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What Happens When Extremism Becomes Mainstream?

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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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Kings owners set to announce deal with labor unions on downtown arena construction

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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

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 Ben Hueso, other lawmakers, photographed drinking on Capitol balcony before DUI arrest
Sacramento Bee - Aug. 22, 11:25 am
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 Democratic state senator arrested after DUI stop
Associated Press - Aug. 22, 12:49 pm
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 Contract talks falter between Food 4 Less, union
Los Angeles Times/Business - Aug. 22, 3:58 pm
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 California dog lovers drool over dining law
San Francisco Chronicle - Aug. 22, 4:12 pm
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 CHP: State Sen. Hueso arrested for drunken driving
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 NEW: Fact-checking Tom Steyer on climate change

I continue to contend that “climate change” is a meaningless phrase because the climate obviously changes. But how? To what effect? It’s like saying “baby change” about an infant. How? Is he well and growing? Is he ill? ... »Read

In this article: global warming, Henry Perea, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Editorial: ALS ice bucket challenge a summer sideshow with heart

Celebrities, wannabee celebrities and regular people are dumping buckets of ice water over their heads to raise money for ALS research. As national crazes go, this one has a noble side. This Aug. 20, 2014 photo released by NBC shows host Jimmy ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Sutter Brown, Kevin Johnson, Legislature, water
Bills: AB 2056,
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 Tax perk bills abound in Legislature’s final week

With California’s finances firmly on the mend, the state’s film industry, historic structure preservationists and others are pushing for hundreds of millions of dollars in new and extended tax breaks during the final days of the ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Barry Broad, Jerry Brown, Ted Gaines, Lenny Goldberg, Legislature, Jay Schenirer, state budget, Darrell Steinberg, water, Lois Wolk
Bills: AB 1560, SB 718, AB 2389,
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 CalPERS seeks safer path but can't eliminate investment risk

The nation’s largest public pension fund has reduced its holdings in hedge funds in recent months and is examining whether it should pare back its investments in commodities and possibly other asset classes. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Joe DeAnda
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 Ben Boychuk: School districts can’t just wave off parent trigger law

LA Unified is inviting a lawsuit by trying to exempt itself. Children hold up signs celebrating the opening last July of Desert Trails Preparatory Academy, a charter school created under the state’s parent trigger law. Ben Boychuk »Read

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District, No Child Left Behind, Gloria Romero
Bills: AB 484,
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 Viewpoints: Grantland Johnson fought injustice from ‘the inside out’

He made most of his elected and appointed offices to move Sacramento forward. Grantland Johnson, left, and Phil Serna. »Read

In this article: Gray Davis, Environmental Justice
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 Dan Walters: Drought leads California to rethink water management

Severe drought is compelling California to rethink how it manages its water supply. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, water
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 Huffman holds meeting to discuss Eureka mail center closure

Congressman Jared Huffman was joined by several local officials Friday at a packed town hall meeting at Eureka's Wharfinger Building to discuss what effect the closure of the city's mail processing center may have on vote-by-mail ballots, deliveries »Read

In this article: Jared Huffman, Mark Wheetley
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 New bill aims to increase funding for troubled Doctors Medical Center

Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner on Friday announced an emergency bill that could increasing funding for Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo by making it a county hospital and increasing federal reimbursement rates »Read

In this article: John Gioia, Nancy Skinner
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 Drunk driving arrest reveals danger of Tweeting while elected

A photo of lawmakers partying on a Capitol balcony Thursday night took on added significance Friday as news broke that one of them was arrested hours later on suspicion of drunken driving. An image of a tweet by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Roy Ashburn, Ron Calderon, Dave Cox, Robert Dutton, Martin Garrick, Lorena Gonzalez, Debra Gravert, Ben Hueso, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Jim Miller, Roger Salazar, Darrell Steinberg, Juan Vargas, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 DUI arrest is state Democrats' latest blow

Democratic state Sen. was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunk driving after going the wrong way on a one-way street. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Lorena Gonzalez, Ben Hueso, Legislature, Roger Salazar, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Housing bill to reduce Marin's housing densities awaits governor's approval

A bill that would designate Marin as a suburban county for the purposes of building affordable housing awaits the governor's seal of approval after being unanimously approved Friday by the state Assembly. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Marc Levine, water
Bills: AB 1537,
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 State Sen. Ben Hueso 'profoundly sorry' after arrest

Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso who was arrested on alleged drunken driving charges in Sacramento released a statement Friday apologizing for his actions. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Ben Hueso, Legislature, Roger Salazar, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Anti-Bera ad misleads on Obamacare

Crossroads GPS, the outside group affiliated with GOP strategist Karl Rove, is out with a television ad in Sacramento County, yoking freshman Democratic Rep. Ami Bera to the federal Affordable Care Act. Criticism of the controversial health care ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Doug Ose
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 Covered California officials, insurance chief clash over Prop. 45

California's Obamacare exchange and the state insurance commissioner are on a collision course over Proposition 45, a popular ballot measure aimed at reining in health insurance rates. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Beth Capell, Jamie Court, Diana Dooley, Field Poll, Dave Jones, Susan Kennedy, Peter V. Lee, Legislature, Robert E. Ross, Robert K. Ross, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 New California law allows dogs to dine on restaurant patios

Gov. Jerry Brown -- owner of Sutter, California's 'first dog' and an adorable Welsh corgi to boot -- has signed into law a bill making it perfectly legal to bring your dog out to dinner with you. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mariko Yamada
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 The Buzz: Jerry Brown once wanted more debates

When Gov. Jerry Brown announced this week that he would debate Republican Neel Kashkari once – but only once – ahead of the Nov. 4 election, his campaign said Brown could make time for only one debate because of his “demanding ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dan Newman, James Nielsen
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 Sen. Boxer: Group behind beheading must be stopped

Days after an Islamic extremist group beheaded an American journalist, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer condemned Friday the 'brutal and barbaric murder' of James Foley and labeled the Islamic State a 'worldwide threat' that must be stopped. U.S. Sen. ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Susan Davis, water
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 Minimum wage fight; SeaWorld's bigger tanks

Kudos to the City Council for trying to do the right thing for our San Diegans. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Sherri Lightner, minimum wage, Jerry Sanders, unemployment insurance, water
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 Hands off my sharing economy

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced Tuesday that the San Francisco ride-matching company had hired David Plouffe, the campaign manager for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, as senior vice president/campaign manager. This means war — an ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Ted Gaines, Legislature, Ted W. Lieu, Aaron McLear, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Robert Stutzman
Bills: AB 2293,
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 CONCORD: Lazy Dog happy to welcome back its canine friends

Contra Costa County had reiterated its ban on dogs after a June complaint made by a diner at the Willows Shopping Center eatery. New state law means man's best friend can return to outdoor areas of the restaurant, but eateries, dog owners must take ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mariko Yamada
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 9/11 relatives to get second shot at scholarships

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Relatives of Californians who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will get a second chance to apply for college scholarships under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown after investigations found that the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark DeSaulnier, Ted Gaines
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 California dog lovers drool over dining law

(08-22) 15:42 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Teri Marshall's black lab mix, Triniti, goes just about everywhere she does - to the park in their hometown of Napa, across the bay by ferry to San Francisco, and to her marketing job at an office near the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Sutter Brown, water, Mariko Yamada
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 UC regents reconfirmed over criticisms of out-of-state recruiting

The state Senate overwhelmingly reconfirmed four members of the University of California Board of Regents Friday, but not before raising concerns over the university’s increasing enrollment of out-of-state and international students. ... »Read

In this article: Richard Blum, Legislature, Monica Lozano, James Nielsen, Darrell Steinberg, Mark Wyland
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 Contract talks falter between Food 4 Less, union

Contract negotiations between Food 4 Less and the United Food and Commercial Workers union are sputtering, a union representative said, increasing the likelihood that thousands of grocery workers will strike soon. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Mike Shimpock
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 Wasserman Schultz, Pelosi split in DNC contest

Drama fills the election for the leadership of the Democratic National Committee Women's Caucus. »Read

In this article: California Democratic Party, Nancy Pelosi
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 Senate approves bill prompted by Colonies corruption case

The Senate on Friday unanimously approved proposed legislation from Sen. Norma Torres, D-Chino, that would prohibit any individual, not just public officials, from aiding or abetting in the receipt of a bribe and expands penalties for those who do ... »Read

In this article: Paul Biane, Jerry Brown, Jeffrey Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt, Norma J. Torres
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 State Senate approves bill prompted by Colonies corruption case

The state Senate on Friday unanimously approved legislation proposed by state Sen. Norma Torres, D-Chino, that would prohibit any individual, not just public officials, from aiding or abetting in the receipt of a bribe and expands penalties for ... »Read

In this article: Paul Biane, Jerry Brown, Jeffrey Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt, Norma J. Torres
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 'Don't Sign It' Campaign Counters Petition Drive To Overturn Minimum-Wage Hike

Backers of San Diego's minimum-wage increase launched a 'Don't Sign It' campaign to thwart a petition to place the issue before voters. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria, Sherri Lightner, minimum wage, referendum
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 California lawmakers pass measure requiring testing of rape kits

(Reuters) - Amid ongoing efforts to address a backlog of unanalyzed rape kits that go untested throughout the country, California lawmakers passed a bill on Friday requiring law enforcement to process the evidence within a certain time frame. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nancy Skinner
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 Covered California chief Peter Lee gets $52K bonus

Peter V. Lee, the head of the state’s health insurance exchange, was awarded a 20-percent bonus for his efforts in launching the federal program in California. Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee in his office in ... »Read

In this article: Peter V. Lee, Amy Palmer
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 African-Americans overlooked at Covered Calfiornia, lawmakers say

The board at Covered California got an earful Thursday from two African-American legislators unhappy with what they say was a lack of outreach to the African-American community during the first open enrollment for the new state health benefit ... »Read

In this article: Steve Bradford, Cheryl Brown, Peter V. Lee
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 CalPERS sparks pension-spiking bonanza

The decision by CalPERS to engage this week in a pension-spiking extravaganza is brazen. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Carl DeMaio, Legislature
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 California tribal deal sailing toward ratification

A revamped casino compact between the Brown administration and a prominent San Diego County tribe seems headed for quick ratification after brief informational hearings this week and Assembly approval Friday morning. Anthony Pico, of the Viejas ... »Read

In this article: Lou Correa, Legislature, Jim Miller, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Bills: SB 1356,
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 NEW: Ridesharing foe takes 'a few bucks' from taxis

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz is one of the state’s biggest opponents of ridesharing, the relatively new service provided by such companies as Uber, SideCar and Lyft. He’s also a leading recipient of campaign contributions ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Gil Cedillo, Paul Koretz
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 Democratic state senator arrested after DUI stop

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested for investigation of drunken driving early Friday in Sacramento, the latest black eye for the state's majority party and the 40-member chamber.... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Ed Hernandez, Ben Hueso, Roger Salazar, Darrell Steinberg, water, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 NEW: Landmark water bond now faces voters

As August draws to a close, the state has seen a striking instance of successful high-level bipartisan wrangling. Sacramento secured a massive water bond package, putting $7.5 billion in bonds on the ballot as Proposition 1. Although legislators, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Adam Gray, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg, water
Bills: SB 1168,
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 CHP: State Sen. Hueso arrested for drunken driving

Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso of San Diego has been arrested for investigation of drunken driving, the California Highway Patrol said Friday. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Ed Hernandez, Ben Hueso, Roger Salazar, Darrell Steinberg, water, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Assemblymember Levine Supports Plea to Stop Deportation of Children Escaping Violence

Assemblymember Levine Supports Plea to Stop Deportation of Children Escaping Violence (Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) stood on the Assembly Floor in strong support of Assembly Joint Resolution 49 by ... »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Marc Levine
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 Sen. Ben Hueso 'profoundly sorry' after DUI arrest

The Sacramento County jail’s website registers a Benjamin Hueso being booked with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher at 3:27 a.m. The arrest was made at 2:39 a.m. at 15th and X streets, according to the sheriff’s office. In ... »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Ben Hueso, Legislature, Roger Salazar, Juan Vargas
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 Roundtable Reflects On Faulconer's Choices, Lorena Gonzalez' Bills, Riding Uber

The San Diego mayor can choose to lead on the minimum wage and convention center issues or he can sit and watch. Sacramento pols chose to support a $7.5 billion water bond in November. Lorena Gonzalez has chosen to launch a legislation barrage. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin Faulconer, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature, minimum wage, referendum, sick leave, water
Bills: AB 2293,
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 Ben Hueso, other lawmakers, photographed drinking on Capitol balcony before DUI arrest

Hours before state Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, was arrested on Thursday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, he and four other lawmakers were photographed reveling on a Capitol balcony, drinks in hand. An image of a ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Lorena Gonzalez, Ben Hueso, Ricardo Lara, Roger Salazar
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 Michelle Steel: Regulators blindside taxpayers with hidden tax

Just when California’s economy appears to be moving forward again, our state regulators have found yet another way to extract more dollars from consumers’ pockets and send them to Sacramento. Starting Jan. 1, 2015, the California Air Resources... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Board of Equalization, greenhouse gas, Michelle Steel
Bills: AB 69,
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