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UC president appears to cave in fight with Gov. Brown
Three months ago, University of California President Janet Napolitano triggered a fight with Gov. Jerry Brown and leaders of the Legislature when she persuaded the UC regents to commit to a five-year plan in which tuition was raised by 5 percent every year -- unless the state government provided mor...
Sen. Villaraigosa?
Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is looking for voters to promote him to U.S. senator in 2016. The Times ran an analysis of his pluses and minuses. Basically, his strength is that he's a Latino candidate who could count on Southern California Latino voters in a presidential election year, ...
Hertzberg proposes $10 billion sales tax on services
An influential state lawmaker is proposing a $10 billion sales tax on services that would include everything from accounting to yoga classes. State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, says the changing global economy requires a reevaluation of what's considered subject to sales and use taxes. That's...
Recreational pot’s hazy CA future
A majority of Californians now favors the legalization of marijuana -- not just for medical purposes, but recreational use. The state's voters legalized medical marijuana with Proposition 215 in 1996. But so far, the state has not followed Colorado, Alaska, Oregon and Washington among states enactin...
Covered CA facing 2015 adjustments
After posting some of the biggest numbers in the Obamacare firmament, Covered California is putting the squeeze on Golden Staters. Amid concerns that bureaucratic and administrative rules will reverse initial gains, the statewide exchange is stressing the substantial increase in tax penalties facin...
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