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L.A. councilmen will campaign for $1-billion ballot measure to house the homeless -- Two key members of the Los Angeles City Council say they have decided to push for a November ballot measure authorizing a bond of at least $1 billion to build housing for the city's growing homeless population. Peter Jamison in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/16

'Welcome to California water wars': State's congressional delegation debates water plans on the House floor -- House Republicans are making another push for a bill addressing California's drought, adding the text of a measure by Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) into two pieces of legislation headed to the Senate. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/16

Court upholds former California senator’s voter fraud conviction -- In 2014, a jury found Wright guilty of eight felonies for registering to vote at a home he owned in Inglewood, even though he actually lived several miles away in the upscale neighborhood of Baldwin Hills, just outside the district where he ran for office in 2008. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/25/16

Assemblyman Calderon backs Proposition 50 ballot measure spurred by his uncle's legal problems -- Assemblyman Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) has spent $41,500 in political funds to support Proposition 50, an anti-corruption measure put on the ballot in response to issues raised when his uncle, former Sen. Ronald Calderon, was indicted in a bribery case. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/25/16

Get ready to save energy like you save water -- Citing the threat of brown-outs this summer, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors urged Southern California residents to conserve electricity this summer and be prepared for possible 100-degree days without air conditioning. Martha C. Daniel KPCC -- 5/25/16

County to ask court for referee in SoCalGas Co. clash -- The county plans to request a court-ordered referee to help manage its contentious relationship with Southern California Gas Co. as both sides work to get Porter Ranch residents back into their homes, the county’s lead lawyer said today. The item is in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 5/25/16

Labor unions, environmentalists are biggest opponents of Gov. Brown's affordable housing plan -- A coalition of labor and environmental organizations has come out against the proposal, arguing that the governor’s plan would harm public health because it allows housing projects to sidestep the state’s premier environmental law. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/16

County honors John Wayne after state assembly voted against it over actor's controversial remarks -- County supervisors took a few minutes before their Tuesday meeting to do what the state Assembly recently refused to: honor John Wayne. Jordan Graham in the Orange County Register -- 5/25/16

Killings in L.A. are still on the rise, but police chief sees a ‘turn of the tide’ -- After struggling for months to quell violent crime in some of Los Angeles' hardest-hit neighborhoods, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday that the rise of killings had slowed in the city, indicating that "a turn of the tide" had begun. Kate Mather in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/16

Caltech professor becomes first woman to win $1.1 million technology prize -- A bioengineer at Caltech has become the first woman to win a $1.1 million international technology prize for her pioneering work on directed evolution, a method of creating specific traits in enzymes. With her selection, Frances Arnold is the fourth U.S. Citizen to win the prestigious Millennium Technology Prize from the Technology Academy Finland. Directed evolution was first pioneered in the 1990s. Jason Henry in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 5/25/16

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer says he won't run for California governor -- Kevin Faulconer said Tuesday that he won't run for governor of California in 2018 if re-elected mayor of San Diego, depriving Republicans of one of its better-known names in a potentially crowded Democratic field. Elliot Spagat Associated Press -- 5/25/16

Walters: California charter schools involved in multiple political battles -- A major front in the perpetual war between California’s educational establishment and school reform groups is the role of charter schools, which function outside the traditional structure and are semi-free to experiment with new methods of teaching. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/25/16

Vietnamese cabbie kidnapped by jail fugitives sues Orange County -- For Long Ma, the cabdriver kidnapped by three Orange County jail fugitives in January, freedom now comes with its own sense of confinement. He can't work, he said. Anh Do in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/16

Brown’s endorsement of Harris raises a scenario involving his wife -- With his endorsement of California Attorney General Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate race on Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown will likely fuel the growing buzz in Sacramento about a “musical chairs” scenario: will Brown consider appointing his wife and chief counsel, Anne B. Gust, to fill Harris’ shoes? Carla Marinucci Politico -- 5/25/16

Hey, voters: Watch the Birdee -- For the next six months, California voters will be bombarded with election images. Not just soundbites, mailers, and ads for and against presidential candidates, but also campaigns for ballot initiatives: Eight have already been approved and many more are circulating. Alex Matthews Capitol Weekly -- 5/25/16

Los Angeles has one of the lowest rates of access to retirement plans -- Retiring in California is expensive enough -- but even more so if you work here. Many of the U.S. cities where workers are least likely to have access to retirement plans are in California, new research shows. Natalie Kitroeff in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/16

Capitol Weekly Podcast: The annual California Roast is nearly upon us and Roast head honcho Jim Muldavin stops by to talk about the history of the event (34 years!) and the Capitol Focus youth programs the Roast supports. Link Here -- 5/25/16

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions      

Davis: Studies on Raiders move to Las Vegas are 'positive' -- Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis says the team has begun conducting market research studies to gather information about a potential move to Las Vegas. Steve Reed Associated Press -- 5/25/16

NFL awards 2021 Super Bowl to Los Angeles -- The game will be played at the yet-to-be-constructed Inglewood stadium, which is scheduled to open for the 2019 season. Sam Farmer in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/16

Is this California state workers’ last chance for raises? -- Looking at the California economy, the politics and the numbers, two observations surface for the thousands of unionized state workers with contracts expiring in the next few weeks: The next deal will include a modest raise. It’s probably the last one for a while. Jon Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/25/16

Californians aren’t well-prepared for retirement, studies show -- The studies by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Bankrate, a website devoted to personal finance, bolster efforts by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León and others to create a new, state-sponsored pension plan for non-government workers. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/25/16

What’s driving Silicon Valley to become ‘radicalized’ -- Like many Silicon Valley start-ups, Larry Gadea’s company collects heaps of sensitive data from his customers. Recently, he decided to do something with that data trove that was long considered unthinkable: He is getting rid of it. Elizabeth Dwoskin in the Washington Post$ -- 5/25/16

Fox: CalChamber Opposes “Virtually Permanent” Prop 30 Tax -- With the California Chamber of Commerce announcing yesterday that it will oppose the Proposition 30 income tax extension, the question arises if a campaign will come together to match the financial firepower that the teachers, medical professionals and other public employee unions bring to the table in support of the measure. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 5/25/16


Conflicts swirl around San Joaquin Valley irrigation drainage plan -- A proposal to solve a long-running San Joaquin Valley irrigation drainage dispute between the Westlands Water District and the federal government is roiling a Congress already hung up on other California water fights. Michael Doyle in the Fresno Bee -- 5/25/16


Foes of teacher tenure, seniority appeal to state Supreme Court -- Opponents of teacher tenure and seniority laws in California asked the state Supreme Court to take up their case Tuesday, arguing that an appellate court disregarded evidence that the laws shield incompetent teachers and harm low-income and minority students. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 5/25/16

Plaintiffs appeal Vergara decision and back legislative fix -- The organization that filed a lawsuit challenging California’s tenure and other teacher protection laws on Tuesday asked the California Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the case. The organization, Students Matter, also endorsed legislation that would accomplish much of what it’s asking the courts to do in Vergara v. the State of California. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 5/25/16

Cal State trustees agree to boost faculty salaries, ending yearlong dispute -- The Cal State Board of Trustees approved a plan Tuesday to raise faculty salaries by 10.5% over three years, capping a long-running dispute over pay that threatened to wreak havoc on the nation's largest public university system. Rosanna Xia in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/16

UCLA just signed a $280-million shoe and apparel deal, the biggest in NCAA history -- Jumping into the new arms race in college sports – schools battling for massive sponsorships – UCLA has landed what is believed to be the biggest shoe and apparel deal in NCAA history. David Wharton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/16

Immigration / Border 

San Francisco supervisors OK compromise sanctuary city legislation -- San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy and the Board of Supervisors reached a deal Tuesday on the city’s sanctuary law, which restricts cooperation with federal immigration agents. The agreement averts a showdown between the supervisors and Hennessy, who threatened to set her own rules independent of the board. Emily Green in the San Francisco Chronicle Janie Har Associated Press -- 5/25/16


Pipeline at Center of Altamont Pass Oil Spill Also Ruptured Last September -- California’s fire marshal has launched an investigation into an oil pipeline rupture that spilled at least 20,000 gallons of crude near Tracy over the weekend — eight months after the same pipeline had a break in a similar location. Ted Goldberg KQED -- 5/25/16

New study: Sierra Nevada forests shifting to higher elevations as temperatures warm -- Key species of trees in California's Sierra Nevada mountain range -- including lodge pole pine, red fir and western white pine -- are shifting to higher elevations as the climate continues to warm, a broad new study by state biologists has found. Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/25/16

Insects in Concord attack were regular honey bees, not killer bees -- The perpetrators of a hellacious rampage of stinging that killed two dogs and caused pandemonium in a Concord neighborhood earlier this month were not Africanized killer bees after all, but regular neighborhood honey bees, state agricultural officials said Tuesday. Peter Fimrite in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 5/25/16


More Than Enough Signatures Collected To Put New Stockton Dispenseries Measure On Ballot -- Proponents of a measure to allow four medical marijuana dispensaries in Stockton have turned in a petition with more than 8,500 signatures. That’s almost 3,000 more than what are needed to put the initiative before the voters. Rich Ibarra Capital Public Radio -- 5/25/16


Will MinuteClinics In Northern California Cut Wait Times for Veterans? -- Struggling with long wait times, the Veterans Affairs Health Care System is trying something new: a partnership with the CVS Pharmacy chain to offer urgent care services to more than 65,000 veterans. Barbara Feder Ostrov KQED -- 5/25/16

Just Like Patients, Therapists Also Battle Insurance Red Tape -- When San Francisco resident Natalie Dunnege needed a therapist, she couldn’t find one who took her insurance. “When I would call them they wouldn’t return my phone calls or they wouldn’t be accepting patients,” she says. Insurance companies say there’s a shortage of therapists. April Dembosky KQED -- 5/25/16

Obamacare is helping millions get needed healthcare, new survey finds -- More than 60% of working-age Americans who signed up for Medicaid or a private health plan through the Affordable Care Act are getting healthcare they couldn’t previously get, a new nationwide survey indicates. Noam N. Levey in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/16

Also . . . 

Danger on tracks: Seven people hit by Bay Area trains in five days -- While there are no final determinations of whether the deaths were accidents or suicides -- in one case a man was wearing headphones and another man may have been on a bicycle -- seven people hit in five days is renewing talks of safety and suicide prevention along Bay Area rail lines. David DeBolt and Katrina Cameron in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/25/16

State employees offered bikes to rent as option for downtown trips -- State employees needing transportation for business purposes within the city of Sacramento can now request a car or a bicycle. Cathy Locke in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/25/16


‘Self-funding’ Trump turns to big-bucks donors in L.A. -- Donald Trump arrives in California on Wednesday for a Los Angeles fundraiser where he will very publicly break one of his core campaign promises: that he is not beholden to special interests because he is self-funding his presidential run. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 5/25/16

Bernie Sanders lists Hillary Clinton criticisms he doesn’t raise -- Bernie Sanders, responding to Gov. Jerry Brown’s concern about a “scorched earth” primary hurting Hillary Clinton, said Tuesday he has avoided hitting the likely Democratic nominee on “major, major areas” – and then proceeded to list them. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/25/16

Trump plans Friday morning campaign stop in Fresno -- His visit comes just four days after former President Bill Clinton came to Fresno to stump for his wife, Hillary, who is the Democratic presidential front-runner. John Ellis in the Fresno Bee -- 5/25/16

Bernie Sanders chooses sides in San Francisco Senate race -- Bernie Sanders, barnstorming California ahead of the June 7 primary, is wading into contentious state issues, first endorsing a fall ballot initiative imposing price controls on state drug purchases, then a separate measure legalizing recreational marijuana. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/25/16

Hillary Clinton accuses Donald Trump of rooting for housing crisis -- Hillary Clinton, increasingly turning her focus to a general election contest with Republican Donald Trump, on Tuesday accused the New York businessman of rooting for the 2008 housing market collapse so that he could profit from it. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/25/16

In new TV ad, Bernie Sanders urges California to send ‘a message’ -- With Californians already voting by mail ahead of the state’s June 7 primary, Bernie Sanders will air a TV ad in the state, asking voters to send Washington politicians “a message they can’t ignore,” his campaign said Tuesday. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/25/16

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti slams Donald Trump as ‘ultimate caricature’ -- “What we can’t do with Donald Trump is normalize him as a candidate,” Garcetti said in a conference call with reporters. “He’s a racist, he’s a bigot, he’s sexist.” Trump is scheduled to swing through Los Angeles on Wednesday for a fundraiser hosted by Thomas Barrack, who runs real estate and investment firm Colony Capital. Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Daily News$ Peter Jamison in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/16

Bernie Sanders chooses sides in San Francisco Senate race -- Bernie Sanders, barnstorming California ahead of the June 7 primary, is wading into contentious state issues, first endorsing a fall ballot initiative imposing price controls on state drug purchases, then a separate measure legalizing recreational marijuana. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/25/16

Bernie Sanders in Orange County: Disney comes under fire during speech in Anaheim -- "We have a rigged economy,” Sanders said, saying some Disney workers live in low-rent hotels because they can’t afford housing in Orange County. Then Sanders noted that Bob Iger, Disney’s chief exective, made $47.5 million in compensation last year (the Wall Street Journal reported that it was actually closer to $46.5 million), before adding: "I dare say the CEO of Disney is in that wealthiest 1 percent.” Chris Haire and Martin Wisckol in the Orange County Register -- 5/25/16

Union Support Still Crucial for Democratic Presidential Contenders -- About 2.5 million union members call California home. With election season upon us, the two Democrats fighting for their party’s presidential nomination see union support as critical to getting out the vote. Katie Orr KQED -- 5/25/16

It’s all about California: Clinton hopes to avoid ending primary season with an epic loss -- There is a real chance that Hillary Clinton will have clinched a majority of delegates, and the Democratic nomination, before polls close in the California primary late in the evening of June 7. But losing one of the country’s most diverse and Democratic states to Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont would be such a damaging way to end this tumultuous primary season that Clinton is planning to spend millions there over the next two weeks. Abby Phillip and Anne Gearan in the Washington Post$ -- 5/25/16