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This wealthy farmer is taking on Sacramento: ‘God help you if you disagree with him’ -- Proposition 53, into which Cortopassi and his wife, Joan, have poured about $4.5 million, is in one way a referendum on Brown’s $15.5 billion plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south. But to conservative interests in California, the initiative is also regarded as a bellwether. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/28/16

Matier & Ross: San Francisco sets low ba r for police chief’s job -- Acting San Francisco Police Chief Toney Chaplin’s bid to win the job permanently is getting plenty of political support — even encouragement from Mayor Ed Lee — but his biggest ally may be the city’s loose job requirements. Take, for example the educational criteria. Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/28/16

Otto’s big rigs drive into autonomous future with Uber -- An overladen pickup abruptly veered in front of our big-rig cab as we headed south on Interstate 280 from San Francisco. Luckily, we slowed just in time. Sitting in the back of the truck’s cab, Eric Berdinis drew a breath. “Whew, we got past that fine,” he said. Our truck, a Volvo VNL 780 tractor cab, was driving itself. Carolyn Said in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/28/16

Jim Doti, Chapman's renaissance man, downshifts from school president to professor -- Doti – who’s had one of the longest runs of any university president in the nation – made sure the university lived up to its own hype. David Whiting in the Orange County Register -- 8/28/16

'Granny flats' left in legal limbo amid City Hall debate -- John Gregorchuk had a plan: He would buy a house with ample room in back, enough room to build another unit. He would rent out that “granny flat” to help cover the mortgage. And then, when he and his girlfriend were ready to marry and start a family, his mother-in-law could move in and help take care of the kids. Emily Alpert Reyes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/28/16

Lopez: After five weeks and 1,100 miles, a deeper love of the California coast, a greater desire to watch over it -- It was late on a chilly night when I descended a winding mountain road to Shelter Cove, one of the few California coastal communities I’d never visited. Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/28/16

Abcarian: Latinos hold the key to pot legalization, but will people of color share in its economic riches? -- The town hall meeting, in a cavernous garage on an industrial side street in Gardena, was billed as an opportunity to learn about cannabis from some of the industry’s experts. Robin Abcarian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/28/16

Trump might already be out of time -- With negative perceptions hardened, his late adjustments on policy and rhetoric could sway too few people to matter. Eli Stokols Politico -- 8/28/16


California Policy & Politics This Morning   

More electric cars, more solar power expected as state struggles to reach tough new climate standards -- California is already a world leader in developing environmental policies that address climate change. But under a landmark bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday requiring far steeper reductions in greenhouse gas emissions than anything the state has ever attempted, the next 15 years will likely see big changes for California residents. Paul Rogers in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/28/16

Walters: California still has a big, and growing, education achievement gap -- The opening lyrics of a popular song during the 1940s advised listeners, “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative (and) don’t mess with Mister In-Between.” Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/28/16

Danville's Bob Pack nears victory for California prescription drug law -- Now, Pack is on the verge of victory: Senate Bill 482, which would require doctors to check a database for a patient's prescription history before prescribing opioids and other potentially dangerous drugs, unanimously passed the California Assembly last week and is expected to get final clearance from the state Senate early this week before heading to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. Tracy Seipel in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/28/16

LA’s decision to drop rent hikes for hundreds of tenants draws praise -- It’s been tough for Iris Ortiz to make ends meet. The 70-year-old North Hollywood resident didn’t need another reason to worry about how to cover her $684 rent on an $850 Social Security check each month. Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 8/28/16

Officials at odds over government providing storage lockers for homeless -- The city of Pomona’s agreement to provide nearly 400 storage lockers to the homeless to settle a federal lawsuit last week is the latest in an ongoing legal battle over the property rights of homeless citizens. Joe Nelson in the Inland Daily Bulletin$ -- 8/28/16

Willie Brown: Trump, Clinton are playing to the same crowd -- Donald Trump’s recent pronouncements about wanting to help blacks and immigrants are not really aimed at blacks and immigrants. Neither was Hillary Clinton’s speech the other day accusing Trump of pandering to bigots. Instead, both candidates’ messages were aimed at voters in the suburbs, most of whom are white. Willie Brown in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/28/16


Why California is struggling to craft a fair, forward-looking way to assess public schools -- Between 1999 and 2013, California’s Academic Performance Index boiled everything about the state’s K-12 public schools down to a single number between 200 and 1000. That’s going away in a new, more nuanced system that’s now under construction. Beau Yarbrough in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 8/28/16

UC Berkeley reopens Bowles Hall as residential college -- Bowles Hall is a residence hall unlike any other at UC Berkeley — a gorgeous Tudor mansion nestled just next to the football stadium in the hills above campus. Despite the building’s castle-like facade, for many years it settled into genteel disrepair, an all-male dorm that was out of favor with students and unaffordable for campus upkeep. Libby Rainey in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/28/16

New wave of scientists join San Diego universities -- They’re trying to land humans on Mars, design robots to serve the sick and elderly and identify which areas of Earth will be damaged most by climate change. They’re also looking for remnants of the “Big Bang,” evaluating Great Britain’s pending exit from the European Union and studying why a villainous gene causes Huntington’s disease. Gary Robbins in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 8/28/16


Weed advocates hold 4.20-mile race in San Francisco — sort of -- Cannabis consumers and joggers — staples of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park — came together Saturday to show the world the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Kimberly Veklerov in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/28/16

How Upland shut down 24 medical marijuana dispensaries since 2014 -- At least once a week, commercial real estate agent Tom Mitchell said he is approached by operators of medical marijuana dispensaries looking to open up shop in town. The problem is, such enterprises are illegal in Upland and have been for several years. Liset Márquez in the Inland Daily Bulletin$ -- 8/28/16

Mendocino County growers plan pot appellations to promote Cannabis Country -- It’s a unique product for discriminating palates and one Calvino hopes to market to consumers across California through a legally defined and protected geographical identification system similar to what’s used in the wine industry. Paul Payne in the Santa Rosa Press -- 8/28/16

Proponents of Signal Hill medical pot ballot measures gather required signatures -- Signal Hill voters may be deciding whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries after a petition drive similar to one in Long Beach. Except the Signal Hill proposition won’t be on the ballot — if it qualifies — until March. Harry Saltzgaver in the Long Beach Press Telegram$ -- 8/28/16

Immigration / Border 

Mother was deported to Mexico and her kids remain in the U.S. Here's how this family works -- It was 3:30 a.m. when Emma Sanchez kissed her husband goodbye as he left for work one June morning. As Michael Paulsen took the couple’s three children back across the U.S.-Mexico border, Sanchez went back to bed. Hours later, she woke up to an empty two-story house on the outskirts of Tijuana. Tatiana Sanchez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/28/16


‘The smell is torture,’ San Fernando Valley residents say of Sunshine Canyon Landfill -- Six months after Stephen Beck moved into his newly built Legends at Cascades condo in Sylmar, he awoke to a noxious bedroom window invader. An overwhelming smell of garbage. Dana Bartholomew in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 8/28/16

Northern spotted owl added to endangered species list -- The state's Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously on Friday to add the threatened bird to the list, ending a four-year process by the Environmental Protection Information Center, or EPIC. Associated Press -- 8/28/16

At San Onofre, spent nuclear fuel is getting special tomb -- Once, San Onofre was a marvel of modern engineering – splitting atoms to create heat, boiling water to spin turbines and creating electricity that fulfilled 18 percent of Southern California’s demand. Now, it’s a demolition project of mind-boggling proportions, overseen by a dozen government agencies. Teri Sforza in the Orange County Register -- 8/28/16


Trump talks to a white crowd about black voters -- Donald Trump made a direct pitch to Iowa’s farmers in a speech here Saturday—and then pivoted back to his appeal for support from African-Americans, even though there were virtually none in the audience. Eli Stokols Politico -- 8/28/16

Donald Trump tries to leverage a high-profile slaying into a campaign appeal -- The death of Nykea Aldridge on Friday afternoon is a death of the sort that's become sadly familiar in Chicago this summer. A young mother fatally shot on the street — this time accidentally, after hundreds of others that were intentional. What made Aldridge's death unusual is that she had a famous relative, Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade. Philip Bump in the Washington Post$ -- 8/28/16

Donald Trump Tries to Clarify Immigration Plan, but Avoids Key Issue -- Donald J. Trump provided on Saturday a more detailed look at his immigration policy, returning to the issue after a week in which he faced criticism from across the political spectrum for seeming to soften his hard-line position on deporting undocumented immigrants. Nick Corasaniti in the New York Times$ -- 8/28/16


-- Saturday Updates 

Hundreds laid off at Ashley Furniture factory/warehouse in Colton -- About 840 employees at an Ashley Furniture HomeStore factory/warehouse in Colton were laid off Friday. “They told us to go into a meeting, and all of a sudden they tried to feed us and they said, ‘You know what, there’s no more jobs,” said Israel Naja, 37, outside the store at 855 Ashley Way, where fellow employees arrived to collect their final paychecks and commiserate. Neil Nisperos in the Inland Daily Bulletin$ -- 8/27/16

Coastal Commission staff calls for shrinking a proposed Orange County beach development -- In another twist in the struggle over one of the biggest coastal developments proposed in years, the staff of the California Coastal Commission has recommended that Newport Banning Ranch backers significantly shrink their project to protect wildlife habitat. Bettina Boxall in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/27/16

Morain: Christian colleges receive a baptism by legislation -- In the legislative bazaar that is California’s Capitol, anyone can get a lobbyist, or so you would think. Dan Morain in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/27/16

California Politics Podcast: Deals Made, Deals Planned -- This week: A deal is made on climate change legislation in Sacramento. We also examine deals in the works on other bills, we answer your questions via Twitter, and remembering some state Capitol class acts. With John Myers of the Los Angeles Times, Marisa Lagos of KQED News and Anthony York of the Grizzly Bear Project. Link Here -- 8/27/16

40 years on, the Internet transmits every aspect of our lives -- On Aug. 27, 1976, a team led by Don Nielson, then assistant director of telecommunications at Menlo Park engineering firm SRI International, drove a specially equipped van 6½ miles south and parked at Zott’s. They ran a cable from the van’s radio to a computer set up at a picnic table out back and used the radio to connect to another computer at the SRI office and on to Boston. The Internet was born. Jessica Floum in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/27/16

Flights between U.S. and Mexico to soar under bilateral agreement -- An agreement between the U.S. and Mexico that took effect Aug. 21 will drop restrictions on the number of airlines that can fly between the two countries, thus increasing competition and lowering fares. Hugo Martin in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/27/16

Man fatally shot by FBI agent serving search warrants in Compton -- An FBI SWAT team arrived at the residence in the 14600 block of South White Street about 9:30 p.m. Thursday to serve the warrants, spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said An agent fired his weapon after a confrontation with t he man, Eimiller said. Matt Stevens in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/27/16

Lying under oath draws California prosecutor's ire -- A 12-year-old girl's lie on the witness stand cost Luther Jones 18 years. A judge in California's Lake County ordered Jones released from prison earlier this year after the girl — now 30 — came forward and said her mother told her to falsely testify in 1998 that Jones molested her. "It's a horrible injustice," Jones' attorney, Angela Carter, said. "Not just for Luther. His kids, his grandkids, the entire family has been affected." Sudhin Thanawala Associated Press -- 8/27/16

East Porterville residents, tired of drought, say end is in sight -- Five years of drought have left East Porterville residents exhausted. As of Monday, 628 homes countywide have dry wells and no county-supplied water tanks. Demand for tanks outpaces supply, and workers can’t install new ones without first securing a source of water. Andrea Castillo in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/27/16

Think there’s no quicksand in Southern California? Guess again -- Quicksand has been encountered in and near the Santa Ana River, where some call it “jelly sand.” It might be found in the region’s other alluvial river channels – the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers, said U.S. Geological Survey Research Hydrologist John Izbicki. Suzanne Hurt in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 8/27/16

28 postal workers charged with mail theft, other crimes in Southern California -- Twenty-eight U.S. Postal Service employees, mostly in Southern California — including the former president of the Mail Handlers Union — have been charged with crimes including mail theft, embezzlement, bank fraud and conspiracy, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday, Aug. 26. Brian Rokos in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 8/27/16

Trump returns to Bay Area on Monday -- Trump is scheduled to attend a $25,000-per-ticket fundraiser at an undisclosed location on the Peninsula, Tim Clark, Trump's California political director, said Saturday. The GOP presidential candidate is also scheduled to appear at a fundraiser in Napa County on Monday, with tickets ranging from $5,000 to $446,700, the Napa County Register reported. Matthew Artz in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 8/27/16