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Report: Without housing fix, Silicon Valley will falter

Three times in the past 18 months, prominent journalistic organizations have questioned whether Silicon Valley has peaked. Leading off the bad-mouthing was the hometown San Jose Mercury News, which reported in September 2016 that tech growth had slowed in the

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State budget: Governor, lawmakers expected to finalize deal

State lawmakers reached a tentative agreement on the state budget Thursday, after Gov. Jerry Brown caved to Democratic lawmakers’ demands over more funding for in-home support services for elderly and disabled Californians. “We are at this point prepared to bring

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Lobbyist organizes second legislative junket to Cuba

An influential Sacramento lobbyist — who paid out a $500,000 settlement for allegedly engaging in “pay-to-play” behavior — has organized a second junket to Cuba for California lawmakers. This week, Darius Anderson, the founder and president of Sacramento-based lobbying firm Platinum

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Cash flows to committee taking up optometry bill

When doctors expressed concerns about legislation to expand the scope of practice for pharmacists, the state’s medical professionals all agreed on a compromise. Only pharmacists that received additional training would be given the expanded authority to directly administer certain contraceptives,

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Senator under FBI investigation traveled to Cuba with lobbyist

State Senator Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, whose offices were raided by FBI agents in June, traveled to Cuba during the legislature’s spring break with Sacramento’s “best connected” lobbyist, state campaign finance disclosure reports have revealed. Calderon was one of eight state

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CA Legislature attacking gun rights 2

April 2, 2013 By John Seiler If there’s one thing that might get me finally to move away from the beach to another state, it’s gun control. There’s no way I will let a tyrannical government take away my sacred

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Will CA gun control also chase away businesses, jobs? 5

Jan. 22, 2013 By John Seiler Here’s a question: Will more gun control laws in California chase away even more businesses and jobs than our high taxes already do? I think the answer would be, Yes. A lot of people

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AB 296 could make Gov. Brown a global warming ‘denier’ 16

Aug. 31, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi A piece of legislation may end up putting Gov. Jerry Brown on the global warming “denier” hot seat.  It’s AB 296, the Cool Pavements Research and Implementation Act,  sponsored by Assembly Member Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley. That is because if

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