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Buzz builds for Brown ’16

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July 24, 2014 By James Poulos. Is the fourth time the charm for Gov. Jerry Brown's presidential aspirations? The question may well have more to do with politics at the national level than the state level. Believe it or not, a fresh round of chatter and interest is springing up around the idea of yet another presidential run for Brown. With a strong headwind going into his bid for an unprecedented fourth term as g...

Lawsuit could expand state control of groundwater

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July 23, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner just issued a preliminary ruling that Siskiyou County must regulate groundwater well permits along the Scott River in accordance with "Public Trust Doctrine." This means the water now mainly used by hay farmers also will have to be divided among commercial sports fishing, kayaking, Indian Tribes and tourist-hotel interests. The re...

‘Six Californias’ will go before voters

July 23, 2014 By James Poulos. Its debut on a California ballot might still be two years away. But this month, supporters successfully verified the quixotic, Silicon Valley-powered Six Californias initiative obtained the necessary signatures to receive an up or down vote. As the Los Angeles Times reported, the Six Californias movement needed approximately 808,000 signatures by July 18. Venture capitalist Tim Drap...

Minimum wage activists set sights on L.A.

July 22, 2014 By James Poulos. The concerted push for higher minimum wages in California has spread from the East Bay to Los Angeles. On the heels of a recently approved $15 minimum wage in Seattle, advocates for dramatically increased hourly wages sensed an opportunity to select a fresh target. That's where L.A. comes in. Organizations including the Los Angeles Workers Assembly and Peoples Power Assemblies have b...
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