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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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 Newsom Has $5.5 Million For 2018 California Governor's Race

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom reports that he has already banked nearly $5.5 million for a possible run for governor that's still more than three years away. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Nurses Association, campaign finance, Gavin Newsom
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 Wildfires scorch large tracts of California

Some 8,000 firefighters are trying to contain 18 large wildfires across California, from San Diego County up to the northernmost part of the state, according to Cal Fire. »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought
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 S.F. ballot measures this fall: housing, lobbying, development

San Francisco voters will have a chance this fall to weigh in on measures ranging from a proposed pause in the construction of market-rate housing in the Mission to limiting the availability of short-term rentals through companies such as Airbnb. ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, Edwin M. Lee, renewable energy
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 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti raises $2.2 million in re-election bid

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has raised more than $2 million for his 2017 re-election bid, a record for a mayoral incumbent in the first reporting period. Garcetti raised $2.2 million for the six-month period ending June 30, the first reporting ... »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Bill Carrick, Mike Feuer, Eric Garcetti, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Rocky Fire southeast of Clear Lake engulfs more than 18,000 acres

A massive aerial assault is underway in the North Bay as firefighters struggle to slow down the fast-moving wildfire that has exploded in size and is only five percent contained. »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought
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 Garcetti raises record $2.2 million in first quarter of re-election effort

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti raised $2.227 million during the first quarter of his 2017 re-election campaign, an amount that sets a record for incumbent mayors' early fundraising in the era of the city's modern campaign-finance regulations, his ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Bill Carrick, Eric Garcetti
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 Marijuana dispensaries need banking access, California officials say

Citing the public safety risks of a cash-only industry, state officials argued Friday that medical marijuana dispensaries should have better access to banking. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Fiona Ma, George Runner, David Thomas
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 Newsom has $5.5 million for 2018 California governor's race

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom reports that he has already banked nearly $5.5 million for a possible run for governor that's still more than three years away. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Nurses Association, campaign finance, Gavin Newsom
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 Gov. Brown declares state of emergency for California wildfires

Gov. Jerry Brown is declaring a state of emergency throughout California as wildfires rage in the parched state. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought
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 Port Commissioner Leads In Fundraising In San Diego City Attorney Race

Rafael Castellanos is facing fellow lawyers Gil Cabrera, Robert Hickey and Mara Elliott in next year's election to succeed Jan Goldsmith, who is being termed out. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, campaign finance, Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria, Jan Goldsmith, Tony Young
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 Brown Declares State Of Emergency For California Wildfires

Brown says in a declaration issued Friday that the severe drought and extreme weather 'have turned much of the state into a tinderbox.' »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought
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 Brown declares state of emergency for California wildfires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown is declaring a state of emergency throughout California as wildfires rage in the parched state.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought
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 California fires lead Gov. Brown to call state of emergency

Move clears red tape, opens California to outside help … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought
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 Super Pac Friday: Five takeaways

Bush soars and Cruz wows, while Rubio and Walker survive with the help of a few friends. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mike Murphy
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 Rocky Fire, north of San Francisco, spreads to 15,000 acres

The fast-spreading Rocky Fire, a wildfire north of San Francisco, nearly doubled overnight, charring 23 square miles and torching a third home. At least 650 residents have been evacuated. »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought, water
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 Planned Parenthood vote squeezes Dem moderates

Centrist Senate Democrats are weighing their options. »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, minimum wage, Senate Democrats
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 Mike Huckabee to speak at state GOP convention

Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will speak at a lunch banquet during the California Republican Party’s Fall Convention on Sept. 18 in Anaheim. The announcement comes one week after the state GOP said ... »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party, Harmeet Dhillon, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Mitt Romney
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 State officials worry legalizing recreational marijuana will criminalize businesses, governments

State officials expressed concerns Friday that an anticipated measure to legalize marijuana in California will exacerbate a conflict between state and federal law that criminalizes pot retailers, bankers, and state and local governments. “That ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerome Horton, Fiona Ma, George Runner, David Thomas
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 Mike Huckabee to address California Republicans this fall

The California Republican Party is announcing a second GOP presidential hopeful will address its fall convention in Anaheim. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party, Mike Huckabee
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 California tax officials float state-run bank for marijuana industry

Tax collectors say access to financial institutions overdueIdea comes ahead of probable legalization measure on 2016 ballot … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Mike Gipson, Fiona Ma, George Runner
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 Mike Huckabee Coming to CRP 2015 Fall Convention

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Republican Party announced today that former Governor of Arkansas and current Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will be the speaker for the CRP 2015 Fall Convention Friday Lunch Banquet on ... »Read

In this article: James Brulte, California Republican Party, Mike Huckabee
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 Governor Jerry Brown allows parole for Chowchilla school bus kidnapper

The governor of California on Thursday allowed parole for one of three men convicted in the 1976 kidnapping of 26 children and their school bus driver who were held captive in a buried trailer. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Luis Patino, water
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 Lawmakers Ask Obama To Update Animal Welfare Act

A group of federal lawmakers called on President Barack Obama's administration to update 20-year-old rules governing the treatment of captive marine mammals, such as killer whales at SeaWorld San Diego. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Sam Farr, Dianne Feinstein, Ted W. Lieu, Alan Lowenthal, Barack Obama, Adam Schiff, Mark Takano
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 Study: Shasta Dam expansion feasible but financing unclear

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A long-awaited study requested by Congress concludes that enlarging Shasta Dam in California by 18.5 feet is technically and economically feasible, though the Bureau of Reclamation declined to make a formal recommendation to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Doug LaMalfa, Nancy Vogel, water
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 Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: "Aquarius" on NBC

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

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Jennifer Jacobs, Will Smith
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 Why Bush played nice with Clinton in Florida

She ripped his 'right to rise' campaign slogan. He thanked her for being there. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, John McCain, minimum wage, Mike Murphy, Steve Schmidt
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 Campaign Poll Shows Schneider Top Dem in Race for 24th

State Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian leads the field overall. »Read

In this article: Khatchik Achadjian, Lois Capps
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 Senate maneuvering spares Planned Parenthood -- for now

A series of hidden-camera videos by anti-abortion activists capturing Planned Parenthood executives discussing tissue harvesting from aborted fetuses has renewed calls by Republicans to eliminate all federal support for the organization. But as bad ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Kevin McCarthy, No Child Left Behind
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 Upland's Marie Mackintosh honored for community work

Upland resident Marie Mackintosh is being recognized for her dedication to the Neighborhood Watch program by Aseemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, on Tuesday at Upland's National Night Out gathering in the 1700 block of Mulberry Avenue. Mayor Ray ... »Read

In this article: Chris Holden, Ray Musser
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 Daniel Borenstein: Contra Costa supervisors dip their hands in the public till one more time

Rejecting recommendation of independent committee, board votes to continue double-dipping on car expenses, collecting auto allowance and mileage reimbursement. »Read

In this article: John Gioia, Mary Piepho, referendum
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 Obama to extend college aid grants to some prison inmates

WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than 20 years after banning prisoners from receiving student aid, some federal and state inmates could be eligible for Pell grant money to take college courses while still behind bars.... »Read

In this article: Loretta Lynch, Theodore R. Mitchell, Barack Obama
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 Chris Christie's Finance Team Is Filling His Campaign War Chest"and One Super PAC's

Team members like Home Depot cofounder Ken Langone and HP CEO Meg Whitman have donated to America Leads, a pro-Christie super PAC. »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, Meg Whitman
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 House Democrats say holding migrant families does not reflect 'our nation's values'

The Obama administration, which has already seen its immigration policies stymied by conservative judges, is now facing increasing pressure from the left to release all women and children from immigration detention centers after a federal judge ... »Read

In this article: illegal immigration, Zoe Lofgren, Nancy Pelosi
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 Firefighters get firsthand look at need to confront climate change: Guest commentary

For the better part of the last two decades, California firefighters have been first on the scene of a relentless, slow-motion, natural disaster.The cumulative effects of four years of punishing drought have turned much of the state's wildlands into ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, global warming, greenhouse gas, Michael Lopez, Lou Paulson
Bills: AB 32,
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 This is one little town in Arkansas' role in California's cap and trade program

EL DORADO, Arkansas >> On the east side of this small town, tucked away not far from the Louisiana border, sit two massive incinerators with a surprising link to a landmark environmental law in California. It's a place where old paint, leftover ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols
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 Sen. Fran Pavley: A quiet force in the climate storm

In a small hearing room decorated with paintings of birds and flowers, Sen. Fran Pavley - the great-granddaughter of a three-time presidential candidate - sat down to present the bill that will likely cement her legacy as the California ... »Read

In this article: Gray Davis, Drought, global warming, greenhouse gas, Steve Jobs, Legislature, Barack Obama, Fran Pavley, Michael Shaw, water
Bills: AB 32, SB 32,
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 Why hasn't California's cap and trade pollution program been a model for US?

It was mid-morning one day in May and somewhere deep inside a 25-story tower in Sacramento, an auction, cloaked in secrecy, was about to begin. There was no gavel pounding. No shouting. No frenzy of traders running around. Instead, an unknown number ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, global warming, greenhouse gas, Legislature, Mary Nichols
Bills: AB 32,
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 On the way to Ukraine, Nancy Pelosi and friends stop over in Italy

These Democrats spend their first days away from Congress touring Italy. »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, Nancy Pelosi
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 Clinton Challenges Bush On His Home Turf

Hillary Clinton took aim at Jeb Bush on Friday on his home turf in Florida. »Read

In this article: Allie Brandenburger, Hillary Clinton, minimum wage
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 Don't blame Prop. 13 for California's decaying infrastructure

To the editor: UC San Diego political scientist Steven P. Erie blames Proposition 13 for leading this state to ruin. In effect, he supports throwing the elderly out of their homes, along with raising gasoline taxes, vehicle license fees, higher ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Steven P. Erie
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 Governor Brown allows parole for Chowchilla school bus hijacker

The governor of California on Thursday allowed parole for one of three men convicted in the 1976 kidnapping of 26 children and their school bus driver who were held captive in a buried trailer. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Luis Patino, water
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 California's golden hills blackened by wildfires

The golden hills of California were being blackened Friday by a series of wildfires egged on by bone-dry vegetation, triple-digit temperatures and gusting winds. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought, water
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 Search for new L.A. Unified superintendent takes initial step

The Los Angeles Board of Education is taking its first steps toward launching a search for a new superintendent, a process that has been on hold for the past nine months. »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, Tamar Galatzan, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Looking For Solutions On Banking And Marijuana

The marijuana industry is growing rapidly, but banking practices have not kept pace. Many banks refuse to handle cannabis money because using marijuana is against federal law. That means the industry must deal in cash. The California Board of ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Fiona Ma
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 Governor Brown allows parole for California school bus hijacker

The governor of California on Thursday allowed parole for one of three men convicted in the 1976 kidnapping of 26 children and their school bus driver who were held captive in a buried trailer. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Luis Patino, water
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 Clinton whacks Jeb at Urban League conference

His positions on issues critical to African-Americans do not follow his campaign rhetoric, she says. »Read

In this article: Allie Brandenburger, Hillary Clinton, minimum wage
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 Immigrant advocate protesters arrested in Sen. Feinstein's office

SAN FRANCISCO -- Eight people who chained themselves together in the lobby of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's San Francisco office Thursday afternoon have been arrested, event organizers said. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Edwin M. Lee, Barack Obama
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 Nearly Two-Thirds Of Californians Believe Global Warming Is Impacting State's Ongoing Drought

The poll shows 79 percent of residents think global warming is a very serious or somewhat serious threat to California's quality of life. Democrats were more likely than independents and Republicans to call the threat very serious. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, global warming, PPIC
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 Testing All the Arguments on SB 350

The Public Policy Institute poll boosted the argument for state governmental action on climate change – or so it seemed. Asked if likely voters agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 respondents liked the idea by 63% to ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, global warming, greenhouse gas, PPIC, renewable energy
Bills: SB 350,
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 Fixing California - The Need For Tax Reform

(Editor's Note: The Hoover Institution's EUREKA newsletterthis month examines California's Revenue Conundrum. The following article was one of a series of articles published discussing California's tax system.) From 2008 to 2009, California ... »Read

In this article: PPIC, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Opponents of Mandatory Vaccination Bill Continue the Fight

Opponents of SB 277, the vaccinations bill, received the green light to begin collecting signatures to ask voters to recall State Senator Richard Pan. Backers need 35,926 signatures by December 31, which is 20% of the votes cast in the election ... »Read

In this article: Gray Davis, Richard Pan
Bills: SB 277,
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 If You Care About California, Then You Should Care About Salinas

Do you worry about the future of California? Then you should worry about Salinas. Because if this Monterey County town of 155,000 can’t build itself a brighter future, it’s hard to imagine other struggling places doing the same. “Rich in Land. ... »Read
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 Higher Fees, Bigger Government, Fewer Jobs: Regulation Isn't The Path To Prosperity

An unfortunate fact of life in California is that every year, new attacks on business emerge from the State Capitol. There is plenty of evidence that demonstrates the damage this mentality has on our state and its working class. We have been ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, minimum wage
Bills: SB 3, SB 350,
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 DWP's gift to the city

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is asking customers to pay significantly higher rates over the next five years - from 13% to 34% more - to meet a crush of environmental regulations and fund long-delayed infrastructure upgrades and ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Proposition 26, renewable energy, water
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 Essential California: The L.A. neighborhood Whole Foods and Trader Joe's are battling for

Good morning. It is Friday, July 31. Singer Mariah Carey is just like everyone else. When she needs a place to crash, she logs onto Airbnb … and rents a Malibu beach house for $10,000 a night. Here's what is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Eric Garcetti, water
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 Bernie Sanders Is Starting to Talk About Race"Awkwardly

Bernie Sanders, the Democrats’ 2016 insurgent, has prided himself during his long political career for being relentlessly focused on the issues he’s cared about the most: corporate greed, economic exploitation, and inequality. However, the »Read

In this article: Tom Beach, minimum wage
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