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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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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

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 Signs of donor fatigue at Obama's Bay Area fundraisers
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 Property taxes can be hiked without voter OK to pay for $25B Delta tunnels
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 California seeks final ruling on teacher tenure
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 Cost An Issue in Environmental Friendly CA

The new Public Policy Institute of California poll on the environment shows that Californians continue to be strong for environmental protections, but standing up for the environment weakens when a price tag is attached. While the poll covered a ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, PPIC, renewable energy
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 California's Roads: Why Pay More But Get Less?

Next time you’re stuck in traffic on the way home from work, think about what sitting in traffic is costing you and other drivers. Our state’s population is booming but the availability of roads is simply not keeping pace with growing demand. ... »Read

In this article: Bill Ford
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 Be Nice, Murrieta, You Need Immigrants

To: The People of Murrieta, Calif. From: Joe Mathews Re: Recent Damage to Your Global Reputation You can still be “The Future of Southern California,” as your city’s motto promises, but it won’t be easy after these past few weeks. There’s ... »Read

In this article: Joe Mathews, redevelopment agencies
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 State Peddles Idea that Bullet Train Contractors are Investors

On Jan. 11, 2010, the Legislative Analyst’s Office issued a report on the latest iteration of the business plan for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. It contained a game-changing conclusion — a predictable conclusion but still a crucial ... »Read

In this article: Jeffrey Barker, Jerry Brown, High-Speed Rail, Dan Richard
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 READ IN: Thursday, July 24, 2014: Israel signals escalation in Gaza, Social Security's IT 'boondoggle,' apparent plagiarism in Sen. Walsh's thesis, Gov. Walker tied with Dem opponent, FBI donates to S.F. mayor

Don't forget to sign up for Read In and get all the political news you need to read delivered to your inbox, every day at 8 a.m. Click here to sign up! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. Read full article ... »Read

In this article: Chuck Hagel, Pamela Harris, John F. Kerry, Edwin M. Lee, Leland Yee
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 AM Alert: Obama wraps up California travels

President Barack Obama concludes his west coast fundraising swing today, following another big-donor event in Los Angeles and some policy talk this afternoon at a southland community college before jetting back to Washington. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, Rob Lapsley, Kevin McCarthy, Jim Miller, Barack Obama, PPIC, Dan Walters
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 FBI tried to ensnare Mayor Ed Lee in corruption case, sources say

The probe - for which the FBI brought in agents from around the West Coast and beyond - culminated with the indictments in March of Democratic state Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco, Chinatown tong leader Raymond 'Shrimp Boy' Chow and 27 others on ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Leland Yee
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 Congress Is Almost as Dysfunctional as Ever

The foreign policy crises ongoing in Israel and Ukraine have rightfully dominated the news over the past week. But back in the United States, Congress is hurriedly trying to pass three pieces of legislation before the August recess—two to combat ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, minimum wage, Barack Obama
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 Associated Press Sacramento Daybook

Associated Press Sacramento Daybook for Thursday, July 24. »Read

In this article: California Lottery, Lynda Gledhill, water, Vicky Waters
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 For Californians, higher costs dampen support for clean energy

BERKELEY Calif. (Reuters) - An overwhelming majority of California residents support the state's mandate for reducing heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions, so long as they do not bear the higher costs of cleaner energy themselves, a new public ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, greenhouse gas, renewable energy
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 Minimum-Wage Advocates Begin 'Live the Wage' Challenge

The campaign marks five years to the day since the last federal minimum-wage hike   »Read

In this article: George P. Miller, minimum wage, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, water
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 Local Stories > Rising up, again: Occupy, 99Rise and activism > Sacramento to host Occupy National Gathering on heels of 99Rise's protests against big money in politics at California's Capitol.

After the so-called death of the Occupy movement, political activism is making a comeback in Sacramento. In June and July, law enforcement arrested 47... »Read

In this article: Roger Dickinson, Environmental Justice, Darrell Steinberg, water
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 Editorial: State’s tower of horror in downtown Sacramento is nice for bats, but not humans

The Board of Equalization building has been plagued by a long list of problems, including plummeting sheets of glass and bats in the belfry. The Board of Equalization headquarters on N Street has become California’s unofficial state ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, CalPERS, Roger Dickinson, water
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 Editorial: A missed opportunity to save money

A proposal by Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach that would have amended the county charter to allow more opportunities for contracting out county services won’t be making it on the November ballot after three supervisors abstained from ... »Read

In this article: John Moorlach, Todd Spitzer
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 Mangy Dog or Dog in the Manger?

The ABCs of district elections and other corruptions that might be good for you. »Read

In this article: Douglas Johnson, Abel Maldonado, Gavin Newsom
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 Calderon corruption trial delayed until May 2015

LOS ANGELES >> A federal judge moved the corruption trial for state Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother Tom Calderon from September to May 19, 2015 after prosecutors and the Calderons’ attorneys asked for a continuance because of the ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Thomas M. Calderon
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 California climate change policies to hit pocketbooks

Prices at the pump could rise as a result. [...] the state's efforts to curb emissions, boost renewable power and encourage alternative fuels haven't hit Californians in the pocketbook. Impact on prices debatedUnder the cap-and-trade system, ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Mark Baldassare, global warming, greenhouse gas, Tupper Hull, Henry Perea
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 Brown says border is humanitarian issue

Brown called the arrival of unaccompanied young migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border “a humanitarian question” rather than a political one. California First Lady Anne Gust Brown and Gov. Jerry Brown speak with Jose Antonio Meade ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anne Gust
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 Californians Want Action on Environment

New poll shows Californians want to lead on responding to climate change by Brian Leubitz In a PPIC poll just released this evening, Californians said that they want action on the environment. As you can see from the graph, Californians think the ... »Read

In this article: global warming, Legislature, Brian Leubitz, Fabian Nunez, PPIC, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Bills: AB 32,
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 Poll: Californians support global warming rules - unless gas prices rise

Californians continue to strongly support their state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases – until they find out it involves higher gasoline prices, according to a new poll released Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, global warming, greenhouse gas, Legislature, PPIC, water
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 Poll says Gov. Brown has nearly 20 point lead over challenger Kashkari

Gov. Jerry Brown has a nearly 20-point advantage over GOP challenger Neel Kashkari, according to new poll released Wednesday, which also found strong support among Californians for the state's landmark global warming law. »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, global warming, greenhouse gas, Legislature, PPIC, renewable energy, water
Bills: AB 32,
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 Feds propose phasing out older crude-oil train tank cars

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed a two-year phase-out of older railroad tank cars used to transport crude oil, which have been involved in several serious derailments over the past year. Officials in California and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Hill, Doris O. Matsui, Michael R. Peevey
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 Republicans Keeping Their Faith in Scott Brown

Despite polls showing him struggling to make inroads in New Hampshire, Republicans insist he'll surprise the skeptics. »Read

In this article: Mitt Romney, Bob Smith, Kathy Sullivan
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 What Happens When Extremism Becomes Mainstream?

What used to be widely seen as loony is now broadly accepted or tolerated by the Republican Party. »Read

In this article: Newt Gingrich, global warming, Legislature, John McCain, Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Mike Reynolds
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 Brown praises judicial nominee’s credentials, background

Explaining his nomination of Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar to the California Supreme Court at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Governor Jerry Brown emphasized Cuéllar’s academic credentials and noted that he was “not ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Carlos R. Moreno
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 Republican Paul Ryan to renew U.S. poverty debate with grant plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Representative Paul Ryan will probably spark a new round of arguments over how to fight poverty in America on Thursday as he introduces a sweeping plan to replace long-standing social safety net programs with new ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Lee, minimum wage, Barack Obama
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 Alameda city briefs: Alameda Buddhist Temple to host Obon festival Saturday

The free event at the Alameda Buddhist Temple will begin with a mini food bazaar at 4 p.m. that will include hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as udon and teriyaki and the 'bon odori,' a dance traditionally performed during the festival, will take ... »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Trung Nguyen, water
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 The Buzz: Brown keeps mostly mum on teacher tenure ruling

In his first public comments on the controversial Vergara v. California ruling that struck down teacher tenure laws in June, Gov. Jerry Brown offered little insight into his thinking on the ruling. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama
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 Community Forum Wednesday Night On North Park Attacks

San Diego police are looking for at least two suspects in a series of attacks in North Park. They've released a sketch of one of the men. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Todd Gloria
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 Property taxes can be hiked without voter OK to pay for $25B Delta tunnels

Urban water districts in California can raise property taxes without first getting voter approval to pay for the state's multi-billion dollar plan to build twin tunnels and export water out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, according to the ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Legislative Analyst's Office, water
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 Brown keeps mostly mum on teacher tenure ruling

In his first public comments on the controversial Vergara v. California ruling that struck down teacher tenure laws in June, Governor Jerry Brown said only that attorney general Kamala Harris had on Monday filed a request for additional information ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Kamala Harris
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 NEW: Tax increases boost jobs?

Do tax increases boost jobs? Or kill jobs? Here’s the take of David Cay Johnston in the Bee: Dire predictions about jobs being destroyed spread across California in 2012 as voters debated whether to enact the sales and, for those near the top ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Joel Fox, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 SF changing employee rules after Avalos affair

Officials in the city's Department of Human Resources will soon revise the employee handbook that governs the conduct of the city's workers to specify that elected officials must report affairs with subordinates to a third party. The problem is ... »Read

In this article: John Avalos, Gavin Newsom
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 Signs of donor fatigue at Obama's Bay Area fundraisers

President Obama hit the Bay Area for a fast cash-and-grab fundraising drive Wednesday, but there were signs that even in one of the nation's most reliable Democratic ATMs, donor fatigue is setting in. [...] in Los Altos Hills, the heart of Silicon ... »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, George Marcu, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 California seeks final ruling on teacher tenure

California officials are asking a Los Angeles judge to finalize and justify his decision striking down tenure and other job protections for teachers, a precursor to a possible appeal. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 Conservative groups fell Swalwell's bipartisan bill

A Bay Area House member’s bill to step up the nation’s exploration of critical elements – used in tech products, aircraft and renewable energy projects – failed this week after two conservative groups urged its defeat. Rep. Eric Swalwell’s ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, renewable energy, Eric Swalwell
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 Oakland: Hillary Clinton launches campaign that recommends reading aloud to children from birth

Hillary Clinton helped launch a campaign aimed at encouraging parents to read aloud to infants from birth at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland on Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, Hillary Clinton, Jim Wunderman
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 Hillary Clinton launches campaign that recommends reading aloud to children from birth

Hillary Clinton helped launch a campaign aimed at encouraging parents to read aloud to infants from birth at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland on Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, Hillary Clinton, Jim Wunderman
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 Utilities unplugged a military 'power' play

Are military officials trying to get utility ratepayers to subsidize their operations? »Read

In this article: Legislature, Kevin Mullin, renewable energy
Bills: AB 2649,
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 President Obama leaves Bay Area after fundraising trip

President Barack Obama left the Bay Area this afternoon after a quick visit that included fundraising events in San Francisco and the South Bay earlier Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, George Marcu, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Khanna knocks Honda on attendance record

Democratic challenger Ro Khanna took Rep. Mike Honda to task Wednesday for missing floor votes on four bills the day before, including two of which he’s a co-sponsor and a third by a fellow Bay Area member. “The bare minimum that’s expected of ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, George Marcu, Barack Obama
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 California lawmaker's bribery trial postponed until he leaves office

(Reuters) - California state Senator Ron Calderon's trial on bribery charges has been delayed until after he leaves office this year. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Thomas M. Calderon, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Film, TV productions follow the money -- away from California, says report

Most film and television productions turned down for a subsidy from the state of California over a recent four-year period ended up shooting in other states or countries, according to a new report released Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Film tax
Bills: AB 1839,
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 Mercury News editorial: Cuéllar is an excellent choice for California's Supreme Court

Gov. Jerry Brown is again re-making the state's high court, but this time he's putting a premium on exceptional scholarship, not just ideology. »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Jerry Brown, Joyce L. Kennard
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 Eligible California immigrants not receiving healthcare, Pan says

California immigrants who are newly eligible for government health care are being rebuffed because of inadequate communication between public agencies, Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, and advocates warned on Wednesday. Assemblyman ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Richard Pan, Cathy Senderling, Norman Williams
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