Aaron Read
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Olson Hagel
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California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Adachi leak: San Francisco police union calls on chief to resign, be investigated -- The San Francisco police union called Saturday for Chief Bill Scott to step down, saying he is unfairly blaming rank-and-file officers for a bungled leak investigation he had ordered. Rachel Swan and Ashley McBride in the San Francisco Chronicle$ Audrey Garces KQED Thomas Peele in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/26/19

Hunters — father and son — hold town hall to discuss border security -- The last time Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, was in Ramona for a town hall meeting, close to 1,000 people showed up, both supporters and plenty of protesters inside and outside the Ramona Mainstage venue. Greg Moran in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/26/19

Protesters rally against laws that ban abortion -- The event was among hundreds #StoptheBans demonstrations planned in cities throughout the nation in response to a recent wave of anti-abortion legislation in other states. Morgan Cook in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 5/26/19

Orange Coungy-based title insurer First American Financial may have leaked hundreds of millions of bank, mortgage records -- First American Financial Corp., one of the largest U.S. title insurers, may have allowed unauthorized access to more than 885 million records related to mortgage deals going back to 2003, according to a security researcher. Noah Buhayar and Nathan Crooks Bloomberg via in the Orange County Register -- 5/26/19

102-year-old woman’s eviction threat sparks investigation, support from Schwarzenegger -- Los Angeles County is investigating whether an eviction notice sent to a 102-year-old woman at her longtime home in Ladera Heights violated temporary renter protections approved by lawmakers last year. Laura J. Nelson in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/26/19

Walters: ‘Fungibility’ means there’s no free lunch -- Let’s talk about “fungibility” – the economic concept that one unit of a commodity may be interchangeable with another. That’s true if the commodity involved is something like a bushel of corn or a barrel of crude oil. Dan Walters Calmatters -- 5/26/19

Growing fire threat puts Sonoma County’s wooded towns on high alert -- Standing on the south slope of Healdsburg’s Fitch Mountain, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Marshall Turbeville surveyed a distressing scene. Above him, a towering fir tree was close enough to fall across two roads, blocking access and bringing down power lines that could remain live and dangerous on the ground. To one side, the roof and gutters of a residential structure were full of leaves ready to ignite from a windblown wildfire ember in dry weather. Guy Kovner in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat -- 5/26/19

Sonoma County plans to develop evacuation guides for dozens of communities -- Panicked residents fleeing the onslaught of the 2017 firestorm found themselves locked in bumper-to-bumper traffic, especially on Mark West Springs Road and around Coffey Park, areas where more than 3,000 homes were destroyed. For them and others who might find themselves in a similar predicament during a future disaster, Sonoma County officials say help is on the way. Guy Kovner in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat -- 5/26/19

San Diego Homeless Program Funding Is ‘Unsustainable,’ Budget Analyst Says -- The two programs are costing nearly $13.7 million dollars in the coming fiscal year, which starts July 1. Two and a half years after the shelters opened, they still have no stable funding source. Instead, the shelters and storage facility are paid for with the Housing Commission's reserve dollars and "one-time" federal funds that are not expected to be renewed each year. Andrew Bowen KPBS -- 5/26/19

Here’s why it’s harder to recycle bottles and cans in the Inland area -- From falling scrap prices to increasing city regulations it's getting tougher for consumers to get those redemption deposits back. Jennifer Iyer in the Riverside Press Enterprise$ -- 5/26/19

How Silicon Valley gamed the world's toughest privacy rules -- Europe's data protection overhaul was supposed to help citizens. Instead, it’s helped Big Tech. Mark Scott, Laurens Cerulus and Steven Overly Politico -- 5/26/19

How Convicts Ordered to Stay Offline Try to Slip Their Digital Leashes -- When John Walker Lindh, a California man, was sentenced in 2002 for helping the Taliban, neither Facebook nor YouTube existed. If you had a cellphone — and only about 60 percent of Americans did — it was probably a flip phone. Heather Murphy in the New York Times$ -- 5/26/19

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Runner who stopped to help fallen competitor wins state -- Sometimes it’s not about winning or losing, good results or bad ones. Sometimes it’s about good deeds and what happens to people who make them. Marin Catholic sophomore Samantha Wallenstrom made a good deed last week. She stopped during a section championship track race to help a fallen runner. The gesture could have ended both runners’ season. Darren Sabedra in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/26/19


-- Saturday Updates 

As he faked students’ resumes, college admissions scandal mastermind appears to have fudged his credentials too -- William “Rick” Singer was well into orchestrating an elaborate bribery and cheating scheme to slip his clients’ children into elite colleges when he sat down for a deposition in Washington, D.C., in 2016. Matthew Ormseth and Joel Rubin in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/19

UCSC fraternity dismissed following investigation into death of member -- Greek letter organizations are affiliated with the campus as student organizations. The UCSC chancellor’s action means Theta Chi is no longer recognized by the university and is no longer eligible to organize or recruit members. The investigation revealed “deeply appalling behavior” including hazing, drug use and more. The department added that those actions do not “represent the values of our university.” The item is in the Santa Cruz Sentinel -- 5/25/19

Secret USC records reveal dire warnings about gynecologist accused of abusing students -- Confidential records released this week show decades of warnings to the University of Southern California about Dr. George Tyndall, the longtime campus gynecologist accused of sexually abusing hundreds of students. Matt Hamilton and Harriet Ryan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/19

Placing power lines underground is an expensive way to reduce fire danger -- The worst fire in California history took off at a spot notorious for its intense winds. The gusts — some topping 100 mph — blow down the Feather River Canyon each fall. They push into the town of Paradise with force, powered by high-pressure air parked over the Great Basin that moves through this narrow corridor of the Sierra Nevada. Alejandra Reyes-Velarde and Joseph Serna in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/19

San Francisco police chief ‘sorry’ for raid on journalist; mayor calls for investigation -- In a major flip-flop, San Francisco’s police chief is now saying that a raid on the home of freelance journalist Bryan Carmody earlier this month that outraged free press advocates across the country was improper and has apologized for it. Thomas Peele in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/25/19

Willie Brown: Trump might actually win one if he would just clam up -- One of these days, President Trump may learn there are times when silence is the best weapon against his enemies. Until then, he will keep falling into the traps set by his No. 1 nemesis, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Willie Brown in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/25/19

Kamala Harris is far from having California locked up -- Here’s one sign Sen. Kamala Harris’ presidential rivals don’t think she has the California primary locked up: Thirteen of them will be attending the state Democratic Party convention starting Friday in San Francisco, trying to claim a stake in her home turf — the party’s largest electoral prize. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/25/19

California’s Democratic rules are set up to spread the delegates around -- If Democratic presidential candidates are looking for primary knockout blow, it’s not likely to come from California. While California’s 495 voting delegates to the Democratic National Convention are nearly twice as many as any other state’s, an intricate list of rules is designed to spread those delegates among a wide range of candidates. John Wildermuth in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/25/19

Oakland’s groundbreaking cannabis equity program showing modest results so far -- Alphonso Blunt stood outside a warehouse near 66th Avenue and San Leandro Street in Oakland and gazed with satisfaction at the Coliseum across the street. Behind him, a steady stream of customers walked through the glass doors of the warehouse and into his marijuana dispensary. Sarah Ravani in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/25/19

Where does California’s cannabis tax money go? You might be surprised -- Drug abuse prevention, public safety, protecting the environment, economic development — these were some of the visionary promises that legalized cannabis would pay for. Now, 1 1/2 years after the start of legal sales, the lofty goals of Prop. 64 remain only partially fulfilled, deferring the dream of funding major new social programs. Lisa M. Krieger in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/25/19

Lopez: There’s a trash and rodent nightmare in downtown L.A., with plenty of blame to go around -- The trash trucks arrived early Wednesday afternoon, and members of the cleanup team from the Los Angeles Sanitation division came with protective coveralls and white masks. A mountain of rotting, oozing, stinking trash awaited them, stretching a good 20 yards along a skid row alley. Rats popped heads out of the debris like they were in a game of Whac-A-Mole, then scampered for cover as a tractor with a scoop lurched toward them. Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/19

Pender: Congress tries to fix ‘kiddie tax’ problem hitting low- and middle-income families -- The kiddie tax refers to the tax rate that minors and most full-time college students pay on unearned income, meaning income that doesn’t come from working. It was created in the 1980s to stop wealthy parents from cutting their taxes by shifting investments to their children, who would pay tax on them at a lower rate. Kathleen Pender in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 5/25/19

No rainbow pride flag will be waving at Dublin City Hall -- A rainbow flag supporting the LGBTQ community won’t be waving at Dublin City Hall. But neither will flags supporting the National Rifle Association, Black Lives Matter or communism. In other words, flags should honor city, state and country, but not causes or political persuasions, the Dublin City Council decided earlier this week. Angela Ruggiero in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 5/25/19

Lake Tahoe’s cobalt blue waters have seen a stunning improvement in clarity -- The clarity of Lake Tahoe’s cobalt blue water improved dramatically in 2018, a year after the combined forces of historic drought and record-breaking rain resulted in the lake’s lowest visibility levels since record-keeping began in 1968. Javier Panzar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/19

Facebook defends decision to leave up fake Pelosi video and says users should make up their own minds -- There is no dispute that the Facebook video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) viewed by millions is a fake, deliberately altered to make her appear drunk. YouTube acted fast and removed duplicates. Other social media outlets have not made the same call. Alex Horton in the Washington Post$ -- 5/25/19