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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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 Gov. Jerry Brown signs, vetoes bills affecting immigrant communities

Beginning in 2018, a new law will require authorities to inform undocumented immigrants in local custody of their basic rights to decline an interview with federal immigration officials or to have an attorney present.Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ... »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara
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 Joining forces to preserve open space

Orange County created something extraordinary 20 years ago this month. If you want to see it, take a hike in Bommer Canyon. Or kayak in the Back Bay. Or mountain bike in Crystal Cove State Park. These are all part of the Nature Reserve of Orange... »Read

In this article: Donald Bren, water, Pete Wilson
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 WHY IT MATTERS: Issues at stake in election

[...] the U.S. has been forced to accept that working with Russia is probably the only way to achieve results on many complicated international issues. [...] Russia was central in the Iran nuclear negotiations and is a player as well as negotiator ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Legislature, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Same-sex marriage, water
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 California mandates single-user bathrooms become gender-neutral

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into a law a bill whose author, a San Francisco Democrat, describes as the “nation’s most inclusive restroom access law.” The new law requires all businesses and public facilities that have single-user ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Phil Ting
Bills: AB 1731, AB 1732,
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 Big school districts find ways to hire teachers amid shortage

Against the backdrop of a widely reported teacher shortage, most of California's 25 largest school districts were able to fill nearly all their job openings for fully credentialed teachers by the time school started this year, according to an ... »Read

In this article: California School Boards Association, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Part-time community college instructors to get job protections

California is set to guarantee collective bargaining rights for adjunct faculty at community colleges with a law that supporters say is the first of its kind in the nation. Gov. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Jose Medina, Tony Mendoza
Bills: AB 1690, SB 1379,
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 California governor OKs sex crime bill tied to Stanford case

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed two sexual assault laws in response to national outrage over the six-month jail sentence given to a former Stanford University swimmer for assaulting a woman passed out near a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Cristina Garcia, Laurie Smith
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 California offenders no longer eligible for early release from parole in the deaths of police officers

Essential Politics: Gabby Giffords endorses Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate, Gov. Brown eliminates statute of limitations on rape Sept. 30, 2016, 5:45 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Cathleen Galgiani, Kamala Harris
Bills: SB 6,
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 Bill increasing penalties for possessing date-rape drugs becomes law without governor's signature

Essential Politics: Gabby Giffords endorses Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate, Gov. Brown eliminates statute of limitations on rape Sept. 30, 2016, 5:45 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Cathleen Galgiani, Kamala Harris
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 Rio Hondo forum looks at how a Trump or Clinton presidency affects community college students

WHITTIER >> In the midst of an election where the most pressing issues seem to be taxes, emails and a »Read

In this article: Mike Eng, minimum wage
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 Workers in small businesses will not get mandatory parental leave, after veto by Gov. Jerry Brown

Essential Politics: Gabby Giffords endorses Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate, Gov. Brown eliminates statute of limitations on rape Sept. 30, 2016, 5:17 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 Unmarried Voters Have the Numbers, If Not the Attention

Nearly half of eligible voters are unmarried, but while 2016 candidates seek support from younger voters, they still aim their stump speeches largely at the concerns of older voters with families. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Family Leave, minimum wage, Fortney Pete Stark, Eric Swalwell
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 It's official: your blue jeans are a California state symbol

Next time you pull on a pair of jeans, you won’t just be embracing casual fashion: you'll also be honoring California. Denim has officially entered the pantheon of official state … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ken Cooley, Marc Levine
Bills: AB 501,
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 CalPERS poised to cut retiree pensions in tiny Sierra town

Patsy Jardin is used to being in the know in the small Sierra County town where she worked for more than 30 years, sometimes as its only public employee. She … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Richard Costigan, Brian Dahle, Bill Slaton
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 Democrat who lost in the primary says he will vote for Republican Rep. Steve Knight in heated House race

Essential Politics: Gabby Giffords endorses Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate, Gov. Brown eliminates statute of limitations on rape Sept. 30, 2016, 4:10 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Stephen T. Knight, water
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 Judge orders some seized materials returned to defendant in Colonies corruption case

Prosecutors in San Bernardino County's Colonies public corruption case were ordered by a Superior Court judge Friday to turn over assorted documents and personal items seized by the FBI during a 2011 raid at one of the defendant's home and business ... »Read

In this article: Paul Biane, Jeffrey Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt, Bill Postmus
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 Judge in Colonies case orders some seized materials returned to defendant

Prosecutors in San Bernardino County's Colonies public corruption case were ordered Friday by a Superior Court judge to return some documents and personal items seized by the FBI during a 2011 raid at one of the defendant's home and business. »Read

In this article: Paul Biane, Jeffrey Burum, Jim Erwin, Mark Kirk, Gary Ovitt, Bill Postmus
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 Measure seeking to halt L.A. 'mega-developments' goes to March ballot

An initiative seeking a two-year ban on zoning changes that would allow for high-density construction around Los Angeles is heading to a popular vote after the City Council on Friday approved placing it on the March 7 ballot. The unanimous ... »Read

In this article: Adam Murray, Herb Wesson
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 Sex harassment, congressional probes: Not how park service planned to mark 100 years

A management and morale crisis afflicts the National Park Service, epitomized by but not limited to the abrupt retirement this week of Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher. Neubacher’s departure … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Mark Martin, Tom McClintock
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 Realignment 5 Years On: Counties Build Jails for Inmates With Mental Illness

Alex Emslie | KQED Five years removed from one of the most sweeping criminal justice reforms ever implemented in the state, California’s 58 counties are still coming to grips with the effects of the plan known as Public Safety ... »Read

In this article: Jennifer Johnson, PPIC
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 Mandatory Prison Sentences For Sex Assaults On Unconscious Victims Signed Into Law

California Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that he signed two bills that emerged amid national outrage over the six-month jail sentence given to a former Stanford University swimmer who sexually assaulted a woman passed out near a trash bin. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Cristina Garcia, Laurie Smith
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 Mixed reviews for Gov. Brown on actor age database law

  Rarely the subject of entertainment industry buzz, Gov. Jerry Brown sparked outrage and confusion among First Amendment advocates by a new law intended to protect actors’ privacy online. “Actors who don’t »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ian Calderon
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 California Governor OKs Sex Crime Bill Tied To Stanford Case

(AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved two bills that emerged after a former Stanford University swimmer was sentenced to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a woman passed out near a trash bin. The Democratic governor said Friday ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, Isadore Hall
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 Distributing secret recordings like those in Planned Parenthood case now a crime in California

Essential Politics: Gabby Giffords endorses Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate, Gov. Brown eliminates statute of limitations on rape Sept. 30, 2016, 12:58 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
Bills: AB 1671,
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 The Latest: California to crack down on workers' comp fraud

The Latest on legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (all times local): 12:40 p.m. California is moving to crack down on bad actors in the workers' compensation system following a … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, Isadore Hall
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 California increases penalties for secret recordings like Planned Parenthood videos

California will increase punishments for secret recordings like the controversial videos that rocked Planned Parenthood last summer after Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed legislation pushed by the health organization. … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jimmy Gomez
Bills: AB 1671,
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 More large electronic billboards are possible for downtown Los Angeles after governor's action

Essential Politics: Gabby Giffords endorses Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate, Gov. Brown eliminates statute of limitations on rape Sept. 30, 2016, noon This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, redevelopment agencies
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 Clergy prays for healing in city where cop killed black man

Ministers led dozens of people in a prayer for unity, healing and peace Friday in a San Diego suburb following days of angry and sometimes violent protests over the police … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Bonnie Dumanis, Bill Wells
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 Four decades on, California experts take another run at assessing the impacts of Proposition 13

Benjamin Franklin’s adage about death and taxes being the only certainties in this world long has required a footnote in California, where Proposition 13 has been chiseled into the tax structure since 1978.  The ballot measure limited property ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Board of Equalization, Legislature, Split roll, water
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 Almonds Are Still Sucking Up Lots of California's Water

Two new data points on the ongoing California drought and its impact on the state's booming and thirsty farms: • In California's agriculture-rich, water-poor San Joaquin Valley, H2O from the state's big irrigation projects has been especially ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Gov. Jerry Brown makes it crystal clear: He really doesn't like ranked-choice voting

Essential Politics: Gabby Giffords endorses Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate, Gov. Brown eliminates statute of limitations on rape Sept. 30, 2016, 11:02 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
Bills: SB 1288,
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 What's a shorthanded Supreme Court likely to do in its new term? Maybe nothing

A bank fraud conviction sent Southern California resident Lawrence Eugene Shaw to federal prison and his lawyer to a Supreme Court that remains depleted by politics. Shaw’s challenge Tuesday to … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Roberts, Senate Republicans
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 'Dark money' funds flood of political canvassers in heated Los Angeles County congressional race

Voters in Santa Clarita and Palmdale will soon be greeted at their doors by an army of political canvassers funded by a six-figure check from a so-called dark-money group tied to the Republican party.   The expenditure marks a new phase in what ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Stephen T. Knight, Matt Rexroad
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