* Updates Since Early This Morning

TV stations to post political ad info online -- Television stations in California's major media markets, including Sacramento, will have to post information about political ads airing on their channels online before the November election because of a new policy adopted by the Federal Communications Commission today. Torey Van Oot SacBee Capitol Alert -- 4/27/12

Financial crisis inquiry head says Lehman pay was unconscionable -- The head of the commission that investigated the financial crisis said the nearly $700 million that Lehman Bros. awarded to its 50 highest-paid employees in 2007 was unconscionable and should spark policymakers to reexamine executive compensation rules. Jim Puzzanghera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/12

Wipeout of California's redevelopment continues to reverberate -- The abrupt demise of local government redevelopment agencies due to legislative action and a state Supreme Court decision also means the end of the California Redevelopment Association. Dan Walters SacBee Capitol Alert -- 4/27/12

House passes student loan bill with health fund cuts -- The House on Friday approved a bill that would prevent a large increase in student loan interest rates, but only by wiping out a preventive health care fund in the health reform law — a nonstarter with President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats. JENNIFER HABERKORN Politico -- 4/27/12

Unions say plan to expand LAPD would hurt parks, libraries -- A plan to expand the ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department by adding public safety officers from another city department would strip 37 officers from their current patrol duties at the city’s libraries, parks and municipal buildings. Kate Linthicum in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/12

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson: Arena deal is dead -- Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has declared the arena deal dead after a meeting this morning with the Kings owners. "This deal is not happening," Johnson told reporters. Tony Bizjak and Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/27/12

Nathan Fletcher’s absence on key bill earns DeMaio rebuke -- San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher has drawn fire for missing an Assembly floor vote on controversial legislation to withhold state construction money from cities that ban the use of labor-friendly building pacts. Michael Gardner UT San Diego -- 4/27/12

Lehman elite stood to get $700 million -- Less than a year before the 2008 collapse of Lehman Bros. plunged the global economy into a terrifying free fall, the Wall Street firm awarded nearly $700 million to 50 of its highest-paid employees, according to internal documents reviewed by The Times. Walter Hamilton, Andrew Tangel and Stuart Pfeifer in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/12

Surprise, Surprise, 18-year-olds Are Adults -- An Assembly committee saved California from some national embarrassment last week when they reminded a grandstanding legislator that, yes, 18-year-olds really are adults in this country. Now if only someone could pass that message on to Washington. John Wildermuth Fox & Hounds -- 4/27/12

Fox: Small Business Tax Cut in Congress Could Spur the Economy -- A key to unleashing the economy is to give small businesses a chance to grow and create new jobs. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 4/27/12

From the Archives: LA Weekly's Original Coverage of the L.A. Riots May Surprise You -- This week's print edition of LA Weekly is a "Then and Now" retrospective on the L.A. Riots -- a seven-page dive into the scenes of destruction across Los Angeles 20 years ago, and the state those places find themselves in today. Simone Wilson LA Weekly -- 4/27/12


   California Policy and Politics This Morning

Brown moves to protect labor-friendly contracts -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday that would deny state construction funds to cities that have bans on labor-friendly development contracts, potentially affecting three local municipalities. Jen Lebron Kuhney & Mike Gardner UT San Diego -- 4/27/12

Brown orders consideration of single-drug execution method -- The governor issues the directive as the state appeals a court order that has blocked California from carrying out the death penalty. The filing comes three days after certification of a ballot measure on capital punishment. Maura Dolan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/12

Proposal for part-time Legislature won't be on November ballot -- The campaign will continue to collect voter signatures, however, in hopes of placing the issue before voters in 2014, said Ted Costa of People's Advocate, a co-leader of the drive. Jim Sanders SacBee Capitol Alert -- 4/27/12

Vargas blocks abortion bill -- San Diego Sen. Christine Kehoe’s abortion measure stalled Thursday, with politics along with personal philosophy influencing the outcome. Michael Gardner UT San Diego -- 4/27/12

Bill lets governor, local officials meet privately -- A bill that would allow the governor to attend closed-door meetings with city councils, boards of supervisors and other local elected bodies passed unanimously out of the state Assembly on Thursday. JUDY LIN Associated Press -- 4/27/12

California federal judge files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy -- Wright and his wife filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Dec. 26 in Los Angeles, saying their assets worth more than $833,000 were being eclipsed by their liabilities totaling more than $895,000. Among their debts are $30,000 on a Citibank credit card and more than $17,000 owed to two department stores. Associated Press -- 4/27/12

Ex California Rep. Diane Watson recovering after heart attack -- Former California Rep. Diane Watson is recovering from a heart attack she suffered last week, friends and former aides said. Torey Van Oot SacBee Capitol Alert -- 4/27/12

Utility watchdog seeks funds to enforce safety regulations -- Serious safety violations at power plants go uncorrected because regulators have never used their formal enforcement powers, the California Public Utilities Commission stated in a budget request being considered by legislators. Will Evans California Watch -- 4/27/12

CSU Fullerton spends $300,000 to remodel president's house -- In addition to a controversial 10 percent pay raise, incoming CSU Fullerton President Mildred Garcia will receive another benefit when she arrives on campus: a $300,000 remodel on the eight-bedroom historical house where she will live. Erica Perez California Watch -- 4/27/12

Walters: California's fiscal mess put in focus by recent events -- California's fiscal mess – which is more political than financial – was brought into razor-sharp focus Wednesday by three events. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/27/12

Amid scrutiny, water district will freeze water rates -- A water district serving nearly four million residents in L.A. County announced Thursday that it intends to freeze rates for the first time since 2003. Sam Allen in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/12

CalBuzz: Press Clips: Nadia and Rupert Meet Geena and Kim -- As the East Bay turns: Amid the reams of coverage about the whole Nadia Lockyer drugs/booze/sex/email
/missing person/politics scandal, the smartest piece we’ve read came from Chip Johnson, the Chronicle’s talented if woefully underpaid East Bay columnist. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine CalBuzz -- 4/27/12


Update: Pension issue alive despite bill derailment, Smyth says -- Despite a procedural move this morning to push aside two GOP pension reform bills, one of the suspended measures' co-authors says the issue is far from dead. Jon Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/27/12

U.S. Firms Add Jobs, but Mostly Overseas -- Thirty-five big U.S.-based multinational companies added jobs much faster than other U.S. employers in the past two years, but nearly three-fourths of those jobs were overseas, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. SCOTT THURM in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 4/27/12

Unincorporated South Dos Palos struggles with economic development -- Once a thriving rural community with a nearly equal number of bars and churches, South Dos Palos, an unincorporated area in Merced County, has been in decline for decades. Bernice Yeung California Watch -- 4/27/12


Fensterwald: No more dodging Algebra dilemma -- For nearly two years, California’s unwieldy eighth grade math standards have lain untouched, like an unexploded IED, a roadside bomb of the math wars. John Fensterwald educatedguess -- 4/27/12

Baron: It’s a bill’s life -- California school buses won’t be wearing anything but yellow for the foreseeable future. This week, the state Senate Education Committee killed SB 1295. Kathryn Baron TopEd -- 4/27/12

CA home to nation’s most run-down public schools serving military families -- Seven of the nation’s 24 most dilapidated public schools serving military families are located in California, according to disclosures made this week by state officials. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 4/27/12


Assembly OKs bill allowing clean-air autos in car-pool lanes -- A bill that would prevent local transit agencies from tossing solo drivers in zero- and low-emission vehicles out of some car-pool lanes cleared the California Assembly on Thursday. Jerry Hirsch in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/27/12


San Jose Graffiti Program Investigation -- NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit uncovers a graffiti cleanup company overbills the city of San Jose. Jenna Susko, Julie Putnam and Jeremy Carroll NBC Bay Area -- 4/27/12

Wounded warriors ride a surfboard's nose, and it smells like...victory -- It had taken Aaron Kumamoto five years to work his way back from Iraq's desert sand to Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz. The California sand -- like life itself -- is so soft that you could hardly tell he was limping as he emerged from the Pacific, wielding his surfboard like a trident. He was home, at last. Bruce Newman in the Santa Cruz Sentinel -- 4/27/12

Federal move to seize 2 Novato pot-club buildings -- Federal prosecutors are moving to seize two Novato buildings that house medical-marijuana dispensaries, following through on warnings they began issuing last fall when they announced a campaign against California's pot clubs. Vivian Ho in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/27/12


Ann Romney said she had health 'scare' before Super Tuesday -- Ann Romney, the wife of likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and an increasingly visible force on the campaign trail, said that she had a "scare" stemming from her multiple sclerosis in the days before Super Tuesday. Justin Sink The Hill -- 4/27/12

Jeb Bush: The vice president pick Democrats fear most -- He’s the GOP vice presidential pick that Democrats fear most — a brassy choice who would likely deliver his crucial home state, boost the ticket with Hispanics and Catholics and appeal to both conservatives and independents. The problem: Jeb Bush apparently doesn’t want the job. JONATHAN MARTIN Politico -- 4/27/12