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Backers pull aid-in-dying bill over lack of support

By Melody Gutierrez SACRAMENTO — Lawmakers abruptly withdrew a bill Tuesday that would allow dying patients to end their lives with doctor-prescribed drugs after it became clear the proposal did not have the votes needed to make it through a key committee. Authors of the assisted-dying bill could not persuade enough fellow Democrats on the Assembly […]

July 08, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Aid-in-dying bill hits roadblock

By Melody Gutierrez SACRAMENTO — California legislation that would allow dying patients to end their lives with doctor-prescribed drugs hit its biggest hurdle Tuesday after several Democrats on a key committee expressed reservations prior to a vote. Bill supporters postponed the vote to July 7 after it became clear they did not have the 10 votes […]

June 25, 2015 | Posted in State government | Tagged ,

Tiered water rates hinge on court decision

By Carolyn Lochhead California cities could lose a big tool to encourage water conservation in an intently watched court case from San Juan Capistrano, a picturesque mission town in Orange County where a taxpayer group has challenged the city’s authority to charge homeowners more money for using more water. The Capistrano Taxpayers Association won in […]

April 07, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Student protesters interrupt regents meeting

By Nanette Asimov SAN FRANCISCO — Dozens of University of California students protesting tuition hikes briefly shut down the regents meeting in San Francisco Wednesday, removing their shirts and throwing fake money to make their point. ”UC Regents! Put people over profits!” they yelled until UC police in riot gear lined up between the students in the […]

March 19, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

State’s snow levels reach historic lows

By Peter Fimrite Snow levels in the Sierra Nevada are at or below what they were during the driest years in California’s recorded history, surveyors said Tuesday, dashing hopes that last weekend’s storm would begin to pull the state out of its increasingly frightful drought. The water content of the snow statewide stands at 19 […]

March 04, 2015 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

State weighs per-mile transit tax

By Michael Cabanatuan SAN FRANCISCO — Whether they’re behind the wheel or sitting in the legislative chambers in Sacramento, few Californians doubt the state’s freeways, bridges and streets need attention. But they have different ideas on the best way to raise money to fill potholes and repair infrastructure. When Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, last […]

February 10, 2015 | Posted in Transportation | Tagged ,

UC Berkeley envisions ‘global campus’ in Richmond

By Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross UC Berkeley is pushing an ambitious plan for a “global campus” — inviting public universities around the world, as well as tech and other companies, to set up shop up on 134 acres it owns in Richmond. Officials tell us they hope to break ground in a year. The […]

February 05, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Suspected Ebola patient being treated at UCD Med Center

By Steve Rubenstein and Erin Allday Doctors at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento are treating a patient “exhibiting symptoms consistent with Ebola infection,” hospital officials said Thursday. The patient, who was not identified, was transferred Thursday by ambulance from Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento. A UCD Health Systems news release said, “UC Davis, identified […]

January 30, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Hopes melt for Sierra ski season

By Kurtis Alexander SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Normally at this time of year, the sugar pines of the Sierra glisten with frost and the mountainsides are deep in snow — a call to action for California skiers. Instead, on a Wednesday afternoon in late January, the sun shone warm in the heart of ski country and […]

January 22, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Hurdles likely in Harris run to Senate

SAN FRANCISCO — If state Attorney General Kamala Harris hoped Tuesday’s quick announcement that she’s running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer would clear the Democratic field, she hasn’t been paying much attention to California politics. With the state’s first open Senate seat in 24 years as the prize, it’s unlikely that […]

January 15, 2015 | Posted in U.S. Congress | Tagged ,

Thompson leads Snow Mountain push

SAN FRANCISCO — There may be better ways to see beautiful scenery, but Rep. Mike Thompson believes dragging the U.S. secretary of the interior on a vigorous slog through the driving rain was as good a way as any to show off the Berryessa Snow Mountain wilderness. Thompson, D-St. Helena, led Sally Jewell, the secretary, and […]

December 23, 2014 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

State Senate introduces bill to fund universities

By Nanette Asimov and Melody Gutierrez SACRAMENTO — A bill introduced Tuesday by Senate Democrats would end a new scholarship benefiting thousands of middle-class students at California’s public universities in exchange for keeping tuition flat for five years, opening the doors to thousands more state residents, and adding financial aid and college counseling. The bill — which […]

December 03, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Gift-giving can strengthen bonds in the workplace

By Kim Thompson If you work in an office, chances are at some point in your career, gift-giving will be a topic of discussion. After all, giving helps you bond with your co-workers and have fun in the process. Giving gifts is an important part of our human interaction and has been the subject of […]

December 04, 2014 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,
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