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Dianne Feinstein pleas for GOP votes on drought bill

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Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling

"Russian & Armenian Organized Crime Groups from Sacramento & Southern California when the Tobacco Tax was increased I think 10 years ago, created a brand new and largely uncontrolled form of smuggling where Ryder or Uhaul Trucks were driven to Indian Reservations in Las Vegas and their is nothing that Ag Inspection in Barstow could do, there is nothing illegal in hauling Cigarettes as long as there is a bill of sale."

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Kings owners set to announce deal with labor unions on downtown arena construction

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Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor

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 The Odds of a GOP Wave Are Increasing
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 Editorial: Taxpayers shouldn't be on hook for pension fund stumbles
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 Erwin Chemerinsky: It's no accident that judge who tossed death penalty has job for life
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 White flags that replaced American flags at Brooklyn Bridge taken down
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 GovBeat: California tackles full-contact football in schools
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 GovBeat: What kind of laws are you supposed to pass to convince 38 million people to conserve water during a drought?

As California continues to face the driest period in its history, lawmakers are grappling with the best way to encourage water conservation in a state of 38 million people. On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill barring homeowner’s ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, Legislature, water
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 Obama in Bay Area for two fundraisers; Republicans criticize trip

President Barack Obama arrived at San Francisco International Airport on Tuesday night for a fundraising trip to the Bay Area. »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, illegal immigration, George Marcu, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 NEW: State peddles idea that bullet train contractors are investors

On Jan. 11, 2010, the Legislative Analyst’s Office issued a report on the latest iteration of the business plan for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. It contained a game-changing conclusion — a predictable conclusion but still a ... »Read

In this article: Jeffrey Barker, Jerry Brown, High-Speed Rail, Chris Reed, Dan Richard
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 Jerry Brown's state Supreme Court nominee "a statement to the nation"

California may soon have its first Latino immigrant serving on the state Supreme Court, if the governor's nomination of a Standford law professor is approved. Bob Egelko reports for the San Francisco Chronicle: 'Cullar's appointment is 'a statement ... »Read

In this article: Darrell Steinberg, George Marcu, Ron Calderon, Jerry Brown, Board of Equalization, water
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 Moorlach's outsourcing initiative proposal dies

At Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting the proposal by lame-duck (chicken) Supervisor John Moorlach to place a ballot measure before the voters to authorize the Board to outsource county jobs on a whim failed to gain the needed support. ... »Read

In this article: Patricia Bates, John Moorlach, Todd Spitzer
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 Why California banned full-contact football practices

A new California law bans full-contact football practices for middle and high school students due to concerns over possible concussions. In Los Angeles, a high school now has mandatory baseline testing for concussions for all students. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ken Cooley
Bills: AB 2127,
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 Villaraigosa on Teachers Unions

Former Los Angeles mayor, California Assembly Speaker, and importantly, teacher union organizer, Antonio Villaraigosa had some sharp words for teachers unions in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece. Reacting to rhetoric at two recent teacher ... »Read

In this article: Antonio Villaraigosa
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 A Claude Rains Moment On Campaign Spending

(Editor’s Note: The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has filed a lawsuit to remove the measure discussed below from the ballot.  More on the HJTA lawsuit can be found here.) Worried about turnout in November, Democrats have placed an advisory ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Ted W. Lieu, Meg Whitman
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 AB 2171: Another Effort by Plaintiff's Lawyers to Find New Ways to Sue

There are many reasons that California is ranked as the #1 Judicial Hellhole in the United States, including widespread abusive ADA lawsuits,shakedown Proposition 65 lawsuits or food litigation. But if some legislators get their way, things ... »Read

In this article: Bob Wieckowski
Bills: AB 2171,
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 What Is Holding Up California Ethics Reform?

2014 has seen numerous corruption stories in California government. Suspended State Senator Rod Wright awaits sentencing for eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud. The FBI charged state Senator Ronald Calderon with accepting bribes. And ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, campaign finance, Peter DeMarco, Jerry Hill, Robert Huff, Legislature, Jessica A. Levinson, state budget, Phillip Ung, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 READ IN: Wednesday, July 23, 2014: Split rulings on Obamacare, Congress taking up different immigration measures, Perdue wins in GA SEN, Oregon to vote on marijuana legalization, Hagan finally buys ad time

Do you Read In? Sign up here to get all the political news you need, delivered every weekday to your inbox at 8 a.m. ET! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- Judges on two separate U.S. Courts of Appeals issued ... »Read

In this article: John F. Kerry, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Ron Paul, Senate Democrats
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 AM Alert: As Mexico trip approaches, governor meets with diplomat

Before Gov. Jerry Brown heads south on a four-day trade mission to Mexico, he’ll meet with Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs José Antonio Meade Kuribreña at a luncheon hosted by the California Chamber of Commerce this afternoon. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara, Barack Obama, Tom Torlakson, Dan Walters
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 What Happens if the Obamacare Lawsuits Prevail?

The legislation barely made out of Congress. On no less than three separate occasions, most famously after Democrats lost their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, key sponsors were »Read

In this article: Nancy Pelosi, John Roberts, Mitt Romney, Senate Democrats, universal health care
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 BART to roust sleepers in stations as a safety concern

BART's decision to start enforcing a little-known safety measure and roust people sleeping or lying in its downtown San Francisco stations is aimed at ending the deadlock over what to do about the underground system becoming a de facto homeless ... »Read

In this article: George Marcu, Nancy Pelosi
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 GovBeat: California tackles full-contact football in schools

California lawmakers have a new plan to make football safer for young players: Put a time limit on tackling. Under a law signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown (D), youth football teams are allowed just three hours of full-contact play per week ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ken Cooley
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 Supervisors Reject Government Outsourcing Proposal

Orange County supervisors on Tuesday soundly rejected a proposal to amend the county charter to allow for greater outsourcing of government jobs, with little but a brief public discussion of the issue »Read

In this article: Patricia Bates, John Moorlach, Todd Spitzer
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 President Obama swings through Bay Area for fundraising trip

Late Tuesday night President Barack Obama arrived in the Bay Area for a quick fundraising trip. »Read

In this article: Jack Citrin, George Marcu, Barack Obama
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 Editorial: Taxpayers shouldn't be on hook for pension fund stumbles

A former California Public Employees’ Retirement System CEO has just pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and fraud. This is but the latest corruption scandal involving the troubled giant public pension fund and serves as yet another... »Read

In this article: Fred Buenrostro, CalPERS
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 Editorial: Jerry Brown’s judicial nomination of Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar seems solid

Jerry Brown shapes the California Supreme Court with the nomination of Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar. Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar »Read

In this article: Marvin R. Baxter, Jerry Brown, Barack Obama, Tom Torlakson
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 Erwin Chemerinsky: It's no accident that judge who tossed death penalty has job for life

U.S District Judge Cormac Carney’s decision last week declaring unconstitutional California’s death penalty is a powerful reminder of why federal judges are accorded life tenure. The framers of the Constitution thought it essential to have a... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Erwin Chemerinsky, Kamala Harris, Legislature
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 NorCal Daybook

Associated Press Northern California Daybook for Wednesday, July 23. »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 NYC police training to be overhauled after custody death

NEW YORK (Reuters) - All New York City police officers are expected to undergo retraining in the wake of a man's death on a city sidewalk shortly after he was placed in a chokehold by officers, Bill Bratton, the police commissioner, said on Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Bill Bratton, Loretta Lynch
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 Obama arrives in Bay Area for fundraisers

President Barack Obama arrived at San Francisco International Airport on Tuesday night for a fundraising trip to the Bay Area. »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, illegal immigration, George Marcu, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Raiders training camp preview

Oakland Raiders' Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen have reason to feel invigorated. »Read

In this article: James P. Jones, William J. Thomas
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 Obama arrives in Bay Area for fundraiser

SAN FRANCISCO -- President Barack Obama arrived at San Francisco International Airport Tuesday night for a fundraising trip to the Bay Area.Air Force One touched down at 9:20 p. »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, illegal immigration, George Marcu, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 California drought: Homeowners fined for not watering lawn

Some California homeowners are facing fines for watering their lawn, but also facing fines if they have a brown yard. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Cheryl Brown, Legislature, water
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 Election Roundup: Sofia Pereira qualifies for Arcata City Council race

Sofia Pereira has been confirmed as the first candidate to qualify for the Nov. 4 Arcata City Council election, according to a press release sent out by Pereira and her campaign manager. »Read

In this article: Shane Brinton, Wesley Chesbro
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 Governor’s employment development official visits AT&T call center in Atwater

Gov. Jerry Brown’s top employment development official made an appearance at the AT&T call center Tuesday to address the looming layoffs of more than 400 workers.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anthony Cannella, Jim Costa, Adam Gray, Patrick Henning, unemployment insurance
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 Solano County leaders see major flaws in governor's water plan

'Significant' and 'far-reaching impacts' will negatively impact Solano County and it's agricultural foundation if the governor's Bay Delta Conservation Plan is implemented. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jim Spering, water, Lois Wolk
Bills: SB 848,
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 S.J. moves toward mandatory water-conservation measures

STOCKTON - San Joaquin County officials approved a new framework for mandatory conservation measures on outdoor water use as California continues to weather a third year of drought and state rules push for more enforcement to prevent wasting water. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ken Vogel, water
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 Property taxes could pay for $25 billion Delta tunnels without public vote

Major water districts in California are quietly considering using property taxes — and possibly raising them without a vote of the public — to help fund Gov. »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Jon Coupal, Jeff Kightlinger, Nancy Vogel, water
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 Private courts: Wieckowski bill will protect California from bad court contracts

Donald Cohen argues that standards are needed to be sure that money-saving plans for the courts don't end up harming consumers or wasting money. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Donald Cohen, Legislature, state budget, water
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 Irvine City Council set to Approve Great Park site for Veterans Cemetery

The Irvine City Council is poised to approve a 125 acre ARDA site at the Great Park for a Veteran's Cemetery and Memorial with Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lalloway seconding Council member Larry Agran's motion. Mayor Steven Choi and Council member Christina ... »Read

In this article: Larry Agran, Steven Choi, Todd Spitzer
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 The Buzz: Champion of Six Californias plan performed striptease to honor women in tech

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper’s proposal to split California into six states has raised eyebrows across the country. Some eyebrows are raised higher still at a video, shared on social media by opponents of Draper’s plan, ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Steven R. Maviglio, Roger Salazar
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 The Odds of a GOP Wave Are Increasing

This year's political environment is shaping up to be nearly as bleak as 2010, and that's ominous news for Senate Democrats. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Legislature, Scott Peters, Senate Democrats
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 Mexico Foreign Minister says undocumented minors no threat to Texas security

Mexico Foreign Minister José Antonio Meade Kuribreña Tuesday challenged Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s characterization of the undocumented minor crisis as an “assault” on U.S. citizens and their security. “There’s a need to respond to the ... »Read
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 Fight inequality - schedule fair work hours

Cynthia Paredes says her part-time schedule as a cashier at Party City in San Francisco does not give her enough hours to make ends meet in the expensive city. A raise in San Francisco's minimum wage is necessary in today's economy, where working ... »Read

In this article: George P. Miller, minimum wage
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 Sugar tax makes it to ballot in narrow vote

San Franciscans will decide whether to levy a 2-cents per ounce tax on soda and other sugary beverages and spend the proceeds on health programs for children, after the Board of Supervisors in a narrow 6-4 vote Tuesday placed the tax measure on the ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, David Chiu, Eric Mar
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 Obama's Bay Area fundraising trip draws flak

Both President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are in the Bay Area Wednesday, but don't expect the two most prominent Democrats in the country to cross paths on their separate trips - where she's getting the buzz, and he's ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Gray Davis, Anna G. Eshoo, George Marcu, John McCain, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Garry South
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 White flags that replaced American flags at Brooklyn Bridge taken down

Investigators are trying to figure out how someone swapped out two large American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge with bleached flags. »Read

In this article: Bill Bratton, John Miller
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 Brown lawns can't draw penalties from homeowners associations under new California law

Homeowners associations can no longer fine residents who fail to water their lawns during droughts under legislation sponsored by a San Jose lawmaker. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, water
Bills: AB 2100,
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 Drought law says HOAs can't frown on brown lawns

The marketing executive, who lives in the tidy Vineyard Hills development, stopped watering part of his front yard this spring to reduce his water use amid citywide orders to cut back 25 percent because of the drought. [...] Santiago and other ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, water
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 New law bans homeowners associations for fining residents with dried lawns

Homeowners associations can no longer fine residents who fail to water their lawns during droughts under legislation sponsored by a San Jose lawmaker. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, water
Bills: AB 2100,
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 Delay likely in corruption trial for California Sen. Ron Calderon

The corruption trial of Democratic Sen. Ron Calderon will likely be delayed until next May, months after the suspended lawmaker is forced to leave office because of term limits. Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, right, works at his desk at the ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Thomas M. Calderon, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Brown Picks Mariano-Florentino Cuellar for Supreme Court

Stanford Law Professor is first of two picks that Brown will make by Brian Leubitz Gov. Brown will replace Justices Baxter and Kennard this year, and today he announced his first pick, Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar . Cuellar, 41, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Brian Leubitz
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