** Updates

Jerry Brown's tax deal may go nowhere -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday rushed in front of reporters to do something he hasn't been able to do in his nine months in the office -- stand with Republicans and announce a tax deal. Anthony York LA Times PolitiCal -- 9/8/11

Bill allowing child-care providers to unionize clears Senate -- Assembly Bill 101, by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, would affect roughly 40,000 home-based child-care providers, as well as some individuals receiving state subsidies to care for relatives. Torey Van Oot SacBee Capitol Alert -- 9/8/11

'Open carry' ban wins approval in California Senate -- The state Senate has approved legislation today that would make it a crime to openly carry an unloaded handgun in public. Torey Van Oot SacBee Capitol Alert Patrick McGreevy and Anthony York LA Times PolitiCal -- 9/8/11

Jerry Brown gets bill targeting cell phones in prisons -- Under Senate Bill 26, by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla, any person caught smuggling a cell phone or wireless device into a prison could face six months in jail and fines of up to $5,000 per device. Torey Van Oot SacBee Capitol Alert -- 9/8/11

Blackout shuts down San Onofre nuclear reactors -- The blackout affecting large swaths of San Diego County led to a shutdown of two reactors at the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Andrew Blankstein, Tony Perry and Shelby Grad in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/8/11

Massive outage blacks out part of California -- San Diego utility officials said they are trying to figure out what caused a massive power outage affecting large parts of region. Andrew Blankstein, Tony Perry and Shelby Grad in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/8/11

BART protesters arrested - Powell station closed -- A crowd of chanting protesters converged on the Powell Street BART Station Thursday night and confronted police in riot gear who formed a wall to block them from approaching the pay gates and then drove them outside as they closed the station. Justin Berton, Vivian Ho in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/8/11

In jobs speech, Obama urges passage of $447 billion package -- In a last-gasp attempt to jolt the economy and his reelection prospects, President Barack Obama on Thursday put forward a $447 billion jobs package, challenging Congress to shut down the “political circus” and pass his bill as soon as possible. CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN & JENNIFER EPSTEIN Politico BEN FELLER AP Christi Parsons, Don Lee and Michael A. Memoli in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/8/11

What’s in the president’s jobs plan, and what comes next -- “Pass this jobs bill,” said President Obama. Then he said it again. Then he said it again. And again. All in all, he asked Congress to “pass this jobs bill,” or some variant thereof, 12 times during Thursday’s jobs speech. Ezra Klein in the Washington Post -- 9/8/11

Stop 'political circus,' Obama to tell Congress in jobs speech -- President Obama will call on Congress on Thursday night to act immediately on his American Jobs Act, a set of proposals he says have had both Republican and Democratic support in the past. Michael A. Memoli in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/8/11

Senate GOP leader asks Brown for special session on tax plan -- Senate GOP leader Bob Dutton has asked Gov. Jerry Brown to hold off pushing his corporate tax package in the final two days of the legislative session and instead call a special session on jobs and tax reform. Torey Van Oot SacBee Capitol Alert -- 9/8/11

Brown announces tax deal with California Assembly -- Gov. Jerry Brown celebrated a corporate tax deal Thursday with the Assembly, but he acknowledged he still has to persuade enough senators to support the package. Kevin Yamamura SacBee Capitol Alert John Myers Capitol Notes -- 9/8/11

FBI Raids Solyndra -- The FBI raided the offices of the bankrupt Fremont solar company Solyndra Thursday morning, a week after the company abruptly closed up shop and laid off most of its 1,100 workers. By 10 a.m., the company's Kato Road factory was cordoned off with yellow police tape, and agents wearing black FBI vests turned away approaching cars, telling drivers there is "no work today." Aaron Glantz, Sydney Lupkin Bay Citizen Henry K. Lee, David R. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/8/11

Solyndra may have 2 bidders -- Solyndra, the bankrupt solar-panel maker, may have two bidders for a plant that was financed partly with loan guarantees from the U.S. government, the company's chief financial officer said. Bloomberg -- 9/8/11

Sacramento issues financing plan to save NBA team -- A task force established by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson recommended a rough plan Thursday to raise $400 million to build a downtown arena, a key step in the city's efforts to keep the NBA's Kings. ADAM WEINTRAUB AP -- 9/8/11

Sacramento Arena plan relies on a hodgepodge of funding sources -- Sacramento city officials today unveiled a still-evolving arena-financing plan that relies on everything from ticket surcharges to a quasi-privatization of city-owned downtown parking spaces. Dale Kasler and Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/8/11

Blast survivors launch advocacy group -- Families who lost loved ones in the nation's deadliest pipeline accident in a decade are forming a new nonprofit group, harnessing their grief to press for strict controls over the high-pressure gas lines coursing below homes across the country. GARANCE BURKE and TERENCE CHEA AP -- 9/8/11

Fox: The Key to CA Politics is Latino Vote -- A panel at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library prior to the Republican presidential debate focused on the problem for Republican candidates in California -- the Latino vote. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 9/8/11

Wildermuth: Governor Takes Surprise Shot at Nanny State -- In a Nixon-to-China moment, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown reminded voters - and his party leaders - that they voted in a different type of Democrat last November. John Wildermuth Fox & Hounds -- 9/8/11

NM gov: Grandfather came to US 'without documents' -- New Mexico's governor, under fire by immigrant groups for trying to repeal a state law that lets illegal immigrants get driver's licenses, had admitted her paternal grandparents came from Mexico illegally. RUSSELL CONTRERAS AP -- 9/8/11

Gov. Jerry Brown, Assembly legislators reach tax deal -- Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators in the state Assembly have reached a tentative agreement on a $1-billion tax swap that would end a major tax break for out-of-state businesses, lower personal income taxes for millions of Californians and give more incentives to smaller, California-based companies. Anthony York in the Los Angeles Times Kevin Yamamura SacBee Capitol Alert -- 9/8/11

California Senate report says tax breaks are 'bleeding cash' -- As Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders dicker over a package of business tax incentives aimed at boosting the state's stagnant economy, an oversight office created by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has concluded that previous corporate tax breaks cost many billions of dollars more than anticipated. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/8/11

Council president Eric Garcetti says he will run for L.A. mayor -- Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti said Thursday he will be a candidate to replace outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the 2013 election, promising to provide "leadership that brings people together." David Zahniser in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/8/11

Legislature's 'Gang of 5' reunites on Assembly floor -- There was a reunion of sorts on the Assembly floor Thursday morning as Assemblyman Charles Calderon was joined by four other members of the "Gang of 5" that made a spectacularly unsuccessful bid to grab control of the Assembly more than 20 years ago. Dan Walters SacBee Capitol Alert -- 9/8/11

Google buys Zagat, a pioneer in restaurant ratings -- The move will help Google better rival competitors like Yelp, Yahoo and Bing in local search (finding a restaurant, store or other type of business nearby or when visiting another city). Nathan Olivarez-Giles in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/8/11

Kamala Harris rejects GOP request to review California budget -- State Attorney General Kamala Harris has rejected a GOP request that she opine on whether the state budget signed by Gov. Jerry Brown is constitutional. Kevin Yamamura in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/8/11

War on terrorism a priority to California voters, poll finds -- Of those surveyed in a USC/Times poll, four-fifths say the need to combat terrorism remains the same or is increasing since the Sept. 11 attacks. John Hoeffel in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/8/11

Jerry Brown's veto messages: 'Not every problem deserves a law' -- About the only thing missing in the 14 veto messages Gov. Jerry Brown released Wednesday was a foul-language acrostic like that penned by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a couple of years ago. Steven Harmon in the San Jose Mercury -- 9/8/11

Peace activist Fred Jackson passes away -- Renowned Richmond peace activist, songwriter, author and poet Fred Jackson died Thursday after a long battle with cancer. Lisa Vorderbrueggen Political Blotter -- 9/8/11


   California Policy and Politics This Morning

Amazon cuts deal on California sales taxes -- Legislative leaders agree to let the online retailer delay collecting taxes for a year, while it would drop its battle to overturn the state law. Gov. Jerry Brown has not said if he will support the plan. Anthony York and Marc Lifsher in the Los Angeles Times Wyatt Buchanan in the San Francisco Chronicle Kevin Yamamura and Dan Smith in the Sacramento Bee Steven Harmon in the Contra Costa Times -- 9/8/11

Assembly approves special treatment for downtown L.A. stadium -- The state Assembly on Wednesday approved legislation to smooth the way for construction of a $1.2-billion football stadium in downtown Los Angeles after Democratic leaders promised it would provide thousands of jobs for an economically distressed city and would set new standards for reducing traffic and air pollution. Patrick McGreevy LA Times PolitiCal JUDY LIN AP Matthew T. Hall in the San Diego Union-Trib BRIAN JOSEPH in the Orange County Register -- 9/7/11

Steinberg backs exemption for L.A. stadium proposal -- In an interview with The Times, state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said he supported a bill approved by the Assembly that would fast-track legal challenges to a downtown Los Angeles football stadium, and he plans to introduce a companion measure extending the benefit to other large developments. Patrick McGreevy LA Times PolitiCal -- 9/7/11

Bill to expedite environmental reviews could help Sacramento arena project -- A last-minute bill to expedite environmental review on a downtown Los Angeles football stadium may pave the way for similar exceptions on other construction projects, including a downtown arena in Sacramento. Kevin Yamamura in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/8/11

Skelton: Touchdown on L.A. stadium bill is within reach -- A bill to fast-track lawsuits against the NFL stadium project in downtown L.A. would also expedite job creation and initiate needed reform of environmental litigation. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/8/11

California treasurer not thrilled with last-minute budget bill -- As California prepares to ask investors for $5.4 billion next week, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer is none too pleased with a last-minute bill related to automatic budget cuts. Kevin Yamamura SacBee Capitol Alert -- 9/7/11

California legislators move to outlaw inmate cellphones -- The Assembly also overwhelmingly approves a bill to grant expedited legal review to Anschutz Entertainment Group's proposal for a football stadium in downtown Los Angeles. Patrick McGreevy and Jack Dolan in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/8/11

Steinberg pushes bill to require insurance coverage for autism -- It's a last-minute attempt to solve what the Sacramento Democrat sees as a major problem with health care for autistic children: Many insurance plans don't cover a common form of autism therapy known as behavioral health treatment or applied behavioral analysis. Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/8/11

California push to change candidate residency laws scrapped -- Lawmakers have scrapped a last-minute push to make changes to state election laws amid criticism that the changes could undermine the state's new primary system and give elected officials more latitude in declaring residency as they jockey for newly drawn districts. Torey Van Oot in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/8/11

Jim Nielsen obtains restraining order against constituent -- Assemblyman Jim Nielsen has obtained a restraining order against a constituent who has been on a crusade to prove that the veteran politician does not live in his own district. Malcolm Maclachlan Capitol Weekly -- 9/8/11

California lawmakers inch toward more openness in their daily schedules -- In response to repeated requests by the Mercury News and Associated Press, a growing number of California lawmakers are bucking their leadership and revealing or pledging to reveal their daily calendars. Karen de Sá in the San Jose Mercury JULIET WILLIAMS AP -- 9/7/11

Democrats make last-minute push to unionize California child-care workers -- Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg have drafted legislation that would deliver a major victory to labor allies who have been fighting for years for the right to organize the more than 40,000 family child-care providers operating in California. Torey Van Oot in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/8/11

Jerry Brown vetoes fine hike for using cell phones while driving -- Senate Bill 28, by Democratic Sen. Joe Simitian, proposed upping the fine for drivers caught texting or talking on a cell phone without a hands-free device from $20 to $50 for the first offense. Torey Van Oot in the Sacramento Bee Patrick McGreevy LA Times PolitiCal Josh Richman Political Blotter -- 9/7/11

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes ban on picketing at military funerals -- Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday he found picketing at military funerals "offensive," but he rejected legislation that would have outlawed the practice, saying courts have determined that the practice is a right of free speech. Patrick McGreevy LA Times PolitiCal Torey Van Oot SacBee Capitol Alert Michael Gardner in the San Diego Union-Trib -- 9/7/11

Jerry Brown vetoes CalPERS survivor benefits legislation -- Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a measure today that would have increased the survivor payouts for about 13,000 CalPERS members who receive the least money from the benefit, saying that even though the fund could afford it, such a change needs to be part of pension reform. Jon Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/7/11

Brown signs bill that OKs sale of Sacramento County wastewater -- A bill allowing Sacramento County to sell recycled sewage effluent as a new water resource was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday, clearing one hurdle that could help the region pay for expensive sewage treatment plant upgrades. Matt Weiser in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/8/11

Taxes, toxics, ballot shift, circumcision, Palin, fins, and more -- “California nearing ban of toxic chemical in baby products,” reads the headline of the press release issued Tuesday evening by Assemblywoman Betsy Butler’s office. Well, maybe. Malcolm Maclachlan Capitol Weekly -- 9/8/11

Compound drugs fuel dispute between docs, insurers, labor -- It started in a small way, doctors’ use of specially mixed drugs to help treat workers injured on the job. John Howard Capitol Weekly -- 9/8/11

John Burton, 78, to run for another term as CA Dem party chair -- California Democratic party chair John Burton, 78, hasn't officially announced it yet -- but he has made the decision to run for another term to lead the party in 2013, the Chronicle has learned. Carla Marinucci Chronicle Politics in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/7/11

Brad Sherman pitching Cruz Bustamante for Indian ambassador slot -- In a maneuver that seems to merge domestic politics with diplomacy, Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, wants the White House to appoint Bustamante to the slot. Sherman also has rallied other California lawmakers to back the recommendation. Michael Doyle in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/8/11

   GOP Debate

Perry, Romney square off in Reagan Library debate -- New front-runner Rick Perry and Mitt Romney spar over jobs and Social Security. Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and other GOP candidates seem almost relegated to the sidelines. Mark Z. Barabak in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/8/11

Front-runner Rick Perry takes heat at GOP debate -- GOP front-runner Rick Perry, in a high-stakes debut at his first presidential debate, sharply defended his jobs and health care record as Texas governor and his status as a "career politician" Wednesday while under attack from fellow Republicans in a lively forum at the Reagan Presidential Library. Carla Marinucci, Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/8/11

Social Security, jobs draw sparks in GOP presidential debate -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the surging presidential candidate joining the Republican field Wednesday for the first time on a national stage, touted his record on job creation and defended his view that Social Security is a "Ponzi scheme" for future generations. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/8/11

The Republican presidential debate: Eight takeaways -- The GOP presidential debate Wednesday was just the first in a series of fall meet-ups. But it may prove to be the most revealing. MAGGIE HABERMAN Politico -- 9/8/11

Romney and Perry Clash, Drawing Lines in G.O.P. Sand -- The fight for the Republican presidential nomination began narrowing into an intense and ideological battle at a debate here Wednesday night, with Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Mitt Romney sharply clashing over Social Security, health care and each other’s long-term prospect against President Obama. JEFF ZELENY and ADAM NAGOURNEY in the New York Times -- 9/8/11

Fact check: Rick Perry, Mitt Romney twist records in debate -- When Mitt Romney and Rick Perry thumped their chests over their job-creation records as governor during the Republican presidential debate Wednesday night, they left the bad parts out. Calvin Woodward and Jim Kuhnhenn AP -- 9/8/11

Winners, losers and notable lines in GOP debate -- Are you fed up yet? After one debate, Rick Perry may well be fed up with presidential debates. The only thing that was attacked more than the Texas governor was his policy manifesto, ''Fed Up!'' No wonder he said he felt like a pinata at the Grand Old Party. Michael Collier Chronicle Politics -- 9/8/11

Gov. Perry stumps in San Diego -- Hours after appearing Wednesday in the Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Texas Gov. Rick Perry told San Diegans he has the track record to improve the slumping economy. Christopher Cadelago in the San Diego Union-Trib -- 9/8/11

Rick Perry's Bay Area Supporters -- Want to meet Rick Perry? The Republican governor from Texas will be at the Four Seasons in East Palo Alto for a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser on Friday during his first trip to the Bay Area since declaring his candidacy for president. Aaron Glantz Bay Citizen -- 9/8/11

   Economy - Jobs

Bulk of high-speed rail costs could fall to state -- As California prepares to commit tens of billions of dollars to an ambitious high-speed rail line from San Francisco to Southern California, Congress' political will to provide the bulk of the funding is disappearing, leaving the possibility that the state could end up stuck with a crushing financial burden. Ralph Vartabedian in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/8/11

Top San Diego County pensions released, topping out at $240,000 -- San Diego County pension officials on Wednesday released a list of retirees who receive a pension benefit equal to more than $100,000 per year. The release is the first of two that will end a public records battle that lasted more than a year. Matt Clark in the San Diego Union-Trib -- 9/8/11

Ban on San Diegp labor-friendly contracts targeted for ballot -- Contractors have submitted signatures to place a measure on the 2012 ballot that would require city projects stay open to all bidders, not just those who hire through union halls. Jen Lebron Kuhney in the San Diego Union-Trib -- 9/8/11


Fensterwald: Race to convince Jerry Brown -- The U.S. Department of Education issued preliminary criteria Wednesday for the last round of Race to the Top, with an invitation to seven California districts that led the state’s last round to go after as much as $49 million. Their biggest obstacle may not be writing a winning application; it will be persuading Gov. Jerry Brown to let them apply at all. John Fensterwald educatedguess -- 9/8/11

Baron: Waiving a white flag on evaluations -- The Obama Administration is acknowledging that school districts nationwide have failed to comply with a cornerstone proviso of its School Improvement Grant (SIG) program. Kathryn Baron TopEd -- 9/8/11

Greuel to investigate community college hiring -- Yielding to outside pressure, the Los Angeles Community College District has asked City Controller Wendy Greuel to investigate allegations that its selection of a watchdog to police its troubled campus construction program was rigged. Gale Holland and Michael Finnegan in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/8/11

State agency looks at plastic industry influence in textbook -- The state agency charged with developing and editing a new environmental curriculum for California’s schoolchildren said it will conduct a review of a textbook chapter on plastic shopping bags that includes suggested edits and additions from the plastics industry. Susanne Rust California Watch -- 9/8/11

Political fallout of UC’s decisions raise Capitol eyebrows -- A venerable, iconic institution, the University of California faces increasing criticism from lawmakers and the public for appearing insensitive to the concerns of the public and Legislature during a time of fiscal crisis. The posture is hindering support for the higher education system. Alisen Boada Capitol Weekly -- 9/8/11

   Health Care

How California ranks on long term care and support -- Compared to other states, California is doing a relatively good job helping disabled and aging adults cope with the challenges they face living independently or in a long-term care facility, according to a new, comprehensive scorecard of long-term care services in the United States. Daniel Weintraub HealthyCal.org -- 9/8/11

Healthcare costs rose while insurance coverage fell, studies show -- The changes have left nearly half the working-age population without enough protection from illness. Altogether, 44% of American adults were either uninsured or underinsured last year, according to the Commonwealth Fund. Noam N. Levey in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/8/11


Reset: California’s Solar Lead -- This week as Fremont-based Solyndra sets about the grim business of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, it leaves in its wake ample confusion over California’s much vaunted “lead” in renewable energy — so much so that last week a national solar industry association felt compelled to issue a statement reassuring us that Solargeddon was not at hand. Craig Miller KQED Climate Watch -- 9/8/11

SolarCity plans 160,000 solar energy systems on military bases -- The company's $1-billion SolarStrong project would add rooftop solar installations at 124 military housing developments in 33 states. It would double the number of sun-powered systems in the U.S. Tiffany Hsu in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/8/11

At-risk teens, young adults learn life skills from nature -- Learning to recognize stinging nettles, purple star thistle and other troublesome denizens of the 23,000-acre San Francisco Peninsula Watershed is not a typical experience for young adults from Bayview-Hunters Point – a gritty urban habitat with historically high rates of homicide, gun violence and gun seizures by law enforcement. Patricia Leigh Brown California Watch -- 9/8/11


Medical files detail homeless Fullerton man's fatal injuries -- Kelly Thomas' father hopes publicizing the extent of the injuries he suffered after a confrontation with Fullerton police in July may help speed up investigations in the case. Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/8/11

   POTUS 44

McManus: Obama's new tone -- The real aim of the president's speech is to reframe our national debate over economic policy, moving it to more favorable ground than Obama has encountered over the last year or so. His success or failure could determine whether he gets a second term. Doyle McManus in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/8/11