* Updates

Darrell Steinberg frowns on Jerry Brown's timber proposal -- Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said today he is uncomfortable with a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to limit payouts in wildfire liability cases, arguing it would involve the Legislature meddling in ongoing litigation. David Siders SacBee Capitol Alert Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/1/12

Pay panel's lawyer says it can't cut lawmakers' per diem, travel -- Even its own attorney concludes that the California Citizens Compensation Commission lacked authority to cut legislators' per diem for living expenses and eliminate their lease-car program in separate actions over the past three years. Now the commission wants another opinion. Jim Sanders SacBee Capitol Alert -- 6/1/12

Gov. Jerry Brown plans to fast-track high-speed rail through courts -- Gov. Jerry Brown today will propose to fast-track the $69 billion high-speed rail project through the courts by easing legal scrutiny under the state's landmark environmental law. Mike Rosenberg in the San Jose Mercury -- 6/1/12

May jobs report: The labor market takes a big step backward -- Anyone hoping for a healthy labor-market recovery is going to be sorely disappointed by the May jobs report. The U.S. economy added just 69,000 jobs last month — far below expectations. The unemployment rose to 8.2 percent. And the details of the report are even more dire. Brad Plumer in the Washington Post -- 6/1/12

Romney calls job report ‘very bad news’ -- Mitt Romney called the uptick in unemployment “very bad news for middle class families of America,” seizing on the paltry job numbers for May as confirmation of President Obama’s failed policies. Nia Malika-Henderson in the Washington Post -- 6/1/12

Jobs report: Economy delivers Obama a punch in the gut -- Friday's jobs report -- only 69,000 new jobs created in May and job creation for March and April revised downward -- was close to the worst possible news for President Obama. For the third year in a row, the economy appears to have stalled in the spring after perking up in winter. David Lauter in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/1/12

Obama has 16-point lead in state, Field Poll says -- Given California's demographic profile, it is no surprise that President Obama has a 16-point lead over presumed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in a Field Poll survey of the state's registered voters released Friday. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/1/12

Cannabis commission gets California Assembly's OK -- The California Assembly approved a measure Thursday that would create the first statewide commission to oversee the state's expanding medical marijuana industry, 16 years after voters legalized the use of medical cannabis. Marisa Lagos, Wyatt Buchanan in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/1/12

Prop 28 and the mixed bag of term limits in California -- On June 5, voters will get a chance to tweak California’s term limits law. Julie Small KPCC LA -- 6/1/12

Fox: Voter Turnout on Tuesday—It will be Low -- Here’s a statement that won’t earn me a PhD in political science: Voter turnout will determine many races in Tuesday’s primary. We all know that truth, what we don’t know is what the turnout might be. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 6/1/12

State postpones launch of Malibu Lagoon restoration project -- A California State Parks official said Friday that the agency would postpone the start of its Malibu Lagoon restoration project until Monday, partly to avoid interfering with a surfing benefit event Saturday at Surfrider Beach. Martha Groves in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/1/12


   California Policy and Politics This Morning

Panel cuts pay of California governor, lawmakers -- A state panel on Thursday sent a message about the severity of California's $15.7 billion budget deficit by approving a 5 percent pay cut for lawmakers and statewide elected officials, including Gov. Jerry Brown. JUDY LIN Associated Press Steven Harmon in the San Jose Mercury Jim Sanders in the Sacramento Bee Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ BRIAN JOSEPH in the Orange County Register -- 6/1/12

Green light for red-light camera bill -- The California State Senate unanimously passed a bill Thursday that its backers say would protect the rights of drivers by regulating red-light cameras. The bill by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, would establish statewide standards for the installation and operation of traffic enforcement cameras and make it easier to challenge tickets. Jason Green in the San Jose Mercury -- 6/1/12

Ad Blitz Ahead of California Vote on Cigarette Tax -- A proposal to raise California's cigarette tax by $1 a pack is emerging as the highest-profile ballot item in Tuesday's primary election amid a barrage of ads on both sides. VAUHINI VARA in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 6/1/12

California awards contract for Accenture to run web system -- The state has chosen a global information technology giant with a mixed performance history to build the online system needed to run the state's health insurance exchange. Mark Glover in the Sacramento Bee Daniel Weintraub HealthyCal.org -- 6/1/12

California bill to give attorney general more power to probe financial crimes passes -- Wednesday, lawmakers in both the Assembly and state Senate unanimously passed A.B. 1763 and S.B. 1474, which would give the attorney general's office power to convene a grand jury to investigate and hand down indictments for financial crimes committed in multiple jurisdictions. Andrew Edwards in the San Bernardino Sun -- 6/1/12

Senators vote to give up free tickets to games, concerts -- Under a measure approved Thursday by the state Senate, California lawmakers would no longer be able to accept concert and sports tickets, golf games and other gifts from companies lobbying the Legislature. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/1/12

New top-two primary’s moderating effect -- Initial indications are that California’s new top-two open primary could indeed result in more moderate state legislators and Congress members – in lawmakers more willing to work across the aisle. That was a primary selling point when voters approved the change as Proposition 14 in 2010. Martin Wisckol in the Orange County Register -- 6/1/12


Assembly passes bill requiring California companies to consider unemployed job applicants -- California Assembly members voted 51-26 on Wednesday to pass A.B. 1450, which generally prohibits companies from refusing to consider unemployed applicants for job openings. Andrew Edwards in the San Bernardino Sun -- 6/1/12

California firm's profits soar as demand rises for security screening devices -- Global demand for security screening technology continues to grow at a steady pace, as evidenced by a California manufacturer whose catalog of high-tech products includes controversial airport body scanners that travelers have come to know well. G.W. SCHULZ Bay Citizen -- 6/1/12

   Taxes - Fees

Mountain View eyes impact fee on rental projects -- Mountain View could soon join a growing list of Bay Area cities that have turned to charging an impact fee on new rental developments to fund the construction of affordable housing. Jason Green in the San Jose Mercury -- 6/1/12


LAO calls for cuts to Prop 98, says Brown’s debt repayment unworkable -- The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst called into question Thursday Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan for paying back next year some of the billions owed schools as the result of previous cuts made to the Proposition 98 funding guarantee. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 6/1/12

Two L.A. education groups back test scores as part of teacher reviews -- Teach Plus and Our Schools, Our Voice announce separate proposals to incorporate student test scores into teacher evaluations in the LAUSD. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/1/12

Fensterwald: LA groups want test scores part of evaluations -- Two Los Angeles education groups have offered separate teacher evaluation frameworks that they hope will help break the impasse between Los Angeles Unified and its teachers union, United Teachers Los Angeles. John Fensterwald educatedguess -- 6/1/12

San Francisco City College can't afford all its campuses -- City College of San Francisco may be forced to close or combine some campuses - it has 12 of them - to help stave off a financial crisis and retain full accreditation, The Chronicle has learned. Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/1/12

Survey finds support for reforming teacher layoff policies -- Three of four likely voters in California support ending the seniority-based, teacher-layoff policy, a new survey released Thursday showed. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 6/1/12

UCLA scholarship for Sean 'Diddy' Combs' son raises eyebrows -- Some question whether the cash-strapped school should give the hip-hop mogul's son a free ride. UCLA says the scholarship awarded to Justin Combs, 18, doesn't come from state funds. Kate Mather in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/1/12

   Health Care

Public hospitals target of new state cash grab -- Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, the county's hospital, stands to lose millions of dollars, if proposals under Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget become reality, county officials said. Jim Steinberg in the San Bernardino Sun -- 6/1/12

Health care district reforms on hold -- An effort to impose spending restrictions on California's taxpayer-funded health care districts is on hold until next year. JENNIFER GOLLAN Bay Citizen -- 6/1/12

Legislators demand changes to L.A. County's dental program for poor children -- Legislators are demanding changes to Los Angeles County's managed care dental program for poor children after reports revealed that fewer than one in four saw a dentist last year. Emily Bazar in the Torrance Daily Breeze -- 6/1/12

Paralyzed rats run again: Could method help humans? -- Paralyzed rats learned to walk, run and spring deftly over obstacles after they were put on a physical training regimen that included electrical and chemical stimulation of their broken spinal columns and a “robotic postural interface,” a new study reveals. Melissa Healy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/1/12


California passes tougher energy code for new construction -- The California Energy Commission on Thursday approved what it called nation-leading efficiency standards for new homes and commercial buildings. Mark Glover in the Sacramento Bee -- 6/1/12


Albany Occupy farmers pack courthouse in trespassing lawsuit -- Occupy the Farm supporters packed an Alameda County courtroom Thursday for arguments in a University of California lawsuit seeking to ban them from the Gill Tract in Albany, where they camped and farmed for three weeks this spring before being removed by police. Doug Oakley in the Oakland Tribune -- 6/1/12


Tobar: At L.A.'s adult schools, a chance at transformation -- Adult schools give immigrants opportunities for advancement. But if L.A. Unified budget crunchers shut them down, a lot of angry locals would cheer. Hector Tobar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/1/12

Authorities say woman posed as agent, preyed on immigrants -- A woman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of posing as a federal agent and taking tens of thousands of dollars from illegal immigrants to supposedly win them legal resident status. Robert J. Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/1/12


State pension agency slashes benefits for former Vernon officials -- California pension officials will reduce the benefits of former Vernon leaders, one of whom receives $545,000 a year, after an audit found improper enhancements. Sam Allen in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/1/12

Group sues California over isolation of some prison inmates -- The civil rights suit focuses on about 300 Pelican Bay State Prison inmates and alleges many are isolated because of suspected gang affiliations. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/1/12

California Assembly passes pot regulation bill; Senate approval doubtful -- A drive to regulate California marijuana dispensaries won a key victory Thursday, raising the hopes of advocates who argue that state oversight is critical to staving off federal raids on California's medical cannabis industry. Peter Hecht in the Sacramento Bee -- 6/1/12

CA Senate defeats bill downgrading drug possession -- The California Senate Thursday defeated a bill that would downgrade from a felony to a misdemeanor charges for simple possession of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. Hannah Madans SacBee Capitol Alert -- 6/1/12

Judge wants new investigation into OPD -- A federal judge ordered a probe Thursday into how Oakland police investigate officer-involved shootings and threatened the department with sanctions if misconduct is uncovered. Matthew Artz in the San Jose Mercury -- 6/1/12

Despite his tax liens, water official flays 'deadbeat' customers -- In the world of glass houses, Albert Robles could be accused of throwing stones. Lance Williams California Watch -- 6/1/12

   POTUS 44

Swing state economic performance favors Obama -- President Barack Obama has watched a stubborn national economy dim his reelection chances. But the real economic battle for election 2012 will take place in the states. BEN WHITE Politico -- 6/1/12


Romney visits defunct Solyndra facility, says Obama squandered public funds -- GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a surprise, secretive visit Thursday to bankrupt solar manufacturer Solyndra in Fremont to underscore what he called President Barack Obama's "crony capitalism" and squandering of public funds. Josh Richman in the Oakland Tribune Nia-Malika Henderson in the Washington Post -- 6/1/12

California voters prefer Barack Obama, ponder Mitt Romney -- President Barack Obama maintains a wide lead over Republican Mitt Romney in Democrat-heavy California, but more of the state's voters are undecided than before, according to a new Field Poll. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee -- 6/1/12