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Associated Press

 Voters to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana
- June 28, 6:49 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana after Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Tuesday that initiative proponents turned in more than enough signatures to place the question on ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: California Democratic Party, California Republican Party, Jason Kinney, Alex Padilla,

Los Angeles Times

 Lee Wesley Gibson, believed to be oldest surviving Pullman porter, dies at 106
Top of the Ticket - 1:27 pm
Lee Wesley Gibson, believed to have been the oldest living Pullman porter, died as he lived -- calm, quiet and in control -- sitting in a chair at home Friday with family members at this side. Gibson was 106 years old. “He had just celebrated his ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Arnold Schwarzenegger,
 Billionaire Tom Steyer won't decide whether to run for governor until after November
- 1:24 pm
Updates on California politics: Sanchez defends Spain trip, Assembly to consider homeless emergency June 29, 2016, 1:13 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Gavin Newsom, Tom Steyer,
 Tenant activists lose fight against Hollywood building's conversion into a hotel
Top of the Ticket - 12:50 pm
A Hollywood apartment building is on its way to becoming a hotel after Los Angeles lawmakers rejected the arguments of tenant activists who warned that it would worsen the city’s housing crisis. Property owner David Lesser plans to renovate the ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Gil Cedillo, Felipe Fuentes,
 Bill to end gender disparity in retail pricing is withdrawn after pushback from industry lobbyists
- 11:38 am
Consumers won’t be able to challenge the so-called “pink tax” in California — at least not this year. On Tuesday, state Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) withdrew his bill banning businesses from charging customers different prices for ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Cristina Garcia, Richard Holober, Ben Hueso, Jackie Speier, Mark Stone, Donald P. Wagner,
Bills: SB 899,
 Assembly resolution asks Gov. Jerry Brown for a homeless state of emergency
- 7:27 am
Updates on California politics: Sanchez talks education policy, legislators give initial OK to sex-assault bill June 28, 2016, 5:58 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Legislature, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Phil Ting,
 #  Does California now have a utilities regulator it can trust?
Editorial - 5:00 am
It took a deadly gas pipe explosion and the largest methane leak in U.S. history, but Sacramento has finally agreed to make major changes to the state Public Utilities Commission. The goal is to rebuild Californians’ confidence that the ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Mike Gatto, Michael Peevey,
 California isn't serious about climate change if it gives up on clean cars
- 5:00 am
To the editor: Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are willing to cut clean-car subsidies for residents out of the budget, but they continue to subsidize corporate fossil fuel technologies through the Self-Generation Incentive Program, which is ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: renewable energy,
 The conservative era of the Supreme Court is over
Top of the Ticket - 5:00 am
After 45 years with a conservative majority, the Supreme Court appears to be entering a very different era.  The major rulings of this just-completed Supreme Court term show there are no longer five votes for a conservative result — a historic ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: campaign finance, Erwin Chemerinsky, Hillary Clinton,
 Republicans release Benghazi report with no new evidence against Hillary Clinton
Top of the Ticket - 4:57 am
Clinton attempts to push past Benghazi in California June 29, 2016, 4:57 a.m. Donald Trump travels to New England on Wednesday after slamming globalization during his Tuesday trade speech. Hillary Clinton fights to put the critical Benghazi report ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Kevin McCarthy,
 Essential California: Hollywood street performers might soon have some new rules
Top of the Ticket - 4:00 am
Good morning. It is Wednesday, June 29. Angelyne is selling one of her hot pink Corvettes on eBay. The bidding starts at $11,111. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES Street performers Knock-off superheroes and break ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Frank Brass, Eric Garcetti, Jackie Lacey, Nancy Pelosi,
 Essential Politics: Get ready to vote on pot
Top of the Ticket - 3:00 am
Even in the face of a very long and complex set of statewide propositions this November, odds are one will stand out above all others: the question of whether to legalize marijuana. And now, it’s officially earned a place on the ballot. Good ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton, John Myers, Gavin Newsom, Proposition 19,
 Initiative to legalize recreational use of pot in California qualifies for November ballot
- June 28, 10:15 pm
An initiative that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California officially took its place on the Nov. 8 ballot on Tuesday as its campaign took a commanding lead in fundraising to battle the measure’s opponents. The Secretary of ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jason Kinney, Gavin Newsom, Proposition 19,
 U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez: Extended trip to Spain was 'on my own dime'
- June 28, 8:45 pm
Updates on California politics: Sanchez talks education policy, legislators give initial OK to sex-assault bill June 28, 2016, 5:58 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez,
 Initiative to legalize recreational pot use qualifies for November California ballot
Top of the Ticket - June 28, 6:27 pm
Updates on California politics: Sanchez talks education policy, legislators give initial OK to sex-assault bill June 28, 2016, 5:58 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Gavin Newsom,
 #  After two years and $7 million in tax dollars, the latest Benghazi report tells the same old story
Editorial - June 28, 5:31 pm
Readers of the latest congressional report about the deaths of four Americans at a U.S. outpost in Benghazi in 2012 will learn that there was woefully inadequate security there; that the U.S. military wasn’t in a position to attempt a timely ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kevin McCarthy, Mitt Romney,

Orange County Register

 #  Cartoons: The Day the Banks Sank
Editorial - 12:00 am
Also: Rubio regret and the Queen's old coat »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Helping homeless
Editorial - 12:00 am
The numbers don’t tell the story of homelessness – though there are the numbers. In Los Angeles County, an estimated 46,874 people on any given night. Orange County, 4,452. Riverside County, 2,470. San Bernardino County, 2,140. But numbers, in... »Read  »E-mail story
   #  Brown's email blackout
Editorial - 12:00 am
No political endorsement ever seemed more innocuous and expected than Gov. Jerry Brown’s backing of state Attorney General Kamala Harris for the U.S. Senate seat now held by the retiring Barbara Boxer. Like Boxer, both are Democrats. Harris was... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: David Beltran, Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, Michael Peevey,
 #  Letters: An injustice to my father's memory
Editorial - 12:00 am
Re: “Retired cop gets 7 years in prison” [News, May 21]: While many things in your article were accurate, there was one glaring error. It included a quote that characterized my brother, Randolph Adair, as the son of a “violent alcoholic” ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  UCI free speech fracas
Editorial - 12:00 am
Mario Savio’s Free Speech Movement rose loudly at the University of California, Berkeley in 1964. The school’s new campus, UC Irvine, started the next year – and today is the center of a similar controversy over students’ First Amendment... »Read  »E-mail story

Sacramento Bee

 AP Exclusive: Drug use up in prisons with intensive programs
- 4:08 pm
Drug use behind bars appears to have increased since California started using drug-sniffing dogs and machinery to try to stop smuggling at state prisons, where overdose deaths are nearly five times the national rate, records show. … Click to ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jim Beall, Legislative Analyst's Office, Legislature, Vicky Waters,
 #  San Diego boasts the finest Fourth in California
Opinion - 4:00 pm
City has West Coast’s biggest fireworks show, and it’s in gorgeous scenerySan Diego is the most American of California’s citiesIts military history and being close to an international border makes it more patriotic … Click to ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Sandy Purdon,
 New Shasta Dam water release plan includes no cutbacks to farmers - for now
- 3:51 pm
After weeks of uncertainty and pressure from members of Congress, federal officials on Wednesday announced a plan for managing water releases from California’s largest reservoir this summer in a manner … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jim Costa, Kevin McCarthy, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, water,
 #  California needs action now on groundwater protection
Opinion - 3:30 pm
Overuse of groundwater has surged in CaliforniaA bill to limit wells was pulled from considerationGroundwater regulations are coming, just too slowly … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Legislature, water, Lois Wolk,
Bills: SB 1317,
 Father and son evacuate as flames advance
- 3:15 pm
Don Dykes and his son Nathan collect some belongings after the Trailhead Fire near Foresthill forces an evacuation. … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: CalPERS, Gavin Newsom,
 #  Gridlock in Congress over Zika virus gets dangerous
Opinion - 2:25 pm
Zika virus is a public health emergency that is getting worseFour months after the president asked for funding, Congress hasn’t passed a billAfter Republicans put unrelated provisions in the bill, Democrats objected … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barack Obama,
   California military and VA projects stung in Congress' Zika fight
- 1:37 pm
Stalled Zika funding bill also offers money for California projectsMillions included for Travis AFB and Naval Air Station LemooreCongressional Republicans and Democrats blame each other for slowdown … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Kevin McCarthy, Jerry McNerney, Senate Democrats, David Valadao,
 #  Jack Ohman johman@sacbee.com
Opinion - 1:17 pm
The Bee’s editorial cartoonist, Jack Ohman, writes whatever is on his mind, and he writes often. Read his blog at sacbee.com/ohman. … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 California Editorial Roundup
 Tom Steyer, UFW, warn about heat safety for farmworkers
- 1:06 pm
United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez and billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer came to the California Capitol on June 29, 2016 to warn about heat safety for farmworkers. Steyer, a potential Democratic candidate for governor in 2018, also ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: CalPERS, Gavin Newsom,
 Eric Bauman: 'Democrats are for the people'
- 12:50 pm
Eric Bauman, chair of the Los Angeles Democratic Party, speaks to activists Feb. 28, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. Bauman is running for state party chair to replace John Burton in 2017. … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: CalPERS, Jerome Horton, Gavin Newsom,
 Air support helping keep Trialhead Fire from exploding
- 12:41 pm
Cal fire spokesman Daniel Berlant fears high temperatures could allow the fire to grow. … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: CalPERS, Gavin Newsom,
 #  Two years, $7 million, no smoking gun
Opinion - 12:01 pm
House committee can’t agree on findings on Benghazi attackBut it didn’t find hard proof that Clinton did anything wrongThe possibility of a fair, impartial investigation was doomed from start … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kevin McCarthy,
 #  Fear drives Europe's populism
Opinion - 10:00 am
Opposition to globalization is essence of populist appeal to Brexit voters and nationalist partiesOrdinary people are desperate to halt or reverse technology-driven destruction of bordersPopulist leaders know just how to play on these fears … ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  You break it, you own it
Opinion - 9:00 am
Brexit isn’t end of the world, but shows dark pathCynical politicians exploited fear of immigration to advance careersIf more EU countries take this road, it’ll be a major mess … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 'Move on' from Benghazi? Republicans say it's unlikely
- 8:09 am
Hillary Clinton says it's 'time to move on' after a congressional report on the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks accused the Obama administration of lethal mistakes, but produced no new evidence pointing to wrongdoing by the former secretary of state. ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Ed Royce,
 AM Alert: Teacher employment bill responds to Vergara ruling
- 6:00 am
Bill tackles tenure, firing ineffective teachersFollows Vergara case challenging California teacher lawsFarmworker overtime gets another vote … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Susan Bonilla, California Teachers Association, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature, Richard Pan, Henry Perea, Tom Steyer,
Bills: AB 1066, AB 72, AB 934, SB 530,
 #  Are dead trees a threat?
Opinion - 1:00 am
There are now 66 million dead trees in California's forests due to several years of drought and native bark beetles, creating a 'catastrophic' wildfire threat - or so claims U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. While Vilsack's assertion may ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Tom Vilsack,
 California lawmakers unplug the state's electric car program
- 1:00 am
California took the lead in getting Teslas, Chevrolet Volts, Nissan Leafs and other low- and zero-emission cars on the road through a generous state incentive program that for years has offered thousands of dollars to people who want to buy them. ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Air Resources Board, Dean Florez, Deborah Hoffman, Bill Magavern, Mary Nichols,
 #  Erika Ettin: Are numbers ending in five and zero more popular?
Opinion - 1:00 am
I just turned 35. Happy birthday to me! In 'real life,' 35 is a great age. I feel mature, accomplished, and strong. In dating life, I'm not so sure if I can say the same thing. Every online dating site asks users to determine the desired age range ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Analysis: Ranking the 2016 presidential primary polls and predictions
Opinion - 1:00 am
After more than 50 million votes cast in 100-plus nominating contests since early February, the U.S. presidential primary season is over and each major party finally has its presumptive nominee. Now, as the country prepares for the race between ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, David Roth,
 #  Fabiola Santiago: High court decision can't kill hopes of children raised in U.S.
Opinion - 1:00 am
The Supreme Court decision - or non-decision - on immigration leaves in legal limbo President Barack Obama's protective executive orders on behalf of children raised in the United States as Americans. … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barack Obama,
 #  What does it mean to be a citizen?
Opinion - 1:00 am
It was one of the great shocks of my life, and it came early. In fifth-grade government class. Though I can't remember much else that we learned then, a detail in Article Two, section one, of the Constitution reached out and grabbed me like the ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Remembering the Battle of the Somme
Opinion - 1:00 am
One hundred years ago today, the greatest battle of the First World War began - the Battle of the Somme. … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Lewis Diuguid: Hateful discourse on race needs to be addressed
Opinion - 1:00 am
Over the years I have attended many discussions on race relations in the U.S. … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barack Obama,
 #  Corruption, plain and simple
Opinion - 1:00 am
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, June 28: … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Gary Stein: House committee wasted millions in effort to discredit Clinton
Opinion - 1:00 am
The results of the lengthy investigation by the House Benghazi Committee are very clear. … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein,
 #  Story, history of refugees repeated?
Opinion - 12:00 am
A somber story of dehumanization … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Capitol violence, free speech, water aplenty, banning Confederates, trashy rafters
Opinion - 12:00 am
Why couldn’t police protect? … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Revolt of the masses
Opinion - June 28, 6:16 pm
Anybody who spends time in the working-class parts of America (and, one presumes, Britain) notices the contagions of drug addiction and suicide, and the feelings of anomie, cynicism, pessimism and … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 California marijuana legalization measure on November ballot
- June 28, 6:05 pm
Election officials qualified the initiative based on a random sample of 606,520 signatures submitted in MaySupporters say legalization will improve upon an “ineffective system of prohibition”Law enforcement opponents have been heavily ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jason Kinney, Gavin Newsom, Proposition 19,
 Should 'ex parte' discussions with high officials be restricted?
- June 28, 5:59 pm
Public Utilities Commission, Coastal Commission under fireCritics say insiders have too much access to membersNew bills would place limits on ‘ex parte’ communications … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Michael Peevey,
 California land officials sign off on closing nuclear plant
- June 28, 5:54 pm
California land officials dropped their longstanding environmental objections to the state's last nuclear power plant and signed off Tuesday on a deal to close the Central Coast facility nearly 20 years ahead of its previously planned termination. ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Gavin Newsom, renewable energy,
 Prosecutor in Stanford swimmer case urges tougher sexual assault laws
- June 28, 5:50 pm
Alaleh Kinaerci, the deputy district attorney who prosecuted Stanford swimmer Brock Turner for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, testifies for enhanced criminal penalties in Sacramento on June 28, 2016. … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: CalPERS, Gavin Newsom,
 #  Clinton and Warren spell double trouble for Trump
Opinion - June 28, 5:01 pm
Clinton rally with Warren gave everyone a chance to imagine what a two-woman ticket could look likeSen. Warren won’t back down from Trump’s insults, no matter what he tosses her way … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton,
 #  Being rejected doesn't make you a victim
Opinion - June 28, 5:00 pm
Latino and black parents taught their children to be twice as smart and work twice as hardPlaintiff in Texas college admissions case must have been told that mediocre was good enoughToo many who feel victimized want to make a federal case out of it ... »Read  »E-mail story

San Francisco Chronicle

 Congress members join 300 at antigun sit-in
- 3:38 pm
Above: Mattie Scott (left), who lost her son to gun violence, is embraced by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, at a “family sit-in to disarm hate” at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Wednesday. Right: Ingera Barr ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Nancy Pelosi, Mike Thompson,

San Jose Mercury News

 California land officials sign off on closing last nuclear plant
- 12:53 pm
California land officials dropped their longstanding environmental objections to the state's last nuclear power plant and signed off Tuesday on a deal to close the Central Coast facility many years earlier than its operators had previously sought. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Gavin Newsom, renewable energy,
 Airport safety: Istanbul attacks raise familiar question
- 12:34 pm
The deadly terror attack at Turkey's largest airport has posed an all-too-familiar question to security officials: how to protect passengers and bystanders from such carnage? »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: David Koenig, Jeffrey Price,
 California pot initiative qualifies for November ballot
- 6:32 am
California voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana after Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Tuesday that initiative proponents turned in more than enough signatures to place the question on the November ballot. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: California Democratic Party, California Republican Party, Jason Kinney, Alex Padilla,
 San Jose: Council agrees to send Opportunity to Work measure to voters
- June 28, 5:26 pm
Despite overwhelming support Tuesday for an initiative that asks businesses to offer extra hours to part-time employees before hiring more workers, the City Council declined to adopt it and will instead let voters decide the issue in November. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Mike Honda, Ro Khanna, Tom Steyer,
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