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Los Angeles Times

   Warner Bros. picks Dee Dee Myers for top communications job
Business - 5:00 am
Hollywood's biggest studio selects Dee Dee Myers, who served as press secretary during President Clinton's first term, to replace executive Sue Fleishman.Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers is taking her West Wing experience to the West ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Chris Lehane,
 Jay Z festival coming to Grand Park on Labor Day weekend
California - April 16, 9:57 pm
Mayor Garcetti hails the event as a sign of downtown's growing popularity, but some question the impact of the Budweiser-sponsored event, where tickets will be $125. Announcing that rapper Jay Z's popular Made in America music festival is coming to ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar,
 Household rat poison linked to death and disease in wildlife
California - April 16, 9:33 pm
Evidence of rat poison is found in a sickly puma whose territory includes Griffith Park. Researchers suspect a link between poisons and mange.The mountain lion known as P-22 looked majestic just a few months ago, in a trail-camera photo shot against ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Paul Koretz, Tom LaBonge,
 Contributions to California congressional candidates disclosed
California - April 16, 9:32 pm
Incumbents in several areas have raised more than $1 million to fend off challengers. A sure-to-be-costly race is the one to succeed retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills).Campaign contributions are flowing briskly to candidates in some of ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Ami Bera, Julia Brownley, campaign finance, Carl DeMaio, Wendy Greuel, Ro Khanna, Ted Lieu, Scott Peters, David Valadao, Henry A. Waxman, Marianne Williamson,
 Sriracha sauce maker considers relocation
California - April 16, 7:48 pm
Huy Fong Foods owner says he's made no decision to move but faces uncertainty in Irwindale. Texas, other states have made pitches.After a months-long battle with the city of Irwindale over complaints about a spicy odor, Sriracha sauce creator David ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Tony Cardenas, Ed Hernandez,
 Jerry Brown pushes his plan for state reserve fund
California - April 16, 5:52 pm
Governor declares a special session of the Legislature to take up the issue in a major test of the state's new political dynamic.SACRAMENTO — Raising the stakes in his campaign to strengthen California's finances, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Michael Cohen, Connie Conway, Jeff Gorell, Bob Huff, Legislature, Chris Megerian, Darrell Steinberg,
 Bell's Rizzo sentenced to 12 years in prison
California - April 16, 5:32 pm
L.A. County judge also orders the former Bell administrator to pay the city nearly $9 million in restitution.Four years after he became the face of municipal greed, Robert Rizzo broke his long silence Wednesday in a Los Angeles courtroom and asked a ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Steve Cooley, Robert Rizzo,
 Readers concur, 'Six Californias' don't add up
George Skelton - April 16, 5:03 pm
The proposal may have a certain wacky appeal at first glance, but poorer regions that might like the idea of secession would have the most to lose.SACRAMENTO—Judging by your emails, many readers agree with me that a proposed ballot measure to ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jerry Brown, George Skelton,

Orange County Register

 #  Oil trains run because pipelines don't
Editorial - 1:51 pm
Some politicians in California, and people like me who live near railroad tracks, are waking up to the fact that four times as much oil was shipped to California by train over the last year than the previous year. Most of it was heading to ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Editorial: Democrats demonize their own donors
Opinion - 12:00 am
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat, has a not-so-magnificent obsession with Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers whose family business, Koch Industries, is the nation’s second-largest privately owned company.... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Editorial: Shrink feds' share of the West
Opinion - 12:00 am
For a brief period late last week, American politics seemed to be transported back to the 1990s. The source of the time warp: Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher who was engaged in a tense standoff with officials from the federal government’s Bureau ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Today's cartoons: Obamacare's problems
Editorial - 12:00 am
Also: Putin's provocations in Ukraine »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Letters: Health care may cost us more than cash
Editorial - 12:00 am
LA HABRA, Mike Menza: Letter-writer Arman Afagh of Irvine poses a fantasy parallel world of problems under a theoretical Mitt Romney administration in his letter, “Obama This Dec. 5, 2012 file photo shows Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. on ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Lou Correa, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney,
 #  Darrell Issa: Lerner hasn't stymied IRS targeting probe
Editorial - 12:00 am
The House Oversight Committee recently voted to recommend that the House of Representatives hold former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in criminal contempt of Congress. Lerner, who led the IRS Exempt Organizations division that... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Darrell Issa,
 #  Carolyn Cavecche: Split-roll property tax bad for homeowners
Editorial - 12:00 am
There is one truism in raising taxes that never seems to change, and it’s that no one tends to mind as long as the taxes being raised belong to someone else. This divide-and- conquer strategy usually works when the powers that be in Sacramento... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Proposition 13, Prop 13, Tom Ammiano, Board of Equalization, Carolyn Cavecche, Erwin Chemerinsky, Joel Kotkin,
Bills: AB 2372,

Sacramento Bee

 Campaign agency considers fines for 2 GOP brothers
- 4:38 pm
California's political watchdog agency is considering whether to fine two brothers for transferring money between their campaigns while both were running for state Assembly in 2008. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Proposition 13, Tom Berryhill, Bill Berryhill, CalPERS, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Dan Morain,
 Capitol Alert: FPPC delays decision on Berryhill money-laundering case
- 2:08 pm
The board of California's political ethics watchdog Thursday postponed action on a recommended $40,000 money-laundering penalty against state Sen. Tom Berryhill, his brother and Republican central committees in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Prop 13, Tony Amador, Charles Bell, Ami Bera, Tom Berryhill, Bill Berryhill, Tim Donnelly, Fair Political Practices Commission, Field Poll, Jim Miller, Dan Morain, Gary Winuk, Leland Yee,
 Capitol Alert: Dickinson bill seeks crude oil train emergency preparedness
- 12:24 pm
Pointing to the catastrophic derailment in Quebec of a train transporting oil and similar accidents, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, has unveiled legislation to get emergency responders more information about crude-carrying trains that ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Prop 13, Ami Bera, Roger Dickinson, Tim Donnelly, Energy Commission, Field Poll, Dan Morain, Leland Yee,
 #  Nicholas Kristof: Ukrainian spirit no match for a Russian tank
Opinion - 11:34 am
A bear is charging Ukrainians, and we offer them spaghetti. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Proposition 13, Joe Biden, CalPERS, Dan Morain, Barack Obama,
 Roseville solar installer completes power systems in Manteca, Tracy
- 11:31 am
Roseville-based solar power company SUNworks has commissioned solar systems projects with a combined total of about 1 megawatt for Quaresma Dairy in Manteca and M&B Alfalfa Farms in Tracy. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Proposition 13, CalPERS, Dan Morain,
 PG&E tax, fee payouts throughout California top $302 million
- 10:48 am
San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company says it has paid property taxes and franchise fees totaling more than $302 million to the 49 counties and 243 cities in which it operates in California. That included including more than $51 ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Proposition 13, CalPERS, Dan Morain,
 Capitol Alert: Nearly 1.4 million Californians enroll in health insurance exchange
- 10:41 am
Citing a large influx of customers in the final weeks, California officials announced Thursday that more than 3 million people enrolled in health insurance coverage or Medi-Cal, capping an opening period that saw the state emerge as an example for ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Prop 13, Ami Bera, Tim Donnelly, Field Poll, Peter V. Lee, Dan Morain, SEIU, Michael Wilson, Leland Yee,
 Prop 8 lawyer's views on gay marriage evolving
- 9:12 am
The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman. FILE This ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Proposition 13, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Dan Morain, Barack Obama, Proposition 8,
   AM Alert: Californians open to changing Prop 13
- 6:15 am
Capitol Alert Insider Edition app learned last night, Californians are open to making changes to Proposition 13, the 1978 tax-limiting measure that is a cornerstone of the state's political foundation. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Proposition 13, Prop 13, Ami Bera, Tom Berryhill, Roger Dickinson, Tim Donnelly, Fair Political Practices Commission, Field Poll, Dan Morain, Leland Yee,
 Poll finds California voters open to tinkering with tax-limiting Proposition 13
- 12:00 am
Proposition 13 may be the third rail of California politics, but state voters appear to have some appetite for making changes to the tax-limiting measure, according to a new Field Poll. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Proposition 13, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Dan Morain,
 #  Editorial: A big deal for Kevin Johnson, and also for Sacramento
Opinion - 12:00 am
The mayor pledges to parlay his new post at the U.S. Conference of Mayors into more federal aid and private investment for his hometown. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is now president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Field Poll, Kevin Johnson, Dan Morain,
 #  Editorial: Dianne Feinstein’s water bill is an overreach
Opinion - 12:00 am
Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s water legislation needs work. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Field Poll, Dan Morain, water,
 #  Viewpoints: California can have a stronger – and fairer – tax system
Opinion - 12:00 am
A tax system that asks the lowest-income families to contribute the most would be unfair in any case. Chris Hoene Luke Reidenbach »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Field Poll, Legislature, Dan Morain,
 #  Joe Mathews: Living in the Delta would help solve two of Brown’s problems
Opinion - 12:00 am
Such a move would demonstrate to all Californians that our water comes not from a tap, but from real communities. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Debra Bowen, Field Poll, John Garamendi, Joe Mathews, Dan Morain, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, water,
 #  Jack Ohman: Rainy day fund
Opinion - 12:00 am
Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman: Rainy day fund »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Field Poll, Dan Morain,
 Capitol Alert: Rep. Ami Bera sitting comfortably in 7th district fundraising
- April 16, 9:37 pm
Rep. Ami Bera far outpaced his Republican challengers in first-quarter fundraising, bringing in more than $489,000 and elevating his cash on hand to $1.47 million. U.S. Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, attends the California State Society's ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Joe Baca, Ami Bera, Igor Birman, Julia Brownley, Carl DeMaio, Jeff Denham, Elizabeth Emken, Field Poll, John Garamendi, Jeff Gorell, Ray Haynes, Mike Honda, Ro Khanna, Dan Logue, Dan Morain, Brian Nestande, Doug Ose, Scott Peters, Raul Ruiz, David Valadao, Leland Yee,
 Jerry Brown back to negotiating table with Republicans over rainy-day fund
- April 16, 7:52 pm
Gov. Jerry Brown called Wednesday for a special session of the Legislature to take up his proposal to create a rainy-day fund, and for the first time since 2011 he will have to negotiate a major budget deal with Republicans. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: California Teachers Association, Michael Cohen, Field Poll, Bob Huff, Legislature, Dave Low, Jim Miller, Dan Morain, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Darrell Steinberg, Brad Williams,
Bills: ACA 4,
 Commuter trains, bus systems gear up for Fix50 crowds
- April 16, 6:27 pm
Sacramento Regional Transit will launch bulked up train service and added security next week when construction starts on Highway 50 downtown. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Ken Cooley, Roger Dickinson, Field Poll, Dan Morain,
 Capitol Alert: Tim Donnelly fires legislative chief of staff
- April 16, 6:15 pm
One month after splitting with his campaign manager in his run for governor, Republican Tim Donnelly has fired Alex Vassar, his legislative chief of staff, sources said. Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly speaks with reporters at ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Ami Bera, California Republican Party, Tim Donnelly, Field Poll, Jennifer Kerns, Legislature, Dan Morain, Alex Vassar, Leland Yee,
 The Buzz: Leland Yee shuts down ballot-measure committee
- April 16, 5:04 pm
State Sen. Leland Yee has closed his ballot-measure committee, only days after authorities indicted him on corruption and gun-running conspiracy charges. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Ami Bera, Igor Birman, Elizabeth Emken, Field Poll, Jim Miller, Dan Morain, Doug Ose, Leland Yee,

San Diego Union-Tribune

 Rainy-day plan ignites spending debate
- 1:54 pm
Republicans welcome governor's help to toughen rainy-day fund, but offer some concerns. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Legislature, Jim Nielsen, Proposition 98,
Bills: ACA 4,
 Attorney General is late on report
- 12:22 pm
Kamala Harris required by law to report to the governor every two years on the activities of her office. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: David Beltran, Kamala Harris,
 #  School mission reports key to learning state history
Opinion - April 16, 5:39 pm
Letters to the editor for April 17, 2014 »Read  »E-mail story
 #  San Diego deserves ranking as top city for launching startups
Opinion - April 16, 5:30 pm
Forbes recently reported that San Diego is the number one city to launch a startup. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  David Ignatius: Ukraine an existential crisis for Obama, too
Opinion - April 16, 5:21 pm
Unless Obama shows resolve, Putin will keep rolling. »Read  »E-mail story
 Oceanside firefighters union group fined
- April 16, 5:17 pm
The political arm of the Oceanside firefighter’s union will pay a $12,000 fine for failing to report nearly all of its donors for a year and a half, and for failing to disclose a contribution it made to help re-elect the city mayor. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Bill Wells,
 #  The real polluters of Barrio Logan
Opinion - April 16, 5:17 pm
A big hole in the main argument for supporting the proposed community plan update. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: David Alvarez, Todd Gloria,
 #  Legacy of first Bush presidency
Opinion - April 16, 5:15 pm
George H.W. Bush had a remarkable lifetime of public service. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: George Bush,

San Francisco Chronicle

 Hotel magnate, Democratic fundraiser pleads guilty
- 12:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A wealthy hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser who supported Hilary Clinton for president pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he secretly funneled more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions to three unnamed candidates ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Howard Berman, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chris Dodd, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama,
   Poll shows bipartisan backing for tweak to Prop. 13
- 2:01 am
More than three decades after the passage of Proposition 13, California voters strongly support rewriting one aspect of the landmark initiative that some commercial property owners have used to keep their taxes low, a new Field Poll shows. Field ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Proposition 13, George W. Bush, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Carla Marinucci,
 District of compensation, just and otherwise
Debra Saunders - April 16, 5:31 pm
Only Bussell got in a dig when he asked, 'Does Washington need more lawyers?' (Both Dems are attorneys.) Swalwell talked up his role in the bipartisan United Solutions Caucus. In February, the feds indicted Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, on ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Joel Anderson, Mark Baldassare, Ron Calderon, campaign finance, Ellen Corbett, Bob Huff, Legislature, Alex Padilla, PPIC, Pete Stark, Darrell Steinberg, Eric Swalwell, Rod Wright, Leland Yee,

San Jose Mercury News

 #  Mercury News editorial: San Jose patent office is good for city and valley
Editorials - 12:48 pm
The regional U.S. Patent Office planned at San Jose City Hall won't be a direct financial windfall for the city, but it will be huge for the local economy and may be the best thing yet for promoting downtown as a business location. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Chuck Reed,
 #  E.J. Dionne Jr.: Jeb Bush's optimism school
Opinion - 12:30 pm
Bush could offer his party lessons on how to avoid being seen as a convocation of cranky old (and not so old) politicians whose most devout wish is to repeal a couple decades of social change. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee,
 #  Opinion: Xxxx
Opinion - 10:15 am
Solving the illegal immigration problem should not be hard. No one knows how many foreign nationals are residing illegally in the United States -- estimates range from 11 million to 20 million. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Victor Davis Hanson,
 Prop. 13 poll: Nearly half of voters open to changing it
- April 16, 8:47 pm
When asked in a general way if they favor making some changes, 49 percent of registered voters said they support the idea while 34 percent are opposed, the poll found. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Proposition 13, Prop 13, Tom Ammiano, Jon Coupal, Field Poll,