* Updates Since Early This Morning

Jerry Brown tells Legislature to 'man up,' make cuts -- The Democratic governor, in an interview on the Bay Area talk radio station KGO 810, said the deficit is "probably bigger now" than the $9.2 billion he estimated earlier this year. David Siders SacBee Capitol Alert Anthony York LA Times PolitiCal$ John Myers Myers News10/KXTV -- 4/13/12

Poll: Nathan Fletcher jumps to second in San Diego mayor race -- Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher received oodles of media attention when he left the Republican Party and re-registered as an independent amidst his campaign for mayor of San Diego. And it may be paying off. Dan Walters SacBee Capitol Alert -- 4/13/12

NBA's David Stern on Sacramento arena deal: 'It's not going to happen' -- Sacramento's arena deal appears dead. NBA Commissioner David Stern told reporters today the sides were "not able to make a deal," adding "there's nothing further to be done." Ryan Lillis and Mary Lynne Vellinga in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/13/12

Fox: Small Biz’s BIG Influence in Tax Initiative Debate -- When it comes to the influence of different entities on the tax initiatives debate, small business topped a recent poll by the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 4/13/12

Philippe Starck says Apple to debut 'revolutionary' product soon -- If French designer Philippe Starck is to be believed, Apple Inc. is getting ready to launch a "revolutionary" product this year. Andrea Chang in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/13/12

UCSD agrees to racial harassment prevention efforts -- The University of California San Diego has voluntarily agreed to take steps to prevent racial harassment on campus after federal officials launched an investigation into complaints of acts against African-American students, including the public display of nooses and a Ku Klux Klan-style hood. Karen Kucher UT San Diego Tony Perry in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/13/12

Marine Facebook case: Judge rejects appeal to halt discharge -- For a third time, a federal judge Friday refused to halt the U.S. Marine Corps' process of discharging a sergeant who posted critical comments about President Obama on Facebook. Tony Perry in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/13/12


   California Policy and Politics This Morning

Mirkarimi Speaks Out -- Two days before Ross Mirkarimi was sworn in as the new sheriff of San Francisco, reporters around town began receiving phone tips and text messages that the former city supervisor was being investigated by the police for alleged domestic violence against his wife. MATT SMITH Bay Citizen -- 4/13/12

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 -- 4/13/12

L.A. Coliseum had scant controls over spending, audit finds -- A city audit of the stadium finds routine squandering of public funds in a setting 'void of essential formal policies, procedures and protocols.' Two Coliseum 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$ -- 4/13/12

Fish and Game chief who killed mountain lion broke political contribution law, state panel says -- Dan Richards, the president of the California Fish and Game Commission who sparked a storm of controversy this year for shooting a mountain lion, violated state law by not paying for the hunt, California's state ethics agency ruled Thursday. Paul Rogers in the Contra Costa Times -- 4/13/12

Despite safety concerns, analyst finds many vacancies at utilities commission -- Despite concerns about safety and oversight after the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline blast, the California Public Utilities Commission has 135 vacant positions, including many in the consumer safety division, according to the state legislative analyst. Will Evans California Watch -- 4/13/12

Orange County Tea Party movement shifts its focus -- The approach and issues have evolved since the effort was started, and some say it’s not all for the better. MARTIN WISCKOL in the Orange County Register -- 4/13/12

Big money being raised for open Marin/Sonoma/North Coast House race -- With the April 15 federal filing date approaching, we’re seeing that they’re raising some serious money in the newly-drawn 2nd Congressional race. Joe Garofoli Chronicle Politics -- 4/13/12

L.A. Coliseum had scant controls over spending, audit finds -- A city audit of the stadium finds routine squandering of public funds in a setting 'void of essential formal policies, procedures and protocols.' Two Coliseum 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$ -- 4/13/12

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 -- 4/13/12

CalBuzz: This Just In: Market Soars on Rumors of Calbuzz Sale -- Dear Mark, In a week when Calbuzz landed among the 1 million most popular websites in the world, Topic A in our executive suite has been Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine CalBuzz -- 4/13/12

   High-Speed Rail

High-speed rail board approves final plan for California bullet train -- Let the great bullet train battle begin. Even as the California High-Speed Rail Authority unanimously approved the massive project's final blueprint Thursday, supporters led by Gov. Jerry Brown began a fast-and-furious sales campaign to convince skeptical lawmakers to jump on board. Mike Rosenberg in the Contra Costa Times -- 4/13/12

Anaheim back on high-speed rail route -- The state's High Speed Rail Authority board on Thursday approved a new business plan for the bullet train route with one notable amendment – adding Anaheim back on as the route's southern terminus. ERIC CARPENTER in the Orange County Register -- 4/13/12

   Economy - Jobs

'Brinker' a Win for Employers, but Plaintiffs Cheering, Too -- Employers got most of what they wanted in the long-awaited Brinker wage-and-hour ruling issued Thursday by the California Supreme Court. But workers won some victories, too, and the court appeared to stick up for class actions more broadly, in contrast to some recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings. Scott Graham The Recorder -- 4/13/12

California Supreme Court: It's not the boss's problem if employees work during breaks --California's bosses must lead their workers to lunch, but they cannot force them to eat. Howard Mintz in the San Jose Mercury -- 4/13/12

Tesla cuts factory cost as shares rise on profits -- Gilbert Passin surveys the 50-year-old factory where Tesla Motors plans to make electric cars, and he sees a manufacturing bargain. Alan Ohnsman Bloomberg -- 4/13/12

Judge leaning toward furlough back pay for California state engineers, scientists -- Roughly 13,000 state workers could receive back wages for two furlough days if a tentative ruling in a union lawsuit becomes final after lawyers debate the case on Friday. Judges rarely change their tentative decisions. Jon Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/13/12

Clouds on Solar’s Horizon -- Late Wednesday night, BrightSource Energy, a start-up formed to build solar thermal power plants, was forced to make a humbling admission: Despite a year of hopes and efforts, it could not find the market it wanted for its stock. The company canceled its initial public offering of shares just hours before trading was to begin. DIANE CARDWELL in the New York Times$ -- 4/13/12

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$ -- 4/13/12

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 -- 4/13/12

   Taxes - Fees

LA Unified's parcel tax math -- L.A. Unified is hoping voters will pass a $298 parcel tax in November to help raise about $255 million annually for schools from property owners within district boundaries and improve future budget forecasts. Tami Abdollah KPCC LA -- 4/13/12


UC Davis' Katehi has the backing of critic -- Cruz Reynoso, the former state Supreme Court justice whose task force blamed "systemic and repeated failures" of UC Davis' leadership for the pepper-spraying of students last fall, said Thursday that Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi should stay on the job and enact reforms to prevent a recurrence. Peter Hecht and Hudson Sangree in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/13/12

UC Davis chancellor to respond to protest report -- The University of California president's office said Thursday it expects the chancellor of UC Davis to respond quickly to a critical report on the pepper-spraying of student demonstrators last fall. DON THOMPSON Associated Press -- 4/13/12

Fensterwald: College readiness test’s next phase -- California’s Early Assessment Program and affiliated efforts to get students college-ready are viewed in national education circles as a rare achievement, a model of K-12 and higher ed collaboration. John Fensterwald educatedguess -- 4/13/12

Senate panel scoffs at Brown's Race to the Top program -- A key legislative panel questioned Thursday the prudence of the Brown administration’s plan for upgrading the state’s network of pre-school programs under a $52.7 million federal Race to the Top grant. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 4/13/12

Walters: California shouldn't brainwash students -- California is one of the globe's most complex and diverse societies. And it's fair to expect that as schools teach history, it should include that complexity and diversity. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/13/12

Bill would give CSU students more power to stop campus fees -- California State University students would wield more influence over the creation of new mandatory campus student fees, such as fees for health services, instructional activities and materials, under a bill that advanced this week through the Senate Education Committee. Erica Perez California Watch -- 4/13/12

$125,000 reward to be offered in USC students' slayings -- The Los Angeles Police Department and USC officials on Friday will announce a $125,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who fatally shot two graduate students on Wednesday. The reward comes as detectives continue to search for the killer. Andrew Blankstein in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/13/12

Why San Diego Isn't Joining the Teacher Evaluation Revolution -- School superintendents across America are talking tough. The time has come, they say, to get rid of failing teachers, or at the very least to identify them so that weaker teachers can get help to become more effective. No longer should students suffer the ignominy of an educator who isn’t interested, willing, or able to make them learn. Will Carless Voiceofsandiego.org -- 4/13/12

   Health Care

Lazarus: Healthcare reform is about lives, not just politics -- If health insurers can keep denying coverage to anyone, millions of Americans could be left to fend for themselves in a system that openly discriminates against the sick and leaves many destitute. David Lazarus in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/13/12


How Climate Change Makes Trees Sick -- Climate change is likely to wreak havoc on California’s forests. Extreme weather, wildfires and insect outbreaks will all take a toll. Add to those another looming threat: disease. Molly Samuel KQED Climate Watch -- 4/13/12

Environmental group faults design changes in San Onofre shutdown -- An environmental watchdog group is alleging that unusual wear in the San Onofre nuclear power plant's steam generator tubes stems from design changes that were made in order to fit more tubes into each steam generator. Abby Sewell in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/13/12


UC student newspaper Daily Californian searches for survival money -- The future of the 141-year-old Daily Californian student newspaper is in doubt after UC Berkeley student leaders on Thursday disqualified a ballot measure asking students to pay $2 per semester to help the publication survive. Matt Krupnick in the San Jose Mercury -- 4/13/12

An ugly foreclosure story, starring Bank of America -- Dirma Rodriguez wonders how a house she'd been paying on for years, and which is specially modified for her severely disabled daughter, could be taken from her. Gale Holland in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/13/12

Police fired more than 90 rounds at man on 101 Freeway -- Eight Los Angeles police officers fired more than 90 rounds at an unarmed 19-year-old man who had led them on a high speed freeway pursuit and called 911 to threaten them with a gun, authorities said. Andrew Blankstein in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/13/12

San Jose auditor wants cops to wear cameras -- San Jose police officers may be forcing blacks, Latinos and other minorities to sit on street curbs more than others after minor traffic and pedestrian stops, according to the city's independent police auditor. Joe Rodriguez in the San Jose Mercury -- 4/13/12


GOP attacks comment about Ann Romney -- The role of women in this year's presidential election stayed on center stage Thursday after a Democratic consultant's comments triggered a new round of "mommy wars" - pitting mothers who are employed against those who stay at home. Carla Marinucci in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/13/12

Larger women's issues loom over Romney campaign -- When a Democratic strategist said stay-at-home mom Ann Romney shouldn't advise her husband about women's economic issues, it set off a debate that glossed over the candidate's obstacles to winning over moderate female voters. Maeve Reston in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/12/12