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Feb 12, 2019

150,000 Californians who paid for driver's licenses aren't getting them yet


Sacramento Bee's BRYAN ANDERSON: "If you renewed your driver’s license in the last six months and haven’t received it yet, you may finally get it in the mail soon from the California Department of Motor Vehicles."


"The DMV acknowledged on Monday that about 150,000 customers have yet to receive licenses they paid for as far back as September. The error was much greater than the department realized when customers complained about missing licenses."


"The issue affects customers who renewed online or by mail between September 2018 and early February 2019 for licenses with an expiration date between Jan. 20 and May 31."


Former state Sen. Kevin de León will run to replace Jose Huizar on LA City Council


LA Times's DAVID ZAHNISER: "Former state Sen. Kevin de León is trying to shift his political base of operations to Los Angeles City Hall, by seeking the Eastside council seat being vacated by Councilman Jose Huizar."


"De León, who waged an unsuccessful bid to unseat Sen. Dianne Feinstein in November, said Monday he intends to continue on his “path of public service” by running to replace Huizar, who is being forced out by term limits."


Ex-Sheriff Baca loses appeal, faces prison


LA Times's JOEL RUBIN: "An appeals court upheld the conviction of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca on Monday, clearing the way for the once powerful but now ailing law enforcement figure to spend years in prison for obstructing justice and lying to federal authorities."


"Baca, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, faces a three-year prison sentcence after a jury found he helped orchestrate a scheme to interfere with an FBI investigation into abuses in county jails and later lied to prosecutors about his role."


Could Newsom be the anti-Trump governor California really needs?


LA Times's TARYN LUNA/PATRICK MCGREEVY: "Gavin Newsom’s decision to reassign National Guard troops from the Mexico border is likely just the beginning of a more aggressive stance by California and its new activist governor against President Trump's policies."


"In his first month in office, Newsom has taken a more antagonistic approach to the Trump administration than former Gov. Jerry Brown, who was more reserved in discussing the president and left the Legislature to take the lead in denouncing Trump, who is highly unpopular in this deep blue state."


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California judge will keep Planned Parenthood names sealed


AP's PAUL ELIAS: "A California judge ruled Monday that the names of 14 Planned Parenthood workers and others will remain sealed during the prosecution of two anti-abortion activists charged with secretly recording them."


"San Francisco Superior Court Judge Christopher Hite made the ruling despite the publication of the names on an anti-abortion website over the weekend."


"Hite said he would punish anyone discovered to have provided the names, which have been ordered to be kept confidential since charges were filed in 2017 against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress.


California jail guards would get help with urine-hurling inmates under new bill


Sacramento Bee's WES VENTEICHER: "Prison and jail workers could get new protections from inmates who hurl bodily fluids at them under a proposal from Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez, D-Pomona."


"A September audit found three California prisons and jails weren’t doing enough to protect correctional officers from the attacks, often referred to as gassing attacks, which can expose officers to communicable diseases and psychological trauma."


"The California Institute for Men in San Bernardino County, the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles and Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County failed to collect enough information to convict many of the people accused of the attacks and didn’t provide enough information to correctional officers about health risks, State Auditor Elaine Howle’s office found."


Judge refuses to approve deal limiting public access to Hollister Ranch


LA Times's ROSANNA XIA: "In a major victory for coastal advocates, a Santa Barbara judge has refused to approve a deal that would have allowed access to Hollister Ranch’s coastline only to landowners, their guests, visitors with guides, and those who could boat or paddle in from two miles away."


"The settlement agreement, struck between the ranch and coastal officials behind closed doors, sparked public outrage last year after The Times published terms of the deal. The outcry became a flashpoint in the mounting pressure on state officials to ensure that California’s beaches are open to everyone — not just to those fortunate enough to own oceanfront property."


PG&E to replace half of its board in wake of bankruptcy filing


The Chronicle's J.D. MORRIS: "Half of the PG&E Corp. board of directors will be replaced in the coming months, the bankrupt San Francisco energy company announced Monday as it provided fresh details about previously announced plans to bring in new leadership."


"PG&E said no more than five of its 10 current directors will stand for election at the company’s annual shareholders meeting in May. The boardroom shakeup is part of an effort PG&E revealed last month — before it filed for bankruptcy protection — to add “fresh perspectives” that will provide additional expertise in “safety, operations and other critical areas.”"


"PG&E did not say which of the current board members are leaving, and a spokeswoman had no additional comment beyond the company’s statement that was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission."


LA ditches fossil fuel investment plan worth billions


LA Times's SAMMY ROTH: "Los Angeles is abandoning a plan to spend billions of dollars rebuilding three natural gas power plants along the coast, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday, in a move to get the city closer to its goal of 100% renewable energy and improve air quality in highly polluted communities."


"The mayor’s decision marks an abrupt change of course for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, where top staffers have argued in recent months that the gas plants are critical to keeping the lights on in the city. Environmental groups have urged DWP to replace the aging facilities with cleaner alternatives, saying the gas-fired plants need to go because they contribute to climate change and local air pollution."


"Los Angeles has steadily moved away from coal for electricity, divesting from the Navajo plant in Arizona three years ago and announcing plans to stop buying power from Utah’s Intermountain plant by 2025. But with coal, the most polluting fossil fuel, now nearly removed from the city’s energy mix, it’s time to start planning for a future with zero planet-warming energy sources, Garcetti said Monday — and that means no natural gas."


Lawmakers reach deal 'in principle' on border wall funding


The Chronicle's ANDREW TAYLOR/ALAN FRAM: "Lawmakers reached agreement Monday night to possibly prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, overcoming an obstacle over immigration enforcement that had threatened to scuttle the talks."


"Republicans were desperate to avoid another bruising shutdown. They tentatively agreed to far less money for President Trump’s border wall than the White House’s $5.7 billion wish list, settling for a figure of nearly $1.4 billion, according to congressional aides."


"That means 55 miles of new fencing — constructed through existing designs such as metal slats instead of a concrete wall — but far less than the 215 miles the White House demanded in December. The fencing would be built in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas."


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