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Anti-GMO group can’t get labeling bill introduced

The perception that California is a world leader in far-reaching environmental laws has never been true when it comes to GMOs — genetically modified organisms, usually crops that have been altered and the food products they end up in. The

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Another harsh audit targets state Dept. of Public Health

State Auditor Elaine Howle on Tuesday issued another scathing audit of the California Department of Public Health, declaring that it is doing a worse job than ever in responding to specific concerns about its struggling programs. “Public Health remains a

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Pols’ 2010 gas tax swap made road woes worse

It’s become an annual ritual: Stories about the State Board of Equalization announcing it is raising or cutting the state excise tax on gasoline come July 1 to honor the fine print of a 2010 budget deal that requires gas

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A helmet law for bicyclers?

No question wearing a helmet makes bicycle riding safer, much as for motorcycles. But how much of a Nanny State do Californians want? Motorcycles go much faster, usually are in traffic and are driven by licensed adults. Bicycles are driven

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New signs of pattern of misconduct with Peevey, PG&E

The initial investigations by several newspapers and other media into former California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey’s relationship with Pacific Gas & Electric quickly produced several bombshells. Emails show Peevey pressured PG&E to give money to oppose Proposition 23,

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SoCal carpool lanes could open up

If you have traveled in Northern California or the East Coast of the USA lately, you know they do carpool lanes differently. After rush hour, the lanes are opened to anybody, helping traffic flow more easily — and thus actually

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Warnings about AB32 sink in with national media 9

Since California’s adoption of Assembly Bill 32 in 2006, business interests have emphasized the law’s long-term effects on economic competitiveness. The measure requires the state to shift to cleaner-but-costlier forms of energy, reaching 33 percent of electricity supplies by 2020.

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Despite strong profits, Farmer Bros. gives up on CA

A highly profitable coffee distribution and production company with deep roots in Los Angeles County and a national clientele is closing its primary Los Angeles facility and preparing to move to Texas or one of several states promising lower taxes,

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The unexpected check on an Indian casino free-for-all

When state voters approved Proposition 1A in 2000 — the measure paving the way for the broad expansion of Indian casinos in California — opponents warned that once casinos were a big money generator, there would be a free-for-all driven

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Direct democracy abuses: Both parties have dirty hands

Over the past 14 months, San Diego voters have repudiated the decisions of the Democratic majority on the City Council three times. The most influential Democrat on the council thinks he knows why: San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria will

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