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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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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Trump administration tussling with California over federal education mandate

The Trump administration turns out to share the Obama administration’s disappointment with California’s efforts to hold schools and school districts accountable for improving students’ academic performance. After President Barack Obama took office in 2009 and installed Arne Duncan as secretary

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Report on massive cost overrun may be turning point for troubled bullet train

Despite Gov. Jerry Brown’s full-throated defense of the troubled bullet train project in his State of the State speech Thursday in Sacramento, a consultant’s report warning of a huge cost overrun on the project’s first segment in the Central Valley

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IRS could easily block state plan to increase tax deductions

Democratic state lawmakers’ interest in pursuing an unprecedented plan to minimize the hit that California’s high-income residents face because of the federal tax overhaul’s $10,000 cap on deductibility of state and local taxes may be losing momentum – undermined by strong

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LAPD struggles to find way to deal with homeless camps

According to a report filed with the city’s police commission late last year, 38 Los Angeles Police Department officers who work for the Homeless Outreach Partnership Endeavor “contacted” 12,300 homeless people over a nine-month period. But the police can’t tell

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Airbnb clear to operate in San Francisco after compromise, but more fights loom

The issue of short-term vacation rentals continues to roil California cities large and small, but a major compromise in San Francisco agreed to by Airbnb and HomeAway has ended for now the fighting in the city that has the third

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How will California’s four U.S. attorneys respond on pot after Sessions’ policy change?

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Jan. 4 announcement that he had revoked the Obama administration’s policy of allowing states to make marijuana use and sales legal without fearing a federal crackdown and would leave it up to his 94 local

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Entry of Doug Ose in governor’s race could help Democrats, analysts say

Since 1998, Republican candidates for governor in California have gotten 38 percent, 42 percent, 56 percent, 41 percent and 40 percent in the general election. Will that figure be 0 percent in this November’s race? That is the consensus of

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