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

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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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 Poll: Support for legalizing marijuana rising in California
Sacramento Bee - March 25, 11:55 pm
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 Local Stories > See lions in Sacramento > The marine mammals keep encroaching on local waterways—and stirring up trouble.
News & Review/Sacramento - March 26, 12:06 am
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 Opinions > Letters for March 26, 2015 > Readers weigh in on Hilary Clinton's email woes, young activists in the city and the effectiveness of Ayurveda.
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 Poll: Support For Legalizing Marijuana Rising In California
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 California Senate panel endorses bill allowing terminally ill to commit suicide
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 State drought relief package falls short, conservation advocates say

Not only will the $1-billion spending plan approved by lawmakers Thursday provide little immediate relief to drought-stricken Californians, state leaders are missing an opportunity to take more decisive action to restrict water use, conservation ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lester Snow, water
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 $1B California drought plan heads to Gov. Brown's desk

A plan to pump $1 billion of water spending into drought-stricken California cleared the Legislature on Thursday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign the legislation. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Kristin Olsen, water
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 Why Does Todd Spitzer Hate the First Amendment?

The First Amendment to our Constitution is pretty clear.  Government can’t make laws abridging free speech.  And this extended from Congress down through local government bodies.  Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer has announced, in ... »Read

In this article: Lucetta Dunn, Todd Spitzer
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 California's cracking down on urban water waste. What about the farmers?

California's brutal drought has state officials looking for ways to conserve water. Ideas that they are considering include 'directing urban agencies to limit the number of days residents can water their yards,' according to The Times. The emergency ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, George Skelton, water
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 Assembly approves $1-billion water bill, sends it to Gov. Jerry Brown

The California Assembly on Thursday passed more than $1 billion in spending on water projects and drought relief. »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, Kristin Olsen, water
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 House Passes SGR Deal in Big, Bipartisan Fashion

On Thursday, the House touched the third rail. Lawmakers didn't punt. They didn't kick the can down the road. And they were bigger than the clichés that have come to describe the predictable patterns of Congress. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 Medicare pay fix sails through House

The House may have passed its last 'doc fix.' »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 Calif. Senate Moves $1B Water Plan Amid Drought

The state Senate on Wednesday approved a $1 billion proposal to speed up spending on water projects and offer about $75 million in immediate aid to residents and wildlife in drought-stricken California. »Read

In this article: Tom Berryhill, Jerry Brown, Legislature, water, Lois Wolk
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 PG&E used pipeline safety funds for executive pay

Michael Picker, new president of the California Public Utilities Commission told lawmakers at a hearing yesterday that Pacific Gas and Electric officials had diverted funds earmarked for pipeline safety to pay for executive raises shortly before the ... »Read

In this article: Lois Wolk, water, Richard Pan, Gavin Newsom, John Myers, William W. Monning, Jerry Hill, Tom Berryhill
Bills: SB 128,
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 Can Jesús save Chicago?

“SUCH a nice man,” says Lerry Knox, the boss of Unplugged Capital, a private-equity fund. He sits on the board of a charity alongside Jesús (Chuy) García, Rahm Emanuel’s challenger in the run-off for Chicago’s mayor. “He is so likeable, ... »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, minimum wage, Barack Obama
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 The unresisted rise of Kamala Harris

Everyone’s scared of Ms Harris FOR the first time since 1992, California has an open Senate seat. In January Barbara Boxer, who at 74 is the younger of its two senators, said she would not seek re-election in 2016. That should have been the cue ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Bruce E. Cain, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, Barack Obama, Dan Schnur, Thomas F. Steyer, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 House Advances Cybersecurity Bill Despite Surveillance Fears

The Intelligence Committee unanimously passed its information-sharing bill Thursday. »Read

In this article: Devin Nunes, Adam Schiff
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 $1-billion water bill expected to clear final legislative hurdle

The California Assembly is expected to vote Thursday on more than $1 billion in spending on water projects and drought relief. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, water, Lois Wolk
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 Microsoft tells its contractors: You must give workers paid time off

Microsoft wants its security guards, janitors and cooks to have paid time off. The tech giant said Thursday that it will begin requiring many of its suppliers to give employees in the United States at least 15 days of paid leave each year. »Read

In this article: Brad Smith, sick leave
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 Don't Damage the Initiative Process Out of Anger

From the contemptible ('Sodomite Suppression Act') to the retaliatory to make a point ('Intolerant Jackass Act') to the corny ('The President of California Act'), California's initiative process seemed to have gone off the deep end recently ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Kamala Harris
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 Stop the Federal Water Wasters

If you came across somebody gasping with thirst, you wouldn't give him one of those prank drinking cups that would trickle water down his shirt. By the same token, in drought-parched California, we can't afford to have federal environmental ... »Read

In this article: water, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Getting the Peoples Business Done -- In Memory of Bill Campbell

California lost one of its great statesmen last Sunday, when veteran lawmaker, Senator Bill Campbell, passed away at the age of 79. Famous for his legendary humor as well as his legislative accomplishments, Bill served in the California Assembly and ... »Read

In this article: Pete Wilson, Legislature, Coliseum Commission, William Campbell
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 Let's Toast China's President, California's Savior

Dear President Xi Jinping, This is a thank you note from California. Thank you, first off, for sustaining our neighborhoods through these last difficult years. Thank you for keeping wealthy Chinese so nervous about your purges of political opponents ... »Read

In this article: water, Joe Mathews, Air Resources Board
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 Housing: How the California Dream Became a Nightmare

Important attention has been drawn to the shameful condition of middle income housing affordability in California. The state that had earlier earned its own “California Dream” label now limits the dream of homeownership principally to ... »Read
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 Lawmakers intent on overhaul after oil regulators' lapses

The agency that regulates the oil industry in California is — by its own admission — in disarray. After a series of embarrassing disclosures about regulatory lapses that allowed drilling in protected aquifers, officials at the Division of Oil, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Fran Pavley, water
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 Newsom, other supporters call for study before 2016 pot ballot measure

A group led by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a proponent of legalizing marijuana, is calling for a public airing of the issue to prepare the ground for an expected 2016 ballot measure that would decriminalize use of the drug. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Gavin Newsom, PPIC
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 Mayor Ed Lee faces fire over who benefits as S.F. booms

The 656-condo Lumina complex promises a 'transcendent living experience,' with a club lounge, climbing wall and pet grooming station. The smallest units start at about $1 million. The penthouse is priced at $49 million, a city record. »Read

In this article: Art Agnos, David Campos, Ron Conway, Edwin M. Lee, Milken Institute, Gavin Newsom
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 Jeb Bush's tricky path to an economic plan

As Bush recruits an economic team, he hopes to avoid echoes of his brother and Romney. »Read

In this article: Donna Arduin, Lanhee Chen, Mitt Romney, Bill Simon
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 Opinions > Letters for March 26, 2015 > Readers weigh in on Hilary Clinton's email woes, young activists in the city and the effectiveness of Ayurveda.

Pomer for council Re “Vote Eric Guerra” (SN&R Editorial, March 19): Shame on a free-thinking paper to encourage racial partiality of one minority. Government run... »Read

In this article: Eric Guerra, Bruce Roy Pomer
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 Is Capitol Hill Ready To Rest Its Near-Annual 'Doc Fix' Exercise?

Doctors who treat Medicare patients will face a huge cut, 21 percent, if Congress doesn't act by the end of the month. House leaders now think they fix a problem that has plagued Congress since 1997. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 Local Stories > See lions in Sacramento > The marine mammals keep encroaching on local waterways—and stirring up trouble.

About a year ago, boat skipper Barry Canavero was fishing in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta with a deckhand and several customers. People pay veteran... »Read

In this article: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, James Smith, water
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 Local Stories > Fracking unknown > Chico State professor addresses the lack of data on the controversial oil and gas extraction process.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been a controversial topic in Butte County—and the nation—over the past year. The process used to extract oil and... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Fran Pavley, water
Bills: SB 4,
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 Poll: Support for legalizing marijuana rising in California

Support for legalizing marijuana in California appears to be growing gradually stronger, amid talk of renewed efforts to bring a proposal to the state ballot to legalize its use, a statewide poll found Wednesday. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, Barack Obama, water
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 AM Alert: Can California government stop the string of tech failures?

A Senate oversight hearing will examine how to prevent more bungled technology projects. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, John Casey, Elaine Howle, Robert Huff, Little Hoover Commission, Nancy Pelosi, Dan Walters, Leland Yee
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 Anti-Gay Marriage Bill Scrutinized in Committee

Emotional pleas beseeching lawmakers to oppose efforts to keep the state from recognizing same-sex marriage even if the courts legalize it dominated the tail end of the House State Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday. “I got to my church ... »Read

In this article: Richard Francis, Same-sex marriage
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 California drought: Neighbors aren't doing enough to conserve water, poll finds

Californians are worried about the drought and say people aren't doing enough to save water, a new Public Policy Institute of California poll finds. »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, Barack Obama, PPIC, state budget, water
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 Attitudes shift on illegal immigration, but unity eludes other issues

Times change. Attitudes soften. People get to know each other and chill. »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, Jeff Denham, illegal immigration, Legislature, Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, George Skelton, David G. Valadao
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 Poll: Support For Legalizing Marijuana Rising In California

Support for legalizing marijuana in California appears to be growing gradually stronger, amid talk of renewed efforts to bring a proposal to the state ballot to legalize its use. »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, Barack Obama, PPIC, water
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 California Senate panel endorses bill allowing terminally ill to commit suicide

Legislation that would allow terminally ill Californians to take their own lives cleared a major hurdle Wednesday, winning the approval of the Senate Health Committee on a party line 5-2 vote. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, William W. Monning, Susan Talamantes Eggman, Lois Wolk
Bills: SB 128,
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 How Super PACs Are Taking Over

A new breed of high-dollar outside groups is reshaping the 2016 presidential race »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Fred Davis, Fred Davis, Mike Murphy, Mitt Romney
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 Final tally: Glazer topped Bonilla by more than 10,000 votes

Certified results of the primary election to fill the District 9 state Senate seat vacated by Mark DeSaulnier show that Orinda Mayor Steven Glazer bested Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla by more than 10,000 votes. »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer
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 California attorney general moves to end anti-gay initiative

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris asked a state court on Wednesday for permission to reject a proposed ballot initiative stipulating that anyone who engages in gay sex be killed.... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Ricardo Lara
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