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SacBee: Dan Walters: Legislature’s anti-gun crusade runs afoul of Bill of Rights

No Guns

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 – 5:21 pm

As the California Legislature churned toward adjournment this week, it was considering – as usual – new laws to inhibit gun ownership, adding to what are already, for better or worse, the nation’s most restrictive gun controls.

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California Supreme Court

By Maura Dolan
Augs=ust 28, 2014

A state commission decided unanimously Thursday to confirm the appointment of Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar to the California Supreme Court, paving the way for Gov. Jerry Brown’s second high-court nominee this term to take the bench in January.

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UTSanDiego: Cities lose ‘prevailing wage’ case

Highway Construction

Tentative ruling upholds state law requiring generally higher pay on most public projects

By Mark Walker2:45 p.m.Aug. 28, 2014Updated4:39 p.m.

An attempt by several cities to overturn a state law that forces them to choose between paying generally higher or “prevailing” wages on most public works projects or lose state construction dollars has been turned aside in a tentative court ruling.

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Politico: Judge sets up battle over teacher protections

gavel

The final decision in the suit sets the stage for the appeals process.

By MAGGIE SEVERNS | 8/28/14 9:34 PM EDT Updated: 8/29/14 9:15 AM EDT

A Los Angeles judge on Thursday affirmed a tentative June ruling that struck down five laws governing job protections for teachers in California.

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By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
August 28, 2014

To address the problem of rape on campuses, California colleges and universities would have to adopt a standard of unambiguous consent among students engaging in sexual activity under a proposal passed by state lawmakers Thursday.

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SacBee: California senators’ final-month fundraising down from 2013

Sad Emoticon

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 – 12:07 pm

The California Senate’s curb on end-of-session fundraising has sharply cut into the flow of political cash to senators’ campaign accounts, even as some in the upper house run afoul of a rule that bans contributions from donors that have Capitol lobbyists.

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Handcuffs

By Phillip Reese
preese@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 – 10:22 am
Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 – 8:57 am

Three of the 40 members of the California State Senate have been arrested this year, more than double the statewide arrest rate and higher than the rate in any of California’s 25 largest cities.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 – 4:32 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 – 7:55 am

The arrest of Ben Hueso, a Democratic state senator from San Diego, on suspicion of drunken driving very early one morning was not a particularly unusual event.

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money in hand

By Patrick McGreevy
August 26, 2014

With two of its members accused of accepting payments for favors, the California Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would double the restitution fines for legislators and city council members convicted of accepting a bribe in exchange for influence on official action.

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OCRegister: You bought insurance, but are you covered?

Health Calculator

BY EMILY BAZAR / CONTRIBUTING COLUMNIST
Published: Aug. 26, 2014 Updated: Aug. 27, 2014 8:01 a.m.

A worrisome trend is emerging among some Californians who thought they were safe and secure under Covered California: Their plans are being canceled without consent and sometimes without notice.

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DailyBulletin: Miller passes GOP torch in 31st Congressional District to Chabot

Paul Chabot

Chabot

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/25/14, 2:55 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga, whose 31st Congressional District seat was considered the most vulnerable in the upcoming election, has formally handed the baton to candidate Paul Chabot, announcing his endorsement in a news release on Monday.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 – 9:21 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 – 11:11 pm

As the 2012-14 biennial legislative session entered its final week Monday, it was evident – with very few exceptions – that big public policy issues have given way to conflicts among moneyed interests.

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CPR: Atkins May Consider New Assembly Rules About Drinking

Mixed Drink

Katie Orr
Monday, August 25, 2014 | Sacramento, CA

California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins says she’ll have to consider whether to create rules about drinking in the Assembly following the alleged drunken driving arrest of Senator Ben Huseo. Hueso is a San Diego Democrat and was photographed on the Assembly balcony with a drink in his hand several hours before his arrest.

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The Atlantic: California High-Speed Rail—More Questions and Concerns

High-Speed Rail

The Atlantic

“Bad, bad, bad,” and other critiques
James Fallows
Aug 24 2014, 11:30 PM ET

If David Letterman can put out a Top Ten list night after night for decades, we can certainly make it all the way to 10 in our chronicles of the California High-Speed Rail debates. As a reminder, this is No. 8 in a series on the most ambitious and consequential infrastructure project now under consideration in our infrastructure-degraded land. It is the plan for a north-south California High-Speed Rail system, which had its genesis before Jerry Brown’s second coming as California’s governor but is now his signature project as he runs for reelection to an unprecedented fourth term. For previous installments see No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6, and No. 7.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 – 12:22 am
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 – 12:31 am

It’s no secret that quite a few state legislators actually live outside districts they represent even though state law and constitution require them to reside in their districts.

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Calpensions: Image-sensitive CalPERS has down week in media

calpers

By Ed Mendel
August 25, 2014

Last week was not a good one for CalPERS, which carefully tracks mentions of the giant pension system in the media and gives each story a rating of positive, neutral or negative.

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Jerry Brown+Rick Perry

California Gov. Jerry Brown, left, recently launched the California Competes incentive program. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, has touted the Texas Enterprise Fund as a “job-creation machine.” (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press and Mengwen Cao / Associated Press)

By Chris Kirkham
August 24, 2014

When California rolled out a $750-million plan this year to attract and retain businesses, many aspects mirrored longtime perks used by Texas — where officials love nothing more than stealing jobs from the Golden State.

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UCR

By Nick Anderson
August 25, 2014  at 12:01 AM

The top universities in the latest rankings look much the same as they did a year ago, with only slight ups and downs.

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SJMercuryNews: DUI arrest is California Democrats’ latest blow

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By JULIET WILLIAMS and FENIT NIRAPPIL, Associated Press
Posted: 08/23/2014 10:57:42 AM PDT
Updated: 08/23/2014 11:17:57 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state’s majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Drought leads California to rethink water management

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 – 12:00 am

On average, rain and snow storms drop about 200 million acre-feet of water on California each year – 65 trillion gallons of the life-giving liquid.

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CalPERS

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 – 12:00 am

CalPERS, still feeling the effects of the 2008 financial markets crash, is working to dial back the risk in its investment portfolio.

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Ben Hueso

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 – 12:22 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 – 12:48 pm

Hours before state Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, was arrested on Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, he and four other lawmakers were photographed reveling on a Capitol balcony, drinks in hand.

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SacBee: California tribal deal sailing toward ratification

Poker

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 – 12:59 pm

A revamped casino compact between the Brown administration and a prominent San Diego County tribe seems headed for quick ratification after brief informational hearings this week and Assembly approval Friday morning.

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Money

Published: Aug. 21, 2014 – Updated: 1:22 p.m.

California’s Senate on Thursday passed legislation that would restore vehicle license fee revenue to four fledgling cities in Riverside County.

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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 – 10:01 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 – 11:13 pm

Two years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature agreed to a mild reform of public employee pensions aimed, they said, at reducing manipulation of the system and reducing long-term costs.

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Bank of America

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 – 8:29 am
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 – 7:55 am

California homeowners and pension funds will receive $800 million from Bank of America Corp., the state’s share of a record-breaking settlement over toxic mortgages issued and packaged as investment securities during the housing bubble.

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Drought Watch

By Veronica Rocha
August 21, 2014

The severe drought gripping nearly all of California eased ever so slightly this past week, but the state’s reservoirs remain “seriously low,” according to the latest figures released Thursday.

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Covered California

By Chad Terhune
August 21, 2014

About 100,000 Californians who haven’t yet proved their citizenship or legal residency in the U.S. face losing their Obamacare coverage in October, state officials said.

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SacBee: Assembly passes constitutional amendment to suspend lawmaker pay

California Assembly Seal

By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 – 8:45 pm

The Assembly on Wednesday deferred for two years the public’s vote on a constitutional amendment empowering lawmakers to strip wayward colleagues of their salaries.

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calpers

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 – 11:10 am

A divided CalPERS board approved a regulation Wednesday that will allow nearly 100 different types of supplemental pay to count toward pension calculations for state and local government employees.

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mail-in-ballot-voter

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 – 7:00 am

Even as voting by mail becomes increasingly common in California elections, more mail ballots are not being counted, according to a study of mail voting in three counties, including Sacramento.

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Field Poll

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 – 12:00 am

A California initiative on the fall ballot requiring that health insurance rate changes be approved by the elected insurance commissioner is receiving strong support from voters statewide, according to the latest Field Poll.

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LATimes: Measure to withhold pay from suspended legislators misses 2014 ballot

too-late

By Patrick McGreevy
August 18, 2014

Amid criticism over three state Senators continuing to collect salaries as they serve suspensions, a ballot measure that would allow lawmakers to suspend colleagues without pay has missed the deadline for the 2014 ballot.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 – 12:16 am

When schoolchildren visit the Capitol, they often receive sheets of paper purporting to describe how a legislative bill becomes law.

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calpers

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 – 12:00 am

More than a year after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law he said would tamp down pension spiking, the state’s biggest public pension fund is on the verge of adopting rules critics say would undermine its intent.

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free tickets

By Patrick McGreevy
August 18, 2014

The state Assembly on Monday approved a measure that would lower the gift limit to elected officials from $440 to $200 and prohibit them from accepting free entry to professional sports and entertainment events, golf tournaments, spa treatments and amusement parks.

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OCRegister: California GOP finding new life under Chairman Brulte

Jim Brulte

A path above superminority status seem well-lit, but either way, party leader Jim Brulte sees to have a formula for rebuilding the party one voter at a time.

By MATTHEW FLEMING / STAFF WRITER
Published: Aug. 16, 2014 Updated: Aug. 17, 2014 6:45 p.m.

When Jim Brulte ran for California Republican Party chairman, he campaigned on three things: Help maintain the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, eliminate the Democrats’ supermajority in the Assembly and rebuild the party from the ground up.

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California Money

By Marc Lifsher
August 17, 2014

California is one of the most expensive states for businesses to operate, mainly because of high pay and related labor costs, says a new report commissioned by an arm of the state Chamber of Commerce.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Inland congressional races a referendum on 2012 results

Campaigns

Published: Aug. 16, 2014 Updated: 8:19 p.m.

In a way, the 2014 Inland congressional races are about what happened two years ago.

Democrats gained ground in 2012 by capturing an open seat and ousting a veteran Republican incumbent. Those first-term Democrats are now running for re-election in a test of how much the Inland Empire is changing politically.

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

Dan Morain

By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 – 12:00 am

In a Capitol where contentious lobbying battles are de rigueur, the $14 billion hedge fund that goes by the name Pershing Square Capital Management has picked a most unusual fight.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Takano, Adams agree to debate

debate

Published: Aug. 15, 2014 Updated: 10:51 p.m.

At least one Inland congressional race will feature a debate now that Democratic Rep. Mark Takano and Republican challenger Steve Adams have tentatively agreed to appear at an October forum.

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

SacBee (AP): Court: Silence can be used against suspects

California Supreme Court  justices

By PAUL ELIAS
Associated Press
Published: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 – 9:44 am

To read the published opinion, click the following link: People v. Tom

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court has ruled that the silence of suspects can be used against them.

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money

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 – 3:27 pm

With the fall campaign season fast approaching, candidates and ballot measure campaigns will raise money as fast as they can spend it in the coming weeks.

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unemployment

By Chris Kirkham
August 15, 2014

California added more than 27,000 jobs in July, but the state unemployment rate remained flat at 7.4% as the size of the labor force shrank slightly from last month’s estimates.

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Prime Healthcare Services

By Chad Garland
August 15, 2014

Prime Healthcare Services Inc., a hospital chain that has come under fire for billing and patient privacy issues, is facing opposition over its potential acquisition of six California hospitals, including two medical centers in Los Angeles County.

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DailyBulletin: Southern California home sales fall, median price drops

Home for sale

A for-sale home in the 3200 block of Hacienda Drive in Duarte is shown here. Southern California home sales hit a three-year low for the month of July, hampered by rising prices, a limited supply of homes and a decrease in investor activity. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 08/14/14, 8:18 PM PDT |

Southern California home sales hit a three-year low for the month of July and the region’s median home price dipped to $413,000, industry tracker CoreLogic DataQuick reported Wednesday.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 – 9:19 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 – 6:42 am

The state Supreme Court – or at least five of its members – got it right by declaring that an advisory measure on campaign finance placed on the Nov. 4 ballot by the Legislature is legally suspect and should be removed.

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California Drought Levels

The latest U.S. Drought Map shows the level of drought in California remains unchanged. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

By Veronica Rocha
August 14, 2014

After months of worsening drought across California, conditions appear to have leveled off, at least for now.

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InlandPolitics: LGBT Group slams Takano

Mark Takano

Thursday, August 14, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

Can you say ouch!

The LGBT website Queer Nation NY is scorching Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside).

The issue is also covered on the P-E Political Empire Blog.

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SacBee: Water bond headed to voters

water-dam

By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 – 9:40 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 – 12:15 am

California voters will be asked to authorize $7.5 billion to bolster the state’s water supply, infrastructure and ecosystems in November, as lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday struck a long-sought deal to move a new water bond to the ballot.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: New water bond may be close, but it’s not fully cooked yet

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 10:27 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 11:30 pm

Chances are that sometime Wednesday the Legislature will place a new water bond issue on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Will California ban plastic grocery bags?

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 12:00 am

When Capitol insiders talk about a “bag bill,” it refers to something for which an interest group is willing to spend big money – legally, it’s presumed – to see done.

Senate Bill 270, one might say, is a double bag bill.

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SacBee: California state revenue beats expectations in July

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 – 10:10 am

California’s improving budget outlook has continued into the new fiscal year, with revenue last month beating estimates by about $232 million, or 4.5 percent, the state controller said Monday.

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By Christopher Cadelago and Jim Miller
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 12:00 am

The California Supreme Court on Monday effectively blocked a November advisory ballot measure on the merits of unlimited independent campaign spending, dashing some Democrats’ hopes that the measure would boost voter turnout in what could be an otherwise staid election.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: GOP pounces on Ruiz missed vote

Raul Ruiz

Ruiz

Published: Aug. 10, 2014 Updated: 10:43 p.m.

A missed vote by Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, has opened up a line of attack for Republicans.

To read column by Jeff Horseman in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 – 6:34 am

With just three weeks remaining in this year’s legislative session and the official deadline for placing issues on the Nov. 4 ballot long since passed, one might think that the Capitol’s politicians would be working night and day to write a new water bond.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

Edit

Sunday, Augusr 10, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom last week. In case you missed it!

Unemployment claims drop by 18,000

First-Time Jobless Claims dropped by 18,000 to 289,000, according to Thursday’s report by the Labor Department. The four-week moving average of 293,500 is the lowest since 2006. The claims estimate was for 305,000.

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Dan Morain

By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 – 12:00 am

Attorney General Kamala Harris will not lose re-election in November, and shouldn’t.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 – 11:15 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 – 11:55 pm

The Sacramento Suburban Water District, which supplies water to some older neighborhoods outside the city, is engaged in a decades-long project to replace its aged, undersized water mains and install meters as required by a new state law.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Endorsement war in 28th Senate District

Elections

August 8, 2014

The race for the 28th state Senate District has turned into a game of anything you can do, I can do better.

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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 – 9:06 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 – 12:07 am

When the Legislature adjourns this month, it will likely leave Assembly Bill 69 still sitting in the Senate Rules Committee, thereby avoiding an election-year debate on whether California motorists should cough up billions of extra dollars when they buy gas.

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Alfred Villalobos

Alfred Villalobos is accused of conspiring with and bribing a former CalPERS executive to close a $3-billion deal with a Wall Street private equity firm. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

By Marc Lifsher
August 7, 2014

SACRAMENTO — A federal grand jury Thursday handed down new and expanded corruption charges against investment deal “placement agent” Alfred J.R. Villalobos, a central figure in the 2009 influence-peddling scandal that rocked the country’s largest public pension fund.

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El Nino

A federal drought expert said on Friday that California’s drought, its worst in decades, is likely to hold steady through the summer months and may not ease in the fall even with an anticipated El Nino…

By Paul Rogers
progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 08/07/2014 06:00:00 AM PDT30 Comments
Updated: 08/07/2014 12:06:35 PM PDT

A powerful El Niño that had been emerging in the Pacific Ocean is fizzling out, evaporating hopes it will deliver a knockout punch to California’s three-year drought.

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Drought

By Joseph Serna
August 8, 2014

A series of thunderstorms that have hit California in recent weeks may have delivered devastating torrents of rain in some areas, but on the whole they were “inconsequential” in terms of easing the state’s worsening drought, according to a report issued Thursday.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: National GOP steps up Chabot support

Paul Chabot

Paul Chabot

August 6, 2014

Paul Chabot is getting some help in his bid to keep the 31st Congressional District in Republican hands.

The National Republican Congressional Committee recently gave Chabot “On the Radar” status in its “Young Guns” program, which seeks to help GOP candidates win House races.

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

SFChronicle: CA GOP bars media from Q&A with party chairman

Carla Marinucci

Posted on Wednesday, August 6 at 2:12pm | By Carla Marinucci

California Republicans are billing a big moment at their upcoming fall convention in Los Angeles as an “Ask Anything!” question-and-answer session with state GOP Chairman Jim Brulte.

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calpers

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 – 11:24 pm

California officials are threatening to sue investment bank Morgan Stanley over a series of toxic real estate investments that allegedly cost CalPERS nearly $200 million.

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CabinetReport: LAO review reveals more good budget news

Calculator+Finance+Budget

August 07, 2014
by Tom Chorneau

(Calif.) With the dust settling on this summer’s budget agreement and work complete on related trailer bills, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst issued this week its most thorough review to date on exactly what was done.

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WashPost: GOP lawmakers follow the money — to California

California Money

Politics
Al Kamen
By Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz August 6 at 7:21 PM

If you’re forced to spend a weekend hobnobbing with donors, do it up right. And don’t host the event in your district (where the local economy could surely use the boost). Go somewhere fabulous.

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DailyBulletin: Sen. Norma Torres’ anti corruption bill clears Senate

Norma Torres

Torres

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/04/14, 2:26 PM PDT | Updated: 10 mins ago

The state Senate on Monday unanimously approved legislation prompted by the Colonies corruption case in San Bernardino County and proposed by state Sen. Norma Torres, D-Chino, that would change the statute of limitations for certain bribery offenses.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 – 10:19 pm

The water squeeze is on. A few sprinkles fell on the Capitol Monday as the Legislature reconvened, but they didn’t relieve either a severe drought or pressure on members to respond.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Negativity enters Adams/Takano race

Elections

August 4, 2014

The campaign between Democratic Rep. Mark Takano and Republican challenger Steve Adams has been relatively civil. Until now.

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

Gavel

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/03/14, 6:16 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

After a nearly three-year investigation, a Grand Jury in May 2011 indicted Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum and three former county officials — former Supervisor Paul Biane, former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin, and Mark Kirk, former chief of staff for Supervisor Gary Ovitt — in connection with a controversial $102 million settlement between the county and Burum’s investor group, Colonies Partners LP.

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Hand Gun open carry

By Don Thompson, The Associated Press
Posted: 08/03/14, 8:51 AM PDT | Updated: 25 secs ago

SACRAMENTO >> California could become the first state to allow family members, licensed therapists and health care providers to petition a judge to take firearms from someone who has shown signs that they could harm others or themselves.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 – 12:00 am

Among some fans, the rap on professional basketball is that players run up and down the court for 45 minutes, exchanging buckets, but games are often decided in the final three minutes of intense physicality.

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OCRegister: Public pensions: Good news, bad news

Pension Reform

Annual returns are looking good for many funds, but they are still in a big hole when it comes to being able to meet obligations.

By TERI SFORZA / STAFF COLUMNIST
Published: Aug. 3, 2014 Updated: 6:20 p.m.

Public investment types may be rubbing their hands together muttering, “money, money, money,” after stellar returns over the past year, but some have a lot more to crow about than others.

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SacBee: Dan Morain: Zombie debt rises, 18 years later

Dan Morain

By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 – 12:19 am

On behalf of Cascade Capital LLC Series A, Convergent Outsourcing Inc. sent me a letter telling me I had past-due balance of $455.86.

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By Tiffany Hsu
August 2, 2014

A short gig doing security for the True Blood television show. A stint driving for a rental car company. A week as a customer service representative at a retail store.

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Lee Terry, Bill Shuster, Kevin McCarthy

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, last week became one of two people who primarily shape the legislative agenda for the Republican-controlled House. He raises big funds for GOP election campaigns around the country and will try to tape up a sometimes-fractured Republican Party.

BY CATHY TAYLOR / WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF
Published: Aug. 2, 2014 Updated: Aug. 3, 2014 8:33 a.m.

WASHINGTON – Rep. Kevin McCarthy marked the start of his tenure as the No. 2 in House leadership with a prayer and a tweet: “Humbled & blessed to have my friend Pastor Roger Spradlin of Bakersfield deliver the opening prayer this morning.”

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SFChronicle: Court gives new life to California high-speed rail

High-Speed Train

By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press
Published 3:05 pm, Friday, August 1, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state appellate court ruling has given new momentum to Gov. Jerry Brown’s $68 billion high-speed rail project by providing the state with a substantial funding source and lifting one cloud over a plan that has been widely criticized for its cost, route, construction plans and environmental reviews.

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Lobbyist

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 – 12:00 pm

Business was good for California lobbying firms during the first half of this year. They brought in $92.6 million between January and June, disclosure reports released Friday show, an uptick of nearly 7 percent over the same period last year.

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SacBusinessJournal: Treasurer Lockyer: Push to extend Prop. 30 taxes inevitable

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Lockyer

Allen Young, Staff Writer
Jul 31, 2014, 2:46pm PDT – Updated: Jul 31, 2014, 3:04pm PDT

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer said Thursday he predicted an inevitable political push to extend the 2012 tax hike known as Proposition 30, but he expects the measure will return to voters before it expires in two years.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014 – 9:27 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014 – 12:06 am

Kevin McCarthy may be a one-man refutation of the old adage that “nice guys always finish last.”

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Calpensions: Detroit-style pension cuts: could it happen here?

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By Ed Mendel
July 28, 2014

Bankrupt Detroit announced last week that current workers and retirees voted overwhelmingly to cut many pensions by 4.5 percent and to trim or eliminate cost-of-living adjustments.

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Money

By Stephen Ceasar
July 27, 2014

Last year, James Hammond, the superintendent of the Montclair-Ontario Unified School District in the Inland Empire, was paid $492,077. Jonathan Eagan, the principal of a junior high school in the Bay Area city of Martinez made $279,669.

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