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 Businesses and investors pressing for green policy

Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses and ordinary people to pollute. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, global warming, John F. Kerry, renewable energy, Anne Simpson
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 New incentives for electric cars purchases show a full-throttle industry push by Brown administration

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a spate of bills over the weekend to bolster the electric-car market. The legislation, which expands rebates for electric vehicles as well as their use in carpool lanes, shows Brown building a case that electric car ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown
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 Kuehl, Shriver to meet in Pacoima debate tonight

Los Angeles County supervisorial rivals Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver will debate tonight in Pacoima, focusing on healthcare, education and other regional social service issues. »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Legislature, Bobby Shriver, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 Pushing for Minimum Wage Boost, Nader Decries Vacationing Congress

Between Aug. 1 and Nov. 12, the House will have only been in session for eight days -- translating to a $788 per hour wage for Speaker John A. Boehner. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi
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 Internal Poll: Democrat Holds Slight Lead in California House Contest

A new Democratic poll showed freshman Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif., with a slim lead over former Rep. Doug Ose, R-Calif., in the race for his Sacramento-based district. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Barack Obama, Doug Ose
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 California Property Taxes Could Skyrocket

Some homeowners could see skyrocketing property tax bills this year, beyond the typical 2 percent. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Board of Equalization, Proposition 8
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 Kashkari aims to unify GOP after weekend divisions

Weekend's state convention shows party's divisions »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, James Brulte, Tim Donnelly, Ron Nehring
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 Brown says state shouldn't legislate diaper-changing stations

Gov. Jerry Brown. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images With a couple of vetoes, Jerry Brown reminded the GOP why he’s probably the best Republican governor they can hope for these days. SB1350 by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and SB1358 by Sen. Ricardo ... »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Lois Wolk
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 NEW: Bill banning forced arbitration on Gov. Brown's desk

A bill that the California Chamber of Commerce warns will drive up litigation costs for California businesses is on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. For disputes involving civil rights, currently businesses can provide contracts for employees in which ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Jeff Gorell, Dave Roberts, Shirley Weber
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 30,000 Californians face Obamacare enrollment delays, dropped coverage

California's health insurance exchange is vowing to fix enrollment delays and dropped coverage for about 30,000 consumers before the next sign-up period this fall. »Read

In this article: Peter V. Lee, Robert E. Ross, Robert K. Ross
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 Poll: Will new law mean a move for Board of Equalization HQ?

In case you missed it, crews went to work at the Board of Equalization headquarters on Friday to fix damage from water that spilled out of an air-conditioning cooling unit. Scaffolding on the top level of the Board of Equalization’s ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Legislature, water
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 FAA To Create Public Complaint System For Helicopter Noise

For the first time ever, federal regulators are expected to respond directly to public complaints about helicopter noise throughout Los Angeles County. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Adam Schiff
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 Divisions in #CAGOP platform visible at convention

Showcased over the weekend at the California GOP convention were the issues that will divide the party in its future political ambitions. Cathleen Decker reports for The Los Angeles Times: 'Rand Paul, the Kentucky senator who is readying a ... »Read

In this article: Andrew Ross, Kevin McCarthy, Philip Matier, Carla Marinucci, greenhouse gas, Jerry Brown
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 City Council To Consider Resolution Calling For Action On Climate Change Plan

The resolution calls for the plan to require 100 percent of the energy used in the city by 2035 to come from clean and local sources, require owners of existing buildings to significantly reduce energy demand, significantly reduce waste in San Diego ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria, greenhouse gas
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 New law means BOE workers stuck with troubled building at least until 2017

The governor has signed a bill into law that sets a path for moving employees out of a troubled building at the state Board of Equalization. The legislation was significantly narrowed in scope to become palatable to the Brown administration. ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Roger Dickinson, Legislature
Bills: AB 1656,
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 PG&E email scandal: Utility to acknowledge "accountability," expects fine

Pacific Gas & Electric, which faces pressure from San Bruno and Peninsula officials who want the state attorney general to probe inappropriate emails between the utility and regulators, said Friday it plans to officially take responsibility. 'Next ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Jerry Hill, Kevin Mullin
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 Amid Disunity Talk GOP Re-Building

Given the headline generating internal arguments with top of the ticket candidates and party officials about party unity, it’s probably good that the real work of re-establishing the GOP as a political force is to try and build from the ground up. ... »Read

In this article: Ruben Barrales
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 Why Are They Distancing Themselves From Your Party, Mr. Brulte?

How clueless are the top officials of the California Republican Party? Even more clueless than you might have imagined. In a must-read story full of unintentionaly hilariousness, the Sacramento Bee reported on emails between California GOP chief Jim ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, James Brulte, California Republican Party
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 Placing Fuels Under the Cap Puts Low-Income Households Under the Bus

John Husing, the Inland Empire economist, asserts that California’s policies are short-sighted when it comes to many important subject areas like energy policy. Specifically, he argues that the state’s leadership from wealthy coastal counties ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board
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 In Debate, Torlakson Misrepresents Teacher-Discipline Bill

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson debated challenger Marshall Tuck on Wednesday night and once again found himself on the defensive over the teacher tenure laws targeted in the Vergara decision. Cabinet Report details how Tuck ... »Read

In this article: Lance Izumi, Legislature, Los Angeles Unified School District, Tom Torlakson
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 5 escaped Madera County inmates captured

Authorities have caught all five of the inmates who escaped from the Madera County Jail. »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Jorge Lopez
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 READ IN: Big Apple Edition

Do you Read In? Sign up today and get all the political news you need to know, delivered to your inbox bright and early every morning. A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Sam Brownback, California Republican Party, Michael Chertoff, John F. Kerry, water
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 AM Alert: Democrats' legislative supermajority hinges on several key races

California Republicans face an uphill battle to win any statewide constitutional office this November, but the party’s other major political goal – to roll back Democrats’ two-thirds supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature ... »Read

In this article: Tom Ammiano, Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Roger Dickinson, Dianne Feinstein, Steve Fox, Legislature, Andy Vidak, Dan Walters, water
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 L.A., Houston, Philadelphia mayors vow more action on climate change

Mayors of three of the nation’s largest cities are pledging to take more action against climate change by implementing new projects to curb greenhouse gas emissions and persuading other leaders to do the same. »Read

In this article: Environmental Justice, Eric Garcetti, global warming, greenhouse gas
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 The new Board of Supervisors should make its own rules

One of the many thorns thrust into the sides of law students is the requirement that they learn the Rule Against Perpetuities, a complicated, ancient but still sensible legal formula that is meant to restrict a person's continuing ability, after ... »Read

In this article: Gloria Molina, Hilda L. Solis, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 Neighbors feeling squeezed by work on Mark Zuckerberg's S.F. home

Welcome to Fort Zuckerberg — the $10 million Dolores Heights “fixer-upper” that Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have turned into a massive construction encampment that has some neighbors feeling under siege by the Facebook founder. Dozens of ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Andrew Ross
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 Syria vote isn't last word from Congress on war

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As far as Congress is concerned, President Barack Obama's Mideast war strategy isn't in the clear yet.... »Read

In this article: Chuck Hagel, John F. Kerry, Barbara Lee, John McCain, Barack Obama, Ed Royce
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 113th Congress On Track for Fewest Laws Enacted in 60 Years

Say this about the 113th Congress: It's managed to live down to low expectations. »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, John McCain, minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi
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 113th Congress Could Yield Fewest Laws in 60 Years

Say this about the 113th Congress: It's managed to live down to low expectations. »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, John McCain, minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi
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 For writers in juvenile hall, sentences can be liberating

Eminem's 'The Monster' ricocheted off the cinder-block walls and worn linoleum floor at Sylmar's Juvenile Hall. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 County Supervisors Reject Request for Homeless Shelter Dialogue

Santa Ana residents challenge county supervisors, saying they are ignoring local neighborhood concerns. »Read

In this article: Environmental Justice, Michele Martinez, John Moorlach
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 Viewpoints: Some national Republicans make life difficult for California GOP

California’s Republican statewide candidates are working hard to define the GOP as focused on providing practical solutions to the state’s lagging economy, high poverty rate and underperforming schools. House Speaker John Boehner ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Ron Nehring, Barack Obama
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 Endorsement: Newsom is best choice for lieutenant governor

If he wins reelection, however, we hope he uses the office as more than a tax-funded campaign operation. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom meets with the Sacramento Bee editorial board on September 8, 2014. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom
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 Endorsements: Third District Court of Appeal justices deserve retention

California appellate court justices don’t run in contested elections. They don’t hold news conferences or campaign. In fact, unless they’re deciding some hot issue – dinging State Controller John Chiang for docking ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Gray Davis, George Deukmejian, High-Speed Rail, Andrea Hoch, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 Neel Kashkari calls candidacy ‘transformational moment’ for California GOP

Neel Kashkari, proud of his speech to the California Republican Party and weary of intraparty friction that distracted from his message for three days, said Sunday he has “set an example” for a party whose acceptance of him remains ... »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party, Tim Donnelly, Thad Kousser, Legislature, Kevin McCarthy, Ron Nehring, Barack Obama, Steve Poizner, Matt Rexroad, Mitt Romney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Sheldon, Meg Whitman
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 The Buzz: California GOP endorses water bond, rainy-day fund

California Republicans have given their blessing to a pair of measures on the Nov. 4 ballot heavily favored by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Senate Republican Leader Bob ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Connie Conway, Mark DeSaulnier, Robert Huff, Legislature, Charles Munger, Proposition 2, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Darrell Steinberg, water
Bills: SB 1183,
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 Temper, Temper: Kashkari's Odd Attack on Calbuzz

Neel Kashkari lashed out at two, slightly tipsy Calbuzzers extending handshakes Saturday night, a rookie display of pique and rancor that hints at a strain of distemper in his executive disposition. “You're the two geniuses who wrote that I wasn't ... »Read

In this article: Tim Donnelly, Michael Finnegan, Carla Marinucci, Aaron McLear
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 Editorial: Voter discontent offers hope to GOP

Despite a year of scandal and dysfunction, California Democrats are riding high. Some state-level GOP candidates have created some excitement, and a few have a fighting chance at victory. On the whole, however, 2014 hasn’t gotten Republicans ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Field Poll
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 John Phillips: State ballot change could prompt free-for-all

Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein have served a combined 22 years in the U.S. Senate. California voters have re-elected every single governor during that same time frame. Pete Wilson, Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger all won, and Jerry Brown ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, Dianne Feinstein, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pete Wilson
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 Applause: Kudos to U.S. Bank Foundation, Papa Murphy’s, Roger Dickinson and Kevin McCarty, City of Sacramento

Kudos to U.S. Bank Foundation for providing a $25,000 grant to Women’s Empowerment, which helps homeless women find jobs. »Read

In this article: Roger Dickinson, greenhouse gas, Kevin McCarty
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 Ad Watch: Democratic ad hitting Doug Ose goes too far

National Democrats are up with their first television ad in Sacramento’s heavyweight battle between Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, and former Republican congressman Doug Ose. No Wonder DCCCVideo »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Doug Ose
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 Dan Walters: Propositions 45 and 46 latest skirmishes in war over big money in health care

Health care is now a $200-plus billion a year industry and that means political war over how the money is divvied up. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Dave Jones
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 World-wide marches call attention to climate change ahead of UN summit

In Hollywood and all across the world, activists took park in marches on Sunday to bring attention to global warming. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, global warming, greenhouse gas, Barack Obama, renewable energy
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 NYC police officer dies, 8 hurt in van crash

(Reuters) - A New York City police officer died, and eight others were injured when their van crashed into a barrier in the Bronx on Sunday morning, police said. »Read

In this article: Bill Bratton, Michael Williams
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 Neel Kashkari calls candidacy ‘transformational moment’ for California GOP

Neel Kashkari, proud of his speech to the California Republican Party and weary of intraparty friction that distracted from his message for three days, said Sunday he has “set an example” for a party whose acceptance of him remains ... »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party, Tim Donnelly, Thad Kousser, Leonard Lanzi, Legislature, Kevin McCarthy, Ron Nehring, Barack Obama, Steve Poizner, Matt Rexroad, Mitt Romney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Sheldon, Meg Whitman
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