* Updates Since Early This Morning

Email from Nadia Lockyer account claims Treasurer Bill Lockyer supplied her with drugs -- The tragic unraveling of Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer took a disturbing turn this week when a message from her personal email account landed in a reporter's in-box: Her husband, California's Treasurer Bill Lockyer, the message claimed, bought and gave her the drugs that led to her addiction. Julia Prodis Sulek and Josh Richman in the San Jose Mercury -- 4/12/12

Bullet train planners reverse course, revive Anaheim service -- Responding to an outpouring of criticism from Orange County business, civic and political leaders, California’s bullet train agency reversed itself Thursday and voted to pursue a direct service link to Anaheim in the project’s initial phase. Ralph Vartabedian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/12/12

Ethics agency alleges Fish and Game official violated gift limit -- The president of the California Fish and Game Commission broke the law when he accepted a guided cougar hunt in Idaho as a gift, the state ethics agency alleged Thursday. Patrick McGreevy LA Times PolitiCal$ Kevin Yamamura SacBee Capitol Alert -- 4/12/12

Seismic monitoring plan for Diablo Canyon nuclear plant approved -- Coastal regulators have approved plans by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to install an array of seismic monitoring devices on the seafloor off the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in San Luis Obispo County. Tony Barboza in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/12/12

L.A. County budget expected to avoid service cuts, layoffs -- Los Angeles County supervisors will consider a proposed $23.8-billion budget next week that will not include any "dramatic" cuts to public services, furloughs or layoffs, officials announced Thursday. Jason Song in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/12/12

California leaders watching the tax dollars trickle in -- California's budget process is in a holding pattern until Gov. Jerry Brown issues his revised plan next month, which depends largely on how much tax money the state receives in April. Kevin Yamamura SacBee Capitol Alert -- 4/12/12

California's state taxes showed big jump last fiscal year -- Although its economy was stagnant and its state budget was imbalanced, California saw one of the nation's sharpest increases in state tax revenues during the 2010-11 fiscal year, according to a new Census Bureau report. Dan Walters SacBee Capitol Alert -- 4/12/12

Online USC poll confirms support for Brown's tax measure -- An experimental online poll of California voters by the University of Southern California's Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences has found strong support for Gov. Jerry Brown's tax increase ballot measure - almost identifical, in fact, to a simultaneous telephone poll. Dan Walters SacBee Capitol Alert -- 4/12/12

Coliseum Commission blasted as 'dysfunctional, risk-prone' -- An audit of the stadium panel finds routine squandering of public funds in a setting 'void of formal policies, procedures and protocols.' Two commission officials acknowledge 'insufficient oversight' but contend there is 'plenty of blame to go around.' Paul Pringle, Rong-Gong Lin II and Andrew Blankstein in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/12/12

California chamber targets 23 'job killer' bills -- The newest list was published this week, 23 bills that the chamber and other business groups say will discourage investment and hiring by private employers. And not surprisingly, every one of the targeted measures is carried by a Democrat, including the majority party's two leaders, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. Dan Walters SacBee Capitol Alert -- 4/12/12

With no one willing to take the hot seat, California Roast is cancelled -- This year's California Roast will be no laughing matter for Capitol denizens in need of a chuckle. Torey Van Oot SacBee Capitol Alert -- 4/12/12

Molly Munger puts $2 million more into California tax measure -- With just weeks left to gather the signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot, civil rights attorney Molly Munger has poured another $2.15 million into her proposal to raise income taxes to fund schools. Torey Van Oot in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/12/12

FEC holds off on ruling in Feinstein case -- Members of the Federal Election Commission are giving Sen. Dianne Feinstein's lawyers more time to make the case for why her campaign should be able to accept subsequent contributions from donors whose money was stolen by her campaign's treasurer, Kinde Durkee. KEVIN FREKING Associated Press -- 4/12/12

Republicans seek support from college students -- The war for the political loyalties of California college students is heating up, with Republicans making a bid for campus support in a letter to student leaders. Chris Megerian LA Times PolitiCal$ -- 4/12/12

D.A., cops go for Howard Berman; some prefer Brad Sherman -- Rep. Howard Berman certainly felt the love of some key local law enforcement leaders Thursday when several of them sang his praises — and gave their endorsements to his efforts to win reelection against another seasoned Democratic congressman. Jean Merl LA Times PolitiCal$ -- 4/12/12

Court: Managers don't have to ensure lunch breaks -- In a case that affects thousands of businesses and millions of workers, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that employers are under no obligation to ensure that workers take legally mandated lunch and rest breaks. JASON DEAREN Associated Press Howard Mintz in the San Jose Mercury -- 4/12/12

California workers' comp overhaul effort is stirring -- Labor unions and large employers are quietly crafting the biggest reform in a decade. The system's pendulum, which swung in favor of business and insurers last time, appears to be moving toward workers. Marc Lifsher in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/12/12

Agency wants 4.1% increase in Cal workers compensation premiums -- The Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau Thursday proposed a 4.1 percent overall increase in employer-paid premiums for insurance to cover work-related injuries and illnesses, thus adding another element to the Capitol's looming battle over the multi-billion-dollar program. Dan Walters SacBee Capitol Alert -- 4/12/12

Wildermuth: Oregon GOP Has a Lesson for California -- Republican Chris Dudley, who barely lost the 2010 Oregon governor’s race, is packing up to leave the state – and likely politics – and there’s a lesson here for California’s GOP. John Wildermuth Fox & Hounds -- 4/12/12

California Flying Higher on the Back of the F-35 Fighter -- In the early 1990s California went into an economic tailspin with the end of the Cold War. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 4/12/12

Assembly passes Atkins measure -- Why should spouses who rape reap financial benefits after divorce? -- Spurred to act by a Carlsbad case, the Assembly Thursday unanimously passed legislation to close a loophole in the law that now allows abusers convicted of violent sex crimes against their spouses to still be awarded support payments, community property or other financial benefits after divorce proceedings. Michael Gardner UT San Diego -- 4/12/12

Senate panel keeps animal shelter law alive, for now -- A Senate budget panel on Wednesday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to repeal provisions of California's animal shelter law. Michael J. Mishak LA Times PolitiCal$ -- 4/12/12

California Senate approves bill to remove 'R word' from books -- The California Senate today unanimously approved a bill today that would strip the phrase "mentally retarded" from existing statutes, replacing that and related terms with "intellectual disability." Torey Van Oot SacBee Capitol Alert -- 4/12/12

 

   California Policy and Politics This Morning

Report: Pepper-spray incident at UC Davis was a result of 'systemic and repeated failures' -- As Occupy protests spread last fall from New York to the West Coast, leaders at UC Davis braced for them to hit campus and started planning for how to respond. Sam Stanton and Darrell Smith in the Sacramento Bee Matt Krupnick in the Contra Costa Times Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle Terence Chea Associated Press Larry Gordon and Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ Richard Chang Capitol Weekly -- 4/12/12

Pelosi sees party's chances surging on gender gap -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the highest-ranking elected woman in the United States, plunged Wednesday into the heated battle over gender gap politics, arguing that Republicans and their party's presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney, have alienated millions of women voters. Carla Marinucci in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/12/12

Senate delays confirmation hearing for Steve Glazer -- A Senate confirmation hearing for California State University Trustee Steve Glazer was put on hold today as Gov. Jerry Brown sought to shore up Republican support. Torey Van Oot SacBee Capitol Alert Patrick McGreevy LA Times PolitiCal$ -- 4/12/12

Lawmakers Question Health Districts' Spending -- Taxpayer-funded health care districts should reduce their administrative costs, spend more on public health programs and stop stockpiling money for dubious projects, critics told a state legislative oversight committee Wednesday. JENNIFER GOLLAN and KATHARINE MIESZKOWSKI Bay Citizen -- 4/12/12

Skelton: Reforming government step by step -- Good reform ideas are a dime a dozen. Look in any faculty lounge. But successful strategies for implementing those ideas are rare. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/12/12

GOP Senate hopeful defends lobbying on Obama health care bill -- Republican U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Emken this week defended her work lobbying to include autism coverage in the federal health care overhaul backed by President Barack Obama in 2009, even though she opposed the bill. Torey Van Oot SacBee Capitol Alert -- 4/12/12

An emotional Pelosi, with tears, marks 25th anniversary of SF-created AIDs Memorial Quilt -- House Minority L eader Nancy Pelosi abandoned her usual upbeat political demeanor and nearly broke down in tears Wednesday at an emotional ceremony marking the anniversary of AIDS Memorial Quilt – a project of dedicated volunteers that was founded in the Castro District 25 years ago. Carla Marinucci Chronicle Politics -- 4/12/12

Republican tried to quit 69th Assembly race -- Jose “Joe” Moreno, the only Republican among five candidates for the 69th Assembly district seat, has asked to withdraw his name from the June primary ballot, Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley confirmed Wednesday. Andrew Galvin in the Orange County Register -- 4/12/12

Arnold Schwarzenegger turns to his fans for the latest re-invention -- Arnold Schwarzenegger is looking for stories … about himself. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/12/12

Dan Lungren Raises Half-Million in First Quarter -- Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) will report raising a stunning $513,000 in the first quarter, according to numbers obtained by Roll Call. Kyle Trygstad Roll Call -- 4/12/12

Voter fraud allegations widen in Vernon -- The city of Vernon on Wednesday was roiled by allegations of widespread voter fraud, including charges that outsiders were brought in to influence the city’s first competitive election in years. Sam Allen in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/12/12

   Economy - Jobs

California high court to decide lunch break lawsuit -- In a case that could affect thousands of California employers and millions of workers, the state Supreme Court will decide whether managers must order workers to take rest and meal breaks at regular intervals throughout the workday. JASON DEAREN Associated Press -- 4/12/12

San Francisco summer program aims to tackle youth joblessness -- Lawrence Richardson could have benefited from one of the jobs that San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is trying to create through a summer employment program being rolled out Thursday, some who knew him said. But the 21-year-old Western Addition resident was gunned down April 2 outside a convenience store. His funeral was Wednesday. John Coté in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/12/12

Oakland's BrightSource Energy shelves IPO, announces it will pull S-1 -- Solar thermal startup BrightSource Energy shelved its year-long plans for an initial public offering late Wednesday amid a turbulent stock market, a challenging year for solar energy companies and tepid interest from investors. Dana Hull in the San Jose Mercury -- 4/12/12

Apple, publishers sued by feds, accused of conspiracy to fix e-book prices -- Federal and state authorities Wednesday accused Apple (AAPL) and five major book publishers of conspiring to raise prices for e-books, in a case that could produce lower prices in the future while potentially limiting Apple's growing clout in the online media business. Brandon Bailey in the San Jose Mercury -- 4/12/12

Ride the eco-engine -- Siemens rail in Sacramento takes home sustainability kudos. James Raia Sac News & Review -- 4/12/12

San Bernardino County has vision to help underwater homeowners -- San Bernardino County and the cities of Ontario, Fontana and Hesperia are joining forces to establish a program to assist homewoners who are underwater on their mortgages. Joe Nelson in the San Bernardino Sun -- 4/12/12

   Taxes - Fees

State planning to add $70 to cost of annual parks pass -- California State Parks is planning to increase the price of annual park passes by as much as $70 on May 1, another example of park users being asked to pay more to avoid more service reductions or parks being shut. DEREK MOORE in the Santa Rosa Press -- 4/12/12

   Education

Slain USC students mourned at candlelight vigil -- More than 500 students of various ethnicities, backgrounds and majors gathered Wednesday evening at a candlelight vigil to mourn Ming Qu and Ying Wu, Chinese graduate students who were murdered earlier in the day about a mile from the school. Rosanna Xia in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/12/12

As tuition rose, so did university holiday parties -- As San Diego’s public universities scaled back enrollment, cut classes and hiked tuition in recent years, the institutions increased spending on end-of-year and holiday parties for staff, public records show. Ashly McGlone UT San Diego -- 4/12/12

Deadly shooting revives concerns about USC's neighborhood -- Police suspect that a lone gunman shot two USC graduate students early Wednesday, possibly during a robbery attempt. Although crime has fallen, perceptions that the area is dangerous persist. Andrew Blankstein, Ashley Powers and Rosanna Xia in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/12/12

Fensterwald: CTA opposition stalls bills -- Amid concerted opposition from the California Teachers Association, the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday delayed acting on two bills that would make it easier and quicker to dismiss teachers for misconduct. John Fensterwald educatedguess -- 4/12/12

Moir: An overdue recognition that teachers must be partners in education reform -- This much we know. Never before has there been so much attention focused on teachers and teaching. Ellen Moir TopEd -- 4/12/12

Baron: CA lawmakers seek to curb school suspensions -- The school discipline pendulum is on the move again, swinging from the uncompromising zero tolerance policies enacted in the aftermath of horrific massacres toward efforts to give school officials more discretion. Kathryn Baron TopEd -- 4/12/12

   Health Care

Indian health center promotes traditional food to fight diabetes -- To walk into the central gathering space of the Potawot Health Village in Arcata, a multi-tribal health clinic, is to be made instantly aware of the concept of traditional native food as medicine. “Got Acorns?” reads a poster. “Got salmon?” “Got seaweed?” Patricia Leigh Brown California Watch -- 4/12/12

   Environment

$ 1 billion needed for South Bay flood protection and marsh restoration -- A new coalition of business leaders, environmentalists and others will try to raise $1 billion over the coming decade to protect corporate campuses, houses and schools from what one supporter called an "inevitable Katrina" in the South Bay, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein will announce Thursday in San Jose. Mike Taugher and Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury -- 4/12/12

California Braces for the Complex World of Carbon Markets -- When its nascent cap-and-trade program ramps up later this year, California will be the first state in the nation to reduce greenhouse gases by making a broad spectrum of big polluters buy permits to exceed their allotted emissions. Molly Samuel KQED Climate Watch -- 4/12/12

   Immigration

Drug traffickers dupe job seekers into smuggling -- They answer advertisements in Tijuana’s major newspapers offering jobs in the U.S., for instance, as house cleaners in San Diego. Or, they respond to ads simply seeking individuals with the proper paperwork to cross the border legally. Then, some of them get caught at the border with cocaine and marijuana hidden in their cars — without knowing it was there. Jill Replogle KPCC LA -- 4/12/12

   Also..

Many say L.A. is safer 20 years after 1992 riots, poll finds -- Survey finds that many L.A. residents perceive the city as safer and as having better race relations than in 1992, when rioting left 54 people dead and caused more than $1 billion in property damage. Rebecca Trounson and Joel Rubin in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/12/12

FTC: Apps aimed at kids raise privacy concerns -- The number of mobile apps marketed to kids is growing at a rapid pace, yet a recent report by the Federal Trade Commission raises new concerns about child privacy and the lack of disclosure about the personal data being collected. Eleanor Yang Su California Watch -- 4/12/12

16 years after creation, terrorist court remains unused -- The court has no budget or staff, though the clerk of the U.S. District Court in Washington will serve that role if needed. But legal observers, attorneys and even the judges appointed to the court wonder if that will ever happen. Andrew Becker California Watch -- 4/12/12

How California's Prison Population Exploded -- And why the costs of housing inmates skyrocketed at the same time. Joaquin Palomino East Bay Express -- 4/12/12

Saunders: The Godfather's Italian table -- "Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola is a big shot - and not just in the film world. Debra J. Saunders in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/12/12

Bay Citizen, New York Times to Part Ways -- The Bay Citizen and The New York Times will end their nearly two-year-old publishing partnership at the end of this month, coinciding with the formal merger between The Bay Citizen and the Center for Investigative Reporting of Berkeley, according to Brian Kelley, the Bay Citizen’s interim chief executive. PETER H. LEWIS Bay Citizen -- 4/12/12

Costly California juvenile program has strong backers -- Dozens of teenage boys dressed in hunter-green polo shirts and khaki pants line up outside one-story concrete classrooms waiting to walk to their next period. Marisa Lagos in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/12/12

19-Year-Old Leads LAPD on Crazy Chase, Shoots it Out With Cops, Dies: -- As L.A. watched it live on TV, a 19-year-old man engaged in a shootout with police in which he ultimately died. Dennis Romero LA Weekly -- 4/12/12

Do SoCal Cops Shoot First, Lie Later? -- Ask prominent Santa Ana-based attorney Federico Sayre what ties together two recent, notable police-brutality trials he argued, and the former U.S. Marine officer won't hesitate to answer. R. SCOTT MOXLEY OC Weekly -- 4/12/12

   POTUS 44

Forget the ‘Buffett Rule,’ Obama Wants It to Be ‘Reagan Rule’ -- President Barack Obama offered today to call the "Buffett Rule" the "Reagan Rule," citing President Ronald Reagan’s push to close tax loopholes for millionaires. Steven T. Dennis Roll Call -- 4/12/12

   Beltway

Post-ABC News poll shows drop in Republican support for Afghan war -- A majority of Republicans say for the first time that the war in Afghanistan has not been worth fighting, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll that comes as the continuing U.S. presence in that country is emerging as a key point of contention in the presidential race. Scott Wilson and Jon Cohen in the Washington Post -- 4/12/12

Ann Romney responds to Democratic pundit saying she ‘never worked a day in her life’ -- The rhetorical war over women between President Obama and Mitt Romney escalated Wednesday night as Romney’s wife Ann launched a Twitter account to personally respond to a Democratic pundit who had dismissed her knowledge about the economy by saying she “never worked a day in her life.” Philip Rucker in the Washington Post -- 4/12/12