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 Winds of Change in Contra Costa County?
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 Black Bart Award Nominee " Legislature is California's Comeback Story
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 California power regulator to address allegations
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 Obama names task force to examine trust between police and minority communities

President Obama is expected to sign an executive order today creating a new task force on policing and community relations that will deliver by early March recommendations on how to improve trust between police officers and communities ... »Read

In this article: Ron Davis, Constance Rice
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 Peevey presides over last CPUC meeting amid controversy

It is the end of an era as the chief regulator of utilities in California presided over his very last meeting, after a controversial reign that included the deadly San Bruno explosion. »Read

In this article: Gray Davis, Jerry Hill, Susan Kennedy, Carol Liu, Michael R. Peevey, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Sen. De Leon removes panel staffers who questioned his legislation

In yet another shakeup in the state Senate, new President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) has removed the top staff from a Senate committee that last session blocked one of his priority bills. »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Energy Commission, Alex Padilla, Daniel Reeves, renewable energy, Kellie M. Smith
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 White House Launches Task Force to Examine Police-Community Relations

President Barack Obama on Thursday announced the makeup of the 11-member panel charged with examining the relationship between police forces and communities around the country. »Read

In this article: Ron Davis, Barack Obama, Constance Rice
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 Padilla Suspends Recount In Chula Vista City Council Race

John McCann defeated Steve Padilla by two votes in a race for a seat on the Chula Vista City Council. »Read

In this article: John McCann, Steve Padilla
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 Federal Eye: Report: VA official inappropriately steered contracts before moving to Treasury

A former top procurement official at the Department of Veterans Affairs — who now holds a similar position at the Treasury Department — steered contracts to a company with which she had a personal relationship, according to a watchdog ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 NEW: De Leon rebuked for scrapping oversight office

In a curious action, new state California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, has scrapped the government oversight office created by his predecessor, former Sen. Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento. The move has swiftly earned de ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Kevin De Leon, Darrell Issa, redevelopment agencies, Senate Democrats, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Earthquake early warnings could go public in 2 years

An earthquake early-warning system could be available to the public in as little as two years once enough funding is secured, a top federal scientist said this week. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Adam Schiff
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 L.A.'s cyclists should need a special 'info' license in order to ride

In June 2009, just as L.A.’s bicycling resurgence was beginning, the city of Los Angeles repealed its law requiring cyclists get licenses. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Patt Morrison
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 PUC top boss tainted by scandals set to preside over final meeting

The reign of state Public Utilities Commission president Michael Peevey, scarred by scandals linked to a fatal explosion of natural gas in San Bruno, will soon conclude, an exit that combined with the departure of the PUC's executive director, will ... »Read

In this article: Paul Clanon, Michael Florio, Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey, Terrie Prosper
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 NEW: Teacher pay raises gobble up Prop 30, LCFF funds

In 2012, California voters approved Proposition 30, which temporarily raised sales taxes on everyone and income taxes on the wealthy. The measure was sold with the promise it would directly help public education. It was “for the kids.” ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Los Angeles Unified School District, Chris Reed
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 CalPERS: Prefunding retiree health care makes sense

When State Controller John Chiang raised a red flag Tuesday about a looming $72 billion tab for retiree health care costs, eyes turned to the governor. Jerry Brown is expected to address the issue in his proposed state budget, expected in early ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, John Chiang, state budget
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 Boehner and McCarthy Take Charge

The vote to pass the “cromnibus” spending bill in Congress confirms the one of the biggest political stories of 2014: Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy are fully in charge in the House and will no longer allow Tea Party ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, water
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 Black Bart Award Nominee " Legislature is California's Comeback Story

Pigs are taking wing. There are snowdrifts outside the devil’s door. The Chicago Cubs will win the World Series. And the California Legislature is my pick for the Black Bart award. Yeah, that’s pretty much the same Legislature that in 2009 ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Kevin De Leon, Robert Huff, Dave Jones, Legislature, PPIC, Proposition 2, state budget, Darrell Steinberg, water
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 Stu Spencer: Primaries Important in Presidential Runs

The New York Times ran an article that said big time Republican Party donors were trying to clear the presidential field of like-minded establishment candidates so that the donors could put their resources behind one candidate. Stu Spencer, who was ... »Read
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 Take the High Speed Rail to a New Disneyland

On Christmas Eve, it felt like the park was all ours. When I was growing up in the 1980s and early ’90s, Disneyland was so reliably empty on the day before Christmas that it became a family tradition to spend December 24 in the “Happiest Place ... »Read
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 Winds of Change in Contra Costa County?

As multiple districts across California voted for bonds, parcel taxes, and fees, something happened in Contra Costa County in 2014. Since 1937, the Contra Costa Taxpayers Association has been an active countywide organization that holds local ... »Read
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 California power regulator to address allegations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California's chief utility regulator is expected to address alleged backroom dealings with the state's largest utility when he presides over his last voting meeting of the five-member commission Thursday.... »Read

In this article: Michael Florio, Michael R. Peevey
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 Congress Just Made It Easier to Buy and Sell Medical Marijuana

Lawmakers tell the Justice Department to back off policing medical pot »Read

In this article: Sam Farr, Dana Rohrabacher
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 How a 20-Minute Conversation Can Convince Someone With Anti-Gay Views to Change Their Minds

A recent study suggests that a single conversation between a gay person and a same-sex marriage opponent may have the power to change the a person's mind on the issue.  The study, published last week in the journal Science, analyzed data ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 8, Same-sex marriage
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 Opinions > More to bite > Remembering the overlooked when it comes to classrooms, the R Street corridor.

Sacramento city school-board elections this fall were unusually competitive, basically a contest between a good-old-boy group of incumbents and a field of candidates pushing for... »Read

In this article: John Chiang, Angelo K. Tsakopoulos, water
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 Local Stories > Activists push for health-care services to un > Five years after Sacramento County board members cut health care for undocumented immigrants, a new coalition of activist groups aims to restore funds and services.

In 2009, Sacramento County cut health care for Sacramento’s undocumented immigrant population as a way to save money during the budget crisis. The move... »Read

In this article: Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Roberta MacGlashan, Barack Obama
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 You won't have Michael Peevey to kick around any more*

<p><b>Michael Peevey</b>, embattled head of the <b>Public Utilities Commission</b> will chair his last meeting today in San Francisco.  The former <b>PG&E</b> official is stepping down amidst ... »Read

In this article: Tim Donnelly, Stephen T. Knight, Carla Marinucci, Jim Miller, Paul Mitchell, Barack Obama, Michael R. Peevey, Robert E. Ross, Robert K. Ross, George Skelton
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 Sac City Council funds Planned Parenthood programs

A KCRA 3 investigation found City Council members were using discretionary accounts to fund Planned Parenthood programs, without putting funding up for a council vote. »Read

In this article: Steve Cohn, Liz Figueroa
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