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California seeks to extend landmark climate-change effort

"Governor Brown may need “real” tax dollars to continue to fund his high speed rail as those “fees” from cap & trade are diminishing. Maybe it’s karma that the cash cow of the cap & trade “fees” may be dying, as CARB avoids the transparency that the program has done little in 10 years to reduce California’s 1% contribution to the World’s Green House gases. California’s flagship climate change policy Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Initiative was signed into law in 2006 when California was contributing 1% to the worlds green hose gases. And now, 10 years later, by AVOIDING transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade, the state can focus on how to spend the cap and trade funds they receive. Now, a decade later, according to the California Energy Commission we still contributes a miniscule 1 percent ( 1%). The cap & trade program that hits the motorists’ pocketbooks and has had little to no impact on the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, the state, by avoiding transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade remains on a go-it-alone crusade to micro manage the California emissions that generates billions of dollars for the government at the expense of businesses and the financially challenged. With numerous state government agencies there is a feeding frenzy on getting a piece of the lucrative cap and trade tax revenue. The public, especially the homeless and poor that are paying dearly for the emissions crusade efforts of the AQMD deserves to know if there is any progress over the last decade in reducing California’s 1% contribution to the world’s greenhouse gases."

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Brown Administration Proposes Another 10 Years Of Cap-And-Trade

"Governor Brown may need “real” tax dollars to continue to fund his high speed rail as those “fees” from cap & trade are diminishing. Maybe it’s karma that the cash cow of the cap & trade “fees” may be dying, as CARB avoids the transparency that the program has done little in 10 years to reduce California’s 1% contribution to the World’s Green House gases. California’s flagship climate change policy Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Initiative was signed into law in 2006 when California was contributing 1% to the worlds green hose gases. And now, 10 years later, by AVOIDING transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade, the state can focus on how to spend the cap and trade funds they receive. Now, a decade later, according to the California Energy Commission we still contributes a miniscule 1 percent ( 1%). The cap & trade program that hits the motorists’ pocketbooks and has had little to no impact on the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, the state, by avoiding transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade remains on a go-it-alone crusade to micro manage the California emissions that generates billions of dollars for the government at the expense of businesses and the financially challenged. With numerous state government agencies there is a feeding frenzy on getting a piece of the lucrative cap and trade tax revenue. The public, especially the homeless and poor that are paying dearly for the emissions crusade efforts of the AQMD deserves to know if there is any progress over the last decade in reducing California’s 1% contribution to the world’s greenhouse gases."

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High-speed rail still off the tracks

"Governor Brown may need “real” tax dollars to continue to fund his high speed rail as those “fees” from cap & trade are diminishing. Maybe it’s karma that the cash cow of the cap & trade “fees” may be dying, as CARB avoids the transparency that the program has done little in 10 years to reduce California’s 1% contribution to the World’s Green House gases. California’s flagship climate change policy Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Initiative was signed into law in 2006 when California was contributing 1% to the worlds green hose gases. And now, 10 years later, by AVOIDING transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade, the state can focus on how to spend the cap and trade funds they receive. Now, a decade later, according to the California Energy Commission we still contributes a miniscule 1 percent ( 1%). The cap & trade program that hits the motorists’ pocketbooks and has had little to no impact on the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, the state, by avoiding transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade remains on a go-it-alone crusade to micro manage the California emissions that generates billions of dollars for the government at the expense of businesses and the financially challenged. With numerous state government agencies there is a feeding frenzy on getting a piece of the lucrative cap and trade tax revenue. The public, especially the homeless and poor that are paying dearly for the emissions crusade efforts of the AQMD deserves to know if there is any progress over the last decade in reducing California’s 1% contribution to the world’s greenhouse gases."

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Cal Fire director urges good behavior to avoid a 'bad article'

"Sage advice."

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$15 an hour minimum wage is pure fiction

"The new minimum wage crusade will result in ALL wages increasing, but it will benefit the rich more than the financially challenged. The crusade to put a “band aid” on the wound of these ever increasing costs, is to raise the minimum wage. The better solution would be to HEAL the wound by DECREASING the over regulations, over taxation, and uncontrollable “fees” on businesses that are slight inconveniences to those making the big bucks but the California financially challenged will continue to disproportionally pick up the costs “camouflaged" at businesses. Again, our elected officials never look at the unintended consequence of higher wages for everyone will benefit the rich more than those on minimum wage via those annual Cost of Living Adjustments in the years ahead. The separation of the rich from the financially challenged continues to be perpetuated with the “traditional” COLA wage adjustments. Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA) to wages favors the well paid: A 3% COLA adjustment for someone making $100K will result in their compensation being almost $135K in 10 years, but for someone making $30K, their compensation will be $40K in 10 years. The differential being $24K more for the well compensated as the financially challenged continue to fall further behind. Is it fair to give a COLA adjustment to someone making the big bucks $24K more than the person making lower wages for “their” cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care? These higher wage folks are eating similar foods and using the same fuels for their cars as those making fewer wages. Throwing money as a band aid to cover the rising costs for everyone buys votes for reelection, but does not heal the wound of why the costs are rising."

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 Driverless shuttles testing in East Bay

Vehicles would work like Uber for mass transit -- minus a driver »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown
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 Cap-and-trade market could raise pressure on dairies, jet makers and refineries

California refineries face a $369 million expense in 2018Dairies, food processors and jet makers will also lose some cap-and-trade assistanceIndustry representatives say businesses may move … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, MICHAEL E. BOCCADORO, greenhouse gas, Dorothy Rothrock
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 Essential California: Crime is up in Los Angeles

Good morning. It is Saturday, July 23. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES Crime stats: Crime is up in Los Angeles for the second year in a row. As of July 16, violent crime had increased 15.9% compared with the same ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez
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 California Governor Denies Parole for Manson Follower

Leslie Van Houten, the youngest member of the Manson "family" that staged a series of gruesome California murders in 1969, has been denied freedom again _ her past overshadowing her decades as a model prisoner »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jackie Lacey
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 California governor denies parole for Manson follower

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Leslie Van Houten, the youngest member of the Manson "family" to take part in a series of gruesome California murders in 1969, has been denied freedom again - her past overshadowing her decades as ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jackie Lacey
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 Delegates: Clinton VP pick solid, may not help Dem unity

WASHINGTON (AP) — Delegates to the Democratic National Convention gave mostly positive reviews to Hillary Clinton's choice for vice president Friday, saying he will appeal to moderates but also do little to soothe disenchanted Bernie Sanders ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Hillary Clinton, Roger Salazar, Norman Solomon
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 Making It Easier for Former Inmates to Work in L.A.*

<p dir="ltr>Los Angeles is getting closer to prohibiting certain employers from asking about criminal histories in their hiring process. The citys move would expand on a<a href=http:** »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Curren Price
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 Kenley Jansen blows save and Dodgers fall to Cardinals in 16 innings

A blown save by Kenley Jansen forced the Dodgers’ game against the St. Louis Cardinals to extend into extra innings Friday night, and the Cardinals’ Matt Adams hit a walk-off home run to right field in the bottom of the 16th for a 4-3 victory.  ... »Read

In this article: Matt Adams, Dave Roberts
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 Lawmakers concerns for 'soft targets' grows after Munich Mall shooting

Shoppers in the Bay Area were a little shaken after hearing the attack happened at what's described as a 'soft target.' »Read

In this article: Linda Johnson, Eric Swalwell
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 Backlash begins against proposed tax measures in Los Angeles

Facing a November ballot stacked with proposed tax hikes, some Angelenos are stepping up efforts to fight the measures.At least four revenue-generating initiatives will face Los Angeles voters - who are being asked to pay for everything from ... »Read

In this article: David Hernandez, Sheila Kuehl, Kris Vosburgh
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 Gov. Brown denies parole to Manson follower Leslie Van Houten

Gov. Jerry Brown denied parole Friday for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of Charles Manson who is serving a life sentence for two murders more than 40 years ago. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jackie Lacey
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 LA political insiders react to Sen. Tim Kaine as Clinton VP pick

Current and former Southern California politicians reacted Friday to Hillary Clinton's choice of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate.Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, rumored at one point to be a contender for the VP job, is ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Bill Carrick, Hillary Clinton, Eric Garcetti, Dave Jacobson, Barack Obama, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 California Governor Denies Parole For Manson Follower

Brown overturned the recommendation of a parole board that found Van Houten was no-longer the violent young woman who committed a gruesome murder and was now fit for release. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jackie Lacey
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 Watch: Loretta Sanchez implies President Obama endorsed Kamala Harris because they are both black

Updates on California politics: President Obama, Vice President Biden endorse Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate July 22, 2016, 7:15 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez, Van Tran
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 Why California's northern coast doesn't look like Atlantic City

 All week long, the ultimate destination was the Sonoma County coast. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy knocking around Tolowa Dunes, the Smith River and the Lost Coast last week. Even though I’m a native Californian, I’d done very little ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Proposition 20, water
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 Trump's convention was an odd attempt to attract moderate voters, analysts say

In the end, Donald Trump's four-day coronation was eerily similar to his GOP primary campaign: an unscripted, backhanded slap at political orthodoxy. »Read

In this article: Lanhee Chen, Hillary Clinton, illegal immigration, Wayne C. Johnson, Barack Obama, Dan Schnur
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 Loretta Sanchez says race is a reason for Obama's endorsement of Kamala Harris

In an interview with Sacramento's Spanish-language Univision 19, California Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez was asked why President Barack Obama had endorsed Attorney General Kamala Harris in the unusual race for U.S. Senate. … Click to ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, Barack Obama, Doug Ose, Sharon Runner, Loretta Sanchez
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 Rep. Loretta Sanchez implies Obama endorsed Senate rival because they are both black

Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez said in an interview with a Spanish-language television station that she believes President Obama may have endorsed rival Kamala Harris in California’s U.S. Senate race because they are both black, injecting ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez, Van Tran
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 What People Are Saying About Clinton's Kaine Pick

Reactions have come in from Republicans and Democrats. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Chad Griffin, Nancy Pelosi
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 Race a factor in Obama's endorsement of Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez says

In an interview aired on Univision 19 Friday, Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez injected race in explaining away President Barack Obama’s endorsement of U.S. Senate rival Kamala Harris, whose father is … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, Loretta Sanchez, Van Tran
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 As California Democrats party in Philly, state's head teacher poised to lead Golden State

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is standing by to become acting governor next weekGov. Jerry Brown and top state officials will all be away at the Democratic National Convention in PhiladelphiaThe superintendent was added to ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Kamala Harris, Dennis Hollingsworth, Fiona Ma, Gavin Newsom, Robert Oakes, Alex Padilla, Anthony Rendon, Tom Torlakson, Betty T. Yee
Bills: SB 1530,
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 Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: AMC's 'Hell on Wheels'

SERIES Angel From Hell The comedy starring Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson airs its final episodes. 8 and 8:30 p.m. CBS Dr. Dee: Alaska Vet Dr. Dee and her husband Ken host a clinic in a town with a population of 107 in the season premiere of the ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Matthew Dowd, Barack Obama, Joe Trippi
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 Ellen Corbett, former lawmaker, running for East Bay Regional Park board

Ellen Corbett and a former park employee throw hats in the ring. »Read

In this article: Ellen Corbett, Legislature, Eric Swalwell, unemployment insurance
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 Staying Home: Many Democratic Senate Hopefuls Are Skipping Philadelphia

When Democrats gather in Philadelphia next week to formally nominate Hillary Clinton as their presidential candidate, several Democratic Senate challengers (hoping to unseat Republican incumbents will be staying behind. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Mark Kirk, Patrick Murphy, Barack Obama
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