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California focuses on power lines as top cause of wildfires

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Funding and subsidies worry potential partners in California's bullet train project

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Another day, another landmark bill signing for California Gov. Jerry Brown

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Another day, another landmark bill signing for California Gov. Jerry Brown

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Insurance Commissioner: More To Lose Fire Coverage

"Some insurance companies have already red lined the entirety of the Sierra Nevada foothills, rejecting policy renewals without regard for defensible space or adequacy of local fire agency coverage. This week's pronouncements of further, widespread insurance cutoffs raise some red flags about the residential real estate market in California. Will people in red lined zones be able to sell their homes? How will values, thus prices, be affected? Will prospective buyers be able to get loans to purchase uninsurable properties? Will rural and exurban areas be branded as uninhabitable by regulators and the general public?"

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 Paris attacks spur debate on bulk collection renewal - Frays emerge in coalition eyeing criminal justice reform

GOP pollster and strategist Frank Luntz, the architect of the "Contract with America," will have dinner with House Democrats after Thanksgiving. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, global warming, John McCain, No Child Left Behind, Barack Obama, water
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 A Sleeper Senate Race in California

The race to succeed Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) of California could very well produce the upset of 2016. The prohibitive favorite would seem to be Kamala Harris. As the state’s two-term attorney general, she has good name recognition and an established ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Carly Fiorina, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez
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 What Are Taxpayers Thankful for in 2015?

With the recent terror attacks against France, America’s oldest ally, most Americans are rightfully concerned for the welfare of our friends abroad as well as our own safety. With the French, we share a common heritage of a dedication to liberty. ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Legislature
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 Holiday Season Sends Health Food Into Hiding

It happens every autumn. No sooner has the last goblin rappelled down the wall of Halloween candy in the supermarket than the fruits and vegetables go into the witness protection program and refuse to be seen unless covered from tip to stem in cream ... »Read

In this article: Susan Shelley
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 Governor Brown Encourages Californians to Shop Small Ahead of "Small Business Saturday"

 (Editor’s Note: From the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)) Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a letter in support of the upcoming Small Business Saturday on November 28th.  Small Business Saturday is ... »Read
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 California Still Over a Barrel

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 Members of Congress urge disaster relief for Dungeness crab fishermen

In a bit of good news for California's beleaguered crab fishermen, four members of Congress announced Monday they will advocate for federal disaster relief in the unlikely event that the state's commercial fishing season for Dungeness crab is ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lois Capps, Sam Farr, Jared Huffman, Jackie Speier
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 Today: Syria's Vortex. What Can Paris Teach L.A.?

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES The Conflagration to Spark Deeper Conflict? Three airmen are dead - the first known Russian ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Dave Roberts
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 Essential California: L.A.'s new approach to fighting terror

Good morning. It is Wednesday, Nov. 25. When it comes to Thanksgiving, it's all about the buffet. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES Terror shift: Local law enforcement officials are rethinking ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Drought, water
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 CalPERS fee disclosure raises question of whether private equity returns are worth it

The nation's largest public pension fund peeled back a layer of secrecy to reveal that it has paid private equity managers $3.4 billion in bonuses since 1990, a hefty figure sure to heighten arguments over whether the controversial sector is worth ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, CalSTRS, John Chiang, David Crane, Arnold Schwarzenegger, state budget
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 Essential Politics: A primer for political conversation around the dinner table

Today's Essential Politics is a team effort, as we prepare to take a holiday break. Subscribe to the newsletter First, Washington bureau chief David Lauter brings you an abbreviated edition of his normal Friday afternoon newsletter looking back at ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, CalPERS, John Chiang, Dianne Feinstein, Michael Finnegan, Jean Fuller, Zoe Lofgren, John Myers, Gavin Newsom, Darry Sragow
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 Darrell Delamaide's Political Capital: Obama's weakness on ISIS benefits Clinton, not the Republicans

The presidential hopeful, who has foreign-policy experience, says she wants to destroy the terrorist group, says Darrell Delamaide. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, John F. Kerry, Barack Obama, Leon Panetta
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 L.A. official understands homelessness as policymaker, concerned citizen

It happened on many occasions. Mr. Santana would come out of his apartment in downtown Los Angeles and see the woman in her usual spot, not far from Pershing Square. 'She sleeps sitting up on a bus bench,' he says. 'She wears an overcoat and has a ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 Four men accused of slashing inflatable dam in drought-hit California

(Reuters) - Four men have been arrested on suspicion of slashing an inflatable dam with knives, letting out nearly 50 million gallons of water in drought-hit California, officials said on Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 California tourism groups worried about changes to visa program

The head of a group representing California tourism organizations says she is concerned that the state’s more than $117-billion annual tourism industry could be hurt by a plan to change a visa program following the Paris terror attacks. Sen. ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Zoe Lofgren
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 Shining a welcome light on government debt

Transparency is the hallmark of any sound government, so we gratefully welcome State Treasurer John Chiang’s new DebtWatch website,, which offers more than 2.8 million fields of information on more than 30 years of ... »Read

In this article: John Chiang, Jim Mayer
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 Proposed bill requires elected officals to take harrassment training

Two lawmakers are pushing to mandate sexual harassment prevention training for local elected officials. »Read

In this article: Eric Guerra, Kevin Johnson, J. Clark Kelso, Kevin McCarty, Allen Warren
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 Safety report highlights 22 potentially hazardous toys

Researchers found there are still toys with potentially high levels of toxic substances and other safety hazards on store selves despite laws prohibiting their sale. »Read

In this article: David Chiu, Mark Leno
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 Feds unveil new charges related to alleged kickback scheme at Long Beach hospital

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday revealed details in one of the bigger medical frauds ever discovered, implicating five men -- including the former chief financial officer of a Long Beach hospital and two surgeons -- who allegedly inflated nearly $600 ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Thomas M. Calderon, State Compensation Insurance Fund
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 Lawmakers urge Gov. Brown to declare disaster for crab fishermen

Four California lawmakers are urging Governor Brown to be ready to declare a disaster for Dungeness crab fisherman. »Read

In this article: Jared Huffman, Jackie Speier
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 California GOP consultant helped sink Vitter in Louisiana guv's race*

<p><b>Karyn Bruggeman</b> of the <b>National Journal</b> revealed that Sacramento GOP political consultant <a href=http:* <p>'California-based Republican operative Rob Stutzman oversaw the creation of ... »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Marc Levine, Jeff Morales, Robert Stutzman
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: CalPERS puts Band-Aid on gaping pension fund wound

Gov. Jerry Brown calls it 'irresponsible' as California Public Employees' Retirement System placates labor unions at the risk of taxpayers and the pension fund's security. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS
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 Susan Shelley: Valley residents fuming over DWP's energy-grab from their solar panels

Solar energy is full of surprises.The operators of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System were recently surprised by state air quality regulators, who informed them that the $2.2 billion solar energy plant is a carbon polluter.Solar energy ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Susan Shelley, water
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 Even after release, California convicts contend with digital trail

Early criminal releases tracked online in SacramentoEchoes of Megan’s Law databaseTension between public safety, individual rights … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Ignacio Hernandez, Legislature, Michael A. Ramos
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 What is California doing about the daily fantasy sports controversy?

Is it a game of chance or skill? California politicians begin to debate … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Adam Gray, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Marc Levine
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 Brace for Dungeness crab disaster, lawmakers urge

Four of California’s coastal congressmembers are urging Gov. Jerry Brown to be ready to ask the federal government for an economic disaster declaration if the Dungeness crab fishery remains closed for the season. Reps. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael; ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lois Capps, Sam Farr, Jared Huffman, Jackie Speier, water
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