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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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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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 County Performance Auditor Calls out DA

Performance Auditor Phillip Cheng tells county supervisors that DA Tony Rackauckas doesn't apparently want to be audited because he can't get a return email or call. »Read

In this article: Tom Daly, John Moorlach, Tony Rackauckas
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 Capps Trouncing Mitchum in Campaign Dollars

She's raised more than $2 million to his $150,000. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Lois Capps, Chris Mitchum
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 Nurses call on governor for Ebola safey standards

Calling California hospitals woefully unprepared, nurses will meet with Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday to discuss statewide safety standards for hospitals. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Nurses Association
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 Lack of parking drives many away from mass transit

Los Angeles County has funneled billions of dollars over the last two decades into new rail lines to lure commuters out of their cars and off the region's overcrowded freeways. But many would-be train riders are struggling with how to start. »Read

In this article: Paul Krekorian, Laura Nelson
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 Lawyers versus doctors in costly Prop. 46 campaign wars

A ballot initiative that pits lawyers against doctors has set off one of this year's fiercest campaign wars, a costly clash over increasing state limits on malpractice damages and imposing drug testing on physicians. »Read

In this article: Jamie Court, Jason Kinney
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 Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot

CHICAGO (AP) -- As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school - some on as ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, John Matsusaka, minimum wage, Barack Obama, water
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 Deasy's exit reflects other school battles across the U.S.

John Deasy was one of a group of big-city school leaders to push for radical change: More independent charter schools, using student test scores to help evaluate teachers and relying less on seniority when teachers are laid off. »Read

In this article: EdVoice, Bill Lucia, Michelle Rhee
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 Conservatives catch up as super PAC fundraising explodes

Top GOP-allied groups are in a strong position to continue matching their rivals. »Read

In this article: Nancy Pelosi, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Whatever Happened to the Congressional NFL Hearing?

New stories suggest Ray Rice has company. »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Jackie Speier
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 The Short Shelf Life Of Urban School Superintendents

Do big-city chiefs like John Deasy, recently ousted from LA Unified, get enough time to make a difference? »Read

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District, Michelle Rhee
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 Letters: Ebola czar political cronyism

IRVINE, Brenda Swantko: I feel so relieved that we now have another government czar to oversee the disastrous handling of Ebola [“Ebola ‘czar’ knows Washington, not medicine,” News, Oct. 18]. And he is a lawyer, political operative and... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, Manuel Hernandez
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 Japanese firm is ready to scrap plans for Palmdale rail-car factory

A Japanese company's much-celebrated plans to build a light-rail manufacturing plant in Palmdale appear all but dead after months of clashes with local labor unions and community groups. »Read

In this article: Maria Elena Durazo, Laura Nelson, Victor Ramirez, Gary Toebben, water
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 Voters to decide on voting $7.1 B for water projects

In two weeks, California voters will have to decide if they should expand water storage and provide other facility improvements. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Peter H. Gleick, water
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 31st Congressional District Debate: Live video

A live debate between 31st Congressional District candidates Pete Aguilar and Paul Chabot will begin at 7 p.m. Monday at the University of Redlands. Democrat Aguilar and Republican Chabot will discuss the issues in the debate hosted by the Redlands ... »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Paul Chabot
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 Outside mailers in Campos-Chiu campaign play loose with truth

[...] there’s the committee made up of labor groups — primarily the California Nurses Association and SEIU public workers union — that is supporting Campos and has raised nearly $260,000 this year from unions. The committee has sent out a ... »Read

In this article: Tom Ammiano, California Nurses Association, David Campos, David Chiu, Ron Conway, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi, Gavin Newsom, Same-sex marriage, SEIU
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 Clinton: Midterm elections should motivate women

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Democratic voters not to be complacent about the November midterm elections, saying Monday that working women and their families will lose out on a better future if Republicans gain control of both ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Family Leave, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Doris O. Matsui, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 LAUSD Interim Superintendent Ramon Cortines returns for 3rd time

Ramon Cortines returned to the Los Angeles Unified School District Monday as superintendent to replace John Deasy, who resigned last week. »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Brown: California Needs Long-Term Vision On Water

Addressing California's longstanding water problems will take tens of billions of dollars more and a large dose of political compromise, but the epic drought may provide new motivation, Gov. Jerry Brown told a Stanford University water conference on ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, peripheral canal, water
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 Pelosi and Hillary Join Forces to Rally Democratic Women

The event brought together Clinton and Obama supporters from 2008 »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Anna G. Eshoo, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, George P. Miller, Nancy Pelosi
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 Business leaders say labor is pushing rail car plant from L.A. County

Los Angeles County officials and business leaders rose to the defense of a Japanese company Monday that has all but given up plans to build a $60-million manufacturing facility in the Antelope Valley because of a dispute with local labor leaders. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Maria Elena Durazo, Laura Nelson, Victor Ramirez, Gary Toebben, water
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 In tight race, Honda launches attack ad against Khanna

With a new poll showing their closely watched race in a dead heat, Rep. Mike Honda launched a new television ad Monday attacking Democratic challenger Ro Khanna with claims he is backed by right-wing billionaires, favors tax breaks for rich people ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Mitt Romney
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 Democratic Governors Weighed Down by Recession-Era Tax Hikes

Races in Illinois, Connecticut, Maryland, and elsewhere are proving the old adage that nothing is certain except death and taxes. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, minimum wage
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 California's Top Fiscal Officer: Whom Do You Choose?

One of the powerful statewide elected officers many voters have never heard of is the State Controller?who pays the bills and has the authority to audit other state departments. Democrat John Chiang is termed out and we?ll hear from the candidates ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, John Chiang, Betty T. Yee
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 Prosecutor: No sex harassment charges for DeMaio

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Prosecutors on Monday declined to charge Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio over allegations that he sexually harassed a former campaign aide and said they were not charging the former aide with breaking into ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Bonnie Dumanis, Bob Filner, Scott Peters
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 Prosecutor: DeMaio won't be charged

The district attorney says there was insufficient evidence on sexual harassment allegations. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Bonnie Dumanis, Scott Peters
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 Prosecutor clears DeMaio of sex harassment claims

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego prosecutors say there isn't enough evidence to charge Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio with sexually harassing a former campaign aide or charge the aide with breaking into DeMaio's office. District ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Bonnie Dumanis, Scott Peters
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 Jerry Brown for governor

Forty years have passed since Californians first elected as their governor a very young and quirkily charismatic Jerry Brown. Back then, voters made a conscious break from the past, choosing a 36-year-old Democrat with floppy collars and a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Carly Fiorina, Legislature, Steve Poizner, water, Meg Whitman
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 Cleanup urged for heat-trapping methane gas

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department are considering a combination of regulations and voluntary programs that would rein in methane, a powerful heat-trapping greenhouse gas that is the primary component of natural gas. ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, greenhouse gas, Judi Greenwald, Mary Nichols
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 NEW: Covered CA caught in Prop. 45 crossfire

On Proposition 45, some Democrats are feeling as if they got a transfusion of the wrong blood type. The initiative would give the state insurance commissioner the power to approve changes in health-insurance policies, including those by Covered ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Diana Dooley, Dianne Feinstein, Ted Gaines, Dave Jones
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 Gov. Brown: Calif. needs long-term vision on water

Addressing California's longstanding water problems will take tens of billions of dollars more and a large dose of political compromise, but the epic drought may provide new motivation, Gov. Jerry Brown told a Stanford University water conference on ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, peripheral canal, water
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 Democrats' House Campaign Arm Outraised GOP in September

House Democrats’ campaign arm once again bested its Republican counterpart in fundraising last month, outraising the Republican committee by nearly $5 million. The groups have roughly equal amounts in the bank. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi
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 Honda launches attack ad as new poll shows dead heat with Khanna

With a new poll showing their closely watched race in a dead heat, Rep. Mike Honda launched a new television ad Monday attacking Democratic challenger Ro Khanna with claims he is backed by right-wing billionaires, favors tax breaks for rich people ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Mitt Romney
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 San Diego DA: No Charges in Carl DeMaio Campaign Incidents

The San Diego District Attorney's office said it will not press criminal charges at this time regarding two investigations dogging Republican Carl DeMaio in a competitive House contest in California, according to a statement from the office Monday. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Bonnie Dumanis, Kamala Harris, Scott Peters
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 Don't hand San Francisco over to Airbnb

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is poised to approve legislation that would legalize short-term stays in private homes that are negotiated through a number of online reservation systems. If the board passes this bill, I urge Mayor Ed Lee to ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Edwin M. Lee
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 No Charges Filed In DeMaio Break-In, Sexual Harassment Case

There is not enough evidence to file criminal charges in cases involving sexual misconduct claims against Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio and a late May break-in at DeMaio's campaign headquarters, the San Diego County District Attorney's office ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Bonnie Dumanis, Kamala Harris, Scott Peters
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 No charges against Carl DeMaio in sex accusations, San Diego D.A. says

No criminal charges will be filed regarding sexual misconduct allegations made against Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio, the San Diego district attorney announced Monday. »Read

In this article: Brian Bilbray, Carl DeMaio, Bonnie Dumanis, Scott Peters
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 Gov. Brown: California needs long-term vision on water

Gov. Jerry Brown says he will focus on a long-term strategy to cope with California's water problems if he is re-elected in November. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, peripheral canal, water
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 Nehring ad: Newsom's policies encourage addiction

Ron Nehring, the Republican challenger to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, has launched his first video ad, claiming Newsom’s policies will lead to more drug addiction. Nehring spokeswoman Nyna Armstrong said the ad will run online only, at least for now. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Sean Clegg, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom
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 CalPERS has highest complexity, costs compared to other funds

The California Public Employees' Retirement System had nearly double the pension administrative costs of four similar U.S. pension funds in 2012-13, according to a new comparison. CalPERS had a pension administration cost of $215 per member -- far ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS
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