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 District 17 race: Honda campaign spending money fast -- a large portion on legal fees
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 Essential Politics: Debates matter and some New Hampshire perspective

I’m Christina Bellantoni. We're welcoming the Year of the Monkey in today’s Essential Politics. New Hampshire voters have their say tomorrow, and those results will better set the trajectory of the rest of the primary season than Iowa’s ... »Read

In this article: Lois Capps, Hillary Clinton, Michael Honda, Chris Megerian, Barack Obama, water
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 City Atty. Mike Feuer, turf rebate recipient, steers clear of DWP records lawsuit

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has spent months fighting to keep certain information about its turf removal rebate program from being released, arguing in court that customers' names and addresses should remain confidential. If the ... »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Eric Garcetti, water, Rob Wilcox
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 A Bay Area battle over a proposed Warriors move from Oakland to San Francisco

A proposal to move the Golden State Warriors from Oakland to San Francisco's Mission Bay district has given rise to a NIMBY battle on steroids, a dispute pitting billionaires against billionaires. The scrum involves world-renowned scientists, a ... »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Edwin M. Lee, water
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 Fuel experts to discuss California's higher gas prices

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A state panel is meeting Monday to investigate why California gas prices are consistently higher than the national average and whether state lawmakers can do anything about it.... »Read

In this article: Severin Borenstein, Jerry Brown, Energy Commission
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 CalSTRS gets new power to set state, school rates

As its pension debt soared after the financial crisis, CalSTRS struggled for years to get legislation needed to raise rates — meeting with legislators, looking at suing the state, and even issuing a $600,000 public relations contract to help ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS, Legislature, state budget
Bills: AB 1469,
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 How California can entice young people back to teaching

Think your child's teacher is terrific? Or terrible? Just feel fortunate the kid has a teacher at all. It's getting harder and harder to attract college students to teaching. That's frustrating for public schools, because there are plenty of job ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Carol Liu, Fran Pavley, George Skelton, Pete Wilson
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 Pull the plug on death penalty in California

It has been more than 10 years since an inmate on California’s death row has been executed, and California citizens are split about what should be done about the state’s death penalty law. According to a recent Field poll, 47 percent of... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Jeremy Fogel, Legislature
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 Super Bowl 50 splendor in Santa Clara produces almost-perfect day

At times it seemed like an amazing music festival with occasional -- less successful -- football interludes. But no matter what anybody says about Super Bowl 50, a game with more three-and-outs than thrills, it produced an almost-perfect day and an ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Steve Young
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 California issued 605,000 new driver's licenses for immigrants in the U.S. illegally last year

Judith Benitez had gone most of her adult life without knowing how to drive. The 35-year-old woman from Mexico who is in the U.S. illegally would ask family members for rides to pick up her children from school. Trips to the grocery store or the ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Artemio Armenta, Jerry Brown, illegal immigration
Bills: AB 60,
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 Legislators seeking federal regulation of natural gas storage

While the three-month old gas leak is polarizing Porter Ranch residents, it is creating some bi-partisan bedfellows during a time of presidential campaign rancor.Representatives Brad Sherman, a Democrat, and Steve Knight, a Republican, are in ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, greenhouse gas, Stephen T. Knight, Brad Sherman, Scott Wilk
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 San Jose voters: Get ready for 'El Niño' of tax pitches

San Jose voters this year face three proposals to increase taxes, potentially boosting the city's sales tax to the maximum 9.5 cents per dollar -- a whopping leap from the current 8.75 percent. »Read

In this article: Carl Guardino, Mark Hinkle, Legislature
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 District 17 race: Honda campaign spending money fast -- a large portion on legal fees

Incumbent Rep. Mike Honda is not only well behind returning opponent Ro Khanna in terms of a campaign war chest, but end-of-year filings show that in the last quarter he blazed through nearly 95 percent of the $292,000 he raised -- with a ... »Read

In this article: California Democratic Party, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Barack Obama
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 Plagued by delays, California high-speed rail back in court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California voters embraced the idea of building the nation's first real high-speed rail system, which promised to whisk travelers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under three hours, a trip that can take ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, High-Speed Rail, Legislature, Dan Richard
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 101 Freeway reopened as Slow Jam ends early in LA

LOS ANGELES >> Demolition crews brought down a portion of a famed downtown Los Angeles bridge sooner than expected, allowing for the early reopening Sunday of a section of U.S. 101 that was closed for much of the weekend.Traffic began flowing again ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar
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 Dan Walters: Leadership dispute rekindles coastline conflict

Coastal Commission director may be on way outEnvironmentalists fear it could be setbackIt’s the latest conflict in a 40-year string … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, Peter Douglas, David Evans, Legislature, water
Bills: SB 1808,
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