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Death Penalty Decision

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Posted on Jul 20, 2014 READ MORE



California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning It May Be Contaminating Aquifers

The state’s drought has forced farmers to rely on groundwater, even as California aquifers have been intentionally polluted due to exemptions for oil industry.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE



Hate in Murrieta and Violence in El Salvador

As American protesters in Murrieta, Calif., repulsed three busloads of immigrant mothers and children being considered for placement in the U.S., a journalist recalled the grisly Washington-funded civil war in El Salvador that killed more than 75,000 people as a cause of the refugees’ displacement.

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Is Drinking Urine the Answer to California’s Drought?

It may sound a bit unpalatable, but pee may be a better option for the Golden State than the desalination of ocean water.

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 READ MORE



Did Richmond, Calif., Reduce Its Murder Rate by Paying People Not to Kill?

Nearly a decade ago, violent crime in Richmond, Calif., was so bad that the City Council debated declaring a state of emergency. Seeking to end the bloodshed, officials authorized DeVone Boggan to pay likely perpetrators to stay out of trouble.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE



California Rep. Kevin McCarthy On Track to Become House Majority Leader

Outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor may have an incoming successor already. 

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE



California Primary Election: GOP Gets a Leg Up, Dems Face Close Race for Waxman’s Seat

Just half an hour after the polls closed in California on Tuesday night, Gov. Jerry Brown was so sure of his status as the clear leader in the Golden State’s gubernatorial sweepstakes that he made a victory speech at the governor’s mansion. Those vying for Rep. Henry Waxman’s seat, however, weren’t granted that kind of confidence.

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Your Complete Guide to California’s Most Important Congressional Race

If you’re voting in Tuesday’s primary, or you want to know more about the significance of one of the most important contests this term, read this.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE



Infrastructure Sticker Shock: Financing Costs Exceed Construction

Funding infrastructure through bonds doubles the price or worse. Costs can be cut in half by funding through the state’s own bank.

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE


Edward Snowden’s Lawyer Takes on John Kerry

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Jesselyn Radack says the secretary of state needs to bone up on his law. Also: Congressional candidate Ted Lieu challenges Citizens United, Bill Boyarsky on California’s political gold rush, and an L.A. man trashes political art.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE


Edward Snowden’s Lawyer Takes on John Kerry

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Jesselyn Radack says the secretary of state needs to bone up on his law. Also: Congressional candidate Ted Lieu takes on Citizens United, Bill Boyarsky on California’s political gold rush, and an L.A. man trashes political art.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown All But Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

She’s not just ready to run, Jerry Brown told The Washington Post, “Hillary Clinton has the presence, the experience and the support of the vast majority of Democrats in a way that I have not seen in my lifetime.”

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE



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California Gold Rush: The Race for the Hottest Job in Congress

California’s 33rd Congressional istrict is home to some of the Democrats’ wealthiest donors and one of the party’s most progressive leaders. No fewer than 17 candidates are running to pick up the keys to the treasure chest, but is any a worthy heir?

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE



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An L.A. Story That’s All Too Familiar

When a city is forced to spend more on Wall Street fees than on basic public services, it is the sign of trouble.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE



Why Jerry Brown’s Rainy Day Fund Is a Bad Idea

There is no need to sequester funds urgently needed by Main Street to pay for Wall Street’s malfeasance. Californians can have their cake and eat it too—with a state-owned bank.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE



Wall Street Greed: Not Too Big for a California Jury

Sixteen of the world’s largest banks have been caught colluding to rig global interest rates. Why are we doing business with a corrupt global banking cartel?

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE



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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?

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 READ MORE


Issa Pulls the Plug

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Posted on Mar 8, 2014 READ MORE



Luis J. Rodriguez: From Gang Member to Governor?

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

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE


King Issa

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Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 READ MORE



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A New Road Rage

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

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE



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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.”

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE


Welfare Cheats

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Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 READ MORE


Cutting Up California

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Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE


Koch Bros vs. California Unions

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Posted on Oct 26, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE


California’s Minimum Wage Sky Falling

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Posted on Sep 28, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 READ MORE


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