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San Diego Cab Owners Line Up At City Hall To Oppose Open Taxi Market

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Why The Grocery Bag Bill Should Be Referred

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Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling

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 Tom Steyer's Green Super-PAC Has Spent a LOT of Money on This Election
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 Mayor of Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens shot dead by wife
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 Graphic images on big city contractor's personal website
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 A Senator to Replace Holder?
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 Capitol has a big role in ads for Central Valley seat

Tumbleweeds, bill votes and legislative scandals get prominent roles in TV ads airing in a competitive state Senate race in the Central Valley. Luis Chavez, a Democrat, is running for the 14th Senate District in the Nov. 4, 2014 election. ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Jim Miller, minimum wage, sick leave, Andy Vidak, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 The Buzz: California state library loves passion papers

Ah, romance. Inhabitant of candlelit dinners, tender caresses and … government documents? »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jon Coupal, Matt Dababneh, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Bills: AB 2056,
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 Chorus mounts for Senate to release nepotism investigation

The chorus of voices calling on the California Senate to release an investigation it commissioned into complaints of nepotism grew Wednesday, with two Republicans and two Democrats joining Democratic Sen. Mark DeSaulnier in saying the findings ... »Read

In this article: Mark DeSaulnier, Alex Padilla, Gloria Romero, Richard D. Roth, Darrell Steinberg, Andy Vidak
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 Honda's chief of staff apologizes for email exchange with political director

Congressman Mike Honda's chief of staff has apologized for blurring the line between her official duties and her work on his re-election campaign. »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna
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 Governor signs bill to distinguish toy guns from real weapons

A new bill requires replica guns to be distinguished from real weapons by painting the entire exterior in bright colors or having florescent strips on their salient parts. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Noreen Evans
Bills: SB 199,
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 Facebook offers apology for "real" name flap

Facebook apologized on Wednesday for what it said were misunderstandings about its policy requiring users to use their “real name” on the social network — a policy interpreted by some to mean that Facebook reserved the right to determine how ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, Christopher Cox, Michael Williams
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 Defunct agency's workers' retiree benefits on S.F. ballot

San Francisco voters are being asked to allow employees of the now-defunct San Francisco Redevelopment Agency to keep their retiree health benefits if they are hired by the city of San Francisco before March. The goal, said Supervisor Malia Cohen, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, redevelopment agencies
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 LA officials give final approval to pay increase at large hotels

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles city leaders gave final approval on Wednesday to a measure that would increase the wages of workers at large hotels to $15.37 an hour, prompting a warning from hotel industry officials they might sue over the ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Curren Price
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 Wait 'til 2016, Nancy Pelosi says

Five weeks out from the midterm elections, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco came close to conceding the obvious Wednesday -- that Democrats will not retake the House. The problem is, that doesn’t set up the presidential ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Bruce E. Cain, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi
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 East Bay: Timely rape evidence testing bill signed into law

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill requiring the timely DNA testing of sexual assault evidence, which advocates said paves the way to clearing California's huge backlog of untested rape kits. »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Barack Obama, Nancy Skinner
Bills: AB 1517,
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 Facebook apologizes to drag queens for deleting accounts

Facebook is apologizing to drag queens and transgender people for deleting accounts that used drag names such as Lil Miss Hot Mess rather than legal names such as Bob Smith. »Read

In this article: Christopher Cox, Bob Smith
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 LA County's 'Music Center' Marks 50th Anniversary

Los Angeles County officials Wednesday to kick off the 50th anniversary celebration of The Music Center with fireworks and fanfare. »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Gloria Molina, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 Sacramento County taxpayers on the hook for elections office mistakes

A pair of blunders by the Sacramento County elections office that omitted information from the sample ballot booklet sent to thousands of registered voters is costing taxpayers more than $68,000 and has the potential to affect voting in the November ... »Read

In this article: Jill LaVine, Roberta MacGlashan
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 Facebook apologizes to drag queens for name policy

Facebook is apologizing to drag queens and the transgender community for deleting accounts that used drag names like Lil Miss Hot Mess rather than legal names such as Bob Smith. FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2014 file photo, drag queens from left, ... »Read

In this article: Christopher Cox, Bob Smith
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 Law enforcement officials voice support for Sacramento 'strong mayor'

A group of current and former law enforcement officials announced Wednesday they were endorsing Measure L, the November ballot measure in Sacramento seeking to increase the powers of the mayor. »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, John McGinness, water
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 Wait till 2016, Nancy Pelosi says

House Minority  Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco Five weeks out from the midterm elections, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco came close to conceding the obvious Wednesday — that Democrats will not retake the House. ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Bruce E. Cain, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi
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 Brown signs plastic bag ban, dozens more bills

SACRAMENTO — California will become the first state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags under one of the dozens of bills signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Other significant bills signed by the governor allow Californians to obtain ... »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Kamala Harris, Jerry Hill, Vinod Khosla, Legislature, Ross Mirkarimi, Alex Padilla, referendum, Nancy Skinner
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 Ben Affleck eyes action-thriller 'The Accountant' for next role

Ben Affleck seems to have a penchant for characters with secret lives. The star of the marital murder mystery 'Gone Girl' and the superhero showdown 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' may next portray an accountant by day and assassin by night. »Read

In this article: Kevin R. Scott, Will Smith
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 Facebook apologizes to drag queens over name policy

 Facebook is apologizing to drag queens and the transgender community for deleting accounts that used drag names like Lil Miss Hot Mess rather than legal names such as Bob Smith.    »Read

In this article: Christopher Cox, Bob Smith
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 $15.37 minimum wage heads to Garcetti's desk as hotel group complains

As the Los Angeles City Council gave final approval Wednesday to a minimum wage increase for workers in large hotels, opponents of the measure reminded city officials they're not going down without a fight. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 In the Loop: Heading to the shortlist to replace Attorney General Eric Holder

The Justice Department is said to be preparing a short­list, for the moment, of people it is recommending to the White House to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder. Most every lawyer in town — if not the country — seems to have been ... »Read

In this article: Loretta Lynch, Tony West
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 Los Angeles City Council Approves Minimum Wage Hike For Hotel Workers

The Los Angeles City Council approved an ordinance Wednesday that will raise the minimum wage for thousands of hotel workers in the city to $15.37 an hour. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Bernard Parks
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 Gift limits vetoed by Gov. Brown would have affected him little

In vetoing a bill restricting gifts to elected officials, Gov. Jerry Brown was acting on a measure that would have affected his own practice of accepting perks, but not by much. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Fair Political Practices Commission, Michael Finnegan, Jodi Remke, Robert Stern, Antonio Villaraigosa
Bills: SB 1443,
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 Secret Service Director Julia Pierson steps down

Under pressure after a series of security breaches, the calls for her resignation accelerated quickly »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Nancy Pelosi
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 Governor blocks changes to state outsourcing process

At the beginning of the year, Assemblyman Richard Pan proposed sweeping changes to the state’s outsourcing process in an attempt to expand the state workforce. A legislative package would have added performance criteria to state contracts, given ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Richard Pan
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 Higher-wage industries boost hiring in L.A., but income growth lags

California is “in growth mode from top to bottom,” but the expansion is happening unevenly around the state, a report by Los Angeles research firm Beacon Economics found. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 Secret Service Director Resigns

Following a fence-jumper who made it inside and other revelations »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Berkeley's minimum wage rises to $10 an hour

Berkeley's minimum wage rose to $10 Wednesday, in the first in a series of hikes over the next three years. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, SEIU
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 Catholic group challenges California abortion coverage

A national clash over religious objections to health care coverage has arrived in California with an administrative challenge assailing mandatory inclusion of abortions. A special Mass for the newly-elected Pope Francis in Sacramento, Calif. on ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin C. Eckery, Holly J. Mitchell
Bills: SB 1053,
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 What really matters in the Concord City Council election?

The post What really matters in the Concord City Council election? appeared first on HALFWAY TO CONCORD. In the quiet Concord cul-de-sac… »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Mark DeSaulnier, George P. Miller, Pete Wilson
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 Berkeley to study improved minimum wage law, regulating rideshare companies

The Labor Commission will study wage level and areas such as sick leave, health benefits and cost of living increases, while seeking greater input from local small businesses »Read

In this article: Tom Bates, Legislature, minimum wage, SEIU, sick leave, Kriss Worthington
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 Here come the calls for the Secret Service director to step down

Members of Congress from both parties are expressing their frustration with Julia Pierson after a series of security failures »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Nancy Pelosi
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 Asian Republicans Announce 2014 Endorsements

The Asian Republican Coalition announced Wednesday its support for five Republicans in the midterms, including two incumbents, two House hopefuls and a gubernatorial candidate. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Scott Peters
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 Chris Christie not stumping for Neel Kashkari during L.A. visit

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie arrives in Los Angeles on Wednesday for the start of a three-day, multistate fundraising swing for the Republican Governors Assn. But unlike in the other states Christie plans to visit, the potential 2016 presidential ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly
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 Californians can seek gun restraining-orders

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Tuesday that will allow family members to seek court orders temporarily prohibiting their relatives from possessing firearms. [Sacramento Bee] Democratic Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner authored the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Nancy Skinner
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 NEW: Torlakson continues lying about teacher-discipline law AB 215

Tom Torlakson supports a status quo in which an average of 2.2 of the state’s 275,000 public school teachers are fired each year for incompetence — a figure so ridiculous you barely need to add context. It shows the public school system ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Joan Buchanan, Kamala Harris, Chris Reed, Tom Torlakson
Bills: AB 215,
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 Social Conservatives To GOP: Don't Let The Gays Into Our Grand Old Party

The Republican Party is slowly beginning to accept the existence of gay people among their ranks. As I wrote last month, there are two openly gay GOP candidates running for the US House this year—both with the support and financial backing of ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Same-sex marriage
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 California gun restraining order may deter suicide

California's first-in-the-nation gun restraining order legislation was born out of a college-town rampage that left six people dead at the hands of a killer whose family felt helpless to stop him. FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2014 file photo, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Randall L. Hagar, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Nancy Skinner
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 A crowd-funded experiment in saving democracy

Opinion: Congress is crippled by its dependence on campaign cash. »Read

In this article: Lawrence Lessig, Mark McKinnon
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 The Non-Election Election

What if they called an election and nobody came?  That seems to be the story this November.  Turnout for the June primary, just 25 percent of registered voters, was the lowest in history.  The November turnout will probably not surpass 45 ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, referendum, water
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 Majorities Favor State Government Downsizing

The recent PPIC Statewide Survey offers an early snapshot of voters’ choices as we enter the November election cycle. The majority support for Governor Jerry Brown’s reelection and the Proposition 1 state water bond was widely cited in the media ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, PPIC, state budget, water
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 The Plastic Bag Referendum and the Connection to the Sec. of State Race

If the referendum filed to overturn SB 270, the plastic bag ban law signed by Governor Brown yesterday, makes the ballot arguments against the ban will deal with lost manufacturing jobs and charging consumers 10-cents for paper bags that grocers’ ... »Read

In this article: Alex Padilla, referendum
Bills: SB 270,
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 Gov. Brown Rebuilds Redevelopment

Reversing his 2011 abolition of redevelopment, on Monday Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law two bills that will revive it, Senate Bill 628 and Assembly Bill 229. He also vetoed a third redevelopment measure, AB2280, he believed went too far by ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, eminent domain, Legislature, redevelopment agencies
Bills: AB 229, SB 628, AB 2280,
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 The Days of Awe

We are currently in the Days of Awe, the 10 day period between Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It is a time of repentance, prayer, and charity. It directs us to a form of charity or good deeds relevant to our ... »Read
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 Governor vetoes surgical-tech standards bill

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Monday that tried to establish minimum standards for the 9,000 surgical technologists working in California. Assembly Bill 2062 by Democratic state Sen. Roger Hernandez from West Covina sought to fill a gap in ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Hernandez, Legislature
Bills: AB 2062,
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 OC Supervisor Janet Nguyen Noticed of Recall Petition

First District Supervisor Janet Nguyen was issued a notice of intention to circulate a recall petition at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday afternoon by a former opponent for the 34th district »Read

In this article: Neal Kelley, Long Pham, Ed Royce
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 AM Alert: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Francis Ford Coppola inducted into California Hall of Fame

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Francis Ford Coppola and Dr. Dre walk into a museum...for their induction into the California Hall of Fame, not just the set-up to this corny joke. Francis Ford Coppola on the set of “Youth Without Youth” in ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Jerry Brown, Anne Gust, Doug Ose, Darrell Steinberg, Dan Walters
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 Graphic images on big city contractor's personal website

The head of the Family Service Agency of San Francisco is on the hot seat for steering staffers to some very graphic pictures and controversial postings on his personal website — including photos comparing a vagina to women’s lips and a post ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Andrew Ross
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 Capital Journal Daybreak: Israel's Warning to the U.S. | Islamic State Fighting Strains Pentagon Budget | Secret Service Draws More Fire

The Journal's morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Sam Brownback, Dion Nissenbaum, Barack Obama
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 Mayor of Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens shot dead by wife

Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo died Tuesday after his wife, Levette, shot him several times during a domestic dispute, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said. »Read

In this article: Cristina Garcia, Ricardo Lara
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 Tom Steyer's Green Super-PAC Has Spent a LOT of Money on This Election

This story originally appeared in Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. First there was a pickup truck. Then there was an ark. The vehicle of choice for drawing attention to the NextGen Climate Action ... »Read

In this article: Chris Lehane, Thomas F. Steyer
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 A Senator to Replace Holder?

The latest round of Cabinet handicapping is well underway, a welter of uninformed speculation (mixed with some White House trial balloons) about who might be nominated as attorney general. And the names of three Democratic senators keep getting ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, John F. Kerry, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama
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 Now entering political arena women in tech

Women are taking on high-profile roles in both the D.C. and California arenas. »Read

In this article: Carl Guardino, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Meg Whitman
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 Viewpoints: Mr. President, stay away from California

Obama, who uses the Golden State as a giant ATM, has worn out his welcome. President Barack Obama arrives in Los Angeles and heads for the home of actor George Clooney for a fundrasier in May 2012, one of his many trips to California to collect ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Joe Mathews, Barack Obama, Maria Shriver
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 Flight Curfew Extended at John Wayne Airport

The deal is the byproduct of decades of organizing by Newport Beach residents and city officials who oppose expanding the airport. »Read

In this article: John Moorlach, Todd Spitzer
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 Bell Gardens mayor shot to death

Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo died Tuesday after his wife, Levette, shot him several times during a domestic dispute, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said. »Read

In this article: Cristina Garcia, Ricardo Lara
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