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 California state Senator Wright to resign following fraud conviction

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California state Senator Roderick Wright plans to resign from office later this month following a perjury and voter fraud conviction that saw him sentenced to 90 days in jail, he said in a letter sent on Monday. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Isadore Hall, Senate Democrats, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 State Sen. Wright resigns after voter fraud case

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- State Sen. Rod Wright submitted his resignation Monday after he was sentenced last week to three months in jail for lying about where he lived when he ran for office.... »Read

In this article: Steve Bradford, Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, Isadore Hall, Jennifer Hanson, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 House Republicans say yes to Obama

The party looks like it will quickly agree to some of President Barack Obama's biggest demands. »Read

In this article: Chuck Hagel, Kevin McCarthy, Howard P. Mckeon, Barack Obama
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 Shakeup at PG&E, state agency over 'inappropriate' talks

Three Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executives and a top aide to the head of the California Public Utilities Commission were ousted Monday over 'inappropriate' back-channel communications between the company and state regulators in the fallout over ... »Read

In this article: Michael Florio, Michael R. Peevey, John Wong
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 Prop. 46 campaign blasts opponents for payment to official’s committee

Supporters of a Nov. 4 ballot initiative to increase medical malpractice awards blasted a Los Angeles County supervisor Monday for scheduling a board vote to oppose the measure after a group he founded accepted a $75,000 donation from opponents. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Democratic Party, Jamie Court, Jason Kinney, Mark Ridley-Thomas
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 State Sen. Wright Resigns After Voter Fraud Case

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg accepted Wright's one-sentence letter, which stated his resignation is effective Sept. 22. Jennifer Hanson, a spokeswoman for Wright, confirmed the senator submitted his resignation letter. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jennifer Hanson, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright
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 State Senator Roderick Wright resigns following perjury conviction

State Senator Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) announced Monday he is resigning his seat after being convicted of perjury on Friday. Wright's resignation is effective September 22. »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Jennifer Hanson, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 State Sen. Rod Wright resigns after voter fraud case

State Sen. Rod Wright has resigned after he was sentenced last week to three months in jail for lying about where he lived when he ran for office. »Read

In this article: Jennifer Hanson, Darrell Steinberg, Roderick Wright
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 Reese Jarrett Unanimously Confirmed As Civic San Diego President

The San Diego City Council unanimously confirmed Reese Jarrett as president of Civic San Diego, which handles major development projects for the city. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, redevelopment agencies
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: John Chiang a clear choice for state treasurer

The person elected treasurer of California effectively acts as the state's banker and has substantial influence over management of its enormous financial assets and, in many ways, can be considered its asset manager. »Read

In this article: John Chiang, Phillip G Conlon, Greg Conlon, Legislature, Bill Lockyer, Pete Wilson
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 Appellate court upholds $9 million furlough decision against Jerry Brown

A San Francisco appellate court has upheld a trial judge’s decision that Gov. Jerry Brown wrongly furloughed thousands of state-government scientists and engineers three years ago. Photo illustration »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jim Evans, water
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 Former CalPERS board member, caught in ethical tangle, dies

Former CalPERS board member Charles P. Valdes, who was implicated in the pension fund’s big bribery scandal, has died. »Read

In this article: Fred Buenrostro, CalPERS, campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission
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 If he runs for president in 2016, Martin O'Malley will again be an underdog

Martin O’Malley’s pollster had sobering news. Despite extensive time in the public eye and strong statements on controversial issues, the would-be candidate barely registered in a new survey. The year was 1999, and O’Malley (D), a brash white ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Joe Trippi, universal health care
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 Google surprises LAUSD teachers with school supplies

Google surprised hundreds of Los Angeles teachers Monday by donating pencils, books, printers and other school supplies that were on their wish lists. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Stillwater Dana Point's "Broken Coolers" Reported to County Health Department: Updated

We’re not the first blog to report on the “cooler problem” that the Stillwater Dana Point Restaurant used to cancel a scheduled fundraiser for AD-73 candidate Wendy Gabriella, but we’ve taken the story a step further. On ... »Read

In this article: Tim Clark, Melissa Fox
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 Kashkari's model on business climate: Scott Walker

One of Neel Kashkari’s foremost criticisms of Gov. Jerry Brown is that the Democrat has made California an unfriendly place for business. Too much taxing, too many regulations, and the latest evidence is Tesla’s decision to locate its electronic ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown
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 New solar plant nears approval in California desert

New plan would use “power tower” technology used at Ivanpah facility above Despite serious environmental concerns, the California Energy Commission has given a preliminary green light to a second big solar project in the California desert by ... »Read

In this article: Mark Butler, Energy Commission, global warming, renewable energy
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 PUC undertakes shakeup and review over email flap involving PG&E

The state Public Utilities Commission, engulfed in a debate about how to punish PG&E for its role in a fatal natural gas explosion in San Bruno, announced on Monday a wide-ranging shakeup in response to a slew of embarrasing emails that suggest a ... »Read

In this article: Paul Clanon, Michael Florio, Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey
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 PG&E and the PUC oust several key officials in wake of email flap

The state Public Utilities Commission, engulfed in a debate about how to punish PG&E for its role in a fatal natural gas explosion in San Bruno, announced on Monday a wide-ranging shakeup in response to a slew of embarrasing emails that suggest a ... »Read

In this article: Paul Clanon, Michael Florio, Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey
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 Mayor Kevin Johnson reassembling Think Big team to work on soccer bid

Mayor Kevin Johnson is reassembling the team of strategists that helped him keep the Kings in Sacramento, but this time their job will be to get Sacramento a franchise in Major League Soccer. The Tower Bridge Battalion reacts after Republic FC ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Chris Lehane
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 Contra Costa Times editorial: John Chiang a clear choice for state treasurer

The person elected treasurer of California effectively acts as the state's banker and has substantial influence over management of its enormous financial assets and, in many ways, can be considered its asset manager. »Read

In this article: John Chiang, Phillip G Conlon, Greg Conlon, Legislature, Bill Lockyer, Pete Wilson
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 Mercury News editorial: John Chiang is better choice for treasurer

He hasn't set the world on fire as controller, but he has no serious opponent for this office, and he is fundamentally qualified. »Read

In this article: John Chiang, Phillip G Conlon, Greg Conlon, Legislature, Bill Lockyer, Pete Wilson
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 The Supreme Court May Be About To Save"Or Destroy"Gay Marriage

Supporters of gay marriage have been on a roll: In the past year, federal courts across the country have nullified same-sex marriage bans in more than a dozen states. Yet these victories are complicated by the lack of a national legal standard on ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 8, Same-sex marriage, Paul A. Smith, Paul Smith
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 Wage Hike Backers Say Opponents Violated Election Law

A community group in support of San Diego's minimum wage hike claims opponents of the increase are violating state law when gathering signatures for a referendum campaign, but the rule is tough to enforce. »Read

In this article: Brian Adams, Bonnie Dumanis, Lorena Gonzalez, minimum wage, referendum, Shirley Weber
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 Democrats Sound the Alarm on Southern California Race

Democrats are sending warning signals on a previously sleepy southern California House race -- a tangible sign of an increasingly tough midterm for the party. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Julia Brownley, Rachel Estrada, Jeff Gorell, Legislature, Barack Obama, Tony Strickland
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 NEW: Warrantless drone ban hovers over Brown's desk

With a stroke of his pen, Gov. Jerry Brown could set the tone for state-level drone policy. After passing the Assembly and the state Senate, AB1327 will await Brown’s signature until the end of September. Legislation regulating the use of ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jeff Gorell, Legislature, Bill Quirk
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 Obama's request to arm Syrians faces skepticism before Congress votes

President Obama's request for Congress to authorize the training and equipping of Syrian rebels seemed a modest piece of the administration's new offensive against Islamic State militants. »Read

In this article: Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman
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 Piedmont schools roll out Chromebooks in new tech plan

Stephanie Griffin, the Piedmont Unified School District's director of instructional technology, and Sati Shah, Millennium High School science teacher and technology coordinator, outlined the project at the Sept. 10 school board meeting. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS, Legislature
Bills: SB 858,
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 NEW: Kashkari would veto gun bills

GOP candidate Neel Kashkari assured gun owners Friday he’s opposed to controversial gun-control measures now sitting on the desk of his Nov. 4 election opponent, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown. The four measures, which include a ban on ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Tim Donnelly, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Nancy Skinner
Bills: AB 1014, SB 808,
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 Challenges for Obamacare ahead of second open enrollment

HealthCare.gov shouldn't crash like last year, but enrolling in Obamacare still could be a challenge for some »Read

In this article: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Mike Thompson
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 VIDEO: CalPERS candidate talks about long-term care, pension spiking and lessons learned from losing campaigns

Our most recent State Worker column focused on CalPERS board candidate David Miller’s campaign to represent state workers. Here are some clips of Miller, recorded during a lunch break interview at The Bee’s Capitol Bureau on Sept. 9, 2014. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, David Miller
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 No DC gridlock for gay marriage, legal marijuana

While many liberal policy goals have proved elusive during Barack Obama's presidency, there have been dramatic advances for two causes that once seemed quixotic — the legalization of same-sex marriage and the decriminalization of marijuana. ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Barack Obama, Same-sex marriage
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 PUC's Peevey could get record third term

Californias previous governors, of opposing parties, nominated Michael Peevy to the Public Utilities Commission. Now the question is whether Brown will give him a record third term. Marc Lifsher reports for The Los Angeles Times: 'Gov. Jerry Brown ... »Read

In this article: Andrew Ross, Gavin Newsom, Jerry Brown
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 San Francisco supervisor calls for Facebook, drag queens to meet over profile name crackdown

San Francisco Supervisor David Campos is calling on Facebook officials to meet with local drag queens to discuss the social media website's recent crackdown on the performers to change their profile names. »Read

In this article: David Campos, Michael Williams
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 Protesters: Garcetti 'Reneged' On Pledge To Seek Public Input On Drones

Community activists opposed to the use of drone technology by law enforcement in Los Angeles and across the state of California were expected to rally Monday at City Hall. »Read

In this article: Erwin Chemerinsky, Eric Garcetti, Legislature
Bills: AB 1327,
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 Alex Padilla Will Bring Innovation and Efficiency to the SoS Office

Effective legislator will bring new energy to SoS office by Brian Leubitz I'm not as big of a critic of Debra Bowen's time in office as some others. To be clear, while the office could have done a better job in some areas, like Cal-Access and some ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, campaign finance, Derek Cressman, Field Poll, Brian Leubitz, Alex Padilla
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 1 of 2 California wildfires grows substantially

Fire officials say one of two wildfires threatening homes in California grew by hundreds of acres overnight. A religious statue is almost all that is left from a home that burned to the ground on Cedar Drive in Oakhurst, Calif., Sunday, Sept. ... »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Jerry Brown
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 S&P: California recovers growth with tax increases

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Rising income inequality has led to slowing tax revenue growth in California, but the state has responded by increasing its top marginal tax rate, causing its growth rate to accelerate after 2009, according to a new ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, minimum wage
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 Prop. 45 booster takes aim at Dignity Health over sponsorship of Levi's Stadium

San Francisco-based Dignity Health, which operates Mercy hospitals in the Sacramento region, is attracting some criticism for spending money on Levi's Stadium. In Sunday's Chronicle, Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross report that the nonprofit health ... »Read

In this article: Jamie Court, Andrew Ross
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 NEW: Wall Street Journal too nervous about bullet-train ruling

Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page continued its excellent coverage of California issues with an editorial (behind pay wall) about the July 31st appellate court ruling that overturned a trial court ruling essentially ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Kevin McCarthy, Chris Reed, referendum, Dan Richard
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 S&P study: Calif. recovers growth with tax increases

Rising income inequality has led to slowing tax revenue growth in California, but the state has responded by increasing its top marginal tax rate, causing its growth rate to accelerate after 2009, according to a new study released Monday by credit ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, minimum wage
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 Central California wildfires force 1,000 residents from homes

On Sunday, a wildfire near Bass Lake forced 400 homes to be evacuated. The Bass Lake fire was one of at least three major fires forcing evacuations in California. »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Jerry Brown
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 Wright Is Wrong But So Is The Application Of The Law

Sen. Roderick Wright should resign from office now that he has been convicted and sentenced for fraudulently claiming that he lived in his district – then he should appeal his conviction. I can’t say that he has legal grounds for an appeal on ... »Read

In this article: Roderick Wright
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 Chasing Freedom: The Human Element of Immigration

The current immigration crisis in the United States has left many Americans with unanswered questions regarding the impact illegal immigration has on our national economy and how our leaders plan to adequately address this growing problem. ... »Read

In this article: illegal immigration
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 Oregon Citizens Sniff Out the Top Two Primary

Could the Citizens Initiative Review saved California from the horrors of the top two primary? Hard to know, but the thought occurred as I read what Oregon’s CIR process – during which a representative jury of regular voters spends a week ... »Read

In this article: Jon Coupal, Legislature
Bills: SB 1253,
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 Southern California Becoming Less Family-Friendly

The British Talmudic scholar Abraham Cohen noted that, throughout history, children were thought of as “a precious loan from God to be guarded with loving and fateful care.” Yet, increasingly and, particularly, here in Southern California, we ... »Read
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 Small Biz Rightly Honored by Highway Designation

Assembly Concurrent Resolution 118, which names a stretch of Highway 99 in Sutter County the “California Small Business Owners’ Highway,” has officially been chaptered; making it the first highway sign in California history to recognize the ... »Read

In this article: Legislature
Bills: ACR 118,
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 READ IN: 50 Days Out Edition

Do you subscribe to Read In? Sign up now and get all the political news you need delivered right to your inbox every morning! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- With 50 days to go until Election Day, the first ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Jennifer Jacobs, Legislature, Scott Peters, referendum
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 AM Alert: Californians increasingly dissatisfied with their own congress member

As voters across the country have for years, Californians harbor an overwhelmingly negative view of Congress. But a new Field Poll reveals that voters have also begun to sour on their own House representatives, who were largely buttressed against ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Jerry Brown, Anthony Cannella, Field Poll, Kamala Harris, Dave Jones, Kristin Olsen, Doug Ose, Jim Patterson, Andy Vidak, Dan Walters, water, Roderick Wright
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 State tax board warns California homeowners that some may see steep property-tax increase

The good news is that California home prices are recovering from the crash. The bad news came Friday in a reminder from the state Board of Equalization: Property taxes may jump more than 2 percent in a year — despite Proposition 13. The assessed ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Board of Equalization
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 Meet the Democratic Candidates Backed By the Biggest Big Business Lobby in the Land

The US Chamber of Commerce, the biggest big business trade group in the country, lobbies against things like Obamacare, regulation of Wall Street, and action on climate change. So it’s no surprise that the Chamber tends to support ... »Read

In this article: Jim Costa, Carl DeMaio, Scott Peters, Mitt Romney, Johnny Tacherra
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 California Just Banned Free Plastic Bags. Hold the Rejoicing.

Last week, California became the first state to pass a bill banning the ubiquitous disposable plastic bag. If signed into law, the measure will prohibit grocery and retail stores from providing single-use plastic bags and require them to charge at ... »Read

In this article: bag tax, global warming, Legislature, Alex Padilla, Robert Reed
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 Memo: Value in anti-Koch attacks

The Tom Steyer-funded group finds attacks on the Koch brothers to be effective in key races. »Read

In this article: Chris Lehane, Barack Obama, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Will Women Lose Ground in the House GOP After 2014?

Republicans are at virtually no risk of losing their House majority in November, but there is a little extra pressure to win a handful of key districts in order to avoid taking a step back in the number of women in the Republican conference. »Read

In this article: John Campbell, Mimi Walters
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 Congress' Fight For Your Right to Yelp

Rep. Eric Swalwell will introduce legislation that would make it illegal for businesses to fine customers for writing negative online reviews. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Laurent Crenshaw, Brad Sherman, Eric Swalwell
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 This Week: SOCA Home Tour highlights midtown

Over the years, the venerable Sacramento Old City Association Home Tour has spotlighted some of the capital city’s more noteworthy homes – the family residence of author Joan Didion in 2012, the Governor’s Mansion in 2013 and even, in ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, George Runner
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 Endorsement: John Chiang is best choice for state treasurer

In an election in which the California Republican Party has provided few good alternatives for voters, Controller John Chiang is the best choice to be the state’s next treasurer. Chiang’s opponent is Republican Greg Conlon, a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, CalPERS, John Chiang, Phillip G Conlon, Greg Conlon, Kamala Harris, Bill Lockyer, Pete Wilson
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