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Mandating a 50-Percent Reduction in Oil--at What Cost?

"California’s 100,000 electric vehicles are the most electric vehicles in any state, however, the other 97% of California’s 30 million vehicles that DO NOT run on electricity or other alternative fuels are consuming more than 40 million gallons of transportation fuels, gasoline and diesel, excluding jet fuel, EVERY DAY. Sounds like a lot of fuel, but it equates to just more than 1 gallon per day per vehicle. California motorists and businesses are major consumers of fossil fuel products. Even though there is a both projected growth in population from our current 38 million citizens, AND an increase in vehicle registrations from our current 30 million, the fuel demand is projected to decline slightly from the current 40 million gallons per DAY of gasoline and diesel, mostly as a result of continuous improvements in fuel efficiencies, and a slight impact by the 3% of vehicles that run on electricity or other alternative fuels. We already have AB32 and the LCFS in effect to control GHG emissions. REQUIRING California’s 38 million citizens to change their lifestyle appears to be bad public policy and possibly unenforceable on abusers that do not reduce their usage by 50%. It appears that a reduction from the current 40 million gallons of transportation fuels down to 20 million a day in just 15 years would be a drastic lifestyle change that could severely impact one of the world’s largest economies."

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An Engineered Drought

"Now I'm not here to necessarily defend agriculture- but are you accounting for all the reductions they have had to make in recent year's prior to the Governor's executive order? I thought they were cutting before the rest of us. water crops as much as needed, water lawns sparingly."

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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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 Landowners fight ban on new vineyards in Santa Monica Mountains area

Malibu vintners and grape growers will try Tuesday to persuade the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to lift a temporary ban on new vineyards, or extensions of existing ones, in the north Santa Monica Mountains. »Read

In this article: Drought, Sheila Kuehl, minimum wage, water
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 Senate hitches Ex-Im renewal to long-term highway bill

Ex-Im's charter expired on June 30, meaning the agency can't approve new transactions. »Read

In this article: Mark Kirk, Kevin McCarthy
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 Firm says L.A. did not pursue reimbursement for overcharged cell service

A consulting company hired by the city to audit its cellphone records has accused Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other political leaders of showing little interest in pursuing claims that they were being overcharged by their providers. »Read

In this article: Mike Feuer, Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Rob Wilcox
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 With Boston out, L.A. seen as front-runner for 2024 Olympics nominee

After losing a shot at hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles may be back in the game.Boston was officially dropped Monday by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the American nominee for the international games, leaving Los Angeles as a possible ... »Read

In this article: Joe Buscaino, Eric Garcetti
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 Modest health insurance rate hike seen as Covered California victory

Those who purchase their health insurance plans through Covered California will see an average premium increase of 4 percent in 2016, a slight dip compared with the rate increase consumers saw this year, state exchange officials announced Monday.Los ... »Read

In this article: Charles Bacchi, Beth Capell, Peter V. Lee
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 L.A. County supervisors to hear recommendations on sheriff oversight

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will hear recommendations on Tuesday about the role and responsibility of a panel that will oversee the Sheriff's Department.The supervisors, in a split decision, voted in December to create a Civilian ... »Read

In this article: Leroy Baca, Sheila Kuehl, Hilda L. Solis
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 San Diego Officials, NFL Executives To Talk Stadium

City and county of San Diego officials are scheduled to meet Tuesday with National Football League executives about a proposed stadium in Mission Valley. »Read

In this article: Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer, Jan Goldsmith
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 California assemblymen set aside baseball rivalry in district swap

David Chiu, Jimmy Gomez will visit other’s district for three daysIdea emerged from San Francisco Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers rivalry … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: David Chiu, Eric Garcetti, Jimmy Gomez, Edwin M. Lee, Legislature
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 How Planned Parenthood's videos are bringing up long-standing questions about fetal tissue research

Who released the videos and what is the dispute about? A California nonprofit called the Center for Medical Progress released the videos, which they say were taped in 'undercover' operations. Members of the group posed as a company looking to obtain ... »Read

In this article: Douglas Johnson, Loretta Lynch
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 Palin: Planned Parenthood's logo worse than Confederate flag

She posted to her Facebook page. »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Kevin McCarthy, Sarah Palin
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 Campgrounds evacuated, homes threatened in California fire

FRESNO, Calif. >> Campgrounds were evacuated and residents put on alert Monday as a California wildfire threatened hundreds of structures in Sierra National Forest. It was one of nine blazes burning across the state.About 450 structures in the tiny ... »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought
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 Chasing drones away from wildfires

Hobby drones haven't been flying overhead all that long, but already they've become the scourge of firefighters in California's forests.Legislators are aiming to shoot the drones down -- figuratively, at least -- in what could be the start of a ... »Read

In this article: Paul Cook, Ted Gaines, Mike Gatto, Legislature, Adam Schiff
Bills: SB 167, SB 168,
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 Mayor's minimum-wage panel to meet Wednesday

Eight months after Mayor Kevin Johnson announced the group's formation, the mayor’s minimum wage task force plans to meet Wednesday afternoon at the Sacramento City Hall chambers. The 15-member committee will include representatives from both ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Johnson, minimum wage, Peter Tateishi
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 Will state GOP amend abortion, marriage stances?

Several California county GOP chairpeople are pushing to make sure the party doesn’t soften its stances against same-sex marriage, abortion rights, illegal immigration and gun control at its convention this September in Anaheim. Eight county ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, Field Poll, illegal immigration, PPIC, Same-sex marriage
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 The GOP's battle for 10th place

The first debate of the Republican presidential primary is setting off a Darwinian struggle for survival. »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, John Weaver
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 Publishing appellate decisions

Most appellate court decisions are not publishedThey cannot be cited by parties in other casesThe result is uneven judicial policy around the state … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Kamala Harris, water
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 The holes in Hillary's climate plan

She has also avoided taking stands on fracking, oil exports and Arctic offshore drilling. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, global warming, Barack Obama, renewable energy, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Some Stumbles out of the gate for CD-46

  Former State Senator Lou Correa seems to be having some trouble finding his footing in the early weeks of his Congressional campaign.  We received the above flyer via email (and the graphic wouldn’t save as a picture for me so I ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Lou Correa, Linda T. Sanchez
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 What it will take to win UC support for Warriors move

The University of San Francisco announced Monday that its support for the Warriors building their proposed 18,500 arena across the street from its sprawling medical center in San Francisco's Mission Bay District was contingent on reaching a deal to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Edwin M. Lee, water
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 House won't vote on Senate highway bill, putting trust fund at risk

The House instead wants the Senate to adopt its own four-and-a-half-month highway bill. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Kevin McCarthy
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 Minimum wage hikes hurt everyone in long run

Politicians seldom let the facts get in the way of what they feel is a good outcome for them. A perfect example occurred last month when Los Angeles became the nation’s biggest city to raise the minimum wage, to $15 an hour by 2020. And now L.A.... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, minimum wage
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 Why positive train control should not be delayed: Adam Schiff

Traveling at 106 miles per hour -- more than twice the 50 mile per hour speed limit around a curve -- Amtrak Northeast Regional No. 188 careened off the tracks in Philadelphia earlier this year.Originally, the crash was blamed on the train's ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Adam Schiff
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 Clinton talks climate change in Iowa — but still won't talk Keystone

She said Monday she will make climate change a major issue in her campaign. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, John F. Kerry, renewable energy, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Instant, Insistent History

by Richard White with photographs by Jesse White. »Read

In this article: water
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 Working Again PAC 'Check' | Campaign 2016

Working Again PAC released an ad promoting former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) over his fellow contenders for the Republican party's nomination for president in 2016. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mark Kirk
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 Hillary Clinton Refuses to Take a Position on the Keystone Pipeline

Hillary Clinton took a strong stance on clean energy Monday, telling a crowd in Des Moines, Iowa, that her efforts to tackle climate change would parallel President John F. Kennedy's call to action during the space race in the 1960s. 'I want to get ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, renewable energy, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Everything You Need to Know About John Kasich

Meet John Kasich: Everything You Need to Know (And Probably Didn't Know) About the 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate. »Read

In this article: Ron Dellums, Legislature, referendum, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Gas being exported from California despite 'shortage': Thomas Elias

On June 25, just one week before many California motorists began paying upwards of $4.30 per gallon for gasoline, the Bahamian-flagged tanker Teesta Spirit left Los Angeles headed for ports on the west coast of Mexico carrying more 300,000 barrels ... »Read

In this article: Jamie Court, Thomas D. Elias
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: Drone owners are putting lives at risk

California lawmakers should empower firefighters to destroy drones in fire zones and should increase fines for owners who deploy their toys irresponsibly »Read

In this article: Drought, Ted Gaines, Mike Gatto
Bills: SB 167, SB 168,
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 Central California wildfire prompts campgrounds to evacuate

Campgrounds were evacuated near a Central California wildfire that has chewed through more than 2 square miles of dry timber in Sierra National Forest. »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought
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 D.C. Drawn Into Sanctuary Cities Debate

The House has voted to limit funding for so-called sanctuary cities, but one lawmaker is pushing to take further action in the District of Columbia, dictating specific policies for law enforcement. »Read

In this article: Duncan Hunter, Joe Kasper
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 Hillary Clinton's Climate-Change Plan Is Anything But Comprehensive

Hillary Clinton has unveiled a plan for tackling climate change—or, more accurately, part of a plan, with the promise of additional announcements in the coming months. The Democratic presidential frontrunne »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, renewable energy, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Campgrounds evacuated near Central California wildfire

Campgrounds were evacuated near a Central California wildfire that has chewed through more than 2 square miles of dry timber in Sierra National Forest, one of several blazes burning across the state on Monday. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought
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 California may have finally figured out how to fix workers' compensation

Workers’ compensation costs have dropped for employers since reforms took effect in 2013 — and payments to injured workers have increased, a new report by state regulators concludes. In May, the Department of Insurance adopted advisory premium ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Azevedo, Angie Wei
Bills: SB 863,
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 Who Holds Superior Rights, And Where Is All That Water Going?

In the regulatory realm, responsible due process follows a simple path: Legislation creates a statute granting authority; that authority sets regulation and conforming orders; violations of orders result in a notice; notice leads to demonstration of ... »Read

In this article: water
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 The Cigarette Tax Dilemma

Is a tax on cigarettes a revenue raiser or a “sin tax”—used to discourage individuals from using products considered harmful? The effort to raise taxes on cigarettes – there is a measure in the legislature as well a ballot initiative moving ... »Read

In this article: cigarette tax, Legislature, Gavin Newsom
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 The Cities Leading A U.S. Manufacturing Revival

Manufacturing may no longer drive the U.S. economy, but industrial growth remains a powerful force in many regions of the country. Industrial employment has surged over the past five years, with the sector adding some 855,000 new jobs, a 7.5% ... »Read

In this article: Joel Kotkin
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 Unlawful Immigrants Rush For CA Drivers Licenses

Emerging statistics have revealed that California’s extension of drivers licenses to unlawful immigrants aroused unexpected demand — with no end in sight. “While state officials expected 1.4 million undocumented immigrants to apply for ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein
Bills: AB 60,
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 Fire officials to droners: 'If you fly, we can't'

Your average hobby drone can offer viewers striking glimpses of California's raging urban and wildland fire, shot from the heavens above. »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Ted Gaines, Mike Gatto, water
Bills: SB 168,
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 New bill takes aim at drones near wildfires

Fed up with private drones interfering with firefighting, a state senator has announced another bill to keep unmanned aerial vehicles away from hot spots. Sen. Ted Gaines, R-El Dorado, said SB168 would indemnify emergency responders who damage a ... »Read

In this article: Ted Gaines, Mike Gatto
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 Hillary Clinton 'Stand for Reality' | Campaign 2016

In an ad released on Twitter, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says that as 'a grandmother with two eyes and a brain,' she sees climate change as an urgent threat to future generations. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mark Kirk
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