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 Sen. De Leon removes panel staffers who questioned his legislation
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 2014 Black Bart Award Winner: The Non-Voter

There are 10,289,851 Californians who share this year’s Fox and Hounds Daily’s Black Bart Award — because they didn’t vote. They are the registered voters who did not bother to vote in the November Election. This is not a good thing, but ... »Read

In this article: referendum
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 The did-something Congress: A flurry of bills passed in the final days. Here are the highlights.

Turns out the 'do-nothing Congress' managed to do a fair about of something this year.Thanks to a final flurry of activity during the lame-duck session after the midterm elections, lawmakers passed dozens more bills and nonbinding resolutions to ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 The Administration's College Ratings: How It Looks On Campus

The Education Department's unveiling today of a controversial ratings system has fueled a debate over what this kind of system can — or should — measure. »Read

In this article: Ben Miller, David Warren
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 Surfers regain access to Malibu's Paradise Cove; pier to be unlocked

In a victory for public access, the owner of Paradise Cove in Malibu has agreed to stop charging a $20 walk-in fee, remove all signs banning surfing and unlock a gate to the beach's pier, the California Coastal Commission and the State Lands ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, water
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 How a Memo Cost Big Banks $37 Billion

A government lawyer’s discovery of a warning to J.P. Morgan officials about shaky mortgages jump-started the Justice Department’s probe of financial-crisis wrongdoing. »Read

In this article: Benjamin B. Wagner, Tony West
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 Sac mayor wants closer look at body cameras, police training

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has given the Sacramento police chief a long list of ideas to examine in an effort to prevent use of force that would result in the department being looked at under a microscope, like has happened in Ferguson, Missouri ... »Read

In this article: Alice Huffman, Kevin Johnson
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 Mike Feuer's office to crack down on illegal immigration consultants

With changes in immigration, law officials say there are scam artists ready to prey on those looking for help to get legal residence. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Jose Huizar, illegal immigration
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 State Sen. Kevin de Leon calls on public pension funds to divest from coal

The leader of the state Senate will introduce legislation next month requiring CalPERS, the largest public pension fund in the United States, and CalSTYRS to divest from coal.If approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor, the California ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Kevin De Leon, Joe DeAnda, Legislature, Kathryn R. Phillips, renewable energy, Thomas F. Steyer, water
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 To cheers and jeers, Michael Peevey presides over final PUC meeting

During 12 years at the helm of the powerful Public Utilities Commission, Michael Peevey took California out of an energy crisis to become a world leader in renewable energy. Amid praise and controversy, he presided over his last meeting Thursday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Paul Clanon, Michael Florio, global warming, Jerry Hill, Susan Kennedy, Michael R. Peevey, renewable energy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark Toney
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 The year Congress hit rock bottom

Can the Hill climb out of its hole? »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Republicans
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 Industrial electricity rates reach a new high

Posted by Gino DiCaro. California has reached a new high in 2014. For the first time we are consistently paying 80 percent more than the national average in industrial electricity rates. We looked at the most recent third quarter data for ... »Read

In this article: Gino DiCaro, Michael Shaw
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 California Senator Hueso Gets Probation In DUI Case

Hueso, who represents southern San Diego County, Imperial County and part of Riverside County, pleaded no contest to a lesser charge called 'wet reckless.' »Read

In this article: Ben Hueso, Legislature, Juan Vargas
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 Carly Fiorina Hiring for Presidential Campaign

Despite her improving political skills, the California businesswoman would be an underdog in a likely all-male GOP field.   »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, John McCain
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 Protection sought for scenic California region

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians will use a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Barack Obama, Matt Rexroad, Mike Thompson, water
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 White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer knows how to keep a Cuba secret

The super-secret talks between the United States and Cuba to normalize relations between the two estranged countries began a year and a half ago. But less than a month ago, Obama senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer told reporters that when it came to ... »Read

In this article: Maria Echaveste, John Estrada, Loretta Lynch
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 Protection sought for scenic Mendocino National Forest

A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians will use a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque federal land near the ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Barack Obama, Matt Rexroad, Mike Thompson, water
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 Banker named to run California-China trade office

A prominent Bay-Area based international banker has been tapped to run the California-China Office of Trade and Investment, established last year by Gov. Jerry Brown. “The hiring of Ken Petrilla, one of the most experienced international banking ... »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, Jerry Brown, Mike Rossi, Jim Wunderman
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 In Ontario, retiring police chief keeps calm as others carry on

Ontario Police Chief Eric Hopley was honored, and ribbed, at Tuesday's City Council meeting upon his retirement.'I remember your first day on the job. You were a shy young police officer,' said Alan Wapner, a councilman who was on the force when ... »Read

In this article: Paul Vincent Avila, Paul S. Leon, Alan Wapner
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 Aetna rate hike excessive, California insurance commissioner says

Health insurance giant Aetna Inc. is imposing excessive rate hikes on more than 5,000 small employers, according to California's insurance commissioner. »Read

In this article: Dave Jones, Legislature, Anthony Wright
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 Merger agreement gives details of new economic council

The board of Sacramento's new business-recruitment council includes a Who's Who of leaders in the region. And 15 organizations so far have committed $100,000 a year for five years to get the group off the ground. These are among details about the ... »Read

In this article: Roger Niello, Kyriakos Tsakopoulos
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 Obama names task force to examine trust between police and minority communities

President Obama is expected to sign an executive order today creating a new task force on policing and community relations that will deliver by early March recommendations on how to improve trust between police officers and communities ... »Read

In this article: Ron Davis, Constance Rice
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 Peevey presides over last CPUC meeting amid controversy

It is the end of an era as the chief regulator of utilities in California presided over his very last meeting, after a controversial reign that included the deadly San Bruno explosion. »Read

In this article: Gray Davis, Jerry Hill, Susan Kennedy, Carol Liu, Michael R. Peevey, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Sen. De Leon removes panel staffers who questioned his legislation

In yet another shakeup in the state Senate, new President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) has removed the top staff from a Senate committee that last session blocked one of his priority bills. »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Energy Commission, Alex Padilla, Daniel Reeves, renewable energy, Kellie M. Smith
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 White House Launches Task Force to Examine Police-Community Relations

President Barack Obama on Thursday announced the makeup of the 11-member panel charged with examining the relationship between police forces and communities around the country. »Read

In this article: Ron Davis, Barack Obama, Constance Rice
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