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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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 NFIB backs four business reform bills
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 Here's hoping for a marijuana measure that's not half-baked
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 California's shift toward renewables makes energy harder to manage
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 The Fix: The lead singer of the Killers says Romney wasn't a good ambassador for Mormons. Here's why.
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 California districts seek to extend waiver of education law

Six of California's largest urban school districts have applied for a waiver freeing them from requirements of the nation's No Child Left Behind education law. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Rick Miller, No Child Left Behind
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 California Treasurer urges CalSTRS divestment from assault weapon manufacturer

(Reuters) - California's state treasurer sent a stern letter to the state's teachers' pension fund on Wednesday, asking that the fund's managing partner, Cerberus Capital Management, fully divest from the assault weapon manufacturer, Freedom Group. »Read

In this article: CalSTRS, John Chiang
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 Contract talks stalled, thousands of L.A. city workers take strike vote

Angered by stalled contract negotiations, 10,000 city workers represented by the Service Employees International Union are voting on whether to strike, a move that could potentially paralyze basic city services such as garbage collection, sewer ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, SEIU
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 Steyer's group shutters climate policy arm as political efforts ramp up

The move indicates that he will shift more resources to his organization's political efforts. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Chris Lehane, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Complaint system for helicopter noise begins operations countywide

Los Angeles County residents can now complain about noisy low-flying  helicopters to a website and hotline sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Adam Schiff
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 Jesus Lady Vows to Make Easter Event Happen

Religious activist Rita Warren will not allow House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving -- or anyone else, for that matter -- dictate how or when she carries out her business on the Capitol grounds this Easter. »Read

In this article: Nancy Pelosi, Robert H. Powell
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 Momentum builds to raise minimum wage in Los Angeles

A movement in the city and county of Los Angeles to raise the minimum wage is gaining momentum but also getting pushback from those who say it could lead to job cuts. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Dolores Huerta, minimum wage, Stuart Waldman
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 These U.S. Senators Are the Only Ones to Ever Get Indicted

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In this article: John Donahoe, Legislature, renewable energy, water
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 San Diego Councilman Sherman Shares His Chargers Stadium Concept

Sherman said Mayor Kevin Faulconer and members of his advisory group have put forth bold ideas and taken criticism, so he felt it was time to step forward with his own concept. »Read

In this article: Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer
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 California activists call for oil company subpoenas

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer and the head of a consumer watchdog group on Tuesday said California state lawmakers should subpoena oil industry executives if they fail to answer questions about February's ... »Read

In this article: Jamie Court, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Control of L.A. school funds at risk in dispute over teacher evaluations

The Los Angeles Unified School District could lose control over $57 million a year in federal funds because of a disagreement over performance evaluations with the teachers union. »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District, No Child Left Behind
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 SD7: Steve Glazer files FPPC complaint on unions

Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer, vying with Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla in the 7th State Senate District special election, filed a complaint Wednesday with the state’s political watchdog agency claiming labor unions are hiding their role in a group ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Mark DeSaulnier, Fair Political Practices Commission, Steven Glazer
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 Crustacean Rights activist picket Bonilla fundraiser

Crustacean Rights activist picket Bonilla fundraiser by Richard Eber originally appearedon HALFWAY TO CONCORD. Susan Bonilla’s fundraiser was picketed last night by a rowdy group of Crustacean Rights activists going under the name of the Mollusca ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer, water
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 CA maxes out death row

Litigated to all but a halt, California’s system of capital punishment has backed up to crisis levels, filling death row to capacity and prompting an emergency proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Loni Hancock, Legislature
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 Agran Consortium to Buy OC Weekly -- Eyes Register for Acquisition

TheLiberalOC has learned that former Irvine Mayor and Council member Larry Agran has put together a small group of investors and together they have acquired the alternative weekly newspaper 'OC Weekly' from Voice Media Group for less than the cost ... »Read

In this article: Beth Krom, Larry Agran
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 Sacramento approves plastic bag ban

Beginning next year, Sacramento residents will need to remember to bring reusable bags to the grocery store or pay at least 10 cents for paper bags, following a prohibition on single-use plastic bans approved by the Sacramento City Council on ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark Murray, referendum
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 Finding the Power to Get Fresh Water from the Ocean

It’s April, for most part the rainy season is over and the severe California drought lingers. Beyond strict conservation, other ideas once considered fanciful or too expensive are back on the table. We’ll skip past the idea of towing an iceberg, ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, PPIC, water
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 Could A New Pro Football Stadium Help California Beat Its Drought?

That’s the ambitious goal of the latest stadium proposal to appear in Los Angeles. The project—details of which are only now becoming public—would provide more than merely a home for the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars, who ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Joe Mathews, water
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 Memo to Steve Glazer: Being a Democratic "Centrist" Doesn't Mean Being Against Working Families

There’s a political war brewing in the mix of tony and working class suburbs of the East Bay that, thanks to the Top Two primary, is between two Democrats – self-described “centrist” political consultant Steve Glazer and Assemblywoman Susan ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Steven Glazer
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 Some Encouraging Words For Higher Education

“We have to invest in science and technology and our universities and that’s building for the future, not stealing from it.” Those words were spoken by Governor Jerry Brown on Meet the Press.   For those of us who believe that higher ... »Read

In this article: Dick Ackerman, Jerry Brown, state budget
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 Addressing young Democrats in N.H., O'Malley decries influence of 'ultra-wealthy'

NASHUA, N.H. -- Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley sharpened his populist rhetoric as he addressed a group of young Democrats here Tuesday night, telling them that politics “is not the exclusive domain of the ultra-wealthy.”Read full ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, John A. Wagner
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 California's shift toward renewables makes energy harder to manage

California's electrical grid has a problem - a nice problem, but a problem nonetheless: The state often has too much power. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: California Independent System Operator, Joe Desmond, renewable energy
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 Here's hoping for a marijuana measure that's not half-baked

Californians are almost certainly going to vote in 2016 on a ballot measure to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. And according to the most recent polls, a majority of voters now support that goal. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Gavin Newsom, Proposition 19
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 NFIB backs four business reform bills

Here’s the analysis of four bills in the California Legislature by the National Federation of Independent Business California. The NFIB supports all the bills. Two are by Democrats, two by »Read

In this article: Cathleen Galgiani, Adam Gray, Legislature, Kristin Olsen
Bills: AB 1486, AB 52, AB 54, SB 67,
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 READ IN: April Fool's Edition

By Reid Wilson-- Blame hyper-partisanship, or technology advances that allow campaigns to slice and dice the electorate: Whatever the culprit, the era of persuasion politics is over. Look no further than Indiana and Arkansas, where state legislators ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, John F. Kerry, Legislature, Duf Sundheim
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 The Fix: The lead singer of the Killers says Romney wasn't a good ambassador for Mormons. Here's why.

Killers lead singer Brandon Flowers doesn't think fellow Mormon Mitt Romney did a good job explaining and answering questions about their religion during the 2012 presidential campaign, and he has a point.Read full article >> »Read

In this article: David Campbell, Proposition 8, Mitt Romney
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 Can Ex-Members Sustain Success as Mayors?

It's not only the season's most consequential political event, but also a rare local election with a big rooting interest on the Hill. Voters in the nation's third-biggest city are deciding next week if they still want to be led by a onetime member ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Dianne Feinstein, Bob Filner, Janice Hahn, Gloria Negrete McLeod, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 California donors still not sold on Jeb

He's still a long way from being the clear choice for conservative establishment money. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Papa Doug Manchester, Kevin McCarthy, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama, Early Primary, Mitt Romney, Tom Ross, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert Stutzman
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 Jail for water wasters?*

<p>extreme drought restrictions coming?  Today's rules are lightweight compared to the drought responses of the 1970s and '90s, where <a href=http:* <p>'In 1977, amid one of California's most severe droughts, the ... »Read

In this article: Ron Conway, Chuck Hagel, Alex Padilla, water
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 A tip for reforming minimum wage laws

The minimum wage in California rose July 1 from $8 an hour to $9. It is scheduled to increase to $10 an hour on Jan. 1, 2016, which will result in a 20 percent increase in labor costs in just a year and a half. To blunt the effects of the rapidly... »Read

In this article: Tom Daly, minimum wage
Bills: AB 669,
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 Letter: Antibiotic resistance worthy of concern

Antibiotic resistance is one of the most urgent public health issues, which is why I feel I need to respond to the opinion piece by John Kabateck [“Dubious legislation in full bloom this spring,” Opinion, March 19]. The Centers for Disease... »Read

In this article: Jerry Hill, John Kabateck, Legislature
Bills: SB 27,
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