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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

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Why The Grocery Bag Bill Should Be Referred

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 Longtime Supervisor Aaron Peskin seeking his old seat on board
San Francisco Chronicle - March 30, 4:27 am
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 Hikers, bikers angered after Griffith Park-area road opens to cars
Los Angeles Times/California - March 30, 3:30 am
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 READ IN: Recess Reading Edition
Washington Post - March 30, 5:03 am
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 A Scouting Report of Emerging GOP Presidential Field
Wall Street Journal/Washington Wire weblog - March 30, 5:56 am
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 Raise the minimum wage, but don't forget about the cost of housing
Los Angeles Times/Editorial - March 30, 6:00 am
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 Don't blame depression for Germanwings crash

To the editor: I must express my deep frustration with the media for linking the Germanwings pilot's depression to his apparent mass murder. ('Germanwings plane crash: Copilot's mental health under scrutiny,' March 27) »Read

In this article: Chris Daly, Chris Daly
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 Hoover analyst: CA already met 50% renewable goal

  Eureka!  California already surpassed Gov. Jerry Brown’s 50 percent goal for renewable energy power by 2030. It did so, in fact, in 2011. That’s the conclusion of an article »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Energy Commission, global warming, renewable energy
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 Ruling on U.S. flag raises questions about students' free-speech rights

The Supreme Court rejected a free-speech appeal Monday from several California high school students who were told they could not wear a shirt emblazoned with an American flag on the Cinco de Mayo holiday. »Read

In this article: Erwin Chemerinsky, John Eastman
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 CODELs: Boehner to Israel, McCarthy to Tunisia, Pelosi to Asia

Not everybody gets to travel overseas during the two-week House recess -- just ask Louie Gohmert. »Read

In this article: Ken Calvert, Zoe Lofgren, Doris O. Matsui, Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Mike Thompson
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 Jeb Bush kicks off week-long California money tour in San Diego

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush kicked off a four-day, five-city fundraising tour through California Monday with a luncheon at San Diego's luxury Grand Del Mar resort.The event, which benefits the pro-Bush Right to Rise super PAC, is being hosted ... »Read

In this article: Malin Burnham, Robert Day, Bill Draper, Papa Doug Manchester, Tom Stephenson
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 The Fix: Your guide to all the people and businesses protesting Indiana's 'religious freedom' law

Companies, celebrities and even local and state governments have come out in opposition to Indiana's controversial 'religious freedom' bill. Several have even cancelled plans to do business in the state, citing the potential for discrimination ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Edwin M. Lee, Legislature, Gavin Newsom
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 Carly Fiorina says chance of presidential run 'higher than 90 percent'

Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina said she has all but decided to run for president in 2016. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Carly Fiorina, Early Primary
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 Committee passes double holiday pay bill

  A bill requiring California businesses to provide double pay for employees working on Thanksgiving and Christmas recently passed the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee, despite concerns that it will »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Roger Hernandez, Jim Patterson
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 San Bernardino County's national parks face huge repair backlog

Going into the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, the nation's 59 national parks have $11.5 billion in deferred maintenance -- a record amount.Three areas run by the NPS that are in at least partially in San Bernardino County have a ... »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Paul Cook
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 Netflix puts former Disney executive Anne Sweeney on its board

Anne Sweeney, the former co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group, has joined Netflix’s board of directors. »Read

In this article: Reed Hastings, Brad Smith
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 Democrats cheer; Duckworth will challenge Kirk for Senate

Illinois instantly became a state to watch in the battle for control of the next U.S. Senate Monday, as Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., jumped into the race.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, Nancy Pelosi
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 Tammy Duckworth Announces Illinois Senate Bid (Updated)

Updated 11:52 a.m. | Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth announced Monday she will run for Senate, giving Democrats a top-tier candidate in a must-win seat in 2016. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Mark Kirk, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Marco Rubio to enter the presidential race: Can he get back his 'rising star'?

Rubio faces candidates who are already better known and likely to be better funded. His support for immigration reform could hurt him in early primary states like Iowa and South Carolina. He has little room for error.  »Read

In this article: Mike Huckabee, Patrick Murphy, Early Primary
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 California officials mix public, private email

Associated Press queried Californias top elected officials about their use of private email accounts for state business nearly all said they sometimes used personal email for public work. From Michael Blood and Juliet Williams: An Associated ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Stone, George Skelton, Proposition 20, Charles Munger, Dan Morain, Legislature, Steven Glazer, Susan Bonilla
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 California Lawmakers' Spring Break Destinations: Japan, Cuba

Some California lawmakers aren’t spending their spring break this week back home – or even in Florida. Three senators – including President pro Tem Kevin de León and Republican Leader Bob Huff – are in Japan this week ... »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Toni Atkins, High-Speed Rail, Robert Huff, Jessica A. Levinson
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 Fairmont set to take over swank Grand Del Mar in San Diego

The lavish Grand Del Mar in San Diego will gain a new name: Fairmont. »Read

In this article: Richard Blum, Dianne Feinstein
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 State Bar looks for director, while former exec sues to get his job back

The State Bar of California has launched a nationwide search for a new executive director to replace Joe Dunn. Dunn was fired in November after serious complaints by high-level employees, state bar officials say. But Dunn contends in a lawsuit he ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Joseph Dunn
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 California leaders routinely use private email

Gov. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and other top elected officials in California acknowledge using personal email accounts to conduct government business, and it's not clear if their private exchanges are retained as public records or subject ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, John Casey, John Chiang, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Jessica A. Levinson, Gavin Newsom, Kristin Olsen, Alex Padilla, Tom Torlakson, Betty T. Yee
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 Politics in Play if the Supreme Court Throws Out Redistricting Commission

An effort by a newly announced coalition supporting California’s redistricting commission may run into some harsh political realities in its quest to keep current congressional lines in place if the United States Supreme Court throws out ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Kevin McCarthy, Proposition 11, Proposition 20, Tony Quinn
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 Government Union Wrath Aimed at Democrat

It didn’t take long for “the brotherhood” of status quo politics to pile on. Within hours of former Assembly member Joan Buchanan having lost her election bid for Northern California’s 7th Senate District seat in last week’s special ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Joan Buchanan, Eric Garcetti, Steven Glazer, John Moorlach, Barack Obama, Donald P. Wagner
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 Governors Have Bad Case Of California Envy

From Florida to Texas, governors and presidential wannabes are clamoring for a piece of California’s action. Given how hot California’s economy has been in the past year, you can’t blame them, but it would help their cases if the numbers ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 New Battles Over Redistricting

In 2008 California adopted a new redistricting system for state offices extended in 2010 to Congressional seats. It was accomplished through the arduous efforts of a 14-member non-partisan Citizens Redistricting Commission approved by the voters ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, campaign finance, George Deukmejian, Legislature, Alex Padilla, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ashley Swearengin, Tom Torlakson, Pete Wilson, Betty T. Yee
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 San Diego Health Executives To Congress: Back Away From The Funding Cliff

San Diego community clinic representatives are back from a week of lobbying in the nation's capitol. They're asking Congress to extend a key funding source for safety-net clinics before it expires Sept. 30. »Read

In this article: Susan Davis, Duncan Hunter, Darrell Issa, Barack Obama, Scott Peters, Juan Vargas
Bills: HR 2,
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 Raise the minimum wage, but don't forget about the cost of housing

One of the best reasons to raise L.A.’s minimum wage is the region’s incredibly high cost of housing. Metropolitan Los Angeles is ranked the least affordable rental market in the nation because the city has a dual problem -- low incomes and high ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Christopher Thornberg
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 A Scouting Report of Emerging GOP Presidential Field

Dan Schnur: In the spirit of the NCAA's Final Four round of its college basketball tournament, here's a scouting report on the emerging GOP presidential field. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Dan Schnur
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 As death row runs out of room, Brown eyes space of those newly sprung

With no executions in nearly a decade and newly condemned men arriving each month, the nation's largest death row has run out of room. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Loni Hancock, Kamala Harris, Legislature
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 California bill aims to curb police adoption of military surplus

One of the surprising details that came to light during the recent debate over local police agencies outfitting themselves with surplus military equipment was the remarkable level of freedom police departments enjoyed in requesting weapons, armored ... »Read

In this article: Nora Campos, Legislature, Los Angeles Unified School District
Bills: AB 36,
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 READ IN: Recess Reading Edition

Do you Read In? Sign up today and get all the news you need right in your inbox every morning!-- The baton will pass from one Democratic leader to another in 2017, when Harry Reid clears out his desk on the Senate floor. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kevin De Leon, Jeff Denham, John F. Kerry, minimum wage, Darrell Steinberg
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 Longtime Supervisor Aaron Peskin seeking his old seat on board

Aaron Peskin, a savvy and bombastic politician who served eight years on the Board of Supervisors, including three as president, will announce Monday that he will run for his old seat in the November election. Peskin’s bid for the District Three ... »Read

In this article: Art Agnos, Nathan Ballard, David Chiu, Edwin M. Lee, Gavin Newsom, Aaron Peskin
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 Carly Fiorina: Now a 90% chance I'll run for president in 2016

Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO, says the odds are 'very high' she will seek the Republican presidential nomination. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina
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 Hikers, bikers angered after Griffith Park-area road opens to cars

A city of Los Angeles decision to allow motorists to use a popular hiking and cycling route in Griffith Park to alleviate congestion on other hillside roads has pitted park lovers against area residents, mirroring a similar dispute in neighboring ... »Read

In this article: Tom LaBonge, Laura Nelson
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 Marco Rubio's 2016 Campaign Could Depend on This Billionaire Car Dealer

As Jeb Bush sucks up cash from Florida's wealthy Republican donors for his all-but-announced presidential bid—his allies have set a goal of raising $100 million by the end of the month—many of the state's wealthiest conservatives have ... »Read

In this article: Carlos Alvarez, Joe Biden, Wesley Clark, Newt Gingrich, John McCain, Patrick Murphy, Mitt Romney
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 A Baldwin Park gadfly the mayor would love to swat away

Paul Cook stood just a few feet away from his adversary inside the small-claims courtroom in Alhambra. »Read

In this article: Paul Cook, Manuel Lozano, Laura Nelson, water
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 Employers And Insurers Gain Control In Workers' Compensation Disputes

In 10 states, injured workers are finding it more difficult to get or keep medical treatment their doctors prescribe because of reforms to workers' comp laws. »Read

In this article: Christine Baker, State Compensation Insurance Fund
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 Top California elected officials on their private email use

The Associated Press surveyed the top eight statewide elected officials and the four legislative leaders to ask whether they ever use private email accounts for official business, whether such records are retained and whether such communications ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Kevin De Leon, Kamala Harris, Robert Huff, Dave Jones, Gavin Newsom, Kristin Olsen, Alex Padilla, Tom Torlakson, Betty T. Yee
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 Duckworth to challenge Kirk for U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON - Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth made official on Monday that she will challenge Republican Sen. Mark Kirk for re-election in 2016.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, Nancy Pelosi
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 CalPERS urged to avoid Obamacare 'Cadillac Tax'

Employer and employee groups are urging CalPERS to “undertake all efforts” to avoid the “Cadillac Tax,” a 40 percent tax on high-cost health plans imposed in 2018 by President Obama’s health care law, a CalPERS staff report said this ... »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, CalPERS, state budget
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 AP Exclusive: California leaders routinely use private email

Gov. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and other top elected officials in California acknowledge using personal email accounts to conduct government business, and it's not clear if their private exchanges are retained as public records or subject ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, John Casey, John Chiang, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Jessica A. Levinson, Gavin Newsom, Kristin Olsen, Alex Padilla, Tom Torlakson, Betty T. Yee
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 Bracketology: New GOP Presidential Rankings

“Paddy Power,” Ireland’s largest bookmaker, still has Jeb Bush as the odds-on favorite to capture the Republican presidential nomination, but the far more influential “Hackenflack Line” has dropped the Bushman into second ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, John F. Kerry, Sarah Palin
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