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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

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 GOP's fight for 2016 nomination likely to drag on longer than party desires

Republicans have made no secret of their desire for a quick presidential primary fight aimed at rapidly producing a nominee to take on former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton.They almost certainly won’t see that wish granted — thanks to ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Early Primary
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 Gov. Jerry Brown, legislators to wrestle with gas tax issue

Since taking office in 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown has helped to resolve some of California's toughest fiscal challenges -- mainly huge structural deficits and old, forgotten debts. But this year he's ready to take on Mission Impossible -- getting ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, Anthony Cannella, Robert Huff, Will Kempton, Senate Republicans
Bills: SB 16,
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 Latest oil spill echoes 1969, but with less of the political fallout

Along the coastline west of Santa Barbara last week rose an apparition from 1969, as oil defiled the surface of the Pacific, the beachside rocks, wildlife. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Field Poll, Carly Fiorina, John McCain, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water, Meg Whitman, Pete Wilson
Bills: AB 32,
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 California is steering toward more reasonable traffic ticket laws

Here's something to elicit happy honks from California motorists: Two of the more abusive aspects of traffic citations — 'bail for trial' and excessive fines — are being hauled off the road. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Loni Hancock, Legislature, Mac Taylor
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 Group says California immigration policies contributed to drought

In a television commercial that has aired across the state, a young boy asks: 'If Californians are having fewer children, why isn't there enough water?' »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Victor Davis Hanson, Drought, illegal immigration, Legislature, water
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 VA Hospital Dubbed 'Biggest Construction Failure' Gets Bailout

The project has been dubbed the VA's "biggest construction failure." »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 State taxes may go down - and up

Is there a tax cut in your future? Could be. A consensus is forming that, barring a big recession, the $7 billion yearly Proposition 30 state tax increase voters passed in 2012 will be allowed to expire at the end of 2018. As detailed in Gov. ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Split roll, Thomas F. Steyer, Mac Taylor
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 A smarter way to help low-income workers

Every year, the governor proposes a budget in January, revises it in May after income tax returns are filed and reaches agreement with the Legislature by July 1 (hopefully). The “May Revise” has just been issued for 2015, and now the serious... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Big Five, Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Tom Campbell, Kevin De Leon, Robert Huff, Legislature, minimum wage, Kristin Olsen, Proposition 2, Darrell Steinberg
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 Raising real estate costs to swell state government

Despite its good intentions, a new legislative proposal working its way through the Capitol would have negative consequences for property rights in California. Assembly Bill 1335, by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, which the Orange ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Legislature, Michelle Steel
Bills: AB 1335,
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 Father Of Isla Vista Shooting Victim Has Dedicated His Life To Gun Reforms

Richard Martinez thinks of his son every day, and with those thoughts come the constant reminder of a young life cut tragically short by a troubled man with a gun. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Michael R.O. Martinez
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 Father of UCSB shooting victim continues fight for gun reforms

Richard Martinez thinks of his son every day, and with those thoughts come the constant reminder of a young life cut tragically short by a troubled man with a gun.That is why, the 61-year-old attorney says, he crisscrosses the country, poking and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Michael R.O. Martinez
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 California's sales tax is obsolete, needs to be fixed

Sales tax used to be state’s top revenue sourceIncome taxes now dominate revenue flowShould sales taxes be extended to services? … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown
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 Using windfalls and paper to fight climate change

Jerry Brown prepares for Paris climate summitCap and trade generates huge sums of moneyNot clear that cap and trade cuts greenhouse gas emissions … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, greenhouse gas, Legislature
Bills: AB 32,
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 Robbed, then fired: That's Texas

Boss of Texas worker robbed at gunpoint demands repayment of stolen money Backlash forced company to hire woman back, but at a different franchise Had the woman worked in California, her firing would have been illegal … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: Family Leave, minimum wage, sick leave
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 Senate's ban on fundraising during budget talks is vital step

Blackout creates distance between government action and political fundraising during budget talks Din of legislators, special interests tacitly trading money for votes will be significantly quieter Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins has refused to ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, campaign finance, state budget, Darrell Steinberg
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 Another View: Farmers serve the public good

This fourth year of drought has caused a lot of discouraging and unproductive finger-pointing I know the crops my family grows feed people, which is a critical need for the ‘commonweal’ … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Senate hands Obama more power in trade talks

WASHINGTON — In a victory for President Obama, the Senate has passed bipartisan legislation to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. Obama hailed ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein
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