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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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 Water, water everywhere* Roundup - Dec. 19, 1:20 am
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 How a Memo Cost Big Banks $37 Billion
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 Roundtable On Mexican Farm Labor, Border Traffic, Chula Vista Politics
KPBS San Diego public broadcasting/These Days morning talk show with Don Fudge - Dec. 19, 11:24 am
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 California unemployment rate dips to 7.2 percent

California recorded its lowest jobless rate last month since the early months of the Great Recession. »Read

In this article: Stephen Levy, Milken Institute
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 California Unemployment Rate At Lowest Since Great Recession

California recorded its lowest jobless rate last month since the early months of the Great Recession, while the number of additional jobs was the second-largest gain since the state began keeping that record in 1990. »Read

In this article: Stephen Levy, Milken Institute
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 Braving LAX for holidays? Have hope, in 10 years it's going to be a nice airport

The Los Angeles Airport Commission voted Thursday to move forward with a $4-billion plan for a people-mover train that will carry passengers through the airport and connect with a rail station and rental car center. »Read

In this article: Joe Buscaino, Jose Huizar, Curren Price, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Outgoing S.F. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano eyeing state Senate run

Outgoing S.F. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano eyeing state Senate run The November election results were only finalized a few weeks ago, but already San Francisco’s political class is looking to 2016 — and it is already appearing that the city’s ... »Read

In this article: Tom Ammiano, campaign finance, Edwin M. Lee, Mark Leno
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 Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: 'Divergent'

Customized TV Listings are available here: »Read

In this article: Charles Brown, John McCain, Barack Obama, Joe Trippi
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 Judge pushing to get Colonies corruption case to trial in fall 2015

SAN BERNARDINO >> A Superior Court judge is pushing to get San Bernardino County's Colonies corruption case to trial by September or October of 2015, but it is contingent upon a pending appellate court decision and whether new attorneys for two of ... »Read

In this article: Paul Biane, Jeffrey Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt, Bill Postmus, water
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 Dublin City Council can't agree on appointee for vacant seat

In a meeting that lasted into Friday morning, Dublin City Council members were at odds over choice to fill the council's vacant seat, opening up the possibility of a special election in June. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, David Haubert
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 NEW: CA lobbyists celebrate banner year

It’s got a bad reputation, even in some parts of Washington, D.C. But lobbying is a way of life in California, where the practice shows no signs of letting up. In a string of news events and reports, the many faces of lobbying have resurfaced ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, John Doolittle, water
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 NEW: New tax would hit services

  Tax reform is in the air. One proposal is by state Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Los Angeles, also a former speaker of the Assembly. Senate Bill 8, the Upward Mobility Act, would raise $10 billion in sales and use taxes to replace the $7 ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Bob Hertzberg, Legislature, renewable energy, George Skelton
Bills: SB 8, AB 2145,
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 Chula Vista City Council Race Officially Ends

Councilman-elect John McCann beat Steve Padilla by two votes. »Read

In this article: John McCann, Steve Padilla
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 Roundtable On Mexican Farm Labor, Border Traffic, Chula Vista Politics

Mexican export farms exploit and abuse laborers who harvest produce for the U.S. Do shorter waits at San Ysidro border crossing mean more freeway traffic? Chula Vista has a mayor and a new school board and now it has a full city council. »Read

In this article: John McCann, Steve Padilla, Mary Salas
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 San Francisco offers more details on scenic Olympic plan

While Los Angeles officials remain quiet about their Olympic plans, organizers in San Francisco have released new details and artistic renderings from that city's bid for the 2024 Summer Games. »Read

In this article: Nathan Ballard, Edwin M. Lee
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 NEW: Coal ban would boost tax cost of pensions

California public pensions already have a big problem with adequate funding. The nonpartisan state Legislative Analyst pegs the pensions’ unfunded liabilities at $340 billion. It should be obvious what the investment strategy should be for the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, CalSTRS, Kevin De Leon
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 How a Memo Cost Big Banks $37 Billion

A government lawyer’s discovery of a warning to J.P. Morgan officials about shaky mortgages jump-started the Justice Department’s probe of financial-crisis wrongdoing. »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, Benjamin B. Wagner, Tony West
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 Monkey Cage: Pushing at an open door: When can personal stories change minds on gay rights?

In a recently published research article, “When contact changes minds: An experiment on transmission of support for gay equality,” political scientists Michael LaCour and Donald Green write:Can a single conversation change minds on divisive ... »Read

In this article: Donald C. Green, Same-sex marriage
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 2014 Black Bart Award Winner: The Non-Voter

There are 10,289,851 Californians who share this year’s Fox and Hounds Daily’s Black Bart Award — because they didn’t vote. They are the registered voters who did not bother to vote in the November Election. This is not a good thing, but ... »Read

In this article: referendum
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 In the Loop: The Senate made a few people happy this week, but it's high anxiety for others

This post has been updated.The Senate made a couple of dozen Obama nominees very happy when it confirmed them late Tuesday night. But as the Senate skedaddled out of town, scores of other nominees — some pending in committee and some on the ... »Read

In this article: Maria Echaveste, John Estrada
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 The did-something Congress: A flurry of bills passed in the final days. Here are the highlights.

Turns out the 'do-nothing Congress' managed to do a fair about of something this year.Thanks to a final flurry of activity during the lame-duck session after the midterm elections, lawmakers passed dozens more bills and nonbinding resolutions to ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Water, water everywhere*

<p>One thing that's dried up lately is the number of doom-and-gloom stories <a href=http:* <p>From the<strong> LAT's Joe Serna:</strong> "The good news is tempered by the fact that the entire state remains in ... »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Michael R. Peevey, Daniel Reeves, renewable energy, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Kellie M. Smith, water
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 The Administration's College Ratings: How It Looks On Campus

The Education Department's unveiling today of a controversial ratings system has fueled a debate over what this kind of system can — or should — measure. »Read

In this article: Ben Miller, David Warren
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