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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

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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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 How California can get a real say in presidential primaries
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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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 '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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 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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 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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 Gov. Jerry Brown opposes $9-billion school bond measure

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday came out against a $9-billion school bond measure that will go before voters in November, erecting a political hurdle for advocates of new spending on school construction. 'I am against the developers' $9-billion bond,' ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Tom Torlakson, David L. Walrath
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 Can only Congress prevent climate change?

NEW YORK - Two south Florida congressmen last week created a new House task force on climate change that seeks to propose clean energy legislation in the next two months. And despite strong headwinds, the bill may not be dead on arrival. … ... »Read

In this article: global warming, Alan Lowenthal, Barack Obama, Henry A. Waxman
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 Lester says ouster shows developers' influence*

<p>Charles Lester, ousted California Coastal Commission director, <a href=http:* <p><strong>Tony Barboza</strong> with t<strong>he L.A. Times: "</strong>The newly fired executive director of ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, High-Speed Rail, Dana Rohrabacher
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 Obama designates 3 new national monuments in California desert

WASHINGTON — President Obama invoked the 1906 Antiquities Act on Thursday to designate three new national monuments in the California desert, protecting 1.8 million acres of Mojave Desert lands, including the longest remaining undeveloped section ... »Read

In this article: Paul Cook, Dianne Feinstein, renewable energy
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 AM Alert: Barbara Boxer visits community hit by Alison Canyon methane leak

Massive natural leak first reported in October was finally plugged Thursday … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Barack Obama, Darrell Steinberg
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 Bernie Sanders defends book jacket blurb on book critical Obama

Sanders and rival Hillary Clinton spar on Obama's progressive bona fides on the debate stage »Read

In this article: Michael Briggs, California Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Bill Press
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 Obama to designate new national monuments in the California desert

More than 1.8 million acres of desert in California will become three separate national monuments. »Read

In this article: Paul Cook, Dianne Feinstein, Mark Kirk, water
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 Road to recovery begins in Porter Ranch as gas leak is halted at last

Nearly four months of environmental contamination and civic disruption in Porter Ranch came close to an end Thursday when work crews pierced the underground casing of the damaged Aliso Canyon gas well and started injecting it with a mud-like ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Energy Commission, Brad Sherman, Robert Weisenmiller
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 New technology could help cities capture more rain

Community street greening projects are a key tool in fighting California's water crisis and a way to take full advantage of El Nino. »Read

In this article: Drought, Peter H. Gleick, water
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 California Fishermen Struggle To Make Ends Meet

By Amy QuintonLawmakers heard from California state agencies, fishermen and scientists about the state of fisheries along the West Coast. Most of the news was not good. California crab fishermen are struggling to pay mortgages, levels of a toxin in ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Proposed bill to prohibit employers from asking for salary history

Women lawmakers in California are renewing an effort to stop employers from asking job applicants their salary history, a practice they say hurts women in particular. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Family Leave, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature
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 Why food portions matter for children's health in L.A. County

More than 700 restaurants across Los Angeles County have pledged to curb adult and childhood obesity by offering smaller portion sizes and healthier meals on their menus as part of a public health campaign, officials announced Thursday.The 'Health ... »Read

In this article: Jot Condie, Hilda L. Solis, water
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