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Experts tell panel why gas is so expensive in California

"California is in a precarious position, being an energy island with the Sierra Mountains on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other side. The 40,000,000 million gallons of transportation fuel being consumed every day by the present 32 million vehicles are only manufactured here in California by the few refineries that are left, as virtually no other state or country can provide our boutique fuels in a timely manner to California. If and when other state or countries opt to manufacture the California boutique fuels, the results of importing our energy needs via trucks, rail and ships from States and Counties that have less stringent environmental controls than California, would be increases to the world’s greenhouse gasses, and increases in costs for our transportation fuels, energy and every product that are the basis of our standard of living for those living in California. With crude oil imports from Alaska on the decline, and both in-state and offshore exploration of crude oil hampered by regulations and also on the decline, California imports more than 50% of its crude oil needs from foreign countries. Most of the USA is decreasing imports of crude oil from foreign countries as they take advantage of domestic oil production. In fact, in 2016, Congressional Leaders Agreed to Lift the 40-Year Ban on Oil Exports so the USA is now an exporter of crude oil. HOWEVER California is increasing their imports of crude as the California “energy island” has no access to the growth in domestic oil production, other than crude by rail. There are more cost effective sources of crude oil from the Midwest and Canada, but because we are an energy island, we have no access to them other than bring the crude in by rail. Crude by rail projects have been stalled by regulations and long approval cycles. Nothing seems to prevent California’s future crude oil needs to be more than 50% dependent on imports from foreign countries."

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Congress passes 'Electrify Africa Act'

"Just what the voters want, since the U.S. has solved all its financial problems and has money to burn. By all mezans, keep us up to date on members of Congress supporting this boondoggle as election season approaches."

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AP source: NFL committee picks combined site over Rams' bid

"The headline is completely contradicted by the article itself. What's the reality here?"

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California focuses on power lines as top cause of wildfires

"And when the insurance companies refuse to pay or refuse to renew policies of homeowners in affected areas, who is left holding the bag?"

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Funding and subsidies worry potential partners in California's bullet train project

"Thirty six high level transportation companies respond and not a single one answers the plea to participate financially. Does that send a clear message to our Governor, Legislature, and citizenry about the reality of this HSR program?"

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 Clinton trying to prevent a big Sanders victory in NH

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Hillary Clinton braced for a potential loss in New Hampshire, the site of her 2008 comeback, seeking to deny rival Bernie Sanders a big victory in the nation's first presidential primary and a springboard into a competitive ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Proposed cure for the CPUC would be worse

For at least a decade the California Public Utilities Commission has failed to carry out its basic mission. It still cozies up to the utilities it regulates at the public's expense. »Read

In this article: Michael Florio, Mike Gatto, Legislature, Michael R. Peevey
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 CalPERS makes huge New York real estate deal

Purchase is one of largest real estate investments in fund’s historyAlmost fully leased, building represents conservative strategy … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Joe DeAnda
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 Whatever happened to Project 50?

When a large enterprise like Los Angeles County government attempts something extraordinarily ambitious such as effectively eliminating homelessness, yet repeatedly falls short, it's sometimes hard to tell whether the rubble left by each failure ... »Read

In this article: Gloria Molina, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Zev Yaroslavsky
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 Chavez drops Senate campaign, recommits to Assembly

In dramatic fashion, Assemblyman Rocky Chavez announced Monday he was suspending his campaign to replace the retiring Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer while at a debate for that seat. “I think the best role I can fill for the Republican Party ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Dianne Feinstein, Field Poll, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez, Duf Sundheim, Pete Wilson
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 A look at Obama's final budget proposal for 2017

— Obama's budget for the Agriculture Department includes a proposed $12 billion over 10 years to help feed schoolchildren from low-income families during the summer. Total spending: $155.4 billion, including spending already required by law for ... »Read

In this article: High-Speed Rail, Barack Obama, renewable energy
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 OC ADAs Endorse Correa for Congress in CD-46

Former State Senator Lou Correa snags the endorsement of the Assistant District Attorneys Civic Action Committee in the race for CD-46.  Here’s the press release:   SANTA ANA, CA— Continuing to lock up important public safety support ... »Read

In this article: California Democratic Party, Judy Chu, Lou Correa, Joseph Dunn, Cristina Garcia, Legislature, Jose Medina, Loretta Sanchez
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 FPPC Confirms an Investigation of Irvine Council Member Christina Shea

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has informed TheLiberalOC is investigating Irvine Council member Christina Shea. A February 5, 2016 letter to us states: “…The Enforcement Division of the Fair Political Practices Commission ... »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Robert Stern
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 California: Rocky Chavez quits race for Boxer's Senate seat

Republicans are hoping for a surprise this year in California's U.S. Senate race. It won't be coming from Rocky Chavez. »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Barbara Boxer, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Loretta Sanchez, Duf Sundheim
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 GOP Assemblyman Rocky Chavez Drops His Senate Bid

The race to replace retiring U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer now has one less candidate after Republican Assemblyman Rocky Chavez abruptly announced he was dropping out Monday. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Rocky Chavez
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 The California Report

Cal State Faculty Union Plans April Strike. California Coastal Commission Weighs Ouster of Director. GOP Assemblyman Rocky Chavez Drops His Senate Bid. End Music. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Rocky Chavez
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 Who's got the best ground game in New Hampshire? We may never know.

We dropped in on each of the campaigns a month before Election Day. »Read

In this article: Donald C. Green, David Green, Early Primary
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 5 California Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking California news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Rocky Chavez
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 Experts tell panel why gas is so expensive in California

Gouging by oil companies could be one reason California drivers pay about 76 cents more for a gallon of regular gas than motorists elsewhere in the nation, a state government panel was told Monday. »Read

In this article: Severin Borenstein, Jamie Court, Energy Commission
Bills: AB 32,
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 California lawmakers unveil health plan tax proposal

The California Legislature on Monday unveiled a bill imposing a new tax on health insurance plans that would prevent a massive $1.1 billion hole in the state budget. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, state budget, Evan Westrup
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 Republican lawmaker folds US Senate campaign in California

Republicans are hoping for a surprise this year in California's U.S. Senate race. It won't be coming from Rocky Chavez. »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Barbara Boxer, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Loretta Sanchez, Duf Sundheim
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 Political Power Struggle Over PUC Reforms

The California Public Utilities Commission rightly faces questions about its effectiveness and responsibilities, but in the end the issue of reforms will come down to a question of power—the political kind. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s proposed ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mike Gatto, Legislature, referendum
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 New Hampshire - Maker Of Presidents

Iowa they say picks corn and New Hampshire picks presidents.  And in fact, that is exactly right.  New Hampshire not only makes presidents, it also rids us of presidents, two in recent history.  And this year it is going to play its traditional ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, John McCain
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 Millions of Gallons of Wasted Storm Runoff Ignored 

Last week the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation heard testimony from several of the state’s water bureaucrats about how they are spending water bond funds. Surprising to me was that after all the back-patting, there was ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Jim Patterson, water
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 The Importance of the New Hampshire Primary

The big story going into the New Hampshire primary—the first in the nation—is the shifting dynamics of one of the strangest presidential campaigns in American history. Iowa’s caucus results are often not predictive of the final ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee
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 Mandating Victims of Gas Leak to Return in 8 Days Unacceptable 

In a weekend negotiation, the Southern California Gas Company and the City of Los Angeles agreed to a 7-night, 8-day timeframe by when residents displaced by the Porter Ranch gas leak must return to their residence otherwise reimbursement for ... »Read
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 Tom LaBonge is gone"and so (unfortunately) are his documents

When newly sworn-in Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu showed up for work at City Hall last July, he was shocked to find an office stripped bare except for a few computers. There were no files for ongoing projects in the district, which had been ... »Read

In this article: Tom LaBonge, Bernard Parks
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 CA lawmakers plot CPUC's demise

The California Public Utilities Commission may not live to see the next presidential election. Under a new proposal put forth by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Glendale, the new chairman of the Committee on Utilities and Commerce, the CPUC — long ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mike Gatto, Jerry Hill, Legislature, Mark Leno, Marc Levine, Terrie Prosper, Anthony Rendon
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 Capital Journal Daybreak: Today on the Campaign Trail

What to watch for in the New Hampshire primary results; today on the campaign trail; and more of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation and defense. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Bob Davis, illegal immigration, John F. Kerry, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Essential Politics: New Hampshire primary is first in the nation

Good morning from the state capital. I'm Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers with this morning's Essential Politics. By the time you read this, the New Hampshire primary will already be history in the tiny towns of Dixville Notch, Hart's Location and ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Michael Finnegan, Kamala Harris, John Myers, Barack Obama, Alex Padilla, Loretta Sanchez, state budget, Duf Sundheim, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Mysterious ship helped keep California gas prices high, consumer advocate says

There's an unusual new entry to the long list of reasons why Californians spent the last year paying significantly more for gasoline than other U.S. drivers: a mystery ship. The explosion at Exxon Mobil's huge Torrance refinery a year ago ... »Read

In this article: Jamie Court, Energy Commission
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 Three years later, supervisors may revisit plan to raise funds for stormwater projects

Three years ago, an attempt to raise money for regional projects to capture and treat stormwater went nowhere. Homeowners, businesses and school districts opposed the proposed parcel fee, and Los Angeles County supervisors killed a proposed ... »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Drought, Eric Garcetti, Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles Unified School District, Hilda L. Solis, water
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 Big turnout is expected at a showdown over the Coastal Commission chief's future

For more than four decades, the California Coastal Commission has policed land use and preserved public access along more than 1,100 miles of shoreline — some of the most valuable and scenic real estate in the nation. Now an internal battle over ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Dayna Bochco, Jerry Brown, Peter Douglas, Susan Jordan, Susan McCabe, Anthony Rendon
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 Europe Markets: European stocks get clobbered again as banks slump

European stock markets drop for a seventh straight session on Tuesday, with banks leading the charge lower on fears of a global economic slowdown. »Read

In this article: Richard Perry, Robert H. Powell
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 Radical Overhaul of California Public Utilities Commission Proposed by State Lawmakers

California Assemblymember Mike Gatto introduced legislation last week that would put a proposal on the November ballot to shut down the California Public Utilities Commission by 2018 and allocate its functions to other agencies. The Commission has ... »Read

In this article: Mike Gatto, Mark Toney, water
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 Anti-corruption Prop. 50 a sad sign of unethical times

Assigned ballot number “50” by the secretary of state, the only statewide measure in California’s June primary election is ready for the voters. The measure, Proposition 50, would allow either chamber of the state Legislature – Senate or... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Legislature, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Chavez exit stuns Republican Senate debate, shakes up local race

Republican Senate candidate Rocky Chavez, an Oceanside assemblyman and former Marine colonel, abruptly dropped out of the race Monday evening just as the first GOP debate was about to begin. Chavez’s announcement startled the small audience ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, campaign finance, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Field Poll, Kamala Harris, minimum wage, Loretta Sanchez, Duf Sundheim, Pete Wilson
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 Obama lays out 2017 spending priorities in final White House budget

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama unveils his final White House budget on Tuesday with a blueprint for fiscal year 2017 that will lay out his spending proposals for priorities from fighting Islamic State to providing for the poor. »Read

In this article: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Barack Obama, renewable energy
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 AM Alert: Is John Chiang readying a gubernatorial run?

State treasurer will speak to California Business Roundtable, perhaps hinting at path to governor’s office … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Legislature, Gavin Newsom, Thomas F. Steyer, Phil Ting, Antonio Villaraigosa, Steve Westly
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 Here's where California's Republican U.S. Senate candidates stand on issues

Rocky Chávez is a candidate no moreDuf Sundheim and Tom Del Beccaro talk policy … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Thomas Del Beccaro, Carl DeMaio, illegal immigration, Duf Sundheim, water
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 Legislators ask California for $23M for Earthquake Early Warning System

Three state lawmakers introduced bills Monday that would direct $23 million in state funds toward an Earthquake Early Warning system being developed for the West Coast.The concurrent legislation in both the Assembly and the state Senate would fund ... »Read

In this article: Adam Gray, Jerry Hill, Adam Schiff, water
Bills: AB 1346, SB 438,
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 Some SF businesses posting losses following Super Bowl 50

Now that the crowds are gone, San Francisco is beginning to tally its winnings - if any. Some businesses didn't do as well as expected. »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Aaron Peskin
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 Lawmakers unveil California health plan tax proposal

The California Legislature on Monday unveiled a bill imposing a new tax on health insurance plans that would prevent a massive $1.1 billion hole in the state budget. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, state budget, Evan Westrup
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