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 2015 Wage Hike May Be Largest In Nation For L.A. Hotel Workers
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 S.F.'s Prop. A is first step on road to put driving last
San Francisco Chronicle - Oct. 20, 4:21 am
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 READ IN: Jerry Brown Will Never Retire Edition
Washington Post - Oct. 20, 5:02 am
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 How CalPERS ranks: average service, high costs
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 Kashkari's TV Spot Betrays His Utter Lack of Decency
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 Clinton: Midterm elections should motivate women

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton is urging Democratic voters not to be complacent about the November midterm elections, saying working women and their families will lose out on a better future if Republicans gain control of both ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Family Leave, minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi
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 Prosecutor clears DeMaio of sex harassment claims

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- San Diego prosecutors say there isn't enough evidence to charge Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio with sexually harassing a former campaign aide or charge the aide with breaking into DeMaio's office.... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Bonnie Dumanis, Scott Peters
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 Honda launches attack ad as new poll shows dead heat with Khanna

With a new poll showing their closely watched race in a dead heat, Rep. Mike Honda launched a new television ad Monday attacking Democratic challenger Ro Khanna with claims he is backed by right-wing billionaires, favors tax breaks for rich people ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Mitt Romney
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 San Diego DA: No Charges in Carl DeMaio Campaign Incidents

The San Diego District Attorney's office said it will not press criminal charges at this time regarding two investigations dogging Republican Carl DeMaio in a competitive House contest in California, according to a statement from the office Monday. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Bonnie Dumanis, Kamala Harris, Scott Peters
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 Don't hand San Francisco over to Airbnb

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is poised to approve legislation that would legalize short-term stays in private homes that are negotiated through a number of online reservation systems. If the board passes this bill, I urge Mayor Ed Lee to ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Edwin M. Lee
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 No Charges Filed In DeMaio Break-In, Sexual Harassment Case

There is not enough evidence to file criminal charges in cases involving sexual misconduct claims against Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio and a late May break-in at DeMaio's campaign headquarters, the San Diego County District Attorney's office ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Bonnie Dumanis, Kamala Harris, Scott Peters
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 No charges against Carl DeMaio in sex accusations, San Diego D.A. says

No criminal charges will be filed regarding sexual misconduct allegations made against Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio, the San Diego district attorney announced Monday. »Read

In this article: Brian Bilbray, Carl DeMaio, Bonnie Dumanis, Scott Peters
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 Nehring ad: Newsom's policies encourage addiction

Ron Nehring, the Republican challenger to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, has launched his first video ad, claiming Newsom’s policies will lead to more drug addiction. Nehring spokeswoman Nyna Armstrong said the ad will run online only, at least for now. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Sean Clegg, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom
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 CalPERS has highest complexity, costs compared to other funds

The California Public Employees' Retirement System had nearly double the pension administrative costs of four similar U.S. pension funds in 2012-13, according to a new comparison. CalPERS had a pension administration cost of $215 per member -- far ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS
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 For House GOP, a Wave ... Or a Trickle?

House Republicans are on track to make gains this cycle, but two weeks before Election Day, it's still unclear whether the party will procure a wave of double-digit gains in their quest to extend the majority. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Julia Brownley, Barack Obama, Scott Peters
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 Jerry Brown: Caucus of 1

After he won a return engagement as governor, Brown liked to bloviate about the need for elected officials to demonstrate “loyalty to California.” Two name Democrats competed in the June primary to represent District 16 — Orinda city ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Duane Dichiara, Steven Glazer, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Steven R. Maviglio, Dan Newman
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 The Fate of the Senate Supermajority?

Two seats get big attention by Brian Leubitz The media thrives on big statements, but shades of gray are everywhere. And that is true for the Senate elections here in California. So, with that, here is a 'big statement' quote from former FPPC chair ... »Read

In this article: Brian Leubitz, Dan Schnur, Andy Vidak
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 Peters, DeMaio Trade Barbs In Latests TV Ads

There has been a lot of spending on advertising in the race to represent the 52nd Congressional District. We take a look at some of that advertising and the messages it's sending. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Scott Peters
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 Cortines once again head of Los Angeles schools

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For the third time, Ramon C. Cortines is superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.... »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Mikulski Sets Senate Ebola Hearing Two Days After Elections

As the threat of the Ebola virus appears to be easing, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Barbara A. Mikulski announced she would hold a hearing on the issue two days after voters are scheduled to go to the polls. »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Nancy Pelosi
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 Mikulski Sets Senate Ebola Hearing Two Days After Elections (Updated)

Updated 2:15 p.m. | As the threat of the Ebola virus in the United States appears to be easing, Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski announced she would hold a hearing on the issue two days after voters are scheduled to go to the ... »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Nancy Pelosi
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 Attack Ads in Anaheim Being Taken to New Level

Curt Pringle controls a PAC financing an unprecedented attack ad against Mayor Tom Tait featuring District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. Meanwhile, Tait is funding his own hit pieces. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Curt Pringle, Tony Rackauckas
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 Chinese-American Candidates Forum Takes a Left Turn

About 300 people attended Saturday’s Irvine Candidate’s Forum at the Irvine Chinese School and, even though the program ran long, it appears as thought the city’s Chinese-American Community is coming out for Democratic candidates ... »Read

In this article: Larry Agran, Melissa Fox, Mike Huckabee
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 CA17: Honda launches attack ad against Khanna

Rep. Mike Honda rolled out a new television ad Monday attacking Democratic challenger Ro Khanna for having right-wing billionaires support his campaign, for favoring tax breaks for the rich and companies that offshore jobs, and for not being ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Mitt Romney
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 31st Congressional District Debate: Live coverage from the University of Redlands

A live debate between 31st Congressional District candidates Pete Aguilar and Paul Chabot will begin at 7 p.m. Monday at the University of Redlands. Democrat Aguilar and Republican Chabot will discuss the issues in the debate hosted by the Redlands ... »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Paul Chabot
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 Monday Is Last Day To Register To Vote In November Election

If you've moved, changed your name or aren't registered, you need to get your registration forms postmarked or turned in to the Registrar of Voters Office by the end of the day. If you register online at sdvote.com, you have until 11:59 p.m. to ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Legislature, Scott Peters
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 Is OCDA Rackauckas Obstructing Justice in Pulido Investigation?

A Voice of OC investigation has revealed today that in the in the more than six months since Santa Ana City Attorney Sonia Carvalho turned over an internal investigation report regarding Miguel Pulido's property swap with a city contractor, the ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Tony Rackauckas
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 What Would Prop 1 " The State Water Bond " Do For San Diego?

California's punishing four-year drought sets the parched scene for Proposition 1 — a $7.5 billion water bond on the Nov. 4 ballot. Critics say most of the money won't help San Diego. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Legislature, water
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 Ramon Cortines returns to LAUSD as interim superintendent

Ramon Cortines is returning to the Los Angeles Unified School District Monday as interim superintendent. He is replacing John Deasy, who resigned last week. »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 City Council To Decide What's Next For San Diego Minimum Wage Increase

The City Council Monday will consider whether to repeal an increase in San Diego's minimum wage or place the issue before voters. »Read

In this article: Todd Gloria, minimum wage, sick leave
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 CEQA Juggernaut Rolls Through The High Desert

When it comes to organized labor, California is a friendly state. We long ago eschewed right-to-work status. Labor unions enjoy a web of laws that ease organizing workers, like  farmworkers, refinery employees, teachers, and state and local ... »Read

In this article: CEQA, sick leave
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 Prop 45 Debate by Insurance Commissioner Candidates is Good Idea

Debates between political candidates are being debated in California this election cycle. Despite an effort to get numerous debates, Neel Kashkari got his one debate with Governor Jerry Brown at a time of Brown’s choosing well before the election. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ted Gaines, Dave Jones, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom
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 The Supermajorities - Senate

The most frequent question I get is about whether Democrats will hold supermajorities in the Assembly and State Senate. For the Assembly, that means 54 Democrats and for the State Senate it means 27. Going into this cycle’s elections, Dems ... »Read

In this article: Tom Berryhill, Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Joan Buchanan, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer, George P. Miller, Proposition 25, state budget, water, Meg Whitman, Leland Yee
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 Car-Loving California Deals with Climate Change

The dirty little secret is out: We are degrading our planet at an accelerating pace and the reasons are not primarily celestial as a dwindling group of skeptics would have us believe. Climate change and greenhouse gas emissions go together, so says ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, global warming, greenhouse gas, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 DeMaio accuses Peters of 'promoting' harassment allegations

Embattled GOP congressional candidate Carl DeMaio, whose campaign to unseat Democratic Rep. Scott Peters has been dealt a major blow by sexual harassment allegations made by a former campaign staffer, has accused his opponent of “actively ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Scott Peters
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 DA's Pulido Investigation Comes Under Scrutiny

Sources say Orange County District Attorney's Office has yet to interview key witnesses in the property swap investigation, which both a city investigative report and former FBI agent say is crucial. »Read

In this article: Dick Ackerman, Tony Rackauckas
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 Fracking ban on the ballot in tiny county has big statewide implications

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA -- When President Ronald Reagan was pushing for offshore oil drilling on the edges of Monterey Bay in the mid-1980s, Santa Cruz voters fought back, approving a ballot measure that banned construction of all storage tanks, pipelines ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Sam Farr, William W. Monning, water
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 READ IN: Jerry Brown Will Never Retire Edition

Do you Read In? Sign up today and get all the news you need delivered right to your inbox every morning! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- The Pentagon said Sunday it will create a 30-person rapid response team ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Jerry Brown, Sam Brownback, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Hagel, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna
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 S.F.'s Prop. A is first step on road to put driving last

There’s a lot more to San Francisco’s $500 million Proposition A than fixing roads — it’s really the first step in a master plan to put buses, bikes and pedestrians on the fast track and move cars into the slow lane. A shows the overall ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Edwin M. Lee, Proposition 2, Andrew Ross, water
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 2015 Wage Hike May Be Largest In Nation For L.A. Hotel Workers

When the minimum wage for Los Angeles’ hotel workers increases in 2015, it may be the biggest pay hike of its kind in the nation. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Nury Martinez, minimum wage
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 Fracking fight on local ballots*

<p>A proposed statewide fracking ban sank in the legislature this session, but <a href=http:* <p>'Activists in San Benito County have placed a closely watched measure on the Nov. 4 ballot to outlaw hydraulic fracturing, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Isadore Hall, Legislature, Dan Morain, Dan Schnur, water
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 How CalPERS ranks: average service, high costs

A new comparison with four other large public pension funds found that CalPERS, while scoring average on service, had high pension administration costs — $213 per member a year, nearly twice the average of $108 per member. In the year ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS
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 Kashkari's TV Spot Betrays His Utter Lack of Decency

Everyone knows that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown is going to crush his Republican challenger, Neel Kashkari, in the November election, probably by 20 percentage points or more. But Kashkari had an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s a class act ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Todd Harris, Daniel E. Lungren, Meg Whitman
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 Editorial: John Chiang for state treasurer

John Chiang’s tenure as state controller has been uneven. But since he does not face a more formidable opponent in his race for state treasurer, Mr. Chiang wins the Register’s endorsement. The Democrat assumed his current position in January ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, John Chiang, Legislature, minimum wage, Proposition 25, Arnold Schwarzenegger, state budget
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 John Phillips: Crime, lurid accusations mark House race

California has seen some razor-thin elections. In 2002, Tom McClintock, then a state senator, was bested by Democrat Steve Westley in the race for state controller by a mere 0.2 percentage points. In 1994, Democrat Dianne Feinstein edged out... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, George Deukmejian, Dianne Feinstein, Michael Huffington, Legislature, Tom McClintock, Scott Peters, Proposition 20, water
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 Democrats' hope of Senate supermajority could rest with 2 districts

The Democrats' quest to regain their supermajority in the state Senate could be decided next month in an ethnically diverse section of Orange County and a large swath of farmland and rural towns about 300 miles away in the Central Valley. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Lou Correa, minimum wage, Dan Schnur, Jose Solorio, Andy Vidak, water
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