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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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Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling

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 Mailed ballots suggest low turnout in CA elections
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 Jim Moran Recounts Raucous Bipartisan Brawl
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 California secretary of state race devoid of usual rancor
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 Rain on the Giants' World Series victory parade? Of course
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 2 firms that won LAUSD's tech program most active in seeking meetings

More than a year before the Los Angeles Board of Education agreed to an iPads-for-all program, Apple and a leading curriculum company repeatedly sought meetings with school board members, newly released emails and records reviewed by The Times show. »Read

In this article: Tamar Galatzan, Monica Garcia, Dan Schnur
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 Biden visits San Diego amid hot congressional race

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden is coming to San Diego to boost the campaign to keep one of the hardest fought House seats in the country Democratic.... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Carl DeMaio, Bonnie Dumanis, Scott Peters
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 Mexico orders immediate release of Marine veteran

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A Mexican judge ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns.... »Read

In this article: Bill Richardson, Ed Royce
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 Mitchum: Not Invisible

Where was Congressmember Lois Capps when she was asked to debate her opponent? »Read

In this article: Lois Capps, Chris Mitchum, Nancy Pelosi
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 Prop. 45 Could Interfere With Covered California, Opponents Say

Opponents of Proposition 45 say the measure, which would give the state insurance commissioner authority over proposed health insurance rates, could interfere with Covered California. »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, Jamie Court, Field Poll, Dario Frommer, Nancy Pelosi
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 LA City Council considers moving city elections to federal/state years

LA City Council members are considering whether city elections should be moved to coincide with federal and state elections to increase voter turnout. »Read

In this article: Bernard Parks, Dan Schnur, Herb Wesson
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 Mexico Orders Immediate Release Of Marine Veteran

A Mexican judge on Friday ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns. »Read

In this article: Bill Richardson, Ed Royce
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 Immigrant politicians fight for votes in the heart of Orange County

Walking door to door in suburban Los Alamitos, Janet Nguyen lets her 3-year-old son soften up the voters. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Jose Solorio, Tom Umberg
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 Assembly candidates' divergent pasts provide fodder for mudslinging

Their platforms are similar and their party the same, but the candidates' profiles could hardly be more different. »Read

In this article: Mike Gipson, Mike Shimpock, water, Maxine Waters
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 L.A. County assessor candidates vie in shadow of a higher-profile race

Even with the current officeholder fighting felony corruption charges, the two candidates running to be the next Los Angeles County assessor have had trouble attracting interest. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 Sky-high poverty rate an issue in governor's race

In truth, neither candidate's approach to the problem is all that different -- they both favor growing jobs over boosting programs for the poor -- and advocates for low-income people fault the candidates for failing to tackle a critical question: ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, minimum wage, Holly J. Mitchell, sick leave, Darrell Steinberg, Evan Westrup
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 L.A. County supervisors violated open-meeting law, D.A. finds

Los Angeles County supervisors violated the state’s open-meeting law earlier this year by discussing compensation negotiations behind closed doors without properly informing the public, according to the district attorney’s office. »Read

In this article: Steve Cooley, Terry Francke, Gloria Molina, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 Space industry reacts to fatal Virgin Galactic crash

A witness says Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo exploded during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert. »Read

In this article: Paul Allen, Bill Richardson
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 California's sky-high poverty rate an issue in governor's race

In truth, neither candidate's approach to the problem is all that different -- they both favor growing jobs over boosting programs for the poor -- and advocates for low-income people fault the candidates for failing to tackle a critical question: ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, minimum wage, sick leave, Evan Westrup
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 Rain on the Giants' World Series victory parade? Of course

Rain on the Giants’ World Series victory parade? Charlotte Schultz, chief of protocol for the city, stood on the mayor’s balcony at City Hall and looked out over the sea of umbrellas, which opened and closed all day long. Given the journey, ... »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Edwin M. Lee
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 California secretary of state race devoid of usual rancor

Without the name-calling and mudslinging all too common in California politics, Democrat Alex Padilla and Republican Pete Peterson are challenging voters to instead look at the issues and use them to decide who is the best choice for secretary of ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Field Poll, Bill Jones, Alex Padilla
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 Ebola: Trust a politician, or an expert?

Unlike New York, California had yet to see a confirmed Ebola case, although state health officials are aware of 19 individuals who recently traveled to an Ebola-affected country. [...] international leaders oppose American quarantines, which can ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Carla Marinucci
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 San Francisco celebrates its Giants

San Francisco became the Valley of the Giants for the third time in five years Friday as tens of thousands lined the streets for a parade honoring the World Series champions. »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Gavin Newsom, Nancy Pelosi
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 Joe Biden visits Southern California to help Democrats in tight races

Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Southern California on Friday to help Democrats in tight races as the campaign season headed into the final weekend before Tuesday's election. »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Eric Bauman, Joe Biden, Paul Chabot, Carl DeMaio, Gary G. Miller, Alex Padilla, Scott Peters
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 Ugly endgame in Honda-Khanna showdown

Nasty ads, big spending by unknown donors and feverish get-out-the-vote efforts might show desperation by Congressman Mike Honda and Democratic challenger Ro Khanna. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Ernie Konnyu, Barbara Lee, Gavin Newsom, Barack Obama, Fortney Pete Stark, Eric Swalwell, Tom Torlakson
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 NEW: Izumi study sparks law promoting online learning

Maybe things actually are starting to change for the better in California’s embattled public schools. The latest: Kids who enroll in virtual or online charter schools now can continue their studies even if they move out of their original ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Shannon L. Grove, Lance Izumi
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 Mailed ballots suggest low turnout in CA elections

California appears to be on track for another low-turnout election as elections clerks and analysts report that the number of voters mailing in their absentee ballots has declined compared with previous election cycles. »Read

In this article: Kim Alexander, Neal Kelley
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 Former State Senator Roderick Wright to begin jail sentence Friday

Former California State Senator Roderick Wright is expected to surrender to authorities in downtown L.A. Friday to begin serving his jail sentence. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Watchdog: Pulido Must Show Where His Campaign Debt Went

Shirley Grindle, Orange County’s campaign finance watchdog, filed a complaint with the Santa Ana city attorney regarding the mayor’s disappearing campaign debt. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Shirley L. Grindle
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 More quake action needed on older concrete buildings, councilman says

More than a year ago, council members Bernard C. Parks and Tom LaBonge called on Los Angeles officials to review and report on the city’s older concrete buildings, which are considered a major risk to life safety during a big earthquake. In ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Tom LaBonge
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 Paso council race almost seems civilized

By DANIEL BLACKBURN In a campaign season drenched in vitriol, the contest for two vacant city council seats in Paso Robles appears quite sanguine. And the mayor’s job there will be filled by default; former council member Steve Martin will assume ... »Read

In this article: Jim Reed, Fred Strong, water
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 Jim Moran Recounts Raucous Bipartisan Brawl

Cheers to Matt Laslo for getting retiring Rep. James P. Moran to open up about how incensed pols used to settle their differences in #ThisTown. »Read

In this article: Randy Cunningham, George P. Miller
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