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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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 NEW: Kiplinger: CA taxes highest -- and state hostile to retirees, too
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 Low Voter Turnouts: Voter Apathy or Voter Disgust?
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 Bag Ban Worse Than an Inconvenience; Massive Hidden Tax Increase Stays in Grocery Stores' Pockets
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 Lawmakers approve groundwater management bill

Amid a third year of drought, state lawmakers began pushing legislation that begins to regulate groundwater. »Read

In this article: Roger Dickinson, Fran Pavley, water
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 Elk Grove approves 100-acre land purchase, seeks pro soccer team

Elk Grove is buying a 100-acre parcel south of the city with an eye toward building a long-sought complex that would draw Major League Soccer to the city. »Read

In this article: Gary Davis, Kevin Johnson
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 Sacramento: Debate over plastic bag ban takes a weird but familiar turn

What began several months ago as a relatively principled debate about the environment versus jobs has devolved into hot buttons and flash points that have little to do with the substance of the bag ban. »Read

In this article: Cheryl Brown, campaign finance, Mark Murray, Alex Padilla, Dan Schnur
Bills: SB 270, SB 1101,
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 Deals emerge on California film tax credit, ridesharing regulations

Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers on Wednesday touted deals on tax credits for films produced in California and new restrictions on ride-sharing companies, compromising on two prominent remaining issues as the legislative session hurtled to a close. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Film tax
Bills: AB 1839, AB 2293,
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 Supe wants to push money for immigrant legal aid to $1.2 million

Supervisor David Campos intends to ask the city to increase the amount it spends on providing legal representation to hundreds of children in San Francisco facing deportation proceedings from the current $100,000 to $1.2 million. The political ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, David Chiu
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 California Sets Ride-Sharing Insurance Standards

Drivers providing services for ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber would have to carry a minimum level of insurance under a compromise the state Senate approved Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Holly J. Mitchell
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 Baseball notes: Royals' manager wants more fan support

Kansas City Royals Manager Ned Yost pleaded with fans Wednesday to show up for their remaining home games, one night after Alex Gordon's walk-off homer gave first-place Kansas City a dramatic win over Minnesota that was seen by just 13,847 at ... »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 California sets ride-sharing insurance standards

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Drivers providing services for ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber would have to carry a minimum level of insurance under a compromise the state Senate approved Wednesday.... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Holly J. Mitchell
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 Ed Lee campaign faces dilemma over alleged FBI contribution

Here's a stumper. What do you do when an undercover FBI agent allegedly arranges for $20,000 to be donated to your campaign, quite possibly in violation of campaign finance laws, but the feds won't help you figure out if you really got the money, ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Edwin M. Lee, Leland Yee
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 LA minimum wage hike proposal sparks debate

Some say a proposed minimum wage hike for L.A. is a boost people need, but others say it will force businesses out of town. »Read

In this article: Maria Elena Durazo, Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Stuart Waldman
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 Longtime Sacramento labor chief Bill Camp fired amid internal strife

Amid a roiling dispute among labor groups over Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s “strong mayor” ballot proposal, Bill Camp, the longtime executive secretary of the Sacramento Central Labor Council, was abruptly fired this week. »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Jay Schenirer
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 CA17: Khanna's endorsers & Honda's border visit

With today’s 17th Congressional District news dominated by the candidates’ agreement on debate terms and Ro Khanna’s rally outside Rep. Mike Honda’s San Jose office, I didn’t have room in the story for Khanna’s latest endorsements and ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Mark Takano
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 A Battle For Voters' Signatures To Overturn San Diego's Minimum Wage Hike

Opponents of San Diego's minimum wage increase have three weeks left to collect nearly 34,000 signatures from voters to force the issue on to a ballot. Otherwise, the minimum wage will rise from $9 to $9.75 an hour on Jan. 1. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria, minimum wage
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 Medical regulators to investigate risky psych drug prescribing to foster youth

With pressure on California's foster care system to curb the rampant use of powerful psych meds on foster kids, concern is mounting about the doctors behind the questionable prescribing. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Ted W. Lieu, state budget, Darrell Steinberg
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 California lawmakers push new Hollywood tax credit

Gov. Jerry Brown reached a bipartisan deal with state lawmakers Wednesday on a proposal to expand California's tax credit for Hollywood film productions, offering $330 million a year in credits to producers through a competitive bidding process. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Raul Bocanegra, Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, Ken Cooley, Mike Gatto, Robert Huff, Legislature, Shirley Weber
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 California weighs community college baccalaureates to close degree gap

Driven by shifts in technology and educational expectations across industries, California’s higher education leaders know they face an unexpected economic challenge just six years after the recession ravaged the state’s workforce: a ... »Read

In this article: Martin Block, Jerry Brown, Doug Houston, Legislature, technical education
Bills: SB 850,
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 Ban on 'gay panic defense' heads to governor

Defendants could not escape murder charges by claiming they panicked when they discovered someone was gay or transgender under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown
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 The Buzz: Schwarzenegger will be back to unveil Capitol portrait Sept. 8

Nearly four years after leaving office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to Sacramento in 10 days to unveil his official portrait. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, greenhouse gas, Robert Huff, Alex Padilla, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Medical regulators to investigate risky psych drug prescribing to California foster youth

With pressure on California's foster care system to curb the rampant use of powerful psych meds on foster kids, concern is mounting about the doctors behind the questionable prescribing. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Ted W. Lieu, state budget, Darrell Steinberg
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 Bill seeks to protect foreign-born workers

Contractors hiring foreign-born laborers in California would have to meet new requirements under a bill heading to Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Darrell Steinberg
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 Elk Grove buying 100 acres in bid to attract MLS team

Elk Grove is buying a 100-acre parcel south of the city with an eye toward building a long-sought complex that would draw Major League Soccer to the city, Elk Grove officials confirmed today. »Read

In this article: Gary Davis, Kevin Johnson
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 Franchise bill would send the wrong message to California businesses

Judging from the rhetoric, you might think state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) was proposing to radically shift the balance of power in the world of franchised restaurants, stores and hotels. Instead, SB 610, the bill Jackson guided ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Legislature, SEIU
Bills: SB 610,
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 Honda and Khanna agree to debate Oct. 6

Congressman Mike Honda and his challenger, Ro Khanna, each agreed to take part in an October 6 debate at San Jose State University; also, Khanna staged a rally outside Honda's office Wednesday highlighting stories from constituents who said Honda ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna
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 Clean autos get boost in 3 bills

Assembly passes measure to cap income eligibility for green car subsidies.Assembly passes measure to cap income eligibility for green car subsidies. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, Albert Y. Muratsuchi
Bills: AB 2013, AB 2565, SB 1275,
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 Pass This Bill or a Sick Waiter Will Sneeze on Your Food

Congress can’t seem to enact anything of substance and, thanks to House Republicans, it certainly isn’t about to ratify any Democratic initiatives. But state and local governments, where liberals have more sway, are pretty busy these days.  New ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature, minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi, sick leave
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 Bill addresses watering in homeowner associations

Homeowner associations would be prohibited from requiring residents to pressure-wash their driveways or other areas when droughts are declared locally or across California, under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, James Nielsen, water
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 Medi-Cal asset seizure bill heads to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration

After passing the state Senate and Assembly unanimously this week, a bill limiting California's seizure of assets from the estates of Medi-Cal recipients is headed toward Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Ed Hernandez, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg, Tim Valderrama
Bills: SB 1124,
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 The wrong way to expand the Board of Supervisors

The five-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is far too small to represent the county's 10 million people, a point to which this page has returned repeatedly. In years past, courts have struck down the board's district lines for having ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Alex Padilla
Bills: SB 1365,
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 Flags Lowered Over State Capitol For California Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

Governor Jerry Brown ordered flags above the State Capitol to be lowered to half-staff in honor of fallen California soldier Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley, 26, of Eureka. Mulalley died Aug. 22 in Afghanistan. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anne Gust
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 Hottest 2014 election battles to focus on referendums, not candidates

PUEBLO, Colo. — Some of the hardest-fought ballot battles of 2014 will not involve candidates at all. They will be referendums and amendments that come with big implications for corporate bottom lines — or promise big benefits to political ... »Read

In this article: Thad Kousser, Legislature, minimum wage, referendum
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 SF to help fund immigration attorneys

San Francisco will become the first city in California to provide funding to help immigrants facing deportation obtain an attorney, officials announced Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, David Chiu, Edwin M. Lee, Barack Obama
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 Lights! Camera! Film Tax Credit Deal Reached

Lights! Camera! Film Tax Credit Deal Reached (Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) has announced an agreement has been reached with the Governor on legislation from Assemblymembers Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and... ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Mike Gatto, Film tax
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 Doing the Crime... But Not the Time

Since the US Supreme Court ruled that overcrowding made California prisons too dangerous, lower-level convicts have been sent to local jails. But the jails often don?t have any room?and county sheriffs end up deciding that some go in while others ... »Read

In this article: California prisons, Raphael Sonenshein
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 Talmadge Residents Upset About Plan To End Door-To-Door Mail

A San Diego lawmaker is blasting a congressional proposal that could eliminate door-to-door home delivery of mail with the idea is to save the agency money. »Read

In this article: Susan Davis, Scott Peters
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 Schwarzenegger will be back for portrait unveiling

Nearly four years after leaving office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to Sacramento early next month to unveil his official portrait. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger waves on the red carpet for the Macau premiere of his movie 'The ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Proposition 45 would allow state to regulate insurance rates

By Alisha Wyman A proposed ballot measure facing voters this fall would give the state the authority to deny health insurance rate increases, a change some consumer groups say is long overdue but that opponents warn could impede Californians’ ... »Read

In this article: Dave Jones, Robin Swanson
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 Assembly Passes Bill Aimed At Tougher Limits On Government Drone Use

State lawmakers Wednesday passed a bill that would protect privacy rights of Californians establishing basic restrictions on the government use of unmanned aerial systems, also known as “drones”. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Jeff Gorell
Bills: AB 1327,
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 California Senate passes new gun bill

Family members and police could ask courts to take away a mentally disturbed person's guns under a bill inspired by May's UC Santa Barbara massacre and approved Wednesday by the state Senate. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nancy Skinner
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 Campos wants to add $1.2 million to money for immigrants

Supervisor David Campos intends ask to the city to increase the amount is spends on providing legal representation to hundreds of children in San Francisco facing deportation proceedings from the current $100,000 to $1.2 million. The political ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, David Chiu
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 After homeless video, Fresno's GOP mayor on fence about Kashkari

(08-27) 14:31 PDT FRESNO -- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Neel Kashkari's faux-hobo trip to Fresno may have cost him at least one vote. When Ashley Swearengin, the Republican candidate for state controller, was asked at a Sacramento Press Club ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Betty T. Yee
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 California bill mandating drone privacy rules heads to governor

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Strict regulations on how law enforcement and other government agencies can use drones won passage by California lawmakers on Wednesday, a move supporters said would protect privacy and prevent warrantless surveillance. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Jeff Gorell, Ted W. Lieu
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 Boehner Set to Raise Cash for Coffman

The Colorado race is seen by some as a bellwether for how the GOP should position itself on immigration. »Read

In this article: illegal immigration, Kevin McCarthy, Ed Royce
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 Ride-sharing companies agree to California deal on regulation

Lawmakers, Gov. Jerry Brown and ride-sharing companies have reached a deal on California legislation upping insurance requirements for the emerging companies such as Lyft and Uber. Opponents to AB-2293 hold signs during a rally at the state ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown
Bills: AB 2293,
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 Senate passes 'gun violence restraining order' bill

SACRAMENTO -- Family members and police could ask courts to take away a mentally disturbed person's guns under a bill inspired by May's UC Santa Barbara massacre and approved Wednesday by the state Senate. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nancy Skinner
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 California mulls bill to 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 advanced in California on Wednesday, one of several gun control measures up for votes in the last week of the state's ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nancy Skinner
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 Options for Doctors Medical Center become clearer, giving renewed hope

Legal opinion suggests that struggling West Contra Costa hospital could be converted into a satellite emergency department under the county's jurisdiction. »Read

In this article: John Gioia, Nancy Skinner
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 State says more time needed to refine delta tunnel proposal

Apparently 30,000 pages of environmental reviews and draft plans are not enough when it comes to the proposal to build two massive water tunnels in Northern California. »Read

In this article: Bob Muir, Nancy Vogel, water
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 California Community Colleges targets huge growth in student completion

California community colleges will attempt to increase degree completion and transfers by nearly a quarter of a million students over the next decade as part of its broader student success initiative. Ivania Areas, 18, of Natomas waits for the ... »Read

In this article: Brice W. Harris, technical education
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 Uber, Lyft, others are close to legislative deal on insurance

After weeks of negotiations, Internet-based ride-sharing companies are close to an agreement on how much insurance and what kind of coverage the new transportation services should carry. »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Nicole Mahrt
Bills: AB 2293,
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 Rep. Darrell Issa invites Kathleen Sebelius, Hilda Solis to testify

The House Oversight Committee chairman is investigating improper political activity at the White House »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Hilda L. Solis
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 2 San Diego County Schools Selected For Building Trades Pilot Program

Hoover High School's Sustainable Academy of Building and Engineering in San Diego and North County Trade Tech High School's GreenBuild and Engineering Academy in Vista were chosen among nine schools statewide to be a part of the MC3, or Multi-Craft ... »Read

In this article: technical education, Tom Torlakson
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 Parents of slain Isla Vista students ask lawmakers to approve gun bill

With parents of students killed in the Isla Vista shooting watching from the gallery, the California Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would allow authorities to take guns from people displaying violent tendencies or mental instability. ... »Read

In this article: Craig DeLuz, Hannah-Beth Jackson, James Nielsen, Nancy Skinner, Darrell Steinberg
Bills: AB 1014,
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 Lower insurance rule inches California ride-sharing regulation closer

Late-hour changes have bought Gov. Jerry Brown’s support for California legislation upping insurance requirements for ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber, the measure’s author said. Opponents to AB-2293 hold signs during a ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown
Bills: AB 2293,
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 Tennessee lawyer Barrett dies, a civil rights champion

NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - George Barrett, a lawyer who waged a nearly four-decade battle for desegregation of Tennessee's colleges and universities and represented student civil rights activists, has died at 86, a law firm partner said on ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Martin, Jerry Martin
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 California would triple tax breaks for film production under deal

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California will triple its tax breaks for entertainment companies doing business in the state, the latest effort to stem a tide of runaway production that has cost billions in revenue in Hollywood's home state under a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Legislature
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 Death certificates would reflect gender identity under California bill

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Death certificates in California would be changed to reflect the gender identity of people at the time of their death rather than their sex at birth under a bill passed by lawmakers on Wednesday, the latest effort by ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Legislature
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 Glendale Adventist To Pay $700K To Settle Patient Dumping Allegation

Glendale Adventist Medical Center will pay $700,000 to settle allegations that the hospital improperly discharged a homeless patient on Skid Row, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Kevin Roberts
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 Governor, lawmakers agree on Hollywood tax credit

California lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown say they have reached a deal that would offer $330 million a year in tax credits for Hollywood film productions over five years. »Read

In this article: Raul Bocanegra, Jerry Brown, Mike Gatto, Legislature
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 Governor approves deal on $330M film tax credit

Gov. Jerry Brown has approved a deal to more than triple the size of the state of California’s film tax credit to $330 million per year. The legislation is expected to pass the Senate this week. The revamped program will “put thousands of ... »Read

In this article: Raul Bocanegra, Jerry Brown, Mike Gatto, Legislature, Film tax
Bills: AB 1839,
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 California senators' final-month fundraising down from 2013

The California Senate’s curb on end-of-session fundraising has sharply cut into the flow of political cash to senators’ campaign accounts, even as some in the upper house run afoul of a rule that bans contributions from donors that have ... »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Ron Calderon, campaign finance, Anthony Cannella, EdVoice, Ed Hernandez, Rose Kapolczynski, Jessica A. Levinson, Jim Miller, Alex Padilla, Senate Democrats, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
Bills: SB 1101,
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 Governor Signs $330M Tax Credit For Calif. Film, TV Industry

California Gov. Jerry Brown approved a $330 million deal Monday to boost funding for California film and television tax credit program over the next five years, according to officials. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Mike Gatto, Film tax
Bills: AB 1839,
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 Jerry Brown announces film tax credit deal

Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that he has reached a deal with legislative leaders to more than triple California’s 5-year-old film and television tax credit, amid intense lobbying from the state’s TV and movie industry. Actor Carl ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Film tax
Bills: AB 1839,
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 Guest commentary: Groundwater management key to California's prosperity

The risks of such overuse are profound. Human activity cannot exist without reliable water resources, and a catastrophic overdraft of our groundwater reserves would almost certainly lead to emergency diversions from environmental flows for protected ... »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, water, Jim Wunderman
Bills: SB 1168,
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 Ruben Navarrette: Constituent non-service

In a state where Latinos make up more than 38 percent of the population, it's shameful to see Latino legislators act as if the rules don't apply to them. With reckless ways and questionable behavior, it's no surprise that some wind up booked and ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Lorena Gonzalez, Ben Hueso, V. Manuel Perez
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 California First State To Pass Cell Phone 'Kill Switch' Law

Smartphone theft is on the rise — many times turning violent — but a new California law will require a 'kill switch' be installed rendering the phone inoperable if stolen. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark Leno
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 California officials delay massive Delta water tunnel project

The state's proposal to build two giant water diversion tunnels in the Delta will be delayed nearly a year because parts of the environmental document need rewriting, officials announced Wednesday. With Mount Diablo in the distance at top left, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nancy Vogel, water
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 NEW: Brown hits CalPERS on pension spiking

A bad month for CalPERS has gotten worse. On the heels of unfavorable news surrounding its investment strategy and leadership, the California Public Employee Retirement System provoked the wrath of Gov. Jerry Brown, who heaped scorn on its ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Fair Political Practices Commission, Chris McKenzie, sick leave, state budget, water
Bills: AB 340,
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 Ridesharing companies nearing deal on insurance bill

Conversations are still fluid, but a Capitol deal may be close on insurance requirements on ridesharing companies. The bill is expected to be heard on the Senate floor sometime today. Though the most recent amendments favor the ridesharing ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Legislature, Nicole Mahrt
Bills: AB 2293,
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 Sept. 5 Declared As 'Stand Up To Cancer Day' In Los Angeles

The first 'Stand Up To Cancer Day' will be recognized in September, officials announced Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Paul Koretz
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 Gov. Brown OKs deal to triple funding for California's film tax credit

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed off on a deal that would more than triple funding for California's film and TV tax-credit program. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Film tax
Bills: AB 1839,
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 Issa invites Sebelius, Solis to testify

Darrell Issa's campaign against the White House's political affairs is escalating. »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Barack Obama, Hilda L. Solis
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 Secret Koch Event Audio Could Be Gift For Senate Democrats

It's not what Republican candidates said that has Democrats salivating, but who they said it to »Read

In this article: campaign finance, SEIU, Senate Democrats, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Data Center: Arrest rate in California Senate higher than rate in all of state's largest cities

Three of the 40 members of the California State Senate have been arrested this year, more than double the statewide arrest rate and higher than the rate in any of California's 25 largest cities. Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, enters the Senate ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Ben Hueso, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Richmond: Group of doctors, nurses, advocates vow to keep fighting to keep Doctors Medical Center open

A group of doctors, nurses and community activists say they will continue fighting to keep the financially troubled Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo open. »Read

In this article: John Gioia, Nancy Skinner
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 Ruben Navarrette: Latino lawmakers act as if rules don't apply to them

With reckless ways and questionable behavior, it's no surprise that some wind up booked and fingerprinted. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Lorena Gonzalez, Ben Hueso, V. Manuel Perez
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 NEW: Kiplinger: CA taxes highest -- and state hostile to retirees, too

Over the years, when I’ve reported that the nation’s CEOs continue to rank California as the most anti-business state in the country, I’ve gotten some blowback in emails and comments that question whether the ranking was manipulated. This is goofy ... »Read

In this article: Chris Reed, CalSTRS, CalPERS
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 GovBeat: California's revenge porn law, which notoriously didn't include selfies, now will

A California bill expanding the definition of “revenge porn” to include selfies has passed the state legislature and is headed for Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) desk. “As technology evolves, it is important that government act to protect our ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anthony Cannella, Legislature
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 S.F. to take huge step for undocumented immigrant kids

While debate over the flood of unaccompanied minors streaming into the U.S. to escape violence in Central America rages elsewhere, San Francisco on Wednesday will unveil a program to provide legal counsel to its undocumented immigrants. The city ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, David Chiu
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 Low Voter Turnouts: Voter Apathy or Voter Disgust?

The California Target Book, which I publish, just mailed out to subscribers its updated analyses of the key congressional and state legislative races in California this year. What stands out is that even in the most competitive races, the ... »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, California Target Book, Elan Carr, Paul Chabot, Wendy Greuel, Allan Hoffenblum, Ted W. Lieu, Gary G. Miller, Henry A. Waxman, Marianne Williamson
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 Bag Ban Worse Than an Inconvenience; Massive Hidden Tax Increase Stays in Grocery Stores' Pockets

New information reveals that the “plastic island the size of Texas” in the middle of the Pacific Ocean would be better described with an imaginary place name to describe its size, (say “Middle Earth Sized”). This is because ... »Read

In this article: Dennis Hollingsworth, Legislature, water
Bills: SB 270,
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 Fast Tracking $3 million for Border Crossing Unaccompanied Minors is Irresponsible

Any and all costs associated with Illegal immigration are a federal responsibility.   The state has already failed to reimburse local jurisdictions for unfunded mandates.  The legislature should be pressing our federal representatives to reimburse ... »Read

In this article: illegal immigration, Legislature
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 AG Blocks Real Initiative Reform

Just last month, this column noted that the professional political class harbors great hostility toward the tools of direct democracy — the powers of initiative, referendum and recall. These are effective tools to control an indolent or ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, referendum
Bills: ACA 6, SB 1253,
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 Irvine Committee to Review Veterans Housing

After a nudge from Councilwoman Christina Shea, the committee that worked to locate a future veterans cemetery at the Great Park will reconvene to look at affordable housing for veterans. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ronnie Guyer, Jim Silva
Bills: AB 1453,
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 Sutter Health's Pat Fry among top 100 most influential people in health care

Pat Fry, president and CEO at Sutter Health, is one of the top 100 most influential people in healthcare, according to a new list by Modern Healthcare. The only local health care leader recognized, Fry is No. 73. It’s his second time on the ... »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, Lloyd Dean, Barack Obama
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 The Fix: People hate the state of politics today. So why is nobody talking about campaign finance reform?

After more than a year of campaigning, New Hampshire Senate candidate Jim Rubens (R) has decided on his closing message: the 'disconnect between voters in New Hampshire and politicians in Washington, D.C.' He was campaigning in Groveton, a small ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Legislature, Lawrence Lessig, Nancy Pelosi, Mitt Romney, Senate Democrats, Thomas F. Steyer
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 AM Alert: How should California name its highways?

It’s a legislative tradition for last-minute policy proposals to crop up in the final weeks of session through the gut-and-amend process, but so far the bills that have emerged are more curious than scintillating. A stretch of Highway 50 ... »Read

In this article: Tom Ammiano, Tom Berryhill, Willie Brown, campaign finance, Mark DeSaulnier, Legislature, Nancy Skinner, Dan Walters
Bills: AB 1014, AB 885, SB 792,
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 READ IN: Wednesday, August 27, 2014: Admin working on broad climate agreement, ballot initiatives will cost $1 billion-plus this year, Ducey, Crist win GOV primaries, Jindal sues over Common Core

Do you Read In? Sign up today and get all the political news you need delivered right to your inbox! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- The Obama administration has ruled out the possibility of coordinating U.S. ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Patrick Murphy, Thomas F. Steyer
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