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Mileage tax advances in Legislature

July 8th, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   California drivers could be just a few years away from having “black boxes” in their cars tracking their travel and taxing them for every mile driven. Senate Bill 1077 is by Assemblyman Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, and would require a mileage tax pilot program to start up by 2016. It recently passed the Assembly Transportation Committee. Proponents argue that a mileage...

Independence Day from foreign energy?

July 4th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. As today we celebrate America's independence from Great Britain, it might also be time to celebrate our independence from foreign energy. Alas, California isn't playing its part. During the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo and the 1979 Iranian Revolution, there were long lines of cars at California service stations due to gasoline shortages.  In 1979, customers could only buy gas on alternate d...

CA hydropower advances

June 20th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   To service California's electricity market, hydropower finally is advancing. Currently, California needs to import cheap, water-based electricity hydropower from nearby states to bail out its power grid when solar power fades out at the sunset hours of each day. So it's good news the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission just gave approval for California’s electric grid o...

Sick leave bill could kill jobs, cut hours

June 17th, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   An Assembly bill requiring employers to provide paid sick leave could result in nearly a million California workers either losing their jobs or having their hours cut. Assembly Bill 1522, which passed the Assembly and is making its way through the state Senate, would require businesses to provide paid sick leave for employees who work seven or more days in a year. Sick time ...
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