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Secret Email

By Michael R. Blood and Juliet Williams
Associated Press
03/30/2015 – 12:12 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

Gov. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and other top elected officials in California acknowledge using personal email accounts to conduct government business, and it’s not clear if their private exchanges are retained as public records or subject to disclosure.

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Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
03/30/2015 12:05 AM

Michael Peevey’s announcement last fall that he would not seek reappointment to the California Public Utilities Commission appeared to offer closure to years of controversy surrounding his tenure.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/29/2015 – 07:15 PM

One of the Capitol’s perpetual debates is over how much California spends to educate its 6.2 million elementary and high school students, especially in relationship to other states.

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Obamacare

By Ed Mendel
March 30, 2015

Employer and employee groups are urging CalPERS to “undertake all efforts” to avoid the “Cadillac Tax,” a 40 percent tax on high-cost health plans imposed in 2018 by President Obama’s health care law, a CalPERS staff report said this month.

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The Press-Enterprise: REGION: Area braces for dip in road-repair dollars

Tax Cut

A cut to a state gasoline tax means less money for repaving and pothole fixes, Riverside County officials say.

Published: March 28, 2015 – Updated: 8:08 p.m.

Riverside County and its cities stand to lose millions for road repairs after a state board made a deeper-than-average cut to a gasoline tax as part of a complicated maneuver to close a state budget gap.

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

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/28/2015 – 7:35 PM

A few years ago, when it was first proposed that state “cap-and-trade” fees on carbon emissions be used for the state’s bullet train project, the Legislature’s budget analyst questioned its legality.

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Los Angeles Times: Blue Shield of California is under new pressure to lower rates

Blue Shield

By Chad Terhune
March 27, 2015

With billions of dollars in reserve, nonprofit insurer Blue Shield of California is facing new pressure to offer better prices for its policies.

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U-T San Diego: CPUC set to spend $5.2M on defense lawyers

CPUC

The agency is facing three criminal probes.

By Jeff McDonald
March 26, 2015 – 6:26 p.m.

The California Public Utilities Commission has arranged to spend as much as $5.2 million on criminal-defense lawyers to respond to ongoing state and federal investigations.

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San Bernardino Seal

Reuters

LOS ANGELES | By Tim Reid
Thu Mar 26, 2015 – 6:28pm EDT

(Reuters) – The bankrupt California city of San Bernardino revealed on Thursday details of its deal with the state’s public pension system Calpers, in which the retirement fund will be paid in full under the city’s bankruptcy exit plan.

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U-T San Diego: CPUC boss had backchannel dealings

CPUC

CPUC President Michael Picker had regular communications with political insider who has Edison contract

By Jeff McDonald
March 25, 2015 – 7:54 p.m.

California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker has had regular backchannel communications with a consultant and political insider who has a West Los Angeles power deal pending before the commission.

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Gas Prices

By Judy Lin, Associated Press
Posted: 03/24/15 – 3:52 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO, Calif. >> State lawmakers on Tuesday questioned the recent wild swings in California’s gas prices and asked whether regulators can do more to reduce market volatility while government promotes alternative fuels to increase competition.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/24/2015 8:44 PM

As its 24.6 million licensed drivers know all too well, California gas prices have been going up and down like a supercharged yo-yo in recent months.

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Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
03/24/2015 – 4:08 PM

Every eligible Californian would be automatically registered to vote under legislation Secretary of State Alex Padilla is exploring.

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Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Who might be running for California governor in 2018?

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/24/2015 – 8:14 AM

Gov. Pat Brown, when asked a half-century ago when he would declare his intention to run for re-election, famously replied “when the snow flies in the Sierra.”

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Calpensions: LAO: consider phasing out retiree health care

LAO

By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 23, 2015

Gov. Brown’s plan to curb the long-ignored debt for state worker retiree health care, now much larger than their unfunded pension debt, may look familiar. It’s similar to the standard state and local government pension reform.

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Overtime Pay

By Judy Lin, The Associated Press
Posted: 03/22/15, 2:06 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO >> Overtime for California’s state workers rose 20 percent last year and topped $1 billion even though there are 20,000 fewer employees than in pre-recession 2008, the last time the state paid out so much, according to new payroll data.

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California State University

By Josh Dulaney, LA Daily News
Posted: 03/22/15, 5:13 PM PDT |

LONG BEACH >> From hospitality management to cybersecurity, campuses across the Cal State University system are planning to implement new degree programs over the course of the next decade. Trustees for the 23-campus system this week are expected to approve 29 projected degree programs when they modify the CSU Academic Master Plan, amid several discussions and decisions planned for their regularly scheduled session at the Chancellor’s Office.

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InlandPolitics: Citizen told to stop filming public meeting on freeway tolls

Sunday, March 22, 2015 – 09:45 a.m.

A San Bernardino County resident who wanted to film an officially agendized public meeting received an interesting response.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/22/2015 12:01 AM

California’s prolonged drought drew a bit of official attention last week.

The state Water Resources Control Board tightened, ever so slightly, water conservation rules on local water agencies and users.

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Voice of OC: State AG Will Investigate Alleged DA Misconduct in Dekraai Case

California Department of Justice

By REX DALTON
March 20, 2015 at 5:41 PM

The state Attorney General’s Office announced today it will conduct “an independent investigation” of alleged misconduct by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackaukas’ office in the prosecution of mass murderer Scott Evans Dekraai.

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democrat_donkey

By Michael Finnegan and Noah Bierman
March 20, 2015

After 14 years in Congress, Rep. Adam Schiff of Burbank is finally getting the kind of coverage that ambitious politicians crave: CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, MSNBC and NPR have all come calling in recent weeks.

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unemployment down

California unemployment rate falls to 6.7% in February

By Tiffany Hsu
March 20, 2015

California’s labor market continued to gain strength in February as employers in the state added 29,400 workers.

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National Journal: What Californians Could Spend $100 Million Fighting Over in 2016

Money

California is set to host a big-money contest over union pensions.(KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

National Journal

State labor unions say they’ll spend whatever it takes to defeat a ballot measure on government pensions.

By Jack Fitzpatrick
March 19, 2015

Last week, pension-reform advocates in California announced plans to again push a 2016 ballot measure that would pave the way for cuts to public employees’ pension plans. The move sets the stage for a clash between organized labor and fiscal conservatives whose price tag could rival even the most expensive of Senate races.

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Jon Ortiz

The State Worker
Jon Ortiz chronicles civil-service life for California state workers
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
03/18/2015 – 4:27 PM

Unions lined up Wednesday to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to offer high-deductible medical coverage to state employees, suggesting it could hurt workers’ health instead of improving it.

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Capital Public Radio

Ben Adler
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | Sacramento, CA

California employers would be required to pay their employees double for working on Thanksgiving or Christmas under a bill advancing at the state Capitol. The measure passed its
first committee vote Wednesday.

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Sharon Runner

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

By Patrick McGreevy
March 17, 2015

Voters on Tuesday sent Republican Sharon Runner back to the state Senate three years after she underwent a double lung transplant. She was the only candidate on the ballot for a special election in a district representing parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

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waterdrop

By Bettina Boxall
March 17, 2015

With California heading into another parched year, state officials Tuesday beefed up emergency drought regulations, directing urban agencies to limit the number of days residents can water their yards.

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File photo of cracked tarmac is seen in the parking lot of a largely abandoned shopping mall in San Bernardino

Cracked tarmac is seen in the parking lot of a largely abandoned shopping mall in San Bernardino, California in this January 23, 2015 file photo. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson/Files)

By Tim Reid
Tue Mar 17, 2015 – 10:52pm EDT

Los Angeles —

(Reuters) – The southern California city of San Bernardino has defaulted on nearly $10 million in payments on its privately placed pension bond debt since it declared bankruptcy in 2012, according to documents seen by Reuters.

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Dan Walters

Observations on California and its politics
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/17/2015 – 9:56 PM

California’s unfortunate evolution into a society of haves and have-nots has many root causes, but a highly distorted housing market looms very large.

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Calpers

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s headquarters is in Sacramento. (Carl Costas / For The Times)

By Melody Petersen
March 17, 2015

As millions of private employees lost their pension benefits in recent years, government workers rested easy, believing that their promised retirements couldn’t be touched.

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U-T San Diego: Committee grills CPUC on San Onofre

CPUC

By Jeff McDonald
March 16, 2015 – 5:41 p.m.

State lawmakers grilled the new California Public Utilities Commission president Monday, asking why utility customers are being charged billions of dollars for the failure and premature shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

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Jerry Brown+Bob Huff

State Senate Minority Leader Robert Huff (R-Diamond Bar), right, stands next to Gov. Jerry Brown, center, at a Capitol news conference. Huff has filed papers to raise money for a campaign for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Jean Merl
March 16, 2015

State Sen. Robert Huff (R-Diamond Bar) has filed a statement signaling his interest in running for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors next year.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/16/2015 – 9:12 PM

Do as we say, not as we do.

Over the decades, the California Legislature has passed numerous “sunshine laws” to bolster government transparency.

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California Seal

By Chris Megerian
March 16, 2015

California tax revenue continues to outpace expectations, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration announced Monday.

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Sacramento Bee: Ho-hum California election cycle paid off for political world

Money

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
03/15/2015 – 11:18 PM

Printers churned out tens of millions of dollars’ worth of campaign mailers and signs. Media buyers locked up pricey political airtime at dozens of TV and radio stations around California. Digital marketing companies helped campaigns target ads and videos at voters surfing the Web.

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Los Angeles Times: Prime Healthcare founder defends decision not to buy hospitals

No Sale

By Melody Petersen
March 12, 2015

The founder of Prime Healthcare Services Inc. defended his decision to pull out of a deal to buy six Catholic hospitals, saying critics were wrong to suggest that he placed profit over patients.

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Daily Press: Special election could cost $300K locally, registrar says

Special Election

By SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Mar. 12, 2015 at 10:55 AM

The state’s 21st Senate District special election Tuesday is likely to cost taxpayers in San Bernardino County between $200,000 to $300,000, despite only one candidate appearing on the ballot, Registrar Michael J. Scarpello said this week.

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California Supreme Court

California Supreme Court Justices Leondra Kruger, center, and Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, right, provided the necessary votes to rehear a death penalty case. (S. Todd Rogers / Associated Press)

By Maura Dolan
March 11, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown’s two newest appointees to the California Supreme Court provided enough votes Wednesday for reconsideration of a death penalty case, the first example of the impact Brown is having on the state’s highest court.

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Sacramento Bee: California tax revenue beats estimate by $1 billion in February

California Money

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
03/10/2015 11:14 AM

In the latest sign of California’s improving budget outlook, tax revenue last month beat estimates by about $1 billion, the state controller said Tuesday.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/10/2015 11:59 PM

There were once bright lines that separated the state’s general fund budget from its special funds.

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Prime Healthcare

By Melody Petersen
March 11, 2015

Prime Healthcare Services Inc.’s proposed deal to buy six financially struggling Roman Catholic hospitals has collapsed, raising questions about how the nonprofit chain will keep its doors open.

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InlandPolitics: Crude Oil resumes slide — Inland Empire gas prices don’t

Gas Price Watch

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 – 10:15 a.m.

We’re back on Gas Price Watch.

The price of Crude Oil has resumed its slide. But Inland Empire gas prices haven’t.

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American Flag

An American flag and an Army windsock fly at a home in Walla Walla, Wash. (Michael Lopez / Associated Press)

By Patrick McGreevy
March 9, 2015

Outraged by an attempt to ban the United States flag from a lobby at UC Irvine, Republican state legislative leaders on Monday proposed a constitutional amendment that would protect Old Glory from being banished from state-funded colleges and universities.

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fppc logo

By Patrick McGreevy
March 10, 2015

Citing inflation, the state’s campaign finance watchdog agency is considering a proposal to raise the fundraising thresholds at which campaigns must report their financing, drawing some concerns from an advocate for fuller disclosure.

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The P-E: POLITICS: Three months, no details about appointment process

Jerry Brown

Gov. Brown’s office declines to release any details about who applied for Riverside County Board of Supervisors post.

Published: March 8, 2015 Updated: 11:39 p.m.

It took three months for Gov. Jerry Brown to fill a vacancy on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors created when Jeff Stone was elected to the state Senate in November.

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GOP

By Carla Marinucci
Sunday, March 8, 2015 – Updated 7:53 pm

Republicans are down on their luck in California. They don’t hold a single statewide office, and their image isn’t getting any help from their colleagues in Washington, who seem unable to get anything done in Congress.

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Pay Cut

By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 9, 2015

Something that rarely happens in California could result from Gov. Brown’s proposal to contain growing state worker retiree health care costs — benefits received by current government retirees might be reduced.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/08/2015 9:05 PM

Let’s assume – at least for this missive – that two years hence, Kamala Harris will have begun her new job: U.S. senator.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: SEIU backed Washington’s bid for supervisor

SEIU

Published: March 6, 2015 – Updated: 4:12 p.m.

The pick of Chuck Washington to be Riverside County supervisor comes with the support of a major public employee union.

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

Gerrymandering

By Phil Willon and Melanie Mason
March 8, 2015

A U.S. Supreme Court case that could force California to redraw its congressional districts has stirred up fears of a return to partisan gerrymandering, a divisive process that has been criticized for both cementing and crushing political careers.

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Campaigns

By Patrick McGreevy
March 8, 2015

Voters will soon cast ballots in special elections to fill three state Senate seats vacated by lawmakers who were elected to Congress last fall.

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SacBee: Opinion: ‘Reality lag’ plagues our politicians

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/08/2015 12:01 AM

It’s customary to attach the honorific “leader” to those who hold high political office, implying that they are drum majors at the head of the civic parade.

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National Journal

By Andrea Drusch
March 5, 2015

Antonio Villaraigosa may be sitting out the Senate race, but the ambitious former Los Angeles mayor hasn’t closed the book on his political career. The Democrat’s statement last week that he would not run for retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat hinted that his eyes remain on California’s 2018 governor’s race—and the possibility that the state’s booming Latino population can finally lift one of its own into high office.

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GOP

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
03/05/2015 7:46 PM

Republican Assemblyman Rocky Chávez formally entered the contest to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer on Thursday, offering himself as a pragmatic leader focused on strengthening national security, educational opportunities and the state economy.

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NY Observer: California Prosecutor Falsifies Transcript of Confession

California AG Kamala Harris Holds News Conference On Gun Violence

California Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks at a news conference on May 17, 2013 at the Los Angeles Civic Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/ Getty Images)

The New York Observer

National Politics

Court of Appeal Slams AG Kamala Harris again

PDF: People v. Velasco-Palacios

By Sidney Powell | 03/04/15 – 1:04pm

When will they ever learn? Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski declared months ago in a much-quoted opinion that there is “an epidemic of Brady violations abroad in the land.” And yet, prosecutors continue to deny there’s a problem. Indeed, the Department of Justice gets outright indignant at the suggestion, and so do many state court prosecutors. They bristle at the very mention of the possibility.

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Gas Prices

Thursday, March 5, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

The reasoning that oil companies are giving as an excuse to squeeze California Driver’s at the gas pump looks more and more like fantasy.

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UT SanDiego: Regulator had regular chats with Edison

SCE

By Jeff McDonald
March 2, 2015 – 4:46 p.m.

Document: Commissioner Florio emails with Southern California Edison

The state utility regulator who recused himself from future Pacific Gas & Electric business after his behind-the-scenes emails were released publicly has taken part in similar backchannel discussions with Southern California Edison, newly obtained records show.

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SacBee: Legislature may regain mapmaking

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/02/2015 9:53 PM

One can read too much into questions and comments from appellate judges during oral arguments, but with that caveat, it appears that the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to erase the redrawing of congressional districts by independent commissions created by voters through the initiative process.

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LATimes: Gay group wins formal recognition from state Republican Party

Republicans

A gay GOP group’s application for formal recognition by the California Republican Party has been approved on a 861-293 vote. (Karen Bleier / AFP/Getty Images)

By Seema Mehta
March 1, 2015

In a historic move, the California Republican Party on Sunday officially recognized a gay GOP group.

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Jim Brulte

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
03/01/2015 9:31 AM

California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte, a former state legislator who took over the party at a low point two years ago, was overwhelmingly reelected to another term on Sunday.

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SacBee: Tax breaks mostly help the masses

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/02/2015 12:01 AM

Critiquing California’s state and local tax structure – which generates more than $200 billion a year – has become something of a cottage industry.

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Pensions

By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 2, 2015

On the day that Stockton emerged from bankruptcy last week, ending 32 months of debt protection, the final court argument was about the “cram down” imposed on the only creditor that did not cut a deal.

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InlandPolitics: Gas price watch

Gas Price Watch

Sunday, March 1, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

The Inland Empire’s out-of-control climb in gasoline prices added another 10 cents per gallon Saturday.

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GOP

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
02/28/2015 6:11 PM

Population trends have been working against the Republican Party for so long in California that a workshop on “changing demographics” came with an air of exasperation at the state party’s biannual convention Saturday.

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SacBee: Opinion: State GOP’s new motto: ‘We get it’

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
02/28/2015 5:08 PM

The theme of Friday night’s state Republican Party convention dinner was “Celebrating Our Successes,” which would seem to be an oxymoron.

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DailyBulletin: Assemblyman introduces Ontario Airport transfer legislation

Ontario International Airport

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/27/15, 6:39 PM PST

A bipartisan Assembly bill introduced Friday would allow Ontario to issue revenue bonds to finance the acquisition of L.A./Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles.

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CPUC

By Marc Lifsher
February 27, 2015

In the months after the deadly 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion, California regulators scrambled to order Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to improve the safety of its aging infrastructure.

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GOP

By Seema Mehta
February 27, 2015

Hundreds of California Republican leaders and their guests gathered Friday in Sacramento for their biannual convention, with plans to celebrate their legislative victories in 2014 that blocked Democratic supermajorities in the Legislature and to hear from a potential 2016 presidential candidate.

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ABC: Gas Prices Soar in California as Supply Shrinks

Gas Prices

A cyclist rides by a sign at a gas station in Los Angeles posting the latest gas prices on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Gas prices in California soared overnight as a result of a combination of supply-and-demand factors worsened by the shutdown of two refineries that produce a combined 16 percent of the state’s gasoline. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Feb 27, 2015 – 7:00 PM ET

Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest.

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SacBee: Californians sharply divided over hiking state gas tax

Field Poll

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
02/27/2015 6:56 AM

Sacramento —

California voters think the government should spend more money to help maintain crumbling roads, but they offer mixed views on how to fund the upkeep, according to a new statewide Field Poll.

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Campaigns

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
02/26/2015 12:38 PM

Three months after being elected to their second terms, a pair of California Democratic congressmen are already hearing footsteps.

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Gas Prices

Motorists pump gas at a Mobil gas station after being greeted with a 25-cents-a-gallon price increase in Torrance. February 26, 2015. (Thomas R. Cordova / Staff Photographer)

By Nick Green, Daily Breeze
Posted: 02/26/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 59 secs ago

The explosion at the ExxonMobil refinery is only partly to blame for a surge in gasoline prices that even stunned one gas station operator Thursday.

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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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