Assemblywoman cleared of harassment may face new heat

The “Me Too” anti-sexual harassment campaign that quickly yielded several resignations by state lawmakers last fall appears to have hit a lull in Sacramento with Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, now seemingly on track for re-election this November despite scandalous

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#MeToo activists, criminal justice reformers at odds over judge’s recall

The voters of Santa Clara County have spoken, and the judge who in 2016 gave a light sentence of six months in jail to a Stanford swimmer convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault was recalled last week. But

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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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Four with shot at advancing in lieutenant governor’s race

If Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom – the favorite in Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary – goes on to win the general election, that means former lieutenant governors will have won three of the last six governor’s races. But this track record of advancement doesn’t

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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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Soaring prices at pump may boost gas-tax repeal

With polls suggesting California voters are ready to scrap fuel tax hikes approved by the state Legislature last year at his behest, Gov. Jerry Brown may be forced to spend his final months in office raising funds to bolster his

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Chief justice continues bail reform push 1

Seven months after her office released sweeping recommendations for reform of California’s bail system, state Supreme Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye may have a chance to force changes without going through the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown. Last week, the state

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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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Not just Seattle: Tech backlash roils San Francisco politics

The Seattle City Council’s interest in imposing an unusual “head tax” on large employers based on their number of employees won international headlines this month after giant online retailer Amazon protested by freezing a plan to add 1 million square

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Steve Poizner’s independent bid for state office finds traction

Is California now a deep blue state in which moderate conservatives no longer have a chance of victory in statewide elections? Or do such candidates still have hopes if they pass on the two-party system and run as independents apart

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