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Former aide sues California Senate, saying she was discriminated and retaliated against after alleging sexual assault -- A former aide to a California legislator sued the state Senate on Thursday, alleging it failed to avccommodate her emotional disabilities following what she said was a sexual assault by an Assembly staff member, and instead wrongly fired her for “pre-textual minor” work performance issues. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18

Backers of California privacy ballot initiative submit petition signatures -- Proponents of a measure that would require companies to disclose the data they collect from consumers have submitted signatures on petitions to qualify the initiative for the November ballot, paving the way for a heated battle over privacy. Jazmine Ulloa in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18

East Area Rapist suspect must provide DNA and allow photos of private parts, judge rules -- The judge did not address the specific request to photograph DeAngelo’s penis, but said the search warrant signed last week by Superior Court Judge Steve White was a legal order and that suspects typically can be required to provide evidence. Sam Stanton and Darrell Smith in the Sacramento Bee$ Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Paige St. John, Joseph Serna in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18vvv

Arrest of Golden State Killer suspect could unlock other cold case mysteries -- Since freeing a man last year who spent more than 38 years behind bars for a grisly double murder he didn't commit, Simi Valley police detectives have been searching for the real killer. Alene Tchekmedyian, Paige St. John in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18

About a third of caravan migrants enter U.S., but 'we won’t be happy until the last one of us gets through' -- Spirits were high Wednesday as more members of the Central American caravan — about one-third of the roughly 150 who made the trek — entered the United States. But as their monthlong journey to the United States comes to an end, those seeking asylum are preparing for a different kind of journey: one through the U.S. immigration system. Gustavo Solis and David Hernandez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18

California’s electricity grid is changing fast, with no plan -- The last time California tried to reshape its electricity market, it ended in disaster. The state’s bungled attempt at deregulation in the late 1990s led to market manipulation, soaring prices, blackouts, the bankruptcy of California’s largest utility and the recall of Gov. Gray Davis. David R. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/3/18

PG&E shares fall as earnings disappoint --Earnings were affected by costs — including those related to the 2017 wildfires and the 2015 Butte fire — totaling $26 million, that were not part of standard ongoing operations. Jenna Lyons in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/3/18

Judge orders defendant in legal bail battle to be released from jail -- A San Francisco robbery defendant at the center of a landmark legal ruling that upended the state’s cash bail system was ordered to be released from jail Thursday after a months-long battle by attorneys over his pre-trial custody. Evan Sernoffsky in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/3/18

H-1B visa’s tighter rules illegal, tech outsourcers claim in lawsuit -- The legal action attacks a February policy change by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration that imposed tighter requirements on outsourcers seeking H-1B visas, which are intended for jobs requiring specialized skills and a bachelor’s degree or higher. Ethan Baron in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/3/18

New voting process to make its mark in some Bay Area counties in June -- Sometime next week, every voter in San Mateo and Napa counties will get a June primary ballot in the mail, whether they asked for it or not. And don’t even think about going to your local polling place on election day. It won’t be there. John Wildermuth in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/3/18

Stripe gives $1 million to pro-development YIMBY group tackling Bay Area housing shortage -- Stripe on Thursday became the latest tech company to funnel money toward the Bay Area’s housing crunch, donating $1 million to pro-development political group California YIMBY. The San Francisco-based online payments company, valued at $9 billion, says the money will help YIMBY push policies with the ultimate goal of increasing California’s building rate from 80,000 homes a year to 500,000. Marisa Kendall in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/3/18

High housing costs are driving out lower-income Californians, reports say -- California lost lower-income residents to other states over a recent 11-year period, while gaining wealthier households from elsewhere in the U.S. The disparity reflects the state's sky-high rents and home prices, according to several reports released Thursday. Andrew Khouri in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18

On the grounds of People's Park, UC Berkeley proposes housing for students and the homeless -- For nearly 50 years, the University of California and Berkeley activists have been locked in conflict over one of the state’s most contested pieces of land. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18

Inadequate oversight allows poor care at California nursing homes to go unchecked, state audit finds -- California health regulators have allowed poor care to proliferate at nursing homes around the state, and the number of incidents that could cause serious injury or death has increased significantly in recent years, according to a stinging state audit released this week. Anna Gorman in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18

How a California Republican Party endorsement in the governor’s race could help the GOP hang on to Congress -- California Republicans gathering in San Diego for this weekend's state GOP convention find themselves in a familiar spot: scrambling for ways to resurrect a party sliding toward political irrelevance in this solidly Democratic state. Phil Willon and Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18

Costa Mesa becomes Orange County's latest city to oppose California’s ‘sanctuary state’ law -- In a contentious vote early Wednesday, the Costa Mesa City Council became Orange County's latest governing body to declare official opposition to Senate Bill 54, a California "sanctuary state" law that provides expanded protection for undocumented immigrants. Luke Money in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18

Fox: An Endorsement That Could Have Impact -- A move the California Republican Party made last year to allow endorsements of statewide candidates at the party convention prior to the primary may provide dividends in the first election cycle in which it is attempted. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 5/3/18

Motion picture academy votes to expel Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski -- The decision by the academy’s 54-member board of governors was reached at a May 1 meeting “in accordance with the organization’s Standards of Conduct,” the academy said in a statement. Josh Rottenberg in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18

More than 800 West Hollywood buildings could collapse in a big quake -- West Hollywood has identified more than 800 buildings that could be at risk of damage or collapse in a major earthquake, part of a comprehensive effort to inventory them and require retrofits. Rong-Gong Lin II and Ellis Simani in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18

NRATV's Colion Noir on black gun ownership, the Parkland students and why he finds the AR-15 'beautiful' -- With President Trump scheduled to speak at the National Rifle Assn. convention in Dallas on Friday, The Times sat down with Collins Idehen, a.k.a. Colion Noir, a 34-year-old NRATV host and lawyer whose controversial videos about guns, race and current events have earned him some 690,000 followers on YouTube. Molly Hennessy-Fiske in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18


California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Remember the Alamo: California Republicans face an existential moment -- The California Republican Party convention begins Friday in San Diego, and the expectations for the weekend are — if we’re being polite — modest. If we’re being real, they’re lower than dirt. The party faces an existential moment. With only 25 percent of California voters registered as Republicans, it’s Battle of the Alamo time. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/3/18

Radically Different Polls Suggest Uncertainty In California Governor, Senate Races -- Two recent polls have muddied the waters of the top election races in California, but political analysts say they may be outliers. Ben Bradford Capital Public Radio -- 5/3/18

Conservative judges slam Ninth Circuit ruling on campaign finance -- Five conservative judges on the federal appeals court in San Francisco accused the court Wednesday of flouting U.S. Supreme Court protections for economic free speech by upholding a state’s limits on political contributions. The case involved a Montana law, but the judges were inviting a new ruling by the high court that might also apply to campaign finance limits in California. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/3/18

Tuolumne County Becomes Third In State To Oppose California Sanctuary Law -- Tuolumne County supervisors passed a resolution to declare it not a sanctuary jurisdiction, becoming the third state county — and the first in Northern California — to oppose California’s sanctuary law. San Diego and Orange counties previously passed similar resolutions. Rich Ibarra Capital Public Radio -- 5/3/18

Cultivating clout: Marijuana money flows into California politics -- Lobbyists in slick pinstriped suits and burly veterans with tattooed arms crowded into a Capitol hearing room this week as lawmakers considered a bill to make it easier for Californians to buy legal marijuana. Laurel Rosenhall Calmatters -- 5/3/18

Union, lawyers spar over wildfire 'shadow lobbying' at California Capitol -- The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245, which represents PG&E employees, is working with PG&E on a controversial pitch asking state lawmakers to reduce property damage liability for utility companies in the aftermath of the devastating 2017 fire season. The insurance industry, consumer attorneys and other groups are pushing hard against changes to existing state law. Taryn Luna in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/3/18

Walters: California again goes to war with Trump -- It’s a game of three-cushion billiards, being played not in a dingy pool hall but in Donald Trump’s Washington, Jerry Brown’s Sacramento and in the executive suites of major automakers. Dan Walters Calmatters -- 5/3/18

Election 2018: Ted Gaines seeks tax board seat -- Republican state Sen.Ted Gaines remembers the day when Democratic presidential contender Jimmy Carter visited Sacramento. Mark Devaughn Capitol Weekly -- 5/3/18

5 feet?! Shocking SFO video, data reveal Air Canada plane came perilously close to aircraft on taxiway -- Federal aviation investigators released stunning video footage and data Wednesday showing the near-disastrous landing of an Air Canada flight at San Francisco International Airport came as close as 5 feet from striking a Philippine Airlines jet lined up on a taxiway last July — much closer than previously reported. Matthias Gafni in the San Jose Mercury$ Jenna Lyons in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/3/18

Doctor defends private Stephon Clark autopsy as lawyers release photo of corpse -- The private pathologist who said Stephon Clark had been shot six times in the back by Sacramento police issued a full-throated defense Wednesday night, rejecting the Sacramento County coroner’s autopsy findings that he was wrong as “inaccurate.” Dr. Bennet Omalu, a prominent pathologist hired by Clark’s legal team, released a black and white photo of Clark’s corpse with bullet wounds and said the county autopsy report that found only three bullet wounds in the back was wrong. Sam Stanton in the Sacramento Bee$ Alex Emslie KQED -- 5/3/18

DA Drops Charges Against One Stephon Clark Demonstrator, But Still Pursuing Case Against Second -- The two Sacramento Black Lives Matter demonstrators arrested during protests outside the district attorney's office last month were in court on Wednesday. But only one of them had a hearing. Adhiti Bandlamudi Capital Public Radio Darrell Smith in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/3/18

Vallejo police have sent Zodiac Killer DNA to a lab. Results could come in weeks -- Investigators searching for the Zodiac Killer have submitted evidence to a private DNA lab in the hopes of obtaining a genetic profile of one of California's most elusive criminals — then tracking him down using the same kind of family-tree tracing recently used in the East Area Rapist case. Anita Chabria in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/3/18

Did East Area Rapist suspect commit crimes as an Auburn cop? Police department investigates -- Auburn police have launched an internal investigation into Joseph DeAngelo's three years as an officer there, saying they feel obligated to figure out whether the rape and murder suspect committed any crimes in their city. Tony Bizjak and Nashelly Chavez in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/3/18

California activists organize response to police shootings -- Following the police shooting of an unarmed black man in California's capital city, activists seeking police accountability have formed a statewide network to help communities respond to police shootings and to weaken protections for the officers involved. Sophia Bollag Associated Press -- 5/3/18

Trump to Meet With Automakers as California Schism Grows -- Top automakers will meet with President Donald Trump at the White House in coming days amid growing concerns over the president’s policies on trade and a looming schism with California over environmental regulations. The date hasn’t been set though plans are underway, two White House officials said. The officials asked not to be identified discussing the plans. Ryan Beene, Jennifer Jacobs and John Lippert Bloomberg -- 5/3/18

Boys will be boys? Gender-neutral Scouting sparks debate within Boy Scouts as well as Girl Scouts -- Julia Horowitz joined the Girl Scouts when she was 6 or 7. She sold cookies, of course, but also took part in crafts and community cleanups. The Beverly Hills teenager liked some of the activities but said it bothered her that there were not more of the outdoor endeavors offered by the Boy Scouts, such as survival lessons. Joy Resmovits and Anh Do in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

Signatures submitted for ballot measure to require panic buttons for Terranea and Trump golf club workers -- Hotel workers have submitted a petition to place before Rancho Palos Verdes voters an ordinance that would require the exclusive Terranea Resort and nearby Trump National Golf Club to provide panic buttons for its employees. Hugo Martin in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18

LAPD chief calls for change to controversial retirement program -- Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck acknowledged a need to reform a controversial pension program that pays city police officers and firefighters nearly double at the end of their careers while allowing them to take lengthy injury leaves, costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Gus Garcia-Roberts, Jack Dolan and Ryan Menezes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18

Reviving San Francisco’s taxi industry: The city is looking at solutions -- San Francisco’s taxi industry, bludgeoned in recent years by Uber and Lyft, needs to catch up with the changing times to survive. Michael Cabanatuan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/3/18

Strike looms at UCSD, hospital delays surgeries -- A threatened strike involving three different unions could impact everything from surgeries to trash collection at University of California campuses across the state. Paul Sisson in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/3/18

Kaiser workers rally for fair wages, job security -- Dozens of Kaiser Permanente workers -- members of Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West -- shouted their demands for job security and equal wages in a protest Wednesday outside the health-care giant's South Sacramento Medical Center. Cathie Anderson and Molly Sullivan in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/3/18

Los Angeles moves to regulate Airbnb rentals -- The Los Angeles City Council unanimously backed a set of proposed rules Wednesday that would allow Angelenos to host night-to-night rentals only in their own homes but bar them from renting out a house or apartment for short stays if it is not their primary residence. Emily Alpert Reyes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18

Elon Musk vows to ‘scrub the barnacles’ as Tesla’s loss rises -- After a difficult few months that included a recall, a fatal crash and production struggles at its Fremont factory, automaker Tesla on Wednesday reported that its loss in the first quarter nearly doubled from the same period last year, topping $784.6 million. David R. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Rex Crum in the San Jose Mercury$ Tom Krisher Associated Press Russ Mitchell in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18

San Jose airport will add four passenger gates amid surge in flights -- Mineta San Jose International Airport will jet ahead with a plan to build four passenger gates to accommodate its growing traffic, the air traffic hub said Wednesday. The four boarding gates, which will be interim facilities, are due to open in the summer of 2019, airport officials said. George Avalos in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/3/18


Santa Clara Valley Water District delays $650 million vote on Brown’s Delta tunnels project -- After a five-hour packed public hearing, the board of Silicon Valley’s largest water provider late Wednesday night put off a closely watched vote until next week on whether to provide up to $650 million to support Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion plan to build two giant tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to make it easier to move water south. Paul Rogers and Jason Green in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/3/18


Group of Modesto students walks out for gun rights in Stand for the Second -- About 20 Johansen High School students exercised their First Amendment rights Wednesday morning to protect their Second Amendment rights. The 16-minute class walkout was part of the nationwide Stand for the Second demonstration. Johansen was the only Stanislaus County school listed on the Stand for the Second website as participating. Deke Farrow in the Modesto Bee -- 5/3/18

Students stage another walkout over guns — this time in favor -- When tens of thousands of high school students across the country walked out of class last month to protest gun violence, many expressed relief that their voices were finally being heard. Will Riley felt like his voice was being drowned out. Michael Livingston in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18


Why the Bay Area is the epicenter of California’s housing crisis -- The same story is playing out, over and over: People are flocking to the Bay Area for high-skilled, highly paid jobs, while cashiers, teachers and construction workers are, increasingly, saying goodbye to a place they no longer can afford. Katy Murphy in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/3/18


New L.A. schools chief Beutner pledges to listen, learn and take action -- New Los Angeles schools Supt. Austin Beutner proved Wednesday that he's a quick learner even without an education background. Like countless public officials before him, he appeared at an important event — his first speech and news conference — with a photogenic background of students. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18

State auditor says UC missed deadline to fix problems found in year-old probe -- A year after a scathing state audit found that the University of California president’s office squirreled away $175 million for preferred projects rather than disclosing the money to the public, a new report concludes that the office missed the April 30 deadline for complying with the recommended fixes. Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/3/18

California university students are stretching...and it is all happening in writing class, not the gym -- California State University “stretch classes” extend a semester’s worth of college-level material over two semesters for students who might otherwise be placed in remedial courses. Larry Gordon EdSource -- 5/3/18

Immigration / Border / Deportation 

Hope grows as more caravan immigrants enter United States -- Spirits were high Wednesday as more members of the Central American caravan — about one-third of the roughly 150 who made the harrowing trek — entered the United States Wednesday. Gustavo Solis and David Hernandez in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/3/18

Group running asylum caravan fears spotlight comes at a cost -- The group that organized a monthlong caravan of Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States wanted to draw attention to the plight of people fleeing violence. If headlines are any measure, it has been a smashing success. Elliot Spagat and Mark Stevenson Associated Press -- 5/3/18


E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce kills 1 in California -- Tainted romaine lettuce has been blamed for one death in California, as federal health officials added more than 20 more victims to the worst E. coli outbreak in more than a decade. Geoffrey Mohan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18

100 Californians have contracted norovirus from raw Canadian oysters -- California health officials say about 100 people statewide have contracted norovirus in the last week after eating raw oysters from British Columbia, Canada. The state Department of Public Health issued a warning Wednesday about the possible risk of illness from consuming oysters harvested in south and central Baynes Sound. Associated Press via the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18


Trump EPA’s fuel economy plan could have far-reaching consequences for climate and clean air -- The Trump administration's plan to scrap vehicle fuel economy rules would lead to a surge of oil consumption that independent researchers warn threatens to paralyze the ability of the United States to make crucial progress in confronting climate change. Evan Halper in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18

Also . . . 

Why Silicon Valley can’t fix itself -- Big Tech is sorry. After decades of rarely apologising for anything, Silicon Valley suddenly seems to be apologising for everything. They are sorry about the trolls. They are sorry about the bots. They are sorry about the fake news and the Russians, and the cartoons that are terrifying your kids on YouTube. But they are especially sorry about our brains. Ben Tamoff and Moira Weigel The Guardian -- 5/3/18

Family of 16-year-old fatally shot by L.A. County sheriff's deputies says in lawsuit that boy was unarmed -- The family of a teenager fatally shot by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in February has filed a civil rights lawsuit claiming that deputies used excessive force and then accused the dead teen of having a weapon to justify the shooting. Nicole Santa Cruz in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18

Interviews start in search for LAPD's next chief; focus is on department veterans -- The nationwide hunt for L.A.'s next police chief has narrowed to a handful of contenders who have deep ties to the Los Angeles Police Department, likely setting the stage for a department veteran to get the job. Kate Mather and Cindy Chang in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18

Report: SFPD Chief Bill Scott interviewing for LAPD top job -- Scott — a former deputy chief in Los Angeles who left to take the police chief job in San Francisco in January 2017 — could be looking to go back, according to the Los Angeles Times, which cited an anonymous source. Evan Sernoffsky in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/3/18

A celebration of life set for the late San Francisco Supervisor Doris Ward -- The life and legacy of the late Doris Ward, the first African American president of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, will be celebrated May 19 at the Delancey Street Foundation. Annie Ma in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/3/18

POTUS 45  

Giuliani says Trump personally repaid Cohen $130k for Daniels' silence -- Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's latest additions to his legal team, told Fox News' Sean Hannity that Trump personally reimbursed Michael Cohen the $130,000 he paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels promising her silence. Haley Britzky, Lauren Meier Axios -- 5/3/18

Giuliani Appears to Veer Off Script. A Furor Follows -- Rudolph W. Giuliani has been President Trump’s lawyer for only a few days, and already he is causing political explosions. Michael D. Shear in the New York Times$ -- 5/3/18

In One Hannity Interview, Giuliani Blew Up Trump’s Arguments in 3 Legal Cases -- Two weeks ago, President Trump finally found a new attorney to lead the understaffed team handling his response to the Russia probe: his old friend Rudy Giuliani. Margaret Hartmann New York Magazine -- 5/3/18

Latest shake-up of Trump's legal team signals a more combative approach -- Another senior member of President Trump's legal team is stepping down, the latest high-level turmoil as the White House grapples with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's efforts to interview the president — and to subpoena him if necessary. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/3/18

Kelly Finds Himself in a Familiar Place in the Trump White House: Eyeing the Exits -- When President Trump learned this week that his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, reportedly called him “an idiot” on several occasions, he expressed little in the way of frustration or anger, an uncharacteristically low-key response from someone with little tolerance for slights. Julie Hirschfeld and Maggie Haberman in the New York Times$ -- 5/3/18


The number of people who say the Mueller investigation should continue is shrinking -- The Monmouth University poll finds 54 percent of Americans saying the special counsel’s investigation should continue, with support down from 60 percent in March and 62 percent in July. A 43 percent minority says the investigation should end, up six points since March and 10 points since last summer. Emily Guskin and Scott Clement in the Washington Post$ -- 5/3/18

‘We need some new blood’: Many Democrats call for next generation of House leaders -- Democrats sense a growing opportunity to unseat Republicans as part of a national wave that could put the House speaker’s gavel back in their party’s hands. There’s just one catch: Many Democratic contenders aren’t willing to say they support returning their party’s leader to power. David Weigel and Paul Kane in the Washington Post$ -- 5/3/18


-- Wednesday Updates 

No penis photos of East Area Rapist suspect, defense attorney asks in court filing -- The lawyer for East Area Rapist suspect Joseph James DeAngelo is trying to stop law enforcement from collecting more DNA from her client and from taking photographs of him, including his penis, according to court documents. Sam Stanton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/2/18

House Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Whip Steve Scalise contribute to initiative to repeal California's gas-tax increase -- House Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin is among the Republicans from outside California who have contributed to the campaign to repeal the state’s gas-tax increase, showing the effort has national interest from GOP leaders who see it as a way to boost their party’s chances in the Golden State for this year's election. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/2/18

Oakland had ‘mandatory duty’ to ensure safety at Ghost Ship, judge says -- The city of Oakland had a “mandatory duty” to ensure safety at the doomed Ghost Ship warehouse and for now remains a defendant in a civil lawsuit over the deadly fire, according to a Wednesday court ruling. David DeBolt in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/2/18

Tesla quarterly loss nearly doubles, but company predicts profits this year -- Tesla reported Wednesday that its loss in the first quarter nearly doubled from the same period last year, topping $784.6 million, even as the Palo Alto automaker predicted it would become profitable for the second half of 2018. David R. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/2/18

L.A. plans a temporary homeless shelter on Koreatown parking lot -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti kicked off his $20-million campaign to open new shelters across the city by announcing tentative plans Wednesday for a temporary homeless facility on a city-owned parking lot in the heart of Koreatown. Gale Holland in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/2/18

Marijuana delivery to all of California? Measure would expand access -- There's a problem with access to legal weed in California, and a Senate bill may help solve it. Taryn Luna in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/2/18

Facebook fires engineer accused of using his data access to stalk women online -- This week, on the same day Facebook announced that it is rolling out a dating service, the company confirmed that it had fired a security engineer who allegedly used his position to stalk female Facebook users. Awkward. And it looks like it’s not the first time. Levi Sumagaysay in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/2/18

Golden State Killer's shift to Southern California remains enduring mystery even after arrest -- In decades of searching for the Golden State Killer, investigators have been puzzled by one mystery more than many of the others. Why did the prolific attacker, who raped and killed in dozens of neighborhoods in Sacramento, the East Bay and the Central Valley, suddenly veer so far south, beginning anew in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Orange counties? Richard Winton, Joseph Serna, Adam Elmahrek and Adam Elmahrek in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/2/18

Uber, Lyft and other gig jobs may face a shakeup under new California work rules -- The rise of independent contracting has delivered benefits for some, such as greater flexibility for workers and lower costs for employers. But it also ensnared some people in low-wage jobs without benefits, working schedules that can change daily. Andrew Khouri and Tracey Lien in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/2/18