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West Coast Politics and Finance Reporter — Bloomberg News

Reporter, West Coast politics and finance, Bloomberg News

California Lawmakers Propose Banning Golden Gate Bridge Fee — California lawmakers proposed legislation to bar a pedestrian or bicycle fee on San Francisco 's Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District's board voted last month to study charging a fee to help close a projected five-year, $33 million deficit.

West Coast Shippers Accuse Dockworkers of Slowing Talks — West Coast shippers embroiled in contract negotiations with dockworkers accused the longshoremen of delaying "big table" talks, while the union said smaller-group discussions are still productive. Bargaining through Dec. 1 will be confined to subcommittees "discussing limited issues," as officials of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union take a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, said the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents management.

University of California Approves 28% Increase in Tuition — University of California regents are poised to approve a 28 percent tuition increase over the objections of Governor Jerry Brown and as many as 400 protesters who stormed metal barricades and broke glass outside a meeting in San Francisco.

Oakland Rents Outpace San Francisco as Hipsters Relocate — The city by San Francisco Bay with the fastest-growing rents in the U.S. isn't San Francisco. Oakland, long synonymous with crime and blight, is attracting businesses and residents priced out of its more famous neighbor to the West and drawn to an increasingly vibrant scene.

Minimum Wage, Marijuana Seen as Paths to Democratic Votes — Victories on minimum-wage and marijuana-legalization measures in this week's election show how the issues may be used to draw Democratic voters to the polls in the 2016 presidential election. The minimum-wage issue could mobilize the Democratic base, just as opposition to same-sex marriage motivated Republicans, said Henry Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley.

Marijuana Use Legalized With Oregon, Alaska, D.C. Votes — Oregon and District of Columbia voters agreed to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, marking the latest victories in a national campaign to end prohibition of the drug. The Oregon measure was approved by 54 percent, with 67 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press said.

U.S. Voters Lift Minimum Wage, Favor Pot in State Ballots — U.S. voters raised the minimum wage in five states, including Illinois and Nebraska, as part of a wave of local efforts to aid the lowest earners at a time when Republicans are blocking nationwide measures in Congress.

Twitter Tax Deal Boosts San Francisco Revenue $7 Million — A payroll-tax break created three years ago in the blighted Mid-Market area of San Francisco to keep Twitter Inc. (TWTR) from leaving the city has generated $7.6 million in additional payroll-tax revenue as more companies moved to the area, a city report said.

California’s Brown Pushes Water Bond as Election Nears — California Governor Jerry Brown is devoting the final days of what may be his last campaign for office promoting two ballot initiatives rather than himself. Brown, a 76-year-old Democrat, has spent $10.7 million to help pass water bonds to ease drought and establish a new rainy-day reserve, according to filings through Oct.

Stockton’s Costly Bankruptcy May Not Tempt Other Cities — Stockton, California, is emerging from bankruptcy saddled with legal bills and a damaged reputation that will deter other U.S. cities from seeking a path through court to cut their debts. "The leaders of distressed U.S.
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