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 Would Arkansas Have Saved Six Californias?
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 The Lessons of Six Californias
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 More Labels For Fish = More Confused Consumers
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 Vote for Legal Reform!
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 NEW: Language of teacher discipline bill shows Torlakson's deceit
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 Kashkari's polls stagnant; he pays supporters to rally?

A new California Public poll shows three term Democratic Governor Jerry Brown holding a commanding 54-33 percent lead among likely voters over Republican Neel Kashkari, whose numbers have stagnated since July. The poll by the Public Policy Institute ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, Dianne Feinstein, Barack Obama, PPIC, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 Where are the peace protests over Syria bombing?

[...] most likely, all of the above are the reasons antiwar protests didn’t erupt throughout the Bay Area, veteran activists say, after U.S. warplanes roared over the Syrian border Tuesday to bomb more than a dozen enclaves of Islamic radical ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Michael Kieschnick
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 Bay Area expert says Obama had no choice but to launch strikes

Although the strikes were aimed primarily at ISIS targets, the United States also hit a little known group called the Khorasan Group said to be planning an imminent attack. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Gloria E. La Riva, Barbara Lee, Nancy Pelosi
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 L.A. business groups threaten suit if city hikes hotel workers' wage

Los Angeles business groups Tuesday ramped up threats to sue the city if it adopted a minimum wage requirement for big hotels. »Read

In this article: Maria Elena Durazo, Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Curren Price, Herb Wesson
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 Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'

Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes »Read

In this article: Eric C. Stone, Spencer Young
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 Plan to disburse climate change funds challenged by Bay Area officials

Bay Area public officials are challenging a state plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to fight climate change by cleaning the air in some of California's poorest and most polluted communities, most of which are in Southern California. »Read

In this article: Environmental Justice, global warming, greenhouse gas, Nancy Skinner, water
Bills: AB 32,
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 Could California State become national model to stem sexual violence on campus?

California State University – the largest in the US – announced it will appoint advocates for victims of sexual assault on all 23 of its campuses. Lawmakers praised the move, saying it could spur similar action around the country. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Zachary Coile, Susan Davis, Legislature
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 US, California release roadmap for solar projects

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- State and federal officials sought Tuesday to bring order to California's boom for renewable-energy plants in the Mojave and other southern California deserts, releasing a roadmap covering 22.5 million acres that designates ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, renewable energy
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 Marcos Breton: Strong-mayor initiative isn’t what we should really fear

In the looming public vote to change how Sacramento is governed by switching more authority to the mayor, opponents utilize the same weapon: Fear. »Read

In this article: John Chiang, Kevin Johnson, Jay Schenirer, John Shirey
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 Facebook to cut ties with conservative policy group

Facebook will likely end its relationship with a controversial conservative policy organization over its stance on climate change, The Chronicle learned Tuesday. [...] public pressure on such issues as global warming is forcing tech companies to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, global warming, renewable energy
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 State investigating LAFD hiring after white applicant alleges bias

State officials are investigating recent changes made to the Los Angeles Fire Department’s hiring process after a complaint from a white male applicant who says he was unfairly passed over. »Read

In this article: Erwin Chemerinsky, Mike Feuer, Eric Garcetti
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 Cal State To Hire Advocates For Sexual Assault Victims

The California State University system is planning to appoint independent victim's advocates at its 23 campuses to work with students who have been sexually assaulted. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Susan Davis, Timothy P. White
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 Annual fundraiser helps Upland hospital's expansion efforts

There were plenty of kicks just off Route 66 in Rancho Cucamonga when San Antonio Community Hospital Foundation supporters recently got together for an end-of-summer party.The casual gathering of friends was laid-back and festive with guests ... »Read

In this article: Robert Dutton, Gary Ovitt, Jay A. Shah
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 For attorney general, Kamala Harris

Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris is a veteran prosecutor, a skilled political leader and a promising politician who is sure to figure in California's future. Her opponent on the November ballot, Republican Ron Gold, is a private lawyer who has never held ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 Campaign mailer sent by SJ City Council candidate called racist by opponent

The race for a west San Jose District City Council seat has prompted a long-time state legislator to apologize over comments made in a campaign email. »Read

In this article: Chuck Reed, Paul Fong
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 Cal State to hire advocates for assault victims

The California State University system is planning to appoint independent victim's advocates at its 23 campuses to work with students who have been sexually assaulted. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Susan Davis, Timothy P. White
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 Governor Signs Historic Film Tax Credit Extension

Governor Signs Historic Film Tax Credit Extension (Los Angeles) - Assemblymembers Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) and Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) stood with Governor Jerry Brown as he signed their legislation, AB 1839, the California Film and ... »Read

In this article: Raul Bocanegra, Jerry Brown, Mike Gatto, Film tax
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 As Democratic Bench Waits, Pelosi Retains a Firm Grip on Job

Younger House Democrats jockey for position, though there's no sign of movement at the top. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Hillary Clinton, Anna G. Eshoo, George P. Miller, Nancy Pelosi, Henry A. Waxman
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 Sprawling solar farms OKd near desert national parks

Industrial-scale solar, wind and geothermal projects could be built within a few miles of national parks in the California desert as part of the Obama and Brown administrations’ efforts to combat climate change, under a mammoth plan released by ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, greenhouse gas, John Laird, renewable energy
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 CA17: Honda & Khanna on Tesla's 'gigafactory'

Tuesday brought another terse exchange in the 17th Congressional District race, as Rep. Mike Honda encouraged electric-car maker Tesla Motors to put its next battery factory in California while Democratic challenger Ro Khanna accused Honda of being ... »Read

In this article: Jim Costa, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, NUMMI, renewable energy, Raul Ruiz
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 Secretary of state candidates Padilla and Peterson disagree on Bowen

Republican Pete Peterson and Democrat Alex Padilla agree on plenty of issues in their contest to take over the California secretary of state’s office. Republican think tank leader Pete Peterson, left, listens to Democratic Sen. Alex ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Jerry Brown, Jim Miller, Alex Padilla, Richard Pan
Bills: AB 145,
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 Number of 'no party preference' voters climbs again

The ranks of voters without political party affiliations continued to grow in California, according to data released Tuesday by Secretary of State Debra Bowen. »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, California Democratic Party
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 Plan seeks to encourage alternative energy while protecting environment

With a backdrop of slowly turning wind turbines, the U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday unveiled a plan to manage conservation and renewable energy production on more than 22 million acres in California as part of a federal and state ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, renewable energy
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 Jerry Brown defends cap-and-trade, calls for further climate change action at U.N.

Gov. Jerry Brown, appealing to world leaders for joint action on climate change, issued a forceful defense Tuesday of plans to expand California’s cap-and-trade program to vehicle fuels next year. California Gov. Jerry Brown talks about ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, global warming, greenhouse gas, Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Vasconcellos
Bills: AB 32,
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 Role reversal: Sen. Mark Leno scolds Jerry Brown on spending

In budget-related matters at the Capitol, Gov. Jerry Brown is so often the scold that legislative Democrats may relish a momentary role reversal. Pausing in a side room before taking the stage, Gov. Jerry Brown prepares to address revisions to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Mark Leno
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 On sidelines, Congress mostly approves of airstrikes in Syria so far

Congress found itself in a familiar position after President Obama ordered airstrikes on terrorists in Syria -- clamoring for a legislative role in the process, but perhaps relieved of not being asked to take one. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Barbara Lee, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi
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 Tomlin, Harrison discussed '08 arrest

With domestic abuse a hot-button issue in the NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin talked to James Harrison about his 2008 arrest for hitting his girlfriend before Pittsburgh brought back the veteran outside linebacker. »Read

In this article: James Harrison, James James
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 Forged Ballot Signature in Stanton Spurs Investigation

Stanton city officials have called on the OC Sheriff’s Department to look into the forged signature of a leading OC GOP Central Committee member on ballot arguments against Measure GG. »Read

In this article: Carolyn Cavecche, Tony Rackauckas, Todd Spitzer, Nicole Winger
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 NEW: Betty Yee flips, now backs high-speed rail

Board of Equalization member Betty Yee has changed her mind about the state’s controversial high-speed rail plan. During the June primary campaign, the Democratic candidate for state controller opposed Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, High-Speed Rail, Gavin Newsom, Chris Reed, referendum, Betty T. Yee
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 Tim Donnelly praises Brown for signing DNA law

Somebody note the date and time: Assembly Tim Donnelly, the conservative former gubernatorial candidate who spent much of the spring trashing Gov. Jerry Brown, just said something nice about… Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown on Friday signed Donnelly’s ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly
Bills: AB 1697,
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 NEW: CA GOP Fall Convention pushes liberty

This past weekend, California Republicans gathered in Los Angeles for their annual Fall Convention under the banner, “Reclaim California.” Throughout the event, party delegates, candidates and elected officials sought to cast a picture of unity ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Robert Vaughn
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 GOP Roommates Settle Chores in NRCC Fundraising Bet

Splish, splash. It sounds like Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., is stuck doing the dishes. »Read

In this article: Ken Calvert, Darrell Issa, Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Ed Royce
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 Browns Eyes 2030 Carbon Emissions Goal

Governor Jerry Brown spoke today at the United Nation’s Climate Summit.  He says California emits 450 million tons of carbon into the air each year. California has plans to reduce that number by 2020. But Brown says he’s ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Google cuts ties with conservative group over climate-change stance

Google's effort to build strong alliances with Republican politicians and conservative advocacy groups is paying dividends on Capitol Hill, but has created a growing marketing and public relations headache for the firm. »Read

In this article: global warming, renewable energy, SEIU
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 Obama: "We will not tolerate safe havens from terrorists"

The U.S. began carrying out its first airstrikes in Syria against ISIS and the Khorasan group »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi
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 Congress Reacts to Syria Airstrikes

Congressional hawks are cheering the multifaceted overnight airstrikes in Syria that included attacks on Islamic State insurgents and an al Qaida offshoot called the Khorasan Group, while some are lamenting Congress' decision to duck a war ... »Read

In this article: Howard P. Mckeon, Ed Royce
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 Brown Promotes California Climate Efforts At UN

Gov. Jerry Brown is joining world leaders Tuesday at the United Nations Climate Summit, where he will discuss California's attempts to slow climate change through laws that put a monetary value on carbon emissions and the state's agreements with ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, global warming, greenhouse gas, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Brown promotes California climate efforts at UN

Gov. Jerry Brown is joining world leaders at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York to discuss California's attempts to slow climate change. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, global warming, greenhouse gas, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Port of Los Angeles fire smolders; Wilmington school evacuated due to smoke

A massive fire that consumed part of a wharf at the Port of Los Angeles continued to smolder today, as officials advised nearby residents in the Harbor Area and Long Beach to keep their windows closed to avoid the unhealthful smoke.One school, Sts. ... »Read

In this article: Joe Buscaino, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District, water
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 Firefighters bring smoldering Port of Los Angeles wharf fire under control; Wilmington school evacuated due to smoke

A massive fire that consumed part of a wharf at the Port of Los Angeles smoldered throughout the day Tuesday, forcing the closure of one school, the evacuation of another and nearly a complete shutdown of terminal operations as unhealthful smoke ... »Read

In this article: Joe Buscaino, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District, water
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 More Labels For Fish = More Confused Consumers

Before Hollywood, before biotech, before container shipping, before international tourism, even before the Navy – the economy of coastal harbors was tied to fishing. Sardines, tuna, swordfish and seabass were caught and processed by the ton, ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Alex Padilla
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 The Lessons of Six Californias

What a fiasco. Tim Draper’s misguided proposal to declare California a failure and break it into six pieces has failed to qualify for the November 2016 ballot, despite his investment of nearly $5 million in an army of signature gatherers, ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Joe Rodota, Pete Wilson
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 Would Arkansas Have Saved Six Californias?

Tim Draper’s Six Californias measure won’t be on the ballot, because just two-thirds of signatures in a random check were valid – meaning that there weren’t enough signatures to qualify. If Draper had been collecting signatures in Arkansas, ... »Read
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 Vote for Legal Reform!

This week is California Voter Registration Week. The Secretary of State is encouraging businesses, community groups, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies to inspire people to take part in the November 4th election. California had a pretty ... »Read

In this article: water
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 NEW: Language of teacher discipline bill shows Torlakson's deceit

At a little bit after the 51-minute mark of a forum in Los Angeles last week with state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck, the candidates are asked a question from the audience about the Vergara ruling, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Joan Buchanan, Kamala Harris, Chris Reed, Tom Torlakson
Bills: AB 215,
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 Development, schools are leading issues for Orinda Council election

The post Development, schools are leading issues for Orinda Council election appeared first on HALFWAY TO CONCORD. Increased real estate… »Read

In this article: Joan Buchanan, George P. Miller
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 AM Alert: Jerry Brown burnishes climate change credentials at UN summit

Gov. Jerry Brown, who has positioned himself as a climate-change leader in California, is taking his message to the international stage with a pair of speaking engagements today at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York. Gov. Jerry Brown ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Jerry Brown, Diana Dooley, Adam Gray, Little Hoover Commission, Doug Ose, Dan Walters
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 Capital Journal Daybreak: U.S., Arab Allies Launch Strikes in Syria | White House Fence Jumper Had Arrest Record | New Rules to Combat Tax Inversions | Is Gov. Mike Pence a 2016 Contender?

The Journal's morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more. »Read

In this article: John F. Kerry, Dion Nissenbaum, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Rank-and-file S.F. firefighters call for chief's ouster

Citing a “grave crisis in direction and leadership,” heads of San Francisco’s rank-and-file firefighter organizations — including those representing women and minorities — have penned a letter calling on Mayor Ed Lee to replace the ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Gavin Newsom, Andrew Ross
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 The Brief: Sept. 23, 2014

The Big Conversation A three-week trial challenging Texas' voter ID law in federal court wrapped up on Monday amid speculation a decision could be handed down before Election Day. 'A ruling striking down the law could affect procedures for the Nov. ... »Read

In this article: eminent domain, David M. Gonzalez, Same-sex marriage
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