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Mandating a 50-Percent Reduction in Oil--at What Cost?

"California’s 100,000 electric vehicles are the most electric vehicles in any state, however, the other 97% of California’s 30 million vehicles that DO NOT run on electricity or other alternative fuels are consuming more than 40 million gallons of transportation fuels, gasoline and diesel, excluding jet fuel, EVERY DAY. Sounds like a lot of fuel, but it equates to just more than 1 gallon per day per vehicle. California motorists and businesses are major consumers of fossil fuel products. Even though there is a both projected growth in population from our current 38 million citizens, AND an increase in vehicle registrations from our current 30 million, the fuel demand is projected to decline slightly from the current 40 million gallons per DAY of gasoline and diesel, mostly as a result of continuous improvements in fuel efficiencies, and a slight impact by the 3% of vehicles that run on electricity or other alternative fuels. We already have AB32 and the LCFS in effect to control GHG emissions. REQUIRING California’s 38 million citizens to change their lifestyle appears to be bad public policy and possibly unenforceable on abusers that do not reduce their usage by 50%. It appears that a reduction from the current 40 million gallons of transportation fuels down to 20 million a day in just 15 years would be a drastic lifestyle change that could severely impact one of the world’s largest economies."

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An Engineered Drought

"Now I'm not here to necessarily defend agriculture- but are you accounting for all the reductions they have had to make in recent year's prior to the Governor's executive order? I thought they were cutting before the rest of us. water crops as much as needed, water lawns sparingly."

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Carly Fiorina jumps in GOP presidential race: Can she win? (+video)

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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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 Cigarette tax poll: California voters overwhelming back $2-a-pack tax
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 California Senate will vote on six anti-tobacco bills Thursday
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 Friday's TV Highlights: 'Great Performances' on KOCE

Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Carly Fiorina, Rafael Nadal, Dana Rohrabacher
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 Minimum-wage hike and oil-drilling ban are among state bills shelved for the year

State lawmakers shelved bills Thursday to raise the minimum wage, ban oil drilling off the coast and provide work permits to agricultural laborers who are in the country illegally. »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Jerry Brown, Drought, Jean Fuller, Jimmy Gomez, Ed Hernandez, Robert Huff, Legislature, Mark Leno, minimum wage, Senate Republicans, water
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 Foster Farms under fire for water use during drought

New numbers released Thursday show most people in California are doing a good job in saving water, but one Central California city is lagging behind. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Drought-shamed Los Angeles County cuts supervisors' car washes

After a very public drought shaming, Los Angeles County employees may soon be driving dirtier cars.On Thursday, Supervisor Don Knabe called for a once-monthly limit that could affect all county departments. Officials also limited the Board of ... »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Senator after state audit: Caltrans should cut 3,500 jobs

A new state audit released Thursday revealed California is wasting millions of tax dollars, including paying a Caltrans workers to play golf on tax payers' dime. »Read

In this article: John Moorlach, Will Shuck
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 Kentucky clerk defies order to issue same-sex marriage licenses

A clerk in a rural Kentucky county continued to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday, in defiance of a mounting pile of federal court orders that reject her claim that her Christian faith should exempt her from licensing a gay ... »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Same-sex marriage, William Smith
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 Big month for conservation: Californians cut water use by 31% in July

After Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a 25% reduction in urban water use statewide, regulators spent much of the spring chastising water districts for not conserving enough during California's stubborn drought. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 As California legislative session nears end, leadership drama spikes

Jean Fuller of Bakersfield replaces Bob Huff of San Dimas as Senate Republican leaderAssembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, urges Democrats to hold off replacing her until January … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, John Casey, Jean Fuller, Robert Huff, Legislature, Senate Republicans
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 Senate Republicans elevate new leader earlier than expected

Republicans in the state Senate have elevated a new minority leader, months ahead of schedule. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jean Fuller, Robert Huff, Legislature
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 Long Beach hopes to hold events if LA chosen as 2024 Summer Olympics host city

Locals in Long Beach are hoping that if Los Angeles is chosen to host the 2024 Summer Olympics their city can be a location for a few of the sporting events. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Robert B. Garcia
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 Bill to raise California minimum wage stalls in Assembly

Proposal to raise state’s hourly rate will be considered next yearFinance committees also hold measures on oil drilling, whistleblowers … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jimmy Gomez, Legislature, Mark Leno, Melissa Melendez, minimum wage, state budget
Bills: AB 289, SB 3, SB 788,
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 California lawmakers shelve bills on minimum wage, immigrant work permits

State lawmakers on Thursday shelved some 100 bills for the year, including proposals that would have raised the minimum wage, banned oil drilling off the coast and provided work permits to agricultural workers who are in the country illegally. »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Jerry Brown, Ron Calderon, Jimmy Gomez, Mark Leno, minimum wage, Roderick Wright, Leland Yee
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 Manson Family killer granted parole for fourth time, but release not assured

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Bruce Davis, an associate of 1960s mass murderer Charles Manson, was granted parole on Thursday for the fourth time, although previous such decisions have all been reversed. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Widow of slain deputy again presses for changed immigrant custody laws

Bill would mandate more communication between cities and prosecutors … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Legislature, Sharon Runner, Jeff Stone
Bills: SB 57,
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 Key Committee Fails To Take Up California Minimum Wage Bill

A proposal to raise California's minimum wage and tie future increases to inflation was not taken up in time by a key state legislative committee, likely stalling the effort for this year. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jimmy Gomez, Mark Leno, minimum wage
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 Parole recommended for Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis

After 43 years in prison, parole officials again say it is safe to free Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 Key committee fails to take up California minimum wage bill

A proposal to raise California's minimum wage and tie future increases to inflation was not taken up in time by a key state legislative committee, likely stalling the effort for this year. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jimmy Gomez, Mark Leno, minimum wage
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 Audit reveals California state employees' misconduct

Caltrans engineer went golfing during work hours 55 times in 19 monthsAbuses of state time and resources a common theme throughout auditSome employees quit with no record of offense in their files … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: CalPERS, Elaine Howle
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 Joe Dunn's Formal Press Release Announcing His Congressional Campaign

The cardinal sin of this news release announcing Joe Dunn’s candidacy is it lacks a date, so we have no way of knowing if this is a new announcement or an old one, but the details have actually been out in the public domain for a couple of ... »Read

In this article: Joseph Dunn, Loretta Sanchez
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 Minimum wage bill stalls in Assembly

Legislation to raise California’s minimum wage to $13 an hour stalled Thursday in an Assembly appropriations committee. The committee chair, Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, said his intention is to revisit the bill next year. Gomez said in a statement ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jimmy Gomez, Mark Leno, minimum wage
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 Poor kids' school aid diverted

Schools got extra money for ‘high-need’ studentsACLU study suggested funds going elsewhereSchools chief Torlakson says they can go to salaries … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Teachers Association, Tom Torlakson
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 Manson follower Bruce Davis granted parole, not likely to be released from prison

LOS ANGELES >> For the fourth time, a state parole board granted parole Thursday for former Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis, who was convicted of the murders of two men in the summer of 1969, but it's unlikely he will actually be released from ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 California lawmakers approve equal pay protections for women

California's state Assembly on Thursday approved legislation aimed at closing the wage gap between women and men through what proponents describe as the strongest equal pay protection in the nation. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Cristina Garcia, Nancy McFadden, Kristin Olsen
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 California, US seek permits for state's giant water tunnels

California and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are seeking permits for a key part of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed water tunnels. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nancy Vogel, water
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 Mayor Eric Garcetti has 200-worker 'battle plan' to house the homeless

LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti said today his 'battle plan' to help house the city's homeless involves having more than 200 outreach workers citywide.'We need to have, literally, instead of a couple dozen people who are outreaching to the ... »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar, Hilda L. Solis
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 State auditor: Agency failed to seek competitive bid, wasted millions

The state agency charged with improving health care for inmates in California prisons failed to seek competitive bids and wasted over $3 million of state funds, according to a state audit released Thursday. Instead of using a competitive bidding ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California prisons, Richard Pan
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 Californians cut water without state imposing fines

For the second straight month, Californians exceeded hefty water conservation mandates during the relentless drought without the state imposing fines, officials said Thursday. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 California cut water use by 31 percent in July amid drought

California cities cut water use by a combined 31 percent in July, exceeding the governor's statewide mandate to conserve. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Support for $15 state minimum wage gives huge boost to organized labor

Sixty-eight percent of California voters said they support the idea of a $15 minimum wage, according to a Field Poll released Thursday. Labor activists spearheading a $15 minimum wage voter initiative said they were unsurprised by the results of ... »Read

In this article: Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, minimum wage, SEIU
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 California's Water Districts Top Conservation Targets

California’s urban water districts exceeded conservation targets for a second straight month, drawing praise from state officials, who cautioned that residents will need to keep making sacrifices as a four-year drought drags on. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Eric Cantor endorsing Jeb Bush

Despite his historic loss, the former House majority leader maintains close ties to Virginia's GOP and business communities. »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, Kevin McCarthy, Early Primary
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 Judge won't toss charges in Chinatown racketeering case

Attorneys for Raymond 'Shrimp Boy' Chow filed a motion Tuesday that claims the FBI has evidence of San Francisco officials accepting illegal money, but federal prosecutors refuse to go after them. »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Legislature, Leland Yee
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 Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins asks Democrats to hold off vote to replace her

Letter seeks January voteSpokesman says Atkins wants fewer distractions during session’s closing weeks … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, John Casey
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 Senate Republicans tab Jean Fuller to take over as their leader

In an earlier-than-expected move with just two weeks left in the legislative session, state Senate Republicans on Thursday replaced Sen. Bob Huff of San Dimas as their leader, with Sen. Jean Fuller of Bakersfield taking over the post. »Read

In this article: Jean Fuller, greenhouse gas, Robert Huff, Senate Republicans
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 Senate Republicans tap Jean Fuller to take over as their leader

In an earlier-than-expected move with just two weeks left in the legislative session, state Senate Republicans on Thursday replaced Sen. Bob Huff of San Dimas as their leader, with Sen. Jean Fuller of Bakersfield taking over the post. »Read

In this article: Jean Fuller, greenhouse gas, Robert Huff, Senate Republicans, water
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 PUC launches PG&E probe as it fails to comply with search warrant

The California Public Utilities Commission has launched an investigation of the state's largest utility at the same time that the agency has failed to deliver documents for an investigation into its own operations. »Read

In this article: Carol Liu, Michael R. Peevey, Terrie Prosper
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 PUC launches PG&E probe as agency fails to comply with search warrant

The California Public Utilities Commission has launched an investigation of the state's largest utility at the same time that the agency has failed to deliver documents for an investigation into its own operations. »Read

In this article: Carol Liu, Michael R. Peevey, Terrie Prosper
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 Drought-shamed Los Angeles County cuts supervisors to one car wash per week

After a very public drought shaming, Los Angeles County officials have restricted the Board of Supervisors to once-weekly car washings. Service records obtained by this news organization revealed that most of the county supervisors washed their ... »Read

In this article: Michael D. Antonovich, Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 El Cerrito: DeSaulnier tells constituents he's still undecided on Iran deal

The Congressman told about 150 people at a Town Hall session on Wednesday that he wants to hear more public input before casting his vote. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Mark DeSaulnier, Legislature, George P. Miller, Barack Obama
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 Central Valley water pumping needs more oversight, now

At Whole Foods stores around Southern California, fancy-produce shoppers are being offered a new, drought-conscious option: 'dry-farmed' tomatoes.Dry farming simply means growing vegetables without the benefit of introduced irrigation, the way that ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Legislature, water
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 Paycheck parity: Assembly backs equal pay for women

California lawmakers on Thursday approved a measure intended to help female employees receive the equal pay to their male counterparts. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nora Campos, Carly Fiorina, Cristina Garcia, Nancy McFadden, Tony Thurmond
Bills: AB 768, SB 358,
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 California lawmakers act to raise smoking age to 21, restrict e-cigarettes

The state Senate on Thursday approved six anti-tobacco bills, including measures that would raise the smoking age in California from 18 to 21 and bar electronic cigarettes from restaurants, movie theaters and other public places where smoking is ... »Read

In this article: Joel Anderson, Board of Equalization, PETE M. CONATY, Ed Hernandez, Mark Leno, Jeff Stone
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 Kentucky gay marriage: Defiant clerk closes office for 'computer upgrades'

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) -- A familiar scene repeated itself at a rural Kentucky courthouse Thursday morning: an engaged gay couple walked into the clerk's office, asked for a marriage license and insisted that the latest in a string of court orders ... »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Legislature, William Smith
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 Carly at odds with HP heirs on Planned Parenthood

As Carly Fiorina joins the rest of the GOP presidential pack in calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood, the charitable foundations of the two families who founded the company she’s famous for leading remain among Planned Parenthood’s ... »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, Stem cell research
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 Oakland Tribune editorial: All proposals to help vulnerable must be heard

It surely looks as though partisanship is getting in the way of the state's commitment to take care of its most vulnerable citizens. All the signs are there. »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Isadore Hall, Ed Hernandez, Legislature, state budget, Jeff Stone, Lois Wolk
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 California Lottery Celebrates 30th Anniversary With $30 Scratcher

Feeling lucky enough to pick up a lottery scratcher? Anyone who’s feeling really optimistic might want to consider picking up one of the California Lottery’s new $30 scratchers. »Read

In this article: California Lottery, Alex Traverso
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 California Cut Water Use By 31 Percent In July Amid Drought

The strong water conservation figures show California residents are beginning to understand the dire need to cut back in a fourth year of drought, Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, said. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 A look at some of the funds receiving tax checkoff donations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California enables residents to donate money to a variety of charitable causes while they file taxes. The distribution of the money lacks oversight, creating problems for funds like these:... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mark DeSaulnier, state budget
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 Board of Equalization announces remodel - for scaffolding

Temporary structure in place so long that plywood needs replacingPlastic sheeting for rain protection to be replaced with ‘new roofing material’Work expected to take 12 hours on Saturday … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Jerome Horton, George Runner, water
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 California Drought: Urban users cut their water use by whopping 31.3 percent in July heat

In the midst of summer heat and drought, Californians continued to conserve water in July -- cutting their use by 31.3 percent -- surpassing their June conservation rate and exceeding Gov. Jerry Brown's mandate of a 25 percent cut, state water ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Corker's bill turns the Constitution upside down

OPINION By MATT KOKKONEN The Constitution of the United States of America was adopted 13 years after the Declaration of Independence of 1776. It established the fundamental law of our country. Let us consider Article ll, Section 2 which defines the ... »Read

In this article: John F. Kerry, Matt Kokkonen, Nancy Pelosi
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 Californians cut water use 31.3% in July, crushing governor's target

Californians answered the call for conservation in July, slashing water use by 31.3 percent and exceeding state targets for the second straight month that communities face potential fines for falling short. “People are realizing the seriousness ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Californians cut water use by 31 percent in July

State officials say California cities cut their water use by a combined 31 percent in July, exceeding Gov. Jerry Brown's statewide mandate to conserve. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 LA Mayor Applauds Residents For Helping To Curb Water Usage

Los Angeles and other California cities cut water use by a combined 31 percent in July, exceeding the governor's statewide mandate to conserve, officials said Thursday. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, Eric Garcetti, water
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 Carly Fiorina: Democrats' Virginia Shooting Response Is 'Disappointing'

The GOP presidential candidate addressed the tragedy in her home state on Thursday. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina
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 California water use drops by 31.3 percent in July, says state report

State officials say California cities cut their water use by a combined 31 percent in July, exceeding Gov. Jerry Brown's statewide mandate to conserve. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 San Diego Experts Talk Violence In The Workplace

The deadly shooting of two journalists in Virginia by a disgruntled former coworker highlights that fact that homicide is currently the fourth leading cause of death at work, according to OSHA. »Read

In this article: David R. Peters, David Peters
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 Protesters in San Bernardino oppose assisted suicide bill

SAN BERNARDINO >> Protesters rallied in downtown San Bernardino and then in the office of Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, on Thursday morning to oppose SB 128, which would allow terminally ill patients to end their own lives.The 20 ... »Read

In this article: Cheryl Brown, Paul Chabot, Jose Medina
Bills: SB 128,
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 Nearly $10M worth of tax donations lost in California's bureaucracy

SACRAMENTO >> Every year when they do their taxes, Californians donate millions for charitable causes, but nearly $10 million of that money sat unspent in government accounts at the end of last year and some of the funding never reaches its intended ... »Read

In this article: Cruz Bustamante, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lois Wolk
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 Jean Fuller takes over GOP Senate leadership post from Bob Huff

‘I’m eager to get started,’ she saidMove comes months ahead of schedule … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jean Fuller, Robert Huff, Legislature, Kevin McCarthy
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 Kentucky Clerk's Office Continues To Refuse Marriage Licenses

A same-sex couple was denied a license Thursday morning, even after a federal appeals court denied Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' bid to refuse to issue marriage licenses for religious reasons. »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, William Smith
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 The truth about Carly and Tom: An old adversary's strange defense of Fiorina

Politics makes strange bedfellows, even more so when the relationship is strange to begin with. »Read

In this article: Patricia Dunn, Carly Fiorina
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 Prop. 47 looking like well-intentioned blunder: Thomas Elias

The more time goes by since last fall's passage of the high-minded Proposition 47, the more it begins to look like a well-intentioned mistake.This was the ballot measure that turned some 'minor' felonies into misdemeanor crimes, thus easing the ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Thomas D. Elias
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 Parole Considered For Manson Follower Bruce Davis

After 43 years in prison and 29 parole hearings, parole officials are again considering whether it is safe to free Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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 San Francisco Chinatown crime defendant Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow to ask for dismissal

A judge was set to hear arguments over whether to dismiss charges against a key defendant in an organized crime case centered on San Francisco's Chinatown. »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Leland Yee
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 California tax donations lost in bureaucracy

Every year when they do their taxes, Californians donate millions for charitable causes, but nearly $10 million of that money sat unspent in government accounts at the end of last year and some of the funding never reaches its intended target, ... »Read

In this article: Cruz Bustamante, Legislature, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lois Wolk
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 San Francisco Chinatown crime defendant Raymond 'Shrimp Boy' Chow to ask for dismissal

A judge was set to hear arguments over whether to dismiss charges against a key defendant in an organized crime case centered on San Francisco's Chinatown. »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Leland Yee
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 Californians understanding need to conserve water, says official

State officials say recent water conservation figures show that Californians are starting to understand the dire need to cut back during this historic drought. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 Jerry Brown urges lawmakers to pass equal pay act

Democratic governor will sign pay equity law if, as expected, it reaches his desk … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Nancy McFadden
Bills: SB 358,
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 The California Report

Inaccuracies Emerge Over L.A.'s Olympic Bid. Need-to-Knows About California Guest Worker Program for Undocumented Farmworkers. 'Orah' by John Roberts (Burnette Editions). »Read

In this article: Luis A. Alejo, Jerry Brown, John Roberts
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 California Senate will vote on six anti-tobacco bills Thursday

The state Senate is expected to vote Thursday on a package of six anti-tobacco bills, including measures that would raise the smoking age in California to 21 and restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public. »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Legislature, Mark Leno
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 Steyer strategist jumps to Airbnb

Chris Lehane will be Airbnb's new head of global public policy and public affairs. »Read

In this article: greenhouse gas, Chris Lehane, Early Primary, Thomas F. Steyer, water
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 Cigarette tax poll: California voters overwhelming back $2-a-pack tax

SACRAMENTO -- A day after a state senator revived a bill to hike the state's cigarette tax by $2 a pack, a new Field Poll unveiled Thursday found that two-thirds of California voters back such a tax increase. »Read

In this article: cigarette tax, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Ed Hernandez, Legislature, Richard Pan
Bills: SB 137,
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 Amending SB 350 on the Way to Paris

Senate President Kevin de León called the efforts of those opposed to his SB 350 energy bill “fear-mongering.” Gov. Jerry Brown’s chief aide, Nancy McFadden called one of the charges made against the bill “outrageous.” A  columnist said ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Nancy McFadden
Bills: SB 350,
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 Why Is It So Hard to Enroll a Kid in Public School?

A wiseacre neighbor walked by the corner where I was standing and shouted, “Is this the line for the U2 tickets?” Nope. The line, which extended out a brick building for about a block, was just another group of California parents forced to ... »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, Joe Mathews, water
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 Why the SF Bar Pilots Deserve Overdue Rate Increase

It’s arguably one of the toughest jobs in California: safely guiding more than 9,000 oil tankers, container ships, and cruise ships each year through treacherous currents and fog, past shoals, and under narrow bridges through busy northern ... »Read

In this article: Legislature
Bills: AB 2406,
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 A Time for Bipartisan Deals

With three weeks left in this year’s legislative session, California has entered the “Top Two” season. With the Capitol in the twilight of its annual calendar, a number of seminal bills requiring compromise – especially those ... »Read

In this article: California School Boards Association, Steven Glazer, Legislature, state budget, water
Bills: SB 799,
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 Poll: California voters overwhelming back $2-a-pack cigarette tax

SACRAMENTO -- A day after a state senator revived a bill to hike the state's cigarette tax by $2 a pack, a new Field Poll unveiled Thursday found that two-thirds of California voters back such a tax increase. »Read

In this article: cigarette tax, Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll, Ed Hernandez, Legislature, Richard Pan
Bills: SB 137,
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 Huckabee lands Aaron Trost as Iowa director

Trost comes to Iowa after making his name in neighboring Nebraska. »Read

In this article: CHARLES L. COLE, Mike Huckabee, Robert V. Parker, Brad Sherman
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 CA gas tax showdown looms

Democratic legislators in the state Senate have brought Californians closer to new hikes on the cost of driving their cars. But the committee vote represented little more than a first step in a complex, intense negotiation between Republicans, ... »Read

In this article: Assembly Republicans, Toni Atkins, James T. Beall, Jerry Brown, state budget
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 Using cap-and-trade money for road repair doesn't pass muster

To many California Republicans, it looks like a perfect match. On the one hand, the state can no longer ignore the deferred maintenance of its roads and bridges, not to mention the need for new ones in some areas. On the other, the state has a big ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, global warming, greenhouse gas, Darrell Steinberg
Bills: AB 32,
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