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Gov. Jerry Brown wants voters to change the way California inmates serve their time behind bars. He argues the state’s current system does little to rehabilitate convicts before sending them back to the streets.

But many prosecutors are fighting back against Proposition 57 ahead of Tuesday's election.

Deborah Barron (third from left) hosts a proposition party at her home in San Francisco's Mission District.

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There are plenty of handouts to go with the snacks and drinks at Deborah Barron’s Proposition Party, at her home in San Francisco’s Mission District.

In addition to California’s 17 state ballot measures, San Francisco voters face an astounding 25 local measures.

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The Fresno County Sheriff is explaining in more detail the circumstances surrounding the apparently accidental fatal shooting of a deputy.

 

Sergeant Rod Lucas, a 20 year veteran of the department, was shot and killed by a fellow deputy at a satellite office near the airport yesterday.

 

Sheriff Margaret Mims says in a standard course of work the two deputies were discussing their weapons when Lucas was shot.

 

LOS ANGELES — When Mike Stabile first moved to Los Angeles in 2011, he was struck by a billboard he saw along the freeway. It showed a line of cocaine and a turned-over shot glass, with the caption: You know why. Free HIV test.

“I literally pulled over the car and was like, what’s going on?” Stabile remembers. “I was having a panic attack.”

Another ad showed two men in bed, looking nervous, with the question: “Trust Him?”

California Voters Will Decide Fate Of Plastic Bags

Oct 28, 2016
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Day Donaldson / Flickr Creative Commons

Plastic bag manufacturers have one last chance to keep their product in the nation’s largest market.  The industry has placed two measures on California’s November ballot. One is a referendum on a law that bans single-use plastic bags. The other would require retailers to send bag fee revenues to an environmental fund. 

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.  

A new TV ad by a Democratic campaign committee describes Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, as Donald Trump’s ‘Man in Washington DC.’

It says Denham was deeply involved in the GOP nominee’s development of Trump International Hotel in DC.

FILE PHOTO: Volunteers for both GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and voting rights groups plan to monitor the California polls on Nov. 8 following Trump's yet unsubstantiated claims of a "rigged" election.
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FILE PHOTO: Volunteers for both GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and voting rights groups plan to monitor the California polls on Nov. 8 following Trump's yet unsubstantiated claims of a "rigged" election. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's claims of a "rigged" election and voter fraud are having an effect in Southern California, with some of his supporters voicing concerns and planning to take action on Nov. 8.

File photo: Several people listen to a speaker express her opposition to the Citizens United ruling at an Occupy Courts protest in Los Angeles.
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File photo: Several people listen to a speaker express her opposition to the Citizens United ruling at an Occupy Courts protest in Los Angeles in 2012. Corey Bridwell/KPCC

Among the 17 statewide ballot measures California voters face in the general election is Proposition 59, a rare advisory initiative that, if approved, would direct the state's elected officials to work on reversing the effects of Citizens United.

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The streets of Fresno can be dangerous—not just to drivers and bicyclists, but also to pedestrians. Following a trio of fatal accidents last week, more pedestrians have died this year than in all of 2015, and they’ve made up more than half of all traffic-related deaths. Now, a new city plan aim to make the city safer for walking.

It’s 2:30 p.m. on a Tuesday. And in this part of southeast Fresno, that means one thing: school’s out.

In the dusty, wind-swept city of Adelanto, officials are predicting big changes on the horizon. City Councilman Johnny “Bug”  Woodard Jr. is standing in front of a chain-link fence surrounding a vacant lot in the city’s Green Zone, the industrial area where Adelanto allows medical marijuana cultivation.

“What you’re looking at here is the first property to actually break ground to build a new building,” Woodard says.

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