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Will Little Hoover compel green-energy testimony?
  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...
CalSTRS to sock local school budgets
California's pension crisis just keeps getting worse. The major crisis now is the California State Teachers' Retirement System. Gov. Jerry Brown warned about the crisis in his Jan. 2014 budget proposal, but didn't do anything about it. Election year. We'll have to see what his Jan. 2015 budget, d...
Humorous new attack on Prop. 13
Lenny Bruce was funnier But Lenny Goldberg is pretty funny, too. Because he's wasted 40 years attacking Proposition 13, the landmark 1978 property-tax limitation initiative. The Times just ran a puff piece on him. There's no hint that, in a state with an incredibly incompetent and wasteful go...
Oil tech for CA: From Russia, with love?
  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...
Enviros fight over CA Spotted Owl
  The California Spotted Owl faces extinction unless logging is banned in forests in which “the small and declining owl population” may be found in California’s Sierra Nevadas and the mountains of Southern California. So warns a petition submitted last week to the U.S. Fish and Wild...
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