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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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 Essential California: Life in a shipping container
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 On Bullet Train, Voters Finally May Get To Apply The Brakes
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 Water and Power: Changing the landscape of California
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 More Senate Democrats, including Boxer, line up behind Iran nuclear deal

The proposed Iran nuclear deal earned the support of three more Senate Democrats on Tuesday, locking in key support for President Obama's top foreign policy priority. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Ed Royce, Senate Democrats
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 Thousands of California convicts to regain voting rights

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California restored voting rights Tuesday to tens of thousands of criminals serving sentences under community supervision, reversing a decision by a state official that they could not participate in elections.... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Alex Padilla
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 Debate illustrates power of Fox News in GOP campaign

NEW YORK (AP) -- Iowa and New Hampshire are still on the horizon - but first there's the Fox primary, and the buildup to this week's first Republican presidential debate shows that the influence of Fox News Channel on the GOP selection process ... »Read

In this article: Matthew Dowd, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Early Primary
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 Voting rights intact for lower-level California felons

Tens of thousands of Californians who served sentences for nonviolent felonies and were then placed under county supervision will be allowed to vote after the state’s top elections official announced Tuesday that he is dropping a legal challenge ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Alex Padilla
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 Royce, Boehner Set Stage for House Disapproval of Iran Deal

The gears have been set in motion for the House to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal when the chamber returns from recess in September. »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Ed Royce, water
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 Brown declares fire emergency

Faced with a string of large, dangerous fires, Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency. “Firefighters in steep terrain and rugged conditions in California are fighting nearly two dozen wildfires that have torched more than 134,000 ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Paul Cook, Drought, water
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 Thousands Of California Convicts To Regain Voting Rights

California restored voting rights Tuesday to tens of thousands of criminals serving sentences under community supervision, reversing a decision by a state official that they could not participate in elections. »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Alex Padilla
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 Board of supervisors launches investigation into HARD rave deaths in Pomona

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved an investigation into two deaths at a Pomona rave over the weekend, with the possibility of a moratorium on the festivals coming in the next two weeks. »Read

In this article: Hilda L. Solis, Norma J. Torres
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 California to drop appeal of court ruling allowing felons to vote

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California will drop its appeal of a court ruling allowing thousands of newly released felons to vote, an official said on Tuesday, the latest example of the success of a criminal justice reform movement that is ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Barack Obama, Alex Padilla, referendum
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 Lawmakers will vote on Iran deal disapproval resolution

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Ed Royce, the chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, on Tuesday introduced legislation to disapprove of the nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Barack Obama, Ed Royce
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 Secretary of State Padilla drops efforts to prevent felons from voting

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Tuesday reversed the course set by the state elections chief before him and dropped efforts to prevent some 45,000 state felons from voting. »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, greenhouse gas, Alex Padilla
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 Iran Debates Are Set for September

GOP leaders in both the House and Senate said they would bring up resolutions disapproving the nuclear deal, and McConnell wants senators at their desks in the chamber for the historic debate. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, Ed Royce
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 California minimum wage initiative cleared for signatures

A union-backed proposal to raise California's minimum wage to $15 an hour was cleared Monday to begin collecting signatures for a ballot initiative next year as local efforts continue nationwide to boost the minimum wage to better reflect the cost ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Denise Davis, Legislature, Mark Leno, minimum wage, SEIU
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 O'Malley says a Biden presidential bid would be good for the Democratic Party

The former Maryland governor says he'd welcome the vice president to the race. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Early Primary, John A. Wagner
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 Boxer, Eshoo, Schiff support Iran nuclear deal

Californians are adding their voices to the growing chorus of Democratic support for the P5+1 multilateral agreement on Iran’s nuclear activity. U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. – long a supporter of strong U.S.-Israel ties – issued a ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Anna G. Eshoo, Adam Schiff
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 Toni Atkins Discusses Chargers Stadium, Special Legislative Sessions

Atkins holds one of the most high-profile legislative offices in the state and she's getting involved in the negotiations to keep the Chargers in San Diego. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown
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 Sale of lottery tickets at gas pumps fuels concerns over gambling

Drivers in California now can shove their credit card into a gas pump and come away with more than fuel — they can buy lottery tickets. And that’s sparking complaints from groups concerned about the continuing growth of state-sponsored gambling. ... »Read

In this article: James Butler, California Lottery, Legislature, Alex Traverso
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 The Boom Interview: Lauren Bon

The Metabolic Studio's devices of wonder. »Read

In this article: water
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 Many top GOP candidates are spending less time in New Hampshire

An expanded field and Southern primaries threaten to lessen the influence of the Granite State. »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Early Primary
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 CA considers state pot bank

Grappling with the regulatory challenges faced by liberalizing marijuana laws, California officials floated the idea of a state-run bank for the cannabis industry. The plan, which would have struck many observers as outlandish just a few years ago, ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Fiona Ma, George Runner
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 Thousands of California felons keep right to vote after Padilla announcement

Former Secretary of State Debra Bowen had blocked their voteState’s realignment program created gray area … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Legislature, Alex Padilla
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 Rocky Fire burns nearly 65,000 acres

The largest of California's 23 wildfires was burning its way toward their homes, and about all they could do was sit on lawn chairs from a distance and watch. Dozens gathered at a Moose lodge's parking lot in Northern California's Clearlake Oaks ... »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Jerry Brown, Drought
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 America Rising taps Romney cash network

Nany of his top donors have yet to fully engage in the primary. »Read

In this article: Kelly Burt, Kelly Burt, Mitt Romney, Steve N. Samuelian, Spencer Zwick
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 Cruz super PAC launches seven-figure, nationwide ad campaign

The ads will also run in early voting states »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, Early Primary
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 CA 'conundrum': Water use down, bills up

Californians reacted impressively to Gov. Jerry Brown’s late-spring call for major water conservation, cutting usage by 27 percent in June. But many aren’t happy about it — because for millions of ratepayers, conservation ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Supes To Consider Backing Penalties For Drone Operators Interfering With Firefighting

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors will consider Tuesday morning whether to support state and federal legislation that would establish penalties for people whose unmanned aircraft interfere with firefighting efforts. »Read

In this article: Paul Cook, Ted Gaines, Mike Gatto
Bills: SB 167,
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 Thunderstorms may challenge firefighters battling 65,000-acre Rocky fire

The unpredictable Rocky fire grew to 65,000 acres by Tuesday morning after bursting through the containment line and jumping a highway, sending embers over firefighters. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 The Note: Donald Trump on Top

NOTABLES --TRUMP TAKES TOP HONORS (AGAIN): Fresh Bloomberg News and CBS News polls out this morning are the third and fourth major surveys in the last 24 hours to show Donald Trump leading GOP rivals, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, by at least 11 ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Early Primary
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 Ronald Reagan and the Chowchilla kidnapping

As Peninsula resident James Schoenfeld is set to be paroled from prison, details emerge on why three men decided to kidnap 26 school children and their bus driver and bury them in a Livermore quarry. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Deborah Hoffman, Gavin Newsom
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 Did Ronald Reagan's budget surplus play a role in infamous Chowchilla school bus kidnapping case?

As Peninsula resident James Schoenfeld is set to be paroled from prison, details emerge on why three men decided to kidnap 26 school children and their bus driver and bury them in a Livermore quarry. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Deborah Hoffman, Gavin Newsom
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 How Many County Supervisors"and Who Should Decide

The idea of increasing representation by having fewer constituents per elected representative is getting some attention. On the state level, an initiative filed by John Cox proposes to reorganize state governance by molding a Neighborhood ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Tony Mendoza
Bills: SCA 8,
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 "Farmer John" Matthesen and California's Urban Agriculture Movement

Throughout California’s 112 community colleges faculty members are active as entrepreneurs and creators of businesses. “Farmer John” Matthesen, a faculty member in the Culinary department at Diablo Valley College (DVC) in Contra Costa, has had ... »Read

In this article: water
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 Time To Give Delivery Businesses A Level Roadway

Transportation network companies in California sure have been under an Uber-microscope in recent months. In mid-June, the California Labor Commission ruled that a San Francisco Uber driver is a company employee and not an independent contractor, ... »Read

In this article: Legislature
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 On Bullet Train, Voters Finally May Get To Apply The Brakes

Pencils have erasers. Computers have the undo command and the escape key. If you had it to do over again, would you vote for the bullet train? It was called the “Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act” on the 2008 ballot, and it ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Rudy Salas, Susan Shelley, Andy Vidak, water
Bills: SB 3,
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 City of San Diego Details Ambitious Climate Action Plan

A more detailed look at the city of San Diego's ambitious climate action plan includes specific strategies for how to get all energy from renewable sources and dramatically reduce car use. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria, greenhouse gas
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 Essential California: Life in a shipping container

Good morning. It is Tuesday, Aug. 4. What's for breakfast? At one San Francisco jail, it's farina, scrambled eggs and an old-fashioned chocolate doughnut. Here's what is happening in the Golden State: Subscribe to the newsletter TOP STORIES Climate ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Drought, greenhouse gas, Mary Nichols, renewable energy, Hilda L. Solis, Allen Warren, water
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 California is ahead of the game as Obama releases Clean Power Plan

President Obama's plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants over the next 15 years will force states to address climate change by pushing them to act more like California. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, Energy Commission, global warming, greenhouse gas, Legislature, Fran Pavley, renewable energy, water
Bills: AB 32,
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 Firefighters battle massive California wildfires

Firefighters worked Monday in steep terrain and other rugged conditions to fight California's Rocky Fire, one of nearly two dozen wildfires that have torched more than 134,000 acres of the parched state this year, according to state fire officials. ... »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Jerry Brown, Drought, Michael R.O. Martinez
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 Water and Power: Changing the landscape of California

Your guide to the California drought from the Los Angeles Times. Rain in the Sierras is common, but when one has spent weeks in #drylandsCA, it is a most welcome sight. Subscribe to the newsletter NEWS AND POLICY Water savings: Californians cut ... »Read

In this article: Michael Cohen, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, Lester Snow, water
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 News Guide: A look at the Iran nuclear deal and Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress' vote on the international accord to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanction relief stands as the most significant national security decision since lawmakers voted in 2002 to ... »Read

In this article: Anna G. Eshoo, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff
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 Can California Cut Gasoline Use In Half In 15 Years? Probably Not

Kate Galbraith | CALmatters One sunny Saturday in Stockton, Mary Serrano climbed into the driver’s seat of a bright-red, all-electric Chevrolet Spark. A retiree who normally drives a 20-year-old Toyota Camry, she was curious about the ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, biofuels, Jerry Brown, Jean Fuller, Cathleen Galgiani, Eloy Garcia, greenhouse gas, Beth Miller, renewable energy, Richard D. Roth, Jeff Stone, Stanley Young
Bills: SB 350,
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 Obama carbon-reduction plan will force states to act more like California

President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants over the next 15 years will force states to address climate change by pushing them to act more like California. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, Energy Commission, global warming, greenhouse gas, Barack Obama, renewable energy, water
Bills: AB 32,
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 Pension initiative has 'significant' savings, costs

The official analysis of a proposed public pension initiative issued last week said “likely large savings” in retirement benefits would be offset by pressure for higher pay and other costs. But the analysis does not estimate whether it would be ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Michael Cohen, Carl DeMaio, Kamala Harris, Chuck Reed, referendum, Mac Taylor
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 California Minimum Wage Initiative Cleared For Signatures

(AP) - A union-backed effort to raise California's minimum wage has been approved to start collecting signatures for a statewide ballot initiative. The proposal would boost California's minimum wage by $1 an hour annually until it reaches $15 an ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, Alex Padilla
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 Sturm und drang near Clear Lake*

<p>The fire at Clear Lake has already burned about 94 square miles and still is far from containment. <a href=http:* <p>From <strong>Julia Prodis Sulek in the Mercury News:</strong> "This is the blaze that ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Fair Political Practices Commission, greenhouse gas, Kamala Harris, Michael R. Peevey, water, Jay Alan Wierenga
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 Proposed ballot measure offers ray of hope on pensions

Good news on the public pension front. The Voter Empowerment Act of 2016 has been given the seal of approval by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, which said in a report that the initiative “would reduce governmental employer ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, David Crane, Carl DeMaio, Kamala Harris, Chuck Reed
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 AM Alert: Voting rights advocates, Secretary of State will make announcement on Scott v. Bowen

Fisher may get endangered status$36 million high-speed rail contract could go out … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, High-Speed Rail, Legislature, Alex Padilla
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 Rocky Fire: California Drought Makes Containment Tougher

In the fourth year without normal precipitation, California is seeing another complication of the drought as crews work to contain the Rocky Fire.  'Now, the conditions are so dry across California and especially in Lake County, that’s ... »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought
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 Compensation Commission approves 2 percent pay hike for Sacramento mayor, council

Panel also to consider reclassifying auto, technology, expense allowances as salary … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Howard Posner
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 Puerto Rico's other crisis: It's running out of water

Puerto Rico doesn't have enough money to pay its bills. It went into default for the first time in its history on Monday. Now it's running out of water too. Literally. »Read

In this article: Juan Camacho, Drought, water
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 Community Coalition's South L.A. headquarters get a welcome face-lift

For almost two decades, the headquarters of Community Coalition stood as a bunker at the intersection of Vermont Avenue and 81st Street in South Los Angeles. »Read

In this article: Karen Bass, Eric Garcetti, Barack Obama, Robert E. Ross, Robert K. Ross
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 Climate Agenda Puts Purple-Staters in a Difficult Spot

Political fallout from the White House regulations could put moderates in jeopardy. »Read

In this article: global warming, greenhouse gas, Mark Kirk, Barack Obama, renewable energy, Thomas F. Steyer, water
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 Consultant's report clashes with calls for smaller Men's Central Jail

A consultant hired by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has determined that the new Men's Central Jail should contain about 5,000 beds - roughly the same number as a plan that the board voted to put on hold last month. »Read

In this article: Sheila Kuehl, Jackie Lacey, Hilda L. Solis
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