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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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 No quick action on 'SOLA' acronym for South Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- More than a decade after the neighborhood formerly known as South Central was rebranded as South Los Angeles, another renaming could be coming.... »Read

In this article: Bernard Parks, Herb Wesson
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 Steve Knight Lashes Out at Conservative Activists

Freshman lawmaker Steve Knight got so fed up over the weekend with the anti-immigration protesters who have been hounding him for months that he finally snapped. »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Karen Bass, Ken Calvert, Dianne Feinstein, Darrell Issa, Stephen T. Knight, Howard P. Mckeon, Mimi Walters
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 Hillary Clinton's top advisers huddle with congressional Democrats

Several top advisers for Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2016 campaign plotted strategy Tuesday with congressional Democrats, an unusually early effort at coordination between Capitol Hill allies and a presidential contender.Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Senate Democrats
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 Miley Cyrus, Patrick Schwarzenegger reportedly call it quits

Another wrecking ball has hit Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger's relationship: The couple has reportedly split after five months of dating. »Read

In this article: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Put science and children's health above hysteria; pass the vaccine bill

Members of the Senate Education Committee, including Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, on Wednesday must pass out of committee Senate Bill 277, which would end the personal belief exemptions, including religious exemptions, an increasing number of parents ... »Read

In this article: Loni Hancock, Richard Pan
Bills: SB 277,
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 California advances bill to help immigrant crime victims gain visas

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Undocumented immigrants in California who are violent crime victims would have the same chance to apply for a special U.S. visa regardless of where in the state the crime occurred, under a bill that passed a state Senate ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Dan Levine
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 CalSTRS' Carrie Lo recognized as Top 40 investment professional

California State Teachers’ Retirement System’s Carrie Lo receives international recognition as Chief Investment Officer magazine’s “Forty Under Forty” list.The group consists of top investment professionals under the age of 40. … ... »Read

In this article: Christopher Ailman, CalSTRS
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 Green energy job growth outpaces losses in coal industry

Far more jobs have been created in wind and solar in recent years than lost in the collapse of the coal industry, and renewable energy is poised for record growth…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: green jobs, Legislature, renewable energy
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 Actor William Shatner proposes pipeline to solve California drought

LOS ANGELES - (Reuters) - William Shatner in full Captain Kirk mode is looking to marshal a crew for a project with an astronomical budget to deal with California's drought problems, although some might call it a pipe dream. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 California bill would ban 'Redskins' as school team name or mascot

Public schools in California would have to phase out the use of the term “Redskins” for their athletic team name or mascot under a bill advanced Tuesday by a state Assembly panel based on concern that the term is derogatory to Native Americans. »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Lorena Gonzalez
Bills: AB 30,
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 The Great Thirst

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In this article: Drought, water
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 Steve Glazer's Schwarzenegger-esque Campaign for State Senate

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In this article: Susan Bonilla, Steven Glazer, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger, state budget
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 Therese Poletti's Tech Tales: This Silicon Valley revolutionary finally gets his due

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 Irvine Council Majority Running Scared of Possible State Probe

TheLiberalOC has learned the City of Irvine has directed the city’s lobbyist to do everything possible to persuade a State Legislative audit committee from investigating the conduct of the city’s two-person audit sub-committee and the ... »Read

In this article: Steven Choi, Beth Krom
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 Court strikes down tiered water rates

In a blow to the states water conservation plans, a state appeals court struck down a tiered rate system in San Juan Capistrano, saying that the tiered system violated Proposition 218. Gov. Jerry Brown lashed out at the ruling, which could have ... »Read

In this article: Anthony York, water, Phil Ting, Lorena Gonzalez, global warming, Jim Frazier, Drought, California Teachers Association, Jerry Brown, Toni Atkins
Bills: AB 1360, AB 1369,
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 CA court ruling could limit drought fighting tools

In a ruling that Gov. Jerry Brown says puts a 'straitjacket' on local governments trying to fight the severe statewide drought, an appeals court has found that an Orange County city's tiered water rates are unconstitutional. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 State's tiered water rates ruled unconstitutional

The stakes are high because at least two-thirds of California water providers, including many in the Bay Area, use some form of the tiered rate system. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 5 California Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking California news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today ... »Read

In this article: water, Gavin Newsom, Drought, Jerry Brown
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 Background: Misuse of Assessments and Fees Brought on Prop 218, which Took Down the Tiered Water Fee Plan

San Juan Capistrano's water fee usage plan ran afoul of Proposition 218's taxpayer shield to protect taxpayers from being charged taxes disguised as fees and assessments. The goal of the tiered water plan was designed as a financial punishment for ... »Read

In this article: water, Jon Coupal
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 So Many Ways to Vote. So Few Reasons.

The Goo Goo Dolls are on the march, and they want to make it easier for you vote. I'm not talking about the band, but about the good government community and its allies in state government. The miserable low turnout in California elections has ... »Read
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 'High Flying, Adored': What Happens to California Politicians Who Succeed Young

Last week, Michael Dolgushkin and Shelby Kendrick of the California State Library and I were going through a collection of papers from the 1980s. Unexpectedly, we found issues of the journal, Golden State Report (GSR), for the two year period, ... »Read

In this article: Bill Press, Bill Jones, John Garamendi, Dianne Feinstein, Gray Davis, Art Agnos
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 California Assembly Democrats Seem Determined to Completely Eliminate Minor Party Candidates

On April 15, the Assembly Elections Committee passed AB 372, a bill which seems motivated by a desire to completely rid the November ballot of minor party candidates. Even though the bill has a Republican sponsor, it received no votes from either ... »Read

In this article: Henry Perea, Kevin Mullin, Legislature, Frank Bigelow, Assembly Democrats
Bills: AB 372,
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 The Drought: California Is So Over

California has met the future, and it really doesn't work. As the mounting panic surrounding the drought suggests, the Golden State, once renowned for meeting human and geographic challenges, is losing its ability to cope with crises. As a result, ... »Read

In this article: water, Drought, Jerry Brown
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 The Note: Hillary Hearts New Hampshire

The Note: Hillary Hearts New Hampshire »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Loretta Lynch
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 No more tiers? San Juan Capistrano ruling need not end structured water rates

Monday's state appeals court ruling striking down one city’s tiered water rates could, in a worst-case scenario, mean the eventual collapse of all similar rate structures in California, and with them the collapse of the most proven and effective ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Jeff Kightlinger, water
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 State senate committee approves minimum wage hike

California’s minimum wage workers will receive a 62.5 percent raise over three years if Senate Bill 3 is approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The Senate »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Mark Leno, Connie Leyva, minimum wage, state budget, Jeff Stone
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 What's my work schedule? Employees deserve an earlier answer

Over the last few years, many large employers of part-time workers — such as retailers and restaurant chains — have adopted what's known as 'just in time' scheduling, which gives workers little or no notice of what days they'll be working. In ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, David Chiu, Legislature
Bills: AB 357,
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 Presidential bids by Rubio, Paul deal 2016 blow to Senate GOP

The presidential ambitions of Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are dealing a blow to their party’s effort to retain a fragile Senate majority in the 2016 election, close watchers say, by injecting a heavy dose of uncertainty into ... »Read

In this article: Patrick Murphy, Tom Watson
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 Candidates Look to Make Family Legacies in Congress

When nine-term Democratic Rep. Lois Capps announced her retirement, all eyes turned to a potential successor: her daughter. »Read

In this article: Lois Capps, Barack Obama, Ben Tulchin
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 5 Things to know about Jeb Bush's campaign finance strategy

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Republican presidential prospect Jeb Bush is preparing to embark on an experiment in presidential politics. Here's a look at his plans to vastly enhance the role his super PAC will play in his all-but-announced campaign ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Mike Murphy, Bill Simon
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 Fact Checker: Carly Fiorina's claim that California's drought is a 'man-made' disaster

“While California is clearly experiencing another drought, the extreme water shortages are an ongoing and man-made human tragedy — one that has been brought on by overzealous liberal environmentalists who continue to devalue the lives and ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Carly Fiorina, Devin Nunes, peripheral canal, referendum, water
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 Unions want to raise costs for road work

Assembly Bill 219, by Anaheim Democratic Assemblyman Tom Daly, at first blush, seems relatively innocuous. It simply adds the delivery of ready-mix concrete to the list of activities covered by prevailing wage requirements for public works ... »Read

In this article: Tom Daly, Dennis Hollingsworth, Legislature
Bills: AB 219,
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 California judge rejects city's tiered water rates

(Reuters) - A state appeals court ruled on Monday that a southern California city's tiered water rates, developed in an effort to combat overuse during the state's ongoing drought, violated the state's Constitution. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 AM Alert: Mandatory vaccine supporters rally before crucial vote

California’s controversial mandatory vaccine bill could be on its last legs. It is stalled in committee over concerns it denies children an education. Supporters are working to re-emphasize the bill’s public health benefits. … Click to ... »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Frank Bigelow, Anthony Cannella, Jim Frazier, Legislature, Gavin Newsom, Kristin Olsen, Richard Pan
Bills: AB 202, AB 30, AB 525, SB 277, SB 593,
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 William Shatner: Solve California drought with Seattle pipeline

For generations, water-hungry Southern California has jealously eyed the rainy Pacific Northwest as a potential source of the precious resource. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Appeals court throws out San Juan Capistrano's tiered water-use rates

An appeals court decision handed down Monday has thrown into question a major component of California's drought conservation efforts. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Religion complicates California vaccine debate

A California proposal would eliminate personal belief exemptions for vaccines. In the process, it also would bar religious exemptions. If SB 277 passes, California would be one of a few states that don’t offer a way to opt out for religious ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Connie Leyva
Bills: SB 277,
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 California drought: Firefighters, residents preparing for a long, dry fire season

California is four years into the drought and firefighters are preparing for a lengthy and potentially deadly fire season. The especially dry winter concerns firefighters because it seems like last year's fire season never ended. »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought, water
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 Report: Small L.A. County cities seize large amounts in civil forfeitures

A handful of small Los Angeles County cities seize large amounts of cash and cars using a controversial federal law that allows them to confiscate property even when owners aren’t charged with a crime, according to a report published by an ... »Read

In this article: John Lovell, Holly J. Mitchell
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 No workable plan on the table to keep NFL in San Diego

As two stadium plans are moving forward in Los Angeles, San Diego does not have a workable plan or timetable that would keep the Chargers in San Diego, the Los Angeles News Group has learned.Last week, the NFL met with San Diego Mayor Kevin ... »Read

In this article: Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer, Stephen Puetz
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 As UC tuition increases, so does university administration

Rising university tuition costs have been a hot topic in California, where Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers have tangled with UC executives over budgets, spending and state investment levels in higher education. Long story short: The University ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin McCarty
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 This time, Hillary Clinton plays up her gender and key issues for women

Hillary Rodham Clinton waited until the day of her concession speech the last time she ran for president to put the glass ceiling at the center of her campaign. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Family Leave, Chris Lehane, Early Primary, Karen E. Skelton
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 California drought to get worse, experts predict

Researchers, students and state officials gathered at UC Irvine Monday to discuss the causes and possible solutions for the state's historic drought. With no relief this winter and summer ahead, the ongoing California drought is expected to get ... »Read

In this article: MICHAEL N. ANDERSON, Drought, water
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 Water pricing to spur conservation ruled unconstitutional

An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water-rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage people to save water. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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