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Leland Yee case: plea deal appears likely -- Former state Sen. Leland Yee appears on the brink of entering an unspecified plea deal to resolve a sweeping racketeering indictment that accuses him of accepting bribes for political favors. Howard Mintz in the Oakland Tribune$ Robert Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/30/15

California's extreme heat triggers Flex Alert through Wednesday -- California officials are asking residents statewide to reduce their energy consumption between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. through Wednesday after a wave of triple-digit temperatures was forecast this week. Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

California paid sick leave, fracking, phone kill-switch laws take effect -- Millions of California workers will start earning paid sick days beginning Wednesday, the fruit of a landmark bill that passed the Legislature last year. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/30/15

Paid sick leave, lead ammo, smartphones affected by new laws -- More than six million workers are expected to benefit from a new law taking effect Wednesday that requires California employers to provide them at least three paid sick days a year. Don Thompson Associated Press -- 6/30/15

California nurses lose bid to expand practices -- Legislation that would have authorized “nurse practitioners” to treat patients without the supervision of a physician, including prescribing drugs, was rejected Tuesday by the Assembly Business and Professions Committee. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/30/15

CalPERS to sell up to $3 billion in real estate -- The nation’s largest public pension fund said it wants to unload assets “that no longer align with the strategic goals of the real estate program, and is balanced between international and domestic investments.” CalPERS currently owns $25.5 billion in commercial, industrial and residential properties. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/30/15

Consumer group alleges gas price manipulation by California refiners -- Major oil refiners are artificially hiking gasoline prices throughout California by charging branded gas stations an average of 30 cents a gallon more than what independent stations pay -- the biggest price gap in years, according to a consumer advocacy group. Tiffany Hsu in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

Tax on gas drops 6 cents tomorrow -- Californians still also pay federal excise taxes and state and local sales taxes. In fact, drivers in the Golden State pay among the highest in the nation's gas taxes at about 66 cents per gallon, according to the American Petroleum Institute Jonathan Horn in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/30/15

Airline caterer sues Los Angeles over order to pay a 'living wage' -- An airline catering company has sued the city of Los Angeles to challenge an order that the company pay a "living wage" to 271 of its employees, dating back to 2010. Hugo Martin in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

L.A. to loosen minimum wage rules for some nonprofits -- Nonprofits that hire and train disadvantaged and out-of-work clients to rejoin the workforce won't have to pay them Los Angeles' new minimum wage for the first year and a half of their employment, Los Angeles City Council members agreed Tuesday. Emily Alpert Reyes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

President Obama wants fast-food, retail managers to earn overtime -- They're called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay may be lower per hour than many workers they supervise. Christopher S. Rugaber Associated Press -- 6/30/15

Head count shows growing homeless population in Orange County -- More than 980 volunteers carrying out the point-in-time homeless count tallied 4,452 homeless people one night in January. That’s a five percent increase compared with the 2013 homeless census. Erika Aguilar KPCC -- 6/30/15

California scores nearly 2,000 clean energy jobs -- California created nearly 2,000 clean energy and clean transportation jobs in the first quarter, to rank second in the nation behind Georgia, according to a report made public Tuesday. Chris Rauber San Francisco Business Times -- 6/30/15

Southwest Airlines adding service from Burbank to San Francisco -- Dallas-based Southwest said it will have three flights a day between Burbank and San Francisco International Airport starting Jan. 6. Gregory J. Wilcox in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 6/30/15

Jerry Brown signs California vaccine bill -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed one of the strictest schoolchild vaccination laws in the country, eliminating personal and religious belief exemptions for vaccines. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ Phill Willon and Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ Tracy Seipel and Jessica Calefati in the San Jose Mercury$ Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle Julia Horowitz Associated Press Jenna Chandler in the Orange County Register John Howard Capitol Weekly Jon Brooks KQED Susan Abram in the Los Angeles Daily News Allen Young Sacramento Business Journal Adam Nagourney in the New York Times$ -- 6/30/15

California vaccine bill: Questions and answers -- Ending months of speculation, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 277, which requires almost all California schoolchildren to be fully vaccinated in order to attend public or private school, regardless of their parents’ personal or religious beliefs. Tracy Seipel and Jessica Calefati in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 6/30/15

This time, Jerry Brown makes no mention of religion in vaccine signing -- In his signing statement Tuesday, Brown noted that the bill exempts children whose family medical histories lead a physician to recommend against immunization. But unlike in 2012, the former Jesuit seminarian said nothing about religion. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/30/15

Resisting Vaccination Has Long History -- She says that the modern-day resistance movement shares its roots and rhetoric with the social movements of the 1960s and ’70s, including feminism, environmentalism and consumer rights. “They encouraged people to question sources of authority, including doctors,” she says. April Dembosky KQED -- 6/30/15

California’s undocumented immigrants pegged at 2.67 million -- Illegal immigration may have faded as a hot-button political issue in California, but that doesn’t mean those without documentation have gone away, a new study by the Public Policy Institute of California concludes. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/30/15

Political Fate of California Teachers Association Now Rests With High Court -- For a union that has defeated almost every challenger on the playing field of state politics for more than two decades, the California Teachers Association’s most powerful opponent may turn out to be what Justice Antonin Scalia recently described as “a committee of nine unelected lawyers.” John Myers KQED David G. Savage in the Los Angeles Times$ Sam Hananel Associated Press John Fensterwald EdSource -- 6/30/15

SEIU merges home-care, nursing home workers into one unit -- The Service Employees International Union will announce Tuesday that long-term care workers from three California locals have combined to create the largest such union in the country. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/30/15

Agency overseeing Berkeley builder unaware of suits, settlements -- For more than a decade, the company that constructed the Berkeley apartment building where a balcony collapse killed six people was being targeted in lawsuits claiming its work was shoddy. It paid out $26.5 million in settlements in the past three years alone. Jaxon Van Derbeken in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/30/15

Contractor in Berkeley balcony collapse seeks restraining order, wants to examine evidence -- The lead contractor on the Berkeley apartment complex that was the site of a deadly balcony collapse in mid-June sought a restraining order Tuesday to prevent district attorney investigators from examining the evidence without a company representative present. Lee Romney in the Los Angeles Times$ Matthias Gafni in the Contra Costa Times$ -- 6/30/15

Fisheries panel to hold Sacramento hearing on water use by pot farms -- The devastating impact of drought and illegal marijuana cultivation on North Coast fisheries will be the focus of a state legislative committee hearing Wednesday in Sacramento, on the heels of reports that pot plants are consuming billions of gallons of water and salmon-rearing creeks are running dry. Guy Kovner in the Santa Rosa Press -- 6/30/15

Data and phone customers hit by outage in possible coordinated attack -- An unknown number of Internet and phone customers in the Sacramento region lost service early Tuesday after major data lines were severed in what may have been a deliberate attack. Level 3 Communications, one of the affected providers, said several lines in Northern California were cut, but offered no detail. Mark Anderson Sacramento Business Journal -- 6/30/15

California 'Franchise Bill of Rights' law passes key committee -- A California assembly bill designed to protect franchisees from predatory practices is moving forward after it cleared the Senate Business and Professions Committee on Monday. Annie Sciacca San Francisco Business Times -- 6/30/15

Legislators clear plan to rename Marin tunnel for Robin Williams -- The state Senate on Thursday approved the resolution introduced by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, to change the name of the Waldo Tunnel. The state Assembly took the same action in April. Because it is a resolution, the change doesn't need a signature from Gov. Jerry Brown. Mark Prado in the Contra Costa Times$ -- 6/30/15

DMV expands documents accepted for immigrant driver license -- The state Department of Motor Vehicle said Tuesday that immigrants can now use passports from Tonga, Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea and consular cards from Colombia and Ecuador to apply for a license. The documents join a long list of passports and government-issued identification cards that can already be used to apply for a license. Associated Press -- 6/30/15

Hasen: A court of one: Anthony Kennedy -- Forget the debate over whether the Supreme Court has taken a liberal turn. It is not a liberal court or a conservative court. It's a Kennedy court. On major constitutional and statutory questions, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's views matter more than anything else. Richard L. Hasen in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

Even-tempered Obama tries to keep historic week in perspective -- Prodded to gloat about his indisputably good run over the last week, President Obama's instinct on Tuesday was to downplay. Christi Parsons, Michael A. Memoli in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

Sen. Marco Rubio fundraising in Irvine -- Sen. Marco Rubio is scheduled to conduct a fundraiser in Irvine tonight for his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, hours before the end of the quarterly reporting period. The item is in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 6/30/15

How Mexico is going to make Donald Trump pay -- One of the risks of having a business empire with tentacles encircling the globe is that if you refer to your business partners as drug-runners and rapists, there are plenty of people to get upset. Joshua Partlow in the Washington Post$ -- 6/30/15

Donald Trump Sues Univision For $500 Million -- Donald Trump has filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision Communications Inc. alleging breach of contract and defamation after the Spanish-language broadcaster pulled out of airing the upcoming Miss USA pageant. Keach Hagey in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 6/30/15

U.S. court rules NSA can temporarily resume bulk phone data collection -- A U.S. court has ruled that the eavesdropping National Security Agency can temporarily resume its bulk collection of Americans' telephone records, according to documents made public on Tuesday. Warren Strobel Reuters -- 6/30/15

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning   

Decker: California GOP benefits from redistricting decision as bigger case looms -- Like so many political events, the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Monday that upheld the right of independent citizen commissions to draw district lines inspired a different reaction in California than elsewhere in the nation. Cathleen Decker in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

California’s Congressional Maps Get Legal Protection Via Arizona -- On Monday, a majority of the high court’s justices ruled in favor of Arizona’s voter-approved system of having the lines drawn by an independent commission — a case that had profound implications for a similar commission in California. Bottom line: The status quo remains. John Myers KQED John Howard Capitol Weekly Josh Richman in the Contra Costa Times$ Joel Fox Fox & Hounds Phil Willon and Christine Mai-Duc in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

Walters: Rejection of redistricting challenge is a break for initiative process -- Well, it was fun while it lasted. But the fun – months of chattering by political cognoscenti about the possibility that the Legislature could regain its power to redraw congressional districts – ended Monday. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/30/15

California death penalty: Executions could resume under high court ruling -- California's death penalty is back on the clock. A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reinforced the ability of states to rely on lethal injection to carry out executions, handing down a ruling out of Oklahoma that unlocks California's long dormant effort to revive the death penalty in this state. Howard Mintz in the San Jose Mercury$ Brenda Gazzar in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 6/30/15

California Assembly praises immigrants; warns about immigrant work visa -- The California Assembly loves immigrants – as long as businesses aren’t using them to displace American jobs. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/30/15

California Legislature passes strict school vaccine bill -- The Senate reaffirmed the bill striking California's personal belief exemption for immunizations on a 24-14 vote. Mississippi and West Virginia are the only two states with such strict requirements in place. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has not said if he would sign it. Julia Horowitz Associated Press Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ Tracy Seipel and Jessica Calefati in the San Jose Mercury$ Paul Sisson in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/30/15

Abcarian: Vaccine opponents are passionate, persistent and science-averse -- Despite all the noise around mandating vaccinations for schoolchildren, most California adults -- some 67%, according to a recent poll -- think it’s a good idea. Robin Abcarian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

McSwain: Plans to help energy hogs, hit water wasters -- For insight into how California’s bureaucracy really makes key economic decisions, behold the dueling agendas of two regulators. The Public Utilities Commission is scheduled next month to overhaul how households pay for electricity. Meanwhile, the state Water Resources Control Board will ponder a similarly radical upending of how millions of people pay for water. Dan McSwain in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/30/15

High-speed rail board seeks private-sector ideas, interest on financing, development -- One of the chief criticisms leveled at the California High-Speed Rail Authority over the past couple of years has been the lack of private-sector investment in its ambitious statewide bullet-train program. Tim Sheehan in the Fresno Bee -- 6/30/15

Judge wants Edison’s answers -- The judge in charge of the San Onofre matter pending before the state Public Utilities Commission is seeking more details from Southern California Edison about its participation in a secret meeting in Poland regarding shutdown costs for the failed nuclear plant. Jeff McDonald in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/30/15

Insider pushed her firm's grid service -- Former gubernatorial aide Susan Kennedy is well-connected at the California Public Utilities Commission, having once been a commissioner herself. Also, as U-T Watchdog has reported, Kennedy’s company is up for approval of an energy storage contract that could be worth $100 million. Ricky Young in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/30/15

Backers of California pot-legalization ballot measure given OK to get signatures -- Supporters of a California ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for recreational use may begin gathering signatures to place it before voters in 2016, a state official said on Monday. Sharon Bernstein Reuters -- 6/30/15

State Board Investigates Contractor in Wake of Berkeley Balcony Collapse -- The agency that oversees California building contractors says it’s investigating the firm that built a Berkeley apartment complex that was the scene of a fatal balcony collapse earlier this month. Ted Goldberg and Dan Brekke KQED -- 6/30/15

Often starved for attention, Republicans leap into debate over road repairs -- For starters, Republicans are eager to help find money to fix up the state's dilapidated roads, highways and bridges. But perhaps more important, it's one of the rare issues where votes from the minority party could affect the outcome. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

‘Crazy’ initiative ideas spur calls for higher threshold -- California would consider becoming its own country. Spousal support would be axed. Water bottled in California would contain warnings that it’s “not drought friendly.” And, in an attempt to make a political point, shellfish would be outlawed for being a “monstrous evil.” These are a few of the 26 measures whose authors are gathering signatures to try to qualify them for the November 2016 ballot. Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/30/15

Whittier community groups ask police to call dumping of KKK materials a hate crime -- Warning that Ku Klux Klan propaganda fliers distributed on lawns Sunday morning on a west Whittier street could be a prelude to violence, community advocates Monday asked the Police Department to investigate it as a hate crime. Mike Sprague in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 6/30/15

Group Asks City (Sacramento) To Delay Deleting Emails -- The City of Sacramento is planning to delete millions of emails written or received by city employees more than two years ago. The group Eye On Sacramento is calling for a delay in the deletions. Bob Moffitt Capital Public Radio -- 6/30/15

Taxes, Fees, Rates    

California lawmakers to tackle health care, road funding -- The California Legislature is holding two special sessions this summer to tackle long-vexing funding shortfalls in the state's transportation and health care programs. But talk of targeted tax increases has prompted political hand-wringing. Fenit Nirappil and Judy Lin Associated Press -- 6/30/15

Greenhut: Is special session a plot to raise taxes? -- Gov. Jerry Brown got most of what he wanted in his recent budget negotiations with legislative Democrats, as the latter agreed to a deal that used more conservative budget-revenue estimates and funded fewer social programs than they had preferred. Brown was widely praised – even by some Republicans – for his relative frugality. Steven Greenhut in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/30/15

Golden Gate Bridge toll going up Wednesday -- Motorists will be paying an extra quarter to cross the Golden Gate Bridge beginning Wednesday, but because of electronic toll collection, there will be no fumbling for change. Steve Rubenstein in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/30/15

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions    

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez urges upgrades at L.A. and Long Beach ports -- Four months after helping to resolve a long-running labor dispute that crippled traffic at West Coast ports, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez was back in California to praise how quickly workers and management were able to clear enormous backlogs of cargo. Chris Kirkham in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

Drought trips up real estate development backed by CalPERS -- It looked like the perfect real estate investment, a sparkling suburban development that would provide thousands of weary Bay Area refugees with a more affordable place to live. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/30/15

UCSF nurses union comes out against San Francisco Warriors arena -- The Golden State Warriors could face some unexpected opposition in their drive to build an arena in Mission Bay: nurses. J.K. Dineen in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/30/15

Bay Area Income Gap Now More Than $250,000 Between Top and Bottom -- There is now more than a quarter-million-dollar income gap between top and bottom Bay Area households, a first-time comprehensive study finds. That’s 50 percent higher than the national average. Key reasons include high-tech earners in Silicon Valley and the growing decline of middle-income households throughout the Bay Area. Beth Willon KQED -- 6/30/15

New federal rules to boost overtime pay for millions -- Millions of Americans could see a boost in wages or reduced workload as a result of new federal regulations on overtime pay the Obama administration is unveiling this week. Michael A. Memoli in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

Latino Men’s Group to Confront Domestic Abuse Among Farmworkers -- Tired of seeing the effects of alcoholism and domestic abuse in their community, a group of men in Oxnard are getting together to do something about it. Jeremy Raff KQED -- 6/30/15

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Google-Oracle feud -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to jump into the huge copyright battle between Google and Oracle, steering clear of what many legal experts considered a chance to further define the legal boundaries of software protection. Howard Mintz in the Contra Costa Times$ -- 6/30/15

Yelp researchers take aim at Google search results -- An academic study from Harvard and Columbia universities - and funded by Google competitor Yelp - found that Google discriminates against competitors in its search results. Daina Beth Solomon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

Drought   

Water-independent Riverside fights 28% reduction order -- For decades, Riverside has worked to be what officials consider "water independent" by consolidating groundwater rights and building water treatment facilities. Paloma Esquivel in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

San Diego cracks down on water use -- Aiming to reduce water usage during the state’s severe drought, the San Diego City Council unanimously adopted a series of new restrictions Monday on outdoor irrigation, vehicle washing and use of fountains. David Garrick in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/30/15

Congressman seeks to end California water wars with waste-water recycling, desalination -- Emphasizing practical solutions in the battle over drought relief, a congressman urged local water leaders Monday to fight for funding for projects such as waste-water recycling and infrastructure repairs. Steve Scauzillo in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 6/30/15

Lawsuits over California water rights are a fight a century in the making -- The lawsuits hit the courts within days of the state mailing notices to some Central Valley irrigation districts: They were to stop diverting from rivers and streams because there wasn't enough water to go around. Bettina Boxall in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

Parched California Farmers Hope to Tap Wastewater From Cities -- Facing record-low water supplies and a dry summer ahead, some California farmers are getting creative in looking for new sources of water. In one community, they’re planning to buy water from cities — after it’s already been used. Lauren Sommer KQED -- 6/30/15

Drought leads to significant drop in Sacramento Valley breeding waterfowl -- Breeding waterfowl populations have suffered a 19 percent drop in the Sacramento Valley this year and a steeper decline statewide due to the drought and poor habitat conditions, according to the latest annual survey released by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Edward Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/30/15

Education 

UC Berkeley sued for allegedly failing to properly respond to sexual assault complaints -- Three current and former UC Berkeley students sued the University of California on Monday for allegedly failing to properly respond to their sexual assault complaints, asserting that administrators did not act quickly enough or adequately penalize perpetrators found responsible. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

Belmont: Kindergartner's haircut distracting, Catholic school says -- Mariana Broussard said the school's principal told her Jalyn's haircut was too distracting and a violation of Immaculate Heart of Mary School's hairstyle policy, according to a complaint the family filed last week with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. Sharon Noguchi in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 6/30/15

Three California schools lose experiments in SpaceX rocket explosion --A costly rocket and thousands of pounds in food and supplies weren’t the only things that went up in flames when a SpaceX unmanned vehicle bound for the International Space Station exploded –- so did some California school science experiments. Joseph Serna in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

Apple Watch, wearable technology raises cheating fears at universities -- The Apple Watch, along with other wearable technology, is forcing a number of universities and colleges to institute bans on the technology to curb potential cheating on exams and tests. Larissa Garza Phoenix Business Journal -- 6/30/15

Environment 

Federal takeover of Valley air cleanup on the table? -- It’s known as the nuclear option — the feds taking over the San Joaquin Valley’s air cleanup of dangerous soot, chemicals and other lung-searing debris. Mark Grossi in the Fresno Bee -- 6/30/15

Supreme Court blocks air pollution rules for power plants -- The Supreme Court has blocked Obama administration rules designed to sharply limit the hazardous air pollutants that spew from the nation's power plants. David G. Savage in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

First Zero-Net Affordable Apartments Open In Woodland -- Zero-net energy homes produce as much energy as they use. But it’s not easy to find zero-net energy housing that’s affordable. The city of Woodland now has the first zero-net energy low-income apartments in the nation. Amy Quinton Capital Public Radio -- 6/30/15

Fishing resumes in waters fouled by California oil spill -- The state Department of Fish and Wildlife allowed fishing to resume on Monday across 138 square miles of water off the Santa Barbara coast that was closed following last month's huge oil spill. Associated Press -- 6/30/15

Also . . . 

Collapsed balcony that killed 6 passed 2014 inspection, records show -- The fifth-floor Berkeley apartment balcony that collapsed two weeks ago, killing six and injuring seven, passed muster with inspectors hired by the complex's owners less than a year ago, according to documents released by the city Monday. Paige St. John in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

Judge orders gallery seating open for Oakland council meetings -- Expect more elbow room in the City Council chambers Tuesday when elected officials pass Oakland's budget. An Alameda County judge issued a temporary restraining order Monday ordering the council to reopen its upper-level galleries to the public after complaints from a union. Mike Blasky in the Contra Costa Times$ -- 6/30/15

100-year-old Echo Park church damaged in fire that may have been arson -- A 100-year-old building in Echo Park that served as a home for mostly ethnic religious groups was nearly destroyed in an early-morning fire that was intentionally set, officials said. Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

Red-light cameras shut off in Santa Ana, now only Los Alamitos, Garden Grove have them in Orange County -- The future of red-light cameras in Orange County is looking dim, with one more city shutting off its cameras and another considering it. Shane Newell and Chris Haire in the Orange County Register -- 6/30/15

Google app to warn drivers about railroad crossings -- Google has agreed to add audio and visual alerts in its navigation app to warn drivers about railroad crossings. Whip Villarreal in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

PETA sues California over poultry slaughter law -- An animal-rights group is suing California, charging that the state fails to enforce humane slaughter laws in poultry plants. Geoffrey Mohan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

Banks: One homeless voice is heard at LAPD meeting on crackdown -- They're tired of side-stepping panhandlers outside the market and letting transients sully their well-kept parks. They're worried about rising crime, fueled by jumps in home burglaries and car break-ins. Sandy Banks in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/30/15

Beltway 

Saunders: Supreme Court rules with its heart, not its head -- San Francisco changed America. When then-Mayor Gavin Newsom opened City Hall to same-sex marriages during the 2004 Winter of Love, he had determined to “put a human face on discrimination.” Debra J. Saunders in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/30/15

Jeb Bush, in South Carolina, calls Confederate flag ‘racist’ -- Jeb Bush on Monday became the first presidential candidate to campaign in South Carolina since a deadly church shooting and was immediately drawn into a key subject of statewide debate: whether South Carolina should remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of its state capitol. Ed O’Keefe in the Washington Post$ -- 6/30/15

Ted Cruz: States should ignore gay-marriage ruling -- "Those who are not parties to the suit are not bound by it," the Texas Republican told NPR. Adam B. Lerner Politico -- 6/30/15