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Destruction from Italy quake is a grave warning for California's old brick buildings -- Surveying the devastation of centuries-old villages pummeled by a major earthquake in central Italy this week, it’s easy for Californians to think that the more modern buildings here would better survive the shaking. Rong-Gong Lin II in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/25/16

Gregory Schmidt, longtime secretary of the California Senate, dies at 69 -- Gregory Schmidt, who served for 18 years as the secretary of the California state Senate before retiring two years ago, died Wednesday. He was 69. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/25/16

Waste, ethics violations by state workers uncovered by auditor -- The state auditor on Thursday blasted various California agencies for ethics violations and wasteful practices, including the failure to collect nearly $315,000 in rent and utilities over five years from tenants of a mobile home park owned by Caltrans. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/25/16

Reining in drug prices now up to voters with Prop. 61 -- With a new drug villain in the headlines — Mylan CEO Heather Bresch, who hiked prices on EpiPen needed to avert life-threatening allergic reactions — federal lawmakers are once again calling for investigations, renewing consumers’ hopes that the government will finally tackle the issue of skyrocketing prescription drug prices. Victoria Colliver in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/25/16

Good news on school test scores can’t disguise achievement gap -- Year after year, state and local education officials emphasize the good news in California’s standardized test scores for public schools, then concede that they’re losing the struggle to close the achievement gap for many ethnic groups and poor students. Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/25/16

Warren Hinckle: San Francisco original through the decades -- Warren Hinckle was a legendary figure in San Francisco journalism. A native of the city and graduate of Archbishop Riordan High School, he was “smarter than the teachers” by the time he became an editor at the USF Foghorn newspaper, a colleague recalled — and he knew it. Bill Van Niekerken in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/25/16

After opposition from Mayor Eric Garcetti and others, bill to restructure L.A. County MTA is shelved for year -- Facing growing opposition from the political establishment, a state lawmaker has dropped a bill for the year that would have reorganized the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board to give more voice to the dozens of small cities in the county. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/25/16

Activists asking if police will be charged in sex scandal -- Activists and relatives of a teenage woman at the center of a San Francisco Bay Area police sex scandal say they want to know if any of the more than two dozen law enforcement officials implicated earlier this year will face criminal charges. Paul Elias Associated Press -- 8/25/16

San Fernando Valley will soon store 5 billion gallons of stormwater -- The Tujunga Spreading Grounds may look like a vast, barren plot of dirt. But it’s what’s beneath the dirt that matters. Matt Stevens in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/25/16

Apple boosts iPhone security after powerful spyware targets an activist -- A botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using previously unknown espionage software has triggered a global upgrade of Apple Inc.'s mobile operating system, researchers said Thursday. Raphael Satter Associated Press -- 8/25/16

Nootropics, Biohacking and Silicon Valley’s Pursuit of Productivity -- Nootropics are trending right now. A crop of new companies are selling these so-called productivity or smart pills. The major customer base is a community of “biohackers” in Silicon Valley who hope nootropics will give them an edge in work and life. Sam Harnett KQED -- 8/25/16

Trump's allies squirm on immigration shift -- Donald Trump's softer talk on immigration is causing heartburn among his some of his hard-line supporters, leaving them to either defend or distance themselves from his pledge to offer relief for certain undocumented immigrants. Nick Gass Politico -- 8/25/16

Clinton to accuse Trump of 'taking hate groups mainstream' -- Hillary Clinton plans to accuse Donald Trump of allowing a “radical fringe” that peddles in racism and dark conspiracy theories of hijacking the Republican Party, warning that America cannot let him prevail come November. “ Louis Nelson Politico Laura Meckler and Beth Reinhard in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 8/25/16

Poll finds rejection of many of Trump’s views on immigration -- A new Pew Research Center poll finds Americans broadly rejecting much of Donald Trump’s views on immigration, findings that come as Trump is striking a markedly different tone on the issue as his poll numbers are depressed and he is attempting to make inroads with minority voters. Katie Zezima in the Washington Post$ -- 8/25/16

California Policy & Politics This Morning   

‘Hey, Margaret’: Jerry Brown scolds Fresno sheriff in voice mail -- In his effort to pass a ballot measure to make certain nonviolent felons eligible for early release, Gov. Jerry Brown has turned to direct confrontation – scolding a California sheriff in a voice mail for what he called a “malicious” mailer opposing the measure. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/25/16

Competency hearing is sought for former L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca -- Prosecutors in the case against former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca have asked a federal judge to determine whether Baca is fit to stand trial. Joel Rubin in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/25/16

Santa Monica council votes to close the city's airport by July 2018 -- For decades, residents living around Santa Monica Municipal Airport have complained about the roar of aircraft and worried that some day a Piper Cub or Gulf Stream will come crashing into their living room. Dan Weikel in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/25/16

Skelton: With new climate legislation, Gov. Brown gets even with the oil industry -- Gov. Jerry Brown got mad and one year later has gotten even with the oil lobby. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/25/16

Bills to reduce California prostitution penalties move to Jerry Brown -- California law enforcement would be prohibited from arresting minors for prostitution and repeat arrests for soliciting or engaging in sex work would no longer carry mandatory minimum punishments under a pair of bills headed to Gov. Jerry Brown. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/25/16

'A real commitment backed up by real power': Gov. Jerry Brown to sign sweeping new climate legislation -- Gov. Jerry Brown marked a milestone for California’s climate change policies Wednesday even as he warned of more battles to come, saying opponents of new environmental regulations were “vanquished” as lawmakers approved tougher plans for cracking down on greenhouse gas emissions. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ Jonathan J. Cooper Associated Press Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/25/16

California legislature approves bill to help in-home caregivers -- Help may be on the way for mothers such as Cathyleen Williams, although it’ll arrive too late to help her. Barstow resident Williams spent nine and a half years caring for her son, Caleb Lucas. He was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, with half of his heart doing all the work. Beau Yarbrough in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 8/25/16

Bill to protect widows from foreclosure passes in the Senate and heads to Gov. Jerry Brown -- A bill that would grant California widows and widowers greater protections against foreclosure heads to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk after passing the state Senate on Wednesday. Andrew Khouri in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/25/16

California bill limiting asset seizures by police headed to Jerry Brown -- The state Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved Senate Bill 443, a long-in-the-works measure from Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, that would require agencies to obtain convictions in order to keep property taken during criminal investigations under a process known as civil asset forfeiture. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/25/16

Legislature OKs selfies at the ballot box -- Voters in California would be free to snap a selfie with their ballots if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill passed by the Assembly on Monday. Anshu Siripurapu in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/25/16

Dental victory tempered for grieving family: "How many more kids have to die?" -- As a bill named in memory of his 6-year-old son heads to Gov. Jerry Brown, Tim Sears looks at his family’s foray into Sacramento politics with mixed emotions. I’m both happy and proud of the amount of progress we’ve made and I think this bill will really help,” said Sears, whose son Caleb died last year following surgery to remove a tooth. Laurel Rosenhall Calmatters.org -- 8/25/16

Cop gun-storage bill inspired by Kate Steinle killing heads to Gov. Brown -- Aiming to crack down on cops who leave weapons in their cars, the state Senate on Wednesday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would require officers to lock up guns in unattended vehicles. Thomas Peele in the East Bay Times -- 8/25/16

Sen. Steve Glazer to vote ‘no’ on BART measure -- State Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, who has relentlessly railed against BART, its labor contracts and financial mismanagement, told The Chronicle Wednesday that he will vote against Measure RR, the $3.5 billion property tax proposal on the Nov. 8 ballot to upgrade the regional rail transit system. Michael Cabanatuan in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/25/16

South El Monte city manager resigns after bribery scandal involving mayor -- South El Monte’s city manager has abruptly quit just weeks after the mayor pleaded guilty to a federal bribery count and in the wake of an audit critical of how the city was run. Ruben Vives in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/25/16

Judging the judges: Recalls may become easier, but is that better? -- The reaction has been swift, viral and unrelenting. Shortly after Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky sentenced an ex-Stanford University swimmer to only six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, the victim’s emotional 12-page court statement appeared online, where it was read by 13 million people—including Vice President Joe Biden, Silicon Valley influencers and Hollywood stars. Katherine Seligman Calmatters.org -- 8/25/16

San Jose: Council members question police staffing 'emergency' -- San Jose's highly anticipated vote next week to declare a public safety "emergency" -- a union-backed plan to justify reassigning 47 police detectives to street patrol -- is raising eyebrows at City Hall with some calling it a publicity stunt to incite fear and win support for a November ballot measure. Ramona Giwargis in the East Bay Times -- 8/25/16

Appeals court overturns jury verdict that cleared Anaheim police in shooting of unarmed man -- A federal jury decision that absolved Anaheim police in a shooting of an unarmed man was influenced by inflammatory, graphic and irrelevant evidence and must be overturned, a federal appeals court decided unanimously Wednesday. Maura Dolan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/25/16

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions 

Judge allows higher developer fees for schools; Dublin, Fremont will benefit -- A judge has ruled in favor of allowing the state to collect higher fees from developers in order to help school districts such as Dublin and Fremont to build new classrooms and alleviate overcrowding. Joyce Tsai in the East Bay Times -- 8/25/16

LA may soften proposal to limit billboards -- A proposal for strict regulations that would bar new billboards outside of narrowly drawn sign districts appears at risk of being watered down by a group of Los Angeles City Council members. Sharon McNary KPCC -- 8/25/16

Education 

Why this small Pacoima school saw big gains in state testing -- Asked why her students’ state test scores jumped in English and math last year, Principal Sonia Baron of Vena Avenue Elementary & Gifted Magnet pauses before listing off a number of possible reasons. Brenda Gazzar in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 8/25/16

California's students make progress on standardized tests, new results show -- More California students are meeting achievement targets in math and English language arts compared to last year, according to standardized test results released Wednesday. Theresa Harrington EdSource -- 8/25/16

Higher test scores, yes, but no narrowing of achievement gaps in California -- Smarter Balanced test scores for all California student subgroups nudged upward this year, in tandem with average statewide gains in math and English language arts. But parallel progress won’t narrow the wide disparities in achievement between low-income and Hispanic students and their white, Asian and wealthier classmates. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 8/25/16

Smarter Balanced scores show more California 11th-graders 'college ready' -- The number of 11th-graders who are judged ready for college-level coursework or are on track to become ready climbed slightly compared with last year, results from the state’s latest Common Core-aligned tests show. Fermin Leal EdSource -- 8/25/16

Cannabis 

Marley Natural cannabis brand gets approval as Santa Rosa’s first pot processor -- Santa Rosa has rolled out the welcome mat to the marijuana industry, and the first firm through the door is affiliated with none other than the godfather of ganja — Bob Marley. Kevin McCallum in the Santa Rosa Press -- 8/25/16

The ‘mostly false’ argument that could derail legal weed in California -- California's upcoming ballot initiative to legalize marijuana appears likely to pass, with recent polls showing support for the measure standing at 60 percent or higher. But opponents have lately seized on a new message that they hope will convince Californians on the fence to vote "no" in November: the idea that legalization would lead to a flood of marijuana advertising on television. Christopher Ingraham in the Washington Post$ -- 8/25/16

Environment 

Trump National Golf Club close to ending spat with Coastal Commission over habitat destruction -- More than a year after the California Coastal Commission halted the demolition of three waterfalls at Trump National Golf Club, the club was given a go-ahead this week by commission staff to move forward with restoration work. Cynthia Washicko in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 8/25/16

San Bernardino County rejects a controversial solar power plant proposed for the Mojave Desert -- The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has rejected a controversial solar plant proposed for the Mojave Desert’s Soda Mountains, citing concerns that the project would destroy habitat and block ancient trails used by bighorn sheep for thousands of years. Louis Sahagun in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/25/16

Health 

San Diego’s Homeless Are Struggling To Find Open Public Bathrooms -- San Diego’s East Village has 1,100 homeless people sleeping outside on the street, but fewer than a dozen public toilets. And even those toilets sometimes have issues. Susan Murphy KPBS -- 8/25/16

$100,000 donation helps Orange County group that gives excess food to needy expand its work -- An Orange County coalition that saved 500,000 meals from landfills in recent years and diverted that food to the hungry is preparing to expand, thanks to $100,000 in support that county supervisors approved Tuesday. Jordan Graham in the Orange County Register -- 8/25/16

Also . . . 

Green Beret from Irvine identified as soldier killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan -- Staff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson, 28, of Irvine, died Tuesday while advising Afghan forces on patrol in southern Afghanistan. Six Afghan soldiers and an American were also wounded when their vehicle struck the roadside bomb while on patrol near the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. W.J. Hennigan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/25/16

Lawsuit alleging excessive force by LAPD at black USC student party settled for $450,000 -- The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a $450,000 settlement of a lawsuit by USC students who alleged that LAPD officers in riot gear used excessive force and falsely arrested attendees at a predominantly black off-campus student party. Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/25/16

Compton to honor gold medalist DeMar DeRozan on Saturday -- The city of Compton is going to hold a celebration on Saturday in honor of former Compton High basketball standout DeMar DeRozan, who won a gold medal playing for Team USA. Eric Sondheimer in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/25/16

How the unjust detention of 5,434 Japanese-Americans at Pomona Fairplex is now memorialized -- A reminder of one of the darker chapters in American history is now found at the end of a short, flower-lined walkway to the west of the Pomona Fairplex administrative office. Neil Nisperos in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 8/25/16

Beltway 

Amid turmoil, Sanders outlines next step for his revolution -- Bernie Sanders is hoping to redirect the energy behind his insurgent presidential campaign, and so on Wednesday he launched Our Revolution, an organization aimed at recruiting volunteers and like-minded candidates to preach his core message, that America’s political and economic systems are rigged to favor the wealthy. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle Kurtis Lee in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/25/16

Hillary Clinton says Trump 'taking a hate movement mainstream' -- Taking respite between fundraisers in California on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton urged voters to not be swayed by Donald Trump's recent attempts to appeal to minorities. Kurtis Lee in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/25/16

Donald Trump shouts: ‘Hillary Clinton is a bigot!’ -- The line was included in prepared remarks distributed to reporters, and it seemed to catch many in the crowd by surprise, triggering a delayed and somewhat brief round of cheers and applause. A woman standing behind Trump grimaced at the comment, her eyes widening as she seemed unsure whether she should clap. Sean Sullivan and Jenna Johnson in the Washington Post$ -- 8/25/16

Clinton, Ryan team up on anti-poverty plan -- A key to the bipartisan appeal? It will help millions of poor white voters who live in GOP-held districts as well as black voters in Democratic districts. Ben Weyl Politico -- 8/25/16

Clinton's Gold Rush: $18 million raised on three-day swing -- Hillary Clinton mingled with Hall of Fame basketball player Magic Johnson and Apple CEO Tim Cook, vamped in a photo booth with actor Justin Timberlake and dined with some of California's richest families on what was likely the most lucrative fundraising swing of her presidential campaign. The Democratic presidential candidate raised $18 million on a three-day trip through California, or roughly $270,000 an hour. Lisa Lerer Associated Press -- 8/25/16

Donald Trump is doing great with black and Hispanic voters now, according to polls that don’t exist -- At a campaign rally in Tampa on Wednesday, Donald Trump returned to one of his favorite topics of conversation, polling. Philip Bump in the Washington Post$ -- 8/25/16

 

-- Wednesday Updates 

Gov. Jerry Brown hails sweeping climate legislation, plans to sign both measures into law -- Flanked by legislative leaders, Gov. Jerry Brown said new measures approved on Wednesday would be a milestone for the state's climate change policies. "This is a real commitment backed up by real power," he said during a Capitol press conference. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/24/16

Assembly sends second climate-change measure to governor -- Securing the second piece of a two-part climate change package, California Assembly members on Wednesday passed a bill intended to increase oversight of the state’s powerful Air Resources Board and recalibrate climate policies toward poor communities. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/24/16

Illegal drugs are flowing into California's most guarded prisons — and killing death row inmates -- Condemned murderer Michael Jones was acting strangely and profusely sweating when guards escorted him in chains to the San Quentin medical unit that doubles as the psych ward on death row. Paige St. John in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/24/16

Their loved ones were killed by police. Now the LAPD wants to help them out -- The Los Angeles Police Department will create a novel program to reach out to the families of people killed during encounters with officers and help them navigate the often-complicated aftermath of such incidents, officials announced Tuesday. Kate Mather in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/24/16

California students scored better on this year's state tests — but fewer than half met college readiness goals -- If the state’s revamped standardized tests are accurately measuring what they set out to measure, fewer than half of public school students in California are on track to be ready for college after graduation. Sonali Kohli and Joy Resmovits in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/24/16

California test scores: Amid gains, proficiency lags and ethnic gap widens -- California students' scores on English and math rose from last year to this spring, with gains spanning gender, race, language and socioeconomic differences, results released Wednesday show. Sharon Noguchi in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/24/16

This is how California students scored in the second year of new Common Core testing -- California students made modest strides in the second year of state math and English tests, new data show. Statewide, 49 percent of students met or exceeded English standards, a 5-percentage point improvement from last year, results released Wednesday, Aug. 24, show. In math, 37 percent hit those marks, a 4-percentage point gain. Stephen Wall in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 8/24/16

California test scores rise in second year of new standards -- Public-school students’ standardized test scores in math and English were up across the board this year in California, with students in every grade and from every ethnic group showing improvement, according to results released Wednesday. Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle Maura Walz and Aaron Mendelson KPCC -- 8/24/16

Students make slight gains on new Common Core state tests -- Sacramento-area students made modest progress in English and math this year, based on new state test results released Wednesday. Fifty percent of the students in the four-county region met English standards - up from 46 percent the previous year, while about 40 percent of the region’s students met math standards - up from 37 percent. Diana Lambert and Phillip Reese in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/24/16

Orange County once again outperforms state on school test scores -- Orange County, and California, students made strides in the second year of state math and English tests, new data shows – with local students once again outperforming their peers across the state. Stephen Wall and Chris Haire in the Orange County Register -- 8/24/16

Valley schools show improvement on new student tests, but most still lag state -- Valley school districts have improved state test scores since last year, but still are falling behind California’s average. Mackenzie Mays in the Fresno Bee -- 8/24/16

L.A. Unified finds money to expand health benefits despite budget worries -- The Los Angeles Board of Education on Monday voted to extend health benefits to two groups of part-time employees despite ongoing concerns about the school system’s long-term financial health. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/24/16

San Diego Unified Opens Pre-K Program To All, Regardless Of Income -- California districts have long offered no-cost preschool for families whose incomes qualify — about $47,000 for a family of four. That left out families with incomes just a hair above the cutoff and middle-income families with not enough money to pay the high price of private preschool. Megan Burks KPBS -- 8/24/16

Fox: How the Voters Feel About Climate Change Legislation -- When the greenhouse gases extension bill seemed to be stalled in the legislature, Gov. Jerry Brown’s Executive Secretary, Nancy McFadden, said that the administration would get its way on the climate change: Either the bill would pass the legislature or the governor would take his agenda to the ballot. He filed papers for a ballot measure committee as a first step. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 8/24/16

California Foster Children Overprescribed Psychotropic Drugs -- A state audit is highly critical of the way state and county departments monitor the prescribing of psychotropic medications to children in foster care. Ja'Nel Johnson Capital Public Radio -- 8/24/16

Italy and California share earthquake risks, although geology differs -- Like Italy, California is a restless landscape straddling two major tectonic plates. But while our earthquake risks are similar, the seismic forces that underlie both regions are quite different. Our homes, churches and schools tend to differ as well. Lisa M. Krieger in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/24/16

LAFD fire marshal steps down after criticism that he cut corners on safety -- After months of internal upheaval over a backlog in inspections, the Los Angeles Fire Department is replacing the official in charge of enforcing fire safety codes for apartment houses, schools, hospitals and other high-occupancy buildings. Paul Pringle, Ben Welsh in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/24/16

Lopez: A dangerous confluence on the California coast: beach erosion and sea level rise -- Bob Guza has the best job in California. That’s just my opinion, but take a look at this deal: At 68, his work clothes are a ball cap, shorts and flip-flops. Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/24/16

Weedmaps — a Yelp for pot — is riddled with suspicious reviews -- Millions of consumers treat Weedmaps like the Yelp for pot, relying on the Irvine company as their definitive guide to marijuana dispensaries, varieties and doctors. But a key feature — user reviews of pot businesses — may be tainted by thousands of potentially fraudulent comments, a flaw in the company’s software revealed. Paresh Dave in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/24/16

A’s owner taking a look at waterfront site for new ballpark -- Oakland A’s co-owner John Fisher is expected to join officials Thursday for a hush-hush tour of the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal, a cargo-loading area near Jack London Square that Mayor Libby Schaaf tirelessly promotes as “a fantastic site for a ballpark.” Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/24/16

Apple iPhone 6 users plagued by touchscreen woes -- A problem with the touchscreen of the Apple iPhone 6, which many users have complained about on discussion boards, is becoming “incredibly common,” according to repair techs. The most visible sign that something has gone awry: a flickering gray bar at the top of the screen. George Avalos in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/24/16

Avoid eating seafood from Half Moon, Monterey bays, California officials say -- Consumers should not eat rock crabs from Half Moon Bay or rock crabs, mussels, oysters, clams and scallops from Monterey Bay, according to the California Department of Public Health. High levels of domoic acid, a neurotoxin, have been found in the organisms, making them unsafe for human consumption. Jacob Margolis KPCC -- 8/24/16

Hillary Clinton’s run-out-the-clock strategy -- With 75 days until Election Day and new emails once again casting a pall over her campaign, Hillary Clinton aims to “run out the clock,” confidants say, on the latest chapters of the overlapping controversies that have dogged her campaign since the start. Annie Karni Politico -- 8/24/16

Donald Trump’s Description of Black America Is Offending Those Living in It -- The picture Donald J. Trump has been painting of black America — a nightmare of poverty, death and danger, brought about by failed Democratic policies and leadership — is one that African Americans say is unrecognizable. Nick Corasaniti and Maggie Haberman in the New York Times$ -- 8/24/16

‘You’re Asian, Right? Why Are You Even Here?’ -- I knew the protest was going to spiral into something bigger when I saw a man in tears push a police officer. I had never seen anyone lay a hand on a cop, even amicably. But these people gathered now in the street were utterly out of patience. I wasn’t sure whether I would be caught in the crossfire. Then a community activist I had earlier asked to interview spotted me, and called me over. Aaron Mak Politico -- 8/24/16