Plan to Split California Could Go to Voters

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SACRAMENTO — Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper began submitting signatures Tuesday for a ballot initiative that would ask voters to split California into six separate states, a move he said would create governments that are more manageable and responsive to residents’ needs. Draper and a bipartisan team of political consultants delivered what he said […]

State Approves Fines Of Up to $500 Per Day For Water Wasters

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SACRAMENTO – California water regulators voted Tuesday to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, as a report showed that consumption throughout the state has actually risen amid the worst drought in nearly four decades. The action by the State Water Quality Control Board […]

Sacramento & Other Calif. Cities Start Water-Waste Patrols

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SACRAMENTO – Steve Upton thinks of himself more as an “Officer Friendly” than a water cop. On a recent sunny day, the water waste inspector rolled through a quiet Sacramento neighborhood in his white pickup truck after a tipster tattled on people watering their lawns on prohibited days. He approached two culprits. Rather than slapping […]

Kevin Johnson Calls for Clippers Owner Donald Sterling To Be Suspended, Fined

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SACRAMENTO – Former NBA star and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has called for the NBA to suspend Donald Sterling indefinitely, appoint an executive or family member to run the team, and levy “the maximum fine possible” as punishment for the racist remarks purportedly made by the Los Angeles Clippers’ owner. Johnson is advising the National […]

Bill Says Schools Should Teach Racial Significance Of Obama Presidency

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SACRAMENTO — A bill that passed the Assembly with unanimous bipartisan support Thursday encourages California schools to teach students about the racial significance of Barack Obama’s presidency. The Assembly approved AB1912 with a 71-0 vote and no debate or discussion. It now heads to the state Senate. The bill by Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, asks […]

Bill Seeks to Reduce Growing Corporate Wage Gap

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SACRAMENTO – A California effort to lead a national debate over the growing wage gap between CEOs and average workers took its first step in the state Legislature on Thursday with support from Democratic lawmakers, organized labor and former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich. Reich said the bill would reward “responsible” companies with lower tax […]

Sacramento County Bans Outdoor Marijuana Crops

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SACRAMENTO – Sacramento County supervisors have unanimously voted to ban outdoor marijuana crops after hearing from law enforcement officials who said the region has seen an explosion of grow sites. The Sacramento Bee reports Sheriff Scott Jones told supervisors Tuesday that marijuana plants have increased throughout the county because of a lack of clarity in […]

Backers, Opponents of Michigan Ban React to Ruling

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DETROIT — The U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday upholding the state’s ban on using race as a factor in college admissions comes as the University of Michigan has been taking steps to reach out to minorities and make them feel welcome on campus. Blacks made up just 4.6 percent of undergraduate students last fall, a […]

California Bill Reignites Affirmative Action Fight

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SACRAMENTO — Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state’s powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives. The debate is unfolding in the […]

Report: California Is Top Crime Target in United States

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SACRAMENTO – California is the top target in the U.S. for international criminal enterprises that operate from safe havens in Eastern Europe, Africa and China, according to a report released Thursday. Along with trafficking in drugs, guns and people, criminals are also turning to cybercrime to target wealthy, innovative businesses and financial institutions in the […]