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Dianne Feinstein pleas for GOP votes on drought bill

"Demand gun rights back: eliminate the Roster, the 10- and 30-day waits, the AWB, and 10-round magazine capacity limit as the price to help her."

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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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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

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 Bill seeks to ease California's affordability housing crisis
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 Appeals court upholds EPA limits on air toxicity
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 Ventura County GOP House candidates make their pitches to party activists
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 Tony Strickland Up With First TV Ad in California House Contest

Former state Sen. Tony Strickland released his first ad in his bid for California's open 25th District on Wednesday, laying out his priorities, including GOP favorites like repealing the Affordable Care Act, cutting spending and balancing the budget. »Read

In this article: Julia Brownley, Stephen T. Knight, Howard P. Mckeon, Mitt Romney, Tony Strickland
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 Apple, Google, others back smartphone 'kill switches'

Major smartphone companies have committed to adding "kill switches" to phones next year to deter thefts. Signing on to the pledge were a host of companies including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, HTC, Nokia and Huawei. An ... »Read

In this article: Mark Leno, James Nielsen
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 Kevin Johnson to be installed as head of national mayoral group

Kevin Johnson on Wednesday will be installed as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, becoming the first Sacramento mayor to lead the organization in its 81-year history. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher (6) talks with Sacramento ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Jay Schenirer
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 Eshoo Raises Money From Tech Industry Ahead of Ranking-Member Battle With Pallone

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo's leadership political action committee raised $203,000 -- mostly from high-tech and telecommunication firms -- as she bids to be ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. It is the first leadership PAC of the ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Anna G. Eshoo, Nancy Pelosi, Raul Ruiz
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 Eshoo Raises Money from Tech Industry Ahead of Pallone Ranking Member Battle

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo's leadership political action committee raised $203,000 -- mostly from high tech and telecommunication firms -- as she bids to be ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. It is the first leadership PAC of the ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Anna G. Eshoo, Nancy Pelosi, Raul Ruiz
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 AM Alert: Californians divided geographically over water shortage

Though nearly all Californians agree the state is experiencing a serious water shortage, they are divided over the causes of the problem. Water projects and drought relief now top the Fresno County COG wish list. »Read

In this article: Anna Caballero, Field Poll, Ricardo Lara, water
Bills: SB 1174,
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 Keeping Our Government in the Open

On many levels, the advent of the Internet fundamentally transformed our society, giving us access to information literally at our fingertips. Without question, it offers a lot of good. But it also exposes our personal information in ways that ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Kristin Olsen
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 Is the Department of Insurance Hiding the Ball on its Millions in Payments to Consumer Watchdog?

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and ConsumerWatchdog.org have a cozy relationship. In addition to receiving questionable no-bid government contracts from the Insurance Department that raised concerns among ethics experts, ... »Read

In this article: Dave Jones, Legislature, Juan Vargas
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 Garcetti's Precarious Budget

In the most honest and straight forward budget presentation in the last ten years, Mayor Eric Garcetti presented his “Back to Basics” budget at a Monday morning press conference at City Hall. This $5.1 billion General Fund budget is $250 million ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti
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 America's New Brainpower Cities

Brainpower rankings usually identify the usual suspects: college towns like Boston, Washington, D.C.,  and the San Francisco Bay area. And to be sure, these places generally have the highest per capita education levels. However, it’s worthwhile ... »Read

In this article: Chris Reed
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 Pentagon Warns More Spending Reductions Mean More Risk

For more than a year, the Pentagon declined to detail the impact of the battle-ax approach to cutting spending known as sequestration. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his allies bet that the prospect was so dire that lawmakers would reach a $1.2 ... »Read

In this article: Chuck Hagel, Steve Jobs, Howard P. Mckeon, Leon Panetta
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 Poll: 88 percent of Californians say there is 'a serious water shortage' in the state

Field poll finds Californians are concerned about the drought, but there are wide regional differences on building new dams and waiving environmental regulations. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Kathryn R. Phillips, water
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 After Deaths, OC Officials Ramp Up Bike Safety Efforts

After a string of high-profile deaths, government officials from across Orange County are ramping up their efforts to make it safer and easier for people to ride bikes. »Read

In this article: Steven Choi, Leslie Daigle, Todd Spitzer
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 New poll: 88 percent of Californians say there is 'a serious water shortage' in the state

Field poll finds Californians are concerned about the drought, but there are wide regional differences on building new dams and waiving environmental regulations. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Kathryn R. Phillips, water
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 Garcetti, Jay Z To Announce Details For Downtown Summer Music Festival

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Jay Z are expected to announce plans for the rapper's "Made In America" music festival in downtown L.A. Wednesday morning, despite objection from a city council member. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar, Gloria Molina
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 House Republicans Add Two to Incumbent Protection Program

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Wednesday two more members to the ranks of its incumbent protection program: Reps. David Jolly of Florida and Tim Walberg of Michigan. »Read

In this article: Nancy Pelosi, David G. Valadao
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 Former California city leader to be sentenced

Residents of the modest, blue collar city of Bell on the edge of Los Angeles say no sentence would be too long for a former official convicted of masterminding a corruption scandal that nearly bankrupted the city. »Read

In this article: John Chiang, Jackie Lacey, Robert Rizzo
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 Field Poll: Drought responses split California

Californians agree their state is parched, but they diverge by region on how supplies dried up and what should be done about the drought, according to the latest Field Poll. A sparse amount of snow in the Sierra surrounds the low water level ... »Read

In this article: Mark DiCamillo, Dianne Feinstein, Field Poll, water
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 Op Ed: A Modest Proposal For State Political Reform

By Patrick Atwater, Special to Calbuzz: The Public Interest Research Group, the national Naderite network of grassroots think tanks, has just released "Following the Money," a report that grades the efforts of all 50 states in providing ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, campaign finance, Legislature, water, Leland Yee
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 Editorial: President and Congress must fashion realistic immigration bill as deportations hit 2 million

Obama and congressional Democrats and Republicans need to craft a realistic immigration policy that accounts for the country’s real labor needs. »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, Darrell Issa, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, David G. Valadao
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 Social Security halts effort to collect old debts

The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. FILE - In this May 31, 2013, file photo, acting Social ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Mark Hinkle
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 Modesto teachers to meet as vote looms on split from statewide union

Teachers will gather Wednesday for one last discussion with Modesto Teachers Association management before a pivotal vote May6 on whether to split from the statewide union.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, CalSTRS
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 Audit faults Cudahy as government in chaos

A state audit finds few controls to prevent corruption in the small city, citing abuse of city-issued credit cards. Mayor Chris Garcia says City Hall is implementing the safeguards recommended by the state. When three city officials were arrested ... »Read

In this article: John Chiang, Jack Guerrero, Robert Rizzo, water
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 Garcetti vows to fix sidewalks, but repair funds remain unspent

With the prospect of $10 million going back into the general fund June 30, the council has deferred action pending resolution of a lawsuit. In the meantime, the mayor has promised to double the funding. When Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his first ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian, Curren Price, Stuart Waldman
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 Bobby Shriver's ties that bind

L.A. County supervisorial candidate, weary of 'JFK's nephew' label, is eager to promote his own achievements.Kennedy memorabilia is scattered around Bobby Shriver's campaign headquarters. On one wall hangs a photo of a giant Robert F. Kennedy mural, ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Michael Finnegan, Eric Garcetti, David Geffen, Sheila Kuehl, Maria Shriver, Bobby Shriver, Parke Skelton, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 Garcetti, Jay Z To Announce Plans For 'Made In America' Music Festival

The rapper is scheduled to announce plans to launch "Made In America" in Grand Park on Wednesday alongside Mayor Eric Garcetti, County Supervisor Gloria Molina and executives from event sponsor Budweiser. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar, Gloria Molina
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 LAPD apologizes to commission for not alerting it to tampering

Chief Beck and three top aides promise to more closely monitor the problem of officers disabling recording equipment in patrol cars.Top Los Angeles police officials Tuesday publicly apologized to their civilian bosses for not promptly alerting them ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Rick Jacobs
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 MARIJUANA: Support building to fix state medical pot system

After years of legal battles, state looks at fixing system »Read

In this article: Tom Ammiano, Jerry Brown, Lou Correa, Gavin Newsom, Darrell Steinberg
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 Elected officials call for outside review of Bay Bridge corrosion

Elected officials have called for an independent review of corrosion inside the new $6.5 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. They said their concerns stemmed from a Sacramento Bee investigation published Sunday that identified rust inside a ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, Mark DeSaulnier, Legislature, Marc Levine, water
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 Swalwell, Corbett and Bussell keep it civil at House candidates' forum

Congressman Eric Swalwell and his challengers, state Sen. Ellen Corbett and Hugh Bussell, took questions for an hour Tuesday night in Castro Valley. »Read

In this article: Ellen Corbett, Fortney Pete Stark, Eric Swalwell
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 Early childhood education common theme at First 5 San Joaquin luncheon

STOCKTON - Dr. Dimitri Christakis is an expert on the impact of various media on infants, but he has an almost childlike description of the ramifications of too much television. »Read

In this article: Proposition 10, Rob Reiner
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 Brownley, Strickland outpace their foes in fundraising

Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley, after raising more than $400,000 in the first three months of the year, has built a $1.2 million campaign account heading into her re-election campaign, more than four times the amount of her best-funded GOP foe. »Read

In this article: Julia Brownley, Jeff Gorell, Tony Strickland
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 Editorial: Moreno Valley College VP should go

Gregory Sandoval, the college’s vice president of senior services, pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor April 4. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, water, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Bill seeks to ease California's affordability housing crisis

SB 391 would fund more than 10,000 subsidized homes a year through a new fee on recording real estate documents. Critics say it unfairly saddles homeowners and businesses with added costs.Most Californians can't afford their rent. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, ALEXANDER E. CREEL, Mark DeSaulnier, Eric Garcetti, redevelopment agencies, state budget, Christopher Thornberg
Bills: SB 391,
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 Appeals court upholds EPA limits on air toxicity

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejects challenges from both sides of the issue, finding that EPA limits on emissions from coal-fired power plants are valid.WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld the Environmental ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Stanley Young
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 Ventura County GOP House candidates make their pitches to party activists

The two Republicans running in the 26th Congressional District primary appealed to party activists for support on Tuesday at a candidates' forum before the Camarillo Republican Women Federated. »Read

In this article: Julia Brownley, Elton Gallegly, Jeff Gorell, Legislature, water
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 Supe David Campos speeds up landlord payouts for evictions

After hearing stories of landlords rushing to evict tenants to avoid having to pay them thousands of dollars more - including one who called his office - Supervisor David Campos on Tuesday changed controversial legislation so it will take effect ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, Edwin M. Lee
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 S.F. tax day protest marches on Twitter

The protesters passed a craft beer hall, an artisanal burger joint and a 754-unit luxury condominium project that didn't exist before the city in early 2011 offered a tax break to entice businesses to move to the long-forlorn stretch of Market ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, minimum wage, SEIU
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 Mets put CF Juan Lagares (hamstring) on 15-day DL

The New York Mets have placed center fielder Juan Lagares on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled right hamstring and recalled outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas. »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 Superior Court of Santa Barbara County honors graduates of the Santa Maria Veterans Treatment Court

On Friday, April 11, 2014, the Honorable Rogelio Flores will host a commencement ceremony to honor military veterans who have successfully completed the Veterans Treatment Court program. »Read

In this article: Khatchik Achadjian, Lois Capps, water
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 Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly

Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S. ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Loretta Sanchez
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 The Buzz: California bill would revamp tax checkoff program

Californians rushing to wrap up their 2013 taxes on Tuesday could choose from 20 charitable causes to support on their state tax forms. »Read

In this article: CHRISTY E. BOUMA, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Lois Wolk, Leland Yee
Bills: SB 1207,
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 BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics & people

REAL ESTATE: How many homes do you think are for sale in Bakersfield for $2 million or more? A simple search of the Trulia real estate website found five in that range, starting at $2.3 million and soaring to a $2.9 million mansion boasting seven ... »Read

In this article: Betsy Ramsey, water, Pete Wilson
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 The Many Faces of Leland Yee: A Politician's Calculated Rise and Dramatic Fall

Within eyeshot of the capitol dome sit buildings filled with warrens of cubicles equipped with phones and little else. Every day, elected representatives amble out of the former structure and into the latter. Eluding a state prohibition against ... »Read

In this article: Fiona Ma, Leland Yee
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 Well-Suited: The Man Behind Willie Brown's Style

Willie Brown stood on the Embarcadero in early February, his new namesake, the Willie L. Brown Jr. Bridge, as backdrop. He wore a gray suit and a black tie, a white handkerchief peeking out of his left breast pocket. Before he was ever immortalized ... »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Willie L. Brown Jr.
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 CA15: Swalwell's & Corbett's Q1 fundraising

Rep. Eric Swalwell raised more than eight times as much as his challenger and fellow Democrat state Sen. Ellen Corbett in this year’s first quarter, and had about four and a half times as much money banked as of March 31, according to new reports ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Ellen Corbett, Charles Munger, Eric Swalwell
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 For ballot bios, it's farmer, doctor, mom — anything but 'politician'

California voters will have a chance to cast ballots in June for self-described farmers, businessmen, teachers, doctors and even a scientist and a mom. And those are just the incumbents. Holding political office in Sacramento or Washington, D.C., ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jim Costa, Tal Eslick, John Garamendi, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature, Bill Quirk, David G. Valadao
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 Oakland airport workers learns how to identify human trafficking victims

Thousands of victims of sex and labor trafficking are frequently shuttled through airports, but they are rarely rescued there, said Betty Boeving, executive director of the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition. »Read

In this article: Barbara Lee, Jackie Speier
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 Final Deadline Arrives For Health Exchange Sign-Up

It's not just tax day. Tuesday also is the two-week extension deadline to sign up for health coverage through California's insurance exchange. »Read

In this article: Peter V. Lee, Barack Obama, Anthony Wright
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 Quinn: Maybe Silicon Valley should be more like Amazon

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has a "Pay to Quit" program at the giant online retailer offering employees money to leave as a way to test their commitment. Maybe Silicon Valley should try it. »Read

In this article: Sergey Brin, Steve Jobs, Meg Whitman
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 San Diego Supervisors Back SeaWorld In Killer Whale Controversy

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 Tuesday to oppose recently introduced legislation that would ban SeaWorld San Diego from featuring orcas in its shows. »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Dave Roberts
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