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California seeks to extend landmark climate-change effort

"Governor Brown may need “real” tax dollars to continue to fund his high speed rail as those “fees” from cap & trade are diminishing. Maybe it’s karma that the cash cow of the cap & trade “fees” may be dying, as CARB avoids the transparency that the program has done little in 10 years to reduce California’s 1% contribution to the World’s Green House gases. California’s flagship climate change policy Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Initiative was signed into law in 2006 when California was contributing 1% to the worlds green hose gases. And now, 10 years later, by AVOIDING transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade, the state can focus on how to spend the cap and trade funds they receive. Now, a decade later, according to the California Energy Commission we still contributes a miniscule 1 percent ( 1%). The cap & trade program that hits the motorists’ pocketbooks and has had little to no impact on the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, the state, by avoiding transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade remains on a go-it-alone crusade to micro manage the California emissions that generates billions of dollars for the government at the expense of businesses and the financially challenged. With numerous state government agencies there is a feeding frenzy on getting a piece of the lucrative cap and trade tax revenue. The public, especially the homeless and poor that are paying dearly for the emissions crusade efforts of the AQMD deserves to know if there is any progress over the last decade in reducing California’s 1% contribution to the world’s greenhouse gases."

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Brown Administration Proposes Another 10 Years Of Cap-And-Trade

"Governor Brown may need “real” tax dollars to continue to fund his high speed rail as those “fees” from cap & trade are diminishing. Maybe it’s karma that the cash cow of the cap & trade “fees” may be dying, as CARB avoids the transparency that the program has done little in 10 years to reduce California’s 1% contribution to the World’s Green House gases. California’s flagship climate change policy Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Initiative was signed into law in 2006 when California was contributing 1% to the worlds green hose gases. And now, 10 years later, by AVOIDING transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade, the state can focus on how to spend the cap and trade funds they receive. Now, a decade later, according to the California Energy Commission we still contributes a miniscule 1 percent ( 1%). The cap & trade program that hits the motorists’ pocketbooks and has had little to no impact on the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, the state, by avoiding transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade remains on a go-it-alone crusade to micro manage the California emissions that generates billions of dollars for the government at the expense of businesses and the financially challenged. With numerous state government agencies there is a feeding frenzy on getting a piece of the lucrative cap and trade tax revenue. The public, especially the homeless and poor that are paying dearly for the emissions crusade efforts of the AQMD deserves to know if there is any progress over the last decade in reducing California’s 1% contribution to the world’s greenhouse gases."

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High-speed rail still off the tracks

"Governor Brown may need “real” tax dollars to continue to fund his high speed rail as those “fees” from cap & trade are diminishing. Maybe it’s karma that the cash cow of the cap & trade “fees” may be dying, as CARB avoids the transparency that the program has done little in 10 years to reduce California’s 1% contribution to the World’s Green House gases. California’s flagship climate change policy Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Initiative was signed into law in 2006 when California was contributing 1% to the worlds green hose gases. And now, 10 years later, by AVOIDING transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade, the state can focus on how to spend the cap and trade funds they receive. Now, a decade later, according to the California Energy Commission we still contributes a miniscule 1 percent ( 1%). The cap & trade program that hits the motorists’ pocketbooks and has had little to no impact on the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, the state, by avoiding transparency of the results of the California emissions crusade remains on a go-it-alone crusade to micro manage the California emissions that generates billions of dollars for the government at the expense of businesses and the financially challenged. With numerous state government agencies there is a feeding frenzy on getting a piece of the lucrative cap and trade tax revenue. The public, especially the homeless and poor that are paying dearly for the emissions crusade efforts of the AQMD deserves to know if there is any progress over the last decade in reducing California’s 1% contribution to the world’s greenhouse gases."

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Cal Fire director urges good behavior to avoid a 'bad article'

"Sage advice."

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$15 an hour minimum wage is pure fiction

"The new minimum wage crusade will result in ALL wages increasing, but it will benefit the rich more than the financially challenged. The crusade to put a “band aid” on the wound of these ever increasing costs, is to raise the minimum wage. The better solution would be to HEAL the wound by DECREASING the over regulations, over taxation, and uncontrollable “fees” on businesses that are slight inconveniences to those making the big bucks but the California financially challenged will continue to disproportionally pick up the costs “camouflaged" at businesses. Again, our elected officials never look at the unintended consequence of higher wages for everyone will benefit the rich more than those on minimum wage via those annual Cost of Living Adjustments in the years ahead. The separation of the rich from the financially challenged continues to be perpetuated with the “traditional” COLA wage adjustments. Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA) to wages favors the well paid: A 3% COLA adjustment for someone making $100K will result in their compensation being almost $135K in 10 years, but for someone making $30K, their compensation will be $40K in 10 years. The differential being $24K more for the well compensated as the financially challenged continue to fall further behind. Is it fair to give a COLA adjustment to someone making the big bucks $24K more than the person making lower wages for “their” cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care? These higher wage folks are eating similar foods and using the same fuels for their cars as those making fewer wages. Throwing money as a band aid to cover the rising costs for everyone buys votes for reelection, but does not heal the wound of why the costs are rising."

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 Sanders, delegates to meet privately amid lingering angst

Sanders backers have expressed frustration over the nominating procedures, the party platform and party leadership, with some suggesting they may protest or take action on the floor. While party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is stepping down ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Norman Solomon
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 Democrats seek display of unity despite leadership shuffle

[...] they face lingering bitterness among supporters of defeated rival Bernie Sanders and a fresh political mess of the party's own making. Wasserman Schultz's abrupt departure was undoubtedly an effort to keep the Democrats' gathering from ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Norman Solomon
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 What Hillary Must Do at the DNC in Phiadelphia

Convening in Philadelphia this week, Hillary Clinton’s Democratic Party must counter Donald Trump’s fear and loathing GOP convention by offering a practical and promising economic message targeted at beleaguered and persuadable middle class ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton
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 Wildfire ripped through like 'freight train,' destroying homes near Santa Clarita

Just a few weeks ago, Ted Kellum told his wife that he felt like they lived in paradise. After relocating to the Santa Clarita area from Texas for his new job as a defense contractor at Raytheon, Kellum and his family settled into a home on Sand ... »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Drought, water
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 Thousands of pro-Sanders, anti-fracking marchers hit streets

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators took to Philadelphia's sweltering streets Sunday, cheering, chanting and beating drums in the first major protests ahead of the Democratic National Convention, as the city wilted during a heat wave. ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Environmental Justice, Richard P. Ross, water
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 Why a new law isn't shrinking the overload of ballot initiatives much -- yet

Protracted policy questions. Big-money battles. Contradictory proposals that are difficult to discern. It's shaping up to be an all-too-typical fall election, once again confronting California voters with an unwieldy ballot. This wasn't supposed to ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, Bob Hertzberg, Legislature, minimum wage, state budget, Darrell Steinberg
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 Dodgers help keep RBI program alive and well

Two dozen boys wearing Dodgers shirts invaded the dugouts and started pulling on their baseball cleats. It was early on a cool, sunless Saturday morning in July at Watkins Park in South Los Angeles and some of the teenagers had been waiting since 8 ... »Read

In this article: Adam Jones, John Young
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 Would extending California income tax hikes cause rich to leave?

One-percenters pay half of state income taxesTemporary tax hikes didn’t spur mass exodusWould extending them have different effect? … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Betty T. Yee
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 Meet California Democratic convention delegates for Hillary Clinton (and Bernie Sanders)

Six of California 551 delegates to the Democratic National Convention share their thoughtsGroup includes longtime activists and rookiesDelegation includes 254 for Clinton, 221 for Sanders and 76 unpledged … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dolores Huerta, minimum wage, Barack Obama, Dave Roberts
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 Hillary Clinton seeks party unity amid 'a lot of anger out there'

Bernie Sanders delegates from California resist Clinton at Democratic National ConventionSanders scheduled to address convention Monday nightEmail leaks, Clinton’s vice presidential pick anger Sanders supporters … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Mark DiCamillo, Dianne Feinstein, Barack Obama, Darry Sragow, Pete Wilson
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 Inspired by San Mateo suit, Gov. Brown signs bill to protect rights of blind voters

A new California law aimed at protecting the voting rights of the blind was inspired by a lawsuit against San Mateo County, according to the office of State Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Phil Ting
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 OC T-shirt maker hopes to juice business at Ontario's old Sunkist site

The city clerk, as a girl, walked into the lobby for free orange juice and a handful of orange candy. A councilman, when he was fresh out of high school, drove a forklift and loaded freight at the plant. An assemblyman's father brought in oranges by ... »Read

In this article: Paul S. Leon, minimum wage, water
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