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Why The Grocery Bag Bill Should Be Referred

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 Ventura Man Arrested In Sexual Battery

A 20-year-old man was arrested on Friday for allegedly committing sexual battery to a woman running in Grant Park. »Read

In this article: David Sanchez, David Sanchez
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 S.F. library writes new chapter on solving homeless dilemma

[...] homeless advocates argued that despite library staff’s pleas to the contrary, the rules were really about clearing the site of homeless people since the first violation of a major offense came with a yearlong suspension. Library staff met ... »Read

In this article: Bevan Dufty, Edwin M. Lee
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 E-mails show back-channel talks between CPUC, PG&E

A top official with the California Public Utilities Commission offered to help Pacific Gas and Electric Co. subvert rules intended to prevent backroom deals in regulatory cases, e-mails that the company released Friday show. [...] undisclosed talks ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Florio, Kamala Harris, Michael R. Peevey, Mark Toney
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 Parents of teen girl killed by Denver police demand federal probe

DENVER (Reuters) - The parents of a 17-year-old girl shot dead this week by Denver police while she was driving a stolen car have called for a U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigation into her death. »Read

In this article: Jose Atilio Hernandez, Jose Hernandez
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 Amid California's drought, water chief preaches conservation - and balance

As head of California’s State Water Resources Control Board, Felicia Marcus has a central role in guiding the state’s response to a historic drought. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, George Deukmejian, water
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 VIDEO: Labor unions spar at Richard Pan's press conference

Sen. Richard Pan’s bill to penalize hospitals that call 911 instead of treating drunk patients quickly became a symbol of a larger fight between two unions: SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West and the California Nurses Association. … ... »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, Roger Dickinson, Richard Pan, SEIU
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 Democratic Party official: 'Conspiracy' talk around Kamala Harris sexist

To the matter of Kamala Harris, Antonio Villaraigosa and political slights – whether real or perceived – on Friday came Shawnda Westly, executive director of the California Democratic Party. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Barbara Boxer, California Democratic Party, Kamala Harris, Antonio Villaraigosa, Shawnda Westly
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 Eddie Bell, a drag performer known as "Cookie Dough" is dead at 52.

Bell became ill Jan. 20 with meningitis while in Puerto Vallarta for a two-week tour in the cast of a drag satire of the TV show “The Golden Girls.” During rehearsals he got sick with what he thought was food poisoning. According to Chu, it ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, Nancy Pelosi
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 Investigators Search Home Of Ex-CPUC Chief Michael Peevey

The search comes one month after Michael Peevey stepped down as president of the powerful California Public Utilities Commission. »Read

In this article: Carol Liu, Michael R. Peevey
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 Neel Kashkari outspent Jerry Brown in 2014

California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari spent more than $7.1 million in 2014, according to a campaign filing Friday. The former U.S Treasury Department official put $3 million of his own money into his unsuccessful effort. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly
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 Federal Appeals Judge Arthur Alarcon Dies In Los Angeles

Arthur L. Alarcon, a judge who served on California and federal benches for 50 years and was the first Latino appointed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has died. He was 89. »Read

In this article: Arthur L. Alarcon, Dianne Feinstein
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 Hospitals' dumping of drunk patients would be barred by controversial California bill

Hospitals that refuse to treat severely intoxicated patients and instead have them arrested would face steep fines of up to $300,000 per incident under a controversial bill unveiled Friday. »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, Kamala Harris, Richard Pan, SEIU
Bills: SB 145,
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 Op Image: Our celebrity mayor takes another star turn

Mayor Kevin Johnson takes on the roles of salesman and showman as he sells his vision of Sacramento. Will he add magician to his résumé? … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, minimum wage, Barack Obama, John Shirey
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 The Numbers Crunch: A hard number to build solid common ground on race and deadly force debate

In California at least, there are good, hard numbers – and it doesn’t look good for those who doubt that race is a factor in the use of deadly force. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Legislature, Kevin McCarty
Bills: AB 86,
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 Jerry Brown spends less than GOP challenger on re-election

Newly filed reports show that Gov. Jerry Brown spent less than his opponent to get re-elected while also passing two ballot measures. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, water, Meg Whitman
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 Controversial bill aimed at preventing hospital 'dumping' of drunk patients unveiled

Hospitals that refuse to treat severely intoxicated patients and instead have them arrested would face steep fines of up to $300,000 per incident under a controversial bill unveiled Friday. »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, Kamala Harris, Richard Pan, SEIU
Bills: SB 145,
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 Citywise: Oakland commission clears political contribution from A's owner

Elsewhere: Hayward awarded grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to expand car sharing. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Opio Dupree, Tony Thurmond
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 Gov. Brown spent less on re-election than challenger

Newly filed reports show that Gov. Jerry Brown spent less than his opponent to get re-elected while also passing two ballot measures. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, water, Meg Whitman
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 85 votes and counting: O.C. supervisor race down to the wire

A cliffhanger race for a seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors may come down to the final few absentee ballots that arrive in the mail Friday. »Read

In this article: Lou Correa, Neal Kelley
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 Taking sides: This week's endorsement roundup

We’ve got a few hot races to watch even though it’s January of an off year (as if we have any off years anymore), and the endorsements have been coming hot and heavy this week. ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan, California Teachers Association, Robert B. Garcia, Kamala Harris, Jared Huffman, Jackie Lacey, Edwin M. Lee, Adam Schiff, Antonio Villaraigosa, Herb Wesson
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 San Diego pumps up efforts to keep Chargers from moving to L.A.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Friday named nine business and civic leaders to a committee tasked with devising a plan to build a football stadium that would keep the Chargers from moving to Los Angeles. »Read

In this article: Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer
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 California bill would classify NFL cheerleaders as employees

Responding to a raft of lawsuits filed by cheerleaders, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez moves to protect practitioners of a sport she once joined. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, minimum wage
Bills: AB 202,
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 San Bruno disaster: PG&E releases 65,000 emails to PUC

PG&E on Friday provided to state regulators copies of 65,000 emails dating back nearly five years to early 2010, the latest twist in the aftermath of a fatal explosion of natural gas in San Bruno. »Read

In this article: Michael Florio, Michael R. Peevey
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 Poll: LA County Voters In Favor Of Raising Minimum Wage To $15.25

According to a poll released Friday, a majority of Los Angeles County voters are in favor of raising the minimum hourly wage to $15.25 and requiring employers to offer paid sick leave. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, sick leave
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 Daniel Borenstein: Contra Costa board to again consider expanding pension spiking opportunities

At issue is whether the income used in pension calculations should be solely base pay or, as union leaders want, should also include salary add-ons for items such as shift differentials, holiday pay and training certificates. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS
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 Jeb's big test

Can the former Florida governor capitalize on Romney's exit? »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Bob White, Meg Whitman, Spencer Zwick
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 Democrats Leave Philadelphia United, on Message -- for Now

'All of that is good, people are feeling good,' said Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt. 'I think the challenge for us now is, 'OK. What's our message?'' »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Scott Peters
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