• After Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon shot down single-payer health care, he tasked a committee with taking a hard look at universal coverage. They hold their first hearings this week.
• California’s new gas tax will add twelve cents to the cost of a gallon of fuel starting November 1st. That will help pay for tens of billions of dollars worth of deferred maintenance and roadwork. Officials say catching up on it all will take years.
Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Daniel Potter.