New fears push more California e-cig bans

Southern California’s thriving e-cigarette industry faces a big new problem: nationwide, their products are becoming a hot new focal point of public health worries. In the latest report casting “vapes” in a negative light, the New York Times called the nicotine

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New min wage law clears CA Senate committee

Two minimum wage hikes in two years for California? Just a year after Gov. Jerry Brown signed one minimum wage hike into law, the California Senate’s Labor and Industrial Relations Committee last week greenlit an even faster and more sweeping boost.

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Andreessen: Does company HQ in CA violate fiduciary duty?

You might remember Marc Andreessen. He co-authored Mosaic, the first decent Web browser, which I remember using when I got on the Net back in 1994. It became Netscape, which became Firefox. He’s still a big tech investor. He just

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Only Sen. Anderson demands Senate expel 3 disgraced members

A lone Republican lawmaker is calling on the California State Senate to expel three of its Democratic members that are facing criminal charges. State Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, the lone dissenter in Friday’s vote to suspend with pay three members of the state

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3 senators suspended — WITH pay

Sens. Leland Yee, Ronald S. Calderon and Roderick Wright have been suspended by the state Senate. So they can’t keep voting on legislation, 99 percent of which is unneeded, expensive and wasteful. But they’ll still get paid themselves, according to

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Gangsters in the Facebook Age

What would Don Corleone say? Organized crime on Facebook? According to the Chronicle: “Raymond ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow made an appearance in federal court today and remains locked up after his arrest on charges including money laundering, but he also somehow made an appearance

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Earthquake just hit Orange County 29

9:11 pm. About 3 minutes ago, an earthquake rolled through Orange County. In Huntington Beach, where I live, it lasted about 45 seconds. My guess is that it was not in O.C. because of the rolling. My dogs were acting

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A modest proposal on political scandals

Here’s a modest proposal on political scandals. When a politician is indicted, then taxes are reduced equivalent to his proportional representation of the people. The reasoning is this: He was corrupt, therefore he wasted tax dollars. So citizens shouldn’t have

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10 quotes from indictment against Sen. Leland Yee

This week State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, was arraigned in federal court on charges of working with Chinatown gangsters and brokering arms deals with a Muslim rebel group based in the Philippines. Although a leading proponent of gun control, the investigation involved accusations of arms dealing, murder-for-hire money laundering and

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