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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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Kings owners set to announce deal with labor unions on downtown arena construction

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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

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 Salas' staffers departures stun so close to primary
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 'First Look': First News for April 18
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 Computer education: Shouldn't it be part of high school?

Kristin Olsen and Joan Buchanan »Read

In this article: Joan Buchanan, Kristin Olsen
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 Capitol Alert: UC Berkeley acceptance rate plunges amid new admission process

University of California, Berkeley's freshman acceptance rate for fall 2014 plunged 3.5 percent amid changes to its admission process, including a greater emphasis on admitting out-of-state students. People walk through Sproul Plaza on the ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Amerish Bera, Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Field Poll, Dan Morain, water, Leland Yee
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 Sacramento unemployment falls to 8.1 percent; state rate unchanged

Sacramento’s unemployment rate fell a tenth of a point last month, to 8.1 percent, as the region enjoyed unusually strong job growth. California’s unemployment rate was also 8.1 percent, unchanged from the month before. The ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dan Morain, water
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 Folsom Lake Bank reports strong year-over-year gains

Folsom Lake Bank, which has branches in Folsom and Roseville, amassed net income of $232,600, or 15 cents a share, in this year’s first quarter, up nearly 52 percent from the first quarter of 2013 and the bank’s 17th consecutive ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dan Morain, water
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 Judge denies bail in Hawaii dismemberment case

A judge in Hawaii has denied bail for a Southern California man accused of killing a man whose dismembered body was found in an Oahu ravine. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dan Morain, water
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 Man pleads not guilty in body in freezer case

A Central Valley man has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge stemming from a body found inside a freezer at his auto body shop. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dan Morain, water
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 Government theft and illegal taxes

Did you know that if the State of California takes your money in the form of an illegal tax or fee, you might not be able to get it back? I was outraged when I first learned if a taxpayer pays a tax or fee that is later found to be ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Stephen T. Knight, George Runner
Bills: AB 2510, SB 1327,
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 Where is Democratic Super PAC Spending Money? These 24 Districts Get Fall TV Reservations

House Majority PAC, a super PAC with the aim of electing House Democrats, announced its first round of television reservations for the fall. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Hillary Clinton, Patrick Murphy, Scott Peters, Raul Ruiz
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 'First Look': First News for April 18

Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories: FARMER LOSES HER COMPOSURE DURING CROSS-EXAMINATION: Defense attorneys for Bakersfield mortgage fraud defendant Julie Farmer rested their case Thursday following hours of ... »Read

In this article: Elva Lopez, Rudy Salas
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 Where is Democratic Super PAC Spending Money? These 18 Districts Get Fall TV Reservations

House Majority PAC, a super PAC with the aim of electing House Democrats, announced its first round of television reservations for the fall. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Patrick Murphy, Scott Peters, Raul Ruiz
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 Legislation Would Protect Communities From Oil Train Accidents

Last year’s crude oil train explosion in Quebec that killed 47 people has raised awareness of the dangers of train accidents involving crude oil. »Read

In this article: Roger Dickinson, Energy Commission
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 California voters approve state paying for universal preschool, poll finds

California voters, by a 57 percent majority, approve extending public schooling to 4-year-olds, even if it costs the state an additional $1.4 billion, according to a Field Poll released Friday. The majority support comes from even those without ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Mark Hinkle, Barack Obama, Darrell Steinberg
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 AM Alert: Californians support transitional kindergarten proposal

In his final year in the Legislature, state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has made it a priority to expand pre-kindergarten to every 4-year-old in California, giving families the option of an extra year of schooling before their ... »Read

In this article: Field Poll, Jerry Hill, Legislature, Los Angeles Unified School District, Darrell Steinberg
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 Frederico Rocha new undersheriff of San Francisco

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has named former interim East Palo Alto police Chief Federico Rocha as his new undersheriff. »Read

In this article: Ron Davis, Ross Mirkarimi
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 Can Good Government and First Amendment Groups Win Back the Public Trust?

It's clear, with the charges against noted campaign finance advocate Leland Yee, that good government and campaign finance reform groups that gave him awards have lost the public's trust. I call upon them need to take steps to win it back. It's also ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Legislature, Leland Yee
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 Local and State Politics Will Spark LA's New Newspaper

Increasing the voices of political diversity is one of the missions of California's newest newspaper, the Los Angeles Register. Did I just write that a new newspaper is opening in this digital age? The owners of Freedom Communications, publishers of ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Leon Panetta's Recipe For Good Governance Is To Remember Who You Work For

Three months into 2014 and three California State Senators have had brushes with the law. Needless to say, public confidence in elected officials is shaken. It's understandable, but like any setback in life, it's also an opportunity to reflect and ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Leon Panetta
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 Boeing Provides a Spark to the Economy

A job is like a fire, providing energy, light, heat and sustenance to the life of the person who holds the flame. It illuminates the vision ahead to see a brighter future of caring for oneself and our families. Last week, the Los Angeles region ... »Read
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 Bill to let retailers keep selling alligator products advances

High-end boutiques and Louisiana officials argue in favor of legislation that would allow California stores to continue selling luxury goods made from alligator skin.  Rodeo Drive's high-fashion boutiques are making fast progress persuading ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Jerry Brown, Jennifer Fearing, Legislature, water
Bills: AB 2075,
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 Ratings Change: California's 36th District

After Democrat Raul Ruiz defeated GOP Rep. Mary Bono Mack in California's 36th District in 2012, Republican insiders immediately put this district toward the top of their target list. »Read

In this article: Mary Bono Mack, Brian Nestande, Raul Ruiz
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 Ratings Change: California's 26th District

When the Republican wave hit in 2010, it lost virtually all of its strength before it got to the West Coast. Most Democrats in competitive races west of the Rocky Mountains held on. »Read

In this article: Julia Brownley, Jeff Gorell, Barack Obama
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 Official at center of Bell, Calif., corruption scandal gets 12 years in prison

Four years after he became the face of municipal greed, Robert Rizzo broke his long silence Wednesday in a Los Angeles courtroom and asked a judge for mercy.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Steve Cooley, Robert Rizzo
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 Californians support state-funded preschool for 4-year-olds, survey shows

Educating 4-year-olds is important to California voters – important enough that 57 percent say it’s worth spending $1.4 billion a year for the state to provide all of them with preschool. »Read

In this article: Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg
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 Rewriting Gay History: The Honeymoon Is Over

By Hank Plante Special to Calbuzz Now that the history of the gay rights movement is being written, and with the battle over same sex marriage looking like a fait  accompli, there is another war brewing — over who gets credit for the win. A ... »Read

In this article: Chad Griffin, Gavin Newsom, Proposition 8, Rob Reiner
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 Supervisor’s trial has El Dorado political world seething

In the courtroom, Ray Nutting, a four-term county supervisor, faces prosecution for alleged misconduct related to state grants he took for clearing brush on his family ranch. But it is the spectacle surrounding his case that envelops this county ... »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Gary Winuk
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 Bill Whalen: The trouble urban centers pose for Republicans

For all the talk about an America divided left and right, red and blue, there’s another way to assess presidential politics: populous vs. sparse. Bill Whalen »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Steve Cooley, Kevin Faulconer, Bob Filner, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, John A. Perez, Bill Whalen, Meg Whitman, Pete Wilson
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 Charles Krauthammer: The zealots win again

Political contribution donor lists, instead of being used to ferret out corruption, are now being used to pursue and persecute citizens with contrary views. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, campaign finance, Proposition 8, referendum
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 Six Californias plan running out of time for 2014 ballot

With the deadline for the November ballot looming, Tim Draper, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist behind the Six Californias ballot initiative, said Thursday that he hasn't decided whether to put the constitutional amendment on the ballot this ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Steven R. Maviglio, Shannan Velayas, water
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 RIVERSIDE: Suspect arrested in nighttime burglaries

An anonymous call played a part in the arrest of a 29-year-old Riverside man in several nighttime burglaries in the Canyon Crest area of Riverside »Read

In this article: Robert B. Presley, Hector Ramirez
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 Assembly Candidates Grilled in 'Feet to the Fire' Forum

Candidates vying for the coastal 74th Assembly District seat took questions from journalists in the first of four such events. »Read

In this article: Travis Allen, John Moorlach, Emanuel Patrascu
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 INLAND: Longtime marijuana legalization advocate still seeing green

Desert resident Lanny Swerdlow has had a hand in nearly every aspect of marijuana politics in the Inland area for the past 15 years »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Gavin Newsom
Bills: SB 420,
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 In Sacramento DA’s race, Schubert backers rip Krell on pay issue

Supporters of Anne Marie Schubert pushed back Thursday against her main rival in the Sacramento County district attorney’s race, saying Maggie Krell is wrongly asserting that Schubert accepted pay raises as a supervisor in the DA’s ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Andrew Acosta, Kamala Harris, Jan Scully
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 California Board of Registered Nursing activates online license application system

California’s Board of Registered Nursing is hoping for a smoother licensing process now that an online application system is activated.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Kristin Olsen, water
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 City votes for task force to study building new Sacramento performing arts venue

City decides to examine plans for a new performing arts venue to replace the aging Community Center Theater »Read

In this article: Daniel Conway, Kevin Johnson
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 Residents express outcry over Chevron Richmond's modernization project

More than 60 people addressed the city's Planning Commission on Thursday, saying the environmental report describing Chevron Corp.'s proposed $1 billion modernization of its local refinery does too little to reduce pollutants and ensure safety. »Read

In this article: green jobs, greenhouse gas, Gayle McLaughlin, renewable energy
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 Drought at forefront during Modesto hearing on water bond

They gathered to talk about addressing California’s future water needs. But the crowd and state legislators at Thursday’s water bond hearing in Modesto could not escape the frustration of a…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: David Cogdill, Cathleen Galgiani, Adam Gray, Legislature, Anthony Rendon, water
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 Election 2014: Five challenging Jim Costa's bid for sixth congressional term

Five people – four Republicans and a Democrat – want to take out Rep. Jim Costa in the 2014 election.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jim Costa, Johnny Tacherra, water
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 In political scandal, good government advocates see opening for ethics, campaign finance changes

When the Legislature returns next week from spring break, it will pick up with the drudgery of its shortcomings right where it left off, with ethics training in the upper house. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, campaign finance, Cristina Garcia, Robert Huff, Legislature, Jim Mayer, Richard D. Roth, state budget, Darrell Steinberg, Robert Stern, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Valley in desperate need of help

Today: McNerney swings for the fences. »Read

In this article: Jim Costa, Jeff Denham, Jerry McNerney, Barack Obama, water
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 Probe of GPS monitoring of suspected serial killers sought

California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg reacts after two men wearing GPS devices and under parole supervision are accused of raping and killing four women.SACRAMENTO — The leader of the state Senate is seeking an investigation into how two ... »Read

In this article: Luis Patino, Darrell Steinberg
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 Controller uses authority to compile wide-ranging database

A state website that offers a look at public employees’ salary and retirement information is being expanded, a spokesman for Controller John Chiang said. The website — publicpay.ca.gov — was launched two months after the August 2010 ... »Read

In this article: John Chiang, Robert Rizzo
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 Assemblyman Roger Dickinson wants more disclosure on crude oil transport

Pointing to the catastrophic derailment in Quebec of a train transporting oil and similar accidents, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, proposed legislation Thursday to get emergency responders more information about crude-carrying trains ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Energy Commission
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 Nature park might lose SD support

San Dieguito River Park leaders lobby Mayor Faulconer to restore funding »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Bob Filner, Jerry Sanders
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 Salas' staffers departures stun so close to primary

Two employees have resigned from the office of Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, this week, prompting an accusation from a former staffer's spouse of "unethical" behavior. Their departures come less than two months before the June 3 ... »Read

In this article: Veronica Alarcon, Dean Florez, Elva Lopez, Rudy Salas, Jonathan Waldie
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 The Buzz: FPPC delays decision on Berryhill money-laundering case

Another state senator accused of violating political ethics rules will have to wait longer to learn his fate after the California Fair Political Practices Commission adjourned Thursday without acting on the case. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Charles H. Bell, Tom Berryhill, William R. Berryhill, Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Connie Conway, Tim Donnelly, Fair Political Practices Commission, Legislature, Alex Vassar, Gary Winuk
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 'Six Californias' plan running out of time for 2014 ballot

With the deadline for the November ballot looming, Tim Draper, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist behind the "Six Californias" ballot initiative, said Thursday that he hasn't decided whether to put the constitutional amendment on the ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Steven R. Maviglio, Shannan Velayas, water
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 Court leaves legal bills in city's lap

Years of a court battle over who pays the legal fees for six former members of San Diego’s pension board has come to an end, and the city is on the hook for a legal bill that could top $7 million. »Read

In this article: Bonnie Dumanis, Jan Goldsmith
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 Missed the Obamacare deadline? Short-term health plan may be better than nothing

Insurance industry and health care experts say the Affordable Care Act won t allow you to get comprehensive health coverage again until Jan. 1. But if you re worried about an unexpected medical problem before then, there is a last resort: short-term ... »Read

In this article: Patrick Johnston, Janice Rocco
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 NEW: Split-roll tax bill strikes at Prop. 13

  Almost every year in the California Legislature Proposition 13 becomes a target for those seeking higher taxes. The 1978 tax-limitation measure, among other things, requires a two-thirds vote for local tax increases. As budget maneuvers heat up ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Split roll, Lois Wolk
Bills: SB 1021,
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 GOP is building a home for Latino voters

GOP recognizes that Hispanics are the fastest-growing demographic group in California. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Bob Filner
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 Progressives rip one corporate tax break, laud another

Supervisor David Campos marched at the head of a protest Tuesday by the city's largest public employee union to denounce the Mid-Market tax break, designed to attract companies to the downtrodden area, as a corporate giveaway. The view of many at ... »Read

In this article: John Avalos, Jerry Brown, David Campos, Dianne Feinstein, Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi, Nancy Pelosi, SEIU
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 BART fined over 2 track workers' deaths during strike

State regulators fined BART $210,000 Thursday in connection with the deaths of two track workers who were hit by a train in October during a union strike, alleging that the transit agency deliberately violated safety rules. The disputed policy ... »Read

In this article: Christine Baker, Cheryl Brown
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