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Marijuana Is Legal In California. Now Politicians And Pot Pushers Need To Help Keep It Out Of Kids' Hands
George Skelton @ latimes.com
A UC Davis research report shows that when Washington legalized marijuana, teens became less cautious about weed and began using it more.
Obama Administration Aids Giant California Water Project | The Sacramento Bee
ELLEN KNICKMEYER @ sacbee.com
The outgoing Obama administration on Wednesday tried to nudge forward Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to build two giant north-south water tunnels for California.
Measure S Opponents Scale Back Claims In Voter Guide After Being Sued
Emily Alpert Reyes @ latimes.com
Opponents of a controversial measure that would restrict L.A. real estate development have agreed to scale back some of their claims submitted for a city voter guide after being sued by the initiative’s supporters.
Obama looks to speed Gov. Jerry Brownâ
An order issued by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell directs federal officials to complete their preliminary environmental assessment of the water project this month, potentially removing a major barrier before President Obama leaves office Jan. 20. While final federal review of the project wonâÂÂt come until April, when Donald Trump is president and the governmentâÂÂs priorities will undoubtedly have changed, state officials believe the stepped-up proceedings by the Obama administration will give the delta plan a sense of inevitability. âÂÂPutting a public timeline on when the federal government will make its final decision builds on the momentum we have,âÂÂ said Erin Mellon, spokeswoman for the California Natural Resources Agency, which is spearheading the tunnels effort. Because pumping water through the delta has historically caused problems for fish and wildlife, prompting state and federal orders to halt flows, the tunnels offer a better means of delivery, advocates say. A state-required environmental review of the tunnels project was completed last month, but before work can begin, the federal Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must ensure the plan doesnâÂÂt violate the Endangered Species Act. Restore the Delta, a group that has long fought the tunnels proposal, said the governor seemed âÂÂdesperateâÂÂ in his bid to win federal backing for the project before the incoming Republican administration takes over.
These Are The Classes You Get When You Give College Students Control
Teresa Watanabe @ latimes.com
UC Berkeley students can debate political strategy as seen in “Game of Thrones” and other topics thanks to an array of courses in Democratic Education at Cal.
California Wants To Move Up Its Primary Again | The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @ sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
Californians Saved Less Water In November Than Previous Year, Water Board Report Says
Joseph Serna @ latimes.com
California water conservation took a slight step backward in November, officials announced Wednesday, possibly due in part to an unusually wet fall and months of successful conservation efforts.
Trump Takes On Democrats and Health Care Law in a New Twitter Blitz
The president-elect called President ObamaâÂÂs signature law a âÂÂlieâÂÂ and assailed Democrats for working to preserve it.
Cutting Obamacare Will Hurt A Lot Of Trump Voters In California - San Francisco Chronicle
As Republicans in Congress start dismantling Obamacare, they run the risk of hurting a particularly vulnerable population in California: a whole lot of people who voted for Donald Trump.
UC Berkeley researcher debunks global warming hiatus
Suggestions by climate change skeptics that ocean cooling put global warming on hiatus more than a decade ago were based on faulty measurements of seawater temperatures, a new study led by a UC Berkeley researcher confirms. Zeke Hausfather, a graduate student at UC Berkeley and analyst with the nonprofit climate science group Berkeley Earth, and his research team concluded that temperatures during the past 15 years rose just as they did in the latter half of the 20th century. A group of scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was the first to say two years ago that such conclusions were based on skewed temperature data. The federal teamâÂÂs revised figures, showing a significant spike in ocean temperatures in the 21st century, drew rebuke from skeptics who accused the government of fixing the numbers. Hausfather, who worked with researchers at Berkeley Earth, the University of York in the United Kingdom, George Mason University and NASA, verified NOAAâÂÂs updated figures by reviewing the historical temperature record.
Poverty In San Diego County Higher Than During Great Recession | Kpbs
Joe Yerardi @ kpbs.org
Despite years of falling unemployment, poverty in San Diego County remains stubbornly high, and points to deeper problems in the San Diego region's economy.
Snapchat Showed Investors False User Statistics, Ex-employee Alleges In Lawsuit
Paresh Dave @ latimes.com
Anthony Pompliano, who briefly worked at Snapchat, alleged in a lawsuit that the company wasn't truthful when hiring him and tried to get him to divulge secrets about his time at Facebook.
Yosemite National Park May Close For Heavy Rains, Flooding | The Sacramento Bee
Linda Gonzales @ sacbee.com
By Linda Gonzales
How Arizona Vs. United States Will Stop Democratic Immigration Efforts :: Fox&hounds
Please note, statements and opinions expressed on the Fox&Hounds Blog are solely those of their respective authors and may not represent the views of Fox&Hounds Daily or its employees thereof. Fox&Hounds Daily is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the site's bloggers.
Kaine To Gop: Don't Rush Over A Cliff On Obamacare - Politico
Tim Kaine says the time to fix the healthcare legislation is now. | AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
California House Democrats Are Taking A Wait-and-see Approach On Trump's Plan For Dreamers
Sarah D. Wire @ latimes.com
Update on 'Essential Politics: Details emerge on Legislature hiring Holder, new report on California's housing crisis'
Senate Republican Leader's Statement on Hiring of Eric Holder
Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement after the majority party in the California Legislature unilaterally hired Eric Holder, former U.S. Attorney General.
Mycapture | The Union Democrat
Next Phase Of The Wilshire Subway Receives $1.6 Billion In Federal Funds
Laura J. Nelson @ latimes.com
New round of federal funds will help build next phase of Purple Line subway.
Pants On Fire For Claim California Legalized Child Prostitution - Capradio.org
Chris Nichols @ capradio.org
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Equifax, Transunion Fined For Selling Consumers Credit Scores Not Used By Most Lenders
James Rufus Koren @ latimes.com
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined Equifax and TransUnion for providing consumers with credit scores not actually used by many lenders in making credit decisions.
California Rejects Proposed New Death Penalty Rules | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
Republicans Offer No Plan To Repeal Obamacare As More Party Members Express Concern
Noam N. Levey, Lisa Mascaro @ latimes.com
With Republicans and Democrats gearing up for a historic face-off over the fate of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama and Vice President-elect Mike Pence head to Capitol Hill.