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First Take: CalPERS gifts questioned. Boxer attacks Fiorina oil stance. A refund for Bell homeowners?

August 19, 2010 |  8:06 am

Evan Halper reports CalPERS staff took private jet trips around the world from financial firms with whom they were doing business.

Furloughs will resume for most state workers Friday after a state Supreme Court ruling.

A spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger compared legislative Democrats to the Bell City Council.

Speaking Santa Barbara on Wednesday, Sen. Barbara Boxer attacked Carly Fiorina's stance on offshore oil drilling.

Schwarzenegger sent National Guard troops to the Mexican border Wednesday, the first of the 1,200 border troops funded and authorized by the Obama administration earlier this year.

Lawmakers introduced a measure Wednesday to offer refunds to Bell residents for overpaid property taxes.

-- Anthony York in Sacramento