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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

"The headline is completely contradicted by the article itself. What's the reality here?"

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California focuses on power lines as top cause of wildfires

"And when the insurance companies refuse to pay or refuse to renew policies of homeowners in affected areas, who is left holding the bag?"

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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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 LAO raises doubts about teachers' pension bailout
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 DCCC Names First 16 Candidates to 'Red to Blue' Program
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 Point Reyes: Lawsuit challenges historic ranching operations at iconic park
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 Meet the Toughest Mountains in California
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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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 California bill would create gun-violence research center

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A California state senator is proposing legislation to create a gun violence research center at the University of California.... »Read

In this article: Mike Gatto, Lois Wolk
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 Clinton, Sanders debate after splitting contests

MILWAUKEE — After splitting the first two voting contests, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are taking their increasingly heated fight for the Democratic presidential nomination back to the debate stage Thursday night, jockeying for advantage as ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, John Lewis, minimum wage
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 Tribune editorial: Coastal Commission firing raises public suspicions

We'll say this for the California Coastal Commission: It must have had a powerful reason for firing Charles Lester as director Wednesday night after facing down more than 100 of his advocates and six hours of impassioned testimony in his defense. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Peter Douglas
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 School bonds can be source of scandal: Dan Walters

By Dan WaltersOver the last four decades, California has borrowed nearly $45 billion via bonds to finance construction projects for the state's K-12 school districts.Repaying the loans with interest has roughly doubled the face value of those bonds. ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Kamala Harris, Bill Lockyer, Dan Walters
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 Sanders debuts 4-minute ad featuring daughter of New York man who died in police chokehold

The new spot debuts as Sanders faces question from Hillary Clinton supporters about his civil rights advocacy. »Read

In this article: Michael Briggs, Hillary Clinton, John Lewis, John A. Wagner
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 How coastal commissioners voted on the ouster of Charles Lester

The California Coastal Commission voted 7 to 5 on Wednesday to dismiss Executive Director Charles Lester. Here's how they voted: GOVERNOR APPOINTEES Effie Turnbull-Sanders: YES Appointed by Jerry Brown 2/4/2014 – serves at the pleasure of the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Toni Atkins, Carole Groom, Legislature, Los Angeles Unified School District, Don Perata, John A. Perez, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Darrell Steinberg, water
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 Dan Walters: DAs fight governor's measure

Brown wants to overhaul criminal sentencingProsecutors say it will undermine crime-fightingOther law enforcement groups still uncommitted … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Bonnie Dumanis, Legislature, Larry Morse
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 Political Wrangling Over 'People's Pledge' in New Hampshire

Just days after Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic primary with 60 percent of the vote — a presidential race in which he’s made campaign finance a big issue against Hillary Clinton — the Granite State’s ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Patrick Murphy, Ryan Williams
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 After 16 weeks, gas leak near Los Angeles is stopped " at least temporarily

Southern California Gas Co. announced Thursday that it has temporarily controlled the flow of gas from a well near Porter Ranch, a crucial first step in the effort to stop the leak that has forced thousands to flee their homes. The gas company said ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Energy Commission, global warming, greenhouse gas, Brad Sherman, Robert Weisenmiller
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 Live Coverage of the Democratic Debate*

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In this article: Hillary Clinton, John F. Kerry, John Lewis, minimum wage, Barack Obama
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 Clinton will seek a reboot against Sanders on debate stage

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders meet in Milwaukee on Thursday night for a high-stakes debate that will give the Democrats' putative front-runner her first opportunity after a decisive rejection in New Hampshire to put to rest growing concerns ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Environmental Justice, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, water
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 Proposed fix for state utilities commission could make it worse: Editorial

For at least a decade, the California Public Utilities Commission has failed to carry out its basic mission. It still cozies up to the utilities it regulates at the public's expense.Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Burbank, believes he has the answer: a ... »Read

In this article: Michael Florio, Mike Gatto, Legislature, Michael R. Peevey
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 Gas leak near Los Angeles is temporarily stopped after 16 weeks

Southern California Gas Co. announced Thursday it has temporarily controlled the flow of gas from a well near Porter Ranch, a crucial first step in the effort to stop the leak that has forced thousands to flee their homes. The gas company said that ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Energy Commission, global warming, greenhouse gas, Brad Sherman, Robert Weisenmiller
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 CA bill would allow 16-year-olds to cast ballots

Turning 16 in California traditionally meant the chance to finally obtain a driver's license. But soon, turning 16 could also mean the chance to vote. »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature, Kevin McCarty, Tony Thurmond
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 Porter Ranch gas leak is 'temporarily' stopped, officials say

The massive gas leak at Southern California Gas Co.'s Aliso Canyon storage field above Porter Ranch that forced an estimated 15,000 residents to flee the community has been temporarily controlled, SoCalGas officials declared today. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, greenhouse gas, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Porter Ranch gas leak stopped, officials say

The massive gas leak at Southern California Gas Co.'s Aliso Canyon storage field above Porter Ranch that since October has forced an estimated 15,000 »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, greenhouse gas, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Porter Ranch gas leak is 'temporarily stopped,' officials say

The massive gas leak at Southern California Gas Co.'s Aliso Canyon storage field above Porter Ranch that forced an estimated 15,000 residents to flee the community has been temporarily controlled, SoCalGas officials declared today. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, greenhouse gas, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Female lawmakers float package of bills seeking pay equity, child care funding

A package of proposals unveiled Thursday by female lawmakers would help women in California achieve equitable pay and expand family-leave job protections, as well as earmark more state funds for child care and for helping children on welfare. The ... »Read

In this article: Nora Campos, Hillary Clinton, Family Leave, Lorena Gonzalez, Holly J. Mitchell
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 Clinton, Sanders to debate after splitting contests

MILWAUKEE (AP) — After splitting the first two voting contests, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are taking their increasingly heated fight for the Democratic presidential nomination back to the debate stage Thursday night, jockeying for ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, John Lewis, minimum wage
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 Initiative 'silly season' may not be so silly after all: Thomas Elias

Just a few months ago, it seemed as if the November election might produce the silliest 'silly season' ever seen in modern California politics. But the essential good sense of shoppers around the state appears to have prevented that.It's shoppers at ... »Read

In this article: Thomas D. Elias, Legislature, minimum wage, Richard Pan
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 Breakthrough in Porter Ranch gas leak fix is expected soon

The delicate, high-stakes effort to fix a massive gas leak in Porter Ranch that has forced thousands to flee their homes continued Thursday amid signs of optimism. An emergency relief well is expected to intersect Southern California Gas Co.'s ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Energy Commission, global warming, greenhouse gas, Brad Sherman, Robert Weisenmiller
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 Reward suggested for homeless man who helped find 2 OC jail escapees

A new report by two Orange County supervisors says a homeless man who spotted a stolen van in San Francisco and helped police recapture two dangerous jail escapees deserves up to $100,000 for his efforts. »Read

In this article: Sandra Hutchens, Todd Spitzer
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 Firing of Coastal Commission chief Charles Lester leaves deep divisions

The California Coastal Commission's decision late Wednesday to fire its executive director, Charles Lester, after closed-door deliberations sparked outrage by environmentalists and is expected to leave deep divisions. Many of the more than 100 ... »Read

In this article: Dayna Bochco, Peter Douglas, Carole Groom, water
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 Carlos Santana, Zoe Saldana and other Latinos say Rubio and Bush belong to the 'party of Trump'

Two dozen Latino celebrities came together Thursday to implore voters to reject Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and other top Republican presidential candidates who they say have turned their backs on the Latino community and “embraced the party of ... »Read

In this article: Dolores Huerta, Early Primary
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 Political drama is nothing new to California Coastal Commission

In the 1950s and 1960s, developers and urban planners had big ideas for the coast. They talked about high-rise residential towers, marinas and resorts.  'Development of Southland Coast nation's hottest,' cheered a Times story in 1961 that was ... »Read

In this article: George Deukmejian, Peter Douglas, Legislature, Liquefied natural gas, Proposition 20
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 California prison employees to get diversity training

New corrections chief intends to change the culture among guards »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California prisons, Scott Kernan
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 Hillary Clinton Endorsed By Congressional Black Caucus PAC

But not all the members of the Congressional Black Caucus have endorsed Clinton »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Barbara Lee, John Lewis
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 The Latest: Bloomberg sees chance in NH primary results

The Latest from the 2016 campaign trail (all times local): … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Barbara Lee, John Lewis
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 CalChamber sends 'job killer' bills to its personal graveyard

The California Chamber of Commerce introduces its ‘job killer’ list every spring Only 47 of 650 bills on the list have become law since 1997Critics question the chamber’s motives, methodology … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Lorena Gonzalez, Fred L. Main, sick leave, Peter Ueberroth, Pete Wilson, Allan Zaremberg
Bills: AB 1522, AB 359,
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 Costal Commission Fires Executive Director

Commissioners say Charles Lester was often unreachable and withheld information. »Read

In this article: Peter Douglas, Carole Groom
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 DCCC Names First 16 Candidates to 'Red to Blue' Program

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Thursday its first round of 2016 candidates in the “Red to Blue” program, which highlights strong Democratic candidates running in open seats and districts held by Republicans that ... »Read

In this article: Lois Capps, Patrick Murphy
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 LAO raises doubts about teachers' pension bailout

A new report from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office is raising questions about the long-term effectiveness of the Legislature’s 2014 bailout of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, which will nearly double ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS, Legislature
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 California Coastal Commission fires popular executive director

Defying a hostile crowd, the California Coastal Commission voted Wednesday to fire Executive Director Charles Lester, a decision that environmentalists fear could weaken the agency's restrictions on development of the state's precious coastline. »Read

In this article: Dayna Bochco, Carole Groom, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Point Reyes: Lawsuit challenges historic ranching operations at iconic park

Three groups sued the National Park Service, claiming that the cattle are causing erosion, polluting waterways with manure, harming endangered salmon and other species and blocking public access. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, water
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 Feel the Burn: Aloe Vera Added to Prop. 65 List

There are two very different types of actors in the realm of making our economy tick. Entrepreneurs wake of every day trying to think of new ways to innovate, to expand, and thus create new jobs. Then there are the regulators in Sacramento who wake ... »Read

In this article: Legislature
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 Meet the Toughest Mountains in California

Don’t mess with the Tehachapis. California has taller mountain ranges, more famous mountain ranges, even more beautiful mountain ranges. But no mountains here are tougher—or more important—than the Tehachapis. A mishmash of mid-sized peaks ... »Read

In this article: eminent domain, Bob Reid
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 How Did Eric Linder Win The Left And The Right?

Several times in the last year, Assemblyman Eric Linder (R-Corona) pushed the green “Yes” button on his desk when most of his Republican colleagues pressed “No.” He broke from his party to vote for labor-backed bills requiring more ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Jon Fleischman, Alma Hernandez, Legislature, Eric Linder, Barack Obama, SEIU
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 Coastal Commission Fires Top Staffer

By Ben AdlerThe California Coastal Commission has fired its executive director after a heated debate that pitted environmentalists against developers. Commissioners voted 7-5 to dismiss Charles Lester during a lengthy closed session late Wednesday ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown
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 The Small Business President

The United States Chamber of Commerce has begun a letter writing campaign to the next president of the United States to emphasize good choices for the economy. The project is labeled Dear 45, as in a salutation in a letter to the 45th president. The ... »Read

In this article: Thomas Mack
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 Essential California: The fight over California's coast

Good morning. It is Thursday, Feb. 11. San Francisco is now home to the $15 cup of coffee. It’s eight ounces of pour-over coffee, and it’s served in a paper cup. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES Coastal firing When ... »Read

In this article: Leroy Baca, Drought, Jessica A. Levinson
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 Today: The Sheriff and the Scandal. Obama's Admission.

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. TOP STORIES 'They Shot My Baby' The Minnie Mouse balloons and leftover cake from 1-year-old Autumn Johnson's birthday were still in her ... »Read

In this article: Leroy Baca, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Barack Obama
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 The Brief: After N.H., Presidential Hopefuls Shift Gears

The Big Conversation In the aftermath of the New Hampshire primaries, the field of candidates cleared some on the Republican side while the remaining hopefuls began the job of positioning themselves for the upcoming contests in South Carolina and ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Manuel Lozano, Same-sex marriage, water
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