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Firestorm grows near Clear Lake; 12,000 ordered from homes -- Fueled by withering dry brush left by a historic drought, a wildfire near Clear Lake ballooned into a ravenous firestorm Sunday, more than doubling in size and forcing authorities to order 12,000 people out of their homes. Stela Khury and Peter Hecht in the Sacramento Bee$ Kurt Chirbas, Paige St. John and Joel Rubin in the Los Angeles Times$ Evan Sernoffsky in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/3/15

Lake County couple helpless as Rocky fire reduces home to ash, rubble -- Wayne Fischer tried to fight the Rocky fire — and the fire won. When officials delivered an evacuation order to Fischer and his wife, Judy, on Wednesday evening at their home off Morgan Valley Road about seven miles east of Lower Lake, the couple decided to make a stand. It nearly cost them their lives and they lost their home of 25 years, reduced to a 2,300-square-foot gray-and-black mass of charred rubble. Guy Kovner in the Santa Rosa Press -- 8/3/15

Decker: Trickle-down politics: Drought could force real change among city, state leaders -- It's something of a relief, if a mixed one, that the drought has surged into the role of the latest scourge to freak out California. Cathleen Decker in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/3/15

Proposed bobcat trapping ban feeds debate over government’s role -- The California Fish and Game Commission will consider a statewide ban on bobcat trapping this week, a proposal that has reignited debate over wildlife protections and the power of regulatory agencies. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/3/15

Adam Gray: A canny California politician forges his own path -- Marc Levine’s bill was about to get buried, and he almost wasn’t in the room to see it. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/3/15

The money race is on for the L.A. County Board of Supervisors 2016 primary -- The primary election is 10 months away, but candidates for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ 5th District are raising hundreds of thousands of dollars as they jockey to pull ahead in a crowded field. Alice Walton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/3/15

Walters: David Crane still an irritant to California unions -- There may not be a bounty on his head, but David Crane sits atop the enemies list for California’s public employee unions. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/3/15

Is GOP resurrecting its ‘war on women’ image? -- Republicans across the country winced three years ago when the term “war on women” entered the lexicon — the result of gaffes that included use of the phrase “legitimate rape” by Missouri GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin and Rush Limbaugh’s attack on feminist Sandra Fluke as a “slut” after she lobbied legislators for health insurance coverage for contraceptives. The war, it seems, hasn’t ended. Carla Marinucci in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/3/15

Sale of lottery tickets at gas pumps fuels concerns over gambling -- Drivers in California now can shove their credit card into a gas pump and come away with more than fuel — they can buy lottery tickets. And that’s sparking complaints from groups concerned about the continuing growth of state-sponsored gambling. John Wildermuth in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/3/15

Oakland: BART Transbay Tube on schedule to reopen as repairs continue -- The biggest factor in the relatively smooth conjunction of bus bridges and shuttles between the two cities this weekend appears to have been successful outreach to residents, BART spokesman Taylor Huckaby said. George Kelly in the Oakland Tribune -- 8/3/15

CalBuzz: GOP Debate Advance: Trump! Trump! Trump! -- In 2010, Donald Trump called President Obama’s chief political adviser, offering his services on the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, then befouling the Gulf of Mexico and depressing White House poll ratings. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine Calbuzz -- 8/3/15

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions    

Airfares drop while airlines score big profits -- If you plan to travel this fall, expect to pay the lowest airfares in years. Hugo Martin in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/3/15

Even with Orange County resources strained, cost-of-living increases are boosting the pay of pensioners -- The number of retired Orange County workers making more than $100,000 in annual pensions has more than doubled in the past five years, even as debate rages about the financial health of the county’s and other pensions. Tony Saavedra in the Orange County Register -- 8/3/15


Hospitals seek water savings amid drought -- From nurses washing their hands every time they enter a patient’s room to steam scalding surgical instruments sterile, water is everywhere in a hospital. Paul Sisson in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 8/3/15

Leak complaints flow from older areas -- San Diego city crews have responded to more than 10,000 calls about water leaks and related problems in the past 12 months, amid the worsening drought. Morgan Cook in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 8/3/15

Drought-tolerant landscaping sends grit onto plates of outdoor diners -- Lately, patrons dining outside of Montrose Bakery & Café have been getting their orders with a side of grit. Arin Mikailian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/3/15

Water & farmers: Things to know about AP-GfK drought poll -- A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds most Americans think of water as a limited resource that can be depleted if people use too much. When asked to rate priorities when water is scarce during a drought, more said agriculture should be a top or high priority over residential needs, wildlife and industry. Emily Swanson Associated Press -- 8/3/15


Promising algebra study gets second act -- Researchers working with some 13,000 students in 18 school districts over a three-year period may have solved one of public education’s great conundrums – how to help more at-risk middle school students pass algebra. Tom Chorneau Cabinet Report -- 8/3/15


Variety of medical scopes pose the risk of serious infection --A doctor reported in December that a medical scope commonly used to examine patients' lungs had infected 14 people with a superbug that kills half its victims. Melody Petersen in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/3/15

Vaccine-injured children, adults can seek compensation from federal government -- Depending on the severity of their reaction, many vaccine-injured victims have received monetary settlements from a little-known government entity called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program -- but only if they can prove their injury was more likely than not caused or aggravated by a vaccine. Tracy Seipel in the Contra Costa Times$ -- 8/3/15

Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Activists Use Super Bowl 50 to Galvanize Prevention Efforts -- Writer, performing artist and human rights activist Brooke Axtel stands on a stage constructed on the 50-yard line of Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, speaking to 1,500 rapt audience members—some whose eyes tear up as she recounts her experience as a survivor of sex trafficking at age 7. Lily Dayton California Health Report -- 8/3/15


Obama's new emissions rules likely to help shape White House race -- With Monday's release of landmark rules to combat global warming, President Obama is putting into place what probably will be the last piece of his ambitious second-term agenda – one that highlights deep divisions in the country and helps shape the race to succeed him. David Lauter in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/3/15


The Kochs freeze out Donald Trump -- The Koch brothers are freezing out Donald Trump from their influential political operation — denying him access to their state-of-the-art data and refusing to let him speak to their gatherings of grass-roots activists or major donors. Kenneth P. Vogel and Cate Martel Politico -- 8/3/15

Charles Koch compares work of his political network to civil rights movement -- Charles Koch on Sunday compared the efforts of his political network to the fight for civil rights and other “freedom movements,” urging his fellow conservative donors to follow the lead of figures such as Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King Jr. Matea Gold in the Washington Post$ -- 8/3/15

Clinton's presidential campaign raises profile with TV ads -- Facing increased competition from within her own party, Hillary Rodham Clinton is spending $2 million airing the first television ads of her presidential race in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Lisa Lerer Associated Press -- 8/3/15

Hillary Clinton Campaign Weighs Implications of Potential Joe Biden Challenge -- Reports that Mr. Biden was seriously exploring entering the 2016 race reignited discussion among Mrs. Clinton’s advisers about what his potential candidacy would mean for the contest ahead. Amy Chozick in the New York Times$ -- 8/3/15

Jeb Bush’s Camp Sees an Upside to Donald Trump’s Surge in the G.O.P. -- It may be the Summer of Trump, but the publicity-hungry real estate magnate is not the only Republican presidential candidate relishing all his attention. Jonathan Martin in the New York Times$ -- 8/3/15