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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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 Two die of apparent overdoses at Los Angeles-area rave: L.A. Times
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 Feinstein under fire from immigration advocates
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 Here's How Much Water Golf Courses, Ski Resorts, and Pools Are Using in California
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 AP-GfK poll: Americans favor farmers & food during drought
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 California game commission to weigh in on proposed bobcat trapping ban

A long-running public feud between wildlife protectionists and fur trappers will come to a head Wednesday when the California Fish and Game Commission is expected to adopt one of two controversial options: a statewide ban on bobcat trapping, or a ... »Read

In this article: Hector M. Barajas, Paul Koretz
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 Poll: Americans favor farmers & food during drought

When water gets scarce and the government slaps restrictions on its use, who should be first in line at the spigot? Farmers, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, water
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 Hitchhiking robot that made it across Canada maimed on U.S. road trip

Robots of the world beware: Immigrating to the U.S. is apparently a perilous choice. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, David Harris
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 U.S. Public Split on Iran Nuclear Deal " WSJ/NBC Poll

The American public is evenly divided over an agreement aimed at preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, with a third supporting the deal, a third opposing it and a third saying they don’t know enough to say, a new WSJ/NBC poll finds. »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, Adam Schiff, Juan Vargas
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 Hillary Clinton 'Dorothy' | Campaign 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign released a video about the lessons she learned from her mother, Dorothy. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mark Kirk
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 Hillary Clinton 'Family Strong' | Campaign 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign released a video about the lessons she learned from her mother, Dorothy. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mark Kirk
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 What is causing California's wildfires?

California's Rocky Fire has caused mass damage and displacement. Most wildfires are started by humans, but hotter, drier weather is said to be behind the recent outbreak. »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Jerry Brown, Drought
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 Rocky Fire grows to 60,000 acres, flames just 12 percent contained

LOWER LAKE, Calif. — Thousands of firefighters in Lake County continued to battle the massive Rocky Fire on Monday morning after it grew to 60,000 acres overnight and was only 12 percent contained, officials said. The wildfire ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 12,000 to evacuate in raging Northern California wildfires

LOWER LAKE, Calif. -- Fire officials called for thousands of evacuations as numerous homes remained threatened by Northern California wildfires Monday, while more than 9,000 firefighters battled 21 major fires in the state, officials said.Wildfires ... »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought
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 Fire season hits with a bang

California's fire season has exploded with a vengeance. Right now, Ground Zero is Clear Lake. Over the weekend, the governor declared a state of emergency in California, the locale of numerous fires. Meanwhile, the drought isn't helping matters. The ... »Read

In this article: Dan Morain, Fair Political Practices Commission, Joseph Dunn, Drought, Ann Ravel, Loretta Sanchez, Martin Wisckol
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 Remember When Politicians Didn't Brag About Their Billionaire Friends?

I’m just old enough to remember the days when a politician with a billionaire friend and backer wouldn’t brag about the relationship. When said politician might downplay it. Or avoid mentioning the billionaire. And if pressed, the politician ... »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Media Coverage of California Fuel Markets is Off the Mark

Tom Elias’s recent column on California gasoline markets repeats a number of preposterous and unsubstantiated allegations and misses the mark entirely in providing his readers any insights into the recent volatility of gas prices in California. ... »Read

In this article: Energy Commission
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 Low Voter Turnout Seen Among Fast Growing California Demographic Groups

Only one in three eligible voters cast a ballot in the 2016 general election to elect all the statewide offices, congressional representatives and approve initiatives last November, a record low. But, for two of California’s fastest growing ... »Read

In this article: Steven Glazer, Alex Padilla, Raphael Sonenshein
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 AB 96 Tramples On Californians' Constitutional Property Rights

Like most Californians, I am a fervent supporter of meaningful efforts to combat elephant poaching and cracking down on the black market trade for ivory. However, as an attorney and resident Californian, I am very concerned about a bill moving ... »Read

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 The Note: Could 2016 Be The Hillary and Joe Show?

NOTABLES --JOE BIDEN 'NOT SAYING NO': Vice President Joe Biden's political operation has entered a more active phase in recent days, with several moves being contemplated to clear the way for him to run for president should he choose to do so, two ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, minimum wage
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 As CA conserves, Feinstein renews relief push

With the latest numbers showing a drop in California water consumption, attention has turned to a new drought relief bill introduced by Golden State U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. The figures eclipsed earlier embarrassments faced ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, Jerry McNerney, David G. Valadao, water
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 The Last Defining Court Battle of Obama's Presidency

President Barack Obama Obama will unveil his most ambitious climate change plan to date on Monday, setting off perhaps the last defining legal battle of his administration. As with Obamacare, his plan is opposed by most Republicans and likely to be ... »Read

In this article: greenhouse gas, Barack Obama, renewable energy, John Roberts
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 Campaign money has MTA board members missing votes

When the Metropolitan Transportation Authority took up an agreement last year for a new walking path in East Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti had to excuse himself from the vote. »Read

In this article: Bill Carrick, Eric Garcetti, Tom Hayden, Legislature, Curren Price
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 Essential California: Santa Cruz mothers brought together by tragedy

Good morning. It is Monday, Aug. 3. Dr. Dre is releasing his first new album in 15 years. The musician said he was inspired by the film 'Straight Outta Compton,' which tells the story of his rise to fame with N.W.A. Here's what is happening in the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Eric Garcetti, Steve Jobs, Jessica A. Levinson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 Here's How Much Water Golf Courses, Ski Resorts, and Pools Are Using in California

California residents have gotten used to gentle coaxing to save water: ads urging residents to 'Make It a Quickie' when showering and restaurants withholding water unless it's ordered, for example. But it wasn't enough: This spring, Gov. Jerry ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Republicans wonder: How do you debate Donald Trump?

He's labeled Republican challengers lightweights and stiffs, and alludes to them as incompetent and stupid. »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Tim Donnelly, Jon Fleischman, Aaron McLear, Mitt Romney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Weaver
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 CalPERS' private equity investing fees are expected to be 'ginormous'

CalPERS is finally about to reveal how much it really pays Wall Street for its most rarefied services - and taxpayers can expect a dose of sticker shock. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS
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 Feinstein under fire from immigration advocates

One critic says she's 'joining the Donald Trump bandwagon.' »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Edwin M. Lee, Senate Democrats
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 Two die of apparent overdoses at Los Angeles-area rave: L.A. Times

(Reuters) - Two young women died of apparent drug overdoses at an electronic music festival near Los Angeles, prompting two lawmakers to call for an investigation, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday. »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Hilda L. Solis
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 AP-GfK poll: Americans favor farmers & food during drought

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When water gets scarce and the government slaps restrictions on its use, who should be first in line at the spigot? Farmers, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, water
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 Democrats happy with Obama outreach as they weigh Iran deal

Determined to secure support for the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama is making inroads with a tough constituency — his fellow Democrats in Congress. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Nearly 60 donors give one-third of all 2016 campaign cash

It took Ted Cruz three months to raise $10 million for his campaign for president, a springtime sprint of $1,000-per-plate dinners, hundreds of handshakes and a stream of emails asking supporters to chip in a few bucks. … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Mike Murphy, Early Primary
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 AP-GfK poll: Americans favor farmers & food during drought

When water gets scarce and the government slaps restrictions on its use, who should be first in line at the spigot? Farmers, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, water
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 GOP Debate Advance: Trump! Trump! Trump!

In 2010, Donald Trump called President Obama’s chief political adviser, offering his services on the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, then befouling the Gulf of Mexico and depressing White House poll ratings. “Listen,” Trump told Obama ... »Read

In this article: David Axelrod, universal health care
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 Orange County politicians line up to replace Sanchez

You can always tell how much of a political animal somebody is based on how closely they follow the horse race of politics. The real pros follow the X’s and O’s of elections like they’re ESPN analysts looking at Major League Baseball box... »Read

In this article: Scott R. Baugh, Lou Correa, Mitt Romney, Loretta Sanchez, Jose Solorio
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 Street Smarts

The roadways in Santa Barbara are for communing. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 AM Alert: Jerry Brown's corgis tweet water conservation tips

Tax committee focuses on cutting costs … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Jim Patterson, water
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 Fueled by dry brush and heat, wildfire chars 20,000 acres in 5 hours

- It was a stubborn, quick wildfire, but nothing particularly unusual. »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Jerry Brown, Drought
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 Northern California wildfire doubles in size, displaces thousands

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A wildfire raging through the foothills and canyons of northern California's coastal mountains more than doubled in size as it roared into its fifth day on Sunday, leaving two dozen homes in charred ruins and displacing ... »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought
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 Firefighters battling 21 wildfires across drought-stricken California

Firefighters across California are being stretched thin as 21 wildfires burn throughout the state. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought
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 Democrats see 'fire wall' holding to preserve Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. backers of the Iran nuclear deal are increasingly confident of enough Democratic support to ensure it survives review by Congress, despite fierce opposition by majority Republicans and a massive lobbying drive. »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Juan Vargas
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 Drought-tolerant landscaping sends grit onto plates of outdoor diners

Lately, patrons dining outside of Montrose Bakery & Café have been getting their orders with a side of grit. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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