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Associated Press

 California lawmakers advance gas moratorium after huge leak
- 11:44 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California's state Assembly is advancing legislation to extend the closure of a gas storage facility after it spewed massive amounts of natural gas for nearly four months.... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Fran Pavley,
 California Legislature approves $16 million for June primary
- 10:55 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California's Legislature is approving $16 million to help county election officials deal with a surge of interest in the June primary and a crush of petition signatures for ballot measures.... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Legislature, Mark Leno, Alex Padilla,
 House committee votes to require women to register for draft
- April 27, 6:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A House committee has approved an amendment to the annual defense policy bill that requires women to register for the military draft.... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Duncan Hunter, Jackie Speier,

Los Angeles Times

 California¿s billionaire Democrat takes aim at Trump and Cruz in TV ad
- 12:06 pm
California politics updates: Assemblyman wants to deregulate taxis, Newsom plugs his work on late-night TV April 28 2016, 11:11 AM Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California politics and government news. Here's a quick glance at ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: California Republican Party, Tom Steyer,
 Donald Trump and his supporters wonder how much being 'presidential' matters
- 11:11 am
A few minutes into a boisterous rally in which Donald Trump criticized one rival as a slob, yelled at a protester to “go home to Mom!” and implored his supporters to “wave to the dishonest media,” the candidate paused for a moment to ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Bill Carrick, Dan Schnur,
 #  Sheriff can't brush aside racist emails sent by top aide
Editorial - 11:08 am
When it comes to lame apologies for misbehavior, it's hard to beat this Homer Simpson classic: 'But Marge, I swear to you, I never thought you'd find out!' In other words, it's not that I'm sorry I did it; I'm just sorry I didn't get away with it. ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Lee Baca,
 Update on: John Boehner calls Ted Cruz 'Lucifer in the flesh'
- 10:16 am
John Boehner calls Ted Cruz 'Lucifer in the flesh' April 28 2016, 10:10 AM Donald Trump woos Indiana icons as Ted Cruz makes new moves with Carly Fiorina as his running mate.Former House Speaker John Boehner slams Ted CruzCruz picks former ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Michael Finnegan, illegal immigration,
 Trump to be greeted by protesters during his California visit
- 5:26 am
Can a Cruz-Fiorina ticket overcome Trump's lead? April 28 2016, 5:05 AM Donald Trump woos Indiana icons as Ted Cruz makes new moves with Carly Fiorina as his running mate.Ted Cruz picks former California tech executive Carly Fiorina as his running ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: California Republican Party,
   The California primary matters for the first time in decades. 25 voters tell us what they care about
- 5:14 am
Can a Cruz-Fiorina ticket overcome Trump's lead? April 28 2016, 4:04 AM Donald Trump woos Indiana icons as Ted Cruz makes new moves with Carly Fiorina as his running mate.Ted Cruz picks former California tech executive Carly Fiorina as his running ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: California Republican Party, illegal immigration, Barack Obama,
 Rocks placed below a San Diego overpass to deter homeless camps spark a debate
- 5:00 am
Jagged rocks installed to deter homeless encampments below a freeway overpass have sparked a debate between people arguing for compassion and residents demanding safer, cleaner streets. City crews installed the riprap next to the walls of the 5 ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jeeni Criscenzo, Kevin Faulconer,
 #  The Times' Superior Court judicial endorsements
Editorial - 5:00 am
Voters in Los Angeles County will see seven judicial races on their June 7 ballots. In three of them, lawyers have challenged judges who are seeking to be re-elected to new six-year terms. But the challengers fail to measure up to the people they ... »Read  »E-mail story
 Congress is about to wipe out decades of progress in sustainable water use
- 5:00 am
As California enters its fifth year of official drought — and its ninth dry year in the past 10 — the elements of a modern, sustainable water system are finally taking shape. The state is improving water efficiency in agriculture and urban ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Drought, Dianne Feinstein, Peter Gleick, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, David Valadao, water,
 #  A reasonable Donald Trump? We're more than a little skeptical
Editorial - 3:32 am
A few hours after he strengthened his claim to be the presumptive Republican nominee for president by winning five more primaries, Donald Trump delivered a speech on foreign policy in Washington Wednesday to a group of foreign-policy insiders — a ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barack Obama,
 Essential Politics: Campaign gets another California twist
- 3:02 am
I’m Christina Bellantoni. This is Essential Politics, and you just can’t make this stuff up. In yet another wild twist to the presidential campaign, the candidate who mathematically can’t reach the needed number of delegates to become the ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: California Republican Party, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, illegal immigration, George Skelton,
 Ted Cruz picking Carly Fiorina as his running mate? It's a gambit bound to fail
- 12:05 am
Pardon me, but this has been tried before: desperately naming a running mate prior to a national convention. It’s a losing gambit. OK, maybe the third time will be the charm. Ronald Reagan failed miserably in 1976 when he chose liberal Republican ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barbara Boxer, California Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Tom Quinn, Marty Wilson,
 Trail Blazers beat depleted Clippers, 108-98, take 3-2 lead
- April 27, 11:05 pm
Staples Center appeared about half full for tipoff of the Clippers' playoff game Wednesday night, a starting time 30 minutes earlier than normal largely to blame. There were also large pockets of vacant seats by the end of what might be their final ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jeff Green,
 Home runs power Angels to sweep of Royals
- April 27, 10:13 pm
Mike Trout hit a tying two-run homer, Yunel Escobar put the Angels ahead with a solo shot in the sixth inning and Andrelton Simmons also went deep to power Los Angeles to a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night. Escobar, the ... »Read  »E-mail story
 Candidates running for Antonovich's seat spar over 710 Freeway extension
Top of the Ticket - April 27, 9:12 pm
Six candidates running for the seat being vacated by longtime Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich sparred mildly over a controversial proposed extension of the 710 Freeway at a debate in Pasadena.  The forum, hosted by the Los ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Michael Antonovich, Elan Carr, Bob Huff,
 L.A.'s water wasters will soon face heavier fines and audits
- April 27, 6:06 pm
As regulators mull softening the state’s drought restrictions amid outcry from some Northern California water districts, water wasters in Los Angeles will soon face stiffer fines and water audits under a plan approved this week by Mayor Eric ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Drought, Eric Garcetti,
 Internet poker inches closer to legalization in California
Top of the Ticket - April 27, 5:57 pm
California politics updates: Assemblyman wants to deregulate taxis, Newsom plugs his work on late-night TV April 27 2016, 3:03 PM Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California politics and government news. Here's a quick glance at what ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Adam Gray, David Quintana,

Orange County Register

 #  Costa Mesa waits to inhale
Editorial - 12:00 am
The purple haze is clearing over medical marijuana in Costa Mesa. Last week the City Council voted unanimously to put a measure on the November 8 ballot to regularize medical marijuana dispensaries. It would compete with two other measures ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Legislature, Proposition 21, Jim Righeimer,
 #  LETTERS: Most support veterans cemetery
Editorial - 12:00 am
I find it laughable that mayoral candidate Gang Chen is threatening the City Council with a recall over the failed veterans cemetery land swap idea. Mr. Chen’s email claim that the council is “continuing to ignore the will of Irvine people” ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: John Kerry, Beth Krom,
 #  Senate's duty to vote on Garland for court
Editorial - 12:00 am
The Senate has a duty under the Constitution to consider Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court. Again, on April 19, the court split 4-4. There are likely to be many such instances in the months ahead. This is undesirable in that it leaves ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Erwin Chemerinsky,
 #  Administrators shouldering blame for bad education policy
Editorial - 12:00 am
In April, a California appeals court overturned the 2014 ruling in Vergara v. California that declared that a number of California policies deprived students of their constitutional right to an education, striking down teacher tenure, as well as... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  How many pied pipers are we going to follow?
Editorial - 12:00 am
The sudden appearance last year of Donald Trump on the political horizon may have been surprising, but not nearly as surprising as seeing some conservatives supporting him. Does Trump have conservative principles? Does he have any principles at ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama,
 #  Study: World press freedom in decline
Opinion - 12:00 am
The United States made a slight improvement on Reporters Without Borders’ annual World Press Freedom Index, but the outlook for press freedom is rather bleak for much of the world. The results are “indicative of a climate of fear and tension... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barack Obama,
 #  Cartoons: Bernie gets berned
Editorial - 12:00 am
Also: Cruz-Kasich pact falters and Trump and Hillary are closing in »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Sending taxpayers to debtors' prison
Editorial - 12:00 am
The California Correctional Peace Officers Association, which represents more than 30,000 state prison guards and parole agents, is one of the most powerful public employee unions in the state, behind the teachers unions. Its latest contract ... »Read  »E-mail story

Sacramento Bee

 California Assembly rejects resolution honoring John Wayne
- 12:08 pm
Critics complained that actor uttered racist remarksDivision largely along party lines … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Jose Medina, Don Wagner,
 Tom Steyer TV ad blasts Trump, Cruz on climate change
- 11:58 am
Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer has made a TV ad that criticizes Republican presidential candidates' positions on climate change and encourages people to vote. … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 Former CalPERS chief faces bribery sentencing delay after battery charges
- 8:57 am
Buenrostro case postponed with ex-CEO in Sacramento jail … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Fred Buenrostro, CalPERS,
 Watch Carly Fiorina sing during Ted Cruz VP annoucement
- 6:54 am
Carly Fiorina on Wednesday April 27, 2016 sang onstage shortly after being announced as Sen. Ted Cruz’s running mate. Cruz talked about how his family and Fiorina got to know each other on the campaign trail, and that she makes up songs for his ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Tom Del Beccaro, Kamala Harris,
 #  Dana Milbank: Trump's crazy attempt not to sound crazy
Opinion - 3:00 am
He mocks those who use teleprompter, but used one for his foreign policy speechHe carefully read a speech somebody else had writtenSpeech was at an eighth-grade comprehension level, five years beyond Trump’s usual. … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama,
 #  Gail Collins: Trump deals the woman card
Opinion - 2:00 am
Likely Republican nominee decides to start a gender war Cruz may have seen an opportunity because he suddenly announced Carly Fiorina as his vice-presidential nomineeHow many votes would Trump get if he were a woman and he was the way he is? … ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina,
 #  Ann Marie van den Hurk: Make customers understand why they want to do business with you
Opinion - 1:00 am
At its core, running a business is simple and straightforward: You provide a consumer with value of some kind, and they provide you compensation. A business owner cannot realistically expect to be compensated if he is unclear on the value he is ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Battle for truth about 9/11 and Saudi ties
Opinion - 1:00 am
Of the 19 hijackers who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks, 15 were citizens of Saudi Arabia. What does that fact signify? … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Give Cold War nuclear missiles a civilian second life
Opinion - 1:00 am
The following editorial was written by Bloomberg View editors: … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Carl P. Leubsdorf: Discordant Democrats could risk another Al Gore moment
Opinion - 1:00 am
Even before losing four of this week's five presidential primaries, Bernie Sanders toned down direct criticism of rival Hillary Clinton's qualifications and judgment. But the two rivals remain divided over who is most responsible for uniting the ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama,
 #  When celebrities die, we celebrate ourselves
Opinion - 1:00 am
Even before most major news outlets confirmed that Prince had died, mournful posts began filling my timeline. First, there was denial: 'No. No. No,' a friend tweeted. 'Not Prince, god dammit, not Prince,' wrote another. The other stages of grief ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Unfortunately, Obama's new rules will hurt both businesses and workers
Opinion - 1:00 am
As his time in office winds down, President Barack Obama continues to enact economically harmful and counterproductive policies, mostly through his use of executive power. … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barack Obama,
 Puerto Rico risks historic default as Congress chooses inaction
- 1:00 am
NEW YORK - Even if Puerto Rico manages to strike a last-minute deal to defer bond payments, the commonwealth's financial collapse is about to enter an unprecedented phase. … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama,
 #  Ann McFeatters: Trump resorts to tired tricks in bashing Clinton
Opinion - 1:00 am
WASHINGTON - Oh, puhleeze, no! … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina,
 #  Voices: Is it OK to vote for Hillary just because she's a woman?
Opinion - 1:00 am
Is it OK to vote for Hillary just because she's a woman? … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton,
 #  Michael A. Lindenberger: Cruz's head-scratching vice president selection
Opinion - 1:00 am
To a candidate, selecting a running mate is almost always about trying to win the election. Ordinarily, of course, the campaign that candidates are trying to win is the one for the presidency, not just their party's nomination to be a candidate for ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Carly Fiorina,
 #  Helen Ubinas: Help! My Woman Card seems to be broken
Opinion - 1:00 am
Something is wrong with my Woman Card. … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton,
 #  Theoden Janes: Boycott of N.C. only making officials dig in their heels
Opinion - 1:00 am
Let's just say, for the sake of argument, that you really enjoy the stories I write. (I realize this might be a stretch, but bear with me.) … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Fair business rules shouldn't get a bad rap
Opinion - 1:00 am
Business lobbyists have been up in arms in recent months over what they claim is President Barack Obama's anti-business turn. They point to a number of policies and executive orders that they contend are anti-business. … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barack Obama,
   High-speed rail board to weigh in on revised California plan
- April 27, 11:33 pm
The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project is expected to approve a revised plan calling for a $64 billion approach that sends the train from the Central Valley to the San Jose area before it heads to Southern California. … ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jeff Morales,
 AM Alert: Donald Trump launches California campaign in Costa Mesa
- April 27, 11:00 pm
To avoid contested convention, Republican presidential frontrunner must post strong showing in June primary … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Air Resources Board, Assembly Democrats, Environmental Justice, Field Poll, Marc Levine, Dan Morain, Barack Obama, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Susan Talamantes Eggman, water,
 #  Nicholas Kristof: Let's talk about women's health
Opinion - April 27, 11:00 pm
When it has come up in presidential campaign, it was in narrowest form, about abortionWomen’s health goes far beyond that, including cervical cancer and domestic violenceWe know how to address these problems, but we’re not doing it urgently ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama,
 #  Carly Fiorina's father caught Richard Nixon's eye
Opinion - April 27, 10:30 pm
The Take for Thursday, from The Sacramento Bee Editorial BoardCarly Fiorina’s father was the topic of an Oval Office discussion by Nixon and the president’s men … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Sam Brownback, Anthony Cannella, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Cathleen Galgiani, Rich Gordon, Adam Gray, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg, Andy Vidak,
 #  Katehi tries to hold on but threatens a great institution
Opinion - April 27, 9:16 pm
UC President Janet Napolitano places chancellor on leave, pending investigationProbe will look at employment of family, search engine contractsKatehi ought to place UC Davis above her own desires … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Putting a stop to prostitution, one hotel at a time
Opinion - April 27, 6:07 pm
South Sacramento motel operator fed up with human trafficking Universal ‘Do Not Rent’ list would help hotels, motels coordinate efforts Goal is to punish the men, not the women, who are victims … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 California tax board adopts more oversight of spending
- April 27, 5:38 pm
Rule change follows Bee investigation of $130,000 spent on Jerome Horton’s office furnitureNew rules require closer monitoring of purchases, leasesBoard members to be apprised of purchases … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerome Horton,
 #  Joe Mathews: One-stop shops are a great idea, but only a dream
Opinion - April 27, 5:00 pm
Even in Internet age, California governments don’t make it easyCalifornia has more permitting and licensing agencies than most other statesWe all need concierges to wrestle with bureaucracy … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Little Hoover Commission, Pete Wilson,

San Francisco Chronicle

 Senators try to revive criminal justice overhaul
- 11:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation on Thursday to give judges more discretion in sentencing offenders, a renewed push to overhaul the nation's criminal justice system over objections from some conservatives and ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Mark Kirk, Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama,
   Not enough housing? Move to the sticks, survey says
- 12:47 am
The solution to the woeful lack of housing in the Bay Area is pretty simple, if you ask residents of the nine counties surrounding San Francisco Bay — funnel the late-comers out to the sticks. Jim Wunderman, president and chief executive officer ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Bay Area Council, Bob Wieckowski, Jim Wunderman,
 Why Cruz's pick of Fiorina for VP is 'odd on so many levels'
- April 27, 7:37 pm
Even in a political campaign that explodes rational assumptions daily, analysts say there isn’t a lot that makes sense about Ted Cruz’s choice of former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina Wednesday as his running mate — should the Texas senator ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Carly Fiorina, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney,

San Jose Mercury News

 Quinn: Cruz goes nuclear with Carly Fiorina pick
- 6:30 am
Many in Silicon Valley look at Carly Fiorina as the failed former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, but for Ted Cruz, struggling to stop Donald Trump from capturing the GOP nomination, picking Fiorina as his running mate, is the elixir he desperately needs. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Bill Whalen,
 Bay Area residents wary of new housing development
- 6:16 am
Bay Area residents love the idea of building new homes to help solve the region's housing affordability and traffic woes -- so long as those residences are built outside of the Bay Area. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Bay Area Council, Stephen Levy, Jim Wunderman,
 Trump, Clinton tangle over 'woman's card' confronts age-old gender biases
- April 27, 6:21 pm
The politics of gender take center stage this week as Donald Trump accuses Hillary Clinton of playing the 'woman's card,' and his GOP rival Ted Cruz names former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as his running mate. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina,