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 Campaign ads shine spotlight on L.A.'s struggle to enforce sign laws
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 Fight over taxes looms between Democrats, Gov. Jerry Brown
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 How Paid Sick Leave Can Be Healthy For Pensions
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 U.S. Economy Needs Hardhats Not Nerds
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 L.A. officials move closer to lowering tax on business gross receipts

Los Angeles lawmakers took steps Monday toward cutting the city's business tax rate starting in 2016. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian
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 White House gives a boost to Kamala Harris

State Attorney General Kamala Harris got an early boost from the White House for her 2016 U.S. Senate race Monday, as she was tapped to be the high-profile messenger of how President Obama’s executive actions on immigration are helping ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, Carla Marinucci, Early Primary, Loretta Sanchez, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Lamorinda Democrats hold State Senate candidate forum, Feb 12

Lamorinda Democrats hold State Senate candidate forum, Feb 12 by Bill Gram-Reefer originally appearedon HALFWAY TO CONCORD. The Lamorinda Democratic Club will  hold a State Senate candidate forum for the District 7 seat vacated by Congressman ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan
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 Jerry Brown names new Medi-Cal director amid cost worries

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed the head of a nonprofit managed care association to oversee California's health care program for the poor amid record enrollment and rising costs. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jennifer Kent
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 3 former California governors back independent redistricting

Three former California governors are wading in to an Arizona elections case before the Supreme Court that could have major implications on how California draws its congressional and legislative districts. »Read

In this article: George Deukmejian, Rick Hasen, Legislature, Bill Mundell, Bill Mundell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pete Wilson, Allan Zaremberg
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 Was Righeimer Kicked Off the OCTA Board?

Cotsa Mesa Council member and former Mayor Jim Righeimer was appointed to the OCTA Board last November, but when it was discovered by the County of Orange that OCTA staff had violated the Brown Act, the results of the November action were ... »Read

In this article: Sukhee Kang, Jim Righeimer
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 NEW: CA tests 4-year community college plan

On the heels of a high-profile presidential push for free community college, California has committed to an expansion program for the typically two-year schools. In what could be a model for advocates who support President Obama’s agenda for ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Martin Block, Brice W. Harris, Legislature, Barack Obama
Bills: SB 850,
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 Democratic senators set resolution countering push for tougher Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. senators introduced a resolution on Monday opposing more sanctions on Iran unless nuclear talks fail or Tehran breaks an agreement, countering a push for tougher sanctions backed by Republicans that President ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Mark Kirk, Barack Obama
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 Jerry Brown appoints new Health Care Services head

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed the head of a non-profit managed care association director of the California Department of Health Care Services, Brown’s office said Monday. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jennifer Kent, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 On Becoming a Historic Resident of Oakland

When knowing your history doesn’t help, by Brock Winstead. »Read

In this article: water, Brock Winstead
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 Dan Wall, longtime local government lobbyist, dies

Dan Wall, who spent four decades in and around the Capitol, mostly as a lobbyist for local governments, has succumbed to pancreatic cancer. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Herb Wesson
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 Kamala Harris endorsed by LA's Herb Wesson

California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Monday that Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson has endorsed her candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2016 – perhaps a shot across the bow of another prominent Los Angeles political figure ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Steve Cooley, Kamala Harris, Antonio Villaraigosa, Herb Wesson
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 Mother Nature Threatens Congressional Movie Night

Possible encroachment by the blizzard battering the Northeast has the organizers of a tentative 'Selma' screening on Capitol Hill worried that inclement weather may bury their plans. »Read

In this article: John Lewis, Kevin McCarthy
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 Competition, Not Coronation, Is How the Democratic Party Will Grow

Summer is coming.  That could well be the tagline for the contest taking shape for the June 7, 2016 primary for the Democratic nomination to replace retiring US Senator Barbara Boxer. In just two weeks we have already witnessed been several twists ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, Thomas F. Steyer, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Saving the Quantified Self

How we come to know ourselves now, by Yeesheen Yang. »Read

In this article: Larry Page
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 Waiting For Villaraigosa? Calif. Senate Race Likely To Hinge On Latino Voters

The race to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate could come down to a former Los Angeles Mayor and California's first female Attorney General. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Willie Brown, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, Barack Obama, Loretta Sanchez, Dan Schnur, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Battling Brown

Governor Brown is set to tangle with the state's public employee labor unions over his plans to cut costs for state employee health care. Taking bets on who will prevail? Former Department of Finance chief Mike Genest says, 'Governors get 90 percent ... »Read

In this article: Antonio Villaraigosa, David G. Valadao, George Skelton, Kevin McCarthy, Legislature, Steven Glazer, Mike Genest, Jeff Denham, CalPERS, Joan Buchanan, Willie Brown, Jerry Brown, Susan Bonilla, Bruce Blanning, Proposition 13
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 The Cop Whisperer

Over the weekend, Congresswoman Karen Bass held a forum on the issue of policing in the African-American community featuring Los Angeles Civil Rights attorney Connie Rice, an appointee to President Obama’s 21st Century Community Policing Task ... »Read

In this article: Karen Bass, Joel Fox, Constance Rice
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 A Question for All The Born-Again Democratic Poverty Fighters

Who knew there were so many poverty fighters among Democrats in the legislature? Heck, who knew that there were Republican poverty fighters too? And why are so many coming out of the woodwork now, in the wake of yet another austerity budget from ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature
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 U.S. Economy Needs Hardhats Not Nerds

The blue team may have lost the political battle last year, but with the rapid fall of oil and commodity prices, they have temporarily gained the upper hand economically. Simultaneously, conditions have become more problematical for those interior ... »Read
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 How Paid Sick Leave Can Be Healthy For Pensions

President Obama said during his State of the Union address last week that 43 million workers have no paid sick leave, forcing “too many parents to make the gut-wrenching choice between a paycheck and a sick kid at home.” The president wasn’t ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS, sick leave
Bills: AB 1102, AB 340,
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 Fight over taxes looms between Democrats, Gov. Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown orchestrated the successful push for temporary sales and income taxes on Californians three years ago to help ease the state out of recession and close a multibillion-dollar budget gap. The financial crisis has passed and the ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Betty T. Yee
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 Campaign ads shine spotlight on L.A.'s struggle to enforce sign laws

Outdoor advertising company Lamar went big last week in its bid to drum up publicity for Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, putting up 100 free billboards supporting his March 3 reelection campaign. »Read

In this article: Jose Huizar, Fiona Hutton, Legislature, Gloria Molina, Herb Wesson
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 READ IN: Snow Thank You Edition

Sign up for Read In today and get all the news you need to know delivered right to your inbox every morning!A1: Today's top stories.-- A winter weather advisory is in effect through Tuesday morning for Washington, D.C., and Winchester to Hagerstown ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Michael DuHaime, Legislature, Loretta Lynch, John McCain
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 Urban America: The Latest Battleground in Policy Making

A bipartisan group of more than 200 mayors were in Washington last week to meet with President Obama, White House officials and members of Congress about the issues facing their municipalities.Their broader complaint was the lack of a cohesive, ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, minimum wage, Barack Obama, sick leave
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 Pelosi gropes for a game plan

Heading into a retreat in Philadelphia, House members say Democrats have no message and no clear strategy to retake the majority. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Anna G. Eshoo, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, unemployment insurance
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 Inside Hillary Clinton's 2016 plan

New campaign takes shape, with 'big-tent mentality' and 'good cop' for press. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, John Lewis, Barack Obama
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 Grassley to Ramp Up Oversight at Judiciary

When Loretta Lynch paid Sen. Charles E. Grassley a visit last month, the new Judiciary Committee chairman handed her a book -- of all the unanswered letters he's sent to the administration. »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama
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 How paid sick leave can be healthy for pensions

President Obama said during his State of the Union address last week that 43 million workers have no paid sick leave, forcing “too many parents to make the gut-wrenching choice between a paycheck and a sick kid at home.” The president ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS, sick leave
Bills: AB 1102, AB 340,
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 John Phillips: In California, is it better to be governor or senator?

Thanks to the upcoming retirement of California’s junior senator, Barbara Boxer, the log jam at the top of the state’s political food chain is starting to break. In addition to Boxer’s slot, other highly coveted openings are expected in ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Rocky Chavez, Dianne Feinstein, Eric Garcetti, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, Loretta Sanchez, Thomas F. Steyer, Duf Sundheim, Antonio Villaraigosa
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