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 California's Idea of a Full School Day Doesn't Make the Grade
Fox & Hounds Daily - April 24, 6:02 am
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 Eliminate the Bd of Equalization? I Voted for That, Sort Of
Fox & Hounds Daily - April 24, 6:03 am
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 Trump reignites 'spirit of justice' for Muslim Day at Capitol
Sacramento Bee - April 24, 6:00 am
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 The billion-dollar budget item Garcetti didn't mention in his State of the City speech
Los Angeles Times/Top of the Ticket - April 24, 6:00 am
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 Today: Will Trump's Efforts for a Win This Week Hit a Wall?
Los Angeles Times - April 24, 5:00 am
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 State Transportation Funding Side-Deals Pass Legislature

By Ben AdlerThe California Legislature has given final approval to two side deals that won several lawmakers' votes earlier this month for the transportation funding deal. One bill sets aside nearly a billion dollars for specific projects in ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anthony Cannella, Legislature, Phil Ting, Marie Waldron
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 That gas tax hike? It's not enough to fix California's roads, group says

A newly passed transportation funding bill that raises California's gasoline tax by 12 cents a gallon isn't a long-term fix for the state's crumbling roads, according to a report released Monday by a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank.Better fuel ... »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, Chris Lee, Legislature
Bills: SB 1,
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 Orange County Republican Rep. Ed Royce picks up a 2018 challenger

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In this article: Stephen T. Knight, Ed Royce
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 Two groups who invited Ann Coulter to speak file lawsuit against UC Berkeley

Two groups who invited Ann Coulter to speak on the UC Berkeley campus have filed a lawsuit against the university, saying it is discriminating against conservative speakers and violating constitutional rights. »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Harmeet Dhillon
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 Ann Coulter supporters at Cal file lawsuit against UC Berkeley over speech rescheduling

University of California, Berkeley students who invited Ann Coulter to speak on campus have filed a lawsuit against the university, saying it is discriminating against conservative speakers and violating students' rights to free speech. »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Harmeet Dhillon
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 Hundreds come to California Capitol for Muslim Day

Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, spoke to participants at Muslim Day at the California Capitol on April 24, 2017. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, David Chiu, Kamala Harris
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 Republicans howl as lawmakers jam through deals linked to gas tax, fee increases

Brushing aside Republican criticism that the legislation broke state law, Assembly Democrats gave final approval Monday to a pair of measures that helped secure the passage of billions in gasoline … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Jerry Brown, Anthony Cannella, Adam Gray, Legislature, Jim Patterson, Richard D. Roth
Bills: SB 1, SB 132, SB 496,
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 High-speed rail still on wrong track

There are personnel and funding developments affecting the California high-speed rail project, but the plan's outlook continues to be bleak - particularly for taxpayers.First came the news on Thursday that State Treasurer John Chiang's office sold ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Chiang, High-Speed Rail, Jeff Morales
Bills: AB 1889,
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 Capitol Tracker: Bill could move up presidential primary

A bill that would change the way California conducts presidential elections is moving through the Legislature. The bill, authored by state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) would move up the date of the presidential primary to give California more ... »Read

In this article: Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Alex Padilla
Bills: SB 149, SB 568,
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 Postmus was 'adamant, angry' during Colonies talks, former San Bernardino County attorney testifies

SAN BERNARDINO >> One of San Bernardino County's top in-house lawyers when the Board of Supervisors approved a $102 million civil case payout to Rancho Cucamonga investor group Colonies Partners LP in 2006 testified Monday that then-Supervisor ... »Read

In this article: Paul Biane, Jeffrey Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt, Bill Postmus
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 Students file suit against university over Ann Coulter appearance

Students who invited conservative commentator to campus claim university is violating rights to free speech »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Harmeet Dhillon
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 Is Senate's Trump-Russia probe going anywhere? This panel member is doubtful

A prominent member of the Senate panel that’s investigating Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election and possible links to the campaign of President Donald Trump is expressing “serious concerns” about … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: David Axelrod, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, Adam Schiff
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 Trump tweets: Continues to push GOP healthcare bill

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In this article: Jeff Denham, Darrell Issa, Ted W. Lieu
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 The Margin: On the auction block: This may be the closest that Henry Kissinger and Jane Fonda ever get

Marlon Brando’s personal Rolodex from the 1970s and 1980s, which holds the addresses and phone numbers of thousands of celebrities and politicians, as well as a later personal phone book, will be auctioned by Los Angeles-based Nate D. Sanders ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, David Geffen, Tom Hayden
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 Former Sacramento developer wants to be California's next lieutenant governor

Eleni Kounalakis, a major Democratic Party donor and former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, on Monday formally jumped into the 2018 race for lieutenant governor, saying she was driven to run … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Ed Hernandez, Gavin Newsom, Angelo K. Tsakopoulos
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 Kounalakis says she would defend immigrants "who are being terrorized"

Eleni Kounalakis, a major Democratic Party donor and former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, on April 24, 2017 formally jumped into the 2018 race for lieutenant governor, saying she was driven to run by the election of President Donald Trump. … ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Alex Padilla
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 Newsom, Villaraigosa and Garcetti all appear at L.A.'s Armenian march

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In this article: Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom
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 Why Sacramento can't go on a spending spree

Sacramento City Hall is relatively flush with cash, but the 2017-18 budget proposed Monday by City Manager Howard Chan is playing it safe. And for a very good reason – … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: CalPERS, John Shirey, Darrell Steinberg
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 Jerry Brown on his Fitbit: 'I only have 1,332 steps'

Gov. Jerry Brown’s rejection of material possessions is one of the many literary tropes employed by writers to pad their lists of idiosyncrasies in profiles about him. In recent months, … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anne Gust
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 Change the world? 'Optimistic' Obama vows to help new leaders 'take up the baton'

President Barack Obama, while speaking at the University of Chicago during his first public event since leaving office, on Monday, April 24, 2017, said the single most important thing he can do now is to help support and prepare the next generation ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama
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 4 Employee Laws Small Business Owners Need To Know

From determining employee pay and titles to employee leave, use this guide and official links to help your business uphold the law. »Read

In this article: meal and rest, minimum wage
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 Armenian genocide march draws thousands in LA, Schiff rips Trump's response

LOS ANGELES >> Tens of thousands of people jammed city streets Monday to mark the 102nd anniversary of the 1915 Armenian genocide, calling for recognition and remembrance of the mass killings of more than a million people.Marchers filled streets, ... »Read

In this article: Gavin Newsom, Adam Schiff
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 City Of Stockton Kicks Off Social Media Campaign To Raise Its Image

By Rich Ibarra“Stockton is Home,” is the catchphrase for a marketing campaign to raise the city’s image. But there are no ads on TV or giant billboards. It’s all being done on social media. Earl Brown Jr., Amy Sieffert and ... »Read

In this article: Jose Atilio Hernandez, Jose Hernandez
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 Bullet train roundup: CEO out as project faces lawsuit and federal threats

The chief executive of the California High-Speed Rail Authority – former Caltrans director Jeff Morales – is resigning in June from the agency after five years overseeing the state’s $64 billion bullet »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, High-Speed Rail, Legislature, Kevin McCarthy, Jeff Morales, Kevin Mullin
Bills: AB 1889,
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 Essential Politics: Looking for a win by the 100th day

Though he now calls the traditional 100-days-in-office benchmark “ridiculous,' it's apparent that President Trump wants to notch a big win before it hits this week. The White House wants lawmakers to make progress this week on a high-profile issue ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Fair Political Practices Commission, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Ted W. Lieu, John Myers, Senate Democrats, state budget, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Eliminate the Bd of Equalization? I Voted for That, Sort Of

A spotlight has been put on the Board of Equalization, a state tax agency, that has been found wanting after a critical audit, enough so that the governor has clamped restrictions on the board. One idea that has re-surfaced in the wake of Board of ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Legislature, Pete Wilson
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 California's Idea of a Full School Day Doesn't Make the Grade

On many mornings, I think my state senator has the best policy idea in California. The rest of the time, I think he’s missing the point. The idea involves the sleep of schoolkids, and the state senator is Anthony Portantino, who represents me and ... »Read

In this article: Anthony J. Portantino
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 A Rush to Judgment Poses a Public Safety Threat

If you need any further proof that state legislators do not value public safety, considerSenate Bill 10 (SB 10)  and Assembly Bill 41 (AB 41) which will change our current bail system. Make no mistake, there is a problem with our current bail ... »Read

In this article: Legislature
Bills: AB 41, AB 42, SB 10,
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 California Electric Vehicle Drivers Await a Critical Charge

Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved its portion of an electric vehicle (EV) investment plan stemming from the 2016 Volkswagen (VW) settlement, setting in motion the first tranche of four $300 million national investments in ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, greenhouse gas
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 Trump reignites 'spirit of justice' for Muslim Day at Capitol

Welcome to the AM Alert, your morning run-down on California policy and politics. To receive it regularly, please sign up for it here. The title of Muslim Day at the … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Cathleen Galgiani, Legislature, Tony Mendoza, Thomas F. Steyer, Dan Walters
Bills: AB 1478, AB 158, AB 600, SB 31, SB 54, SB 600, SB 808,
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 The billion-dollar budget item Garcetti didn't mention in his State of the City speech

When Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his proposed budget last week, he called a $176-million effort to battle homelessness his top priority, highlighted a $35-million plan to mend broken streets and promised $2 million to clean up graffiti. ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Joseph Nation
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 Pot lobbyists, real science, Wells Fargo's fraud, and who's calling us ugly

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 has some, um, innovative ideas for fixing … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, CalPERS, CalSTRS, Joel Fox, Kevin Johnson, Legislature, Joe Mathews, Dan Morain, Dan Walters, water
Bills: AB 1250,
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 Today: Will Trump's Efforts for a Win This Week Hit a Wall?

For President Trump, is getting funding for a border wall worth shutting down the federal government? 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 Will Trump’s ... »Read

In this article: John Lewis, referendum, George Skelton, John Stevens
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 Is Wells Fargo's board to blame? Shareholders will weigh in this week

Top corporate bosses who failed to change a flawed system before it went out of control. Mid-level executives who pushed workers too far. Bank regulators who for years were blind to warning signs. Over the past few months, there’s been plenty of ... »Read

In this article: CalSTRS, John Chiang
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