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The Housing Crisis: Small solutions for big problem -- The Bay Area faces no challenge more vexing or vast than the need to create hundreds of thousands of new housing units, at all price levels, in ways that don’t undermine the cultural and environmental traits that make this region so desirable. John King in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/19/19

Buttigieg plans aggressive fundraising push in California -- Democrat Pete Buttigieg is planning a series of 11 fundraisers over three days in California next month, as the rising presidential candidate looks to seize on interest from eager donors to power his campaign. Daniel Strauss Politico -- 4/19/19

Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple employees donating to Elizabeth Warren, even though she wants to break up big tech -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s pledge to break up Silicon Valley’s biggest tech companies has provoked a surprising response from some of those firms’ employees: They’re writing her checks. Casey Tolan in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 4/19/19

A new school opens at El Dorado Hills site where boy was restrained and later died -- A new school for students with disabilities has opened at an El Dorado Hills campus with a troubled past. Point Quest Education in mid-March took over the site formerly known as Guiding Hands School, where last November Max Benson, a 13-year-old boy with autism, was put in a face-down prone restraint and later died. Sawsan Morrar in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/19/19


California Policy & Politics This Morning  

PG&E Ratepayers Lobby for a Voice in Utility’s Bankruptcy -- A push for an official voice for ratepayers in PG&E Corp.’s bankruptcy case is gaining momentum as California’s largest utility confronts the fallout from years of wildfires linked to its equipment. Peg Brickley in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 4/19/19

San Francisco Mayor Sees PG&E Assets as a ‘Great’ Opportunity -- San Francisco Mayor London Breed wants to use PG&E Corp.’s bankruptcy to take over some of the company’s assets for the city’s power needs, a move that would shake up California’s largest utility and remake the state’s energy landscape. Romy Varghese Bloomberg -- 4/19/19

U.S. appeals court upholds most of California’s ‘sanctuary’ laws -- A federal appeals court decided unanimously Thursday that most of California’s so-called sanctuary laws can continue to be enforced, rejecting the bulk of a lawsuit brought by the Trump administration. Maura Dolan in the Los Angeles Times$ Emily Cadei in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/19/19

‘Biased’: California Politicians Denounce Attorney General’s Handling of Mueller Report Release -- Some elected officials from California were quick to stake out their positions Thursday on the special counsel's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Others took a more methodical approach. East Bay congressman and presidential candidate Eric Swalwell is calling on Attorney General William Barr to resign. Raquel Maria Dillon KQED -- 4/19/19

Former California water lobbyist, Trump’s Interior Secretary, under investigation -- The inspector general of the U.S. Interior Department has opened an investigation into Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s past work on behalf of California’s huge Westlands Water District and other organizations. Chuck McFadden Capitol Weekly -- 4/19/19

Fastest litigant in the west: California’s on verge of suing Trump more than Texas ever sued Obama -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, like the reporters who cover him, has had a busy two years. At a brisk clip of two new legal challenges every month, the state’s top law enforcement officer has turned the California Justice Department into one of the country’s most influential and prodigious battle stations of resistance to Washington policy. Ben Christopher Calmatters -- 4/19/19

‘Barr must resign.’ California politicians weigh in after Mueller report on Trump released -- California’s leading politicians were quick to react on social media Thursday, after the U.S. Department of Justice released a heavily redacted version of the report compiled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Andrew Sheeler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/19/19

The Mueller report is out, but Devin Nunes’ calls for investigations are just beginning -- Special Counsel Robert Mueller III’s redacted report is out, but Rep. Devin Nunes’ war on the officials who launched inquiries into the 2016 election is far from over. Kate Irby and Adam Ashton in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/19/19

Southern California tickled by tiny tremors every 3 minutes -- There’s a whole lot of shakin’ going on in Southern California — 10 times more than seismologists had thought. But most of those earthquakes are so tiny that no one feels them. Using a more accurate way of finding teeny tiny earthquakes, scientists counted 1.8 million of the temblors in Southern California from 2008 to 2017, according to a report in Thursday’s journal Science. Seth Borenstein Associated Press -- 4/19/19

Santa Anita to continue racing despite protests -- Santa Anita will continue racing through the end of the current meet on June 23, despite objections from animal rights activists who urged the California Horse Racing Board to shutter the historic track in the wake of 23 horse deaths. Beth Harris Associated Press -- 4/19/19

Imperial County government website has been down for 5 days, prompting investigation -- The Imperial County government website system has been down for five days. And, according to a document obtained by The Times, it may have been hacked. A Ryuk ransomware note that appeared online following the incident warned that the system network had been penetrated and demanded payment in bitcoin. Colleen Shalby in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/19/19

Garcetti’s budget would spend more money on street repairs and homelessness -- Anticipating a rise in business and property tax revenue, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is looking to spend more money on homelessness, street repairs and police overtime next fiscal year. Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/19/19

KQED Political Breakdown: Rusty Hicks -- Rusty Hicks, candidate for Democratic Party chair, discusses his vision for the state party, meeting his father at age 11, his decision to join the Navy Reserves, and the political work of the LA County Federation of Labor. Link here -- 4/19/19

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions  

Sacramento looks primed to land an MLS team as league announces expansion plan -- Sacramento took a major step toward landing a Major League Soccer team Thursday as officials voted to expand the league from 27 to 30 teams and enter into formal discussions with the capital city’s proposed ownership group. Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/19/19

Bretón: The dream of soccer in Sac: ‘There was nothing that could stop us’ -- If you thought keeping the Kings from leaving Sacramento was a moon shoot, then who knows how to accurately describe the absurdly implausible notion of Sacramento joining the ranks of Major League Soccer? Marcos Bretón in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/19/19

Sacramento Region Added 25,000 Residents In 2018 While Los Angeles Lost Population -- The Sacramento region added nearly 25,000 residents in 2018 while Los Angeles lost population, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday. Sacramento’s population gain was second only to the Riverside-San Bernardino metro area, which added more than 50,000 according to new Census estimates. Nationally Dallas, Phoenix and Houston grew the most. Chris Hagan Capital Public Radio -- 4/19/19


Sacramento Wants To Turn A Low-Income Downtown Hotel Into A Homeless Shelter -- A hotel in downtown Sacramento could be turned into a temporary homeless shelter by the end of the year. The 90 residents at the Capitol Park Hotel would be forced to move. Bob Moffitt Capital Public Radio -- 4/19/19


Supporters of SB50 fire back after ads equate housing bill to ‘Negro removal’ -- A provocative mailer by a deep-pocketed Los Angeles activist equates a state housing bill with “Negro removal,” a comparison that prompted state Sen. Scott Wiener and San Francisco Mayor London Breed to fire back Thursday. Rachel Swan in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/19/19


Later school bells, alternative testing: California lawmakers try again on quashed K-12 bills -- California hit the snooze button last year on legislation that would have let middle and high school students sleep in a little longer. The later—and, experts say, healthier—school start time would have been a national first had Gov. Jerry Brown not vetoed it. Ricardo Cano Calmatters -- 4/19/19

These parents could help expose UCLA, USC roles in college admissions scandal -- No one was looking at Bruce Isackson. Seated in a Boston courtroom recently among a dozen other parents implicated in a scheme to defraud half a dozen top universities, Isackson — a real estate investor from Northern California — was overshadowed by his more famous co-defendants. Matthew Ormseth and Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/19/19

UCLA needs 103 days to turn over emails between soccer coaches and those indicted in college scandal -- A week after the U.S. attorney’s office in Massachusetts charged 50 people in an alleged conspiracy to tamper with college entrance exams and bypass admissions offices with an athletic recruiting scam, The Times made a public records request for any emails and text messages exchanged between three UCLA coaches and five people implicated in the scheme, along with an employee of Cal State Fullerton. Matthew Ormseth in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/19/19

College admissions probe widens as prosecutors ask about additional students and parents -- Federal prosecutors from Boston have interviewed people in Los Angeles this week, asking about additional students whose parents have not been charged in the college admissions scandal, people familiar with the matter told The Times. Richard Winton and Matthew Ormseth in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/19/19

California College of the Arts Campus Consolidation Spurs Union Effort -- California College of the Arts staff will vote Monday in a union election, continuing a labor organizing trend in the arts and higher education sectors as the cost of living outpaces wage growth in the Bay Area. Sam Lefebvre KQED -- 4/19/19

Outside public view, panel faces tight deadline to recommend reforms of California's charter school law -- Each Thursday a group of educators and representatives of labor unions meets — out of the public eye — for several hours at the California Department of Education building in Sacramento to take on arguably the most contentious current issue on California’s education reform landscape: charter school reform. Louis Freedberg EdSource -- 4/19/19

California governor proposing more time for parents to bond with newborns -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to give every newborn in the state the chance to be cared for by a parent or close family member for the first six months of life. Zaidee Stavely EdSource -- 4/19/19


Data: California’s improved vaccination rates are keeping measles at bay -- In states like Washington and New York, public health authorities have been racing to immunize children in vulnerable communities, and bumping up against large clusters of parents who refuse to vaccinate. But in California, it’s a different story. Erin Allday in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/19/19

Infant dies in 1st whooping cough-related fatality in Orange County since 2007 -- The county reported 171 cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, in 2018, including eight cases in infants under age 3 months. Seven of those eight cases required hospitalization. Leo Smith, Deepa Bharath in the Orange County Register -- 4/19/19


Power Companies Want To Build Charging Stations Along California Freeways To Move The Trucking Industry To Electric Vehicles -- Power companies from San Diego to Seattle are looking for ways to revolutionize the trucking industry. Their latest plan? To build electric-vehicle charging stations along the entire Interstate 5 corridor. Randol White Capital Public Radio -- 4/19/19

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Mueller Reveals Trump’s Efforts to Thwart Russian Inquiry in Highly Anticipated Report -- The report laid bare that Mr. Trump was elected with the help of a foreign power, and cataloged numerous meetings between Mr. Trump’s advisers and Russians seeking to influence the campaign and the presidential transition team — encounters set up in pursuit of business deals, policy initiatives and political dirt about Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate for president. Mark Mazzetti in the New York Times$ -- 4/19/19

William Barr just did Trump another huge favor -- When Attorney General William P. Barr announced he was going to hold a news conference before the release of the Mueller report Thursday, there was instant pushback. How can the media ask questions about a report it hasn’t seen? Would this just be a whole bunch of pre-spin from a man already accused of being too friendly to the president who appointed him? Barr’s performance did nothing to argue against those allegations. Aaron Blake in the Washington Post$ -- 4/19/19

‘Game over’: Republicans rejoice after Mueller concludes -- But Barr said the special counsel found 10 instances of potential obstruction of justice by Trump. Melanie Zanona, Sarah Ferris and Burgess Everett Politico -- 4/19/19

The Obstruction Case Against Trump that Barr Tried to Hide -- Even with redactions, Mueller’s report is clear Trump undermined the Russia investigation. Renato Mariotti Politico -- 4/19/19

Poll: Few Californians believe the Mueller report ‘completely exonerated’ Trump -- While President Trump has declared that the Mueller report “completely exonerated” him, only one in five Californians agree. That’s a key finding of a statewide poll of 800 adults conducted after Thursday’s release of the full, but redacted, report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Peter Rowe in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 4/19/19


Mueller report won’t change 2020 presidential race -- Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s “sweeping and systematic” interference in the 2016 election is chock-full of fodder for House Democrats to investigate over the next year and a half. But it is unlikely to change the dynamics of the 2020 election. Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/19/19

‘Game over’: Bay Area officials react to Mueller report -- Several members of California’s congressional delegation accused Attorney General William Barr of acting as Trump’s spokesman and demanded Special Counsel Robert Mueller testify. Trump’s defenders commended Barr. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield released a statement saying it is time to “move on.” Kimberly Veklerov in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/19/19


-- Thursday Updates 

Rare ‘toxic cocktail’ from Camp Fire is poisoning Paradise water. It could cost $300 million to fix -- The discovery was as surprising as it was ominous. Weeks after the Camp Fire roared through Butte County last November, devouring entire towns, officials made an alarming find: The Paradise drinking water is now laced with benzene, a volatile compound linked to cancer. Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/18/19

These parents could help expose UCLA, USC roles in college admissions scandal -- No one was looking at Bruce Isackson. Seated in a Boston courtroom recently among a dozen other parents implicated in a scheme to defraud half a dozen top universities, Isackson — a real estate investor from Northern California — was overshadowed by his more famous co-defendants. Matthew Ormseth and Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/18/19

Imperial Irrigation District sues to block Colorado River drought plan -- Just as a long-negotiated agreement for how California and six other Western states will deal with drought on the Colorado River was about to cross the finish line, the river’s biggest user put up a roadblock. Bettina Boxall in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/18/19

With union support, Kaiser patients demand CEO meeting over mental health -- Kaiser Permanente patients assembled outside the health care provider’s Oakland headquarters Wednesday, calling for shorter wait times for mental health appointments and demanding a meeting with the CEO. Sophia Kunthara in the San Francisco Chronicle$ -- 4/18/19

A big homeless shelter could go in this historic downtown Sacramento building -- Sacramento Councilman Steve Hansen is proposing the city open a homeless shelter in the Capitol Park Hotel – the historic residential hotel near the heart of a revitalized downtown area. Theresa Clift in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/18/19

Trump tried to seize control of Mueller probe, report says -- Public at last, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday that President Donald Trump had tried to seize control of the Russia probe and force Mueller’s removal to stop him from investigating potential obstruction of justice by the president. Chad Day, Eric Tucker and Michael Balsamo Associated Press -- 4/18/19

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