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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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 Sanders is drawing big crowds -- but how long will they stick around?
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 What's behind the frenzy of stunts, accusations among GOP candidates? The Aug. 6 debate
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 Essential California: Could San Francisco be losing its liberal edge?
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 Take Five: Rep. Linda Sánchez
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 Firm says L.A. did not pursue reimbursement for overcharged cell service
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 Rewards to catch drone operators who flew above fires may be offered

San Bernardino County supervisors could approve $75,000 in rewards Tuesday for information leading to the arrests of drone operators who interfered with firefighting during three major blazes this summer. »Read

In this article: Paul Cook, Ted Gaines, Mike Gatto, water
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 Administration wants to give prisoners access to Pell grants

The Obama administration is taking steps to expand the Pell grant program to prisoners. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Loretta Lynch, Theodore R. Mitchell
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 Hot weather hampers effort to control CA wildfires

High temperatures are expected Tuesday as firefighters continue to battle a number of blazes in Northern and Central California. »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought
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 Northern California wildfires rage on as temperatures rise

High temperatures are expected Tuesday as crews struggle to make headway against a wildfire threatening about 450 homes and other buildings in the rugged foothills of Northern California, fire officials said. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought
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 Kerry warns Congress scrapping Iran deal would mean path to nuclear weapon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry told U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday he wanted to set the record straight on the Iran nuclear deal and equated walking away from the agreement to giving Tehran a fast track to a nuclear weapon. »Read

In this article: John F. Kerry, Barack Obama, Ed Royce, Brad Sherman
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 Number Of Wildfires In California Up, But Damage Is Smaller

So far this year, state firefighters have responded to nearly 3,900 blazes — a 41 percent increase from the same period last year, according to Cal Fire. The fires have burned 28 percent less area than last year. »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought
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 Park district to consider naming Hayward segment of Bay Trail after Bill Lockyer

East Bay Regional Park District considers affixing Lockyer's name to Bay Trail section through Hayward Regional Shoreline »Read

In this article: Bill Lockyer, George P. Miller
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 Waiting for El Nio

It seems like El Nio often turns into El Floppo, but that doesn't mean weather watchers can't weigh in with their predictions and best guesses. And the latest guess is that a truly Super El Nio is on the way. From the Chronicle's Mike Moffitt: ... »Read

In this article: water, Sheila Kuehl, Drought
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 Businesses worry ballot measure could block funding of big projects

A pending initiative that would require voter approval of financing for large public works projects is drawing fire. Some California businesses view it as a potential roadblock to improving infrastructure. The No Blank Checks initiative, which is ... »Read

In this article: Tom Ross, water, Allan Zaremberg
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 Wealth and Poverty in California and Tennessee

Over the past 18 months, I’ve spent a lot of time in East Tennessee, Appalachia if you will. You can’t avoid poverty in East Tennessee. It’s pretty much everywhere. A large, and obviously expensive, home may have a trailer next door, a trailer ... »Read
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 Stay and Run for U.S. Senate, Joe!

MEMO To: Joe Biden From: Joe Mathews Re: California, Here You Come You cut a happy, glad-handling swath through California last week and got great reviews. In this era dominated by cold, strategic and distant California politicians, genuine human ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Dianne Feinstein, Joe Mathews
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 The Coming Revenue Debate Must Look Beyond Politics

With more than a dozen major tax measures moving through the Legislature or toward the November 2016 ballot, California’s perennial debate about taxes is set to begin anew—with millions of dollars in political campaigns preparing to shape how ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Jim Mayer
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 Can LA Afford Another Olympics?

Boston bailed on hosting the 2024 Olympics when Mayor Martin Walsh refused to sign a host city contract with the United States Olympic Committee (“USOC”) that would have put Beantown (and possibly the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) on the hook ... »Read

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 The Note: Mike Huckabee Steals The Spotlight From Trump

NOTABLES --WHAT HUCKABEE IS SAYING: Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee evoked imagery of Nazi death camps when discussing the deal over Iran's nuclear program over the weekend, saying President Barack Obama 'would take the Israelis ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Michael Cohen, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Barack Obama
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 Critics warn drug mandate will increase health care costs

A prescription drug bill, Assembly Bill 339, would save money for many with chronic medical conditions. But critics warn that it also will increase insurance premiums for everyone else and make it harder for insurers to negotiate with pharmaceutical ... »Read

In this article: JOHN P. CALDWELL, Richard S. Gordon, Ed Hernandez
Bills: AB 339,
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 Groups eye additional "sin tax" revenue

Is a tax on cigarettes a revenue raiser or a “sin tax” — used to discourage individuals from using products considered harmful? The effort to raise taxes on cigarettes – there is a measure in the Legislature as well a ballot initiative ... »Read

In this article: cigarette tax, Legislature, Gavin Newsom
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 L.A. needs these sensible gun-control measures

Last week, it was a movie theater in Lafayette, La. The week before, it was two military centers in Chattanooga, Tenn. Before that it was the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, S.C. The mass shootings are like a steady drumbeat, and intermingled with ... »Read

In this article: Joe Buscaino, Paul Krekorian
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 How to kill the summer job

I had a lot of summer jobs. I was a foot messenger in New York for a couple of summers. I worked as a receptionist and mail room flunky. Before my junior year of high school, I briefly sold ice cream snacks - sort of yuppie bonbons - on the street ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Charles Murray
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 Essential California: Could San Francisco be losing its liberal edge?

Good morning. It is Tuesday, July 28. In San Francisco, cyclists plan to protest by obeying all traffic laws. Yep, they're doing it to show that laws put in place for vehicles don't necessarily work for bicycles. Here's what else is happening in the ... »Read

In this article: Joe Buscaino, Drought, Mike Feuer, Eric Garcetti, Peter V. Lee, minimum wage, water
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 Exclusive: Facebook, Corporate Giants Back New LGBT Protections

The leading companies aim to expand LGBT rights and also their customer base »Read

In this article: Chad Griffin, Nancy Pelosi
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 What's behind the frenzy of stunts, accusations among GOP candidates? The Aug. 6 debate

For the last week, the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination has looked like this: »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, John F. Kerry, Mitt Romney, John Weaver
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 Sanders is drawing big crowds -- but how long will they stick around?

The Summer of Sanders - as in Bernie, the Vermont socialist and long-shot presidential hopeful - has featured big crowds flocking to hear the U.S. senator's fist-shaking message: 8,000 in Dallas, 10,000 in Madison, 11,000 in Phoenix. »Read

In this article: Bill Bradley, Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Joe Trippi
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 Florida congressional delegation will see upheaval in 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential ambitions and a court ruling tossing out several congressional district maps will cause upheaval among Florida's representation in Washington, including political complications ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Patrick Murphy
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 Democrats' Window to Find Strong House Candidates Slowly Closing

When former Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller passed on a bid in the Silver State’s 3rd District last week, it sent Democrats back to the drawing board again to find a nominee for this Tossup seat in 2016. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Scott Peters, Raul Ruiz, David G. Valadao
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 Take Five: Rep. Linda Sánchez

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work. »Read

In this article: Linda T. Sanchez, Loretta Sanchez
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 Cabinet secretaries on Capitol Hill again to sell Iran deal

The Obama administration's vigorous effort to sell the Iran nuclear deal to Congress continues — this time in the House where three Cabinet secretaries will face tough questioning on Tuesday from skeptical Democrats and Republicans. … Click ... »Read

In this article: John F. Kerry, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Ed Royce
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 AM Alert: Senators kick off meetings in Mexico

LA and SF lawmakers swap districtsEarthquake safety funding on the table … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Martin Block, Jerry Brown, David Chiu, Eric Garcetti, global warming, Jimmy Gomez, Isadore Hall, Jerry Hill, Ben Hueso, Ricardo Lara, Edwin M. Lee, William W. Monning
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 Fire officials to drone operators: 'If you fly, we can't'

While drones can offer striking aerial views of California's raging urban and wildland fires, fire officials say such views can cost firefighters precious minutes when an unmanned aircraft creeps too close to fire planes battling flames below. New ... »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Ted Gaines, Mike Gatto, water
Bills: SB 168,
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 Landowners fight ban on new vineyards in Santa Monica Mountains area

Malibu vintners and grape growers will try Tuesday to persuade the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to lift a temporary ban on new vineyards, or extensions of existing ones, in the north Santa Monica Mountains. »Read

In this article: Drought, Sheila Kuehl, minimum wage, water
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 Senate hitches Ex-Im renewal to long-term highway bill

Ex-Im's charter expired on June 30, meaning the agency can't approve new transactions. »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, Kevin McCarthy
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 Firm says L.A. did not pursue reimbursement for overcharged cell service

A consulting company hired by the city to audit its cellphone records has accused Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other political leaders of showing little interest in pursuing claims that they were being overcharged by their providers. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Rob Wilcox
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 With Boston out, L.A. seen as front-runner for 2024 Olympics nominee

After losing a shot at hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles may be back in the game.Boston was officially dropped Monday by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the American nominee for the international games, leaving Los Angeles as a possible ... »Read

In this article: Joe Buscaino, Eric Garcetti
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 Modest health insurance rate hike seen as Covered California victory

Those who purchase their health insurance plans through Covered California will see an average premium increase of 4 percent in 2016, a slight dip compared with the rate increase consumers saw this year, state exchange officials announced Monday.Los ... »Read

In this article: Charles Bacchi, Beth Capell, Peter V. Lee
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 L.A. County supervisors to hear recommendations on sheriff oversight

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will hear recommendations on Tuesday about the role and responsibility of a panel that will oversee the Sheriff's Department.The supervisors, in a split decision, voted in December to create a Civilian ... »Read

In this article: Leroy Baca, Sheila Kuehl, Hilda L. Solis
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 PUC plays by its own rules, hires outside lawyers

$49,000 contract with San Francisco attorneys balloons to $5 million-plusCalifornia Public Utilities Commission hires outside lawyers in corruption investigationCommission official says turning to outside lawyer is ‘least crummy’ alternative ... »Read

In this article: Ron Calderon, Kamala Harris, Jerry Hill, Michael R. Peevey
Bills: SB 18,
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 Obama, retirement, pensions, UC regents

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In this article: Kamala Harris, Dave Low, minimum wage, water
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 Sacramento begins studying minimum wage increase

City task force will look at income inequality Task force consists of a cross-section of representatives It is a myth that minimum wage is a teenager wage … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, minimum wage
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 San Diego Officials, NFL Executives To Talk Stadium

City and county of San Diego officials are scheduled to meet Tuesday with National Football League executives about a proposed stadium in Mission Valley. »Read

In this article: Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer, Jan Goldsmith
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