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Once scandal-plagued, L.A. County now unusually quiet

A CalWatchdog survey last August of all the different corruption scandals in recent years at local agencies in south and central Los Angeles County suggested that the area amounted to the New Jersey of Golden State politics. The survey, which

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‘Gender injustice’ behind call to reduce taxes on tampons

SACRAMENTO – In his veto message of a series of tax-reduction bills last September, Gov. Jerry Brown explained that “tax breaks are the same as new spending – they both cost the general fund money.” He said such measures should

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – January 23

Snack tax may soon be back Voter fraud test Cap and trade suit vital to state’s environmental policies Newsom: Thiel gubernatorial run could be “intriguing” Voters removed much wiggle room from budget Good morning! A tax on snacks may soon be back. 

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Legislature to consider taxing snacks

A tax on snacks may soon be back.  A bill introduced by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, would roll back the sales and usage tax exemptions for certain, less-nutritious, snack foods. The measure, part of Garcia’s agenda to highlight inequities in the

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – December 8

Legislators in Sacramento try to include citizens in lawmaking Backlash for towns considering taxing streamed videos House Democrats, led by CA, want presidential pardon for “Dreamers” How San Bernardino handled its four-year bankruptcy Lawmakers call for new DUI law with recreational pot

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Lawmakers seek citizens’ help for legislative ideas

Two state lawmakers are looking to include constituents in the policy-making process in similar, and yet very different, ways. While Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, is holding a contest for constituents to pitch their best ideas for a “There Ought to

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Democrats leave incumbent assemblywoman high and dry

Parties and legislative leaders always protect their incumbents. Well, maybe not always, as is the case with Assemblywoman Patty Lopez, a pariah in the Democratic Party since she knocked off Raul Bocanegra, a popular incumbent, two years ago.  Up for re-election

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Gov. Brown vetoes no-tax-on-tampons bill, host of others

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a package of bills on Tuesday that would have eliminated sales tax on tampons and diapers. In total, Brown killed seven niche tax cuts totaling around $300 million in revenue, arguing the tax cuts should be

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – September 8

Assemblywoman Garcia is a rising powerbroker and queenmaker New education assessment system coming soon State split on views of policing Coastal Commission opposes large SoCal development U.S. Senate candidates (finally) agree to a debate Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia is mere months

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Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia: Queenmaker, powerbroker

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia is mere months away from assuming the chairmanship of the Legislative Women’s Caucus.  While her ascendancy will need to be formalized with a vote of caucus members after November’s election, the vice chair, which Garcia is, has

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