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K12 Inc.: Bay Area lawmakers call for audit of California Virtual Academies operator -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling for a state audit of a profitable but low-performing network of online charter schools following this newspaper's investigation of K12 Inc., the Virginia company at the heart of the operation. Jessica Calefati in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/30/16

Subsidized rent, but nowhere to go: Homeless vouchers go unused -- Nine years after she lost her apartment in North Hollywood and began couch-surfing and living in her van, Laura Luevano received a federal rent voucher to return her to the world of the housed. Gale Holland and Abby Sewell in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/30/16

Disney vows to fight after its characters are spotted at rival Chinese theme park -- The chairman of China’s biggest conglomerate recently predicted that a new $5.5-billion Disney theme park opening in Shanghai next month would fail, citing a lack of innovation with intellectual properties and characters. Hugo Martin in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/30/16

Unions seek to organize new downtown Sacramento hotels -- At its core, the friction centers on whether the hotels of downtown’s future will allow employees to organize, as has nearly every major hotel built downtown in the past 25 years. That was the issue simmering beneath the surface during a short-lived effort to push for better pay and benefits at the new Kimpton hotel under construction adjacent to Golden 1 Center. Ryan Lillis in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/30/16

AIDS remains a stubborn foe in San Diego County -- In San Diego County, 480 people were diagnosed with HIV disease that year, or about one every 18 hours. And 108 San Diego County residents died of AIDS complications, nearly one every three days on average. Cheryl Clark inewsource.org -- 5/30/16

Despite New Law, California Lags In Personal Finance Education -- In 2013, West Covina Assemblyman Roger Hernandez made a pitch to improve California’s teaching of financial literacy. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez KQED -- 5/30/16

Outside money leaves Assembly candidate feeling ‘out of control’ -- The previous time Cecilia Aguiar-Curry ran for office, the Winters mayor said, the low-budget campaign involved reusing lawn signs. Her current race is on a different order of magnitude. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/30/16

'You're mistaken. I don't have a commercial': Record special interest funds present an 'awkward' situation for state candidates -- Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, a Democratic Assembly candidate from the small Northern California farming town of Winters, got a surprise when she bumped into a friend at a local coffee shop. “A friend said, ‘Oh, I saw your commercial,’ ” recalled Aguiar-Curry, the town’s mayor. “I said, ‘You’re mistaken. I don’t have a commercial.’ ” Patrick McGreevy and Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/30/16

Independent expenditures 101: An introduction to outside spending in state races -- It’s often said that California is ahead of the curve when it comes to American politics, whether it’s environmental regulations or demographic diversity. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/30/1 6

CA120: Nonpartisans in a pickle -- A CA120 article recently shed light on a hurdle facing nonpartisan voters in California’s June 7 presidential primary election. These voters are eligible to participate in the Democratic primary, but confusion is lurking, particularly for mail-in voters Paul Mitchell Capitol Weekly -- 5/30/16

Hillary Clinton wants you to remember the 1990s -- Streaming through California as the presidential primary comes to a close, Hillary Clinton looked past Bernie Sanders last week and moved to claim ground on economic issues for the general election ahead. David Siders in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/30/16

California Latino Republicans see Prop. 187's ghost in Trump's campaign -- Latino leaders in California working to mend the GOP’s relationship with their community were filled with dread, not joy, as Donald Trump clinched their party’s nomination for the presidency. Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/30/16

Decker: Bernie Sanders looks for success in an 'unbelievable' place: California's Central Valley -- The long road Bernie Sanders traveled Sunday took him past Buck Owens Boulevard and Merle Haggard Drive, past thousands of acres of grape vines and almond trees, past cattle barns and packing plants and banners declaring that “no water = no food.” Cathleen Decker in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/30/16

Success of Jerry Brown, and California, Offers Lesson to National Democrats -- When Bernie Sanders held a rally at an outdoor stadium here the other night, more than 15,000 people turned out in a display of cheering, chanting, singing and cartwheels. Gov. Jerry Brown, the state’s most prominent Democrat, was not there, but he might as well have been. Adam Nagourney in the New York Times$ -- 5/30/16

Water crisis not on presidential candidates’ radar -- The 20th century dams and canals that gave birth to modern California — to San Francisco, to Los Angeles, to the San Joaquin Valley farms that feed the nation — are near the end of their engineered lives. The rivers and aquifers they tap are, simply, tapped out. Carolyn Lochhead in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 5/30/16

Giants ask San Francisco for tax break on AT&T Park, say value has fallen -- The Giants are asking the city for millions of dollars in property tax refunds, claiming that the value of AT&T Park has dropped well below the $200 million that the team paid to build it 16 years ago — even as home prices in San Francisco have more than doubled during that time. Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 5/30/16

The Central Valley brings out the sarcasm in Bernie Sanders -- directed toward Donald Trump -- On Saturday night in Bakersfield, Sanders mocked “big macho guy” Trump for refusing to meet in a one-on-one debate in which Trump had once agreed to participate. On Sunday in Visalia, he mocked a remark that Trump made Friday in Fresno about the drought. Cathleen Decker in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/30/16

Bernie Sanders welcomes Fresno to his ‘political revolution’ -- Under the swaying palm trees on a sweltering Sunday at the Fresno Fairgrounds, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders rallied thousands to his long-shot bid for the White House. “Fresno,” the Vermont senator said just before 8 p.m., “welcome to the political revolution.” Rory Appleton and Lewis Griswold in the Fresno Bee$ -- 5/30/16

Bernie Sanders did something special for this California farm town. He showed up -- Charles Rothbaum has waited a long time for a presidential candidate to visit this traditionally red, Central Valley agricultural town. The last he can remember was Michael Dukakis, the Democratic nominee in 1988. Callum Borchers in the Washington Post$ -- 5/30/16

Hillary Clinton campaign office opens in Colton -- One of the few California Democrats in Congress who didn’t endorse Hillary Clinton for president earlier this year, Rep. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, threw her support behind the former secretary of state Sunday as she helped open the Inland Empire’s first campaign office. Ryan Hagen in the Inland Daily Bulletin$ -- 5/30/16

LAWA deputy general manager arrested on suspicion of DUI also had October accident -- A Los Angeles World Airports deputy general manager arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence was involved in another car accident last fall. In addition to an incident in February, LAWA spokeswoman Nancy Castles confirmed that Lisa Trifiletti, 40, was involved in an accident while driving a city car on the morning of October 26, 2015. Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 5/30/16

Democratic Assemblyman Matt Dababneh faces criticism from his party as election nears -- Exposing a split between political groups in Los Angeles, several Democratic clubs are refusing to back the re-election bid of Democratic Assemblyman Matt Dababneh amid accusations he’s too conservative. Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 5/30/16

Calbuzz: Non-Partisan Republicans Offer No Hope to GOP -- We have no idea who will be California’s next governor after Jerry Brown rides into the sunset at the end of 2018 but we know this: all the hype around San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who last week said he will not run, represented a lot of magical thinking by Republicans. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine CalBuzz -- 5/30/16

Arnold Schwarzenegger not ready to endorse Trump, warns of extremes -- Schwarzenegger said he was convinced both parties needed to appeal to the middle, not their extremes. “I think it is important we go and bring both parties together,” he said. “This is where the action is, in the middle.” David Savage in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/30/16

Vietnam Veterans honored posthumously for their ultimate wartime sacrifice -- For decades, softball player Sal Arturo Silva was a powerhouse on the pitching mound and a slugger at home plate. Then one day the decorated Vietnam War veteran began stumbling around the bases, sometimes tripping over his right foot. It became too weak to power the ball. With his failing muscles, he became a slo-pitch pinch hitter. Then he couldn’t even lift his own 215-pound frame. Dana Bartholomew in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 5/30/16

Names of three Vietnam War veterans added to California memorial -- Framed by red, pink, yellow and white roses, several hundred veterans and their friends and families gathered in Capitol Park on Sunday for the reciting of each of the 5,660 names on the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial – including three new names etched into history. Stephen Magagnini in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/30/16

Memorial Day -- Illinois man finds solace with O.C. family of fallen comrade -- For Steve Agee and thousands of veterans, every day is Memorial Day. For some, remembering the fallen is a matter of duty and honor. But for many, it’s also not a choice; losing a buddy in war is a pain that never goes away. Agee is a police officer in East Peoria, Ill. He hasn’t been to war for a decade. David Whiting in the Orange County Register -- 5/30/16

24-hour Memorial Day vigil honors Latino veterans in Boyle Heights -- Saturday morning in Boyle Heights, veterans began a 24-hour vigil at the Mexican American All Wars Memorial in Cinco Puntos. This is the seventh year for the day-long vigil, which culminates in a ceremony on Sund ay at 10 a.m. — although the Memorial Day service stretches back 69 years. KPCC -- 5/30/16

A quiet day of remembrance at Riverside National Cemetery -- They brought the little things their loved ones enjoyed in life: bags of pistachios and bottles of bourbon, cups of coffee and carefully chosen flowers. Paloma Esquivel in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/30/16

Nevada City Kid Wins Indianapolis 500 -- The good news during the last lap of the Indianapolis 500: rookie, and Nevada City-native Alexander Rossi was leading the race on the final lap. The bad news: He was running out of gas. Bob Moffitt Capital Public Radio -- 5/30/16