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The PE: ECONOMY: Inland Empire incomes rising, poverty falling

California Poverty

Census numbers for the Inland area indicate the economy is inching toward rebirth. But they also indicate that our employment picture needs a lot more work.

BY DAVID OLSON / STAFF WRITER
Published: Sept. 17, 2014 Updated: 10:56 p.m.

In another sign that the Inland region is slowly emerging from years of economic decline, area residents’ incomes finally rose in 2013, and the poverty rate began to fall, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released late Wednesday.

To read story by David Olson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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Ted Eliopoulos is named chief investment officer of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the nation’s largest public pension fund.

By Marc Lifsher
September 16, 2014

California’s huge pension fund has turned to a trusted insider to take over the daunting job of directing almost $300 billion in investments, crucial to the retirement of more than 1 million current and former state and local government workers.

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SFChronicle: Jerry Brown surges ahead with the ‘non-campaign’ campaign

Jerry Brown

In this May 28, 2014, file photo, Gov. Jerry Brown poses in his Capitol office in Sacramento,Calif. Incumbent Brown faces Republican Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official who has never held elective office, in the November election. (Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press)

Carla Marinucci
Updated 8:42 am, Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown has $22 million in the bank and a 21-point lead in the polls, but as he seeks a historic fourth term, he’s conducting one of the most unusual re-election campaigns ever witnessed by state voters – one in which he hasn’t starred in a single TV or radio spot, campaign mailer, or Web video.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014 – 10:53 pm

The Legislature was in full sausage-factory mode during the last days of the biennial session that ended on Aug. 30, spewing hundreds of bills onto Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

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LATimes: CalPERS decides hedge funds are a sell

Photo: CalPERS board

The CalPERS board meets at headquarters in Sacramento. (Robert Durell / For The Times)

By Marc Lifsher
September 15, 2104

SACRAMENTO — The country’s biggest public pension system is getting out of hedge funds.

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SacBee: CalPERS cleared to sue ratings agencies

California Supreme Court

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Sep. 15, 2014 – 3:56 pm

The state Supreme Court has cleared CalPERS to sue Wall Street’s leading ratings agencies over a series of disastrous investments that cost the pension fund more than $1 billion.

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SacBee: Rod Wright steps down from the California Senate

Resignation

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014 – 7:32 am

Democratic state Sen. Rod Wright, sentenced to jail Friday for being convicted of perjury and voting fraud, resigned from the California Senate on Monday but plans to stay on the payroll for one more week.

Wright sent Senate officials a resignation letter Monday stating that he’s stepping down effective Sept. 22.

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Vote

The Fix
By Philip Bump
September 15, 2014 at 1:07 PM

As voter registration deadlines before the November general election begin to pass, new disputes over voter registration efforts have erupted. In the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Democrats launched a voter registration effort, angering some local Republicans. More recently, a registration effort led by a Democratic Georgia state representative — which has turned in a number of new voter applications — is being investigated by the Republican secretary of state.

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Home Construction

A new report from Beacon Economics and City National Bank points to a comeback in the Inland Empire. Above, homes being built in Rancho Cucamonga. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Economic comeback in the Inland Empire helps drive California recovery, report says
September 15, 2014

The economic recovery in California struggled through the first half of the year but now is picking up speed, driven by improvements in the real estate and the job markets, according to a quarterly report from Beacon Economics and City National Bank.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Brown dons rose-tinted glasses for his look backward

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Sep. 15, 2014 – 12:00 am

Those entering old age – psychologically, not necessarily chronologically – often embrace rose-tinted nostalgia, a yearning for times past when, they believe, life was better.

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Standard and Poor's

By JUDY LIN
Associated Press
Published: Sunday, Sep. 14, 2014 – 9:01 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rising income inequality has led to slowing tax revenue growth in California, but the state has responded by increasing its top marginal tax rate, causing its growth rate to accelerate after 2009, according to a new study released Monday by credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Taxes on rich closed the state budget deficit

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014 – 9:18 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014 – 9:33 pm

As Jerry Brown seeks his fourth term as governor this year, he’s crowing about balancing the state budget after years of deficits that piled up a “wall of debt.”

Certainly Brown deserves some of the credit.

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SacBee: Six Californias initiative fails to make 2016 ballot

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By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 12, 2014 – 1:53 pm

A proposed ballot measure to carve California into six states failed to qualify for the November 2016 ballot Friday after election officials determined that backers did not collect enough valid signatures.

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SacBee: Field Poll: Views of Congress remain in the doldrums

U.S. Capitol

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014 – 12:00 am

California voters continue to harbor exceedingly negative views of the work conducted by Congress and, in a major development, feelings about their own House representatives have turned sour, according to the latest Field Poll.

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SacBee: Judge sentences Sen. Rod Wright to 3 months in jail

Gavel

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 12, 2014 – 10:02 am

A state Senate roiling from turmoil this year was dealt another blow Friday when a Los Angeles judge sentenced Democratic Sen. Rod Wright to three months in jail for lying about where he lived when he ran for office in 2008.

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SacBee: Field Poll: Death penalty support slips in California

Death Chamber

By Sam Stanton
sstanton@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 12, 2014 – 12:00 am

Support for the death penalty in California is at its lowest point in nearly 50 years, although more than half of the state’s registered voters still favor it, a new Field Poll has found.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Sep. 11, 2014 – 10:39 pm

If Republicans have any chance this year of winning statewide office in this blue state, it probably rests on the shoulders of Pete Peterson, who’s running for secretary of state, or Ashley Swearengin, the GOP candidate for state controller.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Police reports filed over signs?

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga) has filed two police reports over his signs being vandalized.

Really?

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Mark Takano

Takano

Published: Sept. 10, 2014 Updated: 9:52 a.m.

Two media outlets popular with conservatives are reporting that Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, said during a recent town hall in Jurupa Valley that the meeting wasn’t a public forum.

The Washington Times and World Net Daily quoted Beth Baumann’s account of what took place. Baumann is described by WND as “a conservative activist in a number of fields.”

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

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The U.S. economy will be marginally stronger in 2016, according to the UCLA Anderson Forecast. Real gross domestic product is expected to swing up 3.1% next year and 3.4% in 2016.

By Tiffany Hsu
September 11, 2014

California’s “painfully plodding” economic recovery will continue its slow march through 2016, according to the quarterly UCLA Anderson Forecast.

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DailyBulletin: Campaign signs for Congressional candidate Paul Chabot vandalized

Paul Chabot

Congressional candidate Paul Chabot this week filed police reports over vandalized campaign signs in Redlands.

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 09/09/14, 11:09 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> Some campaign signs in Redlands and San Bernardino supporting Congressional Republican candidate Paul Chabot have been vandalized.

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By Melanie Mason
September 9, 2014

A new level of campaign spending disclosure unveiled by the state’s ethics agency Tuesday enables voters to quickly see the top donors in this year’s ballot measure fights and other campaigns.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 9, 2014 – 4:27 pm

Jerry Brown’s two big legacy projects, a north-south bullet train and twin water tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, are approaching points of no return.

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calpers

By Marc Lifsher
September 9, 2014

Taxpayers and local governments are on the hook to pay nearly $800 million stemming from “legal” pension spiking over the next two decades, the state controller said Tuesday.

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SFChronicle: California reduces water use by 7.5 percent

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Melody Gutierrez
Updated 5:26 pm, Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sacramento — Drought-stricken California reduced its water use by 7.5 percent in July, a year-over-year savings of 17 billion gallons, according to data released Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board.

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Covered California

By JUDY LIN Associated Press
Sept. 9, 2014 – 01:44 p.m.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Some Californians who purchased individual health coverage through the state’s insurance exchange are suddenly being dropped or transferred to Medi-Cal, the state Medicaid program for the poor that fewer doctors and providers accept.

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RollCall: Rothenberg: Senate GOP Gains At Least 7 Seats

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By Stuart Rothenberg
Posted at 2:50 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2014

While the current Rothenberg Political Report ratings don’t show it, I am now expecting a substantial Republican Senate wave in November, with a net gain of at least seven seats.

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Calpensions: CalSTRS debt report drops from $167B to $59.5B

Calstrs

By Ed Mendel
Monday, September 8, 2014

CalSTRS was bracing to report the nation’s biggest pension debt under new government accounting rules that take effect this fiscal year — $167 billion, an amount so huge some thought it might increase the cost of issuing local school bonds.

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Unions

By Marc Lifsher
September 7, 2014

Organized labor is having a good year at the Capitol.

The Democrat-dominated Legislature passed and sent to the governor three of four union-priority bills. And Gov. Jerry Brown has already indicated he’ll sign at least one of them.

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No Money

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By Steven Dennis
Posted at 9 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2014

Roll Call’s annual list of the 10 “poorest” members of Congress contains one majority whip, one party chairman, one formerly impeached judge and one senator.

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50 Richest Members of Congress - 2014

The 50 Richest Members of Congress in 2014 hail from both parties.

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By Adriel Bettelheim and Jay Hunter
Posted at 9 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2014

They invested in an Italian soccer team, an aquaculture business, Subway sandwich franchises, the ride-share phenomenon Uber and good old blue chip stocks and bonds.

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The Sun: Term over, Tim Donnelly says he was voice of people in Assembly

Tim Donnelly

Tim Donnelly

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 09/06/14, 11:07 PM PDT |

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, bet all his chips on his failed bid to face Jerry Brown for the governorship on Nov. 4 instead of seeking a third term in the Assembly.

Donnelly’s successor will be sworn in Dec. 1, making this past legislative session Donnelly’s last, at least for now.

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SFChronicle: Barbara Boxer re-election run looking unlikely

Barbara Boxer

Sen. Barbara Boxer, up for re-election in 2016, has less than $200,000 in her campaign account. (Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle)

Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
Updated 3:02 am, Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sen. Barbara Boxer says she has yet to make up her mind about seeking a fifth term in 2016, but there’s no shortage of signs that the Democrat may be opting out.

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Melody Gutierrez and Carla Marinucci
Updated 10:41 pm, Saturday, September 6, 2014

Sacramento —

Secretary of State Debra Bowen says she is battling severe depression that has left her physically unable to go to work many days as she waits for the darkness to ease.

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InlandPolitics: A few takes, questions from California Governor debate

Jerry Brown

Brown

Saturday, September 6, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

The debate between California Governor Jerry Brown and republican Neel Kashkari, held Thursday night, was somewhat entertaining.

Brown, in his elderly style, routinely patted Kashkari on the head, while Kashkari kept raising Brown’s blood pressure, by poking at him on issues.

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InlandPolitics: Early Democrat attack on Chabot just the beginning

Friday, September 5, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

It didn’t take long for democrats to start unloading on Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga).

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By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 09/04/14, 1:15 PM PDT |

A day after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee debuted its television ad attacking his opponent, congressional candidate Pete Aguilar debuted his own television ad — the first of the general election — on Thursday morning.

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By Sharon Bernstein
SACRAMENTO Calif. Thu Sep 4, 2014 11:36pm EDT

(Reuters) – The debate between Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown and his long-shot Republican opponent quickly turned to insults on Thursday, kicking off the state’s election season with disagreements over education, high-speed rail and immigration.

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Campaigns

By Jean Merl
September 4, 2014

With the fall election season shifting into high gear, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday launched cable-TV ads in two of California’s contested House races.

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Bloomberg-Businessweek

By Karen Weise
September 04, 2014

The drought in California has already devastated the environment and upended the state’s economy. Imagine if it were to last for a decade. Or four decades. Or longer. So-called megadroughts are increasingly likely as the earth warms, according to a new scientific paper that paired historic drought patterns with climate change models.

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Paul-Chabot

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a TV ad that attacks Republican 31st Congressional District candidate Paul Chabot for collecting a $108,167 annual salary as a hearing commissioner for the Board of Parole Hearings in 2007.

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/03/14, 1:26 PM PDT | Updated: 2 hrs ago

Although Election Day is Nov. 4, the date many campaigns are worrying the most about is Oct. 6, when vote by mail ballots begin to be sent out.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown and GOP rival Neel Kashkari hold their only debate Thursday night. (Photo: Russell Yip, The Chronicle)

Carla Marinucci
Updated 7:55 am – Thursday, September 4, 2014

Neel Kashkari wasn’t even in grade school when Jerry Brown – in his first-ever televised gubernatorial debate – engaged in what one newspaper account described as a “slashing style of accusations and innuendo” during a “political street fight lacking even the thin veneer of courtesy.”

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CallBuzz: Can Neel Beat the Spread? Plus New Poll Numbers

Jerry Brown+Neel Kashkari

By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
September 4, 2014

California’s most prosaic election in memory, our Department of Spectator Sport Politics and Insensate Choices is girding its loins (ow!) for the fall campaign by reviewing the words of the late Senator Gene (Not Joe) McCarthy:

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Texas Flag + California Flag

By Tiffany Hsu
September 4, 2014

California is home to the busiest port complex in the country and the largest manufacturing center, but where exports are concerned, it’s neither the heaviest mover nor the top employer.

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By Kate Linthicum
September 4, 2014

A report released Wednesday by researchers at USC found that immigrants who are in California illegally make up nearly 10% of the state’s workforce and contribute $130 billion annually to its gross domestic product.

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LATimes: Low turnout in California in November could lift prospects for GOP

Campaigns

By Michael Finnegan
September 2, 2014

The Democratic Party’s dominance of California is close to a historic peak. But strength can draw trouble.

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AP: Bullet-train foes seek state Supreme Court review

High-Speed Rail

AP California News
Sep 2, 7:45 PM EDT
By JULIET WILLIAMS
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Opponents of California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project submitted an appeal Tuesday to the state Supreme Court, asking it to overturn a lower court’s ruling that allowed the project to proceed despite questions about whether it complies with promises made to voters.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014 – 4:49 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014 – 10:29 pm

Rituals – some formal, some unspoken – are intrinsic to any society, even if they may be unfathomable to outsiders.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Election season starts hot

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Politicians wade into tight California races with troops, cash.

Published: Sept. 1, 2014 Updated: 8:38 p.m.

WASHINGTON – If you feel like congressional campaigns started early – a candidate’s knock on your door, a political ad on TV – you are right.

This year, the long knives of campaign battle came out almost as soon as the last California primary vote was counted in June, especially in a handful of tight races where Democrats or Republicans see an opportunity to nab a seat in the House of Representatives.

To read story by Cathy Taylor in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: COURTS: Budgets still lean for Inland counties

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Published: Sept. 1, 2014 Updated: 10:11 p.m.

Budgets for Inland superior courts increased from the previous fiscal year by about $6 million for each system, allowing for small improvements – but services and most courtrooms shuttered by recession-era budget cuts will remain closed.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, September 2, 2014

A small but affluent Orange County city, with a current staff of only a half dozen employees, would have to pay about $3.6 million to leave CalPERS, the giant state pension system estimated two years ago.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: ‘California Comeback’ hasn’t helped everyone

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Sep. 1, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 1, 2014 – 9:57 am

As Gov. Jerry Brown runs for re-election, he has adopted “California Comeback” – voiced during his State of the State address in January – as his informal slogan.

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Drought

The Enterprise Bridge passes over a section of Lake Oroville that is nearly dry on Aug. 19 in Oroville, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By Nick Kirkpatrick
August 28, 2014

A new study says that California’s drought is so severe it’s causing the ground to rise. Angela Fritz of The Washington Post reported scientists estimate 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost in the past 18 months.

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InlandPolitics: GOP committment for Chabot?

GOP

Sunday, August 31, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Will the GOP commit resources into the campaign of Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga)?

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State Capitol

By Chris Megerian
August 30, 2014

It was past dark when a contingent of Republican senators filed into Gov. Jerry Brown’s Capitol office as the deadline loomed for a plan to overhaul California’s aging water system.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 – 12:00 am

The close of the Legislature’s 2012-14 biennial session also marks the end of a noteworthy period – Jerry Brown’s third term as governor and the reigns of the Legislature’s two top leaders.

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California Money

By Chris Kirkham
August 30, 2014

California’s economic recovery has featured a growing share of lower-wage jobs, raising concerns about the opportunities for middle-class workers hit hard by the Great Recession, a new analysis finds.

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InlandPolitics: California Legislature bans free ski outtings?

Skiing

Saturday, August 30, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.

The California Senate and Assembly concluded their 2013-2014 legislative sessions early Saturday morning. The end was met with the usual flurry of last minute votes and arguments over the passage of bills covering a wide spectrum of issues.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Nestande, Ruiz to debate Oct. 3

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Published: Aug. 29, 2014 – Updated: 10:46 a.m.

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, and his Republican challenger, Assemblyman Brian Nestande of Palm Desert, will participate in a televised debate on Oct. 3.

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

By Patrick McGreevy
August 30, 2014

Lawmakers early Saturday approved a measure that would prohibit elected officials from soliciting contributions for nonprofit groups controlled by the official or a family member and that would limit the personal use of campaign funds.

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Money

By Patrick McGreevy
August 30, 2014

California lawmakers approved a measure Saturday that would require the state to develop a new Internet-based campaign filing and public display system and that candidates file electronic disclosures of their campaign finances every calendar quarter, instead of the current semi-annual filing schedule.

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SacBee: California plastic bag ban heads to Jerry Brown

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 – 11:36 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 – 11:44 am

California lawmakers narrowly approved a sweeping plastic bag ban Friday, leaving Gov. Jerry Brown to decide the fate of the controversial bill in an election year.

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By Patrick McGreevy
August 30, 2014

The state Senate on Friday acted on stricter ethics rules meant to restore public confidence in the Legislature after three senators were charged with criminal wrongdoing.

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SJMercuryNews: California marijuana market poised to explode

Medical Marijuana

By Patrick May
pmay@mercurynews.com

Posted: 08/29/2014 05:51:09 PM PDT61 Comments
Updated: 08/29/2014 08:51:39 PM PDT

Looking around last week at the exhibitor showroom of CannaCon, the huge marijuana-business expo held outside Seattle, Greg James had something of an epiphany: The pot industry in America is growing like, you guessed it, a weed.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown addresses the American Federation of Teachers convention in June in Los Angeles. (Damian Dovarganes, AP)

By Howard Blume
August 29, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown filed an appeal Friday of a ruling that struck down traditional job protections for teachers.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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