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92 arrests in Oakland during 2nd night of looting, vandalism -- Merchants on Wednesday were mopping up once again, following a second night of vandalism and looting in the wake of a grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the shooting death of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown. Natalie Neysa Alund in the Oakland Tribune -- 11/26/14

Michael Brown protests: Violence in Oakland, unrest in multiple cities -- Looting and vandalism continued in Oakland overnight as hundreds of demonstrators clashed with police in tumultuous protests against a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict an officer for the shooting death of a young black man. Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/26/14

Hot dog! At least one Jerry Brown inaugural event planned -- After he won election four years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown set up a committee to fund his inaugural ceremonies and raised more than $500,000 from private donors with a range of interests before the state. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/26/14

Hot Showers a Blessing for Valley Town Suffering From Drought -- Drought conditions in parts of California are now so harsh that it has become normal to turn on the tap and have no water coming out. In the small San Joaquin Valley town of East Porterville, more than 600 household wells went dry this summer, leaving more than half the population without water. Ezra David Romero KQED -- 11/26/14

A Half-Million San Diegans Struggle To Put Food On Thanksgiving Table -- Picking up Thanksgiving ingredients from a food pantry is something Holly Ramos never imagined doing. Susan Murphy KPBS -- 11/26/14

Amid Backlash From Residents, Garden Grove City Manager Steps Down -- Garden Grove will end a year of political tumult and controversy with new leadership on the City Council but no top executive at the helm, as city manager Matthew Fertal abruptly announced his retirement to staff Tuesday. Thy Vo VoiceofOC.org -- 11/26/14

Darren Wilson: ‘I would love to teach people’ -- The Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in August called his career in law enforcement “the job of my life” in an interview with ABC News, but said he would now like to instruct others, if given the opportunity. Sarah Larimer in the Washington Post$ -- 11/26/14

California Policy & Politics This Morning   

Cal State funding talks include scenario of turning away freshmen -- Rather than increasing tuition, Cal State has reduced enrollment targets for this fall. And trustees recently discussed the dark scenario of having to stop accepting freshmen. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/25/14

Second night of Ferguson protests turn violent in Oakland -- A second night of coast-to-coast protests in reaction to a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer for shooting an unarmed black man found fertile ground — again — in Oakland, where protesters shut down two freeways, lit fires and smashed windows downtown in tense standoffs with police. Vivian Ho, Kale Williams, Kevin Fagan and Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle Josh Richman, David DeBolt and Katie Nelson in the Oakland Tribune -- 11/25/14

L.A. protests over Ferguson decision continue for second night -- As protesters poured through the streets of Los Angeles for a second night Tuesday, they chanted about change and racial injustice while rallying against a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the August death of an unarmed black man. Angel Jennings, Ruben Vives and Brittny Mejia in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/25/14

Freeway blocked, bottles thrown at police -- Hundreds of demonstrators marching in response to a grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Missouri teenager Michael Brown twice blocked a freeway in City Heights Tuesday night, later moving to nearby streets, where some threw bottles at a line of San Diego police officers. Roxana Popescu and Susan Shroder UT San Diego$ -- 11/26/14

Lopez: LAPD officer in '81 killing had front-row seat on Ferguson controversy -- In 1981, David Klinger, a white LAPD officer, shot and killed a black suspect in South Los Angeles. Today, Klinger is a professor of criminal justice in St. Louis, where he's had a front-row seat on the raging controversy over the shooting death of a black man by a white officer in Ferguson, , Mo. Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/25/14

San Francisco supervisors give city’s power utility a big boost -- San Francisco is positioning itself to be a bigger energy provider. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to give the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission a right of first refusal on providing power to new developments in the city, which is in the midst of a building boom. John Coté in the San Francisco Chronicle Alex Emslie KQED -- 11/25/14

Walters: Brown-UC clash isn’t over money -- The confrontation between Gov. Jerry Brown and the University of California is ostensibly about money. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/26/14

California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announces leadership team -- Here are the new positions Atkins announced on Tuesday, with the previous officeholders following in parentheses: Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/25/14

Two-thirds of Sacramento County voters cast ballots by mail -- About two out of every three Sacramento County voters cast their ballots in the Nov. 4 election by mail, setting a record for a general contest, the county’s registrar of voters said Tuesday. Brad Branan in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/26/14

High court to hear San Francisco appeal of ruling in police-shooting suit -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear San Francisco’s appeal of a ruling allowing a mentally ill, knife-wielding woman to sue police for shooting her, a case that could set standards for police treatment of the disabled. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 11/25/14

Carly Fiorina actively explores 2016 presidential run but faces GOP critics -- On a Republican presidential debate stage expected to be filled with more than a dozen current and former politicians, Carly Fiorina envisions herself standing out — as the only woman and the only CEO. Philip Rucker, Matea Gold in the Washington Post$ -- 11/26/14

L.A. Council wants residents to lock up or disable handguns -- Los Angeles lawmakers voted Tuesday to start drafting a city ordinance that would require residents to lock up their handguns or disable them with trigger locks when they aren’t being used. Emily Alpert Reyes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/25/14

Silicon Valley’s Power Over the Free Press: Why It Matters -- A big shift happened in news and information over the past few years: The people who write news and information no longer control the distribution of it. Technology companies do. Specifically it’s Facebook and Twitter — the large social platforms created in Silicon Valley. Elise Hu KQED -- 11/25/14

Watchdog calls for tighter regulation on California foster care prescriber relationships with drug companies -- Scrutiny of doctors who prescribe psychotropic drugs to California foster children intensified Monday, with growing calls for regulators to consider whether financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies may be driving the excessive use of medication. Karen de Sá in the Contra Costa Times$ -- 11/25/14

PG&E Hires New Security Firm After Attacks on Substation -- PG&E Corp. hired a new security company this month to protect a substation that serves Silicon Valley in the wake of security breaches that have cost the utility millions of dollars and raised concerns about protection of the nation’s electric grid. Rebecca Smith in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 11/26/14

Taxes, Fees, Rates   

Legislators want to outlaw pedestrian tolls on Golden Gate Bridge -- Two members of the state Assembly want a stroll or a bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge to remain free, and they intend to back that up with a law. Michael Cabanatuan in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 11/25/14

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Pensions   

Japanese firm plans to build light-rail cars in L.A. area after all -- A month after threatening to avoid California when talks with organized labor groups derailed, a Japanese company said it would follow through with much-touted plans to open a light-rail manufacturing facility in Los Angeles County after all. Laura J. Nelson in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/25/14

LA County supervisors end impasse on labor relations board -- Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to appoint a new member to the employee relations commission, sidestepping a standoff between unions and management that had left the panel unable to make decisions on hundreds of labor issues. Abby Sewell in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/25/14

Economy grows at stronger-than-expected 3.9% pace in third quarter -- The economy grew faster in the third quarter than initially thought, expanding at a solid 3.9% annual rate, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Jim Puzzanghera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/25/14

SpaceX may upset firm's monopoly in launching Air Force satellites -- Entrepreneur Elon Musk and his upstart company SpaceX are on the verge of upsetting a cozy and pricey military deal that for years has given two aerospace giants the exclusive right to launch the Air Force's most crucial satellites into orbit. Melody Petersen in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/25/14

Working Thanksgiving? California bill would offer double wages -- Californians working through the holidays could get heftier paychecks under legislation mandating double pay for Thanksgiving and Christmas shifts. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 11/25/14

San Francisco passes first-in-nation limits on worker schedules -- Work scheduling rules are therefore poised to follow localized minimum wage increases and paid leave mandates as the newest instance of state and local government stepping in to fill the void left by the decades-long decline of private-sector labor unions. Marianne Levine Politico Claire Zillman TIME -- 11/26/14

Costa Mesa sued over law limiting stays at motels -- A recently enacted law that limits how long people can stay at motels in Costa Mesa was illegally designed to target low-income residents, a lawsuit filed against the city alleges. Jeremiah Dobruck in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/25/14


San Francisco district, union agree to pay raise for teachers, assistants -- After 11 months of negotiations, the San Francisco Unified School District and the United Educators of San Francisco have agreed on a tentative contract that would give teachers and teaching assistants a 12 percent raise over three years. J.K. Dineen in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 11/25/14

No Deal Yet for California Students in Sell-off by Corinthian Colleges -- Corinthian Colleges, the for-profit college operator from Orange County, is collapsing under the weight of a crackdown by federal and state regulators, as well as private lawsuits. Rachael Myrow KQED Chris Kirkham in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/25/14

Debate aims to define universal preschool -- As public support and awareness of the importance of preschool grows at the federal, state and local level, there is a debate in the early childhood education world over how to achieve “universal preschool” and what form it should take. Lisa Fine EdSource -- 11/26/14


Neighbors push back against drilling plan at South L.A. site -- Neighbors are pressing for an environmental study of oil drilling at a South Los Angeles location close to homes, arguing that the city should scrutinize fumes, noise and chemical usage before deciding whether to let the company drill wells at the site. Emily Alpert Reyes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/25/14

EPA expected to propose stricter ozone limits -- After years of inaction, the Obama administration is expected to propose tougher limits on smog Wednesday, according to people with knowledge of the rule-making effort. Neela Banerjee, Tony Barboza in the Los Angeles Times$ Jason Plautz National Journal -- 11/25/14

Also . . .

Google offers high-tech spoon that stays steady in shaky hands -- For a company best known for its search engine, Google is making big investments in the medical field: A contact lens to help diabetics monitor their glucose levels; magnetic nano particles to detect signs of cancer and impending heart attacks. Tracey Lien in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 11/25/14

POTUS 44    

In blow to tax negotiators, Obama threatens veto -- President Barack Obama pledged on Tuesday to veto a deal still under negotiation in Congress that would make several expiring business tax breaks permanent. David Lawder Politico -- 11/26/14