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California experiments with open-source voting

March 28th, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   After spending tens of millions of dollars in recent years on ineffective voting systems, California election officials are planning to experiment with an "open source" system that may prove to be the cure-all for secure, accessible balloting – or just another expensive failure. Most computer programs, such as the Microsoft Windows or Apple OS X operating systems, are "closed ...

SD26: Coastal Los Angeles state Senate race tests non-partisan brand

March 24th, 2014 By John Hrabe. Political analysts say it's too soon to evaluate the impacts of California's top-two election system. But this year a coastal Los Angeles state Senate seat will provide a vital case study on the effects of the new system. In the 26th Senate district, seven Democrats and one non-partisan candidate are running to replace Democrat State Sen. Ted Lieu. The Torrance moderate is running ...

Gov. Brown, Legislature push groundwater regulation

March 14th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Due to the current compound drought and water storage shortage, California legislators are considering enacting groundwater regulation over the entire Central Valley aquifer. Some recent developments: State Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, chairperson of the Water Committee of the California Senate, is considering legislation to do so. Pavley ...

Will ripping out home lawns conserve water?

March 12th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   During the first week of March, Mother Nature herself violated numerous calls by Gov. Jerry Brown and municipalities for home owners to conserve water -- by showering home lawns for several days. We can't stop Mother Nature. But cities now actually are pushing people to rip up their lawns. reported, "Cities across California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and N...
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