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Oakland coal: A day after defeat, developer tone changes -- The Oakland City Council has made its move, effectively blocking a developer’s plan to ship massive amounts of coal from the city’s port. Now, all eyes are on developer Phil Tagami and his project team, whose members repeatedly threatened to sue the city in what could become a costly, drawn-out court battle. Rachel Swan in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/28/16

Yahoo shareholders eager to see company sold -- Yahoo shareholders are eager for the struggling tech giant to sell its Internet properties so they can reap their gains, cut their losses — or just move on. Wendy Lee in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/28/16

Brock Turner case: Bill to mandate prison for sexually assaulting unconscious victim clears committee -- The Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday considered several pieces of legislation introduced in response to national outrage over Stanford student-athlete Brock Turner's light punishment for sexual assault. Jessica Calefati in the San Jose Mercury$ Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/28/16

Teacher’s neo-Nazi counterprotest prompts Berkeley school threat -- Security at a Berkeley middle school was beefed up after the principal received a “vulgar and poorly written” email threat over a teacher’s involvement in a counterprotest to a neo-Nazi rally at the state Capitol building in Sacramento over the weekend that turned into a bloody melee. Bill Hutchinson in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/28/16

California teachers against union fees lose last-ditch Supreme Court bid -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused to reopen a case over public-sector workers' obligation to help fund the union that represents them, leaving intact a 4-4 deadlock. Greg Stohr Bloomberg -- 6/28/16

Blue Shield faces new criticism of shortchanging consumers in California -- Blue Shield of California, already under scrutiny by state officials, is facing new criticism that it didn’t adequately pay back policy holders for excessively spending on administrative costs in 2014. Noam N. Levey in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/28/16

UC spent $158,000 on campaign to counter critical state audit -- In the wake of a scathing state audit released in March, the University of California mounted a $158,000 publicity campaign to dispute claims that its admissions policies had disadvantaged resident students. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/28/16

Bill to limit tobacco sales in California can’t even get a vote -- Three weeks after California’s most significant new tobacco regulations in decades took effect, another proposed restriction proved so unpopular with lawmakers that it couldn’t even get a vote during a committee hearing on Tuesday. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/28/16

Undercover investigators accuse seven Bay Area Firestone shops of fraud -- Shops in Hayward, San Jose, San Mateo, Vacaville, Fremont, Concord and Fairfield were named in a complaint filed by the bureau, which visited the locations using cars from their auto lab. Katie Dowd in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/28/16

Experience Life on the Streets of San Francisco [360 Video] -- There are more than 6,000 homeless people in San Francisco, according to a 2015 report, and each person has a different story. Lakshmi Sarah and Melissa Bosworth KQED -- 6/28/16

Simon Ramo dies at 103; TRW co-founder who shaped California aerospace -- Not long after leaving Howard Hughes' fledgling Hughes Aircraft Co. and starting an aerospace firm in Westchester in 1953, Simon Ramo received a call from President Eisenhower. Peter Pae, W.J. Hennigan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/28/16

Quinn: The Real Brexit Message: A Warning To Hillary -- One year from now the leaders of the Free World could well be two men born in New York with weird orange hair, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and American President Donald Trump. You don’t think so, well look at the Brexit results and what you see is the dance of The Boris and The Donald. Tony Quinn Fox & Hounds -- 6/28/16

Republicans release Benghazi report but find no new evidence against Hillary Clinton -- After an exhaustive and politically charged investigation that went on for years and cost millions of dollars, Republicans on the House Benghazi committee released a final report Tuesday that shed little new light on the U.S. response to the 2012 attacks in that city. Evan Halper in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/28/16

'Brexit' could halt the growth of California trade with Britain -- California and its $5 billion of annual exports to Britain could be standing in harm’s way if there’s economic upheaval caused by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. James F. Peltz and Samantha Masunaga in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/28/16

IBM research scientists in San Jose find new way to recycle plastic -- Plastic from baby bottles, CDs and eyeglass lenses is tougher to recycle than soda bottles so it often end up in landfills leaching toxic chemicals instead of being transformed into something new. Queenie Wong in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 6/28/16

San Francisco media plan week of coverage on homeless crisis -- More than 70 media organizations in San Francisco plan to saturate online, TV and print publications this week with news stories about an issue that has stumped politicians and residents for decades: The city's homeless. Janie Har Associated Press -- 6/28/16

Sisters become doctors, lawyers after childhood of farm labor -- One scorching summer day in Selma, 8-year-old Leticia Corona Gómez asked her mother why their family had to toil in the fields all summer – work that began before dawn and lasted all day, all week, and often, all weekend – for a mere 17 cents per bucket of grapes. The answer that followed would stay with her and her sisters. Carmen George in the Fresno Bee -- 6/28/16

Trump returning to California for high-dollar fundraiser -- Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is headed to Southern California days before the Republican National Convention for a fundraiser where donors are being asked to contribute up to $449,400 per person. Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/28/16

Trump's secret data reversal -- Donald Trump has dismissed political data operations as “overrated,” but his campaign is now bolstering its online fundraising and digital outreach by turning to GOP tech specialists who previously tried to stop him from winning the party’s nomination. Kenneth P. Vogel and Darren Samuelsohn Politico -- 6/28/16

Chamber of Commerce rips Trump's trade speech in real-time -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce answered Donald Trump's trade policy speech on Tuesday by attempting to pick apart the presumptive Republican nominee's policies point by point, engaging in a rapid-fire succession of social media posts hitting him for his opposition to international trade deals. Nick Gass Politico -- 6/28/16

Trump touts 7-point jobs plan, hammers Clinton on trade -- The presumptive GOP nominee is calling for scrapping a massive Pacific trade deal and ripping his rival for her back-and-forth stance on it. Nolan D. McCaskill Politico -- 6/28/16

Canada to drop Mexican visa restrictions -- With Donald Trump pledging to build a border wall to keep Mexicans out of the United States, Canada is rolling out the welcome mat. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday that his nation will drop its visa requirement for Mexican citizens, effective Dec. 1. Louis Nelson Politico -- 6/28/16

Benghazi report finds no new evidence of wrongdoing by Clinton -- The final House report’s overall narrative did not substantively differ from previous investigations and numerous news accounts over the years. Karen DeYoung in the Washington Post$ -- 6/28/16

Twitter loses it over Donald Trump's speech in front of a trash wall -- As Donald Trump delivered a major speech at a Pennsylvania aluminum plant about trade and economic policy, promising that his proposals bring about prosperity, all Twitter could focus on was the wall of crushed-up recyclables that served as his backdrop. Jill Ornitz in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/28/16

California Policy & Politics This Morning   

Beset by scandals, the state's energy regulator is facing a massive reorganization -- In a broad reorganization of California’s primary energy regulator, Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers announced a deal Monday to strengthen external oversight, boost transparency in communications with the electric and gas industries and jettison some authority over Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ Ben Adler Capital Public Radio -- 6/28/16

Activists reveal more dark-money donors to campaigns against unions and schools-funding tax -- The campaign for extending a schools tax on high-income Californians kicked off this week with the release of undisclosed donors involved in fighting against the levy when it last appeared on the ballot. Howard Blume, Maloy Moore and Doug Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/28/16

California land regulators to weigh end of nuclear power -- California regulators are expected to decide Tuesday whether to drop their longstanding environmental objections to the state's last nuclear power plant in return for its promised early closing. Alison Noon Associated Press -- 6/28/16

Violence in Sacramento shows old and new faces of white extremism -- The two groups at the center of a violent Sacramento rally that left at least seven people with stab wounds on the Capitol grounds Sunday represent a marriage of the past and future of white supremacist organizations, experts and law enforcement officials said. James Queally in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/28/16

California police panned for slow response to Capitol clash -- Authorities were anticipating violence as a white nationalist group planned a demonstration at the California Capitol, and they brought in more than 100 officers to patrol the grounds. Don Thompson Associated Press -- 6/28/16

Police defend response to violent rally at California Capitol -- Sacramento police and the California Highway Patrol are defending the way they handled Sunday’s bloody neo-Nazi rally that spun out of control and left 10 people injured – five of them stabbed – saying they intervened quickly to halt some assaults and that more than 100 Sacramento officers were on scene at the time violence broke out. Sam Stanton and Anita Chabria in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/28/16

White nationalist group says it will be at Republican convention -- A group of white nationalists and skinheads who held a rally in Sacramento over the weekend where at least five people were stabbed plans to show up at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next month to “make sure that the Donald Trump supporters are defended.” Sean Cockerham in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/28/16

Heritage or hatred? Assembly debates nixing Confederate names -- Extending a debate that has swirled from Charleston to California, Assembly members on Monday spent a fervent few minutes debating and then passing a resolution that would urge Congress and the president to strip the names of Confederate leaders from federal buildings, roads and other pieces of property. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/28/16

Department of Justice repays first responders $500K for San Bernardino terror attack response -- The U.S. Department of Justice is repaying the sheriff’s, police and fire departments that responded to the Dec. 2 terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center $500,000 for the extraordinary expenses incurred by the response. Beau Yarbrough in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 6/28/16

Video backing attacks shows San Francisco landmarks; FBI questions validity -- A video circulating on the Internet that appears to show allegiance to the Islamic State ends with footage of San Francisco that features shots of the Golden Gate Bridge and the 555 California street tower — an apparent threat that officials said has not been confirmed as legitimate. Jenna Lyons in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/28/16

Walters: California measures for three-day waiting period near showdown -- It’s showdown time for two fiercely competitive measures that would give the public more time to see legislative bills before they are passed. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/28/16

California voters will be asked this November to change the rules for passing bills in the Legislature -- An initiative requiring any legislation be in print for three days before final passage at the Capitol earned a spot on the Nov. 8 statewide ballot on Monday, an effort supporters claim will end the long tradition of 11th hour political deals quickly turned into California law. John Myers in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/28/16

California lawmakers approve $2 billion for homeless housing -- California senators have approved a $2 billion bond to build permanent housing for mentally ill homeless people. The plan senators passed would use money from an existing fund for mental health care financed by a tax on millionaires that voters approved in 2004. Associated Press Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ Katie Orr KQED-- 6/28/16

Pelosi tees off on Apple chief for GOP fundraiser -- Tuesday’s fundraiser for House Republicans in Menlo Park being held by Apple CEO Tim Cook isn’t sitting well with a certain Bay Area politician whose district begins 30 miles to the north. John King in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/28/16

Gov. Brown signs bill that limits seizure of assets of many Medi-Cal recipients -- After three years of sleepless nights for hundreds of thousands of Medi-Cal recipients, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a bill that limits the state's seizure of assets from the estates of low-income residents ages 55 to 64. Tracy Seipel in the East Bay Times Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee$ Melody Gutierrez in the San Francisco Chronicle Jonathan J. Cooper Associated Press -- 6/28/16

Abcarian: Palin and Carville spar over Trump, then a 10-year-old boy steals the show -- Sarah Palin called it. Just before leaving home for Politicon 2016, a gathering of mostly left-leaning political junkies in Pasadena, the former Alaska governor posted a note on Facebook saying she was heading for “the lion’s den” “to share some reality on behalf of Americans with righteous indignation.” Robin Abcarian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/28/16

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions      

Airbnb sues to block new San Francisco law -- Airbnb went to court Monday seeking to block forthcoming amendments to San Francisco law requiring short-term rental companies to police their websites and remove unregistered hosts. Carolyn Said in the San Francisco Chronicle Tracey Lien and Emily Alpert Reyes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/28/16

Anaheim to decide short-term rentals' fate -- The City Council will decide Wednesday if the short-term rental market in the city will be shut down or stiffer penalties placed on owners who cannot control their vacationers. Joseph Pimentel in the Orange County Register -- 6/28/16

U.S. fleet gets long-term deal in tuna-rich Pacific -- Negotiators from the U.S., island nations and American fishing companies agreed to a new South Pacific Tuna Treaty on Saturday in New Zealand that reduces the number of days that U.S. boats can fish but also gives them the option of buying as many fishing days as they need, instead of a set amount per the previous agreement. Phillip Molnar in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/28/16

Water   

"Water Windfall" Deep Beneath California's Central Valley -- Researchers at Stanford University found what they call a “water windfall” deep beneath the Central Valley, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. Scientists say it's three times more groundwater than previous state estimates and four times more if saltier water is included. Amy Quinton Capital Public Radio -- 6/28/16

California has a lot more water than it thinks, new Stanford study suggests -- Drought-stricken California might have a hidden water bonanza. A Stanford University study released Monday said the state has three times more groundwater located in deep aquifers than earlier estimated. Shelby Grad in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/28/16

How bad is water management in California? -- California’s combination of climate, native ecosystems, and human uses makes water management inherently hard, unsatisfactory, and evolving. California is doomed to have difficult and controversial water problems. No matter how successful we are. Jay Lund Capitol Weekly -- 6/28/16

Westlands Water District to split top jobs amid missteps, criticism -- Westlands Water District, which has come under fire from farmers and the federal government over its financial and other dealings, has decided it no longer wants its general manager to also function as the district’s top lawyer, agency officials said Monday. Rory Appleton in the Fresno Bee -- 6/28/16

Education 

Criticism escalates for online charter operator -- A full audit by the state controller and legislation that will be heard this week could threaten the operation of California Virtual Academies, a network of nonprofit online charter schools tied to the publicly traded education company K12, Inc. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 6/28/16

Local school districts do little to protect themselves from conflicted advisers -- After the federal government recently fined a prominent former superintendent for allegedly playing both sides in several school financial deals, a review by The Bee shows that many Valley school districts don’t have safeguards to prevent possible conflicts of interest. And because these districts don’t police these possible conflicts, well-connected contractors can reap hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds. Rory Appleton in the Fresno Bee -- 6/28/16

Guns   

U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn brings sit-in against gun violence home to L.A. -- The setting, the multi-purpose room of a high school, was far less ornate and the participants sat in chairs, Hahn noted. But, she added, the sentiment was the same. Christine Mai-Duc in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/28/16

Environment 

Oakland votes to block coal-shipping plan -- The Oakland City Council voted unanimously Monday to block the handling and storage of coal in Oakland, effectively halting a developer’s controversial plan to ship coal from the port. Rachel Swan in the San Francisco Chronicle Erin Baldassari in the East Bay Times Janie Har Associated Press -- 6/28/16

Maywood fire: LA moves displaced to motels, cleanup continues -- Los Angeles County is moving people displaced by the Maywood industrial fire from a Red Cross shelter into motels, and is offering them additional financial aid until they get the all clear to go home, officials said Monday. Elizabeth Aguilera KPCC -- 6/28/16

Also . . . 

Dyer: Shooting a ‘tragedy;’ officers’ body cameras key to inquiry -- Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer on Monday called the shooting death of unarmed 19-year-old Dylan Noble a “tragedy,” but said body-camera videos of the incident show why officers “felt, at least in their minds,” the need to use their firearms in the Saturday afternoon confrontation. Jim Guy in the Fresno Bee -- 6/28/16

Chronic Funding Shortfalls Frustrate County Coroners -- a refrigerated crypt at the Los Angeles County Coroner-Medical Examiner’s headquarters, the bodies lie awaiting examination on the shelves of metal racks, similar to what you might find in a Home Depot. Chris Richard California Health Report -- 6/28/16

Former Republican congressman George Radanovich to head ag group -- George Radanovich, a wine grape grower and former California congressman, is the new president of the Fresno-based California Fresh Fruit Association. Robert Rodriguez in the Fresno Bee -- 6/28/16

San Francisco deputy's missing gun found during Fairfield murder investigation -- A San Francisco sheriff's deputy's missing handgun turned up in a homicide investigation in Solano County last year, the latest discovery of what happened to one of hundreds of lost or stolen law enforcement weapons uncovered by a Bay Area News Group investigation published Sunday. Thomas Peele and Nate Gartrell in the East Bay Times -- 6/28/16

Blue Angels back in the air, will perform at San Francisco’s Fleet Week -- The Blue Angels have resumed performances, three weeks after one of the team’s pilots was killed while practicing for a show in Tennessee, and plan to participate in San Francisco’s Fleet Week in October. Emily Green in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/28/16

Customer complaints over Frontier Communications service still piling up -- Constance Gordon, a spokeswoman for the California Pubic Utilities Commission, said her agency has received more than 1,500 complaints regarding everything from Internet outages and spotty telephone service to equipment failures and bills for services customers didn’t receive. Kevin Smith in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 6/28/16

Anaheim's streetcar hits a major bump in the road -- Orange County transportation officials voted Monday to take the lead on the Anaheim Rapid Connection streetcar project – potentially derailing Anaheim’s proposal, which has already cost millions. Jessica Kwong in the Orange County Register -- 6/28/16

Conviction pushes Paul Tanaka from office as Gardena mayor after 11 years -- Paul Tanaka, who as the beloved mayor of Gardena helped lead the city through tumultuous financial waters more than a decade ago, was cast out of office Monday when he was sentenced to prison on federal corruption convictions. Sandy Mazza in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 6/28/16

Ads to warn of 'Ugly Truth' of human trafficking -- San Diego County officials announced on Monday the launch of a campaign intended to educate the public about sex trafficking and child exploitation. Dana Littlefield in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/28/16

Metro finds 'right mix of gruesome and levity' to encourage safety (and prevent decapitations) -- Los Angeles County transportation officials are using a scared straight approach to encourage rail safety. Alexia Fernandez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/28/16

Laguna Beach cafe owners file countersuit against Muslim women who alleged discrimination -- The owners of a Laguna Beach cafe have filed a countersuit against a group of women who allege they were targeted for being “visibly Muslim” and discriminated against because they were ordered to leave. Anh Do in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/28/16

Fallen soldier from Glendale honored with gravestone 50 years after his death in Vietnam -- For decades after his death in the Vietnam War, Allan Altieri's resting place lay bare with no grave marker. Arin Mikailian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/28/16

Beltway 

House Democrats mistakenly release transcript confirming big payout to Clinton friend Sidney Blumenthal -- The Democrats on the House Benghazi committee released their final conclusions from the inquiry into attacks on Americans in that Libyan city in 2012, and in the report they say, once again, that the investigation is a politically motivated sham aimed at damaging the reputation of Hillary Clinton. Evan Halper in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/28/16

Does Hillary Clinton still need Elizabeth Warren? -- The rationale behind a Clinton-Warren ticket is fading as Democrats consolidate around the presumptive nominee. Gabriel Debenedetti Politico -- 6/28/16

Trump, casting aside ‘pivot,’ lashes out once again at Elizabeth Warren -- Many Republicans were hopeful last week that Donald Trump would finally pivot to become a calmer, less bombastic presidential candidate. On Monday, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee made clear that was not happening. Jose A. DelReal in the Washington Post$ -- 6/28/16

AP Fact Check: Some debatable Warren claims at Clinton stop -- Elizabeth Warren fudges some facts at Hillary Clinton campaign appearance. Josh Boak and Calvin Woodward Associated Press -- 6/28/16

Monday Updates 

Band-aid for closing recycling centers passes California Assembly -- Recyclers and grocery stores would get a reprieve from the causes and fallout of a wave of recycling center closures – and policymakers could get prodded toward a larger deal – under a budget bill that passed the Assembly on Monday. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/27/16

State senators block energy policy changes sought by Gov. Jerry Brown -- Energy proposals stalled in a state Senate committee on Monday amid concerns that Gov. Jerry Brown's administration was trying to push major policy changes without enough public scrutiny. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/16

U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez misses votes, gun control sit-in during week in Spain -- U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez remained in Spain for a week after a trade mission this month, missing nine recorded votes and the Democrats’ dramatic attempt to force a vote on gun control through a sit-in. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/16

Protesters claim police did nothing to stop violence at California Capitol on Sunday -- Protesters on both sides of Sunday’s bloody riot at the state Capitol say police intentionally held back from intervening as a planned neo-Nazi rally spun out of control and left 10 people injured, including at least five who were stabbed. Sam Stanton and Anita Chabria in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/27/16

Loaded gun found at neo-Nazi event where seven people are stabbed -- The investigation continued Monday into several violent confrontations, some caught on camera, between white nationalists and anti-Nazi protesters on the Capitol grounds in Sacramento during a rally the previous day. Jazmine Ulloa, John Myers, Emily Alpert Reyes and Victoria Kim in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/16

Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers announce major reorganization of California's energy regulating agency -- Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers announced a broad overhaul of the state’s main energy regulator on Monday, a response to a scandal involving the agency’s decommissioning of a Southern California nuclear facility and criticism in its handling of new technologies including Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies. Liam Dillon in the Los Angeles Times$ Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ Ben Adler Capital Public Radio -- 6/27/16

Plan for regional power grid raises hopes, doubts -- A plan to expand management of California's power grid to a six-state area is raising concerns that the energy — and the governance — might not be as clean as billed. Jeff McDonald in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 6/27/16

Sacramento region to California: We’ve got plenty of water -- The Sacramento region’s largest water districts have given a resounding answer to the question of whether they could handle three more years of drought: We have plenty of water. Phillip Reese and Ryan Sabalow in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/27/16

Former top L.A. County sheriff's official given 5-year sentence for obstructing FBI probe -- Paul Tanaka, once one of the most powerful law enforcement officials in Los Angeles County, was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison for interfering with an FBI investigation into jail abuses by sheriff’s deputies. Joel Rubin in the L os Angeles Times$ Susan Abram in the Los Angeles Daily News$ Frank Stoltze KPCC Amanda Myers Associated Press -- 6/27/16

Charter school founder Steve Barr to challenge Garcetti in 2017 -- Charter-school founder Steve Barr will run for Los Angeles mayor in 2017, opening up a potentially challenging front for incumbent Mayor Eric Garcetti in what has so far shaped up as an all but uncontested re-election bid. Peter Jamison in the Los Angeles Times$ Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 6/27/16

Fox: Brexit and California Business & Politics -- The immediate effect of British voters’ move to leave the European Union will hit California business but a ripple effect could also be felt with the state’s political decisions as well. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 6/27/16

From living in cars to UC Davis — one student's journey -- The first car he slept in, when he was 6, was his mother’s white Cadillac, parked in South Los Angeles. Joy Resmovits in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/16

California law lets you fiddle with phone while driving – sometimes -- A California Office of Traffic Safety study came up with this unsurprising but alarming finding last week: 1 out of every 10 drivers on the road is paying as much attention to his or her smartphone as to the road ahead. That’s illegal, right? Not necessarily. Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/27/16

California wildfire 'most destructive' in county history -- A California wildfire that killed two people and destroyed 200 homes in the southern Sierra Nevada burned away from neighborhoods Monday, clearing the way for some residents to return to homes that survived the savage flames. Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press -- 6/27/16

Life wasn't glamorous before fire ravaged South Lake, but it was home -- The more than 43,000-acre Erskine fire that roared through eastern Kern County hit no place harder than a community that was already a hardscrabble home to retirees living on fixed incomes and a working class spirit that defied the more glamorous stereotypes of lakeside living. Ruben Vives in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/16

Why Plans to Replace Diablo Canyon With 100 Percent Clean Energy Could Fall Short -- When PG&E announced plans to close California’s last remaining nuclear plant last week, it also announced a historic plan to replace it with clean energy, like solar or wind, and energy efficiency gains. Lauren Sommer KQED -- 6/27/16

Question: Where are San Diego County’s five-star hospitals? Answer: There aren’t any -- Despite the San Diego region’s numerous health care facilities and medical sophistication, our hospitals don’t look that great. They scored especially poorly when patients were asked about noise, and whether they understood their conditions and treatment as they were being discharged. Cheryl Clark inewsource.org -- 6/27/16

Should California's Rainy Day Fund Be Used Even When There's No Recession? -- When California voters approved a new state budget reserve two years ago, Democrats and Republicans urged its passage to help avoid steep cuts during the next recession. Now, Democratic legislative leaders are suggesting the “Rainy Day Fund” could help alleviate what Gov. Jerry Brown's administration projects will be a $4 billion budget deficit in 2019 – even if there is no recession. Ben Adler Capital Public Radio -- 6/27/16

Uber, Lyft leave fingerprints on Sacramento ride-hailing bills -- The quick U-turn from combative outsiders to savvy insiders shows the two companies’ growing political sophistication and clout, a transition that underscores their rapid growth from disruptive upstarts to corporations worth billions of dollars with massive constituencies of drivers and riders. Carolyn Said in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/27/16

Walters: Internet poker, fantasy sports gambling coming to California? -- The discovery of gold in California 168 years ago ignited a fabled rush of gold seekers from every corner of the globe. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/27/16

The Problem With Telephone Poles -- The California Public Utilities Commission has come under scrutiny in recent years for a major pipeline explosion, gas leak, and nuclear plant closure. But the commission’s president says one of his biggest challenges is the telephone pole. Ben Bradford Capital Public Radio -- 6/27/16

Trump's failed Baja condo resort left buyers feeling betrayed and angry -- When Stephenee Simms heard in 2006 that Donald Trump was building condo towers in Baja, the lure of a posh weekend getaway on the rustic coast just south of Tijuana was hard to resist. Michael Finnegan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/16

Hardly anybody wants to speak at Trump's convention -- Politico reached out to more than 50 prominent Republicans. Few said they plan to attend the convention in Cleveland, let alone speak. Alex Isenstadt Politico -- 6/27/16

Trump campaign: Warren is a 'sellout' -- On the same day Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) appeared alongside Hillary Clinton to savage Donald Trump for his past statements, not to mention his "goofy hat," the presumptive Republican nominee's campaign fired back with another word for the liberal firebrand senator: "sellout." Nick Gass Politico -- 6/27/16

Trump: Warren is a 'racist' -- Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday, calling her a “racist” and a “total fraud.” Speaking in an interview with NBC News correspondent Hallie Jackson, Trump retaliated against Warren, who described him as a bigot just hours earlier at a campaign stop with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Ohio. Jonathan Easley The Hill -- 6/27/16