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Carly Fiorina jumps in GOP presidential race: Can she win? (+video)

"The only thing Carly can aspire to is a cabinet post. So she has to decide what realistic nominee she will ultimately support. At some time, she will go with Jeb."

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An Engineered Drought

"Governor Brown is right about California’s water shortage problem, BUT does he really think that cutting our consumption by 5% is the solution? Since the farmers 80% is excluded, a 25% reduction of the remaining 20% = 5% savings overall. At the current price of water, we’re incentivized to use what we can afford of this inexpensive commodity."

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Jerry Brown, the Farmers' Friend

"Governor Brown is right about California’s water shortage problem, BUT does he really think that cutting our consumption by 5% is the solution? Since the farmers 80% is excluded, a 25% reduction of the remaining 20% = 5% savings overall. At the current price of water, we’re incentivized to use what we can afford of this inexpensive commodity."

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Lawmakers seek soda warning labels

"“STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.” Once this law is passed, we can use this same warning and just insert whatever product we want into the warning. This will be the template for change! Who knew complex issues could be solved so easily?"

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Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

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 Tax board Chairman Jerome Horton taken from meeting via ambulance
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 L.A. mayor: Minimum wage exemption for unionized firms needs study
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 California Awards $250M To High School Career Prep Programs
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 The Note: The Week of Potential Presidents

NOTABLES --IT'S ALMOST SUMMER AND THE PRESIDENTIAL SWIMMING POOL IS GETTING CROWDED: On the heels of Rick Santorum's presidential announcement in Pennsylvania yesterday, former New York Gov. George Pataki plans to announce he's joining the ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Tommy Thompson
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 The Fix: Women are stepping up in most major 2016 Senate races

When Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) confirmed in January that she would not seek reelection in 2016, the announcement could have marked the end of an era -- an era of women.Since the early 1990s, Boxer and Dianne Feinstein (D) have formed California's ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Carly Fiorina, Kamala Harris, Mark Kirk, John McCain, Loretta Sanchez
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 Morning Must Reads: May 28

Republicans espouse free market principles, but one supply-and-demand problem is burning holes in their pockets. With more than a dozen candidates, there’s a bidding—and begging—war for qualified staff, some of whom are taking home ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Loretta Lynch
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 Hopes rise for a strong El Niño to ease California drought

In Texas, Oklahoma and Mexico, destructive storms flooded communities and unleashed a tornado, leaving more than two dozen dead. »Read

In this article: MICHAEL N. ANDERSON, Drought, water
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 California could soon legalize motorcycle lane-splitting

Motorcycle lane-splitting — the rush-hour time saver for bikers that enrages many drivers — may be poised for formal legalization. »Read

In this article: Tom Lackey, Bill Quirk, Dennis Zine
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 S.F. mayor pushing for special cameras to bust speeders

S.F. mayor pushing for special cameras to bust speeders The cameras could be fixed or mounted on vans and first would be deployed near schools and seniors facilities. “Unlike a regular speeding ticket, it would not be a moving violation and ... »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Bill Carrick, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Kamala Harris, Edwin M. Lee, Andrew Ross, Loretta Sanchez, Eric Swalwell
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 Opinions > Same old news > A look at the 'reiminaged' Sacramento Bee—and more about that Kings arena lawsuit.

“Looks like USA Today.” That was the No. 1 criticism Bites heard about the “reimagined” Sacramento Bee, launched earlier this month. Bites couldn’t tell you... »Read

In this article: Ronald Burkle, Kevin Johnson
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 Advocates seek to end solitary confinement options for young offenders

Daivion Davis, 21, was convicted of second-degree attempted murder and voluntary manslaughter in 2009 after he opened fire in a gang shooting that killed a 16-year-old honors student attending the homecoming football game at Wilson High School in ... »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Mark Leno
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 Guides > Medical-cannabis guide > High and active > Ngaio gets political with a breakdown of the race for the Senate and how you can get involved in pot politics.

High. I was just wondering how our U.S. senators feel about marijuana. I haven’t heard much. —Jeff I’m glad you asked. And, no, it is... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez
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 Local Stories > Fatal flaw in lethal-force cop investigations > Local lawmaker pushes California for independent, transparent investigations of police-involved killings.

Prompted by police incidents across the country, an effort is underway to make California the first state in the nation to have its top... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Kevin McCarty, Holly J. Mitchell
Bills: AB 86,
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 Health > Immigration movement > Future of bill to extend health coverage to undocumented immigrants in California is uncertain.

Action is forthcoming on the controversial state Senate bill that would grant health care coverage to more than 1 million undocumented immigrants. Senate Bill 4,... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara, state budget
Bills: SB 4,
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 Wife of California sheriff convicted of domestic abuse to open play

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The wife of the San Francisco sheriff convicted of domestic abuse in a scandal that rocked the department is set to star in a one-woman play that allows her to tell the story as she saw it. »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi
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 Today's cartoons: Big minimum wage boost crushes fast-food business owners

Also: No shortage of scapegoats for the drought. »Read

In this article: Drought, minimum wage
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 Feds order pipeline company to clean up Santa Barbara coastline

lSANTA BARBARA — Federal authorities Wednesday issued a cleanup order to the company whose underground pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude oil into the Pacific last week, marring several miles of Santa Barbara County coastline. »Read

In this article: Jared Blumenfeld, Michael Cohen, water
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 Aide to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti hired for top post in Santa Monica

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s top advisor on financial issues is leaving to take a job running the city of Santa Monica, officials said Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Richard Riordan
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 Irvine bucks the trend as council votes to repeal living wage law

When Irvine adopted a living wage ordinance nearly eight years ago, the suburban city in the heart of Orange County was cheered for its progressive effort to give its poorest wage earners a bigger paycheck. »Read

In this article: Larry Agran, Beth Krom, minimum wage
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 Irvine takes step to repeal living wage law

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) -- The only city in Orange County, California, to have a living wage ordinance has taken steps to repeal it, at a time when other cities around the nation are moving to adopt minimum wage laws.... »Read

In this article: Beth Krom, minimum wage
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 Climate Change, a Factor in Texas Floods, Largely Ignored

Climate change is taking a toll on Texas, and the devastating floods that have killed at least 15 people and left 12 others missing across the state are some of the best evidence yet of that phenomenon, state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon ... »Read

In this article: George W. Bush, Drought, global warming, Eric Johnson, water
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 Opinion: Defining what's acceptable for Democrats

Organized labor shuns Rep. Ami Bera over his stand on free tradeDemocrats are fuming at incoming Sen. Steve Glazer over his stand on BART strikes Democrats seem to have taken a page from Republicans’ book of vengeance … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Amerish Bera, Jerry Brown, California Democratic Party, Gray Davis, Steven Glazer, Isadore Hall, Gavin Newsom, Barack Obama, David A. Roberti, Senate Democrats, Steve Smith, Shawnda Westly
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 A refresher course in civics

Speakers used ‘extra’ money to fund pet projectsSpeakers bypassed budgetary checks and balances Speaker Atkins is ending the practice after AP exposed it … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Toni Atkins, Karen Bass
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 Can Hillary Clinton Keep Her Balance Between a Primary Policy Fight and the General Election?

As the Democratic 2016 field fills in from the left, her aides say she is determined to avoid a liberal 'arms race' »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Mitt Romney, Joe Trippi
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 Joe Mathews: Harris vs. Sanchez is a tale of two Californias

Kamala Harris represents the Bay Area, and Loretta Sanchez is of L.A. The candidates also show differences in income and social classNorthern California has controlled statewide elections, but L.A. has voting potential … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: Rocky Chavez, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez
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 California awards $250M to high school career prep programs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California is betting big - $1.4 billion over five years - that connecting high school studies to specific careers will get more students to graduate, go on to college and find well-paying jobs.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, technical education, Tom Torlakson
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 California Awards $250M To High School Career Prep Programs

California is betting big — $1.4 billion over five years — that connecting high school studies to specific careers will get more students to graduate, go on to college and find well-paying jobs. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, technical education, Tom Torlakson
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 Rick Santorum entering GOP race for president

Rick Santorum, who was the runner-up in the Republican primary race four years ago but has never been considered his party’s heir apparent, announced his second presidential bid on Wednesday. [...] just days before the Iowa caucuses, Santorum ... »Read

In this article: Mike Huckabee, minimum wage, Mitt Romney, Same-sex marriage
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 Controlled burns train firefighters along American River Parkway

Training burns will take place for the next month Exercises help firefighters prepare for expected busy fire season County officials have tightened control over open flames on the parkway … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Drought, Stephen Green, water
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 In return to S.C., Clinton accuses GOP of neglecting women, minorities

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton accused Republicans and business interests Wednesday of turning a blind eye to unequal pay and advancement opportunities for working women and said she isn’t “afraid to ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Barack Obama, Early Primary
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 Sacramento City Council approves budget with 5 additional employees for Mayor Kevin Johnson

Council votes to add nearly $7 million to city budgetPlan puts Sacramento on track for general fund deficit by 2016-17Council will take final budget vote next month … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, John Shirey, Allen Warren
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 L.A. mayor: Minimum wage exemption for unionized firms needs study

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that a proposal to  exempt some unionized companies from paying a $15-per-hour minimum wage needs further scrutiny, but he stopped short of saying whether he would support or oppose it. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Herb Wesson
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 Democrats to Homeland Security: Free migrant families from 'jail-like' sites

A majority of House Democrats on Wednesday sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson demanding an end to family detention of immigrants. »Read

In this article: Zoe Lofgren, Nancy Pelosi
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 Equal pay bill unanimously passes the Senate

The state Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that seeks to strengthen the law on equal pay rights for female workers while giving all California employees new legal tools to fight wage discrimination. The legislation by Sen. Hannah-Beth ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Legislature, Barack Obama
Bills: SB 358,
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 Kamala Harris cautions against 'one-size-fits-all' approach on body cameras

As numerous proposals on body cameras for police officers make their way through the Legislature, state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday cautioned against using a 'one-size-fits-all' approach to regulate their use. »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Legislature, Shirley Weber
Bills: AB 66,
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 VIDEO: Clean car trade-in program launches with Capitol truck demolition

Programs aim to put clean cars in poorest, most polluted parts of California Cap-and-trade auction revenue will replace about 600 cars this year Senate leader Kevin de León led crushing of old pickup truck … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols
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 Tax board Chairman Jerome Horton taken from meeting via ambulance

Jerome Horton, chairman of the California Board of Equalization, was taken from a board meeting by ambulance to Mercy General Hospital on Wednesday. A BOE spokeswoman confirmed Horton’s departure and … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerome Horton
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 Are chiropractors being punished for opposing vaccination bill?

Chiropractors omitted from Medi-Cal payment increaseAssemblyman suggests retribution for opposition to vaccination billTwo medical groups continue sparring over issue … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Brian W. Jones, Brian W. Jones, Richard Pan, state budget
Bills: SB 277,
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 Analysis: Recent California newspaper editorials

May 24 … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Richard D. Roth, water
Bills: AB 888, AB 1699,
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