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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 22 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 59 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."

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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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 Smartphone kill-switch mandate takes effect
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 Essential California: No, peas don't belong in guacamole
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 Today: Ducking Donald. Who Killed Ex-Im?
Los Angeles Times/Top of the Ticket - July 2, 5:09 am
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 GO-Biz Launches New California Business Portal
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 On July 4th, Declare Your Independence From Shakedown Lawsuits
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 Obama Launches Preemptive Strike on Scott Walker, 2016 GOP Field

President Barack Obama touted his push for a host of benefits for workers in Gov. Scott Walker's Wisconsin -- while lampooning the rest of the 2016 GOP field. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Barack Obama, sick leave
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 California lawmaker folds on push to legalize online poker

A California lawmaker is folding his effort to legalize online poker. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Mike Gatto, indian gaming, Legislature
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 Jerry Brown signs 'lynching' law bill

Legislation removes word from law prohibiting seizing someone from police custody … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Holly J. Mitchell
Bills: SB 629,
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 Record Water Savings Shows Big Cuts To California Supplies Feasible

Water use in drought-stricken California plunged by record levels in May, and Gov. Jerry Brown's administration cited that as proof cities can hit steep summer conservation targets they have blasted as unfair. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 New study says Hepatitis drugs could cost state taxpayers billions

Jaws dropped earlier this year when Gov. Jerry Brown told the Legislature that he wanted to set aside $300 million for two years' worth of specialty drugs for Medi-Cal users, state prisoners and others covered by state health programs. Even with a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, David Chiu, Legislature
Bills: AB 463,
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 LA Unified says lawsuit misinterprets new school funding law

Los Angeles Unified School District officials say a lawsuit filed by civil rights groups misinterprets the state's new school funding law by claiming the district misappropriated millions of dollars intended to help low-income, foster care and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Who's Backing Whom? The House GOP Endorsement List

It's a long time before primary season and the list of GOP presidential candidates is still likely to grow before it gets smaller -- but plenty of House Republicans have already decided who they're backing. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 The Local Consequences of Citizens United

The attorneys David Boies and Theodore Olson say new rules about political spending has most affected state and local elections. What does that mean for democracy? »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Legislature, Proposition 8, John Roberts
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 Forecaster of the Month: Fed will be scrambling to catch up with improving economy, forecaster says

The U.S. economy is doing better than people think, which is why the Fed will be scrambling next year to speed up the normalization of interest rates, said Ian Shepherdson, winner of the MarketWatch Forecaster of the Month award. »Read

In this article: Brian W. Jones, Brian W. Jones
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 Democrats and Republicans reach agreement on soccer: Go Team USA

California parties create joint “Win Like a Girl” graphic for Women’s World Cup … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Shawnda Westly, California Republican Party, California Democratic Party, Cynthia Bryant
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 Tim Donnelly soliciting referendum help from Jim Carrey

Ex-lawmaker using social media to drum up donationsActor says he’s not anti-vaccine; but has safety concerns … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: referendum, Tim Donnelly, Jerry Brown
Bills: SB 277,
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 CalPERS tries to get handle on management fees

Pension fund can’t say how much it spends on private equity managersBoard member says fees could approach $900 million a yearDisclosure on fees expected this fall … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Brad Pacheco, CalSTRS, CalPERS
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 Support swells for Bernie Sanders: Can he catch Hillary Clinton?

Support for presidential hopeful and Sen. Bernie Sanders has more than doubled since May, narrowing the gap between the Vermonter and Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Early Primary
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 Is gay marriage paving the way for legal polygamy?

Chief Justice John Roberts prompted the discussion with remarks from his dissent after the Supreme Court ruled for same-sex marriage.  »Read

In this article: John Roberts, Same-sex marriage
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 Tim Donnelly pushing for referendum on vaccination law

Former California assemblyman Tim Donnelly is attempting to launch a statewide referendum on a mandatory vaccination law that Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Tuesday. [LA Times] The law will eliminate a provision that has allowed parents to cite personal ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, referendum
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 Amid dispute over priorities, Richmond passes budget

With just one day to go before the start of the new fiscal year, Richmond approved a $144 million general fund budget Tuesday, but not without some squabbling over priorities and whether the city was doing all that it could to rein in costs, ... »Read

In this article: Eduardo Martinez, Gayle McLaughlin
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 Clinton and Sanders Have a Shared Weakness, and Martin O'Malley Is Exploiting It

Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley is polling a distant third among declared Democrats, ten points behind Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and more than 60 points behind Hi »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Thomas F. Steyer, water
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 Resolution to replace Junipero Serra statue in U.S. Capitol put on hold

A measure calling for the statue of Father Junipero Serra in the U.S. Capitol to be replaced with one of NASA astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, was shelved in the California Assembly on Thursday. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Ricardo Lara, Legislature
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 20-acre fire burns in East Bay hills, responding news crew crashes van

20-acre fire burns in East Bay hills, responding news crew crashes van Firefighters were battling a 20-acre wildfire Thursday morning in a rural area outside Sunol, according to state fire officials. About 125 firefighters were working to keep the ... »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought, water
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 On health care, Obama worked the refs and got his way: Susan Shelley

Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson says he finds referees 'a very interesting group of people.'If you're a basketball fan, you'll remember that Jackson has used plainer words about referees, and this has cost him a lot of money over the years. During ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, John Roberts, Susan Shelley
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 L.A. theater openings, July 5-12: 'Adam & Eve and Steve' and more

This week: 'Disney's Tarzan' swings into Fullerton, Sandra Tsing Loh has a thing or three to say, and the original power couple meets the ulitimate third wheel in 'Adam & Eve and Steve.' »Read

In this article: Sandra Tsing Loh, Barack Obama, Neil Simon
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 The Fix: Surprise! Donald Trump is wrong about immigrants and crime.

Donald Trump's two-week-old campaign has been pretty good at sticking to two core points: defending the candidate's anti-immigrant remarks at his announcement and pretending that the companies that responded to those comments by ending their ... »Read

In this article: California prisons, PPIC
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 Petition launched to save Griffith Park Teahouse after report it might be taken down

It may be a short life for Los Angeles' Griffith Park Teahouse, the surreptitiously installed artists' project that materialized on a ridge in the park Monday night and was inaugurated with a dawn ceremony Tuesday. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Tom LaBonge
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 Change is gonna come

WHEN big social shifts happen in America, most people outside the corridors of Capitol Hill wonder what the response of the federal institutions will be. Washington’s politicos, by contrast, quickly set to thinking up a dozen reasons why fresh ... »Read

In this article: John F. Kerry, Barack Obama, John Roberts, Stem cell research
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 Ted Cruz Is Right: The Supreme Court Needs Term Limits

The intense focus on the Supreme Court and its end-of-term decisions is an occasion for considering the need for Supreme Court reform – and Senator Ted Cruz has energetically taken up the issue. In reaction to the court’s high-profile liberal ... »Read

In this article: Erwin Chemerinsky, John Roberts
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 10,000 turn out for Bernie Sanders: Can he catch Hillary Clinton?

Support for presidential hopeful and Sen. Bernie Sanders has more than doubled since May, narrowing the gap between the Vermonter and Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Early Primary
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 Common Ground on Climate Change

When billionaires Tom Steyer, a climate-change activist, and David Koch, a confirmed skeptic, met for the first time, they found a basis for conversation. »Read

In this article: John Doerr, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Californians cut back on water usage in May

It appears that Californians are paying heed to Gov. Jerry Brown's mandate to cut water use by a quarter. On Wednesday, figures were released by the State Water Resources Control Board show the state cut back on water usage by nearly 29 percent in ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 The California Report

Electricity Prices Going Up? Consumers and Solar Companies Say No. For Some California Cities, Drought and Budgets Mean No Fireworks This Fourth. Big Name Latinos Enlisted Over Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill. Postal Service 'Such Great Heights' ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Dolores Huerta
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 Will Union Members Stay if Friedrichs Wins Case against CTA?

The United States Supreme Court announcement that it will consider the Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association case next fall produced handwringing and dire predictions that this could result in the end of public unions. Those who make those ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association
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 Justice Scalia Is Right. California Isn't the Real West

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was on the wrong side of most Californians, and history, in his cranky dissent to last week's landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the nation. But, much as we might hate to admit it, Scalia ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Kamala Harris, Same-sex marriage, Bill Watkins
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 On July 4th, Declare Your Independence From Shakedown Lawsuits

When we gather with friends and family this July 4th, it is the perfect time to reflect on some of the things that make our country great -- life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights provide a ... »Read
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 Californians Deserve the Right to Re-Vote on High-Speed Rail

During an extraordinary session of the Legislature on transportation and infrastructure issues, I introduced bipartisan legislation along with Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) to allow Californians to vote again on the controversial ... »Read

In this article: Mark DeSaulnier, High-Speed Rail, Legislature, Rudy Salas, state budget
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 GO-Biz Launches New California Business Portal

(Editor's Note: The following release from the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) offers information important to small businesses and entrepreneurs.) As part of an ongoing effort to provide more on-line tools to ... »Read

In this article: Robert Callahan, Film tax
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 Today: Ducking Donald. Who Killed Ex-Im?

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. Donald Trump is becoming the Republican Party's latest 'Latino problem'; and the Koch brothers help bring down the Export-Import Bank. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Eric Garcetti, water, Leland Yee
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 Smartphone kill-switch mandate takes effect

On Wednesday, legislation requiring kill-switch technology for all smartphones sold in California took effect. Senate Bill 962 requires companies to embed specific kill switches in smartphones at the point of sale; the bill was passed by the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Mark Leno
Bills: SB 962,
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 Essential California: No, peas don't belong in guacamole

Click below to listen to the newsletter and please send us an email to tell us what you think. Good morning. It is Thursday, July 2. Just in time for the Fourth of July, it's the ultimate guide to craft beer in Los Angeles County. Enjoy, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, Eric Garcetti, Mark Gold, water, Herb Wesson, Leland Yee
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 Export-Import Bank's expiration a victory for billionaire Koch brothers

The Export-Import Bank, created by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to help foreign customers buy U.S. goods, has been reauthorized 16 times, usually with little fuss and often with strong Republican support. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kevin McCarthy, Early Primary
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 Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina winning over skeptics

When it was Carly Fiorina's turn to take the stage at a presidential forum in Oklahoma City, Noah Wolff was thinking of heading outside for a break. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Rose Kapolczynski, Dan Schnur
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 Opinions > Letters for July 2, 2015 >

About those guns Re “Not everyone should own a gun” (Guest comment, by Allan Stellar, June 25): I agree with Allan Stellar that not everyone... »Read

In this article: Bob Mulholland, Ken Smith
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 Why the GOP Congress could be trouble for Obama in Cuba

The president can only go so far without the cooperation of Congress. »Read

In this article: Sam Farr, Barbara Lee, Barack Obama, Senate Republicans
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 Local Stories > Vaccination bill becomes law > Gov. Jerry Brown signs SB 277 in short order.

A day after clearing the California Legislature, the controversial vaccination measure, Senate Bill 277, was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown (pictured). The legislation... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Richard Pan
Bills: SB 277,
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 State to implement strict rules on fracking

California officials Wednesday adopted some of the toughest fracking regulations in the nation. Julie Cart has the story in the Los Angeles Times: 'The full implementation of the law comes as the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources -- ... »Read

In this article: Tim Donnelly, Kamala Harris, Fran Pavley, referendum, Dan Walters, water, Leland Yee
Bills: SB 4,
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 Ex-state senator facing up to 20 years on racketeering

A former California state senator — once considered a leading candidate for a statewide office — is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a racketeering charge in an organized crime case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown. ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Legislature, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Gerrymandering loses before Supreme Court

In a boon for California, sensible election districts won in the U.S. Supreme Court this week. Specifically, the court upheld Arizona’s redistricting law, passed by a 2000 referendum. It set up the Independent Redistricting Commission to ... »Read

In this article: Howard L. Berman, Legislature, Proposition 11, referendum
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 High Court Vindicates Newsom's Gay Marriage Gambit

His 2004 move as San Francisco mayor brought the issue out of the closet. »Read

In this article: John F. Kerry, Gavin Newsom, Proposition 22, Proposition 8
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 AM Alert: Special session hearings scheduled

Meeting on rebates to encourage lawn replacement Senate leader at immigration event … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water, Roderick Wright
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 Mission residents rally against vandalism of LGBT mural

Luciano Sagastume said he walks past the “Por Vida” mural on the exterior of Galeria de la Raza at 24th and Bryant streets in San Francisco every day, but the first time he saw it he stopped to take it in. The mural, which depicts two queer ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, Same-sex marriage
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 California moves to strike 'lynching' language from state law

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday was considering whether to sign a bill that would remove the word 'lynching' from a 1933 law that used the term to describe the crime of trying to wrest a person from police ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Holly J. Mitchell
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 Supreme Court ruling reaffirms the power of voters, not politicians

That was a nice Fourth of July gift from the Supreme Court, reaffirming that 'We the People' get to decide how our elected representatives are chosen. »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Bob Hertzberg, Legislature, Alex Padilla, Tony Quinn, George Skelton
Bills: AB 1461, SB 450,
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 Ahead Of SCOTUS Hearing, OC Teacher Leading Fight Against Union Dues Speaks To CBS2/KCAL9

Veteran Orange County elementary school teacher Rebecca Friedrichs was once a teachers union board member in her local district. Now, she doesn't hide the fact that she doesn't care for the union. »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Kamala Harris
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 Bernie Sanders Draws Big Crowd to Wisconsin Rally

Nearly 10,000 supporters delivered a jolt of momentum to Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign Wednesday night at a supersize rally where the senator from Vermont asked his backers to help him create a political revolution. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Early Primary
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 New L.A. school board members are sworn in, but old challenges remain

Before choosing Steve Zimmer as their new president, L.A. school board members gave him a lecture: He would need to build consensus, welcome those with differing politics and varying approaches to education, and speak for them as a whole. »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, Tamar Galatzan, Monica Garcia, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 California cities show biggest water savings yet in drought

California's drought-stricken cities set a record for water conservation, reducing usage 29 percent in May, according to data released by a state agency Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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