For the record, there hasn’t been a history of unrest involving Butte County communities and law enforcement.

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Tom Torlakson probably feels he has no choice but to run down opponent Marshall Tuck.

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Most California voters faced with low drama, high stakes

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I’ve made reducing crime my top priority, and have crafted a comprehensive plan to do so, beginning with hiring more police officers.

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Our city needs to get serious about admitting our significant public safety challenges

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Larry Equivel assesses the state of the police department as it works to reduce crime with reduced staffing.

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It’s too bad that land-use planning has to be done at the ballot box, but that’s where Modesto is headed in November 2015. Ideally, cities staff – steeped in zoning…Click to Continue »

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America is losing faith. Not religious faith. That’s been on the wane for decades.

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Readers regularly inquire about writing obituaries

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Incumbent 32nd District Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, is a much stronger contender in this year’s rematch with Republican challenger Pedro Rios of Delano. In 2012, Salas, a Bakersfield City Councilman and former member of state Sen. Dean Florez’s staff, narrowly won election to his first two-year Assembly term by defeating Rios, a teacher and former Delano mayor. In this June’s primary election, two Republicans challenged Salas’ re-election bid. Figuring that Rios already had his chance and failed, Republican Party leaders backed newcomer Romeo Agbalog, a Delano Union School District trustee and field representative for Republican state Sen. …

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San Benito County, which covers roughly the same acreage as Santa Clara County, has a population of 50,000. But all of California, not to mention the U.S. …

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It was a news story that read like the plot of a Peter Sellers or Mike Myers picture: Vertically challenged dictator of a starving populace, overweight and addicted to imported Swiss cheese, falls off his high heels and breaks both ankles. He is sent off to rehab and, in his absence, rivals jostle for preeminence as the world anxiously looks on and speculates.Rather than the plot of an upcoming movie, this was one story about North Korea when “The Marshal,” Kim Jong Un (military experience: none), the third-generation Kim to rule the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, disappeared from view for weeks.Op-EdWhere in the world is Kim Jong Un? Bruce Klingner North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has not been seen in public for more than a month, generating speculation that his absence is due to failing health or political intrigue. Given the paucity of information, keeping track of Kim is tougher than winning at three-card monte, and the stakes are… North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has not been seen in public for more than a month, generating speculation that his absence is due to failing health or political intrigue…

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We learned about my husband’s inoperable brain tumor from a nurse who doled out the news as though providing his cholesterol count. Mark stood frozen. I clutched at him and wailed.“Are you OK?” the nurse asked.Was she insane? Which part of this could remotely be described as OK?Mark worried about how we would tell the kids, three adult children from his first marriage and our 11-year-old daughter.“We will tell them,” he said thoughtfully, “that we hit a rough patch.” Only Mark could refer to a widespread brain tumor as a “rough patch.”Op-EdFrom the bedside to the nurses’ station, dutiful daughters of the world, take care Amy Goldman Koss When friends heard I was in Michigan to help my elderly, macular-degenerated, moderately demented mother who had fractured her hip and been moved to a rehab facility, they told me not to forget to take care of myself…

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been fighting the good fight for student loan debt reform. …

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Ebola’s exponential growth and extraterritorial reach has caused commentators across the ideological spectrum — from former U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Anthony Zinni to the Daily Kos — to describe the spread of the virus as an “existential threat.” For liberals and conservatives alike, “existential” is a nuts-and-bolts adjective relating to the existence of the human species. Who doesn’t agree that, if left unchecked, Ebola poses an “existential” menace because it threatens our collective existence?EditorialCalm down, America, Ebola isn’t about to kill us all The Times editorial board A Texas university refuses to accept students from Nigeria, where there were a couple dozen Ebola cases before the disease was quickly stopped…

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State Sen. Kevin de Leon held a swanky celebration in Los Angeles one evening last week. After the sweeping-up, the question remained: What was being celebrated?The rise of the son of a poor single mother to one of the highest offices in California? Or the pay-to-play culture that infects government at all levels?De Leon, whose swearing-in as the Senate’s president pro tempore was the ostensible focus of the ceremony at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, has his work cut out for him if he seeks to live down the event’s imagery.

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Half a century after Civil Rights Act, discrimination still present in U.S.

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The political mystery of Imperial Beach has deepened

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New strategy or not, the drug-related violence in Mexico remains a monstrous problem.

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There’s no denying the seriousness of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has claimed more than 5,000 lives. The World Health Organization announced Thursday that there are nearly 10,000 reported cases, and the virus is racing ahead of efforts to contain it. The threat of an Ebola outbreak in California still is remote, but Bay Area health authorities have been wise to undertake thoughtful and thorough preparations. If the United States and other nations — many in more direct danger than we are — don’t quickly get the epidemic under control in West Africa, where it is currently contained, all bets will be off."We’re taking the risk very seriously," said Dr. …

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But that will change if world powers don’t quickly contain the deadly virus in the West African nations it is decimating. The wider the spread, the more everyone will be in danger.

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The state Ellis Act allows property owners to evict tenants without cause if they plan to take the property off the rental market. Five years later, the Levins served a notice of termination of tenancy and paid their tenant $2,600 — the first half of a city-mandated relocation payment, with the second half due when the tenant moved out 120 days later. In the spring, by a 9-2 vote, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that “enhanced” the amount landlords would have to pay so it compensated tenants for renting a comparable place for two years at market rates…

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Los Angeles bohemianism never got the same props from the bereted ones as did espresso and Gauloises high life on the Left Bank or in Greenwich Village or North Beach.How about Pasadena or even Beaumont bohos? They simply don’t register on the goatee scale.But “Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman,” a new show at the Pacific Design Center outpost of MOCA celebrating the remarkable — and remarkably subversive — life and art of Marjorie Cameron, who lived for long spells in both Pasadena and the Inland Empire’s Beaumont, shows that a counterculture can be created in unexpected places.

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