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9.28.2012

Yet Another Fun “Politics on Tap” with Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee, Sacramento lawyer Nancy Miller and Cynthia Bryant, lobbyist for the California Charter Schools Association

(Stick around for the killer horseracing discussion)    Read more »

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9.28.2012

With Enough Private Donations, a Statue of Ronald Reagan Will Grace the State Capitol

If private donors pony up, there will be a statue of President – and former California Governor – Ronald Reagan in the “new” section of the state Capitol.

(The “new” section is the East Annex, completed 60 years ago.)

Under legislation signed by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown – Reagan’s successor  as California’s chief executive — the statue’s design, placement and upkeep will be paid for by the Ronald Reagan Centennial Capitol Foundation, created last year to help celebrate the actor-turned-politician’s 100th birthday.    Read more »

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9.28.2012

Gov. Brown Nips Absentee Florists in the Bud

It will be harder for florists to misrepresent the location of their business under legislation signed September 27 by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Four previous bills in 13 years had attempted to prevent call centers, potentially located hundreds or thousands of miles away, from using a local city or neighborhood in their name and duping consumers into believing they are patronizing a “local” florist.    Read more »

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9.27.2012

Employers Prohibited from Demanding Access to Social Media Pages of Job Applicants and Employees

 

Employers can’t demand user names or passwords to access the social media of employees or job applicants under legislation signed September 27 by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The measure is a rare area of agreement for labor unions and employers winning support from the California Labor Federation and the California Chamber of Commerce, which saw the bill as clarifying a murky aspect of employee law.    Read more »

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9.27.2012

“Playing the Beer Card” — Brews and Voter Turnout

 

Here are two articles, forwarded by a subscriber, that could represent the definitive analysis of the politics of beer. Both are reported by the National Journal. The first is “What Your Beer Says About Your Politics.” The second describes how the World’s Most Interesting Man went partisan.

(As the second article suggests, “Stay nonpartisan, my friends.” Below is the graphic triangulating brand preference with turnout that accompanies the second article.)

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9.27.2012

Today’s Latin Lesson Honors the Governor Signing Legislation to Allow Driverless Cars on California Roads

 

 

A Posse ad Esse

“From Possibility to Reality”

 

Gov.  Jerry Brown signed  legislation allowing limited operation of the driverless cars at Google’s Mountain View headquarters on September 25. Google’s fleet of a dozen self-driving vehicles, mainly Toyota Priuses, has logged more than 300,000 miles of self-driving without an accident, the company says.     Read more »

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9.26.2012

Historical State Capitol Commission Now Responsible for the Whole Capitol

The Historic State Capitol Commission now officially has purview over the Capitol’s East Annex and the park surround ding the Capitol under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Previously, the commission, created in 1981, was charged with reviewing restoration and maintenance of the original Capitol building completed in 1874.

The measure clarifies that the commission is re4sponsible for advising the state on policies relating to the entire Capitol building and its grounds bound by 10th, L, 15th and N Streets.    Read more »

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9.26.2012

Yes on Proposition 34 — End the Death Penalty in California

By Gil Garcetti, Jeanne Woodford and Jennifer Waggoner 

Evidence shows more than 100 innocent people have been sentenced to death in the U.S., and some have been executed!

(Proposition) 34 means we’ll never execute an innocent person in California.

Franky Carrillo was 16 when he was arrested and wrongly convicted of murder in Los Angeles.    Read more »

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9.25.2012

Saving Water at the Car Wash Now the Law

Starting January 1, 2014, new commercial car washes must either reuse at least 60 percent of their wash and rinse water or to use at least 60 percent recycled water to wash and rinse vehicles under legislation signed September 25 by Gov. Jerry Brown.

California law already requires urban per capita water use be reduced 20 percent by the end of 2020.    Read more »

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9.24.2012

New Law Means State May Finally Manage Its Intellectual Property

California may finally create a uniform statewide policy on how treats the millions of pieced of intellectual property it controls under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The measure – AB 744 by Assembly Speaker John Pérez, a Los Angeles Democrat – comes 12 years after the Bureau of State Audits scolded the state for not managing potentially moneymaking copyrights and trademarks on everything from photographs to inventions created with state funds.    Read more »

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