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State Supreme Court to review landmark case on money bail system -- The state Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a request by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón to review California judges’ authority in how they set bail for pretrial defendants, setting aside an appellate ruling that required them to consider a person’s financial status before requiring payment for release from jail. Bob Egelko and Evan Sernoffsky in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/23/18

Authorities arrest dozens in probe of Mexican Mafia control in L.A. County jails -- Federal authorities on Wednesday unveiled a sweeping investigation into the Mexican Mafia and the control the criminal organization wields inside Los Angeles County jails, arresting dozens of the groups' members and associates for a litany of crimes. Joel Rubin, Maya Lau in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/23/18

300 patients come forward in USC gynecologist misconduct case as LAPD begins investigation -- About 300 people have contacted the University of Southern California about a longtime campus gynecologist accused of misconduct as administrators Tuesday began sharing the names of former patients with Los Angeles police for a criminal investigation. Matt Hamilton, Harriet Ryan, Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/23/18

A yacht, cocaine, prostitutes: Winery partly owned by Nunes sued after fundraiser event -- In 2015, Alene Anase was asked by her employer Alpha Omega Winery to serve guests as part of a charity cruise on the San Francisco Bay. But what she expected to be a routine shift serving wine turned into a nightmare, according to court documents. Mackenzie Mays in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/23/18

Stand or stay out of sight: NFL takes on anthem protesters -- NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday aimed at quelling the firestorm over national anthem protests sparked by Colin Kaepernick and polarized by President Trump, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the “The Star-Spangled Banner” but requiring them to stand if they come to the field. Paul Newberry Associated Press -- 5/23/18

Southern California's median home price hits a new record: $520,000 -- Southern California home prices in April surged 7.2% from a year earlier to reach a new all-time high, a sharp increase at a time when rising mortgage rates are making an already pricey housing market even more so. Andrew Khouri in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/23/18

San Diego home price hits (another) record high: $570K -- San Diego County’s median home price hit an all-time high of $570,000 in April, increasing 8.6 percent in a year, said real estate tracker CoreLogic. It surpases the previous peak of $550,000 from the month before. Phillip Molnar in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/23/18

End to gun shows at Cow Palace could involve “conversations” about its roof -- Lawmakers who are once again pushing for a ban on gun shows at the Cow Palace may have an ace up their sleeves — the aging exhibition hall’s roof. Matier & Ross in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/23/18

California to its presidential wannabes: Don't quit that day job! -- Kamala Harris has enjoyed the celebrity spotlight from the moment — not terribly long ago — she set foot in Washington, owing in good part to the assumption she will reach for history and, come 2020, run to be the nation's first black woman president. Mark Z. Barabak in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/23/18

ACLU sues ICE for license plate reader contracts, records -- The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for records about the agency’s use of license plate reader technology, after ICE apparently failed to turn over records following multiple requests. Sophie Haigney in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/23/18

San Francisco's Black Hammer Brewing ordered to stop making cannabis beer -- Black Hammer Brewing in SoMa debuted a very special beer for the 4/20 holiday in 2017: Toke Back Mountain, an IPA brewed with cannabidiol, the hemp-derived compound better known as CBD. The brewery claimed it was California’s first cannabis beer. Esther Mobley in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/23/18

Tale of three desalination plants: Why the Doheny proposal is winning over some skeptics -- Some environmentalists go so far as to call the desalination proposal for south Orange County, just north of Doheny State Beach, a “good” approach. Martin Wisckol in the Orange County Register -- 5/23/18

Abcarian: Dear Lady Trustees of USC: It's time to speak up and hold Max Nikias accountable -- Dear Women of the USC Board of Trustees, I am talking to you, Jeanie Buss. And you, Jane Harman. And you, Wallis Annenberg. Robin Abcarian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/23/18

Judge: President can’t block critics on Twitter -- A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump is violating the First Amendment when he blocks critics on Twitter because of their political views. Larry Neumeister Associated Press -- 5/23/18

Kushner granted permanent security clearance, AP source says -- President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been granted a permanent security clearance, allowing him access to the nation’s most closely held secrets, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday. Eric Tucker Associated Press -- 5/23/18

Tesla in fatal pond crash not on Autopilot, company says -- A Tesla Model S that plunged into a Castro Valley pond this weekend, killing its driver, was not operating in self-steering Autopilot mode at the time of the crash, Tesla said Wednesday. David R. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/23/18

Tesla slammed by consumer groups for Autopilot ‘deceptive advertising’ -- With Tesla’s Autopilot system under scrutiny following recent crashes, two consumer groups on Wednesday asked federal authorities to investigate the automaker for “dangerously misleading and deceptive advertising,” saying the company made its system seem closer to self-driving technology than it truly is. David R. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/23/18

New California laws would make it easier for ex-prisoners to get better jobs -- A package of bills making its way through the California legislature could change the career outlook for people like Mota, who have gone through job training programs in prison but been denied access to higher paying jobs because their records prevent them from getting licensed. Annie Sciacca in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/23/18

Chipotle moves HQ to Orange County — thanks to CEO who worked at Taco Bell -- After nearly 25 years in Denver, Chipotle Mexican Grill is saying so long to its hometown and on Wednesday announced it will move its headquarters to Southern California. The fast-casual restaurant chain, which has financially had a rough few years, will settle in Newport Beach, nearby neighboring fast-food chains Taco Bell, Del Taco and the iconic In-N-Out Burger. The item is in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/23/18

111-year-old San Francisco woman had to prove to U.S. government that she was still alive -- Lucy Mirigian is 111 and very much alive, no matter what the U.S. government says. She was working a jigsaw puzzle in her San Francisco home this week and said that you really do need to be alive in order to solve one. Steve Rubenstein in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/23/18

Fox: State Won’t Ride to the Rescue over Local Government Pension Problems -- At his latest state budget press conference, Gov. Jerry Brown made it clear there will be no state cavalry riding to the rescue of local governments battling the pension monsters local officials created. Therefore, taxpayers will have to be on guard against a potential avalanche of tax measures that could appear to deal with the problem. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 5/23/18


California Policy & Politics This Morning

Pro-Villaraigosa ad touting Barack Obama's support leaves false impression -- An independent campaign committee, backed by wealthy charter school advocates, is behind a television advertisement and mailed brochure seeking to boost former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's campaign for governor. Both show him with former President Barack Obama. Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/23/18

Abandoning a long-held position, Dianne Feinstein says she now opposes the death penalty -- "Several years ago I changed my view of the death penalty. It became crystal clear to me that the risk of unequal application is high and its effect on deterrence is low," she said in a statement to The Times. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/23/18

California has moved to the left, and Feinstein is following in her bid for a fifth term -- Dianne Feinstein built one of California's most successful political brands by standing up to her party's liberal wing. Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/23/18

California’s local D.A. races become big-dollar battleground in nation’s justice debate -- In most district attorney elections, the campaign playbook is clear: Win over the local cops and talk tough on crime. But in California this year, the strategy is being turned on its head. Paige St. John, Abbie VanSickle in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/23/18

Tax bill and Obamacare repeal are potent issues in California congressional races, poll shows -- With Democrats angling to win back control of the U.S. House, the new tax law and the failed attempt to repeal Obamacare may prove to be important campaign flashpoints against California Republicans, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. Christine Mai-Duc in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/23/18

How the candidates for California governor would make college more affordable -- All of the top Democrats running for California governor are calling for major new investments to make the state’s public universities more affordable and relieve crushing student debt, suggesting they’d be more willing than Gov. Jerry Brown to open state purse strings and give students a hand up. Casey Tolan in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/23/18

Gov. Jerry Brown: Criminal Justice Initiative Is 'Poorly Drafted' -- Backers of a wide-ranging ballot measure aimed at reversing many of the changes to parole and sentencing laws championed by Gov. Jerry Brown said this week that they have enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. Marisa Lagos KQED -- 5/23/18

What Will Jerry Brown's Departure Mean for Criminal Justice in California? -- When Gov. Jerry Brown was sworn in seven years ago, he inherited a prison system that by most accounts was at a breaking point. Years of “tough on crime” laws had packed state lockups to the brim. Federal judges told California leaders they needed to reduce the prison population by 40,000 inmates, or else the court would start releasing prisoners. Marisa Lagos KQED -- 5/23/18

San Francisco’s Mayoral Race and the Struggle for the Future of the Left -- Nathan Heller discusses the three front-runners in San Francisco’s mayoral race—London Breed, Jane Kim, and Mark Leno—and the curious mismatch between their personal biographies and policy stances. How will the left decide between the progressive path and the moderate one? The New Yorker -- 5/23/18

Bryan Caforio’s campaign for Congress is a union job -- If the 35-year-old attorney defeats three other Democrats and Rep. Steve Knight, R-Santa Clarita, in the most closely watched House election in Los Angeles County, it will be due in no small part to endorsements and contributions from organized labor. Kevin Modesti in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 5/23/18

Walters: Campaigns try to fool California voters -- Politics – the means by which we govern ourselves – can be a positive, even uplifting human enterprise. Too often, however, political tactics are based on the cynical assumption that voters can be easily fooled and the current election season is, unfortunately, rife. Dan Walters Calmatters -- 5/23/18

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck disputes Trump's remark on release of immigrant in U.S. illegally -- In the escalating battle between California officials and President Trump over immigration, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck on Tuesday contested a statement by the president that the LAPD had released an immigrant in the country illegally who then committed a murder. Cindy Chang in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/23/18

Checking the math on cap and trade, some experts say it’s not adding up -- As California accelerates its efforts to reduce greenhouses gases over the next decade, experts are pointing to vulnerabilities in its celebrated cap-and-trade system, weaknesses that could make the state’s goals difficult—even impossible—to reach. Julie Cart Calmatters -- 5/23/18

L.A. County to review real estate leases involving former employee who admitted accepting bribes -- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors ordered a review Tuesday of all leases negotiated by a former county employee who cooperated with the FBI after admitting to taking bribes. Adam Elmahrek in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/23/18

Piglet heist could land 5 Bay Area activists in prison for 60 years -- Five members of a Bay Area animal rights activist group are facing felony charges and up to 60 years in prison after being accused of taking a pair of piglets from an industrial pig farm in Utah. They were charged after the Federal Bureau of Investigation tracked the piglets to an animal rescue facility in Colorado. Tara Duggan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/23/18

San Francisco officer’s shots at moving vehicle rekindle tense debate -- It stands as one of the most visible and contested policy changes in an era of reform for San Francisco’s police force: Officers are now barred in most circumstances from shooting at suspects in moving vehicles. Evan Sernoffsky in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/23/18

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

This California agency has so many new employees that it's installing smaller cubicles -- California can’t fit all of its environmental regulators in its 25-story Environmental Protection Agency headquarters, and it doesn't want to shell out tens of millions of dollars to find them new digs, either. Adam Ashton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/23/18

Elon Musk: Tesla workers don’t want to unionize -- At Tesla, CEO Elon Musk says its workers could vote to unionize “tomorrow if they wanted.” Musk’s statement, in response to a tweeted question Monday, comes as Tesla is facing a federal labor complaint over accusations of union busting. Levi Sumagaysay in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/23/18

Trayvon’s parents say Weinstein’s company owes them $150,000 -- The parents of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin say The Weinstein Company owes them at least $150,000 for optioning the rights to their book in order to make a yet unaired television series based on their son’s legacy. Mike Schneider Associated Press -- 5/23/18

Hotel workers union submits 46,000 signatures for Long Beach ballot measure to improve pay and safety -- A Long Beach hotel workers union submitted 46,000 signatures to the city clerk Tuesday for a ballot initiative boosting overtime pay for housekeepers and mandating panic buttons to protect against sexual harassment and assault. Margot Roosevelt in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 5/23/18

Disabled workers fear losing their jobs at California prison -- Anthony Grandon spent three dispiriting years looking for work before he finally found an employer who didn’t mind his autism. Adam Ashton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/23/18

Scooter-Sharing Brings a Weird Twist to the Gig Economy -- Every afternoon around 4:00 p.m., when school lets out, Brandon, an 18-year-old high-school senior in Los Angeles who asked to be referred to only by his first name, goes “Bird hunting.” He heads for his minivan and, on the drive home, he’ll swing through convenient neighborhoods, picking up about 13 Bird electric scooters along the way, tossing them into the back of his car. Taylor Lorenz CityLab -- 5/23/18

Taxes, Fees, Rates, Tolls, Bonds 

Mountain View eyes tax that could charge Google millions -- Mountain View officials are contemplating a series of models, including one that could impose a tax of as much as $5.5 million a year on the largest employers in Mountain View, according to materials being prepared for a city council subcommittee meeting scheduled for Wednesday. George Avalos in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/23/18

Cupertino ponders business fee revamp that could jolt Apple -- Cupertino leaders are considering a restructuring of the city’s business license fees by imposing taxes on employers based on the number of people who work for them, municipal officials said Tuesday — a levy that could jolt Apple. George Avalos in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/23/18

San Francisco Supes eliminate local fees that many people exiting jail were made to pay -- On Tuesday, San Francisco became the first county in California to eliminate local administrative fees and penalties for criminals, including charges for booking, probation, electronic monitoring, issuing warrants and collecting restitution. Kurtis Alexander in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/23/18

California could cut your high sales tax if it taxed business services. Why that won’t happen—yet -- Still, that effort by Van Nuys Democratic Sen. Robert Hertzberg is a long shot for now. His bill has support from some of the state’s largest public employee unions—but more than 100 businesses and other groups oppose it. They label it a “job killer” that would trigger negative reverberations throughout California’s economy. Antoinette Siu Calmatters -- 5/23/18

Riverside OKs higher water, electricity rates -- Riverside residents will pay higher water rates starting July 1 and higher electric rates starting Jan. 1, the City Council decided in a 4-3 compromise Tuesday, May 22. Ryan Hagen in the Riverside Press Enterprise$ -- 5/23/18


Marc Benioff calls homelessness “a solvable problem” at Salesforce Tower’s grand opening -- Salesforce Chief Executive Marc Benioff, a billionaire who started his cloud-based business-software company in a San Francisco apartment nearly 20 years ago, used Monday’s grand opening of the new 1,070-foot-tall Salesforce Tower as a clarion call for the city to recommit itself to ending family homelessness on San Francisco’s streets. Rex Crum in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/23/18

Amid booing, Koreatown shelter plan moves forward at City Hall -- At a raucous hearing at City Hall punctuated with shouting from the crowd, Los Angeles lawmakers pressed forward Tuesday with plans to shelter dozens of homeless people at a Koreatown parking lot. Emily Alpert Reyes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/23/18


San Diego approves Merge 56, which could be new model for suburban development -- San Diego City Council members unanimously approved on Tuesday a 72-acre project near Rancho Peñasquitos called Merge 56, which some are calling a new model for suburban development in San Diego. David Garrick in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/23/18


Independent governance eyed for State Water Project -- The Legislature created the Department of Water Resources in 1956 for the purpose of managing the State Water Project, then in its early stages of planning. That project now comprises 700 miles of tunnels, pipelines, aqueducts and siphons that transport water from California’s north to its more arid south, serving 26 million people and 750,000 acres of farmland along the way. Tess Townsend Capitol Weekly -- 5/23/18


Oakland hills residents urged to prepare for fire season -- Firefighting commanders from a dozen agencies throughout the East Bay huddled in the chilly fog at the top of the Oakland hills Tuesday to deliver a sober, and increasingly familiar, message about the approaching fire season: Get ready, because trouble is on the way. Kevin Fagan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/23/18


Fair board wants investigation of gun show operator -- “Serious allegations” have been raised against the father and son who operate the popular, but polarizing Crossroads of the West Gun Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the president of the fairgrounds board of directors said Tuesday. Phil Diehl and Dana Littlefield in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/23/18


LAUSD’s board broke the law when picking superintendent, complaint alleges -- County prosecutors are reviewing a complaint alleging that the Los Angeles Board of Education may have violated a state open-meetings law during its selection of a new superintendent – which the school district denies. Former investment banker and philanthropist Austin Beutner started his post last week as leader of the nation’s second largest school district. Brenda Gazzar in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 5/23/18

Lawmakers propose limits on University of California power -- Several state lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a plan to curb the University of California’s power by limiting salaries and putting checks on the UC president’s authority. The proposed amendment to the state constitution would also shorten terms for regents who govern the public university system from 12 years to four. Sophia Bollag Associated Press -- 5/23/18

San Jose principal becomes a U.S. citizen in front of her students -- Gloria Marchant has walked through the double doors of San Jose High School countless times in her four years as principal, but Tuesday was different. Khalida Sarwari in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/23/18

Students Missing Class Is A Red Alert — But Researchers Say They Have A New Tool To Address The School-Absence Problem -- Educators consider chronic absenteeism a red alert — a blaring sign that a student might be academically at risk. But schools and parents now have a new tool to investigate the problem, in the form of open-source data collected by UC Davis and research partners Attendance Works and Children Now. Chris Nichols Capital Public Radio -- 5/23/18

Immigration, Border, Deportation 

Push to allow Dreamers to enlist in the military for citizenship fails, again -- A push to allow Dreamers to enlist in the military and become legal residents by a coalition of congressional Republicans and Democrats failed Tuesday night. Supporters clearly had enough votes in the House to pass their plan if it had gone to the House floor, but the effort was blocked by the House Rules Committee. Kate Irby in the Modesto Bee -- 5/23/18

Weekend border busts yield $4.7M in drugs, nine arrests -- Federal officers at ports of entry along the U-S.-Mexico border in San Diego and Imperial counties uncovered $4.7 million in drugs and arrested nine fugitives over the weekend, officials said. Teri Figueroa in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/23/18


Soon you can visit this pristine California beach — if you're a nearby landowner, on a guided tour or willing to paddle 2 miles -- One of California's least tarnished stretches of coastline will be accessible only to wealthy property owners, visitors with guides and those who can boat or paddle two miles under a deal between state officials and landowners in Hollister Ranch, who have for decades fought to keep their beaches almost entirely to themselves. Rosanna Xia in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/23/18

Also . . . 

Salesforce Tower light show loses out to the San Francisco fog -- The fog, which often comes on little cat feet, charged in like a mountain lion and wrecked the much ballyhooed debut of the artistic bank of lights atop the new South of Market skyscraper housing billionaire Marc Benioff’s company. Steve Rubenstein in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/23/18

Saudi Royals Fight Over 28-Bathroom California Mansion in Divorce -- Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud sued his former wife, Fahdah Husain Abdulrahman Al-Athel, seeking to stop her from selling the property until they decide how to split up the proceeds. He also wants back $41 million he lent to renovate the mansion. Jef Feeley Bloomberg -- 5/23/18

Los Angeles man confessed to making deadly Kansas hoax call, detective testifies -- A Los Angeles man confessed to placing a hoax phone call that led to a fatal police-involved shooting in Kansas late last year, a detective testified Tuesday. James Queally in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/23/18

San Francisco, PG&E come to loose agreement on moving city projects forward -- San Francisco officials and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. have reached a temporary truce in a long-running spat over how power gets delivered to city-owned facilities, a dispute that’s caused significant delays and cost overruns to more than a dozen municipal projects. Dominic Fracassa in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/23/18


Ad Group Announces Rules for Transparency in Political Advertising -- As mid-term elections get underway and lawmakers in Washington contemplate new rules to regulate political advertising online, the digital advertising industry is attempting to beat them to the punch. Benjamin Mullin in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 5/23/18

Ryan losing grip on House GOP conference as midterms approach -- Ryan’s preferred successor is Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who helped recruit dozens of sitting Republican lawmakers and enjoys a close relationship with President Trump. Two senior Republicans who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe their view said it would be preferable if McCarthy could take the reins immediately and move to assert more control over the party’s legislating and fundraising. Mike DeBonis in the Washington Post$ -- 5/23/18


-- Tuesday Updates 

Pro-Antonio Villaraigosa group attacks a Republican as a Pelosi tool -- Here’s another example of how California’s top-two primary is creating some odd alliances, particularly in the governor’s race. Check out this mailer going to Republican households with the headline, “Don’t Vote for John Cox.” Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/22/18

Bad news for Dems: Trump’s rating is rising where it counts in California -- All that talk of a Democratic blue wave sweeping congressional races in California could be for naught if a new poll is on target: It shows President Trump’s approval rating surging to 50 percent in Orange County, site of four tight races that could determine if Republicans hold the House. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/22/18

Poll shows Rep. Duncan Hunter walking away with the primary, despite criminal investigation -- A new poll shows that despite an FBI investigation into potential misuse of campaign funds, Rep. Duncan Hunter is positioned to cruise through next month’s primary election. Joshua Stewart in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/22/18

National Democrats burst into Orange County races over primary fears -- After months of hand-wringing over the possibility of being shut out of crucial House races in California, national Democrats are overtly backing two of their own in crowded primaries as a last-ditch effort to prevent that from happening. Christine Mai-Duc in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/22/18

New poll finds a volatile race for second place in California governor's contest -- The fight for second place in California's governor's race between Republican John Cox and Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa remains unpredictable and volatile as the June 5 primary approaches, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. Phil Willon, Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/22/18

200 USC professors demand Nikias resign; trustees express 'full confidence' in president -- Two hundred USC professors on Tuesday demanded the resignation of university President C. L. Max Nikias, saying he had "lost the moral authority to lead" in the wake of revelations that a campus gynecologist was kept on staff for decades despite repeated complaints of misconduct. Harriet Ryan, Sarah Parvini, Matt Hamilton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/22/18

A lot less pot is being sold in California than initially estimated, analyst says -- With tax revenue from pot sales in California falling short of projections, a financial analysis firm estimated Tuesday that total sales this year will be $1.9 billion, down significantly from the $3.8 billion the company expected. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/22/18

Cops were looking for murder suspect, so they arrested his grandmother, lawsuit claims -- But the case has now expanded beyond a double-murder investigation, with family members of one suspect claiming they were held in jail for days in a bid to use them as bait to get the suspect to surrender. San Stanton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/22/18

DA candidate Phillips called sexist, racist email 'work appropriate...appropriate anywhere' -- John Phillips wasn't sure if the email detailing what men can expect sexually by the third date with women of various ethnic groups was appropriate fodder to send to his nephew's workplace email. Darrell Smith, Marcos Bretón in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/22/18

Knight: San Francisco would defy federal law with safe injection sites -- San Francisco’s Department of Public Health made a splash in January when it announced in this column that it would open the nation’s first two safe injection sites in July. Heather Knight in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/22/18

Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris try to cut a deal with Trump -- President Donald Trump has referred to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals as “the much overturned Ninth Circuit Court,” called its rulings “ridiculous,” and even threatened to break the court up. But when it comes to filling California’s vacancies on the federal appeals court, by far the largest and busiest in the country, the White House has been much more restrained. Emily Cadei in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/22/18

BART’s next big expansion — and what it means for commute traffic -- For more than a decade, residents and elected officials on both sides of the county line have dreamed of an alternative: a rail line linking the Central Valley, where land is plentiful and rents are cheap, to BART and the jobs-hungry economic engines of San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Erin Baldassari in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/22/18

Why charter school backers are spending big in California's governor's race -- California teacher unions are convinced that if Antonio Villaraigosa is elected governor this year, education funding for traditional public schools will erode, leaving them worse off as they compete with charter schools for enrollment. Angel Hart in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/22/18

Push under way to increase California school funding by billions --Assembly Bill 2808 sets a goal of $35 billion more in base spending for the Local Control Funding Formula; that would put California among the top 10 states in spending but without a deadline or means to reach it. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 5/22/18

California school spending grows at fastest pace in the U.S. -- Let’s not forget California’s governmental budgets (handling all chores) were hammered by the Great Recession. School spending was certainly a victim, too. So some of this recent statewide surge in school outlays — which includes tracking salary, benefits (including funding for pensions), various supplies, transportation, and capital projects — is simply restoring educational spending to previous levels. Jonathan Lansner in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 5/22/18

Innovative high school for new immigrant students a model in California -- One of two international high schools in California, the small Oakland campus offers special programs for immigrant students. Theresa Harrington EdSource -- 5/22/18

Allow Dreamers to enlist in the military for citizenship, House members urge -- Dreamers should be able to enlist in the military and become legal residents, says a strong coalition of congressional Republicans and Democrats as they make a renewed push for their initiative. Kate Irby in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/22/18

Koreatown parking-lot homeless shelter approved by LA council committee -- A Los Angeles City Council committee today approved a Koreatown parking lot as a potential site for a temporary homeless shelter during a raucous early morning meeting attended by hundreds of people who filled the council chamber to capacity. The item is in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 5/22/18

Abcarian: USC students, grads and faculty say the only way to restore trust is to fire President Max Nikias -- The chorus of condemnation against USC is getting louder by the day. Students, recent graduates and faculty members have all launched crusades against an administration they see as indifferent to the well-being of its charges, unworthy of their trust and incapable of transparency when it is needed most. Robin Abcarian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/22/18

Lazarus: Businesses really, really don't like this privacy bill, which is why you should -- It's my experience that the more fuss businesses kick up about consumer-related legislation, the more likely it is such a bill is needed and would be an effective deterrent to bad practices. David Lazarus in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/22/18

Fox: Transforming Justice vs. Toughening Punishment Battle for Supremacy in 2018 Elections -- The growing movement to reform the justice system will clash with efforts to be tougher on crime in this election year. The change movement is highlighted by deep-pocketed support for district attorney candidates who are inclined to see the justice system as too hard in meting out punishment, especially to people of color. On the other hand, a sense of rising crime is leading to an effort to reform the reforms passed by voters earlier in the decade that allow some arrested criminals to avoid punishment. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 5/22/18