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Water shortage could bring electricity grid failure

California statewide power plants
July 2, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   California’s Big Three energy regulating agencies just warned in a joint letter to the California Water Resources Control Board that planned water curtailments for 2014 would present a danger to grid reliability and create “substantial potential for serious public health and safety impacts." The three agencies are the California Public Utilities Commission, the Californi...

Betty Yee declares victory in controller race

July 1, 2014 By John Hrabe. It isn't over till it's over, as Yoga Berra famously said. A recount still is possible. But Betty Yee has declared victory in her race for state controller over Assemblyman John Perez, D-Los Angeles. Entering the California Democratic Party's spring convention, Board of Equalization member Yee's campaign faced a juggernaut. With more money, power and influence over convention dele...

CA to reverse food glove law

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July 1, 2014 By James Poulos. Say goodbye to California's ban on bare hands for food and drink handlers. Set to be enforced beginning July 1, the measure -- passed just this March -- would have required all bar and restaurant employees who prepared meals or beverages to wear fresh gloves. Faced with a strangely unexpected flurry of opposition, lawmakers in Sacramento made a rare about-face, with Assemblyman Richard...

Water bond drowns in Legislature

Drought map
June 30, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. A $10.5 billion water bond apparently drowned in the California Senate this past week for the third time since 2010, even though the Central Valley faces a dire drought this summer. But the Legislature still might perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and waive the June 26 deadline for putting the bond on the November ballot. The official name is Senate Bill 848, The Safe Drinking Water...
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