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   Poll: Your neighbors probably think you're a water waster
Los Angeles Times / Editorial - March 26, 1:10 pm
Last summer, #droughtshaming was born as Californians took to social media to out their neighbors’ water-wasting ways. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Mark Baldassare, PPIC,

 LA City Council To Hold Hearing On Minimum Wage Hike Proposal In Watts
KCBS - March 26, 12:37 pm
A Los Angeles City Council committee will hold a public hearing in Watts tonight to talk about a proposal to raise the minimum wage to as high as $15.25 per hour by 2019. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Eric Garcetti,

   Gavin Newsom doesn't think marijuana legalization stance will hurt him
San Francisco Chronicle / Politics Blog - March 26, 12:16 pm
No, Gavin Newsom told me, being the frontman for California’s drive to legalize marijuana in 2016 will not hurt him in 2018 — when he likely will be running for governor. On Thursday, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy that Newsom ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Gavin Newsom,

 Will Californians Vote On Executing Gays and Lesbians?
The Atlantic - March 26, 11:58 am
Unless a court intervenes, the state will have to allow an attorney to collect signatures for a ballot measure that would authorize mass murder. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Richard Bloom, Kamala Harris, referendum,

 Berkeley council endorses in-law units
Bay Area News Group - East Bay / The Oakland Tribune - March 26, 11:54 am
ADUs would enable aging property owners to 'age in place,' or stay in their homes and neighborhoods, by defraying some costs such as high property taxes with rental income, while putting a dent in the city's affordable housing shortage, the Berkeley ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Tom Bates, Kriss Worthington,

 Backed by private equity, Sacramento firm buys biomass plant -- and is looking for more
Business Journal / Sacramento - March 26, 11:44 am
Sacramento’s Greenleaf Power has agreed to buy a 37.5-megawatt biomass plant in Connecticut. And with a pot of money from investors, it's looking for more deals like it. The Plainfield Renewable Energy plant in Connecticut opened at the end of ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: renewable energy,

 State drought relief package falls short, conservation advocates say
Los Angeles Times / California - March 26, 11:42 am
Not only will the $1-billion spending plan approved by lawmakers Thursday provide little immediate relief to drought-stricken Californians, state leaders are missing an opportunity to take more decisive action to restrict water use, conservation ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Lester Snow,

   AP Exclusive: Special ops troops using flawed intel software
Sacramento Bee - March 26, 11:26 am
Special operations troops heading to war zones are asking for commercial intelligence analysis software they say will help their missions. But their requests are languishing, and they are being ordered to use a flawed, in-house system preferred by ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Duncan Hunter, Jackie Speier,

   California lawmakers heading to Cuba for trade mission
Los Angeles Times / California - March 26, 11:16 am
Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) is leading a delegation of nine California legislators and 18 other state officials on a five-day trade mission to Cuba starting on Monday. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Luis Alejo, Darius Anderson, Toni Atkins, Kevin De Leon, Adam Gray, Bob Huff, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Legislature, Jose Medina, Henry T. Perea, Bill Quirk, Rudy Salas,

 $1B California drought plan heads to Gov. Brown's desk
KCRA 3 - March 26, 10:55 am
A plan to pump $1 billion of water spending into drought-stricken California cleared the Legislature on Thursday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign the legislation. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Toni Atkins, Richard Bloom, Legislature, Kristin Olsen,

 $1B Water Spending Plan Heads To Gov. Jerry Brown
KPBS San Diego public broadcasting / News radio (MP3) podcast - March 26, 10:55 am
The California Assembly on Thursday unanimously voted 74-0 to expedite infrastructure spending and offer some aid to communities hit hard by dry conditions »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Toni Atkins, Richard Bloom, Legislature, Kristin Olsen,

   Why Does Todd Spitzer Hate the First Amendment?
The Liberal OC (blog) - March 26, 10:43 am
The First Amendment to our Constitution is pretty clear.  Government can’t make laws abridging free speech.  And this extended from Congress down through local government bodies.  Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer has announced, in ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Lucy Dunn, Todd Spitzer,

 California Assembly passes drought relief package
Sacramento Bee - March 26, 10:39 am
California’s drought is now in its fourth year. Elected officials have responded with a $1.1 billion drought package. Lawmakers have sent the measure to Gov. Jerry Brown. … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kristin Olsen, Shirley Weber,

 California's cracking down on urban water waste. What about the farmers?
Los Angeles Times / California - March 26, 10:31 am
California's brutal drought has state officials looking for ways to conserve water. Ideas that they are considering include 'directing urban agencies to limit the number of days residents can water their yards,' according to The Times. The emergency ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: George Skelton,

 Assembly approves $1-billion water bill, sends it to Gov. Jerry Brown
Los Angeles Times / Editorial - March 26, 10:22 am
The California Assembly on Thursday passed more than $1 billion in spending on water projects and drought relief. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Richard Bloom, Kristin Olsen,

 House Passes SGR Deal in Big, Bipartisan Fashion (Video)
Roll Call - March 26, 10:11 am
On Thursday, the House touched the third rail. Lawmakers didn't punt. They didn't kick the can down the road. And they were bigger than the clichs that have come to describe the predictable patterns of Congress. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi,

 House Passes SGR Deal in Big, Bipartisan Fashion
Roll Call - March 26, 10:11 am
On Thursday, the House touched the third rail. Lawmakers didn't punt. They didn't kick the can down the road. And they were bigger than the clichs that have come to describe the predictable patterns of Congress. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi,

 Medicare pay fix sails through House
The Politico - March 26, 9:32 am
The House may have passed its last 'doc fix.' »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi,

 Calif. Senate Moves $1B Water Plan Amid Drought
KCBS - March 26, 9:18 am
The state Senate on Wednesday approved a $1 billion proposal to speed up spending on water projects and offer about $75 million in immediate aid to residents and wildlife in drought-stricken California. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Tom Berryhill, Legislature, Lois Wolk,

 PG&E used pipeline safety funds for executive pay
AroundTheCapitol.com / The Roundup - March 26, 8:52 am
Michael Picker, new president of the California Public Utilities Commission told lawmakers at a hearing yesterday that Pacific Gas and Electric officials had diverted funds earmarked for pipeline safety to pay for executive raises shortly before the ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Tom Berryhill, Jerry Hill, John Myers, Gavin Newsom, Richard Pan, Lois Wolk,
Bills: SB 128,

   The unresisted rise of Kamala Harris
The Economist - March 26, 8:47 am
Everyone’s scared of Ms Harris FOR the first time since 1992, California has an open Senate seat. In January Barbara Boxer, who at 74 is the younger of its two senators, said she would not seek re-election in 2016. That should have been the cue ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Bruce Cain, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, Barack Obama, Dan Schnur, Tom Steyer, Antonio Villaraigosa,

   Can Jess save Chicago?
The Economist - March 26, 8:47 am
“SUCH a nice man,” says Lerry Knox, the boss of Unplugged Capital, a private-equity fund. He sits on the board of a charity alongside Jesús (Chuy) García, Rahm Emanuel’s challenger in the run-off for Chicago’s mayor. “He is so likeable, ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Mark Kirk, Barack Obama,

   House Advances Cybersecurity Bill Despite Surveillance Fears
National Journal - March 26, 8:31 am
The Intelligence Committee unanimously passed its information-sharing bill Thursday. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Devin Nunes, Adam Schiff,

   $1-billion water bill expected to clear final legislative hurdle
Los Angeles Times / California - March 26, 8:00 am
The California Assembly is expected to vote Thursday on more than $1 billion in spending on water projects and drought relief. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Lois Wolk,

 Microsoft tells its contractors: You must give workers paid time off
CNN / CNNMoney.com - March 26, 6:29 am
Microsoft wants its security guards, janitors and cooks to have paid time off. The tech giant said Thursday that it will begin requiring many of its suppliers to give employees in the United States at least 15 days of paid leave each year. »Read  »E-mail story

 Don't Damage the Initiative Process Out of Anger
Fox & Hounds Daily - March 26, 6:22 am
From the contemptible ('Sodomite Suppression Act') to the retaliatory to make a point ('Intolerant Jackass Act') to the corny ('The President of California Act'), California's initiative process seemed to have gone off the deep end recently ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kamala Harris,

 Stop the Federal Water Wasters
Fox & Hounds Daily - March 26, 6:16 am
If you came across somebody gasping with thirst, you wouldn't give him one of those prank drinking cups that would trickle water down his shirt. By the same token, in drought-parched California, we can't afford to have federal environmental ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Antonio Villaraigosa, water,

 Getting the Peoples Business Done -- In Memory of Bill Campbell
Fox & Hounds Daily - March 26, 6:16 am
California lost one of its great statesmen last Sunday, when veteran lawmaker, Senator Bill Campbell, passed away at the age of 79. Famous for his legendary humor as well as his legislative accomplishments, Bill served in the California Assembly and ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Bill Campbell, Coliseum Commission, Legislature, Pete Wilson,

 Let's Toast China's President, California's Savior
Fox & Hounds Daily - March 26, 6:16 am
Dear President Xi Jinping, This is a thank you note from California. Thank you, first off, for sustaining our neighborhoods through these last difficult years. Thank you for keeping wealthy Chinese so nervous about your purges of political opponents ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Air Resources Board, Joe Mathews,

 Housing: How the California Dream Became a Nightmare
Fox & Hounds Daily - March 26, 6:15 am
Important attention has been drawn to the shameful condition of middle income housing affordability in California. The state that had earlier earned its own “California Dream” label now limits the dream of homeownership principally to ... »Read  »E-mail story

 Lawmakers intent on overhaul after oil regulators' lapses
Los Angeles Times / Editorial - March 26, 5:18 am
The agency that regulates the oil industry in California is — by its own admission — in disarray. After a series of embarrassing disclosures about regulatory lapses that allowed drilling in protected aquifers, officials at the Division of Oil, ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hannah-Beth Jackson, Legislature, Fran Pavley, Catherine Reheis-Boyd,

 Newsom, other supporters call for study before 2016 pot ballot measure
Los Angeles Times / Editorial - March 26, 5:00 am
A group led by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a proponent of legalizing marijuana, is calling for a public airing of the issue to prepare the ground for an expected 2016 ballot measure that would decriminalize use of the drug. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Gavin Newsom, PPIC,

 Mayor Ed Lee faces fire over who benefits as S.F. booms
Los Angeles Times / Editorial - March 26, 3:00 am
The 656-condo Lumina complex promises a 'transcendent living experience,' with a club lounge, climbing wall and pet grooming station. The smallest units start at about $1 million. The penthouse is priced at $49 million, a city record. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Art Agnos, David Campos, Ron Conway, Ed Lee, Milken Institute, Gavin Newsom,

 Jeb Bush's tricky path to an economic plan
The Politico - March 26, 2:39 am
As Bush recruits an economic team, he hopes to avoid echoes of his brother and Romney. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Donna Arduin, George W. Bush, Lanhee Chen, Mitt Romney, Bill Simon,

 Opinions > Letters for March 26, 2015 > Readers weigh in on Hilary Clinton's email woes, young activists in the city and the effectiveness of Ayurveda.
News & Review / Sacramento - March 26, 2:29 am
Pomer for council Re “Vote Eric Guerra” (SN&R Editorial, March 19): Shame on a free-thinking paper to encourage racial partiality of one minority. Government run... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Bruce Pomer,

 Is Capitol Hill Ready To Rest Its Near-Annual 'Doc Fix' Exercise?
National Public Radio / Morning Edition - March 26, 12:48 am
Doctors who treat Medicare patients will face a huge cut, 21 percent, if Congress doesn't act by the end of the month. House leaders now think they fix a problem that has plagued Congress since 1997. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats,

 Local Stories > See lions in Sacramento > The marine mammals keep encroaching on local waterways—and stirring up trouble.
News & Review / Sacramento - March 26, 12:06 am
About a year ago, boat skipper Barry Canavero was fishing in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta with a deckhand and several customers. People pay veteran... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, water,

 Local Stories > Fracking unknown > Chico State professor addresses the lack of data on the controversial oil and gas extraction process.
News & Review / Chico - March 26, 12:05 am
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been a controversial topic in Butte County—and the nation—over the past year. The process used to extract oil and... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Fran Pavley,
Bills: SB 4,

 Poll: Support for legalizing marijuana rising in California
Sacramento Bee - March 25, 11:55 pm
Support for legalizing marijuana in California appears to be growing gradually stronger, amid talk of renewed efforts to bring a proposal to the state ballot to legalize its use, a statewide poll found Wednesday. … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Barack Obama,


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