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Sen. Dianne Feinstein serves up scrambled eggs and red meat for Democrats at state party convention -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein stuck to core Democratic themes in a speech to delegates at the California Democratic Party convention in San Diego on Saturday, saying President Trump has disgraced the White House, and highlighting her decades-long support for the assault weapons ban and protecting immigrants. Phil Willon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/24/18

'I am not going to stop...until we get these AR-15s off of the streets,' Feinstein says -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein told hundreds of California Democratic delegates and elected officials Saturday morning that she will aggressively pursue legislation banning assault rifles in the wake of this month’s Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead, including teenage students. Angela Hart in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/24/18

California Democrats agree they have too many candidates for Congress. What to do about them is the problem -- There are so many Democrats running for Congress in some districts that they could split the votes in the June 5 primary and send two Republicans to the November election, thanks to California's top-two primary system. Democrats need 24 seats to reclaim the majority in the U.S. House — and are putting money and attention toward 10 California contests. In other words, every race matters. Christine Mai-Duc in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/24/18

Garcetti offers conditional support for controversial housing bill -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti offered conditional support Friday for a controversial bill that would override local zoning regulations to build more housing near public transit stops. Casey Tolan in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/24/18

Tom Steyer has a new Trump impeachment ad -- Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer plans to unveil a new minute-long television ad Saturday focused on Russian interference in the presidential election as he addresses California Democrats gathering for their annual convention. Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/24/18

Why Tony Mendoza thinks he can win back the seat he just left under a sexual-harassment cloud​ -- Tony Mendoza’s sudden resignation from the California Senate this week, after a fierce two-month fight against colleagues’ efforts to expel him, wasn’t the biggest surprise of the latest chapter in the Artesia Democrat’s sexual-harassment scandal. The biggest surprise was Mendoza’s intention, despite it all, to run for election again. Kevin Modesti in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 2/24/18

Bay Area student organizers are in vanguard in wake of Florida slayings -- To Bay Area children well-rehearsed on how to react if a heavily armed gunman tries to kill them in class, what happened in Florida seemed — at first — like just another school shooting. Jill Tucker and Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/24/18

Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s assets surged in 2017. It won’t say why -- The Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s assets grew by an astonishing $5.3 billion or 65 percent to $13.5 billion in 2017 putting it ahead of the venerable Ford Foundation, which ended the year with an estimated $13 billion in assets. Kathleen Pender in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/24/18

Google’s Bay Area real estate empire equivalent to 14 Salesforce towers -- With 19.9 million square feet, Alphabet has a Bay Area footprint that’s 38 percent larger than Apple’s. Facebook is a distant third with 3.6 million square feet — though it’s set to expand that by 50 percent with a new Menlo Park campus and is expanding in San Francisco and Fremont as well. Wendy Lee in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/24/18

Plan to expand California electricity grid powers up for third time in as many years -- For the third time in three years, California energy officials are working to expand governance of the electric power grid to become a regional function covering as many as 14 states. Opponents of the plan, which would fundamentally rewrite how electricity is managed across most of the West, are once again steeling for a fight. Jeff McDonald in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 2/24/18

San Diego may eliminate library fines to avoid cutting off poor -- San Diego may join a national trend of eliminating library fines to avoid cutting the poor off from a vital service and to boost recovery of overdue items. While fines encourage many library users to return items on time, city officials say they actually do more harm than good by discouraging some patrons, especially those with low incomes, from continuing to use the library. David Garrick in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 2/24/18

 

California Policy & Politics This Morning  

L.A. developer is charged with making illegal campaign donations -- The developer of a controversial $72-million apartment project was charged Friday with making illegal campaign contributions to local politicians while seeking a change to the zoning of his property in L.A.'s Harbor Gateway neighborhood. David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/24/18

Judge: California County's Redistricting Diluted Latino Vote -- Election districts for the board of supervisors in a Central California county illegally dilute the voting power of Latinos and deprive them of an opportunity to elect candidates of their choice, a federal judge said Friday. U.S. District Judge Dale Drozd struck down Kern County's 2011 redistricting plan, saying it was not "equally open to participation by Latino voters." Associated Press -- 2/24/18

Berkeley’s plan to make its own cryptocurrency raises eyebrows -- “Acts of resistance require creating resources,” said Councilman Ben Bartlett, one of the people behind the plan. He’s working with Mayor Jesse Arreguín, and teaming up with the startup Neighborly and UC Berkeley’s Blockchain Lab on proposals to turn municipal bonds into digital currency, with the goal of raising additional funds for specific projects. Sophie Haigney in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/24/18

Statewide Candidates Get Very Mixed Responses From Organized Labor -- Organized labor has long been the backbone of the political left, but at this weekend’s California Democratic Party convention in San Diego union members made clear to candidates that in their view not all Democrats are created equal. Katie Orr KQED -- 2/24/18

Democratic Party Endorsement In The 49th Congressional District A Long Shot -- Delegates at the California Democratic Party Convention in San Diego this weekend will decide whether to endorse candidates in the race to replace Darrell Issa in the 49th Congressional District. An endorsement could be key for Democrats to win one of the top two seats in the primary. But an endorsement may not be forthcoming. Alison St John KPBS -- 2/24/18

Lots of labor love for Kevin de León at the Democratic party convention -- California’s senior senator took the stage to polite but tepid applause. The Democrat challenging her for re-election stepped up to rousing chants of, “Ke-vin! Ke-vin!” Laurel Rosenhall Calmatters -- 2/24/18

Sexual Harassment Scandals, Progressive Politics Follow California Democrats To Convention This Weekend -- Thousands of California Democrats are converging on San Diego this weekend for the state party’s annual convention. Their eyes are on the 2018 election — but they're also hoping to move beyond sexual harassment scandals plaguing the Capitol. Ben Adler Capital Public Radio -- 2/24/18

Senator seeking Democratic endorsement days after resigning -- A California Democrat plans to seek his party's endorsement for a state Senate seat at Saturday's convention just days after resigning from the same seat following a sexual misconduct investigation that found he likely harassed six women. Former Sen. Tony Mendoza told the Associated Press he maintains "overwhelming" support among voters in his Los Angeles-area district and is undeterred by what he called unfair efforts to oust him by colleagues seeking political gain. Kathleen Ronayne Associated Press -- 2/24/18

Morain: Sen. Tony Mendoza has no shame, but he does have plenty of campaign cash -- Sen. Tony Mendoza did not get indicted, unlike some of his predecessors. But he did resign on Thursday, sparing the Senate the spectacle of having to vote on whether to expel him, and himself the disgrace of being kicked out of office, something that had not occurred in the California Senate since 1905. Dan Morain in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 2/24/18

Fresno Prosecutor Hopes to Defy Odds, Take Down Devin Nunes -- Fresno prosecutor Andrew Janz never expected to be running for Congress, but he says the tipping point was when his representative, Devin Nunes, “mishandled classified information” on the Russia investigation. That’s when the Fresno County deputy district attorney decided to jump in. Scott Shafer KQED -- 2/24/18

Reese Witherspoon brings the power of #MeToo to Watermark Conference in San Jose -- Reese Witherspoon says she could have earned a degree in English literature at Stanford University and gone on to study medicine, but the one-time teen actress couldn’t afford the tuition. Martha Ross in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/24/18

Look, ma, no driver! Cars without humans coming to California soon -- Long-awaited state regulations for autonomous cars without human drivers may be approved Monday by a legal compliance agency, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles, which submitted the rules to the Office of Administrative Law on Jan. 11. Carolyn Said in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/24/18

Statue of President McKinley to be removed from Arcata town square -- The 8 1/2-foot monument and a nearby plaque have long been a point of contention among Arcata residents, some of whom say McKinley's expansionist policies were racist toward indigenous people. During his presidential tenure at the turn of the 20th century, McKinley annexed tribal lands in the western U.S. and Hawaii in the name of Manifest Destiny. Michelle Robertson in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/24/18

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

California Nurses Warn That Losing Supreme Court Case Could Gut Unions -- They were calling attention to the U.S. Supreme Court case Janus vs. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The outcome of the case could dramatically weaken public sector unions if the court overturns a rule that requires non-union employees at union-affiliated workplaces to pay “fair share” fees. Laura Klivans KQED -- 2/24/18

California vineyards field a workforce of women -- Attracted by higher wages and steady employment, more women are joining the ranks of vineyard workers. But for one Mexican immigrant, the work is hard and her journey is far from over. Esther Mobley in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/24/18

Google ‘bro culture’ led to violence, sexual harassment against female engineer, lawsuit alleges -- As a young, female software engineer at male-dominated Google, Loretta Lee was slapped, groped and even had a co-worker pop up from beneath her desk one night and tell her she’d never know what he’d been doing under there, according to a lawsuit filed against the Mountain View tech giant. Ethan Baron in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/24/18

How Long Does $1 Million Last In Retirement In San Diego? -- Based on those numbers, McAllen, Texas was at the top of the list. The study found that a retiree there with a million dollars saved up can enjoy 42 work-free years. In San Diego, a million dollars will last you less than twenty years. Neiko Will KPBS -- 2/24/18

Guns 

Politifact CA: All of PolitiFact California’s fact checks on gun violence -- PolitiFact and its affiliates, including PolitiFact California, have been sorting fact from fiction for years and explaining answers to key questions in the debate. That's led to dozens of fact checks and articles on guns and safety, following both this tragedy and other mass shootings. Chris Nichols Politifact CA -- 2/24/18

Homeless  

San Diego Homeless People To Earn $10 Per Hour Cleaning Trash, Graffiti -- The Alpha Project is launching a pilot program this week called Wheels for Change to pay homeless people $10 an hour to clean up neighborhoods around San Diego. A passenger van will pick up eight people at a time from the Alpha Project homeless tent located near downtown, and transport the crew to an area in the city. They will spend the day picking up trash or cleaning graffiti. Susan Murphy KPBS -- 2/24/18

Education 

Florida shooting unleashed flood of internet threats against L.A.-area schools, with police struggling to keep up -- Students at the elite prep school Harvard-Westlake got a troubling alert as they headed to class Friday morning — their campuses had been closed because of a security threat. James Queally, Richard Winton and Anna M. Phillips in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/24/18

San Diego Students Likely Won’t Face Suspensions For School Walkout Against Gun Violence -- Though it is up to individual school sites to decide whether to discipline students, the San Diego County Office of Education, which advises and trains the region’s 42 districts, is urging schools to instead focus on helping students digest and discuss the news following the deadly school shooting in Florida on Feb. 14. Megan Burks KPBS -- 2/24/18

California officials urge undocumented immigrant students to apply for state financial aid -- State officials are worried that the uncertain U.S. immigration climate could discourage undocumented students from applying for financial aid to pay college tuition. The deadline to apply for the California Dream Act — which allows undocumented students to receive state financial aid and grants — is Friday, March 2, about a week away. Alejandra Molina in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 2/24/18

Immigration / Border 

For this CSUSB student and DACA recipient, being white means more acceptance, but not more security -- It was on a train ride through the border town of El Paso, Texas, that Paul Parrish realized how being white allowed him to go unnoticed as U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents searched inside for potential unauthorized migrants. Parrish, who is undocumented, immediately thought, “Oh no, they’re here for me.” Alejandra Molina in the San Bernardino Sun$

US Deportations Targeting More People With No Crime Records -- People arrested by deportation officers increasingly have no criminal backgrounds, according to figures released Friday, reflecting the Trump administration's commitment to cast a wider net. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said 65 percent of arrests from October to December were criminals, compared to 82 percent during the final full three months of the Obama administration. Elliot Spagat Associated Press -- 2/24/18

Trump Administration Restricts H-1B Worker Visas Coveted By High Tech -- The Trump administration is tightening the rules for companies that contract out high-skilled workers who are in this country on H-1B visas. Richard Gonzales NPR -- 2/24/18

Water  

Will California’s Water Wars Create A Constitutional Conundrum? -- With nearly half the state back in drought, California’s water regulator held a contentious hearing in Sacramento on Tuesday on whether to make permanent the temporary water bans enacted by Governor Jerry Brown during the 2014-2017 drought. Amel Ahmed KQED -- 2/24/18

Health 

Only 7 Percent Of Californians Lack Health Insurance, National Study Says -- A new study indicates that almost 29 million Americans lack health insurance — a big improvement compared to nearly 49 million in 2010. Californians are better covered than most of the nation. Texas comes in last, with 20 percent having no health insurance, according to the latest findings by the National Center for Health Statistics. In California, that number is 7 percent. Rich Ibarra Capital Public Radio -- 2/24/18

Environment 

Trump administration ordered to enforce limits on methane gas emissions -- A San Francisco federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to enforce limits on emissions of climate-changing methane gas from wells on federal and tribal lands, saying the benefits to public health and the environment far outweigh the minimal costs to oil and gas companies of reducing pollution. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/24/18

Also . . . 

Historic Oakland building with history of problems destroyed by fire -- A large, smoky blaze on Friday destroyed much of a city-owned historic building in East Oakland that has long attracted squatters, had previously caught fire twice and had been a dilemma for city officials who repeatedly boarded it up. Kimberly Veklerov, Sophie Haigney and Erin Allday in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/24/18

 

-- Friday Updates 

Gates plea in Russia investigation centers on meeting with California congressman -- Former Trump campaign aide Richard W. Gates III is expected to plead guilty today to conspiracy and lying about a 2013 Ukraine-related meeting between his former business partnøer Paul Manafort, a lobbyist and California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa). Sarah D. Wire in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/23/18

Harvard-Westlake closes both campuses after Instagram post that showed gun, referenced bullying -- Harvard-Westlake School closed both its high school in Studio City and its middle school in Holmby Hills on Friday as a precautionary measure following a social media post that showed a gun and tagged former students of the school, according to Los Angeles police. Brenda Gazzar in the Los Angeles Daily News$ -- 2/23/18

Turo sues San Francisco over airport rental car classification -- Like many disruptive startups, Turo, a self-styled “peer-to-peer car-sharing company” headquartered in San Francisco, says its business is in a new category that doesn’t fit existing regulations. It says that just as Uber and Lyft aren’t taxi operators, Skype is not a telecom and eBay isn’t a retailer, Turo should not be burdened by an irrelevant label. Carolyn Said in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 2/23/18

Enough is enough: Tenants join landlord in Bay Area exodus -- Tony Hicks moved to San Jose in 1981, but he’s had enough. Hicks told his 11 tenants he would soon place the three homes he owns on the market. He expected disappointment. Instead, most wanted to move with him to Colorado. “It didn’t take them long,” Hicks said. “I was surprised.” Louis Hansen in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/23/18

Six more indicted after massive FBI gang raids in Northern California -- Six more defendants have been indicting following “Operation Silent Night,” a multi-agency raid that swept up 31 gang members. That Feb. 14 raid focused on the Varrio Bosque Norteño gang, which had centralized itself in Woodland for several years. Of the six new individuals charged by U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott, three resided in Woodland. Hans Peter in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 2/23/18

KPCC buys LAist; Gothamist sites are being revived by public radio stations -- LAist, the news website that was shut down abruptly last year by its billionaire owner, will reopen under new management: KPCC. The public radio station will run the site out of its Pasadena offices after two anonymous donors acquired LAist and its sister sites in the Gothamist network, KPCC said. David Pierson in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/23/18

Lazarus: California has strict rules for political robocalls — and they're routinely ignored -- A federal district court judge ruled the other day that it's constitutional for Montana to ban political robocalls, even though political consultants who had sued the state claimed their right to free speech had been violated. David Lazarus in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/23/18

Nurses Throughout California Rally Against Supreme Court Case -- Janus v. AFSCME is scheduled to be heard on Feb. 26. At issue are what are called fair-share fees that public sector unions use to represent members in collective bargaining. Kenny Goldberg KPBS -- 2/23/18

Fox: On Climate Change, Local Governments Tell Different Stories in the Courtroom and on Wall Street -- By 2050, because of climate change, Oakland officials insist that the city faces dealing with “100-year” type floods every two years—or maybe it won’t have those floods. Joel Fox Fox & Hounds -- 2/23/18

Hiltzik: The right wing's 40-year attack on unions is coming to the Supreme Court, and this time it could win -- For 40 years, right-wing activists and fronts for the 1% have had their knives out for a Supreme Court precedent that protects the ability of public employee unions to represent their members and even nonmembers, and to speak out on matter of public interest. Michael Hiltzik in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 2/23/18