Archive for December 13th, 2012

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Jeffries announces staff appointments


December 12, 2012; 01:33 PM

A Lake Elsinore councilman is joining the staff of Riverside County Supervisor-elect Kevin Jeffries.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

On politics in the Golden State
December 12, 2012 | 1:25 pm

A California lawmaker wants to expand government benefits for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who qualify for a new federal work-permit program.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown has early-stage prostate cancer

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
December 12, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, his office announced this afternoon.

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LATimes: George Skelton: Now is the time to adjust Prop. 13


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By George Skelton Capitol Journal
December 12, 2012, 6:07 p.m.

When nearly two-thirds of the citizenry vote to tax themselves to expand transit but don’t prevail, then democracy has gone cockeyed.

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LATimes: Fed to tie interest rate to job gains

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The hope is to bring unemployment below 6.5%. Strategy marks a dramatic change in policy, made easier by low inflation lately.

By Don Lee and Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
December 13, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve said it will continue aggressive measures to stimulate the economy and made a major policy shift to focus more directly on boosting the job market.

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Blue Shield

In filings with state regulators, Blue Shield is seeking an average rate increase of 12% for more than 300,000 customers. Consumer advocates say the firm should use its reserves to hold down rates.

By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
December 13, 2012

Health insurer Blue Shield of California wants to raise rates as much as 20% for some individual policyholders, prompting calls for the nonprofit to use some of its record-high reserve of $3.9 billion to hold down premiums.

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