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Jerry Brown Has to Negotiate with GOP Since Loss of 3 Democrats

On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown of California, unused to dealing with the minority GOP faction in his state house, asked for a special session of the legislature to consider his proposal to create a rainy-day fund, the Sacramento Bee reports. Apr 18, 2014 4:46 AM PT

Poll: Bipartisan Support for Change to Prop 13

The landmark Proposition 13, passed in California in 1978, may be in for some revision. A whopping 69% of respondents surveyed in a new Field Poll state that they would approve reassessing business properties after they are sold or transferred, which heretofore has only been the province of residential properties. Apr 18, 2014 4:43 AM PT

Sriracha Hot Sauce May Leave California

Sriracha Hot Sauce may move its factory out of California because of a months-long battle with the city of Irwindale over the smell from the factory, the Los Angeles Times reports. Apr 17, 2014 3:39 PM PT

Woman Charged after Hurling Shoe at Hillary

The woman who hurled a shoe at Hillary Clinton when she spoke at a metal recycling conference at Mandalay Bay has been charged with two misdemeanor counts: trespassing on a restricted building or its grounds and violence against someone in that same area. Apr 15, 2014 3:19 AM PT

Rent Control Apartments Being Destroyed in Los Angeles

California’s Ellis Act has triggered evictions in Los Angeles and San Francisco, as rent-controlled units are being converted to condominiums, apartment buildings, or groups of single-family homes. The law states that property owners can evict residents if they turn the property into a non-rental property or destroy the building and start over. The unintended consequences of rent-control have triggered a blowback. Apr 14, 2014 9:59 PM PT

California Lawmakers Lining Up Against E-Cigarettes

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Senator Dick Durbin, (D-IL) have published the data from a congressional staff investigation so the lawmakers can attack e-cigarettes. There are calls from California lawmakers for the Food and Drug Administration to start getting involved in the use of cigarettes by young people. Apr 14, 2014 5:42 PM PT

Feds to File New Charges Against Leland Yee

California State Senator Leland Yee, who has been charged with wire fraud and conspiring to import firearms, may be facing new charges from the federal government. Apr 14, 2014 5:11 PM PT

San Francisco-Bay Bridge in Danger of Rusting

The new $6.5 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is already in trouble; some of the cable sections and rods are rusting, according to the Sacramento Bee. Apr 14, 2014 5:46 AM PT

Cornell Student Assembly Defeats Scheme to Move Israel-Divestment Vote to Passover

In a major blow to Israel-haters who support the boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement on campuses to divest from companies doing business in Israel, the Cornell Student Assembly staved off an attempt to stealthily move a vote on divestment until the week of Passover, when supporters of Israel would be home and not on campus. Apr 14, 2014 4:04 AM PT

Ohio Judge Orders Man to Hold 'I AM A BULLY' Sign

An Ohio man who harassed his neighbor and her disabled kids was ordered by a judge to wear a sign saying “I AM A BULLY” while standing on a street corner for five hours. Apr 13, 2014 10:50 AM PT

Clerical Error Meant State Didn't Jail Man for 13 years; Now Wants Him to Serve Time

Cornealious "Mike" Anderson, who was sentenced to 13 years prison in 2000 by the state of Missouri for armed robbery, but never served time in jail because of a clerical error, changed his life to become a model citizen, but then was forced into jail in 2013 to serve his original sentence. Now he is fighting to get out of jail and return to the model life he constructed in the time after his original sentence Apr 13, 2014 9:47 AM PT

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