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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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 Climate change: California poll finds Republicans don't see global warming as serious threat

More than 60 percent of Californians -- including a majority in every region of the state, from the inland areas to the coast -- say global warming is already affecting California, a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California finds. »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, California Republican Party, Drought, global warming, greenhouse gas, Kathryn R. Phillips, PPIC, water
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 Californians divided along party lines on combating climate change

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Two-thirds of Californians link the state's ongoing catastrophic drought to climate change, and most support Governor Jerry Brown's efforts to combat it – but that's also because most Californians are Democrats, a ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, Drought, global warming, Legislature, PPIC
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 Poll: Most Californians say climate change linked to drought

Nearly two-thirds of Californians believe global warming is having an impact on the state's persistent drought, sharing Gov. Jerry Brown's environmental concerns as he presses for tougher climate change standards, according to a new statewide poll ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, Drought, global warming, greenhouse gas, Legislature, PPIC
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 Six council members question plan to let Uber, Lyft pick up at LAX

Citing 'significant questions' over equity and public safety, six members of the Los Angeles City Council said Wednesday that they want to reexamine the new rules that would allow Uber and Lyft to pick up passengers at Los Angeles International ... »Read

In this article: Robert Blumenfield, Gil Cedillo, Eric Garcetti, Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, Nury Martinez, Laura Nelson
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 Why won't Hillary Clinton answer the Keystone XL question? (+video)

Hillary Rodham Clinton is making headlines this week not for what she's saying on the campaign trail, but for what she's not. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, renewable energy, Thomas F. Steyer
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 San Diego Council Members Express Support For Removing Public Restroom

While the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee didn't take an actual vote on the proposal to take out a so-called 'Portland Loo,' Chairwoman Marti Emerald and Councilman Todd Gloria spoke out strongly in favor. »Read

In this article: Marti Emerald, Todd Gloria
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 House approves cutting workplace protections for VA workers

The House approved legislation that would cut appeal rights for Department of Veterans Affairs employees facing dismissal or demotion and facilitate the firing of new VA staffers. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Feinstein's drought package splits from GOP strategy

WASHINGTON — California Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced a sweeping drought bill Wednesday that takes a much broader approach to the state’s water shortages than her failed effort last year to work almost exclusively with House Republicans to ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, global warming, Jared Huffman, Kevin McCarthy, Jerry McNerney, David G. Valadao, water
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 Big money, sex and eyeglasses: Dan Walters

By Dan WaltersThis is a tale about high-powered politics, big money and even sex - a tale, believe it or not, about eyeglasses and contact lenses.Research by the Vision Council of America indicates that about three-quarters of Americans wear ... »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Legislature, Dan Walters
Bills: AB 595, AB 684,
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 Southland politicians voice support for potential L.A. Olympic bid

In the wake of Boston's dropping its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, politicians from across Southern California have spoken up in favor of Los Angeles' being named as a replacement candidate. »Read

In this article: Robert Blumenfield, Tony Cardenas, Eric Garcetti
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 Los Angeles City Council approves ban on high-capacity gun magazines

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to ban the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian
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 Feinstein changes focus of new drought bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California introduced a new drought relief bill Wednesday that emphasizes long-term investments in desalination, recycling and new or expanded reservoirs.... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, Jared Huffman, David G. Valadao, water
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 Chaka Fattah Case Could Get Awkward Fast for Democrats (Video)

Rep. Chaka Fattah has been under federal investigation for years, so for many of his colleagues the question was not whether an indictment would come, but when. But it could get awkward for Democrats in a hurry, as Fattah holds prominent positions ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, campaign finance, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Recycling, desalination focus of new Feinstein drought bill

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California introduced a new drought relief bill Wednesday that emphasizes long-term investments in desalination, recycling and new or expanded reservoirs. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, Jared Huffman, David G. Valadao, water
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 L.A. City Council reinstates ban on unpermitted park and beach vending

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to reinstate a ban on unpermitted vending at city parks and beaches, which could impose escalating fines and eventually misdemeanor charges against people who sell their wares or services there without ... »Read

In this article: Gil Cedillo, Jose Huizar, Curren Price
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 California workers' comp costs still on rise

Legislature passed reforms in 2012Overhaul aimed at curbing medical costsInsurance premiums highest in nation … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 Spinning the public pension reform initiative

California’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office this week released its review of the public pension reform initiative proposed by former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio – and what that review says ... »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Dave Low, Chuck Reed
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 Poll Shows Support For California's Climate Change Efforts

Climate change has clearly caught the attention of Californians. A new poll shows wide support for the state’s current – and future – efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Nearly 70 percent of Californians support the ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, Drought, greenhouse gas, Legislature, PPIC
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 LA City Council bans high-capacity ammunition magazines: Can they do that?

The council unanimously voted on Tuesday to outlaw the possession of gun magazines that can hold 10 or more rounds of ammunition. Gun rights groups say the move violates the Second Amendment. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian
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 Why won't Hillary Clinton answer the Keystone XL question?

Hillary Rodham Clinton is making headlines this week not for what she's saying on the campaign trail, but for what she's not. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, renewable energy, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Advocates seek Vatican inquiry of Newark, NJ, archbishop

NEW YORK (AP) -- Priests, nuns and canon lawyers who advocate for molestation victims urged Pope Francis on Wednesday to use the new Vatican tribunal he formed on negligent bishops to investigate the archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, who has ... »Read

In this article: John Myers, John Nienstedt
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 House Republicans move to put down one-man insurgency

Signs are scarce that Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) will find traction in his effort to depose the House speaker. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Nancy Pelosi
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 OC Religious Leaders Shame Irvine GOP Council Majority on Living Wage Repeal

One Irvine City Council meeting removed from voting to add “In God We Trust,” about 20 religious leaders from across Orange County have chimed in with a letter asking the City Council to reinstate the city’s longstanding Living ... »Read

In this article: Steven Choi, minimum wage
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 Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduces $1.3-billion drought-relief bill

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein filed a drought-relief bill Wednesday afternoon that would spend $1.3 billion over the next 10 years on water storage, desalination and other projects in the Golden State. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, David G. Valadao, water
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 Farmers, fighting back, say they're unfairly blamed for worsening drought

In November the BBC sought to explain “ How almonds are sucking California dry.” Los Angeles Times columnist George Skelton followed up in April asking, “ Why do farmers get a free pass from Brown?” California’s agricultural industry this ... »Read

In this article: Drought, George Skelton
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 What Will Obama's Biggest Proposed Climate Action to Date Really Look Like?

As soon as Monday, the Obama administration is expected to unveil its biggest action yet to regulate carbon pollution: The anticipated Clean Power Plan sets the nation’s first limits on carbon from its single largest source by asking states to cut ... »Read

In this article: Greg Dotson, global warming, greenhouse gas, renewable energy
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 Manifesting Destiny

by Tony Gleaton. »Read

In this article: Legislature
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 California public pension proposal would create 'uncertainties,' analyst says

Plan lowers cost of traditional pension plans, retiree health careCreates ‘offsetting’ costs to close pension plans, pressure to increase payVoter approval for compensation will mean ‘different outcomes at the bargaining table’ … Click ... »Read

In this article: Michael Cohen, Kamala Harris, Chuck Reed, referendum, Mac Taylor
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 San Bernardino County to drone fliers: Shoo!

SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos and the county's top law enforcement and fire officials Wednesday sent a blunt message to illegal drone operators who hinder firefighters: They will not tolerate it, ... »Read

In this article: Paul Cook, Ted Gaines, water
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 California Editorial Roundup

July 22 … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Gavin Newsom, water
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 My Word: Celebrating Medicare's 50th by ensuring Medicare for all

Fifty years ago Thursday, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law an amendment to the Social Security Act that established Medicare, providing health insurance to people 65 and older regardless of income or medical history, and dramatically changed ... »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, California Teachers Association
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 Chargers To Open Training Camp Thursday With Public Practice

The Chargers will have eight other practices at Chargers Park open to the general public. »Read

In this article: Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer, water
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 California officials arranged $28 million in payments to favored non-profits

Nonprofits, schools, businesses received donations during first half of yearSan Diego’s Maritime Museum, Oakland Military Institute among top recipientsBusinesses, unions, government agencies top sources … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Khatchik Achadjian, Luis A. Alejo, Toni Atkins, Martin Block, Jerry Brown, Energy Commission, Fair Political Practices Commission, Legislature, Brian Maienschein, Gavin Newsom
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 California big cities say they're meeting water savings goal

California's largest cities say they're meeting mandatory water conservation targets ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Bill would shore up highway aid, veterans' health care

Congress is poised to slap another short-term extension on highway and transit programs and fill a budget hole in veterans' health care before lawmakers leave town this week for their August recess: … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 New Trade Deal Could Undermine Migrant Labor Rights

Michelle ChenAnd it could deregulate “white collar” jobs. »Read

In this article: Daniel Costa, minimum wage
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 House Dems urge administration to stop family detentions

They were used to deal with the influx of immigrants apprehended at the southern border last summer. »Read

In this article: Zoe Lofgren, Nancy Pelosi
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 Los Angeles leaders outlaw high-capacity gun magazines

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban the possession of high-capacity gun magazines following deadly mass shootings nationwide. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian
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 Conservative move against House Speaker John Boehner a sign of discontent

An effort by a conservative Republican to strip House Speaker John Boehner of his position as the top House leader is largely symbolic, but is a sign of discontent among the more conservative wing of the House GOP. »Read

In this article: Devin Nunes, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Trump's presence in first GOP debate makes prep challenging for candidates

One adviser likens it to a NASCAR driver preparing for a race knowing one of the drivers will be drunk. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Ed Rollins, Mitt Romney, John Weaver
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 NFL exec has mixed take on San Diego plan

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, told a senior NFL executive on Tuesday about the city’s plans to pay for and expedite the building of a new $1.2 ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria
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 Hillary Clinton Threads the Needle on Keystone Pipeline

She's avoided taking a stance on a hugely symbolic issue, but many environmentalists aren't upset »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Early Primary, renewable energy, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Anti-vaccination forces give recall a shot

They're baaack: Just when you thought the anti-vaccination folks had packed up and left, there's a new wrinkle -- now they want to recall the author of the legislation. From the Bee's Jeremy White: 'Thwarted in the Legislature, opponents of ... »Read

In this article: water, Richard Pan, Legislature, Eric Garcetti, Kevin Faulconer, Drought, Jerry Brown, Toni Atkins
Bills: SB 277,
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 California, Don't Get Suckered by the 2024 Olympics

After Boston dropped its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics on Monday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti quickly put out a statement expressing interest in the Games. Boston needs to be replaced as the American bid city for the games, and early ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti
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 HHS Spending and the Quest for More Money

The Hoover Institutions’ EUREKA newsletter this month examines California’s Revenue Conundrum. Given the recent clamor for more social spending one chart in the report catches the reader’s eye. The chart shows expenditure by program type from ... »Read

In this article: state budget
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 LAO Deals a Blow to Pension Measure's Chances

The Legislative Analysts Office may have dealt the death knell to an effort to slash the retirement security of California’s teachers, firefighters, peace officers, bus drivers and other public employees this week with a candid assessment of its ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS, Carl DeMaio, Dave Low, Chuck Reed
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 Putting Climate Change Ahead Of Constituents

Racial and economic inequality may be key issues facing America today, but the steps often pushed by progressives, including minority politicians, seem more likely to exacerbate these divisions than repair them. In a broad arc of policies affecting ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, green jobs
Bills: AB 32,
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 Newsom-led report pushes pot regulations

Chairing a panel on California’s would-be approach to legal marijuana has tamped down his enthusiasm for pot permissiveness, said Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, as the blue-ribbon panel released a sweeping new report on the question. The commission ... »Read

In this article: Tom Ammiano, Gavin Newsom
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 Obama Backs the Bureaucrats

The President is hoping you’ve forgotten about the VA scandal. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Drought now Californians' top concern, poll finds

Voter concern over California's drought is 'extremely high and intensifying,' according to a new poll, while a majority of respondents said they would willingly pay 'a few more dollars a month' to improve state water infrastructure. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Lester Snow, water
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 Electric car sharing program rolls out in L.A.

Courtesy Sen. Kevin de León’s office As many as 7,000 low-income Los Angeles residents could eventually take part in a state-funded electric car sharing program that rolled out last week. State and city officials celebrated the soft launch of ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Legislature
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