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 LA teachers, union leaders rally amid stalled talks
Associated Press - Feb. 26, 11:17 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dressed in red and raising signs into the air, thousands of teachers filled a downtown Los Angeles park on Thursday in demand of higher wages and smaller class sizes amid stalled contract negotiations.... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: George W. Bush, Ramon Cortines, No Child Left Behind,

 AM Alert: Chris Christie headlines California GOP convention in Sacramento
Sacramento Bee - Feb. 26, 10:00 pm
California Republicans will celebrate their modest electoral gains and meet with potential candidates for next year’s U.S. Senate race during their biannual convention in Sacramento this weekend. … Click to Continue » »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Toni Atkins, Ami Bera, Barbara Boxer, Jim Brulte, California Republican Party, Tom Del Beccaro, Harmeet Dhillon, Field Poll, Eric Garcetti, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Ted Lieu, Darrell Steinberg, Duf Sundheim, Dan Walters,

 Obama celebrates Black History Month, ahead of Selma visit
Sacramento Bee - Feb. 26, 9:19 pm
President Barack Obama is celebrating what he calls 'the central role that African Americans have played in every aspect of American life.' … Click to Continue » »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi,

 Mayor Eric Garcetti's silence on L.A. issues helps no one
Los Angeles Times / Editorial - Feb. 26, 8:45 pm
Averse to controversy and hesitant to take sides, Mayor Eric Garcetti has often avoided staking out positions on divisive issues over his 19-month tenure. But finally, he has taken an unambiguous stand, telling Angelenos that … his favorite movie ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Eric Garcetti,

 High-density development on voters' radar in L.A.'s Council District 6
Los Angeles Times / Editorial - Feb. 26, 8:40 pm
Jim Stein stands before a wooded lot across from Birmingham High School and describes a 187-unit apartment complex that a builder hopes to put there. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Roy Behr, Nury Martinez, Cindy Montanez,

 Los Angeles teachers, union leaders rally amid stalled talks
Associated Press - Feb. 26, 8:24 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dressed in red and raising signs into the air, thousands of teachers filled a downtown Los Angeles park Thursday to demand higher wages and smaller class sizes amid stalled contract negotiations.... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: George W. Bush, Ramon Cortines, No Child Left Behind,

 Teachers union rally in downtown L.A. draws thousands in call for contract demands
Los Angeles Times / Editorial - Feb. 26, 8:11 pm
The sign hanging around Luis Blazer's neck listed the reason he was standing outside with thousands of teachers Thursday evening, calling on the country's second-largest school district to accept the demands of United Teachers Los Angeles. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Ramon Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District,

 Lawmakers band together to fight drive-by ADA lawsuits
KCRA 3 - Feb. 26, 7:53 pm
California lawmakers are teaming up to fight predatory lawsuits against small businesses. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Big Five, Jeff Denham, Cathleen Galgiani, Adam Gray, Kristin Olsen,

 Metro trains ran 83 red lights in four years, study finds
Los Angeles Times / California - Feb. 26, 6:56 pm
Los Angeles County light-rail and subway trains ran 83 red lights in the last four years, according to agency data. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Michael Antonovich,

 House GOP Faces Another Whip Test on DHS Punt
Roll Call - Feb. 26, 6:35 pm
When in doubt, punt. That's the latest plan from House Republicans, but even trying to pass such a tried-and-true congressional maneuver might be a tall order for the GOP's fractured conference. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi,

 Amid drought, a turf war between residents and homeowners associations
Los Angeles Times / Editorial - Feb. 26, 6:28 pm
Rancho Pacifica, a gated community of spectacular multimillion dollar homes in the hills east of Del Mar, is not immune to the ravages of the California drought. Residents, who can easily afford massive water bills, have sought to reduce their water ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez,

 Net neutrality decision cheered by tech, decried by telecoms
San Francisco Chronicle - Feb. 26, 6:24 pm
Silicon Valley tech firms lauded the Federal Communications Commission’s decision Thursday to preserve equal access online, while cable companies that stood to profit from a cloistered Internet warned that regulating the Web like a utility will ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Anna Eshoo, Darrell Issa,

 L.A. City Council president blasts 'smear' mailers by Fresno grower
Los Angeles Times / Editorial - Feb. 26, 6:21 pm
Months after the Los Angeles City Council took a stand in a labor dispute involving a Fresno fruit grower, the company is spending more than $12,000 on election mailers claiming that Council President Herb Wesson 'works hard to keep Mexicans from ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Herb Wesson,

 A new fight over judging K-12 schools
Sacramento Bee - Feb. 26, 6:04 pm
There’s a new skirmish in California’s long-running battle over public school accountability as a broad coalition criticizes proposed “evaluation rubrics” for Gov. Jerry Brown’s Local Control Financing Formula. … ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: California Teachers Association,

 Homeland Security funding still up in the air
Sacramento Bee - Feb. 26, 5:58 pm
House Republican leaders on Thursday floated a plan to pass a short-term bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security, avert a partial shutdown and prompt negotiations with the Senate, which is poised to pass its own measure to fund the ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Darrell Issa, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi,

 Homeland security funding still in doubt as deadline nears
The McClatchy Company Washington Bureau - Feb. 26, 5:26 pm
House Republican leaders on Thursday floated a plan to pass a short-term bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security, avert a partial shutdown and prompt negotiations with the…Click to Continue » »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Darrell Issa, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi,

 Hoyer Calls McCarthy a 'Coward' Over DHS Funding
National Journal - Feb. 26, 5:11 pm
Tensions build on House floor over GOP plan to move short-term bill to avert shutdown. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi,

 Black caucus steps up Lynch confirmation push
The Politico - Feb. 26, 5:10 pm
The CBC is preparing a forceful lobbying push. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: John Lewis, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama,

 Leno: More info before more cash for flawed California IT project
Sacramento Bee - Feb. 26, 5:04 pm
A key budget committee has rejected a request for more money for the troubled BrEZe computer system at the Department of Consumer Affairs. … Click to Continue » »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Michael Cohen, Mark Leno,

 GOP's shutdown mess a 'comedy of errors,' Pelosi says
San Francisco Chronicle - Feb. 26, 4:52 pm
WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi paid an unusual visit to the Senate on Thursday to make clear that House and Senate Democrats will refuse to bail out Republicans hurtling toward a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: John Garamendi, Zoe Lofgren, Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Nancy Pelosi,

 Ontario suffers legal setback in bid to regain control of its airport
Los Angeles Times / California - Feb. 26, 4:23 pm
In Ontario’s legal effort to take back its commercial airport, a Riverside County judge on Thursday rejected the city’s bid to nullify decades-old agreements that gave control and ownership to the city of Los Angeles. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Alan Wapner,

 Scalise says he'll go to Selma 'next year'
The Hill - Feb. 26, 4:03 pm
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has declined entreaties from black lawmakers to attend next week's civil rights ceremonies in Selma, Alabama.Leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) had urged the... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kevin McCarthy,

 Californians sharply divided over hiking state gas tax
Sacramento Bee - Feb. 26, 4:01 pm
California voters think the government should spend more money to help maintain roads, but they offer mixed views on how to pay for it, according to the new Field Poll. … Click to Continue » »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Toni Atkins, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, renewable energy,

 School psychologists, CSU, Senate, drought
Sacramento Bee / Opinion - Feb. 26, 4:00 pm
School psychologists needed … Click to Continue » »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Arnold Schwarzenegger,

 California GOP can find lessons in Illinois, Wisconsin
Sacramento Bee / Opinion - Feb. 26, 4:00 pm
If long-suffering GOP wants to retake governor’s office, it must think outside the box. … Click to Continue » »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: California Republican Party, Kamala Harris,

 Slam the brakes on gas tax hike
Sacramento Bee / Opinion - Feb. 26, 4:00 pm
It’s easy for politicians to hide the effect of higher gas taxes while prices are low, but the same can’t be said when gas gets more expensive. … Click to Continue » »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Toni Atkins, Board of Equalization,

 Congressional Republicans continue to fight over Homeland Security funds
Los Angeles Times - Feb. 26, 3:49 pm
With money for the Department of Homeland Security set to run out at midnight Friday, Republican leaders in Congress struggled to convince their followers to fund the huge department now and fight President Obama's immigration policies later. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Mark Kirk, Nancy Pelosi,

 Obama celebrates Black History Month, ahead of Selma visit
Associated Press - Feb. 26, 3:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is celebrating what he calls 'the central role that African Americans have played in every aspect of American life.'... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi,

 Daughters of Charity Health System sues union that opposed sale to Prime Healthcare
Contra Costa Times / Politics - Feb. 26, 3:28 pm
As a controversial Southern California hospital chain weighs state-imposed conditions on its proposed $843 million purchase of the Daughters of Charity Health System, Daughters is suing a handful of entities it says have interfered with the deal ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kamala Harris, SEIU,

 Loretta Lynch's attorney general nomination goes to full Senate
San Francisco Chronicle - Feb. 26, 3:14 pm
WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general, sending her nomination to the full Senate for what is likely to be a contentious vote. The panel voted 12-8 to advance Lynch, ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Loretta Lynch,

 CPAC to Walker: 'Run, Scott, Run'
The Politico - Feb. 26, 3:14 pm
He says taking on labor unions in Wisconsin has prepared him for the role of commander in chief. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Barack Obama,

 BOE hosts telephone tax advice for cities
Sacramento Bee - Feb. 26, 3:00 pm
State Board of Equalization member George Runner will co-host a telephone town hall meeting Tuesday (March 3) with tax tips for local government officials. … Click to Continue » »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Board of Equalization, George Runner,

 Speaker's bill would allow businesses to cash out unused R&D tax credits
Business Journal / Sacramento - Feb. 26, 2:24 pm
Small businesses would be able to cash out tax credits from a research and development program that has been underused, under legislation introduced this week by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, a San Diego Democrat. The bill has early support from ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Toni Atkins, John Kabateck,
Bills: AB 437,

 In party-line vote, FCC decides to regulate Internet to keep it free, open
The McClatchy Company Washington Bureau - Feb. 26, 2:13 pm
In a victory for online companies and tech activists, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 Thursday to approve net neutrality rules that allow for the federal regulation of broadband Internet…Click to Continue » »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Reed Hastings, Doris Matsui, Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama,

 Beer samples could be on tap at California farmers markets
Sacramento Bee - Feb. 26, 2:11 pm
A new bill would allow beer vendors to offer tastes of their products at farmers markets in California … Click to Continue » »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Marc Levine,
Bills: AB 774,

 Q&A: What's next for Prime Healthcare, Daughters of Charity hospitals
Los Angeles Times / Business - Feb. 26, 2:04 pm
Six struggling Catholics hospital in California are up for sale, and their future is in the hands of a fast-growing hospital chain based in the Inland Empire.  »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: California Nurses Assn., Kamala Harris, SEIU,

 Loretta Lynch passes key Senate hurdle. Set to be next attorney general?
Christian Science Monitor - Feb. 26, 1:55 pm
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved the nomination of Loretta Lynch, sending it to the full Senate for consideration. The vote was 12 to 8, with three Republicans voting in favor. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Mark Kirk, Loretta Lynch,

 Speaker Atkins Announces Affordable Housing Plan
YouTube (videos) / CA Assembly Democrats - Feb. 26, 1:32 pm
Speaker Atkins Announces Affordable Housing Plan (Los Angeles) – During a news conference on a rooftop patio of an affordable housing development on Los Angeles, Speaker Toni G. Atkins, joined by California Treasurer John Chiang, Los ... »Read  »E-mail story


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