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Rule Change Lets Los Angeles Dream of Spires

nytimes.com — LOS ANGELES - The downtown streets of Los Angeles these days are teeming with restaurants, music clubs, boutique hotels, sparkling new buildings and people, lots of people - swirling evidence of a transformation in a part of town that has always seemed something of an urban afterthought. Just don't look up.

Michael Bloomberg to Back Soda Tax in Berkeley

nytimes.com — LOS ANGELES - In Berkeley, Calif., where a campaign is on to persuade voters to impose a 1-cent-an-ounce tax on sugary drinks, the spending fight has been lopsided indeed: Proponents of the tax have raised $135,000, compared with $1.4 million spent so far by the beverage industry, which has successfully blocked just about every attempt nationally to levy such a tax.

Las Vegas schools overwhelmed by region’s economic rebound

seattletimes.com — Originally published Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 6:03 AM Isaac Brekken/The New York Times LAS VEGAS - Schools in this suddenly robust community are so packed these days that 13 of them stay open 12 months a year. Children go to classes and eat lunch in cramped, windowless trailers, bustling with restless students.

Berkeley Officials Outspent but Optimistic in Battle Over Soda Tax

nytimes.com — BERKELEY, Calif. - Never mind the battle for governor or the struggle by Democrats to regain their veto-proof majority in the State Legislature. The most contested fight in California this fall may well be here on San Francisco Bay, pitting every elected official from Berkeley against the soft drink industry.

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: NEWS ANALYSIS; A Thorny Issue For 2004 Race

nytimes.com — The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision on gay marriage Tuesday forced President Bush and his Democratic opponents onto difficult political ground, as they struggled to deal with a polarizing issue that is critical to their most fervent supporters but that has confused and divided much of the nation. The decision galvanized conservatives.

Las Vegas Schools Groan From Growing Pains

nytimes.com — LAS VEGAS - Schools in this suddenly robust community are so packed these days that 13 of them stay open 12 months a year. Children go to classes and eat lunch in cramped, windowless trailers, bustling with restless students.

Northern California Wildfire Spreads, Threatening Thousands of Homes

nytimes.com — POLLOCK PINES, Calif. - An out-of-control wildfire that was threatening more than 2,000 homes in Northern California grew rapidly on Thursday, consuming tens of thousands of additional acres. State fire officials said the fire east of Sacramento had burned through 111 square miles as of Thursday morning, up from 44 square miles the day before, when it forced additional evacuations.

Armored vehicle not welcome in California city

dispatch.com — DAVIS, Calif. - The police department of this modest college town is among the latest California beneficiaries of surplus military equipment: a $700,000 armored car that is the "perfect vehicle," the police chief told the city council, "to perform rescues of victims and potential victims during active shooter incidents."

Police Armored Vehicle Is Unwelcome in California College Town

nytimes.com — DAVIS, Calif. - The police department of this modest college town is among the latest California beneficiaries of surplus military equipment: a $700,000 armored car that is the "perfect vehicle," the police chief told the City Council, "to perform rescues of victims and potential victims during active shooter incidents."

A Tank, Complete With Turret, for a California College Town

nytimes.com — DAVIS, Calif. - The police department of this modest college town is among the latest California beneficiaries of surplus military equipment: a $700,000 armored car that is the "perfect vehicle," the police chief told the City Council, "to perform rescues of victims and potential victims during active shooter incidents."
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Oct 20, 2014

RT @pvolpe: Blue Dog group has a rare problem in politics: money with nowhere to spend it. nytimes.com/politics/first…

Oct 18, 2014

Sensitive piece by @johnjharwood on lessons learned by GOP pollster Neil Newhouse from his bad Romney polling in 2012 nyti.ms/1Fcte3f

Oct 17, 2014

@Frannydink @berkeleyside But I appreciate your tweet: I'm changing print edition story to include the $85,000 AND that more is likely

Oct 17, 2014

@berkeleyside Don't assume that's all he is going to give; it's the first contribution of what I suspect will be a few.

Oct 17, 2014

.@Frannydink Don't assume that's all he is going to give; it's the first contribution of what I suspect will be a few.

Oct 17, 2014

Here's hoping this new Ron Klain gig goes better than that first debate prep in 2012 with Barack Obama.

Oct 17, 2014

Bloomberg to counter Big Soda spending against a Berkeley 1-cent sugar tax initiative: Last stand in soda tax war? nytimes.com/politics/first…

Oct 17, 2014

Forget the Ds & Rs. Tom Steyer & the Koches r the nu political parties in great @jimrutenberg fly-on-the-wall story. nyti.ms/1CuGTyl

Oct 16, 2014

This is very good: Ask a Question to @jmartNYT on NYT;s First Draft. Jmart is our Ann Landers of national politics.. nytimes.com/politics/first…

Oct 15, 2014

.@klnynews Don't think that's even remotely illegal. It's what I call good reporting luck.

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