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State senators block energy policy changes sought by Gov. Jerry Brown -- Energy proposals stalled in a state Senate committee on Monday amid concerns that Gov. Jerry Brown's administration was trying to push major policy changes without enough public scrutiny. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/16

U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez misses votes, gun control sit-in during week in Spain -- U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez remained in Spain for a week after a trade mission this month, missing nine recorded votes and the Democrats’ dramatic attempt to force a vote on gun control through a sit-in. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/16

Protesters claim police did nothing to stop violence at California Capitol on Sunday -- Protesters on both sides of Sunday’s bloody riot at the state Capitol say police intentionally held back from intervening as a planned neo-Nazi rally spun out of control and left 10 people injured, including at least five who were stabbed. Sam Stanton and Anita Chabria in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/27/16

Loaded gun found at neo-Nazi event where seven people are stabbed -- The investigation continued Monday into several violent confrontations, some caught on camera, between white nationalists and anti-Nazi protesters on the Capitol grounds in Sacramento during a rally the previous day. Jazmine Ulloa, John Myers, Emily Alpert Reyes and Victoria Kim in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/16

Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers announce major reorganization of California's energy regulating agency -- Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers announced a broad overhaul of the state’s main energy regulator on Monday, a response to a scandal involving the agency’s decommissioning of a Southern California nuclear facility and criticism in its handling of new technologies including Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/27/16

Plan for regional power grid raises hopes, doubts -- A plan to expand management of California's power grid to a six-state area is raising concerns that the energy — and the governance — might not be as clean as billed. Jeff McDonald in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/27/16

Sacramento region to California: We’ve got plenty of water -- The Sacramento region’s largest water districts have given a resounding answer to the question of whether they could handle three more years of drought: We have plenty of water. Phillip Reese and Ryan Sabalow in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/27/16

Former top L.A. County sheriff's official given 5-year sentence for obstructing FBI probe -- Paul Tanaka, once one of the most powerful law enforcement officials in Los Angeles County, was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison for interfering with an FBI investigation into jail abuses by sheriff’s deputies. Joel Rubin in the L os Angeles Times$ Susan Abram in the Los Angeles Daily News$ Frank Stoltze KPCC Amanda Myers Associated Press -- 6/27/16

Charter school founder Steve Barr to challenge Garcetti in 2017 -- Charter-school founder Steve Barr will run for Los Angeles mayor in 2017, opening up a potentially challenging front for incumbent Mayor Eric Garcetti in what has so far shaped up as an all but uncontested re-election bid. Peter Jamison in the Los Angeles Times$ Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 6/27/16

Fox: Brexit and California Business & Politics -- The immediate effect of British voters’ move to leave the European Union will hit California business but a ripple effect could also be felt with the state’s political decisions as well. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 6/27/16

From living in cars to UC Davis — one student's journey -- The first car he slept in, when he was 6, was his mother’s white Cadillac, parked in South Los Angeles. Joy Resmovits in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/16

California law lets you fiddle with phone while driving – sometimes -- A California Office of Traffic Safety study came up with this unsurprising but alarming finding last week: 1 out of every 10 drivers on the road is paying as much attention to his or her smartphone as to the road ahead. That’s illegal, right? Not necessarily. Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/27/16

California wildfire 'most destructive' in county history -- A California wildfire that killed two people and destroyed 200 homes in the southern Sierra Nevada burned away from neighborhoods Monday, clearing the way for some residents to return to homes that survived the savage flames. Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press -- 6/27/16

Life wasn't glamorous before fire ravaged South Lake, but it was home -- The more than 43,000-acre Erskine fire that roared through eastern Kern County hit no place harder than a community that was already a hardscrabble home to retirees living on fixed incomes and a working class spirit that defied the more glamorous stereotypes of lakeside living. Ruben Vives in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/16

Why Plans to Replace Diablo Canyon With 100 Percent Clean Energy Could Fall Short -- When PG&E announced plans to close California’s last remaining nuclear plant last week, it also announced a historic plan to replace it with clean energy, like solar or wind, and energy efficiency gains. Lauren Sommer KQED -- 6/27/16

Question: Where are San Diego County’s five-star hospitals? Answer: There aren’t any -- Despite the San Diego region’s numerous health care facilities and medical sophistication, our hospitals don’t look that great. They scored especially poorly when patients were asked about noise, and whether they understood their conditions and treatment as they were being discharged. Cheryl Clark inewsource.org -- 6/27/16

Should California's Rainy Day Fund Be Used Even When There's No Recession? -- When California voters approved a new state budget reserve two years ago, Democrats and Republicans urged its passage to help avoid steep cuts during the next recession. Now, Democratic legislative leaders are suggesting the “Rainy Day Fund” could help alleviate what Gov. Jerry Brown's administration projects will be a $4 billion budget deficit in 2019 – even if there is no recession. Ben Adler Capital Public Radio -- 6/27/16

Uber, Lyft leave fingerprints on Sacramento ride-hailing bills -- The quick U-turn from combative outsiders to savvy insiders shows the two companies’ growing political sophistication and clout, a transition that underscores their rapid growth from disruptive upstarts to corporations worth billions of dollars with massive constituencies of drivers and riders. Carolyn Said in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/27/16

Walters: Internet poker, fantasy sports gambling coming to California? -- The discovery of gold in California 168 years ago ignited a fabled rush of gold seekers from every corner of the globe. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/27/16

The Problem With Telephone Poles -- The California Public Utilities Commission has come under scrutiny in recent years for a major pipeline explosion, gas leak, and nuclear plant closure. But the commission’s president says one of his biggest challenges is the telephone pole. Ben Bradford Capital Public Radio -- 6/27/16

Trump's failed Baja condo resort left buyers feeling betrayed and angry -- When Stephenee Simms heard in 2006 that Donald Trump was building condo towers in Baja, the lure of a posh weekend getaway on the rustic coast just south of Tijuana was hard to resist. Michael Finnegan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/16

Hardly anybody wants to speak at Trump's convention -- Politico reached out to more than 50 prominent Republicans. Few said they plan to attend the convention in Cleveland, let alone speak. Alex Isenstadt Politico -- 6/27/16

Trump campaign: Warren is a 'sellout' -- On the same day Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) appeared alongside Hillary Clinton to savage Donald Trump for his past statements, not to mention his "goofy hat," the presumptive Republican nominee's campaign fired back with another word for the liberal firebrand senator: "sellout." Nick Gass Politico -- 6/27/16

Trump: Warren is a 'racist' -- Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday, calling her a “racist” and a “total fraud.” Speaking in an interview with NBC News correspondent Hallie Jackson, Trump retaliated against Warren, who described him as a bigot just hours earlier at a campaign stop with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Ohio. Jonathan Easley The Hill -- 6/27/16

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning   

Weary Kern County evacuees are eager to know if their homes have survived massive wildfire -- Tensions were running high Sunday at Kernville Elementary School, where dozens of evacuees camped out over the weekend as a massive wildfire continued to burn out of control in Kern County. Louis Sahagun and Ruben Vives in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/16

At least 10 hurt at chaotic, bloody neo-Nazi rally at Capitol -- A rally by a small group of neo-Nazi demonstrators at the state Capitol Sunday erupted into a violent clash with protesters that left at least 10 people injured – five of them stabbed – and closed down streets as more than 100 police in riot gear and on horseback intervened to halt the mayhem. Stephen Magagnini, Ellen Garrison and Sam Stanton in the Sacramento Bee$ Olga R. Rodriguez Associated Press Wesley Yiin in the Washington Post$ -- 6/27/16

In a grieving city, where talk of terrorism and guns falls flat -- In the days following the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Fla., Donald Trump renewed his call to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States. Hillary Clinton rebuked him. The U.S. Senate took up – and rejected – a set of gun control measures, and Democrats staged a chaotic sit-in on the House floor. In San Bernardino, a roomful of Rotarians prayed. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/27/16

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s fundraiser for Paul Ryan doesn’t compute -- On Tuesday morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook will host a breakfast fundraiser in Menlo Park to raise untold thousands of dollars for House Speaker Paul Ryan and other House Republicans. Tim Cook? For Paul Ryan? Really? Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/27/16

Skelton: Assemblywoman Bonilla, a former teacher, takes on the powerful union -- School reformers keep suffering setbacks in California — first in court, now in the Legislature. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/16

Lawmakers add the needs of veterans, youth homeless to state budget plan -- Lawmakers have added earmarks for helping veterans and youth who are on California's streets to a high-profile effort expected to become part of the new state budget by the end of the week. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/16

How 5 mayors tackled homelessness -- Our city is struggling with the humanitarian crisis of people experiencing homelessness on our streets. This challenge isn’t unique to San Francisco — cities up and down the West Coast, and in fact across the nation, are seeing spikes in their homeless populations. Ed Lee in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/27/16

Churches team up with local agencies to house homeless veterans -- U.S. Army veteran Thomas Turner started to hear voices in his head four years ago, and ever since then he's struggled with homelessness. Queenie Wong in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 6/27/16

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions    

Why local ports aren't sweating Panama Canal expansion -- A $5.25 billion expansion of the Panama Canal opening this weekend will reverberate 3,000 miles away at the massive Los Angeles and Long Beach ports complex, which for decades has been the best, fastest and cheapest route between Asia and the United States’ voracious consumer market. Rachel Uranga in the Orange County Register -- 6/27/16  

18,000-seat arena proposed for Seaport Village -- When live-entertainment powerhouse AEG opened the 19,000-capacity Staples Center in 1999 as the largest indoor concert venue and sports arena in Los Angeles, it became a catalyst in the revitalization of the city’s downtown. Now, AEG hopes to build a similar state-of-the-art sports and entertainment arena at the site of what is now Seaport Village in downtown San Diego. George Varga in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/27/16

Water   

How much water are top suppliers committing to save this year? Zilch -- A year after California attacked the drought with an unprecedented water rationing program that drove cities and towns to cut back 24 percent collectively, state officials have changed course and given local agencies the leeway to come up with their own water-saving goals. But the agencies are not exactly setting a high bar. Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/27/16

Education 

Bill keeps longer tenure, scraps other 'Vergara reforms' -- Determining that a less ambitious approach to reform has a better chance to succeed, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, has scaled back a sweeping bill addressing teacher protections that are the focus in the Vergara v. State of California lawsuit. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 6/27/16

New framework for teaching K-12 science moves closer to approval -- A new framework for how science will be taught to California’s 6.2 million public school students moved closer to completion last week, as a state advisory panel approved sending the latest draft to the State Board of Education for approval. Pat Maio EdSource -- 6/27/16

Also . . . 

North Beach tenant's rent increased from $1,800 to $8,000 a month -- It's being called one of the largest rent increases ever in San Francisco. A North Beach tenant recently received notice from his landlord that the rent on his apartment was going up from $1,800 a month to $8,000. Amy Graff in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/27/16

Beltway 

After 'Brexit' vote, Clinton calls for 'steady, experienced leadership' -- Hillary Clinton pitched herself as an example of "steady, experienced leadership” and bipartisanship Sunday, just hours after the Senate’s Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, declined to say whether he thought Donald Trump was qualified to be president. Michael A. Memoli in the Los Angeles Times$ Jennifer Epstein Bloomberg -- 6/27/16

Clinton surges to 12-point lead in WaPo poll -- Hillary Clinton currently holds a double-digit lead over Donald Trump nationally, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Sunday. If the election were held today, 51 percent of respondents said they would vote for Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, and 39 percent said they would vote for Trump. Kristen East Politico -- 6/27/16

Politicon 2016: Sarah Palin blasts GOP establishment, stumps for Donald Trump -- Sarah Palin used her extensive stage time at Politicon on Sunday to stump for Donald Trump, blast the Republican establishment and promote gun rights in her blunt, riffing style that her fans love and her critics love to make fun of. David Montero in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 6/27/16

Clinton blames Republican leaders for a "paralyzed" Congress -- Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton chastised Republican lawmakers on Sunday for a "paralyzed" Congress, saying they've fueled populist anger by refusing to "do their job." Brian Slodysko Associated Press -- 6/27/16