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Lawmakers seek soda warning labels

"“STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.” Once this law is passed, we can use this same warning and just insert whatever product we want into the warning. This will be the template for change! Who knew complex issues could be solved so easily?"

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Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

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Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

"may impact small business- really a $3 increase overnight would certainly impact any small business. Probably hurts non-minimum wage restaurant workers more than anything else, only ones making minimum wage in table service establishments are the tipped employees. That leaves the best paid people in the house getting a $3/hour raise, to the detriment of the others. Back asswards."

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San Diego Cab Owners Line Up At City Hall To Oppose Open Taxi Market

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Why The Grocery Bag Bill Should Be Referred

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 California sales tax rates going higher
Sacramento Bee - March 31, 10:43 am
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 San Diego Cabbies Brace For An Open Taxi Market
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 Anthony Rendon seeks 3rd opinion
KABC - March 31, 10:26 am
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 Bill could halt Airbnb, vacation rentals in some CA cities
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 After blast, San Bruno wants big PG&E fine, tougher safety measures
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 A tip for reforming minimum wage laws

The minimum wage in California rose July 1 from $8 an hour to $9. It is scheduled to increase to $10 an hour on Jan. 1, 2016, which will result in a 20 percent increase in labor costs in just a year and a half. To blunt the effects of the rapidly... »Read

In this article: Tom Daly, minimum wage
Bills: AB 669,
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 Indiana law backs GOP hopefuls into a corner

Republicans are getting pummeled over gay rights issues of all sorts. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Legislature, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Robert Stutzman
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 Republican economic veterans, Hubbard and Warsh, advising Jeb Bush: sources

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Glenn Hubbard and Kevin Warsh, veteran Republican economic policymakers and critics of the Fed's ultra-loose monetary policy, have emerged as top economic advisers to likely presidential candidate Jeb Bush, Republican ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Bill Simon
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 Perez and Garcetti take aim at wage theft, minimum wage

Raising the minimum wage is one thing, but enforcing it is another. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Julie Su
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 Why gas prices in California are so much higher than elsewhere in U.S.

Californians are used to gyrating gas prices, but the latest swing from the lowest in years to nearly a dollar above the national average is leaving drivers in a tizzy. »Read

In this article: Severin Borenstein, Energy Commission, Ben Hueso
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 Christensen, Peskin waste no time in growling at each other

A few hours after The Chronicle broke the news Monday that former Supervisor Aaron Peskin would run for his old District Three supervisor’s seat, incumbent Julie Christensen was rallying her troops at the House of Shields on New Montgomery Street. ... »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Aaron Peskin
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 Jeb Bush defends Indiana law as he seeks Bay Area funds

[...] Jeb Bush arrives to criticism for defending Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the Republican who set off a firestorm last week when he signed a bill giving businesses the right to refuse services on religious grounds. Critics said the law opens the ... »Read

In this article: Sean Clegg, Bill Draper, Mike Huckabee, Carla Marinucci, Mitt Romney, Tom Stephenson, Bill Whalen
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 10% sales tax in Hayward, San Leandro, Union City

Sales tax hikes approved by voters last year will take effect Wednesday, while proposed legislation could mean a lot more sales tax measures on upcoming ballots. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Board of Equalization, David Kline, Legislature
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 Supreme Court ruling limits Medi-Cal suits

A U.S. Supreme Court decision will limit Medi-Cal lawsuits in California. Health care providers and the state have long fought over reimbursement rates. The ruling will likely disadvantage providers in future battles. … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Norman Williams
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 Indiana law, California drought, high-speed rail

Discrimination a two-way street … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Garamendi, Dan Walters, water
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 Indiana law draws Republican White House hopefuls into the culture wars

The national debate over an Indiana religious-liberties law seen as anti-gay has drawn the entire field of Republican presidential contenders into the divisive culture wars, which badly damaged Mitt Romney in 2012 and which GOP leaders eagerly ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Legislature, Early Primary, Mitt Romney, John Weaver
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 Gas prices generate irrationality, demagoguery

Volatile gasoline prices in California create irrationality among motorists. And it entices politicians into demagoguery. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, James T. Beall, Jamie Court, Energy Commission, Ben Hueso, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Campaign watchdogs claim 2016 hopefuls skirting finance laws

Two watchdog groups have filed election complaints against four unannounced – but likely – presidential candidates, saying they’re flouting campaign finance laws by raising oodles of dollars and traveling to…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Allie Brandenburger, campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Early Primary, water
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 Senate Democrats Fall in Behind Schumer

Charles E. Schumer said last week he had the votes to be the next Senate Democratic leader. By Tuesday, it was clear the New York lawmaker's colleagues had united behind his bid for the post. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Patrick Murphy, Senate Democrats
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 Congress is Losing Top Environmentalists, But Democrats Have a Deep Bench to Take Over

The 2016 election is just getting started but environmentalists already are counting losses, as longtime allies announce they won't seek reelection. That includes Harry Reid, who last week said he will retire in 2016 after 30 years in the Senate. A ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Henry A. Waxman
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 S.F. Sheriff Mirkarimi reeling from scandal over forced fights

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi may be the loneliest person at City Hall these days, after last week’s allegations that deputies had forced prisoners to fight each other has eroded support among those who had stood behind him through his previous troubles. ... »Read

In this article: Nathan Ballard, David Campos, Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi, Gavin Newsom
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 U.S. Supreme Court decision could curtail Medi-Cal lawsuits

During California's budget crisis, attempts to cut costs by reducing public services often became tied up in litigation. But on Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court significantly curtailed that legal avenue for advocates protesting spending cuts. »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Norman Williams
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 Harris tempts challengers with 'blood sport' politics

Attributing her success to a “blood sport” view of politics, California Attorney General Kamala Harris has established herself as the leading contender to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who is retiring in Jan. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, Loretta Sanchez, Adam Schiff, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 10 Things We Learned From the Vote-a-Rama

With the vote-a-rama in the rearview mirror, it's worth taking stock of what the 15-plus hours of nonbinding votes on dozens of amendments said about the 2016 presidential election, how vulnerable senators voted and what issues might now come to the ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, minimum wage, Senate Republicans, sick leave
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 Group files FEC complaints against Bush, other potential candidates

The Campaign Legal Center contends that several Republicans have been in violation of federal law. »Read

In this article: Allie Brandenburger, campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Early Primary, water
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 In the Loop: Did you forget to join the fine Pelosi trip to five Asian countries?

This spring’s congressional delegation (codel) trips overseas — at least the ones we know about — aren’t as enviable as ones past. These can actually pass as real business.The only Loop-recommended codel we’ve found is a splendid ... »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren, Doris O. Matsui, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, Mike Thompson
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 Fiorina for president? How did 2010 Senate bid work out?

As the first woman CEO of a Fortune 20 company, and as a former Silicon Valley-based senior executive with Hewlett-Packard, AT&T and Lucent, Republican Carly Fiorina has major credibility as »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Carly Fiorina, Matt Fong
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 State Offices Closed In Observation Of Cesar Chavez Day

State offices, including the Department of Motor Vehicles and Los Angeles Superior Courts, are closed Monday to observe Cesar Chavez Day. »Read

In this article: Gray Davis, Dolores Huerta, Barack Obama, water
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 San Diego Cabbies Brace For An Open Taxi Market

The city says Wednesday's change will create opportunity in the taxi industry. But taxicab owners predict financial ruin. »Read

In this article: Rebecca Bloomfield, Marti Emerald, minimum wage
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 California sales tax rates going higher

California has a wide range of sales tax rates, 7.5 percent to 10 percent. Many cities and counties are increasing their rates this week. A new bill would allow them to go even higher. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Legislature, Kevin Mullin
Bills: AB 464,
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 Texas a Key Host for 2016 Fundraising Scramble

Already blessed with an earlier-than-usual primary date and several candidates it can call its own, Texas is quickly settling into a more traditional role for the next presidential race: a seemingly bottomless piggy bank of campaign cash.  Of ... »Read

In this article: George W. Bush, Carly Fiorina, Papa Doug Manchester, Mitt Romney
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 Anthony Rendon seeks 3rd opinion

Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon was scheduled to meet with Dr. Steven Singleton in Vail, Colorado, for a third opinion on his injured left knee. »Read

In this article: Anthony Rendon, Matt Williams
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 SCOTUS sides with CA school banning American flag shirt

After five years of controversy and litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand one of the most controversial rulings to come out of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Known »Read

In this article: Erwin Chemerinsky, John Eastman
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 LA County Officials Eye Study On Minimum Wage Impact

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors could follow in the footsteps of city officials Tuesday in calling for a study on how raising the minimum wage would impact the local economy. »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, minimum wage, Hilda L. Solis
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 Bill could halt Airbnb, vacation rentals in some CA cities

Travel has never been easier or more affordable — thanks to the proliferation of online accommodation marketplaces. Whether you’re planning a weekend trip to Napa Valley or the family’s spring getaway to Disneyland, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Elaine Howle
Bills: SB 593,
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 After blast, San Bruno wants big PG&E fine, tougher safety measures

City of San Bruno officials are supporting a proposed, record-high fine against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. but are complaining that the punishment for a fatal pipeline blast in 2010 fails to ensure the utility would act safely in the future. »Read

In this article: Michael Florio, Michael R. Peevey
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