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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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 The Supermajorities - Senate
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 Prop 45 Debate by Insurance Commissioner Candidates is Good Idea
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 CEQA Juggernaut Rolls Through The High Desert
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 City Council To Decide What's Next For San Diego Minimum Wage Increase
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 Car-Loving California Deals with Climate Change
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 Outside mailers in Campos-Chiu campaign play loose with truth

[...] there’s the committee made up of labor groups — primarily the California Nurses Association and SEIU public workers union — that is supporting Campos and has raised nearly $260,000 this year from unions. The committee has sent out a ... »Read

In this article: Tom Ammiano, California Nurses Association, David Campos, David Chiu, Ron Conway, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi, Gavin Newsom, Same-sex marriage, SEIU
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 Clinton: Midterm elections should motivate women

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Democratic voters not to be complacent about the November midterm elections, saying Monday that working women and their families will lose out on a better future if Republicans gain control of both ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Family Leave, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Doris O. Matsui, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 LAUSD Interim Superintendent Ramon Cortines returns for 3rd time

Ramon Cortines returned to the Los Angeles Unified School District Monday as superintendent to replace John Deasy, who resigned last week. »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Brown: California Needs Long-Term Vision On Water

Addressing California's longstanding water problems will take tens of billions of dollars more and a large dose of political compromise, but the epic drought may provide new motivation, Gov. Jerry Brown told a Stanford University water conference on ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, peripheral canal, water
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 Pelosi and Hillary Join Forces to Rally Democratic Women

The event brought together Clinton and Obama supporters from 2008 »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Anna G. Eshoo, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, George P. Miller, Nancy Pelosi
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 Business leaders say labor is pushing rail car plant from L.A. County

Los Angeles County officials and business leaders rose to the defense of a Japanese company Monday that has all but given up plans to build a $60-million manufacturing facility in the Antelope Valley because of a dispute with local labor leaders. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Maria Elena Durazo, Laura Nelson, Victor Ramirez, Gary Toebben, water
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 In tight race, Honda launches attack ad against Khanna

With a new poll showing their closely watched race in a dead heat, Rep. Mike Honda launched a new television ad Monday attacking Democratic challenger Ro Khanna with claims he is backed by right-wing billionaires, favors tax breaks for rich people ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Mitt Romney
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 Democratic Governors Weighed Down by Recession-Era Tax Hikes

Races in Illinois, Connecticut, Maryland, and elsewhere are proving the old adage that nothing is certain except death and taxes. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, minimum wage
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 California's Top Fiscal Officer: Whom Do You Choose?

One of the powerful statewide elected officers many voters have never heard of is the State Controller?who pays the bills and has the authority to audit other state departments. Democrat John Chiang is termed out and we?ll hear from the candidates ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, John Chiang, Betty T. Yee
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 Prosecutor: No sex harassment charges for DeMaio

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Prosecutors on Monday declined to charge Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio over allegations that he sexually harassed a former campaign aide and said they were not charging the former aide with breaking into ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Bonnie Dumanis, Bob Filner, Scott Peters
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 Prosecutor: DeMaio won't be charged

The district attorney says there was insufficient evidence on sexual harassment allegations. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Bonnie Dumanis, Scott Peters
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 Prosecutor clears DeMaio of sex harassment claims

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego prosecutors say there isn't enough evidence to charge Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio with sexually harassing a former campaign aide or charge the aide with breaking into DeMaio's office. District ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Bonnie Dumanis, Scott Peters
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 Jerry Brown for governor

Forty years have passed since Californians first elected as their governor a very young and quirkily charismatic Jerry Brown. Back then, voters made a conscious break from the past, choosing a 36-year-old Democrat with floppy collars and a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Carly Fiorina, Legislature, Steve Poizner, water, Meg Whitman
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 Cleanup urged for heat-trapping methane gas

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department are considering a combination of regulations and voluntary programs that would rein in methane, a powerful heat-trapping greenhouse gas that is the primary component of natural gas. ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, greenhouse gas, Judi Greenwald, Mary Nichols
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 NEW: Covered CA caught in Prop. 45 crossfire

On Proposition 45, some Democrats are feeling as if they got a transfusion of the wrong blood type. The initiative would give the state insurance commissioner the power to approve changes in health-insurance policies, including those by Covered ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Diana Dooley, Dianne Feinstein, Ted Gaines, Dave Jones
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 Gov. Brown: Calif. needs long-term vision on water

Addressing California's longstanding water problems will take tens of billions of dollars more and a large dose of political compromise, but the epic drought may provide new motivation, Gov. Jerry Brown told a Stanford University water conference on ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, peripheral canal, water
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 Democrats' House Campaign Arm Outraised GOP in September

House Democrats’ campaign arm once again bested its Republican counterpart in fundraising last month, outraising the Republican committee by nearly $5 million. The groups have roughly equal amounts in the bank. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi
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 Honda launches attack ad as new poll shows dead heat with Khanna

With a new poll showing their closely watched race in a dead heat, Rep. Mike Honda launched a new television ad Monday attacking Democratic challenger Ro Khanna with claims he is backed by right-wing billionaires, favors tax breaks for rich people ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Mitt Romney
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 San Diego DA: No Charges in Carl DeMaio Campaign Incidents

The San Diego District Attorney's office said it will not press criminal charges at this time regarding two investigations dogging Republican Carl DeMaio in a competitive House contest in California, according to a statement from the office Monday. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Bonnie Dumanis, Kamala Harris, Scott Peters
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 Don't hand San Francisco over to Airbnb

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is poised to approve legislation that would legalize short-term stays in private homes that are negotiated through a number of online reservation systems. If the board passes this bill, I urge Mayor Ed Lee to ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Edwin M. Lee
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 No Charges Filed In DeMaio Break-In, Sexual Harassment Case

There is not enough evidence to file criminal charges in cases involving sexual misconduct claims against Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio and a late May break-in at DeMaio's campaign headquarters, the San Diego County District Attorney's office ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Bonnie Dumanis, Kamala Harris, Scott Peters
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 No charges against Carl DeMaio in sex accusations, San Diego D.A. says

No criminal charges will be filed regarding sexual misconduct allegations made against Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio, the San Diego district attorney announced Monday. »Read

In this article: Brian Bilbray, Carl DeMaio, Bonnie Dumanis, Scott Peters
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 Gov. Brown: California needs long-term vision on water

Gov. Jerry Brown says he will focus on a long-term strategy to cope with California's water problems if he is re-elected in November. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, peripheral canal, water
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 Nehring ad: Newsom's policies encourage addiction

Ron Nehring, the Republican challenger to Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, has launched his first video ad, claiming Newsom’s policies will lead to more drug addiction. Nehring spokeswoman Nyna Armstrong said the ad will run online only, at least for now. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Sean Clegg, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom
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 CalPERS has highest complexity, costs compared to other funds

The California Public Employees' Retirement System had nearly double the pension administrative costs of four similar U.S. pension funds in 2012-13, according to a new comparison. CalPERS had a pension administration cost of $215 per member -- far ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS
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 For House GOP, a Wave ... Or a Trickle?

House Republicans are on track to make gains this cycle, but two weeks before Election Day, it's still unclear whether the party will procure a wave of double-digit gains in their quest to extend the majority. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Julia Brownley, Barack Obama, Scott Peters
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 Jerry Brown: Caucus of 1

After he won a return engagement as governor, Brown liked to bloviate about the need for elected officials to demonstrate “loyalty to California.” Two name Democrats competed in the June primary to represent District 16 — Orinda city ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Duane Dichiara, Steven Glazer, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Steven R. Maviglio, Dan Newman
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 The Fate of the Senate Supermajority?

Two seats get big attention by Brian Leubitz The media thrives on big statements, but shades of gray are everywhere. And that is true for the Senate elections here in California. So, with that, here is a 'big statement' quote from former FPPC chair ... »Read

In this article: Brian Leubitz, Dan Schnur, Andy Vidak
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 Peters, DeMaio Trade Barbs In Latests TV Ads

There has been a lot of spending on advertising in the race to represent the 52nd Congressional District. We take a look at some of that advertising and the messages it's sending. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Scott Peters
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 Cortines once again head of Los Angeles schools

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For the third time, Ramon C. Cortines is superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.... »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Mikulski Sets Senate Ebola Hearing Two Days After Elections

As the threat of the Ebola virus appears to be easing, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Barbara A. Mikulski announced she would hold a hearing on the issue two days after voters are scheduled to go to the polls. »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Nancy Pelosi
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 Mikulski Sets Senate Ebola Hearing Two Days After Elections (Updated)

Updated 2:15 p.m. | As the threat of the Ebola virus in the United States appears to be easing, Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski announced she would hold a hearing on the issue two days after voters are scheduled to go to the ... »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Nancy Pelosi
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 Attack Ads in Anaheim Being Taken to New Level

Curt Pringle controls a PAC financing an unprecedented attack ad against Mayor Tom Tait featuring District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. Meanwhile, Tait is funding his own hit pieces. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Curt Pringle, Tony Rackauckas
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 Chinese-American Candidates Forum Takes a Left Turn

About 300 people attended Saturday’s Irvine Candidate’s Forum at the Irvine Chinese School and, even though the program ran long, it appears as thought the city’s Chinese-American Community is coming out for Democratic candidates ... »Read

In this article: Larry Agran, Melissa Fox, Mike Huckabee
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 CA17: Honda launches attack ad against Khanna

Rep. Mike Honda rolled out a new television ad Monday attacking Democratic challenger Ro Khanna for having right-wing billionaires support his campaign, for favoring tax breaks for the rich and companies that offshore jobs, and for not being ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Mitt Romney
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 31st Congressional District Debate: Live coverage from the University of Redlands

A live debate between 31st Congressional District candidates Pete Aguilar and Paul Chabot will begin at 7 p.m. Monday at the University of Redlands. Democrat Aguilar and Republican Chabot will discuss the issues in the debate hosted by the Redlands ... »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Paul Chabot
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 Monday Is Last Day To Register To Vote In November Election

If you've moved, changed your name or aren't registered, you need to get your registration forms postmarked or turned in to the Registrar of Voters Office by the end of the day. If you register online at sdvote.com, you have until 11:59 p.m. to ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Legislature, Scott Peters
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 Is OCDA Rackauckas Obstructing Justice in Pulido Investigation?

A Voice of OC investigation has revealed today that in the in the more than six months since Santa Ana City Attorney Sonia Carvalho turned over an internal investigation report regarding Miguel Pulido's property swap with a city contractor, the ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Tony Rackauckas
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 What Would Prop 1 " The State Water Bond " Do For San Diego?

California's punishing four-year drought sets the parched scene for Proposition 1 — a $7.5 billion water bond on the Nov. 4 ballot. Critics say most of the money won't help San Diego. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Legislature, water
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 Ramon Cortines returns to LAUSD as interim superintendent

Ramon Cortines is returning to the Los Angeles Unified School District Monday as interim superintendent. He is replacing John Deasy, who resigned last week. »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 City Council To Decide What's Next For San Diego Minimum Wage Increase

The City Council Monday will consider whether to repeal an increase in San Diego's minimum wage or place the issue before voters. »Read

In this article: Todd Gloria, minimum wage, sick leave
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 CEQA Juggernaut Rolls Through The High Desert

When it comes to organized labor, California is a friendly state. We long ago eschewed right-to-work status. Labor unions enjoy a web of laws that ease organizing workers, like  farmworkers, refinery employees, teachers, and state and local ... »Read

In this article: CEQA, sick leave
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 Prop 45 Debate by Insurance Commissioner Candidates is Good Idea

Debates between political candidates are being debated in California this election cycle. Despite an effort to get numerous debates, Neel Kashkari got his one debate with Governor Jerry Brown at a time of Brown’s choosing well before the election. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ted Gaines, Dave Jones, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom
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 The Supermajorities - Senate

The most frequent question I get is about whether Democrats will hold supermajorities in the Assembly and State Senate. For the Assembly, that means 54 Democrats and for the State Senate it means 27. Going into this cycle’s elections, Dems ... »Read

In this article: Tom Berryhill, Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Joan Buchanan, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer, George P. Miller, Proposition 25, state budget, water, Meg Whitman, Leland Yee
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 Car-Loving California Deals with Climate Change

The dirty little secret is out: We are degrading our planet at an accelerating pace and the reasons are not primarily celestial as a dwindling group of skeptics would have us believe. Climate change and greenhouse gas emissions go together, so says ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, global warming, greenhouse gas, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 DeMaio accuses Peters of 'promoting' harassment allegations

Embattled GOP congressional candidate Carl DeMaio, whose campaign to unseat Democratic Rep. Scott Peters has been dealt a major blow by sexual harassment allegations made by a former campaign staffer, has accused his opponent of “actively ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Scott Peters
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 DA's Pulido Investigation Comes Under Scrutiny

Sources say Orange County District Attorney's Office has yet to interview key witnesses in the property swap investigation, which both a city investigative report and former FBI agent say is crucial. »Read

In this article: Dick Ackerman, Tony Rackauckas
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 Fracking ban on the ballot in tiny county has big statewide implications

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA -- When President Ronald Reagan was pushing for offshore oil drilling on the edges of Monterey Bay in the mid-1980s, Santa Cruz voters fought back, approving a ballot measure that banned construction of all storage tanks, pipelines ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Sam Farr, William W. Monning, water
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 READ IN: Jerry Brown Will Never Retire Edition

Do you Read In? Sign up today and get all the news you need delivered right to your inbox every morning! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- The Pentagon said Sunday it will create a 30-person rapid response team ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Jerry Brown, Sam Brownback, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Hagel, Michael Honda, Ro Khanna
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 S.F.'s Prop. A is first step on road to put driving last

There’s a lot more to San Francisco’s $500 million Proposition A than fixing roads — it’s really the first step in a master plan to put buses, bikes and pedestrians on the fast track and move cars into the slow lane. A shows the overall ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Edwin M. Lee, Proposition 2, Andrew Ross, water
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 2015 Wage Hike May Be Largest In Nation For L.A. Hotel Workers

When the minimum wage for Los Angeles’ hotel workers increases in 2015, it may be the biggest pay hike of its kind in the nation. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Nury Martinez, minimum wage
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