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Drought Is Here to Stay: CA Enviros Propose $6B Water Conservation Plan

Drought Is Here to Stay: CA Enviros Propose $6B Water Conservation Plan
For better or worse, Jerry Brown's water bond from yesterday is still the leading candidate to replace what is tentatively scheduled to be on the ballot as Prop 43. But a coalition, mainly culled from the environmental community, has another plan.
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Activists: Fracking Making California’s Drought Even Worse

Activists: Fracking Making California’s Drought Even Worse
Fracking is bad in a variety of ways, but nowhere is its impact more profound than on the drought-devastated state of California. The oil industry wastes water that the state desperately needs, and leaves behind pollution that infects anything remaining behind.
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Federal Judge: Capital Punishment 'Cruel and Unusual'

Federal Judge: Capital Punishment 'Cruel and Unusual'
A California federal judge ruled this week that the state's death penalty, which has created long delays and uncertainty for inmates, violates California's ban on 'cruel and unusual' punishment, rendering capital punishment unconstitutional. The ACLU notes this is the first such ruling, but certainly won't be the last.
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Group Seeks Justice for Disabled Denied Voting Rights

Group Seeks Justice for Disabled Denied Voting Rights
At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation's largest county – LA County.
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Questions Abound in Camp Shooting Death of Boy Scout

Questions Abound in Camp Shooting Death of Boy Scout
Police say a 12-year-old boy who died from a gunshot wound at a Boy Scout camp in San Diego brought the handgun with him from his hometown of Las Vegas.
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Nixing CA Teacher Tenure Just the Beginning. Pro-Business Groups Set Sights on Nat'l Public Education

Nixing CA Teacher Tenure Just the Beginning. Pro-Business Groups Set Sights on Nat'l Public Education
A pro-business Los Angeles judge ruled Tuesday that California's allowance of teacher tenure was in fact unconstitutional. This unprecedented ruling comes after fierce lobbying and lawsuits brought by the corporate-funded Students Matter (euphemism!). The group has plans to expand nationally.
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Wage Theft Was the Case that They Gave Me: Snoop Dogg Sued by Bodyguards

Wage Theft Was the Case that They Gave Me: Snoop Dogg Sued by Bodyguards
You can tack wage theft to the list of alleged crimes under Snoop Dogg's belt. Three body guards have filed a civil suit claiming the rapper owes them over $3 million in back wages and overtime.
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Bought and Paid For: CA State Senators in Pocket of Big Oil Won't Back Fracking Moratorium

Bought and Paid For: CA State Senators in Pocket of Big Oil Won't Back Fracking Moratorium
Big Oil's money worked. Spending $1.5M on state senators got them the votes to sink a moratorium on fracking in California.
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One CA City's Battle to Protect Prevailing Wages Against Unsavory Motivations

One CA City's Battle to Protect Prevailing Wages Against Unsavory Motivations
The Escondido Democratic Club recently took some time to clear up misconceptions about the prevailing wage, a hot topic in local political conversations due to the city’s upcoming referendum on charterization. At the final public hearing on the issue, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed proudly admitted the he was “championing the proposal.” While supporters thinly veil their motives as an issue of “home rule,” honest participants know the prevailing wage to be the central legislative question.
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$67B Tunnel Plan Moving Forward Without Permits or Plans to Pay for It

$67B Tunnel Plan Moving Forward Without Permits or Plans to Pay for It
California Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is stepping up its efforts to fast-track the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnels, as revealed in a memorandum sent to Department of Water Resources. Delta advocates criticized the memo for being the latest in a series of actions taken by the Brown administration to rush the construction of the peripheral tunnels before permitting of the process is complete — and before any financial plan or agreement to pay for the tunnels, estimated to cost $67 billion or more, is in place.
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