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Associated Press

 California water chief at helm of Oroville crisis retires
- 4:45 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A water manager who led the state's emergency response to the erosion of the nation's tallest dam says he's retiring.... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Eric Wesselman,

Los Angeles Times

 MLB: Tigers release reliever Francisco Rodriguez
Top of the Ticket - 3:30 pm
The Detroit Tigers have released Francisco Rodriguez, one day after the 35-year-old reliever gave up a grand slam to Robinson Cano in his latest rough outing. Rodriguez saved 44 games for the Tigers in 2016, but he is 2-5 with a 7.82 earned-run ... »Read  »E-mail story
   California politicians are in Dallas despite new ban on state employees traveling to Texas
Top of the Ticket - 2:55 pm

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Ricardo Lara, Proposition 18,
Bills: SB 4,
 California's climate debate heats up behind closed doors as Gov. Brown pushes to extend cap and trade
Top of the Ticket - 2:55 pm
The end of annual budget negotiations usually brings a sense of calm to the Capitol, but behind the scenes Gov. Jerry Brown has intensified his efforts to reach a deal with lobbyists and lawmakers on a blueprint for California’s future climate ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Air Resources Board, Environmental Justice, Rob Lapsley, Legislature, Nancy McFadden, Anthony Rendon,
 Essential California: There's so much solar power here that other states are sometimes paid to take it
Top of the Ticket - 5:30 am
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Friday, June 23, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES The solar power glut California invested heavily in solar power. Now there's so much that other ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Travis Allen, Nancy Pelosi, Scott Wilk,
 Earthquakes may be the rare issue uniting Democrats and Republicans in California
 Irate commuters threaten a lawsuit over narrowed streets in Playa Vista and Playa del Rey
- 4:00 am
South Bay commuters looking to avoid the 405 Freeway have long taken an alternate route through Playa del Rey, passing the coastline and the Ballona Wetlands to reach Santa Monica. The route is popular – with more than 24,000 vehicles per day – ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Mike Feuer, John Russo,
 L.A. needs to clean up its ports, but truck drivers shouldn't have to pay for it
- 4:00 am
Kudos to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia for offering ambitious plans to bring zero-emissions trucks to their ports. Yet in the pursuit of cleaner air and lower carbon, policymakers can’t ignore how the costs and ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Robert Garcia, Antonio Villaraigosa,
   You asked, we answered. Here are some of our readers' questions on California's proposed single-payer plan
Top of the Ticket - 12:05 am
We answer reader questions on how California's proposed single-payer healthcare plan would work. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Toni Atkins, California Nurses Assn., Ricardo Lara,
Bills: SB 562,
 John Chiang hits the road to raise his profile in California governor's race
Top of the Ticket - 12:05 am
As California treasurer, John Chiang is most comfortable immersed in the state’s finances and rattling off numbers that would sail over average voters’ heads. But as he embarks on a yearlong tour of the state for his gubernatorial bid, Chiang is ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Board of Equalization, John Chiang, Jose Huizar, Gavin Newsom, Tom Steyer, Antonio Villaraigosa,
 Newsom defends state's lawsuit over San Francisco waterfront development
- June 22, 6:45 pm
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom defended the state’s lawsuit seeking to overturn a San Francisco ballot measure limiting waterfront development on Thursday, rejecting arguments that the legal action threatens efforts statewide to restrain coastal ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Gavin Newsom, Betty Yee,
 Court reverses corruption counts in California city scandal
- 4:07 pm
A state appeals court on Friday reversed five of 11 criminal counts against an official convicted in a scheme to bilk millions of dollars from a small California city. The … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Robert Rizzo, Ali Saleh,
 #  Our fake democracy
Opinion - 2:35 pm
We tell ourselves stories in order to live, as Joan Didion said. We do this as a nation, as individuals, as families – even when that construct is demonstrably false. … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 Man who led state response to Oroville Dam crisis is stepping down
- 1:20 pm
Bill Croyle, who’s been the sometimes controversial public face of the state’s response to the Oroville Dam emergency, announced his retirement Friday as acting director of the Department of Water … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: John Laird, water,
 #  Jack Ohman cartoon: A ride on the American River Parkway
Opinion - 12:48 pm
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 #  Donald Trump's Cuba policy will help China and Russia
Opinion - 12:42 pm
Texas travel Re “Texas, three more states on California’s banned travel list” (The State Worker, June 22): Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s recent action to restrict state-funded travel to states with … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Xavier Becerra, California Teachers Association, Dean Vogel,
 #  Attorney General Becerra should investigate Exxon over climate change
Opinion - 12:38 pm
Texas travel Re “Texas, three more states on California’s banned travel list” (The State Worker, June 22): Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s recent action to restrict state-funded travel to states with … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Xavier Becerra, California Teachers Association, Dean Vogel,
 #  The Democrats' long losing streak continues
Opinion - 12:02 pm
The Democrats’ long losing streak continued this week in a Southern suburban district that Donald Trump barely won last fall. The party’s great hope for the Georgia seat was a … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi,
 #  Psychiatric breaks, misspent money for mental illness, farm profits and fisheries
Opinion - 12:00 pm
Trauma Re “It shouldn’t take a crisis to address mental illness. There’s a better way” (Forum, June 18): Thanks to Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Dr. Cameron Carter for highlighting the … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: A.G. Kawamura, John Laird, Darrell Steinberg,
 #  Gov. Brown prepares for a new climate battle, and it probably will cost you
Opinion - 12:00 pm
It’s been miserable out there. Death Valley reached a deadly 127-degree record. Flights were canceled in Phoenix because it isn’t safe to take off when the temperature exceeds 117 degrees. … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Cristina Garcia, Legislature, Nancy McFadden,
 #  On farming and the art of repair, and extending the lives of old things
Opinion - 7:00 am
I have environmentally correct farm equipment. Our disks and plows were purchased decades ago. My father bought most of our tractors and many were purchased “used.” Shovels, rakes, pitchforks were … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Can the arts save California's civic life?
Opinion - 7:00 am
On every public policy challenge other than climate change regulations, the state seems stuck. We can’t transform our education system, our health care, our transportation or our housing markets to … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Joe Mathews,
 #  Jack Ohman: How famous artists would paint Jerry Brown's portrait
Opinion - 6:05 am
After Don Bachardy, portraitist and caricaturist, visited his 1984 portrait of Gov. Jerry Brown at the Capitol, our Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohoman has some suggestions on who might be the next artist to capture the governor's image, ... »Read  »E-mail story
 Is LGBT community moving forward or falling back?
- 6:00 am
State Sen. Scott Wiener will be in San Francisco’s LGBT Pride parade this Sunday with a message: “We must gather our strength for the battle ahead.” Wiener, a Democrat from … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Marc Berman, Rob Bonta, David Chiu, Ricardo Lara, Holly Mitchell, Kevin Mullin, Jim Nielsen, H.D. Palmer, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Senate Republicans, Nancy Skinner, Phil Ting,
Bills: SB 355,
 #  The failure of rule of law, not just bullets, caused journalist's death
Opinion - 6:00 am
A Mexican journalist named Javier Valdez was shot and killed last month. Valdez chronicled the drug world of Sinaloa in books and in stories for his newspaper, Riodoce. He did … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
   #  U.S. Senate offers a painful dose of 'health' legislation
Opinion - 5:31 am
Good morning. On behalf of The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, welcome to The Take, your opinion-politics newsletter. Please sign up for it here. Jack Ohman notes that there would be … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Ed Chau, Stephen Green, Brian Maas, Tom McClintock, Katie Merrill, Nancy Pelosi, Ellen O. Tauscher, UCLA Anderson Forecast, Dan Walters,
Bills: AB 375, AB 380,
 #  Sacramento County swears it's part of the solution for homelessness. It's actually the problem.
Opinion - 5:15 am
Sacramento’s dysfunctional approach to this region’s homeless crisis was supposed to have ended back in 2009. That was the year the Oprah Winfrey Show spent some time on a soggy … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Darrell Steinberg,
   Taxpayers could pay to attract teachers. But is California really running out of them?
- 12:01 am
Should taxpayers underwrite special benefits to attract new teachers, such as affordable housing, expanded maternity leave and tax breaks? California lawmakers have put forward a raft of proposals offering extra … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: California Teachers Association, EdVoice, Legislature, Kevin Mullin,
Bills: AB 1182, AB 1217, AB 169, AB 410, AB 568, AB 586, SB 436, SB 533, SB 807,
 The Latest: Rhode Island House OKs $9.2B budget
- June 22, 6:23 pm
The Latest on the Rhode Island House of Representatives consideration of the state budget (all times local): 8:53 p.m. The Rhode Island House of Representatives has voted to approve a … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: cigarette tax,
 #  Mis-educating the young
Opinion - June 22, 5:32 pm
A few months ago I had lunch with a former student named Lucy Fleming, one of the best writers I’ve taught. I asked her what she had learned in her … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Trump's embrace of strongmen betrays an American ideal
Opinion - June 22, 5:00 pm
WASHINGTON – In 1983, President Ronald Reagan delivered his “Evil Empire” speech, which immediately offended Soviet leaders and the foreign policy establishment. (Reagan must have been equally pleased by both.) … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 #  With health care bill, the GOP is mounting a historic heist
Opinion - June 22, 5:00 pm
WASHINGTON – The “health care bill” that Republicans are trying to pass in the Senate, like the one approved by the GOP majority in the House, isn’t really about health … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 #  The great Muslim civil war - and us
Opinion - June 22, 5:00 pm
The U.S. shoots down a Syrian fighter-bomber. Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria. Russia threatens to attack coalition aircraft west of the Euphrates. What is going on?   It might … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

San Francisco Chronicle

 5th GOP senator joins opposition to health bill
- 2:46 pm
WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada said Friday he opposes the GOP bill that would scuttle much of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, complicating the task party leaders face in guiding the banner legislation through ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Raul Ruiz,