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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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 Supreme Court tells lawyers: Stand in line yourselves. You can't pay others to hold a spot.

Lawyers cannot pay someone to hold a spot for them when the court has a big argument. »Read

In this article: Scott Harris, Proposition 8
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 Can American Apparel really stay in L.A.?

With every turn in the saga that is American Apparel, experts wonder when the Los Angeles company will give up manufacturing in the U.S. and move offshore. Even after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, Chief Executive Paula ... »Read

In this article: Steve Jobs, minimum wage
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 Tax Reform Kabuki Theater Ready to Take Center Stage

Last month, the Legislature sent 600 bills to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature (or veto). Senator Bob Hertzberg’s SB 8 was not among them. Hertzberg created a buzz when he introduced his proposal in late 2014. Los Angeles Times columnist ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Bob Hertzberg, Legislature, Gerald Parsky, George Skelton, Pete Wilson, Betty T. Yee
Bills: SB 8,
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 In Right to Die Issue, Gov. Wants Options

Gov. Jerry Brown asked a proper question in considering whether to sign or veto the “Right to Die” bill: What would I want in the face of my own death?  The question he asked was answered by a healthy, reasonable individual. If the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Robert Huff
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 It's Becoming Springtime for Dictators

In a rare burst of independence and self-interest, the California Legislature, led by largely Latino and Inland Democrats, last month defeated Gov. Jerry Brown’s attempt to cut gasoline use in the state by 50 percent by 2030. These political ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Thomas F. Steyer
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 L.A.'s Worsening Housing Affordability Leading To Overcrowding

Closing the affordability gap in housing has become a huge economic issue for many Californians just trying to live in certain communities, let alone being able to join the workforce there. Just ask Brent Smith. “You’ve got to get housing first ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage
Bills: AB 1335,
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 The Note: Clinton Camp Sharpens Attack On Kevin McCarthy

NOTABLES --HILLARY VS. MCCARTHY: Hillary Clinton's campaign has released its first national television ad, set to hit airwaves today -- featuring comments made by Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-California, who is likely to be the next Speaker of the U.S. ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Kevin McCarthy
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 Santa Clara Valley Water District board begins process to remove CEO

SAN JOSE -- The board of Silicon Valley's largest water agency is moving to oust its CEO, who is under fire over his performance on a variety of issues, including Gov. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 San Francisco renters willing to pay the price on earthquake safety

The rental market here was already under siege when city officials began an ambitious earthquake retrofitting project whose costs will largely be passed on to renters. Fueled by the city's tech boom, rents have soared, with average one-bedroom units ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Legislature
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 Alaskan Bottling Company Proposes New Idea To Fight Drought Conditions In LA

The CEO of Alaska Bulk Water, Terry Trapp, announced plans to try and export water from Blue Lake, located near Sitka, which gets plenty of rain each year. »Read

In this article: Drought, Janice Hahn, water
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 Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and a San Diego ally unveil new pension-reform measures

Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and former San Diego City Councilman David DeMaio continue their crusade to reform government pensions with two ballot measures for 2016. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Kamala Harris, Dave Low, Chuck Reed
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 Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church top 2016 Stagecoach

Heading into its 10-year anniversary, the Stagecoach Country Music Festival is bringing back Eric Church and Luke Bryan, who headlined 2014’s bro-country blowout, but the male dominance at the top of the card is tempered by Carrie Underwood, who ... »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 Essential California: Bankruptcy for American Apparel

Good morning. It is Tuesday, Oct. 6. It's Fleet Week in San Francisco. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES Right to die California became the fifth state to allow doctors to prescribe ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ted Gaines, Ruben Macareno, Antonio Villaraigosa, water
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 Democrats work to keep heat on Gowdy, McCarthy ahead of Clinton Benghazi hearing

'I was warned by almost everybody that this period of detente would end, and that everybody getting along is not in their best interest,' Gowdy told the Post. 'That is not the narrative [Democrats] need, so it changed.' »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Darrell Issa, Kevin McCarthy, Leon Panetta, Nancy Pelosi
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 Today: End-of-Life Decision. Made, and Bankrupt, in USA.

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. Gov. Brown signs an 'end of life' bill into law; and American Apparel faces more tough times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin McCarthy, water
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 Californians' love of class-action lawsuits to be tested by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court's conservative justices have long been skeptical of class-action lawsuits that may be profitable for trial lawyers but can be costly to companies. Judges in California have leaned the other way, fearing consumers and employees will ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Harvey Rosenfield
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 The Downfall of the Ex-Gay Movement

What went wrong with the conversion ministry, according to Alan Chambers, who once led its largest organization »Read

In this article: Gary S. Cooper, Proposition 8
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 Rubio vs. Bush Is Going to Be Nasty, Brutish, and Long

The veneer of friendship between Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio is beginning to peel. Bush has started taking swipes at his former protégé, who has emerged as a serious threat to his presidential aspirations as a fellow establishment ... »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, John McCain, Early Primary, Mitt Romney
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 Why the Democratic Debate Should Focus on Climate Change

This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The pressure is on: Activists are pushing hard to make climate change a major topic in the Democratic presidential debates. The first of ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Drought, Carly Fiorina, greenhouse gas, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Stem cell research, Thomas F. Steyer, water
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 Essential Politics: When death meets politics

I'm Christina Bellantoni, the Essential Politics host today. Let's get started. Subscribe to the newsletter It's not often politicians openly contemplate their own morality. But that was the case Monday as California Gov. Jerry Brown used his ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Chris Megerian
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 State high court set to hear arguments on Citizens United advisory measure

California legislators decided last year to ask voters whether they supported overturning a landmark ruling that allowed unlimited corporate spending to support or denounce federal candidates. A conservative taxpayers group balked, arguing that ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Super PACs stretch the rules that prohibit coordination with presidential campaigns

Long before Ben Carson jumped into the presidential race, some of his biggest fans were scouring the country for supporters. They set up a super PAC and began sending out brochures, eventually attracting thousands who signed up and gave money. When ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mike Murphy
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 Q&A: How does the House elect a new speaker?

At noon on Thursday, Republicans will gather behind closed doors and vote by secret ballot for their candidate for the most powerful job in the House, a post that's second in line to the presidency — Speaker of the House. … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi
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 AM Alert: Should Proposition 49 be allowed on the ballot?

California Supreme Court weighs validity of advisory measure on campaign finance … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Edwin M. Lee, Legislature, minimum wage
Bills: SB 358,
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 Arcata council to discuss zoning changes

After months of discussion, Arcata's proposed Medical Marijuana Innovation Zone is back on the City Council's agenda for its Wednesday meeting.City staff has recommended that the council adopt an ordinance that will amend the land use code to create ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Michael Winkler
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 State, local officials urge Brown to sign pot bills

With less than a week to go before Sunday's deadline for Gov. Jerry Brown to act on a bevy of bills, lawmakers are gathering at the Humboldt County Courthouse today at 11 a.m. to urge Brown to sign a trio of medical marijuana bills.According to a ... »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, Drought, Tom Lackey, Legislature, Mark Leno, Frank J. Mecca
Bills: AB 243, AB 266, SB 350, SB 643,
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 Inland Empire leaders respond to assisted-suicide passage

Inland Empire leaders reacted swiftly Tuesday after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that no longer makes it a crime to allow terminally ill people to choose to end their lives in California.Among them was Bishop Gerald Barnes, who leads the Diocese ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Cheryl Brown, Robert Huff, Legislature
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 Could lake water from Alaska be shipped to L.A., Long Beach ports?

California needs water.Blue Lake in Sitka, Alaska, has a lot.So a company that holds the rights to up to 9 billion gallons of the lake's water is pitching an idea that would send some of it -- via tanker ship -- to the Golden State as it endures the ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Janice Hahn, water
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 Lawsuit seeks to block a condo project where Marilyn Monroe once lived

Los Angeles is facing a lawsuit over the demolition of a San Fernando Valley house that Marilyn Monroe once lived in, filed by residents who argue that the city trampled state and local laws when the City Council gave the green light for new condos ... »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Paul Krekorian, Robert Stern, Herb Wesson
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 Lethal Weekend in City, Enduring Pain for Families

Four months after a weekend of deadly shootings in New York City, the impact of the gun violence continues to be felt. For those who were shot, recuperation and rehabilitation is a chore. For friends and neighbors, there remains unease about safety. ... »Read

In this article: Luis Garcia, Eric Mar
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 Governor signs Right-to-Die bill*

<p>An intense emotional saga that began last year with a young newlywed receiving a diagnosis of terminal disease ended yesterday with the Governor's signature on a right-to-die bill that allows terminally ill patients the option to end their ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, California Target Book, Tim Herdt, Allan Hoffenblum, Daniel Kammen, Legislature, Carla Marinucci, water
Bills: SB 549,
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 Benghazi Committee Democrats will release interview transcript

They plan to release a transcript of the committee's interview of Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, to 'correct the record' »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kevin McCarthy, Linda T. Sanchez, Adam Schiff
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 Senate confirms federal judge to serve in Fresno, Calif., finally

Magistrate Judge Dale Drozd promoted on a busy benchEastern District of California keeps judges hoppingConfirmation delay was nothing personal; that’s just the Senate … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Barack Obama
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 Half of Westfield's Village restaurants are now open, and most will serve alcohol

The core component of The Village at Westfield Topanga, a strong center of gravity consisting of 17 restaurants and 11 'eateries,' will likely make the Warner Center destination known more for dining and drinking than shopping. »Read

In this article: Robert Blumenfield, Dennis Zine
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 Q&A: How does the House elect a new speaker?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- At noon on Thursday, Republicans will gather behind closed doors and vote by secret ballot for their candidate for the most powerful job in the House, a post that&apos;s second in line to the presidency - Speaker of the ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi
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 S.F. Muni gets permanent OK for traffic-ticket cameras on buses

A pilot program that equipped San Francisco Muni buses with cameras to bust motorists blocking transit-only lanes, crosswalks, intersections and bus stops was made permanent by Gov. Jerry Brown. [...] San Francisco has had temporary approval to ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, David Chiu, Fiona Ma
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 S.F. commercial buildings make big strides in curbing energy use

The energy use of San Francisco’s commercial buildings has dramatically dropped over the last five years, potentially saving million of dollars annually and reducing greenhouse gases on the environment, according to a new performance report ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, renewable energy
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 Roseburg shooting, gun laws, East Coast flooding

Re “10 killed in ‘horrific’ shooting at college”: Law enforcement personnel are descending on Roseburg, Ore., to determine what happened and why. As a concerned citizen who wants to help his government avoid unnecessary expense, I can save ... »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Drought
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 Divisive social issues on Supreme Court docket

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s new term began Monday with no cross words between the justices, although a steady stream of divisive social issues awaits them in the coming months. In their first public meeting since a number of high-profile ... »Read

In this article: John Roberts, Same-sex marriage
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 Whole Foods Suppliers Defend Using Prison Labor

The food companies that used prison labor to sell products at Whole Foods are defending their programs, saying they provide inmates with new skills and rehabilitation. »Read

In this article: Michael Allen, minimum wage
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 Backers of California pension overhaul alter ballot language

Backers of a proposed ballot initiative to cut pension spending for California state and local government employees are starting over. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Kamala Harris, Chuck Reed
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 Regulators propose rules to prevent illegal coordination

California's political watchdog agency on Monday proposed tougher rules to prevent illegal coordination between political campaigns and outside groups that can collect unlimited amounts of money. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Jessica A. Levinson, Jodi Remke
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 Dan Walters: Immigrant activists score wins

Legislature continues to expand status of undocumentedHowever, some bills didn’t make the cut‘Sanctuary cities’ still a burgeoning issue … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Jerry Brown, illegal immigration, Ricardo Lara, Legislature
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 SEIU Local 1000 delays vote on officers' stipends

Vote on stipends of up to $102,000 postponed for future meetingSpecial session date, location to be determinedOpponents say outcome of vote uncertain … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: SEIU, Yvonne Walker
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