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 Essential Politics: California Democrats plot Trump resistance
Los Angeles Times - May 22, 3:00 am
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 A budget deal makes perfect sense, except it would rob people in need
Sacramento Bee/Opinion - May 22, 4:00 am
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 How the DMV keeps smutty license plates off our roads
Sacramento Bee - May 22, 4:00 am
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 Essential California: Can the high desert become the Silicon Valley of pot?
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 Single-payer healthcare could cost $400 billion to implement in California

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In this article: Toni Atkins, Ricardo Lara
Bills: SB 562,
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 California Democrats choose new chair as divisions break into the open

The convention demonstrated not just the divisions inside the party, but how easily they can be exploited. »Read

In this article: Eric Bauman, John Burton, California Democratic Party, California Nurses Association, Nancy Pelosi, universal health care
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 The price tag on universal health care is in, and it's bigger than California's budget

It would cost $400 billion per year to remake California’s health insurance marketplace and create a publicly funded universal heath care system, according to a state financial analysis released Monday. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Ricardo Lara, universal health care
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 California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte Statement on the California Democratic Party Chairman Election Debacle

'A few Ellis supporters complained that Democratic Party officials did not check identification when delegates were voting.' - The Los Angeles Times 5/21/2017 »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Democratic Party, California Republican Party
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 Is bigger better for number of state legislators, county supervisors? Thomas Elias

Bigger, California has learned through long experience, isn't always better. In fact, it can be downright destructive, as when a city outgrows its water or freeway system.The question of whether bigger can actually be better, more responsive and ... »Read

In this article: John Chiang, Thomas D. Elias, Janice Hahn, Legislature, Tony Mendoza, Gavin Newsom, Antonio Villaraigosa, water
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 The Myth of a Desert Metropolis: Los Angeles was not built in a desert, but are we making it one?

Glen M. MacDonald The question is posed like this. You’ve probably heard it or asked it yourself. Perhaps at a cocktail party. Probably not in LA—but hey, maybe even here in the heart of the folly. Why on Earth would you build a city for ... »Read

In this article: water
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 L.A.'s new Marciano museum: An opening party in pictures

The Marciano Art Foundation holds its VIP opening party on Saturday in advance of the public opening May 25. Here's the who's who's at the gala. »Read

In this article: Eli Broad, Eric Garcetti
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 The Texas Republican helping to calm the waters in Washington

WASHINGTON - The partisan rancor on the U.S. House floor earlier this month had never been higher. Packed with members, Republican leaders were in their final scramble to secure votes for a landmark piece of legislation that could dismantle former ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, global warming, Devin Nunes, Linda T. Sanchez, Adam Schiff, Jackie Speier, water
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 With one member bowing out, CalPERS has an unexpectedly open election

An outspoken member of the CalPERS Board of Administration is not seeking re-election, setting up a wide-open race to succeed him. J.J. Jelincic, an eight-year incumbent and CalPERS investment officer, … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Richard Costigan, J.J. Jelincic, Bruce Jennings, David Miller, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 It's All OverBut the Shouting: Democratic Convention Wrap-Up

The California Democratic Party Convention came to a raucous close Sunday afternoon following a convention with an energy brought forth by new delegates elected largely as Bernie Sanders supporters. The divide between new and returning delegates ... »Read

In this article: Eric Bauman, John Burton, California Democratic Party, California Nurses Association, Carl DeMaio, Thomas F. Steyer
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 The "Mighty" California Nurses Association/National Nurses Union? Not So Much 

Rack up another high-profile loss for the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, as the union’s backed candidate for California Democratic Party chair, Kimberly Ellis, was defeated by party stalwart Eric Bauman on Saturday ... »Read

In this article: Eric Bauman, Xavier Becerra, California Democratic Party, California Nurses Association, Hillary Clinton, Anthony Rendon, Robert Stutzman
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 The Governor's Race Doesn't Need Steyer

The billionaire Tom Steyer is widely reported to be exploring a campaign for governor of California. Here’s hoping he doesn’t get in. The race doesn’t need him. The 2018 gubernatorial field, as it currently looks, is an exceptionally strong ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Legislature, Gavin Newsom, Thomas F. Steyer, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Eliminating Bail in California Will Be An Economic Disaster

Nothing in California comes cheap. It doesn’t matter if you try to build a bridge, link communities together via rail, upgrade a computer system, or fix the state’s payroll system. In California, most state projects seem to run over budget and ... »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, David M. Gonzalez, Kamala Harris, Bob Hertzberg, Legislature, PPIC, state budget
Bills: AB 42, SB 10,
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 Pension Loan would Cover Up Wealth Transfers to Employees

California proposes to issue a pension obligation bond to finance extra contributions to the state pension fund, CalPERS. It would also cover up wealth transfers from citizens to state employees. Here’s how it works: When pension promises are ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Legislature, Proposition 2
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 How much would universal health care cost California?

Welcome to the AM Alert, your morning rundown on California policy and politics. To receive it regularly, please sign up for it here. It’s been a burning question since Sen. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Burton, California Democratic Party, California Nurses Association, Ricardo Lara, universal health care
Bills: SB 562,
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 A cut for mental health care. Problems persist in foster care.

Good morning. On behalf of The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, welcome to The Take, your opinion-politics newsletter. Please sign up for it here. Jack Ohman, our resident wise guy, on … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Timothy P. Egan, Joe Mathews, Kevin McCarthy, Tony Mendoza, minimum wage, renewable energy, Dan Walters, water
Bills: AB 1250,
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 Gov. Candidates Mill And Tensions Emerge At Calif. Democratic Convention

By Ben BradfordCalifornia Democrats elected a new party leader this weekend in Sacramento--an influential position with input into the candidates and platform the party will support. But, the election itself is typically a dry affair with a ... »Read

In this article: Eric Bauman, John Burton, California Democratic Party, John Chiang, Gavin Newsom, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Jerry Brown Could Overhaul UC Leadership If He Wanted To. Here's How.

By Ben AdlerGov. Jerry Brown’s latest budget proposal calls for withholding $50 million from the University of California until the UC improves its financial accountability and admits more community college transfers. It’s his way of ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Monica Lozano, Anthony Rendon
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 True Climate Justice Puts Communities of Color First

Audrea Lim Black and brown communities have long borne the brunt of our addiction to fossil fuels—and now they are leading the fight for a post-carbon economy. The post True Climate Justice Puts Communities of Color First appeared first on The ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Environmental Justice, water
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 For Democrats in California, a generational shift pulls the party left, with danger and opportunity ahead

For decades, Democratic politics in the nation’s most populous state has been overseen by a quintet of leaders who helped propel California from reliably Republican to dominantly Democratic. To outsiders, they were the West Coast liberals whom ... »Read

In this article: Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, John Burton, California Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, Roger Salazar, Adam Schiff, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Essential California: Can the high desert become the Silicon Valley of pot?

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, May 22, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Boom or bust? People with money — and little experience growing cannabis — see the high ... »Read

In this article: Eric Bauman, California Democratic Party, CalPERS, Mike Feuer, Felipe Fuentes, water
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 How the DMV keeps smutty license plates off our roads

Some California Department of Motor Vehicles workers have to keep their minds in the gutter all day long. Their job is to catch vanity license plate requests that don’t meet … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Artemio Armenta, Harmeet Dhillon
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 A budget deal makes perfect sense, except it would rob people in need

As many sons and daughters of infirm parents can attest, most workers who toil to keep our elders in their homes for relatively meager pay are a little like angels. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Darrell Steinberg
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 Essential Politics: California Democrats plot Trump resistance

As President Trump enjoyed a royal welcome and promised he would not 'lecture' more than 50 Arab and Muslim nations on how their governments should function, Democrats in the most populous state — and one of the most liberal — in the nation ... »Read

In this article: Eric Bauman, Jerry Brown, John Burton, California Democratic Party, John Chiang, Dianne Feinstein, Michael Finnegan, Eric Garcetti, global warming, greenhouse gas, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Kevin McCarthy, Chris Megerian, John Myers, Gavin Newsom, Alex Padilla, Nancy Pelosi, Dana Rohrabacher, Adam Schiff, George Skelton, Thomas F. Steyer, Antonio Villaraigosa, water, Maxine Waters
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 California set an ambitious goal for fighting global warming. Now comes the hard part

When Stanford University energy economist Danny Cullenward looks at California's policies on climate change, he sees a potential time bomb. The state wants to slash greenhouse gas emissions so deeply … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, global warming, greenhouse gas, Rob Lapsley, Legislature, renewable energy, water, Bob Wieckowski
Bills: SB 100, SB 775,
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 More than Mueller probe needed to assess Russian meddling

The following editorial appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Sunday, May 21: The U.S. Justice Department appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead a criminal investigation into … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Devin Nunes, Eric Swalwell
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 CalPERS may cut Trinity water district pensions

Swinging the blade for the third time, CalPERS may cut the pensions of five current and former employees of a water district serving the small town of Hayfork in Trinity County, a rugged area in the northwest part of the state with heavily forested ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Richard Costigan, water
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 Democrats divided*

<p><strong><a href=http:* <p><strong>Sacramento Bee's CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO</strong><span>: "</span><span>RoseAnn DeMoro, the outspoken leader of the California Nurses Association, looked ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Democratic Party, California Nurses Association, Kamala Harris, Carla Marinucci, Paul Mitchell, Anthony Rendon, universal health care, water
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 Gov. Brown travels the globe talking about climate change. He should focus on this basic program at home

Gov. Jerry Brown traipses all over the world trying to save the planet from global warming. But he needs to salvage one basic environmental program here at home. That’s the widely popular beverage container recycling program. People use it and ... »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Jared Blumenfeld, Jerry Brown, global warming, greenhouse gas, Legislature, Mark Murray, George Skelton, Bob Wieckowski
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 A battle of liberal versus more liberal exposes a divided California Democratic Party at state convention

A blistering contest to lead the California Democratic Party and near-constant protests during its weekend convention provided proof that schisms between party factions at the national level are also pulling apart the ranks at home, where the group ... »Read

In this article: Eric Bauman, Barbara Boxer, John Burton, California Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton, Rose Kapolczynski, John F. Kerry, Ro Khanna, Legislature
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 Debate over sex offenders moves to court as California undertakes prison parole overhaul

A Los Angeles-based nonprofit is claiming California prison officials have undermined last fall’s ballot measure to overhaul the state’s parole process by excluding sex offenders from consideration for early release. The Alliance for ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California prisons, Scott Kernan, Legislature
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 Billboard Music Awards: Check out the full list of 2017 nominees and winners

Drake, Beyonce and Justin Bieber were among artists who received a nomination. »Read

In this article: water, Chris Young, Chris Young
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 State Democrats' family feud imperils 2018 rebound

The election of longtime party insider Eric Bauman as the new chair of the California Democratic Party has inflamed painful feelings among progressives that the party isn’t listening to its grassroots members. Supporters of the runner-up, ... »Read

In this article: Eric Bauman, John Burton, California Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton, Legislature, Roger Salazar, Adam Schiff, Thomas F. Steyer
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