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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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 Thursday cheat sheet: Big paycheck for UC chief; Sacramento sheriff and gun permits
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 Only Voters Can Solve California's Pension Crisis
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 The Uncertain Futures Of Propositions 13 And 30
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 What we learned at the first meeting of Kevin Johnson's minimum-wage task force
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 Power restored in Long Beach except for 1,000 customers

About 1,000 customers in downtown Long Beach remained without power Thursday evening -- down from 30,000 -- after a vault explosion, authorities said. »Read

In this article: Drought, Dianne Feinstein
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 At least 30,000 without electricity in Long Beach; 710 Freeway off ramps shut down

At least 30,000 customers are without power in Long Beach after a vault explosion Thursday afternoon, authorities said. »Read

In this article: Drought, Dianne Feinstein
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 Vic Firth dies at 85; percussionist made drumsticks and mallets for legions of players

When Vic Firth was growing up, he took weekly lessons on piano, trumpet, clarinet, trombone and drums -plus music theory. »Read

In this article: Drought, Dianne Feinstein
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 Thousands mourn slain Hayward officer

On the floor of Oracle Arena Thursday morning stood 1,500 uniformed officers standing at attention, their eyes fixed ahead to an arrangement of funeral flower wreaths, and the framed uniform of Sgt. Scott Lunger. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Swalwell
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 Pacoima Residents Celebrate Opening Of New Plaza

Pacoima residents on Thursday celebrated the opening of a “people street” – a pedestrian-friendly, car-free plaza. »Read

In this article: Felipe Fuentes, Eric Garcetti
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 Legislative efforts reflect a push to limit rights, workplace protections

Democrats, including those in the White House, now are standing up for federal workers through measures. »Read

In this article: David Cox, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Mark Takano
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 California man who helped kidnap busload of kids could get parole

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - One of three men who kidnapped a busload of school children more than three decades ago and left them in a van hidden in a quarry could soon be paroled if California Governor Jerry Brown takes no action in the case by ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gareth Lacy
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 Can LA Politicians Reduce Gun Violence?

Mass shooters often use guns equipped with high-capacity magazines, so they don't have to stop and re-load. This week, the LA City Council voted unanimously to ban magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. It's not really gun control, but advocates ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Dianne Feinstein, Paul Krekorian
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Boxer-McConnell transportation bill worth pursuing

The funding compromise is far from perfect, but that's what compromise is. It's far better than kicking the can down the road with another three-month extension, as the House plans to do. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Legislature, Kevin McCarthy
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 California water use fell by 27 percent in June

Water use in California fell by 27 percent in June, passing the conservation target set by Gov. Jerry Brown during the drought, regulators said Thursday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Dems now support rights for VA staff after voting for earlier law that undercut protections for VA senior executives

Democrats fought legislation approved in the House Wednesday that would cut due process rights for VA employees, unlike last year when they, Democrats, including President Obama, largely did not oppose last year's hit on workplace protections for VA ... »Read

In this article: David Cox, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Mark Takano
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 Two-thirds of uninsured Californians gain coverage after Obamacare rollout

More than two-thirds of Californians uninsured before the Affordable Care Act now have coverage, a new report finds. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Daniel Zingale
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 On bullet train, voters finally may get to apply the brakes: Susan Shelley

Pencils have erasers. Computers have the undo command and the escape key.If you had it to do over again, would you vote for the bullet train?It was called the 'Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act' on the 2008 ballot, and it authorized ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Rudy Salas, Susan Shelley, Andy Vidak, water
Bills: SB 3,
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 Good Job Saving Water, California! Now Don't Get Cocky.

California's State Water Board announced some good news today: As the state's historic drought continues through its fifth hot summer, conservation efforts resulted in a reduction of urban water use of more than 59 billion gallons—six times ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Carly Fiorina talks tough in telephone town hall

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina renewed her call Thursday for a citizen-led government that would grow the economy, cut spending, better support our Middle Eastern allies against ISIS and cut funding for Planned Parenthood. The ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Drought, Carly Fiorina, Barack Obama
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 Procession & Memorial for fallen Hayward Police Sgt. Scott Lunger

Law enforcement, dignitaries, and thousands from around the Bay Area honored Hayward Police Sgt. Scott Lunger at a memorial at Oracle Arena. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Swalwell
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 California drought: California residents cut water use 27 percent in June, beating state targets

In a sign that state residents finally have let their lawns go brown in large numbers to conserve water amid the historic drought, Californians cut their water use 27.1 percent in June, the second month in a row that they have met Gov. Jerry Brown's ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Chargers Open Training Camp With Public Practice

The public practice opened Thursday as there is doubt whether or not the Chargers will stay in San Diego. The team has acquired land in Carson, in Los Angeles County, on which they could build a facility — perhaps in concert with the Oakland ... »Read

In this article: Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer, water
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 Californians slash water use by 27.3 percent in June

Motivated by a fourth year of drought — and mandatory water cuts — Californians reduced urban water use by 27.3 percent in June, compared with the same month two years ago, the state reported on Thursday. The results are the first ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 On the Edge

by William L.Fox with photographs by Marie-José Jongerius. »Read
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 Obama gets personal with Dems on Iran

'This is the most intense I've ever seen him,' one lawmaker says of POTUS' sales pitch at the White House this week. »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats, Brad Sherman, Jackie Speier
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 Girls Who Code aims to make waves in a man's world

Steve Jobs is a longtime role model for budding techies. But now he comes with an asterisk. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, global warming, Steve Jobs
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 Clinton meets with labor leaders, makes endorsement pitch

Clinton met with AFL-CIO leaders Thursday during an executive council meeting in Silver Spring, Maryland. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, John A. Wagner
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 Perry's Debate Berth Hangs in the Balance

Rick Perry has had a good July, all things considered. The former governor and Republican presidential candidate earned plaudits for delivering thoughtful speeches on financial reform and race relations, seized the opportunity to tussle with ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, John McCain, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 So-so economy dogs Hillary's campaign

Mediocre growth numbers under Obama dampen her message on jobs and wages. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Barack Obama, renewable energy, Mitt Romney
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 California Says Water Use Fell By 27 Percent In June

Data released by the State Water Resources Control Board shows 265 out of 411 local agencies hit or nearly reached savings targets. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 California's water use fell by 27 percent in June

Water use fell by 27 percent in June, passing the conservation target set by Gov. Jerry Brown during the drought, regulators said Thursday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Californians cut water use by 27 percent in June, exceeding governor's mandate

Californians reduced water use by 27.3 percent in June, exceeding the 25 percent mandate Gov. Jerry Brown imposed in response to near-zero snowpack and dwindling water reserves occurring as a result of a four-year drought, state officials announced ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Bill shores up highway aid, veterans' health care

Congress passed a bill Wednesday to shore up federal aid for highway and transit programs and fill a budget hole in veterans' health care. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 New poll shows partisan split in California on climate issue

More than 60 percent of Californians -- including a majority in every region of the state, from the inland areas to the coast -- say global warming is already affecting California, a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California finds.But ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, California Republican Party, Drought, global warming, greenhouse gas, Kathryn R. Phillips, PPIC, water
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 Jeff Miller Won't Run for Florida Senate Seat

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., opted against a bid for the Senate in the Sunshine State on Thursday, winnowing an already crowded GOP field in the highly competitive contest. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Patrick Murphy, Barack Obama
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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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 WATCH LIVE: Procession & Memorial for fallen Hayward Police Sgt. Scott Lunger

Law enforcement, dignitaries, and thousands from around the Bay Area are honoring Hayward Police Sgt. Scott Lunger at a memorial at Oracle Arena. Watch live ABC7 News coverage now on-air and online. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Swalwell
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 Bay Area U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag stepping down

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, the Bay Area's top federal law enforcement official, is stepping down, turning key office over to chief assistant until next presidential election. »Read

In this article: Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama, Leland Yee
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 Hundreds evacuate as string of wildfires scorches parched California wilderness

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from Northern California, as firefighters battle 10 wildfires throughout the state. »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought
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 Five Years Later, Ashburn Reflects On His Journey

Editor's Note: You can hear Ben's interview with Sen. Ashburn on Friday's special edition of Insight. For nearly all of his 14 years in the California Legislature, Republican Roy Ashburn lived a double life. His votes against gay rights measures ... »Read

In this article: Roy Ashburn, Legislature, Same-sex marriage
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 Water report card: Will June's cutbacks match May's 29%?

California regulators are expected to release figures Thursday showing how much the state cut back on water use in June -- data that could lead to fines for urban water suppliers failing to meet conservation targets. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, water
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 Xavier Becerra Is Staying in the House. Now What?

The California Democrat decided not to run for Senate, but it's unclear whether a bigger leadership post is in his future. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Kamala Harris, Patrick Murphy, Nancy Pelosi, Loretta Sanchez
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 A powerful mix -- politics and charity

Donating to political campaigns, independent expenditure committees and PACs is a time-honored California tradition. Donating to the politicians' favorite charities -- it's called 'behested payments' -- is another way of developing access to ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Fair Political Practices Commission, Jim Miller, PPIC, water
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 Becerra Won't Run for Senate

Ending months of speculation, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra announced Thursday he won’t run for Senate. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Barack Obama
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 What we learned at the first meeting of Kevin Johnson's minimum-wage task force

The inaugural hearing of Sacramento’s minimum wage task force featured an auditorium full of red-shirted union members and suited business representatives, literally sitting on opposite sides of the aisle. But despite the emotional issue at ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, minimum wage, Jay Schenirer
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 The Uncertain Futures Of Propositions 13 And 30

(Editor’s Note: The Hoover Institutions’ EUREKA newsletter this month examines California’s Revenue Conundrum. The following article was one of a series of articles published discussing California’s tax system.) Two of California’s ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Martin Anderson, Jerry Brown, Loni Hancock, Legislature, Holly J. Mitchell, PPIC, SEIU, Split roll
Bills: SCA 5,
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 Only Voters Can Solve California's Pension Crisis

Despite its growing economy and higher tax revenue, California still faces fiscal ruin from unsustainable government pension programs. In these good times, the state, local governments, public schools and our universities are raising taxes, boosting ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS, Carl DeMaio, Chuck Reed
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 Thursday cheat sheet: Big paycheck for UC chief; Sacramento sheriff and gun permits

It's nearly August and it's plenty hot. But so far we haven't seen summer doldrums when it comes to the news. Here are six stories you should know about. Weather: OK, so the forecast high is 104 today. But a major cooldown is coming Friday ... if ... »Read

In this article: John Myers, Mark Yudof
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 Planned Parenthood Controversy Deserves More Than a Reprimand

You couldn’t pick up a newspaper, channel surf television, or visit social media sites without tripping over the latest Planned Parenthood scandal this past week. In clandestine videos, you saw Planned Parenthood officials haggling over fetal ... »Read

In this article: Hector M. Barajas
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 The CTA Empire Strikes Back

Emperor Palpatine: There is a great disturbance in the Force. Darth Vader: I have felt it. Emperor Palpatine: We have a new enemy, the young Rebel… Darth Vader: How is that possible? Emperor Palpatine: Search your feelings, Lord Vader. You ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Legislature
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 State Moonlights as Slumlord

If a recent study to determine the safety of 29 state-owned buildings tells us anything, it’s that the state is a terrible landlord. In fact, it may be time for government to get out of the building- owning business. It shouldn’t take an act of ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Roger Dickinson, Legislature, George Runner, state budget, Dan Walters, water
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 Letters From the August 17-24, 2015, Issue

Our ReadersBad weather, useful idiots, the oily truth, telling privilege… »Read

In this article: Environmental Justice, Carly Fiorina, Sarah Leonard
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 CA judge scraps assisted suicide suit

In another potent setback for California’s right-to-die advocates, a judge threw out a lawsuit brought by three residents trying to compel the courts to scrap the state’s ban on assisted suicide. A reticent judge “San Diego ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Hernandez, Legislature, Lois Wolk
Bills: SB 128,
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 Bill rewrites state travel policy to include sharing economy

Asm. Ling Ling Chang Sacramento once again has its eye on the sharing economy. This year, state lawmakers have targeted ride-sharing companies and short-term accommodation services for more regulations that, some fear, could kill the burgeoning ... »Read

In this article: Ben Hueso, Legislature, Gavin Newsom
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 Poll: 64% of Californians link drought to global warming

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) A strong majority of Californians say they support tougher limits on greenhouse gas emissions and more ambitious renewable energy goals to combat climate change, according to a statewide poll released late ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, Drought, global warming, greenhouse gas, Legislature, Barack Obama, PPIC, renewable energy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
Bills: SB 350,
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