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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 ...

CA utilities outfoxing Cap and Trade law

June 5th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   This is Part 2 of a two-part series on Cap and Trade. Part 1 is here. Recent news about California’s cap-and-trade emissions program is like reading a Spy vs. Spy comic strip in an old Mad Magazine, where spies try to outfox each other with booby traps. There is a paper war going on backstage between California municipal utilities, public regulated utilities and out-of-...

Court hears objections to high-speed rail

June 4th, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton. This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Part 1 is here. The first article in this series on the crucial May 23 hearing before the Third District Court of Appeal reported that questions asked by the justices seemed to lean in one direction: toward a reversal of a lower-court decision on March 4 by Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny that would delay the high-speed rail project from mo...
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