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San Diego Cab Owners Line Up At City Hall To Oppose Open Taxi Market

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Why The Grocery Bag Bill Should Be Referred

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Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling

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 DMV at 100: What does next century hold?
Bay Area News Group - East Bay/The Oakland Tribune - March 1, 4:03 pm
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 California Legislature hits a lull
Los Angeles Times/Editorial - March 1, 4:23 pm
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 AM Alert: California senators introduce fewest bills in more than 25 years
Sacramento Bee - March 1, 10:00 pm
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 A hydrogen highway to hell
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 Stockton bankruptcy's unsettled pension legacy
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 State Treasurer Chiang on Taxes and the Economy

With the rising conversation about extending Proposition 30 taxes, I asked state Treasurer John Chiang if he would advise that the taxes be continued. Chiang said that a promise was made that the taxes would be temporary and circumstances would have ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, John Chiang, Split roll
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 Is Texas Gov. Greg Abbott California's New Best Friend?

The new governor of Texas seems intent on making California more competitive with his own state – even though he may not realize it. Greg Abbott, as both a candidate last year and a governor this year, has been warning Texans against efforts to ... »Read

In this article: Legislature
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 LA Time Gets It Wrong - Again - on Sumps Issue

Thursday, the Los Angeles Times published an article about a number of sumps – or ponds – that exist in oil production regions in the lower San Joaquin Valley.  It’s an important issue but certainly not the scandal portrayed in the Time’s ... »Read

In this article: water
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 Electric Shock

Is Kevin de León trying to kill off what’s left of California’s manufacturing? He must. The leader of the California Senate a couple of weeks ago introduced a package of bills that call for a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use by cars and ... »Read

In this article: Tupper Hull, renewable energy
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 Inside LA County's foster care system, another LAPD shooting, Republicans visit California's money

Good morning. It is Monday, March 2.  Actor Will Smith has the number one movie in America with “Focus.” The film brought in $19.1 million but Warner Bros. executives believe it could have done even better had the weather cooperated in other ... »Read

In this article: Loretta Sanchez, Will Smith
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 Lawmaker calls to expand rebates for electric cars, renewable diesel stations

California Assemblyman Henry Perea has introduced legislation to expand rebates for clean vehicles and increase pump stations for renewable diesel. The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, funded by the California Air Resources Board, offers rebates of up ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Legislature, Henry Perea, renewable energy, state budget
Bills: AB 1176, AB 904,
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 Sen. Mikulski said to be retiring from Senate

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), who has served in Congress longer than any woman in history, will announce at a news conference Monday that she is retiring from the Senate after five terms in office, three people familiar with her plans said.Read ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, John A. Wagner
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 Things To Know Before San Diego Chargers Stadium Task Force Meeting

San Diegans will get their chance at a public meeting Monday night to weigh in on the Bolts' effort to get a new facility to replace Qualcomm Stadium. »Read

In this article: Martin Block, Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer
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 It's Apparently Not Too Soon For 2016 Election Season In San Diego

It’s only been four months since the November 2014 election and the GOP is already targeting Democratic Rep. Scott Peters for defeat next year. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Carl DeMaio, Kevin Faulconer, Tony Krvaric, Scott Peters
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 Lumber Liquidators stock slammed by '60 Minutes' report

Report alleges the U.S. retailer of hardwood flooring has installed Chinese-made wood in many American homes with higher-than-accepted levels of formaldehyde. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Tom Sullivan
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 READ IN: Song Of Ice And Fire Edition

By Reid WilsonA1: Today's top stories.-- This Week On The Hill: Congress bought itself another week to solve the DHS funding crisis, and the Senate will vote on -- and block -- a motion to create a conference committee tonight. Israeli Prime ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John F. Kerry, Legislature, Loretta Lynch, Kevin McCarthy, Mitt Romney
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 San Diego consults its civic playbook on stadium situation

Officials here are accustomed to doing civic business with a high degree of caution and deliberation, careful to avoid political conflict and legal wrangling whenever possible. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer, Jerry Sanders
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 In election with a bid to boost turnout, participation may be lacking

In an election Tuesday where voters will weigh in on an idea to boost L.A.’s low voter turnout, it remains an open question how many people will go to the polls. »Read

In this article: Robert Cole, Tamar Galatzan, Andra Hoffman, Jose Huizar, Paul Krekorian, Tom LaBonge, Nury Martinez, Gloria Molina, water, Herb Wesson
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 Supreme Court considers constitutionality of independent redistricting

Hundreds of congressional districts might have to be redrawn. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Justin Levitt, Jeanne Raya, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 DHS Funding Battle Reveals a Republican House Divided

Congress returns this week facing yet another Department of Homeland Security funding deadline -- but the appropriations squabble has suddenly become overshadowed by an increasingly bitter internal fight among House Republicans for the soul of the ... »Read

In this article: Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 With the One-Week DHS Funding Bill, Republicans Again Find Themselves Mired by Distractions

The fight to come on the Hill this week will just emphasize the Republican rifts and cloud their legislative agenda. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi
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 Stockton bankruptcy's unsettled pension legacy

On the day that Stockton emerged from bankruptcy last week, ending 32 months of debt protection, the final court argument was about the “cram down” imposed on the only creditor that did not cut a deal. Is Franklin bonds getting a 12 percent ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Brad Pacheco
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 Homeland Security funding deal elusive

With a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department possible at week's end, Speaker John Boehner says the House wants to enter talks with the Senate on a final bill funding the agency. Senate Democrats are not interested in joining those ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 Pigs Fly: CA GOP OKs Gay Republicans Club

California’s Republican Party stepped into the 21st Century and onto the right side of history Sunday, with a landslide vote granting formal acceptance of the mostly gay Log Cabin Republican club within the state party. After decades of ... »Read

In this article: Ruben Barrales, James Brulte, Steve Frank, Eric Garcetti, Rudy Giuliani, Ron Nehring, Loretta Sanchez, Adam Schiff, Duf Sundheim, Antonio Villaraigosa, Bob White
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 A hydrogen highway to hell

In 2004, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger outlined his vision of creating “hydrogen highways all over the state of California by the year 2010” – primarily subsidized by state taxpayers, of course. But despite tens of millions of dollars ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Energy Commission, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Bills: AB 8,
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 Josh Rogin: Can Obama's deal with Iran outlive his presidency?

With the White House reportedly trying to negotiate a 10- or 15-year deal on Iran's nuclear program, Republican leaders in Congress are threatening to unravel the agreement much sooner -Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Mark Kirk, John McCain, Barack Obama, Ed Royce
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 They're back! The Chronnie Awards CA GOP "family values" edition

With all the sparkle of a red, white and blue sequined hat emblazoned with the American flag, the California Republican Party kicked off its spring convention in Sacramento this week lead by their genial chair, former state Senator Jim Brulte, who ... »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party
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 AM Alert: California senators introduce fewest bills in more than 25 years

Keep an eye on controversial legislation to require vaccines and legalize assisted suicide. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Adam Gray, Jose Medina, Dan Walters
Bills: AB 60,
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 Dollars are scarce for railroad-crossing upgrades

It's basically impossible to prevent a driver from entering train tracks at most street-level crossings, like the one in Oxnard where a Metrolink train on Tuesday slammed into a pickup truck and derailed, or the one in New York where six people died ... »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Francisco J. Castillo, Legislature
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 State GOP formally welcomes gays to the party

In a historic break with its past, the California Republican Party voted overwhelmingly Sunday to formally recognize a gay GOP group. »Read

In this article: John Briscoe, James Brulte, California Republican Party, Rocky Chavez, Brandon Gesicki, Abel Maldonado, Nathan Miller, Shawn Steel
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 Buffett's Successor: A Jain and Abel Story

Ajit Jain, who runs Berkshire Hathaway’s reinsurance business, and Greg Abel, who runs the conglomerate’s energy business, have emerged as favorites to succeed Warren Buffett as CEO. »Read

In this article: Charles Munger, renewable energy
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 Lawmakers tinker with crime measure recently OK'd by voters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Four months after California voters lowered penalties for certain crimes, state lawmakers and law enforcement officials are lining up with proposals to repeal portions of the new law that they say have created ... »Read

In this article: Cathleen Galgiani, Adam Gray, Tom Lackey, Legislature, Melissa Melendez, Henry Perea, Lois Wolk
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 5 Things To Watch In SCOTUS' Obamacare Arguments

These questions will help determine who comes out ahead in the challenge to the Affordable Care Act's insurance subsidies. »Read

In this article: John Roberts, Christopher J. Walker
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 GOP discord undercuts efforts to fund DHS

House Republican leaders will face a familiar dilemma this week when they try again to approve funding to keep the Department of Homeland Security functioning through the end of September: They know their party is too divided to resolve the crisis ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Senate Democrats
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 California Legislature hits a lull

SACRAMENTO — It's quiet at the California Capitol. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, renewable energy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Darry Sragow, water, Bill Whalen, Pete Wilson
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 Facing long odds, Rocky Chávez marches toward Senate run

Perhaps Republican Rocky Chávez’s most daring belief is that he could overcome years of declining fortunes for his party and win a statewide race. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Thomas Del Beccaro, Carl DeMaio, Harmeet Dhillon, Jon Fleischman, Kamala Harris, Aaron McLear, Barack Obama, Duf Sundheim, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 James Harden, Rockets edge LeBron James, Cavaliers in OT

James Harden scored 33 points for Houston and Cleveland star LeBron James missed a pair of free throws with 4.2 seconds left in overtime, helping the Rockets hold on for a 105-103 win over the Cavaliers on Sunday. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Rafael Nadal, water
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 California Republicans vote to charter gay political organization

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California Republicans broke from their own platform on Sunday and voted overwhelmingly at their state party convention to give official recognition to a gay rights wing of the GOP that has long been marginalized. »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party
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 DMV at 100: What does next century hold?

California's Department of Motor Vehicles has navigated a century's worth of changes, from horseless carriages to electric cars. But the future holds a new set of technological and efficiency challenges for the agency. »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Chris Cochran, Carl Guardino
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 Sacramento City Council District 6 Candidates Make Their Pitch

This week, people who live in Sacramento City Council District 6 will begin voting for their next council member. Bruce Pomer and Eric Guerra have quite a few similarities.They have served on a college system's board of trustees -Pomer on the Los ... »Read

In this article: Eric Guerra, Bruce Roy Pomer
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 PIAA Class AAA Wrestling Pairings

First-round pairings for the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey. Wrestlers' names are followed by school, regional finish, grade and record. (x-denotes returning champion). … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Devin Brown, Jonathan M. Ross
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 No sign of Homeland Security funding deal as lawmakers clash

House Speaker John Boehner and his lieutenants, stung by a conservative rebellion last week, pressed ahead Sunday with a strategy based on opening formal negotiations with the Senate on a compromise. Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Democratic ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 California GOP recognizes gay faction of party

SACRAMENTO >> The California Republican Party on Sunday officially recognized the party's organized gay wing that has fought years for formal acceptance.The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that the 38-year-old Log Cabin Republican group received ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Celeste Greig
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