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Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

"may impact small business- really a $3 increase overnight would certainly impact any small business. Probably hurts non-minimum wage restaurant workers more than anything else, only ones making minimum wage in table service establishments are the tipped employees. That leaves the best paid people in the house getting a $3/hour raise, to the detriment of the others. Back asswards."

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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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Dianne Feinstein pleas for GOP votes on drought bill

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 John Pérez endorses Kamala Harris for Senate
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 L.A. dismal voter turnout: 8.6% as ballot count continues
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 Meet the Non-Clinton Clinton Defense Team
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 To understand California, we need new stories " and better data
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 California jobless claims move faster but still have delays

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The state agency that handles unemployment claims for millions of Californians says it has hired nearly 500 new employees to process claims since Gov. Jerry Brown's administration ordered it last year to beef up ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Patrick Henning, unemployment insurance
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 Minimum wage hike hits booming Oakland dining scene

Minimum wage hike hits booming Oakland dining scene The 36 percent uptick that lifted Oakland’s minimum wage to $12.25 an hour this week is already transforming the city’s booming restaurant scene — but not in the way that politicians, ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, SEIU, water
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 Campaign 2015: Breakdown Of L.A. City Primary Election Results

The unofficial results from Los Angeles’ primary election are in and appear to show that fewer than nine percent of registered voters cast a ballot on Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Jose Huizar, Paul Krekorian, Nury Martinez, Gloria Molina, Herb Wesson
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 Orange County Lawmaker Named To High-Speed Rail Board

A former state lawmaker from Orange County has been appointed to the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board, adding another Southern California voice on the $68 billion project. »Read

In this article: Lou Correa, Kevin De Leon, High-Speed Rail
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 Supreme Court sharply split over major challenge to Obamacare (+video)

On Wednesday, a divided US Supreme Court took up King v. Burwell, a potential blockbuster case. The high stakes involve billions of dollars in tax subsidies and health-care insurance plans. »Read

In this article: Nancy Pelosi, John Roberts
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 California lawmaker pushes child care worker vaccinations

In the wake of one of the worst measles outbreaks in recent history, a California lawmaker proposed a bill Wednesday that would require all child care and pre-school workers to get vaccinated against several contagious diseases. … Click to ... »Read

In this article: Tony Mendoza, Richard Pan
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 Jerry Brown finds Democrat to fill Riverside seat

Riverside County is one of the few jurisdictions in California where Republicans outnumber Democrats. But Gov. Jerry Brown found one of his own, announcing Wednesday the appointment of a Democratic Temecula city councilman to the Riverside County ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jeff Stone
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 Clinton email flap creates awkward GOP silence

Many Republicans are tormented by their own email demons. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mitt Romney, Ray Sullivan, Ryan Williams
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 Brown: California leading on climate-change work with China

Gov. Jerry Brown touted California's cooperation with China on climate change Wednesday, pointing to more than a dozen accords on sharing training and knowledge for cleaner energy. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, greenhouse gas, renewable energy
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 Whittier police officers sue, say they were forced to meet quotas

Six Whittier police officers are suing the city, saying they faced retaliation when they complained and refused to meet alleged ticket and arrest quotas. »Read

In this article: Anthony S. Gonzalez, Steve Johnson
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 Water district plans colored by subterfuge

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Planning by advocates of a sprawling water district to manage the Paso Robles basin has been cloaked in secrecy and back-room deals to help insure its eventual formation. Legislation carried by Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian (R-San ... »Read

In this article: Khatchik Achadjian, Debbie Arnold, water
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 Supreme Court sharply split over major challenge to Obamacare

On Wednesday, a divided US Supreme Court took up King v. Burwell, a potential blockbuster case. The high stakes involve billions of dollars in tax subsidies and health-care insurance plans. »Read

In this article: Nancy Pelosi, John Roberts
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 Lee on the stump? New taxi rules and a message for the archbishop

Mayor Ed Lee gave what sounded an awful lot like a preview of his re-election stump speech Wednesday to 900 or so local movers and shakers at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual breakfast. Caught after the event at the Marriott Marquis hotel, the ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, minimum wage, Same-sex marriage
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 U.S. Democrats back off Iran legislation while talks go on

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats said on Wednesday they would not support bills that could influence nuclear talks with Iran in the next three weeks, essentially ensuring no such legislation will pass before negotiators' March 24 ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Mark Kirk, Barack Obama, Senate Democrats
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 Lawmakers announce renewed push for Medi-Cal funding

California lawmakers and advocates are gearing up for a new chapter in the battle over the state's healthcare program for the poor. »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, Ed Hernandez, Jennifer Kent
Bills: AB 366, SB 243,
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 Sen. Hernandez Announces Renewed Effort to Restore Medicaid (Medi-Cal) Cuts

Sen. Hernandez Announces Renewed Effort to Restore Medicaid (Medi-Cal) Cuts Senate Health Committee Chair Ed Hernandez and Assembly Health Committee Chair Rob Bonta were joined by doctors, hospital workers, community health clinic representatives, ... »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Ed Hernandez
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 L.A. residents explain why they did -- or didn't -- go to the polls

Riva Kim, 38, an attorney and downtown resident, was one of the fewer than 10% of registered voters who cast ballots in Tuesday’s Los Angeles city election. She was surprised to hear that she was part of a tiny minority. »Read

In this article: Jose Huizar, Gloria Molina
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 Consumer Advocates Question State Regulator's Role In San Onofre Settlement

Mike Florio is the second California Public Utilities commissioner — after former president Michael Peevey — to be implicated in email exchanges with Southern California Edison. »Read

In this article: Michael Florio, Michael R. Peevey, Terrie Prosper
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 United House Democrats Return to Squabbling Ways

Less than a day after their party's unified victory lap on a Capitol Hill funding battle, a handful of House Democrats went back to life as usual, sparring with their fellow liberals over economic messaging and campaign strategies. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi, Scott Peters
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 California Republicans take on teachers' union in package of education bills

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Republican lawmakers on Wednesday announced a package of bills to dramatically change the way public school teachers are hired, fired and evaluated, embracing controversial education reforms in the most ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Legislature, Kristin Olsen, Frank Wells
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 L.A. Community College District race still undecided

One race for a seat on the Los Angeles Community College District board of trustees remained undecided Wednesday, with the two top vote-getters separated by fewer than 1,000 votes. »Read

In this article: Andra Hoffman, Sydney Kamlager, Larry Levine, Mike Shimpock, Scott Svonkin
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 House Looks to Get Out of Town Before Snow

With a snowstorm expected to hit the nation's capital Thursday, the House canceled scheduled sessions, giving lawmakers -- many headed to Selma, Ala., for a Saturday event to take part in the 50th anniversary of the town's historic civil rights ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi
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 Former senator sued over loan from CalPERS bribery figure

Richard Polanco borrowed $25,000 from the late Alfred Villalobos. A bankruptcy trustee wants the money repaid. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Fred Buenrostro, CalPERS, William Campbell, Legislature, Richard G. Polanco
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 Sexual harassment suit fizzles as issue in Huizar re-election bid

For months, two of Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar’s opponents did their best to remind voters of the sexual harassment case filed against him. »Read

In this article: Jose Huizar, Gloria Molina
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 Ridesharing bill resurfaces to demand driver background checks

Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian has reintroduced legislation that would demand background checks and drug testing for ridesharing drivers. Assembly Bill 24 would alert ridesharing companies such as Uber Technologies or Lyft when one of its drivers were ... »Read

In this article: Robert Callahan, Legislature, Adrin Nazarian
Bills: AB 24, AB 612,
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 Hillary Clinton's awkward Wall St. gala

The Democrats' great hope for 2016 is under fire just when she was hoping to bask in the limelight. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Chris Lehane, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Oakland mayor urges support for small businesses struggling with minimum wage

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf made a pitch Wednesday morning for the 82 percent of Oakland voters who passed a minimum wage hike in November to support local businesses struggling to adjust to higher costs. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, sick leave
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 Cleaner air is linked to stronger lungs in Southern California children

Cleaner air has for the first time been linked to bigger and stronger lungs among school-age children, according to findings released Wednesday from a two-decade study in Southern California. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Environmental Justice
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 Donna Edwards, Others Consider Senate Bid as Van Hollen Jumps In (Updated)

Updated 5:26 p.m. | Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen announced Wednesday he will run for the seat of retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, moving swiftly as numerous other ambitious Democrats have their eye on the race. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Legislature, Nancy Pelosi
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 Van Hollen May Not Have Field to Himself (Updated)

Updated 5:50 p.m. | Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen announced Wednesday he will run for the seat of retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, moving swiftly as numerous other ambitious Democrats have their eye on the race. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Legislature, Nancy Pelosi
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 California lawmaker's pet inspires rare bipartisan compromise

From the rubble of hurt feelings and partisan gridlock that Congress has become, Lily the French bulldog has emerged as a peacemaker.   »Read

In this article: Julia Brownley, Jeff Denham
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 To nobody's surprise, Supreme Court seems split on health care law

A clearly divided Supreme Court on Wednesday put Obamacare under the microscope once again, with the tentative prognosis looking rather positive for the president’s signature health care law. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, John Roberts
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Voters should ignore deceitful labor attack on Glazer

In duplicitous, targeted mailers, labor groups tell Democrats that Glazer is a business-loving special interest sell-out who wants to give millionaires tax breaks. To Republicans they say Glazer is a tax-and-spend liberal and that they should ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer, Legislature
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 Artesia Lawmaker Wants Mandatory Vaccinations For Day Care Workers

A California lawmaker wants to require all day care and pre-school workers to get vaccinated in the wake of a measles outbreak. »Read

In this article: Tony Mendoza, Richard Pan
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 L.A. election's biggest winner? City Council President Herb Wesson

In a Los Angeles election with an assortment of winners, no one at City Hall had a more triumphant Tuesday night than Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar, Paul Krekorian, Nury Martinez, minimum wage, Gloria Molina, Herb Wesson
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 To nobody’s surprise, Supreme Court seems split on health care law

A clearly divided Supreme Court on Wednesday put Obamacare under the microscope once again, with the tentative prognosis looking rather positive for the president’s signature health care law.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, John Roberts
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 State lawmakers' financial interests now posted online

Mike McGuire made over $100,000 in 2014 as a Sonoma County supervisor and another $525 in parting gift certificates as the young Democrat left to take a $95,291-a-year job as »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Fair Political Practices Commission, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Bob Hertzberg, Darrell Issa, Gavin Newsom, Richard Pan, Jeff Stone
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 California Republicans announce teacher evaluation, employment overhaul

Responding to the landmark Vergara v. California decision that threw teacher rules into question, Republican lawmakers Wednesday released a far-reaching bill package. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, California Teachers Association, Legislature, Kristin Olsen, Michelle Rhee
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 Obamacare case divides Supreme Court

The Supreme Court was sharply divided Wednesday in the latest challenge to President Obama's health overhaul »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, John Roberts
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 Lack of hot-button issues fueled dismal voter turnout in L.A. election

The low voter turnout in Tuesday's election can be attributed at least in part to a drama-free ballot without the hot-button issues that bring people to the polls. »Read

In this article: Paul Krekorian, Jessica A. Levinson
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 California Lawmaker Pushes Vaccinations For Day Care Workers

A California lawmaker wants to require all day care and pre-school workers to get vaccinated in the wake of a measles outbreak. »Read

In this article: Tony Mendoza, Richard Pan
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 Whittier Police Officers Sue City Over Alleged Traffic Ticket Quotas

A lawsuit filed by a half-dozen police officers against the city of Whittier claims city officials retaliated against them for their complaints over traffic citation quotas. »Read

In this article: Anthony S. Gonzalez, Steve Johnson
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 The Fix: Turnout in Los Angeles' city elections was terrible. That's, sadly, nothing new.

On Tuesday, voters in Los Angeles, America's second-largest and 17th-best city, went to the polls to vote in city council elections. Some voters, anyway; about nine percent of those who were registered actually bothered to cast a ballot.Read full ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, James K. Hahn, Paul Mitchell, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Love for CA rooted in climate, not politics

Californians like it hot. In polling conducted by USC Dornsife and the Los Angeles Times, respondents confirmed some eye-opening facts about California’s appeal to its own residents — such as the »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 The New, Scary Question Facing Democrats: If Not Hillary Clinton, Then Who?

Being an 'inevitable' candidate has its drawbacks. And Democrats don't have many other options. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Rudy Giuliani, Barack Obama, Brian Schweitzer
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 What Use Is the Future?

The Boom interview, with Alex Steffen »Read

In this article: water
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 Another harsh audit targets state Dept. of Public Health

State Auditor Elaine Howle on Tuesday issued another scathing audit of the California Department of Public Health, declaring that it is doing a worse job than ever in responding to »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, Kevin De Leon, Elaine Howle, Legislature, Richard Pan
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 Lumber Liquidators to host investor call next week

The wood-floor retailer is still dealing with the fallout from a report alleging that some of its products contain high levels of a known carcinogenic. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Doris O. Matsui
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 L.A. dismal voter turnout: 8.6% as ballot count continues

Tuesday's municipal elections marked another dismal election day for voter turnout in Los Angeles. »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Paul Krekorian, Dan Schnur
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 John Pérez endorses Kamala Harris for Senate

Former California Assembly Speaker John Pérez has endorsed state Attorney General Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate in 2016 and will co-chair her campaign, a coup for a candidate who’s trying to shore up her bona fides among Latino voters as several ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, California Republican Party, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Kamala Harris, Legislature, John A. Perez, Loretta Sanchez, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Meet the Non-Clinton Clinton Defense Team

This is what a proto-campaign looks like. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee, Chris Lehane, Mitt Romney, Kathy Sullivan
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 To understand California, we need new stories " and better data

Note: On Wednesday, I will be moderating a panel at the California Budget Project’s annual Policy Insights conference, featuring Zocolo’s Joe Matthews, USC Professor Manuel Pastor and Sen. Holly Mitchell. These are my prepared remarks to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Budget Project, Holly J. Mitchell
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 Why Netanyahu speech has inflamed such passions on Capitol Hill (+video)

Tuesday's speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exposed the gulf between two fundamentally different worldviews in Congress. An effort to bridge that divide has begun, but will be fraught with difficulty. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi
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 Redistricting Case Before the Supreme Court: Will of the People in the Balance

Justice Anthony Kennedy of California is the key to the Arizona Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission case heard before the Supreme Court this week.  Sitting in the Supreme Court on Monday, I think he asked questions that ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, John Myers
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 GOP Pulse Detected

News Flash: The California Republican Party appears to have a pulse. From all appearances, “Dr.” Brulte seems to be weaning the state’s GOP off life support. Despite the party’s anemic scorecard in the last election, there was a new tone and ... »Read

In this article: Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Barbara Boxer, James Brulte, California Republican Party, Legislature
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 L.A. Voters Want Company

Voters in Los Angeles who bothered to vote in yesterday’s primary election decided they want company when future city and school district elections are called. They overwhelmingly supported two charter amendments to change the timing of the ... »Read

In this article: Jose Huizar, Tom LaBonge, Gloria Molina, Bernard Parks
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 Tougher water rules ahead for California?

Statewide, Californians cut water use 8.8 percent in January, according to new data released Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board. That's a far cry from the 20 percent water conservation target that Gov. Jerry Brown asked state ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Peter H. Gleick, water
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 Bill seeks to restrict hospital 'observation' stays

The California Nurses Association is backing another legislative attempt to tackle the controversial issue of hospital 'observation' stays. A similar bill died in committee last year. Senate Bill 483 by Jim Beall, D-San Jose, seeks notification ... »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, California Nurses Association, Zenei Cortez, Legislature
Bills: SB 483,
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 John Mockler, Education Guru

(John Mockler, the legendary Sacramento education policy maven, died on Tuesday. State Librarian Greg Lucas captured John’s life and spirit in the following obituary, which ran in Capitol Weekly. – Loren Kaye) John Mockler, one of the most ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, Gray Davis, Loren F. Kaye, Legislature, Greg Lucas, John Mockler, Joe Nunez, Proposition 98, Dale Shimasaki, state budget, Steve Thompson
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 READ IN: Stockpiling For Snow Edition

Sign up for Read In today and get all the political news you need delivered right to your inbox!A1: Today's top stories.-- The Supreme Court hears arguments today in King v. Burwell, the case that challenges the applicability of health care ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Legislature, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, John Roberts
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 Worst-case scenarios for CalSTRS and CalPERS

  Sometimes it’s good to consider worst-case scenarios. Maybe they won’t even happen, but it can help to look at every possibility. Two analysts have done that for California’s two biggest »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, CalSTRS, David Crane, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Gender bias rampant in workers' comp cases, women's groups charge

A Bay Area mechanical designer suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome said she had her workers’ compensation reduced for a reason that has caught the attention of women’s groups and lawmakers: [...] she’s not alone in having her permanent ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Azevedo, California Democratic Party, California Nurses Association, Lorena Gonzalez, Nancy Pelosi, Christine Pelosi, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Injured Workers Suffer As 'Reforms' Limit Workers' Compensation Benefits

Over the past decade, states have slashed workers' compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the costs of workplace accidents to taxpayers. »Read

In this article: Christine Baker, John Burton, Legislature
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