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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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 Anger at Ferguson case based on emotion, evidence
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 Does anyone want this job?
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 Are Democrats Losing Latino Enthusiasm? Troubling Signs From 2014
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 Legislators want to outlaw pedestrian tolls on Golden Gate Bridge
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 Democratic bigwigs fail to sway garbage deal in Daly City

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Rep. Jackie Speier, Chronicle columnist and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, and state Democratic Party Chairman John Burton all pitched calls to Daly City’s mayor in an effort to swing a contract in favor of garbage ... »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, John Burton, David Canepa, Gavin Newsom, Eric Potashner, Andrew Ross, John Russo, Jackie Speier
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 READ IN: Closing Early Edition

Give yourself a Thanksgiving treat: Sign up for Read In and get all the political news you need delivered to your inbox every day! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- The White House threatened to veto a $450 ... »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, Chuck Hagel, Nancy Pelosi
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 What If Your Boss Suddenly Told You to Come to Work on Thanksgiving?

Michelle Flores thought she had everything worked out for Thanksgiving. The 20-year-old San Francisco State junior was planning to join friends this Thursday to make pineapple-crusted ham, a family favorite. But last Friday, the Safeway where Flores ... »Read

In this article: George P. Miller, minimum wage
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 Eyeing 2016, Clinton selective on policy issues

The former secretary of state, senator and first lady is not talking about the Keystone XL pipeline, rejected by one vote in the final weeks of the Democrat-led Senate. Clinton also drew a distinction from her would-be GOP opponents who have spoken ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Family Leave, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Alex Padilla
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 Obama's immigration move disappoints businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican ... »Read

In this article: Zoe Lofgren, Barack Obama, Bob Sakaniwa
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 Eisenhower Memorial Plan Still Faces Skepticism, Despite Approvals

Despite rosy projections from Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission staff of breaking ground on a monument to the 34th president in the next calendar year, Capitol Hill's representatives on the commission remain skeptical. »Read

In this article: Ken Calvert, Darrell Issa
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 Et tu, DOJ? Will Loretta Lynch Ignore IRS Fraud as AG as She Did in Her Own Backyard? | Commentary

On November 7, 2011, Congressman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., sent a letter to Brooklyn-based U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch echoing his concerns about a former ACORN group, 'New York Communities for Change' and its alleged 'fraud through its participation ... »Read

In this article: ACORN, Darrell Issa, Loretta Lynch
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 Editorial: GOP message wins with some new messengers

Due in large part to Orange County voters, Democrats were prevented this month from taking supermajority control in both chambers of the state Legislature. To the Senate, voters sent Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen; to the Assembly, they ... »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party, Legislature, Ed Royce, Michelle Steel, water
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 Cal State funding talks include scenario of turning away freshmen

The University of California's decision to raise tuition generated much controversy. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown
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 Orange County Fair board members cleared in probe of land sale effort

Prosecutors have cleared Orange County Fair board members of wrongdoing in a criminal probe related to the state's failed effort to sell off the 150-acre fairgrounds to help California balance its budget. »Read

In this article: Dick Ackerman, Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 US economy enjoys best growth in more than a decade (+video)

An increase in consumer spending has helped drive the best six months of GDP growth since 2003, although public confidence in the economy has dropped as wage and salary increases remain low. »Read

In this article: Brian W. Jones, Brian W. Jones
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 S.F. supervisors give city's power utility a big boost

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to give the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission a right of first refusal on providing power to new developments in the city, which is in the midst of a building boom. The legislation is ... »Read

In this article: John Avalos, David Campos, David Chiu, Chris Daly, Chris Daly, Edwin M. Lee
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 Japanese firm plans to build light-rail cars in L.A. area after all

A month after threatening to avoid California when talks with organized labor groups derailed, a Japanese company said it would follow through with much-touted plans to open a light-rail manufacturing facility in Los Angeles County after all. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Laura Nelson, Gary Toebben, water
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 Wednesday's TV highlights: 'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' and more

Customized TV Listings are available here: »Read

In this article: Charles Brown, John P. Hughes
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 How L.A. worked to head off riots after grand jury decision in Ferguson case

Aware of their city's long history of explosive violence in police matters, Los Angeles police, clergy, and community leaders prepared the city to remain calm, whatever the outcome in Ferguson, Mo.  »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Earl Ofari Hutchinson
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 Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra lost focus, and reelection

With so much focus on who's raising the most money, who's got the big-name endorsements and who's got labor or business or whatever special interests' backing, it's easy to overlook the simple fact that elections are decided by individual voters. ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Raul Bocanegra, Film tax
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 Same-sex marriage bans in Mississippi, Arkansas overturned

Arkansas and Mississippi became the latest two states Tuesday to have their same-sex marriage bans overturned by federal judges, but there are no rushes to the altar as both orders are on hold so the states can consider appeals. »Read

In this article: Chad Griffin, referendum, Same-sex marriage
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 Carly Fiorina actively explores 2016 presidential run but faces GOP critics

On a Republican presidential debate stage expected to be filled with more than a dozen current and former politicians, Carly Fiorina envisions herself standing out — as the only woman and the only CEO. Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Renee Croce, Carly Fiorina, Reed Galen, Jennifer Kerns, John McCain, Joe Shumate
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 L.A. council moves to require that unused guns be locked up or disabled

Los Angeles lawmakers voted Tuesday to start drafting a city ordinance that would require residents to lock up their handguns or disable them with trigger locks when they aren't being used. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Paul Krekorian
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 New law to prepare schools for rising incidence of food allergies

SACRAMENTO — California public schools will be required to stock emergency medicine that can save the life of a child suffering a severe allergic reaction on campus under a new law that goes into effect in January. With the number of children ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Robert Huff
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 Are Democrats Losing Latino Enthusiasm? Troubling Signs From 2014

Democratic lawmakers such as Jim Costa and Jerry McNerney have different electorates as turnout rises and falls between midterm and presidential years. »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Amerish Bera, Julia Brownley, California Target Book, Lois Capps, Hillary Clinton, Jim Costa, Jeff Denham, Allan Hoffenblum, Jerry McNerney, Scott Peters, Raul Ruiz, Dan Schnur, Johnny Tacherra, Ben Tulchin, David G. Valadao
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 Does anyone want this job?

To understand why people are dropping out of the running for secretary of defense, think about the job description. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Chuck Hagel, Howard P. Mckeon, Leon Panetta
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 Three Bay Area members in Assembly leadership

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced the members of her floor team Tuesday, tapping two Bay Area freshmen and one returning incumbent to top leadership posts for the 2015-16 session. Atkins, D-San Diego, named Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, David Chiu, Cristina Garcia, Chris Holden, Kevin Mullin
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 Anger at Ferguson case based on emotion, evidence

Anger and despair swept through many parts of America after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown.... »Read

In this article: Mike Brown, Charles Gallagher
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 Legislators want to outlaw pedestrian tolls on Golden Gate Bridge

Two members of the state Assembly want a stroll or a bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge to remain free, and they intend to back that up with a law. On a grassy bluff at Crissy Field, with the bridge in the background, Assemblymen Phil Ting, ... »Read

In this article: Marc Levine, Phil Ting
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 L.A. County implements program to ensure mentally ill get treatment

Los Angeles County officials gave final approval Tuesday to a plan to implement court-ordered intensive outpatient treatment for people with serious mental illness. »Read

In this article: Gloria Molina, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 San Francisco puts limits on worker schedules

It is the first law of its kind. »Read

In this article: David Chiu, George P. Miller, minimum wage, sick leave
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 We Didn't Vote

Turnout hits dismal records by Brian Leubitz Yikes. With almost every vote counted across the state, it appears about 42 percent of the state's 17.8 million registered voters cast ballots. That shatters the previous low of 50.5 percent set in 2002, ... »Read

In this article: Gray Davis, Brian Leubitz, Bill Simon
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 The Case for Obama Going to Ferguson

Dan Schnur: Barack Obama should go to Ferguson--not because he can single-handedly prevent another outbreak of violence or magically heal the nation’s racial divisions but because he has an opportunity to lead. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John McCain, Barack Obama, Dan Schnur
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 Lawmakers target Golden Gate Bridge sidewalk fee

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two California lawmakers plan to introduce legislation to block a possible sidewalk toll on the Golden Gate Bridge. Assemblymen Phil Ting and Marc Levine said at a news conference Tuesday that a sidewalk toll would be the ... »Read

In this article: greenhouse gas, Marc Levine, Phil Ting
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 Boxer urges Justice Dept. probe of Ferguson PD

The Justice Department must thoroughly review the Ferguson Police Department to determine whether there’s a pattern of excessive use of force, mistreatment of prisoners, or racial profiling in its searches and arrests, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Barbara Lee, John Lewis, Zoe Lofgren, Nancy Pelosi, Eric Swalwell
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