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Groups try to quash cap-and-trade debate

August 21, 2014 By Joel Fox. In the war of words over an attempt to stall the extension of AB 32’s cap-and-trade to transportation fuels, liberal groups sent a public letter to Attorney General Kamala Harris asking her to keep an eye out for collusion by oil companies in price fixing. This premature advisory (the law doesn’t take effect until January) is part of the political debate, yet it is designed to quash ...

New CA pot bill snuffed out

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August 21, 2014 By James Poulos. Despite the backing of California cops, the latest effort to craft statewide rules on medical marijuana has stalled in Sacramento. Widely criticized as an imperfect bill, SB1262 nonetheless mustered support as a good faith attempt to bring order to the chaos unfolding in the wake of the 1996 passage by voters of Proposition 215, which legalized medical marijuana in California. The bi...

Early release from CA prisons now a flood

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August 20, 2014 By James Poulos. Spurred by a series of court decisions ruling the state's prison crowding unconstitutional, Gov. Jerry Brown's ongoing "realignment" effort sought to make adequate room for the state's worst convicts by diverting lesser criminals to county jails. There, however, the changes have caused a snowball effect. A recent Los Angeles Times investigation has shown that newly encumbered c...

Bill could double car registration fees

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August 20, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   A bill that could double California counties’ vehicle registration fees has passed the Legislature, and is awaiting a signature or veto from Gov. Jerry Brown. Assembly Bill 2393, by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, authorizes counties to charge annual $2 registration fees on noncommercial vehicles and $4 on commercial vehicles. That represents a 100 percent increase ...
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