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KCET-TV LOS ANGELES: Officials Push for L.A. to Get 20 Percent of Power from Rooftop Solar

January 17, 2014

The push to make Los Angeles more energy independent is gaining steam, as a group of local, state, and federal elected officials called Friday for California's largest city to meet a fifth of its peak power needs with local solar within six years.

LOS ANGELES NEWSPAPER GROUP: NSA’s bulk data collection program unconstitutional: Ted Lieu and Joel Anderson

January 16, 2014

By Ted Lieu and Joel Anderson

Few people would quarrel with the view that the president’s primary duty is to protect and defend the United States. But that is not what the U.S. Constitution actually says. Article Two, Section One, Clause Eight of the Constitution states that before the president can take office, he must take an oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE: Not taking liberties with legislative session

January 16, 2014

Bipartisan bill would forbid state from helping NSA
SACRAMENTO — As legislators arrive at the Capitol after their recess, Sacramento observers are pointing to the “big” issues that will top the agenda and grab most of the news coverage. These will understandably focus on financial matters, especially after the governor releases his budget on Friday.

CNN/CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING: Medi-Cal agency to overhaul drug rehab program after critical audit

January 16, 2014

California’s Medi-Cal agency is launching an overhaul of its drug rehabilitation program in light of a damning internal audit that spotlights ham-handed oversight and confirms many findings of a yearlong investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN.

EL SEGUNDO HERALD OPINION: Finally,

January 16, 2014

By Cristian Vasquez

Due to the repeated admission by federal administrators that there has been a widespread effort to spy on American citizens who are innocent of any wrongdoing, Senators Ted Lieu and Joel Anderson introduced a bill seeking to ban state agencies, officials and corporations that currently provide a service to the state from assisting the federal government in its effort to spy and collect certain data on Californians

ABC TV SAN FRANCISCO: Number of bears killed down after new hound law

January 14, 2014

By Dan Noyes

A California ban on the use of hounds in bear hunting had a dramatic impact this past year -- the number of bears killed fell sharply. This follows a heated battle in the state legislature between hunters and animal rights activists.

 

TORRANCE DAILY BREEZE: Sen. Ted Lieu’s Senate bill would promote Los Angeles-Long Beach ports

January 14, 2014

TRANSPORTATION

A South Bay lawmaker’s bill to promote California’s ports passed its initial review Monday.

Senate Bill 511 by Sen. Ted Lieu passed the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee that Lieu chairs and now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Political Blotter: Bills seek to curb surveillance programs

January 13, 2014

By Josh Richman

JAN. 6

California state agencies and officials, as well as corporations providing services to the state, would be prohibited from supporting or assisting the federal government's collection of certain data on Californians, under a bipartisan bill introduced Monday by two state lawmakers.