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Oakland teachers, school district still deeply divided over salaries -- Oakland teachers say they are not paid enough. Their bosses and their students want them to get a raise. Education researchers agree. Kimberly Veklerov in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 3/1/19

Hedge Fund BlueMountain Nominates New Board for PG&E -- BlueMountain Capital Management LLC, the hedge fund seeking to replace the board at bankrupt PG&E Corp. , said Friday it has nominated 13 candidates for the California utility’s board. Becky Yerak in the Wall Street Journal$ J.D. Morris in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 3/1/19

Firefighter suicides reflect toll of longer fire seasons, increased stress -- Capt. Ryan Mitchell had just finished three punishing weeks of firefighting. He had deployed to fires far from home, then returned only to dash out to another one. Mitchell’s parents and 16-month-old son came to visit him at the station. “He didn’t look good. He was tired, he was thin, his eyes were shallow. He wasn’t his usual self,” Mitchell’s father, Will, recalled. Nina Agrawal in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/1/19

Evacuation orders in Guerneville to be lifted after worst storm in 22 years -- Evacuation orders for residents in Guerneville were expected to be lifted Friday, nearly three days after people were told to flee as the town transformed into an island due to disastrous flooding. Sarah Ravani in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 3/1/19

Deported Cambodian refugee returns to Sacramento under court ruling after burglary sentence -- Deported five years ago, Veasna Meth has had to watch his family grow – and grow up – in Sacramento from nearly 8,000 miles away. But he never lost hope. Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/1/19

Chinedu Okobi case: San Mateo sheriff’s deputies cleared in Taser death of unarmed black man -- The San Mateo County district attorney’s office announced Friday it will not seek charges against the sheriff’s deputies who tased an unarmed black man to death in October. Ashley McBride and Gwendolyn Wu in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 3/1/19

Waiting for a decision in Stephon Clark’s killing, they are ready to be disappointed — and to mobilize -- An 8-foot-tall chain-link fence went up around the Sacramento County district attorney’s office, weeks after police shot and killed Stephon Clark — an unarmed black man whose cellphone they mistook for a gun. Demonstrators previously had blocked the front doors, chanting “Shut it down!” as protests erupted across the capital city. Anita Chabria in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/1/19

California could adopt strictest drunken driving limit in nation, taking a cue from Utah -- It could soon be a lot easier to be busted for drinking and driving. California Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Marina Del Rey, has introduced a bill that would nearly halve the maximum allowed blood alcohol content for driving, from .08 to .05. Assembly Bill 1713 is in line with a 2013 National Transportation Safety Board recommendation. Andrew Sheeler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/1/19

Homeless shelter in school a costly failure so far -- An experiment to put a homeless shelter in a San Francisco public school gym has so far been a costly failure, with so few families using it that it’s costing taxpayers about $700 for each person who spends the night. Jill Tucker and Trisha Thadani in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 3/1/19

Blue Bottle buys into cashless trend -- If you want a hot coffee at Blue Bottle, cold hard cash may not work anymore. The high-end coffee company will ban cash at 12 locations across the country starting on March 11 as part of a month-long experiment that aims to speed up purchases. Shwanika Narayan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 3/1/19

Lyft seeks to raise $100 million in IPO as it beats Uber to market -- Lyft has beat Uber and other Bay Area tech unicorns expected to go public this year by filing for a $100 million initial public offering Friday. Levi Sumagaysay in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/1/19

Hiltzik: Inside the breakdown of auto emission talks between California and the Trump White House -- There was a fair amount of perplexity at the California Air Resources Board on Feb. 21, when the Trump administration abruptly announced that it had decided to “discontinue discussions” with the state’s air quality regulator over the administration’s proposal to gut federal auto emissions standards. The general reaction at CARB’s Sacramento office was: “What discussions?” Michael Hiltzik in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/1/19

10,000 homes – and lots of shopping – planned for new neighborhood near Sacramento airport -- A group of Natomas farming families and their backers got the go-ahead this week from Sacramento County leaders to plan what would be one of the largest new communities in the region, to be built on fields just southeast of Sacramento International Airport. Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/1/19

L.A. approves new restrictions on disposable plastic straws, but stops short of a ban -- Under the new ordinance, L.A. restaurants cannot offer or provide disposable plastic straws to customers who are dining in or taking food to go unless customers request them. The rules are slightly looser for drive-through or delivery: Businesses can go ahead and ask those customers if they want plastic straws, but are barred from giving them out without a request. Emily Alpert Reyes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/1/19

Unique California program sets update on guns seized in 2018 -- Attorney General Xavier Becerra is set to unveil new numbers for 2018 Friday from a uniquely California program that seizes guns from people no longer allowed to own them because of criminal convictions or mental illness. Don Thompson Associated Press -- 3/1/19

California ranks 14th for quality of life, lowest since 2013 -- State's rank didn't change in a year but it's down from No. 13 in 2016 and California's lowest grading since a 17th place ranking in 2013. Jonathan Lansner in the Orange County Register -- 3/1/19

Smolens: San Diego's plans for housing, homeless, transportation run into resistance -- San Diegans increasingly are told they need to do more — and pay more — to help the homeless, increase the housing stock, and expand street and trolley systems. Clearly, a lot of them don't like it. Michael Smolens in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 3/1/19


California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Gov. Newsom declares emergency over Northern California flooding -- The emergency proclamation requests immediate assistance for Amador, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma counties through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program and the Office of Emergency Services to provide assistance to local governments. Liam Dillon, Hailey Branson-Potts, Suhauna Hussain and Hannah Fry in the Los Angeles Times$ Sarah Ravani in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 3/1/19

Flooded but unfazed: Guerneville stands tall as muddy waters slowly ebb -- The brown lake of floodwater that transformed downtown into a 300-yard island of dry land had receded a bit by noon, but it looked like the townsfolk will still be marooned until late Friday. Or even Saturday. Peter Fimrite and Kevin Fagan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 3/1/19

California's largest reservoir shot up 39 feet in elevation in February -- The storms hitting California in February have left their mark on California's largest and most important water reserve. Shasta Lake jumped 39 feet in elevation since February 1 and as of Tuesday it was at 85 percent of capacity and only 25 feet from its crest. Amy Graff in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 3/1/19

Jerry Brown Promised ‘No New Taxes Without Voter Approval.’ Gavin Newsom's Stance Is Harder To Pin Down -- When Jerry Brown ran for California governor in 2010, he vowed in TV ads and on the campaign trail that he would not raise taxes without voter approval. Gavin Newsom’s position on tax increases is a lot murkier. Ben Adler Capital Public Radio -- 3/1/19

Three things to know about California’s data privacy fight -- When California passed the nation’s first law giving consumers control over their personal data last year, legislators built in an unusual buffer: an extra year to change the law before it takes effect in 2020. Laurel Rosenhall Calmatters -- 3/1/19

For family of Orange County man detained in Vietnam, the summit fizzle was personal -- Sitting in a jail cell in Vietnam, Michael Nguyen probably will hear from his kids on Monday, when their letters are read to him aloud. “My letter will say that I miss him,” says Evelynn, who, at 8 years old, is the the youngest of Nguyen’s four daughters. “And I can play the piano now.” Roxana Kopetman in the Orange County Register -- 3/1/19

Mixed political blessing? For an LA-area Senate contender, $1 million from oil industry isn’t all good -- Campaigning for a California Senate special election next month, Lena Gonzalez faces an unusual question: Can a candidate have too much high-powered support for her own good? Kevin Modesti in the Orange County Register -- 3/1/19

Willie McCoy’s family files wrongful death claim against Vallejo police -- The family of Willie McCoy filed a claim Thursday against the city of Vallejo alleging the Police Department “bungled from start to finish” the response that led to the 21-year-old’s shooting death. Gwendolyn Wu in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 3/1/19

‘He stabbed me’: Released body cam shows man who allegedly attacked cop -- The city’s police department released officer body camera footage showing police arresting a man who allegedly stabbed an officer in the neck last Monday. The camera is not pointed at the suspect when he allegedly stabbed the officer, who was later treated for non-life threatening injuries. But the video released Thursday afternoon does show a knife in the suspect’s hands moments after the officer was cut. Nate Gartrell in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/1/19

Oakland police officer alleges scapegoating, cover-up in police sex scandal -- Mildred Oliver is now the second Oakland officer to allege a high-ranking coverup in a death investigation and sexual exploitation scandal that ensnared officers from multiple Bay Area agencies, cost Oakland upward of $1 million in legal fees, and stained the department’s reputation. Megan Cassidy in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 3/1/19

East Bay cop resigned after probe found he lied about interactions with prostitutes -- An Emeryville cop resigned in 2014 after investigators found he had improper interactions with prostitutes, and was dishonest when questioned about those interactions, records released late Thursday show. Thomas Peele, Alex Emslie KQED and Sukey Lewis, KQED News in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/1/19

Court rejects state secrets claim in FBI mosque surveillance suit -- A federal appeals court has ruled that a judge was too deferential to the U.S. government’s national security claims when he dramatically scaled back a lawsuit charging the FBI with conducting illegal and unconstitutional surveillance at Southern California mosques. Josh Gerstein Politico Maura Dolan in the Los Angeles Times$-- 3/1/19

Neo-Nazi group’s leader is Moreno Valley black man who vows to dissolve it -- One of the nation’s largest neo-Nazi groups appears to have an unlikely new leader: a black activist who has vowed to dismantle it. Court documents filed Thursday suggest James Hart Stern wants to use his new position as director and president of the National Socialist Movement to undermine the Detroit-based group’s defense against a lawsuit. Michael Kunzelman Associated Press -- 3/1/19

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

Union tells striking teachers they’re ‘almost there’ in reaching a contract -- Oakland teachers, school counselors and nurses who have gone payless since beginning a strike six weekdays ago received encouraging words from union representatives Thursday who said they’re in the final stretch of negotiations. Ali Tadayon in the East Bay Times -- 3/1/19

Teachers from San Francisco, Berkeley, elsewhere join picketing peers in Oakland -- A week into the Oakland teachers’ strike, around 100 educators from neighboring Bay Area districts joined their Oakland peers on the picket lines Thursday in a show of transbay solidarity. Ashley McBride in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 3/1/19

H-1B: Outsourcers file barrage of lawsuits attacking tighter visa rules: report -- Members of an industry group representing outsourcing companies have filed dozens of lawsuits in one federal court, fighting new H-1B visa rules they say are designed to put them out of business, according to a new report. Ethan Baron in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/1/19

Almost $1 billion in San Diego area base construction could be on chopping block to fund border wall -- While the president’s former attorney Michael Cohen made headlines testifying before Congress Wednesday, a few senior defense officials were grilled in the same building at another Congressional hearing on military issues that could affect San Diego County. Charles T. Clark and Andrew Dyer in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 3/1/19

LA Will Consider Giving Retail Workers A Break From Hectic Schedules -- Angelenos with retail jobs could soon be working more predictable hours. Los Angeles City Council members plan to introduce a motion on Friday that could lead to new scheduling rules for the city's more than 147,000 retail employees. David Wagner laist -- 3/1/19

Coliseum officials, Oakland Raiders nearing deal; vote likely next week -- Attorneys representing the city of Oakland and Alameda County have signed off on the latest version of a lease agreement for the Raiders to play at the Coliseum in 2019, a source familiar with the negotiations said. It remains unknown if the Raiders have agreed to the deal, and fans won’t have an answer until next week at the earliest. David DeBolt, Elliott Almond in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/1/19


Finding Housing For Homeless People Still A Challenge As Sacramento’s ‘Whole Person Care’ Program Expands -- Dawn Galloway has been living in homeless shelters and tents since her landlord evicted her last September. But she says that, when she finally gets a new apartment, she’s not planning to host any parties or celebrations. Sammy Caiola Capital Public Radio -- 3/1/19

South Orange County Cities Sued Over Lack Of Homeless Shelters -- Lawyers representing homeless plaintiffs and homeless advocacy groups filed a class action suit against Irvine, Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. The County of Orange is also a defendant, since the sheriff's department provides law enforcement for much of south OC. Jill Replogle laist Anh Do in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/1/19


Why did Newsom bust tiny Wheatland on affordable housing? City says rules ‘don’t really fit’ -- When California’s new governor name-checked the city of Wheatland in his recent State of the State address, word “got around town pretty quick,” one local business owner said. Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/1/19

You can now sell your Sacramento home with the click of a mouse. Who needs realtors anymore? -- Dominique Khoury of Elk Grove noticed a house for sale last fall that was perfect for her growing family. To compete for it, she figured she’d have to sell her current home first, and fast, to have the down payment in hand. Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/1/19

California’s homeownership rate hits 8-year high -- The latest news on homeownership can be seen through two prisms. If you’re a glass-is-half-full type, you’d note that California’s ownership rate ended 2018 at an eight-year high. The glass-is-half-empty personality, however, would focus on the fact that the share of California’s residents living in their own home is topped by 48 other states. Jonathan Lansner in the Orange County Register -- 3/1/19


L.A. Metro will study how to make driving more expensive — in your car or in an Uber -- In an attempt to tame traffic, Los Angeles County transportation officials Thursday took their biggest steps yet toward making driving in the region more expensive, approving studies on how to impose more tolls, taxes or other fees on private driving and ride-hailing trips. Laura J. Nelson in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/1/19


California blooms again after last year’s fires—but it’s not all good -- The balm of winter rain is already coaxing carpets of green to sprout in wide swaths of Northern and Southern California that were scorched by deadly wildfires just a few months ago. Julie Cart Calmatters -- 3/1/19

Immigration, Border, Deportation 

Yolo County ‘substantially subsidized’ detention of teenage immigrants, state audit says -- Yolo County “substantially subsidized” parts of the federal government’s program to house unaccompanied immigrant children, according to a new report from the California State Auditor’s Office. The state auditor estimates that Yolo County might have paid about $700,000 in program costs that could have been covered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Maddy Ashmun in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/1/19

Protestors petition ICE to save Congolese father from deportation -- More than 30 people stood outside the federal building in downtown San Diego in a prayer-filled demonstration to call on immigration officials to spare from deportation a Congolese father who lost his asylum case. Kate Morrissey in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 3/1/19


L.A. school board asks property owners to show support with more tax money -- Los Angeles school officials once saw the January teachers’ strike as a calamity. Now they realize it created an opportunity. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/1/19

Disclosure requirements for charter schools await Gov. Newsom's signature -- With uncommon speed, the California Assembly on Thursday followed the lead of the Senate a week ago, passing a bill imposing more disclosure and public access requirements on California’s 1,300-plus charter schools. Senate Bill 126, which the Assembly adopted with a 63-to-9 vote, will now head to Gov. Gavin Newsom, whose staff guided negotiations that led to its quick approval. John Fensterwald EdSource Ben Adler Capital Public Radio -- 3/1/19

Man guilty in $3.4M fraud scheme with Moscow link targeting San Juan Unified students -- A man was found guilty of fraud and identity theft Tuesday for his involvement in a nationwide credit card scheme targeting San Juan Unified School District students. Vincent Moleski in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/1/19


SDG&E and SoCalGas want to offer renewable natural gas to customers -- Would you be willing to pay a few bucks more each month on your utility bill for natural gas that came from dairies, landfills and treatment facilities instead of conventional fossil fuel extraction methods? Rob Nikolewski in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 3/1/19


Snowpack more than doubles in a month — and it’s still storming in the Sierra -- They may have been cold and wet, but that was a good thing for surveyors making their monthly winter trip to the state’s Phillips station to measure the snowpack Thursday morning. Alejandra Reyes-Velarde in the Los Angeles Times$ Michael McGough in the Sacramento Bee$ Lauren Hernández in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Mark Gomez in the East Bay Times -- 3/1/19

Winter storms wash away California drought, burnish snowpack -- California is drenched and its mountains are piled high with snow amid a still-unfolding winter of storms that was unimaginable just a few months ago. John Antczak Associated Press -- 3/1/19

Trump’s interior secretary misusing post to aid California water district, complaint says -- Complaints are mounting against Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt over allegations he used his position to help the interests of his former lobbying client, California’s powerful Westlands Water District. Kate Irby in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/1/19

Also . . . 

‘Free Solo’: Alex Honnold on risks, love and thoughts of death -- Q: For viewers, it’s a riveting experience, but also a gut-wrenching one — knowing that one slip and you’re done. How much do you think about death? A: A fair amount. As I prepared, I thought through all the consequences and I imagined what it would be like to fall off in different places. I consider that a healthy relationship with mortality. Chuck Barney in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/1/19

Orange County Sheriff’s Department must turn over past records on deputies, judge rules -- A judge ruled Thursday that the Orange County Sheriff’s Department must publicly disclose records from shootings, use of force and some misconduct by its deputies regardless of when the incidents occurred. Ben Poston in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/1/19

A February to remembrrr in L.A.: It never even reached 70 degrees -- Home restaurant’s sprawling outdoor patio in Los Feliz, set under a canopy of large trees, was designed to take advantage of California’s temperate climate and typically sunny skies. Hannah Fry, Alejandra Reyes-Velarde and Suhauna Hussain in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/1/19

Popular tipster app boosts reports of abandoned vehicles in San Diego -- San Diego’s popular smartphone tipster app Get it Done! has boosted abandoned vehicle reports the city receives to more than 3,000 a month, making it harder for parking enforcement officers to quickly handle them. David Garrick in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 3/1/19

He overdosed in jail on medication for his mental illness. His family is suing for answers -- Lewis Nyarecha was found unresponsive on a top bunk at the Twin Towers jail in downtown Los Angeles by a fellow inmate. He had missed dinner the night before and breakfast that day. Two L.A. County sheriff’s deputies began to haul the 25-year-old Nyarecha off the bunk, only to drop him, slamming the back of his head on a metal desk and sending blood gushing. Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/1/19

POTUS 45  

Trump Ordered Officials to Give Jared Kushner a Security Clearance -- President Trump ordered his chief of staff to grant his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, a top-secret security clearance last year, overruling concerns flagged by intelligence officials and the White House’s top lawyer, four people briefed on the matter said. Maggie Haberman, Michael S. Schmidt, Adam Goldman and Annie Karni in the New York Times$ Josh Dawsey, Seung Min Kim and Shane Harris in the Washington Post$ -- 3/1/19

Trump keeps claiming the trade deficit is going down. It’s not -- The president really, really, really wants trade deficits to decline. But reality keeps biting. Glenn Kessler in the Washington Post$ -- 3/1/19


Rep. Maxine Waters wants to investigate Trump Foundation -- The House Financial Services Committee chairwoman hinted to reporters on Thursday that she may even have a lead in the form of a letter "from somebody who told me about a situation that they want to talk with me more about.” Zachary Warmbrodt and Heather Caygle Politico -- 2/28/19

In Kamala Harris, a sequel to Ronald Reagan? -- In 1980, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan was elected the nation’s 40th president. Blondie topped the music charts, the sequel to “Star Wars” packed movie theaters and Kamala Harris was a 16-year-old finishing high school. Mark Z. Barabak in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/1/19

KQED Political Breakdown: Pete Buttigieg -- South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg discusses his run for the presidency, how coastal Democrats view mid-westerners, serving as mayor while deployed in Afghanistan, and coming out as gay during his first term. Link here -- 3/1/19

Pete Buttigieg comes to Claremont to campaign for president – and talk about big ideas -- The son of a Maltese immigrant, Buttigieg isn’t yet an official candidate. He has formed an exploratory committee for the 2020 Democratic nomination. But he’s clearly hoping his unique message and resume – Harvard grad, Rhodes Scholar, Naval Reserve officer who served in Afghanistan – will help him gain traction against better-known, better-funded Democrats hoping to deny President Donald Trump a second term. Jeff Horseman in the Orange County Register -- 3/1/19

Politifact CA: Kamala Harris tries to ‘rewrite history’ with False claim on San Francisco ICE policy -- Presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., has made protecting undocumented youth a top priority during her time in the Senate. Chris Nichols Politifact CA -- 3/1/19

Videos of Mark Meadows saying ‘send Obama home to Kenya’ resurface hours after he’s accused of racist stunt -- The most emotionally fraught moment during the Michael Cohen hearing had nothing directly to do with President Trump’s former lawyer but was a tense exchange after one lawmaker accused another of engaging in a racist act by bringing a black woman to the hearing “as a prop.” Colby Itkowitz in the Washington Post$ -- 3/1/19


-- Thursday Updates 

PG&E Says Its Equipment Was Probable ‘Ignition Point’ of Camp Fire, Takes $11.5 Billion in Charges -- PG&E Corp. said Thursday it is probable that its equipment sparked the deadliest wildfire in California history, as it recorded a $10.5 billion charge in the fourth quarter related to the Camp Fire and an additional $1 billion in charges related to fires in 2017. Katherine Blunt in the Wall Street Journal$ J.D. Morris in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Dale Kasler and Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ Joseph Serna and Maria L. La Ganga in the Los Angeles Times$ Cathy Bussewitz Associated Press George Avalos in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/28/19

Newsom wants to spend $40 million to hire more firefighters. Why some want to double that -- California is facing the worst wildfire conditions in its history with fewer engines and firefighters than it had 40 years ago, says a group of lawmakers and fire unions asking Gov. Gavin Newsom for an extra $84 million to beef up the state’s fire response. Wes Venteicher in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/28/19

'Lead by Example,' Says California Professor Who Has Accused Virginia's Fairfax of Sexual Assault -- A loving daughter and supportive friend. A political junkie. A diehard Californian and Dodgers fan. And a committed scholar, also known for her advocacy work on behalf of sexual assault survivors. Miranda Leitsinger KQED -- 2/28/19

Man dies in Northern California floodwaters as Russian River rages to the south -- Authorities in Northern California say a man drowned in floodwaters while trying to get to his home, where three children were trapped. Liam Dillon, Hailey Branson-Potts, Suhauna Hussain and Hannah Fry in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/28/19

California river receding after flooding 2,000 buildings -- Floodwaters that turned two Northern California wine country communities into islands reachable only by boat began receding Thursday after a rain-engorged river finally peaked after swamping thousands of homes and businesses. Haven Daley and Olga R. Rodriguez Associated Press Sarah Ravani in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/28/19

Flooded but unfazed: Guerneville stands tall in face of muddy waters -- Dawn broke under bright blue skies Thursday to reveal a brown lake of floodwater had transformed downtown Guerneville into a 300-yard island of dry land. The deluge has since receded a bit, providing hope the ordeal will soon be over for the nearly 2,000 people still stranded on day two of the Russian River flood. Peter Fimrite and Kevin Fagan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/28/19

Oakland teachers strike enters sixth day -- Contract talks over the past two days have extended into the early morning hours with the help of elected officials such as state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. The latest bargaining session lasted from Wednesday morning until about 5 a.m. Thursday morning, union officials said. The bargaining teams were returning to the table today. Ali Tadayon in the East Bay Times -- 2/28/19

Oakland parents lead ‘strike schools’ in homes as negotiations continue Tatiana -- Inside Alicia Johnson’s Berkeley home Wednesday, a handful of kindergartners finished their morning math activity at the dining table and dashed downstairs to a playroom filled with a meandering train track, a rubber T. rex, costumes and a toy kitchen. Tatiana Sanchez in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/28/19

Surrounded: Monyae’s story – When a killing near school hits home -- Brigitte Green hasn’t entered her son’s bedroom since she replaced his doorknob with a lock. That was the day she returned home from the hospital without him. Her son, Monyae Ikeyli Jackson, was 15. As he and three friends walked from a party early on Mother’s Day last year, they were gunned down. Two survived. Monyae and La’marrion Upchurch, also 15, were killed. Sonali Kohli in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/28/19

Alone in the U.S., an immigrant has one dying wish: To reunite with his estranged family -- The sun had set on a cold winter day when two men from Mexico’s civil protection agency knocked on Cecilia Rebeca Chavez’s door. They brought news about her husband, Eduardo Hernandez, whom she hadn’t heard from in 10 years. He was in California — and he was dying. The men left a phone number for her to call. Andrea Castillo in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/28/19

Judge refuses to strip Mongols biker club of trademarked logo -- The Mongols motorcycle club Thursday won the latest round in its battle with the federal government, when a judge refused to carry out a jury’s decision to strip the club of trademarks it holds on its coveted logo. Joel Rubin in the Los Angeles Times$ Sean Emery in the Orange County Register -- 2/28/19

Google workers take fight against forced arbitration to Washington -- Google employees who have seen some success in pressuring their company into ending forced arbitration joined lawmakers in Washington as they introduced related federal legislation Thursday. Levi Sumagaysay in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/28/19

There are fewer tent encampments in San Francisco — but some neighborhoods still overwhelmed by homeless -- It’s chilly and wet, an unpleasant morning in the Castro. John Constantine wakes up in front of a doorway on Market Street at Church and realizes he only has a few minutes to gather his belongings before the police come around. Trisha Thadani and Dominic Fracassa in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/28/19

California cities graded on housing creation, but process is flawed -- Figuring out which California cities and counties are doing the best — or worst — job of creating housing is no easy task, but a report issued Thursday by Beacon Economics makes an attempt. Kathleen Pender in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/28/19

Taylor: State report on treatment of jailed immigrants shows the inmates weren’t lying -- Nothing to see here. That was, essentially, the conclusion of an internal probe the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office conducted in 2017 after allegations arose that immigrants detained in the county jail were being mistreated. Otis R. Taylor Jr. in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/28/19

Fox: Taxing the Oil & Gas Industry to its Knees -- A one-two punch is being aimed at California’s oil and gas industry and that just may be fine with anti-fossil fuel crusaders but it could have an immediate disruptive effect on the California economy. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 2/28/19