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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Former state Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg can't get enough of Sacramento. Eleven years after he left the Assembly, Hertzberg said Wednesday that he has decided to run for a state Senate seat being vacated in 2014  by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) because of term limits. Hertzberg, a Democrat from the San Fernando Valley who ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Los Angeles in 2005, has stayed active in state policy issues.  He has worked with groups including California Forward and the Think Long Committee for California to improve state government, supporting changes including open primary elections and allowing the budget to be approved by majority vote rather than a two-thirds tally.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2013 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Almost three decades ago, as heavy rain threatened to breach the levees protecting the Sacramento area, the state parks department urgently dispatched workers to warehouses holding some of California's most important heirlooms - gold-mining tools, pioneer pottery, antique rifles. They were prepared to load the objects onto trucks and drive them to safety if disaster struck. As luck would have it, the levees held. But despite that scare, the state left much of its collection in those aging warehouses in the West Sacramento flood plain, where it has languished without adequate protection from heat and humidity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2013 | By Anthony York
With the field in the Los Angeles mayor's race now whittled down to two, more state legislators from Southern California are taking sides. Councilman Eric Garcetti announced a trio of endorsements Monday from state Sens. Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) as well as former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez. “These three legislative leaders will be powerful voices in this election and will help me build support in neighborhoods throughout our city," Garcetti said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
State Controller John Chiang will conduct an investigation into the administrative and internal controls of scandal-battered Cudahy after receiving several requests from city leaders. “This is a significant milestone for the city,” Mayor Jack Guerrero said. “I'm encouraged by the news.” For several months, Guerrero and the vice-mayor made multiple requests to state officials for an audit after a federal bribery investigation last June revealed widespread corruption at City Hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO--Secretary of State candidate Dan Schnur, denouncing lawmakers' response to the recent series of ethics scandals in the state Senate as "diffident and lackadaisical," cast his bid to be the state's top elections official as a campaign to be "California's reformer-in-chief. "  Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Schnur said "there has been almost no meaningful effort on the part of the state's political leaders to clean up the Capitol's culture of corruption. " "If you add up all the reforms that have been proposed over the last several weeks, they end up comprising almost a complete fig leaf," he added.
WORLD
December 16, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's sweeping energy reform cleared its final legal hurdle Monday when San Luis Potosi became the 17th state legislature to give rapid-fire approval to constitutional changes that will allow foreign investment into what has been a 75-year-old state monopoly. The ambitious energy bill, opening up Mexico's promising but poorly performing oil and gas industry, was approved solidly in both houses of Congress last week, amid bitter opposition by leftist parties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Paige St. John
Citing "significant and troubling evidence" that inmates are not receiving adequate mental health care, a federal judge Thursday expanded court oversight to include the Department of State Hospitals. Judge Lawrence Karlton said prisoners' lawyers said severe staffing shortages, wait lists and even "denial of basic necessities including clean underwear" may be harming mentally ill prisoners. His order requires a court-appointed monitor to report back in 75 on those conditions. The judge said he is holding off on issuing further orders until he receives that report.
OPINION
September 16, 2012
Re "A citizens sidewalk brigade," Editorial, Sept. 11 The Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services wants to spend $10 million and three years analyzing the state of the city's sidewalks. As every owner of property in L.A. is tied into the Department of Water and Power, a simple solution would be to include a request in every utility bill to have the customer provide a status report of his or her sidewalk with the payment. An appropriate photo could accompany the response. Alternatively, the Neighborhood Councils could provide this information.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
The leader of the state Senate proposed modest changes to California's environmental laws Friday, just hours after the resignation of a legislator who had called for a more dramatic revision. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) introduced a bill that only outlines his intent to pursue some changes in the law, including a process for expediting environmental review of eco-friendly projects such as bike lanes and clean energy plants. Bill language will be drafted later.
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February 15, 2013 | By Evan Halper
SACRAMENTO -- Here is how one attorney's website explains California code section 11361.5 to pot smokers: “When was the last time that you read about the law and said, 'that's awesome?'” What might be awesome to that particular group is that after two years it wipes clean any record they have of being arrested, charged and convicted for the position or transport of marijuana in California, provided the amount is less than 28.5 grams and they keep their record clean in the meantime.
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