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."