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Dianne Feinstein pleas for GOP votes on drought bill

"Demand gun rights back: eliminate the Roster, the 10- and 30-day waits, the AWB, and 10-round magazine capacity limit as the price to help her."

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Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling

"Russian & Armenian Organized Crime Groups from Sacramento & Southern California when the Tobacco Tax was increased I think 10 years ago, created a brand new and largely uncontrolled form of smuggling where Ryder or Uhaul Trucks were driven to Indian Reservations in Las Vegas and their is nothing that Ag Inspection in Barstow could do, there is nothing illegal in hauling Cigarettes as long as there is a bill of sale."

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Kings owners set to announce deal with labor unions on downtown arena construction

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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

"What happened to basic research before writing. While Assembly member Alejo's press release said the bill went to the Senate floor, that is incorrect. The bill was sent to the Senate Rules committee yesterday by the chair of the Appropriations committee. Cut and paste electeds press releases?"

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Not supporting Filner

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 NEW: CA imposes taxes near highest in the U.S.
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 NEW: Why is GOP rebuffing Sen. Feinstein's drought bill?
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 Is 42 necessary?
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 Is the Department of Insurance Hiding the Ball on its Millions in Payments to Consumer Watchdog?
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 Jerry Brown back to negotiating table with Republicans over rainy-day fund

Gov. Jerry Brown called Wednesday for a special session of the Legislature to take up his proposal to create a rainy-day fund, and for the first time since 2011 he will have to negotiate a major budget deal with Republicans. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Michael Cohen, Robert Huff, Legislature, Dave Low, Jim Miller, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Darrell Steinberg, Brad Williams
Bills: ACA 4,
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 California Governor Brown wants rainy-day fund in constitution

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday stepped up his efforts to enshrine a rainy day fund in the state's constitution, stealing some thunder from Republicans backing a similar measure as he seeks an ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Cohen, Peter DeMarco, Robert Huff, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Commuter trains, bus systems gear up for Fix50 crowds

Sacramento Regional Transit will launch bulked up train service and added security next week when construction starts on Highway 50 downtown. »Read

In this article: Ken Cooley, Roger Dickinson
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 State Senator seeks review of sex offender GPS tracking

The leader of the state Senate is seeking an independent review of how parole officers tracked a sex offender charged with four Southern California slayings, a spokesman said Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Luis Patino, Darrell Steinberg
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 Capitol Alert: Tim Donnelly fires legislative chief of staff

One month after splitting with his campaign manager in his run for governor, Republican Tim Donnelly has fired Alex Vassar, his legislative chief of staff, sources said. Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly speaks with reporters at ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, Tim Donnelly, illegal immigration, Jennifer Kerns, Legislature, Alex Vassar, Leland Yee
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 Modesto man allegedly beats victim in face with hammer

A Modesto man suspected of beating a co-worker with a hammer and stealing a car in Petaluma was arrested in Humboldt County Tuesday night, a Sonoma County sheriff's sergeant said. »Read

In this article: Luis Ayala, Stephen T. Knight
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 Jerry Brown pushes his plan for state reserve fund

Governor declares a special session of the Legislature to take up the issue in a major test of the state's new political dynamic.SACRAMENTO — Raising the stakes in his campaign to strengthen California's finances, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Cohen, Connie Conway, Jeff Gorell, Robert Huff, Legislature, Chris Megerian, Darrell Steinberg, water
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 Bell's Rizzo sentenced to 12 years in prison

L.A. County judge also orders the former Bell administrator to pay the city nearly $9 million in restitution.Four years after he became the face of municipal greed, Robert Rizzo broke his long silence Wednesday in a Los Angeles courtroom and asked a ... »Read

In this article: Steve Cooley, Robert Rizzo, water
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 District of compensation, just and otherwise

Only Bussell got in a dig when he asked, "Does Washington need more lawyers?" (Both Dems are attorneys.) Swalwell talked up his role in the bipartisan United Solutions Caucus. In February, the feds indicted Sen. Ron Calderon, ... »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Mark Baldassare, Ron Calderon, campaign finance, Ellen Corbett, Robert Huff, Legislature, Alex Padilla, PPIC, Fortney Pete Stark, Darrell Steinberg, Eric Swalwell, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 The real polluters of Barrio Logan

A big hole in the main argument for supporting the proposed community plan update. »Read

In this article: David Alvarez, Todd Gloria
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 The Buzz: Leland Yee shuts down ballot-measure committee

State Sen. Leland Yee has closed his ballot-measure committee, only days after authorities indicted him on corruption and gun-running conspiracy charges. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Igor Birman, Elizabeth Emken, Doug Ose, Leland Yee
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 Readers concur, 'Six Californias' don't add up

The proposal may have a certain wacky appeal at first glance, but poorer regions that might like the idea of secession would have the most to lose.SACRAMENTO—Judging by your emails, many readers agree with me that a proposed ballot measure to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, George Skelton, water
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 CalPERS adopts pension rate hike

CalPERS approved nearly a half-billion dollars in pension contribution rate increases Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, CalSTRS, Rob Feckner, Legislature
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 State Senate leader seeks review of GPS tracking

The leader of the state Senate is seeking an independent review of how parole officers tracked a sex offender charged with four Southern California slayings, a spokesman said Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Luis Patino, Darrell Steinberg
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 Gov. Brown looks to fix Rainy Day Fund measure

Looks to fix 2010's ACA 4 that will appear on November ballot by Brian Leubitz Gov. Brown has always been fond of the concept of a rainy day fund. He's included the concept on many occasions, speeches, budgets, etc. Add "special session" ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Brian Leubitz
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 Governor Calls Special Session On Rainy-Day Fund

Saying the state's budget surplus should be used to pay down debt, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature to make changes to a rainy-day fund measure on the November ballot. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Cohen, Connie Conway, Robert Huff, Legislature, John A. Perez, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Allan Zaremberg
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 Where Did San Diego Find The Extra Money For Its Next Budget?

The city went from a predicted $19 million shortfall to a balanced budget with extra money to spend. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, redevelopment agencies
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 California's Malpractice Ruse

AG Kamala Harris helps the trial bar try to sneak one past voters. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 Obama, Lofgren & Pelosi blast GOP on immigration

The rhetoric flew hot and heavy as Wednesday marked one year since the Senate’s introduction of a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill. The Senate passed the vote, but the House’s GOP leadership has refused to take up that bill or ... »Read

In this article: Zoe Lofgren, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 Controller hopeful stumbles as she rises

Candidate Ashley Swearengin has faced criticism for the way she handled a fee increase. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, John Chiang, Field Poll, Legislature, John A. Perez, Proposition 25, referendum, state budget, water, Betty T. Yee
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 Barnidge: $7 million deficit should be a piece of cake for Richmond problem solvers

If all else fails, council members can always blame it on Chevron »Read

In this article: eminent domain, Gayle McLaughlin, minimum wage
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 Dan Walters: Scandals and conflicts sour legislative session

When the Legislature's 2014 session began about three months ago, the Capitol's dominant Democrats and their allies had high hopes that it would bear legislative fruit — with good reason. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Dan Walters
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 Challengers show ability to compete for dollars

Some of the challengers in California's most competitive congressional races are showing strong fundraising for the first three months of the year, reinforcing how much an independent redistricting process has changed the political landscape and ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Scott Peters, David G. Valadao
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 CalPERS board reverses rating region decision; Yolo will move to Sacramento health plan region

In a surprising reversal, the California Public Employees' Retirement System Board of Administration voted Wednesday to move Yolo County from the Bay Area health plan region to the Sacramento region next year. By a vote of 9 to 2, the board ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Bill Slaton
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 NEW: Covered CA gains only modest signups in 'final hours'

As the last blanket deadline extension arrived, late signups slowed down on Covered California, the state's Obamacare exchange. Difficulties brought on by the website's inability to process a wave of applicants gave officials an opportunity to push ... »Read

In this article: Peter V. Lee, Norma J. Torres
Bills: SB 972,
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 CA17: Khanna & Honda argue over campaign $$$

Rep. Mike Honda and Democratic challenger Ro Khanna got into another dustup over each other's campaign contributions Wednesday, while a new report filed with the Federal Election Commission shows Republican challenger Vanila Singh gave her campaign ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Larry Grisolano, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Jackie Speier, Fortney Pete Stark
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 Richmond leaders delay minimum wage hike, seek further study

A divided Richmond City Council on Tuesday pulled back on what seemed like an imminent move to raise the local minimum wage, as several council members splintered from Mayor Gayle McLaughlin's push to move forward with the local wage hike without a ... »Read

In this article: Gayle McLaughlin, minimum wage
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 Ro Khanna: Republicans and Democrats can agree on some things

Rather than political posturing on budgets, a congressional representative aiming for consensus can restore progress for Americans. »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, minimum wage
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 Governor calls to replace rainy day fund ballot proposal

California Gov. Jerry Brown is calling the Legislature into a special session later this month to replace a rainy day fund proposal on the November ballot with a “dedicated reserve” that would take a greater share of capital gains revenue during ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, state budget, Allan Zaremberg
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 Governor Calls Special Session On Rainy Day Fund

Gov. Jerry Brown says California needs to strengthen its existing rainy day fund to stabilize its budget, especially in years when revenue dips. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, John A. Perez
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 Brown calls special session to address rainy day fund

Gov. Jerry Brown is calling a special session of the Legislature to make changes to California's rainy day fund. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, John A. Perez
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 Governor calls special session on rainy day fund

Gov. Jerry Brown is calling a special session of the Legislature to make changes to California's rainy day fund. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, John A. Perez
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 Capitol Alert: Rep. Ami Bera sitting comfortably in 7th district fundraising

Rep. Ami Bera far outpaced his Republican challengers in first-quarter fundraising, bringing in more than $489,000 and elevating his cash on hand to $1.47 million. »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Joe Baca, Amerish Bera, Igor Birman, Jerry Brown, Julia Brownley, Carl DeMaio, Jeff Denham, Elizabeth Emken, John Garamendi, Jeff Gorell, Ray Haynes, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Daniel R. Logue, Gary G. Miller, Brian Nestande, Doug Ose, Scott Peters, Raul Ruiz, David G. Valadao, water
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 Capitol Alert: Jerry Brown calls special legislative session on rainy day fund

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature for next week to address his effort to put a rainy-day fund constitutional amendment on the November ballot. Gov. Jerry Brown’s approval rating stands at 57%, ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger, state budget, water
Bills: ACA 4,
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 April 17 letters to the editor

Should impose a sales tax insteadSan Pablo Lytton Casino and Kaiser Permanente donated $400,000 to support Measure C.Doctors Medical Center cares for many casino players who become drunk and depressed after losing there. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, Barack Obama, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Jerry Brown Calls For Special Rainy Day Fund Session

Governor Jerry Brown is calling the California legislature into special session to create a new state budget reserve.Governor Jerry Brown is calling the California legislature into special session to create a new state budget reserve.   The ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Cohen, Jeff Gorell, Robert Huff, Legislature, state budget
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 Brown calls special session on Rainy Day Fund

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature to replace the “Rainy Day Fund” measure on November’s ballot with a dedicated reserve to let the state to pay down its debts and unfunded liabilities. “We simply must ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Proposition 98, state budget
Bills: ACA 4,
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 Ex-Bell city manager leader gets 12 years in prison for corruption

The former city manager of Bell has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison for a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small city just outside Los Angeles. »Read

In this article: John Chiang, Jackie Lacey, Robert Rizzo
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 NEW: Why is GOP rebuffing Sen. Feinstein's drought bill?

                                                                                     U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is renewing her call to Republican senators to vote for […] »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Tony Cardenas, CEQA, Jim Costa, Sam Farr, Dianne Feinstein, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, water
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 NEW: CA imposes taxes near highest in the U.S.

If Tax Day 2014 had you feeling down, consider how much less you would have paid in another state. According to a report on state and local tax rates published by WalletHub, California has the second-highest local and state tax burden in the ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Joel Fox, water
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 Is 42 necessary?

There are just two propositions on the June ballot, which must be a record low for populism run rampant in California, something that began when Proposition 13, against all official opinion and most odds back in 1978, became law when a strong... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Proposition 13, Mark Leno
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 Tony Strickland Up With First TV Ad in California House Contest

Former state Sen. Tony Strickland released his first ad in his bid for California's open 25th District on Wednesday, laying out his priorities, including GOP favorites like repealing the Affordable Care Act, cutting spending and balancing the budget. »Read

In this article: Julia Brownley, Stephen T. Knight, Howard P. Mckeon, Mitt Romney, Tony Strickland
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 Apple, Google, others back smartphone 'kill switches'

Major smartphone companies have committed to adding "kill switches" to phones next year to deter thefts. Signing on to the pledge were a host of companies including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, HTC, Nokia and Huawei. An ... »Read

In this article: Mark Leno, James Nielsen
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 Kevin Johnson to be installed as head of national mayoral group

Kevin Johnson on Wednesday will be installed as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, becoming the first Sacramento mayor to lead the organization in its 81-year history. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher (6) talks with Sacramento ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Jay Schenirer
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 Eshoo Raises Money From Tech Industry Ahead of Ranking-Member Battle With Pallone

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo's leadership political action committee raised $203,000 -- mostly from high-tech and telecommunication firms -- as she bids to be ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. It is the first leadership PAC of the ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Anna G. Eshoo, Nancy Pelosi, Raul Ruiz
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 Eshoo Raises Money from Tech Industry Ahead of Pallone Ranking Member Battle

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo's leadership political action committee raised $203,000 -- mostly from high tech and telecommunication firms -- as she bids to be ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. It is the first leadership PAC of the ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Anna G. Eshoo, Nancy Pelosi, Raul Ruiz
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 AM Alert: Californians divided geographically over water shortage

Though nearly all Californians agree the state is experiencing a serious water shortage, they are divided over the causes of the problem. Water projects and drought relief now top the Fresno County COG wish list. »Read

In this article: Anna Caballero, Field Poll, Ricardo Lara, water
Bills: SB 1174,
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 Keeping Our Government in the Open

On many levels, the advent of the Internet fundamentally transformed our society, giving us access to information literally at our fingertips. Without question, it offers a lot of good. But it also exposes our personal information in ways that ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Kristin Olsen
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 Is the Department of Insurance Hiding the Ball on its Millions in Payments to Consumer Watchdog?

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and ConsumerWatchdog.org have a cozy relationship. In addition to receiving questionable no-bid government contracts from the Insurance Department that raised concerns among ethics experts, ... »Read

In this article: Juan Vargas, Legislature, Dave Jones
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 Garcetti's Precarious Budget

In the most honest and straight forward budget presentation in the last ten years, Mayor Eric Garcetti presented his 'Back to Basics' budget at a Monday morning press conference at City Hall. This $5.1 billion General Fund budget is $250 million ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti
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 America's New Brainpower Cities

Brainpower rankings usually identify the usual suspects: college towns like Boston, Washington, D.C., and the San Francisco Bay area. And to be sure, these places generally have the highest per capita education levels. However, it's worthwhile to ... »Read

In this article: Joel Kotkin, Chris Reed
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 Pentagon Warns More Spending Reductions Mean More Risk

For more than a year, the Pentagon declined to detail the impact of the battle-ax approach to cutting spending known as sequestration. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his allies bet that the prospect was so dire that lawmakers would reach a $1.2 ... »Read

In this article: Chuck Hagel, Steve Jobs, Howard P. Mckeon, Leon Panetta
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 Poll: 88 percent of Californians say there is 'a serious water shortage' in the state

Field poll finds Californians are concerned about the drought, but there are wide regional differences on building new dams and waiving environmental regulations. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Kathryn R. Phillips, water
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 After Deaths, OC Officials Ramp Up Bike Safety Efforts

After a string of high-profile deaths, government officials from across Orange County are ramping up their efforts to make it safer and easier for people to ride bikes. »Read

In this article: Steven Choi, Leslie Daigle, Todd Spitzer
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 New poll: 88 percent of Californians say there is 'a serious water shortage' in the state

Field poll finds Californians are concerned about the drought, but there are wide regional differences on building new dams and waiving environmental regulations. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Kathryn R. Phillips, water
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 Garcetti, Jay Z To Announce Details For Downtown Summer Music Festival

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Jay Z are expected to announce plans for the rapper's "Made In America" music festival in downtown L.A. Wednesday morning, despite objection from a city council member. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar, Gloria Molina
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