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 Business Should Imitate CTA Advocacy Effort
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 Prop. 47's Benefits Are Clear
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 Despite concerns about Prop. 45, Covered California board takes no position
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 California GOP pins hopes on female candidates

The unusually warm words by a Republican candidate for an incumbent Democratic governor is just one of the factors that makes Fresno's energetic mayor one of the state GOP's brightest hopes in November. Avoiding mudslingingAs she challenges ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, James Brulte, John Burton, California Teachers Association, Chuck Reed, Betty T. Yee
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 Coastal panel recommends that U2 guitarist's Malibu project proceed

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. »Read

In this article: David Evans, Fiona Hutton
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 Gov. Brown approves tougher penalties for starting major fires

Hours after a man was charged with arson that allegedly caused the sprawling King fire east of Sacramento, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed into law tougher penalties for those who cause major fires. »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Tom Berryhill, Frank Bigelow, Jerry Brown, Roger Dickinson, Mike Gatto, Ricardo Lara, Evan Westrup, Lois Wolk
Bills: AB 1520, AB 852, AB 1660, SB 930, SB 1350, SB 1358,
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 GOP convention kicks off with focus on diversity

California Republicans are looking to put a new face on their party after decades of declining registration in a state that increasingly leans to the left politically. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, James Brulte, Connie Conway, Diane L. Harkey, Kevin McCarthy, Kristin Olsen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michelle Steel, Mimi Walters, Betty T. Yee
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 Before prescribing antipsychotic drugs to foster children, California doctors will soon need authorization

In a significant step toward curbing the overuse of psychiatric drugs in California's foster care system, doctors will soon be required to get extra authorization to prescribe antipsychotics, a new safeguard to protect some of the state's most ... »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Norman Williams, Ken Yeager
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 Winery's message to government: Crush grapes, not vintners

[...] thanks to heavy-handed California regulators, he’s selling off his ports and boutique wines and turning his winery back into a home. In July, state Department of Industrial Relations officials showed up at Westover Winery and slapped Smyth ... »Read

In this article: Christine Baker, minimum wage, Bob Wieckowski
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 GOP kicks off convention with focus on diversity

California Republicans are looking to put a new face on their party after decades of declining registration in a state that increasingly leans to the left politically. An attendee at the California GOP convention walks past a wall of campaign ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, James Brulte, Steve Davey, Ted Gaines
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 Pleasant Hill: CalPERS audit finds city incorrectly enrolled 511 Contra Costa staffers

PLEASANT HILL -- Employees of a program devoted to moving commuters out of cars and onto bikes and public transit were incorrectly classified as city employees for years, according to an audit by the California Public Retirement System. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Brad Pacheco
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 California reinstates tougher arson penalties

California has reinstated tougher penalties for aggravated arson just as authorities charge a Northern California man with setting a fire that has burned nearly 120 square miles of timber in the mountains east of Sacramento. »Read

In this article: Tom Berryhill, Jerry Brown
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 The Buzz: Neel Kashkari now says drug test idea ‘was a joke’

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari insisted Friday he was joking when on a talk radio show he proposed mandatory drug tests for all California legislators and statewide officeholders earlier in the day. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, Mark Larson
Bills: AB 1520,
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 New wording approved on driver's licenses for those in U.S. illegally

Federal officials have approved new wording on California driver's licenses that would be issued to immigrants in the country illegally, according to a letter from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon
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 New leak found at BOE building as Jerry Brown signs state building review law

With new repairs starting over the weekend at the troubled Board of Equalization building, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a measure aimed at eventually moving state employees out of the downtown Sacramento high rise. The Board of ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Roger Dickinson, Legislature, Richard Pan, Michelle Steel, water
Bills: AB 1656,
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 End-of-session fundraising tops $3 million

The last weeks of the legislative year are a traditional time for California lawmakers to collect campaign money. With hundreds of bills awaiting final action, breakfast, lunchtime and evening fundraisers crowd a busy end-of-session calendar. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Jim Miller, Alex Padilla, state budget
Bills: SB 1101,
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 California to ban smoking at home day cares

Home day care operators in California must stop smoking in their houses, even after hours when children are gone. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Isadore Hall
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 Feds give green light to California immigrant licenses

Removing a stop sign for immigrants who live in California illegally but hope to become legal drivers, federal officials have signed off on the design of licenses for foreign-born residents. People who attended a DMV public hearing on new ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Jerry Brown, Cristina Garcia
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 L.A. lawmakers could vote next week on wage boost for hotel workers

Los Angeles lawmakers could vote as soon as Wednesday to boost the minimum wage for workers at big hotels to $15.37 -- well above the minimum that Mayor Eric Garcetti is championing for workers citywide. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Curren Price
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 Jerry Brown vetoes bills to help men change baby diapers

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed two bills Friday that would have made baby-changing stations more accessible to men in public places. A baby has her diaper changed at a program for teenage parents at Chana High School in Auburn in May 2013. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Lois Wolk
Bills: SB 1350, SB 1358,
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 'Nanny state?' Brown vetoes diaper changing bills

So much for the “nanny state” – Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a pair of bills Friday that would’ve required more diaper changing stations across California. SB 1350 by state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, would have required the California ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara, Lois Wolk
Bills: SB 1350, SB 1358,
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 Export-Import Bank gets reprieve, but supporters remain worried

The federal Export-Import Bank, which was in danger of shutting down at month's end because of strong conservative opposition, will live on after Congress approved a short-term extension of its charter. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, renewable energy
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 PG&E's judge-shopping prompts demands for criminal probe

Two state legislators and the mayor of San Bruno demanded Friday that state Attorney General Kamala Harris open a criminal investigation into whether Pacific Gas and Electric Co. broke the law by lobbying state regulators in a rate case that could ... »Read

In this article: Paul Clanon, Michael Florio, Kamala Harris, Jerry Hill, Kevin Mullin, Michael R. Peevey, John Wong
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 Neel Kashkari now says drug test idea 'was a joke'

LOS ANGELES – Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari insisted Friday he was joking when on a talk radio show he proposed mandatory drug tests for all California legislators and statewide officeholders earlier in the day. ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Mark Larson, Kristin Olsen
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 Suspect arraigned in King Fire; first structures burned

PLACERVILLE - Arson suspect Wayne Allen Huntsman made his first court appearance today over allegations that he set the devastating King Fire near Pollock Pines and had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf. Defense attorney William Dittman, ... »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Jerry Brown
Bills: SB 930,
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 Sacramento rail manufacturer scores major contract

Sacramento-based Siemens Rail Systems announced on Friday it has won a major contract to build 175 light rail cars for San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency. At $650 million, the order is the largest the manufacturer has won in the ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Doris O. Matsui
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 Left and right agree on something at last: tipping is a management scam

In this hyper-polarized world, it's rare to find liberals and conservatives agreeing on anything--and especially surprising to find them agreeing that hotel housekeepers deserve a raise.  »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Maria Shriver
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 Brown signs legislation to boost local regulation of massage businesses

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday the gives local governments more power to regulate massage businesses. Assembly Bill 1147, by Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla from Concord, also boosts oversight of massage professionals. ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown
Bills: AB 1147,
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 State workers, follow the political money in races where you live

The Bee has launched a new tool that allows users to track political money in state races, including three Sacramento-area districts where Democrats are battling in closely-contested races: Assembly District 7 (Steve Cohn vs. Kevin McCarty), ... »Read

In this article: Steve Cohn, Roger Dickinson, Kevin McCarty, Richard Pan
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 Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk Shows

Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Jane Harman, Joe Trippi
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 Lawmakers deride Kashkari's call for them to be drug-tested

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari’s proposal Friday to require state legislators and other elected officials to undergo annual drug tests was met with derision from lawmakers. »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Mark Larson, Darrell Steinberg
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 Officials demand criminal probe of PG&E's judge-shopping

Two state legislators and the mayor of San Bruno demanded Friday that state Attorney General Kamala Harris open a criminal investigation into whether Pacific Gas and Electric Co. broke the law by lobbying state regulators in a rate case that could ... »Read

In this article: Paul Clanon, Michael Florio, Kamala Harris, Jerry Hill, Kevin Mullin, Michael R. Peevey, John Wong
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 CalSTRS to funnel billions into clean tech investments

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System is more than doubling its investments in clean technology, the public pension fund announced Friday. Investments will rise from the current $1.4 billion in holdings to $3.7 billion over the next ... »Read

In this article: Christopher Ailman, CalSTRS
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 Democrat Steve Fox sued by ex-Capitol staff

A former legislative director has filed a discrimination lawsuit against freshman Assemblyman Steve Fox, alleging that the Palmdale Democrat forced her to perform menial tasks for his private law office and created an untenable work environment that ... »Read

In this article: Steve Fox, Tom Lackey, Legislature
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 Swearengin, Kashkari talk on the radio Friday

Several weeks after she pointedly left open the possibility of voting for his Democratic rival, Republican controller candidate Ashley Swearengin on Friday called in to a talk radio show hosted by GOP gubernatorial nominee Neel Kashkari. Fresno ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Mark Larson, Jim Miller, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom, Kristin Olsen, Betty T. Yee
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 California Republican Party Convention Kicks Off In Los Angeles

More than 1,000 delegates and activists are expected to attend the three-day California Republican Party convention, which begins Friday at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, California Republican Party, Kevin McCarthy, Michelle Steel
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 River Cats and SF Giants say fan interest drove the affiliation deal

Officials from the San Francisco Giants and the Sacramento River Cats, holding a joint news conference Friday morning, said they chose each other as new affiliates because it is clearly what fans wanted. The River Cats had been a farm team for the ... »Read

In this article: Christopher Cabaldon, Steve Cohn, Kevin McCarty
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 Neel Kashkari pushes mandatory drug tests for lawmakers

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari on Friday proposed mandatory drug testing for all California legislators and statewide officeholders. Republican Neel Kashkari speaks during a gubernatorial debate with Gov. Jerry Brown in ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark Larson, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Re-elect Jerry Brown

The California governor has pulled the state back from the brink of financial disaster and set a course to stability with a combination of strategic resolve and political pragmatism. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Michael Florio, Legislature, Michael R. Peevey, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 'The Case Against the Supreme Court' pushes for reforms

Erwin Chemerinsky has made an exemplary career out of teaching, writing and lecturing about the U.S. Supreme Court. And though he has strongly liberal views, he is widely admired for his ability to explain the work of the court in a way that is ... »Read

In this article: Erwin Chemerinsky, John Roberts
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 Drugging Our Kids: California calls for new checks on psych meds for foster kids

In a significant step toward curbing the overuse of psychiatric drugs in California's foster care system, doctors will soon be required to get extra authorization to prescribe antipsychotics, a new safeguard to protect some of the state's most ... »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Norman Williams, Ken Yeager
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 Loretta Sanchez Endorses Jose Solorio for State Senate

Hot off the press:  Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez issued a formal endorsement for Jose Solorio as her choice in the 34th State Senate District.  Sanchez’s endorsement is key in the district which includes a large portion of Congresswoman ... »Read

In this article: Loretta Sanchez, Jose Solorio
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 Possible Rules Change Could Punish Boehner Dissidents

Plan floated to strip committee slots from members who rebel during floor vote for speaker. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes
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 No names mentioned in May report

San Jose police said Thursday they also responded to a 911 call in May at the home of 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald. »Read

In this article: Gavin Newsom, Nancy Pelosi
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 Hillary Clinton's Decision Time

Presumptive 2016 Democratic frontrunner faces a question of timing »Read

In this article: George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani, John F. Kerry, Chris Lehane, John McCain, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Steve Schmidt
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 Pavement Helps Trailer Park Residents Breathe

By Suzanne Potter Graciela Zuniga and her two toddler boys suffer from asthma and bronchitis – conditions that are aggravated by all the dust kicked up by cars on the dirt roads of the trailer park they call home. “I get sick a lot, so do ... »Read

In this article: John J. Benoit, minimum wage, V. Manuel Perez, water
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 California Republicans kick off convention in Los Angeles

Just weeks before California voters begin casting mail ballots, about 1,000 of the state’s Republicans will gather in Los Angeles this weekend at their biannual convention. This year’s theme: “Reclaim California.” »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, Kevin McCarthy, Meg Whitman
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 Newly approved film tax credit divides organized labor

California’s tax break for movies and television shows has tripled in size following a formal approval on Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The expanded program is expected to create jobs across northern California as well as Los Angeles. The new law ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Legislature, Art Pulaski, Film tax
Bills: AB 1839,
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 Despite concerns about Prop. 45, Covered California board takes no position

Despite concerns that Covered California could be hurt by a ballot measure designed to hold down health costs, the agency's board on Thursday decided not to take a position on the measure. Steer clear of politics and deal with the effects if it ... »Read

In this article: Diana Dooley, Susan Kennedy, Peter V. Lee
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 Business Should Imitate CTA Advocacy Effort

The California business community should take a page from the game plan of the state’s most powerful public employee union to build an argument for a healthy business climate. The California Teachers Association recently released a series of radio ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Tony Quinn
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 Prop. 47's Benefits Are Clear

Well, they’re at it again – the fear-mongers that malign smart, common sense ideas because they’re afraid of changing the status quo. But when it comes to our bloated, ineffective prison system, the status quo needs dramatic changing. That’s ... »Read

In this article: Newt Gingrich
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 Kashkari Represents Another Failure of the Top Two

Neel Kashkari should be the embodiment of what backers of the Top Two (it-is-not-a-primary, don’t call it a primary) promised us. He is moderate. He is willing to depart from the doctrine of his own party. He presents himself as less partisan. He ... »Read
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 Senator Boxer, Trial Lawyers and Prop. 46

No this is not a lead in from Ed McMahon for Johnny Carson’s Carnac the Magnificent. The more than 50,000 grassroots supporters of California CALA have been saying for years that the lawsuit system needs reform because it mainly supports the ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Legislature
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 Let's Protect The Good Jobs We Have

The level of schizophrenia within the State Capitol appears to be hitting a new high when it comes to the topic of job growth in the state. Lawmakers know that manufacturing jobs provide high wages and a ladder to the middle class, and this ... »Read

In this article: bag tax, Ted Gaines, Jack Stewart
Bills: SB 270,
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 For many in Congress, a first test on issues of war

Lawmakers' votes this week on whether or not to train and equip Syrian opposition forces in the fight against Islamic State were arguably the most consequential after nearly two years in which Congress is likely to set a new low for productivity. »Read

In this article: George W. Bush, Barbara Lee, Nancy Pelosi
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 Giving Out San Diego County Grants May Become A Thankless Job

New rules being voted on next week would restrict gifts and personal recognition that county supervisors can receive for doling out taxpayer-funded grants. »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Dave Roberts
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 AM Alert: California Republicans look to November at Los Angeles convention

California Republicans are gathering in Los Angeles over the next three days for their biannual convention, hoping to stir up enthusiasm for the party’s slate before the November election. Chairman Jim Brulte is seeking to roll back the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, James Brulte, California Republican Party, Brian Dahle, Tim Donnelly, Kamala Harris, Jerry Hill, Legislature, Kevin McCarthy, Kevin Mullin, Dan Walters
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 Islamic State has offered to trade hostages for imprisoned 'superstar'

For months, Islamic State militants have engaged in a high-stakes game of deadly extortion, threatening to behead American captives they are holding in the Middle East unless their demands are met, including an end to U.S. airstrikes targeting their ... »Read

In this article: Duncan Hunter, Joe Kasper
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 You'll Never Guess What House Republicans Just Did

You’ll never guess what happened this week. The House passed a bipartisan bill that’s virtually certain to become law. And it’s not some meaningless symbolic gesture or a big, embarrassing tax break for corporations. It’s a bill to improve ... »Read

In this article: Eric Johnson, George P. Miller, Nancy Pelosi
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