Ninna Gaensler-Debs

(Contra Costa Times) // Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds, two power players in the tobacco industry, have donated more than tens of millions of dollars to defeat Proposition 29, a new tobacco tax on the June ballot. Prop 29 would increase taxes on a pack of cigarettes by $1 to $1.87, which would generate approximately $735 million annually that would mostly fund cancer research...

The Assembly Committee on Public Safety has rejected a bill that would make it a felony for teachers to date students, voting it down 3-0. The bill was incited by the much publicized case of a 41-year-old-teacher in Modesto leaving his wife and three children to move in with an 18-year-old student. Republican Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen of Modesto pledged to keep pushing for similar legislation...

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan will not disclose the location of her "100 block" plan, a proposal to focus police operations and social services in the area where 92% of the city's violent crime occurs. City Council members have expressed frustration with the Mayor's office, demanding more transparency and voicing concerns that they have not vetted the plan.

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