Lax CPUC oversight lets PG&E gouge ratepayers 6

Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of two. Part 2 is here. Nov. 26, 2012 By Katy Grimes As the price of natural gas has fallen to a decade low, utility ratepayers wouldn’t know it. Utility costs continue to explode.

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Policy, not shortage, causing water crisis 34

Nov. 26, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi There is no apparent drought of journalists with metaphors to define the so-called water crisis in the United States and California.  Every month, it seems, another new end-of-the-world water book comes out. Cynthia Barnett is

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Hawthorne home to an out-of-control police state 8

Nov. 26, 2012 By Chris Reed A while back, I came upon the amazing stories of Daniel J. Saulmon, a Southern California man who has used video and audio recorders to document vast evidence of police misconduct. Here we go

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Giving up liberties for safety 8

Nov. 25, 2012 Katy Grimes: The government push for more domestic drones to spy on American citizens should give everyone chills. What could possibly go wrong? Last Spring, President Obama signed the approval of 30,000 drones to be used domestically, and the

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Do the math: 55% taxes loom for $300K-plus earners in California 15

Nov. 25, 2012 By Chris Reed Matt Miller, a quirky and interesting writer-thinker for a lefty think tank (the Center for American Progress), has a warning for Gov. Jerry Brown. Writing in the Washington Post, Miller does the math and

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State pot votes spark freedom 34

Nov. 25, 2012 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO — When it comes to real political change, the people almost always are light years ahead of the politicians, most of whom are so worried about re-election they take only carefully crafted positions

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How to break up California 13

Nov. 24, 2012 By John Seiler California obviously is a preposterously large state. Its 38 million population is greater than the population of 209 of the 242 countries listed by Wikipedia. It’s greater than Algeria, Canada, Uganda, Iraq, Peru, Venezuela,

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Sac Bee story on worker pay fails to mention ‘step’ auto-raises 1

Nov. 23, 2012 By Chris Reed Many California government workers — and more than half of all teachers — get “step” pay raises every year just for accumulating seniority. Teachers and some other workers can also get “column” pay raises

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Reality show hides California reality 18

Nov. 23, 2012 By Joseph Perkins My wife turned me on to a new reality show, “Start-Ups: Silicon Valley.” It airs on Bravo, between installments of the cable network’s “Real Housewives” franchise, which chronicles the lives of too-well-to-do ladies in places

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Video: How can libertarians reach more people

Nov. 22, 2012 By Brian Calle Here’s an upbeat message on selling liberty from Judd Weiss, a libertarian activist. We mention pies. Happy Thanksgiving!

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