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Experts tell panel why gas is so expensive in California

"California is in a precarious position, being an energy island with the Sierra Mountains on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other side. The 40,000,000 million gallons of transportation fuel being consumed every day by the present 32 million vehicles are only manufactured here in California by the few refineries that are left, as virtually no other state or country can provide our boutique fuels in a timely manner to California. If and when other state or countries opt to manufacture the California boutique fuels, the results of importing our energy needs via trucks, rail and ships from States and Counties that have less stringent environmental controls than California, would be increases to the world’s greenhouse gasses, and increases in costs for our transportation fuels, energy and every product that are the basis of our standard of living for those living in California. With crude oil imports from Alaska on the decline, and both in-state and offshore exploration of crude oil hampered by regulations and also on the decline, California imports more than 50% of its crude oil needs from foreign countries. Most of the USA is decreasing imports of crude oil from foreign countries as they take advantage of domestic oil production. In fact, in 2016, Congressional Leaders Agreed to Lift the 40-Year Ban on Oil Exports so the USA is now an exporter of crude oil. HOWEVER California is increasing their imports of crude as the California “energy island” has no access to the growth in domestic oil production, other than crude by rail. There are more cost effective sources of crude oil from the Midwest and Canada, but because we are an energy island, we have no access to them other than bring the crude in by rail. Crude by rail projects have been stalled by regulations and long approval cycles. Nothing seems to prevent California’s future crude oil needs to be more than 50% dependent on imports from foreign countries."

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Congress passes 'Electrify Africa Act'

"Just what the voters want, since the U.S. has solved all its financial problems and has money to burn. By all mezans, keep us up to date on members of Congress supporting this boondoggle as election season approaches."

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AP source: NFL committee picks combined site over Rams' bid

"The headline is completely contradicted by the article itself. What's the reality here?"

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California focuses on power lines as top cause of wildfires

"And when the insurance companies refuse to pay or refuse to renew policies of homeowners in affected areas, who is left holding the bag?"

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Funding and subsidies worry potential partners in California's bullet train project

"Thirty six high level transportation companies respond and not a single one answers the plea to participate financially. Does that send a clear message to our Governor, Legislature, and citizenry about the reality of this HSR program?"

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 Peskin wants S.F. street artists compensated for Super Bowl City

On Tuesday, Supervisor Aaron Peskin introduced legislation to create a $100,000 fund to compensate the street artists, food vendors, shoe shine salesman and other small business owners who were displaced by Super Bowl City. Supervisor Scott Wiener ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Aaron Peskin
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 Supreme Court blocks Obama's climate change rules

The justices, by a 5-4 vote, issued an unusual emergency order that blocks the Environmental Protection Agency from moving forward with its effort to reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent by 2030. The court’s order said the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Roberts
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 How L.A. City Hall's record-keeping could draw legal scrutiny

Los Angeles City Hall's practice of allowing elected officials to destroy records rather than retain those documents could open up the city to legal challenges, experts said this week.While Los Angeles city departments follow guidelines for ... »Read

In this article: Terry Francke, Tom LaBonge, Bernard Parks
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 Will Democrats get a larger raise for federal employees?

Federal employees rallied for a 5.3 percent raise in a cold rain on a muddy lawn across from the U.S. Capitol. It was a metaphor for their power in a town where Congress is controlled by Republicans and their Democratic friends in the White House ... »Read

In this article: David Cox, Nancy Pelosi
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 Obama arrives in Bay Area Wednesday for two Democratic fundraisers

With his potential successors dominating the airwaves, President Barack Obama will arrive in the Bay Area on Wednesday for two fundraisers -- including one at the home of a Hillary Clinton donor whose own political ambitions may have been damaged by ... »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Steve Westly
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 Coastal showdown: Commission to decide whether to fire executive director

After three weeks of secrets, rumors and public uproar, the California Coastal Commission will deliberate whether to fire embattled Executive Director Charles Lester, whose potential ouster has churned up a Mavericks-sized wave of protest from ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Peter Douglas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Evan Westrup
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 Wrecking ball for part of California Capitol on the table

Capitol Annex could be replaced and demolishedOfficials point to building’s age, number of visitorsBrown’s proposed budget included $1.5 billion three-building infrastructure plan … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Legislature, Gavin Newsom
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 California Republican Party Announces Endorsement of Sheriff Scott Jones For CD 7

SACRAMENTO, Calif – The California Republican Party announces the endorsement of Sheriff Scott Jones for California’s 7th Congressional District. “Sheriff Jones would fill the void in Congress created when Ami Bera took office and subsequently ... »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, James Brulte, California Republican Party
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 Andre Ward's light-heavyweight debut coming March 26 in Oakland

Unbeaten former super-middleweight champion Andre Ward will make his light-heavyweight debut – and fight for only the second time since November 2013 – when he meets Cuba’s Sullivan Barrera on March 26. Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports announced ... »Read

In this article: Paul A. Smith, Paul Smith
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 Supreme Court blocks Obama carbon emissions plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by putting on hold federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants, the centerpiece of his ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, renewable energy
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 How is Washington receiving Obama's final budget proposal? (+video)

A partisan Congress seems primed to reject the final budget proposal of his administration. »Read

In this article: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Nancy Pelosi
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 BART: 23% of cars have working cameras

Use of decoys will change shortly, BART officials say, with existing cars to be retrofitted with security cameras and new cars to be delivered in coming years to be equipped with them »Read

In this article: Steven Glazer, Alicia Trost
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 National Briefing | South: Kentucky: Marriage Licenses Will Not Be Reissued

A federal judge ruled that Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk, has obeyed his orders in the months since she spent five nights in jail for refusing to license same-sex marriages. »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Same-sex marriage
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 L.A. County approves sweeping plan to reduce homelessness

Calling the decision historic and unprecedented, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a sweeping plan to reduce homelessness. Prompted by a 12 percent increase since 2013 across the county in the number of people ... »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Hilda L. Solis
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 California's drought adds $2 billion in electricity costs

Shortage of cheap hydro power to blame, think tank says … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Drought, greenhouse gas, Paul Moreno, water
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 Exit of California Senate candidate could aid struggling GOP

The abrupt withdrawal of one of the Republican candidates in California's U.S. Senate race could help a party that's been battered in recent statewide elections. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez, Duf Sundheim
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 Dan Walters: California has 5 would-be governors

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom already runningTreasurer John Chiang ‘leaning strongly’Antonio Villaraigosa, Steve Westly and Tom Steyer are in the mix … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Kevin Faulconer, Gavin Newsom, Thomas F. Steyer, Antonio Villaraigosa, Steve Westly
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 California Farmers Reap Record Sales In Record Drought

(AP) - A new state report shows California farmers reaping record sales despite the drought. California agriculture officials released their annual report for 2014 late last month. It shows California farmers recorded $53.5 billion in sales. That's ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 A look at Obama's final budget proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama proposed a record $4.1 trillion budget on Tuesday. Here's a look at each agency and department:... »Read

In this article: illegal immigration, No Child Left Behind, Barack Obama, renewable energy, water
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 John Chiang 'strongly leaning towards running' for governor

California treasurer says he’ll decide in two to four monthsChiang conducting seminars for business communityHas $3.3 million in campaign fund … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Gavin Newsom, Alex Padilla, Thomas F. Steyer, Antonio Villaraigosa, Steve Westly
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 Obama proposes new approaches to Western water shortages

WASHINGTON — Spurning dams for research in water technology, President Obama laid out a striking contrast Tuesday to the strategies adopted by California lawmakers in both parties on how to remedy Western water shortages. In a final budget plan ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, global warming, renewable energy, water
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 California farmers reap record sales in record drought

A new state report shows California farmers reaping record sales despite the epic drought, thriving even as city-dwellers have been forced to conserve water, household wells have run dry and fish have died. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Obama's budget plan serves California some familiar fare

Last budget proposal of Obama’s presidency is a mixed bag for CaliforniaPelosi calls it a bold plan; it includes money for Sacramento trolley, other projectsGOP-controlled Congress will rewrite the proposal, however … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Dianne Feinstein, illegal immigration, Doris O. Matsui, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, water
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 How is Washington receiving Obama's final budget proposal?

A partisan Congress seems primed to reject the final budget proposal of his administration. »Read

In this article: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Nancy Pelosi
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 Study: California Drought Means Less Hydropower, More CO2 Pollution

By Ed JoyceThe Pacific Institute says reduced hydroelectricity generation, due to the drought in California, has increased costs to electric ratepayers and increased greenhouse gas pollution. 'The four-year drought in California has had harsh ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Peter H. Gleick, greenhouse gas, water
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 Farmers reap record sales in record California drought

A new state report shows California farmers reaping record sales despite the drought. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 SF may reimburse businesses that lost money during Super Bowl

Some small businesses around Super Bowl City say they lost money during the event. Now, they may be getting some support. »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Aaron Peskin
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 Clinton trying to prevent a big Sanders victory in NH

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Hillary Clinton braced for a potential loss in New Hampshire, the site of her 2008 comeback, seeking to deny rival Bernie Sanders a big victory in the nation's first presidential primary and a springboard into a competitive ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Proposed cure for the CPUC would be worse

For at least a decade the California Public Utilities Commission has failed to carry out its basic mission. It still cozies up to the utilities it regulates at the public's expense. »Read

In this article: Michael Florio, Mike Gatto, Legislature, Michael R. Peevey
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 CalPERS makes huge New York real estate deal

Purchase is one of largest real estate investments in fund’s historyAlmost fully leased, building represents conservative strategy … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Joe DeAnda
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 Whatever happened to Project 50?

When a large enterprise like Los Angeles County government attempts something extraordinarily ambitious such as effectively eliminating homelessness, yet repeatedly falls short, it's sometimes hard to tell whether the rubble left by each failure ... »Read

In this article: Gloria Molina, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 Chavez drops Senate campaign, recommits to Assembly

In dramatic fashion, Assemblyman Rocky Chavez announced Monday he was suspending his campaign to replace the retiring Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer while at a debate for that seat. “I think the best role I can fill for the Republican Party ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Dianne Feinstein, Field Poll, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez, Duf Sundheim, Pete Wilson
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 A look at Obama's final budget proposal for 2017

— Obama's budget for the Agriculture Department includes a proposed $12 billion over 10 years to help feed schoolchildren from low-income families during the summer. Total spending: $155.4 billion, including spending already required by law for ... »Read

In this article: High-Speed Rail, Barack Obama, renewable energy
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 OC ADAs Endorse Correa for Congress in CD-46

Former State Senator Lou Correa snags the endorsement of the Assistant District Attorneys Civic Action Committee in the race for CD-46.  Here’s the press release:   SANTA ANA, CA— Continuing to lock up important public safety support ... »Read

In this article: California Democratic Party, Judy Chu, Lou Correa, Joseph Dunn, Cristina Garcia, Legislature, Jose Medina, Loretta Sanchez
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 FPPC Confirms an Investigation of Irvine Council Member Christina Shea

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has informed TheLiberalOC is investigating Irvine Council member Christina Shea. A February 5, 2016 letter to us states: “…The Enforcement Division of the Fair Political Practices Commission ... »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Robert Stern
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 California: Rocky Chavez quits race for Boxer's Senate seat

Republicans are hoping for a surprise this year in California's U.S. Senate race. It won't be coming from Rocky Chavez. »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Barbara Boxer, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Loretta Sanchez, Duf Sundheim
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 GOP Assemblyman Rocky Chavez Drops His Senate Bid

The race to replace retiring U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer now has one less candidate after Republican Assemblyman Rocky Chavez abruptly announced he was dropping out Monday. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Rocky Chavez
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 The California Report

Cal State Faculty Union Plans April Strike. California Coastal Commission Weighs Ouster of Director. GOP Assemblyman Rocky Chavez Drops His Senate Bid. End Music. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Rocky Chavez
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 Who's got the best ground game in New Hampshire? We may never know.

We dropped in on each of the campaigns a month before Election Day. »Read

In this article: Donald C. Green, David Green, Early Primary
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 Speak up, governor - is Coastal Commission's action OK?

Gov. Jerry Brown could clear up confusion in epic battleSchwarzenegger holdover and Brown appointees advocate executive director’s ousterPower struggle has damaged ability of staff and commission to work together constructively … Click to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Peter Douglas, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 5 California Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking California news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Rocky Chavez
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 Experts tell panel why gas is so expensive in California

Gouging by oil companies could be one reason California drivers pay about 76 cents more for a gallon of regular gas than motorists elsewhere in the nation, a state government panel was told Monday. »Read

In this article: Severin Borenstein, Jamie Court, Energy Commission
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 California lawmakers unveil health plan tax proposal

The California Legislature on Monday unveiled a bill imposing a new tax on health insurance plans that would prevent a massive $1.1 billion hole in the state budget. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, state budget, Evan Westrup
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 Republican lawmaker folds US Senate campaign in California

Republicans are hoping for a surprise this year in California's U.S. Senate race. It won't be coming from Rocky Chavez. »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Barbara Boxer, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Loretta Sanchez, Duf Sundheim
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 Political Power Struggle Over PUC Reforms

The California Public Utilities Commission rightly faces questions about its effectiveness and responsibilities, but in the end the issue of reforms will come down to a question of power—the political kind. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s proposed ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mike Gatto, Legislature, referendum
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 New Hampshire - Maker Of Presidents

Iowa they say picks corn and New Hampshire picks presidents.  And in fact, that is exactly right.  New Hampshire not only makes presidents, it also rids us of presidents, two in recent history.  And this year it is going to play its traditional ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, John McCain
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 Millions of Gallons of Wasted Storm Runoff Ignored 

Last week the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation heard testimony from several of the state’s water bureaucrats about how they are spending water bond funds. Surprising to me was that after all the back-patting, there was ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Jim Patterson, water
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 The Importance of the New Hampshire Primary

The big story going into the New Hampshire primary—the first in the nation—is the shifting dynamics of one of the strangest presidential campaigns in American history. Iowa’s caucus results are often not predictive of the final ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee
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 Mandating Victims of Gas Leak to Return in 8 Days Unacceptable 

In a weekend negotiation, the Southern California Gas Company and the City of Los Angeles agreed to a 7-night, 8-day timeframe by when residents displaced by the Porter Ranch gas leak must return to their residence otherwise reimbursement for ... »Read
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 Tom LaBonge is gone"and so (unfortunately) are his documents

When newly sworn-in Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu showed up for work at City Hall last July, he was shocked to find an office stripped bare except for a few computers. There were no files for ongoing projects in the district, which had been ... »Read

In this article: Tom LaBonge, Bernard Parks
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 CA lawmakers plot CPUC's demise

The California Public Utilities Commission may not live to see the next presidential election. Under a new proposal put forth by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Glendale, the new chairman of the Committee on Utilities and Commerce, the CPUC — long ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mike Gatto, Jerry Hill, Legislature, Mark Leno, Marc Levine, Terrie Prosper, Anthony Rendon
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 Capital Journal Daybreak: Today on the Campaign Trail

What to watch for in the New Hampshire primary results; today on the campaign trail; and more of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation and defense. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Bob Davis, illegal immigration, John F. Kerry, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Essential Politics: New Hampshire primary is first in the nation

Good morning from the state capital. I'm Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers with this morning's Essential Politics. By the time you read this, the New Hampshire primary will already be history in the tiny towns of Dixville Notch, Hart's Location and ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Michael Finnegan, Kamala Harris, John Myers, Barack Obama, Alex Padilla, Loretta Sanchez, state budget, Duf Sundheim, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Mysterious ship helped keep California gas prices high, consumer advocate says

There's an unusual new entry to the long list of reasons why Californians spent the last year paying significantly more for gasoline than other U.S. drivers: a mystery ship. The explosion at Exxon Mobil's huge Torrance refinery a year ago ... »Read

In this article: Jamie Court, Energy Commission
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