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San Diego Cab Owners Line Up At City Hall To Oppose Open Taxi Market

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Why The Grocery Bag Bill Should Be Referred

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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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 Lawyers versus doctors in costly Prop. 46 campaign wars
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 Deasy's exit reflects other school battles across the U.S.
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 Japanese firm is ready to scrap plans for Palmdale rail-car factory
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 Voters to decide on voting $7.1 B for water projects
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 In San Diego, a House race is made-for-TV drama

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A late-night break-in, a stolen campaign playbook that ended up in the hands of the opponent and sexual harassment accusations made by a fired staffer against a candidate who happens to be gay. San Diego is still trying to ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Bob Filner, Scott Peters, Jerry Sanders, water
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 15-Year LA Deputy City Attorney Admits To Possessing Child Pornography

A veteran Los Angeles deputy city attorney pleaded no contest Tuesday to possession of child pornography. »Read

In this article: Richard Garcia, Rob Wilcox
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 Feinstein's fundraising plea for Democratic majority

California Sens. Dianne Feinstein or Barbara Boxer are not up for re-election this year, but their fates in Washington hinge on a handful of Senate elections elsewhere in the country that will determine whether Democrats keep their majority in the ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein
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 Weirdest, wackiest facts about Oakland's mayoral candidates

Peter Liu wants to give guns to every law-abiding resident in Oakland. Libby Schaaf spent a summer dressed up as Cinderella. Anonymous and Occupy hacked into Nancy Sidebotham’s computer. As a kid, Ken Houston really wanted to be a veterinarian. ... »Read
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 Union pressures may have cost Palmdale hundreds of jobs

It was a project that would have generated hundreds of jobs to build train cars in the Palmdale area. But now, Kinkisharyo is pulling out of the deal. »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, CEQA
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 Brentwood restaurant building in limelight during O.J. Simpson case sold

A Brentwood building historically linked to one of Los Angeles’ most notorious murders has been sold for about $25 million to local investors who intend to improve it. »Read

In this article: Rick J. Caruso, Charles Munger
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 Politicians Opt to Swap Sweets, Brews and 'Cue in World Series Bets

Whichever club clinches the best-of-seven World Series -- be it the back-after-nearly-three-decades Kansas City Royals or the ring-collecting San Francisco Giants -- stands to earn their respective congressional delegations a humdinger of a ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi
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 Brownie Mary Democratic Club rises in East Bay

The East Bay has its first marijuana-oriented Democratic club. As Brownie Mary Democratic Club, created to advocate for the rights of California marijuana. has been chartered by the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee with members including ... »Read

In this article: Bill Quirk, SEIU
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 The Fix: The most expensive Senate race ever, in 2014 dollars? Probably Hillary Clinton's.

The race between Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and Republican Thom Tillis in North Carolina could become the most expensive Senate race in history. For now, that title is held by one of two elections, depending on how you look at it. If you convert ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Michael Huffington
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 LA School Board Meets Amid Calls For Smaller Class Sizes, MISIS Audit

Officials were set to meet Tuesday as teachers say they want smaller class sizes and parents want a civil grand jury investigation into the troubled roll-out of the district's computerized student-information system. »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Republican Candidate Allegedly Fat Shames Opponent's Staffer

The ugly accusation comes in one of the closest and most controversial House races in the country »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Scott Peters
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 Super PAC Backed by Nancy Pelosi Concedes Likely Democratic Defeat In 2014

Weeks before election day, Democrats have turned their sights to the next election cycle, hoping for better results. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi
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 Los Angeles City Council to discuss Ebola at meeting

The Los Angeles City Council is slated to meet on Tuesday to talk about Ebola. They plan on discussing the best practices when it comes to safeguarding the public against the virus. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Nurses Association, Paul Koretz
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 Nurses call on Gov. Brown for Ebola safety standards

Calling California hospitals woefully unprepared, nurses will meet with Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday to discuss statewide safety standards for hospitals. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Nurses Association
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 Something New: Cross Party Appeal

Have we ever had a more dismal election?  For the first time in 60 years there is no serious race for governor, nor any other partisan statewide office.  Voters in competitive districts are exposed to the usual swarm of campaign mailers.  But one ... »Read

In this article: Roger Dickinson, Stephen T. Knight, Legislature, Richard Pan, Jan Scully, Tony Strickland
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 The Enigmatic Jerry Brown and a Fourth Term

Hard to argue with many of the sentiments that Jerry Brown expressed in his interview published over the weekend by the Los Angeles Times about his vision for a fourth term. He talked about ending the “gold rush for new programs and spending” ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Proposition 2
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 A Proposition for Voters: Know Before You Go

A strong California depends on an informed and active electorate. But too often, voters don’t have ready access to enough information to cast an informed vote. By the time Election Day comes around, your typical voter has received dozens of ... »Read

In this article: water
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 Local Governments Seeking Voter Approval of Huge Number of Tax Increases in November

When voters go to the polls November 4, they will decide the fate of a large number of school bonds, parcel taxes, sales taxes, utility users’ taxes and other measures that will impact their family budgets. Despite the improving state economy that ... »Read
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 Is San Francisco Becoming More Libertarian than Leftist?

San Fran is changing. The poor and middle class are being moved out, can no longer afford high taxes, low pay and a government that loves regulations. In their place are technology workers—very well paid, can afford the rents; to buy a home, to ... »Read

In this article: Art Agnos
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 County Performance Auditor Calls out DA

Performance Auditor Phillip Cheng tells county supervisors that DA Tony Rackauckas doesn't apparently want to be audited because he can't get a return email or call. »Read

In this article: Tom Daly, John Moorlach, Tony Rackauckas
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 Capps Trouncing Mitchum in Campaign Dollars

She's raised more than $2 million to his $150,000. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Lois Capps, Chris Mitchum
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 Nurses call on governor for Ebola safey standards

Calling California hospitals woefully unprepared, nurses will meet with Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday to discuss statewide safety standards for hospitals. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Nurses Association
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 Lack of parking drives many away from mass transit

Los Angeles County has funneled billions of dollars over the last two decades into new rail lines to lure commuters out of their cars and off the region's overcrowded freeways. But many would-be train riders are struggling with how to start. »Read

In this article: Paul Krekorian, Laura Nelson
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 Lawyers versus doctors in costly Prop. 46 campaign wars

A ballot initiative that pits lawyers against doctors has set off one of this year's fiercest campaign wars, a costly clash over increasing state limits on malpractice damages and imposing drug testing on physicians. »Read

In this article: Jamie Court, Jason Kinney
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 Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot

CHICAGO (AP) -- As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school - some on as ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, John Matsusaka, minimum wage, Barack Obama, water
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 Deasy's exit reflects other school battles across the U.S.

John Deasy was one of a group of big-city school leaders to push for radical change: More independent charter schools, using student test scores to help evaluate teachers and relying less on seniority when teachers are laid off. »Read

In this article: EdVoice, Bill Lucia, Michelle Rhee
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 Conservatives catch up as super PAC fundraising explodes

Top GOP-allied groups are in a strong position to continue matching their rivals. »Read

In this article: Nancy Pelosi, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Whatever Happened to the Congressional NFL Hearing?

New stories suggest Ray Rice has company. »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Jackie Speier
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 The Short Shelf Life Of Urban School Superintendents

Do big-city chiefs like John Deasy, recently ousted from LA Unified, get enough time to make a difference? »Read

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District, Michelle Rhee
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 Talking TARP*

<p>GOP Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari may have helped save the US economy in 2008, but you wouldn't know it from his campaign ads.  That's because the Troubled Assets Relief Program, the government bailout that Kashkari led, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jamie Court, Jason Kinney, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Thomas F. Steyer, water
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 Letters: Ebola czar political cronyism

IRVINE, Brenda Swantko: I feel so relieved that we now have another government czar to oversee the disastrous handling of Ebola [“Ebola ‘czar’ knows Washington, not medicine,” News, Oct. 18]. And he is a lawyer, political operative and... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, Manuel Hernandez
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 Japanese firm is ready to scrap plans for Palmdale rail-car factory

A Japanese company's much-celebrated plans to build a light-rail manufacturing plant in Palmdale appear all but dead after months of clashes with local labor unions and community groups. »Read

In this article: Maria Elena Durazo, Laura Nelson, Victor Ramirez, Gary Toebben, water
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 Voters to decide on voting $7.1 B for water projects

In two weeks, California voters will have to decide if they should expand water storage and provide other facility improvements. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Peter H. Gleick, water
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