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Mozilla Chief Steps Down Amid Proposition 8 Controversy

The chief of Firefox browser maker Mozilla is stepping down in the face of controversy stirred by his support of a California bill to ban gay marriage.

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‘Some Say the World Will End in Fire:’ Climate Panel Paints Mad Max World of Famine, Fire, War

It is fire, i.e., massive global warming, that threatens the world as we know it.

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California Goes Nuts for Water

Farmers in California are being badly affected by the record drought now ravaging the state, and the lucrative nut industry is in serious trouble.

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Big Business Rewards California Democrats for Passing Model ALEC Legislation

It may be “the most anti-consumer bill ever introduced in California,” and it was approved and signed into law by Democrats.

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By the Way, Your Home Is On Fire

People in power and bureaucrats seem exceptionally obtuse when it comes to recognizing that the world has changed and the old rules no longer apply.

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Distracted Driving: Technology Isn’t the Problem

How is an officer in California supposed to tell whether you’re texting (illegal) or navigating (apparently not illegal)? Why not just look for bad driving?

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Issa Pulls the Plug

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Luis J. Rodriguez: From Gang Member to Governor?

There is little that Luis J. Rodriguez has not done in his life.

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King Issa

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Issa Alarm

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California Gov. Jerry Brown on Legalizing Pot: Americans ‘Need to Stay Alert’

California Governor Jerry Brown isn’t so stoked about the prospect of legalizing marijuana, and his reasons are surprisingly pragmatic.

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A New Road Rage

In California, hydrogen-fueled cars are gaining in popularity. Will their safety issues garner greater scrutiny?

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If You’re Going to Force People to Buy Insurance, You Have to Make It Affordable

In November, Californians will vote whether to give the state insurance commissioner power to approve health insurance premium increases and veto or scale back those he finds excessive.

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More Solar Workers in U.S. Than Coal Miners, and Solar Doesn’t Poison Drinking Water

By the end of 2013, the number of workers in the solar energy industry in the U.S. had grown to 143,000.

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Climate Change Is Destroying California, Obama Promises to Help

Look at a satellite photo of the continental United States these past couple of months and you’ll quickly notice that the country has an identity crisis.

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Insurance Companies Shift Consumers to New Plans Without Their Permission

The California Department of Insurance said it is exploring whether any laws were broken when insurance companies withdrew money from consumers’ accounts for plans they didn’t select.

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In California, a Raft of Measures to Improve Conditions and Oversight of Assisted Living

California lawmakers last week unveiled a dozen legislative proposals aimed at stiffening regulations governing the state’s roughly 7,700 assisted living facilities, residences that offer room and care to tens of thousands of frail or ailing people, most of them seniors.

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More Proof We Just Don’t Care About Sexual Assault in the U.S.

Three teens who admitted to attacking and photographing an unconscious 15-year-old girl have been sentenced to mere days in a California juvenile detention center while their victim hanged herself eight days after the assault.

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From Austerity to Prosperity: Why I Am Running for California Treasurer

California cannot solve its budget problems by slashing services that have already been cut to the bone or raising sales taxes that hurt the poor far more than the rich. We are fighting over a pie that remains too small. The pie itself needs to be expanded—and it can be.

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The Toughest Liberal in the House Is Retiring, Worries About ‘Dark Money’

Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., hails from a time when liberals didn’t apologize for trying to make the country fairer and notes that he won his first race on the basis of only two promises: “to end the Vietnam War and to enact single-payer health care.”

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Welfare Cheats

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Undocumented Immigrants Can Now Practice Law in California

Sergio Garcia has been waiting for his green card for 19 years, but thanks to a California Supreme Court ruling, he can now be admitted to the state’s bar and fulfill his dream of becoming an attorney regardless of his immigration status.

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Cutting Up California

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Fracking and the New War on Air Pollution in Los Angeles

Over the past 50 years, the city of Los Angeles has made great strides to curb its smog problems by cutting vehicle emissions. But now, the emerging “fracking” industry threatens to undo much of that progress by wantonly spewing toxic chemicals into the air.

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California Governor Vetoed Gun Control Bills

Three weeks to the day before a gunman opened fire at L.A.’s airport, killing a TSA agent and wounding others, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed bills that would have put new restrictions on the kind of weapon used in the shooting.

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First Ticket Issued for Driving With Google Glass

Cecilia Abadie describes herself as a Google Glass pioneer on her Google+ account. With her new device she’s documented such diverse activities as performing her workout regime and receiving her American citizenship papers. But using technologically advanced eyewear hasn’t been all fun and games.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE



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California Shows the Way in Combating ‘Dark Money’ in Politics

A state political campaign watchdog agency has issued $1 million in fines and $15 million in penalties to shadowy groups—yes, the Koch brothers are connected—that sought to buy results in two California proposition elections. The decision points up the lack of teeth in federal laws, and offers an example of how to fix that. Assuming Washington can fix anything.

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Koch Bros vs. California Unions

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Don’t Give Up on the Uninsured

Obamacare is working—in states that have followed the essential design of the Affordable Care Act.

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California’s Minimum Wage Sky Falling

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New Privacy Law Gives California’s Youngsters an Internet Eraser

California Gov. Jerry Brown has just handed teens in his state a fresh start.

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California to Give the Working Poor a Raise

The state of California is about to become the first in the nation to set a $10 an hour minimum wage, which could help alleviate the financial woes of some 1.5 million low-wage workers there.

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California May Criminalize Blasting Indecent Images of Ex-Lovers

Bad news for vindictive exes in the Golden State: “Revenge porn” may soon become illegal there. A bill, passed by state legislators and awaiting possible approval by the governor, would punish people who post sexual videos or photos of their former partners in an attempt to disgrace them.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Lawyers Representing California Hunger Strikers

Hunger-striking inmates seeking an end to California’s use of solitary confinement concluded their two-month protest Thursday, three days after state lawmakers pledged to hold legislative hearings on conditions in the state’s maximum security prisons.

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Temperature Rise Will Fan Forest Flames

As firefighters in California and other states in the West continue to battle forest fires, the latest research indicates that devastating conflagrations will grow in intensity as temperatures rise.

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Big Trouble in Little Antelope Valley

In this suburban area 70 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, as elsewhere, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is a time to note how the country has fallen far short of Martin Luther King Jr.’s goals of jobs and freedom.

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Force-Feeding Is Not Just for Guantanamo

In response to the prison hunger strike that’s spread throughout California since the beginning of July, a federal judge ruled Monday that officials could force-feed the inmates. After seven grueling weeks, there are still 69 prisoners who are refusing to eat the facilities’ meals.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Hyperloop Revealed: A Billionaire’s Plan to Travel at 800 MPH

Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, was disappointed with California’s high-speed rail project, so he has proposed an alternative that, if it’s not just smoke and mirrors, could get you from L.A. to San Francisco in 30 minutes.

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California’s Civil War Is About Water, and the South Doesn’t Seem to Care

Southern Californians get much of their fresh water from the northern part of the state and they don’t seem to care that the system that supplies that water is in danger of collapse.

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Never Again Enough

The crucial question for Phoenix, for the Colorado, and for the greater part of the American West is this: How long will the water hold out?

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California Crime Uptick

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Why ‘Chain Reaction’ Must Be Preserved

The sculpture towers 26 feet above the Civic Center lawn in the Southern California coastal city of Santa Monica, a disturbing warning about the danger of nuclear arms. Now the artwork is in peril.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Billionaire Entrepreneur Promises to Get You From L.A. to San Francisco in 30 Minutes

Elon Musk, the co-founder of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors, says he will reveal the “fifth form” of transportation (after boats, trains, cars and planes) on Aug. 12.

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Journalist Shane Bauer on Inhumane Prisons From California to Iran

More than 12,000 prisoners in California have endured five days of hunger striking to end harsh punishment, redefine gang activity, improve food quality, increase access to health care and education services, and bring an end to solitary confinement, which they call “indefinite state-sanctioned torture.”

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30,000 California Inmates Begin Hunger Strike Protest

An estimated 30,000 prisoners in California began refusing meals Monday in what may be the largest incarceration strike in history.

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Cars on Rotten Roads

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California Doomed After Prop 8

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Scalia and Uncle Sam

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