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Associated Press

   Fired regulator: Brown pushed to waive oil safeguards.
- Sept. 3, 11:45 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California's top oil and gas regulators repeatedly warned Gov. Jerry Brown's senior aides in 2011 that the governor's orders to override key safeguards in granting oil industry permits would violate state and federal laws ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jared Blumenfeld, Derek Chernow, Gray Davis, John Laird, Elena Miller, Cliff Rechtschaffen, referendum, renewable energy, Robert Stern, Margita Thompson, Evan Westrup,
 California governor offers $3.6 billion annual highway plan
- Sept. 3, 6:05 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is proposing to spend $3.6 billion a year for repairs to California's crumbling transportation infrastructure, with some of the money to come from a $65 annual fee on vehicle ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jim Beall, Legislature, Kristin Olsen,

Los Angeles Times

 Luis Alfaro's 'Mojada' draws on Greek tragedy, Mexican American immigration
Top of the Ticket - 7:00 am
Reclining high in the Getty Villa's outdoor theater, waiting for the actors below to begin rehearsing his latest drama, Luis Alfaro looked nothing like an artist wrestling with tragic mysteries. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District,
 #  Bush vs. Trump, en español
Editorial - 5:00 am
It's tempting to treat Donald Trump's claim that Jeb Bush 'should set the example by speaking English while in the United States' as just another bigoted remark from a presidential candidate who infamously referred to Mexican immigrants as 'rapists' ... »Read  »E-mail story
   Essential California: Property available. But you'll need $1 billion.
Top of the Ticket - 4:17 am
Good morning. It is Friday, Sept. 4. A house owned by the late Huell Howser, which sits atop a volcanic cinder cone in the Mojave Desert, is for sale. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES A ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Toni Atkins, Joe Buscaino, Dianne Feinstein, Eric Garcetti, Mike Gipson, Anthony Rendon,
   After battles, wage theft victims see little relief
Top of the Ticket - 3:00 am
Jose Luis Cazares and Marina Torres cleaned the Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live for more than six years, working 11-hour night shifts seven days a week up until 2011. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Legislature, minimum wage,
   With climate change and road repairs, Brown jumps into last-minute legislative fray
Top of the Ticket - Sept. 3, 9:37 pm
Last month, Gov. Jerry Brown raised eyebrows by dodging questions about debates over legislation and joking that he stands 'above the fray.' »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Toni Atkins, Brian Kelly, Legislature, Kristin Olsen, Anthony Rendon, renewable energy,
Bills: SB 350,
 San Diego is a salt mover and shaker in desalination campaign
- Sept. 3, 9:20 pm
San Diego may be known as 'America's Finest City,' but - at least this week - it's also the epicenter of the desalination and water reuse movement. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kevin Faulconer,
 State lawmakers approve traffic relief and stricter penalties for sex offenders
- Sept. 3, 9:15 pm
Los Angeles County motorists would be able to use carpool lanes on some local freeways during off-peak hours under a proposal state lawmakers sent to Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Patricia Bates, Cathleen Galgiani, Mike Gatto,
 Oil industry, environmentalists in ad war over bill to cut gasoline use
- Sept. 3, 8:43 pm
When Californians check their mailboxes or flip on their radios these days, they might be forgiven for thinking an election is around the corner. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Air Resources Board, Cheryl Brown, Gil Duran, Susan Frank, Jose Medina, Beth Miller, Henry Perea, renewable energy, Tom Steyer,
Bills: SB 350,
   California fines oil companies for failing to report water use data
- Sept. 3, 8:12 pm
The state fined 30 oil companies on Thursday for failing to meet a deadline to report information about the source, volume and disposal of water used in oil and gas production. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Legislature, Fran Pavley,
   Sen. Dianne Feinstein pushes bill to create more homeless housing on VA campus
Top of the Ticket - Sept. 3, 7:35 pm
Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday she would introduce legislation to move veterans from the county's alleyways and sidewalk shantytowns onto the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' long-contested West Los Angeles campus. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Eric Garcetti, Ted Lieu,

Orange County Register

 #  Recalling struggles of O.C. workers past and present
Editorial - 12:00 am
In the heart of Orange County’s sprawling fairgrounds, the community’s first-ever Workers’ Memorial is being constructed. Amid the modern development and infrastructure, it’s easy to forget that our county was founded because of ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Two-way traffic along Syria-Europe migration route
Editorial - 12:00 am
Much attention is focused on the record number of asylum-seekers making their way overland into the wealthier northern European countries from Syria, a country brought to its knees by prolonged civil war and conflict with the extremist group, ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Don't blame Prop. 47 for a rise in crime
Editorial - 12:00 am
Proposition 47 was enacted in November with 60 percent voter support. The vote was a testament to the compassion, resolve and recognition of Californians that our state’s incarceration system is broken and incapable of reforming itself. Prop. ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Gangsta rap is still protected speech
Editorial - 12:00 am
The blockbuster film “Straight Outta Compton” dramatizes the emergence of Southern California rap group N.W.A. In 1988, the group’s self-titled album popularized gangsta rap music with songs like “F--- tha Police” and “Gangsta ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Letters: Trump appeal: enforcing our laws
Editorial - 12:00 am
Donald Trump is suggesting something other candidates won’t, and past elected officials failed to do: enforce our laws. In this case, stated simply, if you are not here legally, you must leave. Had past administrations enforced immigration laws, ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Unindicted, Hillary remains inevitable
Editorial - 12:00 am
WASHINGTON – Unless she’s indicted, Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination. That kind of sentence is rarely written about a major presidential candidate. But I don’t see a realistic third alternative (except for one long shot,... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton,
 #  That's how the cookie crumbles
Opinion - 12:00 am
It has happened so often that a U.S. manufacturing plant being shuttered to move operations to lower-cost countries is hardly news. The latest casualty is the Oreo cookie manufacturer, which is moving production from Chicago to Mexico, costing 600... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Time to dial down solar tax credits
Opinion - 12:00 am
Santiago Seage, CEO of Abengoa Solar, visited the unincorporated San Bernardino County community of Hinkley this past January. He was on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Spanish-owned company’s 280-megawatt Mojave solar project. Mr.... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Energy Commission, renewable energy,
 #  Cartoons: Can Trump be trained by GOP?
Editorial - 12:00 am
Also: A change in climate that Obama denies. »Read  »E-mail story

Sacramento Bee

 Immigration figure to face San Francisco murder trial
- 10:15 am
A judge ruled Thursday that a man at the center of the national immigration debate will stand trial on a murder charge in the shooting of a young San Francisco woman. … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, illegal immigration, Ed Lee, Ross Mirkarimi,
 #  Paul Krugman: Other people's dollars and global economics
Opinion - 3:00 am
You can learn a lot about world economy by comparing countries with different dollars U.S., Australia, Canada and New Zealand are successful, but occupy different positionsEven relatively small countries closely linked to big neighbors can maintain ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: John Kerry, Barack Obama,
 #  David Brooks: The new romantics in computer age
Opinion - 2:00 am
Ironically, technological forces may be driving some of the romantic rebirthBecause computers are getting smarter, human relationships and empathy more importantSecure workers will combine technical knowledge with social awareness … Click to ... »Read  »E-mail story
 AM Alert: Legislative work continues into Friday session
- Sept. 3, 11:00 pm
Lawmakers push toward bill deadlineAssisted death measure faces another hurdleLabor day confabs await … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Holly Mitchell,
   Plastic microbead ban fails in California Senate
- Sept. 3, 6:07 pm
Assembly Bill 888 falls short after handful of Democratic senators abstain … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Richard Bloom, Cathleen Galgiani, Steve Glazer, Ed Hernandez, Bob Hertzberg, Connie Leyva, Richard Pan, Richard Roth,
Bills: AB 888,
   Assembly Democrats elect next speaker from Los Angeles area
- Sept. 3, 5:55 pm
Democrats in the California Assembly have unanimously elected their next leader after the current speaker tried to stave off a vote until next year. … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Toni Atkins, Legislature, Anthony Rendon,
 Bill banning PG&E penalty tax write-off fails in Senate
- Sept. 3, 5:18 pm
State regulators imposed $1.6 billion penalty related to San Bruno blastNine people died in the 2010 pipeline explosionSen. Jerry Hill, who represents city, “very upset” by bill’s defeat … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Cathleen Galgiani, Jerry Hill, Legislature,
Bills: SB 681,
 #  Prison, Accesibility, Clinton, Mental health, Pope
Opinion - Sept. 3, 5:01 pm
… Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton,
Bills: SB 251,
 #  Don't let state hide test scores
Opinion - Sept. 3, 5:00 pm
California Department of Education made it difficult to compare performancePublic and parents need ready access to test data First Common Core results to be released Sept. 9 … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Tom Torlakson,
 #  Ride sharing can help state meet climate-change goals
Opinion - Sept. 3, 5:00 pm
Much has been written about the sharing economy for consumers and businesses, but little about environmental gains Fewer solo drivers would reduce carbon emissions on our highwaysRole of ride sharing should be acknowledged in SB 350 … Click ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Legislature,
Bills: SB 350,
 #  Michael Gerson: The largest failure of the Obama era
Opinion - Sept. 3, 5:00 pm
Photos of drowned toddler spark worldwide outcryBut the bigger failure is the toll of dead and displaced in SyriaObama’s policy toward Syria is both a humanitarian and strategic failure … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Leon Panetta,

San Francisco Chronicle

 Republican Huckabee to visit jailed Kentucky clerk
- 10:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is scheduled to visit a Kentucky jail next week to meet with a county clerk imprisoned because she ignored repeated court orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Huckabee, a Baptist ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kim Davis, Mike Huckabee,
 House panel details ethics allegations against Rep. Mike Honda
- Sept. 3, 5:35 pm
Though the election is more than a year away, the ethics questions have created a serious political problem for Honda, 74, who is being challenged for the second time by Democrat Ro Khanna, 38, a former Obama trade representative who lost to Honda ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Mike Honda, Ro Khanna, Carla Marinucci,
 Jerry Brown proposes $65 driver's fee, higher gas taxes
- Sept. 3, 5:35 pm
SACRAMENTO — California drivers would pay $65 a year in a new highway user fee plus higher taxes at the gas pump under a $3.6 billion plan Gov. Jerry Brown is pitching to help fix the state’s roads, bridges and highways. The state would take ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jim Beall, Jim Earp, Gareth Lacy, Legislature, Kristin Olsen,

San Jose Mercury News

 Governor Brown's highway plan includes $65 driver fee
- 9:54 am
More than two months after calling a special session to address California's transportation funding backlog, Gov. Jerry Brown has begun circulating a list of administration proposals on how to pay for it, including a $65 annual fee for drivers and ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jim Beall, Bob Huff, Gareth Lacy, Legislature, Chris McKenzie,