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 PUC top boss tainted by scandals set to preside over final meeting

The reign of state Public Utilities Commission president Michael Peevey, scarred by scandals linked to a fatal explosion of natural gas in San Bruno, will soon conclude, an exit that combined with the departure of the PUC's executive director, will ... »Read

In this article: Paul Clanon, Michael Florio, Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey, Terrie Prosper
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 CalPERS: Prefunding retiree health care makes sense

When State Controller John Chiang raised a red flag Tuesday about a looming $72 billion tab for retiree health care costs, eyes turned to the governor. Jerry Brown is expected to address the issue in his proposed state budget, expected in early ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, John Chiang, state budget
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 Boehner and McCarthy Take Charge

The vote to pass the “cromnibus” spending bill in Congress confirms the one of the biggest political stories of 2014: Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy are fully in charge in the House and will no longer allow Tea Party ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, water
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 Black Bart Award Nominee " Legislature is California's Comeback Story

Pigs are taking wing. There are snowdrifts outside the devil’s door. The Chicago Cubs will win the World Series. And the California Legislature is my pick for the Black Bart award. Yeah, that’s pretty much the same Legislature that in 2009 ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Kevin De Leon, Robert Huff, Dave Jones, Legislature, PPIC, Proposition 2, state budget, Darrell Steinberg, water
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 Stu Spencer: Primaries Important in Presidential Runs

The New York Times ran an article that said big time Republican Party donors were trying to clear the presidential field of like-minded establishment candidates so that the donors could put their resources behind one candidate. Stu Spencer, who was ... »Read
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 Take the High Speed Rail to a New Disneyland

On Christmas Eve, it felt like the park was all ours. When I was growing up in the 1980s and early ’90s, Disneyland was so reliably empty on the day before Christmas that it became a family tradition to spend December 24 in the “Happiest Place ... »Read
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 Winds of Change in Contra Costa County?

As multiple districts across California voted for bonds, parcel taxes, and fees, something happened in Contra Costa County in 2014. Since 1937, the Contra Costa Taxpayers Association has been an active countywide organization that holds local ... »Read
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 California power regulator to address allegations

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California's chief utility regulator is expected to address alleged backroom dealings with the state's largest utility when he presides over his last voting meeting of the five-member commission Thursday.... »Read

In this article: Michael Florio, Michael R. Peevey
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 How a 20-Minute Conversation Can Convince Someone With Anti-Gay Views to Change Their Minds

A recent study suggests that a single conversation between a gay person and a same-sex marriage opponent may have the power to change the a person's mind on the issue.  The study, published last week in the journal Science, analyzed data ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 8, Same-sex marriage
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 Opinions > More to bite > Remembering the overlooked when it comes to classrooms, the R Street corridor.

Sacramento city school-board elections this fall were unusually competitive, basically a contest between a good-old-boy group of incumbents and a field of candidates pushing for... »Read

In this article: John Chiang, Angelo K. Tsakopoulos, water
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 Local Stories > Activists push for health-care services to un > Five years after Sacramento County board members cut health care for undocumented immigrants, a new coalition of activist groups aims to restore funds and services.

In 2009, Sacramento County cut health care for Sacramento’s undocumented immigrant population as a way to save money during the budget crisis. The move... »Read

In this article: Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Roberta MacGlashan, Barack Obama
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 Sac City Council funds Planned Parenthood programs

A KCRA 3 investigation found City Council members were using discretionary accounts to fund Planned Parenthood programs, without putting funding up for a council vote. »Read

In this article: Steve Cohn, Liz Figueroa
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 Mayor Eric Garcetti's wife leads event to stuff gift bags for seniors

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's wife, Amy Wakeland, took the lead Wednesday at an event to stuff gift bags for senior citizens. »Read

In this article: Environmental Justice, Eric Garcetti
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 Maureen DiMarco dies at 66; state Cabinet's first education secretary

Maureen DiMarco, an outspoken education activist who was appointed California's first Cabinet-level education secretary in 1990 but resigned six years later after policy disputes with Gov. Pete Wilson, died Saturday at her home in Sacramento. She ... »Read

In this article: George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson
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 A smart California tax bill points the way to needed reform

He's a freshman state senator showing no fear, no hesitation and seemingly no political sense. His first bill is a huge, historic tax hike. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, minimum wage, George Skelton
Bills: AB 8, SB 8,
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 San Ysidro To See $216M In Funding For Expanding Port of Entry

The $1.1 trillion spending bill signed by President Barack Obama this week completes the funding of an expansion project at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Barack Obama, Juan Vargas
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 Upheaval at Public Utilities Commission seen as chance for change

The state’s Public Utilities Commission meets for the last time this year Thursday facing a leadership vacuum and a fresh scandal involving one of the five gubernatorial appointees who regulate California’s electricity and gas monopolies. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Paul Clanon, Michael Florio, Michael R. Peevey
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 Global-warming true believers are in denial

High-profile purveyors of climate change don’t push for reductions in greenhouse gases so much as focus on berating people who do not agree with their opinions. Recently, science guy Bill Nye joined other experts who objected to the media’s use ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, global warming, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Final political battle of outgoing San Jose City Council set, to decide who fills vacant seat

In one last testy political battle before the outgoing City Council leaves office, San Jose leaders are set to tap a former politician to join their ranks in what would be the first council appointment in two decades. »Read

In this article: David Hernandez, Chuck Reed
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 Ellen Corbett goes to work for Hayward school district

Former state Senate Majority Ellen Corbett is the Hayward Unified School District's new executive director of institutional advancement, communications and government relations. »Read

In this article: Ellen Corbett, Legislature, Fortney Pete Stark, Eric Swalwell
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 CA Lottery prize to be dinner at Napa Valley restaurant

The California Lottery is set to offer an unusual prize for one of its games: Dinner for two at the famous French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley. »Read

In this article: California Lottery, Russ Lopez
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 Few Choices, Restricted Coverage Afflict Northern California Health Insurance Market

As the Covered California open enrollment period continues, many people in Northern California find there is only one insurer available in the exchange.  Dennie Wright lives in Indian Valley, a tiny alpine community at the northern end of the ... »Read

In this article: Peter V. Lee, Anthony Wright
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 NEW: High-speed rail lawsuits pit CA vs. USA

  Like the famous 1860s race to build a railroad across America to California, an epic battle is shaping up over the state’s high-speed rail project. Only this time it’s a legal contest of federal vs. state jurisdiction. It may eventually ... »Read

In this article: CEQA, High-Speed Rail
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 Unions will push $15 minimum wage in Sacramento, Davis

Local labor leaders say they will ask voters in Sacramento and Davis to approve a minimum hourly wage of $15 in 2016. The proposals would appear on the November 2016 ballot, said Bill Camp, outgoing executive secretary of the Sacramento Central ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Greene, Kevin Johnson, Legislature, minimum wage
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 LAPD to outfit 7,000 officers with body cameras

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says he plans to implement funding in the 2015-2016 budget to outfit all 7,000 LAPD officers with body cameras. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Curren Price
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