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 A show of disunity at California GOP convention
Los Angeles Times/Editorial - Sept. 20, 8:02 pm
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 Dan Walters: Pending bill would change initiative system – for the better?
Sacramento Bee - Sept. 20, 7:32 pm
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 Gov. Brown signs bills promoting bike paths
Los Angeles Times/Editorial - Sept. 20, 8:10 pm
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 California Republicans plotting path beyond 2014
Sacramento Bee - Sept. 20, 10:28 pm
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 49er player not IDd in Santa Clara City Council controversy
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 Jerry Brown signs bill for bike lane fee

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that would allow local voters to consider a yearly fee on vehicle registrations to build bike lanes, bike lockers and other bicycle facilities. Bicyclists and pedestrians walk or ride on the Golden Gate Bridge ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark DeSaulnier, Legislature
Bills: SB 1183,
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 4 of 5 escaped Madera County inmates captured

Four of the five inmates who escaped from the Madera County Jail are back in custody. Investigators are still searching for Roel Soliz. »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Jorge Lopez
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 How I Made It: California Fashion Assn. president Ilse Metchek

The gig: Ilse Metchek is president of the California Fashion Assn., which puts her in the perfect spot to be the connector and self-described 'class historian' for the Southland's fashion and retail industry. Metchek oversees a roster of more than ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Richard Riordan
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 Strong reasons to retain state justices

California voters will see the names of three state Supreme Court justices and numerous Court of Appeal justices on their Nov. 4 ballots, a result of the state's hybrid system for keeping politics to a minimum in the court system while still ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Gray Davis, George Deukmejian, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Mickle Werdegar, Pete Wilson
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 49er player not IDd in Santa Clara City Council controversy

At issue is a resolution proposed by Next Door, a South Bay domestic violence nonprofit, calling on the 49ers to bench defensive lineman Ray McDonald until the issues surrounding his August arrest on suspicion of domestic violence are resolved. 'No ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Leland Yee
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 Endorsement: Measure L is a balanced plan to grant more power to Sacramento’s mayors

Whether you support Kevin Johnson or not, it’s time for the city charter to be updated. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson pumps up the crowd before the game as Republic FC hosts LA Galaxy II in the second round of the USL Pro playoff at ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, John Shirey
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 Rand Paul Serves Thin Gruel to GOP Convention

California Republicans hoping to be fired up and inspired by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, the keynote speaker at Saturday's GOP convention, instead were given a limp, meandering ramble, in which the prospective presidential candidate took recycled shots at ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Robert Huff, John McCain, universal health care
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 Red-light camera contractor spent thousands on meals for Sacramento County and CHP employees

Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers accepted free meals totaling thousands of dollars from the private company that operates the county’s red-light intersection cameras, then recommended that the ... »Read

In this article: Jessica A. Levinson, Robert Stern
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 Dan Morain: Pan-Dickinson race is a fight over the biggest business of all, health care

California's health care battle is playing out in the race between Richard Pan and Roger Dickinson. Dan Morain »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Nurses Association, Roger Dickinson, Steven Glazer, Ed Hernandez, Dan Morain, Richard Pan, SEIU, Darrell Steinberg
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 Viewpoints: Martins Beach property rights fight affects us all

Government coercion is wrong, even if the target is rich. Paul J. Beard »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, eminent domain, Jerry Hill, Vinod Khosla, Legislature
Bills: SB 968,
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 Amid tense California Republican Party convention, chairman calls privately for fewer gatherings

California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte said in an e-mail to party leaders Saturday that he never thought the party should hold a convention so close to the general election and that he wants fewer conventions in the future. California ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, James Brulte, California Republican Party, Tim Clark, Harmeet Dhillon, Aaron McLear, Ron Nehring
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 California Republicans plotting path beyond 2014

Republican Rand Paul, the Kentucky senator and probable presidential candidate, urged a fundamental transformation of his party Saturday, challenging California’s GOP leaders to swell their ranks with diverse candidates that embrace a broad ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, James Brulte, California Republican Party, Legislature, Steven R. Maviglio, referendum, Susan Shelley, Jose Solorio, Shawn Steel
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 Kevin McCarthy ribs Jerry Brown, backs Kashkari

After two statewide Republican candidates refused to commit to their gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield on Saturday left little doubt who he’s voting for in November. House Majority ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, Kevin McCarthy, water
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 Airports bill on breast-feeding goes to Gov. Jerry Brown

Mothers who breast-feed or pump may no longer find themselves wedged into bathroom stalls at California airports if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a law requiring the facilities to provide lactation rooms with electrical outlets and chairs.'Today's ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Bonnie Lowenthal
Bills: AB 1787,
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 Paul Tanaka insists he is still running for Los Angeles County sheriff

To the outside world, former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka has all but abandoned his campaign for Los Angeles County sheriff in the Nov. 4 election against Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell.But, he insisted in a telephone interview, he remains in the ... »Read

In this article: Leroy Baca, Raphael Sonenshein
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 Gov. Brown signs bills promoting bike paths

Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law two measures aimed at helping cities and counties expand and improve bike paths and trails, including one allowing voters to consider whether to increase some fees to pay for the work. »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Jerry Brown, Mark DeSaulnier, Loni Hancock, Kevin Mullin, Phil Ting
Bills: AB 1193, SB 702, AB 2386, AB 2720, SB 1183,
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 A show of disunity at California GOP convention

It was a double indignity for Neel Kashkari this weekend when not just one but two fellow Republicans on November's statewide ballot declined to endorse his campaign to oust Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Harmeet Dhillon, Michael Finnegan, Kevin McCarthy, Ron Nehring, water
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 Dan Walters: Pending bill would change initiative system – for the better?

A bill carried by outgoing Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and sitting on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk would change ballot measure process. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg
Bills: SB 1253,
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 Guest lineups for Sunday TV news shows, Sept. 21

Guest lineups for Sunday TV news shows, Sept. 21 Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Adam Schiff
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 Delays compound S.F.'s ambulance crisis

The analysis comes as city leaders are pledging to tackle San Francisco's ambulance crisis - created by a shortage of both working vehicles and medical personnel - and one supervisor is calling for changing law to ensure minimum staffing and ... »Read

In this article: Scott Harris, Edwin M. Lee
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 VIDEO: Tim Donnelly ‘endorsing liberty,’ not Neel Kashkari

Tim Donnelly, the conservative state legislator defeated by Republican Neel Kashkari in the gubernatorial primary election, declined on Saturday to endorse his former rival. Tim Donnelly speaks with reporters at the California Republican ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, Tim Donnelly, water
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 Five inmates escape from Madera County jail

Five Madera County jail inmates, including one charged with trying to kill a sheriff's deputy, escaped from the facility Friday night and remained on the loose Saturday evening, authorities said. »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Jorge Lopez
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 California authorities search for 5 jail escapees

Authorities were on the hunt Saturday for five men who escaped from a central California jail. This undated booking photo provided by the Madera, Calif., County Jail shows Jorge Lopez-Diaz, 26. Lopez-Diaz is one of five inmates who escaped from ... »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Jorge Lopez
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 Coastal panel recommends that U2 guitarist's Malibu project proceed

LOS ANGELES-After years of skirmishing over a rock star's proposal to build a secluded compound on a rugged Malibu ridge, the California Coastal Commission staff recommended Friday that the project move forward - with modifications. FILE - This ... »Read

In this article: David Evans, Fiona Hutton
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 NFL making headlines, but whiffing on domestic-violence policy

The league is in crisis, the 49ers are right in the middle of it, and every move they make has the grandstand referees throwing penalty flags. Minnesota pulls its star running back after he's accused of abusing his son, then reinstates him after ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, High-Speed Rail, Nancy Pelosi, Betty T. Yee, Steve Young
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 Police search for five escaped California inmates

(Reuters) - One day after a jail break near Fresno, California, a large-scale search was underway on Saturday for five escaped inmates, three accused of attempted murder, authorities said. »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Jorge Lopez
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