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 NEW: CA Dems also splitting on social-services spending

As noted in a previous blog, “CA Dem vs CA Dem on taxes,” California’s virtual one-party state is developing fissures. One is over taxes. Another is over spending on social programs. New Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon
Bills: SB 375,
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 NEW: Jerry Brown's $24 million campaign war chest

Being close to a one-party state is distorting California politics in unpredictable ways. The latest: According to the Los Angeles Times, Gov. Jerry Brown still holds almost $24 million in his 2014 war chest for governor. The reason is his ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Proposition 2, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Meg Whitman
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 Ventura Man Arrested In Sexual Battery

A 20-year-old man was arrested on Friday for allegedly committing sexual battery to a woman running in Grant Park. »Read

In this article: David Sanchez, David Sanchez
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 S.F. library writes new chapter on solving homeless dilemma

[...] homeless advocates argued that despite library staff’s pleas to the contrary, the rules were really about clearing the site of homeless people since the first violation of a major offense came with a yearlong suspension. Library staff met ... »Read

In this article: Bevan Dufty, Edwin M. Lee
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 E-mails show back-channel talks between CPUC, PG&E

A top official with the California Public Utilities Commission offered to help Pacific Gas and Electric Co. subvert rules intended to prevent backroom deals in regulatory cases, e-mails that the company released Friday show. [...] undisclosed talks ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Florio, Kamala Harris, Michael R. Peevey, Mark Toney
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 Parents of teen girl killed by Denver police demand federal probe

DENVER (Reuters) - The parents of a 17-year-old girl shot dead this week by Denver police while she was driving a stolen car have called for a U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigation into her death. »Read

In this article: Jose Atilio Hernandez, Jose Hernandez
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 Amid California's drought, water chief preaches conservation - and balance

As head of California’s State Water Resources Control Board, Felicia Marcus has a central role in guiding the state’s response to a historic drought. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, George Deukmejian, water
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 VIDEO: Labor unions spar at Richard Pan's press conference

Sen. Richard Pan’s bill to penalize hospitals that call 911 instead of treating drunk patients quickly became a symbol of a larger fight between two unions: SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West and the California Nurses Association. … ... »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, Roger Dickinson, Richard Pan, SEIU
Bills: SB 145,
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 Democratic Party official: 'Conspiracy' talk around Kamala Harris sexist

To the matter of Kamala Harris, Antonio Villaraigosa and political slights – whether real or perceived – on Friday came Shawnda Westly, executive director of the California Democratic Party. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Barbara Boxer, California Democratic Party, Kamala Harris, Antonio Villaraigosa, Shawnda Westly
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 Eddie Bell, a drag performer known as "Cookie Dough" is dead at 52.

Bell became ill Jan. 20 with meningitis while in Puerto Vallarta for a two-week tour in the cast of a drag satire of the TV show “The Golden Girls.” During rehearsals he got sick with what he thought was food poisoning. According to Chu, it ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, Nancy Pelosi
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 Investigators Search Home Of Ex-CPUC Chief Michael Peevey

The search comes one month after Michael Peevey stepped down as president of the powerful California Public Utilities Commission. »Read

In this article: Carol Liu, Michael R. Peevey
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 Neel Kashkari outspent Jerry Brown in 2014

California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari spent more than $7.1 million in 2014, according to a campaign filing Friday. The former U.S Treasury Department official put $3 million of his own money into his unsuccessful effort. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly
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 Federal Appeals Judge Arthur Alarcon Dies In Los Angeles

Arthur L. Alarcon, a judge who served on California and federal benches for 50 years and was the first Latino appointed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has died. He was 89. »Read

In this article: Arthur L. Alarcon, Dianne Feinstein
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 Hospitals' dumping of drunk patients would be barred by controversial California bill

Hospitals that refuse to treat severely intoxicated patients and instead have them arrested would face steep fines of up to $300,000 per incident under a controversial bill unveiled Friday. »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, Kamala Harris, Richard Pan, SEIU
Bills: SB 145,
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 Op Image: Our celebrity mayor takes another star turn

Mayor Kevin Johnson takes on the roles of salesman and showman as he sells his vision of Sacramento. Will he add magician to his résumé? … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, minimum wage, Barack Obama, John Shirey
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 The Numbers Crunch: A hard number to build solid common ground on race and deadly force debate

In California at least, there are good, hard numbers – and it doesn’t look good for those who doubt that race is a factor in the use of deadly force. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Legislature, Kevin McCarty
Bills: AB 86,
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 Jerry Brown spends less than GOP challenger on re-election

Newly filed reports show that Gov. Jerry Brown spent less than his opponent to get re-elected while also passing two ballot measures. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, water, Meg Whitman
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 Controversial bill aimed at preventing hospital 'dumping' of drunk patients unveiled

Hospitals that refuse to treat severely intoxicated patients and instead have them arrested would face steep fines of up to $300,000 per incident under a controversial bill unveiled Friday. »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, Kamala Harris, Richard Pan, SEIU
Bills: SB 145,
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