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California seeks to extend landmark climate-change effort

"Governor Brown may need “real” tax dollars to continue to fund his high speed rail as those “fees” from cap & trade are diminishing. Maybe it’s karma that the cash cow of the cap & trade “fees” may be dying, as CARB avoids the transparency that the program has done little in 10 years to reduce California’s 1% contribution to the World’s Green House gases. California’s flagship climate change policy Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Initiative was signed into law in 2006 when California was contributing 1% to the worlds green hose gases. And now, 10 years later, by AVOIDING transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade, the state can focus on how to spend the cap and trade funds they receive. Now, a decade later, according to the California Energy Commission we still contributes a miniscule 1 percent ( 1%). The cap & trade program that hits the motorists’ pocketbooks and has had little to no impact on the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, the state, by avoiding transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade remains on a go-it-alone crusade to micro manage the California emissions that generates billions of dollars for the government at the expense of businesses and the financially challenged. With numerous state government agencies there is a feeding frenzy on getting a piece of the lucrative cap and trade tax revenue. The public, especially the homeless and poor that are paying dearly for the emissions crusade efforts of the AQMD deserves to know if there is any progress over the last decade in reducing California’s 1% contribution to the world’s greenhouse gases."

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Brown Administration Proposes Another 10 Years Of Cap-And-Trade

"Governor Brown may need “real” tax dollars to continue to fund his high speed rail as those “fees” from cap & trade are diminishing. Maybe it’s karma that the cash cow of the cap & trade “fees” may be dying, as CARB avoids the transparency that the program has done little in 10 years to reduce California’s 1% contribution to the World’s Green House gases. California’s flagship climate change policy Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Initiative was signed into law in 2006 when California was contributing 1% to the worlds green hose gases. And now, 10 years later, by AVOIDING transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade, the state can focus on how to spend the cap and trade funds they receive. Now, a decade later, according to the California Energy Commission we still contributes a miniscule 1 percent ( 1%). The cap & trade program that hits the motorists’ pocketbooks and has had little to no impact on the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, the state, by avoiding transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade remains on a go-it-alone crusade to micro manage the California emissions that generates billions of dollars for the government at the expense of businesses and the financially challenged. With numerous state government agencies there is a feeding frenzy on getting a piece of the lucrative cap and trade tax revenue. The public, especially the homeless and poor that are paying dearly for the emissions crusade efforts of the AQMD deserves to know if there is any progress over the last decade in reducing California’s 1% contribution to the world’s greenhouse gases."

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High-speed rail still off the tracks

"Governor Brown may need “real” tax dollars to continue to fund his high speed rail as those “fees” from cap & trade are diminishing. Maybe it’s karma that the cash cow of the cap & trade “fees” may be dying, as CARB avoids the transparency that the program has done little in 10 years to reduce California’s 1% contribution to the World’s Green House gases. California’s flagship climate change policy Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Initiative was signed into law in 2006 when California was contributing 1% to the worlds green hose gases. And now, 10 years later, by AVOIDING transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade, the state can focus on how to spend the cap and trade funds they receive. Now, a decade later, according to the California Energy Commission we still contributes a miniscule 1 percent ( 1%). The cap & trade program that hits the motorists’ pocketbooks and has had little to no impact on the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, the state, by avoiding transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade remains on a go-it-alone crusade to micro manage the California emissions that generates billions of dollars for the government at the expense of businesses and the financially challenged. With numerous state government agencies there is a feeding frenzy on getting a piece of the lucrative cap and trade tax revenue. The public, especially the homeless and poor that are paying dearly for the emissions crusade efforts of the AQMD deserves to know if there is any progress over the last decade in reducing California’s 1% contribution to the world’s greenhouse gases."

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Opponents of the fall measure to legalize recreational marijuana for California adults argued Tuesday that broader marijuana use would endanger motorists. Speaking to The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board, Doug Villars, … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Gavin Newsom
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 Retirement crisis: California to offer retirement accounts to workers without pensions, 401(k)s

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In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, minimum wage
Bills: SB 1234,
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 California Farmworkers On Edge Over Historic Overtime Bill

If Gov. Brown signs the bill, farm workers will get overtime pay after working eight hours a day or 40 hours a week. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez throws his support behind expanding overtime pay for California farmworkers

Essential Politics: Live updates on a flurry of final votes in the California Legislature Aug. 30, 2016, 5:46 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Between now and Wednesday night, the big ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lorena Gonzalez, Shannon L. Grove, Legislature, minimum wage, Tom Nassif, Tony Thurmond, water
Bills: AB 1066,
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 The End of Mass Incarceration in California

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 Kamala Harris calls for measures to end 'crisis of confidence' between police, the public

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 Kamala Harris calls for measures to end the 'crisis of confidence' between police and the public

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In this article: Kamala Harris, Legislature, Loretta Sanchez, Shirley Weber
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 Farm laborers exult, farmers worry about California overtime bill

Florentino Reyes had stood in the warm sun outside the Capitol, joining scores of farmworkers who gathered to convince lawmakers to approve unprecedented overtime pay legislation for California’s agricultural laborers. … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Chandler, Legislature
Bills: AB 1066,
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 Having a California baby? Assembly passes bill seeking to protect your job

New California parents would be able to take unpaid time off without losing their jobs under revived legislation that cleared the Assembly on Tuesday. The 43-15 vote for Senate Bill … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Family Leave, Donald P. Wagner
Bills: SB 654,
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 The crime is that gifts to L.A. DA Lacey are allowed

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In this article: Hillary Clinton, Drought, Devin Nunes, water
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 Legislation would restrict H-1B visas

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In this article: Susan Davis, Duncan Hunter, Darrell Issa, Scott Peters, Juan Vargas
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 California farmworkers on edge over historic overtime bill

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In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 A step toward shedding light on gun violence

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In this article: Jerry Brown, Kevin McCarty, Lois Wolk
Bills: AB 450,
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 Seattle weighs new rules for businesses with hourly workers

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In this article: minimum wage, sick leave
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 Students at Cal State schools could get extra help graduating on time under bill sent to governor

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 Urban planners want LA's motto to be 'No Parking Any Time': Susan Shelley

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 The Latest: Bills would ban smoking at colleges, parks

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In this article: Jerry Brown, Mike Gatto, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature
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 Lawmakers offer tax amnesty to pot shops but also threaten to withhold their licenses to operate

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In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Mike Gipson
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 The Latest: Lawmakers approve janitorial harassment training

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In this article: Jerry Brown, Mike Gatto, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature
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 Legislature, governor fail on affordable housing crisis

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In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, minimum wage
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 City bids farewell to journalist Warren Hinckle

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In this article: Willie Brown, Dianne Feinstein
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 Why Ontario dreamed of high-rises but settled for warehouses

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 Whitman stumps for Clinton, demurs when asked about cabinet post

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 Meg Whitman stumps for Hillary Clinton, demurs when asked about Cabinet post

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 L.A. to spend more than $200 million to settle suit on housing for disabled

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 Don't weaken handgun safety

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In this article: Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, Legislature, water
Bills: AB 2165,
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 Concealed-gun fees could increase under bill headed to Brown

Concealed carry permits could get more expensive under a bill the California Assembly sent to Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday. The prevalence of such permits varies widely across California, depending … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ken Cooley, Jim Frazier, Beth Gaines, Legislature, Kevin McCarty, Melissa Melendez
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 The tea party was never really about purity. Rush Limbaugh just proved it.

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In this article: Brian W. Jones, Brian W. Jones
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 California lawmakers extend legal aid for SoCal gas victims

California lawmakers are reversing their previous vote and approving a bill to give residents near Aliso Canyon and other victims of man-made pollution an extra year to sue for relief. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mike Gatto
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 State drought: New penalties for water guzzlers

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 814, which requires urban water agencies to write excessive use rules with fines and the potential to name publicly people who use far more water than their community's average. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Steve Burd, Drought, Jerry Hill, water
Bills: SB 814,
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 California drought: Water guzzlers to face new penalties, possible public disclosure of names

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 814, which requires urban water agencies to write excessive use rules with fines and the potential to name publicly people who use far more water than their community's average. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Steve Burd, Drought, Jerry Hill, water
Bills: SB 814,
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 A false promise on graduation rates

California has broken a lot of promises to its citizens who want access to a quality, low-cost college degree. Now comes Senate Bill 412, dubbed “The California Promise,” that purports … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Steven Glazer
Bills: SB 412,
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 CA Democrats nearly double state Republicans

  California Republicans hit a new low in statewide registration relative to Democrats, whose ranks have surged in the Golden State despite a sour public mood and a less charismatic presidential nominee »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, California Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton, Stephen T. Knight, Daniel E. Lungren
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 Farmworker overtime vote highlighted rural-urban divide

Monday’s approval of legislation to phase in state overtime rules for farmworkers again underscored the urban-rural divide on many of the issues that come before the California Legislature. Lawmakers representing … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Legislature, Eric Linder, Jose Medina
Bills: AB 1066,
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 A guide to Florida's primary election

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In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Legislature, Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Patrick Murphy, Barack Obama, renewable energy
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 5 Republicans vie for seats on utility regulation panel

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In this article: Bill Mundell, Bill Mundell
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 Bill To Increase Farm Overtime Moves To California Governor

California Gov. Jerry Brown will again consider a historic proposal calling for farmworkers to receive the same overtime pay as other hourly workers. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lorena Gonzalez, Deborah Hoffman, Legislature, Anthony Rendon, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Shirley Weber
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In this article: Adrin Nazarian, Susan Shelley
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 Grover Beach mayor fined for concealing campaign donations

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In this article: campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, John Shoals
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 Bill to increase farm overtime moves to California governor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown will again consider a historic proposal calling for farmworkers to receive the same overtime pay as other hourly workers, after the Assembly approved legislation to phase in the change.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lorena Gonzalez, Deborah Hoffman, Legislature, Anthony Rendon, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Shirley Weber
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 The Election Changes of SB 450 Are Good Ideas - And Miss the Point

I feel sorry for the people who handle our elections in California – our county clerks and the Secretary of State. They have spent years, even decades, making smart changes to make it easier for people to vote. And they’re about to do it again, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Alex Padilla
Bills: SB 450,
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 Farm Overtime Bill Will Have Devastating Impacts

We are deeply concerned with the passage of AB 1066 today and the devastating impacts this bill will have on our small, independent farmers and the workers they employ. This mandate does not consider the thousands of agricultural workers who will ... »Read

Bills: AB 1066,
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 For Small Business, One Good Bill, One Bad

There are obviously more than two bills that the Legislature is considering which would affect small business in either a positive or negative way, but for this writing, two to focus on is a measure to help small business gain the resources ... »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Family Leave, Bob Hertzberg, Legislature, sick leave
Bills: SB 654, SB 936,
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 Pay Attention to Manufacturing in the Climate Debate

In the wake of the Legislature passing new climate change bills this week, Governor Brown was asked about the impact on jobs. Part of his answer was “Manufacturing has been declining as a part of the American workforce for decades, and the decline ... »Read

In this article: Legislature
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 Geographies of Inequality

(Joel Kotkin’s new report, “Geographies of Inequality,” is the latest in a series of ahead-of-the-curve, groundbreaking pieces published through Third Way’sNEXT initiative. NEXT is made up of in-depth, commissioned academic research papers ... »Read

In this article: Joel Kotkin, minimum wage
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 AM Alert: EpiPens and higher education as lawmakers near finish line

With just two days left in the legislative session, lawmakers in both houses still have a hefty stack of bills to work through before adjourning for the year. The August … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerry Brown, Steven Glazer, Ed Hernandez, Jim Miller, Greg Schmidt
Bills: SB 412, SB 1010, SB 1450,
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 Congressmen blast California's high-speed rail plan

SAN FRANCISCO -- California's $64 billion high-speed rail plan lacks reliable funding sources and is in danger of ending up with only one line that doesn't connect to San Francisco or Los Angeles, members of a congressional panel said Monday during ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, Drought, High-Speed Rail, Doug LaMalfa, Dan Richard, water
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 California Assembly OKs bill hiking overtime for farmworkers

Farmworkers come to Capitol 'to witness history,' union chief says »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lorena Gonzalez, Shannon L. Grove, Jose Medina, minimum wage, Tom Nassif, Anthony Rendon, Tony Thurmond, water
Bills: AB 1066,
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 Enough gifts. Public officials should't have tip jars.

There are all kinds of ways to get people to give you presents. Throw yourself a birthday party, for example. Have a quinceañera. Have a bar mitzvah. Get married. Give birth. Get elected to office. Wait — that last one doesn’t sound right. Why ... »Read

In this article: Jackie Lacey, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Essential California: When a false alarm upends an entire airport

Good morning. It is Tuesday, Aug. 30. A warm welcome to our new readers from the “Framed” series! We hope you enjoy Essential California — and we would love to hear from you. You can keep up with us on Twitter at @TheCityMaven and @ShelbyGrad. ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Mark Leno, minimum wage, Darrell Steinberg
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 Crowd goes wild on Kaepernick, docs back vax law and Assembly passes farmworker OT

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In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Lorena Gonzalez, Richard Pan, water
Bills: AB 1066, SB 277,
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 Bill ensuring paid parental leave for school employees passes California legislature

Assembly Bill 2393, which would give K-12 school and community college classified employees, as well as community college faculty, the right to take up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave, cleared the legislature Thursday and is headed to Gov. Jerry ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, Legislature
Bills: AB 2393,
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 Bill to provide free after school programs to poor California students passes legislature

Assembly Bill 1567 which would waive fees for after school programs for California's homeless, low-income and foster youth passed the legislature Thursday and is headed for the Governor's desk for his signature. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, Legislature
Bills: AB 1567,
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 Court ruling opens avenue for pension reform

SACRAMENTO – An Aug. 17 California appeals court ruling rejected a public employee union’s claim that its members had a right to “pension spiking,” which the court described as “various »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalPERS, Legislature, Little Hoover Commission
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 Capital Journal Daybreak: Next Hot Debate Topic: Obamacare

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In this article: campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, John F. Kerry, Patrick Murphy, Dion Nissenbaum, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney
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 Will Florida Voters Go Big for Solar?

Most influential ballot initiatives won't be decided until November, but Florida has an important vote on solar power just this week. On Tuesday, Sunshine State voters will head to the polls for the state's primaries, and to vote on Amendment 4, a ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, renewable energy, Stephen C. Smith
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 Essential Politics: Will Jerry Brown give farmworkers what they want?

Is it time to rethink how much is paid to California’s farmworkers for overtime labor? That’s the question now facing Gov. Jerry Brown. Good morning from the the state capital. I’m Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers, and Brown has some big ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Legislature, John Myers
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 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein calls for Charlie Beck to step down

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In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jackie Lacey
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