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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."

by Avg. Joe 26 days ago   Respond   Read article

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."

by jimragan796 63 days ago   Respond   Read article

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 91 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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 Wesson agenda looks a lot like a mayor's
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 Boxing offers opportunity to pay respects to the fading Sports Arena
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 S.F. officials worry about how Obamacare could affect vulnerable residents
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 Filibuster divides GOP 2016 contenders
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 Don't deny the dying a last hope
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 San Francisco status as 'sanctuary' criticized after slaying

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier has brought criticism down on this liberal city because the Mexican man under arrest was in the U.S. illegally, had been deported five times and was out on the streets after San ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi
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 California Assembly votes to strengthen law protecting sexually abused students

The California Assembly voted Monday to close a loophole that last year allowed the Los Angeles school district to avoid penalties in a civil case involving a 14-year-old student who said she was sexually assaulted by a teacher. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara, Los Angeles Unified School District, Mark Stone
Bills: SB 14,
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 Carly Fiorina's Campaign Raised $1.4 Million Since Early May

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina raised $1.4 million since launching her campaign at the start of May, a fundraising haul that is a fraction of what other contenders have raised so far. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina
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 Republicans Set to Try Again With Education Overhaul

In late February, House conservatives were revolting on two different fronts: They didn't want to fund the Department of Homeland Security without language blocking President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration, and they didn't want to ... »Read

In this article: No Child Left Behind, Barack Obama, Mark Takano
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 Jerry Brown signs protection for pot smokers seeking organ transplants

Bill prohibits denying transplants based solely on medical marijuana use … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Marc Levine
Bills: AB 258,
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 Protect future of African-American districts in Los Angeles County: Guest commentary

Los Angeles County is facing significant demographic changes. For African-Americans, the changes may have a negative impact on their future ability to elect a candidate of their choice to the Board of Supervisors.However, steps can be taken to ... »Read

In this article: Isadore Hall, Holly J. Mitchell, Curren Price, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Herb Wesson
Bills: SCA 8,
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 Eye on Sacramento asks court to stop city from deleting emails

The group Eye on Sacramento has filed a request for a temporary restraining order to keep the city of Sacramento from deleting emails. »Read

In this article: PAUL NICHOLAS BOYLAN, Shirley Concolino
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 California Law Backs Organ Transplants For Medical Marijuana Users

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will prevent doctors and hospitals from denying organ transplants to medical marijuana users just because of their pot use. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Marc Levine
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 O.C. D.A. office under fire for using jailhouse informants creates advisory body

Beset by allegations that informants were used to get potentially illegal confessions, Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas has created a committee of legal experts to review his office's use of so-called jailhouse snitches. »Read

In this article: Tony Rackauckas, James R. Smith, Todd Spitzer
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 Carbajal Raises $600K in Congressional Campaign

The big first-quarter number sets a quick pace in bids for early donations. »Read

In this article: Khatchik Achadjian, Lois Capps
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 Video: California senators get 'crunchy' at health hearing

Sens. Mike McGuire and Holly Mitchell the true meaning of ‘crunchy’ … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Ed Hernandez, Holly J. Mitchell
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 Here are the secret ways super PACs and campaigns can work together

The 2016 presidential contenders are stretching the latitude they have to work with their independent allies more than candidates in recent elections ever dared, taking advantage of a narrowly drawn rule that separates campaigns from outside ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mike Murphy
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 California needs to fix its freeways. But until it does, let's exploit them

'California's freeways are amazing,' my Bay Area-raised girlfriend told me the first time I came to the West Coast. This was in the 1980s. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Chris Megerian
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 Don't forget about the candidates; 2016 is coming on fast

The last few weeks have seen momentous decisions in America - especially the Supreme Court's decisions on same-sex marriage and Obamacare. »Read

In this article: Mike Huckabee, Same-sex marriage, Leland Yee
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Gov. Brown showed courage signing vaccination bill

When personal beliefs clash with science, lawmakers need to protect the greater good. The Legislature and governor acted honorably and responsibly by eliminating the personal belief exemption as a reason not to vaccinate children. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Richard Pan
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 Why the Bernie Sanders Surge Isn't Key for 2016 But Beyond

Dan Schnur: The most important question to ask about Bernie Sanders is not whether he will represent the Democratic Party in next year’s general election but what the energy propelling his campaign means for the party’s post-2016 future. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Barack Obama, John Roberts, Mitt Romney, Dan Schnur
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 OCDA announces new committee to examine policies on jailed informants

Here’s a press release from the OCDA’s office. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) announced today that a new independent, external committee has been created to thoroughly examine OCDA policies and practices regarding ... »Read

In this article: Tony Rackauckas, James R. Smith
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 CA renewable energy yield yo-yos, raises concern

Gov. Jerry Brown and big majorities in the California Legislature are all aboard with plans to have the state get 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory goes even further. As Vox ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, renewable energy
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 Vaccination reversal shows Gov. Brown's pragmatism: Thomas Elias

'A foolish consistency,' the philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once noted, 'is the hobgoblin of little minds,' and no one has ever accused Gov. Jerry Brown of being small minded. So why be surprised when he completely reverses himself as he did the ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Thomas D. Elias, referendum, water
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 The Note: Notes On A Rope

NOTABLES --WHY HILLARY CLINTON'S CAMPAIGN KEPT REPORTERS BEHIND A ROPE: At the Fourth of July parade Hillary Clinton marched in over the weekend in Gorham, New Hampshire, reporters following the candidate were kept -- and at moments, dragged -- ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Thomas F. Steyer
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 GOP a Player Again in Special Sessions

Jerry Brown made the Republican legislators relevant again. Brown’s call for special sessions for transportation and Medi-Cal funding invariably brings talk about possible tax increases. With a two-thirds vote needed to raise taxes, and the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown
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 Do All Californians Need to Take an Oath Before They Vote on Ballot Initiatives?

It’s a fair question. Indeed, it’s a question raised this week by none other than the Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts. Roberts was writing in dissent to the court’s 5-4 decision that the redistricting commission in Arizona ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, John Roberts
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 How the GOP Candidates Are Flailing on Common Core

When a team convened by the National Governors Association began developing the Common Core curriculum standards in 2009, politicians of both parties rallied behind them, with every governor but Rick Perry and Sarah Palin committing to crafting ... »Read

In this article: George W. Bush, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, No Child Left Behind, Sarah Palin
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 Who Should Immigration Be Helping?

Recent revelations about the firing of American tech workers and their replacement by temporary visa holders reveal, in the starkest way, why many Americans are wary of the impact of untrammeled immigration. Workers in American companies have been ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage
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 California's Growing Publishing Industry

Is the printed word becoming as old-fashioned a way to tell stories as carving figures into totem poles? If you attended the American Library Association Convention at Moscone Center last week you would know that books are not only alive and well, ... »Read
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 Oil refiners are manipulating California gas prices, consumer advocates say

Filling up at the pump is often painful in California, where drivers tend to pay more for gasoline than in most other states. »Read

In this article: Severin Borenstein, Jamie Court, Energy Commission, Tupper Hull, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Water agencies baffle conservationists with water use surge

They stuck out like skunks at a drought-resistant garden party. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Boxing offers opportunity to pay respects to the fading Sports Arena

The fate of the 56-year-old Los Angeles Sports Arena has been sealed, but there remains time for a curtain call or two before the wrecking balls roll in. »Read

In this article: John Fitzgerald, Peter Ueberroth
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 Wesson agenda looks a lot like a mayor's

Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson spent the last 10 days sounding a lot like a mayor. »Read

In this article: Drought, Dianne Feinstein, Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Dan Schnur, Antonio Villaraigosa, Herb Wesson
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 S.F. officials worry about how Obamacare could affect vulnerable residents

Nearly 10 years ago, this county by the bay known for its progressive political leaps became one of the first in the nation to offer residents universal access to healthcare. »Read

In this article: Tom Ammiano, David Campos
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 Clinton unveiling 2016 policy ideas on families, economy

In the months before she began her second run for the White House, Clinton spent hours quizzing economists, lawyers, educators and activists about everything from executive compensation to the latest research on lead paint. [...] introduced: ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Family Leave, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Robert R. Rubin
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 Congress heads back to work with looming funding deadline

The funding fight is shaping up as a major partisan brawl against the backdrop of an intensifying campaign season, with Republicans eager to avoid another Capitol Hill mess as they struggle to hang onto control of Congress and take back the White ... »Read

In this article: John F. Kerry, No Child Left Behind, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Filibuster divides GOP 2016 contenders

In the Senate, one party's talking points are just an election cycle from turning over completely. »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Senate Democrats, water
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 California To Recognize Larry Itliong Day On Oct. 25

The farm labor in movement in California during the 1960s was more diverse than many realize. Among the leaders was a Filipino-American named Larry Itliong. Under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, Oct. 25 will now be observed as Larry Itliong ... »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown
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 CalPERS will reveal private equity share of profits

Private equity firms have produced big profits for CalPERS, not to mention a pay-to-play scandal, while keeping a big share for themselves as an incentive — traditionally 20 percent of profits plus annual management fees of up to 2 percent. ... »Read

In this article: Fred Buenrostro, CalPERS, CalSTRS, Legislature, Brad Pacheco, Richard G. Polanco
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 CEQA used as legal 'greenmail'

California has earned a notorious reputation for fickle policymaking and unequal application of the law, from targeted tax breaks for politically favored industries such as green energy and Hollywood to special exemptions from major regulations ... »Read

In this article: CEQA, Gray Davis, George Deukmejian, state budget, water, Pete Wilson
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 Don't deny the dying a last hope

Federal and state laws governing prescription drugs are aimed at keeping people from taking medications that could harm them. But what if a person has a terminal illness? Shouldn’t leeway be given for drugs that have a chance, however remote, of... »Read

In this article: Ian Calderon, Legislature, Jeff Stone
Bills: AB 159, SB 149,
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 Today: The Greeks Say 'No.' Lake Mead's Secrets.

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. An emphatic 'no' from Greeks leaves the country and Europe's leaders in turmoil; and the devil will be in the details if a nuclear deal is reached with Iran this week. Here are some story lines I ... »Read

In this article: Drought, George Skelton, water
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 AM Alert: Ivory bill, elections change in hearing

Immigration event celebrates budget winSweeping energy bill up in committee … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Toni Atkins, David Chiu, Sharon Runner
Bills: AB 96, SB 350, SB 49,
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