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Lawmakers seek soda warning labels

"“STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.” Once this law is passed, we can use this same warning and just insert whatever product we want into the warning. This will be the template for change! Who knew complex issues could be solved so easily?"

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Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

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Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

"may impact small business- really a $3 increase overnight would certainly impact any small business. Probably hurts non-minimum wage restaurant workers more than anything else, only ones making minimum wage in table service establishments are the tipped employees. That leaves the best paid people in the house getting a $3/hour raise, to the detriment of the others. Back asswards."

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San Diego Cab Owners Line Up At City Hall To Oppose Open Taxi Market

"Imagine, a propped up government instituted monopoly threatened by even the notion of an open playing field for all."

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Why The Grocery Bag Bill Should Be Referred

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 Now Los Angeles County will consider impacts of raising minimum wage
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 Calls To Overturn San Onofre Settlement Intensify Amid PUC Revelations
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 Senate Democrats Fall in Behind Schumer

Charles E. Schumer said last week he had the votes to be the next Senate Democratic leader. By Tuesday, it was clear the New York lawmaker's colleagues had united behind his bid for the post. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Patrick Murphy, Senate Democrats
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 Congress is Losing Top Environmentalists, But Democrats Have a Deep Bench to Take Over

The 2016 election is just getting started but environmentalists already are counting losses, as longtime allies announce they won't seek reelection. That includes Harry Reid, who last week said he will retire in 2016 after 30 years in the Senate. A ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Henry A. Waxman
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 S.F. Sheriff Mirkarimi reeling from scandal over forced fights

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi may be the loneliest person at City Hall these days, after last week’s allegations that deputies had forced prisoners to fight each other has eroded support among those who had stood behind him through his previous troubles. ... »Read

In this article: Nathan Ballard, David Campos, Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi, Gavin Newsom
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 U.S. Supreme Court decision could curtail Medi-Cal lawsuits

During California's budget crisis, attempts to cut costs by reducing public services often became tied up in litigation. But on Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court significantly curtailed that legal avenue for advocates protesting spending cuts. »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Norman Williams
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 Harris tempts challengers with 'blood sport' politics

Attributing her success to a “blood sport” view of politics, California Attorney General Kamala Harris has established herself as the leading contender to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who is retiring in Jan. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, Loretta Sanchez, Adam Schiff, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 10 Things We Learned From the Vote-a-Rama

With the vote-a-rama in the rearview mirror, it's worth taking stock of what the 15-plus hours of nonbinding votes on dozens of amendments said about the 2016 presidential election, how vulnerable senators voted and what issues might now come to the ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, minimum wage, Senate Republicans, sick leave
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 Group files FEC complaints against Bush, other potential candidates

The Campaign Legal Center contends that several Republicans have been in violation of federal law. »Read

In this article: Allie Brandenburger, campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Early Primary, water
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 In the Loop: Did you forget to join the fine Pelosi trip to five Asian countries?

This spring’s congressional delegation (codel) trips overseas — at least the ones we know about — aren’t as enviable as ones past. These can actually pass as real business.The only Loop-recommended codel we’ve found is a splendid ... »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren, Doris O. Matsui, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, Mike Thompson
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 Fiorina for president? How did 2010 Senate bid work out?

As the first woman CEO of a Fortune 20 company, and as a former Silicon Valley-based senior executive with Hewlett-Packard, AT&T and Lucent, Republican Carly Fiorina has major credibility as »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Carly Fiorina, Matt Fong
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 State Offices Closed In Observation Of Cesar Chavez Day

State offices, including the Department of Motor Vehicles and Los Angeles Superior Courts, are closed Monday to observe Cesar Chavez Day. »Read

In this article: Gray Davis, Dolores Huerta, Barack Obama, water
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 San Diego Cabbies Brace For An Open Taxi Market

The city says Wednesday's change will create opportunity in the taxi industry. But taxicab owners predict financial ruin. »Read

In this article: Rebecca Bloomfield, Marti Emerald, minimum wage
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 California sales tax rates going higher

California has a wide range of sales tax rates, 7.5 percent to 10 percent. Many cities and counties are increasing their rates this week. A new bill would allow them to go even higher. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Legislature, Kevin Mullin
Bills: AB 464,
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 Texas a Key Host for 2016 Fundraising Scramble

Already blessed with an earlier-than-usual primary date and several candidates it can call its own, Texas is quickly settling into a more traditional role for the next presidential race: a seemingly bottomless piggy bank of campaign cash.  Of ... »Read

In this article: George W. Bush, Carly Fiorina, Papa Doug Manchester, Mitt Romney
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 Anthony Rendon seeks 3rd opinion

Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon was scheduled to meet with Dr. Steven Singleton in Vail, Colorado, for a third opinion on his injured left knee. »Read

In this article: Anthony Rendon, Matt Williams
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 SCOTUS sides with CA school banning American flag shirt

After five years of controversy and litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand one of the most controversial rulings to come out of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Known »Read

In this article: Erwin Chemerinsky, John Eastman
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 LA County Officials Eye Study On Minimum Wage Impact

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors could follow in the footsteps of city officials Tuesday in calling for a study on how raising the minimum wage would impact the local economy. »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, minimum wage, Hilda L. Solis
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 Bill could halt Airbnb, vacation rentals in some CA cities

Travel has never been easier or more affordable — thanks to the proliferation of online accommodation marketplaces. Whether you’re planning a weekend trip to Napa Valley or the family’s spring getaway to Disneyland, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Elaine Howle
Bills: SB 593,
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 After blast, San Bruno wants big PG&E fine, tougher safety measures

City of San Bruno officials are supporting a proposed, record-high fine against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. but are complaining that the punishment for a fatal pipeline blast in 2010 fails to ensure the utility would act safely in the future. »Read

In this article: Michael Florio, Michael R. Peevey
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 CA's Court System Must Be Adequately Funded

On March 23rd, the Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court delivered her annual address regarding the state of the California judiciary to the California Legislature. While the state of the judiciary is improving, it has a ... »Read

In this article: Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Legislature, state budget
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 Sales Tax Holiday Legislation Good News for Small Business

Every once in a while, a piece of legislation comes along that restores my hope in the elected bodies in Sacramento. Legislation that proves that they are indeed listening and care about our state’s number one job creators. Proof that they not ... »Read

In this article: Brian Maienschein
Bills: AB 1280,
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 Beyond Vergara

Last year, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu ruled that California's archaic seniority, tenure, and dismissal statutes were unconstitutional, adding that the evidence submitted by the plaintiffs 'shocks the conscience.' The state and two ... »Read

In this article: Frank Wells, Gloria Romero, Kristin Olsen, Los Angeles Unified School District, Legislature, Rocky Chavez, California Teachers Association
Bills: AB 1047, AB 1248, AB 215,
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 Taking It Out on the Little Guy

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared that opposition to efforts to reduce carbon emissions 'borders on the immoral.' Hesitate though we might to debate Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian, on the nature of divine law, we have to question the 'morality' of ... »Read

In this article: Darrell Steinberg, Henry Perea, Jim Patterson, Mary Nichols, global warming, Jerry Brown, Air Resources Board
Bills: AB 23, AB 69,
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 Krishnamoorthi says he'll run for Duckworth's US House seat

Former Illinois deputy treasurer Raja (RAH-jah) Krishnamoorthi (krish-nah-MOOR-thee) says he'll run for U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth's seat in Congress now that she's announced her bid for U.S. Senate. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, renewable energy
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 Now Los Angeles County will consider impacts of raising minimum wage

LOS ANGELES - Following in the footsteps of the city, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today will consider commissioning a study on the impacts of raising the minimum wage.Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis will ask their colleagues ... »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, minimum wage, Hilda L. Solis
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 Los Angeles County to study minimum wage increase

Following in the footsteps of the city, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday commissioned a study on the impacts of raising the minimum wage.Acting on a motion by Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis, the board agreed to spend up ... »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Dolores Huerta, Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, minimum wage, Hilda L. Solis
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 Calls To Overturn San Onofre Settlement Intensify Amid PUC Revelations

Consumer advocates say emails and seized notes expose a narrative they have long suspected: The California Public Utilities Commission colludes with the power companies it is supposed to regulate. »Read

In this article: Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey, Terrie Prosper, Anthony Rendon
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 L.A. County supervisors expected to call for a minimum wage study

Los Angeles County supervisors are expected to vote Tuesday on conducting a study on hiking the minimum wage to $13.25 or $15.25 an hour, mirroring a proposal by Los Angeles city officials. »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, minimum wage, Hilda L. Solis
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 Apple CEO Tim Cook is forging an unusual path as a social activist

Tim Cook runs the world's most valuable company. Now he's making his mark as an outspoken social activist. »Read

In this article: Steve Jobs, John Lewis
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 California, drive carefully toward 'motor voter' law

In his first major act since taking office, Secretary of State Alex Padilla was smart to focus on California's chronic voting problem. Turnout in the last statewide election was a mere 42% — a new low. Without serious intervention it seems likely ... »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature, Alex Padilla
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 READ IN: Year-Old Edition

Do you Read In? Sign up today and get all the political news you need delivered right to your inbox!-- Point of Personal Privilege: Last year, we had the crazy idea that political professionals needed yet another morning newsletter in their inbox -- ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, John F. Kerry, Mark Kirk, John McCain, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Republicans
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 State brings down the book on charters

According to the adage, “If you can’t beat them, join them.” But not in Sacramento. When it comes to dealing with California’s successful, independent charter schools, powerful, monied special interests – and the lawmakers they fund –... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Roger Hernandez
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 In San Diego, Rep. Xavier Becerra fuels speculation about Senate run

Mulling a run for the U.S. Senate, Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra stopped off Monday in San Diego. He told people, “I am absolutely serious about this.” He said the decision will depend on where he can do more for the state. … ... »Read

In this article: Karen Bass, Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez, Adam Schiff
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