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Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento to close Sunday as Stephon Clark protestors hold sit-in -- Arden Fair mall shut down Sunday after a small group of protestors, upset over the district attorney’s decision in the Stephon Clark shooting, staged a sit-in early Sunday at the city’s largest shopping center. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ Christine Mai-Duc in the Los Angeles Times$-- 3/3/19

Will Stephon Clark protests block fans from Sacramento Kings games at Golden 1 Center? -- The Sacramento Kings’ organization spent much of the past year forging an alliance with activist groups in the black community whose protests over the Stephon Clark shooting effectively shut down Golden 1 Center twice last March. On Wednesday the Kings hosted a nearly day-long “summit” at Golden 1 to address social justice issues, concluding with a pledge to fund $50,000 worth of scholarships for inner-city youth. Dale Kasler, Tony Bizjak, and Sam Stanton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/3/19

Sacramento police chief says officers who shot Stephon Clark could be fired – or cleared -- Sacramento Police Chief Dan Hahn said he intends to conduct a fast internal review in the coming weeks of whether his officers failed to follow police procedures the night they chased down and shot Stephon Clark. Any outcome is possible, he said, including the officers getting fired. Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/3/19

Newsom’s shorter California bullet train plan likely to run out of money before completion -- The California bullet train project will probably run out of money before it can fulfill Gov. Gavin Newsom’s modest plan to build a high-speed operating segment between Bakersfield and Merced, according to a Times analysis of the state rail authority’s financial records. Ralph Vartabedian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/3/19

How California’s early primary illustrates the state’s political inferiority complex -- California loves to talk about itself in superlatives: The nation’s most populous state. The fifth-largest economy in the world. Producer of tech titans and Hollywood blockbusters and a whole lot of fruits and veggies. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/3/19

Court battles could test constitutionality of California voting rights law -- When most people think of landmark voting rights cases, places like Alabama or North Carolina, not Santa Monica, usually come to mind. Benjamin Oreskes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/3/19

Forget the past, carbon-rich soil may be the ticket to sustainable agriculture -- Poncia’s Stemple Creek Ranch might be a model for future farmers with its sustainable agricultural practices to keep carbon in the soil and out of the atmosphere. Along with less greenhouse gas emissions, carbon-rich soil means healthier and more productive plants, according to rangeland ecologist Jeff Creque. Helen Santoro in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/3/19

What's lurking in your marijuana? -- Buried in an industrial park in Sorrento Valley, Desmond Zamarripa spends his days hunched over a stainless steel lab bench, scraping syrupy cannabis concentrate from cartridges, blending cannabis-infused gummy bears to candy-colored mush and pulverizing fragrant cannabis flower to a powder. Kristina Davis in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 3/3/19


California Policy & Politics This Morning  

What’s next: Lawsuits, investigations in Stephon Clark shooting far from over -- District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced Saturday that the two officers who killed Clark won’t face criminal charges. But lawsuits, additional investigations and possible disciplinary proceedings against the officers are ongoing. Police Chief Daniel Hahn and Mayor Darrell Steinberg reaffirmed the city’s commitment to reform department policies, and Steinberg endorsed legislation aimed at tightening the laws on the use of deadly force. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/3/19

Bretón: Stephon Clark: He was still an unarmed man killed for breaking windows -- If your takeaway from Saturday was that Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert did only what was expected by clearing the city cops who killed an unarmed Stephon Clark almost a year ago, then you missed the larger travesty of justice that is playing out within a few city blocks in downtown Sacramento right now. Marcos Bretón in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/3/19

Gavin Newsom calls for ‘systemic reforms’ after no charges in Stephon Clark’s death -- Gov. Gavin Newsom called for “systemic reforms” in California’s criminal justice system just hours after Sacramento County officials on Saturday announced they would not prosecute two officers who shot Stephon Clark to death at his grandmother’s home a year ago. Hannah Wile in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/3/19

Stephon Clark family blasts DA for revealing personal details. Was there a choice? -- In explaining Saturday why she was not filing criminal charges against the police officers who killed Clark last March, Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert tried to tiptoe around the edges of the couple’s troubles, but eventually acknowledged that they played into her final decision. Sam Stanton, Molly Sullivan, Theresa Clift, and Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/3/19

Who is Salena Manni, the girlfriend of Stephon Clark? -- Salena Mohamed Manni didn’t ask for the spotlight, but that’s where she finds herself after Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert’s press conference Saturday announcing the police officers who fatally shot her boyfriend Stephon Clark won’t face criminal charges. Benjy Egel in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/3/19

In their words: Reaction to the Stephon Clark decision -- In the wake of Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert’s announcement on Saturday that her office would not be pressing charges against the Sacramento officers involved in the killing of Stephon Clark, reactions from community leaders highlighted the intense emotions surrounding the event. Here’s a sampling what was said: Cassie Dickman and David A. Bustamante in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/3/19

No charges for Sacramento police officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark -- Sacramento County Dist. Atty. Anne Marie Schubert said Officers Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet acted legally when they fired 20 rounds at Stephon Clark, 22, last March after chasing him into his grandmother’s backyard and confusing his iPhone for a weapon. Anita Chabria and Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ Don Thompson Associated Press -- 3/3/19

In California, legal gambling’s bets don’t produce big jackpots for state government -- Few noticed last week when a proposed ballot measure — the kind that used to spark intense debates over legalized gambling — fizzled out, perhaps a sign that powerful interest groups are no longer willing to place big bets on such campaigns in California. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/3/19

Teachers’ unions flex political muscle after Oakland, Los Angeles strikes -- Teacher strikes in Oakland and Los Angeles have galvanized public support for educators and won commitments from district officials to raise pay and reduce class sizes. And across the country, a spate of strikes last year helped breathe new life into teachers’ unions in historically red states. Nico Savidge in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/3/19

Video shows school board member’s hand on throat of teacher at picket line -- A video circulating social media shows Oakland school board member Jumoke Hinton-Hodge trying to push past a crowd of picketing teachers and putting a hand on the throat of a teacher while trying to enter La Escuelita Elementary School for a scheduled board meeting Friday. Ali Tadayon in the East Bay Times -- 3/3/19

Walters: A crackdown on misusing public funds for campaigns? -- When Yuba County’s Board of Supervisors asked its voters to hike sales taxes last year, it wasn’t alone. Dan Walters Calmatters -- 3/3/19

Another major flood along Russian River raises question of what’s to be done -- Tetanus shot. Bleach. Protective gloves. Power washers. R3 Hotel owner Jeff Bridges has the drill down. So even after 8½ feet of floodwater inundated his Guerneville hotel, bar and restaurant last week, Bridges viewed it as a problem with a solution well in hand. Mary Callahan in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat -- 3/3/19

Flooding in Sonoma County causes estimated $155 million in damage -- The updated assessment came at the end of a week marked by the largest flood on the lower Russian River in nearly a quarter century. Guernville and other riverside communities took the heaviest blow, but flooding elsewhere — in Sebastopol, Healdsburg and Geyserville — led to widespread damage countywide, said Tennis Wick, director of Permit Sonoma, the county’s planning and building agency. Nashelly Chavez in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat -- 3/3/19

Immigration, Border, Deportation 

Parents Deported Without Their Kids Seek Re-Entry, Reunification -- Dozens of immigrant parents whose children were taken from them at the border last year showed up en masse at the U.S.-Mexico border on Saturday seeking to re-enter the country. Julie Small KQED Kevin Sieff and Sarah Kinosian in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 3/3/19


As ‘contract cheating’ spreads, Oakland company deploys new tools to detect it -- “Contract cheating” is today’s booming classroom con. Shadowy online companies employ people who write your essay for a fee, take your online class — even do your doctoral dissertation. Search on any of those terms, and the paid enablers pop up. Or they’re happy to come to you: through Facebook, Instagram or ads plastered on the college bathroom wall. Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 3/3/19

Also . . . 

This is why you shouldn’t park your car in front of a fire hydrant -- We shouldn’t park our vehicles in front of fire hydrants and just walk away, because that is just wrong. In rare instances, it is worse. Tuesday morning, Feb. 26, Anaheim Fire & Rescue responded to a kitchen fire. But there was a sedan parked along the red curb, right next to the fire hydrant. Hmmmm. What are hustling firefighters to do? Jim Radcliffe in the East Bay Times -- 3/3/19

David Beckham honored with statue at Dignity Health Sports Park -- David Beckham’s place in Los Angeles Galaxy history was cemented Saturday as a statue of his likeness striking a soccer ball was unveiled at the newly-named Dignity Health Sports Park. Damian Calhoun in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 3/3/19

POTUS 45  

Trump delivers scorched-earth speech as he tries to regain footing -- President Donald Trump delivered a scorched-earth speech to conservative activists on Saturday, calling the Russia investigation "bullshit," adopting a southern accent to mock his former attorney general, and asserting that some members of Congress "hate our country." Andrew Restuccia Politico -- 3/3/19

How the Trump-Kim Summit Failed: Big Threats, Big Egos, Bad Bets -- In interviews with a half-dozen participants, it is clear Mr. Trump’s failed gambit was the culmination of two years of threats, hubris and misjudgment on both sides. David E. Sanger and Edward Wong in the New York Times$ -- 3/3/19


‘We’re not going to turn on our own’: Republicans rally around Trump as threats mount -- Acquiescence to Trump is now the defining trait of the Republican Party more than two years into his presidency — overwhelming and at times erasing principles that conservatives viewed as the foundation of the party for more than a half century. Robert Costa in the Washington Post$ -- 3/3/19


-- Saturday Updates 

Sacramento D.A.: No charges against police officers who shot Stephon Clark -- One year after Sacramento police shot Stephon Clark to death and sparked a renewed national dialogue over police shootings of young black men, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert declared Saturday that the officers feared for their lives and “acted lawfully under the circumstances.” She declared the shooting justified and said her office was not pressing criminal charges. Sam Stanton, Tony Bizjak, Dale Kasler, Molly Sullivan, and Ryan Sabalow in the Sacramento Bee$ Anita Chabria in the Los Angeles Times$ Sarah Ravani in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 3/2/19

Why Sacramento DA decision to clear police officers in shooting of Stephon Clark was expected -- Schubert’s announcement Saturday that she determined the officers acted legally came as no surprise to experts on deadly force issues. State law and a pair of U.S. Supreme Court decisions gave Schubert little room to decide otherwise. Dale Kasler and Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/2/19

Sacramento DA has investigated more than 30 police shootings. She’s never filed charges -- Since January 2015, when the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office resumed reviewing officer-involved shootings after a four-year hiatus because of budget cuts, District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert has issued 33 reports on officer-involved shootings in the county. In each instance but one, Schubert’s office has determined that “the shooting was lawful.” Sam Stanton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/2/19

Facebook funding could drive new South Bay train -- The idea of a southern rail crossing from the East Bay to Silicon Valley has enthralled politicians and transportation officials for decades. Yet with no money to back it up, it’s always been just a line on a map, tantalizingly snaking along the Dumbarton corridor. Rachel Swan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 3/2/19

In Central Valley towns, California’s bullet train isn’t an idea: ‘It’s people’s lives’ -- The recent debate surrounding California’s transit future has reverberated statewide. But here in the Central Valley, the upheaval — like the bullet train itself — is real. Houses have been boarded up, businesses moved, vineyards torn out, a highway realigned. Giant concrete structures rise from orchards waiting to hold up tracks that now seem further from existence. Diana Marcum in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/2/19

Lopez: Some Dana Point residents say free meals just encourage homeless people to stay -- They came on bikes, on foot and in vehicles for the nightly dinner at Doheny State Beach. Some of them work, some have homes but most don’t, and all of them were grateful for the ham, chicken and sandwiches dished out by volunteers from local churches. Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/2/19

Willie Brown: Michael Cohen made for great TV. But did he make a difference? -- Former lawyer and Donald Trump enforcer Michael Cohen’s testimony before the House Oversight Committee was like an outtake from one of the “Godfather” movies. Cohen began with one of the most memorable lines I’ve ever heard: “I have been a liar, but I’m not lying now.” Talk about a T-shirt slogan. Willie Brown in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 3/2/19