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NEW: Gun groups urge Supreme Court to take up SF gun case

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

More than a dozen Second Amendment groups are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a high-profile challenge to a San Francisco gun-control measure. Led by the Firearms Policy Coalition, gun groups say the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals erred in its decision to uphold San Francisco's safe-stor...

CA tests 4-year community college plan

Monday, January 26th, 2015

On the heels of a high-profile presidential push for free community college, California has committed to an expansion program for the typically two-year schools. In what could be a model for advocates who support President Obama's agenda for free community college tuition, a group of Golden State c...

Taking on the minimum-wage debate in L.A.

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

  The national debate over minimum-wage increases will take center stage in Los Angeles because two efforts to raise the minimum wage face staunch opposition from the business community. The Los Angeles Business Federation, known as BizFed, went on the offensive last week, coming out stro...

1st and goal for NFL in L.A.

Friday, January 23rd, 2015
Fearsome Foursome

After years of speculation, planning, wrangling and setbacks, pro football is as close to returning to Los Angeles as it's ever been. But even this late in the game, a touchdown is by no means assured for the NFL. Even though there's a clear interest and ample money behind a new stadium, the NFL...

Tom Steyer passes on U.S. Senate bid

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Billionaire climate change activist Tom Steyer has decided not to run for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer's seat in 2016 when she retires. After two weeks of almost daily speculation of "will he or won't he," Steyer announced his decision in a blog post at the country's top liberal news website. ...

Clintons could influence Boxer successor

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
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Through their political ups and downs, Bill and Hillary Clinton managed to steadily expand their network of professional and personal relationships. In addition to supplying them with a formidable base of loyalty and resources heading into 2016 and Hillary's expected presidential bid, the effort ha...

Hertzberg proposes $10 billion sales tax on services

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

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

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
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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

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

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...

Feds, CA clash over funding private water projects

Monday, January 19th, 2015
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  Last week, President Obama dumped a bucket of cold water over his fellow Democrats in California on water policy. He’s emphasizing private investment, while they’re trying to ban it. His Environmental Protection Agency announced on its website: “WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmen...