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 Drugging Our Kids: California calls for new checks on psych meds for foster kids

In a significant step toward curbing the overuse of psychiatric drugs in California's foster care system, doctors will soon be required to get extra authorization to prescribe antipsychotics, a new safeguard to protect some of the state's most ... »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Norman Williams, Ken Yeager
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 Newly approved film tax credit divides organized labor

California’s tax break for movies and television shows has tripled in size following a formal approval on Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The expanded program is expected to create jobs across northern California as well as Los Angeles. The new law ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Legislature, Art Pulaski, Film tax
Bills: AB 1839,
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 Despite concerns about Prop. 45, Covered California board takes no position

Despite concerns that Covered California could be hurt by a ballot measure designed to hold down health costs, the agency's board on Thursday decided not to take a position on the measure. Steer clear of politics and deal with the effects if it ... »Read

In this article: Diana Dooley, Susan Kennedy, Peter V. Lee
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 Business Should Imitate CTA Advocacy Effort

The California business community should take a page from the game plan of the state’s most powerful public employee union to build an argument for a healthy business climate. The California Teachers Association recently released a series of radio ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Tony Quinn
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 Prop. 47's Benefits Are Clear

Well, they’re at it again – the fear-mongers that malign smart, common sense ideas because they’re afraid of changing the status quo. But when it comes to our bloated, ineffective prison system, the status quo needs dramatic changing. That’s ... »Read

In this article: Newt Gingrich
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 Kashkari Represents Another Failure of the Top Two

Neel Kashkari should be the embodiment of what backers of the Top Two (it-is-not-a-primary, don’t call it a primary) promised us. He is moderate. He is willing to depart from the doctrine of his own party. He presents himself as less partisan. He ... »Read
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 Senator Boxer, Trial Lawyers and Prop. 46

No this is not a lead in from Ed McMahon for Johnny Carson’s Carnac the Magnificent. The more than 50,000 grassroots supporters of California CALA have been saying for years that the lawsuit system needs reform because it mainly supports the ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Legislature
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 Let's Protect The Good Jobs We Have

The level of schizophrenia within the State Capitol appears to be hitting a new high when it comes to the topic of job growth in the state. Lawmakers know that manufacturing jobs provide high wages and a ladder to the middle class, and this ... »Read

In this article: bag tax, Ted Gaines, Jack Stewart
Bills: SB 270,
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 For many in Congress, a first test on issues of war

Lawmakers' votes this week on whether or not to train and equip Syrian opposition forces in the fight against Islamic State were arguably the most consequential after nearly two years in which Congress is likely to set a new low for productivity. »Read

In this article: George W. Bush, Barbara Lee, Nancy Pelosi
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 Giving Out San Diego County Grants May Become A Thankless Job

New rules being voted on next week would restrict gifts and personal recognition that county supervisors can receive for doling out taxpayer-funded grants. »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Dave Roberts
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 AM Alert: California Republicans look to November at Los Angeles convention

California Republicans are gathering in Los Angeles over the next three days for their biannual convention, hoping to stir up enthusiasm for the party’s slate before the November election. Chairman Jim Brulte is seeking to roll back the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, James Brulte, California Republican Party, Brian Dahle, Tim Donnelly, Kamala Harris, Jerry Hill, Legislature, Kevin McCarthy, Kevin Mullin, Dan Walters
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 Islamic State has offered to trade hostages for imprisoned 'superstar'

For months, Islamic State militants have engaged in a high-stakes game of deadly extortion, threatening to behead American captives they are holding in the Middle East unless their demands are met, including an end to U.S. airstrikes targeting their ... »Read

In this article: Duncan Hunter, Joe Kasper
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 You'll Never Guess What House Republicans Just Did

You’ll never guess what happened this week. The House passed a bipartisan bill that’s virtually certain to become law. And it’s not some meaningless symbolic gesture or a big, embarrassing tax break for corporations. It’s a bill to improve ... »Read

In this article: Eric Johnson, George P. Miller, Nancy Pelosi
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 White House call to end sexual assaults on campuses enlists star power

When President Obama and Vice President Biden urge Americans Friday to end sexual assaults on college campuses, the event will include a standard feature for this White House: celebrities. In a video, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, actors ... »Read

In this article: John McCain, Kevin McCarthy, minimum wage
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 Diana Furchtgott-Roth: Women, get real: Here's the new feminists' manifesto

Stand up, be heard and do things for yourself is the message, writes Diana Furchtgott-Roth »Read

In this article: Get REAL, minimum wage, sick leave
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 Royce lauds Scotland 'welcome vote'

The lawmaker says the U.S. relationship with the United Kingdom can continue 'uninterrupted.' »Read

In this article: John Duncan, Barack Obama, referendum, Ed Royce, Brad Sherman
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 Few Differences Revealed in 5th District Supervisors Debate

Candidates Lisa Bartlett and Robert Ming, who are competing for the South County seat, seemed more like candidates running on the same ticket. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Jose Solorio, Martin Wisckol
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 GOP Confab: Can Paul, McCarthy Hide True Beliefs?

The headliners for the California Republican Party convention in Los Angeles this weekend –  newly re-branded U.S. Sen. Rand Paul,  R-KY, and U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield – fit the profile of modern Golden State Republicans that ... »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party, Field Poll, Kevin McCarthy, minimum wage
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 Bill Whalen: Big Business gives Gov. Brown a free pass

Republican Neel Kashkari gets the cold shoulder from California’s corporate community. Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari writes a note to Gov. Jerry Brown on one of the bundles of paper bags he delivered to the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Carl DeMaio, Legislature, Kevin McCarthy, Scott Peters
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 Costa Mesa Candidates Hold Spirited 'Feet to Fire' Debate

Mayor Jim Righeimer and challenger Chris Bunyan openly clashed while sitting right next to each other. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, referendum, Jim Righeimer, Dana Rohrabacher
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 With theatrical flourish, Brown signs tax break for filming

The scene outside the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday was not billed as a campaign event for Gov. Jerry Brown. But it had the makings of one. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Connie Conway, Gray Davis, Michael Finnegan, Eric Garcetti, global warming, Robert Huff, Proposition 2, Arnold Schwarzenegger, sick leave, Film tax, water, Pete Wilson
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 L.A. to re-examine regulations controlling city's taxi companies

In a push to level the playing field for taxi firms competing with new, app-based ride-sharing businesses, Los Angeles officials agreed Thursday to re-examine hundreds of regulations that control the city's nine licensed cab companies. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Laura Nelson
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 Dan Walters: Bill would expand courts’ authority over local government districts

Legislation to expand California’s voting rights law would empower judges to draw district lines. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, Alex Padilla
Bills: SB 1365,
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 In Ontario, political theater takes a new form: Puppetry

A common joke in recent weeks is that Ontario City Council meetings have become such a spectacle, they should sell popcorn.Tuesday night, three guys brought their own, passing a movie-style bag back and forth. (For the record, a sign on the door ... »Read

In this article: Paul Vincent Avila, Paul S. Leon, Alan Wapner
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 Regents OK raises up to 20% for UC chancellors

The UC regents Thursday awarded pay increases of as much as 20% to the leaders of the Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Merced and Riverside campuses and set the annual salary of the new UC Irvine chancellor, Howard Gillman, at $485,000. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Todd Stenhouse
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 Hard times for business in the San Fernando Valley

Once saluted as America's suburb, the San Fernando Valley has fallen on difficult times. »Read

In this article: Robert Blumenfield, Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, Tom LaBonge, Nury Martinez, minimum wage
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 Democratic Assemblyman Steve Fox sued by former employee

A former employee has sued Assemblyman Steve Fox (D-Palmdale), according to court documents filed this week, alleging the freshman legislator created a hostile work environment and made her perform work for his private law practice. »Read

In this article: Steve Fox, Tom Lackey
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 Facebook CEO wants more students to explore tech

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn more American high school students into well-paid techies - and even hire some of them to work at his social-media company.... »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, Jim Wunderman
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 Capitol Hill Goes to the Dogs ??? and Cats!

Which lawmaker has the cutest pet? »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Michael Honda
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 Gritty Tenderloin reimagined as a place for playgrounds

Details will be worked out through a series of community meetings, and Recreation and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg said the project would be at least as 'transformative' as the $3.5 million Dolores Park playground renovation completed in 2012. ... »Read

In this article: Art Agnos, Edwin M. Lee
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 San Diego Cab Owners Line Up At City Hall To Oppose Open Taxi Market

With City Council chambers at capacity, hundreds line up on the street to make public comment on a proposal to lift the cap on taxis in San Diego. »Read

In this article: Marti Emerald, Jan Goldsmith
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 Metro yanks Fox TV show bus ads branded as racist, offensive to women

An advertisement for the new Fox television show “Red Band Society” was abruptly pulled from Los Angeles Metro buses Thursday after activists complained it was racist and offensive. »Read

In this article: Jasmyne Cannick, Eric Garcetti
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 California Republicans convene with modest goals

Ron Nehring, the former California Republican Party chairman and current candidate for lieutenant governor, was campaigning this week when he posted a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge on Twitter and told his followers he was heading “deeper ... »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, James Brulte, California Democratic Party, California Republican Party, California Target Book, Anthony Cannella, Lou Correa, Field Poll, Steve Fox, Jeff Gorell, Allan Hoffenblum, Tom Lackey, Legislature, Steven R. Maviglio, Kevin McCarthy, Ron Nehring, Alex Padilla, Jeff Randle, Senate Democrats, Andy Vidak
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 The Buzz: California health exchange stays neutral on Proposition 45

After months of intense discussions, California’s health insurance exchange on Thursday remained on the sidelines of a Nov. 4 ballot initiative that would allow the state’s elected insurance commissioner to regulate rates. »Read

In this article: Tim Donnelly, Diana Dooley, Stephen T. Knight
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 American Independent Party Isn't As 'Independent' As Some Voters Think

The American Independent Party is the third-largest party in San Diego County, and voting authorities say it's popular among new U.S. citizens. Problem is, they may not know what they're signing up for. »Read

In this article: Gavin Newsom, Dave Roberts, Markham Robinson
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 Sen. Boxer indicates big decision to come next year

California Sen. Barbara Boxer indicated Thursday that she will announce early next year whether she will seek a fifth term. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Carly Fiorina, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom
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 Law makes earthquake insurance more understandable

California homeowners will begin getting clearer explanations of how earthquake insurance works and what it covers under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ken Cooley
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 Congress keeps California water talks flowing

Secret California water bill negotiations have a “55 percent to 60 percent chance” of success during the fast-fading 113th Congress, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer said Thursday. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Tom McClintock, water
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 Why Senate vote on training Syrian rebels was a bit unusual (+video)

The Senate plan to train Syrian rebels passed with bipartisan support Thursday. But there was also strong bipartisan opposition, which points to a fuller debate in December after the midterm elections. »Read

In this article: Barbara Lee, John McCain, Dana Rohrabacher
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 HOAs barred from requiring luscious landscaping

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to prohibit homeowners associations from banning drought-resistant landscaping to save water. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lorena Gonzalez, water
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 Pelosi Pens Second Endorsement Letter for Eshoo

Nancy Pelosi is making another play for her fellow Californian and close friend, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, to be ranking member on the Energy and Commerce Committee. »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, Nancy Pelosi, referendum
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 Pelosi's Power on the Line in Committee Leadership Race

Two veteran House Democrats are vying for top seat on Energy and Commerce—one endorsed by the minority leader and one by the minority whip. »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, Darrell Issa, Nancy Pelosi, Henry A. Waxman
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 CalPERS gets $88 million in Citi settlement

CalPERS said Thursday it has collected $88 million from a previously-announced settlement with Citigroup Inc. over toxic mortgage securities. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS, Anne Stausboll
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 Gov. Brown signs bill giving cities control over massage businesses

Cities will have more authority to crack down on illicit massage parlors under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Thursday. »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Jimmy Gomez, Lorena Gonzalez, Chris Holden, Adrin Nazarian, James Nielsen, water, Mark Wyland
Bills: AB 1147, SB 992, AB 1915, AB 2104, SB 1380,
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 Dog owners face fines under new leash ordinance

Within the next month, dog owners who do not leash their dogs could face hefty fines under a new ordinance. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Paul Koretz
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 Assembly candidates weigh in on BOE headquarters

Come January, either Kevin McCarty or Steve Cohn will represent California’s 7th Assembly District, which includes the state’s defective Board of Equalization headquarters in downtown Sacramento. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Steve Cohn, Roger Dickinson, Kevin McCarty
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 Your privacy, their paycheck

Ann Howe's phone was ringing frequently, but the calls weren't for her. They were for someone bearing the last name of Rapp. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jerry Hill, Legislature
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 Gov. Brown signs new massage therapy law

SACRAMENTO >> Governor Jerry Brown Thursday signed the Massage Therapy Reform Act into law, passing measures that aim to give local cities greater control over the establishments.The law, authored by Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena; Assemblyman ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Jimmy Gomez, Chris Holden, Legislature
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 Personal Finance Daily: College football towns and big-shots who lie on their resumes

How to find deals when traveling to football games, and people who got caught lying on their resumes. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, minimum wage, Barack Obama
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 A minimum-wage boost for L.A.: pro and con

To the editor: The Times' desire that a minimum wage job be a steppingstone is laudable but echoes a perspective that is out of touch with reality and has helped keep the minimum wage from rising for far too long. ('A higher minimum wage makes sense ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Larry Walker
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 'Runaway production' law: Keep TV/film projects in California

Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday morning designed to curb 'runaway production' of TV and film projects in California. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Mike Gatto, Legislature
Bills: AB 1839,
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 Pols want AG to probe CPUC's ties with PG&E

Peninsula politicians want state Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate possible crimes involving the California Public Utilities Commission’s shockingly cozy relationship with PG&E during the agency’s probe of the utility after the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Jerry Hill, Kevin Mullin, Michael R. Peevey, renewable energy
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 UC regents approve new chancellor, raises for four others

The University of California Board of Regents on Thursday approved average 16 percent raises for four chancellors and hired a fifth at a 24 percent increase, amid discussions about increasing compensation across the board for its 10 campus leaders. ... »Read

In this article: Gavin Newsom, Bonnie Reiss
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 Michelle Obama urges Democrats to the polls, praises Debbie Wasserman Schultz

In one of her first campaign stops of the midterm cycle, a women's political gathering in Washington Thursday evening, Michelle Obama implored Democrats to engage in the 2014 election. The first lady hit many familiar themes, including the need to ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi
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 UC system plan calls for anti-sex abuse effort

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Responding to federal pressure, the University of California is planning a system-wide effort to address college sexual assaults that would require educating all students, staff and faculty about the problem, supporting victims ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Susan Davis
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 Boxer indicates big decision to come next year

WASHINGTON (AP) -- California Sen. Barbara Boxer indicated Thursday that she will announce early next year whether she will seek a fifth term.... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Carly Fiorina, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom
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 Energy and Commerce Race Heats Up as Election Nears

After a quite couple of months, the race to be the ranking Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee is heating up again. »Read

In this article: Tony Cardenas, Jared Huffman, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Doris O. Matsui, Nancy Pelosi, Jackie Speier, Eric Swalwell, Mike Thompson
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