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Assembly Approves Ban On Plastic Bags In California

Aug. 29
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California lawmakers passed a key hurdle Thursday in imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

California Legislature Passes 'Yes Means Yes' Bill

Aug. 29
Judy Lin / Associated Press
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Rather than using the refrain "no means no," the definition of consent under the bill requires "an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity."

What's Next For San Diego's Convention Center?

Aug. 28
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The City Council voted unanimously not to appeal a court ruling against the plan to finance the San Diego Convention Center expansion. City leaders say the search for a new plan begins.

San Diego Councilwoman Proposing A Taxi Permit Free-For-All

Aug. 28
By Megan Burks
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There could soon be a lot more cabs serving San Diego. Councilwoman Marti Emerald proposed lifting a cap on taxi permits, but current permit holders say the move could dry up their investments.

A Battle For Voters' Signatures To Overturn San Diego's Minimum Wage Hike

Aug. 27
By Claire Trageser
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Opponents of San Diego's minimum wage increase have three weeks left to collect nearly 34,000 signatures from voters to force the issue on to a ballot. Otherwise, the minimum wage will rise to $9.75 an hour on Jan. 1.

PACs Back Incumbents; Just Ask Rep. Scott Peters

Aug. 28
By Joe Yerardi
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Two years ago, when Democrat Scott Peters successfully challenged Republican Rep. Brian Bilbray in the 52nd Congressional District, most of the PAC money went to Bilbray. This year, Peters is getting money from 100 PACs that gave to his opponent in 2012.

Mexican President's Sacramento Visit Protested

Aug. 26
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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto praises Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers for passing laws that help Mexican immigrants, while protesters outside ask Peña Nieto to release a U.S. Marine detained in Mexico.

San Diego Convention Center Expansion Plan In Limbo

Aug. 26
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The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday not to appeal a ruling by a state appeals court that rejected San Diego's plan to finance the project.

South County School Corruption Case Inspires Campaign Law

Aug. 26
By Matthew Bowler

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez said the corruption scandal in the Sweetwater Union High School District inspired her to write a new law that would forbid public school administrators from raising money for school-board candidates.

Plastic Bag Ban Fails On First Try In Assembly

Aug. 26
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio
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The measure failed 37-33, four votes shy of a majority. It can be brought back for one more try later this week.

Federal Judge Nixes Most Of Mexican Businessman's Requests

Aug. 25
By Tarryn Mento
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In the latest development regarding a Mexican billionaire’s alleged funding of U.S. campaigns, a federal judge Monday denied most of the defense's requests for discovery.

Speaker Atkins May Consider New Assembly Rules About Drinking

Aug. 25
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California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins says she'll have to take a look at new rules around drinking in the Assembly following the arrest of Sen. Ben Hueso.

Camp Pendleton Marines Return Home As Afghanistan War Winds Down

Aug. 25
By Susan Murphy
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More than three dozen Camp Pendleton Marines returning from Afghanistan Monday night are among the last U.S. troops packing up from Operation Enduring Freedom.

'Don't Sign It' Campaign Counters Petition Drive To Overturn Minimum-Wage Hike

Aug. 22
By Claire Trageser
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Backers of San Diego's minimum-wage increase launched a "Don't Sign It" campaign to thwart a petition to place the issue before voters.

Roundtable Reflects On Faulconer's Choices, Lorena Gonzalez' Bills, Riding Uber

Aug. 22
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The San Diego mayor can choose to lead on the minimum wage and convention center issues or he can sit and watch. Sacramento pols chose to support a $7.5 billion water bond in November. Lorena Gonzalez has chosen to launch a legislation barrage. And San Diegans are choosing Uber and Lyft over taxis — and so are drivers.

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