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Sen. Steinberg dumps carbon tax idea

State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, has given up on his plan to replace California’s cap-and-trade law with a carbon tax on vehicles. At first, Steinberg wanted to simplify the way California regulated emissions. To do so, he suggested that revenue

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Momentum grows for police body cameras

For critics of police misconduct looking for an easy fix, one solution towers above the rest: affix video cameras to cops. The idea is picking up steam in California, where top officials are showing increased interest. Yet this also is

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Rizzo heads to slammer

Robert Rizzo is going to jail. Facing over 100 counts of corruption and associated wrongdoing, he will spend 12 years in state prison. The ex-city manager will also serve 33 months of a federal sentence for income tax evasion. The

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CA continues to inhale ‘Medical’ marijuana

Faced with a growing chorus of concern among municipalities, California legislators are about to consider an innovative approach to the regulation of marijuana — tightening standards for the prescription and supply of medical-use pot. Though one new bill offers what

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Covered CA gains only modest signups in ‘final hours’

As the last blanket deadline extension arrived, late signups slowed down on Covered California, the state’s Obamacare exchange. Difficulties brought on by the website’s inability to process a wave of applicants gave officials an opportunity to push back the original

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CalSTRS unfunded liability hits new high

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System just announced it faces $73.7 billion in long-term liabilities. Left untouched, that would spell bankruptcy in 2043. For critics of California’s public-employee pensions programs, the grim numbers heighten the urgency for reform. If CalSTRS wants

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CA farmers lead new immigration push

Immigration has become the biggest national issue involving California’s farmers. In the state’s agricultural heartland, a host of issues are on the agenda, ranging from this year’s painful drought to marijuana eradication. But one matter looms large. Farmers need more

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Surprising new study scores California sprawl

  A new national study is making waves for the way it ranks California cities. No matter how pleasant the weather, residents and visitors alike have complained for decades about sprawl. Highways jam with cars. Convenience stores and strip malls

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Surprising new study scores California sprawl

  A new national study is making waves for the way it ranks California cities. No matter how pleasant the weather, residents and visitors alike have complained for decades about sprawl. Highways jam with cars. Convenience stores and strip malls

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‘Climate credit’ begins march through CA

Beginning this month, millions of Californians will see something new on their electricity bills: a “climate credit.” The line-item credit will range between $30 and $40. It will function as most Californians’ first direct experience with AB32, the Global Warming

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