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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."

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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."

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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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 Foes of vaccines push for a repeal

SACRAMENTO >> Opponents of California's new law to boost vaccination rates among schoolchildren by strictly limiting exemptions are continuing to fight the legislation online and in public protests, even after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Legislature, Richard Pan
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 Opponents vow to overturn vaccination law at Santa Monica rally

Three days after Gov. Jerry Brown signed one of the nation's strictest mandatory vaccination bills, several hundred opponents rallied in Santa Monica on Friday and vowed to repeal it. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Legislature, Richard Pan, referendum
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 Electricity rate hike approved to impact most CA residents

Most residential customers in California will see their electricity bills increase under a new rate structure passed Friday by state regulators. »Read

In this article: Mike Campbell, Michael Florio, Mark Toney, water
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 U.S. men persevere at Wimbledon as John Isner goes to fifth set

At the end of a long and eventful day at Wimbledon Friday, the U.S. men had one and a half men still contending in the singles draw. Not that bad, considering only seven had made it in the first place. »Read

In this article: Steve Johnson, Rafael Nadal
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 Robinson's homer lifts Nats past Giants 2-1

Clint Robinson, a 30-year-old non-roster invitee by Washington in spring training who had just 13 major league at-bats before this season, hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to give the Na »Read

In this article: Anthony Rendon, Matt Williams
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 July Fourth fireworks chief sees himself as an artist in the sky

Having spent the past 41 years launching fireworks over the Bay Area, Thomas is just as quick when it comes to talking about the explosive craft he calls an art form. “We’re painting the sky with color and effects and pyrotechnic devices,” he ... »Read

In this article: Stephen R. Hansen, Kim Tran, Kim Tran
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 McGuire brings senate port committee members to the North Coast

Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), chair of the Select Committee on Ports and Goods Movement, and Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) shared their visions for the state's ports in the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District conference ... »Read

In this article: Ricardo Lara, Connie Leyva, water
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 Prison's medical care deemed OK despite pressure to close it

Medical care at a prison east of Los Angeles has been deemed adequate despite claims that the facility is unsafe and should be closed. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Loni Hancock
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 Leland Yee case: The FBI hooks a politician

In March 2014, when Yee and 27 other Californians were arrested, Yee’s arrest for “a conspiracy to traffic firearms” — automatic weapons, no less — from a Philippine connection made national news because people thought of him as a ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Leland Yee
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 Regulators pass higher electricity rates for most residents

Most California residential customers will see their electricity bills increase under a new rate structure passed Friday that raises rates on more efficient users while giving a break to big energy users. »Read

In this article: Mike Campbell, Michael Florio
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 California electricity rates to undergo biggest change in 15 years

California regulators radically revamped the way electricity rates work in the state, approving changes Friday that will raise monthly utility bills for the most energy-efficient homeowners while giving many bigger energy users a break. The ... »Read

In this article: Michael Florio, Mark Toney
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 Here's why Reddit users have shut down sections of the popular site

Some of San Francisco-based Reddit's most popular content remained hidden from its users on Friday as the heavily trafficked site's volunteer moderators staged a massive protest after the firing of a beloved employee. »Read

In this article: Heather D. Wilson, Heather Wilson
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 California Regulators Pass Higher Electricity Rates For Most Customers

Public utilities commissioners Friday unanimously approved a new residential rate structure that raises rates on more efficient users. Big energy users will see a break in their electricity bills. »Read

In this article: Mike Campbell, Michael Florio
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 Plant experts hope for a drought of invasives in 'water-wise' yards

Many Californians appear to be taking up Gov. Jerry Brown's call for the removal of 50 million square feet of lawn energetically and enthusiastically. But all that energy may be misplaced: As homeowners and businesses seek out drought-tolerant, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Eric Garcetti, Douglas Johnson, water
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 California Public Utilities Commission approves rate hikes for most customers

Regulators have passed a proposal to increase electricity rates. The new proposal calls for a return to two tiers, plus a surcharge for the highest electricity users. This will impact 75 percent of California's residential customers. »Read

In this article: Mike Campbell, Michael Florio
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 Regulators approve higher electricity rates for customers

Most residential customers in California will see their electricity bills increase under a new rate structure passed Friday by state regulators. »Read

In this article: Mike Campbell, Michael Florio
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 California regulators approve higher electricity rates for most residents

Most residential customers in California will see their electricity bills increase under a new rate structure adopted Friday by state regulators. »Read

In this article: Mike Campbell, Michael Florio
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 PUC approves big changes in state's electricity rate system

State regulators brushed aside pleas by low-income residents in the Bay Area to shield them from painful rate increases for electricity and approved on Friday an array of far-reaching changes how much people pay for power in California, including ... »Read

In this article: Michael Florio, Liane Randolph
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 Regulators prepared to overhaul electricity rates

California regulators are considering a new way for residents to pay for electricity, imposing a charge on the greatest energy users while narrowing price gaps for everyone else. »Read

In this article: Michael Florio, Ignacio Hernandez, Legislature
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 Vaccine Opponents Continue Efforts Against California Law

Opponents planned events to protest the law Friday in Santa Monica and Huntington Beach, and in San Francisco. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Legislature, Richard Pan
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 California regulators set to overhaul home electricity costs

SAN FRANCISCO >> Big energy users are set to get a break on electricity while more efficient consumers will see their bills rise under a proposal being considered by California regulators.The state Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to vote ... »Read

In this article: Mike Campbell, Michael Florio
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 California regulators pass higher electricity rates for most residents

SAN FRANCISCO >> Most residential customers in California will see their electricity bills increase under a new rate structure passed Friday by state regulators.The Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved a plan that raises rates on more ... »Read

In this article: Mike Campbell, Michael Florio
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 Officials change Calif. law after activist's "lynching" arrest

Gov. Jerry Brown signs legislation changing state's criminal code following arrest of activist at Black Lives Matter protest »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Holly J. Mitchell
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 A thumbs up from Wall Street

Wall Street gave California its highest credit rating in years, and while we don't really trust those rating agencies as much as we used to, we'll take good news any way we can get it. From the LAT's Chris Megerian: 'The Wall Street ratings agency ... »Read

In this article: Leland Yee, Evan Westrup, state budget, referendum, Gavin Newsom, Dan Newman, Jim Miller, Chris Megerian, Carla Marinucci, Legislature, Tim Donnelly, Jerry Brown
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 Happy 4th of July!

In celebration of the Independence Day, F&H will not publish today. Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July holiday everyone. »Read
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 Essential California: Shopping spree with the coroner

Good morning. It is Friday, July 3. We're playing hooky and spending the weekend at BBQs, baseball games and the beach. Essential California will return on Monday. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe to the newsletter ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Eric Garcetti, Nancy Reagan, water
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 Exclusive: Chris Christie hires presidential campaign manager and appoints senior staff

Gov. Chris Christie has hired a seasoned Republican strategist to manage his nascent presidential campaign and has recruited other veteran operatives to round out a senior staff that also will include the top advisers who charted his rise in ... »Read

In this article: Michael DuHaime, Rudy Giuliani, Brian W. Jones, Brian W. Jones, John McCain, Mitt Romney
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 CA expands health entitlements

As California included some unlawful immigrants in Medi-Cal, its version of the Medicaid program, a new study suggested that, nationwide, that population is holding down the costs of health entitlements. The findings promised to sharpen the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Robert Huff, Dave Jones
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 A welcome focus on job creation by L.A. officials -- but can they deliver?

Ten months ago, when Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed raising the city's minimum wage to lift people out of poverty, The Times, along with business groups and others, called on him to develop a comprehensive job creation strategy and to focus on ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Herb Wesson
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 Deprogamming the Southern California lawn

My first lawn in Southern California was at a Burbank rental where the landlord asked my husband and me to keep the yard watered. A dewy-eyed newbie to this end of the state, I thought, 'Not a problem.' The landlord paid for the water and it was ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Bone-dry West Coast states curb July 4 fireworks displays

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Authorities battling dozens of large wildfires along the parched U.S. West Coast are clamping down on Independence Day fireworks displays over fears that wayward sparks could trigger fresh blazes. »Read

In this article: Drought, Mike Feuer
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