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Associated Press

 California regulators set to overhaul home electricity costs
- 1:37 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Big energy users are set to get a break on electricity while more efficient consumers will see their bills rise under a proposal being considered by California regulators.... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Mike Campbell, Mike Florio,
 Gov. Brown approves removing 'lynching' from California law
- July 2, 5:15 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he has signed legislation removing the word 'lynching' from the state's criminal code following the arrest of a black activist at a Black Lives Matter protest.... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Holly Mitchell,
 Vaccine opponents continue efforts against California law
- July 2, 5:15 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Opponents of California's new law to boost vaccination rates among schoolchildren by strictly limiting exemptions are continuing to fight the legislation online and in public protests, even after Gov. Jerry Brown ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Tim Donnelly, Legislature, Richard Pan,

Los Angeles Times

 'Back to the Future' turns 30: Time sure does McFly
- 6:00 am
If you were to hop into your DeLorean time machine today, get the flux capacitor 'fluxing,' and drive 30 years back, you'd be in the midst of - Great Scott! - a summer blockbuster that would change the way we look at time travel and movies. »Read  »E-mail story
   Essential California: Shopping spree with the coroner
- 5:20 am
Good morning. It is Friday, July 3. We're playing hooky and spending the weekend at BBQs, baseball games and the beach. Essential California will return on Monday. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe to the newsletter ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Nancy Reagan,
   Deprogamming the Southern California lawn
- 5:00 am
My first lawn in Southern California was at a Burbank rental where the landlord asked my husband and me to keep the yard watered. A dewy-eyed newbie to this end of the state, I thought, 'Not a problem.' The landlord paid for the water and it was ... »Read  »E-mail story
 A welcome focus on job creation by L.A. officials -- but can they deliver?
- 5:00 am
Ten months ago, when Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed raising the city's minimum wage to lift people out of poverty, The Times, along with business groups and others, called on him to develop a comprehensive job creation strategy and to focus on ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Herb Wesson,
 #  The tide finally turns on L.A. County beach access
Editorial - 5:00 am
In the ongoing battle between the California Coastal Commission and property owners over public access to the beach, one of the lengthiest skirmishes has been the one the state agency waged with Malibu resident Lisette Ackerberg. But after more than ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: David Geffen,
 #  Gardena, release the police video
Editorial - 5:00 am
As more police agencies put video recorders in their patrol cars and issue body cameras to their officers, policymakers must grapple with how and when to release the recordings to the public. These can be difficult questions, but the legal fight ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Legislature,
 Today: This Way to the Beach They Don't Want You to See
- 4:00 am
I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. Today is Friday, July 3, and here are some story lines I don't want you to miss. Sign up to get the day's big stories delivered to your inbox.   TOP STORIES Catch the Merger Wave Merger fever is ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Carly Fiorina, Eric Garcetti, David Geffen,
 Garcetti stance on homeless crackdown draws critics from both sides
- 4:00 am
Faced this week with a choice between signing or vetoing controversial legislation that would crack down on homeless encampments, Mayor Eric Garcetti charted a complex middle course. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Erwin Chemerinsky, Eric Garcetti,

Orange County Register

 #  Time-in-space record goes, appropriately, to Russian
Editorial - 12:00 am
The United States used to be the type of country that sent brave men and women into space. No longer, of course. Americans must now be content to watch other countries, such as Russia, engage in the exploration of space, as was the case this week... »Read  »E-mail story
   #  Protect workers from wage theft
Editorial - 12:00 am
Most Americans rely on every single paycheck to make ends meet, to pay the rent or the mortgage, and to pay the car insurance or the utilities. So when that paycheck doesn’t show up – or when it’s short – the impact can be devastating.... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kevin De Leon, minimum wage, SEIU,
Bills: SB 588,
 #  Letters: Not a living wage, but a starting wage
Editorial - 12:00 am
Re: “Wage rules hit workers” [Opinion, June 25]: As a fast-food operator with four, soon to be five, locations and on the precipice of opening up to franchisees, I’m worried about the tone and concerns expressed at all the meetings I’ve... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Obama will get his legacy - and Iran will get the bomb
Editorial - 12:00 am
WASHINGTON – The devil is not in the details. It’s in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama’s fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fanatical Islamist regime whose foundational ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: John Kerry,
 #  H.B. moves toward contract transparency
Editorial - 12:00 am
Democratic government is open government. The people have to see what’s going on, especially with contracts, so they can know what actions to take. That’s why we have supported opening the books on government negotiations with public employees... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jim Righeimer,
 #  Letters: Don't let state shrink Fire Authority board
Editorial - 12:00 am
South Orange County cities are opposed to Assembly Bill 1217, a proposed California law that would slice the Orange County Fire Authority’s Board of Directors from 25 members to 13. But let’s be clear: This opposition stretches to every corner ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Legislature,
Bills: AB 1217,
 #  The next frontier for school choice
Editorial - 12:00 am
Any slight against liberty is felt by the whole – and so we are compelled to stand with our friends in the state of Colorado; specifically, the parents, students and officials served by the Douglas County School District. The Colorado Supreme ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Cartoons: Waving the inoffensive flag
Editorial - 12:00 am
Also: Fuse burning on Hillary. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  The plutocrat who would be president
Editorial - 12:00 am
“Short-fingered vulgarian.” That’s how the late, great Spy magazine hilariously described Donald Trump, the megalomaniacal billionaire who has a seeming obsessive-compulsive need to stick his name on everything he owns. The Donald – as ... »Read  »E-mail story

Sacramento Bee

   Folsom opens new water play areas after reaching reduction goal
- July 2, 6:12 pm
City exceeded state order to cut use in past year3 Folsom parks have water areas reopened … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 Agency identifies three worst local office buildings
- July 2, 5:01 pm
DGS report says sites should be renovated or replacedList does not include Board of Equalization headquartersBuildings’ fates will be determined in coming months … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Roger Dickinson, George Runner,
 #  If it's city business, Mr. Mayor, use your city phone
Opinion - July 2, 5:00 pm
In lawsuit on arena deal, Johnson said he deleted texts from his personal phoneMayor also is trying to prevent disclosure of emails sent to a private attorney … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kevin Johnson,
 #  Jack Ohman: The comb-over
Opinion - July 2, 5:00 pm
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 #  California's century-old initiative process requires a reboot
Opinion - July 2, 5:00 pm
Voters could face a 2016 ballot full of measuresThere’s much room for improvement in initiativesSignature requirement should be increased, and sunset dates added … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Legislature, Proposition 18,
 #  It's past time to regulate medical marijuana
Opinion - July 2, 5:00 pm
Environment is paying price of inaction by LegislatureIllegal growers are draining streams, killing fish at escalating ratesBills in Assembly, Senate would create regulatory framework … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: John Laird,
 #  Charles Krauthammer: The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history
Opinion - July 2, 5:00 pm
Obama’s belief of detente with Iran is fantasyDeal is dangerous for Middle EastCatalog of capitulations is breathtaking … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barack Obama,
 #  Assisted-suicide bill needs more safeguards
Opinion - July 2, 5:00 pm
Senate Bill 128 has too much leeway for dying patients to be coercedDoctors should have to document aid-in-dying requests … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Legislature,
Bills: SB 128,

San Francisco Chronicle

   Gov. Brown faces rough road in quest to repair California's freeways
- July 2, 6:12 pm
[...] Brown has focused on building what he hopes will be his own transportation legacy: a $68 billion bullet train connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco. [...] the governor recently called a special legislative session to focus lawmakers’ ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Rob Lapsley,
 Newsom, though "barely begun" in 2018 gov's race, raises $2.7 million
Politics Blog - July 2, 5:06 pm
Gearing up for possible challenges from wealthy Democratic opponents three years before the 2018 gubernatorial race, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom raised $2.7 million in the first five months of the year — and now has about $5.5 million cash on ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Phil Angelides, Steve Jobs, Dan Newman, Gavin Newsom, SEIU, Tom Steyer, Steve Westly,