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 Doug Ose weighs recount request in race for Congress
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 The Bay Area Reacts to Obama's Immigration Plan
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 How does Obama's immigration reform play in California?

After months of delay, President Obama announced last night that he will undertake sweeping immigration reform through executive action. Although the reforms are not as broad as immigration activists had hoped, the action will affect an estimated 5 ... »Read

In this article: Doug Ose, Barack Obama, Gary G. Miller, Kevin McCarthy, Jim Costa, Jerry Brown, Amerish Bera, Toni Atkins, Pete Aguilar, Johnny Tacherra
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 Paso Robles council to appoint member to vacant seat

The Paso Robles City Council is expected to fill a vacant seat by appointing a fifth council member at its upcoming meeting, rather than opting to hold a special election. [Tribune] Council member Steve Martin ran unopposed for mayor, and won, ... »Read

In this article: Paul Vincent Avila, Jim Reed, Fred Strong, water
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 Garcetti proposes L.A. climate change summit of U.S., China mayors

Following up on last week's U.S.-China climate change agreement, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Friday he would invite leaders of Chinese and American cities to a summit in Los Angeles next year to kick-start efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions in ... »Read

In this article: Joe Buscaino, Eric Garcetti, greenhouse gas, Curren Price
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 Holder urges police restraint ahead of grand jury decision in Ferguson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday urged police to use restraint amid potential protests that could follow the upcoming grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Missouri case involving a police officer who shot and killed ... »Read

In this article: Ron Davis, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama
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 GOP's success in House races ends in California

Big wins across U.S. didn't carry over to California »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Jim Costa, Gary G. Miller, Johnny Tacherra
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 UC Regents Approve Tuition Increase

Annual costs predicted to jump from $12,200 to about $15,600 by 2019. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom
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 What Happens Next On Immigration?

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES THIS WEEK ON ???THIS WEEK???: In an ABC News exclusive, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS goes one-on-one with President Barack Obama in his first interview following his executive action on immigration ??? only on ... »Read

In this article: Matthew Dowd, Chuck Hagel, Duncan Hunter, Barack Obama
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 A Power Grab that Exacerbates the Problem

The President doesn’t seem to get the point that he must work with the government he has, not the government he wants. But despite Congress and the American people’s resistance to President Obama’s unilateral action—action the President ... »Read
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 Executive Action Doesn't Fix Immigration Problem

Executive action on immigration reform does not alleviate the need for a legislative solution.  Real, meaningful reform can only come through substantive legislation. Our current immigration policies are outdated and decidedly ineffective, and ... »Read

In this article: illegal immigration
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 LAO Outlook Analysis: Thinking Smartly About Our Fiscal Future

What a difference a year makes. California’s recent approval of Proposition 2 is already paying dividends. The Legislative Analyst’s new Fiscal Outlook shows Proposition 2 is doing what it was designed to do: capturing a run-up in ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 2
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 The Amazing, Obscure, Complicated and Gigantic Pension Loophole

“The bottom line is that claiming the unfunded liability cost as part of an officer’s compensation is grossly and deliberately misleading.” - LAPPL Board of Directors on 08/07/2014, in their post “Misuse of statistics behind erroneous LA ... »Read

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 READ IN: Facebook Friday Edition

Don't forget to sign up for Read In, your morning must-read on politics both inside the Beltway and beyond! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- President Obama's executive action on immigration will provide ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, George P. Miller, Nancy Pelosi
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 Freshman Class Filled With Losers

Congress is filled with a bunch of losers, but it's not exactly what you're thinking. »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Mark DeSaulnier, John Garamendi, Mimi Walters
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 Football rally bonfire is non-fire as UCLA students decry tuition hikes

UCLA's annual bonfire rally for Saturday's football game against USC was canceled Thursday night after students protesting tuition hikes surrounded the wood pile, authorities said. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown
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 AT&T to pay California $52 million in hazardous waste disposal settlement

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - AT&T Inc will pay $52 million in civil penalties and environmental compliance as part of a settlement with California over illegal dumping of hazardous waste but won't be required to clean up the resulting contamination, ... »Read

In this article: David Beltran, Kamala Harris
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 Obama's immigration plan: Too far or not far enough?

Californians disagree on whether President Obama is doing the right thing by shielding about 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation. »Read

In this article: Carl Guardino, Zoe Lofgren, Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama
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 Raiders stun Chiefs for first win of season

Derek Carr threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to James Jones with 1:42 to play to give the Oakland Raiders a 24-20 win Thursday night over the Kansas City Chiefs at Coliseum, ending a 16-game losing streak. »Read

In this article: James P. Jones, Charles Murray
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 California tuition hike fight shifts to Sacramento

SAN FRANCISCO >> University of California President Janet Napolitano prevailed Thursday in persuading the university's governing board to authorize five years' of tuition increases, a deliberate but politically risky move likely to ignite months of ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Gavin Newsom, John A. Perez
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 Obama's immigration announcement draws praise and bitter criticism

President Obama's announcement that he would take executive action to allow up to 5 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally to stay and work drew quick reaction across the political spectrum Thursday. Here's a sampling: »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Kevin Johnson, John McCain
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 Doug Ose weighs recount request in race for Congress

A close, contentious race for Congress in the Sacramento area might not be over yet. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, campaign finance, Jill LaVine, Doug Ose
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 SF putting in bid to host 2024 Olympic Games

San Francisco is, once again, bidding to host the Olympics. »Read

In this article: John Avalos, Edwin M. Lee, Gavin Newsom
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 After UC regents OK tuition plan, eyes turn to Gov. Jerry Brown, state funding

The votes were cast and the protesters' chanting died down. Now months of political wrangling and budget negotiations are ahead before UC students know for sure how much next year's tuition will be. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, state budget, Tom Torlakson
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 Brother's death in Bakersfield haunts critic of Sheriff's Department

Chris Silva slipped a disc into his computer, then stepped back to watch as the deposition of a Kern County sheriff's deputy began to play on his TV. »Read

In this article: Lisa A. Green, David Silva
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 Obama's evolution on immigration

On the evening of June 10, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) and his staff had a party at his apartment, a block away from the Capitol. They opened a few beers and poured wine in celebration of their certainty that they had enough Republican votes to ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 Electeds react to Obama's immigration speech

From House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio “The American people want both parties to focus on solving problems together; they don’t support unilateral action from a president who is more interested in partisan politics than working with the ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Jeff Denham, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, illegal immigration, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi
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 UC raises tuition amid students' cries of opposition

The regents of the University of California approved a plan to raise tuition by up to 28 percent over five years on Thursday as furious students in the audience shouted “Shame on you!” and “We’re still going to fight it!” The students ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Richard Blum, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, John A. Perez, Bonnie Reiss
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 Corinthian Colleges to sell 56 campuses across U.S.

After months of uncertainty about the fate of its schools, Orange County-based Corinthian Colleges Inc. announced plans to sell 56 campuses across the United States to a nonprofit entity that services student loans on behalf of the federal ... »Read

In this article: Ben Miller, Theodore R. Mitchell
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 Federal Diary: Chaffetz, incoming committee chair, seeks to fire 'bad apples' in federal workforce

Rep. Jason Chaffetz has a quick smile and a relaxed, affable manner. But behind those genial ways is a Glock 23 pistol-toting congressman. Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah, will be chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ... »Read

In this article: David Cox, Darrell Issa
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 Nation roundup: Roofs collapse, Bills move game following epic snowstorms

New York Buffalo area deals with snow aftermath Roofs began to creak and collapse and homeowners struggled to clear waist-high drifts atop their houses Thursday as another storm brought the Buffalo area’s three-day snowfall total to an epic 7 ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Doug Ose
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 PG&E fined $1 million for improper contacts with PUC officials

The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday slapped Pacific Gas & Electric Co. with a $1-million fine for having improper contacts with commission members and top staff. »Read

In this article: Michael Florio, Michael R. Peevey
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 The Bay Area Reacts to Obama's Immigration Plan

We open the phone lines to get our audience's response to President Obama's executive action on immigration, which he is expected to announce Thursday night. We'll also check in with some local lawmakers and an immigrant whose status is likely to be ... »Read

In this article: Zoe Lofgren, Dana Rohrabacher
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