With tension flaring on the U.S.-Mexico border over the illegal crossing of thousands of young immigrants from Central America, Gov. Jerry Brown said after meeting with religious leaders Tuesday that he would support additional shelters for the minors in California.

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Building a reserve fund has boosted California’s financial outlook, Dan says. So why won’t lawmakers let local school districts have them?
Both Sacramento City Councilman Cohn and Elk Grove City Councilman Cooper are Democrats. They are vying with fellow Democrats, Sacramento City Councilmen Kevin McCarty and Darrell Fong, to claim two Assembly seats currently held by Democrats, Assemblymen Richard Pan and Roger Dickinson, who are seeking an open state Senate post.
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California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who is pushing a ballot measure to give him the power to regulate health insurance rates, released an analysis Tuesday showing that health insurance costs for individuals increased dramatically over the last year.
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New state regulations on water conservation formally took effect today, banning all Californians from hosing off sidewalks and driveways, irrigating yards so much that it causes runoff, and other prohibitions.

Bakersfield’s Kevin McCarthy becomes House majority leader
Dan Walters Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy becomes the No. 2 leader in the House and could become speaker.
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Gov. Jerry Brown wraps up his trip to Mexico today with a focus on economic issues.

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Despite heavy lobbying from departments and interest groups, California’s personnel panel has stood its ground: If you’re applying for a state job, you have to meet the minimum qualifications – even if you’re a state worker.

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