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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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 California farmers reap record sales in record drought
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 John Chiang 'strongly leaning towards running' for governor
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 June ballot measure "orphaned," but poised to pass

While dozens of measures are vying to make it on the November general election ballot, one proposal is ready for the June primary — even though no one is campaigning for or against it. Proposition 50 is a constitutional amendment empowering ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Alex Vassar, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Less than one-quarter of BART's cars had 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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 Essential California: Drought fatigue sets in

Good morning. It is Wednesday, Feb. 10. The owner of the Los Angeles Rams, Stan Kroenke, just purchased a Texas ranch that is larger than the cities of L.A. and New York combined. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Sandra Hutchens, Todd Spitzer, water
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 Superintendent Michelle King on frog dissection, STEM and the future of charters at LAUSD

It bears repeating that the beleaguered Los Angeles Unified School District - the nation's second largest, with two-thirds of a million school-kids - is on its ninth change of superintendent in 20 years [one man served three different times]. After ... »Read

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District, Patt Morrison
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 Essential Politics: New Hampshire primary results are just the beginning

I’m Christina Bellantoni, your morning-after Essential Politics host. And like this primary season, we’re just getting started. As both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders would say, it was a yuuuuge night. Both men, as different as can be but both ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Julia Brownley, John Chiang, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Eric Garcetti, Legislature, Chris Megerian, John Myers, Gavin Newsom, Barack Obama, water
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 The pristine beauty of California's coast shouldn't be for the few

I'm sitting on a beach in San Simeon as blue surf cracks before me and wispy clouds drift overhead like sea smoke. I'm wondering how to do justice to what I see. But it's a fool's errand. Mere words don't measure up when you try to describe the ... »Read

In this article: Dayna Bochco, Jerry Brown, David Evans, Susan McCabe, Anthony Rendon
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 When it comes to saving water, Southern Californians are tapped out - or are they?

After months of responding to calls to save water, Southern Californians say they've hit a wall. Nearly 9 in 10 respondents say they strongly or somewhat agree that 'I've already cut back on water use at my home as much as I can' and 'There's not ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Feds offer loans to soften the loss of this year's crab season

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday asked the federal government for declarations of a fishery disaster and a commercial fishery failure in the midst of an unprecedented three-month closure of the Dungeness crab season.'Crabs are a vital component of ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jared Huffman, Jackie Speier
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 House passes bill focused on mental health of female veterans

Under a House bill passed Tuesday, the Department of Veterans Affairs would have to look closely at whether its mental health and suicide prevention programs meet the needs of the growing number of female veterans. A study released over the summer ... »Read

In this article: Julia Brownley, Ken Calvert, Scott Peters, Mark Takano
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 Barney on Bernie: 3 Reasons Sanders is Doomed

That Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won the Republican and Democratic primaries in New Hampshire was no surprise, despite all the hyperventilating among the beltway MSM. While Trump may now march on to victory (although NH has never been a great ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, John Lewis, Barack Obama, Henry A. Waxman
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 California corrections chief aims to change prison culture

California's new corrections chief plans to add training on diversity and leadership for prison employees and to examine what has been effective in other states to change employees' attitudes as he tries to alter a culture that often pits prison ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California prisons, Scott Kernan
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 ORANGE COUNTY YOUNG DEMOCRATS TO HOLD EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTIONS AND ENDORSEMENT MEETING

    Orange, CA, February 10, 2016– The Orange County Young Democrats will hold their annual executive board elections this Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM located at El Torito, 3520 The City Way, Orange, CA. OCYD members will also ... »Read

In this article: Lou Correa, Tom Daly, Joseph Dunn, Kamala Harris, Sukhee Kang, Alan Lowenthal, Linda T. Sanchez, Loretta Sanchez
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 Southland sizzles with record-breaking heat

Snow still capped Southern California's highest mountains Tuesday, but the rest of the region wore a decidedly summer glow as a heat wave continued to break temperature records. Temperatures soared into the 90s, and forecasters expected more of the ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Los Angeles Unified School District, water
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 AM Alert: Coastal Commission to decide director's fate

Hundreds of supporters are expected to rally in support of Charles Lester … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, campaign finance, John Chiang, Peter Douglas, Fiona Ma, Barack Obama, Thomas F. Steyer, Tom Torlakson, Shirley Weber
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 A breakfast in Harlem underscores key challenge for White House hopeful Sanders

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - Bernie Sanders was due to have breakfast with one of America's most prominent civil rights activists, Al Sharpton, just hours after trouncing Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire Democratic presidential nominating ... »Read

In this article: Michael Briggs, Hillary Clinton, Chris Kahn, Barack Obama
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 Sacramento City Council approves pot tax ballot initiative

Voters to decide whether funds from marijuana cultivation will fund children’s servicesIf June initiative passes, council would set guidelines for earmarking fundsTax would require two-thirds voter support … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jay Schenirer, Darrell Steinberg
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 For Trump and Sanders, new challenges loom after victory in N.H.

THE TAKE | The South and West offer opportunities for Hillary Clinton and potential clarity in the GOP scrum. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Matthew Dowd, Barack Obama, John Weaver
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 SoCalGas official on leak: 'We are very close'

Well control experts from Boots & Coots, a Halliburton unit, are nearing the final three steps needed to stop the natural gas leak in a SoCalGas storage facility in the North San Fernando Valley, said Jimmi Cho, senior vice president of Gas ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, Stephen T. Knight
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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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 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 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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 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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 Former guard shot at sex club guilty of fraud, judge rules

Judge convicts John Alfonzo Smiley, wife Cynthia Ann Biasi on 4 countsSmiley, paralyzed in 2008 shooting, is facing prisonSecond conviction for pair in workers’ compensation case … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: CalPERS, State Compensation Insurance Fund
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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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