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California focuses on power lines as top cause of wildfires

"And when the insurance companies refuse to pay or refuse to renew policies of homeowners in affected areas, who is left holding the bag?"

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

"Thirty six high level transportation companies respond and not a single one answers the plea to participate financially. Does that send a clear message to our Governor, Legislature, and citizenry about the reality of this HSR program?"

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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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 SEIU targeting hospitals with ballot measure again
CalWatchdog - Nov. 24, 5:01 am
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 Gavin vs. Kevin, and California Dysfunction
Fox & Hounds Daily - Nov. 24, 6:03 am
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 CalPERS paid $3.4 billion in private equity bonuses since 1990
Los Angeles Times/Top of the Ticket - Nov. 24, 9:04 am
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 Who will Golden Globes voters go for this year? Not necessarily the biggest stars
Los Angeles Times/Top of the Ticket - Nov. 24, 9:45 am
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 A sleeper Senate race in California
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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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 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
Bills: AB 1437,
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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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 GOP sets Senate push against health law, Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans hope a post-Thanksgiving drive to obliterate President Barack Obama's health care law and block Planned Parenthood's federal funds will spotlight their fierce support for top-tier conservative causes. ... »Read

In this article: Douglas Johnson, Mark Kirk, Barack Obama, Senate Republicans
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 California Endowment grants will help refugees

The California Endowment will make emergency relief grants available to several organizations helping Syrian refugees arriving in the Golden State, it announced Tuesday. With more than $3 billion in assets, the foundation is one of the nation’s ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Barack Obama, Robert E. Ross, Robert K. Ross
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 LA County supervisors grill SoCalGas over Porter Ranch gas leak

Southern California Gas Co. officials were grilled Tuesday by Los Angeles County supervisors over a monthlong gas leak above Porter Ranch. 'Thirty-one days is too long,' said Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who had ordered the agencies to appear ... »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Jerry Brown
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 LA City Council approves controversial Koreatown lease deal with no discussion

The Los Angeles City Council signed off Tuesday on a plan to allow a Korean American museum and an apartment complex to rise on city-owned land.On an 11-0 vote, the council agreed to lease a city parking lot at Vermont Avenue and Sixth Street for $1 ... »Read

In this article: Robert Blumenfield, Gil Cedillo, Felipe Fuentes, Paul Krekorian
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 Why can't public universities fight on like USC? Joe Mathews

The USC football team will probably lose to UCLA this weekend. But, off the field, USC is on a winning streak that is one of the most important stories in our state.USC's rapid growth over the past generation -- from regional school to global ... »Read

In this article: Joe Mathews, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 The Importance of Small Change

On beaks and biodiversity on island California, by Katie Langin. »Read

In this article: ACORN
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 A sleeper Senate race in California

If events align a certain way, the 2016 race to succeed California Sen. Barbara Boxer could be a humdinger that political junkies talk about for years. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Carly Fiorina, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez
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 Who will Golden Globes voters go for this year? Not necessarily the biggest stars

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has pivoted slightly in the last couple of years, with its choices for its annual Golden Globe Awards increasingly mirroring the critical mainstream rather than simply rewarding the biggest stars on the planet. Will ... »Read

In this article: Steve Jobs, Will Smith
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 CalPERS paid $3.4 billion in private equity bonuses since 1990

In a much-anticipated disclosure, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System said it paid $3.4 billion in performance fees to its private equity managers since 1990 while the controversial sector generated $24.2 billion in profits for ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS
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 Officials: Get used to paying more for less water

Californians may need to get used to paying more for water, despite and because of their successful efforts at conservation, according to state water officials at a recent Assembly committee hearing. Californians exceeded the state’s 25 percent ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Peter H. Gleick, Richard S. Gordon, John Laird, water
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 CalPERS discloses private equity investment fees: $1 billion

Long-awaited disclosure follows criticism of pension fundCalPERS defends fees, saying investments are paying off … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS, Joe DeAnda
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 Taxing services would kill jobs and damage small firms

Among calls for higher taxes is a proposal to extend the sales tax to servicesSmall businesses rely on outside help that would be taxedSmall firms also would have new, burdensome paperwork … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Bob Hertzberg, Legislature
Bills: SB 8,
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 Trump lawyer warns Republicans about Super PAC attack ads

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump's presidential campaign warned the Republican Party on Tuesday about donors pooling funds for attack ads, saying Republicans must treat him fairly if they want to keep him from launching an independent bid. »Read

In this article: Michael Cohen, Matt David
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 Shrimp Boy Chow trial: FBI agent cross-examined

As Shrimp Boy Chow trial continues, defense team gets first opportunity to grill lead undercover FBI agent. »Read

In this article: Fiona Ma, Leland Yee
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 Gavin vs. Kevin, and California Dysfunction

It’s not just a tempest in a teapot. It’s more telling than that. The back-and-forth over state Senate Pro Tem Kevin De Leon’s pulling back two employee positions from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has become a statewide story, with lots of ... »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Gavin Newsom
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 Friday's California Job Numbers/"Eve of Destruction" Songwriter from the 1960s

Two events from last week are of note for our California workforce community and more general California public affairs community: the latest monthly job numbers, and the passing away of the P.F. Sloan a Southern California songwriter whose songs ... »Read

In this article: Mickey Kaus
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 Picking the Wrong Number for LA City Pensions

During the last year’s budget hearings, Los Angeles City Council Members Paul Krekorian, the Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, and Paul Koretz, the Chair of the Personnel Committee, were pushing to increase the investment rate assumption ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, Antonio Villaraigosa, Herb Wesson
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 Pepperdine Grad Students' Head-On Collision With Local Govt. Officials

Why does it take 54 days, more than 30 emails, 25 phone calls, 3 faxes, and 2 trips to the city of West Covina to obtain records available to the public? The short answer is that some local government officials don’t believe they have to make the ... »Read

In this article: Mike Spence
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 SEIU targeting hospitals with ballot measure again

The state branch of the Service Employees International Union is launching another bid to use direct democracy to win leverage in its negotiations with California’s hospitals to improve health care access for poor people and to make union ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, minimum wage, SEIU
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 Quit studying the 710 Freeway extension and start building

The resolve to complete the 710 Freeway — closing its 6.2-mile gap between Interstate 10 and the 210 Freeway in Pasadena — dates to 1959. Had it been completed then, the extension would have cost $6 million. The estimated price now is $5.6 ... »Read

In this article: Jim Rogan, Adam Schiff
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 Paul Ryan Succumbs to 'Broken' House Rules

The Speaker’s reformist ambitions fall victim to his need to manage the media cycle. »Read

In this article: Newt Gingrich, George P. Miller, Leon Panetta, Henry A. Waxman
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 Essential California: Conviction tossed in 'teardrop rapist' case

Good morning. It is Tuesday, Nov. 24. The rare red panda that disappeared from a Northern California zoo was taken back into custody this weekend. It's unknown how Masala spent her few days of freedom. Here's what else is happening in the Golden ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Gavin Newsom, Dave Roberts, water
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 Donald Trump, a champion of women? His female employees think so.

The GOP front-runner has been accused of sexism, but the business mogul promoted female executives in a male-dominated industry. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Michael Cohen, Carly Fiorina
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 Wooing blacks, Sanders reframes, but doesn't change argument

The result is a political tightrope for a 74-year-old senator who has assembled a national following as a self-styled 'democratic socialist' calling for a 'political revolution' that wrests control of the U.S. government from 'the billionaire class' ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Early Primary
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 Hollande to press Obama on Russia cooperation in IS fight

Hollande's visit to Washington is part of a diplomatic offensive to get the international community to bolster the campaign against the Islamic State militants. Efforts to train and equip moderate rebel groups in Syria have struggled, though Obama ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Barack Obama, Leon Panetta
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 Essential Politics: Meet the factory workers who stitch 'Make America Great Again' hats

I'm Christina Bellantoni, the Essential Politics host today. Let's get started. Subscribe to the newsletter Donald Trump's campaign caps have become something of political legend this year. People spend $25 to wear them both proudly and ironically. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Carl DeMaio, Michael Finnegan, John Myers, Alex Padilla, Scott Peters
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 California, An Environmental Leader, Eyes A Key Role In Climate Talks

World leaders are set to meet in Paris, trying to agree on how to combat climate change. Also attending will be California Gov. Jerry Brown, who is spearheading his own international climate movement. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, global warming, renewable energy, Jeff Stone
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 Neighbors demand leaking SoCal Gas plant be closed

A stench caused by a gas leak in a valley neighborhood is so bad it's forcing families from their homes just before Thanksgiving. »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District
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