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Lawmakers seek soda warning labels

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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

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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 lawmakers globe-trot to Cuba, Japan
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 Bay Area parents: Catholic school's leaders disrupting tolerant atmosphere
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 Interactive: A closer look at the Glazer-Bonilla contest
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 Seven lawmakers have committees for 2018 lieutenant governor's race
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 Wiggly words on immigration from potential Republican field

Immigration is the banana peel of 2016 Republican presidential politics. Luis Alvarado, a California-based GOP strategist, said most Republican officials privately acknowledge that the country has to legalize the status of people who are here ... »Read

In this article: Luis Alvarado, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Spencer Zwick
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 Gov. Jerry Brown signs $1 billion water plan for dry California

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that speeds up $1 billion in water infrastructure spending amid the worst drought in a generation, although much of the plan was drawn with future dry years in mind. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kristin Olsen, water
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 Measure seeks to regulate programs for gay teens

In an effort to halt reported abuse at programs claiming to help young people — such as offering to 'fix' gay children — a state lawmaker and LGBT activists on Friday announced a campaign to regulate the so-called troubled teen industry. »Read

In this article: Ricardo Lara, Adam Schiff
Bills: SB 524,
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 The federal government's H-1B racket

[...] the taxpaying me believes that if the federal government limits immigration yet creates a special visa program for highly skilled foreign workers with the assurance that the program will not cut into the wages or jobs of American workers, then ... »Read

In this article: Katie Merrill, Brad Smith
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 Chiu wants Muni buses to keep their enforcement cameras on

Chiu will announce Monday that he is sponsoring Assembly Bill 1287 to continue permanently the city’s use of cameras aboard Muni vehicles to issue citations for vehicles stopping or parking in transit-only lanes. The legislation would also seek ... »Read

In this article: David Chiu, Edwin M. Lee, Fiona Ma
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 Amid scandal, PUC legal bills skyrocketing

The embattled Public Utility Commission's legal bill for criminal defense by an outside law firm is growing rapidly. »Read

In this article: Michael R. Peevey, Terrie Prosper
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 Gov. Brown signs $1 billion water plan for dry California

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that speeds up $1 billion in water infrastructure spending amid the worst drought in a generation, although much of the plan was drawn with future dry years in mind. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kristin Olsen, water
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 Jury clears Kleiner firm in Silicon Valley gender bias case

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California jury on Friday cleared venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers of gender discrimination claims brought against it by a woman former partner, in a trial that transfixed Silicon Valley. »Read

In this article: John Doerr, Peter Henderson
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 PUC scandal stretches to UC Berkeley

A scandal at the Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco has reached across the bay to UC Berkeley. »Read

In this article: Michael R. Peevey, Terrie Prosper
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 Two weeks' schedule notice for workers on California labor agenda

Shift work with little notice about schedules is increasingly commonplace. Organized labor groups in California want to change that. Business interests plan to fight back. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: David Chiu, Caitlin R. Vega
Bills: AB 465,
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 Seven lawmakers have committees for 2018 lieutenant governor's race

With Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom termed out in 2018, seven current and former state legislators, including Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), have opened committees to raise money for possible campaigns for lieutenant governor. »Read

In this article: California Target Book, Anthony Cannella, Kevin De Leon, Jeff Denham, Mike Gatto, Ed Hernandez, Jason Kinney, Mark Leno, Gavin Newsom, Parke Skelton, Darrell Steinberg
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 Blue Shield of California is under new pressure to lower rates

With billions of dollars in reserve, nonprofit insurer Blue Shield of California is facing new pressure to offer better prices for its policies. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Peter V. Lee
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 Voter turnout disparity was key in razor-thin O.C. supervisor race

On paper, the race for Orange County supervisor seemed to be Lou Correa's to win. »Read

In this article: Lou Correa, Dave Gilliard, Loretta Sanchez, Jose Solorio, Tom Umberg
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 L.A. legislator, activists say gay conversion therapy still exits

In an effort to halt reported abuse at programs claiming to help young people -- such as offering to 'fix' gay children -- a state lawmaker and LGBT activists on Friday announced a campaign to regulate the so-called 'troubled teen' industry. »Read

In this article: Ricardo Lara, Adam Schiff, water
Bills: SB 524,
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 California politicos praise Harry Reid

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced Friday he won’t seek re-election in 2016. As jockeying begins to see who’ll replace him as Senate Democrats’ leader (Chuck Schumer? Dick Durbin? Elizabeth Warren?) and as ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 Judge Confirms Ruling Tossing La Jolla Odor Lawsuit

A Superior Court judge rejected claims in a lawsuit filed by La Jolla business owners upset with a foul odor along the scenic coastline believed to be caused by sea lion and bird droppings. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Bob Filner, Todd Gloria
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 Gov. Brown Signs $1B Water Plan For Dry California

The governor signed legislation that speeds up $1 billion in water infrastructure spending amid the worst drought in a generation, although much of the plan was drawn with future dry years in mind. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kristin Olsen, water
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 Interactive: A closer look at the Glazer-Bonilla contest

Steve Glazer was the top vote-getter in the most precincts in the March 17 special election. Second-place finisher Susan Bonilla did best in the district’s northern precincts. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan, Steven Glazer
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 Studies show tradeoffs on health vs. environment

  Two new studies show cleaning the environment to improve health is about tradeoffs. One study is on clean-air regulations, the other on diesel truck exhausts. The studies give policymakers »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, CEQA, global warming
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 Poll: Support for legalizing marijuana in California at record level

Fifty-three percent of Californians told pollsters this month that marijuana should be legal, a record level of support since the Public Policy Institute of California began asking the question in 2010. According to a poll released this week, 45 ... »Read

In this article: Gavin Newsom, PPIC
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 Gov. Brown Signs $1B Water Plan Amid Drought

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that speeds up $1 billion in water infrastructure spending amid the worst drought in a generation, although much of the plan was drawn with future dry years in mind. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kristin Olsen, water
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 Behind the list: California's top lobbying firms ... and their top clients

A lot of money gets spent in our state on lobbying -- as this week's list demonstrates. It features the top 25 lobbying firms -- and the top 25 industry groups ranked by dollars spent. During the 2013-2014 legislative session, organizations paid ... »Read

In this article: John Latimer, Legislature, Aaron L. Read
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 Reid's legacy: Dogged and smarter than you think

How a gruff, pro-life Mormon westerner became a dominant Democratic force in the Senate. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, water
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 End-of-Day Wrap-Up: Harry Reid's Last Term

The Senate Minority Leader will leave his office in 2016, the dangers of direct democracy in California, and more »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi
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 Bay Area parents: Catholic school's leaders disrupting tolerant atmosphere

Parents in the Bay Area are demanding that two religious leaders be removed for allegedly disrupting the tolerant atmosphere at their Catholic school. »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Barbara Boxer, Joe Mathews, Adam Schiff
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 The Fix: The 10 most competitive Senate races in 2016

It's easy to conclude that Democrats are actually in better shape to hold the Nevada seat in 2016 after Sen. Harry Reid's (D) decision not to run for another term.Reid, after all, had rarely won his races by anything but the skin of his teeth and ... »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, Patrick Murphy, state budget
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 Reading the tea leaves of the March 17th Special Election results

At the present time there is no reason to say the immortal words, 'Gentlemen, and Ladies start your engines.' The race is already well under way. Reading the tea leaves of the March 17th Special Election results by Richard Eber originally appearedon ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Steven Glazer, Joan Buchanan, Susan Bonilla
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 California's hydro power dries up as drought worsens; utility customers paying more

California traditionally relies on cheap, plentiful hydro power. Four years of drought have reduced hydro supplies considerably. The lights will stay on, but electricity prices are rising. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, California Independent System Operator, Energy Commission, greenhouse gas, Paul Moreno, water, Stanley Young
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 ACLU-Gavin Newsom panel releases road map to legal pot

A Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy convened by the ACLU and headed by Lieutenant Govenor Gavin Newsom outlines what legalization would entail in California, and it's not simple. »Read

In this article: Gavin Newsom, Proposition 19
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 State PUC faces $5.1 million in legal fees

The state Public Utilities Commission’s legal tab related to the ongoing state and federal corruption probes of the agency will likely top $5.1 million — more than 100 times the sum specified in the original contract — documents show. Last ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Hill, Legislature, Michael R. Peevey
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 California lawmakers globe-trot to Cuba, Japan

With the Legislature in recess next week, California’s top lawmakers – and a few Bay Area members, too – are leaving Sacramento to do some globe-trotting. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and Agriculture Committee Chair Henry ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Toni Atkins, Kevin De Leon, Adam Gray, Robert Huff, Legislature, Jose Medina, Kristin Olsen, Henry Perea, Bill Quirk, Rudy Salas, Tony Thurmond
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 Chances Of Being Locked Up Vary Widely Across California

The number of inmates in California's county jails has fallen significantly since peaking in 2007, but new statistics show a wide disparity still exists among locales. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, PPIC
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 California lawmakers OK another $17.5 million for troubled tech project

Lawmakers OK’d $17.5 million for the troubled BreEZe computer project. The new funds bring the system’s budget to $96 million. Kristin Olsen wants taxpayers to pay, not just fee payers BreEZe serves. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Awet Kidane, Legislature, Mark Leno, Kristin Olsen
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 Roundtable: Another Referendum; The Future of Logan Heights; Bike Lane Backlash

The battle over the massive One Paseo development may play out in the voting booth. Gentrification fears lead Logan Heights residents to opt for keeping the status quo. And it's bikes versus businesses in Hillcrest. »Read

In this article: David Alvarez, Marti Emerald, Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria, greenhouse gas, Sherri Lightner, minimum wage, referendum
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 The Senate's Surprising Support for Paid Sick Leave and Gay Marriage

An all-night 'vote-a-rama' on the Republican budget revealed bipartisan backing for giving new benefits to same-sex spouses and American workers. »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, sick leave
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