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Can tiered water rates be used to encourage conservation?

A media firestorm erupted Monday, April 20, over Gov. Brown’s opposition to a State Court of Appeals decision in a water rate setting case involving Proposition 218.  The initiative, passed in 1996, requires voter approval for any new property-related utility

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‘Anti-science policies’ seen as factor in CA water crisis

Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent executive order mandating decreased water use prompted national and international attention. All coverage understandably emphasized the state’s 4-year-old drought; some linked the problem to climate change. But a California-based journalist who specializes in science reporting based

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UCLA Study: 35% water reduction order in Palm Springs may backfire

Gov. Jerry Brown’s recently announced Executive Order B-29-15, mandating statewide water use reductions will hit the Palm Springs area of California the hardest with 35 percent cuts in water usage. But a new UCLA study of outdoor watering restrictions in

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CalChamber plans another successful year of defeating “job killer” bills

Sacramento’s been taking care of business. Last week, the California Chamber of Commerce, known simply as CalChamber, announced a preliminary draft of its “job killer” bills, an annual list of proposed legislation that will hurt the state’s business community and

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Brown needn’t have worried about Washington Post’s bullet-train story

The most interesting part of the Sacramento Bee story Friday about Gov. Jerry Brown releasing 113 pages of emails from his private account was his apparent anxiety over what a Washington Post story had to say about the state’s bullet-train

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Brown imposes 25 percent water cutbacks

Faced with a crisis unprecedented in California’s history or his own tenure in office, Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled mandatory water restrictions at Phillips Station, a Sierra Nevada locale hit hard by this year’s meager snowfall. Cities and towns, he said, must now

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Rising CA Democratic stars want no part of bullet train

State Attorney General Kamala Harris’ refusal to support Gov. Jerry Brown’s bullet-train project in her recent New York Times interview led to some surprised reactions on social media. It shouldn’t have. Multiple indicators have suggested both Harris and Lt. Gov.

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Desalination gaining support as long-term response to CA drought

With California’s snowpack at the lowest level in a century, Governor Jerry Brown announced Wednesday the first mandatory water reductions in state history. “Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow,” Governor Brown said at a

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Reid retirement provides lessons for both CA Democrats and GOP

Physically injured and in his 75th year, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has opted against seeking reelection in 2016. Victim of a debilitating self-inflicted injury involving an exercise band, the Congressional titan has not only cleared an unexpected path for

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