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Mandating a 50-Percent Reduction in Oil--at What Cost?

"California’s 100,000 electric vehicles are the most electric vehicles in any state, however, the other 97% of California’s 30 million vehicles that DO NOT run on electricity or other alternative fuels are consuming more than 40 million gallons of transportation fuels, gasoline and diesel, excluding jet fuel, EVERY DAY. Sounds like a lot of fuel, but it equates to just more than 1 gallon per day per vehicle. California motorists and businesses are major consumers of fossil fuel products. Even though there is a both projected growth in population from our current 38 million citizens, AND an increase in vehicle registrations from our current 30 million, the fuel demand is projected to decline slightly from the current 40 million gallons per DAY of gasoline and diesel, mostly as a result of continuous improvements in fuel efficiencies, and a slight impact by the 3% of vehicles that run on electricity or other alternative fuels. We already have AB32 and the LCFS in effect to control GHG emissions. REQUIRING California’s 38 million citizens to change their lifestyle appears to be bad public policy and possibly unenforceable on abusers that do not reduce their usage by 50%. It appears that a reduction from the current 40 million gallons of transportation fuels down to 20 million a day in just 15 years would be a drastic lifestyle change that could severely impact one of the world’s largest economies."

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An Engineered Drought

"Now I'm not here to necessarily defend agriculture- but are you accounting for all the reductions they have had to make in recent year's prior to the Governor's executive order? I thought they were cutting before the rest of us. water crops as much as needed, water lawns sparingly."

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Carly Fiorina jumps in GOP presidential race: Can she win? (+video)

"The only thing Carly can aspire to is a cabinet post. So she has to decide what realistic nominee she will ultimately support. At some time, she will go with Jeb."

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An Engineered Drought

"Governor Brown is right about California’s water shortage problem, BUT does he really think that cutting our consumption by 5% is the solution? Since the farmers 80% is excluded, a 25% reduction of the remaining 20% = 5% savings overall. At the current price of water, we’re incentivized to use what we can afford of this inexpensive commodity."

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Jerry Brown, the Farmers' Friend

"Governor Brown is right about California’s water shortage problem, BUT does he really think that cutting our consumption by 5% is the solution? Since the farmers 80% is excluded, a 25% reduction of the remaining 20% = 5% savings overall. At the current price of water, we’re incentivized to use what we can afford of this inexpensive commodity."

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 Does Foregoing Your Glass of Restaurant Water Actually Help the Drought?
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 Recycling, desalination focus of new Feinstein drought bill

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California introduced a new drought relief bill Wednesday that emphasizes long-term investments in desalination, recycling and new or expanded reservoirs. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, Jared Huffman, David G. Valadao, water
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 L.A. City Council reinstates ban on unpermitted park and beach vending

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to reinstate a ban on unpermitted vending at city parks and beaches, which could impose escalating fines and eventually misdemeanor charges against people who sell their wares or services there without ... »Read

In this article: Gil Cedillo, Jose Huizar, Curren Price
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 Spinning the public pension reform initiative

California’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office this week released its review of the public pension reform initiative proposed by former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio – and what that review says ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Dave Low, Chuck Reed
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 LA City Council bans high-capacity ammunition magazines: Can they do that?

The council unanimously voted on Tuesday to outlaw the possession of gun magazines that can hold 10 or more rounds of ammunition. Gun rights groups say the move violates the Second Amendment. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian
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 Why won't Hillary Clinton answer the Keystone XL question?

Hillary Rodham Clinton is making headlines this week not for what she's saying on the campaign trail, but for what she's not. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, renewable energy, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Advocates seek Vatican inquiry of Newark, NJ, archbishop

NEW YORK (AP) -- Priests, nuns and canon lawyers who advocate for molestation victims urged Pope Francis on Wednesday to use the new Vatican tribunal he formed on negligent bishops to investigate the archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, who has ... »Read

In this article: John Myers, John Nienstedt
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 House Republicans move to put down one-man insurgency

Signs are scarce that Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) will find traction in his effort to depose the House speaker. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Nancy Pelosi
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 OC Religious Leaders Shame Irvine GOP Council Majority on Living Wage Repeal

One Irvine City Council meeting removed from voting to add “In God We Trust,” about 20 religious leaders from across Orange County have chimed in with a letter asking the City Council to reinstate the city’s longstanding Living ... »Read

In this article: Steven Choi, minimum wage
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 Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduces $1.3-billion drought-relief bill

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein filed a drought-relief bill Wednesday afternoon that would spend $1.3 billion over the next 10 years on water storage, desalination and other projects in the Golden State. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, David G. Valadao, water
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 Farmers, fighting back, say they're unfairly blamed for worsening drought

In November the BBC sought to explain “ How almonds are sucking California dry.” Los Angeles Times columnist George Skelton followed up in April asking, “ Why do farmers get a free pass from Brown?” California’s agricultural industry this ... »Read

In this article: Drought, George Skelton
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 What Will Obama's Biggest Proposed Climate Action to Date Really Look Like?

As soon as Monday, the Obama administration is expected to unveil its biggest action yet to regulate carbon pollution: The anticipated Clean Power Plan sets the nation’s first limits on carbon from its single largest source by asking states to cut ... »Read

In this article: Greg Dotson, global warming, greenhouse gas, renewable energy
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 Manifesting Destiny

by Tony Gleaton. »Read

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 California public pension proposal would create 'uncertainties,' analyst says

Plan lowers cost of traditional pension plans, retiree health careCreates ‘offsetting’ costs to close pension plans, pressure to increase payVoter approval for compensation will mean ‘different outcomes at the bargaining table’ … Click ... »Read

In this article: Michael Cohen, Kamala Harris, Chuck Reed, referendum, Mac Taylor
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 California Editorial Roundup

July 22 … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Gavin Newsom, water
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 Chargers To Open Training Camp Thursday With Public Practice

The Chargers will have eight other practices at Chargers Park open to the general public. »Read

In this article: Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer, water
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 California officials arranged $28 million in payments to favored non-profits

Nonprofits, schools, businesses received donations during first half of yearSan Diego’s Maritime Museum, Oakland Military Institute among top recipientsBusinesses, unions, government agencies top sources … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Khatchik Achadjian, Luis A. Alejo, Toni Atkins, Martin Block, Jerry Brown, Energy Commission, Fair Political Practices Commission, Legislature, Brian Maienschein, Gavin Newsom
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 California big cities say they're meeting water savings goal

California's largest cities say they're meeting mandatory water conservation targets ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Bill would shore up highway aid, veterans' health care

Congress is poised to slap another short-term extension on highway and transit programs and fill a budget hole in veterans' health care before lawmakers leave town this week for their August recess: … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 New Trade Deal Could Undermine Migrant Labor Rights

Michelle ChenAnd it could deregulate “white collar” jobs. »Read

In this article: Daniel Costa, minimum wage
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 House Dems urge administration to stop family detentions

They were used to deal with the influx of immigrants apprehended at the southern border last summer. »Read

In this article: Zoe Lofgren, Nancy Pelosi
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 Los Angeles leaders outlaw high-capacity gun magazines

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban the possession of high-capacity gun magazines following deadly mass shootings nationwide. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian
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 Conservative move against House Speaker John Boehner a sign of discontent

An effort by a conservative Republican to strip House Speaker John Boehner of his position as the top House leader is largely symbolic, but is a sign of discontent among the more conservative wing of the House GOP. »Read

In this article: Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Trump's presence in first GOP debate makes prep challenging for candidates

One adviser likens it to a NASCAR driver preparing for a race knowing one of the drivers will be drunk. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Ed Rollins, Mitt Romney, John Weaver
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 NFL exec has mixed take on San Diego plan

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, told a senior NFL executive on Tuesday about the city’s plans to pay for and expedite the building of a new $1.2 ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria
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 Hillary Clinton Threads the Needle on Keystone Pipeline

She's avoided taking a stance on a hugely symbolic issue, but many environmentalists aren't upset »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Early Primary, renewable energy, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Anti-vaccination forces give recall a shot

They're baaack: Just when you thought the anti-vaccination folks had packed up and left, there's a new wrinkle -- now they want to recall the author of the legislation. From the Bee's Jeremy White: 'Thwarted in the Legislature, opponents of ... »Read

In this article: water, Richard Pan, Legislature, Eric Garcetti, Kevin Faulconer, Drought, Jerry Brown, Toni Atkins
Bills: SB 277,
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 California, Don't Get Suckered by the 2024 Olympics

After Boston dropped its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics on Monday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti quickly put out a statement expressing interest in the Games. Boston needs to be replaced as the American bid city for the games, and early ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti
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 HHS Spending and the Quest for More Money

The Hoover Institutions’ EUREKA newsletter this month examines California’s Revenue Conundrum. Given the recent clamor for more social spending one chart in the report catches the reader’s eye. The chart shows expenditure by program type from ... »Read

In this article: state budget
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 LAO Deals a Blow to Pension Measure's Chances

The Legislative Analysts Office may have dealt the death knell to an effort to slash the retirement security of California’s teachers, firefighters, peace officers, bus drivers and other public employees this week with a candid assessment of its ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS, Carl DeMaio, Dave Low, Chuck Reed
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 Putting Climate Change Ahead Of Constituents

Racial and economic inequality may be key issues facing America today, but the steps often pushed by progressives, including minority politicians, seem more likely to exacerbate these divisions than repair them. In a broad arc of policies affecting ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, green jobs
Bills: AB 32,
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 Newsom-led report pushes pot regulations

Chairing a panel on California’s would-be approach to legal marijuana has tamped down his enthusiasm for pot permissiveness, said Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, as the blue-ribbon panel released a sweeping new report on the question. The commission ... »Read

In this article: Tom Ammiano, Gavin Newsom
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 Obama Backs the Bureaucrats

The President is hoping you’ve forgotten about the VA scandal. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Drought now Californians' top concern, poll finds

Voter concern over California's drought is 'extremely high and intensifying,' according to a new poll, while a majority of respondents said they would willingly pay 'a few more dollars a month' to improve state water infrastructure. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Lester Snow, water
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 Electric car sharing program rolls out in L.A.

Courtesy Sen. Kevin de León’s office As many as 7,000 low-income Los Angeles residents could eventually take part in a state-funded electric car sharing program that rolled out last week. State and city officials celebrated the soft launch of ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Legislature
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 Essential California: Did you care what your neighbor thought about your lawn?

Good morning. It is Wednesday, July 29. Dodger Stadium now has a kosher food stand, which will offer three kinds of kosher hot dogs. The stand will close on Friday nights and Saturdays as Jews celebrate Shabbat. Here's what else is happening in the ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Tom LaBonge, Joe Mathews, water
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 California is falling apart; here's why

On July 19 the collapse of a 'functionally obsolete' bridge shut down nearly 50 miles of Interstate 10. What was the problem? Too much rain, too little infrastructure. Infrastructure? Don't stop reading: Your life, literally, depends on ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Steven P. Erie, Patt Morrison, Proposition 26, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 Mayor Garcetti has served up big, heaping plates of waffle

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was at his best last week when he spoke to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors about raising the minimum wage. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Bernard Parks, water, Herb Wesson
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 Keeping up with the Joneses' drought-friendly yard boosted MWD's tab for rebates

When it came down to it, the number crunchers at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California knew they saved a lot more water for every dollar spent subsidizing low-flush toilets than drought-friendly lawns. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 The 6 big issues where we still don't know where Hillary Clinton stands

Maybe she's still making up her mind. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi, renewable energy
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 Does Foregoing Your Glass of Restaurant Water Actually Help the Drought?

If you've dined out in California lately, you may have noticed something missing: your complimentary glass of water. That's no accident. Last winter, as the state's epic drought wore on, the Water Resources Control Board was desperate to reduce ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Peter H. Gleick, water
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 Why labor unions care about for-profit colleges

As policy makers and students reel from the downfall of Corinthian Colleges earlier this year, activists are setting their sights on other for-profit college chains. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, SEIU
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 Republicans Enter Policing Debate With New Task Force

Republicans have, for the most part, avoided one of the thorniest debates roiling the country in recent months: How does the United States begin to address the crisis of people, often minorities, being killed in violent encounters with police? »Read

In this article: Stephen T. Knight, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama
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 Iran nuclear deal turns up lobbying heat on Congress

The Iran nuclear deal has supercharged congressional lobbying, with President Barack Obama securing the support of a prominent Jewish Democrat and pro-Israel groups pressuring lawmakers in an all-out, big-money drive. … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: John F. Kerry, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Ed Royce
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 Kerry warns Congress scrapping Iran deal would mean path to nuclear weapon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry intensified efforts on Tuesday to beat back criticism of the Iran nuclear deal and convince U.S. lawmakers that rejecting it would give Tehran a fast track to a weapon and access to billions of ... »Read

In this article: John F. Kerry, Barack Obama, Ed Royce, Senate Republicans, Brad Sherman
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 Where the sidewalk ends - and cracks and lifts up

The condition of Los Angeles’ deteriorating sidewalks, like its dilapidated water and other infrastructure, has been atrocious for years. But in the union-dominated town, a crafty Democratic councilman found a way to make improvements at... »Read

In this article: Paul Krekorian, Bernard Parks, water
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 Northern California wildfire contained after jumping line

Fire crews stopped the progress of a fire that jumped a containment line east of California's Napa Valley, prompting the mandatory evacuation of more than 200 people from their homes. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought, water
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 AM Alert: Contractors board to discuss Berkeley balcony bill

The Contractors State License Board will meet today and discuss a bill responding to the balcony collapse that killed six people at a party in Berkeley at its meeting today. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Loni Hancock, Jerry Hill, Tom Torlakson
Bills: SB 465,
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 L.A.'s Mayor Garcetti is mum on financial pledge for 2024 Olympics

With Los Angeles' hopes of hosting the 2024 Summer Games unexpectedly revived, Mayor Eric Garcetti must soon decide whether he is willing to accept the sort of financial risks that his counterpart in Boston - the U.S. Olympic Committee's first ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Rick Taylor
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 San Diego civic leaders meet with NFL executives to keep Chargers from moving

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer gave an upbeat assessment Tuesday after a three-hour meeting with an NFL executive about the civic effort to build a new stadium to keep the Chargers from leaving for Carson. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Kevin Faulconer, Jan Goldsmith, Legislature
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 Obamacare case to be turned against government on emissions rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Opponents of President Barack Obama's soon-to-be-implemented policy to cut carbon emissions from power plants are planning to use an unlikely and potentially potent weapon against him: the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision ... »Read

In this article: global warming, greenhouse gas, Barack Obama, renewable energy, John Roberts
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