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April 22, 2012 | By Shane Goldmacher and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — As the sun set behind Monterey Bay on a cool night last year, dozens of the state's top lawmakers and lobbyists ambled onto the 17th fairway at Pebble Beach for a round of glow-in-the-dark golf. With luminescent balls soaring into the sky, the annual fundraiser known as the Speaker's Cup was in full swing. Lawmakers, labor-union champions and lobbyists gather each year at the storied course to schmooze, show their skill on the links and rejuvenate at a 22,000-square-foot spa. The affair, which typically raises more than $1 million for California Democrats, has been sponsored for more than a decade by telecommunications giant AT&T.
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April 27, 2014 | Thomas Curwen
After the vigil, the remembrances, the tales of heroism recounted, what remains is the sorrow. On a blustery, bright morning in El Monte, the friends and family of Adrian Castro came together at the Church of the Nativity to say goodbye to the 19-year-old, who died earlier this month in a traffic accident in Northern California. "We are gathered today in grief and sadness for our brother, Adrian," said Father Beto Villalobos. Adrian, a senior at El Monte High School, had joined other students for a spring tour of Humboldt State University when their charter bus was struck by a FedEx truck on Interstate 5 north of Sacramento.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2013
When lawmakers finished their work just after midnight on Friday morning, they had passed a full slate of significant legislation. Among the measures waiting for Gov. Jerry Brown's signature are an increase to the minimum wage, driver's licenses for illegal immigrants and streamlined environmental regulations. All in all, the session showed that gridlock in Sacramento has faded, wrote George Skelton in his Monday column . "Watching the lawmakers, you don't cringe nearly as much," he writes.
SPORTS
April 27, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
OAKLAND - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said Sunday the National Basketball Players Assn. wants the NBA to bar Clippers owner Donald Sterling from playoff games the rest of this season and impose the maximum penalty allowed under league bylaws if racist remarks purportedly made by Sterling can be verified as his. Johnson, who is assisting the players union in its response to the controversy surrounding Sterling, said the players have asked for...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A soldier from Sacramento was killed in Afghanistan when his unit was attacked by an improvised explosive device, the Department of Defense announced Monday. Spec. Ray Ramirez, 20, died Saturday in Wardak province. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, from Fort Stewart, Ga. Ramirez was on his first deployment. He enlisted in March 2011. ALSO: New San Diego mayor shaking up City Hall Erratic winds fuel nearly 20,000-acre Powerhouse fire Powerhouse fire being fought by more than 2,000 personnel tony.perry@latimes.com
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- While much of the rest of the country is ramping up for the holiday season, political forces in Sacramento are girding for political battle. Though the 2014 election is nearly a full year away, a series of de facto deadlines are fast approaching that will shape the makeup of next November's ballot. Initiatives to raise medical malpractice awards, hike tobacco taxes and give local governments the right to scale back public-employee pensions are among the ballot measures being considered.
OPINION
November 25, 2012
Re "Gifts shower newly elected," Nov. 22 Infuriating. Whatever illusion remains that "we the people" are truly represented by our elected officials was dealt another serious blow by this article, which reports on the intense lobbying of California's incoming legislators. How is this behavior not illegal? This arrangement is bribery, pure and simple. Adding insult to injury is the obvious perception these government hacks have of we the people as absolute morons who will believe their excuses that going on junkets is really just "learning about the issues" and that decisions are based on "what is best for the people I represent" despite intense lobbying.
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August 18, 2012 | By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Last year, as Gov. Jerry Brown hammered out final details of the state budget, he huddled around a conference table with three of the most powerful people in state government: the Assembly speaker, the Senate leader - and Joe Nuñez, chief lobbyist for the California Teachers Assn. California was on the edge of fiscal crisis. Negotiations had come down to one sticking point: Brown and the legislators would balance the books by assuming that billions of dollars in extra revenue would materialize, then cut deeply from schools if it didn't.
OPINION
January 31, 2013
Re "Town down on losing crown," Jan. 27 I was offended by this article's statements about Sacramento's "inferiority complex" and that the city's "biggest selling point is its proximity to other, more exciting places. " In 1977, I moved from Los Angeles to Sacramento to attend graduate school, and have happily remained. In L.A., I never spontaneously ran into another person I knew. But almost always while I'm out and about in Sacramento, I unexpectedly and delightfully run into someone I know.
SPORTS
February 28, 2010
AT SACRAMENTO When: 6. Where: Arco Arena. On the air: TV: Prime; Radio: 980. Records: Clippers 24-34, Kings 19-39. Record vs. Kings: 1-0. Update: The Clippers have lost their last three games at Arco Arena, all with Chris Kaman sidelined by injuries. They also missed their All-Star center for most of the second half of a 125-112 loss to Phoenix on Friday after he was ejected following a pair of technical fouls for complaining about the officiating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
A 40-year-old Los Angeles mother and her 4-year-old son were identified Friday as the victims killed in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 in Sacramento. Carrie Tricia Sears was driving a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder west on the freeway with her son, Skylar Eubanks, in a child restraint seat in the back Thursday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol. Sears' 9-year-old daughter also was in the backseat next to Skylar, officials said. CHP Officer Lizz Dutton said the family was heading back home to West Hills in the San Fernando Valley after visiting family in the Rocklin-Auburn area.
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April 16, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
A decision by a federal appeals court Wednesday could allow for changes in water deliveries to irrigation districts that hold senior rights to Sacramento River supplies. The unanimous opinion by an 11-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned two previous rulings that found the federal government lacked discretion to alter water contracts with senior irrigators in the Sacramento Valley. The new decision sends the matter back to a district court for further consideration, leaving both sides in the nearly decade-old case unsure of the ultimate outcome.
OPINION
April 15, 2014 | Patt Morrison
George Steffes was a boy standing on Wilshire Boulevard when Dwight D. Eisenhower rolled by in a motorcade, and he was mightily impressed. But that's not what got him into politics. He went to 5 o'clock Mass one day in 1966 and ran into an acquaintance who was working on Ronald Reagan's gubernatorial campaign. Steffes volunteered. He went to Sacramento as Reagan's legislative aide and has been there ever since. He helped to found the first multi-person lobbying firm in Sacramento, Capitol Partners, where he's now “senior advisor,” no longer running the firm day to day. Almost 50 years in Sacramento have given him a long view of its roller-coaster politicking, including low points like the recent indictment of state Sen. Leland Yee. The ride has left him a bit queasy.
SPORTS
April 12, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
After sitting out the last five games with a strained left calf, Clippers guard Jamal Crawford will play Saturday against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said that Crawford, who hasn't played in a game since March 29 at Houston, will probably see limited playing time. “There is no minute restriction, but there will be,” Rivers said Saturday morning. “We're not going to go out there and throw him out there for 30 minutes, I can tell you that.
SPORTS
April 11, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
When: 12:30 p.m. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 55-24, Kings 27-52. Record vs. Kings: 3-0. Update: The Clippers have another opportunity to match their franchise high in wins, established last season at 56-26. With a victory, the Clippers will clinch the third seeding in the Western Conference. The Clippers have defeated the Kings seven consecutive times. The Kings have lost four consecutive games and are 11-29 on the road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Maura Dolan, Patrick McGreevy and Paige St. John
SAN FRANCISCO - For more than two decades, Leland Yee climbed the political ladder in San Francisco. A child psychologist turned politician, Yee straddled opposing camps in the city's bare-knuckled political fights, appealing to both right and left and catering to constituents with a strong, attentive staff. Elegant in appearance and charming in manner, he courted financial contributors and built a reputation as a canny pol with an enviable knack of identifying the high-profile issue of the day and then weighing in before a thicket of cameras.
SPORTS
April 3, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Pau Gasol might have played his last game in a Lakers uniform. The team is leaning toward sitting him for its final seven games while he recovers from a severe recurrence of vertigo. He won't play Friday against Dallas after dizziness kept him confined at the team hotel Wednesday while the Lakers played Sacramento. He flew back on the team charter that night after missing a fifth game because of the illness. INTERACTIVE: The Lakers ever-changing lineup It was the latest downturn in a rough season for Gasol.
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