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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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Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

"Well said Avg. Joe. The headline is like saying: taking a laxative May make you defecate."

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Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

"may impact small business- really a $3 increase overnight would certainly impact any small business. Probably hurts non-minimum wage restaurant workers more than anything else, only ones making minimum wage in table service establishments are the tipped employees. That leaves the best paid people in the house getting a $3/hour raise, to the detriment of the others. Back asswards."

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 San Francisco Bay Area researchers fear 'super storm' flood
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 San Diego Hires Financial, Legal Consultants For Potential Stadium Project
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 Candidates Look to Make Family Legacies in Congress

When nine-term Democratic Rep. Lois Capps announced her retirement, all eyes turned to a potential successor: her daughter. »Read

In this article: Lois Capps, Barack Obama, Ben Tulchin
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 5 Things to know about Jeb Bush's campaign finance strategy

While exact details are still under discussion, the strategy calls for delegating the vast majority of television advertising, direct mail advertising and even getting-out-the-vote operations from Bush's own campaign to the super PAC. Bush's ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Mike Murphy, Bill Simon
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 Fact Checker: Carly Fiorina's claim that California's drought is a 'man-made' disaster

“While California is clearly experiencing another drought, the extreme water shortages are an ongoing and man-made human tragedy — one that has been brought on by overzealous liberal environmentalists who continue to devalue the lives and ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Carly Fiorina, Devin Nunes, peripheral canal, referendum, water
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 Unions want to raise costs for road work

Assembly Bill 219, by Anaheim Democratic Assemblyman Tom Daly, at first blush, seems relatively innocuous. It simply adds the delivery of ready-mix concrete to the list of activities covered by prevailing wage requirements for public works ... »Read

In this article: Tom Daly, Dennis Hollingsworth, Legislature
Bills: AB 219,
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 California judge rejects city's tiered water rates

(Reuters) - A state appeals court ruled on Monday that a southern California city's tiered water rates, developed in an effort to combat overuse during the state's ongoing drought, violated the state's Constitution. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 William Shatner: Solve California drought with Seattle pipeline

For generations, water-hungry Southern California has jealously eyed the rainy Pacific Northwest as a potential source of the precious resource. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Appeals court throws out San Juan Capistrano's tiered water-use rates

An appeals court decision handed down Monday has thrown into question a major component of California's drought conservation efforts. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Religion complicates California vaccine debate

A California proposal would eliminate personal belief exemptions for vaccines. In the process, it also would bar religious exemptions. If SB 277 passes, California would be one of a few states that don’t offer a way to opt out for religious ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Connie Leyva
Bills: SB 277,
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 California drought: Firefighters, residents preparing for a long, dry fire season

California is four years into the drought and firefighters are preparing for a lengthy and potentially deadly fire season. The especially dry winter concerns firefighters because it seems like last year's fire season never ended. »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought, water
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 Report: Small L.A. County cities seize large amounts in civil forfeitures

A handful of small Los Angeles County cities seize large amounts of cash and cars using a controversial federal law that allows them to confiscate property even when owners aren’t charged with a crime, according to a report published by an ... »Read

In this article: John Lovell, Holly J. Mitchell
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 No workable plan on the table to keep NFL in San Diego

As two stadium plans are moving forward in Los Angeles, San Diego does not have a workable plan or timetable that would keep the Chargers in San Diego, the Los Angeles News Group has learned.Last week, the NFL met with San Diego Mayor Kevin ... »Read

In this article: Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer, Stephen Puetz
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 As UC tuition increases, so does university administration

Rising university tuition costs have been a hot topic in California, where Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers have tangled with UC executives over budgets, spending and state investment levels in higher education. Long story short: The University ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin McCarty
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 This time, Hillary Clinton plays up her gender and key issues for women

Hillary Rodham Clinton waited until the day of her concession speech the last time she ran for president to put the glass ceiling at the center of her campaign. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Family Leave, Chris Lehane, Early Primary, Karen E. Skelton
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 California drought to get worse, experts predict

Researchers, students and state officials gathered at UC Irvine Monday to discuss the causes and possible solutions for the state's historic drought. With no relief this winter and summer ahead, the ongoing California drought is expected to get ... »Read

In this article: MICHAEL N. ANDERSON, Drought, water
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 Water pricing to spur conservation ruled unconstitutional

An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water-rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage people to save water. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Hillary Clinton revisits New Hampshire success

At small events, the second-time presidential candidate quietly reintroduces herself to Granite State voters »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Kathy Sullivan
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 Appeals court rules against higher water rates for big users

An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water-rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage people to save water. … Click to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 San Juan Capistrano's tiered water-rates ruled unconstitutional

An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage people to save water. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Capital Unity Center comes back to life at California Museum

Three years after the campaign to build a center promoting racial tolerance in Sacramento ran out of money, a smaller version of the Capital Unity Center has been resurrected as a multimedia gallery in the California Museum downtown. … Click ... »Read

In this article: Darrell Steinberg, Daniel Zingale
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 Redlands contractor offers lawn painting in response to drought

Property owners who are conserving water because of the drought but want to keep their lawns looking healthy have another option. Paint it.Jeff Bonadiman, owner of Bonadiman Construction in Redlands, specializes in earthquake retrofitting. He ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Prop. 47 backers put a new face on victims of crime

Flush from their successful campaign in support of Proposition 47, the ballot initiative that made drug possession and other nonviolent crimes no longer a felony in California, a coalition of community activists and private foundations is now ... »Read

In this article: Gil Duran, Gavin Newsom
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 Report: Bay Area needs to prepare for 'mega storm'

A new environmental report is warning that the Bay Area can expect to go from drought to deluge and should brace for a 'mega storm.' »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, Drought, water
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 Activists decry plan to cut habitat aid from water-tunnel project

Environmental groups Monday blasted a proposal by the state to jettison the habitat restoration portion of the massive delta water-tunnel project as an ill-conceived “bait and switch” that will only make California’s water woes worse. The ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, peripheral canal, water
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 SD7: The saga of the GOP elephant logo

There’s more cross-party sniping in the 7th State Senate District special election, as the California Republican Party has told a Contra Costa County prosecutor to cease and desist from telling Democrat Steve Glazer’s campaign to cease and ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, California Republican Party, Harmeet Dhillon, Steven Glazer
Bills: AB 2501,
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 Brown calls tiered water ruling 'a straitjacket' for conservation efforts

A state court said water districts can’t charge higher rates for bigger consumers. Gov. Jerry Brown said the ruling will “put a straitjacket on local government” trying to cut back. San Juan Capistrano’s rates, the court said, violated Prop. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Court rules against higher water rates for big users

An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water-rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage people to save water. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Kamala Harris' police reforms should be only the start

Attorney General Kamala Harris’ law enforcement reforms are a good start. But she stopped short of suggesting her office be used to independently review officer-involved deaths of civilians. AB 86 by Sacramento Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, would ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Legislature, Kevin McCarty
Bills: AB 86,
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 Glimmers of Hope on the Hill

After years of dysfunction, there are signs that Congress is starting to work again. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi
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 Another fish tale mucks up state water debate

An innocent email exchange provokes the latest distortion on California’s drought. The constant stream of misinformation about California’s drought is like a bad game of Whack-A-Mole. From the email exchange between Congressman Jeff Denham and ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, Drought, water
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 LETTERS Big Brother, water, almonds, vaccinations, a success story

… Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
Bills: SB 277,
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 Legislature should seek justice for Armenian dead

California has always been a leader and passionate advocate for justice throughout the world. A bill would ban CalPERS and CalSTRS retirement funds from being invested in the government of Turkey. The Turkish government still denies its ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS, Legislature
Bills: AB 1410,
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 Daily Breeze of Torrance, Los Angeles Times win Pulitzers

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Daily Breeze of Torrance won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting Monday for a series of stories exposing corruption and cronyism in a small, cash-strapped Southern California school district whose superintendent was ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 California's Tiered Water Rates Thrown Into Question By Court Ruling

At least two-thirds of California's water providers, including the city of San Diego, use some form of the tiered rates that are at issue in the lawsuit, consultants and water lawyers said. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 California Teachers Union, School Board Oppose Dyslexia Testing Bill

California School Board Association, Special Education Local Plan Area and the California Teachers Association oppose a bill that would make dyslexia screening compulsory. »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Jim Frazier
Bills: AB 1369,
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 Final call at beloved North Beach restaurant Capp's Corner

Sunday night marked the end of an era — the final call for beloved North Beach restaurant and bar Capp’s Corner, which was ushered out with rousing renditions of “San Francisco” led by the cast of nearby Beach Blanket Babylon. The ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anne Gust
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 Appeals court rules against San Juan Capistrano's tiered water-rates

A California appeals court has ruled that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water-rates are unconstitutional. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Jerry Brown 'conquers' rattlesnake

Jerry Brown posted a photograph on Twitter of himself standing over a snake. It’s unclear if he killed it. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Anne Gust
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 Soros' son builds a PAC for Jewish voters

It will back progressive candidates. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Hillary Clinton, Michael Honda, Barbara Lee, Mark Takano
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 Supervisor wants to ban Muni's armed guards

The armed security guards who walk alongside the Muni workers collecting cash from buses, transit sales desks and fare machines will be giving up their handguns if San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim has her way. Kim wants to revise the Municipal ... »Read

In this article: John Avalos, David Campos
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 In blow to water conservation, court rejects city's tiered rates

In a ruling with major implications for California's water conservation campaign, a state appeals court on Monday ruled that a tiered water rate structure used by the city of San Juan Capistrano to encourage conservation was unconstitutional. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Oakland VA director defends office against claims of mismanagement

Speaking out for the first time, the director of the Oakland VA regional office said Monday that benefit claims found stuffed in a file cabinet were not mishandled and that no vet was forgotten. »Read

In this article: Doug LaMalfa, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Appeals Court Rules Against Higher Water Rates For Big Users

A California appeals court has ruled that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water-rates are unconstitutional. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 The power players behind Ted Cruz's campaign

The senator is backed by a Texas-heavy group of strategists known for conservative combat. »Read

In this article: Michael Chertoff, Hillary Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, Vincent Harris, Mike Huckabee, Darrell Issa, Chris Wilson
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 S.F. mayor watches as homeless break camp for new shelter

S.F. mayor watches as homeless break camp for new shelter [...] for once, this small army — with Mayor Ed Lee in tow to observe — had something to offer this homeless band that it actually wanted. Fifty-three people have moved in since the ... »Read

In this article: Bevan Dufty, Edwin M. Lee
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 Things to know about California water reduction mandates

Brown lawns and idle sprinklers loom this summer under Gov. Jerry Brown's mandate to reduce urban water use by 25 percent to get through the drought. The State Water Resources Control Board released an updated plan over the weekend assigning each ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Halliburton says it has cut 9,000 jobs in wake of oil's drop

Halliburton Co. has cut 9,000 jobs — more than 10 percent of its workforce — in about six months and is considering more cost-cutting moves as falling oil prices sap demand for its drilling help. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Nurses call strikes at Sutter Roseville, Auburn Faith

The California Nurses Association will hold strikes at five Sutter Health hospitals on April 30, including Sutter Roseville Medical Center and Auburn Faith Hospital. Registered nurses also will strike at Mills-Peninsula Health Services and Sutter ... »Read

In this article: California Nurses Association, Chuck Idelson
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 What to know about Calif. water reduction mandates

Brown lawns and idle sprinklers loom this summer under Gov. Jerry Brown's mandate to reduce urban water use by 25 percent to get through the drought. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Vote Study Shows Obama Gets His Way in GOP-Controlled Senate

Republicans took the Senate in 2014 by stressing the data that CQ Roll Call's presidential support vote study revealed: Democrats in red states were sticking close to President Barack Obama. So here's a surprise: The new GOP majority in 2015 is ... »Read

In this article: Loretta Lynch, No Child Left Behind, Barack Obama, Senate Republicans
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 VIDEO: John Legend praises California's Prop. 47 as model for criminal justice

Singer John Legend called for a new approach to criminal justice at a Sacramento conference. He held up California’s Proposition 47 as a model for the country. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom joined him to support rehabilitation and trauma recovery. … ... »Read

In this article: California prisons, Legislature, Gavin Newsom
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 San Francisco Bay Area researchers fear 'super storm' flood

Even as California struggles to cope with a long-running drought, scientists are worried that the San Francisco Bay Area is unprepared for an inevitable super storm that could drop 12 inches of rain in a week. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, Drought
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 San Diego Hires Financial, Legal Consultants For Potential Stadium Project

The city and county of San Diego announced they have retained Citigroup and the international law firm Nixon Peabody as financial and legal consultants for a potential football stadium construction project. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Jan Goldsmith
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 New bill could legalize paid carpooling

Carpooling is one of the most popular services transport network companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar offer, but it faces a problem. Under California law, paid carpooling is prohibited. »Read

In this article: Lauren Faber, Legislature, Phil Ting
Bills: AB 1360, AB 1422, AB 24, AB 886,
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 California transgender bill spurs initiative for 'bathroom privacy'

Opponents of a law aiming to protect transgender students are not backing down. Privacy For All wants to ensure people in government buildings use facilities in accordance with their biological sex. They have submitted a proposal for the 2016 ballot ... »Read

In this article: Debra Bowen, Karen England, referendum
Bills: AB 1266,
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