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 Valley elderberry beetle to remain a protected species
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 NEW: Hospitals seek veto of workers' comp expansion
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 Poverty rate posts 1st notable drop since '06; Latinos show big strides
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 Dan Walters: Three obscure bills show how big policy gets buried
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 AM Alert: Political Reform Act turns 40 amid burst of campaign finance changes

It’s been a big year for the Political Reform Act. A record-setting fine for a lobbyist who hosted fundraisers in his home and two state senators indicted on bribery charges prompted the Legislature to pass a series of bills strengthening ... »Read

In this article: John Burton, California Democratic Party, campaign finance, Edwin Chau, Fair Political Practices Commission, Field Poll, Beth Gaines, Legislature, Jim Miller, Alex Padilla, Richard Pan, Darrell Steinberg, Dan Walters, water
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 Gov. Jerry Brown to sign California film tax credit bill

Gov. Jerry Brown is poised to put his signature to a bill that would triple annual funding for California's film and TV tax credit program. »Read

In this article: Raul Bocanegra, Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Mike Gatto, Film tax
Bills: AB 1839,
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 In the Loop: A House divided over Scottish independence

Like the Scots themselves, members of Congress are split over Scotland’s future. At the start of the August recess, House lawmakers introduced a resolution expressing support for a “united, secure, and prosperous United Kingdom.” Read full ... »Read

In this article: John Duncan, referendum, Ed Royce, Brad Sherman
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 To Improve Decision-Making, Lighten Up on Lobbyists | Commentary

As Congress prepares to leave town and disillusioned voters get ready to trudge toward the midterm elections, party leaders on both sides of the aisle are making the usual promises that if elected, they will do things better. House Majority Leader ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Obamacare: From game-changer to background noise

The health care law is taking a back seat to economic anxiety and new crises this election season. »Read

In this article: Fred Davis, Fred Davis, Barack Obama
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 Marijuana industry battling stoner stereotypes

DENVER (AP) -- Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot.... »Read

In this article: Steve Fox, Nancy Reagan
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 Kuehl, Shriver square off in L.A. County supervisor race debate

Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver came out swinging and sought to draw policy contrasts Tuesday night in the first major debate of the November runoff campaign to fill a Westside-San Fernando Valley seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Sheila Kuehl, minimum wage, Gloria Molina, Bobby Shriver, Hilda L. Solis, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 Kuehl, Shriver Face Off In Debate For LA County Board Of Supervisors Seat

Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl took part in the first debate in the 3rd District race in Westwood, where transportation and economic development were the main issues at hand. »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Legislature, Bobby Shriver, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 Marcos Breton: Kevin Johnson seeks to strengthen his office – does Sacramento care?

Despite national acclaim, Mayor Kevin Johnson faces his most formidable foe of all right now – one with the power to pour cold water on him and his political legacy. Marcos Breton »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, John Shirey, water
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 Brown signs bill to regulate pumping of underground water

For the first time in its history, California will establish statewide management of water pumped from the ground, under legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Jimmy Gomez, Ben Hueso, Daniel R. Logue, Jim Patterson, Fran Pavley, water
Bills: AB 2321, AB 2450, SB 1168, SB 1319, SB 1383,
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 Supervisors Turn Down Independent Ethics Oversight

The Board of Supervisors’ ultimate vote on its reply to the grand jury’s recommendation was confusing, even to top county officials. »Read

In this article: Patricia Bates, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Shirley L. Grindle, Legislature, John Moorlach, Todd Spitzer
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 L.A.'s DWP managers agree to undergo formal evaluations

Hundreds of managers in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are agreeing to formal, annual evaluations as part of a new pact with the utility — a groundbreaking move for an agency long targeted for reform. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, David Nahai, water
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 Tim Donnelly to walk precincts for Knight in congressional race

 GOP Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks, perhaps the most outspoken conservative in the Legislature, plans to campaign this weekend  for state Sen. Stephen Knight, one of two Republicans battling to succeed a retiring congressman this fall. »Read

In this article: Tim Donnelly, Legislature, Howard P. Mckeon, Tony Strickland
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 Sweeping new California groundwater pumping rules signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown

California's groundwater used to be free to anyone who could siphon the coveted natural resource from the earth -- but that century-old practice changed Tuesday with the stroke of a pen. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Fran Pavley, water
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 CPUC commissioner Florio avoids consumer advocates' wrath

Consumer advocates who are calling for the scalp of California Public Utilities Commission President Mike Peevey for back-channel talks with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. appear to be a lot more forgiving when it comes to their own former colleague's ... »Read

In this article: Michael Florio, Daniel R. Logue, Mark Toney
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 SF supervisors OK funds for undocumented kids legal aid

'[...] we're not defenseless,' said the 5-year-old, who fled violence in her native Honduras with her mother, entered the United States illegally and is one of more than 2,000 cases of juveniles or parents with children who don't have lawyers as ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, Edwin M. Lee
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 Mayor Lee rides crowded Muni train downtown with the masses

Mayor Ed Lee, who is trying to raise $1 million in campaign cash to push his $500 million transportation bond over the finish line in the Nov. 4 election, got a firsthand taste of Muni's problems on Tuesday morning. Lee, who lives in Glen Park, ... »Read

In this article: Bill Barnes, Edwin M. Lee, Mirian Saez
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 PUC under fire for emails with PG&E officials

Newly released emails that show top officials with the Public Utilities Commission working closely with PG&E executives on the choice of a judge to hear a critical rate-hike case sparked calls from critics Tuesday to scrap the proceeding and start ... »Read

In this article: Michael Florio, Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey, John Wong
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 Jerry Brown surges ahead with the 'non-campaign' campaign

Gov. Jerry Brown has $22 million in the bank and a 21-point lead in the polls, but as he seeks a historic fourth term, he's conducting one of the most unusual re-election campaigns ever witnessed by state voters - one in which he hasn't starred in a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, Legislature, Jessica A. Levinson, Dan Newman, sick leave, Bill Simon, water, Meg Whitman
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 Assembly candidate Steve Cohn talks issues, alliances and Kings

After decades on the Sacramento City Council, Steve Cohn aspires to vault into an open Assembly seat. He stopped by The Sacramento Bee Capitol Bureau on Tuesday to answer questions about his record, his vision for state office and the ever-present ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, CEQA, Steve Cohn, Roger Dickinson, Legislature
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 Small Business Does the Math on the Minimum Wage

Mayor Eric Garcetti is pushing hard to raise the minimum wage for the City of Los Angeles. But there are 87 other cities in Los Angeles County. What?s to keep them from keeping wages low and stealing the small businesses so crucial to the local ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 MLS executives will meet team owners, party with fans in Sacramento

When Major League Soccer executives visit Sacramento on Thursday to discuss a potential expansion team, they’ll get high-level briefings with the corporate community – and a chance to party with fans. Sacramento has moved into ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Chris Lehane
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 Bay Area property taxes rise as home values rebound

Property tax bills are expected to climb higher this year due to rebounding home values. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Proposition 8
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: PUC response to continuing scandal pathetic

The California Public Utilities Commission is a regulatory circus, a parody of government run amok. Its clueless maneuvers Monday to deal with commissioners' misconduct were an insult to the public its supposed to serve. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Florio, Michael R. Peevey
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 The Buzz: California regulators eye lead fishing tackle

California fishermen might need to swap out the content of their tackle boxes, depending on the progress of a proposed state regulation targeting what some consider chemically hazardous weights and sinkers. »Read

In this article: Janice Hahn, Isadore Hall, Jim E. Martin, Roderick Wright
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 In Iowa, attacks on Republican Ernst change dynamics of tight Senate race

DES MOINES — When Joni Ernst burst into public consciousness here last spring, she was talking about castrating hogs as a child on an Iowa farm. Another ad showed her wearing a leather jacket and stepping off a Harley-Davidson to point a pistol at ... »Read

In this article: Todd Harris, minimum wage, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney
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 Dan Walters: Three obscure bills show how big policy gets buried

Mayor changes in public policy get buried in flood of late-session bills. »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, Loni Hancock, Legislature, redevelopment agencies, water
Bills: AB 155, SB 628, SB 1300,
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 Poverty rate posts 1st notable drop since '06; Latinos show big strides

The poorest Americans, particularly those who are Latino, finally are showing signs of joining in the economic recovery as the nation's poverty rate dropped significantly last year for the first time since 2006. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Joe Biden
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 Stubborn opposition to Obama's Syria plan

Obama is asking lawmakers to quickly authorize a mission to arm and train Syrian rebels to defeat ISIL. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Watch: Sacramento City Council member Steve Cohn on Assembly goals

Sacramento City Council member Steve Cohn stopped by The Bee Capitol Bureau on Tuesday to talk about the issues underlying his campaign for an open state Assembly seat. A broader transcript of the interview will be available in Wednesday’s ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Steve Cohn
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 AD-73 Candidate Bill Brough Facing Foreclosure

In 2012, we were criticized for going after AD-69 candidates Michele Martinez and Julio Perez for disclosing their then terrible personal financial failings that would cause voters to question whether they’d be a good steward of taxpayer ... »Read

In this article: Tom Daly, Diane L. Harkey, Michele Martinez, Julio Perez, water
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 NEW: Hospitals seek veto of workers' comp expansion

  California hospitals could be facing millions of dollars in increased workers’ compensation claims if a bill sponsored by the California Nurses Association is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. As of Tuesday afternoon, Brown had not made a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Nurses Association, Dave Roberts, Nancy Skinner
Bills: AB 2616,
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 Honda, Khanna spar over what it means to be an effective congressman

Democratic challenger Ro Khanna says Congressman Mike Honda is too orthodox of a liberal Democrat to get much done in Washington; Honda says he works across the aisle, but more often behind the scenes. »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Jared Huffman, Ro Khanna, renewable energy, Fortney Pete Stark, Eric Swalwell
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 Supervisor's race: Kuehl, Shriver meet at 7 p.m. in UCLA debate

Supervisorial candidates Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver face off at 7 tonight in a debate at UCLA that will focus on transportation and economic development. »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Bobby Shriver, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 Walking the dog without a leash? You could soon be fined $100 or more

If you walk your dog without a leash in Los Angeles, you could soon be slapped with a $100 fine -- or more if it happens again. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Paul Koretz
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 San Francisco to require private schools to be seismically evaluated

San Francisco is poised to become the first city in California to close a major loophole in laws that keep schoolchildren safe during earthquakes. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Edwin M. Lee
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 L.A. Chamber formally denounces Garcetti plan for $13.25 minimum wage

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce formally came out against Mayor Eric Garcetti's $13.25 an hour minimum wage proposal on Tuesday, saying that boosting the rate would 'reduce, not increase the number of jobs' in the city. »Read

In this article: Eli Broad, Rick J. Caruso, Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Gary Toebben
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 Would you worry first about saving a life or an EpiPen-related lawsuit?

Good for Gov. Jerry Brown for being willing to irritate the two state teachers unions by signing legislation that would stock all public schools with epinephrine auto-injectors and require training at least one volunteer at each school to use them. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Robert Huff
Bills: SB 1266,
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 California governor OKs bills to regulate groundwater amid drought

(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of bills on Tuesday to regulate California's stressed groundwater supplies amid a drought that is expected to cost the state $2.2 billion in lost crops, jobs and other damages, with no end ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Connie Conway, water
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 Gov. signs bill to erase most of Proposition 187

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday that removes from state law provisions of anti-immigrant Proposition 187 that were ruled unconstitutional years ago. Championed by former Gov. Pete Wilson, the measure was approved by a margin of 59 ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Pete Wilson
Bills: SB 396,
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 Valley elderberry beetle to remain a protected species

Federal officials have changed their minds about the Valley elderberry longhorn beetle: It will remain protected by the Endangered Species Act. The decision is a disappointment to developers and flood-control agencies, which had hoped to avoid the ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 VIDEO: Jerry Brown signs groundwater legislation

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday enacting sweeping new regulations on groundwater pumping in California, making the state the last in the West to regulate the practice. Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at a bill signing ceremony before ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, James Nielsen, water
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 NEW: GOP banks on Silicon Valley inroads

California’s tech titans are giving the Republican Party a second look. Political and tech observers alike have agreed these are early days for a realignment of Silicon Valley voters. Nevertheless, the titans’ interest in GOP candidates ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly
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