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With old warnings unheeded, Oroville Dam problems threaten valley

  SACRAMENTO – A Sacramento Bee story published Monday succinctly described the disaster unfolding at the nation’s tallest dam, where flaws in the Oroville Dam’s concrete spillway are forcing water onto the earthen emergency spillway. Threats of a spillway collapse

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New criminal justice reform focus: Harsh bail laws

The same coalition of Democratic lawmakers and interest groups that worked with Gov. Jerry Brown on Propositions 47 and 57 — which lessen the amount of time convicts must spend behind bars for relatively minor crimes and make it easier

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California lawmakers seek to revise parole reform law

Proposition 57 — the victorious November ballot measure sponsored by Gov. Jerry Brown — continues to spark controversy over its loose definition of “nonviolent” crimes. The proposition won easy approval despite harsh criticism from district attorneys around the state. The

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Texas offers CA a road map in challenging Washington

President Trump’s signing of executive orders Wednesday to begin planning for construction of a wall along the Mexican border, to withhold federal funds from local governments that don’t cooperate with immigration authorities and to increase efforts to track down illegal

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – January 25

Brown defiant and conciliatory in State of the State Cap and trade under pressure San Diego mayor pledges support for Mexico amid Trump talk Should kids be able to testify in custody cases? Becerra sworn in as Attorney General Good

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Brown’s State of the State address is both conciliatory and defiant

Jerry Brown teetered between conciliatory and defiant in his annual State of the State address on Tuesday.   The popular Democratic governor echoed other Democratic leaders in the state by taking shots at Republican President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – January 17

Bullet train report prompts renewed criticism, investigations Trump unpopular in CA, but not all of his ideas Can’t predict ACA repeal impact without replacement in mind All Democratic eyes on Senator Feinstein Silicon Valley’s Thiel mulling gubernatorial run Good morning. The

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New report: CA high-speed rail faces 50 percent cost overruns

SACRAMENTO –  California’s ongoing “high-speed rail” project connecting Los Angeles with San Francisco continues to run up against the same, recurring problem since voters gave the plan initial bond funding in a 2008 statewide initiative. There’s a growing chasm between

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – January 16

Issa leading bipartisan push for high-skilled visa overhaul Bullet train costs skyrocketing The battle lines in CA vs. Trump Education spending may rise as districts cut A new union dues case coming up? Good morning. Happy Martin Luther King Jr.

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – January 12

Minimum wage savings for the state mean multi-million dollar burden for counties Foreclosures shrink to 11-year low Brown withholds school bond funds without oversight plan in place Planned Parenthood worried about Washington 42 percent of state out of drought Good

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