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California seeks to extend landmark climate-change effort

"Governor Brown may need “real” tax dollars to continue to fund his high speed rail as those “fees” from cap & trade are diminishing. Maybe it’s karma that the cash cow of the cap & trade “fees” may be dying, as CARB avoids the transparency that the program has done little in 10 years to reduce California’s 1% contribution to the World’s Green House gases. California’s flagship climate change policy Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Initiative was signed into law in 2006 when California was contributing 1% to the worlds green hose gases. And now, 10 years later, by AVOIDING transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade, the state can focus on how to spend the cap and trade funds they receive. Now, a decade later, according to the California Energy Commission we still contributes a miniscule 1 percent ( 1%). The cap & trade program that hits the motorists’ pocketbooks and has had little to no impact on the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, the state, by avoiding transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade remains on a go-it-alone crusade to micro manage the California emissions that generates billions of dollars for the government at the expense of businesses and the financially challenged. With numerous state government agencies there is a feeding frenzy on getting a piece of the lucrative cap and trade tax revenue. The public, especially the homeless and poor that are paying dearly for the emissions crusade efforts of the AQMD deserves to know if there is any progress over the last decade in reducing California’s 1% contribution to the world’s greenhouse gases."

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Brown Administration Proposes Another 10 Years Of Cap-And-Trade

"Governor Brown may need “real” tax dollars to continue to fund his high speed rail as those “fees” from cap & trade are diminishing. Maybe it’s karma that the cash cow of the cap & trade “fees” may be dying, as CARB avoids the transparency that the program has done little in 10 years to reduce California’s 1% contribution to the World’s Green House gases. California’s flagship climate change policy Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Initiative was signed into law in 2006 when California was contributing 1% to the worlds green hose gases. And now, 10 years later, by AVOIDING transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade, the state can focus on how to spend the cap and trade funds they receive. Now, a decade later, according to the California Energy Commission we still contributes a miniscule 1 percent ( 1%). The cap & trade program that hits the motorists’ pocketbooks and has had little to no impact on the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, the state, by avoiding transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade remains on a go-it-alone crusade to micro manage the California emissions that generates billions of dollars for the government at the expense of businesses and the financially challenged. With numerous state government agencies there is a feeding frenzy on getting a piece of the lucrative cap and trade tax revenue. The public, especially the homeless and poor that are paying dearly for the emissions crusade efforts of the AQMD deserves to know if there is any progress over the last decade in reducing California’s 1% contribution to the world’s greenhouse gases."

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High-speed rail still off the tracks

"Governor Brown may need “real” tax dollars to continue to fund his high speed rail as those “fees” from cap & trade are diminishing. Maybe it’s karma that the cash cow of the cap & trade “fees” may be dying, as CARB avoids the transparency that the program has done little in 10 years to reduce California’s 1% contribution to the World’s Green House gases. California’s flagship climate change policy Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Initiative was signed into law in 2006 when California was contributing 1% to the worlds green hose gases. And now, 10 years later, by AVOIDING transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade, the state can focus on how to spend the cap and trade funds they receive. Now, a decade later, according to the California Energy Commission we still contributes a miniscule 1 percent ( 1%). The cap & trade program that hits the motorists’ pocketbooks and has had little to no impact on the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, the state, by avoiding transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade remains on a go-it-alone crusade to micro manage the California emissions that generates billions of dollars for the government at the expense of businesses and the financially challenged. With numerous state government agencies there is a feeding frenzy on getting a piece of the lucrative cap and trade tax revenue. The public, especially the homeless and poor that are paying dearly for the emissions crusade efforts of the AQMD deserves to know if there is any progress over the last decade in reducing California’s 1% contribution to the world’s greenhouse gases."

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Cal Fire director urges good behavior to avoid a 'bad article'

"Sage advice."

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$15 an hour minimum wage is pure fiction

"The new minimum wage crusade will result in ALL wages increasing, but it will benefit the rich more than the financially challenged. The crusade to put a “band aid” on the wound of these ever increasing costs, is to raise the minimum wage. The better solution would be to HEAL the wound by DECREASING the over regulations, over taxation, and uncontrollable “fees” on businesses that are slight inconveniences to those making the big bucks but the California financially challenged will continue to disproportionally pick up the costs “camouflaged" at businesses. Again, our elected officials never look at the unintended consequence of higher wages for everyone will benefit the rich more than those on minimum wage via those annual Cost of Living Adjustments in the years ahead. The separation of the rich from the financially challenged continues to be perpetuated with the “traditional” COLA wage adjustments. Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA) to wages favors the well paid: A 3% COLA adjustment for someone making $100K will result in their compensation being almost $135K in 10 years, but for someone making $30K, their compensation will be $40K in 10 years. The differential being $24K more for the well compensated as the financially challenged continue to fall further behind. Is it fair to give a COLA adjustment to someone making the big bucks $24K more than the person making lower wages for “their” cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care? These higher wage folks are eating similar foods and using the same fuels for their cars as those making fewer wages. Throwing money as a band aid to cover the rising costs for everyone buys votes for reelection, but does not heal the wound of why the costs are rising."

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 Effort to recall LA City Councilman Paul Krekorian fails

An effort by several San Fernando Valley residents to recall a Los Angeles City councilman from office has flopped.The group seeking to oust Councilman Paul Krekorian failed to deliver the required 18,536 signatures needed to put the issue to voters ... »Read

In this article: Paul Krekorian, Jack Weiss
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 California Governor Jerry Brown casts DNC votes for Hillary Clinton

Gov. Jerry Brown announced the results of California's Democratic primary election at the 2016 Democratic convention in Philadelphia. California Democrats cast 221 votes for Vermont Gov. Bernie Sanders and 330 votes for former Secretary of State ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Alex Padilla, Loretta Sanchez
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 A full plate of higher taxes awaits LA voters this fall: Susan Shelley

Thanksgiving falls on Nov. 24 this year, but for politicians in Los Angeles, turkey day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.That's when they will attempt to carve up taxpayers with at least four proposed tax increases - a sales tax hike and three measures that would ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, eminent domain, Eric Garcetti, Susan Shelley, water
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 The Latest: Sanders supporters scaling fences being detained

The Latest on the protests and rallies on the second day of the Democratic National Convention (all times local): … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, John Lewis, minimum wage, renewable energy
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 Willie Brown saw rise of African American political influence

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown has attended almost every Democratic National Convention since 1960. He’s had a unique view on the evolving influence of African-Americans on U.S. politics. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, John Chiang, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Alex Padilla, Loretta Sanchez
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 Democrats promise new push for gun control

Mass shootings coupled with police shootings lead to new call for actionPush on gun issues promps fierce rebuttal from National Rifle AssociationNRA, a Trump supporter, begins multimillion campaign against Clinton … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: JENNIFER C. BAKER, Hillary Clinton, Christopher Cox, Barack Obama, water
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 Nevada County pot advocates say new growing plan violates will of voters

Nevada County residents roundly voted down a supervisors' ban on outdoor marijuana farms in June 2016. Now, pot advocates say a new growing plan from supervisors violates the will of voters. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Alex Padilla, Loretta Sanchez
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 California officials take sides on November ballot initiatives

Prominent California political figures including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took sides on ballot initiatives by signing arguments to be included in the California Secretary of ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Jason Kinney, John Laird, Legislature, Mark Leno, John McGinness, Gavin Newsom, Antonio Villaraigosa, water
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 Hearings Begin On California Governor Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnel Project

By Amy QuintonWater regulators have begun public hearings on California Governor Jerry Brown's $15 billion twin tunnel project, known as California Waterfix. The project aims to provide a more reliable water supply for millions of Californians. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, John Laird, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, water
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 House Veterans' Affairs chairman seeks records on shooters

In a letter Tuesday to the secretary of Veterans Affairs, Florida Rep. Jeff Miller requested a briefing on all VA services received by Army reservist Micah Johnson, who shot and killed five Dallas cops and wounded nine other law enforcement officers ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Quemetco battery recycling plant ordered to repair hole, gaps in hazardous waste storage

The Department of Toxic Substances Control stepped up enforcement Tuesday of the Quemetco battery recycling plant in the City of Industry by ordering repairs to a hole in a hazardous waste storage area containing lead and other toxic waste.The ... »Read

In this article: DTSC, Dan Kramer
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 Democrats make Clinton 1st woman presidential candidate from major party

Democrats on Tuesday made Hillary Clinton the first woman ever nominated for president from a major party. Her nomination sets up what’s expected to be a bruising general election campaign … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Lewis, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama
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 Here are the best features of each state, according to their Democratic delegates

States: You pick goofy things to be proud of. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Lewis, minimum wage, Barack Obama
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 Petitions Cleared To Overturn California's Gun-Control Laws

(AP) — Opponents of stricter gun laws will have an opportunity to overturn six recent laws expanding background checks and attempting to curb rapid-reloading firearms. But the effort is a long shot as 365,000 signatures are needed on ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Craig DeLuz
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 Where and when to see Bill Clinton and other speakers tonight at the Democratic National Convention on TV, radio and the Internet

The Democratic National Convention continues tonight -- Thursday, July 21, 2016 -- in Philadelphia with a prime-time speech from former President Bill Clinton.Following the roll call of the states, speeches on this second night of the Democratic ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi
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 Supervisor wants L.A. County to put a new animal shelter in a jail

A Los Angeles County supervisor wants to look into addressing two intractable problems — overcrowded animal shelters and offenders who cycle repeatedly through the county jail system — by placing a new animal shelter in a detention center. ... »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Sheila Kuehl, Hilda L. Solis
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 An asset or a disruption? What the White House might look like with Bill Clinton in the East Wing

When Bill Clinton walks onto the stage at the Democratic convention on Tuesday — the night his wife officially wins the Democratic nomination for president — the couple will rest on the edge of history. Never before has the spouse of a former ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Ted W. Lieu, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama, Leon Panetta, Roger Salazar
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 Clinton steps into history as 1st woman White House nominee

Taking her place in history, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night will become the first woman to lead a major party toward the White House, a triumphant moment for Democrats to relish before plunging into a bruising general election against Republican ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Lewis, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama
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 Affordable housing 101: Are granny units a solution?

In the past year, towns and cities throughout the Bay Area have passed new ordinances to streamline permitting procedures for accessory units, or are considering doing so. »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, Legislature, Tony Thurmond, water, Bob Wieckowski
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 L.A. County supervisors pull marijuana tax measure from November ballot

November’s ballot will be crowded with tax initiatives, but a Los Angeles County proposal to fund efforts on homelessness with a tax on marijuana won’t be one of them. County supervisors voted Tuesday to pull back an initiative they had ... »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Hilda L. Solis
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 This Group of Politicians Just Put Forward a Platform Progressives Can Embrace

Peter MoskowitzAt the DNC, Local Progress offers a vision of cities as the center of the fight against inequality. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, renewable energy, water
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 Petitions Cleared In Push Against California Gun Laws

State officials have certified petitions that opponents of stricter gun regulations can now circulate in California to overturn recent laws that expanded background checks to buy guns and ammunition and attempted to curb the sale of rapid-reloading ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Craig DeLuz
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 Petitions cleared to overturn CA's gun-control laws

Opponents of stricter gun laws will have an opportunity to overturn six recent laws expanding background checks and attempting to curb rapid-reloading firearms. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Craig DeLuz
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 The cartoonist's view of sad Sanders supporters

Democratic National Convention live updates: What to expect as Hillary Clinton is officially nominated July 26, 2016, 1:25 p.m. It's the second day of the Democratic National Convention. What to know: • The roll-call vote to officially nominate ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Environmental Justice, global warming, minimum wage
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 Federal, state leaders pitch for California water tunnels

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Representatives of California Gov. Jerry Brown and the Obama administration began making their pitch for approval Tuesday to build a pair of massive water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Cathleen Galgiani, John Laird, water
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 Disappointed Bernie fans resist Sanders' hopeful view of Hillary Clinton

Monday evening, Bernie Sanders stood on the stage at the Democratic National Convention as the most influential loser in a presidential primary race since Ronald Reagan in 1976. Except for the hard reality that he is not the party’s nominee, ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Environmental Justice, global warming, minimum wage
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 Oil companies weigh in on political feud between two Democratic lawmakers

Updates on California politics: Podcast preview of state Democrats in Philadelphia, Sanchez takes aim at Obama's Senate endorsement July 26, 2016, 11:48 a.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. ... »Read

In this article: Cheryl Brown, California Democratic Party, Connie Leyva, Holly J. Mitchell, William W. Monning
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 California's Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer expected to make a case for Hillary Clinton tonight at the DNC

Democratic National Convention live updates: Bernie Sanders asks for time for his backers to grieve July 26, 2016, 11:54 a.m. It's the second day of the Democratic National Convention. What to know: • Bernie Sanders made a step-by-step case for ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi
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 California's Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer expected to make a case for Hillary Clinton tonight at the convention

Democratic National Convention live updates: Bernie Sanders asks for time for his backers to grieve July 26, 2016, 11:54 a.m. It's the second day of the Democratic National Convention. What to know: • Bernie Sanders made a step-by-step case for ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi
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 Camps in talks for Sanders to nominate Clinton

Bernie Sanders may propose Hillary Clinton's nomination Tuesday evening, as part of a last-minute deal being hammered out by the two camps as they seek party unity amid a chaotic convention in Philadelphia. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Joe Biden, Michael Briggs, Hillary Clinton, Norman Solomon
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 Video shows killing of Fresno convenience store clerk

Security video shows the killing of a Fresno convenience store clerk by two masked men in August 2012. The video was used as evidence in the murder trial of Christopher Roberts, 25, and Dwayne Dodson, 39. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: John Chiang, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Doug Ose, Alex Padilla, Loretta Sanchez
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 Remedy or boondoggle? Hearings launch on Delta tunnels proposal

Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build twin tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta effectively went on trial Tuesday, as a key state agency began months of hearings on details of the $15.5 billion proposal. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Laird, referendum, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, water
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 DemCon 2016: Policy, Policy, Policy, and Bernie

Sanders supporters dominate convention emotion Monday. »Read

In this article: John Chiang, Barbara Lee, Alex Padilla, Nancy Pelosi, Betty T. Yee
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 LA County board declares local state of emergency in fight against Sand Fire

With fast moving flames continuing to burn tens of thousands of acres in and around the Santa Clarita Valley, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to declare a local state of emergency to bolster resources to help fight the now five ... »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Jerry Brown, Drought, Stephen T. Knight
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 No easy answers for Affordable Housing crunch

Affordable housing in Concord is an issue that City Council must address »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, minimum wage
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 The small solution to California's housing shortage

Updates on California politics: Podcast preview of state Democrats in Philadelphia, Sanchez takes aim at Obama's Senate endorsement July 26, 2016, 9:49 a.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. ... »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, Gil Cedillo, Eric Garcetti, Legislature, Tony Thurmond, water, Bob Wieckowski
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 Kamala Harris tells California delegates to 'own our power'

California Attorney General Kamala Harris spoke briefly to California delegates on Tuesday morning, encouraging them to 'own our power' and 'be a leader' at this week's Democratic National Convention. »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, Linda T. Sanchez, Loretta Sanchez
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 Transcript: Bernie Sanders's full speech at the 2016 DNC

In his address, the Vermont senator again tossed his support behind Hillary Clinton. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Environmental Justice, minimum wage, water
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 Trump isn't as rich or charitable as advertised, Rep. Becerra charges

Democratic Caucus Chair Xavier Becerra suggests that Trump’s taxes returns have damaging informationBecerra flirted with running for the Senate but decided he’s more effective in the HouseBecarra is the House’s 4th-ranking ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton
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 CalWatchdog Morning Read - July 26

  Women stand to make only modest gains in Legislature in November Gavin Newsom has habit of plagiarism Housing solution: Building units in back yards? Local governments to further restrict new »Read

In this article: Legislature, Gavin Newsom, Sharon Runner
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 Rep. Loretta Sanchez's racial recklessness

To the editor: Earlier this month, The Times reported that seven Latino gang members were charged with the 2014 fire bombing of the homes of black families in a Boyle Heights housing project. The prosecutors allege that the gang members wanted to ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, Loretta Sanchez
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 Jerry Brown, once 'mocked a lot,' back on Democratic Party stage

Gov. Jerry Brown returned to Philadelphia to address a Democratic National Convention for the first time in 24 years. It reflects the maturation of a governor who is once again shouldering liberal causes on a national stage. … Click to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Jerry Brown: 'We're not even close to where we need to be' on climate change

Gov. Jerry Brown says he plans to talk about climate change when he addresses the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Doug Ose, Alex Padilla, Loretta Sanchez
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 Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's essay, posts lack citations

An online magazine opinion piece attributed to California's lieutenant governor contains at least one paragraph that largely initially appeared elsewhere, while several of the Democratic politician's Twitter and Facebook posts from the last month ... »Read

In this article: Jason Kinney, Gavin Newsom
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 Toronto International Film Festival will spotlight female directors and people of color at this year's gathering

A movie awards season that's shaping up to be about diversity will get a fitting kickoff at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. The early Oscar bellwether will feature a number of stories by and about underrepresented voices. Most ... »Read

In this article: Bruce Lee, Barack Obama, Rob Reiner
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 Hillary Clinton steps into history as 1st woman presidential nominee

PHILADELPHIA >> Taking her place in history, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night became the first woman to lead a major party toward the White House, a triumphant moment for Democrats to relish before plunging into a bruising general election against ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Lewis, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama
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 Sanders' delegates to Clinton: Boo!*

If you missed the opening night of the DNC, don't worry: »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Gavin Newsom, Stephen Reinhardt, Darrell Steinberg
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 Dems Struggle To Bring Ardent Sanders Supporters To Clinton

By Ben BradfordThe Democratic National Convention has showcased the challenge party leaders and the Hillary Clinton campaign face in bringing Bernie Sanders' most ardent supporters into the fold. But California delegates pose an extra ... »Read

In this article: California Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton, Alex Padilla
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 Politics"Good, Loud, and Passionate"Breaks Out at the DNC

My favorite line from Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove is when President Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers) breaks up a scuffle between the Soviet ambassador and an Army general, and exclaims, “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here, this is the War ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi
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 The Democrats Aren't in Disarray. They're Practicing Democracy.

My favorite line from Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove is when President Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers) breaks up a scuffle between the Soviet ambassador and an Army general, and exclaims, “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here, this is the War ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Environmental Justice, Nancy Pelosi
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 Business Strategy on Prop 55

Business organizations are beginning to line up against Proposition 55, the income tax extension, but is it a matter of showing the flag or engaging in full force? Long term strategy on business related tax issues is part of business’s ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Split roll
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 Prop 53 Gives Taxpayers Less Say, Not More

One of the myths of Proposition 53 – the Cortopassi ballot measure – is that it somehow would give taxpayers more control over the funding of major infrastructure projects. In truth, Proposition 53 gives local taxpayers and residents less ... »Read

In this article: Gary Toebben, water
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 Get Back, Loretta

Let me start with an admission of error. I recently chastised Rep. Loretta Sanchez in this space for going to Spain earlier in the summer, instead of campaigning for the U.S. Senate. I argued that she needed to make a real full-time campaign, for ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez
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 The Future of Latino Politics

The sad decline in race relations has focused, almost exclusively, on the age-old, and sadly growing, chasm between black and white. Yet this divide may prove far less important, particularly in this election, than the direction of the Latino ... »Read

In this article: Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney
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 AM Alert: California DNC delegates get Kamala Harris, but not Loretta Sanchez

Many California politicians, including Attorney General Kamala Harris, are addressing the state delegation at the Democratic National Convention this week. But Rep. Loretta Sanchez, her rival for an open U.S. Senate seat, is missing from the list. ... »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, John Chiang, Tom Daly, Kamala Harris, Zoe Lofgren, Gavin Newsom, Barack Obama, Loretta Sanchez, SEIU, Hilda L. Solis, Darrell Steinberg, Thomas F. Steyer, water
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 A Tale of Two Conventions

The decision as to which Party holds the first nominating convention is determined by the current White House occupant? Advantage Hillary Clinton and the Democrats who have the benefit of knowing what was said and can now polish the rebuttals. The ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin
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 Sanders' backers disrupt, as do Russian hackers, perhaps

The Take for Tuesday, from The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Barbara Lee, Dan Morain, Bob Mulholland, Alex Padilla, Nancy Pelosi, Loretta Sanchez, Tom Torlakson, Daniel Weintraub
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 New law will require temporary license plates in California

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday requiring that newly purchased vehicles display temporary license plates, approving the bill despite objections from social justice activists who say it will lead to more fines and economic ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin Mullin, Rosemary Shahan
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 Today: From Boos to the Bern. A Saint to Those Living on the Streets.

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. TOP STORIES From Boos to the Bern The first day of the Democratic National Convention opened with boos, the sound of Bernie ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Tom Torlakson, water
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 Essential California: With so many politicians in Philly, who is California's governor these days?

Good morning. It is Tuesday, July 26. We like our avocado toast plain, but if you’re looking for something a bit more indulgent, here are seven toasts to try in Los Angeles. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES Silicon ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, Hillary Clinton, Drought, referendum, Linda T. Sanchez, Loretta Sanchez, Tom Torlakson, water
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 Your Essential Politics guide to Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention

I’m Christina Bellantoni, here with your Essential Politics guide to the Democratic National Convention. Tonight’s theme is 'A lifetime of fighting for children and families.' The big event is a state-by-state roll call vote as convention ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Chris Megerian, John Myers, Barack Obama, Sharon Runner, Linda T. Sanchez, Loretta Sanchez, Tom Torlakson
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 What the White House might look like with Bill Clinton in the East Wing

When Bill Clinton walks onto the stage at the Democratic convention on Tuesday — the night his wife officially wins the Democratic nomination for president — the couple will rest on the edge of history. Never before has the spouse of a former ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, Roger Salazar
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 California's small solution to the housing crisis: Small houses

To help ease California’s housing crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are turning to people’s backyards. Multiple bills with the endorsement of Brown are moving through the Legislature to make it easier for homeowners to build small ... »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Jerry Brown, Gil Cedillo, Eric Garcetti, Legislature, Tony Thurmond, water, Bob Wieckowski
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 Grayson's ex-wife claimed domestic abuse over two decades

The Democratic congressman and Florida Senate candidate strongly denies the accusations. »Read

In this article: Juan Lopez, Patrick Murphy
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