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Lawmakers seek soda warning labels

"“STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.” Once this law is passed, we can use this same warning and just insert whatever product we want into the warning. This will be the template for change! Who knew complex issues could be solved so easily?"

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Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

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Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

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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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 LA City Council agrees to spend $1 billion to fix deteriorating sidewalks

The Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday to spend $31 million a year for 30 years on sidewalk repair projects, settling a lawsuit filed by disabled residents. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Eric Garcetti
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 Key provisions of California's new water cuts

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered California's first mandatory, statewide water cutbacks by cities and towns as the state's nearly 40 million people head into a fourth summer of severe drought. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Energy Commission, water
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 Contract talks stalled, thousands of L.A. city workers take strike vote

Angered by stalled contract negotiations, at least 10,000 Los Angeles city workers will decide whether to strike, a move that could potentially paralyze basic city services such as garbage collection, sewer maintenance and transportation. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, SEIU
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 Menendez to vote for Lynch

The senator could be the deciding vote in her favor. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Mark Kirk, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama, Senate Republicans
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 Things to know about California's drought and water cuts

Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order on Wednesday for mandatory water conservation in cities and towns statewide means people inside and outside California will start feeling more of the pain of the state's four-year severe drought. … Click to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Karen Ross, water
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 Jeb Bush visits Bay Area on super PAC fundraising sweep

Potential GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush walks a fine line as he visits East Palo Alto and San Francisco in search of support for his super PAC and a nascent campaign. »Read

In this article: John Burton, California Democratic Party, California Republican Party, Harmeet Dhillon, Bill Draper
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 Chiang urges CalSTRS to divest from gun maker

California Treasurer John Chiang is concerned that the state’s teachers’ pension system still has investments managed by a firm that hasn’t kept its promise to sell off its firearm-manufacturing holdings. This all started with the December, ... »Read

In this article: CalSTRS, John Chiang
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 Los Angeles agrees to spend $1 billion to fix sidewalks

The City Council on Wednesday agreed to spend more than $1 billion over 30 years to repair its sidewalks, settling a lawsuit filed by disabled residents who said they couldn't navigate broken walkways, potholed crosswalks and curbs that lacked ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian
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 California governor orders statewide water cutbacks to combat drought

PHILLIPS, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown, in his most sweeping action to combat a devastating multi-year drought, ordered residents and businesses on Wednesday to cut water use by 25 percent in the first mandatory statewide ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Karen Ross, water
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 California's mandatory water cuts: What to know

Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order on Wednesday for mandatory water conservation in cities and towns statewide means people inside and outside California will start feeling more of the pain of the state's four-year severe drought. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Karen Ross, water
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 How the McDonald's raise is different

Regardless of what McDonald's says, franchise owners actually get the final word in wages. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, SEIU
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 McDonald's To Give Raises To Workers At Company-Owned Restaurants

McDonald’s announced Wednesday it will give raises and paid time off to some if its employees. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 Kamala Harris officially kicks off Senate campaign

State Attorney General Kamala Harris will officially kick off her U.S. senate campaign Wednesday night in San Francisco. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, Edwin M. Lee
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 Reid retirement provides lessons for both CA Democrats and GOP

Physically injured and in his 75th year, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has opted against seeking reelection in 2016. Victim of a debilitating self-inflicted injury involving an exercise band, the »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, Barack Obama, Thomas F. Steyer, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Kershaw Allows 1 Hit, Unearned Run For Dodgers To Finish Spring

Clayton Kershaw and Yorduna Ventura each had their final outing in preparation for opening day, and the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals tied 4-4 Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 California districts seek to extend waiver of education law

Six of California's largest urban school districts have applied for a waiver freeing them from requirements of the nation's No Child Left Behind education law. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Rick Miller, No Child Left Behind
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 California Treasurer urges CalSTRS divestment from assault weapon manufacturer

(Reuters) - California's state treasurer sent a stern letter to the state's teachers' pension fund on Wednesday, asking that the fund's managing partner, Cerberus Capital Management, fully divest from the assault weapon manufacturer, Freedom Group. »Read

In this article: CalSTRS, John Chiang
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 Rand Paul signs pollster for presidential campaign

Tony Fabrizio polled for Rick Perry in 2012. »Read

In this article: Chip Englander, Ron Paul, Early Primary
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 Steyer's group shutters climate policy arm as political efforts ramp up

The move indicates that he will shift more resources to his organization's political efforts. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Chris Lehane, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Complaint system for helicopter noise begins operations countywide

Los Angeles County residents can now complain about noisy low-flying  helicopters to a website and hotline sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Adam Schiff
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 Jesus Lady Vows to Make Easter Event Happen

Religious activist Rita Warren will not allow House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving -- or anyone else, for that matter -- dictate how or when she carries out her business on the Capitol grounds this Easter. »Read

In this article: Nancy Pelosi, Robert H. Powell
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 Momentum builds to raise minimum wage in Los Angeles

A movement in the city and county of Los Angeles to raise the minimum wage is gaining momentum but also getting pushback from those who say it could lead to job cuts. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Dolores Huerta, minimum wage, Stuart Waldman
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 These U.S. Senators Are the Only Ones to Ever Get Indicted

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In this article: John Donahoe, Legislature, renewable energy, water
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 San Diego Councilman Sherman Shares His Chargers Stadium Concept

Sherman said Mayor Kevin Faulconer and members of his advisory group have put forth bold ideas and taken criticism, so he felt it was time to step forward with his own concept. »Read

In this article: Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer
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 California activists call for oil company subpoenas

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer and the head of a consumer watchdog group on Tuesday said California state lawmakers should subpoena oil industry executives if they fail to answer questions about February's ... »Read

In this article: Jamie Court, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Gov. Jerry Brown imposes first ever mandatory water restrictions for California

Amid the dry peaks of the Eastern Sierra Nevada, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday watched the engineers of the State Department of Water Resources test the snowpack and then declared a mandatory 25 percent cutback in California's urban water use.If the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Energy Commission, Karen Ross, water
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 Control of L.A. school funds at risk in dispute over teacher evaluations

The Los Angeles Unified School District could lose control over $57 million a year in federal funds because of a disagreement over performance evaluations with the teachers union. »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District, No Child Left Behind
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 SD7: Steve Glazer files FPPC complaint on unions

Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer, vying with Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla in the 7th State Senate District special election, filed a complaint Wednesday with the state’s political watchdog agency claiming labor unions are hiding their role in a group ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Mark DeSaulnier, Fair Political Practices Commission, Steven Glazer
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 Crustacean Rights activist picket Bonilla fundraiser

Crustacean Rights activist picket Bonilla fundraiser by Richard Eber originally appearedon HALFWAY TO CONCORD. Susan Bonilla’s fundraiser was picketed last night by a rowdy group of Crustacean Rights activists going under the name of the Mollusca ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer, water
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 CA maxes out death row

Litigated to all but a halt, California’s system of capital punishment has backed up to crisis levels, filling death row to capacity and prompting an emergency proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Loni Hancock, Legislature
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 Agran Consortium to Buy OC Weekly -- Eyes Register for Acquisition

TheLiberalOC has learned that former Irvine Mayor and Council member Larry Agran has put together a small group of investors and together they have acquired the alternative weekly newspaper 'OC Weekly' from Voice Media Group for less than the cost ... »Read

In this article: Beth Krom, Larry Agran
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 Sacramento approves plastic bag ban

Beginning next year, Sacramento residents will need to remember to bring reusable bags to the grocery store or pay at least 10 cents for paper bags, following a prohibition on single-use plastic bans approved by the Sacramento City Council on ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark Murray, referendum
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 Finding the Power to Get Fresh Water from the Ocean

It’s April, for most part the rainy season is over and the severe California drought lingers. Beyond strict conservation, other ideas once considered fanciful or too expensive are back on the table. We’ll skip past the idea of towing an iceberg, ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, PPIC, water
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 Could A New Pro Football Stadium Help California Beat Its Drought?

That’s the ambitious goal of the latest stadium proposal to appear in Los Angeles. The project—details of which are only now becoming public—would provide more than merely a home for the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars, who ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Joe Mathews, water
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 Memo to Steve Glazer: Being a Democratic "Centrist" Doesn't Mean Being Against Working Families

There’s a political war brewing in the mix of tony and working class suburbs of the East Bay that, thanks to the Top Two primary, is between two Democrats – self-described “centrist” political consultant Steve Glazer and Assemblywoman Susan ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Steven Glazer
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 Some Encouraging Words For Higher Education

“We have to invest in science and technology and our universities and that’s building for the future, not stealing from it.” Those words were spoken by Governor Jerry Brown on Meet the Press.   For those of us who believe that higher ... »Read

In this article: Dick Ackerman, Jerry Brown, state budget
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 Addressing young Democrats in N.H., O'Malley decries influence of 'ultra-wealthy'

NASHUA, N.H. -- Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley sharpened his populist rhetoric as he addressed a group of young Democrats here Tuesday night, telling them that politics “is not the exclusive domain of the ultra-wealthy.”Read full ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, John A. Wagner
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