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Jun 19, 2018

At a meeting about brown water pouring from taps, congresswoman says people were paid to speak out in favor of water district


LA Times's RUBEN VIVES/ADAM ELMAHREK: 'At a town hall Monday, Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán alleged that people were paid to pose as residents to speak out in support of an embattled water district, marking a strange twist in the ongoing controversy over discolored water pouring out of taps in Compton and Willowbrook."


"The Sativa Los Angeles County Water District serves about 1,600 ratepayers in a half-mile area of Compton and Willowbrook. Residents have been complaining about brown-colored water with a foul odor."


Slicing and dicing a three-way split


CHUCK MCFADDEN in Capitol Weekly: "It has been said, over and over again, that “The Devil is in the Details.” If Californians approve splitting themselves up into three new states this November, and the remaining political obstacles can somehow be overcome, the details will indeed become devilish."


"Silicon Valley billionaire Tim Draper’s three-states initiative collected signatures from more than the required 365,880 registered California voters to qualify for the November 6 general election. In 2013, Draper launched an effort to carve the state into six parts, but that attempt never made the ballot."


Assembly bill to create a multi-state electric grid moves forward


SGV Tribune's KEVIN SMITH: "A bill that would create a regional transmission network to serve the electricity needs of California and other Western states has drawn support from industry leaders but opposition from a watchdog group that says it would boost prices and weaken the state’s move toward clean energy."


"Assembly Bill 813, authored by Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, and Assembly members Jim Patterson, D-Fresno, and Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, was introduced in February 2017 and has been amended several times."


Don't split up California, says GOP candidate John Cox


The Chronicle's MELODY GUTIERREZ: "Republican gubernatorial hopeful John Cox does not support a ballot initiative pushed by venture capitalist Tim Draper to split California into three states, saying there is a simpler answer: “We need to do a better job of managing the state."


"Cox, the GOP candidate in the fall election for governor, declined to comment on the measure last week after it qualified for the November ballot, and remained silent for several days. But at a Sacramento news conference Monday on efforts to repeal a state gas tax increase, Cox said he opposes splitting up the state he wants to govern."


"Tim Draper has alerted people to the mismanagement of the state, which I agree with him on, but I don’t think that’s the answer,” said Cox, a San Diego-area businessman. “We need to do a better job of managing the state, which is exactly what I’m going to do."


READ MORE related to State Politics: John Cox punts on immigration, climate change -- Sacramento Bee's BRYAN ANDERSON


Nine candidates will vie for District Four supervisor in SF


The Chronicle's DOMINIC FRACASSA: "Nine candidates have jumped into the November race for the District Four seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors."


"Supervisor Katy Tang, who has represented District Four since 2013, said last week that she would not seek re-election. She has endorsed Jessica Ho, one of her legislative aides."


"Tang’s decision means this will be the first time since 2006 that no incumbent will be on the ballot in an election in District Four, which includes the Parkside and part of the Sunset District in southwestern San Francisco. The late Mayor Ed Lee appointed Tang to the board in 2013 when Supervisor Carmen Chu became assessor-recorder."


They flee terrifying violence in Central America, and arrive in a country that barbarically rips children from parents


LA Times's STEVE LOPEZ: "Without warning, she dropped her head and began to cry."


"Jessica, whose young son played nearby at a South Los Angeles health clinic, put her hands over her face to cover her tears."


READ MORE related to Immigration: Trump's border security boss should resign over family separation policy, Democrats say -- McClatchy DC's EMILY CADEI'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation -- AP's NOMAAN MERCHANT/ANITA SNOWCalifornia defends sanctuary laws in battle with Trump administration -- The Chronicle's BOB EGELKOWorldwide, 1 in 110 people is displaced from home. Here's what life is like for some of them -- LA Times's SHASHANK BENGALI; California Democrats call out tragedy on border, and seek to gain from it -- The Chronicle's JOE GAROFOLI; Trump, GOP to huddle as outrage builds over border policy -- AP's DUSTIN WEAVER/ALAN FRAM; Separating immigrant children from parents a 'congressional problem,' John Cox says -- Sacramento Bee's ANGELA HART; 'Kids have been ripped away from their parents;' SoCal Congressional members describe visit to San Diego immigration detention centers -- OC Register's JORDAN GRAHAM; Ann Coulter: Migrant kids at border are 'child actors' -- WaPo's ELI ROSENBERG


The singular needs of LGBT seniors: SF funds training for workers


The Chronicle's CATHERINE HO: "It can be as simple as guiding someone to a toilet instead of a urinal, or pausing to consider which pronoun to use when addressing a dementia patient or the person’s partner."


"Growing awareness of gender identities and sexual orientations is prompting policy changes in law enforcement, medical care and the military. Now, in the Bay Area, advocates hope it will also change how professional caregivers for the elderly interact with LGBT seniors, particularly those with dementia."


"The city of San Francisco, through its Department of Aging and Adult Services, is funding a $400,000 effort to train hundreds of workers at companies and public agencies on how to better communicate with aging LGBT adults. Primarily aimed at home care aides and staffers at senior centers, it is also offered to organizations that interact with seniors regularly, like Meals on Wheels and public transit employees."


USC lawyer says secret deal with accused campus gynecologist 'worked efficiently' 


LA Times's HARRIET RYAN: "Testifying before legislators at the state Capitol on Monday, an attorney for USC defended its response to misconduct reports against a campus gynecologist, saying the university’s decision to force the physician out through a secret internal process “worked efficiently.”


“The doctor was suspended and removed from the patient setting,” said Keith Carlson, an outside lawyer for USC. He added that from the time the university launched the investigation in June 2016 that led to Dr. George Tyndall’s departure, he “never saw another USC student.”


READ MORE related to Education: San Mateo County schools step up suicide prevention efforts -- The Chronicle's SARAH RAVANI; New bill protects bus drivers from attacks, requires reporting to national database -- SGV Tribune's STEVE SCAUZILLO


Deaths classified as cardiac arrest often aren't, UCSF study finds


The Chronicle's KIMBERLY VEKLEROV: "Many San Francisco fatalities attributed to sudden cardiac arrest were actually from other causes, according to a study that reviewed nearly every death in the city over a three-year period."


"And of those that were correctly classified, nearly half were not arrhythmic — involving an irregular heartbeat — meaning that defibrillators or CPR would not have saved the person, the study found. The research was a collaboration between UCSF and the San Francisco medical examiner’s office."


"The whole reason to do this was to understand: What are the mechanisms that cause somebody to collapse and die suddenly?” said lead researcher Dr. Zian Tseng, a UCSF cardiologist who specializes in heart arrhythmias. “The point of our paper is we can’t assume these deaths are cardiac.”


Top 10 coolest small towns in America (including one in California)


BANG's JACKIE BURRELL: "Great food, beautiful landscapes, cultural appeal and a population under 20,000? For more than a decade, the folks at BudgetTravel.com have been scouting out what they call the “coolest small towns” in America, looking for eclectic vacation destinations that balance small town charm with va-va-voom. Places you’d want to go to, if only you knew."


"The goal, Robert Firpo-Cappiello, editor in chief at Budget Travel, said is “to help you discover travel that goes beyond the obvious big cities and theme parks and discover something a little different: America’s Coolest Small Towns."


"At the top spot: The New York town of Beacon, thanks to its Hudson River Valley setting, its array of artists, artisans and chefs, and its stunning DIA: Beacon museum of contemporary art. It was actually singer and activist Pete Seeger, who helped turned this former mill town’s fortunes around, when he began grassroots lobbying in the 1960s to save the Hudson River, then a toxic brew of industrial chemicals that flowed near his log cabin. This, he told neighbors, could be a beautiful place."


911, what's your emergency? For dispatchers, it's locating callers


The Chronicle's TRISHA THADANI: "Apps such as Uber, “Pokemon Go” and Snapchat can pinpoint where users are down to the side of a block. But 911 dispatchers have to rely on distant cell towers, sometimes-faulty GPS and the caller — who is likely in distress — to figure out where calls are coming from."


"In an effort to thrust 911 call centers into the 21st century, Apple announced Monday that the next major update to iPhone software will allow users in the U.S. to automatically share location data with emergency responders. Software and a data clearinghouse built by New York startup RapidSOS will let 911 centers receive callers’ locations."


"San Francisco call centers started testing RapidSOS’ technology on Monday. If it works as promised, Teresa Burns, a 911 telecommunications manager for the city, said the technology could save dispatchers crucial moments when deploying resources to an emergency. Eighty percent of 911 calls nationwide are made on cell phones."


It was a Trump favorite. Now lawyers want the famously discreet Beverly Hills Hotel to share its secrets.


WaPo's FRANCES STEAD SELLERS: "When Donald Trump flew to Los Angeles — as he did regularly during his reality-television career — he usually bypassed two mansions he owned there to take up residence in the exclusive bungalows of the Beverly Hills Hotel."


"He ordered room service, chatted genially with the hotel staff, hosted visitors and liked to drop by with his bodyguard at the Polo Lounge, a celebrity hangout where his daughter Tiffany has been spotted since her father became president."


"His favorite temporary residence was Bungalow 22, the most prominent, according to hotel workers and visitors interviewed by The Washington Post. It was a space once favored by Frank Sinatra, now redecorated in the singer’s style, with an octagonal central ceiling and connecting quarters for staff. Trump even supervised an audition in the villa for a reality show that carried the Trump brand but lasted only a single season, according to people connected to the show."


Bob Dole's final mission


WaPo's STEVE HENDRIX: "Each Saturday, before Bob Dole sets off on his latest vocation, he has cornflakes, a little sugar on top, and a bottle of chocolate Boost."


"It takes less time to get dressed now that the 94-year-old finally allows a nurse to help him, but it remains a rough half-hour on a body racked by injury and age. The blue oxford has to be maneuvered over the dead right arm and the shoulder that was blown away on an Italian hillside. The pressed khakis over the scarred thigh. A pair of North Face running shoes, the likes of which his artillery-blasted hands have been unable to tie since 1945."


"Then comes the hard part — getting there. On this particular June Saturday, the Lincoln Town Car with the Kansas plates is unavailable, so Nathanial Lohn, the former Army medic who serves as Dole’s nurse, helps the nonagenarian into Lohn’s Honda Insight. It’s tight, but good enough for the 20-minute drive to a monument the former senator all but built himself."

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