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Well, happy Saturday! It should be a beautiful day.

THE DOG HOUSE: Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) is taking her office space change in stride. After openly criticizing Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes over his vote for the cap-and-trade packagem she's landed in the "dog house"--the smallest office for members' offices in the Capitol. Previous occupants include Chuck Calderon, Danny Gilmore, and Todd Spitzer and my college colleague Matthew Harper. Only Nicole Parra had the ultimate relocation--her office was moved across the street to the Legislative Office Buiilding.

She also lost her position of the juicy Assembly Insurance Committee. She previously resigned her position as Assistant Assembly Republican Leader.

MONEY MATTERS: The Bee's Ryan Lillis and Christopher Cadelago look at the City of Sacramento's spending on lobbying. "Recent filings with the Secretary of State show the city spent $226,077 on lobbying in the first six months of 2017. The only cities that spent more were Los Angeles and Redding . . . This year’s bill included an $80,735 payment to the League of California Cities, a statewide advocacy group that collects dues from cities around the state. It also included about $67,000 in payments to agencies that lobby on water-related issues and $66,750 to the city’s lobbyist, Emanuels Jones and Associates."

GOP: Former Assemblymember Tim Donnelly told a group of Tea Party supporters "We don't have a Republican Party anymore," reports the LAT's Phil Willon.

CA39 (Fullerton): The Register's Martin Wisckol profiles Julio Castaneda, who is one of seven challengers to Congressman Ed Royce.

  

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LET THERE BE LIGHT: The University of California owes $1.3 million in back wages and penalties because non-teaching staff were routinely underpaid following a transition to a new payroll system, reports the Chron's Nanette Asimov.  

$$$: The Register's Teri Sforza checks in on the status of CalPERS. "There are basically two things that can happen next: Workers and governments negotiate more modest benefits for work yet to be performed, or taxes go up. The smart money is on some combination of the two, and the California Supreme Court may make a game-changing decision on all that soon."

HOUSING: The LAT's Liam Dillon reports that the bills being considered in the State Senate to address housing affordability are unlikely to have a significant effect on the market.

The Merc News's Katy Murphy looks at the effort to force local governments to okay more housing.

BEHIND BARS: The federal Bureau of Prisons will now provide free tampons and pads to female inmates. The action follows the introduction of a bill by Kamala Harris that would have required the same.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Senator Nancy Skinner!


 

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UC Settles Investigation Into Accidental Underpayment Of Workers | The Sacramento Bee
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The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Anti-trump Protesters Sue San Diego Over Arrests At Demonstration
Joshua Stewart @
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A federal lawsuit filed against the city and county of San Diego alleges law enforcement agencies wrongly arrested and detained protesters at a rally last year for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Bay Area political events: Indivisible, Social Security
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Bay Area political events: Indivisible, Social Security Political events in the Bay Area Discussion starts at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, 1661 15th St., San Francisco. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, holds a town hall at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Pittsburg Senior Center, 300 Presidio Lane, Pittsburg. ‘Comfort women’: A rally will be held at the San Francisco Japanese Consulate for the commemoration of International “Comfort Women” Memorial Day. Social Security: A rally to “reserve, improve and expand Social Security.” Flag-raising and cultural event marking 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at James P. McEntee Plaza, 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose. Voter registration: Volunteers will help new U.S. citizens register to vote after swearing-in ceremony. Sponsored by Democracy Action, which works to advance Democratic candidates. People’s budget: A discussion of progressive alternative budget priorities on the state and federal levels from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Unitarian Universalist center, 1187 Franklin St., San Francisco. The Sister District Project is raising funds for Kathy Tran, who is running for the Virginia House of Delegates, by hosting a discussion with Rita Bosworth, the Sister District Project founder, and former Assemblyman Ted Lempert. To list an event, email Trapper Byrne at tbyrne@sfchronicle.com.

Trump: 'unacceptable' Mcconnell, Senate GOP Unable To Pass Health Care Bill - Politico
politico.com
"What happened, in my opinion, last week is unacceptable," President Donald Trump said Friday in Bedminster, N.J.

UC to pay $1.3 million in back wages to nearly 14,000 workers
sfgate.com
The University of California has agreed to pay $1.3 million in back wages and damages to nearly 14,000 employees it improperly paid over three years. Under a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor reached in May, the university will inform thousands of current and former employees that it underpaid those who worked overtime between Jan. 2014 through Dec. 2016. Working people living check to check have been waiting nearly three years for UC to pay back these stolen overtime wages, Kathryn Lybarger, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees that represents hospital workers and other affected employees, said in a statement on Friday. Dianne Klein, spokewoman for UC, blamed the problem on a transition to a new payroll system and said the average amount of back wages owed to each employee was $55 over the three years.

Kid Rock Gains GOP Backing For U.S. Senate Run - Politico
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Although Kid Rock has not officially declared his candidacy, social media blew up when the musician linked kidrockforsenate.com from his official Twitter and tweeted campaign-related images. | Amy Harris/Invision/AP

Is A Blacklist Back? :: Fox&hounds
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In reality, the issue goes deeper than the debate over immigration and the wall or over the loss of business and jobs, even though it is given that those subjects are not inconsequential matters. California politicians have certainly made their position clear on the administration and its policies.

Chanting 'blood And Soil!' White Nationalists With Torches March On University Of Virginia
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Chanting 'blood and soil!' white nationalists with torches march on University of Virginia

Golden Gate Bridge Lawsuit: Daredevils Climbed Span For Viral Fame - San Francisco Chronicle
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Two thrill-seekers who enjoyed a moment of Internet fame this spring when they scaled the Golden Gate Bridge’s 746-foot north tower and then released footage of themselves performing death-defying stunts atop the iconic span are being sued by the bridge authority.

Maryland Attorney General is asked to weigh in on whether former Obama aide is eligible to run for governor

State Board of Elections has questions about Vignarajah’s voting history, which includes multiple votes in D.C. while also registered to vote in Maryland

Brock Turner judge Aaron Persky blocks recall effort in court
sfgate.com
Facing a coordinated call for his removal, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who sentenced former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexual assault, won an unexpected victory in court on Friday, delivering a major blow to those seeking his ouster. A judge in San Jose approved Persky’s motion for an injunction to stop the recall campaign from collecting signatures. Stanford Law professor Michele Dauber, the chair of the campaign to recall the embattled judge, in an interview described the motion as a “last-ditch” effort by Persky’s attorney that she did not expect would succeed. Dauber said the motion by Persky was a “frivolous, last-ditch effort to block the democratic process,” adding that she and some 50 other activists calling for the judge to be voted out of office “never” expected it to succeed. According to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, the local agency that oversees the rare and complex legal process, if the effort successfully gathers the requisite tens of thousands of verified signatures, Persky will face a re-election. Turner was sentenced in June 2016 to six months in county jail after a jury convicted him of sexually assaulting an unconscious and drunk woman outside a fraternity party on the Stanford campus. The sentence, which Persky said was based on a recommendation from the court’s probation department, was derided by activists as unacceptably light, drawing months of vocal protests and calls for the judge’s removal.

Trump says he will call president of China tonight about North Korea

President Trump spoke about North Korea after meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley in Bedminster, N.J. on Aug. 11.

David Perlman, Chronicle Science Editor, Caps Distinguished Career - San Francisco Chronicle
sfchronicle.com
Colleagues, friends, San Francisco’s mayor and a U.S. senator raised their glasses in San Francisco on Friday to mark the retirement of America’s senior journalist, David Perlman, whose Chronicle career spanned eight decades and who enjoyed every day of them.

La’s Survivalist Sales Heating Up Amid War Of Words Between Trump, North Korea
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Megadonor Steyer Vows To Only Back Candidates That Support Abortion Rights - Politico
politico.com
"I think people like to have litmus tests. We are explicitly pro-choice," Tom Steyer, the hedge fund manager-turned-activist told POLITICO. | Isaac Brekken/Getty Images

Investigators Cannot Determine Cause In Oakland Construction Fire - San Francisco Chronicle
sfchronicle.com
The cause of a fire that demolished an under-construction complex in Oakland last month cannot be determined, federal investigators said Friday, leaving open the question at the center of a battle over development and displacement in the city.

On Washington: Senate Inquiry Into Russian Meddling Could Wrap Up This Year, Burr Says

Senator Richard Burr, the leader of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the inquiry had expanded but he hoped it would conclude by the end of the year.

Same Visa Trump Uses At His Hotel Helps Bring Workers To Oc Fair – Orange County Register
ocregister.com
With the blaring music and the clanging machines and the screaming amusement riders, the OC Fair is a loud place.

La City Council Approves Going Forward With 2028 Olympic Games
dailynews.com
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Trump says he won't rule out military option in Venezuela

President Trump spoke about Venezuela after meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley in Bedminster, N.J. on Aug. 11.

Golden Gate Bridge lawsuit: Daredevils climbed span for viral fame
sfgate.com
Two thrill-seekers who enjoyed a moment of Internet fame this spring when they scaled the Golden Gate Bridge’s 746-foot North Tower and then released footage of themselves performing death-defying stunts atop the iconic span are being sued by the bridge authority. The Golden Gate Bridge district’s lawsuit in Marin County Superior Court alleges that Peter “Teatime” Kurer, 18, and Thomas Rector, who is in his 20s, not only trespassed and created a safety nuisance but sought to enrich themselves by filming their escapade and sharing it on social media. Bridge officials said Friday that the men put “personal profit and gain” ahead of common sense and safety and that the district was compelled to act. “We take security very seriously at the Golden Gate Bridge and those who break the rules will face consequences,” said Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Deputy General Manager Steve Miller in an email to The Chronicle. The suit claims that the two intentionally dodged security cameras, allowing their actions to go undetected — at least until they posted footage weeks later. “Teatime and his associate Rector senselessly put the lives of themselves and others in serious jeopardy to exploit the San Francisco Bay Area’s most iconic landmark for their own publicity, expand their own Internet and social media presence and achieve fame and, relatedly, monetary profit,” the suit reads. The civil action, filed Aug. 2, alleges unjust enrichment, unfair business practices and unfair competition as well as trespass and public nuisance. The California Highway Patrol is pursuing a separate criminal investigation of the ascent.

Audio: Railroads Fined For Not Reporting Dirty Diesel Trucks At Socal Rail Yards | 89.3 Kpcc
Southern California Public Radio @
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New Electric Car For Less Than $10,000? Sonoma County Makes It Happen | The Press Democrat
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Hundreds Face Off Ahead Of White Nationalist Rally - Politico
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Hundreds of people chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday morning at white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.