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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

"Well said Avg. Joe. The headline is like saying: taking a laxative May make you defecate."

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Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

"may impact small business- really a $3 increase overnight would certainly impact any small business. Probably hurts non-minimum wage restaurant workers more than anything else, only ones making minimum wage in table service establishments are the tipped employees. That leaves the best paid people in the house getting a $3/hour raise, to the detriment of the others. Back asswards."

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 Report: Small L.A. County cities seize large amounts in civil forfeitures

A handful of small Los Angeles County cities seize large amounts of cash and cars using a controversial federal law that allows them to confiscate property even when owners aren’t charged with a crime, according to a report published by an ... »Read

In this article: John Lovell, Holly J. Mitchell
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 No workable plan on the table to keep NFL in San Diego

As two stadium plans are moving forward in Los Angeles, San Diego does not have a workable plan or timetable that would keep the Chargers in San Diego, the Los Angeles News Group has learned.Last week, the NFL met with San Diego Mayor Kevin ... »Read

In this article: Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer, Stephen Puetz
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 As UC tuition increases, so does university administration

Rising university tuition costs have been a hot topic in California, where Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers have tangled with UC executives over budgets, spending and state investment levels in higher education. Long story short: The University ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin McCarty
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 This time, Hillary Clinton plays up her gender and key issues for women

Hillary Rodham Clinton waited until the day of her concession speech the last time she ran for president to put the glass ceiling at the center of her campaign. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Family Leave, Chris Lehane, Early Primary, Karen E. Skelton
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 California drought to get worse, experts predict

Researchers, students and state officials gathered at UC Irvine Monday to discuss the causes and possible solutions for the state's historic drought. With no relief this winter and summer ahead, the ongoing California drought is expected to get ... »Read

In this article: MICHAEL N. ANDERSON, Drought, water
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 Water pricing to spur conservation ruled unconstitutional

An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water-rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage people to save water. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Appeals court rules against higher water rates for big users

An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water-rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage people to save water. … Click to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 San Juan Capistrano's tiered water-rates ruled unconstitutional

An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage people to save water. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Capital Unity Center comes back to life at California Museum

Three years after the campaign to build a center promoting racial tolerance in Sacramento ran out of money, a smaller version of the Capital Unity Center has been resurrected as a multimedia gallery in the California Museum downtown. … Click ... »Read

In this article: Darrell Steinberg, Daniel Zingale
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 Redlands contractor offers lawn painting in response to drought

Property owners who are conserving water because of the drought but want to keep their lawns looking healthy have another option. Paint it.Jeff Bonadiman, owner of Bonadiman Construction in Redlands, specializes in earthquake retrofitting. He ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Prop. 47 backers put a new face on victims of crime

Flush from their successful campaign in support of Proposition 47, the ballot initiative that made drug possession and other nonviolent crimes no longer a felony in California, a coalition of community activists and private foundations is now ... »Read

In this article: Gil Duran, Gavin Newsom
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 Report: Bay Area needs to prepare for 'mega storm'

A new environmental report is warning that the Bay Area can expect to go from drought to deluge and should brace for a 'mega storm.' »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, Drought, water
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 Activists decry plan to cut habitat aid from water-tunnel project

Environmental groups Monday blasted a proposal by the state to jettison the habitat restoration portion of the massive delta water-tunnel project as an ill-conceived “bait and switch” that will only make California’s water woes worse. The ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, peripheral canal, water
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 SD7: The saga of the GOP elephant logo

There’s more cross-party sniping in the 7th State Senate District special election, as the California Republican Party has told a Contra Costa County prosecutor to cease and desist from telling Democrat Steve Glazer’s campaign to cease and ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, California Republican Party, Harmeet Dhillon, Steven Glazer
Bills: AB 2501,
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 Brown calls tiered water ruling 'a straitjacket' for conservation efforts

A state court said water districts can’t charge higher rates for bigger consumers. Gov. Jerry Brown said the ruling will “put a straitjacket on local government” trying to cut back. San Juan Capistrano’s rates, the court said, violated Prop. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Court rules against higher water rates for big users

An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water-rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage people to save water. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Glimmers of Hope on the Hill

After years of dysfunction, there are signs that Congress is starting to work again. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi
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 Daily Breeze of Torrance, Los Angeles Times win Pulitzers

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Daily Breeze of Torrance won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting Monday for a series of stories exposing corruption and cronyism in a small, cash-strapped Southern California school district whose superintendent was ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 California's Tiered Water Rates Thrown Into Question By Court Ruling

At least two-thirds of California's water providers, including the city of San Diego, use some form of the tiered rates that are at issue in the lawsuit, consultants and water lawyers said. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 California Teachers Union, School Board Oppose Dyslexia Testing Bill

California School Board Association, Special Education Local Plan Area and the California Teachers Association oppose a bill that would make dyslexia screening compulsory. »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Jim Frazier
Bills: AB 1369,
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 Final call at beloved North Beach restaurant Capp's Corner

Sunday night marked the end of an era — the final call for beloved North Beach restaurant and bar Capp’s Corner, which was ushered out with rousing renditions of “San Francisco” led by the cast of nearby Beach Blanket Babylon. The ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anne Gust
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 Appeals court rules against San Juan Capistrano's tiered water-rates

A California appeals court has ruled that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water-rates are unconstitutional. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Jerry Brown 'conquers' rattlesnake

Jerry Brown posted a photograph on Twitter of himself standing over a snake. It’s unclear if he killed it. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anne Gust
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 Soros' son builds a PAC for Jewish voters

It will back progressive candidates. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Hillary Clinton, Michael Honda, Barbara Lee, Mark Takano
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 Supervisor wants to ban Muni's armed guards

The armed security guards who walk alongside the Muni workers collecting cash from buses, transit sales desks and fare machines will be giving up their handguns if San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim has her way. Kim wants to revise the Municipal ... »Read

In this article: John Avalos, David Campos
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 In blow to water conservation, court rejects city's tiered rates

In a ruling with major implications for California's water conservation campaign, a state appeals court on Monday ruled that a tiered water rate structure used by the city of San Juan Capistrano to encourage conservation was unconstitutional. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Appeals Court Rules Against Higher Water Rates For Big Users

A California appeals court has ruled that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water-rates are unconstitutional. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 The power players behind Ted Cruz's campaign

The senator is backed by a Texas-heavy group of strategists known for conservative combat. »Read

In this article: Michael Chertoff, Hillary Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, Vincent Harris, Mike Huckabee, Darrell Issa, Chris Wilson
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 S.F. mayor watches as homeless break camp for new shelter

S.F. mayor watches as homeless break camp for new shelter [...] for once, this small army — with Mayor Ed Lee in tow to observe — had something to offer this homeless band that it actually wanted. Fifty-three people have moved in since the ... »Read

In this article: Bevan Dufty, Edwin M. Lee
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 Things to know about California water reduction mandates

Brown lawns and idle sprinklers loom this summer under Gov. Jerry Brown's mandate to reduce urban water use by 25 percent to get through the drought. The State Water Resources Control Board released an updated plan over the weekend assigning each ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Halliburton says it has cut 9,000 jobs in wake of oil's drop

Halliburton Co. has cut 9,000 jobs — more than 10 percent of its workforce — in about six months and is considering more cost-cutting moves as falling oil prices sap demand for its drilling help. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Nurses call strikes at Sutter Roseville, Auburn Faith

The California Nurses Association will hold strikes at five Sutter Health hospitals on April 30, including Sutter Roseville Medical Center and Auburn Faith Hospital. Registered nurses also will strike at Mills-Peninsula Health Services and Sutter ... »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, Chuck Idelson
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 What to know about Calif. water reduction mandates

Brown lawns and idle sprinklers loom this summer under Gov. Jerry Brown's mandate to reduce urban water use by 25 percent to get through the drought. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Vote Study Shows Obama Gets His Way in GOP-Controlled Senate

Republicans took the Senate in 2014 by stressing the data that CQ Roll Call's presidential support vote study revealed: Democrats in red states were sticking close to President Barack Obama. So here's a surprise: The new GOP majority in 2015 is ... »Read

In this article: Loretta Lynch, No Child Left Behind, Barack Obama, Senate Republicans
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 VIDEO: John Legend praises California's Prop. 47 as model for criminal justice

Singer John Legend called for a new approach to criminal justice at a Sacramento conference. He held up California’s Proposition 47 as a model for the country. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom joined him to support rehabilitation and trauma recovery. … ... »Read

In this article: California prisons, Legislature, Gavin Newsom
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 San Francisco Bay Area researchers fear 'super storm' flood

Even as California struggles to cope with a long-running drought, scientists are worried that the San Francisco Bay Area is unprepared for an inevitable super storm that could drop 12 inches of rain in a week. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, Drought
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 San Diego Hires Financial, Legal Consultants For Potential Stadium Project

The city and county of San Diego announced they have retained Citigroup and the international law firm Nixon Peabody as financial and legal consultants for a potential football stadium construction project. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Jan Goldsmith
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 New bill could legalize paid carpooling

Carpooling is one of the most popular services transport network companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar offer, but it faces a problem. Under California law, paid carpooling is prohibited. »Read

In this article: Lauren Faber, Legislature, Phil Ting
Bills: AB 1360, AB 1422, AB 24, AB 886,
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 William Shatner: Solve California drought with Seattle pipeline

Actor William Shatner is hoping to save California from further drought by proposing an enterprise of his own — importing water from the Seattle area, where rain is plentiful. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 California transgender bill spurs initiative for 'bathroom privacy'

Opponents of a law aiming to protect transgender students are not backing down. Privacy For All wants to ensure people in government buildings use facilities in accordance with their biological sex. They have submitted a proposal for the 2016 ballot ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Karen England, referendum
Bills: AB 1266,
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 Is Steve Glazer indecisive?

Is Steve Glazer indecisive? by Richard Colman originally appearedon HALFWAY TO CONCORD. Is Steve Glazer indecisive? Can he make a tough decision? Joel Fox of Fox & Hounds says, 'Glazer is more than a candidate for office. He could become a ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Joan Buchanan, Mark DeSaulnier, Drought, Joel Fox, Steven Glazer, Legislature, referendum, water
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 Cinemacon 2015: Global growth fuels record attendance

The Cinamecon trade show opening in Las Vegas this week is expected to draw record participation, underscoring the cinema industry's rapid global growth. »Read

In this article: George P. Miller, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Bill revised after adult cyclists balk at being forced to wear helmets

A bill that would have required all bicycle-riding adults  to wear a helmet in California has been scaled back following wide opposition from numerous bicycling organizations. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Carol Liu, Robert Oakes
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 Joe Manchin waves off governor run with a swipe at Harry Reid

Democrats' hopes for retaking the Senate majority got a boost over the weekend with Sen. Joe Manchin announcing that he will stay on Capitol Hill rather than seek a third term as West Virginia's governor in 2016.Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, John McCain, Senate Democrats
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 Private firm to investigate Fresno gas blast

PG&E has hired an engineering firm to investigate Fridays pipeline explosion in Fresno. Twelve people were injured when a construction crew struck the pipeline with a front loader, causing a massive explosion. Michael Cabanatuan has the story at ... »Read

In this article: Lois Wolk, water, Loretta Sanchez, Chris Holden, Kamala Harris, Drought, Tom Daly, California Republican Party, James Brulte, Rob Bonta
Bills: AB 265,
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 What Jerry Brown and Kamala Harris have said about CalPERS conflict-of-interest concerns

CalPERS board member J.J. Jelincic is ticked about a policy that excludes him from executive pay and performance discussions. Two state attorneys general have said the former CalPERS employee shouldn’t go there. Here’s the conflict-of-interest ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Kamala Harris, J.J. Jelincic
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 Hardball pays off with 2-year, 10% hike for L.A. teachers

Hardball paid off for the United Teachers Los Angeles late Friday when negotiators reached tentative agreement on a three-year deal that provides L.A. Unified teachers with a 10 percent pay »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalSTRS, Legislature
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 California water saving mandate shrinks cuts for some cities

State regulators on Saturday announced a revised plan to reduce water use in drought-stricken California that offers easier conservation targets for major cities, including Los Angeles, while demanding greater cutbacks from others. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Pension Costs are Crowding Out Salaries

In my recent report “California Crowd-Out: How Rising Retirement Benefit Costs Threaten Municipal Services,” I document how rising public pension costs continue to deprive vital public services of funding. There’s only so much room in state ... »Read
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 Improving the Movement of Freight. Why Should We Care? Part II

My commentary, posted nearly a year ago, spoke to the critical need to fund the repair and upgrade of the system that moves goods through California and the nation, given that international trade is one of the most important drivers of the state’s ... »Read

In this article: Alan Lowenthal
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 Uber Technology Makes Me Feel Safe

It is no secret that transportation methods are changing for many Californians. No longer are people choosing outdated ways and means to get around town, but instead, they are now relying on the ease, availability and safety of ridesharing apps like ... »Read
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 Can the GOP learn from California?

In his Washington Post column, E. J. Dionne Jr. comments on the California GOP and suggests what happened here politically can happen across America. He also interviews state GOP chairman Jim Brulte about his attempt to turn things around for ... »Read

In this article: James Brulte
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 CA Fwd Report Highlights Revenue Options For Investments In Education And Infrastructure

As the recovery lifts California out of a decade of financial crises, the state’s inherent economic strengths and lingering fiscal weaknesses are being revealed. Jobs are coming back, bringing a new wave of tax revenues with them. But in twenty ... »Read

In this article: Carl Guardino, Legislature, Jim Mayer, state budget, technical education, water
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 Prevailing Wage: Good for the Middle Class, and the Bottom Line

On public construction, some have questioned whether or not prevailing wage is good policy, but a new study just published by Smart Cities Prevail shows that California’s economy gains as many as 17,500 jobs from the state policy. The debate has ... »Read

Bills: SB 7,
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 Cory Briggs Gets Paid In Sunroad Debacle; No Money Yet To San Diego For Land

The settlement between Sunroad and Briggs called for a $10,000 donation to the city of San Diego in addition to a second payment based on the value of an appraisal. So far, no appraisal has been done. »Read

In this article: David Alvarez, Marti Emerald, Kevin Faulconer, Bob Filner, Donna Frye, Dick Murphy
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 California Drought: New Proposed Water Reduction Plan Released

California water regulators have released a new proposed plan requiring some cities to reduce water use by more than the 25 percent originally ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown. But other cities, like San Diego, got a slight reprieve. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 READ IN: Patriot's Day Edition

Do you Read In? Sign up today and get all the news you need delivered right to your inbox every day!-- The feud over who said what during the late-night vote-a-rama conversation between Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Mike Huckabee, John F. Kerry, Mark Kirk, Loretta Lynch, George P. Miller, water
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 Asm. Lorena Gonzalez proposes labor protections for cheerleaders

Legislative committee hearings aren’t known for their heart-pounding excitement. But, you might hear a round of cheers to excite the crowds at this week’s Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism & Internet »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, minimum wage
Bills: AB 202,
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 Drought provides opportunity for L.A. to get gray water right

Not just during drought but even in times of normal precipitation, there is something absurd about taking precious drinking water — imported at great cost from environmentally fragile areas hundreds of miles away, pumped over the mountains using ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Paul Krekorian, water
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 Lawsuits threaten DWP payments to city

Ratepayers have had reason to gripe in recent months about the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, whose fumbled rollout of a new billing system in 2013 produced some breathtakingly inaccurate charges for customers. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Eric Garcetti, Proposition 26, Antonio Villaraigosa, water
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 Nonprofit hopes $25,000 prize lures L.A. schools' District 5 voters

A nonprofit voter group has a plan to turn around traditionally abysmal turnout for a key election to the Los Angeles Board of Education: It's going to pay one lucky voter $25,000. »Read

In this article: Antonio Gonzalez, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project
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