The Roundup

Feb 13, 2018

Sanctuary sensimilla

Berkeley could rebuff feds with sanctuary law for cannabis


The Chronicle's ANNIE MA: "Berkeley’s cannabis industry could soon be protected by an unprecedented new law that takes a cue from California’s efforts to protect undocumented immigrants."


"The City Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution to declare Berkeley a sanctuary for legal adult-use cannabis and properly licensed business operations. The municipal measure — believed to be the first of its kind in any state where cannabis is legal — is modeled after California’s sanctuary law, which bars state agencies from cooperating with federal immigration enforcement in the absence of a court order."


"Berkeley’s resolution, if passed, would prohibit city agencies and employees from using resources and funds to assist in enforcing federal marijuana laws. Agencies would also be prohibited from turning over information on legal cannabis activities — as defined by state law — to federal authorities."


READ MORE related to Cannabis: Honey oil lab explodes in Rocklin -- Sacramento Bee's BENJY EGEL; Why California's cannabis taxes are much more than wine and beer, but less than cigarettes -- BANG's LISA M. KRIEGER


Pension fund hits milestone: It's earning more money than it's paying out


Sacramento Bee's ADAM ASHTON: "For the first time in years, CalPERS is stable enough that it no longer expects to run deficits into the middle of the century."


"Though still underfunded, the $345 billion pension fund has a better financial outlook because it’s collecting more money from employers and making the most of recent stock market gains, its chief investment officer said on Monday. That should help it avoid scenarios where it has to sell investment assets to pay pensions."


"It’s a milestone in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s recovery since it suffered severe losses in the recession that left it badly underfunded."


READ MORE related to CalPRS/CalSTRS: When do CalPERS rates become 'unsustainable'? -- CalPensions' ED MENDEL


Fights over voting rights a prelude to November midterm election


McClatchy DC's TONY PUGH: "The battle for control of Congress in this fall’s midterm elections may be decided in state legislatures this spring when voting rights legislation could be in bloom."


"So far this year, at least 16 bills aimed at making it harder to vote have been introduced in eight states, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. The proposals include a mix of photo ID requirements for voters, curbs on voter registration activity, cuts to early voting opportunities and new barriers to absentee voting."


"Meanwhile, 144 bills to expand voter access have been introduced in 22 states. Many call for automatic, same-day and online voter registration. Others would expand absentee and early voting."


READ MORE related to State Politics: California sues SF on behalf of transgender woman barred from restroom -- The Chronicle's BOB EGELKO


Supervisors' discord puts a damper on legislation


The Chronicle's RACHEL SWAN: "Tuesday’s San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting appears to be another light one — the third in a row with few pieces of legislation and nothing contentious on the agenda."


"It’s a sign of exceptional stagnation of the city’s legislative body, political observers say. In the months after Mayor Ed Lee’s death, the board has succumbed to infighting and a general absence of leadership, at a time when the majority of the supervisors are running for office either in June or November."


"January and February are normally the months when supervisors lay out their priorities. But this year kicked off with a drag-out fight over who would occupy the mayor’s office until June 5, which ripped the board in half and took the supervisors’ attention away from nagging issues: street homelessness, property crime and traffic congestion."


READ MORE related to Local Politics: Developer sues former Sacramento official for calling him 'mentally ill' -- Sacramento Bee's TONY BIZJAK; Trump infrastructure plan fails to impress Bay Area officials -- The Chronicle's MICHAEL CABANATUAN/KURTIS ALEXANDER; 2 El Monte councilwomen accuse each other of bullying, one files censure request -- SGV Tribune's CHRISTOPHER YEE; La Verne City Council authorizes city administrators to move forward on measure to address pension obligation -- SGV Tribune's MONICA RODRIGUEZ


The Beverly Hills attorney set to lead the IRS likes magic tricks -- he'll need a few to run the agency


LA Times' JAMES RUFUS KOREN: "The Internal Revenue Service this year will have to write and interpret a bevvy of rules as the agency implements the most sweeping set of changes to the tax code in a generation."


"And leading the agency through that process could be an IRS commissioner with a resume quite unlike those of his predecessors."

"Charles "Chuck" Rettig doesn't have an Ivy League degree, he's never been a corporate executive, and it's almost certain that no previous IRS commissioner has been a member of the Academy of Magical Arts, the club that runs Hollywood's Magic Castle."


Senate opens rare debate on fate of 'Dreamers,' Trump's wall


The Chronicle's CAROLYN LOCHHEAD: "The Senate opened a rare, freewheeling debate Monday night that could determine the fate of millions of undocumented immigrants, many of them in California, who arrived in the country as minors."


"President Trump has agreed to support a path to citizenship for 1.8 million young immigrants, more than twice as many as enrolled in an Obama administration program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, that protects them from deportation. Trump intends to end the program March 5. About a third of DACA recipients reside in California, more than in any other state."


"In exchange, the administration wants three things that are anathema to Democrats: a wall on about 700 miles of the border with Mexico; termination of the diversity visa lottery that provides 50,000 visas each year to immigrants from countries that send comparatively few people to the United States; and elimination of future immigrants’ ability to sponsor relatives for admission to the U.S. besides their spouses and minor children. Barred from sponsorship eligibility would be immigrants’ parents, siblings and adult children."


READ MORE related to Immigration: Immigration debate launches in the Senate -- and a GOP plan picks up support -- WaPo's ED O'KEEFE


SpaceX's Falcon Heavy center booster lacked enough ignition fluid to light engines, land on platform, Musk says


LA Times' SAMANTHA MASUNAGA: "The center core booster of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy didn't land on a floating sea platform as intended during last week's first test flight because it ran out of ignition fluid, company Chief Executive Elon Musk said Monday."


"Musk took to Twitter on Monday morning to give a few more updates on the Falcon Heavy's first flight. After liftoff, the rocket's two side boosters touched down simultaneously on land, eliciting cheers and applause from the crowd of SpaceX employees gathered in the company's Hawthorne headquarters, as seen on the launch livestream."


"Those two boosters, which were used in previous launches of SpaceX's workhorse Falcon 9 rocket, will not be reused again, Musk said in a post-launch news conference last week."


READ MORE related to Energy & Environment: In soil-dwelling bacteria, scientists find a new weapon to fight drug-resistant superbugs -- LA Times' MELISSA HEALY; Dry, hot California winter closes ski resorts, stalls wildflower blooms and revives drought fears -- LA Times' PAIGE ST. JOHN/RONG-GONG LIN II/SARAH PARVANI; Oroville-inspired dam inspection bill heads to Jerry Brown -- Sacramento Bee's BILLY KOBIN; California's drought restrictions on wasteful water habits could be coming back -- this time they'll be permanent -- SGV Tribune's STEVE SCAUZILLO; Oroville Dam: One year after crisis, distrust lingers, big questions remain -- Chico ER's RISA JOHNSON; Sierra Nevada lauded for alternative energy, storage -- Chico ER's LAURA URSENY; Gallagher's dam safety bill goes to governor on evacuation anniversary -- Chico ER's RISA JOHNSON; Trump wants to privatize NASA by 2025, invest $150M for commercial -- AP's MARCIA DUNN


The highest income inequality in California? Census suggests it's in Arden Arcade


Sacramento Bee's PHILLIP REESE: "The California place with the most income inequality is right in Sacramento’s suburbs: the community of Arden Arcade."


"Arden Arcade has recently seen a large increase in poverty-stricken residents moving to apartments in the west side of the community. Many of the new residents are fleeing expensive rent elsewhere in the region. Others are newly arrived refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq, Russia or Syria. Meanwhile, some of the city’s wealthiest residents live on the opposite side of Arden Arcade, near the American River."


"The economic disparity between the two groups is striking. The bottom-fifth of Arden Arcade earners in 2016 controlled 2.1 percent of the community’s income, the latest census figures show. The top fifth of Arden Arcade’s earners controlled 58.2 percent of the community’s income."


California joins states that would evict veterans who seek aid-in-dying option


CHL's JONEL ALECCIA: "California voters passed a law two years ago that allows terminally ill people to take lethal drugs to end their lives, but controversy is growing over a newer rule that effectively bans that option in the state’s eight veterans’ homes."


"Proponents of medical aid-in-dying and residents of the Veterans Home of California-Yountville — the largest in the nation — are protesting a regulation passed last year by the California Department of Veterans Affairs, or CalVet, that requires that anyone living in the facilities must be discharged if they intend to use the law."


"That’s a position shared by most — but not all — states where aid-in-dying is allowed. As more U.S. jurisdictions consider whether to legalize the practice, the status of terminally ill veterans living in state-run homes will loom large."


READ MORE related to Health & Healthcare: Trump's budget proposal swings at drug prices with a glancing blow -- CHL's SARAH JANE TRIBBLE; Upsurge of suburban poor discover health care's nowhere land -- CHL's ELAINE KORRY; She thought the weird sensation was a stray eyelash. It was eye worms. -- WaPo's LENA H. SUN; OP-ED: Federal budget cuts put Californians' health at risk -- Mercury News & EBT's EDITORIAL BOARDS


OP-ED: CSU experiment could hurt students


WILLIAM G. TIERNEY/MICHAEL LANDFORD in a Special to The Bee: "Like it or not, California State University students are about to become guinea pigs in a grand educational experiment. Beginning this fall, CSUs will stop giving placement tests or offering remedial classes, and instead will place all students in regular classes to sink or swim."


"The hope is to improve student success – and save money. Nationally, about half of students entering two-year colleges and 20 percent of those entering four-year universities take remedial courses in math, reading or writing, falling farther behind their peers and becoming less likely to complete their degrees. Studies peg the cost of remediation at between $3 billion to $7 billion a year."


"The result has been a hue and cry to do something. Many states have cut costs by eliminating remedial classes, while several others have reformed them."


READ MORE related to Education: Applications for college aid through the California Dream Act are down again -- LA Times' JOY RESMOVITS; Here are some answers about the 'Race and IQ' science project that caused an uproar -- Sacramento Bee's ANITA CHABRIA/DIANA LAMBERT; Creating a 'test kitchen' to come up with a better school accountability plan in California -- EdSource's JOHN FENSTERWALD; Brown appoints 15 to new K-12 computer science panel -- EdSource's CAROLYN JONES


He posted a series of YouTube videos admitting to crimes. Now he's in jail

Sacramento Bee's BENJY EGEL
: "More charges have been added to a Rancho Cordova resident’s rap sheet after he confessed to burglarizing a fumigated house in a video posted to YouTube."


"Cameron May, 29, was already in Sacramento County jail custody when investigators in Ohio discovered a YouTube video of him admitting to burglarizing a house, according to a Rancho Cordova Police Department media release."


"On Feb. 2, the investigators sent the video to Rancho Cordova police, who had arrested May two days prior on drug and theft charges. Further investigation uncovered a dozen more videos where May admitted to other crimes, even displaying his burglary tools on occasion."


READ MORE related to Public Safety: How LA plans to find its next police chief -- LA Times' KATE MATHERWhy cops like Antonio Villaraigosa and not Gavin Newsom -- Sacramento Bee's CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO; Oakland police academy valedictorian arrested on suspicion of DUI -- The Chronicle's KIMBERLY VEKLEROV; Deputies say they were shot at in East Valinda, no shooter identified -- SGV Tribune's RUBY GONZALES; Silicon Valley NAACP calls on deputy sheriffs' union to release racist texts -- Mercury News' TRACEY KAPLAN


How Trump's new budget threatens Sacramento's streetcar future


Sacramento Bee's TONY BIZJAK: "The window of opportunity is tightening on Sacramento’s streetcar hopes."


"In his federal budget plan unveiled Monday, President Donald Trump proposed ending the federal funding program for new city rail projects, limiting future funds to projects that already have federal contracts."


"That would put Sacramento’s streetcar dreams in an uncertain position. The city has a preliminary agreement with the federal government for $50 million, about half the amount Sacramento has been hoping the federal government will ultimately provide for the proposed $200 million streetcar. Local property owners in Sacramento have agreed to kick in a share, along with the cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento."


Does recalling the judge who gave Brock Turner a light sentence for sexual assault imperil judicial independence?


LA Times' ROBIN ABCARIAN: "Last month, I dismissed as "hogwash" concerns that the recall of Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky could impair judicial independence."


"This did not endear me to many attorneys, law professors and retired judges who reached out to accuse me of flippantly dismissing their sincerely held beliefs."


"No matter how outraged we may be, the last thing we need in California are judges who are intimidated by public opinion," wrote Steven Silva, a Times reader who experienced firsthand the difficulty of fair sentencing decisions when he worked for the presiding judge of the San Diego Juvenile Court."


Las Vegas homeless community on edge with a killer on the loose


LA Times' DAVID MONTERO: "Peter LaPrairie woke up Sunday morning after a night of cold winds whipped through his sleeping bag near the highway. He walked — maybe a mile — toward D Street, where tents and shopping carts were hemmed along a fence like a snowdrift of forgotten humanity."


"Being homeless was not the life he planned. But there were things to be thankful for. Like the warm sun on his face."


"And that he had survived the night without being shot."


READ MORE related to Housing & Homelessness: California fight over homeless camp faces key day in court -- AP's AMY TAXIN


SoCal teen Chloe Kim wins gold with historic performance


LA Times' DAVID WHARTON: "Staring down the halfpipe, ready for her third and final run, Chloe Kim hesitated a moment."


"The Southern California teenager stamped her snowboard, leaned forward and exhaled hard. Twice."


"An athletic prodigy at 17, Kim already clinched her first gold at these 2018 Winter Olympics with a solid first run, but solid wasn't going to be enough."


Trump officials under fire for tapping "temps" to head key Interior agencies


McClatchy DC's STUART LEAVENWORTH: "The Trump administration is violating federal law and circumventing the advice-and-consent role of the Senate by relying on temporary directors to head agencies such as the National Park Service, an environmental group alleged Monday."


"In a complaint filed with the Interior Department’s Inspector General, the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility charged that Interior was “completely bypassing Senate confirmation” with its appointments of acting directors to lead the Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management."


"Federal agencies are not supposed to be run like a temp service,” Jeff Ruch, director of PEER, said in announcing the complaint."


READ MORE related to POTUS45/KremlinGate: Is American infrastructure crumbling? Hardly -- LA Times' JONAH GOLDBERG; Trump wants to overhaul America's safety net with giant cuts to housing, food stamps and health care -- WaPo's TRACY JAN/CAITLIN DEWEY/AMY GOLDSTEIN/JEFF STEIN; FBI director to face questions on security clearances and agents' independence -- WaPo's ELLEN NAKASHIMA/SHANE HARRIS; Jeff Sessions spoke of the 'Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement.' Here's what that means. -- WaPo's MARWA ELTAGOURI; Trump would be crazy to sit with Mueller. Mueller would be crazy to insist. -- Politico's WILLIAM YEOMANS; Justice Department turnover is bad news for Mueller, ethics and democracy -- USA Today's NORMAN EISEN/VICTORIA BASSETTI; Secret Clinton documents could help Mueller interview Trump in Russia probe: report -- Newsweek's GREG PRICE; Trump budget anticipates Mueller investigation will stretch into fiscal year 2019 -- Politico's JOSH GERSTEIN/DARREN SAMUELSOHN; Bill and Melinda Gates rethink US philanthropy, criticize Trump over 'America First' -- AP's SALLY HO


Investigators say crew of crashed Russian plane failed to activate heating of pressure measurement instruments


AP: "Investigators say crew of crashed Russian plane failed to activate heating of pressure measurement instruments."
Ed's Note: The Roundup is compiled by Associate Editor Geoff Howard. Comments? Complaints? Suggestions? Email him at



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