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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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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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 Drought now Californians' top concern, poll finds

Voter concern over California's drought is 'extremely high and intensifying,' according to a new poll, while a majority of respondents said they would willingly pay 'a few more dollars a month' to improve state water infrastructure. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Lester Snow, water
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 Essential California: Did you care what your neighbor thought about your lawn?

Good morning. It is Wednesday, July 29. Dodger Stadium now has a kosher food stand, which will offer three kinds of kosher hot dogs. The stand will close on Friday nights and Saturdays as Jews celebrate Shabbat. Here's what else is happening in the ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Tom LaBonge, Joe Mathews, water
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 California is falling apart; here's why

On July 19 the collapse of a 'functionally obsolete' bridge shut down nearly 50 miles of Interstate 10. What was the problem? Too much rain, too little infrastructure. Infrastructure? Don't stop reading: Your life, literally, depends on ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Steven P. Erie, Patt Morrison, Proposition 26, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 Mayor Garcetti has served up big, heaping plates of waffle

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was at his best last week when he spoke to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors about raising the minimum wage. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Bernard Parks, water, Herb Wesson
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 Keeping up with the Joneses' drought-friendly yard boosted MWD's tab for rebates

When it came down to it, the number crunchers at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California knew they saved a lot more water for every dollar spent subsidizing low-flush toilets than drought-friendly lawns. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 The 6 big issues where we still don't know where Hillary Clinton stands

Maybe she's still making up her mind. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi, renewable energy
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 Does Foregoing Your Glass of Restaurant Water Actually Help the Drought?

If you've dined out in California lately, you may have noticed something missing: your complimentary glass of water. That's no accident. Last winter, as the state's epic drought wore on, the Water Resources Control Board was desperate to reduce ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Peter H. Gleick, water
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 Why labor unions care about for-profit colleges

As policy makers and students reel from the downfall of Corinthian Colleges earlier this year, activists are setting their sights on other for-profit college chains. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, SEIU
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 Iran nuclear deal turns up lobbying heat on Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Iran nuclear deal has supercharged congressional lobbying, with President Barack Obama securing the support of a prominent Jewish Democrat and pro-Israel groups pressuring lawmakers in an all-out, big-money drive. Obama, his ... »Read

In this article: John F. Kerry, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Ed Royce
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 Republicans Enter Policing Debate With New Task Force

Republicans have, for the most part, avoided one of the thorniest debates roiling the country in recent months: How does the United States begin to address the crisis of people, often minorities, being killed in violent encounters with police? »Read

In this article: Stephen T. Knight, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Barack Obama
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 Kerry warns Congress scrapping Iran deal would mean path to nuclear weapon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry intensified efforts on Tuesday to beat back criticism of the Iran nuclear deal and convince U.S. lawmakers that rejecting it would give Tehran a fast track to a weapon and access to billions of ... »Read

In this article: John F. Kerry, Barack Obama, Ed Royce, Senate Republicans, Brad Sherman
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 Where the sidewalk ends - and cracks and lifts up

The condition of Los Angeles’ deteriorating sidewalks, like its dilapidated water and other infrastructure, has been atrocious for years. But in the union-dominated town, a crafty Democratic councilman found a way to make improvements at... »Read

In this article: Paul Krekorian, Bernard Parks, water
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 Northern California wildfire contained after jumping line

Fire crews stopped the progress of a fire that jumped a containment line east of California's Napa Valley, prompting the mandatory evacuation of more than 200 people from their homes. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought, water
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 L.A.'s Mayor Garcetti is mum on financial pledge for 2024 Olympics

With Los Angeles' hopes of hosting the 2024 Summer Games unexpectedly revived, Mayor Eric Garcetti must soon decide whether he is willing to accept the sort of financial risks that his counterpart in Boston - the U.S. Olympic Committee's first ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Rick Taylor
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 San Diego civic leaders meet with NFL executives to keep Chargers from moving

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer gave an upbeat assessment Tuesday after a three-hour meeting with an NFL executive about the civic effort to build a new stadium to keep the Chargers from leaving for Carson. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Kevin Faulconer, Jan Goldsmith, Legislature
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 Obamacare case to be turned against government on emissions rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Opponents of President Barack Obama's soon-to-be-implemented policy to cut carbon emissions from power plants are planning to use an unlikely and potentially potent weapon against him: the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision ... »Read

In this article: global warming, greenhouse gas, Barack Obama, renewable energy, John Roberts
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 L.A. City Council rescinds more than $600,000 for District 4 projects

LOS ANGELES >> More than $600,000 allocated by former Councilman Tom LaBonge for about 40 neighborhood projects and community organizations was rescinded Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council at the request of the new councilman for the area.The ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Tom LaBonge
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 L.A. County supervisors reach compromise on temporary vineyard ban in Santa Monica Mountains

The Los Angeles County supervisors reached a compromise Tuesday with vintners and grape growers who spoke out against the extension of a temporary ban on new and expanded vineyards in the north area of the Santa Monica Mountains.The initial ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Sheila Kuehl, water
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 Administration would give prisoners access to student grants

Some federal and state prisoners could soon be eligible for federal student aid to take college courses while behind bars. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Loretta Lynch, Theodore R. Mitchell
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 SF Supes say it's OK to create new in-law units in 2 districts

The Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously passed legislation Tuesday allowing for the creation of rent-controlled in-law units in Districts 8 and 3, giving Supervisor Julie Christensen a much-needed legislative victory as she faces a contentious ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, Edwin M. Lee
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 Should Public Toilet In Downtown San Diego Stay Or Go?

City staffers say a recently installed $250,000 Portland Loo at 14th and L streets has increased crime in the area, become a nuisance and should close, but people who live and work in the area say it should stay. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Bob Filner, Todd Gloria, water
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 Immigrant detention centers criticized at Capitol Hill forum

With critics increasingly calling for the Obama administration to end immigrant family detention, members of Congress held a Capitol Hill forum Tuesday to hear from experts, former detainees and a former detention center employee. »Read

In this article: Judy Chu, Zoe Lofgren, water
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 San Jose mayor urges county to revise policy on ICE holds

Nine days after a woman was shot to death in San Francisco by an undocumented felon, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo sat at his computer and penned a letter that immigrant advocates are calling 'hypocritical.' »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Laurie Smith, water
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 LA County to inventory all oil fields in wake of safety issues raised over fracking

City News ServiceLOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Board of Supervisors called today for a detailed inventory of all oil fields operating within Los Angeles County, along with recommendations to ensure consistent regulation.Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and ... »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Hilda L. Solis, water
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 S.F. church accuses nonprofit it created of betrayal

A prominent San Francisco church sued a nonprofit it created decades ago on Tuesday, accusing it of being “blinded by the riches the gold rush dangles” and illegally attempting to sell a housing complex for low-income residents. ... »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Amos Brown
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 Assembly speaker joins San Diego officials in stadium talks

California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins joined San Diego politicians at a meeting with NFL officials on Tuesday, offering advice on completing a thorough environmental impact report for a possible new stadium for the Chargers. … Click to ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Kevin Faulconer, Bob Filner, Jan Goldsmith, Legislature
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 Sacramento County supervisors retain water-waste fines on pot growth

Board declared marijuana cultivation a waste of resourceIncreases fines on outdoor marijuana growth in unincorporated areasMedical marijuana advocates say they are being singled out … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Drought, Roberta MacGlashan, water
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 Is Caltrans wasting millions on idle staff?

Assembly Republicans propose cutting 3,500 positionsFinance department says consultants can be cheaper than state workers State Legislature caps use of outside contractors … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Bruce Blanning, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Kristin Olsen, state budget
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 The sad pandering on Planned Parenthood videos

Video campaign revives abortion debate just as culture wars were ebbingHarris, McCarthy are playing to their bases’ true believers Young crusader, son of Davis school trustee, drags mother’s privacy into the news … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Kevin McCarthy
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 Liquor lobby uncorks distillery bill

Legislators seem to have reached accord on bill for smaller distilleriesSmall distillers could charge for tastings and sell a few bottlesGiven that Prohibition ended more than 80 years ago, the step seems reasonable … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Adam Gray, Legislature, Marc Levine
Bills: AB 1295,
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 Prisoners may soon be eligible for financial aid to take courses behind bars

College financial aid for prisoners would come in the form of Pell grants, which are for low-income people and do not have to be repaid »Read

In this article: Loretta Lynch, Theodore R. Mitchell
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 L.A. County supervisors compromise on Santa Monica Mountains vineyard ban

After hearing from grape growers upset by a drought-inspired ban against new or expanded vineyards in the north Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles County supervisors compromised on Tuesday, voting to extend the ban four months instead of 10 and ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Sheila Kuehl, water
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 California lawmaker battles recall by anti-vaccine activists

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The California lawmker who made it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children, a stance that earned him death threats, is now launching a campaign to save his job, days after the state certified a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Richard Pan
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 Los Angeles passes law banning large-capacity gun magazines

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to ban the possession of large-capacity gun magazines on Tuesday, following San Francisco to become the second major city in California to take that step.  »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian
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 LA council passes gun magazine ban by majority 12-0 vote

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban possession of high-capacity gun magazines in the wake of several deadly mass shootings around the country. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian
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 Yes, red states are attracting blue-state voters. But they don't stay red.

Red states offer lower housing costs, lower taxes, and less regulation than blue states. That's why so many blue-state voters are moving to the West or South.  In the short term, the red states gain power. in the longer term, they change. »Read

In this article: Joel Kotkin, minimum wage, referendum
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 L.A. County supervisors debate ways to structure sheriff's oversight group

Los Angeles County supervisors began Tuesday to publicly hash out how a new civilian commission overseeing the Sheriff's Department should be structured and how the monitors should get access to confidential law enforcement records. »Read

In this article: Leroy Baca, Sheila Kuehl, Hilda L. Solis
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 Kerry implores Congress to back Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry warned skeptical lawmakers not to nix the contentious nuclear deal with Iran, insisting that it includes strict inspections and other safeguards to deter cheating by Tehran. “If ... »Read

In this article: John F. Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, Ed Royce
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 L.A. City Council bans large-capacity ammunition magazines

Defying the warnings of gun rights groups, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban the possession of firearm magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds. »Read

In this article: Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, Nury Martinez
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 City To Release Environmental Study On Proposed San Diego Stadium In August

Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the city will release an environmental impact review on a proposed NFL stadium on Aug. 10. His comments came after a three-hour meeting with NFL executives. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer
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 Both lobbyists and Obama officials appeal to Jewish Democrats on Iran

On Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry leaped on an opening from Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), the longest-serving Jewish member of Congress, during a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, John F. Kerry, Brad Sherman
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 What's in emergency bill to fund Veterans Affairs Department

A three-month highway spending bill scheduled for a vote Wednesday in the House includes nearly $3.4 billion to fill a budget hole that the Department of Veterans Affairs claims would force it to close hospitals and clinics nationwide. Lawmakers ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 If USOC finds a new city, Boston debacle could be forgotten

Embarrassing as the debacle in Boston may have been, chances are it will be nothing more than a distant memory when the vote for the 2024 Olympics finally rolls around. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Robert Blumenfield, Mark Fabiani, Eric Garcetti
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 Vaccine law opponents cleared to start recall of senator

Opponents of California's new vaccine law have been cleared to begin collecting signatures to recall the legislation's author. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Richard Pan
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 Business lobbying group hires seasoned advocate as new California director

The California chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business has hired Tom Scott as its new state director. Scott replaces John Kabateck, who stepped down in June to start his own public affairs firm. Over the past two decades, Scott ... »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, John Kabateck, minimum wage, Pete Wilson
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 Raising fast-food hourly wages to $15 would raise prices by 4%, study finds

The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Raising it to $15 (a 107% increase) would cause prices to rise an estimated 4.3%. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 Recall of Richard Pan over vaccine bill cleared for signatures

Opponents of vaccine mandate law target Sen. Pan, SB 277’s champion … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, William W. Monning, Richard Pan, referendum, Andy Vidak
Bills: SB 277,
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 Setting it straight

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In this article: Jerry Brown, California prisons, Drought, Field Poll, Legislature, Dan Walters, water
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