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Lawmakers seek probe of CA refineries

November 30, 2012 By Joseph Perkins. 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 gasoline prices the Golden State’s motorists suffered in both May and October. The lawmakers, led by California Sens. Dianne Feinst...

Crazifornia: Three ‘crappy’ regulatory battles

November 30, 2012 By admin. Nov. 30, 2012 By Laer Pearce For a lot of very good reasons, California’s environmental regulators have earned a reputation for being, well, crappy to the rest of us. Three ongoing California regulatory battles over poop reinforce their already well-deserved reputation. The first battle is between the California Coastal Commission and the city of Morro Bay over the city’s proposed...

Californians fleeing to Mexico

November 30, 2012 By admin. Nov. 30, 2012 By Chriss Street On Tuesday, President Obama met with the newly elected president of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto.  While the press focused on the Administration’s talking points for discussions on a wide range of issues from energy to climate change, the real concern is that the Mexican economy is far outperforming the U.S. economy and the new immigration concern is in...

The union assault — covert and overt — on direct democracy

November 29, 2012 By admin. Nov. 30, 2012 By Chris Reed For decades, signature-gathering to win placement of measures on the local or state ballot in California has followed a basic script. Once proponents gathered some 30 percent more signatures than the minimum threshold necessary, they shut down operations, confident that their measure would easily make the ballot. But in the past three years, this script ha...
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