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California drought worries rise as La Niña reemerges in winter forecast -- As the days darken, all eyes are on the Sierra Nevada, then the sky, with a glance back at the mountains, to the internet for forecast information, over to the thermometer — all in a fidgety search for a sign, any sign, that this winter will be wet. Peter Fimrite in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/20/16

Tax board’s executive director lost her job without a vote from elected leaders -- State law requires elected boards to disclose roll call votes on personnel decisions that take place in closed meetings. Adam Ashton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/20/16

California promised public employees generous retirements. Will the courts give government a way out? -- A case before the state Supreme Court could clear the way for reductions in public retiree benefits, which have become hugely expensive. But the outcome is “hard to predict.” Maura Dolan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/20/16

Drought's grip on Southern California to tighten with La Niña, forecasters say -- After five years of withering drought, government forecasters say California is once again headed for a warm and dry winter, especially in Southern California. The item is in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/20/16

What did Wells Fargo's new CEO know about the scandal? Senators push for answers -- Two senators are pressing Wells Fargo & Co. about how much new Chief Executive Timothy Sloan knew about the unauthorized-accounts scandal that led to his appointment. Jim Puzzanghera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/20/16

President Barack Obama stars in TV ad for Kamala Harris -- President Barack Obama, whose summer endorsement of Kamala Harris dealt a stinging blow to U.S. Senate rival Loretta Sanchez, is appearing in a new statewide TV ad touting Harris’ accomplishments. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/20/16

As Sacramento goes, so goes the nation -- The four-county region has backed the winner in every presidential election since 1972, when a majority of local residents picked eventual winner Richard Nixon over George McGovern. Phillip Reese in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/20/16

Donors pour record $450 million into California initiatives -- olitical donors have spent a record $450 million to support and oppose 17 November ballot initiatives in California, beating the state's own record for the most spent on propositions in a single year, campaign reports filed Thursday show. Alison Noon Associated Press -- 10/20/16

Pity the plastic bag: Will Californians seal its fate with a ban? -- So, in the confounding manner of direct democracy, California voters in November will ponder two opposing initiatives, each sponsored by the plastic bag industry—which has spent more than $6 million to put them on the ballot. Julie Cart Calmatters.org -- 10/20/16

Vaping on the verge: With Prop. 56, California could start taxing e-cigs like tobacco -- Proposition 56 is best known as the measure to dramatically boost the state’s relatively low cigarette tax. But it also would start to tax e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine like tobacco—which both sides say could trigger a similar push nationwide. Samantha Young Cal Matters -- 10/20/16

Sequoia hires Polyvore’s Jess Lee as its first woman VC in US -- For the first time in its 44-year history, Sequoia Capital, one of the most vaunted venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, has hired a female investing partner for its U.S. operations. Lizette Chapman and Sarah McBride in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/20/16

Decker: Donald Trump undoes his third and best debate performance in just a few words -- Donald Trump needed a compelling victory in Wednesday’s debate to alter the course of a campaign that has increasingly moved toward Hillary Clinton both nationally and in key states. He did not get it. Cathleen Decker in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/20/16

Undocumented immigrants flex political muscle in presidential election -- Mayela Razo can’t vote in the presidential election come November. But she’s making sure those who can cast a ballot do, even offering to drive friends and family members to the polls on election night. It’s a privilege that Razo, who is undocumented, wishes she had. Tatiana Sanchez in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/20/16

Fox: Strange Provisions in Proposition 60 -- Proposition 60, the measure requiring use of condoms in adult films, has a couple of noteworthy provisions that could be precedent setting for future initiatives–one not so good; the other, interesting and different, if perhaps unconstitutional. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 10/20/16

Jeffe & Jeffe: Post-debate Wisdom: 90 Minutes to Nowhere -- Our long national debate-mare is over! But not before GOP nominee Donald Trump succumbed to his strongest opponent—himself. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe & Doug Jeffe Fox & Hounds -- 10/20/16

25 years later: Oakland hills ripe for another firestorm -- Twenty-five years after a horrific firestorm killed 25 people and wiped out nearly 3,500 homes in the Oakland hills, the conditions are ripe once again for a similar — if not worse — disaster. Rachel Swan in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/20/16

Oakland police officer arrested on suspicion of prostitution -- An Oakland police officer was arrested on suspicion of engaging in prostitution and obstruction of justice, officials said Thursday. The Oakland Police Department did not immediately identify the officer, but jail records indicate he is Oakland police Officer Ryan Walterhouse, 26. Kimberly Veklerov and Michael Bodley in the San Francisco Chronicle Darwin BondGraham and Ali Winston in the East Bay Express Harry Harris in the East Bay Times -- 10/20/16

How Bing Crosby and Silicon Valley Revolutionized Radio and TV -- The origin story of Silicon Valley typically centers on Stanford and steady funding from the US military. The marriage of technology and entertainment, as the story goes, came way later, with companies like Apple and Facebook. But no. Rachael Myrow KQED -- 10/20/16

California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Sacramento Democrats consider ‘bad hombres,’ puppets and Chinese steel -- Sacramento Democrats rooted for Hillary Clinton and laughed at Donald Trump at the party’s local headquarters during the third and finale debate before the November election. Taryn Luna in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/20/16

After final Trump-Clinton debate, some Republicans still wrestling with decision -- Republican donor and activist John Cruz is growing more likely to cast a ballot for Donald Trump and said the GOP nominee didn’t damage that tenuous inclination during Wednesday’s debate with Hillary Clinton. Martin Wisckol in the Orange County Register -- 10/20/16

Why business groups aren't fighting California's tobacco and income tax hike initiatives -- Four years ago, business leaders financed a multimillion-dollar campaign to oppose an initiative to raise income taxes on California’s highest earners. The same year, the California Chamber of Commerce was featured prominently in television advertisements against a ballot measure to increase the cigarette tax. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/20/16

Skelton: The tobacco industry's strategy to kill a new statewide cigarette tax: Blow a lot of smoke -- Finally, there’s something to laugh at in this glum election season. Thanks to the tobacco lobby. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/20/16

California’s gun control initiative would toughen already-strict laws -- California already has some of the nation’s strictest gun regulations, and they could get even stricter if voters pass Proposition 63 this November. Here’s what you need to know about the ballot measure. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/20/16

Ex-South Bay congressman on Libertarian’s list for high court -- Former South Bay Rep. Tom Campbell is on the short list for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Of course, Libertarian Gary Johnson would have to win the presidency for that to happen, but hey, it’s something. John Wildermuth and Heather Knight in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/20/16

Newsom, seeking governor's office, now backs high-speed rail -- Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that he no longer opposes California's $64 billion high-speed rail plan, after withdrawing support for the project more than two years ago. Juliet Williams Associated Press -- 10/20/16

What will Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom focus on in his run for governor? Aging infrastructure among issues -- Signaling that his gubernatorial campaign will shift into higher gear after next month’s election, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that he is working on a plan to double spending on roads and other infrastructure since the Legislature failed to act this year. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/20/16

Gavin Newsom meets with Capitol press, makes no news -- Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom often advertises that he favors candor over coyness. Meeting with reporters Wednesday in Sacramento, he was upfront about his motives: “My goal today is to make absolutely no news.” He largely succeeded. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/20/16

Politifact CA: Ami Bera’s Mostly True claim: Feds cleared me of election fraud -- Rep. Bera, during a debate this week in Sacramento against Republican Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, his opponent in the race for the 7th Congressional District, said federal investigators found he had no prior knowledge of his father’s illegal activity. Chris Nichols Politifact CA -- 10/20/16

Politifact CA: Hazy data makes Colorado marijuana claim by Scott Jones Half True -- Asked about California’s effort to legalize recreational marijuana, Republican congressional candidate Scott Jones said on Tuesday the experiences in Colorado are a stark warning of what not to do. Jones is Sacramento County’s sheriff and is running against Democratic Rep. Ami Bera for the region’s 7th District Congressional seat. " Chris Nichols Politifact CA -- 10/20/16

Money from Jerry Brown, others pours into anti-Prop. 53 effort -- The campaign against Proposition 53 has sharply picked up its fundraising in recent days, with Gov. Jerry Brown putting millions of dollars into the effort to defeat the Nov. 8 measure that would require a vote on state revenue bonds and potentially cripple the Brown-championed Delta water tunnel and bullet train projects. Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/20/16


Proposition HHH would raise funds to build homeless housing in L.A. -- Proposition HHH on the Nov. 8 ballot asks Los Angeles city voters to approve a general obligation bond that would raise money to build housing for chronically homeless people. Doug Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/20/16

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions 

Oakland mayor on Raiders: ‘I will not enter a bidding war with Nevada’ -- Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf reiterated her commitment Wednesday not to spend public funds to build a football stadium. The mayor issued a statement responding to Nevada’s $750 million deal to help the Raiders build a new stadium off the Las Vegas strip. Rachel Swan in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/20/16

Millennium Tower developer’s about-face on next big San Francisco high-rise -- Facing a legal and public-relations nightmare with its sinking and leaning Millennium Tower, the San Francisco highrise’s developer is redesigning the foundation of its newest luxury condo project up Mission Street — with the idea of going all the way down to bedrock. Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/20/16

Driverless-car makers worry that California's proposed rules will slow their progress -- California’s proposed rules for self-driving vehicles got another road test Wednesday, as vehicle makers and industry groups expressed concern at a public workshop that the Department of Motor Vehicles’ regulations could slow development of the technology and conflict with more flexible federal guidelines. Samantha Masunaga in the Los Angeles Times$ Michael Liedtke Associated Press -- 10/20/16

New Teslas now can be transformed into robot cars, Elon Musk says -- Tesla announced Wednesday that all cars going produced today and going forward will be equipped with the necessary hardware to support fully autonomous driving — including the upcoming Model 3. Russ Mitchell in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/20/16

Gender gap in tech starts younger than you think, study finds -- The gender gap in tech, a new report suggests, starts very, very young — before kindergarten. And it may begin when children first pick up their parents’ smartphones, laptops or tablets. Marissa Lang in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/20/16

Mark Zuckerberg points to Facebook’s mission in defense of Peter Thiel -- Connecting the world is Facebook’s mission, and Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, wove that mission in his defense of company board member Peter Thiel over his recent pledge of $1.25 million to GOP candidate Donald Trump. Michelle Quinn in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/20/16

Sacramento County to pay $795,000 to water-treatment workers in overtime suit -- Sacramento County will pay $795,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit by county water-treatment plant operators over owed wages and overtime pay after a Sacramento Superior Court judge approved the settlement Tuesday. Darrell Smith in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/20/16

Martinez officials left in the dark about rumored Shell refinery sale -- A new published report said this week that Royal Dutch Shell has enlisted a German company to help find a buyer for its Martinez Refinery. Sam Richards in the East Bay Times -- 10/20/16


New Incentives Available For Homeowners With Drought-Friendly Lawns -- New financial incentives are available for homeowners who want to replace water-hungry lawns with more efficient landscaping, the San Diego County Water Authority announced Wednesday. KPBS -- 10/20/16


Huntington Park leaders vote to ban new charter schools for a year -- The 4-1 vote extended a 45-day moratorium passed last month after city officials complained about the number of requests for new schools and said they were concerned about increased traffic. Sonali Kohli in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/20/16

UCLA says analysis of campus shooting led to security improvements -- Students and faculty saw police swarm their campus. They heard rumors of gunshots and hid in bathrooms. When they classrooms didn’t lock, they piled furniture against the doors and tried to construct makeshift barricades. Joy Resmovits in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/20/16

California attorney general calls for state actions to improve student attendance -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Wednesday called for the California Department of Education to take over a job that her office has done for the past four years: – release an annual data analysis on chronic student absenteeism. Jane Meredith Adams EdSource -- 10/20/16

California's rural counties to face heaviest teacher retirement rates -- A third to more than half of public school teachers in 20 of California’s small, rural counties are projected to retire by the start of the 2023-24 school year, potentially compounding statewide teacher recruitment challenges, researchers from the nonprofit research agency WestEd projected in a study issued Wednesday. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 10/20/16


A Tale of Two Farm Towns: How the Central Valley Is Torn Over Marijuana -- Part I: Huron Loud music and the smell of roasted corn on the cob fill the air at the Friday night street festival in the small Fresno County town of Huron. Kids play on a bounce house slide, while adults sell everything from used bikes and shoes to melons and tomatoes. Alice Daniel KQED -- 10/20/16


San Jose could require gun owners to lock firearms at home when they’re away -- Gun owners in the city may have to lock up their firearms when they’re not at home under a proposal a City Council committee considered Wednesday that the police chief said could be enacted by next winter. Ramona Giwargis in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 10/20/16

Immigration / Border 

Advocates glad immigration brought up in presidential debate, but substance lacking -- Immigration was a much-anticipated topic because it was largely ignored in the previous two presidential debates. However, advocates on both sides of the immigration debate felt Wednesday’s conversation lacked details. Alejandra Molina in the Orange County Register -- 10/20/16

Most US Syrians arrivals are kids, now enrolling in school -- Seated at his desk at a suburban San Diego middle school, 12-year-old Abdulhamid Ashehneh tries not to let his mind wander to the painful memories of his life in civil war-torn Syria. Christine Armario Associated Press -- 10/20/16


California stem cell agency approves $30 million to fast-track clinical trials -- The California stem cell agency on Wednesday completed creation of a $30 million effort to dramatically speed approval of stem cell therapies and establish the Golden State globally in the much-heralded regenerative medicine field. David Jensen in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/20/16

Also . . . 

Paradise policeman found guilty in Butte County shooting death -- A former police officer from the Butte County town of Paradise who shot and killed a man who was climbing out of his wrecked car last Thanksgiving has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter. A jury in Oroville found Patrick Feaster guilty of the felony charge Tuesday following a six-day trial. It was a rare instance of a California law enforcement officer being convicted of a crime in an on-duty shooting. Steve Rubenstein in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/20/16

Modoc County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot -- Deputies were responding to a call on County Road 115, in a rural area about 10 miles south of Alturas, when deputy Jack Hopkins, 31, was fatally shot. A suspect was detained shortly after, the sheriff’s office said. Hopkins joined the force last year, the office said. Associated Press -- 10/20/16

Mayor Lee honors rescuers who saved lives when boat capsized -- On Wednesday, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee honored Stoltz, city firefighters, police officers and hospital workers who sprang into action to turn what could have been a calamity into one of the most successful rescue operations in recent memory. Sarah Ravani in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/20/16


Debate stunner: Trump won't say he'll accept election result -- Threatening to upend a fundamental pillar of American democracy, Donald Trump refused to say Wednesday night that he will accept the results of next month's election if he loses to Hillary Clinton. The Democratic nominee declared Trump's resistance "horrifying." Julie Pace and Lisa Lerer Associated Press Karen Tumulty and Philip Rucker in the Washington Post$ Nahal Toosi Politico Mark Z. Barabak, Evan Halper and Michael A. Memoli in the Los Angeles Times$ Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle Matthew Artz in the San Jose Mercury$ Laura Meckler, Michael C. Bender and Peter Nicholas in the Wall Street Journal$ Patrick Healy and Jonathan Martin in the New York Times$ -- 10/20/16

Trump-driven divide will consume GOP long after the election -- The third and final debate Wednesday marked the beginning of the end of a presidential race that most Republican leaders cannot wait to forget. But the party’s Donald Trump-driven divisions will not cease on election night. Robert Costa in the Washington Post$ -- 10/20/16

Fact-checking the third Clinton-Trump presidential debate -- The final presidential debate once again demonstrated Donald Trump’s thin grasp of the facts and his willingness to make poorly sourced or inaccurate claims. Hillary Clinton, for the most part, was more factually accurate. Glenn Kessler and Michelle Ye Hee Lee in the Washington Post$ Christopher S. Rugaber and John Boak Associated Press -- 10/20/16

Clinton chides Trump as her plane prepares to leave Vegas -- As she prepared to head home Wednesday after the final presidential debate, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton said Republican Donald Trump’s refusal to say whether he will accept the results of the election are “part of his whole effort to blame somebody else for his campaign.” John Wagner in the Washington Post$ -- 10/20/16

Calbuzz: Clinton Speaks to Voters; Trump Rejects Democracy -- Two things that matter happened in the third and final presidential debate: 1) Hillary Clinton spoke directly to the concerns of suburban women on choice and guns and to Latinos on immigration and 2) Donald Trump refused to say he would accept the results of the election, proving that he is fundamentally not an American. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine CalBuzz -- 10/20/16

Students don’t find this taste of politics all that appetizing -- Seasoned watchers of many past marches to the presidency say they’ve never seen an election like this one. For many young people new to the political process, they’ve simply never seen an election at all. And, at debate-watching events staged around Southern California on Wednesday, young Americans got a taste of U.S. politics that often wasn’t so tasteful. The item is in the Long Beach Press Telegram$ -- 10/20/16

Balz: Trump has a strong start in the debate — and then a killer mistake -- When the final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump started, it seemed as if it might be the best of the three and certainly Trump’s best. Yet the 90-minute forum was no cakewalk for her. She not only took fire from Trump, she took tough questions from Wallace on issues that had been treated lightly in the first two debates. Dan Balz in the Washington Post$ -- 10/20/16

The 7 minutes when Trump blew the third debate -- Rarely have seven minutes so encapsulated the complexity and the craziness of an entire presidential race, let alone this one. But they did on Wednesday night. Shane Goldmacher Politico -- 10/20/16

Analysis: No surprise that Trump sticks to ‘rigged election’ talk -- As far back as August the developer-turned-reality-TV-star has been warning that Democrat Hillary Clinton and other opponents were willing to cheat to keep him from becoming president. “ John Wildermuth in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/20/16

What it was like to watch Trump talk about 'bad hombres' in a Mexican BBQ joint -- During Wednesday night’s presidential debate, Donald Trump answered a question about illegal immigration with a little bit of Spanish. “We have some bad hombres here, and we’re gonna get ’em out,” Trump said. The crowd at a Mexico City barbecue joint screamed with laughter. “Hambres?!” they repeated, imitating Trump’s New York accent. Kate Linthicum in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/20/16

Trump's 'bad hombres' and 'nasty woman' remarks stoke online outrage -- Social media users quickly seized on the remark. "This #BadHombres is the first of his family to graduate from college, did Americorps & taught in public schools," tweeted José N Miranda. "Sometimes I forget this is a presidential debate and not an SNL (Saturday Night Live) skit #badhombres," wrote Twitter user Ian Mayberry. leftright 3/3leftright Amy Tennery Reuters -- 10/20/16


-- Wednesday Updates 

California eyes more Sacramento River water for fish, less for farms, cities -- Signaling a cutback in water supplies for agriculture and other human needs, California regulators proposed overhauling the management of the Sacramento River on Wednesday, saying more water should be devoted to Northern California’s dwindling fish populations. Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kassler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/19/16

Money from Jerry Brown, others pours into anti-Prop. 53 effort -- The campaign against Proposition 53 has sharply picked up its fundraising in recent days, with Gov. Jerry Brown putting millions of dollars into the effort to defeat the Nov. 8 measure that would require a vote on state revenue bonds and potentially cripple the Brown-championed Delta water tunnel and bullet train projects. Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/19/16

2 San Francisco-area earthquake faults found to be connected -- The most dangerous earthquake fault in the San Francisco Bay Area is connected to another, which means both could rupture simultaneously and unleash major devastation, a new study finds. Alicia Chang Associated Press -- 10/19/16

California attorney general investigating Wells Fargo on allegations of criminal identity theft -- The California Department of Justice is investigating Wells Fargo & Co. on allegations of criminal identity theft over its creation of millions of unauthorized accounts, according to a search warrant sent to the bank’s San Francisco headquarters this month. James Rufus Koren in the Los Angeles Times$ Don Thompson Associated Press -- 10/19/16

Jury clears NBA's Derrick Rose in rape lawsuit -- Jurors cleared NBA star Derrick Rose and two friends Wednesday in a lawsuit that accused them of gang raping his ex-girlfriend when she was incapacitated from drugs or alcohol. Brian Melley Associated Press -- 10/19/16

Taco trucks form wall around Donald Trump's Las Vegas hotel in protest -- A caravan of taco trucks formed a wall in front of Donald Trump's Las Vegas hotel on Wednesday morning to protest the GOP presidential nominee's immigration platform and make a plea for better working contracts for hotel employees. Amy Graff in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/19/16

Students in shock after shooting injures 4 at San Francisco school -- Students at San Francisco’s June Jordan School for Equity were stunned and saddened Wednesday morning as they returned for classes, following a shocking shooting the day before that wounded four students in the campus’ parking lot. Michael Bodley, Sarah Ravani and Evan Sernoffsky in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/19/16

Family of dead San Francisco cop-shooting suspect says he ‘lost his way’ -- The family of Nicholas McWherter, the man suspected of shooting a San Francisco police officer before being fatally shot by the officer’s colleagues, said McWherter had a deep religious faith but struggled with mental illness. Kimberly Veklerov in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/19/16

Ballot Measure Seeks to Regulate Ammunition Sales, Take Guns From Felons -- Depending on whom you ask, it’s a question of either common sense or constitutional rights: Should ammunition be treated like guns are, with background checks for buyers and limits on who can sell? Marisa Lagos KQED -- 10/19/16

Media vulnerable to Election Night cyber attack -- A hack on the AP and its results tally could have chaos-inducing consequences. Darren Samuelsohn and Hadas Gold Politco -- 10/19/16

Quinn: The Unknowns of a Dismal Election -- This week large numbers of mail in ballots will begin arriving at county election offices, and shortly we may be able to answer the perplexing unknowns of this dismal election, who is going to vote and will Democratic dreams of an enormous landslide be realized. Tony Quinn Fox & Hounds -- 10/19/16

California’s largest state worker union to vote on strike -- The union is trying to get a bigger raise than the 2.96 percent pay hike Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is offering. Adam Ashton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 10/19/16

You need to earn $62,000 a year to rent a studio apartment in Orange County, report says -- Some of Orange County’s most affordable cities had the biggest rent hikes over the summer, according to a new report by apartment tracker Real Answers. Jeff Collins in the Orange County Register -- 10/19/16

LAUSD teachers earn too much to live in the affordable housing apartments built for them -- In the mid-2000s, in the midst of a housing boom, the Los Angeles Unified School District realized that skyrocketing rents were fueling teacher turnover. Anna M. Phillips in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/19/16

When California schools call cops for small infractions it disproportionately hurts minority students, civil rights study finds -- Many California school districts offer their staff little or no guidance on when police should be called to control student behavior, according to a new study that comes as districts face increased pressure to redefine law enforcement’s role in public schools. Anna M. Phillips in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/19/16

Judge: Ex-LAPD sergeant violated ethics rules after stop of 'Django Unchained' actress, but shouldn't be fined -- A former Los Angeles police sergeant violated city ethics rules when he leaked to the media a recording from his stop of an actress from “Django Unchained" — but should not be fined for doing so, a judge has determined. Kate Mather in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/19/16

Prop. 57 could shorten prison time for thousands of inmates -- Proposition 57, potentially the most significant revision of California sentencing laws in 40 years, would allow the state parole board to consider releasing inmates who have served their basic term for a crime the law defines as nonviolent. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 10/19/16

Abcarian: These 76-year-old twins have grown pot for decades. Here's why they oppose legalization -- You don’t end up in Round Valley, one of Mendocino County’s finest cannabis-growing micro climates, by accident. It is well northeast of Highway 101, along a winding mountain road that follows the curves of Outlet Creek and the Middle Fork of the Eel River. Robin Abcarian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/19/16

She's a Dreamer who can work, but can't vote. Here's why she spent her weekend helping Clinton in Las Vegas -- Twenty-one-year-old Yamilex Rustrian cannot vote, but she would like to one day. So the Dreamer is doing all she can to make sure Hillary Clinton becomes president. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/19/16

Horsey: Embattled Trump finds allies and inspiration in the lunatic fringe -- There are compelling reasons not to vote for Donald Trump. He has the emotional temperament of a spoiled 14-year-old girl — everything is someone else’s fault and any rare apology is insincere and grudging. David Horsey in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/19/16

Want a self-driving car? Regulators consider public use -- California regulators asked members of the public Wednesday what they think about proposed regulations that would — eventually — permit self-driving cars that lack a steering wheel or pedals on public roads. Justin Pritchard Associated Press -- 10/19/16

California regains control over a quarter of state prisons -- California has regained responsibility for providing medical care at more than a quarter of its 34 prisons after 10 years of reforms. Associated Press -- 10/19/16

Snapchat and Facebook have a new rival in their sights: television -- Facebook and Snapchat have overtaken the home pages of Yahoo and Google as the front door to the Internet for hundreds of millions of people. Now, the two rivals are pursuing a much bigger challenge: surpassing television to become the dominant gateway to video. Paresh Dave in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/19/16

Airlines must refund bag fee if your luggage is delayed, Obama administration says -- If an airline delays returning your luggage after a flight, you will get a refund for your bag fee, under a new set of consumer-protection rules the Obama administration plans to adopt. Hugo Martin in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/19/16

Pasadena's Dog Haus is set to become a national chain with nearly 500 locations -- As fast-casual restaurants conquer the nation, it’s no longer hard to find better burgers, artisanal burritos or upscale pizza. But not the humble hot dog, which has yet to escape the ballpark. Shan Li in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 10/19/16

Why I kept quiet about being groped, grabbed and almost raped -- Many years ago, as I tell my teenage children, I was a young, hot chick. Yes, I was, kids, so stop laughing. I have pictures to prove it. During those years, I was groped, grabbed, chased, fondled, mauled and catcalled so often that I can’t even remember a fraction of the episodes. Marla Jo Fisher in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 10/19/16

Oakland hills fire anniversary: New threat ‘needs to be in people’s heads’ -- When the smell of smoke is in the air, Pauly Langguth slips into a routine: She turns on TV news and listens for the blare of fire engines. The 76-year-old can’t sleep until she has pinpointed the source. David Debolt in the East Bay Times -- 10/19/16

Red Flag Fire Warning Reminds San Diegans Of Past October Wildfires -- San Diego County is again under a National Weather Service red flag fire warning as Santa Ana winds combine with hot weather and dry conditions. Susan Murphy KPBS -- 10/19/16

Ami Bera, Scott Jones Attack Each Other's Character In Debate -- Democratic Congressman Ami Bera and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones found room for agreement on some of the issues during their first and only debate for the 7th Congressional District, but also spent time attacking each other's character and who they align themselves with in the presidential race. Amy Quinton Capital Public Radio -- 10/19/16