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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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 This Week: The economy, the flip side of cheap gas and a leader's vision
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 Democrats Leave Philadelphia United, on Message -- for Now
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 Poll: LA County Voters In Favor Of Raising Minimum Wage To $15.25
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 Amid California's drought, water chief preaches conservation - and balance

As head of California’s State Water Resources Control Board, Felicia Marcus has a central role in guiding the state’s response to a historic drought. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, George Deukmejian, water
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 VIDEO: Labor unions spar at Richard Pan's press conference

Sen. Richard Pan’s bill to penalize hospitals that call 911 instead of treating drunk patients quickly became a symbol of a larger fight between two unions: SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West and the California Nurses Association. … ... »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, Roger Dickinson, Richard Pan, SEIU
Bills: SB 145,
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 Democratic Party official: 'Conspiracy' talk around Kamala Harris sexist

To the matter of Kamala Harris, Antonio Villaraigosa and political slights – whether real or perceived – on Friday came Shawnda Westly, executive director of the California Democratic Party. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Barbara Boxer, California Democratic Party, Kamala Harris, Antonio Villaraigosa, Shawnda Westly
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 Eddie Bell, a drag performer known as "Cookie Dough" is dead at 52.

Bell became ill Jan. 20 with meningitis while in Puerto Vallarta for a two-week tour in the cast of a drag satire of the TV show “The Golden Girls.” During rehearsals he got sick with what he thought was food poisoning. According to Chu, it ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, Nancy Pelosi
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 Investigators Search Home Of Ex-CPUC Chief Michael Peevey

The search comes one month after Michael Peevey stepped down as president of the powerful California Public Utilities Commission. »Read

In this article: Carol Liu, Michael R. Peevey
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 Neel Kashkari outspent Jerry Brown in 2014

California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari spent more than $7.1 million in 2014, according to a campaign filing Friday. The former U.S Treasury Department official put $3 million of his own money into his unsuccessful effort. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly
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 Federal Appeals Judge Arthur Alarcon Dies In Los Angeles

Arthur L. Alarcon, a judge who served on California and federal benches for 50 years and was the first Latino appointed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has died. He was 89. »Read

In this article: Arthur L. Alarcon, Dianne Feinstein
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 Hospitals' dumping of drunk patients would be barred by controversial California bill

Hospitals that refuse to treat severely intoxicated patients and instead have them arrested would face steep fines of up to $300,000 per incident under a controversial bill unveiled Friday. »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, Kamala Harris, Richard Pan, SEIU
Bills: SB 145,
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 Jerry Brown spends less than GOP challenger on re-election

Newly filed reports show that Gov. Jerry Brown spent less than his opponent to get re-elected while also passing two ballot measures. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, water, Meg Whitman
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 Controversial bill aimed at preventing hospital 'dumping' of drunk patients unveiled

Hospitals that refuse to treat severely intoxicated patients and instead have them arrested would face steep fines of up to $300,000 per incident under a controversial bill unveiled Friday. »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, Kamala Harris, Richard Pan, SEIU
Bills: SB 145,
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 Gov. Brown spent less on re-election than challenger

Newly filed reports show that Gov. Jerry Brown spent less than his opponent to get re-elected while also passing two ballot measures. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, water, Meg Whitman
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 85 votes and counting: O.C. supervisor race down to the wire

A cliffhanger race for a seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors may come down to the final few absentee ballots that arrive in the mail Friday. »Read

In this article: Lou Correa, Neal Kelley
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 Taking sides: This week's endorsement roundup

We’ve got a few hot races to watch even though it’s January of an off year (as if we have any off years anymore), and the endorsements have been coming hot and heavy this week. ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan, California Teachers Association, Robert B. Garcia, Kamala Harris, Jared Huffman, Jackie Lacey, Edwin M. Lee, Adam Schiff, Antonio Villaraigosa, Herb Wesson
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 San Diego pumps up efforts to keep Chargers from moving to L.A.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Friday named nine business and civic leaders to a committee tasked with devising a plan to build a football stadium that would keep the Chargers from moving to Los Angeles. »Read

In this article: Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer
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 California bill would classify NFL cheerleaders as employees

Responding to a raft of lawsuits filed by cheerleaders, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez moves to protect practitioners of a sport she once joined. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, minimum wage
Bills: AB 202,
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 San Bruno disaster: PG&E releases 65,000 emails to PUC

PG&E on Friday provided to state regulators copies of 65,000 emails dating back nearly five years to early 2010, the latest twist in the aftermath of a fatal explosion of natural gas in San Bruno. »Read

In this article: Michael Florio, Michael R. Peevey
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 Poll: LA County Voters In Favor Of Raising Minimum Wage To $15.25

According to a poll released Friday, a majority of Los Angeles County voters are in favor of raising the minimum hourly wage to $15.25 and requiring employers to offer paid sick leave. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, sick leave
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 Daniel Borenstein: Contra Costa board to again consider expanding pension spiking opportunities

At issue is whether the income used in pension calculations should be solely base pay or, as union leaders want, should also include salary add-ons for items such as shift differentials, holiday pay and training certificates. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS
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 Jeb's big test

Can the former Florida governor capitalize on Romney's exit? »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Bob White, Meg Whitman, Spencer Zwick
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 Democrats Leave Philadelphia United, on Message -- for Now

'All of that is good, people are feeling good,' said Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt. 'I think the challenge for us now is, 'OK. What's our message?'' »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Scott Peters
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 Latinos delay California U.S. Senate nods as ex-LA mayor mulls run

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California's ethnic mix is well represented among the high-powered supporters being lined up by Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris in her bid to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate - with the notable ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Brian Brokaw, Willie Brown, Kevin De Leon, Kamala Harris, Fabian Nunez, Loretta Sanchez, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 The NYPD Is Giving Cops Machine Guns to Control Peaceful Protests

The New York Police Department announced this week a new approach to community policing. By Commissioner Bill Bratton's account, the new strategy will allow more precinct cops to spend more time in neighborhoods, leading to better m »Read

In this article: Bill Bratton, Mike Brown, water
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 Longtime NFL Executive, County Chief Appointed to Chargers Stadium Task Force

A nine-member task force tasked with finding a location to build a new stadium for the Chargers, and coming up with a plan to pay for its construction, was publicly introduced Friday. »Read

In this article: Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer
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 Jerry Brown proclaims today 'Fred Korematsu Day'

Gov. Jerry Brown has issued a proclamation deeming Friday a day for celebration of an East Bay hero: When Fred T. Korematsu received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998, President Clinton said that “in the long history of our ... »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown
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 This Week: The economy, the flip side of cheap gas and a leader's vision

It was economy-heavy this week on the Grizzly Bear Project. Which is cause for some concern, considering I’m not an economist. I feel like I know enough to be dangerous. I know the fundamental difference between a Keynesian and Supply-Sider. I get ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Myers, PPIC, Senate Democrats
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 Senate leader talks poverty, Jerry Brown, while staking out budget turf

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) addressed the Sacramento Press Club this week, to articulate his vision for California’s future. The speech, in many ways, was a staking out of turf as the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Environmental Justice, Legislature, Thomas F. Steyer, water
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 NEW: Californians distrust state government

  Nine out of 10 Californians believe state government wastes their tax dollars. Two-thirds believe state government is run for the benefit of a few special interests and state officials cannot be trusted to do the right thing. Those results ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Legislature, Little Hoover Commission, PPIC, Dave Roberts
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 Celebrities Who Ran For Office

From Ronald Reagan to Arnold Schwarzenegger, these famous politicians caught their first big break in entertainment. »Read

In this article: Bill Bradley, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Need a dodge for questions you're not ready to answer? Here it is.

'I'm focused on' is one of those maxims that’s difficult for anyone beyond a politician’s inner circle to disprove. And it helps demonstrate said politician’s devotion to his or her current duties. Ask Ohio Gov. John Kasich. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Gavin Newsom
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 Criminal probe widens, PG&E to release 65,000 emails, more commissioners involved

A day before the release of 65,000 emails expected to shed further light on PG&E's ties to the state Public Utilities Commission before and after a fatal explosion in San Bruno, legal experts said Thursday that search warrants served on top former ... »Read

In this article: Elizabeth Ashford, Mark Ferron, Michael Florio, Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey, Leland Yee
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 A Short History of Proposition 13

(Editor’s Note: Proposition 13, the 1978 property tax measure, continues to be in the news in California with talk of reforms in some quarters. Just this week, the Public Policy Institute of California polled some issues related to Prop 13. The ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Legislature
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 Will Ethnicity Trump the Gender Advantage in the Upcoming US Senate Race?

Some of the most fascinating focus groups I’ve ever conducted were of Democratic women in the 2008 Presidential primary. For the first time we were able to gauge women voters sentiment simultaneously on race and gender with both the first ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Gray Davis, Dianne Feinstein, Jane Harman, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Governments' Oil Windfall

We are reading a lot about the windfall coming to consumers due to falling gas prices now that oil is under $50/barrel. But cheap energy also represents a windfall for governments, including governments who are hard pressed for cash. The US uses ... »Read
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 Assisted Suicide Issue is Back

Physician-assisted suicide has returned to California’s political agenda. After years off the table, the issue gained new life in the wake of Brittany Maynard’s high-profile decision to end her life. Maynard, 29, an assisted-suicide activist ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, William W. Monning, Lois Wolk
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 How Much Do S.B. College Coaches Make?

UCSB coaches make a fraction of what some of their counterparts earn. »Read

In this article: Gavin Newsom, Bob Williams
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 Mitt Romney's Game Of Phones

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES CALL ME MAYBE?: Mitt Romney, who is considering mounting a third run for the White House in 2016, is convening two invitation-only conference calls today, ABC???s RICK KLEIN and JEFF ZELENY report. The ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Matthew Dowd, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Mike Murphy, Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney
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 READ IN: It's 3 a.m. I Must Be Droning Edition

Sign up for Read In today and get all the political news you need delivered right to your inbox! And if you sign up today, we promise we'll never make another Matchbox 20 reference.A1: Today's top stories.Read full article >> »Read

In this article: campaign finance, John F. Kerry, Loretta Lynch, Sarah Palin, Nancy Pelosi, Mitt Romney
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 Grover Norquist Turns on His Anti-Tax Bae Sam Brownback

Grover Norquist—the president of Americans for Tax Reform and the man who for decades has served as conservatives' leading anti-tax zealot —had seemingly found his ideal politician in Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. After Brownback was ... »Read

In this article: Sam Brownback, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, cigarette tax, Legislature, state budget
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 Obama's right-hand man joins S.F. homeless count

Obama’s right-hand man joins S.F. homeless count The small knot of volunteers trudging along Market Street Thursday night to count homeless people did its job so unassumingly that virtually nobody even noticed what it was doing. The crew that ... »Read

In this article: Bevan Dufty, Edwin M. Lee
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