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 Sacramento rail manufacturer scores major contract
Sacramento Bee - Sept. 19, 3:06 pm
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 Brown signs legislation to boost local regulation of massage businesses
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 State workers, follow the political money in races where you live
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 CalSTRS to funnel billions into clean tech investments
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 Better late than never: Expect a high court OK on marriage equality soon

Over the last year, lower federal court judges have removed most of the suspense from the questions of whether and when the Supreme Court might rule marriage equality to be a federal constitutional right. In case after case, in red states and blue, ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 8, Same-sex marriage
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 Why mandating higher minimum wage isn't best way to address poverty

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, among other city and state officials across the country, have recently proposed raising the minimum wage well beyond the current state-mandated levels of $9 an hour in California and ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 California governor rejects bills to help men change diapers

(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed two bills that aimed to make baby diaper changing tables in public restrooms as accessible to men as they are to women. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara, Legislature
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 Stephen Moore: The enduring myth of FDR, New Deal

My seventh-grade son recently wrote a paper for his U.S. History class, extolling the virtues of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. “It ended the Great Depression,” he wrote with great certainty. He’s 12 and was only parroting what ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi
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 Viewpoints: More work to cement health reform gains

Money is needed to make sure Medi-Cal patients renew their coverage. Daniel Zingale »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Daniel Zingale
Bills: SB 18,
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 VIDEO: Ashely Swearengin still cool to Neel Kashkari

LOS ANGELES – Ashley Swearengin, the Republican candidate for state controller, came to the California Republican Party’s fall convention Friday, delivered a dinner banquet speech and, on her way to catch a flight out, continued to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party
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 Swearengin tells GOP convention she's undecided on Kashkari

The state Republican Party’s fall convention opened on a sour note Friday when the night’s keynote speaker acknowledged she might vote to reelect Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Betty T. Yee
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 California GOP pins hopes on female candidates

The unusually warm words by a Republican candidate for an incumbent Democratic governor is just one of the factors that makes Fresno's energetic mayor one of the state GOP's brightest hopes in November. Avoiding mudslingingAs she challenges ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, James Brulte, John Burton, California Teachers Association, Chuck Reed, Betty T. Yee
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 Coastal panel recommends that U2 guitarist's Malibu project proceed

After years of skirmishing over a rock star's proposal to build a secluded compound on a rugged Malibu ridge, the California Coastal Commission staff recommended Friday that the project move forward — with modifications. »Read

In this article: David Evans, Fiona Hutton
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 Gov. Brown approves tougher penalties for starting major fires

Hours after a man was charged with arson that allegedly caused the sprawling King fire east of Sacramento, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed into law tougher penalties for those who cause major fires. »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Tom Berryhill, Frank Bigelow, Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Mike Gatto, Ricardo Lara, Evan Westrup, Lois Wolk
Bills: AB 1520, AB 852, AB 1660, SB 930, SB 1350, SB 1358,
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 GOP convention kicks off with focus on diversity

California Republicans are looking to put a new face on their party after decades of declining registration in a state that increasingly leans to the left politically. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, James Brulte, Connie Conway, Diane L. Harkey, Kevin McCarthy, Kristin Olsen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michelle Steel, Mimi Walters, Betty T. Yee
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 Before prescribing antipsychotic drugs to foster children, California doctors will soon need authorization

In a significant step toward curbing the overuse of psychiatric drugs in California's foster care system, doctors will soon be required to get extra authorization to prescribe antipsychotics, a new safeguard to protect some of the state's most ... »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Norman Williams, Ken Yeager
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 Winery's message to government: Crush grapes, not vintners

[...] thanks to heavy-handed California regulators, he’s selling off his ports and boutique wines and turning his winery back into a home. In July, state Department of Industrial Relations officials showed up at Westover Winery and slapped Smyth ... »Read

In this article: Christine Baker, minimum wage, Bob Wieckowski
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 GOP kicks off convention with focus on diversity

California Republicans are looking to put a new face on their party after decades of declining registration in a state that increasingly leans to the left politically. An attendee at the California GOP convention walks past a wall of campaign ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, James Brulte, Steve Davey, Ted Gaines
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 Pleasant Hill: CalPERS audit finds city incorrectly enrolled 511 Contra Costa staffers

PLEASANT HILL -- Employees of a program devoted to moving commuters out of cars and onto bikes and public transit were incorrectly classified as city employees for years, according to an audit by the California Public Retirement System. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Brad Pacheco
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 California reinstates tougher arson penalties

California has reinstated tougher penalties for aggravated arson just as authorities charge a Northern California man with setting a fire that has burned nearly 120 square miles of timber in the mountains east of Sacramento. »Read

In this article: Tom Berryhill, Jerry Brown
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 The Buzz: Neel Kashkari now says drug test idea ‘was a joke’

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari insisted Friday he was joking when on a talk radio show he proposed mandatory drug tests for all California legislators and statewide officeholders earlier in the day. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, Mark Larson
Bills: AB 1520,
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 New wording approved on driver's licenses for those in U.S. illegally

Federal officials have approved new wording on California driver's licenses that would be issued to immigrants in the country illegally, according to a letter from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon
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 New leak found at BOE building as Jerry Brown signs state building review law

With new repairs starting over the weekend at the troubled Board of Equalization building, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a measure aimed at eventually moving state employees out of the downtown Sacramento high rise. The Board of ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Roger Dickinson, Legislature, Richard Pan, Michelle Steel, water
Bills: AB 1656,
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 End-of-session fundraising tops $3 million

The last weeks of the legislative year are a traditional time for California lawmakers to collect campaign money. With hundreds of bills awaiting final action, breakfast, lunchtime and evening fundraisers crowd a busy end-of-session calendar. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Jim Miller, Alex Padilla, state budget
Bills: SB 1101,
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 California to ban smoking at home day cares

Home day care operators in California must stop smoking in their houses, even after hours when children are gone. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Isadore Hall
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 Feds give green light to California immigrant licenses

Removing a stop sign for immigrants who live in California illegally but hope to become legal drivers, federal officials have signed off on the design of licenses for foreign-born residents. People who attended a DMV public hearing on new ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Jerry Brown, Cristina Garcia
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 L.A. lawmakers could vote next week on wage boost for hotel workers

Los Angeles lawmakers could vote as soon as Wednesday to boost the minimum wage for workers at big hotels to $15.37 -- well above the minimum that Mayor Eric Garcetti is championing for workers citywide. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Curren Price
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 Jerry Brown vetoes bills to help men change baby diapers

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed two bills Friday that would have made baby-changing stations more accessible to men in public places. A baby has her diaper changed at a program for teenage parents at Chana High School in Auburn in May 2013. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Lois Wolk
Bills: SB 1350, SB 1358,
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 'Nanny state?' Brown vetoes diaper changing bills

So much for the “nanny state” – Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a pair of bills Friday that would’ve required more diaper changing stations across California. SB 1350 by state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, would have required the California ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara, Lois Wolk
Bills: SB 1350, SB 1358,
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 Export-Import Bank gets reprieve, but supporters remain worried

The federal Export-Import Bank, which was in danger of shutting down at month's end because of strong conservative opposition, will live on after Congress approved a short-term extension of its charter. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, renewable energy
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 PG&E's judge-shopping prompts demands for criminal probe

Two state legislators and the mayor of San Bruno demanded Friday that state Attorney General Kamala Harris open a criminal investigation into whether Pacific Gas and Electric Co. broke the law by lobbying state regulators in a rate case that could ... »Read

In this article: Paul Clanon, Michael Florio, Kamala Harris, Jerry Hill, Kevin Mullin, Michael R. Peevey, John Wong
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 Neel Kashkari now says drug test idea 'was a joke'

LOS ANGELES – Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari insisted Friday he was joking when on a talk radio show he proposed mandatory drug tests for all California legislators and statewide officeholders earlier in the day. ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Mark Larson, Kristin Olsen
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 Suspect arraigned in King Fire; first structures burned

PLACERVILLE - Arson suspect Wayne Allen Huntsman made his first court appearance today over allegations that he set the devastating King Fire near Pollock Pines and had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf. Defense attorney William Dittman, ... »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Jerry Brown
Bills: SB 930,
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 Sacramento rail manufacturer scores major contract

Sacramento-based Siemens Rail Systems announced on Friday it has won a major contract to build 175 light rail cars for San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency. At $650 million, the order is the largest the manufacturer has won in the ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Doris O. Matsui
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 Left and right agree on something at last: tipping is a management scam

In this hyper-polarized world, it's rare to find liberals and conservatives agreeing on anything--and especially surprising to find them agreeing that hotel housekeepers deserve a raise.  »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Maria Shriver
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 Brown signs legislation to boost local regulation of massage businesses

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday the gives local governments more power to regulate massage businesses. Assembly Bill 1147, by Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla from Concord, also boosts oversight of massage professionals. ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown
Bills: AB 1147,
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 State workers, follow the political money in races where you live

The Bee has launched a new tool that allows users to track political money in state races, including three Sacramento-area districts where Democrats are battling in closely-contested races: Assembly District 7 (Steve Cohn vs. Kevin McCarty), ... »Read

In this article: Steve Cohn, Roger Dickinson, Kevin McCarty, Richard Pan
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 Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk Shows

Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Jane Harman, Joe Trippi
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 Lawmakers deride Kashkari's call for them to be drug-tested

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari’s proposal Friday to require state legislators and other elected officials to undergo annual drug tests was met with derision from lawmakers. »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Mark Larson, Darrell Steinberg
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 Officials demand criminal probe of PG&E's judge-shopping

Two state legislators and the mayor of San Bruno demanded Friday that state Attorney General Kamala Harris open a criminal investigation into whether Pacific Gas and Electric Co. broke the law by lobbying state regulators in a rate case that could ... »Read

In this article: Paul Clanon, Michael Florio, Kamala Harris, Jerry Hill, Kevin Mullin, Michael R. Peevey, John Wong
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 CalSTRS to funnel billions into clean tech investments

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System is more than doubling its investments in clean technology, the public pension fund announced Friday. Investments will rise from the current $1.4 billion in holdings to $3.7 billion over the next ... »Read

In this article: Christopher Ailman, CalSTRS
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