California Policy & Politics This Morning  

California farmers, winemakers kick dirt over Chinese tariffs -- California's vintners and growers fumed Friday at the growing prospect that wine, nuts, fruit and other Golden State exports would become collateral damage in a trade battle between President Trump and China. Geoffrey Mohan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/24/18

New Chinese tariffs could be a blow to California’s wine industry -- China’s announcement on Friday that it would impose new tariffs on U.S. goods came as unwelcome news to California vintners, who anticipate that the extra 15 percent charge on wine that China is planning could have disastrous effects on an increasingly important segment of their businesses. Esther Mobley in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 3/24/18

California would be on front lines of US-China trade war -- China’s Ministry of Commerce singled out 128 products imported from the United States, worth about $3 billion annually, that could face higher tariffs if the two countries don’t defuse rising tensions. The tariffs would be imposed in steps, and some of California’s prime exports to China — including nuts, fruits and wine — would be among the first hit. Each would face a new 15 percent tariff. David R. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 3/24/18

After police kill unarmed black man, Sacramento mayor asks, 'Is there not another way?' -- With raw emotions still spilling onto the streets of his city, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg is asking the same question many ask after an unarmed black man is shot dead by police: Isn’t there another way? Ryan Lillis in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/24/18

Protests continue in Sacramento over police shooting of Stephon Clark -- The police killing of an unarmed African American man in Sacramento has ignited protests around the state capital and energized members of the Black Lives Matter movement, who are demanding accountability from law enforcement. Evan Sernoffsky and Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 3/24/18

Protesters jump on police cars in south Sacramento. Tense standoff ensues -- A vigil for Stephon Clark, the 22-year-old unarmed black man shot dead by Sacramento police Sunday, turned into an ugly standoff between officers and protesters just as it was about to end late Friday night. Nashelly Chavez, Cathy Locke and Hudson Sangree in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/24/18

This police protester thought he was busted. He ended up chatting with Vivek Ranadive -- Near the end of a dramatic and angry protest that forced Golden 1 Center arena to go on emergency lockdown for hours Thursday night, demonstration organizer Barry Accius got a surprise and slightly unnerving invitation. A King's representative approached him in the plaza outside as the crowd dispersed, saying team co-owner Vivek Ranadive, former player Doug Christie and others wanted to talk to him. Inside. Tony Bizjak and Anita Chabria in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/24/18

California police shooting of unarmed black man forcing look at policies -- Did police tell an unarmed black man who they were before shooting him to death in a dark backyard in Sacramento, California? That question is forcing an examination of policies dictating when and how police identify themselves while encountering suspects. Sharon Bernstein, Alex Dobuzinskis Reuters -- 3/24/18

DeMarcus Cousins offers to pay for funeral of Sacramento man shot by police -- He doesn’t play in Sacramento anymore, but NBA star DeMarcus Cousins is still offering to give back to his old community. Jacob Bogage in the Washington Post$ -- 3/24/18

On the road for gun control, Parkland students bring their stories to L.A. schools -- One day in February may have saved Mia Freeman's life. A second day changed it forever. On Feb. 2, Mia's fourth-period class, which had been meeting in her high school's freshman building, was moved back to its original classroom space on another part of the campus. Joy Resmovits in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/24/18

Students lead the way in marches around U.S., Southern California, in push for stronger gun-control laws -- Thousands of people are expected to turn up March 24 at marches aimed at filling streets, sidewalks and other public spaces around Los Angeles and Orange counties and the Inland Empire. Elizabeth Chou in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 3/24/18

School districts across Southern California consider safety changes in wake of Florida shooting -- When a shooter killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012, schools across the country beefed up security and safety measures. Santa Ana Unified, one of the state’s few school districts with its own police department, sent officers to a debriefing in Connecticut to learn from the tragedy. Kelly Puente in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 3/24/18

Motive a mystery in car explosion at Travis Air Force Base -- Federal investigators on Friday said that the person who drove a burning minivan filled with propane and gas tanks into the front gate of Travis Air Force Base in Northern California was a 51-year-old Bay Area man originally from India. Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/24/18

L.A. may roll back ban on city travel to Arizona -- Nearly eight years ago, Los Angeles lawmakers decided to protest an Arizona law targeting illegal immigration by barring city employees from traveling there on municipal business and urging city departments to avoid doing business with Arizona firms. Now the city is poised to roll back those restrictions. At a committee meeting Friday, council members recommended ending the boycott. Emily Alpert Reyes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/24/18

Skelton: Nancy McFadden: A fearless trailblazer and loyal friend -- Nancy McFadden was 10 years old when she moved from the East Coast to California with her divorced mother and brother. When she gave the commencement speech at San Jose State University in 2014, she talked about how scary that move was, and how “at every big fork in the road in my life – at every point of my life – I’ve known fear.” Karen Skelton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/24/18

Design flaw may lurk in nuclear waste canisters buried at San Onofre -- Four nuclear waste canisters with a potentially defective design have been loaded with spent fuel and buried in a “concrete monolith” yards from the beach at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Teri Sforza in the Orange County RegisterAlison St John KPBS -- 3/24/18

Worried about being on top of an earthquake fault? New California maps will let you know on a smartphone -- The California Geological Survey has published an easy-to-use interactive map online — type in your address or share your location on your smartphone, and, voila, you’ll know if you stand in a fault zone. Or, for that matter, a place at risk of liquefaction or a landslide unleashed by an earthquake. Rong-Gong Lin II in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/24/18

Warszawski: Want to send Dreamers back to Mexico? If you met one, you'd probably change your mind -- Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado remembers looking up through the window and seeing sunshine and blue skies. His first image of America. Marek Warszawski in the Fresno Bee -- 3/24/18

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

Facebook Tries to Calm Advertisers After Cambridge Analytica Crisis -- A handful of marketers suspended advertising on Facebook Inc. as the company hustled to quell anxiety about its platform in the wake of revelations that an outside company improperly handled data on tens of millions of its users. Lara O’Reilly and Suzanne Vranica in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 3/24/18


Judge Says He Expects County to Keep Promise of Beds for Riverbed Homeless -- U.S. District Judge David O. Carter expects county officials to follow through on their promise to provide an appropriate place to sleep for the hundreds of homeless people who used to live along the Santa Ana River Trail, according to federal court documents. Nick Gerda -- 3/24/18


L.A. panel comes out against Sacramento's sweeping housing bill -- A key committee of the Los Angeles City Council came out Friday against a California bill aimed at increasing the number of locations where multistory residential buildings can be constructed in the city. David Zahniser in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/24/18

Boost to affordable housing is part of new $1.3-trillion federal budget -- In passing a $1.3-trillion spending package, Congress didn't just avert a government shutdown. It also provided a boost to affordable housing developers who say their projects have been delayed — even killed — by recent tax law changes. Andrew Khouri in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/24/18


California bans chemicals used in frozen yogurt, Slurpee machines -- The chemical class, a type of refrigerant known as hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, is used in supermarket refrigerators, frozen yogurt dispensers, Slurpee machines, chilled vending machines and foams used in construction. Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/24/18

Also . . . 

Two men arrested in $8.4-million cocaine bust in the Inland Empire -- Two men are behind bars in connection with a drug bust involving a dozen law enforcement agencies that led to the seizure of $8.4 million in cocaine, the Orange County Sheriff's Department announced Friday. The item is in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/24/18

POTUS 45  

Trump’s governing strategy: Overpromise, underdeliver -- The president’s spotty track record of bold promises has created a credibility gap – but his supporters don’t seem to mind. Matthew Nussbaum Politico -- 3/24/18

Fact Check: Trump’s Objections Require Some Corrections -- As President Trump prepared on Friday to sign a $1.3 trillion spending bill, just hours after threatening to veto it, he offered a few misleading and selectively worded claims to explain why he was reluctantly authorizing the legislation. Linda Qiu in the New York Times$ -- 3/24/18


-- Friday Updates 

Elon Musk tweets support for #deletefacebook and shuts down Tesla and SpaceX pages -- SpaceX and Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk supported the call to #deletefacebook, as the Facebook pages of his two most prominent companies vanished Friday morning. Samantha Masunaga in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/23/18

Facebook, Google spending big bucks to fight California data privacy measure -- The California Consumer Privacy Act would require big companies to disclose the type of information they gather, explain how it is shared or sold and give people the right to prevent businesses from spreading their personal data. The initiative has months to qualify for the November ballot and will likely become one of the most expensive fights this year. Taryn Luna in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/23/18

Nancy McFadden, a key architect of Gov. Jerry Brown's political renaissance, loses her battle with cancer -- Nancy McFadden, who translated the sweeping agenda of Gov. Jerry Brown's return to power into legislative action and established law as his top advisor, died Thursday after battling ovarian cancer. In January, she stepped away from her daily state Capitol duties to receive additional medical treatment. A spokesman for the governor said McFadden died Thursday night at her home in Sacramento, surrounded by family and friends. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ Kathleen Ronayne Associated Press Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ Chuck McFadden Capitol Weekly -- 3/23/18

Names of officers in Stephon Clark shooting released by civil rights attorney -- The names of the two officers who shot Stephon Clark in Sacramento on Sunday were released Friday by a prominent civil rights attorney in Oakland. A representative from the law office of John Burris in Oakland said that the two officers who fired 10 shots each at Clark were Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet. Anita Chabria and Benjy Egel in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/23/18

Did Stephon Clark obey officers' orders to show his hands before he was shot? -- Although the case remains under investigation, veteran Sacramento civil rights attorney Mark Reichel reviewed the videos for The Bee and said he cannot see evidence that would lead to criminal charges against the officers. But he added that there are disturbing aspects to parts of the video that require investigation, including a snippet where one officer appears to confirm after the shooting that Clark had obeyed their commands to show his hands. Sam Stanton and Paul Kitagaki in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/23/18

Inspectors drain reservoir, check Moccasin Dam — evacuation still in place -- The relatively small, 60-foot dam, which is used primarily to regulate stream flows between larger reservoirs, was overwhelmed with water and debris Thursday afternoon and began to leak, authorities said. Fears that the earthen structure wouldn’t be able to hold back the creek prompted the evacuation of a fish hatchery beneath the dam, a nearby campground and a handful of homes. Michael Cabanatuan and Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 3/23/18

Football tickets, helicopter rides, free flights: Here are the gifts candidates for California governor received last year -- From Rose Bowl tickets to helicopter rides to all-expenses-paid junkets to China and Mexico, the candidates running for California governor reported receiving nearly $30,000 in gifts and free travel last year — including from organizations with vested interests in state policy. Casey Tolan in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/23/18

Watchdog agency that told ex-Sen. Tony Mendoza he could tap legal defense fund withdraws that advice -- California’s political campaign watchdog panel voted Thursday to withdraw an advice letter its attorneys sent to former Sen. Tony Mendoza that indicated he could use contributions from supporters to a legal defense fund in connection with an investigation of sexual harassment. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/23/18

San Diego lawmaker wants to make it harder for local police to obtain tanks and other military vehicles -- A new bill from a San Diego lawmaker aims to prevent California police departments from obtaining military-grade equipment without the explicit approval of local government. “This bill helps further the impression that a police department is there to serve,” Democratic Assemblyman Todd Gloria said. “That’s a very different objective than national defense.” Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/23/18

KQED’s “Political Breakdown” podcast: Newsom for Governor Campaign Manager Addisu Demissie talks with KQED’s Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos about lessons learned working for presidential winners and losers, how he picks the candidates he works for and why losing Pennsylvania in 2016 remains a puzzle to the Clinton campaign. Plus – San Francisco’s wild mayoral candidates’ debate. Link here -- 3/23/18 

Fox: Familiarity, Not Policy, Drives Voter Support -- If policy and positioning were paramount, you would think that gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom and U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León, who share similar positions on the left of the policy scale, would be doing about the same with likely voters who self-identify as Liberals. According to the poll, that is not the case. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 3/23/18

California gains 14,000 jobs, and unemployment continues to fall -- California's job engine appears robust in the eighth year of an economic expansion, even if there are growing headwinds on the horizon after President Trump announced new tariffs this week. Andrew Khouri in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/23/18

Amid homeless ’emergency,’ LA seeks to house every person on street by end of the year -- The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to develop an “emergency” plan aimed at immediately sheltering all of the city’s homeless individuals who are still living out in the open, such as in tents, mobile homes and on sidewalks. Elizabeth Chou in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 3/23/18

Senate panel calls on Zuckerberg to testify -- The leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee Froday called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before their panel amid the controversy over reports that Trump-linked Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained data on 50 million Facebook users. Ashley Gold Politico -- 3/23/18