Jerry Brown calls pension changes not enough but 'most that could be gotten' -- Gov. Jerry Brown, who will travel to Los Angles on Wednesday to sign legislation reducing public employee pension benefits, said today that the measure, though less sweeping than he proposed, is "the most that could be gotten" through his negotiations in Sacramento. David Siders SacBee Capitol Alert$ -- 9/11/12

GOP congressional candidate backs off abortion-cancer link -- Republican congressional candidate Doug LaMalfa walked back today from a claim that women who have abortions are more likely to get cancer. Torey Van Oot SacBee Capitol Alert$ -- 9/11/12

Jerry Brown: Chamber 'clearing the way' for tax bid by staying neutral -- Gov. Jerry Brown said today that it is "amazing" the California Chamber of Commerce's decided to take no position on his Nov. 6 ballot initiative to raise taxes, adding that the group's neutrality is "basically clearing the way" for passage of the measure. David Siders SacBee Capitol Alert$ -- 9/11/12

California Gov. Jerry Brown pleads with voters to pass tax-hike measure, saying the perfect shouldn't be the enemy of the good -- Gov. Jerry Brown made impassioned defenses Tuesday of his tax-hike ballot measure, California's high-speed rail project, new public pension reforms and his plan for the Sacramento Delta. Josh Richman in the San Jose Mercury -- 9/11/12

Jose Hernandez’s new ad: I’m an astronaut. An engineer. But a Democrat? -- A while back we told you the incredible story of Jose Hernandez, who is running for Congress in a Central Valley district against incumbent GOPer Rep. Jeff Denham. Joe Garofoli Chronicle Politics -- 9/11/12

Proposition 8 author vows to fight for Assembly seat -- The author of Proposition 8 is vowing to continue his fight for an Assembly seat in the Sacramento suburbs, despite an earlier pledge to drop out if he failed to finish first in the June primary. Michael J. Mishak in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/11/12

Jerry Brown calls Bay Bridge investigation 'kind of curious' -- Gov. Jerry Brown, who told The Bee's editorial board last week he wasn't aware of the federal government's concerns about Caltrans and bridge testing, didn't respond to the question when he was asked this morning if he had followed up on those concerns. David Siders SacBee Capitol Alert$ -- 9/11/12

Jerry Brown announces plans for new trade offices -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation that would authorize the state to open new trade offices, starting with one in Shanghai, and he is planning to visit China later this year, his first official trip out of the country since becoming governor in 2011. Anthony York LA Times PolitiCal$ -- 9/11/12

Gov. Jerry Brown signs lumber tax, wildfire liability limits -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation today that imposes a 1 percent tax on lumber products starting in January and restricts damages landowners pay for starting wildfires. Kevin Yamamura SacBee Capitol Alert$ Chris Megerian LA Times PolitiCal$ -- 9/11/12

Bogus claim in Garamendi ad -- It's a bold accusation: a politician getting a lavish perk, at taxpayer expense, while a local veteran's hall goes wanting for repairs. It also turns out to be inaccurate, which is why the television ad has been taken off the air. John Myers News10 Torey Van Oot SacBee Capitol Alert$ -- 9/11/12

Congressional rivals Dan Lungren, Ami Bera to debate Sept. 25 -- The Sept. 25 debate, sponsored by The Sacramento Bee, News10 and Capital Public Radio, is the first for the 7th Congressional District rivals, who also went head to head on the 2010 ballot. Torey Van Oot SacBee Capitol Alert$ -- 9/11/12

Seattle officials announce arena deal for basketball, hockey -- With the Sacramento Kings lurking as a potential target, Seattle officials today unveiled a tentative agreement with a financier for a downtown basketball and hockey arena. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/11/12

Fox: Where’s the Governor on November’s Ballot Reforms? -- While Governor Jerry Brown has been thumping his chest over a number of reforms he supported that made it through the legislature in the last days of the session, we have yet to see him embrace some other major reforms that appear on the November ballot. Propositions 31 and 32 would be great strides in improving California’s governance system. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 9/11/12

Hoffenblum: 2012 Target Races – Part Two: State Senate -- Last week, Darrell Steinberg, the president pro term of the Senate, announced that he would skip the Democratic National Convention to focus on trying to win the two seats needed to give his party a two-thirds, 27-seat Senate majority. Looking at the senate races in play, the odds are in his favor. Allan Hoffenblum Fox & Hounds -- 9/11/12

California state auditor finds positives in shifting juveniles to county care -- The number of juvenile criminal offenders in state custody and supervision has been cut significantly since the state in 2007 began shifting nonviolent offenders to county supervision, the state auditor found in an evaluation of the five-year effort. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/11/12

Jerry Brown whittles down stack of bills awaiting his signature -- A little more than one week ago, California lawmakers sent him more than 750 bills that were passed in the final days of the legislative session. So far he's signed dozens, and Tuesday morning he heads to Redwood Shores to sign another. Chris Megerian LA Times PolitiCal$ -- 9/11/12

Romney Critics Hammer Campaign For Failure To Fight -- Mitt Romney and his team will be hit with a merciless barrage of friendly fire in the days after the November election if the presidential race continues its current trajectory and the carping from GOP analysts and strategists the past week is any guide. Ryan Grim Huffington Post -- 9/11/12

   Chicago v Bsoton

Southern whites troubled by Romney's wealth, religion -- "Romney's going to help the upper class," said Harris, who earns $28,000 a year as activities director of a Lynchburg senior center. "He doesn't know everyday people, except maybe the person who cleans his house." She'll vote for Obama, she said: "At least he wasn't brought up filthy rich." Margot Roosevelt Reuters -- 9/11/12

Larry Flynt’s X-Rated Plan to Expose Mitt Romney -- The Hustler publisher, who usually digs for sexual dirt, is determined to expose Romney’s tax returns. Lauren Ashburn Daily Beast -- 9/11/12

Among likely voters, Obama-Romney close -- Last week’s Democratic National Convention helped President Obama improve his standing against Republican Mitt Romney, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, but did little to reduce voter concern about his handling of the economy. Dan Balz and Jon Cohen in the Washington Post -- 9/11/12

Romney Talks About Troops, Afghanistan at National Guard Conference -- Mitt Romney paid tribute to the work of U.S. troops and veterans Tuesday in a speech that honored those affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks and focused on topics he was criticized for bypassing in his acceptance speech at the Republican convention. Sarah Huisenga National Journal -- 9/11/12

Gallup: Americans Are Better Off Than Four Years Ago -- Several economic factors and mood indicators are better today than when President Obama took office nearly four years ago, according to a new analysis by Gallup. Matt Vasilogambros National Journal -- 9/11/12

Why the Public Still Needs Both the Media and the Conventions -- Nothing better illustrates how today's media ecosystem works than the 2012 political conventions. Peter Osnos The Atlantic -- 9/11/12

The Trouble with Likely Voters -- Two national polls show conflicting results among likely voters, while Bible Belt whites have some lingering issues with Romney and Democrats mostly think they are hearing good news about the economy. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter. ESTHER ZUCKERMAN The Atlantic -- 9/11/12

The GOP’s lost weekend -- The Sunday shows shredded Romney's remaining credibility and turned Paul Ryan into Sarah Palin. JOAN WALSH Salon -- 9/11/12

Medicaid Would Lose $1.26 Trillion Under Romney’s Block Grant -- Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, says his plan to block-grant Medicaid would free governors from obtrusive federal rules on how they deliver health care to the poor. It would also cost states and health providers such as nursing homes $1.26 trillion through 2022. That’s according to a study by Bloomberg Government. ALEX WAYNE Bloomberg -- 9/11/12


   California Policy and Politics This Morning

L.A. to consider multi-use library cards for illegal immigrants -- The cards, under study now, would provide a form of identification for those without driver's licenses and could be used to open bank accounts, transfer funds and access cash. Catherine Saillant in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/11/12

California Gov. Jerry Brown tells critics 'We've made a helluva lot of progress' -- California isn't broken, Gov. Jerry Brown declared Monday, insisting that he's taken significant steps to reduce decades of dysfunction from the Capitol -- even when they didn't square with his mission to convince voters to raise taxes in November. Steven Harmon in the Contra Costa Times -- 9/11/12

Californians Face Rival Ballot Initiatives That Would Raise Taxes and Aid Schools -- First came a competing save-our-schools ballot initiative, backed by a wealthy lawyer who proved more persistent than Gov. Jerry Brown had hoped. Then came a summer of minor financial embarrassments that handed Mr. Brown’s opponents a narrative to use against him. BROOKS BARNES in the New York Times$ -- 9/11/12

Pugno changes course, vows to fight Gaines for Assembly seat -- Republican Assembly candidate Andrew Pugno announced today that he plans to move forward with his bid to unseat Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, on the Nov. 6 ballot, despite an earlier pledge to stop campaigning if another Republican came in first in the June primary. Torey Van Oot SacBee Capitol Alert$ -- 9/11/12

Court warns Oakland's Quan on deposition -- Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, who attorneys working to impose changes on the city's Police Department say is avoiding testifying about the pace of those reforms, will be in serious trouble if she skips another scheduled deposition, a federal magistrate says. Justin Berton in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/11/12

In L.A. NFL stadium plans, cost to build new Convention Center hall was 'substantially understated,' financial analyst says -- The cost of building a new hall for the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown was "substantially understated" last year, according to a report from the city's top financial analyst released Monday afternoon. Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 9/11/12

Nadia Lockyer’s pretrial for drugs postponed -- A pretrial hearing on drug and child abuse charges against Nadia Lockyer, the former Alameda county supervisor and wife of the state treasurer, was postponed Monday in Orange County Superior Court. Laura Barron-Lopez in the Orange County Register -- 9/11/12

   Taxes, Fees

Online giant Amazon to start collecting California sales tax -- Spurred on by fanatically loyal shoppers like Christine Dugger of Sacramento, e-commerce giant Amazon.com is doing something it spent years trying to avoid. On Saturday, Amazon will begin collecting sales tax from California customers. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/11/12


California economy ranked 9th largest in world -- California's economy is the world's ninth-largest. As for Sacramento, it's No. 58, tied with Bangladesh. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/11/12

Builder groups dismayed that Sacramento transit work lacks local contracts -- A coalition of building groups is criticizing Sacramento city officials for not doing more to help local firms win contracts on the massive transit center project in the downtown railyard. Ryan Lillis in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/11/12

Survey: California consumer confidence best in 5 years -- The nation's economy might be slowing down, but consumer confidence in California is the highest it's been in five years. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/11/12

Consumer debt falls unexpectedly as credit cards stay in wallets -- Are Americans falling out of love with their credit cards again? E. Scott Reckard in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/11/12

Newsom wants U.S. Attorney's office review of mortgage industry's and federal agency's actions -- Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday asked for a federal investigation of Wall Street figures he accused of colluding "to restrain trade and to redline communities" over opposition to a controversial proposal to use eminent domain to prevent foreclosures in San Bernardino County. Andrew Edwards in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 9/11/12


Far-reaching plan to strengthen teaching in California -- To reinvigorate its force of teachers and principals, California doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel. It could start by fixing the one that’s bent and broken because of years of neglect. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 9/11/12

State education report calls for sweeping reforms in teacher evaluation -- The California Department of Education on Monday released a comprehensive new report calling for sweeping reforms in the way teachers are recruited, trained, mentored and evaluated. Kelley Puente in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 9/11/12

Labor, management collaboration key to teacher reform -- Ushering in what is being called a new era of education reform in California, top administrators, teachers, political and labor leaders said Monday they are willing to work together to implement suggestions for bettering the state’s schools. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 9/11/12

School libraries hit hard by budget cuts -- The kids are back, but the media center at one of California's largest high schools is quiet, even for a library. That's because the 4,000 students at James Logan High School in Union City are starting the school year without access to the aisles of books and computers sitting in a darkened room, unused. Neal J. Riley in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/11/12

Community colleges: No room for lingerers -- The historically wide-open doors of California's community college system will be merely ajar beginning in 2014, when enrollment priority will go to students with clear academic or vocational goals. Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/11/12

Kicked out of Cal Grant program, Academy of Art sues state agency -- The Academy of Art University has sued the California Student Aid Commission, arguing the state agency should not have ruled the San Francisco college's students ineligible for Cal Grants in the 2012-13 academic year. Erica Perez California Watch -- 9/11/12

Suspensions skyrocket at San Francisco school struggling with violence -- Amid chaos, union says MLK Middle School teachers are unfairly targeted. TREY BUNDY Bay Citizen -- 9/11/12

   Health Care

Doctors still trying to diagnose mysteries of hantavirus -- Nearly 20 years after hantavirus was first identified in the U.S., doctors are under pressure to quickly learn more about the pervasive and deadly disease. Kate Mather and Anna Gorman in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/11/12

Valley Fever Cases Soar, Harm Remains Hidden -- The fungal spores, lifted from the dry dirt by the wind, pass through your nostrils or down your throat, so tiny they don’t even trigger a cough. They lodge in your lungs. If you’re fortunate – and most people are – they go no further. Kellie Schmitt, Rebecca Plevin and Tracy Wood KQED State of Health -- 9/11/12

More private schools fall below threshold for immunizations in California -- Parents who send their children to private schools in California are much more likely to opt out of immunizations than their public school counterparts, an Associated Press analysis has found, and not even the recent re-emergence of whooping cough has halted the downward trajectory of vaccinations among these students. Hannah Dreier Associated Press -- 9/11/12


San Francisco wants state to conduct new study of Treasure Island cleanup -- City officials say they've received complaints about potentially mishandled radioactive material. MATT SMITH and KATHARINE MIESZKOWSKI Bay Citizen -- 9/11/12

Land trust and developer save affordable housing complex -- If you can’t beat ‘em, buy ‘em out. That may have been easier said than done for a pair of Los Angeles non-profits, but that’s exactly what happened in July. Robert Fulton HealthyCal.org -- 9/11/12


LA judge refuses to order one-drug executions -- A judge turned down a bid Monday by the Los Angeles County district attorney to order the immediate execution of two death row prisoners by a new single-drug injection method. Linda Deutsch Associated Press -- 9/11/12

Newest UCD legal clinic sets sights on Supreme Court cases -- In an increasingly specialized legal world, the UC Davis School of Law has a pretty special new course this semester. Denny Walsh in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/11/12

AC Transit invalidates $13 million security contract deal -- Competing company raises questions about vote, directors' ties to winning firm. ZUSHA ELINSON Bay Citizen -- 9/11/12

   Chicago v Boston

The Kerry-ization of Mitt Romney -- Mitt Romney is getting the full John Kerry treatment on national security — and some top Republicans are alarmed by what they see as his ham-handed response to it. MIKE ALLEN and JIM VANDEHEI Politico -- 9/11/12

Paul Ryan pushed for green-car loans -- Years before becoming famous as an advocate of fiscal restraint, Paul Ryan supported a now-controversial Energy Department loan program aimed at developing greener cars — and even called for DOE to hand out lump-sum payments to companies. ANDREW RESTUCCIA Politico -- 9/11/12

Feds say AIG stock sale locks in minimum $12.4-billion profit -- The government's sale of about $18 billion shares of stock in rescued insurance giant American International Group locks in a minimum $12.4-billion profit for taxpayers on one of the most controversial bailouts of the financial crisis, the Treasury Department said late Monday. Jim Puzzanghera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/11/12

Among likely voters, Obama-Romney close -- Last week’s Democratic National Convention helped President Obama improve his standing against Republican Mitt Romney, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, but did little to reduce voter concern about his handling of the economy. Dan Balz and Jon Cohen in the Washington Post -- 9/11/12

CNN Poll: Obama up six points over Romney -- A new survey indicates President Barack Obama moved up four points following the Democratic National Convention last week, and now has a six point advantage over his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. CNN -- 9/11/12

Romney campaign: Polls are liberal media lies -- A campaign pollster says Romney isn't panicking over new data and argues that 1980 still might happen again. ALEX PAREENE Salon -- 9/11/12

Pollsters, News Conspiring to Elect Obama -- Since the end of the presidential conventions, the race has broken sharply in Barack Obama’s direction. What this will ultimately prove, nobody knows. Jonathan Chait New York Magazine -- 9/11/12

A Tale of Two Polls in North Carolina -- If you ask Public Policy Polling, Obama leads North Carolina by one percentage point, 49 percent to 48 percent. Jim Geraghty NRO -- 9/11/12

Morning Jay: Did Obama Really Win the Summer? -- As we wait to see the extent and duration of Barack Obama’s post-convention bounce, it makes sense to do a little analytical house cleaning. JAY COST Weekly Standard -- 9/11/12

Obama’s Economy: The President Asks Voters to Go on Faith -- Over the past two weeks, even as the Democrats rallied to patriotic themes at their convention in Charlotte, several dismal economic reports have shown everything from slow job growth and manufacturing losses to flagging construction and faltering consumer confidence. MASSIMO CALABRESI Time -- 9/11/12

Employment Is Worse than During the Recession -- In one of President Obama's TV ads, Bill Clinton says that the key question in this election is which candidate can figure out how "to return us to full employment." JEFFREY H. ANDERSON Weekly Standard -- 9/11/12

Cheney responds to Obama’s reportedly poor intelligence briefings attendance -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney took a shot at President Barack Obama late Monday night after it was reported that the president has attended fewer than half of his daily intelligence briefings. Jamie Weinstein Daily Caller -- 9/11/12

Look-Alike Sites Funnel Big Money to Mystery PAC -- Noam Neusner, a former White House speechwriter for President George W. Bush, thought he had given $250 to Ohio GOP Senate candidate Josh Mandel. He hadn’t. Shane Goldmacher National Journal -- 9/11/12

Romney Vague on Popular Health Provisions -- But when it comes to exactly how he would achieve the same goals of making sure that people with preexisting conditions get insurance coverage and children can stay on their parents’ insurance plans up to age 26, Romney has no clear plan. Meghan McCarthy National Journal -- 9/11/12

Mitt Romney struggles with ACA replacement goals -- By the time Mitt Romney faces President Barack Obama for their first debate next month, he’ll have to figure out a sharper way to explain what he would do to replace “Obamacare.” BRETT NORMAN Politico -- 9/11/12

Why Pre-Existing Conditions Are a Tough Issue for the GOP -- Republicans are most comfortable citing the perils of interfering in free markets. On this issue, however, they quietly agree that regulation is needed. Conor Friedersdorf The Atlantic -- 9/11/12

Obama Camp, Romney Spar Over Omissions in Convention Speeches -- President Barack Obama’s campaign and Republican Mitt Romney traded attacks yesterday over what the two White House candidates didn’t say at their respective conventions. Phil Mattingly and Julie Hirschfeld Davis Bloomberg -- 9/11/12

The Obama Iconography: Only One Candidate in Race Inspires Heartfelt Fandom -- So how did the two conventions compare, seen up close and side by side? Well, sometimes stereotypes ring true: Republicans fall in line, while Democrats fall in love. John Avlon Daily Beast -- 9/11/12

Why Political Conventions Are an Old-Fashioned Relic -- Can someone please tell me why 15,000 journalists are still attending and covering the Democratic and Republican conventions when we know months in advance who is going to be nominated? Lauren Ashburn Daily Download -- 9/11/12

Mitt Romney No Longer Concerned About God Being Taken Off Coins -- After drawing attention over the weekend for appearing to imply Democrats supported removing "God" from the nation's currency, Mitt Romney removed the line from this stump speech here Monday. McKay Coppins BuzzFeed -- 9/11/12

Mixed Message From Obama Advisers on Medicare -- E-mails show outside advisers were previously open to private plans. Meghan McCarthy National Journal -- 9/11/12

Bush Knew More About Bin Laden's Plans Than We Realized -- Now, 11 years later, new details of the attack on the World Trade Center continue to emerge from the government's vault of classified documents and the journalists who've gained access. ADAM CLARK ESTES The Atlantic -- 9/11/12