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 Three California wines are on the menu for Trump's Inauguration Day lunch
Los Angeles Times/Top of the Ticket - Jan. 17, 4:14 pm
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 Calif. State Senators Question Proposed Spending Cuts
Capitol Public Radio - Jan. 17, 7:04 pm
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 Drought rules rule*
AroundTheCapitol.com/The Roundup - Jan. 18, 12:01 am
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 Scum of the earth lowlife packs a bag for Trump's inauguration
Los Angeles Times/Top of the Ticket - Jan. 18, 4:00 am
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 There is nothing wrong with members of Congress boycotting the inauguration
Los Angeles Times - Jan. 18, 9:10 am
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 LA Congresswoman Decides To Skip Trump Inauguration After Running Twitter Poll

A Los Angeles-area congresswoman says she's staying home from President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration after running an informal poll on Twitter. »Read

In this article: Karen Bass, Xavier Becerra, Dianne Feinstein, John Lewis
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 There is nothing wrong with members of Congress boycotting the inauguration

Friday’s inauguration of Donald J. Trump as president is, as many have noted, remarkable in a historical context. Ever since George Washington turned the presidency over to Thomas Jefferson in 1801, the reins of power have changed hands in this ... »Read

In this article: Jared Huffman, John Lewis
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 The symbolism of Donald Trump's two Bible choices on Inauguration Day

When George Washington took the oath of office as the country's first president in 1789, he placed his hand upon the Bible while speaking those solemn 35 words required by … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, John Lewis, Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 CalWatchdog Morning Read - January 18

Many CA House Democrats boycotting inauguration San Diego spent millions on retirees who came back to work A bill to help pot growers to pay taxes Lack of oversight at the »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Board of Equalization, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, water
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 California Editorial Roundup

Jan. 16 The Fresno Bee on Gov. Brown's budget: Gov. Jerry Brown's latest budget offers a rather droll assessment of California's unfair system of levying traffic fines, and a smart … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, John Garamendi, greenhouse gas, Bob Hertzberg, Doug LaMalfa, Legislature, water
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 Father of unarmed man who was fatally shot by El Cajon police files federal lawsuit

The father of Alfred Olango, an unarmed black man fatally shot by El Cajon police last year, filed a civil rights lawsuit in San Diego federal court Tuesday alleging excessive, deadly force against his son. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Richard ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Bonnie Dumanis, Bill Wells
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 For attorney general nominee Xavier Becerra, immigration is a personal issue

Rep. Xavier Becerra recalls proudly working alongside his father as a teenager on sweaty construction jobs in Sacramento to help make ends meet. The son of immigrants, Becerra and his family of six lived in a cramped, 685-square-foot house. Those ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, Kamala Harris, Gloria Molina, Nancy Pelosi, Art Torres, Antonio Villaraigosa, Pete Wilson
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 Janet Napolitano In Hospital With Side Effect Of Cancer Care

University of California President Janet Napolitano, a former U.S. Homeland Security secretary and governor of Arizona, has been undergoing cancer treatment for five months and was hospitalized after suffering complications, the school system said. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Monica Lozano, Barack Obama, Evan Westrup
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 In LA: Taxing Business to Publically Finance Political Campaigns?

A Los Angeles City Councilman wants to get rid of private money in politics by approving a public financing scheme potentially funded by taxing members of the business community. Councilman Mike Bonin, reacting to stories that big time developers ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti
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 Touchdown, San Diego

San Diego is being portrayed as having lost a football team—when in fact, it just won the opportunity to build an even brighter future. Pro football isn’t a good business for a major American city. Having a team mostly just takes money from ... »Read
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 Renewables Have Glaring Obstacles to Overcome for California

Bloomberg is now reporting that solar energy is cheaper than coal, and could become the lowest form of energy within a decade. Economies of scale are causing solar to drop from an average of $1.14 a watt all the way to .73 cents per watt by 2025. ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Legislature, renewable energy, water
Bills: AB 32, SB 32,
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 Those Proliferating Pensions

California is enjoying a remarkable economic turnaround. Job creation is up, the unemployment rate is down and elected officials are getting raw hands from all the back patting they’re doing. But there’s one problem a lot of folks are ... »Read
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 Xavier Becerra nomination for attorney general moves to California Senate

Welcome to the AM Alert, your morning run-down on California policy and politics. To receive it regularly, please sign up for it here. It’s been a smooth ride to the … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, greenhouse gas, Kamala Harris, Mary Nichols, water
Bills: AB 953, SB 32,
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 The GOP plan to fund Medicaid through block grants will probably weaken it

Block grants usually result in less funding and atrophied programs. »Read

In this article: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Kevin McCarthy
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 The new battle over the Aliso Canyon gas facility

Good morning. It’s Wednesday, Jan. 18, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Gas facility battle The troubled Aliso Canyon underground natural gas storage field is safe to reopen at a third of its original size, state ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Bonnie Dumanis
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 Obama's orders protecting federal contract workers face reversal by Trump

In a 100-day action plan in his “Contract with the American Voter,” Donald Trump promised to “cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.” »Read

In this article: greenhouse gas, minimum wage, sick leave
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 Patt Morrison asks: Lawyer Ted Boutrous Jr. on preserving the 1st Amendment under Trump

The White House press room evidently won’t be in the White House any more, but in a building next door. On national television, President-elect Donald Trump insulted CNN as a purveyor of “fake news.” He pledged to sue the “liars” — the ... »Read

In this article: Erwin Chemerinsky, Patt Morrison
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 Scum of the earth lowlife packs a bag for Trump's inauguration

I and my brethren have been called scum. We are terrible people. Horrible. Illegitimate. Liars. The worst. Hey, nobody’s perfect, and I’m willing to forgive. So today I’m packing my bags and hitching a ride to D.C. for the inauguration of ... »Read

In this article: Tony Cardenas, Hillary Clinton, Ted W. Lieu, Barack Obama, water
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 Boycott or attend? Local congresswoman faces tough choice over Trump's inauguration

More than 50 members of Congress plan to boycott Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, but Doris Matsui won’t be one of them. Opinion Sacramento’s long-serving Democratic congresswoman had thought … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: John Lewis, Doris O. Matsui, Barack Obama
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 Who could be against a Children's Bill of Rights? You probably won't be surprised.

It was a little like being in an alternate reality Tuesday morning, as dozens of parents and children gathered on the state Capitol steps to protest a bill aimed at improving the lives of California’s 9 million children. Last year, a coalition of ... »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Craig Cheslog, Legislature, Richard Pan
Bills: SB 18,
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 Essential Politics: California's list of no-shows has grown for Trump's big day

California has the largest delegation of any state on Capitol Hill. But how many of them will show up for Friday’s inauguration of the 45th president of the United States? Good morning from the state capital. I’m Sacramento Bureau Chief John ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, John Myers, Barack Obama, Dana Rohrabacher, George Skelton, Juan Vargas
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 In the Age of Donald Trump, the Resistance Will Be Localized

Benjamin BarberHow cities can counter the power of President Trump. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, sick leave, water
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 Janet Napolitano in hospital over side effect of cancer care

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- University of California President Janet Napolitano, a former U.S. Homeland Security secretary and governor of Arizona, has been undergoing cancer treatment for five months and was hospitalized after suffering ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Monica Lozano, Barack Obama, Evan Westrup
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 Drought rules rule*

<p><strong><a href=http:* <p><strong>Mercury News' PAUL ROGERS</strong>: "Despite drenching rains and heavy snowfall this winter, California moved Tuesday to keep in place its statewide water conservation ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Bill Carrick, Drought, Louis Freedberg, Eric Garcetti, Jason Kinney, John Lewis, Loretta Lynch, Fiona Ma, John Myers, Barack Obama, Richard Pan, Dana Rohrabacher, Brad Sherman, water
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 Mystery raises at tax board prompt demand for reforms

On a summer day in 2015, 16 high-level managers at the Board of Equalization received special pay raises that the department still can’t explain. They ranged in value from 1.9 … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Jerome Horton, Fiona Ma, George Runner, Betty T. Yee
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 Learning the City: Developing New Networks of Understanding

Jonathan Banfill Angélica Becerra Jeannette Mundy In 2016, the borders that divide cities in California and Mexico (and even internally divide each city) grow wider and harder to cross. These borders include the US-Mexico border, which for ... »Read

In this article: Environmental Justice
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 Calif. State Senators Question Proposed Spending Cuts

By Ben BradfordCalifornia Senators are questioning Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to cutback state spending and the revenue projections that proposal is based on. The Senate budget committee met for its first hearing on the plan Tuesday. The ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Holly J. Mitchell
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 China firm's plan to put bikes on SF streets met with anger

A startup bike-sharing outfit from China is heading toward a collision with San Francisco officials over its plan to deposit hundreds, maybe thousands, of its GPS-equipped, smartphone-enabled bikes on city streets — without seeking city permits or ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Aaron Peskin
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 Why two LA Democratic congressmen are attending Trump's inauguration

Unlike many of their fellow Democrats, two California congressmen from the San Fernando Valley say they will attend President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration despite misgivings about the incoming president.Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, said ... »Read

In this article: Tony Cardenas, Hillary Clinton, John Lewis, Loretta Lynch, Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman
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 LA councilman proposes full public funding of elections

A Los Angeles city councilman unveiled a plan this week to publicly fund city election campaigns, saying such a program would allow candidates to spend less time on raising money and more energy on addressing issues important to voters.Councilman ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Jose Huizar, Bill Rosendahl
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 Many of California's congressional Democrats skipping inauguration

At least 15 of the 39 House Democrats from California are planning to boycott the presidential inauguration of Republican Donald Trump, according to multiple reports.  The reasons range from district »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi
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 Hundreds rally for Planned Parenthood at state Capitol amid defunding threats

Pink scarves, hats and boxing gloves symbolizing opposition to threats to defund Planned Parenthood were the fashion du jour outside the state Capitol Tuesday, where hundreds of people from around … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Barack Obama, Richard Pan
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 Three California wines are on the menu for Trump's Inauguration Day lunch

Chelsea Manning's prison sentence is commuted Jan. 17, 2017, 4:16 p.m. This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's transition and the outgoing Obama administration: President Obama reduces the sentence of Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi
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