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 Volunteers Needed to Test Mileage Fee System for Road Funding
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 Barren a year ago, a snowpack station comes up deep and dense
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 Officials Clarify Optimistic Timeline For Capping Porter Ranch Gas Leak
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 Data Tracker: California lawmakers - even senators - took campaign cash at session's hectic finish

California’s campaign finance disclosure calendar means the public only now is getting a look at elected officials’ fundraising and spending during the second half of 2015. That includes the hectic … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, campaign finance, Ted Gaines, Jimmy Gomez, Isadore Hall, Robert Huff, Mark Leno, Jim Miller, Mike Morrell
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 Republicans prepare for debate ahead of New Hampshire primary

Republicans running for president will meet in their final debate ahead of the New Hampshire primary on Saturday. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Todd Harris, David Sander
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 Parole recommended for former California Mexican Mafia chief

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Acting amid extra tight security, parole commissioners on Friday again recommended the release of a former leader of the Mexican Mafia prison gang who now helps law enforcement, Board of Parole Hearings spokesman ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Luis Patino
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 Immigration attorneys accuse SFPD of violating sanctuary city law

San Francisco police are being accused of turning in an undocumented man to federal agents last year in defiance of the city's sanctuary policy. »Read

In this article: John Avalos, Edwin M. Lee
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 No one submits verified claim for $63 million lotto jackpot

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- California Lottery officials said Friday that nobody has stepped forward with the winning ticket for the record $63 million SuperLottoPlus jackpot - but it's too early to call a forfeit.... »Read

In this article: California Lottery, Alex Traverso
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 Twitter moves to actively seek out terrorist supporters

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday.... »Read

In this article: Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama, Adam Schiff
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 Coastal Commission head responds to termination threat

The embattled head of the California Coastal Commission mounted a vigorous defense of his record Friday, touting “great success” under his “exceptionally strong” leadership, while a growing number of supporters stepped up their efforts to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Peter Douglas, Marc Levine, Fran Pavley, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pete Wilson
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 Displaced From Porter Ranch: California Secretary of State Alex Padilla

Thousands of residents are still displaced from the community of Porter Ranch in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley as methane continues to spew from a massive natural gas leak. This week, L.A. County filed criminal charges against the Southern California ... »Read

In this article: greenhouse gas, Kamala Harris, Alex Padilla
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 Campaign records found among Ex-L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge's office documents

Dozens of boxes of office documents that former City Councilman Tom LaBonge and his staffers sought to destroy included old lists of election donors.LaBonge, in a brief interview Friday, said he had “absolutely not” worked on his campaign at his ... »Read

In this article: Sue Burnside, Fair Political Practices Commission, Tom LaBonge, Gary Winuk
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 Open-air urinals in S.F. park show 'regression of mankind,' critics say

An attorney representing a group of civic organizations has sent a legal claim letter to the city of San Francisco threatening to sue if an open-air urinal in Dolores Park is not removed in 20 days. The concrete circular urinal, which is out in the ... »Read

In this article: Aaron Cutler, Brad W. Dacus
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 The Latest: No one submits claim for $63 million jackpot

The Latest on an unclaimed winning lottery ticket worth $63 million (all times local): … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: California Lottery, Alex Traverso
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 In N.H., Saturday's debate showdown could swing Republican race

GOP field has much on the line just days before N.H. primary that could eliminate some candidacies. »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, John Weaver
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 International Longshore and Warehouse Union Locals Endorse Loretta Sanchez for U.S Senate

Hot off the press from the Loretta Sanchez for US Senate campaign:  February 5, 2016 – Support from organized labor groups continues to grow for Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez’s bid to replace Senator Barbara Boxer in the United States ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez
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 Some say San Francisco's open-air urinal must go

An attorney representing a group of civic organizations has sent a legal claim letter to the city of San Francisco threatening to sue if an open-air urinal in Dolores Park is not removed in 20 days. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Aaron Cutler, Brad W. Dacus
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 The Latest: Cruz focused on white voters in GOP race

The Latest from the 2016 campaign trail with days to go until the New Hampshire primary (all times local): … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, David Sander
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 Sex trafficking, public transit and crime: Things you worry about when the Super Bowl is held in your congressional district

Rep. Michael Honda has the opportunity of a lifetime: watch the Super Bowl in his own congressional district. But if the San Jose Democrat has his way, he won't be at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday. He'd rather be in a security command center in Santa ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anna G. Eshoo, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Gavin Newsom, Nancy Pelosi, Eric Swalwell
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 SoCalGas: Hold on...Porter Ranch gas leak fix coming, but not so fast

The announcement by a state official might have been cause for celebration: that the natural gas well leaking for months above Porter Ranch could be capped by the end of next week. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gareth Lacy
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 SoCalGas: Hold on ... Porter Ranch gas leak fix coming, but not so fast

The announcement by a state official might have been cause for celebration: that the natural gas well leaking for months above Porter Ranch could be capped by the end of next week. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gareth Lacy
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 Protecting California's Coast Requires a Firm Hand, not Politics

The financial clout of coastal projects requires Charles Lester's integrity at the top. »Read

In this article: Peter Douglas, Dan Secord
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 First Congressional Debate a Lively One

Candidates talk education, health care, business regulation. »Read

In this article: Khatchik Achadjian, campaign finance, Lois Capps, Matt Kokkonen, minimum wage, Barack Obama
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 Dan Kildee Gets Spot on Influential Steering Committee

Rep. Dan Kildee has secured a plum spot on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, the latest move in a string of events that has raised the Michigan Democrat’s national profile. »Read

In this article: Nancy Pelosi, Eric Swalwell, water
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 Former Grover Beach police chief double dipping again

By KARENVELIE Grover Beach Police Chief Jim Copsey is slated to again receive a salary and pension simultaneously while he works as interim city manager following City Manager Robert Perrault’s retirement on Feb. 16. The city council is ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, John Chiang
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 To claim new California tax credit, you need to file

California has a new tax credit aimed at putting cash in the pockets of low-income working families, and several free tax preparation workshops are now under way in Sacramento and elsewhere in the state to help eligible taxpayers claim this money. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Betty T. Yee
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 Why the California Coastal Commission needs Charles Lester: Cruz Bustamante

Just days before I was elected speaker of the California Assembly, I took my children to the coast to see its beaches, sundown and all its splendor. We talked about the coast and I promised them that I would do all that I could to keep it as ... »Read

In this article: Cruz Bustamante, Environmental Justice
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 SMUD cancels $1.45 billion hydro project in El Dorado County

Utility cites rising costs, new power technologiesEstimates rose from about $800 million to $1.45 billionSMUD says it’s working on other power-generating options … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, renewable energy, water
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 Party down in San Francisco for Super Bowl! (Homeless people, go away.)

The demonstration took place on the Embarcadero, just across the street from a fenced-off party venue called Super Bowl City. In normal times, Super Bowl City is a premier public space, along the city’s popular waterfront, with a windswept plaza ... »Read

In this article: Tom Ammiano, Edwin M. Lee
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 Coastal Commission chief defends his record as panel moves to fire him

The embattled head of the California Coastal Commission is defending his record in his first public comments since members of the panel launched an effort to fire him from the powerful land-use agency. In an open memo to the commission, Executive ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Peter Douglas, Evan Westrup
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 Daniel Borenstein: Plan to shore up CalSTRS doesn't work as billed

Two years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown pushed through a plan to 'fully fund' the $74 billion shortfall of CalSTRS, the nation's second largest pension system. But it may not work out that way. »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, CalSTRS, Legislature
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 No one claims California's $63 million lotto jackpot

Nobody showed up at a state lottery office by 5 p.m. Thursday with the ticket or submitted a verified claim for the prize, lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said. »Read

In this article: California Lottery, Alex Traverso
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 Economic Report: Economists say 'wow' to below-5% unemployment but call payroll gains weak

Economists’ reactions to Friday’s jobs report, showing a weaker-than-expected 151,000 jobs were added in January, and a dip in the unemployment rate to 4.9%. »Read

In this article: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, minimum wage
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 Officials Clarify Optimistic Timeline For Capping Porter Ranch Gas Leak

Could there be an end in sight for the massive gas leak in Porter Ranch? »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gareth Lacy
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 Big Money Expected To Influence Citizen Lawmakers

Hundreds of millions of dollars spent on legislative lobbying efforts made headlines this week but the total amount will likely pale next to what is expected to be spent this year on that other form of California lawmaking—the initiative process. ... »Read

In this article: Bruce E. Cain, Richard Claussen, Legislature, water
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 How to Know Your City Isn't Super

A riddle: how do you know your city isn’t super? Answer: If it’s hosting the Super Bowl. Does that seem harsh? Well, I’m sorry. So let me put this another way. Congratulations, Santa Clara, California! You’ve just joined a club that includes ... »Read
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 Volunteers Needed to Test Mileage Fee System for Road Funding

I served this past year as chair of the California Transportation Commission, which is responsible for allocating funds for highway construction, passenger rail and transit improvements, active transportation such as walking and biking and a host of ... »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, Lucetta Dunn, Steve Finnegan, Jim Frazier, Legislature, Jim Madaffer
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 Attorney General Reins In Shady Bond Practices

It’s not often that taxpayers get good news, especially in tax-happy California. Even more surprising is when the good news is an official opinion from the state’s Attorney General, someone not normally associated with friendly treatment to ... »Read

In this article: John Chiang
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 $63M Jackpot Deadline Passes

Luck may have run out for the winner of a California Lottery jackpot: The person has apparently let $63 million slip away. »Read

In this article: California Lottery, Alex Traverso
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 Green targeting of dissident CA Dem off to bad start

Photo credit: Breitbart.com Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, a moderate African-American Democrat from San Bernardino seeking her third term, has brushed back the first challenge to her re-election by Eloise Reyes, a Colton attorney strongly backed by ... »Read

In this article: Cheryl Brown, Connie Leyva, Kathryn R. Phillips
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 Essential California: Viacom's boardroom fight

Good morning. It is Friday, Feb. 5. Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, here are San Francisco's best nachos. Happy snacking! Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES Corporate fight The boardroom drama over Viacom reached a ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Janice Hahn, water
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 L.A. needs fewer platitudes and more action on port air pollution

When Port of Los Angeles leaders approved the environmental impact report for the China Shipping company's terminal in 2008, the Harbor Commission chairman at the time boasted that the project would be among the cleanest and greenest terminals in ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 What the Democratic Debate Showed

Morning Must Reads: February 5 »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Political spotlight swings to famously slow-to-decide independents of N.H.

At nearly half the state’s electorate, this bloc can shape the fortunes of candidates on the left and the right. »Read

In this article: Bill Bradley, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, John Weaver
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 Why Have New Hampshire Democrats Gone Ga-ga for Bernie Sanders?

The latest polls in New Hampshire place Bernie Sanders ahead of Hillary Clinton by as much as 31 percent. And that prompts a technical question from political scientists: WTF? That is, why is Sanders, the democratic socialist senator from ... »Read

In this article: Bill Bradley, Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, John F. Kerry, Barack Obama
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 Extreme weather fluctuations trigger wild price swings for popular vegetables

Produce seller Rich Uchida is sitting pretty for the Super Bowl right about now. Because it turns out California not only has the 50th edition of the game, it has the Buffalo wings and veggie platters cornered, too. Uchida's employer, Duda Farm ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Stephanie Williams
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 Barren a year ago, a snowpack station comes up deep and dense

It was 22 degrees and snowing Tuesday morning. State snow surveyor Frank Gehrke slowly crossed a blanketed field. He periodically jabbed a hollow pole into the snow and then hung it from a portable scale, reading nature to draw a bead on where, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Europe Markets: European stocks becalmed as investors await U.S. jobs report

European equities sought firm direction Friday, as investors waited for the high-profile monthly nonfarm-payrolls report and faced the prospect of a losing week for the market. »Read

In this article: Adam M. Cole, Robert H. Powell
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