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Why The Grocery Bag Bill Should Be Referred

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Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling

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 Consultant: "Big soda ... has Sacramento locked up"
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 SD7: California Democratic Party endorses Bonilla
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 Bonilla endorsement news highlights campaign rally
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 Calle & Velasquez: House takes lead in slavery fight

When President Obama declared in 2013 that Human Trafficking Awareness Month would be honored every January, he did so with mind to its culmination: Every year, its recognition would end Feb. 1, which is National Freedom Day. It was on this day, ... »Read

In this article: Karen Bass, Kevin McCarthy
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 Vibrant Santa Clara

The renewal in Santa Clara makes it a high-tech mecca. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Democratic Party, Gavin Newsom, Leon Panetta
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 Obamacare faces risks, real and symbolic

House Republicans on Monday are expected to vote for the umpteenth time to repeal the Affordable Care Act. With less than zero chance that Barack Obama would sign a measure unmaking his putative signature achievement, we think the legislative... »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Barack Obama, Dana Rohrabacher, Ed Royce, Mimi Walters
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 Train rides and Twitter: Five takeaways from the Brown/Kashkari campaign

Gov. Jerry Brown won re-election so effortlessly last year that dissecting the race would hardly seem necessary. But the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies gave the race two hours of analysis at a conference ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Sutter Brown, Aaron McLear, Dana Williamson
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 Poverty disparity emerges as major issue in California

After Gov. Jerry Brown released his spending proposal Jan. 9, advocates for the poor held rallies in Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities, saying that California needs to do more to reduce poverty and income inequality. … Click to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, state budget, Mac Taylor
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 Candidates in 4th Council District tap into ire over development

Anger over how Los Angeles is permitting development — from vast shopping centers to the McMansion next door — is all but constant on the campaign trail as more than a dozen candidates compete to represent the 4th City Council District, a grab ... »Read

In this article: Paul Koretz, Tom LaBonge, Steve Veres, Antonio Villaraigosa, water
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 Brown and Kashkari teams let down guard on 2014 contest

With the election nearly three months behind them, top aides to Gov. Jerry Brown and  his Republican challenger, Neel Kashkari, let down their guard Saturday at a postmortem organized by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Aaron McLear, Mitt Romney, Ace Smith, water, Meg Whitman, Dana Williamson
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 Prospects for 2nd BART tube gain momentum, but wait could be long

Public officials and riders have talked for years about building a second Transbay Tube — someday. Supervisor Scott Wiener, who is also a member of the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission, recently said a second tube is needed to ... »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, High-Speed Rail, Edwin M. Lee, Alicia Trost, Martin Wachs, Jim Wunderman
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 O.C. supervisor's victory heralds rise of Asian American politicians

Few Orange County politicians command the name recognition of Lou Correa, who has held seats in both houses of the California Legislature and on the county's Board of Supervisors. »Read

In this article: Lou Correa, Legislature, Chris Norby, Jose Solorio, Van Tran
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 Bonilla endorsement news highlights campaign rally

Bonilla endorsement news highlights campaign rally by Bill Gram-Reefer originally appearedon HALFWAY TO CONCORD. At campaign rally Saturday, Jan 31, Susan Bonilla shared exciting endorsement news as she told supporters that she had just ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan, California Democratic Party, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer, Ellen O. Tauscher, Mike Thompson
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 PG&E targeted critics after San Bruno blast, e-mails show

In the days after the 2010 San Bruno blast that killed eight people, top Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executives traded jokes and back-slapped with state regulators and tried to get them to denounce one of their most vocal critics, a Chronicle ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Paul Clanon, Nancy McFadden, Michael R. Peevey, Mark Toney
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 Opinion: California's budget saga sparks book

A new book about California’s perpetual budget woes is a valuable primer on its “boom-and-bust” history and how it could be reformed. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, state budget
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 Family, future mingle as Beccera eyes Senate run

As he mulls running for U.S. Senate, Rep. Xavier Becerra takes out time to call his parents back in Sacramento. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, Art Torres, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 A political giant awakens in Sacramento? Maybe. Hopefully.

Sacramento has a population that is nearly 30 percent Latino but has few elected Latino representatives. A diverse group of Latino leaders vows to work at changing that. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Eric Guerra, Legislature, Kevin McCarty, Deborah Ortiz, SEIU
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 PG&E still fights community power

Despite its many troubles, PG&E fights hard against efforts by cities to sell power direct of the residents. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Lucas Frerichs, Michael R. Peevey, Lois Wolk
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 Letters of recommendation for Brown and Newsom

When Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom aren’t trying to oh-so-politely hip-check each other, they sometimes come together to share experiences. Now they are allies in their contretemps (not Latin, sorry) with UC President Janet ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, Gavin Newsom
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 Another View: Judge women candidates on their qualifications

The issue here is not Kamala Harris, nor is it about the Senate race. Rather, it is about fairness, equity and what we as a society are willing to accept, now and for generations to come. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Dan Morain
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 Trip expands Sacramento's economic, cultural reach into India

Vivek Ranadive stressed that the U.S.-Indian trade and business ties must not be limited to just technology, but also handle raw and processed goods – which can be found in our farms, factories and warehouses. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Kevin Johnson, Barack Obama
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 Concerns about public pensions prey on fears

Pension critics are willfully ignoring the long-term nature of pension funding, seeking an opportunity to turn more public dollars over to their Wall Street cronies. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS
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 Legal system, family values, redistricting, high-speed rail, etc.

Justice out of balance … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Jeff Denham, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Dan Morain, Doug Ose
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 Soboroff: Group offers to repay LAPD for meeting on Mexican Mafia

The nonprofit group of business leaders who attended an LAPD-arranged event featuring a convicted ex-shot caller for the Mexican Mafia has approached police officials with an offer to reimburse the department's costs, an official said. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti
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 SD7: California Democratic Party endorses Bonilla

The California Democratic Party has endorsed Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla in the East Bay’s 7th State Senate District special election. Bonilla, D-Concord, issued a news release Saturday announcing the decision had been made at a local ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan, California Democratic Party, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer, Michelle Henry
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 State lawmakers considering overhaul of foster care

The California Legislature will consider a major overhaul this year of how the state cares for thousands of traumatized foster children, a sweeping effort to curb the excessive use of psychiatric drugs in foster care. »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, David Chiu, Legislature, Frank J. Mecca, Holly J. Mitchell
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 Consultant: "Big soda ... has Sacramento locked up"

Larry Tramutola, a political strategist who worked on passage of Berkeley’s first-in-the-nation soda tax last year, said Saturday that soda-tax advocates will continue to advance local tax measures because they have no hope of success in the ... »Read

In this article: Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Roger Salazar
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 California legislator wants more pay for NFL cheerleaders

New legislation in California would make NFL cheerleaders employees of their teams. »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, minimum wage
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 California courts innovate small changes despite budget cuts

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two days a month, Judge James Mize dials back the drama, anger and misery he usually sees in his family law courtroom to help couples complete simple divorces so they can get on with their lives.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Martin Hoshino
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 Arthur L. Alarcon, 9th U.S. Circuit's first Latino judge, dies at 89

Arthur L. Alarcon, the first Latino appointed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, died Wednesday at his Pacific Palisades home. He was 89. »Read

In this article: Arthur L. Alarcon, Dianne Feinstein, water
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