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Harris, Sanchez campaign in SoCal for Senate seat

"Ms Harris has shown that she will not uphold an existing law that she disagrees with, even though she was duty-bound to do so. She cannot be trusted to serve as senator of the Great State of California. On the other hand, Ms. Sanchez has served in the U.S.Congress honorably."

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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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 Governor Brown repeals mandatory minimum sentences for prostitution crimes in California
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 The Road to Private Prison Divestment

Inside the University of California student campaign, by Anthony Williams. »Read

In this article: Anthony Williams
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 As California's wildfire risks grow, are home builders getting the message?

As California's wildfire season becomes longer and deadlier, more homes are still being built in the state's areas most prone to fires. »Read

In this article: Drought, Ray Rasker, Tom Vilsack
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 Sanchez Missed More Votes For Most Of September Than Any Other House Member

Mary Plummer | KPCC Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez failed to show up for more votes than any other U.S. House member running for another office, according to an analysis by Roll Call covering the first three weeks in ... »Read

In this article: Janice Hahn, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez
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 Campaign Uses Mostly False Specter Of Brock Turner Case To Oppose Prop 57

By Chris NicholsPolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire. Brock Turner’s brief jail term for sexual ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Larry Morse
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 Trump, Clinton and Katy Perry make case to voters, only one does it naked

The day after the debate presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton hit the campaign trail. Trump met with Hispanic students at a townhall at Miami-Dade College in Florida while Clinton rallied in Raleigh, North Carolina. Katy Perry, a ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Jerry Brown, cigarette tax, Hillary Clinton
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 How to make technical-ed program a game-changer for California's young workers: Guest commentary

In June, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that will provide California's community colleges with up to $200 million annually to expand career technical education programs. Named the Strong Workforce Program, this aims to encourage community ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Los Angeles Unified School District, technical education
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 There's No Debate: Legislative Analyst's Fact-Checker Debunks Claims Made by Split-Roll Proponents

It is well known that June 6, 1978 – the day that California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13 – is a key date in the history of tax policy in California. Now we can add another important date to our tax history calendar: September ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Board of Equalization, Teresa Casazza, Split roll
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 A Hollywood Action Movie"2016 CA Ballot Propositions

Let me pitch you a movie based on that 224-page official state voter guide that’s coming your way. Like many big Hollywood action-thrillers it’s a tale that contains sex, drugs, guns, big money and death. The title: Bad Day in the ... »Read

In this article: referendum
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 Consumers and Grocers Would Benefit Most By Preserving Bag Tradition

Grocery shopping in California isn’t what it used to be. Traditionally, customers carried their items away in paper bags provided by the store through an unspoken, but well-established and always understood, contract between seller and buyer. But ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown
Bills: SB 270,
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 Go Ahead, Russia. Hack Away at California's Elections.

There’s justifiable worry about whether Russian hackers might disrupt American elections, particularly in crucial swing states, and create questions of legitimacy, or even crisis, around the presidency. But in California, there’s no reason to ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Legislature
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 California has more jobs than ever. Here are the challenges that could change that.

Employment in California is at record levels, but two initiatives on the November ballot and the threat of a possible trade war pose risks to the state's economic momentum.That's the upshot of the UCLA Anderson Forecast's latest quarterly outlook, ... »Read

In this article: Gale Kaufman, Jerry Nickelsburg, state budget, UCLA Anderson Forecast
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 AM Alert: Analyst's office experts explain fall propositions

With 41 days until the election, it’s time to crack open the whopping 224-page official state voter guide and start reading up on all 17 ballot measures before you hit … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Hillary Clinton, Legislature, Mac Taylor
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 Republicans brand another villain in Wells Fargo scandal: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Wells Fargo & Co. Chief Executive John Stumpf took the full brunt of congressional anger over the bank’s fake-accounts scandal at a Senate hearing last week and will face more outrage on Thursday before a House panel. But this time, he could ... »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, water, Maxine Waters
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 Elon Musk diverts our gaze; Loretta Sanchez gets diverted, too

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. Having gotten a heavy dose of presidential … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Trent Lange, Loretta Sanchez
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 Why you should be careful searching for Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer may be very funny, but she can be bad for your computer's health. »Read

In this article: Gary Davis, Will Smith
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 Elon Musk wants to take you to Mars

Good morning. It is Wednesday, Sept. 28. Here's what is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES Desert whodunit Spinning and swerving wildly in an SUV this summer, someone cut 10 miles’ worth of ruts into a famous playa at Death Valley, best ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought
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 State defies U.S. edict on single score for schools

The state of California appears to be on a collision course with the federal government over how it responds to a school accountability provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act, »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Hillary Clinton, Legislature, No Child Left Behind, Tom Torlakson, Shirley Weber
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 Essential Politics: The 'president of you'

If either major party candidate is thinking about changing things up after Monday’s presidential debate, they certainly aren’t showing it. Good morning from the state capital. I’m Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers, and we’ve got some new ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Legislature, John Myers, Nancy Pelosi, referendum, water
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 California blaze burns aggressively across steep terrain

A blaze in a rugged area south of San Jose threatened hundreds of structures and destroyed at least one home as it burned aggressively, after charring more than 3 square … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought
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 Would Proposition 55 increase California's losses to other states?

Bakersfield attorney Steve Nichols, who came to California as an infant in 1953 – one of the millions who migrated in the post-World War II period – has given up … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Steve Nichols, Jerry Nickelsburg
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 California's housing shortage will hamper the economy, reports say

The dearth of housing in California will put a drag on the state’s economic growth, according to two new studies.  California will continue to pile on jobs in 2017, but its advantage over the rest of the country will shrink in the future, say a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Nickelsburg, Christopher Thornberg, UCLA Anderson Forecast
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 Growing pains*

<p><strong>According to economic experts, California's economy is growing exponentially -- but that could stall <a href=http:* <p><strong>NATALIE KITROEFF</strong> with <strong>L.A. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Nurses Association, Hillary Clinton, Mark DiCamillo, David Hernandez, Daniel Jacobson, Kevin Johnson, Paul Mitchell, Gavin Newsom, Mark Stone
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 9 states to vote soon on expanding legal access to marijuana

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- From California, with its counterculture heritage, to the fishing ports and mill towns of Maine, millions of Americans in nine states have a chance to vote Nov. 8 on expanding legal access to marijuana. Collectively, the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, referendum
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 House leaders reach deal on Flint aid, potentially averting shutdown

Leaders struck a deal late Tuesday to deliver federal aid to address the water crisis in Flint, Mich., potentially removing a major flashpoint in negotiations to keep the government fully operating past Friday. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats, water
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 Local paper endorses Nanette Barragán over state Sen. Isadore Hall in South Bay congressional race

Essential Politics: Election day voter registration is coming with statewide database, expanded law for hands-free devices while driving Sept. 27, 2016, 7:50 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Janice Hahn, Isadore Hall, Gavin Newsom, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Ousted L.A. fire marshal claims corruption among city fire inspectors

A top Los Angeles Fire Department official is alleging corruption in the city inspection programs he once administered as part of a $5-million retaliation claim filed Tuesday. Deputy Chief John Vidovich was removed from his post as fire ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel
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 New CA law: Hands off your phone when driving

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday that requires you to keep your hands away from your phone while driving. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Bill Quirk
Bills: AB 1785,
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 As bloody noses continue in Porter Ranch, LA County weighs health study

Angry, tearful residents from Porter Ranch urged Los Angeles County Supervisors Tuesday to move forward with an independent health study that would examine the long-term effects of exposure to methane and other chemicals as a result of the massive ... »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Jerry Brown, Mike Gatto, Sheila Kuehl, Hilda L. Solis
Bills: AB 2748,
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 Brown signs bills to increase teacher housing, tour bus oversight

Brown signs bills to increase teacher housing, tour bus oversight SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed bills Tuesday that increase state oversight of tour bus companies and allow school districts to build affordable housing for teachers. Another ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jerry Hill, Ricardo Lara, Edwin M. Lee, Legislature, Mark Leno, Phil Ting
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 Why hasn't Donald Trump deleted his embarrassing old tweets?

Here’s a theory: It’d sure be easier for politicians to get away with flip-flops if there weren’t a bunch of their old tweets lying around like crime-scene DNA. Check out this exchange from Monday night’s presidential debate. HILLARY ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama
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 Prop. 57 would fix a mistake, help rehabilitate felons

Hoping to fix a mistake he believes he made 40 years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown has turned to the politically unpopular task of reducing prison terms for certain felons. As … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Proposition 21, Pete Wilson
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 After backing Gavin Newsom, California nurses group gets behind pot legalization

The California Nurses Association, which last year offered an unusually early endorsement for Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2018 gubernatorial bid, on Tuesday announced support for Newsom’s high-stakes fall initiative to … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Nurses Association, Gavin Newsom, universal health care, Meg Whitman
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 Governor signs bill targeting 'doctor-shopping' for opioids

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California doctors will be required to check a database of prescription narcotics before writing scripts for addictive drugs under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed Tuesday that aims to address the scourge of ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara
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 Senate blocks stopgap bill to prevent shutdown this weekend

A must-do bill to prevent the government from shutting down this weekend and to fund the fight against the Zika virus is stalled in the Senate, held up by bipartisan … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, water
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 Kathryn Barger for 5th District L.A. supervisor: Endorsement

By The Editorial BoardKathryn Barger started at the bottom of the office of the Los Angeles County supervisor for the 5th District as a college intern some decades ago, and now she is seeking to serve in the seat. We strongly supported her candidacy ... »Read

In this article: Steve Cooley, David Dreier, Sheila Kuehl, Hilda L. Solis
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 Governor Brown repeals mandatory minimum sentences for prostitution crimes in California

Essential Politics: Election day voter registration is coming with statewide database, expanded law for hands-free devices while driving Sept. 27, 2016, 4 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lorena Gonzalez, Robert Huff, Susan Talamantes Eggman
Bills: SB 1129,
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 Make police keep guns safe from loss, theft

Stories about police officers and sheriff's deputies losing their guns usually make headlines because they seem rare and strange, even comical. But deeper reporting finds that cases of law-enforcement agencies having weapons lost or stolen are ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom
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 FBI investigating possible hack of Democratic Party staffer cell phones

The FBI has asked to examine the cell phones of a small number Democratic Party staffers as it investigates a possible hack, law enforcement and Democratic sources told CNN Tuesday. The development comes on the same day Homeland Security Secretary ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, electronic voting, Dianne Feinstein, Adam Schiff
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 Pelosi sees threat to Clinton from Libertarian candidate

WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that it’s up to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to win over the young voters who she said are keeping the race with Donald Trump close by flirting with third-party ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Eric Swalwell, water
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 'Doctor shopping' targeted in new law signed by Gov. Brown to curb epidemic of opioid overdose deaths

Essential Politics: Election day voter registration is coming with statewide database, expanded law for hands-free devices while driving Sept. 27, 2016, 4 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara
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 Local jails can continue to bar in-person visits

Despite expressing sympathy for advocates’ underlying goal, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday vetoed a bill prohibiting the exclusive use of video visitation at local detention facilities. Senate Bill 1157, by … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Holly J. Mitchell
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 Gov. Brown rejects plan to require family visits for jail inmates

Essential Politics: Election day voter registration is coming with statewide database, expanded law for hands-free devices while driving Sept. 27, 2016, 3:06 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Holly J. Mitchell
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 Brown should sign campaign bills, strengthen democracy

California has led the way in a parade of democratic reforms in the wake of U.S. Supreme Court decisions that set back voting rights and clean elections. But two campaign … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Bob Hertzberg, Legislature
Bills: SB 1349,
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 Loretta Sanchez has one of the worst voting records in the House

California Rep. Loretta Sanchez has nearly the worst attendance record in the U.S. House of Representatives as she campaigns to replace Barbara Boxer in the Senate – missing more than … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, Patrick Murphy, Loretta Sanchez, Dan Schnur, Luis Vizcaino, water
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 The Latest: Governor rejects minimum jail time for johns

The Latest on action by California Gov. Jerry Brown (all times local): 2:35 p.m. Gov. Jerry Brown is rejecting legislation that would have required people caught paying for sex to … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature, Holly J. Mitchell
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 Gov. Brown signs bus safety bills after series of accidents

Essential Politics: Election day voter registration is coming with statewide database, expanded law for hands-free devices while driving Sept. 27, 2016, 2:37 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara, Tony Mendoza, Phil Ting
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 California outlaws ransomware. But some say catching overseas criminals will be the challenge.

Essential Politics: Election day voter registration is coming with statewide database, expanded law for hands-free devices while driving Sept. 27, 2016, 2:30 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Bob Hertzberg, Legislature
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 Senate poised to vote to override Obama's veto of 9/11 bill

The Senate is expected to support the override vote, which the House will vote on later this week. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi
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 Free Speech Concerns Linger Over Law Allowing Actors To Remove Their Age From IMDb, Other Websites

A controversial new California law that will block websites from disclosing an actor's age is set to take effect next year. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ian Calderon, Legislature
Bills: AB 1687,
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