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Influential Dem congressman hails Vergara ruling, calls for action
It's been four weeks since the Vergara vs. California ruling, which found teacher tenure laws to be unconstitutional because they funneled the worst teachers into minority schools in poor Latino and black communities where good teachers were most needed. The silence of Democratic lawmakers up and...
Betty Yee declares victory in controller race
It isn't over till it's over, as Yoga Berra famously said. A recount still is possible. But Betty Yee has declared victory in her race for state controller over Assemblyman John Perez, D-Los Angeles. Entering the California Democratic Party's spring convention, Board of Equalization member Yee's ...
CA to reverse food glove law
Say goodbye to California's ban on bare hands for food and drink handlers. Set to be enforced beginning July 1, the measure -- passed just this March -- would have required all bar and restaurant employees who prepared meals or beverages to wear fresh gloves. Faced with a strangely unexpected flur...
Water bond drowns in Legislature
A $10.5 billion water bond apparently drowned in the California Senate this past week for the third time since 2010, even though the Central Valley faces a dire drought this summer. But the Legislature still might perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and waive the June 26 deadline for putting the ...
CA legalizes Bitcoin
Bitcoin is the controversial new "digital currency." Although widely used, technically it was illegal in California until Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Saturday officially legalizing it. The Christian Science Monitor reported: Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, the bill's author, said earlie...
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