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Carly Fiorina jumps in GOP presidential race: Can she win? (+video)

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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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 Bill aims to keep voting rights for people with disabilities

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- State lawmakers are advancing a bill designed to keep voting rights for people with disabilities.... »Read

In this article: Martin Block, Jeff Stone
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 Legislative Democrats propose broad expansion of child care

Assembly, Senate proposals would cost hundreds of millions in first yearSchool-funding guarantee would help pay for increaseBrown has rebuffed proposals to increase health, welfare spending … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California School Boards Association, California Teachers Association, Legislature, Mark Leno, Dennis Meyers, Proposition 98, SEIU, Dean Vogel
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 Loretta Sanchez trade gaffe draws party ire

'She's either breaking all sorts of rules of decorum among members, has no clue what she's doing, or both,' said a Democratic aide. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Bill Carrick, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, Loretta Sanchez
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 California may be first to ban use of bullhooks on elephants

California would be the first state to ban using bullhooks to guide and discipline elephants, under a bill moving through the Legislature. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Jeff Stone
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 California gambling interests welcome Rod Wright back to Sacramento

Former state senator resigned last September after perjury conviction … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jason Kinney, Roderick Wright
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 Breaking: California Farmers Agree to Water Cuts

As California endures its fourth year of grueling drought, officials are getting more serious about mandatory water cuts. Gov. Jerry Brown imposed the state's first-ever water restrictions last month, ordering cities and towns to cut water by ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, water
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 Saturday's TV Highlights: 'Kidnapped: The Hannah Anderson Story'

Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes »Read

In this article: Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Charles Murray, Adam Schiff
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 25% voluntary cut in farmers' water use OK'd by California amid drought

California water regulators have accepted an unprecedented proposal from Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta farmers to voluntarily cut water use by 25% -- or fallow a quarter of their cropland -- in an effort to avoid harsher, government-imposed cuts. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, water
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 California oil spill: Officials step up inquiries

Authorities intensified their response Friday to this week's Santa Barbara oil spill by announcing remedies and additional investigations. »Read

In this article: Michael Cohen, renewable energy, water
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 California lawmakers act to mandate vaccines for day care workers

California lawmakers acted Friday on a measure that would require workers in day care centers to get vaccinated as part of an effort to protect children from preventable diseases, including measles, for which there have been recent outbreaks in the ... »Read

In this article: Richard Bloom, Tony Mendoza, John Moorlach, Phil Ting
Bills: AB 1360, AB 888, SB 792,
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 State water board OKs voluntary cutbacks for delta growers

California water regulators have accepted an unprecedented proposal from Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta farmers to voluntarily cut water use by 25% -- or fallow a quarter of their cropland -- in an effort to avoid harsher, government-imposed cuts. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, water
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 Steve Glazer farewell speech to Orindans and City Council

Steve Glazer farewell speech to Orindans and City Council by Richard Colman originally appearedon HALFWAY TO CONCORD. A lot of money was spent to win that State Senate seat. Why just the other day, I got a call from Warren Buffet, asking me for a ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Steven Glazer
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 Supervisor Dave Roberts Cancels Scheduled Appearance

San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts has cancelled a scheduled appearance at MiraCosta College Friday, the day after a second claim was filed against the county by one of his former employees. »Read

In this article: Gary Gartner, Dave Roberts
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 Father of Santa Barbara shooting victim wants gun reforms

Within minutes, Michaels-Martinez would become one of six UCSB students killed by Elliot Rodger, an emotionally troubled 22-year-old toting three semi-automatic weapons and more than 400 rounds of ammunition. The next day Michael-Martinez's father ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Michael R.O. Martinez
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 10 lessons learned from Steve Glazer Senate victory

10 lessons learned from Steve Glazer Senate victory by Richard Eber originally appearedon HALFWAY TO CONCORD. As the Steve Glazer Senate victory May 19th proved, it is not business as usual anymore in California. Realignment is upon us. 10 lessons ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Joan Buchanan, California Teachers Association, Kevin De Leon, Mark DeSaulnier, Steven Glazer, Legislature, Steven R. Maviglio, Chuck Reed, Marty Wilson
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 "Toilet-to-tap" water gains steam in Calif. amid drought

Gov. Jerry Brown signals support for controversial plan to use recycled wastewater to replenish drinking water supply »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 There's a Major Oil Spill in California. So Where's the Outrage in D.C.?

Greens want to see strong response, but political reaction has been muted. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Lois Capps, Dianne Feinstein, water
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 California producers fear Mexico, Canada retaliation over labeling law

Facing potentially punishing tariffs on U.S. wine, apples, cherries and more, after a WTO ruling against the United States’ labeling requirements for beef and pork, California ranchers and their Capitol…Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jim Costa, Jeff Denham, Dianne Feinstein, Doug LaMalfa, Tom McClintock, Devin Nunes, Mike Thompson
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 Is UC budget keeping Californians out?

The University of California Board of Regents took up the proposed budget deal hashed out by Gov. Jerry Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano to stave off tuition hikes for two years. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, John A. Perez, Bonnie Reiss
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 What L.A. can expect with its new minimum wage hike

Los Angeles is bracing for a new minimum wage hike and wondering whether it will have an adverse effect on businesses. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 Obamacare: California exchange caps specialty drug costs for patients

Tackling the high price of specialty drugs, California's Obamacare exchange capped what consumers will have to pay for expensive medications each month. »Read

In this article: Dave Jones, Peter V. Lee, Marty Morgenstern
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 Covered California sets caps on consumer costs for specialty drugs

Covered California became the first health benefit exchange in the nation to set caps on how much consumers have to pay for specialty drugs, but the board action Thursday didn’t make everybody happy. Most consumers will pay a maximum of $250 per ... »Read

In this article: Beth Capell, Dave Jones, Peter V. Lee, Marty Morgenstern
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 Poll: Hillary Clinton's support dips in California; no clear leader in GOP pool

Jeb Bush and Scott Walker are down in a new Field Poll, while Marco Rubio rises slightly. »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Carly Fiorina
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 CA farmers will soon have answers on new water cuts

Farmers along the river delta at the heart of California agriculture expected to get an answer Friday on their surprise offer to give up a quarter of their water this year in exchange for being spared deeper mandatory cutbacks as California responds ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Remember When Brown Was For Local Control?

When I used to write that Gov. Jerry Brown didn’t have much of a plan or an idea behind his second go-round as governor, the protests came back hard. No, no, he’s for local control. The case for Brown as champion of the locals went like this. He ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, water
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 Gov. Jerry Brown touts economic boom, report says some being left behind

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday painted a rosy picture for the economic rebound in the Bay Area and California during a conference on Thursday, but a report released at the event warned that the Bay Area faces a 'skills gap' between available jobs and ... »Read

In this article: Bay Area Council, Jerry Brown, state budget
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 All that Analysis of the Glazer Victory

According to the Democratic Party analysis of Steve Glazer’s victory in Senate District 7, Glazer ran a “cynical” campaign appealing to Republicans and, “We know that low turnout elections favor Republicans. When Democratic voters show up ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Steven Glazer, Steve Greenhut, Tony Quinn, Shawnda Westly
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 LA Finally Wises Up On ADA Compliance

In April, the City of Los Angeles reached a deal to repair the city’s broken and crumbling sidewalks, at a cost of more than $1 billion over 30 years. Just how bad are the city’s sidewalks? One city estimate found that 40 percent of the ... »Read
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 California Environmental Quality Act, Greenhouse Gas Regulation and Climate Change

(Editor’s Note: This is the introduction to a new report, California’s Social Priorties, from Chapman University’s Center for Demographics and Policy. The report is authored by David Friedman and Jennifer Hernandez. Read the full report ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CEQA, global warming, green jobs, greenhouse gas, Legislature
Bills: AB 32,
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 Health insurance makes big shift to managed-care regulator

A big shift in the individual health insurance market in 2014 gave the California Department of Managed Health Care the most enrollment in all three sectors of commercial insurance. DMHC now regulates 82 percent of the individual market, 77 percent ... »Read

In this article: Dave Jones, Legislature, Kevin McCarty
Bills: AB 1434,
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 California Senate panel should let right-to-die bill move forward

As polls have shown consistently, a strong majority of Californians believe that terminally ill people should be able to end their lives peacefully and without pain when death is near. The state's residents have waited too long; they have watched ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, William W. Monning, Lois Wolk
Bills: SB 128,
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 Disabled L.A. man's desire to vote leads to probe of alleged state violations

Stephen Lopate was just a boy when he first mentioned he wanted to vote someday in a presidential election. »Read

In this article: Peter Allen, Martin Block, Hillary Clinton, water
Bills: SB 589,
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 Knight: 2nd Quarter Will Quell Fundraising Doubts

Freshman California Republican Steve Knight promises he’ll do much better raising campaign money in the second quarter than he did in the first. »Read

In this article: illegal immigration, Stephen T. Knight, Barack Obama, Tony Strickland, water
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 Archives show Hillary Clinton OK'd tax breaks for nonprofits

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- As first lady in the final year of the Clinton administration, Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed a White House plan to give tax breaks to private foundations and wealthy charity donors at the same time the William J. ... »Read

In this article: Eli Broad, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Robert R. Rubin
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 Covered California caps specialty drug costs*

<p>The board of <b>Covered California</b>, the state's health care exchange, <a href=http:* <p>'The four board members unanimously agreed to impose $250 monthly limits on out-of-pocket prescription costs for most ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, Drought, Steven Glazer, Legislature, Paul Mitchell, Tony Quinn, Jim Ross, Loretta Sanchez, Dan Walters, water
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