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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."

by Avg. Joe 20 days ago   Respond   Read article

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."

by jimragan796 57 days ago   Respond   Read article

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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 Ted Cruz Wants to Subject Supreme Court Justices to Political Elections
Mother Jones - June 30, 3:00 am
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 Stop punishing and start helping L.A.'s homeless
Los Angeles Times/Top of the Ticket - June 30, 5:00 am
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 Former Deputy Mayor Eileen Decker sworn in as U.S. attorney
Los Angeles Times/Top of the Ticket - June 30, 5:00 am
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 Court ruling spurs backers' hopes for redistricting changes
Associated Press - June 30, 1:25 am
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 California Could Legalize Farmers Market Beer Tasting
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 Chargers, Raiders owners meet with L.A., Carson officials about stadium

San Diego and Oakland have made proposals to keep their NFL teams, but it's clear the owners of those teams remain unconvinced. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Herb Wesson
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 Excessive water use tax of up to 300%?

Water agencies could impose a tax of up to 300 percent on excessive use, under an East Bay lawmaker’s bill. SB 789 by state Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, will be heard Wednesday by the Assembly Local Government Committee. He held a news ... »Read

In this article: Drought, water, Bob Wieckowski
Bills: SB 789,
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 California paid sick leave, fracking, phone kill-switch laws take effect

California employers must pay ill workers at least three days a yearHydraulic fracturing drillers required to have permits, disclose chemicals … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Legislature, sick leave, water
Bills: AB 1522, AB 1577, SB 4, SB 962, AB 2293,
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 Paid sick leave, lead ammo, smartphones affected by new laws

More than six million workers are expected to benefit from a new law taking effect Wednesday that requires California employers to provide them at least three paid sick days a year. It's among several new laws that take effect at the start of the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ken DeVore, Lorena Gonzalez, referendum, sick leave
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 Transitional job programs would be exempt from L.A.'s $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES >> Transitional job programs that help people who face challenges finding work would be exempted from the city's recently adopted $15 minimum wage plan under an amendment backed by the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday.The council ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, sick leave
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 Cal Poly Pomona uses more water than any other CSU campus -- Here's how they're cutting back

POMONA >> Cal Poly Pomona, with its agricultural programs and iconic Arabian horses, uses more water than any other Cal State University, according to officials. But in the midst of a historic statewide drought, Cal Poly Pomona officials are »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Same-sex marriage fight turns to clerks who refuse licenses

A handful of public officials across the Bible Belt say they are so repulsed by the thought of enabling a same-sex marriage that they are defying the U.S. Supreme Court and refusing to issue a license to anyone, gay or straight. »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Same-sex marriage
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 High court case hits union dues

Orange County teacher challenges California Teachers AssociationU.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear case in next termWere CTA to lose, it would affect its political power … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Gray Davis, Legislature
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 California nurses lose bid to expand practices

Physicians score win over rival nursesIt was this year’s skirmish in perennial conflictClash echoed special Senate election … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Steven Glazer, Ed Hernandez
Bills: SB 323,
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 Paid sick leave, smartphones affected by new CA laws

More than six million workers are expected to benefit from a new law taking effect Wednesday that requires California employers to provide them at least three paid sick days a year. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ken DeVore, Lorena Gonzalez, referendum, sick leave
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 The Ex-Im Bank Is About to Expire. Can It Be Revived?

Backers are pinning their hopes on a vote in the Senate, but it's unclear whether House GOP leaders will ever put a reauthorization on the floor. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, No Child Left Behind, water, Maxine Waters
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 California vaccine bill SB 277 signed into law by Jerry Brown

Ending months of speculation, Gov. Jerry Brown today signed into law Senate Bill 277, which requires almost all California schoolchildren to be fully vaccinated in order to attend public or private school, regardless of their parents’ personal ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Legislature, Richard Pan, referendum
Bills: SB 277,
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 Clock is ticking on California's lethal injection question

One of the silver linings of Monday's Supreme Court ruling in Glossip vs. Gross, which upheld Oklahoma's objectionable three-drug execution protocol, was a compelling dissent by Justice Stephen G. Breyer arguing that it is 'highly likely that the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Gavin Newsom
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 Hours from deadline, GOP faces new pressure on Ex-Im Bank

At midnight Tuesday, the Export-Import Bank of the United States will lose its federal charter for the first time in 80 years, and hours before the deadline, American exporters and Democrats heightened pressure on Republican leaders in Congress to ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Mark Kirk, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 Scalia right about California and the West -- for now: Joe Mathews

Let's stipulate that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was wrong to dissent in last week's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.But Scalia was right, in the same dissent, to suggest that California is a different place than the ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Kamala Harris, Joe Mathews, Same-sex marriage
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 Consumer group alleges gas price manipulation by California refiners

Major oil refiners are artificially hiking gasoline prices throughout California by charging branded gas stations an average of 30 cents a gallon more than what independent stations pay -- the biggest price gap in years, according to a consumer ... »Read

In this article: Jamie Court, Energy Commission, Kamala Harris, Tupper Hull
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 L.A. to loosen minimum wage rules for some nonprofits

Nonprofits that hire and train disadvantaged and out-of-work clients to rejoin the workforce won't have to pay them Los Angeles' new minimum wage for the first year and a half of their employment, Los Angeles City Council members agreed Tuesday. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Curren Price
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 California's undocumented immigrants pegged at 2.67 million

State home to nearly quarter of U.S. undocumented immigrantsThey are nearly 10 percent of state’s workforceLos Angeles County has the most … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, illegal immigration, Legislature, PPIC, Pete Wilson
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 Gov. Jerry Brown signs new vaccine bill

Ending months of speculation, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law Senate Bill 277, which requires almost all California schoolchildren to be fully vaccinated in order to attend public or private school, regardless of their parents' personal ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Richard Pan
Bills: SB 277,
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 The Fix: Your online guide to Chris Christie

Part 17 in a series: Your online guide to the presidential candidates. Each time someone decides to run, we'll do something similar, helping you navigate the online world around each candidate.(Part 1: Ted Cruz. Part 2: Rand Paul. Part 3: Hillary ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Michael DuHaime, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee
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 Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Landmark Bill Requiring Childhood Vaccinations

Amid heavy pushback from anti-vaccine groups, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation today officially putting an end to the personal belief exemptions that let parents opt out of vaccinating their kids for reasons of philosophy or ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Richard Pan
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 California vaccine bill SB 277 signed by Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday ended months of speculation by signing off on contentious legislation -- Senate Bill 277 -- that requires almost all California schoolchildren to by fully vaccinated in order to attend public or private school, regardless ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Richard Pan
Bills: SB 277,
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 SEIU merges home-care, nursing home workers into one unit

Uniting are 280,000 home care and nursing home workersMove makes union largest long-term-care local in nationLeaders say workers’ negotiating clout will increase … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, minimum wage, Arnold Schwarzenegger, SEIU, state budget
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 Governor Signs Controversial Bill Requiring Vaccinations For Public School Students

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 277, a bill that imposes one of strictest school vaccine laws in nation. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles Unified School District, Richard Pan
Bills: SB 277,
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 Governor signs mandatory vaccine bill

Gov. Jerry Brown has approved mandatory vaccines for most children in California. “The science is clear,” Brown wrote in a signing message Tuesday “While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Richard Pan
Bills: SB 277,
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 Gov. Jerry Brown signs California's new vaccine bill

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday ended months of speculation by signing off on contentious legislation -- Senate Bill 277 -- that requires almost all California schoolchildren to by fully vaccinated in order to attend public or private school, regardless ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Richard Pan
Bills: SB 277,
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 Overtime Pay Not Likely for Congressional Staff

President Barack Obama may be signing overtime rules into place for nearly 5 million workers, but those beneficiaries aren't likely to include Capitol Hill staffers. »Read

In this article: 40 hour work week, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 School choice is the latest battle for liberty: Guest commentary

As we approach the birthday of the land of the free and the home of the brave, we have much to be thankful for.But this year we are especially grateful that the school choice movement has won many victories that embody our All-American values of ... »Read

In this article: Alan Bonsteel, Legislature, Tommy Thompson, Anthony Williams
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 California vaccine law could prevent Disneyland-type outbreaks, experts say

SACRAMENTO >> Giving California some of the strictest school vaccination requirements in the nation could help prevent outbreaks of disease like the measles flare-up at Disneyland, experts say.Lawmakers introduced a measure eliminating the state's ... »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Jerry Brown, Richard Pan, Evan Westrup
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 California governor signs school vaccination bill into law

SACRAMENTO >> Gov. Jerry Brown wasted no time Tuesday in signing a contentious California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country following an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year.Brown, a Democrat, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Richard Pan
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 CalSTRS pension fix harder on taxpayers than UC fix

In the newly enacted 2015-16 state budget, the University of California has agreed to major pension changes, building on revisions already made under Gov. Jerry Brown since 2011. This account is from the Sacramento Bee: As part of an arrangement ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, CalSTRS, state budget
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 Top Races to Watch in 2016: The South

This is the first in a series of looks at the most competitive House and Senate races in the 2016 election cycle. The South region includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, ... »Read

In this article: John McCain, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Patrick Murphy, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Senate Democrats
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 Supreme Court to hear California teachers' union dues case

SANTA ANA -- The Supreme Court of the United States said today it would hear a major challenge to California's public unions and decide whether they may charge fees to non-members to support collective bargaining.At issue is a 1970s-era court ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Kamala Harris
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 Experts: California vaccine bill could prevent outbreaks

Giving California some of the strictest school vaccination requirements in the nation could help prevent outbreaks of disease like the measles flare-up at Disneyland, experts say. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Jerry Brown, Richard Pan, Evan Westrup
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 Supreme Court takes up major case on public sector union dues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to take up a case that could weaken public sector unions, a challenge by 10 nonunion public school teachers who say California's requirement that they pay the equivalent of union dues ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Kamala Harris
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 Supreme Court agrees to hear case challenging California union fees

The Supreme Court said Tuesday it would hear a major challenge to California's public unions and decide whether they may charge fees to non-members to support collective bargaining. »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, SEIU
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 Should state allow beer tasting at farmers markets? Governor will decide

In an action that could bring swift resolution to this pressing first-world problem, Gov. Jerry Brown is poised to decide whether you can sample beer at the farmer’s market. Legislation pending before the governor would permit breweries to offer ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Marc Levine
Bills: AB 774,
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 It's Today's News: Pensions, Pensions, Pensions

Reading Friday's news, I couldn't help think of the union official who, sitting on a Capitol Weekly panel with me after the last General Election, said in response to my bringing up concerns on the pension issue: 'That's yesterday's news.' Actually ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS
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 Retention Elections for US Supreme Court Justices? No!

Following the SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage, presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz is calling on retention elections for Supreme Court justices. Im pretty certain that Cruz knows that it has zero chance of approval be 2/3 of the states, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Same-sex marriage
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 Attempts to Change Proposition 13 are Misguided

There's been no shortage of attempts in recent years in the State Legislature to overhaul Proposition 13 -- California's landmark initiative protecting homeowners and small business owners from out of control property taxes. Multiple bills have ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Board of Equalization, Legislature, PPIC, George Runner, Split roll
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 For a New Legislative Model Look to Texas

Would-be reformers have filed an initiative that, if adopted by voters, would make the California Legislature one of the largest -- if not the largest -- legislative bodies in the world. The Neighborhood Legislature Reform Act (NLRA) would require ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, state budget
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 Essential California: Stealing Arizona's water

Good morning. It is Tuesday, June 30.  An estimated 400 corgis showed up for Nor Cal Corgi Con at San Francisco's Ocean Beach. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State:   Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES Still waters On the Kern ... »Read

In this article: Philip Anschutz, Jerry Brown, Drought, Eric Garcetti, Legislature, Charles Munger, water
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 Capital Journal Daybreak: How Global Threats Have Crowded Obama's Diplomacy Agenda, More

The Capital Journal Daybreak newsletter is The Wall Street Journal's morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, referendum, John Roberts
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 Former Deputy Mayor Eileen Decker sworn in as U.S. attorney

Former Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Eileen Decker was sworn in Monday as the U.S. attorney for the Central District of California. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Eric Garcetti, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Stop punishing and start helping L.A.'s homeless

No one likes seeing sidewalk encampments. In our experience, no one likes living in them either - if they have any other real choice. In Los Angeles, there are enough shelter beds for less than one-third of homeless people, the lowest percentage of ... »Read

In this article: Gil Cedillo, Eric Garcetti, Herb Wesson
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 The Brief: June 30, 2015

The Big Conversation The U.S. Supreme Court's decision that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must redraft regulations on mercury emissions was just one of the court's actions on Monday significantly affecting Texas. The high court also ... »Read

In this article: George W. Bush, Barack Obama, John Roberts, Same-sex marriage, water
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 Ted Cruz Wants to Subject Supreme Court Justices to Political Elections

Last week was a tough one for conservatives. In the course of two days, the US Supreme Court upheld a major part of the Affordable Care Act and  effectively legalized same-sex marriage. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called it 'some of the darkest 24 ... »Read

In this article: John Roberts, Same-sex marriage, water
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 Court ruling spurs backers' hopes for redistricting changes

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Groups trying to curb the partisan sculpting of House districts are hoping their Supreme Court victory will prompt more states to create independent commissions to redraw congressional lines.... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Nancy Pelosi, referendum, John Roberts
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 Decision clears path for California to resume death penalty

The Supreme Courts Monday ruling on an Oklahoma death penalty case could mean that California's long-stalled executions could resume. Howard Mintz, San Jose Mercury News: 'By upholding Oklahoma's controversial three-drug lethal injection method in ... »Read

In this article: David G. Valadao, Richard Pan, Chris Megerian, Eric Linder, Mark Leno, Legislature, Jeff Denham, Jerry Brown
Bills: SB 277,
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 California Could Legalize Farmers Market Beer Tasting

(AP) - Californians could enjoy beer alongside produce and wine at farmers markets under legislation headed to Gov. Jerry Brown. The Assembly on Monday unanimously approved a bill legalizing beer tasting at farmers markets. Democratic Assemblyman ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Marc Levine
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 California Bill Seeks To Make Cheerleaders Team Employees

(AP) - California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill making it clear that professional cheerleaders are sports team employees. The bill approved by the state Senate on Monday would require that cheerleaders be paid at least minimum wage ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature, minimum wage, sick leave
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 California Lawmakers Applaud Decision In Redistricting Case

(AP) - Members of California's congressional delegation are applauding the Supreme Court's decision upholding the use of independent commissions to configure electoral districts. Now, some lawmakers want to help spread the concept to other states. ... »Read

In this article: Zoe Lofgren, Nancy Pelosi, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Santa Barbara: A Newcomer's Appreciation

After two other tries, like Goldilocks with the third bowl of porridge, Jeff Miller finds Santa Barbara just right. »Read

In this article: Drought, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 AM Alert: Water tax gets a hearing

Microbead ban up in SenateForum on aid-in-dying bill at Sacramento Press Club … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Janus Norman, Richard Pan, water, Bob Wieckowski
Bills: AB 789, AB 888, SB 277,
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