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Lawmakers seek soda warning labels

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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

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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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 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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 Capitol Hill Buzz: Senators vote on amendments, score points

The Senate is a place where hidebound tradition mixes with raw politics, sometimes with a touch of the absurd. Then there's the "vote-a-rama." … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, Patrick Murphy, Barack Obama, Senate Republicans, sick leave
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 California loosens sex offender residency restrictions

California will alter its 8-year-old ban preventing all registered sex offenders from living near schools or parks, state officials announced Thursday, instead imposing the restriction only on pedophiles and others whose sex crimes involved children. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Legislature, James Nielsen, Luis Patino, Sharon Runner, George Runner
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 Activists, parents group to be honored at annual Cesar Chavez Day event

POMONA >> Three generations of one family, a Pomona parents group and two individuals -- all of whom have worked in support of workers or immigrants -- will be recognized today during the annual Cesar Chavez Day breakfast at the Sheraton Fairplex ... »Read

In this article: Dolores Huerta, SEIU
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 $1 billion water spending plan heads to California governor

A plan to pump $1 billion of water spending into drought-stricken California cleared the Legislature on Thursday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign the legislation. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Legislature, Kristin Olsen, water
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 1 building symbolizes Oakland's transformation

The Sears building — a vacant, beige, hulk of a structure at 20th Street and Broadway in Oakland — has long symbolized the city’s drab downtown corridor. Developer Lane Partners of Menlo Park is transforming the 400,000-square-foot structure ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Phil Tagami, water
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 California loosens sex-offender residency rules

SACRAMENTO — California will no longer bar all registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park, instead applying such restrictions on a case-by-case basis, state corrections officials announced Thursday. Critics of the ... »Read

In this article: Luis Patino, George Runner
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 Amid trial, Kleiner Perkins recruits next generation of partners

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - For the past month, the name most associated with venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is former partner Ellen Pao, who took the firm to trial for gender discrimination and retaliation. »Read

In this article: John Doerr, Peter Henderson
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 ASSEMBLY LEADER OLSEN ANNOUNCES UPDATED, COLLABORATIVE STRUCTURE FOR ASSEMBLY REPUBLICAN CAUCUS, NEW SENIOR STAFF

March 26, 2015 ASSEMBLY LEADER OLSEN ANNOUNCES UPDATED, COLLABORATIVE STRUCTURE FOR ASSEMBLY REPUBLICAN CAUCUS, NEW SENIOR STAFF Assembly Republicans restructure caucus operations to focus on driving policies and messages that highlight optimistic ... »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, California Republican Party, Amanda Fulkerson, Legislature, Abel Maldonado, Steve McCarthy, Kristin Olsen, Mitt Romney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 What Gets Senators Through Vote-a-rama? Calories, Coffee and Alcohol.

The budget will never become law. But on the bright side, there's lots of food, and it's Happy Hour somewhere. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, minimum wage, water
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 Marijuana legalization in California: ACLU-Gavin Newsom panel releases road map on the issues

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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 Why Donna Edwards Can't Count on the Congressional Black Caucus

In her fast rise, Edwards has made enemies within the CBC and the Maryland delegation. That may hurt her Senate bid. »Read

In this article: Mikael Moore, water, Maxine Waters
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 Asking the tough questions on legalizing pot

Panel led by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom tries to spot pitfalls and learn the lessons about unintended consequences from Prop. 47. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Legislature, Gavin Newsom, Proposition 19
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 Sacramento's email purge is bad for public

Often, the messages reflect diligent work. But some emails are embarrassing and troubling. And they shouldn’t be deleted on a whim. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Steve Cohn, Shirley Concolino, water
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 Democratic field could benefit from Brown's centrism

Absent Gov. Jerry Brown entering the presidential race, Democrats will be without a significant candidate preaching his “paddle left, paddle right” philosophy of centrist government. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Barack Obama, Early Primary
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 Legislators OK $1-billion relief measure for future droughts

State lawmakers Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a $1-billion plan that would restock food pantries in parched Central Valley communities and rush bottled water to Californians whose taps are nearly dry. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, Chris Megerian, Kristin Olsen, Lester Snow, water, Lois Wolk
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 San Diego Chaldean Leader Pushes For Iraq, Syria Refugee Bill

'My message to Congress is clear,' said Mark Arabo, advocate for Iraqi Christians. 'If they do not pass this bill, then they’re sentencing my people to death.' »Read

In this article: Duncan Hunter, Juan Vargas
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 California to loosen ban on sex offenders living near schools

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California will no longer bar all paroled sex offenders from living near schools and parks, part of the fallout from a state Supreme Court decision that said such requirements violated the constitutional rights of ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Luis Patino
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 ACLU-Gavin Newsom panel releases road map to marijuana legalization, plans public forums

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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 Assembly Republicans lay off veteran staff amid new PR push

The Assembly GOP laid off eight employees Thursday. Caucus leader Kristin Olsen wants to restructure the caucus’ focus. Olsen hinted at the reorganization during a recent speech. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, James Brulte, Connie Conway, Amanda Fulkerson, Deborah Gonzalez, Abel Maldonado, Steve McCarthy, Kristin Olsen, Steve Poizner, Mitt Romney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 Hillary Clinton's Favorite Budget Amendments

No, she hasn't actually waded into the Senate debate. But her campaign will be happy to see some potential GOP foes cast these votes. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, sick leave
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 Senate agrees to disagree with Iran vote

All 100 senators vote for a proposal that would punish Iran, if it breaks any nuclear agreement. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Mark Kirk, Barack Obama, Senate Democrats, water
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 California official urges law to automatically register drivers to vote

(Reuters) - A top California official is calling on lawmakers to pass a so-called motor-voter law mirroring one recently approved in Oregon, which would automatically register people to vote when they obtain or renew driver's licenses. »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature, Alex Padilla
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 PHOTOS: The world's greatest leaders

Bill Gates, Tim Cook Pope Francis are amongst Fortune's greatest leaders. »Read

In this article: Steve Jobs, John Roberts
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 California Assembly members heading to Cuba

America’s move to normalize relations with Cuba has revived interest in trade with the island nation. California Assembly members will be traveling there to promote agriculture. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Darius Anderson, Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Henry Perea
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 Gavin Newsom's pot legalization panel identifies challenges

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy released a progress report. He says a pot legalization effort is likely to be on the ballot next year and is likely to pass. As he runs for governor, he believes the biggest ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom
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 California secretary of state proposes automatic voter registration

Every eligible Californian with a driver’s license would be automatically registered to vote under a proposal Thursday by Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who estimated it would add millions of people to the voter rolls. »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Alex Padilla
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 Vulnerable Senators Switch Votes on Paid Sick Leave (Updated)

Updated 9:20 p.m. | Two of the most vulnerable Republican senators, Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, switched their votes Thursday on an amendment that would allow workers to earn up to seven days of paid sick time ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Barack Obama, sick leave
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 A growing MFG economy would be a powerful message for CA climate change leadership

Posted by Dorothy Rothrock. I enjoyed speaking on a climate change panel this week hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). The topic is important to manufacturers because they are sensitive to high energy costs, and we can ... »Read

In this article: green jobs, greenhouse gas, PPIC, Dorothy Rothrock
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 Vulnerable Senators Switch Votes on Paid Sick Leave

Two of the most vulnerable Republican senators, Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, switched their votes Thursday on an amendment that would allow workers to earn up to seven days of paid sick time annually. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Barack Obama, sick leave
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 Reading the tea leaves of the March 17th Special Election results

Reading the tea leaves of the March 17th Special Election results by Richard Eber originally appearedon HALFWAY TO CONCORD. At the present time there is no reason to say the immortal words, “Gentlemen, and Ladies start your engines.” The race ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan, Steven Glazer, Legislature
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 Legislature approves $1 billion drought package

SACRAMENTO - The California Assembly approved a $1 billion plan Thursday to bring immediate relief for communities hit hardest by the drought, and to move long-term water projects along more quickly. Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Kristin Olsen, water, Shirley Weber
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 CA prisoner population down, guard pay up

Federal court orders forced California to cut its number of prisoners. That resulted in Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2011 “realignment” program, which mainly shifted prisoners to local jails. Yet overall state prison-guard »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association
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 Poll: Your neighbors probably think you're a water waster

Last summer, #droughtshaming was born as Californians took to social media to out their neighbors’ water-wasting ways. »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, PPIC, water
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 LA City Council To Hold Hearing On Minimum Wage Hike Proposal In Watts

A Los Angeles City Council committee will hold a public hearing in Watts tonight to talk about a proposal to raise the minimum wage to as high as $15.25 per hour by 2019. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 Gavin Newsom doesn't think marijuana legalization stance will hurt him

No, Gavin Newsom told me, being the frontman for California’s drive to legalize marijuana in 2016 will not hurt him in 2018 — when he likely will be running for governor. On Thursday, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy that Newsom ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom
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 Will Californians Vote On Executing Gays and Lesbians?

Unless a court intervenes, the state will have to allow an attorney to collect signatures for a ballot measure that would authorize mass murder. »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Kamala Harris, referendum
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 Berkeley council endorses in-law units

ADUs would enable aging property owners to 'age in place,' or stay in their homes and neighborhoods, by defraying some costs such as high property taxes with rental income, while putting a dent in the city's affordable housing shortage, the Berkeley ... »Read

In this article: Tom Bates, Kriss Worthington
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 Backed by private equity, Sacramento firm buys biomass plant -- and is looking for more

Sacramento’s Greenleaf Power has agreed to buy a 37.5-megawatt biomass plant in Connecticut. And with a pot of money from investors, it's looking for more deals like it. The Plainfield Renewable Energy plant in Connecticut opened at the end of ... »Read

In this article: renewable energy, Matt Ross
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 State drought relief package falls short, conservation advocates say

Not only will the $1-billion spending plan approved by lawmakers Thursday provide little immediate relief to drought-stricken Californians, state leaders are missing an opportunity to take more decisive action to restrict water use, conservation ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lester Snow, water
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 AP Exclusive: Special ops troops using flawed intel software

Special operations troops heading to war zones are asking for commercial intelligence analysis software they say will help their missions. But their requests are languishing, and they are being ordered to use a flawed, in-house system preferred by ... »Read

In this article: Duncan Hunter, Jackie Speier
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 California lawmakers heading to Cuba for trade mission

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) is leading a delegation of nine California legislators and 18 other state officials on a five-day trade mission to Cuba starting on Monday. »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Darius Anderson, Toni Atkins, Kevin De Leon, Adam Gray, Robert Huff, Legislature, Jose Medina, Bill Quirk, Rudy Salas, Tony Thurmond
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 $1B California drought plan heads to Gov. Brown's desk

A plan to pump $1 billion of water spending into drought-stricken California cleared the Legislature on Thursday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign the legislation. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Kristin Olsen, water
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 $1B Water Spending Plan Heads To Gov. Jerry Brown

The California Assembly on Thursday unanimously voted 74-0 to expedite infrastructure spending and offer some aid to communities hit hard by dry conditions »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Kristin Olsen, water
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