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Bill could double car registration fees

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August 20, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   A bill that could double California counties’ vehicle registration fees has passed the Legislature, and is awaiting a signature or veto from Gov. Jerry Brown. Assembly Bill 2393, by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, authorizes counties to charge annual $2 registration fees on noncommercial vehicles and $4 on commercial vehicles. That represents a 100 percent increase ...

CA Senate pushes $400M Hollywood tax credits

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August 19, 2014 By James Poulos. A California Senate committee wants to quadruple the entertainment industry subsidies keeping production in Hollywood. With a unanimous vote, the appropriations committee passed a $300 million increase in tax credits for film and television, bringing the size of the controversial program up to $400 million. Assembly Bill 1839 is coauthored by Assemblymen Raul Bocanegra, D-Pacoima, ...

Prop. 1 bond funds non-water bureaucracy

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August 18, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Proposition 1, the new $7.5 billion water bond just passed by the Legislature, contains water storage in an statewide bond for the first time since 1965. It will go before voters on Nov. 4. The previous 21 water bonds since 1971 contained no water storage. But $297.5 million of the new bond funds mostly are to buy land, not water, purportedly to protect mountain watersheds f...

High-speed rail opponents file for rehearing

3rd District Court of Appeal
August 18, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton.   On Aug. 14, the three litigants in the case to halt California’s high-speed rail project, Kings County and two local residents, filed a Petition for Rehearing. They challenged the July 31 ruling against them by Sacramento’s 3rd District Court of Appeal. The ruling, which reversed a lower-court decision, greenlighted the project. The rehearing also would be with the 3rd D...
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