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California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Modesto denies permit for Straight Pride rally in city park, suggests new locale -- The city of Modesto has denied a request to hold a Straight Pride event — which organizers said would celebrate Caucasians, Christianity, heterosexuality and nationalism — in a local park, citing security concerns and the organizers’ loss of insurance coverage. The National Straight Pride Coalition filed an application to hold the event Aug. 24 in Modesto’s Graceada Park. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Kevin Valine in the Modesto Bee -- 8/10/19

Lodi’s Hamid Hayat released from federal prison after judge vacates terrorism conviction -- Hamid Hayat is free, released Friday afternoon from Arizona federal custody nearly two weeks after a Sacramento federal judge threw out his 2006 conviction. Hayat was released about 2 p.m. PDT Friday, Hayat’s attorney Dennis Riordan said. Darrell Smith in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/10/19

PG&E Losses Widen as Fire Costs Rise -- PG&E Corp. reported a steep second-quarter loss as the utility contended with costs associated with wildfire-related lawsuits, bankruptcy and efforts to repair and improve its electric grid in Northern California. Katherine Blunt and Kimberly Chin in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 8/10/19

Problems with DMV voter program didn’t hurt election, study finds -- An audit of California’s troubled Motor Voter program identified hundreds of thousands of discrepancies between the data collected through automatic voter registration at the Department of Motor Vehicles and official records maintained by the secretary of state’s office, but concluded that those differences had no impact on voter eligibility. Alexei Koseff in the San Francisco Chronicle$ John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ Kathleen Ronayne Associated Press Bryan Anderson in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/10/19

Investigation supports harassment complaints against former California Capitol employee -- An investigation by the California Assembly has substantiated complaints that a former chief of staff to Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D-Carson) grabbed a Capitol employee’s buttocks and sent inappropriate text messages to another staffer, according to records released Friday. Taryn Luna in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/10/19

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

Oakland Coliseum chief resigns over role in RingCentral naming rights deal -- The head of the special agency that oversees the Oakland Coliseum complex abruptly resigned Friday amid questions about a possible conflict of interest in the $1 million-a-year deal that gave RingCentral naming rights to the stadium of the A’s and Raiders. Phil Matier in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/10/19

Tesla has a huge incentive to deploy self-driving tech. But is the world ready? -- Elon Musk frames his company’s aggressive push into driverless car technology as a moral imperative. Along with sustainable electric transportation, he views autonomy as a core element of Tesla Inc.'s “fundamental goodness.” Russ Mitchell in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/10/19

San Jose tops Silicon Valley in online job postings; see the top companies looking to hire -- According to the report, which looked at Santa Clara and San Benito counties, San Jose had a whopping 20,457 online job advertisements in June. Sunnyvale was a distant second, with 9,100, followed by Santa Clara with 8,245. Palo Alto and Mountain View rounded out the top five. Emily DeRuy in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/10/19

Education 

‘Separate Programs for Separate Communities’: California School District Agrees to Desegregate -- Students in the district, Sausalito Marin City, are divided into two starkly different schools, according to the state Justice Department, which conducted the investigation: a thriving, racially and economically integrated charter school in the heavily white enclave of Sausalito, near the Golden Gate Bridge, and an overwhelmingly black, Hispanic and poor traditional public school about a mile away, in the more diverse community of Marin City. Dana Goldstein and Anemona Hartocollis in the New York Times$ Erin Allday and Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Janie Har Associated Press -- 8/10/19

Reversing course, SF school official offers plan to preserve controversial Washington High murals -- The San Francisco school board president plans to introduce a measure next week that would preserve the controversial mural at Washington High School instead of destroying the 1936 frescoes. Lauren Hernández in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/10/19

Newsom appoints 20 to higher education posts -- Gov. Gavin Newsom went on a higher education appointment spree Friday, naming 20 people to higher education posts — including longtime supporter and major Democratic fundraiser Janet Reilly of San Francisco as a University of California regent. There, she will fill the seat of former Rep. Ellen Tauscher, who died in April. Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/10/19

Bribe or donation? Parent’s defense questions the difference -- Robert Zangrillo is accused of paying $250,000 to get his daughter into college as a fake athlete. Prosecutors call it a bribe. But his lawyers say Zangrillo isn’t much different from parents who make formal donations to try to give their children an advantage in the admissions process. Collin Binkley Associated Press -- 8/10/19

Guns 

Local law enforcement acts to confiscate guns and ammo from man they deem to be at risk -- The petition, requested by the Bakersfield Police Department and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office — through two of their officers — would prohibit Abbasi for one year from possessing or purchasing any firearms or ammunition, including an AR-15 assault-style rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, three semi-automatic handguns, and hundreds of rounds of ammo already owned by the 41-year-old. Steven Mayer in the Bakersfield Californian -- 8/10/19

Water 

Environment report out on new $1 billion dam proposed for Santa Clara County -- A plan to build a huge new $1.1 billion dam and reservoir near Pacheco Pass in southeastern Santa Clara County is taking a significant step forward with the release of hundreds of pages of environmental studies. Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/10/19

Health 

Vaccine Exemption Bill Wins Approval From California’s Medical Board -- The Medical Board of California announced its support Thursday for a state bill that would more strictly regulate which children can skip vaccines for medical reasons. This is the first time the government agency has fully backed efforts to crack down on doctors who grant excess exemptions. Sammy Caiola Capital Public Radio -- 8/10/19

Environment 

Trump’s EPA defies California rules, says glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup is OK -- In a direct challenge to California regulators and Bay Area environmentalists, the Trump administration Thursday ordered companies to ignore state requirements that businesses warn customers if their products contain glyphosate, a weed killer that has been linked to cancer. Peter Fimrite in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Adam Beam Associated Press -- 8/10/19

Also . . . 

Suspect in Orange County knife rampage charged with four counts of murder -- A documented gang member suspected in Wednesday’s fatal Orange County stabbing and robbery rampage was formally charged Friday with killing four people and injuring two others in the attack, authorities said. Richard Winton, Alexa Díaz in the Los Angeles Times$ Amy Taxin Associated Press -- 8/10/19

Garden Grove man, stabbed to death, had told family he was ‘afraid’ of neighbor -- Helmuth Hauprich didn’t feel comfortable with his new next-door neighbor, Zachary Castaneda. He thought Castaneda, covered in tattoos and prone to staring him down, was just bad news. “My father-in-law said he looked dangerous. He was afraid of him,” said Irvine resident Eddie Nawabi. Roxana Kopetman in the Orange County Register -- 8/10/19

SF activist shot in Philippines — friends accuse Duterte’s government forces -- A San Francisco native living and working in the Philippines as an advocate for indigenous people and environmental protection is fighting for his life after being shot in what relatives and colleagues believe was a political attack by government forces to silence him. Michael Cabanatuan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/10/19

Running to Put San Quentin Behind Him -- Markelle Taylor changed at San Quentin State Prison, where he became a marathoner. Now he is on the run of his life. Patricia Leigh Brown in the New York Times$ -- 8/10/19

POTUS 45  

Past Flip-Flops Cloud Trump’s Position on Background Checks -- In 2013, Donald J. Trump said he supported background checks for gun purchases to “weed out the sickos.” Two years later, as he prepared to run for president, he flip-flopped, telling Ammoland magazine that he opposed expanded checks because they don’t work. It is a recurring pattern. Michael D. Shear, Maggie Haberman and Sheryl Gay Stolberg in the New York Times$ -- 8/10/19

Beltway 

Biden mangles his words — and undercuts his message -- More unstructured time on the trail brings more verbal miscues for the gaffe-prone ex-veep. Natasha Korecki and Marc Caputo Politico -- 8/10/19

 

-- Friday Updates 

‘Absolutely catastrophic’: Northern California braces for more PG&E shut-offs -- Northern California communities hit by some of the worst wildfires the state has ever seen are now preparing for another kind of disaster: prolonged power shut-offs caused intentionally by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. J.D. Morris in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/9/19

Sacramento will release some defendants without bail in test of new California system -- A panel of California judges and court executive officers selected Sacramento as one of 16 counties to launch a 2-year risk-assessment program to evaluate whether suspects should be released from jail before trial. The state’s Judicial Council, which makes policies for California courts, voted Friday to give Sacramento and the other recommended counties the money. Sophia Bollag in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/9/19

Behind UC’s ‘admission by exception’ side door: sports, money, diversity — and secrecy -- The Varsity Blues college scandal has drawn attention to UC "admissions by exception." Some are athletes, some homeschoolers, some out-of-staters — and at most campuses, they're cloaked in secrecy. Felicia Mello Calmatters -- 8/9/19

Heavily redacted texts show Mayor Garcetti’s request for home to be checked during Woolsey fire -- On a November afternoon, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti texted the city’s fire chief to ask how much destruction the Woolsey fire had caused in a wealthy gated Ventura County neighborhood. Jaclyn Cosgrove in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/9/19

After El Paso shooting, Modesto worries about Straight Pride rally coming to town -- Debbie Soro was already upset about a Straight Pride demonstration coming to Modesto this month that the organizers say will celebrate Caucasians, Christianity, heterosexuality and nationalism. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/9/19

Quota for women on California corporate boards ‘brazenly unconstitutional,’ new lawsuit says -- A California law aimed at creating more gender equity in corporate boardrooms is under fire by a conservative nonprofit, which has filed a lawsuit to block the law from going into effect. Andrew Sheeler in the Sacramento Bee$ Levi Sumagaysay in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/9/19

Bubble Watch: California home prices now among nation’s biggest losers -- California was home to five of the nation's 30 worst-performing markets in the second quarter. Jonathan Lansner in the Orange County Register -- 8/9/19

California home builders are pulling back, deflating hopes for housing relief -- Home builders are pulling back from new construction, the opposite of what economists say is needed to ease California’s housing affordability crisis. Andrew Khouri in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/9/19

Bidding wars plummet as Bay Area housing market cools -- The number of rabid bidding wars among Bay Area home buyers is sinking, with some of the steepest declines in the San Jose metro area, a new report says. But despite that, the Bay Area remains one of the nation’s most competitive housing markets. Karen D’Souza in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/9/19

Inland Empire leads Southern California in industrial construction -- Low vacancy rates and rising demand fueled construction of industrial properties throughout Southern California in the second quarter with the Inland Empire leading the way, according to a series of new reports. Kevin Smith in the Orange County Register -- 8/9/19

Amazon applies for license to sell wine online in San Francisco -- Amazon is moving ahead with plans for its alcohol delivery business. The Seattle retailer filed an application with the state on Friday for alcohol license which, if approved, would allow it to deliver wine bought over the internet. Shwanika Narayan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/9/19

San Jose man serially abused by adoptive parents gets $28 million judgment -- A San Jose man who was sexually abused for years by his adoptive parents once contemplated taking a $40,000 settlement offer, unsure if the court would rule in his favor at a trial. On Monday, he learned that he’d been awarded a $28 million judgment. Pete Grieve in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/9/19

Yolo County appears ready to end federal contract for immigrant teen detention center -- This fall, the five-member Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on whether to extend the county’s contract with the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, which can detain up to two dozen unaccompanied migrant teenagers in the Yolo County Juvenile Detention Facility. Elliot Wailoo in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/9/19

Trump is high on gun reform chances despite NRA resistance -- The president also reported Mitch McConnell is 'totally on board' with background check legislation. Quint Forgey Politico -- 8/9/19

‘If you’re a good worker, papers don’t matter’: How a Trump construction crew has relied on immigrants without legal status -- For nearly two decades, the Trump Organization has relied on a roving crew of Latin American employees to build fountains and waterfalls, sidewalks and rock walls at the company’s winery and its golf courses from New York to Florida. Joshua Partlow and David A. Fahrenthold in the Washington Post$ -- 8/9/19

Trump campaign’s Facebook ads target Latinos in Texas days after shooting -- The ads were launched just before US immigration officials raided food processing plants in Mississippi. Julia Carrie Wong The Guardian -- 8/9/19