Archive for March 3rd, 2014

VVDailyPress: New owners take over Daily Press, Desert Dispatch


March 02, 2014 3:37 PM
Staff Reports

NEW YORK • The Daily Press, the Desert Dispatch and a handful of local weekly newspapers have been sold to New Media Investment Group, the largest owner of newspapers in the country.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Sunday, Mar. 2, 2014 – 12:00 am

With two of his fellow Democratic senators facing criminal charges, it’s been a stressful last year in office, at least so far, for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.

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The California Republican Assembly’s unanimous backing of Tim Donnelly could boost his campaign by pushing the most conservative voters to the polls.

By Seema Mehta
March 2, 2014, 8:10 p.m.

Gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly received the imprimatur Sunday of a conservative group once deemed the “conscience” of the state GOP by Ronald Reagan.

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By Peter Hecht
Published: Monday, Mar. 3, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Mar. 3, 2014 – 6:08 am

The last time lawmakers tried to regulate California’s medical marijuana industry, the League of California Cities warned of “a radical expansion of existing law” and “a slippery slope to distribution of marijuana for recreational use.” And police groups rushed out talking points protesting the “creation of a massive, for-profit medical marijuana model.”

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Calpensions: Three new rulings on retiree health care cuts

By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 3, 2014

A federal appeals court last week gave Sonoma County retirees another chance to show that an implied contract gave them vested rights to retiree health care, preventing the benefit from being cut to $500 a month.

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March 2, 2014, 3:54 PM

Two years after Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature dismantled California’s $5 billion-a-year redevelopment program, Brown wants to bring some elements back, but he’s offering less money, a different name and a change in local voters’ approval.

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Politico: Ukraine conflict: Obama’s options on Russia

Barack Obama

President Barack Obama speaks about Ukraine. | AP Photo


By REID J. EPSTEIN | 3/2/14 8:52 PM EST

President Barack Obama once again finds himself in a standoff with Russian President Vladimir Putin — with no good options for getting out of it.

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By Robert Costa
Monday, March 3, 2014

As a direct counter to President Obama’s recent emphasis on the gap between rich and poor, the upcoming House Republican budget will focus on welfare reform and recommend a sweeping overhaul of social programs, including Head Start and Medicaid.

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