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LATimes: Kamala Harris the ‘prohibitive favorite’ for Senate, which has drawbacks

Kamala Harris

Uncertainties abound as state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris emerges as the clear early front-runner in the 2016 election for an open U.S. Senate seat. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

By Michael Finnegan and Patrick McGreevy
February 25, 2015

With Antonio Villaraigosa no longer a threat to her campaign for U.S. Senate, some Democratic leaders see state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris as Barbara Boxer’s inevitable successor.

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InlandPolitics: Villaraigosa won’t make U.S. Senate run

No way

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 – 08:45 a.m.

We won’t belabor the announcement by wasting time placing any media stories up on the blog.

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Referendum

By Paul Rogers
progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 02/25/2015 – 06:02:48 AM PST

SACRAMENTO — Setting up a grand environmental showdown, a referendum initiated by the plastic-bag industry to overturn California’s first-in-the-nation law that bans supermarkets and other businesses from handing out single-use plastic bags has qualified for next year’s ballot.

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By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
02/24/2015 4:38 PM

Republicans in the California Senate have chosen a new leader – Sen. Jean Fuller of Bakersfield – and she will become the first woman to hold a top leadership post in the Senate, Democrat or Republican, the caucus announced Tuesday.

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SacBee: Big Prop. 47 loopholes biting back

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
02/24/2015 5:46 PM

California’s legislators are now eager to plug some gaping – and potentially dangerous – loopholes in criminal laws that voters opened last year by passing Proposition 47.

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Theodore Olsen, Sonia Sotomayor,  Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito and Elena Kagan.

By PAUL MITCHELL
Posted 02.24.2015

A case before the U.S. Supreme Court, with arguments set to be heard on March 2, could reduce the role of the State Redistricting Commission, invalidate the 2011 Congressional lines, and hand to the legislature the immediate responsibility of redrawing 53 valuable seats.

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SacBee: Field Poll: Jerry Brown riding high, but not his big projects

Field Poll

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
02/24/2015 12:00 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown remains popular, according to a new poll

But not the big projects he supports, which appear to weigh him down.

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David Dreier

Rep. David Dreier, then-chairman of Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger’s transition team, at a press conference in 2003. (John Decker The Sacramento Bee)

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
02/23/2015 5:19 PM

Add his name to the list of Republicans possibly contemplating what would be an uphill run for the U.S. Senate.

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Freeway

The 170 Freeway through the San Fernando Valley. (David Crane – staff photographer)

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 02/23/15, 7:22 PM PST |

In the past, states could rely on the federal gasoline tax fund to build freeway and expressway projects and also for general upkeep of America’s ribbon of highways.

But those days are gone.

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Prime Healthcare

By Tracy Seipel
tseipel@mercurynews.com
Posted: 02/24/2015 05:55:02 AM PST
Updated: 02/24/2015 05:55:35 AM PST

SAN JOSE — Take it or leave it. That’s the message to a Southern California for-profit company from Attorney General Kamala Harris who late last week laid out a dozen requirements for Prime Healthcare Services’ $843 million deal to buy six cash-crunched nonprofit hospitals.

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SJMercuryNews: Early campaigns by Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom are double-edged sword

Kamala Harris+Gavin Newsom

By Josh Richman
jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 02/22/2015 10:16:32 AM PST
Updated: 02/22/2015 10:16:40 AM PST

Getting an early start is important for birds seeking worms and children hoping to get in a top college. But when it comes to prominent politicians angling for higher office, starting years in advance may simply allow more time for troubles to mount, political experts say.

So what the heck are Kamala Harris and Gavin Newsom thinking?

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Fiorina+Perry+Jindal

Former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. (Scott Olson/Getty Images; Eric Gay/AP Photo; J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)

By Cathleen Decker
February 21, 2015

California has stood as a bright-blue bulwark against conservative political surges for years now, blocking at its border a series of national Republican sweeps and giving President Obama historically huge victories.

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U.S. ordered to answer Calderon's complaint

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) was indicted last year on 24 felony charges, including accepting $88,000 in bribes. He has pleaded not guilty. (Manny Crisostomo / Sacramento Bee)

By Patrick McGreevy
February 21, 2015

A year after his indictment on federal corruption charges, former state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon awaits his day in court, working as a manager at a real estate firm and helping his attorneys sift thousands of documents that include transcripts from undercover FBI wiretaps.

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InlandPolitics: Obamacare continues to steamroll Democrats

Democrat

Saturday, February 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

It just keeps getting worse for Democrats nationally. The Obamacare steamroller was operating at full speed this week.

Where do I start?

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Prime Healthcare

By Stuart Pfeifer and Javier Panzar
February 20, 2015

California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris on Friday approved the hotly debated sale of a chain of six struggling Catholic hospitals — including two in Los Angeles County — but imposed strict conditions on how they will be managed.

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UTSanDiego: Utility agency taps $882-an-hour lawyer

CPUC

Regulator is responding to criminal investigations of improper contact

By Jeff McDonald
Feb. 19, 2015 – 4:56 p.m.

The California Public Utilities Commission has hired one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the state to respond to investigations of improper contact between regulators and the utility companies they oversee.

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Lobbyists

Lobbyists and advocates watch the action in the state Assembly on a television outside the chambers on Aug. 27, 2014. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Patrick McGreevy
February 19, 2015

The state ethics watchdog panel adopted regulations Thursday banning political fundraisers in the homes of lobbyists, rejecting exceptions to the rule proposed by a group representing legislative advocates.

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oops

By Judy Lin, Associated Press
02/19/2015 5:14 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s health exchange apologized Thursday for sending about 100,000 incorrect tax forms last month to people who purchased private coverage, a mistake that could delay tax filings or force households to amend their taxes.

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SacBee: Poll: Scott Walker, Jeb Bush top California GOP preferences

Field Poll

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
02/19/2015 12:05 AM

More than a year before the presidential primary reaches California, this much can be said about the voting public: Democrats like Hillary Rodham Clinton, Republicans like Scott Walker and Jeb Bush, and a lot of people still haven’t made up their minds.

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The Sun: Crafton Hills College pulls out of four-year college degree program

Crafton Hills College

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 02/17/15, 7:45 PM PST | Updated: 10 hrs ago

YUCAIPA >> After getting a warning letter from an accreditation agency, Crafton Hills College has pulled out of a new pilot program that would have seen them offering a four-year college degree.

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Field Poll - U.S. Senate 2016

By John Myers
Feb 18, 2015

Not bad, but not a blockbuster: Consider that the real takeaway for Kamala Harris in the first statewide public poll in the 2016 race for the U.S. Senate.

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Bloomberg Logo

By Edvard Pettersson
February 17, 2015 – 10:56 AM PST

(Bloomberg) — A Koch brothers advocacy group can keep its donor list secret for now, with a federal judge ruling that revealing the identities would chill free speech.

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Covered California

By Chad Terhune and Soumya Karlamangla
February 17, 2015

California’s health exchange, after notching 1.4 million in Obamacare enrollment as of Sunday’s deadline, said it may give uninsured people subject to a tax penalty yet another chance to sign up.

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LATimes: Southern California home sales down, prices flat

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By Tim Logan
February 17, 2015

Southern California’s housing market got off to a slow start for the year in January, with sales down and prices treading water.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Rancho Cucamonga Republican announces he’ll run again

GOP

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

Looks like two losses isn’t enough for the county’s preeminent wannabe elected official.

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Capitol Weekly

By Chuck McFadden
Posted 02.16.2015

ANALYSIS: There are rumblings beneath the surface about the danger of a race-tinged political war breaking out within the California Democratic Party.

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SFChronicle: PG&E e-mails may prove pivotal in probe of regulator

Michael Peevey

Michael Peevey, president of the state Public Utilities Commission listens to the speakers at the California Public Utilities Commission meeting, Thursday January 27, 2011, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo: Lacy Atkins / The Chronicle / SFC)

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
Monday, February 16, 2015 – Updated 9:07 am

A Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executive exploited former state Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey’s intense interest in a Kern County alternative-energy project in making a backroom deal to win favorable treatment for the company, newly released e-mails show.

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Calpensions: CalPERS paid lawyers $7 million in bankruptcies

calpers

By Ed Mendel
February 16, 2015

CalPERS has paid two law firms more than $7 million in the Vallejo, Stockton and San Bernardino bankruptcies, even though a federal judge doubts that it has the legal standing to object to city pension cuts.

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taxes

Proposals starting to form in Sacramento and San Diego County
By Chris Nichols
Feb. 15, 2015

SACRAMENTO — With a shrinking pot of money to fix California’s roads, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins has vowed to push the state into “the next generation of funding” through a $52 per year “Road User Charge” for all drivers.

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UTSanDiego: Flawed San Onofre project steamed on

San Onofre Steam Generators

Replacement steam generators for San Onofre arrive in Oceanside in 2009. They turned out to be flawed.
The $680 million replacement generators were not subject to formal cost study.

By Jeff McDonald
Feb. 14, 2015 – Updated 4:18 p.m.

Ten years ago, when Southern California Edison wanted to replace the steam generators in its San Onofre nuclear power plant, the state Public Utilities Commission agreed to the plan without a formal review of the $680 million price tag.

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Covered California

By Chad Terhune
February 14, 2015

Short of its enrollment goal ahead of a Sunday deadline, California’s Obamacare exchange made a final push for sign-ups at Los Angeles area clinics, churches and shopping malls.

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Prime Healthcare

By Tracy Seipel
tseipel@mercurynews.com
Posted: 02/14/2015 10:03:51 AM PST

Picture an empty hospital. No patients, no medical staff — not a stethoscope in sight.

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UTSanDiego: State proposes 21 percent gas tax cut

Tax Cut

By Jonathan Horn
Feb. 13, 2015 – Updated 6:11 p.m.

San Diegans enjoying relief at the pump these days can expect a little more this summer, this time thanks to the state of California.

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The PE: POLITICS: Assembly Melendez criticized for ‘Islamic savages’ tweet

Melissa Melendez

Melendez

Published: Feb. 12, 2015 – Updated: 10:37 p.m.

Inland Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez is facing criticism from Islamic groups after she tweeted with the hashtag “Stand Up Against Islam” while lamenting the death of an American aid worker.

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

Calbuzz: Among Latinos, Tony V Thumps Kamala for Senate

Kamala Harris+Antonio Villaraigosa

By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
February 13, 2015

Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris may be leading the field statewide in 2016 race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer – we won’t actually know until we see some public polling data – but it appears that among Latino voters who say they’re likely to vote, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio “Tony V” Villaraigosa is the clear favorite.

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By Jean Merl
February 13, 2015

Getting an early start on shoring up at-risk members, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday released a list of 14 it deems most vulnerable in next year’s elections.

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Chabot+Aguilar

Published: Feb. 11, 2015 – Updated: 9:40 a.m.

Republican Paul Chabot believes a lack of money and GOP support hampered his campaign for an Inland congressional seat. He might have a point, at least on the money part.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

Gavin Newsom

Former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom delivers a speech inside City Hall in San Francisco, after the U.S. Supreme Court made its ruling on gay marriage on June 26, 2013. (AFP / AFP/Getty Images)

By Seema Mehta
February 11, 2015

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that he has opened a fundraising account to run for governor in 2018.

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SacBee: California officials to fete Michael Peevey

Michael Peevey

In this Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 file photo, Michael Peevey, the president of the California Public Utilities Commission, listens to a speaker at Irvine City Hall in Irvine, Calif. (Mark Rightmire/AP)

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
02/10/2015 3:14 PM

Amid the ongoing drip of revelations into back channel communications between Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and the California Public Utilities Commission, Brown administration officials and other political heavyweights are sponsoring a tribute dinner for Michael Peevey, the embattled former president of the PUC.

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SacBee: In California, a golden political opportunity carries risks

democrat_donkey

02/09/2015 – 11:44 PM

WASHINGTON — A rare open contest for a U.S. Senate seat in California next year presents a long-awaited opportunity for some of the state’s more politically ambitious House members.

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CHP logo

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
02/09/2015 7:50 PM

Payroll costs for California Highway Patrol officers grew an average 11 percent per employee last year, new state data show, fueled by a mandated raise, more overtime and the end of furloughs in 2013.

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LATimes: Top-two primary system hasn’t worked as proponents promised

Campaigns

By Mark Z. Barabak
February 8, 2015

Reinvention is part of California’s credo, the inalienable right of every man, woman and child to make of themselves and their lives what they will — and do it over again, if they’re not happy the first time.

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GOP

By Seema Mehta
February 9, 2015

Unless a surprise GOP candidate emerges, the U.S. Senate race in California will mark the third straight election with the party’s top-of-the-ticket state candidate given virtually no chance of victory, even by fellow Republicans.

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Taxes

Fenit Nirappil | AP
February 08, 09:41 AM

California lawmakers are looking at new ways to pay for crumbling roads, bridges and highways as the traditional repair fund from gasoline taxes dries up.

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SFChronicle: Ex-PG&E adversary Mike Florio, now with PUC, on ethical hot seat

California PUC

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
Published 4:29 pm, Saturday, February 7, 2015

When it came to ethics, Mike Florio once boasted to the state Senate: “I walk the walk as well as talk the talk.”

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SacBee: Opinion: Huge stakes in spending on politics

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
02/08/2015 12:01 AM

Something north of $400 million was spent in California last year on campaigns for statewide and legislative offices, and for or against state ballot measures.

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SacBee: Party committees move millions in California elections

California Money

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
02/06/2015 11:42 PM

Eureka, on California’s North Coast, is at least a seven-hour drive from Fresno, the northern tip of the Central Valley’s sprawling 14th Senate District. It’s even farther from Santa Ana, the Orange County city at the heart of Southern California’s 34th Senate District.

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SacBee: Stockton bankruptcy judge puts key CalPERS rulings in writing

US Bankruptcy Court

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
02/05/2015 6:44 PM

With harsh words for CalPERS and an angry bondholder, a U.S. bankruptcy judge has put into writing his pivotal rulings on the sanctity of public pensions in the Stockton bankruptcy case.

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SacBee: Opinion: California’s roads need costly repair

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
02/06/2015 7:35 AM

The good news is that after decades of ignoring the deterioration of California’s once-world-class highway system, our politicians have finally awakened to the crisis.

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Antonio Villaraigosa+Fabian Nunez
Antonio Villaraigosa, left, then mayor of Los Angeles, with Fabian Nunez, then speaker of the Assembly, in Sacramento in 2006. (Rich Pendroncelli / AP)

By Michael Finnegan
February 5, 2015

One of Antonio Villaraigosa’s closest friends and advisors said Thursday that all signs were pointing toward the former Los Angeles mayor declaring his candidacy for U.S. Senate within the next two weeks.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown’s state insurance plan could hurt retirees

Jon Ortiz

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
02/05/2015 7:54 AM

If you’re a state retiree or planning to become one, a piece of Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2015-16 budget proposal could hit your wallet.

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SacBee: California bill would require more vaccinations

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By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
02/05/2015 7:48 AM

With measles breaking out in California 15 years after it was thought to be eradicated, two state senators introduced legislation Wednesday that would make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children.

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George Skelton

George Skelton
February 4, 2015

Latinos feel insulted by blacks. Angelenos are suspicious of San Franciscans. Democrats are squabbling. It’s inevitable.

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SFChronicle: Ethnic battles brewing in 2016 California U.S. Senate race?

Carla Marinucci

By Carla Marinucci
February 3, 2015 4:31 PM

Could California’s open 2016 U.S. Senate race turn into a a tussle between two powerhouse Democratic ethnic voting blocs — Latinos and African Americans?

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Capitol Weekly

By John Howard
Posted 02.03.2015

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, pondering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2016, has slightly better name recognition than rival Democrat Kamala Harris and could benefit from an energized Latino electorate, according to a survey released by the Legislative Latino Caucus.

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SacBee: California’s top political ethics cop resigns

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By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
02/03/2015 9:54 PM

The top cop for California’s political ethics agency is leaving the Fair Political Practices Commission, marking the second departure of an executive staff member in less than three weeks.

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calpers

CalPERS to receive more than $300 million from federal settlement with S&P

Sacramento-Business-Journal

Feb 3, 2015, 2:40pm PST
Allen Young
Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal

California’s giant public pension system said Tuesday it stands to receive $301 million from a settlement with Standard & Poor’s announced earlier in the day by federal and state prosecutors.

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InlandPolitics: U.S. Judges find hard hitting avenue to combat state misconduct

U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

Most can agree that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has had its issues at times. But the Federal Appeals Court that oversees California appears to have had it with prosecutor misconduct in the state.

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The Open File

By Alec
February 1, 2015

In the wake of an extraordinary oral argument in front of a 9th Circuit panel during which Judge Alex Kozinski suggested a prosecutor be tried for perjury and threatened to name state officials in an opinion that would “not be pretty,” the office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris has filed a motion dropping the state’s opposition to a habeas petition in a 1995 double-murder case.

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SacBee: Opinion: Election law changes aid politicians

U.S. Supreme Court

Self-serving gerrymanders had become so common in California that the state’s voters finally shifted the power over legislative and congressional districts from the Legislature to an independent commission. The Legislature could recapture its district-drawing power over congressional districts if the Arizona Legislature wins a case now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court (pictured) that challenges the legitimacy of that state’s redistricting commission. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
02/02/2015 12:01 AM

When politicians tinker with the laws governing their own elections, one should view their proposals with a guilty-until-proven-innocent attitude.

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Corporate Governance

By Ed Mendel
February 2, 2015

A bitter breakup of a well-known Ohio company, Timken, approved by shareholders in a battle led by CalSTRS and one of its investment funds, Relational, has become a case study as activist shareholders try to squeeze more profit from companies.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: More names surface as potential Jeff Stone replacements

Riverside-County-Seal

Published: Jan. 30, 2015 – Updated: 3:21 p.m.

Councilmen from San Jacinto and Murrieta are among those seeking to fill a vacancy on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors as the wait continues for Gov. Jerry Brown to appoint a replacement for Jeff Stone.

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

Kamala Harris

Federal judges called upon state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris to respond to reports of a pattern of prosecutorial misconduct going undisciplined in state courts. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

By Maura Dolan
Januray 31, 2015

The hearing seemed largely routine until a state prosecutor approached the lectern.

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SacBee: Opinion: California’s budget saga sparks book

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
02/01/2015 12:01 AM

Although the state budget is finally balanced after years of deficits, polls tell us that most Californians are still concerned about the state’s fiscal stability.

Their concern is well-placed.

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IEBusinessDaily: Time for Another Prop 13

Proposition 13

By IE Business Daily
January 31, 2015

In 1978, Californians passed Proposition 13 to cap property tax increases at two percent per year. At the time, and as we saw last decade, property values were increasing at such a fast pace, that many people had difficulty keeping up with the doubling and tripling of their property taxes. Seniors on fixed incomes were sometimes forced to sell their homes because the taxation levels exceeded their ability to pay the taxes.

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Michael Peevey

Michael Peevey, when he was at the helm of the California Public Utilities Commission Michael Peevey, when he was at the helm of the California Public Utilities Commission (AP)
Warrant indicates notes involving San Onofre may have been among items seized

Document: Peevey search warrant 

By Jeff McDonald
Jan. 30, 2015 – 12:05 p.m.

State agents seized bank statements, computers. miscellaneous files and a host of other materials from the Los Angeles area home of former California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey this week, indicating a public-corruption case is growing more serious.

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SacBee: Amid report Michael Peevey’s home searched, Jerry Brown praises PUC

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
01/29/2015 3:36 PM

SAN FRANCISCO – Even as it was reported that state investigators seized computers and other items from Michael Peevey’s home, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday offered only praise for the former president of the California Public Utilities Commission.

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Don Thompson, Associated Press
Published 1:34 pm, Thursday, January 29, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California must adopt a new process for executing condemned inmates after nearly three years of delays, a state judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit filed by crime victims.

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SacBee: California’s jobless rate falls, but still nation’s 2nd highest

unemployment

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/27/2015 10:39 AM

Although California’s unemployment dropped fractionally to 7 percent in December, the state stands alone with the nation’s second-highest rate, exceeded only by Mississippi’s 7.2 percent.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/27/2015 12:50 PM

Although California’s industrial sector has been declining for decades and today employs just 8 percent of the state’s workers, it still generates a very large portion of the state’s economic output, a new Census Bureau report indicates.

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InlandPolitics: GOP puts gun to its own head again

GOP - Shooting Itself in Head

Monday, January 26, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

You gotta hand it to the GOP.

If there’s one concept the Republican Party has really developed a fine skill for, it’s committing political suicide.

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Jerry Brown

The financial crisis has passed and the economy is rebounding, but the fight over taxes is about to resume between Governor Jerry Brown and members of the California legislature. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Juliet Williams | AP
January 25, 09:16 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown orchestrated the successful push for temporary sales and income taxes on Californians three years ago to help ease the state out of recession and close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.

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Jon Ortiz

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
01/26/2015 7:31 AM

After years of making concessions to Gov. Jerry Brown, California labor leaders had hoped that the fourth-and-final-term Democrat finally would be in a giving mood.

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SacBee: Opinion: Road tax diversions and reality

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/25/2015 9:25 PM

A recent column about a growing backlog of deferred maintenance in the state highway system and the difficulty of raising more revenue for roadwork generated an unusually high number of reader reactions.

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InlandPolitics: Taxes: Here we go!

Taxes

Sunday, January 25, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

Well it didn’t take long for the higher tax shoe to drop in the country’s tax leader, California.

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The Sun: Inland Empire jobless rate falls

unemployment down

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 01/23/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 1 day ago

The Inland Empire saw a dramatic drop in unemployment last month. Its jobless rate for December was 7.2  percent, down from a revised 8  percent the previous month and 8.7  percent a year earlier, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

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SacBee: Opinion: Schools get big bucks, still behind

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/24/2015 8:36 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown says that if his 2015-16 budget is adopted, California will be spending an average of $13,462 on each of its 6 million K-12 students, or about $81 billion.

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Sharon Runner

Republican candidate for state Senate Sharon Runner, middle, chats with supporters in 2011. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

By Patrick McGreevy
January 23, 2015

Former Republican state Sen. Sharon Runner of Lancaster, who rebounded after receiving a double lung transplant three years ago, was the only candidate to file papers by Friday’s deadline to run in a special election to fill a Senate seat vacated when Steve Knight was elected to Congress.

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SacBee: California state pay increased $1.1 billion last year

 

Graph - CA State Payroll 2015

(Sacramento Bee research/California State Controller’s Office)

By Jon Ortiz and Phillip Reese
jortiz@sacbee.com
01/23/2015 10:53 PM

California state workers’ salaries rose a total $1.1 billion last year, according to new payroll data, while the number of state employees also grew.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: Prop 47 & 2016 Candidates

Mic

Friday, January 23, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lou is joined by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) to discuss AB 150, which would amend Prop 47 to make the theft of a firearm under $950 a felony.

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Melissa Melendez

Melendez

Published: Jan. 22, 2015 – Updated: 10:41 a.m.

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, has been named to a board post for an organization that trains Republican leaders nationwide.

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Antonio Villaraigosa

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, shown in Sacramento in 2013, is weighing a bid for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Michael Finnegan
January 22, 2015

With billionaire Tom Steyer opting out of California’s U.S. Senate race on Thursday, the most likely major rival for Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris appears to be former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

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SacBee: Opinion: U.S. Senate race sees a big pullout

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/22/2015 8:18 PM

For two weeks, ever since Sen. Barbara Boxer declared she would not run for a fifth term in 2016, hedge fund billionaire/environmental activist Tom Steyer had conducted a Hamlet-like soliloquy.

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SacBee: Tom Steyer will not run for Boxer Senate seat

Tom Steyer

Steyer

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
01/22/2015 1:10 PM

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer said Thursday he will not be a candidate to succeed U.S. Senate Barbara Boxer and instead will continue his focus on helping Democrats and working to reverse the effects of global climate change.

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Antonio Villaraigosa

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa(Ethan Miller)

National Journal

Kamala Harris is getting national buzz, but there’s a counter-movement building on behalf of a potential rival.

By Andrea Drusch
January 21, 2015

With only weeks gone but years left in California’s Senate race, national Democrats appear eager to anoint state Attorney General Kamala Harris as the 2016 successor to Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee weighed in lauding Harris’ candidacy after she announced her decision last week, and high-profile sitting senators including Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Cory Booker also feted the new front-runner.

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