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By Jessica Calefati, Bay Area News Group
Posted: 05/26/15 – 9:04 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO ­>> With less than a month to go until the deadline to pass a new state budget, Democratic legislative leaders on Tuesday released dueling spending plans that are oddly far apart on key issues such as child care and higher education.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 26, 2015

  • California gets most revenue from income taxes
  • Capital gains by the wealthy provide big chunk of revenue
  • Financial forecasts serve the interests of those making them

Marty Block, a state senator from San Diego, recently asked a question in public that many in and around the Capitol have been mulling for years.

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Daily Bulletin: FPPC a bigger bang for San Bernardino County’s buck

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/25/15 – 5:12 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County appears to be getting its money’s worth out of the state Fair Political Practices Commission.

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Pete Aguilar

Pete Aguilar

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 05/25/15 – 3:56 PM PDT |

The former mayor of Redlands has introduced his first piece of legislation at his new job.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 25, 2015

  • State budget is entering its final phase
  • As issues are ironed out, ‘trailer bills’ are written
  • But trailers are misused for non-budget issues

The annual state budget cycle is approaching the latter stages, when Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators chew through their remaining differences and, presumably, reach agreement.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown has opposed an extension of Proposition 30, the 2012 measure that temporarily increased the sales tax by a quarter-cent and raised levies on high earners. (Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)

By Chris Megerian
May 25, 2015

When it comes to California’s roller-coaster finances, Gov. Jerry Brown has bent lawmakers and voters to his will, rejecting new spending programs, passing a temporary tax hike and strengthening the state’s rainy-day fund.

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By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 05/24/2015 – 06:13:21 AM PDT
Updated: 05/25/2015 07:14:59 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — Since taking office in 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown has helped to resolve some of California’s toughest fiscal challenges — mainly huge structural deficits and old, forgotten debts.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ed Mendel
May 26, 2015

A San Bernardino plan to exit bankruptcy follows the path of the Vallejo and Stockton exit plans, cutting bond debt and retiree health care but not pensions. Then it veers off in a new direction: contracting for fire, waste management and other services.

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Drought

By Matt Pearce and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
May 24, 2015

Look east, California.

Five years of extreme drought have come to a dramatic end in Texas and Oklahoma as a month of heavy rains has replenished reservoirs, dampened parched soil across both states and unleashed floodwaters on vulnerable residents.

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Medi-Cal

By Soumya Karlamangla
May 24, 2015

Since California’s health insurance program for the poor was expanded under the Affordable Care Act last year, enrollment has exploded, with more than 3.5 million people signing up for the first time. Almost 1 in 3 Californians — a total of 12.2 million people — now receive coverage through Medi-Cal.

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InlandPolitics: Water agencies start feeding at the trough

EVWD

Sunday, May 24, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

California water agencies are at it big time

Using the drought as a driving force. Water suppliers are hammering away at rate increases in every shape or form possible.

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U-T San Diego: San Onofre deal concocted in secret

San Onofre

Reporters in 2010 were given a rare tour of the San Onofre nuclear plant in 2010, in anticipation of the installation of replacement steam generators. The flawed generators precipitated closure of the plant amid a radiation leak in 2012. — John Gastaldo

Warsaw was not the only undisclosed gathering while nuclear plant shutdown pact took shape

By Morgan Lee
May 23, 2015 – 03:48 p.m.

The public was none the wiser.

All the key parties in the room for the only public hearing on the $4.7 billion settlement agreement for shutdown costs at the failed San Onofre nuclear plant knew that the pact had its origins at a secret meeting in Poland.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 23, 2015

  • Sales tax used to be state’s top revenue source
  • Income taxes now dominate revenue flow
  • Should sales taxes be extended to services?

During the first year of Jerry Brown’s first governorship, 40 years ago, the state collected $9 billion in general fund revenues and the sales tax was the biggest source at $3.7 billion.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario airport bill clears California Assembly

California Assembly Seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/22/15, 11:02 AM PDT |

An Assembly bill that would allow Ontario to issue bonds to finance the acquisition of L.A./Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles was approved by the state Assembly on Friday.

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California Lobbying 2015-Q1

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
May 22, 2015
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com

Local governments, businesses, unions and other special interests reported spending more than $48.5 million on direct state lobbying expenses from January through March, according to first-quarter reports filed earlier this month.

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Michael Peevey

Investigators are looking into whether former PUC President Michael Peevey made deals with PG&E illegally. (Photo: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press 2014)

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
May 21, 2015
Updated: May 21, 2015 – 8:11pm

Investigators are looking into whether former PUC President Michael Peevey made deals with PG&E illegally.

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Unpaid Fines

By Maura Dolan and Lee Romney
May 21, 2015

Weighing in on a troubled system, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has called for an emergency rule to prevent courts from requiring drivers to pay traffic tickets before they can go to court to contest them.

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Calbuzz: Round-up: Harris, Sanchez, Glazer & Kim K’s Butt

Calbuzz

Political news, analysis, commentary and more about California and beyond
By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
Friday, May 22, 2015

Bottom line on the new Merv and Mark Poll: Kamala Harris looks strong, but far from inevitable, in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer.

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The Sun: California Controller to audit Beaumont’s finances

Beaumont

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/19/15, 2:17 PM PDT |

BEAUMONT >> State Controller Betty T. Yee on Tuesday announced her office was launching an investigation into the financial practices and reporting of this city of 42,000 to resolve “significant differences” between the city’s financial reporting and its audited statements.

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The Sacramento Bee: Calderon corruption trial pushed back more than six months

U.S. ordered to answer Calderon's complaint

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, speaks at a news conference at the Capitol on June 10, 2013. | Manny Crisostomo The Sacramento Bee file

Capitol Alert
May 19, 2015
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon’s corruption trial has been postponed for a third time. It is now scheduled to begin on March 1, 2016, a delay of nearly seven months.

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California Money

New revenue estimate shows likely fault line over spending in budget battle between governor and lawmakers

By Chris Megerian
May 19, 2015

The battle lines in the annual tug-of-war over the state budget became clear on Monday evening, when legislative analysts said there would be $1.1 billion more revenue available for discretionary spending than Gov. Jerry Brown has estimated.

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The Sun: San Bernardino council approves bankruptcy plan, 6-1

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
POSTED: 05/18/15 – 8:55 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A full-court press by the city’s administrators, consultants and allies from the community convinced six of the seven council members Monday that it was vital to pass the Plan of Adjustment, pushing the city into the next stage of its nearly three-year bankruptcy.

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Loretta Sanchez

U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez greets paradegoers during a Veterans Day celebration in Fullerton in 2008. Some say Sanchez’s lack of restraint could work to her advantage. (File: Michael Goulding / Staff Photographer)

By Martin Wisckol / Staff Writer
May 18, 2015
Updated: May 19, 2015 – 12:12 a.m.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s colorful, freewheeling persona shows no signs of being watered down for her U.S. Senate race, as she demonstrated at last weekend’s state Democratic convention in Anaheim.

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Supreme Court of the United States

By David G. Savage
May 18, 2015

Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy dealt a speedy setback Monday to conservative advocacy groups that had sought to shield the names of their major donors in California.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, May 18, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Estimable Economist Jay Prag to get his take on San Bernardino’s exit plan. What affect will their actions have on future investments in the troubled city?

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Drought

Republicans plan to use drought to hit Democrats in 2016 elections

Capitol Alert
May 17, 2015

By David Siders and Christopher Cadelgo
dsiders@sacbee.com

Gov. Jerry Brown, cheering the Democratic Party for successes in California in recent years – including increasing spending on education and health care – turned briefly to the “bad news” at a party gathering over the weekend.

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Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry Brown is in favor of ending temporary taxes under voter-approved Proposition 30.

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 05/18/2015 – 05:50:33 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — When Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his revised state budget late last week, the news that California is swimming in black ink rightfully stole the show.

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By Michael Finnegan and Peter Jamison
May 16, 2015

The contours of California’s U.S. Senate race sharpened Saturday, with Kamala Harris trying to keep stride as the leading contender while upstart Loretta Sanchez sought to knock her off balance.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
May 16, 2015
dwalters@sacbee.com

Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised 2015-16 budget sharply increases spending on California’s 6-plus million elementary and high school students.

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Xavier Becerra

Democrat Xavier Becerra, a congressman from Los Angeles, speaking with reporters Friday evening at the California Democratic Party convention in Orange County. | Christopher Cadelago ccadelago@sacbee.com

Capitol Alert
May 15, 2015
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com

Veteran congressman questions where she stands
“What would she do? What are her values on these issues?”

Anaheim — Rep. Xavier Becerra, mulling a run for the U.S. Senate, urged the media to more aggressively question Attorney General Kamala Harris, the Democratic frontrunner in the race.

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Gas Prices

Gas prices are displayed at a Chevron station in Brentwood. The recent surge in regional fuel prices has left local drivers paying more on average than motorists elsewhere in the U.S. (Jerome Adamstein / Los Angeles Times)

By Andrew Khouri and Samantha Masunaga
May 15, 2015

On Friday, the average for a gallon of regular in the Los Angeles area was higher than $4 for the first time since July, according to daily fuel price reports by AAA and GasBuddy.com. The recent surge in regional fuel prices has left local drivers paying more on average than motorists anywhere else in the U.S.

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The Sun: San Bernardino plans huge reductions in bankruptcy plan

Bankruptcy Court

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/14/15, 4:49 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The proposed bankruptcy exit plan released to the public for the first time Thursday would pay 1 percent of the $50 million owed to pension obligation bondholders, slash retirees’ healthcare coverage, and contract out for services, including fire and waste disposal, among other changes.

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Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar lost millions in state vehicle license fees four years ago.

Published: May 14, 2015 – Updated: 10:21 p.m.

Four cities in Riverside County still coping with a 4-year-old revenue hit could get relief in the revised state budget offered by Gov. Jerry Brownon Thursday, May 14.

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

California Money

By Larry Gordon, Teresa Watanabe and Carla Rivera
May 14, 2015

The big winners in Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to sharply increase education funding are California undergraduates at UC, who will have their tuition frozen for two more years, and the millions of elementary, secondary and community college students who are likely to see more teachers and counselors hired on their campuses.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 14, 2015

The state’s revenue system is, as we should all know by now, increasingly dependent on taxes from a relative handful of high-income Californians.

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Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, hugs her half-brother, Stephen Sanchez, after announcing she will run for U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat. She was surrounded by family and supporters at the Santa Ana train station on Thursday. | Christopher Cadelago The Sacramento Bee

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
May 14, 2015

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a Democrat from Orange County, rocked the political world nearly two decades ago when she narrowly ousted a sharp-tongued Republican congressman and then defended the seat in a rematch.

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Commission on Judicial Performance

By Joseph Serna
May 14, 2015

Like most judges, Kern County Superior Court Judge John Fielder did not necessarily carve out a reputation of being warm and cuddly on the bench.

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Kamala Harris

U.S. Senate candidate and state Attorney General Kamala Harris (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

News
May 13, 2015
Updated 7:30 p.m.
By Martin Wisckol, Staff Writer

On the eve of Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s expected announcement that she’ll run for U.S. Senate, current frontrunner Kamala Harris on Wednesday rolled out a list of eight Orange County elected officials who’ve endorsed her bid.

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Pete Aguilar

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands

Published: May 12, 2015 – Updated: 4:09 p.m.

Rep. Pete Aguliar, D-Redlands, and his wife recently spent a week spending no more than $4.73 a day per person on food to call attention to hunger in the Inland Empire.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

U-T San Diego: Emails show UCLA, CPUC deal making

Michael Peevey

Peevey, at right, said grants would be ‘satisfactory to our joint purposes’.

By Jeff McDonald
May 12, 2015

Former California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey filed a public notice disclosing an email he received from UCLA regarding grants for greenhouse gas research.

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Lobbyist

Hospitals and the oil industry topped payments for lobbying. Total reflects payments to in-house lobbyists and outside firms.

Capitol Alert
May 12, 2015
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com

Local governments, businesses, unions and other special interests reported spending more than $48.5 million on direct state lobbying expenses from January through March, according to first-quarter reports filed earlier this month.

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San Bernardino Seal

Judge allows city to make pension payments

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com

Government pensions in California have withstood another fierce challenge in bankruptcy court.

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Daily Bulletin: FPPC fines San Bernardino County D.A. Mike Ramos for third time

Mike Ramos

Bob Stern, a campaign finance expert and the FPPC’s first general counsel, from 1975 to 1983, said he was flabbergasted that Ramos was twice fined for the same violation. “Of all the people who should be complying with the law, it should be the D.A.,” Stern said. “If I were a commissioner, I would go back and say double the fine,” (Staff file photo by Rick Sforza)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/11/15 – 4:20 PM PDT |

For the third time in the last two election cycles, San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos has been fined by the state Fair Political Practices Commission for improper campaign reporting practices.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/11/15 – 3:18 PM PDT |

A prominent Rancho Cucamonga political action committee could be fined $6,000 by the state’s ethics watchdog for failing to timely file two campaign statements, and failing to timely disclose contributions it received and made during the 2010 election.

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Tony Rackauckas+Miguel Pulido

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido (Right) and Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

By Adam Elmahrek
May 11, 2015 at 2:53 PM

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido has agreed to pay $13,000 in fines to the state’s political watchdog for several violations of state law related to a real estate deal he conducted with a city contractor.

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Jerry Brown

Those given pay raises by a state panel Monday include California Gov. Jerry Brown, pictured on May 6, and other state legislators and elected officials. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Patrick McGreevy contact the reporter
May 11, 2015

SACRAMENTO — A state panel appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown voted Monday to give the governor, state legislators and many other officials a 3% pay raise, saying it would make their salaries more competitive with leaders elsewhere.

The increases will take effect Dec. 7.

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The Sacramento Bee: Why CalPERS retirees flee California

Las Vegas

Las Vegas has the most Golden State transplants

Jon Ortiz

The State Worker
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
May 11, 2015

About 15 percent of CALPERS pensioners live outside California

This city’s Spanish name recalls grassy, spring-fed meadows that nourished the first farms here and gave laborers relief from desert heat.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Also among the county’s financial challenges are the sheriff’s and fire departments.

Published: May 8, 2015
Updated: May 10, 2015 6:20 p.m.

Riverside County officials want to take $1.5 million ticketed for UC Riverside’s medical school and spend it on equipment needs at the county-run hospital.

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

Schools

By Judy Lin, Associated Press
May 10, 2015

Lawmakers expect Gov. Jerry Brown to suggest spending more tax dollars on public schools and community colleges while asking for more money to be set aside for a rainy day when he releases his updated budget this week.

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InlandPolitics: Refinery numbers leave gas price spike unjustified

Behind-the-spin

Sunday, May 10, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

The latest report on refinery activity from the California Energy Commission in no way supports the contention that refinery woes have caused retail gasoline price spikes.

Spin that continues to be nothing more than a lie.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
May 9, 2015
dwalters@sacbee.com

California’s Silicon Valley may be the world capital of hubris, where 20-somethings with the right idea at the right time can become instantly wealthy.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown, speaking at the Association of California Water Agencies conference last week, made clear that in his fourth and final term, he intends to build twin tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. | Rich Pedroncelli/The Associated Press

Dan Morain

Dan Morain
Editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer
dmorain@sacbee.com
May 9, 2015

Jerry Brown was sounding a little like an eccentric uncle-governor the other day as he muttered about Spaceship Earth, how he got the Moonbeam moniker, and, yes, the need to recycle human waste into water.

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Daily Press: GOP leader talks strategy; Runner announces re-election bid

Jim Brulte

Jim Brulte, chairman of the California Republican Party gives the keynote address at the Victor Valley Republican Club and the High Desert Republican Women Federated at the ‘Dinner with Senator Jim Brulte, (RET)” event at the Hilton Garden Inn on Thursday, in Victorville. (David Pardo, Daily Press)

POLITICS

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted May. 8, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Updated at 11:10 PM

VICTORVILLE — California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte urged fellow Republicans on Thursday night to remain patient as the party seeks to build on gains made last year. He also made no bones about the party’s nationwide goal: defeating Democratic Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton in her bid for the White House.

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Campaigns

Politics
May 9, 2015
By Alan Fram, Associated Press

Vulnerable House incumbents are fattening their campaign accounts as the Supreme Court approaches a decision on a case that could force legislatures to reshape congressional districts in 13 states or more, perhaps in time for next year’s elections.

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Gas Prices

California senators have sent a series of questions to oil industry executives.The inquiries come amid concerns about whether the market is competitive.

Capitol Alert
May 8, 2015
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com

California senators investigating the recent surge in gas prices are escalating pressure on oil industry executives.

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The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Finally, war on Prop. 13 breaks out

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 7, 2015

A political war over taxes that’s been brewing for nearly four decades finally erupted Thursday – maybe.

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grand_jury

By Melanie Mason
May 7, 2015

The state Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would prohibit grand juries from weighing in on cases of deadly shootings or excessive force by police.

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Taxes

May 7, 2015
Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com

A coalition of public employee unions and other liberal groups, including many churches, launched a campaign Thursday to alter Proposition 13, California’s iconic property tax limit, and raise billions of dollars by hiking taxes on commercial property.

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The Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown to water tunnels critics: ‘Shut up’

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks to water managers from throughout the state at the Association of California Water Agencies conference at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in Sacramento, Calif.

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
May 6, 2015
By David Siders and Dale Kasler
dsiders@sacbee.com

Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that critics of his twin tunnels water diversion plan should “shut up” until they spend more time studying it, defending the project and strict water conservation rules as California grapples with a fourth year of drought.

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Gavin Newsom

In this photo taken Monday, April 20, 2015, Lt. Gavin Newsom speaks at the Californians for Safety and Justice conference in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom and former state Sen. Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo, have teamed up with computer scientists at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on a web-based video search engine that they hope will democratize government by using the latest in voice- and face-recognition software to allow people to see, hear and read what their representatives are doing in the state capital. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

By Melody Gutierrez
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – Updated 12:23 pm

SACRAMENTO — Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a new online search tool Wednesday that he said will open up the way the California Legislature does business and radically transform state politics “from a world of promises to a world of participation.”

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Kamala Harris Aide Arrested
Group claiming to be descendants of Knights Templar arrested

By JOSEPH SERNA, JAVIER PANZAR AND MATT HAMILTON
May 7, 2015

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. Roosevelt Johnson thought it was odd when three people — two of them dressed in police uniforms he didn’t recognize — strolled into the Santa Clarita station in February.

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Daily Bulletin: Report: Oil refiners’ profits surge with gas price spikes

Valero Wilmington Refinery

The Valero refinery in Wilmington on Monday. (Steve McCrank – Staff Photographer)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 05/05/15, 7:29 PM PDT |

A new report from Consumer Watchdog confirms what Southland motorists have long suspected — oil refiners are drawing deep profits from gasoline price spikes.

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waterdrop

By Matt Stevens, Chris Megerian and Monte Morin
May 5, 2015

State data released Tuesday painted a stark portrait of the uphill struggle Californians face in achieving a mandated 25% reduction in urban water use, with one official joking grimly that dealing with severe drought was similar to grappling with the five stages of grief.

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U.S. ordered to answer Calderon's complaint

Calderon

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
May 5, 2015
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com

What began as a push by two California newspaper groups for the calendars of indicted former Democratic state Sens. Ron Calderon and Leland Yee may ultimately broaden public access to legislative business and change the way lawmakers operate at the Capitol.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 5, 2015

Every state budget cycle has its own narrative, but this year’s version is in a class by itself.

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Magnifying Glass

California State Controller Betty T. Yee confirmed Tuesday that her agency has begun examining the finances of the City of Industry after news reports revealed that an audit had questioned dealings involving firms controlled by a former mayor and his relatives.

By Chris Megerian and Abby Sewell
May 5, 2016

California State Controller Betty T. Yee confirmed Tuesday that her agency has begun examining the finances of the City of Industry after news reports revealed that an audit had questioned dealings involving firms controlled by a former mayor and his relatives.

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Money

By Melanie Mason
May 4, 2015

Extending state-subsidized healthcare coverage to people in the country illegally could cost California as much as $740 million annually, according to a Senate fiscal analysis released Monday.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
May 4, 2015
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com

The Capitol’s big guns came out last week – and they were aimed at a 66-year-old grandmother who dared to buck two of California’s most powerful political interests – teacher and cop unions.

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U-T San Diego: Edison alliances led to San Onofre deal

SCE

Company saw window of opportunity to bring critics on board

By Morgan Lee
May 2, 2015 – 6:53 a.m.

Among the documents released this past week regarding closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant was an email showing executives with majority owner Southern California Edison cooperating with traditional adversaries with an eye toward “getting our money back.”

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
May 3, 2015
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com

Since becoming governor for the second time, Jerry Brown has preached the virtues of what he calls “subsidiarity” – reversing the concentration of governmental finances in Sacramento that began when he was governor the first time.

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Money Printing Press

By Josh Richman
jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 05/02/2015 – 04:17:37 PM PDT
Updated: 05/02/2015 – 04:26:59 PM PDT

Just because Gov. Jerry Brown has already run his last election campaign doesn’t mean wealthy contributors can no longer find a way to his heart.

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MIchael Florio

Michel Peter Florio

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
May 2, 2015
Updated: May 2, 2015 – 11:39pm

A California Public Utilities Commission member who was present when the agency’s president pressured Southern California utilities to funnel $25 million to a pet cause last year played a pivotal role in keeping the lobbying secret, according to the account of a top utility executive.

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The Sacramento Bee: A shakedown by any other name

Michael Peevey

Michael Peevey is former president of the California Public Utilities Commission.

Dan Morain
Editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer
dmorain@sacbee.com
May 2, 2015

Michael Peevey is no Ron Calderon.

Peevey never would think to take $3,000 in cash to cover some kid’s tuition payment, as the feds say former state Sen. Calderon did. Nor would he ask a supposed studio executive, who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent, to hire a relative.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 2, 2015

California’s shrill, drought-driven debate over water has become a Hydra Lernaia – a multi-headed aquatic monster.

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InlandPolitics: California lets gas refiners have free reign over motorists

Gas Prices

With no oversight, California gasoline refiners appear have decided to charge whatever they want.

Saturday, May 2, 2015 – 02:00 p.m.

California regulators, the Automobile Club, GasBuddy.com and the Lundberg Survey have lost all credibility.

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gavel

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 05/01/2015 – 01:23:42 PM PDT
Updated: 05/01/2015 – 03:05:46 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — A groundbreaking tentative court ruling that orders the release of two disgraced state lawmakers’ appointment schedules has sparked “great consternation” at the Capitol, an attorney for the Legislature told a judge Friday.

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California Money

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com

May 1, 2015

California income tax collections in April exceeded Brown administration estimates by more than $1.6 billion, according to data posted Friday by the state controller’s office, pushing income tax revenue for the year $8 billion higher than during a comparable period in 2013-14.

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Money

By Maura Dolan
May 1, 2015

California may require charities that raise money in the state to disclose the names of major contributors, a federal appeals court decided Friday.

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The Sun: State auditor slams Victorville on wastewater treatment plant

Victorville

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/30/15, 7:59 PM PDT |

Victorville’s possibly unlawful borrowing and lending practices totaling $41.9 million resulted in $4.6 million of unnecessary interest and a $31 million wastewater treatment plant that served no benefit for ratepayers, the state auditor concluded in a report released Thursday.

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San Onofre

Southern California Edison Co. is the majority owner of the now-closed San Onofre nuclear power plant near San Clemente. (David McNew / Getty Images)

By Jim Peltz
April 30, 2015

Southern California Edison Co. denied that a private meeting between one of its past executives and the state’s former top utilities regulator influenced the company’s nearly $5-billion settlement of costs covering the closed San Onofre nuclear power plant.

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waterdrop

By David Siders and Phillip Reese
May 1, 2015
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For years, Gov. Jerry Brown used the promise of habitat restoration to broaden the appeal of his plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
April 30, 2015
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com

Gambling and liquor interests wielded a big stick in the state Capitol during the mid-20th century.

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By Chris Kirkham
April 30, 2015

California’s low-wage workers are older and more educated than they were three decades ago — but they earn less, according to new research from UC Berkeley.

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Daily Press: Obernolte transparency bills clear committees

Jay Obernolte

Obernolte

By Staff reports
Posted Apr. 29, 2015 at 8:29 PM
Updated Apr 29, 2015 at 9:06 PM

SACRAMENTO — Two bills dealing with government transparency authored by 33rd District Assemblyman Jay Obernolte cleared committees Wednesday, setting the stage for them to move to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, his office said.

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Michael Peevey

Michael Peevey

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
April 29, 2015

The former head of the California Public Utilities Commission pressured two Southern California utilities last year to make donations to a school at UCLA where he then landed a post on an advisory board, documents revealed Wednesday show.

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