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Life imitates sci-fi: Why CA pension crisis is sure to get far worse

September 16th, 2013 By Chris Reed. The debate in California over public employee pensions has grown familiar in recent times. Those who demand reform finally appear to have momentum. In Sacramento, Gov. Jerry Brown won passage of a pension reform measure in September 2012. While many thought it didn't go nearly far enough, its approval showed an acceptance of a new conventional wisdom: that benefits were unnecessarily ...

Refinery ‘safety’ bill could reduce safety

September 16th, 2013 By Dave Roberts. Never let a refinery disaster go to waste. That’s what Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, is doing with Senate Bill 54, according to critics of her bill. Hancock and fellow Democrats say SB54, which passed the Legislature last week, will improve refinery safety by increasing the number of trained contract workers at refineries. But critics say the bill actually will make refineries less...

CA electricity duel pits imports against mass battery storage

September 11th, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi. how to get a girlfriend There's an old California saying, "Water runs uphill toward money." Now California also wants electrons to flow against the laws of economics and possibly local environmental standards and neighborhood values. The California Public Utilities Commission finally has released a proposed policy that would require the state’s three largest electric util...

Audit uncovers embers in Cal Fire slush fund

September 10th, 2013 By Katy Grimes. A new state audit shows that in 2005 a secret, $3.66 million off-the-books account was established by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The Wildlife Fire Investigation Training and Equipment Fund, a private, nonprofit account, was filled through lawsuit settlement proceeds. The fund was run by the California District Attorneys Association until it was shut down o...
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