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What Happens When Extremism Becomes Mainstream?

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Dianne Feinstein pleas for GOP votes on drought bill

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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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 No place like home: Senate foes raise questions
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 Calif. On Verge Of Regulating Groundwater Supply For 1st Time
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 Lawmakers pass bill to reduce gifts from lobbyists
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 GOP challenger tries novel tactics against Brown

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Republicans finally have the kind of gubernatorial candidate they need to be competitive in overwhelmingly Democratic California - a young, second-generation social moderate who has financial expertise and is ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Joel Fox, Anne Gust, Legislature, Jessica A. Levinson, Dan Newman, Mitt Romney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water, Meg Whitman
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 GovBeat: Tom Steyer considering taking on Democratic candidates

A wealthy billionaire who has spent millions on political races around the country plans to try to influence the makeup of the California state Senate by targeting Democratic candidates. It’s not the Koch brothers or any of the members of their ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Cheryl Brown, Kevin De Leon, Roger Dickinson, Ben Hueso, Legislature, Holly J. Mitchell, Richard Pan, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Lawmakers approve $100 million boost for UC, CSU

Democratic lawmakers have approved legislation that would give the University of California and California State University systems a financial boost this year despite Gov. Jerry Brown's opposition. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nancy Skinner
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 California Legislature passes paid sick leave bill

In the waning hours of their session, California lawmakers passed a measure to provide workers with three paid sick days a year, capping tense negotiations that splintered supporters. Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature, Fiona Ma, Holly J. Mitchell, William W. Monning, SEIU, sick leave, water
Bills: AB 1522,
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 California appeals teacher tenure ruling

Gov. Jerry Brown appealed a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for California's teachers, setting himself apart from leaders in some other states who have fought to end such protections or at least raise the standards for ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Robert Huff, Legislature, Tom Torlakson, water
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 California lawmakers pass first US plastic bag ban

California lawmakers have approved a measure that would make the state the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Alex Padilla
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 California passes plastic bag ban, would be first such law in U.S

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The California state legislature enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags on Friday near the end of its two-year session, a measure that if signed into law would become the first of its kind in America. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Alex Padilla
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 Book on Sacramento serial killer Dorothea Puente reissued

The 20th anniversary re-issue of “The Bone Garden,” a book by former Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney William P. Wood, details what may be the most macabre murders in Sacramento’s history. Willilam P. Wood »Read

In this article: George Deukmejian, Mervyn Dymally
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 Viewpoints: Beware of too much power in executive branch

Unelected bureaucrats issue regulations that have the power of law. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, Mike Gatto, Legislature, Barack Obama
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 Lawmakers send Hollywood tax credit to governor

California lawmakers have approved legislation to extend additional tax credits to Hollywood film productions, sending the bipartisan legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature. »Read

In this article: Raul Bocanegra, Jerry Brown, Mike Gatto
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 California plastic bag ban heads to Jerry Brown

California lawmakers narrowly approved a sweeping plastic bag ban Friday, leaving Gov. Jerry Brown to decide the fate of the controversial bill in an election year. In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, plastic single-use bags are carried ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jon Fleischman, Jean Fuller, Alex Padilla, Darrell Steinberg
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 California lawmakers send governor a ban on single-use plastic bags

The state Senate on Friday gave final legislative approval to a measure that would phase out single-use plastic bags in supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores as part of an effort to rid beaches and streets of litter. »Read

In this article: Paul S. Bauer, Jerry Brown, Jean Fuller, Ted Gaines, greenhouse gas, Mark Murray, Alex Padilla
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 California says to appeal against teacher protection lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California will appeal a controversial court decision that overturned some job protections for public school teachers and could change the way educators are hired and fired in the state, the office of Governor Jerry Brown ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tom Torlakson
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 Historic California groundwater regulations head to Gov. Jerry Brown

California could soon become the last state in the West to regulate water pulled from beneath the earth, with the Legislature on Friday advancing an unprecedented groundwater-management strategy. A water pump in a farm in Dos Palos is elevated ... »Read

In this article: Tom Berryhill, Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Adam Gray, Legislature, Jim Miller, water
Bills: SB 1168,
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 California to appeal teacher tenure ruling

California Gov. Jerry Brown late Friday appealed a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for the state's teachers. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Tom Torlakson, water
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 Gov. Brown files appeal of teacher tenure ruling

California Gov. Jerry Brown has filed an appeal of a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for the state's teachers. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Tom Torlakson, water
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 Bills to deter wrongful convictions go to governor

California lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown a pair of bills Friday designed to thwart or reverse wrongful criminal convictions. »Read

In this article: Tom Ammiano, Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Ted W. Lieu, James Nielsen, Alex Padilla
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 Bill to regulate California groundwater passes in state legislature

SACRAMENTO Calif (Reuters) - A package of bills aimed at regulating drought-parched California's stressed groundwater supplies were passed on Friday despite efforts by some agricultural interests to block bills in the waning days of the state ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, James Nielsen, Fran Pavley, water
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 Oil train regulation passes in California

SANFRANCISO (Reuters) - California lawmakers on Friday passed legislation requiring railroad companies to tell emergency officials when crude oil trains will chug through the state. »Read

In this article: JUAN M. ACOSTA, Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Legislature, Barack Obama
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 EPA staff recommends significantly lower ozone standard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staff said Friday that the nation should tighten smog rules significantly, a step that would improve air quality in California but force costly new requirements on government and industry. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Stanley Young
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 New groundwater rules are the biggest change to water law in our lifetime

SACRAMENTO >> The wild west of groundwater law is about to change in California. Friday the Legislature passed AB1739, which works with SB1168 to begin groundwater management. »Read

In this article: Roger Dickinson, Legislature, Daniel R. Logue, James Nielsen, water
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 Lawmakers pass first California groundwater rules

The worst drought in a generation has pushed California lawmakers to overhaul the state's longstanding 'pump-as-you-please' groundwater policy under a package of bills lawmakers sent Friday to Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Brian Dahle, Roger Dickinson, Fran Pavley, Henry Perea, water
Bills: SB 1168,
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 Historic groundwater legislation passed by California Assembly

The state Assembly today narrowly approved a package of bills designed to regulate the pumping of groundwater in California for the first time in state history and make the most significant changes to state water law in 50 years. »Read

In this article: Tom Ammiano, Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Connie Conway, Roger Dickinson, Lorena Gonzalez, Jerry Hill, Robert Huff, Legislature, Mark Leno, Fran Pavley, Henry Perea, sick leave, Nancy Skinner, Darrell Steinberg, water
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 Refinery-inspection bill protects trade secrets

The state Assembly has advanced legislation that would allow government regulators to monitor oil refinery shutdowns in response to a fire at Chevron's Richmond refinery in 2012. It also would allow oil companies to designate the information as a ... »Read

In this article: Loni Hancock, Nancy Skinner
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 Senate protects in-state tuition for veterans

The state Senate has approved a bill ensuring in-state college tuition for veterans who were stationed in California immediately before being discharged. »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Connie Conway
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 FPPC to investigate Susan Peters for votes on Mather airport

The state’s political watchdog agency announced Friday it will investigate whether Sacramento County Supervisor Susan Peters illegally voted on Mather Airport projects near her commercial property. »Read

In this article: Charles H. Bell, Fair Political Practices Commission
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 Lawmakers send gun restraining order bill to Brown

Judges would be able to temporarily take firearms from people who show signs that they could harm themselves or others under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nancy Skinner
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 California bill would remove guns from potential offenders

(Reuters) - A bill allowing family members to ask a judge to order firearms removed from people likely to commit gun violence was sent to California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday for signing into law. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nancy Skinner
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 California automatic recount bill stalls in Senate

Weeks after the tight finish in the June controller’s race highlighted major weaknesess in California’s recount law, legislation to create taxpayer-funded recounts in close contests has bogged down in partisan fighting and is dead for the ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Peter DeMarco, Kevin Mullin, Alex Padilla, Betty T. Yee
Bills: AB 2194,
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 Danny Alvarez named the next secretary of the California Senate

With Greg Schmidt planning to retire in October, the California Senate on Friday unanimously elected longtime Capitol staff member Danny Alvarez to the top administrative position in the upper house. Danny Alvarez, elected Secretary of the ... »Read

In this article: Danny Alvarez, Danny Alvarez, Greg Schmidt
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 Santa Ana Council to Consider Criminal Case Against Mayor

In closed session Tuesday, the city council will discuss possible legal action regarding Mayor Miguel Pulido’s property swap with a city contractor, including “civil/criminal” cases, according to the »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Michele Martinez
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 Pizarro: San Jose chefs go all out for Martha's Kitchen

Three chefs from San Jose restaurants squared off for the title of Silicon Valley Celebrity Chef on Wednesday to raise money for Martha's Kitchen at the Silicon Valley Capital Club. »Read

In this article: Leslee Guardino, Carl Guardino
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 Isla Vista-inspired gun restraining orders sent to Jerry Brown

Days after the families of those killed in the Isla Vista shooting pleaded for action, California lawmakers sent to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk a measure that allows parents to obtain a restraining order barring gun use for someone displaying ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Melissa Melendez, Nancy Skinner
Bills: AB 1014,
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 Bill to reform California's near-solitary prison units dies

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A bill aimed at easing some conditions for inmates in near-solitary confinement in California prisons has died in the state legislature amid concerns that Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who has held a tough line on ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California prisons, Loni Hancock, Legislature
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 The Buzz: Feds return to the Capitol – for ‘till tap’

For people who work at the state Capitol, the idea that federal agents are in “the building” raiding offices has become uncomfortably common in recent months. So it was with some despair Friday that they received word of another visit ... »Read

In this article: Darrell Steinberg
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 Bill by bill: Assisted living reform package

The California Legislature has acted on 17 bills proposed this year to reform regulation of assisted living homes. »Read

In this article: Martin Block, Jerry Brown, Wesley Chesbro, Steve Fox, Legislature, Mark Leno, Brian Maienschein, Nancy Skinner, Mark Stone, Marie Waldron, Bob Wieckowski
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 Political ethics bills to end legislative session

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A legislative session marked by the arrest of two state senators on federal corruption charges is expected to end shortly after midnight with votes on a pair of ethics bills that would update campaign finance rules.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, campaign finance, Jerry Hill, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Mark Leno, Leland Yee
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 Assisted living reform bills await Brown

Ten bills aim to tighten up industry after U-T series. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Beth Miller
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 NEW: Bill would end Medi-Cal asset seizures

“Nothing is certain in this world except death and taxes” is an old saying. California also has seizures after death. Now, the California Legislature just passed a bill to limit the seizure of the estates of Medi-Cal recipients. The ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ed Hernandez, Legislature, state budget
Bills: SB 1124,
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 Ad Watch: Ami Bera omits some facts in first campaign ad

Democratic Rep. Ami Bera, facing a tough challenge from former GOP Rep. Doug Ose, has released a TV ad that reintroduces him to voters and seeks to make the case that he’s delivered on his campaign promises. The 30-second ad, “People ... »Read

In this article: Ad Watch, Amerish Bera, Barack Obama, Doug Ose
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 Meet Oakland's 15 mayoral candidates

A community organizer who loves Tequila and motorcycles. A Navy veteran who was a spokesman for Occupy Oakland. A gun-toting Army vet who wants everyone to carry guns. Meet some of the 14 people challenging Oakland Mayor Jean Quan for her seat this ... »Read
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 Groundwater regulations headed to Gov. Jerry Brown

California is on the verge of regulating its groundwater supply for the first time, as the worst drought in a generation pushed state leaders to overhaul the state's longstanding 'pump-as-you-please' policy. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Brian Dahle, Roger Dickinson, Fran Pavley, Henry Perea, water
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 California political ad disclosure bill pulled

An effort to require political advertisements to display their top donors stalled in the final hours of the legislative session Friday after its supporters said it didn’t have the backing needed to earn passage. Assembly Speaker Toni ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Hill, Robert Huff, Legislature, Mark Leno
Bills: SB 52,
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 State film tax credit bill passes Senate

The California State Senate on Friday passed AB 1839, extending and expanding the state's film tax credit bill.The bill passed on a 32-2 vote. Senators Lois Wolk (D-Davis) and Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) cast the 'no' votes.AB 1839 triples the amount ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Loni Hancock, Film tax, Lois Wolk
Bills: AB 1839,
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 Gov. Brown at crossroads on teacher tenure appeal

Will he side with the education status quo? Or minority students and their parents? »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tom Torlakson
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 Tesla gigafactory legislation unlikely, Sen. Gaines says

Proposed legislation to help woo electric car manufacturer Tesla’s $5 billion battery gigafactory to California is unlikely to emerge before lawmakers finish their work for the year, state Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, said Friday. Wild ... »Read

In this article: Ted Gaines, Jim Miller, water
Bills: AB 2389,
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 Dan Walters: Hueso DUI arrest not exactly unusual

The arrest of State Sen. Ben Hueso on suspicion of drunken driving was not that unusual. »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Ben Hueso, Legislature
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 California Senate approves film tax credit bill

A bill that would more than triple funding for California's film and TV tax credit program was overwhelmingly approved by the state Senate. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Film tax
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 Mentally ill California prisoners to be housed in special units, offered more treatment

SACRAMENTO -- State corrections officials on Friday agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into separate specialized housing that will offer them more treatment instead of placing them in the same isolation units as other inmates, a decision that ... »Read

In this article: Deborah Hoffman, Lawrence Karlton
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 Lawmakers pass bill to reduce gifts from lobbyists

The state Senate approved legislation Friday to reduce the value of gifts lobbyists may give lawmakers and state officials, moving the bill forward at the end of a legislative session marked by scandal. State Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, Kevin De Leon, Leland Yee
Bills: SB 1443,
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 No place like home: Senate foes raise questions

Two candidates officially live with their parents. One rents a room from a contributor. Another won and lost elections in one state, then moved to another in a bid to get back into the U.S. Senate. »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna
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 Keeping up on labor bills in final day of legislative session

Here is a quick update on labor bills moving through the Capitol. Headed to the governor: Sharing liabilities for temp workers Under Assembly Bill 1897, employers would share certain liabilities with a contractor or temp agency. Business groups ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Hernandez, Legislature, sick leave
Bills: AB 1522, AB 1897, AB 2416,
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 Joe Biden is heading to New Hampshire

Vice President Joe Biden is hitting the road Wednesday for an event on the economy. In itself this is not remarkable, until one considers the location: New Hampshire. Biden, as we all know, has not ruled out the prospect of a 2016 presidential run. ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, minimum wage, Early Primary
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 Calif. On Verge Of Regulating Groundwater Supply For 1st Time

The state Assembly on Friday voted 44-27 to send the bill, AB1739, to Gov. Jerry Brown, whose administration has been shaping the rules. Two companion bills were sent to the Senate and were expected to win approval later in the day. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Brian Dahle, Roger Dickinson, Fran Pavley, water
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 Galloway Gets LaborFed Endorsement in Anaheim; Moreno Doesn't

Lorri Galloway, the DPOC endorsed candidate for Mayor in Anaheim, received more good news this week with the notification that the Orange County LaborFeb is backing her with a formal endorsement in a three-way race for Mayor against current Mayor ... »Read

In this article: Lucille Kring, Jose Moreno
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 California mentally ill inmates get special units

State corrections officials agreed Friday to shift mentally ill inmates into separate specialized housing that offer them more treatment instead of placing them in the same isolation units used for other inmates, a decision that marks a major shift ... »Read

In this article: Deborah Hoffman, Lawrence Karlton
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 They diss CEOs, but OK big tax credits

Senate Democrats met with one of nation’s richest men, then they decried high-paid CEOs. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, James Nielsen, Senate Democrats, Thomas F. Steyer
Bills: SB 1372,
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 California Assembly passes historic groundwater legislation

The state Assembly today narrowly approved a package of bills designed to regulate the pumping of groundwater in California for the first time in state history and make the most significant changes to state water law in 50 years. »Read

In this article: Connie Conway, Roger Dickinson, Henry Perea, water
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 Lawmakers send Board of Equalization HQ bill to Jerry Brown

The Assembly sent legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday that would take a small step toward moving the Board of Equalization out of its defective headquarters in downtown Sacramento. Scaffolding on the top of the parking garage serving the ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Legislature, Richard Pan, Darrell Steinberg, water
Bills: AB 1656,
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 Tom Torlakson will appeal California teacher tenure ruling

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will appeal the June court ruling that California’s teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional. State schools chief Tom Torlakson meets with parents in Sacramento to talk about ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Tom Torlakson
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 California mentally ill inmates move to special units

State corrections officials have agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into specialized housing units instead of placing them in isolation, a decision that marks a major shift in how the system deals with such prisoners. »Read

In this article: Deborah Hoffman, Lawrence Karlton
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 Labor-backed bill for private contractors passes Senate

The state Senate on Friday approved legislation prohibiting private EMTs and other contractors from using logos for public agencies they serve without identifying themselves as contractors. State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark Leno, Alex Padilla, Darrell Steinberg
Bills: SB 556,
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 Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: 'Doctor Who'

Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes »Read

In this article: Lanhee Chen, Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, Bill Richardson
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 Winking at 2016, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence courts Koch brothers summit

With a nod to a potential presidential candidacy, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence pitched himself to a prominent crowd of conservative activists Friday by criticizing the last Republican administration in Washington, that of George W. Bush. »Read

In this article: George W. Bush, Carol Jones, No Child Left Behind, water
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 Feds critical of California twin tunnel project

Federal officials say a pair of giant water diversion tunnels proposed for Northern California could violate the federal Clean Water Act and harm endangered fish. »Read

In this article: Jared Blumenfeld, Richard Stapler, water
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 Sunday on 'This Week': The ISIS Terror Threat

This Sunday, “This Weekâ€? covers the latest on the terror threat warnings over ISIS. And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, former New ... »Read

In this article: Matthew Dowd, Bill Richardson
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 California's 'yes means yes' bill: how it addresses campus sexual assault

California lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that would require colleges to set a standard of ‘affirmative consent’ for sexual activity. If the bill becomes law, California would be the first state to handle campus sexual assault this way. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kristin Olsen
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 Sandy recovery, sun boost Jersey shore business

BELMAR, N.J. (AP) -- Good weather and greater awareness that the Jersey shore has made huge strides in recovering from Superstorm Sandy helped make the second summer after the storm better than the first one, many merchants and elected officials ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Tom Rogers
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