California Policy & Politics This Morning   

New poll: 75 percent of Californians support local mandatory water-use restrictions -- Few local water agencies have forced customers to cut their water use amid the ongoing drought, but a new poll shows a large majority of Californians support mandates to turn off the tap. Jessica Calefati in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 7/24/14

Drought Becomes Top Environmental Priority for Californians -- In a statewide poll conducted during the second week of July, more than a third of respondents (35 percent) cited water supply and drought as “the most important environmental issue facing California today.” That more than doubled the second most popular response, which was air pollution. Craig Miller KQED -- 7/24/14

Poll: Californians support global warming rules - unless gas prices rise -- Californians continue to strongly support their state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases – until they find out it involves higher gasoline prices, according to a new poll released Wednesday. Dan Smith in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/24/14

California climate change policies to hit pocketbooks -- Come January 2015, gasoline and other fuels will for the first time fall under the state's cap-and-trade system for reining in greenhouse gas emissions. Prices at the pump could rise as a result. David R. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/24/14

Poll says Gov. Brown has nearly 20-point lead over challenger Kashkari -- Gov. Jerry Brown has a nearly 20-point advantage over GOP challenger Neel Kashkari, according to a poll released Wednesday, which also found strong support among Californians for the state's landmark global warming law. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/24/14

Majority of Voters in New Poll Pick Brown for Another Term -- The newest poll in the 2014 race for governor finds a bit of new political history being made by Gov. Jerry Brown: the first chief executive in California in almost three decades to have a majority of voter support going in to a reelection campaign season. John Myers KQED -- 7/24/14

Skelton: Gov. Jerry Brown resists unzipping school construction wallet -- Who can be against building, modernizing or repairing schools? It's good for children and creates jobs. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/24/14

Brown praises judicial nominee’s credentials, background -- Explaining his nomination of Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar to the California Supreme Court at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Jerry Brown emphasized Cuéllar’s academic credentials and noted that he was “not unaware” of California’s diversity as he decided whom to appoint. Isabelle Taft in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/24/14

With Mexico trip around corner, Gov. Jerry Brown praises relationship -- Gov. Jerry Brown, attending a lunch with Mexico's secretary of foreign affairs Wednesday, said his upcoming trip to California's southern neighbor would help "forge new relations into the future." Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/24/14

California inmates win class-action status over race-based treatment -- A federal judge in Sacramento on Wednesday awarded class-action status to California prison inmates who allege that their rights are violated by what they say are widespread instances of race-based punishment. Paige St. John in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/24/14

Signs of donor fatigue at Obama's Bay Area fundraisers -- There was no listed price for tickets for Obama's morning appearance at a roundtable in San Francisco for the House Majority PAC - the type of intimate gathering for which admission is usually $32,400 per person, the legal maximum. Some donors said tickets had been offered for a deep discount. Carla Marinucci in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/24/14

In Los Angeles, Obama gives his die-hard supporters a tough-love talk -- President Obama delivered a tough-love talk to his biggest boosters Wednesday, telling Democratic donors gathered in Los Angeles that they need to step it up before November if he’s going to get much done in his last two years in office. Seema Mehta, Kathleen Hennessey in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/24/14

Obama visit to L.A. brings protest by artists, more traffic complaints -- President Obama landed at Los Angeles International Airport around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday amid protests from both commuters and street artists. "POTUS has arrived at LAX," the Los Angeles Airport Police Department wrote in a tweet, including a photo of the president's airplane. Caitlin Owens in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/24/14

White House Pool report: “You’re chronicling the slow deterioration of Barack Obama” -- As one of two local print pool reporters covering the President’s visit to Los Altos Hills today, we filed raw reports to the White House press pool about the Obama remarks at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser in the home of George and Judy Marcus. Carla Marinucci in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/24/14

Hillary Clinton puts kids in front of politics in Oakland -- Wednesday was a day off from politics for former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who spent the morning in Oakland with babies, small children and their parents, talking about talking. John Wildermuth in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/24/14

Former Bell Mayor George Cole gets home confinement in corruption case -- George Cole, a former steelworker who became mayor of Bell and was swept up in the corruption case that enveloped the tiny city, was sentenced Wednesday to 180 days of home confinement and ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service. The sentence was much less severe than the prison time Los Angeles County prosecutors had requested. Jeff Gottleib in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/24/14

Former rival endorses Bobby Shriver for L.A. County supervisor -- Former Malibu mayor Pamela Conley Ulich on Wednesday endorsed Bobby Shriver, her former rival, to replace Zev Yaroslavsky on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Catherine Saillant in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/24/14

Former Councilman Richard Alarcon, wife guilty of voter fraud, perjury -- Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife were convicted Wednesday of some but not all voter-fraud and perjury charges brought in a case that accused them of lying about where they lived so he would be qualified to run for his council seat. Soumya Karlamangla in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/24/14

Dementia expert is final witness in Sterling trial -- A dementia expert raised questions about whether two doctors properly conducted mental exams that found longtime Clippers owner Donald Sterling mentally incapacitated as testimony concluded Wednesday in the trial to determine whether Shelly Sterling acted properly when she sold the team in May without her husband's consent. James Rainey, Nathan Fenno in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/24/14

Will: Neel Kashkari could be California’s Goldwater -- Neel Kashkari is not, as some careless commentary suggests, an anti-Goldwater, diluting the state party’s conservatism. He is Goldwater 2.0, defining conservatism a ­half-century on. George Will in the Washington Post$ -- 7/24/14

Economy, Employers, Jobs   

Film, TV productions follow the money — away from California, says report -- Most film and television productions turned down for a subsidy from the state of California over a recent four-year period ended up shooting in other states or countries, according to a new report released Wednesday. Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Daily News$ Richard Verrier in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/24/14

Spin-off: LAT awaits the unknown -- For the 133-year-old Los Angeles Times and other print news publications adapting to the digital media age, the only thing that’s certain is an uncertain future. Connor Grubaugh Capitol Weekly -- 7/24/14

Concord to eliminate retirement benefits, limit lifetime health coverage for future elected officials -- Under the proposal, the city would create a new employee group for future elected officials who would not receive retirement benefits through the California Public Employees Retirement System, known as CalPERS. Lisa P. White in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 7/24/14

Facebook Share Price Hits All-Time High Of $75 After Hours Thanks To Strong Q2 Numbers -- Facebook’s stock infamously took a nosedive in the months following its public debut in 2012 after analysts wondered if the social network was too overhyped in its IPO and employee share lockups expired. But those days now seem a distant memory. Ingrid Lunden TechCrunch -- 7/24/14

Broadcom to shed chip unit, 2,500 jobs -- Tech giant Broadcom Corp. is ditching its once-lucrative cellular baseband chip unit – a move that will lead to 2,500 job cuts or 20 percent of its total global workforce, the company reported this week. The Irvine-based company has been an outfitter of chips, or the “brains,” for iPhones since the device’s second generation. Lily Leung in the Orange County Register$ -- 7/24/14

Bay Area officials take trip to discuss Olympic bid -- Mayoral adviser Tony Winnicker will head to Colorado Springs Thursday along with Giants CEO Larry Baer, Olympian and Bay Area native Anne Cribbs and venture capitalist Steve Strandberg to sit down with the U.S. Olympic Committee and chat about a possible 2024 bid for the Summer Games. Marisa Lagos in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/24/14

San Francisco landlords sue to stop ‘oppressive’ renter relocation payments -- San Francisco property owners are fighting back against a new ordinance requiring them to make payments that can reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars when they displace tenants. Eric Young San Francisco Business Times -- 7/24/14

Education

Brown keeps mostly mum on teacher tenure ruling -- In his first public comments on the controversial Vergara v. California ruling that struck down teacher tenure laws in June, Governor Jerry Brown said only that attorney general Kamala Harris had on Monday filed a request for additional information from the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Isabelle Taft in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/24/14

LAUSD and UTLA far apart on teacher contract talks -- Los Angeles Unified administrators and teacher union leaders will enter their first round of contract negotiations this afternoon divided by roughly $280 million per year for pay raises and even further apart on matters that directly affect classrooms. Thomas Himes in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 7/24/14

Guidance shows light at end of teachers’ bleak tunnel -- Much of the disproportionally high rate of teacher turnover in hard-to-staff schools serving high-poverty students can be attributed to a lack of quality induction programs for beginning teachers, according to guidance released earlier this month. Alisha Kirby Cabinet Report -- 7/24/14

CCSF still in bad shape, accrediting commission says -- City College of San Francisco remains out of compliance with eight accreditation standards, so the threat to revoke its accreditation stands, said the commission that set July 31 for the action that would shut the college down. Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/24/14

CSU enrollment will grow - but not by the 20,000 it hoped for -- California State University system officials say they will grow the number of students they admit by 10,000 in the next year instead of 20,000 because they did not receive the extra funding they sought from the state. Will Kane in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/24/14

‘Earn and learn’ through apprenticeships -- For Sherrie Tullsen-Chin, taking college-level courses and receiving on-the-job training never paid so well. Michelle Maitre EdSource -- 7/24/14

Drought  

Major California reservoirs below 50% capacity as drought wears on -- Most of California's major reservoirs are now less than half-full -- or at what officials call a "seriously low" level -- but that's still nowhere near the historic lows set in 1977, the state's driest year on record. Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/24/14

Why the California drought affects everyone -- The state’s driest three-year stretch in more than a century is taking its toll as farmers fallow fields, consumers see food prices rise and the land in the Central Valley literally sinks. Katharine Mieszkowski Center for Investigative Reporting -- 7/24/14

Immigration / Border

Brown Says California Ready To Help In Immigration Crisis -- Brown says it’s primarily up to federal government to deal with the influx of immigrant children crossing into the United State from Central America. But he says strong relationships between places like Mexico and California can help ease the situation. Katie Orr Capital Public Radio -- 7/24/14

ACLU Considers Legal Action Against Escondido Over Migrant Shelter -- The ACLU is considering legal action against the city of Escondido after its Planning Commission refused to allow a shelter there for immigrant youth caught sneaking across the border. Jill Replogle KPBS -- 7/24/14

Eligible California immigrants not receiving healthcare, Pan says -- California immigrants who are newly eligible for government health care are being rebuffed because of inadequate communication between public agencies, Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, and advocates warned on Wednesday. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/24/14

Congress dithers on migrant agreement -- House Republicans and Senate Democrats don’t agree on much when it comes to addressing the massive influx of young migrants crossing the Texas border. But senior figures in both parties are privately in sync on one critical point: Legislation addressing the crisis won’t become law until September at best — if a bill ever makes it off Capitol Hill at all. Jake Sherman, Seung Min Kim Politico Lisa Mascaro, Kate Linthicum in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/24/14

House Republicans unveil plan to deal with border crisis -- A House Republican plan to address the influx of illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border would cost considerably less than President Obama has requested but could get upended by the political forces that long have divided GOP lawmakers. Ed O'Keefe and Robert Costa in the Washington Post$ -- 7/24/14

Obama sends team to Texas to assess need for National Guard deployment -- President Barack Obama has sent a team to Texas to assess whether a U.S. National Guard deployment would help to handle an immigration crisis at the Mexican border, White House officials told Reuters on Wednesday, having so far resisted Republican calls for such a move. Jeff Mason Reuters -- 7/24/14

Advocates defend law that guarantees most immigrant children a hearing -- Several leading immigrant advocacy groups are warning against changes to a law that guarantees immigration hearings for most unaccompanied minors apprehended at the border. Kate Linthicum in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/24/14

Environment

The White House Has a Plan to Stop Oil Train Explosions—Eventually -- The fixes include phasing out old tank cars, enforcing lower speed limits, using better brakes, and possibly making railroads reroute trains containing large amounts of oil around populated areas. Matthew Philips Bloomberg Businessweek -- 7/24/14

Ships and blue whales on a collision course off California coast -- Blue whales cluster for long periods of time in the busy Pacific Ocean shipping lanes off the California coast, raising concern about collisions between vessels and the endangered marine mammals, a new study has found. Geoffrey Mohan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/24/14

Health

Gilead hepatitis C pill reaches $3.48 billion in quarterly sales -- Despite criticism from insurers and lawmakers, Gilead Sciences said Wednesday its $1,000-a-day hepatitis C pill had improved on its record-setting debut as it reached $3.48 billion in sales last quarter. Stephanie M. Lee in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/24/14

Dignity Health, Anthem Blue Cross continue talks beyond contract termination deadline -- San Francisco-based Dignity Health and Anthem Blue Cross have gone into overtime on negotiations for a new contract, but both sides appeared confident of an eventual agreement. Mark Glover in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/24/14

California pharmacies resist push to translate drug labels -- Some health advocates want the California State Board of Pharmacy to require pharmacies to provide translated prescription labels for limted-English speakers. Sammy Caiola in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/24/14

New law enhances residents' rights in residential care facilities for elderly -- Residential care facilities for the elderly will soon have greater representation among their residents, thanks to a bill Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Wednesday. Katie Nelson in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 7/24/14

Obamacare ruling could affect employer mandate, local broker says -- A federal court decision Tuesday that throws into question government subsidies provided through the federal insurance exchange doesn’t affect California directly, but it could have an impact on Affordable Care Act funding through employer fines, a local insurance broker says. Kathy Robertson Sacramento Business Journal -- 7/24/14

Also . . .

Orange County supervisors vote to buy building planned for year-round homeless shelter -- They set their sights on a $3.6 million site on Normandy Place in Santa Ana. They envision a facility that would offer multiple services for families and individuals. Erika Ritchie in the Orange County Register$ -- 7/24/14

Arizona execution takes nearly 2 hours; governor orders review -- The execution of a convicted murderer in Arizona lasted nearly two hours Wednesday, and witnesses said he gasped and snorted for much of that time before dying. Mark Berman in the Washington Post$ -- 7/24/14

NSA / Surveillance   

To snag hit-and-run drivers, officials want to tap technology and public’s help -- With the number of hit-and-run cases reaching what officials called epidemic proportions, a state official joined Wednesday with local officials and advocates to urge passage of a program creating a “Yellow Alert” system to get help from the public. Rick Orlov in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 7/24/14

Why the NSA Keeps Tracking People Even After They're Dead -- A newly disclosed government rule book reveals just how easy it is to get placed on a terrorist watch list—and how difficult it can be to get taken off. Dustin Volz National Journal -- 7/24/14

POTUS 44    

Woman in labor prevented from crossing street to hospital over Obama's motorcade -- A pregnant woman in labor Wednesday afternoon was not allowed to cross the street to get to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by authorities in Los Angeles because President Barack Obama's motorcade was going to come through the area. Ryan Parker in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/24/14

‘The slow deterioration of Barack Obama’ -- "I’ve got so many friends, so many people who have supported me for so long. As I look back, I realize how many of you have pictures of me with no gray hair," Obama said as the crowd laughed. "You’re chronicling the slow deterioration of Barack Obama." Katie Zezima in the Washington Post$ -- 7/24/14

Barack Obama locks out the press — again -- President Barack Obama went to the West Coast to meet donors from two top Democratic super PACs, but the press wasn’t invited. Edward-Isaac Dovere, Josh Gerstein Politico -- 7/24/14

World crises drown out Obama's economic message for midterm election -- As President Obama delivered a pitch to donors at a Democratic fundraiser Tuesday night, events forced him to change a key piece of his by now well-rehearsed description of the political landscape. Kathleen Hennessey in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/24/14

Beltway

Police: Man with gun tried to enter House office -- The man, who police later identified as Ronald William Prestage, was stopped shortly after 9:20 a.m. as he was passing through the Cannon House Office rotunda during an administrative screening process. Police discovered Prestage was carrying a 9mm Ruger, according to USCP Officer Shennell Antrobus. Kendall Breitman Politico -- 7/24/14

Bob Dole returns to Capitol, takes on GOP critics of disability treaty -- As they renewed their uphill battle Wednesday to ratify an international treaty on disability rights, Senate supporters focused on the potential benefits for disabled veterans and accused treaty opponents of “sowing lies and discord.” Michael Memoli in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/24/14

Conservative groups fell Swalwell’s bipartisan bill -- A Bay Area House member’s bill to step up the nation’s exploration of critical elements – used in tech products, aircraft and renewable energy projects – failed this week after two conservative groups urged its defeat. Josh Richman Political Blotter -- 7/24/14

Legislation to close loophole in GI Bill college aid dies in minutes -- Legislation designed to prevent for-profit colleges from gaming the federal aid system and exploiting veterans died within 15 minutes of being introduced earlier this month. Aaron Glantz Center for Investigative Reporting -- 7/24/14