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    California Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks during the state Democratic convention last April at the Sacramento Convention Center. She reports she got an on-bended-knee wedding proposal.

  • Ashley Swearengin

    Ashley Swearengin is mayor of Fresno.

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  • By the numbers

    Californians carried the nation’s fourth-highest state and local tax burden in 2011, the Tax Foundation says in a new report, largely because its personal incomes are markedly lower than those of other high-tax states. California’s tax burden was 11.4 percent of its average per capita income of $45,354, or $5,136. New York was the highest at 12.6 percent, followed by New Jersey at 12.3 percent and Connecticut at 11.9 percent. Wyoming residents had the lowest tax burden, 6.9 percent, and the national average was 9.8 percent.

    – Dan Walters

The Buzz: Kamala Harris announces engagement to L.A. lawyer

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014 - 12:14 am

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is engaged to marry a Los Angeles lawyer, her spokesman said Monday.

Harris’ fiancé, Douglas Emhoff, is partner in charge of the law firm Venable LLP’s Los Angeles office. The two were engaged March 27, said David Beltran, Harris’ communications director.

Harris, a former San Francisco district attorney, is a rising star in the Democratic Party and is widely considered a potential future candidate for governor or U.S. Senate. She and Emhoff are both 49.

Gov. Jerry Brown was 67 when he married Anne Gust in 2005. He went on to win election in 2006 to the post Harris now holds, before winning the governor’s race in 2010.

Harris told the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday that Emhoff proposed on one knee at her San Francisco apartment.

No wedding date has been set, but it will probably be within six months, Harris told the newspaper. She said she and Emhoff had been dating for about a year.

– David Siders


BY THE NUMBERS

Californians carried the nation’s fourth-highest state and local tax burden in 2011, the Tax Foundation says in a new report, largely because its personal incomes are markedly lower than those of other high-tax states. California’s tax burden was 11.4 percent of its average per capita income of $45,354, or $5,136. New York was the highest at 12.6 percent, followed by New Jersey at 12.3 percent and Connecticut at 11.9 percent. Wyoming residents had the lowest tax burden, 6.9 percent, and the national average was 9.8 percent.

– Dan Walters


WORTH REPEATING

“The casserole wasn’t baked. The ingredients were in the dish, but it was sloshing around the oven.”

Ashley Swearengin, GOP controller hopeful, on Fresno issues delaying her candidacy.



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