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Why The Grocery Bag Bill Should Be Referred

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Study Finds Tripling Tobacco Tax Would Ignite Smuggling

"Russian & Armenian Organized Crime Groups from Sacramento & Southern California when the Tobacco Tax was increased I think 10 years ago, created a brand new and largely uncontrolled form of smuggling where Ryder or Uhaul Trucks were driven to Indian Reservations in Las Vegas and their is nothing that Ag Inspection in Barstow could do, there is nothing illegal in hauling Cigarettes as long as there is a bill of sale."

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 Bell Gardens mayor shot to death
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 Flight Curfew Extended at John Wayne Airport
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 Viewpoints: Mr. President, stay away from California
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 Now entering political arena ¦ women in tech
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 Higher-wage industries boost hiring in L.A., but income growth lags

California is “in growth mode from top to bottom,” but the expansion is happening unevenly around the state, a report by Los Angeles research firm Beacon Economics found. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 Catholic group challenges California abortion coverage

A national clash over religious objections to health care coverage has arrived in California with an administrative challenge assailing mandatory inclusion of abortions. A special Mass for the newly-elected Pope Francis in Sacramento, Calif. on ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin C. Eckery, Holly J. Mitchell
Bills: SB 1053,
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 What really matters in the Concord City Council election?

The post What really matters in the Concord City Council election? appeared first on HALFWAY TO CONCORD. In the quiet Concord cul-de-sac… »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Mark DeSaulnier, George P. Miller, Pete Wilson
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 Berkeley to study improved minimum wage law, regulating rideshare companies

The Labor Commission will study wage level and areas such as sick leave, health benefits and cost of living increases, while seeking greater input from local small businesses »Read

In this article: Tom Bates, Legislature, minimum wage, SEIU, sick leave, Kriss Worthington
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 Here come the calls for the Secret Service director to step down

Members of Congress from both parties are expressing their frustration with Julia Pierson after a series of security failures »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Nancy Pelosi
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 Asian Republicans Announce 2014 Endorsements

The Asian Republican Coalition announced Wednesday its support for five Republicans in the midterms, including two incumbents, two House hopefuls and a gubernatorial candidate. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Scott Peters
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 Chris Christie not stumping for Neel Kashkari during L.A. visit

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie arrives in Los Angeles on Wednesday for the start of a three-day, multistate fundraising swing for the Republican Governors Assn. But unlike in the other states Christie plans to visit, the potential 2016 presidential ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly
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 Californians can seek gun restraining-orders

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Tuesday that will allow family members to seek court orders temporarily prohibiting their relatives from possessing firearms. [Sacramento Bee] Democratic Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner authored the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Nancy Skinner
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 NEW: Torlakson continues lying about teacher-discipline law AB 215

Tom Torlakson supports a status quo in which an average of 2.2 of the state’s 275,000 public school teachers are fired each year for incompetence — a figure so ridiculous you barely need to add context. It shows the public school system ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Joan Buchanan, Kamala Harris, Chris Reed, Tom Torlakson
Bills: AB 215,
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 Social Conservatives To GOP: Don't Let The Gays Into Our Grand Old Party

The Republican Party is slowly beginning to accept the existence of gay people among their ranks. As I wrote last month, there are two openly gay GOP candidates running for the US House this year—both with the support and financial backing of ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Same-sex marriage
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 California gun restraining order may deter suicide

California's first-in-the-nation gun restraining order legislation was born out of a college-town rampage that left six people dead at the hands of a killer whose family felt helpless to stop him. FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2014 file photo, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Randall L. Hagar, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Nancy Skinner
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 A crowd-funded experiment in saving democracy

Opinion: Congress is crippled by its dependence on campaign cash. »Read

In this article: Lawrence Lessig, Mark McKinnon
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 The Non-Election Election

What if they called an election and nobody came?  That seems to be the story this November.  Turnout for the June primary, just 25 percent of registered voters, was the lowest in history.  The November turnout will probably not surpass 45 ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, referendum, water
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 Majorities Favor State Government Downsizing

The recent PPIC Statewide Survey offers an early snapshot of voters’ choices as we enter the November election cycle. The majority support for Governor Jerry Brown’s reelection and the Proposition 1 state water bond was widely cited in the media ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, PPIC, state budget, water
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 The Plastic Bag Referendum and the Connection to the Sec. of State Race

If the referendum filed to overturn SB 270, the plastic bag ban law signed by Governor Brown yesterday, makes the ballot arguments against the ban will deal with lost manufacturing jobs and charging consumers 10-cents for paper bags that grocers’ ... »Read

In this article: Alex Padilla, referendum
Bills: SB 270,
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 Gov. Brown Rebuilds Redevelopment

Reversing his 2011 abolition of redevelopment, on Monday Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law two bills that will revive it, Senate Bill 628 and Assembly Bill 229. He also vetoed a third redevelopment measure, AB2280, he believed went too far by ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, eminent domain, Legislature, redevelopment agencies
Bills: AB 229, SB 628, AB 2280,
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 The Days of Awe

We are currently in the Days of Awe, the 10 day period between Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It is a time of repentance, prayer, and charity. It directs us to a form of charity or good deeds relevant to our ... »Read
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 Governor vetoes surgical-tech standards bill

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Monday that tried to establish minimum standards for the 9,000 surgical technologists working in California. Assembly Bill 2062 by Democratic state Sen. Roger Hernandez from West Covina sought to fill a gap in ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Hernandez, Legislature
Bills: AB 2062,
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 OC Supervisor Janet Nguyen Noticed of Recall Petition

First District Supervisor Janet Nguyen was issued a notice of intention to circulate a recall petition at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday afternoon by a former opponent for the 34th district »Read

In this article: Neal Kelley, Long Pham, Ed Royce
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 AM Alert: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Francis Ford Coppola inducted into California Hall of Fame

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Francis Ford Coppola and Dr. Dre walk into a museum...for their induction into the California Hall of Fame, not just the set-up to this corny joke. Francis Ford Coppola on the set of “Youth Without Youth” in ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Jerry Brown, Anne Gust, Doug Ose, Darrell Steinberg, Dan Walters
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 Graphic images on big city contractor's personal website

The head of the Family Service Agency of San Francisco is on the hot seat for steering staffers to some very graphic pictures and controversial postings on his personal website — including photos comparing a vagina to women’s lips and a post ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Andrew Ross
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 Capital Journal Daybreak: Israel's Warning to the U.S. | Islamic State Fighting Strains Pentagon Budget | Secret Service Draws More Fire

The Journal's morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Sam Brownback, Dion Nissenbaum, Barack Obama
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 Mayor of Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens shot dead by wife

Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo died Tuesday after his wife, Levette, shot him several times during a domestic dispute, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said. »Read

In this article: Cristina Garcia, Ricardo Lara
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 Tom Steyer's Green Super-PAC Has Spent a LOT of Money on This Election

This story originally appeared in Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. First there was a pickup truck. Then there was an ark. The vehicle of choice for drawing attention to the NextGen Climate Action ... »Read

In this article: Chris Lehane, Thomas F. Steyer
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 A Senator to Replace Holder?

The latest round of Cabinet handicapping is well underway, a welter of uninformed speculation (mixed with some White House trial balloons) about who might be nominated as attorney general. And the names of three Democratic senators keep getting ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, John F. Kerry, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama
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 Now entering political arena ¦ women in tech

Women are taking on high-profile roles in both the D.C. and California arenas. »Read

In this article: Carl Guardino, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Meg Whitman
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 Viewpoints: Mr. President, stay away from California

Obama, who uses the Golden State as a giant ATM, has worn out his welcome. President Barack Obama arrives in Los Angeles and heads for the home of actor George Clooney for a fundrasier in May 2012, one of his many trips to California to collect ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Joe Mathews, Barack Obama, Maria Shriver
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 Flight Curfew Extended at John Wayne Airport

The deal is the byproduct of decades of organizing by Newport Beach residents and city officials who oppose expanding the airport. »Read

In this article: John Moorlach, Todd Spitzer
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 Bell Gardens mayor shot to death

Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo died Tuesday after his wife, Levette, shot him several times during a domestic dispute, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said. »Read

In this article: Cristina Garcia, Ricardo Lara
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 Gov. Jerry Brown signs Calif. gun restriction

California will become the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat, under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he had signed. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nancy Skinner
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 California plastic bag ban signed, setting off sweeping changes

Time to invest in a reusable shopping bag. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill making California the first state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags from grocery stores. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ronald K. Fong, Ricardo Lara, Mark Murray, referendum, Scott Wilk
Bills: SB 270,
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 Sheriff's patrol levels in unincorporated areas found lacking

Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina and her staff last year started monitoring the number of sheriff's patrol cars in East Los Angeles and other unincorporated areas in her district. They found that often there were not as many on the ... »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Gloria Molina, redevelopment agencies, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 Statewide ban on disposable plastic bags is signed into law by Brown

California will have the nation's first statewide ban on disposable plastic bags under a measure signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, who also expanded gun controls and personal privacy protections in an eclectic final flurry of bill signings for the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anthony Cannella, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Jessica A. Levinson, Ted W. Lieu, Alex Padilla, referendum, Nancy Skinner, Darrell Steinberg, Bob Wieckowski
Bills: AB 1014, SB 270, SB 828, AB 2643, SB 1255, SB 1442, SB 1443,
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 Tanaka's low-profile campaign has L.A. County sheriff's race in limbo

After squeaking into the runoff election for Los Angeles County sheriff, Paul Tanaka posted a message on his website. »Read

In this article: Leroy Baca, California Target Book, Allan Hoffenblum, Raphael Sonenshein
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 From California’s Central Valley to possibly 'Madam ambassador'

Lifelong high achiever Maria Echaveste, a farmworker’s kid shaped by California’s San Joaquin Valley, has now been tapped for her biggest job yet, as U.S. ambassador to Mexico. Maria Echaveste (Courtesy of U.C. Berkeley School of Law) »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Maria Echaveste, Doris O. Matsui, Barack Obama
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 LAUSD board discusses Superintendent John Deasy

The Los Angeles Unified School District board discussed its upcoming performance review of Superintendent John Deasy during a closed-door meeting Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District, Gary Toebben
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 Doug McIntyre: Huffing and puffing our way to a car-free California

It's too bad Gov. Jerry Brown doesn't work for the Los Angeles Fire Department. If he did, he could stay home and collect 100 percent of his salary, tax-free no less, while he recovers from the bad case of carpal tunnel he's going to get from ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Peter DeMarco, Robert Huff, Legislature
Bills: AB 1371,
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 The Buzz: Marshall Tuck employs Hollywood star power for state schools chief campaign

Forget social media. This is the ultimate 21st-century campaign tool: an online comedy video starring your Hollywood friends. Joel McHale, left, appears with Marshall Tuck, Adam Scott (with pizza) and Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard in a video ... »Read

In this article: Paul Hefner, Katherine Martin, Tom Torlakson
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 California becomes first in nation to ban plastic bags at stores (+video)

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law Tuesday legislation that will prohibit large grocery stores from offering single-use plastic bags to consumers, starting next July. Other restrictions will also phase in. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Alex Padilla, referendum, water
Bills: SB 270,
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 Living wage: New York mayor gives thousands of workers a raise (+video)

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s executive order requires business tenants in certain city-subsidized building projects to raise their minimum wages to $13.13 for employees who don't receive benefits. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, sick leave
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 Brown Acts On More Than 1,000 Bills

Gov. Jerry Brown has finished acting on legislation for the year, signing 930 bills and vetoing 143. »Read

In this article: Ricardo Lara, Kevin De Leon, Jerry Brown
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