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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

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 4 Big Reasons Obama's Border Funds Request Is in Trouble
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 NEW: Will CA groundwater regulation bring shortages?
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 Opinion Extra: A (smart) call for California-style top-two primaries in all U.S. states.
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 The Odds of a GOP Wave Are Increasing
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 BART to roust sleepers in stations as a safety concern

BART's decision to start enforcing a little-known safety measure and roust people sleeping or lying in its downtown San Francisco stations is aimed at ending the deadlock over what to do about the underground system becoming a de facto homeless ... »Read

In this article: George Marcu, Nancy Pelosi
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 GovBeat: California tackles full-contact football in schools

California lawmakers have a new plan to make football safer for young players: Put a time limit on tackling. Under a law signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown (D), youth football teams are allowed just three hours of full-contact play per week ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ken Cooley
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 President Obama swings through Bay Area for fundraising trip

Late Tuesday night President Barack Obama arrived in the Bay Area for a quick fundraising trip. »Read

In this article: Jack Citrin, George Marcu, Barack Obama
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 Editorial: Taxpayers shouldn't be on hook for pension fund stumbles

A former California Public Employees’ Retirement System CEO has just pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and fraud. This is but the latest corruption scandal involving the troubled giant public pension fund and serves as yet another... »Read

In this article: Fred Buenrostro, CalPERS
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 Editorial: Jerry Brown’s judicial nomination of Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar seems solid

Jerry Brown shapes the California Supreme Court with the nomination of Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar. Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Jerry Brown, Barack Obama, Tom Torlakson
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 Erwin Chemerinsky: It's no accident that judge who tossed death penalty has job for life

U.S District Judge Cormac Carney’s decision last week declaring unconstitutional California’s death penalty is a powerful reminder of why federal judges are accorded life tenure. The framers of the Constitution thought it essential to have a... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Erwin Chemerinsky, Kamala Harris, Legislature
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 NorCal Daybook

Associated Press Northern California Daybook for Wednesday, July 23. »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 NYC police training to be overhauled after custody death

NEW YORK (Reuters) - All New York City police officers are expected to undergo retraining in the wake of a man's death on a city sidewalk shortly after he was placed in a chokehold by officers, Bill Bratton, the police commissioner, said on Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Bill Bratton, Loretta Lynch
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 Obama arrives in Bay Area for fundraisers

President Barack Obama arrived at San Francisco International Airport on Tuesday night for a fundraising trip to the Bay Area. »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, illegal immigration, George Marcu, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Obama arrives in Bay Area for fundraiser

SAN FRANCISCO -- President Barack Obama arrived at San Francisco International Airport on Tuesday night for a fundraising trip to the Bay Area.Air Force One touched down at 9:20 p. »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, illegal immigration, George Marcu, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 California drought: Homeowners fined for not watering lawn

Some California homeowners are facing fines for watering their lawn, but also facing fines if they have a brown yard. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Cheryl Brown, Legislature, water
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 Election Roundup: Sofia Pereira qualifies for Arcata City Council race

Sofia Pereira has been confirmed as the first candidate to qualify for the Nov. 4 Arcata City Council election, according to a press release sent out by Pereira and her campaign manager. »Read

In this article: Shane Brinton, Wesley Chesbro
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 Governor’s employment development official visits AT&T call center in Atwater

Gov. Jerry Brown’s top employment development official made an appearance at the AT&T call center Tuesday to address the looming layoffs of more than 400 workers.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anthony Cannella, Jim Costa, Adam Gray, Patrick Henning, unemployment insurance
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 Solano County leaders see major flaws in governor's water plan

'Significant' and 'far-reaching impacts' will negatively impact Solano County and it's agricultural foundation if the governor's Bay Delta Conservation Plan is implemented. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jim Spering, water, Lois Wolk
Bills: SB 848,
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 S.J. moves toward mandatory water-conservation measures

STOCKTON - San Joaquin County officials approved a new framework for mandatory conservation measures on outdoor water use as California continues to weather a third year of drought and state rules push for more enforcement to prevent wasting water. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ken Vogel, water
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 Property taxes could pay for $25 billion Delta tunnels without public vote

Major water districts in California are quietly considering using property taxes — and possibly raising them without a vote of the public — to help fund Gov. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Jon Coupal, Jeff Kightlinger, Nancy Vogel, water
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 Irvine City Council set to Approve Great Park site for Veterans Cemetery

The Irvine City Council is poised to approve a 125 acre ARDA site at the Great Park for a Veteran's Cemetery and Memorial with Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lalloway seconding Council member Larry Agran's motion. Mayor Steven Choi and Council member Christina ... »Read

In this article: Larry Agran, Steven Choi, Todd Spitzer
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 The Buzz: Champion of Six Californias plan performed striptease to honor women in tech

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper’s proposal to split California into six states has raised eyebrows across the country. Some eyebrows are raised higher still at a video, shared on social media by opponents of Draper’s plan, ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Steven R. Maviglio, Roger Salazar
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 The Odds of a GOP Wave Are Increasing

This year's political environment is shaping up to be nearly as bleak as 2010, and that's ominous news for Senate Democrats. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Legislature, Scott Peters, Senate Democrats
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 Mexico Foreign Minister says undocumented minors no threat to Texas security

Mexico Foreign Minister José Antonio Meade Kuribreña Tuesday challenged Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s characterization of the undocumented minor crisis as an “assault” on U.S. citizens and their security. “There’s a need to respond to the ... »Read
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 Fight inequality - schedule fair work hours

Cynthia Paredes says her part-time schedule as a cashier at Party City in San Francisco does not give her enough hours to make ends meet in the expensive city. A raise in San Francisco's minimum wage is necessary in today's economy, where working ... »Read

In this article: George P. Miller, minimum wage
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 Sugar tax makes it to ballot in narrow vote

San Franciscans will decide whether to levy a 2-cents per ounce tax on soda and other sugary beverages and spend the proceeds on health programs for children, after the Board of Supervisors in a narrow 6-4 vote Tuesday placed the tax measure on the ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, David Chiu, Eric Mar
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 Obama's Bay Area fundraising trip draws flak

Both President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are in the Bay Area Wednesday, but don't expect the two most prominent Democrats in the country to cross paths on their separate trips - where she's getting the buzz, and he's ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Gray Davis, Anna G. Eshoo, George Marcu, John McCain, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Garry South
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 White flags that replaced American flags at Brooklyn Bridge taken down

Investigators are trying to figure out how someone swapped out two large American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge with bleached flags. »Read

In this article: Bill Bratton, John Miller
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 Brown lawns can't draw penalties from homeowners associations under new California law

Homeowners associations can no longer fine residents who fail to water their lawns during droughts under legislation sponsored by a San Jose lawmaker. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, water
Bills: AB 2100,
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 Drought law says HOAs can't frown on brown lawns

The marketing executive, who lives in the tidy Vineyard Hills development, stopped watering part of his front yard this spring to reduce his water use amid citywide orders to cut back 25 percent because of the drought. [...] Santiago and other ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, water
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 New law bans homeowners associations for fining residents with dried lawns

Homeowners associations can no longer fine residents who fail to water their lawns during droughts under legislation sponsored by a San Jose lawmaker. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, water
Bills: AB 2100,
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 Delay likely in corruption trial for California Sen. Ron Calderon

The corruption trial of Democratic Sen. Ron Calderon will likely be delayed until next May, months after the suspended lawmaker is forced to leave office because of term limits. Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, right, works at his desk at the ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Thomas M. Calderon, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Brown Picks Mariano-Florentino Cuellar for Supreme Court

Stanford Law Professor is first of two picks that Brown will make by Brian Leubitz Gov. Brown will replace Justices Baxter and Kennard this year, and today he announced his first pick, Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar . Cuellar, 41, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Brian Leubitz
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 Dan Walters: California’s death penalty dying of old age

Capital punishment has burned intensely as a political issue but now may be dead . »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature
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 Anti-tax group sues over Citizens United measure

An anti-tax group is suing state officials in an effort to block an advisory ballot measure that seeks to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United campaign finance decision. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Ted W. Lieu
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 Mercury News editorial: Santa Clara County leaders reach out to kids

While angry mobs protested in other parts of the state and country, this area's county supervisors, San Jose leaders and congressional representatives offered to try to help the refugee children at the border. »Read

In this article: Zoe Lofgren, Chuck Reed
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 Mike Gatto Adjourns the State Assembly in Memory of Louis Zamperini*

Burbank Assemblyman Mike Gatto honored the life and legacy of local Hollywood Hills resident Louis Zamperini by moving to adjourn the Assembly floor session in his memory. A World War II prisoner of war survivor, inspirational speaker, and Olympic ... »Read

In this article: Mike Gatto, Legislature, Albert Y. Muratsuchi
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 Lawsuit: Citizens United measure should be tossed off ballot

Opponents filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to remove from the fall ballot a non-binding question asking whether Congress should overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United campaign finance decision. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Jon Coupal, Legislature
Bills: SB 1272,
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 4 Big Reasons Obama's Border Funds Request Is in Trouble

The initial outcry in Washington over the scale and scope of the child migrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border signaled this could be a moment for rare bipartisan action. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi
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 VA nominee Robert McDonald pledges to "transform" embattled agency

Obama's nominee for Veterans Affairs secretary pledged to reform the scandal-plagued agency, saying 'systematic failures' must be addressed »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama
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 Critical-Minerals Bill Faces Conservative Backlash

Conservative groups are pushing against a critical-minerals bill the House is expected to vote on Tuesday evening. »Read

In this article: renewable energy, Eric Swalwell
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 White House says health care tax credits to continue for now

President Barack Obama on Tuesday sought to downplay dueling court rulings over the validity of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, but Republicans on Capitol Hill seized on…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Homeowners' associations can't fine brown lawns, but cities can

With 80 percent of the state in extreme drought, a California assemblywoman put forth a bill that would prohibit homeowners’ associations from imposing fines on residents whose lawns are less than emerald green as a result of their efforts to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, Legislature, water
Bills: AB 2100,
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 NEW: Will CA groundwater regulation bring shortages?

  One area of California that largely has remained free of regulation is groundwater. Although state courts “adjudicate” groundwater rights and disputes, this longstanding system largely respects the private ownership of the water. ... »Read

In this article: Roger Dickinson, Legislature, Fran Pavley, Karen Ross, water
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 Law OKs underage wine and beer tasting in colleges

Aspiring brewers and winemakers in college can legally taste - but not swallow - their products starting winter semester. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Wesley Chesbro
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 Pelosi, Colbert talk about middle class, and naked photos of John Boehner

Pelosi returned to 'The Colbert Report' to talk about Middle Class Jumpstart. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Does the Next VA Secretary Face an Impossible Task?

Senators have a long to-do list for nominee Robert McDonald, expecting him to succeed where his predecessors have failed. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Opinion Extra: A (smart) call for California-style top-two primaries in all U.S. states.

In an op-ed piece in the New York Times today, Sen. Charles Schumer suggests that California-style top-two primary can save the country, or at least its political system. He very well could be right. But for open primaries, Assemblyman Tim ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Michael Honda, Tom McClintock
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 President Obama coming to Bay Area tonight for fundraiser

President Barack Obama is scheduled to fly into San Francisco International Airport tonight for a short fundraising visit in the South Bay. »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, George Marcu, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 GOP Struggles With Fundraising for Women's Initiatives | Rules of the Game

It's been a promising year for Republican women who have set out to fix their party's 'woman problem,' but not good enough for their bank accounts. »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, Michael Murphy
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 Gov. Brown nominates law professor to high court

Gov. Jerry Brown has nominated a Mexican-born Stanford law professor to the California Supreme Court. »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Jerry Brown, Senate Republicans
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 NEW: Minimum wage activists set sights on L.A.

The concerted push for higher minimum wages in California has spread from the East Bay to Los Angeles. On the heels of a recently approved $15 minimum wage in Seattle, advocates for dramatically increased hourly wages sensed an opportunity to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Todd Gloria, Wendy Greuel, minimum wage
Bills: AB 10,
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 Law professor nominated to California high court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown has nominated a Mexican-born Stanford law professor to the California Supreme Court.... »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Jerry Brown, Senate Republicans
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