Sen. DeSaulnier grills high-speed rail CEO on funding

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
De Saulnier

Editor's Note: This is Part 2 of a series looking in depth at the latest hearing in the state Senate on California’s high-speed rail blueprint. Part 1 is here. Skepticism took center stage as the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee held hearings on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to u...

Initiative would revive redevelopment agencies

Monday, April 14th, 2014
Revenge of the Jedi

  If it were a movie, it might be called “Revenge of the JEDI: the Redevelopment Empire Strikes Back.” It’s the California Jobs and Education Development Initiative (JEDI), which would enable the revival of the 425 redevelopment agencies eliminated in 2011 by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Cali...

Will new community power beat PG&E prices?

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Sonoma Clean Power

  Sonoma Clean Power officials and advocates got a charge from recent news that 95 percent of county eligible ratepayers will be switched to their electricity service from Pacific Gas & Electric. The switch was automatic, although ratepayers could opt out of the switch and remain with PG&am...

State Senate hearing casts doubt on high-speed rail

Monday, April 7th, 2014
State Senate hearing casts doubt on high-speed rail

  Editor's Note: This is Part 1 of a series looking in depth at the latest hearing in the state Senate on California’s high-speed rail blueprint. California's high-speed rail project keeps running into obstacles along its track to construction. The March 27, 2014 hearing of the Senate Tr...

CA GOP stays neutral on new electoral-college initiative

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
My Vote Counts

  An initiative seeking to get on California’s November ballot likely would add 20 or more Electoral College votes to the Republican candidate’s tally in the 2016 presidential election. That’s more Electoral College votes than the battleground state of Ohio by itself -- or the battleground...

CA green power keeps shifting costs to ratepayers

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

  California Energy Markets recently reported that three California cities just won agreement from regulators to reclassify solar power transmission costs as distribution. The cities are Pasadena, Riverside and Azusa. That means the cities reaped a 25 percent reduction in long-term sol...

California experiments with open-source voting

Friday, March 28th, 2014
California experiments with open-source voting

  After spending tens of millions of dollars in recent years on ineffective voting systems, California election officials are planning to experiment with an "open source" system that may prove to be the cure-all for secure, accessible balloting – or just another expensive failure. Most comp...

SD26: Coastal Los Angeles state Senate race tests non-partisan brand

Monday, March 24th, 2014
26th senate district

Political analysts say it's too soon to evaluate the impacts of California's top-two election system. But this year a coastal Los Angeles state Senate seat will provide a vital case study on the effects of the new system. In the 26th Senate district, seven Democrats and one non-partisan candid...

Gov. Brown, Legislature push groundwater regulation

Friday, March 14th, 2014
Water chart

This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Due to the current compound drought and water storage shortage, California legislators are considering enacting groundwater regulation over the entire Central Valley aquifer. Some recent developments: State Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, chairperson of ...

Will ripping out home lawns conserve water?

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
California water chart, Metropolitan Water Distrrict

  During the first week of March, Mother Nature herself violated numerous calls by Gov. Jerry Brown and municipalities for home owners to conserve water -- by showering home lawns for several days. We can't stop Mother Nature. But cities now actually are pushing people to rip up their lawns...

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