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Brown signs defense industry tax break with hidden Tesla perk

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July 11, 2014 By John Hrabe. Governor Jerry Brown  signed into law Thursday a special $420 million corporate tax break for defense contractor Lockheed Martin. If that wasn't controversial enough, now word has surfaced that the bill also included a hidden perk for electric auto maker Tesla Motors Inc. According to a report by Juliet Williams of the Associated Press, an overlooked section of the bill included...

Fresno water rate referendum headed for ballot

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July 10, 2014 By John Hrabe. Fresno residents will have the final say on the city's controversial plan to double water rates in the coming years. On Tuesday, election officials certified that the petition drive spearheaded by former Fresno County Supervisor Doug Vagim has enough valid signatures to place the referendum on the November ballot. More than 5,500 registered voters signed the petition, which was circul...

CA economic ranking renews debate

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July 10, 2014 By James Poulos. For those who put a lot of stock in statistics, it's a good month for California. The Golden State has returned to take its former position among the world's largest economies. World Bank calculations show California -- if it were considered a country -- placing eighth in size worldwide. That's still well below fifth place, where the state had ranked going into the early 2000s ...

Smelt suit threatens water markets

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July 9, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   On June 11, 2014, a coalition of sports fishermen and Northern California groundwater users filed a lawsuit to stop a water transfer from Shasta Lake to California’s parched Central Valley.  The basis of the suit is to protect the Delta smelt fish, which is 200 miles away from Shasta Lake.  The water transfer in dispute is a willing buyer-willing seller sale of water betwee...
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