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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."

by PTSSTAFFING 13 days ago   Respond   Read article

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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 LeBron James, Kyrie Irving lead way as Cavs handle Celtics in postseason return

Kyrie Irving scored 30 points in his playoff debut, LeBron James added 20 in his first postseason game with Cleveland in five years and the Cavaliers opened a run toward an NBA title with a 113-1 »Read

In this article: Drought, James P. Jones
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 On 4/20, more doctors say it's high time for medical marijuana research to expand

It's 4/20 Monday, which means weed is the word, and hundreds of events will be held in California and nationwide to observe cannabis culture, a tradition that stems back to the 1970s.Yet while the celebrations hail freedom, rebellion and a call for ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Mike Feuer
Bills: SB 420,
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 Drought restrictions may end era: Bye-bye front lawn

The front lawn has a long history and a rich aesthetic, extending a grand invitation straight up to the front door, especially in upscale communities. But as California prepares to implement mandatory water restrictions, the front lawn's future may ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 California Job Killer

A case study in political revenge against an unpopular target. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris
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 California cities reel as state details urban water-saving targets

California Water Board unveils stiff conservation targets for cities and water districts of up to 36% by next year »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Jim Furyk birdies both playoff holes to earn first PGA Tour win since 2010

Jim Furyk won his first PGA Tour event in five years, making birdies on both playoff holes to outlast Kevin Kisner at the RBC Heritage on Sunday. »Read

In this article: Brian Josepph Davis, Drought, Tom Watson
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 California vaccine legislation spurs legal debate over right to education

SACRAMENTO >> California's Constitution spells out the right to a free public education, and lawmakers have fortified that guarantee over the years by safeguarding students against discrimination and inequality in the classroom.But now a debate over ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Richard Pan, water
Bills: SB 277,
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 Almonds get roasted in debate over California water use

California almonds are becoming one of the world's favorite snacks and creating a multibillion-dollar bonanza for agricultural investors. But the crop extracts a staggering price from the land, consuming more water than all the showering, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Christopher Thornberg, water
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 Loretta Sanchez seen as unscripted alternative for U.S. Senate

Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Santa Ana is sounding more like a Senate candidate. She’s been critical of fellow Democrat Kamala Harris, who is already in the race. Those who know Sanchez say she’s more formidable than she might appear. … Click ... »Read

In this article: Wylie Aitken, George Andrews, Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, John Garamendi, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, Loretta Sanchez, Adam Schiff, Michael Schroeder, Van Tran
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 Some Bay Area communities face drastic water cuts

While state regulators are offering some Bay Area communities relief from drastic water cuts, others are facing severe new conservation numbers. »Read

In this article: William Chan, Drought, water
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 Clinton patches relations with liberals at campaign's outset

Days later, she said through her campaign that she supports same-sex marriage being recognized as a constitutional right in a pending Supreme Court case. While Clinton enters the race in a dominant position, she faces skepticism from some Democrats ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Same-sex marriage
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 Make California's water hogs pay

To the editor: I hope you received lots of outraged letters about the jaw-droppingly selfish customer who asked whom he should sue for the decrease in his property's value when his landscaping dies. Meanwhile, the Desert Water Agency general manager ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Sarah Tamor, water
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 Covered CA adds greater complexity to tax system

Tax time has become even more of a challenge under the Affordable Care Act, and in California, taxpayers have found matters especially difficult. Despite racking up relatively big successes in »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Peter V. Lee
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 California lawmakers should pass the vaccination bill

Anti-vaccination parents showed up last week in Sacramento threatening to leave the public schools en masse, and the Senate Education Committee crumbled like a batch of overbaked cookies. Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), who has written legislation ... »Read

In this article: global warming, Legislature, Carol Liu, Richard Pan
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 For California governors, the roller-coaster ride is routine

Two former governors sat before a crowd of civic leaders last week, a serene 51 floors above the lunch-hour cacophony of Flower Street in downtown Los Angeles. Pete Wilson and Gray Davis were doing what politicians do, debating the fine points of ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, Drought, global warming, Greg Lucas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water, Pete Wilson
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 Wedge of warm seawater known as 'the blob' blamed for marine havoc

It's called 'the blob,' and some blame it for the thousands of dead seabirds and emaciated sea lion pups that have washed ashore on California beaches since late last year. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, global warming, water
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 McCarthy Uses Bully Pulpit to Spotlight California Drought

Legislation targeting arcane water rules is not typically the stuff of legacy building for high-profile political figures. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, greenhouse gas, Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, David G. Valadao, water
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 5 Stories You'll Care About in Politics This Week

From Clinton's campaign to foreign policy hot spots. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Loretta Lynch
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 Big Labor's Legislature in Sacramento

If there were any doubts about who runs the show in Sacramento, a new report from the California Labor Federation should put those notions to rest. Based on a scorecard of 33 votes taken during 2014, 32 state lawmakers – all Democrats – earned ... »Read

In this article: Khatchik Achadjian, Jerry Brown, Anthony Cannella, Steve Fox, Legislature, Lois Wolk
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