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Key Committee Fails To Take Up California Minimum Wage Bill

"A wise move considering the wage will go up automatically this coming January. Not to mention this bill would have come at a hefty price tag to the state government- over $4 Billion according to the Department of Finance."

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Despite Side Deal Report, Support Lines Up for Iran Deal

"Support lines up? One NY Congressman. Seems like two key northeastern Senators (both Dems) in two weeks is more compelling evidence of an anti-deal groundswell."

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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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 SCOTUS rules: Ky. clerk may not withhold gay marriage licenses

A Kentucky county clerk will have to choose whether to issue marriage licenses, defying her Christian conviction, or continue to refuse them, defying a federal judge who could pummel her with fines or jail time. »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Mike Reynolds
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 High court rules against Kentucky clerk in same-sex marriage case

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and the clerk will arrive at work Tuesday to face her moment of truth. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will have to choose whether ... »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Mike Reynolds, Same-sex marriage
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 Wells run dry in small Central California town amid historic drought

Wells in Okieville have gone dry for many of the 100 modest homes that share narrow, cracked streets without sidewalks or streetlights in a dry corner of California's Central Valley. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Gov. Brown creates new online security center

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the creation of a new security center Monday that will be responsible for strengthening online security to prevent cyber-attacks on state agencies.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Elaine Howle
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 SCOTUS rules: Ky. clerk may not withold gay marriage licenses

A Kentucky county clerk will have to choose whether to issue marriage licenses, defying her Christian conviction, or continue to refuse them, defying a federal judge who could pummel her with fines or jail time. »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Mike Reynolds
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 Halle Berry, Catholic bishops lobby lawmakers on climate bill

With less than two weeks before the end of the legislative session, state Democratic leaders enlisted religious leaders and a Hollywood actress on Monday for a final push in favor of sweeping environmental legislation. »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Beth Miller
Bills: SB 350,
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 Family to file lawsuit in wake of San Francisco Pier 14 shooting

ABC7 News reporter Vic Lee has learned that the family of Kate Steinle, who was shot and killed in San Francisco last month, is on the verge of filing a lawsuit over her murder. Among those named in the suit will be Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, the U.S. ... »Read

In this article: illegal immigration, Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi
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 High Court Rules Against Clerk in Marriage Case

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a petition by a Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue any marriage licenses in the wake of the court’s landmark ruling in June that declared a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Same-sex marriage
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 Developer of big rental project on Bryant puts it on hold

Facing fierce opposition from anti-gentrification activists in the Mission, the developer of a 276-unit rental complex proposed for Bryant Street put the project on hold Monday, saying he would instead redesign the development. In a letter to ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, Edwin M. Lee
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 Human trafficking: Count of victims underscores S.F.'s challenges

San Francisco’s first effort to document the scope of human trafficking in the city identified nearly 300 known or suspected victims in the second half of 2014 alone and highlighted the challenge of addressing a crime in which women, men and often ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Rebecca Marcus
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 Brown talks climate – to anyone who will listen*

<p><b>Jerry Brown</b>, once ridiculed nationally as '<b>Governor Moonbeam,'</b> is coming to be seen as an important ambassador in the battle against climate change.  As <b>SB350</b> and ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Ted Gaines, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Chris Megerian, John Myers, Kristin Olsen, renewable energy
Bills: SB 358,
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 California state engineers reach contract deal with Jerry Brown

Three-year deal totals 7 percent in raisesPECG first of four unions with expired contracts to reach agreement … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Bruce Blanning, Jerry Brown, Legislature
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 Bill would ban naming public sites after Confederate leaders

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers on Monday advanced a bill to ban schools, parks and other public property from being named after elected leaders or senior military officers of the Confederacy.... »Read

In this article: Steven Glazer, Shirley Weber
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 SCOTUS: Kentucky clerk must issue licenses

The Supreme Court on Monday night denied an emergency application from a Kentucky clerk who has been refusing to issue marriage licenses because of her religious objections to same-sex marriage. »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Same-sex marriage
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 California Senate sends bill to close gender pay gap to governor

Senate Bill 358 would strengthen and expand California’s existing equal pay lawsGov. Jerry Brown announced last week that he would sign the bill … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Nancy McFadden
Bills: SB 358,
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 Democratic hopes for California tax increases hinge on GOP votes

GOP lawmakers last supported a tax deal in 2009Gas, cigarette taxes on the table this year‘Shaming’ and recall threats are part of anti-tax arsenal … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Sam Blakeslee, Jerry Brown, Jon Fleischman, Jean Fuller, Robert Huff, Legislature, Abel Maldonado, John Moorlach, Roger Niello, Kristin Olsen, Matt Rexroad, Dan Schnur, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Senate Republicans, Darrell Steinberg
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 Governor creates security center to prevent online attacks

In an executive order signed Monday, Brown announced the creation of the California Cybersecurity Integration Center, a branch of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, to help reduce the likelihood that the state would fall victim to the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Elaine Howle
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 Big Apple versus Big Toilet

Yes, I saw panhandlers, guys with squeegees, street people, the sorry-looking and the down-and-out, especially in Midtown. The homeless were not invisible, but in my limited time (and maybe I was lucky), there was not a moment that I felt menaced ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Rudy Giuliani, Edwin M. Lee
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 Dan Walters: Half-baked carbon bill given rush

Senate Bill 350 would ‘decarbonize’ CaliforniaBackers say it would be an easy changeReal-world effects are still uncertain … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Pete Wilson
Bills: SB 32, SB 350,
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 Lawmakers send Jerry Brown bill to ban bullhooks on elephants

Law would be first of its kind in nationLaw would kick in Jan. 1 2018 … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara, Legislature
Bills: SB 716,
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 State Senate OKs bills seeking equal pay, restricting drones, barring bullhooks

State lawmakers on Monday approved bills that would outlaw the use of aerial drones over wildfires, seek to eliminate a gender pay gap and bar the use of bullhooks in handling elephants in California. »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Ted Gaines, Ricardo Lara, Jeff Stone
Bills: SB 168, SB 358, SB 716,
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 California equal-pay bill headed for governor's signature

The Senate unanimously passed legislation Friday aimed at curbing gender pay discrimination in the workplace. An aide to Gov. Jerry Brown said the governor will sign the bill into law. Senate Bill 358 passed on a 39-0 vote, with Republicans ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Legislature
Bills: SB 358,
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 Halle Berry, Catholic bishops voice support for California climate bills

California Democrats are calling on supporters in Hollywood and the Catholic Church as they push for climate change bills in the final two weeks of the legislative session. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Isadore Hall, renewable energy, Tony Thurmond
Bills: SB 350,
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 Lawmakers send hit-and-run alert proposal to governor again

California state lawmakers are once again sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill to establish an alert system for catching hit-and-run drivers. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mike Gatto
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 LAUSD gears up search for next superintendent

The selection process for the executive search firm expected to find the Los Angeles Unified School District's next superintendent will get underway during Tuesday's Board of Education meeting.Members of the LAUSD's board met Sunday at a San Pedro ... »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Halle Berry joins Capitol climate change lobbying team

Actress meets with Assembly Democrats on Senate Bill 350 … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Isadore Hall
Bills: SB 350,
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 Supreme Court says former Virginia governor McDonnell can stay out of prison pending appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday granted a request by former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell to remain out of prison while he appeals his corruption convictions. »Read

In this article: John Roberts, James Spencer
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 Initial Common Core goals unfulfilled as state results trickle in

Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected, though still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing. »Read

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District, No Child Left Behind
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 Assemblyman Chad Mayes seeking Assembly GOP leadership post

Assembly Republicans could elect a new leader as early as Tuesday, said Assemblyman Chad Mayes, a GOP freshman from Yucca Valley who confirmed Monday that he's seeking the leadership post. »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Assembly Republicans, Toni Atkins, Jean Fuller, Robert Huff, Kristin Olsen
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 Business group backs third lane on Richmond-San Rafael Bridge

Last week, Assemblyman Marc Levine introduced a bill -- Assembly Bill 9 -- in an attempt to push Caltrans to open a third eastbound lane by the end of next month »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, Drought, John Grubb, Marc Levine, water
Bills: AB 9,
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 Court to rule if California death penalty is cruel, unusual

A federal appeals court will hear arguments about whether California's death penalty is unconstitutional because of excessive delays. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 Anti-vaxxers threaten freedoms of others: Thomas Elias

Imagine a California where polio becomes a threat to children's health as it was before the 1950s, when first the Salk vaccine and later the even more effective Sabin formula threw this dreaded and crippling disease and all its iron lungs into ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Thomas D. Elias, peripheral canal, referendum, water
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 When the wells run dry: California families cope in drought

Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets in the bare dirt of his yard. It's his daily ritual now in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma's Dust Bowl. But only a trickle came out; then a drip, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Pass Padilla's super motor voter registration bill

The California Assembly has agreed to automatically register any eligible citizen who shows up at the DMV. The Senate and Gov. Brown should agree. »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Jerry Brown, Lorena Gonzalez, Kevin McCarty, Alex Padilla
Bills: AB 1461,
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 Bob Huff moves from California Senate district to prep for next campaign

Senate Republican Leader this spring moved to just outside boundary of his districtHuff is running for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2016 … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Ted Gaines, Cristina Garcia, Betsey Hodges, Robert Huff, Roderick Wright
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 Road Repair Deal At Capitol Still Elusive As Time Draws Short

Halfway through the California Legislature's final month of work, lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown appear no closer to a deal on transportation funding than when they first returned from summer recess two weeks ago. The governor and legislative ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Kristin Olsen
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 Common Core results 'lower than what people are used to seeing'

LOS ANGELES -- Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected. But they are still below what many parents may be accustomed to ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Los Angeles Unified School District, No Child Left Behind
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