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Racial profiling bills draw praise from activists, criticism from police -- The decision by Gov. Jerry Brown to approve a new data collection requirement to identify and eliminate racial profiling was hailed by civil rights activists Saturday, but law enforcement officials questioned the value of such reporting. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times Don Thompson Associated Press David Siders in the Sacramento Bee Ben Bradford Capital Public Radio -- 10/4/15

With strong message against creating new crimes, Gov. Brown vetoes drone bills -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday vetoed a trio of bills that would have prohibited civilians from flying aerial drones over wildfires, schools, prisons and jails, despite alarm over close calls with firefighting aircraft. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times -- 10/4/15

Wildfires may spark higher premiums, non-renewals for homeowners -- Some Californians could pay more for homeowners insurance or have their policies not renewed as a result of wildfires that swept the state this summer, state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said last week. Kathleen Pender in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/4/15

From Italy to California, Volkswagen scandal was eight years in the making -- What began as an arcane exercise regarding the European Union’s environmental policies turned into a full-fledged scientific detective caper, led mainly by two dozen engineers and technicians at the California Air Resources Board’s test lab east of Los Angeles. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee -- 10/4/15

Bay Bridge designer fears leaks are damaging main cable -- The cable that holds up the new Bay Bridge eastern span is vulnerable to corrosion because of rainwater leaking into its anchorages, the bridge’s lead designer has warned Caltrans — a threat that the agency has previously downplayed on the $6.4 billion project. Jaxon Van Derbeken in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/4/15

Walters: Electrical power tripping -- When California’s electric power system went into a virtual meltdown 15 years ago, one might think it would have cured politicians’ urges to fiddle with its operations. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee -- 10/4/15

Millions of dollars in California fire prevention money goes unspent -- Amid a drought that has created bone-dry conditions across much of California’s wildland area, a state fire prevention account has ended recent fiscal years with tens of millions of dollars unspent. Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee -- 10/4/15

Why Kamala Harris is making start-up Houzz hire a 'chief privacy officer' -- California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris is requiring Silicon Valley start-up Houzz Inc. to hire a "chief privacy officer" as part of a settlement resolving breach-of-privacy allegations, the first time the office has imposed such a provision. Paresh Dave in the Los Angeles Times -- 10/4/15

California high-speed rail could survive McCarthy as Speaker: official -- The possible appointment of a long-term critic of California's high-speed rail plan to Speaker of the House would not hinder the $68 billion project, a leading official told Reuters on Friday. Rory Carroll and Robin Respaut Reuters -- 10/4/15

O.C.'s Donald quietly trumps The Donald -- There is that Donald. You know, Trump, the loud New York real estate mogul running for president. Then there is the Orange County Donald. Donald Bren, the quiet Irvine Co. land baron. These are two immensely successful businessman who distinctly created billion-dollar fortunes in the same property trade that’s sunk many of their competitors. The item is in the Orange County Register -- 10/4/15

Allan Hoffenblum, publisher of popular Target Book, dies at 75 -- Allan Hoffenblum, a bespectacled political wunderkind who built his unrivaled command of the state’s political landscape into an essential compendium called the California Target Book, passed away in his sleep Friday at the age of 75. The cause of death was unknown. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee John Howard Capitol Weekly Kevin Roderick LA Observed Michael Finnegan in the Los Angeles Times -- 10/4/15

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions      

East Palo Alto rebounds as crime plummets, economy thrives -- The 1950s-era bungalows that define East Palo Alto’s look were mostly neat and clean, and the whole feel as Pardini walked and talked last week was something like the old TV Mayberry — not exactly what you’d expect in a place that once earned the title of murder capital of the United States. Kevin Fagan in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/4/15

Unions and tech: A most unlikely political alliance forms -- To many in the tech industry, unions represent everything they aim to disrupt: calcified, seniority-driven institutions that are slow to innovate. To many in labor, tech firms are modern-day robber barons, seeking to skirt workplace protections by abdicating responsibility for any workers they haven’t already outsourced or automated. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/4/15

Incomes rise across San Francisco, except for African Americans -- As the vast majority of San Franciscans have watched their incomes rise amid an explosion of wealth that has reshaped the city, African Americans have seen their earnings decline. Joaquin Palomino in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/4/15

San Diego mayor stresses city's stadium plan to NFL's L.A. relocation committee -- San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer met with three members of the NFL’s Los Angeles relocation committee, and with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, to stress that San Diego has a plan to build a new stadium to keep the Chargers from leaving. Tony Perry in the Los Angeles Times -- 10/4/15

With so many farmers markets in Orange County, some are struggling -- It was a hot Saturday morning at Old World Village in Huntington Beach. In the west parking lot, 11 booths were set up for the commercial center's weekly farmers market, but guests were few and far between. Anthony Clark Carpio in the Los Angeles Times -- 10/4/15

Teamsters attempting takeover of Contra Costa's biggest union -- Contra Costa County's biggest union is fighting for survival against a takeover bid from the Teamsters. Public Employees Union Local 1, which represents about 2,000 county workers, could lose many of its bargaining units to the labor powerhouse, which has also gone after public employees in other counties. Matthew Artz in the Contra Costa Times$ -- 10/4/15


'A State of Drought': Coachella Valley grapples with shrinking water supplies -- This is a valley that water built. Cheap and abundant, water has turned an inhospitable desert into a Garden of Eden -- something it was never meant to be and may not remain, even as tens of thousands of new homes are planned. Lisa M. Krieger in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/4/15


Environmentalists file lawsuit to stop coal being shipped through Oakland -- The groups are protesting a proposal to ship Utah coal by rail through the new maritime bulk terminal being developed by Phil Tagami for the city at the former army base, a cornerstone project for the city. Mike Blasky in the Contra Costa Times$ -- 10/4/15

Also . . . 

L.A. County sheriff's officials close jails to visitors for security assessment -- Prompted by the escape of an inmate from the Men’s Central Jail downtown, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials closed all three of the department’s jails to visitors Saturday to allow for a detailed security assessment. Anh Do in the Los Angeles Times -- 10/4/15

TV crew robbed at gunpoint in Oakland; latest in series of attacks -- Police say a crew working for an Oakland television station was robbed at gunpoint for a video camera worth an estimated $60,000. Associated Press -- 10/4/15


Hillary Clinton wins union endorsement, but teachers make her work for it -- Hillary Rodham Clinton made an unplanned trip to the headquarters of the nation’s largest teachers union Saturday morning to lock down its endorsement and calm the jitters of union leaders under pressure from members to withhold support. Evan Halper in the Los Angeles Times -- 10/4/15

Trump defends 2nd Amendment following Oregon shootings -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday channeled 1970s action star Charles Bronson in defending Second Amendment rights in the aftermath of the shooting at an Oregon community college that left nine dead. Erik Schelig Associated Press -- 10/4/15

Tom Steyer wants to make an example of the pope-boycotting congressman -- NextGen Climate Action, the PAC created by Tom Steyer to move the dial on green issues, is working to make Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) suffer for his well-covered boycott of Pope Francis's speech to Congress. In a poll of Gosar's rural, red district provided to The Washington Post, 59 percent of voters disagreed with Gosar's decision. Only 25 percent agreed with it. David Weigel in the Washington Post -- 10/4/15

U.S. Leads World in Mass Shootings -- The latest U.S. shooting that ended in the deaths of 10 people at an Oregon college is reigniting calls for tighter U.S. gun laws and prompting comparisons to gun violence in other countries. Joe Palazzolo and Alexis Flynn in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 10/4/15