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Tech giants back privacy bill

Bolstered by crucial support from industry leaders and Republicans across the aisle, Sacramento’s most prominent privacy-rights proponent took another stab at restricting the state’s access to personal information. State Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, repackaged some of his long-cherished plans for

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AG Harris challenges reversal of CA foie gras ban

Just two days before the deadline, California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office filed notice the state would challenge U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson’s January ruling that federal law preempts the state’s ban on serving foie gras. The phrase in French means “fatted

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CA prison population drops below court-ordered level

After an improvised scramble to reduce populations in accordance with federal court orders, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has succeeded in lowering the number of state prison inmates to the judicially prescribed level. He largely accomplished that through his Public Safety

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CA lawmakers deal pair of online poker bills

State lawmakers have dealt out a pair of bills to legalize Internet poker in California. Assemblymen Mike Gatto, D-Glendale, and Reggies Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles, have introduced separate proposals to allow online poker in the largest potential gaming market in the country. As many

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

  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

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1st and goal for NFL in L.A.

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

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Supreme Court refuses to hook Delta smelt case

  Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court refused to put a hook into an appeal of lower-court actions that shut off water to farmers and cities in 2007 and 2013 in favor of Delta smelt. In the Los Angeles Times summary: “The justices

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CA regulations hatch legal food fights

Have you noticed egg prices going up as much as 40 cents a dozen? Look to California voters. In 2008, they passed Proposition 2, which mandated more comfortable hatching quarters for chickens. Because of the cost to farmers of expanding chicken

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Gov. Brown boosts energy-policy leverage

Gov. Jerry Brown believes it will take “pragmatic caution” and “active collaboration” to achieve his goal of seeing half of the state’s energy come from renewable sources by 2030. “How we achieve these goals and at what pace will take great thought

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New 2015 laws: Hollywood wins, in-home care loses

New Year’s Day sure wasn’t a holiday from new regulations: 2015 brings 931 new laws Californians must obey. Some took effect on Jan. 1; others will later in the year. State lawmakers — with the approval of Gov. Jerry Brown — have changed how

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