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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

"may impact small business- really a $3 increase overnight would certainly impact any small business. Probably hurts non-minimum wage restaurant workers more than anything else, only ones making minimum wage in table service establishments are the tipped employees. That leaves the best paid people in the house getting a $3/hour raise, to the detriment of the others. Back asswards."

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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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 A second chance for Proposition 30 taxes? Survey says, probably.
Los Angeles Times/Editorial - March 27, 5:00 am
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 Pelosi irks some allies over bipartisan bill with Boehner
Sacramento Bee - March 27, 5:00 am
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 Calif.’s Westlands Water District hires new political power
The McClatchy Company Washington Bureau - March 27, 4:00 am
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 Boehner shows he's not dead yet
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 PPIC Survey: California Remains the Great Exception
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 L.A. legislator, activists say gay conversion therapy still exits

In an effort to halt reported abuse at programs claiming to help young people -- such as offering to 'fix' gay children -- a state lawmaker and LGBT activists on Friday announced a campaign to regulate the so-called 'troubled teen' industry. »Read

In this article: Ricardo Lara, Adam Schiff, water
Bills: SB 524,
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 California politicos praise Harry Reid

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced Friday he won’t seek re-election in 2016. As jockeying begins to see who’ll replace him as Senate Democrats’ leader (Chuck Schumer? Dick Durbin? Elizabeth Warren?) and as ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 Judge Confirms Ruling Tossing La Jolla Odor Lawsuit

A Superior Court judge rejected claims in a lawsuit filed by La Jolla business owners upset with a foul odor along the scenic coastline believed to be caused by sea lion and bird droppings. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Bob Filner, Todd Gloria
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 Gov. Brown Signs $1B Water Plan For Dry California

The governor signed legislation that speeds up $1 billion in water infrastructure spending amid the worst drought in a generation, although much of the plan was drawn with future dry years in mind. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kristin Olsen, water
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 Interactive: A closer look at the Glazer-Bonilla contest

Steve Glazer was the top vote-getter in the most precincts in the March 17 special election. Second-place finisher Susan Bonilla did best in the district’s northern precincts. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan, Steven Glazer
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 Poll: Support for legalizing marijuana in California at record level

Fifty-three percent of Californians told pollsters this month that marijuana should be legal, a record level of support since the Public Policy Institute of California began asking the question in 2010. According to a poll released this week, 45 ... »Read

In this article: Gavin Newsom, PPIC
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 Gov. Brown Signs $1B Water Plan Amid Drought

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that speeds up $1 billion in water infrastructure spending amid the worst drought in a generation, although much of the plan was drawn with future dry years in mind. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kristin Olsen, water
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 Behind the list: California's top lobbying firms ... and their top clients

A lot of money gets spent in our state on lobbying -- as this week's list demonstrates. It features the top 25 lobbying firms -- and the top 25 industry groups ranked by dollars spent. During the 2013-2014 legislative session, organizations paid ... »Read

In this article: John Latimer, Legislature, Aaron L. Read
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 Reid's legacy: Dogged and smarter than you think

How a gruff, pro-life Mormon westerner became a dominant Democratic force in the Senate. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, water
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 End-of-Day Wrap-Up: Harry Reid's Last Term

The Senate Minority Leader will leave his office in 2016, the dangers of direct democracy in California, and more »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi
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 Bay Area parents: Catholic school's leaders disrupting tolerant atmosphere

Parents in the Bay Area are demanding that two religious leaders be removed for allegedly disrupting the tolerant atmosphere at their Catholic school. »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Barbara Boxer, Joe Mathews, Adam Schiff
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 The Fix: The 10 most competitive Senate races in 2016

It's easy to conclude that Democrats are actually in better shape to hold the Nevada seat in 2016 after Sen. Harry Reid's (D) decision not to run for another term.Reid, after all, had rarely won his races by anything but the skin of his teeth and ... »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, Patrick Murphy, state budget
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 Reading the tea leaves of the March 17th Special Election results

At the present time there is no reason to say the immortal words, 'Gentlemen, and Ladies start your engines.' The race is already well under way. Reading the tea leaves of the March 17th Special Election results by Richard Eber originally appearedon ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Steven Glazer, Joan Buchanan, Susan Bonilla
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 California's hydro power dries up as drought worsens; utility customers paying more

California traditionally relies on cheap, plentiful hydro power. Four years of drought have reduced hydro supplies considerably. The lights will stay on, but electricity prices are rising. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, California Independent System Operator, Energy Commission, greenhouse gas, Paul Moreno, water, Stanley Young
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 ACLU-Gavin Newsom panel releases road map to legal pot

A Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy convened by the ACLU and headed by Lieutenant Govenor Gavin Newsom outlines what legalization would entail in California, and it's not simple. »Read

In this article: Gavin Newsom, Proposition 19
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 State PUC faces $5.1 million in legal fees

The state Public Utilities Commission’s legal tab related to the ongoing state and federal corruption probes of the agency will likely top $5.1 million — more than 100 times the sum specified in the original contract — documents show. Last ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Hill, Legislature, Michael R. Peevey
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 California lawmakers globe-trot to Cuba, Japan

With the Legislature in recess next week, California’s top lawmakers – and a few Bay Area members, too – are leaving Sacramento to do some globe-trotting. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and Agriculture Committee Chair Henry ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Toni Atkins, Kevin De Leon, Adam Gray, Robert Huff, Legislature, Jose Medina, Kristin Olsen, Henry Perea, Bill Quirk, Rudy Salas, Tony Thurmond
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 Chances Of Being Locked Up Vary Widely Across California

The number of inmates in California's county jails has fallen significantly since peaking in 2007, but new statistics show a wide disparity still exists among locales. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, PPIC
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 California lawmakers OK another $17.5 million for troubled tech project

Lawmakers OK’d $17.5 million for the troubled BreEZe computer project. The new funds bring the system’s budget to $96 million. Kristin Olsen wants taxpayers to pay, not just fee payers BreEZe serves. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Awet Kidane, Legislature, Mark Leno, Kristin Olsen
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 Roundtable: Another Referendum; The Future of Logan Heights; Bike Lane Backlash

The battle over the massive One Paseo development may play out in the voting booth. Gentrification fears lead Logan Heights residents to opt for keeping the status quo. And it's bikes versus businesses in Hillcrest. »Read

In this article: David Alvarez, Marti Emerald, Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria, greenhouse gas, Sherri Lightner, minimum wage, referendum
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 The Senate's Surprising Support for Paid Sick Leave and Gay Marriage

An all-night 'vote-a-rama' on the Republican budget revealed bipartisan backing for giving new benefits to same-sex spouses and American workers. »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, sick leave
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 Assemblymember Chiu, Speaker Atkins Propose Affordable Housing Package

Assemblymember Chiu, Speaker Atkins Propose Affordable Housing Package (Los Angeles) – Assemblymember Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) joined Speaker Toni G. Atkins, California Treasurer John Chiang, Los Angeles Mayor Eric ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, John Chiang, David Chiu, Eric Garcetti
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 CA campaign reporting threshold could double

It could soon be harder to follow the money in California politics. A state lawmaker wants to double the reporting threshold for political campaigns in California — allowing major donors »Read

In this article: Raul Bocanegra, Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Steven Glazer
Bills: AB 481, AB 594, AB 800,
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 Shift toward renewables makes energy harder to manage

Because nearly 23 percent of California's energy now comes from renewable sources such as solar and wind -- and the state is on track to reach its goal of generating one-third of its energy from renewables by 2020 -- the energy has become much ... »Read

In this article: California Independent System Operator, Joe Desmond, renewable energy
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 Empowering Republican Women for Public Service

They came to listen, to learn, and to chart a path to public service careers. For three days, seven women gathered at the California Republican Party headquarters in Sacramento for their second training in the three-part Marian Bergeson Excellence ... »Read

In this article: Linda Ackerman, Marian Bergeson, James Brulte, California Republican Party, Legislature, Kristin Olsen
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 Reid's Departure Creates Opportunity for Hispanic Successor

Senate Democrats have surprisingly few minorities in their ranks. Why Reid will be focused on recruiting a Hispanic candidate to change that dynamic. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Mark Kirk, Senate Democrats
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 California loosens sex offender residency restrictions

Responding to a state Supreme Court ruling that found Californias blanket residency restrictions on sex offenders to be unconstitutional, the states corrections department will begin assessing cases on an individual basis. Don Thompson has the ... »Read

In this article: water, Lester Snow, Henry Perea, Luis Patino, Chris Megerian, Steve McCarthy, Kamala Harris, Tim Donnelly, Sean Clegg, California Republican Party, James Brulte, Assembly Republicans, Assembly Democrats
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 San Diego Second In U.S. For Solar Installations

At the end of 2014, 149 megawatts of solar capacity was in operation in San Diego, behind only the 170 megawatts in Los Angeles. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria, renewable energy
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 Politics Behind 16-Year-Old Voter and Mandatory Vote Proposals

In San Francisco, Supervisor John Avalos proposes that 16 year olds should vote. In Cleveland last week, President Barack Obama suggested mandatory voting was a transformative idea worth considering. One can’t help but sense political agendas at ... »Read

In this article: John Avalos, Barack Obama
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 California's shift toward renewables makes energy harder to manage

Because nearly 23 percent of California's energy now comes from renewable sources such as solar and wind -- and the state is on track to reach its goal of generating one-third of its energy from renewables by 2020 -- the energy has become much ... »Read

In this article: California Independent System Operator, Joe Desmond, renewable energy
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 The Price of California's Preoccupation with Renewables: Too Much of a Good Thing?

In his annual State of the State address, Governor Brown outlined ambitious goals for taking California’s climate change policies to the next level. Historically, our state has held the position of groundbreaking leadership when it comes to ... »Read

In this article: California Independent System Operator, renewable energy
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 California Should Make Regular People More of a Priority

California in 1970 was the American Dream writ large. Its economy was diversified, from aerospace and tech to agriculture, construction and manufacturing, and allowed for millions to achieve a level of prosperity and well-being rarely seen in the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 AG Harris' Opinion Puts Children in Harm's Way of Sex Offenders

California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris has advised parole officers at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation that sex offender residency restrictions, approved by the voters, would be found unconstitutional in every ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris
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 Eureka Faces Pension Headwinds - Just Like Every Other California City

The city of Eureka on the far north coast of our state is part of a fabled land, far removed from the rest of drought stricken California. The winds that the ridiculously resilient ridge of high pressure push north find welcoming mountains and ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS
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 Senator Harry Reid's Career in Photos

A look back at his career highlights so far. »Read

In this article: John Lewis, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, John Roberts, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 The Many Tweets Of Hillary Clinton

By MICHAEL FALCONE NOTABLES TWEETS FROM HILLARY: The soon-to-be 2016 presidential candidate weighed in last night on Indiana???s new bill that prevents the government from getting in the way of anyone???s practice of their own religion. Gay rights ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Matthew Dowd, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 READ IN: Reid Out Edition

Do you Read In? Sign up here and get all the political news you need delivered right to your inbox every day!-- Fifteen hours and 43 roll call votes later, the Senate's vote-a-rama is finally done. But while the budget serves as nothing more than a ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Jerry Brown, Lanhee Chen, Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee, Barbara Lee, Mitt Romney, water
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 Pelosi irks some allies over bipartisan bill with Boehner

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi bruised some longtime liberal allies when she worked with Speaker John Boehner to craft a rare bipartisan accord on Medicare. But lawmakers say it will enhance her stature as a dealmaker, and may help her party ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Senate Democrats
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 A second chance for Proposition 30 taxes? Survey says, probably.

The California legislators who might have been hesitant to talk about an extension of Proposition 30’s temporary taxes may be less squeamish to do so now. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, PPIC, Betty T. Yee
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 Calif.’s Westlands Water District hires new political power

The politically muscular Westlands Water District of California is reinforcing its already estimable roster by hiring the chief of staff of a San Joaquin Valley congressman deeply involved with the…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Johnny Amaral, Dianne Feinstein, Devin Nunes, water
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 Boehner shows he's not dead yet

After two big legislative wins, life has been breathed back into the speaker. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Nancy Pelosi
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 Senate passes GOP-approved budget plan

After slogging through a grueling and exhausting day casting scores of back-to-back votes on amendments during the annual budget vote-a-rama, which lasted until 3:30 a.m., senators narrowly approved a Republican-authored budget resolution. It ... »Read

In this article: John McCain, minimum wage, sick leave
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 Senate Budget Passes as Vote-A-Rama Wraps (Updated)

Updated 4:20 a.m. | The Senate approved the GOP's budget blueprint on a 52-46 vote following an epic vote-a-rama that featured dozens of test votes on everything from carbon taxes to Social Security benefits for same-sex marriages. »Read

In this article: Same-sex marriage, Senate Republicans, sick leave
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 Senate Budget Passes as Vote-A-Rama Wraps

The Senate adopted the GOP's budget blueprint on a 52-46 vote following an epic vote-a-rama that featured dozens of test votes on everything from carbon taxes to Social Security benefits for same-sex marriages. »Read

In this article: Same-sex marriage, Senate Republicans, sick leave
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 PPIC Survey: California Remains the Great Exception

The most recent survey from the Public Policy Institute of California demonstrates just how different the Golden State is from the rest of the country on some of the most important issues that define who we are, from health care and climate change ... »Read

In this article: global warming, Legislature, PPIC
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 Make a deal on retirement benefits

California taxpayers are saddled with unfunded public pension liabilities estimated to be as high as $583 billion, but often overlook that they’re also on the hook for billions more in retiree health care benefits. In his January 2015 budget... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lance Christensen, Legislature
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