President Donald Trump’s commission investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 elections has asked states for a list of the names, party affiliations, addresses and voting histories of all voters, if state law allows it to be public. See also: Trump’s voter fraud commission wants to know the voting history, party ID and address of every voter in America SFGate.com,California official bristles at Trump voter fraud panel’s records request
San Francisco Chronicle
Los Angeles Time
President Trump’s voter fraud commission will not be getting the names and addresses of California’s registered voters. The panel’s request was denied on Thursday by Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who said it would only “legitimize” false claims of massive election cheating last fall.
NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice
While every state makes some information from its voter rolls publicly available, obtaining that information typically involves a specific request process and payment, creating a paper trail and ensuring that voters’ personal data is not widely accessible. Additionally, a large number of states impose restrictions on the use or disclosure of information from the voter files, and even impose penalties for improper usage. But Kobach’s request upends state procedures and would make an unprecedented amount of information about individual voters publicly available in one location. The request has already been harshly criticized by state election officials and civil rights organizations, some of whom have raised concerns that the information could also be used to keep eligible voters from the polls.
The campaign opposing the recall of California Sen. Josh Newman unveiled a lawsuit Thursday calling on a judge to stop the effort from moving forward.
As tonight’s mid-year deadline for political fundraising looms over candidates for both federal and California offices, donors have probably received a lot of emails like this: “[Insert name here],
Los Angeles Times
California feeds the world with its bounty, fuels the economy with its innovation, fires the imagination with its creativity. There is one export, though, that is far less celebrated: the unceasing torrent of outbound campaign cash.
Who pays for all those political ads that bombard voters every election season?
Fake news surpassed mainstream news on Facebook for the first time just before the 2016 election.
Today’s conflicts are the most complicated yet and show no sign of easing. But as more than one scholar has pointed out, free speech is the starting place for all our other rights. We shouldn’t lose sight of what’s at stake: Without the free flow of ideas, the American experiment cannot succeed.
California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and five other state legislators recently urged dialysis corporation DaVita to stop retaliating against employees who support forming a union in their workplace and a bill to improve patient care, after nearly two dozen workers were fired or disciplined for their advocacy efforts since October 2016.
Daniel Hahn is the police chief Sacramento appears to be getting, but time will tell if he’s the police chief that Sacramento needs. Only a reformer will do, and the path before him is daunting to say the least.
The Sacramento Bee
A common and much-criticized pesticide dramatically weakens already vulnerable honeybee hives, according to a new massive field study in three European countries.
The main ingredient of the pesticide Roundup will be added to a list of chemicals that California believes are linked to cancer, and products that contain the compound will have to carry a warning label by next year.
Scientists at the University of California, Riverside have identified a small, parasitic wasp from Taiwan that could help suppress Southern California’s growing polyphagous shot hole borer infestation. In the past few years, the pest is estimated to have killed as many as 40,000 trees in the region.
Zócalo Public Square
California’s marijuana industry will soon begin its transition from an illicit ecosystem fraught with guns, cash, and cartels into a regulated economic juggernaut.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE/PUBLIC SAFETY
“They use their media to assassinate real news,” the woman’s voice says scornfully. “They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again.”
Madera Police Department has asked for the FBI to conduct an “independent review” of the city’s two officer-involved shootings earlier this month.
A federal judge has temporarily blocked a voter-approved California law that would have forced gun owners to get rid of high-capacity ammunition magazines by this Saturday. See also: Federal judge blocks new California gun control law requiring disposal of large-capacity magazines Los Angeles Times, Judge Blocks Calif. High-Capacity Ammo Magazine Ban KMJ
A wildfire in Mariposa County, directly west of Ahwahnee, has grown to 630 acres but is 30% contained, Cal Fire spokeswoman Jaime Williams said in a Thursday release
With nearly 30,000 acres charred already, California could be in for a severe wildfire season, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday as firefighters worked to contain blazes around the state.
NBC Bay Area
President Donald Trump highlighted the issue of illegal immigration at the White House Wednesday as he met with families that have lost loved ones to crimes committed by undocumented immigrants…But according to national statistics, the rate of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. tripled between the 1990s and 2013, while violent crime declined 48 percent and property crime fell 41 percent over that period.
Harvard Business Review
From Boston to Los Angeles, “mixed use” development, combining residential and commercial properties, is on the rise. The benefits that have been cited for colocating housing and retail establishments include reduced travel distances, more-pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, and stronger local character. Recent research suggests another important potential benefit: Retail establishments may play an imp
Fresno county high school commencement speeches.
Forty-five migrant students from six different school districts in Fresno County are getting a glimpse of what it’s like to work as an astronaut. The 10 day Space Camp at Fresno State is helping students advance their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills.
Hanford native Aaron Brieno read a 2014 Sentinel article titled “County makes least-educated cities report,” and was shocked to read that the Hanford-Corcoran area was ranked fifth in a list of the top 10 least educated cities in America, according to Delaware-based financial news company 24/7 Wall St.
For 40 or so young attendees, it was all about geometric designs last Wednesday during the Oakhurst Library’s Summer Reading Program.
Librarians shushed some black students while giving a pass to white students, says a civil rights lawsuit against Modesto Junior College and the Yosemite Community College District.
The Business Journals
The University of California system announced new policies for responding to sexual misconduct by faculty and staff members, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported.
Paso Robles Daily News
Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-Templeton) announced this week his legislation to keep schools drug-free was approved by the Senate Health Committee. The committee endorsed AB 1090 which prohibits possession of marijuana while on a school campus at any time. Recreational marijuana was recently legalized through Proposition 64, and Cunningham’s bill will help ensure marijuana is kept away from children as the drug comes onto the market.
California has 114 community colleges across the state, but Gov. Jerry Brown wants one more, and he wants it completely online. Inside Higher Ed reports that the purpose of the college would be to reach unemployed and underemployed adults who California Community College officials say the system isn’t reaching at its brick-and-mortar institutions.
President Donald Trump’s and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ endorsement of charter schools is driving a wedge between traditional allies and is threatening to undermine the bipartisan support charter schools have received.
The Sacramento Bee
In a room once occupied by Republican Gov. Earl Warren, Jerry Brown toasted legislators from across the aisle at a recent climate luncheon in the stately Governor’s Mansion.
Republican lawmakers, the Democratic governor said emphatically, are an essential component of the coalition he needs to pass a bullet-proof extension of California’s cap and trade system, a complex, market-based program viewed as the linchpin of his climate change fight.
Kicking off what are expected to be years of legal battles, a coalition of environmental and fishing groups on Thursday filed the first major lawsuits over California Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion plan to build two massive, 35-mile-long tunnels under the Delta to make it easier to move water from Northern California to the south.
Sacramento motorists probably know this already: For all its sprawl and lengthy commutes, the city is far more manageable then Los Angeles. Which is why Sacramento, and not Los Angeles, is about to be showered with a fleet of electric cars supplied by Volkswagen. See also: Volkswagen submits revised plan for installing charging stations as part of emission-cheating settlement Los Angeles Times
CBS Los Angeles
On the same day the California Legislature passed the largest gas-tax increase in state history, CBS2’s David Goldstein found 11 charges for more than $400 in gasoline on state-issued credit cards assigned to both the Senate and the Assembly.
The state has been forced into the arrangement to “avoid overloading its own power lines”, according to the Los Angeles Times. The situation doesn’t necessarily mean we are “throwing money away”, says economist Severin Borenstein, a professor at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Back in October, a controversial study made waves by suggesting that, for the most part, human beings had a natural limit on their lifespans that ended at 115 years. Now, the same academic journal that published the study has released five different studies arguing the exact opposite.
The Mercury News
On the surface, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision this week to delay a vote on the Senate’s health care bill might seem frustrating to the House Republicans who backed a measure to rip up the Affordable Care Act.
Women’s health advocates have assailed the plans put forward by congressional Republicans to replace the Affordable Care Act, saying they would cause disproportionate harm to half the adult population.
Before she built California into a national force on family planning – before the teen pregnancy epidemics and the anti-choice ballot measures, before the bomb threats against clinics that would have closed had it not been for her determination and grit – before all that, Katherine Kneer was 19-year-old Kathy Souza, a junior college freshman with a positive pregnancy test.
The Senate vote on the health care bill has been pushed back, but it still has a lot of people in the nursing home industry worried. About two-thirds of nursing home residents are paid for by Medicaid. And the Congressional Budget Office found that the Senate health care bill would cut Medicaid by more than $770 billion over the next decade.
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As part of what some are calling a “soft secession” from Republican-ruled Washington, California progressives are weighing various forms of resistance to Trump administration initiatives (notably in immigration enforcement), along with alternative policies the state might pursue on its own. The most striking in this latter category, considering how close Congress is right now to enacting a highly reactionary health-care bill, is a drive to create a state-based single-payer system.
The agency’s directors allotted $44 million of the amount for two clinical trials and potentially two more trials, which are the last stages before approval of treatments for use by the general public. Prior to today’s action, the agency — known officially as the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine or CIRM — was helping to finance 27 active clinical trials.
Clinica Sierra Vista, a large chain of clinics for low-income residents, was named Nonprofit of the Year for the 32nd Assembly District this week by Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield. “Nonprofits like Clinica Sierra Vista fill a vital healthcare need in our community,” Salas said in a news release. “For a generation, Clinica Sierra Vista has demonstrated a commitment to delivering quality rural health care and providing hundreds of health-related jobs throughout the region.”
Los Angeles Times
A group of nine state attorneys general, including California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday seeking records that would clarify how the Trump administration is enforcing federal immigration law.
Los Angeles Times
There would be tougher penalties for people repeatedly caught crossing the border illegally, and millions of dollars less in federal funds for so-called sanctuary jurisdictions such as Los Angeles under two House immigration bills approved Thursday.
Los Angeles Times
There would be tougher penalties for people repeatedly caught in the country illegally and millions of dollars less in federal funds for so-called sanctuary cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco under House immigration bills approved Thursday.
One bill passed by the House would deny federal grants to sanctuary cities and another, Kate’s Law, would increase the penalties for deported aliens who try to return to the United States. Kate’s Law, which would increase the penalties for deported aliens who try to return to the United States and caught, passed with a vote of 257 to 157, with one Republican voting no and 24 Democrats voting yes.
The U.S. House voted to cut off some federal funding for state and local governments that have “sanctuary” policies preventing their personnel from cooperating with federal immigration officers.
The real debate about immigration isn’t about the terms of Trump’s travel order. It’s an effort to treat entry to the U.S. as a right.
JOBS AND THE ECONOMY
Pew Charitable Trust | Stateline
It’s not unusual for firefighters and police officers to start their careers as apprentices. Some state agencies are also embracing the training strategy.
This week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new budget that will expand the state’s earned income tax credit—one of the state’s premier anti-poverty programs—to the self-employed. The credit is directed primarily at poor families with children, and gig workers like Henry now stand to benefit too, though in his case it will mean only an extra $60 for the year.
The California Nurses Association made its political bones, so to speak, in 1999 when it persuaded the Legislature and a newly inaugurated, union-allied Democratic governor, Gray Davis, to impose strict nurse-to-patient ratios on hospitals.
In California, travel/tourism employs a diverse workforce and contributes meaningfully to the state’s economy. This report evaluates the role of travel/tourism on the state’s economy.
The hospitality industry is betting that President Trump’s desire to cut the National Park Service’s (NPS) budget, combined with the GOP’s long-standing goal of moving federal functions to the private sector, presents an opportunity to make inroads in campgrounds, fee collection and other services at parks.
Stockton need to build 16,540 homes to provide enough for its population. But the city has built only 1,673 — 10% of homes needed.
Los Angeles Times
After an hour of debate, Herb Perez had had enough. Perez, a councilman in the Bay Area suburb of Foster City, was tired of planning for the construction of new homes to comply with a 50-year-old state law designed to help all Californians live affordably.
Beginning this Saturday, the California tobacco tax on products other than cigarettes will more than double. See also: New tax rate coming on some tobacco products The Business Journal
California is dead last in terms of the transparency of its government spending. This is according to a 2016 report by the California Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, who ranked each state according to how easy it is to find information about state money online.
Fox and Hounds Daily
My fellow Baby Boomers and I can help raise tax revenue for schools and local governments—all we have to do is die. That’s the message I got from this Bloomberg News headline: Boomers Nearing End of Life Seen Helping California Tax Revenue.
San Francisco Business Times
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System has lost a U.S. Supreme Court case it had brought against host of investment banks over what it says was a $300 million loss it suffered when Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008.
The California Transportation Commission will provide about $28 million to fund widening Highway 46 between Interstate 5 and Lost Hills. This east-west highway in western Kern County connects the Central Valley to the coast and is currently two lanes from I-5 to Brown Material Road.
Central Valley Business Times
Continued declines have brought gas prices in many parts of California to their lowest pre-Independence Day levels since 2005, according to price surveys Friday.
“These record low gas prices for this decade will benefit an all-time record number of … Independence Day travelers,” says Jeffrey Spring,” a spokesman for the Automobile Club of Southern California.
UC Berkeley SafeTREC and California Walks are thrilled to provide Orange Cove with this free 4-hour workshop aimed at building community education and capacity to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in the community.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s ambitious plans to build two massive tunnels, reengineering the hub of California’s water system, would destroy native fish species already on the brink of extinction, lawsuits filed Thursday said.
Flooding along the lower Kings River might have been avoided if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had not miscalculated the rush of snowmelt into Pine Flat Lake during the triple-digit heat wave.
The Trump administration moved Tuesday to roll back an Obama administration policy that protected more than half the nation’s streams from pollution but drew attacks from farmers, fossil fuel companies and property-rights groups as federal overreach.
Anyone who contemplated the wreckage of the Oroville Dam’s main spillway back in February — either while water was pounding down the shattered concrete structure or when the flow was stopped later and the enormity of the damage was fully visible — probably had this thought cross their mind: “That is going to be tough to fix.” See also: He oversaw dam safety as problems lurked at Oroville. Should he be advising state? Sacramento Bee.
Swimsuit. Sunscreen. Skis. You’re ready: Celebrate your independence by schussing the slopes during the longest snow season in California history.
New York Times
The winter’s abundant snowfall in the Sierra Nevada was a godsend for California’s water needs. The snowpack operates like a water tap for the state. In a perfect world, melted snow flows at an even pace into a network of waterways that help quench the needs of farmers and city dwellers through the dry months of summer.
Fresno State News
The Mercury News
Public parks and state beaches would be added to the list of no-smoking zones in California under a bill from an East Bay Democrat that cleared another legislative hurdle this week.
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A rogue craftsperson erected a colorful totem pole in Victory Park this week. City workers promptly took it down because it was put up without a permit and of safety concerns … sigh..
Plans to ask California voters in 2018 to approve a $5 billion bond issue to finance the California stem cell agency have been shelved, a director of the agency said Thursday.