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 NEW: State pensions improve, but members living longer
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 Governor appoints new Department of Health Care Services director, will oversee Medi-Cal

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Jennifer Kent as director of the California Department of Health Care Services, the state agency that oversees the burgeoning Medi-Cal program. She replaces Toby Douglas, who stepped down in late 2014. Kent, 41, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Diana Dooley, Jennifer Kent, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Here's Hoping "Clear the Field" Doesn't Prevail in Senate Race

The buzz created by Los Angeles City Council president Herb Wesson’s endorsement of AG Kamala Harris for U. S. Senate was a big “get” because Wesson was known as an ally of former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who is considering jumping into ... »Read

In this article: Joel Fox, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez, Adam Schiff, Dan Schnur, George Skelton, Antonio Villaraigosa, Herb Wesson
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 R.I.P. Dan Wall

Dan Wall was an expert on local government finances who advocated for counties and readily engaged in debates over tax philosophy in a straightforward, congenially way. Our paths crossed many times serving on panels or discussing tax questions when ... »Read

In this article: Dan Walters
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 The 2015 CALA Legal Reform Wish List

With the 2015-2016 legislative session under way, it’s worth reminding our elected leaders why legal reform is needed. Ultimately, enacting legal reform is about making our lawsuit system serve the interests of ordinary people, rather than making ... »Read

In this article: CEQA, Legislature
Bills: AB 2171, SB 1188,
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 Public Sector Pay: Transparency and Perspective

Public sector labor leaders in California would rather that the public remain relatively ignorant about how well their members are compensated. But they are fighting a losing battle. Because of California’s massive unfunded pension liability and ... »Read

In this article: John Chiang
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 Villaraigosa Record has Pluses for Senate Bid - and Landmines

The signs are growing that state and national Democrats’ attempts to clear the U.S. Senate field in 2016 for California Attorney General Kamala Harris aren’t working. Several well-known Democrats are seriously considering challenging Harris, and ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Willie Brown, global warming, Kamala Harris, George Skelton, Thomas F. Steyer, Antonio Villaraigosa, Martin Wachs, water
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 Your Appliances May Be Spying on You

The FTC issues privacy and security guidelines to the companies that are creating the 'Internet of Things.' »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Edith Ramirez
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 The Fix: The Fix's 2015 list of best state political reporters

The most under-appreciated reporters in the political world are the scribes covering state and local politics. They rarely get the attention of their colleagues at the national level but are often covering the very politicians and national trends ... »Read

In this article: Henry Gomez, Jennifer Jacobs, Carla Marinucci, George Skelton, John A. Wagner
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 San Francisco port-a-potty program offers homeless privacy, normality

San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen bemoaned in 1985 that his beloved city — particularly 'the seamy streets of the Tenderloin' — risked the moniker of Latrine-by-the-Bay, in part because of official resistance to public toilets. »Read

In this article: Richard Riordan, Antonio Villaraigosa, water
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 READ IN: Billion Dollar Baby Edition

Don't forget to sign up for Read In and get all the political news you need delivered right to your inbox every day!A1: Today's top stories.-- Light snow will continue to fall in the D.C. area this morning as the storm headed to the Northeast ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Mark Kirk, Legislature, Loretta Lynch, John McCain
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 Romney, ahead of 2016 run, now calls Utah home, talks openly about Mormon influence

HOLLADAY, Utah — After losing two straight presidential races, Mitt Romney packed up his home in Massachusetts and journeyed west to Utah, building a mansion here in the foothills of the Wasatch Range that has served as his sanctuary from ... »Read

In this article: John Miller, referendum, Mitt Romney, Bob White
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 Democrats, Republicans spar over Benghazi investigation

In a strongly worded letter, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the panel's top Democrat, said the panel's chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., has used different standards for Republicans and Democrats and has held secret meetings with witnesses from ... »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Adam Schiff
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 California's political gold rush

Silicon Valley money may tip scales in pricey Senate race. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Jim Ross, Steve Westly
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 Gloria Romero: Women politicians no longer willing to wait on men

The announced retirement of Barbara Boxer set off speculation as to who would run to become California’s new junior senator in 2016. Almost immediately, and not surprisingly, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced her candidacy, and... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Willie Brown, John Chiang, Kevin De Leon, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Gavin Newsom, Alex Padilla, Gloria Romero, Thomas F. Steyer, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 AM Alert: California lawmakers shape priorities at policy retreats

Legislative Democratic and Republican caucuses will gather at retreats in the coming days to determine policy priorities for the session. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Alex Padilla, state budget, Dan Walters
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 Massive oil drilling project in Carson is dropped

A former subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum says it’s pulling the plug on a massive oil drilling project in Carson, a decision welcomed by activists and residents who had fought the project for years. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jim Dear, water, Rock D. Zierman
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 Council committee rejects panel's advice to change Greek's operator

A committee of Los Angeles lawmakers bucked a city commission and its staff Monday, rejecting their recommendation to hand control of the Greek Theatre over to a new operator. »Read

In this article: Joe Buscaino, Tom LaBonge
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 Bill aims to reduce federal tax on small breweries

Small brewers across the country could be granted a reduction in federal taxes, should a bill introduced into the 114th Congress this month gain support. The Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act, or Small BREW Act, was introduced ... »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Scott Lucas
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 Lee decides to back S.F. clean power program, but with conditions

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, in a major pivot on the issue of competing with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to provide cleaner power to city customers, directed officials Monday to develop a city-run renewable energy program by the end of the year. ... »Read

In this article: John Avalos, Edwin M. Lee, renewable energy
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 State Sen. Leno wants e-cigarettes regulated in California

San Francisco, along with 120 other cities around the country, has done it; and now state Senator Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, wants all of California to regulate e-cigarettes. »Read

In this article: John Balmes, Legislature, Mark Leno
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 Lobbying lawmakers with a personal touch

Several Sacramento lobbyists use their powers of persuasion to advance personal causes in the California Capitol. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Barry Brokaw, Jerry Brown, Robert Huff, Jessica A. Levinson, Joe Simitian, Paula Treat, Scott W. Wetch
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 Nearly $1 million in S.F. bond money vanishes

The developer of a Rincon Hill luxury high-rise complex near the entrance to the Bay Bridge may have ended up with nearly $1 million in bond money that the city planned to spend on park and pedestrian improvements South of Market, according to ... »Read

In this article: Chris Daly, Chris Daly
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 Harris shadow-boxing Villaraigosa in Senate race

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is not yet a candidate for U.S. Senate, and he might still skip the race altogether. »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Antonio Villaraigosa, Herb Wesson
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 Dems criticize GOP handling of Benghazi committee

The discord is unusual for the select committee. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Darrell Issa, Linda T. Sanchez
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 Internal Democratic Fights Come to a Head This Week

At Hill meetings and a Philadelphia retreat, the House minority will debate term limits and an economic message. »Read

In this article: Karen Bass, Joe Biden, minimum wage, Patrick Murphy, Eric Swalwell
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 NEW: State pensions improve, but members living longer

Is it morning in California for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System? Both CalPERS and CalSTRS’ funds have performed better lately, even as members are living longer. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, CalSTRS
Bills: AB 340, SB 67,
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 L.A. officials move closer to lowering tax on business gross receipts

Los Angeles lawmakers took steps Monday toward cutting the city's business tax rate starting in 2016. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian
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 White House gives a boost to Kamala Harris

State Attorney General Kamala Harris got an early boost from the White House for her 2016 U.S. Senate race Monday, as she was tapped to be the high-profile messenger of how President Obama’s executive actions on immigration are helping ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, Carla Marinucci, Early Primary, Loretta Sanchez, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Backers of Iran sanctions struggle to build support in the Senate

Sen. Chuck Schumer signed onto a sanctions bill Monday, but it may be harder to round up other Democrats. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Mark Kirk, Barack Obama, Senate Republicans
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 Lamorinda Democrats hold State Senate candidate forum, Feb 12

Lamorinda Democrats hold State Senate candidate forum, Feb 12 by Bill Gram-Reefer originally appearedon HALFWAY TO CONCORD. The Lamorinda Democratic Club will  hold a State Senate candidate forum for the District 7 seat vacated by Congressman ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan
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 Jerry Brown names new Medi-Cal director amid cost worries

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed the head of a nonprofit managed care association to oversee California's health care program for the poor amid record enrollment and rising costs. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jennifer Kent
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 Books before bowl games, regents

Like colleges nationwide, the University of California needs to rebalance its priorities on sports and academics. Last week’s UC regents meeting just drove home the point. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Gavin Newsom, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Sacramento's 'wall of debt' grows dangerously high

Long-term unfunded liabilities grew by another $102 million in the past year and now stand at nearly $2.3 billion. Ignoring that is irresponsible. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Kevin Johnson, John Shirey
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 3 former California governors back independent redistricting

Three former California governors are wading in to an Arizona elections case before the Supreme Court that could have major implications on how California draws its congressional and legislative districts. »Read

In this article: George Deukmejian, Rick Hasen, Legislature, Bill Mundell, Bill Mundell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pete Wilson, Allan Zaremberg
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