Capitol overhaul

Jun 25, 2018

Capitol Annex faces $755 million redo


From Capitol Weekly's JESSICA HICE: "The Capitol’s six-story annex is a functional, granite hive of lawmakers’ offices, committee hearing rooms and assorted legislative staff offices, joined at the hip with the domed Capitol. One factoid: The third floor of the annex matches the second floor of the historic wing, which leads to no end of confusion for visitors trying to navigate the labyrinth."


"But change is coming."


"The state budget allows $1.6 billion to build new government structures in downtown Sacramento, including $755 million to replace the 66-year-old annex. State officials say cramped spaces, safety and efficiency issues drove plans to eventually tear down and replace the annex, which originally cost $7.4 million to build in 1952. To date, there is no definite time frame for the project."


USC scandal sparks a reckoning in gynecology: How to better protect patients?


LA Times's SOUMYA KARLAMANGLA: "For some USC students who visited campus gynecologist George Tyndall, it was obvious right away that something was wrong. They said he touched them in inappropriate ways, made bizarre comments and acted unprofessionally."


"Others said they left feeling uneasy but weren’t sure what to make of Tyndall’s behavior. It wasn’t until the Los Angeles Times revealed years of misconduct allegations against the doctor that these patients said they began to come to terms with those exams."

Wildfire forces thousands to evacuate in Lake County


The Chronicle's LIZZIE JOHNSON/PETER FIMRITE/SARAH RAVANI: "Fire season blew in with a vengeance Sunday as flames scorched parts of Northern California, including a 7,700-acre inferno that raged through Lake County, wreaking havoc on communities still reeling from previous monster blazes."


"The Pawnee Fire, fanned by dry, erratic winds, roared across the hilly eastern backbone of Lake County, destroying 12 structures and threatening about 600 others."


"The fire surged from 450 acres after it started Saturday night to 7,700 acres by Sunday afternoon, forcing the evacuation of the Spring Valley area, a community of about 3,000 residents northeast of Clearlake near Highway 20, officials said. The fire continued to expand rapidly into the night."


Kamala Harris is coming to Puerto Rico's aid. Will Puerto Ricans in Florida return the favor?


McClatchy DC's EMILY CADEI: "California is home to some of the largest populations of ethnic minoritiesand diaspora communities in the country. Puerto Ricans are not among them."


"Puerto Ricans make up less than 1 percent of California's population. Yet California Sen. Kamala Harris has emerged as one of the most vocal champions of the American territory in Congress as the island struggles to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria."


"Her efforts are mostly flying under the radar now, but they could give her a political boost in a couple years, if — as many expect — the Democratic senator makes a run for president in 2020."


At the US-Mexico border, immigrant mothers seeking asylum prepare for whatever may come


LA Times's CINDY CARCAMO: "Two weeks ago, Dalila Pojoy stopped breastfeeding her baby girl."


"The 33-year-old Guatemalan immigrant decided it was the sensible thing to do in case the U.S. government took custody of her 6-month-old. Little Bernardethe wailed for three days and clawed at her mother’s breast."


READ MORE related to Immigration: MS-13 is scary, but Trump may be exaggerating the threat -- The Chronicle's JOE GAROFOLI/EVAN SERNOFFSKY


OP-ED: California's Supreme Court can kill Cal-3 quickly and save us all a lot of trouble


LA Times's RICHARD L HASEN: "The Cal-3 ballot measure set to be voted on in November needs a mercy killing from the California Supreme Court, and if it comes fast enough, it could save a lot of expense and wasted effort."


"The proposition, designed by venture capitalist Tim Draper to split California into three states, may or may not be the most sensible way to divide up our diverse and powerful state. But the legal barriers to its enactment are overwhelming."


Wild pigs cause millions in damages in California. But hunting them could become easier


Sacramento Bee's RYAN SABALOW: "The hunter peered through the scope of his .300 Winchester Magnum rifle. His guide knelt beside him on a steep hillside on the eastern slope of California's Central Coast range."


"Approximately 250 yards across the canyon, a group of wild hogs — some black as ink, others blonde with brown spots and nearly impossible to spot in the dry grass — meandered through the brush. They were on their way to a farmer's barley crop where they would feed in the approaching darkness."


"Take your time. Don't miss," said Sam McGuire, the owner of SMC Guide Service."


LGBT Pride Parade a dazzling mix of sun, rainbows


The Chronicle's SAM WHITING?SARAH RAVANI: "On a Sunday that was too hot for leather, the chaps were out in force anyway, as the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade and Celebration made its 48th annual march up Market Street."


"The Pride Parade, which runs from Beale Street near the Embarcadero to the Civic Center and takes around five hours, was again kicked off by Dykes on Bikes revving their motorcycles and rattling windows in the Financial District canyon."


"Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined the parade route, many heading to Civic Center afterward for a festival featuring live entertainment, informational booths and concessions."


This type of care can sharply reduce medical costs, so why aren't doctors ordering it?


Sacramento Bee's CATHIE ANDERSON: "Doctors can improve the quality of life for their seriously ill patients while also reducing the patients' medical expenses if they make use of one particular care model, so why aren't they using it?"


"The biggest hurdle might well be the words used to describe it, said Dr. Jeanine Ellinwood, who leads a team in the specialized field. People hear them, she said, and think immediately of hospice care."


"It's not. It's palliative care, she said, and yes, there is a difference."


Relief for SF affordable housing: $29M to Mission District projects


The Chronicle's JK DINEEN: "San Francisco’s cash-strapped affordable housing development industry is about to get a little help: $29 million from the state’s cap-and-trade emissions reduction program."


"Staff at the Strategic Growth Council, which administers money collected through the state’s cap-and-trade program— a pollution credit marketplace where companies buy the right to pollute — is recommending that a 157-unit development at 1950 Mission St. receives $15 million, while an 82-unit project at 490 S. Van Ness Ave. gets $14 million."


"The council still needs to approve the grants but has historically gone along with staff recommendations."


READ MORE related to Homelessness & Housing: Are Sacramento home prices reaching 'bubble' bursting levels? -- Sacramento Bee's TONY BIZJAK


Lawyer: Trump's dismissal of nations 'irrelevant'


The Chronicle's BOB EGELKO: "A government lawyer, defending the Trump administration’s plan to deport hundreds of thousands of people who had been granted temporary U.S. residence, told an apparently skeptical judge in San Francisco on Friday that the president’s dismissal of those nations as “s—hole countries” was legally irrelevant."


"Advocates for more than 200,000 people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan are challenging the decisions to revoke their Temporary Protected Status, which allows people fleeing catastrophic conditions to live and work in the U.S. under permits that are reviewed every 18 months. They are scheduled to be deported between this November and September 2019."


"Homeland Security officials say they decided to withdraw the protections because the hardships caused by the disasters — earthquakes in El Salvador and Haiti, a hurricane in Nicaragua and a civil war in Sudan — have ended."


Impeach Trump? Even Democrats who despise the president can't agree on a stategy for the midterm election


LA Times's MARK Z BARABAK: "Michael E. Capuano, a 10-term Democratic congressman from Boston, says he’s always delivered for the folks back home, but right now there’s an even higher priority: stopping Donald Trump."


"That’s why I voted twice to begin impeachment proceedings,” Capuano states in a reelection ad."


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