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U.S. judge blocks Trump order threatening funds for 'sanctuary' cities -- A federal judge placed a nationwide hold Tuesday on President Trump’s order to strip funds from municipal governments that refuse to cooperate fully with immigration agents. Maura Dolan in the Los Angeles Times$ Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Tatiana Sanchez in the San Jose Mercury$ Sudhin Thanawala Associated Press -- 4/25/17

Auditor rips UC for keeping millions in secret fund -- The University of California’s headquarters hid $175 million from the public in a secret fund while the Office of the President was demanding more state funds, according to a report released Tuesday by state Auditor Elaine Howle. Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/25/17

Trump Election Complicates Noncitizen Voting in San Francisco -- Lost amid Donald Trump’s stunning upset in the election in November was the passage of a controversial San Francisco ballot measure. Proposition N will allow noncitizens with children to vote in local school board elections. But now, with immigrant communities worried over the Trump administration cracking down on sanctuary cities, that might be easier said than done. Scott Shafer KQED -- 4/25/17

Wanting reassurances, legislators press water officials on details of Oroville Dam contract -- California lawmakers pressed state officials Tuesday on the repair effort at Oroville Dam, demanding to see contract details to make sure the bulk of the work will be completed in time for the next rainy season. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/25/17

New warning: Schools face ‘mini-recession’ tied to pension costs -- Superintendent Deborah Bettencourt took the unusual step this month of sending an email to Folsom Cordova Unified families and staff warning that the school district faces two years of red ink. Schools throughout the state are entering an “uncertain economic period,” Bettencourt said in a rare budget email blast. Loretta Kalb in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/25/17

Talbot: After police kill: DA Gascón’s dilemma -- In the six years that George Gascón has been San Francisco district attorney, he has brought 18 misconduct cases against local law enforcement officers. The charges have ranged from embezzlement to bank robbery to assault. But he has brought no criminal charges in the more than 40 San Francisco police shootings that have occurred on his watch, of which 19 have been fatal. David Talbot in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/25/17

Knight: Homeless man’s death highlights staff shortages at San Francisco call center -- Nobody in San Francisco seems to have known much about William Ellis. He was a 66-year-old veteran with no family and no home. He was gruff, earning the nickname “Grumpy Old Man,” and he walked with the help of a cane. Heather Knight in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/25/17

Fox: Split roll property tax proposal is really a pension tax -- When state Sens. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, introduce a split roll property tax to increase taxes on business property, you’ll hear arguments from advocates that the tax money is for the schools and local services such as libraries and police. In actuality, the measure is a tax to fund public employee pensions and health care costs. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 4/25/17

County prosecutor Andrew Janz says he’ll challenge Devin Nunes for Congress seat -- A violent-crimes prosecutor with the Fresno County District Attorney’s office is planning to challenge incumbent Rep. Devin Nunes in California’s 22nd Congressional District election in 2018. Tim Sheehan in the Fresno Bee Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/25/17

California Rep. Grace Napolitano will run for an 11th term in Congress -- Napolitano, 80, pointed to her seniority and experience — 10 terms in Congress — in a campaign announcement Tuesday. Javier Panzar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/25/17

Divided Santa Ana Council Removes Acting City Manager Before He Chooses Acting Police Chief -- Santa Ana City Hall experienced another high-profile ousting Monday evening, with a narrow majority of the City Council immediately removing the acting city manager, Gerardo Mouet, as he prepared to choose an acting police chief. Nick Gerda VoiceofOC.org -- 4/25/17

The Media Bubble Is Worse Than You Think -- The results read like a revelation. The national media really does work in a bubble, something that wasn’t true as recently as 2008. And the bubble is growing more extreme. Scott Shafer and Tucker Doherty Politico -- 4/25/17


California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Gov. Jerry Brown warns labor members of Republican public works plans that might 'enrich Wall Street' -- Gov. Jerry Brown warned on Monday that what he's heard so far from President Trump and congressional Republicans on a major new infrastructure plan sounds more like a way of benefiting the private sector. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/25/17

Rep. Ted Lieu town hall turns raucous when Trump supporters show up -- A town hall meeting sponsored by U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu devolved into a raucous face-off even before it started Monday night when a handful of Donald Trump supporters disrupted a largely Democratic crowd calling for the president’s impeachment. Megan Barnes in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 4/25/17

Anticipating a shift to the right in the courts, the NRA begins its attack on gun controls in California -- The state affiliate of the National Rifle Assn. on Monday filed the first in a series of planned court challenges opposing sweeping new gun control laws approved in California in the wake of the San Bernardino terror attacks. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/25/17

Assembly gives final approval to $1 billion in side deals made before vote on gas-tax increase -- The state Assembly voted to give final approval Monday to nearly $1 billion for transportation projects in the districts of five lawmakers who voted two weeks ago in favor of a gas-tax increase after previously being undecided. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ Katy Murphy in the East Bay Times Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ Ben Adler Capital Public Radio Sophia Bollag Associated Press -- 4/25/17

State kept these Oroville Dam documents secret at first. Now they’ve partially released two of them -- Responding to criticism about secrecy around the Oroville Dam repair effort, California officials released two redacted reports Monday from outside engineers consulting on plans to fix the dam’s battered spillways. Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow in the Sacramento Bee$ Ellen Knickmeyer Associated Press -- 4/25/17

Water under Oroville spillway probably caused February collapse, state consultants say -- Official reports released Monday say the catastrophic damage to Oroville Dam’s main spillway probably stemmed from swift water flows under the concrete chute, which was cracked and of uneven thickness. Bettina Boxall in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/25/17

California lawmakers push to link public health efforts to climate programs -- The legislation, a revised version of a measure introduced earlier this year, would link the state’s efforts against greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming, and other pollutants, which cause public health problems such as asthma. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/25/17

Hiltzik: Did 'people power' save a trove of EPA data from a shutdown by Trump? -- The notice over the weekend shocked scientific and technical researchers on environmental issues: The Environmental Protection Agency’s 5-year-old open data website, a trove of data on air, water and ground pollution and the sources of toxic chemical releases, was about to be shut down. Michael Hiltzik in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/25/17

Orange County Republican Rep. Ed Royce picks up a 2018 challenger -- A former chemistry professor will challenge longtime Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) — one of the seven Republican members of Congress in California whom the Democratic party has said it will target for defeat in the 2018 midterm elections. Phil Janowicz, a former chemistry professor at Cal State Fullerton who now runs a education consulting firm, is a first-time candidate. He'll start his campaign Tuesday. Javier Panzar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/25/17

Armenian genocide march draws thousands in LA, Schiff rips Trump’s response -- Tens of thousands of people jammed city streets Monday to mark the 102nd anniversary of the 1915 Armenian genocide, calling for recognition and remembrance of the mass killings of more than a million people. Marianne Love in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 4/25/17

Rivalry in the air as Newsom and Villaraigosa march with Armenians in Los Angeles -- An Armenian march across Los Angeles on Monday served as a stage for the budding rivalry between Antonio Villaraigosa and Gavin Newsom as the two Democrats vied for the loyalty of a key constituency in next year’s race for governor. Michael Finnegan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/25/17

Walters: Trumpies trap California politicians on immigration -- The war of words between the Trump administration and California politicians about illegal immigration escalated during the weekend – over mostly nothing. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/25/17

CA120: Politics in the digital age -- This past election cycle rewrote the rules for digital campaigning. Paul Mitchell Capitol Weekly -- 4/25/17

Ann Coulter’s backers at Berkeley file lawsuit -- A UC Berkeley student group filed a federal lawsuit Monday accusing the university of unconstitutionally censoring conservative speech, days after administrators said they could not safely accommodate right-wing commentator Ann Coulter on campus this week. Michael Bodley and Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/25/17

California further delays lethal injection regulations -- California corrections officials are delaying their new lethal injection regulations by four months, officials announced Monday, pushing back this week's deadline until late August. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation needs more time to update the proposed rules after an initial version was rejected by state regulators in December, spokeswoman Terry Thornton said. Don Thompson Associated Press -- 4/25/17

After report of “sexting,” top investigator leaves DA’s office -- The chief investigator for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office has left his job two years after being accused of “sexting” while on duty. While it’s not clear if the sexting allegation and the dismissal are related, the move comes as investigators at the District Attorney’s office are, themselves, being investigated. Tony Saavedra in the Orange County Register -- 4/25/17

Orange County jail escape result of longtime neglect of security rules, grand jury says -- Staff at the Orange County Men’s Jail ignored security rules for so long that the neglect became standard practice, leading to the most spectacular escape in the jail’s 49-year history, according to a grand jury report released Monday. Tony Saavedra in the Orange County Register -- 4/25/17

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Tolls, Bonds    

That gas tax hike? It’s not enough to fix California’s roads, group says -- A newly passed transportation funding bill that raises California’s gasoline tax by 12 cents a gallon isn’t a long-term fix for the state’s crumbling roads, according to a report released Monday by a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. Jeff Horseman in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 4/25/17

California lawmaker's bid to block so-called 'Netflix taxes' fails -- Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) wanted to stop cities and counties from taxing users of such services until 2023, which would have given the industry and local governments time to figure out how a taxation system would work, Ridley-Thomas said. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/25/17


Housing for homeless may be built on San Francisco parking lot -- A federally owned surface parking lot behind the courthouse at Seventh and Mission streets would become the city’s largest housing development for formerly homeless people, under a proposal Mayor Ed Lee plans to introduce Tuesday. J.K. Dineen in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/25/17


San Francisco supe urges building affordable housing above fire station -- Firefighters from Station 13, one of the busiest firehouses in San Francisco, regularly respond to calls from high-rises across the north Financial District. Now, Supervisor Aaron Peskin is hoping the property, at 530 Sansome St., has the potential to help mitigate another emergency: the city’s affordable-housing crisis. J.K. Dineen in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/25/17

Faced with sky-high prices, homebuyers look to leave Bay Area -- Hunting for a house that’s affordable, nearly 1 in 5 home seekers living in the Bay Area is looking outside the region. Richard Scheinin in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 4/25/17

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions 

California, San Francisco seek oversight for PG&E transmission spending -- Pacific Gas and Electric Co. spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year repairing and upgrading its electricity transmission system without any government agency screening the projects in advance to see if they’re needed. Now, California utility regulators want to change that. David R. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/25/17

Writers Guild of America members authorize strike as contract deadline looms -- In a sign of rising labor tensions in Hollywood, members of the Writers Guild of America voted overwhelmingly Monday to authorize a strike just a week before the union’s contract is set to expire May 1. David Ng in the Los Angeles Times$ Bob Strauss in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 4/25/17

Oracle signs lease, fueling downtown Oakland expansion -- Oracle has signed a lease in downtown Oakland that enables the tech giant to expand its offices in the East Bay city and bolster its recruiting efforts, developers and brokers said Monday. The technology titan has leased 16,000 square feet at the 1330 Broadway office tower in downtown Oakland. George Avalos in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 4/25/17

FFA’s huge state conference, hosted by Fresno for 23 years, is leaving for Anaheim -- The annual statewide FFA leadership conference, one of Fresno’s largest conventions with more than 7,000 participants, is wrapping up its four day event Tuesday. But officials say that after 23 years in the city, it won’t be back next year. Robert Rodriguez in the Fresno Bee -- 4/25/17

No Longer a Dream: Silicon Valley Takes On the Flying Car -- This isn’t science fiction. A number of start-ups as well as big aerospace firms are trying to build personal aircraft you could fly around town. John Markoff in the New York Times$ -- 4/25/17


Controversial charter bill could face prolonged fight in Legislature -- Californians on both sides of the charter school debate can expect two years of hearings over Senate Bill 808, a bill that would restrict the charter school approval process, which critics claim could lead to the shuttering of many of the schools. Mikhail Zinshteyn EdSource -- 4/25/17

New report names Fresno among best places to live if you’re a teacher -- The report, released by Apartment List – a company that helps people find homes – compared teacher salaries and cost of rent in 50 U.S. cities. Fresno teachers spend an estimated 15 percent of their income on rent – making it the most affordable city for the profession, except for Wichita, Kansas, according to the report. Mackenzie Mays in the Fresno Bee -- 4/25/17

Immigration / Border 

New San Diego border wall a priority for Trump administration, documents say -- San Diego is identified as a “high priority” area for building President Trump’s border wall between Mexico and the U.S., says Department of Homeland Security documents that outline the cost and timeline of the construction. Phillip Molnar in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 4/25/17

Also . . . 

Defendant in Oakland college massacre ruled fit to stand trial -- The man accused of shooting and killing seven people at a small vocational college in Oakland in 2012 has been ruled competent to stand trial. The determination comes five years after One Goh, 48, allegedly gunned down students and a receptionist at Oikos University. John King in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/25/17

Tustin police to use Batman-like tracking device on bad guys -- Deploying a strategy Batman might, the Tustin Police Department has become perhaps the first Southern California law-enforcement agency to install GPS launchers on patrol cars to track fleeing vehicles. The aim of the StarChase system is to reduce dangerous police pursuits to protect officers and the public. Scott Schwebke in the Orange County Register -- 4/25/17

POTUS 45  

The disrupter president and the do-little Congress -- Will President Trump and congressional Republicans ever understand one another? Over time, they might accomplish things of mutual interest. Big things, perhaps. But the mismatch between the disrupter president and what has been a business-as-usual, do-little Congress seems especially evident as the 100-day mark of the administration nears. Dan Balz in the Washington Post$ -- 4/25/17

Trump backs away from demand for border wall money -- President Donald Trump stepped back Monday from demanding a down payment for his border wall in must-past spending legislation, potentially removing a major obstacle to a bipartisan deal just days ahead of a government shutdown deadline. Erica Werner and Andrew Taylor Associated Press -- 4/25/17


Americans’ Dissatisfaction With Speaker Paul Ryan, Congress Overall Is Growing, Poll Finds -- Americans hold dim views of Congress and of House Speaker Paul Ryan, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds, with favorable opinions declining since February. Rebecca Ballhaus in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 4/25/17

Obama’s hidden Iran deal giveaway -- By dropping charges against major arms targets, the administration infuriated Justice Department officials — and undermined its own counterproliferation task forces. Josh Meyer Politico -- 4/25/17

Is Senate’s Trump-Russia probe going anywhere? This panel member is doubtful -- A prominent member of the Senate panel that’s investigating Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election and possible links to the campaign of President Donald Trump is expressing “serious concerns” about the probe’s speed, transparency and direction. Matthew Schofield McClatchy DC -- 4/25/17

Russians who hacked Clinton campaign also targeted French candidate Emmanuel Macron -- Hackers linked to the same Russian military unit that hacked Democratic computers in the United States during last year’s election also have sought to penetrate the networks of a leading candidate in France’s presidential elections, a leading cybersecurity firm says. Tim Johnson McClatchy DC -- 4/25/17


-- Monday Updates 

BART takeover robbery: 50 to 60 teens swarm train, rob weekend riders -- A recent string of robberies on BART trains took a frightening turn when dozens of juveniles swarmed an Oakland station over the weekend and commandeered a train car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries, witnesses told the transit agency. The incident — the first of its kind in recent memory — occurred around 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Coliseum Station. Demian Bulwa in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Harry Harris in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 4/24/17

Ghost Ship lease specified illegal use -- Documents obtained by the Bay Area News Group show that the lease Derick Almena and a partner signed for the Ghost Ship warehouse planned an illegal use from the very start — an artist collective that was not allowed under zoning laws — and that the building owner had approved the use. Matthias Gafni, Aaron Davis, Thomas Peele and David Debolt in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 4/24/17

Wake up, cross the border, go to school: For some Mexican students, it's a daily routine -- The schoolyard at Calexico Mission School is quiet, save for a stray giggle here and there. Third-graders huddle for reading time: the girls lying beneath a shade tree, the boys under a blazing pink bougainvillea. Hailey Branson-Potts in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/24/17

The billion-dollar budget item Garcetti didn't mention in his State of the City speech -- When Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his proposed budget last week, he called a $176-million effort to battle homelessness his top priority, highlighted a $35-million plan to mend broken streets and promised $2 million to clean up graffiti. He did not mention the expenditure that dwarfs all of those combined: more than $1.1 billion to pay for city employees’ pensions and healthcare after they retire. Jack Dolan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/24/17

Leaving California? After slowing, the trend intensifies -- Yet, even as the economy has recovered, notably in the Bay Area and in pockets along the coast, the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates show that domestic migrants continue to leave the state more rapidly than they enter it. Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 4/24/17

California’s landmark climate-change program would also fight air pollution under proposal -- Air pollution — not just climate-warming greenhouse gasses — would be melded into the complex cap-and-trade program under Assembly Bill 378, by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia. Garcia heads the Assembly’s Committee on Natural Resources, which is reviewing the proposal Monday afternoon. Katy Murphy in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 4/24/17

A mentally ill inmate was dragged from a cell. Prison staff now may face punitive damages -- For 22 years, the federal court in Sacramento has pounded the California Department of Corrections with orders and injunctions and slapped it with sanctions to get the state prison system to clean up its mental health treatment mess. Now, attorneys for mentally ill inmates are trying for another attention getter: punitive damages. Andy Furillo in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/24/17

Fox: Eliminate the Bd of Equalization? I Voted for That, Sort Of -- A spotlight has been put on the Board of Equalization, a state tax agency, that has been found wanting after a critical audit, enough so that the governor has clamped restrictions on the board. One idea that has re-surfaced in the wake of Board of Equalization examination is that the agency should be closed down. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 4/24/17

Former Hungary ambassador and Clinton fundraiser announces she's running for California lieutenant governor -- Eleni Kounalakis, a former U.S. ambassador to Hungary and Hillary Clinton fundraiser, on Monday officially announced her bid for lieutenant governor of California. Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/24/17

TrueCar proposes public offering to raise money -- The Santa Monica-based vehicle pricing and information website said Monday it expects to offer 1 million shares of common stock, and that certain existing shareholders will likely offer 7.5 million shares in the offering. Samantha Masunaga in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/24/17

Jerry Brown on his Fitbit: ‘I only have 1,332 steps’ -- Gov. Jerry Brown’s rejection of material possessions is one of the many literary tropes employed by writers to pad their lists of idiosyncrasies in profiles about him. In recent months, however, one possession has provided the Democratic governor with an abundant run of public fascination: His Fitbit, a watch-like device that tracks his physical activity and even monitors sleep patterns. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/24/17