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L.A. could consolidate elections 0

Los Angeles is considering holding its local elections at the same time as national ones. According to the L.A. Times, “Charter Amendments 1 and 2 would consolidate city and school board contests with state and federal elections starting in 2020.

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CA Democrats jockey to replace Boxer

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s retirement announcement couldn’t come soon enough for the next generation of California Democrats, who’ve eagerly waited for the chance to move up. The 2016 election, according to the Associated Press, will be “a free-for-all among a new

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Brown’s 4th Inaugural looks to CA past, future

Gov. Jerry Brown’s unprecedent fourth, and final, inaugural address had an aura of “Back to the Future” about it. Given at 10 a.m. this morning before the assembled Legislature, he looked back to his first inaugural address 40 years ago;

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Will ferrets finally be free?

“Ah, nice marmot,” the Dude says in “The Big Lebowski” just before the nihilists dump it into the tub while he’s taking a bath. Actually, it’s probably really a ferret. And as Walter says later on, it’s not legal. To which the Dude

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Mary Nichols the ‘rock star’ bureaucrat

America is supposed to be a democracy ruled by “We, the people.” Actually it’s rule by bureaucracy. The vast bureaus of federal, state and local governments run our lives, and there’s not much that can be done about it until

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CA gas tax jumps 10 cents in Jan.

New year. New tax on gas. It’s AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 finally gouging drivers at the pump. Although industry spokesmen have said the new gas tax could be as much as 70 cents a gallon, it

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57% of CA infrastructure $ on mass transit? More, more, more!

In 2008, California enacted SB 375, the most important state law you never heard about. It was Senate leader Darrell Steinberg’s bid for the sort of green reverence that Arnold Schwarzenegger enjoyed because of 2006’s AB 32. SB 375 (Chapter

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Why does CA unemployment remain so high?

Silicon Valley and other areas of coastal California are doing well — assuming you can afford to live there. But the state economy as a whole remains stagnant, with unemployment stuck at 7.3 percent for October, the same as the

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CA work comp costs soaring

Amid almost complete failure, the one signature achievement of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s seven years as governor was reform of the expensive workers compensation system. Now that’s gone. His other promises — to refuse to increase taxes and to “blow up the

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AB 32 revenue: Some for bullet train, some for pork, none for poor 24

Before and after AB 32’s passage in 2006, a whole lot of promises and guarantees were made. Some are remembered. Many aren’t. One of those was the pledge to use a portion of cap-and-trade funds to directly help poor people

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