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Protesters calling for more affordable state interrupt Senate

It was not business as usual in the state Capitol Monday, as protesters calling for anti-poverty measures and a more affordable California interrupted a floor session of the state Senate. Members of the California Poor People’s Campaign have been rallying

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Housing Costs Are Making Bay Area Residents Reconsider

Bay Area residents are unhappy with their current economic lot and anxious, despite a strong overall economy, according to a poll released Sunday by the Bay Area Council. While California, with its vast housing market, suffered grievously during the Great

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Legislature on track to unveil new sexual harassment rules in June 0

The California Legislature’s Joint Committee on Rules’ Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response is on track to keep its earlier promise to unveil new sexual harassment guidelines for both chambers by the end of June, according to an update

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Poll: Newsom retains strong lead; Obamacare and taxes big issues for voters 5

According to the most recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, Gavin Newsom’s lead in the gubernatorial race appears secure in the final stretch before California’s June 5 primaries, despite a plurality of voters still undecided. The poll was based on 691

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California’s anti-sanctuary politicians go to Washington

A cadre of California politicians spoke last week with President Donald Trump at an immigration round table, with discussions centered on resistance to California’s so-called “sanctuary policies.” The meeting was the latest development in an ongoing battle between California and

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CalChamber publishes “job killer” list for 2018

The California Chamber of Commerce added three more pieces of legislation last week to its “job killer” list for 2018. In total, the group has identified 24 bills – 18 new and 6 carried over from last year. Except for

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New Assembly bill would increase rights of student athletes

March Madness may be receding into memory, but college athletics figures to be on the California Legislature’s radar this month with the introduction last week of a bill to reclassify college athletes. Chief among the provisions in Assembly Bill 2747,

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California chief justice calls for bail reform

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, in her annual State of the Judiciary address on March 19, renewed calls for bail reform and making the legal system more attuned to the needs of Californians. She also doubled down on oblique criticisms

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New firearms bill passes Assembly committee with hopes of curbing suicides

More stringent gun regulations to curb suicides could soon be enacted in California. Assembly Bill 1927 successfully passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee during a hearing Tuesday morning. Spurred by recent mass shootings, the legislation, introduced by Assemblyman Rob Bonta,

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Study: Blame cities, not CEQA for housing shortage     

The oft-maligned California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) may not be to blame for the Golden State’s housing shortage and steep development costs, according to recent UC Berkeley/Columbia working paper. Passed in 1970, CEQA requires state and local agencies to assess

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