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 Committee To Take Up Issue Of Salaries For San Diego's Elected Officials
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 Bill seeks to remove gender bias from workers' comp claims
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 Delivery of the Midtown Sutter tower delayed until summer
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 Perry Allies Launch Super PAC
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 Lawmakers press Obama for 'lethal aid' to Ukraine
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 At the pinnacle of San Francisco style

The Chronicle Style section staff and Peter Hartlaub had no problem compiling a list of 11 of the best-dressed living San Franciscans. Once the nominees were chosen, more than 2,000 readers voted last month in a The Big Event SFGate.com poll. ... »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, David Chiu, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi
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 Rocky Chávez cites Marine background as key asset in U.S. Senate race

Rocky Chávez, a Republican state assemblyman from Oceanside, launched a campaign for U.S. Senate on Thursday, offering his military background as a key asset in the race to succeed Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Brian Brokaw, Jerry Brown, Louis Caldera, Thomas Del Beccaro, Michael Finnegan, Kamala Harris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Duf Sundheim, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Blighted block of Sacramento begins transformation

After more than a decade of high hopes and false starts, work has finally begun to redevelop a blighted block of Sacramento's K Street. »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, redevelopment agencies, John Shirey
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 Gay Marriage Loses Sting as Political Issue; Sen. Mark Kirk Sides With Couple Challenging State Bans

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, a Republican facing a tough re-election fight next year, has agreed to add his name to a brief supporting same-sex marriage in a case before the Supreme Court later this year, another sign gay marriage is losing its sting as ... »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, Mitt Romney, Same-sex marriage
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 UC computer project behind schedule, millions over budget

The University of California said a new computer system would make the multi-campus system more efficient and save money, but the payroll project has already cost $50 million more than expected and the financial benefits of the overhaul are unclear. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin McCarty, state budget
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 S.F. plans to move entire homeless encampments into housing

Greg Fairrer lay face down on the sidewalk in the Mission District on Thursday while one block away, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was trumpeting what could be Fairrer’s salvation — a homeless-aid Navigation Center designed to move entire homeless ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, Bevan Dufty, Edwin M. Lee
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 States on edge about the future of health insurance markets

Mixed signals from the Supreme Court have states on edge about the future of health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. And a summer decision from the justices leaves little time for backup planning. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jim Evans, Legislature, Barack Obama
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 GOP lawmaker in California launches bid for US Senate

A two-term Republican legislator who has sought to broaden the appeal of the party with Hispanics launched an uphill campaign Thursday to become the next U.S. senator from California, a state that hasn't sent a GOP senator to Washington since the ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, California Republican Party, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Harmeet Dhillon, Steve Frank, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Duf Sundheim, Bill Whalen
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 More Than 300 Republicans Call on Supreme Court to Recognize Gay Marriage Nationally

Signers include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sens. Susan Collins and Mark Kirk and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker »Read

In this article: Rudy Giuliani, Mark Kirk, Proposition 8, Mitt Romney
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 Has California's Leading Latino Politician Missed His Moment?

Antonio Villaraigosa decided not to run for Senate and may run for governor in 2018. But his path might be blocked by newer rising stars. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Eric Garcetti, Robert B. Garcia, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, Alex Padilla, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Lawmaker becomes first Republican to enter California's U.S. Senate race

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California state lawmaker Rocky Chavez on Thursday became the first Republican to jump into the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated next year by Democrat Barbara Boxer. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Brian Brokaw, Rocky Chavez, Field Poll, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Christie blasts back to defend Exxon settlement

He tries to counter the claims that his administration gave Exxon Mobil a sweetheart deal. »Read

In this article: John Hess, Kevin Roberts, water
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 Moderates press Pelosi on Democratic agenda

The gathering highlights growing urgency among House Democrats to become more competitive. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Lois Capps, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Senate confirms film producer to California college board

The California Senate has confirmed the former executive producer of the "The Hangover" movies to the California Community College Board of Governors. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark Leno, James Nielsen
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 GOP leaders to skip Selma event

'They've lost an opportunity to show the American people that they care,' one black lawmaker says. »Read

In this article: Legislature, John Lewis, Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama
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 Are soaring pension and administration costs at heart of UC budget fight?

This week, the University of California announced it would cap enrollment for in-state students at some campuses. In the wake of this escalation of the game of budget chicken between U.C. President Janet Napolitano and state lawmakers, I’ve ... »Read
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 Republican Rocky Chávez enters 2016 U.S. Senate race

Assemblyman Rocky Chávez has entered California's 2016 U.S. Senate race, the first Republican to do so and the second declared candidate besides state Attorney General Kamala Harris. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Brian Brokaw, California Republican Party, Thomas Del Beccaro, John Estrada, Field Poll, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez, Adam Schiff, Thomas F. Steyer, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Local health leaders call for increase in Medi-Cal rates during forum

Three million more Californians have insurance today than a year ago, but many of them are covered by Medi-Cal — and that's putting financial challenges on local providers, said speakers at a Business Journal breakfast forum in Sacramento on ... »Read

In this article: Lisa Folberg, Jack Robinson
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 Republican Assemblyman Rocky Chavez to run for U.S. Senate

LOS ANGELES -- A two-term Republican assemblyman who has sought to broaden the appeal of the party with Hispanics launched an uphill campaign Thursday to become the next U.S. senator from California, a state that hasn't elected a GOP senator since ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, California Republican Party, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Harmeet Dhillon, Steve Frank, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Duf Sundheim, Bill Whalen
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 San Diego Republican Rocky Chavez Launches Campaign For U.S. Senate

A two-term Republican assemblyman who has sought to broaden the appeal of the party with Hispanics launched an uphill campaign Thursday to become the next U.S. senator from California. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, California Republican Party, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Harmeet Dhillon, Steve Frank, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Duf Sundheim, Bill Whalen
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 Chiropractors lobby against bill ending belief exemptions for vaccines

Legislation that would do away with personal-belief exemptions for childhood vaccines, filed in response to the recent measles outbreak in California, has quickly emerged as one of this year's most polarizing bills. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Richard Pan
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 Central Valley congressmen epitomize California GOP's immigration woes

No lawmaker worked harder than Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) to distance himself from the right flank of his party when it risked shutting down a crucial government agency this week to fight President Obama’s immigration policy. »Read

In this article: California Target Book, Tom Campbell, Jeff Denham, Allan Hoffenblum, Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, David G. Valadao, water
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 GOP lawmaker launches bid in California 2016 US Senate race

A California legislator who has sought to broaden the appeal of the Republican Party with Hispanics has launched an uphill campaign for U.S. Senate. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Rocky Chavez, Kamala Harris, Legislature
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 He's back: Marty Morgenstern named to health board

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed longtime adviser Marty Morgenstern to the board of California’s health exchange, as two former Schwarzenegger administration officials’ terms expire.. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Susan Kennedy, Marty Morgenstern
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 Congressional Leaders Urge Obama to Beef Up Ukraine Military

Congress passed law last year to extend military aid. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Ed Royce, Adam Schiff
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 Rocky Chávez declares candidacy for Senate

Assemblyman Rocky Chávez on Thursday became the first prominent Republican to declare candidacy for California’s U.S. Senate seat in 2016. Chávez, R-Oceanside, said he plans to focus on strengthening national security, creating more education ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, California Republican Party, Thomas Del Beccaro, John Estrada, Field Poll, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez, Adam Schiff, Thomas F. Steyer, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 What Comes Next

Imagining California’s future in the Pacific world, by Annalee Newitz »Read

In this article: water
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 Republican Rocky Chavez enters U.S. Senate race in California

Rocky Chávez, an assemblyman from Oceanside, announced his campaign for U.S. Senate on Thursday, becoming the first major Republican to enter the race to succeed Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Kamala Harris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Duf Sundheim, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Republican Rocky Chávez launches bid for Boxer seat

California Assemblyman Rocky Chávez formally entered the contest Thursday to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer when she retires in 2016. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez, Adam Schiff
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 CA Supreme Court curbs Jessica's Law

In a closely-watched San Diego case, the California Supreme Court dealt a blow to Jessica’s Law. Officially called Proposition 83, it was passed in 2006 by 71 percent of state voters ready for strict »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Rudy Giuliani, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Lawmakers Urge Obama to Expedite Lethal Aid for Ukraine

Eight House Republicans and three House Democrats agree on something: President Barack Obama should help Ukraine defend itself against Russian aggression -- and fast. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, Ed Royce
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 Ammo ban clears court

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals yesterday rejected a challenge to a 2013 Sunnyvale law that bans possession of large capacity ammunition magazines. Dan Brekke and Alex Emslie have the story for KQED. The panel found that U.S. District Court ... »Read

In this article: Darrell Steinberg, minimum wage, Ricardo Lara, Lorena Gonzalez, Jeff Denham
Bills: AB 305, SB 411,
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 Drexel To Close Sacramento Campus

Drexel University says it's closing its Sacramento campus.  The Philadelphia-based school opened the campus on Capitol Mall in 2009.  In a letter, school president John A. Frye wrote that Drexel wants better academic quality, more ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Doris O. Matsui, Kyriakos Tsakopoulos
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 Lawmakers press Obama for 'lethal aid' to Ukraine

The Ukrainian politicians urged for more forceful action from the United States. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, Ed Royce, Adam Schiff
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 Perry Allies Launch Super PAC

*Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout. Allies of former Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday rolled out a super PAC that can raise unlimited amounts of money to boost the likely 2016 presidential candidate.  ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Tony Russo, Ray Sullivan
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 Rick Perry supporters launch super PAC for 2016 presidential run

A group of Rick Perry's supporters and former advisers launched a super PAC on Thursday to promote the former Texas governor's likely campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.As a super PAC, the Opportunity and Freedom ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Tony Russo, Ray Sullivan
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 Delivery of the Midtown Sutter tower delayed until summer

Timelines for Sutter Health's midtown development project have slipped again. Slideshow: Sutter pharmacy The long-awaited delivery of a women's and children's center, most recently pegged at early May, is now expected some time between ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Richard Pan, water
Bills: AB 2557,
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 Coming soon: Pets on Amtrak?

House lawmakers pass a provision to allow a train car for travelers with cats and dogs. »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, Tom McClintock
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 New legislation seeks Medi-Cal rate hike to Medicare levels

Medi-Cal paid $12 for a basic primary-care visit by an established patient in 2014. Medicare paid $21.20 for the same thing. The difference is bigger for new patients. Medi-Cal paid $22.90 for a basic primary-care appointment for a new patient in ... »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, Ed Hernandez, Legislature
Bills: AB 366, SB 243,
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 Committee To Take Up Issue Of Salaries For San Diego's Elected Officials

Last month, the San Diego County grand jury said base compensation of the mayor has been frozen at $100,464 since 2003, and the pay of council members has been $75,386 since that time. »Read

In this article: Bob Filner, Jan Goldsmith, Sherri Lightner
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 Bill seeks to remove gender bias from workers' comp claims

Health conditions that largely affect women would no longer be labeled pre-existing conditions that lead to a reduction in workers' compensation payments, under new legislation from Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez. Under the bill, women could not ... »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Steve Hopcraft, Legislature
Bills: AB 305,
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 Milpitas store owner sues customer for half of $1 million lottery prize

Instead of dipping into the money for a family vacation in Hawaii and banking the rest for early retirement, the 53-year-old mother of five is gearing up for a court battle with the owner of USA Liquors. »Read

In this article: California Lottery, Alex Traverso
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 East Bay assemblymen introduce bill to improve school breakfast programs

AB 1240, introduced by Assemblymen Rob Bonta and Tony Thurmond, aims to provide breakfast after school starts to reach more students than current programs that are offered before classes begin. The program, which would be funded with federal ... »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Tony Thurmond
Bills: AB 1240,
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 UC executive salary caps proposed in new bill

New bill takes aim at executive compensation at the University of California »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Leland Yee
Bills: AB 837,
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 A Closer Look At San Diego's Ambitious Climate Plan

San Diego's Climate Action Plan has several ambitious goals, including changing the way people get around and where their energy comes from. A new nonprofit group is working to make sure the plan stays ambitious. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria, water
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 Don't Tax Independent Expenditures, Eliminate Candidate Donor Limits

The bill authored by Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) to tax independent expenditure campaign spending has a point, although the measure itself is likely to find resistance in both the halls of the legislature and in the courts. Levine’s ... »Read

In this article: Rick Hasen, Legislature, Marc Levine, Dan Walters
Bills: AB 1494,
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 Antonio Villaraigosa is Quintessential California

It shouldn’t matter much to Californians whether Antonio Villaraigosa gets to be a U.S. senator or governor someday. We have no shortage of ambitious politicians, after all. But what should matter to us is whether Antonio Villaraigosa gets to be ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 LA Teachers Union: Striking Out?

The case is being built for a teachers’ strike in Los Angeles. The next step in the contract negotiation process is mediation, whereby a state-appointed mediator will try to get the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the United ... »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Californians Deserve Better Protection When Shopping

First it was our favorite one-stop-shop – Target – exposing the information of 110 million people. A year later, it was our iconic orange friend that helps us do it ourselves – Home Depot – leaving 56 million store credit card holders ... »Read
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