California Policy & Politics This Morning   

Property taxes could pay for $25 billion Delta tunnels without public vote -- Major water districts in California are quietly considering using property taxes -- and possibly raising them without a vote of the public -- to help fund Gov. Jerry Brown's $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 7/23/14

Obama arrives in Bay Area for fundraisers -- Air Force One touched down at 9:18 p.m., a little more than six hours after the president landed in Seattle for fundraisers at the homes of Democratic donors Bruce and Ann Blume and Costco CEO Jim Sinegal. Andie Waterman in the San Jose Mercury$ Carla Marinucci in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/23/14

Delay sought in trial of Sen. Calderon until after he leaves office -- Federal prosecutors have agreed to a defense request to delay the corruption trial of state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon from September to May 19, 2015, long after the Democrat from Montebello will have left office. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/23/14

Walters: California’s death penalty dying of old age -- During the last four decades, no California political issue has burned more intensely than capital punishment, but it may have ended with a whimper, rather than with a bang, last week. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/23/14

Herdt: The death penalty has no clothes -- On June 30, the California Supreme Court affirmed the death penalty in the case of Christopher Sattiewhite, who was convicted of dragging a young woman into a ditch in Oxnard and shooting her in the head. Timm Herdt in the Ventura Star$ -- 7/23/14

Environmental concerns over oil-by-rail project could impact California gas prices -- An oil-by-rail project that could lower California gas prices and reduce the state’s reliance on foreign oil is facing increasing opposition over environmental concerns. Kevin Smith in the San Bernardino Sun -- 7/23/14

California Supreme Court nomination a 'statement' to U.S. -- As a boy, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar walked 7 miles each way from his home in Mexico to a school in Texas. On Tuesday, Cuéllar, a Harvard graduate and Stanford law professor, was nominated by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Supreme Court. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/23/14

State high court nominee learned power of law as a child in Mexico -- Mariano-Florentino Cuellar — a Mexican immigrant and Stanford administrative law professor nominated Tuesday to the California Supreme Court — says he discovered the power of the law while living with his family on the U.S. border. Maura Dolan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/23/14

Mexico-born law professor Cuellar chosen for California Supreme Court -- Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday that he was nominating Mariano-Florentino Cuellar -- a Mexican immigrant who teaches administrative law at Stanford University -- to the California Supreme Court. Maura Dolan in the Los Angeles Times$ John Howard Capitol Weekly David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ Howard Mintz in the San Jose Mercury$ Henry K. Lee in the San Francisco Chronicle Judy Lin Associated Press -- 7/23/14

Donald Sterling opens third front in battle over Clippers ownership -- Donald Sterling opened a third legal front Tuesday in his fight to maintain control of the Clippers, alleging in another lawsuit that he remained the team's rightful owner and demanding that his wife's $2-billion sale of the team to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer be blocked. James Rainey, Nathan Fenno in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/23/14

Lawsuit: Citizens United measure should be tossed off ballot -- Opponents filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to remove from the fall ballot a non-binding question asking whether Congress should overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United campaign finance decision. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/23/14

Quinn: A Claude Rains Moment on Campaign Spending -- Worried about turnout in November, Democrats have placed an advisory measure on the fall ballot to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that allows unlimited independent expenditures by corporations and labor unions in political campaigns. Tony Quinn Capitol Morning Report -- 7/23/14

L.A. County workers union endorses Sheila Kuehl in supervisor's race -- The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the region's largest union voice, gave its official "enthusiastic" endorsement of former state lawmaker Sheila Kuehl in her campaign for Los Angeles County supervisor. Catherine Saillant in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/23/14

Some June write-in candidates made it to the November ballot -- The state's relatively new top-two primary election system has helped more than a dozen June write-in candidates earn places on the Nov. 4 ballot -- and without paying filing fees. Jean Merl in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/23/14

Taxes, Fees, Rates   

Rancho Cordova asks voters to raise the city sales tax by a half cent -- City spokesman Troy Holt said part of the money would be spent on strengthening crime prevention efforts, from funding anti-gang and youth violence programs to increasing neighborhood police patrols. Mozes Zarate in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/23/14

Sugar tax makes it to San Francisco ballot in narrow vote -- San Franciscans will decide whether to levy a 2-cents-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugary beverages and spend the proceeds on health programs for children, after the Board of Supervisors in a narrow 6-4 vote Tuesday placed the tax measure on the November ballot. Marisa Lagos in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/23/14

Economy, Employers, Jobs   

Proposal to outsource Orange County jobs fizzles -- A plan to ask Orange County voters to consider outsourcing county jobs to private contractors fell flat Tuesday when three supervisors abstained from voting on the issue. Erika Ritchie in the Orange County Register$ -- 7/23/14

Oakland A's lease settled, Lew Wolff accepts most city changes -- The long-disputed 10-year lease to allow the Oakland Athletics to play at O.co Coliseum was finally settled Tuesday after lawyers on all sides met to discuss the terms. Will Kane in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/23/14

Economist who predicted busted housing bubble says another recession is coming -- Just as the U.S. economy is strengthening, other countries are threatening to drag it down. Bernard Condon Associated Press -- 7/23/14

BART to consider rules on free lifetime transit passes for board members -- On Thursday, the board will consider adding a restriction requiring retired board members to have served 10 years or more in office before they can get the lifetime privileges. Denis Cuff in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 7/23/14

Allergan employees have mixed emotions as layoffs loom -- Feelings were mixed among Allergan Inc. employees one day after the Botox maker announced 1,500 job cuts, mostly in Southern California. Chad Garland in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/23/14

Education

Child immigrants unlikely to flood any one school district -- Despite growing concerns that the influx of unaccompanied child immigrants into the U.S. will overwhelm local government services in some communities, social advocates say public schools are not likely to be part of that turmoil. Kimberly Beltran Cabinet Report -- 7/23/14

Cal State lowers enrollment growth, other expenditures for fall -- California State University will have to cut planned enrollment growth for the fall term -- from about 20,000 to 10,000 students -- after state funding fell short of expectations. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/23/14

Agreement reached on ‘willful defiance’ bill -- After several months of negotiations, Gov. Jerry Brown and advocates for less punitive disciplinary policies have compromised on a bill that would limit schools’ ability to suspend or expel students for “willful defiance,” according to Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, who is sponsoring the bill. Susan Frey EdSource -- 7/23/14

UC enrolling more new students from other states and nations -- The number of new UC students from other states and nations will continue to increase this fall, extending a trend that university officials say is financially necessary but critics say is changing the nature of a beloved state institution. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/23/14

Fire tears through South Los Angeles charter school -- About 25 firefighters were battling a blaze that tore through a South Los Angeles charter school Tuesday, sending a huge plume of black smoke into the air. Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/23/14

Drought  

Groundwater level in San Bernardino Basin hits historic low -- The groundwater level in the San Bernardino Basin area is at its lowest point in recorded history, officials say. Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/23/14

L.A. County supervisors order agencies to scale back water use -- Los Angeles County's board of supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to order restrictions on water use for its government operations, following a state directive to Californians to curb water usage during one of the worst droughts in decades. Abby Sewell in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/23/14

Immigration / Border

Plan for Young Migrants at Impasse in Congress -- Republicans in the House and Senate have rejected a Democratic funding plan, saying it did not include any changes to immigration law to address the overall problem. Ashley Parker and Jeremy W. Peters in the New York Times$ -- 7/23/14

U.S. announces arrests in border crackdown on human smuggling -- U.S. officials have made almost 200 arrests and seized more than $625,000 in illicit profits in a month-long crackdown on human smuggling in response to an influx of illegal immigration into Texas, the Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday. Peter Cooney Reuters -- 7/23/14

President of Honduras Expects Mass Deportations of Minors From U.S. -- The problem of violence driving Central American migration has its roots in U.S. drug consumption, President Juan Orlando Hernández says in an interview with TIME. Ioan Grillo TIME -- 7/23/14

Mexican foreign minister says Central American children no threat to Texas security -- Mexico Foreign Minister José Antonio Meade Kuribreña on Tuesday challenged Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s characterization of the flow of Central American children into the U.S. as an “assault” on Americans and their security. Carla Marinucci in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/23/14

No California National Guard Troops Headed To Border With Mexico -- Texas Governor Rick Perry may be making headlines for deploying National Guard troops to that state's border with Mexico, but California won't be following suit. Beth Ford Roth KPBS -- 7/23/14

San Diego-area community rejects shelter for undocumented migrants -- A San Diego suburb took center stage in the nation's acrimonious immigration debate on Tuesday as planning commissioners there rejected a proposal to open a temporary shelter for Central American children caught illegally crossing the U.S. border. Marty Graham Reuters -- 7/23/14

Environment

State, feds unveil Central Valley salmon restoration plans -- State and federal agencies on Tuesday released separate recovery plans for endangered Central Valley salmon and steelhead, aiming to restore habitat and water flows to prevent extinction of the species. Matt Weiser in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/23/14

Health

California whooping cough epidemic: Latinos vigilant about vaccinating children -- But Latinos who live in southern Santa Cruz County have higher vaccination rates and a dramatically lower incidence of whooping cough than the more affluent white population in the northern end of the county, according to data reported by schools and the county health department. Tracy Seipel in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 7/23/14

Beltway

House passes bill to improve airport security in wake of LAX shooting -- In the wake of November's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, the House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to tighten security at the nation's airports. Dan Weikel in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/23/14