California Policy & Politics This Morning   

Bipartisanship rules this year in Sacramento -- Maybe Californians should start calling their Legislature the anti-Congress. The legislative session that ended in the wee hours of Saturday morning proved to be one of the most bipartisan and productive in years. Josh Richman and Jessica Calefati in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/31/14

In state Capitol, intransigence gives way to bipartisan deal-making -- It was past dark when a contingent of Republican senators filed into Gov. Jerry Brown's Capitol office as the deadline loomed for a plan to overhaul California's aging water system. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/31/14

Lawmakers go big, then go home -- The California Legislature ended its business for the year early Saturday morning after sending Gov. Jerry Brown bills that would guarantee most workers three paid sick days and enact the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. Chris Nichols UT San Diego$ -- 8/31/14

Legislature OKs big changes: plastic bags ban, groundwater rules -- Historic and controversial groundwater management rules and a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags were among the bills the California Legislature approved during a marathon session Friday that ended early Saturday morning. Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/31/14

State lawmakers stay up late to pass paid sick days measure -- In one of the final acts of the 2014 lawmaking year, the Legislature early Saturday morning voted to significantly expand working Californians' access to paid time off for illness. Melanie Mason, Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/31/14

Controversial bills test Jerry Brown in election year -- As the Legislature closed down in the predawn hours Saturday, it left on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk a thicket of bills – including a sweeping ban on plastic bags and measures concerning gun control and bilingual education – with potential election-year effects for the governor and fellow Democrats. David Siders, Laurel Rosenhall and Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/31/14

End-of-session legislative action at a glance -- Some of the more high-profile bills passed by the California Legislature in the final days of this year's session, which ended early Saturday: Associated Press -- 8/31/14

Walters: An era ends with lots of action but uncertain results -- The close of the Legislature’s 2012-14 biennial session also marks the end of a noteworthy period – Jerry Brown’s third term as governor and the reigns of the Legislature’s two top leaders. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/31/14

Willie Brown: Tech companies to play big role in 2016 Clinton campaign -- Hillary Rodham Clinton was town the other day, and so were some of her top operatives - all networking and updating the famously large Clinton database of supporters. Willie Brown in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/31/14

Hospital cost for California gun assaults: $87.4 million -- Californians racked up $87.4 million in direct hospital costs from gun assaults in 2010, nearly half of which was paid for by public insurance, according to a new report. Connor Radnovich in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/31/14

Morain: Franchise bill fights for the little guy -- Sometimes, little people decide to take a stand. Dan Morain in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/31/14

Potentially record-low voter turnout looms in Ventura County -- The record low turnout in the June primary suggests the 2014 election year could set a low watermark for voter participation. Just 25 percent of California voters cast ballots in June, the worst turnout for a statewide primary election in a century. Timm Herdt in the Ventura Star$ -- 8/31/14

Former Yolo court official tops 2013 judicial pay list -- Yolo Superior Court’s former executive officer was paid $275,221 in 2013, more than any of California’s other 20,500 Superior Court employees, according to new data from the State Controller’s Office. Darrell Smith and Phillip Reese in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/31/14

Did Consultant Charge Political Donation to Great Park? -- A $2,500 payment to the Democratic Party of Orange County is listed on the check register of the lead design consultant for Irvine's Great Park, raising questions about whether the consultant illegally used public funds and charged the city for a political donation. Adam Elmahrek VoiceofOC.org -- 8/31/14

Ad Watch: Spots targeting malpractice awards cap mislead -- The coalition opposing a fall initiative to mandate random drug and alcohol testing of doctors and quadruple the state’s decades-old $250,000 cap on medical malpractice awards is out with its first television and radio ads of the campaign. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/31/14

Jordana Steinberg: ‘A story of overcoming’ -- It was about noon on a weekday, and Jordana Steinberg, 20, sat at a round-topped kitchen table in her Rocklin apartment, her therapist by her side. Cynthia H. Craft in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/31/14

Taxes, Fees, Rates   

Are film tax credits cost effective? -- Tired of seeing Hollywood take its business elsewhere, California is moving to triple tax subsidies for film and TV productions, boosting incentives to $330 million annually and making the state competitive with New York, Georgia and other states that are courting the entertainment industry with ever-richer incentives. Richard Verrier in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/31/14

Economy, Employers, Jobs   

Slow wage growth threatens California economic recovery, report finds -- California’s economic recovery has featured a growing share of lower-wage jobs, raising concerns about the opportunities for middle-class workers hit hard by the Great Recession, a new analysis finds. Chris Kirkham in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/31/14

Small wineries suffer big losses in Napa quake -- The wine is flowing, grapes are being picked and Napa Valley vineyards are open for business, but it could take most of this week before the real victims of last week's earthquake - small specialty wineries - finish tallying their damages. Peter Fimrite in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/31/14

Advertisers seize on images shared by social media users -- When Kristyn Fernandez uploaded a photo of herself with her arm slung over a guy in a Jack Daniel's T-shirt, it caught the eye of more than just her Twitter followers. Wendy Lee in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/31/14

Head of Los Angeles homeless agency announces he will retire -- Executive director Mike Arnold has directed the joint city-county agency since 2009. It oversaw distribution of $73 million in state, federal and local funds to homeless services and housing in 2010-11, the latest figures available online. Gale Holland in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/31/14

Drone video shows Apple Spaceship project from birds-eye view -- New footage of the Apple Campus 2 construction site shows the Cupertino project from a birds-eye view. The item is in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/31/14

Education

Six-figure pay not just for administrators -- As many parents send their children back into the care of public education professionals this week, newly released data shows how much those professionals get paid. Ashly McGlone and Joel Hoffmann UT San Diego$ -- 8/31/14

Drought  

Conservation conundrum: Water use varies greatly across California -- Drive across city limits in virtually any part of California, and you will also cross another kind of frontier, one gaining more attention during the worst drought in a generation: The borders between cities also define different ideas about water. Matt Weiser in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/31/14

Lifeguard overtime costs soar by 51 percent -- The endless summer. That’s what lifeguards are calling the past 12 months. As the hot and dry weather parches the state, people are fleeing to the beach. Mike Reicher in the Inland Daily Bulletin -- 8/31/14

Immigration / Border

White House strife stalls Obama immigration plans -- White House officials are locked in an intense debate over whether President Barack Obama should announce a plan to defer deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants before Election Day — mindful that whichever choice they make could be tagged as the reason that Democrats lost the Senate. Carrie Budoff Brown Politico -- 8/31/14

Environment

California lawmakers send governor a ban on single-use plastic bags -- The state Senate on Friday gave final legislative approval to a measure that would phase out single-use plastic bags in supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores as part of an effort to rid beaches and streets of litter. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/31/14

Health

Promised care-home reform laws lose momentum -- Eight months after California lawmakers called for widespread changes in how the state licenses assisted-living homes, many of the bills touted as a comprehensive reform package have been watered down or abandoned altogether. Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/31/14

How Will Your Hospital Fare in the Next Earthquake? -- One thing about an earthquake: it focuses the mind. Lisa Aliferis KQED -- 8/31/14

Also . . .

Crackdown on homeless in BART stations heating up -- When BART police last month began enforcing a ban on sleeping, lying or sitting with legs extended in the Powell Street Station, there was one element missing: hue and cry from homeless advocates. Heather Knight in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/31/14

POTUS 44    

Obama sets his own pace in a world whirling with crises -- Short of world war, it’s rare that a chief executive goes through a foreign policy month like President Obama’s August. Karen DeYoung and Dan Balz in the Washington Post$ -- 8/31/14

Obama Approves New Strikes in Iraq -- President Barack Obama may not have a strategy yet for striking ISIS in Syria, but he's widening his campaign against the Islamic State terror group in Iraq. Steven Dennis Roll Call -- 8/31/14

Beltway

Only the White House is talking about a government shutdown, Ted Cruz says -- The other potential 2016 presidential candidates who spoke at the Americans for Prosperity conference this weekend — including Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — were outshone by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), whose raucous, rabble-rousing speech centered on a hawkish foreign policy, repealing the Affordable Care Act, defending constitutional rights and addressing the situation on the southern border. Sebastian Payne in the Washington Post$ Kenneth P. Vogel Politico -- 8/31/14