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Dec 6, 2010

Appeals court hears California gay marriage case

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A three-judge appellate panel considering whether to allow gay marriage to resume in California Monday sharply questioned both sides of the case, which many expect to be appealed to the Supreme Court and set national policy.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judges have been asked to discard a lower court ruling that the state’s 2008 Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage violates Constitutional guarantees of equality and due process.

Dec 3, 2010

Analysis: Schwarzenegger’s last budget stand looks doomed

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s lame-duck bid to resolve the state’s budget problems in a special session next week has little chance of success, but he is probably doing his successor a favor whatever the result.

Governor-elect Jerry Brown promised to begin budget talks with legislators even before taking office January 3, but Schwarzenegger’s 11th-hour attempt is hardly likely to upstage Brown, who will hold talks of his own while the legislature is in session.

Nov 16, 2010

California leads “subnational” summit climate push

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Regional and state governments despairing of global action to counter climate change banded together on Tuesday at a summit in California, where a challenge to its climate law was just defeated.

The so-called R20 coalition of some 100 regional, state and provincial governments, observer nations and corporations aim to use their joint economic heft to create industries and to make “subnational” deals to create low-carbon projects.

Nov 3, 2010

California picks Democrat Jerry Brown for governor

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Californians voted to
bring back Democrat Jerry Brown as governor on Tuesday, betting
on an economic turnaround from the 72-year-old who ran the
state in the 1970s and 1980s rather than billionaire
businesswoman Meg Whitman.

Senator Barbara Boxer also won reelection, beating former
Hewlett-Packard Co. Chief Executive Carly Fiorina, marking a
double victory for Democrats over Republican novices from
Silicon Valley.

Nov 2, 2010

Judges ask tough questions on Arizona immigration law

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S. judges considering whether to let Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigrants take effect asked attorneys tough questions on Monday about the constitutionality of the law and whether federal authority prevents the state from taking action.

Arizona’s law would require police to determine the immigration status of a person they have detained and suspect is in the country illegally. The measure has attracted international attention and drawn equal parts praise and condemnation.

Nov 1, 2010

Judges query both sides on Arizona immigration law

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Arizona Monday asked appellate judges to let it put into effect a controversial crackdown on illegal immigrants, saying the state bordering Mexico had to step in when the federal government had failed.

Arizona’s law using state and local police to determine immigration status has become a national political issue, and the court hearing came a day before the United States votes in elections expected to sharply diminish the Congressional support of President Barack Obama, whose administration sued to stop the law.

Nov 1, 2010

Money, polls rebuff California green law challenge

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Californians lean against ballot Proposition 23 to suspend the state’s landmark climate change law, a new poll showed on Thursday, after a week when donations by founders of Microsoft Corp and Google Inc and other technology executives poured in against the measure.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Intel Corp co-founder Gordon Moore, “Avatar” filmmaker James Cameron, and the National Wildlife Federation in the last week donated millions to defeat California Proposition 23, state campaign finance records show.

Oct 29, 2010

California unveils greenhouse gas trading plan

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29 (Reuters) – California unveiled on
Friday its final blueprint of a market system to curb
greenhouse gases, relaxing expected rules in the face of a weak
economy in a measure that could set the tone for the nation’s
climate policy.

By agreeing to give away virtually all necessary permits to
factories and power plants when the program starts in 2012,
rather than sell them at auction, the U.S state with the
biggest economy and population is acknowledging the challenges
of double-digit unemployment — and the reality that pollution
decreases as the economy slows.

Oct 29, 2010

California unveils greenhouse gas trading scheme

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29 (Reuters) – California unveiled its
final draft of a market system to curb greenhouse gases,
relaxing expected rules in the face of a weak economy in a
measure that could set the tone for the nation’s climate
policy.

By agreeing to give away virtually all necessary permits to
factories and power plants when the scheme starts in 2012
rather than sell them at auction, the state with the biggest
economy and population is acknowledging the challenges of
double-digit unemployment– and the reality that pollution
decreases as the economy slows.

Oct 28, 2010

Tech money flows to Whitman, bypasses Fiorina

SAN JOSE/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Valentine’s Ball thrown by venture capitalist Alan Salzman and his wife Jillian Manus every year is one of Silicon Valley’s hottest tickets. People are still talking about the Bailey’s Irish Cream flowing from the nipples of ice sculptures at the soiree last year.

This year a “barrel full of monkeys” — actually, live performers in monkey suits — greeted guests to the couple’s themed grounds in the swanky Northern California town of Atherton. The black tie and costume benefit for cancer draws CEOs, friends — and up to $750,000 in donations.

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