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 Business Interest in the Public Interest: DisruptDC's Case for Better Government

Most people — especially those who read this blog — are already aware of the political gridlock and dysfunction in Washington, D.C. Watching Democrats and Republican spend their time arguing with each other and posturing for the camera is ... »Read
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 Midterm Election Voter Turnout Will Influence Type of Initiatives on Ballot

A new report from the Public Policy Institute of California describes “missing voters” both in comparing California voter registration to other states and voter turnout problems in midterm elections. Awareness of voter drop off in midterm ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, PPIC
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 Can the arts save California?

On every public policy challenge other than climate change regulations, the state seems stuck. We can’t transform our underfunded and underperforming education system to meet the needs of our diverse people, expand our universities to prepare for ... »Read

In this article: Joe Mathews
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 Democrats gripe about secrecy in Washington but practice it in Sacramento

Knowledge, it’s been said, is power. And that explains, in a nutshell, why those in public office fundamentally dislike, and often resist, revealing information to the voting and taxpaying public. That’s especially evident in Washington, where ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, referendum, water
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 California Today: California Today: Surf, Sun and Bacteria

Tuesday: The beach pollution picture, a green light for the Delta tunnels project and free glimpses of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, minimum wage, Brad Sherman, water
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 It's pollution as usual unless vulnerable communities' leaders act: Guest commentary

California is a recognized leader on climate issues. But right now this reputation is on the line.The next phase of our climate innovation must be clearly linked to addressing environmental-justice concerns in communities that are disproportionately ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, Environmental Justice, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, greenhouse gas, Chris Holden, Legislature
Bills: AB 378,
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 Essential California: Delta tunnel project gets a huge boost

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Tuesday, June 27, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Delta tunnel project gets a huge boost Federal fishery agencies Monday pushed forward a ... »Read

In this article: Jimmy Gomez, minimum wage, Anthony Rendon, water
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 Rendon Sparks Uproar By Shelving Single-Payer Bill

By Ben AdlerWhen California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced late Friday he would hold the single-payer health care bill for the year, he set off a firestorm of reactions that showcase a split in the Democratic Party. Rendon ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Michelle Cabrera, California Nurses Association, Legislature, minimum wage, Anthony Rendon, SEIU, state budget
Bills: SB 562,
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 If there's a smart path to single payer healthcare in California, we haven't found it yet

California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon did the state a favor late Friday afternoon when he slammed the brakes on a fast-moving Senate bill to create a single-payer healthcare system in California. As should be obvious from the flailing ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Anthony Rendon, state budget
Bills: SB 562,
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 Today: The CB-Uh-Oh: 22 Million More Without Insurance

The Senate healthcare overhaul bill has run into trouble. Meanwhile, President Trump’s travel ban is partially back in business. I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. ... »Read

In this article: David Lynch, minimum wage, Brad Sherman, water
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 Despite tough talk by City Hall in years past, DWP workers poised to get generous new contract

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s most powerful union went into contract negotiations late last year convinced its workers deserved more money. For three years, the union’s 9,000 members had gone without raises, even as other city ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Jay Handal, Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, water, Herb Wesson
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 Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal "Obamacare" also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects for the GOP, and ... »Read

In this article: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Barack Obama, Paul Van, water
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 Why universal health care died in California

California’s universal health care bill never stood a chance this year. The authors of Senate Bill 562, Democrats Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins, didn’t include a way to pay for … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Ricardo Lara, universal health care
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 Mapping LA-tinx Suburbia

Genevieve Carpio Andy Rutkowski   One of the most famous attempts to describe Los Angeles depicts it as an enclave of communities without a focused core; a collective search for a pulse that does not exist. One version of this characterization ... »Read
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 LA County leaders approve $30 billion budget, calling it prudent, 'moral'

Los Angeles County supervisors Monday unanimously approved a $30.1 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes millions to fight homelessness, shore up staffing for some social service departments, provide medical care for the poor, ... »Read

In this article: Janice Hahn, illegal immigration, Hilda L. Solis
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 Los Angeles demands $1.45 million from Carl's Jr. over minimum wage violations

The city announced Monday that it has taken action against the restaurant chain Carl's Jr., demanding the organization pay $1.45 million in restitution and penalties. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, minimum wage
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 San Juan Capistrano sues state regulators to block $350-million power line project

The city of San Juan Capistrano is suing state regulators over a proposed $350-million transmission line that critics argue is just the latest in a series of unnecessary and costly utility projects. In a 35-page lawsuit filed late Friday in U.S. ... »Read

In this article: Energy Commission, renewable energy, water
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 House Ethics Committee is reviewing allegations against three Democrats

The lawmakers facing an ethics review are Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich), the longest-serving sitting House member, and Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as well as a senior aide. »Read

In this article: John Lewis, Nancy Pelosi
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 L.A. County approves $30-billion budget

Los Angeles County supervisors on Monday unanimously approved a $30.1-billion budget for the fiscal year that begins Saturday. The 2017-18 budget reflects an increase of about $200 million over the current fiscal year, as well as the addition of ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Janice Hahn
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 LA City Attorney Goes After Carl's Jr. For Not Paying Minimum Wage

The lawsuit is seeking more than a $1.4 million fine from the fast food chain because it allegedly did not pay 37 workers the accurate wage. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, minimum wage
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 California lawmakers advance pension borrowing plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers have approved a plan to borrow $6 billion from a state savings account to pay down massive debt in the state's largest public-employee retirement program.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Steven Glazer
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 New NV pot rules protect kids; legal battle won't stop sales

A lengthy legal battle over the alcohol industry's exclusive rights to distribute marijuana in Nevada won't affect the state's plans to begin recreational pot sales at medical dispensaries on Saturday, … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Tax Commission, James Wilson
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 Rendon right to halt hollow single-player health care bill

The single-payer health proposal carelessly forced through the state Senate earlier this month was rightly put on hold Friday. Calling the bill 'woefully incomplete,' Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, shelved Senate Bill 562 'until ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, California Nurses Association, Steven Glazer, Ben Hueso, Ricardo Lara, Richard Pan, Anthony Rendon, state budget
Bills: SB 562,
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 Los Angeles city attorney talks Carl's Jr., other cases

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer appeared on Eyewitness Newsmakers, announcing $1.45 million in back pay and penalties against seven of the Carl's Junior company owned restaurants. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, minimum wage
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 Colonies investigator testifies about political mailers on union's computers

The chief investigator of the Colonies bribery case in San Bernardino County testified Monday that despite the claims of a witness that he saw political blackmail mailers on a law enforcement union's computers in 2006, no search warrants were ever ... »Read

In this article: Paul Biane, Jeffrey Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt, Bill Postmus
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 Judgment in lawsuit will dissolve LA car donation charity

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- People's Choice Charities will be dissolved under a stipulated final judgment in a consumer protection lawsuit that accused the Los Angeles-based car donation charity of using false and misleading advertising.... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jackie Lacey
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 Think California's Legislature doesn't represent you? Here's a fix for that.

Whatever our party or politics, a lot of us in California don’t believe we’re truly represented at the state Capitol. Every so often, that discontent produces a sweeping idea to … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kim Alexander, Derek Cressman, Legislature
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 Carl's Jr. hit with $1.45 million in fines for failing to pay LA's minimum wage

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer put the heat on fast-food company Carl's Jr. Monday, demanding the restaurant chain's parent company fork over $1.45 million in penalties and back wages for allegedly failing to pay dozens of workers the city's ... »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, minimum wage, sick leave
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 'Huge milestone' for Delta tunnels - feds say they won't push fish over the brink

The Delta tunnels got a crucial green light Monday from two federal agencies, whose scientists said they’ve determined that the controversial project can co-exist with the endangered fish that inhabit … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jeff Kightlinger, water
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