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GOP tax overhaul passes House with help from a dozen California Republicans -- Despite weeks of consternation from some California House Republicans, a dozen of them joined their colleagues to pass an overhaul of the U.S. tax code Tuesday. Two — Darrell Issa and Dana Rohrabacher — voted against the plan. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ Carolyn Lochhead in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 12/19/17

More than half of Californians oppose GOP tax bill, according to new poll -- More than half of Californians oppose the GOP tax bill expected to be approved by Congress today, and just 20% believe it will have a positive affect on their families, according to a poll released Monday. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/19/17

A quick look at some of the biggest tax changes for Californians -- Congressional Republicans are framing their tax cut bill as a Christmas gift that will give Americans an average tax cut of $2,059. For Californians, especially in the wealthier areas along the coast, the situation isn’t as clear cut. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/19/17

Are tens of thousands of California kids about to lose their health care? -- When Alice Mayall rushed her daughter Hannah to the hospital for a head injury after a water polo tournament a few years ago, she didn’t think twice about whether she could afford it. Her daughter was covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Elizabeth Aguilera Calmatters.org -- 12/19/17

Lazarus: GOP tax bill also manages to needlessly screw up the healthcare system -- But the part that strikes me as most galling, and which has become almost an afterthought amid all the other damage the bill will do, is its incongruous and completely unnecessary repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. David Lazarus in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/19/17

Gusty winds expected to return this week as Thomas fire continues to grow -- After a brief respite from the relentless gusts that have driven the deadly Thomas fire for more than two weeks, gusty winds are expected to return, adding to the challenges facing firefighters working to contain the mammoth blaze. Hailey Branson-Potts and Nicole Santa Cruz in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/19/17

Abcarian: They leapt into a pool to save themselves from fire, their story went viral, now they are starting over -- After the fire, they had nothing. To their surprise, they also had everything. Robin Abcarian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/19/17

Fear and yelling in L.A. congressman’s office led to silence on harassment, aides say -- Los Angeles-area Congressman Brad Sherman says none of his staff ever complained about longtime aide and California Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, who’s been accused of sexual harassment while working in the congressman’s district office. Emily Cadei in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 12/19/17

California sues Trump, again. This time to defend an Obama gas rule -- California filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Tuesday, blasting federal regulators for suspending an Obama-era rule directing oil and gas producers to curb methane flaring on federal lands. Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee$ Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 12/19/17

GOP lures some mountain bike groups in its push to roll back protections for public land -- When their vision of creating a scenic cycling trail through a protected alpine backcountry hit a snag, San Diego area mountain bikers turned to an unlikely ally: congressional Republicans aiming to dilute conservation laws. Evan Halper in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/19/17

Sheriff McDonnell was not aware of some misconduct, says list of problem deputies is key to reform -- Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell learned for the first time about misconduct by some of his own deputies from a Times report this month that examined a confidential roster of problem officers, he said. Maya Lau in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/19/17

San Francisco’s tech-space market is ‘on fire’ — and so are the rents -- In a normal year, the 207,000-square-foot lease that software company Okta recently signed at 100 First St. would be a cause for celebration, an excuse for the city’s economic development staff to issue a press release highlighting all the jobs coming to San Francisco. J.K. Dineen in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 12/19/17

Senate panel rejects Trump's pick to lead Export-Import Bank, a leader in the effort to shut it down -- A Senate committee on Tuesday rejected President Trump’s nominee to lead the Export-Import Bank, extending the chaos at the embattled agency whose job is to help U.S. companies sell their goods abroad. Jim Puzzanghera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/19/17

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning  

As Congress prepares to repeal health law mandate, California to explore ‘all options’ -- Congressional Republicans appear to be moving full speed ahead in repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, prompting debate among California health care experts on how the state could continue encouraging residents to buy health insurance — including imposing a state-level requirement to purchase coverage. Catherine Ho in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 12/19/17

Without the Insurance Mandate, Health Care’s Future May Be in Doubt -- For years, the Obama administration said the health care system as constructed by the Affordable Care Act could not survive without a mandate that most Americans have health insurance. With surgical precision, the sweeping tax bill that Republicans plan to pass this week will do away with that mandate. Robert Pear in the New York Times$ -- 12/19/17

Republican tax plan is a ‘monstrosity,’ Jerry Brown says. But do Californians agree? -- With California’s governor lambasting the Republican tax overhaul as an ugly “monstrosity,” a new statewide poll found the widespread perception that the bill will hurt the state. The survey, released late Monday by UC Berkeley’s Institute for Governmental Studies, shows 52 percent of Californians believe the federal legislation will adversely affect the state, while just 17 percent say it will have a positive impact. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 12/19/17

Congress proposes $81-billion disaster aid package, including funds for California wildfires -- Congress is set to consider an $81-billion disaster aid package that includes wildfire recovery money for California and other Western states as well as hurricane relief with a price tag reflecting a year of record-setting natural calamities. Lisa Mascaro in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/19/17

Lawmakers' sex harassment training like '4th grade lecture' -- When Assembly lawmakers met in November to discuss ways of improving their policies for preventing and responding to sexual harassment, Democratic Assemblyman Ken Cooley had an idea: Ban cellphones from the two-hour harassment training lawmakers must attend. Kathleen Ronayne Associated Press -- 12/19/17

Residents report nosebleeds and headaches after new leak at Aliso Canyon natural gas facility -- Southern California Gas Co. late Monday reported a leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility during a routine operation to pressurize equipment after maintenance. Alene Tchekmedyian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/19/17

Former county Supervisor Pam Slater-Price ditches the GOP, becomes a Dem -- Former San Diego County Supervisor Pam Slate-Price has crossed the aisle to become a Democrat. A member of the Republican Party for nearly three decades, including nearly all of the 24 years she spent in elected office, Slater-Price said the GOP has lost its focus on pragmatic service and fiscal responsibility. Joshua Stewart in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat -- 12/19/17

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

Richard Branson takes helm at Hyperloop One amid sexual harassment scandal surrounding former chairman -- The announcement comes two months after Branson partnered with the company, which is the first in the world to build a working Hyperloop prototype based partially on SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s vision for a clean-energy, high-speed rail line. Sandy Mazza in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 12/19/17

CalPERS stays the course on rates, investing risk -- Though facing a huge funding shortfall, the CalPERS board yesterday adopted a new plan for its $346 billion investment portfolio that will not bring in more money from another employer rate increase or a shift to riskier but higher-yielding investments. Ed Mendel Calpensions.com -- 12/19/17

New Twitter policies targeting abuse, hate groups lead to crackdown -- After months of promising a crackdown on hate speech and abuse on Twitter, the company on Monday suspended several accounts tied to an ultra-nationalist British group whose inflammatory anti-Muslim videos were retweeted by President Trump last month. Marissa Lang in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 12/19/17

More H-1B hopefuls denied under Trump, data show -- Foreigners who were once considered solid candidates for an H-1B visa — those with multiple degrees, high salaries offered by major tech companies and, in at least one case, an actual rocket scientist — are receiving extra scrutiny and delays on their applications. Trisha Thadani in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 12/19/17

Trump administration: Union fees trample First Amendment -- Public employee unions bargaining for better wages are effectively “lobbying” government officials and should be barred from passing their fees onto workers who disagree with the political stances that labor leaders advocate, the Trump administration argues in a new Supreme Court brief. Adam Ashton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 12/19/17

Troubled San Francisco Central Subway has a new problem: The boss quit -- San Francisco’s $1.6 billion Central Subway project, already a year behind schedule, is facing a new challenge. John Funghi, the Municipal Transportation Agency engineer who has overseen the big dig for 11 years, has been recruited to honcho Caltrain’s $1.9 billion conversion of its rail service from diesel to electric trains. He starts in February. Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 12/19/17

Why Silicon Valley Is Hiring Ex-Federal Agents -- The chart on the screen looks like something out of a TV crime drama: an elaborate web of emails and phone numbers, some names and photos, all connected by a mesh of thin lines. Alina Selyukh NPR -- 12/19/17

Firms Fined for Pesticide Incident That Sickened 92 in Bakersfield -- The Kern County agricultural commissioner has imposed nearly $50,000 in fines against five companies after investigating a pesticide incident that sickened 92 farmworkers harvesting garlic on the outskirts of Bakersfield last summer. Ted Goldberg KQED -- 12/19/17

For half of Americans, the stock market's record highs don't help at all -- One figure from a recent working paper by New York University economist Edward Wolff illustrates that point: Fewer than 14% of American households directly own stock in any company. Even when you consider indirect ownership via 401(k) retirement accounts and similar vehicles, about half of U.S. households don’t own any stock at all. Christopher Ingraham in the Washington Post$ -- 12/19/17

Wildfire  

Firefighters battling inferno 'have never seen anything like this' -- In his 24 years as a firefighter in Ventura County, Antonio Negrete has never seen a wildfire grow as quickly and with such intensity as the Thomas fire. He said he’s also never seen so many resources or personnel dedicated to fighting such a massive blaze. Melissa Etehad in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/19/17

Lose your house in a fire? New tax bill goes after your write-off -- The new tax law pending in Congress would wipe out the rule that lets individuals deduct the value of uninsured property lost in some, but not all, wildfires. Under the new law, the severity of the disaster would dictate whether a write-off applies. Sharon McNary KPCC -- 12/19/17

Lawsuit Blames Utilities for Contributing to Thomas Fire -- The lawsuit contends, in part, that Southern California Edison crews working above a campground near the town of Santa Paula are the likely cause of the fire. Stephanie O'Neill KQED -- 12/19/17

After Wine Country fires, victims confront emotional ruins: ‘We have a long way to go’ -- They were once normal things: snarled traffic. Heavy winds. Large crowds. Now, they’re enough to bring Samantha Eggert back to October, when the most destructive wildfire in state history consumed her home in Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood — and almost her and her husband with it. Lizzie Johnson in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 12/19/17

Santa Rosa considers eviction protections for renters -- Santa Rosa landlords appear to be kicking out low-income residents for no other reason than to capitalize on the soaring demand for rental property in the city following the recent fires, according to city officials. Kevin McCallum in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat -- 12/19/17

A grateful Rob Lowe feeds firefighters who helped save his house from blaze --Rob Lowe helped firefighters and then invited them to help themselves to a meal after they worked to save his home and others’ in the path of the wind-whipped Thomas Fire, which has been burning since Dec. 4 and most recently was threatening homes in Montecito. Christie D'Zurilla in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/19/17

Miller: 'Nightmare' at San Luis Rey Downs leaves pain, promise in wake -- The Lilac Fire that tore across North County killed at least 46 horses at San Luis Rey Downs, transforming a place brimming with life into one devastated by death. Bryce Miller in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 12/19/17

Environment 

EPA says herbicide in Roundup weed killer doesn't cause cancer, contradicting California regulators -- The federal Environmental Protection Agency on Monday said glyphosate, the primary ingredient in the weed killer Roundup and one of the most widely used herbicides in agriculture, likely does not cause cancer. The assessment contradicts the conclusion of a European scientific panel as well as California regulators, who have included the chemical on the Proposition 65 list of probable carcinogens. Geoffrey Mohan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/19/17

Nearly 100 million pounds of toxic chemicals used in oil wells near homes, schools, study says -- About 98 million pounds of cancer-causing chemicals and highly corrosive acids were used in thousands of Los Angeles County oil wells over the past four years, potentially exposing nearby residents to public health risks, according to a study released last week by an anti-oil drilling coalition. Steve Scauzillo in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 12/19/17

Transit  

You Say You Want a New Bridge or 2nd BART Tube? Here’s How You Might Pay for It -- Earlier this month, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and East Bay Congressman Mark DeSaulnier caused a little bit of a stir when they wrote officials at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and told them that they needed to start planning — now — for a new vehicular and rail crossing between the Peninsula and East Bay. Dan Brekke KQED -- 12/19/17

Housing  

Bay Area housing: Active listings sank in November as prices shot up again -- Bay Area home prices raced upward again in November, climbing 12.5 percent beyond their levels of a year earlier. The steepest regional increase in the state brought the median price of a single-family home across the nine-county region to a lofty $910,350, according to the latest analysis by the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.). Richard Scheinin in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 12/19/17

Education 

School district and sheriff investigating suicide of bullying victim; family files claim -- An attorney for the Yucaipa family said that the suicide happened after relentless taunting and name calling, which included Rosalie being told “she had ugly teeth, that she was ugly, a whore, a slut, and had sexually transmitted diseases,” according to a release. Classmates also allegedly circulated a video portraying “what an ugly girl looked like and what a pretty girl looked like and used a picture of Rosalie to portray the ugly girl.” The video was circulated throughout the school and online, her mother said. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/19/17

New Law Opens Doors To Subsidized Childcare For Low-Income Parents -- Parents hoping to take English language and high school equivalency classes have long faced a barrier to education: the high cost of childcare. Sammy Caiola Capital Public Radio -- 12/19/17

California Schools To Target Parents For School Lunch Debt, Not Kids -- Michele Stillwell-Parvensky knows firsthand about school lunch shaming. When she was a kid in third grade she was denied meals for several days because the cafeteria records showed her mom hadn’t paid the lunch fee. “I was probably hungry those days," Stillwell-Parvensky said. "But what I remember the most vividly was being very embarrassed, thinking that I had done something wrong but not knowing what it was.” Steve Milne Capital Public Radio -- 12/19/17

Free Tampons, Pads To Become Available In California Schools -- The law, authored by Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, requires public schools serving students in grades 6 through 12 — where 40 percent of students fall below the poverty line — to provide free pads and tampons in half of bathrooms. About 4,000 schools will have to comply. Sammy Caiola Capital Public Radio -- 12/19/17

California school district targets underlying issues to combat chronic absenteeism -- Pittsburg Unified in the East Bay Area is using a number of interventions to reduce chronic absenteeism: rewarding students for high attendance rates, early identification of those who are slipping, and intensive services for struggling families. Lee Romney EdSource -- 12/19/17

Cannabis 

Recreational cannabis is about to go on sale in California. But it could be hard to find -- These are anxious days in the mellow world of marijuana. California is dealing with chaos and comic opera as it prepares to become the latest and largest state to sell recreational cannabis, a cash crop potentially worth billions. Gary Robbins in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 12/19/17

As California Embraces Legal Marijuana, Many Cities and Counties Say ‘No’ -- Marijuana is still illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. Plus, almost every city in Orange County — including the one from which Justin runs his company — prohibits marijuana businesses, including delivery. While California prepares to open the doors to the recreational cannabis industry in 2018, only one of Orange County’s 34 cities, Santa Ana, plans to allow for retail cannabis shops. And no marijuana-related businesses are allowed on unincorporated county land. Jill Replogle KQED -- 12/19/17

New California Law Bans Smoking, Ingesting Marijuana While Driving Or Riding In Car -- The new law also regulates how and where consumers can store marijuana while in a car, similar to the state's open alcohol container rules. Chris Nichols Capital Public Radio -- 12/19/17

Health 

Cities With Uber Have Lower Rates of Ambulance Usage -- Many potential emergency room patients are too sick to drive themselves to a hospital. But an ambulance can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars without insurance. This where a popular ride-hailing app can step in, while also freeing up the ambulances for those who need them most. Emily Sullivan KQED -- 12/19/17

Also . . . 

Video of possible UFO sighting came from jet of ex-Lemoore naval pilot -- A former Navy fighter pilot once stationed in Lemoore is in the national spotlight for his claims of a possible UFO encountering back in 2004. Bryant-Jon Anteola in the Fresno Bee -- 12/19/17

As Kobe Bryant's numbers are retired, he hopes his legacy inspires the next generation -- Kobe Bryant walked the same path he walked hundreds of times during a 20-year career that earned him this moment. From the tunnel that leads into the Lakers locker room, he emerged just as his short film, “Dear Basketball,” concluded on the video board at Staples Center. As the crowd noticed they began to chant “M-V-P!” Tania Ganguli in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/19/17

San Francisco police officer kills himself after being pulled over in Richmond -- A nine-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department — who was being pursued by the Richmond police — shot and killed himself in a parking lot moments after being pulled over Monday, police from both cities confirmed. The suspect was Antonio Cacatian of Richmond, sources said. Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 12/19/17

Berkeley may repeal law that lets police use pepper spray during violent protests -- A civilian commission in Berkeley worried about the health effects of pepper spray is urging the City Council to repeal an ordinance that allows police officers to use the chemical on violent protesters. Kimberly Veklerov in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 12/19/17

Jay Leno spotted in San Francisco driving an upside-down Camaro -- The sight of a celebrity driving on the hills of San Francisco Sunday afternoon was upstaged only by the spectacle of what was being driven: namely, an orangeish, upside-down 1999 Camaro. Dianne de Guzman in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 12/19/17

POTUS 45  

Trump talked about rescinding Gorsuch’s nomination -- Trump, according to several people with knowledge of the discussions, was upset that Gorsuch had pointedly distanced himself from the president in a private February meeting with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), telling the senator he found Trump’s repeated attacks on the federal judiciary “disheartening” and “demoralizing.” Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey and Robert Barnes in the Washington Post$ -- 12/19/17

The battle to lead Trump’s potential impeachment -- Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), two longtime members who both hail from power centers of the Democratic Party, are competing to be the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. That’s the panel that historically holds the keys to the impeachment process. Heather Cagyle and Kyle Cheney Politico -- 12/19/17

Beltway 

Last-minute real estate perk in tax plan prompts blowback for Corker -- President Trump, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and other members of Congress with expansive real estate holdings were already primed to benefit from the tax overhaul bill nearing approval. Late last week, things got even better. Jonathan O'Connell and Drew Harwell in the Washington Post$ -- 12/19/17

Why Corker flipped on the tax bill -- The GOP senator says he had nothing to do with a provision that could enrich him personally, as liberal critics allege. Seung Min Kim Politico -- 12/19/17

Republican Tax Cuts Would Lift Some Industries More Than Others -- The $1.5 trillion tax bill heading for a vote this week is a big win for corporations overall. But not every business benefits equally, with bigger cuts flowing to financial firms and the real estate industry than to manufacturers or mining companies, a new economic analysis finds. Jim Tankersley and Ben Casselman in the New York Times$ -- 12/19/17

Protesters storm Congress to fight tax bill, as cameras point elsewhere -- The mission on Monday afternoon was the same as it had been since June: Show up in the halls of Congress, and get arrested. David Weigel in the Washington Post$ -- 12/19/17

 

-- Monday Updates 

Lawmakers, pot growers say California's marijuana cultivation rules favor big corporate farms -- California’s new rules allowing marijuana cultivation favor large corporate farms despite a promise in Proposition 64 that small growers would be protected, according to a group of state lawmakers and marijuana industry leaders who called Monday for the policy to be changed. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/18/17

'They'll have a few good days': Forecasters say weaker winds could aid fight against Thomas fire -- Weaker winds, cooler temperatures and higher humidity early this week should help firefighters battling the massive Thomas fire in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, forecasters said. Hailey Branson-Potts and Melissa Etehad in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/18/17

Crews saved hundreds of homes in epic battle against wind and fire. But two families returned to rubble -- Every morning and every night during her family vacation in snowy Colorado, Sonia Behrman pulled up the live security footage of her Montecito home. Sometimes she’d see a handful of firefighters, with hoses, moving about. Other times, a firetruck parked in the driveway. In every stream for seven days, her home was still standing. Melissa Etehad and Alene Tchekmedyian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/18/17

Will the GOP tax bill stall California's economic growth? -- Republicans have said that by slashing business taxes, they will supercharge the American economy, benefiting both C-suite executives and the average American. Economists generally expect a short-term boost to growth, though they doubt the cuts will be a game changer for either the larger economy or the typical worker. Andrew Khouri in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/18/17

Gov. Jerry Brown takes to social media to criticize Republican 'tax monstrosity' via the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/18/17

Quinn: Ground Zero In The Battle For Congress -- “Gentlemen, we fight on the Marne,” supposedly said a French general in 1914 before the historic Battle of the Marne. Well, gentleman (and ladies), in 2018 for control of the U.S. House of Representatives we fight in California. California will determine whether Democrats seize control of the House and stop the Trump agenda in its tracks. Tony Quinn Fox & Hounds -- 12/18/17

Angela Alioto takes big step toward San Francisco mayoral run -- San Francisco attorney and former Supervisor Angela Alioto took a major step Monday toward a mayoral run, requesting nomination documents from the city’s Department of Elections. Dominic Fracassa in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 12/18/17

Borenstein: CalPERS about to bury taxpayers, cities, counties in more debt -- The nation’s largest pension system is expected to adopt a funding plan this week that anticipates shortfalls during the next decade and then banks on exceptional investment returns over the following half century to make up the difference. Dan Borenstein in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 12/18/17

Federal Judge Kozinski retires as sexual misconduct inquiry launched -- Amid an onslaught of sexual misconduct allegations from at least 15 women, Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco abruptly announced his retirement Monday, effective immediately. Sarah Ravani in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 12/18/17

Don’t force us to pay for Delta tunnels, Valley farmers say -- A large group of San Joaquin Valley farmers is challenging the Delta tunnels project in court, saying they shouldn’t be forced to help foot the $17.1-billion price tag. The valley farmers, located mainly in Kern and Kings counties, voiced their objections in a court filing opposing the Brown administration’s plan to issue bonds to pay for the tunnels. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 12/18/17

Rep. Grace Napolitano's husband, Frank Napolitano, dies after battle with cancer -- Rep. Grace Napolitano’s husband, Frank Napolitano, died Friday at their home in Norwalk after a battle with cancer. The former restaurateur was 90, and had undergone chemotherapy and radiation to treat esophageal cancer over the summer. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/18/17

Sacramento State wants to shuttle students to campus in driverless robot buses -- University, transit and city transportation officials have begun talking about setting up an autonomous shuttle bus system to ferry students between campus and the 65th Street light rail station a mile away. Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 12/18/17

Start of retail pot sales puts spotlight on Sacramento’s ‘discreet’ dispensaries -- Dispensaries have become like the speak-easy bars that operated during prohibition on alcohol in the early 20th century, even though medical marijuana has been legal in California for 20 years. Bran Branan in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 12/18/17

California lawmakers pledge to work together on sexual harassment – then act alone -- Women in Sacramento have been clamoring for the California Senate and Assembly to establish a single approach to address sexual harassment in the Capitol community. Taryn Luna in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 12/18/17

Sacramento County students are among the most absent in California -- Sacramento County students have the worst chronic absentee rate in the region and a higher rate than all but two of the other 20 largest counties in California – Sonoma and San Joaquin. Diana Lambert and Phillip Reese in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 12/18/17

After 157 years in Chinatown, Los Angeles’ oldest hospital shuts its doors -- Xiaoyuan Yang was pregnant and her husband Weiming Lei needed a job when they moved more than 20 years ago from Guangzhou, China, to Los Angeles. “We knew nothing, and we didn’t understand anything,” Lei said. “Someone told us to live in Chinatown.” Frank Shyong in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 12/18/17

Sacramento Music Festival canceled after 44 years -- The Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society announced the annual jubilee’s cancellation in a Facebook post Monday morning, ending years of speculation about its economic viability amidst falling turnout. Benjy Egel in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 12/18/17