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 Will Legislature raise taxes by $200 billion for universal health care
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 End Run Around Spending Limit Likely Headed for the Courts

The state’s nearly 40-year-old spending limit law is on the fast track to a date in court. While the state senate budget committee yesterday agreed  with the governor’s framework for the budget, which excludes $22 billion from the spending ... »Read

In this article: Jon Coupal
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 Lack of Transparency in Public Contract Negotiations Would Lead to Higher Taxpayer Costs

No state needs to reform the relationship that governments have with public-employee unions more than California. Yet lawmakers keep going in the wrong direction. Contract negotiations between government and the labor unions who represent the public ... »Read

In this article: Raul Bocanegra, Legislature
Bills: AB 1455,
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 The Best Politicians in California Aren't In Politics

“It is all wrong,” wrote Aristotle, “that a person who is going to be deemed worthy of the office should himself solicit it.” That little blast as politicians resonates in California today. When you look around the state, our most effective ... »Read

In this article: Eli Broad, Hillary Clinton
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 Californians Rely on Our Judiciary to Ensure and Protect Access to Justice 

“Separation of powers,” “judicial independence” and “rule of law” are abstract concepts with important implications. At an abstract level, most Americans cannot identify with these concepts. Nearly two-thirds cannot name the three ... »Read

In this article: Legislature
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 The Real Reason Behind The CA Single Payer Proposal

Hint: It’s not about health This past weekend the California Democratic Party of which I am a member held a state convention riven by the election of a new chairman. Behind that was a battle over a proposal to enact “Single Payer” (SP) health ... »Read

In this article: California Democratic Party, California Nurses Association, CalPERS, CalSTRS
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 California's priority challenges

It’s hard to understand the time and efforts being extended on the subject of “sanctuary” and the use of public monies to fund protection of illegals when California has many other challenges on its plate such as our growing population of the ... »Read

In this article: CEQA, Legislature, state budget, water
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 Decimated by drought, salmon fishing teeters on the brink in California

Welcome to the AM Alert, your morning rundown on California policy and politics. To receive it regularly, please sign up here. A wet winter may have finally pulled the state … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Travis Allen, Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, DUSTIN E. CORCORAN, Drought, greenhouse gas, Ed Hernandez, Legislature, Kevin McCarty, Anthony Rendon
Bills: ACA 15,
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 Trump's brutal budget; a better way to vote

Good morning. On behalf of The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, welcome to The Take, your opinion-politics newsletter. Please sign up for it here. Jack Ohman muses about President Trump’s visit … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, Ricardo Lara, universal health care, Dan Walters
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 Essential California: Boom time for California real estate, but is a bust coming?

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, May 24, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Boom times The median home price in Los Angeles County rose nearly 6% in April from a year ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Environmental Justice, Richard Garcia
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 Today: Britain Goes on High Alert

Britain is mobilizing troops to help protect key locations from another potential terror attack. I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. TOP STORIES Britain Goes on High ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Richard Garcia, Jackie Lacey, Senate Republicans
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 Essential Politics: Trump dashes to Rome, slashes federal spending

While news about President Trump has been dominated for weeks by accusations of scandal, there’s a new thread to talk about as the week reaches its midpoint: his plan to make major cuts in a slew of domestic spending programs. And that’s gotten ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Myers, state budget, Phil Ting
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 Not so high anxiety: States move fast to protect pot industry

If a whiff of uneasiness hung over the trade show that drew thousands of marijuana entrepreneurs here last week, it wasn’t because they were just around the corner from a White House that has threatened to shut them down. They had bigger worries, ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, John Chiang
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 The Deserts of Los Angeles: Two Topologies

Gary Reger “Night falls quickly in Los Angeles,” observes the narrator of Alison Lurie’s The Nowhere City (1965), “as in the desert which it once was.”[1] “The desert” looms over much fiction set in Los Angeles, from Raymond ... »Read

In this article: Mike Davis
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 Frustrated with campus discourse limits, California Republicans take on 'free speech zones'

In the realm of political odd couples, state Sen. Jim Nielsen of Gerber and aspiring public interest lawyer Nicolas Tomas may be among the oddest. Tomas, a 26-year-old Democrat, is a promoter of the vegan lifestyle. Nielsen, a 72-year-old ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Baker, Legislature, Melissa Melendez, James Nielsen
Bills: SB 472,
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 Californians decry Trump's budget*

<p><strong>The governor and other Golden State denizens have chimed in on <a href=http:* <p><strong>Sacramento Bee's WALTER KO</strong>: "<span >Here are some responses to President Donald J. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Chris Megerian, James Nielsen, renewable energy
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 LA County Supervisors OK plan to hike food stamp enrollment

Hoping to ease pressure on area food banks and secure $1.8 billion in federal funding, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a special unit to boost enrollment in the state's CalFresh food stamp program. »Read

In this article: Janice Hahn, Sheila Kuehl, Hilda L. Solis
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 With LA election certification on fast track, Valley district could soon have its caretaker

Council President Herb Wesson is expected to wait until after election results are certified before taking steps to appoint a caretaker for a northeast San Fernando Valley district that has been vacant since September, a council aide said ... »Read

In this article: Felipe Fuentes, Herb Wesson
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 7 things you need to know about how Trump's budget would affect schools in California and nationwide

President Trump's proposed budget would cut federal education spending, increase charter school money, eliminate some programs and create a new grant program for funding school choice. »Read

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District, Tom Torlakson
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 Gov. Brown's 'environmental justice' tour of southeast L.A. shows growing influence of polluted neighborhoods

Gov. Jerry Brown slipped quietly into southeast Los Angeles County on Tuesday to tour some of California’s most polluted neighborhoods and meet with activists who have criticized his administration for doing too little to protect the health of the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Environmental Justice, Cristina Garcia, greenhouse gas, Chris Megerian
Bills: AB 378,
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 Judge 'underwhelmed' by sheriff's search for evidence in O.C. snitch scandal

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department insists it has been working hard to comply with a judge’s long-standing orders to divulge records concerning its handling of jailhouse informants. On Tuesday, however, a 24-year veteran of the department ... »Read

In this article: Sandra Hutchens, Tony Rackauckas
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 Who Will Check the Police If the Justice Department Doesn't?*

<p dir="ltr>California policing played a significant role in the development of federal oversight of local law enforcement more than 20 years ago. Now, with the new Justice Department resistant to that power, California could show ... »Read

In this article: Erwin Chemerinsky, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama
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 Tempers flare as troubled California tax board weighs audit reforms

Tempers flared at a testy Tuesday meeting where elected members of a troubled state tax board began restricting their own powers while they braced for changes that may be forced … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Diane L. Harkey, Jerome Horton, Elaine Howle, Legislature, Fiona Ma, George Runner, Betty T. Yee
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 Assembly Dems Lay Out Budget Priorities

By Ben AdlerWith the California Legislature’s June 15th constitutional budget deadline just three weeks away, Assembly Democrats are laying out their proposal. Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) says caucus priorities include ... »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Senate Democrats, Phil Ting
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 LAPD Officer Avoids Jail In Assault Caught On Video

The officer, who kicked and punched a man, remains employed by the LAPD pending a disciplinary hearing. »Read

In this article: Richard Garcia, Jackie Lacey
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 Trump budget plan would cut many billions from domestic programs

WASHINGTON — A Trump administration budget proposal released Tuesday that even some Republicans dismissed as too draconian would slash hundreds of billions of dollars from programs that provide health coverage to low-income people in California ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, David Lewis, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, David G. Valadao, water
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 California lawmakers move to take control of UC president's budget

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers are proposing a change to the state Constitution and a new budget measure that would help them wrest control of spending by University of California President Janet Napolitano’s office. The moves come after ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ed Hernandez, Elaine Howle, Legislature, state budget, Phil Ting
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 Will Legislature raise taxes by $200 billion for universal health care

The timing of Monday’s Senate Appropriations Committee hearing was exquisite.   It came hours after a raucous convention of the California Democratic Party, during which ascendant left-wing activists loudly demanded … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Democratic Party, California Nurses Association, John Chiang, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Gavin Newsom, universal health care, Antonio Villaraigosa
Bills: SB 562,
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 Experts: Traveler should have drawn scrutiny before flight

A man acted strangely long before he caused a disturbance on a plane that prompted fighter jets to accompany it to Hawaii, but a lack of communication and an airline's … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Jeffrey S. Price
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 Health care is key issue as Montana fills US House seat

Meagher County, Montana, may not be much different than the rest of the rural enclaves across America that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump last fall. The median annual household income … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: CAROL A. BERG, minimum wage
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 Endorsement: Robert Ahn for Congress in L.A.-area special election

The special election to fill a vacant congressional seat in Los Angeles next month is different from others around the country this spring.In Kansas, Montana, Georgia and South Carolina, special elections to replace representatives appointed to ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jimmy Gomez, Kamala Harris, referendum
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 Report: Single-payer health care in California would cost double state budget

SACRAMENTO – During the California Democratic Party convention in Sacramento last weekend, the spiciest news was outgoing chairman John Burton dropping an f-bomb on a group of activists demanding that »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, John Burton, California Democratic Party, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, state budget
Bills: SB 562,
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 Fear in LA of feds' tough immigration stance could be slowing wage-theft complaints

Recent federal immigration policy may be deterring some low-wage workers in Los Angeles from coming forward to report employers who cheat them out of their wages, the city's lead wage theft inspector said Tuesday.John Reamer, an inspector who works ... »Read

In this article: Paul Koretz, minimum wage
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 Fear of LA of feds' tough immigration stance could be slowing wage-theft complaints

Recent federal immigration policy may be deterring some low-wage workers in Los Angeles from coming forward to report employers who cheat them out of their wages, the city's lead wage theft inspector said Tuesday.John Reamer, an inspector who works ... »Read

In this article: Paul Koretz, minimum wage
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 Fear of feds' tough immigration stance could be slowing LA's wage-theft complaints

Recent federal immigration policy may be deterring some low-wage workers in Los Angeles from coming forward to report employers who cheat them out of their wages, the city's lead wage theft inspector said Tuesday.John Reamer, an inspector who works ... »Read

In this article: Paul Koretz, minimum wage
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 State lawmakers and advocates for the poor warn that Trump's budget will hit hard for California's most vulnerable

President Trump’s proposed budget would likely result in billions of dollars of cuts to vital health and human services programs in California, state Democratic lawmakers and advocates for the poor said on Tuesday. “It’s unconscionable and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Myers, state budget, Phil Ting
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 What Californians are saying about Trump's budget plan

Here are some responses to President Donald J. Trump’s proposed budget: Gov. Jerry Brown: “This budget proposal is based on utterly bogus economic assumptions. It gives a massive tax break … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ken Calvert, Kamala Harris, Doris O. Matsui, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, SEIU, Mike Thompson, water
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 Edison's rate hikes raise questions as well as costs: Susan Shelley

How much does it really cost Californians to use renewable energy, and who's going to pay for it?That's the question raised by Southern California Edison's proposed rate hike of nearly 13 percent.The list of people who are upset about the increase ... »Read

In this article: global warming, greenhouse gas, renewable energy, Susan Shelley
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 CDP Voting Procedures Makes "Ballot Box Stuffing" Almost Impossible

As the Kimberly Ellis campaign monitors today’s audit of Saturday night’s vote for CDP chair, the procedure for voting in the California Democratic Party Elections makes it apparent that “stuffing the ballot” likely did not ... »Read

In this article: Eric Bauman, California Democratic Party, electronic voting
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 California to pay about $1.3 billion for Medicaid expansion in first year of state contributions

California will contribute about $1.3 billion to its Medi-Cal expansion this year, a new expenditure that will further strain an already burdened health care budget. This year marks the first … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Deborah Kelch, state budget
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 Supervisor wants feds to take over Orange County DA's office

Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer wants the feds to take over the Orange County District Attorney's Office, alleging misconduct by O.C. District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. »Read

In this article: Tony Rackauckas, Todd Spitzer
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