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 California issued 605,000 new driver's licenses for immigrants in the U.S. illegally last year

Judith Benitez had gone most of her adult life without knowing how to drive. The 35-year-old woman from Mexico who is in the U.S. illegally would ask family members for rides to pick up her children from school. Trips to the grocery store or the ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Artemio Armenta, Jerry Brown, illegal immigration
Bills: AB 60,
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 Legislators seeking federal regulation of natural gas storage

While the three-month old gas leak is polarizing Porter Ranch residents, it is creating some bi-partisan bedfellows during a time of presidential campaign rancor.Representatives Brad Sherman, a Democrat, and Steve Knight, a Republican, are in ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, greenhouse gas, Stephen T. Knight, Brad Sherman, Scott Wilk
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 San Jose voters: Get ready for 'El Niño' of tax pitches

San Jose voters this year face three proposals to increase taxes, potentially boosting the city's sales tax to the maximum 9.5 cents per dollar -- a whopping leap from the current 8.75 percent. »Read

In this article: Carl Guardino, Mark Hinkle, Legislature
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 District 17 race: Honda campaign spending money fast -- a large portion on legal fees

Incumbent Rep. Mike Honda is not only well behind returning opponent Ro Khanna in terms of a campaign war chest, but end-of-year filings show that in the last quarter he blazed through nearly 95 percent of the $292,000 he raised -- with a ... »Read

In this article: California Democratic Party, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Barack Obama
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 Plagued by delays, California high-speed rail back in court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California voters embraced the idea of building the nation's first real high-speed rail system, which promised to whisk travelers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under three hours, a trip that can take ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, High-Speed Rail, Legislature, Dan Richard
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 101 Freeway reopened as Slow Jam ends early in LA

LOS ANGELES >> Demolition crews brought down a portion of a famed downtown Los Angeles bridge sooner than expected, allowing for the early reopening Sunday of a section of U.S. 101 that was closed for much of the weekend.Traffic began flowing again ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar
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 Dan Walters: Leadership dispute rekindles coastline conflict

Coastal Commission director may be on way outEnvironmentalists fear it could be setbackIt’s the latest conflict in a 40-year string … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, Peter Douglas, David Evans, Legislature, water
Bills: SB 1808,
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 Driven by power outages and savings, towns look to microgrid

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- An upstate New York town that repeatedly found itself without power for days during a string of storms is planning a dramatic step by pulling its municipal buildings entirely off the electric grid.... »Read

In this article: David Fleming, renewable energy, water
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