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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."

by Avg. Joe 23 days ago   Respond   Read article

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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 Resolution to replace Junipero Serra statue in U.S. Capitol put on hold
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 California regulators set to overhaul home electricity costs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- 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.... »Read

In this article: Mike Campbell, Michael Florio
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 Vaccine opponents continue efforts against California law

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 law this week. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Legislature, Richard Pan
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 Protect workers from wage theft

Most Americans rely on every single paycheck to make ends meet, to pay the rent or the mortgage, and to pay the car insurance or the utilities. So when that paycheck doesn’t show up – or when it’s short – the impact can be devastating.... »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, minimum wage, SEIU
Bills: SB 588,
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 Education " Government In/Action

Dyslexia bill, AB 1369, gets gutted by education groups. »Read

In this article: California School Boards Association, California Teachers Association
Bills: AB 1369,
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 California Congressman unveils plans for 27 new recycled water projects, calls for federal funding

Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton) said Thursday he plans to introduce legislation to the House of Representatives that will partially fund $717 million in recycled water projects across the state. »Read

In this article: Drought, Jerry McNerney, water
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 Groups want buses to serve San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

Last fall, when President Barack Obama created the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, many thought the new status would mean preservation of the rugged peaks, tall pines and natural streams first recognized by President Benjamin Harrison and ... »Read

In this article: Robert B. Garcia, Barack Obama, Sam Pedroza, water
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 Judge delays release of Mayor Johnson's emails

A judge has delayed the scheduled release of about 100 emails exchanged between Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and his attorneys as the judge tries to determine if the messages should be made public. »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Christopher Krueger
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 Park opens on old Fire Station 84 site in Woodland Hills

In what has gone from blightlet to parklet, a vacant firehouse in Woodland Hills that once drew crime opened Thursday as a tidy park in honor of Los Angeles firefighters.The Costanso Fire Station 84 Park opened to great fanfare on the site of old ... »Read

In this article: Robert Blumenfield, Drought
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 Folsom opens new water play areas after reaching reduction goal

City exceeded state order to cut use in past year3 Folsom parks have water areas reopened … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Gov. Brown faces rough road in quest to repair California's freeways

[...] Brown has focused on building what he hopes will be his own transportation legacy: a $68 billion bullet train connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco. [...] the governor recently called a special legislative session to focus lawmakers’ ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Rob Lapsley
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 San Diego Airport, Rideshare Companies Strike Deal In Time For Comic-Con

Uber and Lyft will join rideshare company Opoli at the airport after ending a dispute over background checks. »Read

In this article: Rebecca Bloomfield, Adrian Kwiatkowski
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 PG&E and California electricity customers face sweeping changes in bills

Residential electricity rates in California have been a fairly predictable segment of a consumer's monthly budget, but a wrenching change is in the works that could jolt the pocketbooks of low-income and poor customers. »Read

In this article: Michael Florio, Mark Toney
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 Polygamists want their unions legalized under marriage equality act

Now that same-sex marriage is legal everywhere, polygamists want their unions legalized too. »Read

In this article: John Roberts, Same-sex marriage
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 California removes 'lynching' language from state law

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill striking the word 'lynching' from a 1933 law that used the term to describe the crime of trying to take someone from police custody. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Holly J. Mitchell
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 Vaccine opponents continue to fight new state law

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 law this week. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, Legislature, Richard Pan
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 Gov. Brown approves removing 'lynching' from California law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he has signed legislation removing the word 'lynching' from the state's criminal code following the arrest of a black activist at a Black Lives Matter protest.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Holly J. Mitchell
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 Newsom, though "barely begun" in 2018 gov's race, raises $2.7 million

Gearing up for possible challenges from wealthy Democratic opponents three years before the 2018 gubernatorial race, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom raised $2.7 million in the first five months of the year — and now has about $5.5 million cash on ... »Read

In this article: Phil Angelides, Steve Jobs, Dan Newman, Gavin Newsom, SEIU, Thomas F. Steyer, Steve Westly
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 Kentucky couples sue clerk who won't issue gay marriage licenses

Four Kentucky couples have filed a suit against a clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses after the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriages are legal.  »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Same-sex marriage
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 How America is quietly becoming a climate change leader

Actions by the Obama administration and several states have given the United States momentum in addressing climate change. »Read

In this article: Drought, global warming, greenhouse gas, renewable energy
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 Agency identifies three worst local office buildings

DGS report says sites should be renovated or replacedList does not include Board of Equalization headquartersBuildings’ fates will be determined in coming months … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Roger Dickinson, George Runner, water
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 July 4 fireworks, drought have firefighters on alert

Nearly 300 communities statewide allow use on Independence DayFire officials worry that illegal fireworks from Nevada and elsewhere may spawn blazesFireworks-caused blaze last year scorched nearly 6,500 acres … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 House legislation targets environmental laws

David Prasad / flickr Last week, House Republicans introduced legislation to revise water policies in California and the rest of the West Coast, improving water reliability and making environmental laws more flexible. H.R. 2898, authored by ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Jared Huffman, Kevin McCarthy, David G. Valadao, water
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 It's past time to regulate medical marijuana

Environment is paying price of inaction by LegislatureIllegal growers are draining streams, killing fish at escalating ratesBills in Assembly, Senate would create regulatory framework … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Drought, John Laird, water
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 California's century-old initiative process requires a reboot

Voters could face a 2016 ballot full of measuresThere’s much room for improvement in initiativesSignature requirement should be increased, and sunset dates added … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, PPIC, water
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 Fake Masonic police aimed to improve relations with black community, lawyer says

The trio accused of running a so-called Masonic police department created the agency in an attempt to improve relations between African Americans and law enforcement, said a lawyer for one of the three defendants.  »Read

In this article: David Beltran, Kamala Harris
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 Washington state reports first U.S. measles death in 12 years

SEATTLE (Reuters) - A previously undetected measles infection was found by an autopsy to be the underlying cause of a Washington state woman's death this spring, marking the first known U.S. fatality from the disease in 12 years, public health ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Richard Pan
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 Pro-Hillary Clinton groups report $24 million haul through June

Seven-figure checks from billionaires Haim Saban and George Soros helped a quartet of independent groups supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2016 bid bring in more than $24 million in the first half of the year, officials said Friday.Read full ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Barbara Lee, John A. Wagner
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 Overhaul of power rates due

Public Utilities Commission to flatten out chargesFive tiers of electricity usage will become twoCustomers of three big utilities will feel effects … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Florio, Legislature
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 PUC reform bills too little, too late: Thomas Elias

It's the same with the state Public Utilities Commission these days as with almost everything else: by the time state legislators notice something is a problem, things are so bad, so extreme, that other people and agencies have already acted.Just ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Gray Davis, George Deukmejian, Thomas D. Elias, Michael Florio, Legislature, Michael R. Peevey, Anthony Rendon, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water, Pete Wilson
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 Support swells for Bernie Sanders: Can he catch Hillary Clinton? (+video)

Support for presidential hopeful and Sen. Bernie Sanders has more than doubled since May, narrowing the gap between the Vermonter and Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Early Primary
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 New budget spurs Standard & Poor's to upgrade California's credit rating

The Wall Street ratings agency Standard & Poor's gave a vote of confidence to California's finances on Thursday, upgrading its credit rating to its highest level in 14 years. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Chiang
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 Brown approves stripping 'lynching' from state code

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that strips the word 'lynching' from California law. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Holly J. Mitchell
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 Brown approves stripping 'lynching' from California code

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that strips the word 'lynching' from California law. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Holly J. Mitchell
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 Historic Filipinotown leader Joel Jacinto nominated to Los Angeles Board of Public Works

LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today he has nominated a Historic Filipinotown-based community center director to serve in a paid position on the Los Angeles Board of Public Works.Joel Jacinto, executive director of Search to Involve ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Matt Szabo
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 State lawmaker folds on push to legalize online poker

A California lawmaker is folding his effort to legalize online poker. »Read

In this article: Mike Gatto, indian gaming, Legislature
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 Gov. Brown signs measure striking 'lynching' charge from California law

A bill to strike a controversial reference to lynching from California's criminal code was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin Johnson, Holly J. Mitchell
Bills: SB 629,
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 California property tax values increasing

Bay Area counties lead paradeSanta Clara County has highest gain … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Proposition 98
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 Mural artist Kent Twitchell is extra busy at his canvas: L.A.'s streets

With his shock of silver hair, snowy beard and paint-spattered blue jeans, Kent Twitchell races around his downtown L.A. art studio, giving a tour. The searingly bright loft feels like a kaleidoscopic time warp, the stark, white walls a prism of ... »Read

In this article: Jose Huizar, Charles A. White
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 Obama Launches Preemptive Strike on Scott Walker, 2016 GOP Field

President Barack Obama touted his push for a host of benefits for workers in Gov. Scott Walker's Wisconsin -- while lampooning the rest of the 2016 GOP field. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Barack Obama, sick leave
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 California lawmaker folds on push to legalize online poker

A California lawmaker is folding his effort to legalize online poker. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Mike Gatto, indian gaming, Legislature
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 Jerry Brown signs 'lynching' law bill

Legislation removes word from law prohibiting seizing someone from police custody … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Holly J. Mitchell
Bills: SB 629,
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 Record Water Savings Shows Big Cuts To California Supplies Feasible

Water use in drought-stricken California plunged by record levels in May, and Gov. Jerry Brown's administration cited that as proof cities can hit steep summer conservation targets they have blasted as unfair. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 New study says Hepatitis drugs could cost state taxpayers billions

Jaws dropped earlier this year when Gov. Jerry Brown told the Legislature that he wanted to set aside $300 million for two years' worth of specialty drugs for Medi-Cal users, state prisoners and others covered by state health programs. Even with a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, David Chiu, Legislature
Bills: AB 463,
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 LA Unified says lawsuit misinterprets new school funding law

Los Angeles Unified School District officials say a lawsuit filed by civil rights groups misinterprets the state's new school funding law by claiming the district misappropriated millions of dollars intended to help low-income, foster care and ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Who's Backing Whom? The House GOP Endorsement List

It's a long time before primary season and the list of GOP presidential candidates is still likely to grow before it gets smaller -- but plenty of House Republicans have already decided who they're backing. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 The Local Consequences of Citizens United

The attorneys David Boies and Theodore Olson say new rules about political spending has most affected state and local elections. What does that mean for democracy? »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Legislature, Proposition 8, John Roberts
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 Forecaster of the Month: Fed will be scrambling to catch up with improving economy, forecaster says

The U.S. economy is doing better than people think, which is why the Fed will be scrambling next year to speed up the normalization of interest rates, said Ian Shepherdson, winner of the MarketWatch Forecaster of the Month award. »Read

In this article: Brian W. Jones, Brian W. Jones
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 Democrats and Republicans reach agreement on soccer: Go Team USA

California parties create joint “Win Like a Girl” graphic for Women’s World Cup … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Shawnda Westly, California Republican Party, California Democratic Party, Cynthia Bryant
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 Tim Donnelly soliciting referendum help from Jim Carrey

Ex-lawmaker using social media to drum up donationsActor says he’s not anti-vaccine; but has safety concerns … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: referendum, Tim Donnelly, Jerry Brown
Bills: SB 277,
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 CalPERS tries to get handle on management fees

Pension fund can’t say how much it spends on private equity managersBoard member says fees could approach $900 million a yearDisclosure on fees expected this fall … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Brad Pacheco, CalSTRS, CalPERS
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 Support swells for Bernie Sanders: Can he catch Hillary Clinton?

Support for presidential hopeful and Sen. Bernie Sanders has more than doubled since May, narrowing the gap between the Vermonter and Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Early Primary
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 Is gay marriage paving the way for legal polygamy?

Chief Justice John Roberts prompted the discussion with remarks from his dissent after the Supreme Court ruled for same-sex marriage.  »Read

In this article: John Roberts, Same-sex marriage
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 Tim Donnelly pushing for referendum on vaccination law

Former California assemblyman Tim Donnelly is attempting to launch a statewide referendum on a mandatory vaccination law that Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Tuesday. [LA Times] The law will eliminate a provision that has allowed parents to cite personal ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tim Donnelly, referendum
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 Amid dispute over priorities, Richmond passes budget

With just one day to go before the start of the new fiscal year, Richmond approved a $144 million general fund budget Tuesday, but not without some squabbling over priorities and whether the city was doing all that it could to rein in costs, ... »Read

In this article: Eduardo Martinez, Gayle McLaughlin
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 Clinton and Sanders Have a Shared Weakness, and Martin O'Malley Is Exploiting It

Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley is polling a distant third among declared Democrats, ten points behind Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and more than 60 points behind Hi »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Thomas F. Steyer, water
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 Resolution to replace Junipero Serra statue in U.S. Capitol put on hold

A measure calling for the statue of Father Junipero Serra in the U.S. Capitol to be replaced with one of NASA astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, was shelved in the California Assembly on Thursday. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Ricardo Lara, Legislature
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 20-acre fire burns in East Bay hills, responding news crew crashes van

20-acre fire burns in East Bay hills, responding news crew crashes van Firefighters were battling a 20-acre wildfire Thursday morning in a rural area outside Sunol, according to state fire officials. About 125 firefighters were working to keep the ... »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought, water
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 On health care, Obama worked the refs and got his way: Susan Shelley

Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson says he finds referees 'a very interesting group of people.'If you're a basketball fan, you'll remember that Jackson has used plainer words about referees, and this has cost him a lot of money over the years. During ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, John Roberts, Susan Shelley
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