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What Happens When Extremism Becomes Mainstream?

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Dianne Feinstein pleas for GOP votes on drought bill

"Demand gun rights back: eliminate the Roster, the 10- and 30-day waits, the AWB, and 10-round magazine capacity limit as the price to help her."

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Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling

"Russian & Armenian Organized Crime Groups from Sacramento & Southern California when the Tobacco Tax was increased I think 10 years ago, created a brand new and largely uncontrolled form of smuggling where Ryder or Uhaul Trucks were driven to Indian Reservations in Las Vegas and their is nothing that Ag Inspection in Barstow could do, there is nothing illegal in hauling Cigarettes as long as there is a bill of sale."

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Kings owners set to announce deal with labor unions on downtown arena construction

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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

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 Viewpoints: Give cities a fair share of taxes
Sacramento Bee/Opinion - Aug. 21, 12:00 am
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 Bill Whalen: Gov. Brown has a point about low birthrates among California’s well-to-do
Sacramento Bee/Opinion - Aug. 21, 12:00 am
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 Viewpoints: California’s school spending should target needy students
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 Mayor, law enforcers discuss Ferguson aftermath in Sacramento forum
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 Viewpoints: Energy commission conflict-of-interest rules need updating
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 California to give legal aid to immigrant minors

Democratic lawmakers say they will approve legislation supported by Gov. Jerry Brown to spend $3 million to provide legal help for unaccompanied children from Central America. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Darrell Steinberg
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 'Pump and Play': Lottery tickets will soon go on sale at gas pumps

Soon you'll be able to buy lottery tickets at the pump at certain gas stations in California. »Read

In this article: California Lottery, Russ Lopez
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 Reselling old jeans on eBay is a great professional move

Read full story for latest details. »Read

In this article: John Donahoe, Steve Jobs
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 Young immigrants would get $3 million in legal help under California bill

Young immigrants poised to flood California's courts could get extra legal help under a bill offering $3 million to bolster legal services. Immigration activists with Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) demand the ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Barack Obama
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 California bill would increase penalties for soliciting minors for sex

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Adults convicted of soliciting underage prostitutes for sex will spend a minimum of two days in jail and face fines of up to $10,000 under a bill passed by the California legislature on Thursday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Ted W. Lieu
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 Democrats reject GOP attempts to lift school reserves cap

Democrats in the California Senate on Thursday rejected a Republican effort to overturn a state budget provision that caps the amount of money school districts can hold in reserve. »Read

In this article: Jean Fuller, Legislature, Proposition 2, state budget, Darrell Steinberg
Bills: AB 146,
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 California Senate approves bill to block expulsion for 'willful defiance'

The state Senate approved legislation Tuesday that would prevent California schools from expelling students for willfully defying school authorities, a punishment that activists say is unevenly applied and disproportionately affects minority ... »Read

In this article: Martin Block, Jerry Brown, California School Boards Association, Roger Dickinson, Los Angeles Unified School District, James Nielsen
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 Jerry Brown gets bill to OK local fees for bicycle facilities

Californians could vote to tax themselves to build bike paths, bike parking and other bicycle facilities under a bill heading to Gov. Jerry Brown. A bicyclist rides in a bike lane on Wednesday July 09, 2014 in Washington, DC. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark DeSaulnier
Bills: SB 1183,
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 Letter to the editor: Sensible knife laws

OPINION By GARY KIRKLAND The senseless tragedy a few weeks ago in the Santa Barbra area clearly demonstrates we need some sensible knife laws. Our legislators and the governor should require manufacturers to sell knives with handle locks. People ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Gary L. Kirkland
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 Fact check: Jerry Brown made time for debates before

When Gov. Jerry Brown announced this week that he would debate Republican Neel Kashkari once – but only once – ahead of the Nov. 4 election, his campaign said Brown could make time for only one debate because of his “demanding and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, Dan Newman
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Gov. Jerry Brown cynically undermines his own pension "reform" law

Jerry Brown portrays himself as the defender of public coffers as he battles the mighty California Public Employees' Retirement System. In fact, he capitulated to its administrative gutting of key provisions in the law he championed two years ago. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS
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 Contra Costa Times editorial: Gov. Jerry Brown cynically undermines his own pension "reform" law

Jerry Brown portrays himself as the defender of public coffers as he battles the mighty California Public Employees' Retirement System. In fact, he capitulated to its administrative gutting of key provisions in the law he championed two years ago. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS
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 Senate sends Jerry Brown bill on private beach dispute

A bill that seeks to expand public access to a California beach near Half Moon Bay is heading to Gov. Jerry Brown. In this Feb. 10, 2014, file photo, Julie Graves, left, of Albany, Calif., and Chris Adams, second from left, of Berkeley, Calif., ... »Read

In this article: Rusty Areias, Jerry Brown, Jerry Hill, Vinod Khosla
Bills: SB 968,
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 Officials say Lake Tahoe imperiled by wildfires

Lake Tahoe, a crown jewel of the western landscape, is being challenged by drought, invasive species, the threat of catastrophic wildfire and climate change, officials said Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, John Garamendi, Tom McClintock, water
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 Help inspire a new generation of manufacturing on Oct. 3

Posted by Gino DiCaro. Last year, more than 830 events (and more than 60 in California) were held in manufacturing facilities across the nation on Manufacturing Day to highlight the sector’s tremendous benefits. CMTA is pleased to once ... »Read

In this article: Gino DiCaro, technical education
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 Action could boost Iraq vote pressure

A small group of lawmakers urges congressional authorization of the latest military action in Iraq. »Read

In this article: Barbara Lee, John McCain, Howard P. Mckeon, Barack Obama
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 Putting Body Cameras on Cops Is Hardly a Cure-All for Abuses

On Tuesday, the City of Ferguson announced what seemed like a no-brainer: It would look into getting dashboard-mounted and wearable cameras for its police officers. The pledge—part of a litany of promises aimed to help the community 'feel more ... »Read

In this article: Mike Brown, David Harris
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 NEW: New CA pot bill snuffed out

Despite the backing of California cops, the latest effort to craft statewide rules on medical marijuana has stalled in Sacramento. Widely criticized as an imperfect bill, SB1262 nonetheless mustered support as a good faith attempt to bring order to ... »Read

In this article: Tom Ammiano, Jerry Brown, Lou Correa, Legislature, Gavin Newsom
Bills: AB 1894, SB 1262,
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 California pensions, consumers get $800 million from Bank of America case

California will get an $800 million share of the record-breaking $16.65 billion Bank of America Corp. is paying to settle claims over the packaging and sale of toxic mortgage securities. FILE - This Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 file photo shows a ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS, Kamala Harris
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 Media Blitz: How the media cheapen Ferguson and the civil rights movement

Comparison journalism reeks of ignorance and exploitation, writes Jon Friedman. »Read

In this article: Mike Brown, John Lewis
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 Computer Science Instead Of Math? Calif. Bill May Change College Guidelines

A Pacoima lawmaker wants to help students get into California state colleges and universities by using some computer science classes to fulfill math requirements for college admissions. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, John D. Mann, Alex Padilla
Bills: SB 1200,
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 James Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

Members of Congress decried Foley's death but they didn't express any new views on military intervention against Islamic State extremists »Read

In this article: John McCain, Ed Royce, Adam Schiff
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 CA & USA: Tied in Knots Over Race

America’s latest racial conflict is playing out on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, but everyone knows this could happen anywhere at any time. Few California cities are immune from such potential explosions. One over-zealous cop, a George ... »Read
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 Aaron Rodgers for Governor

You’ve been punked, California. There have been a number of false reports to the effect that California voters will watch Gov. Brown debate Neel Kashkari at 7 pm the night of Thursday, Sept. 4. How can people possibly believe this? That date and ... »Read

In this article: Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 The Energy and Creativity of the Internet Job Placement Sites

This summer, Congress enacted the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) which governs the $3 billion or so spent each year by the federal government on job training. Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, announced that the Act would bring U.S. ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden
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 What's the Deal with Cities and Counties Hiring Contingency Fee Lawyers?

I get that cities and counties in this economy are struggling, but it seems like lately they are willing to sue just about anyone. Is this a new scheme? Taxation through litigation? Who benefits from the public sector suing the private sector? Santa ... »Read
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 Tracking America's 'Hidden Millennials'

When it comes to attracting the hip and cool, Southern California, long a cultural trendsetter, appears to be falling behind – at least in the view of the national media. Articles about where millennials are, or should be, going rarely mention ... »Read
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 Governor gets bill that would tie strings to industry tax breaks

The governor is considering legislation that would create performance measures on all proposed tax credits offered to select companies across California. If the law is approved, any tax-break proposal would have to include some stated purpose or ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Mark Leno, Film tax
Bills: SB 1335,
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 Irvine to Pursue Court Action Against Former Consultant

City Council in a unanimous vote decided to request a Superior Court judge to order Stu Mollrich of Forde & Mollrich to turn over financial records. »Read

In this article: Larry Agran, Steven Choi, Beth Krom
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 AM Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Thursday

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today: »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Allen Warren, water
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 Homeowner fined for replacing grass with drought-tolerant plants

A San Ramon homeowner association says it will fine a woman $50 a month until she replants grass in 25 percent of her front yard. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, Lorena Gonzalez, water
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 California Assembly Approves Birth Control Access Bill

A bill that would require health insurers in California to provide free coverage of all FDA-approved birth control methods passed the Assembly on a party-line vote. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Marie Waldron
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 Plastic Bag Ban Bill Debate Heats Up

A bill (SB 270) in the California legislature would ban single-use plastic grocery bags and require a 10-cent charge on paper bags. It would prohibit grocery stores and pharmacies from giving the plastic bags to consumers. The money collected from ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Mark Murray
Bills: SB 270,
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 Plastic bag ban opponents up the ante in Sacramento

Lobbyists have launched an eleventh-hour effort to kill a bill that would make California the first state to outlaw flimsy plastic grocery bags, delaying a key vote and setting up one of the fiercest legislative battles of the year. »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Adam Gray, Ricardo Lara, Frank Molina, Mark Murray, Alex Padilla, Henry Perea, Susan Talamantes Eggman, Leland Yee
Bills: SB 270,
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 AM Alert: Who’s raking in the campaign cash?

With the November election less than three months away, candidates and party committees are raking in the donations. They raised $1 million across California on Monday and Tuesday alone. Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, faces one ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Wesley Chesbro, Fair Political Practices Commission, Debra Gravert, Adam Gray, Legislature, Sharon Quirk-Silva, Dan Walters
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 Dan Walters Daily: Assembly delays suspended lawmaker pay amendment

The Assembly was slow to take up a proposed constitutional amendment allowing lawmakers to suspend their colleagues without pay. Dan speculates there’s a secret agenda. State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, left, and Sen. Ron Calderon, ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Leland Yee
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 The Insurgents Who Could Bring Down the NCAA

Inside the fight to give college athletes a piece of the action »Read

In this article: Big Five, Bob Williams
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 Payroll abuses uncovered at two state agencies*

<p><span>In investigations prompted by improper financial acivity at the California's parks department two years ago, state auditors found <a href=http:* <p><b><span>Paige St. John ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Sutter Brown, Thomas M. Calderon, Kevin Johnson, water
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 CalPERS bucks Brown on pension spiking issue

The nail that apparently can’t be hammered down, pension spiking, popped up again yesterday when a divided CalPERS board approved union-backed pay regulations for new hires, despite objections from Gov. Brown and the League of California Cities. ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS, John Chiang, Rob Feckner, Chris McKenzie, sick leave
Bills: AB 197, AB 340, SB 53,
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 Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) -- For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether the Obama ... »Read

In this article: John McCain, Barack Obama, Ed Royce, Adam Schiff
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 Opinions > On Kevin Johnson and Michelle Rhee's la > Some call the mayor and his wife the next Bill and Hillary.

When we checked in a couple weeks ago, Sacramento&#8217;s Michelle Rhee was coming back to help run husband Kevin Johnson&#8217;s St. HOPE charter schools. It&#8217;s... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kevin Johnson, Michelle Rhee
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 Local Stories > Environmentalists debate the good and bad of > Some say bond is not "tunnel neutral" and is handout to farmers.

The water bond approved last week for the November ballot has drawn applause from Democrats and Republicans as just what California needs in a... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Darrell Steinberg, water, Lois Wolk
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 Local Stories > Hear them go boom! > How a one-of-a-kind teacher hopes to take Grant High School's drum line all the way to the White House.

This music room is a portal to a low-tech world. The TV isn&#8217;t flat. There &#10;are no iPads or digital projectors. But there is... »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Barack Obama, Michael Turner
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 Editorial: Grantland Johnson leaves a proud legacy

He served his community well during a long public career. Grantland Johnson, head of the California Department of Health and Human Services, stands near his Sacramento office in January 2001. He died on Tuesday at age 65. »Read

In this article: Dave Jones, Doris O. Matsui, Darrell Steinberg
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 Another View: State’s sacred sites should be preserved

Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s legislation would provide needed protection for sacred sites. Young Native American brothers, from left, Jacob, 3, Jesse. 2, and Alex Robles, 8, of Lodi perform the traditional grass dance during an American ... »Read

In this article: CEQA, Mike Gatto
Bills: AB 52,
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 Viewpoints: Energy commission conflict-of-interest rules need updating

Independent power producers shouldn’t have easy access. The Lodi Energy Center nears completion on August 8, 2012. Steven Bradford »Read

In this article: Steve Bradford, Energy Commission, Legislature
Bills: AB 2661,
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 Viewpoints: Give cities a fair share of taxes

Without changes in law, incorporations and annexations are financially impossible. Newly-elected Rancho Cordova city council members Ken Cooley, left, and Linda Budge congratulate each other at the Incorporation Headquarters in Rancho Cordova ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ken Cooley, Steve Fox, Legislature, Richard D. Roth, David Sander
Bills: AB 1521, SB 69,
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 Bill Whalen: Gov. Brown has a point about low birthrates among California’s well-to-do

But there’s no easy way for government or anyone else to change the trend. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anne Gust, Bill Whalen, Pete Wilson
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 Viewpoints: California’s school spending should target needy students

The State Board of Education must close loopholes in new funding formula. Karyme Mendez helps Joanna Botello make art out of letters and number shapes during an artist-in-residence program at Madison Elementary School in North Highlands. A new ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Shirley Weber
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 Huffman to hold town hall on mail moving to Medford

Congressman Jared Huffman will hold a town hall meeting regarding the plan to close Eureka's mail processing center — a change that he said in a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe would 'be detrimental to mail delivery in the region. »Read

In this article: Jared Huffman, Mike Thompson
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 Mayor, law enforcers discuss Ferguson aftermath in Sacramento forum

Local law enforcement became the highlight of a community forum Wednesday night in Sacramento that tried to make sense of the shooting of a teenager and the subsequent clashes that have taken place in Missouri. The Guild Theater filled with ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Allen Warren
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 The State Worker: State scientists face labor contract test

It’s test time for California’s 3,000 state government scientists. Jon Ortiz »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, SEIU
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 Scott Peters Airs First Ad in California House Contest

Freshman Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., released his first ad of the cycle Thursday, touting work he's done that he says has helped 'hold Congress accountable.' »Read

In this article: Brian Bilbray, Carl DeMaio, Barack Obama, Scott Peters
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