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AM Alert: California storms RNC led by avocado-farming actress

California alternate delegate Jeff Barke gives the thumbs up on the convention floor on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18, 2016.
California alternate delegate Jeff Barke gives the thumbs up on the convention floor on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18, 2016. Abaca Press

It hasn’t been all rainbows and water meditation in Cleveland.

While fears of tumult in the streets around the Quicken Loans Arena have yet to materialize, the Republican National Convention itself briefly descended into chaos yesterday as “Never Trump” delegates made their (unsuccessful) last stand against the presidential nomination of businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump.

Elsewhere, a Santa Cruz psychotherapist offered up a scroll and paint to help attendees work through their feelings. A team from The Bee, including reporters David Siders and Christopher Cadelago, will continue to provide updates throughout the week.

Several high-profile figures with California connections are set to take the stage today: former soap opera actress and current avocado farmer Kimberlin Brown has snagged a headlining slot, while professional golfer and Sacramento native Natalie Gulbis and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield will also speak.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Cannonball! California GOP chair Jim Brulte challenged ‘all comers’ to a contest.

RATE MY INSURANCE: A third enrollment period for Obamacare has come and gone in California, with more than 425,000 residents signing up for new health insurance policies. Among them were a significantly larger number of young adults, which Covered California executive director Peter Lee touted this spring would mean “better rates and a more stable system.” Has the promised benefit panned out? Lee will announce the exchange’s 2017 health insurance plan offerings and proposed rates, 10 a.m. on a conference call. Premiums increased by an average of 4 percent this year.

STEMMING THE TIDE: In the past year, UC Berkeley has been swept up in sexual harassment scandals involving a renowned astronomy professor and the dean of its law school, prompting a review of university policy on the issue. But Berkeley is not alone, with critics across the country noting that science and engineering can be particularly difficult fields for women in academia. Ahead of her planned introduction of a bill in September that would require universities to report substantiated harassment cases involving professors who receive grant money to their federal funding agencies, Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, will lead a panel discussion on sexual harassment in academia, 5 p.m. at the UC San Francisco campus.

LOOK, MA, NO HANDS: California regulators have pumped the brakes on self-driving cars until they are the confident the technology is safe, even as manufacturers are racing to get models before customers within the next few years. It’s sure to be a hot topic of conversation at the Automated Vehicle Symposium, which takes place over the next three days at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. California Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly is set to give a welcome this morning.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, who turns 56 today, and to Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who is 67.

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff

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