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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

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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

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 California officials gearing up for Obamacare open enrollment

Looking to avoid the pitfalls and confusion that surrounded its launch, California is gearing up to get 1.2 million people to renew their Obamacare health policies for next year. »Read

In this article: Patrick Johnston, Peter V. Lee, Anthony Wright
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 Mayor Garcetti, Businessman Eli Broad Defend Wage Plan: 'This Is The Way Forward'

After Mayor Eric Garcetti announced his hopes of increasing LA's minimum wage over the next three years, the plan was met with large amounts of both support and opposition. »Read

In this article: Eli Broad, Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Gary Toebben
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 Local Teacher With Cancer Gets Strong Show Of Support After Running Out Of Sick Days

Carol Clark, a sixth-grade teacher at Jaime Escalante Elementary School in Cudahy, told KCAL9's Kristine Lazar she didn't think she would live to see her 56th birthday. »Read

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District, sick leave
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 Eric Cantor latest politician to move to Wall Street

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor became the latest politician to move to Wall Street, taking a high-paying job at investment bank Moelis & Co. and boosting the profile of the boutique firm founded in Century City. »Read

In this article: Ronald Burkle, Kevin McCarthy
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 Odds grow longer for effort to preserve services at West Contra Costa hospital

Advocates for saving Doctors Medical Center as a full-service hospital not giving up hope despite double dose of bad news last week »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Nurses Association, Legislature
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 Obama approval rating slumping even in bluest of the blue California

President Obama's approval rating hits a record low in California, a shift some say could bode ill for Democrats in blue states. Others say the concern is overblown. »Read

In this article: Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Charles Gallagher, Jessica A. Levinson
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 BART Director James Fang angers S.F. Democratic committee

Reflecting the timeworn tactic of aggrieved parents of little children everywhere, some San Francisco Democrats are calling on BART board Director James Fang to say he's sorry. And to never, ever, do it again. What's the behavior in question? No, ... »Read

In this article: James Fang, David Chiu, Eric Mar
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 Dan Walters: Legislature’s marathon finale a time-dishonored ritual

The Legislature’s ritualistic practice of ending every session with a marathon a poor way to make policy. »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Legislature
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 California drought: Why doesn't California build big dams any more?

How much money drought-stricken California should spend to build new dams was a big part of the debate over the bill that Gov. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, John Laird, water
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 California bullet train foes ask state's highest court for help

Central Valley farmers trying to halt construction of California's bullet train have asked the state's highest court to review the project, setting up another possible legal showdown over the controversial San Francisco-to-Los-Angeles rail line. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Edwin M. Lee, Legislature
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 Brown, lawmakers seek disaster declaration

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday requested a presidential major disaster declaration for California, as communities in Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties continue trying to recover from the South Napa earthquake on Aug. 24. “Economic impacts of this ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, John Garamendi, Jared Huffman, Nancy Pelosi, Mike Thompson
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 The Buzz: Jerry Brown picks Mike Honda in congressional race

Gov. Jerry Brown has weighed in on the Democrat-on-Democrat South Bay congressional feud, choosing the liberal stalwart and incumbent Rep. Mike Honda over upstart Ro Khanna. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Gavin Newsom, Barack Obama, Chuck Reed, Steve Westly
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 LA's Mayor Makes a High Bet on Low-Income Workers

Mayor Eric Garcetti wants to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $13.25 an hour. We?ll ask him about small business predictions about lost jobs. Also: Does LA need a Housing Czar? Does Garcetti really like being Mayor of a city that can?t pave ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, water
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 MPAA's Chris Dodd invites film commissioners to summit on incentives

As California legislators worked last week to approve a landmark deal that would more than triple annual funding for California’s film and TV tax credit program, Hollywood’s chief lobbyist invited film commissioners around the country to attend ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Christopher Dodd, Legislature, Film tax
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 Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to Sacramento

He always said he’ll be back, and soon he will. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back in Sacramento next Monday, Sept. 8 to attend a symposium on global climate negotiations, co-hosted by the USC Schwarzengger Institute; the California ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, global warming, Mary Nichols, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Danville: San Ramon Valley Democrats told Prop. 49 fight to be long one

Statewide opponents of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling -- which allows corporations and unions to spend unlimited sums on ads and other political tools to influence elections -- were dealt a big blow when their ballot question ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Derek Cressman, Legislature, Kathryn Mickle Werdegar
Bills: SB 1272,
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 Jerry Brown Backs Mike Honda in Democratic Duel

California Gov. Jerry Brown has stepped in to one of the most competitive and aggressive Democratic races of the cycle. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Barack Obama
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 Alex Padilla: California should build earthquake early warning system

A fully realized system will cost about $80 million and would be worth every penny »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Alex Padilla
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 Jerry Brown picks Mike Honda in congressional race

Gov. Jerry Brown has weighed in on the Democrat-on-Democrat South Bay congressional feud, choosing the liberal stalwart and incumbent Rep. Mike Honda over upstart Ro Khanna. Rep. Mike Honda speaks at Tesla motors in Fremont, Calif. in 2012. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Gavin Newsom, Barack Obama, Chuck Reed, Steve Westly
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 San Diego County Supes Accept Gifts And Thanks, Despite Rules To Prevent It

Organizations that receive grants through San Diego County's Neighborhood Reinvestment Program sometimes give county supervisors gifts and recognition. And some supervisors accept these gratuities, despite rules set up to avoid the appearance of ... »Read

In this article: Brian Adams, Dave Roberts
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 California has recovered jobs, not wages (Video)

More Californians earned their Labor Day this year than have since the recession began, as the state’s Employment Development Department says the 1.3 million jobs lost during the recession have been regained, and employers are hiring more people ... »Read

In this article: Budget Project, Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 What employers, employees need to know about incoming paid sick-leave law

It’s safe to say that the legislation requiring at least three days of paid sick leave for every California worker will become law. Gov. Jerry Brown, who has a month to sign the legislation, has called Assembly Bill 1522 a “historic action to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, sick leave
Bills: AB 1522,
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 Superintendent Jose Banda launches 100-day campaign as Sacramento city schools start class

New Sacramento City Unified Superintendent Jose Banda launched his 100-day campaign to familiarize himself with the district and the community today as 43,000 students started their first day of the new school year. Sacramento schools ... »Read

In this article: Jay C. Hansen, Tom Torlakson
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 Lawmaker Calls For DA To Probe 'Suspicious' LAUSD iPad Rollout

A Chino Hills lawmaker Tuesday says the District Attorney's office must take a closer look at the LAUSD's controversial iPad program. »Read

In this article: Curt Hagman, Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 CA17: Gov. Jerry Brown endorses Mike Honda

Gov. Jerry Brown endorsed Rep. Mike Honda for re-election Tuesday. “Mike Honda has dedicated his career to tackling difficult issues and doing what’s right for working people,” Brown said in Honda’s news release. “After leading the local ... »Read

In this article: John Chiang, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Michael Honda, Dave Jones, Ro Khanna, Bill Lockyer, Gavin Newsom, Tom Torlakson
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 L.A. mayor calls for $13.25 minimum wage

The push for a higher minimum wage picked up momentum Monday when the mayor of the nation's second largest city called for an increase to $13.25 by 2017. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 Fletcher launches vets foundation

Former mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher launches veterans foundation. »Read

In this article: Nathan Fletcher, Michael Murphy
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 Califorina lawmakers pass new law regulating massage therapy

The state legislature approved a new law to regulate massage therapy this weekend in one of the final actions of the government body this session.The Massage Therapy Reform Act, authored by Assemblymen Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, Jimmy Gomez, D-Los ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Jimmy Gomez, Chris Holden, Legislature
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 California lawmakers pass new law regulating massage therapy

The state legislature approved a new law to regulate massage therapy this weekend in one of the final actions of the government body this session.The Massage Therapy Reform Act, authored by Assemblymen Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, Jimmy Gomez, D-Los ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Jimmy Gomez, Chris Holden, Legislature
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 Contentious supervisor race impacts future candidates

By KAREN VELIE Amid a complaint from a Nipomo man, Lynn Compton amended most of her campaign statements to include the cost of advertising on vehicles owned by her family business, something all candidates will now be required to do. In May, ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Stew Jenkins
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 AM Alert: Obama's popularity dives to record low in California

President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have fallen to a record low in California, with nearly as many voters now disapproving of the job Obama is doing as approving. President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House on Oct. 24, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Democratic Party, campaign finance, Field Poll, Legislature, Barack Obama, Dan Walters
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 DWP To Explore Pricing Tiers Based On Residents' Water Usage

Would adding a more complex pricing structure at the DWP encourage customers to cut back on their water usage? »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Felipe Fuentes, Edward Randolph, water
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 Brown appeals Vergara ruling

Gov. Jerry Brown filed an appeal to a federal ruling over Californias teacher tenure law. Adam Nagourney reports for the New York Times: In a one-page appeal filed late Friday afternoon, Mr. Brown and the state attorney general, Kamala D. Harris, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, sick leave
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 Appeal of Teacher Tenure Decision May be a Good Thing - But Not for the Reason Critics Think

No Profile in Courage Award for Governor Jerry Brown and state School Superintendent Tom Torlakson who refused to stand up to their allies in the teacher’s unions and asked for an appeal of a Superior Court decision on the perverse effects of ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Barack Obama, Tom Torlakson
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 Elections Coming: California Voter and Party Profiles

(Editor’s Note: With an eye on the upcoming election, the Public Policy Institute of California takes a detailed look at the California voters — their demographic characteristics, party affiliations, political ideologies, and views on key ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, PPIC
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 Step One, Start Being Honest

Many years ago when I was teaching Sunday School I asked the kids why it was important to tell the truth. I remember this young boy immediately raised his hand and waived it so vigorously I was afraid his arm would pop out its socket. “Yes,” I ... »Read

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 California's Plastic Bag Ban Will Cost Hundreds Of Good Manufacturing Jobs

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association clarified that California’s proposed plastic bag ban and paper bag tax contained in SB 270 will cost the state good paying manufacturing jobs. There are close to 60 plastic-bag and 100 ... »Read

In this article: bag tax, Jack Stewart
Bills: SB 270,
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 L.A. Hanging on as a Top Global City

For more than a century, Southern Californians have dreamed of their region becoming host to a great global city. At the turn of the 20th century Henry Huntington, who built much of the area’s first mass-transit system, proclaimed that “Los ... »Read

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 San Diego County Special Elections Could Become Vote-By-Mail Only

Under a California bill, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters could hold special elections by mail, sending every registered voter a ballot with a return stamp already on it. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature
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 Labor's Fast Food Campaign Is Getting Real

If you stop at McDonald’s this week, you may have to think about more than your cholesterol intake. You may also have to think about the people serving you food—and whether they deserve a raise.On Thursday,  »Read

In this article: minimum wage, SEIU, water
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 GovBeat: California on brink of requiring paid sick days for part-time workers

Part-time and temporary workers in California could receive up to three paid sick days a year after a last-minute compromise passed the state legislature in the waning hours before adjournment. The bill, a top priority of House and Senate Democrats, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Senate Democrats, sick leave, water
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 READ IN: Alaska-Heavy Edition

Welcome back from Labor Day! Wouldn't today be the perfect day to sign up for Read In? Do it! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is clinging to power as protests against his ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Sam Brownback, Field Poll, Eric Garcetti, Lawrence Lessig, Gary G. Miller, minimum wage, referendum
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 The Politics Of Calling In Sick

A growing grass-roots movement aims to establish paid sick leave in the U.S., enjoying some success at the city and state level. The issue is already playing big in 2014 political races. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, sick leave
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 Fact Checker: Overblown claims of deaths and waiting times at the VA

“What we know is that people died….Look what the public got. Forty veterans died; this is what the public got.” — Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), at a congressional hearing, May 28, 2014 Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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