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Despitestrong lobbyingby
San Francisco, billionaire film-
maker George Lucas hasde-
cided to build amuseum to
house hishuge art collection in
Los Angeles.

The board of directors of the
Lucas Museum ofNarrati ve
Art on Tuesday afternoon
announcedit chose a site in
Los Angeles’ ExpositionPark,
where it is to join several other
culturalfacilities and theLos
AngelesMemorial Coliseum.

The SanFrancisco proposal
was for a site onTreasure
Islandfacing the city’swater-

The museum is conceived as
a celebration ofstorytelling,
with examples ranging from
vinta ge works by Norman
Rockwell to film props and
sketches fromsuchmovies as
“Raiders of theLost Ark.”

Museum officials estimate the
price tagat $1.1 billion, in-
cluding a $400 million endow-
ment — all ofwhich would be
paid by Lucas.
“I am disappointed, of
course, butmustrespect the

L.A. gets Lucas museum

FilmmakerdecidesagainstS.F. site at Treasure Island,chooses ExpositionPark

By John King

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There was no letup for thewater-saturated Bay
Area as the heavens openedagain Tuesday, un-
loading heavy rains, powerful winds and thunder-
storms that turned somestreets intostreams and
made other roadways impassable.
Among the hardest hitwas the Sonoma County
town ofGuerneville,where theRussian River
gushedover its banks and covered neighborhoods
in waist-high water, causing residents toabandon
cars andget aroundby canoe.Parts ofMarin

“It’s something you’ve got to take as it comes and just battle throughit.”
Mike Collins, Guerneville

Lea Suzuki /The Chronicle

Workers remove
a treethat fell
onto two cars and
a housing project
on Blythdale
Avenue in a
neighborhood of
San Francisco.

Drenching rain belts area

anew, for better or worse

Flooding:In Guerneville,

troubles grow as river rises

By Peter Fimrite, Evan Sernoffsky
and Steve Rubenstein

Storm continues on A

nia Sen. DianneFeinstein led
her party’s resistance Tuesday
to the nomination of Alabama
Sen. Jeff Sessions asattorney
general in theTrumpadmin-
istration, a fight that appears
futile, but could serve as a
test for the looming battle
over a pivotal Supreme Court
nomination that could arrive
Debuting in her new role
as the top Democrat on the
SenateJudiciary Committee,
Feinsteindeployed the earnest
fact-marshaling that is her
trademark, while ensuring
public testimony from the
furious opposition to Sessions
from a broad collection of
civil rights lea ders, including
Amos C. Brown, pastor of
San Francisco’s Third Baptist
As the nation’s top law
enforcement officer, theat-
torneygeneral is among the
most sensitive jobs in any
administration, incharge of
enforcing the nation’s laws,
including theirapplication to
the president and the rest of
the executive branch.
“This job requires service
to the people and the law —
not to the president,”Fein-
stein told Sessions.She ex-
pressed her“deep concern”
that, “there is somuchfear in
this country. I seeit. I hearit.
Particularly in the African
American community, from
preachers, from politicians,
fromeveryday Americans.”
Civil rights groups are
deeply worried that Sessions’
hard-core conservatism, espe-
cially his narrow interpreta-



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By CarolynLochhead

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revenues ha ve put thestate’s
financial outlook onshaky
ground, and Gov. Jerry Brown
warned Tuesday that California
couldface a $1.6 billiondeficit —
the firstshortfall since 2012 — if
spending is not tempered.
The governor issued the
warningat the State Capitol as

he unveiled his$122.5 billion
general fund spending plan for
the fiscalyear that beginsJuly 1.
The plan isslightly less than the
current budget of$122.8 billion.
He also proposed solutions to
eliminate the projecteddeficit
that made some members of the
“We are invery uncertain
times,” Brown said. “We are

subject to a lot of unpredict-
ability. ... I thinkit is time for
The state’ s general fund
pays for basicstate services
suchas education, prisons and
social service programs.
Among Brown’s budget-cut-
ting proposals:

1 Eliminating lastyear’s one-
time allocation of $400 million

for affordable housing that
was ne ver spent after law-
makers could not reach a deal
with Brown.The governor said
he wanted to remove red tape
for developers to build afford-
able housing, not just increase
state subsidies.

1 Eliminating lastyear’s one-
time allocation of $300 million

Brown says state ris ks 1st deficit since 2012

By Melody Gutierrez

State budget continues on A

The storms barreling into California aren’t only
flooding towns, ripping trees from the earth and
igniting roadway chao s.
They’ve had the extraordinary effect of filling
reservoirs that haven’t breached their brims in
years and, formuchof the northstate, intensifying
a rainy season that is finally, mercifully, driving an
end to the historic drought.
“In thevery northern part of California,yes, the
drought is over,” saidMarty Ralph, director of the
Center forWestern Weather andWater Extremes

‘Drought is over’:At least

in far northern part ofstate

By Kurtis Alexander

Drough tcontinues on A

1 European
haltstraffic on the
Danube and other
key rivers and kills
more than 60
across theconti-
nent. A

1 Matier &Ross:Mayor EdLee
put up a heck of a fightto land
GeorgeLucas’ museum. D
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