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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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 Sen. Boxer's 'farewell tour' a thank-you to California

The triumphs include the effort by California politicians in 1995 to prevent portions of the green enclave at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge from being sold to developers. On Friday, she also pledged to see whether there’s a way in her final ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi
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 California school bus safety bill prompted by Whittier teen's death goes to governor

Only a year after the death of an autistic Whittier teen who was left alone for hours in a hot school bus, legislation to make sure that doesn't happen again has been sent to the governor. »Read

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District, Tony Mendoza
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 Capitol Roundup: Crunch Time As Legislature Nears End Of Session

By Ben Bradford The California Legislature has its ultimate deadline coming up. Session ends on Wednesday, August 30. That means any bills not voted on will have to restart the entire process of passing both chambers next year. The Assembly plans to ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Loni Hancock, Legislature, Tony Mendoza, Phil Tagami
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 Lawsuit seeks answers on destroyed city documents related to former LA councilman

Questioning whether important city documents were destroyed by former Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge, a non-profit dedicated to open government is suing the city.The San Rafael-based First Amendment Coalition filed its suit Thursday in Los ... »Read

In this article: Tom LaBonge, water, Rob Wilcox
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 The East Bay's first bus rapid transit system breaks ground on International Boulevard

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joined local pols to celebrate the groundbreaking of AC Transit's bus rapid transit system, the first of its kind in the East Bay. »Read

In this article: Barbara Lee, Legislature, Bob Wieckowski
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 How a new California law is protecting students' privacy

Educators and parents are applauding a new law that limits the personal information public schools can collect on students.Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, co-authored the bill after a federal judge in January ordered the release of ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mike Gatto, Lorena Gonzalez, Melissa Melendez
Bills: AB 2097,
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 28 postal employees accused of mail theft, other crimes in Southern California

Twenty-eight U.S. Postal Service employees, mostly in Southern California -- including the former president of the Mail Handlers Union -- have been charged with crimes including mail theft, embezzlement, bank fraud and conspiracy, the U.S. ... »Read

In this article: Jose Atilio Hernandez, Jose Hernandez
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 28 postal workers charged with mail theft, other crimes in Southern California

Twenty-eight U.S. Postal Service employees, mostly in Southern California -- including the former president of the Mail Handlers Union -- have been charged with crimes including mail theft, embezzlement, bank fraud and conspiracy, the U.S. ... »Read

In this article: Jose Atilio Hernandez, Jose Hernandez
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 Gov. Brown backs bill banning coal-export funding

SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday banning state transportation funding for new coal export terminals. Environmentalists say exporting coal from the U.S. would discourage China and other Asian countries from ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, global warming, Loni Hancock, renewable energy, Phil Tagami
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 After losing authorship, Connie Leyva gets final word on her bill

Sometimes lawmakers turn their attention to undercutting rivals in the other house – and sometimes they circle the wagons for one of their own. On Friday, the state Senate rallied … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Cheryl Brown, Jean Fuller, Legislature, Mark Leno, Connie Leyva, Tony Mendoza, Anthony Rendon
Bills: SB 1167,
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 UC Berkeley suspends plans to build Global Campus in Richmond

Dirks, who announced his resignation last week amid widespread criticism, blamed ongoing budget challenges for the collapse of the UC Berkeley Global Campus project despite more than two years of debate, community meetings, planning and fundraising ... »Read

In this article: Michael Boskin, Mark DeSaulnier
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 California governor signs bill banning coal-export funding

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday banning state transportation funding for new coal export terminals. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, global warming, Loni Hancock, Phil Tagami
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 California's new climate bill may dampen growth but it won't cripple the economy

California’s landmark climate bill, passed by the Assembly this week, has earned the ire of business groups that say it will cripple their industries. The law will not be a moneymaker for everyone, but it probably won’t wreak havoc on the ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Stephen Levy
Bills: AB 197, SB 32,
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 Jerry Brown acts to block state money for coal terminals

Gov. Jerry Brown, urging local governments and the state to eventually eliminate coal shipments through California ports, signed legislation on Friday prohibiting the California Transportation Commission from funding new bulk-terminal … Click ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Loni Hancock, renewable energy
Bills: SB 1277, SB 1279,
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 California ski resort and Forest Service say let's make a deal

A Sierra Nevada land swap that would add 1,317 acres to three national forests in exchange for about 30 acres serving the prominent Mammoth Mountain ski resort is nearer completion. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Paul Cook, Dianne Feinstein, Howard P. Mckeon, Barack Obama, water
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 City Council Calls For Ban On Synthetic Drugs After Skid Row Overdoses

The Los Angeles City Council adopted an emergency motion Friday asking city prosecutors to prepare an ordinance that would ban synthetic marijuana and other drugs recently blamed for an outbreak in which more than 50 people in Skid Row were sickened. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jose Huizar
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 How the charter school lobby is changing the Democratic Party

At a time when Democrats and their party are, by virtually every index, moving left, a powerful center-right pressure group within the liberal universe has nonetheless sprung up. Funded by billionaires and arrayed against unions, it is increasingly ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Eric Garcetti, Legislature
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 Save the death penalty. No on Prop. 62

Opponents of California’s death penalty have been highly successful at thwarting executions since the state resumed executions in 1992 after a 20-year hiatus. Measure sponsors argue that capital punishment presents the risk of executing an ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris
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 Why the Toronto International Film Festival matters

Follow the Toronto International Film Festival with the Los Angeles Times Aug. 26, 2016, 2:08 p.m. On Sept. 8, the 40th Toronto International Film Festival will kick off, and with it the annual awards-season derby that will end with the Academy ... »Read

In this article: Bruce Lee, Rob Reiner
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 TIFF 2016 will spotlight female directors and people of color

Follow the Toronto International Film Festival with the Los Angeles Times Aug. 26, 2016, 2:08 p.m. On Sept. 8, the 40th Toronto International Film Festival will kick off, and with it the annual awards-season derby that will end with the Academy ... »Read

In this article: Bruce Lee, Rob Reiner
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 Berkeley approves minimum wage ordinance

The ordinance, which needs to be approved on a second reading, would raise the minimum wage for workers in Berkeley to $13.75 an hour on Oct. 1, 2017 and $15 an hour on Oct. 1, 2018. »Read

In this article: minimum wage, sick leave
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 Warren Hinckle's Truth-to-Power Journalism and Politics Broke the Conventional Wisdom

John NicholsAs the editor of Ramparts, he helped shape the radicalism of the 1960s, and Hinckle kept on challenging injustice and “professional megabuck politics.” »Read

In this article: Art Agnos, Dianne Feinstein
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 Gov. Brown signs bill to block state funding of coal terminals

Essential Politics: Bills on climate change, sex offender email addresses go to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk Aug. 26, 2016, 1:59 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. We've got a number of big ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Loni Hancock, Legislature, renewable energy
Bills: SB 1279,
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 Danville's Bob Pack on verge of seeing legislative dream come true

Senate Bill 482, which would require doctors to check a database for a patient's prescription history before prescribing opioids and other potentially dangerous drugs, unanimously passed the California Assembly this week and is expected to get final ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark DeSaulnier, Ricardo Lara, Legislature, Lea Ann Tratten
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 Porter Ranch residents, watchdogs want Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Facility permanently shut

Porter Ranch residents and watchdog groups are pushing for the permanent closure of the Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Facility. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Energy Commission, water
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 California bill would let women get a year of birth control at once

California women would be able to get up to a 12-month supply of contraception under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown. The state Senate on Friday passed Senate Bill … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Fran Pavley
Bills: SB 999,
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 Santa Ana police officers switch to 'dual endorsement,' now support Loretta Sanchez and Kamala Harris for Senate

Essential Politics: Bills on climate change, sex offender email addresses go to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk Aug. 26, 2016, 12:20 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. We've got a number of big ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez
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 Claremont wants to kick its private water company out of town. Good idea

The citizens of Claremont, fed up with the private company that provides their water, voted overwhelmingly in 2014 to seize its water system by eminent domain and convert it to a municipal utility. A Los Angeles state judge has just wrapped up a ... »Read

In this article: Drought, eminent domain, Joe Lyons, Joe Lyons, water
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 Senate Democrats get a boost from Donald Trump

Trump's struggle in swing states is Senate Democrats' gain in our latest rankings of the top 10 Senate races »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Mark Kirk, Patrick Murphy, Senate Democrats
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 The Latest: 12-month birth control bill goes to governor

The Latest on action in the California Legislature (all times local): … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Legislature, Tony Mendoza
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 Lawmakers made the right call in passing SB 32

Against fierce opposition from oil industry lobbyists, lawmakers in Sacramento made history this week. They took a bold stand to pass Senate Bill 32, extending California’s signature clean air law. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CEQA, Drought, Ricardo Lara, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
Bills: AB 32, SB 32, SB 1383,
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 California lawmakers approve school bus alarm bill

Legislation intended to prevent children from being left unattended on parked school buses is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tony Mendoza
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 Candidates capitalize on the ever-powerful 'religious vote'

The same afternoon, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine praised another, more liberal group of black church leaders in Louisiana for their 'progressive values that are the values of Scripture,' and he urged them to see Hillary Clinton as ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Eric Garcetti, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Same-sex marriage
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 Pot potency, capital punishment, national parks, electric vehicles

Don’t over-regulate recreational pot … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Dan Morain, Rick Simpson
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 Brandman secures OC Labor Fed Endorsement for Anaheim City Council District 3

This came via email this morning and it basically locks up all the significant labor union endorsements for the Anaheim City Council district 3 election in Council member Jordan Brandman’s favor. This is the text of an email from the Brandman ... »Read

In this article: Tom Daly, Jose Moreno, Loretta Sanchez
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 Before and After: A successful Hollywood remake

Like a Hollywood star who gets a bit of work done in her older years, so it is with the Spanish-style home that once belonged to late actress Betsy Drake. Drake, the third wife of Cary Grant, had been living in London when she died last year. Her ... »Read

In this article: Jack Anderson, Drought
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 World Business Academy Holds Pre-Gala Reception

The gala is to raise funds for a lawsuit to close Diablo Canyon. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, renewable energy
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 Gregory Schmidt, longtime California Senate secretary, dies

Gregory Schmidt, a longtime secretary of the California Senate, has died just two years after retiring from the post he held for 18 years. He was 69. »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Legislature, Bill Lockyer, Greg Schmidt, Darrell Steinberg
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 Would Prop. 61 Really Cut Drug Prices?

It passes strange that, after so many scandals, the Veterans Administration is a being held up as a model for prescription drug prices. But that’s just what Proposition 61 does. The Ballot Summary reads: “Prohibits state agencies from buying any ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS
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 I'll Debate Kamala

The top-two system was supposed to produce new political competition. Its first big test in a statewide race – the U.S. Senate runoff between Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez – has raised questions about that argument. There’s been little ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez, Duf Sundheim
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 California Business Community Should Be Careful to Not Enable High Cost Government In California

The business community is in a very tough position in California.  The California Legislature is completely controlled by the Democratic Party and its pro-labor base. The California Republican Party and Republicans candidates are their most natural ... »Read

In this article: California Republican Party, CalPERS, David Kersten, Legislature
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 Sacramento Mayor-Elect Darrell Steinberg Shares His Priorities & Agenda

Darrell Steinberg, Mayor-elect of Sacramento, is the biggest cheerleader for his city. Steinberg served on the City Council, in state Assembly, and was the California Senate Pro Tem from 2008 to 2014, making him arguably the most qualified mayor in ... »Read

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Legislature, Fran Pavley, Darrell Steinberg
Bills: AB 32, SB 375, SB 743,
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 Money and marijuana: Donors with ties to industry give to legalize pot

Justin Hartfield, former chief executive of a company called Weedmaps, two years ago discussed his plans to legalize marijuana nationwide and make his company the Philip Morris of pot. “Prohibition … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Andrew Acosta, campaign finance, Jason Kinney, Legislature, Gavin Newsom
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 AM Alert: Riverside judge holds hearing on End of Life Option Act

A Riverside County Superior Court judge could rule today on a preliminary injunction sought by plaintiffs in a lawsuit over last year’s controversial End of Life Option Act which went … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Tom Berryhill, Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Julia Brownley, California Teachers Association, Sam Farr, Kamala Harris, Loretta Sanchez, Greg Schmidt
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 PolitiFact California: Big Tobacco blowing smoke in claim about California's Prop 56

PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire. Opponents of Proposition 56, California’s proposed $2 per pack ... »Read

In this article: cigarette tax, Proposition 98, Tom Torlakson
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 The Take: As session wanes, legislative antics will be missed

Lobbyists turn down work; they have standards … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ricardo Lara, Holly J. Mitchell
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 After a long road, a change in the air

For decades, California legislators and policymakers have been grappling with our collective energy consumption and its fallout, to the consternation of major corporations that produce and depend upon fossil fuel. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, George Deukmejian, Energy Commission, Eduardo Garcia, greenhouse gas, Legislature, Fran Pavley, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Bills: AB 197, SB 32,
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 Essential California: Uncovering homelessness at Cal State

Good morning. It is Friday, Aug. 26. So much for surge pricing. Uber reportedly lost $1.3 billion in the first half of 2016. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES Earthquake safety California's unreinforced brick buildings ... »Read

In this article: Leroy Baca, Jerry Brown, Drought, Greg Schmidt, water
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