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Feinstein drought bill heads for House merger

May 27, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. In the novel “A River Runs Through It,” later made into a movie, Norman Maclean wrote, “Eventually all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. ... I am haunted by waters.” Driven by the haunting reality of lack of California farm water, the Democratic and Republican drought relief bills in the U.S. Congress tentatively are starting to merge into one. Back in ...

Three vie to replace Controller Chiang

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May 23, 2014 By John Hrabe. Three established California politicians -- each from a different region of the state -- are asking voters to give them control of the state's checkbook. Two Democrats, Board of Equalization member Betty Yee and Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, and one Republican, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, are the leading contenders to succeed John Chiang, who is termed out as State Controller. T...

High-speed rail crashes into high costs

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May 22, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton.   Funding for the high-speed rail project keeps chugging along in Gov. Jerry Brown’s May Revision to his budget proposal for fiscal 2014-15, which begins on July 1. He maintained the same funding request from his January budget, $279,316. That’s still just a fraction of the $10.5 billion in state funding for transportation, up 2.34 percent in the May proposal over the January...

CA bullying controversies go national

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May 22, 2014 By James Poulos. America is shocked -- and fascinated -- by bullying in California. In recent days, several local stories relating to the issue have been picked up by the national news media. Together, they illustrate three important developments. First, policymakers are struggling to determine how to address threats, intimidation and violence at school. Second, bullying is moving toward center ...
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