Stephon Clark autopsy

May 2, 2018

Official autopsy seems to support officers in Stephon Clark shooting


AP: "An official autopsy from the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by Sacramento police officers calls into question the conclusions drawn by an independent doctor hired by the man's family."


"The autopsy released Tuesday says 22-year-old Stephon Clark was shot seven times, not eight."


Brown slams 'Outlaw Pruitt' as California sues EPA over clean-car rules


The Chronicle's DAVID R. BAKER: "California and 16 other states on Tuesday sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its efforts to weaken or freeze fuel economy improvements in cars, with Gov. Jerry Brown casting the move as essential to fighting climate change."


"The suit opens yet another front in the ongoing legal battle between Brown and the Trump administration over immigration and environmental policies. The complaint also takes direct aim at EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, whom critics accuse of trying to gut his own department from within."


"Pruitt last month moved to reconsider fuel economy standards for the years 2022 through 2025, requirements set by the Obama administration and closely modeled on California’s clean-car regulations. By 2025, those standards require the fleet-wide average mileage for cars and light trucks to nominally top 50 miles per gallon (though the actual number is lower due to credits and loopholes). Pruitt argued that the rules were too stringent and could greatly increase car costs for consumers."


Golden State Killer's shift to Southern California remains enduring mystery even after arrest


LA Times's RICHARD WINTON/JOSEPH SERNA/ALENE TCHEKMEDYIAN/ADAM ELMAHREK: "In decades of searching for the Golden State Killer, investigators have been puzzled by one mystery more than many of the others."


"Why did the prolific attacker, who raped and killed in dozens of neighborhoods in Sacramento, the East Bay and the Central Valley, suddenly veer so far south, beginning anew in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Orange counties?"


A major California housing bill failed after opposition from the low-income residents it aimed to help. Here's how it went wrong


LA Times's LIAM DILLON: "Two weeks before state lawmakers halted a plan to aggressively increase housing production near transit locations across California, dozens rallied outside San Francisco's City Hall to argue their sides."


"When Chinese, Filipina and black tenant activists spoke to fears that expanding housing this way will displace residents of their communities, supporters of the measure drowned out their voices with chants of "Read the bill."


Top 2 aides to EPA head Pruitt resign amid ethics investigations


AP: "The top security official for embattled Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt abruptly left office ahead of his scheduled questioning before a congressional panel, one oftwo top aides whose departures were announced Tuesday amid a series of federal ethics investigations of the agency."


"In statements, Pruitt gave no immediate reasons why the two men — security chief Pasquale "Nino" Perrotta and Albert Kelly, a former Oklahoma banker who ran the EPA's Superfund program — were leaving."


Teachers bearing arms a nonstarter for California voters, poll says


Sacramento Bee's TARYN LUNA: "California voters are opposed to the idea of allowing trained teachers, administrators and other personnel to carry firearms in public schools, according to a new poll."


"UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies found wide support for tougher firearms restrictions among voters in a state with some of the toughest gun laws in the country. The poll surveyed the opinions of 4,038 Golden State voters in the aftermath of a Florida high school shooting that left 17 students dead and returned the issue of gun control to the national spotlight."


"An attack at a Nashville Waffle House, which has drawn additional attention to the issue of gun ownership and mental health, took place on April 22, the last day of six days of polling."


County leaders approve watch dog for Probation Department


LA Times's NINA AGRAWAL: "L.A. County's Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to establish an independent, civilian commission to oversee its troubled Probation Department, which over the years has been the subject of countless audits, federal consent decrees, grand jury reports and lawsuits."


"The watchdog body — which will be modeled in large part after the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission — will replace the Probation Commission. That advisory body reports to the head of the department, has no investigative authority and is limited to overseeing juvenile services."


Here's why SEIU-UHW workers will be rallying at Kaiser South Sacramento this morning


Sacramento Bee's CATHIE ANDERSON: "Going to Kaiser South Sacramento this morning? Expect to see lab technicians, housekeepers, licensed vocational nurses and other members of the SEIU-UHW with signs demanding job security and equal wages from leaders of Kaiser Permanente."


"The 11 a.m. protest, the second at this since February, is one of 33 demonstrations that the union plans at Kaiser facilities up and down the state. Kaiser members will see other local protests May 16 at Kaiser Roseville, May 17 at Kaiser Sacramento on Morse and May 18 at Kaiser’s Sacramento Call Center on Arden Way."


Sacramento is the fastest growing big city in California, topping 500,000 for the first time


Sacramento Bee's ANTHONY SORCI: "Sacramento’s population has topped 500,000 for the first time, and the city grew at the fastest rate among the the 10 largest cities in California, according to new data from the state Department of Finance."


"The department on Tuesday released a report containing preliminary January 2018 and revised January 2017 population data for California cities, counties and the state."


READ MORE related to Development & Economy: California's population grows to 39.8 million -- and housing stock increases too -- The Chronicle's PETER FIMRITEBay Area tech company ordered to pay H-1B employees for wage violations -- The Chronicle's TRISHA THADANI


Trump's longtime doctor describes 'raids' to obtain records


AP's JILL COLVINE/JONATHAN LEMIRE: "The White House said that President Donald Trump's former bodyguard did nothing out of the ordinary when he took possession of the president's medical records last year, despite a claim by Trump's former doctor that the episode felt like a "raid."


"Harold Bornstein, Trump's longtime personal doctor, told NBC News that Keith Schiller, the president's longtime bodyguard and former director of Oval Office operations, showed up at his office in February 2017 along with two other men to collect the records, leaving Bornstein feeling "raped, frightened and sad."


"White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed the doctor's characterization of the episode."


The department on Tuesday released a report containing preliminary January 2018 and revised January 2017 population data for California cities, counties and the state.


Politics, data and Cambridge Analytica -- what does the data leak mean for elections in  California and elsewhere?


PAUL MITCHELL in Capitol Weekly: "With all the headlines about Cambridge Analytica and the potential that millions of Facebook users had their data leaked to third parties, there is one obvious question on the minds of candidates and consultants: What will this mean for continued use of digital ads in my campaign?"


"The answer: Probably nothing."


"As I reported in a recent CA120 article, the Cambridge Analytica scandal was all about a limited, pre-2014 practice that allowed application creators to pull down user information and match it to the voter file."


Capitol Weekly Podcast


Health Access California's Anthony Wright sikts down with Capitol Weekly's John Howard and Tim Foster to chat about universal health care and the outlook in California.


"Health Access California advocates for the expansion of reasonably priced, quality health care."


"Wright and his allies, who have formed a group called Care for All Californians, are pushing a 20-bill package that is now making its way through the Legislature. Backed by a consortium of over 50 health care organizations, unions and nonprofits, the bills would significantly reshape California’s health care landscape and potentially bring the state’s uninsured rate to below 3%."

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