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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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 Supreme Court hears historic same-sex marriage arguments

The United States Supreme Court is taking up a case this morning that could legitimize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. »Read

In this article: John Roberts, Same-sex marriage
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 Same-sex marriage argued before U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court began a historic session Tuesday as the justices heard arguments in a case that could legalize same-sex marriage nationwide and give gays constitutional protection they've been seeking for decades. »Read

In this article: John Roberts, Same-sex marriage
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 Muslim Day: Bay Area faithful lobby lawmakers

Muslim students, business owners and community leaders traveled to Sacramento on Monday for a 'lobby day' organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. »Read

In this article: Mark Leno, Bob Wieckowski
Bills: SB 178, SB 358,
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 High housing costs driving more Californians into poverty

High rents are driving more Californians into poverty, said a report out Tuesday from an affordable housing group. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Legislature, redevelopment agencies
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 CA drought water-reduction mandates set for revision

California regulators are revising the state's plan for saving water with mandatory water-use reduction targets across the state. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Political ads from PACs sour 7th Senate District Special Election

Political ads from PACs sour 7th Senate District Special Election by Richard Eber originally appearedon HALFWAY TO CONCORD. The political ads from PACs supporting opposing candidates in California's 7 State Senate District Special Election sour the ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Susan Bonilla, George W. Bush, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer, Legislature, Steven R. Maviglio
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 Keep Off California's Recovery

But how do we know when irrational exuberance has unduly escalated asset values, which then become subject to unexpected and prolonged contractions as they have in Japan over the past decade? – Alan Greenspan California has struggled the past six ... »Read

In this article: Energy Commission, Legislature, PPIC
Bills: SB 350, SB 8,
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 How Sodomite Suppression Act Exposes the Failure of SB 1253

SB 1253, which became law last year, continues to be sold as initiative reform, even though it was, at best, initiative tweaking. It made a series of changes – on signature time, on disclosure, on the legislature – that are too small to make any ... »Read

In this article: Legislature
Bills: SB 1253,
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 Crocodile 'Tiers' Over Water Rate Ruling

Last week the California Court of Appeal issued an important ruling interpreting Proposition 218, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association sponsored initiative approved by voters in 1996.  Proposition 218 is entitled “The Taxpayers Right to Vote ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jerry Brown, Drought, Legislature, water
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 The Valley And The Upstarts: The Cities Creating The Most Tech Jobs

No industry generates more hype, and hope, than technology. From 2004 to 2014, the number of tech-related jobs in the United States expanded 31%, faster than other high-growth sectors like health care and business services. In the wider category of ... »Read

In this article: Joel Kotkin
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 California Drought Water-Reduction Mandates Set For Revision

State water regulators are set to release on Tuesday an updated plan for conservation during the drought after their previous water-use reduction targets have come under fire from some local water departments. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Senate Democrats urge better pay for Capitol jobs contracted out by Senate Democrats

Thanks to protests last week, the public now knows that some of the workers serving meals to U.S. Senate's members, staff and visitors are paid barely enough to scrape by. Many rely on government benefits like food stamps, and at least one of them ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, minimum wage, Senate Democrats
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 Lawmakers dismiss efforts to protect property rights from high-speed rail

State lawmakers are forcing property owners “all aboard” the state’s high-speed rail project – whether they like it or not. This month, two state legislative panels blocked efforts by Central The post Lawmakers dismiss ... »Read

In this article: eminent domain, High-Speed Rail, Jeff Morales, Jim Patterson, Chris Reed, Andy Vidak
Bills: AB 1138,
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 Morning Must Reads: April 28

State of Emergency in ‘Charm City’ Days of angry but peaceful protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray spiraled after his funeral Monday into scenes of rioting, arson and looting that carried into Tuesday, prompting a ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Loretta Lynch, renewable energy, water
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 READ IN: State Dinner Edition

Don't forget to sign up for Read In, your one-stop shop for all the politics news you need every morning!-- At least 15 Baltimore police officers were injured and 27 people were arrested as riots turned violent Monday afternoon and early Tuesday. ... »Read

In this article: Khatchik Achadjian, Lois Capps, Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, Mitt Romney, Senate Republicans, Spencer Zwick
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 CA GOP aims for demographic rebound

Convinced that expanding voter appeal is a make-or-break proposition, leading California Republicans have begun to pivot toward a broad-based demographic strategy meant to rebuild from the ground up. In recent weeks, both The post CA GOP aims for ... »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Jerry Brown, James Brulte, Field Poll, Legislature, Kristin Olsen, water
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 California drought water-reduction mandates set for revision

California regulators are revising the state's plan for saving water with mandatory water-use reduction targets across the state. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Senators Seek 'Living Wage' for Capitol Hill Contractors

A group of senators is calling for higher wages and better health care for the contractors who work in Senate office buildings. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, minimum wage, Barack Obama, sick leave
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 Murray, mom in tennis shoes in '92, stands her ground

There's a disturbance in the force of the tradition-bound Senate and her name is Patty Murray. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Loretta Lynch, No Child Left Behind
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 Baltimore sees night of fires, violent protests

Hours after an emotional funeral for Freddie Gray, there were fires, looting, violent protests and a state of emergency was declared. »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama, water
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 A Public Market Divided

Is Alma del Pueblo's foodie dream half full of white elephants? »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, James Smith
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 AM Alert: Darrell Steinberg returns to Capitol to promote mental health legislation

Former state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg termed out of the Legislature last year. Since then, he has opened an institute to promote mental health policy. He returns to the Capitol today to lend his support for new legislation. … Click to ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, James T. Beall, Legislature, Little Hoover Commission, Darrell Steinberg, Phil Ting, water
Bills: AB 1006, AB 1299, SB 11, SB 145, SB 358, SB 588,
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 Experiment in Irvine takes crops' water use to new lows

On a recent afternoon, Santa Ana winds swept through a sunny, 200-acre swath of Irvine where a quiet experiment could have a major impact in the blueberry world. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 Baltimore violence, looting prompt state of emergency

Rioters have plunged part of Baltimore into chaos, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers. »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama, water
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 California's automatic voter registration bill advances

A proposal to automatically register Californians to vote when they get a driver’s license was approved Monday by a state Assembly panel after Secretary of State Alex Padilla noted there are about 6.7 million state residents who are eligible but ... »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Alex Padilla
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 Deal With It

If you only casually follow politics, you probably don’t know much about Senator Patty Murray. She's rarely on TV or in the headlines. She’s not inclined to tear into her Republican colleagues or give floor speeches that go viral, like Senator ... »Read

In this article: Loretta Lynch, minimum wage, No Child Left Behind, Senate Democrats, sick leave
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 Court orders LAPD to turn over video said to show man's police beating

A federal magistrate ordered the Los Angeles Police Department on Monday to give an attorney video footage that she says shows her client being assaulted by an LAPD officer in South L.A. »Read

In this article: Richard Garcia, Jackie Lacey
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 L.A. council candidates Ryu, Ramsay spar over developer donations

Los Angeles City Council candidate David Ryu fired back Monday at accusations from rival Carolyn Ramsay that he had not held to his pledge to forgo contributions from developers, saying he had returned more money while the Ramsay campaign continued ... »Read

In this article: Rachel Estrada, Tom LaBonge
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 O'Malley cutting short trip to Ireland amid unrest in Baltimore

Amid the unrest in Baltimore, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley is cutting short a planned series of paid speeches in Ireland and returning home Tuesday morning, an aide said.The Democrat, who has been aggressively positioning himself for a ... »Read

In this article: renewable energy, John A. Wagner
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 Nurses union plans short strikes in California and Illinois

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A union representing nurses in California and Illinois said on Monday 6,400 members planned to walk off their jobs later this week for a series of one- and two-day strikes amid contract negotiations. »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, Chuck Idelson
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 Democrats reject Republican proposal to speed reservoir reviews

A Republican proposal to expedite the construction of new reservoirs stalled in an Assembly committee on Monday, just hours after a rally on the Capitol steps in support of the legislation. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Kristin Olsen, water
Bills: AB 311,
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 Official claims bad blood with union boss bred West Coast port crisis

A lawsuit filed last month in Los Angeles Superior Court offers a vividly detailed picture of the obscure waterfront politics that brought Pacific Rim commerce to its knees for several tense weeks earlier this year. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Eric Garcetti, David Miller
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 Marriage equality, Nestle water, traffic fines, etc.

… Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Margaret A. Bengs, Drought, water
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 Gavin Newsom in DC for SCOTUS marriage cases

California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom will attend Tuesday’s oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in cases challenging state laws that prohibit same-sex partners from exercising the same rights as opposite-sex partners. Newsom’s February ... »Read

In this article: Gavin Newsom, Same-sex marriage
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 New Friends Court David Vitter Ahead of Possible Senate Vacancy

If Vitter wins his race for Louisana governor, he could appoint his replacement. At least three Republicans already are jockeying for position. »Read

In this article: Fred Davis, Fred Davis
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 Assembly panel kills Republican bill to speed dam construction

Republican drought-inspired legislation went down in an Assembly committee Monday. Backers sought to prevent environmental delays for construction of water-storage facilities. Critics said it would compromise the environment and is premature. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
Bills: AB 311,
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 History and the law are on vaccination's side

The ACLU may have concerns about the wording of SB 277, which would tighten vaccination requirements. But it doesn’t oppose immunization, as vaccine resisters imply. California is well within its constitutional rights to get rid of the state’s ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Baker, Legislature, Richard Pan
Bills: SB 277,
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 Proposed Sacramento budget follows Mayor Kevin Johnson's priorities

Proposed budget shows that Sacramento City Hall is learning the lessons of Ferguson and now Baltimore. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, John Shirey, water
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 Politics and intrigue in Twin Rivers school board race

Who actually sent out the crude flier trying to tie candidate Basim Elkarra to Islamic terrorism? … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Aaron McLear
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 Republicans should embrace gay marriage

The GOP needs to remember its roots and debunk some of the arguments – such as judicial activism and religious liberty – that some Republicans use to oppose same-sex marriage. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Same-sex marriage
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 Muslim Day: Bay Area faithful come to Sacramento to lobby lawmakers

Muslim students, business owners and community leaders traveled to Sacramento on Monday for a 'lobby day' organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. »Read

In this article: Mark Leno, Bob Wieckowski
Bills: SB 178, SB 358,
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 California Senate duel will affect 'job killer' bills

The California Chamber of Commerce has published its annual “job killer” list. This year’s has 17 targeted bills. Meanwhile, a special election will impact their fate. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Steven Glazer, Legislature, minimum wage, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 California lawmakers soften proposed tobacco ban at baseball venues

Once intended to ban tobacco from baseball, a California bill has been watered down. It is now limited to professional parks and to smokeless tobacco. The slimmed-down version got out of committee on Monday. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Adam Gray, Tony Thurmond
Bills: AB 768,
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 Laura Burton Capps will not seek mother's House seat

Laura Burton Capps, who had been expected to run for her mother’s Santa Barbara-based House seat, announced Monday that she would not be running for Congress. »Read

In this article: Khatchik Achadjian, Lois Capps
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 Rep. Ted Lieu on GOP, climate change, LGBT rights

Rep. Ted Lieu, in Silicon Valley on Monday and Tuesday to tour tech companies and pay homage to his alma mater, says the key to Democratic victories in 2016 lies on the other side of the aisle. “We want to see lots of Ted Cruz on television,” ... »Read

In this article: greenhouse gas, Kamala Harris, Ted W. Lieu, Henry A. Waxman
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 Sacramento budget replaces firehouses, funds downtown housing study

After years of deficits, budget includes new spending. Public safety investment includes $10 million for firehouses. The budget also proposes new spending on homeless services, police diversity efforts. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, John Shirey
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 Senators Call for Higher Wages for Senate Workers

A group of senators are pushing for Senate contract workers to be paid a 'living wage' following reports of workers barely getting by. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, minimum wage, Barack Obama
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