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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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 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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 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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 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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 California lawmakers propose sweeping ivory ban to curb elephant poaching

Supporters of the measure, AB 96, note that scientific studies show poachers are killing 35,000 African elephants a year, or 96 every day, for their tusks, causing the African elephant population of about 500,000 to shrink at alarming rates. »Read

In this article: Paul Allen, Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Legislature
Bills: AB 96,
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 Assemblywoman Catharine Baker focusing on schools, roads, jobs, and fiscal discipline are priorities for

Assemblywoman Catharine Baker focusing on schools, roads, jobs, and fiscal discipline are priorities for by Richard Colman originally appearedon CONTRA COSTA BEE. Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, called for strong emphasis on education, ... »Read

In this article: 40 hour work week, Jerry Brown, Drought, Legislature, water
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 California's death-penalty delays put on trial

In a case that may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, a federal appeals court on Monday will review a ruling last year declaring California's 'dysfunctional' death penalty law unconstitutional because of systemic delays in a state with more than a ... »Read

In this article: Loni Hancock, Kamala Harris, Mark Leno, referendum
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 This Labor Ruling Could Give a Big Boost to the Fight For 15

Michelle ChenThe National Labor Relations Board just gave “outsourced” workers a new tool to hold employers accountable. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, SEIU, unemployment insurance
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 Initial Common Core Goals Unfulfilled As 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. But they are still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Los Angeles Unified School District, No Child Left Behind
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 Police video flap flares in Oakland

Several local police forces in California got on the police body-cameras bandwagon well before police killings around the nation in the summer of 2014 triggered a broad push for their adoption. The Rialto Police Department was the focus of a 2013 ... »Read

In this article: Steve Greenhut, Dan Walters, Shirley Weber
Bills: AB 66,
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 Long waits on Death Row put to constitutional test in Pasadena courtroom

LOS ANGELES -- No one would argue that California's death penalty provides swift justice.More prisoners have died of natural causes on death row than have perished in the death chamber. More than 900 killers have been sentenced to death since 1978, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 What Would Voters Do on Climate Change Bill?

Looking at the results of the California Business Roundtable/California Manufacturing & Technology Association poll on the SB 350 climate change bill, you can almost see how campaign arguments would be formulated if the hotly debated bill were ... »Read

In this article: Rob Lapsley, referendum, renewable energy, Dorothy Rothrock
Bills: SB 350,
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 When Stocks Drop, California Suffers

I recently made a couple of tweets/Facebook posts pointing out that market declines threaten California’s budget surplus. I referenced articles in the WSJ and Bloomberg, and I thought the observation was non-controversial—almost banal. So I ... »Read
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 Embrace Online Public Schools

Like many families throughout California, ours is taking the important step of beginning another school year. Although we live in Sacramento County, my sons will be attending an excellent public school in Sutter County. Or, more precisely, the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown
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 California Auditor Issues Report On "Improper Activities" Revealed By Whistleblowers

“For democracies to work, elected leaders need to be responsive and representative, and voters must be able to hold elected officials accountable for results. Democratic integrity requires an electoral process that empowers voters and gives ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Phillip Ung
Bills: AB 289,
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 NLRB's Latest Attack on American Jobs

Small businesses are at the heart of the American economy. The spirit and vision of an aspiring entrepreneur or small businessperson is what this country was built on. Every day, people take great risk in starting something of their own. The ... »Read
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 San Jose panel OKs study on raising minimum wage

Only a few years after city voters approved a higher minimum wage for San Jose, city leaders are talking about raising the pay floor again, and this time reaching out to other cities to make it a more regional approach. »Read

In this article: Mark Leno, minimum wage
Bills: SB 3,
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 Gay pride parade in downtown San Jose draws corporate sponsors, straight supporters, politicians

Rainbow flags, balloons and floats spilled onto the downtown streets on Sunday as San Jose's LGBT community revived its SVPride parade for the first time in years to celebrate just how far it has come. »Read

In this article: Michael Honda, Ken Yeager
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 Steinle slaying prompts counties to cooperate with ICE

Two months after Kate Steinle's death at the hands of an illegal immigrant with a criminal record ignited a national debate about immigration policy, four of the Bay Area's most populous counties have agreed to notify ICE when inmates flagged by the ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Ross Mirkarimi, Joe Simitian, Laurie Smith
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 How does your U.S. representative view the Iran deal?

The Los Angeles Times has been keeping a tally of how California House Democrats break down on the diplomatic agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program. Republicans are expected to reject the deal en masse, but many Democrats in our state's largest ... »Read

In this article: Jim Costa, Norma J. Torres, water
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 Essential California: What's on the line if L.A. gets the Olympics

Good morning. It is Monday, Aug. 31. The voice of the Dodgers will be back for a 67th season. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State:   Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES Olympic finances Will Los Angeles taxpayers be on the hook ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ted Gaines, Peter H. Gleick, water
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 Initial Common Core goals unfulfilled as 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. But they are still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing. … Click ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Los Angeles Unified School District, No Child Left Behind
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 New Research Shocker: It's Official " Trump's Nuts

Rummaging through decades of dust and rat leavings, our Department of Archival Research and Hoarder Magazine Stacks in recent weeks has examined every document, file and cocktail napkin scribble that is cached in our bomb shelter archive, ... »Read
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 Higher minimum wages cause far from minimum harm

California dodged a bullet – for the time being, anyway – when a bill to hike the minimum wage by 30 percent was defeated in an Assembly committee, though Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, has promised to reintroduce his bill next year.... »Read

In this article: Mark Leno, minimum wage, state budget
Bills: SB 3,
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 AM Alert: Assembly Republicans fire back on transportation funding

State scientists hold rally for higher payGroup seeks attention for opioid addiction … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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