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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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Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling

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 California gold: Key Obama strategist Bill Burton opens shop in CA
San Francisco Chronicle/Politics Blog - Jan. 28, 4:26 am
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 Capital Journal Daybreak: Lynch's AG Confirmation Hearing Set to Begin | Obama Drops Plan to Raise Taxes on '529' Accounts | Jeb Bush's Influence
Wall Street Journal/Washington Wire weblog - Jan. 28, 4:38 am
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 Prop. 47 brings a shift to longer time spent behind bars
Los Angeles Times/Editorial - Jan. 28, 5:00 am
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 Homeland Security funding on the brink
The Politico - Jan. 28, 2:38 am
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 Kern County declares State of Emergency*
AroundTheCapitol.com/The Roundup - Jan. 28, 1:29 am
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 Barbara Boxer praises BART's plan to ban e-cigs

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer is thanking BART for its plan to ban use of e-cigarettes on trains and in stations. “Research has raised major concerns about secondhand exposure to e-cigarette vapor,” Boxer, D-Calif., wrote in a letter sent Wednesday to ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Mark Leno, water
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 How Chuck Schumer Undercut Loretta Lynch as He Endorsed Her for Attorney General

The senator's 'looks can be deceiving' line was meant to be innocuous. But its casual use exposes real problems about the way women are sometimes evaluated. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Loretta Lynch
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 House Democrats retake the House? It's a long shot, but they're getting ready to try.

President Obama’s popularity is on the rebound and the Democrats’ race to replace him seems orderly and sane compared with the chaotic contest already dividing the GOP. Even in the minority, Senate Democrats still have enough leverage to slow, ... »Read

In this article: Karen Bass, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 New bill would bar drones over private property

Drone aircraft would be prohibited from trespassing over private property in California, under a bill introduced this week. SB 142 by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, would clarify the state’s existing language on trespassing – ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, Hannah-Beth Jackson
Bills: SB 142,
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 NEW: Correa could benefit from his bill to accept late ballots

Former state Sen. Lou Correa, D-Anaheim, is down but not out of the race for the Orange County Board of Supervisors. If he ultimately prevails, he can thank a change in state law to accept late absentee ballots, a bill authored by — state ... »Read

In this article: Kim Alexander, Jerry Brown, Lou Correa, Neal Kelley, Trung Nguyen
Bills: SB 29,
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 Could Jeff Rosen be a candidate for AG?

Over the last two weeks, I've been reading and rereading Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen's speech at the swearing-in for his second four-year term. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 AP Analysis: Youth concussion laws pushed by NFL lack bite

Criticized for its own handling of head injuries, the NFL launched an extensive lobbying campaign to pass laws protecting kids who get concussions while playing sports. The result: Within just five years, every state had a law on the books. … ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama
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 History, Wine, and the President Await Democrats in Philadelphia

Party retreat will focus on strategies for appealing to middle-class voters. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi
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 NEW: CA road use tax could morph into social engineering experiment

The prospect that Californians will face a new state levy is certain to cause grousing and considerable comment. But a proposal that is increasingly making waves has far-reaching implications and possibilities that have yet to be acknowledged. This ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Democratic Party, Chris Reed, renewable energy, Thomas F. Steyer
Bills: AB 32,
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 Hewlett-Packard reveals the roles its top brass will hold after split

Hewlett-Packard revealed its plan on Tuesday for placing its senior executives once the company splits in two later this year. As previously announced, Meg Whitman will become CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, which will assume control of ... »Read

In this article: Henry Gomez, Meg Whitman
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 San Diego Unified Board Pledges Balanced Budget, No Layoffs

Superintendent Cindy Marten will now have to come up with a plan to fulfill an ambitious pledge to reduce class sizes, ramp up counseling support and services for students who are learning English without reducing staff or using proceeds from real ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, state budget, technical education
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 Team Educate Runs Up Big Lead on Team Health

When you watch a California budget season, the best way to understand what you’re watching is as a game between three teams. Those three teams represent the three major functions of the state: Educate, Medicate, and Incarcerate. These days, this ... »Read
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 A One-Two Punch Against the Initiative Process at the Supreme Court

An Arizona case before the U.S. Supreme Court that challenges the state’s ballot initiative created redistricting commission could have such an effect on California politics that three former California governors, noted California political ... »Read

In this article: George Deukmejian, Legislature, Proposition 11, Proposition 20, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pete Wilson
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 Water Bond Promises Must Be Kept

If you, like 3.5 million Californians, voted “yes” on the $7.5 billion water bond last year, you should start paying attention to how Gov. Jerry Brown is planning to spend the bond money. It may not be on building new dams to store water for ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Jim Patterson, water
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 Is Deficient Recruiting the Real Reason for Police Understaffing in San Diego?

Whenever there is a shortage of police personnel in a California city, a common reason cited is inadequate pay. When officers at a particular agency are paid less than their counterparts at some other agency, so the theory goes, they quit in order ... »Read
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 Federal Eye: Panel approves vets bill despite partisan tussle

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform seemed poised to move beyond its reputation as a rancorous, partisan pit at its opening meeting of the 114th Congress on Tuesday.That lasted about five minutes.Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, sick leave
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 California fails to track billions in mental health funds

State and county officials cannot show how billions of dollars collected through a voter-approved tax on millionaires are being spent or whether the related programs have helped people with mental illness as voters intended, a state watchdog ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Legislature, Little Hoover Commission
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 Sam Hunt plays down-home diplomat of edgy country music

Clarity can take a backseat to diplomacy when Sam Hunt, one of country music's edgiest young stars, talks about his relationship with Nashville. »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 Greek debt and California debt: so very different

The Times' editorial Tuesday about Greek voters rebelling against the austerity measures demanded by international authorities led several readers to liken Greece's budget problems to those closer to home. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, John Chiang, state budget, unemployment insurance
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 Using private funds for Cal State execs' pay creates its own problems

A policy that permitted salaries of new executives to be boosted with private rather than state funds seemed like a savvy move when California State University leaders adopted it at the height of the recession. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Charles B. Reed
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 Prop. 47 brings a shift to longer time spent behind bars

For decades, Los Angeles County jail inmates divided their sentences by five, 10 or 20 to calculate the time they would actually spend behind bars. »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Jackie Lacey, Hilda L. Solis
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 READ IN: Rent Was Too Damn High Edition

Sign up for Read In today and get all the political news you need delivered right to your inbox! It's fast, easy and free!A1: Today's top stories.-- The man who crashed a recreational drone on the White House campus is an intelligence worker at the ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Hagel, Mike Huckabee, Lawrence Lessig, Nancy Pelosi, Mitt Romney
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 Capital Journal Daybreak: Lynch's AG Confirmation Hearing Set to Begin | Obama Drops Plan to Raise Taxes on '529' Accounts | Jeb Bush's Influence

The Journal's morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more. »Read

In this article: Chuck Hagel, Loretta Lynch, Dion Nissenbaum, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, water
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 California gold: Key Obama strategist Bill Burton opens shop in CA

Looks like the Golden State is becoming even more golden for politics: veteran Democratic strategist Bill Burton — the national press secretary to Barack Obama’s first presidential run and former White House deputy press secretary — has been ... »Read

In this article: John F. Kerry, Barack Obama
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 Homeland Security funding on the brink

As Congress fights over immigration, top Republicans are increasingly unworried about missing DHS' February deadline. »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans
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 Will Los Angeles finally get an NFL team?

Local developers are lining up stadium proposals to woo a National Football League franchise—with little or no help from taxpayers. Will 20 years of football-fan frustration finally come to an end this year? »Read

In this article: James K. Hahn, Richard Riordan
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 Kern County declares State of Emergency*

<p><b>Kern County</b> supervisors <a href=http:* <p>'The fiscal emergency declaration gave supervisors the ability to spend reserves and get creative in staffing the Kern County Fire Department, which has to absorb ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, David Couch, Dianne Feinstein, Jared Huffman, Jessica A. Levinson, Carla Marinucci, Dan Newman, Dan Walters, water, Anthony York
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 Senate to begin hearings for Obama attorney general nominee

President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is facing Senate questioners as she seeks to become the first black woman to hold the nation's top law enforcement job. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Bill Bratton, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama
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 Letters: Apartment owners not to blame for prices

As an apartment owner/operator, I couldn’t help but wonder as I read “Record rents pinch tenants” [Front page, Jan. 17]. It vilifies landlords and depicts a public forced to compromise quality for cost and safety for savings when choosing a... »Read

In this article: Jeff Collins, Lou Correa
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 Mormon Church's shift on gay rights follows series of defeats in California

The pledge Tuesday by the Mormon Church to oppose housing and job discrimination against gays follows years of piercing church losses in California over gay rights, including one last week. »Read

In this article: Proposition 8, Andrew Pugno
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