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

"The only thing Carly can aspire to is a cabinet post. So she has to decide what realistic nominee she will ultimately support. At some time, she will go with Jeb."

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An Engineered Drought

"Governor Brown is right about California’s water shortage problem, BUT does he really think that cutting our consumption by 5% is the solution? Since the farmers 80% is excluded, a 25% reduction of the remaining 20% = 5% savings overall. At the current price of water, we’re incentivized to use what we can afford of this inexpensive commodity."

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Jerry Brown, the Farmers' Friend

"Governor Brown is right about California’s water shortage problem, BUT does he really think that cutting our consumption by 5% is the solution? Since the farmers 80% is excluded, a 25% reduction of the remaining 20% = 5% savings overall. At the current price of water, we’re incentivized to use what we can afford of this inexpensive commodity."

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Lawmakers seek soda warning labels

"“STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.” Once this law is passed, we can use this same warning and just insert whatever product we want into the warning. This will be the template for change! Who knew complex issues could be solved so easily?"

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Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

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 California Assembly OKs bill to raise ballot initiative fee from $200 to $8,000
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 California Assembly passes bill raising initiative fee
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 El Cerrito group hosting program on minimum wage, Prop. 13 reform
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 After hours: My Sister's House
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 Appeals court rules against Obama on immigration
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 Q&A with Allan Hoffenblum on the California Target Book

(Editor’s Note: For twenty years, The California Target Book has been the authoritative go-to guide for all interested in California elective politics. The Target Book contains detailed analysis of candidates, their supporters and background for ... »Read

In this article: California Target Book, Fair Political Practices Commission, Allan Hoffenblum, Scott M. Lay, Legislature, Paul Mitchell, Al Pross, Tony Quinn, Darry Sragow
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 It's Time to Improve California's Budget Process

Within the next 25 days, the Legislature must pass the 2015-16 state budget. During the past two decades, the process by which the budget was developed and brought to a vote became less and less open and transparent. At one time, the budget had to ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Legislature, Proposition 25, state budget
Bills: ACA 1,
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 Firms With Less than 20 Employees Created All The Net New Jobs In The U.S. From 1989 to 2012

The very small businesses, with fewer than 20 employees, have created all of the net new jobs in the United States over the period from 1989 to 2012 based on the data provided by the Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration and the ... »Read
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 Around the World, Limiting Direct Democracy

California is not alone. Every year in California it seems, there are legislative attempts to put new regulations on direct democracy. I’m not talking about the big redesign the California initiative process needs, so that it fits better with the ... »Read

In this article: referendum
Bills: SB 1253,
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 Once aided by courts, can Latino politicians survive Supreme Court act?

The U.S. Supreme Court’s unexpected decision to take up a Texas voting case poses perhaps the most acute threat in a generation to Latino political strength in California. But how much of the threat actually materializes is decidedly less known. »Read

In this article: Bruce E. Cain, Gloria Molina, Alex Padilla, Loretta Sanchez, Antonio Villaraigosa, Betty T. Yee
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 L.A. labor leaders seek minimum wage exemption for firms with union workers

Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with ... »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, minimum wage
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 Trading grass for cash: MWD has a winner on its hands

The drought warnings have sunk in. So many Southern Californians want to rip out their water-hogging lawns that the Metropolitan Water District nearly ran out of money for turf removal rebates. In the last year, residents, businesses and public ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 A low-key Facebook building? In Gehry's hands, Zuckerberg has it both ways

There are a couple of ways to explain how Frank Gehry came to design a very large but surprisingly plain-spoken building for Facebook in Silicon Valley. »Read

In this article: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bobby Shriver
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 The Brief: May 27, 2015

The Big Conversation Campus carry legislation lived to fight another day as a last-minute deal saved Senate Bill 11 just before a midnight deadline in the House to take initial votes on bills originating in the Senate. The dramatic scene occurred ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Legislature, Same-sex marriage, water
Bills: SB 11,
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 14 Open House Seats, Few Takeover Opportunities

More than 90 percent of House incumbents routinely get re-elected, so open seats are a hot commodity. Five months into the 114th Congress, 14 House members have announced their departure, but just four of the seats they are leaving behind can be ... »Read

In this article: Lois Capps, Janice Hahn, John McCain, Patrick Murphy, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Loretta Sanchez
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 Democrats hope for Hillary coattails

Candidates expect her presence would affect their fates as well. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Julia Brownley, Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Raul Ruiz, sick leave
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 Kyrie Irving's return sparks rout of Hawks; Cavs earn 2nd-ever Finals spot

LeBron James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving returned after missing two games and the Cavaliers reserved an NBA Finals spot with a rout of the Atlanta Hawks to win the Eastern Conference title. »Read

In this article: Drought, James P. Jones, James Smith
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 Travel ban ends for Guantanamo inmates swapped for Bergdahl

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A one-year travel ban is expiring for five senior Taliban leaders held in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, until they were released last year in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, raising the possibility that the five can ... »Read

In this article: John McCain, Barack Obama, Ed Royce, Adam Schiff
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 Santa Barbara Spill: Case Study of Post-MSM News

The Santa Barbara oil spill is noteworthy in part as a case study of how news is gathered and disseminated in a digital world of niche operations and fragmented audiences. Much crucial information made its way up the news food chain from small local ... »Read

In this article: water
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 Singing the summer-blend blues

Nearly two-and-half million Southern California residents hit the road over the Memorial Day weekend, according to an estimate by the Automobile Club of Southern California. That was a 5.6 percent increase from last year in car trips of at least ... »Read

In this article: Severin Borenstein, Jamie Court, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Tobacco-related bills aim to raise prices, legal smoking age

A fight over tobacco is heating up at the state Capitol, where a handful of major cigarette-related bills are being debated. »Read

In this article: Ed Hernandez, Mark Leno, Richard Pan
Bills: SB 140, SB 151, SB 591,
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 California Assembly passes two bills to deter frivolous ballot measures

Amid outrage over a proposed initiative that calls for the execution of gays and lesbians, the California Assembly on Tuesday passed two bills to discourage outlandish ballot measures. »Read

In this article: Kim Alexander, Toni Atkins, Richard Bloom, Shannon L. Grove, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Anthony Rendon, Donald P. Wagner
Bills: AB 1100, AB 775, AB 884,
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 AM Alert: Kevin de León smash! For the environment

Senate leader taking page from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s playbook Sea World animals return for lobby day Pot backers lobby regulatory measures … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, Drought, Legislature, Mary Nichols, Alex Padilla, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 L.A. to consider shifting responsibility for sidewalks to landowners

For decades, Los Angeles' backlog of broken and lifted sidewalks has bedeviled pedestrians, cost the city millions annually in injury payouts and eluded a politically and financially palatable long-term solution. »Read

In this article: Joe Buscaino, Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian, water
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 Is this the year California legislators increase the gas tax?

SACRAMENTO >> Since taking office in 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown has helped to resolve some of California's toughest fiscal challenges -- mainly huge structural deficits and old, forgotten debts.But this year he appears ready to take on Mission: ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, Anthony Cannella, Robert Huff, Will Kempton, Senate Republicans
Bills: SB 16,
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 Southland water importer OKs $350-million boost in lawn-removal rebates

Responding to a surge of interest in removing grass amid California's worsening drought, the Metropolitan Water District agreed Monday to spend an additional $350 million to help homeowners and businesses replace the turf. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Paul Koretz, water
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 Audit finds millions in overtime pay at L.A. transportation department

Last year, the average employee who paints stripes on roads and installs street signs for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation made $48,100 in overtime, almost six times what most other city workers received. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, SEIU, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Obama administration loses bid to move forward on immigration action (+video)

An appeals court on Tuesday rejected the government’s argument that a program promising special status and work permits to some illegal immigrants should be allowed to move forward while the underlying legal case is litigated. »Read

In this article: Jerry A. Smith, Jerry Smith
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 Brown, Democratic lawmakers divided on budget estimates

Two weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown released his revised budget proposal, Democratic lawmakers are pushing their own spending plans that include hundreds of millions of dollars more for child care, healthcare and the state's rainy-day fund. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Richie Ross
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 California budget: Democrats release dueling spending plans

Both proposals assume the state will collect more revenue than Gov. Jerry Brown's administration predicts -- roughly $2.5 billion more -- but Democrats in the Senate and Assembly apparently have starkly different views on how to spend the extra ... »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, John Casey, Legislature, Proposition 2, Proposition 98, Senate Democrats, state budget
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 Ro Khanna considers running again for 17th Congressional District seat

U.S. Rep. Mike Honda claimed victory Friday in a hard-fought race against fellow Democrat Ro Khanna for the 17th Congressional District. »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna
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 California Assembly leader to stop unilateral spending

California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins plans to stop steering millions of dollars toward favored causes using her chamber's operating fund. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, John Casey, Kristin Olsen, state budget
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 Davis drought plan spares water bills -- for now

The Davis City Council is expected to vote Tuesday evening on a drought plan that aims to cut the city's water use, but does not include a 39 percent surcharge on water bills. »Read

In this article: Drought, Dave Hart, water
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 Council Tacks On $10 Million To City Budget

The Sacramento City Council is one step closer to a budget. On Tuesday the council voted to ask the City Manager's office to add nearly $10 million to the budget. The money would pay for 18 parks employees, 18 new police department officers and ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Jay Schenirer
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 Five things to know about Rick Santorum

The former Pennsylvania senator will enter the presidential race Wednesday »Read

In this article: Mike Huckabee, minimum wage, Mitt Romney, Dan Savage
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 California Assembly leader to limit unilateral spending

California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins plans to dramatically reduce the millions she steers toward her favored causes. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, John Casey, state budget
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 Letters: Politics is a history of gaffes

Years ago it was Sen. Ed Muskie, D-Maine, who dropped out of the 1972 presidential race after crying on the campaign stump in New Hampshire. Then, it was Howard Dean’s turn in 2004. After he made an unearthly scream from the podium in Iowa, his... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez
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 California Assembly votes to make pregnancy centers tell women of abortion option

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The California State Assembly approved a bill on Tuesday that would require licensed pregnancy centers, which sometimes steer women away from abortion, to inform clients about state programs offering such services, officials ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Allison Ruff, Allison Ruff
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 L.A. County supervisors delay vote on water cuts after complaints

Los Angeles County supervisors agreed Tuesday to postpone a vote on proposed water use restrictions for customers served by the county waterworks districts after residents expressed alarm at the reductions and questioned the method used to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Immigration and the drought: How many newcomers can California tolerate?

To the editor: Apparently Stanford academic Victor Davis Hanson and his fellow travelers at Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) have stumbled onto the root cause of our drought: foreign-born immigrants. How foolish of the rest of us to ... »Read

In this article: Victor Davis Hanson, Drought, water
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 Amid Granite Bay's regal landscapes, residents look to conserve water

San Juan Water District had the fifth highest per-capita water use in California The affluent district is under orders to cut usage 36 percent in the drought In upscale enclaves, residents are swapping out lawns and rethinking fountains … ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Get REAL, water, Manuel Zamorano
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 Drought angst shrivels Californians' views of state

Water shortage spurs worsening outlook on state’s direction Nearly six in 10 voters approve of Gov. Jerry Brown’s performance Proportion disapproving of Brown is lower than any time since March 2011 … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark DiCamillo, Drought, Field Poll, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 California gambling interests face off over future of Internet poker

Legislative fight has gone on for seven years Indian tribes, card rooms, horse tracks all at odds Shell bill recently passed out of committee for first time since 2008 … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: ROBYN A. BLACK, Barry Broad, Lloyd Levine, SEIU, Roderick Wright
Bills: AB 431,
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 Sheriff's union gives up recall effort against Karen Mitchoff

Contra Costa sheriff's Sgt. Shawn Welch, president of the union, said his agency wanted to work on the 'attrition and recruitment problems' involving his department, rather than wage the recall effort. »Read

In this article: John Gioia, Mary Piepho
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 The Future of the Patriot Act Depends on the Votes of These 10 Senators

If the USA Freedom Act comes to another vote, these are the senators to watch. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Mark Kirk
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 Obama administration loses bid to move forward on immigration action

An appeals court on Tuesday rejected the government’s argument that a program promising special status and work permits to some illegal immigrants should be allowed to move forward while the underlying legal case is litigated. »Read

In this article: Jerry A. Smith, Jerry Smith
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 USF bids fond farewell to Father John Lo Schiavo

In her eulogy at Father Lo Schiavo’s funeral on Tuesday inside St. Ignatius Church on the USF campus, Duryee asked mourners to stand if they had ever been married, baptized, received a letter of recommendation or attended a funeral presided over ... »Read

In this article: Richard Blum, Gavin Newsom
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 5 Tips For Conserving Water At Home

Here in dry, dusty Southern California, dealing with the worst drought in state history has become the 'new normal.' In my home, we've cut back on showers and watering the lawn. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Vermont's Sanders kicks off 2016 bid from Clinton's left

(AP) — Challenging Hillary Rodham Clinton from the left, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential bid Tuesday with a pitch to liberals to join him in a 'political revolution' to transform the nation's economy and politics. Sanders, ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Richard Robinson, Richard Robinson
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 Livermore man arraigned on DUI murder charges

A Livermore man suspected of driving drunk and killing a Seaside mother and daughter was arraigned on murder charges Tuesday in a courtroom packed with the victims' relatives. »Read

In this article: Brian W. Jones, Brian W. Jones
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 California Assembly Advances Bills Reacting To Anti-Gay Plan

The California Assembly on Tuesday approved legislation making it harder for citizens to propose extreme ballot initiatives following the outrage over a measure advocating the slayings of gay and lesbian people. »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Anthony Rendon
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 Assembly OKs initiative reforms after kill-gays measure

The California Assembly has approved changing the process for qualifying ballot initiatives in response to a proposal advocating the slayings of gay and lesbian people. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Anthony Rendon
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 California bill compels abortion notice at pregnancy centers

Californians who visit crisis pregnancy centers must know whether the facility is licensed and that abortion is an option under legislation advanced Tuesday by the state Assembly. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, David Chiu, Shannon L. Grove
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 Prospects dim for 11th-hour PATRIOT Act deal

'Our options are a lot more limited,' Utah Sen. Mike Lee says. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Mark Kirk, Devin Nunes
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 Ro Khanna to launch new campaign against Mike Honda on Saturday

Democrat Ro Khanna of Fremont is about to launch his second challenge to eight-term Congressman Mike Honda to represent a big chunk of Silicon Valley. »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Steven Glazer, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Barack Obama, Fortney Pete Stark, Eric Swalwell
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 A new way to exploit the California drought: immigrant bashing

Last year, a study of water rights by scholars at UC Davis and Merced warned that the long-term decline in California's water supply portended a new era of 'social conflict.'   »Read

In this article: Victor Davis Hanson, Drought, water
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 Popular cash-for-grass program expands during drought

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A major water wholesaler has added $350 million to its budget for a cash-for-grass program that has gained popularity during the California drought.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Bob Muir, water
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 California Assembly advances bills reacting to anti-gay plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The California Assembly on Tuesday approved legislation making it harder for citizens to propose extreme ballot initiatives following the outrage over a measure advocating the slayings of gay and lesbian people.... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Anthony Rendon
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 Could U.S. Supreme Court case shrink California's congressional clout?

The U.S. Supreme Court's agreement Tuesday to hear a case that could potentially overhaul how political districts are drawn has sparked waves of speculation among political and legal wonks -- including questions as to how a ruling could affect ... »Read

In this article: Rick Hasen, Paul Mitchell
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 Southland water district OKs $350 million more for lawn-replacement rebates

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on Tuesday voted to increase funding for its turf-removal program, as more and more residents and businesses swap water-guzzling lawns for more drought-tolerant landscaping. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 The power players behind Bernie Sanders' campaign

The team around the Vermont senator likely won't be fully set until early July. »Read

In this article: Bill Bradley, Michael Briggs, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, John F. Kerry, Barack Obama, Tom Vilsack
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 Revenue forecasts on state budgets are a crapshoot

California gets most revenue from income taxesCapital gains by the wealthy provide big chunk of revenueFinancial forecasts serve the interests of those making them … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Martin Block, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Proposition 2, state budget, Mac Taylor
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 Grocery workers job protection bill passes California Assembly

‘Job-killer’ bill would give workers 90 days after store changes ownership … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Donald P. Wagner
Bills: AB 359,
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 California Assembly passes bill raising initiative fee

Would raise filing fee for ballot initiatives to $8,000Comes after initiative seeking to put homosexuals to death … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Shannon L. Grove, Kamala Harris, Tom Lackey, Legislature, Donald P. Wagner
Bills: AB 1100, AB 884,
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 California Assembly passes bill targeting 'crisis pregnancy centers'

Would require centers to give information about abortion, lack of medical licenses Supporters say centers exist to discourage abortion … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Shannon L. Grove, Marie Waldron
Bills: AB 775,
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 California Assembly OKs bill to raise ballot initiative fee from $200 to $8,000

Amid outrage over a proposed initiative that calls for the execution of gays and lesbians, the California Assembly on Tuesday approved legislation that would increase the filing fee for a ballot measure from $200 to $8,000. »Read

In this article: Kim Alexander, Richard Bloom, Rocky Chavez, Shannon L. Grove, Kamala Harris, Legislature
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 California cash-for-grass program so popular it may expand

A cash-for-grass program is proving so popular during California's drought that a water wholesaler is considering boosting the budget for turf replacement rebates. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 El Cerrito group hosting program on minimum wage, Prop. 13 reform

Speakers from the UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and San Francisco community organization Evolve will be featured at the program at 6:30 p.m. May 26 at Zion Presbyterian Church, 545 Ashbury Ave. in El Cerrito. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, minimum wage
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 After hours: My Sister's House

More than 500 people attended the annual My Sister's House fundraiser and awards gala on May 18 at the Crest Theatre. The nonprofit provides culturally appropriate services to Asian-Pacific Islanders and other victims of domestic violence. This ... »Read

In this article: Christopher Cabaldon, Jan Scully
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 International experts to gather at World Trade Center event

International trade experts representing 25 countries across the globe will be on hand Thursday to meet with Sacramento-area businesses as part of an annual luncheon hosted by the Northern California World Trade Center. Beyond connecting local ... »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, Renée Taylor
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 Appeals court rules against Obama on immigration

A federal judicial panel in New Orleans on Tuesday denied the Obama administration’s request to lift an injunction on President Obama’s expanded deferred action program for illegal immigrants, throwing into doubt whether the program will begin ... »Read

In this article: Jerry A. Smith, Jerry Smith
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