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Ross Johnson, a longtime California lawmaker and ethics agency chairman, dies at 77 -- Ross Johnson, a former Republican legislative leader from Orange County who later served as chairman of the state ethics panel, died Wednesday in Sacramento after a fight with cancer. He was 77. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ Dan Smith in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/16/17

Protests against Google are postponed as culture wars roil Silicon Valley -- Plans to protest outside Google’s offices this weekend have been postponed, but conservatives are taking America’s culture wars directly to Silicon Valley, a place that was long insulated from political rancor but is now one of the most important ideological battlegrounds. David Pierson and Paresh Dave in the Los Angeles Times$ Mark Gomez in the San Jose Mercury$ Wendy Lee and Trisha Thadani in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/16/17

PayPal escalates the tech industry’s war on white supremacy -- PayPal, the popular online payment platform, announced late Tuesday night that it would bar users from accepting donations to promote hate, violence and intolerance following revelations that the company played a key role in raising money for a white supremacist rally that turned deadly. Tracy Jan in the Washington Post$ -- 8/16/17

Facebook bans white nationalist's accounts over hate speech -- Facebook has banned the Facebook and Instagram accounts of a white nationalist who attended the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended in deadly violence. Associated Press -- 8/16/17

White House aides wrestle with Trump’s race comments -- No aides had yet threatened to resign as of Wednesday morning, according to White House officials and advisers, but a number of White House staffers had private conversations on Tuesday night about how terribly the day went. Josh Dawsey Politico -- 8/16/17

Trump dissolves advisory panels as more CEOs quit -- President Trump announced Wednesday that he is dissolving two of his advisory panels, a decision that came as a wave of the panels’ members decided to depart. Tracey Lien in the Los Angeles Times$ Jena McGregor in the Washington Post$ Dan Diamond Politico -- 8/16/17

Jackie Speier calls for Trump’s removal from office under 25th Amendment -- A Bay Area congresswoman is calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from the presidency under a never-before-used constitutional provision. Casey Tolan in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/16/17

Rise In White Supremacy Groups Demands Action, Says San Diego Jewish Leader -- The white supremacy groups that marched with torches, carrying Nazi and Confederate flags through the streets of Charlottesville was not an isolated incident, but rather a movement gaining momentum, including in San Diego, said Tammy Gillies, director of the local chapter of the Anti-Defamation League. Susan Murphy KPBS -- 8/16/17

Jewish Trump Officials Silent on President’s Defense of Anti-Semitic Protesters -- Jewish members of President Trump’s administration remained largely silent Wednesday after Mr. Trump came to the defense of nationalist and right-wing protesters in Charlottesville, Va., who had chanted anti-Semitic slogans and demeaned the president’s Jewish son-in-law. Michael D. Shear in the New York Times$ -- 8/16/17

Bretón: If you agree with Trump that Nazis and protestors are equal, then you are the problem -- When the president of the United States continues to suggest, as he did Tuesday, that white supremacists, Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan are no better and no worse than those protesting those hate groups, then we’ve reached a moral crisis in our county. Marcos Bretón in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/16/17

After critical audit, feds eying Fresno’s use of money marked for low-income areas -- The federal government is watching how the city of Fresno handles federal dollars earmarked for cleaning up low-income neighborhoods, after an independent audit found inconsistencies with more than $8 million of the city’s spending on code enforcement, after-school programs and graffiti cleanup. Rory Appleton in the Fresno Bee -- 8/16/17

L.A. City Council set to vote on who will run the new Cannabis Department -- The Los Angeles City Council is expected Wednesday to back Mayor Eric Garcetti’s picks to oversee City Hall’s new Cannabis Department, a vote that comes as officials prepare for legalization of recreational marijuana in California. Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/16/17

Council panel deals setback to proposed homeless housing project in Boyle Heights -- Los Angeles City Council committee has rebuffed the city’s blue-ribbon homeless housing advocates, siding with a Boyle Heights shopping center owner who opposed a project to build 49 units for mentally ill homeless people. Doug Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/16/17

Hundreds of Dollars in ‘Gifts’ From Contractors to Supervisor Nelson Raise Legal Questions -- Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson received more than $700 worth of wine and cigars from two contractors after he voted to award them county contracts, and his handling of the “gifts” may be a creative way around the county’s gift ban, but a possible violation of state law. Nick Gerda VoiceofOC.org -- 8/16/17

Lopez: If we want a real river in L.A., we should start by cleaning up the water -- Nelson Chabarria says his love of chemistry began in a classroom at Los Angeles High, but he didn’t get to pursue a career right away. His Koreatown family needed help paying bills, so he went to work in the garment district and put the dream on hold for years. Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/16/17

How TV writers' parental leave adds to Hollywood's diversity problem -- After years of waiting, John Pardee and his husband became new parents when they adopted newborn Westin. But at the time, Pardee was a writer for the hit show "Desperate Housewives," and parental leave was unheard of for television writers. Alex Cohen KPCC -- 8/16/17

Fox: Court Action Puts Focus on FPPC Recall Funding Decision -- The Fair Political Practices Commission decision on Thursday about whether elected officials can exceed limits to help in a recall campaign became more urgent for Sen. Josh Newman when a Court of Appeal froze the new law that would have delayed the recall. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 8/16/17

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning  

California's ethics agency considers a plan backed by state Democrats that was quietly pushed in private talks -- The state’s campaign watchdog agency is poised on Thursday to open the spigot for large political contributions that would help an embattled Democratic state senator fend off a recall campaign, a change that opponents say is tainted by secret talks between a commissioner and a Democratic attorney. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/16/17

Fight over Aliso Canyon heads to state Supreme Court -- Los Angeles County has now taken the fight over Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility to the state’s highest court. Brenda Gazzar in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 8/15/17

State makes its case against immigration conditions attached to U.S. grants -- By requiring San Francisco and other California communities to allow federal immigration agents into their jails and give them 48 hours’ notice of certain immigrants’ release from custody, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is defying Congress, the Constitution and the standards of good law enforcement, California’s top attorney says. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/16/17

Assembly members targeted in ads for reluctance to OK state sanctuary bill -- Five state Assembly Democrats who are undecided on a bill to create a statewide sanctuary policy are seeing their faces on full-page newspaper ads that call them out for their reluctance to take a stand on the Trump administration’s “cruel and out-of-control deportation machine.” Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/16/17

Whistleblowers file lawsuit against Bay Area air district for file destruction -- Two former employees of the Bay Area air district say thousands of pages of important records that could hinder the region’s air quality management were destroyed and they were fired when they spoke up. Angela Ruggiero in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/16/17

San Diego Mayor Pushes NAFTA, and “New California Republicans” -- On the eve of talks between the United States, Mexico, and Canada to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, Republican San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is encouraging policymakers to look at the “success story” the pact has created in his city. Guy Marzorati KQED -- 8/15/17

Faulconer lays out vision for 'New California Republicans' -- Mayor Kevin Faulconer has said he won’t be running for governor next year, but on Tuesday night he outlined his view of the path forward for the Republican Party in California. Michael Smolens in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 8/15/17

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom courts Central Valley voters with talk of water, single-payer healthcare at Fresno meet-and-greet -- Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom continued his swing through Central Valley for his 2018 bid for governor Tuesday, courting a packed hall of supporters and the merely curious with vocal support of water storage, single-payer healthcare and California's bullet train. Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/15/17

San Francisco Leaders Vow Fight to Stop Far Right Rally -- San Francisco city officials are united in their opposition to a right-wing rally planned on federal land near the Golden Gate Bridge later this month, and they’re hurling criticism at the National Parks Service for reportedly issuing a permit to the event’s organizers. Alex Emslie KQED Ben Bradford Capital Public Radio Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/16/17

Google protest Saturday just the start as far right targets Bay Area -- In the wake of deadly protest violence in Charlottesville, the liberal Bay Area will find itself at the epicenter of conservative demonstrations beginning this weekend. Ethan Baron in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 8/16/17

Contradicting Trump, Rep. Kevin McCarthy says Charlottesville violence was 'a direct consequence' of white supremacists -- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield was among Republicans nationwide who again tried to distance themselves from President Trump, who on Tuesday blamed "both sides" for the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend when neo-Nazis and white supremacists gathered. The item is in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/15/17

California right-winger behind Charlottesville violence -- It turns out last weekend’s violent white-power protest in Virginia was spurred in part by an ex-con and one-time Silicon Valley resident who’s about to bring his bare-knuckled brand of activism back to the Bay Area. Nathan Damigo is not a techie. But the former Marine infantryman and convicted armed robber who founded the Oakdale-based white-nationalist group Identity Evropa grew up and went to school in San Jose before following a path into alt-right power politics. Patrick May in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/16/17

Hollywood Forever Cemetery to remove Confederate monument after calls from activists and vandalism threat -- The Hollywood Forever Cemetery announced plans Tuesday to take down a monument commemorating Confederate veterans after hundreds of activists requested its removal, with some threatening vandalism. Alene Tchekmedyian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/15/17

States listed with most hate groups -- California ranks No. 1 in the nation with 79 active hate groups, six of which operate in Sacramento area, according to a new report released by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups and extremists in the U.S. Anthony Sorci in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/16/17

Picketing at politicians’ homes still OK after planned Sacramento restrictions scrapped -- After activists spent much of Tuesday protesting a Sacramento plan to restrict protests, the City Council dropped sections that would have prohibited picketing outside private homes and curtailed the use of bullhorns in residential areas. Ellen Garrison and Anita Chabria in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/16/17

LA County commission will explore ‘unintended consequences’ of prison reform laws -- Saying they want to strike a balance between public outcry over rising crime rates and statewide criminal justice reforms, Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to approve the formation of a blue-ribbon commission to dig deeper into how best to rehabilitate low-level criminals while also protecting communities. Susan Abram in the Inland Daily Bulletin$ -- 8/16/17

L.A. County approves panel to study impact of criminal justice reforms -- Michael C. Mejia violated his probation several times in the 10 months after he was released from Pelican Bay State Prison in April 2016. Then, on Feb. 20, authorities say, Mejia gunned down his cousin, followed by the fatal shooting of Whittier police Officer Keith Boyer hours later. He has been charged with two counts of murder. Nina Agrawal in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/15/17

Billionaire environmentalist’s latest fight is clean water for San Joaquin Valley -- Tom Steyer, the San Francisco billionaire and environmentalist, promised his support Tuesday for a proposed safe and affordable drinking water fund to help communities with contaminated water in the San Joaquin Valley. Barbara Anderson in the Fresno Bee -- 8/16/17

San Francisco prosecutors didn’t object to release of man now accused in Twin Peaks killing -- The San Francisco district attorney’s office did not object when a judge using a faulty risk-assessment report released a man with a serious criminal record — a man who days later allegedly murdered a stranger on Twin Peaks, according to a court transcript released Tuesday. Vivian Ho in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/16/17

San Bernardino nonprofit founder Kim Carter wins pardon recommendation -- Kim Carter has dedicated half of her life to giving fresh starts to women and children while she herself was held back by the crimes of the first half of her life. That didn’t stop her from helping more than 1,000 people or earning recognition as one of the top 10 CNN heroes, but she said the felony record prevented her from reaching her full potential. Ryan Hagen in the Inland Daily Bulletin$ -- 8/16/17

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions

Walters: California’s big pension fund sees better return, but not out of the woods -- The California Public Employees Retirement System has been hammered by poor investment earnings in recent years, but got some good news last month. Dan Walters Calmatters.org -- 8/16/17

As Wine Grape Harvest Begins, Calif. Growers Face Ongoing Farmworker Shortage -- When you hear "vineyard," you may imagine a canopy of green tendrils along a vine. But machines are a big part of that picture in the Central Valley, especially in places like Lodi where vineyard manager Steve Millier checks on Chardonnay grapes. The rows are wider, taller. All set up for mechanical harvest. Julia Mitric Capital Public Radio -- 8/15/17

Molina Healthcare of Long Beach to expand Medicaid services in Illinois -- Molina Healthcare, headquartered in Long Beach, announced plans to enter a new four-year contract to provide Medicaid health coverage throughout the state of Illinois. Andrew Edwards in the Long Beach Press Telegram$ -- 8/16/17

No new San Onofre deal — even with help from NFL concussion negotiator -- The best efforts of a high-profile mediator and months of closed-door negotiations failed to secure a new agreement in the multibillion-dollar dispute over paying for the premature closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant. Jeff McDonald in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 8/16/17

Amazon debuts Instant Pickup at UCLA, UC Berkeley: Order and get goods in minutes -- According to Amazon, items would be available in less than two minutes at five pickup locations, including one in Westwood Village, just south of UCLA’s campus, and at UC Berkeley. The other Instant Pickup locations are in Atlanta, Columbus, Ohio, and College Park, Md. Hannah Madans and Nancy Luna in the Orange County Register -- 8/16/17

Company extorts suspected shoplifters, San Francisco judge rules -- The San Francisco city attorney’s office has notched a major legal victory in a long-running legal dispute with a retail services company that it accused of extorting and falsely imprisoning shoplifting suspects. Dominic Fracassa in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/16/17

Wells Fargo chairman, two directors to step down amid continuing fallout from sham accounts scandal -- Stephen Sanger, the chairman of Wells Fargo & Co., will step down from the board of the embattled bank effective Jan. 1 and will be replaced by former Federal Reserve official Elizabeth A. “Betsy” Duke, the bank announced Tuesday. James Rufus Koren in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/16/17

Transit  

As Inland toll lanes boom, why are new freeway lanes rarely free? -- In March, toll lanes debuted in the Inland area with the opening of the 91 Express Lanes in Corona. They won’t be the last. Within a decade, there could be four toll lane corridors in the region. Imran Ghori in the Inland Daily Bulletin$ -- 8/15/17

BART considers a later daily start during systemwide rebuild -- Hundreds of early-morning BART riders will have to begin their commutes an hour later on weekdays — or resort to buses or their cars — as the transit agency struggles to keep up its aging infrastructure while undergoing a massive modernization. Michael Cabanatuan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/16/17

Bullet train faces difficult journey -- California’s bullet train may be in trouble again, as a recent court ruling and potential funding obstacles have plunged the transportation project into further uncertainty. The latest setbacks add to lingering questions over whether the $64 billion project can both meet its scheduled completion date and guarantee enough funding. Daniel Maraccini Capitol Weekly -- 8/16/17

Homeless  

LA County leaders greenlight effort to pay homeowners to house the homeless -- A pilot program that pays some Los Angeles County homeowners to build a second dwelling on their property to house homeless people was approved with a 4-0 vote Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors. Susan Abram in the Inland Daily Bulletin$ -- 8/16/17

How a proposed law could affect Fresno’s homeless people -- The spread of homeless people camping out on public and private property across Fresno – and a growing number of complaints from residents and businesses – is spawning a proposal to outlaw chronic camping. Tim Sheehan in the Fresno Bee -- 8/16/17

Housing  

City Council panel rejects plan for homes next to a freeway interchange -- A key committee of the Los Angeles City Council rejected a plan Tuesday for putting 15 homes near a freeway interchange, in part over the potential health risks from car and truck pollution. David Zahniser in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/16/17

Education 

Drinking lead—why California may force all schools to test their water -- When a therapy dog refused to drink at a San Diego grade school, it was the first clue that something was wrong with the water. Tests revealed why the pup turned up its nose—the presence of polyvinyl chloride, the polymer in PVC pipes that degrade over time. But further analysis found something else that had gone undetected by the dog, the teachers and students of the San Diego Cooperative Charter School, and the school district: elevated levels of lead. Elizabeth Aguilera Calmatters.org -- 8/16/17

UC Berkeley chancellor unveils 'Free Speech Year' as right-wing speakers plan campus events -- Carol T. Christ, UC Berkeley’s 11th chancellor and the first woman to lead the nation’s top public research university, unveiled plans Tuesday for a “Free Speech Year” as right-wing speakers prepare to come to campus. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/15/17

UC San Diego enrollment to hit record 36,400 this fall -- UC San Diego estimates that enrollment will hit 36,400 this fall, the highest level in school history and a reflection of the rapid growth that’s been occurring in much of the University of California system. Gary Robbins in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 8/16/17

LA Unified's most drastic measures to combat school overcrowding are now officially history -- Tuesday wasn't only the beginning of a new academic year in the Los Angeles Unified School District. It also marked the end of an era. Kyle Stokes KPCC -- 8/15/17

U.S.C. Expands in a ‘Neglected’ Neighborhood, Promising Jobs and More -- When the University of Southern California’s campus extension opens in South Los Angeles on Thursday, it will not just welcome 2,700 new college students. It will also be an ambitious test of a public-private partnership hoping to remake a historically underserved neighborhood. Lauren Herstik in the New York Times$ -- 8/16/17

Don't slam the desk on the way out. If fewer teachers quit, the shortage would end -- If schools could convince half of those teachers who leave to stay, the teacher shortage that puts thousands of under-qualified emergency replacements in classrooms each year "could be virtually eliminated," according to a report from the Learning Policy Institute. Jane Meredith Adams EdSource -- 8/16/17

Immigration / Border 

Advocates Rally, Opponents Threaten Lawsuit After Five Years of DACA -- Supporters of undocumented immigrants in San Francisco and Los Angeles rallied Tuesday on the fifth anniversary of the Obama-era program offering protection from deportation and work permits for some 750,000 people who were brought to the United States as children. Ryan Levi and Steven Cuevas KQED -- 8/16/17

Immigration Arrests Increase in Northern California -- Immigration officials arrested more people in their Northern California jurisdiction in June than in any other month this year, according to data from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Lisa Pickoff-White and Julie Small KQED -- 8/16/17

Water  

Sacramento permanently limits lawn watering as ‘a way of life’ -- The drought may be over, but Sacramento residents will still have to limit their watering. Ellen Garrison in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/15/17

New dams coming to California? A dozen projects seek $2.7 billion in state funding -- During the drought, Californians often asked why the state wasn’t building more reservoirs. On Tuesday, the state finally began taking a major step toward that goal, unveiling a list of 12 huge new water projects — from massive new dams in the north to expanded groundwater banks in the south — that will compete for $2.7 billion in state bond funding for new water storage projects. Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/16/17

Health 

Three Ways Trump Is Helping the Affordable Care Act Explode -- From the day he was inaugurated through today, President Trump has had it in for the Affordable Care Act. After months of trying to repeal and replace Obamacare, Congress has moved on to other issues. But there are still things the administration can do — and is doing — to undermine the health insurance markets. April Dembosky, Mark Fiore and Adam Grossberg KQED -- 8/16/17

Deficit would balloon and premiums would jump if Trump ends healthcare subsidies, budget office says -- The federal deficit would swell and premiums for some health plans would rise sharply if the Trump administration makes good on a threat to cut off subsidies for low- and medium-income buyers of health insurance, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. David Lauter in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/16/17

First human case of West Nile virus this year found in Northern California -- The first human case this year of West Nile virus in Northern California was reported by Butte County health officials Tuesday. Molly Sullivan in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/16/17

Environment 

Born free: Baby condor offers hope of a self-sustaining species -- One little bird is raising big hopes for the re-wilding of a special species. A fuzzy gray condor chick — the first-ever “second generation” wild-born condor in a long and hard recovery plan for the endangered birds — has been discovered in a redwood tree in Big Sur. Lisa M. Krieger in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/16/17

Trump Signs Order Rolling Back Environmental Rules on Infrastructure -- President Trump announced on Tuesday that he had signed a sweeping executive order to eliminate and streamline some permitting regulations and to speed construction of roads, bridges and pipelines, declaring that the moves would fix a “badly broken” infrastructure system in America and bring manufacturing jobs back to the country. Lisa Friedman in the New York Times$ -- 8/16/17

Also . . . 

Detectives seek journal and friends of man who overdosed at home of prominent Democratic donor -- Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives are searching for people who spent time with prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck as they investigate the circumstances surrounding the fatal overdose of a 26-year-old man at his West Hollywood home, two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the case said Tuesday. Richard Winton, Hailey Branson-Potts and Alene Tchekmedyian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/16/17

Wolfgang Berger, oceanographer who helped reveal the history of the world's oceans, dies at 79 -- Wolfgang “Wolf” Berger, a Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher whose big insights about tiny fossils helped reveal the history of the world’s oceans, has died at 79. Gary Robbins in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/16/17

POTUS 45  

Trump Gives White Supremacists an Unequivocal Boost -- Never has he gone as far in defending their actions as he did during a wild, street-corner shouting match of a news conference in the gilded lobby of Trump Tower, angrily asserting that so-called alt-left activists were just as responsible for the bloody confrontation as marchers brandishing swastikas, Confederate battle flags, anti-Semitic banners and “Trump/Pence” signs. Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman in the New York Times$ -- 8/16/17

Trump goes off script, and white supremacists cheer -- For the white supremacists who have been roundly vilified since their rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, Donald Trump's news conference on Tuesday came as validation: The president used many of their talking points, condemning the left-wing groups that animate their rage and defending monuments to Confederate leaders who tried to protect slavery. Matthew Nussbaum Politico -- 8/16/17

What is the ‘alt-left,’ which Trump just blamed for some of the violence in Charlottesville? -- President Trump said Tuesday that there was plenty of blame shared for recent violence in Charlottesville, which left one person dead and 19 injured. He also used a term that some right-wing websites, commentators and Fox News personalities have for months advanced for a violent segment of left-wing activists — the alt-left. Alex Horton in the Washington Post$ -- 8/16/17

AP Fact Check: What Trump said about Virginia protesters -- In his remarks, Trump described the rally as largely over the removal of a Confederate monument, although an organizer billed it as pushback against the “anti-white climate.” Trump also misstated his levels of political support in the 2016 election. A look at Trump’s claims and the facts: Darlene Superville and Sarah Rankin Associated Press -- 8/15/17

Beltway 

Obama tweeted a response to the Charlottesville violence. It's now the most 'liked' in Twitter history -- Barack Obama just made Twitter history. The former president tweeted a Nelson Mandela quote on the day of violent chaos in Charlottesville. He included a photo taken of him in 2011 on a visit to his daughter Sasha’s school in Bethesda, Md. Jessica Roy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/15/17

When Aides Worry Their President Is Unhinged -- It's happened before, and it stayed secret for years. Here's what went down. Jeff Greenfield Politico -- 8/16/17

GOP chairmen resist hearings on white supremacy -- Days after neo-Nazis and white nationalists led a deadly march through Charlottesville — and are beginning to organize again — Republican leaders in Congress appear to be in no hurry to tackle the issue beyond statements of condemnation. Kyle Cheney and Rachael Bade Politico -- 8/16/17

 

-- Tuesday Updates 

President retweets Newport Beach woman’s depiction of ‘Trump train’ and a CNN reporter trying to stop it -- President Donald Trump retweeted a cartoon Tuesday that depicts a CNN reporter trying to hold back a moving “Trump train,” an image that drew criticism in some quarters and support from others. The tweet, which appears to have been created by a woman from Corona del Mar, was deleted off Trump’s account minutes after it appeared there. Ian Wheeler in the Orange County Register -- 8/15/17

Fearing violence, California lawmakers ask National Park Service to rescind permit for San Francisco pro-Trump rally -- Citing concern over violent clashes at a Charlottesville rally of white nationalists last weekend, a group of California lawmakers called Tuesday for the National Park Service to rescind a permit issued for a pro-Trump rally scheduled for Aug. 26 in San Francisco. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/15/17

Trump blames ‘both sides’ for Charlottesville violence -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday doubled down on his initial reaction to a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, laying blame on “both sides” and asking why the “alt-left” isn’t being held accountable for the violent clashes. Nolan D. McCaskill Politico David Nakamura in the Washington Post$ Michael D. Shear and Maggie Haberman in the New York Times$ -- 8/15/17

California right-winger behind Charlottesville violence -- It turns out last weekend’s violent white-power protest in Virginia was spurred in part by an ex-con and one-time Silicon Valley resident who’s about to bring his bare-knuckled activism back to the Bay Area. Patrick May in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/15/17

‘Doxxing’ to shame targets as political tactic raises touchy questions -- It was midday Saturday when Joey Saladino’s phone started ringing with threats. Trisha Thadani in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/15/17

Oakland family facing deportation delays flight, hoping for last-second reprieve -- An Oakland nurse and her husband who are facing deportation and the prospect of splitting up their family decided Tuesday to push back a planned flight to Mexico one day as legal efforts to keep them in the country continue. Hamed Aleaziz in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Tracy Seipel in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/15/17

Bernie Sanders supporter jumps in to unseat Democrat in one of nation’s hottest House races -- A 30-year-old lawyer who backed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders last year has jumped into the race to challenge Rep. Ami Bera, a three-term Democrat representing suburban Sacramento. Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/15/17

After losing everything, they spent 13 months in a trailer. Now, they've returned to a charred ghost town -- Most nights in those first months after the fire, Raymond Taylor sat in a chair outside the travel trailer that had become his home, willing himself tired so he could fall asleep before the specter of flames overtook his thoughts. Meg Bernhard in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/15/17

Deep cleaning is a deep challenge for L.A. Unified -- Before students arrive in their back-to-school best to start a new school year, L.A. Unified prepares for months: dusting classroom blinds on both sides, laying down six coats of wax in hallways, splashing apple cider vinegar into newly sanitized toilets. L.A. schools are expected to open their doors spick-and-span, despite smaller crews, constricted budgets and lots of wear and tear. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/15/17

The newest battlefield in L.A. Unified's enrollment war is a boys school -- L.A. Unified opened a boys’ school in part to comply with its interpretation of a federal regulation after it launched the single-sex Girls Academic Leadership Academy in Mid-City last year. But it’s also the kind of unusual offering that the district hopes will help its ongoing fight to recapture enrollment — and revenue — lost to charter schools. Joy Resmovits in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/15/17

Settlement reached in federal case of Modesto farmer fined $2.8 million for plowing his field -- Duarte agreed to pay $330,000 in fines and another $770,000 on “compensatory mitigation,” according to a settlement agreement reached shortly before proceedings were to begin in U.S. District Court in Sacramento. A judge already had ruled that Duarte broke the law; the trial was going to establish the penalties. Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/15/17

Knight: Some of San Francisco’s panhandling moms really are homeless. And some aren’t -- The recent news that a homeless mother was panhandling with her 6-week-old baby every day on Market Street generated an outpouring of response, some of it questioning whether other panhandling moms spotted around downtown had similarly distressing stories. Heather Knight in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 8/15/17

BART: $20 million for expanded parking at Dublin station hinges on Assemblywoman Catharine Baker -- Assemblywoman Catharine Baker unexpectedly secured a $20 million commitment from the governor’s office to pay for expanded parking at BART’s Dublin/Pleasanton station, which would fulfill a long-held promise by the transit agency to build a second garage there. The only problem? BART’s governing board doesn’t want the garage. And that has the $20 million in limbo while Baker decides how to spend it. Erin Baldassari in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/15/17

Fox: Scramble of State Politics Leaves Business in the Middle -- As state politics is scrambled from the left and the right, it is appropriate to wonder where the big business community comes down when donating to candidates in the next statewide election. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 8/15/17