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 California state worker forecast IT system would be a 'quagmire'
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 Another brawl shaping up over nonprofit hospital community benefits, charity care
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 Is the Senate Where It's At for Ambitious House Democrats?
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 Bill would create new tech-focused University of California campus
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 California Bill Seeks To Prevent Surprise Medical Bills

A new measure in the California Assembly would prevent hospital patients from getting “surprise” medical bills from out-of-network doctors. »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Anthony Wright
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 Contested Transcript Of San Diego Attorney Cory Briggs' Wife Released

The lawyer for Cory Briggs’ wife released the document Monday, saying she had no objection. It shows she was associated with her husband’s law firm for the past 20 years while also working for a consulting firm that did business with local ... »Read

In this article: Bob Filner, Jan Goldsmith
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 Centrist New Democrats Want Bigger Role in Party's Message

Members of the New Democrat Coalition have struggled for years to make their centrist message heard in the larger, and distinctly more left-leaning, House Democratic Caucus. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi, unemployment insurance
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 After hours: Asian Resources Inc. Lunar New Year celebration

Asian Resources held the annual Lunar New Year dinner and fundraiser on Feb. 26 at Happy Garden Restaurant in Sacramento. Asian Resources Inc., a nonprofit community-based organization, helps underserved communities, including providing social ... »Read

In this article: Cassandra Jennings, Kevin Johnson
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 READ IN: First Pitch Edition

Sign up for Read In today and get all the political news you need delivered right to your inbox!A1: Today's top stories.-- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of Congress this morning, after telling AIPAC on Monday he ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lois Capps, Hillary Clinton, John Lewis, Senate Democrats
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 The Times' L.A. city election ballot endorsements

Voters in Los Angeles head to the polls Tuesday to answer a crucial question for local democracy: Should the city and the Los Angeles Unified School District, in an effort to increase voter participation, move their elections from March and May of ... »Read

In this article: Tamar Galatzan, Andra Hoffman, Sydney Kamlager, Paul Krekorian, Los Angeles Unified School District, Gloria Molina, Scott Svonkin, Herb Wesson
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 It was long past time for state GOP to recognize gay fundraising group

The biggest surprise from the California Republican convention Sunday was not the party's decision to formally recognize the Log Cabin Republicans; it was that it hadn't done so already. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Scott Peters
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 Netanyahu speech elicits controversy and high demand for tickets

Several dozen congressional Democrats won’t be attending Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress on Tuesday. Many more are doing so reluctantly, they say. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Newt Gingrich, Nancy Pelosi
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 Obamacare case: All eyes on 2 justices

The keys to the case are expected to be John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy. »Read

In this article: Rick Hasen, John McDonough, John Roberts
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 Clinton's thin shield

The slow launch of her campaign means she's largely defenseless amid a spate of rough stories. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Chris Lehane, Loretta Lynch
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 Ex-mayor Villaraigosa heads to Hollywood Hills with new home

Antonio Villariagosa turned his back on Washington and now he's headed for the Hollywood Hills. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Eric Garcetti
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 Take Five: Rep. Mark Takai

It's time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work. »Read

In this article: Ted W. Lieu, Mark Takano
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 Homeland funding appears on track minus immigration add-ons

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a weeks-long political struggle, legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department is headed back to the House without restrictions conservatives demanded on President Barack Obama's immigration policies. Republicans ... »Read

In this article: John McCain, Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 Gay Old Party: Reflections on the Log Cabin Vote

By Hank Plante, Special to Calbuzz: Suddenly, the California Republican Party is as gay as IKEA on Super Bowl Sunday. Okay, not exactly. Still, it was a momentous vote, when the California Republican Convention last weekend officially recognized its ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Anthony Cannella, John McCain, Early Primary, Mitt Romney
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 State sues glass company over hazardous materials

Dangerous dust? That's what the state attorney general's office claims Gallo Glass Company used in the manufacturing of glass wine bottles at its plant in Modesto. »Read

In this article: DTSC, Mark Murray
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 California court says state can't ban all sex offenders from living near schools and parks

California's Supreme Court ruled Monday the state cannot prohibit all registered sex offenders in San Diego County from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park. »Read

In this article: Sharon Runner, George Runner
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 Boehner leaves open possible vote on Democrat-backed DHS bill

Speaker John Boehner left open the possibility Monday that the House might pass long-term funding for the Homeland Security Department without immigration provisions attached, as Republican options dwindled for avoiding a capitulation to the White ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 Amendments 1 and 2 could change local election years

Los Angeles voters heading to the polls Tuesday have a chance to change the dates of city and school board elections. »Read

In this article: Bernard Parks, Dan Schnur
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 Oakland now has state's highest minimum wage

Oakland's minimum wage hike went into effect Monday providing a significant raise to the city's lowest paid workers.The law raises the minimum hourly wage from $9 as set by the state to $12. »Read

In this article: Maria Garcia, minimum wage
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 Jerry Brown reports income, gifts, with tequila from Mexican president

Gov. Jerry Brown took about $1,500 in non-travel related gifts last year, including $200 in tequila from Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, according to a financial disclosure filed Monday. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anne Gust
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 Susan Bonilla states case for State Senate seat

Susan Bonilla states case for State Senate seat by Richard Eber originally appearedon HALFWAY TO CONCORD. Since 2002 Susan Bonilla has lived a charmed electoral career with no strong competition. This time it's different. Susan Bonilla states case ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer, Tom Torlakson
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 Top court boosts Kapor bid to build home on steep Berkeley hill

Ruling in the case of a Berkeley power couple who want to build a big home on a steep hill, the state Supreme Court strengthened local agencies’ authority Monday to exempt such projects from environmental review. After hearing conflicting ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CEQA, Ming W. Chin, Legislature
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 California court rules against sex offender law application

California's voter-approved law to keep convicted sex offenders from living near schools and parks violates parolees' constitutional rights, the state's highest court ruled Monday, saying the blanket ban has done more to leave offenders homeless ... »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Luis Patino, Sharon Runner, George Runner
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 House backs bill to force VA execs to give back bonuses

The House on Monday approved a bill allowing the Veterans Affairs secretary to force senior executives to repay bonuses if the employees engaged in misconduct. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Supreme Court skeptical of citizen panels that redraw congressional districts

The future of California’s effort to entrust a nonpartisan citizens’ panel with redrawing the state’s congressional districts appeared in serious doubt Monday after arguments in the Supreme Court. »Read

In this article: Howard L. Berman, George Deukmejian, Legislature, Justin Levitt, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brad Sherman, Pete Wilson
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 De León: 'Too early' for Senate endorsement

In a wide-ranging interview with The Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Bureau, California Senate leader Kevin de León emphasized government oversight and weighed in on some controversial policy debates in the Legislature. … Click to ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Richard Pan
Bills: SB 128, SB 277,
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 Tequila is among the gifts received by Gov. Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown collected just under $4,000 in gifts last year, including $200 in tequila from the president of Mexico, according to a state report released Monday. »Read

In this article: Nicolas Berggruen, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Alex Padilla
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 Skid Row officer-involved shooting justified, Chief Beck says

A fatal police shooting during a scuffle on Skid Row Sunday is being brought into the national discussion over excessive force. This as Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck says the suspect reached for an officer's gun. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Earl Ofari Hutchinson
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 Jessica's Law sex offender buffer zone struck down

A voter-approved California law that prohibits registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park violates offenders’ rights — and fails to protect the public — in an urban county where most available housing and ... »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Board of Equalization, George Runner
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 New ruling on sex offenders near schools, parks

California's Supreme Court ruled Monday the state cannot prohibit all registered sex offenders in San Diego County from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park. »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Luis Patino, Sharon Runner, George Runner
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 Oil refineries need to heed concerns, implement safety improvements

'The most important thing is to shelter in place, stay indoors, no outdoor activity, turn the air conditioners off, keep the windows closed.” This was the instruction Torrance Mayor Patrick Furey gave to neighbors of the Exxon Mobil refinery, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Patrick Furey, greenhouse gas
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 How Mikulski led the way for women in Congress

She shattered several barriers in the male-dominated bastions of Capitol Hill. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi
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 GOP vote to endorse gay group is momentous, but incremental

The California Republican Party held a momentous vote at its convention this weekend by recognizing the gay-rights Log Cabin Republicans. But party moderates still have a long way to go in reversing the party's image. … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Shannon L. Grove
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 Democrats Fear Netanyahu Boycott Deepens Internal Divide

Some see a GOP strategy to drive a 'wedge' between them and Israel. And they fear it's working. »Read

In this article: Alan Lowenthal, Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman
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 California Supreme Court Rejects Blanket Enforcement of Sex Offender Law

In a 7-0 decision on Monday, California's Supreme Court ruled that the state cannot prohibit all registered sex offenders in San Diego County from living within 2,000 feet of a park or a school. The ruling says that this type of blanket enforcement ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, George Runner
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 Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

Oakland's minimum wage went up $3 in one day to $12.25 an hour, but many small businesses may have to raise prices in response. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Mike Murphy
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 Democrats' Chance to Draw Kevin McCarthy Out of a Job

With a little help from the Supreme Court, California Democrats could get a shot at knocking Kevin McCarthy out of office. »Read

In this article: Lois Capps, Jim Costa, Legislature, Mike Madrid, Kevin McCarthy, Mitt Romney, David G. Valadao
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 UC applications in limbo during Gov. Jerry Brown-Janet Napolitano standoff

SAN FRANCISCO >> University of California admissions officers are sifting through a record number of applications, but they have no idea how many new students they can enroll. The uncertainty stems from the very public clash between university ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, state budget
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 Los Angeles police defend fatal Skid Row shooting

LOS ANGELES — Police fatally shot a homeless man on Skid Row during a “brutal” struggle in which a rookie officer cried out that the man had hold of his gun before three other officers opened fire, the Los Angeles police chief said Monday. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Earl Ofari Hutchinson
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 Chris Christie to GOP: You really want me

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave his first-date speech at the California Republican Party’s spring convention in Sacramento Saturday. Big donors were begging him to get into the presidential race and save the GOP from Mitt Romney. In October ... »Read

In this article: Travis Allen, California Republican Party, Bill Evers, Mitt Romney
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 California lawmaker seeks tax on independent political spending

A California lawmaker wants to stanch the outside money that freely flows in state elections by imposing a tax on such spending. »Read

In this article: Michael Allen, Rick Hasen, Marc Levine
Bills: AB 1494,
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 Falling flat at California Capitol, soda tax wars go local

A decades-old battle in California over taxing soda has shifted from the Capitol to local jurisdictions, and the passage of Berkeley’s first-in-the-nation soda tax last year has emboldened activists around the nation. … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Legislature, Kevin McCarty, William W. Monning, Roger Salazar, water
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 Lawmakers shouldn't skip Netanyahu speech

All the political theatrics are a distraction from the goal of a strong and verifiable agreement that stops Iran from gaining nuclear weapons. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Doris O. Matsui, Jerry McNerney, Barack Obama
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 GOP takes a small step toward equality

The California GOP recognized Log Cabin Republicans as a volunteer group. Though perhaps not a civil rights landmark, the action ends an ongoing insult to people who have endured far too many indignities. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party, Shannon L. Grove, Legislature, Mike Morrell
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 Teachers, water rationing, minimum wage, regional transit, etc.

Editorial reasoning flawed … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Awet Kidane, Ted Lempert, Joe Mathews, minimum wage, sick leave, water
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 Bill would create new tech-focused University of California campus

Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, wants a public equivalent of Caltech to expand enrollment and meet the tech industry’s hiring needs. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mike Gatto, state budget
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 When will Irvine conduct a Forensic Audit of the Forensic Auditors?

There’s a special meeting of the Irvine City Council today to discuss a possible lawsuit of former council member Larry Agran to compel testimony in the investigation of the Great Park Forensic Audit?  Agran apparently missed a scheduled ... »Read

In this article: Dick Ackerman, Larry Agran, Ken Smith
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 Is the Senate Where It's At for Ambitious House Democrats?

The next generation of House Democratic leaders sees opportunity for advancement -- in the Senate, that is. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Patrick Murphy, Nancy Pelosi
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 Another brawl shaping up over nonprofit hospital community benefits, charity care

The high-stakes fight over the charity care and community benefits nonprofit hospitals provide in exchange for favorable tax treatment is back at the Capitol -- but this time, the hospital association has a bill of its own. Assembly Bill 1046 by ... »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, Legislature, Bob Wieckowski
Bills: AB 1046, AB 503, SB 346,
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 Washington House, Senate consider contrasting labor bills

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- With the Washington Legislature starting a stretch of intense work to vote on scores of policy proposals before a March 11 deadline, a series of labor and workforce bills moving through the House and Senate highlight the ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, minimum wage, Senate Republicans, sick leave
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 GOP Leaders Still Don't Have a DHS Plan. But They May Have an Escape Hatch.

Democrats could use the rules to force a clean funding bill through the House, unless the GOP decides to stop them. »Read

In this article: John Lewis, Nancy Pelosi
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 Budget standoff leaves UC applications in limbo

University of California admissions officers are sifting through a record number of applications, but they have no idea how many new students they can enroll. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, state budget
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 It's not (quite) so lonely anymore for gay California Republicans

Saturday, on the eve of the California Republican Party’s historic vote formally welcoming gay Republicans into the fold, a dapper 75-year-old named Fred Schein described his challenges. »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party, Karen England, Shannon L. Grove, Charles Munger
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 San Bernardino County hosting public meeting on renewable energy development policy

SAN BERNARDIN0 >> The San Bernardino County Land Use Services Department is hosting a meeting Thursday to solicit public input on a renewable energy development policy the county will ultimately incorporate into its general plan.The meeting will be ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Lewis, renewable energy
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 Renewable energy focus of San Bernardino County public meeting

SAN BERNARDINO >> The San Bernardino County Land Use Services Department is hosting a meeting Thursday to solicit public input on a renewable energy development policy the county will ultimately incorporate into its general plan.The meeting will be ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Lewis, renewable energy
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 California state worker forecast IT system would be a 'quagmire'

State employee Ganesh Kumar predicted the Department of Consumer Affairs’ BreEze system wouldn’t work. Here’s his 2013 email and the department’s response. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Denise Brown, Anna Caballero, Legislature
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 UC applications in limbo during budget standoff

New poll shows voters oppose tuition increases, side with Gov. Brown on cutting UC executive pay and offering more online classes. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, state budget
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