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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."

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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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 California needs to fix its freeways. But until it does, let's exploit them
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 Video: California senators get 'crunchy' at health hearing
Sacramento Bee - July 6, 12:59 pm
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 Carbajal Raises $600K in Congressional Campaign
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 Protect future of African-American districts in Los Angeles County: Guest commentary
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 Don't forget about the candidates; 2016 is coming on fast
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 Bike-sharing as a bridge between commute gaps

Commuting by mass transit in Los Angeles can sometimes feel like a schlep, particularly for those who don't live and work within easy walking distance from bus and train lines. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Laura Nelson, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Huff signs onto Glazer's anti-Confederate bill

State Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, has enlisted Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff’s support for a bill that would prohibit all California public schools, buildings, parks, roadways and other state-owned property from using names associated with ... »Read

In this article: Steven Glazer, Robert Huff
Bills: SB 539,
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 San Francisco murder suspect sparks immigration debate

A man who was deported five times, has felony arrests in four states, and is now charged with murder in the shooting death of a young woman has set off a nationwide debate over immigration and San Francisco's sanctuary city policies. »Read

In this article: John Avalos, Kamala Harris, illegal immigration, Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi, Barack Obama, water
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 Immigrant rights group launches citizenship drive ahead of 2016 general election

PACOIMA >> With her 5-month-old granddaughter in tow, Adriana Rivera made the trip from Lancaster to Pacoima last week to talk to an immigration specialist about becoming a U.S. citizen.The green card holder of nearly five years wants to become ... »Read

In this article: Hector M. Barajas, illegal immigration, Stephen T. Knight
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 Bernie Sanders draws about 7,500 people in Portland, Maine

Addressing yet another really big crowd -- this one in Portland, Maine, estimated at more than 7,500 people -- Sen. Bernie Sanders offered his own answer Monday as to why he's become such a draw on the presidential campaign trail.Read full article ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Family Leave, minimum wage, John A. Wagner
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 Bill To Allow Motorcycle Lane-Splitting Stalls In California

Legislation to make California the first state to explicitly allow motorcycles to weave between vehicles in slow-moving traffic has stalled in the state Legislature. »Read

In this article: Tom Lackey, Legislature, Bill Quirk
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 Battle for local of control of ONT takes off

ONTARIO >> From Sacramento to the Riverside Superior Court House, the battle for local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport is taking off this week.On Wednesday, attorneys for »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jimmy Gomez, Alan Wapner
Bills: AB 1455,
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 Who finds sanctuary in San Francisco?

Did San Francisco’s sanctuary city ordinance contribute to the senseless shooting death of Kathryn Steinle, 32, as she was out for an evening stroll on Pier 14 last week? Why would the feds release a career criminal on an old marijuana charge to ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi
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 Congress returns for pre-recess highway sprint

Coming up with the $11 billion needed to keep the federal highway program running until the end of the year will be challenging. »Read

In this article: John F. Kerry, Kevin McCarthy, No Child Left Behind
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 Lawmaker puts brakes on motorcycle lane-splitting bill

California law doesn’t expressly allow or ban practiceAssemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, will pursue bill in 2016Motorcycle groups oppose the measure … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Tom Lackey, Legislature, Bill Quirk
Bills: AB 51,
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 The socialist surge

The rise of Bernie Sanders is proving awkward for the Democratic Party. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Barack Obama, referendum, Mitt Romney, sick leave, Joe Trippi, Doug Wilson
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 CA law backs organ transplants for medical pot 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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 Women Gubernatorial Prospects Few and Far Between in 2016

If New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan runs for Senate, she'll leave behind a prized post as one of just six female governors. »Read

In this article: Barbara Lee, Legislature, Senate Democrats, Kathy Sullivan
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 White House on SF killing: GOP "blocked" immigration reform

White House press secretary Josh Earnest was asked Monday in the press briefing about the murder of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco, and whether the case of accused killer Francisco Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant, should prompt examination of ... »Read
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 Prop. 13 loophole gets another look

SACRAMENTO — San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting calls it one of the most vexing issues in the state Capitol, a loophole in California’s Proposition 13 that allows commercial property buyers to wiggle out of paying higher taxes. The law, called ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Tom Ammiano, Patricia Bates, Jon Coupal, Loni Hancock, Legislature, Holly J. Mitchell, Split roll, Phil Ting
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 Facing hard choices on health bills

Legislation authorizing terminally ill patients to obtain lethal drugs deserves supportOptometrists’ legislation would expand their turf too farBills to regulate e-cigarettes and disclose chemicals in infant products warrant approval … Click ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ed Hernandez, Mark Leno, William W. Monning, Senate Democrats, Lois Wolk
Bills: SB 128, SB 140, SB 622, SB 763,
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 Living side by side with history

Old Governor’s Mansion offers a lesson about the past in CaliforniaGov. Jerry Brown says he might use landmark as official residence after renovationWhether we treasure, neglect, disparage or admire it, history is never far away … Click to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nancy Reagan
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 California Urged To Return $331M Meant For Homeowners

A Sacramento County judge found that the governor and state Legislature unlawfully diverted most of a fund that was part of a $25 billion settlement between five major banks and nearly every state in 2012. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Kamala Harris, Robert Huff, Legislature, state budget
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 Not unlike measles, California vaccination debate rages on

To the editor: I commend the Legislature for passing and the governor for signing the bill requiring 'children entering school or day care to be vaccinated against measles, mumps, whooping cough and other diseases. ('Law's foes refuse to quit,' July ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Legislature, referendum
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 Eye on Sacramento asks court to stop city from deleting emails

The group Eye on Sacramento files 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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 Democrats face narrow path to retake Senate in 2016

The 2016 map is favorable for Democrats, but margin for error is slim. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Mark Kirk, Legislature, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Patrick Murphy, Barack Obama
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 Obama working to make Vietnam an ally in dealing with China's rise

Forty years after the fall of Saigon, President Obama is seeking to reconfigure a historically difficult relationship with Vietnam into a strategic partnership against China.In a meeting freighted with symbolism, Obama on Tuesday will welcome ... »Read

In this article: Zoe Lofgren, Nancy Pelosi
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 Road deal won't be easy ride for California

California’s highways are in bad shapeState wants $6 billion more a year to fix themCan two differing approaches be melded? … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, Legislature, state budget
Bills: SB 16,
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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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 Steve King wants resolution denouncing Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling

Congress returns to Washington after the Independence Day break with a slate of hefty items on the to-do list. But at least one leading social conservative wants to ensure that lawmakers spend a few minutes discussing the Supreme Court’s recent ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, John Roberts, Same-sex marriage
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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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 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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