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Dianne Feinstein pleas for GOP votes on drought bill

"Demand gun rights back: eliminate the Roster, the 10- and 30-day waits, the AWB, and 10-round magazine capacity limit as the price to help her."

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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

"What happened to basic research before writing. While Assembly member Alejo's press release said the bill went to the Senate floor, that is incorrect. The bill was sent to the Senate Rules committee yesterday by the chair of the Appropriations committee. Cut and paste electeds press releases?"

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Not supporting Filner

"Nothing is more unfortunate than the situation these women describe they were subject to. If these allegations are true, then it is clear where the the blame and accountability ought to be- and will be. This is not a "right-wing" "left-wing" thing."

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 A Conservative's View: Republican Troubles
Fox & Hounds Daily - April 15, 6:49 am
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 NEW: This is an 'expedited' review? Nerve-wracking times on bullet-train front
CalWatchdog - April 15, 6:00 am
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 SoCal Edison to lay off hundreds in effort to streamline management
Los Angeles Times/Business - April 15, 5:00 am
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 Councilmember's $250K Sidewalk Repair Program Begins Outside Highland Park Senior Center
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 Will California Revive and Expand Redevelopment?
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 LAPD apologizes to commission for not alerting it to tampering

Chief Beck and three top aides promise to more closely monitor the problem of officers disabling recording equipment in patrol cars.Top Los Angeles police officials Tuesday publicly apologized to their civilian bosses for not promptly alerting them ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Rick Jacobs
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 Elected officials call for outside review of Bay Bridge corrosion

Elected officials have called for an independent review of corrosion inside the new $6.5 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. They said their concerns stemmed from a Sacramento Bee investigation published Sunday that identified rust inside a ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, Mark DeSaulnier, Legislature, Marc Levine, water
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 Swalwell, Corbett and Bussell keep it civil at House candidates' forum

Congressman Eric Swalwell and his challengers, state Sen. Ellen Corbett and Hugh Bussell, took questions for an hour Tuesday night in Castro Valley. »Read

In this article: Ellen Corbett, Fortney Pete Stark, Eric Swalwell
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 Brownley, Strickland outpace their foes in fundraising

Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley, after raising more than $400,000 in the first three months of the year, has built a $1.2 million campaign account heading into her re-election campaign, more than four times the amount of her best-funded GOP foe. »Read

In this article: Julia Brownley, Jeff Gorell, Tony Strickland
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 Editorial: Moreno Valley College VP should go

Gregory Sandoval, the college’s vice president of senior services, pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor April 4. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, water, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Bill seeks to ease California's affordability housing crisis

SB 391 would fund more than 10,000 subsidized homes a year through a new fee on recording real estate documents. Critics say it unfairly saddles homeowners and businesses with added costs.Most Californians can't afford their rent. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, ALEXANDER E. CREEL, Mark DeSaulnier, Eric Garcetti, redevelopment agencies, state budget, Christopher Thornberg
Bills: SB 391,
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 Appeals court upholds EPA limits on air toxicity

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejects challenges from both sides of the issue, finding that EPA limits on emissions from coal-fired power plants are valid.WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld the Environmental ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Stanley Young
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 Ventura County GOP House candidates make their pitches to party activists

The two Republicans running in the 26th Congressional District primary appealed to party activists for support on Tuesday at a candidates' forum before the Camarillo Republican Women Federated. »Read

In this article: Julia Brownley, Elton Gallegly, Jeff Gorell, Legislature, water
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 Supe David Campos speeds up landlord payouts for evictions

After hearing stories of landlords rushing to evict tenants to avoid having to pay them thousands of dollars more - including one who called his office - Supervisor David Campos on Tuesday changed controversial legislation so it will take effect ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, Edwin M. Lee
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 S.F. tax day protest marches on Twitter

The protesters passed a craft beer hall, an artisanal burger joint and a 754-unit luxury condominium project that didn't exist before the city in early 2011 offered a tax break to entice businesses to move to the long-forlorn stretch of Market ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, minimum wage, SEIU
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 Mets put CF Juan Lagares (hamstring) on 15-day DL

The New York Mets have placed center fielder Juan Lagares on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled right hamstring and recalled outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas. »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 Superior Court of Santa Barbara County honors graduates of the Santa Maria Veterans Treatment Court

On Friday, April 11, 2014, the Honorable Rogelio Flores will host a commencement ceremony to honor military veterans who have successfully completed the Veterans Treatment Court program. »Read

In this article: Khatchik Achadjian, Lois Capps, water
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 Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly

Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S. ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Loretta Sanchez
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 The Buzz: California bill would revamp tax checkoff program

Californians rushing to wrap up their 2013 taxes on Tuesday could choose from 20 charitable causes to support on their state tax forms. »Read

In this article: CHRISTY E. BOUMA, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Lois Wolk, Leland Yee
Bills: SB 1207,
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 BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics & people

REAL ESTATE: How many homes do you think are for sale in Bakersfield for $2 million or more? A simple search of the Trulia real estate website found five in that range, starting at $2.3 million and soaring to a $2.9 million mansion boasting seven ... »Read

In this article: Betsy Ramsey, water, Pete Wilson
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 The Many Faces of Leland Yee: A Politician's Calculated Rise and Dramatic Fall

Within eyeshot of the capitol dome sit buildings filled with warrens of cubicles equipped with phones and little else. Every day, elected representatives amble out of the former structure and into the latter. Eluding a state prohibition against ... »Read

In this article: Fiona Ma, Leland Yee
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 Well-Suited: The Man Behind Willie Brown's Style

Willie Brown stood on the Embarcadero in early February, his new namesake, the Willie L. Brown Jr. Bridge, as backdrop. He wore a gray suit and a black tie, a white handkerchief peeking out of his left breast pocket. Before he was ever immortalized ... »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Willie L. Brown Jr.
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 CA15: Swalwell's & Corbett's Q1 fundraising

Rep. Eric Swalwell raised more than eight times as much as his challenger and fellow Democrat state Sen. Ellen Corbett in this year’s first quarter, and had about four and a half times as much money banked as of March 31, according to new reports ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Ellen Corbett, Charles Munger, Eric Swalwell
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 For ballot bios, it's farmer, doctor, mom — anything but 'politician'

California voters will have a chance to cast ballots in June for self-described farmers, businessmen, teachers, doctors and even a scientist and a mom. And those are just the incumbents. Holding political office in Sacramento or Washington, D.C., ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jim Costa, Tal Eslick, John Garamendi, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature, Bill Quirk, David G. Valadao
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 Oakland airport workers learns how to identify human trafficking victims

Thousands of victims of sex and labor trafficking are frequently shuttled through airports, but they are rarely rescued there, said Betty Boeving, executive director of the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition. »Read

In this article: Barbara Lee, Jackie Speier
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 Final Deadline Arrives For Health Exchange Sign-Up

It's not just tax day. Tuesday also is the two-week extension deadline to sign up for health coverage through California's insurance exchange. »Read

In this article: Peter V. Lee, Barack Obama, Anthony Wright
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 Quinn: Maybe Silicon Valley should be more like Amazon

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has a "Pay to Quit" program at the giant online retailer offering employees money to leave as a way to test their commitment. Maybe Silicon Valley should try it. »Read

In this article: Sergey Brin, Steve Jobs, Meg Whitman
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 San Diego Supervisors Back SeaWorld In Killer Whale Controversy

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 Tuesday to oppose recently introduced legislation that would ban SeaWorld San Diego from featuring orcas in its shows. »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Dave Roberts
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 Dan Walters: Scandal and conflict sour legislative session

Three Democratic senators facing criminal charges have been suspended, thereby erasing the upper house's supermajority and dooming some of the most ambitious measures. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Legislature, Dan Walters, water
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 Wolf Collects Another $20,000 From Labor Union

Donation came one day after Aceves made allegations of donation-disclosure misconduct. »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, SEIU
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 Calif. Controller Orders City Of Cudahy To Repay $22.7M In Taxpayer Funds

Auditors say officials in the city of Cudahy had virtually no oversight in place to prevent the misuse of taxpayer dollars when it spent nearly $23 million in redevelopment funds. »Read

In this article: John Chiang, David Silva
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 Most Wanted: Brent Allen Barrett, Assault with a deadly weapon

Most Wanted: Brent Allen Barrett, Assault with a deadly weapon…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Shawn Bagley, Anthony Cannella
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 Oakland airport staff learns how to identify human trafficking victims

Thousands of victims of sex and labor trafficking are frequently shuttled through airports, but they are rarely rescued there, said Betty Boeving, executive director of the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition. »Read

In this article: Barbara Lee, Jackie Speier
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 State audits LA-area city of Cudahy after scandal

California State Controller John Chiang has released several audits of Cudahy (CUD'-uh-hay), a small Los Angeles-area city where corruption led to the conviction of three former city officials. »Read

In this article: John Chiang, David Silva
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 Ron Hart: Sebelius' insult added to Obamacare injuries

Kathleen Sebelius, the outgoing secretary of Health and Human Services, hopes Obamacare covers injuries sustained from being shoved out a door. After magically manufacturing her own low-ball projections of 7 million-plus sign-ups for Obamacare, ... »Read

In this article: Nancy Pelosi, John Roberts, water
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 Environmentalists slam Dianne Feinstein's drought bill

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s revised drought bill is coming under increasing attack from the left even as the California Democrat tries to woo Republicans to speed the bill’s passage through the Senate without committee consideration. More than a ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, water
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 Tuesday's Sports Transactions

Agreed to terms with RHP Frank Francisco on a minor league contract. »Read

In this article: Luis Garcia, Jeremy Smith
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 Capitol Alert: State tax revenue continues to outpace estimates

State tax revenue continued to outpace budget estimates last month, with year-to-date revenue now $1.4 billion more than the Brown administration projected, the state Department of Finance reported Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Darrell Steinberg
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 Cal hires Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin as coach

California hired Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin as its coach Tuesday, charging him with taking over another program after a successful run by his predecessor. »Read

In this article: Antonio Gonzalez, Dave Hart
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 Body found in freezer on Ceres property

A property owner looking into an abandoned auto shop made a grisly discovery Monday afternoon: human remains in a freezer.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Shawn Bagley, Anthony Cannella
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 MID approves rate increase for farmers

Farmers in the Modesto Irrigation District will pay higher rates, following a Tuesday morning board vote.Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Shawn Bagley, Anthony Cannella, water
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 Wednesday multicultural event in Citrus Heights geared to help businesses

In partnership with the Slavic Community Center in Sacramento, state Board of Equalization Member George Runner is sponsoring the fifth annual “Multicultural Business and Career Expo” on Wednesday (April 16) in Citrus Heights. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, George Runner
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 Field Poll: Californians dislike Congress as a whole but feel better about own reps

Six times as many California voters disapprove of how Congress is doing its job as those who approve, a new Field Poll finds. »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, Field Poll, Michael Honda, Eric Swalwell, David G. Valadao
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 Government Ignores the 'Pings' at Its Own Peril

Political leaders tone deaf to voters' signaling for leadership. »Read

In this article: Matthew Dowd, minimum wage
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 Councilmember's $250K Sidewalk Repair Program Begins Outside Highland Park Senior Center

Los Angeles’ broken sidewalks will begin to be repaired Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar
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 New Teacher Dismissal Bill Deal Has Governor's Support

After three years of bitter disputes, there appears to be a deal in the California legislature on a bill that would make it easier for school districts to fire teachers accused of abusing students. But not all education groups are on board.Asm. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Joan Buchanan, California Teachers Association, EdVoice, Legislature
Bills: AB 215,
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 On Tax Day, Taxpayer Advocates and their Adversaries are Thinking Ahead

On Tax Day 2014, California is creeping toward a point that the issue of taxation may once again be selected as the main concern for the state's voters. That might seem an irrational statement when you consider that in the most recent Public Policy ... »Read

In this article: PPIC, Proposition 13, water
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 Will California Revive and Expand Redevelopment?

Before its demise in 2011, California's redevelopment system did little to create jobs or improve education. It did succeed, however, in turning California into one of the worst states in the nation for eminent domain abuse, while severely ... »Read

In this article: redevelopment agencies, Legislature, eminent domain, Jerry Brown
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 A Conservative's View: Republican Troubles

On Friday I received a big proud email from a guy named Pete Peterson, a Republican running for California Secretary of State. He announced the Field Poll showed him far ahead of the Democrats in this race. He was at 30%.On Saturday the Field Poll ... »Read

In this article: Gray Davis, Bill Simon, SEIU, Charles Munger, Rosario Marin, Steve Frank, Nathan Fletcher, Field Poll
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 Don't Make Big-City Mayors Regional Rulers

Given the quality of leadership in Washington, it's not surprising that many pundits are shifting focus to locally based solutions to pressing problems. This increasingly includes many progressives, who historically have embraced an ever-more ... »Read

In this article: Antonio Villaraigosa, Eric Garcetti
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 California looking to recycled water to ease drought concerns

At two treatment plants in El Dorado Hills, millions of gallons of brown wastewater pour in every week, and millions of gallons of clean water pour out through purple pipes…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ben Hueso, Dan Morain, David Sander, water
Bills: SB 322,
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 Golf Glance

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In this article: Brian Josepph Davis, Tom Watson
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 AM Alert: Californians split on Congress, own representatives

Like the rest of the country, California voters hold a deeply negative view of the job performance of the U.S. Congress: Just 13 percent approve of the work of the nation's lawmakers in a new Field Poll, compared to 79 percent who disapprove. »Read

In this article: Igor Birman, John Chiang, Jon Coupal, Field Poll, Legislature, Dan Richard, Dan Walters, Leland Yee
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 FIELD POLL: Congress continues its unpopularity streak

Just 13 percent approve of the legislative body. Respondents were more likely to view their own representative favorably »Read

In this article: CEQA, Field Poll, water
Bills: SB 18,
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 NEW: This is an 'expedited' review? Nerve-wracking times on bullet-train front

Nine weeks ago, the news seemed promising on the bullet-train follies front. Now the picture looks murkier. On Jan. 24, Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris asked the California Supreme Court to conduct an expedited appeals process ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Chris Reed
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 OC Transit Planners Seek Public Input on Future of Transportation

Traffic conditions are expected to get "much, much worse" without needed investments, officials say. »Read

In this article: Ryan Chamberlain, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Todd Spitzer, Leland Yee
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 Morning Must Reads: April 15

In the news: Russian Prime Minister warned of Ukraine descending into civil war; One year since the Boston Marathon attacks; Global greenhouse emissions are skyrocketing; Cliven Bundy; 2016 presidential election; Tax Day! »Read

In this article: greenhouse gas, minimum wage, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Fight Schedule

At Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, N.Y. (ESPN2), 'Boxcino' middleweight tournament semifinals: Vitalii Kopylenko vs. Willie Monroe Jr.; Brandon Adams vs. Raymond Gatica (8 rounds). »Read

In this article: Robert B. Garcia, Francisco Estrada
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 SoCal Edison to lay off hundreds in effort to streamline management

Hundreds of non-union workers in Irwindale may lose their jobs as part of Southern California Edison's plan to become more efficient.SACRAMENTO — Southern California Edison Co. plans to lay off hundreds of employees as part of a management ... »Read

In this article: Alex Padilla, Mark Toney
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