California Policy & Politics This Morning   

In speech to state GOP, Kashkari blasts 'coddled prince’ Brown -- Arguing that he has led California’s embattled Republican Party toward a “transformational” moment, gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari on Sunday insisted the state GOP is poised to become the party of working families that can defeat Democrat Jerry Brown — whom he derided as the “coddled prince of Sacramento.” Carla Marinucci in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/22/14

Kashkari portrays GOP as a champion of minorities and the poor -- Stung by the refusal of two fellow Republicans to support his candidacy for governor, Neel Kashkari sought to put the controversy behind him Sunday with a fiery speech portraying his party as a champion of minorities and the poor. Seema Mehta and Michael Finnegan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/22/14

Neel Kashkari calls candidacy ‘transformational moment’ for California GOP -- Neel Kashkari, proud of his speech to the California Republican Party and weary of intraparty friction that distracted from his message for three days, said Sunday he has “set an example” for a party whose acceptance of him remains irresolute. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/22/14

Kashkari aims to unify GOP after weekend divisions -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari made the most of a low-profile Sunday morning speaking slot at the party's state convention, delivering a spirited defense of a party he said cares most about poor people and minorities but has failed to convey its message. Juliet Williams Associated Press -- 9/22/14

California GOP endorses water bond, rainy-day fund -- California Republicans have given their blessing to a pair of measures on the Nov. 4 ballot heavily favored by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/22/14

Jerry Brown heading to New York for climate summit, signs HOV lane bill -- Gov. Jerry Brown will take his climate change message to the United Nations this week, speaking at a climate summit that is drawing heads of state from around the world. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/22/14

Brown signs several clean-air vehicle bills -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed six bills he said will “strengthen California’s best-in-the-nation electric vehicle market” and help the state reach its goal of getting 1.5 million zero-emission cars on the road by 2025. Marisa Lagos in the San Francisco Chronicle Jennifer Medina in the New York Times$ -- 9/22/14

Skelton: Brown administration's angling to ban lead fishing weights --Californians who enjoy fishing, heads up: Gov. Jerry Brown has his eye on your tackle box. He's especially interested in your lead sinkers, starting with the tiny split shot. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/22/14

Ad Watch: Democratic ad hitting Doug Ose goes too far -- National Democrats are up with their first television ad in Sacramento’s heavyweight battle between Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, and former Republican congressman Doug Ose. Christopherm Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/22/14

Walters: Propositions 45 and 46 latest skirmishes in war over big money in health care -- By any measure, health care is now California’s largest single economic sector, churning well over $200 billion a year in private and public funds each year, and growing fast. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/22/14

Calbuzz: Temper, Temper: Kashkari’s Odd Attack on Calbuzz -- Neel Kashkari lashed out at two, slightly tipsy Calbuzzers extending handshakes Saturday night, a rookie display of pique and rancor that hints at a strain of distemper in his executive disposition. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine CalBuzz -- 9/22/14

Taxes, Fees, Rates   

A group's opposition to a possible gas tax increase gets no traction -- With gasoline prices dropping in California, a business coalition may have a tough time winning public support for a campaign to delay the next phase of a state program to combat climate change. Marc Lifsher in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/22/14

Jerry Brown signs bill for bike lane fee -- Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that would allow local voters to consider a yearly fee on vehicle registrations to build bike lanes, bike lockers and other bicycle facilities. Dan Smith in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/22/14

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Pensions   

CalPERS earnings no longer last among big funds -- Three years ago CalPERS investment earnings hit bottom in a Wilshire consultants report that ranks the performance of big pension funds — dead last among its peers over the previous five years. Ed Mendel Calpensions.com -- 9/22/14

Education

Officials optimistic about spring assessments -- Last spring more than 3 million students in California, the largest number ever to take an online test in the state, took field tests of new assessments aligned to the Common Core state standards without major technical breakdowns or system crashes, according to state officials. Louis Freedberg EdSource -- 9/22/14

Drought  

Drought May Be Driving Increase in West Nile -- Public health experts say the state’s historic drought is partly to blame for the recent rise in West Nile virus infections. Cases this year have more than doubled to 311, compared to the same time last year. April Dembosky KQED -- 9/22/14

Health

UC Students Struggle to Access Mental Health Services -- Students throughout the University of California system are having trouble accessing mental health care, and health services directors are raising alarms that increased staffing and funding could be warranted to meet demand. April Dembosky KQED -- 9/22/14

Also . . .

49er player not IDd in Santa Clara City Council controversy -- Santa Clara officials find themselves in the hot seat over a proposed resolution by advocates for domestic-violence victims aimed at the city's new business partners - the San Francisco 49ers. Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/22/14

Beltway

Dianne Feinstein on domestic abuse in the NFL: ‘There is no place for this. Period.’ -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) went on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday and urged the National Football League to make sure there are substantial repercussions in cases of domestic abuse. Jaime Fuller in the Washington Post$ -- 9/22/14

Gabby Giffords gets mean -- Her frustration with lawmakers' failure to advance gun control is playing out in her 2014 efforts. Alex Isenstadt Politico -- 9/22/14

Young Guns shifts ads priorities -- The Young Guns Action Network is realigning its advertising buys, part of what they say is a strategic shift in to have a bigger impact on the air in the weeks leading up to the election, according to a source at the group and advertising buying sources. Jake Sherman Politico -- 9/22/14