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Lawmakers seek soda warning labels

"“STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.” Once this law is passed, we can use this same warning and just insert whatever product we want into the warning. This will be the template for change! Who knew complex issues could be solved so easily?"

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Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

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Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

"may impact small business- really a $3 increase overnight would certainly impact any small business. Probably hurts non-minimum wage restaurant workers more than anything else, only ones making minimum wage in table service establishments are the tipped employees. That leaves the best paid people in the house getting a $3/hour raise, to the detriment of the others. Back asswards."

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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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 California, drive carefully toward 'motor voter' law
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 In San Diego, Rep. Xavier Becerra fuels speculation about Senate run
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 Splintering desert plan worries environmental groups
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 Anthony Rendon seeks 3rd opinion

Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon was scheduled to meet with Dr. Steven Singleton in Vail, Colorado, for a third opinion on his injured left knee. »Read

In this article: Anthony Rendon, Matt Williams
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 After blast, San Bruno wants big PG&E fine, tougher safety measures

City of San Bruno officials are supporting a proposed, record-high fine against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. but are complaining that the punishment for a fatal pipeline blast in 2010 fails to ensure the utility would act safely in the future. »Read

In this article: Michael Florio, Michael R. Peevey
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 CA's Court System Must Be Adequately Funded

On March 23rd, the Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court delivered her annual address regarding the state of the California judiciary to the California Legislature. While the state of the judiciary is improving, it has a ... »Read

In this article: Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Legislature, state budget
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 Sales Tax Holiday Legislation Good News for Small Business

Every once in a while, a piece of legislation comes along that restores my hope in the elected bodies in Sacramento. Legislation that proves that they are indeed listening and care about our state’s number one job creators. Proof that they not ... »Read

In this article: Brian Maienschein
Bills: AB 1280,
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 Beyond Vergara

Last year, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu ruled that California's archaic seniority, tenure, and dismissal statutes were unconstitutional, adding that the evidence submitted by the plaintiffs 'shocks the conscience.' The state and two ... »Read

In this article: Frank Wells, Gloria Romero, Kristin Olsen, Los Angeles Unified School District, Legislature, Rocky Chavez, California Teachers Association
Bills: AB 1047, AB 1248, AB 215,
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 Taking It Out on the Little Guy

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared that opposition to efforts to reduce carbon emissions 'borders on the immoral.' Hesitate though we might to debate Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian, on the nature of divine law, we have to question the 'morality' of ... »Read

In this article: Darrell Steinberg, Henry Perea, Jim Patterson, Mary Nichols, global warming, Jerry Brown, Air Resources Board
Bills: AB 23, AB 69,
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 Krishnamoorthi says he'll run for Duckworth's US House seat

Former Illinois deputy treasurer Raja (RAH-jah) Krishnamoorthi (krish-nah-MOOR-thee) says he'll run for U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth's seat in Congress now that she's announced her bid for U.S. Senate. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, renewable energy
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 Now Los Angeles County will consider impacts of raising minimum wage

LOS ANGELES - Following in the footsteps of the city, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today will consider commissioning a study on the impacts of raising the minimum wage.Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis will ask their colleagues ... »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, minimum wage, Hilda L. Solis
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 Calls To Overturn San Onofre Settlement Intensify Amid PUC Revelations

Consumer advocates say emails and seized notes expose a narrative they have long suspected: The California Public Utilities Commission colludes with the power companies it is supposed to regulate. »Read

In this article: Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey, Terrie Prosper, Anthony Rendon
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 L.A. County supervisors expected to call for a minimum wage study

Los Angeles County supervisors are expected to vote Tuesday on conducting a study on hiking the minimum wage to $13.25 or $15.25 an hour, mirroring a proposal by Los Angeles city officials. »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, minimum wage, Hilda L. Solis
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 Apple CEO Tim Cook is forging an unusual path as a social activist

Tim Cook runs the world's most valuable company. Now he's making his mark as an outspoken social activist. »Read

In this article: Steve Jobs, John Lewis
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 California, drive carefully toward 'motor voter' law

In his first major act since taking office, Secretary of State Alex Padilla was smart to focus on California's chronic voting problem. Turnout in the last statewide election was a mere 42% — a new low. Without serious intervention it seems likely ... »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature, Alex Padilla
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 READ IN: Year-Old Edition

Do you Read In? Sign up today and get all the political news you need delivered right to your inbox!-- Point of Personal Privilege: Last year, we had the crazy idea that political professionals needed yet another morning newsletter in their inbox -- ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, John F. Kerry, Mark Kirk, John McCain, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Republicans
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 State brings down the book on charters

According to the adage, “If you can’t beat them, join them.” But not in Sacramento. When it comes to dealing with California’s successful, independent charter schools, powerful, monied special interests – and the lawmakers they fund –... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Roger Hernandez
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 In San Diego, Rep. Xavier Becerra fuels speculation about Senate run

Mulling a run for the U.S. Senate, Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra stopped off Monday in San Diego. He told people, “I am absolutely serious about this.” He said the decision will depend on where he can do more for the state. … ... »Read

In this article: Karen Bass, Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez, Adam Schiff
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 AM Alert: California agriculture board goes to Tijuana to consider 'cross-border' opportunities

The state Board of Food and Agriculture meets in Tijuana to discuss trade and immigration issues. Back home, California politicians celebrate Cesar Chavez Day. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Amerish Bera, Mark DeSaulnier, Eric Garcetti, Jimmy Gomez, Kevin McCarty, SEIU, Dan Walters, water
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 Splintering desert plan worries environmental groups

Leaders of several major environmental groups say they are uneasy about a decision this month to separate federal and state parts of a desert land-use plan involving 22.5 million acres of federal and non-federal desert land in California.For some ... »Read

In this article: Energy Commission, renewable energy
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 Marco Rubio to enter the presidential race: Can he get back his 'rising star'? (+video)

Rubio faces candidates who are already better known and likely to be better funded. His support for immigration reform could hurt him in early primary states like Iowa and South Carolina. He has little room for error.  »Read

In this article: Mike Huckabee, Patrick Murphy, Early Primary
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 Mike Pence, Hoosier daddy

“There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country,” Apple chief executive Tim Cook warned Monday in a Washington Post opinion piece against Indiana’s newly passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It matters not to ... »Read

In this article: David Green, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Tom Steyer wants 'answers' for California gas price spike

California lawmakers are asking questions about rises in gasoline prices earlier this year. Environmental activist Tom Steyer wants Democrats to “demand answers” from oil industry executives. Industry officials say there’s nothing ... »Read

In this article: Severin Borenstein, Energy Commission, greenhouse gas, Kamala Harris, Tupper Hull, Bill Lockyer, Daniel Reeves, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Indiana's Pence sets back national GOP

Many Republicans nationally are striving to be more inclusive of gays and lesbians. That’s why Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s decision to sign the religious freedom act is so perplexing. He needs to fix it fast. … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: James Brulte, Rudy Giuliani, Edwin M. Lee, Legislature
Bills: SB 101,
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 LETTERS Drought, Indiana, religious freedom, odious initiative, genocide, etc.

Drought money pit … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Legislature, water
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 Bernie Sanders barnstorms Bay Area with socialist populist message

Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, in San Francisco while exploring a 2016 presidential run, talks tough on Republicans and billionaires like the democratic socialist he says he is. »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Hillary Clinton, Harmeet Dhillon, minimum wage
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 Don't blame depression for Germanwings crash

To the editor: I must express my deep frustration with the media for linking the Germanwings pilot's depression to his apparent mass murder. ('Germanwings plane crash: Copilot's mental health under scrutiny,' March 27) »Read

In this article: Chris Daly, Chris Daly
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