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GOP wants water conveyance in bond

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June 24, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Will Gov. Jerry Brown's Twin Tunnels project for the California Delta still make it into the $11 billion water bond projected for the November election? It's still possible. The bond has been postponed twice already because legislators didn't think it would pass muster with voters in 2010 and 2012. But the ongoing state drought gives it more urgency this year. The new w...

New suit filed against high-speed rail

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June 24, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton. On June 23, the Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund filed a new lawsuit against California's high-speed rail project. TRANSDEF supports the project, but not the current planning. In a statement explaining the suit, TRANSDEF challenged “the Governor's fallback funding scheme for high-speed rail.” In that system, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature last week ag...

Indian lands bill considered Wednesday

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June 24, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   Assembly Bill 52, which would increase the power of California’s Native American tribes to delay or halt development in areas sensitive to Indian heritage, is raising concerns about more lawsuits and slower growth in the state. The bill’s backers contend that current California Environmental Quality Act regulations are not adequate to preserve Indian historical, cultural...

Late ballots keep controller’s race cliffhanger

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June 23, 2014 By John Hrabe. As more Californians turn to absentee voting, election officials have seen an uptick in the number of potentially valid ballots that aren't being counted. That's because, under state law, ballots must be received by the local registrar of voters by Election Day, not postmarked that day or en route to an elections office. "California doesn’t have the infamous hanging-chad or butte...
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