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Will Beverly Hills ban fracking black gold?

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May 8, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   Come and listen to a story about a city named Beverly Hills and its bubblin’ crude. “The Beverly Hillbillies” still plays on TV in reruns, providing laughs about the Clampetts from Tennessee who strike it rich in oil on their farm, then move to posh Beverly Hills with its “swimmin’ pools, movie stars,” as the opening song goes. But what’s not well-known is t...

Supreme Court allows L.A. County storm tax

May 8, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   On May 5, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear another appeal in a case mandating tax increases to pay for stopping and cleaning up polluted storm water. The L.A. County Supervisors have been playing hot potato with the highly unpopular stormwater tax mandated by the California Legislature in 2010 to deal with the cleanup. The mandate applies only in L.A. County under A...

SF splits over CleanPowerSF co-op

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May 7, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. San Francisco is suffering from a split personality when it comes to establishing CleanPowerSF, an electricity buyers' club approved by the city’s Public Utilities Commission in 2010 to replace the monopoly Pacific Gas & Electric utility.  Such buyers' cooperatives are authorized under the California's Community Choice Aggregation law of 2002. San Francisco has a consolidated ...

CA cities gain tool to chop retirement benefits

May 7, 2014 By Chris Reed. A cliche in government circles is that there is no "magic bullet" available to address many big, difficult problems. But thanks to a recent action by the California Supreme Court, many local governments now do have a "magic bullet" to reduce their unfunded retirement benefits. On April 30, the court chose not to hear an appeal of an appellate court ruling upholding the city of San Die...
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