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Water bond drowns in Legislature

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June 30, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. A $10.5 billion water bond apparently drowned in the California Senate this past week for the third time since 2010, even though the Central Valley faces a dire drought this summer. But the Legislature still might perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and waive the June 26 deadline for putting the bond on the November ballot. The official name is Senate Bill 848, The Safe Drinking Water...

East Bay proposal reignites minimum wage fight

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June 30, 2014 By James Poulos. When a handful of corporations conspires to fix wages, they face legal action. But for several cities in the San Francisco East Bay area, the idea of a concerted effort to set pay has a newfound appeal. Rather than taking a permissive attitude toward business collusion, however, the plan is to create what supporters are calling a regional minimum wage, one higher than the $8 per hour ...

Now legal: To sleep in your car in L.A.

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June 27, 2014 By James Poulos. In a decision hailed as a human rights victory by homeless-rights activists, a federal court struck down a decades-old Los Angeles law prohibiting the use of vehicles as residences. The ordinance, Section 85.02 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, declared, "No person shall use a vehicle parked on or standing upon any City street or upon any parking lot owned by the City of Los Angele...

Controller 2014: Why the cost of a recount favors Betty Yee

June 27, 2014 By John Hrabe. The too-close-to-call race for state controller remained unchanged Friday morning -- as Lake County has yet to count its 6,053 unprocessed ballots. San Mateo County, the only other county in the state with unprocessed ballots, has just four provisional ballots to review. Board of Equalization member Betty Yee holds an 861-vote lead over Assemblyman John A. Perez, D-Los Angeles, for t...
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