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 State sues glass company over hazardous materials
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 Reaction to Netanyahu Speech Divides Along Partisan Lines

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress Tuesday was exactly what he said he didn’t intend it to be: political. While many of his points brought both Democrats and Republicans to their feet — “This ... »Read

In this article: Newt Gingrich, Mark Kirk, Nancy Pelosi, Brad Sherman
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 Economist: Chargers Leaving San Diego Would Make A Minimal Impact

Sports economist Michael Leeds says San Diego's economy would not take a hit if the Chargers move to Los Angeles. »Read

In this article: Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer
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 California lawmakers show wide discrepancy in missed votes

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy had the best attendance record among the members of the California delegation in the last session of Congress. He missed only one vote out of 1,204 cast. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Barbara Boxer, Julia Brownley, John Campbell, Dianne Feinstein, Kevin McCarthy, Gary G. Miller, Gloria Negrete McLeod, Senate Democrats, Eric Swalwell, Mark Takano, David G. Valadao
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 CaliMeXina or Bust, Cabrones!

Learning to love our Latin-Asian-Pacific future, by Gustavo Arellano. »Read
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 Transcript: Netanyahu Speech to Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Congress Tuesday about the emerging nuclear deal with Iran. Here is the full transcript: NETANYAHU: Thank you.(APPLAUSE) Thank you… (APPLAUSE) … Speaker of the House John Boehner, ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Netanyahu and Obama Agree: Global Warming Is a Huge Threat

Today Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress on Iran's nuclear ambitions, at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). The speech has caused a considerable flap, with Democrats criticizing it as an unprecedented ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, global warming, Barack Obama, renewable energy, water
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 The complete transcript of Netanyahu's address to Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is addressing a joint meeting of Congress; here is a complete transcript of his remarks.NETANYAHU: Thank you.(APPLAUSE)Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 SCOTUS redistricting decision may come down to Kennedy

The Supreme Court yesterday heard arguments in an Arizona redistricting case that likely has big repercussions for California. The case, Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, challenges Arizona’s voter-approved ... »Read

In this article: Anthony York, John Myers, Marc Levine, Legislature, global warming, California Republican Party
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 Voters Head To The Polls To Decide On LA City Council Seats, Fracking

Voters headed to the polls Tuesday to decide from among 30 candidates vying for City Council seats and other races, including whether to support a proposed oil-drilling project in the city. »Read

In this article: Jose Huizar, Gloria Molina
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 Live Blog and Video: Netanyahu Delivers Speech to Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to speak to Congress Tuesday morning. In his remarks, he is expected to urge lawmakers to thwart one of President Barack Obama’s top foreign-policy initiatives: a potential nuclear deal with Iran. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Newt Gingrich, Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Senate Committee to grill PUC president

California lawmakers are wading into an unfolding scandal at the Public Utilities Commission. »Read

In this article: Ben Hueso, Michael R. Peevey
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 Supreme Court Opens The Door To A Democratic Gerrymander

Has the United States Supreme Court just given California Democrats the right to gerrymander California’s congressional districts to their hearts’ delight?  That’s the most likely conclusion from the oral arguments in a case involving the ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Amerish Bera, Julia Brownley, Jim Costa, Susan Davis, Kevin De Leon, Jeff Denham, John Garamendi, Stephen T. Knight, Legislature, Doris O. Matsui, Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Nancy Pelosi, Scott Peters, Raul Ruiz, Rudy Salas, Juan Vargas
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 Shouldn't California Have the Best Roads By Now?

If high taxes guaranteed results, then California should have some of the best roads in the nation. For years we’ve had one of the highest gas taxes, yet our freeways consistently receive failing grades. It makes no sense unless you admit that ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, global warming, George Runner
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 Gordon Fowler and "Community-Linked Entrepreneurship" in California

The Indian Wells Valley Annual Economic Outlook Conference was held last Thursday in the high desert city of Ridgecrest (pop. 27,616) Kern County. This is the 28th year of the conference, and it was unusually well attended with over 400 ... »Read
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 Gasoline is California's Life Blood

The Field Poll reports that for the first time in seven years more California voters believe the state is moving in the right direction (50%) than feel it is on the wrong track (41%). Those living in coastal California are much more likely to have a ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Field Poll, Legislature, George Runner
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 California Bill Seeks To Prevent Surprise Medical Bills

A new measure in the California Assembly would prevent hospital patients from getting “surprise” medical bills from out-of-network doctors. »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Anthony Wright
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 Contested Transcript Of San Diego Attorney Cory Briggs' Wife Released

The lawyer for Cory Briggs’ wife released the document Monday, saying she had no objection. It shows she was associated with her husband’s law firm for the past 20 years while also working for a consulting firm that did business with local ... »Read

In this article: Bob Filner, Jan Goldsmith
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 Centrist New Democrats Want Bigger Role in Party's Message

Members of the New Democrat Coalition have struggled for years to make their centrist message heard in the larger, and distinctly more left-leaning, House Democratic Caucus. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi, unemployment insurance
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 After hours: Asian Resources Inc. Lunar New Year celebration

Asian Resources held the annual Lunar New Year dinner and fundraiser on Feb. 26 at Happy Garden Restaurant in Sacramento. Asian Resources Inc., a nonprofit community-based organization, helps underserved communities, including providing social ... »Read

In this article: Cassandra Jennings, Kevin Johnson
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 READ IN: First Pitch Edition

Sign up for Read In today and get all the political news you need delivered right to your inbox!A1: Today's top stories.-- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of Congress this morning, after telling AIPAC on Monday he ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lois Capps, Hillary Clinton, John Lewis, Senate Democrats
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 The Times' L.A. city election ballot endorsements

Voters in Los Angeles head to the polls Tuesday to answer a crucial question for local democracy: Should the city and the Los Angeles Unified School District, in an effort to increase voter participation, move their elections from March and May of ... »Read

In this article: Tamar Galatzan, Andra Hoffman, Sydney Kamlager, Paul Krekorian, Los Angeles Unified School District, Gloria Molina, Scott Svonkin, Herb Wesson
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 It was long past time for state GOP to recognize gay fundraising group

The biggest surprise from the California Republican convention Sunday was not the party's decision to formally recognize the Log Cabin Republicans; it was that it hadn't done so already. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Scott Peters
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 Netanyahu speech elicits controversy and high demand for tickets

Several dozen congressional Democrats won’t be attending Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress on Tuesday. Many more are doing so reluctantly, they say. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Newt Gingrich, Nancy Pelosi
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 Obamacare case: All eyes on 2 justices

The keys to the case are expected to be John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy. »Read

In this article: Rick Hasen, John McDonough, John Roberts
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 Clinton's thin shield

The slow launch of her campaign means she's largely defenseless amid a spate of rough stories. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Chris Lehane, Loretta Lynch
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 Ex-mayor Villaraigosa heads to Hollywood Hills with new home

Antonio Villariagosa turned his back on Washington and now he's headed for the Hollywood Hills. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Eric Garcetti
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 Take Five: Rep. Mark Takai

It's time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work. »Read

In this article: Ted W. Lieu, Mark Takano
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 Homeland funding appears on track minus immigration add-ons

After a weeks-long political struggle, legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department is headed back to the House without restrictions conservatives demanded on President Barack Obama's immigration policies. Even so, it stands a good chance of ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 Gay Old Party: Reflections on the Log Cabin Vote

By Hank Plante, Special to Calbuzz: Suddenly, the California Republican Party is as gay as IKEA on Super Bowl Sunday. Okay, not exactly. Still, it was a momentous vote, when the California Republican Convention last weekend officially recognized its ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Anthony Cannella, John McCain, Early Primary, Mitt Romney
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 Netanyahu calls nuclear deal with Iran a threat to world peace

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a controversial address to a joint meeting of Congress to mount an unprecedented challenge Tuesday to the Obama administration's attempts to strike a deal…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Newt Gingrich, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 State sues glass company over hazardous materials

Dangerous dust? That's what the state attorney general's office claims Gallo Glass Company used in the manufacturing of glass wine bottles at its plant in Modesto. »Read

In this article: DTSC, Mark Murray
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 California court says state can't ban all sex offenders from living near schools and parks

California's Supreme Court ruled Monday the state cannot prohibit all registered sex offenders in San Diego County from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park. »Read

In this article: Sharon Runner, George Runner
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 Boehner leaves open possible vote on Democrat-backed DHS bill

Speaker John Boehner left open the possibility Monday that the House might pass long-term funding for the Homeland Security Department without immigration provisions attached, as Republican options dwindled for avoiding a capitulation to the White ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 Amendments 1 and 2 could change local election years

Los Angeles voters heading to the polls Tuesday have a chance to change the dates of city and school board elections. »Read

In this article: Bernard Parks, Dan Schnur
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 AM Alert: Senate digs into California Public Utilities Commission communications

Former PUC President Michael Peevey stepped down last fall after the release of back-channel e-mail exchanges with a PG&E executive, prompting oversight of the commission’s communication policy. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Jerry Brown, Paul Cook, Matt Dababneh, Legislature, Michael R. Peevey, Susan Talamantes Eggman, Dan Walters, water
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 Oakland now has state's highest minimum wage

Oakland's minimum wage hike went into effect Monday providing a significant raise to the city's lowest paid workers.The law raises the minimum hourly wage from $9 as set by the state to $12. »Read

In this article: Maria Garcia, minimum wage
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 Jerry Brown reports income, gifts, with tequila from Mexican president

Gov. Jerry Brown took about $1,500 in non-travel related gifts last year, including $200 in tequila from Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, according to a financial disclosure filed Monday. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anne Gust
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 Susan Bonilla states case for State Senate seat

Susan Bonilla states case for State Senate seat by Richard Eber originally appearedon HALFWAY TO CONCORD. Since 2002 Susan Bonilla has lived a charmed electoral career with no strong competition. This time it's different. Susan Bonilla states case ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer, Tom Torlakson
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 Top court boosts Kapor bid to build home on steep Berkeley hill

Ruling in the case of a Berkeley power couple who want to build a big home on a steep hill, the state Supreme Court strengthened local agencies’ authority Monday to exempt such projects from environmental review. After hearing conflicting ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CEQA, Ming W. Chin, Legislature
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 California court rules against sex offender law application

California's voter-approved law to keep convicted sex offenders from living near schools and parks violates parolees' constitutional rights, the state's highest court ruled Monday, saying the blanket ban has done more to leave offenders homeless ... »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Luis Patino, Sharon Runner, George Runner
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 House backs bill to force VA execs to give back bonuses

The House on Monday approved a bill allowing the Veterans Affairs secretary to force senior executives to repay bonuses if the employees engaged in misconduct. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Supreme Court skeptical of citizen panels that redraw congressional districts

The future of California’s effort to entrust a nonpartisan citizens’ panel with redrawing the state’s congressional districts appeared in serious doubt Monday after arguments in the Supreme Court. »Read

In this article: Howard L. Berman, George Deukmejian, Legislature, Justin Levitt, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brad Sherman, Pete Wilson
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 De LeĂłn: 'Too early' for Senate endorsement

In a wide-ranging interview with The Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Bureau, California Senate leader Kevin de León emphasized government oversight and weighed in on some controversial policy debates in the Legislature. … Click to ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Richard Pan
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 Tequila is among the gifts received by Gov. Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown collected just under $4,000 in gifts last year, including $200 in tequila from the president of Mexico, according to a state report released Monday. »Read

In this article: Nicolas Berggruen, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Alex Padilla
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 Skid Row officer-involved shooting justified, Chief Beck says

A fatal police shooting during a scuffle on Skid Row Sunday is being brought into the national discussion over excessive force. This as Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck says the suspect reached for an officer's gun. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Earl Ofari Hutchinson
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 Jessica's Law sex offender buffer zone struck down

A voter-approved California law that prohibits registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park violates offenders’ rights — and fails to protect the public — in an urban county where most available housing and ... »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Board of Equalization, George Runner
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