Trickle-down politics: Drought could force real change among California city, state leaders

08/03/2015 06:24 AM PDT
State emerging from sour economy shifting its focus 
Vaccine-injured children, adults can seek compensation from federal government
08/03/2015 06:16 AM PDT - Depending on the severity of their reaction, many vaccine-injured victims have received monetary settlements from a little-known government entity called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program -- but only if they can prove their injury was more likely than not caused or aggravated by a vaccine. 

Internal Affairs: Fodder for both sides on pension reform measure
08/01/2015 04:37 PM PDT - California's nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office last week released its review of the public pension reform initiative proposed by former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio -- and what that review says seems to depend on your point of view. 

Political Blotter: Tauscher ramps up independent redistricting effort
07/31/2015 11:09 PM PDT - Former Rep. Ellen Tauscher names a Republican co-chair for her effort to urge more states to adopt citizen redistricting commissions; also, Rep. Jackie Speier wants to lift the ban on sending booze through the U.S. Postal Service. 

Bay Area congresswoman introduces bill to lift ban on USPS shipping alcohol
07/31/2015 12:45 PM PDT - Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, introduced a bill Wednesday evening to lift a ban on shipping alcohol through the U.S. Postal Service. Speier's office said the bill would end a Prohibition-era ban.  

Ambulance providers Rural/Metro, AMR propose merger
07/31/2015 03:44 PM PDT - Two months after Santa Clara County officials gave the go-ahead to $7 million in relief for financially struggling ambulance company Rural/Metro, the company on Thursday announced it is seeking to merge with Envision Healthcare, a subsidiary of American Medical Response, Rural's longtime rival.  

Daniel Borenstein: Contra Costa supervisors dip their hands in the public till one more time
07/31/2015 12:33 PM PDT - Rejecting recommendation of independent committee, board votes to continue double-dipping on car expenses, collecting auto allowance and mileage reimbursement. 

Barnidge: No need for Hercules residents to panic over this 'fiscal emergency'
07/31/2015 10:19 PM PDT - Council's declaration paves the way for extension of budget-balancing tax measures 

Governor Brown allows parole for Chowchilla school bus hijacker
07/31/2015 08:53 AM PDT - The governor of California on Thursday allowed parole for one of three men convicted in the 1976 kidnapping of 26 children and their school bus driver who were held captive in a buried trailer.  

Immigrant advocate protesters arrested in Sen. Feinstein's office
07/31/2015 07:05 AM PDT - SAN FRANCISCO -- Eight people who chained themselves together in the lobby of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's San Francisco office Thursday afternoon have been arrested, event organizers said. 

(Courtesy of Mike Gordon)
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