Lawmakers seek probe of CA refineries 6

Nov. 30, 2012 By Joseph Perkins Taking time out from negotiations over the fiscal cliff, a half-dozen U.S. senators asked the Justice Department this week to investigate whether “market manipulation” by California oil refineries led to the run up in

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PG&E misleads on rate increases 10

Editor’s Note: This is Part 2 of two. Part 1 is here.  Nov. 27, 2012 By Katy Grimes PG&E has openly misled about rate increases. In February 2011, PG&E announced the utility expected its electric rate to remain steady into

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Policy, not shortage, causing water crisis 34

Nov. 26, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi There is no apparent drought of journalists with metaphors to define the so-called water crisis in the United States and California.  Every month, it seems, another new end-of-the-world water book comes out. Cynthia Barnett is

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State injects millions of new patients into ailing Medi-Cal 17

Nov. 20, 2012 By Dave Roberts California’s Medi-Cal managed care programs have an abysmal track record. So, naturally, state officials are planning to transfer a million more low-income Californians these lowly-rated care programs. On a scale of 1 to 5,

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Greenmail lives in San Diego, making PLA ban irrelevant 1

Nov. 9, 2012 By Chris Reed In June, San Diego voters overwhelmingly approved a ban on project labor agreements. But they can’t do anything about greenmail, so guess what: CEQA threats have persuaded Mayor Jerry Sanders to give in to

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California’s Congressional Water Ballot for 2012 11

Nov. 5, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi Tomorrow California voters will not be voting on the proposed California Water Bond, which has been postponed until 2014.  But voters will be voting on a number of local water projects such as the proposed

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