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$15 an hour minimum wage is pure fiction

"The new minimum wage crusade will result in ALL wages increasing, but it will benefit the rich more than the financially challenged. The crusade to put a “band aid” on the wound of these ever increasing costs, is to raise the minimum wage. The better solution would be to HEAL the wound by DECREASING the over regulations, over taxation, and uncontrollable “fees” on businesses that are slight inconveniences to those making the big bucks but the California financially challenged will continue to disproportionally pick up the costs “camouflaged" at businesses. Again, our elected officials never look at the unintended consequence of higher wages for everyone will benefit the rich more than those on minimum wage via those annual Cost of Living Adjustments in the years ahead. The separation of the rich from the financially challenged continues to be perpetuated with the “traditional” COLA wage adjustments. Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA) to wages favors the well paid: A 3% COLA adjustment for someone making $100K will result in their compensation being almost $135K in 10 years, but for someone making $30K, their compensation will be $40K in 10 years. The differential being $24K more for the well compensated as the financially challenged continue to fall further behind. Is it fair to give a COLA adjustment to someone making the big bucks $24K more than the person making lower wages for “their” cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care? These higher wage folks are eating similar foods and using the same fuels for their cars as those making fewer wages. Throwing money as a band aid to cover the rising costs for everyone buys votes for reelection, but does not heal the wound of why the costs are rising."

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California lawmakers OK $15 minimum wage

"The new minimum wage crusade will result in ALL wages increasing, but it will benefit the rich more than the financially challenged. The crusade to put a “band aid” on the wound of these ever increasing costs, is to raise the minimum wage. The better solution would be to HEAL the wound by DECREASING the over regulations, over taxation, and uncontrollable “fees” on businesses that are slight inconveniences to those making the big bucks but the California financially challenged will continue to disproportionally pick up the costs “camouflaged" at businesses. Again, our elected officials never look at the unintended consequence of higher wages for everyone will benefit the rich more than those on minimum wage via those annual Cost of Living Adjustments in the years ahead. The separation of the rich from the financially challenged continues to be perpetuated with the “traditional” COLA wage adjustments. Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA) to wages favors the well paid: A 3% COLA adjustment for someone making $100K will result in their compensation being almost $135K in 10 years, but for someone making $30K, their compensation will be $40K in 10 years. The differential being $24K more for the well compensated as the financially challenged continue to fall further behind. Is it fair to give a COLA adjustment to someone making the big bucks $24K more than the person making lower wages for “their” cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care? These higher wage folks are eating similar foods and using the same fuels for their cars as those making fewer wages. Throwing money as a band aid to cover the rising costs for everyone buys votes for reelection, but does not heal the wound of why the costs are rising."

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NY state in tentative deal to raise minimum wage toward $15 an hour

"The new minimum wage crusade will result in ALL wages increasing, but it will benefit the rich more than the financially challenged. The crusade to put a “band aid” on the wound of these ever increasing costs, is to raise the minimum wage. The better solution would be to HEAL the wound by DECREASING the over regulations, over taxation, and uncontrollable “fees” on businesses that are slight inconveniences to those making the big bucks but the California financially challenged will continue to disproportionally pick up the costs “camouflaged" at businesses. Again, our elected officials never look at the unintended consequence of higher wages for everyone will benefit the rich more than those on minimum wage via those annual Cost of Living Adjustments in the years ahead. The separation of the rich from the financially challenged continues to be perpetuated with the “traditional” COLA wage adjustments. Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA) to wages favors the well paid: A 3% COLA adjustment for someone making $100K will result in their compensation being almost $135K in 10 years, but for someone making $30K, their compensation will be $40K in 10 years. The differential being $24K more for the well compensated as the financially challenged continue to fall further behind. Is it fair to give a COLA adjustment to someone making the big bucks $24K more than the person making lower wages for “their” cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care? These higher wage folks are eating similar foods and using the same fuels for their cars as those making fewer wages. Throwing money as a band aid to cover the rising costs for everyone buys votes for reelection, but does not heal the wound of why the costs are rising."

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California Senate approves measure to raise minimum wage to $15

"The new minimum wage crusade will result in ALL wages increasing, but it will benefit the rich more than the financially challenged. The crusade to put a “band aid” on the wound of these ever increasing costs, is to raise the minimum wage. The better solution would be to HEAL the wound by DECREASING the over regulations, over taxation, and uncontrollable “fees” on businesses that are slight inconveniences to those making the big bucks but the California financially challenged will continue to disproportionally pick up the costs “camouflaged" at businesses. Again, our elected officials never look at the unintended consequence of higher wages for everyone will benefit the rich more than those on minimum wage via those annual Cost of Living Adjustments in the years ahead. The separation of the rich from the financially challenged continues to be perpetuated with the “traditional” COLA wage adjustments. Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA) to wages favors the well paid: A 3% COLA adjustment for someone making $100K will result in their compensation being almost $135K in 10 years, but for someone making $30K, their compensation will be $40K in 10 years. The differential being $24K more for the well compensated as the financially challenged continue to fall further behind. Is it fair to give a COLA adjustment to someone making the big bucks $24K more than the person making lower wages for “their” cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care? These higher wage folks are eating similar foods and using the same fuels for their cars as those making fewer wages. Throwing money as a band aid to cover the rising costs for everyone buys votes for reelection, but does not heal the wound of why the costs are rising."

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 House bill would curb regulation of e-cigarettes, cigars

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vape away.... »Read

In this article: Duncan Hunter, Eric R. Newman
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 The Sanders campaign's phony math on superdelegates

Sanders's campaign manager said that 120 superdelegates switched in 2008. The real number is much, much smaller. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, John Lewis, Bill Richardson
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 Loretta Sanchez Touts D.C. Credentials in a Year of the Outsider

Kitty Felde | KQED | California Counts In the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, only one candidate has any experience in Congress, and that’s Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. But in a recent Senate debate, Sanchez ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, Howard P. Mckeon, Nancy Pelosi, Linda T. Sanchez, Loretta Sanchez, Duf Sundheim, water
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 Local Stories > Primary showdown > Candidates for U.S. Representative in District 1 square off—except for Doug LaMalfa.

The League of Women Voters of Butte County wrapped up a series of candidates forums ahead of the June 7 primary election on Tuesday... »Read

In this article: Doug LaMalfa, David Peterson, Jim Reed, water
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 Green > Tight households > Local programs allow homeowners to finance energy-efficiency upgrades.

As hot as it gets in the Sacramento Valley, a broken air conditioner is a pretty big deal. Out of urgency, it’s unlikely the... »Read

In this article: Drought, greenhouse gas, renewable energy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
Bills: AB 811,
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 Republican Tom Del Beccaro Aims for Flat Tax, U.S. Senate Seat

Tom Del Beccaro, the former chair of the California Republican party, is the most conservative of the three Republicans running for Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat. Becarro's platform includes instituting a flat tax, repealing California's high ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, California Republican Party, Thomas Del Beccaro
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 Kasich Out, GOP = Grandiose Odious Perversity

Kasich's withdrawal represents an inarguable and profound transformation of America’s political landscape: only one of the major parties will field a nominee able to speak in complete sentences who routinely employs rationality, logic and Actual ... »Read
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 How did Trump become the presumptive nominee? Blame broadcast and social media

So California’s Republican presidential primary will be a dud after all. Fantasizing about playing kingmaker — or crown denier — was fun for a while. But reality reared its head in Indiana. How an insulting, ill-mannered, public policy ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Steve Schmidt, Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Skelton, Thomas F. Steyer, Robert Stutzman
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 State Supreme Court to weigh Gov. Brown's prison release initiative

California's highest court is slated to hear arguments Thursday on whether Gov. Jerry Brown may ask voters in November to allow an early release from prison for some who were convicted of nonviolent crimes. The California Supreme Court hearing, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Myers, Dan Newman
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 Federal voucher program clings to life

For most things in life, Americans have the freedom to choose which goods to purchase and which service providers to engage with. Regrettably, education, particularly K-12 public schools, is one domain where competition is limited and options... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Mark Takano
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 Measure A panel would enforce O.C. ethics statutes

Orange County needs an independent Campaign Finance and Ethics Commission. When the public has the opportunity to know who has contributed how much to a candidate, the public and the press can better judge what influences candidates may feel if... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Tom Campbell, Fair Political Practices Commission
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 $15 minimum wage: Good intentions can't drive economy

Gov. Jerry Brown sounded ambivalent when he recently signed a law raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. “Economically, minimum wages may not make sense,” Brown said as he signed the law. Some academics now claim that small hikes ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, minimum wage
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 Trump Tunnel

How The Donald reprised the immigrant experience at GOP convention. »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party, Pete Wilson
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 California high court to hear arguments over prison measure

California's Supreme Court is set to hear arguments over Gov. Jerry Brown's efforts to put his plan to reduce the state's prison population before voters in November. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 Some Republicans worry about Trump effect on CA races

As Donald Trump prepares to formally clinch the Republican presidential nomination, some Republicans are worried about how his nomination may affect other races on the California primary ballot and even in the general election in November. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Tim Clark, Tom McClintock, Robert Stutzman, water
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 California raises legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday approved raising the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Deborah Hoffman
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 Mark Farrell sues SF over $191,000 election-law fine

Supervisor Mark Farrell, saying he’s the victim of a “witch hunt” by the San Francisco commission that enforces election rules, has sued the city in an attempt to erase a $191,000 fine for allegedly violating campaign finance laws. Farrell ... »Read

In this article: Nathan Ballard, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Chris Lee, Jessica A. Levinson, Janet Reilly
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 California marijuana legalization initiative to be on November ballot

Marijuana supporters gathered more than enough signatures for a pot legalization measure to qualify for the state's November ballot. »Read

In this article: Alice Huffman, Gavin Newsom, Dana Rohrabacher
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 Vaping will soon be banned in many public places under a bill signed by Gov. Brown

California has applied the brakes to slow the vaping craze after Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation to prohibit electronic cigarette use in restaurants, theaters, schools and other public places where smoking is already banned. Sen. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark Leno
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 Vaping will soon be banned in many public places in California

California has applied the brakes to slow the vaping craze after Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation to prohibit electronic cigarette use in restaurants, theaters, schools and other public places where smoking is already banned. Sen. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark Leno
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 The Daily Trail: Trump takes the reins of a divided GOP

The presumptive nominee is kicking general election prep into high gear. »Read

In this article: Mike Murphy, John Weaver
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 Pot legalization backers kick off California campaign

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A long-anticipated campaign to legalize recreational marijuana use in the state that produces more pot than any other commenced in California on Wednesday as supporters announced they have collected enough signatures to ... »Read

In this article: California Democratic Party, California Republican Party, Alice Huffman, Jason Kinney, Gavin Newsom, Dana Rohrabacher
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 How do California's new tobacco laws affect you?

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed California's most significant new tobacco legislation in decades. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Gavin Newsom
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 Jerry Brown signs tobacco control bills, lets us breathe easier

New laws to curb smoking and vaping showed political braveryTobacco companies are powerful in California, despite state’s smoke-free imageLawmakers who took a stand should be saluted, though industry will push back … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Ed Hernandez, Mark Leno, referendum, Jeff Stone
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 Texas Republicans Begin to Accept Trump

The Texas Republican Party, much of it aligned with Ted Cruz until he dropped out of the presidential race Tuesday, is beginning to accept Donald Trump as its national standard-bearer.  In the hours following favorite son Cruz's exit, some of ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Ron Nehring
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 Soroptimist International Montclair/Inland Valley chapter hosts award luncheon

Soroptimists work throughout the year to improve the lives of women and children, both locally and internationally.Those efforts are at the heart of the international women's service organization. Individual chapter members spend hours doing ... »Read

In this article: Gary Ovitt, Alan Wapner
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 Gov. Brown signs bills to raise smoking age to 21, restrict e-cigarettes

California politics updates: Brown signs bill to raise smoking age to 21, progressives speak out against 'job killer' list May 4 2016, 5:05 PM Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California politics and government news. Here's what ... »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, cigarette tax, Ed Hernandez, Mark Leno, referendum
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 California's smoking age to be raised to 21

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a pack of bills that will raise the smoking age in California from 18 to 21, and restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public places. »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, cigarette tax, referendum
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 California's smoking age raised from 18 to 21 under bills signed by Gov. Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a pack of bills that will raise the smoking age in California from 18 to 21, restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and expand no-smoking areas at public schools. However, Brown vetoed a bill ... »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, cigarette tax, Ed Hernandez, Mark Leno, referendum
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 Brown signs bill raising smoking age to 21

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday night signed a series of sweeping tobacco control bills that would regulate the manufacture and sale of electronic cigarettes and make California the nation's second state to increase the legal smoking age from 18 ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, cigarette tax, Legislature, referendum
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 California smoking laws: E-cigarette regulation, higher age limit signed by Gov. Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday night signed a series of sweeping tobacco control bills that would regulate the manufacture and sale of electronic cigarettes and make California the nation's second state to increase the legal smoking age from 18 ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, cigarette tax, Legislature, referendum
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 Jerry Brown raises California smoking age to 21, tightens vaping rules

New smoking age exempts active militaryVaping law treats e-cigarettes like tobaccoCities and counties could impose local sales taxes for tobacco … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ed Hernandez, Legislature, Mark Leno, Adrin Nazarian, referendum, Mark Stone, Tony Thurmond
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 Clinton, Sanders fight for last big prize: California

Hillary Clinton is looking confidently ahead to the general election, but taking nothing for granted as California's mega-primary approaches, reaching out to Hispanic and black voters in the hope of waging a final knockout against rival Bernie ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Field Poll, Jose Huizar, Barack Obama, Mitchell Schwartz
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 California's new aid-in-dying law begins June 9, but it won't be simple

Starting June 9, terminally ill Californians with six months or less to live can request a doctor’s prescription for medications intended to end their lives peacefully. If that sounds simple, … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: William W. Monning, Amy Thoma, Katharine Weir
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 California fines Anthem $415,000 for not addressing consumer complaints

State health official says it failed to act promptly, completelyState managed health care director calls Anthem’s complaint history “an ongoing systemic problem”Anthem is implementing training, tracking to reduce delays … Click to ... »Read

In this article: Dave Jones, Darrel Ng, water
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 Reagan Republican turns to Hillary

Doug Elmets, a Reagan White House veteran, is organizing Republicans for ClintonRepublican candidates in 2016 will have to answer how they stand on TrumpTrump’s candidacy presents a danger for the California Republican Party … Click to ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Hillary Clinton, Doug Elmets, Robert Stutzman
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 New ad from San Bernardino congressional candidate calls opponents 'dummy politicians'

California politics updates: Progressives speak out against 'job killer' list, Sanchez's Senate campaign mulls Cruz exit May 4 2016, 3:03 PM Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California politics and government news. Here's what we're ... »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Joe Baca, John Thomas
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 Deadline looms for California governor to act on tobacco age

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown faces a midnight deadline to act on six bills to restrict tobacco use in California, including one to raise the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ed Hernandez, Legislature
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 Can California Republicans say yes to Trump?

Social conservatives wonder if he can represent their viewsBitter primary campaign could complicate party’s reconciliationThe last time a Republican presidential candidate won the state: 1988 … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: John McCain, Tom McClintock, Sal Russo, Dan Schnur
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 'Never Trump' movement lives despite his Republican Party triumph

Republican leader Reince Priebus calls Trump party’s presumptive presidential nominee#NeverTrump still a prominent hashtag, and interviews show whyTrump says he doesn’t want the support of some Republicans … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Sal Russo, Dan Schnur
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 Some UC majors see balance shift toward out-of-state students

Engineering programs at Berkeley, UCLA saw big nonresident increaseRecent state audit concluded some resident students were displacedLawmakers’ constituents are complaining … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Elaine Howle, state budget, technical education
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 Newsom, pot proponents kick off campaign for California legalization

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, joined by leaders in law enforcement, public health and social justice, announced Wednesday in San Francisco that enough signatures had been collected to put recreational pot up for a vote in this year’s presidential ... »Read

In this article: Alice Huffman, Gavin Newsom, Proposition 19, Dana Rohrabacher
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 Marijuana legalization campaign launches in California

Gavin Newsom says too many people are in jail for drugsHe and others point to 2010 effort as turning point in debateOpponents unveil their campaign, begin critiquing details … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Wayne C. Johnson, Jason Kinney, Gavin Newsom, Proposition 19, Dana Rohrabacher
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 Backers: 600K sign California petition to legalize pot

SAN FRANCISCO >> Backers of a marijuana legalization initiative said Wednesday they have collected enough signatures for the measure to qualify for the November ballot in California.The coalition that includes former Facebook president Sean Parker ... »Read

In this article: California Democratic Party, California Republican Party, Jason Kinney, Gavin Newsom
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 Gavin Newsom says California pot measure better than 2010 version

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says the proponents of 2010's Proposition 19 deserve credit for starting a national dialogue. He says this year's campaign is better prepared. He spoke on May 4, 2016 at the campaign launch in San Francisco. … Click to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Gavin Newsom, Proposition 19, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Package Of Tobacco Bills Await Governor's Signature

By Ben Adler California Gov. Jerry Brown has until midnight Wednesday to act on a broad package of anti-tobacco bills passed by state lawmakers earlier this spring.Here are the six bills awaiting signatures or vetoes from Gov. Brown: SB2x 5 (by ... »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, cigarette tax, Ed Hernandez, Legislature, Mark Leno, Adrin Nazarian, referendum, Mark Stone, Tony Thurmond
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 Sacramento Theater And Convention Project Moves Forward

By Bob MoffittThe Sacramento City Council has approved a proposal to combine the Community Center Theater and Sacramento Convention Center renovation projects.The city will pay architects and consultants $2 million to finalize plans already underway ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Dennis Mangers
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 Hillary Clinton says she'll be a Golden State warrior

John Kasich drops out of race, saying he learned from Americans but never naming Trump May 4 2016, 3:03 PM Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee as Ted Cruz and John Kasich drop out of the presidential race. Kasich ends his campaign, making ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Judy Chu, Hillary Clinton, Mark Takano
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 Joe Mathews: Only San Jose stands in way of San Francisco

San Francisco has never stopped trying to get the best of San JoseSan Francisco has stolen the technological zeitgeist from its southern neighborSan Jose’s predicament is thus a warning sign and a call to action … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Gavin Newsom
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 Separate funding needed for fighting wildfires and managing forests

Millions of dying trees in Sierra compound risk of catastrophic wildfires Create system in which wildfire response is funded similar to other natural disastersIt’s time for heightened focus on health of California forests and watersheds … ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Tom Vilsack, water
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 Hill GOP braces for Trump

Republicans are reckoning with the top of their fall ticket — but some would rather focus on Paul Ryan's agenda. »Read

In this article: Duncan Hunter, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Senate Republicans
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 Three ways eSports can become an even bigger business

Video game tournaments are a $500-million global business, but they have a long way to go before they can justify the big investments game-makers, team owners and others are making in them. That's because it's not yet clear how video game ... »Read

In this article: Michael Milken, Milken Institute
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 Cal-Access proved in three hours why it needs immediate upgrades

Californians face a presidential election year with a ballot full of important decisions to make. Timely information and transparency will be essential to making good decisions, but one key tool, the state's official website responsible for tracking ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Bob Hertzberg, Rob Lapsley, Legislature, Alex Padilla
Bills: SB 1349,
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 Brown facing midnight deadline on bills to toughen tobacco laws

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown is facing a midnight deadline to act on six anti-tobacco bills, including one that would raise the legal age to purchase cigarettes from 18 to 21. The package of bills also includes legislation to regulate ... »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, Ed Hernandez, Legislature, Mark Leno, Adrin Nazarian, referendum, Mark Stone, Tony Thurmond
Bills: AB 10, AB 11, AB 7, AB 9, SB 5, SB 7,
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 The Republican senators skipping Trump's convention in Cleveland

Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri will miss first convention in 16 yearsSome lawmakers in tight races are keeping their distanceStill, Democrats may be eager to tie them to Trump … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Mark Kirk, John McCain, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans, Robert Stutzman
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 Longshot Senate candidate pledges to vote will of the majority of voters

What if there was a website where registered voters could log their opinions on the bills before Congress, which would direct lawmakers on how to vote?  One U.S. Senate candidate is proposing »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, California Republican Party
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 California lawmakers kill bills pushed by dissident union members

SEIU 1000 member has sought access to union financesBill to illuminate financial data defeatedUnion leaders warn of attack on organized labor … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Shannon L. Grove, Legislature, SEIU
Bills: AB 2753, AB 2754,
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 Could Donald Trump make a run at California in November election?

Hillary Clinton leads Trump by wide margin in recent pollsCalifornia has not gone for a Republican presidential candidate since 1988Trump did not include California in list of Democratic-leaning states in which he said he could compete … Click ... »Read

In this article: James Brulte, Hillary Clinton, Ted Costa, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Mike Madrid, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 Ramiro Gomez 'On Melrose' at Charlie James Gallery

Nine new paintings by Ramiro Gomez continue his project of representing workers in Los Angeles — either invisible or merely taken for granted — whose labor is instrumental to making the city go. His focus now is “On Melrose.” In the ... »Read

In this article: Paul A. Smith, Paul Smith, water
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 SLO Council approves bonuses for Lichtig and Dietrick

The San Luis Obispo City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve $5,000 retention bonuses for City Manager Katie Lichtig and City Attorney Christine Dietrick. Lichtig has now received bonuses two years in a row, and Dietrick has now received five ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 Here's Why We Can't Rely on Shareholders to Fix CEO Pay

Sarah AndersonBlackRock, the top money manager in the world, claims to want to link performance with executive compensation. But its actions tell a different story. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS
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 Can San Jose save California from San Francisco? Joe Mathews

Poor San Jose -- so far from God, so close to San Francisco.San Jose is the 10th largest city in the United States, the third most populous in the state of California -- and No. 1 in disrespect. With more than 1 million people, it's Northern ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Joe Mathews, Gavin Newsom
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 Powerball jackpot at $348 million, approaching top 10 U.S. payouts

(Reuters) - The multi-state Powerball jackpot has grown to $348 million, making it the 15th highest U.S. lottery prize in history with a chance to reach the top 10 if no one wins the drawing on Wednesday night, officials said. »Read

In this article: California Lottery, Alex Traverso
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 Democrat David Guzman drops out of race against Rep. Tony Cardenas

California politics updates: Gov. Brown takes aim at Florida plan to lure away business, Clinton delegate used to be a GOP rising star May 4 2016, 7:07 AM Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California politics and government news. ... »Read

In this article: Richard Alarcon, Jerry Brown, Tony Cardenas
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 California residents cut water use 24.3 percent in March

California's urban residents cut water use the most in March of any month since September, as the drought eased, but didn't end entirely »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 A San Diego Refugee And Real Estate Professional Talk Politics

Megan Burks | KPBS Mariam Ali recalls trying to rent an apartment when she arrived in San Diego 25 years ago after fleeing Somalia. She was receiving public housing assistance. 'The white guy came and he was like, 'Do you work?' I said, 'No, I'm not ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Francine Busby, Hillary Clinton
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 Dan Walters: Jerry Brown's bill helps his crime initiative quest

Brown signs measure to give county clerks $16.3 millionFunds depend on meeting signature deadlineBill gives Brown more time to qualify his crime measure … Click to Continue » »Read

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