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2 Names Familiar in Malibu Battle Over Anti-Development Measure — MALIBU, Calif. - Steve Soboroff is the police commissioner of Los Angeles, a former candidate for mayor and a developer whose latest venture is a supermarket complex on an open field off the Pacific Coast Highway here. Rob Reiner is an actor and a director who has a history of political advocacy in California going back 20 years.

Jerry Brown’s Last Stand — The 39th, and 34th, governor of California was making his first trip to Los Angeles since being sworn in, for an evening speech in February to the city's Chamber of Commerce, and a swarm of reporters was waiting at Terminal A of the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. Edmund G.

Rule Change Lets Los Angeles Dream of Spires — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 31, 2014

Putting the brakes on 1-party rule? Read @monicadavey1 on one of key things to watch for on election night: Backlash…

Oct 30, 2014

.@MrWalterShapiro @BuzzFeedBen Ideally you want to try to give SOME hint of where the info came from, even just members of opposing party.

Oct 30, 2014

@BuzzFeedBen Isn't it a 2-way deal? Usually these guys insist they not be specifically identified as source of oppo. They want it both ways

Oct 30, 2014

RT @BuzzFeedBen: I wonder if reporters will at some point insist that their oppo-research sources promise not to brag…

Oct 30, 2014

An absolutely great read on the sad state of American politics, told in Louisiana, by @jmartnyt & @campbellnyt

Oct 30, 2014

Underground Democratic efforts to drive out black vote in South w/ incendiary ads, by @jwpeters, Very Lee Atwater.

Oct 30, 2014

@delcecato @MarkHalperin I think you are thinking about another kind of bowl Del Cecato

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