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 NEW: Minimum wage kills minimum-wage jobs
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 4 of 5 escaped Madera County inmates captured
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 Strong reasons to retain state justices
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 49er player not IDd in Santa Clara City Council controversy
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 Jerry Brown signs bill for bike lane fee
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 Brown signs several clean-air vehicle bills

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed six bills he said will “strengthen California’s best-in-the-nation electric vehicle market” and help the state reach its goal of getting 1.5 million zero-emission cars on the road by 2025. In a statement, the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Paul Fong, Ed Hernandez, Eric Linder, Albert Y. Muratsuchi
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 Brown administration's angling to ban lead fishing weights

Californians who enjoy fishing, heads up: Gov. Jerry Brown has his eye on your tackle box. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Maureen Gorsen, Green Chemistry, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 Police capture last of five escaped California inmates

(Reuters) - Police have recaptured the last of five inmates, described as armed and dangerous, who escaped from a jail near Fresno, California, authorities said on Sunday. »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Jorge Lopez
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 Cal State University raises possibility of future transfer-only system

LONG BEACH >> While the Cal State University and Community College systems boast about increasing the pipeline to higher education, a relative lack of funding has kindled concern among some that the 23-campus system may turn its back on freshmen and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Steven Glazer, Alex Padilla, Arnold Schwarzenegger, state budget
Bills: SB 1440,
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 The Buzz: California GOP endorses water bond, rainy-day fund

California Republicans have given their blessing to a pair of measures on the Nov. 4 ballot heavily favored by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Connie Conway, Robert Huff, Charles Munger, Proposition 2, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 Choosing between Shriver, Kuehl for L.A. County supervisor

The race for the 3rd District seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors began in earnest last week, as the contenders — Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver — faced each other in their first debate since qualifying for the runoff. They were ... »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Bobby Shriver
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 Remaining escaped Madera County inmate captured

Officials say the fifth and final inmate who escaped from the Madera County Jail on Friday night has been captured. »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Jorge Lopez
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 Jerry Brown heading to New York for climate summit, signs HOV lane bill

Gov. Jerry Brown will take his climate change message to the United Nations this week, speaking at a climate summit that is drawing heads of state from around the world. Gov. Jerry Brown holds up Assembly Bill 1839, a film tax credit bill, in ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Linder, Film tax
Bills: AB 1721,
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 All five Madera County jail escapees are recaptured

All five inmates who escaped Friday night from Madera County jail have been recaptured, officials announced Sunday afternoon. »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Jorge Lopez
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 GOP loyalties strained as four Texans ponder presidential bids in 2016

AUSTIN — The next presidential election is more than two years away, but things are already getting awkward in the Lone Star State, where at least four potential Republican contenders have deep roots. Even in Texas, there may not be room enough ... »Read

In this article: Matthew Dowd, Mark McKinnon, Early Primary, John Weaver
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 Gov. Jerry Brown signs bills to boost purchases of electric cars

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills Sunday boosting the state's market for electric cars, including a measure to make such vehicles more affordable for low-income residents. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, Jim Evans, Albert Y. Muratsuchi
Bills: AB 2013, SB 1275,
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 California authorities catch 4 of 5 jail escapees

Four of five men have been recaptured a day after their escape from a central California jail, authorities said. The fifth man remained at large. This undated booking photo provided by the Madera, Calif., County Jail shows Ricardo Cendejas, 19. ... »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Jorge Lopez
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 Kashkari Aims To Unify GOP After Weekend Divisions

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is making the most of his low-profile speaking slot at the party's convention. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party
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 U.S. senator says no place for violence in NFL

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Women of the U.S. Senate have taken notice and will speak up about how the National Football League has handled domestic abuse cases involving its players, a leading lawmaker said on Sunday. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi
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 Inmate still at large after California jail escape; 4 others captured

Four inmates were recaptured and one remains on the loose after their Friday night escape from Madera County jail, officials said. »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Jorge Lopez
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 Thousands pack New York's streets to march against climate change

Thousands of peaceful demonstrators, including Native Americans in traditional clothing, politicians and top environmental activists, descended on Manhattan to draw attention to climate change Sunday. »Read

In this article: global warming, renewable energy, Thomas F. Steyer, water
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 VIDEO: Neel Kashkari calls candidacy ‘transformational moment’ for GOP

Neel Kashkari, proud of his speech to the California Republican Party and weary of questions about two Republican statewide candidates’ refusal to endorse him, said Sunday he has “set an example” for other Republican candidates ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, Steve Poizner, Mitt Romney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Meg Whitman
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 Lawmakers Express Reservations About Obama's Islamic State Strategy

Lawmakers on Sunday expressed reservations about the president’s Islamic State strategy and questioned whether the operation to defeat the extremist militants would ultimately require boots on the ground. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Barack Obama, Adam Schiff
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 1 inmate at large after Madera County jail escape; 4 others captured

Four inmates were recaptured and one remains on the loose after their Friday night escape from Madera County jail, officials said. »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Jorge Lopez
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 California GOP endorses water bond, rainy-day fund

California Republicans have given their blessing to a pair of measures on the Nov. 4 ballot heavily favored by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats. California GOP delegates listen as chairman Jim Brulte speaks at the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, James Brulte, Connie Conway, Legislature, Charles Munger, Kristin Olsen, Proposition 2, water
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 Jerry Brown signs bill for bike lane fee

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that would allow local voters to consider a yearly fee on vehicle registrations to build bike lanes, bike lockers and other bicycle facilities. Bicyclists and pedestrians walk or ride on the Golden Gate Bridge ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark DeSaulnier, Legislature
Bills: SB 1183,
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 NEW: Minimum wage kills minimum-wage jobs

As I noted six weeks ago, I’ve been noticing higher restaurant prices since California boosted its minimum wage on July 1, to $9 from $8 an hour; with a $10 increase coming in 2016. A new study by the Heritage Foundation shows how minimum-wage ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, SEIU
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 4 of 5 escaped Madera County inmates captured

Four of the five inmates who escaped from the Madera County Jail are back in custody. Investigators are still searching for Roel Soliz. »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Jorge Lopez
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 How I Made It: California Fashion Assn. president Ilse Metchek

The gig: Ilse Metchek is president of the California Fashion Assn., which puts her in the perfect spot to be the connector and self-described 'class historian' for the Southland's fashion and retail industry. Metchek oversees a roster of more than ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Richard Riordan
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 Strong reasons to retain state justices

California voters will see the names of three state Supreme Court justices and numerous Court of Appeal justices on their Nov. 4 ballots, a result of the state's hybrid system for keeping politics to a minimum in the court system while still ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Gray Davis, George Deukmejian, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Mickle Werdegar, Pete Wilson
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 49er player not IDd in Santa Clara City Council controversy

At issue is a resolution proposed by Next Door, a South Bay domestic violence nonprofit, calling on the 49ers to bench defensive lineman Ray McDonald until the issues surrounding his August arrest on suspicion of domestic violence are resolved. 'No ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Leland Yee
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