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Two police officers shot in San Diego; one suspect in custody -- The San Diego Police Department said on Twitter that officers were searching for whoever was responsible for the shooting in the 3800 block of Boston Avenue. About 12:30 a.m., police confirmed on Twitter that they had one suspect in custody and were searching for more. Matt Hamilton and David Hernandez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/29/16

Envelopes stuffed with cash: South El Monte mayor admits to taking bribes from a city contractor -- The mayor of South El Monte has agreed to plead guilty to a federal corruption charge, admitting that he accepted at least $45,000 in bribes from a city contractor in a scheme so entrenched that he would call if his payments were late. Matt Hamilton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/29/16

Placentia recovered more than $4 million allegedly embezzled by former financial manager -- The city of Placentia has recovered more than $4 million of the $5.16 million allegedly embezzled by its former financial services manager, officials said Thursday. Anh Do in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/29/16

Brown: More carrot, less stick -- Gov. Jerry Brown has a lot riding on the November ballot. Voters will decide on his Proposition 57, which Brown says would let nonviolent inmates become eligible for parole sooner, create “good behavior” credits for state prisoners and let judges decide whether to try a juvenile as an adult. Dorothy Mills-Gregg Capitol Weekly -- 7/29/16

Walters: Business-opposed ‘job killer’ bills will face final test next month -- When the Legislature reconvenes next week for the final month of its biennial session, it will decide the fate of hundreds of bills ranging from game-changing to trivial. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/29/16

State Tightens Rules on Which Finance Companies May Handle Bond Sales -- Bonds can help big public projects get built, and they can also generate big revenues for the finance companies that handle bond sales for local governments. Now the California Treasurer’s Office says some of those companies are going too far. Katie Orr KQED -- 7/29/16

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti introduces himself to nation at DNC: 'I'm just your average Mexican American Jewish Italian' -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti held up his city as a model of progressive policy-making at the Democratic National Convention Thursday in a speech that was as much a forthright self-introduction to a national audience as it was an argument on behalf of his party’s presidential nominee. Peter Jamison in the Los Angeles Times$ Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 7/29/16

Antonio Villaraigosa tears into Donald Trump on immigration -- Pummeling Republican Donald Trump on immigration is a good bet politically for any California Democrat. Antonio Villaraigosa? Even more so. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/29/16

Calbuzz: Hillary: Far More Credible As POTUS Than Trump -- Hillary Clinton met all the political challenges she faced in accepting the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination on Thursday: she spoke directly to economically anxious middle-class voters outside of the convention hall, displayed both a soft heart and a tough mind and set forth a liberal policy agenda for the country. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine CalBuzz -- 7/29/16

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Tolls     

From Sacramento to Fontana, new anti-poverty tax credit has paid out -- California’s new earned-income tax credit had put about $189 million in the pockets of the working poor as of earlier this month, well below the $380 million in claims the Brown administration and lawmakers had expected. Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/29/16

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions    

Airbnb sues Anaheim over law that makes the rental site liable for hosts who violate city law -- Airbnb sued the city of Anaheim on Thursday, challenging a new city law that imposes fines on short-term rental sites for listing homes and apartments that violate the city’s rental regulations. Hugo Martin in the Los Angeles Times$ Joseph Pimentel in the Orange County Register -- 7/29/16  

Federal agency calls for new rules on debt collectors during Sacramento hearing -- Debt collectors, attorneys and consumer advocates heard details in Sacramento on Thursday of a proposed overhaul of the nation’s $13.7 billion debt collection market through rules limiting how often collection agencies can call debtors and allowing consumers to ask for verification that they are responsible for debt. Loretta Kalb in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/29/16


Sierra Nevada giant sequoias respond to water stress with clever adaptations -- The leaves atop giant sequoias in the Sierra Nevada are better at storing water than those closer to the ground, an adaptation that may explain how their treetops are able to survive 300 feet in the air, researchers at American River College and Humboldt State University have found. Robert Kuo in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/29/16


Clinton's vice-presidential pick could raise profile of K-12 issues in presidential campaign -- One issue that has strangely taken a back seat in the presidential campaign so far has been K-12 education. That could change with the selection of Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., as Hillary Clinton’s running mate. Louis Freedberg EdSource -- 7/29/16

Immigration / Border 

After Supreme Court Ruling, What’s Next for Unauthorized Immigrants Seeking Work? -- Many unauthorized immigrants had pinned their hopes on getting work permits through President Obama’s immigration plan, but early this summer the U.S. Supreme Court placed the plan on hold. This month the Obama administration asked the court to reconsider, but that’s considered a long shot. In the meantime, some immigrants in California are finding other ways to work legally. Leslie Berestein Rojas KQED -- 7/29/16


Lake Tahoe: Warmest water temperatures ever recorded threaten famed clarity, new study shows -- Lake Tahoe's average surface temperature last year was the warmest ever recorded, the latest evidence that climate change is altering California's iconic Sierra Nevada landmark. Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury$ Bill Lindelof in the Sacramento Bee$ Craig Miller KQED -- 7/29/16


Agents go door to door in campaign to squash West Nile virus in LA County -- In a Sun Valley neighborhood where riders guide their horses down dusty roads and roosters crow from gated front yards, mosquito expert Ronnie Helo armed himself with a pile of pamphlets and a familiar warning. Susan Abram in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 7/29/16

Also . . . 

New leg for Liam, 4-year-old whose prosthetic limb was stolen from Orange County beach -- Just four days after someone stole 4-year-old Liam Brenes’ prosthetic leg from the sand at Crystal Cove, he’s sporting a brand new one, with a “Ghostbuster” design. Laylan Connelley in the Orange County Register -- 7/29/16

U.S. Navy expected to name ship after slain Supervisor Harvey Milk -- The U.S. Navy is expected to name a ship after Harvey Milk, the first time it has bestowed the honor on a gay leader and a gesture that underscores the military’s transformative shift on LGBT people. Emily Green in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/29/16


'We can all rise together,' Hillary Clinton proclaims in accepting her historic nomination -- The first woman to receive the presidential nomination of a major party, Clinton accepts it with “boundless confidence in America's promise.” Her address is a sharp rejoinder to Donald Trump's address last week. Evan Halper and Mark Z. Barabak in the Los Angeles Times$ Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle Julia Prodis Sulek and Matthew Artz in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 7/29/16

Clinton’s DNC address: Fact or fiction? -- Here’s Politico’s fact-check of Clinton’s Democratic National Convention address. Timothy Noah, Jennifer Haberkorn, Ben White, Doug Palmer and Michael Crowley Politico -- 7/29/16

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech at the 2016 DNC -- Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech was the highlight of the Democratic National Convention, but it was relatively sparse in terms of facts and figures that could be checked. Glenn Kessler and Michelle Ye Hee Lee in the Washington Post$ -- 7/29/16

AP Fact Check: Misfires in Hillary Clinton's Speech -- In her speech accepting the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton wrongly implied Donald Trump has proposed banning Islam in America and sketched out a plan for defeating Islamic State militants that merely mirrors what the U.S. is already trying to do. Christopher S. Rugaber and Bradley Klapper Associated Press -- 7/29/16

Fallen Muslim Soldier's Dad to Trump: Have You Read the Constitution? -- The father of a Muslim soldier killed in Iraq slammed Donald Trump's proposed ban on Muslims and offered to share his copy of the Constitution with the Republican nominee. Eric Garcia Roll Call Rebecca Ballhaus in the Wall Street Journal$ Niraj Chokshi in the New York Times$ Philip Bump in the Washington Post$ -- 7/29/16

Democrats erupt as Republican Doug Elmets bashes Trump -- Perhaps no one speaking at the Democratic National Convention this week had less to say to party loyalists – and more to the opposition – than Doug Elmets, a Sacramento Republican who worked in the Reagan White House. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ Tyler Pager Politico-- 7/29/16

Trump says Democrats ignore terrorism, crime and illegal immigration -- Donald Trump responded Thursday to scorching attacks by President Obama and others at the Democratic convention by saying they were “not talking about the real world” of Islamic terrorism, unchecked illegal immigration, rampant crime, a depleted military and U.S. jobs “pouring into Mexico.” Michael Finnegan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/29/16

Roe vs. Wade will be overturned if Donald Trump wins, Mike Pence says -- GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence on Thursday predicted Roe vs. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, would be overturned if Donald Trump is elected president. Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/29/16

Trump’s way with words leads him into dicey situation -- Donald Trump is quickly learning there are no do-overs in politics. A day after suggesting that Russian hackers should break into Hillary Clinton’s private computer system and either recover or release emails she didn’t turn over to the FBI during its investigation, he was frantically trying to walk back the controversial statement. John Wildermuth and Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/29/16

Decker: 21 thoughts about the Republican and Democratic conventions -- Cathleen Decker, who analyzes politics for The Times, took to Twitter tonight for an instant analysis of the Republican and Democratic conventions. The item is in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/29/16

Horsey: Hillary Clinton’s speech combines Bernie’s economics with JFK’s resolve -- The small group of disgruntled Bernie Sanders supporters who tried and failed to disrupt Hillary Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention should have shut up and paid attention. David Horsey in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/29/16

-- Thursday Updates 

Villaraigosa calls on Democrats to protect immigrants, block Trump's call for mass deportations -- Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told the thousands gathered at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday that it was up to them to “stand up and fight” for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/28/16

In Philadelphia, ‘Bernie Peacekeepers’ roam the streets. Cleveland was even quieter -- At a park this week steps from the Liberty Bell, the cracked symbol of American independence, Walter Rhoads stood near a large paper mache Mahatma Gandhi while anti-fracking protesters rallied in the sweltering conditions. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/28/16

Bernie Sanders delegates accuse Clinton organizers of trying to shut them out -- While Bernie Sanders’ supporters at the Democratic National Convention largely lowered their voices on Wednesday – after shouting inside Wells Fargo Center and storming a media tent on the previous day – pockets of unruliness persist. A prime place to find them: The upper reaches of the California delegation, house left. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/28/16

‘I wish I was his son,’ Gavin Newsom jokes of Jerry Brown -- Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who began raising money for his gubernatorial campaign more than three years before the 2018 election, was lamenting the “ridiculous” cost of advertising in California when he came to the name of one politician who could start raising money late and still beat a billionaire: Gov. Jerry Brown. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/28/16

New crop of California Democrats courts national attention -- This week at the National Constitution Center, an interactive museum at the birthplace of American freedom, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla briefly interrupted DJ Aul Purpis as revelers paired wine with assorted mousse cups and mini cannoli. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/28/16

Decker: Clinton has one big edge on Trump: Her supporting cast is stronger -- After a day that demonstrated weaknesses in both presidential candidates, a series of high-powered surrogates for Hillary Clinton impugned Donald Trump from the Democratic convention stage Wednesday, aiming at the voters she will need for victory in November. Cathleen Decker in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/28/16

Rep. Schiff: Trump 'doing damage merely by running for office' -- Donald Trump might not yet be president, but the Republican nominee is already "affirmatively doing damage" to the United States simply by running for office, ranking House Intelligence member Adam Schiff declared Thursday. Nick Gass Politico -- 7/28/16

How an L.A. designer set the stage for unity at the Democratic convention -- Unlike the set at last week’s Republican National Convention, which was sleeker and more imposing, the Democrats’ stage is meant to be approachable. Not quite blue-collar, but stripped of airs. Trying to look economical without looking cheap. Certainly distinct from the futuristic glow we saw in Cleveland. Christopher Hawthorne in the Los Angeles Times$ Amy Graff in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/28/16

Melania Trump’s website disappears amid questions about her degree -- Melania Trump’s website was taken down as of Wednesday afternoon, after her plagiarized speech at the Republican National Convention fueled questions about her educational biography, the Huffington Post reported. The website now redirects to her husband’s site, which features a slideshow of Trump buildings and links to various arms of the Trump Organization. Elizabeth Koh in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/28/16

Democratic donors rip Trump for failure to share tax returns -- There's literally a bounty for the Trump documents. Moishe Mana, a top fundraiser for Clinton, has offered to give $1 million to the charity of Trump's choice if he makes them public. He joins an unnamed Republican donor working with Clinton ally David Brock who has made a similar offer of $5 million. Julie Bykowicz Associated Press -- 7/28/16

Politifact CA: TRUE: Mike Pence advocated for 'conversion therapy' -- California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom joined in the chorus of attacks on Donald Trump’s choice for running mate during a speech at the Democratic National Convention this week. Newsom, a prominent LGBTQ rights supporter, said Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence "advocated for diverting taxpayer dollars to so-called conversion therapy." Chris Nichols Politifact CA -- 7/28/16

Man convicted in D.C. intern Chandra Levy's death won't be retried -- The U.S. Attorney's office said in a statement Thursday that the office has moved to dismiss the case charging Ingmar Guandique with Levy's 2001 murder. Associated Press -- 7/28/16

How a temp agency can get away with discrimination -- The company refused to hire women, telling applicants the jobs were for men only. That’s what government regulators said when they sued Industrial Labor Management Group. The lawsuit demanded back pay and damages for the women. Then, the company disappeared. Will Evans Center for Investigative Reporting -- 7/28/16

Statewide energy alert extended as triple-digit temperatures broil California -- California ISO, which manages the state’s electric grid for most of the state, predicted peak energy usage – 46,888 megawatts -- would occur between 4 and 6 p.m. Power imports will be limited Thursday and Friday because neighboring states were also experiencing a heat wave. Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/28/16

Oakland fights its own drug war over preferential pot permits -- Oakland’s new medical cannabis laws, intended to right the perceived wrongs of the U.S. war on drugs, are the focus of a fierce political fight at City Hall. Rachel Swan in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/28/16

Suspect who allegedly opened fire on Oakland cop arrested -- A gunman who shot at an Oakland Police sergeant after she crashed her patrol vehicle was arrested early Thursday in Stockton, police said. The suspect, an Oakland man whose name was not immediately released, told detectives he targeted Sgt. Nadia Clark solely because she was a police sergeant in uniform, said Lt. Roland Holmgren, head of Oakland Police homicide unit. Evan Sernoffsky in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/28/16

Sacramento County man tests positive for Zika in first reported case -- A Sacramento County man who recently traveled to an area with active Zika transmission has tested positive in a preliminary test for the virus. Sammy Caiola in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/28/16

CalSTRS steps up pressure in Volkswagen diesel scandal -- One month after joining other institutional shareholders in suing Volkswagen, CalSTRS has obtained a court order permitting the pension fund to subpoena the carmaker’s U.S. unit for internal documents that would shed light on how Volkswagen developed technology designed to evade air-pollution regulations. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/28/16

After fatal drug overdoses at rave, parents of dead 19-year-old file lawsuit -- The parents of a 19-year-old college student who fatally overdosed on drugs at a rave at the Los Angeles County fairgrounds last August have filed a lawsuit against the event organizer, Live Nation, and the venue operator, the Los Angeles County Fair Assn. Rong-Gong Lin II and Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/28/16

Family of mentally disabled man killed by Long Beach police files federal lawsuit -- The lawsuit contends Long Beach officers violated Mharloun Saycon’s civil rights by using excessive force and wrongfully killing him. The suit identifies Vuong Nguyen as the officer who shot and killed the 39-year-old. Ruben Vives in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/28/16