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U.S. launches domestic terrorism investigation in Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting -- Federal authorities have launched a domestic terrorism investigation into the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting that left three dead after officials discovered the gunman had a list of other potential targets, authorities said at a news conference Tuesday. Hannah Fry, Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ Jason Green, Leonardo Castañeda in the San Jose Mercury$ Stefanie Dazio Associated Press -- 8/6/19

Gilroy shooting: Training, quick medical response ‘made big difference’ -- Before the first shots were fired, dozens of nurses, doctors and paramedics were already at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Like so many others in the close-knit community, they were volunteering, helping friends in vendor booths, or just spending a Sunday afternoon with their families at the popular local event. Erin Allday in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/6/19

Mother watched as daughter gunned down in Gilroy: ‘She took my hand and looked up at the sky’ -- The 12-year-old girl sat on the bottom bunk bed where her older sister, Keyla Salazar, used to sleep. Lyann Salazar held a pencil in one hand and, in the other, an iPhone displaying a picture of Keyla. She drew a portrait of Keyla on a blank page of her notebook. Giulia MCDonnell Nieto Del Rio in the Los Angeles Times$ Olga R. Rodriguez Associated Press -- 8/6/19

Mass shootings give gun control cause new strength — for now -- Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke invoked the civil rights movement Monday — specifically the young activists who led it — to spearhead a new mass movement to force Washington to take action on gun control. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/6/19

Trump and GOP sue California over law requiring tax returns to run in state’s primary -- California’s first-in-the-nation law requiring presidential primary candidates to release their tax returns or be kept off the ballot was challenged in federal court Tuesday by President Trump, the man who inspired its passage and whose attorneys argued that state Democratic leaders had overstepped their constitutional authority. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ Alexei Koseff in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Bryan Anderson in the Sacramento Bee$ Kathleen Ronayne Associated Press -- 8/6/19

Billions of dollars at stake in toll road suits -- Skipping out on paying a highway or bridge toll has long been a surefire way to get hit with a big fine. But if a raft of pending lawsuits seeking to overturn how toll operators share information about scofflaws is successful, California toll operators say taxpayers may end up taking the biggest hit. Rich Ehisen Capitol Weekly -- 8/6/19

State threatens to sue Cupertino over housing policy -- Cupertino, often criticized by activists over a perceived reluctance to build homes, is now officially on notice — the city must shape up its housing efforts or face the consequences, according to a warning letter from the state. Marisa Kendall, Thy Vo in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/6/19

One reason housing is so expensive in California? Cities, counties charge developers high fees -- A long-awaited study detailing how much cities and counties charge developers to build housing in California found that such costs are often hidden, vary widely across the state and have slowed growth. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/6/19

‘Political heavyweights’ unite to fight for cannabis from the capitol to the counties -- One of the top lobbying firms in Sacramento, Capitol Advocacy, has teamed up with a third-generation Los Angeles-based firm, Spiker Consulting Group, to take on the cause of California’s struggling cannabis industry. Andrew Sheeler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/6/19

Beer buyout: 1,079 losing jobs in Bay Area and beyond -- More than 1,000 workers in Northern California are losing their jobs after a beer distributor with locations in the Bay Area and beyond was bought by a competitor. Reyes Beverage Group, one of the biggest food and drink distributors in the nation, is buying DBI Beverage for an undisclosed amount that some reports have pegged at about $400 million. Levi Sumagaysay in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/6/19

More than 1,000 public pensions in California are so big they exceed IRS limits -- Last year McDougal’s pension was about $337,000 — nearly a third more than the federal maximum for public pensions. The excess portion comes out of his former employer’s annual budget instead of the state’s public retirement system. Wes Venteicher in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/6/19

Oakland mayor faces fine for accepting illegal campaign contributions -- Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf faces a $1,000 fine for receiving campaign contributions four times the legal limit from local developer 11 West Partners — whose properties include American Steel Studios in West Oakland and much of Old Oakland. Ali Tadayon in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/6/19

With focus on Trump and the ‘Squad,’ Democrats in California swing districts struggle to stay on message -- Democratic Rep. Gil Cisneros of Yorba Linda, a freshman member of Congress in a historically Republican swing district, spent a recent Sunday telling constituents about what he’s accomplishing in Washington in hopes they will reelect him. But he and other vulnerable California freshmen are discovering just how hard it can be to compete with the national political narrative around President Trump, his tweets and tensions between Democratic leadership and others in the party who hope to push it further left. Christine Mai-Duc in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/6/19

A California Republican wants a comeback in 2020. Democrats hit him with blue wave playbook -- The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is going to bat early for one of the party’s most vulnerable California members, Rep. TJ Cox, even though the freshman lawmaker technically doesn’t have an opponent. The campaign arm for House Democrats is launching two ads on Facebook starting Tuesday against Cox’s most probable challenger, former Republican Rep. David Valadao of Hanford. Kate Irby in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/6/19

Judge bars release of video of deadly shooting at Costco by off-duty LAPD officer -- A Riverside County Superior Court judge has blocked the release of surveillance video that officials say may help shed light on an altercation that prompted an off-duty LAPD officer to open fire inside a Costco store in Corona in June. Hannah Fry in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/6/19

‘Emoji house’ feud erupts as frustrated residents urge Manhattan Beach to take action -- The houses on 39th street in Manhattan Beach were once painted a neutral color palette of tans, whites and grays, complemented by an adventurous splash of light yellow or blue. But not now: One of the homes is sporting a bright paint job decorated with two giant emojis. Alexa Díaz in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/6/19

Make room in your digital wallet: Apple Card makes its debut -- Apple on Tuesday began rolling out its new Apple Card credit card — a move meant to appeal to iPhone users while also expanding the market for the tech giant’s growing services business. Rex Crum in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/6/19

Fox: Junk the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Plan -- Bravo to the Los Angeles Time editorial writers for coming down against the one-sided proposal on how to teach California students “ethnic studies.” The Times editorial follows by a few days an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by Williamson M. Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, which hit the proposal equally as hard. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 8/6/19

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning  

California ammo background check law blocked 100-plus sales last month -- Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra reported the numbers to a federal judge in arguing against an injunction sought by gun owner rights groups to block the law requiring background checks, which was approved by voters in Proposition 63 and through legislation. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ Don Thompson Associated Press -- 8/6/19

Coroner: Gilroy shooting victims died of shots to the chest, back -- Keyla Salazar, 13, and Trevor Irby, 25, died of perforating gunshot wounds to the chest, according to the Office of the Medical Examiner-Coroner, which means the bullets passed completely through their bodies. Stephen Romero, 6, died of a perforating gunshot wound to the back, the coroner said. Their deaths have been ruled homicides. Tatiana Sanchez in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/6/19

After shootings, tech companies assess role in online hate speech -- A dark corner of the internet went offline Monday, as tech companies pulled service from an anonymous message board called 8chan in response to a spree of mass shootings. Melia Russell and Sophia Kunthara in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/6/19

Shootings might seem like terror, but they’re unlikely to be charged that way -- A federal prosecutor in Texas says the bloodshed in El Paso on Saturday was an act of “domestic terrorism.” That’s an important statement of federal law enforcement priorities, a commentator said Monday, even though the accused gunman will likely stand trial for murder, not terrorism. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/6/19

‘We were safe until he started talking’: El Paso residents respond to President Trump -- Watching President Trump step up to a White House podium Monday to assert that “hate has no place in America,” many people in this Texas border city were dumbfounded. David Montero, Jenny Jarvie in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/6/19

Foreign countries are warning their citizens about U.S. travel after mass shootings -- Foreign nations are warning their citizens that traveling in the United States could put them at risk of becoming a victim of a mass shooting. A statement Monday from Uruguay’s Foreign Ministry warned about “growing indiscriminate violence” in the U.S. Kate Linthicum in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/6/19

Latinos in border community express fear, disgust over anti-immigrant rhetoric that led to El Paso shooting -- Ramón Saenz, a 59-year-old Imperial Beach resident, said violence against Latinos is something he has worried about since Donald Trump began his run for president in 2015 with a restrictive immigration agenda. “Let’s be truthful. Let’s be honest. Everything that is happening is something Trump is encouraging. He’s promoting this stuff,” Saenz said. Wendy Fry in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 8/6/19

California Gov. Gavin Newsom calls for national background checks to buy ammunition -- Since July, California ammunition buyers have had to submit to background checks before every purchase at an additional cost of $1. Now, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to see a national law requiring other states to follow suit. Bryan Anderson in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/6/19

California lawmaker brings back $25 gun tax plan after multiple mass shootings -- In the wake of multiple recent mass shootings, a California lawmaker announced Monday that he is reviving his bill to tax firearm sales in the state. “No more thoughts and prayers. The time for action is now,” Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-Greenbrae, said in a statement. Andrew Sheeler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/6/19

California sued over new law targeting Trump’s tax returns ahead of 2020 election -- A conservative group is suing California over a new law Gov. Gavin Newsom signed last week that would force President Donald Trump to release the last five years of his tax returns in order to get his name on the state’s 2020 primary ballot. Bryan Anderson in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/6/19

Redistricting commission extends deadline as diversity of applicants lags -- Facing concerns about a lack of ethnic and gender diversity, State Auditor Elaine Howle announced Monday that she will extend the application deadline for the California Redistricting Commission by 10 days. John Wildermuth in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/6/19

Despite California’s travel ban, lawmakers find ways to visit states with ‘anti-LGBTQ’ laws -- Three years after the California Legislature banned taxpayer-financed travel to states it saw as discriminating against LGBTQ people, lawmakers and university athletic teams are still visiting the boycotted states and finding other ways to pay for their trips. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/6/19

Kamala Harris wants answers about understaffed California prison. She isn’t getting them -- California Sen. Kamala Harris sent a stern letter to the Department of Justice this summer raising questions about a hot and under-staffed federal prison in the San Joaquin Valley with a chronically broken air conditioning system. Kate Irby McClatchy DC -- 8/6/19

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

California’s largest recycling center closes, shuttering 300 redemption sites -- The state’s largest operator of recycling redemption centers has closed all 284 of its centers, leaving 750 employees without jobs and many who rely on income from redeeming bottles and cans without options. Annie Sciacca Associated Press -- 8/6/19

China halting new agricultural purchases, may slap tariffs on farm goods recently bought: State media -- China said Monday that it could slap tariffs on U.S. agricultural products that it bought recently, state-run media Xinhua said. “The Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council has not ruled out import tariffs on newly purchased US agricultural products after August 3, and Chinese related companies have suspended purchasing US agricultural products,” Xinhua said Monday, according to a Google translation. Yun Li CNBC -- 8/6/19

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Tolls, Bonds 

Insurance Companies in California Work Hard to Avoid Public Hearings Over Rate Hikes -- Following a series of catastrophic fires, insurance companies are beginning to dump customers who live in fire-prone areas, including rural San Diego. For those customers who aren’t losing their insurance, rates are expected to rise, often dramatically. The state’s Department of Insurance has to approve any of those changes before they take effect. That’s thanks to a 1988 ballot measure meant to protect consumers from unjustified rate spikes. Ry Rivard Voiceofsandiego.org -- 8/6/19

Housing  

Oakland landlords lose courtroom battle, after paying $6,500 to move back into their house -- A pair of landlords forced to cough up more than $6,500 to move back into a house they own lost their courtroom battle against the city, ending — for now — the fight over Oakland’s controversial relocation payment ordinance. Marisa Kendall in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/6/19

Wildfire  

Amid fire season, PG&E eyes its infrastructure -- As California confronts a new fire season, the state’s largest utility says it has inspected hundreds of thousands of structures and made repairs on its sprawling infrastructure system. In data released July 15 by Pacific Gas and Electric Co., the investor-owned utility reported there were 9,671 problems with infrastructure in areas of the state most at risk for wildfires, especially northern California. Joaquin Romero Capitol Weekly -- 8/6/19

Malibu wanted to crack down on huge mansions. But fire losses could bring even bigger homes -- Nine months ago, the Woolsey fire burned through Malibu, torching swaths of the scenic beach community in what would quickly become one of the most destructive wildfires in California history. Sonja Sharp in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/6/19

Education 

Riverside student hacks into school computers and changes grades, authorities say -- A Riverside high school student could face felony charges after authorities say he tricked his teachers into revealing their computer login information to polish his own grades and worsen others. Alexa Díaz in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/6/19

UC Regents show no sign of divesting $105 million in fossil fuel holdings, faculty expresses frustration -- Academic Senate leaders vow to keep pressure on Regents until an official vote is taken on divesting UC endowment. Joshua Emerson Smith in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 8/6/19

Class action lawsuit filed against UCLA gynecologist -- Two women said in a federal class action lawsuit they were sexually assaulted by a former gynecologist who worked for the University of California, Los Angeles. Stefanie Dazio Associated Press -- 8/6/19

California’s new Calbright College faces questions weeks before opening -- California’s new online community college officially starts in eight weeks but it has yet to have a formal application for students or identify employers that will host its three new industry-certified programs. Ashley A. Smith EdSource -- 8/6/19

Guns 

Mass shootings give gun control cause new strength — for now -- Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke invoked the civil rights movement Monday — specifically the young activists who led it — to spearhead a new mass movement to force Washington to take action on gun control. “They are going to force this change,” O’Rourke said of young people. “They get it perhaps better than anyone else. And so I’m optimistic, believe it or not. I’m more hopeful than I’ve ever been, given the challenge we face, this moment of peril.” Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/6/19

Environment 

An LA without gas stations? -- Oil derricks and refineries would disappear from the region. Gas stations would become irrelevant. Streetscapes would be dominated by electric vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. That’s the vision laid out in a sustainability plan that will be considered Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Elijah Chiland Curbed LA -- 8/6/19

'It feels like something out of a bad sci-fi movie' -- One of the nation’s leading climate change scientists is quitting the Agriculture Department in protest over the Trump administration’s efforts to bury his groundbreaking study about how rice is losing nutrients because of rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Helena Bottemiller Evich Politico -- 8/6/19

Why Joshua Tree National Park may be saying goodbye to most of its iconic trees in the next 81 years -- A new UC Riverside study predicts that about 80% of the Joshua trees’ centuries-old habitat will be unbearable for the famous plants – and that’s a best-case scenario. Matt Kristoffersen in the San Bernardino Sun$ -- 8/6/19

July Was the Hottest Month Ever Recorded -- Last week, citing the latest data, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres told reporters that the world is facing a “climate emergency.” He noted the July numbers were even more significant because the previous record-beating month, July 2016, occurred during one of the strongest El Nino’s on record. The weather phenomenon, which causes more storm systems to form, also tends to contribute to higher temperatures. Kevin Stark KQED -- 8/6/19

Also . . . 

Mother And Son At Odds Over Modesto Straight Pride Parade -- A group called the National Straight Pride Coalition has applied for a permit for the August 24 gathering. Organizer Mylinda Mason says the event will be a celebration of their values, which are “heterosexuality, masculinity, femininity, our Western Civilization, our wonderful country, and Christianity.” Her adoptive son, Matthew Mason, is gay. He opposes the event and says her words are code for white supremacy. Rich Ibarra Capital Public Radio -- 8/6/19

Plaintiff Who Suffered Brain Damage In County Jail Awarded More Than $12 Million -- Brian Collins, a 30-year-old welder from Carlsbad, was disoriented and hallucinating when he fell on a public street. A passerby called 911. Paramedics were evaluating him when San Diego County Sheriff's deputies arrived and took him to jail in Vista for public drunkenness. Collins' symptoms were caused by dangerously low levels of sodium, the lawsuit said. While in jail he fell and hit his head on the concrete floor and suffered a brain bleed. Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon, Pat Finn KPBS -- 8/6/19

POTUS 45  

How the Trump Campaign Used Facebook Ads to Amplify His ‘Invasion’ Claim -- President Trump’s re-election campaign has harnessed Facebook advertising to push the idea of an “invasion” at the southern border, amplifying the fear-inducing language about immigrants that he has also voiced at campaign rallies and on Twitter. Thomas Kaplan in the New York Times$ -- 8/6/19

President’s teleprompter words stand in stark contrast to his tweets -- A unifying message Monday stood in stark contrast to more than 21/2 years of name-calling, demonizing minorities and inflaming racial animus, much of it on Twitter. Ashley Parker, Philip Rucker and Josh Dawsey in the Washington Post$ -- 8/6/19

Trump officials have redirected resources from countering far-right, racism-fueled domestic terrorism -- In the aftermath of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, President Trump vowed Monday to give federal law enforcement “whatever they need” to investigate and disrupt hate crimes and domestic terrorism. But the Department of Homeland Security, which is charged with identifying threats and preventing domestic terrorism, has sought to redirect resources away from countering anti-government, far-right and white supremacist groups. Molly O’Toole in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/6/19

‘MAGA Bomber’ Gets 20 Years, Says He Read Trump on Self-Help -- The Florida man who mailed pipe bombs to critics of President Donald Trump was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday, the day after back-to-back mass shootings sparked a fierce national debate over the impact of incendiary political speech. Gerald Porter Jr. and Chris Dolmetsch Bloomberg -- 8/6/19

El Paso congresswoman to Trump: Don't come here -- Rep. Veronica Escobar said Monday that President Donald Trump "is not welcome" in her hometown of El Paso, Texas, as the city recovers from a mass shooting that killed 21 people and wounded more than two dozen. Rishika Dugyala Politico -- 8/6/19

Beltway 

Clinton: Every country has mental illness, video games; 'the difference is the guns' -- Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Monday dismissed some lawmakers' suggestion that the spate of mass shootings in the U.S. can be linked to the prevalence of violent video games or mental illness. Justin Wise The Hill -- 8/6/19

Democratic candidates talk guns, immigration, economic opportunity in San Diego -- Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Kamala Harris of California and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro took turns on stage at the annual event, which drew thousands of people to promote the Latino community. The candidates all expressed frustration with the lack of Senate Republican action on proposed gun control legislation and the growing problems of white nationalist violence and domestic terrorism on display last weekend. Charles T. Clark in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 8/6/19

Bernie Sanders listened, spoke at Vista town hall -- Sanders gave a brief introduction then invited panelists from Centro Universidad Popular and the immigrant community to tell their stories. Three of the four spoke about their families and the sacrifices their parents made to give them education and an opportunity to build a better life in America. Morgan Cook in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 8/6/19

 

-- Monday Updates 

For Latinos, El Paso is a devastating new low in a Trump era -- Working with immigrants for 30 years, Pablo Alvarado has lived through decades of antagonism toward Latinos. It came in political waves that washed over California, Arizona and other states. There was Proposition 187 in the 1990s, the Minuteman protests, “America’s toughest sheriff” Joe Arpaio and his hard-line policing tactics. Paloma Esquivel, Esmeralda Bermudez, Giulia MCDonnell Nieto Del Rio, Louis Sahagun, Cindy Carcamo in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/5/19

Number of California public retirees in $100K Club skyrockets, but they’re just part of the burden on state pension system -- Big pension payouts are a function of generous retirement formulas approved by city councils, school boards, county boards of supervisors and the state in the halcyon days after 1999, when retirement systems were “super-funded,” governments halted payments, and actuaries said sweetened benefits would cost next to nothing because earnings on investments would essentially pay for them. Teri Sforza in the Orange County Register -- 8/5/19

This activist bought 4.5 acres of the L.A. River just to have a stake in its revitalization -- An official with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers once told Steven Appleton that there were no more frogs in Frogtown. It was the kind of offhanded comment that made Appleton — as close as there is to a steward of Frogtown’s amphibians — wish for a cudgel to wake up feckless bureaucrats. Now, the Elysian Valley artist has obtained that cudgel. Doug Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/5/19

On the edge of SF’s Presidio, restoring a watershed will benefit nature and humans -- There was a glint in Michael Boland’s eyes as he watched cars zooming along the Presidio Parkway over an ugly panorama of broken asphalt, weeds and construction debris behind a chain-link fence next to Crissy Field. The chief of park development and visitor engagement for the Presidio Trust was excited as he envisioned what the vacant lot was about to become — a picturesque lagoon surrounded by walking trails, vivid greenery and a spectacular view. Peter Fimrite in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/5/19

California extends deadline to apply for redistricting panel -- California officials are extending the deadline to apply for a commission that will redraw boundaries for most state and federal elected officials after next year’s census. State Auditor Elaine Howle, who heads the selection process, said Monday that nearly 14,000 people have applied for the 14 positions. But that’s less than half the roughly 30,000 who applied a decade ago. Don Thompson Associated Press -- 8/5/19

O.C. fugitive Peter Chadwick arrested after years on the lam following wife’s slaying -- An Orange County multimillionaire charged in the slaying of his wife was taken into custody Sunday after a years-long manhunt, authorities confirmed Monday. Hannah Fry in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/5/19

Carl DeMaio announces challenge for Rep. Duncan Hunter’s congressional seat -- After months of speculation former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio made it official: he’s going to challenge fellow Republican Rep. Duncan D. Hunter in 2020. Charles T. Clark in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 8/5/19

SFSU shutters popular Chinese cultural program under pressure from feds -- A federal crackdown on a network of Chinese-funded programs operating on nearly 100 U.S. college campuses led San Francisco State to shutter its Confucius Institute recently, while Stanford University’s remains in business. Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/5/19

BART to ditch paper tickets at 19th Street station in Oakland -- A BART stop in Oakland will become the first of the transit agency’s locations to say goodbye to paper tickets Monday, as the 19th Street station intends to only sell Clipper cards to board trains. Michael Cabanatuan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/5/19

Oakland use-of-force reports go unfiled; LSD-fueled rampage video released -- An internal Oakland police audit found that officers failed to report using force against a suspect in more than one-third of instances studied in 2018, and all of those unreported incidents involved a non-white suspect. Megan Cassidy, Eduardo Medina and Gwendolyn Wu in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/5/19

Why opening a chain store in San Francisco can take forever -- In San Francisco retail districts outside of downtown, any retailer with 11 or more locations worldwide typically needs a special type of approval to open — or even expand into an adjacent empty space. The permits, called conditional use authorizations, greatly extend the time it takes to open a store. Roland Li in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/5/19

Why drug companies, hospitals are spending big at state Capitol -- Hospitals successfully killed an effort to set out-of-network payment rates, an effort that sought to eliminate surprise bills. Pharmaceutical and dialysis companies are still fighting measures that aim to crack down on steering dialysis patients to private insurance and delaying low-cost generic drugs. Sophia Bollag in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/5/19

How Southern California jails are changing the way they treat the mentally ill -- Of all of the jail system’s programs for mentally ill inmates, nothing is more effective than animal therapy, said Terry Fillman, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s health services administrator. Animals provide unconditional love — and a rare opportunity for physical contact. Opening up to interact with them can lead to a breakthrough with human therapists. Nikie Johnson in the Orange County Register -- 8/5/19

Judge faces tribunal on sexual misconduct charges -- A Los Angeles-based court of appeal justice will face a legal tribunal Monday on charges that he sexually harassed another justice, court staff and state security officers and appeared in public intoxicated. Maura Dolan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/5/19

Column One: Trona Catholics kept the faith as their town declined. Then, two earthquakes shook their ‘gem in the desert’ -- The parishioners at St. Madeleine Sophie Barat Catholic Church — all 18 of them — didn’t need any more setbacks as they waited for Sunday Mass to start. Gustavo Arellano in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/5/19

Fox: Steyer Strategy Has a Plus Side -- Tom Steyer missed the first two rounds of the presidential debates because he entered the race late. Many pundits decreed that Steyer, a California billionaire activist, jumped into the presidential contest too late. But that strategy could pay off if Steyer manages to make the next debates while the forest of candidates is cleared of dead wood. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 8/5/19