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Leaves of a mature marijuana plant. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Report From Panel Led By Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom Lays The Groundwork For Legalizing Marijuana In California

The report revealed California still has some major questions to answer before it tries to legalize marijuana in 2016.

03/26/2015

Same-sex couple Thom Watson (R) and Jeff Tabaco kiss as they hold paperwork for a marriage license while waiting to hear a decision on whether same-sex marriages will be allowed to resume in California August 12, 2010 in San Francisco.

‘Death Penalty For Gays’ Ballot Initiative May Be Allowed To Proceed Under California Law

A ballot proposal criminalizing sodomy and allowing the death penalty for anyone who “touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification” is moving forward because constitutionally, there is really no way to stop it, despite the neo-Nazi nature of the proposed law.

03/20/2015

People walk with groceries in plastic bags in Chinatown in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

CA Plastic Bag Makers Want To Overturn Ban; Submit Signatures To Put Referendum On 2016 Ballot

If the referendum qualifies, the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags will be suspended until voters weigh in.

12/30/2014

San Jose mayoral candidates Dave Cortese (left), Sam Liccardo. (CBS)

Dave Cortese Concedes To Sam Liccardo In San Jose’s Mayoral Race

After a hard fought campaign and race, Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese confirmed that he called his opponent Monday evening to concede in his bid for Mayor of San Jose.

11/10/2014

A voter fills out their ballot at a polling station inside San Francisco City Hall. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

How ‘Orphans’ Could Decide Who Wins Elections In California

If polls are to be believed, Tuesday’s election will be decided by a small group of people. But if it is a low turnout election, entire races can be won or lost on just a few votes.

11/03/2014

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Health Advocates At Odds With Small Business Owners Over Bay Area Soda Tax Measures

San Francisco and Berkeley both have soda-tax measures on their ballots in next week’s election, but it’s being described as a “David vs. Goliath” battle with all the money being poured into the campaign by the beverage industry.

10/28/2014

A stack of mailed-in voter ballots. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Tuesday Last Day To Request A Vote By Mail Ballot For Nov. 4 Election

Today is the last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot for the state’s Nov. 4 general election, election officials said.

10/28/2014

This map shows the planned layout of California after a proposed split into six states. (Six Californias)

Six Californias Plan Fails To Qualify For Ballot After Late Signature Push

Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office confirmed Friday that the initiative had failed to gather the required signatures to land on the 2016 ballot.

09/12/2014

A stream of water cuts through the dry bottom of the Almaden Reservoir on January 28, 2014 in San Jose, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

$7.5 Billion Water Bond For Drought Relief Leads Among Likely Voters

A new Field Poll finds slightly more than half of likely voters approve of a $7.5 billion water bond on the November ballot.

09/10/2014

View of counterfeit dollar notes seized by the Department of Criminology (Dirincri) during a presentation to the press in Lima on October 29, 2013. About four million dollars and 422 thousand Euros were seized by the Peruvian Police from a specialized criminal organization. AFP PHOTO/ERNESTO BENAVIDES (Photo credit should read ERNESTO BENAVIDES/AFP/Getty Images)

UC Berkeley Offers 2nd Opinion On San Francisco’s Proposed $15-An-Hour Minimum Wage

UC Berkeley researchers have given a second opinion on how raising San Francisco’s minimum wage to $15 an hour would impact the city and its employment rate and they seem to think it’s a good idea.

08/27/2014

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