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  • For three decades, he's been a key cog in the Capitol machine

    For three decades, he's been a key cog in the Capitol machine
    SACRAMENTO — Irwin Nowick enters the stately Capitol building wearing a frayed T-shirt and carpenter jeans, a flip phone hanging from a belt holster and a manila envelope stuffed with legislation and legal documents in his hands. His dark eyes are rimmed with creases, earned from long hours hunched over a computer keyboard.
  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    Budget dead ends and delays

    No, really, how bad could it be? How seriously should we take the state's latest budget crisis if a clutch of lawmakers, including the chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee, is spending the emergency session in India? What kind of buy-in from...