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Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling

"Russian & Armenian Organized Crime Groups from Sacramento & Southern California when the Tobacco Tax was increased I think 10 years ago, created a brand new and largely uncontrolled form of smuggling where Ryder or Uhaul Trucks were driven to Indian Reservations in Las Vegas and their is nothing that Ag Inspection in Barstow could do, there is nothing illegal in hauling Cigarettes as long as there is a bill of sale."

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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

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 Dan Walters: Scandals and conflicts sour legislative session
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 The Buzz: Leland Yee shuts down ballot-measure committee
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 Capitol Alert: Tim Donnelly fires legislative chief of staff
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 KP Public affairs hires person for grassroots campaigns

Sacramento's biggest lobbying firm, KP Public Affairs, has just added Emily Smith to work on grassroots campaigns, coalition building and media relations. Smith spent nearly four years working in Germany for Siemens Healthcare corporate ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Karen French
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 Communications firm Alza Strategies adds Los Angeles office

A communications startup headed by consultant Roger Salazar has recruited Irma Martinez to open a Los Angeles office. Martinez, who most recently worked as assistant general counsel for the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, begins as a ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Doris O. Matsui, Roger Salazar
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 Warner Bros. picks Dee Dee Myers for top communications job

Hollywood's biggest studio selects Dee Dee Myers, who served as press secretary during President Clinton's first term, to replace executive Sue Fleishman.Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers is taking her West Wing experience to the West ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Chris Lehane
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 'Desperate Housewives,' Spielberg Donate in L.A. Race

Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., counts many of Hollywood's biggest names among his constituents in his 33rd District, located in the wealthy areas of L.A. County including Santa Monica, Malibu and Beverly Hills. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Wendy Greuel, Ted W. Lieu, Barack Obama, Henry A. Waxman, Marianne Williamson
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 Poll shows bipartisan backing for tweak to Prop. 13

More than three decades after the passage of Proposition 13, California voters strongly support rewriting one aspect of the landmark initiative that some commercial property owners have used to keep their taxes low, a new Field Poll shows. Field ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Carla Marinucci, Split roll
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 Opinions > Letters for April 17, 2014 >

About the ban Re “Hit the road, frack” (Newslines, by Tom Gascoyne, April 10): A thousand thanks to the Butte County Board of Supervisors for... »Read

In this article: Brian C. Johnson, Dan Levine, Ken Smith, water
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 Opinions > Letters for April 17, 2014 > SN&R's readers have a lot to say about McKinley Village.

McKinley not healthy Re “Tunnel vision” by Nick Miller (SN&R News, April 10): The cost to build responsibly is a part of doing business. I... »Read

In this article: Phil Angelides, Steve Cohn, Kevin McCarty, Angelo K. Tsakopoulos
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 Opinions > City Council should approve McKinley Village > More people need to be living in central cities and along mass-transit corridors.

McKinley Village isn’t perfect. Even developer Phil Angelides says this. The project, which would bring 336 single-family homes to what has been an otherwise challenging-to-develop... »Read

In this article: Phil Angelides, Steve Cohn
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 Local Stories > Is former Sacramento media employee Matthew K > His trial here in Sacramento in federal court to wrap up soon.

The trial of former KTXL Fox40 Web producer Matthew Keys in Sacramento federal court appears to be approaching its anticlimax. The 27-year-old blogger and... »Read

In this article: Zoe Lofgren, Chris Parker
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 Local Stories > Water talk > Local reps address ongoing water issues.

Discussion of the ongoing drought and what to do about it was a big part of a symposium held Monday (April 14) at the... »Read

In this article: John Garamendi, Doug LaMalfa, James Nielsen, water
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 CalPERS hikes rate $459 million, funding still low

The CalPERS board approved a major rate hike yesterday, $459 million, to replenish state worker pension funds that remain low, even though the stock market has rebounded from a post-crash low five years ago. The first of three rate hikes to cover ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS, Gray Davis, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger, state budget, Pete Wilson
Bills: AB 340, SB 400,
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 Poll finds California voters open to tinkering with tax-limiting Proposition 13

Proposition 13 may be the third rail of California politics, but state voters appear to have some appetite for making changes to the tax-limiting measure, according to a new Field Poll. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, state budget
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 Carolyn Cavecche: Split-roll property tax bad for homeowners

There is one truism in raising taxes that never seems to change, and it’s that no one tends to mind as long as the taxes being raised belong to someone else. This divide-and- conquer strategy usually works when the powers that be in Sacramento... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Tom Ammiano, Board of Equalization, Carolyn Cavecche, Erwin Chemerinsky, Joel Kotkin, Split roll
Bills: AB 2372,
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 Joe Mathews: Living in the Delta would help solve two of Brown’s problems

Such a move would demonstrate to all Californians that our water comes not from a tap, but from real communities. »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Jerry Brown, Field Poll, John Garamendi, Joe Mathews, water
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 Shriver, Kuehl Square Off In Debate For LA County Board of Supervisors Seat

Kennedy family member and one-time Santa Monica mayor Shriver and 14-year state lawmaker Kuehl challenged each other's records during the sit-down at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Sheila Kuehl, Bobby Shriver, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 POLITICS: Sex victims may get reprieve

A state bill, written with help from Riverside Co., spares victims from going through multiple trials. »Read

In this article: Field Poll, Tony Rackauckas, water
Bills: SB 939,
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 Jay Z festival coming to Grand Park on Labor Day weekend

Mayor Garcetti hails the event as a sign of downtown's growing popularity, but some question the impact of the Budweiser-sponsored event, where tickets will be $125. Announcing that rapper Jay Z's popular Made in America music festival is coming to ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar, Gloria Molina
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 Capitol Alert: Rep. Ami Bera sitting comfortably in 7th district fundraising

Rep. Ami Bera far outpaced his Republican challengers in first-quarter fundraising, bringing in more than $489,000 and elevating his cash on hand to $1.47 million. U.S. Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, attends the California State Society's ... »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Joe Baca, Amerish Bera, Igor Birman, Jerry Brown, Julia Brownley, Carl DeMaio, Jeff Denham, Elizabeth Emken, John Garamendi, Jeff Gorell, Ray Haynes, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Daniel R. Logue, Gary G. Miller, Brian Nestande, Doug Ose, Scott Peters, Raul Ruiz, David G. Valadao, water, Leland Yee
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 Household rat poison linked to death and disease in wildlife

Evidence of rat poison is found in a sickly puma whose territory includes Griffith Park. Researchers suspect a link between poisons and mange.The mountain lion known as P-22 looked majestic just a few months ago, in a trail-camera photo shot against ... »Read

In this article: Paul Koretz, Tom LaBonge
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 Contributions to California congressional candidates disclosed

Incumbents in several areas have raised more than $1 million to fend off challengers. A sure-to-be-costly race is the one to succeed retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills).Campaign contributions are flowing briskly to candidates in some of ... »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Amerish Bera, Jerry Brown, Julia Brownley, campaign finance, Carl DeMaio, Wendy Greuel, Ro Khanna, Ted W. Lieu, Scott Peters, Bobby Shriver, David G. Valadao, Henry A. Waxman, Marianne Williamson
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 City Council bans aggressive panhandling

Bakersfield joined cities from San Francisco to Los Angeles in banning aggressive panhandling Wednesday with a unanimous City Council vote. In a 5-0 decision with Vice Mayor Ken Weir and Ward 4 Councilman Bob Smith absent, the Bakersfield City ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Bob Smith
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 High-speed rail loses appeals court bid

A state appeals court rejected a petition by the California High-Speed Rail Authority, potentially clearing the tracks for a trial over whether the agency’s controversial and ambitious bullet-train plan can…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: High-Speed Rail, Dan Richard
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 Lawmakers ask Obama to create Valley task force

STOCKTON - The San Joaquin Valley receives fewer federal dollars than the rest of the state, and the economically struggling area deserves a boost from the White House, according to two Valley lawmakers asking President Barack Obama to resurrect ... »Read

In this article: Jim Costa, Jerry McNerney, Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Jerry Brown back to negotiating table with Republicans over rainy-day fund

Gov. Jerry Brown called Wednesday for a special session of the Legislature to take up his proposal to create a rainy-day fund, and for the first time since 2011 he will have to negotiate a major budget deal with Republicans. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Michael Cohen, Robert Huff, Legislature, Dave Low, Jim Miller, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Darrell Steinberg, Brad Williams
Bills: ACA 4,
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 Sriracha sauce maker considers relocation

Huy Fong Foods owner says he's made no decision to move but faces uncertainty in Irwindale. Texas, other states have made pitches.After a months-long battle with the city of Irwindale over complaints about a spicy odor, Sriracha sauce creator David ... »Read

In this article: Tony Cardenas, Ed Hernandez
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 California Governor Brown wants rainy-day fund in constitution

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday stepped up his efforts to enshrine a rainy day fund in the state's constitution, stealing some thunder from Republicans backing a similar measure as he seeks an ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Cohen, Peter DeMarco, Robert Huff, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 The Edge -- Published April 17, 2014

Mayor Anthony Silva »Read

In this article: Cathleen Galgiani, Jerry McNerney
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 Commuter trains, bus systems gear up for Fix50 crowds

Sacramento Regional Transit will launch bulked up train service and added security next week when construction starts on Highway 50 downtown. »Read

In this article: Ken Cooley, Roger Dickinson
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 State Senator seeks review of sex offender GPS tracking

The leader of the state Senate is seeking an independent review of how parole officers tracked a sex offender charged with four Southern California slayings, a spokesman said Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Luis Patino, Darrell Steinberg
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 Capitol Alert: Tim Donnelly fires legislative chief of staff

One month after splitting with his campaign manager in his run for governor, Republican Tim Donnelly has fired Alex Vassar, his legislative chief of staff, sources said. Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly speaks with reporters at ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, Tim Donnelly, illegal immigration, Jennifer Kerns, Legislature, Alex Vassar, Leland Yee
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 Modesto man allegedly beats victim in face with hammer

A Modesto man suspected of beating a co-worker with a hammer and stealing a car in Petaluma was arrested in Humboldt County Tuesday night, a Sonoma County sheriff's sergeant said. »Read

In this article: Luis Ayala, Stephen T. Knight
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 Jerry Brown pushes his plan for state reserve fund

Governor declares a special session of the Legislature to take up the issue in a major test of the state's new political dynamic.SACRAMENTO — Raising the stakes in his campaign to strengthen California's finances, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Cohen, Connie Conway, Jeff Gorell, Robert Huff, Legislature, Chris Megerian, Darrell Steinberg, water
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 Water bond hearing today at Modesto Junior College

A hard-fought battle over California’s next water bond comes today to Modesto, the last stop in a series of state Assembly hearings on seven proposals vying for a single place…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Anthony Cannella, David Cogdill, Cathleen Galgiani, Adam Gray, water
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 Bell's Rizzo sentenced to 12 years in prison

L.A. County judge also orders the former Bell administrator to pay the city nearly $9 million in restitution.Four years after he became the face of municipal greed, Robert Rizzo broke his long silence Wednesday in a Los Angeles courtroom and asked a ... »Read

In this article: Steve Cooley, Robert Rizzo, water
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 District of compensation, just and otherwise

Only Bussell got in a dig when he asked, "Does Washington need more lawyers?" (Both Dems are attorneys.) Swalwell talked up his role in the bipartisan United Solutions Caucus. In February, the feds indicted Sen. Ron Calderon, ... »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Mark Baldassare, Ron Calderon, campaign finance, Ellen Corbett, Robert Huff, Legislature, Alex Padilla, PPIC, Fortney Pete Stark, Darrell Steinberg, Eric Swalwell, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 The real polluters of Barrio Logan

A big hole in the main argument for supporting the proposed community plan update. »Read

In this article: David Alvarez, Todd Gloria
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 The Buzz: Leland Yee shuts down ballot-measure committee

State Sen. Leland Yee has closed his ballot-measure committee, only days after authorities indicted him on corruption and gun-running conspiracy charges. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Igor Birman, Elizabeth Emken, Doug Ose, Leland Yee
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 Readers concur, 'Six Californias' don't add up

The proposal may have a certain wacky appeal at first glance, but poorer regions that might like the idea of secession would have the most to lose.SACRAMENTO—Judging by your emails, many readers agree with me that a proposed ballot measure to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, George Skelton, water
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 CalPERS adopts pension rate hike

CalPERS approved nearly a half-billion dollars in pension contribution rate increases Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, CalSTRS, Rob Feckner, Legislature
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 State Senate leader seeks review of GPS tracking

The leader of the state Senate is seeking an independent review of how parole officers tracked a sex offender charged with four Southern California slayings, a spokesman said Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Luis Patino, Darrell Steinberg
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 Gov. Brown looks to fix Rainy Day Fund measure

Looks to fix 2010's ACA 4 that will appear on November ballot by Brian Leubitz Gov. Brown has always been fond of the concept of a rainy day fund. He's included the concept on many occasions, speeches, budgets, etc. Add "special session" ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Brian Leubitz
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 Governor Calls Special Session On Rainy-Day Fund

Saying the state's budget surplus should be used to pay down debt, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature to make changes to a rainy-day fund measure on the November ballot. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Cohen, Connie Conway, Robert Huff, Legislature, John A. Perez, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Allan Zaremberg
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 Where Did San Diego Find The Extra Money For Its Next Budget?

The city went from a predicted $19 million shortfall to a balanced budget with extra money to spend. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, redevelopment agencies
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 California's Malpractice Ruse

AG Kamala Harris helps the trial bar try to sneak one past voters. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 Obama, Lofgren & Pelosi blast GOP on immigration

The rhetoric flew hot and heavy as Wednesday marked one year since the Senate’s introduction of a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill. The Senate passed the vote, but the House’s GOP leadership has refused to take up that bill or ... »Read

In this article: Zoe Lofgren, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 Controller hopeful stumbles as she rises

Candidate Ashley Swearengin has faced criticism for the way she handled a fee increase. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, John Chiang, Field Poll, Legislature, John A. Perez, Proposition 25, referendum, state budget, water, Betty T. Yee
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 Country homecoming: Nashville star Jon Pardi returns to his California roots for Valley show

Jon Pardi's a California guy. So this was a shocker. »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 Barnidge: $7 million deficit should be a piece of cake for Richmond problem solvers

If all else fails, council members can always blame it on Chevron »Read

In this article: eminent domain, Gayle McLaughlin, minimum wage
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 Dan Walters: Scandals and conflicts sour legislative session

When the Legislature's 2014 session began about three months ago, the Capitol's dominant Democrats and their allies had high hopes that it would bear legislative fruit — with good reason. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Dan Walters
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 Challengers show ability to compete for dollars

Some of the challengers in California's most competitive congressional races are showing strong fundraising for the first three months of the year, reinforcing how much an independent redistricting process has changed the political landscape and ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Scott Peters, David G. Valadao
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 CalPERS board reverses rating region decision; Yolo will move to Sacramento health plan region

In a surprising reversal, the California Public Employees' Retirement System Board of Administration voted Wednesday to move Yolo County from the Bay Area health plan region to the Sacramento region next year. By a vote of 9 to 2, the board ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Bill Slaton
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 NEW: Covered CA gains only modest signups in 'final hours'

As the last blanket deadline extension arrived, late signups slowed down on Covered California, the state's Obamacare exchange. Difficulties brought on by the website's inability to process a wave of applicants gave officials an opportunity to push ... »Read

In this article: Peter V. Lee, Norma J. Torres
Bills: SB 972,
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 CA17: Khanna & Honda argue over campaign $$$

Rep. Mike Honda and Democratic challenger Ro Khanna got into another dustup over each other's campaign contributions Wednesday, while a new report filed with the Federal Election Commission shows Republican challenger Vanila Singh gave her campaign ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Larry Grisolano, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Jackie Speier, Fortney Pete Stark
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 Richmond leaders delay minimum wage hike, seek further study

A divided Richmond City Council on Tuesday pulled back on what seemed like an imminent move to raise the local minimum wage, as several council members splintered from Mayor Gayle McLaughlin's push to move forward with the local wage hike without a ... »Read

In this article: Gayle McLaughlin, minimum wage
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 Ro Khanna: Republicans and Democrats can agree on some things

Rather than political posturing on budgets, a congressional representative aiming for consensus can restore progress for Americans. »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, minimum wage
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 Governor calls to replace rainy day fund ballot proposal

California Gov. Jerry Brown is calling the Legislature into a special session later this month to replace a rainy day fund proposal on the November ballot with a “dedicated reserve” that would take a greater share of capital gains revenue during ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, state budget, Allan Zaremberg
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