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West Coast Politics and Finance Reporter — Bloomberg News

Reporter, West Coast politics and finance, Bloomberg News

Calpers Pension to Sell $3 Billion of Real-Estate Portfolio — The California Public Employees' Retirement System, the biggest U.S. pension, plans to sell as much as $3 billion of its real-estate portfolio, a move that's part of a broader plan to reduce costs, risk and the number of external investment managers.

Saving San Francisco’s Landmark Businesses — Sam's Grill & Seafood Restaurant got its start as an oyster stall on a San Francisco pier in 1867, on the heels of the Gold Rush. But will it survive the technology boom? Managing partner Peter Quartaroli says he worries the eatery will be forced to move if his rent goes up when his lease expires in 2017.

Hillary Clinton Calls for End to Gun Violence After Charleston — Hillary Clinton called for an end to gun violence and said the country's long struggle with race is far from finished after a mass shooting at a South Carolina church this week left nine people dead.

California Lawmakers Move to Merge Water Agencies Amid Drought — California lawmakers are poised to pass a bill allowing regulators to merge some of the state's 8,000 public water systems as a record drought depletes supplies. The legislation, one of two dozen needed to enact the $115.4 billion state budget, has sparked a fight between Governor Jerry Brown's administration and leaders of tiny water districts that date back to California's era of dusty ranchos.

Bloomberg Briefs — Lyle Fitterer, head of tax-exempt fixed income for Wells Capital Management, spoke with Bloomberg Brief editor Taylor Riggs on state intervention for distressed municipalities and how a Puerto Rico restructuring may impact the muni market. Based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Wells Capital oversees about $35 billion in munis.

Brown Reaches Budget Compromise With California Lawmakers — California Governor Jerry Brown and Democrats who control the legislature agreed on a budget that spends less than lawmakers wanted. The agreement calls for a record $115.4 billion in spending. Brown, a 77-year-old Democrat, also ordered two special legislative sessions so lawmakers can consider ways to increase funding for transportation and the state's health-care program for the poor.

California Democrats Pass $117.5 Billion Budget Brown Opposes — California's Democrat-controlled legislature approved a $117.5 billion budget Monday even though Governor Jerry Brown has said the spending plan relies on overly optimistic revenue projections. The budget assumes the state will take in $3.1 billion more in tax revenue than Brown's finance department estimates.

Eyeing Payday, California Lawmakers are Poised to Pass a Budget — California lawmakers are poised to pass a $117.5 billion budget Monday they know Governor Jerry Brown opposes because it spends too much. That way they can get paid. State voters in 2010 approved a constitution amendment that requires legislators to send a budget to the governor by June 15 or forfeit their pay for every day they are late.

Oprah and Kanye Get #DroughtShamed as Water Cops Roam California — Paul Brown sets out before sunrise to patrol Sacramento for circumstantial evidence that someone is wasting California's scarcest resource. It may be a moist sidewalk, or a flooded curb gutter, or a suspiciously damp driveway. Every so often he catches a lawncare infraction in action: sprinklers whirring on a city-mandated no-watering day.

California Cuts Water to More Farmers as Drought Escalates — California farmers who've held rights to siphon water from two key rivers in the state's Central Valley for more than 100 years have been ordered to cut back as one of the most severe droughts in state history intensifies.
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Jun 26, 2015

Ceremony commemorating 70th anniversary of U.N. Charter signing at SF city hall.

Jun 20, 2015

.@Hillary Clinton says failed gun control measures are a "rebuke to this nation," by @alisonvekshi... via @bpolitics

Jun 08, 2015

California’s Surplus Tempts Democrats to Spend as Jerry Brown Resists via @bpolitics

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