Forced exit?

Feb 22, 2018

California Senate leader introduces resolution to expel Sen. Tony Mendoza


LA Times' JOHN MYERS and MELANIE MASON: "State Sen. Tony Mendoza, who faces increasing scrutiny over allegations of inappropriate contact with female staffers, could face a formal expulsion vote on Thursday under a resolution introduced late Wednesday night."


"The resolution was authored by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). Last week, Senate leaders acknowledged an expulsion of Mendoza was a possibility."


"No member of the California Legislature has been expelled since four senators were removed from office in 1905. Senators met in private caucus meetings on Wednesday to consider the fate of Mendoza, an Artesia Democrat who faces accusations of inappropriate behavior with six women during an eight-year period ending in 2017."


READ MORE related to Me TooLA County sheriff's deputy charged with sexually assaulting 6 female inmates -- LA Times' ALENE TCHEKMEDYIAN

Supreme Court to hear case that could lose unions money, members


The Chronicle's BOB EGELKO: "Union membership in the United States has declined steadily in recent decades, but it remains plentiful among public employees like teachers and social workers. They’re more than five times as likely as their private-sector counterparts to belong to a union."


"That situation is likely to change, however, because of a case to be argued Monday in the U.S. Supreme Court."


"The justices will hear arguments on behalf of a child-support worker for the state of Illinois, and the Trump administration, challenging the fees that public-employee unions charge to those who choose to be nonmembers for the cost of representing them at the bargaining table over pay and working conditions. Fees charged to nonmembers are allowed by laws in 22 states, including California."


The final tally is in -- UC's highest one-year payout for sex harassment settlements


Sacramento Bee's MARJIE LUNDSTROM: "Sexual harassment payouts at the University of California spiked in 2016-17 at more than $3.4 million, with students and university employees filing claims ranging from inappropriate hugging and kissing to sexual assault, according to new documents released by UC to The Bee."


"The UC system, whose president has pressed for changes in the institutional culture, was hit especially hard last year by two settlements that exceeded $1 million each."


"A Bee investigation published last month showed that UC was second only to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in the number of sexual harassment settlements and their costs in recent years. Both entities also are the largest in state government, with UC the No. 1 employer, followed by Corrections."


READ MORE related to EducationParents and students seek answers after 'Race and IQ' controversy at McClatchy High -- Sacramento Bee's DIANA LAMBERT/ANITA CHABRIACalifornia research project timed to elevate education in fall elections, inform next governor -- EdSource's JOHN FENSTERWALDFormer Oakland school superintendent forced to resign after one year as head of DC schools -- EdSource's LOUIS FREEDBERG

California Democrats to decide endorsements and hear from potential presidential candidates at annual convention


LA Times' SEEMA MEHTA: "Thousands of California Democrats will gather Friday in San Diego for their annual convention, where potential presidential contenders will make appearances and state candidates will battle for endorsements from the party faithful in advance of the June primary."


"Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, California Sen. Kamala Harris and billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer are among the top Democrats attending the convention whose names have been floated as possible candidates for president in 2020."


"One notable California Democrat who repeatedly ran for president is not scheduled to appear: Gov. Jerry Brown, in his final year leading the state. He has previously faced protests and heckling from critics who did not agree with his stance on fracking."


READ MORE related to State Politics: After 66 years of service at the state Capitol, what's next? The wrecking ball -- LA Times' JOHN MYERS; The most desired people in San Diego this weekend: Democratic delegates -- The Chronicle's JOE GAROFOLI; Laura Friedman: First-term lawmaker in key Capitol role -- SOPHIA BOLLAG in Capitol Weekly


Days after Florida school massacre, LA county authorities raced to thwart a school shooting plot in Whittier


LA Times' JAMES QUEALLY/JOSEPH SERNA/SONALI KOHLI: "As a school resource deputy, Marino Chavez said his after-lunch routine has changed little in 28 years."


"When the period bell rings, Chavez strolls the campus of El Camino High School in Whittier and ushers lingering students to class. But last Friday, Chavez overheard a student say something that shocked him."


"I guarantee you the school will be shot up in three weeks," the 17-year-old student was heard telling a classmate."


READ MORE related to Gun Violence Pandemic: Sen. Marco Rubio challenged by angry students, teachers and parents at Florida forum on shooting -- AP; A school security officer heard a threat. Police say that may have helped thwart an attack. -- WaPo's ALEX HORTON; Two teens arrested after threatening violence at Long Beach high schools, police say -- LA Times' ALENE TCHEKMEDYIAN; Steve Kerr praises students advocating for stricter gun control -- The Chronicle's CONNOR LETOURNEAU; Sen. Rubio says he would support raising age to buy rifles -- AP; Even after FL school massacre, little movement on gun control likely -- The Chronicle's CAROLYN LOCHHEAD; Students across US walk out of class to protest gun violence -- AP's COLLIN BINKLEY; Parkland shooting survivor Samuel Zeif to Trump: "How did this not stop after Columbine?" -- Vox's JEN KIRBY; Trump backs arming educators in meeting with school shooting survivors -- McClatchy DC's ANITA KUMAR; Student found with Airsoft gun, ammunition at El Dorado County middle school -- Sacramento Bee's CATHY LOCKE; Is this nationwide network of students organized enough to take on the gun lobby? -- McClatchy DC's KATE IRBY; Conservatives stay on gun message even as Florida shooting stirs anger -- McClatchy DC's EMMA DUMAIN/KATIE GLUECK; Students seek district support in nationwide walkout protesting gun violence -- Chico ER's DANI ANGUIANO.

Bay Area's record low temps expected to climb with coming rain


The Chronicle's SARAH RAVANI: "Rain will likely put an end to the record-low temperatures seen this week in some parts of the Bay Area, but California’s drought concerns are far from over. State water officials are planning to reinstate temporary water restrictions that were implemented during the five-year dry spell and make them permanent."


"Meanwhile, temperatures will slowly climb Wednesday throughout the Bay Area after a particularly chilly week, with rain reported in some areas, forecasters said."


"Most locations throughout the region — including San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Santa Rosa — were close to 10 degrees warmer than just 24 hours prior, according to the National Weather Service."


READ MORE related to Energy & Environment: Joining the '5 Percent Club' at Mount Shasta -- The Chronicle's TOM STIENSTRA; State agency drops objection to city rules on waterfront development -- The Chronicle's KURTIS ALEXANDER; How Trump is letting polluters off the hook, in one chart -- Vox's UMAIR IRFAN/CHRISTINA ANIMASHAUN; An amateur astronomer testing a new camera happens to catch a supernova as it's being born -- LA Times' AMINA KHAN; The most important new water bills facing California lawmakers -- Water Deeply's KIRSTEN JAMES; Deeply Talks: Groundwater banking potential -- Water Deeply's IAN EVANS; After signing of Blackfeet Nation Water Compact, funding still needed -- Water Deeply's MARK WALLACE; New long-term effort to understand impact of rapidly changing Atlantic -- Oceans Deeply's ERICA CIRINO; Whale of a journey: Robot searches for elusive humpbacks on high seas -- Oceans Deeply's MATTHEW O. BERGER; Lessons from Oroville spillway helpful for next disaster -- Chico ER's LAURA URSENY; Looking up: Life as an astronaut isn't as glamarous as it seems -- NCDC's MARISA STOLLER; Smooth dawn SpaceX launch of advanced Spanish satellite -- Daily Breeze's SANDY MAZZA


Bill would strip licenses from drivers under 21 if caught with cannabis in their blood


The Cannifornian's ERIN BALDASSARI: "Under the age of 21 and thinking of driving high? Think again."


"new bill from state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, would create a zero-tolerance policy for any driver under the age of 21 who is caught operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana, similar to the state’s existing zero-tolerance policy for alcohol."


“It’s illegal for anyone under 21 to ingest marijuana,” Hill said. “And, if you’re going to ingest marijuana, you shouldn’t be driving a car.”


READ MORE related to Cannabis: Federal appeals court hears hemp industry lawsuit challenging DEA's position on CBD -- The Cannabist's ALICIA WALLACE


'Racist' statue of subjugated American Indian on way to removal from SF Civic Center


The Chronicle's DOMINIC FRACASSA: "A Civic Center statue that depicts a conquering vaquero and a missionary standing over a fallen and nearly naked American Indian man is a step closer to being removed, after a unanimous decision Wednesday by the San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission."


"The city Arts Commission had already agreed, also unanimously, to remove the “Early Days” sculpture from its pedestal at the base of the Pioneer Monument just east of City Hall. But the plan needed the preservation commission’s sign-off because it’s located in a historic district. The Arts Commission is expected to make a final decision in March or April."


"Critics say the deeply controversial sculpture is offensive because hundreds of thousands of American Indians lost their lives as California was being settled by newcomers."


A quick political guide to what's next for the 'Dreamers'


LA Times' SARAH D. WIRE: "Congress and the White House haven't been able to agree on a plan to give legal status to millions of people brought to the country illegally as children, and the clock is ticking."


"When President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in September, he gave Congress until March 5 to find a solution for the so-called Dreamers before the program completely shutters. Despite months of discussion over what to do, there are just five days left on the legislative calendar before the deadline."


"Here is what we know about what's to come."


READ MORE related to Immigration: Lawsuit: Trump's ending immigrant program racially motivated -- AP's ALANNA DURKIN RICHER


New video shows BART police officer's path to fatal shooting


The Chronicle's SARAH RAVANI/JENNA LYONS: "Drawn by the sound of two gunshots, a BART police officer ran across a street and repeatedly yelled “let me see your hands” before fatally shooting a man who was wrestling with another person near West Oakland Station, video footage released Wednesday shows."


"Sahleem Tindle, 28, was shot while on his knees with his back toward the officer, who fired his service pistol three times outside a barbershop on Jan. 3. Tindle slumped after being shot and rolled onto his back, while raising his hands, as BART Officer Joseph Mateu continued to point his weapon at Tindle, the video from the officer’s chest camera shows."


"While the video gave a fuller picture of what happened, it prompted dueling statements by Tindle’s relatives and BART officials. The family members said Mateu had not been threatened by Tindle, the brother of professional boxer Karim Mayfield, and that Tindle did not have enough time to heed the officer’s orders. They plan to sue BART."


READ MORE related to Public Safety: San Francisco DA launches task force against scourge of car break-ins -- The Chronicle's EVAN SERNOFFSKY; El Dorado hills firefighter accuses chief, male colleagues of rampant sexism, harassment -- Sacramento Bee's SAM STANTON; California transit agency releases video of fatal shooting -- AP's PAUL ELIAS


Ex-employee sues Google over firing, charging discrimination


The Chronicle's ANNIE MA: "A former Google employee who alleges he was fired for defending women and minorities in the company’s internal chat platforms is suing the company, claiming discrimination, wrongful termination and retaliation."


"Tim Chevalier, a software developer who filed the suit in San Francisco Superior Court on Wednesday, alleged that Google’s internal social networks were a tool for harassment and that he was terminated for comments criticizing discrimination against minorities."


"According to the lawsuit, Chevalier’s supervisor repeatedly criticized him for engaging in social activism. Chevalier, who is transgender and has post-traumatic stress and sleep disorders, also alleged that he was subject to discrimination because of his gender and disabilities. He asked to transfer to a new team, but was denied."


READ MORE related to Economy & Development: 'Single greatest threat' to economy needs $1.5B to fix, mayors tell Jerry Brown -- Sacramento Bee's ANGELA HART


Reducing red tape for traveling nurses

: "Lauren Bond, a traveling nurse who is working a temporary job at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, has held licenses in five states and Washington, D.C. She maintains a detailed spreadsheet to keep track of license fees, expiration dates and the different courses each state requires."


"The 27-year-old got into travel nursing because she wanted to work and live in other states before settling down. She said she wished more states accepted the multistate license, which minimizes the hassles nurses face when they want to practice across state lines."


"It would make things a lot easier — one license for the country and you are good to go,” said Bond, who recently started the job in California, which does not recognize the multistate license."


GOP rattled by Pennsylvania congressional race in the heart of Trump country


LA Times' EVAN HELPER: "The dismayed laborers from shuttered coal yards and steel mills didn't have to shift political allegiances to vote for President Trump in this part of the Rust Belt. They had been electing Republicans long before he showed up on the ballot."


"That explains why party leaders in a congressional district stretching from the Pittsburgh suburbs to the West Virginia border are so panicked that their candidate is flailing, with a special election only weeks away."


"A poor showing here would signal trouble for the midterm elections in November, in which GOP control of the House and Senate hangs in the balance. Republicans are trying to hold on to a seat being vacated by once popular Rep. Tim Murphy, who resigned after the disclosure of text messages in which the pro-life crusader pressured his mistress to seek an abortion."


Mueller asking if Manafort promised banker White House job in return for loans


NBC News' TOM WINTER/HALLIE JACKSON/KENZI ABOU-SABE: "Federal investigators are probing whether former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort promised a Chicago banker a job in the Trump White House in return for $16 million in home loans, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told NBC News."


"Manafort received three separate loans in December 2016 and January 2017 from Federal Savings Bank for homes in New York City, Virginia and the Hamptons."


"The banker, Stephen Calk, president of the Federal Savings Bank, was announced as a member of candidate Trump's Council of Economic Advisers in August 2016."


READ MORE related to POTUS45/KremlinGate: New sealed filing in Manafort and Gates case -- CNN's KATELYN POLANTZ; Paul Manafort got $16M in loans after the election. Mueller finds that very interesting. -- Vox's ANDREW PROKOP; Jared Kushner-Qatar redux: Robert Mueller enters the fray -- The Intercept's RYAN GRIM/CLAYTON SWISHER