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 New law makes companies liable for contracted labor
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 Without ITC, Solar Concentrating Plant in Doubt
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 Alaska actually wants to use the Jim Crow approach in defending its gay marriage ban
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 Dan Walters: Jerry Brown hands United Farm Workers a setback

Gov. Jerry Brown signed California’s farm labor law in 1975 to help the United Farm Workers union, but hands the UFW a setback with a veto. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, Legislature, Roger Mahony
Bills: SB 25,
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 CHP honors 100-year-old volunteer

Homer Bosserman Jr. is a century-old marvel, a World War II Marine veteran who flew in the Pacific Theater with actor Tyrone Power. On Thursday, state officials honored him for his latest mission: 14 years of volunteer work for the California ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Brian Kelly
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 Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes franchise bill

Siding with corporate chain stores that warned of degraded service, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday vetoed a bill giving franchise owners more power in business transactions. The legislation sought to alter the relationship between parent companies and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Nancy McFadden, Jim Miller, redevelopment agencies, technical education
Bills: AB 1399, SB 610, SB 850, AB 2280, SB 1094, SB 1210,
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 California Senate employees testify on retaliatory workplace culture

They didn’t trust a colleague. Felt their boss wouldn’t listen. Feared a powerful official would retaliate if they complained. »Read

In this article: Mark DeSaulnier, Darrell Steinberg
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 Newly signed bill allows pilot program for CA community colleges to offer some bachelor's degrees

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a new bill that will allow community colleges to offer bachelor's degrees as part of a pilot program. »Read

In this article: Martin Block, Jerry Brown
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 Supervisor David Chiu seeks predictable schedules for retail workers

On Tuesday, Supervisor David Chiu will introduce legislation to shine a light on the challenges of working in formula retail establishments — think Starbucks, Walgreens, Safeway and Macy’s — and give those employees more predictability in ... »Read

In this article: David Chiu, Eric Mar, minimum wage
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 New York mayor de Blasio plans expansion of living wage: NYT

(Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to expand the city's living wage measure to include thousands of additional workers, as well as increase the amount workers are paid under the law, the New York Times reported on Monday. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Legislature, minimum wage
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 Richard Riordan Looks Back On His Tenure As L.A. Mayor

Richard Riordan, Los Angeles' former mayor, is looking back on his eight-year tenure in City Hall in a new book titled, 'The Mayor.' »Read

In this article: Richard Riordan, Pete Wilson
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 More Murder Charges Dropped in Wake of DA Informants Case

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office has dropped murder charges against another defendant after allegations that prosecutors improperly withheld evidence gleaned from a network of jailhouse in »Read

In this article: California prisons, Tony Rackauckas
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 California exhausts initial firefighting budget

California has exhausted its initial firefighting budget just three months into its fiscal year, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration said Monday, requiring the drought-plagued state to shift $70 million from a reserve fund as it enters what is ... »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Jerry Brown
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 Governor Signs Bill On New Pesticide Rules For Schools

Brown signed SB1405 on Monday, about a month after it unanimously passed both houses of the Legislature. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark DeSaulnier, Legislature
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 Pilot program for bachelor's degrees at community colleges signed into CA law

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a new law that will allow community colleges to offer bachelor's degrees as part of a pilot program. »Read

In this article: Martin Block, Jerry Brown
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 AEG asks for 6-month extension to woo NFL team to Los Angeles

With the clock running out on its proposal to build a pro football stadium in downtown Los Angeles, Anschutz Entertainment Group has appealed to the city for extra time to land a team and work on an alternative development in case the effort fails. »Read

In this article: Philip Anschutz, Eric Garcetti, Curren Price, Herb Wesson
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 Without mandatory helipads, L.A. skyline can take off

For four decades, the Los Angeles skyline has been shaped by one rule: Every tall building must have an emergency helicopter landing pad on its roof. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Gov. signs bill on new pesticide rules for schools

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill creating more stringent guidelines for California schools in their use of pesticides. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark DeSaulnier, Legislature
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 Drought-conscious residents turn the water tables on public agencies

The scene captured on video by a onetime aspiring filmmaker had neither actors nor dialogue, but it spoke volumes: »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, water
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 Landmark Calif. law redefines sexual assault on campuses

A landmark new law is changing the way college students -- and their schools -- are responding to sexual assault on campuses. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon
Bills: SB 967,
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 Cal State University tackles infrastructure needs without boost from Gov. Jerry Brown

LONG BEACH >> Cal State University officials saw a potential $50 million boost to help fix aging infrastructure disappear with the stroke of a pen when Gov. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nancy Skinner
Bills: AB 1476,
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 California enacts strict student privacy law

California will enact what supporters say is the nation's toughest law when it comes to protecting students' privacy rights, under a bill that Gov. Jerry Brown announced signing into law on Monday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Joan Buchanan, Richard W. Holober, Darrell Steinberg
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 Brown Signs, Vetoes Bills As Time Runs Down

Gov. Jerry Brown signed bills Monday relating to education, care facilities and foster children. But he also vetoed several. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Darrell Steinberg, Norma J. Torres
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 Brown allows new local development financing tools

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he had signed a bill allowing local governments a partial replacement tool for financing infrastructure projects such as water systems, transit facilities and affordable ... »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Legislature, Jose Medina, John A. Perez, redevelopment agencies, water, Lois Wolk
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 Community colleges can offer bachelor's degrees under law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown

A handful of community colleges will soon offer bachelor's degrees after Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed legislation authorizing a pilot program enabling students to pursue fields of study not offered by Cal State University or the University of ... »Read

In this article: Martin Block, Jerry Brown
Bills: AB 661, SB 850, AB 2400,
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 Political stars coming out as House races in state heat up

As races for House seats heat up in the closing weeks before the Nov. 4 elections, some big political stars from both major parties are lending their names in California contests. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Julia Brownley, Elan Carr, Jeff Gorell, Ted W. Lieu, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi, Mitt Romney, David G. Valadao
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 AEG seeks more time to build NFL stadium in downtown L.A.

With the clock running out on a proposal to build a pro football stadium in downtown Los Angeles, developer Anschutz Entertainment Group has appealed to the city for extra time. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Curren Price, Herb Wesson
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 Power of Feinstein, Boxer hinges on red-leaning Senate races

The outcome of a handful of too-close-to-call Senate races in November — including one where the Democratic Party isn’t even fielding a candidate — will determine whether Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer are still shaping the national debate ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Barbara Boxer, Bruce E. Cain, Dianne Feinstein, Mitt Romney, water
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 Gov. Brown signs law banning tax write-offs for pro sports fines

Professional sports team owners will no longer be able to write-off league penalties from their taxes under a new law signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read

In this article: Raul Bocanegra, Jerry Brown
Bills: AB 877,
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 How to kill hotel jobs in L.A.

Last week, members of the Los Angeles City Council voted to increase the minimum wage for hotel workers within the city to $15.37 per hour by next year. Why? You'd have to ask them. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Christopher Thornberg
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 Gavin Newsom for lieutenant governor

The most important responsibility of California's lieutenant governor is simply to be there, to wait around just in case the governor should die, resign or become incapacitated. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom, Proposition 8
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 Turf-removal rebates won't be taxed

Rebates received by homeowners for replacing their lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping will not be counted as income, according to a bill authored by a Los Angeles lawmaker and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday.By not being taxed on the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jimmy Gomez, John Scribner, water
Bills: AB 2434,
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 Rebates for replacing lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping won't be taxed

Rebates received by homeowners for replacing their lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping will not be counted as income, according to a bill authored by a Los Angeles lawmaker and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday.By not being taxed on the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jimmy Gomez, John Scribner, water
Bills: AB 2434,
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 Calif. community colleges to offer $10k bachelor's degrees

A limited number of community colleges in California will be able to offer four-year bachelor's degrees, under a law signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Brice W. Harris, Doug Houston, Legislature
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 The Buzz: Ron Nehring’s quest for debate with Newsom falters

Ron Nehring, former head of the California GOP and candidate for lieutenant governor, is resorting to some unorthodox overtures after Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom rebuffed calls to debate. »Read

In this article: Sean Clegg, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom, Pete Wilson
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 California adopts first 'yes means yes' sex assault law. Does it go too far?

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law making California the first state to adopt an affirmative consent standard for sexual relations, which will apply to all colleges and universities that accept state funding. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon
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 New Law Lets Community Colleges Offer 4-Year Bachelor Degrees

Thanks to a new law signed into effect Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown, you can now get your B.A. at a J.C. »Read

In this article: Martin Block, Jerry Brown, Legislature
Bills: SB 850,
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 Video: CHP honors 100-year-old volunteer

Homer Bosserman Jr. is a century-old marvel, a WWII Marine veteran who flew in the Pacific Theater with actor Tyrone Power. On Thursday, state officials honored him for his latest mission: 14 years of volunteer work for the California Highway Patrol. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Brian Kelly
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 Los Angeles won't require skyscraper helipads

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- New skyscrapers will no longer be required to have rooftop helicopter landing pads under a change in city rules allowing alternative safety measures that will enable architects to design buildings with something other than ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar
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 Jerry Brown approves loan program for undocumented students

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation creating a new loan program for undocumented students in California’s public universities. Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, was joined by, from left, UC Davis student Ana Maciel, UC President ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara, Legislature
Bills: SB 1210,
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 Ron Nehring’s quest for debate with Newsom darkens

Ron Nehring, former head of the California GOP and candidate for lieutenant governor, is resorting to some unorthodox overtures after Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom rebuffed efforts to coordinate a debate. Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, Sean Clegg, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom, Alex Padilla
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 California’s criminal-penalty ballot measure draws big money

Almost $1 million has poured into campaign committees supporting and opposing Proposition 47 on the Nov. 4 ballot in the past week, with proponents of the measure to reduce penalties for certain crimes outraising critics by more than 4-to-1 over the ... »Read

In this article: Reed Hastings, Jim Miller, Molly Munger, PPIC
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 Governor signs bills to help those in foster care

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a package of bills to help foster children in California. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Isadore Hall, Norma J. Torres
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 Gov. Jerry Brown signs bills on foster youth

Under a bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday, social workers will be able to report their concerns if they believe that practices by county welfare agencies are endangering children. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Isadore Hall, Legislature, Norma J. Torres
Bills: AB 1978, SB 1252,
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 U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman endorses Sheila Kuehl for county supervisor

Retiring Westside Congressman Henry Waxman announced his backing of Sheila Kuehl for Los Angeles County supervisor on Monday, handing the former state senator a key endorsement as she heads into the final weeks of campaigning before the Nov. 4 ... »Read

In this article: Howard L. Berman, Bob Hertzberg, Sheila Kuehl, Legislature, Richard Riordan, Bobby Shriver, Henry A. Waxman, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 L.A. to allow spires on skyscrapers, easing 40-year-old flat-roof rule

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti heralded a rule change Monday that will allow the construction of skyscrapers with spires or slanted roofs -- revising a longstanding regulation that forced builders to make flat-topped structures. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Helipads will no longer be required atop new Los Angeles high-rises

New high-rise buildings in Los Angeles will no longer be required to have helipads, according to revisions on an old rule announced by city leaders on Monday. The change is n attempt to revamp the city's skyline. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar
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 National mayors conference wraps up in Sacramento

Mayors of the some of the largest cities in the nation wrapped up a two-day conference in Sacramento on Monday morning. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson presided over the gathering in his post as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. John ... »Read

In this article: Christopher Cabaldon, CalPERS, Kevin Johnson
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 California Approves 'Yes Means Yes' Law

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when 'yes means yes' and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Susan Davis, Kevin De Leon, water
Bills: SB 967,
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 Alaska actually wants to use the Jim Crow approach in defending its gay marriage ban

States that try to defend their bans on same-sex marriage have a couple of stock arguments that they tend to fall back on. One is that gay marriage harms traditional heterosexual marriage, an assertion that failed in California’s Proposition 8 ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 8, Same-sex marriage
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 LA Modifies Fire Code Requirement For All Skyscrapers To Be Topped With Helipad

Officials say the move will allow for more iconic architecture in the city's skyline while implementing cutting-edge fire-life safety measures and systems in modern high-rise buildings. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar
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 Without ITC, Solar Concentrating Plant in Doubt

A company that had planned to build a second massive concentrating solar plant is reconsidering its request because of the expiration of a tax benefit and regulatory constraints. »Read

In this article: Joe Desmond, Energy Commission
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 New law makes companies liable for contracted labor

Employers that outsource labor to staffing agencies can now be held responsible for certain worker violations by that agency, under a law approved over the weekend by Gov. Jerry Brown. Those violations include worker’s compensation coverage and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Hernandez, Legislature
Bills: AB 1897,
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 Gov. Brown's Pen is Busy

Governor is tearing through the stack of legislation on his desk by Brian Leubitz The Horseshoe is busy. Very busy. And it isn't just the governor and his legislative staff. Those folks who post his press releases on the website must be pulling ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jeff Gorell, Legislature, Brian Leubitz
Bills: AB 1327,
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 CA17: Mike Honda launches first TV ad

Rep. Mike Honda on Monday launched the first television ad of his 2014 re-election campaign: Honda, D-San Jose, ran no television ads before the June primary; his Democratic challenger, Ro Khanna, ran five, significantly depleting the much larger ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna
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 Brown Signs Bills Targeting Foster Children

Governor Jerry Brown signed a number of bills today targeted at protecting children in foster care and the homeless in California. A bill by Democratic Senate president Darrell Steinberg seeks to encourage the relationship between siblings when one ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Darrell Steinberg, Norma J. Torres
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 Trojans tight ends Randall Telfer, Bryce Dixon get more opportunities

USC Coach Steve Sarkisian has called plays for offenses that featured Fred Davis at USC in 2007 and Austin Seferian-Jenkins at Washington last season. »Read

In this article: Fred Davis, Fred Davis
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 NEW: Drought brings centralized groundwater control

  Was it necessary to pass three new bills that increase the California government’s control over groundwater? The numbers tell the story. By now most Californians have heard the shockingly huge number: The state has lost 63 trillion ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Legislature, Fran Pavley, water
Bills: SB 1168,
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 NEW: Quarter-million applicants still waiting for Medi-Cal

  A quarter-million Medi-Cal applicants have been waiting more than 45 days, and in some cases nearly a year, either to receive coverage or find out why their application has been denied. That’s an improvement from the 900,000 applicants who ... »Read

In this article: Roger Hernandez, Richard Pan, Jim Patterson, Dave Roberts, Cathy Senderling
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 The Wall Street Journal: California governor vetoes bill requiring warrants for drone surveillance

Governor Jerry Brown says bill seemed to impose restrictions beyond privacy protections. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jeff Gorell
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 Shift in Landscape Makes Bigger GOP House Gains Possible

Only three times since the Civil War, as any political junkie knows, has the president's party gained House seats in midterm elections -- in 1934, 1998 and 2002. It now seems quite clear 2014 won't be another exception to that rule. »Read

In this article: Patrick Murphy, Barack Obama, Raul Ruiz, Senate Democrats, David G. Valadao
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 California Enacts 'Yes Means Yes' Law, Defining Sexual Consent

The new law requires an 'affirmative consent' and states that consent can't be given if someone is asleep or incapacitated by drugs or alcohol. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Legislature
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 California community colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California's two-year colleges would be able to offer baccalaureate degrees under a law signed by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who also rejected extra funding for the state's strapped university systems. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Martin Block, Jerry Brown, Legislature
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 Supervisor candidates argue over proposition 13

By KAREN VELIE The latest skirmish in the contentious battle for San Luis Obispo County’s District 4 Supervisor seat is over the meaning of Proposition 13. Caren Ray and Lynn Compton are battling for what is considered the swing seat on the board. ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Jon Coupal, Legislature
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 California defines "yes" in student sex bill

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that creates new rules for college students in the state who engage in sexual activity. [LA Times] The new law defines sexual consent as an “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon
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