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Lawmakers seek soda warning labels

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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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 Getting the Peoples Business Done -- In Memory of Bill Campbell
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 Stop the Federal Water Wasters
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 Don't Damage the Initiative Process Out of Anger
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 Let's Toast China's President, California's Savior
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 Housing: How the California Dream Became a Nightmare
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 Legislators OK $1-billion relief measure for future droughts

State lawmakers Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a $1-billion plan that would restock food pantries in parched Central Valley communities and rush bottled water to Californians whose taps are nearly dry. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, Chris Megerian, Kristin Olsen, Lester Snow, water, Lois Wolk
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 San Diego Chaldean Leader Pushes For Iraq, Syria Refugee Bill

'My message to Congress is clear,' said Mark Arabo, advocate for Iraqi Christians. 'If they do not pass this bill, then they’re sentencing my people to death.' »Read

In this article: Duncan Hunter, Juan Vargas
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 California to loosen ban on sex offenders living near schools

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California will no longer bar all paroled sex offenders from living near schools and parks, part of the fallout from a state Supreme Court decision that said such requirements violated the constitutional rights of ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Luis Patino
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 ACLU-Gavin Newsom panel releases road map to marijuana legalization, plans public forums

A Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy convened by the ACLU and headed by Lieutenant Govenor Gavin Newsom outlines what legalization would entail in California, and it's not simple. »Read

In this article: Gavin Newsom, Proposition 19
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 Assembly Republicans lay off veteran staff amid new PR push

The Assembly GOP laid off eight employees Thursday. Caucus leader Kristin Olsen wants to restructure the caucus’ focus. Olsen hinted at the reorganization during a recent speech. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, James Brulte, Connie Conway, Amanda Fulkerson, Deborah Gonzalez, Abel Maldonado, Steve McCarthy, Kristin Olsen, Steve Poizner, Mitt Romney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 Hillary Clinton's Favorite Budget Amendments

No, she hasn't actually waded into the Senate debate. But her campaign will be happy to see some potential GOP foes cast these votes. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, sick leave
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 $1 billion water spending plan heads to California governor

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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 California official urges law to automatically register drivers to vote

(Reuters) - A top California official is calling on lawmakers to pass a so-called motor-voter law mirroring one recently approved in Oregon, which would automatically register people to vote when they obtain or renew driver's licenses. »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature, Alex Padilla
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 PHOTOS: The world's greatest leaders

Bill Gates, Tim Cook Pope Francis are amongst Fortune's greatest leaders. »Read

In this article: Steve Jobs, John Roberts
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 California Assembly members heading to Cuba

America’s move to normalize relations with Cuba has revived interest in trade with the island nation. California Assembly members will be traveling there to promote agriculture. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Darius Anderson, Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Henry Perea
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 Capitol Hill Buzz: Senators vote on amendments, score points

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate is a place where hidebound tradition mixes with raw politics, sometimes with a touch of the absurd. Then there's the 'vote-a-rama.'... »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, Patrick Murphy, Barack Obama, Senate Republicans, sick leave
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 Gavin Newsom's pot legalization panel identifies challenges

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy released a progress report. He says a pot legalization effort is likely to be on the ballot next year and is likely to pass. As he runs for governor, he believes the biggest ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom
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 California secretary of state proposes automatic voter registration

Every eligible Californian with a driver’s license would be automatically registered to vote under a proposal Thursday by Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who estimated it would add millions of people to the voter rolls. »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Alex Padilla
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 A growing MFG economy would be a powerful message for CA climate change leadership

Posted by Dorothy Rothrock. I enjoyed speaking on a climate change panel this week hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). The topic is important to manufacturers because they are sensitive to high energy costs, and we can ... »Read

In this article: green jobs, greenhouse gas, PPIC, Dorothy Rothrock
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 Vulnerable Senators Switch Votes on Paid Sick Leave

Two of the most vulnerable Republican senators, Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, switched their votes Thursday on an amendment that would allow workers to earn up to seven days of paid sick time annually. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Barack Obama, sick leave
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 Reading the tea leaves of the March 17th Special Election results

Reading the tea leaves of the March 17th Special Election results by Richard Eber originally appearedon HALFWAY TO CONCORD. At the present time there is no reason to say the immortal words, “Gentlemen, and Ladies start your engines.” The race ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan, Steven Glazer, Legislature
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 Legislature approves $1 billion drought package

SACRAMENTO - The California Assembly approved a $1 billion plan Thursday to bring immediate relief for communities hit hardest by the drought, and to move long-term water projects along more quickly. Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Kristin Olsen, water, Shirley Weber
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 CA prisoner population down, guard pay up

Federal court orders forced California to cut its number of prisoners. That resulted in Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2011 “realignment” program, which mainly shifted prisoners to local jails. Yet overall state prison-guard »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association
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 Poll: Your neighbors probably think you're a water waster

Last summer, #droughtshaming was born as Californians took to social media to out their neighbors’ water-wasting ways. »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, PPIC, water
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 LA City Council To Hold Hearing On Minimum Wage Hike Proposal In Watts

A Los Angeles City Council committee will hold a public hearing in Watts tonight to talk about a proposal to raise the minimum wage to as high as $15.25 per hour by 2019. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 Gavin Newsom doesn't think marijuana legalization stance will hurt him

No, Gavin Newsom told me, being the frontman for California’s drive to legalize marijuana in 2016 will not hurt him in 2018 — when he likely will be running for governor. On Thursday, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy that Newsom ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom
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 Will Californians Vote On Executing Gays and Lesbians?

Unless a court intervenes, the state will have to allow an attorney to collect signatures for a ballot measure that would authorize mass murder. »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Kamala Harris, referendum
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 Berkeley council endorses in-law units

ADUs would enable aging property owners to 'age in place,' or stay in their homes and neighborhoods, by defraying some costs such as high property taxes with rental income, while putting a dent in the city's affordable housing shortage, the Berkeley ... »Read

In this article: Tom Bates, Kriss Worthington
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 Backed by private equity, Sacramento firm buys biomass plant -- and is looking for more

Sacramento’s Greenleaf Power has agreed to buy a 37.5-megawatt biomass plant in Connecticut. And with a pot of money from investors, it's looking for more deals like it. The Plainfield Renewable Energy plant in Connecticut opened at the end of ... »Read

In this article: renewable energy, Matt Ross
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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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 AP Exclusive: Special ops troops using flawed intel software

Special operations troops heading to war zones are asking for commercial intelligence analysis software they say will help their missions. But their requests are languishing, and they are being ordered to use a flawed, in-house system preferred by ... »Read

In this article: Duncan Hunter, Jackie Speier
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 California lawmakers heading to Cuba for trade mission

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) is leading a delegation of nine California legislators and 18 other state officials on a five-day trade mission to Cuba starting on Monday. »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Darius Anderson, Toni Atkins, Kevin De Leon, Adam Gray, Robert Huff, Legislature, Jose Medina, Bill Quirk, Rudy Salas, Tony Thurmond
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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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 $1B Water Spending Plan Heads To Gov. Jerry Brown

The California Assembly on Thursday unanimously voted 74-0 to expedite infrastructure spending and offer some aid to communities hit hard by dry conditions »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 Assembly passes drought relief package

California’s drought is now in its fourth year. Elected officials have responded with a $1.1 billion drought package. Lawmakers have sent the measure to Gov. Jerry Brown. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kristin Olsen, water, Shirley Weber
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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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 House Passes SGR Deal in Big, Bipartisan Fashion (Video)

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
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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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