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Dianne Feinstein pleas for GOP votes on drought bill

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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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 Government theft and illegal taxes
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 Ratings Change: California's 26th District
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 Where is Democratic Super PAC Spending Money? These 24 Districts Get Fall TV Reservations
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 Ratings Change: California's 36th District
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 Rep. Mike Honda opens office inside union headquarters

Democratic Rep. Mike Honda, engaged in a contentious fight for re-election in a Silicon Valley House race, has made the unusual move of locating his 2014 campaign office inside the headquarters of a major South Bay labor organization - the Service ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Michael Honda, Jessica A. Levinson, Carla Marinucci, SEIU
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 California's economic stability leaves Gov. Brown a new challenge

The governor wants to keep spending in check while creating a rainy day fund, paying down debt and covering pension shortfalls. But he needs some GOP support.SACRAMENTO — Soon after Jerry Brown was elected governor in 2010, he invited the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, Tim Donnelly, Ana J. Matosantos, Chris Megerian, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 POLITICAL EMPIRE: Obama critic D'Souza added to Inland conservative summit

Also, Democrats try to do to Paul Ryan’s budget what Republicans are doing with Obamacare »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Paul Chabot, Tim Donnelly, Ray Haynes, Gary G. Miller, Brian Nestande, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Raul Ruiz
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 S.F. program offers help to tenants evicted under Ellis Act

Low-income San Francisco tenants evicted under the state's Ellis Act will have a better shot at getting into existing affordable housing, after Supervisor David Chiu and Mayor Ed Lee on Friday announced the launch of a new program. The Ellis Act ... »Read

In this article: David Chiu, Edwin M. Lee
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 Tomato-tossing techies, don't take protesters' bait

Purple-shirted SEIU workers protested in front of the building, railing against the tax break the city has given companies to induce them to move to the chronically underdeveloped neighborhood. The protest was well covered by the media, but late ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, Ross Mirkarimi, SEIU
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 Bond firm's hospitality under review

State ethics regulators have opened an investigation into hundreds of dinners purchased for school officials by Stone & Youngberg, an underwriter that has issued billions of dollars of bonds across California — many approved by recipients of those ... »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Gary Winuk
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 L.A. should be more selective with hotel tax breaks, some say

With the City Council poised to consider a new crop of downtown hotel subsidies, one high-profile project in particular is being seen as a test case.Nearly a decade ago, lawmakers in Los Angeles took an aggressive step to boost the city's ... »Read

In this article: Jose Huizar, Curren Price
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 Clinton has big lead in N.H., but most people haven't finished deciding

Hillary Clinton is way ahead of other Democrats in the New Hampshire race for the 2016 presidential nomination and Republicans are scrambled--but most voters are far from deciding. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Dan Morain, water
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 POLITICS: Stone changes online biography after challenge

The Riverside County supervisor changed language to more accurately reflect his employment history. Stone and former assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia are openly feuding in the 28th Senate District race »Read

In this article: Mark Bogetich, Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, campaign finance, Field Poll, Bonnie Garcia, Anna Nevenic, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jeff Stone, Robert Stutzman, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Unusual arrangement? Honda's campaign offices are right at home — in SEIU headquarters

PrintDemocratic Congressman Mike Honda, now engaged in a contentious fight for re-election in a Silicon Valley House race, has made the unusual move of locating his 2014 campaign office inside the headquarters of a major South Bay labor organization ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Jessica A. Levinson, Carla Marinucci, SEIU
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 SAN BERNARDINO: Rough start for charter committee

First, appointees were all male, then, despite tight schedule, city manager and consultant miss second of just six meetings »Read

In this article: Cassie MacDuff, Henry Nickel, water
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 NEW: Video: Art Laffer: California vs. Texas

There are two types of states in the United States. Some are hiking taxes and others are cutting taxes. Economist Art Laffer explains how the experiments within the states are playing out nationwide and culminating with the difference between Texas ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Art Laffer
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 Joe Mathews: Brown should move to Delta

Governor Brown could handle two problems with a single fix - move to the Delta. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Joe Mathews, water
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 REDLANDS: Orange Blossom Trail construction to begin

The city gave the go-ahead to build the first part of the trail, from Grove Street to Wabash Avenue »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Jon Harrison
Bills: SB 18,
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 Capitol Alert: FPPC investigating disclosure compliance by Tim Donnelly's PAC

The state agency overseeing campaign finance rules in California says Republican Tim Donnelly has failed for more than a year to file campaign finance statements for a political action committee he formed in 2012. Republican gubernatorial ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, campaign finance, Tim Donnelly, Fair Political Practices Commission, Roger Hernandez, Chris Holden, Craig Huey, Donna Lowe, Gary Winuk
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 GOVERNOR'S OFFICE: Jerry Brown pardons 63 on Good Friday

Five convicted in Inland courts are among those officially forgiven for past criminal offenses, mostly drug-related »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CEQA, Field Poll
Bills: SB 18,
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 The Los Angeles 2020 Commission: a minority report

The UCLA Anderson Forecast recently conveyed the news that L.A. produced no jobs on a net basis in the past two decades. Adding to Angeleno angst is the fact we may have glitz and glamour, but we’re one of the poverty capitals of the nation. ... »Read

In this article: California Lottery, Gray Davis, UCLA Anderson Forecast, water
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 April 21 letters to the editor

Pastor Coots died due to his religionThe Rev. Jamie Coots, pastor of Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church in Middleboro, Ky., literally believed this questionable teaching of Jesus: "In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall ... »Read

In this article: John Gioia, Gayle McLaughlin
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 Debate over Armenian museum will continue at appellate hearing

The legal fight over a proposed Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial has lasted nearly as long as the horrors the project is supposed to commemorate.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jim Costa, Adam Schiff, David G. Valadao, water
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 Baucus casts wide shadow over Montana Senate race

(AP) — Max Baucus' decision not to seek re-election to the Senate after 35 years opened the door for Republicans to pick up one of the six Democratic seats they need to recapture control of the Senate. Baucus' China appointment by President ... »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, David Parker, Nancy Pelosi
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 Senator's stance sparks schoolyard fight

San Diego-area Republican wouldn't budge over the problems of three fellow senators. »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Ron Calderon, Kevin De Leon, Robert Huff, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 NEW: CA continues to inhale 'Medical' marijuana

Faced with a growing chorus of concern among municipalities, California legislators are about to consider an innovative approach to the regulation of marijuana — tightening standards for the prescription and supply of medical-use pot. Though one ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lou Correa
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 Bill to let California retailers keep selling alligator products rolls toward vote

Rodeo Drive's high-fashion boutiques are making fast progress persuading California lawmakers to let them keep selling luxury goods made from alligator skin, including purses, wallets, boots, shoes and watch bands. »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Jerry Brown, Jennifer Fearing, Legislature, water
Bills: AB 2075,
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 Number of Salas' staffer resignations climbs to six

Six staffers have left the office of Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, since his election, a number that rose Friday when an assembly official confirmed the departure of someone previously thought to be still employed. Salas -- a former ... »Read

In this article: Dean Florez, Elva Lopez, Rudy Salas, Jonathan Waldie, water
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 Greenwise presses on but narrows scope

After losing its director and a key staff member over the past few months, Greenwise Joint Venture plans to carry on its mission but narrow its scope. The nonprofit continues to follow the  2011 regional action plan that defined it mission, but ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, renewable energy
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 Announcing: Endorsements

Under Jerry Brown's iron rule that began almost 40 years ago, we're crushing the competition. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly
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 Capitol Alert: Jerry Brown grants 63 pardons

Gov. Jerry Brown announced 63 pardons Friday, with the vast majority of the recipients convicted of long-ago drug crimes. Gov. Jerry Brown’s approval rating stands at 57%, according to the latest Field Poll. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Amerish Bera, Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Field Poll, Jim Miller, Leland Yee
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 State workers feel impact of Fix 50 project

Tuesday marks the start of the Fix 50 freeway project that will affect commutes for tens of thousands of state employees working in downtown Sacramento and along Interstate 50 from Rancho Cordova to West Sacramento and beyond. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dan Morain, water
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 Glick Middle schoolers jump for other professions at career fair

Career fair at Glick Middle School brings only a few interested in journalism. Note to self: Next time, be interesting.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Dan Walters, water
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 Law Enforcement Takes Police Surveillance to New Heights

Will "wide-area surveillance" and "facial recognition," developed for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, make America safer? Do they threaten the right to privacy? »Read

In this article: Bill Barnes, Warren Olney
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 Berkeley: USPS doesn't follow historic preservation rules, report says

The report calls on the postal service to suspend disposal of historic post offices and relocation of postal services out of historic facilities until it implements the report's recommendations. »Read

In this article: Richard Blum, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Lee
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 New! Obama to hit Y Combinator headquarters in Mt. View on May 8

Print President Obama will hit the Mt. View headquarters of Y Combinator, the hot Silicon Valley start-up funder and incubator, as part of a May 8 fundraiser that will now be co-hosted by Y Combinator president Sam Altman and Yahoo CEO Marissa ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Carla Marinucci
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 Roundtable: City Budget, Climate Change Politics, Vets And Painkillers

San Diego's 2015 budget increases public safety, infrastructure expenses. The U.N. says action on climate change is needed urgently, but the political divide is wide and deep. San Diego's VA leads the way on curbing painkiller abuse among vets. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, global warming, Todd Gloria
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 Modesto police chief looks at ways to protect core services

Modesto police Department’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year drops personnel funding by 20 officer positions.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Dan Walters, water
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 EDUCATION: Inland area needs most new college seats, report says

California Competes report says additional community college seats proposed should go to the Inland Empire, then LA and the Central Valley »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CEQA, state budget
Bills: SB 18,
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 Timm Herdt: A top-drawer, down-ticket race

Maybe it's because there are only three opportunities to run for statewide office in California this year without having to take on an incumbent. Perhaps it's a desire to test the possibilities of California's new top-two primary system during its ... »Read

In this article: Derek Cressman, Field Poll, John McCain, Alex Padilla, Dan Schnur, Pete Wilson, Leland Yee
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 The Fallacy of Taxes v Services

Field poll shows voters want lower taxes and services, just not any of the services they like By Brian Leubitz The Field polling organization occasionally asks voters how they feel about the balance of government services versus taxes. And in the ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Field Poll, Brian Leubitz, state budget
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 Jay Z and Private Profit in the 'People's Park'

Rapper Jay Z will bring his Budweiser Made in America festival to the 12-acre Grand Park in downtown LA. He calls it "inclusionary," but not everyone agrees. »Read

In this article: Bill Barnes, Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar, Gloria Molina, Warren Olney, Herb Wesson
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 What's next for Community Center Theater?

The city of Sacramento will launch a task force to consider options for a new theater and at the same time work toward an $11 million basic retrofit of the Community Center Theater to bring it to minimum Americans with Disabilities Act compliance. ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, John Kabateck, Steve Smith, Alex Traverso, Daniel Zingale
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 Viewpoints: Welfare queen in a cowboy hat is no revolutionary

Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy is a freeloading scofflaw, a welfare queen in a Stetson. Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy is a freeloading scofflaw, a welfare queen in a Stetson. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dan Morain, water
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 Covered California approves $89M in additional spending

With projected total operating costs 16 percent higher than expected for the current fiscal year, the board at Covered California approved $89 million in additional spending at its Sacramento board meeting on Thursday. This action brings projected ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, John Kabateck, Steve Smith, Alex Traverso, Daniel Zingale
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 Computer education: Shouldn't it be part of high school?

Kristin Olsen and Joan Buchanan »Read

In this article: Joan Buchanan, Kristin Olsen
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 Capitol Alert: UC Berkeley acceptance rate plunges amid new admission process

University of California, Berkeley's freshman acceptance rate for fall 2014 plunged 3.5 percent amid changes to its admission process, including a greater emphasis on admitting out-of-state students. People walk through Sproul Plaza on the ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Amerish Bera, Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Field Poll, Dan Morain, water, Leland Yee
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 Sacramento unemployment falls to 8.1 percent; state rate unchanged

Sacramento’s unemployment rate fell a tenth of a point last month, to 8.1 percent, as the region enjoyed unusually strong job growth. California’s unemployment rate was also 8.1 percent, unchanged from the month before. The ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dan Morain, water
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 Folsom Lake Bank reports strong year-over-year gains

Folsom Lake Bank, which has branches in Folsom and Roseville, amassed net income of $232,600, or 15 cents a share, in this year’s first quarter, up nearly 52 percent from the first quarter of 2013 and the bank’s 17th consecutive ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dan Morain, water
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 Judge denies bail in Hawaii dismemberment case

A judge in Hawaii has denied bail for a Southern California man accused of killing a man whose dismembered body was found in an Oahu ravine. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dan Morain, water
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 Man pleads not guilty in body in freezer case

A Central Valley man has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge stemming from a body found inside a freezer at his auto body shop. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dan Morain, water
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 Government theft and illegal taxes

Did you know that if the State of California takes your money in the form of an illegal tax or fee, you might not be able to get it back? I was outraged when I first learned if a taxpayer pays a tax or fee that is later found to be ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Stephen T. Knight, George Runner
Bills: AB 2510, SB 1327,
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 Where is Democratic Super PAC Spending Money? These 24 Districts Get Fall TV Reservations

House Majority PAC, a super PAC with the aim of electing House Democrats, announced its first round of television reservations for the fall. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Hillary Clinton, Patrick Murphy, Scott Peters, Raul Ruiz
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 'First Look': First News for April 18

Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories: FARMER LOSES HER COMPOSURE DURING CROSS-EXAMINATION: Defense attorneys for Bakersfield mortgage fraud defendant Julie Farmer rested their case Thursday following hours of ... »Read

In this article: Elva Lopez, Rudy Salas
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 Where is Democratic Super PAC Spending Money? These 18 Districts Get Fall TV Reservations

House Majority PAC, a super PAC with the aim of electing House Democrats, announced its first round of television reservations for the fall. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Patrick Murphy, Scott Peters, Raul Ruiz
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 Legislation Would Protect Communities From Oil Train Accidents

Last year’s crude oil train explosion in Quebec that killed 47 people has raised awareness of the dangers of train accidents involving crude oil. »Read

In this article: Roger Dickinson, Energy Commission
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 California voters approve state paying for universal preschool, poll finds

California voters, by a 57 percent majority, approve extending public schooling to 4-year-olds, even if it costs the state an additional $1.4 billion, according to a Field Poll released Friday. The majority support comes from even those without ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Mark Hinkle, Barack Obama, Darrell Steinberg
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 AM Alert: Californians support transitional kindergarten proposal

In his final year in the Legislature, state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has made it a priority to expand pre-kindergarten to every 4-year-old in California, giving families the option of an extra year of schooling before their ... »Read

In this article: Field Poll, Jerry Hill, Legislature, Los Angeles Unified School District, Darrell Steinberg
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 Frederico Rocha new undersheriff of San Francisco

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has named former interim East Palo Alto police Chief Federico Rocha as his new undersheriff. »Read

In this article: Ron Davis, Ross Mirkarimi
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 Can Good Government and First Amendment Groups Win Back the Public Trust?

It's clear, with the charges against noted campaign finance advocate Leland Yee, that good government and campaign finance reform groups that gave him awards have lost the public's trust. I call upon them need to take steps to win it back. It's also ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Legislature, Leland Yee
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 Local and State Politics Will Spark LA's New Newspaper

Increasing the voices of political diversity is one of the missions of California's newest newspaper, the Los Angeles Register. Did I just write that a new newspaper is opening in this digital age? The owners of Freedom Communications, publishers of ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Leon Panetta's Recipe For Good Governance Is To Remember Who You Work For

Three months into 2014 and three California State Senators have had brushes with the law. Needless to say, public confidence in elected officials is shaken. It's understandable, but like any setback in life, it's also an opportunity to reflect and ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Leon Panetta
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 Boeing Provides a Spark to the Economy

A job is like a fire, providing energy, light, heat and sustenance to the life of the person who holds the flame. It illuminates the vision ahead to see a brighter future of caring for oneself and our families. Last week, the Los Angeles region ... »Read
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 Bill to let retailers keep selling alligator products advances

High-end boutiques and Louisiana officials argue in favor of legislation that would allow California stores to continue selling luxury goods made from alligator skin.  Rodeo Drive's high-fashion boutiques are making fast progress persuading ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Jerry Brown, Jennifer Fearing, Legislature, water
Bills: AB 2075,
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 Ratings Change: California's 36th District

After Democrat Raul Ruiz defeated GOP Rep. Mary Bono Mack in California's 36th District in 2012, Republican insiders immediately put this district toward the top of their target list. »Read

In this article: Mary Bono Mack, Brian Nestande, Raul Ruiz
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 Ratings Change: California's 26th District

When the Republican wave hit in 2010, it lost virtually all of its strength before it got to the West Coast. Most Democrats in competitive races west of the Rocky Mountains held on. »Read

In this article: Julia Brownley, Jeff Gorell, Barack Obama
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