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California Senate approves gun bill in response to Isla Vista attacks -- With support from families who lost loved ones in the Isla Vista massacre in May, the state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation aimed at taking guns away from people seen as a danger to themselves or others. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/27/14

Deal Reached On Ride-Sharing Legislation -- Sources familiar with the deal tell Capital Public Radio that ride-share drivers would be required to carry “commercial excess” insurance of at least $200,000 during "Stage One" - the period if time from when drivers turn their apps on until a match is made with a passenger request. That's down from $500,000 in the bill's previous version. Ben Adler Capital Public Radio -- 8/27/14

California officials delay massive Delta water tunnel project -- Plans for two huge water diversion tunnels in the Delta are being delayed, state officials announced Wednesday, because the plans need more work. Matt Weiser in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/27/14

Central California residents rely on bottled water as wells run dry -- Extreme drought conditions have become so harsh for the Central Valley community of East Porterville, many of its residents dependent on their own wells have run out of water. Veronica Rocha in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/27/14

Arrest rate in California Senate higher than rate in all of state's largest cities -- Three of the 40 members of the California State Senate have been arrested this year, more than double the statewide arrest rate and higher than the rate in any of California's 25 largest cities. Phillip Reese in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/27/14

Gov. Brown OKs deal to increase funding to $330 million for California's film tax credit -- The compromise would increase funding to $330 million a year over the next five years. While that falls short of the $400 million annually sought by backers, the amount would more than triple the current level of funding. Richard Verrier in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/27/14

Feds to allow some immigrant deportees to return under new settlement -- Homeland Security officials have agreed to allow some migrants deported from Southern California to return to the U.S. as part of a settlement agreement with the ACLU, the civil rights group announced Wednesday. Richard Marosi in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/27/14

Lodi-area terror suspect says he would not have acted against his own country -- Late on the night of March 16, as his Amtrak bus approached the Canadian border near Blaine, Wash., Nicholas Teausant says he put his plan into action. Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/27/14

California Policy & Politics This Morning   

Audit: State government errors give employees $6.3 million in unearned leave -- State agencies gave their employees nearly 200,000 hours of unearned leave credits worth almost $6.4 million over five years, and the self-inflicted taxpayer expense will only grow until the government fixes the errors, according to a new state audit. Jon Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/27/14

Assembly narrowly passes bill to mark toy guns -- After debating whether it would protect harmless civilians or confuse police officers, the California Assembly on Tuesday narrowly passed legislation requiring toy guns to be brightly colored. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ Fenit Nirappil Associated Press -- 8/27/14

Bills asks California voters to consider restoring bilingual education -- Californians would vote in 2016 to repeal the state’s ban on bilingual education under a bill the Legislature is sending to Gov. Jerry Brown. Over Republican objections, the Senate passed Senate Bill 1174 Tuesday night, 25-10. Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/27/14

California Senate approves measure banning warrantless drone surveillance -- The California State Senate passed legislation on Tuesday imposing strict regulations on how law enforcement and other government agencies can use drones, a move supporters said will protect privacy and prevent warrantless surveillance. Aaron Mendelson Reuters -- 8/27/14

Bill requiring public access to care facility inspection reports passes Assembly -- SB 895, authored by Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, would mandate care facilities to fix within 10 days -- unless otherwise directed -- any deficiencies found during inspections. The bill would also require the state Department of Social Services to post online instructions on how people may obtain facility inspection reports offline. Katie Nelson in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/27/14

Jackson drilling bill fails -- A bill that sought to foreclose the possibility of oil drilling in state waters from wells that could be drilled at Vandenberg Air Force Base was defeated in the Assembly on Tuesday. Timm Herdt in the Ventura Star$ Marc Lifsher in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/27/14

Transparency's Unlikely Foe -- Organized labor in California has decided to oppose legislation that would require political groups to prominently disclose their donors. Robert Gammon East Bay Express -- 8/27/14

Herdt: To be young, black and male -- On Monday, the day of the funeral for black teenager Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, a 49-year-old African-American mother from Los Angeles spoke of the conversations she thought she'd never need to have with a son born in the United States in the year 2000. Timm Herdt in the Ventura Star$ -- 8/27/14

Beverly Hills police express regret for holding black producer before Emmys -- Beverly Hills police officials said Tuesday that it was "extremely unfortunate" that officers handcuffed and detained an African American film producer who was in the city to attend a pre-Emmy party. Robert J. Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/27/14

Davis City Council seeks alternatives to military armored vehicle -- After hours of discussion, the Davis City Council on Tuesday night voted to ask staff to return within 60 days with options for the military surplus armored rescue vehicle the police department recently added to their fleet. Cathy Locke in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/27/14

NAACP decries policy to arm Compton school police with AR-15 rifles -- A growing chorus of community members has denounced a new policy that will allow Compton Unified School Police officers to carry semiautomatic AR-15 rifles while on patrol. Stephen Ceasar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/26/14

San Jose: Parents speak out about life, death of woman shot and killed by police while holding drill -- For their daughter's entire life, Jim and Victoria Showman labored tirelessly to help with her severe bipolar disorder. The work went right up until the final minutes. Robert Salonga in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/27/14

Jury selection begins in shooting case linked to Senate sergeant -- Jury selection began Tuesday in the case of a gun battle at the suburban Sacramento home of a state Senate sergeant that left one person dead and others injured. John Howard Capitol Weekly -- 8/26/14

Teen crushed by bricks in Napa earthquake recounts pain, fear -- Nicholas Dillon felt the weight of the bricks fall on his back. Panic set in. His screams filled his pitch-black house in Napa as his mother struggled to reach him. The 13-year-old yelled. He couldn't move. Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle Katrina Cameron in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/27/14

How safe are rising San Francisco towers in wake of Napa earthquake? -- Sunday's North Bay earthquake left no mark on San Francisco, but it was enough to pique the curiosity - or fears - of Bay Area residents who wonder about the wisdom of adding towers to a city in an earthquake zone. John King in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/26/14

Jerry Brown warns of 'much bigger' future earthquake -- Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that the earthquake that shook Napa County on Sunday is “nothing compared to the big one” that California may still face. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/26/14

Thousands of California's brick buildings face quake danger -- Three decades after some California cities began requiring old brick buildings to be seismically retrofitted, thousands across the state still have not been strengthened and are in danger of collapse during a major earthquake. Hector Becerra, James Barragan, Rong-Gong Lin II in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/27/14

California’s Embrace of Anti-Theft Technology in Smartphones Puts a Squeeze on Thieves -- It will soon get a lot harder for smartphone thieves to sell stolen iPhones, Samsung Galaxy phones and Windows phones on the black market. Brian X. Chen in the New York Times$ -- 8/27/14

Lawmakers praise Mexican president's message of cooperation -- Lawmakers from both parties praised Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's message of economic and political partnership between California and Mexico after the president's address Tuesday to a joint session of the Legislature. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/27/14

Protesters, lawmakers criticize Mexico's handling of Marine case -- Demonstrators, including a Republican lawmaker, gathered outside the historic Leland Stanford Mansion in Sacramento on Tuesday to protest the jailing of a U.S. Marine in Mexico. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/26/14

Jerry Brown introduces Mexican president, jabs at Texas -- Gov. Jerry Brown was at the rostrum to introduce Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to a joint session of the Legislature on Tuesday, but amid the diplomacy he made time for Texas. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/27/14

Mexican president thanks California for aiding undocumented migrants -- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto thanked California on Thursday for improving the lives of immigrants from his country, including legalizing drivers' licenses for undocumented migrants and making it easier for them to work and start businesses. Sharon Bernstein Reuters David Siders and Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ Fenit Nirappil Associated Press Carla Marinucci in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/27/14

Bill on water districts takes aim at corruption -- A bill aimed at reining in political corruption occurring in near-invisible water boards like the Central Basin Municipal Water District made its way to the governor’s desk last week. Steve Scauzillo in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 8/26/14

Walters: Hueso’s arrest continues long history of Legislature and booze -- The arrest of Ben Hueso, a Democratic state senator from San Diego, on suspicion of drunken driving very early one morning was not a particularly unusual event. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/27/14

Tesla gigafactory: State budget watchdogs urge restraint on tax breaks, incentives -- The fierce competition among five states to land Tesla Motors' planned "gigafactory" for battery production has been the economic development story of the summer. Dana Hull in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/26/14

Swearengin: ‘Still evaluating’ candidates for governor -- Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, the Republican candidate for state controller, refused Tuesday to commit to supporting GOP guberantorial nominee Neel Kashkari this fall, saying she is “still evaluating” the candidates for governor several weeks after Kashkari annoyed many Fresno leaders by going undercover there posing as a homeless man looking for a job. Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ John Wildermuth in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/27/14

Fresno mayor touts independence in controller bid -- Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who is regarded as the Republican Party's best hope for winning a statewide office in November, introduced herself on Tuesday as an outsider who would bring fiscal independence as California's state controller. Judy Lin Associated Press -- 8/27/14

California Senate seeks to double financial penalty in bribery cases -- With two of its members accused of accepting payments for favors, the California Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would double the restitution fines for legislators and city council members convicted of accepting a bribe in exchange for influence on official action. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/26/14

Family members of Isla Vista victims urge passage of gun bill -- Parents and other family members of three UC Santa Barbara students shot to death in the Isla Vista massacre appealed to state lawmakers Tuesday to approve a bill aimed at preventing similar tragedies in the future. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/26/14

Snapshot: My meeting with Pete Peterson -- Pete Peterson, the Republican candidate for secretary of state, would rather that voters see the “R” after his name as representing “resume.” Josh Richman Political Blotter -- 8/27/14

National Republicans wading into California legislative targets -- A Washington-based Republican group working to elect down-ballot candidates for state office has added two California legislative contenders to its latest top 14 races to watch this fall. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/26/14

Los Angeles looking for options to repair sidewalks -- With nearly 4,600 miles of crumbling and broken sidewalks that will cost $1.5 billion to repair, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday asked for a review of options to reverse a 40-year policy in which the city took responsibility to fix the sidewalks. Rick Orlov in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 8/26/14

Taxes, Fees, Rates   

Consumer group gets $1.1M for rate work -- State regulators have awarded the Utility Consumers’ Action Network more than $1 million for its work fighting a proposed San Diego Gas & Electric Co. rate increase, breathing new life into a nonprofit group on the brink of dissolution two years ago. Jeff McDonald UT San Diego$ -- 8/27/14

Economy, Employers, Jobs   

Wineries tally damage -- Officials in Napa Valley were still working Tuesday to tally the economic damage to the $13 billion wine industry after Sunday's earthquake. Jon Bonné in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/26/14

Napa’s 6.0 rumbler brings up another queasy topic: Earthquake insurance -- The earthquake that jolted the Napa Valley last weekend upended more than wine barrels and mobile homes. It also was an unsettling reminder of how few Californians – homeowners and businesses alike – carry earthquake insurance. Claudia Buck, Lisa Philip and Phillip Reese in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/27/14

Amazon hiring for 200 jobs at Tracy distribution center -- Amazon.com is looking to fill more than 200 full-time positions at its sprawling, 1.2-million-square-foot distribution center in Tracy. Mark Glover in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/26/14

Food 4 Less averts strike by reaching tentative deal with SoCal union -- Grocery chain Food 4 Less has tentatively agreed on a new contract with the United Food and Commercial Workers union, averting a potentially crippling strike. Shan Li in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/26/14

Mayor Garcetti pitching new minimum wage plan to business groups -- Los Angeles business leaders confirmed Tuesday that Mayor Eric Garcetti is circulating a plan to hike the city's minimum wage to $13.50 an hour over three years, followed in years after by hikes keyed to inflation. Catherine Saillant in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/26/14

Minimum wage battle heating up -- Each side in San Diego’s ongoing minimum wage battle is accusing the other of unethical and inappropriate behavior. David Garrick UT San Diego$ -- 8/27/14

Minimum wage bump would help close wealth gap for 23% in San Francisco -- If San Francisco voters approve raising the minimum wage law in November, 142,000 workers - or 23 percent of the city's workforce - would get a raise by the time it fully kicks in to $15 an hour by 2018, according to a new study to be released Wednesday by UC Berkeley researchers. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/27/14

Will federal aid arrive for Napa earthquake? -- Napa County and Solano County officials wrestling with earthquake recovery are hoping for federal assistance, but it's likely to be days or even weeks before they know whether money from Washington - and how much - might come their way. Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/26/14

Flower Mart tenants seek assurances about future -- San Francisco's development wars are migrating from the waterfront to a sentimental property in the heart of SoMa: the San Francisco Flower Mart. J.K. Dineen in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/26/14

L.A.-O.C. house prices up 10.5% in the past 12 months ending in June -- House prices continued to level off in the region and across the nation, increasing 10.5 percent in the previous 12 months ending in June in Los Angeles and Orange counties, according the the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index. Jeff Collins in the Orange County Register$ -- 8/27/14

Education

Fresno Unified makes deal with federal government over magnet programs -- A deal struck this summer between Fresno Unified School District and the federal government says school officials must move swiftly to ensure more qualified minority students know about advanced programs like Manchester GATE and aren't discouraged from enrolling because of entrance requirements. Hannah Furfaro in the Fresno Bee -- 8/27/14

Testing snafu leaves thousands of disabled students in limbo -- With classes underway in most school districts statewide, teachers assigned instruction of some 40,000 cognitively disabled students have been left in academic limbo without an applicable set of content standards or assessment to teach to. Kimberly Beltran Cabinet Report -- 8/27/14

Counties approve high number of LCAPs -- An EdSource survey of a sampling of county offices of education found that they approved nearly all school districts’ inaugural Local Control and Accountability Plans, laying out spending and academic priorities under the state’s new funding formula, by the Aug. 15 initial deadline for the review. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 8/27/14

Drought  

Big water customers in San Francisco to see rates double for overages -- Big water customers in San Francisco, such as universities, shopping centers and the city itself, will have to reduce their outdoor watering by 10 percent starting Oct. 1 or see their rates double for any overage, according to new penalties city utility officials approved Tuesday. John Coté in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/26/14

San Jose declares water shortage, but won't fine wasters -- More than seven months into the California drought, San Jose has officially declared a city-wide water shortage, asking the city's 1 million residents to cut their water use by 20 percent -- but there will be no new consequences for those who don't. Mike Rosenberg in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/26/14

Antioch adds new water restrictions to drought management plan -- Antioch residents will no longer be able to use city water to fill non-recirculating fountains, wash their driveways, flood their yards while irrigating, or wash vehicles using a hose that does not have a shut-off nozzle. Rowena Coetsee in the Contra Costa Times$ -- 8/27/14

Drought: Tough Choices For California Water Managers -- A federal agency is releasing water from a northern California reservoir to help a salmon run on the Klamath River. The extreme drought conditions are making for tough choices. Ed Joyce Capital Public Radio -- 8/26/14

Congress running out of time to reach compromise on drought relief legislation -- It's summer recess in Washington. Congress has been gone all month, but talks continue behind the scenes to try to find a compromise on drought legislation. Kitty Felde KPCC -- 8/27/14

Immigration / Border

Lawmakers headed to Central America to address border crisis -- A bipartisan group of House lawmakers will head to Central America on Friday to better understand why waves of migrant children have been crossing the southwest border. The four-day congressional delegation includes stops in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, according to an itinerary shared with The Hill. Scott Wong The Hill -- 8/27/14

Obama pressed to expand deportation program for millions -- President Obama is facing heavy pressure from both sides of the immigration fight as he nears a self-imposed deadline for likely changes to his deportation policy. Mike Lillis The Hill -- 8/27/14

Environment

Santa Monica Mountains land use plan OK'd over vineyard objections -- Los Angeles County supervisors approved a far-reaching land use plan for the Santa Monica Mountains Tuesday, over the objections of a group of vineyard owners but with support from a broad coalition of environmentalists, equestrians and homeowners. Abby Sewell in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/27/14

Health

High-Priced Drug Sovaldi Coming to California Prisoners with Hepatitis C -- It’s the drug that can cure most people with hepatitis C in 12 weeks — but comes at a high cost: $1,000 a pill. Now, California Correctional Health Care Services, which oversees clinical care and drug prescriptions for 125,000 inmates at 34 prisons across the state, began using Sovaldi last month. George Lauer KQED -- 8/26/14

Hospital bidder sues unions, alleging extortion -- In a surprising move, an anti-union Southern California hospital chain hoping to buy the struggling Daughters of Charity Health Care System is suing employee unions under the federal RICO Act, saying the unions are trying to thwart that deal and others by using extortionist tactics aimed at forcing it to cave into union demands. Tracy Seipel in the Contra Costa Times$ -- 8/27/14

You bought insurance, but are you covered? -- A worrisome trend is emerging among some Californians who thought they were safe and secure under Covered California: Their plans are being canceled without consent and sometimes without notice. Emily Bazar in the Orange County Register$ -- 8/27/14

Obamacare and Immigration -- Fears about deportation have kept many Latinos from signing up for health insurance in California. Momo Chang East Bay Express -- 8/27/14

Also . . .

Boats, grapes and Poseidon at Napa quake's epicenter -- Pinpointing nature's wrath is tricky business, but geologists have tracked the latest spasm of wickedness to a remote, windswept marina along the Napa River. Peter Fimrite in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/26/14

Report: San Diegan died fighting for ISIS -- Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, converted to Islam, may have attended City College. Jeanette Steele UT San Diego$ -- 8/26/14

Islamic State hostage is female U.S. aid worker -- Family members and U.S. officials say the Islamic State militant group has been holding a young American woman hostage in Syria since last year. Associated Press -- 8/26/14

Burning Man 2014: Southern California aerospace engineers build massive telescope at desert festival -- Tom Varden was not the first person to realize that Burning Man is a great place to look up at the stars and get your mind blown. But he is the first to imagine a miniature Griffith Observatory at the annual desert art party that promises a mind-altering, out-of-this-world experience. Jordan England-Nelson in the San Bernardino Sun -- 8/27/14

BART discusses ending lifetime free travel perk for board members -- Responding to stinging public criticism, BART directors on Thursday will consider terminating a perk that gives them and their family members free travel on the train system for life. Denis Cuff in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/27/14

Los Angeles police, sheriff's scan over 3 million license plates a week -- A county judge is expected to decide this week whether the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department must turn over weeks worth of data from cameras on cruisers and fixed locations throughout the county that automatically scan and save information from more than 3 million license plates per week. Jason Henry in the Inland Daily Bulletin -- 8/27/14

POTUS 44    

Obama to James Foley’s killers: ‘America does not forget’ -- “Rooting out a cancer like ISIL won’t be easy and it won’t be quick,” Obama told the American Legion’s annual convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. “But tyrants and murderers before them should recognize that kind of hateful vision ultimately is no match for the strength and hopes of people who stand together for the security and dignity and freedom that is the birthright of every human being.” Jennifer Epstein Politico -- 8/26/14