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 De León sets legislative agenda*
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 85 votes and counting: O.C. supervisor race down to the wire

A cliffhanger race for a seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors may come down to the final few absentee ballots that arrive in the mail Friday. »Read

In this article: Lou Correa, Neal Kelley
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 San Diego pumps up efforts to keep Chargers from moving to L.A.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Friday named nine business and civic leaders to a committee tasked with devising a plan to build a football stadium that would keep the Chargers from moving to Los Angeles. »Read

In this article: Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer
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 California bill would classify NFL cheerleaders as employees

Responding to a raft of lawsuits filed by cheerleaders, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez moves to protect practitioners of a sport she once joined. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, minimum wage
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 San Bruno disaster: PG&E releases 65,000 emails to PUC

PG&E on Friday provided to state regulators copies of 65,000 emails dating back nearly five years to early 2010, the latest twist in the aftermath of a fatal explosion of natural gas in San Bruno. »Read

In this article: Michael Florio, Michael R. Peevey
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 Poll: LA County Voters In Favor Of Raising Minimum Wage To $15.25

According to a poll released Friday, a majority of Los Angeles County voters are in favor of raising the minimum hourly wage to $15.25 and requiring employers to offer paid sick leave. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, sick leave
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 Jeb's big test

Can the former Florida governor capitalize on Romney's exit? »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Bob White, Meg Whitman, Spencer Zwick
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 Democrats Leave Philadelphia United, on Message -- for Now

'All of that is good, people are feeling good,' said Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt. 'I think the challenge for us now is, 'OK. What's our message?'' »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Scott Peters
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 Latinos delay California U.S. Senate nods as ex-LA mayor mulls run

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California's ethnic mix is well represented among the high-powered supporters being lined up by Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris in her bid to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate - with the notable ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Brian Brokaw, Willie Brown, Kevin De Leon, Kamala Harris, Fabian Nunez, Loretta Sanchez, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 The NYPD Is Giving Cops Machine Guns to Control Peaceful Protests

The New York Police Department announced this week a new approach to community policing. By Commissioner Bill Bratton's account, the new strategy will allow more precinct cops to spend more time in neighborhoods, leading to better m »Read

In this article: Bill Bratton, Mike Brown, water
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 Longtime NFL Executive, County Chief Appointed to Chargers Stadium Task Force

A nine-member task force tasked with finding a location to build a new stadium for the Chargers, and coming up with a plan to pay for its construction, was publicly introduced Friday. »Read

In this article: Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer
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 Jerry Brown proclaims today 'Fred Korematsu Day'

Gov. Jerry Brown has issued a proclamation deeming Friday a day for celebration of an East Bay hero: When Fred T. Korematsu received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998, President Clinton said that “in the long history of our ... »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown
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 This Week: The economy, the flip side of cheap gas and a leader's vision

It was economy-heavy this week on the Grizzly Bear Project. Which is cause for some concern, considering I’m not an economist. I feel like I know enough to be dangerous. I know the fundamental difference between a Keynesian and Supply-Sider. I get ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Myers, PPIC, Senate Democrats
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 Senate leader talks poverty, Jerry Brown, while staking out budget turf

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) addressed the Sacramento Press Club this week, to articulate his vision for California’s future. The speech, in many ways, was a staking out of turf as the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Environmental Justice, Legislature, Thomas F. Steyer, water
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 NEW: Californians distrust state government

  Nine out of 10 Californians believe state government wastes their tax dollars. Two-thirds believe state government is run for the benefit of a few special interests and state officials cannot be trusted to do the right thing. Those results ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Legislature, Little Hoover Commission, PPIC, Dave Roberts
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 Celebrities Who Ran For Office

From Ronald Reagan to Arnold Schwarzenegger, these famous politicians caught their first big break in entertainment. »Read

In this article: Bill Bradley, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Need a dodge for questions you're not ready to answer? Here it is.

'I'm focused on' is one of those maxims that’s difficult for anyone beyond a politician’s inner circle to disprove. And it helps demonstrate said politician’s devotion to his or her current duties. Ask Ohio Gov. John Kasich. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Gavin Newsom
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 Criminal probe widens, PG&E to release 65,000 emails, more commissioners involved

A day before the release of 65,000 emails expected to shed further light on PG&E's ties to the state Public Utilities Commission before and after a fatal explosion in San Bruno, legal experts said Thursday that search warrants served on top former ... »Read

In this article: Elizabeth Ashford, Mark Ferron, Michael Florio, Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey, Leland Yee
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 A Short History of Proposition 13

(Editor’s Note: Proposition 13, the 1978 property tax measure, continues to be in the news in California with talk of reforms in some quarters. Just this week, the Public Policy Institute of California polled some issues related to Prop 13. The ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Legislature
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 Will Ethnicity Trump the Gender Advantage in the Upcoming US Senate Race?

Some of the most fascinating focus groups I’ve ever conducted were of Democratic women in the 2008 Presidential primary. For the first time we were able to gauge women voters sentiment simultaneously on race and gender with both the first ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Gray Davis, Dianne Feinstein, Jane Harman, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Governments' Oil Windfall

We are reading a lot about the windfall coming to consumers due to falling gas prices now that oil is under $50/barrel. But cheap energy also represents a windfall for governments, including governments who are hard pressed for cash. The US uses ... »Read
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 Assisted Suicide Issue is Back

Physician-assisted suicide has returned to California’s political agenda. After years off the table, the issue gained new life in the wake of Brittany Maynard’s high-profile decision to end her life. Maynard, 29, an assisted-suicide activist ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, William W. Monning, Lois Wolk
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 How Much Do S.B. College Coaches Make?

UCSB coaches make a fraction of what some of their counterparts earn. »Read

In this article: Gavin Newsom, Bob Williams
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 Mitt Romney's Game Of Phones

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES CALL ME MAYBE?: Mitt Romney, who is considering mounting a third run for the White House in 2016, is convening two invitation-only conference calls today, ABC???s RICK KLEIN and JEFF ZELENY report. The ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Matthew Dowd, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Mike Murphy, Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney
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 READ IN: It's 3 a.m. I Must Be Droning Edition

Sign up for Read In today and get all the political news you need delivered right to your inbox! And if you sign up today, we promise we'll never make another Matchbox 20 reference.A1: Today's top stories.Read full article >> »Read

In this article: campaign finance, John F. Kerry, Loretta Lynch, Sarah Palin, Nancy Pelosi, Mitt Romney
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 Grover Norquist Turns on His Anti-Tax Bae Sam Brownback

Grover Norquist—the president of Americans for Tax Reform and the man who for decades has served as conservatives' leading anti-tax zealot —had seemingly found his ideal politician in Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. After Brownback was ... »Read

In this article: Sam Brownback, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, cigarette tax, Legislature, state budget
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 Obama's right-hand man joins S.F. homeless count

Obama’s right-hand man joins S.F. homeless count The small knot of volunteers trudging along Market Street Thursday night to count homeless people did its job so unassumingly that virtually nobody even noticed what it was doing. The crew that ... »Read

In this article: Bevan Dufty, Edwin M. Lee
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 De León sets legislative agenda*

<p>Following a two-day policy retreat by Democratic lawmakers, Senate Pro Tem <b>Kevin de León </b>spoke Thursday at the <b>Sacramento Press Club</b>, laying out his policy agenda for the coming year.  Tops ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ruth Coleman, Ed Hernandez, Deborah Hoffman, Mark Leno, Carol Liu, Michael R. Peevey, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 What can the Justice Department do to improve local policing?

Loretta Lynch has promised to make police-community relations a priority if confirmed as attorney general, but can the feds really help local forces? »Read

In this article: David Harris, Loretta Lynch
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 California state parks seek younger, diverse visitors

The future of California's state parks depends on attracting younger and ethnically diverse people from cities to experience the state's vast natural scenery, according to a commission tasked with reforming the state parks department. … Click ... »Read

In this article: Christine Kehoe, Marc Levine, water
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 Solutions outlined for state parks

California's venerable state parks -- from sunny Los Angeles beaches to towering redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains -- are under 'serious stress' and suffering from declining budgets, shorter hours, higher fees, a $1.3 billion maintenance backlog ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Paul Allen, Jerry Brown, Ruth Coleman, Jon Coupal, Brian Dahle, John Laird, Proposition 21, Arnold Schwarzenegger, state budget
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 State parks: New funding, better accountability needed to stop decline, new report says

California's venerable state parks -- from sunny Los Angeles beaches to towering redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains -- are under 'serious stress' and suffering from declining budgets, shorter hours, higher fees, a $1.3 billion maintenance backlog ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Paul Allen, Jerry Brown, Ruth Coleman, Jon Coupal, Brian Dahle, John Laird, Proposition 21, Arnold Schwarzenegger, state budget
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 Panel urges transformation of California state parks system

When visitors arrive at a state-run park these days, they may find disrepair after years of skipped maintenance and a crowd that doesn't reflect the state's growing diversity. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Christine Kehoe, Chris Megerian
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 AM Alert: Union fight underscores Richard Pan emergency room bill

With legislation targeting care for intoxicated ER patients, Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, wades into a battle over a hospital merger being fought by one of his biggest campaign donors. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: California Democratic Party, Steven Glazer, Kamala Harris, Aaron McLear, Richard Pan, SEIU, Ace Smith, Jeff Stone, Dan Walters, Shawnda Westly
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 California Supreme Court sex-crime ruling criticized as unfair to gays

The California Supreme Court decided Thursday that adults convicted of engaging in unforced oral sex with minors must register as sex offenders — while those guilty of sexual intercourse with minors may not have to. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Kathryn Mickle Werdegar
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