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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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 KP Public affairs hires person for grassroots campaigns
Business Journal/Sacramento - April 17, 5:18 am
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 AM Alert: Californians open to changing Prop 13
Sacramento Bee - April 17, 6:15 am
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 Governor Brown Unveils His Rainy Day Reserve - A Reform That Fits The Times
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 City Council bans aggressive panhandling
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 Capitol Alert: Nearly 1.4 million Californians enroll in health insurance exchange

Citing a large influx of customers in the final weeks, California officials announced Thursday that more than 3 million people enrolled in health insurance coverage or Medi-Cal, capping an opening period that saw the state emerge as an example for ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, SEIU, Michael Wilson
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 Prop 8 lawyer's views on gay marriage evolving

The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman. FILE This ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Dick Cheney, Barack Obama, Proposition 8, Same-sex marriage
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 Book: Lawyer who defended Calif. gay marriage ban is now planning daughter's gay wedding

The conservative lawyer who defended California’s ban on gay marriage at the Supreme Court is at work on another project: planning his daughter’s upcoming same-sex wedding ceremony. Charles J. Cooper, a former top official in the Reagan Justice ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 8, Same-sex marriage
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 House Republicans Promote Seven Candidates

The National Republican Congressional Committee has elevated seven more candidates to the second-level "Contender" status of its Young Guns program for top House GOP prospects. »Read

In this article: Julia Brownley, Hillary Clinton, Jeff Gorell, Tony Strickland
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 CalPERS hikes state contribution by more than $450M

Due to the ever-increasing life spans of public employees, the California Public Employees' Retirement System raised the contribution rate for the state of California by more than $450 million, officials announced Wednesday. Beginning July 1, the ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Bill Slaton
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 AM Alert: Californians open to changing Prop 13

Capitol Alert Insider Edition app learned last night, Californians are open to making changes to Proposition 13, the 1978 tax-limiting measure that is a cornerstone of the state's political foundation. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Tom Berryhill, Roger Dickinson, Tim Donnelly, Fair Political Practices Commission, Field Poll
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 Governor Brown Unveils His Rainy Day Reserve - A Reform That Fits The Times

Governor Brown was in office when the first state spending limit was passed in 1979. Yesterday he proposed a measure that might actually work as advertised. We’ve learned a lot about state budgets, revenues and unintended consequences during the ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Legislature, Proposition 98, state budget
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 Feet to the Fire Election Debate Series Debuts Thursday

This year’s political season kicks into high gear tonight at the Costa Mesa Community Center with the start of the annual Feet to the Fire forums co-sponsored by the Daily Pilot, the Orange County Reg »Read

In this article: Travis Allen, John Moorlach, Emanuel Patrascu
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 Prop 13 Poll Question Not About Split Roll

Advocates for a split roll property tax probably hailed the results of the Field Poll question about business property changing ownership. Trouble is, the question wasn’t about a split roll property tax in which all business property would be ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Field Poll, Split roll
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 The Governor Should Move to the Delta

When you’re faced with two different thorny problems, sometimes the best way to make progress is by combining them. I’m talking to you, Jerry Brown. Your first problem involves water. Residents of the Sacramento-San Joaquin ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Jerry Brown, John Garamendi, water
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 San Jose's Public Safety Pensions - Reduce Now or Slash Later

“Once people get the facts, they do not support slashing people’s pensions.” - Dave Low, chairman, Californians for Retirement Security (Washington Post, February 25, 2014) Really? Making sure “people get the facts” is difficult when most ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Dave Low
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 KP Public affairs hires person for grassroots campaigns

Sacramento's biggest lobbying firm, KP Public Affairs, has just added Emily Smith to work on grassroots campaigns, coalition building and media relations. Smith spent nearly four years working in Germany for Siemens Healthcare corporate ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Karen French
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 Communications firm Alza Strategies adds Los Angeles office

A communications startup headed by consultant Roger Salazar has recruited Irma Martinez to open a Los Angeles office. Martinez, who most recently worked as assistant general counsel for the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, begins as a ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Doris O. Matsui, Roger Salazar
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 Warner Bros. picks Dee Dee Myers for top communications job

Hollywood's biggest studio selects Dee Dee Myers, who served as press secretary during President Clinton's first term, to replace executive Sue Fleishman.Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers is taking her West Wing experience to the West ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Chris Lehane
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 'Desperate Housewives,' Spielberg Donate in L.A. Race

Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., counts many of Hollywood's biggest names among his constituents in his 33rd District, located in the wealthy areas of L.A. County including Santa Monica, Malibu and Beverly Hills. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Wendy Greuel, Ted W. Lieu, Barack Obama, Henry A. Waxman, Marianne Williamson
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 Voters are open to altering Proposition 13*

<p><span>Voters are mostly willing to make some <a href=http:* <p><b><span>David Sider </span></b><span>reports in the <b>Sacramento Bee: </b>'The poll, done in collaboration with ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Tim Donnelly, Field Poll, Jennifer Kerns, Legislature, Chris Megerian, Jim Miller, water, Leland Yee
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 Poll shows bipartisan backing for tweak to Prop. 13

More than three decades after the passage of Proposition 13, California voters strongly support rewriting one aspect of the landmark initiative that some commercial property owners have used to keep their taxes low, a new Field Poll shows. Field ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Carla Marinucci, Split roll
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 Opinions > Letters for April 17, 2014 >

About the ban Re &#8220;Hit the road, frack&#8221; (Newslines, by Tom Gascoyne, April 10): A thousand thanks to the Butte County Board of Supervisors for... »Read

In this article: Brian C. Johnson, Dan Levine, Ken Smith, water
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 Opinions > Letters for April 17, 2014 > SN&R's readers have a lot to say about McKinley Village.

McKinley not healthy Re &#8220;Tunnel vision&#8221; by Nick Miller (SN&amp;R News, April 10): The cost to build responsibly is a part of doing business. I... »Read

In this article: Phil Angelides, Steve Cohn, Kevin McCarty, Angelo K. Tsakopoulos
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 Opinions > City Council should approve McKinley Village > More people need to be living in central cities and along mass-transit corridors.

McKinley Village isn&#8217;t perfect. Even developer Phil Angelides says this. The project, which would bring 336 single-family homes to what has been an otherwise challenging-to-develop... »Read

In this article: Phil Angelides, Steve Cohn
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 Local Stories > Is former Sacramento media employee Matthew K > His trial here in Sacramento in federal court to wrap up soon.

The trial of former KTXL Fox40 Web producer Matthew Keys in Sacramento federal court appears to be approaching its anticlimax. The 27-year-old blogger and... »Read

In this article: Zoe Lofgren, Chris Parker
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 Local Stories > Water talk > Local reps address ongoing water issues.

Discussion of the ongoing drought and what to do about it was a big part of a symposium held Monday (April 14) at the... »Read

In this article: John Garamendi, Doug LaMalfa, James Nielsen, water
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 CalPERS hikes rate $459 million, funding still low

The CalPERS board approved a major rate hike yesterday, $459 million, to replenish state worker pension funds that remain low, even though the stock market has rebounded from a post-crash low five years ago. The first of three rate hikes to cover ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS, Gray Davis, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger, state budget, Pete Wilson
Bills: AB 340, SB 400,
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 Poll finds California voters open to tinkering with tax-limiting Proposition 13

Proposition 13 may be the third rail of California politics, but state voters appear to have some appetite for making changes to the tax-limiting measure, according to a new Field Poll. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, state budget
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 Carolyn Cavecche: Split-roll property tax bad for homeowners

There is one truism in raising taxes that never seems to change, and it’s that no one tends to mind as long as the taxes being raised belong to someone else. This divide-and- conquer strategy usually works when the powers that be in Sacramento... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Tom Ammiano, Board of Equalization, Carolyn Cavecche, Erwin Chemerinsky, Joel Kotkin, Split roll
Bills: AB 2372,
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 Joe Mathews: Living in the Delta would help solve two of Brown’s problems

Such a move would demonstrate to all Californians that our water comes not from a tap, but from real communities. »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Jerry Brown, Field Poll, John Garamendi, Joe Mathews, water
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 Shriver, Kuehl Square Off In Debate For LA County Board of Supervisors Seat

Kennedy family member and one-time Santa Monica mayor Shriver and 14-year state lawmaker Kuehl challenged each other's records during the sit-down at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Sheila Kuehl, Bobby Shriver, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 POLITICS: Sex victims may get reprieve

A state bill, written with help from Riverside Co., spares victims from going through multiple trials. »Read

In this article: Field Poll, Tony Rackauckas, water
Bills: SB 939,
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 Jay Z festival coming to Grand Park on Labor Day weekend

Mayor Garcetti hails the event as a sign of downtown's growing popularity, but some question the impact of the Budweiser-sponsored event, where tickets will be $125. Announcing that rapper Jay Z's popular Made in America music festival is coming to ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar, Gloria Molina
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 Capitol Alert: Rep. Ami Bera sitting comfortably in 7th district fundraising

Rep. Ami Bera far outpaced his Republican challengers in first-quarter fundraising, bringing in more than $489,000 and elevating his cash on hand to $1.47 million. U.S. Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, attends the California State Society's ... »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Joe Baca, Amerish Bera, Igor Birman, Jerry Brown, Julia Brownley, Carl DeMaio, Jeff Denham, Elizabeth Emken, John Garamendi, Jeff Gorell, Ray Haynes, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Daniel R. Logue, Gary G. Miller, Brian Nestande, Doug Ose, Scott Peters, Raul Ruiz, David G. Valadao, water, Leland Yee
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 Household rat poison linked to death and disease in wildlife

Evidence of rat poison is found in a sickly puma whose territory includes Griffith Park. Researchers suspect a link between poisons and mange.The mountain lion known as P-22 looked majestic just a few months ago, in a trail-camera photo shot against ... »Read

In this article: Paul Koretz, Tom LaBonge
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 Contributions to California congressional candidates disclosed

Incumbents in several areas have raised more than $1 million to fend off challengers. A sure-to-be-costly race is the one to succeed retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills).Campaign contributions are flowing briskly to candidates in some of ... »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Amerish Bera, Jerry Brown, Julia Brownley, campaign finance, Carl DeMaio, Wendy Greuel, Ro Khanna, Ted W. Lieu, Scott Peters, Bobby Shriver, David G. Valadao, Henry A. Waxman, Marianne Williamson
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 City Council bans aggressive panhandling

Bakersfield joined cities from San Francisco to Los Angeles in banning aggressive panhandling Wednesday with a unanimous City Council vote. In a 5-0 decision with Vice Mayor Ken Weir and Ward 4 Councilman Bob Smith absent, the Bakersfield City ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Bob Smith
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 Prop. 13 poll: Nearly half of voters open to changing it

When asked in a general way if they favor making some changes, 49 percent of registered voters said they support the idea while 34 percent are opposed, the poll found. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Tom Ammiano, Jon Coupal, Field Poll, Split roll
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 High-speed rail loses appeals court bid

A state appeals court rejected a petition by the California High-Speed Rail Authority, potentially clearing the tracks for a trial over whether the agency’s controversial and ambitious bullet-train plan can…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: High-Speed Rail, Dan Richard
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 Lawmakers ask Obama to create Valley task force

STOCKTON - The San Joaquin Valley receives fewer federal dollars than the rest of the state, and the economically struggling area deserves a boost from the White House, according to two Valley lawmakers asking President Barack Obama to resurrect ... »Read

In this article: Jim Costa, Jerry McNerney, Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Jerry Brown back to negotiating table with Republicans over rainy-day fund

Gov. Jerry Brown called Wednesday for a special session of the Legislature to take up his proposal to create a rainy-day fund, and for the first time since 2011 he will have to negotiate a major budget deal with Republicans. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Michael Cohen, Robert Huff, Legislature, Dave Low, Jim Miller, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Darrell Steinberg, Brad Williams
Bills: ACA 4,
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 Sriracha sauce maker considers relocation

Huy Fong Foods owner says he's made no decision to move but faces uncertainty in Irwindale. Texas, other states have made pitches.After a months-long battle with the city of Irwindale over complaints about a spicy odor, Sriracha sauce creator David ... »Read

In this article: Tony Cardenas, Ed Hernandez
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 California Governor Brown wants rainy-day fund in constitution

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday stepped up his efforts to enshrine a rainy day fund in the state's constitution, stealing some thunder from Republicans backing a similar measure as he seeks an ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Cohen, Peter DeMarco, Robert Huff, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 The Edge -- Published April 17, 2014

Mayor Anthony Silva »Read

In this article: Cathleen Galgiani, Jerry McNerney
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 Commuter trains, bus systems gear up for Fix50 crowds

Sacramento Regional Transit will launch bulked up train service and added security next week when construction starts on Highway 50 downtown. »Read

In this article: Ken Cooley, Roger Dickinson
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 State Senator seeks review of sex offender GPS tracking

The leader of the state Senate is seeking an independent review of how parole officers tracked a sex offender charged with four Southern California slayings, a spokesman said Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Luis Patino, Darrell Steinberg
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 Capitol Alert: Tim Donnelly fires legislative chief of staff

One month after splitting with his campaign manager in his run for governor, Republican Tim Donnelly has fired Alex Vassar, his legislative chief of staff, sources said. Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly speaks with reporters at ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, Tim Donnelly, illegal immigration, Jennifer Kerns, Legislature, Alex Vassar, Leland Yee
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 Modesto man allegedly beats victim in face with hammer

A Modesto man suspected of beating a co-worker with a hammer and stealing a car in Petaluma was arrested in Humboldt County Tuesday night, a Sonoma County sheriff's sergeant said. »Read

In this article: Luis Ayala, Stephen T. Knight
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 Jerry Brown pushes his plan for state reserve fund

Governor declares a special session of the Legislature to take up the issue in a major test of the state's new political dynamic.SACRAMENTO — Raising the stakes in his campaign to strengthen California's finances, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Cohen, Connie Conway, Jeff Gorell, Robert Huff, Legislature, Chris Megerian, Darrell Steinberg, water
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 Water bond hearing today at Modesto Junior College

A hard-fought battle over California’s next water bond comes today to Modesto, the last stop in a series of state Assembly hearings on seven proposals vying for a single place…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Anthony Cannella, David Cogdill, Cathleen Galgiani, Adam Gray, water
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 Bell's Rizzo sentenced to 12 years in prison

L.A. County judge also orders the former Bell administrator to pay the city nearly $9 million in restitution.Four years after he became the face of municipal greed, Robert Rizzo broke his long silence Wednesday in a Los Angeles courtroom and asked a ... »Read

In this article: Steve Cooley, Robert Rizzo, water
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 District of compensation, just and otherwise

Only Bussell got in a dig when he asked, "Does Washington need more lawyers?" (Both Dems are attorneys.) Swalwell talked up his role in the bipartisan United Solutions Caucus. In February, the feds indicted Sen. Ron Calderon, ... »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Mark Baldassare, Ron Calderon, campaign finance, Ellen Corbett, Robert Huff, Legislature, Alex Padilla, PPIC, Fortney Pete Stark, Darrell Steinberg, Eric Swalwell, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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