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 Graphic images on big city contractor's personal website

The head of the Family Service Agency of San Francisco is on the hot seat for steering staffers to some very graphic pictures and controversial postings on his personal website — including photos comparing a vagina to women’s lips and a post ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Andrew Ross
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 Capital Journal Daybreak: Israel's Warning to the U.S. | Islamic State Fighting Strains Pentagon Budget | Secret Service Draws More Fire

The Journal's morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Sam Brownback, Dion Nissenbaum, Barack Obama
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 Mayor of Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens shot dead by wife

Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo died Tuesday after his wife, Levette, shot him several times during a domestic dispute, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said. »Read

In this article: Cristina Garcia, Ricardo Lara
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 Tom Steyer's Green Super-PAC Has Spent a LOT of Money on This Election

This story originally appeared in Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. First there was a pickup truck. Then there was an ark. The vehicle of choice for drawing attention to the NextGen Climate Action ... »Read

In this article: Chris Lehane, Thomas F. Steyer
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 A Senator to Replace Holder?

The latest round of Cabinet handicapping is well underway, a welter of uninformed speculation (mixed with some White House trial balloons) about who might be nominated as attorney general. And the names of three Democratic senators keep getting ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, John F. Kerry, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama
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 Now entering political arena women in tech

Women are taking on high-profile roles in both the D.C. and California arenas. »Read

In this article: Carl Guardino, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Meg Whitman
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 Viewpoints: Mr. President, stay away from California

Obama, who uses the Golden State as a giant ATM, has worn out his welcome. President Barack Obama arrives in Los Angeles and heads for the home of actor George Clooney for a fundrasier in May 2012, one of his many trips to California to collect ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Joe Mathews, Barack Obama, Maria Shriver
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 Flight Curfew Extended at John Wayne Airport

The deal is the byproduct of decades of organizing by Newport Beach residents and city officials who oppose expanding the airport. »Read

In this article: John Moorlach, Todd Spitzer
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 Bell Gardens mayor shot to death

Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo died Tuesday after his wife, Levette, shot him several times during a domestic dispute, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said. »Read

In this article: Cristina Garcia, Ricardo Lara
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 Gov. Jerry Brown signs Calif. gun restriction

California will become the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat, under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he had signed. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nancy Skinner
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 California plastic bag ban signed, setting off sweeping changes

Time to invest in a reusable shopping bag. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill making California the first state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags from grocery stores. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ronald K. Fong, Ricardo Lara, Mark Murray, referendum, Scott Wilk
Bills: SB 270,
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 Sheriff's patrol levels in unincorporated areas found lacking

Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina and her staff last year started monitoring the number of sheriff's patrol cars in East Los Angeles and other unincorporated areas in her district. They found that often there were not as many on the ... »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Gloria Molina, redevelopment agencies, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 Statewide ban on disposable plastic bags is signed into law by Brown

California will have the nation's first statewide ban on disposable plastic bags under a measure signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, who also expanded gun controls and personal privacy protections in an eclectic final flurry of bill signings for the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anthony Cannella, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Jessica A. Levinson, Ted W. Lieu, Alex Padilla, referendum, Nancy Skinner, Darrell Steinberg, Bob Wieckowski
Bills: AB 1014, SB 270, SB 828, AB 2643, SB 1255, SB 1442, SB 1443,
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 Tanaka's low-profile campaign has L.A. County sheriff's race in limbo

After squeaking into the runoff election for Los Angeles County sheriff, Paul Tanaka posted a message on his website. »Read

In this article: Leroy Baca, California Target Book, Allan Hoffenblum, Raphael Sonenshein
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 LAUSD board discusses Superintendent John Deasy

The Los Angeles Unified School District board discussed its upcoming performance review of Superintendent John Deasy during a closed-door meeting Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District, Gary Toebben
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 Doug McIntyre: Huffing and puffing our way to a car-free California

It's too bad Gov. Jerry Brown doesn't work for the Los Angeles Fire Department. If he did, he could stay home and collect 100 percent of his salary, tax-free no less, while he recovers from the bad case of carpal tunnel he's going to get from ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Peter DeMarco, Robert Huff, Legislature
Bills: AB 1371,
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 The Buzz: Marshall Tuck employs Hollywood star power for state schools chief campaign

Forget social media. This is the ultimate 21st-century campaign tool: an online comedy video starring your Hollywood friends. Joel McHale, left, appears with Marshall Tuck, Adam Scott (with pizza) and Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard in a video ... »Read

In this article: Paul Hefner, Katherine Martin, Tom Torlakson
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 California becomes first in nation to ban plastic bags at stores (+video)

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law Tuesday legislation that will prohibit large grocery stores from offering single-use plastic bags to consumers, starting next July. Other restrictions will also phase in. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Alex Padilla, referendum, water
Bills: SB 270,
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 Living wage: New York mayor gives thousands of workers a raise (+video)

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s executive order requires business tenants in certain city-subsidized building projects to raise their minimum wages to $13.13 for employees who don't receive benefits. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, sick leave
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 Brown Acts On More Than 1,000 Bills

Gov. Jerry Brown has finished acting on legislation for the year, signing 930 bills and vetoing 143. »Read

In this article: Ricardo Lara, Kevin De Leon, Jerry Brown
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 Fontana plans forums; Rialto holding meet, greet

Thursday is a busy day for local candidates with Fontana holding city council and mayoral forums and Rialto organizing a meet-and-greet for city council, school board and a congressional candidate to discuss why they are running in the November ... »Read

In this article: Joe Baca, Paul Chabot, Acquanetta Warren, Joseph WIlliams
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 San Francisco Supervisor calls for predictable work schedules

San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu proposes legislation promoting predictable work hours for hourly workers in San Francisco. »Read

In this article: David Chiu, sick leave
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 NEW: Newsom reluctant to debate Nehring

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is crusing to re-election victory on Gov. Jerry Brown’s coattails and the general strength of the California Democratic Party. Yet he is reluctant to debate his Republican opponent, former GOP state Chairman Ron Nehring. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Democratic Party, Sean Clegg, Kamala Harris, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom, Darrell Steinberg, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Coming Soon to the House GOP: More Moderates?

Swing-state races may add centrist Republicans to the next freshman class. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carl DeMaio, John McCain, Scott Peters, Mitt Romney
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 Brown vetoes effort to give unions greater say on labor-dispute boards

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have given public employee unions a greater say over who serves on the influential panels that issue decisions on labor-management disputes in L.A. city and county government. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Maria Elena Durazo, Eric Garcetti
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 California becomes first state to ban single-use plastic bags

SACRAMENTO >> Driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ecosystems, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.A national coalition of plastic bag ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Alex Padilla, referendum, water
Bills: SB 270,
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 Covered California marks 1st year with millions more insured

Covered California, the state-run health insurance marketplace created by the federal Affordable Care Act, turns a year old Wednesday. In the early days, California’s rollout hit some snags with delays in online enrollment and outages, but those ... »Read

In this article: Charles Bacchi, Wilma Chan
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 AEG seeks 6-month extension for NFL stadium deal

Anschutz Entertainment Group is seeking a six-month extension to put together a deal that would build a professional football stadium near Staples Center. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Bernard Parks, Herb Wesson
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 Dan Walters: Californians with gold fever strike a legal lode

A California appellate court’s ruling favors gold seekers in battle with state over dredging. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger, state budget
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 AD15: Big IE money spent to support Thurmond

15th Assembly District candidate Elizabeth Echols is complaining that political committees “funded by oil and tobacco interests” are spending generously on independent-expenditure mailers in support of her opponent, Tony Thurmond. And that’s ... »Read

In this article: Nancy Skinner, Tony Thurmond
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 Brown Signs Bag Ban, Martins Beach Access Law, and Ends Gay/Trans Panic Defense

California becomes first state in the nation to ban plastic bags, but it could be headed to the ballot by Brian Leubitz Early next year, California will become the first state in the nation to bag plastic bags. Maybe: California Gov. Jerry Brown ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, eminent domain, Vinod Khosla, Legislature, Brian Leubitz, referendum
Bills: AB 2501,
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 California's initiative process could become more enlightened under this new law

It turns out that a legislative hearing can be simultaneously enlightening and pointless. Take, for example, Monday's hearing in Sacramento on Proposition 46, the measure on the Nov. 4 ballot to increase the cap on medical malpractice damages, and ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Proposition 8, Darrell Steinberg
Bills: SB 1253,
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 Why so many voters care so little about the midterm elections

The looming midterm elections, which will decide whether the U.S. Senate is run by Democrats or Republicans, has been called 'the Seinfeld election,' because so much of the campaign seems to be about nothing. »Read

In this article: Newt Gingrich, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Mitt Romney
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 'Inbred Empire' remark made by LAWA executive sparks strong reaction

The statement, made by LAWA Chief Operating Officer Stephen Martin in an e-mail, surfaced in a motion filed in Riverside Superior Court on Friday by the city of Ontario in its ongoing legal battle with LAWA over control of L.A./Ontario International ... »Read

In this article: Ken Calvert, Eric Garcetti, Paul S. Leon, Gary Ovitt, Alan Wapner, water
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 'Inbred Inland Empire' remark made by LAWA executive sparks strong reaction

Inland Empire elected officials are expressing shock and disappointment over a comment made by a top executive at Los Angeles World Airports in which he referred to the Inland Empire as the 'inbred Inland Empire.'The statement, made by LAWA Chief ... »Read

In this article: Ken Calvert, Eric Garcetti, Paul S. Leon, Gary Ovitt, Alan Wapner
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 Dems cry hypocrisy on GOP attack ads

Ads from the NRCC and other Republican groups draw bipartisan scorn. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Carl DeMaio, Barack Obama, Doug Ose, Nancy Pelosi, Scott Peters
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 California governor signs 'gun violence restraining order' law

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - People who fear a close relative may commit gun violence will be able to petition a judge to temporarily remove the person's firearms in California, under a bill signed into law on Tuesday by Democratic Governor Jerry ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nancy Skinner
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 California governor signs bill opening beach

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation meant to compel public access to a beach controlled by a billionaire businessman. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, eminent domain, Jerry Hill, Vinod Khosla
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 California bans political fundraising parties at lobbyists' homes

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Lobbyists in California will be banned from throwing lavish fundraising parties at their homes and offices for state candidates under a bill signed Tuesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who vetoed other proposals ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Ricardo Lara
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 California expands prohibition on 'revenge porn'

Gov. Jerry Brown has approved two bills expanding a state ban on so-called revenge porn. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anthony Cannella, Bob Wieckowski
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 Law Extends Time For Childhood Sex Abuse Charges

Sex-abuse victims will have more time to pursue criminal charges against offenders under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Jerry Brown
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 Governor splits on bills aiming to reduce truancy

Gov. Jerry Brown has issued a split decision on a package of bills designed to help reduce California's dropout rate. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 Dr. Jose Moreno Announces Endorsements for Anaheim City Council

Newly-minted Democrat Dr. Jose Moreno has announced a slew of endorsements in this bid for Anaheim City Council.  Here’s the scoop: Today, I am thrilled to announce the endorsement of our campaign this week by several highly respected local ... »Read

In this article: Dan Chmielewski, Jose Moreno
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 California governor signs gun-seizure law

California becomes the first state to allow family members to ask a judge to temporarily seize guns from someone suspected of posing an immediate danger. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nancy Skinner
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 Gov. Jerry Brown Signs California Gun Restriction

California will become the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nancy Skinner
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 Law extends time for childhood sex abuse charges

Sex-abuse victims will have more time to pursue criminal charges against offenders under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Jerry Brown
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 Judge orders LAUSD to turn over evidence in Miramonte case

A civil lawsuit accusing the Los Angeles Unified School District of knowingly harboring a teacher who was later convicted on 23 counts of lewd acts with students is set to begin in November, but attorneys are already gearing up for the fight. »Read

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District, Sean Rossall
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 California becomes first in nation to ban plastic bags at stores

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law Tuesday legislation that will prohibit large grocery stores from offering single-use plastic bags to consumers, starting next July. Other restrictions will also phase in. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Alex Padilla, referendum, water
Bills: SB 270,
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 Metro breaks ground on key downtown L.A. subway link

Transportation officials Tuesday cheered the start of construction for a subway project designed to close a frustrating gap in Los Angeles County's growing rail network. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Gloria Molina, Laura Nelson
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 Jerry Brown vetoes childhood sex-abuse lawsuit bill

For the second year, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Tuesday to give victims more time to seek civil damages against third parties in childhood sex abuse cases – typically private or public employers of the alleged perpetrators. ... »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Jim Miller
Bills: SB 131, SB 924, SB 926,
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 Governor signs one hospital workplace safety bill, vetoes another

California nurses won one and lost one of their more high-profile legislative battles with hospitals this year. Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1299, which imposes new requirements on hospitals for workplace violence plans and reporting. But ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Nurses Association, Legislature
Bills: AB 2616, SB 1299,
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 Brown vetoes key bills prompted by ethics scandals

Gov. Jerry Brown has rejected key ethics bills that were passed by lawmakers in response to a series of political scandals. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, Jerry Hill, Ricardo Lara, Leland Yee
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 Deal to get financial records from DWP trusts goes to utility board

Los Angeles lawmakers are pressing ahead with a plan that could end the legal battles over two controversial trusts affiliated with the Department of Water and Power. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Felipe Fuentes, Eric Garcetti, water, Herb Wesson, Rob Wilcox
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 Gov. Jerry Brown signs California gun restriction

California will become the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat, under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he had signed. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nancy Skinner
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 New Law Requires Hospitals To Intensify Violence Prevention Efforts

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will require hospitals to boost their efforts to prevent workplace violence. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Nurses Association
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 Jerry Brown vetoes seafood labeling bill

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have criminalized the selling of mislabeled seafood, handing another loss to lawmakers who pursued several high-profile efforts this year to give Californians more information about what they eat and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Alex Padilla
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 Jerry Brown vetoes political ethics bills

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday vetoed three ethics bills passed in a legislative session colored by scandal, including one measure that would have reduced the value of gifts lobbyists may give California lawmakers and state officials. Gov. Jerry ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jerry Hill, Ricardo Lara
Bills: SB 831, SB 1441, SB 1442, SB 1443,
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 Notes from the Middle Seat: 24 Questions

Editor’s note: Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey was the moderator of Monday’s debate — the only one scheduled — between Republican Dan Patrick and Democrat Leticia Van de Putte. At the end of Monday ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, minimum wage, Same-sex marriage
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 Treatment to be mandatory for young sex offenders

Adolescents and teenagers convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious victim will face mandatory sexual-offender treatment in California. »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Jerry Brown
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 Janet Nguyen Served with Recall Petition

We received this press release this morning that SD-34 candidate and current OC Supervisor Janet Nguyen has been served with a recall petition.  So in the event she fails to win in November, she may have another huge battle on her hands to retain ... »Read

In this article: Michael S. Carona, Long Pham
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 A look at California's landmark plastic bag ban

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Alex Padilla, referendum
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 Living wage: New York mayor gives thousands of workers raise

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s executive order requires business tenants in certain city-subsidized building projects to raise their minimum wages to $13.13 for employees who don't receive benefits. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, sick leave
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 Supreme Court allows changes in Ohio early voting to remain in effect

When there is a significant burden on voters imposed for no good reason, or imposed for a partisan reason, then courts should shut down voting restrictions. The Ohio case did not involve significant burdens. »Read

In this article: Rick Hasen, Legislature, Karen Nelson
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 Brown signs Martins Beach public access bill

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill requiring the State Lands Commission to negotiate access to the shoreline at Martins Beach, an 89-acre beachfront property Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla purchased in 2008. »Read

In this article: Rusty Areias, Jerry Brown, eminent domain, Vinod Khosla, water
Bills: SB 968,
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 Gov. Brown signs limo safety bill after bridge tragedy

In the wake of a limousine fire on the San Mateo Bridge that trapped and killed a bride and four other women, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday that he had signed legislation requiring fire extinguishers on board and inspections by the California ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ellen Corbett, Jerry Hill
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 Limo fire extinguisher bill signed; result of San Mateo Bridge tragedy

Governor Jerry Brown signs bill requiring certain limousines have two fire extinguishers and undergo regular safety checks. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jerry Hill
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 Jerry Brown signs gun restraining order bill

Gov. Jerry Brown took mixed action on several gun control bills Tuesday, approving a measure allowing temporary restraining orders to block gun use but vetoing legislation that would have required Californians to register home-made guns. Gov. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Nancy Skinner
Bills: AB 1014, SB 199, SB 808,
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 Governor OKs temporary gun seizures from people judged to be a danger

Four months after a disturbed man killed six UC Santa Barbara students and wounded 13 others, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation allowing the temporary seizure of guns from people determined by the courts to be a threat to themselves or ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Legislature, Nancy Skinner
Bills: AB 1014, SB 199,
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 Jerry Brown signs package of state psychiatric-care bills

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed four measures supported by California’s state psychiatric technicians’ union: Gov. Jerry Brown talks with the Sacramento Bee Editorial Board. »Read

In this article: Khatchik Achadjian, Jerry Brown, Bonnie Lowenthal, Henry Perea
Bills: AB 1340, AB 1960, AB 2186, AB 2625,
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 Governor veto of funding plan wallops new cities

California Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to veto a $19 million funding plan dealt a hefty blow to four new Riverside County cities that were counting on the measure to make up for lost revenue. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Richard D. Roth, John Tavaglione
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 California Expands Ban On Revenge Porn

Gov. Jerry Brown has approved two bills expanding a state ban on so-called revenge porn. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anthony Cannella, Bob Wieckowski
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 San Diego Mayor Releases Climate Action Plan

After the San Diego City Council last week urged the mayor to get moving on a climate action plan, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced his strategy Tuesday with council leadership by his side. »Read

In this article: David Alvarez, Marti Emerald, Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria, greenhouse gas, Sherri Lightner, renewable energy, water
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 Plastic bag ban: California first state to make it a law

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the controversial bill on the final day to take action on dozens of bills on his desk. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jerry Hill, Legislature, Alex Padilla, referendum
Bills: SB 270,
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 Jerry Brown vetoes state pay and seniority shift-preference bills

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed two state employee bills on Monday, including one that would have set a standard that managers and supervisors earn at least 10 percent more than the employees they manage. The other bill would have required that supervisors ... »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, Legislature
Bills: SB 216, SB 1071,
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 GOP Insider Asserts That Signature Forged on Stanton Ballot Argument

Steve Sarkis changed his mind and refused to sign ballot arguments against a proposed sales tax hike in Stanton, yet his signature still ended up on the argument. The California Secretary of State's o »Read

In this article: Carolyn Cavecche, Todd Spitzer, Nicole Winger
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 California becomes first state to ban plastic shopping bags

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the controversial bag ban bill this morning on the final day to take action on dozens of bills on his desk. Bills requiring juvenile sex offenders to get treatment and allowing families to petition to have guns removed from a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jerry Hill, Legislature, Alex Padilla, referendum
Bills: SB 270,
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Californians need privacy protection against law enforcement drones

Gov. Jerry Brown's veto leaves law enforcement agencies to decide for themselves when it's appropriate to use drones »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Julia Brownley, Jeff Gorell, Legislature, Alex Padilla
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 California Gov. Jerry Brown signs privacy, anti-spying bills

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed several bills that address concerns about spying and privacy, including new restrictions on the paparazzi, tighter laws against “revenge porn,’’ and a prohibition on the state from helping federal ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anthony Cannella, Edwin Chau, Ted W. Lieu, Bob Wieckowski
Bills: AB 1256, AB 1356, SB 828, AB 2306, AB 2643, SB 1255,
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 Jerry Brown signs ‘Revenge Porn 2.0 Act’

One year after signing California’s ban on so-called “revenge porn,” Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation expanding on the bill to include “selfies,” his office announced Tuesday. Gov. Jerry Brown discusses ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anthony Cannella, Mark Leno, Nancy McFadden, Bob Wieckowski
Bills: SB 1019, AB 2643, SB 1255,
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 California bans plastic grocery bags

California has fired the first salvo in what could be a national war on plastic bags. »Read

In this article: Ronald K. Fong, global warming, Legislature, Alex Padilla, referendum
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