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 What Out of Control Spending Are You Talking About, Gov. Brown?
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 Assembly District 16: Weird & Whacky Antics Put Bay Area Seat in Play
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 Debunking Myths about Proposition 2
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 Going to Giants parade? Here's what you need to know

For the third time since 2010, the San Francisco Giants will march up Market Street to celebrate a World Series championship with throngs of fans, but this time there will be an unwelcome guest: the weather. The outlook for the Giants’ third ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Gavin Newsom, Nancy Pelosi, water, Steve Young
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 Supporters rally for Paul Chabot in Rancho Cucamonga

Supporters of Republican congressional candidate Paul Chabot held a rally Thursday afternoon in support of his campaign at the northeast corner of Haven Avenue and Foothill Boulevard in Rancho Cucamonga. Chabot, here with his family and supporters, ... »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Paul Chabot
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 Ontario council candidates vying for support

ONTARIO >> Despite dramatic campaigning that has forced family members to come out and speak at council meetings, the issue of the Ontario Airport returning to local control is still the hot topic of the City Council election on Tuesday.Three seats ... »Read

In this article: Paul Vincent Avila, Paul S. Leon, Alan Wapner
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 Once seen as a major race, campaign for controller is now a snoozer

The campaign for state controller, the job responsible for paying the state's bills, was expected to be one of the year's most hotly contested, the showcase for a rising Republican star from the Central Valley. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, James Brulte, John Chiang, Phillip G Conlon, Greg Conlon, Gray Davis, Field Poll, Reed Galen, Mike Madrid, Steven R. Maviglio, Chris Megerian, Charles Munger, Steve Smith, Betty T. Yee
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 February trial date canceled in Colonies corruption case

San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith on Thursday canceled a previously set Feb. 2 trial date for the Colonies corruption case, an attorney for one of the defendants said.There are two sets of appeals pending, said Stephen ... »Read

In this article: Paul Biane, Jeffrey Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt
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 Neutrality will only take GOP controller candidate Swearengin so far

The mayor of this town is young, telegenic and smart. And she has — please forgive me for using this phrase — gone a little bit rogue. Republican Ashley Swearengin has bucked her party on California's high-speed rail (she supports it). She has ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Tim Clark, High-Speed Rail, minimum wage, Betty T. Yee
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 Election 2014: Torlakson, Tuck tied for superintendent; Brown leads Kashkari by 21 points in Field Poll

The fiercely fought race for state superintendent of public instruction has turned into a real nail-biter, with the candidates tied and more than four in 10 likely voters still undecided, the final Field Poll before Tuesday's election ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Eli Broad, Jerry Brown, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Paul Hefner, Steve Jobs, Alex Padilla, Tom Torlakson, Betty T. Yee
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 Judge approves Stockton exit plan; Pensions not affected

A judge ruled Thursday that the city of Stockton can move forward with its bankruptcy plan that allows for the reorganization of more than $900 million in long-term debt while pensions will remain unaffected. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Dan Pellissier
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 Stockton bankruptcy ruling preserves city pensions

A federal bankruptcy judge approved the city of Stockton's bankruptcy recovery plan Thursday and sidestepped challenges to its workers' pensions that could have threatened municipal retirement plans across the state in the years ahead. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Dan Pellissier, Anne Stausboll
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 Poll: Democrats leading in all statewide races

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown is maintaining a commanding lead in his bid for an unprecedented fourth term and leads a Democratic ticket that once again appears poised to sweep all statewide offices in California, according to a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Alex Padilla, Tom Torlakson, Betty T. Yee
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 Balance of power at San Jose City Hall at stake in Tuesday's election

San Jose voters must decide between largely staying the course or choosing new city leaders that would seek to overturn the reforms enacted by Mayor Chuck Reed and his allies. »Read

In this article: Paul Fong, Dan Pellissier, Chuck Reed, Bill Whalen
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 Jerry Brown votes, calls ranked-choice voting 'complexifying'

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In this article: Jerry Brown, Sutter Brown, Anne Gust
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 Aid in dying campaign rallies, promises to fight for East Bay woman

Brittany MaynardBrittany Maynard, 29, sparked a debate over “Death with Dignity” laws. (Photo courtesy of Brittany Maynard.) A campaign to allow terminal patients to die on their own terms is gearing up in California after an East Bay woman’s ... »Read

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 California estimated to invest $500B for water

California's growing population and dwindling water require up to $500 billion in additional investment in water in coming decades, and new state fees for water users could be one way pay for it, a water plan released Thursday by the state's top ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Laird, water
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 Schools' plea: skip the Giants parade and come to class

School board member Rachel Norton took to Facebook to urge parents to send their kids to school: SFUSD is in session tomorrow. On Thursday, district officials put out a phone message through the auto-dial system to student homes to encourage them ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, David Chiu
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 Field Poll: Democrats leading in all statewide races

Gov. Jerry Brown is maintaining a commanding lead in his bid for an unprecedented fourth term and leads a Democratic ticket that once again appears poised to sweep all statewide offices in California, according to a Field Poll released Thursday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Alex Padilla, Tom Torlakson, Betty T. Yee
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 The Los Angeles Times' endorsements in the Nov. 4 elections

These are The Times' recommendations for the Nov. 4 election. Each is discussed in depth at The Times endorses selectively, and this year focused on statewide and county races, on elections for L.A. County Superior ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Kamala Harris, indian gaming, Dave Jones, Sheila Kuehl, Ted W. Lieu, Gavin Newsom, Proposition 2, state budget, water, Kathryn Mickle Werdegar
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 The Bay Area House races you haven't heard about

I feel as if I’ve written a million stories and blog items about the hotly contested 17th Congressional District race between Rep. Mike Honda and challenger Ro Khanna, and I did a story last week about the lopsided race for the Bay Area’s only ... »Read

In this article: Antonio C. Amador, John Dennis, Anna G. Eshoo, Sam Farr, Michael Honda, Jared Huffman, Ro Khanna, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Jerry McNerney, Robert Murray, Nancy Pelosi, Jackie Speier, Eric Swalwell, Mike Thompson
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 CA17: Super PAC backing Khanna has spent $812k

The super PAC that’s spending independently in support of Democratic congressional candidate Ro Khanna’s campaign has reported another $250,000 in spending, this time on radio ads – which means someone has put another big load of money into ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna
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 Changing of guard among L.A. County supervisors not happening quietly

The final weeks of elected officials' terms are typically spent packing up boxes, exchanging goodbyes, and handing out proclamations to constituents and loyal staff members. »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Gloria Molina, Bobby Shriver, Hilda L. Solis, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 Californians will pay more for water, must still conserve: officials

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Californians face higher water prices and permanent conservation measures amid drought, global warming and population growth in a state that has long struggled to satisfy urban and agricultural needs, the administration ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, global warming, John Laird, water
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 NEW: Field Poll: Dems win in CA, schools chief close

It isn’t over till it’s over, Yogi Berra famously said. But in California’s partisan statewide races, it might be just about over for Republican challengers to Democrats. But the nonpartisan race for superintendent of public ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Field Poll, Ted Gaines, Kamala Harris, Dave Jones, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom, Proposition 2, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Torlakson, water, Meg Whitman, Betty T. Yee
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 Jerry Brown casts ballot, but stays mum on certain races

Governor Jerry Brown cast his ballot Thursday but wouldn't say how he voted on two controversial ballot measures, California's tightest statewide race, or his second and third choices for Oakland's mayor. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Anne Gust, Proposition 2, state budget, Tom Torlakson, water
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 LAUSD Cuts Ties With MISIS Contractor

The Los Angeles Unified school district has cut ties with a contractor that provided services connected with student information system that has caused headaches for school administrators district-wide, officials said Thursday. »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Chronicle Watch: Some S.F. drivers still feed meters on Sundays

Signs that demand payment from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays have not been removed from about a quarter of the city’s meters since San Francisco stopped charging for Sunday parking in July, according to records from the Municipal Transportation Agency. ... »Read

In this article: Richard Gutierrez, Edwin M. Lee
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 CalPERS prevails in judge's ruling on Stockton bankruptcy

A bankruptcy judge approved a plan Thursday that will allow the city of Stockton to fully fund pension payments for public retirees while reducing payments to bond investors. The ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein arrives nearly a ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Anne Stausboll
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 Not made in China: Garment manufacturing Part II

Read full story for latest details. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Debbie Mesloh, minimum wage
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 GOP: Obama's Immigration Action Will Cripple 2016 Democrats

Republicans have an immigration problem, and Democrats may have an answer. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Zoe Lofgren, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Civic San Diego Will Remain Its Own Boss " For Now

A City Council committee considered this week whether to increase government oversight of San Diego's former redevelopment agency. The committee is concerned the voice of residents could be lost as Civic San Diego sets its sights on revitalizing ... »Read

In this article: Marti Emerald, minimum wage
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 Same-party races challenge California incumbents

Honda, one of Congress' most liberal lawmakers, and McClintock, one of its most conservative, face challengers from within their own party in Tuesday's midterm elections. The races provide a sort of laboratory for testing one of the ideas behind ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Stephen T. Knight, Legislature, Tom McClintock, Howard P. Mckeon, Fortney Pete Stark, Tony Strickland
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 GOP not budging on executive action

Republicans warn that sweeping unilateral action on immigration reform would be 'detrimental.' »Read

In this article: Zoe Lofgren, John McCain, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Charter school backers spending at least $220,000 on Santa Clara Co. school races

Countering the political muscle of teachers and labor unions, statewide charter-school backers are pouring tens of thousands of dollars into low-profile school board races. The majority has benefitted Julia Hover-Smoot, who is seeking a second term ... »Read

In this article: Darcie Green, Anna E. Song
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 NEW: Democrats divided on big issues in CA

Although Democrats in California are eager to celebrate major victories next Tuesday, political fault lines lie under their party. From anti-rape legislation, to education reform, to health costs and beyond, an anticipated left-leaning consensus has ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 Court Rules Against San Diego County Climate Action Plan

San Diego County will need to revise its Climate Action Plan after an appellate court ruled in favor of the Sierra Club, stating the plan 'does not ensure reductions' of greenhouse gas emissions. We look at what's next. »Read

In this article: CEQA, global warming, greenhouse gas, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Field Poll Shows Dems in Good Shape for Statewide Races, SSPI will be close

Dems all carry leads in statewide races. Tom Torlakson is in a dogfight with Marshall Tuck by Brian Leubitz The final Field Poll came out today, and it had Democrats looking good in all of the partisan statewide races. As you can see from the table ... »Read

In this article: California Democratic Party, Field Poll, Brian Leubitz, Tom Torlakson
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 Afrojack, Steve Aoki among sets announced for Escape All Hallows' Eve this weekend

Escape All Hallows' Eve recently released its set times for its more than 90 electronic music acts across five stages slated to perform during the Halloween-themed music festival this weekend at the National Orange Show Events Center in San ... »Read

In this article: Paul Van, Paul Van Dyke
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 Concord City Council candidates near end of campaign trail

The post Concord City Council candidates near end of campaign trail appeared first on HALFWAY TO CONCORD. Even a casual observer would know after meeting candidates for the open Concord City Council seats that Election Day, November 4, is rapidly ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Mark DeSaulnier, George P. Miller
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 Race for Top Energy Committee Seat Brings Windfall to Democrats

Eshoo, Pallone have combined to raise or donate millions to party causes in pursuit of plum post. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Anna G. Eshoo, Nancy Pelosi, Henry A. Waxman
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 Lois Capps accused of deception

The heated race between Rep. Lois Capps and her challenger Chris Mitchum for the 24 District seat just got hotter with Mitchum accusing Capps of running a deceptive attack ad. In the Capps’ commercial currently playing on several local stations, a ... »Read

In this article: Lois Capps, Chris Mitchum
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 Monkey Cage: Opinion polls can be self-fulfilling prophecies

Public opinion sometimes changes quickly over relatively short periods of time. For instance, support for same-sex marriage has substantially increased to becoming a majority view over the past few years, while support for the death penalty has ... »Read

In this article: David Roth, Same-sex marriage
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 Field Poll: Torlakson and Tuck tied for superintendent, Brown leads Kashkari by 21 points

State schools superintendent Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck are tied while Gov. Jerry Brown leads Republican challenger Neel Kashkari by 21 points, a new Field Poll finds. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Eli Broad, Jerry Brown, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Paul Hefner, Steve Jobs, Alex Padilla, Tom Torlakson, Betty T. Yee
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 Disney Breaking Its Own Campaign Spending Records

In what some say is an all-out effort to save the Anaheim City Council majority, the megaresort has so far doubled what it spent in 2012. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, campaign finance, Carolyn Cavecche, John Lewis
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 Lexington: Flags over the Capitol

HIGH above Washington, hidden in the western lee of the Capitol’s dome, stands a clutch of mini-flagpoles. As an ugly, unhappy election grinds to a close, those flagstaffs suggest that Americans have not lost all faith in their democracy. The ... »Read

In this article: John Campbell, George P. Miller, Barack Obama
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 Debunking Myths about Proposition 2

With the election heading to the home stretch, this is the last chance to debunk some of the myths about Proposition 2. “Proposition 2 will hurt local school districts.” School business officials and a parents organization claim that Proposition ... »Read

In this article: Michael Cohen, Legislature, Proposition 2, state budget
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 Assembly District 16: Weird & Whacky Antics Put Bay Area Seat in Play

A very wise political consultant once told me that the last 7 days of a close campaign weren’t the ones to watch – they were the ones to watch out for. It’s that magical time when your opponent hurls lies about you in the mail. It’s getting ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Joan Buchanan, California Teachers Association, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer, Proposition 2, Gloria Romero
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 What Out of Control Spending Are You Talking About, Gov. Brown?

What on earth are you talking about, Governor Brown? In your ad for Jose Solorio, who is running for a state senate seat crucial to hopes of a Democratic supermajority, you say that Solorio “was one of my closest allies in stopping the ... »Read

In this article: Jose Solorio
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 Dear Gov. Brown . . . Letter from an Old Lawyer

“I submit to you, in the most diverse state in the Union, that a penny on the dollar is insufficient to provide justice.” California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye Dear Governor Brown, Forgive me for feeling like I know you, when ... »Read
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 Jerry Brown Poised For Victory After Ho-Hum Election Campaign

Here’s the big news on the run-up to the November election now only days away. There will be no big news! The marquee race—the one for governor — has been a one-person contest from start to finish and, barring unforeseen events the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, Kamala Harris, Dave Jones, Gavin Newsom, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water, Meg Whitman, Pete Wilson
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 Need A Sure Sign Democrats Are In Trouble? Bill Clinton Is In California

The signs of a wave election abound for Republicans. Recent polling even shows that Millennials and women voters favor Republicans in 2014. Obama’s disappearance from the campaign trail is another sign. So too is Bill Clinton’s appearance in ... »Read

In this article: Joel Kotkin, Art Laffer
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 Judge to rule on whether Stockton, California can exit bankruptcy

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A judge in Sacramento is set to decide on Thursday if the California city of Stockton can exit bankruptcy. If not, the city may need to cut its pension obligations, a controversial issue that has captured the attention of ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Legislature, Bill Lockyer
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 Bogus foreclosure rescue scheme nets 10 years in prison

Jeremy Michael 'Mike' Head, 34, of Huntington Beach, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Sacramento to 10 years in prison for his part in a nationwide foreclosure rescue scam. Court papers said Head was a leader in a scheme that promised ... »Read

In this article: MICHAEL N. ANDERSON, Benjamin B. Wagner
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 READ IN: Lowered Expectations Edition

Do you Read In? Sign up today and get all the political news you need delivered to your inbox every morning! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- National Democrats are starting to downplay expectations in the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Field Poll, Chuck Hagel, John F. Kerry, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom, Tom Torlakson
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