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 Court upholds proposed route from SF to Central Valley
KCRA 3 - July 24, 4:20 pm
A state appeals court on Thursday upheld a proposed route for California's high-speed rail line connecting the San Francisco Bay Area to the Central Valley. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: High-Speed Rail,

 Obama visits California non-profit, gang members
Associated Press - July 24, 4:09 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- President Barack Obama met privately Thursday with four former gang members and the head of a Los Angeles nonprofit that helped them turn around their lives.... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Karen Bass, Barack Obama,

 Should Paid Sick Leave Be Required in California?
KQED / Forum - July 24, 4:02 pm
California workers who call in sick would be eligible for some pay under a bill which passed the state Assembly in May. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, would guarantee all workers a minimum of three days of paid sick ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, John Kabateck, John Myers, sick leave,

 Editorial: Mr. DeMaio hopes to go to Washington
Orange County Register / Editorial - July 24, 3:58 pm
The race between Republican Carl DeMaio, a former San Diego city councilman and mayoral candidate, and Democratic freshman Rep. Scott Peters in the 52nd Congressional District, which covers a good portion of coastal San Diego County, has garnered... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Scott Peters,

 High-speed rail Pacheco Pass route upheld by appeals court
Contra Costa Times - July 24, 3:56 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A state appeals court on Thursday upheld a proposed route for California's high-speed rail line connecting the San Francisco Bay Area to the Central Valley. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: High-Speed Rail,

 Dedication of Pacoima Wash Natural Park
YouTube (videos) / CA Assembly Democrats - July 24, 3:51 pm
Dedication of Pacoima Wash Natural Park (San Fernando, CA) – Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), State Senator Kevin de Leon and other dignitaries gathered together to celebrate the dedication of a wonderful new green space,... From: ... »Read  »E-mail story

 House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA
Yahoo - July 24, 3:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program scandalized by long patient wait times ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barack Obama, Senate Democrats,

 AG Kamala Harris will help immigrants get lawyers
KCRA 3 - July 24, 3:35 pm
California's attorney general said Thursday she is helping secure lawyers to represent minors from Central America during immigration hearings. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kamala Harris,

 VA Talks at Impasse in Congress
Wall Street Journal - July 24, 3:30 pm
Congressional negotiations to address problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs devolved into a public feud, amplifying concerns that lawmakers won't be able to complete legislation before their August break. »Read  »E-mail story

 Governor signs football practice restrictions
Tracy Press - July 24, 3:30 pm
The State is trying to take the hits out of practice that could cause permanent brain damage. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Ken Cooley, Robert Williams,
Bills: AB 2127,

 Top prosecutor to help immigrants get lawyers
Associated Press - July 24, 3:17 pm
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California's attorney general said Thursday she is helping secure lawyers to represent minors from Central America during immigration hearings.... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kamala Harris,

 VA bill hits deadlock in U.S. Congress over $15 billion gap
Yahoo - July 24, 3:14 pm
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Negotiations over legislation to ease the Veterans Affairs health-care crisis broke down on Thursday as leaders of the House and Senate veterans committees rolled out competing proposals with a $15 billion gap ... »Read  »E-mail story

 Permanent scaffolding on BOE building concerns those who want to move
Business Journal / Sacramento - July 24, 3:00 pm
A decision by state officials to replace rented scaffolding outside of the faulty headquarters of the state Board of Equalization headquarters has drawn concerns from those who want to move. The last few weeks have seen a back-and-forth debate ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Roger Dickinson, Jerome Horton,
Bills: AB 1656,

 Congressional Soccer Caucus turns eyes to Qatar
Bay Area News Group - East Bay / Political Blotter weblog - July 24, 2:27 pm
Rep. George Miller helped introduce a resolution Thursday calling for better protection for migrant workers in Qatar who are building that tiny Middle Eastern emirate’s facilities for the 2022 World Cup. Miller, D-Martinez, who co-chairs the ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: George Miller, Eric Swalwell,

 California top prosecutor assisting young migrants
Sacramento Bee - July 24, 2:24 pm
California Attorney General Kamala Harris says she is helping secure lawyers to represent minors from Central America as they undergo immigration hearings. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kamala Harris,

   NEW: CA taxes have DROPPED $6 billion
CalWatchdog - July 24, 2:00 pm
Let me elaborate on something I mentioned in a blog yesterday: California taxes have dropped $6 billion in the last two years. That’s because Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s record, $13 billion tax increase of 2009 expired and was replaced ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Proposition 13, Arnold Schwarzenegger,

   Scaffolding purchase prompts blast from California Board of Equalization chairman
Sacramento Bee - July 24, 1:53 pm
The California Board of Equalization’s chairman Thursday blasted a Brown Administration decision to erect new scaffolding around the tax-collecting agency’s headquarters, saying it signals a decision to keep employees in the troubled ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerome Horton, Legislature,

 Reward offered in mysterious Brooklyn Bridge flag switch
KABC - July 24, 1:14 pm
A new reward has been announced in connection with the mysterious Brooklyn Bridge flag switch. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Bill Bratton,

 Meet the Guy Behind 'Draft Brian Schweitzer' PAC
Wall Street Journal / Washington Wire weblog - July 24, 12:47 pm
So what would compel someone to launch a super PAC devoted to drafting a presidential candidate who was universally seen as torpedoing his standing with a disastrous interview? »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Brian Schweitzer,

 Sen. Sanders offers lower-cost bill to reform Veterans Affairs
Christian Science Monitor - July 24, 12:45 pm
Senate VA Committee chairmanSen. Bernie Sanderssaid Thursday that a new proposal to improve veterans' access to health care would cost less than $25 billion over three years,$10 billion less than a bill passed by the Senate last month. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barack Obama,

 House panel clears way for vote on Obama lawsuit
Yahoo - July 24, 12:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law as it ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: No Child Left Behind, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi,

 The Fix: The eternal and irresistible appeal of Obama campaign experience
Washington Post - July 24, 12:37 pm
Good news for those with short experience and deep pockets: 270 Strategies, a political consulting company founded by veterans of Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns, will train you and find you a slot on a campaign for only $5,000, as BuzzFeed reported ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Mike Honda, Ro Khanna, Anthony Williams,

 Jerry Brown adds to campaign war chest
Sacramento Bee - July 24, 12:33 pm
Gov. Jerry Brown continues to expand his massive financial advantage over Republican Neel Kashkari in his bid for re-election, reporting Thursday that he had $22.4 million on hand as of June 30. Gov. Jerry Brown, accompanied by first lady Anne ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Tim Donnelly,

 Federal Eye: The VA's 2-page justification for a $17 billion funding request
Washington Post - July 24, 12:32 pm
Negotiations over how much money to inject into the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs grew more tense on Thursday as the Democrats and Republicans leading the talks essentially rejected each other’s offers. Read full article >> »Read  »E-mail story

 With big lead in poll, Jerry Brown is also raising big bucks
San Francisco Chronicle - July 24, 12:30 pm
The donations to the governor during the most recent reporting period included a $27,200 check from Cisco Systems head John Chambers, who gave more than $50,000 in 2010 to Brown's Republican opponent, Meg Whitman. Kashkari has not filed his reports ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Dan Newman, Meg Whitman,

 Local Dem Politicians Get Campaign Funds Back
Voice of OC - July 24, 12:08 pm
First California Bank has agreed to pay $4 million to Democratic politicians, including three from Orange County, who were the victims of a multi-million dollar campaign fund embezzlement scam run by »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Wylie Aitken, Lou Correa, Kinde Durkee, Fair Political Practices Commission, Loretta Sanchez, Jose Solorio,

 Miller Fires Back at Sanders After VA Talks Stall Over Money (Video) (Updated)
Roll Call - July 24, 12:03 pm
Updated 3:21 p.m. | House Veterans' Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., took issue with charges from Senate Veterans' Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., that Miller was seeking to ram through a GOP plan to reduce wait times for medical care ... »Read  »E-mail story

 Ex-Redskin turns himself in to face assault case
San Diego Union-Tribune - July 24, 11:56 am
Former Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis has turned himself in to police in a domestic violence case. »Read  »E-mail story

 Miller Fires Back at Sanders After VA Talks Stall Over Money (Video)
Roll Call - July 24, 11:54 am
House Veterans' Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., took issue with charges from Senate Veterans' Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., that Miller was seeking to ram through a GOP plan to reduce wait times for medical care at the Veterans ... »Read  »E-mail story

 Judge leaning toward dismissal of more charges in Colonies corruption case
Inland Daily Bulletin - July 24, 11:47 am
SAN BERNARDINO >> A judge on Thursday indicated he was poised to dismiss another dozen felony charges against the defendants in the Colonies corruption case but gave attorneys a chance to argue whether the prosecution should or should not be allowed ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Paul Biane, Jeff Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt,

 San Bernardino Colonies corruption case has hearing a day after conspiracy charges dismissed
Inland Daily Bulletin - July 24, 11:47 am
SAN BERNARDINO >> A second motion hearing is scheduled to get underway today in the Colonies corruption case, this time on the initial grand jury instructions that prompted the criminal case in the first place. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jeff Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt,


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