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Insurance Commissioner: More To Lose Fire Coverage

"Some insurance companies have already red lined the entirety of the Sierra Nevada foothills, rejecting policy renewals without regard for defensible space or adequacy of local fire agency coverage. This week's pronouncements of further, widespread insurance cutoffs raise some red flags about the residential real estate market in California. Will people in red lined zones be able to sell their homes? How will values, thus prices, be affected? Will prospective buyers be able to get loans to purchase uninsurable properties? Will rural and exurban areas be branded as uninhabitable by regulators and the general public?"

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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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 Allan Hoffenblum

The sudden death of Allan Hoffenblum was a tear in the fabric of California’s political world. He was an endless source of information to the media and political players who subscribed to the California Target Book ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, California Target Book, Allan Hoffenblum, Legislature
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 Rideshare Companies Don't Need TrustLine In Order To Protect Consumers

There’s no question that when it comes to ridesharing, especially when children are in the car, safety is paramount. Customers need to trust that their drivers are committed to keeping them safe and that the drivers are thoroughly and properly ... »Read
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 Brown Signs Ironic "Made in America" Bill

Known  for his propensity to veto legislation that strikes him as ill-conceived, Gov. Jerry Brown surprised some observers by signing a bill critics describe as authorizing an outright lie. Supporters said the new law, passed as Senate Bill 633, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jerry Hill
Bills: SB 633,
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 Help Wanted: More California Women Needed To Run For Public Office

It is hard to believe that the first state in the country’s history to have two women serving as U.S. Senators at the same time might have a problem attracting women to run for public office, but that’s the situation in California. Diane ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Loretta Sanchez
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 The Note: How Hillary Clinton Would Tackle Gun Control

NOTABLES --TODAY IN THE GRANITE STATE: Less than one week after the deadly shooting at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon,??Hillary Clinton??is set to propose a series of??gun control??measures she would enact if elected president, ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Kevin McCarthy, water
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 Morning Must Reads: October 5

Hillary Clinton had a star turn before the gay-rights group Human Rights Campaign Saturday morning, overshadowing Vice President Joe Biden‘s appearance before the group later in the evening, TIME’s Philip Elliott reports. Biden did bring ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Kevin McCarthy
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 Capital Journal Daybreak: Political Outsiders Pick Up Steam, Poll Shows

In Capital Journal Daybreak: A surprising finding in the new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll, and more of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, water
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 Bernie Sanders to pit his bulldog debate style against Clinton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton’s biggest rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, is a novice to the bright lights of prime-time television, but politicians who have sparred with him in the past predict he will be ... »Read

In this article: Michael Briggs, campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Joe Trippi
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 Deadline week: These are the big issues Brown left for the last minute

With one week left to act on nearly 500 bills, Gov. Jerry Brown is besieged by vigils, rallies, petition drives and phone calls from people wanting his signature or veto on legislation. Brown can no doubt hear the loud rallies held on the Capitol ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Deborah Hoffman, Legislature
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 Essential Politics: Watching Jerry Brown's big week

I'm Christina Bellantoni, today's Essential Politics host. Subscribe to the newsletter It's a new week, the Supreme Court is back in business, House leadership elections might be delayed, and Gov. Jerry Brown has days to act on major legislation. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Michael Finnegan, Allan Hoffenblum, Kevin McCarthy, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Jerry Brown signs beer-bike bill, goes for a spin

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Sunday creating inspection and safety standards for pedal-powered quadricycles – sometimes called “beer bikes” – on which up to 15 people can tool around town knocking back drinks. Companies in cities ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anne Gust, Legislature, Nancy McFadden, Richard Pan
Bills: SB 530,
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 Budget talks: The Harry and Mitch show

Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi thought they had an agreement: A private conversation Republican leaders had with President Obama about a budget deal would not be disclosed. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 The Supreme Court's New Term: Here's What To Watch

The Supreme Court returns Monday for its new session, with cases pending that could limit access to abortion, restrict unionizing among public employees and alter voter participation. »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Mike Huckabee, Legislature, John Roberts
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 The Freedom Caucus Chronicles | Madisonville

Somewhere secret on Capitol Hill, the House Freedom Caucus meets to discuss the House Republican leadership elections. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Tom McClintock
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 Essential California: This California city can't save water

Good morning. It is Monday, Oct. 5. Actor Tom Cruise is looking to sell his Beverly Hills mansion for a cool $50 million. Here's what is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES Renovation projects When Los Angeles put ... »Read

In this article: Donald Bren, Jerry Brown, Drought, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Gavin Newsom, water
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 The Twitter follow lists of the 2016 candidates

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Jeb Bush follows Donald Trump on Twitter but that's a one-way street: Trump mainly follows people with a connection to himself. Ted Cruz's follow list is a big tea party, though he keeps an eye on ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver
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 RIP Don Edwards, a Rare, Decent Politician

When we heard that California's Don Edwards, one of the great former congressmen of our lifetimes, had died last week, we were struck by how few men and women there are in politics today who measure up to the standard set by a man who dedicated his ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina
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 Santa Barbara Synchronicity

The family discovers Sansum Diabetes Clinic after the fact. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 AM Alert: Rooftop solar's California future debated at PUC

Solar industry battles utilities over proposed rulesAt issue is rooftop panels’ appeal to customersAgriculture secretary to discuss water, food security … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Drought, Legislature, Karen Ross, water
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 California's racial profiling law is 'terrible' legislation, police officials say

California is about to tackle head on the charged issue of racial bias in law enforcement. Gov. Jerry Brown this weekend signed legislation mandating that California law enforcement agencies collect — and make public — data on the racial makeup ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Shirley Weber
Bills: AB 953,
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 California lawmakers, activists anxiously await Gov. Jerry Brown action on legislation

The governor has until Wednesday to balance the pros and cons of the right-to-die legislation, which would make California the fourth state in the nation to legalize the practice if its signed into law. Sunday is the deadline for action on more than ... »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, Ian Calderon, Drought, Mark Leno, Frank J. Mecca, Holly J. Mitchell, Jeff Stone, Susan Talamantes Eggman, water, Bill Whalen, Lois Wolk
Bills: AB 159, SB 350,
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 Jerry Brown signs "brew bike" bill, goes for spin

Bill lets people on pedicabs with as many as 15 riders imbibe if their city permits it … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anne Gust, Legislature, Nancy McFadden, Richard Pan
Bills: SB 530,
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 California governor signs bill allowing so-called beer bikes

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill allowing beer bikes to operate on city streets. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anne Gust, Richard Pan
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 Brown signs bills on human trafficking, elephant ivory, butterflies and DNA collection

Victims of human trafficking or torture will get more time to sue their abusers, mass transit will receive a boost in the San Fernando Valley, and elephants and butterflies will acquire new protection under bills signed Sunday by Gov. Jerry Brown. ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Drought, Mike Gatto, Chris Holden, Adrin Nazarian
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 Racial profiling, diversion funding bills signed into law by Gov. Brown

Among the criminal justice bills Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law over the weekend are a data collection bill intended to combat racial profiling and another that aims to reduce recidivism among people with mental illness.Brown signed Assembly Bill ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Bob Hertzberg, Shirley Weber
Bills: AB 953, SB 621,
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 Why Mike Huckabee Picked a Fight With Frito-Lay Over Gay Doritos

Evangelicals call it a battle for religious freedom. Dan Savage calls it a fight over a 'gay bag of chips' »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Mike Huckabee, Dan Savage
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 Brown signs ivory ban and more*

<p>Governor <b>Jerry Brown</b> continues to <a href=http:* <p>'The governor accepted an extended statute of limitations for civil lawsuits by victims of human rights abuses in California. They will have 10 years, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Chris Holden, Kevin McCarthy, Dan Morain, Richard Pan
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 All in one San Francisco event: planning, politics, protests

Planning and politics are inseparable in San Francisco, especially at election time — which is why, on a gorgeous Sunday morning in North Beach, a half-dozen sign-waving protesters bickered with their city supervisor while city planners stood ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Aaron Peskin
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 Koch brothers, other 2016 mega donors warm to Carly Fiorina

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Carly Fiorina has emerged as the Republican candidate of the moment in conservative fundraising circles, drawing the notice of the billionaire Koch brothers and other wealthy donors who could instantly remake her shoestring ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Karolyn Dorsee, Carly Fiorina, Proposition 23
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 Governor signs bill to ban most elephant ivory sales

Assembly Bill 96, by Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, will make it illegal after July 1 for anyone to sell nearly any kind of elephant ivory or rhino horn in California, including that in antique guns and chess sets, whether at a store or from a ... »Read

In this article: Paul Allen, Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Jennifer Fearing
Bills: AB 96,
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 Carly Fiorina's first political campaign had a surprising problem: Money

Her staff said they loved working with the former Hewlett-Packard CEO. Until their checks didn’t come in. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Drought, Carly Fiorina, Mason Harrison, Rose Kapolczynski, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joe Shumate, water
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 Drought dries up fall festival at Lombardi Ranch in Santa Clarita

At Lombardi Ranch, a 140-acre spread in Bouquet Canyon, the severe drought's fingerprints are all over the place.Dust coats just about everything, from the signs advertising the farm's fall festival, the equipment that sits idle and the fields once ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Tom Lackey, water
Bills: AB 353,
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 Dan Walters: Who pays California taxes and how much?

Californians shell out $250 billion a year in taxesThat’s one of nation’s highest tax burdensStill, talk of tax increases continues … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Split roll, unemployment insurance
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 Spare us from these needless tax breaks

Legislators easily approve tax breaks but can’t get rid of themAs a result, the state spends $55 billion a year on so-called tax expendituresGov. Jerry Brown should veto three of the latest tax giveaways … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Lenny Goldberg, Jimmy Gomez, Legislature, Adrin Nazarian, water
Bills: AB 428, AB 437, AB 88,
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 Sacramento needs real ethics reform, not city's fake version

City Council is finalizing a package of proposals on ethics and open government Eye on Sacramento says its reforms are much more robustPublic won’t be satisfied with weak changes … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Bob Filner
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 3 LA City Council members decline pay raises

Three Los Angeles City Council members don't think they need to earn more money.Council members Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Paul Koretz and David Ryu all waived a 2.4% salary increase for elected officials announced in August, city records show. The ... »Read

In this article: Robert Blumenfield, Jerry Brown, Paul Koretz, Nury Martinez
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 Will El Niño 'solve' drought? Not if the rain falls in Southern California

Conditions have gelled for a strong El Niño, but it matters where the storms hit Most of the state’s reservoir capacity is in Northern California Southern California isn’t set up to capture and store huge amounts of rainfall … Click to ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Peter H. Gleick, water
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 Alabama judges use segregation-era law avoid same-sex marriage

[...] some judges who oppose same-sex marriage are using the long-forgotten amendment to get out of the marriage business altogether rather than risk issuing even one wedding license to gays or lesbians. In at least nine of Alabama’s 67 counties, ... »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Legislature, Same-sex marriage
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 California governor signs bill closing ivory sales loophole

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to close a loophole in the state&apos;s ban on importing, buying or selling elephant ivory or rhinoceros horns.... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara
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 Jerry Brown signs ban on ivory, rhinoceros horn sales

Bill extends ban on ivory sales to items imported before 1977 … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Legislature
Bills: AB 96,
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 California Governor Signs Bill Closing Ivory Sales Loophole

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to close a loophole in the state's ban on importing, buying or selling elephant ivory or rhinoceros horns. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown
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