California Policy & Politics This Morning   

Thousands of Bay Area apartment houses need a quake fix -- Thousands of Bay Area apartment buildings with structurally weak first stories could collapse in a major earthquake, risking the lives of those who reside in them and leaving tens of thousands of families homeless, but there is no coordinated effort in the region to retrofit these risky structures. Pete Carey in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/2/14

Field Poll: Obama’s popularity dives to record low in California -- Only 45 percent of California voters hold a favorable view of Obama’s job performance, according to a new Field Poll released today, down 5 percentage points from June and dropping below 50 percent for the first time since late 2011. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/2/14

Nine things to focus on for November's election -- With Labor Day behind us, Californians need to brace themselves for the tidal wave of ads, mailers, robo calls and door knocks between now and the Nov. 4 election. Josh Richman in the San Jose Mercury -- 9/2/14

New state bike law require 3-foot buffer between cyclists, vehicles -- As more bicyclists take to the streets, the number of frustrated motorists unaccustomed to sharing the road also is growing, prompting a new term for the conflict -- bikelash. Nick Green in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 9/2/14

Northern California district a GOP target to regain seats -- Democratic Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove faces Republican businessman - and former congressman - Doug Ose of Citrus Heights as the GOP tries to wrest back the suburban Sacramento County seat that Bera grabbed from Rep. Dan Lungren two years ago. John Wildermuth in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/2/14

Loretta Sanchez settles in for the long haul -- Political campaigns are usually like locusts – they make a lot of noise and then disappear until their season comes around again. Martin Wisckol in the Orange County Register$ -- 9/2/14

Small city puts spotlight on big CalPERS exit cost -- A small but affluent Orange County city, with a current staff of only a half dozen employees, would have to pay about $3.6 million to leave CalPERS, the giant state pension system estimated two years ago. Ed Mendel -- 9/2/14

Infrastructure Cracks as Los Angeles Defers Repairs -- Los Angeles’s decaying roads, sidewalks and water system reflect the challenges many American cities face after years of belt-tightening prompted them to delay basic maintenance. Adam Nagourney in the New York Times$ -- 9/2/14

Walters: Highway 101 improvements should bypass unique redwood grove -- Over the last six decades – mile by expensive mile – California’s transportation department has upgraded Highway 101 on the scenic North Coast from a narrow, twisting, two-lane road into a modern four-lane expressway. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/2/14

Greenhut: Tenure ruling heats up November races -- A California judge’s affirmation last week of his June decision in a landmark teacher-tenure case may turn the little-followed statewide election for superintendent of public instruction into a nationally followed — and funded — race. Steven Greenhut UT San Diego$ -- 9/2/14

Economy, Employers, Jobs   

Garcetti calls for boosting minimum wage to $13.25 after three years -- Leading a Labor Day rally at a park in South Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed on Monday creating a minimum wage in Los Angeles that would reach $13.25 after three years. James Rainey in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/2/14

Workers may gain paid sick leave -- Workers in California who will become eligible for paid sick leave under legislation that Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign had an extra reason to celebrate on Labor Day. AB 1522, passed by the state Legislature over the weekend, requires employers to provide both full-time and part-time employees with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Theresa Walker in the Orange County Register$ -- 9/2/14

Communities going into power business to cut cost, carbon footprint -- Sonoma County, which enticed Americans to forsake factory-made food for artisan wines and farmers market produce, now wants consumers to reconsider another everyday commodity. Evan Halper in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/2/14

Labor Day protest rally targets 2 Fisherman's Wharf hotels -- Hundreds of union supporters celebrated Labor Day by marching from San Francisco's Pier 39 to the Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf, a nonunion hotel that labor officials say is one of the last holdouts in a city filled with organized hotels. Victoria Colliver in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/2/14

Earthquake leaves Napa wine industry quietly tallying the damage -- Oak barrels cracked open and a river of red gushed out. Before long, hundreds of thousands of dollars of wine had coated the concrete floor of Napa Barrel Care, a warehouse near downtown where 40 wineries share storage space. Marisa Gerber in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/2/14

Obama Renews Call to Increase Pay Floor -- Legislation to lift the federal pay floor from $7.25 an hour stalled in Congress this spring, but Democrats hope the issue will resonate with voters in November, especially in states with closely contested Senate races. Eric Morath in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 9/2/14

Leaks of nude celebrity photos raise concerns about security of the cloud -- The leaking of hundreds of private and intimate photographs of Hollywood celebrities cast new doubt on the security of popular online storage sites Monday as investigators probed for explanations of the high-profile breach. Andrea Peterson, Emily Yahr and Joby Warrick in the Washington Post$ -- 9/2/14


Analysis finds California students attend school more than U.S. peers -- California students attend school more consistently than most of their U.S. peers, and such attendance directly relates to better performance on national math and reading tests, a new analysis has found. Teresa Wantanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/2/14

Parents’ ability to track student grades, attendance by smartphone has growing app-eal --As landlines and paper handouts disappear, local school districts are experimenting with new ways of reaching families Diana Lambert in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/2/14

Programs target crucial summer before college -- Lilie Hau, 18, of San Francisco, will be the first in her family to go to college this fall. And thanks to an intensive, two-week summer bridge program at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, she feels ready. Susan Frey EdSource -- 9/2/14

Coachella Valley High drops mascot that offended Arab Americans -- For 83 years, Coachella Valley High School has rallied behind a mascot with a snarling face, a hooked nose, a heavy beard and wearing a headscarf — the campus’ beloved Arab. Louis Sahagun in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/2/14


San Vicente Redwoods 1 of the biggest unprotected forests around -- For more than a century, the coastal town of Davenport, just up Highway 1 from Santa Cruz, stood in the shadow of a giant cement plant. Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/2/14


Free flu vaccines for 60,000 Oakland kids -- The largest ever seasonal flu vaccine program for Oakland youngsters will roll out Oct. 1, with the Alameda County health department targeting 60,000 elementary school students with free vaccines at 130 schools. Doug Oakley in the Contra Costa Times$ -- 9/2/14

Easy Online Access Changes Doctor-Patient Relationships -- The days of waiting on hold and playing phone tag with the doctor’s office are diminishing for patients across the state and nation as more and more health providers implement patient portals. Kellie Schmitt -- 9/2/14

Also . . .

Grover Norquist Goes to Burning Man -- As we stroll past rows of parked RVs on Gold Street, we pass a large tent that advertises “Free Taint Washes." A man approaches us from inside, carrying a jug of water with a misting attachment. Kevin Roose NY Magazine -- 9/2/14

POTUS 44    

On Obama’s Labor Day visit, politics still loom large -- President Obama urged attendees at the Laborfest rally here to mobilize for the fall election rather than allow Republicans to dictate the course of national policy. After Obama complained that Republicans "oppose almost everything," sparking boos, the president said: “Don’t boo -- vote. It’s easy to boo -- I want you to vote.” Juliet Eilperin in the Washington Post$ -- 9/2/14


Wealthy political donors seize on new latitude to give to unlimited candidates -- Andrew Sabin gave Republicans so much money in 2012 that he accidentally went over a limit on how much individuals could donate to federal candidates and party committees. Matea Gold in the Washington Post$ -- 9/2/14