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Why The Grocery Bag Bill Should Be Referred

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 Democratic Lawmakers Applaud Presidential Plan To Normalize Relations With Cuba
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 Sac City Council funds Planned Parenthood programs

A KCRA 3 investigation found City Council members were using discretionary accounts to fund Planned Parenthood programs, without putting funding up for a council vote. »Read

In this article: Steve Cohn, Liz Figueroa
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 Mayor Eric Garcetti's wife leads event to stuff gift bags for seniors

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's wife, Amy Wakeland, took the lead Wednesday at an event to stuff gift bags for senior citizens. »Read

In this article: Environmental Justice, Eric Garcetti
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 Maureen DiMarco dies at 66; state Cabinet's first education secretary

Maureen DiMarco, an outspoken education activist who was appointed California's first Cabinet-level education secretary in 1990 but resigned six years later after policy disputes with Gov. Pete Wilson, died Saturday at her home in Sacramento. She ... »Read

In this article: George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson
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 A smart California tax bill points the way to needed reform

He's a freshman state senator showing no fear, no hesitation and seemingly no political sense. His first bill is a huge, historic tax hike. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, minimum wage, George Skelton
Bills: AB 8, SB 8,
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 San Ysidro To See $216M In Funding For Expanding Port of Entry

The $1.1 trillion spending bill signed by President Barack Obama this week completes the funding of an expansion project at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Barack Obama, Juan Vargas
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 Upheaval at Public Utilities Commission seen as chance for change

The state’s Public Utilities Commission meets for the last time this year Thursday facing a leadership vacuum and a fresh scandal involving one of the five gubernatorial appointees who regulate California’s electricity and gas monopolies. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Paul Clanon, Michael Florio, Michael R. Peevey
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 Global-warming true believers are in denial

High-profile purveyors of climate change don’t push for reductions in greenhouse gases so much as focus on berating people who do not agree with their opinions. Recently, science guy Bill Nye joined other experts who objected to the media’s use ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, global warming, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Final political battle of outgoing San Jose City Council set, to decide who fills vacant seat

In one last testy political battle before the outgoing City Council leaves office, San Jose leaders are set to tap a former politician to join their ranks in what would be the first council appointment in two decades. »Read

In this article: David Hernandez, Chuck Reed
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 Ellen Corbett goes to work for Hayward school district

Former state Senate Majority Ellen Corbett is the Hayward Unified School District's new executive director of institutional advancement, communications and government relations. »Read

In this article: Ellen Corbett, Legislature, Fortney Pete Stark, Eric Swalwell
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 CA Lottery prize to be dinner at Napa Valley restaurant

The California Lottery is set to offer an unusual prize for one of its games: Dinner for two at the famous French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley. »Read

In this article: California Lottery, Russ Lopez
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 NEW: High-speed rail lawsuits pit CA vs. USA

  Like the famous 1860s race to build a railroad across America to California, an epic battle is shaping up over the state’s high-speed rail project. Only this time it’s a legal contest of federal vs. state jurisdiction. It may eventually ... »Read

In this article: CEQA, High-Speed Rail
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 Unions will push $15 minimum wage in Sacramento, Davis

Local labor leaders say they will ask voters in Sacramento and Davis to approve a minimum hourly wage of $15 in 2016. The proposals would appear on the November 2016 ballot, said Bill Camp, outgoing executive secretary of the Sacramento Central ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Greene, Kevin Johnson, Legislature, minimum wage
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 LAPD to outfit 7,000 officers with body cameras

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says he plans to implement funding in the 2015-2016 budget to outfit all 7,000 LAPD officers with body cameras. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Curren Price
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 Cuba policy change good news for California

President Obama’s bold move to normalize relations with Cuba — coupled with the release of American Alan Gross after more than five years of imprisonment — has garnered praise from Californians who say it represents enormous potential to ... »Read

In this article: Darius Anderson, Barbara Boxer, Gloria E. La Riva, Barbara Lee, Carla Marinucci, Barack Obama
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 South Gate art instructor exits L.A. Unified's 'teacher jail'

A popular South Gate Middle School teacher returned to the classroom Wednesday, eight months after he was pulled from campus for alleged financial improprieties.  »Read

In this article: Armando Chavez, Ramon C. Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Democratic Lawmakers Applaud Presidential Plan To Normalize Relations With Cuba

Democratic Southland lawmakers expressed support Wednesday for President Barack Obama’s plan to normalize relations with Cuba, calling it a reversal of ineffective, decades-old policies. »Read

In this article: Karen Bass, Barbara Boxer, Barack Obama, Mark Takano
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Senate leader not exactly off to a good start

Those looking for someone to restore even a modicum of public confidence in the badly tarnished California Senate should not count on its new leader, Sen. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Senate Democrats, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Political turkeys of 2014

The post Political turkeys of 2014 appeared first on HALFWAY TO CONCORD. There were hundreds of political turkeys in 2014. Here are the top 13 from Washington DC to Contra Costa County in California. The post Political turkeys of 2014 appeared first ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, Steven Glazer, Legislature, Gavin Newsom, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Grover Beach police chief to double-dip into taxpayer funds

Grover Beach Police Chief Jim Copsey will soon receive a salary and pension simultaneously following a decision by the city council to employ him as interim chief after he retires later this month. Copsey is set to retire on Dec. 28, making him ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, John Chiang
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 NEW: After 2014 successes, CA GOP leaders seek second term

Two years ago, Jim Brulte chastised his party for losing seats to laziness. “There were three Assembly seats that were lost because we got lazy,” Brulte said shortly after taking the helm as chairman of the California Republican Party in March ... »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party, campaign finance, Harmeet Dhillon, Legislature, Betty T. Yee
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 Sac council funds spent on movie nights, bounce houses

A new mix of City Council members is taking the helm at Sacramento City Hall, responsible for budgeting millions of tax dollars for everything from parks to police. »Read

In this article: Jon Coupal, Kevin Johnson, Allen Warren
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 Retiring lawmakers offer glimpse into hidden and more hopeful Congress

Amid a Congress rife with gridlock and partisanship, senior lawmakers have learned some important lessons about how Congress can work. Here, they share their thoughts with the Monitor. »Read

In this article: George P. Miller, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Henry A. Waxman
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 Rain could spell trouble for California water conservation

After California's driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state's first ... »Read

In this article: Paul Betancourt, Jerry Brown, water
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 Only 11 trillion

SFGate has the numbers, and the numbers ain't good: California needs 11 trillion gallons of water to recover from the current drought. Staff writer Kurtis Alexander has the story -- some great accompanying photos, too.) 'The findings, released by a ... »Read

In this article: water, Jeannie Oropeza, Barack Obama, John Myers, Legislature, greenhouse gas, Michael Florio, John Chiang, CEQA
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 NEW: Why green power won't replace nukes

  Last year Southern California Edison mothballed its 2.3 gigawatt San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. As CalWatchdog.com reported at the time, the actual reason probably was mechanical defects caused from retrofitting the plant to ramp up ... »Read

In this article: California Independent System Operator, renewable energy, water
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