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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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Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

"Well said Avg. Joe. The headline is like saying: taking a laxative May make you defecate."

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Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

"may impact small business- really a $3 increase overnight would certainly impact any small business. Probably hurts non-minimum wage restaurant workers more than anything else, only ones making minimum wage in table service establishments are the tipped employees. That leaves the best paid people in the house getting a $3/hour raise, to the detriment of the others. Back asswards."

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 The Drought: California Is So Over
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 California Assembly Democrats Seem Determined to Completely Eliminate Minor Party Candidates
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 'High Flying, Adored': What Happens to California Politicians Who Succeed Young
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 No more tiers? San Juan Capistrano ruling need not end structured water rates
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 State senate committee approves minimum wage hike
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 Ruling forces California water districts to review rates

An appeals court decision striking down punitive water pricing that was intended to encourage conservation had water agencies reviewing rates Tuesday and some residents exploring whether to bring similar challenges. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 California cities fret over tiered water rates after court decision

A ballot measure approved in 1996 said cities cannot impose fees that exceed the cost of services. State appellate court justices say that’s what San Juan Capistrano did. Now, cities are taking aim at the measure, contending it is ill-suited to ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Jon Coupal, Drought, Chris McKenzie, water
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 O.C. judge who gave lenient sentence to molester is asked to resign

Orange County supervisors officially called for the resignation of a Superior Court judge who sentenced a convicted child molester to 10 years in prison rather than  the minimum 25 years that state law requires. »Read

In this article: Paul Meyer, Todd Spitzer
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 Bay Area lawmakers split with Obama, Silicon Valley on trade authority

The battle over giving the White House 'fast track' authority to strike international trade deals has much of the Bay Area's congressional delegation, often President Barack Obama's cheering section, at odds both with him and much of the tech ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Mark DeSaulnier, Anna G. Eshoo, Sam Farr, Dianne Feinstein, Carl Guardino, Michael Honda, Jared Huffman, Ro Khanna, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Jerry McNerney, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Jackie Speier, Eric Swalwell, Mike Thompson
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 Obama, lawmakers mingle to mark rare bipartisan breakthrough

House Speaker John Boehner pecked Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on the cheek. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy conferred amiably with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Republicans and White House officials slapped each other on the back. … ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Sen. Pan optimistic about vaccine bill advancing

A California lawmaker who is proposing to limit the number of schoolchildren who are exempt from being vaccinated said Tuesday that he's optimistic the bill will advance after a vote was delayed one week. »Read

In this article: Robert Huff, Legislature, William W. Monning, Richard Pan, Sharon Runner
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 Ruling forces Calif. water districts to review rates

An appeals court decision striking down punitive water pricing that was intended to encourage conservation had water agencies reviewing rates Tuesday and some residents exploring whether to bring similar challenges. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jon Coupal, Drought, water
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 Logjam breaks in Senate: signs of thaw in Congress? (+video)

Lawmakers announced a deal Tuesday on a human trafficking bill that has been stalled for weeks. The deal clears the way for a long-delayed vote on Loretta Lynch as US attorney general. »Read

In this article: Loretta Lynch, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi
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 Supervisors vote to keep armed guards

The contract became the source of unexpected controversy last week when Supervisor Jane Kim asked why the Metropolitan Transportation Agency needed to hire armed guards. The armed guards, who make up about 18 percent of the security force, escort ... »Read

In this article: John Avalos, David Campos, Eric Mar
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 Bay Area House members headed to Armenia

Two Bay Area House members will be part of the presidential delegation that’s leaving Wednesday for Armenia to attend Friday’s centennial memorial of a 1915 ethnic cleansing that claimed more than a million lives. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San ... »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, Jackie Speier
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 Senate competitor may reveal the real Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris is California’s attorney general and a candidate for the U.S. Senate. However, voters really don’t know much about her. If she has an opponent, however, we may fill in the blanks. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, Loretta Sanchez
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 Gov. Brown captures snake on trip to rural California

Gov. Jerry Brown has received hundreds of comments and shares of a photo showing him posing with a snake. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anne Gust, Evan Westrup
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 Why Is Rand Paul Working With Barbara Boxer on a Hated Transportation Policy?

He's the only contender with an infrastructure plan, but few like it. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
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 Lawsuit Threatens Sweetwater's Tiered Water Rates But Not San Diego's

A court ruling Monday knocking down a water rate system in San Juan Capistrano likely won't affect most of San Diego County, except at Chula Vista's Sweetwater Authority. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Jan Goldsmith, water
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 Super Bowl 50 fan village

With nearly 300 days still to go before the Bay Area hosts Super Bowl 50, organizers released their new logo and renderings of the fan village they're calling Super Bowl City. »Read

In this article: Willie Brown, Edwin M. Lee, Chuck Reed
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 Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff will decide on Senate run by end of next month

Democratic Rep. Adam B. Schiff said Tuesday he would decide by the end of May whether to jump into the 2016 race for the open Senate seat from California, setting up a possible challenge to the front-runner, California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barbara Boxer, Rocky Chavez, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez, Adam Schiff
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 State Senate bill targets businesses that fail to pay employees

Workers in California are paid less than the legal minimum wage about 372,000 times every week, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Legislature, minimum wage, Mark Stone, Julie Su
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 Gov. Brown captures snake on trip to Colusa County

Gov. Jerry Brown has received hundreds of comments and shares of a photo showing him posing with a snake. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anne Gust, Evan Westrup
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 Survey finds big majority of Sacramento voters favor higher local minimum wage

A sizable majority of Sacramento voters favors setting a higher minimum wage locally, according to a poll commissioned by community groups that are pushing the idea. David Binder Research, a San Francisco firm, conducted the telephone survey of 500 ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, David Binder
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 California vaccine bill changes seek to protect education

A California bill requiring vaccines for most school kids is evolving. The new Senate Bill 277 seeks more homeschooling and independent study options for the non-vaccinated. A crucial committee vote looms on Wednesday morning. … Click to ... »Read

In this article: Loni Hancock, Carol Liu, Tony Mendoza, Robert Oakes, Richard Pan
Bills: SB 277,
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 Posh Beverly Hills considers empty pools, $1,000 fines amid drought

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Beverly Hills, the southern California city whose name evokes Hollywood-tinged glamour and luxury, is considering banning the refilling of swimming pools and fining residents $1,000 for water violations. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 No quick action on 'SOLA' acronym for South Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- More than a decade after the neighborhood formerly known as South Central was rebranded as South Los Angeles, another renaming could be coming.... »Read

In this article: Bernard Parks, Herb Wesson
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 Steve Knight Lashes Out at Conservative Activists

Freshman lawmaker Steve Knight got so fed up over the weekend with the anti-immigration protesters who have been hounding him for months that he finally snapped. »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Karen Bass, Ken Calvert, Dianne Feinstein, Darrell Issa, Stephen T. Knight, Howard P. Mckeon, Mimi Walters
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 Hillary Clinton's top advisers huddle with congressional Democrats

Several top advisers for Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2016 campaign plotted strategy Tuesday with congressional Democrats, an unusually early effort at coordination between Capitol Hill allies and a presidential contender.Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Senate Democrats
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 Miley Cyrus, Patrick Schwarzenegger reportedly call it quits

Another wrecking ball has hit Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger's relationship: The couple has reportedly split after five months of dating. »Read

In this article: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Put science and children's health above hysteria; pass the vaccine bill

Members of the Senate Education Committee, including Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, on Wednesday must pass out of committee Senate Bill 277, which would end the personal belief exemptions, including religious exemptions, an increasing number of parents ... »Read

In this article: Loni Hancock, Richard Pan
Bills: SB 277,
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 California advances bill to help immigrant crime victims gain visas

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Undocumented immigrants in California who are violent crime victims would have the same chance to apply for a special U.S. visa regardless of where in the state the crime occurred, under a bill that passed a state Senate ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Dan Levine
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 CalSTRS' Carrie Lo recognized as Top 40 investment professional

California State Teachers’ Retirement System’s Carrie Lo receives international recognition as Chief Investment Officer magazine’s “Forty Under Forty” list.The group consists of top investment professionals under the age of 40. … ... »Read

In this article: Christopher Ailman, CalSTRS
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 Green energy job growth outpaces losses in coal industry

Far more jobs have been created in wind and solar in recent years than lost in the collapse of the coal industry, and renewable energy is poised for record growth…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: green jobs, Legislature, renewable energy
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 Actor William Shatner proposes pipeline to solve California drought

LOS ANGELES - (Reuters) - William Shatner in full Captain Kirk mode is looking to marshal a crew for a project with an astronomical budget to deal with California's drought problems, although some might call it a pipe dream. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 California bill would ban 'Redskins' as school team name or mascot

Public schools in California would have to phase out the use of the term “Redskins” for their athletic team name or mascot under a bill advanced Tuesday by a state Assembly panel based on concern that the term is derogatory to Native Americans. »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Lorena Gonzalez
Bills: AB 30,
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 The Great Thirst

A critical appreciation of Norris Hundley, Jr., by Jon Christensen »Read

In this article: Drought, water
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 Steve Glazer's Schwarzenegger-esque Campaign for State Senate

Steve Glazer’s Schwarzenegger-esque Campaign for State Senate by Steven Maviglio originally appearedon HALFWAY TO CONCORD. Glazer acts as Schwarzenegger-lite. But for or all his bravado he received millions of dollars of campaign contributions ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Steven Glazer, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger, state budget
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 Therese Poletti's Tech Tales: This Silicon Valley revolutionary finally gets his due

Intel co-founder Gordon Moore is famous for Moore’s Law, but now a new book tells the story of the behind-the-scenes player himself, writes Therese Poletti. »Read

In this article: Steve Jobs, Wayne Miller, Paul Otellini
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 Court Ruling Affects Private And Public Water Entities Differently

A California Court of Appeals ruling -that tiered water rates must correspond to the cost of service- affects public water agencies. But, it does not affect private companies.This month, the state Public Utilities Commission voted to allow a higher, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Irvine Council Majority Running Scared of Possible State Probe

TheLiberalOC has learned the City of Irvine has directed the city’s lobbyist to do everything possible to persuade a State Legislative audit committee from investigating the conduct of the city’s two-person audit sub-committee and the ... »Read

In this article: Steven Choi, Beth Krom
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 Court strikes down tiered water rates

In a blow to the states water conservation plans, a state appeals court struck down a tiered rate system in San Juan Capistrano, saying that the tiered system violated Proposition 218. Gov. Jerry Brown lashed out at the ruling, which could have ... »Read

In this article: Anthony York, water, Phil Ting, Lorena Gonzalez, global warming, Jim Frazier, Drought, California Teachers Association, Jerry Brown, Toni Atkins
Bills: AB 1360, AB 1369,
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 CA court ruling could limit drought fighting tools

In a ruling that Gov. Jerry Brown says puts a 'straitjacket' on local governments trying to fight the severe statewide drought, an appeals court has found that an Orange County city's tiered water rates are unconstitutional. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 State's tiered water rates ruled unconstitutional

The stakes are high because at least two-thirds of California water providers, including many in the Bay Area, use some form of the tiered rate system. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 5 California Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking California news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today ... »Read

In this article: water, Gavin Newsom, Drought, Jerry Brown
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 Background: Misuse of Assessments and Fees Brought on Prop 218, which Took Down the Tiered Water Fee Plan

San Juan Capistrano's water fee usage plan ran afoul of Proposition 218's taxpayer shield to protect taxpayers from being charged taxes disguised as fees and assessments. The goal of the tiered water plan was designed as a financial punishment for ... »Read

In this article: water, Jon Coupal
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 So Many Ways to Vote. So Few Reasons.

The Goo Goo Dolls are on the march, and they want to make it easier for you vote. I'm not talking about the band, but about the good government community and its allies in state government. The miserable low turnout in California elections has ... »Read
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 'High Flying, Adored': What Happens to California Politicians Who Succeed Young

Last week, Michael Dolgushkin and Shelby Kendrick of the California State Library and I were going through a collection of papers from the 1980s. Unexpectedly, we found issues of the journal, Golden State Report (GSR), for the two year period, ... »Read

In this article: Bill Press, Bill Jones, John Garamendi, Dianne Feinstein, Gray Davis, Art Agnos
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 California Assembly Democrats Seem Determined to Completely Eliminate Minor Party Candidates

On April 15, the Assembly Elections Committee passed AB 372, a bill which seems motivated by a desire to completely rid the November ballot of minor party candidates. Even though the bill has a Republican sponsor, it received no votes from either ... »Read

In this article: Henry Perea, Kevin Mullin, Legislature, Frank Bigelow, Assembly Democrats
Bills: AB 372,
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 The Drought: California Is So Over

California has met the future, and it really doesn't work. As the mounting panic surrounding the drought suggests, the Golden State, once renowned for meeting human and geographic challenges, is losing its ability to cope with crises. As a result, ... »Read

In this article: water, Drought, Jerry Brown
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 The Note: Hillary Hearts New Hampshire

The Note: Hillary Hearts New Hampshire »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Loretta Lynch
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 No more tiers? San Juan Capistrano ruling need not end structured water rates

Monday's state appeals court ruling striking down one city’s tiered water rates could, in a worst-case scenario, mean the eventual collapse of all similar rate structures in California, and with them the collapse of the most proven and effective ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Jeff Kightlinger, water
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 State senate committee approves minimum wage hike

California’s minimum wage workers will receive a 62.5 percent raise over three years if Senate Bill 3 is approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The Senate »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Mark Leno, Connie Leyva, minimum wage, state budget, Jeff Stone
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 What's my work schedule? Employees deserve an earlier answer

Over the last few years, many large employers of part-time workers — such as retailers and restaurant chains — have adopted what's known as 'just in time' scheduling, which gives workers little or no notice of what days they'll be working. In ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, David Chiu, Legislature
Bills: AB 357,
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 Presidential bids by Rubio, Paul deal 2016 blow to Senate GOP

The presidential ambitions of Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are dealing a blow to their party’s effort to retain a fragile Senate majority in the 2016 election, close watchers say, by injecting a heavy dose of uncertainty into ... »Read

In this article: Patrick Murphy, Tom Watson
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 Candidates Look to Make Family Legacies in Congress

When nine-term Democratic Rep. Lois Capps announced her retirement, all eyes turned to a potential successor: her daughter. »Read

In this article: Lois Capps, Barack Obama, Ben Tulchin
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