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 Some Republicans Back State Minimum-Wage Boosts
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 Pete Peterson is best choice for California secretary of state
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 Brown purges immigration initiative from state law
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 Assemblyman John Pérez won't run against L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar
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 'Think Big' leaders reassembling to seek MLS franchise

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is reassembling the 'Think Big' team that saved the Kings to pursue a Major League Soccer franchise, reports Marcos Breton in the Sacramento Bee this morning. The team will include political operative Chris Lehane, ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Chris Lehane
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 Medi-Cal chief Toby Douglas stepping down

State Medi-Cal chief Toby Douglas has announced plans to step down by the end of the year. His message Friday comes amid huge expansion of the government health-care program for the poor. A Schwarzenegger appointee kept on by Gov. Jerry Brown, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Diana Dooley
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 PG&E officials leave posts over improper emails

Emails showing California regulators and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. appearing to negotiate which judge would be assigned to hear one of the utility's rate cases led the state's top regulator to remove himself from two PG&E cases and four senior ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Florio, Michael R. Peevey
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 No better Reason for an Ethics Commission

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido's long-time political consultant Dennis DeSnoo maxed out in a first time campaign contribution of $1,900 to DA Tony Rackauckas two months after Voice of OC exposed his property swap which ultimately led him to be placed ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Shirley L. Grindle, Tony Rackauckas
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 More Transparency Needed in the Ballot Initiative Transparency Act

The good government coalition backing SB 1253 argues that the bill represents significant ballot initiative reform – it does not, as I’ve explained here and here previously – by emphasizing the provisions to improve transparency in the ... »Read

In this article: Jon Coupal, Legislature, state budget
Bills: SB 1253,
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 A Very Important Election

Despite the virtual certainty that Governor Brown will win his bid for reelection, voter’s voices at the ballot box in November will count more than they have in a very long time. First, because passage of Proposition 1, the Water Bond, is ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Proposition 2, state budget, water
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 Budget Busting Police Contract

The City and the Police Protective League, the union that represents the 10,000 sworn members of our Police Department, are at an impasse over salary negotiations. The PPL is asking for a 3 step, 8% raise over the next two years while the City is ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Herb Wesson
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 Something Good from the California Legislature

The phone call was from a frightened older woman in the Central Valley. “I can’t afford to pay my property taxes and I may lose my home by the end of the year if nothing is done in Sacramento.” While this call was eerily reminiscent of the ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Legislature, state budget
Bills: AB 2231,
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 California's groundwater law will get governor's OK Tuesday

Tuesday's signing of groundwater legislation will represent the most significant water law passed in California in nearly 50 years. It aims to slow the dangerous decline in water tables, caused by decades of intense pumping. But the measure will ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Fran Pavley, water
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 Angel City Jazz Festival lineup looks to past, present and future

Roberto Miranda and the Interstellar Quintet kick off the eight-day Angel City Jazz Festival on Friday. Other acts at the festival include Anthony Braxton, Matana Roberts and Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio.Roberto Miranda and the Interstellar Quintet kick ... »Read

In this article: Steven Adams, Mike Brown
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 Get Ready for More Obamacare Confusion

Today the government releases some important information about who has health insurance and who doesn’t. But the data is sure to create a lot of confusion, particularly when it comes to Obamacare.The first set of data came out at midnight, when ... »Read

In this article: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, George P. Miller
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 READ IN: Please Choose Hawaii Edition

Do you Read In? Sign up today for the only political tip sheet  you'll ever need and get the top news of the day delivered to your inbox at 8 a.m. sharp! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. Read full article ... »Read

In this article: Julia Brownley, Jeff Gorell, referendum, water
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 AM Alert: Jerry Brown signs historic groundwater management legislation

As this year’s legislative session drew to a close, groundwater regulation – and whether California would become the last state in the West to implement oversight for drilling and pumping wells – emerged as one of the major ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature, Dan Walters, water
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 This GOP Benghazi Hearing Is Actually Worth Having

Benghazi! It's back. On Wednesday, the select committee on Benghazi set up by House Speaker John Boehner—who yanked this conservative crusade from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and handed it to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)—will stage its ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Darrell Issa, John McCain, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff
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 Why March in the Biggest Climate Change Demonstration Ever?

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. On Sunday, September 21st, a huge crowd will march through the middle of Manhattan. It will almost certainly be the largest rally about climate change in human history, and one of the largest ... »Read

In this article: Environmental Justice, global warming, renewable energy, water
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 Wanted: Lawmakers to Invest in the Future | Commentary

This sign should be plastered all over Washington, D.C., as lawmakers return from summer break. Congress has had the past five weeks to visit their homes and travel on America's crumbling highway system. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jim Madaffer
Bills: SB 1077,
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 5 Vacancies on Next Year's 50 Richest List

There are at least five lawmakers topping Roll Call's 50 Richest Members of Congress list for the final time. They are the wealthiest retirees who also happen to be on our Casualty List. »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, John Campbell, Mimi Walters
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 Jerry Brown signs bill removing language of Prop. 187

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation repealing from state law unenforceable provisions of Proposition 187, the 1994 initiative later overturned by the courts, to restrict public services to undocumented immigrants. State Senate President Pro ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Robert Huff, Darrell Steinberg
Bills: SB 396, SB 1266,
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 Video of lawmaker tirade resurfaces in House race

DUQUOIN, Ill. (AP) -- A red-faced Mike Bost showed little restraint when he took to the floor of the Illinois House in 2012 and unleashed a furious rant about the way Democrats run the state, complete with hollering, paper-throwing, fist-waving ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Mayor Kevin Johnson reassembling Think Big team to work on soccer bid

Mayor Kevin Johnson is reassembling the team of strategists that helped him keep the Kings in Sacramento, but this time their job will be to get the city a franchise in Major League Soccer. Sacramento has moved into contention for a Major ... »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Kevin Johnson, Chris Lehane
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 Former CalPERS board member Chuck Valdes, caught in ethical tangles, dies

Charles P. “Chuck” Valdes was one of the most powerful figures at America’s largest public pension fund. But he led a troubled private life, dogged by bankruptcies and assorted ethical problems, and he’d been linked to a massive ... »Read

In this article: Fred Buenrostro, CalPERS, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission
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 Rod Wright steps down from the California Senate

Democratic state Sen. Rod Wright, sentenced to jail Friday for being convicted of perjury and voting fraud, resigned from the California Senate on Monday but plans to stay on the payroll for one more week. California state Sen. Rod Wright ... »Read

In this article: Steve Bradford, Ron Calderon, Roger Dickinson, Michael D. Duvall, Bill Emmerson, Bill Emmerson, Isadore Hall, Legislature, Richard Pan, Michael J. Rubio, Jan Scully, James Shelby, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 The Buzz: Gavin Newsom criticizes 49ers for lack of action on Ray McDonald

First Steve Young, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, called on the team to sit Ray McDonald after his arrest on suspicion of domestic abuse. Then, hours before the 49ers took the field in a losing effort to the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Lt. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jim Evans, Gavin Newsom, Timothy P. White, Steve Young
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 Viewpoints: California must stay united to face its problems

An effort to divide California into six separate states died late last week, failing to gather enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. With its demise, another bad idea about how to fix California has fallen by the wayside. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Proposition 25, state budget, water
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 Sen. Wright to resign Sept. 22, start sentence Oct. 31

Ending a career in political office that spanned a dozen years, state Sen. Roderick D. Wright on Monday bowed to pressure from fellow Democrats and said he would resign his seat Sept. 22. »Read

In this article: Steve Bradford, Jerry Brown, Isadore Hall, Jackie Lacey, Senate Democrats, Darrell Steinberg, Leland Yee
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 Gov. Brown signs bill repealing unenforceable parts of Prop. 187

In a disavowal of the hard line Californians once took against illegal immigration, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday repealing unenforceable provisions of Proposition 187. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Steve Fox, Jimmy Gomez, Robert Huff, illegal immigration, Legislature, water, Evan Westrup, Pete Wilson
Bills: SB 396, AB 1628, AB 1951, SB 1266,
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 Campaign Cash Clouds DA's Probe Into Santa Ana Mayor

As District Attorney Tony Rackauckas' office investigates Miguel Pulido, the DA has taken contributions from Pulido's campaign consultant as well as other allies of the mayor. »Read

In this article: Larry Agran, George W. Bush, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Shirley L. Grindle, Tony Rackauckas
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 California broadens autism therapy coverage for children on Medi-Cal

California children enrolled in public healthcare will regain access to an expensive form of autism therapy after the state Monday became the first in the country to comply with new federal guidelines. »Read

In this article: Chris Megerian, Darrell Steinberg, Norman Williams
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 STATE’S FINEST HONORED FOR VALOR

Fourteen law enforcement officers, including three from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department who were involved in a deadly shootout with cop killer Christopher Dorner last year, were honored by Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 CalPERS decides hedge funds are a sell

SACRAMENTO — The country's biggest public pension system is getting out of hedge funds. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Brad Pacheco
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 State Sen. Rod Wright resigns over perjury conviction

State Sen. Rod Wright (D) resigned from the California Senate after he received a three month jail sentence for lying to voters about his residency. »Read

In this article: Steve Bradford, Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, Isadore Hall, Jennifer Hanson, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 House GOP: VA interfered with IG

Democrats are scoffing at the idea that the department would interfere with the investigation. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, water
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 Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'The Mindy Project' on Fox

Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes »Read

In this article: Jerry Lewis, Michael Rose
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 3-foot buffer zones for cyclists to take effect across California

Starting Tuesday, cyclists on Los Angeles' busy streets will get a buffer zone. »Read

In this article: Steve Bradford, Legislature, Laura Nelson
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 Shake-up at PUC, PG&E over emails related to San Bruno blast case

Stung by criticism that the Public Utilities Commission had developed 'too cozy' of a relationship with the state's largest utility, PUC President Michael Peevey removed himself from further proceedings over a huge explosion in 2010 that killed ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael R. Peevey
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 State Sen. Wright resigns after voter fraud case over residence

State Sen. Rod Wright submitted his resignation Monday after he was sentenced last week to three months in jail for lying about where he lived when he ran for office. The Democratic senator from Los Angeles County was convicted of perjury in ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jennifer Hanson, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright
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 DMV may be overcharging sales tax on car sales

The state agency that collects your sales taxes may have overcharged some car buyers too much tax. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, George Runner
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 Assemblyman John Pérez won't run against L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar

Assemblyman John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) has decided not to challenge Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar in the March election, his political strategist said Monday. »Read

In this article: Jose Huizar, Gloria Molina
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 Rodgers fundraising for GOP women

The GOP Conference chairwoman is expected raise more than $500,000 for congressional hopefuls. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Mimi Walters
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 Brown purges immigration initiative from state law

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill deleting unenforceable provisions of a state law that denied social services to immigrants who are in California illegally. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Legislature
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 Bickering between L.A. Unified leaders won't make schools better

This would be a difficult period for Supt. John Deasy and the Los Angeles Unified School District even if he and the school board were intent on working together for the benefit of students. But these aren't the most cooperative of times, to put it ... »Read

In this article: Tamar Galatzan, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Pete Peterson is best choice for California secretary of state

California's next secretary of state will take over an office that has been stuck in neutral. Key projects that would make it easier to cast a ballot or track political campaign disclosures have been delayed, and there's been little urgency or ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Alex Padilla
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 Some Republicans Back State Minimum-Wage Boosts

Republican candidates in states where voters will decide on boosting the minimum wage say they favor those pay-increase measures even as they oppose raising the federal wage floor. »Read

In this article: John F. Kerry, Legislature, John Matsusaka, minimum wage, Barack Obama, referendum
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 California state Senator Wright to resign following fraud conviction

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California state Senator Roderick Wright plans to resign from office later this month following a perjury and voter fraud conviction that saw him sentenced to 90 days in jail, he said in a letter sent on Monday. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Isadore Hall, Senate Democrats, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 State Sen. Wright resigns after voter fraud case

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- State Sen. Rod Wright submitted his resignation Monday after he was sentenced last week to three months in jail for lying about where he lived when he ran for office.... »Read

In this article: Steve Bradford, Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, Isadore Hall, Jennifer Hanson, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 House Republicans say yes to Obama

The party looks like it will quickly agree to some of President Barack Obama's biggest demands. »Read

In this article: Chuck Hagel, Kevin McCarthy, Howard P. Mckeon, Barack Obama
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 Shakeup at PG&E, state agency over 'inappropriate' talks

Three Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executives and a top aide to the head of the California Public Utilities Commission were ousted Monday over 'inappropriate' back-channel communications between the company and state regulators in the fallout over ... »Read

In this article: Michael Florio, Michael R. Peevey, John Wong
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 Prop. 46 campaign blasts opponents for payment to official’s committee

Supporters of a Nov. 4 ballot initiative to increase medical malpractice awards blasted a Los Angeles County supervisor Monday for scheduling a board vote to oppose the measure after a group he founded accepted a $75,000 donation from opponents. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Democratic Party, Jamie Court, Jason Kinney, Mark Ridley-Thomas
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 Sen. Roderick Wright resigns from South Bay seat in California Senate

Sacramento >> South Bay state Sen. Roderick Wright, sentenced last week to three months in jail for lying about where he lived when he ran for office, submitted his resignation Monday. »Read

In this article: Steve Bradford, Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, Isadore Hall, Jennifer Hanson, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 State Sen. Wright Resigns After Voter Fraud Case

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg accepted Wright's one-sentence letter, which stated his resignation is effective Sept. 22. Jennifer Hanson, a spokeswoman for Wright, confirmed the senator submitted his resignation letter. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jennifer Hanson, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright
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 State Senator Roderick Wright resigns following perjury conviction

State Senator Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) announced Monday he is resigning his seat after being convicted of perjury on Friday. Wright's resignation is effective September 22. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Jennifer Hanson, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 State Sen. Rod Wright resigns after voter fraud case

State Sen. Rod Wright has resigned after he was sentenced last week to three months in jail for lying about where he lived when he ran for office. »Read

In this article: Jennifer Hanson, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright
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 Reese Jarrett Unanimously Confirmed As Civic San Diego President

The San Diego City Council unanimously confirmed Reese Jarrett as president of Civic San Diego, which handles major development projects for the city. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, redevelopment agencies
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: John Chiang a clear choice for state treasurer

The person elected treasurer of California effectively acts as the state's banker and has substantial influence over management of its enormous financial assets and, in many ways, can be considered its asset manager. »Read

In this article: John Chiang, Phillip G Conlon, Greg Conlon, Legislature, Bill Lockyer, Pete Wilson
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 Appellate court upholds $9 million furlough decision against Jerry Brown

A San Francisco appellate court has upheld a trial judge’s decision that Gov. Jerry Brown wrongly furloughed thousands of state-government scientists and engineers three years ago. Photo illustration »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jim Evans, water
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 Former CalPERS board member, caught in ethical tangle, dies

Former CalPERS board member Charles P. Valdes, who was implicated in the pension fund’s big bribery scandal, has died. »Read

In this article: Fred Buenrostro, CalPERS, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission
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 Ro Khanna: Candidate for Congressional District 17

As part of our on-going election coverage, Ro Khanna joins us in the studio. The Fremont attorney and former Obama administration official is challenging seven-term Congressman Mike Honda for the district at the heart of Silicon Valley. »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna
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 If he runs for president in 2016, Martin O'Malley will again be an underdog

Martin O’Malley’s pollster had sobering news. Despite extensive time in the public eye and strong statements on controversial issues, the would-be candidate barely registered in a new survey. The year was 1999, and O’Malley (D), a brash white ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Joe Trippi, universal health care
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 Google surprises LAUSD teachers with school supplies

Google surprised hundreds of Los Angeles teachers Monday by donating pencils, books, printers and other school supplies that were on their wish lists. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District
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