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Why The Grocery Bag Bill Should Be Referred

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 The Fix: The Fix's 2015 list of best state political reporters
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 Your Appliances May Be Spying on You
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 California's political gold rush
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 Nurses sign, doctors strike*
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 State fails to track billions in mental health funds

State and county officials cannot show how billions of dollars collected through a voter-approved tax on millionaires are being spent or whether the related programs have helped people with mental illness as voters intended. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Legislature, Little Hoover Commission
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 Loretta Sanchez sets timeline for U.S. Senate decision

As others make their decisions, Rep. Loretta Sanchez said Tuesday that she will take several more months to settle on a run for U.S. Senate. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, Jackie Lacey, Loretta Sanchez, Thomas F. Steyer, Antonio Villaraigosa, Herb Wesson
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 Willie Brown's guide to losing friends and alienating voters

It’s more than a little offensive for anyone to try to shut down viable candidates, like Antonio Villaraigosa, from running for U.S. Senate. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Willie Brown, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Republican House Takes Aim at Human Trafficking Again

The House passed a dozen bills that combat the issue of human trafficking, particularly child sex trafficking »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Kevin McCarthy, Senate Republicans
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 Cap Set On Donations To San Diego County Candidates

Pending a second vote, the limits would be $25,000 for supervisors races by district and $50,000 for countywide offices. »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Ron Nehring
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 CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White: 'Time for a reality check'

LONG BEACH >> Chancellor Timothy P. White of the Cal State University presented a 10-year graduation initiative for the 23-campus system on Tuesday, while issuing a warning that the state's public universities will buckle without significant ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Timothy P. White
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 California plastic bag ban proponents allege fraud in referendum campaign

Signature gatherers boosting a referendum that would trash California’s plastic bag ban deceived people, supporters of the ban charge. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Alex Padilla, referendum
Bills: SB 270,
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 CSU commits to 100,000 more degrees earned by 2025

During his second State of the CSU address Tuesday, California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White announced new degree completion goals and called for increased state support for those efforts. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, state budget, Timothy P. White
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 Dublin City Council appoints first female member

Council members on Tuesday voted 3-1 to appoint Doreen Wehrenberg, a former Dublin planning commissioner, to fill the vacant seat left when David Haubert was elected mayor in November. Wehrenberg will serve out the remainder of Haubert's term, which ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, David Haubert
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 House Democrats Brace for Potentially Tense Retreat

The official theme of the House Democrats' annual 'issues conference' this week is 'Grow America's Economy, Grow American Paychecks.' »Read

In this article: Karen Bass, minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi, Mitt Romney, unemployment insurance
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 Report rips California's oversight of mental health initiative

Ten years after California voters passed Proposition 63’s tax on millionaires to fund programs for the mentally ill, the state cannot document whether billions of dollars in funding have improved residents’ lives, according to a new ... »Read

In this article: Elaine Howle, Little Hoover Commission, Pedro Nava, Darrell Steinberg
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 Rep. Pittenger settles friendly Panthers wager with Democrats

Carolina fans hope this doesn’t become a trend.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Patrick Murphy, Eric Swalwell
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 Los Angeles County D.A. Lacey backs Kamala Harris for Senate

As Antonio Villaraigosa ponders whether to run for U.S. Senate, state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris is continuing to pick off potential supporters of the former Los Angeles mayor. »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Jackie Lacey, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Illustrating the transformation of California's economy

Its great to see the growing political focus on the economic gap between the haves and have-nots. Democrats and Republicans agree that the wealth gap exists, and that it is a problem that must be fixed in order for our state, and our nation, to ... »Read
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 How Sleep Deprivation Can Affect Your Health

So much technology but so little time — especially when it comes to getting an adequate amount of sleep. Sleep deprivation is a problem affecting adolescents, parents, couples and it can also affect your health. »Read

In this article: David R. Peters, David Peters
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 Will Replacing Barbara Boxer Be a Race or a Political Anointing?

State Attorney General Kamala Harris has been welcomed by some US Senators to replace retiring Barbara Boxer next year. But isn't there supposed to be an election? What about Xavier Becerra, Loretta Sanchez and Antonio Villaraigosa? For the first ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, Paul Mitchell, Loretta Sanchez, Antonio Villaraigosa, Anthony York
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 Group Forms to Oppose Choi's Library Legacy Project

In his first state of the city address in 2013, Mayor Steven Choi outlined an ambitious plan to build a great public library at the Great Park and in two years since the idea was first proposed, the project has generated a lot of busy work for city ... »Read

In this article: Larry Agran, Steven Choi, Beth Krom, Donald P. Wagner, Mimi Walters
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 NEW: CA Dem vs. CA Dem on taxes

One-party systems are inherently unstable. People inevitably choose sides. And budget realities always limit what government can do, bringing conflict. So it’s not surprising Democrats in California, who dominate the minority Republicans ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Legislature
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 Dems give Obama two months to reach Iran deal

At least 10 Senate Democrats say they will not support final passage of a sanctions bill before then. »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, Barbara Lee, Barack Obama, Senate Democrats
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 Feinstein Disputes CIA Report on Spying on Senate

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee is disputing findings of a CIA Accountability Board review that determined no one should be punished for accessing Senate computer files. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Leon Panetta
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 NEW: Contra Costa County government scandal: Third World R Us?

It’s long been common in politics for one side to comment on how alleged wrongdoing is covered by the media if their side does it versus how it’s covered if it’s the other side doing it. But this tactic and/or genuinely aggrieved ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Mary Piepho, Chris Reed, referendum
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 Officials To Attend Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony For New City Heights YMCA

The Copley-Price Family YMCA at the site of the old Pearson Ford dealership on El Cajon Boulevard includes two pools, a fitness center and gymnasium, a demonstration kitchen and play fountains. »Read

In this article: Marti Emerald, Kevin Faulconer
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 Governor appoints new Department of Health Care Services director, will oversee Medi-Cal

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Jennifer Kent as director of the California Department of Health Care Services, the state agency that oversees the burgeoning Medi-Cal program. She replaces Toby Douglas, who stepped down in late 2014. Kent, 41, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Diana Dooley, Jennifer Kent, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Here's Hoping "Clear the Field" Doesn't Prevail in Senate Race

The buzz created by Los Angeles City Council president Herb Wesson’s endorsement of AG Kamala Harris for U. S. Senate was a big “get” because Wesson was known as an ally of former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who is considering jumping into ... »Read

In this article: Joel Fox, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez, Adam Schiff, Dan Schnur, George Skelton, Antonio Villaraigosa, Herb Wesson
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 R.I.P. Dan Wall

Dan Wall was an expert on local government finances who advocated for counties and readily engaged in debates over tax philosophy in a straightforward, congenially way. Our paths crossed many times serving on panels or discussing tax questions when ... »Read

In this article: Dan Walters
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 The 2015 CALA Legal Reform Wish List

With the 2015-2016 legislative session under way, it’s worth reminding our elected leaders why legal reform is needed. Ultimately, enacting legal reform is about making our lawsuit system serve the interests of ordinary people, rather than making ... »Read

In this article: CEQA, Legislature
Bills: AB 2171, SB 1188,
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 Public Sector Pay: Transparency and Perspective

Public sector labor leaders in California would rather that the public remain relatively ignorant about how well their members are compensated. But they are fighting a losing battle. Because of California’s massive unfunded pension liability and ... »Read

In this article: John Chiang
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 Villaraigosa Record has Pluses for Senate Bid - and Landmines

The signs are growing that state and national Democrats’ attempts to clear the U.S. Senate field in 2016 for California Attorney General Kamala Harris aren’t working. Several well-known Democrats are seriously considering challenging Harris, and ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Willie Brown, global warming, Kamala Harris, George Skelton, Thomas F. Steyer, Antonio Villaraigosa, Martin Wachs, water
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 Your Appliances May Be Spying on You

The FTC issues privacy and security guidelines to the companies that are creating the 'Internet of Things.' »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Edith Ramirez
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 The Fix: The Fix's 2015 list of best state political reporters

The most under-appreciated reporters in the political world are the scribes covering state and local politics. They rarely get the attention of their colleagues at the national level but are often covering the very politicians and national trends ... »Read

In this article: Henry Gomez, Jennifer Jacobs, Carla Marinucci, George Skelton, John A. Wagner
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 San Francisco port-a-potty program offers homeless privacy, normality

San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen bemoaned in 1985 that his beloved city — particularly 'the seamy streets of the Tenderloin' — risked the moniker of Latrine-by-the-Bay, in part because of official resistance to public toilets. »Read

In this article: Richard Riordan, Antonio Villaraigosa, water
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 READ IN: Billion Dollar Baby Edition

Don't forget to sign up for Read In and get all the political news you need delivered right to your inbox every day!A1: Today's top stories.-- Light snow will continue to fall in the D.C. area this morning as the storm headed to the Northeast ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Mark Kirk, Legislature, Loretta Lynch, John McCain
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 Romney, ahead of 2016 run, now calls Utah home, talks openly about Mormon influence

HOLLADAY, Utah — After losing two straight presidential races, Mitt Romney packed up his home in Massachusetts and journeyed west to Utah, building a mansion here in the foothills of the Wasatch Range that has served as his sanctuary from ... »Read

In this article: John Miller, referendum, Mitt Romney, Bob White
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 California's political gold rush

Silicon Valley money may tip scales in pricey Senate race. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Jim Ross, Steve Westly
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 Nurses sign, doctors strike*

<p>As California's <b>Kaiser Permanente</b> nurses sign a contract health center doctors at the <b>University of California</b> <a href=http:* <p>'The work stoppage is scheduled to last one day. It ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Barbara Boxer, Loni Hancock, Kamala Harris, Mark Leno, Carla Marinucci, George Skelton, Antonio Villaraigosa, Dan Walters, Lois Wolk
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 Democrats, Republicans spar over Benghazi investigation

A special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, began last year with promises of bipartisanship and cooperation. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Adam Schiff
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 Gloria Romero: Women politicians no longer willing to wait on men

The announced retirement of Barbara Boxer set off speculation as to who would run to become California’s new junior senator in 2016. Almost immediately, and not surprisingly, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced her candidacy, and... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Willie Brown, John Chiang, Kevin De Leon, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Gavin Newsom, Alex Padilla, Gloria Romero, Thomas F. Steyer, Antonio Villaraigosa
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