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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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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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 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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 Cuba policy change good news for California

President Obama’s bold move to normalize relations with Cuba — coupled with the release of American Alan Gross after more than five years of imprisonment — has garnered praise from Californians who say it represents enormous potential to ... »Read

In this article: Darius Anderson, Barbara Boxer, Gloria E. La Riva, Barbara Lee, Carla Marinucci, Barack Obama
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 South Gate art instructor exits L.A. Unified's 'teacher jail'

A popular South Gate Middle School teacher returned to the classroom Wednesday, eight months after he was pulled from campus for alleged financial improprieties.  »Read

In this article: Armando Chavez, Ramon C. Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Democratic Lawmakers Applaud Presidential Plan To Normalize Relations With Cuba

Democratic Southland lawmakers expressed support Wednesday for President Barack Obama’s plan to normalize relations with Cuba, calling it a reversal of ineffective, decades-old policies. »Read

In this article: Karen Bass, Barbara Boxer, Barack Obama, Mark Takano
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Senate leader not exactly off to a good start

Those looking for someone to restore even a modicum of public confidence in the badly tarnished California Senate should not count on its new leader, Sen. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Senate Democrats, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Political turkeys of 2014

The post Political turkeys of 2014 appeared first on HALFWAY TO CONCORD. There were hundreds of political turkeys in 2014. Here are the top 13 from Washington DC to Contra Costa County in California. The post Political turkeys of 2014 appeared first ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, Steven Glazer, Legislature, Gavin Newsom, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Grover Beach police chief to double-dip into taxpayer funds

Grover Beach Police Chief Jim Copsey will soon receive a salary and pension simultaneously following a decision by the city council to employ him as interim chief after he retires later this month. Copsey is set to retire on Dec. 28, making him ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, John Chiang
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 NEW: After 2014 successes, CA GOP leaders seek second term

Two years ago, Jim Brulte chastised his party for losing seats to laziness. “There were three Assembly seats that were lost because we got lazy,” Brulte said shortly after taking the helm as chairman of the California Republican Party in March ... »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party, campaign finance, Harmeet Dhillon, Legislature, Betty T. Yee
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 Sac council funds spent on movie nights, bounce houses

A new mix of City Council members is taking the helm at Sacramento City Hall, responsible for budgeting millions of tax dollars for everything from parks to police. »Read

In this article: Jon Coupal, Kevin Johnson, Allen Warren
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 Retiring lawmakers offer glimpse into hidden and more hopeful Congress

Amid a Congress rife with gridlock and partisanship, senior lawmakers have learned some important lessons about how Congress can work. Here, they share their thoughts with the Monitor. »Read

In this article: George P. Miller, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Henry A. Waxman
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 Rain could spell trouble for California water conservation

After California's driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state's first ... »Read

In this article: Paul Betancourt, Jerry Brown, water
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 Only 11 trillion

SFGate has the numbers, and the numbers ain't good: California needs 11 trillion gallons of water to recover from the current drought. Staff writer Kurtis Alexander has the story -- some great accompanying photos, too.) 'The findings, released by a ... »Read

In this article: water, Jeannie Oropeza, Barack Obama, John Myers, Legislature, greenhouse gas, Michael Florio, John Chiang, CEQA
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 NEW: Why green power won't replace nukes

  Last year Southern California Edison mothballed its 2.3 gigawatt San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. As CalWatchdog.com reported at the time, the actual reason probably was mechanical defects caused from retrofitting the plant to ramp up ... »Read

In this article: California Independent System Operator, renewable energy, water
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 Black Bart Award Nominee - On the Dark Side

In our introduction of the Black Bart Award we note that it could go to someone or something that performed a heroic act OR performed a dastardly deed. My suggested nominees fall to the Dark Side of California’s political world this year. In light ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Berkeley police department denounced at raucous City Council meeting

Angry residents, many of whom took part in recent protests over police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York, say Berkeley Police Department needs to examine its own attitude toward minorities as well as change the way it responds ... »Read

In this article: Tom Bates, Kriss Worthington
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 How I Fear the 2016 Taxapalooza Will Go

Here’s my hope for the coming 2016 Taxapalooza of various tax-hiking initiatives: The debate will create a healthy discussion and convince various initiative sponsors, the legislature and the governor to come together and advance a tax reform that ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, water
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 Stockton and Detroit Exit Bankruptcy Leaving Pension Systems As-Is

The landscape for public employee pensions shifted in 2014 as federal judges gave credence to the idea that pension benefits may be cut in bankruptcy. This challenges the long held idea that pension benefits are impervious to cuts and most observers ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Lance Christensen
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 A New Outbreak of Prop. 65 Lawsuit Abuse Underscores Need for Reform

CALA has documented the lawsuit abuse related to Proposition 65 for quite some time. Despite minimal reform (like Assemblyman Gatto’s AB 227 passed last year) the lawsuits have continued. With the state considering new regulations related to ... »Read

Bills: AB 227,
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 Early Sparks Fly in Special Election for Supervisor Seat

Five candidates are gunning for state Senator Janet Nguyen's first district seat on the county Board of Supervisors, including former State Senator Lou Correa and Nguyen's chief of staff, Andrew Do.  »Read

In this article: Patricia Bates, Lou Correa, Neal Kelley, Ed Royce, Michelle Steel, Shawn Steel, Mimi Walters
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 BART's new airport link grounded by piece of plastic

“It certainly is something that is going to need attention,” said Joel Keller, president of BART’s Board of Directors. According to BART officials, the trouble started Friday morning when a train ran over a piece of “fabric-like” plastic ... »Read

In this article: Ron Dellums, Andrew Ross, Alicia Trost
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 San Diego Chargers won't exercise clause to terminate stadium lease

For years, the San Diego Chargers have been unhappy with their stadium and weighing the merits of a relocation to Los Angeles. They are free to leave their market at the conclusion of every season. »Read

In this article: Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer, Sherri Lightner
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 Federal Eye: Major messup: How the VA gave Congress and the media false information

The Department of Veterans Affairs this year issued false statements to Congress and the media about treatment delays and how many patients died or suffered as a result of wait times at its health clinics.Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 N.H. Democrats Prep Kelly Ayotte Challenge

New Hampshire is set to play a far more pivotal role in deciding Senate control next cycle than it did in the midterms. »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, Kathy Sullivan, Ryan Williams
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 How 2014 Was the Beginning of the End for the Gay-Marriage Fight

With a slew of legal rulings striking down bans and popular support on an upward path, the past year set the stage for same-sex marriage legalization nationwide. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Proposition 8, Same-sex marriage
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 Sony hackers threaten moviegoers with terrorist acts

A group that claims it hacked Sony Pictures has posted a public threat against potential moviegoers. On Pastebin, a website that allows for anonymous posts, hackers claiming to be the 'Guardians of Peace' said people who see Sony's 'The Interview' ... »Read

In this article: Pamela Brown, John Miller
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 Some theaters drop 'The Interview' amid Sony hacker threats

Concerned about threats to moviegoers, theater owners are starting to pull 'The Interview' from their holiday lineups amid a relentless cyberattack that has wreaked havoc on Sony Pictures Entertainment. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Tom Stephenson
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 11 trillion gallons of water needed: Will Calif. rains set back water conservation?

California's drought requires 11 trillion gallons of water to refill the aquifers depleted by years of droughts, say scientists. Some worry that recent heavy rains may create the impression the drought has ended. »Read

In this article: Paul Betancourt, Jerry Brown, water
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