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Mandating a 50-Percent Reduction in Oil--at What Cost?

"California’s 100,000 electric vehicles are the most electric vehicles in any state, however, the other 97% of California’s 30 million vehicles that DO NOT run on electricity or other alternative fuels are consuming more than 40 million gallons of transportation fuels, gasoline and diesel, excluding jet fuel, EVERY DAY. Sounds like a lot of fuel, but it equates to just more than 1 gallon per day per vehicle. California motorists and businesses are major consumers of fossil fuel products. Even though there is a both projected growth in population from our current 38 million citizens, AND an increase in vehicle registrations from our current 30 million, the fuel demand is projected to decline slightly from the current 40 million gallons per DAY of gasoline and diesel, mostly as a result of continuous improvements in fuel efficiencies, and a slight impact by the 3% of vehicles that run on electricity or other alternative fuels. We already have AB32 and the LCFS in effect to control GHG emissions. REQUIRING California’s 38 million citizens to change their lifestyle appears to be bad public policy and possibly unenforceable on abusers that do not reduce their usage by 50%. It appears that a reduction from the current 40 million gallons of transportation fuels down to 20 million a day in just 15 years would be a drastic lifestyle change that could severely impact one of the world’s largest economies."

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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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 Poll: 64% of Californians link drought to global warming
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 Local Stories > Does the city of Sacramento's parking rev > Subsidy critics point to state and local statutes that restrict governments' ability to raise taxes through new fees.
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 Recycling, Desalination Focus Of New Feinstein Drought Bill
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 Los Angeles passes law banning large-capacity gun magazines

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to ban the possession of large-capacity gun magazines on Tuesday, following San Francisco to become the second major city in California to take that step.  »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Paul Krekorian
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 WATCH LIVE: Procession & Memorial for fallen Hayward Police Sgt. Scott Lunger

Law enforcement, dignitaries, and thousands from around the Bay Area are honoring Hayward Police Sgt. Scott Lunger at a memorial at Oracle Arena. Watch live ABC7 News coverage now on-air and online. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Swalwell
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 Bay Area U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag stepping down

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, the Bay Area's top federal law enforcement official, is stepping down, turning key office over to chief assistant until next presidential election. »Read

In this article: Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama, Leland Yee
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 Hundreds evacuate as string of wildfires scorches parched California wilderness

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from Northern California, as firefighters battle 10 wildfires throughout the state. »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought
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 Water report card: Will June's cutbacks match May's 29%?

California regulators are expected to release figures Thursday showing how much the state cut back on water use in June -- data that could lead to fines for urban water suppliers failing to meet conservation targets. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, water
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 Xavier Becerra Is Staying in the House. Now What?

The California Democrat decided not to run for Senate, but it's unclear whether a bigger leadership post is in his future. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Kamala Harris, Patrick Murphy, Nancy Pelosi, Loretta Sanchez
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 A powerful mix -- politics and charity

Donating to political campaigns, independent expenditure committees and PACs is a time-honored California tradition. Donating to the politicians' favorite charities -- it's called 'behested payments' -- is another way of developing access to ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Fair Political Practices Commission, Jim Miller, PPIC, water
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 Becerra Won't Run for Senate

Ending months of speculation, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra announced Thursday he won’t run for Senate. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Barack Obama
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 What we learned at the first meeting of Kevin Johnson's minimum-wage task force

The inaugural hearing of Sacramento’s minimum wage task force featured an auditorium full of red-shirted union members and suited business representatives, literally sitting on opposite sides of the aisle. But despite the emotional issue at ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, minimum wage, Jay Schenirer
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 The Uncertain Futures Of Propositions 13 And 30

(Editor’s Note: The Hoover Institutions’ EUREKA newsletter this month examines California’s Revenue Conundrum. The following article was one of a series of articles published discussing California’s tax system.) Two of California’s ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Martin Anderson, Jerry Brown, Loni Hancock, Legislature, Holly J. Mitchell, PPIC, SEIU, Split roll
Bills: SCA 5,
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 Only Voters Can Solve California's Pension Crisis

Despite its growing economy and higher tax revenue, California still faces fiscal ruin from unsustainable government pension programs. In these good times, the state, local governments, public schools and our universities are raising taxes, boosting ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS, Carl DeMaio, Chuck Reed
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 Thursday cheat sheet: Big paycheck for UC chief; Sacramento sheriff and gun permits

It's nearly August and it's plenty hot. But so far we haven't seen summer doldrums when it comes to the news. Here are six stories you should know about. Weather: OK, so the forecast high is 104 today. But a major cooldown is coming Friday ... if ... »Read

In this article: John Myers, Mark Yudof
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 Planned Parenthood Controversy Deserves More Than a Reprimand

You couldn’t pick up a newspaper, channel surf television, or visit social media sites without tripping over the latest Planned Parenthood scandal this past week. In clandestine videos, you saw Planned Parenthood officials haggling over fetal ... »Read

In this article: Hector M. Barajas
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 The CTA Empire Strikes Back

Emperor Palpatine: There is a great disturbance in the Force. Darth Vader: I have felt it. Emperor Palpatine: We have a new enemy, the young Rebel… Darth Vader: How is that possible? Emperor Palpatine: Search your feelings, Lord Vader. You ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Legislature
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 State Moonlights as Slumlord

If a recent study to determine the safety of 29 state-owned buildings tells us anything, it’s that the state is a terrible landlord. In fact, it may be time for government to get out of the building- owning business. It shouldn’t take an act of ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Roger Dickinson, Legislature, George Runner, state budget, Dan Walters, water
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 Letters From the August 17-24, 2015, Issue

Our ReadersBad weather, useful idiots, the oily truth, telling privilege… »Read

In this article: Environmental Justice, Carly Fiorina, Sarah Leonard
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 CA judge scraps assisted suicide suit

In another potent setback for California’s right-to-die advocates, a judge threw out a lawsuit brought by three residents trying to compel the courts to scrap the state’s ban on assisted suicide. A reticent judge “San Diego ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Hernandez, Legislature, Lois Wolk
Bills: SB 128,
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 Bill rewrites state travel policy to include sharing economy

Asm. Ling Ling Chang Sacramento once again has its eye on the sharing economy. This year, state lawmakers have targeted ride-sharing companies and short-term accommodation services for more regulations that, some fear, could kill the burgeoning ... »Read

In this article: Ben Hueso, Legislature, Gavin Newsom
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 Poll: 64% of Californians link drought to global warming

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) A strong majority of Californians say they support tougher limits on greenhouse gas emissions and more ambitious renewable energy goals to combat climate change, according to a statewide poll released late ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, Drought, global warming, greenhouse gas, Legislature, Barack Obama, PPIC, renewable energy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
Bills: SB 350,
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 Essential California: Bill Cosby and the Playboy Mansion

Good morning. It is Thursday, July 30. Los Angeles loves to move big things on its roads -- the LACMA Rock, the space shuttle Endeavour. The city's latest trick was to move two Victorian homes near USC (and yes, there are pictures). Here's what else ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, Eric Garcetti, water
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 At a Texas church, volunteers offer more than sanctuary for new immigrants

Residents had begun to worry about the seemingly endless flow of immigrants dropped off near the bus station here. »Read

In this article: Jose Atilio Hernandez, Jose Hernandez, water
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 Democrats Look to Pivot From Milestones to Today's Priorities

Wielding the gavel he held nearly 50 years ago to the day, former Rep. John D. Dingell told a group gathered in the Capitol Visitor Center Wednesday, “We did it! Now let’s see some real enthusiasm,” adding, “They fought us all the way.” »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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 Opinions > Ain't no sunshine: the final Bites colu > Ain't no sunshine: the final Bites column.

Mayor Kevin Johnson’s “ad hoc committee on good governance” is wrapping up its work. And, would you believe it, the committee has concluded that Sacramento... »Read

In this article: Shirley Concolino, Kevin Johnson, Jay Schenirer, Allen Warren
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 Opinions > Buzz-cut barbecue > Sean Morgan's re-election kick-off, as seen on Facebook.

I sure was surprised when I received an invitation to the vice mayor's recent “Re-Election Round-Up.” It came via Facebook a few weeks ago for... »Read

In this article: Doug LaMalfa, minimum wage, James Nielsen
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 California wildfire forces evacuation of 500 people

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A rapidly spreading brushfire burning in parched timberland north of San Francisco has forced the evacuation of 500 people and destroyed several buildings less than 12 hours after it broke out, fire officials said on Thursday. »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought
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 New poll finds Californians support more green policies, but Republicans aren't on board

More than 60 percent of Californians - including a majority in every region of the state, from the inland areas to the coast - say global warming is already affecting California, a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California finds. ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, California Republican Party, Drought, global warming, greenhouse gas, Kathryn R. Phillips, PPIC, water
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 Local Stories > Does the city of Sacramento's parking rev > Subsidy critics point to state and local statutes that restrict governments' ability to raise taxes through new fees.

Curtis Park resident Natalie Rios works in south Sacramento now, but she remembers what it was like to have to feed the meter every two... »Read

In this article: Katy Grimes, Proposition 26
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 Local Stories > Following Jeff Koons controversy, Sacramento > Money available equals one-16th of what New York artist received for planned Kings sculpture.

When it comes to screwing the arts, is the city of Sacramento failing its minority residents or its economically disadvantaged ones? That question hung at... »Read

In this article: Eric Guerra, Jay Schenirer
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 Local Stories > The greenprint: Gavin Newsom's report e > What does the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy mean for weed on the 2016 ballot?

Marijuana is green. Sometimes purple or brown. Even tangerine. But mostly green. That’s a simple, even Seussian approach to pot. This week in California,... »Read

In this article: Gavin Newsom, Proposition 19
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 Local Stories > The new Wild West: Sacramento's sheriff > The county has issued thousands of permits in recent years. San Francisco has issued two.

Craig Kamikawa rarely leaves home without his handgun. A resident of the Greenhaven-Pocket 
neighborhood who works at a fishing tackle shop, Kamikawa keeps it... »Read

In this article: William Durston, Kevin McCarty, John McGinness
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 Local Stories > The green print > What does road map for legalizing pot mean for recreational weed on the 2016 ballot?

A widely praised report on pot legalization in California released last week warns that recreational weed in the state won’t necessarily mean more green... »Read

In this article: Gavin Newsom, Proposition 19
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 Today: Another Incriminating Video.

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. A police video takes center stage again as an officer in Ohio is charged with murder; and has Southern California forgotten how to build freeways? Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Dianne Feinstein, Eric Garcetti, water
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 Recycling, Desalination Focus Of New Feinstein Drought Bill

(AP) -- Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California has come out with a new drought relief bill that emphasizes long-term investments in desalination, recycling and new or expanded reservoirs. The bill is dramatically different from an effort ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, water
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 Vaccination Law Shot Full of Holes?

A grassroots movement to kill a new law requiring California schoolchildren to be fully inoculated against 10 commonly targeted diseases ​— ​and “any other disease deemed appropriate” ​— ​is gaining momentum in Santa Barbara ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Richard Pan, referendum
Bills: SB 277,
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 Time is right to strengthen oversight of law enforcement

There is an important opportunity for strengthening civilian oversight of law enforcement in Orange County and it must not be squandered. The Orange County Board of Supervisors is to be commended for focusing on this, including by holding a ... »Read

In this article: Leroy Baca, Sandra Hutchens
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 It's the Money, Honey: UC Raising Minimum Wage

But S.B. is still way behind the earning curve. »Read

In this article: California Democratic Party, minimum wage
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 AM Alert: #CAandMEX - lawmakers tweet from the road

Chiropractic board considers mandatory CPR certificationsGambling commission looks at temporary licenses … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Martin Block, David Chiu, Jeff Denham, Jimmy Gomez, Ricardo Lara
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 Californians back new policies to fight climate change, poll says

Californians are concerned about the effects of climate change and support new steps to address the problem, according to a poll released Wednesday night by the Public Policy Institute of California. »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, Drought, global warming, greenhouse gas, Robert Huff, Legislature, PPIC, renewable energy
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 Climate change: California poll finds Republicans don't see global warming as serious threat

More than 60 percent of Californians -- including a majority in every region of the state, from the inland areas to the coast -- say global warming is already affecting California, a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California finds. »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, California Republican Party, Drought, global warming, greenhouse gas, Kathryn R. Phillips, PPIC, water
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 Californians divided along party lines on combating climate change

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Two-thirds of Californians link the state's ongoing catastrophic drought to climate change, and most support Governor Jerry Brown's efforts to combat it – but that's also because most Californians are Democrats, a ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, Drought, global warming, Legislature, PPIC
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 Poll: Most Californians say climate change linked to drought

Nearly two-thirds of Californians believe global warming is having an impact on the state's persistent drought, sharing Gov. Jerry Brown's environmental concerns as he presses for tougher climate change standards, according to a new statewide poll ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, Drought, global warming, greenhouse gas, Legislature, PPIC
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 Six council members question plan to let Uber, Lyft pick up at LAX

Citing 'significant questions' over equity and public safety, six members of the Los Angeles City Council said Wednesday that they want to reexamine the new rules that would allow Uber and Lyft to pick up passengers at Los Angeles International ... »Read

In this article: Robert Blumenfield, Gil Cedillo, Eric Garcetti, Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, Nury Martinez, Laura Nelson
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 Why won't Hillary Clinton answer the Keystone XL question? (+video)

Hillary Rodham Clinton is making headlines this week not for what she's saying on the campaign trail, but for what she's not. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, renewable energy, Thomas F. Steyer
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 San Diego Council Members Express Support For Removing Public Restroom

While the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee didn't take an actual vote on the proposal to take out a so-called 'Portland Loo,' Chairwoman Marti Emerald and Councilman Todd Gloria spoke out strongly in favor. »Read

In this article: Marti Emerald, Todd Gloria
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 House approves cutting workplace protections for VA workers

The House approved legislation that would cut appeal rights for Department of Veterans Affairs employees facing dismissal or demotion and facilitate the firing of new VA staffers. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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