Bill would double monthly rent tax credit – from $20 to $40

State Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, and 16 co-sponsors have introduced legislation that sounds like a bold move to address the high cost of housing. Glazer’s Senate Bill 1182 would double the state tax credit for renters. But that turns out

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Berkeley declares itself a sanctuary city for marijuana users

In its latest effort to counter the Trump agenda in Washington, Berkeley, California has declared itself a sanctuary city for cannabis use.     Under the newly passed resolution, no city department, agency or employee “shall use any city funds

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In school superintendent race, it’s Democratic reformer vs. union ally

The 2018 race for state superintendent of public instruction may not have an incumbent but is likely to feel like an encore of the 2014 race, pitting a Democrat aligned with the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of

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Leader of state #MeToo movement accused of sexual harassment

The sexual harassment scandals hanging over the state Capitol in Sacramento took a dramatic turn Thursday when the most prominent member of the Legislature’s anti-sexual harassment movement was herself accused of improper behavior. Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, has been

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California bill would make it easier to clear pot convictions from criminal record

Recently proposed legislation would make it easier for Californians to have their pot convictions wiped away, in just the latest drug policy development following marijuana legalization on a state level earlier this year.   Under Proposition 64, California residents can

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Sacramento may join growing list of cities using ‘tiny homes’ to address housing crisis

Sacramento has become the latest city to consider responding to California’s acute housing crisis with “tiny homes” – small, prefabricated studio homes with bathrooms and built-in hook-ups for electricity and water. In an era in which $2,000 apartment rentals, $600,000 homes

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