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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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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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 How L.A. worked to head off riots after grand jury decision in Ferguson case
Christian Science Monitor - Nov. 25, 7:13 pm
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 Wednesday's TV highlights: 'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' and more
Los Angeles Times/Editorial - Nov. 25, 8:00 pm
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 Japanese firm plans to build light-rail cars in L.A. area after all
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 Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra lost focus, and reelection
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 Same-sex marriage bans in Mississippi, Arkansas overturned
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 Proposed California law would mandate double pay on Thanksgiving, Christmas

Every California worker would receive double pay on Thanksgiving and Christmas under legislation to be proposed by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez. The bill takes aim at big-box stores and restaurants that are expanding holiday hours but also would ... »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature, sick leave
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 Bay Area Assemblymen propose legislation to stop sidewalk toll on Golden Gate Bridge

San Rafael Assemblyman Marc Levine is looking to put the kibosh on bicycle and pedestrian tolls on the Golden Gate Bridge through a bill he plans to introduce Monday. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Marc Levine, Phil Ting
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 OCDA's Investigation Clears OC Fairgrounds Sale Efforts

The Orange County District Attorney’s office has again cleared insiders who tried to sell the Orange County Fairgrounds during the state of California’s fiscal crisis more than five years ago.  This is the second such report the ... »Read

In this article: Dick Ackerman, Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, state budget
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 How L.A. worked to head off riots after grand jury decision in Ferguson case (+video)

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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 Supersonic jets can fly from New York to L.A. in 2.5 hours (or less)

Read full story for latest details. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, water
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 Chef Michael Voltaggio Cooks Up Annual Thanksgiving Meal At LA Mission

More than 3,500 meals will be served Wednesday at the Los Angeles Mission's annual Thanksgiving event. »Read

In this article: Jose Huizar, Tom LaBonge, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Happy Thanksgiving

We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday. Fox and Hounds Daily will resume publishing on December 1. »Read
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 Keep Raising Money, Jerry

Gov. Brown is taking hits for carrying on fundraising late in the campaign, and even after the election, despite the fact that he won easily and can’t run for re-election in 2018. The LA Times’ George Skelton laid it on the governor pretty ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, George Skelton
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 California: The Land of Double Taxation for Small Businesses

Just think: You run a business. Your partner embezzles from you and you are reeling – you feel like you’ve been punched in the gut. Next, California’s state government shows up and slaps you around. When you object, Sacramento offers ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Charles DeVore, Environmental Justice, Legislature
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 Stay Classy San Diego

A San Diego federal grand jury recently awarded $185 million in punitive damages against AutoZone Stores after finding that the company retaliated against a pregnant manager, eventually demoting her and then firing her. The jury also awarded ... »Read
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 We Are All Pilgrims

A Pilgrim is defined in most dictionaries as a person who makes a long and difficult journey to reach a sacred place. As we begin the Thanksgiving holiday, we are reminded that those pilgrims who shared a feast with Native Americans in 1621 ... »Read
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 Supervisors Will Give Controversial FPPC Monitoring Plan Another Try

Orange County supervisors voted Tuesday to renew a legislative push to have the state Fair Political Practices Commission oversee local campaign finance. »Read

In this article: Patricia Bates, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Shirley L. Grindle, Legislature, Tony Rackauckas, Todd Spitzer
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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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 NEW: CalPERS numbers attract fresh scrutiny

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System looks to see 2015 as another controversial year, especially around four budding controversies. First, attention has focused in recent weeks around the way CalPERS pays its board members and ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, John Chiang, Brad Pacheco
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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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 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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 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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 Eyeing 2016, Clinton selective on policy issues

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton offered praise for President Barack Obama's executive actions to stave off deportation for millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. But the Democrats' favored presidential hopeful has been ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Family Leave, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Alex Padilla
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 Is the election finally over?*

<p>Three weeks after Election Day, the <a href=http:* <p>Speaker Toni Atkins has announced her leadership team, with Asm. Kevin Mullin leading the list as Speaker pro Tem.   Committee chairs have not yet been named. ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Raul Bocanegra, Carl DeMaio, Lorena Gonzalez, Marc Levine, Kevin Mullin, Phil Ting
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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: www.latimes.com/tvtimes »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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