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 CalPERS hikes state contribution by more than $450M
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 House Republicans Promote Seven Candidates
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 Clinton way ahead among 2016 Democrats; Republican field scrambled
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 Some California congressional races rack up out-of-state bucks
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 Californians support state-funded preschool for 4-year-olds, survey shows

Educating 4-year-olds is important to California voters – important enough that 57 percent say it’s worth spending $1.4 billion a year for the state to provide all of them with preschool. »Read

In this article: Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg
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 Rewriting Gay History: The Honeymoon Is Over

By Hank Plante Special to Calbuzz Now that the history of the gay rights movement is being written, and with the battle over same sex marriage looking like a fait  accompli, there is another war brewing — over who gets credit for the win. A ... »Read

In this article: Chad Griffin, Gavin Newsom, Proposition 8, Rob Reiner
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 Supervisor’s trial has El Dorado political world seething

In the courtroom, Ray Nutting, a four-term county supervisor, faces prosecution for alleged misconduct related to state grants he took for clearing brush on his family ranch. But it is the spectacle surrounding his case that envelops this county ... »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Gary Winuk
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 Bill Whalen: The trouble urban centers pose for Republicans

For all the talk about an America divided left and right, red and blue, there’s another way to assess presidential politics: populous vs. sparse. Bill Whalen »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Steve Cooley, Kevin Faulconer, Bob Filner, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, John A. Perez, Bill Whalen, Meg Whitman, Pete Wilson
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 Charles Krauthammer: The zealots win again

Political contribution donor lists, instead of being used to ferret out corruption, are now being used to pursue and persecute citizens with contrary views. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, campaign finance, Proposition 8, referendum
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 Chili sauce struggle puts state in hot spot

Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and handful of other states are salivating over Sriracha – or rather, the prospect of luring the hot-sauce maker, its hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in revenue to their states. Huy Fong Foods’ ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Ed Hernandez
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 Six Californias plan running out of time for 2014 ballot

With the deadline for the November ballot looming, Tim Draper, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist behind the Six Californias ballot initiative, said Thursday that he hasn't decided whether to put the constitutional amendment on the ballot this ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Steven R. Maviglio, Shannan Velayas, water
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 RIVERSIDE: Suspect arrested in nighttime burglaries

An anonymous call played a part in the arrest of a 29-year-old Riverside man in several nighttime burglaries in the Canyon Crest area of Riverside »Read

In this article: Robert B. Presley, Hector Ramirez
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 Assembly Candidates Grilled in 'Feet to the Fire' Forum

Candidates vying for the coastal 74th Assembly District seat took questions from journalists in the first of four such events. »Read

In this article: Travis Allen, John Moorlach, Emanuel Patrascu
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 INLAND: Longtime marijuana legalization advocate still seeing green

Desert resident Lanny Swerdlow has had a hand in nearly every aspect of marijuana politics in the Inland area for the past 15 years »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Gavin Newsom
Bills: SB 420,
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 In Sacramento DA’s race, Schubert backers rip Krell on pay issue

Supporters of Anne Marie Schubert pushed back Thursday against her main rival in the Sacramento County district attorney’s race, saying Maggie Krell is wrongly asserting that Schubert accepted pay raises as a supervisor in the DA’s ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Andrew Acosta, Kamala Harris, Jan Scully
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 California Board of Registered Nursing activates online license application system

California’s Board of Registered Nursing is hoping for a smoother licensing process now that an online application system is activated.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Kristin Olsen, water
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 City votes for task force to study building new Sacramento performing arts venue

City decides to examine plans for a new performing arts venue to replace the aging Community Center Theater »Read

In this article: Daniel Conway, Kevin Johnson
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 Residents express outcry over Chevron Richmond's modernization project

More than 60 people addressed the city's Planning Commission on Thursday, saying the environmental report describing Chevron Corp.'s proposed $1 billion modernization of its local refinery does too little to reduce pollutants and ensure safety. »Read

In this article: green jobs, greenhouse gas, Gayle McLaughlin, renewable energy
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 Drought at forefront during Modesto hearing on water bond

They gathered to talk about addressing California’s future water needs. But the crowd and state legislators at Thursday’s water bond hearing in Modesto could not escape the frustration of a…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: David Cogdill, Cathleen Galgiani, Adam Gray, Legislature, Anthony Rendon, water
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 Election 2014: Five challenging Jim Costa's bid for sixth congressional term

Five people – four Republicans and a Democrat – want to take out Rep. Jim Costa in the 2014 election.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jim Costa, Johnny Tacherra, water
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 In political scandal, good government advocates see opening for ethics, campaign finance changes

When the Legislature returns next week from spring break, it will pick up with the drudgery of its shortcomings right where it left off, with ethics training in the upper house. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, campaign finance, Cristina Garcia, Robert Huff, Legislature, Jim Mayer, Richard D. Roth, state budget, Darrell Steinberg, Robert Stern, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Valley in desperate need of help

Today: McNerney swings for the fences. »Read

In this article: Jim Costa, Jeff Denham, Jerry McNerney, Barack Obama, water
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 Probe of GPS monitoring of suspected serial killers sought

California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg reacts after two men wearing GPS devices and under parole supervision are accused of raping and killing four women.SACRAMENTO — The leader of the state Senate is seeking an investigation into how two ... »Read

In this article: Luis Patino, Darrell Steinberg
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 Controller uses authority to compile wide-ranging database

A state website that offers a look at public employees’ salary and retirement information is being expanded, a spokesman for Controller John Chiang said. The website — publicpay.ca.gov — was launched two months after the August 2010 ... »Read

In this article: John Chiang, Robert Rizzo
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 Assemblyman Roger Dickinson wants more disclosure on crude oil transport

Pointing to the catastrophic derailment in Quebec of a train transporting oil and similar accidents, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, proposed legislation Thursday to get emergency responders more information about crude-carrying trains ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Energy Commission
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 Salas' staffers departures stun so close to primary

Two employees have resigned from the office of Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, this week, prompting an accusation from a former staffer's spouse of "unethical" behavior. Their departures come less than two months before the June 3 ... »Read

In this article: Veronica Alarcon, Dean Florez, Elva Lopez, Rudy Salas, Jonathan Waldie
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 The Buzz: FPPC delays decision on Berryhill money-laundering case

Another state senator accused of violating political ethics rules will have to wait longer to learn his fate after the California Fair Political Practices Commission adjourned Thursday without acting on the case. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Charles H. Bell, Tom Berryhill, William R. Berryhill, Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Connie Conway, Tim Donnelly, Fair Political Practices Commission, Legislature, Alex Vassar, Gary Winuk
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 'Six Californias' plan running out of time for 2014 ballot

With the deadline for the November ballot looming, Tim Draper, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist behind the "Six Californias" ballot initiative, said Thursday that he hasn't decided whether to put the constitutional amendment on the ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Steven R. Maviglio, Shannan Velayas, water
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 Court leaves legal bills in city's lap

Years of a court battle over who pays the legal fees for six former members of San Diego’s pension board has come to an end, and the city is on the hook for a legal bill that could top $7 million. »Read

In this article: Bonnie Dumanis, Jan Goldsmith
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 Missed the Obamacare deadline? Short-term health plan may be better than nothing

Insurance industry and health care experts say the Affordable Care Act won t allow you to get comprehensive health coverage again until Jan. 1. But if you re worried about an unexpected medical problem before then, there is a last resort: short-term ... »Read

In this article: Patrick Johnston, Janice Rocco
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 NEW: Split-roll tax bill strikes at Prop. 13

  Almost every year in the California Legislature Proposition 13 becomes a target for those seeking higher taxes. The 1978 tax-limitation measure, among other things, requires a two-thirds vote for local tax increases. As budget maneuvers heat up ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Split roll, Lois Wolk
Bills: SB 1021,
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 GOP is building a home for Latino voters

GOP recognizes that Hispanics are the fastest-growing demographic group in California. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Bob Filner
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 Progressives rip one corporate tax break, laud another

Supervisor David Campos marched at the head of a protest Tuesday by the city's largest public employee union to denounce the Mid-Market tax break, designed to attract companies to the downtrodden area, as a corporate giveaway. The view of many at ... »Read

In this article: John Avalos, Jerry Brown, David Campos, Dianne Feinstein, Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi, Nancy Pelosi, SEIU
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 BART fined over 2 track workers' deaths during strike

State regulators fined BART $210,000 Thursday in connection with the deaths of two track workers who were hit by a train in October during a union strike, alleging that the transit agency deliberately violated safety rules. The disputed policy ... »Read

In this article: Christine Baker, Cheryl Brown
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 United Unions Call for Diamond's Removal from DPOC Leadership Post

Two independent sources tell TheLiberalOC that at Wednesday's special Executive Board meeting of the OC Labor Fed, that all 90-plus unions represented by the LaborFed united with the 20-plus Building Trade unions in demanding that the Democratic ... »Read

In this article: Dan Chmielewski, Greg Diamond
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 NEW: Video: An unsustainable recovery in California

Former California State Finance Director Tom Campbell gives his take on California's economic outlook.   »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tom Campbell
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 CITY BEAT: Man home again after 22 years

It's just a humble duplex, but for 60-year-old Arthur Misener, it represents impossible progress. Misener, a former plumber who suffers from health issues including kidney problems, has spent more than one-third of his life homeless in ... »Read

In this article: Zack Scrivner, Andy Vidak, Bryan Williams
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 NEW: Video: Jerry Brown's biggest challenge in CA

Chapman University Law School Dean Tom Campbell explains to CalWatchdog.com's editor-in-chief Brian Calle how he believes the biggest challenge Gov. Jerry Brown faces is the 'regulatory death that businesses see when they look at California.'   »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tom Campbell
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 With Gonzalez' help, the CTA targets charter schools " again

Only a naif would believe the legislation wasn't meant to be punitive. »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Edwin Chau, Rocky Chavez, Lorena Gonzalez, Kristin Olsen, Shirley Weber
Bills: AB 1531,
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 District attorney candidates’ forum ends on sharp note

Maggy Krell directed a sharp-edged blast at Anne Marie Schubert in the final moments of Wednesday’s Sacramento County district attorney candidates forum when she criticized her opponent for accepting pay raises in recent years while the ... »Read

In this article: Andrew Acosta, CalPERS
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 Some California congressional races rack up out-of-state bucks

Outside money is pouring into San Joaquin Valley congressional races, a potentially mixed blessing for candidates and a sure sign of more to come. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, CalPERS, Jim Costa, Jeff Denham, John Hernandez, David G. Valadao
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 Clinton way ahead among 2016 Democrats; Republican field scrambled

Hillary Clinton's way ahead in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and the Republican field is scrambled with no clear front-runner, according to a new Fox News poll. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Joe Biden, CalPERS, Hillary Clinton
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 Campaign agency considers fines for 2 GOP brothers

California's political watchdog agency is considering whether to fine two brothers for transferring money between their campaigns while both were running 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 Obamacare Enrollees Exceed Projections By Nearly 100K

Overall, the Obama administration had projected California would enroll 1.3 million during the first enrollment period, which began Oct. 1. Covered California said the state had set a target of around 830,000. »Read

In this article: Peter V. Lee, Barack Obama, Norma J. Torres
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 Capitol Alert: FPPC delays decision on Berryhill money-laundering case

The board of California's political ethics watchdog Thursday postponed action on a recommended $40,000 money-laundering penalty against state Sen. Tom Berryhill, his brother and Republican central committees in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. »Read

In this article: Antonio C. Amador, Charles H. Bell, Tom Berryhill, William R. Berryhill, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Jim Miller, Gary Winuk
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 Rainy-day plan ignites spending debate

Republicans welcome governor's help to toughen rainy-day fund, but offer some concerns. »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Jerry Brown, Legislature, James Nielsen, Proposition 98
Bills: ACA 4,
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 Wolf, Aceves Square Off During First Candidates' Forum

Maintenance measure, taxes, donation rules, and energy production dominate the discussions. »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, SEIU, water
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 Hotel magnate, Democratic fundraiser pleads guilty

NEW YORK (AP) — A wealthy hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser who supported Hilary Clinton for president pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he secretly funneled more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions to three unnamed candidates ... »Read

In this article: Howard L. Berman, Hillary Clinton, Christopher Dodd, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama
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 Attempted murder suspect surrenders in Weott: Man wanted in connection with hammer attack returned to Sonoma County

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office arrested an attempted murder suspect in Weott after his aunt reported he was unwanted in her house, according to officials. »Read

In this article: Luis Ayala, Stephen T. Knight
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 Capitol Alert: Dickinson bill seeks crude oil train emergency preparedness

Pointing to the catastrophic derailment in Quebec of a train transporting oil and similar accidents, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, has unveiled legislation to get emergency responders more information about crude-carrying trains that ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Energy Commission
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 Attorney General is late on report

Kamala Harris required by law to report to the governor every two years on the activities of her office. »Read

In this article: David Beltran, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 Many needed help to sign up for Covered California

Turns out, signing up for health benefits through Covered California was not as easy as buying a book on Amazon,  as it was once billed. Almost 60 percent of folks who signed up got some kind of help, according to new data from the state health ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Peter V. Lee
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 April 18 letters to the editor

Life was changed by drunken driverThe glory of prom and graduation celebrations are coming. Shimmering dresses, rented tuxedos, and a cap and gown come to mind. »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Fair Political Practices Commission, Jerry McNerney, Barack Obama
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 Nicholas Kristof: Ukrainian spirit no match for a Russian tank

A bear is charging Ukrainians, and we offer them spaghetti. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Joe Biden, CalPERS, Barack Obama
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 Roseville solar installer completes power systems in Manteca, Tracy

Roseville-based solar power company SUNworks has commissioned solar systems projects with a combined total of about 1 megawatt for Quaresma Dairy in Manteca and M&B Alfalfa Farms in Tracy. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, CalPERS
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 PG&E tax, fee payouts throughout California top $302 million

San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company says it has paid property taxes and franchise fees totaling more than $302 million to the 49 counties and 243 cities in which it operates in California. That included including more than $51 ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, CalPERS
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 Capitol Alert: Nearly 1.4 million Californians enroll in health insurance exchange

Citing a large influx of customers in the final weeks, California officials announced Thursday that more than 3 million people enrolled in health insurance coverage or Medi-Cal, capping an opening period that saw the state emerge as an example for ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, SEIU, Michael Wilson
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 Prop 8 lawyer's views on gay marriage evolving

The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman. FILE This ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Dick Cheney, Barack Obama, Proposition 8, Same-sex marriage
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 Book: Lawyer who defended Calif. gay marriage ban is now planning daughter's gay wedding

The conservative lawyer who defended California’s ban on gay marriage at the Supreme Court is at work on another project: planning his daughter’s upcoming same-sex wedding ceremony. Charles J. Cooper, a former top official in the Reagan Justice ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 8, Same-sex marriage
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 Legislation Would Protect Communities From Oil Train Accidents

Railroads plan to increase their shipments of crude oil by train throughout California. One lawmaker wants to make sure emergency planners can protect communities from potential train accidents. California’s oil pipelines are reaching ... »Read

In this article: Roger Dickinson, Energy Commission
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 House Republicans Promote Seven Candidates

The National Republican Congressional Committee has elevated seven more candidates to the second-level "Contender" status of its Young Guns program for top House GOP prospects. »Read

In this article: Julia Brownley, Hillary Clinton, Jeff Gorell, Tony Strickland
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 CalPERS hikes state contribution by more than $450M

Due to the ever-increasing life spans of public employees, the California Public Employees' Retirement System raised the contribution rate for the state of California by more than $450 million, officials announced Wednesday. Beginning July 1, the ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Bill Slaton
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