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CPUC blacks out new green power prices from consumers

September 30th, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi.   California is undergoing a revolutionary change to its energy system by switching as much as 51 percent of its sources of power to renewable energy (wind, solar, geothermal), from about 17 percent.  The public investment is in the mega-billions of dollars. Chris Raphael, editor of Energy News Data, recently wrote an article, “Ratepayers Should Not Remain in the Dark on Power ...

Business bills reach Brown’s desk

September 25th, 2013 By Dave Roberts.   While there has been much focus on the impacts to California businesses from Obamacare and the state minimum wage hike, less noticed are the smaller pieces of legislation regulating businesses. Two of those bills, which passed the recent legislative session despite opposition from the California Chamber of Commerce, are Assembly Bill 729 and Assembly Bill 1165. Privileged union...

CA Obamacare implementation funds activist groups

September 24th, 2013 By Katy Grimes. This is Part 1 of a two-part series. As California continues taking the lead in implementing Obamacare, officially called the Affordable Care Act, the state’s health care insurance “exchanges” are expected to serve as a model for exchanges in other states. The exchanges are being set up under legislation signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010. But not all the money is...

Weeds could whack your house and job

September 23rd, 2013 By Dave Roberts. Failure to keep up your property in California could damage your credit rating, prohibit you from buying or selling property, and hurt your ability to get or hold a job, thanks to a bill recently approved by the Legislature. Assembly Bill 683 empowers cities, counties and special districts (after providing notice and a public hearing) to impose an assessment and record a lien agai...
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