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Dianne Feinstein pleas for GOP votes on drought bill

"Demand gun rights back: eliminate the Roster, the 10- and 30-day waits, the AWB, and 10-round magazine capacity limit as the price to help her."

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Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling

"Russian & Armenian Organized Crime Groups from Sacramento & Southern California when the Tobacco Tax was increased I think 10 years ago, created a brand new and largely uncontrolled form of smuggling where Ryder or Uhaul Trucks were driven to Indian Reservations in Las Vegas and their is nothing that Ag Inspection in Barstow could do, there is nothing illegal in hauling Cigarettes as long as there is a bill of sale."

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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

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 Dan Walters Daily: Debra Bowen leaves legacy worth changing
Sacramento Bee - April 24, 8:39 am
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 Retail jobs a prelude to 32nd assembly forum
Bakersfield Californian - April 23, 7:13 pm
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 In Today's California, the Dude
Fox & Hounds Daily - April 24, 6:23 am
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 AM Alert: Legislature fishes for drought solutions
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 James Poulos: Brown's media trickery boosts accomplishments
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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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 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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 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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 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

In this article: water
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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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 Opinions > Letters for April 24, 2014 >

Three on the council meeting Re “Ending speculation” (Newslines, by Melissa Daugherty, April 17): While the war on drugs rages on, people like Mary Goloff... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, referendum, Ken Smith, water
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 Associated Press Sacramento Daybook

Associated Press Sacramento Daybook for Thursday, April 24. »Read

In this article: Roger Niello, Darrell Steinberg
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 Political Outsiders Shine on TIME 100 List

MoreSee the Full ListWith Washington, D.C. mired in partisan gridlock, the nation's political power centers have shifted outside the nation's capital to statehouses and boardrooms across the country. That migration is reflected in this year's TIME ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Gray Davis, John F. Kerry, John Lewis, Barack Obama, Thomas F. Steyer
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 218: House Members Push for Open Debate on NSA Snooping

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo) »Read

In this article: Devin Nunes, Nancy Pelosi
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 House Members Push for Open Debate on NSA Snooping

Bipartisan House members are calling for an open debate when the House takes up legislation later this year dealing with a controversial National Security Agency intelligence gathering program. »Read

In this article: Devin Nunes, Nancy Pelosi
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 New map could refocus California's pollution battles

LOS ANGELES -- The California Environmental Protection Agency has released a statewide list of census tracts most burdened by pollution, providing a first-of-its-kind ranking certain to pressure regulators to clean up neighborhoods »Read

In this article: Environmental Justice, Kevin De Leon, Jerry Brown, greenhouse gas, water
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 Joe Mathews: Dude, we are all Lebowski now

No movie character better represents the 2014 California mainstream than Jeffrey Lebowski. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Joe Mathews
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 Editorial: 'Friendship' furor in Irvine

Somehow, a proposal this month by Irvine Councilman Larry Agran to have Irvine pursue “friendship city” status with Baoji, China; Karachi, Pakistan; and, most controversially, Nha Trang, Vietnam, has been misconstrued as a political stunt... »Read

In this article: Larry Agran, Beth Krom, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 James Poulos: Brown's media trickery boosts accomplishments

It’s been a while since anyone has associated Gov. Jerry Brown with a hot new trend. Don't be fooled, however – he’s at the forefront of one of the most notable political developments in years. It all has to do with a big change in the... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gloria Romero, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 First lawsuit filed in fatal big rig, bus crash near Orland

The first lawsuit stemming from the fatal collision two weeks ago on Interstate 5 between a FedEx truck and a charter bus carrying high school students from Southern California was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Caltrans ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dan Morain, water
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 Reps. Brad Sherman, Janice Hahn urge business leaders in Valley Industry and Commerce Association to speak up

Two local members of Congress urged local business leaders on Wednesday to increase their involvement in issues ranging from transportation to immigration reform if they want to bring more federal dollars to the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles. »Read

In this article: Janice Hahn, Brad Sherman
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 White House chef joins Johnson, Waters for farm-to-fork forum

Sacramento’s stature as the farm-to-fork capital continues to grow. Even the White House takes notice. Sam Kass, 29, the assistant White House chef, helps out at The White House Healthy Kids Fair on the South Lawn Wednesday, October 21, ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Kevin Johnson, water
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 SAN BERNARDINO: Protestors disrupt bus line kickoff

Neighbors of the transit agency’s headquarters demand liquefied natural gas tanks be removed from near their homes. Omnitrans says they’re safe. »Read

In this article: Environmental Justice, Liquefied natural gas, Cassie MacDuff, Alan Wapner
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 California Senate takes 'ethics refresher course' Wednesday

The California State Senate held an 'ethics refresher course' for its members on Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Robert Huff, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Candidates say they would represent a break from Bowen

Would-be successors to Secretary of State Debra Bowen promised Wednesday to inject new life into an office they said has become technologically inept and disengaged. Derek Cressman, left, a Democratic candidate for secretary of state, makes ... »Read

In this article: Kim Alexander, Debra Bowen, campaign finance, Derek Cressman, Fair Political Practices Commission, Field Poll, Legislature, Jim Miller, Alex Padilla, Dan Schnur, Shannan Velayas, Leland Yee
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 Jerry Brown appoints Jodi Remke to head FPPC

After leaving the California Fair Political Practices Commission without a chairwoman for nearly six months, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday he has appointed the presiding judge of the State Bar Court of California to the post. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Burton, Fair Political Practices Commission, Dan Morain, Ann Ravel, Jodi Remke, Robert Stern, water
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 Armenian genocide commemoration events in the Valley

Events in the Valley marking the 99th anniversary of the Armenian genocide: Read comments »Read

In this article: Jim Costa, David G. Valadao
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 Californians overwhelmingly approve new education standards: poll

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - Most Californians support dramatic changes set to take hold in public education, including funneling more money to schools with disadvantaged students and implementing rigorous national standards known as the ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, Legislature, PPIC, state budget
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 California Senate undergoes ethics training

California senators discussed ethical and legal issues Wednesday during special ethics training prompted by corruption charges lodged against two lawmakers and the conviction of a third for perjury. »Read

In this article: Tom Berryhill, Ron Calderon, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Mark Hedlund, Robert Huff, Jason Kinney, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Senate Democrats, Kevin H. Sloat, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Capitol Alert: Californians like Common Core education, finance overhaul

Two major changes in California's public education system - adoption of "Common Core" academic standards and giving extra money to school districts with large numbers of poor and/or English learner students - seem to have gained favor with ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, PPIC, Darrell Steinberg, Dan Walters
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 California secretary of state candidates clash over ethics ideas

Candidates Alex Padilla, Dan Schnur, Pete Peterson and Derek Cressman challenge one another's ideas on reducing the corrupting influence of big money in California government.SACRAMENTO — Stirred up by a series of Capitol scandals, four ... »Read

In this article: Derek Cressman, Fair Political Practices Commission, Legislature, Alex Padilla, Dan Schnur, Senate Democrats, state budget, Leland Yee
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 Survey: Californians support Common Core standards

As other U.S. states move to delay or halt implementation of the shared learning framework known as the Common Core, the new national math and language standards still enjoy solid support in California, according to a survey released Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Legislature, PPIC
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 Senator Lois Wolk bill moves through committee

Legislation to make good on outstanding debts the state owes counties earned a 9-0 vote in the Senate's Committee on Natural Resources and Water this week. »Read

In this article: Jim Frazier, James Nielsen, water, Lois Wolk, Mariko Yamada
Bills: SB 1410,
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 Congressman speaks at Solano EDC breakfast

The future of water in California and Travis Air Force Base continue to be the main topics of discussion for Congressman John Garamendi, D-Solano. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Garamendi, peripheral canal, water
Bills: SB 200,
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 RIVERSIDE COUNTY: DA Zellerbach under investigation for political sign tampering

A witness, a member of a law-enforcement union that supports opponent Mike Hestrin, said he saw Zellerbach push over a Hestrin sign in Indio »Read
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 Vacaville holds off on plastic bag issue

Sometimes, no means no. That was the case Tuesday in Vacaville, when the City Council revisited a proposed statewide ban on single-use plastic grocery bags and whether leaders should get in front of the issue. »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Steve Hardy, Ricardo Lara, Alex Padilla
Bills: SB 270,
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 Solar project criticism comes from several sides

Silurian Valley Solar Project would provide needed electricity but also disrupt wildlife and natural area. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, global warming, renewable energy, water
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 California judge named head of state's political ethics agency

Gov. Jerry Brown selects Jodi Remke, presiding judge of the State Bar Court of California, which oversees discipline of attorneys.SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday appointed as head of California's political ethics agency a judge who ... »Read

In this article: Tom Berryhill, Jerry Brown, John Burton, California Democratic Party, Fair Political Practices Commission, Ann Ravel, Jodi Remke, Robert Stern, Evan Westrup
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 Momentum building to legalize online poker in California

A legislative committee on Wednesday heard suggestions for setting up an Internet poker system that would best serve consumers and taxpayers. »Read

In this article: indian gaming, Legislature, Jose Medina, Brian Nestande
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 Kashkari slams the 'too many Asians at Berkeley' bill

The recent effort to restore affirmative action in public university admissions 'should've been called the 'There are too many Asians at Berkeley' bill,' he told several hundred Cal students Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Retail jobs a prelude to 32nd assembly forum

In a classic case of peculiar political pairings, Thursday night's 32nd Assembly District forum begins with an hour-long presentation from officials at the Outlets of Tejon, the eagerly-awaited shopping center due in August. It's perhaps ... »Read

In this article: Jean Fuller, Pedro Rios, Rudy Salas, Andy Vidak, water
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 GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari attacks affirmative action

The recent effort to restore affirmative action in public university admissions "should've been called the 'There are too many Asians at Berkeley' bill," he told several hundred Cal students Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 WH nutrition adviser praises Sac's farm-to-fork movement

Sacramento's farm-to-fork movement got a boost Wednesday from a White House nutrition adviser invited to town by Mayor Kevin Johnson. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Kevin Johnson, water
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