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 Michael Lyon arrested on drug, eavesdropping charges
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 Losing Cummings Set Off Chain Reaction for Secret Service Director
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 Judge won't toss suit by strawberry industry against UC Davis over plant research

A judge has declined to toss out a lawsuit by the strawberry industry accusing UC Davis of walking away from a critically-needed plant-breeding program that’s created new varieties of the fruit for decades. Mary Delany, associate dean in ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, California Strawberry Commission
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 You Look Spineless: The problem with ultimatums

Dragging out investigations so that they conclude just after an election does not serve the public interest. We believe that if the Santa Ana City Council feels they cannot release the full report, at a minimum, the City Attorneys conclusions should ... »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Michele Martinez, Tony Rackauckas
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 Sutter Memorial gets short seismic safety reprieve

A bill signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown allows Sutter Memorial Hospital to operate until Sept. 1, 2015 without meeting state earthquake safety rules. The local hospital is one of five granted the reprieve under Assembly Bill 2557 by Democratic ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Richard Pan, water
Bills: AB 2557,
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 A Republican in Santa Monica: Is Top Two an Antidote to "Rational Ignorance"?

My good friend, Joe Mathews, has thrown a couple gauntlets at my feet (here and here) regarding my support of the Top Two. In one piece, he cites the results of Oregon’s Citizens’ Initiative Review (some form of which I’d like to see here), ... »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Betsy Butler, Tim Donnelly, Joe Mathews
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 Everyone Was For The Free Speech Movement -- For Awhile

It was autumn 1964 in Berkeley, in a small apartment just a few blocks from Sproul Hall, when I found myself interviewing Mario Savio, the embattled leader of the Free Speech Movement. I was editor in chief of the Stanford Daily and sent staff ... »Read
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 Bankruptcy Judge: CalPERS Pensions Can Be Cut

A federal judge ruled yesterday that CalPERS pensions can be cut in bankruptcy like other debt. He rejected the argument that the giant system is an “arm of the state” with pensions protected by federal law and two state laws on contracts and ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Legislature
Bills: AB 506,
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 Mr. President, Please Stop Visiting California

Bad news: President Obama is coming to California again. Mr. President, I realize such a statement may seem jarring to you and your strongest supporters. After all, our state (and this columnist) voted for you twice, and you and California are a ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Barack Obama, Maria Shriver
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 Surprising Follow-up to my Washington Post Article (It's not about California Politics)

No California politics or business today. Rather this is the story of what happened after the Washington Post put up my article last week about my family’s travels almost two decades ago to a place in Luxembourg where my father saw action during ... »Read
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 Facebook apologizes to LGBT community over real-name policy (+video)

Responding to widespread protests, Facebook ended its crackdown on accounts from people not using their real names. Meanwhile, new social media site, Ello, reaches out to LGBTQ community to move their accounts. »Read

In this article: Christopher Cox, Michael Williams
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 AM Alert: Should California reduce penalties for nonviolent crimes?

In November, voters will be asked to weigh in on Proposition 47, which would reduce some petty crimes – such as shoplifting less than $950 worth of merchandise and possession of cocaine or heroin – from felonies to misdemeanors. ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Reed Hastings, Doug Ose, Cassandra Pye, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Darrell Steinberg, Tom Torlakson, Dan Walters
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 READ IN: Do You Know Bruce Lee Edition

Do you Read In? Don't forget to sign up to receive all the political news you need, right in your inbox every morning! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned on ... »Read

In this article: Sam Brownback, Bruce Lee, Loretta Lynch, Nancy Pelosi, Thomas F. Steyer, Tony West
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 Opinions > Letters for October 2, 2014 >

Thanks, peace advocates Re “Why CPJC stands with Palestine” (Guest comment, by Chris Moore-Backman, Sept. 25): Thank you for the guest comment by Chris Moore-Backman... »Read

In this article: Doug LaMalfa, James Nielsen, Jim Reed
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 The 10 Most Vulnerable House Members

With a month to go until Election Day, House Republicans are poised to add at least a handful of seats to their majority in the midterms. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Carl DeMaio, Doug Ose, Scott Peters
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 Congress Needn't Look Any Further Than California on How to Combat Climate Change | Commentary

President Barack Obama's recent address to a global audience at the United Nations Climate Summit, coupled with the executive order he unveiled the same day, make even more evident the need to combat climate change despite some reluctance coming ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, global warming, greenhouse gas, Barack Obama
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 Local Stories > Plastic bag ban finalized > Gov. Brown signs bill prohibiting grocers from selling plastic bags.

The nation’s first statewide ban of plastic bags was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Sept. 30, finalizing a contentious law and vindicating more than 100... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Alex Padilla
Bills: SB 270,
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 Health > Advocates on every campus > Cal State boosts efforts to support sexual assault victims.

All 23 California State University campuses—including Chico State—will appoint independent, on-campus advocates for victims of sexual assault, lawmakers announced Sept. 22. In July, U.S. Sen.... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Susan Davis
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 Green > Key word: climate > Masses, execs meet separately to discuss their efforts to aid the environment.

Thousands of protesters, from California to overseas, converged on lower Manhattan in New York City earlier this month (Sept. 21-22) in a “flood Wall... »Read

In this article: greenhouse gas, John F. Kerry, renewable energy, Robert R. Rubin
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 Opinions > The K.J. way > Yet again more pay-to-play at the mayor's office.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors met in Sacramento this weekend. Conference president, Mayor Kevin Johnson, has made “Cities 3.0” the theme of his USMC presidency.... »Read

In this article: Phil Angelides, campaign finance, Kevin Johnson, Kunal Merchant, Michelle Rhee, water
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 Local Stories > Strong man? > K.J. says Measure L will revolutionize Sacramento. Critics call it a power grab. Do strong-mayor cities really do things better?

Kevin Johnson is not about subtle. “The other side says, ‘Stop. Don’t. We can’t,'” the mayor riffed at a recent debate on his fourth... »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, John Shirey, Darrell Steinberg
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 A Spectator's Guide on GOP Bid for Senate Control

California plays no role in the biggest political story of the year, the Democrats’ desperate struggle to hold off a Republican takeover of the Senate. No matter: a handful of faraway national political battles carry enormous importance for the ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, referendum, water
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 Goleta Sanitary District Race Ramps Up

The Goleta City Council is going without an election in November, but the sewage is stewing at the city’s Sanitary District, whose board has five candidates vying for two seats; incumbent John Carter is resigning, and incumbent Jerry Smith is ... »Read

In this article: Jerry A. Smith, Jerry Smith
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 Editorial: California prison health care is seriously ill

California’s effort to provide medical services in the state prison system has been an abysmal failure. For more than a decade, the state has provided what one federal judge called a system of “at times outright depravity,” with a standard ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Thelton Henderson
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 The State Worker: State firefighters battle for better pay

While state firefighters have battled the epic King fire west of Lake Tahoe, their union has been struggling with a political question: What can they expect financially in the future from Gov. Jerry Brown? »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Lopez, minimum wage, referendum, SEIU
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 Bevy of Bills Signed by Gov

Jackson and Williams wrap up their year. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California prisons
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 Tipping Point

All you need to know about the Republican’s fierce bid for total control of Congress. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, referendum, water
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 Endorsement: Assemblyman Roger Dickinson is best to fill Darrell Steinberg’s seat

Assemblyman Roger Dickinson is the candidate best positioned to fill the void left when termed-out Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg departs after the Nov. 4 election. Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, who is running for the state Senate in ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Legislature, Richard Pan, Jan Scully, Darrell Steinberg, water, Roderick Wright
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 Endorsement: Assemblyman Ken Cooley should get a second term

Assemblyman Ken Cooley should get a second term; his opponent, Doug Haaland, is a worthy candidate. Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, is sworn in at the state Capitol on Dec. 3, 2012. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ken Cooley, Douglas Haaland, Legislature, water
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 Viewpoints: A rainy day fund is no substitute for real tax reform

Gov. Brown plays it safe on a politically dangerous issue. Gov. Jerry Brown spoke to a state Assembly committee in April to promote his plan for a rainy day fund. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, Joel Fox, Proposition 2, Arnold Schwarzenegger, state budget, water
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 Viewpoints: Gov. Brown blows a big opportunity on ethics

With flimsy excuses, he vetoed bills that could have restored some integrity to the Legislature. Gov. Jerry Brown meets with The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board on May 15, 2014. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Jerry Hill, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Ann Ravel, Darrell Steinberg
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 Metro shouldn't play the name game

How should Los Angeles say “thanks” to long-serving politicians who have done the people's business through good times and bad? When a fruit basket just isn't enough, the honorarium of choice for L.A. County supervisors and other local elected ... »Read

In this article: Gloria Molina, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 VIDEO: Congressional candidates Costa and Tacherra participate in local forum

The Merced County Association of Realtors held a forum Tuesday morning with 16th Congressional District candidates Jim Costa and Johnny Tacherra.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jim Costa, Johnny Tacherra
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 Officials: Former mogul Michael Lyon caught with meth

Former Sacramento real estate executive Michael Lyon was arrested Wednesday after missing a scheduled visit at the probation department -- and he is now accused of possessing methamphetamine, investigators said. »Read

In this article: Doug Elmets, William Portanova
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 Foundation begun on Long Beach's new Gerald Desmond Bridge

Long Beach city leaders celebrated a big step in the $1.3 billion Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement project at a news conference Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Gerald Desmond, Robert B. Garcia, water
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 The Buzz: California state library loves passion papers

Ah, romance. Inhabitant of candlelit dinners, tender caresses and … government documents? The Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building, at 914 Capitol Mall. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jon Coupal, Matt Dababneh, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Bills: AB 2056,
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 Groups at odds over Claremont Canyon eucalyptus fire hazard

Claremont Canyon Conservancy wants to remove the trees while Hills Conservation Network wants to thin them as both groups await the completion of an environmental impact statement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. »Read

In this article: Tom Bates, Loni Hancock, Nancy Skinner
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 Sacramento County taxpayers on the hook for elections office mistakes

A pair of blunders by the Sacramento County elections office that omitted information from the sample ballot booklet sent to thousands of registered voters is costing taxpayers more than $68,000 and has the potential to affect voting in the November ... »Read

In this article: Jill LaVine, Roberta MacGlashan
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 Gov. Brown blocks expansion of injury leaves for emergency workers

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed two little-noticed bills that would have expanded a special injury leave program that pays California's emergency responders 100% of their salaries, tax-free, when they're out with claimed ailments. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Faith Conley, Lorena Gonzalez
Bills: AB 2052, AB 2378,
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 Michael Lyon arrested on drug, violating probation charges

Michael Lyon, the disgraced former head of Lyon Real Estate, was arrested Wednesday on felony drug possession and eavesdropping charges, according to online booking records from the Sacramento County jail. »Read

In this article: Doug Elmets, Lee Seale
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 Stockton bankruptcy ruling a blow to pensions

SACRAMENTO — A federal bankruptcy judge dealt a blow to California's public employee pension systems by ruling Wednesday that payments for future worker retirements can be reduced when a city declares bankruptcy — just like its other debts. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Dave Low, Chris Megerian
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 Settlement in Huizar sexual harassment case is at no cost to city

A former aide to Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar has agreed to a settlement ending the sexual harassment case against her former boss -- without obtaining a payout from the city, the parties said Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Jose Huizar, Gloria Molina, Rob Wilcox
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 Marine in Mexican jail may be released soon, two lawmakers say

Two key members of Congress on Wednesday said they were confident a Marine reservist jailed in Mexico on weapons charges will be released so that he can return to the U.S. and receive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. »Read

In this article: Duncan Hunter, Ed Royce
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 Brown criticized for veto of bill to reform toxic substances agency

Gov. Jerry Brown's veto of a bill to reform the California Department of Toxic Substances Control is drawing indignation from community groups and state legislators who had pressed for broad changes at the troubled agency. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, DTSC, Environmental Justice
Bills: SB 812,
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 Chabot holds press conference denouncing attack ads

SAN BERNARDINO>> Republican Congressional candidate Paul Chabot, surrounded by friends and supporters at the TVC Mas Latino Studios in San Bernardino, spoke out against a recent rash of political mailers which he called 'racist' and 'sexist.'Four ... »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Paul Chabot, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 LA Settles Sexual Harassment Suit Involving Councilman Jose Huizar

The city of L.A. has settled a lawsuit that alleged City Councilman Jose Huizar sexually harassed a former aide. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Jose Huizar
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 Los Angeles councilman sex harassment suit settled

Los Angeles has settled a lawsuit that alleged City Councilman Jose Huizar sexually harassed a former aide. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Jose Huizar
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 S.F., Oakland minimum wage measures spearhead U.S. movement

[...] during a second tech boom and facing the nation’s fastest-growing income gap, Proposition J on the November ballot would propel San Francisco to similar high ground, raising the minimum wage from $10.74 an hour to $15 by July 2018. The San ... »Read

In this article: Sean Clegg, Edwin M. Lee, minimum wage, SEIU
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 When Plagiarism Doesn't Matter

Scott Walker's Democratic challenger is facing heat for copying policy ideas from other candidates. But many other contenders, from both parties, have used similar tactics. »Read

In this article: Lanhee Chen, Carl DeMaio, Mitt Romney
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 L.A. council candidate received, then swore off developer donations

At a forum Tuesday night in Hollywood, nearly a dozen candidates vying to replace termed-out Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge were asked a question: Will you accept campaign contributions from developers? »Read

In this article: Paul Koretz, Tom LaBonge, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Michael Lyon arrested on drug, eavesdropping charges

Michael Lyon, the disgraced former head of Lyon Real Estate, was arrested earlier today on felony drug possession and eavesdropping charges, according to online booking records from the Sacramento County Jail. Michael Lyon, the disgraced former ... »Read

In this article: Doug Elmets, William Portanova, Lee Seale
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 NEW: Hearings dissect Prop. 46 on medical malpractice

  California’s state and local governments could be hit with an increase of tens of millions to several hundred million dollars in annual health care costs if Proposition 46 passes on Nov. 4. That was the warning from California legislative ... »Read

In this article: Cesar Diaz, Legislature, Dave Roberts
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 Prop 45 health insurance reform debate heats up

Prop 45 would give the insurance commissioner the authority to reject unjustified rate hikes on health insurance. »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, Jamie Court, SEIU, Robin Swanson
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 Ad Watch: Republicans rehashes misleading claims on Ami Bera

The National Republican Congressional Committee, in its first TV ad targeting Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, seeks to paint the freshman lawmaker and medical doctor as a free-spending hyper-partisan who would cut entitlements. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Barack Obama, Doug Ose, Nancy Pelosi
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 CalPERS announces board election results

Theresa Taylor has won election to CalPERS Board of Administration and incumbent Priya Mathur has won re-election to the panel, according to an uncertified vote count by the retirement system. The CALPERS building in downtown Sacramento »Read

In this article: CalPERS, SEIU
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 Losing Cummings Set Off Chain Reaction for Secret Service Director

As CNN's Wolf Blitzer noted Wednesday afternoon, when a White House appointee loses the backing of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Elijah E. Cummings, you know you're in trouble. »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Facebook apologizes to LGBT community over real-name policy

Responding to widespread protests, Facebook ended its crackdown on accounts from people not using their real names. Meanwhile, new social media site, Ello, reaches out to LGBTQ community to move their accounts. »Read

In this article: Christopher Cox, Michael Williams
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 Honda's chief of staff apologizes for email exchange with political director

Congressman Mike Honda's chief of staff has apologized for blurring the line between her official duties and her work on his re-election campaign. »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna
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 Names on the post-Holder shortlist

The Justice Department is said to be preparing a short­list, for the moment, of people it is recommending to the White House to replace Eric Holder as attorney general, our colleague Sari Horwitz reports. Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Loretta Lynch, Nancy Pelosi, Tony West
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 Capitol has a big role in ads for Central Valley seat

Tumbleweeds, bill votes and legislative scandals get prominent roles in TV ads airing in a competitive state Senate race in the Central Valley. Luis Chavez, a Democrat, is running for the 14th Senate District in the Nov. 4, 2014 election. ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Jim Miller, minimum wage, sick leave, Andy Vidak, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Free of repercussions, Brown confounds friends and foes on bills

Gov. Jerry Brown waded through many hundreds of bills last month in the political freedom that comes with a faint reelection challenge, a $22-million campaign war chest and a Legislature stacked with fellow Democrats. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Robert Stern, water, Evan Westrup, Bill Whalen, Pete Wilson
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 Music Center marks 50th anniversary with rededication ceremony

Live performances are ephemeral, no matter how brilliant. The Music Center’s 50th Anniversary Civic Rededication Ceremony on Wednesday showed that philanthropic civic-mindedness can have more palpable staying power. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gloria Molina
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 Chorus mounts for Senate to release nepotism investigation

The chorus of voices calling on the California Senate to release an investigation it commissioned into complaints of nepotism grew Wednesday, with two Republicans and two Democrats joining Democratic Sen. Mark DeSaulnier in saying the findings ... »Read

In this article: Mark DeSaulnier, Alex Padilla, Gloria Romero, Richard D. Roth, Darrell Steinberg, Andy Vidak
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 Construction Begins On Temporary East Village Park

Just over a year ago, a group of architecture students had an idea to temporarily lease a vacant lot in San Diego and turn it into a park. Now, it's getting built. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Bob Filner, Todd Gloria
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 Governor signs bill to distinguish toy guns from real weapons

A new bill requires replica guns to be distinguished from real weapons by painting the entire exterior in bright colors or having florescent strips on their salient parts. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Noreen Evans
Bills: SB 199,
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 Facebook offers apology for "real" name flap

Facebook apologized on Wednesday for what it said were misunderstandings about its policy requiring users to use their “real name” on the social network — a policy interpreted by some to mean that Facebook reserved the right to determine how ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, Christopher Cox, Michael Williams
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 Defunct agency's workers' retiree benefits on S.F. ballot

San Francisco voters are being asked to allow employees of the now-defunct San Francisco Redevelopment Agency to keep their retiree health benefits if they are hired by the city of San Francisco before March. The goal, said Supervisor Malia Cohen, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, redevelopment agencies
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 LA officials give final approval to pay increase at large hotels

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles city leaders gave final approval on Wednesday to a measure that would increase the wages of workers at large hotels to $15.37 an hour, prompting a warning from hotel industry officials they might sue over the ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Curren Price
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 Wait 'til 2016, Nancy Pelosi says

Five weeks out from the midterm elections, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco came close to conceding the obvious Wednesday -- that Democrats will not retake the House. The problem is, that doesn’t set up the presidential ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Bruce E. Cain, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi
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 Political tech's 'arms dealers'

A small but influential set of consultants is thriving off the demand for tech-savvy campaigns. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Barack Obama, Eric Swalwell
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 East Bay: Timely rape evidence testing bill signed into law

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill requiring the timely DNA testing of sexual assault evidence, which advocates said paves the way to clearing California's huge backlog of untested rape kits. »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Barack Obama, Nancy Skinner
Bills: AB 1517,
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