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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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 Is Susan Bonilla finished?
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 Import our water from wetter climes? It's a pipe dream
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 READ IN: Recovery Monday Edition
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 The better, fairer minimum wage -- add time and tips
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 Acting Out the Minimum Wage Drama
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 'Jeb's Story': Bush Advisers Brief Top Donors at Miami Summit

MIAMI BEACH – Jeb Bush’s top donors are hearing Monday from a range of his policy advisers and political supporters whose biographies offer a flavor of his anticipated presidential campaign. »Read

In this article: Mark Green, Mike Murphy
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 Martin O'Malley heads overseas to deliver some paid speeches

Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, who’s been busy traveling to early presidential nominating states, is diverting overseas for a few days to make some money for his family.The Democrat is scheduled to deliver a series of paid speeches in ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, renewable energy, John A. Wagner
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 Lawmakers shrug off charges that state is botching high-speed rail land acquisition

Complaints from Central Valley residents that the state has botched the acquisition of land for high-speed rail failed to convince lawmakers last week that the matter deserved further investigation. A legislative panel nixed a request from Sen. ... »Read

In this article: eminent domain, High-Speed Rail, Jeff Morales, Andy Vidak
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 Brock around the clock

The after-after-party everyone was buzzing about was the second annual party hosted by the Media Matters founder. »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, Timothy Alan Simon, Eric C. Stone
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 Acting Out the Minimum Wage Drama

“All the world’s a stage,” wrote William Shakespeare, and political theater on the hot topic of the minimum wage is playing out in smaller Los Angeles theaters. We’re not talking about minimum wage as the topic of a play, but minimum wage as ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, referendum
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 Good Bills Are Focus of CalChamber Job Creator List

Since 2008, CalChamber has been identifying bills that will improve the state’s job climate and stimulate our economy.  We put them on our annual “Job Creator” list hoping to put a spotlight on proposals that will encourage investment in our ... »Read

In this article: CEQA
Bills: AB 1038, AB 1252, AB 1470, AB 323, AB 35, AB 52, AB 54, AB 588, AB 641, SB 249, SB 67,
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 CEQA: California Dreamin' or California Nightmare?

Our recent report on “California Social Priorities” — released by Chapman University’s Center for Demographics and Policy and the topic of the first meeting of the Houston based Center for Opportunity Urbanism — stirred up some ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, CEQA, Joel Kotkin, renewable energy, water
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 Elementary Indoctrination

To say California’s teachers’ unions wield outsize influence over state education policy is hardly novel. From setting tenure rules to rewriting dismissal statutes and blocking pension reforms, the California Teachers Association and the ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Gray Davis, Bob Hertzberg, Legislature
Bills: SB 1530,
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 Steve Glazer is fracking the California Democratic Party

Steve Glazer is fracking the California Democratic Party by Ellis Goldberg originally appearedon HALFWAY TO CONCORD. Glazer is fracking the Democratic Party by turning Democrats against Democrats and labor unions in the current campaign and is ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan, California Democratic Party, Steven Glazer
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 Teachers union dues rise along with pay

The Los Angeles Unified School District this month agreed to a 10 percent raise for teachers, creating a deficit for the district that would reach $559 million by 2016-17, according to The post Teachers union dues rise along with pay appeared first ... »Read

In this article: Mary Bergan, California Teachers Association, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Drought measures straddle CA-NV border

As Sierra Nevada snowpack hit record lows, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval unveiled a new drought commission, revealing that California’s extended water crisis had begun to alter political considerations across the border. But The post Drought ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Legislature, water
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 Legislature, close loophole exempting building projects from CEQA

There are few state laws developers loathe more than the California Environmental Quality Act. They complain that CEQA requires endless studies at an exorbitant cost. Drawn-out public hearings and threats of lawsuits can make development too ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CEQA, Legislature
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 The better, fairer minimum wage -- add time and tips

I purchased my first restaurant in 1985, and I am currently the managing partner of 11 restaurants in Los Angeles, including Bestia, Republique, Barrel and Ashes, Redbird and Pettycash. Like everyone in the service industry, I have a keen interest ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 Democrats, several of them Californians, were 'Party of No' in House budget fight

As a parade of budget proposals whizzed through Congress this year, Rep. Ami Bera and 30 other lawmakers voted, at the very least, consistently. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Julia Brownley, Jim Costa, Jeff Denham, Janice Hahn, Scott Peters, Raul Ruiz
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 READ IN: Recovery Monday Edition

By Reid Wilson-- The Week Ahead: The Senate will take up Sen. Bob Corker's (R-Tenn.) proposal to give Congress a vote on any eventual diplomatic deal with Iran this week, and Corker is near a veto-proof majority. They'll begin debate on Tuesday, ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Loretta Lynch, Mike Murphy, Antonio Villaraigosa, water
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 The Science of How Gay Marriage Will Destroy America

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case that could legalize same-sex marriage in every state by the end of the court's term in June. To stop that from happening, supporters of the state-level bans that could be in jeopardy ... »Read

In this article: Mike Huckabee, Proposition 8, Same-sex marriage
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 Tester's DSCC Pursues Same Strategy That Nearly Nixed Him in 2006

If the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had its way a decade ago, its current chairman probably wouldn’t be in the Senate today. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, Patrick Murphy, Brian Schweitzer
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 House rebels blame GOP leaders for falling contributions

The Kentucky Republican voted against returning John Boehner, R-Ohio, to the speaker's job and opposed an effort by GOP leaders to avoid a standoff with President Barack Obama over immigration that threatened to shut down the Department of Homeland ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama
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 Same-Sex Marriage, In The Justices' Words

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the question of same-sex marriage. In the meantime, though, we do know a good deal about the views of the justices already. »Read

In this article: John Roberts, Same-sex marriage
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 Retirees get voter-OKed pension cut overturned

A retiree group won a big victory last month. Reversing a superior court ruling, an appeals court overturned part of a voter-approved San Francisco pension reform in 2011 that ended higher payments to retirees when investments have “excess ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Edwin M. Lee
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 Snakegate: What Does Gov. Slytherin Have to Hide?

More than a week after Jerry Brown advised the world that he’d conquered a rattlesnake, many more questions than answers remain about his Great White Hunter Facebook pic (shown below). After our scooplet about the governor’s vainglorious post ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Evan Westrup
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 State should butt out of the war against tobacco

A March 2014 Gallup poll found that the two U.S. states with the lowest smoking rates were Utah and California. Utah was No. 1, a distinction it’s held since the poll began in 2008, with 12.2 percent of those polled saying they were smokers.... »Read

In this article: Ed Hernandez, Richard Pan, Mark Stone, Tony Thurmond
Bills: AB 48, SB 151,
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 Rocky Chávez raising money for many campaigns

The Republican assemblyman is raising moeny in his state account, but he’s running for federal office. He plans to give it to other GOP Assembly candidates. “I call it my tithing,” he said. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, California Republican Party, Thomas Del Beccaro, Kamala Harris
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 AM Alert: Affordable housing advocates lobby California lawmakers

Affordable housing dwellers will be in Sacramento pushing for legislation. California has a serious lack of cheap housing - lawmakers want to fix that. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Travis Allen, Toni Atkins, Drought, Adam Gray, Robert Huff, Legislature, Kristin Olsen, Alex Padilla, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
Bills: AB 1461,
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 Corinthian to close its last schools; 10,000 students in state displaced

After years of government investigations, Corinthian Colleges Inc. will shut down more than two dozen of its remaining schools, displacing more than 10,000 California students. The move ends the turmoil at what was once one of the nation's largest ... »Read

In this article: Ben Miller, Theodore R. Mitchell
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 Top U.S. court appears on cusp of declaring right to gay marriage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's arguments on Tuesday over same-sex marriage will cap more than two decades of litigation and a transformation in public attitudes. »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, John Roberts, Same-sex marriage
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 Import our water from wetter climes? It's a pipe dream

If it only were this simple: Build a pipeline to Seattle and solve California's water problems. »Read

In this article: Drought, Legislature, George Skelton, Lester Snow, Nancy Vogel, water
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 The Wall Street Journal: Japanese leader Abe rails for high-speed trains in U.S.

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the U.S. this week, he will act as salesman-in-chief by marketing Japan’s high-speed rail system, The Wall Street Journal reports. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, High-Speed Rail
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 Fiesta Broadway draws crowd to downtown Los Angeles

An exuberant but smaller-than-expected crowd streamed into downtown Los Angeles on Sunday for Fiesta Broadway, an annual music and culture festival in its 26th year that draws thousands of people from in and around Los Angeles. »Read

In this article: Jose Huizar, Michael Lopez
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 Opinion: California's legislators want even more tax breaks

The official term is “tax expenditures” but most call them “loopholes.” They cost the state treasury $55 billion a year. Nevertheless, dozens of new tax expenditure bills have been introduced. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Legislature, Mac Taylor
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 Voters and legislators, not judges, should decide gay marriage

Logic has not been the hallmark of the federal judiciary’s virtual stampede to legalize gay marriage across the nation. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Legislature, Barack Obama, Proposition 8, Andrew Pugno
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 Bottled water, assisted suicide, school breakfast, free speech

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In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Miller, water
Bills: AB 1240, SB 128,
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 Carly Fiorina, in Iowa, vows to keep throwing punches at Hillary Clinton

WAUKEE, Iowa — Within seconds of taking the stage in the packed suburban megachurch Saturday night, Carly Fiorina was mocking Hillary Rodham Clinton — and offering herself as a Republican alternative.Fiorina, a wealthy former corporate chief ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, John McCain
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 Corinthian Colleges shuts down S.F., Bay Area campuses

A chain of for-profit colleges, including the 150-year-old Heald College, abruptly shut down Sunday, leaving 16,000 mostly low-income students to seek an education somewhere else. Corinthian, which also operated Everest and WyoTech colleges, had ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Theodore R. Mitchell
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 Is Susan Bonilla finished?

Is Susan Bonilla finished? by Richard Colman originally appearedon HALFWAY TO CONCORD. Doomed, may best describe the campaign of Susan Bonilla, for the California State Senate Seventh District race. But is Susan Bonilla finished? Is Susan Bonilla ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Joan Buchanan, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer
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