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  • Legislation, stat

    Legislators in Sacramento are in for a dose of tough medicine Monday when they resume negotiations on California's $145-billion, woefully overdue budget. If they don't resolve their differences quickly, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's healthcare reform package could flatline, along with the state's hopes for much-needed improvements in medical coverage.
  • One reform at a time

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vigorously opposed a 2004 ballot measure that would have lowered the supermajority needed forthe Legislature to pass a budget to 55% from the current two-thirds. Now, it seems, he's not so sure. With his budget held up seven...

    San Francisco votes for mayor in 'ranked choice' balloting

     
    San Francisco voters trickled into the polls Tuesday to choose a mayor from a pool of 16 candidates, including interim Mayor Ed Lee. Lee became the city’s first Asian American mayor when he was named to fill out the term...

    After FBI search of Sen. Calderon's office, a waiting game

    SACRAMENTO -- Ever since federal agents searched the office of Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello), everyone in the Capitol has been waiting for another shoe to drop. But William J. Portanova, a defense lawyer and former prosecutor who is working with...

    Jean Harris dies at 66; forceful gay-rights organizer

    Jean Harris dies at 66; forceful gay-rights organizer
    Jean Harris, a feisty advocate for gay and lesbian rights and longtime Democratic Party activist who helped elect openly gay candidates in California, has died. She was 66. Harris, who had a number of serious health problems, was found June 25 in her...