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 Party down in San Francisco for Super Bowl! (Homeless people, go away.)
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 Dan Kildee Gets Spot on Influential Steering Committee
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 Documents ex-L.A. councilman sought to destroy are made public by successor

Dozens of boxes of office documents that former Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge and his staffers sought to destroy were instead made available Friday by his successor. The records included planning files, letters and piles of travel receipts ... »Read

In this article: Sue Burnside, Fair Political Practices Commission, Tom LaBonge, Gary Winuk
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 Twitter moves to actively seek out terrorist supporters

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday.... »Read

In this article: Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama, Adam Schiff
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 GOP's urgent task: Remove Trump distraction

When Huck Finn asked Tom Sawyer what a Moslem is, Tom said a Moslem is someone who is not a Presbyterian, which is true, but not the whole truth. Donald Trump says he is a Presbyterian (“I drink my little wine ... and have my little cracker”),... »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, Steve Jobs, Barack Obama
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 Letters: Willing to trade some civility for candor

Who, and/or what, is intimidating who, I don’t know, but Mark Landsbaum’s column [“‘X-Files’ returns, as does distrust of government,” Opinion, Jan. 31] does get to something so key. Guys like Donald Trump have connected with voters, ... »Read

In this article: Erwin Chemerinsky, Hillary Clinton, Joel Kotkin, water
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 Sun and surf out of reach for many in O.C.

Last week I was standing in line behind two British surfers at the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Huntington Beach on Beach Boulevard, half a mile from the ocean. “We’re from the Midlands,” one of them said when the checkout clerk inquired... »Read

In this article: Lucetta Dunn, Proposition 20
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 Data Tracker: California lawmakers - even senators - took campaign cash at session's hectic finish

More than $2.5 million in contributions reported in month leading up to Sept. 11 recessMembers of Assembly raised almost all of the moneyDespite Senate rules restricting fundraising, some members took money … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Danny Alvarez, Danny Alvarez, Toni Atkins, campaign finance, Ted Gaines, Jimmy Gomez, Isadore Hall, Robert Huff, Mark Leno, Mike Morrell
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 Internal Affairs:

Road lobbyist with firsthand pothole knowledgeInterstate 580 is the most-pothole riddled freeway in the Bay Area and on Wednesday it claimed another driver -- but not just any motorist. »Read

In this article: Peter Allen, Drought, Steven Glazer, Carl Guardino, water
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 Cal Poly Pomona President Soraya Coley symbolically takes reins

POMONA >> In a symbolic move, authority of Cal Poly Pomona was passed to new President Soraya M. »Read

In this article: Hilda L. Solis, Norma J. Torres
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 Republicans prepare for debate ahead of New Hampshire primary

Republicans running for president will meet in their final debate ahead of the New Hampshire primary on Saturday. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Todd Harris, David Sander
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 Parole recommended for former California Mexican Mafia chief

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Acting amid extra tight security, parole commissioners on Friday again recommended the release of a former leader of the Mexican Mafia prison gang who now helps law enforcement, Board of Parole Hearings spokesman ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Luis Patino
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 Immigration attorneys accuse SFPD of violating sanctuary city law

San Francisco police are being accused of turning in an undocumented man to federal agents last year in defiance of the city's sanctuary policy. »Read

In this article: John Avalos, Edwin M. Lee
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 No one submits verified claim for $63 million lotto jackpot

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- California Lottery officials said Friday that nobody has stepped forward with the winning ticket for the record $63 million SuperLottoPlus jackpot - but it's too early to call a forfeit.... »Read

In this article: California Lottery, Alex Traverso
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 Coastal Commission head responds to termination threat

The embattled head of the California Coastal Commission mounted a vigorous defense of his record Friday, touting “great success” under his “exceptionally strong” leadership, while a growing number of supporters stepped up their efforts to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Peter Douglas, Marc Levine, Fran Pavley, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pete Wilson
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 Displaced From Porter Ranch: California Secretary of State Alex Padilla

Thousands of residents are still displaced from the community of Porter Ranch in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley as methane continues to spew from a massive natural gas leak. This week, L.A. County filed criminal charges against the Southern California ... »Read

In this article: greenhouse gas, Kamala Harris, Alex Padilla
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 Campaign records found among Ex-L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge's office documents

Dozens of boxes of office documents that former City Councilman Tom LaBonge and his staffers sought to destroy included old lists of election donors.LaBonge, in a brief interview Friday, said he had “absolutely not” worked on his campaign at his ... »Read

In this article: Sue Burnside, Fair Political Practices Commission, Tom LaBonge, Gary Winuk
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 Open-air urinals in S.F. park show 'regression of mankind,' critics say

An attorney representing a group of civic organizations has sent a legal claim letter to the city of San Francisco threatening to sue if an open-air urinal in Dolores Park is not removed in 20 days. The concrete circular urinal, which is out in the ... »Read

In this article: Aaron Cutler, Brad W. Dacus
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 The Latest: No one submits claim for $63 million jackpot

The Latest on an unclaimed winning lottery ticket worth $63 million (all times local): … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: California Lottery, Alex Traverso
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 In N.H., Saturday's debate showdown could swing Republican race

GOP field has much on the line just days before N.H. primary that could eliminate some candidacies. »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, John Weaver
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 International Longshore and Warehouse Union Locals Endorse Loretta Sanchez for U.S Senate

Hot off the press from the Loretta Sanchez for US Senate campaign:  February 5, 2016 – Support from organized labor groups continues to grow for Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez’s bid to replace Senator Barbara Boxer in the United States ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez
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 Some say San Francisco's open-air urinal must go

An attorney representing a group of civic organizations has sent a legal claim letter to the city of San Francisco threatening to sue if an open-air urinal in Dolores Park is not removed in 20 days. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Aaron Cutler, Brad W. Dacus
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 The Latest: Cruz focused on white voters in GOP race

The Latest from the 2016 campaign trail with days to go until the New Hampshire primary (all times local): … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, David Sander
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 Sex trafficking, public transit and crime: Things you worry about when the Super Bowl is held in your congressional district

Rep. Michael Honda has the opportunity of a lifetime: watch the Super Bowl in his own congressional district. But if the San Jose Democrat has his way, he won't be at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday. He'd rather be in a security command center in Santa ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anna G. Eshoo, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Gavin Newsom, Nancy Pelosi, Eric Swalwell
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 SoCalGas: Hold on...Porter Ranch gas leak fix coming, but not so fast

The announcement by a state official might have been cause for celebration: that the natural gas well leaking for months above Porter Ranch could be capped by the end of next week. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gareth Lacy
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 SoCalGas: Hold on ... Porter Ranch gas leak fix coming, but not so fast

The announcement by a state official might have been cause for celebration: that the natural gas well leaking for months above Porter Ranch could be capped by the end of next week. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gareth Lacy
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 Protecting California's Coast Requires a Firm Hand, not Politics

The financial clout of coastal projects requires Charles Lester's integrity at the top. »Read

In this article: Peter Douglas, Dan Secord
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 First Congressional Debate a Lively One

Candidates talk education, health care, business regulation. »Read

In this article: Khatchik Achadjian, campaign finance, Lois Capps, Matt Kokkonen, minimum wage, Barack Obama
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 Dan Kildee Gets Spot on Influential Steering Committee

Rep. Dan Kildee has secured a plum spot on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, the latest move in a string of events that has raised the Michigan Democrat’s national profile. »Read

In this article: Nancy Pelosi, Eric Swalwell, water
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 Former Grover Beach police chief double dipping again

By KARENVELIE Grover Beach Police Chief Jim Copsey is slated to again receive a salary and pension simultaneously while he works as interim city manager following City Manager Robert Perrault’s retirement on Feb. 16. The city council is ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, John Chiang
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 To claim new California tax credit, you need to file

California has a new tax credit aimed at putting cash in the pockets of low-income working families, and several free tax preparation workshops are now under way in Sacramento and elsewhere in the state to help eligible taxpayers claim this money. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Betty T. Yee
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 Why the California Coastal Commission needs Charles Lester: Cruz Bustamante

Just days before I was elected speaker of the California Assembly, I took my children to the coast to see its beaches, sundown and all its splendor. We talked about the coast and I promised them that I would do all that I could to keep it as ... »Read

In this article: Cruz Bustamante, Environmental Justice
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 SMUD cancels $1.45 billion hydro project in El Dorado County

Utility cites rising costs, new power technologiesEstimates rose from about $800 million to $1.45 billionSMUD says it’s working on other power-generating options … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, renewable energy, water
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 Party down in San Francisco for Super Bowl! (Homeless people, go away.)

The demonstration took place on the Embarcadero, just across the street from a fenced-off party venue called Super Bowl City. In normal times, Super Bowl City is a premier public space, along the city’s popular waterfront, with a windswept plaza ... »Read

In this article: Tom Ammiano, Edwin M. Lee
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 Coastal Commission chief defends his record as panel moves to fire him

The embattled head of the California Coastal Commission is defending his record in his first public comments since members of the panel launched an effort to fire him from the powerful land-use agency. In an open memo to the commission, Executive ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Peter Douglas, Evan Westrup
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