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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."

by jimragan796 62 days ago   Respond   Read article

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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 Clinton unveiling 2016 policy ideas on families, economy

Earlier this year, Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign lost count of its experts. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Family Leave, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Robert R. Rubin
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 CalPERS will reveal private equity share of profits

Private equity firms have produced big profits for CalPERS, not to mention a pay-to-play scandal, while keeping a big share for themselves as an incentive — traditionally 20 percent of profits plus annual management fees of up to 2 percent. ... »Read

In this article: Fred Buenrostro, CalPERS, CalSTRS, Legislature, Brad Pacheco, Richard G. Polanco
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 CEQA used as legal 'greenmail'

California has earned a notorious reputation for fickle policymaking and unequal application of the law, from targeted tax breaks for politically favored industries such as green energy and Hollywood to special exemptions from major regulations ... »Read

In this article: CEQA, Gray Davis, George Deukmejian, state budget, water, Pete Wilson
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 Don't deny the dying a last hope

Federal and state laws governing prescription drugs are aimed at keeping people from taking medications that could harm them. But what if a person has a terminal illness? Shouldn’t leeway be given for drugs that have a chance, however remote, of... »Read

In this article: Ian Calderon, Legislature, Jeff Stone
Bills: AB 159, SB 149,
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 Today: The Greeks Say 'No.' Lake Mead's Secrets.

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. An emphatic 'no' from Greeks leaves the country and Europe's leaders in turmoil; and the devil will be in the details if a nuclear deal is reached with Iran this week. Here are some story lines I ... »Read

In this article: Drought, George Skelton, water
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 Aid-in-dying bill on life support*

<p><b>Matier and Ross</b> report that the controversial bill that would allow physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients <a href=http:* <p>'After sailing through the state Senate with only ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Drought, Legislature, SEIU, Ellen O. Tauscher, water
Bills: SB 548,
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 Aid-in-dying bill will be revived

An emotionally charged aid-in-dying bill is seriously ailing in the California Legislature. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jimmy Gomez, Lorena Gonzalez, Roger Hernandez, Dolores Huerta, Legislature, William W. Monning, George Skelton, Lois Wolk
Bills: SB 128,
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 Moreno Valley warehouse project raising concerns over air quality

MORENO VALLEY >> A master planned warehouse development that would fill nearly 700 football fields has raised concerns among state and regional air quality regulators, the Riverside County Transportation Commission and the American Lung ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, CEQA, greenhouse gas
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 Boltman the fan is a lightning rod in Chargers' relocation drama

For two decades, Dan Jauregui has boasted he is the No. 1 fan of the Chargers football team. »Read

In this article: Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer, Jan Goldsmith
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 Must-Pass Highway Bill Dominates Jammed July

Congress has a packed three-week schedule before the next recess starts—and road funding expires. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, No Child Left Behind
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 Long Beach school named for Robert E. Lee gives some pause after Charleston attack

For more than a century, going back to 1898, life at Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Long Beach trudged along with little if any controversy over its name. »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Earl Ofari Hutchinson
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 Legislators focus on potholes, none too soon

Assembly hearing today will focus on transportation needsCalifornia needs billions more annually to maintain roadsMotorists likely will get a vote on any final transportation deal … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jim Frazier, greenhouse gas
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 In N.H., the huge GOP field surprises, but not Clinton's liberal challenge

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire’s political dynamic at the midpoint of this preelection year is both utterly familiar and unlike anything voters here have seen before.What isn’t surprising is that this first-in-the-nation presidential primary ... »Read

In this article: Bill Bradley, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, John F. Kerry, John McCain, Mitt Romney
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 California advocates still pushing to unionize child care providers

Gov. Jerry Brown has yet to support a unionization measureSenate President Pro Tem Kevin de León says he isn’t giving upUnion proponents argue system is in crisis … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, minimum wage, Arnold Schwarzenegger, SEIU, state budget
Bills: SB 548,
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 Political Blotter: Donnelly launches referendum against vaccination law

Former Assemblyman and 2014 Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly launches a referendum to overturn California's new vaccination law; Senate candidate Rocky Chávez gives Donald Trump a piece of his mind. »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, Thomas Del Beccaro, Tim Donnelly, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Richard Pan, referendum, Loretta Sanchez, Andy Vidak, water
Bills: SB 277,
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 Congress returns to full agenda, funding deadline

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has denounced Democrats’ “dangerously misguided strategy” while House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco accuses Boehner and his Republicans of pursuing “manufactured crises.” Near the top ... »Read

In this article: No Child Left Behind, Nancy Pelosi
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 LA County supervisors to seek support in studying wage theft enforcement

In a city called the nation's wage theft capital, two Los Angeles County supervisors are lining up firepower to combat the offense.Hilda Solis and Mark Ridley-Thomas on Tuesday will ask for the board's support in requesting county counsel to examine ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Sheila Kuehl, minimum wage, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Hilda L. Solis, Julie Su
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 Californian cities hike up water rates while customers conserve amid drought

Although residents in California have been encouraged to conserve water during the state's drought, cities' water departments are raising rates and adding on fees to make up for lost revenue. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 California water rates rise as cities lose money in drought

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- Saving water doesn't always mean saving money in parched California.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Back at work: Congress facing busy agenda, funding deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — After July Fourth fireworks and parades, members of Congress return to work Tuesday facing a daunting summer workload and a pending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall. The bank's charter expired June ... »Read

In this article: No Child Left Behind, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Congress Goes Back to Work With a Busy Agenda"and a Deadline

A government funding fight is shaping up as another big partisan brawl »Read

In this article: No Child Left Behind, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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