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Los Angeles Daily News: California’s property tax burden 10th worst in nation

California’s 0.81 percent effective rate, by WalletHub math – that’s 81 cents per $100 of assessed value – was tied for 17th lowest among the states. (Register file photo)

By Jonathan Lansner,
jlansner@scng.com
Posted: 03/12/17 – 10:17 PM PDT |

Warning: Property taxes are due April 10.

Before you search for the bill and the checkbook – and perhaps express a few choice nasty words aloud about the financial pinch – let me make you extra grumpy.

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Associated Press: California State Bar bans sex between attorneys and clients

AP Nation / World
By Sudhin Thanawala
Associated Press
Mar 10, 2017 – 6:56 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The State Bar of California approved an ethics rule that would subject lawyers to discipline for having sex with their clients.

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Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
March 8, 2017 – 5:37 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown will have another opportunity to shape the state’s highest court after Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar announced Tuesday her plans to retire later this year.

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The Sacramento Bee: CalPERS set to slash pensions for nearly 200 workers

Capitol Alert
By Adam Ashton
aashton@sacbee.com
March 7, 2017 – 4:41 PM

For the second time in four months, CalPERS is preparing to slash benefits for a group of retirees whose former employer stopped cutting checks to fund their pensions.

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Daily Press: Lovingood fined $6K for failing to disclose business interests

Lovingood said Monday that the violations stemmed from a “disagreement centered on the definition of the word ‘income'” — or net versus gross revenue, of which he believed rules were framed by the former, and the Fair Political Practices Commission, the latter.

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted:     Mar 6, 2017 at 6:07 PM
Updated:  Mar 6, 2017 at 7:04 PM

San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood violated Fair Political Practices Commission rules by failing to timely disclose income sources of $10,000 or more to his staffing company in 2013 and 2014. He was fined and paid $6,000 to settle four counts lodged against him.

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Esmeralda Bermudez
March 6, 2017

A San Bernardino County supervisor has agreed to pay a $6,000 fine for not disclosing part of his earnings in state filings.

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California saw a net gain of 9,700 jobs in January while its unemployment rate fell to 5.1%. (Source: Employment Development Department and Los Angeles Times graphics)

Natalie Kitroeff
March 3, 2016

The California economy started 2017 on a strong note, with employers adding a net 9,700 jobs in January and the unemployment rate dropping to 5.1%, according to data released by the Employment Development Department.

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Associated Press: Court: Officials’ emails on private accounts are public

By Sudhin Thanawala
March 03, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Government employees in California cannot keep the public from seeing their work-related emails and texts sent on personal devices and through private accounts, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday, closing a loophole that justices said could have allowed the “most sensitive and potentially damning” communications to be shielded.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
March 2, 2017 – 3:59 PM

Late Wednesday, the California High-Speed Rail Authority dispatched a report to the Legislature, crowing about progress in building a statewide bullet train system.

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Calpensions: CalPERS investment priority shifts to avoiding loss

Ed Mendel
February 27, 2017

Despite a low funding level little changed since massive investment losses nearly a decade go, CalPERS is focusing on avoiding another big loss, not risky attempts to maximize investment earnings.

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California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, seen during a confirmation hearing in January, has emerged as the leading candidate for the post in the 2018 election. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Patrick McGreevy
February 26, 2017

The race for California attorney general in 2018 has been shaken up by the so-called “Trump factor,” with the state’s newly appointed top lawyer, Xavier Becerra, seeing his profile boosted to the national stage by legal challenges to the Republican president.

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The Sacramento Bee: Once again, poll finds voters are ignorant on budget

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 19, 2017 – 4:00 PM

It’s been said that ignorance is bliss.

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Department of Water Resources personnel, left, inspects a hole was torn in the spillway of the Oroville Dam while releasing approximately 60,000 cubic-feet-second of water in advance of more rain on February 7, 2017 in Oroville, California. (Photo: Max Whittaker/Prime, Special To The Chronicle)

By Joaquin Palomino and Cynthia Dizikes, San Francisco Chronicle
February 19, 2017
Updated: February 19, 2017 – 12:05pm

The dam burst on a warm afternoon, unleashing nearly 300 million gallons of muddy water on a Los Angeles neighborhood. Five people died and dozens of homes were swept off their foundations and destroyed.

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Water & Drought
Sacramento Bee Staff
February 18, 2017 – 10:20 AM

These three graphs show key California reservoir conditions and river stages for the upper and lower Sacramento Valley for Saturday, February 18, 2017. The images are from the California Department of Water Resources’ Data Exchange Center and the National Weather Service.

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By Kathleen Pender, San Francisco Chronicle
Published: February 16, 2017
Updated:   February 16, 2017 – 6:34pm

California legislators are fighting a resolution in Congress that could derail plans to create a state-run retirement plan for private-sector employees who don’t have one at work.

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Christine Mai-Duc
Feb. 15, 2017 – 1:55 p.m.

The Republicans have named their top 10 most vulnerable incumbents in Congress, and three Californians are among them.

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Paige St. John
Feb. 14, 2017 – 4:59 p.m.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved Gov. Jerry Brown’s request for assistance in dealing both with the Oroville Dam crisis and damage from record storms that hit the state in January.

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The Sacramento Bee: Feds order independent review of Oroville Dam spillway problems

By Ryan Sabalow
rsabalow@sacbee.com
February 13, 2017 – 6:56 PM

The federal agency that issued the license for the troubled Oroville Dam on Monday ordered state officials to convene an independent panel of five experts to assess the damaged dam and issue recommendations.

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The Sacramento Bee: Millions spent on California politics, but it’s just chicken feed

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 12, 2017 – 4:00 PM

After last November’s elections were over, the combatants filed year-end reports on what they had spent for and against legislative candidates and ballot measures and it was close to $700 million – nearly two-thirds more than spending during the previous election cycle.

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CalPERS is one of a handful of California government departments that in 2012 added more staff than usual in the last week of the year. Those new hires were the last to accrue pension benefits under a generous formula that the state began to phase out on Jan. 1, 2013.

By Adam Ashton and Phillip Reese
aashton@sacbee.com
February 12, 2017 – 12:01 AM

On the eve of major pension changes that would crimp retirement benefits for new hires, a handful of California government agencies went on a holiday hiring spree.

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The Sacramento Bee: Brown’s big legacy projects could be Trump’s targets

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 9, 2017 – 2:51 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown devoted most of last month’s State of the State address to excoriating Donald Trump, who had been president for just four days.

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Xavier Becerra (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Patrick McGreevy
Feb. 9, 2017 – 9:40 a.m.

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra on Thursday formally announced his bid to run for election to the post in 2018, telling supporters he is ready to continue to battle the Trump administration when he thinks the president is trampling on rights.

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The Sacramento Bee: State Bar settles one fight, but is embroiled in another

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 7, 2017 – 6:03 PM

The legislative skirmishing over the future of the State Bar appears to be nearing an amicable resolution.

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The Sacramento Bee: Trump threatens to defund ‘out of control’ California

In this Jan. 26, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks at the Republican congressional retreat in Philadelphia. . (AP Photo/Matt Rourke File)

Politics & Government
By Sean Cockerham
scockerham@mcclatchydc.com
February 5, 2017 – 5:17 PM

Washington —

President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold federal funds from “out of control” California if the state declares itself a sanctuary state.

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John Myers
February 5, 2017

During the depths of California’s budget crisis, talk in Sacramento about how many tax dollars were sent to Washington, compared with what the state received in services, generally sparked anger. But these days, it’s triggered fear.

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The Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown, legislators headed for budget clash?

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 2, 2017 – 4:52 PM

State budgets have been easy-peasy political exercises in recent years, thanks to hefty increases in revenue from an expanding economy.

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The Sacramento Bee: Acknowledging lower returns, CalSTRS drops investment forecast

Business & Real Estate
By Adam Ashton
aashton@sacbee.com
February 1, 2017 – 5:50 PM

The fund that manages pensions for California teachers on Wednesday voted to lower its investment forecast by half a percentage point, a decision that will have many educators stepping up their payroll contributions for their retirement plans by several hundred dollars a year.

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Snow covers the Sierra Nevada and the shoreline of Lake Tahoe on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, near Memorial Point, Nevada.

By Paul Rogers | progers@bayareanewsgroup.com |

PUBLISHED: February 1, 2017 at 5:00 am |
UPDATED: February 2, 2017 at 5:15 am

  • California Gov. Jerry Brown isn’t likely to amend or rescind the state’s emergency drought declaration until April

After a month of huge blizzards and “atmospheric river” storms, the Sierra Nevada snowpack — source of a third of California’s drinking water — is 177 percent of the historic average, the biggest in more than two decades.

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Marv Owen, a delegate from Los Angeles, left, listens to state GOP Chairman Jim Brulte at the California Republican Convention at the Hyatt Hotel in Sacramento in 2013. Randall Benton RBenton@sacbee.com

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
January 30, 2017 – 2:19 PM

For Democrats enraged and taking official action Monday to denounce President Donald Trump’s order temporarily banning travel from seven majority-Muslim countries, California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte has a message: “This is purely hypocritical, political posturing.”

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Calpensions: Government policy hurts pensions: low interest

By Ed Mendel
January 30, 3016

The two big state pension funds have been on very different paths since both had large surpluses in 2000. But they will have identical funding levels if CalSTRS, like CalPERS last month, adopts a recommended lower investment earnings forecast this week.

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Associated Press: California looks to build $7 billion legal pot economy

By Michael R. Blood and Don Thompson
Associated Press
Jan 29, 2017 – 3:00 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The future of California’s legal marijuana industry is being shaped in a warren of cubicles tucked inside a retired basketball arena, where a garden of paper cannabis leaves sprouts on file cabinets and a burlap sack advertising “USA Home Grown” dangles from a wall.

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The Sacramento Bee: Memo to politicians: Don’t ignore California problems

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 26, 2017 – 2:22 PM

By devoting most of Tuesday’s State of the State address to denouncing Donald Trump and his policies, Gov. Jerry Brown fed rhetorical red meat to fellow Democrats.

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Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
January 25, 2017 – 1:52 PM

California faces a $76.67 billion cost to provide healthcare and dental benefits to retired state employees, state Controller Betty Yee reported Wednesday, an increase of $2.49 billion over the previous year’s estimate.

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Associated Press: When will soggy California drop water restrictions?

AP Nation / World
By Scott Smith
Associated Press
Jan 25, 2017 – 1:59 AM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Much of California has gone from withered to water-logged this winter, but the state’s top water regulator is not ready to lift emergency conservation measures enacted during the height of the drought.

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Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago and Alexei Koseff
ccadelago@sacbee.com
January 24, 2017 – 10:44 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown, plunging into position as a Democratic bulwark against Donald Trump’s presidency, warned Tuesday of looming battles with Republican-controlled Washington, using his State of the State address to assuage fears that California would turn its back on progressive policies.

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The Sacramento Bee: Feel-good efforts won’t solve California’s housing crisis

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 23, 2017 – 12:01 AM

Two new documents – a report by the state housing agency and Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2017-18 budget – focus harsh economic reality on fanciful political “solutions” to the state’s severe housing crisis.

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The Public Eye
By Brad Branan
bbranan@sacbee.com
January 21, 2017 – 1:17 PM

In South Lake Tahoe, roads are crumbling, and the city is struggling to find ways to repair years of damage caused by harsh weather and snowplows. Orangevale residents worry that fire crews won’t arrive quickly enough in an emergency after their local fire station was closed during the recession.

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California employers added just 3,700 jobs in December, according to the state Employment Development Department. That was less than a third of the 13,600 jobs that were added the previous month. (Photo by Neil Nisperos, SCNG/File)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 01/20/17 – 11:38 AM PST |

California employers scaled back their hiring in December with just 3,700 jobs added, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

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Water & Drought
By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
January 18, 2017 – 12:16 PM

With rivers roaring and more rain coming, California’s drought cops are wrestling with a complicated question: Should they keep patrolling the beat?

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Calpensions: State pension costs doubled after rate increases

By Ed Mendel
Monday, January 17, 2017

State payments to CalPERS next fiscal year are expected to total $6 billion, nearly double the $3.2 billion paid six years ago before a wave of employer rate increases.

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Politico: Peter Thiel considering bid for California governor

The outspoken Silicon Valley billionaire and Trump supporter has been discussing a prospective run with advisers.

By Alex Isenstadt
01/14/17 – 06:25 PM EST

Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire and outspoken Donald Trump supporter, is considering a 2018 bid for California governor, according to three Republicans familiar with his thinking.

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California’s bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated — as much as $3.6 billion more – according to a confidential federal report obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Ralph Vartabedian
January 13, 2017

California’s bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated — as much as $3.6 billion more. And that’s just for the first 118 miles through the Central Valley, which was supposed to be the easiest part of the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Associated Press
January 13, 2017 – 11:05 AM

The first chamber of the California Legislature has confirmed U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra to be the state’s next attorney general.

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Associated Press: California revenue is growing. So why the talk of deficits?

By Jonathan J. Cooper
Associated Press
Jan 11, 2017 – 9:13 p.m. EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s economy is expanding and voters just approved billions of dollars in tax increases, yet Gov. Jerry Brown this week projected a budget deficit for the first time in four years and called for spending cuts.

So what’s going on?

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The Sacramento Bee: Gov. Jerry Brown sees downturn, proposes flat state budget

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 10, 2017 – 4:18 PM

Ever since he returned to the governorship six years ago, Jerry Brown has preached fiscal caution, warning that the state would inevitably see another economic decline and plunging revenue.

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The Sacramento Bee: State Bar gets the message, begins to split its functions

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 8, 2017 – 4:00 PM

The 2016 legislative session ended four-plus months ago with a cross-Capitol stalemate on the future of the State Bar, the agency that oversees the legal profession.

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Gov. Jerry Brown, seen discussing his 2016-17 state budget last year, will release his new spending plan next week in Sacramento. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

John Myers
January 6, 2017

In the six years since Gov. Jerry Brown returned to the state Capitol, his relatively parsimonious approach to state budgets has been consistent enough to leave few watchers expecting major surprises.

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President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally last year in Hershey, Pa. (Evan Vucci AP)

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
January 4, 2017 – 4:42 PM

With his party solidly out of power in Washington, a Democratic state lawmaker said he plans to introduce a bill that would again move up the presidential primary in California.

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Holder, leading a team of attorneys from the firm Covington & Burling, will cover potential conflicts between California and the federal government.

Melanie Mason
January 4, 4016

Bracing for an adversarial relationship with President-elect Donald Trump, the California Legislature has selected former U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. to serve as outside counsel to advise on the state’s legal strategy against the incoming administration.

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The Sacramento Bee: Xavier Becerra formally nominated as California attorney general

Gov. Jerry Brown, joined Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, by his nominee for Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, said California would collaborate where possible with President-elect Donald Trump but also uphold the state’s values.

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
January 3, 2017 – 10:28 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown formally entered his nomination of Rep. Xavier Becerra for California attorney general on Tuesday, setting the 90-day clock for the Legislature to act.

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By one estimate, CalPERS has missed out on $3 billion in financial returns by refusing to buy tobacco stocks. But the pension giant decided Monday to stick with the ban despite a recommendation from its staff that the ban be relaxed.

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 2, 2017 – 12:01 AM

It’s very rare, but always welcome, when reality intrudes on political decision making.

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The Sacramento Bee: A tax cut for Californians? Yes, really

Business & Real Estate
By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
December 30, 2016 12:13 PM

Californians are about to enjoy a rare tax cut.

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California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, seen in January, wrote the 4-3 ruling that said a government agency’s legal bills are generally public record in cases that have been resolved. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Maura Dolan
December 30, 2016

A government agency’s legal bills for a case that has been resolved are generally public record, a divided California Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

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Clockwise from top left: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Grace Napolitano (Lauren Victoria Burke, Mark Wilson, Bill Clark/ AP, Getty Images, Roll Call)

Sarah D. Wire
December 28, 2016

So far, none of California’s 55 senators and representatives have announced plans to retire ahead of the 2018 election. But after weeks at home with family during the holidays to talk about the future, such declarations could come soon.

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Jim Brulte

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By Carla Marinucci
12/22/16 – 06:00 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO — Jim Brulte, the current chair of the California Republican Party, once served as a high-profile backer of National Popular Vote, a movement that supports the elimination of the Electoral College.

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Pension costs for state and local government will begin to rise in 2017 after CalPERS officials voted to throttle back the expectations on profits earned from its $299 billion portfolio.

By John Myers
Dec. 21, 2016

In the four years since California’s largest pension fund recalibrated its investment projections, the annual contribution from state and local governments — in effect, the money paid by taxpayers — has slowly been on the rise.

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By Dale Kasler
Business & Real Estate
dkasler@sacbee.com
December 20, 2016 – 5:17 PM

The cost of that government pension is about to go up again, for California taxpayers as well as some public employees.

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Voters passed Proposition 66, a ballot measure that aims to speed up the death penalty. No one has been executed in California since 2006 because of legal challenges to the lethal injection protocol. (Manny Crisostomo/Sacramento Bee file)

By Alexei Koseff
Capitol Alert
akoseff@sacbee.com
December 20, 2016 – 3:04 PM

A new voter-approved law intended to speed up California’s fractured death penalty system will not take effect while a court considers a lawsuit from its opponents.

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Patrick McGreevy
California politics
Dec. 20, 2016 – 3:23 p.m.

Los Angeles County had more cases of politicians and others successfully prosecuted for violating campaign finance and ethics rules than any other county in California this year, the state Fair Political Practices Commission reported Tuesday.

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By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 12/16/16 – 5:32 PM PST |

California employers added 13,600 jobs in November, marking the weakest showing since March.

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Los Angeles Times: CPUC considering modifications to San Onofre nuclear deal

Rob Nikolewski
December 14, 2016

In a ruling made just before the close of business hours Tuesday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) directed Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric to meet with groups critical of a 2014 agreement that calls on utility ratepayers to shoulder about 70 percent of the costs from shutting down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

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Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
December 13, 2016 – 4:37 PM

Steve Schmidt, the Republican strategist who advised John McCain’s presidential bid and helped elect Arnold Schwarzenegger governor of California, imagines a not-too-distant future where the GOP here ceases to wield the influence of a major party and instead becomes the state’s largest interest group.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
December 12, 2016 – 4:30 PM

Well, we saw the first major impact last week, without Trump even lifting a finger.

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Capitol Weekly: California vs. Trump bout shaping up

Chuck McFadden
December 12, 2016

Any hope that California would soon settle into some sort of accommodation with a Trump Administration is fading rapidly.

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Sarah D. Wire and Bettina Boxall
December 9, 2016

Over Sen. Barbara Boxer’s objections, the Senate voted 78 to 21 Friday evening to pass sweeping water infrastructure legislation that changes how much water is pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to San Joaquin Valley farmers and Southern California.

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Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
December 9, 2016 – 11:37 AM

The Field Poll, which for more than a half-century has been the gold standard for public opinion research, is ceasing operations Friday, leaving behind a fabled track record of accurately reflecting the highs and lows of California’s biggest players and issues.

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Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
December 8, 2016 – 9:00 PM

With tuition hikes being discussed for California’s public universities, a new poll shows a strong majority of residents identifying college affordability as a big problem, including at least half of adults across wide partisan, income, and age groups.

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California National Guardsmen line up at Fort Irwin in San Bernardino County. (Los Angeles Times)

David S. Cloud
December 9, 2016

The Senate overwhelmingly approved a $619-billion defense authorization bill Thursday that includes direct help for thousands of California National Guard soldiers and veterans facing repayment demands for long-ago enlistment bonuses.

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By Teri Sforza / Staff Columnist
Dec. 6, 2016 – Updated 10:50 p.m.

Law enforcement seized nearly $2.6 billion worth of airplanes, houses, cash, jewelry, cars and other items from suspected wrongdoers last year, according to data from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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The Press-Enterprise: Sabrina Cervantes, Eloise Reyes take oaths in state Assembly

California Assembly Seal

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Dec. 5, 2016 – 1:16 p.m.

The California State Legislature convened today with state senators and Assembly members taking the oath of office.

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The Sacramento Bee: Will Legislature follow or evade California’s new sunshine law?

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
December 3, 2016 – 2:00 PM

Last month, California voters approved, by a nearly 2-1 margin, Proposition 54, which if faithfully followed would shine some light on the Capitol’s dark corners.

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SEIU

The State Worker
By Adam Ashton
aashton@sacbee.com
December 3, 2016 – 12:07 PM

A day after halting plans for a strike, state government’s largest employee union announced that it had reached a tentative agreement for a new contract.

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The Sacramento Bee: California state worker union cancels strike set for Monday

SEIU

The State Worker
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
December 2, 2016 – 2:47 PM

A one-day strike by California’s largest state employee union, set for Monday, has been called off.

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Jeff McDonald
November 30, 2016

The judge who until a few weeks ago was in charge of the long-running San Onofre case before the California Public Utilities Commission has taken a job with a contractor to plant owner Southern California Edison.

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Politico: California’s brewing battles with Trump get a new face

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Rep. Xavier Becerra. | AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

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Politico

By Carla Marinucci
12/01/16 – 05:17 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO — With his nomination to become California’s first Latino attorney general, Rep. Xavier Becerra is now primed to be the public face of the Democratic resistance to Donald Trump on issues like climate change, health care and, most visibly, immigration.

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Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles, grew up in Sacramento, the son of Mexican immigrants.

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
December 1, 2016 – 9:00 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown has tabbed Rep. Xavier Becerra to serve as California’s interim attorney general, selecting the Los Angeles Democrat to fill a vacancy opened by the imminent departure of outgoing Attorney General Kamala Harris to the U.S. Senate.

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The Sacramento Bee: California Democrats got their supermajority. Now what?

California Capitol

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
November 28, 2016 – 5:35 PM

Broadening the path to long-sought deals on affordable housing, transportation infrastructure and climate change, California Democrats have again captured a two-thirds supermajority in both houses of the Legislature.

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California Supreme Court

Jeff McDonald
November 28, 2016

The California Supreme Court has declined to take up a lawsuit seeking release of dozens of emails to and from the Governor’s Office regarding the San Onofre nuclear plant failure.

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The Associated Press: California considers ban on sex between lawyers and clients

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By Sudhin Thanawala
November 28, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The nation’s largest state bar association is overhauling ethics rules for attorneys for the first time in 30 years, and some lawyers are unhappy about a proposal that would open them up to discipline for having sex with clients.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 28, 2016 – 12:01 AM

While other, more pejorative, terms could be used to describe California’s massive legal system these days, let’s just say it’s in disarray, and count the ways.

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California Supreme Court

By Ed Mendel
November 28, 2016

The state Supreme Court last week agreed to hear an appeal of a groundbreaking ruling that allows cuts in the pensions earned by current state and local government workers, including judges.

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The Sacramento Bee: How California became a very blue state

California

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 27, 2016 – 12:01 AM

Demography, it’s been said, is destiny – and the outcome of California’s election this month proves it again.

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SEIU

The State Worker
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
November 22, 2016 – 5:53 PM

California’s largest state-employee union announced Tuesday that it will go on strike Dec. 5 in response to what union leaders complain is “unlawful conduct and egregious unfair labor practices” during negotiations for a new contract.

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Los Angeles Times: California’s top court will review major public pension ruling

California Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court will review a case that gave state and local government new authority to reduce public employee pensions.

Maura Dolan
November 22, 2016

The California Supreme Court decided Tuesday to review a ruling that would give state and local governments new authority to cut public employee pensions.

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The Sacramento Bee: Brown probably won’t leave budget deficit, but future cloudy

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 20, 2016 2:44 PM

California’s gubernatorial transitions have included a less-than-stellar tradition in recent decades – outgoing governors leaving budget deficits to successors.

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