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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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 Experiment in Irvine takes crops' water use to new lows

On a recent afternoon, Santa Ana winds swept through a sunny, 200-acre swath of Irvine where a quiet experiment could have a major impact in the blueberry world. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 Baltimore violence, looting prompt state of emergency

Rioters have plunged part of Baltimore into chaos, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers. »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama, water
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 California's automatic voter registration bill advances

A proposal to automatically register Californians to vote when they get a driver’s license was approved Monday by a state Assembly panel after Secretary of State Alex Padilla noted there are about 6.7 million state residents who are eligible but ... »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Alex Padilla
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 Deal With It

If you only casually follow politics, you probably don’t know much about Senator Patty Murray. She's rarely on TV or in the headlines. She’s not inclined to tear into her Republican colleagues or give floor speeches that go viral, like Senator ... »Read

In this article: Loretta Lynch, minimum wage, No Child Left Behind, Senate Democrats, sick leave
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 Court orders LAPD to turn over video said to show man's police beating

A federal magistrate ordered the Los Angeles Police Department on Monday to give an attorney video footage that she says shows her client being assaulted by an LAPD officer in South L.A. »Read

In this article: Richard Garcia, Jackie Lacey
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 L.A. council candidates Ryu, Ramsay spar over developer donations

Los Angeles City Council candidate David Ryu fired back Monday at accusations from rival Carolyn Ramsay that he had not held to his pledge to forgo contributions from developers, saying he had returned more money while the Ramsay campaign continued ... »Read

In this article: Rachel Estrada, Tom LaBonge
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 O'Malley cutting short trip to Ireland amid unrest in Baltimore

Amid the unrest in Baltimore, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley is cutting short a planned series of paid speeches in Ireland and returning home Tuesday morning, an aide said.The Democrat, who has been aggressively positioning himself for a ... »Read

In this article: renewable energy, John A. Wagner
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 Nurses union plans short strikes in California and Illinois

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A union representing nurses in California and Illinois said on Monday 6,400 members planned to walk off their jobs later this week for a series of one- and two-day strikes amid contract negotiations. »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, Chuck Idelson
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 Democrats reject Republican proposal to speed reservoir reviews

A Republican proposal to expedite the construction of new reservoirs stalled in an Assembly committee on Monday, just hours after a rally on the Capitol steps in support of the legislation. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Kristin Olsen, water
Bills: AB 311,
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 Official claims bad blood with union boss bred West Coast port crisis

A lawsuit filed last month in Los Angeles Superior Court offers a vividly detailed picture of the obscure waterfront politics that brought Pacific Rim commerce to its knees for several tense weeks earlier this year. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Eric Garcetti, David Miller
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 Gavin Newsom in DC for SCOTUS marriage cases

California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom will attend Tuesday’s oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in cases challenging state laws that prohibit same-sex partners from exercising the same rights as opposite-sex partners. Newsom’s February ... »Read

In this article: Gavin Newsom, Same-sex marriage
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 New Friends Court David Vitter Ahead of Possible Senate Vacancy

If Vitter wins his race for Louisana governor, he could appoint his replacement. At least three Republicans already are jockeying for position. »Read

In this article: Fred Davis, Fred Davis
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 Assembly panel kills Republican bill to speed dam construction

Republican drought-inspired legislation went down in an Assembly committee Monday. Backers sought to prevent environmental delays for construction of water-storage facilities. Critics said it would compromise the environment and is premature. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
Bills: AB 311,
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 Muslim Day: Bay Area faithful come to Sacramento to lobby lawmakers

Muslim students, business owners and community leaders traveled to Sacramento on Monday for a 'lobby day' organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. »Read

In this article: Mark Leno, Bob Wieckowski
Bills: SB 178, SB 358,
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 California Senate duel will affect 'job killer' bills

The California Chamber of Commerce has published its annual “job killer” list. This year’s has 17 targeted bills. Meanwhile, a special election will impact their fate. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Steven Glazer, Legislature, minimum wage, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 California lawmakers soften proposed tobacco ban at baseball venues

Once intended to ban tobacco from baseball, a California bill has been watered down. It is now limited to professional parks and to smokeless tobacco. The slimmed-down version got out of committee on Monday. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Adam Gray, Tony Thurmond
Bills: AB 768,
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 Laura Burton Capps will not seek mother's House seat

Laura Burton Capps, who had been expected to run for her mother’s Santa Barbara-based House seat, announced Monday that she would not be running for Congress. »Read

In this article: Khatchik Achadjian, Lois Capps
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 Rep. Ted Lieu on GOP, climate change, LGBT rights

Rep. Ted Lieu, in Silicon Valley on Monday and Tuesday to tour tech companies and pay homage to his alma mater, says the key to Democratic victories in 2016 lies on the other side of the aisle. “We want to see lots of Ted Cruz on television,” ... »Read

In this article: greenhouse gas, Kamala Harris, Ted W. Lieu, Henry A. Waxman
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 Sacramento budget replaces firehouses, funds downtown housing study

After years of deficits, budget includes new spending. Public safety investment includes $10 million for firehouses. The budget also proposes new spending on homeless services, police diversity efforts. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, John Shirey
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 Senators Call for Higher Wages for Senate Workers

A group of senators are pushing for Senate contract workers to be paid a 'living wage' following reports of workers barely getting by. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, minimum wage, Barack Obama
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 City Of San Diego Employees To Get 3 Paid Sick Days

The city of San Diego will offer up to three paid sick days a year to its hourly employees, beginning July 1. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Todd Gloria, Lorena Gonzalez, sick leave
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 Corinthian Colleges closes all 28 remaining campuses

Corinthian Colleges canceled classes Monday and shut down all of its remaining 28 ground campuses, displacing about 16,000 students, less than two weeks after the Education Department announced it was fining the for-profit institution $30 million ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Theodore R. Mitchell
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 Amid California drought, Republicans want faster reservoir construction

Standing next to dead almond trees on the Capitol steps on Monday, Republican lawmakers and farmers pushed to expedite the construction of new reservoirs during the drought. »Read

In this article: Drought, Kristin Olsen, water
Bills: AB 311,
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 Global Gourmet Games test guests' food knowledge

The event: Contestants in the “Global Gourmet Games” battled it out Saturday by assessing the ingredients in appetizers, calculating the calories in main courses and determining the fat content in desserts served at an international feast at the ... »Read

In this article: Gray Davis, Michael Milken, Milken Institute, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Corinthian's collapse heightens calls for loan forgiveness

'Finally, we see the end of this rotten company.' »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Ben Miller, Theodore R. Mitchell, Senate Democrats
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 Laura Capps Won't Seek Mother's Seat in California

Laura Capps announced Monday she will not seek the California seat being vacated by her mother, Democratic Rep. Lois Capps. »Read

In this article: Khatchik Achadjian, Lois Capps, Barack Obama
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 Behind the Storefront: Google says emoji pants, tulle skirts are all the rage

Want to rock the hot fashion trends this spring? Put away your skinny jeans, one-shoulder dresses and “normcore” Jerry Seinfield-style bland fashion of jeans and white sneakers. Put on some emoji jogger pants, tulle skirts and sport a top with ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Lisa A. Green
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 Laura Burton Capps Not Running for Congress

The daughter of retiring Rep. Lois Capps announced she won't be jumping into the race. »Read

In this article: Khatchik Achadjian, Lois Capps
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 The case for Sukhee Kang in SD-29

While the news of Sukhee Kang’s candidacy for SD-29 broke last week might be old (I was out of town on business all last week; sorry readers), I hope to shed a little light on his announcement. Kang led Irvine through the toughest years of the ... »Read

In this article: Larry Agran, Pete Aguilar, Board of Equalization, California Democratic Party, John Campbell, John Chiang, Steven Choi, Judy Chu, Greg Diamond, Janice Hahn, Michael Honda, Robert Huff, Sukhee Kang, Beth Krom, Ted W. Lieu, Alan Lowenthal, Fiona Ma, Gavin Newsom, Tim Shaw, Mark Takano, Art Torres, water, Betty T. Yee
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 Republican activist Del Beccaro to seek California U.S. Senate seat

(Corrects April 26 story. Paragraph 3 to show Rocky Chavez is state assembly member, not state senator)) »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, California Republican Party, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez
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 Murray, mom in tennis shoes in '92, stands her ground

WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's a disturbance in the force of the tradition-bound Senate and her name is Patty Murray.... »Read

In this article: Loretta Lynch, No Child Left Behind
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 House passes info sharing bill, ball in Senate court

The difference? House GOP leadership can't blame Democrats if the bill stalls again. »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Loretta Lynch, Kevin McCarthy, Adam Schiff, Senate Democrats
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 Minimum wage debate playing out in Los Angeles theaters

  “All the world’s a stage,” wrote William Shakespeare, and political theater on the hot topic of the minimum wage is playing out in smaller Los Angeles theaters. We’re not The post Minimum wage debate playing out in Los Angeles ... »Read

In this article: Joel Fox, minimum wage, referendum
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 The Fix: Why would two same-sex marriage proponents even host an event for Ted Cruz?

You've likely heard about what happened already. Two New York City entrepreneurs, leaders in the city's gay business community, hosted a small event for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) in their Central Park South penthouse. The story got to the Times, and ... »Read

In this article: Rudy Giuliani, Patrick Murphy, Barack Obama, Same-sex marriage
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 Fifty California colleges abruptly close

In a surprise move that stunned students and education experts alike, a 150-year old chain of for-profit colleges, including Corinthian and Heald, abruptly shut down this weekend, shuttering over 50 California campuses. Jill Tucker has the story for ... »Read

In this article: Evan Westrup, water, Dan Walters, Legislature, Kamala Harris, Michael Finnegan, Rocky Chavez, California Target Book, Sutter Brown, Barbara Boxer
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 Port truckers for Long Beach, Los Angeles strike over charges of wage theft

Port truckers have voted to go on strike against four local transportation companies in the latest episode of what has been on ongoing dispute between employers and the drivers who haul goods to and from the harbor. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Robert B. Garcia
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 'Jeb's Story': Bush Advisers Brief Top Donors at Miami Summit

MIAMI BEACH – Jeb Bush’s top donors are hearing Monday from a range of his policy advisers and political supporters whose biographies offer a flavor of his anticipated presidential campaign. »Read

In this article: Mark Green, Mike Murphy
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 Martin O'Malley heads overseas to deliver some paid speeches

Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, who’s been busy traveling to early presidential nominating states, is diverting overseas for a few days to make some money for his family.The Democrat is scheduled to deliver a series of paid speeches in ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, renewable energy, John A. Wagner
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 Lawmakers shrug off charges that state is botching high-speed rail land acquisition

Complaints from Central Valley residents that the state has botched the acquisition of land for high-speed rail failed to convince lawmakers last week that the matter deserved further investigation. A legislative panel nixed a request from Sen. ... »Read

In this article: eminent domain, High-Speed Rail, Jeff Morales, Andy Vidak
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 Brock around the clock

The after-after-party everyone was buzzing about was the second annual party hosted by the Media Matters founder. »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, Timothy Alan Simon, Eric C. Stone
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 Acting Out the Minimum Wage Drama

“All the world’s a stage,” wrote William Shakespeare, and political theater on the hot topic of the minimum wage is playing out in smaller Los Angeles theaters. We’re not talking about minimum wage as the topic of a play, but minimum wage as ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, referendum
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 Good Bills Are Focus of CalChamber Job Creator List

Since 2008, CalChamber has been identifying bills that will improve the state’s job climate and stimulate our economy.  We put them on our annual “Job Creator” list hoping to put a spotlight on proposals that will encourage investment in our ... »Read

In this article: CEQA
Bills: AB 1038, AB 1252, AB 1470, AB 323, AB 35, AB 52, AB 54, AB 588, AB 641, SB 249, SB 67,
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 CEQA: California Dreamin' or California Nightmare?

Our recent report on “California Social Priorities” — released by Chapman University’s Center for Demographics and Policy and the topic of the first meeting of the Houston based Center for Opportunity Urbanism — stirred up some ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, CEQA, Joel Kotkin, renewable energy, water
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 Elementary Indoctrination

To say California’s teachers’ unions wield outsize influence over state education policy is hardly novel. From setting tenure rules to rewriting dismissal statutes and blocking pension reforms, the California Teachers Association and the ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Gray Davis, Bob Hertzberg, Legislature
Bills: SB 1530,
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 Steve Glazer is fracking the California Democratic Party

Steve Glazer is fracking the California Democratic Party by Ellis Goldberg originally appearedon HALFWAY TO CONCORD. Glazer is fracking the Democratic Party by turning Democrats against Democrats and labor unions in the current campaign and is ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan, California Democratic Party, Steven Glazer
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