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 Vanila Singh uses odd tactics in Silicon Valley House race

Stanford University Dr. Vanila Singh made a big splash earlier this year after she jumped into a high-profile Silicon Valley House race as the Republican alternative to two warring Democrats, winning backing from party organizations and raising ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Carla Marinucci
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 Dan Walters: California cities facing tough fiscal times

While the state budget is runnng multibillion-dollar surpluses, California’s cities face tough fiscal times. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Legislature, state budget, Dan Walters
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 Complaint claims violations in governor's race

A supporter of a rival Republican gubernatorial candidate filed a complaint Thursday with California's elections watchdog agency, claiming that state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has failed to report the gift of a borrowed motor home as a campaign ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, campaign finance, Tim Donnelly
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 Few surprises in 32nd Assembly District forum

A 32nd Assembly District forum was short on surprises Thursday on the Central Valley's key issues -- including water, high-speed rail and the minimum wage -- but revealed a few clues to future strategies for the race's three candidates. Less than ... »Read

In this article: Jean Fuller, High-Speed Rail, Legislature, minimum wage, Pedro Rios, Rudy Salas, Andy Vidak, water
Bills: AB 10, SB 927, AB 2686,
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 Nady's single in 12th lifts Padres over Nats 4-3

Former Nationals outfielder Xavier Nady's tiebreaking RBI single off Craig Stammen in the top of the 12th inning, right after an error let the runner get to third base, gave the San Diego Padres a 4-3 victory over Washington on Thursday night. »Read

In this article: Anthony Rendon, Matt Williams
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 Republicans back Brown's concept of a fund for debt and rainy days

Some want tighter controls on the governor's proposed reserve fund, which is aimed at taming California's volatile finances. He needs two GOP votes in the Senate to get his plan on the ballot.SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has both Democrats ... »Read

In this article: Tom Berryhill, Jerry Brown, Jeff Gorell, Legislature, Chris Megerian, James Nielsen, Nancy Skinner, Darrell Steinberg
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 L.A. Unified doesn't have to release teachers' names with performance ratings

A state appellate court panel tentatively finds a stronger public interest in keeping the names confidential than in publicly releasing them.The Los Angeles Unified School District does not need to release the names of teachers in connection with ... »Read

In this article: Tom Berryhill, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Boss make too much? California bill would punish firms that shower CEOs with money

Noting that America's middle class has lost its distinction as the wealthiest in the world, two Bay Area lawmakers say they're attacking income inequality with legislation that would link a company's tax rate to the gap between executive pay and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark DeSaulnier, Loni Hancock, Stephen T. Knight, Legislature, Senate Democrats, Lois Wolk
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 Fresno, Merced get tax breaks to spur more jobs

Fresno and Merced, along with Riverside, have been chosen for a new tax-incentives program designed to generate more jobs, Gov. Jerry Brown announced on Thursday.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jim Patterson
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 Metro adds monthly fee for toll road drivers

The $1 charge will be imposed in addition to a toll per mile and is expected to raise an estimated $700,000 per year for maintenance. In a push to make toll lanes permanent fixtures on two of Los Angeles County's most congested freeways, local ... »Read

In this article: Ed Hernandez, Gloria Molina, Laura Nelson
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 Senate panel supports bill to aid affordable-housing projects facing back taxes

A state Senate committee on Thursday approved a bill that would save some affordable-housing projects from the threat of bankruptcy. »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Board of Equalization, Lois Wolk
Bills: SB 1203,
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 Fight Schedule

At Moscow, Russia, Richard Abril vs. Eduard Troyanovsky, 12, for Abril's WBA World lightweight title; Denis Lebedev vs. Guillermo Jones, 12, for Lebedev's WBA World cruiserweight title. »Read

In this article: Francisco Estrada, Robert B. Garcia
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 Candidate for governor Tim Donnelly wants to overhaul concealed-carry laws

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, the leading GOP gubernatorial candidate, wants to strip sheriffs and police chiefs of authority to issue concealed-carry handgun permits, and instead set one broad statewide standard. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Kamala Harris, Legislature
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 $40,000 fines upheld against Sen. Tom Berryhill for laundering money

Commission finds Sen. Tom Berryhill and two GOP committees violated state finance laws in funneling money into brother's campaign.SACRAMENTO — State authorities Thursday imposed $40,000 in fines against Sen. Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto) and two ... »Read

In this article: Tom Berryhill, William R. Berryhill, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Jessica A. Levinson, Gary Winuk, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Senators nix idea for larger Covered CA board with IT experts

An idea to add IT experts to the board of Covered California was shot down by a state Senate committee Thursday, even after the agency experienced months of technical problems that slowed down enrollments for health insurance. »Read

In this article: Diana Dooley, Ed Hernandez, Norma J. Torres
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 Campaign agency levels fines against GOP brothers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California's political watchdog agency issued fines totaling $40,000 to two brothers and their campaign committees Thursday for improperly transferring money between their campaigns as both ran for state Assembly in ... »Read

In this article: Charles H. Bell, Tom Berryhill, William R. Berryhill, Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, Fair Political Practices Commission, Legislature, Eileen Ricker, Jay Alan Wierenga, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Neel Kashkari trails registered sex offender in new governor poll

Print— Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari was already facing an uphill climb to unseat Gov. Jerry Brown this year, and now a new poll shows just how steep that hill is — he’s trailing a registered sex offender. The private poll ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Field Poll
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 No dazzling answers for 'lite gov' hopefuls

Print—George Yang, a GOP candidate for lieutenant governor, was ready to talk about his plans to a Republican group in San Jose recently, but first had to answer a simple question: Why in the world do we have to vote for a lieutenant governor, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, John Garamendi, Mike Genest, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Garry South
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 Los Angeles Daybook

Associated Press Los Angeles Daybook for Friday, April 25. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Zachary Coile, Kevin De Leon, Eric Garcetti, renewable energy, water
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 Fewer communities risk running out of water in California drought

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - A moderate dose of winter rainfall hasn't ended California's historic drought, but it has dropped just enough moisture on the beleaguered state to help 14 communities that had risked running out of water. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anita Gore, water
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 Oil firm accused of hazardous South L.A. emissions agrees to upgrades

The agreement settles a probe by the EPA, launched after residents of the South L.A. neighborhood complained of health problems.An oil operation that sent noxious fumes into a South Los Angeles neighborhood has agreed to spend about $700,000 on ... »Read

In this article: Jared Blumenfeld, Barbara Boxer, water
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 News Of Dumanis Call Prompts Request To Strike Plea Deal

Jason Moore's defense attorney says his client should have been told about District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis' call when he was charged. »Read

In this article: Bonnie Dumanis, Steve Padilla
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 UCR: Chancellor describes his vision for the campus

At his investiture, Chancellor Kim Wilcox lays out plans to hire 300 more faculty members within five years »Read

In this article: Mark Takano, Bruce Varner
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 Prescription drug take-back Saturday

Anyone looking to discard unwanted prescription drugs will be able to drop them off at various local locations on Saturday during a nationwide drug "take-back" effort. »Read

In this article: Jerry A. Smith, Jerry Smith
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 The real impact of minimum wage increase

So what are the facts and what are the underlying impacts of raising the minimum wage? »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Todd Gloria, minimum wage, unemployment insurance
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 FPPC levels fines against GOP brothers

California's political watchdog agency is issuing fines totaling $40,000 to two brothers and their campaign committees for transferring money between their campaigns as both ran for state Assembly in 2008. »Read

In this article: Tom Berryhill, William R. Berryhill, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission
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 California lawmakers aim to tighten handgun restrictions

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - A bill banning the sale of single-shot handguns that can be modified into semi-automatic weapons advanced in the California legislature on Thursday as lawmakers sought to close what the bill's supporters say is a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Brian W. Jones, Brian W. Jones, Legislature
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 Santa Clara County may put sales tax for transportation on a fast track

Three potential sales tax measures on Bay Area ballots could raise more than $12 billion over the next three decades -- almost $8 billion in Alameda County, up to $3.7 billion in Santa Clara County and more than $500 million in San Francisco. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jon Coupal, Carl Guardino, Jim Moore
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 LIVE TWEETS: Candidates, minus LaMalfa, attend 1st Congressional District forum

Three of four candidates will be participating in the congressional candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Redding Area. »Read

In this article: Dave Gilliard, Michael Harrington, Doug LaMalfa, Dan Levine, James Nielsen
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 Diamond's in the Rough

The Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Orange County will consider removing Greg Diamond as North County Vice Chair at the committee’s meeting next Monday, the LiberalOC has learned.  If a quorum of voters is present and two-thirds vote ... »Read

In this article: Dan Chmielewski, Greg Diamond
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 Gov. Brown's good idea for schools dies in Assembly

There's bad news for the nearly 100,000 state high school students in independent study. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Albert Y. Muratsuchi
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 The Buzz: Jerry Brown makes Time's 100 list, with blurb by Gray Davis

Gov. Jerry Brown made Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, Thomas F. Steyer, Dan Walters
Bills: SB 1372,
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 NL Capsules

Ryan Ludwick lined a two-run double after two Cincinnati batters were hit by pitches, lifting Tony Cingrani and the Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Thursday. »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 Bill Seeks To Address Widening Income Gap In California Between CEOs, Workers

CEOs of companies in Standard & Poor's 500 index were paid an average of 354 times more than the median employee in 2012, according to the AFL-CIO. »Read

In this article: Mark DeSaulnier, Loni Hancock, Stephen T. Knight, Legislature
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 NEW: Experts question legality of cap-and-trade for high-speed rail

Editor’s Note: This is Part 3 of a series looking in depth at the latest hearing in the state Senate on California’s high-speed rail blueprint. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. California’s high-speed rail project has problems in many areas, as ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, greenhouse gas, High-Speed Rail, Legislature, Jeff Morales
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 Senate to investigate veterans' deaths at Phoenix VA facility

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday pledged to convene a hearing on allegations that excessive wait times at a Phoenix VA facility led to the deaths of 40 veterans. »Read

In this article: John McCain, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Lynn's perfect April mark ends; Mets top Cards 4-1

Lance Lynn began the day as the greatest April pitcher in major league history. »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 FPPC upholds $40,000 penalty against Sen. Tom Berryhill

California’s political-ethics panel Thursday unanimously approved a $40,000 money-laundering penalty against state Sen. Tom Berryhill, agreeing with an administrative law judge’s recommended decision that the Twain Harte Republican committed ... »Read

In this article: Tom Berryhill, William R. Berryhill, Ron Calderon, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Jim Miller, Gary Winuk, Leland Yee
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 Capitol Alert: FPPC upholds $40,000 penalty against Sen. Tom Berryhill

California's political-ethics panel Thursday unanimously approved a $40,000 money-laundering penalty against state Sen. Tom Berryhill, agreeing with an administrative law judge's recommended decision that the Twain Harte Republican committed ... »Read

In this article: Antonio C. Amador, Charles H. Bell, Tom Berryhill, William R. Berryhill, Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, campaign finance, Gray Davis, Fair Political Practices Commission, Jim Miller, Gary Winuk, Leland Yee
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 Bill attacks growing corporate wage gap in CA

A California effort to lead a national debate over the growing wage gap between CEOs and average workers took its first step in the state Legislature on Thursday with support from Democratic lawmakers, organized labor and former U.S. Labor Secretary ... »Read

In this article: Mark DeSaulnier, Loni Hancock, Stephen T. Knight, Legislature
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 California bill attacks growing corporate wage gap

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A California effort to lead a national debate over the growing wage gap between CEOs and average workers took its first step in the state Legislature on Thursday with support from Democratic lawmakers, organized labor ... »Read

In this article: Mark DeSaulnier, Loni Hancock, Stephen T. Knight, Legislature
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 Campaign agency levels fines against Berryhill brothers

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California's political watchdog agency is issuing fines totaling $40,000 to two brothers and their campaign committees for transferring money between their campaigns as both ran for state Assembly in 2008. »Read

In this article: Tom Berryhill, William R. Berryhill, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission
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 Mt. Umunhum: Groundbreaking for trail to summit

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District officials broke ground this week on a trail that will let visitors hike to the Mt. Umunhum peak in 2017, but say the effort depends on funding from a June bond measure. »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, Michael Honda, Zoe Lofgren
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 Silicon Valley House race 'unlike any other'

Print— Democratic political strategist Jeremy Bird — the national field director for President Obama’s 2012 campaign and now a strategist for Silicon Valley House candidate Ro Khanna — says the South Bay congressional race is “unlike any ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna
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 Thomas Elias: Fracking: Find an indisputably clean method

When a city like Carson, home to one large oil refinery and next-door neighbor to another, hard by the junction of two major freeways and site of both a Cal State campus and a Major League Soccer stadium, slaps a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Thomas D. Elias
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 Assemblymember Bonilla Unveils Massage Therapy Act of 2014

Assemblymember Bonilla Unveils Massage Therapy Act of 2014 (Sacramento) - Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) held a press conference at the State Capitol with Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), Assemblymember Chris Holden ... »Read

In this article: Jimmy Gomez, Chris Holden
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 Bill proposes higher taxes on CEOs with high wage disparity

California Democrats proposed a bill Thursday that would raise state taxes on publicly traded companies that pay their top-earning employee 100 times as much or more as the company's average worker. Despite a high-profile backing by former U.S. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark DeSaulnier
Bills: SB 1372,
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 Young, Granderson, Colon lead Mets over Cards 4-1

Chris Young homered to start New York's comeback and slumping Curtis Granderson singled in a run as a pinch hitter as Bartolo Colon and the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 Thursday to send Lance Lynn to his first career loss in April. »Read

In this article: Matt Adams, Chris Young, Chris Young
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 Irvine Council Majority Politicizes Veteran's Memorial

There was a time when the Irvine City County served the needs of residents.  Today's council majority seems more interested in serving the interests of developers.  To watch Mayor Steven Choi and Council member Christina Shea completely surrender ... »Read

In this article: Dan Chmielewski, Steven Choi
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 Bill requiring 'kill switches' fails in Senate

Print—California state Sen. Mark Leno said a powerful and deep-pocked wireless communications industry killed his bill requiring antitheft technology on smartphones. With support from law enforcement, including adamant backing from San Francisco ... »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Dianne Feinstein, Ricardo Lara, Mark Leno, SEIU, Norma J. Torres
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 Lawmakers reject bill requiring cell phone kill-switch

California state Sen. Mark Leno said a powerful and deep-pocked wireless communications industry killed his bill requiring antitheft technology on smartphones. With support from law enforcement, including adamant backing from San Francisco District ... »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Ricardo Lara, Mark Leno, Norma J. Torres
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 Robert Reich Joins Senators DeSaulnier & Hancock in Efforts to Reign in Excessive CEO Pay

Robert Reich Joins Senators DeSaulnier & Hancock in Efforts to Reign in Excessive CEO Pay Former United States Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), Senator Loni Hancock (D-Oakland), and California Labor ... »Read

In this article: Mark DeSaulnier, Loni Hancock, Art Pulaski
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 Capitol Alert: California space industry tax break heads to Gov. Jerry Brown

With no debate, the California Assembly on Thursday voted 70-2 to send Gov. Jerry Brown a bill offering a ten-year property tax break to private space firms. A rocket carrying the SpaceX Dragon ship lifts off from launch complex 40 at the Cape ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, Albert Y. Muratsuchi, Phil Ting
Bills: AB 777,
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 Capitol Alert: Bill requiring mobile phone 'kill switch' falls short in Senate

California legislation requiring a "kill switch" to render stolen smart phones inoperable met a premature death on Thursday. Katie Austin scans her Lyft map Thursday for people who need a ride. Lyft, now available in Sacramento, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, Robert Huff, Mark Leno, Darrell Steinberg
Bills: SB 962,
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 Capitol Alert: Jerry Brown makes Time's 100 list, with blurb by Gray Davis

Gov. Jerry Brown made Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people. Gov. Jerry Brown once again issued pardons during a religious holiday season. His 63 pardons on Good Friday went mostly to those convicted of drug offenses who have ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gray Davis
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 Calvert, Cook benefit from incumbent advantage

Fundraising ability, name recognition will give decisive lift to the two members »Read

In this article: California Democratic Party, Ken Calvert, campaign finance, Jacquese Conaway, Paul Cook, Barack Obama, Ron Paul
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 Dan Walters: SpaceX tax break reveals lack of consistency

Too often Sacramento politics goes like this: f you are a politically incorrect business, your taxes should be raised, but if you are trendy, like space travel, you should get tax breaks. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Albert Y. Muratsuchi, Dan Walters
Bills: AB 777,
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 Californians strongly support Common Core

Californians of different political affiliations overwhelmingly support the new Common Core State Standards for education, a survey indicates, showing that the Golden State has seen less of the political division and uproar over revamping ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown
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 Capitol Alert: California's smallest businesses recover from recession

California's smallest businesses — those without any employees — took a big hit during the state's Great Recession, but appear to have recovered, according to a new Census Bureau report. »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Legislature, Dan Walters
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 UCSB Leads Way in Green Efforts

Campus touts long-water water conservation efforts amid drought. »Read

In this article: Donald Bren, renewable energy, water
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 Reich visits Capitol on CEO pay, oil extraction tax

It’s Robert Reich day at California’s State Capitol. No, there hasn’t been an official proclamation. But the former U.S. Secretary of Labor, now a UC-Berkeley public policy professor, will be under the dome Thursday to speak on behalf of two ... »Read

In this article: Mark DeSaulnier, Noreen Evans, Loni Hancock, oil severance tax, Art Pulaski, state budget, Allan Zaremberg
Bills: SB 1017, SB 1372,
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 House Candidate Bleeps F-Word in Campaign Video (Updated)

Updated 1:01 p.m. | Democrat David Kanuth is set to hit the airwaves for a Los Angeles-based congressional race after recently splashing across the radar screen of California political operatives with an $804,000 first-quarter fundraising haul. »Read

In this article: Elan Carr, Wendy Greuel, Ted W. Lieu, Marianne Williamson
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 House Candidate Bleeps F-Word in Campaign Video

Democrat David Kanuth is set to hit the airwaves for a Los Angeles-based congressional race after recently splashing across the radar screen of California political operatives with an $804,000 first-quarter fundraising haul. »Read

In this article: Elan Carr, Wendy Greuel, Ted W. Lieu, Marianne Williamson
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 Letters to the Editor - April 24, 2014

Giving and taking away Re: “Pump-gouging” (Another View, April 21). Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that the price of gasoline always increases right after tax season is over? My husband and I had this discussion just the other day ... »Read

In this article: Tupper Hull, Robert Rizzo, water
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 CTA targets charters, again

Despite political, procedural and financial obstacles, charter schools are a California phenomenon. More than 1,100 of the independently operated, taxpayer-funded schools serve more than a half-million students — 68 percent of them minorities. ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Edwin Chau, Rocky Chavez, Lorena Gonzalez, Kristin Olsen, Shirley Weber
Bills: AB 1531,
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 Dan Walters Daily: Debra Bowen leaves legacy worth changing

Every major candidate for Secretary of State is campaigning to overhaul the office, an indictment of Debra Bowen's two terms of stewardship, Dan says. Dan Walters »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Dan Walters
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 AM Alert: Legislature fishes for drought solutions

Part of this year's forum will focus on the impact of the drought on California fisheries and the state's response. Salmon migration has been particularly affected and an effort to truck hundreds of thousands of fish downstream made headlines last ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Diana Dooley, John Laird, Legislature, Little Hoover Commission, Dan Walters, water
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 Paul McCartney to play at Candlestick

Paul McCartney will headline the final send-off concert at Candlestick Park in August, beating out a bid for him to perform at the new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, San Francisco officials confirmed Thursday. Team execs insisted to San Francisco ... »Read

In this article: Andrew Ross, Edwin M. Lee
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 Capitol Roundup: Smart Phone, Corporate CEO, Community College Bills

Bills that would deal with pay gaps between companies' CEOs and workers, and create four-year community college degrees moved forward in the legislature Thursday, while a measure would requiring kill switches on smart phones and tablets stalled.Bill ... »Read

In this article: Martin Block, Legislature, Mark Leno
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 California Secretary Of State Candidates Disagree On Fundraising Ban

Four candidates for California’s Secretary of State covered issues from vote by mail elections to business licenses in a debate Wednesday. And they didn’t disagree on much. »Read

In this article: Derek Cressman, Legislature, Alex Padilla, Dan Schnur
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 Being from L.A. may be a statewide political liability

The Bay Area turns out more voters, giving local politicians an unexpected edge over candidates from the more populous Los Angeles County. Anthony York reports in Capitol Weekly: 'The Bay Area advantage can help explain why Board of Equalization ... »Read

In this article: Anthony York, Betty T. Yee, Mitt Romney, Jodi Remke, Ann Ravel, John Myers, Jim Miller, campaign finance, Jerry Brown, Board of Equalization
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 'First Look': First News for April 24

Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories: STATE CLEARS PG&E TO FINISH DEMOLITION: State regulators have given Pacific Gas and Electric Co. permission to finish the Coffee Road plant demolition job that went ... »Read

In this article: Lisa A. Green, Cal-OSHA
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 Conflict Questions Cloud Report on Angels Impact

The company that produced an economic impact report on the Angels for the city of Anaheim is related to another company that won the team’s food and beverage concessionaire contract. »Read

In this article: Lucille Kring, Robert Stern
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 Oil and Gas Industry a Pillar of California's Economy

When thinking of the industries and businesses that drive the economy and image of the Golden State, Hollywood, the Silicon Valley and Agriculture come immediately to mind, but looking at hard numbers, oil and gas exploration and production have to ... »Read

In this article: Patt Morrison, Milken Institute, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Joel Fox
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 In Today's California, the Dude

Are we becoming a state of Lebowskis? Jeffrey Lebowski, better known as the Dude, is arguably the most successful fictional Californian of the past two decades. Created by the Coen brothers in their 1998 film The Big Lebowski, and embodied by the ... »Read

In this article: Field Poll, Jerry Brown, Proposition 13
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 Turn Of The Screwed: Does The GOP Have A Shot At Wooing Disgruntled Millennials?

Over the past five years, the millennial generation (born after 1983) has been exercising greater influence over the economy, society and politics of the country, a trend that will only grow in the coming years. So far, they've leaned Democratic in ... »Read

In this article: Joel Kotkin
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 How Will 'Ambush' Union Elections Affect Silicon Valley's Libertarians?

Despite being one of the biggest strongholds of Democratic power in the United States, there are almost no unions representing private sector workers in the Silicon Valley. But a new NLRB ruling that takes effect next month is going to make it much ... »Read

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 NEW: Push for sharp minimum-wage hike under way in San Diego

California's second-largest and the nation's eighth-largest city appears sure to have a six-month-plus debate over whether to raise the minimum wage much more than the state government has in store. The Democratic majority of San Diego's City ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, eminent domain, Todd Gloria, minimum wage, Chris Reed, Jerry Sanders
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 Alternative workweek bill dies

A bill that would allow nonexempt employees to negotiate an alternative work schedule of up to 10-hours a week without overtime died Wednesday in an Assembly labor committee. Assembly Bill 2448 by Assemblyman Brian Jones, R-Santee, was killed on a ... »Read

In this article: Brian W. Jones, Brian W. Jones
Bills: AB 2448,
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