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California focuses on power lines as top cause of wildfires

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Funding and subsidies worry potential partners in California's bullet train project

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Another day, another landmark bill signing for California Gov. Jerry Brown

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Insurance Commissioner: More To Lose Fire Coverage

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 Ethanol: bad for climate and pocketbook

[...] the staying power of ethanol. When President George W. Bush signed legislation to expand a federal requirement to blend gasoline with ethanol in 2007, he could claim with some credibility that he was pushing a renewable alternative to the ... »Read

In this article: biofuels, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Carly Fiorina, greenhouse gas, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Contra Costa's lowest-paid workers still looking for raise

Negotiations have been going on for nearly a year with Contra Costa home care workers who make $11.50 per hour -- the lowest pay rate among Bay Area counties »Read

In this article: John Gioia, SEIU
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 Letters: Dave Roberts can do great things for the Dodgers

I was very disappointed to see the hiring of Dave Roberts. He is clearly a class act, fan favorite, well respected by the players, intelligent and a consummate team leader. I will find it very difficult to root against him. However, as a lifelong ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Dave Roberts
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 Political Blotter: California Endowment offers grants to aid Syrian refugees

The California Endowment will make emergency relief grants to groups helping Syrian refugees; also, House members urge Governor Jerry Brown to be ready to declare a Dungeness crab economic disaster. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lois Capps, Sam Farr, Jared Huffman, Barack Obama, Robert E. Ross, Robert K. Ross, Jackie Speier, water
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 Donald Trump to Get Endorsements From African-American Pastors

Scores of African-American pastors are expected to endorse Donald Trump for president in New York City Monday, as the Republican candidate looks to show he can draw support from a broad base of support despite a campaign that has often had harsh ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Early Primary
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 CA Congressional delegation divided on refugees as crisis spikes

Key Democrats in California’s Congressional delegation broke with President Obama on refugee policy, handing Congressional Republicans a veto-proof majority vote against him. “An Obama administration push urging lawmakers to oppose ... »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Amerish Bera, Julia Brownley, Jim Costa, John Garamendi, Janice Hahn, Scott Peters, Norma J. Torres
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 Supremes should learn from Prop. 209 mistake

UCs still haven’t recovered from state’s ban on race as factor in admissionsCase before the U.S. Supreme Court would potentially gut affirmative action in other statesBriefs filed by UC and state attorney general show why Prop. 209 was a bad ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, PPIC
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 Feds need to probe O.C. district attorney over informants

Former California Attorney General John Van de Kamp and I sent a letter last week to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch urging a Justice Department investigation of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Orange County Sheriff’s... »Read

In this article: Erwin Chemerinsky, Sandra Hutchens, Loretta Lynch, Tony Rackauckas
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 Get ready for twangers (LeAnn Rimes, Merle Haggard), ropers and riders at Las Vegas' rodeo finals

You know it’s rodeo time in Las Vegas when casino cocktail waitresses swap their skimpy costumes for flannel shirts and blue jeans. Thousands of cowboys and cowgirls will saddle up their pickups for the drive to southern Nevada for the National ... »Read

In this article: Brian W. Jones, Brian W. Jones, Thomas Mack
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 Season of giving is just the start of fight against poverty

There's something besides deep discounts and special sales. This is the beginning of the giving season and, as we mop up from Thanksgiving, a lot of hands will be out.From the Salvation Army volunteers ringing bells at retailers to charitable-gift ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, PPIC
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 Finding the sweet spot of reason in evaluating schools and teachers

The pendulum of American public education policy is swinging back, away from the stiff reform agenda of the past decade and a half. And the reformers themselves bear a share of the responsibility for the backlash. The No Child Left Behind Act, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, No Child Left Behind
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 L.A. County backs plan to ensure Internet access for seniors and the poor

Recognizing how essential the Internet is for people looking for jobs and social services, the Board of Supervisors voted this week to push for affordable high-speed Internet access for Los Angeles County seniors, low-income residents and people ... »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Hilda L. Solis
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