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Bernie Sanders scolds California delegates — ‘It’s easy to boo’ -- Sen. Bernie Sanders offered a message Tuesday to his supporters in the California delegation who have been booing every mention of presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton, including the ones who booed him Tuesday when he made a surprise visit to the delegation to offer his support of Clinton. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/26/16

L.A. County supervisors pull marijuana tax measure from November ballot -- November’s ballot will be crowded with tax initiatives, but a Los Angeles County proposal to fund efforts on homelessness with a tax on marijuana won’t be one of them. Abby Sewell in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/26/16

Dissent brews over governor’s $16 billion water project -- By the time the Sacramento River winds its more-than-400-mile course from the slopes of Mount Shasta past the state capital, it’s well into its leisurely stride, running slowly by fields of sweet corn, tomatoes and alfalfa. Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/26/16

Bernie Sanders tells California Democrats to back Clinton -- Following a raucous day in which Bernie Sanders delegates shouted down Hillary Clinton supporters, Bernie Sanders on Tuesday reiterated his appeal to his loyalists to back Clinton, telling Democrats from California that “as the largest state in our country … you have an enormous responsibility” in the presidential election. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/26/16

Bernie Sanders’ exit draws comparisons to Jerry Brown -- Returning to the city where he announced his final campaign for president in 1992, Gov. Jerry Brown drifted into a downtown Marriott at nearly 2 a.m. on Tuesday and lingered over a club sandwich. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/26/16

Oil companies weigh in on political feud between two Democratic lawmakers -- A political committee funded by oil companies has launched ads on the Internet attacking state Sen. Connie Leyva of Chino for opposing the reelection of fellow Democrat Cheryl Brown of San Bernardino, questioning Levya’s party loyalty. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/26/16

Remedy or boondoggle? Hearings launch on Delta tunnels proposal -- Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build twin tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta effectively went on trial Tuesday, as a key state agency began months of hearings on details of the $15.5 billion proposal. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/26/16

Where did California’s savings from reducing drug penalties go? -- Proposition 47, which passed in 2014, reduced drug possession and some crimes of petty theft, check forgery and receiving stolen property from felonies to misdemeanors. The initiative mandated that savings from downgrading these offenses be spent on mental health and substance abuse treatment, victim services and truancy prevention. Rachel Cohrs in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/26/16

How to solve California's housing shortage? Build 'granny flats' in homeowners' backyards -- Multiple bills with the endorsement of Brown are moving through the Legislature to make it easier for homeowners to build small units on their properties, whether in their garages, as additions to existing homes or as new, freestanding structures. Liam Dillon and Andrew Khouri in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/26/16

Trump isn’t as rich or charitable as advertised, Rep. Becerra charges -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hasn’t released his tax returns because they will show that he isn’t as wealthy or as charitable as he claims to be, House Democratic Caucus Chair Xavier Becerra said Tuesday. William Douglas in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/26/16

Decker: An asset or a disruption? What the White House might look like with Bill Clinton in the East Wing -- When Bill Clinton walks onto the stage at the Democratic convention on Tuesday — the night his wife officially wins the Democratic nomination for president — the couple will rest on the edge of history. Never before has the spouse of a former president become a major party’s nominee for the post. Cathleen Decker in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/26/16

Trump under oath: New testimony says he planned early anti-immigrant rant -- When Donald Trump used his presidential campaign announcement speech to rail against Mexican immigrants as rapists and sources of other crimes, he’d planned the verbal fusillade in advance but hadn’t discussed it with anyone, the GOP nominee testified in a closed-door deposition last month. Josh Gerstein Politico -- 7/26/16

DNC sought to hide details of Clinton funding deal -- Leaked emails show officials tried to obscure fact that Clinton allowed states to keep only a tiny fraction of proceeds from joint fundraising. Kenneth P. Vogel and Isaac Arnsdorf Politico -- 7/26/16

Volkswagen's $15-billion settlement over emissions cheating gets preliminary OK -- A $15-billion settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal cleared a key hurdle Tuesday, with a federal judge in San Francisco giving preliminary approval to a deal that includes an option for owners to have the carmaker buy back their vehicles. Associated Press -- 7/26/16

California Policy & Politics This Morning   

U.S. judges say California's top court is jeopardizing constitutional rights -- Two federal judges warned Monday that the California Supreme Court’s practice in certain criminal cases was jeopardizing citizens’ constitutional rights. Maura Dolan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/26/16

New California law says couples can live separately under same roof -- A newly signed California law acknowledges the unhappy reality to which many estranged couples can attest: You can share the same address and still be living separately. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/26/16

Who's governor of California? This week, it's not Jerry Brown -- Few would doubt that, in the event of a major emergency in California over the next few days, Gov. Jerry Brown would be fully engaged and directing state personnel even as he sits thousands of miles away at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/26/16

Senate candidate Rep. Loretta Sanchez crashes stage at the Democratic National Convention -- Throughout the first day of the convention, Democrats tried to emphasize diversity, with several presenters speaking Spanish and telling stories of their families in response to Trump’s characterization of immigrants. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/26/16

Morain: Sanchez bumbles like a fox -- Donald Trump should be loving the start of the Democratic National Convention. Dan Morain in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/26/16

Gavin Newsom has pattern of posting other people’s work without credit -- After acknowledging over the weekend that he failed to credit the original author of a nearly identical social media post he signed attacking Donald Trump, a review of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s online publishing this month has found one instance in which he used a word-for-word passage from another source and additional examples of posting other people’s work without attribution. David Siders and Rachel Cohrs in the Sacramento Bee Juliet Williams Associated Press -- 7/26/16

Sacramento Republican will rip Trump in Democratic convention speech -- On the night that Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, Sacramento Republican Doug Elmets, who worked in the Reagan White House and spearheaded construction of a statue of the late president at the California Capitol, will deliver a blistering critique of Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/26/16

LA County sues SoCalGas to force installation of safety shut-off valves -- In the latest legal fallout from the massive Porter Ranch natural gas leak, Los Angeles County went to court Monday seeking to force Southern California Gas Co. to install underground safety shut-off valves on every active gas storage well and distribution pipeline it operates in the county. Elizabeth Aguilera and Paul Glickman KPCC -- 7/26/16

Walters: Misnamed ‘accountability’ system for schools leaves parents in dark -- The state Board of Education is on the verge of approving a mind-bendingly dense system of “accountability” for the state’s K-12 schools. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/26/16

Orange County supervisors to vote on changing their term limits -- The change would institute a lifetime limit of three four-year terms, which could be served consecutively. Currently, supervisors can serve only two consecutive terms but there is no lifetime limit. Jordan Graham in the Orange County Register -- 7/26/16

LAPD officer shot and wounded at South L.A. housing project -- LAPD Deputy Chief Bill Scott said the officer was conscious and breathing and was taken to a hospital for treatment. One person was taken into custody, Scott said. He said he did not know if anyone other than the officer was shot. Matt Hamilton, Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/26/16

Calbuzz: Bernie-Bots Seize The Day, Hillary Wins The Night -- The opening of the Democratic National Convention featured four terrific, formal speeches by heavyweight pols, but it was stand-up comic Sarah Silverman’s ad lib that delivered the pivotal line of the night. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine CalBuzz -- 7/26/16

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Tolls     

Judge: Yorba Linda residents can't use a referendum to void water rate hikes -- An Orange County Superior Court judge ruled Monday in a closely watched case that customers of a water district cannot void rate increases using a referendum. Matt Stevens in the Los Angeles Times$ Denisse Salazar in the Orange County Register -- 7/26/16

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions      

Verizon’s offer for Yahoo: a Pyrrhic victory for Wall Street -- Let the revisionist history begin. After Verizon said Monday it would buy Yahoo’s core search and Internet business for $4.8 billion, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wrote a letter to employees in which she seemed to take credit for a sale that represents “an important step in our plan to unlock shareholder value for Yahoo.” Thomas Lee in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/26/16

Fate of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer unclear -- When Marissa Mayer took the helm at Yahoo in 2012, she was hailed as a savior, the best chance the ailing Internet giant had at turning its fortunes around. Employees pasted up images of her face and the word “hope” in the style of artist Shepard Fairey’s Barack Obama poster. Wendy Lee in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/26/16


Measuring Californians’ Daily Water Footprint -- In California we commonly debate how much water is used by agriculture, the environment, industry and urban users. We talk about water in terms of acre-feet and entire sectors. But we spend less time thinking about water on the individual level. Tara Lohan KQED -- 7/26/16


California Colleges To Post Sex Assault Policies -- Public and private colleges and universities in California must post their sexual harassment policies online and provide copies to all students and faculty under a new law. Associated Press -- 7/26/16

Some districts step up competition for neighbors' veteran teachers -- To better compete in a time of shortage, a handful of districts have negotiated changes in their pay scales that are making it easier to recruit veteran teachers. Doing so isn’t adding to the overall teacher supply or winning friends in neighboring districts. But it is helping some districts solve a personnel crunch as well as provide broader job opportunities for experienced teachers. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 7/26/16


Protests roil over Nevada County’s proposed pot farm rules -- In a Sierra Nevada foothills region long known for marijuana growing, Nevada County supervisors in January enacted a sweeping ban on outdoor and commercial medical marijuana cultivation. But that only triggered a voter revolt. Peter Hecht in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/26/16


Alameda County defends restrictions on gun-shop locations -- Alameda County supervisors have asked a federal appeals court to dismiss a challenge by gun groups to the county’s zoning restrictions on gun stores, arguing that the constitutional right to own firearms doesn’t include a right to sell them wherever you want. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/26/16

Immigration / Border 

In Spanish, Kaine promises immigration reform ‘in the first 100 days’ -- Launching a Spanish-language media tour, Sen. Timothy M. Kaine (D-Va.) vowed that a Clinton administration would begin work on comprehensive immigration reform "in the first 100 days" — echoing promises Clinton has made before, but never in such a setting. Ed O'Keefe and Mary Jordan in the Washington Post$ -- 7/26/16


Cal Poly Pomona raising army of wasps to fight citrus blight -- Cal Poly Pomona is training an army of tiny wasps to battle the Asian citrus psyllid, a voracious pest responsible for crippling the Florida citrus industry that has recently infiltrated Los Angeles County. Steve Scauzillo in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 7/26/16

Why refinery flares cost ExxonMobil nearly $20 million in pollution fines in just two years -- ExxonMobil paid a hefty $18.5 million in fines over the past two years for producing excess sulfur oxide emissions during flaring events at its former refinery in Torrance, the Southern California News Group has learned. Nick Green in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 7/26/16


No Primary Care Doc? Covered California Will Get You One -- Health insurers are gearing up to comply with a new Covered California rule that will require them next year to ensure that all enrollees have a primary care provider. Pauline Bartolone KQED -- 7/26/16

Also . . . 

Mollie Lowery dies at 70; served as a friend of and advocate for people living on L.A.'s sidewalks -- Mollie Lowery, a pioneer in efforts to help people suffering from poverty, addiction and mental illness move out of tents and cardboard boxes on Los Angeles’ sidewalks and into supportive housing, died at her home in Highland Park early Monday. She was 70. Nina Agrawal in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/26/16

Crew filming PG&E commercial robbed at gunpoint -- A crew filming a commercial last week for PG&E in East Oakland was robbed at gunpoint of tens of thousands of dollars worth of video equipment, authorities said Monday. None of the more than half-dozen film crew members and PG&E employees with them were robbed of personal items and there were no injuries. Harry Harris and George Kelly in the East Bay Times -- 7/26/16

200 protest police brutality in downtown Fresno demonstration -- About 200 community members gathered Wednesday evening in downtown Fresno to protest police brutality and urge city leaders to seek solutions to racial divisions. Cresencio Rodriquez-Delgado and Andrea Castillo in the Fresno Bee -- 7/26/16


Michelle Obama's stunning convention speech: 'When they go low, we go high' -- With a graciousness that impressed critics and brought supporters to tears, Michelle Obama on Monday night gave a perfectly pitched convention speech that was a ringing endorsement of Hillary Clinton, a backhanded slap at Donald Trump, and a powerful reminder of the historic nature of her husband’s presidency. Robin Abcarian in the Los Angeles Times$ Krissah Thompson and Ed O'Keefe in the Washington Post$ -- 7/26/16

Boos fade into cheers as Democrats turn focus to fighting Donald Trump -- Democrats began their presidential nominating convention Monday with a struggle to fully unite behind Hillary Clinton, following a dramatic day of intraparty squabbling and protests. Anne Gearan and Abby Phillip in the Washington Post$ -- 7/26/16

McManus: Bernie or bust? His supporters are shouting through the convention -- They booed for hours on the floor of the Democratic convention Monday night: Bernie Sanders supporters unreconciled to the fact that he lost the nomination, fair and square. Doyle McManus in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/26/16

Fact-checking the first night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention -- The opening night of the Democratic National Convention was designed to help foster unity between the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton camps — and attack GOP nominee Donald Trump. Glenn Kessler and Michelle Ye Hee Lee in the Washington Post$ -- 7/26/16

FBI investigating whether Russians hacked Democratic Party's emails to help Donald Trump -- The plot seems ripped from the pages of a post-Cold War espionage thriller: Russian spy services hack into the Democratic Party’s computers, pilfer reams of data and then leak damaging emails in the hopes of helping elect a preferred presidential candidate. Del Quentin Wilber, Tracy Wilkinson and Brian Bennett in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/26/16

For unity, 1 person — the DNC chairwoman — had to be sacrificed -- Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders helped cement the “unity” part of this week’s Democratic convention by agreeing on a major issue: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, had to go. Now. John Wildermuth and Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/26/1

Why Putin hates Hillary -- Behind the allegations of a Russian hack of the DNC is the Kremlin leader's fury at Clinton for challenging the fairness of Russian elections. Michaek Crowley and Julia Ioffe Politico -- 7/26/16


-- Tuesday Updates 

California Gov. Brown vetoes measure that would have allowed cancellation of uncontested elections -- California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday vetoed a bill by the late Sen. Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster) that would have allowed him to cancel an election to fill a vacancy in the Legislature if only one candidate makes the ballot. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/25/16

Sanders supporters reject Democrats' unity plea -- Bernie Sanders built a movement around challenging the Democratic machine, but it may not be his to lead anymore. Now into a second day of protests in hot, sweaty Pennsylvania, agitated Sanders backers are infuriated with the Democratic Party after leaked emails show the establishment putting its finger on the scale for Hillary Clinton and damaging Sanders during this year's highly-contested primaries. Darren Samuelsohn, Burgess Everett, Daniel Strauss and Katie Glueck Politico -- 7/25/16

California is ‘Donald Trump’s worst nightmare,’ Chiang says --I f the California delegation to the Republican National Convention was one of Donald Trump’s most stalwart forces, state Democrats here this week will be his “worst nightmare,” California state Treasurer John Chiang said Monday. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/25/16

Jerry Brown OKs bill to allow rescue of fighting dogs -- The Democratic governor announced on Monday he had signed Assembly Bill 1825, which prevents dogs seized from criminal fighting operations from automatically being designated “vicious.” Dogs that are labeled vicious are typically euthanized; now, animal control and shelter workers can evaluate pooches first to see if they pose a threat. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/25/16

Gov. Jerry Brown signs new laws boosting the humane treatment of animals -- In all, Brown signed 28 bills Monday, including one banning the use of carbon dioxide to euthanize animals that go unclaimed in animal shelters. The proposal expands an existing law outlawing the use of carbon monoxide gas chambers. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/25/16

New law will require temporary license plates in California -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday requiring that newly purchased vehicles in California display temporary license plates, approving the bill despite objections from social justice activists who say it will lead to more fines and economic hardships for poor people. Associated Press -- 7/25/16

'There was nothing stopping it': 10,000 homes evacuated as Sand fire rages in Santa Clarita Valley -- Wind-whipped flames raged overnight in the steep, rugged mountains of the Santa Clarita Valley, charring more than 33,000 acres and threatening thousands of homes. Brittny Mejia, Veronica Rocha, Matt Hamilton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/25/16

Sand fire prompts waves of evacuations in Acton, Santa Clarita area -- More than 1,600 firefighters were battling the raging Sand fire Sunday, which had scorched about 51 square miles in the Angeles National Forest and Santa Clarita area, prompted several waves of evacuations, destroyed 18 homes and may be responsible for one man’s death, authorities said. Brenda Gazzar in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 7/25/16

How overtime has made L.A.'s port pilots the city's best paid employees, averaging $450,000 a year -- The small corps of mariners who guide ships in and out of the Port of Los Angeles are by far the best-paid city employees, averaging nearly $450,000 in salary and bonuses last year. Jack Dolan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/25/16

Sanford Burnham Prebys wants out of Florida -- Talk about great expectations. In 2003, Gov. Jeb Bush said Florida would leap to the “forefront of the biotech industry” when he persuaded the elite Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla to open a branch campus in the Sunshine State. Gary Robbins in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 7/25/16

Kamala Harris to Loretta Sanchez: Apologize to President Obama -- Kamala Harris on Monday called for Democratic U.S. Senate rival Loretta Sanchez to apologize to President Barack Obama for suggesting he endorsed Harris because they are both black. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/25/16

Bernie Sanders supporters drown out Clinton backers at California breakfast -- In a sign of ongoing unrest within the Democratic Party on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention, supporters of Bernie Sanders repeatedly interrupted speakers at a breakfast for California delegates on Monday, chanting the Vermont senator’s name and booing mentions of Hillary Clinton. David Siders and Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/25/16

Day One: Mayhem breaks out at Democratic convention -- Democrats on Monday struggled to contain the chaos that threatened to take hold in Philadelphia, as Debbie Wasserman Schultz bowed out of plans to gavel in the Democratic National Convention and restless Bernie Sanders’ supporters lashed out. Nick Gass Politico -- 7/25/16

Another California Republican running for Congress struggles with questions about Donald Trump -- San Fernando Valley Republican Mark Reed is running an uphill campaign against Rep. Brad Sherman in the safe Democratic district. Thursday night Reed struggled with the same hurdle many down ballot Republicans are confronted with: to what degree are you aligned with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump? Javier Panzar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/25/16

Trump takes lead over Clinton as GOP convention generates a bounce for its nominee -- Through Sunday, the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times “Daybreak” tracking poll of the race shows Trump gaining about three percentage points in the aftermath of the convention. That would be roughly in line with the convention bounces enjoyed by Democratic and Republican nominees in the past three election cycles. David Lauter in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/25/16

Madame President? Wide Range of Feelings Among Women Delegates -- As the Democratic party prepares to make history this week by nominating Hillary Clinton for president, female delegates from California gathered at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Philadelphia expressed feelings ranging from elation to “meh.” Scott Shafer KQED -- 7/25/16

Hoping for Party Unity -- If Democrats want to keep the White House in 2017, they’re going to need to convince people like Katy Roemer to back former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this year. Marisa Lagos KQED -- 7/25/16

Horsey: Pro-Bernie Sanders activists in Philadelphia may get beat by the heat -- The wheels could come off the Democrats’ bandwagon in the next four days, but, on Sunday, this city felt nothing like Cleveland, the site of the Republican National Convention. David Horsey in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/25/16

Fox: Direct Democracy Strategy Questions Raised by Gun Referendums -- Californian’s embrace of direct democracy continues to entrance those who want to legislate from the outside or to undo legislative actions. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 7/25/16

Quinn: Hysteria Over Trump Hits California Media -- The possibility that Donald Trump might win the presidency has set off high decibels of hysteria among the political establishment, and no more so than in blue California. Despite an historic level of unpopularity in California, it is quite possible Trump could be elected. Tony Quinn Fox & Hounds -- 7/25/16