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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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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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 Torlakson vs. Tuck is tightest race statewide, Field Poll shows
San Francisco Chronicle - Oct. 30, 2:44 am
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 Opinions > Mayor Kevin Johnson's Measure L seems l > Few people are looking to form an ethics commission with any teeth in Sacramento.
News & Review/Sacramento - Oct. 30, 2:31 am
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 Lake Mission Viejo isn't feeling California drought — yet
Los Angeles Times/Editorial - Oct. 30, 4:00 am
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 Opinions > Endorsements > Our picks for the 2014 midterm elections.
News & Review/Chico - Oct. 30, 4:03 am
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 Opinions > Doug Ose and Ami Bera's despicable atta > Slime-filled ads are beneath both candidates.
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 Chronicle Watch: Some S.F. drivers still feed meters on Sundays

Signs that demand payment from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays have not been removed from about a quarter of the city’s meters since San Francisco stopped charging for Sunday parking in July, according to records from the Municipal Transportation Agency. ... »Read

In this article: Richard Gutierrez, Edwin M. Lee
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 CalPERS prevails in judge's ruling on Stockton bankruptcy

A bankruptcy judge approved a plan Thursday that will allow the city of Stockton to fully fund pension payments for public retirees while reducing payments to bond investors. The ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein arrives nearly a ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Anne Stausboll
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 Not made in China: Garment manufacturing Part II

Read full story for latest details. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Debbie Mesloh, minimum wage
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 GOP: Obama's Immigration Action Will Cripple 2016 Democrats

Republicans have an immigration problem, and Democrats may have an answer. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Zoe Lofgren, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Same-party races challenge California incumbents

Honda, one of Congress' most liberal lawmakers, and McClintock, one of its most conservative, face challengers from within their own party in Tuesday's midterm elections. The races provide a sort of laboratory for testing one of the ideas behind ... »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ro Khanna, Stephen T. Knight, Legislature, Tom McClintock, Howard P. Mckeon, Fortney Pete Stark, Tony Strickland
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 GOP not budging on executive action

Republicans warn that sweeping unilateral action on immigration reform would be 'detrimental.' »Read

In this article: Zoe Lofgren, John McCain, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Charter school backers spending at least $220,000 on Santa Clara Co. school races

Countering the political muscle of teachers and labor unions, statewide charter-school backers are pouring tens of thousands of dollars into low-profile school board races. The majority has benefitted Julia Hover-Smoot, who is seeking a second term ... »Read

In this article: Darcie Green, Anna E. Song
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 NEW: Democrats divided on big issues in CA

Although Democrats in California are eager to celebrate major victories next Tuesday, political fault lines lie under their party. From anti-rape legislation, to education reform, to health costs and beyond, an anticipated left-leaning consensus has ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 Court Rules Against San Diego County Climate Action Plan

San Diego County will need to revise its Climate Action Plan after an appellate court ruled in favor of the Sierra Club, stating the plan 'does not ensure reductions' of greenhouse gas emissions. We look at what's next. »Read

In this article: CEQA, global warming, greenhouse gas, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Field Poll Shows Dems in Good Shape for Statewide Races, SSPI will be close

Dems all carry leads in statewide races. Tom Torlakson is in a dogfight with Marshall Tuck by Brian Leubitz The final Field Poll came out today, and it had Democrats looking good in all of the partisan statewide races. As you can see from the table ... »Read

In this article: California Democratic Party, Field Poll, Brian Leubitz, Tom Torlakson
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 Afrojack, Steve Aoki among sets announced for Escape All Hallows' Eve this weekend

Escape All Hallows' Eve recently released its set times for its more than 90 electronic music acts across five stages slated to perform during the Halloween-themed music festival this weekend at the National Orange Show Events Center in San ... »Read

In this article: Paul Van, Paul Van Dyke
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 Concord City Council candidates near end of campaign trail

The post Concord City Council candidates near end of campaign trail appeared first on HALFWAY TO CONCORD. Even a casual observer would know after meeting candidates for the open Concord City Council seats that Election Day, November 4, is rapidly ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Mark DeSaulnier, George P. Miller
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 Race for Top Energy Committee Seat Brings Windfall to Democrats

Eshoo, Pallone have combined to raise or donate millions to party causes in pursuit of plum post. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Anna G. Eshoo, Nancy Pelosi, Henry A. Waxman
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 Lois Capps accused of deception

The heated race between Rep. Lois Capps and her challenger Chris Mitchum for the 24 District seat just got hotter with Mitchum accusing Capps of running a deceptive attack ad. In the Capps’ commercial currently playing on several local stations, a ... »Read

In this article: Lois Capps, Chris Mitchum
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 Monkey Cage: Opinion polls can be self-fulfilling prophecies

Public opinion sometimes changes quickly over relatively short periods of time. For instance, support for same-sex marriage has substantially increased to becoming a majority view over the past few years, while support for the death penalty has ... »Read

In this article: David Roth, Same-sex marriage
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 Field Poll: Torlakson and Tuck tied for superintendent, Brown leads Kashkari by 21 points

State schools superintendent Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck are tied while Gov. Jerry Brown leads Republican challenger Neel Kashkari by 21 points, a new Field Poll finds. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Eli Broad, Jerry Brown, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Paul Hefner, Steve Jobs, Alex Padilla, Tom Torlakson, Betty T. Yee
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 Lexington: Flags over the Capitol

HIGH above Washington, hidden in the western lee of the Capitol’s dome, stands a clutch of mini-flagpoles. As an ugly, unhappy election grinds to a close, those flagstaffs suggest that Americans have not lost all faith in their democracy. The ... »Read

In this article: John Campbell, George P. Miller, Barack Obama
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 Debunking Myths about Proposition 2

With the election heading to the home stretch, this is the last chance to debunk some of the myths about Proposition 2. “Proposition 2 will hurt local school districts.” School business officials and a parents organization claim that Proposition ... »Read

In this article: Michael Cohen, Legislature, Proposition 2, state budget
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 Assembly District 16: Weird & Whacky Antics Put Bay Area Seat in Play

A very wise political consultant once told me that the last 7 days of a close campaign weren’t the ones to watch – they were the ones to watch out for. It’s that magical time when your opponent hurls lies about you in the mail. It’s getting ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Joan Buchanan, California Teachers Association, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer, Proposition 2, Gloria Romero
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 What Out of Control Spending Are You Talking About, Gov. Brown?

What on earth are you talking about, Governor Brown? In your ad for Jose Solorio, who is running for a state senate seat crucial to hopes of a Democratic supermajority, you say that Solorio “was one of my closest allies in stopping the ... »Read

In this article: Jose Solorio
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 Dear Gov. Brown . . . Letter from an Old Lawyer

“I submit to you, in the most diverse state in the Union, that a penny on the dollar is insufficient to provide justice.” California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye Dear Governor Brown, Forgive me for feeling like I know you, when ... »Read
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 Jerry Brown Poised For Victory After Ho-Hum Election Campaign

Here’s the big news on the run-up to the November election now only days away. There will be no big news! The marquee race—the one for governor — has been a one-person contest from start to finish and, barring unforeseen events the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, Kamala Harris, Dave Jones, Gavin Newsom, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water, Meg Whitman, Pete Wilson
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 Need A Sure Sign Democrats Are In Trouble? Bill Clinton Is In California

The signs of a wave election abound for Republicans. Recent polling even shows that Millennials and women voters favor Republicans in 2014. Obama’s disappearance from the campaign trail is another sign. So too is Bill Clinton’s appearance in ... »Read

In this article: Joel Kotkin, Art Laffer
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 Judge to rule on whether Stockton, California can exit bankruptcy

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A judge in Sacramento is set to decide on Thursday if the California city of Stockton can exit bankruptcy. If not, the city may need to cut its pension obligations, a controversial issue that has captured the attention of ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Legislature, Bill Lockyer
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 Bogus foreclosure rescue scheme nets 10 years in prison

Jeremy Michael 'Mike' Head, 34, of Huntington Beach, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Sacramento to 10 years in prison for his part in a nationwide foreclosure rescue scam. Court papers said Head was a leader in a scheme that promised ... »Read

In this article: MICHAEL N. ANDERSON, Benjamin B. Wagner
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 READ IN: Lowered Expectations Edition

Do you Read In? Sign up today and get all the political news you need delivered to your inbox every morning! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- National Democrats are starting to downplay expectations in the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Field Poll, Chuck Hagel, John F. Kerry, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom, Tom Torlakson
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 A voter guide to California's boring but important ballot propositions

— Six state propositions are on the ballot and none are sexy. All are snoozers. But each is significant. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, George Skelton, water
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 L.A. officials to consider ballot measures to change election years

Can changing when Los Angeles votes reverse a long-term decline in turnout? »Read

In this article: Gil Cedillo, Jose Huizar, Legislature, Los Angeles Unified School District, Herb Wesson
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 Opinions > Doug Ose and Ami Bera's despicable atta > Slime-filled ads are beneath both candidates.

I know Ami Bera, who is running for Congress as a Democrat in District 7. And I know his Republican opponent, Doug Ose. They are... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Doug Ose
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 Opinions > Endorsements > Our picks for the 2014 midterm elections.

The midterm election is around the corner and the CN&R’s editorial board members have done a lot of homework, especially on the local races. We... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Doug LaMalfa, Proposition 2, referendum, water
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 Lake Mission Viejo isn't feeling California drought — yet

Lake Mission Viejo is Southern California at its most idyllic and, when it comes to water, its most extravagant. Multimillion-dollar homes surround a 1.2-billion-gallon lake created solely for recreation, where sailboats sway under sunny afternoon ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Laer Pearce, water
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 Joni Ernst Is the Tea Party's Endgame

Louis Brems/ZUMA Early last Thursday morning, Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for Senate in Iowa, swung by the Des Moines Rotary Club to speak at the group's monthly lunch meeting. Mostly white and mostly male, the club counts much of the ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Same-sex marriage, water
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 Torlakson vs. Tuck is tightest race statewide, Field Poll shows

Incumbent Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck are in a dead heat for the state’s top education job less than a week before election day, a new Field Poll shows. Brown, who is seeking a record fourth term as governor, leads among every age ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Ron Nehring, Gavin Newsom, Alex Padilla, Tom Torlakson, Betty T. Yee
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 Opinions > Mayor Kevin Johnson's Measure L seems l > Few people are looking to form an ethics commission with any teeth in Sacramento.

A couple weeks ago Bites wrote that “the current city council is simply not going to create a strong ethics committee.” Major California cities—like San... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Kevin Johnson, Jay Schenirer, Darrell Steinberg, Allen Warren
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 Opinions > Letters for October 30, 2014 > Readers express thoughts on the upcoming school-board races and snobbery in Sacto's coffee culture.

Sac baristas pretentious? Re “Sacramento’s Specialty Coffee Week is good to the last drop” by Janelle Bitker (SN&R Arts & Culture, October 16): As a... »Read

In this article: Jay Schenirer, Darrell Steinberg
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 Guides > Medical-cannabis guide > Vote with Ngaio: On marijuana and next week&# > Ngaio's marijuana endorsements for this fall's election.

Do you have a stance on Proposition 47 and, if it passes, how do you think it will impact marijuana in the state? Also, have... »Read

In this article: Newt Gingrich, Loni Hancock, Mark Leno, Gavin Newsom, Darrell Steinberg
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 Local Stories > Voter intimidation in Sacramento is real&mdas > Civic engagement leaders say confusion, not apathy, keeps underrepresented groups from polls.

Fear the vote Soon after June’s barrel-scraping statewide primary set the lowest voter-turnout numbers on record, a familiar narrative began: Californians are too spoiled... »Read

In this article: Kimberly Nalder, Darrell Steinberg
Bills: SB 897,
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 Local Stories > Race to vote: Sacramento's political e > the county's top office holders are 79.5 percent white and 77 percent male.

School-board candidate Jonathan R. Tran is sweating through his plaid dress shirt. But it isn’t nerves that are causing the first-time political aspirant to... »Read

In this article: Mike Eng, Sheila Kuehl, Legislature
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 Local Stories > Dear participant in the electoral process: Yo > On vote or die, Diddy, Ose and Bera, Dickinson and Pan and the big money in little Sacramento's election races.

Democracy. 
It trends toward the ridiculous more and more each election cycle. And you thought it was bad 10 years ago, when Dubya was up... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, campaign finance, Roger Dickinson, Kevin Johnson, John F. Kerry, Legislature, minimum wage, Doug Ose, Richard Pan, Angelo K. Tsakopoulos, water
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 Future of Stockton pensions may be decided today*

<p>First off, if you expect anything to get done in San Francisco tomorrow, <strong><em><a href=http:* <p>In a case that has wide repercussions, U.S. bankruptcy judge <b>Christopher Klein</b> is <a ... »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Amerish Bera, Julia Brownley, California Target Book, Hillary Clinton, Maria Elena Durazo, Field Poll, John Garamendi, Allan Hoffenblum, Neal Kelley, Jim Miller, minimum wage, Paul Mitchell, Raul Ruiz, Tom Torlakson
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 Measure P Money Creeps Up

The 'No' camp continues to way outpace the 'Yes' team. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lois Capps, Chris Mitchum, water
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 For the People

I once believed government officials represented U.S. citizens. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lois Capps
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 Trouble in Shangri-La

Malibu's Measure R opponents attack it as flawed, as do Measure P's here. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lois Capps, Rick J. Caruso, Rob Reiner
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 Troy Senik: California's election about nothing

There are times when you realize that California is basically the rest of the nation’s trophy wife. We’re supposed to sit here and look pretty, not get ourselves all riled up by thinking about the issues. So while the rest of the country is... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, CalPERS, Legislature, referendum, state budget, water
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 Exclusive: Unions Blast LAUSD For Telling Cafeteria Workers To Speak Only English

Worker unions are firing back at the Los Angeles Unified School District after they allegedly told cafeteria workers at Harvard Elementary School they could only speak English on campus. »Read

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District, SEIU
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 U.S. governor races could determine swing states' fiscal health

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. voters' readiness to face tough issues such as pension reform rather than simply kick the can further down the road will be put to the test next week as two-thirds of state governor posts go up for election. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Sam Brownback, John Miller, referendum
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 Unions Blast LAUSD For Telling Cafeteria Workers To Only Speak English

Worker unions are firing back at the Los Angeles Unified School District after they allegedly told cafeteria workers at Harvard Elementary School they could only speak English on campus. »Read

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District, SEIU
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