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Dianne Feinstein pleas for GOP votes on drought bill

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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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 Let's everybody calm down about the Leland Yee ruckus
San Francisco Chronicle - April 19, 4:29 pm
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 Leland Yee case: Disgraced senator's legislative efforts fueled cash for campaigns
San Jose Mercury News - April 19, 4:39 pm
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 Solar project approved
Victorville Daily Press - April 19, 1:06 pm
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 A bloody message for Leland Yee in the 1990s
San Francisco Chronicle - April 19, 4:29 pm
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 San Francisco probe leading to entrapment claims
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 Editorial: Will drought end for rainy day fund?

Gov. Jerry Brown has elicited much-deserved plaudits, from Democrats and Republicans alike, for calling a special session of the Legislature on Thursday to strengthen the state’s rainy day fund. “We simply must prevent the massive deficits of ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Robert Huff, Legislature, John A. Perez, state budget, Darrell Steinberg, water
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 Michelle Rhee: Students win when great teachers are protected

An attorney for the California Teachers Association labor union made a statement recently regarding the Vergara v. California court case, and I completely agree with it. [Insert dramatic pause here.] Yes, that’s right. Let that sink in for a... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Michelle Rhee, state budget, water
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 On the Move: New jobs and promotions

Sacramento-area businesses announce job moves. »Read

In this article: Jason O. Gabhart, Michael Miller
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 Dan Walters: California politicos admit failures in seeking rainy day fund

In seeking to create a “rain day fund” to soak up some revenues, Capitol politicians admit to failures of the past. Dan Walters »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Darrell Steinberg, Dan Walters
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 Marcos Breton: We suffer because we care

On this profoundly meaningful day of Easter, it doesn’t seem any easier to find the meaning behind why terrible things happen. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dan Morain, water
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 Two former Twin Rivers Unified trustees seek to win back seats they lost in 2012

Two former Twin Rivers Unified school board members ousted by voters in 2012 are seeking a rematch with the trustees who won their seats. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dan Morain, water
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 Dan Morain: California could be in the running for Tesla’s battery factory, after all

Californians helped birth Elon Musk Inc., so why is he thinking about building his battery factory in states other than California? Dan Morain »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, Gray Davis, Energy Commission, Dianne Feinstein, Legislature, Claudia Morain, Dan Morain
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 The Conversation feedback: What do you think about the growing disparity between the rich and poor?

Re “Squeezing the middle class” (Forum, April 13): Susan Sward quotes author Thomas Frank, who blames some conservatives for “reducing corporations’ tax burdens.” In fact, the corporate tax rate in the United ... »Read

In this article: JOHN P. CALDWELL, minimum wage
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 Merced County's Paul Lo becomes first Hmong judge in U.S.

Judge Paul Lo tried to hold back tears Friday as he spoke about the men and women who paved the way to his spot on the Merced County Superior Court bench. Read comments »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jim Costa, water
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 NEW: Rizzo heads to slammer

Robert Rizzo is going to jail. Facing over 100 counts of corruption and associated wrongdoing, he will spend 12 years in state prison. The ex-city manager will also serve 33 months of a federal sentence for income tax evasion. The case against Rizzo ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, Kevin De Leon, Field Poll, Legislature, Robert Rizzo, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Prison realignment requires more cells, programs, counseling

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown has been quietly visiting California counties -- including Kern -- since the start of the year to see how they are faring under his 3-year-old realignment law that dramatically altered the state's criminal justice ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Diane Cummins, Rudy Salas, Jeff Stone, Evan Westrup
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 Braves pull shaky Kimbrel, hold off Mets 7-5

Craig Kimbrel hardly ever needs help with the ninth inning. He got some Saturday night. »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 San Francisco probe leading to entrapment claims

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The FBI used millions of dollars, liquor and cigarettes seized in other cases and more than a dozen undercover operatives in an elaborate, seven-year sting operation targeting a San Francisco Chinatown association thought ... »Read

In this article: Peter V. Lee, water, Leland Yee
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 Advocates: Reform can help immigrants fulfill their potential

STOCKTON - Immigrants feed California, and divide it. Immigrants and the children of immigrants are among California's most beloved heroes (think astronaut Jose Hernandez, who completed some of his early higher education at San Joaquin Delta College ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jose Atilio Hernandez, Jose Hernandez, Legislature
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 Fines weighed for Berryhill brothers

SACRAMENTO - 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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 Latinos playing bigger role in Calif. politics

SACRAMENTO - When Romualdo Pacheco became California's first Latino to serve as lieutenant governor in 1871 - and later the state's first Latino governor in 1875, taking over for a man elected to the U.S. Senate - little did he know it would take ... »Read

In this article: Cruz Bustamante, Ricardo Lara, Legislature
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 Troubled Central Basin Water District may lose insurance

The Assn. of California Water Agencies Joint Powers Insurance Authority has recommended to its board that it drop the district's employment liability coverage due to 'dysfunction' and increasing lawsuits.A controversy-riddled water district involved ... »Read

In this article: Thomas M. Calderon, Art Chacon, Los Angeles Unified School District, Robert Rizzo, water
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 Braves pull Kimbrel, hold off Mets 7-5

Jordan Walden got the final out with the bases loaded after Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez pulled star closer Craig Kimbrel, and the Braves held off the New York Mets 7-5 Saturday night. »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 Don't forget about us

Hello, President Obama. It's us, way out here in Stockton. »Read

In this article: Jim Costa, Jerry McNerney, Barack Obama
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 Scrutiny grows over marketing of e-cigarettes

In response to a critical congressional study on electronic cigarettes, Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert M. Levin said he hopes they will soon be treated like other tobacco products. »Read

In this article: Steve Bennett, Barbara Boxer, Julia Brownley, Lois Capps, Henry A. Waxman
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 Internal Affairs: Battle continues between police union, councilwoman

This just in -- San Jose's police officer union and Councilwoman Rose Herrera are still duking it out. »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Chuck Reed
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 San Jose Sharks seeing value of hard-hitting fourth line

San Jose Sharks' physical play was a factor in their Game 1 win against the Los Angeles Kings. »Read

In this article: Mike Brown, water, Doug Wilson
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 Stability poses new challenge for Brown

Governor to guard spending despite improved economy »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, Tim Donnelly, Ana J. Matosantos, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 MJC speakers, debaters find success at Colorado event

Success & Service recognizes individuals and organizations who serve the community or achieve within their fields.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Charles H. Bell, Heather D. Wilson, Heather Wilson
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 Leland Yee case: Disgraced senator's legislative efforts fueled cash for campaigns

State Sen. Leland Yee spent his last three years in the Capitol much like his first nine, promoting high-minded laws to increase government transparency and help vulnerable constituents like foster children while simultaneously plunging his hands ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, California Nurses Association, campaign finance, Joe Canciamilla, Fair Political Practices Commission, Leland Yee
Bills: SB 356,
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 Let's everybody calm down about the Leland Yee ruckus

When all is said and done, his alleged crimes come down to taking campaign contributions in return for issuing proclamations, using campaign funds to set up a meeting and taking campaign funds for writing a letter. Never did he sell his vote, steal ... »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Michael Honda, Leland Yee
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 A bloody message for Leland Yee in the 1990s

According to eyewitness and other accounts, school board executive assistant Esther Casco was seated at the reception desk inside the former board offices at 135 Van Ness Ave. on a Friday afternoon when an Asian man in his early 20s ran past her and ... »Read

In this article: Andrew Ross, Leland Yee
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 How can a teacher fired for molestation allegations get another job in classroom?

East Bay educators and parents are trying to find out how Ron Guinto continued teaching children after being fired by a Richmond school following child sex abuse allegations. The answers reveal loopholes and blind spots a newly implemented law was ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association
Bills: AB 215, AB 449,
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 Starbucks, Marjaree Mason Center seek diapers

The Marjaree Mason Center is working with Starbucks locations in Fresno and Clovis to host a Diaper Drive throughout the month of April. Read comments »Read

In this article: Jim Costa, Victor Davis Hanson, technical education
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 League, Sierra Club continue campaign to halt Friant Ranch

Two public-interest groups are making a final stand in a long legal battle to stop Friant Ranch, a 2,270-home and commercial development that's been approved for the foothills near the San Joaquin River, 10 miles northeast of Fresno. Read comments »Read

In this article: Jim Costa, Victor Davis Hanson, technical education, water
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 Counties tell Brown they need money for realignment

Gov. Jerry Brown has been quietly visiting California counties since the start of the year to see how they are faring under his 3-year-old realignment law that dramatically altered the state's criminal justice system by increasing the burden on ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Diane Cummins, Jeff Stone, Evan Westrup
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 Solar project approved

SAN BERNARDINO • The San Bernardino County Planning Commission voted 3-1 this week to approve a conditional use permit for a solar power company that plans to establish a 5.8-megawatt facility on a 50-acre property near the intersections of ... »Read

In this article: Paul A. Smith, Paul Smith
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 Lynn, Cardinals beat sloppy Nationals 4-3

Lance Lynn won his fourth straight start and delivered an RBI double after yet another error by Washington, and the St. Louis Cardinals scored three unearned runs to beat Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals 4-3 Saturday. »Read

In this article: Anthony Rendon, Matt Williams
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 Williams scores 24 as Nets beat Raptors 94-87

Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 24 points, Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 94-87 Saturday in Game 1 of their first round playoff series. »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 Saturday's Sports Transactions

Sent OF Shane Victorino to Pawtucket (IL) for a rehab assignment. »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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