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Lawmakers send governor bill to expand seizure of guns from persons judged dangerous -- State lawmakers on Thursday sent the governor a bill that would significantly expand a law that allows certain people to petition to the courts to confiscate guns from persons deemed to be dangerous. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/16

People skills, political savvy propel ‘Jewish kid from the Bronx’ toward top California post -- Bauman, 57, a trained trauma nurse who went on to work in hospital administration and health care consulting before settling into politics, now wants to parlay his relationship skills into a big promotion: He’s the favorite to become the next chair of the California Democratic Party. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/30/16

National Democrats hope to connect Republican in heavily Latino district to Donald Trump -- The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is forging ahead with efforts to link Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) with Donald Trump’s rhetoric, despite the congressman’s announcement last week that he won't back the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/16

Trailhead Fire expands as breezes spark concern over spot fires -- The wildfire burning in the rugged mountains between Georgetown and Foresthill is slowly spreading as crews attempt to extinguish the hard-to-reach blaze that so far has blackened more than 1,000 acres of forestland. Bill Lindelof in the Sacramento Bee Joseph Serna in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/16

Behind shrinking middle-class jobs: A surge in outsourcing -- Globalization and the offshoring of U.S. manufacturing jobs to China and other cheap-labor countries are commonly blamed for driving down the wages and living standards of ordinary American workers, but there is another, less-known factor behind the shrinking middle class: domestic outsourcing. Don Lee in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/16

Nation’s oldest park ranger beaten, robbed in her Richmond home -- The nation’s oldest park ranger was beaten in her Richmond home by a man who broke in and robbed her of a special commemorative coin given to her by President Barack Obama. Kevin Schultz in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/30/16

Study sounds alarm over rise of clinics offering stem cell therapies -- Hundreds of clinics are marketing stem cell therapies directly to consumers in the United States, despite lacking federal approval and in many cases even a shred of scientific evidence that their treatments work, according to a UC Davis study published Thursday. Erin Allday in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/30/16

Fox: The Tough Politics of Tax Reform -- In Greek mythology, Sisyphus’ task of pushing a boulder uphill only to see it roll back down every time may be a metaphor for changing California’s tax system. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 6/30/16

California Policy & Politics This Morning   

First audit in 20 years finds a lot wrong with the agency that regulates your utilities -- Major reforms may be coming to the California Public Utilities Commission, but the agency still has plenty of room for improvement, auditors said Wednesday. Jeff McDonald in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/16

Ballot measure threatens bullet train, Delta tunnels -- The "No Blank Checks Initiative," bankrolled with $4.5 million from Stockton farmer and businessman Dean Cortopassi, would require a public vote on any state project in which $2 billion or more in revenue bonds would be issued. And since both the bullet train and twin-tunnels projects would most likely require that kind of financing, voters could ultimately get a chance to decide their fate. Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 6/30/16

PG&E kept faulty pipeline records, witness says -- A Pacific Gas and Electric Co. engineer testified Wednesday that the company relied on records that it knew were faulty when it spiked pressure on its gas pipelines, including the line that later exploded in San Bruno. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/30/16

Rep. Valadao has change of heart on Donald Trump as GOP nominee -- Rep. David Valadao, who represents a heavily Hispanic swath of the central San Joaquin Valley, has had a change of heart over his initial support of Donald Trump as the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee. Razi Syed in the Fresno Bee -- 6/30/16

Drug use up in prisons with intensive programs -- Drug use behind bars appears to have increased since California started using drug-sniffing dogs and machinery to try to stop smuggling at state prisons, where overdose deaths are nearly five times the national rate, records show. It’s unclear exactly why things haven’t gone as officials projected. Don Thompson Associated Press -- 6/30/16

Skelton: Big fish in small pond: No room for bass in Gov. Jerry Brown's delta tunnel plan -- "Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton….” Hold it there. Cotton growers don’t like those fish jumpin’. Neither do hardly any other growers in the thirsty San Joaquin Valley. Not bass, anyway, jumpin’ in the bucolic California Delta. They want `em dead. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/16

California military and VA projects stung in Congress’ Zika fight -- California military and veterans’ facilities are hostage to the congressional partisanship that’s hung up emergency Zika funding. Michael Doyle in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/30/16

Voters will consider a new use for bag fees on November ballot -- California voters in November will not only decide whether to uphold the state’s plastic bag ban, but will also whether to redirect fees on paper and reusable bags to environmental projects. Jazmine Ulloa in the Los Angeles Times$ Ben Adler Capital Public Radio -- 6/30/16

As rents rise, nonprofits struggle to stay in the Bay Area -- The East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy was hit with a sad irony along with a 30 percent rent increase last year after the building in which it rented office space changed hands: The affordability crisis and displacement that had affected so many of the low-wage workers EBASE works with was now affecting the nonprofit itself. Annie Sciacca in the East Bay Times -- 6/30/16

Clinton aims at glass ceiling, but barriers remain for California's women in politics -- As Hillary Clinton makes headlines as the first female presumptive presidential nominee for a major party, there's an interesting contrast in local politics. Among the 15 Los Angeles City Council members representing nearly 4 million residents, Nury Martinez is the only woman. Mary Plummer KPCC -- 6/30/16

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Tolls     

Chargers stadium faces higher vote hurdle -- The state Supreme Court late Wednesday temporarily blocked a March lower court ruling that said tax increases like the Chargers stadium initiative need approval from a simple majority instead of two-thirds of voters. David Garrick in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/30/16

L.A.'s chief bureaucrat takes a moral stance on homelessness -- While guiding Los Angeles on its painful budget recovery, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana often had to be the naysayer. He told the city no to hiring, he told the unions no to raises and he told the voters no to fixing sidewalks and streets without new taxes. Doug Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/16

San Diego First To Hit Solar Power Cap In California -- San Diego on Wednesday became the first city in California to reach the cap on the amount of electricity utilities have to buy back from customers. And the new rules come with extra costs for consumers. Steve Walsh KPBS -- 6/30/16

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions      

Anaheim bans all short-term rentals in the city -- After a five-and-half hour special meeting Wednesday, the Anaheim City Council voted to ban the operation of short-term rentals. The owners of the 363 permitted short-term rentals will have 18 months to stop operating. Joseph Pimentel in the Orange County Register -- 6/30/16

Los Angeles manufacturing job loss hampers state recovery, report says -- Los Angeles has hemorrhaged manufacturing jobs since 2007, casting a pall over the state’s economic recovery, according to a forecast released Tuesday by Chapman University. Natalie Kitroeff in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/16

Brown signs gambling agreement for Amador tribe -- Gov. Jerry Brown has boosted the casino development efforts of a tiny Amador County tribe by signing an updated gambling agreement for a casino proposed near the town of Ione. Peter Hecht in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/30/16

Water   

Watchdog: Water fight may leave some Orange County customers with bigger bills -- The latest skirmish in the water wars asks the cryptic question: When is water not really water? The answer, it seems, is when words in an 83-year-old law – a law conceived long before the notion that recycled sewage was anything but disgusting – essentially negate its existence. Teri Sforza in the Orange County Register -- 6/30/16

Education 

Fresno Unified refuses to disclose potential legal fees in Harris construction case -- Fresno taxpayers could be paying even more for Fresno Unified School District’s legal battle over a no-bid construction contract – but the district won’t disclose how much. Mackenzie Mays in the Fresno Bee -- 6/30/16

Lawmakers Want To Make Rape Survivor’s Letter Required Reading -- Millions have read it. Now Reps. Susan Davis and Juan Vargas, both San Diego Democrats, want to ensure future generations also read the letter written by a woman who was raped by a Stanford University student in 2015. The letter went viral this year because of its raw account of what unfolded after the attack. Megan Burks KPBS -- 6/30/16

California Virtual Academies: Bill targeting for-profit operator K12 Inc. clears first committee vote -- A bill that would ban online charter schools from hiring for-profit firms to provide instructional services cleared the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday on a party-line 6-2 vote after a divisive debate about the role private companies should play in public education. Jessica Calefati in the East Bay Times -- 6/30/16

Bill extending teacher probation dies in committee -- The latest legislative effort to extend the probationary period for teachers faltered Wednesday in the Senate Education Committee when the bill’s author failed to find the votes to move the bill forward. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 6/30/16

Obama administration has forgiven $171 million owed by former Corinthian students -- The U.S. Department of Education has agreed to forgive $171 million of debt owed by former students of the bankrupt for-profit school Corinthian Colleges Inc., most of them in California. Melody Petersen in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/16

Livermore school hit with 2nd lawsuit stemming from molestations -- A second lawsuit has been filed against a Livermore school that employed a security guard who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two students and is now serving a six-year prison term. John King in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/30/16

Guns   

After gun control sit-in, California House Democrats bring 'day of action' home to constituents -- Watching the Democrats’ sit-in on the House floor last week filled Mandy Pifer with pride — and the conviction that Congress will act on tougher gun violence laws. Sarah D. Wire and Christine Mai-Duc in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/16

Immigration / Border 

California Congressional Republicans Urge Blocking Obamacare for Undocumented Immigrants -- Several California congressional Republicans want the Obama administration to block the state’s request to sell health insurance to undocumented immigrants on the state’s exchange. Lisa Aliferis KQED -- 6/30/16

Environment 

San Francisco supervisors OK toughest Styrofoam ban in US -- On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed legislation by Supervisor London Breed that bans the product in food packaging such as meat trays, packing peanuts, ice chests, dock floats and mooring buoys. Emily Green and Lizzie Johnson in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/30/16

Also . . . 

Exonerated man thanks San Diego lawyers, students -- During the 23 years behind bars, William Richards maintained his innocence. He was convicted in 1993 of killing his wife, Pamela, in their Hesperia home and sentenced to 25 years to life. For years San Diego-based California Innocence Project lawyers and California Western School of Law students worked to exonerate him. David Hernandez in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/30/16

U.S. Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch talks technology, transparency during LAPD visit -- U.S. Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch ended her latest nationwide tour with a stop at the Los Angeles Police Department on Wednesday, looking at how police use technology to prevent crimes and interact with residents. Kate Mather in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/16

LA settles lawsuit for $1.8M over LAPD detainment in North Hollywood -- The Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday to pay $1.8 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a mentally ill man who was allegedly left brain-damaged after being apprehended by police in North Hollywood. Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 6/30/16

Student who suffered brain damage in pep rally attack while wearing a chicken costume is awarded $10.5 million -- A San Joaquin Valley school district agreed Wednesday to pay $10.5 million to a former student who suffered brain damage during a pep rally, when he was attacked and beaten while wearing the costume of a chicken -- the mascot of a rival football team. Matt Hamilton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/16

Richmond: Violent home robbery claims park ranger's prized memento -- Police are asking for the public's help after a brutal break-in robbed a 94-year-old woman of one of her most prized possessions. Around midnight Monday, Richmond resident Betty Soskin woke up to hear an intruder in her bedroom, Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said in a statement Wednesday evening. George Kelly in the East Bay Times -- 6/30/16

Beltway 

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s claim that China ‘will enter’ the Trans-Pacific Partnership ‘at a later date’ -- Trump's revised claim about China and TPP is still problematic, but just shy of a total whopper. Michelle Ye Hee Lee in the Washington Post$ -- 6/30/16

Trump fundraising emails overseas prompt complaints here and abroad -- Sir Roger Gale was puzzled when a string of emails from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign landed in his inbox. As a Briton and a member of Parliament, Gale is barred by U.S. law from giving Trump money, much less voting for him. Sean Sullivan and Max Bearak in the Washington Post$ -- 6/30/16

Critics: Trump trade plan won't save jobs -- Some of Donald Trump’s biggest applause lines come when he’s threatening to scrap free-trade agreements or block Chinese goods from U.S. markets. But American global economic relationships are now so complicated — and deeply intertwined — that many economists insist his goal of saving manufacturing by shutting open markets will backfire. Adam Behsudi and Doug Palmer Politico -- 6/30/16

Clinton's lead over Trump grows in Fox News poll -- Hillary Clinton opened up a 6-point lead over Donald Trump in the latest Fox News poll released Wednesday evening, continuing a string of recent surveys showing the presumptive Democratic nominee out in front of her Republican rival. Nick Gass Politico -- 6/30/16

Wednesday Updates 

New Shasta Dam water release plan includes no cutbacks to farmers – for now -- After weeks of uncertainty and pressure from members of Congress, federal officials on Wednesday announced a plan for managing water releases from California’s largest reservoir this summer in a manner that will not involve cutbacks in farm water deliveries – at least if all goes as hoped. Ryan Sabalow and Michael Doyle in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/29/16

California lawmakers punt once again on teacher tenure -- Opposed by both the state’s powerful teachers unions and the education overhaul groups they are frequently at odds with – a sight so unusual it was noted by committee members – a bill to change how California schools retain and fire teachers fell short in its first legislative vote Wednesday. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/29/16

Teen details police sex abuse scandal: ‘Hurry up and turn 18’ -- The sexually exploited teenager at the center of a Bay Area police scandal said she told investigators that four officers had sex with her when she was 16 and 17 years old, including an Oakland cop she considered her “boyfriend” and a Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputy who would pick her up and drive her to a rural road near the Caldecott Tunnel. Demian Bulwa in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/29/16

California House Republicans ask President Obama to halt benefits for immigrants in the U.S. illegally -- Nine California Republican House members are asking the Obama administration to reject California's application to extend benefits under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to those in the country illegally. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/29/16

Airbnb's legal argument: Don't hold us accountable for the actions of our hosts -- When Congress created the Communications Decency Act 20 years ago, it was meant to help make the web economy possible by shielding Internet companies from the actions of their users. Tracey Lien in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/29/16

LA City Council backs $1.2 billion bond for homeless housing -- Seeking to stem the rise of homelessness in the nation’s second largest city, the Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to put a bond measure on the November ballot that’s expected to raise about $1.2 billion to build housing, The City Council voted 14-0 to put the bond measure to voters. Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 6/29/16

Assembly resolution asks Gov. Jerry Brown for a homeless state of emergency -- Lawmakers from Los Angeles and San Francisco took the unusual step Wednesday of introducing a resolution asking Gov. Jerry Brown to decl are a statewide emergency to help California's homeless population. Jazmine Ulla in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/29/16

California utilities commission still has room to improve, state auditors say -- Major reforms may be coming to the California Public Utilities Commission, but the agency still has plenty of room for improvement, auditors said Wednesday. Jeff McDonald in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/29/16

Mayor, Business Groups Line Up to Fight San Francisco Tech Tax Proposal -- Mayor Ed Lee, at least one of his political allies on the Board of Supervisors, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and a group that represents the city’s tech sector are fighting a new proposal to tax the technology industry. Ted Goldberg KQED -- 6/29/16

Homeless Blanket Project ‘Undercover’ Extends Long Past Super Bowl City -- Super Bowl City’s a thing of the past, but San Francisco has been clearing streets of homeless encampments since the week-long event began. Yet, despite the city’s continuous efforts to push the homeless out of sight, they’re still there. Creo Noveno KQED -- 6/29/16

Solution to San Francisco's homeless problem starts with supportive housing -- Could San Francisco increase its stock of supportive housing by enough units to get all of the neediest homeless people off its streets in just two years? Kevin Fagan in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/29/16

Billionaire Tom Steyer won't decide whether to run for governor until after November -- As he attended a Capitol rally Wednesday with the head of the United Farm Workers and later gave a speech to the Harry S. Truman Democratic Club, billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer looked very much like a candidate running for office. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/29/16

Decker: In Hollywood, Hillary Clinton looks to the future and brushes aside the past -- For Hillary Clinton, the driving imperative of the presidential campaign is to focus voters on the future, the candidacy of Donald Trump and her myriad policy plans -- and away from the controversies of the past. Cathleen Decker in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/29/16

Google finds nightmarish ‘potentially devastating’ Symantec and Norton flaws -- Security flaws called by Google “as bad as it gets” that left users of Symantec computer-security products including Norton AntiVirus and 360 vulnerable to “devastating consequences” has been fixed, Symantec said Wednesday. The flaws would have allowed infection of computers via the simple sending of an email, according to Google “project zero” team member Tavis Ormandy, a British hacker. Ethan Baron in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 6/29/16

LAPD officer was unjustified in killing a man who zapped his partner with a Taser, panel finds -- The rookie Los Angeles police officer screamed, her body shaking, as the 38-year-old man zapped a Taser against her thigh. Kate Mather in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/29/16

Poorly performing L.A. sheriff’s deputies are not weeded out in their first year, report says -- New sheriff’s deputies who perform poorly on the job during their first year are not being weeded out, leaving them to potentially cause problems years down the road in life-or-death situations, according to a report by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s inspector general. Cindy Chang in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/29/16

Tenant activists lose fight against Hollywood building's conversion into a hotel -- A Hollywood apartment building is on its way to becoming a hotel after Los Angeles lawmakers rejected the arguments of tenant activists who warned that it would worsen the city’s housing crisis. Emily Alpert Reyes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/29/16

Many San Diego Hospitals Don’t Restrict Drug Industry Payments To Doctors -- Doctors have accepted free meals, gifts, travel expenses and other payments from the drug and medical device industry for years. But because of concerns those payments might influence treatment decisions, the Affordable Care Act requires public disclosure. Cheryl Clark inewscource.com -- 6/29/16

California Drug Price Transparency Bill Clears Key Health Committee -- A measure that would compel pharmaceutical companies to disclose and justify drug price increases overcame a show of skepticism by Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday afternoon, passing the Assembly Health Committee 12-4 on a party-line vote. Pauline Bartolone KQED -- 6/29/16

Fox: No Budget Cuts? There May Be a Reason -- Governor Jerry Brown did not find one spending item to cut when he approved the state budget. This is a rare occurrence. In fact, you have to go way back to 1982 to find a governor who did not veto a single item in the budget. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 6/29/16

Plagiarized Lessons and Deceptive Tactics: A Look Inside the Trump Institute -- Yet there was an even more fundamental deceit to the business, unreported until now: Extensive portions of the materials that students received after forking over their seminar fees, supposedly containing Mr. Trump’s special wisdom, had been plagiarized from an obscure real estate manual published a decade earlier. Jonathan Martin in the New York Times$ -- 6/29/16