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 NEW: Hoover Dam low water to double water costs to SoCal
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 Mark Leno won't challenge Lee for S.F. mayor

After weeks of examining San Francisco’s political landscape, State Sen. Mark Leno has decided not to run for mayor against incumbent Ed Lee. The resulting rent hikes and general feeling that longtime residents are being priced out to make way ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Legislature, Mark Leno, Mark Mosher, Andrew Ross, John Whitehurst
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 Ad blitz in transit hubs designed to break homeless stereotypes

A new ad campaign produced by the Coalition on Homelessness will go up in public transportation hubs and on Muni buses with the intention of breaking stereotypes about homeless people. There’s not a cardboard sign, grungy sleeping bag, shopping ... »Read

In this article: John Burton, Gavin Newsom
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 Southern Democrats urging a return to party basics

ATLANTA — Southern Democrats are joining others in the party who say that a return to advocating to lift people out of economic hardship and emphasizing spending on education and public works will re-energize black voters and attract whites as ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Legislature, minimum wage, Same-sex marriage
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 Judge: No more delay to enforce gun ruling

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A federal judge has rejected a request by the California attorney general to further delay his order overturning the 10-day waiting period for gun owners who want to buy more firearms.... »Read

In this article: David Beltran, Kamala Harris
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 San Diego Joins National Black Friday Protest At Local Walmart Stores

San Diego protesters join demonstrators and Walmart employees around the country calling for better pay and work schedules. »Read

In this article: Todd Gloria, Lorena Gonzalez, minimum wage, referendum
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 Judge: No more delay to enforce California gun ruling

A federal judge has rejected a request by the California attorney general to further delay his order overturning a 10-day waiting period for gun owners who want to buy more firearms. »Read

In this article: David Beltran, Kamala Harris
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 Political Blotter: Barbara Lee troubled by U.S. troops' new Afghanistan role

Congresswoman Barbara Lee isn't happy that President Obama authorized a somewhat broader role for American troops remaining in Afghanistan; also, one of former GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari's only bragging rights is slipping away. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Barbara Lee, Meg Whitman
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 New bill would tighten public officials' disclosures

California's public officials would have to disclose more about how rich they are and the businesses they're involved in, under an Assembly bill that will be introduced Monday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Fair Political Practices Commission, Mike Gatto, Legislature, Robert Stern
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 Rick Perry ramps up

The Texas governor invites GOP donors to December sessions to discuss 2016. »Read

In this article: Lanhee Chen, Newt Gingrich, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Mitt Romney
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 Wal-Mart protesters demonstrate nationwide for $15-an-hour pay

Around 200 Wal-Mart workers and their supporters marched outside a Long Beach store Friday in support of $15-an-hour pay, part of a nationwide day of demonstrations to push for better wages and working conditions at the retailer. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Lorena Gonzalez, Los Angeles Unified School District, minimum wage
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 Kashkari's 20-point defeat margin is slipping away

Republican former gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is holding onto his margin of defeat by his fingernails. If that doesn’t make sense, it’s because practically nobody ever expected Kashkari to beat Gov. Jerry Brown – but some political ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Meg Whitman
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 California delegation to lose wealth of experience

Some belief California's congressional delegation will take a big hit when a new Congress convenes in January. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, John Campbell, Dianne Feinstein, Kevin McCarthy, Howard P. Mckeon, Gary G. Miller, George P. Miller, No Child Left Behind, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, water, Henry A. Waxman
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 Oakland Raiders considered as possible transplant to LA

The Oakland Raiders, along with a couple other teams, are on the short list of NFL transplant teams that could make their way to Los Angeles in the near future. »Read

In this article: Philip Anschutz, Eric Garcetti
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 Eisner: NFL team would boost downtown Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Michael Eisner likes a good game. He was chief executive at The Walt Disney Co. when it owned the Los Angeles Angels and founded the NHL's Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.... »Read

In this article: Philip Anschutz, Eric Garcetti
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 Must California employers pay double on holidays?

A bill soon to be introduced to the California legislature would require employers to pay double to those who work on Thanksgiving and Christmas in an attempt to curtail transforming the family holidays into shopping bonanzas. [Union Tribune] ... »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature, sick leave
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 California delegation loses wealth of experience

WASHINGTON (AP) -- California's congressional delegation will take a double hit when a new Congress convenes in January.... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, John Campbell, Dianne Feinstein, Kevin McCarthy, Howard P. Mckeon, Gary G. Miller, George P. Miller, No Child Left Behind, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, water, Henry A. Waxman
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 NEW: Gov. Brown thinks long with young CA high-court picks

Jerry Brown will be 80 when his fourth and final term as governor ends in 2018. But it’s plain that he hopes to leave a mark on California life for 40 years after he’s gone — not with the bullet train but with his three young ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Joyce L. Kennard, Chris Reed
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 NEW: Why does CA unemployment remain so high?

Silicon Valley and other areas of coastal California are doing well — assuming you can afford to live there. But the state economy as a whole remains stagnant, with unemployment stuck at 7.3 percent for October, the same as the previous month. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, global warming, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Darrell Steinberg
Bills: AB 32, SB 375,
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 NEW: Hoover Dam low water to double water costs to SoCal

  California is facing yet another drought-caused water and energy shortage from an unexpected source.  Hoover Dam’s hydroelectric power may have to be curtailed if the water level drops below 1,000 feet, an elevation it last reached in May ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, water
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 NEW: Bill would mandate double time on holidays

A new bill would mandate double-time pay for some holidays. The Bee reported: Californians working through the holidays could get heftier paychecks under legislation that would mandate double pay for Thanksgiving and Christmas shifts. The ... »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, minimum wage
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 Making sense of California's sales tax

As you scan your receipts after Black Friday shopping, take a moment to note that the amount of sales tax you pay varies depending on where you purchased your items. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Gloria Molina
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