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Key Committee Fails To Take Up California Minimum Wage Bill

"A wise move considering the wage will go up automatically this coming January. Not to mention this bill would have come at a hefty price tag to the state government- over $4 Billion according to the Department of Finance."

by Avg. Joe 5 days ago   Respond   Read article

Despite Side Deal Report, Support Lines Up for Iran Deal

"Support lines up? One NY Congressman. Seems like two key northeastern Senators (both Dems) in two weeks is more compelling evidence of an anti-deal groundswell."

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Mandating a 50-Percent Reduction in Oil--at What Cost?

"California’s 100,000 electric vehicles are the most electric vehicles in any state, however, the other 97% of California’s 30 million vehicles that DO NOT run on electricity or other alternative fuels are consuming more than 40 million gallons of transportation fuels, gasoline and diesel, excluding jet fuel, EVERY DAY. Sounds like a lot of fuel, but it equates to just more than 1 gallon per day per vehicle. California motorists and businesses are major consumers of fossil fuel products. Even though there is a both projected growth in population from our current 38 million citizens, AND an increase in vehicle registrations from our current 30 million, the fuel demand is projected to decline slightly from the current 40 million gallons per DAY of gasoline and diesel, mostly as a result of continuous improvements in fuel efficiencies, and a slight impact by the 3% of vehicles that run on electricity or other alternative fuels. We already have AB32 and the LCFS in effect to control GHG emissions. REQUIRING California’s 38 million citizens to change their lifestyle appears to be bad public policy and possibly unenforceable on abusers that do not reduce their usage by 50%. It appears that a reduction from the current 40 million gallons of transportation fuels down to 20 million a day in just 15 years would be a drastic lifestyle change that could severely impact one of the world’s largest economies."

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An Engineered Drought

"Now I'm not here to necessarily defend agriculture- but are you accounting for all the reductions they have had to make in recent year's prior to the Governor's executive order? I thought they were cutting before the rest of us. water crops as much as needed, water lawns sparingly."

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Carly Fiorina jumps in GOP presidential race: Can she win? (+video)

"The only thing Carly can aspire to is a cabinet post. So she has to decide what realistic nominee she will ultimately support. At some time, she will go with Jeb."

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 Battle to marry in Kentucky: 6 couples, gay and straight, one purpose
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 Korean American apparel makers mull fleeing L.A.'s business climate for El Paso
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 Essential California: What are you wearing to Burning Man?
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 Jeb Bush Says He Helped Save Thousands of Ethiopian Jews. Here's What Really Happened.
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 New Ferguson report offers lessons on handling protests

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The police response to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer offers lessons in how not to handle mass demonstrations, according to a Justice Department report that warns such problems could happen in other places roiled by ... »Read

In this article: Ronald L. Davis, Loretta Lynch
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 California ivory ban moves one step closer to law

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers voted Wednesday to expand a ban on elephant ivory so it could no longer be bought or sold in the state regardless of when it was first imported. The legislation removes an exemption that has ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara
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 'Power search' offers new tool to follow California campaign money

Secretary of State Alex Padilla unveiled the search tool WednesdayNon-profit MapLight built the toolPower search is alternative to confusing Cal-Access web site … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Legislature, Dan Newman, Alex Padilla, Phillip Ung
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 Protesters back bill spurred by recent police shootings

California lawmakers took up bills to regulate videos of police activities and law enforcement's acquisition of surplus military on Wednesday as hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrated outside the governor's office urging the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ben Hueso, Legislature, Connie Leyva, James Nielsen, Shirley Weber
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 Legislation extends injury benefits to Cal Fire firefighters

‘Gut-and-amend’ measure gives injured state firefighters up to 12 months payWages received in lieu of disability benefitsSimilar benefit already received by local firefighters, CHP officers, others … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Adam Gray, Legislature
Bills: AB 1282,
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 Bill expanding access to experimental drugs sent to Gov. Jerry Brown

‘Right to Try’ measure part of nationwide movement … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ian Calderon, California Nurses Association
Bills: AB 159,
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 Politicians' job claims clash with facts: Dan Walters

By Dan WaltersThe term 'voodoo economics' was lodged in the political lexicon 35 years ago by George H.W. Bush, referring to presidential rival Ronald Reagan.The two later reconciled enough for Bush to became Reagan's vice presidential running mate, ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Dan Walters, water
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 Corrections, Sept. 3

Lee must make enemies to combat homelessness, Aug. 30, Bay Area, Page C3 In Willie Brown’s Willie’s World column that started on C1, Lloyd Dean’s title was incorrect. He is the CEO of Dignity Health. »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Lloyd Dean
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 Scott Walker Backs Aways From Canada Border Wall

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker continued to climb down from his apparent support for a wall on the U.S. border with Canada, in the face of skepticism from fellow Republican candidates, many of whom have embraced other means to deter illegal immigration ... »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, illegal immigration, Mike Murphy
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 Kentucky clerk files injunction on same-sex marriage licenses

MOREHEAD, Ky. (Reuters) - Lawyers representing a county clerk in Kentucky who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses in defiance of a court order filed an emergency motion on Wednesday asking for an injunction to temporarily block the order ... »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Same-sex marriage
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 Lawmakers push public retirement funds to divest from coal

Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a plan to force the state's two largest public pension funds to divest from coal holdings. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Legislature, Senate Democrats
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 Bill to divest state's public pensions from coal heads to Gov. Jerry Brown

Lawmakers in the Assembly gave final approval Wednesday to a measure that would require the state's public pension funds to divest from their holdings in thermal coal. »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, CalPERS, CalSTRS
Bills: SB 185,
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 The Fatal Flaw in Kim Davis's Appeal

The tension between religious liberty and same-sex marriage may eventually come to a head in the courts, but probably not through the Kentucky clerk’s case. »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Legislature, Same-sex marriage
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 CalSTRS considers shifting part of portfolio into conservative investments

Fund would eventually shift 12 percent away from equitiesConventional wisdom holds that less risk means lower returnsBut CalSTRS official says may be possible to avoid sacrificing profit … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Christopher Ailman, CalPERS, CalSTRS, Legislature
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 Mike Huckabee offers support to Kentucky clerk who refuses to issue gay marriage licenses

The White House hopeful called the clerk Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee
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 Four things workers should know about the California Fair Pay Act

The California Legislature recently passed what could be the strongest equal pay law in the nation. The bill, called the 'Fair Pay Act,' is now headed to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. One of Brown's aides, Nancy McFadden, tweeted last week that the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Nancy McFadden
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 Watching Baseball, Writing Poetry

by Megan Pugh and Gillian Osborne. »Read

In this article: water
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 California seeks to tighten ban on importing, selling ivory

California lawmakers are moving to prohibit the sale of old ivory, as lawmakers voted Wednesday to close a loophole in the state's ban on importing, buying or selling elephant ivory or rhinoceros horn. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Ricardo Lara, Mark Leno, Jeff Stone
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 Legislature approves bill prodding CalPERS, CalSTRS to dump coal investments

The Assembly sent to the governor legislation on Wednesday that seeks to force California’s two major pension systems to drop their holdings in coal. Advocates for eco-friendly investing argue that coal is increasingly becoming a poor investment, ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS
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 Bill to strip coal from California pension portfolios heads to governor

Legislation forms part of Democrats’ climate change agenda … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, CalPERS, CalSTRS, Legislature, renewable energy
Bills: SB 185,
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 Coal divestment bill passes California state legislature

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A bill requiring California's two largest retirement systems to sell their investments in coal companies passed the state Assembly on Wednesday, a significant step for legislation that backers hope will inspire other funds ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, CalSTRS, Legislature, Evan Westrup
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 Bao Nguyen gets BlueAmericaBlog Endorsement for Congress

BlueAmerica, a very good liberal political blog, has endorsed Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen for CD-46 in Orange County. And they’ve featured Nguyen on a page for national political contributions by making the case the Democrats who lost in ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Lee, Ted W. Lieu, Loretta Sanchez
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 LA becomes official US candidate for 2024 Summer Olympics (+video)

The southern California city, which has hosted two previous Summer Olympics, quickly became the No. 1 choice after Boston dropped out earlier this summer. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian, Herb Wesson
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 Huckabee supports Kentucky clerk on defying federal courts

ATLANTA (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee supports a Kentucky clerk's refusal to issue marriage licenses because of her opposition to same-sex marriage.... »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Same-sex marriage
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 Deadline looming on ethics inquiry of San Jose Rep. Mike Honda

The U.S. House Ethics Committee has a Thursday deadline to reveal its next step in a complaint accusing Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose) of improperly coordinating campaign and official duties. »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna
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 California lawmakers act on police cameras, elephant ivory

The state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation aimed at getting police agencies throughout California to adopt effective controls when having officers wear body cameras to record interactions with the public. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Ben Hueso, Ricardo Lara, Mark Leno, James Nielsen, Jeff Stone
Bills: AB 256, AB 69,
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 Revived California right-to-die bill clears first hurdle in Assembly committee

Two weeks after Democrats revived controversial right-to-die legislation in a special legislative session on health care funding, the measure on Tuesday won bipartisan support and easily cleared an Assembly committee on a 10-3 vote.The powerful ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eduardo Garcia, Deborah Hoffman, Legislature, William W. Monning, Susan Talamantes Eggman, Evan Westrup
Bills: SB 128,
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 Predatory credit is not worth protecting: Guest commentary

All credit is not created equal. This is a basic point that lawmakers need to remember as a national effort moves forward to protect consumers against predatory small-dollar loans. Credit, when done right, is a vital tool in building strong ... »Read

In this article: Tony Cardenas, Brad Sherman
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 Freshman Congressman DeSaulnier makes trip to district to discuss issues

Lawmaker makes trip home to discuss issues »Read

In this article: Mark DeSaulnier, George P. Miller, Barack Obama
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 A look at where Senate Democrats stand on the Iran deal

Congress will vote this month on a resolution to disapprove of the White House-backed nuclear deal struck with Iran by the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. The deal aims to limit Iran's nuclear program in exchange for hundreds of ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Barack Obama, Senate Democrats
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 Thomas Bach gets what he wants: A US bid for 2024 Olympics

When Boston's troubled bid for the 2024 Olympics collapsed in late July, IOC President Thomas Bach made it pointedly clear he was counting on the U.S. to come up with another candidate. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, referendum, Peter Ueberroth
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 Union members ask leaders: Don't rush Clinton support

Some in the SEIU, one of labor's most powerful unions, are pushing for the organization to support Bernie Sanders instead »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Barack Obama, SEIU
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 Sorry, Scott Walker: You are a career politician. But you're not alone in denying it.

Plenty with decades of service have tried to claim this. »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, Newt Gingrich, Legislature, Patrick Murphy, Mitt Romney
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 Mike Honda Lawyers Up

Rep. Michael M. Honda hired attorneys from two prominent Washington law firms and a California public relations firm to respond to a controversy surrounding a potential House Ethics Committee probe into improper coordination between his campaign and ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna
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 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti heads to Switzerland to support Olympics bid

LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti will be in Switzerland today to present Los Angeles to the International Olympic Committee as a candidate to host the 2024 Olympics.Garcetti is part of a delegation that also includes LA 2024 chairman Casey ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Herb Wesson
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 Palm Springs Mayor Pledges To Cooperate With FBI Corruption Probe

The mayor of Palm Springs says he'll cooperate with a corruption probe after FBI agents raided City Hall. »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Ginny Foat, Steve Pougnet
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 Reginald Hudlin: Will black Oscar producer spell a more diverse ceremony?

The news that veteran film and television figure Reginald Hudlin would be one of the two people producing the Oscars this year was greeted with warm fanfare by those who care about diversity and a ceremony reflective of a cross-section of America. »Read

In this article: Steve Jobs, Will Smith
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 Don't Seize Farmers Water, Let Them Trade It

As California weathers its fourth straight year of extreme drought, policy makers and their cheerleaders continue to scapegoat California’s agricultural industry. Writing in the Sacramento Bee, economist Christopher Thornberg, for example, refers ... »Read

In this article: Drought, eminent domain, Christopher Thornberg, water
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 Both Sides Are Right on Transportation. Let's Find a Deal

To the outside, a deal may appear elusive on transportation funding this session. Republicans are intent on using existing funding and demand accountability reforms. Democrats want new funding while also agreeing that accountability reforms are ... »Read

In this article: CEQA, Legislature
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 Let's Have an Honest Immigration Debate

There is no doubt that the candidacy of Donald Trump has reignited the immigration debate. There is also no doubt that while Americans may disagree over how to deal with our broken immigration system, there is a general consensus that it must be ... »Read
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 The Jobs Perplex (2): California, Labor Day 2015

We arrive at Labor Day 2015, with a much different story line in California than previous Labor Days. Four years ago, our Labor Day 2011 posting, entitled the Jobs Perplex, looked at the slow pace of job growth of the Great Recession recovery. Then ... »Read

In this article: Legislature
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 Governor Signs Legislation that Limits Access to Direct Democracy

Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1100 (Low-D) into law. EffectiveJanuary 1, 2016, citizens who wish to submit a ballot initiative or referendum must pay $2,000, instead of the current fee of $200. Direct democracy is a citizen’s right – a ... »Read

In this article: referendum
Bills: AB 1100,
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 Governor loosens definition of 'Made in U.S.A' for California products

California companies must now actually make their products in the U.S. to call them American-made. Mostly. Gov. Jerry Brown approved legislation on Tuesday that expands the definition of 'Made in U.S.A' to more closely resemble a federal standard ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Hill, Jerry Brown, Legislature
Bills: SB 633,
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 Beyond $15 an hour: The new generation of labor leaders

In the 121 years since Labor Day became a national holiday, millions have taken it as a day of rest. For labor leaders, though, it's a day about work: working the politicians, working the issues of pay and benefits in a country where wages for many ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Patt Morrison, SEIU
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 Capitol Report: Bush gets personal with 'germophobe' attack on Trump

Bush’s ‘germophobe’ attack on Trump; O’Malley’s service plan; Kasich backs ‘reasonable’ minimum wage hike; and more. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Carly Fiorina, minimum wage, Joe Trippi
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 State's Fair Pay Act may be nation's most aggressive on gender wage gap

California's new Fair Pay Act, which awaits Gov. Jerry Brown's signature, may be the nation's most aggressive attempt yet to close the salary gap between men and women. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nancy McFadden, Stephanie Roberson
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 Essential California: What are you wearing to Burning Man?

Good morning. It is Wednesday, Sept. 2. A new survey suggests that the signature dish of California is fish tacos. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES L.A. is their place Los Angeles will be ... »Read

In this article: Drought, minimum wage, Kristin Olsen, Michael A. Ramos, Dave Roberts, water
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 Korean American apparel makers mull fleeing L.A.'s business climate for El Paso

When Daejae Kim arrived in Los Angeles three decades ago, he took his first step into the apparel business in downtown's fashion district, where a budding Korean entrepreneurial community was beginning to take hold. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 Battle to marry in Kentucky: 6 couples, gay and straight, one purpose

Six couples -- four gay couples and two straight couples -- have sued a county clerk in Kentucky for refusing to issue marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned bans on same-sex marriage nationwide. »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Same-sex marriage, Will Smith
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 Jeb Bush Says He Helped Save Thousands of Ethiopian Jews. Here's What Really Happened.

Did Jeb Bush help launch a covert mission to airlift thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel in the 1980s, saving them from starvation? He says he did. Twice in the past week his campaign has posted blog posts on its website making this claim in ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Judith Barrett Miller
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 Right-to-die gains bipartisan support

Proposed Right-to-die legislation moved forward in the Assembly yesterday, in spite of a warning from the governor that he preferred to see the measure not be included in the current Special Session. Assembly Bill X2-15 cleared the Assembly ... »Read

In this article: water, Kristin Olsen, Legislature, Eduardo Garcia, Drought, Jerry Brown, Assembly Republicans
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 California Lawmakers Advance Right-To-Die Bill On Second Try

(AP) - California lawmakers have advanced right-to-die legislation through an Assembly committee after an earlier measure stalled this year amid opposition from religious groups and some Democrats. The Public Health and Developmental Services ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Susan Talamantes Eggman
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 California Assembly Republicans Pick Leader, Delay Switch

(AP) - Republicans in the California state Assembly have chosen a new leader, but will delay the transition until next year. Assemblyman Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley was chosen Tuesday as the successor to Minority Leader Kristin Olsen of Modesto. ... »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Jean Fuller, Robert Huff, Kristin Olsen
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 Short-Term Rental Sites Must Warn Tenants Of Eviction Risk

(AP) - Short-term rental housing websites such as Airbnb and VRBO will be required to warn users that they may be violating their leases under a new California law. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday that he signed SB761 by Democratic Sen. Isadore ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Isadore Hall
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 Los Angeles back from dead as US candidate for 2024 Olympics

Los Angeles is the official U.S. nominee for the 2024 Olympic games — a dramatic turnaround for a city that just two months ago was considered out of the running. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian, Herb Wesson
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 AM Alert: California police profiling bill gets late push

Advocates push for key surviving police-reform bill … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Karen Bass, Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Kamala Harris, Ben Hueso, Alex Padilla, Shirley Weber
Bills: AB 953,
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