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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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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

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 Steve Glazer farewell speech to Orindans and City Council
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 State water board OKs voluntary cutbacks for delta growers
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 Supervisor Dave Roberts Cancels Scheduled Appearance
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 10 lessons learned from Steve Glazer Senate victory
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 "Toilet-to-tap" water gains steam in Calif. amid drought
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 50 million gallons of water lost after California dam vandalized: newspaper

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Some 50 million gallons of water were lost after an act of vandalism damaged an inflatable dam near San Francisco, the local Oakland Tribune newspaper reported on Friday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 San Diego's Film Community Optimistic After A City Council Budget Meeting

The San Diego film community came out in force on Thursday to make a show of solidarity for more government support of the city's film industry. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria
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 State Legislature advances vaccine, carpooling bills, other measures

California lawmakers advanced a measure that would require workers in day-care centers to be vaccinated as part of an effort to protect children from preventable diseases such as measles. »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Mike Gipson, Legislature, Tony Mendoza, John Moorlach, Phil Ting
Bills: AB 1360, AB 514, AB 835, AB 888, SB 792,
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 Amid huge demand, MWD considers $350 million for more turf replacement

Citing heavy demand for fake turf and other drought-tolerant landscaping, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is considering a $350-million increase in the money it spends on conservation rebate programs. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Bob Muir, water
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 Senate Passes Trade Promotion Authority (Updated)

Updated 10:20 p.m. | The Senate passed President Barack Obama's Trade Promotion Authority package Friday, sending the precursor to major trade deals with Asia and Europe to the House. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, minimum wage, Barack Obama
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 Memorial Day events in the Inland Empire

• BEAUMONT: The city will honor local veterans at 11 a.m. at the Beaumont Civic Center, 550 E. Sixth Street. The city will honor local veterans by inscribing 10 names on the Beaumont Veterans Memorial Wall. www.BeaumontCares.com• ... »Read

In this article: Connie Leyva, Norma J. Torres
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 'Right to try' bills would let dying Californians use experimental drugs

Terminally ill Californians could try drugs not yet approved by the FDA California bills part of larger national movement Critics say legislation would be ineffective and could endanger patients … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Ian Calderon, California Nurses Association, Legislature, Stephanie Roberson, Jeff Stone
Bills: AB 159, SB 149,
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 Bill aims to keep voting rights for people with disabilities

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- State lawmakers are advancing a bill designed to keep voting rights for people with disabilities.... »Read

In this article: Martin Block, Jeff Stone
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 Legislative Democrats propose broad expansion of child care

Assembly, Senate proposals would cost hundreds of millions in first yearSchool-funding guarantee would help pay for increaseBrown has rebuffed proposals to increase health, welfare spending … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California School Boards Association, California Teachers Association, Legislature, Mark Leno, Dennis Meyers, Proposition 98, SEIU, Dean Vogel
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 Loretta Sanchez trade gaffe draws party ire

'She's either breaking all sorts of rules of decorum among members, has no clue what she's doing, or both,' said a Democratic aide. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Bill Carrick, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, Loretta Sanchez
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 California may be first to ban use of bullhooks on elephants

California would be the first state to ban using bullhooks to guide and discipline elephants, under a bill moving through the Legislature. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Jeff Stone
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 California gambling interests welcome Rod Wright back to Sacramento

Former state senator resigned last September after perjury conviction … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jason Kinney, Roderick Wright
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 Breaking: California Farmers Agree to Water Cuts

As California endures its fourth year of grueling drought, officials are getting more serious about mandatory water cuts. Gov. Jerry Brown imposed the state's first-ever water restrictions last month, ordering cities and towns to cut water by ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, water
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 Saturday's TV Highlights: 'Kidnapped: The Hannah Anderson Story'

Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes »Read

In this article: Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Charles Murray, Adam Schiff
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 25% voluntary cut in farmers' water use OK'd by California amid drought

California water regulators have accepted an unprecedented proposal from Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta farmers to voluntarily cut water use by 25% -- or fallow a quarter of their cropland -- in an effort to avoid harsher, government-imposed cuts. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, water
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 California oil spill: Officials step up inquiries

Authorities intensified their response Friday to this week's Santa Barbara oil spill by announcing remedies and additional investigations. »Read

In this article: Michael Cohen, renewable energy, water
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 California lawmakers act to mandate vaccines for day care workers

California lawmakers acted Friday on a measure that would require workers in day care centers to get vaccinated as part of an effort to protect children from preventable diseases, including measles, for which there have been recent outbreaks in the ... »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Tony Mendoza, John Moorlach, Phil Ting
Bills: AB 1360, AB 888, SB 792,
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 State water board OKs voluntary cutbacks for delta growers

California water regulators have accepted an unprecedented proposal from Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta farmers to voluntarily cut water use by 25% -- or fallow a quarter of their cropland -- in an effort to avoid harsher, government-imposed cuts. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, water
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 Steve Glazer farewell speech to Orindans and City Council

Steve Glazer farewell speech to Orindans and City Council by Richard Colman originally appearedon HALFWAY TO CONCORD. A lot of money was spent to win that State Senate seat. Why just the other day, I got a call from Warren Buffet, asking me for a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Steven Glazer
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 Supervisor Dave Roberts Cancels Scheduled Appearance

San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts has cancelled a scheduled appearance at MiraCosta College Friday, the day after a second claim was filed against the county by one of his former employees. »Read

In this article: Gary Gartner, Dave Roberts
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 Father of Santa Barbara shooting victim wants gun reforms

Within minutes, Michaels-Martinez would become one of six UCSB students killed by Elliot Rodger, an emotionally troubled 22-year-old toting three semi-automatic weapons and more than 400 rounds of ammunition. The next day Michael-Martinez's father ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Michael R.O. Martinez
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 10 lessons learned from Steve Glazer Senate victory

10 lessons learned from Steve Glazer Senate victory by Richard Eber originally appearedon HALFWAY TO CONCORD. As the Steve Glazer Senate victory May 19th proved, it is not business as usual anymore in California. Realignment is upon us. 10 lessons ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Joan Buchanan, California Teachers Association, Kevin De Leon, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer, Legislature, Steven R. Maviglio, Chuck Reed, Marty Wilson
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 "Toilet-to-tap" water gains steam in Calif. amid drought

Gov. Jerry Brown signals support for controversial plan to use recycled wastewater to replenish drinking water supply »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 There's a Major Oil Spill in California. So Where's the Outrage in D.C.?

Greens want to see strong response, but political reaction has been muted. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Lois Capps, Dianne Feinstein, water
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