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 U.S. Senate offers a painful dose of 'health' legislation
Sacramento Bee/Opinion - June 23, 5:31 am
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 Essential California: There's so much solar power here that other states are sometimes paid to take it
Los Angeles Times/Top of the Ticket - June 23, 5:30 am
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 Earthquakes may be the rare issue uniting Democrats and Republicans in California
Los Angeles Times - June 23, 4:00 am
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 California Today: California Today: Advice for Graduates
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 The emerging timeline of Obama and Russia that is giving Democrats heartburn
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 California water chief at helm of Oroville crisis retires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A water manager who led the state's emergency response to the erosion of the nation's tallest dam says he's retiring.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, water, Eric Wesselman
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 Court reverses corruption counts in California city scandal

A state appeals court on Friday reversed five of 11 criminal counts against an official convicted in a scheme to bilk millions of dollars from a small California city. The … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Robert Rizzo, Ali Saleh
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 MLB: Tigers release reliever Francisco Rodriguez

The Detroit Tigers have released Francisco Rodriguez, one day after the 35-year-old reliever gave up a grand slam to Robinson Cano in his latest rough outing. Rodriguez saved 44 games for the Tigers in 2016, but he is 2-5 with a 7.82 earned-run ... »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 California's climate debate heats up behind closed doors as Gov. Brown pushes to extend cap and trade

The end of annual budget negotiations usually brings a sense of calm to the Capitol, but behind the scenes Gov. Jerry Brown has intensified his efforts to reach a deal with lobbyists and lawmakers on a blueprint for California’s future climate ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, Environmental Justice, global warming, greenhouse gas, Rob Lapsley, Legislature, Nancy McFadden, Anthony Rendon
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 5th GOP senator joins opposition to health bill

WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada said Friday he opposes the GOP bill that would scuttle much of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, complicating the task party leaders face in guiding the banner legislation through ... »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Raul Ruiz
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 Striking port truckers take their protest to LA City Hall

Wrapping up a five-day strike at local marine terminals, dozens of port truck drivers marched Friday at Los Angeles City Hall demanding officials get tough on private companies that don't recognize their contract workers as employees.The protest is ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Robert B. Garcia, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Man who led state response to Oroville Dam crisis is stepping down

Bill Croyle, who’s been the sometimes controversial public face of the state’s response to the Oroville Dam emergency, announced his retirement Friday as acting director of the Department of Water … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Drought, John Laird, water
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 Don't stop worrying about our elections just yet: Susan Shelley

Exactly what did the Russians do to interfere in the 2016 election, and what should we do about it?The House and Senate Intelligence committees held separate hearings last week to consider those questions, and the answers were unsettling.Former ... »Read

In this article: electronic voting, Legislature, Adam Schiff, Susan Shelley
Bills: AB 668,
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 Donald Trump's Cuba policy will help China and Russia

Texas travel Re “Texas, three more states on California’s banned travel list” (The State Worker, June 22): Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s recent action to restrict state-funded travel to states with … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, California Teachers Association, Dean Vogel, water
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 Attorney General Becerra should investigate Exxon over climate change

Texas travel Re “Texas, three more states on California’s banned travel list” (The State Worker, June 22): Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s recent action to restrict state-funded travel to states with … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, California Teachers Association, Dean Vogel, water
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 Senators are investigating former AG Loretta Lynch for political interference

They wrote four letters seeking information about emails leaked in the hacking of the DNC's computer system last summer »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Loretta Lynch
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 Psychiatric breaks, misspent money for mental illness, farm profits and fisheries

Trauma Re “It shouldn’t take a crisis to address mental illness. There’s a better way” (Forum, June 18): Thanks to Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Dr. Cameron Carter for highlighting the … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Drought, Get REAL, John Laird, Little Hoover Commission, Darrell Steinberg, water
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 Gov. Brown prepares for a new climate battle, and it probably will cost you

It’s been miserable out there. Death Valley reached a deadly 127-degree record. Flights were canceled in Phoenix because it isn’t safe to take off when the temperature exceeds 117 degrees. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Jerry Brown, Cristina Garcia, global warming, greenhouse gas, Legislature, Nancy McFadden
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 Wilshire Grand, Tallest Building West Of Mississippi, Opens In Downtown LA

The $1 billion skyscraper is 73 stories tall and has 889 hotel rooms. »Read

In this article: Jose Huizar, Hilda L. Solis, Herb Wesson
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 Let solar-roof savings shine on all ratepayers: Guest commentary

Every day, solar panels scattered across sunny Los Angeles generate clean local energy. A key benefit of producing electricity on homes and businesses, close to where it's used, is that it reduces costs by avoiding the expensive and inefficient ... »Read

In this article: California Independent System Operator, Legislature, renewable energy, water
Bills: SB 692,
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 LA City Council approves $2 million to defend immigrants facing deportation

The Los Angeles City Council voted today to put $2 million into a legal fund to defend immigrants facing deportation and signed off on criteria that restricts the money from being used on people with violent felony convictions.But unlike a similar ... »Read

In this article: Paul Koretz, Nury Martinez
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 Happy talk belies L.A. Unified's grim financial picture

The board of the Los Angeles Unified School District passed a $7.5 billion 2017-18 budget this week on a 5-1 vote with Superintendent Michelle King touting the fact that the »Read

In this article: Eli Broad, Los Angeles Unified School District, Tom Torlakson
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 Joe Kerr picks up an Endorsement for BoS for Anaheim's Lorri Galloway

  Brea, CA – Former Anaheim City Councilmember Lorri Galloway announced her endorsement of Joe Kerr’s campaign for Orange County Supervisor today. Galloway joins a growing list of local leaders rallying around Kerr, which already includes ... »Read

In this article: Lou Correa, Tom Daly
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 California: 6th Largest Economy In World And One Of Highest Poverty Rates In Nation?

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire. Before announcing his bid for California governor in November 2016, ... »Read

In this article: Travis Allen, Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Gavin Newsom, PPIC, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Op-Ed Contributor: Trump's Withdrawal From the Paris Agreement Challenges Latin America

Proposed budget cuts, combined with the decision to pull out of the climate change accord, put into question how long cooperation will continue. »Read

In this article: Drought, Barack Obama, renewable energy
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 How do we address the housing crisis: one incremental step at a time

Productively addressing California’s housing crisis will require a long slog, not a magic bullet. The effective policies are politically treacherous, while the easy victories already have been chalked up. A broad consensus of nonpartisan policy ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CEQA, Jerry Nickelsburg, Pete Wilson
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 Return of the "San Francisco Democrats"

While San Francisco Bay Area politicians dominated California politics over the past couple of decades as the state became more Democratic, the term “San Francisco Democrats” doesn’t play so well nationally. Those with long memories will ... »Read

In this article: Nancy Pelosi
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 Continued Education Critical to Ability of California Physicians to Treat Patients

Legislation currently before the Assembly that is aimed at eliminating undue influence in pharmaceutical prescribing will instead hinder the education of California medical professionals and limit their access to critical information about new ... »Read

Bills: SB 790,
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 Trailer Bills Let California Lawmakers Slip New Policies into Budget

California senators were deep in heated debate about a small but politically explosive attachment to the state budget last week when a Riverside Democrat could be heard to suddenly channel Forrest Gump. “Trailer bills,” said Sen. Richard ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Jim Patterson, redevelopment agencies, referendum, Richard D. Roth, state budget, Phil Ting
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 Is LGBT community moving forward or falling back?

State Sen. Scott Wiener will be in San Francisco’s LGBT Pride parade this Sunday with a message: “We must gather our strength for the battle ahead.” Wiener, a Democrat from … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Marc Berman, Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, David Chiu, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Holly J. Mitchell, Kevin Mullin, James Nielsen, Senate Republicans, Nancy Skinner, state budget, Phil Ting, water
Bills: SB 355,
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 The emerging timeline of Obama and Russia that is giving Democrats heartburn

President Obama knew about Russian meddling in August. Democrats wanted him to speak out much sooner than he did. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Barack Obama, Adam Schiff
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 California Today: California Today: Advice for Graduates

Friday: Parting advice for college graduates, a defiant Nancy Pelosi, and public art in Sonoma. »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Republicans
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 U.S. Senate offers a painful dose of 'health' legislation

Good morning. On behalf of The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, welcome to The Take, your opinion-politics newsletter. Please sign up for it here. Jack Ohman notes that there would be … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Edwin Chau, Stephen Green, Brian W. Maas, Tom McClintock, Katie Merrill, Nancy Pelosi, UCLA Anderson Forecast, Dan Walters
Bills: AB 375, AB 380,
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 Essential California: There's so much solar power here that other states are sometimes paid to take it

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Friday, June 23, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES The solar power glut California invested heavily in solar power. Now there's so much that other ... »Read

In this article: Travis Allen, Nancy Pelosi, Scott Wilk
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 Earthquakes may be the rare issue uniting Democrats and Republicans in California

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and members of Congress voice support to fund the earthquake early warning system. »Read

In this article: Ken Calvert, Judy Chu, Eric Garcetti, water
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 Irate commuters threaten a lawsuit over narrowed streets in Playa Vista and Playa del Rey

South Bay commuters looking to avoid the 405 Freeway have long taken an alternate route through Playa del Rey, passing the coastline and the Ballona Wetlands to reach Santa Monica. The route is popular – with more than 24,000 vehicles per day – ... »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, John Russo
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 L.A. needs to clean up its ports, but truck drivers shouldn't have to pay for it

Kudos to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia for offering ambitious plans to bring zero-emissions trucks to their ports. Yet in the pursuit of cleaner air and lower carbon, policymakers can’t ignore how the costs and ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Robert B. Garcia, greenhouse gas, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 State Budget Expands Earned Income Tax Credit

By Ben AdlerThe new California budget set to take effect next month includes an expansion of the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit. That’s a refundable tax credit of up to $2,700 a year available to low-income, working Californians. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, minimum wage, state budget
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 California Advances Proposal To Pay Down Pension Debt

By Ben BradfordA proposal to pay down California pension debt is nearing passage in the state Legislature. It’s garnered bipartisan support, despite criticism from non-partisan analysts. The proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown would give state ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Legislature, Jay Obernolte, Phil Ting
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 Out of High School, Into Real Life

Looking Ahead With Some Graduating Seniors Whose Formal Education Is Now Behind Them »Read

In this article: minimum wage, technical education
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 California and the health care bill*

<p><span><strong><a href=http:* <p><strong>From the Chronicle's CATHERINE HO:</strong> "Senate Republicans' health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, <a href=http:* <div ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Hillary Clinton, Jim Miller, Paul Mitchell, Kevin Mullin, Senate Republicans, Thomas F. Steyer, Allen Warren
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 You asked, we answered. Here are some of our readers' questions on California's proposed single-payer plan

We answer reader questions on how California's proposed single-payer healthcare plan would work. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Ricardo Lara, water
Bills: SB 562,
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 John Chiang hits the road to raise his profile in California governor's race

As California treasurer, John Chiang is most comfortable immersed in the state’s finances and rattling off numbers that would sail over average voters’ heads. But as he embarks on a yearlong tour of the state for his gubernatorial bid, Chiang is ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, John Chiang, Jose Huizar, Gavin Newsom, Thomas F. Steyer, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 SB 10 Would Rightly End the Cash Bail System

By George Lakoff Special to Calbuzz Imagine losing days, weeks, or months of your life rotting in a jail cell even though, in the United States, you’re supposed to be presumed innocent unless proven guilty. Such unjust imprisonment should never ... »Read

Bills: SB 10,
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 Taxpayers could pay to attract teachers. But is California really running out of them?

Should taxpayers underwrite special benefits to attract new teachers, such as affordable housing, expanded maternity leave and tax breaks? California lawmakers have put forward a raft of proposals offering extra … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, EdVoice, Legislature, Kevin Mullin, state budget
Bills: AB 1182, AB 1217, AB 169, AB 410, AB 568, AB 586, SB 436, SB 533, SB 807,
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