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GOV: The LAT's Seema Mehta and Maloy Moore report that Hollywood is largerly favoring Gavin Newsom over Antonio Villaraigosa:
As mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa built relationships in Hollywood: He sought the counsel of studio heads, fought for state tax credits to keep film and television production in the city and mingled with celebrities on the red carpet at glitzy film premieres and HBO parties.
In return, members of the entertainment industry backed his political ambitions — a rare show of support at the time from Hollywood for a local politician.
But as Villaraigosa runs for governor — potentially the final chapter of his political career — Hollywood is divided. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Villaraigosa’s chief rival, has raised nearly twice as much from donors tied to entertainment and the arts.
NEWSOM: The Bee's Christopher Cadelago writes up a town hall meeting held in Roseville by Gavin Newsom late Wednesday.
CA39 (Fullertton): Christine Mai-Duc reports on the nagging by Orange County Democrats off Ed Royce for not holding town halls. Linda Sanchez (D-Whittier) took Royce's "empty seat" at one organized by liberal groups at one held last night.
CA48 (Huntington Beach): In the Times, Sarah D. Wire looks at why Congressman Dana Rohrabacher's name keeps coming up in the Russian investigation. "There is no indication Rohrabacher is under investigation by the FBI or the House and Senate committees looking into what happened, but his name keeps popping up in connection to key figures and events in the investigation."
CONGRESS: McClatchy's Alex Roarty writes that of vulnerable House Democrats and challlengers, only 1 of 20 surveyed responded that they would continue to support her as House Democratic Leader. The lone supporters is Kia Hamadanchy, who is challlengiing Mimi Walters in CA45, and who worked as legal counsel for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
LEADERSHIP: Assemblymember Travis Allen thinks Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes should step down over his vote for cap-and-trade, reports the PE's Jeff Horseman.
CLIMATE: Politico's Carla Marinucci reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger is increasing his challenge to Trump on climate change. "The new initiative to tweak Trump on climate change is being touted as a first on the internet - a "digital environmental legislative handbook" which organizers say will provide political leaders and lawmakers around the nation with a comprehensive curated list of legal and legislative research, voting records, and bill language and data to help them prepare bills on a wide range of environmental action, including air quality, renewable energy, health and climate change."
FREEDOM? In the Bee, Jim Milller reports that inmates 80 or over could be eliigible for eary release. "The measure, sponsored by Pasadena attorney Charles W. Funaro II, would create the Elderly Parole Program. California prison inmates who are 80 or older, have served at least 10 years behind bars, have not been sentenced to death or life without possibility of parole, and who are not covered by parole prohibitions imposed by other ballot measures, would be eligible for parole."
CSU: The California State University system plans to drop math and English placement tests, reports the LAT. It's part of a national trend for fear that that current is overplacing students in remedial classes which stretches out their time in college or, worse, prevents them from even graduating
ED MATTERS: CALmatters's Jessica Calefeti looks at the impact on summer and after-school education cuts by proposals in the Trump administration to cut federal funding.
RED AND GREEN: Bill Windell reports in the Press-Democrat at yesterday's Wine and Weed ccnference in Santa Rosa. "Wine professionals found themselves surrounded by potential economic opportunity Thursday as they learned about possibilities for capitalizing on cannabis — and a few pitfalls — at a sold-out conference."
Joel Fox looks at the status of women-and-minority businesses in the Golden State.
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Former Congressional Staffer For Janice Hahn Indicted In Alleged Shakedown Of Compton Marijuana Shop
Alene Tchekmedyian @ latimes.com
A former congressional aide for Janice Hahn was arrested Wednesday for pocketing a $5,000 bribe from a Compton marijuana shop after promising to keep it in business.
Ice Agents Asked To Leave Ca Labor Offices | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @ sacbee.com
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers
He Once Said Mothers Do Not Belong In State Office. Now He Leads The Trump Cabinet In Bible Study
Evan Halper @ latimes.com
The pastor leading bible studies for Trump's cabinet once told California lawmakers that women politicians with children had no business being in Sacramento and were sinners.
After Seven Months Of Political Warfare, Democrats, Republicans Ready To Talk Taxes | The Sacramento Bee
Lesley Clark @ sacbee.com
By Lesley Clark
San Bernardino Law Enforcement Responds To Attorney General Jeff Sessions Asking If It’s A Sanctuary City
Health Advisory Issued On Eating Fish At Two East Bay Lakes – The Mercury News
Fishing, Health, Parks
Democrats Searching For Vets To Lead Them Out Of The Wilderness - San Francisco Chronicle
Tom Tarantino has a certain quality Democrats these days are craving in a candidate, particularly in the suburban Contra Costa-Alameda County district where Tarantino will file paperwork Thursday to run for the Assembly.
Cal State Will No Longer Require Placement Exams And Remedial Classes For Freshmen
Rosanna Xia @ latimes.com
The executive order comes at a time when educators and policymakers across the nation are questioning the effectiveness of traditional remedial education and placement exams. At Cal State, about 40% of freshman each year are considered not ready for college-level work and required to take remedial classes that do not count toward their degrees.
Anchor Brewing Sale Leaves Waterfront Project Up In The Air - San Francisco Chronicle
The new owner of San Francisco’s historic Anchor Brewing is undecided about whether it will follow through on plans to build a production facility and visitors center at Pier 48, a project city officials have long hoped would not only attract beer lovers but also bring blue-collar jobs back to the waterfront.
GOP lawmakers square off against Trump
Senate Republicans spent the past week boxing in the president on Russia, health care and Robert Mueller.
Carl Reichardt, leader of Wells Fargo in 1980s and â
Diane Cardwell @ sfgate.com
Carl Reichardt, who as chairman and chief executive of Wells Fargo during the 1980s and introduced a leaner approach to commercial banking that served as a model for the industry, died on July 13 at his home in Belvedere. Stocky, barrel-chested and blunt âÂÂ âÂÂI guess you could call me fun-loving but hard-nosed,âÂÂ he once told an in-house newsletter âÂÂ Mr. Reichardt was not well known in the banking community when he was named president of Wells Fargo in 1978. Turning away from Wells FargoâÂÂs aggressive pursuit of global operations and being all things to all customers, Mr. Reichardt shed much of the bankâÂÂs international and financial services businesses, slashed costs and refocused on retail banking and a few other activities in its home state of California. Stationed in Long Beach, he met a fellow quartermaster, Patricia Longenecker, whom he married in 1954 and who survives him. Besides his daughter, he is also survived by his sons Carl Jr. and Fritz, and six grandchildren. Mr. Reichardt resumed his education at the University of Southern California, where he earned a bachelorâÂÂs degree in economics. After six years at Citizens, Mr. Reichardt went to Union Bank in Los Angeles, where he spent much of his time making loans to real estate developers and commercial builders.
Even In A Booming Economy, L.A. City Hall Faces Daunting Budget Challenges
David Zahniser @ latimes.com
Even with a fat reserve fund, L.A. could face some big challenges in the next economic downturn
Californians To Watch In 2014: Donald Specter Brings Evidence-based Approach To Prison Overcrowding | The Sacramento Bee
Over the years, the executive director of the nonprofit Prison Law Office has strung together a series of legal victories that reverberated across the state, none larger than when a federal three-judge panel ordered officials to dramatically slash the number of prisoners after concluding facilities were bursting at the seams and impossible to manage. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to stand in the way.
Schwarzenegger Unveils Initiative To Tweak Trump On Climate - Politico
Arnold Schwarzenegger before a climate bill signing on Treasure Island, Tuesday in San Francisco on July 25. | Eric Risberg/AP
Bernie Sanders and DNC chair Tom Perez attack Nissan for anti-union campaign in Mississippi
The automaker has been vigorous in it lobbying employees not to support a unionization effort at its plant.
Us Senate Confirms Trump’s Ambassador Picks – Politico
‘There are several issues where the behavior of the Polish government appears to be very controversial.’