two released from hospital -- Suspected YouTube shooter Nasim Aghdam practiced at a gun range Tuesday morning before she went to the company’s San Bruno campus and wounded three people before shooting and killing herself in what investigators say was a violent revolt against the company’s content policies, authorities said. Robert Salonga and Emily DeRuy in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 4/4/18

Sen. Elizabeth Warren pushes Federal Reserve to hold formal vote on Wells Fargo reform plan -- In February, the Fed board voted unanimously to order Wells Fargo to cap its growth and improve its corporate governance in response to the bank's unauthorized accounts scandal and other problems. Jim Puzzanghera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/4/18

Earthquakes: A fight to protect infrastructure -- A Los Angeles lawmaker is proposing updated earthquake legislation geared toward saving infrastructure, noting that modern building codes are designed to save lives but not necessarily preserve the physical structures. Jessica Hice Capitol Weekly -- 4/4/18

Lopez: On one of L.A.'s steepest streets, an app-driven frenzy of spinouts, confusion and crashes -- Nobody could have known, several years ago, that technological progress could make life so complicated in Echo Park. But along Baxter Street, everyone seems to have a story about the ineptitude of drivers — following directions from navigation apps — who can't seem to handle one of the steepest inclines in Los Angeles. Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/4/18

Fox: Unions Want a Republican to Face Newsom in November—but Not Only for the Reason You Think -- A number of public unions that are backing Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom for governor want to see their man and a Republican finish one-two in the June primary. In fact, nearly all the state public unions, whether behind Newsom or for another Democrat, would prefer a Democratic candidate to square off against a Republican for governor. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 4/4/18

Is former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka’s world-view the future of the GOP? Some worry answer is yes -- His critics call him an extremist, an Islamophobe and a friend to neo-Nazis. But the Unite Inland Empire Conservative Conference is calling Sebastian Gorka its keynote speaker. Jeff Horseman in the Riverside Press Enterprise$ -- 4/4/18

Moody's economist: Trump trade war will cost 190,000 jobs -- In addition to the multi-day bloodbath on Wall Street, the U.S.-China tariffs war will cost 190,000 American jobs thus far and shave a smidgen of GDP growth from the economy, projects Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics. Steve LeVine Axios -- 4/4/18

California Family Gets $1.6 Million After 3-Year-Old Was Scarred by Bedbugs -- A family in California whose son was permanently scarred by bedbug bites has been awarded nearly $1.6 million by a civil jury. It was the highest amount ever paid to a single family in a bedbug case in the United States, according to the family’s lawyer. Christina Caron in the New York Times$ -- 4/4/18