State facing flood protection shortfall

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Sacramento flood 1862

  With California mired in the third year of drought, it might seem strange that an Assembly committee recently held a hearing on flooding. That is, unless you’re one of the 6.6 million northern California residents who received a National Weather Service Flash Flood Warning last month aft...

Look for the budget trailer-bill details

Monday, January 12th, 2015
brown budget

  Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal, released Friday, is just that: a proposal. It’s a starting point. What’s key are the details he and his allies include in the “trailer bills” to the budget they advance for fiscal year 2015-16, which begins on July 1. According to Brown’s ...

Will Little Hoover compel green-energy testimony?

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
Little Hoover Rewiring California

  Here’s the 13,000-megawatt question to be answered in 2015: Will the Little Hoover Commission begin issuing subpoenas in 2015 to compel Gov. Jerry Brown and California legislative leaders to meet green energy accountability requirements spelled out in its 2012 report, “Rewiring Cal...

Oil tech for CA: From Russia, with love?

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
Plasma Pulse Technology

  On Jan. 1 California’s fracking law drills in – just as the price of oil has dropped to its lowest levels of recent years. And just as something new from Russia, Plasma Pulse Technology, may make fracking superfluous. Senate Bill 4 was sponsored by state Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Los Ange...

Report finds inaccuracies in Covered CA doctor lists

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
Report finds inaccuracies in Covered CA doctor lists

  What good is medical insurance if you can't find a doctor? A recent investigation by the California Department of Managed Health Care found a quarter of the doctors listed in the provider directories for two of California’s top Affordable Care Act insurance plans either refuse to a...

Why green power won’t replace nukes

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

  Last year Southern California Edison mothballed its 2.3 gigawatt San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. As reported at the time, the actual reason probably was mechanical defects caused from retrofitting the plant to ramp up and down rapidly to back up erratic green power. ...

Green power shocking big utilities

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
Sonoma 1b

Peter Rumble, an outgoing Sonoma County administrator, recently announced the formation of California Clean Power, a new private company where he serves as CEO. According to Rumble, the mission of CCP is “to provide cleaner power at a lower cost with local control.”  They plan to do this by ...

Tax board criticized for delays

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

  California’s Franchise Tax Board is taking too long to complete audits and resolve taxpayers’ refund claims, protests and appeals, costing businesses hundreds of millions of dollars, according to the California Taxpayers Association. Gina Rodriquez, vice president of state tax polic...

Oil taxes fuel state budget

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
oil's well that ends well

The group Californians Against Fracking seeks to eliminate oil and gas drilling by hydraulic fracturing methods, called “fracking,” statewide in California. A post-election article by David Atkins in the Washington Monthly, and cross-posted on the CAF website, lamented the defeat of Measur...

Hoover Dam low water to double water costs to SoCal

Friday, November 28th, 2014
Hoover Dam wikimedia

  California is facing yet another drought-caused water and energy shortage from an unexpected source.  Hoover Dam’s hydroelectric power may have to be curtailed if the water level drops below 1,000 feet, an elevation it last reached in May 1936, when the reservoir was still being filled...

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