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 5 escaped Madera County inmates captured

Authorities have caught all five of the inmates who escaped from the Madera County Jail. »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Jorge Lopez
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 READ IN: Big Apple Edition

Do you Read In? Sign up today and get all the political news you need to know, delivered to your inbox bright and early every morning. A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Sam Brownback, California Republican Party, Michael Chertoff, John F. Kerry, water
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 AM Alert: Democrats' legislative supermajority hinges on several key races

California Republicans face an uphill battle to win any statewide constitutional office this November, but the party’s other major political goal – to roll back Democrats’ two-thirds supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature ... »Read

In this article: Tom Ammiano, Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Roger Dickinson, Dianne Feinstein, Steve Fox, Legislature, Andy Vidak, Dan Walters, water
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 L.A., Houston, Philadelphia mayors vow more action on climate change

Mayors of three of the nation’s largest cities are pledging to take more action against climate change by implementing new projects to curb greenhouse gas emissions and persuading other leaders to do the same. »Read

In this article: Environmental Justice, Eric Garcetti, global warming, greenhouse gas
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 The new Board of Supervisors should make its own rules

One of the many thorns thrust into the sides of law students is the requirement that they learn the Rule Against Perpetuities, a complicated, ancient but still sensible legal formula that is meant to restrict a person's continuing ability, after ... »Read

In this article: Gloria Molina, Hilda L. Solis, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 Neighbors feeling squeezed by work on Mark Zuckerberg's S.F. home

Welcome to Fort Zuckerberg — the $10 million Dolores Heights “fixer-upper” that Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have turned into a massive construction encampment that has some neighbors feeling under siege by the Facebook founder. Dozens of ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Andrew Ross
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 Syria vote isn't last word from Congress on war

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As far as Congress is concerned, President Barack Obama's Mideast war strategy isn't in the clear yet.... »Read

In this article: Chuck Hagel, John F. Kerry, Barbara Lee, John McCain, Barack Obama, Ed Royce
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 113th Congress On Track for Fewest Laws Enacted in 60 Years

Say this about the 113th Congress: It's managed to live down to low expectations. »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, John McCain, minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi
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 For writers in juvenile hall, sentences can be liberating

Eminem's 'The Monster' ricocheted off the cinder-block walls and worn linoleum floor at Sylmar's Juvenile Hall. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 County Supervisors Reject Request for Homeless Shelter Dialogue

Santa Ana residents challenge county supervisors, saying they are ignoring local neighborhood concerns. »Read

In this article: Environmental Justice, Michele Martinez, John Moorlach
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 Viewpoints: Some national Republicans make life difficult for California GOP

California’s Republican statewide candidates are working hard to define the GOP as focused on providing practical solutions to the state’s lagging economy, high poverty rate and underperforming schools. House Speaker John Boehner ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Ron Nehring, Barack Obama
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 Endorsement: Newsom is best choice for lieutenant governor

If he wins reelection, however, we hope he uses the office as more than a tax-funded campaign operation. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom meets with the Sacramento Bee editorial board on September 8, 2014. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom
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 Endorsements: Third District Court of Appeal justices deserve retention

California appellate court justices don’t run in contested elections. They don’t hold news conferences or campaign. In fact, unless they’re deciding some hot issue – dinging State Controller John Chiang for docking ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Gray Davis, George Deukmejian, High-Speed Rail, Andrea Hoch, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 Neel Kashkari calls candidacy ‘transformational moment’ for California GOP

Neel Kashkari, proud of his speech to the California Republican Party and weary of intraparty friction that distracted from his message for three days, said Sunday he has “set an example” for a party whose acceptance of him remains ... »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party, Tim Donnelly, Thad Kousser, Legislature, Kevin McCarthy, Ron Nehring, Barack Obama, Steve Poizner, Matt Rexroad, Mitt Romney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Sheldon, Meg Whitman
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 The Buzz: California GOP endorses water bond, rainy-day fund

California Republicans have given their blessing to a pair of measures on the Nov. 4 ballot heavily favored by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Senate Republican Leader Bob ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Connie Conway, Mark DeSaulnier, Robert Huff, Legislature, Charles Munger, Proposition 2, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Darrell Steinberg, water
Bills: SB 1183,
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 Temper, Temper: Kashkari's Odd Attack on Calbuzz

Neel Kashkari lashed out at two, slightly tipsy Calbuzzers extending handshakes Saturday night, a rookie display of pique and rancor that hints at a strain of distemper in his executive disposition. “You're the two geniuses who wrote that I wasn't ... »Read

In this article: Tim Donnelly, Michael Finnegan, Carla Marinucci, Aaron McLear
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 Editorial: Voter discontent offers hope to GOP

Despite a year of scandal and dysfunction, California Democrats are riding high. Some state-level GOP candidates have created some excitement, and a few have a fighting chance at victory. On the whole, however, 2014 hasn’t gotten Republicans ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Field Poll
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 John Phillips: State ballot change could prompt free-for-all

Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein have served a combined 22 years in the U.S. Senate. California voters have re-elected every single governor during that same time frame. Pete Wilson, Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger all won, and Jerry Brown ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, Dianne Feinstein, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pete Wilson
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 Applause: Kudos to U.S. Bank Foundation, Papa Murphy’s, Roger Dickinson and Kevin McCarty, City of Sacramento

Kudos to U.S. Bank Foundation for providing a $25,000 grant to Women’s Empowerment, which helps homeless women find jobs. »Read

In this article: Roger Dickinson, greenhouse gas, Kevin McCarty
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 Ad Watch: Democratic ad hitting Doug Ose goes too far

National Democrats are up with their first television ad in Sacramento’s heavyweight battle between Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, and former Republican congressman Doug Ose. No Wonder DCCCVideo »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Doug Ose
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 Dan Walters: Propositions 45 and 46 latest skirmishes in war over big money in health care

Health care is now a $200-plus billion a year industry and that means political war over how the money is divvied up. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Dave Jones
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 World-wide marches call attention to climate change ahead of UN summit

In Hollywood and all across the world, activists took park in marches on Sunday to bring attention to global warming. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, global warming, greenhouse gas, Barack Obama, renewable energy
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 NYC police officer dies, 8 hurt in van crash

(Reuters) - A New York City police officer died, and eight others were injured when their van crashed into a barrier in the Bronx on Sunday morning, police said. »Read

In this article: Bill Bratton, Michael Williams
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 Neel Kashkari calls candidacy ‘transformational moment’ for California GOP

Neel Kashkari, proud of his speech to the California Republican Party and weary of intraparty friction that distracted from his message for three days, said Sunday he has “set an example” for a party whose acceptance of him remains ... »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party, Tim Donnelly, Thad Kousser, Leonard Lanzi, Legislature, Kevin McCarthy, Ron Nehring, Barack Obama, Steve Poizner, Matt Rexroad, Mitt Romney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Sheldon, Meg Whitman
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 A group's opposition to a possible gas tax increase gets no traction

With gasoline prices dropping in California, a business coalition may have a tough time winning public support for a campaign to delay the next phase of a state program to combat climate change. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, global warming, Legislature
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 Brown signs bill to urge more drivers into eco-friendly vehicles

Seeking to put more California drivers in electric cars, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Sunday providing financial incentives and other perks to entice consumers to buy the environmentally friendly vehicles. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, Richard S. Gordon, Ricardo Lara, Albert Y. Muratsuchi
Bills: SB 605, AB 2013, AB 2188, AB 2516, SB 1204, SB 1275,
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 Climate change fears spur divestment on fossil fuels

In the run-up to a United Nations summit this week aimed at combating climate change, a small but growing number of multimillion-dollar investors are demanding more aggressive steps to wean countries from fossil-fuel consumption. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, global warming, greenhouse gas, renewable energy
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 Kashkari portrays GOP as a champion of minorities and the poor

Stung by the refusal of two fellow Republicans to support his candidacy for governor, Neel Kashkari sought to put the controversy behind him Sunday with a fiery speech portraying his party as a champion of minorities and the poor. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, James Brulte, California Republican Party, Tim Clark, Tim Donnelly, Michael Finnegan, Betty T. Yee
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 Brown signs several clean-air vehicle bills

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed six bills he said will “strengthen California’s best-in-the-nation electric vehicle market” and help the state reach its goal of getting 1.5 million zero-emission cars on the road by 2025. In a statement, the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Paul Fong, Ed Hernandez, Eric Linder, Albert Y. Muratsuchi
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 Garcetti aide is face of city's outreach to foreign-born residents

Gustavo Hernandez sat with his family in a large auditorium in the downtown Central Library, a pen and pad in his lap. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, James K. Hahn, Antonio Villaraigosa, water
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 California authorities capture fifth jail escapee

A fifth man who escaped a Central California correctional facility has been captured, authorities said Sunday. »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Jorge Lopez
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 Brown administration's angling to ban lead fishing weights

Californians who enjoy fishing, heads up: Gov. Jerry Brown has his eye on your tackle box. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Maureen Gorsen, Green Chemistry, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 Police capture last of five escaped California inmates

(Reuters) - Police have recaptured the last of five inmates, described as armed and dangerous, who escaped from a jail near Fresno, California, authorities said on Sunday. »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Jorge Lopez
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 California Property Taxes Could Skyrocket

Proposition 13 regulates property tax values in California by limiting increases to 2 percent annually. But homeowners could see larger increases this year thanks to another, lesser-known proposition. Proposition 8 allows homeowners to seek ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Board of Equalization, Proposition 8
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 Cal State University raises possibility of future transfer-only system

LONG BEACH >> While the Cal State University and Community College systems boast about increasing the pipeline to higher education, a relative lack of funding has kindled concern among some that the 23-campus system may turn its back on freshmen and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Steven Glazer, Alex Padilla, Arnold Schwarzenegger, state budget
Bills: SB 1440,
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 Choosing between Shriver, Kuehl for L.A. County supervisor

The race for the 3rd District seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors began in earnest last week, as the contenders — Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver — faced each other in their first debate since qualifying for the runoff. They were ... »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Bobby Shriver
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 Remaining escaped Madera County inmate captured

Officials say the fifth and final inmate who escaped from the Madera County Jail on Friday night has been captured. »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Jorge Lopez
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 Jerry Brown heading to New York for climate summit, signs HOV lane bill

Gov. Jerry Brown will take his climate change message to the United Nations this week, speaking at a climate summit that is drawing heads of state from around the world. Gov. Jerry Brown holds up Assembly Bill 1839, a film tax credit bill, in ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Linder, Film tax
Bills: AB 1721,
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 All five Madera County jail escapees are recaptured

All five inmates who escaped Friday night from Madera County jail have been recaptured, officials announced Sunday afternoon. »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Jorge Lopez
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 GOP loyalties strained as four Texans ponder presidential bids in 2016

AUSTIN — The next presidential election is more than two years away, but things are already getting awkward in the Lone Star State, where at least four potential Republican contenders have deep roots. Even in Texas, there may not be room enough ... »Read

In this article: Matthew Dowd, Mark McKinnon, Early Primary, John Weaver
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 Gov. Jerry Brown signs bills to boost purchases of electric cars

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills Sunday boosting the state's market for electric cars, including a measure to make such vehicles more affordable for low-income residents. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, Jim Evans, Albert Y. Muratsuchi
Bills: AB 2013, SB 1275,
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 California authorities catch 4 of 5 jail escapees

Four of five men have been recaptured a day after their escape from a central California jail, authorities said. The fifth man remained at large. This undated booking photo provided by the Madera, Calif., County Jail shows Ricardo Cendejas, 19. ... »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Jorge Lopez
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