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Californians consider moving due to rising housing costs, poll finds

A majority of voters in California have considered moving due to rising housing costs, according to new findings from the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies, with 1 in 4 saying that if they moved it would be out of the state

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San Francisco voters may have chance to overturn vaping ban

SACRAMENTO – The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted in June to make the city the first in the country to impose a total sales ban on flavored tobacco products, as similar ordinances spread across the Bay Area. It’s also

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Do new Bay Area tobacco bans promote health or erode harm reduction?

Restrictive new anti-tobacco ordinances are spreading across the San Francisco Bay Area like a cigarette-sparked wildfire. Northern California cities already have some of the toughest anti-smoking laws in the nation, but a raft of new laws and proposals take aim

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – October 19

Air quality regulator fees fund fancy trips as consumer costs increase Four things to watch in final debate Federal prosecutors seek five years against former state senator in corruption case Four ways to help Orange County’s homeless Federal labor ruling

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California’s roads improve, but still are troubled according to new study

SACRAMENTO – Despite its well-documented inefficiencies and travails, California’s Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has managed to improve the state’s system of roads, bridges and freeways incrementally in recent years, according to a newly released annual survey of state highway systems

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Bay Area making life difficult for tech firms

SACRAMENTO – In most of the country, a region’s “big” industry – think automotive companies in Michigan’s heyday, the oil business in Houston and entertainment in Los Angeles – is treated with deference by locals. Sometimes that attitude morphs into

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – May 24

  Bay Area court stops suspending driver licenses over unpaid fines SF to look at its sanctuary city policies Bernie and Hillary come to SoCal State Senate votes to ban private communications with Coastal Commission Under pressure from civil liberties

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Bullet train shifts focus from SoCal to Bay Area

California’s beleaguered high-speed rail project has hit a new snag, likely shifting its proposed construction strategy away from the Southland-first plan it had initially adopted. “The state rail authority is studying an alternative to build the first segment in the

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Some CA government jobs proving tough to fill

The cost of housing has been an increasingly hot topic in California political circles since late 2012. That’s when a new Census Bureau measure of poverty debuted, one that included the cost of living. It showed the Golden State had

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Poll: Voters hesitant on potential 2016 tax hike initiatives

A recent Public Policy Institute of California poll took the measure of many of the potential tax initiatives on the 2016 ballot. This snapshot in time indicates supporters of the tax increases have a lot of work to do to convince

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