Sign at the door of a restaurant in Downtown Oakland.

CONGRESS | ‘NAFTA on steroids’ pacts pits Silicon Valley against big labor (San Francisco Chronicle) Issue may reside at the corner of Ro and Khanna over the next year.

LEGISLATURE | For California’s Powerful, Following the Law Often Means Writing It Yourself (KQED) The cold hard truth

CA DROUGHT | Here’s the Real Problem With Almonds (Mother Jones) Freaking almonds!

California’s Farms Would Only Need to Cut Water by 6.6 Percent to Match Urban Restrictions (Newsweek) If the drought persists for years, a proposal for the future?

OAKLAND | San Jose and Oakland fast-food workers join protest for $15-an-hour wages (Contra Costa Times) Fast food giants say they don’t control employment decision at their franchises

Carson council to vote on NFL stadium plan after signatures verified (Los Angeles Times) Carson’s city clerk spent the last 11 years as mayor.