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Dianne Feinstein pleas for GOP votes on drought bill

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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

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 Opinions > Power plays > Does the newly formed Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council duplicate existing organizations?
News & Review/Sacramento - July 31, 1:51 am
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 To Fight Inequality, Blue States Need To Shift Focus To Blue-Collar Jobs
Fox & Hounds Daily - July 31, 6:17 am
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 Array of races face Merced County voters in November
Merced Sun-Star - July 30, 7:57 pm
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 Governor wants to share energy with Baja
Business Journal/Sacramento - July 31, 5:37 am
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 Delaying Fuel Cost Piece of Greenhouse Gases Law Pits Blue Collar vs. Progressive Elites
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 Bay Area and Los Angeles news groups sue California Senate to get indicted senators' calendars

Following the Senate's refusal to release portions of the legislative calendars of state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, and state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, who have both been indicted on public corruption charges, Bay Area News Group and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, Legislature, Greg Schmidt, Darrell Steinberg, Leland Yee
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 Choi makes unsubstantiated claim about creating jobs in Irvine

Do you think a Mayor of a mid-size city (populations of more than 150,000 to 450,000) can affect policies that led to private sector job growth?  Unless it’s a city contract, it’s doubtful.  But Irvine Mayor Steven Choi is claiming ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Steven Choi
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 Senate Seersucker Thursday: Who Wore It Best?

After a two-year hiatus, Seersucker Thursday is back in the Senate. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein
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 Former Bell mayor sentenced to 1 year in jail in corruption case

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Former Bell Mayor Oscar Hernandez was sentenced today to one year in jail and five years probation for misappropriating public funds by receiving salaries for serving on various city boards that rarely met.Hernandez, who will ... »Read

In this article: Steve Cooley, Robert Rizzo
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 Arena foes will appeal court ruling, but Kings still going forward with demolition

A citizens’ group opposed to the new Sacramento Kings arena project said today it has appealed a judge’s refusal to issue an injunction halting construction. Barriers block an area at Downtown Plaza where the proposed Sacramento Kings ... »Read

In this article: CEQA, Darrell Steinberg
Bills: SB 743,
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 GovBeat: California doesn't allow write-in candidates in its general election, so a write-in candidate is suing

An independent candidate who received a single vote for a U.S. House seat in California is suing the state over it’s top-two primary system, which allows write-in candidates in the primary but not the general election. Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Elan Carr, Ted W. Lieu, Dean Logan, Henry A. Waxman
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 California state lawmaker pleads not guilty to racketeering charges

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California State Senator Leland Yee pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges on Thursday after federal investigators expanded existing conspiracy charges against the Democratic lawmaker last week.  »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Candidate lives as homeless person for a week

Candidate lives as homeless person for a week (AP) — California's Republican candidate for governor said he spent a week living as a homeless person in search of a job to test Gov. Jerry Brown's claim that the state is making a comeback after the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, minimum wage, Dan Newman
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 A Check-Up On Obamacare In California

Reports out this week found that huge number of previously uninsured Californians now have health care coverage but the cost of that coverage has increased dramatically since 2013. »Read

In this article: Dave Jones, Peter V. Lee
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 Suspended State Sen. Leland Yee pleads not guilty to racketeering

Embattled San Francisco legislator Leland Yee pleads not guilty to expanded criminal case against him, including racketeering and political corruption charges »Read

In this article: James James, Edwin M. Lee, Leland Yee
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 Yet another super PAC is using big money to take on big money

A new super PAC is calling on congressional candidates to reject outside spending on their behalf by groups financed by secret donors, the latest example of activists embracing a big-money vehicle to fight big money in elections. Read full article ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Lawrence Lessig, Mark McKinnon
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 NEW: Kashkari debunks 'California Comeback'

By spending a week down and out in Fresno, Neel Kashkari has made the state’s sky-high poverty rate a central issue in the governor’s race, and in the process, debunked Gov. Jerry Brown’s myth of a “California ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, minimum wage
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 Cantor Delivers Final Speech as Majority Leader (Video)

Eric Cantor delivered a somber farewell as majority leader Thursday, telling his House colleagues that he has 'truly lived the American Dream.' »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi
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 See Neel Kashkari's video of living on the street

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari said he spent a week living as a homeless person in search of a job to test Gov. Jerry Brown‘s claim that the state is making a comeback after the economic downturn, the Associated Press ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Daniel E. Lungren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Simon, Meg Whitman, Pete Wilson
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 Neel Kashkari: I spent a week living as a homeless person

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California's Republican candidate for governor said he spent a week living as a homeless person in search of a job to test Gov. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, minimum wage, Dan Newman
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 The Fix: Attention rich people: You still can't buy elected office (for yourself).

This post has been updated. The barriers to spending lots of money in political campaigns keep dropping, but they haven't been accompanied by any assurances that spending all that dough will do any good. In 2012, American Crossroads spent ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Paul Mitchell, Meg Whitman
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 GOP guv hopeful Neel Kashkari poses as job seeker, ends up at homeless shelter

” ‘California Comeback!” is the favorite slogan of Gov. Jerry Brown and other Sacramento politicians,” Neel Kashkari writes in a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece published Thursday. “I wanted to see firsthand what that comeback looks like ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, water
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 At 11th hour, House GOP poised to pass border bill

House Republicans are increasingly confident that they will be able to pass legislation to address the brewing immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, with previously on-the-fence conservatives rallying Thursday behind House Speaker John A. ... »Read

In this article: Newt Gingrich, Kevin McCarthy, Dana Rohrabacher
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 Hunter calls for review of border rail contract

MTS continues to stand by the deal with Pacific Imperial. »Read

In this article: Duncan Hunter, Joe Kasper
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 Hundreds of big donors, including Obama bundlers, are 'Ready for Hillary'

A diverse cadre of big money Democratic players has directed millions of dollars into a super PAC supporting a potential presidential bid by Hillary Rodham Clinton, underscoring the extent to which the party machinery is tilting in her favor. Read ... »Read

In this article: Eli Broad, campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, Ellen O. Tauscher, water, Steve Westly
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 Carly Fiorina for President?

Former Senate candidate and HP CEO shows some signs of presidential interest by Brian Leubitz If you ask a bunch of Republicans who they think will be their presidential nominee, you will get, well, a bunch of different answers. And without that ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Bill Jones, Brian Leubitz, Meg Whitman
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 House moves toward border vote

However, some conservatives still have concerns with the border-crisis package. »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Kashkari says Jerry Brown ducking California's economic issues

GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari said Thursday that the recent week he spent sleeping on the streets and looking for work in Fresno underscores the state’s continued economic struggles and the need for new leadership. Neel ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dan Newman
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 Tony Gwynn Day Declared Under Acting Governor

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins proclaimed Wednesday as a day to remember the Hall of Famer who spent his entire career with the San Diego Padres. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Darrell Steinberg
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 UCLA chancellor says damages from water pipe break in the tens of millions of dollars

Scores of utility workers struggled Wednesday to plug leaking valves in Westwood after Tuesday's ruptured water main spilled more than 20 million gallons onto Sunset Boulevard and portions of UCLA grounds. »Read

In this article: Paul Koretz, water, Herb Wesson
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 Defense Industry Funds Flow to Contenders for Key House Chairmanships

In politics, money flows to power. Apparently it flows to the potential for power, too. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Howard P. Mckeon, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Devin Nunes
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 Solorio announces fundraising figures for Senate campaign

The Solorio for State Senate Campaign announced Thursday that after raising more than $300,000 during the recent June Primary time period, it will report a total of $625,211.34 cash-on-hand on its semi-annual campaign finance report which is due on ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Lou Correa, Jose Solorio
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 Delaying Fuel Cost Piece of Greenhouse Gases Law Pits Blue Collar vs. Progressive Elites

One of the most high profile bills in the legislative session that resumes next week just got pushed into the center of the spotlight. AB 69, the measure to delay applying cap-and-trade regulations to transportation fuels, drew the attention of ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, global warming, Legislature, Henry Perea, PPIC, Thomas F. Steyer
Bills: AB 32, AB 69,
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 AM Sacramento: What you need to know for Thursday

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today: Barriers block an area at Downtown Plaza. »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, John Shirey
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 What's Good for Putin Is Good for California

Here are two words Californians should say to Vladimir Putin: Thank you. California, with its historic reliance on defense-related industries, never quite recovered from the end of the Cold War. Today, Los Angeles has fewer jobs than it did in 1990. ... »Read
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 To Fight Inequality, Blue States Need To Shift Focus To Blue-Collar Jobs

In the coming election, we will hear much, particularly from progressives, about inequality, poverty and racism. We already can see this in the pages of mainstream media, with increased calls forreparations for African-Americans, legalizing ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage
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 Don't Let This Drought Go Down the Drain

Two weeks ago, State officials approved an emergency regulation imposing $500 fines on water users who violate mandatory conservation measures. With 80 percent of the State now in extreme drought, it’s imperative that we all conserve as much ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, water
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 Deposition: Major Parts of Great Park Design Were Never 'Constructible'

Designs for a man-made lake, hundreds of acres in park land and a wildlife corridor -- were so poor that they couldn’t be built as presented in schematic documents, the park’s former program manager t »Read

In this article: Larry Agran, Ken Smith, water
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 Governor wants to share energy with Baja

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a pact with Mexican officials this week that pledged to explore the possibility of sharing energy between California and Baja California, Mexico. Under the proposal, the California Independent System Operator, which is based ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Independent System Operator, renewable energy
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 READ IN: Thursday, July 31, 2014: Pre-recess scramble, economy beats expectations, more trouble for Cuomo, NextGen's super weird ads, and Obama just can't get any K.C. coleslaw

Don't forget to sign up for Read In! You'll get all the political news you need to know delivered right to your inbox every morning at 8 a.m.! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, minimum wage, Sarah Palin, Thomas F. Steyer
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 AM Alert: Leland Yee to be arraigned on racketeering charge

Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee has been lying low since he pleaded not guilty to corruption and conspiracy to traffic firearms in April, but the San Francisco Democrat is expected to resurface again today in court to enter a plea on his latest ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Chiang, minimum wage, James Nielsen, Dan Walters, Leland Yee
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 Bullying, Threats and Chaos at Safety Agency

'Chilled' atmosphere at Chemical Safety Board accelerates criticism of chairman. »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Henry A. Waxman
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 What It Means to Be a Black Female Candidate

Stacey Abrams is rising fast in Georgia. Some things she learned along the way. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein
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 Opinions > Power plays > Does the newly formed Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council duplicate existing organizations?

What's going on in the wild and wacky world of Sacramento economic-development organizations? First, a whole bunch of elite Sacramento-area CEOs pony up a minimum... »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Roger Niello, Sandy Sheedy
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 Brother, can you spare a vote?*

<p>You can't say that GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari isn't thinking outside the box.  The former U.S. Treasury Department official announced in an <a href=http:* <p>"Kashkari wrote that he took a Greyhound ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Dean Logan, water, Henry A. Waxman, Leland Yee
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 Michael Hiltzik: Social Security's no-bad-news day

The annual trustees reports for Social Security and Medicare customarily give rise to an outburst of disinformation from the enemies of social insurance programs - that comes with the territory…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Paul Van, water
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 Opinions > Message in a bottle > Sacramento, where water hogs like Nestlé profit and residents pay fines.

The editorialists at SN&amp;R last week weighed in with a timely reminder that&mdash;in the middle of the driest period in California&#8217;s recorded history&mdash;we are cheaply... »Read

In this article: Cassandra Jennings, Kevin Johnson, Jessica A. Levinson, water
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 Opinions > Letters for July 31, 2014 > Readers put in their 2 cents on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Nestlé and Sacramento's water, and expanding the region's veteran's court.

Don&#8217;t lay all blame on Israel Re &#8220;Holy mess&#8221; by Nick Miller (SN&amp;R Editor&#8217;s Note, July 17): Nick Miller writes, &#8220;The recent Israeli air assault... »Read

In this article: Barry Broad, Kevin Johnson, water
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 Local Stories > Initiative delayed > Butte County Board of Supervisors delays fracking initiative.

To frack or not to frack, that was the question. And it still is. After a more than two-hour meeting on the subject Tuesday... »Read

In this article: Paul Hahn, James Smith, water
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 Editorial: California Public Utilities Commission sweetly snuggles up to PG&E.

California Public Utilities Commission snuggles up to PG&E, and PG&E loves it. In 2010 a massive fire roared through the mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jerry Hill
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 Editorial: California Public Utilities Commission sweetly snuggles up to PG&E

California Public Utilities Commission snuggles up to PG&E, and PG&E loves it. In 2010 a massive fire roared through the mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jerry Hill
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 MTA approves contract for Muni drivers

A contract for San Francisco Municipal Railway vehicle operators was unanimously approved by the city's Municipal Transportation Agency. »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Edwin M. Lee
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 Azano blames Sempra, ex-cop for woes

The Mexican millionaire says he was set up in a campaign donation scandal. »Read

In this article: Bonnie Dumanis, Bob Filner, Ravneet Singh, Juan Vargas
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 LAUSD's portable pools make the rounds for water safety

Just last week, Nathan Flores was feigning stomachaches so he wouldn't have to swim in the 3-foot deep swimming pool, his mother said. But this week, Nathan, 5, splashes around like a koi in a pond. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Los Angeles Unified School District, water
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 Lawsuit challenges write-in rules under California’s top-two system

An independent write-in candidate who ran in the primary to succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging California’s ban on write-in contenders in the general election. Then-State Sen. ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Elan Carr, Ted W. Lieu, Dean Logan, Steve Peace, Henry A. Waxman, Nicole Winger
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 Today in History

Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year. »Read

In this article: Alan Autry, Andrew Johnson, Barack Obama
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 Tony Gwynn Day declared under acting governor

A San Diego lawmaker who briefly filled in as governor declared Tony Gwynn Day in honor of the late Padres baseball player. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Darrell Steinberg
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 Array of races face Merced County voters in November

The November general election is less than 100 days away and Merced County voters will be faced with a variety of choices in both county and city races.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Shawn Bagley, Anthony Cannella, Jim Costa, Adam Gray, Jack M. Mobley, Johnny Tacherra
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 California temporarily has first openly gay governor

For a few hours on Wednesday, California had its first openly gay governor. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom
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 UCLA flood from water line rupture is red flag for L.A. infrastructure

By Emily Alpert Reyes and Matt StevensBy Emily Alpert Reyes and Matt Stevens »Read

In this article: Felipe Fuentes, Eric Garcetti, Paul Koretz, David Nahai, water, Herb Wesson
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 New health center marks opening in Lemoore

United Health Centers will celebrate the opening of its latest health center at 1270 N. Lemoore Ave. in Lemoore with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at 10 a.m. Read comments »Read

In this article: Rudy Salas, David G. Valadao, Andy Vidak
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 Colonies court hearing to go into sixth day

SAN BERNARDINO >> A motions hearing in the Colonies corruption case, in which defense attorneys are pushing for dismissal on several grounds, will go into its sixth day today.After hearing attorneys go back and forth all day with their arguments on ... »Read

In this article: Paul Biane, Jeffrey Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt, Bill Postmus
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 Harmony out the window in Muni funding dispute

Lee has ratcheted up the political brinksmanship in a dispute with a majority of the Board of Supervisors, directing his department heads to propose 1.5 percent budget cuts that could be implemented if voters approve a measure the board put on the ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, David Chiu, Edwin M. Lee
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 In Mexico, a ‘new Jerry Brown’ comes around to free trade

Gov. Jerry Brown, who once campaigned against the North American Free Trade Agreement and criticized the “insertion of Mexico into our economy,” pushed back his chair at a breakfast here Wednesday and looked on from the head table as ... »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, Jerry Brown, Lou Correa, John Grubb, Legislature, Allan Zaremberg
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 Communal office space firm rents CBS building in Hollywood

The historic CBS broadcasting facility in Hollywood where George Burns and Gracie Allen once did shtick on the radio will soon be repopulated with entrepreneurs starting new creative businesses. »Read

In this article: Paul A. Smith, Paul Smith
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 The Buzz: Jerry Brown undecided on debating Neel Kashkari

“I haven’t made up my mind,” Brown said Wednesday. “I’m going to take that up later in the year, because we’ve got time.” »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anne Gust, Doug Ose, Meg Whitman
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