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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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 Revamped Community Coalition Headquarters Reopens In South LA

Mayor Eric Garcetti and hip hop mogul Russell Simmons were on hand Monday for the grand reopening of the newly renovated Community Coalition Headquarters in South Los Angeles. »Read

In this article: Karen Bass, Eric Garcetti
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 California minimum wage initiative cleared for signatures

A union-backed effort to raise California's minimum wage has been approved to start collecting signatures for a statewide ballot initiative. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Alex Padilla
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 Tarzana prayer service calls for recognition, awareness of genocides

With the ongoing destruction of churches, forced conversions and ethnic cleansing occurring in Syria and Iraq, local politicians will gather with the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek communities Tuesday night in Tarzana for prayers and to raise more ... »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Paul Krekorian, Barack Obama, Brad Sherman
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 Former FPPC enforcement chief joins Sacramento law firm

Gary Winuk, who left FPPC in March, joins Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLPWinuk will focus on campaign and governmental ethics enforcement, advice and trainingWinuk prosecuted major violations of state political ethics and campaign rules … ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Ann Ravel, Gary Winuk
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 What is causing California's wildfires? (+video)

California's Rocky Fire has caused mass damage and displacement. Most wildfires are started by humans, but hotter, drier weather is said to be behind the recent outbreak. »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Jerry Brown, Drought
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 Brown administration applauds Obama emissions order

State expects to “over-comply” with mandate … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, greenhouse gas, Barack Obama
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 State lawmakers should tread carefully in city election rules

It was one thing when Los Angeles residents decided in March to move future city elections to even-numbered years, gambling that this would help to reverse the shameful decline in local voter participation.It would be something else if the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Roger Hernandez, Legislature
Bills: AB 254, SB 415,
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 LAUSD's Director Of Food Services Resigns After Audit

The director of food services for the nation's second-largest school district has resigned following a scathing audit that found inappropriate spending and mismanagement in the division. »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Worry about Medi-Cal funding, vaccine bill crank up health-care lobbying

Concern over Medi-Cal funding and a bill requiring vaccination for children inflated spending on health care lobbying in the second quarter. The total jumped by almost 45 percent over the same period a year ago. Companies and organizations spent ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, David Quintana, referendum, state budget
Bills: SB 277,
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 Many snags ahead for California water bills

House, Senate offer competing California water packagesBeneath the surface, lots of lobbying from all sidesOther Western states will get involved, too … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Johnny Amaral, Barbara Boxer, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, Jared Huffman, Jerry McNerney, David G. Valadao, water
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 President Obama's Clean Power Plan gains support from Gov. Jerry Brown, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti

LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti and Gov. Jerry Brown hailed President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan announced today in a bid to address climate change, saying the nation needs less debate on the topic and more action.'Today's Clean Power Plan ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Judy Chu, Eric Garcetti, green jobs, Janice Hahn, Barack Obama, renewable energy, water
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 Los Angeles public schools' food director leaves after audit

The director of food services for the nation's second-largest school district has resigned following a scathing audit that found inappropriate spending and mismanagement in the division. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Americans think farmers should be first in line for water during drought

LOS ANGELES >> When water gets scarce and the government slaps restrictions on its use, who should be first in line at the spigot? Farmers, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.The national survey provides a glimpse into how Americans think ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, water
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 GOP lawmakers say they have votes to disapprove Iran deal

WASHINGTON — House Republicans said Monday that they have the GOP votes to disapprove the Iran nuclear deal as Democrats stepped up their support of the agreement the Obama administration and other world powers negotiated with Tehran. ... »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff
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 California Officials Hail President Obama's 'Clean Power Plan'

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Gov. Jerry Brown hailed President Barack Obama’s “Clean Power Plan” announced Monday in a bid to address climate change, saying the nation needs less debate on the topic and more action. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Eric Garcetti, green jobs, Barack Obama, renewable energy
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Feinstein water bill better than the last, but ...

Sen Dianne Feinstein has persuaded California's junior senator, Barbara Boxer, to co-sign, but some of the provisions still look alarming. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, water
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 Obama Unveils Climate Rules, With Texas-Wide Implications

Calling climate change “one of the key challenges of our lifetimes and future generations,” President Obama on Monday unveiled the final version of his state-by-state effort to combat the phenomenon by reshaping the nation’s energy ... »Read

In this article: Drought, renewable energy
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 House Republicans say they have the votes to disapprove Iran nuclear deal

It is not clear that Republicans have the votes needed to override a presidential veto »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff
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 Drought requires real solutions, not rollback of protections

Orange County Republican Rep. Mimi Walters recently wrote in these pages in support of – H.R. 2898, a bill sponsored by Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, that purports to address California’s drought by slashing environmental protections and... »Read

In this article: Drought, David G. Valadao, Mimi Walters, water
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 After deaths at HARD Summer Festival, LA County Supervisor proposes ban

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, concerned about the apparent overdose deaths of two young women attending the HARD Summer Festival at »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Hilda L. Solis, water
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 After 2 deaths at HARD Summer Festival, LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis discusses concerns

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, concerned about the deaths of two young women attending the HARD Summer Festival at Fairplex in Pomona on Saturday night, discussed the event during a news conference Monday. »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Hilda L. Solis, water
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 Kevin de León brings climate change appeal to California Latinos

Senate leader is working to broaden appeal of environmental movement derided as elitistUnivision interview touched on cooperation with Mexico, Pope’s encyclical … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Drought, global warming, Thomas F. Steyer
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 House GOP says it has the votes to disapprove of Iran deal

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans said Monday that they have the GOP votes to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal as Democrats stepped up their support of the agreement the Obama administration and other world powers negotiated with Tehran.... »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff
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 Obama To Extend College Aid Grants To Some Prison Inmates

For the first time since Congress banned Pell grants for inmates in 1994, a new pilot program announced Friday will provide federal grant money to some prisoners. »Read

In this article: Loretta Lynch, Theodore R. Mitchell, Barack Obama
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 San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts' Fundraising Down Amid Allegations

San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts' campaign contributions fell precipitously after abuse of power allegations emerged against him early this year. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, John Franklin, Gary Gartner, Dave Roberts
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 California game commission to weigh in on proposed bobcat trapping ban

A long-running public feud between wildlife protectionists and fur trappers will come to a head Wednesday when the California Fish and Game Commission is expected to adopt one of two controversial options: a statewide ban on bobcat trapping, or a ... »Read

In this article: Hector M. Barajas, Paul Koretz
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 Poll: Americans favor farmers & food during drought

When water gets scarce and the government slaps restrictions on its use, who should be first in line at the spigot? Farmers, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, water
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 GOP lawmakers to launch first strike targeting Planned Parenthood funding

A procedural vote on a Senate bill is expected to fail, but fears are high of a government shutdown in the fall. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi
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 Hitchhiking robot that made it across Canada maimed on U.S. road trip

Robots of the world beware: Immigrating to the U.S. is apparently a perilous choice. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, David Harris
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 U.S. Public Split on Iran Nuclear Deal " WSJ/NBC Poll

The American public is evenly divided over an agreement aimed at preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, with a third supporting the deal, a third opposing it and a third saying they don’t know enough to say, a new WSJ/NBC poll finds. »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, Adam Schiff, Juan Vargas
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 Hillary Clinton 'Dorothy' | Campaign 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign released a video about the lessons she learned from her mother, Dorothy. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mark Kirk
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 Hillary Clinton 'Family Strong' | Campaign 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign released a video about the lessons she learned from her mother, Dorothy. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mark Kirk
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 What is causing California's wildfires?

California's Rocky Fire has caused mass damage and displacement. Most wildfires are started by humans, but hotter, drier weather is said to be behind the recent outbreak. »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Jerry Brown, Drought
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 Rocky Fire grows to 60,000 acres, flames just 12 percent contained

LOWER LAKE, Calif. — Thousands of firefighters in Lake County continued to battle the massive Rocky Fire on Monday morning after it grew to 60,000 acres overnight and was only 12 percent contained, officials said. The wildfire ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 12,000 to evacuate in raging Northern California wildfires

LOWER LAKE, Calif. -- Fire officials called for thousands of evacuations as numerous homes remained threatened by Northern California wildfires Monday, while more than 9,000 firefighters battled 21 major fires in the state, officials said.Wildfires ... »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought
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 Fire season hits with a bang

California's fire season has exploded with a vengeance. Right now, Ground Zero is Clear Lake. Over the weekend, the governor declared a state of emergency in California, the locale of numerous fires. Meanwhile, the drought isn't helping matters. The ... »Read

In this article: Dan Morain, Fair Political Practices Commission, Joseph Dunn, Drought, Ann Ravel, Loretta Sanchez, Martin Wisckol
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 Remember When Politicians Didn't Brag About Their Billionaire Friends?

I’m just old enough to remember the days when a politician with a billionaire friend and backer wouldn’t brag about the relationship. When said politician might downplay it. Or avoid mentioning the billionaire. And if pressed, the politician ... »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Media Coverage of California Fuel Markets is Off the Mark

Tom Elias’s recent column on California gasoline markets repeats a number of preposterous and unsubstantiated allegations and misses the mark entirely in providing his readers any insights into the recent volatility of gas prices in California. ... »Read

In this article: Energy Commission
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 Low Voter Turnout Seen Among Fast Growing California Demographic Groups

Only one in three eligible voters cast a ballot in the 2016 general election to elect all the statewide offices, congressional representatives and approve initiatives last November, a record low. But, for two of California’s fastest growing ... »Read

In this article: Steven Glazer, Alex Padilla, Raphael Sonenshein
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 AB 96 Tramples On Californians' Constitutional Property Rights

Like most Californians, I am a fervent supporter of meaningful efforts to combat elephant poaching and cracking down on the black market trade for ivory. However, as an attorney and resident Californian, I am very concerned about a bill moving ... »Read

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Bills: AB 96,
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 The Note: Could 2016 Be The Hillary and Joe Show?

NOTABLES --JOE BIDEN 'NOT SAYING NO': Vice President Joe Biden's political operation has entered a more active phase in recent days, with several moves being contemplated to clear the way for him to run for president should he choose to do so, two ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, minimum wage
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 As CA conserves, Feinstein renews relief push

With the latest numbers showing a drop in California water consumption, attention has turned to a new drought relief bill introduced by Golden State U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. The figures eclipsed earlier embarrassments faced ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, Jerry McNerney, David G. Valadao, water
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 The Last Defining Court Battle of Obama's Presidency

President Barack Obama Obama will unveil his most ambitious climate change plan to date on Monday, setting off perhaps the last defining legal battle of his administration. As with Obamacare, his plan is opposed by most Republicans and likely to be ... »Read

In this article: greenhouse gas, Barack Obama, renewable energy, John Roberts
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 Campaign money has MTA board members missing votes

When the Metropolitan Transportation Authority took up an agreement last year for a new walking path in East Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti had to excuse himself from the vote. »Read

In this article: Bill Carrick, Eric Garcetti, Tom Hayden, Legislature, Curren Price
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 Essential California: Santa Cruz mothers brought together by tragedy

Good morning. It is Monday, Aug. 3. Dr. Dre is releasing his first new album in 15 years. The musician said he was inspired by the film 'Straight Outta Compton,' which tells the story of his rise to fame with N.W.A. Here's what is happening in the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Eric Garcetti, Steve Jobs, Jessica A. Levinson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 Here's How Much Water Golf Courses, Ski Resorts, and Pools Are Using in California

California residents have gotten used to gentle coaxing to save water: ads urging residents to 'Make It a Quickie' when showering and restaurants withholding water unless it's ordered, for example. But it wasn't enough: This spring, Gov. Jerry ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Republicans wonder: How do you debate Donald Trump?

He's labeled Republican challengers lightweights and stiffs, and alludes to them as incompetent and stupid. »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Tim Donnelly, Jon Fleischman, Aaron McLear, Mitt Romney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Weaver
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 CalPERS' private equity investing fees are expected to be 'ginormous'

CalPERS is finally about to reveal how much it really pays Wall Street for its most rarefied services - and taxpayers can expect a dose of sticker shock. »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS
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 Feinstein under fire from immigration advocates

One critic says she's 'joining the Donald Trump bandwagon.' »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Edwin M. Lee, Senate Democrats
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 Two die of apparent overdoses at Los Angeles-area rave: L.A. Times

(Reuters) - Two young women died of apparent drug overdoses at an electronic music festival near Los Angeles, prompting two lawmakers to call for an investigation, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday. »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Hilda L. Solis
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 AP-GfK poll: Americans favor farmers & food during drought

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When water gets scarce and the government slaps restrictions on its use, who should be first in line at the spigot? Farmers, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, water
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 Democrats happy with Obama outreach as they weigh Iran deal

Determined to secure support for the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama is making inroads with a tough constituency — his fellow Democrats in Congress. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Nearly 60 donors give one-third of all 2016 campaign cash

It took Ted Cruz three months to raise $10 million for his campaign for president, a springtime sprint of $1,000-per-plate dinners, hundreds of handshakes and a stream of emails asking supporters to chip in a few bucks. … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Mike Murphy, Early Primary
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 AP-GfK poll: Americans favor farmers & food during drought

When water gets scarce and the government slaps restrictions on its use, who should be first in line at the spigot? Farmers, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, water
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