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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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 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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 Here's where California's Republican U.S. Senate candidates stand on issues

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In this article: Jerry Brown, Thomas Del Beccaro, Carl DeMaio, illegal immigration, Duf Sundheim, water
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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. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Barbara Boxer, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Kamala Harris, Legislature, Loretta Sanchez, Duf Sundheim
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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

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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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 Democratic activists ramp up pressure on Rep. Ami Bera

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In this article: Amerish Bera, Doug Ose
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 Video: Republican Rocky Chávez withdraws from U.S. Senate race; will seek reelection to Assembly

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In this article: Barbara Boxer, Thomas Del Beccaro, Kamala Harris, Sherry Hodges, Legislature, Charles Munger, Loretta Sanchez, Duf Sundheim, Pete Wilson
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 Fifty years ago Tuesday, the expansion Los Angeles Kings were born

There was no shortage of applicants for an expansion franchise in Los Angeles when the insular, six-team NHL decided to double in size for the 1967-68 season. Five groups submitted bids, giving the league's Board of Governors many options when it ... »Read

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 Guard shot at San Francisco sex club awaits fate on fraud charge

John Smiley, wife Cynthia Biasi claimed Smiley was shot by parolee outside a restaurant Smiley, left paralyzed, sought $4 million in workers’ compensationCouple ‘lied repeatedly’ to insurance officials, prosecutor says … Click to ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, State Compensation Insurance Fund
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 Clogging the rallies and town halls of New Hampshire: primary tourists

Journalists’ quests for vox populi got them unusable conversations with tourists from Massachusetts and Maine. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Michael DuHaime, John McCain, Ron Paul, Early Primary
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 Vote on smaller June school construction bond possible within week

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In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Legislature, Kevin McCarty, Kristin Olsen
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 Experts tell panel why gas is so expensive in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- 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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 Dan Walters: California school bonds can be source of scandal

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In this article: Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Kamala Harris, Bill Lockyer
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In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Relocated SoCal Gas customers to get 8 days to return to Porter Ranch homes after leak is fixed

SoCal Gas customers who relocated due to the gas leak will get eight days to return to their homes, according to a new agreement by the company and L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mike Feuer
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 Instead of facing El Niño rains, Southern California has hottest spot in U.S.

Southern California was supposed to be dealing with rain, floods and mudslides from El Niño at this time of year. Instead, the region is dealing with heat and even the occasional brush fire. Fullerton on Sunday was the hottest place in America -- ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Mike Feuer, water
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 California high-speed rail back in court

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In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, High-Speed Rail, Legislature, Dan Richard
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 Would 'NASCAR initiative' produce naked lawmakers? Thomas Elias

Turn on the TV next time a NASCAR stock car race is on and get a good look at the coveralls worn by the drivers. They are covered with patches bearing the logos of many and varied companies that sponsor their automotive efforts, from oil and ... »Read

In this article: Jamie Court, Thomas D. Elias
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 Two top Romney advisers donated to Christie after debate

The donations are two of many that Christie campaign officials said poured into his campaign since Saturday night’s ABC debate. »Read

In this article: Mitt Romney, Bob White, Spencer Zwick
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 California To Remove Dead Trees In Sierra For Fire Safety

(AP) - Money from a fire prevention fee paid by some California residents will be used to remove dead or dying trees. The Fresno Bee reports that CAL FIRE spokesman Daniel Berlant says several counties are facing high fire risks from trees dying ... »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought
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 Contra Costa Times/Oakland Tribune editorial: BART, unions should cut labor costs before asking for more taxes

If BART officials and unions want voter support for a planned multi-billion-dollar bond measure, they should heed the calls of 32 elected East Bay officials to negotiate a new labor deal before the November election. »Read

In this article: 40 hour work week, Steven Glazer
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 Laborers in gig economy drive legal, political battle over the nature of work

Services like Uber, TaskRabbit and Postmates offer range of servicesWorkers value flexibility but lack traditional benefitsIntensifying political fight questions what constitutes stable employment … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Robert Callahan, David Chiu, Hillary Clinton
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 Bill Seeks To Improve, Preserve American River Parkway

By Ed JoyceA bill (AB 1716) introduced in the California state Assembly would protect and improve the American River Parkway in Sacramento County.  The 5,000-acre Parkway stretches 23 miles, from Sacramento to Folsom.   The area is ... »Read

In this article: Ken Cooley, Kevin McCarty
Bills: AB 1716,
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 Democratic Party faces restive CA activists

Disgruntled Democratic activists in California have begun to buck the national party in key races this election year. After a string of failures in several central valley campaigns, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has come in for ... »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Toni Atkins, Martin Block, Cheryl Brown, California Democratic Party, campaign finance, Stephen T. Knight, Zoe Lofgren, Henry Perea, David G. Valadao, Dan Walters
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