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Kashkari pounds Brown on teacher tenure in new ad -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, who stirred controversy with an ad depicting a drowning boy, returned to the teacher-tenure issue to pound Gov. Jerry Brown in a new TV ad that debuted Tuesday. Carla Marinucci in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/21/14

In a first, Healdsburg bans under-21 tobacco sales -- The Wine Country city of Healdsburg, known for enticing tourists with a hedonistic blend of fresh food and drink, now has another distinction: It’s the first place in California to ban tobacco sales to anyone under 21. Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/21/14

L.A. sheriff's deputy pleads no contest to sex-with-minor charge -- A 22-year veteran deputy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department pleaded no contest Tuesday to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl, authorities said. Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/21/14

Nurses to Jerry Brown: California isn’t ready for Ebola -- The state’s largest nurses union said Tuesday that no California hospital is prepared to treat an Ebola patient, as it pressed Gov. Jerry Brown to require increased training and protective equipment for nurses. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/21/14

Swearengin attacked by labor group in California controller’s race -- A labor-backed independent expenditure committee has started sending out mailers criticizing Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, the Republican candidate for California controller in a sign that the contest has tightened leading up to the Nov. 4 election. Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/21/14

Beyond the airwaves, Prop. 46 backers and opponents use grassroots tactics -- The battle over Proposition 46, the medical malpractice and drug testing initiative, has led to a deluge of TV and radio ads, mostly from the opposition. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/21/14

Ralph Nader urges Jerry Brown to support Proposition 46 -- Ralph Nader, the consumer activist who ran repeatedly for president as a third-party candidate, urged California Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday to publicly support Proposition 46, the ballot initiative that would more than quadruple the limit on medical malpractice awards. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/21/14

Weirdest, wackiest facts about Oakland’s mayoral candidates -- Peter Liu wants to give guns to every law-abiding resident in Oakland. Libby Schaaf spent a summer dressed up as Cinderella. Anonymous and Occupy hacked into Nancy Sidebotham’s computer. As a kid, Ken Houston really wanted to be a veterinarian. Meet Oakland’s mayoral maybes. Will Kane in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/21/14

Quinn: Something New: Cross Party Appeal -- Have we ever had a more dismal election? For the first time in 60 years there is no serious race for governor, nor any other partisan statewide office. Tony Quinn Fox & Hounds -- 10/21/14

Fox: The Enigmatic Jerry Brown and a Fourth Term -- Hard to argue with many of the sentiments that Jerry Brown expressed in his interview published over the weekend by the Los Angeles Times about his vision for a fourth term. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 10/21/14

Feinstein’s fundraising plea for Democratic majority -- California Sens. Dianne Feinstein or Barbara Boxer are not up for re-election this year, but their fates in Washington hinge on a handful of Senate elections elsewhere in the country that will determine whether Democrats keep their majority in the upper chamber. Carolyn Lochhead in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/21/14

Brownie Mary Democratic Club rises in East Bay -- The East Bay has its first marijuana-oriented Democratic club. Josh Richman Political Blotter -- 10/21/14

California Coughs Up $18 Billion In Smoking-Related Costs -- The study reveals more than 34,000 Californians died from smoking-related causes in 2009, the latest figures available for the research. That includes deaths from cancer, heart disease, and respiratory illnesses. Kenny Goldberg KPBS -- 10/21/14

Rush Limbaugh is America’s least-trusted news source -- Thirty-nine percent of Americans say they don't trust Rush Limbaugh when it comes to news about government and politics, giving the radio personality the highest untrustworthiness rating of 36 news sources included in a recent Pew Research Center Study. Christopher Ingraham in the Washington Post$ -- 10/21/14

TV production in L.A. jumps 31% in the third quarter -- TV production continued to steal the show in the third quarter, as on location shoots for television shows surged in the Los Angeles area. Richard Verrier in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/21/14

California Policy & Politics This Morning   

Amid California's drought, a bruising battle for cheap water -- Westlands is carved out of a region so parched it was long considered uninhabitable desert. Bettina Boxall in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/21/14

DA: No charges for DeMaio, accuser -- District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced Monday that her office won’t file any charge against congressional candidate Carl DeMaio for alleged sexual misconduct against a campaign worker and said the former aide won’t face prosecution tied to a break-in at DeMaio’s office. Mark Walker UT San Diego$ Tony Perry in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/21/14

DeMaio: Peters' camp pushing smears -- Candidate tells The Hill, 'you can say anything about the gay guy and some people will believe it'. Mark Walker UT San Diego$ -- 10/21/14

Murrieta mayor resigns after DUI arrest in crash that injured 4 students -- The mayor of Murrieta resigned Monday after being arrested Thursday on suspicion of seriously injuring four high school students while driving drunk. Matt Stevens in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/21/14

Ballot measure would overhaul rainy day fund -- California would revamp its little-used rainy day fund to pay down billions in pension obligations and other debt and to provide a larger cushion against future economic downturns under a measure voters will decide in November. Fenit Nirappil Associated Press -- 10/21/14

Kevin Johnson makes pitch for strong mayor in new TV ad -- Political analysts, academics and elected officials who study city government said Johnson’s strong-mayor plan would likely make the city move. But the direction of that movement – and whether it would be a good thing for Sacramento – could depend upon who is occupying the mayor’s seat. Ryan Lillis in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/21/14

Bell Gardens mayor killed by wife 'in cold blood,' his brother alleges -- The shooting of Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo by his wife three weeks ago was not an act of self-defense but a premeditated killing "with malice and in cold blood," Crespo’s brother alleged in a lawsuit filed Monday. Victoria Kim in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/21/14

Proposition 45 seeks health insurance rate review -- Proposition 45 offers a simple choice for voters: Do they want the state insurance commissioner to regulate health care rates for small businesses and individual health plans? Judy Lin Associated Press -- 10/21/14

Health insurers boost No on 45 funding -- California insurers have pumped more than $12 million over the last five days into a campaign to defeat Proposition 45, an initiative on the Nov. 4 ballot that would regulate health insurance rates. Marc Lifsher in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/21/14

Ad Watch: Democrats use Obamacare against Ose -- House Majority PAC, a Democratic group, has criticized Republican congressional challenger Doug Ose for his stances on veterans and Social Security. Now, in a new television ad, the group is targeting the former congressman for his pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a new plan. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/21/14

Bera-Ose House race among most expensive nationally -- The race between Democratic Rep. Ami Bera and Republican Doug Ose has vaulted into the 10 most expensive House contests in the nation, with the candidates and outside groups pouring millions into the Sacramento County district. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/21/14

Honda launches attack ad against Khanna -- Rep. Mike Honda rolled out a new television ad Monday attacking Democratic challenger Ro Khanna for having right-wing billionaires support his campaign, for favoring tax breaks for the rich and companies that offshore jobs, and for not being committed to protecting Social Security. But Khanna’s campaign says Honda, D-San Jose, is making up many of the ad’s charges. Josh Richman Political Blotter -- 10/21/14

Jerry Brown takes the long view on water -- Battles over water rights, wet years flowing into dry ones, Jerry Brown gubernatorial tenures – in California, some storylines recur. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/21/14

Jerry Brown hits airwaves again for water bond, budget reserve -- Gov. Jerry Brown will air a new ad Monday for the water bond and budget reserve measure on the November ballot, his campaign said Sunday, with a TV spot referencing the infrastructure achievements of his father. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/21/14

Governor Jerry Brown touts water bond measure at Stanford summit -- Gov. Jerry Brown pitched his plan Monday for a water bond and a rainy-day fund at a Stanford University water conference, two policy measures that are the cornerstone of his record fourth term re-election campaign. Lisa M. Krieger in the Contra Costa Times$ -- 10/21/14

Greenhut: Brown's next agenda is everyone's guess -- Governor's non-campaign focuses on non-controversial measures. Steven Greenhut UT San Diego$ -- 10/21/14

San Francisco's Prop. A is first step on road to put driving last -- There’s a lot more to San Francisco’s $500 million Proposition A than fixing roads — it’s really the first step in a master plan to put buses, bikes and pedestrians on the fast track and move cars into the slow lane. Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/21/14

Outside mailers in Campos-Chiu campaign play loose with truth -- With just two weeks left before the election, independent groups are flooding San Francisco mailboxes with glossy flyers hitting District 17 Assembly candidates David Campos and David Chiu hard. And neither side seems too concerned with the facts. Marisa Lagos in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/21/14

The Rehabilitation of California’s Ballot Measure -- In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California’s prisons, which were then at nearly two-hundred-per-cent capacity, were so overcrowded that detaining anyone in them was a form of cruel and unusual punishment and a violation of constitutional rights. Vauhini Vara The New Yorker -- 10/21/14

Steyer Passes Adelson as No. 1 ‘Super PAC’ Donor -- Tom Steyer, the billionaire hedge fund founder who has pledged to spend $50 million of his own money to defeat Republican candidates in Senate and governor’s races this campaign cycle, exceeded that mark in September. Derek Willis in the New York Times$ -- 10/21/14

Tom Steyer is running some very strange ads -- Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer's new outside group, NextGen Climate, has run some of the head-scratching-est ads of the 2014 campaign — of which this ad in the Florida governor's race is the latest effort: Aaron Blake in the Washington Post$ -- 10/21/14

Sacramento to host Tour of California bike race in 2015 -- Sacramento has been chosen as host city for the opening day of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California bicycle race, according to a press release from Amgen. Stage two of the race will travel through Nevada City to Lodi, a first-time participant. Tony Bizjak and Robert Davila in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/21/14

Banks: Irrational Ebola fears make life difficult for Liberians in the U.S. -- Reuben Gobah considers himself a victim of Ebola — or at least of our hysteria over the disease. Sandy Banks in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/21/14

Taxes, Fees, Rates   

Walters: Local measures will test support for tax extensions -- It’s near-certain that California voters will decide in 2016 whether to extend the temporary sales and income taxes they passed in 2012. Meanwhile, hundreds of local tax and bond issues this year will take the temperature of voters vis-à-vis tax increases. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/21/14

In Berkeley, Soda Tax Measure Is New Front in Social Activism -- Berkeley, the originator of movements ranging from Free Speech to Health Eating has a new cause: taking on the soft drink industry. Erika Kelly KQED -- 10/21/14

Yosemite entrance fees to jump 50% -- Park administrators are looking to increase the cost of driving into the park from $20 to $30 per vehicle — good for a seven-day visit — and increase the price of an annual pass from $40 to $60. Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/21/14

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Pensions   

Japanese firm is ready to scrap plans for Palmdale rail-car factory -- A Japanese company's much-celebrated plans to build a light-rail manufacturing plant in Palmdale appear all but dead after months of clashes with local labor unions and community groups. Laura J. Nelson in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/21/14

San Diego wage hike headed for ballot -- San Diego voters will get a chance to decide in June 2016 whether the city should have a higher minimum wage than the state requires. David Garrick UT San Diego$ -- 10/21/14

Oakland tenants say bully landlords taking advantage of market -- As many as 200 people a month call Oakland’s rent board complaining that their landlords are intimidating or harassing them in the hopes, tenant advocates say, that the renters will flee and make room for higher-paying tenants forced out of San Francisco. Will Kane in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/21/14

Summer Power Stayed on Despite Drought, Fires, Closed Nuke -- Despite losing more than 2,000 megawatts of power from the shuttered San Onofre nuke and almost as much from drought-depleted reservoirs, California's power grid sailed through the long hot summer of 2014 -- with a little help from renewable energy. Chris Clarke KCET Rewire -- 10/21/14

Apple's secrets may be outed in obscure bankruptcy case -- The bankruptcy of a key Apple supplier may shine a bright light on sensitive business details the personal electronics giant fights to keep out of the public eye. Julia Love in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/21/14

CalPERS has highest complexity, costs compared to other funds -- The California Public Employees' Retirement System had nearly double the pension administrative costs of four similar U.S. pension funds in 2012-13, according to a new comparison. Allen Young Sacramento Business Journal -- 10/21/14

Watchdog: Thousands join the '$100K club' for pensions -- Back in 2005, some 1,841 retirees pulled down more than $100,000 a year in pension checks from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. Teri Sforza in the Orange County Register$ -- 10/21/14

Business economists report solid but slowing growth in third quarter -- Business economists reported solid but slowing growth at their companies over the summer as gauges of sales, hiring and profit margins fell slightly from the second quarter, according to survey results released Monday. Jim Puzzanghera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/21/14

Trade group lifts production hold on adult film industry -- A trade association for the adult film industry on Monday lifted a production hold that had been prompted by concerns that a performer had been exposed to HIV on an out-of-state film set. Adolfo Flores, Hailey Branson-Potts in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/21/14

Amid Ebola scare, airlines approve fare hike -- The nation's largest airlines have approved a $4 round-trip fare hike, despite anxiety over Ebola and higher travel prices for the upcoming holiday season. Hugo Martin in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/21/14

U.S. to ease repurchase demands on bad mortgages -- Hoping to boost mortgage approvals for more borrowers, the federal regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac told lenders that the home financing giants would ease up on demands that banks buy back loans that go delinquent. E. Scott Reckard, John Glionna and Tim Logan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/21/14


On his first day, Cortines feels a 'sense of urgency' at L.A. Unified -- Ramon C. Cortines' first day in his latest tour at the helm of Los Angeles Unified started in a familiar fashion: early, with his first meeting at 7 a.m. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/21/14


San Diego adopts mandatory water limits -- The shift from Stage 1 “drought watch” conditions to Stage 2 “drought alert” restrictions transforms voluntary water conservation measures into legal requirements, and stiffens some existing restrictions, such as those on ornamental fountains. Deborah Sullivan Brennan UT San Diego$ -- 10/21/14

Drought-Stressed Crops May Be Better For You -- “The tiny pomegranates seem to have double the antioxidant content of pomegranates grown under normal conditions.” Sasha Khokha KQED -- 10/21/14


Ban on GMO plants advances at L.A. City Hall -- Citing environmental and health concerns, a panel of Los Angeles lawmakers Monday threw their support behind a citywide ban on growing genetically modified crops. Soumya Karlamangla in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/21/14

Oakland plowing a path for urban farming on vacant lots -- After four years of planning, the city is poised to eliminate bureaucratic roadblocks for urban gardeners, making it easier for residents to turn the city’s 3,000 vacant lots into fields of arugula and marigolds. Carolyn Jones in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/21/14

California looks to curb methane emissions -- Pressure is growing on regulators in California and Washington, D.C., to crack down on methane, a greenhouse gas that’s 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide and is accelerating the warming of the planet. Sean Cockerham McClatchy DC -- 10/21/14


Five People Alive Today Thanks To SDSU Student -- SDSU freshman Sara Stelzer was taken off life-support Saturday after losing a brief battle with meningococcal meningitis, and five other people were given new life because she was a registered organ donor. Dwane Brown KPBS -- 10/21/14

SDSU Student’s Death From Meningitis Prompts Classmates To Seek Medical Help -- In the wake of conflicting information at the end of last week regarding the bacterial meningitis-caused death of an 18-year-old San Diego State University student, the school and county health officials confirmed Monday that she was taken off life support on Saturday. KPBS -- 10/21/14

Prisons balk at Sovaldi’s $84,000 cost for hepatitis C treatment -- In San Francisco’s jails, no inmates with hepatitis C are receiving Sovaldi, the breakthrough pill that can cure most patients in an unprecedented amount of time. Stephanie M. Lee and Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/21/14

Mission Hospital kept operating rooms open after unsound conditions uncovered -- Mission Hospital, which said Monday that it is resuming elective surgeries at its medical campuses in Laguna Beach and Mission Viejo, continued to allow surgeries in its operating rooms earlier this year even after an inspection found flaws in its heating and ventilation system. Jenna Chandler in the Orange County Register$ -- 10/21/14

San Francisco supervisor proposes drugmakers fund take-back program -- After Alameda County became the first in the nation to require pharmaceutical companies to pay for a drug take-back program, San Francisco may follow suit. Stephanie M. Lee in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/21/14

With Ebola, it's better to screen outbound flights, study suggests -- The deceased Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan is unlikely to be the last person to carry the Ebola virus out of one of three West African countries, a new study suggests. Melissa Healy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/21/14

Also . . .

As Online Viewing Soars, Internet TV Will Soon Be the Only TV -- Viewers may not be cutting the cable cord altogether, but growth in the number who want to watch TV over a different set of pipes is surging, according to a new report from Adobe. Marcus Wohlsen WIRED -- 10/21/14

Nevius: Construction crew’s discovery of human remains can’t stay buried -- The San Francisco Medical Examiners Office helped determine that the remains were not only those of an American Indian, but that they dated back about 7,500 years — the oldest human remains ever discovered within the city limits. C.W. Nevius in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/21/14


Latinos, angry with Obama, may sit out midterm vote, hurting Democrats -- Leaving church on a recent Sunday, Jose Trujillo paused to consider the upcoming midterm election and two of the hottest Senate and gubernatorial races in the country, blazing away right here in Georgia. Mark Z. Barabak in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/21/14

Hillary Clinton rallies donors ahead of midterms in San Francisco -- Hillary Clinton, appealing to women voters Monday in the run-up to this year’s mid-term elections, cast the Republican Party as a pariah on issues of health care and income inequality. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/21/14

Ted Cruz Announces Presidential Agenda Disguised as Plan for GOP Congress -- The Republican senator knows exactly what his party should do if it takes over Congress next year. It's what he plans to do as president. Rebecca Nelson National Journal -- 10/21/14