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GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE

Poll: GOP, Dems equally dislike Schwarzenegger

Leno kicks off another try at Harvey Milk Day + Penn confident governor will OK honor for Milk

Poll: GOP, Dems equally dislike Schwarzenegger

Union lobbyist is opposing five of six ballot measures

Legislators are a good source for favors

DMV revises guidelines on medical marijuana

Ex-eBay CEO gives $1 million boost to campaign

Lockyer, other California officeholders earn outside income

Schwarzenegger's investments feel the pinch of a rough 2008

Unemployed Californians will see higher checks

Brush-clearing goats seen as 'green' answer to fire prevention

Fishermen brace for new ban on ocean salmon

LOCAL NEWS

SACRAMENTO AND NORTH

Siskiyou: Girl's alleged abductor accused of sex assault

Editorial: Thrift rules the day in Citrus Heights

Granite Bay meeting tonight tackles community plan update

Sierra Pacific mill closure blamed on economy, environmental suits

Jury deliberating manslaughter charge in fiery Shingletown crash

Former Anderson man again offers information on location of long-dead wife's body

Man suspected in Yreka kidnapping expected to be charged today

El Dorado County freezes funding for new animal shelter + El Dorado County to suspend payments to fund temporarily

Sacramento Sacramento cops give up raises to save 70 jobs + Editorial: Decision time at Sac City Unified + Sacramento supervisors borrow to plug budget holes, delay cutbacks + Witness' hallway conversation roils trial

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

Napa New rules for Napa vacation rentals + Witnesses: Barrios shot 19-year-old + Calistoga AVA battle heats up in Washington + Will history be kind to Napa Valley?

Sonoma New trial sought for Polly Klaas killer + Klaas killer appeals death sentence + Sebastopol creek alteration case settled + Murder trial ordered in Santa Rosa slaying, arson + Santa Rosa cuts 33 jobs, $6.2 million + Sonoma County supervisors cut $10 million + Healdsburg man found guilty of killing cousin + Is this City Council on anti-auto pilot? + Sebastopol landowner and his contractor slapped for environmental crimes + Murder trial ordered in Santa Rosa slaying, arson

Solano District weighs layoff notices + Homeless camp defended + Cops rarely use Florida Street site + Officer found 'most at fault' in motorcycle-truck collision + SCC board member resigns + Decision delayed in attempted murder case + Luck, alert neighbor lead to burglary arrests + NorthBay cited by state health department + County learns of hazardous sludge + Fairfield High sets registration schedule + Land Trust looks into 1,000-plus acres at Rockville Trails site

Marin  Novato water district employee arrested for poisoning cat food + Luxury commuter bus launches in Marin + Novato pegs sports program to parcel tax ballot Marin General Hospital fined $25,000 for leaving sponge in patient

Contra Costa Serial abuser gets 50 years to life for slaying + Byron school district to slash equivalent of 25 full-time teaching positions + Concord man whose murder conviction was overturned dies in jail + Antioch police latest to use license-plate scanners + One charged, one sought in Richmond killing + Alamo incorporation measure losing in early returns + Mt. Diablo district cuts $8.1 million, including sports, fourth-grade music, some librarians

Alameda Man found dead beside Dublin hot tub identified + Oakland police break up cockfight, arrest 69 people + Gun collector loses appeal in lawsuit against Hayward + Suspected Sureno gang member sought for sexual assault + Drummond: Obama's foreclosure plan is not Bay Area proof + It's curtains for Fremont's last mainstream theater + Humanitarian visits Tri-City area

San Francisco 2 Bay Area hospitals fined for patient risks + Public defender defies mayor on budget cuts + S.F. mayor, 49ers meet about stadium + Supervisor seeks hearing on S.F. power plant + S.F. death-penalty trial ends in plea deal + S.F. slaying victim identified

San Mateo San Mateo County hospital CEO to step down + Officer under fire steps down +  Diverse group to decide fate of Palo Alto composting

Santa Clara Sheriff's deputies investigating homicide in unincorporated San Jose + San Jose Councilwoman Madison Nguyen survives bitter recall attempt

CENTRAL VALLEY

Fresno Parents: Arrest warrant means Levy can 'rest in peace' + Laptops stolen from Madera Co. school + Tulare man arrested in youth-molestation case + Clovis tax hike: No sale + Seth's mother faces contempt hearing + Fresno Co. planners to keep jobs + Downtown Fresno plan delayed + Suit seeks to block delta smelt rules + Madera Co. rejects appointed auditor + Fresno State case leads to push to add open records

Stanislaus Warrant moves Levy case ahead + Condit has a chance to re-enter public life + Some feel bad for Condit, others don't + School layoff notices coming at Riverbank + Gottschalks gets more time; bonuses approved + Modesto firms gain bigger edge + Man arrested in stabbing + Two nabbed in beating + Woman attacks friend, police say + Senior ad hoc transportation meeting

San Joaquin: Life sentence for murderer + Stockton home-buying plan calls on nonprofits + Death raises more homeless concerns+ S.J., Calaveras school districts trying to prepare for worst-case scenario; 1,000 layoffs feared + Stockton merges servcies + Lodi voters reject Measure W + Stockton police: 2 parolees arrested in weekend shooting death

CENTRAL COAST

Santa Cruz Battle for control of Ryan Coonerty's Wikipedia page persists + Three districts auditioning new leaders: Santa Cruz, Live Oak and PCS hope to narrow fields next month + Capitola weighs high-density housing zones

Sole volunteer in Santa Cruz County Coroner's Unit helps piece together cold cases

Monterey NEW PARK IMPRESSES PUBLIC + County looks at $163M shortfall by 2011-12 + Transport projects await funds + Children's nonprofit transfers service

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: 

Los Angeles

L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa reelected; city attorney race in runoff + Two union candidates win L.A. school board races + Mayor's next race won't be a cakewalk + Man wrongfully convicted in mother's 1983 slaying, jurist says + Metrolink engineer let unauthorized 'rail enthusiasts' control train + Koretz, Vahedi lead in 5th City Council District in L.A. + Zimmer leads in L.A. Unified returns + Poor maintenance, critical errors caused jet crash, report says + L.A. County spends nearly $13,000 to chase $1,004 + Applying the scales of justice to business in L.A. County + Economy forces horses from their homes too

Orange Boy shot with BB gun declared brain-dead + State fines 3 O.C. hospitals for safety problems + Is the Newport-to-Ensenada race safe? + Deborah Carona missed 10 of last 15 OC Fair Board meetings + Man who died in police chase had tremendous potential + Prosecutors consider adding New York killings to O.C. case + Will O.C.'s transit chief leave for L.A.? + No leads in Costa Mesa parking lot shooting + Indicted billionaire Nicholas now free to roam + Father arrested after police say he fired shots in dispute + Newport Beach fires back at sergeant's gay slur claims + Yorba Linda: City may declare remains of fire-torn homes public nuisances + Newport Beach Botox clinics frowning over service thefts + Appraiser's license lost for inflating price

San Diego Legal group eyes more DNA testing in Crowe case + Scripps Mercy Hospital fined maximum in death + San Diego to push out experienced teachers + San Diego State extends welcome mat for veterans + Portion of federal grants to be spent on overhead

Riverside Indio applying for federal community block grant + Employees offered chance to take part in city's early retirement program + Riverside County district attorney's firm stance against plea-bargaining criticized + Desert Sands sending 136 layoff warnings + NAACP gets involved in recent Cathedral City hit and run + Is spring break making comeback? + Scientology protests prompt new Riverside County law + Ventura: Detective says Southern California murder defendant had 104 aliases