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  • Mendocino County D.A. takes a new approach to marijuana cases

    Mendocino County D.A. takes a new approach to marijuana cases
    When David Eyster took over as Mendocino County district attorney, felony marijuana prosecutions were overwhelming his staff and straining the public coffers. With hundreds of cases active at any one time, taking an average 15 months to resolve, there...
  • Bill to close Prop. 13 loophole clears Assembly

    Bill to close Prop. 13 loophole clears Assembly
    Assembly members approved a bill Thursday that would close a loophole associated with Proposition 13, the state's property tax law that for decades has been a political third rail. Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), a co-author of the bill, said...
  • State a step closer to minimum wage hike, paid sick leave

    Legislators moved Thursday to further hike the state's minimum wage and to guarantee workers three paid sick days a year, despite opposition from the California Chamber of Commerce, which labeled both proposals "job killers." Lawmakers also advanced a...
  • Michael Dell: Poster boy for a Proposition 13 tweak?

    Michael Dell: Poster boy for a Proposition 13 tweak?
    Here's a suggestion for Assemblymen Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) and Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) as they push a bill to close an outrageous loophole in Proposition 13: Call it "Michael's Law." Lawmakers routinely play on the public's sentiments when...
  • The effort to reform Proposition 13 advances, by a very tiny step

    It's not always politics that makes strange bedfellows, but urgency. That's what's driving the sudden popularity of an effort to reform Proposition 13 by eliminating what has long been one of its most flagrant loopholes for commercial property owners. ...
  • Assembly committee seeks boost to post-prison services

    Assembly committee seeks boost to post-prison services
    A special legislative committee created last fall in the wake of federal court orders to improve state prison conditions and reduce crowding is calling for increases in the services and spending the state devotes to rehabilitation efforts and post-...
  • Two Assembly Democrats announce plan to close Proposition 13 loophole

    Two Assembly Democrats announce plan to close Proposition 13 loophole
    An unlikely duo of Democratic Assembly members -- one a business-friendly moderate, the other a stalwart of the far left -- will unveil a proposal Tuesday to close one of most notorious, and legal, tax loopholes associated with Proposition 13. And they'...
  • Howard Jarvis group won't oppose bill to close Prop. 13 loophole

    Howard Jarvis group won't oppose bill to close Prop. 13 loophole
    The staunchest defender of California's politically untouchable property-tax initiative, Proposition 13, has tacitly approved a bid to change the landmark law for the first time since voters passed it 36 years ago. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn., the...
  • Transgender students 'just looking for their place in the world'

    Transgender students 'just looking for their place in the world'
    Transgender activist Eli Erlick, 18, was on the phone from her home in the small Mendocino County town of Willits and I could not resist asking her to respond to something uttered recently on the radio by James Dobson, founder of the conservative...
  • Congressional representatives urge Brown to sign immigration bill

    SACRAMENTO -- Twenty-eight of California's congressional representatives are throwing their weight behind state legislation that would make it harder to deport immigrants who are in the country illegally. The representatives -- all Democrats,...
  • U.S. won't interfere with states on marijuana sales

    U.S. won't interfere with states on marijuana sales
    In a significant policy shift by the Obama administration, U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder signaled Thursday that the federal government would no longer interfere with states that allow commercial marijuana sales as long as they were strictly regulated....