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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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Kings owners set to announce deal with labor unions on downtown arena construction

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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

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 Legislature OKs big changes: plastic bags ban, groundwater rules
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 Lawmakers approve $100 million boost for UC, CSU
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 Lawmakers Approve Measure That Would Make Calif. First To Impose Statewide Plastic Bag Ban
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 California governor lauds passage of 'historic' sick leave bill
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 Dan Walters: An era ends with lots of action but uncertain results

As the Legislature adjourns, an activist Capitol era ends, but its long-term effect remains uncertain. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, minimum wage, state budget, Darrell Steinberg, water
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 The Buzz: California artist chosen to paint Hillary Clinton portrait

During his first campaign for president, Barack Obama sparked a lucrative cottage industry of artists who depicted the first black commander in chief in various forms, none more recognizable than Shepard Fairey’s “Hope” poster. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Dan Morain: Franchise bill fights for the little guy

Sometimes, little people decide to take a stand. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Dan Morain, Josh J. Pane, sick leave, Angie Wei, Scott Wilk
Bills: SB 610,
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 Editorial: Banda needs to hit ground running as school opens

Sacramento city schools’ new chief needs to meet with Mayor Johnson immediately, get WiFi districtwide, and shake up the traditional school model. »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Los Angeles Unified School District, Michelle Rhee
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 Viewpoints: Prop. 13 loophole must be closed

It must be a cold day in hell. The cow jumped over the moon. And pigs are flying somewhere. No, the Legislature hasn’t resorted to catchy slogans to address problems facing our state. This is what one Republican lawmaker said after ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Tom Ammiano, Raul Bocanegra, Legislature
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 How billionaire activist is pushing for action on environment

Tom Steyer, billionaire former hedge fund executive and progressive environmental activist, sat down with The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board last week to talk issues important to him and his NextGen Climate super PAC. Steyer has spent tens ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, oil severance tax, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Viewpoints: An environmentalist’s case for high-speed rail

High-speed rail, by shifting travel away from dirtier transportation modes such as planes and cars, would do wonders in reducing the transportation sector’s impact on our carbon footprint. An artist’s rendering shows a ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, High-Speed Rail, renewable energy
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 Legislators wrap up with water, bag ban, gun bills

SACRAMENTO — A year marked by the worst drought in a generation, the arrest of two state senators on federal corruption charges and a deadly rampage in a Santa Barbara college community drove support for legislation sent to Gov. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, Kevin De Leon, Roger Dickinson, Tim Donnelly, Lorena Gonzalez, Jerry Hill, Legislature, Alex Padilla, Fran Pavley, Nancy Skinner, water, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
Bills: AB 1014, AB 1522, SB 270, SB 831, SB 967, SB 1168, SB 1319, SB 1442,
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 Internal Affairs:

Not a whole lot is known about Maj. Gen. Anthony Jackson's brief tenure with the California Department of Parks and Recreation, but we can say one thing with a fair degree of certainty: The man has standards when it comes to food. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Chris Holden, Legislature, Barack Obama, water, Vicky Waters
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 Bipartisanship rules this year in Sacramento

The legislative session that ended in the wee hours of Saturday morning proved to be one of the most bipartisan and productive in years. »Read

In this article: Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, campaign finance, Roger Dickinson, Mike Gatto, Lorena Gonzalez, Jerry Hill, Legislature, minimum wage, Alex Padilla, Fran Pavley, Proposition 2, Dan Schnur, Senate Democrats, Nancy Skinner, water, Leland Yee
Bills: AB 1014, AB 13, AB 1522, SB 270, SB 699, AB 1839, SB 1168, SB 1319,
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 6 Hot Debates to Watch This Week

Santa Ana’s mayor could face criminal prosecution and traffic congestion gets attention from regional officials. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Joe Carchio, Lou Correa, Tom Daly, Eric Garcetti, Bonnie Lowenthal, Loretta Sanchez, Darrell Steinberg
Bills: SB 270,
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 Legislature wraps up session

Midnight officially marked the end of this year's state legislative session, but representatives didn't need much of the weekend to pass their last bills. »Read

In this article: John Garamendi, Legislature, Daniel R. Logue, water, Lois Wolk, Mariko Yamada
Bills: SB 270, AB 1965,
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 EPA staff wants tougher smog rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staff says 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. Federal standards for ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Stanley Young
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 Steve Kawa is the powerhouse behind San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

For a decade, Kawa has been the go-to guy at City Hall, negotiating labor contracts, pushing through mayors' policy goals, keeping staffers in line and playing bad cop to the mayors' good cop. Master of whisperersFrom his blue-collar beginnings - ... »Read

In this article: John Avalos, Willie Brown, Hillary Clinton, Bevan Dufty, Susan Leal, Edwin M. Lee, Gavin Newsom, Aaron Peskin, Peter Ragone
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 Promised care-home reform laws lose momentum

Eight months after California lawmakers called for widespread changes in how the state licenses assisted-living homes, many of the bills touted as a comprehensive reform package have been watered down or abandoned altogether. Myriad bills were ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ian Calderon, Ellen Corbett
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 Tech companies to play big role in 2016 Clinton campaign

Hillary Rodham Clinton was town the other day, and so were some of her top operatives - all networking and updating the famously large Clinton database of supporters. This time, they were paying special attention to local tech types - and not just ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Edwin M. Lee, Debbie Mesloh, Mike Nevin
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 Crackdown on homeless in BART stations heating up

When BART police last month began enforcing a ban on sleeping, lying or sitting with legs extended in the Powell Street Station, there was one element missing: hue and cry from homeless advocates. BART police said the crackdown, which has since ... »Read

In this article: Art Agnos, Bevan Dufty
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 Controversial bills test Jerry Brown in election year

As the Legislature closed down in the predawn hours Saturday, it left on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk a thicket of bills – including a sweeping ban on plastic bags and measures concerning gun control and bilingual education – with ... »Read

In this article: David Ackerman, Tom Berryhill, Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Richard H. Markuson, Alex Padilla, sick leave, Thomas F. Steyer, water
Bills: SB 792, SB 1174, SB 1210,
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 Ruben Navarrette: In a huff over immigration

Conservatives overreact to Gov. Brown’s welcoming comments. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 San Diego business is back in the game

It would have been hard to miss this tectonic movement in San Diego politics. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, minimum wage, referendum, Jerry Sanders
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 Barrio Logan air quality; Pot shop confusion

Bill Shannon asks why the City Council members would allow a 200-unit project to be built in Barrio Logan. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, minimum wage
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 Are film subsidies worth it?

Tired of seeing Hollywood take its business elsewhere, California is moving to triple tax subsidies for film and TV productions, boosting incentives to $330 million annually and making the state competitive with New York, Georgia and other states ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Budget Project, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Milken Institute, Film tax
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 NEW: Torlakson says real problem is low teacher pay, not tenure

This was predictable: Friday’s announcement that state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson would seek an appeal of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu’s ruling that teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional because ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, global warming, Barack Obama, Chris Reed, Tom Torlakson, water
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 CA lawmakers pass statewide plastic bags ban

California is one step closer to becoming the first state to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Alex Padilla
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 Legislators wrap up with water, ethics, guns bills

A year marked by the worst drought in a generation, the arrest of two state senators on federal corruption charges and a deadly rampage in a Santa Barbara college community drove support for legislation sent to Gov. Jerry Brown in the final weeks of ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, Kevin De Leon, Mark DeSaulnier, Roger Dickinson, Tim Donnelly, Cathleen Galgiani, Lorena Gonzalez, Isadore Hall, Bev Hansen, Jerry Hill, Legislature, Mark Leno, Alex Padilla, Fran Pavley, Nancy Skinner, Darrell Steinberg, Susan Talamantes Eggman, water, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
Bills: AB 1014, AB 1522, SB 270, SB 831, SB 967, SB 1168, SB 1319, SB 1442,
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 California News Digest

The supervisor in Los Angeles is Michael Blood, followed by Daisy Nguyen. If you have a news tip or questions about the report, call 213-626-1200. The supervisor in San Francisco is Lisa Leff. She can be reached at 415-495-1708. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Antonio Gonzalez, Kamala Harris, Legislature
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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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 Labor leader Camp on administrative leave

Days after firing its longtime executive secretary Bill Camp, the Sacramento Central Labor Council board rescinded the termination , according to an internal letter. »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Jay Schenirer
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 Sunday Talk Preview: ISIS, Ukraine

The continuing threat to to the West posed by the Islamic State and the latest on the crisis in Ukraine are expected to be discussed on this Sunday’s news shows. Here are the guest lineups, as compiled by the Associated Press: »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, Bill Richardson
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 5 highlights from California's legislative session

California Gov. Jerry Brown has until the end of September to sign or veto the hundreds of bills sent to him by the Legislature. Here are five notable actions, some of them firsts in the country, that state lawmakers took in the final days of this ... »Read

In this article: Tom Ammiano, Jerry Brown, Legislature
Bills: AB 1014, AB 1327, SB 270, SB 967, AB 2306,
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 Why vote against public participation?

OPINION By KEVIN RICE Why did Assembly Member Katcho Achadjian vote against citizen speech at public meetings? On Wednesday, AB 194 (Nora Campos, D-San Jose) cleared both State Congress houses and now moves toward Governor Brown’s desk, but ... »Read

In this article: Khatchik Achadjian, Nora Campos
Bills: AB 194,
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 Bay 101 future unclear after state bill to let San Jose cardroom move dies

A California bill that would have cleared a roadblock to Bay 101 moving to Milpitas failed to advance out of committee and is effectively dead. »Read

In this article: Ellen Corbett, Legislature, Chuck Reed
Bills: AB 2549,
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 California appeals teacher tenure ruling

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 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 raise the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Robert Huff, Legislature, Tom Torlakson, water
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 California governor lauds passage of 'historic' sick leave bill

(Reuters) - A measure to grant California workers mandatory sick leave that passed the state legislature early on Saturday appeared poised to become law after Governor Jerry Brown lauded it as a historic achievement. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Holly J. Mitchell, sick leave
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 Legislature OKs big changes: plastic bags ban, groundwater rules

Historic and controversial groundwater management and a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags were among the bills the California Legislature approved during a marathon session Friday that ended early Saturday morning. The bill by Senate ... »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Lorena Gonzalez, Jerry Hill, Legislature, Mark Leno, Alex Padilla, Henry Perea, Senate Democrats, sick leave, Nancy Skinner, water
Bills: SB 270, AB 1699,
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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 ethics reform passed following scandals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers marked the end of the legislative session early Saturday by approving two political reform bills aimed at addressing a string of scandals, including the arrest of two state senators on federal ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, Jerry Hill, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Mark Leno, Leland Yee
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 State lawmakers pass ethics reform following scandals

SACRAMENTO >> State lawmakers marked the end of the legislative session early Saturday by approving two political reform bills aimed at addressing a string of scandals, including the arrest of two state senators on federal corruption ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, Jerry Hill, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Mark Leno, Leland Yee
Bills: SB 52, SB 831, SB 1442,
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 James Harrison retires from NFL

James Harrison, a five-time Pro Bowl linebacker and former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, is retiring from football. »Read

In this article: Mike Brown, James Harrison
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 Lawmakers approve $100 million boost for UC, CSU

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- 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.Lawmakers approved ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nancy Skinner
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 Ezell Ford funeral today in South Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Funeral services will be held today for Ezell Ford, whose shooting by Los Angeles police sparked a series of protests throughout the city and accusations that officers unnecessarily fired at the man.Ford, 25, was shot at 8:10 p. »Read

In this article: Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Diane Watson
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 Lawmakers Approve Measure That Would Make Calif. First To Impose Statewide 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 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. Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, listens to the debate over his bill that would make California the first ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Jean Fuller, Alex Padilla
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