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Everybody has their, “Holy cow, I can’t believe life in San Francisco is so expensive!” tale of woe. For Eddie Kurtz, it was reading about a $4 piece of toast. Venture Beat recently published a blog post titled, “$4 toast: Why the tech industry is ruining San Francisco” and cited a — you guessed it — $4 piece of toast from The Mill on Divisadero Street. Kurtz, political director for the Courage Campaign, cited it as just one example of an increasingly unaffordable San Francisco that motivated his organization to launch a petition calling on Mayor Ed Lee to do something about it.
The Courage Campaign, a liberal online organizing network that led other groups in holding a candlelight vigil Thursday outside the state Capitol, is "really upset and disappointed with the governor's vetoes," Executive Chairman Paul Song said Friday. "It seems to me he was much more concerned about his re-election and pandering to the gun owners rather than the overall safety of California," Song said. "We hope it does not take another mass shooting for him to realize that he should've voted the other way. This is the one state where we didn't expect the NRA to have as much power as it obviously still does."
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Friday that would have imposed the nation's toughest gun ownership restrictions on Californians, saying it was too far-reaching. The legislation would have banned future sales of most semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines, part of a firearms package approved by state lawmakers in response to mass shootings in other states.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday banning the use of lead ammunition in hunting in California, but he vetoed the most controversial gun control bill the Legislature sent to him this year, a proposal to ban the sale of certain semi-automatic rifles.
California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown – the proponent of the “paddle to the left, paddle to the right” school of politics — now finds both camps firing away at his actions on a score of gun legislation today.
California Republicans spent a good part of their three-day statewide convention last weekend celebrating efforts to invite more female candidates and activists into their "big tent" - and then a little button being sold to GOP delegates outside a VIP reception at the Anaheim Hilton drew all the attention.
The Capitol Police who responded to the errant driver who crashed White House and Capitol Hill barriers? Not getting paid. Neither are the 800,000 federal employees furloughed due to the government shutdown. But more than 500 federal employees are getting a paycheck: members of Congress.
If nearly a million federal workers must lose pay while Congress bickers over the government shutdown, the nation’s leaders should take a hit to their pocketbooks, too, say some constituents and interest groups angered by the impasse.
While thousands of federal workers across the state and nation are furloughed during the government shutdown, 16 members of the Texas congressional delegation say they won’t accept federal paychecks.

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