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

"may impact small business- really a $3 increase overnight would certainly impact any small business. Probably hurts non-minimum wage restaurant workers more than anything else, only ones making minimum wage in table service establishments are the tipped employees. That leaves the best paid people in the house getting a $3/hour raise, to the detriment of the others. Back asswards."

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

"Imagine, a propped up government instituted monopoly threatened by even the notion of an open playing field for all."

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Why The Grocery Bag Bill Should Be Referred

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 Senate Democrats Fall in Behind Schumer
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 Congress is Losing Top Environmentalists, But Democrats Have a Deep Bench to Take Over
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 S.F. Sheriff Mirkarimi reeling from scandal over forced fights
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 Indiana law, California drought, high-speed rail
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 Finding the Power to Get Fresh Water from the Ocean

It’s April, for most part the rainy season is over and the severe California drought lingers. Beyond strict conservation, other ideas once considered fanciful or too expensive are back on the table. We’ll skip past the idea of towing an iceberg, ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, PPIC, water
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 Could A New Pro Football Stadium Help California Beat Its Drought?

That’s the ambitious goal of the latest stadium proposal to appear in Los Angeles. The project—details of which are only now becoming public—would provide more than merely a home for the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars, who ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Joe Mathews, water
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 Memo to Steve Glazer: Being a Democratic "Centrist" Doesn't Mean Being Against Working Families

There’s a political war brewing in the mix of tony and working class suburbs of the East Bay that, thanks to the Top Two primary, is between two Democrats – self-described “centrist” political consultant Steve Glazer and Assemblywoman Susan ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Steven Glazer
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 Some Encouraging Words For Higher Education

“We have to invest in science and technology and our universities and that’s building for the future, not stealing from it.” Those words were spoken by Governor Jerry Brown on Meet the Press.   For those of us who believe that higher ... »Read

In this article: Dick Ackerman, Jerry Brown, state budget
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 Addressing young Democrats in N.H., O'Malley decries influence of 'ultra-wealthy'

NASHUA, N.H. -- Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley sharpened his populist rhetoric as he addressed a group of young Democrats here Tuesday night, telling them that politics “is not the exclusive domain of the ultra-wealthy.”Read full ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, John A. Wagner
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 California's shift toward renewables makes energy harder to manage

California's electrical grid has a problem - a nice problem, but a problem nonetheless: The state often has too much power. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: California Independent System Operator, Joe Desmond, renewable energy
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 Here's hoping for a marijuana measure that's not half-baked

Californians are almost certainly going to vote in 2016 on a ballot measure to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. And according to the most recent polls, a majority of voters now support that goal. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Gavin Newsom, Proposition 19
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 NFIB backs four business reform bills

Here’s the analysis of four bills in the California Legislature by the National Federation of Independent Business California. The NFIB supports all the bills. Two are by Democrats, two by »Read

In this article: Cathleen Galgiani, Adam Gray, Legislature, Kristin Olsen
Bills: AB 1486, AB 52, AB 54, SB 67,
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 READ IN: April Fool's Edition

By Reid Wilson-- Blame hyper-partisanship, or technology advances that allow campaigns to slice and dice the electorate: Whatever the culprit, the era of persuasion politics is over. Look no further than Indiana and Arkansas, where state legislators ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, John F. Kerry, Legislature, Duf Sundheim
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 The Fix: The lead singer of the Killers says Romney wasn't a good ambassador for Mormons. Here's why.

Killers lead singer Brandon Flowers doesn't think fellow Mormon Mitt Romney did a good job explaining and answering questions about their religion during the 2012 presidential campaign, and he has a point.Read full article >> »Read

In this article: David Campbell, Proposition 8, Mitt Romney
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 Can Ex-Members Sustain Success as Mayors?

It's not only the season's most consequential political event, but also a rare local election with a big rooting interest on the Hill. Voters in the nation's third-biggest city are deciding next week if they still want to be led by a onetime member ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Dianne Feinstein, Bob Filner, Janice Hahn, Gloria Negrete McLeod, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 California donors still not sold on Jeb

He's still a long way from being the clear choice for conservative establishment money. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Papa Doug Manchester, Kevin McCarthy, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama, Early Primary, Mitt Romney, Tom Ross, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert Stutzman
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 A tip for reforming minimum wage laws

The minimum wage in California rose July 1 from $8 an hour to $9. It is scheduled to increase to $10 an hour on Jan. 1, 2016, which will result in a 20 percent increase in labor costs in just a year and a half. To blunt the effects of the rapidly... »Read

In this article: Tom Daly, minimum wage
Bills: AB 669,
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 Letter: Antibiotic resistance worthy of concern

Antibiotic resistance is one of the most urgent public health issues, which is why I feel I need to respond to the opinion piece by John Kabateck [“Dubious legislation in full bloom this spring,” Opinion, March 19]. The Centers for Disease... »Read

In this article: Jerry Hill, John Kabateck, Legislature
Bills: SB 27,
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 AM Alert: Kamala Harris makes final push before first fundraising deadline

Politicians made creative pitches to boost their coffers before yesterday’s federal fundraising deadline. A strong haul could help Kamala Harris clear the field in the U.S. Senate race. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, John Garamendi, Kamala Harris, Ted W. Lieu, Loretta Sanchez, Adam Schiff, Dan Walters, water
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 Indiana law backs GOP hopefuls into a corner

Republicans are getting pummeled over gay rights issues of all sorts. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Legislature, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Robert Stutzman
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 Republican economic veterans, Hubbard and Warsh, advising Jeb Bush: sources

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Glenn Hubbard and Kevin Warsh, veteran Republican economic policymakers and critics of the Fed's ultra-loose monetary policy, have emerged as top economic advisers to likely presidential candidate Jeb Bush, Republican ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Bill Simon
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 Perez and Garcetti take aim at wage theft, minimum wage

Raising the minimum wage is one thing, but enforcing it is another. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Julie Su
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 Why gas prices in California are so much higher than elsewhere in U.S.

Californians are used to gyrating gas prices, but the latest swing from the lowest in years to nearly a dollar above the national average is leaving drivers in a tizzy. »Read

In this article: Severin Borenstein, Energy Commission, Ben Hueso
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 Christensen, Peskin waste no time in growling at each other

A few hours after The Chronicle broke the news Monday that former Supervisor Aaron Peskin would run for his old District Three supervisor’s seat, incumbent Julie Christensen was rallying her troops at the House of Shields on New Montgomery Street. ... »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Aaron Peskin
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 As he eyes 2016, Can Rick Perry kill the ghost of 2012?

The former Texas governor's last presidential bid didn't go too well, but that hasn't stopped him from weighing a do-over »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Mitt Romney
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 Jeb Bush defends Indiana law as he seeks Bay Area funds

[...] Jeb Bush arrives to criticism for defending Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the Republican who set off a firestorm last week when he signed a bill giving businesses the right to refuse services on religious grounds. Critics said the law opens the ... »Read

In this article: Sean Clegg, Bill Draper, Mike Huckabee, Carla Marinucci, Mitt Romney, Tom Stephenson, Bill Whalen
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 10% sales tax in Hayward, San Leandro, Union City

Sales tax hikes approved by voters last year will take effect Wednesday, while proposed legislation could mean a lot more sales tax measures on upcoming ballots. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Board of Equalization, David Kline, Legislature
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 Supreme Court ruling limits Medi-Cal suits

A U.S. Supreme Court decision will limit Medi-Cal lawsuits in California. Health care providers and the state have long fought over reimbursement rates. The ruling will likely disadvantage providers in future battles. … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Norman Williams
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 Indiana law, California drought, high-speed rail

Discrimination a two-way street … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Garamendi, Dan Walters, water
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 Indiana law draws Republican White House hopefuls into the culture wars

The national debate over an Indiana religious-liberties law seen as anti-gay has drawn the entire field of Republican presidential contenders into the divisive culture wars, which badly damaged Mitt Romney in 2012 and which GOP leaders eagerly ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Legislature, Early Primary, Mitt Romney, John Weaver
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 Gas prices generate irrationality, demagoguery

Volatile gasoline prices in California create irrationality among motorists. And it entices politicians into demagoguery. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, James T. Beall, Jamie Court, Energy Commission, Ben Hueso, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Campaign watchdogs claim 2016 hopefuls skirting finance laws

Two watchdog groups have filed election complaints against four unannounced – but likely – presidential candidates, saying they’re flouting campaign finance laws by raising oodles of dollars and traveling to…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Allie Brandenburger, campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Early Primary, water
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 Senate Democrats Fall in Behind Schumer

Charles E. Schumer said last week he had the votes to be the next Senate Democratic leader. By Tuesday, it was clear the New York lawmaker's colleagues had united behind his bid for the post. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Patrick Murphy, Senate Democrats
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 Congress is Losing Top Environmentalists, But Democrats Have a Deep Bench to Take Over

The 2016 election is just getting started but environmentalists already are counting losses, as longtime allies announce they won't seek reelection. That includes Harry Reid, who last week said he will retire in 2016 after 30 years in the Senate. A ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Henry A. Waxman
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 S.F. Sheriff Mirkarimi reeling from scandal over forced fights

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi may be the loneliest person at City Hall these days, after last week’s allegations that deputies had forced prisoners to fight each other has eroded support among those who had stood behind him through his previous troubles. ... »Read

In this article: Nathan Ballard, David Campos, Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi, Gavin Newsom
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 Sacramento City Council Bans Plastic Bags

The Sacramento City Council has voted unanimously to ban plastic grocery bags and require a minimum ten-cent charge for reusable or paper bags. The ordinance is similar  to a California  law signed last year by Governor Jerry ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Steven R. Maviglio, water
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 U.S. Supreme Court decision could curtail Medi-Cal lawsuits

During California's budget crisis, attempts to cut costs by reducing public services often became tied up in litigation. But on Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court significantly curtailed that legal avenue for advocates protesting spending cuts. »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Norman Williams
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