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Warning of ICE sweep, Oakland mayor takes Trump resistance to new level -- The relationship between U.S. immigration officials and California’s liberal leaders soured long ago, but Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s decision to warn potential targets of federal arrest that an immigration sweep could be imminent was an extraordinary escalation. Kimberly Veklerov in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/25/18

None of the Democrats running for California attorney general won the party's endorsement -- To win the party endorsement, one of the candidates needed to nab 60% of the votes cast by delegates at the party’s convention in San Diego this weekend. Jones received 56% and Becerra got 42%. Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ Scott Shafer KQED -- 2/25/18

California Democratic Party shocks Dianne Feinstein by not endorsing her -- California Democrats sent a loud message to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, one of the nation’s best-known and longest-serving politicians, by not endorsing her for re-election at their state convention Sunday. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Casey Tolan in the San Jose Mercury$ Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ Kathleen Ronayne Associated Press David Siders and Carla Marinucci Politico Adam Nagourney in the New York Times$ David Weigel in the Washington Post$ -- 2/25/18

Years after leaving office, ex-members of Congress still spend campaign money -- It’s been more than three years since Gary Miller was a congressman. But it can be hard to tell from his campaign spending. In 2016 and 2017, Gary Miller for Congress paid Treasurer Cathleen Miller more than $79,000, federal campaign finance records show. The campaign paid United Airlines $8,160 in 2017 and spent $774 at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse last Dec. 29. Jeff Horseman in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 2/25/18

California Democrats Don’t Endorse in Governor’s Race -- After a weekend of trying to woo delegates at their state Convention, none of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates was able to win enough support to secure the party’s endorsement, which required 60 percent of the delegate vote. Katie Orr KQED -- 2/25/18

Hidden cost of housing: How a shortage of construction workers is making our crisis worse -- As the Bay Area scrambles to find housing for its growing population, developers are running into another kind of shortage: There aren’t enough construction workers to build the homes the region needs. Erin Baldassari and Marisa Kendall in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/25/18

Tribes cut out of California pot market might grow their own -- American Indian tribes that say they have been cut out of California's legal marijuana market have raised the possibility of going their own way by establishing pot businesses outside the state-regulated system that is less than two months old. Michael R. Blood Associated Press -- 2/25/18

'This is not normal': Glitches mar new tax law -- The glitches in the new tax law are starting to pile up. One inadvertently denies restaurants, retailers and others generous new write-offs for things like remodeling. Another would allow wealthy money managers to sidestep a crackdown on lucrative tax breaks that allows them to pay lower taxes on some of their income than ordinary wage earners. Brian Faler Politico -- 2/25/18


California Policy & Politics This Morning  

California Democratic Party offers no endorsements in U.S. Senate, governor's races -- The California Democratic Party decided not to endorse in the U.S. Senate contest on Saturday, an embarrassing rebuke of veteran Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Seema Mehta and Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/25/18

Here's how California's Democratic Party endorsements are shaping up this weekend in crucial House races -- One of the top tasks for California Democrats at the convention is settling whether the state party will endorse in some congressional races. Some of those endorsements were decided at the local level in January. Christine Mai-Duc and Javier Panzar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/25/18

California Democrats fail to narrow crowded US House races -- None of the five candidates in the Orange County district currently held by retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa gained enough support to win the party's official endorsement, exacerbating concerns that a crowded field could make it easier for Republicans to hold the seat. Kathleen Ronayne Associated Press -- 2/25/18

Dems won't endorse a candidate in race for Issa's seat -- The state Democratic Party failed to agree on who they want to represent a coastal congressional district spanning San Diego and Orange counties, an anti-climactic end to a months-long process where campaigns steadily courted delegates for their support. It means that the five Democrats running to succeed Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, will campaign without the party’s backing, resources or seal of approval. Joshua Stewart in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 2/25/18

Was the next president on stage at Saturday's California Democratic Party convention? -- California Democrats got a glimpse Saturday of four up-and-comers considered potential contenders for the White House in 2020, each of whom talked of ending what they described as the dark era of President Trump. Three were California’s own, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Sen. Kamala Harris and billionaire political activist Tom Steyer. The fourth, Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, lives a state away. Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ Katie Orr KQED -- 2/25/18

California’s potential presidential candidates test-drive their approaches -- Three California Democrats often mentioned as potential 2020 presidential candidates — Sen. Kamala Harris, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and billionaire San Francisco activist Tom Steyer — each test-drove messages Saturday that they could be repeating on the campaign trail next year in Iowa, the first caucus state. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/25/18

Tony Mendoza, who resigned facing expulsion, will run again for his Senate seat without Democratic Party approval -- Two days after state Sen. Tony Mendoza resigned his post following a sexual misconduct investigation, he arrived at the California Democratic Party convention to confirm he’ll seek the seat again. Party activists in his district rebuffed his attempt to win the Democrats’ endorsement by a sizable margin. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/25/18

Willie Brown: Legislature may not have seen the last of tarnished Tony Mendoza -- In California justice we have “guilty,” “not guilty” and now, thanks to the state Senate, “more likely than not” guilty. Such was the verdict of the outside investigation into allegations that now-former state Sen. Tony Mendoza had made unwanted and improper advances on female staffers, interns and a lobbyist. Willie Brown in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/25/18

There's no firm rule for punishing a California lawmaker's bad behavior -- The California Legislature has a 49-page set of rules that govern all kinds of activity under the state Capitol dome: when to introduce bills, whether to cover the expenses of committee staff members, the power to draw the boundaries of fish and wildlife districts. What you won't find is an explanation of the behavior that can get a member of the Assembly or Senate reprimanded or, even worse, kicked out. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/25/18

Democrats at state convention fired up but divided: Will they unite in time? -- In the Senate race between Sen. Dianne Feinstein and State Senate leader Kevin de León and in key House races across the state, Democrats are facing a bitter primary season, with crowded fields of well-funded candidates increasingly turning on each other. “The stakes are so high, and it’s starting to get ugly,” said Jeff LeTourneau, a party vice-chair in Orange County, which is ground zero for the party’s attempts to wrest back the House. Casey Tolan in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/25/18

Feinstein, De León Present Sharp Contrasts at Democratic Convention -- Before U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein could finish her speech at the California Democratic Party convention Saturday, the music began playing to indicate she had used her allotted time. She kept talking. The music got louder. “I guess my time is up,” Feinstein conceded as what sounded like a 1940’s movie score continued playing. Scott Shafer KQED -- 2/25/18

De León sharpens attack on Feinstein at state Democratic Party convention -- State Senate leader Kevin de León, hoping to land the California Democratic Party’s endorsement for his longshot U.S. Senate campaign, intensified his attacks on incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Saturday, saying “the days of Democrats biding our time, biting our tongue and triangulating at the margins are over.” Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/25/18

Dianne Feinstein lacks 'real leadership, moral clarity,' Kevin de León says -- Without ever speaking her name, Kevin de León jabbed relentlessly at Sen. Dianne Feinstein during the California Democratic Party convention on Saturday, painting his opponent’s record as hopelessly out of touch with the party’s values. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/25/18

'I am not going to stop...until we get these AR-15s off of the streets,' Feinstein says -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein told thousands of California Democratic delegates and elected officials Saturday that she will aggressively pursue legislation banning assault rifles in the wake of this month’s Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead, including teenage students. Angela Hart and Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/25/18

Feinstein, De León make their cases to delegates ahead of California Democratic Party endorsement vote -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein and rival Kevin de León offered contrasting messages to California Democrats on Saturday, hours before delegates vote on an endorsement in the race. De León, the state’s Senate leader, repeatedly and forcefully criticized Feinstein, though not by name. Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/25/18

California Gubernatorial Candidates Engage With 100 Days To Primary Vote -- That’s when the top two gubernatorial finishers — regardless of political party — will advance to the November general election. And the Democratic candidates brought their campaigns to the state’s convention in San Diego this weekend to test their messages and jockey for position. The two leading Dems in the governor’s race got two very different receptions at the convention. Ben Adler Capital Public Radio -- 2/25/18

Here's what California's Democratic candidates for governor said in their endorsement pitches to party delegates -- The top Democratic candidates for California governor pitched their cases to a raucous, fractured audience at the state Democratic Party’s convention in San Diego on Saturday, hoping to win the party’s endorsement. The five-minute speeches hit all the familiar Democratic themes — including plenty of President Trump bashing — and were laced with subtle and not-too-subtle digs at one another. Phil Willon and Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/25/18

Maxine Waters is reclaiming her time at the convention and, as usual, not holding back -- Rep. Maxine Waters knows how to take advantage of a good viral moment when she creates it. More than six months after she cut off Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin during a committee hearing and declared she was “reclaiming my time,” she took the stage at general session of the California Democratic Party and repeated the same words. Christine Mai-Duc in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/25/18

Nancy Pelosi, Eric Garcetti rally Democrats in race to win back the House -- Despite intractability on issues such as gun control, immigration and sexual harassment, “We don’t agonize, we organize!” Pelosi said. The same slogan was plastered on posters that bore her name and likeness imposed on the classic image of “Rosie the Riveter.” Christine Mai-Duc in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/25/18

After facing hecklers for his union policy, Villaraigosa picks up United Farm Workers endorsement -- Antonio Villaraigosa was endorsed by the United Farm Workers at the California Democratic Convention on Saturday, a counterpoint to claims the previous night that he is not a friend to labor unions. Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/25/18

Oakland mayor warns that immigration raids may be coming this weekend -- Federal officials have said in the past that California and the Bay Area could be an enforcement target, due in part to the sanctuary policies adopted by many local cities, which have pledged not to cooperate with immigration authorities in many of their actions. John Wildermuth in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Nate Gartrell in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/25/18

Cutbacks, policy shifts pummel morale at EPA office in San Francisco -- More than a year into the Trump presidency, cuts to the EPA’s budget and the easing of regulations under Administrator Scott Pruitt have demoralized many workers in San Francisco-based Region 9, according to three current employees, a manager and a scientist who left in the past year, and five other former employees. Peter Fimrite in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/25/18

Homicide rates drop in many of the Bay Area’s largest cities last year -- The gunmen walked into the Richmond church wearing masks. Deandre, sitting in a pew along with his mother and brother, had nowhere to go. The congregation took cover, and the gang of three opened fire. Two bullets pierced Deandre’s back. From there, life’s downward spiral began. Sarah Ravani in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/25/18

Walters: The next big front in California’s water war -- After one year of torrential respite, drought may have returned to California, and with it, a renewal of the state’s perpetual conflict over water management. Dan Walters Calmatters -- 2/25/18

Kopp: Blame lack of resources, not cash bail system -- The case of Kenneth Humphrey, the man who stole $5 and a bottle of cologne then couldn't make his $350,000 bail, is by now well known. But for the wrong reasons. Quentin L. Kopp in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/25/18

Lopez: It's hard not to be hopeful about the future when you meet Miriam Antonio, who hurdles barriers and keeps dreaming -- As the father of a teenager, I've got to make myself believe that even in crazy and scary times, it's going to be OK, the world will survive, and today's young folks will lead the way. Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/25/18

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

Hundreds rally in support of labor unions in San Diego -- Teachers, nurses, bus drivers and at least one billionaire were among a crowd of about 500 who rallied in support of labor unions outside the San Diego Convention Center on Saturday. “We’re here to stand up for working people and organized labor,” said Tom Steyer, a wealthy hedge fund manager and founder of the political action committee NextGen America. “And make no mistake, Mr. Trump and the Republican party are coming for organized labor.” Gary Warth in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 2/25/18


These California agents are coming for your guns -- By the time Senior Special Agent Sam Richardson’s team rolled up to the small house on Lark Ellen Avenue in a cool twilight, it had little to show for several hours of work. Scott Wilson in the Washington Post$ -- 2/25/18


Protesters call on Garcetti to find shelter for 1,000 homeless women -- Holding pink balloons, dozens of protesters gathered across the street from the downtown site of the Los Angeles Mayor's Prayer Breakfast early Saturday to urge the city to provide emergency shelter for 1,000 homeless women in the next six months. Gale Holland in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/25/18


Breton: His job is to fix racial inequality in Sacramento schools. Will you support him? -- Does Sacramento have the will to reform its public schools so that a more diverse pool of students is ready to compete for the most elite high school programs in town and the most elite colleges and universities in America? I don't know. Jorge Aguilar, the new superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District, doesn't know either. Marcos Breton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/25/18

Do school safety measures discriminate against some students? L.A. schools debate hot-button issue -- On Friday in the west San Fernando Valley, teachers and students gave school police — and even random searches of students — a resounding vote of confidence. The next day, in a gathering south of downtown, participants criticized an approach to security that they said criminalized students, victimizing them more than protecting them. They want to end random searches of students; some activists called for an end to police officers on campus. Deborah Netburn and Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/25/18


Arrests may hold up feds’ deal to settle with water district over runoff disaster -- The manager of a San Joaquin Valley water district seen as a model for how to manage toxic agricultural runoff was jailed last week in Fresno on charges of embezzlement and burying 86 drums of toxic waste on the water district’s property. Carolyn Lochhead in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/25/18

Also . . . 

Extremist Hate Group Celebrates California Member Accused of Murder -- ProPublica obtained the chat logs of Atomwaffen, a notorious white supremacist group. When Samuel Woodward was charged with killing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein last month in California, other Atomwaffen members cheered the death, concerned only that the group’s cover might have been blown. A.C. Thompson, ProPublica; Ali Winston and Jake Hanrahan KQED -- 2/25/18

POTUS 45  

After testy call with Trump over border wall, Mexican president shelves plan to visit White House -- Tentative plans for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to make his first visit to the White House to meet with President Trump were scuttled this week after a testy call between the two leaders ended in an impasse over Trump’s promised border wall, according to U.S. and Mexican officials. Philip Rucker, Joshua Partlow and Nick Miroff in the Washington Post$ -- 2/25/18

President Trump calls into Fox News to vent about Democrats and compliment his supporters -- In a rare interview, President Trump called into Fox News on Saturday night to rail against Democrats, repeat his suggestion that teachers should be armed to prevent school shootings and to compliment his interviewer on her ratings. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/25/18

Pelosi fires back at Trump over Dreamers remark -- "I continue to tell people that the President cares about Dreamers because he has said repeatedly that he does," Pelosi (D-Calif.) wrote on Twitter. "He can prove it by supporting bipartisan proposals in the House and Senate." Pelosi added that if Trump fails to keep his word, "it will be impossible to trust him on anything else." Brent D. Griffiths Politico -- 2/25/18


Democrats wrote a memo on secret surveillance. How does it compare to the Republican memo? -- Both declassified memos focus on how the FBI and Justice Department applied to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court shortly before the 2016 election for a warrant to eavesdrop on Carter Page, an energy consultant who had served as a foreign policy advisor for the Trump campaign. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/25/18

Trump floats new gun measures as gun owners talk 'betrayal -- When President Donald Trump raised the idea of banning "bump stocks" and curbing young people's access to guns, gun owners and advocates who helped his political rise talked about disloyalty and desertion. Trump's flirtation with modest gun control measures drew swift condemnation from gun groups, hunters and sportsmen who banked on the president to be a stalwart opponent to any new restrictions. Richard Lardner and Nicholas Riccardi Associated Press -- 2/25/18

Trump just retweeted a fringe radio host who has attacked the Florida school shooting survivors -- As conspiracy theorists accuse survivors of the Florida school shooting of being “crisis actors,” President Trump on Saturday retweeted a fringe radio host who once used identical language to peddle hoaxes about the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in 2012. Avi Selk in the Washington Post$ -- 2/25/18


-- Saturday Updates 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein serves up scrambled eggs and red meat for Democrats at state party convention -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein stuck to core Democratic themes in a speech to delegates at the California Democratic Party convention in San Diego on Saturday, saying President Trump has disgraced the White House, and highlighting her decades-long support for the assault weapons ban and protecting immigrants. Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/24/18

'I am not going to stop...until we get these AR-15s off of the streets,' Feinstein says -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein told hundreds of California Democratic delegates and elected officials Saturday morning that she will aggressively pursue legislation banning assault rifles in the wake of this month’s Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead, including teenage students. Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/24/18

California Democrats agree they have too many candidates for Congress. What to do about them is the problem -- There are so many Democrats running for Congress in some districts that they could split the votes in the June 5 primary and send two Republicans to the November election, thanks to California's top-two primary system. Democrats need 24 seats to reclaim the majority in the U.S. House — and are putting money and attention toward 10 California contests. In other words, every race matters. Christine Mai-Duc in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/24/18

Garcetti offers conditional support for controversial housing bill -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti offered conditional support Friday for a controversial bill that would override local zoning regulations to build more housing near public transit stops. Casey Tolan in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/24/18

Tom Steyer has a new Trump impeachment ad -- Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer plans to unveil a new minute-long television ad Saturday focused on Russian interference in the presidential election as he addresses California Democrats gathering for their annual convention. Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/24/18

Why Tony Mendoza thinks he can win back the seat he just left under a sexual-harassment cloud​ -- Tony Mendoza’s sudden resignation from the California Senate this week, after a fierce two-month fight against colleagues’ efforts to expel him, wasn’t the biggest surprise of the latest chapter in the Artesia Democrat’s sexual-harassment scandal. The biggest surprise was Mendoza’s intention, despite it all, to run for election again. Kevin Modesti in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 2/24/18

Bay Area student organizers are in vanguard in wake of Florida slayings -- To Bay Area children well-rehearsed on how to react if a heavily armed gunman tries to kill them in class, what happened in Florida seemed — at first — like just another school shooting. Jill Tucker and Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/24/18

Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s assets surged in 2017. It won’t say why -- The Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s assets grew by an astonishing $5.3 billion or 65 percent to $13.5 billion in 2017 putting it ahead of the venerable Ford Foundation, which ended the year with an estimated $13 billion in assets. Kathleen Pender in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/24/18

Google’s Bay Area real estate empire equivalent to 14 Salesforce towers -- With 19.9 million square feet, Alphabet has a Bay Area footprint that’s 38 percent larger than Apple’s. Facebook is a distant third with 3.6 million square feet — though it’s set to expand that by 50 percent with a new Menlo Park campus and is expanding in San Francisco and Fremont as well. Wendy Lee in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/24/18

Plan to expand California electricity grid powers up for third time in as many years -- For the third time in three years, California energy officials are working to expand governance of the electric power grid to become a regional function covering as many as 14 states. Opponents of the plan, which would fundamentally rewrite how electricity is managed across most of the West, are once again steeling for a fight. Jeff McDonald in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 2/24/18

San Diego may eliminate library fines to avoid cutting off poor -- San Diego may join a national trend of eliminating library fines to avoid cutting the poor off from a vital service and to boost recovery of overdue items. While fines encourage many library users to return items on time, city officials say they actually do more harm than good by discouraging some patrons, especially those with low incomes, from continuing to use the library. David Garrick in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 2/24/18