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Our running list of CA Fwd news coverage, alongside selected items on reform in California.

Assembly Democrats want real estate fees, tax credits for affordable housing

The leader of the state Assembly is unveiling an ambitious affordable housing proposal, one that could pump more than $600 million a year into development at the local level. Read more

Field Poll: More Californians want mandatory water rationing

Amid stubborn drought conditions, more Californians are warming to the prospect of government-imposed mandatory water rationing, but a majority still favor the state’s current approach of urging residents to voluntarily curtail their water use. Read more

Proposition 47: L.A. County report details profound effect on justice system

Proposition 47 is having a profound effect on Los Angeles County’s criminal justice system, from the jails to mental health treatment to workloads for prosecutors and public defenders, according to a draft report by the county’s chief executive. Read more

Villaraigosa bows out of Senate race, leaving others to battle Harris

Antonio Villaraigosa's announcement Tuesday that he would skip the contest for Barbara Boxer's seat in the U.S. Senate leaves an opening for an array of less-known Californians to take on state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, the only major candidate so far. Read more

California GOP senators choose Jean Fuller as next leader

Republicans in the California Senate have chosen a new leader – Sen. Jean Fuller of Bakersfield – and she will become the first woman to hold a top leadership post in the Senate, Democrat or Republican, the caucus announced Tuesday. Read more

Ticking clock: California redistricting in SCOTUS’ hands

A case before the U.S. Supreme Court, with arguments set to be heard on March 2, could reduce the role of the State Redistricting Commission, invalidate the 2011 Congressional lines, and hand to the legislature the immediate responsibility of redrawing 53 valuable seats. Read more

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