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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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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

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 Coast Guard defends cleanup response to Santa Barbara oil spill

LOS ANGELES >> The leader overseeing a massive oil cleanup along the California coast defended the initial response, saying there were workers on the ground after the spill that stained popular beaches.The first wave of workers deployed booms in the ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, water
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 Here's what Martin O'Malley said when he launched his campaign

As prepared for delivery:My fellow Americans.I want to talk with you today about The American Dream we share…Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, renewable energy, water
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 New Sierra Club president sets sights on green diversity problem

Aaron Mair, the first black president of the Sierra Club, aims to make the group more inclusive. »Read

In this article: Environmental Justice, Antonio Gonzalez, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project
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 White House Brief: Things to know about Martin O'Malley

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Here's a snapshot of things to know about former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who's expected to open a 2016 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination Saturday in Baltimore:... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Legislature, minimum wage, Early Primary
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 Hastert rose to speakership among the scandals of others

Dennis Hastert's career as House speaker both arose and ended amid the sex-related scandals of others. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Randy Cunningham, Newt Gingrich, Mark Kirk, Nancy Pelosi
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 Gray goes 8 in A's 6-2 win over Yankees

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Sonny Gray pitched eight innings for his sixth win of the season, Stephen Vogt drove in two runs and the Oakland Athletics beat the New York Yankees 6-2 on Friday night. »Read

In this article: Chris Young, Chris Young
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 California drought brings tighter building codes to cut turf use

Sprawling green lawns around new homes, businesses and schools in California will be a thing of the past under new state building codes approved Friday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 City budget, police pensions, FIFA, etc.

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In this article: Toni Atkins, Kevin Johnson
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 Researcher accused of fraud in gay marriage study responds to critics

Michael LaCour, the UCLA political scientist accused of falsifying results in a highly publicized same-sex marriage study, lashed back at his critics late Friday by issuing a 23-page response that also included apologies for 'misrepresenting survey ... »Read

In this article: Donald C. Green, Proposition 8, Same-sex marriage
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 NSA Surveillance Programs Are Set to Expire as Senate Meets Sunday

A lapse in some U.S. surveillance activities appears increasingly likely as senators made little headway in negotiations to extend the authorization of the programs ahead of a critical Sunday session. »Read

In this article: Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama, Adam Schiff, Senate Republicans
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 The great, grassy California lawn marked for extinction

California regulators voted Friday to limit how much water can be used to irrigate lawns on new and renovated buildings. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Robert E. Raymer, water
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 California Senate offers 24-hour rides for lawmakers too drunk to drive

Move follows several high-profile arrestsTwo driving positions added to payrollPlastic cards distributed, with number to call … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Roy Ashburn, Jon Coupal, Martin Garrick, Debra Gravert, Ben Hueso, Legislature
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 Historic drought regulations, $350 million in incentives boost lawn removals

When Gov. Jerry Brown asked Californians to voluntarily conserve water by 20 percent, the response was an underwhelming savings of 9 percent.But since the summer of 2014 when the governor issued his call, the drought worsened. Snowpack in the Sierra ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Interest In Balboa Park's Plaza De Panama Project Has Waned

A state appeals court breathed new life into the plan to build a new bridge that would divert cars from the Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park. But so much time has passed since the plan was struck down that it seems interest has waned. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Jan Goldsmith, Sherri Lightner
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 Republicans, campaign committee settle elephant litigation

State GOP objected to mailers in competitive East Bay Senate race PAC’s mailers featured elephant and touted little-known Republican candidate Terms of this week’s settlement are confidential … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, James Brulte, Joan Buchanan, California Republican Party, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer, William Wong
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 Concord councilman sidelined from decision on weapons station developer

Concord Councilman Ron Leone's house is located within 500 feet of the former military base. To avoid a potential conflict of interest, Leone has recused himself from the upcoming selection of the master developer. »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Jay Alan Wierenga
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 With Medi-Cal ranks swelling, health care industry funds campaign to raise rates

State insurance plan covering more Californians than everSurging numbers, better budget fuel push to raise doctors’ ratesGov. Jerry Brown isn’t convinced … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Ben Avey, Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, Mark Leno, SEIU, Shirley Weber
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 EPA says first day of oil spill spent 'planning'

On the afternoon of the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years, graduate student Natalie Phares quickly organized a volunteer bucket brigade to clean a beach north of Santa Barbara. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, water
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 L.A. minimum wage plan moves forward without union exemption

A landmark plan to boost the Los Angeles minimum wage took another step forward Friday, as a panel of city lawmakers vetted a draft ordinance putting the pay hikes into law. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Eric Garcetti, minimum wage, Curren Price, Gary Toebben, water, Herb Wesson
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 Tax board chairman bounces back from heart scare

Sudden pains, discomfort prompted ambulance ride for Jerome Horton 13-hour hospital stay included battery of tests Event prompts outpouring of concern – and a few jokes … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerome Horton, Legislature
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 California panel mandates low-water lawns on new buildings

California regulators voted Friday to limit how much water can be used to irrigate lawns on new and renovated buildings. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 California Panel Mandates Low-Water Lawns On New Buildings

California regulators voted Friday to limit how much water can be used to irrigate lawns on new and renovated buildings. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Catharine Baker returns tobacco industry money

The Bay Area’s only Republican lawmaker won praise Friday for returning a campaign contribution from the tobacco industry. Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, R-Dublin, gave back a $4,200 contribution from Altria, parent company of Philip Morris USA ... »Read

In this article: Travis Allen, Assembly Republicans, Rocky Chavez, Isadore Hall, Mike Morrell, Sharon Runner, Donald P. Wagner
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