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LA pot politics spreads statewide

Up in Smoke
May 21, 2014 By James Poulos. Thanks to Los Angeles, the politics of marijuana is lighting up in California this election season. Not only are L.A. laws, attitudes and consumption habits influencing neighboring counties, they're impacting the statewide debate. The situation is that Proposition 215, which voters approved in 1996, legalized medical marijuana, but left regulation largely up to counties, not the...

CA Senate OKs GOP drought declaration

Cocos Fire 2014, Wikimedia
May 20, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   “Fire, water and government know nothing of mercy,” runs an Albanian proverb. So far in 2014, California has been wracked by merciless firestorms and severe drought even before the driest days of summer. And members of both political parties have not had merciful words for each other so far, blaming one another for the combined drought and man-made water shortage. B...

Pension costs burden CA budget

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May 19, 2014 By James Poulos. Gov. Jerry Brown still hasn't gotten his state's budget problems beat. A high-profile new report showed California still faces massive liabilities extending far into the future. The study, released by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office, tallied over $340 billion in debts, deferred payment and other budgetary burdens "that will affect the state's financial health in the ...

Feinstein attacks environmentalists on drought

Drought NOAA
May 19, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   On May 15, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., didn’t pull any punches about her recent attempt to push her drought bill through Congress.  She blasted environmentalists for having “never been helpful to me in producing good water policy. You can’t have a water infrastructure for 16 million people and say ‘Oh, it’s fine for 38 million people,’ when we’re losing t...
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