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Republican Hopefuls Fail To Win Governor’s Race Endorsement At California GOP Convention -- California Republicans gathered over the weekend in San Diego for their state party convention, but after hearing from their two leading candidates for governor, they did not make an endorsement. Ben Adler Capital Public Radio Seema Mehta and Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ Ben Christopher Calmatters -- 5/6/18

Republicans at state party gathering would rather talk about the gas tax than keeping the House -- These California Republicans mostly just didn't want to talk about it. At their state party convention in San Diego over the weekend, the GOP activists talked about who to endorse in the governor's race. They talked about blaming Democrats for a whole host of ills, including income inequality and increased crime. Christine Mai-Duc in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/18

Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst jabs at L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and promotes President Trump as she speaks to California Republicans -- Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst took a jab at California politicians, notably Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, as she addressed the state GOP convention on Saturday night. Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/18

An Urgent Debate for California Republicans: How to Get Back in the Game -- For anyone wondering about the state of the Republican Party in California these days, consider this: There may be no Republican candidate for governor or United States senator on the state’s ballot this November. Adam Gagourney in the New York Times$ -- 5/6/18

Governor Rivals Embrace Trump, Battle for GOP Backing at San Diego Convention -- Rancho Santa Fe’s John Cox and Chula Vista native Travis Allen have other things in common besides San Diego County as they fight for the California GOP’s endorsement for governor. Cox and Allen both want Donald Trump to stump for them. Ken Stone Times of San Diego -- 5/6/18

Democratic governor candidates vow to hire equal numbers of men and women if elected -- In a sign of the MeToo movement’s resonance in California politics, all of the major Democratic candidates for governor are vowing to hire equal numbers of men and women if they’re elected and to pay both equally for the same jobs. Casey Tolan in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/6/18

LA mayor, eyes on White House, hawks ties to Hawkeye state -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Democratic leader of a city with 75 miles of coastline, immigrants from around the world and the Kardashians, is considering running for president in 2020. But first he would have to make it through Iowa. On a recent visit, he did his best to connect, playing up everything his city shares with the rural, overwhelmingly white voters. It was no easy task. Thomas Beaumont Associated Press -- 5/6/18

How likely are asylum-seekers from Central American caravan to win their cases? -- As Central Americans from a migrant caravan made famous by President Trump's angry tweets begin entering the asylum process from the U.S. border, they face a complex legal battle that most who have tried in recent years from their countries have lost. Kate Morrissey in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/18

 There’s a new idea on how to honor late SF Mayor Ed Lee. It’s at SFO -- Board of Supervisors President London Breed suggested renaming Portsmouth Square in honor of late Mayor Ed Lee, former Mayor Willie Brown pitched Lotta’s Fountain, and others suggested renaming Kearny Street. Now, with the backing of Lee’s family, the Chinese community is gathering signatures in support of renaming the International Terminal at San Francisco International Airport in honor of Lee. Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/6/18

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning

Republicans Cox and Allen play to the base as they seek party endorsement -- The two leading Republican candidates for governor took the stage at the state party convention in San Diego this afternoon, touting their conservative credentials and seeking the party’s endorsement. Ben Christopher Calmatters Seema Mehta and Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/18

California Republicans try to bury differences for the sake of survival -- For the sake of the California Republican Party’s survival, its chairman, Jim Brulte, instituted a rule for candidates speaking to convention delegates Saturday: “They only get to say positive things about themselves. If they want to say something negative, it ought to be about Democrats, not other Republicans.” Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/6/18

California GOP looks to dislodge Democratic control -- California Republicans have been called an endangered species in this “state of resistance” to the Trump administration, but they insist that their party will beat the odds in 2018 and take back the governor’s seat. Carla Marinucci Politico -- 5/6/18

“I’m not running for president”: How the California Republican Party tries to put on a new face in the era of Trump -- Bill Essayli says his candidacy “destroys the Democrat Party’s narrative.” That’s not because of his policy positions, though his campaign against Riverside Democratic Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes is built around his opposition to the recent increase in California’s gas tax. Ben Christopher Calmatters -- 5/6/18

Congressional Republicans Walk The Line On Trump At California Convention -- Congressional incumbents and candidates walked a fine line between voicing support for President Donald Trump, who is deeply unpopular in California, and trying to keep the focus of their campaigns on other issues. Andrew Bowen Capital Public Radio -- 5/6/18

Gathering aims to relaunch Minuteman project, fortify border, in response to Central American caravan -- Pledging to report unauthorized entries into the United States — and shame any state leaders who welcome them — about 20 border security supporters assembled Saturday morning near Jamul. The group, including members of the Minuteman patrol movement, coordinated volunteers to watch over designated border regions for 24 hours. Bradley J. Fikes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/18

As he leaves office, Rep. Darrell Issa said he hopes his efforts to increase transparency endure -- As his ninth and final term in the House approaches its sunset, Rep. Darrell Issa was honored at this weekend’s state Republican convention in San Diego for prodding and probing Obama administration scandals, but the outgoing congressman said he hopes his efforts to create more transparent government will be his lasting legacy. Joshua Stewart in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/6/18

One Thing California Republicans Agree On? Repealing the Gas Tax -- California Republicans gathered in San Diego for their state convention may be butting heads over who the party should endorse in the governor's race, but everyone seems unified on one message: Repealing the gas and car taxes passed in Sacramento last year. Marisa Lagos KQED -- 5/6/18

California sanctuary law is on the books, and hot topic on campaign trail -- When Assemblyman Travis Allen called a press conference last week to announce a new wrinkle in the growing anti-sanctuary movement, the event had all the trappings of a political rally. There’s a reason for that. Roxana Kopetman in the Orange County Register -- 5/6/18

GOP hopes to use gas tax repeal, sanctuary state controversy to boost conservative voter turnout -- Running a tough race in a district where Democrats outnumber Republican voters nearly 2 to 1, Republican House candidate Morgan Murtaugh has an ice-breaker that she found connects with people of all political stripes. “It’s a great conversation starter and it’s easy,” Murtaugh said. Joshua Stewart in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/6/18

Mail-in primary ballots arrive this week; here’s what’s happening -- Primary election day is June 5 in California and local communities. But balloting actually begins May 7 — this Monday. That’s the start of voting by mail. For people who have avoided thinking about politics for as long as they could, time’s up. Here’s a refresher about what’s at stake in the next month. Kevin Modesti in the Orange County Register -- 5/6/18

San Francisco mayoral candidates battle for ‘soul’ of city -- San Francisco could make history by electing for mayor the first African-American woman, Asian-American woman or openly gay man in a contest that is also the city’s first competitive mayoral race in 15 years. Janie Har Associated Press -- 5/6/18

Walters: Internet purchases spark fight over sales taxes -- Sales taxes, once the primary source of revenue for the state budget, now play second fiddle to income taxes. Dan Walters Calmatters -- 5/6/18

Willie Brown: Trump’s only hope is to keep quiet and dodge Mueller -- My advice to President Trump is shut up and take the Fifth. The questions that Special Counsel Robert Mueller intends to ask — about collusion, about obstruction, about so many things — show that Trump has no choice but to button up. Willie Brown in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/6/18

Taser campaign deceptive, Prop. H opponents say -- The San Francisco Police Officers Association has begun canvassing for a controversial measure on the June ballot that would loosen the department’s policy on stun guns when officers start getting the weapons this year. But anyone handed the latest Proposition H campaign literature wouldn’t necessarily know that. Evan Sernoffsky in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/6/18

Dangerous ‘street takeovers’ for car stunts have San Fernando Valley residents worried -- When Brian Levinson walked out of his home to investigate several minutes of nonstop tire screeching Sunday night near his Chatsworth home, he was stunned by what he saw. Brenda Gazzar in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 5/6/18

Dozens face charges in Stockton sideshow. Police seek more, including Sacramento man -- With dozens of participants in a March 3 Stockton sideshow facing charges, police are seeking two men who have been identified as organizers and judges of the show. Michael McGough in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/6/18

Lopez: A beloved taco joint run by an 81-year-old matriarch may get crushed to make way for Chipotle -- If you studied her acrobatics in the tiny kitchen at Teddy's Tacos in City of Industry, the truth about Elena Castro would not be apparent. She bends, stoops, stirs, chops, slices, dices and spins around co-workers in a dance that looks like a cross between roller derby and ballet. Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/18

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

UCSF hospital workers ready to strike Monday -- Tens of thousands of health care workers are scheduled to go on strike Monday across the University of California system, including UCSF Medical Center, which rescheduled surgeries and delayed cancer treatments for several hundred patients. Peter Fimrite in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/6/18

Current, ex-Sutter Health employees say company prevented them from taking breaks -- In hearings that begin Monday, about 30 current and former employees at Sutter Health’s midtown Sacramento surgery center will accuse the health-care giant of preventing them from taking meal and rest breaks and will ask the California Labor Commissioner to award them back wages and penalties. Cathie Anderson in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/6/18

San Diego jury awards ex-Allstate staffer $18M+ in wrongful termination case -- A San Diego jury this week awarded a former insurance company employee upwards of $18 million for firing him following an arrest that ultimately saw the dismissal of all charges. Teri Figueroa in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/6/18

LA is losing people to other states while the Bay Area brings them in -- California's economy may be growing, and its population may be steadily increasing. But more people continue to move out of the state every year than those moving in from other states. David Wagner KPCC -- 5/6/18

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Tolls, Bonds 

The $5 million Google tax that could fix every Silicon Valley problem -- Mountain View’s mayor, Lenny Siegel, says it has “too many good jobs” and not enough transit. The solution: Slapping a multimillion-dollar tax on Google, by far the city’s largest employer. Wendy Lee in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/6/18

Homeless  

City homeless program offers bonuses to groups attending meetings and writing policies -- The city of Sacramento is offering hefty financial bonuses to hospitals, health plans and government and nonprofit agencies for attending meetings and helping to launch its $64 million Whole Person Care program on homelessness. Cynthia Hubert in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/6/18

L.A. River bike path has become lure for homeless, Reseda residents say -- Reseda's bike path opened in 2012 and was intended to be a family-friendly trail where people could enjoy an evening walk or bike ride along the river. But residents say they are increasingly afraid of going out alone or letting their children ride their bikes through the area because of transients. Alejandra Reyes-Velarde in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/18

Transit 

BART to Berryessa and Antioch: New trains on the line -- BART is on the move at 80 miles per hour in San Jose and Antioch. Trains are making trial runs at that speed 20-hours a day, seven days a week from Fremont to the Berryessa area of San Jose east of Highway 101, testing the new 10-mile, $2.4 billion route due to open next year. Gary Richards in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/6/18

Guns 

AP review: More than 30 mishaps from armed adults at schools -- They are the “good guys with guns” the National Rifle Association says are needed to protect students from shooters: a school police officer, a teacher who moonlights in law enforcement, a veteran sheriff. Yet in a span of 48 hours in March, the three were responsible for gun safety lapses that put students in danger. Ryan J. Foley and Larry Fenn Associated Press -- 5/6/18

Immigration, Border, Deportation 

Even with sanctuary laws, feds can still find immigrants in jails and the community -- Fear that the California sanctuary law has resulted in criminals released into the streets has helped fuel resistance by some local officials to the state policy and fanned a national debate over efforts to push back against President Trump's strict immigration policies. Leslie Berestein Rojas KPCC -- 5/6/18

Environment 

Ballot measure aims to preserve Salton Sea -- A project to protect Californians who live near the Salton Sea from deteriorating air quality could sink or swim based on the outcome of a June ballot measure. Proposition 68 would allow the state to borrow $4 billion through bonds to fund parks and environmental protection projects, including $200 million for a plan to preserve the rapidly shrinking Salton Sea. Sophia Bollag Associated Press -- 5/6/18

Also . . . 

Magnolia tree planted near City Hall to honor late Mayor Ed Lee -- A new tree grows near City Hall. On Saturday morning, a magnolia tree was lowered into the ground to honor the late Mayor Ed Lee on what would have been his 66th birthday, planted by city officials, family and members of the general public. Later in the day, Lee’s official photo was unveiled at City Hall. Sophie Haigney in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/6/18

Colma cemeteries rapidly running out of space for plots -- If you’re planning on getting buried in Colma, you might want to do something about it — soon. That’s because an all-new Bay Area housing crisis is just around the corner. Steve Rubenstein in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/6/18

POTUS 45  

Trump Repeats Threat of Federal Shutdown to Get His Border Wall -- President Donald Trump renewed a threat to close down the federal government when current funding runs out in September if immigration reforms and funding for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico aren’t forthcoming. Toluse Olorunnipa Bloomberg -- 5/6/18

Twin election strategies: As Trump rails about immigration, his supporters offer a rosy view of tax cuts -- President Trump flared Saturday at Democrats, immigration laws and Mexico, crowed again that his poll numbers are higher than President Obama's and insisted the country is doing better than ever — all in the sort of defensive pitch that Republicans worry could cost them seats in November. Cathleen Decker in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/6/18

Stormy Daniels Crashes SNL to Taunt Trump: ‘A Storm’s a-Comin’, Baby’ -- Get ready for some serious 7 a.m. rage-tweeting. This week Saturday Night Live, already one of the president’s least-favorite programs, kicked off its latest episode with its most star-studded cold open yet. Marlow Stern The Daily Beast -- 5/6/18

'He's going to be forced to resign': Stormy Daniels' lawyer predicts Trump's fall -- Will a porn star help to bring down a president? Stormy Daniels’ lawyer thinks so. “Ultimately, he is going to be forced to resign,” said Michael Avenatti, the attorney for the adult film actor who she had an affair with Donald Trump and was paid by Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, to keep it quiet. Joanna Walters The Guardian -- 5/6/18

Beltway 

How Michael Cohen, Trump’s Fixer, Built a Shadowy Business Empire -- Before Michael Cohen joined the Trump Organization and became President Trump’s lawyer, he was a hard-edge personal-injury attorney and businessman. But a review of public records and interviews with associates reveal the degree to which he has operated in the backwaters of the financial and legal worlds. William K. Rashbaum, Danny Hakim, Brian M. Rosenthal, Emily Flitter and Jesse Drucker in the New York Times$ -- 5/6/18

 

-- Saturday Updates 

Neo-Nazi Senate candidate kicked out of California Republican Party convention -- An anti-Semitic GOP Senate candidate was kicked out of the California Republican Party’s convention in San Diego on Saturday morning, with one witness saying he was dragging and kicking an Israeli flag while being escorted out. Phil Willon and Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/5/18

Three anti-Nazi activists face felony charges in 2016 melee. One white supremacist still jailed -- Felony assault charges will go forward against the three anti-fascist demonstrators arrested in connection with a violent state Capitol clash with white supremacists in June 2016 that left 10 people injured. Darrell Smith in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/5/18

Democrats are 'coming for all of us,' warns vulnerable GOP Rep. Mimi Walters -- Rep. Mimi Walters painted a dire picture for her fellow California Republicans on Friday night. Headlining a congressional dinner at the state party’s annual confab, Walters warned that Democrats are targeting Republicans “and nowhere harder than right here in California.” Christine Mai-Duc in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/5/18

California’s Orange County could determine Congress control -- Once considered conservative holy ground, Orange County is starting to look like a last stand for California Republicans. Chased out of much of California by Democrats who hold every statewide office and a 39-14 advantage in U.S. House seats, the party is trying to hold its ground in a place whose nickname, the Orange Curtain, recalls its famous Republican bona fides and where white, suburban homeowners once delivered winning margins for its candidates year after year. Michael R. Blood Associated Press -- 5/5/18

A look at competitive House races in California -- If Democrats are going to retake the U.S. House they very likely need to gain ground in California, a state with a prominent Democratic tilt where President Donald Trump is unpopular. Here are seven congressional districts held by Republicans that Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election. Associated Press -- 5/5/18

Trump’s shadow looms in California attorney general race -- Xavier Becerra was plucked from Congress to lead California’s opposition to all things Donald Trump. He’s done that as state attorney general, with a litany of lawsuits over policies involving immigration, the environment, birth control and health care. His opponents in the June 5 primary say he’s so focused on the Republican president that he’s falling down on other key areas of the job. Don Thompson Associated Press -- 5/5/18

Feinstein faces fellow Democrat in US Senate re-election -- In her early U.S. Senate bids, Dianne Feinstein fought her way past Republicans who criticized her as an example of California liberalism. Now as she seeks her fifth full term in Washington, it’s fellow Democrats hitting Feinstein, led by a state senator who says he better represents California values in the Trump era. Kathleen Ronayne Associated Press -- 5/5/18

Candidates compete for schools chief, lieutenant governor -- Voters will choose candidates for lieutenant governor, schools chief and other statewide offices in California’s June 5 primary. The race for superintendent of public education is shaping up to be an expensive showdown between unions and charter school advocates. In the crowded contest to become California’s next lieutenant governor, several Democrats have emerged as front-runners. Five candidates are vying to replace the state’s outgoing treasurer. Meanwhile, incumbents are trying to hold onto their offices in the races for secretary of state and controller. Sophia Bollag Associated Press -- 5/5/18

Diverse field running for California insurance commissioner -- One way or another, California's next insurance commissioner will be the first of his kind. The June 5 primary features Democrats Dr. Asif Mahmood and Sen. Ricardo Lara against former commissioner Steve Poizner. Brian Melley Associated Press -- 5/5/18

Pelosi calls for ethics investigation into Rep. Tony Cárdenas -- Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Saturday called for an ethics investigation into San Fernando Valley Democratic Rep. Tony Cárdenas, who this week acknowledged that he is the unnamed defendant in a Jane Doe lawsuit alleging he molested a 16-year-old girl. Julie Westfall in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/5/18

Recall, sexual misconduct issues shape legislative ballot -- All 80 California state Assembly seats and half the 40 Senate seats are up for election this year, but voters also are deciding June 5 whether to recall an Orange County-area senator and picking successors to three lawmakers who resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. Don Thompson Associated Press -- 5/5/18

Separating water and politics isn't easy in California -- The 2014 water bond included a novel funding approach designed to take at least some of the politicking out of deciding which projects get public money. This week's tortured deliberations by the California Water Commission showed just how tough it is to do that. Bettina Boxall in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/5/18

UC campuses, medical centers brace for 3-day workers strike -- University of California medical center officials said Friday they are rescheduling hundreds of surgeries and appointments for cancer patients as they prepare for a three-day strike by UC workers next week. The strike starting Monday was called by AFSCME Local 3299, which represents thousands of service workers, such as custodians, security guards and food service workers at UC campuses. Associated Press -- 5/5/18

Maker of smart luggage goes out of business after airlines ban bags with built-in batteries -- One of the world's first smart luggage makers is packing its bags and calling it quits — a victim of its own design flaws. Hugo Martin in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/5/18

Mueller team questions Trump friend Tom Barrack -- Investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller have interviewed one of President Donald Trump’s closest friends and confidants, California real estate investor Tom Barrack, The Associated Press has learned. Tom LoBianco, Jonathan Lemire and Alan Suderman Associated Press -- 5/5/18