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The big word in the Capitol yesterday was that Dog the Bounty Hunter was in the house. He was there to oppose efforts to eliminate money bail. Of course, that cuts into the potential profits of bounty hunters and who best to have testify than America's well known hunter? Alexei Koseff writes up the visit for the Bee. Dog's visit coincided with a lobbying visit by pet shop owners opposed to a bill by Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell that would prohibit pet shop sales of dogs, cats, and rabbits unless they are from rescue operations or shelters.

California won't be "Calexiting" any time soon, as proponent John Cox has given up on the effort, reports John Myers for the Times.

Meanwhile, the LAT's Sarah D. Wire reports that Darrell Issa went outside of his Vista office to tell protestors that he's not as conservative as they think. Hmmm...that's why he has the sixth most conservative voting record according to the American Conservative Union.



The Bee's Taryn Luna looks at the recall effort of freshman Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) over his vote in favor of the transportation plan. The effort is being led by former Sandy Eggo councilmember Carl DeMaio.

The LAT's Liam Dillon reports on an Assembly bill that would make it more difficult for police departments to discipline officers accused of lying.

The Bee's Alexei Koseff writes up the bill by Eduardo Garcia to allow small scale home kitchen items to be sold under certain circumstances.

The LAT's Patrick McGreevy reports on a new state audit that finds that the Department of Motor Vehicles isn't tracking who has and are using disabled placards. 

In the IVDB, Beau Yarbrough looks at how Assembly Republicans Jay Obernolte and Marc Steinorth are handling their jobs being in the super-minority.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Raul Alvarez and Patty Hughes!




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Airbnb Warns That L.A.'s Budget Could Suffer From Restricting Short-term Rentals
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The University of California regents will pay $1.7 million over 10 years to settle the lawsuit of a UC Berkeley employee who claimed that her boss — then dean of the law school — persistently hugged, kissed and touched her during 2014 and 2015, and that the campus did nothing to stop it. The amount may be a record settlement for sexual harassment at UC, topping the $1.15 million won in January by a UC Santa Cruz student to settle her claim that a professor raped her when she was his student in 2015. Under the new settlement, released Tuesday by the regents in response to The Chronicle’s Public Records Act request, the employee, Tyann Sorrell, will receive $8,048 a month from UC for a decade. [...] she said: “Behavior doesn’t stop until there are real consequences for those who engage in sexual harassment.” A separate settlement between Sorrell and Choudhry requires that the former dean pay $50,000 to charities that fight sexual harassment and $50,000 to Sorrell’s attorneys. Under that settlement, Choudhry, who has been given no classes to teach since his demotion from dean, will remain as a tenured law professor earning $288,500 — 1.6 percent more than last year’s $284,000 — until the end of this spring term.

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L.A. Unified Narrowly Backs State Bills For New Controls Over Charter Schools
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California Bill Would Make It Harder To Punish Police Officers Who Have Been Accused Of Lying
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A local nonprofit says it can end homelessness on the streets of downtown San Diego by building an intake center that would include 500 shelter beds, up to 700 permanent housing slots and comprehensive social services.