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NO APOLOGIES: California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris said Wednesday that she makes “no apologies” for an aggressive U.S. Senate campaign that some fellow Democrats have complained is aimed at keeping others, notably a Latino candidate, out of the race. [Seema Mehta @ LAT]

From Marisa Lagos @ SFChron: "California Attorney General Kamala Harris has a message for all those critics: She welcomes the entrance of other candidates to the 2016 Senate race, and she "absolutely" didn't cut a deal with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on which one of the two would run for governor."

POLL POSITIONS: Poll: Scott Walker, Jeb Bush top California GOP preferences:

More than a year before the presidential primary reaches California, this much can be said about the voting public: Democrats like Hillary Rodham Clinton, Republicans like Scott Walker and Jeb Bush, and a lot of people still haven’t made up their minds.

Walker, the Wisconsin governor, and Bush, the former governor of Florida, lead a crowded field of GOP hopefuls with the support of 18 percent and 16 percent, respectively, of likely Republican voters in California, according to a new Field Poll.

Rand Paul, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio and several other candidates trail.

[Field Poll]

BREAKING NEWS: It doesn't matter.

BALK: University of California delays start of tuition increase [Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - "Amid ongoing budget discussions with the state, the University of California has postponed a proposed 5 percent tuition increase from summer quarter until the fall."

LABoS: Janice Hahn announces she has the endorsement of the L.A. County Professional Peace Officers, while Isadore Hall celebrates. 

CHESS: California Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León Endorses Steven Bradford's Campaign for State Senate - As Izzy appears to land in Congress, Bradford gets the second chance.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Connie Leyva and Jason Teramoto!

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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Kamala Harris "Fully Welcomes"; Other Candidates To 2016 Senate Race
John Myers @
ww2.kqed.org
California Attorney General Kamala Harris has a message for all those critics: She welcomes the entrance of other candidates to the 2016 Senate race, and she “absolutely” didn’t cut a deal with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on which one of the two would run for governor.

Exclusive: Kamala Harris Makes 'no Apologies' For Aggressive Senate Campaign
latimes.com
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris said Wednesday that she makes “no apologies” for an aggressive U.S. Senate campaign that some fellow Democrats have complained is aimed at keeping others, notably a Latino candidate, out of the race.

State AG Kamala Harris says she not opposed to legal marijuana
sfgate.com
California Attorney General Kamala Harris, the state’s top cop, and Democratic front-runner in the race for a U.S. Senate seat next year, said Thursday she has “no moral objection” to legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, but cautioned that special care will be required to assess the impacts on children and public safety. “It’s easy to stand up and make a grand gesture, but we really do have to work out the details,” said Harris, who told The Chronicle Wednesday that she believes “it is an inevitability” that recreational use of marijuana will be legalized in the state. “But to be very clear, it’s not a passive position,” Harris said, adding that as the state’s senior law enforcement official, she has already been studying the impacts in Colorado and Washington state, where recreational use is legal. California will need to “figure out the important issues” related to legalization, especially “as it relates to children, as it relates to schools and advertising and the quantities ... and issues like safe driving and enforcement of our rules around that,” as well as about the impacts of edible marijuana, she said. [...] I do feel a very strong sense of responsibility as a top cop to pay attention to the details ... to make sure that if it were legalized ... that vulnerable people are safe. Last week, at an event at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, an aide physically tried to block a Chronicle reporter from asking questions and taking, but Harris intervened and promised to speak soon to reporters about her campaign.

Can UC Answer These 5 Big Questions About Its Spending? | Faultlines | Kqed News
ww2.kqed.org
If there’s one place to watch the really hard choices about what government can afford to spend on higher education and what a college degree should cost, it’s the meat grinder that now faces the University of California in Sacramento.

Low-profile retail titanâ
sfgate.com
A $100 million gift to UCSF has made an ex-billionaire who is determined to give away all his money the largest single donor not only to the academic medical center, but to the entire UC system. The money will be used to support the medical students, faculty and new hospitals that opened Feb. 1 at UCSF’s Mission Bay campus. Feeney, 83, eschews the limelight, but he has been considered an inspiration for such generous charitable donors as Bill Gates, who left Microsoft to work at his own philanthropic foundation, and Marc Benioff, founder of Salesforce.com and UCSF’s second-largest individual contributor. [...] Wednesday, Feeney’s most recent donation to UCSF was the $20 million he gave in 2012 to the university’s global health sciences, which was used to open a new Mission Bay hub for global health research. While Feeney declined to be interviewed about the gift, he said in a statement that he gets “gratification from knowing that my investments in medical research, education and the delivery of health care at UCSF will provide lifelong benefits to millions of people not only in the Bay Area but also around the world.” Feeney, who was born during the Depression and grew up in a blue-collar Irish Catholic family in Elizabeth, N.J., served as a U.S. Air Force radio operator during the Korean War and attended Cornell University on the G.I. Bill. Feeney’s funding interests include human rights and reconciliation in such regions as Northern Ireland and South Africa, global health, education, aging and civil rights. Feeney’s relationship with UCSF is rooted in his passion for health and education causes, and also his friendship with Regis Kelly, former executive vice chancellor of the university and now the executive director of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences at UCSF. Kelly, a special adviser to UC President Janet Napolitano on innovation and entrepreneurship, said he got to know Feeney through mutual friends about 15 years ago, and they have remained close friends.

University Of California Delays Start Of Tuition Increase | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
sacbee.com
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Illinois governor's 'turnaround budget' targets pensions, universities
latimes.com
for a financially shaky state, targeting for cuts government worker pensions, healthcare for the poor, state universities, mass transit and cities.

Kamala Harris Isn't California Voters' First Choice For Senate - La Observed
laobserved.com


Texas Allows First Same-sex Marriage For 'immediate Health Concerns'
latimes.com
Texas’ first same-sex marriage was performed Thursday morning after a state judge ordered Travis County to issue a license to an Austin couple who have “severe and immediate health concerns,” the county clerk’s office said.

Initiative Chess-like Moves :: Fox&hounds
foxandhoundsdaily.com
The internal debates and potential deals among allies are heating up because decision time is not too far off. While the conventional wisdom for filing an initiative is to do so one year before the election, the Secretary of State website suggests much earlier kick-off dates. If a full check of signatures is needed to see if a measure qualifies for the November 8, 2016 election, the recommended date to file is July 7, 2015.

Kamala Harris 'makes no apologies' for fast start to Senate race
latimes.com
Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday defended her aggressive young U.S. Senate campaign, which some of her fellow Democrats have complained is aimed at keeping others, notably a Latino candidate, out of the race.

Former Obama Military Aide Caldera Weighs Senate Run
latimes.com
Louis Caldera, who resigned as a top military aide in the Obama White House after a botched Air Force One photo-op that led New Yorkers to fear the city was under attack, is considering a run for Barbara Boxer ’s seat in the U.S. Senate .

Video: Flanked By Kids, California Senators Seek More Childcare Vouchers | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Jeremy B. White @
sacbee.com
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Archbishop on crash course with S.F., state
sfgate.com
San Francisco’s archbishop is trying to make its Catholic schools more Catholic, but city and state officials are poised to push back, saying any effort to discriminate against employees will be met with legal action. In recent weeks, the Archdiocese of San Francisco caused dismay among teachers, students, parents and the public for introducing morality clauses into four Catholic high school handbooks as well as teacher labor contracts. “Catholic schools exist to affirm and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ as held and taught by his Catholic Church,” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said in his explanation for the addition of language against homosexuality, same-sex marriage, abortion, contraceptives and artificial insemination. The morality clauses “conflict with settled areas of law and foment a discriminatory environment,” eight legislators said in a letter to Cordileone sent Tuesday. [...] the archbishop’s effort to rein in secularism at Catholic schools has also been felt at other schools, including Star of the Sea, a K-8 school in the Richmond District. The Rev. Joseph Illo recently banned the use of altar girls at school and parish masses at Star of the Sea, a decision opposed by some parents and staff. Illo also upset families when he decided that non-Catholic students could no longer receive blessings during Communion, a decision he reversed after complaints from the school community. [...] this week, parents revealed that Star of the Sea students as young as those in second grade received a pamphlet about confession late last year that referred to sexual topics such as sodomy, masturbation and abortion. [...] parents at Catholic schools across the city were feeling the reverberations of the archbishop’s approach to a Catholic education.

Prop. 47 Sentencing Reform Is Reaping Savings So Far | The California Report | Kqed News
ww2.kqed.org
State analyst Drew Soderborg says in part because of Prop. 47, California is already complying with a court order to reduce the prison population.

Rocky Chavez May Be A Moth Drawn To Flame
latimes.com
Assemblyman Rocky Chavez would be a fine Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate . That's because:

Poll: Scott Walker, Jeb Bush Top California GOP Preferences | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
sacbee.com
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Rep. Janice Hahn Announces Run For L.A. County Board Of Supervisors
latimes.com
Rep. Janice Hahn said Tuesday that she will forgo a congressional reelection campaign next year and instead run for an open seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors , where her populist father, the late Kenneth Hahn, served for four decades.

Loretta Sanchez Places Third In Poll To Replace Sen. Barbara Boxer - The Orange County Register
MARTIN WISCKOL @
ocregister.com
Rep. Loretta Sanchez doesn't rule out bid for U.S. Senate if Barbara Boxer retires

Exclusive: Kamala Harris makes 'no apologies' for aggressive Senate campaign
latimes.com
for an aggressive U.S. Senate campaign that some fellow Democrats have complained is aimed at keeping others, notably a Latino candidate, out of the race.

USC Students Elect First Female President In A Decade
latimes.com
An all-female ticket won USC’s student elections, marking the first time in nearly a decade that a woman will head the campus’ undergraduate government.

With Prop. 47, cities and counties have savings to count, decisions to make
latimes.com
Just over 100 days have passed since California voters adopted Proposition 47, which reduced six specific felonies to misdemeanors; and it will be nine more months before the state quantifies and distributes the first year's worth of savings it will accumulate by no longer imprisoning so many...

Illinois Governor Proposes $6 Billion in Cuts and Reducing Pension Benefits
rss.nytimes.com
s crippling pension crisis may be the most contentious.