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The pre-Thanksgiving fun is license plate-spotting. Who are A 58 (r2) and A 74 (r3)? Both have been posted on Twitter in the last 24.

Of course, it's very difficult to know as why legislators are entitled (for know apparent reason) to a lifelong special license plate. Hell, if Tony Mendoza or Raul Bocanegra resigned today, he'd get a plate. Perhaps Leland Yee is printing his own plate, oh forget that as he is in federal prison. 

What are the purpose of these plates? Perhaps to evade parking tickets (not legal). I've gotten evaded from a speeding ticket from an Assembly badge, but we are wrong if we don't treat equally.

They give now-lobbyists power and that's it. Get rid of them. For after hours, just use a SIX PIN code. No protective elsewhere. With trackling of members, there's nothing subscribing anywhere. 




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GOV: In the Times, Patrick McGreevy and Seema Mehta report on how gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa has made millions since leaving office as mayor of the City of Angels.

Since leaving the Los Angeles mayor’s office in 2013, Antonio Villaraigosa has made more than $4 million by advising companies such as Herbalife, Banc of California and natural resources company Cadiz, teaching at the University of Southern California and earning speaking fees, according to tax returns his gubernatorial campaign released on Tuesday.

It seemingly always comes down to Herbalife, the multi-level marketing supplements scheme that paid $200 million in fines to the Federal Trade Commission for questionable practices. If you've been stuck in a hotel with a Herbalife holification, as I was many times when I attended hundreds of conferences as CEO of the Community College League, you'd understand. It's not a business conference, but rather a near-religious confab. Take the pink Cadillacs on steriods.

The money ends at the top in the pyramid scheme and is doled out to politicians and executives. Few on the lower tiers make any money.


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Antonio Villaraigosa's Consulting Earned Millions | The Sacramento Bee
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Trump Urges Vote for Roy Moore, Cites Candidateâ

President Trump said Alabama voters should not support Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate for the Senate. He declined to say whether he would campaign for Mr. Moore.

Is A New Transportation Sales Tax In The Future For Riverside County? – Press Enterprise
Worries about long-term transportation needs have spurred rumblings of a ballot measure for another sales tax to fund transportation projects in Riverside County.

The Chained Cpi: Another Secret Tax Hike For The Middle Class Slipped Into The GOP Tax Bills
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Hidden in the GOP tax bills is a stealth tax hike on the middle class, in the form of the chained CPI.

La County Leaders Move Forward On Health Inspections For Massage Parlors – Daily News
Concerned that a number of Los Angeles County’s massage parlors are nothing more than fronts for illicit sex trade and illegal-labor trafficking, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to craft an ordinance that requires annual health and safety inspections of such establishments.

Poll: Plurality Supports House Tax Plan, But Many Expect To Pay More - Politico

A plurality of voters supports the tax overhaul the House passed last week, though many also believe it will raise their taxes, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.

Meg Whitman Stepping Down As Ceo Of Hp Enterprise - San Francisco Chronicle
Meg Whitman, who oversaw the breakup of one of Silicon Valley’s pioneering companies, is stepping down as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.

U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas Calls For 'expeditious' Investigation Into Allegations Against Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra
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L.A. May Try To Block Reopening Of Oil Drilling Site Blamed For Health Problems
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A South Los Angeles drilling site that suspended operations after an outcry over nosebleeds and other health problems could be thwarted from reopening, under a new proposal from City Councilman Gil Cedillo.

Legal Complaint Filed Over Kellyanne Conway's Comments On Roy Moore Race - Politico

A prominent government ethics expert has filed a complaint against White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, alleging that she violated federal law Monday by appearing to advocate against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore's Democratic opponent.

Sacramento Rt Restores Website After Hacker Attack. Department Of Homeland Security Helps Transit Agency. | The Sacramento Bee
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American Once Held Prisoner In North Korea Found Burning In San Diego Park, Dies Of Injuries
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Investigators suspect the death of a 38-year-old man who was found on fire in the Mission Bay Park area on Friday was an accident or a suicide, San Diego police said Tuesday.

Sacramento City Council Approves Funding For Illegal Grow House Enforcement | The Sacramento Bee
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Department Of Justice Warns Berkeley About Sanctuary Status
The U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter to the city of Berkeley on Wednesday, warning that its sanctuary policies concerning immigration status may violate federal law.

Elon Musk's Tunneling Company Wants To Dig Through L.A.
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Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's new tunneling company has filed a permit application with the city, requesting formal approval to begin digging a tunnel that could someday connect the San Fernando Valley to Los Angeles International Airport.

California Business Leaders Urge Congress To Reauthorize Daca Without A Government Shutdown
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Last Stop For Cannabis Advertising On Muni Buses, Trains, Stations And Stops - San Francisco Chronicle
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency on Tuesday will decide whether to ban marijuana ads on Muni property. Allie Rasmus reports

SF Muni bans marijuana ads on buses, trains, stations and stops
As the cannabis industry takes shape in California, one place it won’t be able to advertise is on San Francisco’s public transportation. The Municipal Transportation Agency’s Board of Directors on Tuesday banned ads for cannabis businesses from the transit system’s buses, trains, cable cars, stations and bus stops. The ban came in response to concerns that such ads are inappropriate for young Muni riders and might promote marijuana use among children. Wilson Chu, president of the Chinese American Democratic Club, which had supported the legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana use in the state, was among those who pushed the board to act.

Lawmakers To Investigate Response To Wine Country Fires - San Francisco Chronicle
Caroll Niel leans on her husband, firefighter Tony Niel, in the motorhome where they are staying following the Tubbs fire on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Forestville, Calif.

Maps By UC Berkeley Researchers Show Broad Gentrification In Berkeley
The map of Northern California color-coordinates neighborhoods by the presence of gentrification, displacement and/or exclusion. Most of central and south Berkeley are shown to experience ongoing gentrification and displacement, while most of North Berkeley is at risk of gentrification, and the Berkeley Hills are undergoing advanced exclusion.

Donald Trump Jr. headlining fundraiser in Kansas for a leader of his father's voter fraud commission

The president's eldest son is aiding the gubernatorial campaign of Kris Kobach, the panel's vice chairman and driving force.

City Hall to White House? Garcetti may try to defy odds
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LOS ANGELES — Americans from all walks of life have been elected president of the United States. There have been governors and generals, senators and members of Congress, secretaries of states and vice presidents. There was even a billionaire business executive chosen as commander in chief. But never in the 228 years since Gen. George Washington was sworn in as president has a sitting mayor been elected to the White House. Eric M. Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, may be out to change that. The odds are long: Garcetti was sworn into his second term as mayor just five months ago, and has not built a particularly broad record of accomplishments to showcase to the nation.

California's Ski Season Starts With Good Snowfall And Higher Lift Prices
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After a near record year, California's ski resorts report that the snow is falling and the lift ticket prices are rising.