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15-year UC study finds alcohol more effective than exercise for long life -- A 15-year study of 1,700 nonagenarians, conducted by University of California - Irvine neurologist Claudia Kawas, suggested that moderate drinking could help elongate life — even more so than moderate exercise, according to the Independent. Those seniors who drank one or two glasses of wine or beer each day were 18 percent less likely to die prematurely. Alyssa Pereira in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/21/18

California Capitol annex needs a $543 million replacement, report urges -- Knock it down and build a better one. That’s the recommendation of a long-awaited study on the Legislature’s options for remaking its 66-year-old annex, the warren of offices attached to the 19th century Capitol. Adam Ashton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/21/18

BART gets serious about a 2nd East Bay-San Francisco Transbay Tube -- A new BART tunnel beneath the bay might begin in Alameda and emerge in Mission Bay. It could parallel the existing tube but then head up Mission Street on the west side of the bay instead of up Market. Or maybe it would stretch between Alameda and AT&T Park. Michael Cabanatuan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/21/18

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue gets grounded in California -- "You might already know this …," Central Valley farmer Sarah Woolf offered politely, before launching on a primer on California's convoluted water system. "No, I don't," Sonny Perdue, Trump's secretary of Agriculture, interrupted. "I need all the education I can get." Geoffrey Mohan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18

California water agency gets scolded: Speed up spending billions on new reservoirs -- With California facing another potential drought, legislators demanded Wednesday that a state agency release $2.7 billion in bond funding for dams, reservoirs and other water storage projects. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/21/18

Democratic candidates for Congress square off on question of Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House -- Five Democrats looking to replace retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa squared off at a debate in San Juan Capistrano on Tuesday night, struggling to differentiate themselves in a crowded and open race. Javier Panzar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18

Group working to elect more scientists to Congress will spend $1 million on Los Angeles TV ads -- A political nonprofit working to elect scientists to Congress announced Wednesday it has reserved just over $1 million in broadcast television air time in the Los Angeles in the two weeks leading up to June’s primary. Javier Panzar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18

California man surrenders his AR-15 to ‘take a stand’ against violence -- After last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school, Rodd Mann decided he didn’t want any part of an AR-15. So on Friday, Feb. 16, Mann showed up at the Tustin Police Department with an open box containing the pieces of a partially assembled rifle. Susan Christian Goulding in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/21/18

Days after Florida massacre, L.A. County authorities raced to thwart a school shooting plot in Whittier -- Just 48 hours after a gunman slaughtered 17 students and teachers in Parkland, Fla., El Camino High School security officer Marino Chavez overheard a troubling threat. A 17-year-old student with an "extensive" disciplinary history said he planned to "shoot up" the Whittier campus within three weeks, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell. James Queally in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18

Machine guns among 28 weapons seized from Temple City man banned from owning firearms -- Despite being on the state's list of people barred from owning weapons, an L.A. County man was able to accumulate an arsenal of 28 guns before authorities recently seized the firearms, officials announced Wednesday. Marisa Gerber in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18

L.A. wants more money for homeless encampment sweeps -- The city of Los Angeles has a mounting backlog of requests from the public to clean homeless encampments, prompting the city's Bureau of Sanitation to seek millions of dollars more to pay for the sweeps. Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18

Lopez: After a week without food, skid row activist still hungry to make a statement about housing shortage -- Kaleb Havens could have given up candy, pizza or tacos for the 46 days of Lent. That would have been reasonable, right? Instead the 30-year-old Catholic Worker activist gave up all food last week, on Ash Wednesday, and began a hunger strike. Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18

As homeless camps explode in L.A. suburbs, residents fear they will become permanent -- In the shadow of the roaring 110 Freeway in West Carson, Jennifer Morris stepped out of the portable restroom and washed her hands in a nearby sink. Morris' pajama bottoms and shirt were covered in dirt, but she said she hadn't felt this clean in months. Melissa Etehad in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18

Breed’s backing for Tasers doesn’t impress San Francisco police union -- London Breed’s newfound support for arming cops with Tasers hasn’t won the mayoral candidate any points with the San Francisco Police Officers Association. Breed has been a vocal supporter for police reforms, but only recently came out publicly in support of Tasers. Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/21/18

Asian population booms in San Gabriel Valley while white households decline, report shows -- The San Gabriel Valley's Asian American population grew by 22% between 2000 and 2010, while the region's white population shrank by 17%, according to a study released Wednesday by Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles. Frank Shyong in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18

Salt marshes will vanish in less than a century if seas keep rising and California keeps building, study finds -- On one side, there's the rising ocean. On the other, rising buildings. Squeezed between the two are California's salt marshes — a unique ecosystem filled with pickleweed and cordgrass, shorebirds and many endangered species. Rosanna Xia in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18

With only a trickle of water, Yosemite's 'firefall' still puts on show -- The natural marvel usually occurs during a two-week stretch in the early part of the month on the east side of El Capitan. When Horsetail Fall is flowing and the weather conditions are just right, the setting sun illuminates the ribbon of water and granite face with a fiery glow. Amy Graff in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/21/18

Rape suspect drinks poison and dies during freeway chase in Ventura County, CHP says -- A sexual assault suspect killed himself by drinking poison during a police chase on the 101 Freeway in Ventura County early Wednesday morning, authorities said. James Queally in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18


California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Senate investigation concludes Tony Mendoza ‘more likely than not’ made inappropriate advances on staffers -- The four-page summary report released late Tuesday afternoon described the findings by two outside law firms tasked with investigating allegations that Mendoza had made unwanted advances to female aides while he served as an Assembly member from 2006 to 2012 and as a senator from 2014 to the present. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ Katie Orr KQED Kathleen Ronayne Associated Press Taryn Luna in the Sacramento Bee$ Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/21/18 Ben Adler Capital Public Radio -- 2/21/18

SoCal lawmaker: Misconduct claims against her are political smear -- Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia denies groping a former male legislative staffer who worked for a colleague in 2014. Meanwhile, accusations that she ran an office rife with alcohol consumption and talk of sex are mounting, with a different former staffer alleging he was fired after complaining when she suggested he play a drinking game after a fundraiser. Garcia, a vocal leader in the #MeToo movement, ramped up her defense on Tuesday. Kathleen Ronayne Associated Press Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/21/18

After sputtering out of the gate, Amanda Renteria launches bid for California governor -- After staying mum for a week after filing to run for California governor, former Hillary Clinton aide Amanda Renteria confirmed Tuesday she is launching a "grassroots" campaign, saying she will offer a "new voice" to voters who have soured on big-money politics. Phil Willon and Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Casey Tolan in the San Jose Mercury$ Rory Appleton in the Fresno Bee -- 2/21/18

Progressives taking on Feinstein and de León in California Senate race hope for Bernie Sanders-style momentum -- Perhaps only in California can a politician who has championed single-payer health care, a “sanctuary state” bill and a 100 percent clean energy mandate be tarred for not being liberal enough. But for some die-hard activists, Kevin de León’s history of taking money from corporations and his ties to the Democratic Party establishment make him a nonstarter in his insurgent bid to take on Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Casey Tolan in the Orange County Register -- 2/21/18

California Atty. Gen. Becerra says he won't appeal ruling that could change how judges award bail -- California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra on Tuesday said he would not appeal a state appellate court ruling that granted a new bail hearing for a San Francisco man accused of stealing cologne, paving the way for a change to the way judges across the state award bail. Jazmine Ulloa in the Los Angeles Times$ Bob Egelko and Annie Ma in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/21/18

Walters: California’s public pension crisis in a nutshell -- The essence of California’s pension crisis was on display last week when the California Public Employees Retirement System made a relatively small change in its amortization policy. Dan Walters Calmatters -- 2/21/18

Rep. Adam Schiff ready to release Democratic memo on Russia meddling -- Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that he expects to release a memo this week about surveillance and the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/21/18

Zinke promises Brown he'll listen to California on offshore oil drilling -- The Trump administration promised Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday that it will listen to California's objections to its plans to dramatically expand offshore oil and natural gas drilling. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, traveling to Sacramento for a private meeting at the Capitol, "made it clear that California's views will be taken into account," Brown's press secretary Evan Westrup said in an email. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/21/18

California’s bail system doesn’t make us safer, attorney general says -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Tuesday that he will not appeal a recent court decision on excessive bail, adding his voice to the growing statewide push to overhaul a money bail system that criminal justice advocates argue is discriminatory to poor Californians. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/21/18

Bill Would Let Californians Choose Driver's License Pictures -- An effort by a state lawmaker to generate more money for driver's education in California schools is banking on people's vanity. Democratic Senator Josh Newman of Fullerton has introduced a bill that would let drivers take more than one photo at the DMV and then choose which photo goes on their license. Steve Milne Capital Public Radio -- 2/21/18

Trump lauds heroes who stopped San Bernardino terror attack – which he dubbed a ‘sinister rampage’ -- Calling the Dec. 2, 2015, terrorist attack a “sinister rampage,” President Donald Trump on Tuesday honored six Inland heroes by bestowing upon them the country’s highest decoration for bravery by a public safety officer in a Washington, D.C., ceremony. The Inland officers were awarded for their actions during a shootout with the terror suspects hours after that attack that left 14 dead and 22 wounded at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. Steve Ramirez in the San Bernardino Sun$ -- 2/21/18

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

Disneyland withholds bonuses for hotel workers until they agree to contract offer -- A union representing 2,700 housekeepers and other low-wage workers at Disneyland Resort filed a federal unfair labor practice complaint Tuesday against the entertainment giant for holding a promised $1,000 bonus “hostage” during contract negotiations. Margot Roosevelt in the Orange County Register -- 2/21/18

L.A. fire chief raises concerns about 'divisive' workplace incidents involving firefighters -- The Los Angeles Fire Department has experienced a series of "divisive" workplace incidents in recent months, including at least one debate between firefighters over protests by NFL players, according to a letter to the agency's employees. David Zahniser in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18

PG&E CEO may have overstated fire-prevention plan -- Geisha Williams, the chief executive of PG&E Corp., told Wall Street analysts this month that her utility has a plan to switch off power lines when the danger of sparking a wildfire is particularly high. David R. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/21/18

PG&E reaches green energy goals early, but hurdles loom -- PG&E has arrived at its goals for renewable energy deliveries earlier than what’s required by a statewide mandate, the company said Tuesday — but fresh challenges loom due to the embattled utility’s reliance on a nuclear energy plant in central California that’s slated for deactivation. George Avalos in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/21/18

Freeze turns California almond orchards into fields of icicles, threatens $5 billion industry -- California's almond trees are confused. A spell of unseasonably warm weather in early February tricked the trees into blooming early, and now the freezing temperatures are putting the blossoms at risk, threatening the state's $5 billion industry. Amy Graff in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Steve Schoonover in the Chico Enterprise-Record -- 2/21/18

Freezing temperatures had farmers on edge as many try to protect crops -- Citrus growers, whose crops are among the most susceptible to subfreezing temperatures, saw the thermostat drop to the low 20s for up to five hours in the coldest areas of the central San Joaquin Valley. Many deployed frost-protection measures including wind machines and irrigation water to try to prevent any damage. Robert Rodriguez in the Fresno Bee -- 2/21/18

Sonoma County grape growers battle frost after early bud break -- Below-freezing temperatures that can damage Sonoma County’s $575 million grape crop before it even develops are prompting some growers to launch an unusually early campaign to protect their vineyards from frost. Bill Swindell in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat -- 2/21/18

Weinstein Co. seeks to dismiss class-action lawsuit, saying Weinstein was solely responsible for his action -- Weinstein Co. sought to toss out a lawsuit by alleged victims of Harvey Weinstein, arguing that former colleagues were not aware of his "predatory" behavior toward actresses, assistants and models at the studio he co-founded. Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18

California can't force IMDb to stop publishing actors' ages, judge rules -- Judge Vince Chhabria of the Northern District of California ruled in his decision Tuesday that California cannot enforce a law that would compel IMDb to remove the age of an actor upon request, saying that the law is "clearly unconstitutional." David Ng in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18

Sacramento Trying Not To Leave Low-Income Drivers Behind In Push For 70,000 More Electric Vehicles -- Susan Brown lost access to her car last year. So, when two electric vehicles appeared at her low-income senior living complex in downtown Sacramento, she was all ears. “Let me just say that God loves me, because it was perfect,” Brown said. Ezra David Romero Capital Public Radio -- 2/21/18


Feinstein urges Trump to back her 'bump stock' ban: 'We need meaningful action' -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein is urging President Trump to back her gun-control legislation rather than have the administration try to do it alone. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18

Clooneys donate $500,000 to March for Our Lives, will join students at D.C. rally -- Celebrities are lining up with their wallets to help protect American kids from gun violence in the wake of another deadly school shooting. Inspired by “the courage and eloquence” of the survivors of the recent shooting in Parkland, Fla., philanthropic duo George Clooney and Amal Clooney have donated $500,000 to help the students organize the upcoming March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., to tighten gun control. Nardine Saad in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18


Santa Ana River homeless encampment finally set to be cleared as federal judge lifts restraining order -- Scores of homeless people lined up in the cold Tuesday morning on the northern end of Orange County’s populous riverbed tent city, hoping to get a voucher that would allow them to live free-of-charge in a local motel for the next month. Jordan Graham and Theresa Walker in the Orange County Register -- 2/21/18

This program helps homeless families get off Elk Grove streets. Can it work elsewhere? -- When a woman knocked on the window of Jenna LeClerc’s 1988 Chevy cargo van two years ago, LeClerc didn’t know the brief encounter would alter the direction of her life. Ellen Garrison in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/21/18


Blame California's cities and counties for housing delays, not state environmental law, new study says -- Those who want to blame a California environmental law for the state’s housing problems should instead point their fingers at cities and counties, according to a new report from researchers at UC Berkeley and Columbia University. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18

L.A. County leaders seek a plan to boost the supply of affordable housing -- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion Tuesday asking the county to draft four ordinances that would seek to preserve and increase the number of affordable housing units in unincorporated areas. One proposed ordinance would require developers to include a small percentage of affordable homes in new projects. Melissa Etehad in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18


Utility can remove power poles in an area of Montecito burned by the Thomas fire, judge rules -- Tossing out the bulk of a temporary restraining order request filed on behalf of homeowners affected by the blaze and subsequent mudslide in Montecito, Judge Thomas Anderle ruled that the utility's argument that it is properly preserving the equipment it has removed so far was persuasive. Joseph Serna in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18


Facing specter of drought, California farmers are told to expect little water -- The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Tuesday that most farmers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta who get water from the federal Central Valley Project will receive just 20 percent of their requested allocation this year. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/21/18

Some fear California drought cuts could erase water rights -- A proposal to make California's drought-era water restrictions permanent could allow the state to chip away at long-held water rights in an unprecedented power grab, representatives from water districts and other users told regulators Tuesday. Jonathan J. Cooper Associated Press Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/21/18


Fresno Unified preps for student walkouts in support of tougher gun laws -- Fresno Unified is urging students to “identify alternatives” to walking out of school in protest of the country’s gun laws, following last week’s school shooting in Florida. Mackenzie Mays in the Fresno Bee -- 2/21/18

Presentation High: New independent office to handle sex abuse complaints -- A prominent San Jose Catholic girls high school, rocked by accusations that it failed for years to report sexual misconduct complaints against teachers and staff, announced Tuesday it will create a new independent office to handle such claims from students in the future. John Woolfolk in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/21/18

Disparities continue in suspensions of black students in California -- Each day, nearly 400 black students across California are suspended from school for a behavioral infraction, typically sent home to serve their sentence. That adds up to 68,000 days of school missed by African American students, most of them boys. Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/21/18

UC San Diego says no to student's demand that it cancel a class on Woody Allen -- A student who demanded that UC San Diego cancel a class about Woody Allen because she thinks the director is morally offensive has been told no and given a bit of a lecture on free speech from the school. Gary Robbins in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 2/21/18

Authorities say Whittier school shooting plot thwarted -- The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said late Tuesday that a security guard at El Camino High School overhead a "disgruntled student" threaten to open fire on the school on Friday, just two days after 17 people were gunned down at a Florida high school. Sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said deputies discovered "multiple guns and ammunition" after searching the student's home. Associated Press in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18

Teacher shortages persist in California and getting worse in many communities -- Despite an improving economy and new efforts to recruit teachers, California's teacher shortage is showing no signs of easing up. Louis Freedberg EdSource -- 2/21/18


Alameda County prosecutors aim to dismiss thousands of cannabis convictions -- Alameda County will dismiss, reduce or seal decades of marijuana-related convictions, District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said Tuesday, clearing thousands of people of activities that California no longer deems crimes. Kimberly Veklerov in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/21/18

Now That Pot Is Legal, Should You Worry About Secondhand Smoke? California Scientist Says Yes -- Commercial sales of cannabis to recreational users began Jan. 1 in California. It hasn’t been even two months in this brave new world, but new questions about marijuana’s health impacts are already popping up. Is smoking cannabis bad for your health? If so, how bad? And are we talking physically or mentally? What about secondhand smoke? Marissa Ortega-Welch KQED -- 2/21/18

Immigration / Border 

San Diego County refugee numbers plummet following Trump's block on arrivals -- With the Trump administration’s blocks on arrivals from certain countries, the number of refugees resettling in San Diego County so far this fiscal year dropped 96 percent from last year. Kate Morrissey in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 2/21/18


After big investments, Riverside County hospital still shows $15 million shortfall -- It’s no longer losing $1 million a week. But the only hospital run by Riverside County is still a problem for the county budget. Riverside University Health System – Medical Center in Moreno Valley is currently projected to end the fiscal year on June 30 with a $15 million shortfall, a gap that officials blame on the cost of uncompensated care. Jeff Horseman in the Riverside Press Enterprise$ -- 2/21/18


Oil Companies Want to Conduct Seismic Surveys that Threaten Marine Life -- Animals that live in the ocean communicate with sound — humpback whales, for example. But these voices could soon be drowned out by powerful sonic booms from vessels searching for oil and gas. Christopher Joyce NPR -- 2/21/18

Also . . . 

Jury trial set for two tenants in Ghost Ship deaths -- Derick Almena, master tenant of the artist collective, and Max Harris, whom prosecutors consider the collective’s No. 2, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the 36 felony counts in Alameda County Superior Court. It was their second such plea after prosecutors filed a new charging sheet in the case following a preliminary hearing last year. Kimberly Veklerov in the San Francisco Chronicle$ James Queally in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18

California law school deans ask for new investigation in Kevin Cooper case -- Four California law school deans have asked Gov. Jerry Brown to open an independent investigation into the case of Kevin Cooper, convicted and sentenced to Death Row for the 1983 Chino Hills knife-and-hatchet murder of four people, two of them children. Richard K. De Atley in the San Bernardino Sun$ -- 2/21/18

Olympic skater Mirai Nagasu was a familiar figure at her parents' Arcadia restaurant when she was growing up -- The woman wearing spectacles, clutching an order pad, quietly glided up to diners and bowed. "Please, where do you prefer?" she asked, her voice a whisper. "So sorry we don't have much space." Anh Do and Dylan Hernandez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18

Getting a new iPhone battery is often a frustrating, weeks-long process -- Some people across the country are reporting that they're having a tough time getting their iPhone batteries replaced through Apple Inc.'s battery replacement program that launched after the company admitted that it slows down phones with older batteries to preserve the phones' performance. From Silicon Valley to Washington, from Detroit to Atlanta, people are sharing stories of long waits, dropped customer service calls and hard-to-get appointments. Hayley Tsukayama in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18

Woman wrestles phone from would-be BART thief as passenger reportedly tackles him into door -- Silverio says the thief, who was with another young man, was in his "late teens" and tried to snatch her phone Monday evening. One of the young men ran off the train and the other grabbed for Silverio's phone. He was thwarted, however, when Silverio maintained her grip and another passenger "tackled him into the door," causing the window on the door to crack. Alyssa Pereira in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/21/18

Family of man killed by BART police releases body cam footage -- A BART police officer shot a 28-year-old man three times in the back outside the West Oakland Station last month as the man struggled with another individual, body camera footage reviewed by The Chronicle shows. Sarah Ravani in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/21/18

Drivers see red as 200 intersections in San Francisco suffer error -- Two hundred traffic signals in San Francisco malfunctioned Tuesday afternoon, leaving drivers and pedestrians to navigate roughly a sixth of the city’s streets via flashing red lights, officials said. The network malfunction occurred shortly before 12:30 p.m. and all lights were back up and running by 1:34 p.m., said Paul Rose, a spokesman for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Josh Koehn in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/21/18

POTUS 45  

Kushner Resists Losing Access as Kelly Tackles Security Clearance Issues -- Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, is resisting giving up his access to highly classified information, prompting an internal struggle with John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, over who should be allowed to see some of the nation’s most sensitive secrets, according to White House officials and others briefed on the matter. Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Maggie Haberman in the New York Times$ -- 2/21/18

Abcarian: How much more humiliation can Melania Trump take? -- America asks a lot of its first couples. Fairly or not, they become national marital role models. We don't really care if they have separate bedrooms, but we do expect them to demonstrate a certain amount of mutual respect and fondness for each other. Robin Abcarian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/21/18


Right-Wing Media Uses Parkland Shooting as Conspiracy Fodder -- The teenagers of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., who a week ago lost 17 of their classmates and school staff members in a mass shooting, have emerged as passionate advocates for reform, speaking openly of their anger in the hope of forcing a reckoning on guns. But in certain right-wing corners of the web — and, increasingly, from more mainstream voices like Rush Limbaugh and a commentator on CNN — the students are being portrayed not as grief-ridden survivors but as pawns and conspiracists intent on exploiting a tragedy to undermine the nation’s laws. Michaek M. Grynbaum in the New York Times$ -- 2/21/18

Come the Recession, Don’t Count on That Safety Net -- The economists Hilary Hoynes of the University of California, Berkeley, and Marianne Bitler of the University of California, Davis, pointed out in a recent paper that “the safety net for low-income families with children has transformed from one subsidizing out-of-work families into one subsidizing in-work families.” And yet, as many unemployed Americans discovered the last time recession hit, government benefits that require recipients to hold a job become worthless when there is no work to be had. Eduardo Porter in the New York Times$ -- 2/21/18


-- Tuesday Updates 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein courts Democratic delegates days before state party endorsement vote -- The mailer also touts Feinstein’s endorsement by scores of California political leaders, including Sen. Kamala Harris, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. It hit delegates’ mailboxes three days before they gather in San Diego for the state party’s annual convention. Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/20/18

Rep. Adam Schiff expects resolution on Democrats' Russia memo within days -- Rep. Adam Schiff said Tuesday that he expects to reach an agreement in the next day or two with Justice Department officials on public release of a Democratic memo about surveillance and the Russia investigation. "We’re very close to a resolution," he said at an event hosted by the Sacramento Press Club. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/20/18

Trump again seeks to end funding for earthquake early warning system -- Mexico City got a substantial warning before the shaking from a distant earthquake arrived Friday — some 30 to 60 seconds broadcast over loudspeakers from an earthquake early warning system. It was another success for Mexico City’s earthquake warning system — one which California, Oregon and Washington state still lack, and one that is an ongoing target for elimination by President Trump. Rong-Gong Lin II in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/20/18

Supreme Court leaves in place California's 10-day wait for gun buyers, rejects 2nd Amendment challenge -- With only Justice Clarence Thomas in dissent, the justices let stand a ruling of the 9th Circuit Court that called the California law a "reasonable safety precaution" and one that does not violate the constitutional right to own a gun. David G. Savage in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/20/18

Sexual misconduct allegations leave a swath of Los Angeles County without representation in the Capitol -- For Maria Camacho-Rodriguez, a special-education teacher and a trustee of Cerritos Community College, a monthly education roundtable convened by her Assembly member provided crucial insight into legislation, grant opportunities and other important things happening in Sacramento. Melanie Mason and Javier Panzar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/20/18

U.S. is separating immigrant parents and children to discourage others, activists say -- Thousands of parents who crossed illegally into the U.S. in recent years have been held with their children at immigration detention centers. But the case of a Brazilian woman and her son illustrates what migrant advocates call a harsher approach to immigration enforcement that aims to separate parents and children. Molly Hennessy-Fiske in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/20/18

California drought: State considering $500 fines for wasting water -- With one of the driest winters in modern California history underway, state water regulators on Tuesday met in Sacramento to consider making water wasting rules that were in effect during the last drought a permanent part of state law. The rules, which would carry fines of up to $500 per violation, were put in place temporarily between 2014 and 2017 under emergency orders from Gov. Jerry Brown. Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/20/18

In California senate race, a political neophyte topping Feinstein and de León in small-dollar donations -- Perhaps only in California can a politician who has championed single-payer health care, a “sanctuary state” bill and a 100 percent clean energy mandate be tarred for not being liberal enough. But for some die-hard activists, Kevin de León’s history of taking money from corporations and his ties to the Democratic Party establishment make him a nonstarter in his insurgent bid to take on Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Casey Tolan in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/20/18

El Cajon mayor announces he will challenge Rep. Duncan Hunter for Congress -- El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells announced today he is running for Congress, challenging long-time Republican incumbent Rep. Duncan Hunter for a hotly-contested East County district. Lauryn Schroeder and Karen Pearlman in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 2/20œ/18

H-1B visas: How the Trump administration is ‘freaking people out’ -- The Trump administration is bringing a new level of scrutiny to a temporary work visa popular among technology firms, costing employers more time and money as they seek to bring foreign workers to the United States. Queenie Wong in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/20/18

SDSU says it has basically run out of space to add students on main campus -- San Diego State University says it won’t be able to meet growing demand for enrollment or evolve into a top 50 public research school unless it opens a satellite campus on the site of SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley. Gary Robbins in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 2/20/18

Orange County's riverside homeless begin trading tents for motel vouchers, other aid as camp is cleared -- A crowd of homeless people, wearing hoodies and woolen hats in the morning cold, lined up along the Santa Ana River trail early Tuesday to collect motel vouchers before having to leave Orange County's largest homeless camp. Anh Do in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/20/18

Judge approves shutdown of large California homeless camp -- Authorities are being allowed to shut down a large homeless encampment in Southern California and move hundreds of tent-dwellers into motel rooms under an agreement Tuesday between county officials and lawyers who sued to protect tent-dwellers' rights. Amy Taxin Associated Press Thy Vo and Spencer Custodio VoiceofOC.org -- 2/20/18

For David Carter, the federal judge at center of clash between Orange County officials and riverbed homeless, a hands-on approach is nothing new -- The defendant, facing prison for violating his probation, stood in a federal courtroom asking for another chance. The judge asked if he had any gang tattoos. No, the defendant insisted. Just one of my mom, and one of my ex. Because the judge in this case was David Carter, what happened next was less shocking than it might have been. Christopher Goffard in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/20/18

California drivers under 21 could lose license for year if caught on the road under the influence of marijuana -- State Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) said he proposed the law so that the state would have the same “zero tolerance” policy for pot that it has for those under 21 who drive under the influence of alcohol. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/20/18

California legislation aims to increase rooftop solar in cities -- Senate Bill 1399 from Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) would create a new system in which owners of existing buildings that have high energy use but little roof space could contract with owners of other local buildings that have lots of roof space, but little need for energy. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/20/18

High or low end, Bay Area home values continue to climb -- In most parts of the country, inexpensive starter homes are making the greatest gains in value for buyers. But once again, the Bay Area is running counter to national housing trends — high-end homes and entry-level homes are appreciating at nearly the same rate. Louis Hansen in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/20/18

Cameron Park district apologizes for raffling off an AR-15 at fundraiser -- The Cameron Park Community Services District issued a statement Monday apologizing for raffling off an AR-15 rifle at a weekend fundraiser for its fire department. Ellen Garrison in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/20/18

McClatchy High open for classes Tuesday after gun violence threats -- Police have given McClatchy High the all-clear to open up Tuesday after threats of a school shooting circulated on social media over the weekend. Benjy Egel in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/20/18

State makes it hard for wrongly convicted to be compensated for lost years -- Glenn Payne spent 13 years in prison for a 1991 child-molesting conviction in San Jose based on hair-identification evidence that has since been discredited. His record cleared, Payne, 55, no longer has to register as a sex offender and says he’s regaining his peace of mind. What he and most others in similar situations are unlikely to gain is any financial compensation for their years behind bars. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/20/18

New ad attacks Villaraigosa for supporting a political ally's son who was sentenced for stabbing death -- GOP gubernatorial candidate John Cox plans to launch an online ad Tuesday attacking Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa over his support for a political ally’s son who was sentenced for his part in the stabbing death of a young man. Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/20/18

Trump road plan may help Democrats defend controversial California gas tax hike -- President Donald Trump may have offered unlikely encouragement to California voters last week not to overturn the state’s controversial gas tax hike that Democrats pushed through last year. Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/20/18

Fox: Trump Infrastructure Plan Could Undermine CA GOP Strategy -- President Donald Trump’s infrastructure proposal could complicate California Republican strategy to drive voters to the polls in November to vote on a gas tax repeal. And, in turn that might undermine Trump’s hopes of keeping the House of Representatives in Republican hands. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 2/20/18

Knight: Readers’ tips for curbing car break-ins pour in -- It doesn’t seem like fixing the city’s outrageous car break-in problem should be this difficult. It’s a pretty simple, straightforward crime. It happens in broad daylight. Police know what to look for: paper license plates and cars that circle the same blocks again and again. Heather Knight in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/20/18