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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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Lawmakers seek soda warning labels

"“STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.” Once this law is passed, we can use this same warning and just insert whatever product we want into the warning. This will be the template for change! Who knew complex issues could be solved so easily?"

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Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

"Well said Avg. Joe. The headline is like saying: taking a laxative May make you defecate."

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Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

"may impact small business- really a $3 increase overnight would certainly impact any small business. Probably hurts non-minimum wage restaurant workers more than anything else, only ones making minimum wage in table service establishments are the tipped employees. That leaves the best paid people in the house getting a $3/hour raise, to the detriment of the others. Back asswards."

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 14 injured in 'major' gas line explosion in Fresno

 Fourteen people were rushed to the hospital with burns after a major gas line explosion near the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office gun range Friday, a fire department official said. »Read

In this article: Mark Price, Terrie Prosper, water
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 Death threats made to office of state vaccine bill author

Death threats made to office of state vaccine bill author A California senator who co-wrote a bill to prevent parents from opting out of school-required vaccines said one of his Capitol office workers received a death threat Friday. Sen. Ben ... »Read

In this article: William W. Monning, Richard Pan
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 Family of Orange County killer's victims fights his parole

To Lynette Duncan, Brett Thomas is a serial killer who robbed her of her family nearly 40 years ago. »Read

In this article: Denise M. Duncan, Tony Rackauckas
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 Agency To Update Drought Plan Mandating Water Cuts In Cities

California water regulators are postponing release of a new plan to get cities to reduce water use by as much as a third. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Inland Empire sees surge in warehouse jobs, but many are low-pay, temporary

Pilar Guzman has worked for five years in a warehouse that processes luggage arriving from China and bound for the likes of Wal-Mart, Macy's and Kohl's. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Acquanetta Warren
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 A Ticking Clock Threatens Obama's Immigration Plan

A New Orleans federal appeals court case may determine whether the President can implement his immigration plan before his term is up. »Read

In this article: Jerry A. Smith, Jerry Smith, unemployment insurance
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 Unemployment down in California, Los Angeles County and Inland Empire

California employers boosted their pace of hiring in March with 39,800 new jobs and the state's unemployment rate dipped to 6.5 percent, its lowest level in seven years.The March reading was down from 6.7 percent in February and 7.9 percent a year ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Stephen Levy
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 Agency to update drought plan ordering mandatory cuts

California water regulators are postponing release of a new plan to get cities to reduce water use by as much as a third. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Agency to update drought plan ordering mandatory water cuts

California water regulators are postponing release of a new plan to get cities to reduce water use by as much as a third. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Jobs, education, healthcare discussed at luncheon in Pomona

POMONA>> Issues ranging from job opportunities to health services were among the questions elected officials representing Pomona a the county, state and federal level fielded Friday during the 2015 Pomona Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon. ... »Read

In this article: Connie Leyva, Hilda L. Solis, Norma J. Torres, Betty T. Yee
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 Appeals Court Hears Arguments On Obama Immigration Action

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments over whether President Obama can shield millions from deportation. »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, Mary Salas, Jerry A. Smith, Jerry Smith
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 How immigrant-friendly California bills should be judged

In proposing 10 (count 'em, 10) new state laws friendly to undocumented immigrants, Democrats in the California Legislature said they were responding to the failure of the U.S. Congress to pass immigration reform. The blast at Congress is deserved, ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Kevin De Leon, Ricardo Lara, Legislature
Bills: SB 4, SB 674,
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 Assembly Passes Emergency Drought Relief Bills

Assembly Passes Emergency Drought Relief Bills (Sacramento) – With Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego)making the case, the California Assembly approved a package of emergency drought relief bills that will provide over $1 billion... ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Drought
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 Amid heated criticism, California water board to release draft cuts

The state Water Resources Control Board is scheduled to release its draft emergency water conservation regulations Saturday morning, in a historic bid to slash California’s urban water use by 25%. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Thomas Howard, water
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 Los Angeles officials push greywater for trees, plants

Los Angeles city officials have a new plan to put greywater to good use and beat the drought at the same time. »Read

In this article: Drought, Paul Koretz, water
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 LETTERS Vaccinations, water and almonds

… Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Get REAL, Legislature, Richard Pan, William Wade, water
Bills: SB 277,
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 San Diego Considers Offering 3 Paid Sick Days For City Employees

More than 1,360 city employees — mainly library and recreational staff, and hourly lifeguards — would be eligible. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Todd Gloria, Lorena Gonzalez, sick leave
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 What Color is the Sky in Joel Fox's Fantasy World?

by Steve Smith There's been a lot of attention lately on California's turnaround. As it turns out, that nonsense about all our jobs moving to Texas was a just Texas-sized whopper. Last year California created about 500,000 jobs to lead the nation in ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Joel Fox, minimum wage, Steve Smith
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 SD7: See Susan Bonilla's first television ad

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla is launching her first television ad in the 7th State Senate District special election. The clip includes former Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, saying “Susan Bonilla is an effective legislator bringing people together ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, George P. Miller
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 Appeals court hears arguments on Obama immigration action

Justice lawyers make an appeal to lift the hold on Obama's executive actions on immigration »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, Jerry A. Smith, Jerry Smith
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 Obama: Loretta Lynch delay "embarrassing"

The president thinks the Senate has 'gone too far' in postponing the confirmation of his attorney general pick »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama
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 Key Pro-Lynch Republicans Reject Reid's Maneuver

Graham and Flake say they won't break with McConnell as attorney general nominee continues to wait. »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, Loretta Lynch, Senate Republicans
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 Fiorina aims to keep Clinton from playing the 'gender card'

A former business executive with limited political experience, Fiorina argues that if Republicans nominate her, it would neutralize any advantages the Democrats might get from having a woman at the top of their ticket. Speaking of Clinton in an ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, John McCain, Barack Obama
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 if Loretta Runs for Senate, who runs for Congress

If Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez does throw her hat into the ring for US Senate, just who will try to replace her in Congress? Former State Senator Lou Correa has long coveted the spot and does have a campaign apparatus in place from his recently ... »Read

In this article: Claudia Alvarez, Barbara Boxer, Dan Chmielewski, Lou Correa, Tom Daly, Kamala Harris, Michele Martinez, John Moorlach, Jim Righeimer, Loretta Sanchez, Jose Solorio, Todd Spitzer, Donald P. Wagner
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 Carly Fiorina aims to keep Hillary Clinton from playing the 'gender card'

Carly Fiorina, the lone Republican woman eying the White House, wants to block Hillary Rodham Clinton from playing the 'gender card' in the 2016 presidential race. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, John McCain, Barack Obama
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 Keep Consumers in the Driver's Seat

Keep Consumers in the Driver’s Seat (Sacramento) – Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) and Richard Holober, Executive Director of the Consumer Federation of California, stood together at a State Capitol news conference... From: ... »Read

In this article: Edwin Chau, Richard W. Holober
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 Blog Back: Vacant positions, state computers

Highlights from State Worker blog comments over the last week. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, SEIU, Jim Zamora
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 Roundtable On City Budget, Mexican Farmworkers, Jail Suicides

The mayor proposed a budget for 2016. Most observers liked it. The farmworkers' strike in Baja California has ended, but the ramifications for U.S. companies continue. A Marine's widow files suit over her husband's suicide in the Vista Jail. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria
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 Burberry hosts epic bash at Griffith Observatory

Britain came to L.A. Thursday night, when Burberry hosted an epic bash and runway show at the Griffith Observatory in the shadow of the Hollywood sign, with David, Victoria, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper Beckham, Elton John, Rosie ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Tom LaBonge, John Taylor
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 California Drought: New Water Reduction Plan Expected Saturday

California water regulators postponed until Saturday the release of a new plan requiring cities to reduce water use. The State Water Resources Control Board proposal was expected to be released Friday.  The plan is in ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Bill to end high school exit exam advances

Gov. Jerry Brown and state schools chief Tom Torlakson have made plain for years they want no part of the education reform agenda touted by President Obama and think tanks »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Carol Liu, PPIC, Tom Torlakson
Bills: SB 172,
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 Washington just finished a surprisingly bipartisan week. Here's how.

This week, Senate committees reached accords on three divisive issues: Iran, trade, and overhaul of the No Child Left Behind law. »Read

In this article: Drought, No Child Left Behind
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 Steve Aoki, Mayor Garcetti announce concert in downtown L.A.

Steve Aoki is best known for his high-adrenaline electro that, for many years, served as a prelude to a cake in the face for his crowds.  »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar
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 Disneyland measles outbreak declared over, but political battle continues

The measles outbreak that began at Disneyland over the winter holidays is over, California health officials said Friday. »Read

In this article: Carol Liu, Richard Pan
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 Katcho Achadjian to run for Congress

Republican assemblyman and former San Luis Obispo County supervisor, Katcho Achadjian, is joining the congressional race to replace Lois Capps. Achadjian said he was considering a run for Congress shortly after Capps announced earlier this month ... »Read

In this article: Khatchik Achadjian, Jerry Brown, Lois Capps, Legislature
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 Water, water everywhere ...

There may be a dearth of water in California, but stories about water are in full flood. So gather 'round.... It's not easy to figure out who's using large amounts of water, even in a drought, and that's no accident. It turns out that the state law ... »Read

In this article: CEQA, Drought, water
Bills: AB 311, AB 641,
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 The Note: GOP Prospects Gather In New Hampshire Ahead Of Hillary

NOTABLES --REPUBLICANS FLOCK TO THE GRANITE STATE: The New Hampshire GOP is hosting this weekend's First in the Nation Leadership Summit, which will include speeches by many prospective presidential candidates, and the three senators that have ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Matthew Dowd, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Loretta Lynch, Tom Vilsack
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 The Shell Game: You Lose!

Democrats in the California Legislature seem to be facing the reality that the fire tax they passed with the Governor’s help in 2011 is unfair. Californians who live in rural areas rely on a range of public services from multiple levels of ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Legislature, George Runner, state budget
Bills: AB 1203,
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 Covered California hopes to reboot small-biz program with a new name

Covered California’s Small Employer Health Options Program — better known as SHOP — may appear asleep in the new insurance marketplace, but the numbers are up 36 percent since August. By March 1, the program had 15,644 members at 2,289 small ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Peter V. Lee
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 Don't Rush to Make New Law

Politicians often overreact to news items, rushing to propose laws to prevent future occurrences of a situation or grab the limelight when problems will go away on their own. Recent instances: A proposal for a constitutional amendment to prohibit ... »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Legislature, Anthony Rendon
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 Waiting for the Legislature

The issue of teacher tenure and performance was reprised this week thanks to a new poll by the LA Times and the University of Southern California. The education-focussed poll revealed that seven in ten voters believe the current system of tenure ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Los Angeles Unified School District, John Myers
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 A Woman Running for President

Not that woman! Judith Rhodes, Governor of California. OK, here’s the disclaimer – this is a shameless self-promotion for my new novel, The Mark on Eve. A spell cast by an 18th century witch has condemned Eve Hale to an endless life. Centuries ... »Read
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 The Real State of the City of Los Angeles

Mayor Eric Garcetti delivered his 4,500 word State of the City on Monday afternoon to a large gathering at Cal State Northridge.  He opened by saying that our City has turned the corner, “leaving the Recession in the rearview mirror.” He then ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, water
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 Parental Equality Post-Divorce Offers Solution to Gender Pay Inequality

There’s been buzz lately around the gender pay gap. Active California legislation, AB 1354 (Dodd) and SB358 (Jackson), intend to bring equal pay to women. This past week, California Assembly Woman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, announced a ... »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez
Bills: AB 1354,
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 Advocates lobby Covered California over cost caps for specialty drugs

Covered California executive director Peter Lee warned at the very beginning of a board meeting in Sacramento on Thursday that no decision was coming until next month on specialty prescription drug costs. But board members still got an earful. The ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Diana Dooley, Peter V. Lee
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 Topping this year's Cap-to-Cap agenda: You guessed it...

The biggest delegation of business leaders since before the recession embarks to Washington, D.C. this weekend for the annual Capitol-to-Capitol program, a political advocacy and networking event hosted by the Sacramento Metro Chamber. Among the ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Peter Tateishi, water
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 Records of lawmakers a step closer to transperancy

A judge has found that the records of lawmakers can be subject to open records requests, making California one of 28 states in which the records of state lawmakers are open »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Terry Francke, Legislature, Leland Yee
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 READ IN: Beer Fest Edition

Do you Read In? Sign up today and get all the news you need delivered right to your inbox! Top News -- Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced fast-track trade legislation that would limit Congress to a simple up-or-down vote on ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, No Child Left Behind, Senate Democrats
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 Environmental Views: Gray Davis vs. Pete Wilson

Town Hall Los Angeles hosted a discussion between former California governors Pete Wilson and Gray Davis yesterday with the two disagreeing over environmental law regulations and touching on other policy »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CEQA, Gray Davis, Drought, global warming, Legislature, water, Pete Wilson
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 Mitch McConnell Says He Will Allow Senate Vote on Ex-Im

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he opposes reauthorizing the Export Import Bank, but will allow a vote on the contentious federal agency on the Senate floor later this year. »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Senate Republicans
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