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Key Committee Fails To Take Up California Minimum Wage Bill

"A wise move considering the wage will go up automatically this coming January. Not to mention this bill would have come at a hefty price tag to the state government- over $4 Billion according to the Department of Finance."

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Despite Side Deal Report, Support Lines Up for Iran Deal

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Mandating a 50-Percent Reduction in Oil--at What Cost?

"California’s 100,000 electric vehicles are the most electric vehicles in any state, however, the other 97% of California’s 30 million vehicles that DO NOT run on electricity or other alternative fuels are consuming more than 40 million gallons of transportation fuels, gasoline and diesel, excluding jet fuel, EVERY DAY. Sounds like a lot of fuel, but it equates to just more than 1 gallon per day per vehicle. California motorists and businesses are major consumers of fossil fuel products. Even though there is a both projected growth in population from our current 38 million citizens, AND an increase in vehicle registrations from our current 30 million, the fuel demand is projected to decline slightly from the current 40 million gallons per DAY of gasoline and diesel, mostly as a result of continuous improvements in fuel efficiencies, and a slight impact by the 3% of vehicles that run on electricity or other alternative fuels. We already have AB32 and the LCFS in effect to control GHG emissions. REQUIRING California’s 38 million citizens to change their lifestyle appears to be bad public policy and possibly unenforceable on abusers that do not reduce their usage by 50%. It appears that a reduction from the current 40 million gallons of transportation fuels down to 20 million a day in just 15 years would be a drastic lifestyle change that could severely impact one of the world’s largest economies."

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An Engineered Drought

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Carly Fiorina jumps in GOP presidential race: Can she win? (+video)

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 Time to dial down solar tax credits

Santiago Seage, CEO of Abengoa Solar, visited the unincorporated San Bernardino County community of Hinkley this past January. He was on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Spanish-owned company’s 280-megawatt Mojave solar project. Mr.... »Read

In this article: Energy Commission, renewable energy
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 Fired regulator: Brown pushed to waive oil safeguards.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California's top oil and gas regulators repeatedly warned Gov. Jerry Brown's senior aides in 2011 that the governor's orders to override key safeguards in granting oil industry permits would violate state and federal laws ... »Read

In this article: Jared Blumenfeld, Jerry Brown, Derek Chernow, Gray Davis, Drought, John Laird, Elena Miller, Clifford Rechtschaffen, referendum, renewable energy, Robert Stern, Margita Thompson, water, Evan Westrup
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 Hundreds Turn Up At San Pedro Forum To Discuss Homelessness

Hundreds of local residents turned out in San Pedro to participate in a forum on homelessness in the port community. »Read

In this article: Joe Buscaino, John A. Smith
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 With climate change and road repairs, Brown jumps into last-minute legislative fray

Last month, Gov. Jerry Brown raised eyebrows by dodging questions about debates over legislation and joking that he stands 'above the fray.' »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, greenhouse gas, Brian Kelly, Legislature, Chris Megerian, Kristin Olsen, Anthony Rendon, renewable energy
Bills: SB 350,
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 San Diego is a salt mover and shaker in desalination campaign

San Diego may be known as 'America's Finest City,' but - at least this week - it's also the epicenter of the desalination and water reuse movement. »Read

In this article: Drought, Kevin Faulconer, water
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 State lawmakers approve traffic relief and stricter penalties for sex offenders

Los Angeles County motorists would be able to use carpool lanes on some local freeways during off-peak hours under a proposal state lawmakers sent to Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday. »Read

In this article: Patricia Bates, Jerry Brown, Cathleen Galgiani, Mike Gatto
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 Oil industry, environmentalists in ad war over bill to cut gasoline use

When Californians check their mailboxes or flip on their radios these days, they might be forgiven for thinking an election is around the corner. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Cheryl Brown, Gil Duran, Susan Frank, Jose Medina, Chris Megerian, Beth Miller, Henry Perea, renewable energy, Thomas F. Steyer
Bills: SB 350,
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 California fines oil companies for failing to report water use data

The state fined 30 oil companies on Thursday for failing to meet a deadline to report information about the source, volume and disposal of water used in oil and gas production. »Read

In this article: Drought, Legislature, Fran Pavley, water
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 Sen. Dianne Feinstein pushes bill to create more homeless housing on VA campus

Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday she would introduce legislation to move veterans from the county's alleyways and sidewalk shantytowns onto the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' long-contested West Los Angeles campus. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Eric Garcetti, Ted W. Lieu
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 U.S. clerk jailed for gay marriage defiance; dispute goes on

ASHLAND, Ky. (Reuters) - A Kentucky county clerk was jailed on Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and a full day of court hearings failed to put an end to her two-month-old legal fight over a U.S. Supreme Court ruling ... »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Mike Huckabee, Legislature, Same-sex marriage
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 Californians Still Paying More For Gasoline, Consumer Advocates Say

SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — The gap between what Californians pay for gasoline and what Americans pay continues to widen to historic proportions, a consumer advocate said on Thursday. Consumer Watchdog says, since February, each California […] »Read

In this article: Jamie Court, Tupper Hull
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 California governor offers $3.6 billion annual highway plan

Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is proposing to spend $3.6 billion a year for repairs to California's crumbling transportation infrastructure, with some of the money to come from a $65 annual fee on vehicle registrations and increases in diesel ... »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, Gareth Lacy, Legislature, Kristin Olsen
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 Judge: Suspect's confession OK in San Francisco Pier 14 shooting

A judge declined Thursday to toss out the confession of a suspect charged with murder in a San Francisco shooting at the center of the national immigration debate. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, illegal immigration, Ross Mirkarimi
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 Plastic microbead ban fails in California Senate

Assembly Bill 888 falls short after handful of Democratic senators abstain … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Cathleen Galgiani, Steven Glazer, Ed Hernandez, Bob Hertzberg, Connie Leyva, Richard Pan, Richard D. Roth
Bills: AB 888,
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 Assembly Democrats elect next speaker from Los Angeles area

Democrats in the California Assembly have unanimously elected their next leader after the current speaker tried to stave off a vote until next year. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Legislature, Anthony Rendon
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 Speaker Toni Atkins To Be Succeeded By LA Lawmaker

Leadership will change from Speaker Toni Atkins to Assemblyman Anthony Rendon. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Anthony Rendon
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 House panel details ethics allegations against Rep. Mike Honda

Though the election is more than a year away, the ethics questions have created a serious political problem for Honda, 74, who is being challenged for the second time by Democrat Ro Khanna, 38, a former Obama trade representative who lost to Honda ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Carla Marinucci, water
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 Jerry Brown proposes $65 driver's fee, higher gas taxes

SACRAMENTO — California drivers would pay $65 a year in a new highway user fee plus higher taxes at the gas pump under a $3.6 billion plan Gov. Jerry Brown is pitching to help fix the state’s roads, bridges and highways. The state would take ... »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, Jim Earp, greenhouse gas, Gareth Lacy, Legislature, Kristin Olsen
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 Bay Area lawmakers offer tix for Pope's visit

A few Bay Area House members are holding lotteries in which their constituents can win tickets to see Pope Francis during his U.S. visit later this month. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, is offering tickets for the pontiff’s address to a joint ... »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, Jerry McNerney, Jackie Speier
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 Bill banning PG&E penalty tax write-off fails in Senate

State regulators imposed $1.6 billion penalty related to San Bruno blastNine people died in the 2010 pipeline explosionSen. Jerry Hill, who represents city, “very upset” by bill’s defeat … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Cathleen Galgiani, Jerry Hill, Legislature
Bills: SB 681,
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 Chino Valley Democrats to hear Senate candidate

Chino Valley Democrats will hold its monthly meeting Sept. 14 at the law office of Rossana Mitchell, 14788 Pipeline Ave. Chino Hills.The 7 p.m. meeting will have Sukhee Kang Democratic candidate for state Senate District 29, which includes Chino ... »Read

In this article: Sukhee Kang, Norma J. Torres
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 The most anticipated movies hitting theaters this fall

Check out which big movies will be hitting cinemas this fall. »Read

In this article: Charles Brown, Steve Jobs, Will Smith
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 Assembly Democrats pick Anthony Rendon to be next speaker

Assembly Democrats tapped a Los Angeles-area lawmaker, Anthony Rendon, to be their next speaker Thursday, despite current Speaker Toni Atkins' attempt to stave off a challenge in the final weeks of the session. »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Toni Atkins, Jean Fuller, Robert Huff, Kristin Olsen, Anthony Rendon
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 Anthony Rendon elected next Assembly Speaker

Moving to designate a leader with just days remaining in this year's legislative session, Assembly Democrats on Thursday voted to make Assemblyman Anthony Rendon their next speaker. Speculation about a … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Toni Atkins, Anthony Rendon
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 Past Bay Area ethics probes pale beside Honda's

The allegations leveled against Rep. Mike Honda in an Office of Congressional Ethics report and made public by the House Ethics Committee on Thursday are arguably the most significant allegations any Bay Area House member has faced in decades. The ... »Read

In this article: Ron Dellums, Michael Honda, Fortney Pete Stark, Mike Thompson
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 A look at where Senate Democrats stand on the Iran deal

A look at where Senate Democrats stand on the Iran deal Congress will vote this month on a resolution to disapprove of the White House-backed nuclear deal struck with Iran by the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. The deal aims to ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Barack Obama, Senate Democrats
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 Jerry Brown signs bill to cap school superintendent severance

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to reduce the amount of severance pay California school boards can offer departing superintendents, some of whom were collecting six-figure payouts after being fired. The state will cap severance ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Jerry Brown
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 California gas tax hike?: Brown administration meets with Republicans, presents roadway repair plan

The plan would generate roughly $3.5 billion annually, said one source with knowledge of the proposal. Most of the money would come from raising the gas tax 6 cents, increasing the diesel tax by 11 cents and creating a new $65 vehicle registration ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, John Casey, Jean Fuller, Gareth Lacy, Legislature, Kristin Olsen, water
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 Conflict flows from water bottling plant at Mount Shasta

Crystal Geyser plans to open an idled Coca-Cola bottling facilityNeighbors have been asking about how much water will be pumpedLawsuit filed seeking an injunction pending an environmental review … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: CEQA, Drought, water
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 Personal debate held over rules governing gays giving blood

A California lawmaker drew from experience Thursday in an unusually personal debate over federal rules governing whether gay or bisexual men can donate blood. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Mark Leno, Barack Obama, Richard Pan
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 Correa Denies Rumor He Sought Support from OC GOP

Sometimes silly season starts sooner than expected. A longtime source called me last night to tell me that former state senator Lou Correa had met with senior officials from the OC GOP to discuss switching his party affiliation from Democratic to ... »Read

In this article: Lou Correa, Joseph Dunn, Dave Jacobson, Linda T. Sanchez, Loretta Sanchez, water
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 Jerry Brown gets bill creating new date rape crime

Senate Bill 333 seeks to soften Prop. 47 impact in some casesCreates possession of date-rape drugs with the intent to commit a sexual assault … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, Cathleen Galgiani, Isadore Hall, Legislature, Mark Leno
Bills: SB 29, SB 333, SB 549, SB 731,
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 Dan Walters: How do we grade our schools?

State dumping test-based system of scoring schoolsReform groups say that will reduce accountabilityBattle will continue for months, may wind up in courts … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: EdVoice, Bill Lucia
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 House Ethics Committee Extends Review of Mike Honda

Shown notes from his district office’s staff retreat, Rep. Michael M. Honda allegedly acknowledged to ethics investigators that what he was seeing was “open to a lot of interpretation, but it doesn’t look good.” »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna
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 Will Kentucky clerk's jailing move needle on debate over religious liberty?

A federal judge on Thursday held Rowan County clerk Kim Davis in contempt and ordered her jailed after her repeated refusals to sign marriage licenses for all eligible couples, including same-sex ones. »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, John Eastman, Mike Huckabee
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 California farm revenue grew in 2014 despite drought

Farm economy resilient despite water cutbacks But net income fell as production costs climbed Farm advocates say 2015 numbers will look worse … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Drought, Peter H. Gleick, water
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 Jerry Brown's transportation plan includes taxes, cap-and-trade dollars

Details of governor’s funding ideas finally emergeLegislature working to craft plan to pay for road repairs … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Proposition 2
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 Report finds 'reason to believe' Rep. Honda's campaign blurred ethics lines

A nonpartisan congressional investigation found 'substantial reason to believe' that Rep. Mike Honda and his congressional staff used taxpayer resources to benefit his campaign, according to a report released Thursday afternoon. »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Linda T. Sanchez
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 California freeway wildlife corridor is feasible, study says

A study shows mountain lions and other animals would be able to cross a busy Southern California freeway and find new homes if the state adopts a proposal to build a long-planned wildlife bridge. »Read

In this article: Drought, Fran Pavley
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 New road-repair plan from Gov. Jerry Brown includes higher gas taxes, vehicle fees

Gov. Jerry Brown has ramped up his efforts to reach a deal on funding road repairs, dispatching a top administration official to present a new proposal to Republican leaders on Thursday morning. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Amanda Fulkerson, greenhouse gas, Kristin Olsen, Joshua W. Shaw, state budget
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 Outside Courthouse, Kim Davis Is Seen as a Villain and a Hero

Supporters of same-sex marriage chanted “love wins,” while supporters of Kim Davis worried about religious freedom. »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Same-sex marriage
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 Ethics panel investigating Rep. Mike Honda of California

Democratic Rep. Mike Honda of California remains under scrutiny by the House Ethics Committee for allegations that he had congressional aides perform campaign work when they were supposed to be working on government business. … Click to ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna
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 California Editorial Roundup

Aug. 28 … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, biofuels, Jerry Brown, Drought, Field Poll, Legislature, Richard Pan, Dan Walters, water
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 Brown receives bill protecting immigrant crime victims

California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill to help immigrant victims of crime avoid being detained or deported. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon
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 Jerry Brown brokering late deal on medical marijuana regulations

Democratic governor’s aides have spent hours working on the issueCalifornia’s industry has gone nearly two decades without statewide regulationsLaw enforcement supports bill that protects public safety, local control … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ken Cooley, Tom Lackey, Legislature, John Lovell
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 California gas tax increase: Brown administration meets with Republicans, presents roadway repair plan

The plan would generate roughly $3.5 billion annually, said one source with knowledge of the proposal. Most of the money would come from raising the gas tax 6 cents, increasing the diesel tax by 11 cents and creating a new $65 vehicle registration ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, James T. Beall, Jean Fuller, Legislature, Kristin Olsen, water
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 L.A.-area carpool lanes may be opened to everyone during off-peak hours

The state Senate sent the governor separate bills on Thursday - one that would allow all motorists to use carpool lanes on some Los Angeles County freeways during off-peak hours, and another that would increase penalties for sex offenders who remove ... »Read

In this article: Patricia Bates, Jerry Brown, Cathleen Galgiani, Mike Gatto
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 Bill tags sex offenders who remove location-tracking devices

Sex offenders who willfully remove their location-tracking devices would face up to three years in state prison under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Patricia Bates, Jerry Brown
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 Lawmakers move to override voters on 'date rape' drugs

State lawmakers are asking Gov. Jerry Brown to overturn one portion of the voter-approved Proposition 47, which reduced penalties for some crimes. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Cathleen Galgiani
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 Republican Presidential Contenders Largely Back Kentucky Clerk

The Kentucky county clerk who is jailed because she will not issue marriage licenses to gay couples has a lot of fans among the Republican presidential hopefuls. Social conservatives nationally have strongly backed Rowan County clerk Kim Davis, who ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kim Davis, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee
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 Kentucky Clerk Held In Contempt Of Court For Refusing To Issue Marriage Licenses

Kim Davis was held in contempt and taken into custody Thursday after she defied a Supreme Court order to issue marriage licenses. She says same-sex marriage goes against her religious beliefs. »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Same-sex marriage
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Keep California's clean-energy agenda moving forward

Good environmental policy has proven to be good business policy »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, Kevin De Leon, global warming, greenhouse gas, Legislature, Fran Pavley
Bills: AB 32, SB 32, SB 350,
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 California Governor Updates Compact With Sycuan

The governor's office said the compact provides incentives for revenue sharing with local jurisdictions for fire, emergency medical services, law enforcement, public transit, infrastructure improvements and education. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, renewable energy, water
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 Health plans come out against tax bills

California Association of Health Plans declared opposition this weekOne bill would impose $7.88 monthly flat tax on health plan participantsBrown administration’s tax proposal yet to emerge in bill form … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Marc Levine, Kevin McCarty
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 San Diego Fire Chief Announces Retirement After 35-Year Career

Javier Mainar, who became chief six years ago, said at a news conference he will step down Nov. 12. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Jerry Sanders
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 Sen. Dianne Feinstein opens up about women in politics

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has some advice for women interested in politics: Don't get too big for your britches.  »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, Carly Fiorina
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 Rep. Honda ethics probe to continue

The Democratic congressman says he's made reforms and the investigation should end. »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna
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 Feinstein trying for fifth full term? Invites go out for fundraiser

Feinstein has not announced her plans, but news of a fundraiser created a buzz in the California’s Democratic establishment, which has been debating whether the former San Francisco mayor — now the oldest member of the U.S. Senate — will ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, California Democratic Party, Rocky Chavez, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Carla Marinucci, Bob Mulholland, Nancy Pelosi, Christine Pelosi, Loretta Sanchez, Duf Sundheim, Bill Whalen, Pete Wilson
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 Rendon Elected Assembly Speaker

Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Rendon of Lakewood in Los Angeles County will be the next Speaker of the California Assembly. The Democratic caucus unanimously elected him Thursday. He will replace Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, of San Diego. The ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Anthony Rendon
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 Defiant Ky. clerk jailed over refusing marriage licenses

County clerk has repeatedly defied court orders by refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Legislature, Same-sex marriage
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 Governor Brown signs measure to provide earthquake tax relief

Residents and businesses affected by last summer's Napa earthquake were given a boost on Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Lois Wolk
Bills: SB 35,
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 Driver Fees Would Fund Bulk of California Governor's Road Repair Plan

  Drivers would pay higher fees and taxes to pay for a $3.6 billion road repair package proposed by California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday.  Brown's plan includes an annual $65 per vehicle 'Highway User Fee,' along with an 11 percent ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jim Earp, Robert Huff, Legislature, state budget
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 Climate legislation in California is clearing hurdle with deal on energy plans

Senate leader Kevin de León, electrical utilities and the governor's office are nearing an agreement on how proposed climate change legislation would increase the use of renewable energy in California, according to Capitol sources. »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Jerry Brown, renewable energy
Bills: SB 350,
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 Rep. Linda Sanchez Backs Lou Correa for Congress

Hot off the press: In an early and significant development, Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-37) has officially endorsed former State Senator Lou Correa to replace Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez in the 46th Congressional District.   “I have known ... »Read

In this article: Lou Correa, Linda T. Sanchez, Loretta Sanchez
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 Legislature Addresses Drones, Abortion As Deadline Nears

Legislation that would limit the use of drones is moving forward in the California Legislature. The Assembly today gave its final approval to two drone-related measures. Democrat Mike Gatto says the first concerns prisons. “We’ve seen in ... »Read

In this article: Mike Gatto, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Legislature
Bills: SB 170,
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 Danville: U.S. Rep. DeSaulnier addresses Dems on income inequality, other issues

The new Congress member talked to the San Ramon Valley Democratic Club and answered questions on a variety of topics Aug. 27 at Crow Canyon Country Club. DeSaulnier said he hasn't made up his mind on the controversial Iran nuclear deal but is ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark DeSaulnier, George P. Miller, minimum wage, water
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 The new face of Democrats who support education reform

Shavar Jeffries, an attorney who lost his bid to be mayor of Newark, N.J., is the new president of Democrats for Education Reform. »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, Gloria Romero
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 Mayor Eric Garcetti makes LA's 2024 Olympics case in Switzerland

LOS ANGELES -- A U.S. delegation including Mayor Eric Garcetti met with International Olympic Committee members for around an hour in Switzerland today, pitching Los Angeles as a candidate to host the 2024 summer Olympics, and received what Garcetti ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Barack Obama, Herb Wesson
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 Sanders campaign cool to O'Malley's more aggressive approach to forcing more debates

The Maryland governor has made private overtures to the Vermont senator. »Read

In this article: Michael Briggs, Hillary Clinton, John A. Wagner
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 California Kangaroo? Why Australia is lobbying in the Golden State

The Australian government has come under fire for efforts to influence the outcome of pending legislation across the Pacific. »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Jennifer Fearing, Mike Gipson
Bills: AB 1188,
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 As Trump and Sanders rise, the two major parties fall

Does the 2016 presidential campaign seem chaotic? For good or ill, that's because it is. The rise of Donald Trump on the right and Bernie Sanders on the left is proof that the country's two major political parties have lost their grip on the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Trippi
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 Landscape Photographs of Photographic Landscape Targets

A critical appreciation, by the Center for Land Use Interpretation. »Read
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 A balanced plan to hike Sacramento's minimum wage

Task force’s plan accounts for cost of livingA contentious proposal would exempt many restaurant workersLabor continuing to seek a higher wage … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jot Condie, Kevin Johnson, Legislature, minimum wage, Jay Schenirer
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 Bill Tags Sex Offenders Who Remove Location-Tracking Devices

(AP) - Sex offenders who willfully remove their location-tracking devices would face up to three years in state prison under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. SB722 would apply to sex offenders convicted of rape, spousal rape and continuous sexual ... »Read

In this article: Patricia Bates, Jerry Brown
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 The California Report

'Open Justice': A New Web Portal to Arrest and Death Statistics in California. Advocates Hope Special Session Leads to Developmental Disability Funding. Tribal Casino Deals Quickly, Quietly Sealed By Governor Brown. End Music. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, indian gaming, John Myers
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 Kentucky Clerk Held in Contempt of Court for Refusing to Issue Gay Marriage Licenses

Update, September 3, 2015, 1:09 p.m. EST: A federal judge has found Kim Davis in contempt of court. She has been taken into federal custody. BREAKING: Judge sends Rowan Clerk #KimDavis to jail until she agrees to comply with his order to issue ... »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Same-sex marriage
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