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Port truck drivers strike against four companies -- Some truck drivers who haul goods from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach walked off the job Monday, organizers said, launching a protest against four trucking firms they accuse of wage theft. Andrew Khouri in the Los Angeles Times$ Andrew Edwards in the Los Angeles Daily News$ Jonathan Horn UT San Diego$ -- 4/27/15

Power player got energy deal -- A political insider who organized a tribute dinner for the departing president of the California Public Utilities Commission – and had backchannel dealings with his replacement – is now in business with Southern California Edison. Jeff McDonald UT San Diego$ -- 4/27/15

Rocky Chávez raising money for many campaigns -- Republican Assemblyman Rocky Chávez acknowledges he has a lot of ground to cover when it comes to raising money for his U.S. Senate candidacy. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/27/15

What's that Caltrans is using for water? -- Each year, Caltrans sprinkles about 720 million gallons of drinking water along miles of medians, acres of embankments and anywhere else the highway agency wants to protect its investment in landscaping in San Diego County. Morgan Cook UT San Diego$ -- 4/27/15

Reaching High Conservation Rate May Be Difficult For Sacramento Area -- Proposed regulations from the State Water Resources Control Board would require more than a dozen local water suppliers to conserve 32-percent or more. For the most part, those agencies have used education to get people to conserve. Amy Quinton Capital Public Radio -- 4/27/15

Amid California’s Drought, Should Cemeteries Stay Green? -- It’s a wrenching call: the concern is that visiting family members who see parched grass on their loved ones’ graves may feel insult on top of loss. Daniel Potter KQED -- 4/27/15

How California's largest winemaker has cut water use by 25 percent -- That effort is part of a much broader campaign by the giant company and others in the industry to save water, and money, by reusing wastewater, irrigating crops more efficiently and using new ways to clean equipment. Chris Rauber San Francisco Business Times -- 4/27/15

Big water buys to ease East Bay drought shortages -- With one emergency water supply already flowing in, the East Bay's largest water district plans to buy three others to bolster its drought defenses. Denis Cuff in the Contra Costa Times$ -- 4/27/15

Corinthian shutdown: What it means for students -- Corinthian Colleges Inc., a Santa Ana company that was once one of the nation's largest for-profit college chains, announced that it is shutting down its remaining two dozen schools effective Monday — a move that leaves 16,000 students scrambling for alternatives. Chris Kirkham in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/15

Laura Capps Won’t Seek Mother’s Seat in California -- Laura Capps announced Monday she will not seek the California seat being vacated by her mother, Democratic Rep. Lois Capps. The younger Capps, a Democratic political operative and nonprofit consultant, had long been viewed as a potential successor in the Santa Barbara-based 24th District. Emily Cahn Roll Call -- 4/27/15

Justice Kennedy's long road from Sacramento to landmark gay marriage case -- Anthony M. Kennedy was a 44-year-old appeals court judge in Sacramento — a Republican appointee and happily-married Catholic — when he first confronted the question of whether the Constitution protected the rights of gays and lesbians. David G. Savage in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/15

Democrats, several of them Californians, were 'Party of No' in House budget fight -- As a parade of budget proposals whizzed through Congress this year, Rep. Ami Bera and 30 other lawmakers voted, at the very least, consistently. No on the four Republican budget plans. No on the Democratic alternative. No on the Black Caucus budget. No on the Progressive Caucus budget. Noah Bierman in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/15

Lawmakers shrug off charges that state is botching high-speed rail land acquisition -- Complaints from Central Valley residents that the state has botched the acquisition of land for high-speed rail failed to convince lawmakers last week that the matter deserved further investigation. Allen Young Sacramento Business Journal -- 4/27/15

New Rules Better Protect Workers From Heat -- Beginning May 1 new rules dictating the working conditions in agriculture, construction, landscaping and other outdoor professions will take effect. Amy Martin is Chief Counsel of Cal-OSHA. She says the rules require that shade be made available when the temperature reaches 80 degrees, which is five degrees cooler than the previous requirement. Katie Orr Capital Public Radio -- 4/27/15

Chipotle says it's the first chain to get rid of GMO ingredients -- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. said Monday that it is using virtually no genetically modified ingredients and that it is the first restaurant chain to do so. Samantha Masunaga in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/15

Model sues, says Bay Area police broke bones in her face during arrest -- A model has filed a suit in which she claims Bay Area police officers slammed her to the ground and broke four bones in her face. Footage from police security and body cameras recorded at least part of the incident. Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/15

Man is stopped by police a day after $650,000 settlement reached in beating -- A man kicked and punched by a group of San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies was stopped by police for running through several backyards a day after he reached a $650,000 settlement for the beating. Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/15

Too rude for the road — California vanity plates rejected by the DMV -- Last month, the state Department of Motor Vehicles canceled the license plate of a Southern California driver after grasping its double meaning. The tag: “NOT SEE.” Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/27/15

Four San Diegans Trapped On Mountain In Nepal Following Quake -- The climbers’ dream of tackling Mount Ganchempo turned into a nightmare two days into their hike when the earthquake hit. Kathleen Heldman and her husband Kevin Krough were on a month-long trip with friends Oscar Olea and Brigida Martinez when the earthquake hit. Heldman was able to call home Sunday on a satellite phone, but the news was not good. KPBS -- 4/27/15

Katehi: The uphill trail to gender equity -- When I was a member of the electrical engineering faculty at the University of Michigan in the early 1990’s, I will never forget what the head of our department would invariably say to me whenever I stayed in the lab to work late. Linda P.B. Katehi Capitol Weekly -- 4/27/15

Fox: Acting Out the Minimum Wage Drama -- “All the world’s a stage,” wrote William Shakespeare, and political theater on the hot topic of the minimum wage is playing out in smaller Los Angeles theaters. We’re not talking about minimum wage as the topic of a play, but minimum wage as the subject of who goes on stage. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 4/27/15

The heroic stories behind California state workers’ awards -- California government officials last week awarded the Medal of Valor to 52 state employees for acts of heroism. Here are the remarks from the award ceremony that detail the circumstances of each award, the highest honor that the state can bestow on its public servants. Jon Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/27/15

California Policy & Politics This Morning   

California faces serious risk of Nepal-strength earthquake -- Can a massive earthquake like the one in Nepal this weekend occur in California? The short answer is yes. Shelby Grad and Rong-Gong Lin II in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/15

Santa Monica-based filmmaker among thousands killed in Nepal -- Tom Taplin, 61, was filming a documentary about the base camp at Mount Everest when the temblor triggered an avalanche, his wife Cory Freyer told NBC News. Matt Hamilton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/15

L.A. County firefighters deployed to Nepal to aid in search and rescue -- A team of 57 Los Angeles County firefighters will be deployed to Nepal to aid in search and rescue efforts after a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Nepal. Angel Jennings in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/15

Skelton: Import our water from wetter climes? It's a pipe dream -- it only were this simple: Build a pipeline to Seattle and solve California's water problems. Better yet: Lay pipe to the Great Lakes. Or sink pipe on the ocean floor and siphon water from Alaska. While we're at it, tow an iceberg down from the Arctic. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/15

Walters: California’s legislators want even more tax breaks -- Some call them “tax expenditures,” while others use the more pejorative “tax loopholes.” Whatever the name, exemptions from taxation are many and costly. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/27/15

Republican Tom Del Beccaro announces U.S. Senate run -- Tom Del Beccaro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, announced his campaign for the U.S. Senate on Sunday, promising to focus on the state’s uneven economic recovery and punishing drought in his bid to succeed Democrat Barbara Boxer. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ Michael Finnegan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/15

Speculation underway for possible Sanchez replacement -- While Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, sizes up a possible run for retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat next year, others are quietly gauging the odds in running for Sanchez’s post should it be vacated. Martin Wisckol n the Orange County Register$ -- 4/27/15

Decker: Front-runners Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris face different hurdles -- It is one of the oddities of this campaign season: In races for two of the most sought-after political offices in the country, two Democratic women are running virtually unchallenged, their tasks both boosted and complicated by the veneer of inevitability. Cathleen Decker in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/15

New California Supreme Court surprises analysts early on -- When Gov. Jerry Brown's two latest nominees joined the California Supreme Court in January, legal analysts foresaw the creation of a more liberal majority. Maura Dolan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/15

Calbuzz: Snakegate: What Does Gov. Slytherin Have to Hide? -- More than a week after Jerry Brown apprised the world that he’d conquered a rattlesnake, many more questions than answers remain about his Great White Hunter Facebook pic, shown below. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine CalBuzz -- 4/27/15

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions    

Retirees get voter-OKed pension cut overturned -- A retiree group won a big victory last month. Reversing a superior court ruling, an appeals court overturned part of a voter-approved San Francisco pension reform in 2011 that ended higher payments to retirees when investments have “excess earnings.” Ed Mendel Calpensions.com -- 4/27/15

Famed San Francisco jeweler Shreve & Co. must move from namesake building -- San Francisco’s booming real estate market, which has led to the displacement of nonprofits, artists and longtime residents, is now set to oust one of Union Square’s oldest and most storied retailers. J.K. Dineen in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/27/15

For San Francisco’s 'Phone Number Guy,’ every digit has its price -- H-U-R-T costs $1,000, but P-A-I-N can be yours for only $500. Steve Rubenstein in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/27/15

Drought   

San Jose's new drought rules: How they will affect you -- The San Jose City Council last week enacted sweeping new water conservation rules in response to California's drought. The new rules take effect immediately and will continue until March 31, 2016. Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 4/27/15

Drought promotes renewed interest in water tech -- n an era when Americans can track their 10,000 steps a day, check their home security systems and control their thermostats with a swipe of their smartphones, the El Sobrante man can't figure out why Silicon Valley hasn't come up with a way to let homeowners monitor their water use in real time. He may not have to wait long. Nicholas Weiler in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 4/27/15

Education   

Corinthian to close its last schools; 10,000 students in state displaced -- After years of government investigations, Corinthian Colleges Inc. will shut down more than two dozen of its remaining schools, displacing more than 10,000 California students. Chris Kirkham in the Los Angeles Times$ Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle Marissa Lang in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/27/15

Poll hints of political train wreck over Common Core -- If it was big news last week that most parents know nothing about new K-12 testing aligned to the Common Core, consider the headlines later this summer when the results come back and only a fraction of the students pass. Tom Chorneau Cabinet Report -- 4/27/15

Federal government urges K-12 schools to comply with Title IX -- The U.S. Department of Education issued new guidance on Friday reminding K-12 school districts that, like colleges and universities, they also must have systems in place to address sexual harassment and ensure equal opportunities for male and female athletes. Jane Meredith Adams EdSource -- 4/27/15

Environment   

Graffiti artists' move to national parks shocks nature community -- Andre Saraiva is an internationally known graffiti artist. He owns nightclubs in Paris and New York, works as a top editor of the men's fashion magazine L'Officiel Hommes and has appeared in countless glossy magazines as a tastemaker and bon vivant. Louis Sahagun in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/15

Health   

Signing up late for Medicare Part B can trigger a lifelong penalty -- If Robert Bowman hadn't casually mentioned his upcoming 65th birthday to a friend, he might have missed his window to sign up for Medicare. Lisa Zamosky in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/15

Caregiver Crisis: Technology to the Rescue? -- Will social networking and technology save the day for one of America’s most intractable social problems — caring for the country’s aging population? Matt Perry California Health Report -- 4/27/15

Also . . . 

Orange County police, prosecutors use pimp book against... the pimps -- One of the most important rules of the pimping game is revealed in a book that’s on the required-reading list for many Orange County vice squads and prosecutors. Teri Sforza in the Orange County Register$ -- 4/27/15

Police in Orange County fatally shoot man after he allegedly grabbed officer's gun -- A police officer in Fountain Valley shot and killed a man Sunday morning while responding to a reported burglary at a Rite Aid. Matt Hamilton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/15

POTUS 44   

President Obama's Top 10 jokes -- During an interview with Variety before headlining the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, “Saturday Night Live’”s Cecily Strong made a bold proclamation about President Barack Obama: “He’s known as an amazingly funny guy,” she said. “He’s maybe our funniest president.” Adam B. Lerner Politico -- 4/27/15

Beltway   

Bill and Hillary’s Excellent Adventure -- To o get to the bottom of the latest incarnation of Clinton-gate, you’re going to have to get inside one of the most impenetrable marriages ever. Good luck with that. Michael Hirsh Politico -- 4/27/15