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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

"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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 Airbnb under more pressure to pay S.F. back taxes
San Francisco Chronicle - Jan. 27, 5:51 pm
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 Federal Diary: House panel easily passes veterans sick leave bill but can't shake partisan past
Washington Post - Jan. 27, 4:27 pm
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 Term limits for committee posts struggle to find Democratic support
The Politico - Jan. 27, 6:04 pm
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 Koch brothers' cash will wash over California, experts say
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 Prop. 47 brings a shift to longer time spent behind bars
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 AP Analysis: Youth concussion laws pushed by NFL lack bite

Criticized for its own handling of head injuries, the NFL launched an extensive lobbying campaign to pass laws protecting kids who get concussions while playing sports. The result: Within just five years, every state had a law on the books. … ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama
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 History, Wine, and the President Await Democrats in Philadelphia

Party retreat will focus on strategies for appealing to middle-class voters. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi
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 NEW: CA road use tax could morph into social engineering experiment

The prospect that Californians will face a new state levy is certain to cause grousing and considerable comment. But a proposal that is increasingly making waves has far-reaching implications and possibilities that have yet to be acknowledged. This ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Democratic Party, Chris Reed, renewable energy, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Hewlett-Packard reveals the roles its top brass will hold after split

Hewlett-Packard revealed its plan on Tuesday for placing its senior executives once the company splits in two later this year. As previously announced, Meg Whitman will become CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, which will assume control of ... »Read

In this article: Henry Gomez, Meg Whitman
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 Team Educate Runs Up Big Lead on Team Health

When you watch a California budget season, the best way to understand what you’re watching is as a game between three teams. Those three teams represent the three major functions of the state: Educate, Medicate, and Incarcerate. These days, this ... »Read
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 A One-Two Punch Against the Initiative Process at the Supreme Court

An Arizona case before the U.S. Supreme Court that challenges the state’s ballot initiative created redistricting commission could have such an effect on California politics that three former California governors, noted California political ... »Read

In this article: George Deukmejian, Legislature, Proposition 11, Proposition 20, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pete Wilson
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 Water Bond Promises Must Be Kept

If you, like 3.5 million Californians, voted “yes” on the $7.5 billion water bond last year, you should start paying attention to how Gov. Jerry Brown is planning to spend the bond money. It may not be on building new dams to store water for ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Jim Patterson, water
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 Is Deficient Recruiting the Real Reason for Police Understaffing in San Diego?

Whenever there is a shortage of police personnel in a California city, a common reason cited is inadequate pay. When officers at a particular agency are paid less than their counterparts at some other agency, so the theory goes, they quit in order ... »Read
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 Federal Eye: Panel approves vets bill despite partisan tussle

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform seemed poised to move beyond its reputation as a rancorous, partisan pit at its opening meeting of the 114th Congress on Tuesday.That lasted about five minutes.Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, sick leave
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 California 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, a state watchdog ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Legislature, Little Hoover Commission
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 Sam Hunt plays down-home diplomat of edgy country music

Clarity can take a backseat to diplomacy when Sam Hunt, one of country music's edgiest young stars, talks about his relationship with Nashville. »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 Greek debt and California debt: so very different

The Times' editorial Tuesday about Greek voters rebelling against the austerity measures demanded by international authorities led several readers to liken Greece's budget problems to those closer to home. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, John Chiang, state budget, unemployment insurance
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 Using private funds for Cal State execs' pay creates its own problems

A policy that permitted salaries of new executives to be boosted with private rather than state funds seemed like a savvy move when California State University leaders adopted it at the height of the recession. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Charles B. Reed
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 Prop. 47 brings a shift to longer time spent behind bars

For decades, Los Angeles County jail inmates divided their sentences by five, 10 or 20 to calculate the time they would actually spend behind bars. »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Jackie Lacey, Hilda L. Solis
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 READ IN: Rent Was Too Damn High Edition

Sign up for Read In today and get all the political news you need delivered right to your inbox! It's fast, easy and free!A1: Today's top stories.-- The man who crashed a recreational drone on the White House campus is an intelligence worker at the ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Hagel, Mike Huckabee, Lawrence Lessig, Nancy Pelosi, Mitt Romney
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 Capital Journal Daybreak: Lynch's AG Confirmation Hearing Set to Begin | Obama Drops Plan to Raise Taxes on '529' Accounts | Jeb Bush's Influence

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: Chuck Hagel, Loretta Lynch, Dion Nissenbaum, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, water
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 California gold: Key Obama strategist Bill Burton opens shop in CA

Looks like the Golden State is becoming even more golden for politics: veteran Democratic strategist Bill Burton — the national press secretary to Barack Obama’s first presidential run and former White House deputy press secretary — has been ... »Read

In this article: John F. Kerry, Barack Obama
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 Homeland Security funding on the brink

As Congress fights over immigration, top Republicans are increasingly unworried about missing DHS' February deadline. »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans
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 Will Los Angeles finally get an NFL team?

Local developers are lining up stadium proposals to woo a National Football League franchise—with little or no help from taxpayers. Will 20 years of football-fan frustration finally come to an end this year? »Read

In this article: James K. Hahn, Richard Riordan
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 Senate to begin hearings for Obama attorney general nominee

President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is facing Senate questioners as she seeks to become the first black woman to hold the nation's top law enforcement job. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Bill Bratton, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama
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 Letters: Apartment owners not to blame for prices

As an apartment owner/operator, I couldn’t help but wonder as I read “Record rents pinch tenants” [Front page, Jan. 17]. It vilifies landlords and depicts a public forced to compromise quality for cost and safety for savings when choosing a... »Read

In this article: Jeff Collins, Lou Correa
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 Mormon Church's shift on gay rights follows series of defeats in California

The pledge Tuesday by the Mormon Church to oppose housing and job discrimination against gays follows years of piercing church losses in California over gay rights, including one last week. »Read

In this article: Proposition 8, Andrew Pugno
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 AM Alert: Fracktivists urge California to follow New York ban

The controversial oil extraction process is gaining prominence in California, but environmental activists hope Gov. Jerry Brown follow New York’s lead and halt fracking. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Fiona Ma, Kristin Olsen, Dan Walters, water
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 Cal State chancellor sets goals for improved graduation rates

California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White on Tuesday announced an aggressive plan to substantially increase graduation rates over the next decade while again calling for more state funding to help achieve those goals. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Timothy P. White
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 CSU Chancellor Calls For Increasing Graduation Rates To 60 Percent

The chancellor of the California State University on Tuesday set a new goal for students — increase graduation rates to 60 percent by 2025. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Timothy P. White
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 State budget: Lanterman property to go to Cal Poly Pomona

POMONA >> The recently closed Lanterman Developmental Center could go from the control of the state's Department of Developmental Services to that of Cal Poly Pomona.According to the 2015-2016 Governor's Budget Summary, the 302-acre Lanterman ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Legislature, Nancy Lungren, state budget
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 Five things to watch for in Loretta Lynch's confirmation hearing to be AG

U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee for her two-day mass interview for the job of attorney general »Read

In this article: Bill Bratton, Darrell Issa, Loretta Lynch
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 U.S. settles suit over misuse of West L.A. veterans campus

The federal government has agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing the Department of Veterans Affairs of misusing its sprawling West Los Angeles health campus while veterans with brain injuries and mental impairment slept in the streets, people familiar ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Ted W. Lieu, Bobby Shriver, Henry A. Waxman
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 Koch brothers' cash will wash over California, experts say

The billionaire Koch brothers’ intention to spend nearly $900 million on conservative candidates and causes in the 2016 election cycle will unleash a tidal wave of cash that will swamp the political landscape even in solidly blue California, ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, George W. Bush, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Kamala Harris, Jessica A. Levinson, Carla Marinucci, Dan Newman, Mitt Romney, Garry South
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 CSU chancellor calls for increasing grad rates to 60 percent

The chancellor of the California State University on Tuesday set a new goal for students — increase graduation rates to 60 percent by 2025. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Timothy P. White
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 Embattled N.Y. state legislator to resign from leadership position

Sheldon Silver, accused on corruption charges, will leave his post as Assembly speaker after holding it for 21 years »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, minimum wage
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 Term limits for committee posts struggle to find Democratic support

'I was wondering where the supporters were,' Rep. Jerry Nadler said after a meeting Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Karen Bass, Mike Thompson
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 NY Assembly speaker to vacate post amid criminal charges

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Sheldon Silver, the longtime leader of the New York state Assembly, will relinquish the position he has held for 21 years in the wake of federal corruption charges, a top lawmaker announced Tuesday.... »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, minimum wage
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 Airbnb under more pressure to pay S.F. back taxes

The San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee on Wednesday night is set to vote on a resolution authored by state Sen. Mark Leno, Supervisor David Campos and committee member Meagan Levitan demanding that Airbnb immediately pay its back ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, David Chiu, Edwin M. Lee, Mark Leno, Nick Papas
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 State Fails To Track Billions In Mental Health Funds

The Little Hoover Commission report is the latest review to find that the state has little evidence to show that $13 billion in Proposition 63 funds have been effectively spent. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Legislature, Little Hoover Commission, Norman Williams
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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, a state watchdog ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Legislature, Little Hoover Commission
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 Ex-techies have high hopes for investing in the cannabis field

[...] instead of working accounts for months to sell software to businesses, Shen is hawking $650 marijuana vaporizers for his new company, VapeXhale. Fueled by many of the same reasons they got into tech, an increasing number of Silicon Valley ... »Read

In this article: Jessica Billingsley, Kevin McCarty
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 Report: San Diego Fire Hasn't Implemented Improvements

Nearly four years after a respected consultant issued recommendations for improving the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, few of the ideas have been carried out. »Read

In this article: David Alvarez, Marti Emerald
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 Sentence reduction law sparks sharp drop in L.A. County jail crowding

Los Angeles County’s long-overcrowded jail system saw a sharp decline in new inmates after California voters approved a law last year reducing penalties for a wide array of nonviolent crimes. »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Hilda L. Solis
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 Chancellor: CSU Will Work To Raise Graduation Rates

The California State University system is launching a renewed effort to raise the graduation rates of freshmen and transfer students. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Timothy P. White
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 Democrats see new chance to attack Kochs after $1 billion spending announcement

Forget Jeb, Rand and Ted. For Democrats, it’s all about Charles and David.The announcement this week that the vast political network backed by the wealthy industrialist Koch brothers aims to spend nearly $1 billion on the 2016 elections has ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Chris Lehane, Thomas F. Steyer
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 NEW: Comparing CalPERS and CalSTRS with AT&T retirement

Following yesterday’s CalWatchdog.com story, “State pensions improve, but members living longer,” it would be useful to compare California’s two large state retirement funds with a roughly equivalent private one, AT&T. Most private ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS
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 Federal Diary: House panel easily passes veterans sick leave bill but can't shake partisan past

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform seemed poised to move beyond its reputation as a rancorous, partisan pit at its opening meeting of the 114th Congress on Tuesday.That lasted about five minutes.Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, sick leave
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