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 30,000 Californians face Obamacare enrollment delays, dropped coverage
Los Angeles Times/Editorial - Sept. 22, 9:53 am
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 Poll: Will new law mean a move for Board of Equalization HQ?
Sacramento Bee - Sept. 22, 9:41 am
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 NEW: Bill banning forced arbitration on Gov. Brown's desk
CalWatchdog - Sept. 22, 10:11 am
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 California Property Taxes Could Skyrocket
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 Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill allowing city clerks to perform weddings
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 Editorial: Misplaced assistance for California's long-term jobless

We don’t always agree with Jerry Brown’s approach to rehabilitating California’s economy, but we have to tip our cap to the governor when he gets the fundamental principles right. We saw just such an occasion last week, when Gov. Brown vetoed ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ian Calderon
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 Editorial: Congress adds to its shame, as its work piles up

Even for this do-nothing Congress, this is appalling. After a five-week summer vacation, the honorables spent barely a week at work before heading home again – this time until after the November election. The U.S. House chamber empties ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Doris O. Matsui, minimum wage, Barack Obama
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 Another View: Hospital mergers put women’s health at risk

Since 2011, states have passed more restrictions on women’s health than were enacted in the previous decade. As more states limit access to reproductive health care, California bucked this trend. We are the only state in the nation to pass ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Nurses Association, Ricardo Lara, SEIU
Bills: SB 1094,
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 Viewpoints: Police should get warrants for drones

Gov. Jerry Brown should sign Assembly Bill 1327 to limit the ability of police in California to use drones to spy on people. The issue of police use of military equipment – which received national attention with the disturbing images of ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Erwin Chemerinsky, Legislature
Bills: AB 1327,
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 Strong-mayor debate draws dozens in Sacramento

A debate over the strong-mayor structure drew in dozens of people in Sacramento on Monday night. »Read

In this article: Daniel Conway, Kevin Johnson
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 For the record

Republican Party convention: An article in the Sept. 22 LATExtra section about Neel Kashkari's speech at the California Republican Party convention said Pete Peterson, GOP candidate for secretary of state, was running against Democrat Betty Yee. In ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, California Republican Party, Alex Padilla, Betty T. Yee
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 U.S. opens new front against Islamic State with airstrikes in Syria

The United States and several allies launched airstrikes inside Syria for the first time late Monday, the Pentagon said, a heavy bombardment against multiple targets that marked an aggressive expansion of President Obama's war on Islamic State ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Dianne Feinstein, Chuck Hagel, Howard P. Mckeon, Nancy Pelosi
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 Uncertainty over deal for developer funding of Caltrain extension

The deal arose after developers balked at the rising costs of the project and accused the city of increasing the amount of property taxes they would have to pay to make up for those soaring figures. City officials countered that the tax rates ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, Edwin M. Lee
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 Obama Alerts Leading Supporters on Capitol Hill of ISIS Airstrikes in Syria

President Obama is getting regular updates on the operation against ISIS targets inside Syria earlier tonight, according to a senior White House official. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Ed Royce
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 Tech's surveillance hopes stopped

The Senate left without taking action on a bill to rein in the NSA's bulk data collection. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, minimum wage, Barack Obama
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 Council to vote on $15.37 minimum wage for workers at big hotels

The drive to boost minimum wages in Los Angeles could reach a milestone this week as the City Council votes on a proposal to raise the hourly pay of thousands of workers at big hotels to at least $15.37. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Curren Price, Herb Wesson
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 Gov. Brown signs bill to encourage eco-friendly vehicles

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed several new bills into law designed to encourage the state's electric vehicle market. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, greenhouse gas, Albert Y. Muratsuchi
Bills: AB 2013, AB 2565,
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 Gov. Brown to address UN at climate summit over threat of rising sea levels to Bay Area

Governor Brown is among those addressing the United Nations Tuesday during the climate summit because the Bay Area is one of the regions that will be impacted by rising sea levels. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, global warming, Mark Leno, water
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 'Horror show' hotel transformed into home for veterans

There were 716 veterans out of 6,436 homeless people living on the streets, in shelters, jails and hospitals during the last San Francisco count in 2013. [...] two projects targeting homeless veterans have come online with a combined 76 units of ... »Read

In this article: Bevan Dufty, Edwin M. Lee
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 The U.S. Military Has Begun Striking ISIS in Syria

Fighters, bombers, and Tomahawks missiles are being used against Islamic State forces in Syria Monday night, says the Pentagon. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Howard P. Mckeon, Nancy Pelosi
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 L.A. small-business owners weigh both sides of a wage hike

Some weeks, Gaston Letelier forgoes his own pay so he can afford to keep running his Meltdown Comics & Collectibles store in Hollywood. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 AM Alert: Jerry Brown burnishes climate change credentials at UN summit

Gov. Jerry Brown, who has positioned himself as a climate-change leader in California, is taking his message to the international stage with a pair of speaking engagements today at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York. Gov. Jerry Brown ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Jerry Brown, Diana Dooley, Adam Gray, Little Hoover Commission, Doug Ose, Dan Walters
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 Ashley Swearengin for state controller

Californians have been breathing a bit easier in recent months as the state government's finances have turned — slowly, like an ocean freighter — from disaster to solvency. But the work is hardly done, and diligence is called for to ensure the ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Legislature, state budget, Betty T. Yee
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 Why single out L.A. hotel workers for a wage boost?

The Los Angeles City Council is, again, trying to rush through a proposal to establish a special $15.37-an-hour minimum wage just for hotel workers. A committee hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday and a full council vote is expected the following ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 Gay donors missing history in Maine

It's an oversight on the part of a community renowned for its political energy and fundraising. »Read

In this article: Bruce Cohen, Barack Obama, Rob Reiner
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 The Buzz: GOP Texas gubernatorial candidate riding California

That Texas-California rivalry may not be going away for some time. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott in his latest campaign TV ad. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, James Brulte, California Republican Party
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 Survey finds women are underrepresented across California governments

Women are vastly underrepresented in government at all levels in California, occupying fewer than 30% of elective city, county and state posts, according to a recent survey. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Nury Martinez, Kristin Olsen, Paula Treat
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 Can?t California Republicans Just Get Along?

Two GOP nominees for statewide office have refused to endorse Neel Kashkari, their own candidate for Governor. The party chairman calls one of them, ?felony stupid.? We?ll hear what happened at this weekend?s convention, despite the theme, which was ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Arnold Steinberg
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 Dems relying on big donors to win

A new analysis shows Democrats are actually raising more big money than their adversaries. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Chris Lehane, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Dan Walters: Beach access bill puts Brown in middle of class war

A bill aimed at opening a private beach to public access puts Gov. Jerry Brown in the middle of class war. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, eminent domain, Jerry Hill, Vinod Khosla, Legislature
Bills: SB 968,
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 Instead of prohibiting bad reviews, firms should improve service

Nobody likes to be criticized — especially online, where negative opinions can proliferate like cockroaches. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Brad Sherman, Eric Swalwell
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 Historic Film Tax Credit Extension Signed into Law

Historic Film Tax Credit Extension Signed into Law (Los Angeles) - Assemblymembers Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) stood with Governor Jerry Brown as he signed their legislation, AB 1839, the California Film and ... »Read

In this article: Raul Bocanegra, Jerry Brown, Mike Gatto, Film tax
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 Wouldn't Kashkari's world be amazing?

GOP candidate for governor pictures very different GOP than actually exists by Brian Leubitz Neel Kashkari made a big speech this weekend at the California Republican Party's convention. It was meant to do two things: shore up his base and project a ... »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party, Tim Donnelly, Brian Leubitz
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 California desert plan set for release Tuesday

Silurian Valley,  site of a proposed 23-square-mile, wind and solar plant near Death Valley National Park. Photo: Michael E. Gordon An unprecedented federal blueprint to determine where to build utility-scale solar and wind power plants in the ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, John Laird, renewable energy
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 Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill allowing city clerks to perform weddings

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill by Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, allowing city clerks across the state to perform marriages, officials announced Monday.The new law will go into effect on Jan. 1.'This is great news for couples in Long ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Bonnie Lowenthal, Proposition 8
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 Transportation Officials Battle Over Toll Lanes Proposal

Orange County’s top transportation officials clashed with each other this morning on whether to confront state plans to put toll lanes on America’s busiest stretch of freeway. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ryan Chamberlain, Gary G. Miller, John Moorlach, Todd Spitzer
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 Businesses and investors pressing for green policy

Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses and ordinary people to pollute. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, global warming, John F. Kerry, renewable energy, Anne Simpson
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 VIDEO: Business groups lobby Brown to veto subcontractor bill

Of 27 bills the California Chamber of Commerce labeled this year as “job killers,” just two made it to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. John Kabateck, executive director of the California chapter of the National Federation of ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Kabateck, Legislature, Caitlin R. Vega
Bills: AB 1897,
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 Berkeley council incumbent faces two challengers

Veteran City Councilwoman Linda Maio is opposed by an aide to a fellow council member and a council watchdog. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, water, Kriss Worthington
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 New incentives for electric cars purchases show a full-throttle industry push by Brown administration

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a spate of bills over the weekend to bolster the electric-car market. The legislation, which expands rebates for electric vehicles as well as their use in carpool lanes, shows Brown building a case that electric car ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown
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 Kuehl, Shriver to meet in Pacoima debate tonight

Los Angeles County supervisorial rivals Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver will debate tonight in Pacoima, focusing on healthcare, education and other regional social service issues. »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Legislature, Bobby Shriver, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 Pushing for Minimum Wage Boost, Nader Decries Vacationing Congress

Between Aug. 1 and Nov. 12, the House will have only been in session for eight days -- translating to a $788 per hour wage for Speaker John A. Boehner. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi
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 Internal Poll: Democrat Holds Slight Lead in California House Contest

A new Democratic poll showed freshman Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif., with a slim lead over former Rep. Doug Ose, R-Calif., in the race for his Sacramento-based district. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Barack Obama, Doug Ose
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 California Property Taxes Could Skyrocket

Some homeowners could see skyrocketing property tax bills this year, beyond the typical 2 percent. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Board of Equalization, Proposition 8
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 Kashkari aims to unify GOP after weekend divisions

Weekend's state convention shows party's divisions »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, James Brulte, Tim Donnelly, Ron Nehring
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 Brown says state shouldn't legislate diaper-changing stations

Gov. Jerry Brown. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images With a couple of vetoes, Jerry Brown reminded the GOP why he’s probably the best Republican governor they can hope for these days. SB1350 by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and SB1358 by Sen. Ricardo ... »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Lois Wolk
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 NEW: Bill banning forced arbitration on Gov. Brown's desk

A bill that the California Chamber of Commerce warns will drive up litigation costs for California businesses is on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. For disputes involving civil rights, currently businesses can provide contracts for employees in which ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Jeff Gorell, Dave Roberts, Shirley Weber
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 30,000 Californians face Obamacare enrollment delays, dropped coverage

California's health insurance exchange is vowing to fix enrollment delays and dropped coverage for about 30,000 consumers before the next sign-up period this fall. »Read

In this article: Peter V. Lee, Robert E. Ross, Robert K. Ross
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 Poll: Will new law mean a move for Board of Equalization HQ?

In case you missed it, crews went to work at the Board of Equalization headquarters on Friday to fix damage from water that spilled out of an air-conditioning cooling unit. Scaffolding on the top level of the Board of Equalization’s ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Legislature, water
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