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Sanctuary city leaders vow to remain firm, despite threats from U.S. attorney general -- Leaders from so-called sanctuary cities across Southern California struck a defiant tone Monday, stating that they would continue to protect people who are in the country illegally despite threats by U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions to cut off and even claw back grant funding from the Justice Department. Ruben Vives and Cindy Carcamo in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/28/17

LA mayor vows to fight Trump administration attempt to strip ‘sanctuary city’ funding -- Responding to the latest warnings by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Department of Justice funds will be withheld from sanctuary cities, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday he will fight efforts by the Trump administration to take away federal funding needed for law enforcement in Los Angeles. Elizabeth Chou in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 3/28/17

Battling Trump is ‘team sport,’ California’s attorney general says -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has forcefully criticized President Donald Trump’s executive actions calling for a widespread crackdown on undocumented immigrants and barring travel to the United States from predominantly Muslim countries in Africa and the Middle East. Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/28/17

Session’s Threat To Withhold Federal Grants From Sanctuary Cities May Not Apply To San Diego -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday that local jurisdictions seeking U.S. Department of Justice grants must first demonstrate they are not sanctuary cities, but the threat might not apply to San Diego and other municipalities in the region. KPBS Kate Morrissey in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 3/28/17

Blasting federal action on immigration, California's chief justice warns the rule of law is under threat -- California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye did not mention President Trump by name in her annual State of the Judiciary speech Monday, but she blasted federal actions on immigration and warned that the rule of law in the state is under threat. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ Sophia Bollag Associated Press Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/28/17

Adam Schiff calls on Devin Nunes to remove himself from Russia investigation -- Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) on Monday urged fellow Californian Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) to remove himself from their investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Sarah D. Wir e in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/28/17

California voters want to work with Trump, poll finds -- California voters overwhelmingly oppose Donald Trump, believing his policies will have negative effects on the state. But a slim majority still want their leaders to work with the Republican president, even if it means making compromises, according to the Berkeley IGS Poll. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/28/17

Californians dislike Trump, but don't back 'Resistance' or Calexit -- Californians may decisively disapprove of President Donald Trump’s performance so far, but a new online poll suggests voters here aren’t so comfortable with the Golden State carrying the mantle of the “Resistance” — let alone splitting from the rest of the country. Katy Murphy in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/28/17

Walters: California dodged the Trumpcare bullet – but still faces higher costs -- California dodged a multibillion-dollar fiscal bullet last week when Congress stalled an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act – but perhaps just temporarily. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/28/17

Oroville Dam spillway shut down again as state officials work on long-term plan -- The operators of Oroville Dam acknowledged Monday they might not be able to permanently repair the dam’s battered main spillway in time for the next rainy season, but said they’re confident the fractured structure will be usable. Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/28/17

Los Angeles assemblyman returns to work in Sacramento after more than two-week absence -- After more than two weeks away from the state Capitol, Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) was back at work Monday, with his staff blaming the absence on unspecified medical reasons. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/28/17

Bill To Increase Welfare Payments Stalls In California Assembly -- A bill that would increase welfare payments for Californians when they complete educational degrees has stalled in the state Assembly. In an unusual twist, it’s Democrats who blocked the bill and a Republican who authored it. Ben Bradford Capital Public Radio -- 3/28/17

Bill Would Give Tax Breaks For Shelter Pet Adoption -- Republican Assemblyman Marc Steinorth wants to allow people to deduct up to $100 on their income taxes to help cover the cost of adopting a shelter pet. Sally Schilling Capital Public Radio -- 3/28/17

Even though it never happened, politicial group praises Rep. Darrell Issa for replacing Obamacare -- A political organization recently praised Rep. Darrell Issa in a commercial ad for repealing Obamacare. That’s not exactly what happened. Joshua Stewart in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 3/28/17

Amtrak train sped nearly twice the limit when it jerked violently on Capitol Corridor -- An Amtrak engineer mistakenly drove a Capitol Corridor train at nearly twice the allowed speed through a track switch near Davis in December, causing the train to jerk violently, injuring five occupants, according to documents obtained by The Sacramento Bee through the federal Freedom of Information Act. Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/28/17


What does California need to meet its climate-change goals? For starters, denser housing and less driving, report says -- California will need billions of dollars in new funding for housing and transportation improvements, and to make extraordinary changes to state and local government policies, in order to meet its new 2030 climate change goals, according to new reports from state and regional government officials and UC Berkeley researchers. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ Kevin Smith in the Inland Daily Bulletin$ Richard Scheinin in the East Bay Times Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/28/17

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions 

A disappointed Oakland mulls legal action against Raiders -- East Bay officials are exploring options to sue the Raiders and possibly the National Football League after league owners approved the Oakland team’s relocation to Las Vegas, dismissing a plan from Oakland that Mayor Libby Schaaf on Monday insisted was “viable.” Kimberly Veklerov in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/28/17

At Tesla, suit claims dream job tarnished by discrimination, harassment -- DeWitt Lambert first spotted Tesla CEO Elon Musk and his futuristic company in a magazine a few years ago. Inspired by Musk, Lambert packed his car in Alabama and drove across country. He eventually landed a job at the Tesla factory in 2015. Louis Hansen in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/28/17

Billionaire doctor demands right to buy more shares in fight for control of L.A. Times parent -- Patrick Soon-Shiong, the L.A. billionaire battling for control of Los Angeles Times owner Tronc Inc., is pressuring the company’s board to allow him to buy more stock now that Chairman Michael Ferro has been allowed to up his stake. James Rufus Koren in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/28/17

Faraday Future scraps plans for California auto assembly plant -- The company said Monday that it’s ending negotiations with the Bay Area city of Vallejo to buy land for an automobile assembly plant. That factory was intended to supplement another assembly plant the company plans to build in North Las Vegas. The Vegas project, too, is imperiled: The plant there was suspended last fall when Faraday stopped paying some of its contractors, including Los Angeles-based Aecom. Russ Mitchell in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/28/17

Taylor: Raiders fans flying to Las Vegas? Don’t bet on it -- In 2014, fans of the Oakland Raiders traveled to see their team play in London. In November, they flew to Mexico City to cheer for the silver and black. Will they fly to Las Vegas when a Raiders stadium opens there in a few years? Don’t bet on it. Otis R. Taylor Jr. in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/28/17


North Hollywood school faces cuts because of rise in white student population -- Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood is one of nine schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District facing staff cuts and in turn larger class sizes because the percentage of nonwhite students has dipped below 70 percent. Antonie Boessenkool in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 3/28/17

California newborns would get state-seeded college savings accounts under bill -- Every child born in California would get a state-seeded college savings account unless their families opt out, under recently amended legislation by Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, D-Los Angeles. Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/28/17

California still has ways to go in offering 'full-day' preschool -- Despite continuing efforts to expand learning time for young children, large numbers of low-income California children still lack access to full-day programs in state-supported preschool, according to a new EdSource report. Louis Freedberg EdSource -- 3/28/17

USC professors want campus to take more aggressive stance against Trump immigration policies -- Hundreds of University of Southern California professors are petitioning university administrators to take a stronger role helping immigrant and foreign students, faculty and employees fight Trump administration immigration policies. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez KPCC -- 3/28/17

Fresno State’s economic impact: Nearly 10,000 jobs, $717 million in spending -- Direct spending by the university and its affiliates amounts to nearly $382 million annually, the report said. When secondary impacts of that spending are calculated, the total jumps to over $700 million. Tim Sheehan in the Fresno Bee -- 3/28/17


California leaders wrestle with potential Trump effect on lucrative pot market -- Even as the Trump administration hints of a crackdown on the booming business of legal cannabis, leading officials in California — now the world's largest legal marijuana market — are determined to tackle the monumental banking and taxation challenges facing an industry that experts say could generate as much as $15 billion in gross sales in California alone in the next five years. Carla Marinucci Politico -- 3/28/17

Immigration / Border 

California pressed to stop collecting students’ citizenship data -- Civil rights groups asked California’s attorney general Monday to investigate dozens of school districts across the state that require parents to provide children’s Social Security numbers, their citizenship status and other sensitive information such as when they entered the country. Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/28/17

NAFTA, border crossings, border tax broached at San Diego Chamber Mexico City meetings -- Tijuana and San Diego leaders gathered in Mexico’s capital Monday, working to showcase their cross-border collaboration while expressing concern that a proposed 20 percent U.S. border tax could harm their shared region. Sandra Dibble in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 3/28/17


Defying man and nature, the sea otters of Morro Bay have made a comeback -- On a day of cozy coastal grays — soft cloud cover, a silver foil-wrap sea — a dozen gray fur balls brought visitors the most comfort. Diana Marcum in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/28/17

Massive whale formation gathers off Pt. Reyes -- The whales are back, in full force. More than 66 gray whales were spotted off Point Reyes on Saturday, the most so far this season. National Park Service staff counted the migrating whales from the Point Reyes Lighthouse. Mike Moffitt in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/28/17

Drones on Monterey Beaches Frighten Seals During Mating Season -- The national marine sanctuary in Monterey Bay is cracking down on drones flying over nursing seals and their young during mating season. Hopkins Beach, at the center of the sanctuary, is where about 100 harbor seals sleep, mate and give birth from February through June. Lindsey Hoshaw KQED -- 3/28/17

Nature Provides Its Own Flood Control. Time to Use It? -- After millions of dollars of flood damage and mass evacuations this year, California is grappling with how to update its aging flood infrastructure. That has some calling for a new approach to flood control – one that mimics nature instead of trying to contain it. Lauren Sommer KQED -- 3/28/17


Addiction Specialists Ponder a Potential Aid: Pot -- Nine days after Nikolas Michaud’s latest heroin relapse, the skinny 27-year-old sat on a roof deck at a new drug rehabilitation clinic here. He picked up a bong, filled it with a pinch of marijuana, lit the leaves and inhaled. All this took place in plain view of the clinic’s director. Matt Richtel in the New York Times$ -- 3/28/17

Obamacare Advocates Say Trump Could Still Undermine The ACA -- California healthcare advocates are breathing a sigh after the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act — also called Obamacare — fell short. But they warn the Trump administration could still weaken the law through a variety of administrative decisions. Kenny Goldberg KPBS -- 3/28/17

Bill to change California's HIV transmission laws faces opposition -- A bill to change how HIV transmission is treated under the law faces opposition in the California Senate. If SB 239 passes, someone who had unprotected sex, knowing they were HIV positive who did not inform their partner about the infection could no longer be charged with a felony. The bill is due to to be heard by the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday. George Lavender KPCC -- 3/28/17

Type 2 diabetes reversed with new drug in mouse study -- Type 2 diabetes has been reversed in mice with a new, orally available drug, according to a study led by San Diego scientists. The study suggests a path for developing human therapies based on the drug. Bradley J. Fikes in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 3/28/17

Also . . . 

Sacramento police release video footage related to gunbattle with parolee -- The Sacramento Police Department on Monday evening released hours of video related to a Feb. 10 gunfight between officers and a parolee that became the test case for a new law requiring the department to release footage in critical incidents. Anita Chabria in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/28/17

Former Spitzer aide sues Orange County over supervisor's 'raging temper,' alleging wrongful termination -- A former aide to Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer has sued the county and her ex-boss alleging that Spitzer’s “raging temper” toward employees caused her health problems and that when she requested to transfer to a new county position she was instead fired. Jordan Graham in the Orange County Register -- 3/28/17

Southern Californians urged to fix their defective air bags before they 'explode like a grenade' -- Four years after the federal government issued a recall that ultimately expanded to 42 million defective air bags, several hundred thousand Southern Californians have yet to bring in their cars for a free fix. Russ Mitchell in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/28/17

Former construction union leader pleads guilty to embezzlement -- While employed as the secretary-treasurer and business manager of the Bakersfield office of a construction workers union, Edward Padilla, 56, embezzled about $168,780 from the organization for personal use, according to federal court documents. Jeff Landa in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/28/17

POTUS 45  

Trump’s first 100 days: A big failure, and a new low in the polls -- The newest Gallup daily tracking poll — the first survey released since the doomed Republican health-care bill was pulled Friday — shows Trump’s approval rating falling to 36 percent. That’s both the lowest of his presidency and lower than President Barack Obama’s approval rating ever sank in eight years of Gallup’s tracking poll. Aaron Blake in the Washington Post$ -- 3/28/17

Trump moves decisively to wipe out Obama’s climate-change record -- President Trump will take the most significant step yet in obliterating his predecessor’s environmental record Tuesday, instructing federal regulators to rewrite key rules curbing U.S. carbon emissions. Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis in the Washington Post$ Jennifer A Dlouhy Bloomberg Evan Halper in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/28/17

After healthcare setback, White House returns to symbolic gestures on hot-button issues -- The idea of Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions going to the White House to announce the continuation of an Obama administration policy related to immigration would have been unthinkable months ago. But that’s what happened Monday. Michael A. Memoli in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/28/17


The looming split between Trump and Ryan -- President Trump wants a tax cut across the board, according to the plan he published during the campaign. But House Speaker Paul Ryan and colleagues have put forward a plan that would not substantially reduce taxes for the middle class, and many households would pay more. Max Ehrenfreund in the Washington Post$ -- 3/28/17

Trump’s approval hits a new low of 36% — but that’s not the bad news -- Weekly polling, which is less volatile than the daily figures, shows the president’s approval rating has declined with Americans the Republican Party needs. Philip Bump in the Washington Post$ -- 3/28/17

Democrats new strategy: Reach out to more people of color -- To regain political power, Democrats need to better direct their message at people of color who aren’t voting instead of conservative whites who have stopped listening to them. That’s the conclusion of San Francisco’s Democracy in Color, which on Monday outlined a road map to victory that involves spending $500 million on field operations — instead of TV commercials — designed to turn out 10 million new progressive voters of color in 17 key states for the next presidential race. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/28/17


-- Monday Updates 

California water official vows new Oroville Dam spillway by winter -- California’s top water manager said Monday that the problem-plagued Oroville Reservoir will have a new spillway in place to prevent potentially dangerous outflows of water in time for next year’s rainy season. Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/27/17

Battling Trump is ‘team sport,’ California’s attorney general says -- Political tough talk, positioning the state as a leader in the resistance to the Trump administration, has dominated Becerra’s short tenure since the former Democratic congressman assumed the role in late January. But in office, Becerra has taken more measured approach. Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/27/17

'Nothing short of blackmail': California Senate leader denounces plan to cut funding from 'sanctuary cities' -- California Senate leader Kevin de León on Monday called U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions' move to cut federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities "nothing short of blackmail." Jazmine Ulloa in the Los Angeles Times$ Taryn Luna in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/27/17

Devin Nunes plot thickens as his spokesman concedes he met source for surveillance claim at White House -- The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare), conceded Monday that the source for a dramatic statement he made last week about possible intelligence surveillance of members of President Trump’s transition team was someone he had met with at the White House. David S. Cloud in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/27/17

California school districts questioned for seeking students’ immigration status -- Civil rights groups asked California’s attorney general Monday to investigate dozens of school districts across the state that required parents to provide children’s Social Security numbers, their citizenship status and when they entered the country. Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 3/27/17

NFL owners vote to send Raiders to Las Vegas -- As expected, NFL owners gave Las Vegas its blessing to host one of the league’s most storied franchises on Monday. The owners’ historic decision allows the Raiders and owner Mark Davis to uproot for the third time in 35 years — much to the dismay of diehard East Bay fans. Elliot Almond in the East Bay Times Vic Tafur in the San Francisco Chronicle Sam Farmer in the Los Angeles Times$ Barry Wilner Associated Press -- 3/27/17

House intel chairman met source on White House grounds -- House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes met on the White House grounds with the source of the claim that communications involving President Donald Trump's associates were caught up in "incidental" surveillance, the congressman's spokesman said Monday. Eileen Sullivan Associated Press -- 3/27/17

Democrats out with ads targeting Rep. Mimi Walters for supporting GOP healthcare bill -- Republicans didn't vote on their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act on Friday, but Democrats already have ads out criticizing vulnerable GOP House members like Rep. Mimi Walters of Irvine for backing the bill. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/27/17

L.A. County will consider tighter rules for carpool and toll lanes -- In an effort to improve sluggish speeds on the region’s freeways, Los Angeles County transportation officials have agreed to examine whether to impose tolls on more carpool lanes and a higher passenger requirement for such lanes. Laura J. Nelson in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/27/17

Gov. Jerry Brown says California won't 'be running to the courthouse every day' to fight President Trump -- With many of his fellow Democrats demanding multiple challenges to President Trump's proposals, Gov. Jerry Brown said this week he will continue to support a more measured approach. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/27/17

Former California legislator Henry Perea will lobby for the oil industry in Sacramento -- As lawmakers debate the future of California's climate policies, the oil industry is boosting its lobbying firepower with a former Democratic assemblyman from Fresno who has bedeviled environmentalists in the past. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/27/17

California school districts increased spending on administrator pay faster than teacher pay -- Every so often, “clackers,” as teachers at Hiram Johnson High call them, will visit Mary Rodríguez’s class to watch her teach and make recommendations. Phillip Reese in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/27/17

Quinn: How The Health Care Fiasco Helps California Republicans -- The collapse of the House Republican health care plan, and with it probably the effectiveness of Speaker Paul Ryan as well as the first hundred days of the Trump Administration, was a godsend to one group of people: the seven endangered California House Republicans who did not have to vote on a really terrible Obamacare repealer. Tony Quinn Fox & Hounds -- 3/27/17

Capitol Weekly podcast: Paul Mitchell -- Paul Mitchell, California political strategist and numbers cruncher extraordinaire for Political Data, stopped by Capitol Weekly’s lavish new offices on H Street to chat about the amazingly crowded field in the upcoming special election in L.A. for #CA34 (the House seat vacated by Xavier Becerra, who was appointed state attorney gener al), Darrell Issa’s recent shimmy to the left, his early read on the 2018 governor’s race, turnout, redistricting — and more. Link Here -- 3/27/17

Huntington Beach Pro-Trump March Turns Into Attack on Anti-Trump Protesters, OC Weekly -- Right now, the world is hearing a tale from Huntington Beach of a pro-Donald Trump rally that erupted in violence after a masked anarchist pepper-sprayed one of the march organizers, Jennifer Sterling, without provocation. Trump supporters are crowing that they gave counter-protesters a taste of MAGA medicine, and are no doubt emboldened to go after any cucks, snowflakes and SJWs who stand in their way. Frank John Tristan and Denise Le La Cruz OCWeekly -- 3/27/17

Self-driving Ubers back in action in San Francisco following Arizona crash -- Uber resumed testing its self-driving cars here Monday after a crash in Arizona briefly halted the program, and said its cars would return to Pittsburgh and Tempe later in the day. Marisa Kendall in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/27/17

More companies suspend YouTube ads -- Healthcare products maker Johnson & Johnson and automaker General Motors Co. are among the latest companies to halt advertising on YouTube after concerns that Google is not doing enough to ensure brands’ ads are not appearing near terrorist content. Samantha Masunaga in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/27/17

Devin Nunes Met Intelligence Source on White House Grounds -- Representative Devin Nunes of California, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, met on the White House grounds with a source who showed him secret American intelligence reports a day before he revealed that President Trump or his closest associates may have been “incidentally” swept up in foreign surveillance by American spy agencies. Matthew Rosenberg and Emmarie Huetteman in the New York Times$ Eileen Sullivan Associated Press -- 3/27/17