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California Assembly leaders single-handedly dictate spending -- California Assembly leaders control a large annual operations budget that they regularly tap into to boost services of their choosing without a single hearing or vote. They defend the practice as a responsible way to plug funding gaps for worthy causes, but government watchdogs warn that such spending has little oversight and a high potential for abuse. Fenit Nirappil Associated Press -- 5/25/15

A look at where California Assembly speakers send money -- Below is a list of recipients of Assembly speaker funding since 2008: Associated Press -- 5/25/15

How PG&E missed chance to avert San Bruno blast -- Seven years before a natural-gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno killed eight people, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. engineers were alerted that a crucial piece of information about the pipe’s troubled history was missing, a newly uncovered document shows. Jaxon Van Derbeken in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 5/25/15

Most (San Diego) city fountains flow amid drought -- San Diego’s drought restrictions mandate that ornamental fountains be turned off, but officials have enacted that rule for the city’s own fountains with a series of exclusions and exceptions that mean most water features can keep on flowing. Morgan Cook in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/25/15

California gas tax increase: Is this the year Jerry Brown pushes it through? -- For the first time in decades, even anti-tax Republicans are open to raising prices at the pump to start cutting into the state's $59 billion backlog of roadway maintenance. Jessica Calefati in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/25/15

States struggle to hire cybersecurity experts -- State governments, which routinely handle tax records, Social Security numbers and other sensitive data, are struggling to hire cybersecurity experts with the skills to ward off data breaches and stymie hackers. Jon Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/25/15

Will Ryu stir the pot or play ball with Wesson? -- For the last two months, Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson was a reliable ally of Carolyn Ramsay, helping her as she ran in last week's election for the seat being vacated by her former boss, Councilman Tom LaBonge. David Zahniser in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/15

Battle over bears heats up again at Lake Tahoe -- A Las Vegas man will ask a judge this week for a protective order against bear advocates at Lake Tahoe, saying they harassed him after he initiated efforts to trap a bear that damaged his vacation home. Martin Griffith Associated Press -- 5/25/15

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning   

Protesters warn against using chemicals in Santa Barbara County oil spill clean-up -- Dozens of protesters chanted "End Oil Now!" and hoisted signs alongside an inflatable mock pipeline on a Santa Barbara beach on Sunday, demanding an end to fracking and other forms of "extreme oil extraction" days after a spill sent thousands of gallons of oil into the ocean and onto beaches. Emily Alpert Reyes, Javier Panzar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/15

Workers put in 12-hour days at Santa Barbara County oil cleanup site -- Clad in white protective suits and yellow hard hats, the workers knelt below a jagged cliff-side, packing oil-saturated sand into plastic bags. Javier Panzar and Emily Alpert Reyes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/15

Industry brings in its stars to pitch legalization of online poker in California -- Somerville, 28, is a Nevada entrepreneur who operates a sole proprietorship that has generated $3.9 million in revenues over the past several years. Most folks might not call him a businessman, however; they would describe him simply as a professional poker player. Timm Herdt in the Ventura Star$ -- 5/25/15

Walters: California’s carbon fees generate big money -- While Gov. Jerry Brown is being fairly tight about spending the state’s multibillion-dollar windfall of sales and income taxes, he’s not shy about spending rapidly increasing proceeds from “cap-and-trade” fees on carbon emissions. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/25/15

A quest for photos of every soldier who fell in Vietnam -- It is a somber day and a day to remember. On Memorial Day there are flags, a soldier plays taps, the saddest of bugle calls; and sometimes there is a reading of the names of the dead — men and women who have given their lives for their country. Carl Nolte in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 5/25/15

State senator says large counties like Orange need more supervisors -- Can you name your county supervisor? The odds of saying “Yes” go up if you live in an unincorporated part of the county, since that’s the primary elected official available for local issues. But most Orange County residents live in cities and head to one of the county’s 34 city halls if they have problems. Martin Wisckol in the Orange County Register$ -- 5/25/15

A few arrests in Oakland protests over limit on nighttime marches -- For a second consecutive night, protesters took to the streets of Oakland on Sunday to challenge Mayor Libby Schaaf’s policy of cracking down on unlawful nighttime marches in an effort to prevent protest-related violence and vandalism. Evan Sernoffsky in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 5/25/15

Calbuzz: Op-Ed Holiday Special: The Mulholland Report -- We bumped into our old friend Bob Mulholland, ex-political director of the California Democratic Party, at the recently concluded Disneyland Dem convention, and invited him to share his singular brand of political wisdom with Calbuzz readers. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine CalBuzz -- 5/25/15

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions    

Public vote key to stadium push -- When to hold a public vote on a proposed Chargers stadium may be among the first crucial decisions in negotiations expected to begin soon between team representatives and consultants hired by the city and county. David Garrick in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/25/15

Advertising newsletter PennySaver shuts down; hundreds lose their jobs -- Employees said they were told late Friday that the company was ceasing operations immediately, without warning or further explanation. Stuart Pfeifer in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/15

Adult film performers, regulators clash over safety standards on porn sets -- After five years of public hearings and heated debates, a proposed set of safety standards for all California porn production sets is edging closer to being finalized, but adult film performers say if passed, the new regulations would make sex scenes look like medical dramas. Susan Abram in the Inland Daily Bulletin -- 5/25/15

Drought not expected to dry up tourism in California -- Disneyland is anything but underwhelming. Its deluxe fountains constantly spout, water rides regularly douse patrons, and plush gardens all lead children, and sometimes adults, to both squeal with delight and break down in tears. Elizabeth Zach in the Orange County Register$ -- 5/25/15

Drought   

Heavy rains in Texas, Oklahoma fuel hope for California drought relief -- Five years of extreme drought have come to a dramatic end in Texas and Oklahoma as a month of heavy rains has replenished reservoirs, dampened parched soil across both states and unleashed floodwaters on vulnerable residents. Matt Pearce, Molly Hennessy-Fiske in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/15

Turning sewage into drinking water gains appeal as drought lingers -- It's a technology with the potential to ease California's colossal thirst and insulate millions from the parched whims of Mother Nature, experts say. Monte Morin in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/15

Southland rebate funds to replace grass are being drained -- Demand for rebates to replace grass with drought-tolerant landscaping has overwhelmed water officials and prompted questions about the future of the highly popular program. Taylor Goldenstein in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/15

Carnaval parade carries water conservation message to thousands -- “Sacred Water” was the theme underpinning the 37th annual Carnaval celebration in San Francisco, and it brought tantalizing ocean-themed floats to the Mission District on Sunday, along with frank messages about water conservation. Rachel Swan in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 5/25/15

Education 

Cal State Northridge’s respected provost stepping down to return to the classroom -- As Cal State Northridge hemorrhaged tens of millions of dollars during the Great Recession while accommodating a record number of students, one man helped square the circle: Provost Harry Hellenbrand, vice president of academic affairs. Dana Bartholomew in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 5/25/15

Environment 

Climate change could overwhelm California, Obama adviser says -- Climate change is moving faster than anticipated and is intensifying California’s drought, and unless greenhouse gas emissions are slowed, the state’s efforts to adapt will ultimately be overwhelmed, President Obama’s science adviser says. Carolyn Lochhead in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 5/25/15

Health 

Medi-Cal director talks shortages and modernization -- Since California's health insurance program for the poor was expanded under the Affordable Care Act last year, enrollment has exploded, with more than 3.5 million people signing up for the first time. Almost 1 in 3 Californians — a total of 12.2 million people — now receive coverage through Medi-Cal. Soumya Karlamangla in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/15

Covered California's prescription drug price cap may open doors for thousands -- A new decision by Covered California to adopt a policy that helps customers pay for high-cost speciality drugs sparked hope for an expanded state law that could assist thousands with HIV, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and other chronic illnesses, health advocates say. Susan Abram in the Inland Daily Bulletin -- 5/25/15

California State University reaches 3 million alums, randomly awards scholarships to celebrate -- California State University has randomly selected three students to receive $10,000 scholarships, in celebration of reaching three million living alumni. The item is in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 5/25/15

Also . . .

Decades after servicemen go missing, the hunt to recover them goes on -- On Jan. 21, 1944, as World War II wore on in the South Pacific, Capt. David C. Bryant Jr. took off from a U.S. Army Air Forces base in Port Moresby, New Guinea, for what was supposed to be a routine flight over friendly territory. Sam Stanton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/25/15

Inspired by his fallen son -- Surgeon went to Iraq, Afghanistan after Marine killed by roadside bomb. John Wilkens in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/25/15

Beltway 

The GOP's debate problem -- Forget about early state chicken dinners and candidate meet-and-greets. For many Republican White House hopefuls, their time might be better spent working cable TV green rooms. Eli Stokols Politico -- 5/25/15