California Policy and Politics This Morning

Former state Sen. Daniel Boatwright dies -- Former Democratic state Sen. Daniel Boatwright died Friday at his Clayton home at age 82. Dan Smith SacBee Capitol Alert -- 4/28/12

Attorney General declines to file charges in Nadia Lockyer case -- State prosecutors announced late Friday they will not file charges in the dispute involving the wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer after she claimed she had been assaulted at the hands of her onetime lover. Kevin Yamamura SacBee Capitol Alert Josh Richman in the Contra Costa Times Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/28/12

California makes new attempt to restart executions -- Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered prison officials to explore using a single drug for lethal injections instead of three, in the state's latest attempt to restart long-stalled executions in California. PAUL ELIAS Associated Press -- 4/28/12

California pension reform proposals shunted off -- One of the biggest mysteries at the Capitol these days is whether lawmakers are really going to make any substantive changes in the pension system for public employees. Wyatt Buchanan in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/28/12

SuperPac-tion hits race for CD 31 -- The National Association of Realtors Congressional Fund dropped more than $136,000 in support of Rep. Gary Miller's bid to represent California's 31st Congressional District, new Federal Election Commission reports show. Ben Goad in the Riverside Press -- 4/28/12

Inland candidates awash in political cash -- Candidates for Inland Southern California congressional and legislative contests on the June ballot have raised more than $9.4 million, with four-fifths of the money originating from outside the districts they seek to represent. JIM MILLER and BEN GOAD in the Riverside Press -- 4/28/12

Questions Remain Regarding Review of San Onofre Changes -- Federal officials investigating the cause of excessive tube wear in replacement steam generators at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which led to a small radiation leak in January, say there was approval of design changes to the generators before they were put into service. NICK GERDA -- 4/28/12

Citywise: Oakland's crowd control reforms on hold -- It turns out Oakland's well-publicized crowd control policy reforms won't be in place during Tuesday's Occupy Oakland protests after all. Matt Artz in the Contra Costa Times -- 4/28/12

Cattle ID plan revived amid Valley mad cow case -- The discovery of mad cow disease in a Tulare County dairy cow has renewed the call for creating a mandatory livestock identification program to trace the path of a cow from birth to death. Robert Rodriguez in the Fresno Bee -- 4/28/12

Police union decries plan for General Services merger with LAPD -- A plan to merge General Services police officers with the Los Angeles Police Department was widely criticized Friday by union representatives, who said it would reduce patrols at city parks and libraries. Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 4/28/12

Police officer accused of blinding woman -- A Beaumont police officer has been indicted on assault charges after prosecutors say he permanently blinded a woman with pepper spray during a drunken driving investigation. JOHN ASBURY and RICHARD K. De ATLEY in the Riverside Press -- 4/28/12

Lehman Bros. pay report brings calls for reform -- Lawmakers and others say disclosure at financial institutions should be beefed up after report that 50 Lehman employees were awarded nearly $700 million in the year before the investment bank collapsed. Walter Hamilton, Jim Puzzanghera and Andrew Tangel in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/28/12


Sacramento may get new arena, but it will be without Kings -- The commissioner of the National Basketball Association said Friday that the Kings are making a mistake by passing up a good deal on a new $391 million arena in downtown Sacramento. Tony Bizjak, Dale Kasler and Ryan Lillis in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/28/12

U.S. regulators seize Palm Desert bank, sell assets -- Palm Desert National Bank was seized by regulators Friday and sold to Pacific Premier Bank of Costa Mesa, which promised to be open for business as usual Monday. E. Scott Reckard in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/28/12

Ex-Yahoo CEO Bartz got $16.4M package in final year -- Former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz received a compensation package valued at $16.4 million in her final year on the job, including a $3 million severance payment after the troubled Internet company abruptly fired her last September. Associated Press -- 4/28/12

   Taxes - Fees

Fire fee: Lawmaker wants a different approach -- A veteran Democratic lawmaker wants to retool the upcoming $150 fire-prevention fee on rural homes in a way that would make it so people in more fire-prone parts of the state pay more, a shift that would hit hard in Inland Southern California. JIM MILLER in the Riverside Press -- 4/28/12


Cal State students announce hunger strike at six campuses -- Students at six Cal State University campuses have vowed to fast until university leaders agree to freeze tuition, roll back administrative and executive salaries and meet other demands. Members of Students for Quality Education said Friday that the hunger strike will begin Wednesday and involve 13 students at the Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, Northridge, Sacramento and San Bernardino campuses. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/28/12

Fensterwald: Click and post: CST security breach -- The Age of Instagram is creating headaches for the state Department of Education and ETS, the contractor for the state’s standardized tests. At least 100 students from 34 school districts had posted images on social media of materials from various state tests they took this week, according to Paul Hefner, spokesman for Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torakson. John Fensterwald educatedguess -- 4/28/12


Facebook offers East Palo Alto more than $1 million in benefits to avoid possible suit -- East Palo Alto will receive more than $1 million worth of benefits from Facebook in exchange for its promise not to sue over the company's expansion plans in Menlo Park, according to an agreement the city council is to review Tuesday. Bonnie Eslinger in the Contra Costa Times -- 4/28/12


Oakland city attorney has sued two more Occupy Oakland protesters over vandalism -- The Oakland city attorney has sued two more Occupy Oakland protesters to try to force them to pay for damage after police arrested them on suspicion of spray painting public property during a wave of vandalism at a demonstration in January. Kristin J. Bender in the Contra Costa Times -- 4/28/12


Orange County Fair Board Moves Forward With Plans for Farm Worker Memorial -- The Orange County Fair Board moved forward Thursday with a plan to create the state’s biggest monument to migrant farm workers at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. NORBERTO SANTANA JR. -- 4/28/12

Saunders: San Francisco's political correctness takes Mirkarimi prisoner -- Former San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Brown is appalled. He didn't vote for Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, and he isn't his biggest fan. But when he considers the prosecution of Mirkarimi for bruising his wife's arm during a New Year's Eve argument, he is appalled. People lose sight of what types of cases should be prosecuted, Brown told me Tuesday, and Mirkarimi's case is not one of them. Debra J. Saunders in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/28/12

   POTUS 44

Osama bin Laden operation, Part Two -- A year after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama’s team is launching another precision operation: a full-scale public relations offensive aimed at using the bin Laden mission to boost the president’s reelection bid. JOSH GERSTEIN Politico -- 4/28/12

Wedge issues may boost Obama's prospects -- Obama and Democrats appear to be using immigration and contraception to try to pry away voters from the other camp, similar to wedge issues that past Republican presidential candidates have employed. Mark Z. Barabak in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/28/12


House GOP still mulling Holder contempt -- House Republicans are not ready to proceed with a contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious scandal, but there are clear signals that that GOP patience with the Justice Department is wearing thin. JOHN BRESNAHAN Politico -- 4/28/12