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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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 Republican challenges Democratic incumbent Judy Chu in 27th Congressional District
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 Monkey Cage: Opinion polls can be self-fulfilling prophecies

Public opinion sometimes changes quickly over relatively short periods of time. For instance, support for same-sex marriage has substantially increased to becoming a majority view over the past few years, while support for the death penalty has ... »Read

In this article: David Roth, Same-sex marriage
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 Field Poll: Torlakson and Tuck tied for superintendent, Brown leads Kashkari by 21 points

State schools superintendent Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck are tied while Gov. Jerry Brown leads Republican challenger Neel Kashkari by 21 points, a new Field Poll finds. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Eli Broad, Jerry Brown, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Paul Hefner, Steve Jobs, Alex Padilla, Tom Torlakson, Betty T. Yee
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 Lexington: Flags over the Capitol

HIGH above Washington, hidden in the western lee of the Capitol’s dome, stands a clutch of mini-flagpoles. As an ugly, unhappy election grinds to a close, those flagstaffs suggest that Americans have not lost all faith in their democracy. The ... »Read

In this article: John Campbell, George P. Miller, Barack Obama
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 Debunking Myths about Proposition 2

With the election heading to the home stretch, this is the last chance to debunk some of the myths about Proposition 2. “Proposition 2 will hurt local school districts.” School business officials and a parents organization claim that Proposition ... »Read

In this article: Michael Cohen, Legislature, Proposition 2, state budget
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 Assembly District 16: Weird & Whacky Antics Put Bay Area Seat in Play

A very wise political consultant once told me that the last 7 days of a close campaign weren’t the ones to watch – they were the ones to watch out for. It’s that magical time when your opponent hurls lies about you in the mail. It’s getting ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Joan Buchanan, California Teachers Association, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer, Proposition 2, Gloria Romero
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 What Out of Control Spending Are You Talking About, Gov. Brown?

What on earth are you talking about, Governor Brown? In your ad for Jose Solorio, who is running for a state senate seat crucial to hopes of a Democratic supermajority, you say that Solorio “was one of my closest allies in stopping the ... »Read

In this article: Jose Solorio
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 Dear Gov. Brown . . . Letter from an Old Lawyer

“I submit to you, in the most diverse state in the Union, that a penny on the dollar is insufficient to provide justice.” California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye Dear Governor Brown, Forgive me for feeling like I know you, when ... »Read
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 Jerry Brown Poised For Victory After Ho-Hum Election Campaign

Here’s the big news on the run-up to the November election now only days away. There will be no big news! The marquee race—the one for governor — has been a one-person contest from start to finish and, barring unforeseen events the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, Kamala Harris, Dave Jones, Gavin Newsom, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water, Meg Whitman, Pete Wilson
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 Need A Sure Sign Democrats Are In Trouble? Bill Clinton Is In California

The signs of a wave election abound for Republicans. Recent polling even shows that Millennials and women voters favor Republicans in 2014. Obama’s disappearance from the campaign trail is another sign. So too is Bill Clinton’s appearance in ... »Read

In this article: Joel Kotkin, Art Laffer
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 Judge to rule on whether Stockton, California can exit bankruptcy

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A judge in Sacramento is set to decide on Thursday if the California city of Stockton can exit bankruptcy. If not, the city may need to cut its pension obligations, a controversial issue that has captured the attention of ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Legislature, Bill Lockyer
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 Bogus foreclosure rescue scheme nets 10 years in prison

Jeremy Michael 'Mike' Head, 34, of Huntington Beach, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Sacramento to 10 years in prison for his part in a nationwide foreclosure rescue scam. Court papers said Head was a leader in a scheme that promised ... »Read

In this article: MICHAEL N. ANDERSON, Benjamin B. Wagner
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 READ IN: Lowered Expectations Edition

Do you Read In? Sign up today and get all the political news you need delivered to your inbox every morning! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- National Democrats are starting to downplay expectations in the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Field Poll, Chuck Hagel, John F. Kerry, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom, Tom Torlakson
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 A voter guide to California's boring but important ballot propositions

— Six state propositions are on the ballot and none are sexy. All are snoozers. But each is significant. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, George Skelton, water
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 L.A. officials to consider ballot measures to change election years

Can changing when Los Angeles votes reverse a long-term decline in turnout? »Read

In this article: Gil Cedillo, Jose Huizar, Legislature, Los Angeles Unified School District, Herb Wesson
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 Opinions > Doug Ose and Ami Bera's despicable atta > Slime-filled ads are beneath both candidates.

I know Ami Bera, who is running for Congress as a Democrat in District 7. And I know his Republican opponent, Doug Ose. They are... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Doug Ose
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 Opinions > Endorsements > Our picks for the 2014 midterm elections.

The midterm election is around the corner and the CN&R’s editorial board members have done a lot of homework, especially on the local races. We... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Doug LaMalfa, Proposition 2, referendum, water
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 Lake Mission Viejo isn't feeling California drought — yet

Lake Mission Viejo is Southern California at its most idyllic and, when it comes to water, its most extravagant. Multimillion-dollar homes surround a 1.2-billion-gallon lake created solely for recreation, where sailboats sway under sunny afternoon ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Laer Pearce, water
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 Joni Ernst Is the Tea Party's Endgame

Louis Brems/ZUMA Early last Thursday morning, Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for Senate in Iowa, swung by the Des Moines Rotary Club to speak at the group's monthly lunch meeting. Mostly white and mostly male, the club counts much of the ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Same-sex marriage, water
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 Torlakson vs. Tuck is tightest race statewide, Field Poll shows

Incumbent Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck are in a dead heat for the state’s top education job less than a week before election day, a new Field Poll shows. Brown, who is seeking a record fourth term as governor, leads among every age ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom, Alex Padilla, Tom Torlakson, Betty T. Yee
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 Opinions > Mayor Kevin Johnson's Measure L seems l > Few people are looking to form an ethics commission with any teeth in Sacramento.

A couple weeks ago Bites wrote that “the current city council is simply not going to create a strong ethics committee.” Major California cities—like San... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Kevin Johnson, Jay Schenirer, Darrell Steinberg, Allen Warren
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 Opinions > Letters for October 30, 2014 > Readers express thoughts on the upcoming school-board races and snobbery in Sacto's coffee culture.

Sac baristas pretentious? Re “Sacramento’s Specialty Coffee Week is good to the last drop” by Janelle Bitker (SN&R Arts & Culture, October 16): As a... »Read

In this article: Jay Schenirer, Darrell Steinberg
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 Guides > Medical-cannabis guide > Vote with Ngaio: On marijuana and next week&# > Ngaio's marijuana endorsements for this fall's election.

Do you have a stance on Proposition 47 and, if it passes, how do you think it will impact marijuana in the state? Also, have... »Read

In this article: Newt Gingrich, Loni Hancock, Mark Leno, Gavin Newsom, Darrell Steinberg
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 Local Stories > Voter intimidation in Sacramento is real&mdas > Civic engagement leaders say confusion, not apathy, keeps underrepresented groups from polls.

Fear the vote Soon after June’s barrel-scraping statewide primary set the lowest voter-turnout numbers on record, a familiar narrative began: Californians are too spoiled... »Read

In this article: Kimberly Nalder, Darrell Steinberg
Bills: SB 897,
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 Local Stories > Race to vote: Sacramento's political e > the county's top office holders are 79.5 percent white and 77 percent male.

School-board candidate Jonathan R. Tran is sweating through his plaid dress shirt. But it isn’t nerves that are causing the first-time political aspirant to... »Read

In this article: Mike Eng, Sheila Kuehl, Legislature
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 Local Stories > Dear participant in the electoral process: Yo > On vote or die, Diddy, Ose and Bera, Dickinson and Pan and the big money in little Sacramento's election races.

Democracy. 
It trends toward the ridiculous more and more each election cycle. And you thought it was bad 10 years ago, when Dubya was up... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, campaign finance, Roger Dickinson, Kevin Johnson, John F. Kerry, Legislature, minimum wage, Doug Ose, Richard Pan, Angelo K. Tsakopoulos, water
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 Future of Stockton pensions may be decided today*

<p>First off, if you expect anything to get done in San Francisco tomorrow, <strong><em><a href=http:* <p>In a case that has wide repercussions, U.S. bankruptcy judge <b>Christopher Klein</b> is <a ... »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Amerish Bera, Julia Brownley, California Target Book, Hillary Clinton, Maria Elena Durazo, Field Poll, John Garamendi, Allan Hoffenblum, Neal Kelley, Jim Miller, minimum wage, Paul Mitchell, Raul Ruiz, Tom Torlakson
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 Measure P Money Creeps Up

The 'No' camp continues to way outpace the 'Yes' team. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lois Capps, Chris Mitchum, water
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 For the People

I once believed government officials represented U.S. citizens. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lois Capps
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 Trouble in Shangri-La

Malibu's Measure R opponents attack it as flawed, as do Measure P's here. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lois Capps, Rick J. Caruso, Rob Reiner
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 Troy Senik: California's election about nothing

There are times when you realize that California is basically the rest of the nation’s trophy wife. We’re supposed to sit here and look pretty, not get ourselves all riled up by thinking about the issues. So while the rest of the country is... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, CalPERS, Legislature, referendum, state budget, water
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 Exclusive: Unions Blast LAUSD For Telling Cafeteria Workers To Speak Only English

Worker unions are firing back at the Los Angeles Unified School District after they allegedly told cafeteria workers at Harvard Elementary School they could only speak English on campus. »Read

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District, SEIU
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 U.S. governor races could determine swing states' fiscal health

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. voters' readiness to face tough issues such as pension reform rather than simply kick the can further down the road will be put to the test next week as two-thirds of state governor posts go up for election. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Sam Brownback, John Miller, referendum
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 Unions Blast LAUSD For Telling Cafeteria Workers To Only Speak English

Worker unions are firing back at the Los Angeles Unified School District after they allegedly told cafeteria workers at Harvard Elementary School they could only speak English on campus. »Read

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District, SEIU
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 Republicans use scandal in fight for Ron Calderon's Senate seat

Even with indicted lawmaker Ronald S. Calderon unable to seek reelection, the scandal enveloping the Democratic state senator has rubbed off on the campaign to replace him. »Read

In this article: Rudy Bermudez, Ron Calderon, Thomas M. Calderon, California Target Book, Fair Political Practices Commission, Allan Hoffenblum, Legislature, Tony Mendoza, Charles Munger
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 2 Dems face off for Assembly District 7

2 Dems face off for Assembly District 7 Two Democrats -- Steve Cohn and Kevin McCarty -- are facing off for Assembly District 7, which covers the northern two-thirds of Sacramento County and the city of West Sacramento. Subscribe... From: KCRA News ... »Read

In this article: Steve Cohn, Kevin McCarty
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 California announces Ebola quarantine measures as Riverside County monitors two low-risk people

California health officials announced Wednesday that the state will now require a 21-day quarantine for people traveling from Ebola-stricken areas who have had contact with infected patients, as local officials continue to monitor two low-risk ... »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, Chuck Idelson
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 Clinton aids vulnerable Democrats at UC Davis rally

Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday urged California Democrats to vote, saying it is the only solution to political gridlock in Washington, D.C., as he rallied with vulnerable congressional incumbents who are at risk of losing their seats in ... »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Amerish Bera, Julia Brownley, Carl DeMaio, John Garamendi, Gary G. Miller, Barack Obama, Doug Ose, Alex Padilla, Nancy Pelosi, Raul Ruiz, Tom Torlakson, Betty T. Yee
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 The legacy of County Fed leader Maria Elena Durazo

Like her or loathe her, there can be little doubt that Maria Elena Durazo has become one of the most powerful figures in Los Angeles politics and that she has lifted the plight of low-wage workers into the public consciousness. Durazo announced ... »Read

In this article: Maria Elena Durazo, Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Sheila Kuehl, minimum wage, Bobby Shriver
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 Gov. Jerry Brown plans to head north for final rally

Gov. Jerry Brown is heading to Colusa County on Saturday for what is being billed as his last campaign rally of the year.  »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Proposition 2, water
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 Bay Area doctors join Ebola fight despite quarantine risks

[...] he and other health care providers worry that health providers who would ordinarily leap at an opportunity to provide international aid will hold back because they aren’t getting the support and encouragement they need. Sending doctors ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Carla Marinucci
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 Garcetti says housing shortage, minimum wage linked in Los Angeles

The housing shortage in Los Angeles – possibly the most severe since the end of World War II – is linked to a low minimum wage and a host of other economic issues in the city, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Janice Hahn, minimum wage, water, Maxine Waters
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 Maria Elena Durazo leaving top post at L.A. County Federation of Labor

Maria Elena Durazo — the powerful Los Angeles County labor leader who helped elect politicians, boost wages and push through major development projects — said Wednesday that she is leaving her post to take a national union job promoting civil ... »Read

In this article: Maria Elena Durazo, Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, minimum wage, Herb Wesson
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 Republican challenges Democratic incumbent Judy Chu in 27th Congressional District

PASADENA >> A Republican who was pummeled at the polls by veteran Democratic Rep. Judy Chu two years ago is taking another shot at the 27th Congressional District in Tuesday's election.Jack Orswell, a small business owner, received only 36 percent ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Judy Chu, Ed Hernandez
Bills: SCA 5,
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 Economic Conference: Education key to Inland Empire growth

ONTARIO >> While the Inland Empire economy continues on the upswing, the growth of high-paying jobs and quality firms continues to be hindered by educational attainment levels. That was the message Wednesday from regional economists to business ... »Read

In this article: Robert Day, Edward Leamer, minimum wage, Gary Ovitt, UCLA Anderson Forecast
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 Brown's Barnstorming Tour Continues

California Governor Jerry Brown is finally on the campaign trail this week – after avoiding it the whole year. But rather than focusing on his re-election bid, he’s making a late push for two statewide ballot measures – including ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Kristin Olsen, Proposition 2, water
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 Experienced Politicians Battling For Third Congressional District Seat

California State Assembly member and Republican Dan Logue is challenging Democrat incumbent John Garamendi. Logue says government is hurting the economy. 'I would like to stop the increase of regulatory agencies having greater power -agencies that ... »Read

In this article: John Garamendi, Daniel R. Logue, minimum wage, water
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 Stockton bankruptcy ruling will decide fate of public pensions

In a closely watched case, a federal judge on Thursday is expected to decide whether the bankrupt city of Stockton can continue to pay employees generous pensions that soon could consume one-fifth of municipal revenues. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Brad Pacheco, Dan Pellissier
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 Garcetti: Build 100K new homes in Los Angeles by 2021

Calling the cost of housing one of Los Angeles’ biggest challenges, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday announced a goal for 100,000 new homes in the city by 2021. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 Donna Frye Backs Scott Peters; Carl DeMaio Reveals Jobs Plan

At dueling news conferences in San Diego's 52nd Congressional District contest, former Councilwoman Donna Frye backed Rep. Scott Peters, a fellow Democrat, and Peters' challenger, Republican Carl DeMaio unveiled his jobs plan. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Bob Filner, Donna Frye, Scott Peters
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 If Republicans Win the Senate, GOP Factions Could Battle for Soul of Party

The tension between setting out a positive agenda for governing and the pressure to continue to block and obstruct will be very, very high. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Newt Gingrich, Darrell Issa, Mark Kirk, John McCain, Kevin McCarthy, water
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 NEW: Rail court decision could run over future bonds

Is there a cow catcher on the front of the California high-speed rail project? One that pushes away future bond measures on everything from water to parks? That’s the unasked question as voters head to the polls next Tuesday to decide the fate ... »Read

In this article: Jon Coupal, High-Speed Rail, Legislature, PPIC, Proposition 2, water
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 L.A. City Council backs proposal to toughen foreclosure registry

Los Angeles is poised to tack a new fee on foreclosed properties, in a move that the city hopes will help keep the homes from turning into crumbling wrecks. »Read

In this article: Gil Cedillo, Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian
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 How to export California's policy on carbon emissions

To the editor: A recent article on California's carbon market draws much-needed attention to new loopholes that undermine the state's flagship climate policy. This otherwise excellent piece falls short, however, in suggesting that the market's ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, global warming, renewable energy
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