The Roundup

Jun 12, 2018

Cox: Trump to campaign for me


John Cox says Trump will campaign for him in California governor's race


LA Times's SEEMA MEHTA: "Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox said Monday that President Trump would travel to California to campaign for him in his bid to defeat Democrat Gavin Newsom in the November general election."


"“Gavin Newsom is going to make this race all about President Trump. Well, you know what, I welcome it,” Cox told GOP supporters at a hotel in San Diego. “President Trump is going to come here and campaign for me and for you!”


SF mayor's race: London Breed hangs onto lead over Mark Leno


The Chronicle's DOMINIC FRACASSA: "While she is still in the lead, Supervisor London Breed didn’t make much progress in her quest to become San Francisco’s next mayor. The latest batch of election results released Monday show her leading Mark Leno by 1,601 votes, or 50.38 to 49.62 percent. That’s an increase of just 21 votes over Sunday’s total."


"The race has been exceedingly close since election night, and the scramble to interpret the once-daily updates from the Department of Elections has become a tense waiting game for each candidate’s supporters."


Here's what your gas tax hike will fund in the Sacramento area -- if voters don't repeal


Sacramento Bee's TONY BIZJAK: "California's controversial gas tax hike is under fire, opposed by many voters and subject to a November repeal led by gubernatorial candidate John Cox and other Republicans."


"But that hasn't stopped Gov. Jerry Brown from doling out Senate Bill 1 gas tax funds this spring and approving hundreds of millions of dollars in grants to Sacramento and other areas around the state."


"It means massive new revenues for road repairs. But it also puts local officials in an awkward position of not knowing if the money will continue to flow. Officials may plan projects but wait on major commitments this summer until voters decide, analysts said."


Sessions: Domestic violence not grounds for asylum


The Chronicle's BOB EGELKO/HAMED ALEAZIZ: "Immigrants fleeing domestic violence or gangs in their homeland are ineligible for asylum in the United States in virtually all cases, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday in a closely watched decision that reverses years of rulings by immigration courts and affects thousands of cases."


"Sessions’ decision overturns a 2014 ruling by the Board of Immigration Appeals in the case of a woman who had fled Guatemala with her three children after her husband repeatedly raped her. The board had said she was a member of a social group — Guatemalan women abused by their husbands in a country with a macho culture — and may be able to prove that her government would not protect her."


READ MORE related to Immigration: Once a haven for refugees, California sees immigration dwindle under Trump -- The Chronicle's HAMED ALEAZIZ; Trump asks judge to dismiss suit over deportation -- The Chronicle's BOB EGELKO


Cash-strapped stem cell agency reaching out


DAVE JENSEN in Capitol Weekly:"Stem cell researchers rarely have a chance to talk directly about their work to thousands of people at a time, including those in the farthest reaches of the globe."


"But Jeanne Loring at the Scripps Research Institute did it last week. The California stem cell agency did it last month with Stanford researcher Gary Steinberg.  And it could well be that the technique that they used will emerge as a critical tool in the effort to stave off the death of the $3 billion, stem cell program. The end could come as early as 2020 if agency supporters fail that year to win voter approval of $5 billion more for the program."


READ MORE related to Health & Health Care: New life sought for right-to-die law -- JESSICA HICE in Capitol Weekly


PG&E says it doesn't expect to record loss for some fires


The Chronicle's CATHERINE HO: "Pacific Gas and Electric Co. expects to record a “significant liability for losses” associated with the 2017 Northern California wildfires, the utility said Monday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission."


"However, the company said in the filing it may not take a loss from the Atlas and Highway 37 fires — despite findings by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, that PG&E equipment was responsible for starting both fires."


A 'rebellion' mounts among community college professors as California pushes for change


Sacramento Bee's ALEXEI KOSEFF: "As California leaders prepare this week to change the way the state funds its community colleges, a revolt is growing among professors who say it's too much, too soon, for a system already undergoing rapid transformations to improve dismal student outcomes."


"Over the past two months, the academic senates from at least half a dozen colleges, as well as the faculty union for the community college district in the Sacramento area, have passed votes of no confidence in system Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. They criticize Oakley, who took over in December 2016, for ignoring faculty input as he has advocated for a wide range of changes, including the new funding formula that will, for the first time, consider student performance in determining college budgets."


"Statewide, there's definitely a rebellion brewing," said Gayle Pitman, a professor of psychology and president of the Academic Senate at Sacramento City College, which has not yet passed a vote of no confidence. "Faculty aren't being brought to the table. They aren't being engaged the way we've traditionally been engaged." 


READ MORE related to Education: USC's handling of complaints about campus gynecologist is being investigated by federal government -- LA Times's MATT HAMILTON/HARRIET RYAN


Trump-Kim summit: Trump says US will end its 'war games' with South Korea


WaPo's DAVID NAKAMURA/PHILIP RUCKER/ANNA FIFIELD: "President Trump said he “developed a very special bond” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their historic summit here Tuesday and proclaimed the start of a new era that could break a cycle of nuclear brinkmanship and stave off a military confrontation."


"Yesterday’s conflict does not have to be tomorrow’s war,” Trump said at a news conference in Singapore following more than four hours of talks with Kim."


"Trump said Kim “reaffirmed” his commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and also agreed to destroy a missile site in the country."


READ MORE related to Historic North Korean Summit: 'A great honor': In a bid for history, Trump flatters North Korea's totalitarian leader -- WaPo's PHILIP RUCKER/ANNE GEARAN; History is made as Trump and Kim meet, but will they produce something historic? -- WaPo's DAN BALZ; Kim Jong Un sign unspecified document -- AP's ZEKE MILLER/CATHERINE LUCEY/JOSH LEDERMAN/FOSTER KLUG; Trump-Kim Jong Un summit fails to produce disarmament plan -- LA Times's VICTORIA KIM/NOAH BIERMAN/MATT STILES


Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow suffers heart attack


AP's JONATHAN LEMIRE: "Larry Kudlow, President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, suffered a "very mild" heart attack and was being treated at a military hospital, the White House said Monday."


"Kudlow was in good condition at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. She said Kudlow was doing well and that doctors expect him to make a "full and speedy recovery."


"News of Kudlow's illness was broken by Trump himself just minutes before he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. "Our Great Larry Kudlow, who has been working so hard on trade and the economy, has just suffered a heart attack," Trump tweeted."


READ MORE related to POTUS45: Disclosures show Kushner's wealth and debt have risen -- AP's STEPHEN BRAUN/BERNARD CONDON

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