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Labor-funded ad slams Ami Bera over trade deal stance -- Deepening the rift between Rep. Ami Bera and organized labor groups that helped Bera to narrow election victories, the AFL-CIO has funded an advertisement slamming Bera’s support of a controversial trade pact. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/29/15

Lane-splitting for motorcycles is safe, says landmark Berkeley study -- An exhaustive UC Berkeley study finds lane-splitting relatively safe for motorcyclists. The findings come as legalization of the practice heads for a vote in the California Senate. Charles Fleming in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/29/15

Barstow police wrestled a pregnant woman to the ground, and it was caught on video -- A video taken off a police body camera that showed a Barstow police officer wrestling and handcuffing an eight-months-pregnant woman has sparked outrage and calls for justice. Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/29/15

CA struggles to compute value of solar -- A search for answers by California utility regulators is generating some prickly computer challenges. An intricate computer model was commissioned last year by the California Public Utilities Commission to analyze the cost-effectiveness of new solar policy proposals. A recent test run of the giant equation found it to be painfully slow, with answers and forecasts that look strange or unreliable. Morgan Lee in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/29/15

Assemblywoman Ling-Ling Chang declares for Senate -- Ling-Ling Chang, who was elected to the state Assembly just seven months ago, isn’t wasting any time in seeking to advance her political career. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/29/15

Dennis Hastert made payments to conceal sexual misconduct, sources say -- One of the officials, who would not speak publicly about the federal charges in Chicago, said “Individual A,” as the person is described in Thursday’s federal indictment, was a man and that the alleged misconduct was unrelated to Hastert’s tenure in Congress. The actions date to Hastert’s time as a Yorkville, Ill., high school wrestling coach and teacher, the official said. Richard A. Serrano and Timothy M. Phelps in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/29/15

Gambling chairman folds his cards -- The chairman of the state gambling regulatory commission announced Thursday he is retiring, the second key regulator this month to step aside at an agency that has been shadowed by conflicts of interest this year. Greg Moran in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/29/15

Tar balls in South Bay: Beaches closed until further notice -- Crews are still working to remove small pieces of tar, mostly found in the Redondo Beach Jetty, King Harbor Jetty and Hermosa Beach, said Coast Guard Commander Charlene Downey. Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/29/15

Fox: “Hose Rage” and Other Odds and Ends -- We all know about “Road Rage” but because of California’s dire drought conditions we may need to get ready for “Hose Rage.” This term was used in Australia during long periods of drought when neighbors would turn on neighbors who were using excessive amounts of water to wet lawns. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 5/29/15

Lay: CA Could Lose Congressional Seats if Supreme Court Changes Law to ‘One Citizen-One Vote’ -- While the immediate reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court taking up the “one-person, one vote case” has been liberals and minority groups saying “Oh, S***” and conservatives getting excited, the case is much more complicated than that. Scott Lay Fox & Hounds -- 5/29/15

With Broadcom exit, headquarters flight from Southern California continues -- Irvine chip maker Broadcom Corp. is the latest of many corporate headquarters to exit Southern California, leaving the business community puzzling over the causes and effects. Tiffany Hsu and Jerry Hirsch in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/29/15

Newly Insured Californians Wary of Costs But Embrace Coverage -- Many Californians who obtained health insurance last year said they struggled to pay their premiums, although having coverage made them more confident about affording future medical care, according to a survey released Thursday. Anna Gorman KQED -- 5/29/15


California Policy & Politics This Morning   

Senators call Santa Barbara oil spill response 'insufficient' -- Three U.S. senators are raising concerns about a Texas-based company’s “insufficient” response to a pipeline failure last week that released thousands of gallons of crude into the ocean and fouled the Santa Barbara County coastline. Tony Barboza, Javier Panzar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/29/15

Industry sues former mayor, alleging 'extensive public corruption' -- The City of Industry has filed suit against former Mayor David Perez, his companies and four members of his family, alleging the misappropriation of millions of dollars in public funds through false or inflated invoices and the performance of unauthorized work on city contracts. Frank Shyong in the Los Angeles Times$ Jason Henry in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 5/29/15

Vanishing breed: SoCal’s statewide contenders -- Where are the Southern Californians? We are at the beginning of the run-up to the 2016 political season; candidates and potential candidates for statewide office are beginning to make their presence known. But where are the candidates from the land of palm trees and Valley Girls? Chuck McFadden Capitol Weekly -- 5/28/15

Brown makes case for tunnels project to business, civic leaders -- Calling it a “challenge we have to respond to,” Gov. Jerry Brown told hundreds of business owners and others Thursday that the state needs to push forward with his administration’s plans for two water diversion tunnels to protect its economy. Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/28/15

Scaled-back immigrant healthcare bill clears key fiscal panel -- A sweeping measure to offer state-subsidized healthcare coverage to people in the country illegally was significantly pared back Thursday in an effort to rein in costs as it cleared a key legislative hurdle. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/28/15

Bills on sick days, Uber drug tests, independent police prosecutor die in Assembly -- In a ritual thinning of of the bill herd, the Assembly Appropriations on Committee on Thursday halted measures seeking to increase police officer accountability, launch a new University of California campus and bring more workers into California’s mandatory paid sick leave program. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/28/15

California vaccine bill referred to single Assembly committee -- A bill requiring California school children to be fully vaccinated will face an easier path through the Assembly than the one it took through the Senate, needing to clear only one committee in the lower house. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/28/15

List of bills sent to Senate and Assembly floors -- The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday rejected a quarter of the 283 bills it considered. The Assembly committee rejected a third of the 421 bills on its agenda. Here are some of the bills that passed. Jessica Calefati and Josh Richman in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/29/15

State Senate OKs bill to curb ‘doctor shopping’ -- Voters soundly rejected Proposition 46 – which would’ve raised California’s 40-year-old cap on certain medical malpractice damage awards – in November, but a lesser-known part of that measure moved forward Thursday in the Legislature. Josh Richman Political Blotter -- 5/28/15

Measures to alter Prop. 47 held back in Assembly committee -- Two measures seeking to restore tough penalties for crimes that were downgraded to misdemeanors after Proposition 47 passed last year were shelved in the California Assembly on Thursday. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ Fenit Nirappil Associated Press -- 5/29/15

Walters: Old tactics don’t work in new era -- Steve Glazer, who took his seat in the state Senate on Thursday, is the $10 million man of California politics. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/29/15

Senate swears in Steve Glazer after contentious special election -- After surviving a nasty intraparty special election last week, Sen. Steve Glazer was sworn in Thursday morning, giving the Senate a full house for the first time since December 2013. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ John Myers KQED -- 5/28/15

California could soon legalize motorcycle lane-splitting -- Motorcycle lane-splitting — the rush-hour time saver for bikers that enrages many drivers — may be poised for formal legalization. Charles Fleming in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/28/15

Dignity Health, Gap and others throw support behind sweeping climate change bill -- Twenty-four companies doing business in California including Dignity Health and Gap Inc. announced support Thursday for a climate change agenda promoted by Gov. Jerry Brown and being pushed through the Legislature by Senate leader Kevin de León. Allen Young Sacramento Business Journal -- 5/29/15

The Demands of Democrats: California Politics Podcast -- Gov. Jerry Brown has an impressive streak going when it comes to calling most of the shots in crafting a state budget. Can he keep it going? John Myers KQED -- 5/29/15

Taxes, Fees, Rates    

California carbon auction brings in another $1 billion -- The California Air Resources Board said its latest quarterly auction of carbon credits raised around $1.06 billion, making it one of the largest sales in the program’s 2 1/2-year history. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/29/15

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions    

L.A. labor leaders agree to delay minimum wage exemption for unions -- A union official said Thursday night that two prominent Los Angeles labor groups would not oppose the passage of a citywide minimum wage increase that omits an exemption for unionized businesses. Peter Jamison in the Los Angeles Times$ Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 5/29/15

Yvonne Walker wins SEIU Local 1000 presidential reelection -- SEIU Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker and the slate of statewide union officers who ran with her handily won reelection this month, according to an unofficial count of ballots posted on the union’s website, although the number union members who voted was down 50 percent from the last election. Jon Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/28/15

Journalists: Live With Fact Chargers Are Moving to L.A. -- Veteran journalists who cover the Chargers say the NFL team is moving to Los Angeles — and don’t shoot the messenger for saying so. “Every shred of evidence points to the fact they’re leaving,” Union-Tribune sports columnist Kevin Acee said Wednesday night at a panel discussion on the “Bolts Beat.” Ken Stone Times of San Diego -- 5/29/15

California reclaims lead in film production -- Hollywood may be the movie capital of the world, but last year it was Louisiana that claimed the crown in film production. “What a difference a year makes,” as FilmL.A.’s 2014 feature film study said. Annlee Ellingson L.A. Biz -- 5/29/15

Broadcom's co-founders built a behemoth as a formidable team -- The Broadcom tale of the two Henrys is a study in contrasts: one man deliberate and reserved, the other anything but. Kim Christensen and Andrea Chang in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/29/15


Some water officials save, some don't -- Thirty-seven public officials who set the region’s water policy have collectively cut back 11 percent on their home use so far this year, falling short of the 20 percent reduction sought by state officials amid a historic drought. About a third of those policymakers have increased their use, according to a review by The San Diego Union-Tribune of their publicly available water bills. Morgan Cook in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/29/15

Hundreds turn out to oppose San Jose Water Company's strict drought rules -- More than 350 people turned out, and nearly all in opposition, to voice their concerns at the only public hearing on strict new water conservation rules that will affect 1 million people across Silicon Valley starting June 15. Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/29/15

California Senate committee passes bill making well data public -- Despite opposition from agriculture groups, the state Senate Appropriations Committee approved legislation Thursday that would make data on water wells available to the public like is done in all other Western states. Bill Swindell in the Santa Rosa Press -- 5/29/15

Could Texas deluge be a sign to drought-ravaged California? -- Several dry years left water supplies short and farmland buried in dust. Some called it the worst drought in a generation. That was Texas just weeks ago, before a series of deadly storms dumped near-record amounts of rain and virtually washed away all worry about water. Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 5/29/15

Sacramento could restrict watering to once a week -- Sacramento city residents could be limited to once-a-week watering starting in July if the city is unable to meet its state-mandated conservation goals, under a proposal outlined by city officials. Dale Kasler and Phillip Reese in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/29/15

Farmers' 'senior' water rights under siege -- A 143-year-old piece of paper proves that Rudy Mussi has a legal right to water from the gently meandering Middle River that nourishes his family farm. But the same piece of paper -- a "certificate of purchase," signed in florid 19th-century handwriting and faded to near illegibility -- also is proof to a growing number of critics that California has outgrown its water rights system. Lisa M. Krieger in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 5/29/15

Hopes rise for a strong El Niño to ease California drought -- Across Southern California, this month has been decidedly cooler and wetter. San Diego had its wettest May in 94 years, and Los Angeles saw nearly four times its average rainfall. This month, the San Diego Padres were forced to call a rain delay — only the fifth time that has happened in Petco Park's 11-year history. Even the Mojave Desert is running as much as 5 degrees cooler than normal. Rong-Gong Lin II and Rosanna Xai in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/28/15

California Assembly OKs bill barring HOA bans on fake grass -- California homeowner associations couldn't stop members from installing fake grass on lawns under a bill moving through the Legislature. AB349 advanced out of the Assembly Thursday on 69 to 2 vote. It would prohibit bans on artificial turf and synthetic grass. Associated Press Chris Nichols in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/28/15

California’s largest lake is slipping away amid an epic drought -- The Salton Sea is the largest lake in California, 360 square miles of unlikely liquid pooled in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. Now the sea is slipping away. Todd C. Frankel in the Washington Post$ -- 5/29/15


State cautions when to use funding formula for teacher raises -- In its first statement on a critical issue facing school boards, the California Department of Education cautioned that under the state’s new funding formula, only in “some limited circumstances” can school districts use money that’s supposed to be spent on services for low-income children and English learners for across-the-board pay raises for teachers. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 5/29/15

'Big Bang Theory' science, math scholarships to be awarded at UCLA -- On television, "The Big Bang Theory" celebrates and satirizes the achievements -- and obsessions -- of brilliant if eccentric science students and professors. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/29/15

Immigration / Border 

Lawmakers send governor a bill aimed at crooked immigration lawyers -- A bill to curb legal-services scams targeting immigrants is on its way to the governor’s desk. Assembly Bill 60 by Assemblywoman Loretta Gonzalez, a Democrat from San Diego, won approval by the State Senate on Thursday by unanimous vote. Kathy Robertson Sacramento Business Journal -- 5/29/15


Two Faults Could Make One Big Earthquake -- Ask Bay Area seismologists their most worrisome earthquake scenario, and many will say it’s not a repeat of the great San Francisco quake of 1906. They don’t think that’s likely. Instead, it’s a possibility considered unthinkable not long ago. That would be a rupture that tears the full length of the Hayward fault, between Pinole and Fremont, then jumps past the end to the next fault. Andrew Alden KQED -- 5/28/15

Also . . . 

Charges filed against man beaten by deputies in horse pursuit -- Francis Pusok had led police on a three-hour pursuit April 9 in Lucerne Valley on a motorcycle and a horse. After he was thrown off the horse, a KNBC helicopter filmed as deputies kicked and punched Pusok even as he appeared to have surrendered. Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/28/15

Public Defenders Teach Oakland Youth How to Safely Interact With Police -- When two public defenders in their high-powered courtroom outfits enter an 11th-grade history class at Oakland Tech, there’s tension in the air. Students whisper, “Are they cops?” And they relax when they realize, no, they’re lawyers. Sara Hossaini KQED -- 5/28/15

Court again sides with owners planning large Berkeley home -- The California Supreme Court has left intact a ruling limiting environmental review of large single-family homes, such as the nearly 10,000-square-foot house a Berkeley couple want to build on a steep hillside. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 5/29/15


Hastert Indictment Details Hush-Money Scheme -- The Justice Department's indictment of former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert details a sordid tale of the Illinois Republican paying $3.5 million of hush money in small increments to cover up "his past misconduct" and seeking to conceal the acts, including lying to federal agents. Hannah Hess Roll Call -- 5/29/15