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 Republicans Have Gotten Into the Post-McCutcheon Money Game Faster Than Democrats
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 Editorial: Progress toward colorblind society

The Supreme Court’s ruling Tuesday upholding Michigan’s ban on race-based preferences in state university admissions should send a message to lawmakers in Sacramento seeking to undo California’s Proposition 209, the 1996 voter-approved ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ed Hernandez, John A. Perez, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Dan Walters: SpaceX tax break reveals lack of consistency

A looming tax break for SpaceX reveals favoritism in corporate tax breaks. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Albert Y. Muratsuchi, Dan Walters
Bills: AB 777,
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 Marcos Breton: Sacramento runners did our city proud at the Boston Marathon

Befitting a vibrant community of runners, Sacramento was well represented at the Boston Marathon. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dan Morain, water
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 Viewpoints: Combating climate change and keeping energy costs low

Having a supply of high-quality, rigorous mine methane offsets on hand next year when the carbon-intensive transportation fuels sector comes under the state’s cap is the most surefire method to keeping prices manageable at the pump. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, global warming, greenhouse gas, Darrell Steinberg
Bills: AB 32,
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 California bill reignites affirmative action fight

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the ... »Read

In this article: Ed Hernandez, Ted W. Lieu, Darrell Steinberg, Pete Wilson
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 Calif. bill reignites affirmative action fight

Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state's powerful Democratic ... »Read

In this article: Ed Hernandez, Ted W. Lieu, Darrell Steinberg
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 L.A. County leaders consider reforms of child services

Supervisors order more study of some blue ribbon panel recommendations.Los Angeles County supervisors have begun weighing recommendations to dramatically rework the safety net for tens of thousands of abused and neglected children, including what ... »Read

In this article: Gloria Molina, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 New map could refocus state's pollution battles

After being criticized for assessing environmental hazards only by the state's 1,800 ZIP Codes, Cal/EPA issues scores for its 8,000 census tracts. The California Environmental Protection Agency has released a statewide list of census tracts most ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Environmental Justice, greenhouse gas, water
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 Top L.A. City Council policy advisor to retire

Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller worked in city government for nearly 30 years and has been the top policy advisor for nearly a decade.A key advisor to Los Angeles lawmakers announced Tuesday that he plans to retire after working in city ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Raphael Sonenshein, Herb Wesson
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 California GOP hopeful wants free college for science, math students

BERKELEY, California (Reuters) - California Republican gubernatorial hopeful Neel Kashkari called for free college tuition for students pursuing math and science degrees, part of an education reform plan released Tuesday that would also model public ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Field Poll, Legislature, Barack Obama
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 Rifle-toting woman campaign sign sparks interest

Assembly candidate Michelle Ambrozic on Tuesday said she’s received a mostly positive response to her campaign signs depicting the silhouette of a woman aiming a rifle equipped with a scope, but she also revealed that her staff was forced to file ... »Read

In this article: Tim Donnelly, Gregg Imus
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 Major restoration of Breuner Marsh wetlands begins

Local and federal officials gathered along with more than 100 people Tuesday for a ceremony marking the restoration of 150 acres of wetlands at Breuner Marsh on Richmond shoreline. »Read

In this article: Jared Blumenfeld, eminent domain, George P. Miller, water
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 Tougher ethics rules advance in California Senate committee

Proposals include a fundraising ban near the end of legislative sessions; a reduction in the value and types of gifts allowed; and more frequent disclosures. Senators will get a refresher course.SACRAMENTO — A raft of bills to set tougher ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jerry Hill, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Alex Padilla, Trudy P. Schafer, Dan Schnur, Kevin H. Sloat, Darrell Steinberg, Robert Stern, Leland Yee
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 Nationals trail early, lose to Angels, Pujols 7-2

The errors are mounting for the Washington Nationals, up to 24 through 21 games so far. »Read

In this article: Anthony Rendon, Matt Williams
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 Mets, slumping Granderson blanked by Cardinals 3-0

The way Curtis Granderson and the New York Mets are swinging, Adam Wainwright figured to be a tough chore Tuesday night. »Read

In this article: Matt Adams, Chris Young, Chris Young
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 Briefs -- Published April 23, 2014

Caltrans will have its annual statewide Litter Removal and Enforcement Day on Thursday. The event is intended to enhance public awareness of the volume and cost associated with removing litter, trash and debris by removing litter along highways ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, Jerry McNerney
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 Teen stowaway's adventure raises questions about airport security (+video)

If a teenager could sneak past airport security at a major international airport and stowaway in the wheel well of a plane, could a terrorist do the same? »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Eric Swalwell
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 NL Capsules

Albert Pujols became the first major leaguer to hit his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, driving in five runs to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 Tuesday night. »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 California's affirmative action ban bolstered by Supreme Court ruling

By upholding a Michigan law nearly identical to California's, the ruling left only a legislative -- or ballot initiative -- route for allowing racial and gender preferences in public college admissions, contracts and hiring. But that path, too, is ... »Read

In this article: Terry Christensen, Ward Connerly, Ed Hernandez, Robert Huff
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 Senate committee approves bills to clean up political fundraising

The scandal-ridden state Senate took a step toward cleaning up its image Tuesday, when a key committee approved several bills aimed at purifying the role of money in California politics. »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Ron Calderon, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Jerry Hill, Ricardo Lara, Alex Padilla, Kevin H. Sloat, Leland Yee
Bills: SB 831, SB 1101, SB 1102, SB 1103, SB 1441, SB 1442, SB 1443,
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 Failure of Warriors' waterfront arena the latest in a long line of bay development defeats

Since the 1970s, environmental opposition has made it nearly impossible for any major project that would fill or block San Francisco Bay to win approval »Read

In this article: Art Agnos, Willie Brown, Dianne Feinstein, David Lewis, water
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 Wainwright injures knee, Cardinals blank Mets 3-0

Adam Wainwright threw seven neat innings before leaving with a knee injury, and Jon Jay hit a two-run single that sent the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-0 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night. »Read

In this article: Matt Adams, Chris Young, Chris Young
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 LOIS HENRY: Science behind air regs more sketchy all the time

The more I learn about how certain air regulations were concocted, the more ludicrous it all seems. Tomorrow the California Air Resources Board will debate whether to extend the deadline for small trucking firms to comply with rules on PM2.5. ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols
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 The Buzz: Green Party secretary of state candidate to crash Sacramento debate

David Curtis, the Green Party candidate for secretary of state, said he will show up at today’s Sacramento Press Club debate featuring four of his rivals for the state’s top elections post – even though he wasn’t invited. »Read

In this article: Field Poll, Isadore Hall, Scott Wilk
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 Tesla bringing plant to Central Valley, but it’s not the big one

Tesla Motors Inc. is opening a factory in the San Joaquin Valley, but it’s almost certainly not the 6,500-job battery plant that’s being coveted by governors and community leaders in California and other states. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, NUMMI
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 U.S.-Japan squabble over beef threatens Trans-Pacific Partnership

As President Obama goes to Tokyo for a two-day summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, their aides try to reach a compromise on tariffs for beef and other products.WASHINGTON — After more than four years and 20 rounds of negotiations, the ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Richard Katz
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 Drought concerns create momentum to regulate California's groundwater

Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, is pushing a bill to authorize the State Water Resources Control Board to step in when local agencies are unwilling to take steps to stop the over-pumping of groundwater basins. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anthony Cannella, Fran Pavley, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lester Snow, water
Bills: SB 985, SB 1168,
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 Ex-Chula Vista Councilman Wants DA To Release Emails

Former Chula Vista City Councilman Steve Castaneda called on District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis to release emails connected to his 2008 prosecution. »Read

In this article: Bonnie Dumanis, Steve Padilla
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 Republicans Have Gotten Into the Post-McCutcheon Money Game Faster Than Democrats

Joint fundraising accounts are already being set up for the GOP to take advantage of the new landscape. »Read

In this article: Shane Goldmacher, Martin King
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 Sacramento County supervisors ban outdoor marijuana growth

Sacramento County supervisors approved a ban on growing marijuana outdoors Tuesday after hearing complaints that the plants have become a major safety risk and neighborhood nuisance. FILE - This Nov. 7, 2012 file photo shows a medical marijuana ... »Read

In this article: Roberta MacGlashan, Dan Morain
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 Vote 'yes' on San Diego's Prop. A

Easy fixes could avert big embarrassment. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria
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 S.F. supervisors seek link with Marin Clean Power

Five San Francisco supervisors, frustrated with Mayor Ed Lee's opposition to a local clean energy program, announced legislation Tuesday that would require the city to study the option of joining Marin County's renewable power program. The study ... »Read

In this article: John Avalos, David Campos, greenhouse gas, Edwin M. Lee, Eric Mar, renewable energy
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 Warriors' Piers 30-32 arena plan faced long federal review

According to sources close to the deal, the Warriors learned three months ago that the Army Corps had made a regional, staff-level decision that the $1 billion waterfront arena project needed a federal as well as a state environmental review - a ... »Read

In this article: David Binder, David Chiu, Andrew Ross
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 Curbside Manner: Police Are Stepping up Efforts to End the Ancient Conflict Between Man and Car

Earlier this month, a police source told SF Weekly, "You have no idea how much pressure is coming down to write traffic citations." Last week, we all found out. The San Francisco Examiner reported that cops dropped by San Francisco ... »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Leland Yee
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 Petty Cash: The Cost of the Feds' Case Against Leland Yee and Shrimp Boy Remains to Be Seen

The voluminous federal complaint underpinning the cases against Sen. Leland Yee, gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, former School Board president Keith Jackson, and more than two dozen others has, ad nauseum, been likened to a movie ... »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Leland Yee
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 NEW: Gov. Brown's legal strategy to prop up bullet train faltering

Last week's decision from a state appeals court to issue a summary judgment denying the Brown administration's unusual request to block a second trial in which Kings County and other plaintiffs challenge California's high-speed rail project bodes ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, High-Speed Rail, Chris Reed
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 CA15: Swalwell launches first TV ad

Freshman Rep. Eric Swalwell will launch his re-election campaign’s first television advertisement Wednesday. “It starts tomorrow and we’re not going to go dark – it’ll stay on through the duration of the campaign,” Swalwell campaign ... »Read

In this article: Ellen Corbett, Eric Swalwell
Bills: SB 894, SB 895,
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 Calif. Gubernatorial GOP Candidate Kashkari Releases Education Policy Overview

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari on Tuesday proposed scrapping California's complex education code, sending state money directly to individual schools rather than their districts, and offering state-funded scholarships to certain ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Dan Newman
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 Capitol Alert: California massage fix proposed

Seeking to work out the kinks in California's disputed massage regulations, Assembly members are poised to announce a bill giving local governments broader powers to crack down on wayward operators. »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jimmy Gomez, Chris Holden, Kevin Mullin, Antonio Villaraigosa, Dan Walters
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 Fight Schedule

At Osaka, Japan, Shinsuke Yamanaka vs. Stephane Jamoye, 12, for Yamanaka's WBC bantamweight title; Kiko Martinez vs. Hozumi Hasegawa, 12, for Martinez's IBF junior featherweight title. »Read

In this article: Francisco Estrada, Robert B. Garcia
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 State Senate's ethics review is tomorrow

The state Senate will hold its special ethics review and self-flagellation session Wednesday, following the conviction of one senator and the indictment of two others. State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, announced the ... »Read

In this article: Charles H. Bell, Ron Calderon, California Republican Party, Robert Huff, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 GOP candidate releases education policy overview

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari on Tuesday proposed scrapping California's complex education code, sending state money directly to individual schools rather than their districts, and offering ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Dan Newman
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 Richmond: Major restoration of Breuner Marsh wetlands completed

Local and federal officials gathered along with more than 100 people Tuesday for a ceremony marking the restoration of 150 acres of wetlands at Breuner Marsh on Richmond shoreline. »Read

In this article: Jared Blumenfeld, eminent domain, George P. Miller, water
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 Lawmakers propose Mexico trade office

Democratic state Sen. Lou Correa has teamed up with Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff to introduce legislation to open up a state trade office in Mexico City by 2016. The office would be opened and run by the Governor's Office of Business and ... »Read

In this article: Bill Bird, Jerry Brown, Lou Correa, Robert Huff
Bills: SB 928,
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 Supreme Court green-lights Michigan ban on affirmative action

The Supreme Court on Tuesday accorded voters more leeway to challenge affirmative action, as justices upheld a Michigan measure that bans preferential treatment in college admissions based on race or…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Ward Connerly, Kamala Harris, John Roberts
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 Timm Herdt: Setting political cynicism aside

There will be time, as the election season unfolds, to critically examine candidates seeking political office this year. But let us pause. »Read

In this article: Julia Brownley, Jeff Gorell
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 Capitol Alert: Green Party secretary of state candidate to crash Sacramento debate

David Curtis, the Green Party candidate for secretary of state, said he will show up at Wednesday's Sacramento Press Club luncheon debate featuring four of his rivals for the state's top elections post even though he wasn't invited. »Read

In this article: Derek Cressman, Field Poll, Legislature, Jeff Marston, Jim Miller, Kevin Mullin, Alex Padilla, Steve Peace, Dan Schnur, Antonio Villaraigosa, Dan Walters, Leland Yee
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 Rex On Techs: Shades of Apple-Microsoft in Netflix-Comcast griping

Online video streaming leader and cable ISP giant are on a path of conflict. »Read

In this article: Reed Hastings, Steve Jobs
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 'First Look': Downtown business group chairman on panhandling, preservation

The issue of aggressive panhandling in the downtown area -- specifically near businesses -- was a topic brought to the Bakersfield Downtown Business Association many times. After creating a proposal to take to the Bakersfield City Council, the ... »Read

In this article: Jean Fuller, David G. Valadao
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 Irvine's Chinese Community Expect Their Voices Heard Tonight

While much is made of Irvine's Korean community and the voting block they represent, Chinese Americans in Irvine have greater numbers and a portion of them will present the City Council with a 500 signature petition demanding friendship city status ... »Read

In this article: Dan Chmielewski, Steven Choi, Tim Donnelly, Legislature, Leland Yee
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 California Bill Banning 'Affluenza' Defense Is Nixed

A bill that would have created the country's first ban on using the so-called "affluenza" defense failed to make it out of a California legislative committee Tuesday »Read

In this article: Tom Ammiano, Mike Gatto
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 CA17: Honda's busy schedule of local events

With six weeks to go before June’s primary election, Rep. Mike Honda is keeping his profile high in his 17th Congressional District with a busy schedule of official events. Honda, D-San Jose, is making the best of his seven-term incumbent bully ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna
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 NEW: CA Republicans 'stand with sriracha'

The debate over a hot sauce factory is spicing up California politics. After a small number of complaints over the factory's alleged smell, the city of Irwindale recently voted to declare Huy Fong Foods, makers of the popular sriracha ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly
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 Teen stowaway's adventure raises questions about airport security

If a teenager could sneak past airport security at a major international airport and stowaway in the wheel well of a plane, could a terrorist do the same? »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Eric Swalwell
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 The Fix: Republicans outside of Washington are dropping their opposition to gay marriage. Will the national party follow along?

Developments across the country in recent days signal a building momentum within the Republican Party to end the GOP's long-standing opposition to same-sex marriage, with activists arguing that doing so will allow GOP candidates to focus more on ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Same-sex marriage
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 California Dems Push Statewide Earned Income Tax Credit

Some Democratic state lawmakers want to create an “earned income tax credit” in California that mirrors the federal government’s program. It could become a key part of state budget negotiations. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Carol Liu, state budget
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 Silicon Valley giants accused of hiring conspiracy

Some of Silicon Valleys largest tech companies will face a class action lawsuit by thousands of former employees for an alleged hiring conspiracy. Jeff Edler reports in the Wall Street Journal: The stakes behind the case are large, with some ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Raul Ruiz, Carla Marinucci, Legislature, John Garamendi, Tim Donnelly
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 LA County Looks To Converted Food Waste As Renewable Energy Source

Officials with Los Angeles County hope they can mark Earth Day in the coming years with a way to convert food waste into fuel for vehicles using biological organism. »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, renewable energy
Bills: AB 939,
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 Changing of the guard

If you were surprised to learn, via Sunday’s Daily Press, that the High Desert’s political leanings favor the GOP, you must be new around here. Republicans have sent their choice of elected officials to the California Assembly and Senate and ... »Read

In this article: Julia Brownley, Paul Cook, Stephen T. Knight, Jerry Lewis, Howard P. Mckeon, Tony Strickland, water
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