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Trump Administration Won’t Consult California on Vehicle Emissions Rules -- The Trump administration doesn’t intend to give any special treatment or outreach to California while it drafts new federal rules on vehicle emissions, according to people familiar with the matter. Timothy Puko and Mike Spector in the Wall Street Journal$ David Shepardson Reuters -- 5/15/18

Riverside judge overturns California's doctor-assisted suicide law -- A Riverside County judge overturned California's physician-assisted suicide law on Tuesday, giving the state attorney general five days to file an appeal to keep the law in place. Soumya Karlamangla in the Los Angeles Times$ Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ Don Thompson Associated Press -- 5/15/18

USC let a gynecologist continue treating students despite years of misconduct allegations -- For nearly 30 years, the University of Southern California's student health clinic had one full-time gynecologist: Dr. George Tyndall. Tall and garrulous with distinctive jet black hair, he treated tens of thousands of female students, many of them teenagers seeing a gynecologist for the first time. Harriet Ryan, Matt Hamilton, Paul Pringle in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/15/18

Democratic congressional candidate's ad could lead to false impressions -- Democratic candidate Regina Bateson has sent a mailer to voters in the 4th congressional district touting her credentials ahead of the June 5 primary election. The mailer repeatedly refers to Bateson as a "military security analyst" and says that after Sept. 11, she worked to keep the country safe from terrorism. Emily Cadei in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/15/18

Big-money Soros contributions change prosecutor campaigns -- Billionaire philanthropist George Soros has plunked $1.5 million into several California district attorney campaigns, the latest in millions of dollars the international financier has spent to influence the nation’s criminal justice system. Don Thompson Associated Press -- 5/15/18

California Apartment Landlords Dump Properties Ahead of Rent Control Vote -- A push to expand rent control in California is sending a chill through the state’s apartment industry, prompting more investors to sell properties or hold off on buying. Laura Kusisto in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 5/15/18

Uber, Lyft scrap mandatory arbitration for sexual assault claims -- Ride-hailing companies Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc scrapped mandatory arbitration to settle sexual harassment or assault claims, giving victims several options to pursue their claims including public lawsuits. Laharee Chatterjee Reuters -- 5/15/18

Facebook Says It Deleted 865 Million Posts, Mostly Spam -- Facebook has been under pressure for its failure to remove violence, nudity, hate speech and other inflammatory content from its site. Government officials, activists and academics have long pushed the social network to disclose more about how it deals with such posts. Now, Facebook is pulling back the curtain on those efforts — but only so far. Sheera Frenkel in the New York Times$ -- 5/15/18

U.S. Judge Blocks Oakland Port's Ban on Coal Shipments -- A federal judge struck down a local ban prohibiting companies from transporting coal though an Oakland, California, export terminal that U.S. miners see as a key link to overseas markets. The ban enacted by the city in 2014 violates a development agreement, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said Tuesday in a 37-page ruling. Joe Ryan Bloomberg Kimberly Veklerov in the San Francisco Chronicle $ Dan Brekke KQED -- 5/15/18

A ban on Delta tunnels lawsuits slips into federal spending plan -- With the California Delta tunnels proposal facing an uncertain future, one of the state's Republican congressmen has come up with a way to help the multibillion water project, known formally as California WaterFix, reach completion: ban environmental lawsuits. Emily Cadei and Ryan Sabalow in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/15/18

Pender: San Franciscans need to earn $333,000 a year to buy a median-price home -- More Bay Area households could afford to buy a median-priced single-family home in the first quarter of this year compared to the fourth quarter of 2017, as incomes rose more than enough to offset an increase in home prices and interest rates. Kathleen Pender in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/15/18

Stop opening my mail, CalPERS board member demands -- So far, she isn’t persuading CalPERS to end its practice of reviewing correspondence addressed to the 13 elected and appointed leaders who sit on its board of administration. Margaret Brown, the new board member, contends the practice hurts her ability to respond to constituents or hear from whistleblowers who might want to call attention to misconduct. Adam Ashton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/15/18

A dangerous opioid is killing people in California. It's starting to show up in cocaine and meth -- Fentanyl, a potent opioid already responsible for thousands of deaths nationwide, is increasingly showing up in drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine in California, officials say. Soumya Karlamangla in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/15/18

43,500 opium poppies planted in plain sight in CA town. Yearly yield: 4 pounds of heroin -- A field filled with thousands of opium poppies — enough to make $45,000 worth of heroin — was discovered by Monterey County sheriff's deputies. Gabby Ferreira in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/15/18

Cal State trustees to discuss Brown's latest budget proposal, which they say still falls $171 million short -- Cal State's leaders say that to keep their campuses' quality from slipping, they need much more money than the state is giving them. This year, they're also at odds with Gov. Jerry Brown on the question of whether any extra money should come in one-time bursts or be ongoing. Joy Resmovits in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/15/18

On his first day as L.A. schools chief, Beutner visits a bus depot and schools across the district -- The Los Angeles Unified School District's new superintendent, Austin Beutner, kicked off his first day of work Tuesday with a choreographed tour of the nation's second-largest school district, from the San Fernando Valley to Carson. Anna M. Phillips, Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/15/18

System-wide failure hits Sacramento area Sutter Health clinics -- Throughout the morning, employees have been unable to access patients’ electronic health records, emails and use the phones, Gary Zavoral confirmed. Some patients are being contacted to reschedule appointments. Nashelly Chavez in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/15/18

California hospital giant Sutter Health faces heavy backlash on prices -- Cooking dinner one night in March, Mark Frizzell sliced his pinkie finger while peeling a butternut squash and couldn't stop the bleeding. The 51-year-old businessman headed to the emergency room at Sutter Health's California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Sutter charged $1,555 for the 10 minutes it treated him, including $55 for a gel bandage and $487 for a tetanus shot. Chad Terhune in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/15/18

Lazarus: Where do prescription drugs come from? Good luck answering that question -- Westwood resident Steve Simich was taking a generic anti-cholesterol pill. One day he got curious about where it came from. It didn't say on the label. David Lazarus in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/15/18

Santa Clara Councilman Caserta resigns -- Santa Clara City Councilman Dominic Caserta resigned from the council Tuesday and abandoned his campaign for county supervisor amid mounting allegations that he sexually harassed students at the high school where he taught as well as former campaign staffers. John Woolfolk, Emily DeRuy, Khalida Sarwari in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/15/18

Led by California, 19 states seek to block Trump policy that threatens Planned Parenthood funding -- A coalition of 19 states led by California filed papers Tuesday in support of efforts to block the Trump administration from reducing access to some family planning programs, according to California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/15/18

Trump administration plan could deter legal immigrants from health care, other services -- The Trump administration is preparing a policy change that could push legal immigrants to forgo needed health care, food and employment assistance while they seek green cards for permanent residency. David Gorn Calmatters -- 5/15/18

Fox: Sports Betting Could Lead to More Govt. Spending. How About Tax Relief? -- I’ll bet there are a number of legislators and interest groups already calculating how they’ll spend new tax revenue now that the United States Supreme Court has ruled that states can approve sports betting. Let’s not count those dollars just yet. If and when the tax money comes maybe it shouldn’t be added to current tax collections but used to reduce other taxes. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 5/15/18


California Policy & Politics This Morning

When Gavin Newsom issued marriage licenses in San Francisco, his party was furious. Now, it's a campaign ad -- It was an iconic image: Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, longtime partners and lesbian activists, embracing after being wed in San Francisco City Hall. The first same-sex couple in the country to receive a marriage license was joined by city officials and advocates choked with emotion — but not the man who set their nuptials in motion, Gavin Newsom. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/15/18

A few rich charter school supporters are spending millions to elect Antonio Villaraigosa governor -- California voters have seen a barrage of sunny television ads in recent weeks touting former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's record on finances, crime and education, aired by Families & Teachers for Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor 2018. Seema Mehta, Ryan Menezes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/15/18

Democrats running for California attorney general quarrel as Republicans hope for top-two finish -- Weeks before the June 5 primary, the race for California attorney general has incumbent Xavier Becerra and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones trading jabs over campaign contributions as the Democrats prepare for a possible showdown in November. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/15/18

Gavin Newsom's latest ad attacking Republican on gun issue is mostly accurate -- In an advertisement airing on television stations across California, gubernatorial frontrunner Gavin Newsom is painting Republican rival John Cox as a Trump-supporting, gun-toting challenger who opposes gun control. Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/15/18

Robocall attacks Dianne Feinstein with anti-Semitic slurs -- A robocall that included anti-Semitic slurs directed at Sen. Dianne Feinstein circulated through California on Monday, directing listeners to support the campaign of Patrick Little, a neo-Nazi who is running as a Republican on the state’s June 5 Senate primary ballot. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/15/18

San Francisco mayoral candidates go easy on each other in debate -- With the election for San Francisco mayor just three weeks away, the candidates met Monday evening for a surprisingly well-mannered debate, with almost no harsh words and even fewer personal attacks. John Wildermuth in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/15/18

L.A. Councilman Gil Cedillo and four former city lawmakers back Robert Arcos for police chief -- A group of current and former members of the Los Angeles City Council — all of them Latino — has endorsed Deputy Chief Robert Arcos' bid to become police chief, calling him "the right leader at the right time" for the Los Angeles Police Department. David Zahniser in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/15/18

2 civil rights leaders make their pick for LAPD chief -- Two Los Angeles civil rights leaders today urged Mayor Eric Garcetti to appoint current San Francisco police Chief William “Bill” Scott to replace retiring Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck. The item is in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 5/15/18

San Francisco public defenders make unusual bid for four Superior Court judges’ seats -- When four deputy San Francisco public defenders decided to take on four Superior Court judges in the June election, they stirred up a storm of opposition in the political and legal community. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/15/18

Actor Danny Glover leads Capitol rally supporting unions, impoverished workers -- To hear Danny Glover tell it, poverty can be a lethal weapon. The actor-turned-activist spoke at the Capitol steps Monday afternoon about the problems facing impoverished America as part of the Poor People's Campaign, a six-week series of protests across the country aimed at creating a "moral revival." Benjy Egel in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/15/18

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

California's Brown Says Cities on Their Own as Pension Tab Rises -- As California’s cities flounder under the rising cost of public pensions, they shouldn’t expect the state to extend a hand. While Governor Jerry Brown noted in his revised budget Friday that local governments face "even greater pressures" than the state in dealing with the expense, he said it’s not up to the state to help. Romy Varghese Bloomberg -- 5/15/18

Giant California Pension Fund Raises Bet on Tech -- The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, the second-largest U.S. pension fund, is plowing more money into real estate in cities with strong growth, especially in tech. Noah Buhayar Bloomberg -- 5/15/18

Amazon Go cashier-free store could be headed to San Francisco’s Union Square -- San Francisco is about to get its first Amazon Go cashier-free convenience store. Word is the consumer Goliath plans to open a grab-and-go store downtown and may have its sights set on space at Post and Kearny streets near Union Square. “No comment,” an Amazon representative said Friday. Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/15/18

Will Trump come to Qualcomm's rescue again? -- President Trump may be about to do Qualcomm Inc. another huge favor. On Sunday, Trump tweeted that he was working with his Chinese counterpart to ensure that ZTE Corp. doesn't go under, weeks after the U.S. Commerce Department banned sales of key technologies to the Chinese maker of telecommunications gear. Alex Webb in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/15/18

California voters could act on legalized sports betting as early as November -- The U.S. Supreme Court opened the door Monday to legalized sports gambling across the nation, and California could walk right on through it in November if the state’s voters give the OK. Bob Egelko and Kevin Fagan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/15/18

Legal sports betting set to explode after court ruling. But get ready for a battle over the dollars -- A surge in betting caused by the Supreme Court's lifting of a federal ban on sports wagering is expected to trigger new gaming opportunities and burnish existing sports books in Las Vegas casinos — but also spawn a battle in California among horse-racing tracks, Indian casinos and card clubs as they try to grab a slice of the added action. James F. Peltz, Hugo Martin, Lance Pugmire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/15/18

Chipotle cuts losses, settles case with ex-worker rather than face big dollar damages -- A Fresno Superior Court jury last Thursday awarded Jeanette Ortiz $7.9 million in her wrongful termination civil case for loss of past and future wages and emotional distress against the fast-foot giant, a company that is worth about $1.3 billion. Pablo Lopez in the Fresno Bee -- 5/15/18

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Tolls, Bonds 

Seattle passes scaled-back tax on Amazon, big companies -- Seattle’s city council on Monday approved a new tax for the city’s biggest companies, including Amazon.com Inc, to combat a housing crisis attributed in part to a local economic boom that has driven up real estate costs at the expense of the working class. Gregory Scruggs Reuters -- 5/15/18


A judge rescinds a Fresno law that would've closed most recycling centers this week -- A Fresno Superior Court judge ordered the city of Fresno to rescind an ordinance set to go into effect this week that would've shut down a majority of local recycling centers by restricting where they could operate as a way to deal with homeless people and crime. Brianna Calix in the Fresno Bee -- 5/15/18


West Sacramento Launches On-Demand Ride Hailing Program With Mercedes Vans -- The mayor claims that the program will be the first of its kind of any city in the country. "We've got 10 Mercedes vans that are roaming the streets of the city and folks in the community can hail a ride via smartphone or by phone call, on demand," he explained. The yearlong pilot program is a partnership with the New York-based ride-hailing company Via. Steve Milne Capital Public Radio -- 5/15/18


For new LAUSD chief Austin Beutner, the first day of school is Tuesday. First up, the budget -- Austin Beutner’s first day on the job as LA Unified’s superintendent is going to be a long day of listening and learning. He starts before dawn Tuesday at a bus yard and ends with an evening parent meeting. Laura Greanias in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 5/15/18

Riverside students again get free laptops from Inland doctor -- Last week, the first of three giveaways by Dr. Guillermo Valenzuela took place at Longfellow Elementary School on Riverside’s Eastside. Six students received new laptops from the longtime Inland physician’s 11th Annual TECH Scholarship Program, which has handed out more than 220 laptops over the years. The item is in the Riverside Press Enterprise$ -- 5/15/18

A South LA high school's journey back from the brink – Augustus F. Hawkins High, which is situated at the crossroads of multiple gang territories, almost died at its birth but a commitment to restorative justice helped save it. David Washburn EdSource -- 5/15/18

Immigration, Border, Deportation 

1st appeals court to weigh Trump’s decision to end DACA -- The Trump administration will try to convince a U.S. appeals court Tuesday that it was justified in ending an Obama-era immigration policy that shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. Sudhin Thanawala Associated Press -- 5/15/18

Initial deployment of California troops arrive at the border -- Standing in front of 51 troops during a brief Monday morning news conference, Gloria Chavez, the new Border Patrol chief in the El Centro sector, said that the Operation Guardian Support soldiers would be unarmed, serve solely in support roles and won’t be asked to arrest any suspected unauthorized immigrants, gun runners, drug mules or other criminal suspects. Carl Prine in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/15/18

Trump Administration Doubles Worksite Investigations To Combat Illegal Immigration -- The Trump administration announced Monday that it has dramatically increased the number of worksite investigations and audits to make sure that American businesses do not employ people who are in the U.S. illegally. Richard Gonzales NPR -- 5/15/18

Sports-betting ruling could aid sanctuary cities’ fight -- There is a direct link between the court’s decision in the sports betting case and the administration’s effort to punish local governments that resist Trump’s immigration enforcement policies, several legal commentators said. “The court ruled definitively that the federal government can’t force states to enforce federal law. In the immigration context, this means it can’t require state or local officials to cooperate with federal immigration authorities,” said Ilya Shapiro, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the libertarian Cato Institute. Mark Sherman Associated Press -- 5/15/18


Amid soaring Bay Area housing prices, a struggle to keep home aides -- One rents a spare bedroom in her client’s Berkeley home, paying $200 a month as she waits for word on her application for low-income housing. Another drives from Stockton to the East Bay four times a week because rental prices in her native Oakland became out of reach. A third commutes to Berkeley from Tracy, where she and her husband moved so they could afford to raise a family. Catherine Ho in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/15/18

Did drug company payments to doctors help fuel the opioid epidemic? -- Health officials hoping to stem the opioid crisis might want to pay attention to what doctors eat for lunch. Karen Kaplan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/15/18

A California law that requires doctors to warn women about breast density and cancer risk is set to expire -- Janina Hurtado was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2013, barely a couple of months after she’d had her annual mammogram — which appeared to be normal. Deepa Bharath in the Orange County Register -- 5/15/18

Report Finds Cases Of STDs Reach All-Time High In California -- The number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases in California reached a record high last year and officials are particularly concerned by a spike in stillbirths due to congenital syphilis, state health authorities said Monday. Christopher Weber Associated Press Peter Fimrite in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/15/18


Head of federal water agency overseeing efforts to combat Tijuana Sewage steps down -- The departure of Edward Drusina, former commissioner of the U.S. section of the International Boundary and Water Commission, or IBWC, comes as the agency continues to face legal attacks from South Bay cities that routinely shutter beaches due to pollution from south of the border. Joshua Emerson Smith in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/15/18

Crucial dredging at Bolsa Chica wetlands could run out of money -- The ocean inlet to the Bolsa Chica wetlands, once again being dredged to allow the tidal flushing vital to the abundant wildlife in the area, could run dry of funds necessary for the near-annual pumping operation required to maintain the ecosystem. Money earmarked for dredging at the state reserve in Huntington Beach will be exhausted by 2020. Martin Wisckol in the Orange County Register -- 5/15/18

Rattlesnake bites are on the rise in California. Here’s what to do if you are bitten -- Calls for help for people bitten by dangerous, venomous snakes are on the rise, with the California Poison Control System recently reporting about 20 rattlesnake bite calls statewide since April 1, according to a statement. That figure doesn’t include the number of people who sought emergency care after being bitten instead of calling the hotline. Laylan Connelly in the Orange County Register -- 5/15/18

Also . . . 

DA won't file charges against Sacramento man arrested for leaving his car running -- The man arrested for leaving his car running outside a South Land Park convenience store earlier this month won't face criminal charges, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced in a media release Monday evening. Benjy Egel in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/15/18

A Sacramento man was arrested after he left his car idling. That's a law? -- The Sacramento ordinance used to arrest a man earlier this month after he left his car running at a South Land Park 7-Eleven was passed more than 50 years ago, following a warning from the city's then-police chief of an increase in car thefts, archived Sacramento City Council documents show. Nashelly Chavez in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/15/18

Help For Yellowing Newspapers In Revised Brown Budget Proposal -- The 1846 issues of the Daily Alta California are twice as big as today's newspapers. Bound volumes in dark olive covers take up several large shelving units in the California State Library’s basement. Some have a sticky note on the outside cover that says CNP, which stands for California Newspaper Project. Bob Moffitt Capital Public Radio -- 5/15/18

POTUS 45  

Trump went from 'America first' to saving jobs in China. This could be why -- President Trump's stunning change in stance toward a Chinese telecom-equipment maker that his administration recently sanctioned drew widespread rebuke Monday, even as it seemed to increase the likelihood that the U.S. and China could soon pull back from the brink of a trade war. Don Lee in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/15/18


The Trump White House Will Not Apologize About John McCain (or Much Else, Really) -- Missteps? This White House has made a few. But apologies? Almost never. Katie Rogers in the New York Times$ -- 5/15/18

Senate GOP chides Trump over McCain treatment -- Senate Republicans are openly seething over the White House’s treatment of John McCain, casting a pall over the party ahead of a rare lunch with President Donald Trump the caucus is hosting on Tuesday. Burgess Everett and Eliana Johnson Politico -- 5/15/18


-- Monday Updates 

Legalized sports betting could be on California ballot after court move -- Just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door for states to legalize sports betting, Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) on Monday said he would pursue a state constitutional amendment that, if approved by the voters, would allow the wagering in California. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/14/18

After losing home in wildfires, veteran lobbyist battles PG&E -- Since last year’s Wine Country fires, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has been pushing hard in Sacramento for legislation to protect utility companies from full liability in case their wires accidentally spark a blaze. And Patrick McCallum has been pushing back. David R. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/14/18

Californians could vote on as many as five housing measures in November -- Gov. Jerry Brown’s embrace last week of a $2-billion bond to fund homeless housing could make for an even busier ballot in November. Should lawmakers agree to put the bond before voters, Californians could see as many as five housing measures on the November ballot. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/14/18

Oil industry allies challenge California regulator's funding request -- A group of California lawmakers wants to block a funding increase for the regulatory agency that oversees the state's oil and gas industry, unless it tackles a backlog of applications for dozens of drilling projects. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/14/18

Facebook suspends 200 apps after post-Cambridge Analytica audit -- Facebook has suspended 200 apps and is looking into whether they misused data, the company said Monday in an update about the audit it promised to conduct after its big privacy scandal. Levi Sumagaysay in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/14/18

Chief investment officer to leave California pension fund --The chief investment officer of California’s $350 billion pension fund is stepping aside. Ted Eliopoulos announced Monday he’s leaving the California Public Employees’ Retirement System once a replacement is hired. Associated Press -- 5/14/18

If you have a 2nd Amendment right to sell guns, the Supreme Court isn't saying -- The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a case based on the argument that the 2nd Amendment guarantees a right to sell firearms. The case (read the petition here) was brought by three men who wanted to open a gun store in Alameda County. Scott Martelle in the Los Angeles Times$ Greg Stohr Bloomberg -- 5/14/18

Orange County anti-sanctuary leaders to meet with President Trump -- Two politicians from the small Orange County city that helped spark an anti-sanctuary movement in California plan to meet this week with President Trump to talk about illegal immigration. Cindy Carcamo in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/14/18

District attorney: Campaign for San Diego's top prosecutor is a study in contrasts -- The race to be San Diego’s next District Attorney gives voters distinct choices: prosecutor against defense lawyer, outsider versus insider, reformer against establishment. Greg Moran in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/14/18

A GOP surprise: House midterm hope in California -- Democrats boasted as recently as a few months ago that GOP Rep. Mimi Walters was as good as gone. Rachael Bade Politico -- 5/14/18

If parents are arrested and separated from children at the border, where do the kids go? -- The children would be placed at one of several shelters maintained by ORR located around the country. On its website, Health and Human Services says the shelters are operated by nonprofit organizations, with about half caring for fewer than 50 unaccompanied children. Leslie Berestein Rojas KPCC -- 5/14/18

Musk's medicine for ailing Tesla: a 'thorough reorganization' -- In a memo to employees, Musk said he'll be "flattening the management structure." The goal? "To improve communication, combining functions where sensible and trimming activities that are not vital to the success of our mission." Russ Mitchell in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/14/18

Capitol Weekly Podcast: Carmela Coyle Carmela Coyle, president and CEO of the California Hospital Association, sat down with Capitol Weekly’s John Howard and Tim Foster to talk about ways to cut health care costs, including a new experiment in Maryland that seeks to replace per-patient payments with a single annual payment designed to focus on keeping patients healthier. Link Here -- 5/14/18

Fox: Fox and Hounds Daily Celebrates 10 Years -- We started Fox and Hounds to offer a platform for debate on important policy, political and business issues. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 5/14/18

American Airlines Says Leave That Emotional Support Goat at Home -- American Airlines Group Inc. is banning hoofed, horned, creepy and crawly creatures from flying as emotional support animals. Critters displaying threatening behavior like growling or biting won’t be allowed on board, either. Mary Schlangenstein Bloomberg -- 5/14/18

The Supreme Court and Sharia law: How a fake-news story spreads -- Kurt Withrow, a former insurance salesman from Palatine, Illinois, didn’t mean to become one of the thousands of people who helped propel forward one of the most persistent fake news stories of the last year. But in January, a story making its way around Facebook caught his eye. Jason Schwartz and Shawn Musgrave Politico -- 5/14/18

GOP tax cut not why economy is booming -- Economists are rolling their eyes at candidates’ claims. Brian Faler Politico -- 5/14/18