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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

"Well said Avg. Joe. The headline is like saying: taking a laxative May make you defecate."

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Minimum wage up $3 in Oakland; may impact small businesses

"may impact small business- really a $3 increase overnight would certainly impact any small business. Probably hurts non-minimum wage restaurant workers more than anything else, only ones making minimum wage in table service establishments are the tipped employees. That leaves the best paid people in the house getting a $3/hour raise, to the detriment of the others. Back asswards."

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 Legislature, close loophole exempting building projects from CEQA
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 The better, fairer minimum wage -- add time and tips
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 Laura Capps Won't Seek Mother's Seat in California

Laura Capps announced Monday she will not seek the California seat being vacated by her mother, Democratic Rep. Lois Capps. »Read

In this article: Khatchik Achadjian, Lois Capps, Barack Obama
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 Corinthian Colleges closes all 28 remaining campuses

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Corinthian Colleges canceled classes Monday and shut down all of its remaining 28 ground campuses, displacing about 16,000 students, less than two weeks after the Education Department announced it was fining the for-profit ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Theodore R. Mitchell
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 Behind the Storefront: Google says emoji pants, tulle skirts are all the rage

Want to rock the hot fashion trends this spring? Put away your skinny jeans, one-shoulder dresses and “normcore” Jerry Seinfield-style bland fashion of jeans and white sneakers. Put on some emoji jogger pants, tulle skirts and sport a top with ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Lisa A. Green
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 Laura Burton Capps Not Running for Congress

The daughter of retiring Rep. Lois Capps announced she won't be jumping into the race. »Read

In this article: Khatchik Achadjian, Lois Capps
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 The case for Sukhee Kang in SD-29

While the news of Sukhee Kang’s candidacy for SD-29 broke last week might be old (I was out of town on business all last week; sorry readers), I hope to shed a little light on his announcement. Kang led Irvine through the toughest years of the ... »Read

In this article: Larry Agran, Pete Aguilar, Board of Equalization, California Democratic Party, John Campbell, John Chiang, Steven Choi, Judy Chu, Greg Diamond, Janice Hahn, Michael Honda, Robert Huff, Sukhee Kang, Beth Krom, Ted W. Lieu, Alan Lowenthal, Fiona Ma, Gavin Newsom, Tim Shaw, Mark Takano, Art Torres, water, Betty T. Yee
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 Republican activist Del Beccaro to seek California U.S. Senate seat

(Corrects April 26 story. Paragraph 3 to show Rocky Chavez is state assembly member, not state senator)) »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, California Republican Party, Rocky Chavez, Thomas Del Beccaro, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez
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 Murray, mom in tennis shoes in '92, stands her ground

WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's a disturbance in the force of the tradition-bound Senate and her name is Patty Murray.... »Read

In this article: Loretta Lynch, No Child Left Behind
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 House passes info sharing bill, ball in Senate court

The difference? House GOP leadership can't blame Democrats if the bill stalls again. »Read

In this article: Darrell Issa, Loretta Lynch, Kevin McCarthy, Adam Schiff, Senate Democrats
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 Minimum wage debate playing out in Los Angeles theaters

  “All the world’s a stage,” wrote William Shakespeare, and political theater on the hot topic of the minimum wage is playing out in smaller Los Angeles theaters. We’re not The post Minimum wage debate playing out in Los Angeles ... »Read

In this article: Joel Fox, minimum wage, referendum
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 The Fix: Why would two same-sex marriage proponents even host an event for Ted Cruz?

You've likely heard about what happened already. Two New York City entrepreneurs, leaders in the city's gay business community, hosted a small event for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) in their Central Park South penthouse. The story got to the Times, and ... »Read

In this article: Rudy Giuliani, Patrick Murphy, Barack Obama, Same-sex marriage
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 Fifty California colleges abruptly close

In a surprise move that stunned students and education experts alike, a 150-year old chain of for-profit colleges, including Corinthian and Heald, abruptly shut down this weekend, shuttering over 50 California campuses. Jill Tucker has the story for ... »Read

In this article: Evan Westrup, water, Dan Walters, Legislature, Kamala Harris, Michael Finnegan, Rocky Chavez, California Target Book, Sutter Brown, Barbara Boxer
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 Port truckers for Long Beach, Los Angeles strike over charges of wage theft

Port truckers have voted to go on strike against four local transportation companies in the latest episode of what has been on ongoing dispute between employers and the drivers who haul goods to and from the harbor. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Robert B. Garcia
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 'Jeb's Story': Bush Advisers Brief Top Donors at Miami Summit

MIAMI BEACH – Jeb Bush’s top donors are hearing Monday from a range of his policy advisers and political supporters whose biographies offer a flavor of his anticipated presidential campaign. »Read

In this article: Mark Green, Mike Murphy
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 Martin O'Malley heads overseas to deliver some paid speeches

Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, who’s been busy traveling to early presidential nominating states, is diverting overseas for a few days to make some money for his family.The Democrat is scheduled to deliver a series of paid speeches in ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, renewable energy, John A. Wagner
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 Lawmakers shrug off charges that state is botching high-speed rail land acquisition

Complaints from Central Valley residents that the state has botched the acquisition of land for high-speed rail failed to convince lawmakers last week that the matter deserved further investigation. A legislative panel nixed a request from Sen. ... »Read

In this article: eminent domain, High-Speed Rail, Jeff Morales, Andy Vidak
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 Brock around the clock

The after-after-party everyone was buzzing about was the second annual party hosted by the Media Matters founder. »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, Timothy Alan Simon, Eric C. Stone
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 Acting Out the Minimum Wage Drama

“All the world’s a stage,” wrote William Shakespeare, and political theater on the hot topic of the minimum wage is playing out in smaller Los Angeles theaters. We’re not talking about minimum wage as the topic of a play, but minimum wage as ... »Read

In this article: minimum wage, referendum
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 Good Bills Are Focus of CalChamber Job Creator List

Since 2008, CalChamber has been identifying bills that will improve the state’s job climate and stimulate our economy.  We put them on our annual “Job Creator” list hoping to put a spotlight on proposals that will encourage investment in our ... »Read

In this article: CEQA
Bills: AB 1038, AB 1252, AB 1470, AB 323, AB 35, AB 52, AB 54, AB 588, AB 641, SB 249, SB 67,
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 CEQA: California Dreamin' or California Nightmare?

Our recent report on “California Social Priorities” — released by Chapman University’s Center for Demographics and Policy and the topic of the first meeting of the Houston based Center for Opportunity Urbanism — stirred up some ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, CEQA, Joel Kotkin, renewable energy, water
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 Elementary Indoctrination

To say California’s teachers’ unions wield outsize influence over state education policy is hardly novel. From setting tenure rules to rewriting dismissal statutes and blocking pension reforms, the California Teachers Association and the ... »Read

In this article: California Teachers Association, Gray Davis, Bob Hertzberg, Legislature
Bills: SB 1530,
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 Steve Glazer is fracking the California Democratic Party

Steve Glazer is fracking the California Democratic Party by Ellis Goldberg originally appearedon HALFWAY TO CONCORD. Glazer is fracking the Democratic Party by turning Democrats against Democrats and labor unions in the current campaign and is ... »Read

In this article: Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan, California Democratic Party, Steven Glazer
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 Teachers union dues rise along with pay

The Los Angeles Unified School District this month agreed to a 10 percent raise for teachers, creating a deficit for the district that would reach $559 million by 2016-17, according to The post Teachers union dues rise along with pay appeared first ... »Read

In this article: Mary Bergan, California Teachers Association, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Drought measures straddle CA-NV border

As Sierra Nevada snowpack hit record lows, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval unveiled a new drought commission, revealing that California’s extended water crisis had begun to alter political considerations across the border. But The post Drought ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Legislature, water
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 The better, fairer minimum wage -- add time and tips

I purchased my first restaurant in 1985, and I am currently the managing partner of 11 restaurants in Los Angeles, including Bestia, Republique, Barrel and Ashes, Redbird and Pettycash. Like everyone in the service industry, I have a keen interest ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, minimum wage
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 Democrats, several of them Californians, were 'Party of No' in House budget fight

As a parade of budget proposals whizzed through Congress this year, Rep. Ami Bera and 30 other lawmakers voted, at the very least, consistently. »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Julia Brownley, Jim Costa, Jeff Denham, Janice Hahn, Scott Peters, Raul Ruiz
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 Legislature, close loophole exempting building projects from CEQA

There are few state laws developers loathe more than the California Environmental Quality Act. They complain that CEQA requires endless studies at an exorbitant cost. Drawn-out public hearings and threats of lawsuits can make development too ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CEQA, Legislature
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 READ IN: Recovery Monday Edition

By Reid Wilson-- The Week Ahead: The Senate will take up Sen. Bob Corker's (R-Tenn.) proposal to give Congress a vote on any eventual diplomatic deal with Iran this week, and Corker is near a veto-proof majority. They'll begin debate on Tuesday, ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Loretta Lynch, Mike Murphy, Antonio Villaraigosa, water
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 The Science of How Gay Marriage Will Destroy America

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case that could legalize same-sex marriage in every state by the end of the court's term in June. To stop that from happening, supporters of the state-level bans that could be in jeopardy ... »Read

In this article: Mike Huckabee, Proposition 8, Same-sex marriage
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 Tester's DSCC Pursues Same Strategy That Nearly Nixed Him in 2006

If the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had its way a decade ago, its current chairman probably wouldn’t be in the Senate today. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Kamala Harris, Patrick Murphy, Brian Schweitzer
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 Same-Sex Marriage, In The Justices' Words

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the question of same-sex marriage. In the meantime, though, we do know a good deal about the views of the justices already. »Read

In this article: John Roberts, Same-sex marriage
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 Retirees get voter-OKed pension cut overturned

A retiree group won a big victory last month. Reversing a superior court ruling, an appeals court overturned part of a voter-approved San Francisco pension reform in 2011 that ended higher payments to retirees when investments have “excess ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Edwin M. Lee
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 House rebels blame GOP leaders for falling contributions

As he began his first re-election run in early 2013, tea party Rep. Thomas Massie had no trouble raising money from business interests. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Barack Obama
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 Snakegate: What Does Gov. Slytherin Have to Hide?

More than a week after Jerry Brown advised the world that he’d conquered a rattlesnake, many more questions than answers remain about his Great White Hunter Facebook pic (shown below). After our scooplet about the governor’s vainglorious post ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Evan Westrup
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 State should butt out of the war against tobacco

A March 2014 Gallup poll found that the two U.S. states with the lowest smoking rates were Utah and California. Utah was No. 1, a distinction it’s held since the poll began in 2008, with 12.2 percent of those polled saying they were smokers.... »Read

In this article: Ed Hernandez, Richard Pan, Mark Stone, Tony Thurmond
Bills: AB 48, SB 151,
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 Rocky Chávez raising money for many campaigns

The Republican assemblyman is raising moeny in his state account, but he’s running for federal office. He plans to give it to other GOP Assembly candidates. “I call it my tithing,” he said. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, California Republican Party, Thomas Del Beccaro, Kamala Harris
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 AM Alert: Affordable housing advocates lobby California lawmakers

Affordable housing dwellers will be in Sacramento pushing for legislation. California has a serious lack of cheap housing - lawmakers want to fix that. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Travis Allen, Toni Atkins, Drought, Adam Gray, Robert Huff, Legislature, Kristin Olsen, Alex Padilla, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
Bills: AB 1461,
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 Corinthian to close its last schools; 10,000 students in state displaced

After years of government investigations, Corinthian Colleges Inc. will shut down more than two dozen of its remaining schools, displacing more than 10,000 California students. The move ends the turmoil at what was once one of the nation's largest ... »Read

In this article: Ben Miller, Theodore R. Mitchell
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 Top U.S. court appears on cusp of declaring right to gay marriage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's arguments on Tuesday over same-sex marriage will cap more than two decades of litigation and a transformation in public attitudes. »Read

In this article: Barack Obama, John Roberts, Same-sex marriage
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 Import our water from wetter climes? It's a pipe dream

If it only were this simple: Build a pipeline to Seattle and solve California's water problems. »Read

In this article: Drought, Legislature, George Skelton, Lester Snow, Nancy Vogel, water
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