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Key Committee Fails To Take Up California Minimum Wage Bill

"A wise move considering the wage will go up automatically this coming January. Not to mention this bill would have come at a hefty price tag to the state government- over $4 Billion according to the Department of Finance."

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Despite Side Deal Report, Support Lines Up for Iran Deal

"Support lines up? One NY Congressman. Seems like two key northeastern Senators (both Dems) in two weeks is more compelling evidence of an anti-deal groundswell."

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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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 Family to file lawsuit in wake of San Francisco Pier 14 shooting

The family of Kate Steinle, who was shot and killed in San Francisco last month, has filed a legal claim over her murder. Among those named in the suit are Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and ICE. »Read

In this article: illegal immigration, Edwin M. Lee, Ross Mirkarimi
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 Why the Only Female GOP Candidate's Surge Probably Won't Earn Her a Debate Podium

Despite a surge in the polls, it’s unlikely Fiorina will earn a debate podium. »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, Brad Smith
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 Federal judge orders Kentucky clerk and her staff to court

A county clerk in Kentucky who invoked 'God's authority' for defying the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage has been summoned by a federal judge to explain why she should not be fined or jailed for contempt. »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Legislature, Will Smith
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 Why the Only Female GOP Candidate???s Surge Probably Won???t Earn Her a Debate Podium

Despite a surge in the polls, it???s unlikely Fiorina will earn a debate podium. »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, Brad Smith
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 Controversial jail construction plan is back before L.A. County supervisors

Los Angeles County supervisors will vote -- again -- Tuesday on plans to replace the downtown Men's Central Jail with a new 3,885-bed lock-up and set up an ambitious new program to divert people with mental illness from incarceration. »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Jackie Lacey, Hilda L. Solis
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 Capitol Report: Deutsche Bank reportedly under investigation for emerging markets currency manipulation

Prosecutors leveraging prior currency rigging settlement for new allegations; CalPERS, CalSTRS criticize Bank of America plan to give CEO Moynihan the chairman role; Big Four audit firms go after M&A; Etsy under pressure for alleged Irish tax ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS
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 The Note: Inside Hillary Clinton's Inbox

NOTABLES --WHAT DO THE E MAILS SAY? In by far the largest collection yet, the State Department released more than 4,000 emails, (some 7,000+ pages) held on Hillary Clinton's private email server, 125 of them now deemed classified, ABC'S ELY BROWN ... »Read

In this article: Michael Briggs, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee
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 Donald Trump At War

Now that Donald Trump has the Republican presidential nomination sewn up, it is time to look at how he would approach important matters of policy such as the military.  With Mr. Trump this is a problem, because although hawkish today he is a ... »Read

In this article: John McCain
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 The Easy Fix for Prop 39

Let’s chill out at Prop 39. It’s easy to fix. Yes, the AP and other media have reported on how little of the money collected in corporate taxation for green-energy investments has been spent, and how there is little accountability for what has ... »Read

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 The Good, The Bad, And The Tricky In Special Session

We are nearing the end of the summer, which means that we are in the home stretch of the 2015 Legislative session. But this does not mean that things are slowing down in Sacramento. Democrats miss no opportunity to pass their pet projects, and the ... »Read

In this article: global warming, Legislature
Bills: SB 32, SB 350,
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 The Run for the Presidency: The Perilous Road Ahead

We often hear the question why is there such a dearth of good candidates (or for that matter any candidates) running for important offices both locally and beyond? The answers have long been known: It requires strong name recognition, heavy ... »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina
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 Wasserman Schultz in Tough Spot on Iran Deal

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in an unenviable position. »Read

In this article: California Democratic Party, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Christine Pelosi
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 SB350 support hinges on cost vs. environmental protections

Looking at the results of the California Business Roundtable/California Manufacturing & Technology Association poll on Senate Bill 350, the new climate change policy being considered in the CA Legislature, you can almost see how campaign ... »Read

In this article: Rob Lapsley, Legislature, referendum, renewable energy, Dorothy Rothrock
Bills: SB 350,
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 California assisted suicide bill to be heard in special session

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A controversial bill to allow physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients in California comes up for a new round of hearings on Tuesday, after failing in the legislature earlier this summer amid opposition ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, William W. Monning
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 Executive pay at Blue Shield of California shot up $24 million, audit reveals

Nonprofit insurer Blue Shield of California boosted executive compensation by $24 million in 2012 - a 64% jump over the previous year - according to a confidential state audit reviewed by The Times. »Read

In this article: George Halvorson, Dave Jones
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 Essential California: The downside of conserving water

Good morning. It is Tuesday, Sept. 1. The USS Ronald Reagan has left San Diego for Japan. The carrier will be the American face of naval power in Asia. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES  ... »Read

In this article: Steve Cooley, Drought, Carly Fiorina, Eric Garcetti, water, Herb Wesson
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 Los Angeles could use more COIN

Last month, when Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Herb Wesson announced a tentative contract with unions representing more than half of the city's civilian workforce, budget watchdogs clamored for details so they could analyze the ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Antonio Villaraigosa, Herb Wesson
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 Too many 'ifs' in L.A.'s Olympic projections

Questions about the financial assumptions in Los Angeles' proposal to host the 2024 Olympic Games are starting to add up. Or, rather, not add up. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, Legislature
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 Water conservation has costly - and stinky - downsides

Under orders to slash water use amid a historic drought, cities and towns across the state saved about 75 billion gallons in July, eclipsing Gov. Jerry Brown's once-daunting order for a 25% reduction. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Lester Snow, water
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 Brown talks climate - to anyone who will listen

Jerry Brown, once ridiculed nationally as 'Governor Moonbeam,' is coming to be seen as an important ambassador in the battle against climate change. As SB350 and SB32 moved through the legislature he has taken his message to Meet the Press, to the ... »Read

In this article: renewable energy, Kristin Olsen, John Myers, Chris Megerian, Legislature, Ricardo Lara, Ted Gaines, Jerry Brown, Toni Atkins
Bills: SB 358,
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 California's Equal Pay Law Heads To Governor's Desk

California could soon have the nation’s strongest equal pay law. The state Senate has unanimously approved the Fair Pay Act, which would ensure that women and men are paid equally for work that is substantially similar. Democrat Hannah-Beth ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hannah-Beth Jackson
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 AM Alert: Round two launches for California assisted death bill

Measure letting dying Californians end their lives gets another shotAssembly Republicans poised to choose new leader … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Jerry Brown, Robert Huff, Legislature, Kristin Olsen
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 High court rules against Kentucky clerk in same-sex marriage case

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and the clerk will arrive at work Tuesday to face her moment of truth. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will have to choose whether ... »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Mike Reynolds, Same-sex marriage
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 Wells run dry in small Central California town amid historic drought

Wells in Okieville have gone dry for many of the 100 modest homes that share narrow, cracked streets without sidewalks or streetlights in a dry corner of California's Central Valley. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Gov. Brown creates new online security center

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the creation of a new security center Monday that will be responsible for strengthening online security to prevent cyber-attacks on state agencies.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Elaine Howle
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 Halle Berry, Catholic bishops lobby lawmakers on climate bill

With less than two weeks before the end of the legislative session, state Democratic leaders enlisted religious leaders and a Hollywood actress on Monday for a final push in favor of sweeping environmental legislation. »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Beth Miller
Bills: SB 350,
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 Developer of big rental project on Bryant puts it on hold

Facing fierce opposition from anti-gentrification activists in the Mission, the developer of a 276-unit rental complex proposed for Bryant Street put the project on hold Monday, saying he would instead redesign the development. In a letter to ... »Read

In this article: David Campos, Edwin M. Lee
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 Human trafficking: Count of victims underscores S.F.'s challenges

San Francisco’s first effort to document the scope of human trafficking in the city identified nearly 300 known or suspected victims in the second half of 2014 alone and highlighted the challenge of addressing a crime in which women, men and often ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Rebecca Marcus
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 California state engineers reach contract deal with Jerry Brown

Three-year deal totals 7 percent in raisesPECG first of four unions with expired contracts to reach agreement … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Bruce Blanning, Jerry Brown, Legislature
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 Bill would ban naming public sites after Confederate leaders

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers on Monday advanced a bill to ban schools, parks and other public property from being named after elected leaders or senior military officers of the Confederacy.... »Read

In this article: Steven Glazer, Shirley Weber
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 California Senate sends bill to close gender pay gap to governor

Senate Bill 358 would strengthen and expand California’s existing equal pay lawsGov. Jerry Brown announced last week that he would sign the bill … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Nancy McFadden
Bills: SB 358,
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