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Gay group wins formal recognition from state Republican Party

In a historic move, the California Republican Party on Sunday officially recognized a gay GOP group.

Disenchanted California Republicans can become Democrats

15 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

To the editor: I found it highly astonishing that, given the tone in which Brian O'Leary Bennett wrote his op-ed article on modernizing the state GOP, he has been a conservative Republican Party activist for nearly 40 years. ("California Republicans -- evolve or die," op-ed, Feb. 25)

Jerry Brown must enforce California's environmental laws

15 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

To the editor: I am floored. Article after article in The Times and other news outlets in the state keep exposing ways that the oil industry is cutting corners and putting our health and our water — particularly in the Central Valley — at risk. ("Hundreds of illicit oil wastewater...

Gay GOP group may get formal recognition by state party

California Republicans will decide Sunday whether to officially recognize a gay GOP group, setting the stage for a divisive family-values fight at their biannual convention here.

Ashley Swearengin, Mayor Of Fresno, Won't Seek U.S. Senate Seat

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Republican mayor of the California city of Fresno has decided not to run for the United States Senate, an adviser said. Mayor Ashley Swearengin will not seek the seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Barbara...Show More Summary

Official warns against improper weight cutting by UFC fighters

The head of the California State Athletic Commission warns that improper weight cutting by combat-sports fighters like the Ultimate Fighting Championship athletes who stepped on the scale near Staples Center on Friday is “the biggest problem in the sport today.”

Kaiser Continues to Improve, But Can Do Better for California

Apparently a $4 million stick wasn’t big enough to encourage Kaiser Permanente in California to offer residents better mental health care in the state. While Kaiser fixed two of the deficiencies originally identified by the government agency charged with oversight of care in California, it still didn’t fix two others to the agency’s satisfaction. The […]

Legal Petition Seeks Emergency Moratorium On Fracking in California

A coalition of over 150 environmental, health, and public advocacy organizations in California filed a legal petition Thursday seeking to compel Governor Jerry Brown to issue an emergency moratorium on fracking in the state. The proximate...Show More Summary

Villaraigosa won’t run for Senate in California

Former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has announced he will not run for the Senate in 2016, a decision that further bolsters state Attorney General Kamala Harris's frontrunner status. "I am humbled by the encouragement I've received from so many to serve in the United States Senate," Villaraigosa said in a statement on Facebook. "But […]

California bill would reduce sales tax on green cars

The California Legislature is considering a bill that would cut the state sales tax on green cars by more than half in an effort to spur sales of clean vehicles.

Rats, Snakes, West Nile Virus: Consequences of California's Record Drought

The Golden State is in it’s fourth year of drought, and the impact on agricultural output, the increased risk of wildfires, and the damage to fauna - from bears to salmon - have been widely documented. But as record dry conditions drag on and intensify, some unexpected consequences are emerging, reports the Huffington Post.

Ex-leader of panel that cut pay, perks for California lawmakers steps down

Charles Murray, the controversial official who led the move to cut the salaries of the governor and Legislature by 18% in 2009 and to take away lawmakers’ district cars two years later, resigned Friday from the state Citizens Compensation Commission.

Review: SilencerCo’s EasyTrust – How easy is it?

I live in California (yes, yes, I know) and therefore am not allowed to own silencers here. However, I can own and use them in silencer-friendly states via an NFA trust. TFB previously covered the pros and cons of creating an NFA trust here. Show More Summary

Steven Greenhut on California Union Hypocrisy Over 'Flextime'

2 days agoNews : Reason

California legislators routinely tout the state's economic prospects by noting its success in spawning innovative technology and "green" industries. That may be true, but these and other companies must struggle under a labor code designed more for fast-food workers and last century's assembly lines. Show More Summary

Senate candidate Kamala Harris unknown to more than 50% of voters

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, the only major candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer, is unknown by more than half the state's registered voters, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times pol...

uispeccoll:I found another library with artists’ books on Vine....

2 days agoMedia / Publishing : Listen Up

uispeccoll: I found another library with artists’ books on Vine.  Nicely done, Robert E. Kennedy Library from California Polytechnic State University.  Even though you haven’t posted recently, you’ve won a fan.  ...

Alarming Consequences Of The California Drought You May Not Have Expected

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

What happens when America’s most populous state runs low on its most precious resource for the fourth year in a row? A lack of rainfall doesn’t just result in problems for farmers, the food industry and people with sprawling lawns. It can have serious consequences that aren’t so obvious. Show More Summary

Prioritizing Livestock Emissions

Under AB 32, California’s climate change law, “greenhouse gas” is defined to include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and some fluorinated gases. But the bulk of the state’s efforts to date have focused primarily on the first. CO2 is undeniably the primary offender: It accounts for about three quarters of annual global emissions, and is […]

Should Californians Resurrect a Plan to Pipe in Water From Alaska?

In 1991, Alaska's governor proposed building a pipeline to bring his state's water to drought-stricken California. 25 years later, the state is in a worse drought, and the idea is still crazy as hell. The post Should Californians Resurrect a Plan to Pipe in Water From Alaska? appeared first on WIRED.

Oregon And Washington Could Legalize Lane-Splitting

2 days agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

California may be the only state in the country that allows motorcyclists to split lanes, but if bills proposed in Oregon and Washington pass, both states could join their West Coast sibling in helping riders free themselves from the tyranny of traffic. Read more...

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