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Sheriff: New California Law Plays Significant Role In Crime Rise

A recent change in California law making certain drug and property crimes misdemeanors instead of felonies played “a significant role” in the rising crime rate in Los Angeles County and has taken away the incentive for addicts to seek treatment, Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Thursday.

07/23/2015

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Brown Appoints Panel To Review California Rules For Fracking

The panel will review a state-ordered fracking study released this month that found some of the chemicals used in California’s fracking boom likely pose a risk to public health.

07/22/2015

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Catholic Church Helps Defeat ‘Death With Dignity’ Proposal In Calif. Senate

The Catholic Church, often out of step with California’s liberal Legislature, notched a prominent win at the statehouse this week defeating a proposal to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives.

07/08/2015

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  The Disneyland monorail passes people near the entrance to Disneyland Resort on February 19, 2009 in Anaheim, California. With the worsening economy, declining attendance and reduced operating income, the Walt Disney Company announced that it plans to restructure its domestic theme-park operations, which will result in the layoff an unspecified number of employees in the coming weeks. Disneyland in Anaheim, California and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida will reportedly be consolidated into a single unit headed by Worldwide Operations President Al Weiss. Attendance at Disney theme parks in the US dropped 5 percent in the last quarter of 2008 compared to the previous year and in January, Disney offered buyout packages to 600 US executives.  (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Disneyland At Center Of Debate Over Hefty Tax Break Related To $1B Investment

ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) — The happiest place on Earth is in the middle of a heated political fight. A debate was held Tuesday night over the future of Disneyland in light of the company asking for […]

07/07/2015

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California Takes First Step To Regulate Medical Marijuana

California took the first step Thursday to regulate its nearly 20-year-old medical marijuana industry, one that lawmakers said currently resembles something out of the “wild, wild West.”

06/04/2015

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California Bill Requires Data On Police Racial Profiling

California lawmakers on Wednesday narrowly approved legislation to reduce racial profiling with unprecedented data collection on police stops.

06/03/2015

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California May Soon Become First State To Legalize Lane-Splitting

California may become the first state to explicitly allow motorcycles to weave between stalled cars in traffic.

05/28/2015

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Spending Tops $7M In Nasty East Bay Senate Contest

A special election Tuesday for state Senate is being pitched as a decision about who represents real Democratic values: the state lawmaker and former teacher endorsed by the California Democratic Party, or the Orinda mayor and longtime adviser to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

05/17/2015

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Warren Lashes GOP 2016 Field, Warns Of ‘American Nightmare’

The Massachusetts senator and favorite of the party’s left wing criticized Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for proposing a double-digit cut in state aid for higher education, while ridiculing Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s economic ideas.

05/16/2015

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Former Assembly Speaker Returns With Ambitious Tax Overhaul

His nicknames include Huggy, Herztie and Hugsberg, child-like monikers that when combined with his freshman status in the state Senate might make it seem Bob Hertzberg is a back-bencher.

05/02/2015

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California Vaccine Bill Sparks Acidic Debate, Comparisons To Nazi Germany

A California bill that would sharply limit vaccination waivers after a Disneyland measles outbreak has generated such an acidic debate that the proposal’s author was under added security this week.

04/10/2015

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Calif. Senate Moves $1B Water Plan Amid Drought

The state Senate on Wednesday approved a $1 billion proposal to speed up spending on water projects and offer about $75 million in immediate aid to residents and wildlife in drought-stricken California.

03/26/2015

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Ted Cruz Climate Change Comments Make Him ‘Unfit’ For Presidency

It’s no surprise that many right wing conservatives have questioned the validity of climate change, and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz’s position is no different.

03/24/2015

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GOP Lawmaker Targets Obama Climate Plan

House Republicans targeted a key element of President Obama’s strategy for fighting climate change, releasing a bill to delay the Obama administration’s plan to limit carbon pollution.

03/24/2015

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West Coast Congress Members Seek Funding For Quake Warning System

Three dozen members of Congress from California, Oregon and Washington are urging full funding of a West Coast earthquake early warning system.

03/24/2015

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