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Why The Grocery Bag Bill Should Be Referred

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 Fight over taxes looms between Democrats, Gov. Jerry Brown

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown orchestrated the successful push for temporary sales and income taxes on Californians three years ago to help ease the state out of recession and close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Betty T. Yee
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 Drummond: Move to end youth solitary confinement a good thing

A new state bill would restrict its use in juvenile halls to emergency situations. »Read

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 NEW: LAO report: Dozens of school districts not honoring intent of state law

The state Legislative Analyst’s Office released a report last week on how 50 California school districts were dealing with the requirements of the 2013 Local Control Funding Formula law. That’s Gov. Jerry Brown’s ballyhooed reform ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Legislature, Chris Reed, Pete Wilson
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 Mayor Garcetti seeks to cut civilian injury-leave pay about 25%

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is seeking roughly a 25% cut in the pay that city civilian workers receive while on injury leave, an unusually generous benefit that critics say has contributed to increasing taxpayer costs. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, SEIU
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 After Senate climate votes, Dems see rift in GOP

A measure linking human activity to climate change exposes a split inside the party.. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, global warming, greenhouse gas, Mitt Romney, Senate Republicans, Thomas F. Steyer, water
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 In San Francisco's close quarters, political giants are bred

This is a city of 47 square miles, 800,000 people and millions of deeply held, fiercely fought convictions. »Read

In this article: Art Agnos, Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Eric Jaye, Legislature, Gavin Newsom, Nancy Pelosi, Ace Smith, water
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 Wheels Falling Off On Portantino Campaign?*

<span style="font-size: small;><i>It hasn't been a very "Happy New Year" so far for <b>Anthony Portantino.</b> </i></span><br /><br /><ul><li>First, his lie, made ... »Read

In this article: Mike Gatto, Carol Liu, Anthony J. Portantino
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 Politics aside, Jeb Bush is one smart and funny guy

Put your money on Jeb Bush as Republican nominee for president. Mitt Romney may get in the race, but he is used goods. [...] if Romney couldn’t beat President Obama when he was up against the ropes, how’s he going to knock out a fighter like ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Why Antonio Villaraigosa Should Run for U.S. Senate

All the gab and gossip among California's cognoscenti currently focuses on one big question: Is former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio “Tony V” Villaraigosa in or out of the 2016 race for U.S. Senate? Billionaire hedge-fund enviro-liberal Tom Steyer, ... »Read

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 Carl Cannon: The 'Drinks all around' administration

Henry A. Wallace, handpicked as vice president by Franklin Roosevelt, would have liked President Obama. In 1942, Wallace called for federal support for education – a novel concept at the time – and universal health care for workers. Highly... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Barack Obama, sick leave, universal health care
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 Tom Campbell: Jerry Brown favors two-year colleges over UC, CSU

There are three components of public higher education in California. The University of California system serves 250,000 students, the California State University system serves 448,000 students, and the California Community College system serves ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tom Campbell, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger, technical education
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 Obama lands in India

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama landed in India Sunday morning.Click to Continue » »Read

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 L.A. panel was split over which minimum-wage analyst offered best bid

A panel tasked with choosing outside analysts to conduct a key review of two proposals to raise Los Angeles' minimum wage split over which firm had the best bid, according to newly released city documents. »Read

In this article: Felipe Fuentes, Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Curren Price, Herb Wesson
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 Merla Zellerbach: A struggle to have 'death with dignity'

If you were introduced to Merla Zellerbach at a social event, invariably she would ask about you. [...] last year, after the philanthropist, civic leader, novelist, author, Nob Hill Gazette editor and former Chronicle columnist learned she was ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, William W. Monning, Lois Wolk
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