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 California Assembly rejects statewide plastic bag ban bill
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 NEW: iPad scandal latest in long line for L.A. Unified " but different
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 Fresno mayor touts independence in controller bid
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 Erwin Chemerinsky: Ferguson and the need for oversight of police

The events in Ferguson, Mo., are a powerful reminder of the need for strong civilian oversight and control of police departments. Too much is still unknown to come to any conclusions about the shooting of Michael Brown, but the pattern is ... »Read

In this article: Bill Bratton, Erwin Chemerinsky, James K. Hahn
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 Editorial: Sen. Hueso should have heeded his own advice about not drinking and driving

Former Assembly Speaker Jesse Unruh observed that legislators inexplicably considered themselves invisible. They’re not. Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, enters the Senate floor as he returns to the Capitol on Monday after his DUI arrest ... »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Ben Hueso, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg
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 Viewpoints: More transparency required at community college accrediting agency

Gov. Brown should sign bill aimed at accrediting commission under fire for trying to close City College of San Francisco. »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Anna G. Eshoo, Legislature, Nancy Pelosi, Jackie Speier
Bills: AB 1942,
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 Ruben Navarette: California’s Latino legislators embarrass their community

Sen. Ben Hueso is the latest to act as if the rules don’t apply. Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso, left, walks out of the Sacramento County Jail on Aug. 22, 2014. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Lorena Gonzalez, Ben Hueso
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 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti weighing plan to raise city’s minimum wage

Amid a national debate over workers’ wages, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is weighing a proposal to raise the city’s minimum wage, according to local leaders briefed on the proposal. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 In wake of Ferguson, police try to build trust

DALLAS (AP) -- In the aftermath of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, some police departments are renewing efforts to reach out to black communities to build trust - holding public meetings, fielding questions and letting people voice ... »Read

In this article: Mike Brown, Bill Draper
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 California Senate approves measure banning warrantless drone surveillance

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California State Senate passed legislation on Tuesday imposing strict regulations on how law enforcement and other government agencies can use drones, a move supporters said will protect privacy and prevent warrantless ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Ted W. Lieu
Bills: AB 1327,
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 Lawmakers move to scrap English-only instruction

— California lawmakers took a step Tuesday toward an overhaul of the voter-approved 1998 law requiring English-only instruction in public schools, another victory for Latino legislators seeking to strip away polarizing laws aimed at immigrants. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Cristina Garcia, Robert Huff, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Nancy Skinner, water
Bills: AB 1517, SB 113, AB 1673, SB 1096, SB 1174, SB 1210,
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 The Buzz: National Republicans wading into California legislative targets

A Washington-based Republican group working to elect candidates for state office has added two California legislative contenders to its latest list of top races to watch this fall. Republicans aim to advance their goals as three Democratic ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon
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 Business Leaders On Possible LA Minimum Wage Increase: 'This Needs To Be Stopped Now'

Mayor Garcetti has reportedly told local business leaders that he wants to see the minimum wage increased over the next three years, and could make an official announcement by Labor Day. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Gary Toebben, Stuart Waldman
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 Mexico's president thanks California leaders for welcoming immigrants

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto thanked California's leaders Tuesday for welcoming immigrants from his country — even those who came illegally — as he capped his first official trip to the United States. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Luis A. Alejo, Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Legislature, Chris Megerian, Melissa Melendez, Mary Nichols, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 DPOC announces candidate endorsements for Fall election

On Monday, the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) announced endorsements in various elections for this fall and not without some fireworks.  It takes 60 percent of the vote to earn an official party endorsement.  The two most interesting ... »Read

In this article: Larry Agran, Frank Barbaro, Steve Blount, Greg Diamond, Melissa Fox, Florice Orea Hoffman, Gila Jones, Lucille Kring, Michele Martinez, Jose Moreno, water
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 Bills asks California voters to consider restoring bilingual education

Californians would vote in 2016 to repeal the state’s ban on bilingual education under a bill the Legislature is sending to Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Robert Huff, Ricardo Lara, Legislature
Bills: SB 1174,
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 Bill requiring public access to care facility inspection reports passes Assembly

A bill that would require public access to inspection reports for elderly care facilities in California has been given the green light by the state Assembly, officials announced Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Ellen Corbett, Nancy Skinner
Bills: SB 895,
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 Measure to provide clean water by Sen. Lois Wolk wins approval

The Senate voted Monday to provide local governments throughout California with a tool to finance clean drinking water projects and other desperately-needed infrastructure in disadvantaged, unincorporated communities. »Read

In this article: Daniel Carrigg, water, Lois Wolk
Bills: SB 244, SB 614,
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 Editorial: Truth in campaign advertising should be the law

Supreme Court rulings leave little room to regulate the influence of big money on political campaigns except in one very important area: disclosure. »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Jerry Hill, Legislature, Mark Leno
Bills: SB 52,
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 Swearengin touts outside status while ‘still evaluating’ candidates for governor

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, the Republican candidate for California controller, said Tuesday she would bring an independent voice to the state’s top fiscal office, and later backed that up by refusing to commit to her party’s ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Legislature, Parke Skelton, state budget, Betty T. Yee
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 Gov. Brown Signs DA-Sponsored Human Trafficking Bill

A human trafficking bill that was recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown will streamline prosecutions, save taxpayer dollars and reduce trauma to victims while appearing in court. »Read

In this article: Martin Block, Jerry Brown, Bonnie Dumanis, Legislature
Bills: SB 939,
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 Bright-colored air gun bill passes state Assembly

The state Assembly has approved legislation that would require certain replica guns to be sold in transparent or bright colors to avoid deadly mix-ups with police officers. »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Kevin De Leon, Cristina Garcia, Jeff Gorell, Kamala Harris, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, John A. Perez, Rudy Salas, Nancy Skinner
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 Assembly narrowly passes bill to mark toy guns

After debating whether it would protect harmless civilians or confuse police officers, the California Assembly on Tuesday narrowly passed legislation requiring toy guns to be brightly colored. Sen. Kevin De León, D-Los Angeles on June 16, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Marc Levine
Bills: SB 199,
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 Audit: State government errors give employees $6.3 million in unearned leave

State agencies gave their employees nearly 200,000 hours of unearned leave credits worth almost $6.4 million over five years, and the self-inflicted taxpayer expense will only grow until the government fixes the errors, according to a new state ... »Read

In this article: John Chiang, Elaine Howle
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 Mexican president praises California for treatment of undocumented immigrants

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto lauded California on Tuesday for its relatively favorable treatment of undocumented immigrants, telling a joint session of the Legislature that the state has taken the “ethically correct” ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Connie Conway, Tim Donnelly, Amanda Fulkerson, illegal immigration, Legislature, Mark Leno, Melissa Melendez, Barack Obama
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 Grants available for California schools with limited Internet connectivity

Schools seeking to install high-speed computer networks in time for Common Core tests next spring are eligible for nearly $27 million in one-time grants, which must be used to enhance Internet connections. The money is being allocated from ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 98, Tom Torlakson
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 Senate approves doubling political bribery fines

The Senate has passed a bill that would double the fines for lawmakers and city council members convicted of accepting bribes. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Cristina Garcia, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Hospital bidder sues unions, alleging extortion

In a surprising move, an anti-union Southern California hospital chain hoping to buy the struggling Daughters of Charity Health Care System is suing employee unions under the federal RICO Act, saying the unions are trying to thwart that deal and ... »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Kamala Harris, Jerry Hill, William W. Monning, SEIU
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 Snapshot: My meeting with Pete Peterson

Pete Peterson, the Republican candidate for secretary of state, would rather that voters see the “R” after his name as representing “resume.” “I have the least partisan resume of anybody” who has sought this office before or since ... »Read

In this article: Dan Newman, Alex Padilla
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 Mexican president thanks California for aiding undocumented migrants

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto thanked California on Thursday for improving the lives of immigrants from his country, including legalizing drivers' licenses for undocumented migrants and making it easier for them ... »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Jerry Brown, Legislature
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 Deasy drops the iPads, but that doesn't solve the problem

After two investigations, reviewed by three entities, the public is left with more doubts and unknowns than ever about the billion-dollar project to equip every student in the Los Angeles Unified School District with an iPad. The plan, which was ... »Read

In this article: Tamar Galatzan, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 GOP's Swearengin won't say she'll vote for Kashkari

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Neel Kashkari’s faux-hobo trip to Fresno may have cost him at least one vote. When Ashley Swearengin, the Republican candidate for state  controller, was asked at a Sacramento Press Club lunch Tuesday if she would ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Betty T. Yee
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 Flower Mart tenants seek assurances about future

Working with former Mayor Art Agnos and former Supervisor Aaron Peskin - who led the battle against waterfront projects like the 8 Washington condominium project and the Warriors arena on Piers 30-32 - a group of flower market tenants are staking ... »Read

In this article: Art Agnos, Aaron Peskin
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 No finance reports yet from No on E, pro-soda tax, campaign

Advertisements attacking the proposed soda tax in San Francisco are everywhere - from billboards to Web banner ads to literature being handed out around town by people wearing those ubiquitous red T-shirts. But the campaign to defeat Proposition E ... »Read

In this article: Tom Ammiano, California Nurses Association, Fair Political Practices Commission, Roger Salazar
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 Fla. Dems nominate Charlie Crist

Only four years ago he was a governor who had run for office as a rock-ribbed conservative. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Patrick Murphy, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney
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 LAUSD iPad program: Bidding process reopening for Phase 3

The LAUSD says it is reopening the bidding process for the third phase of its tablet computer program to all companies. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Gov. Brown must not tolerate CalPERS' outrage

The pension giant waterboards the public's trust. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, John Garamendi
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 Ruben Navarrette: Hueso a Latino embarrassment

Many Latino lawmakers have nicknames. In California, we sometimes call them “defendant.” »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Ben Hueso, V. Manuel Perez
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 Roadblocks to business success; Region needs leaders

Dan McSwain ponders (“Experts find entrepreneurs mysterious, vital — and dwindling,” Aug. 13) why this nation’s entrepreneurs are dwindling. Small business startups versus high failures statistics do not measure lack of technological ... »Read

In this article: Pearl Quinones, Arlie Ricasa
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 NEW: Dems bottle up bills to ease gas price hike

  Perhaps the last chance to head off a California gasoline price hike that could exceed 50 cents per gallon by 2020 just was defeated on the state Senate floor. Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, offered amendments to a bill, AB2492, that had nothing ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, global warming, greenhouse gas, John Kabateck, Henry Perea, Dave Roberts, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Andy Vidak, Dan Walters
Bills: AB 32,
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 Defense for Alabama murder suspect cites 'stand your ground' law

(Reuters) - An Alabama man charged with stabbing his cousin to death inside the victim's home was lawfully standing his ground, his lawyers told jurors in a trial that concluded its second day on Tuesday, while prosecutors called him a murderer. »Read

In this article: Brian W. Jones, Brian W. Jones
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 Dan Walters: Hueso’s arrest continues long history of Legislature and booze

The arrest of Sen. Ben Hueso on drunken driving charges extends a 164-year intertwined history of the Legislature and liquor. »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Ben Hueso, Legislature
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 Fresno mayor touts independence in controller bid

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who is viewed by some as the Republican Party's best hope for winning a statewide office in November, introduced herself on Tuesday as an outsider who would bring fiscal independence as ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Legislature, John A. Perez, Parke Skelton, state budget, Tax Commission, Betty T. Yee
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 Campaign disclosure: Unions oppose law requiring clear labeling of campaign ads

Daniel G. Newman is astonished that major unions have surfaced as opponents of SB 52, which would require campaign materials to clearly disclose who paid for them. »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Jimmy Gomez, Bill Quirk, SEIU
Bills: SB 52,
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 Mexican President's Sacramento Visit Protested

About 150 people protested outside a lunch that Gov. Jerry Brown hosted for Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. The protesters want Mexico to release incarcerated Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi. »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Jerry Brown, Rocky Chavez, Tim Donnelly, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Donald P. Wagner, Evan Westrup
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 The season's most bizarre political ads

A monkey, hungry alligators, a bullet-ridden television and the Ebola virus are some of the stars. »Read

In this article: Fred Davis, Fred Davis, Carly Fiorina, Barack Obama
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 Half Moon Bay pledges $100,000 to State Parks to fix bridge

Desperate to reopen a well-traveled coastal foot bridge, the city of Half Moon Bay has taken the unusual step of offering $100,000 to the California Department of Parks and Recreation -- with no strings attached. »Read

In this article: Jerry Hill, water, Vicky Waters
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 South County School Corruption Case Inspires Campaign Law

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez said the corruption scandal in the Sweetwater Union High School District inspired her to write a new law. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lorena Gonzalez
Bills: AB 1431,
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 7 years later, San Jose open-government reforms become law

The vast majority of the 80 or so policies have been in place for the past several years but are only now becoming law following a unanimous vote from the San Jose City Council on Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Ron Gonzales, Chuck Reed, water
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 Tesla gigafactory: State budget watchdogs urge restraint on tax breaks, incentives

Budget watchdogs from Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas have jointly written an open letter to the states, urging them to rethink economic development and avoid giving away too much in tax breaks and incentives to corporations. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Budget Project, CEQA, Ted Gaines, Mike Rossi, state budget, Darrell Steinberg
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 Plastic bags: California ban rejected by Assembly

The Assembly on Monday rejected legislation that would make California the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, but the bill could be heard again later this week. »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Rob Bonta, Mark DeSaulnier, Jeff Gorell, Adam Gray, Alex Padilla, water
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 Expect Napa quake to rattle D.C. efforts on seismic alerts

The Napa County earthquake will have political aftershocks on Capitol Hill. The big question is how long they’ll last. Workers move fallen wine barrels at Saintsbury Winery following a large earthquake in Napa, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ken Calvert, Dianne Feinstein, Mike Thompson
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 California Budget Project urges California and other states competing for Tesla's gigafactory to avoid "race to the bottom"

Budget watchdogs from Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas have jointly written an open letter to the states, urging them to rethink economic development and avoid giving away too much in tax breaks and incentives to corporations. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Budget Project, CEQA, Ted Gaines, Mike Rossi, state budget, Darrell Steinberg
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 California quake warning system delayed by lack of funding

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A system to provide early warnings of earthquakes such as the one which shook California's wine country this week is planned and ready to go, but two years after the scientific work finished, the funding is still being ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Peter Henderson, Alex Padilla, state budget
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 7 years later, San Jose open government reforms become law

The vast majority of the 80 or so policies have been in place for the past several years but are only now becoming law following a unanimous vote from the San Jose City Council on Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Ron Gonzales, Chuck Reed, water
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 Swearengin: ‘Still evaluating’ candidates for governor

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, the Republican candidate for state controller, refused Tuesday to commit to supporting GOP guberantorial nominee Neel Kashkari this fall, saying she is “still evaluating” the candidates for governor ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, Betty T. Yee
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 VIDEO: Protesters greet Mexican president in Sacramento

While Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Tuesday praised California for its relatively liberal treatment of immigrants from Mexico, about 150 protesters called from across the street for the release of a U.S. Marine jailed in Mexico on a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Barack Obama
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 Mercury News editorial: Truth in campaign advertising should be the law

The Disclose Act would require funders of campaign ads to actually say who they are, rather than using made-up committee names. Amazingly, labor unions are among those opposing this very simple requirement, so it's in trouble in the Democratic ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Jerry Hill, Legislature, Mark Leno
Bills: SB 52,
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 Rubber duck kicks off promotional tour touting San Pedro’s Tall Ships Festival

There was something fowl at Los Angeles City Hall on Friday. A 10-foot-tall baby rubber duck was camped on the Spring Street steps where City Council President Herb Wesson, Councilman Bob Blumenfield and an enthusiastic Councilman Joe Buscaino posed ... »Read

In this article: Robert Blumenfield, Joe Buscaino, Herb Wesson
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 Lawmakers Approve Bill To Speed Up Clinics' Medi-Cal Approval

State lawmakers have approved a measure that would help new community clinics could get up and running faster. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lorena Gonzalez
Bills: AB 2051,
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 U.S. veterans health probe says cannot link deaths to broken system

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A probe into long waits for medical treatment at Veterans Affairs facilities in Phoenix found cover-ups of delays and a break-down in ethics but could not conclude that anyone died as a result of 'unacceptable and troubling ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama
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 VA report: Deaths not linked to wait times

It could not link the 28 most egregious delays to any deaths. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama
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 Legislature Takes On Drones, Guns

The California legislature worked into the evening on Tuesday, dealing with hundreds of bills. The Senate gave final approval to a bill that would allow vote by mail ballots to count if they are postmarked by Election Day. Senators approved a ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Marc Levine, Ted W. Lieu
Bills: SB 199,
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 Forest Service chief to attend meeting exploring declaration of San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument

BALDWIN PARK >> The chief of the U.S. Forest Service is flying in from Washington D.C. to attend a local meeting today to explore a possible declaration of the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument by President Barack Obama. »Read

In this article: Judy Chu, Barack Obama, Hilda L. Solis, water
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 Monrovia Official Wary Of National Monument Plan For San Gabriel Mountains

A Monrovia city official Tuesday voiced his opposition to a plan to declare the San Gabriel Mountains a national monument. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Judy Chu, Howard P. Mckeon, Adam Schiff, Hilda L. Solis, Tom Vilsack, water
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 House GOP to spend $500 an hour on lawyer for Obama lawsuit

The legal cost for House Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit over Obamacare is raising eyebrows »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi
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 Mexican president faces protest in Sacramento

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Tuesday was greeted by dozens of protesters in Sacramento criticizing his country's detention of a U.S. Marine. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Legislature
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 Tri-Valley letters: Drought not nearly as bad as advertised

Drought not nearly as bad as advertisedYour 'Communities in Brief' item recently on page B3 concerning a sprinkle of rain in Livermore, falsely asserted ' . »Read

In this article: Kathy Bowler, California Democratic Party, Mark DeSaulnier, global warming, greenhouse gas, Legislature, water
Bills: AB 2145,
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 Lawmakers call for end to reckless prescribing of psych meds to California foster kids

Some of the state's most influential lawmakers on Monday called on California's foster care system to stop the reckless prescribing of psychiatric medications to troubled children, demanding the state quit spending tens of millions of tax dollars on ... »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Legislature, Holly J. Mitchell, state budget, Darrell Steinberg
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 Rubber duck kicks off promotional tour touting San Pedro's Tall Ships Festival

There was something fowl at Los Angeles City Hall on Friday. A 10-foot-tall baby rubber duck was camped on the Spring Street steps where City Council President Herb Wesson, Councilman Bob Blumenfield and an enthusiastic Councilman Joe Buscaino posed ... »Read

In this article: Robert Blumenfield, Joe Buscaino, Herb Wesson
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 Guest commentary: Two major public employee unions are fighting transparency

Unions have been vocal about the negative effects of Citizens United on democracy, correctly pointing out how the unlimited secret spending that it unleashed on campaigns has drowned out the voices of working families. »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Jimmy Gomez, Bill Quirk, SEIU
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 Mexican president to face protest in California

(AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is scheduled to address state lawmakers as he finishes a two-day visit to California, but not all members of the Legislature are in a welcoming mood. State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a former ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Legislature
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 Major setback for moving BOE headquarters

The governor apparently has succeeded in postponing the relocation of state employees out of the distressed California Board of Equalization headquarters until further study has occurred. Legislation that would have begun the process of moving ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Legislature
Bills: AB 1656,
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 National Republicans wading into Calif. legislative targets

A Washington-based Republican group working to elect down-ballot candidates for state office has added two California legislative contenders to its latest top 14 races to watch this fall. Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen, right, at a ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Gregg W. Fritchle, Curt Hagman, Tony Mendoza, Jose Solorio, Meg Whitman
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 Democrat Describes Race as Party's Best Pickup Opportunity (Video)

Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar called his bid for California's 31st District the Democrats' best chance to pick up a Republican seat in the midterms. »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Paul Chabot, Barack Obama
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 NEW: Bill would push unionizing franchise workers

  The franchise market in California, a keystone of small business in the state, soon could change radically. The California Legislature last Thursday sent a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk that would effectively supersede the contractual ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, SEIU
Bills: SB 610,
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 Sen. Bernie Sanders hits the road, teases 2016 presidential bid

The progressive independent from Vermont is a long shot, but he wants to foster a conversation about the Democratic Party's priorities »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Early Primary, Brian Schweitzer, Senate Democrats
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 Assembly Passes Victim-Centered Sexual Assault Policy

Would require unambigious affirmative consent by Brian Leubitz The Assembly passed Sen. Kevin de León's SB967 yesterday, requiring two-sided affirmative consent on college campuses. A bill doing so, SB967, passed the Assembly on a 52-16 vote Monday ... »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Brian Leubitz
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 Gov. Brown: 'I'm Not Going To Comment' On Plight Of Marine Jailed In Mexico

The plight of an Afghanistan war veteran jailed south of the border may or may not come up Tuesday during a high-level meeting in Sacramento. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly
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 To the Mattresses for Eli Home and Northwood High's Drama Department

There are too many charities out there that need your help without having to dump a bucket of ice water on yourself to raise money (tick tock Jeff Lalloway, Matt Cunningham and Thomas Gordon…I did the ALS challenge and I await your updates).  ... »Read

In this article: Matt Cunningham, Matthew Cunningham, water
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 GovBeat: California law calls for schools to teach about the significance of Obama's election

California textbooks will teach about the significance President Obama’s election under a new law signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown (D). The measure, AB 1912, requires the California Instructional Quality Commission to consider including ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Chris Holden
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 Aftershock rattles Napa County, quake hastens call for warning system

California's senior senator, Democrat Dianne Feinstein, joined a chorus of renewed calls on Monday for the quick deployment of a quake activity alert system such as the ones already in operation in Mexico and Japan. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, water
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 California Assembly rejects statewide plastic bag ban bill

The Assembly on Monday rejected legislation that would make California the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, but the bill could be heard again later this week. »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Rob Bonta, Mark DeSaulnier, Jeff Gorell, Adam Gray, Alex Padilla, water
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 California Attorney General Kamala Harris marries fellow lawyer

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has married an attorney from Los Angeles after a brief engagement. »Read

In this article: David Beltran, Kamala Harris
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 Steve Schmidt joins Perry legal team

The former John McCain consultant will help the Texas governor strategize around his indictment. »Read

In this article: Mark Fabiani, John McCain, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Steve Schmidt
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 Calif. Schools To Teach Students About 'Significance' Of Obama Presidency

A bill authored by a Pasadena lawmaker that encourages schools to teach about the historical significance of Barack Obama becoming the nation's first African-American president is now California law. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Chris Holden, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Legislature, Barack Obama
Bills: AB 1912,
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 NEW: iPad scandal latest in long line for L.A. Unified " but different

The abrupt decision Monday by Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy to suspend the district’s $1 billion iPad program after reports that he manipulated the decision that led to Apple winning the big contract is hugely juicy. The ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Chris Reed
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 Mexico President Pea Nieto will address the Legislature today

Yesterday, Mexico President Enrique Pea Nieto started his California trip in Los Angeles. And today he heads to Sacramento where hell address the Legislature. Kate Linthicum and Tiffany Hsu reports in The Los Angeles Times: 'Pea Nieto, who is ... »Read

In this article: Roderick Wright, water, Darrell Steinberg, Richard Pan, Alex Padilla, Legislature, Kamala Harris, Jerry Brown, Toni Atkins, Air Resources Board
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 Plastic Bag Ban Fails On First Try In Assembly

The measure failed 37-33, four votes shy of a majority. It can be brought back for one more try later this week. »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Legislature, Scott Wilk
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