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Michael Marois

California State Sen. Leland Yee leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco.

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California State Sen. Leland Yee leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco.

California Democrats Skip Lobbyist Golf Tour as Yee Case Plays Out

California’s Senate Democrats won’t  be spending this weekend on the grounds of the renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course near San Diego, home to an annual outing known as the “Pro Tem Cup” where high-priced lobbyists pay $65,000 to pal up...

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Tim Draper, managing partner of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, in Los Angeles.

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Tim Draper, managing partner of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, in Los Angeles.

Silicon Valley Not Only a State of Mind – State of its Own, per Draper

Silicon Valley is known for innovation, for thinking outside the box. It brought us the iPhone. But will it give us six new states? Menlo Park venture capitalist Tim Draper — whose firm bet early on Hotmail, Skype, Tesla, and...

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Two of four 1,060-foot catwalks connect to the 525-foot main tower from the eastern end of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

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Two of four 1,060-foot catwalks connect to the 525-foot main tower from the eastern end of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

Jerry Brown Channels Forrest Gump

So dozens of over-sized bolts built into the soon-to-be-opened $6.4 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge snapped when they were tightened earlier this year. What does California Gov. Jerry Brown have to say about it? “Look, s— happens,” Brown said when...

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A statue of Duke Kahanamoku stands along Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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A statue of Duke Kahanamoku stands along Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Ticket to Hawaii: Talking Points for Convincing Your Board to Send You

What better place to host a conference than Hawaii, right? Sun, golf, swimming. The National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems thinks so, too. It’s hosting its annual confab at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu in May and expects...

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Jerry Brown, governor of California, in Sacramento, California.

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Jerry Brown, governor of California, in Sacramento, California.

Jerry Brown: Rick Perry’s Radio Ads ‘Barely’ (Ahem, Register) in California

Gov. Jerry Brown isn’t worried about the miniscule amount of money that  Texas Gov. Rick Perry is spending on radio ads airing in California urging companies there to leave for the Lone Star state. The 30-second ad features Perry knocking...

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Gov. Jerry Brown responds to a questions about the plan to build a giant twin tunnel system to move water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to farmland and cities, with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, right, in Sacramento, Calif., on July 25, 2012.

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Gov. Jerry Brown responds to a questions about the plan to build a giant twin tunnel system to move water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to farmland and cities, with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, right, in Sacramento, Calif., on July 25, 2012.

Jerry Brown Wants to `Get S— Done’

Jerry Brown was California’s youngest governor when he was first elected in the 1970s. Now back in the statehouse at age 74, he’s California’s oldest. Apparently he isn’t afraid to admit that, at his age, he can’t dilly-dally around anymore....

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