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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."

by Avg. Joe 27 days ago   Respond   Read article

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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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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 The Brief: July 7, 2015
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 Essential California: The problem on your teen's phone
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 San Francisco: Sanctuary City for Whom?
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 Bike-sharing as a bridge between commute gaps
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 Bill To Allow Motorcycle Lane-Splitting Stalls In California
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 Mitt Romney: GOP kingmaker?

Mitt Romney's backing helped several candidates emerge from a crowded primary field and be successful in the 2014 midterm elections. He's aiming to do the same for presidential candidates in 2016. »Read

In this article: Early Primary, Mitt Romney, Ryan Williams
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 Catholic Opposition Stalls California Right-To-Die Bill

Legislation that would have allowed terminally ill patients to legally end their lives in California stalled Tuesday amid fierce opposition from religious groups. »Read

In this article: Legislature, William W. Monning, Lois Wolk
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 California bill would ban Confederate names on schools, public property

Two schools would have to change names by 2017Ban includes any ‘elected leader or a senior military officer of the Confederacy’ … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Steven Glazer, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature
Bills: SB 539,
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 California right-to-die bill stalls with Catholics opposed

Legislation that would have allowed terminally ill patients to legally end their lives in California stalled Tuesday amid fierce opposition from religious groups. »Read

In this article: Legislature, William W. Monning, Lois Wolk
Bills: SB 128,
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 SB 128, California's right-to-die bill, is dead for the year

In a startling turnaround for a measure that just weeks ago appeared to be headed for easy passage, the sponsors of SB 128 conceded this morning that they don't have the votes on the Assembly Health Committee to move the highly controversial ... »Read

In this article: William W. Monning, Lois Wolk
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 California lawmakers grapple with 'right-to-die' legislation

As a bill that would allow physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs approaches a vote Tuesday, support for the legislation seems to be weak. »Read

In this article: Kevin C. Eckery, Jimmy Gomez
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 Why Hillary is afraid of Bernie

Polls show that Bernie Sanders, the independent Vermont Senator with openly socialist leanings, is in a dead heat with fellow presidential contender Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. Does he pose a serious threat to the Clinton campaign? »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Family Leave, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Early Primary, sick leave
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 California aid-in-dying bill shelved for the year

Lacking the votes to pass a key committee, a bill that would allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients in California was shelved until next year on Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, William W. Monning, George Skelton, Lois Wolk
Bills: SB 128,
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 CYRF Announces Chairman-Elect Matthew Del Carlo and Newly Elected Executive Board

For Immediate Release Contact: Stephanie Freedman (408) 348-0687 California Young Republican Federation Announces Chairman-Elect Matthew Del Carlo and Newly Elected Executive Board Board consists of some of the top names in political activism from ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Matthew Del Carlo
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 Road-fixing deal won't be an easy ride: Dan Walters

By Dan WaltersThe Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown have passed a new state budget, and that's that, right?Not on your sweet bippy, to channel comedian Dick Martin.The Capitol's politicians left three major budgetary issues undone -- highway ... »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, Legislature, state budget, Dan Walters
Bills: SB 16,
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 Rep. Ami Bera posts another strong fundraising quarter

Bera’s on-hand cash at $685,000Republican Doug Ose may again challenge … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Doug Ose, Scott Peters
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 California right-to-die bill struggling amid religious fight

Legislation that would allow California physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives has met strong opposition from lawmakers in Catholic districts and others ahead of a Tuesday vote. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kevin C. Eckery, Jimmy Gomez, William W. Monning, Lois Wolk
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 SF sheriff defends prior release of suspect in pier slaying

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has defended his office's decision to release a Mexican man who was in the U.S. illegally and who is now suspected in the killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi
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 California urged to return $331 million meant for homeowners

Several California lawmakers and community assistance groups are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to repay more than $331 million in funds intended to help homeowners struggling with foreclosures that the state siphoned off to help deal with its budget ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Kamala Harris, Robert Huff, Legislature, state budget
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 San Francisco status as 'sanctuary' criticized after slaying

The killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier has brought criticism down on this liberal city because the Mexican man under arrest was in the U.S. illegally, had been deported five times and was out on the streets after San Francisco officials ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi
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 California law backs organ transplants for medical pot users

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will prevent doctors and hospitals from denying organ transplants to medical marijuana users just because of their pot use. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Marc Levine
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 Lawsuit filed over use of LCFF dollars in L.A. Unified

The Local Control Funding Formula enacted by the Legislature in 2013 at Gov. Jerry Brown’s behest was billed as a great way to get additional help to English-learners and foster children in California public schools. It changed the formula ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Shirley Weber
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 California Right-To-Die Bill Struggling Amid Religious Fight

The bill's authors already postponed the vote last month because they did not have enough support from fellow Democrats on the 19-member Assembly Health Committee to advance it. The panel is scheduled to hear the legislation Tuesday afternoon. »Read

In this article: Kevin C. Eckery, Jimmy Gomez, William W. Monning, Lois Wolk
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 BOE building doesn't make list of worst state-owned properties. Now what?

An ongoing effort to move state employees out of the troubled headquarters of the state Board of Equalization in downtown Sacramento hit another hurdle last week after the state released a study suggesting the building isn’t as dilapidated and ... »Read

In this article: state budget, George Runner, Roger Dickinson, Board of Equalization, Air Resources Board
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 San Francisco: A shooting death, sanctuary and immigration

California has long been Ground Zero for the national discussion over immigration policy, but the shooting of a woman in San Francisco's Embarcadero by a man authorities describe as an undocumented immigrant with a criminal record is intensifying ... »Read

In this article: water, Bill Quirk, Ross Mirkarimi, Jim Miller, Mike Gatto
Bills: AB 51,
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 SF sheriff defends prior release of pier shooter

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has defended his office's decision to release a Mexican man who was in the U.S. illegally and who is now suspected in the killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier. »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi
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 Special Contracts Allow 'Full-Time' Teachers To Work For Both Union and District

It’s been called “ghost teaching,” and it thrives in California. Full-time teachers are paid six-figure salaries to work for their union while keeping their school district seniority and pensions afloat. The dual work arrangements are built ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Dean Vogel
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 Bernie Sanders Hits a Triumphant Note As His Crowds Grow

Riding a wave of momentum before the biggest crowds of the election season »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Drought, Family Leave, global warming, minimum wage, water
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 Broken water main gushing in Brentwood

Water started gushing after 2 a.m. today as a result of a water main break at San Vicente Boulevard and Montana Avenue in Brentwood, according to reports from the scene. »Read

In this article: Drought, Richard Pan, water
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 Do Costs Matter When Climate Change Policies are Being Considered?

Regardless of differences in opinion about approaches to combatting climate change, California decided in 2006 that the state would have a comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction program. Now, nine years later, the AB 32 programs are beginning ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Energy Commission, greenhouse gas, Legislature, renewable energy, water
Bills: AB 32, SB 32, SB 350,
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 Del Beccaro Wins on Books

He doesn't have much of a chance of winning in next year's U.S. Senate elections. But if former California GOP chair Tom Del Beccaro can somehow make the 2016 contest a referendum on the quality of the candidates' books, he could make it a race. I ... »Read

In this article: Loretta Sanchez, Linda T. Sanchez, referendum, Kamala Harris, Thomas Del Beccaro
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 Pirates at the Port (of Los Angeles)

The growth of the Port of Los Angeles and its ability to maintain and create good paying jobs and its market share of imported cargo are under siege by external market forces as well as the demand by the San Pedro and Wilmington communities to ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, water
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 San Francisco: Sanctuary City for Whom?

Did San Francisco's sanctuary city ordinance contribute to the senseless shooting death of Kathryn Steinle, 32, as she was out for an evening stroll on Pier 14 last week? This is a national story, because the federal government released accused ... »Read

In this article: Ross Mirkarimi
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 CA right-to-die bill struggling ahead of key vote

A bill that would allow California physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives is struggling to muster enough support ahead of a legislative vote Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Kevin C. Eckery, Jimmy Gomez, William W. Monning, Lois Wolk
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 Essential California: The problem on your teen's phone

Good morning. It is Tuesday, July 7. Hooray -- the public can finally access a stretch of sand that it owns along Billionaires' Beach in Malibu. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES New day at ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Los Angeles Unified School District, water
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 Water and Power: Good job, California, you're saving water

Your guide to the California drought from the Los Angeles Times. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is using airborne research equipment to track California's snowpack levels. The Airborne Snow Observatory flies over California and Colorado three or ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Capital Journal Daybreak: U.S. Seeks Mideast Shift, More

The Capital Journal Daybreak newsletter is The Wall Street Journal's morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Carly Fiorina, No Child Left Behind, Barack Obama, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans
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 The Brief: July 7, 2015

The Big Conversation The nearly 40-year 'Texas Two-Step' tradition at the Texas Democratic Party is over, with the Democratic National Committee asking the state party to pick between a caucus and a primary. Unlike any other state in the country, ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Drought, Barack Obama, Same-sex marriage, water
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 Battle over access to Hollywood sign heads to court

Like a beacon, the iconic string of towering white letters has drawn throngs of tourists and locals into the Hollywood Hills, many craving the perfect photo to show off to friends, family or their Instagram followers. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Tom LaBonge, Rob Wilcox
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 Bike-sharing as a bridge between commute gaps

Commuting by mass transit in Los Angeles can sometimes feel like a schlep, particularly for those who don't live and work within easy walking distance from bus and train lines. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Laura Nelson, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Bill To Allow Motorcycle Lane-Splitting Stalls In California

(AP) - Legislation to make California the first state to explicitly allow motorcycles to weave between vehicles in slow-moving traffic has stalled in the state Legislature. Assemblyman Bill Quirk of Hayward, a Democrat, is putting the legislation on ... »Read

In this article: Tom Lackey, Legislature, Bill Quirk
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 AM Alert: E-cigarettes in Leno's sights

Bedbug bill puts restrictions on landlordsPrivacy law defines encryption … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Edwin Chau, Mark Leno, water
Bills: AB 551, AB 964, SB 140,
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 Huff signs onto Glazer's anti-Confederate bill

State Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, has enlisted Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff’s support for a bill that would prohibit all California public schools, buildings, parks, roadways and other state-owned property from using names associated with ... »Read

In this article: Steven Glazer, Robert Huff
Bills: SB 539,
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 San Francisco murder suspect sparks immigration debate

A man who was deported five times, has felony arrests in four states, and is now charged with murder in the shooting death of a young woman has set off a nationwide debate over immigration and San Francisco's sanctuary city policies. »Read

In this article: John Avalos, Kamala Harris, illegal immigration, Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi, Barack Obama, water
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 Immigrant rights group launches citizenship drive ahead of 2016 general election

PACOIMA >> With her 5-month-old granddaughter in tow, Adriana Rivera made the trip from Lancaster to Pacoima last week to talk to an immigration specialist about becoming a U.S. citizen.The green card holder of nearly five years wants to become ... »Read

In this article: Hector M. Barajas, illegal immigration, Stephen T. Knight
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