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What Happens When Extremism Becomes Mainstream?

"Pure BS"

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Dianne Feinstein pleas for GOP votes on drought bill

"Demand gun rights back: eliminate the Roster, the 10- and 30-day waits, the AWB, and 10-round magazine capacity limit as the price to help her."

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Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling

"Russian & Armenian Organized Crime Groups from Sacramento & Southern California when the Tobacco Tax was increased I think 10 years ago, created a brand new and largely uncontrolled form of smuggling where Ryder or Uhaul Trucks were driven to Indian Reservations in Las Vegas and their is nothing that Ag Inspection in Barstow could do, there is nothing illegal in hauling Cigarettes as long as there is a bill of sale."

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Kings owners set to announce deal with labor unions on downtown arena construction

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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

"What happened to basic research before writing. While Assembly member Alejo's press release said the bill went to the Senate floor, that is incorrect. The bill was sent to the Senate Rules committee yesterday by the chair of the Appropriations committee. Cut and paste electeds press releases?"

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 Ridesharing bill: The stench in Sacramento
San Diego Union-Tribune/Opinion - Aug. 21, 5:00 pm
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 Fact check: Jerry Brown made time for debates before
Sacramento Bee - Aug. 21, 6:01 pm
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 California would delete old immigration language
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 CA military removed from sexual assault cases
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 Calif. bill would pay for lawyers for unaccompanied minor immigrants
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 Sen. Ben Hueso arrested on suspicion of DUI

Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, was arrested on Thursday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. In this May 29, 2012 file photo Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, talks with Assemblywoman Kristen Olsen, R-Modesto. »Read

In this article: Ben Hueso, Legislature, Roger Salazar, Juan Vargas
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 California Freshman Airs First Ad in Competitive House Race

Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., went up Friday with her first ad of the cycle, touting her commitment to women's issues. »Read

In this article: Julia Brownley, Jeff Gorell, Barack Obama
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 Suspect in killing cites 'stand your ground' law

A prosecutor says an Alabama man accused of stabbing his cousin to death over borrowed movies is citing the state's 'stand your ground' law in asking that the case be dismissed. »Read

In this article: Brian W. Jones, Brian W. Jones
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 NEW: CA editorial boards cool to anti-Uber power play

The editorial pages of the state’s largest newspapers largely agree about Tom Torlakson’s being undeserving of a second term as state superintendent of public instruction. Given the breadth of ideological views among these papers, ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Chris Reed, Tom Torlakson
Bills: AB 2293,
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 Fire Authority Mulls Contract Extension for PR Consultant

Communications LAB was hired under a $100,000 contract to help the embattled Orange County Fire Authority control its messaging. Now, with the scandals piling up, the firm’s contract could nearly doub »Read

In this article: Sandy Cooney, Todd Spitzer
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 California Plans Aid To Immigrant Minors

California lawmakers will approve legislation to spend $3 million in state money to provide legal help for unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America. »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Amanda Fulkerson, Kamala Harris, Robert Huff, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg
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 Bay Area billionaire's climate-change ads leave fact-checkers cold

Negative reviews from watchdogs like PolitiFact, FactCheck.org and the Washington Post are dogging one of the nation's biggest political donors, Tom Steyer, a former hedge fund manager, who ditched his ties to fossil fuels »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, greenhouse gas, Sabrina Demayo Lockhart, Dan Schnur, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Is Hardball A Felony?

Politics is not inherently a criminal enterprise, but you’d never know it by the headlines. Texas Governor Rick Perry’s indictment in Texas is another example of a political prosecution that seeks to criminalize common political behavior. Perry ... »Read

In this article: David Axelrod, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Ron Calderon, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 The Illogic of Goodwin Liu

When you don’t have an idea what you’re talking about, keep your mouth shut. Goodwin Liu, unfortunately, couldn’t hold to this advice, and so the associate justice of the California Supreme Court revealed himself to be thoroughly, and ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, referendum
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 Lawmakers Don't Think Rules Apply to Them

No one would dispute that California’s diversity extends to the wide political gulf between conservative Californians and those who see themselves as liberal. From strong Tea Party interests in the more rural areas to the “Occupiers” in San ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Pete Wilson
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 How Labor Money Undermines the Financial Literacy of California's Legislators

“In an era when we aren’t going to have tax increases, figure out how to be more efficient spending the money we’ve got, and the Republicans can help you do that if they’ll get off the philosophical cant about stuff and help you make things ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Bill Lockyer, water
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 Fire Threat Increases, California Discourages Safety

There have been more multi-alarm house fires in California in the past six months than in the previous two years combined, according to a recent report from KCRA in Sacramento. Given that, it’s hard to believe that the state would embrace a policy ... »Read

Bills: SB 1019,
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 READ IN: Friday, August 22, 2014: Guard leaving Ferguson, Shaheen up just 2 in NH, House staffers' Wikipedia problems, Steyer parachutes into Colorado, New Hampshire, stunning number of Army recruits are overweight

A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) ordered the National Guard to withdraw from Ferguson beginning Friday as tensions cooled. The streets of Ferguson were quiet on Thursday, 12 days ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Chuck Hagel, Mitt Romney, Thomas F. Steyer, water
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 AM Alert: How are California counties handling prison realignment?

At a panel discussion in April hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California, lawmakers called on the state to do a better job measuring how effectively counties are carrying out prison realignment. The court-ordered unstuffing of California ... »Read

In this article: California prisons, campaign finance, Gray Davis, Cristina Garcia, Melissa Melendez, PPIC, Dan Walters
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 California to appeal ruling tossing death penalty

California's attorney general says she will appeal a federal court ruling that called the state's death penalty unconstitutional. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 Pot shop Whack-a-Mole; Unite against terrorists

Regarding the U-T Editorial Board’s “More chaos on the city’s pot shop front,” Aug. 17: I agree no pot shop permits should be given out until the illegal ones have all been shuttered. »Read

In this article: Susan Davis, Lorena Gonzalez, minimum wage
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 Editorial: CalPERS sweeps away Brown’s ‘sweeping reform’

Gov. Jerry Brown is left with few good options to restore what he called ‘sweeping pension reform.’ CalPERS building in Sacramento on May 3, 2008. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Legislature
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 Viewpoints: Livable communities at stake if fuels aren’t in cap and trade

Oil companies would win at the expense of Californians. Curt Johansen »Read

In this article: Legislature, Henry Perea, Proposition 23
Bills: AB 69, SB 375,
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 Lobbyists stall state Assembly vote on plastic bag ban, Humboldt County watches closely

Lobbyists have launched a frenzied 11th-hour effort to kill a bill that would make California the first state to outlaw single-use plastic grocery bags, delaying a key vote and setting up one of the fiercest legislative battles of the year. »Read

In this article: Adam Gray, Mark Murray, Henry Perea, Susan Talamantes Eggman, Mark Wheetley
Bills: SB 270,
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 Dan Walters: Pension fatteners reveal some strange public work rules

By approving pension fatteners, CalPERS reveals some very odd extra pay practices. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Legislature
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 California lawmakers pass education and drug bills, strike Prop. 187

California community colleges could offer four-year degrees for the first time, and suspension of defiant schoolchildren would be curtailed, under proposals sent to Gov. Jerry Brown by the Legislature on Thursday. »Read

In this article: Martin Block, Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Isadore Hall, Vinod Khosla, Legislature, Holly J. Mitchell, Alex Padilla, Darrell Steinberg, Mariko Yamada
Bills: AB 420, SB 396, SB 1010, SB 850, AB 1965, AB 2444, AB 2492, SB 1422,
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 The Buzz: Among the trees, Jerry Brown’s mind ‘drawn more to poetry than politics’

One day after agreeing to debate Neel Kashkari once before the November election, Gov. Jerry Brown suggested Tuesday that he may not be the most enthusiastic participant – or at least isn’t inclined to talk about it yet. Gov. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ted Gaines, Beth Gaines, water
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 Guest Editorial: Gov undermines own 'reform'

When it comes to public employee pensions, Gov. Jerry Brown is trying to have it both ways as he decries CalPERS for undermining his 2012 changes to state retirement laws. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS
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 Franchisee rights bill passes state Senate, heads to governor's desk

SACRAMENTO — Legislation to give small franchise owners protections against fast-food giants, convenience store chains and other corporations headed to the governor's desk Thursday after winning a difficult vote in the state Senate. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, minimum wage, SEIU
Bills: SB 610,
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 Mayor Ed Lee not Mr. Nice Guy around City Hall anymore

The mayor's recent dispute with some traditional allies on the Board of Supervisors over how to increase Muni funding is the most public fight in a series of spats that have undercut Lee's cultivated image as a genial consensus builder who, in his ... »Read

In this article: John Avalos, David Campos, David Chiu, Edwin M. Lee, minimum wage, Gavin Newsom, referendum
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 Doctor drug testing latest front in medical malpractice measure

When consumer advocates were preparing a fall ballot initiative to raise the sum victims can recover in medical malpractice lawsuits, they considered tacking on an inducement that would resonate with voters across California. »Read

In this article: Jamie Court, Gale Kaufman, Legislature
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 Despite his legal woes, Rick Perry adds to his resume for 2016

The Texas governor is moving full steam ahead with his potential presidential campaign in spite of his indictment »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Early Primary, Ray Sullivan
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 It's 'bone-appétit' for California pooches under new law

(Reuters) - California diners can now legally enjoy a meal on a restaurant patio with their dogs in tow, under a law signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown that eliminates health code regulations banning restaurant owners from allowing pooches on ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Sutter Brown, Legislature, Mariko Yamada
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 Gov. Jerry Brown, top lawmakers back legal aid to Central Americanchildren

Responding to rush of unaccompanied minors from Central America into California, top Democrats back legislation to provide $3 million for legal aid in immigration system »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Robert Huff, illegal immigration, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg
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 California pushes shift in military sex assault cases

All sexual assault cases in the California military will be transferred from the chain of command and the court-martial system to local police and prosecutors under a law signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown that is believed to be the first of its ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Alex Padilla
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 Gov. Jerry Brown, top lawmakers back legal aid to Central American minors

Responding to rush of unaccompanied minors from Central America into California, top California Democrats back legislation to provide $3 million for legal aid in immigration system »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Robert Huff, illegal immigration, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg
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 Billionaire's climate change ads leave fact-checkers cold

Negative reviews from watchdogs like PolitiFact, FactCheck.org and the Washington Post are dogging one of the nation's biggest political donors, Tom Steyer, a former hedge fund manager, who ditched his ties to fossil fuels »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, greenhouse gas, Sabrina Demayo Lockhart, Dan Schnur, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Legislature passes bill to ensure public access to Martins Beach

The California Senate passed legislation Thursday requiring the state to engage billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla in negotiations to restore public access to the sandy haven known as Martins Beach. If an agreement can't be reached within ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, eminent domain, Jerry Hill, Vinod Khosla
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 California would delete old immigration language

California lawmakers are seeking to remove references in state law to a divisive 20-year-old immigration ballot measure in legislation going to Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Pete Wilson
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 Obama 2008 Uber alles

Tuesday Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced that the San-Francisco-based ride-matching company had hired David Plouffe, who served as the campaign manager for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign,.as senior vice president for policy and ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Ted Gaines, Ted W. Lieu, Aaron McLear, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Kevin Spillane
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 Some California community colleges could soon start offering 4-year degrees

California community colleges could soon start offering bachelor's degrees »Read

In this article: Martin Block, Brice W. Harris, Legislature
Bills: SB 850,
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 Community colleges could soon start offer 4-year degrees

California community colleges could soon start offering bachelor's degrees »Read

In this article: Martin Block, Brice W. Harris, Legislature
Bills: SB 850,
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 National digest: Florida judge strikes down gay-marriage ban

New York Family seeks probe of chokehold death The family of an unarmed black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a white police officer met with a federal prosecutor Thursday to again demand a federal probe. Read full article ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Loretta Lynch, water
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 CalPERS board member likely facing stiffer fine from FPPC

CalPERS board member Priya Mathur is likely facing a stiffer penalty than previously expected from the state’s political watchdog agency for failing to file her campaign finance statements on time. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Gary Winuk
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 Fact check: Jerry Brown made time for debates before

When Gov. Jerry Brown announced this week that he would debate Republican Neel Kashkari once – but only once – ahead of the Nov. 4 election, his campaign said Brown could make time for only one debate because of his “demanding ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, Dan Newman
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 CA military removed from sexual assault cases

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill enshrining into law the state military policy to refer sexual assault cases to civilian prosecutors. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Alex Padilla
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 New California law allows dogs to dine out

While many cafes, brew pubs and steak houses have long allowed dogs on their decks and patios, technically it was illegal. The legislation gives restaurants the option of permitting pooches in outside dining areas. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Sutter Brown, Mariko Yamada
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 Calif. bill would pay for lawyers for unaccompanied minor immigrants

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California would spend $3 million on lawyers for unaccompanied minors arriving in California from Central America under a proposal announced Thursday by top California Democrats. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Legislature
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 Alabama man charged in killing over DVDs cites 'stand your ground' law

(Reuters) - An Alabama man charged with stabbing his cousin to death after fighting over DVDs of 'The Fast and the Furious' films wants his case thrown out because he acted in self-defense under the state's 'stand your ground' law, prosecutors said ... »Read

In this article: Brian W. Jones, Brian W. Jones
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 State military removed from sexual assault cases

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill enshrining into law the state military policy to refer sexual assault cases to civilian prosecutors. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Alex Padilla
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 The voter turnout conundrum in L.A.

It's one of the worst ideas we've heard in a long time: Last week, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission floated a plan to offer cash prizes as an incentive to get Angelenos to vote in local elections. Sheer desperation, as far as we can tell, led the ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Eric Garcetti, Richard Riordan, Hilda L. Solis, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 A Necessary Drop in the Immigration Bucket

California leaders agree to $3M for legal aid for undocumented children While three million dollars is really just a drop in the bucket for the  the many undocumented children and their legal expenses, it sends a strong statement: Gov. Jerry ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 Senate sends franchise bill to Jerry Brown

A heavily lobbied fight between franchise owners and their corporate parents is on its way to the office of Gov. Jerry Brown. In this Aug. 24, 2010 file photo, patrons enjoy a meal at a Burger King in Springfield, Ill. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Loni Hancock
Bills: SB 610,
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 SEIU Local 1000 spends big to support CalPERS board candidate

California’s largest state employee union is spending $180,000 on radio and online ads to support CalPERS board candidate Theresa Taylor, according to a state filing Thursday. The Franchise Tax Board employee is one of three candidates ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, David Miller, SEIU
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 California will monitor money in outside accounts

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to keep track of taxpayer dollars managed outside the state treasury. »Read

In this article: Travis Allen, Jerry Brown
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 Ethics panel wants stiffer penalty for CalPERS' Priya Mathur

The state's ethics panel is taking a get-tough stance toward a board member of the nation's biggest government pension fund, who has repeatedly failed to file legally required disclosure reports. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Fair Political Practices Commission, Jodi Remke, Gary Winuk
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 California health exchange weighs formal opposition to Proposition 45

Members of the state health insurance exchange on Thursday came out strongly against a fall ballot initiative to give rate-regulation authority to the elected insurance commissioner, with some requesting the board issue formal opposition. Susan ... »Read

In this article: Jamie Court, Diana Dooley, Dave Jones, Susan Kennedy, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 1 year after Rim Fire, recovery has barely begun

One year after the start of the Sierra Nevada's biggest wildfire in history, not a single tree has yet been planted in the 400-square-mile burn zone. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Tom McClintock
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 San Rafael moves forward with plan to install solar panels on six buildings

San Rafael is leading a three-county effort to cooperatively purchase renewable energy and plans to install solar panels on six city buildings. »Read

In this article: Damon Connolly, greenhouse gas, renewable energy
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 Woman says Filner locked her in kitchen

Executive assistant also says mayor suggested, 'Let’s have sex on the conference table.' »Read

In this article: Bob Filner, Jan Goldsmith
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 Lawmakers approve bills expanding revenge porn ban

California lawmakers approved two bills that would expand a state ban on so-called revenge porn. »Read

In this article: Anthony Cannella, Bob Wieckowski
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 Ridesharing bill: The stench in Sacramento

The nominal reasons for the legislation sound good. The real reasons are awful. »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Legislature
Bills: AB 2293,
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