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Judge sides with Trump on challenge to Mexico border wall -- A judge who was taunted by Donald Trump during the presidential campaign sided with the president Tuesday on a challenge to building a border wall with Mexico, possibly removing a major obstacle to the signature campaign pledge. U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel rejected arguments by the state of California and advocacy groups that the administration overreached by waiving laws requiring environmental and other reviews before construction could begin. Elliot Spagat Associated Press -- 2/27/18

A California congressman is trying to force a vote on a gun background check bill -- California Rep. Mike Thompson of St. Helena is trying to get support for a rarely successful procedural move that wou ld force a vote on a bill to require background checks for all gun purchases. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/27/18

Supreme Court strengthens government's power to jail immigrants who face deportation -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday strengthened the Trump administration's power to hold immigrants in jail for months or years as they fight deportation, ruling federal law gives these detainees no right to a bail hearing or chance to go free. David G. Savage in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/27/18

Immigration: Visa quagmire forces San Jose cafe owner to ‘self-deport’ -- After an immigration quagmire left his business visa in limbo, the owner of a popular cafe across from San Jose State University has closed his business, let go his half dozen employees, donated the leftover food to Catholic Charities and, on Wednesday, will board a plane with his wife and four children to fly back to his home country of Kuwait. Julia Prodis Sulek in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/27/18

Capitol Weekly podcast: Wayne Johnson -- Veteran political consultant Wayne Johnson, who has handled well over 200 campaigns in California, the U.S. and across the world, joins the Podcast this week to chat about politics and technology with Capitol Weekly’s John Howard and Tim Foster. Link here -- 2/27/18

California's pollution cops crack down on big rigs. That might start a fight with Trump -- California is already wrestling the Trump administration over the levels of air pollution spewed by cars. Now the state is set to tangle with the White House over pollution from big rigs. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/27/18

California may tweak climate program that’s quietly pushing up gas prices -- Even as drivers debate repealing California’s recent gasoline tax hike, an often-overlooked state program has quietly helped push fuel prices higher. David R. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/27/18

Focus on Devin Nunes prompts group to spend money in his district -- Rep. Devin Nunes’ high-profile role in the House Russia investigation has prompted one state political action committee to focus its attention on his Central Valley seat. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/27/18

Knight: Alice’s life on the sidewalk ends with a dignified death -- Nobody knew many concrete details about the woman who lived for at least three years on the pavement outside the Burger King at the corner of 16th and Mission streets. Her first name was Alice, but she gave different last names and different ages. She once told me she was 62 and another time 65. She didn’t know what year it was, how long she’d been homeless or exactly why she’d fallen into such misery. Heather Knight in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/27/18

California Policy & Politics This Morning  

California's top court strikes down 50-year sentences for juveniles -- The California Supreme Court decided Monday that juveniles may not be sentenced to 50 years or longer in prison for kidnapping, rape and sodomy. In a 4-3 ruling that came after review of a San Diego case, the state high court said a 50-year sentence for minors was "functionally equivalent" to life without parole. Maura Dolan in the Los Angeles Times$ Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/27/18

High court’s DACA decision changes dynamics of Congress’ immigration debate -- The Supreme Court’s refusal Monday to take up President Trump’s order to end deportation protections for 690,000 young immigrants by next Monday effectively deprives both the administration and Democrats of leverage to make major changes to U.S. immigration law — at least for now. Carolyn Lochhead in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Elana Schor and Heather Caygle Politico -- 2/27/18

US judge bars revoking DACA work permits without due process -- A federal judge on Monday issued a sweeping ban on the U.S. government revoking deportation protection of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. Amy Taxin Associated Press -- 2/27/18

Oakland mayor faces backlash after notifying residents of possible immigration enforcement -- The message stunned many. On Monday, some of that surprise turned to confusion and anger as large-scale immigration sweeps did not materialize. Paloma Esquivel and Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ David DeBolt in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/27/18

Immigration authorities make arrests in Sacramento over the weekend -- Federal immigration agents detained at least four people in Sacramento on Sunday during what local activists are describing as a Northern California deportation crackdown. But ICE officials are refusing to give details. Anita Chabria in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/27/18

ICE Detains 11 in Northern California After Schaaf’s Warning -- Immigration attorneys say 11 people have been detained by immigration enforcement officers as of Sunday night in Northern California. The arrests come after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warned about an imminent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation in the Bay Area in a statement released Saturday evening, but it is unclear if the two are connected. Raquel Maria Dillon KQED -- 2/27/18

Republican Ose quits governor’s race, GOP chair wishes 1 more would -- There are now two Republicans running for governor in California after former Sacramento Rep. Doug Ose dropped out Monday. And if state party Chairman Jim Brulte had his way, there would be only one. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/27/18

Schwarzenegger, Kasich to team up in L.A. for group seeking to reform California GOP -- Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will headline an event to debut a new group seeking to reform the California Republican Party. The pair will deliver speeches and participate in panels on March 21 in Los Angeles at an event for New Way California, a group formed by Assemblyman Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley). Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/27/18

California Democrats adapt their political convention to fit the #MeToo moment -- Standing in a darkened room, California's most powerful politicians were peppered with catcalls. "Hey beautiful! Why aren't you smiling?" "You're too fine to be walking out here alone!" Those were the mild ones. Many more were sexually explicit or profane. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/27/18

In Wake of Oroville Crisis, Brown Signs Bill Requiring Tougher Dam Inspections -- The bill’s chief author, Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Yuba City, was among the estimated 188,000 people forced to evacuate their homes when part of Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway system threatened to collapse and unleash catastrophic flooding down the Feather River. Dan Brekke KQED Ryan Sabalow in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/27/18

Conservative commentator and 'Clueless' star Stacey Dash running for Congress in California -- Conservative commentator Stacey Dash has opened a federal committee to raise money to challenge freshman Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-San Pedro), who represents a Los Angeles district where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans, 61% to 10%. Javier Panzar in the Los Angeles Times$ Kevin Modesti in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 2/27/18

Far-right radio host Michael Savage weighing U.S. Senate bid in California -- The 76-year-old who lives in Mill Valley said that the political establishment and the media would come after him if he decides to run. “I don’t know that I want to put myself through this,” Savage said, following up later with: “There’s a thing called public service. If not me, who?” Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/27/18

LAPD Twitter account hacked to declare 'White Supremacists' -- The Los Angeles Police Department main Twitter account @LAPDHQ was hacked Monday to declare the force's members are "white supremacists." Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/27/18

California green-lights cars without drivers -- The DMV spent close to a year drafting regulations and seeking public input before submitting the rules to a legal-compliance agency, the state Office of Administrative Law, which approved them on Monday. Companies now can apply to the DMV for permits to test the driverless cars, with the first permits possible by April 2. Carolyn Said in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Daisuke Wakabayashi in the New York Times$ Ethan Baron in the San Jose Mercury$ Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ Christopher Weber Associated Press -- 2/27/18

Last of vindicated Colonies corruption case defendants, Paul Biane, files claims against county and state -- Former San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane filed malicious prosecution claims against the county and state on Friday, Feb. 23, seeking more than $10 million in damages, making him the last of the former Colonies corruption case defendants to do so. Joe Nelson in the Riverside Press Enterprise$ -- 2/27/18

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

Workers at Terranea Resort and Trump golf club want 'panic buttons' in case of sexual assaults -- A union representing hospitality workers said it will file paperwork with the Rancho Palos Verdes city clerk Tuesday, seeking to put the measure on the November ballot. Once the paperwork is approved, Unite Here, Local 11, will have 90 days to collect about 4,000 signatures to put the measure on the ballot. Hugo Martin in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/27/18

Class-action suit alleges port trucking firm exploits drivers -- A lawsuit was filed Monday alleging that Southern California units of port trucking firm XPO Logistics Inc. improperly classified drivers as independent contractors rather than employees, depriving them of wages and benefits. James F. Peltz in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/27/18

Sacramento Sues Wells Fargo Over Targeting People Of Color With Expensive, Risky Home Loans -- The city, which filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Friday, says the bank steered African-American and Latino borrowers toward risky and costlier home loans “even where those borrowers’ credit permitted them to obtain more advantageous loans," according to a statement. Nick Miller Capital Public Radio Ryan Lillis in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/27/18

Union fees on the line: Five takeaways from the Supreme Court hearing -- For the third time in four years, the Supreme Court heard arguments Monday about a case that would deal a financial blow to public sector unions, a major political force in California and Democratic politics, nationally. And unlike the last two cases, the justices are likely to make a decisive ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, which hinges on the legality of unions fees for non-members. Emily Cadei in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/27/18

Wages are finally starting to rise, but not for the middle class -- Jorge Hunzelmann was pleased enough when his employer bumped up his pay this year by $2.50 an hour to $19.50. Hunzelmann, a truck driver, is a beneficiary of a tightening labor market. But he does not have company-provided health benefits, and thankful as he was for the raise, the 52-year-old father of two says it's still a hand-to-mouth existence for his family. Don Lee in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/27/18

China critic set to assume more influential role in Trump White House -- Once sidelined inside the White House by more moderate voices on trade, Peter Navarro, the noted China critic, is set to re-emerge as a more influential member of the Trump administration, just as the president is gearing up to take potentially punishing economic actions against Beijing. Don Lee in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/27/18

Macy’s to sell former I. Magnin building at Union Square -- The company will explore opportunities to sell the former I. Magnin building, approximately 240,000 square feet of retail space, from its flagship store in San Francisco’s Union Square. It will also convert the remaining street-level space into shops leased out to third-party sellers, the company said Monday. Annie Ma in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/27/18

Secretive U.S. security panel reportedly discussing Broadcom's Qualcomm bid -- A national security panel that can stop mergers that could harm U.S. security has begun looking at Singapore-based chipmaker Broadcom’s plan to take over rival Qualcomm, according to three sources familiar with the matter. Diane Bartz Reuters -- 2/27/18


Here's why BART's new cars don't have outlets for charging electronics -- Commuters with long rides ahead of them each day will need to remember to charge their phones and iPads before heading to BART. BART's new and upgraded train cars, which they've dubbed the "Fleet of the Future," don't include a feature found near some seats on their older cars: outlets for charging phones and other electronics. Alyssa Pereira in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/27/18


California lawmakers push 10 new gun control bills -- They include expanding the definition of assault rifles; expanding gun violence restraining orders; letting individuals block themselves from buying guns; cracking down on homemade "ghost guns;" and beefing up gun tracing. Don Thompson Associated Press -- 2/27/18


Santa Ana River homeless camp cleared after more than 700 people relocated -- The gates were locked and the Santa Ana River trail was quiet Monday night after a massive push, spanning six days, to relocate more than 700 people to motels and shelters across Orange County. Anh Do in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/27/18

Garcetti pushes for state bill to fund homeless housing -- A group of Los Angeles-area politicians appeared at a skid row community center Monday to support a new state bill that would fund homeless efforts throughout California. Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/27/18


Report: California Officials Lacked Solid Fire Alert Plan -- Officials in a Northern California county were ill-prepared, disorganized and lacked sufficient training when deadly, fast-moving wildfires broke out last October endangering about 100,000 people, according to a report from California emergency managers. Sonoma County officials requested the state review after their response time was criticized. Juliet Williams Associated Press J.D. Morris in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat -- 2/27/18


Key justice is silent as Supreme Court re-argues case critical to CTA, other public employee unions -- Many eyes were on the U.S. Supreme Court’s newest member, Neil Gorsuch, on Monday as they looked for signs of how he will vote on a closely watched case that may determine whether unions like the California Teachers Association will continue to amass the members and the money that are the source of their power and influence. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 2/27/18

What’s at issue, what’s at stake in Janus, the Supreme Court case challenging compulsory union fees -- On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Janus v. American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, a case with monumental implications for all public employee unions, including California’s two teachers unions — the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers — and the California School Employees Association, which represents hourly workers. The lawsuit challenges their authority under state law to collect compulsory fees from all employees they serve. That money is the main source of unions’ income and, by extension, their power. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 2/27/18

Non-teaching L.A. school employees will vote on authorizing strike -- The union that represents Los Angeles school cafeteria workers, bus drivers and custodians announced Monday that it will hold a vote to authorize a strike. If the workers approve a strike, a walkout would not be inevitable, but union leaders could call one without returning to the membership for permission. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/27/18

L.A. Unified rushed to rebuild cafeterias, then fought for years to recoup excess costs -- The Los Angeles Unified School District's $37-million Cafe L.A. project at first seemed like a stunning success. In 18 months, 64 school cafeterias were gutted and transformed so that students could be served faster — and with healthier options. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/27/18

Oakland schools superintendent pledges continued support for undocumented students – The Oakland schools superintendent didn’t mince words in her message to the community in support of undocumented immigrants after the mayor warned over the weekend of potential federal raids. Theresa Harrington EdSource -- 2/27/18

More California students graduate from high school, but far fewer graduate from college – California's high school graduation rates have increased significantly in recent years, but the percentage of those students who complete their college education continues to lag, with long-term implications for the state's future. Louis Freedberg and Mikhail Zinshteyn EdSource -- 2/27/18


Monterey County gets its first cannabis dispensary -- The lone marijuana dispensary in the greater Carmel area wears its local identity on the walls. An image of the South Coast’s landmark Bixby Bridge nearly fills one side of the room and a heavy steel sign announces the establishment: Big Sur Canna+Botanicals. Mark C. Anderson in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/27/18

Immigration / Border 

She’s raised three children while battling cancer. Now ICE wants her out of the country -- For the last 30 years, Martha Lozano has had a pretty straightforward set of priorities. Providing for three sons and taking care of her own health in the face of two cancer diagnoses were firmly at the top. On Monday, she made a last-ditch effort to confront her latest, greatest challenge: Staying in the country. Rory Appleton in the Fresno Bee -- 2/27/18

ACLU sues immigration officials over family separation -- The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in San Diego’s federal court today alleging that immigration officials had unnecessarily and unjustly separated an asylum-seeking woman from her then-six-year-old daughter. Kate Morrissey in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 2/27/18

What the Supreme Court ruling means for DACA recipients -- The high court's decision is raising questions about what it means for DACA's future and how it affects the roughly 700,000 young unauthorized immigrants who still have temporary work permits and deportation protection through the program. Here are some answers: Leslie Berestein Rojas KPCC -- 2/27/18


Obamacare insurance premiums to rise 18 percent next year, analysis finds -- Health insurance premiums in California are expected to rise nearly 18 percent in 2019 as a result of federal policy changes enacted by Congress and the Trump administration, according to an analysis released Monday by the Urban Institute left-leaning think tank. Catherine Ho in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/27/18

Hiltzik: The stupidity of Trumpcare: Government will spend $33 billion more to cover 8.9 million fewer Americans, as premiums soar -- Those fiscal geniuses in the White House and Republican-controlled Congress have managed to do the impossible: Their sabotage of the Affordable Care Act will lead to 6.4 million fewer Americans with health insurance, while the federal bill for coverage rises by some $33 billion per year. Also, by the way, premiums in the individual market will rise by an average of more than 18%. Michael Hiltzik in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/27/18


Judge orders California agricultural officials to cease pesticide use -- Farmers and other property owners will still be able to use chemical insecticides, and the state can continue to use non-chemical means of pest control. But it will have to suspend spraying pesticides on vegetation in parks, school properties and even homeowners' backyards. Geoffrey Mohan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/27/18

Study finds ‘rock moisture’ spared California forest from drought -- The recent drought left record numbers of trees dead and dying and vulnerable to fire in virtually every corner of California, but a dense tract of evergreen forest in northern Mendocino County remained wet and healthy. Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/27/18

57 car dealers, collision centers in California ordered to pay over environmental lawsuit -- All 57 of the defendants operate as subsidiaries of AutoNation, the country’s largest new car retailer. They were accused of illegally disposing of hazardous material and of violating laws related to the storage of hazardous material and the disposal of customer records in a lawsuit filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court, the Alameda County district attorney said. Annie Ma in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/27/18

Malibu bans restaurants from giving out plastic straws, stirrers and utensils -- During every visit to the beach, Sheila Morovati, her husband and their two kids each pick up at least 10 pieces of trash. Almost always, every item is made of plastic: straws, bottle caps, lids, forks. So last year, Morovati helped lead a campaign to get rid of plastic straws in the city of Malibu. Alene Tchekmedyian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/27/18

Also . . . 

Anti-Semitism in U.S. surged in 2017, a new report finds -- Harassment, threats and vandalism cases targeting Jews in the United States surged to near-record levels in 2017, jumping 57% over the previous year, according to a new report by a prominent civil rights organization. Jaweed Kaleem in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/27/18

POTUS 45  

Trump will visit San Diego, see border wall prototypes -- The president, who has rarely crossed the Mississippi River during his first 13 months in office, is scheduled to visit San Diego in mid-March to see prototypes for a potential border wall and learn more about the construction, according to administration officials involved in the planning. Josh Dawsey and Nick Miroff in the Washington Post$ -- 2/27/18

Skepticism reigns about putting Trump's pilot in charge of FAA -- 'The only person that thinks it’s a good idea, from what I gather, is the president,' one aviation lobbyist says. Brianna Gurciullo and Tanya Snyder Politico -- 2/27/18

Trump won’t meet with AGs on guns -- President Donald Trump said he wanted to meet with state attorneys general to hear their ideas about gun laws — he brought in two anti-gun-regulation Republicans, and the White House says that’s enough. Edward-Isaac Dovere Politico -- 2/27/18


Trump’s Tax Cuts in Hand, Companies Spend More on Themselves Than on Wages -- President Trump promised that his tax cut would encourage companies to invest in factories, workers and wages, setting off a spending spree that would reinvigorate the American economy. Companies have announced plans for some of those investments. But so far, companies are using much of the money for something with a more narrow benefit: buying their own shares. Matt Phillips in the New York Times$ -- 2/27/18

As GOP tax cuts take hold, Democrats struggle for line of attack -- Democrats predicted a political backlash for ­Republicans in December when the GOP pushed through a deeply unpopular tax cut that added more than $1 trillion to the federal deficit and disproportionately helped the wealthy. But at the outset of the 2018 campaign season, Democrats’ early optimism appears less well founded here, where Democrat Joe Donnelly is facing a tough Senate reelection fight. Erica Werner in the Washington Post$ -- 2/27/18


-- Monday Updates 

Supreme Court extends relief for 'Dreamers,' refuses to rule now on Trump immigration plan -- The Supreme Court handed President Trump a significant defeat Monday, turning down the administration's plea for a quick ruling on the president's power to end special protections for so-called Dreamers. The court's decision not to immediately hear the administration's appeal could keep in place a legal shield for nearly 700,000 young immigrants for the rest of this year, and perhaps longer. David G. Savage in the Los Angeles Times$ Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/26/18

ICE says sanctuary cities ‘not immune’ from law, but won’t confirm California operation -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials issued their first public comments Monday, two days after after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf put out an extraordinary warning that the agency was planning to arrest people in a large-scale Northern California operation. Kimberly Veklerov in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/26/18

Visits by federal immigration authorities are spooking California businesses and workers -- When federal immigration agents visited Los Angeles 7-Eleven stores and trucking companies near the ports in recent weeks to conduct audits of employee records, it sent a chill through those businesses and others in the region. Andrew Khouri and Geoffrey Mohan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/26/18

New 'border wall' may actually be a fence -- Plans for the project began in 2009, according to Border Patrol agent Justin Castrejon, well before Trump as a candidate began calling for a border wall. Kate Morrissey in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 2/26/18

Trump expected to visit California to view border wall prototypes -- The president, who has rarely crossed the Mississippi River during his first 13 months in office, is scheduled to visit California in mid-March to see prototypes for a potential border wall and learn more about the construction, according to administration officials involved in the planning. He will also visit Los Angeles to attend a Republican National Committee fundraiser, these people said, one of a number of fundraisers he is expected to headline in the next two months. Josh Dawsey and Nick Miroff in the Washington Post$ -- 2/26/18

Republican drops out of race for California governor -- Republican Doug Ose dropped out of the race for California governor Monday, citing a crowded field of candidates and lack of fundraising needed to defeat Democrats, who are leading in the polls. "There's no money, and if you don't have enough money, you can't communicate a message," Ose said in an interview. Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee$ Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/26/18

California Democratic Party’s unifying principle: tack left and boo Trump -- As California’s Democrats wrapped up their party’s annual convention Sunday, they left San Diego as they arrived: a party still fraying at the seams after the 2016 election, held together by one strong bond—a unifying dislike of President Donald Trump. Ben Christopher Calmatters -- 2/26/18

Two LAPD officers plead no contest to sexually assaulting women while on duty, receive 25- year prison terms -- In a downtown L.A. courtroom, officers Luis Valenzuela and James C. Nichols entered their no-contest pleas to two counts each of forcible rape and two counts each of forcible oral copulation. The officers appeared in court in orange, jail-issued jumpsuits and were shackled at the waist. Matt Hamilton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/26/18

Sonoma County emergency readiness, warnings fell short in Wine Country fires, state report says -- Sonoma County’s emergency managers were not prepared for the wind-driven wildfires that swept across the North Bay last October, resulting in difficulties warning residents about a disaster that ultimately claimed 24 lives in the county, according to a long-anticipated review released Monday. Joaquin Palomino in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/26/18

A tiny city with huge problems, Maywood faces its biggest scandal yet -- A Los Angeles County investigation into possible corruption in Maywood has set its sights on a broad swath that includes four current and former council members, 13 companies, five current and former city administrators and one activist who dresses up as a clown. Ruben Vives and Adam Elmahrek in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/26/18

Coronado mansion wrongful death lawsuit opens in San Diego court -- Officially, Rebecca Zahau died at her own hand. Investigators who first looked around the Coronado mansion where she reportedly was found hanging — naked, gagged and bound hand and foot — suspected they had a homicide on their hands. Pauline Repard in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/26/18

Voting registration drive makes inroads in unexpected territory: county jails -- Several men in green "L.A. County Jail" jumpsuits stood behind bars and listened to Esther Lim speak about this year's elections. "How many here didn't know they could vote?" Lim asked them. Some men came out of their cells or turned around as Lim explained their voting rights. Later, in the day room of the Men's Central Jail downtown, a line of inmates eager to register had formed. Michael Livingston in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/26/18

Fox: Unions Must Stick to Basics if Janus Decision Goes Against Them -- The Janus v American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees case will be argued before the United States Supreme Court today and many are predicting that public employee unions will be crippled if the court decides against the union—but only if the union doesn’t do its job of representing workers the way they want to be represented. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 2/26/18

Maviglio: Winners and Losers at California Democratic Party Convention -- If you thought the California Democratic Party’s last convention dominated by a battle for party chair was wild, take that event and put it on steroids. Then you’d have last weekend’s jamboree in San Diego. Steven Maviglio Fox & Hounds -- 2/26/18

Jeffe & Jeffe: First Thoughts on the California Democratic Party Convention -- The intensity dividend that has worked for Democrats in special elections and state contests in Virginia, New Jersey and even Alabama, appears to be building in the Golden State. Donald Trump is the gift that keeps on giving to California Democrats. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe & Doug Jeffe Fox & Hounds -- 2/26/18

Kamala Harris positions herself for White House run -- The former California attorney general, who is just at the beginning of her second year in the Senate, is taking positions that could endear herself with the Democratic base while allowing her to stand out from a group of Democrats who might seek the progressive mantle. Amie Parnes The Hill -- 2/26/18

Electric vehicles in the fast lane -- By the time today’s infants are in their early 30s, gasoline-powered cars that aren’t hybrids could be a rarity in California. That’s the goal of California policy makers who are doing their best to phase those cars out by 2050 and replace them with zero-emissions vehicles like electric cars, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Lisa Renner Capitol Weekly -- 2/26/18