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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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 Farmers, fighting back, say they're unfairly blamed for worsening drought
Business Journal/Sacramento - July 29, 1:13 pm
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 Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduces $1.3-billion drought-relief bill
Los Angeles Times/Top of the Ticket - July 29, 1:19 pm
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 House Republicans move to put down one-man insurgency
Washington Post - July 29, 1:31 pm
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 Manifesting Destiny
Boom: A Journal of California - July 29, 12:00 pm
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 California public pension proposal would create 'uncertainties,' analyst says
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 At a Texas church, volunteers offer more than sanctuary for new immigrants

Residents had begun to worry about the seemingly endless flow of immigrants dropped off near the bus station here. »Read

In this article: Jose Atilio Hernandez, Jose Hernandez, water
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 Democrats Look to Pivot From Milestones to Today's Priorities

Wielding the gavel he held nearly 50 years ago to the day, former Rep. John D. Dingell told a group gathered in the Capitol Visitor Center Wednesday, “We did it! Now let’s see some real enthusiasm,” adding, “They fought us all the way.” »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 Opinions > Ain't no sunshine: the final Bites colu > Ain't no sunshine: the final Bites column.

Mayor Kevin Johnson’s “ad hoc committee on good governance” is wrapping up its work. And, would you believe it, the committee has concluded that Sacramento... »Read

In this article: Shirley Concolino, Kevin Johnson, Jay Schenirer, Allen Warren
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 Opinions > Buzz-cut barbecue > Sean Morgan's re-election kick-off, as seen on Facebook.

I sure was surprised when I received an invitation to the vice mayor's recent “Re-Election Round-Up.” It came via Facebook a few weeks ago for... »Read

In this article: Doug LaMalfa, minimum wage, James Nielsen
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 California wildfire forces evacuation of 500 people

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A rapidly spreading brushfire burning in parched timberland north of San Francisco has forced the evacuation of 500 people and destroyed several buildings less than 12 hours after it broke out, fire officials said on Thursday. »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought
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 Local Stories > Does the city of Sacramento's parking rev > Subsidy critics point to state and local statutes that restrict governments' ability to raise taxes through new fees.

Curtis Park resident Natalie Rios works in south Sacramento now, but she remembers what it was like to have to feed the meter every two... »Read

In this article: Katy Grimes, Proposition 26
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 Local Stories > Following Jeff Koons controversy, Sacramento > Money available equals one-16th of what New York artist received for planned Kings sculpture.

When it comes to screwing the arts, is the city of Sacramento failing its minority residents or its economically disadvantaged ones? That question hung at... »Read

In this article: Eric Guerra, Jay Schenirer
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 Local Stories > The greenprint: Gavin Newsom's report e > What does the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy mean for weed on the 2016 ballot?

Marijuana is green. Sometimes purple or brown. Even tangerine. But mostly green. That’s a simple, even Seussian approach to pot. This week in California,... »Read

In this article: Gavin Newsom, Proposition 19
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 Local Stories > The new Wild West: Sacramento's sheriff > The county has issued thousands of permits in recent years. San Francisco has issued two.

Craig Kamikawa rarely leaves home without his handgun. A resident of the Greenhaven-Pocket 
neighborhood who works at a fishing tackle shop, Kamikawa keeps it... »Read

In this article: William Durston, Kevin McCarty, John McGinness
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 Local Stories > The green print > What does road map for legalizing pot mean for recreational weed on the 2016 ballot?

A widely praised report on pot legalization in California released last week warns that recreational weed in the state won’t necessarily mean more green... »Read

In this article: Gavin Newsom, Proposition 19
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 Today: Another Incriminating Video.

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. A police video takes center stage again as an officer in Ohio is charged with murder; and has Southern California forgotten how to build freeways? Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Dianne Feinstein, Eric Garcetti, water
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 Vaccination Law Shot Full of Holes?

A grassroots movement to kill a new law requiring California schoolchildren to be fully inoculated against 10 commonly targeted diseases ​— ​and “any other disease deemed appropriate” ​— ​is gaining momentum in Santa Barbara ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Richard Pan, referendum
Bills: SB 277,
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 Time is right to strengthen oversight of law enforcement

There is an important opportunity for strengthening civilian oversight of law enforcement in Orange County and it must not be squandered. The Orange County Board of Supervisors is to be commended for focusing on this, including by holding a ... »Read

In this article: Leroy Baca, Sandra Hutchens
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 Californians back new policies to fight climate change, poll says

Californians are concerned about the effects of climate change and support new steps to address the problem, according to a poll released Wednesday night by the Public Policy Institute of California. »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, Drought, global warming, greenhouse gas, Robert Huff, Legislature, PPIC, renewable energy
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 Climate change: California poll finds Republicans don't see global warming as serious threat

More than 60 percent of Californians -- including a majority in every region of the state, from the inland areas to the coast -- say global warming is already affecting California, a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California finds. »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, California Republican Party, Drought, global warming, greenhouse gas, Kathryn R. Phillips, PPIC, water
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 Californians divided along party lines on combating climate change

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Two-thirds of Californians link the state's ongoing catastrophic drought to climate change, and most support Governor Jerry Brown's efforts to combat it – but that's also because most Californians are Democrats, a ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, Drought, global warming, Legislature, PPIC
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 Poll: Most Californians say climate change linked to drought

Nearly two-thirds of Californians believe global warming is having an impact on the state's persistent drought, sharing Gov. Jerry Brown's environmental concerns as he presses for tougher climate change standards, according to a new statewide poll ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, Drought, global warming, greenhouse gas, Legislature, PPIC
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 Six council members question plan to let Uber, Lyft pick up at LAX

Citing 'significant questions' over equity and public safety, six members of the Los Angeles City Council said Wednesday that they want to reexamine the new rules that would allow Uber and Lyft to pick up passengers at Los Angeles International ... »Read

In this article: Robert Blumenfield, Gil Cedillo, Eric Garcetti, Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, Nury Martinez, Laura Nelson
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 Why won't Hillary Clinton answer the Keystone XL question? (+video)

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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 San Diego Council Members Express Support For Removing Public Restroom

While the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee didn't take an actual vote on the proposal to take out a so-called 'Portland Loo,' Chairwoman Marti Emerald and Councilman Todd Gloria spoke out strongly in favor. »Read

In this article: Marti Emerald, Todd Gloria
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 House approves cutting workplace protections for VA workers

The House approved legislation that would cut appeal rights for Department of Veterans Affairs employees facing dismissal or demotion and facilitate the firing of new VA staffers. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 New Planned Parenthood controversy, same old abortion debate

Man behind videos was anti-abortion activist in high school in DavisSenior yearbook quote: ‘Vote pro-life. It’s what God wants you to do’Little evidence Planned Parenthood videos will alter broader debate … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Field Poll, Dave Gilliard, Shannon L. Grove, Kamala Harris, PPIC
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 Becerra steps aside, aspires for more

Rep. Xavier Becerra decided against seeking U.S. Senate seatThe fourth-ranking House Democrat, Becerra has a shot at leadershipThat’s not a bad thing for a McClatchy High grad and son of Manuel and Maria Becerra … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, Loretta Sanchez, Thomas F. Steyer, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Federal 'Innovation Act' will undermine California's economy

Congress will consider bill that would corrode intellectual property protections Bill would make it harder to protect innovators from intellectual property theftLegislation would weaken process that turns research into products, new companies ... »Read

In this article: Scott Peters, Mimi Walters
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 Feinstein's drought package splits from GOP strategy

WASHINGTON — California Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced a sweeping drought bill Wednesday that takes a much broader approach to the state’s water shortages than her failed effort last year to work almost exclusively with House Republicans to ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, global warming, Jared Huffman, Kevin McCarthy, Jerry McNerney, David G. Valadao, water
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 Big money, sex and eyeglasses: Dan Walters

By Dan WaltersThis is a tale about high-powered politics, big money and even sex - a tale, believe it or not, about eyeglasses and contact lenses.Research by the Vision Council of America indicates that about three-quarters of Americans wear ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Legislature, Dan Walters
Bills: AB 595, AB 684,
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 Southland politicians voice support for potential L.A. Olympic bid

In the wake of Boston's dropping its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, politicians from across Southern California have spoken up in favor of Los Angeles' being named as a replacement candidate. »Read

In this article: Robert Blumenfield, Tony Cardenas, Eric Garcetti
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 Los Angeles City Council approves ban on high-capacity gun magazines

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to ban the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian
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 Feinstein changes focus of new drought bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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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 Chaka Fattah Case Could Get Awkward Fast for Democrats (Video)

Rep. Chaka Fattah has been under federal investigation for years, so for many of his colleagues the question was not whether an indictment would come, but when. But it could get awkward for Democrats in a hurry, as Fattah holds prominent positions ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, campaign finance, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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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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 California workers' comp costs still on rise

Legislature passed reforms in 2012Overhaul aimed at curbing medical costsInsurance premiums highest in nation … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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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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 Poll Shows Support For California's Climate Change Efforts

Climate change has clearly caught the attention of Californians. A new poll shows wide support for the state’s current – and future – efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Nearly 70 percent of Californians support the ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, Drought, greenhouse gas, Legislature, PPIC
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 Most Californians back global warming policies

Finding could boost climate agenda of Gov. Jerry Brown, lawmakers … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Field Poll, global warming, greenhouse gas
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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

In this article: Legislature
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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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 San Bernardino County to drone fliers: Shoo!

SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos and the county's top law enforcement and fire officials Wednesday sent a blunt message to illegal drone operators who hinder firefighters: They will not tolerate it, ... »Read

In this article: Paul Cook, Ted Gaines, water
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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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 My Word: Celebrating Medicare's 50th by ensuring Medicare for all

Fifty years ago Thursday, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law an amendment to the Social Security Act that established Medicare, providing health insurance to people 65 and older regardless of income or medical history, and dramatically changed ... »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, California Teachers Association
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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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