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Experts tell panel why gas is so expensive in California

"California is in a precarious position, being an energy island with the Sierra Mountains on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other side. The 40,000,000 million gallons of transportation fuel being consumed every day by the present 32 million vehicles are only manufactured here in California by the few refineries that are left, as virtually no other state or country can provide our boutique fuels in a timely manner to California. If and when other state or countries opt to manufacture the California boutique fuels, the results of importing our energy needs via trucks, rail and ships from States and Counties that have less stringent environmental controls than California, would be increases to the world’s greenhouse gasses, and increases in costs for our transportation fuels, energy and every product that are the basis of our standard of living for those living in California. With crude oil imports from Alaska on the decline, and both in-state and offshore exploration of crude oil hampered by regulations and also on the decline, California imports more than 50% of its crude oil needs from foreign countries. Most of the USA is decreasing imports of crude oil from foreign countries as they take advantage of domestic oil production. In fact, in 2016, Congressional Leaders Agreed to Lift the 40-Year Ban on Oil Exports so the USA is now an exporter of crude oil. HOWEVER California is increasing their imports of crude as the California “energy island” has no access to the growth in domestic oil production, other than crude by rail. There are more cost effective sources of crude oil from the Midwest and Canada, but because we are an energy island, we have no access to them other than bring the crude in by rail. Crude by rail projects have been stalled by regulations and long approval cycles. Nothing seems to prevent California’s future crude oil needs to be more than 50% dependent on imports from foreign countries."

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Congress passes 'Electrify Africa Act'

"Just what the voters want, since the U.S. has solved all its financial problems and has money to burn. By all mezans, keep us up to date on members of Congress supporting this boondoggle as election season approaches."

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AP source: NFL committee picks combined site over Rams' bid

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California focuses on power lines as top cause of wildfires

"And when the insurance companies refuse to pay or refuse to renew policies of homeowners in affected areas, who is left holding the bag?"

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Funding and subsidies worry potential partners in California's bullet train project

"Thirty six high level transportation companies respond and not a single one answers the plea to participate financially. Does that send a clear message to our Governor, Legislature, and citizenry about the reality of this HSR program?"

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 California Bill Would Create Gun-Violence Research Center

(AP) - A California state senator is proposing legislation to create a gun violence research center at the University of California. Democratic Sen. Lois Wolk of Davis said Wednesday that the gun debate can benefit from real data and scientific ... »Read

In this article: Mike Gatto, Lois Wolk
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 Officials, residents call for independent tests after SoCal Gas leak near Porter Ranch

After four months, the Southern California Gas Company's leaking well at its Aliso Canyon facility near Porter Ranch was plugged and work began to permanently seal it. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Barbara Boxer
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 Ex-US Senate candidate Chavez endorses former rival

Four days after withdrawing from California's U.S. Senate race, state Assemblyman Rocky Chavez has endorsed another Republican for the job. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez, Duf Sundheim
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 Dramatic video shows gas leak ending at Porter Ranch

A dramatic time-lapse video shot by the California Air Resources Board shows the plume of gas from the damaged Aliso Canyon well disappear over seven minutes as crews gained control of the leak. The footage was taken shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday. ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Barbara Boxer
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 California attorney general opens criminal investigation into Sheriff's Department over Mitrice Richardson case

Nearly six years after Mitrice Richardson's remains were found in a rugged Malibu canyon, the California attorney general's office agreed to conduct a criminal investigation of »Read

In this article: Leroy Baca, Kamala Harris
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 Prosecutors challenge proposed California sentencing changes

California prosecutors announced Friday that they are seeking to block Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed ballot initiative to reduce the state's prison population. »Read

In this article: David Beltran, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Gregory D. Totten
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 L.A. councilman joins calls to speed up toxic cleanup around Exide plant

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar urged state officials Friday to accelerate the removal of toxic lead contamination surrounding a shuttered battery recycling plant in nearby Vernon, saying he was astounded that the state agency overseeing ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mike Feuer, Jose Huizar, Legislature, Anthony Rendon, Hilda L. Solis
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 A cowed IRS gives a green light to more secret money in politics

In one of the more craven and inexplicable government rulings of recent years, the Internal Revenue Service has decided that Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS political fundraising organization is a 'social welfare' group mostly operating outside of ... »Read

In this article: Rick Hasen, Darrell Issa
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 Bay Area congressman urges ban on fossil fuels extraction from federal lands

Rep. Jared Huffman introduced legislation in the House of Representatives on Thursday that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by banning all new coal, oil and natural gas drilling on federally owned lands and waters from the Gulf of Mexico to the ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Drought, greenhouse gas, Jared Huffman, water
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 Mayor says San Dimas stays within its fiscal means

SAN DIMAS >> To avoid bankruptcy and deficit spending -- problems Mayor Curt Morris said too many California cities face -- San Dimas leaders are taking a conservative approach to budgeting. 'We don't spend money we don't have,' Morris told an ... »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Drought
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 Bill would create gun-violence research center at the University of California

A California state senator is proposing legislation to create a gun violence research center at the University of California. »Read

In this article: Mike Gatto, Lois Wolk
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 Knife-wielding man was shot at least 21 times by San Francisco police, autopsy report says

A knife-wielding San Francisco man was struck by at least 21 bullets and was under the influence of methamphetamine when police sprayed gunfire at him in December, according to an autopsy report released Thursday. The death of Mario Woods, ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Loretta Lynch
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 As first spring training approaches, new Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts focuses on building unity

Dave Roberts tented his fingers and measured his words with care. He stared into the distance, a block away from the endless blue of the Pacific, two weeks away from his first spring training as manager of the Dodgers. 'The No. 1 goal ... is for us ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Dave Roberts, Chris Young, Chris Young
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 Dodgers Dugout: A closer look at Dave Roberts

Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and I'm wondering why it is 90 degrees in February. Worth your time I will continue my rankings of the NL West teams in the next newsletter early next week, but ... »Read

In this article: Dave Roberts, Chris Young, Chris Young
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 Sorry, Sanders fans: the vast majority of the CBC supports Clinton

The CBC PAC's Clinton endorsement reflects the broader opinion of CBC members. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Barbara Lee, John Lewis, Barack Obama, Early Primary
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 Prosecutors' lawsuit challenges Jerry Brown's crime initiative

Lawsuit by DA’s association said Jan. 25 amendments not germane to Dec. 22 filingSuit asks a judge to order that the Brown-backed proposal start overAttorney General’s office scheduled to issue title and summary for amended measure this month ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 How California can get a real say in presidential primaries

Iowans have caucused. New Hampshirites have cast their primary ballots. South Carolinians are now mingling with the men and woman who want to be the next president of the United States. And Californians? When will residents in the most populous ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Barack Obama, Early Primary, renewable energy, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Why doesn't California, the world's eighth-largest economy, have a real say in the primaries?

Iowans have caucused. New Hampshirites have cast their primary ballots. South Carolinians are now mingling with the men and woman who want to be the next president of the United States. And Californians? When will residents in the most populous ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Barack Obama, Early Primary, renewable energy, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 'This Is The Beginning': More Work Needed To Seal Porter Ranch Well

A massive gas leak that spewed uncontrollably for nearly months has been finally stopped, but there is more work to be done to permanently seal the well. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 DAs fight Gov. Brown's sentencing measure: Dan Walters

Wily politician that he is, Jerry Brown tried to dampen potential opposition to an overhaul of criminal sentencing laws he'll place on the November ballot.Brown met with some -- but not all -- law enforcement groups and made some tweaks in response ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Bonnie Dumanis, Legislature, Larry Morse, Dan Walters
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 Tighter limits on appeal rights of VA execs being considered

Senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department would be even further restricted in their rights to challenge disciplinary actions against them, under a plan being discussed between the department and leaders of the House committee overseeing ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 Obama sweeps through Silicon Valley to raise cash

Obama swept tells his supporters not to loose faith about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to temporarily block his administration's efforts to fight climate change by regulating coal plant emissions. »Read

In this article: global warming, Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, Steve Westly
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 Sacramento's next mayor has a full plate

Ashby and Steinberg have been collecting cash and endorsements They now need to turn to clearly laying out their agendasCity has a host of challenges, and not a lot of money … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, Darrell Steinberg, water
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 The Dilemma of a "Shut It All Down" Solution for Porter Ranch

Now that the Porter Ranch gas leak has been temporarily stopped there will be renewed pressure to shut down the entire storage area of 115 wells. Local and state officials are walking a tight rope between the demand made by some environmentalists ... »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon
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 S & P Undermines The Argument That Budget Spending Is Up

Facing Democratic demands for more spending, the Brown administration has been at pains to show that it’s been spending more. The governor’s State of the State speech included lists showing boosts of spending, emphasizing education spending and ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 98, state budget
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 This Is Why You Can't Afford a House

The rising cost of housing is one of the greatest burdens on the American middle class. So why hasn’t it become a key issue in the presidential primaries? There’s little argument that inequality, and the depressed prospects for the middle class, ... »Read
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 What the GOP Establishment Can Learn from Bernie Sanders

Plenty of conservative commentators have already remarked upon what the Establishment GOP can learn from Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, but the jist of the lesson can be distilled from a recent Bloomberg piece– rethink unfettered free markets, ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Gavin Newsom
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 Ousted California Coastal Commission chief Charles Lester says a power struggle ended his tenure

A day after a marathon meeting ended with his controversial dismissal, Charles Lester suggested he was vanquished in a power struggle when he was fired from his post as executive director of the California Coastal Commission. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Kevin De Leon, Peter Douglas, Kathryn R. Phillips, water
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 Legislators Steer Clear of Super Bowl

Though just over 100 miles from the Capitol, state legislators showed no love for Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, at least not in person, likely an indictment of exorbitant ticket prices and an ... »Read

In this article: Fair Political Practices Commission, Lorena Gonzalez, Melissa Melendez, minimum wage, Gavin Newsom, Kevin H. Sloat
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 Essential California: Monument status for the desert

Good morning. It is Friday, Feb. 12. Need a book this weekend? Check out the floating library on Echo Park Lake. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES Leak is controlled The gas leak in Aliso Canyon above Porter Ranch has ... »Read

In this article: Leroy Baca, Drought, Family Leave, Dianne Feinstein, Eric Garcetti, Edwin M. Lee, water
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 Rocky Chávez endorses Duf Sundheim for U.S. Senate

The Republican assemblyman dropped out of the race last month, citing weak campaign funds … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Thomas Del Beccaro, Legislature, Duf Sundheim
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 Carly Fiorina suspends presidential campaign

  After a momentary surge wherein she cast herself as a corporate leader who could wrest America back from the “political class,” former California Senate candidate and HP CEO Carly Fiorina ended her bid for the White House. The ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Tom McClintock, Ron Nehring, Richard Riordan
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 Ex-L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca may go to jail but he'll get to keep his county pension

Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca could lose his freedom for up to six months when he is sentenced in federal court in May, but there's one thing he won't forfeit — his county pension. Reforms enacted in 2013 to strip pensions from ... »Read

In this article: Leroy Baca, Michael S. Carona, Legislature, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Sanders online fundraising gives Clinton a run for her money

The insurgent Democratic presidential candidate's success with low-dollar online fundraising perfectly complements his denouncement of big money in politics. The resulting flood of donations slowed his campaign website to a crawl and made up a ... »Read

In this article: Michael Briggs, Hillary Clinton, Christopher Dodd, Barack Obama, Ron Paul, Joe Trippi
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 A Defeat for Conservative Feminism*

<figure>* <img src="http:* <figcaption> <cite>Brian Snyder / Reuters</cite></figcaption>* </figure>* <p>When Carly Fiorina dropped out of the presidential race, she took the opportunity to talk ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, minimum wage
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