9 Assembly Democrats opposed 100% renewable energy bill

The California Legislature’s adoption of Senate Bill 100 – committing the state to have an electricity grid powered by 100 percent renewable energy in 2045 – was billed by Sen. Kevin De León, D-Los Angeles, (pictured) as another landmark triumph for the environmental movement in the Golden State.

But the measure’s relatively narrow adoption in the Assembly – on a 44-33 vote – carries loud hints from Democrats who represent poor communities that they see environmental policies that add to the cost of living as increasingly problematic in the state with the nation’s highest level of poverty.

A Los Angeles Times interview with Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, hammered home this point:

“This is yet another in a laundry list of bills that are discriminatory to the people I represent,” Gray said. He was paraphrased as “saying that supporters were motivated to impress national progressives rather than poor residents in rural communities who would face higher electric bills as a result of the legislation.”

The Assembly Democrats who opposed SB100 besides Gray: Anna Caballero of Salinas, Jim Cooper of Elk Grove, Tom Daly of Anaheim, Jim Frazier of Oakley, Mike Gipson of south Los Angeles, Sharon Quirk-Silva of Fullerton, Blanca Rubio of the San Gabriel Valley and Rudy Salas of Bakersfield.

The issue of how poor people would be affected was very much part of the debate in the run-up to the 2006 adoption by the Legislature of the landmark anti-global warming Assembly Bill 32, which mandated the use of costlier but cleaner energy sources. As a result, a portion of cap-and-trade fees on pollution permits are designated to go to “disadvantaged” communities.

A 2017 report by the California Climate Investments state website said that $614 million in cap-and-trade fees had been spent on these communities, including helping nearly 30,000 homeowners with solar panels and other energy-efficient projects, as well as funding more than 2,600 affordable-housing units.

Energy costs contribute to state’s high poverty rate

But most of the 20 percent-plus of state residents who are impoverished get relatively little direct help in dealing with overall energy costs that aren’t just higher on average than any other state with a relatively temperate climate; they’re also higher than states with harsh winters like Montana and Colorado. And because of unique state rules and fees, gasoline costs more in California than any state but Hawaii.

California’s emergence as the nation’s most impoverished state only became evident in 2011, when the U.S. Census Bureau began issuing state-by-state poverty statistics that included the cost of living. This has helped create an appreciation in the Legislature of the need to add housing stock to try to slow the sharp increase in rent and home prices over the past quarter-century.

But a recent study by Chapman University’s Center for Demographics and Policy found that state energy policies were also a major contributor to high poverty rates.

The study faulted state agencies, starting with the California Air Resources Board, for their impact studies which have consistently minimized the effects of laws like AB32 on the less affluent.

“Notably absent [in the air board’s ‘scoping plan’ for AB32] is any discussion of how the state’s existing costs, let alone additional burdens, severely harm lower-income and historically disadvantaged communities and households,” the study noted.

Gov. Jerry Brown has so far declined direct comment on SB100, but most Capitol watchers expect him to sign the bill. The governor has called climate change the state’s and nation’s most pressing problem.


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  1. Sean
    Sean 4 September, 2018, 17:03

    Clever plan the legislature has. Alleviate poverty in the golden state by driving the poor out with exceptionally high living costs. Might work.

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    • Sean
      Sean 15 September, 2018, 11:49

      Just ran across a report from the legislative analysts office from February of this year titled “California Losing Residents Via Domestic Migration”. Apparently, it IS working. The low income, less educated and young people are leaving in greater proportions.

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  2. John Galt
    John Galt 4 September, 2018, 21:24

    PG&E, SCE & SDG&E all have CPUC demanded residential tariffs that differentiate against residential households who are moderate or above in annual household income. As a result, medium and above income households of these CPUC regulated private utilities pay tariffs that are about 30% above rates paid by low income households. CPUC residential electric tariffs are the highest in the United States and force middle class households to heavily subsidize low income households to the tune of several billions of dollars each year, without giving a tax deduction for what would be an illegal government taking by a government agency without due legislative process. Monopoly rates and tariffs in other states, and even rates of municipal electric utilities within California, are cost-of-service based by class and all households pay much less for power. A statewide ballot measure is needed to require CPUC to demand average embedded cost-of-service calculations rather than the crazy pricing and intraclass subsidies now in place.

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  3. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 5 September, 2018, 16:28

    Fake News creeping in folks. Or…..when we moved to a condo our water, gas and electric went way down. Our junk mail is down over 60 percent. Ah. Condo dwellers must be destitute….

    Uli finally gets a break????

    Thk you Jerry Brown-

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  4. Marin Native
    Marin Native 8 September, 2018, 01:16

    Again our Progressive Golden State is showing the way, one more step to save the planet. We are just so special and “Green”.

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  5. Ted Trumpsteaks
    Ted Trumpsteaks 10 September, 2018, 18:11

    Alot of fake news out here trumpaloopas– the Dems will do the right thing– they usually do—

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    • Sean
      Sean 11 September, 2018, 05:33

      The last aspirational CO2 emission law was the low carbon fuel standard passed almost 10 years ago. It presumed there would be plenty of cellulose based ethanol to meet demand but that never materialized. Sugarcane based ethanol meets the standard, corn ethanol does not so the state will likely be importing this. The people who don’t enjoy the wealth or fair weather of the coasts know who will pay for the aspirations of the Democratic party and the Lt. Gov.’s lead has dropped to single digits in the bluest of blue states.

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      • Dr. T Steele, Climate Scientist
        Dr. T Steele, Climate Scientist 11 September, 2018, 10:56

        wrong Sean— Electric cars will take up a lot of slack as well– all other renewables—-

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        • Sean
          Sean 12 September, 2018, 13:38

          Wonderful solution if your well off. A Chevy Bolt starts at $36K while the similarly sized Honda Fit starts at $17K. But wait, there are subsidies for the Chevy Bolt. It doesn’t make up the difference by a long shot and it will be paid with higher gas prices by the poor slob driving a 12 year old gasoline or diesel powered vehicle via cap and trade and the low carbon fuel credits. A third of California’s citizens are on MediCal and public assistance. Does raising their living costs to make a public gesture to the green gods seem justifiable? Then again, since many blue collar jobs may leave the state, perhaps they’ll follow those jobs to less green pastures.

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  6. eck
    eck 15 September, 2018, 19:12

    So there actually ARE intelligent Dems in the legislature. Who knew? And they actually defied fake “Latino – add a De’ before your (3rd generation?) Portuguese) name” Leon? Wow! Maybe there’s hope (NOT!).

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  7. Bill - San Jose
    Bill - San Jose 25 September, 2018, 07:13

    Wisdom comes from experience. No place else.

    When the solar boom occurred, I was installing some equipment into a factory here in San Jose. Amazed by the technology, I compliment the engineer whose equipment we were placing.

    He says “ thank you. We are working on many methods to use solar however if we built factories for 20 years and then ran them for 20 years, we will still only have 5% of what the world will need. We will still need petroleum, nuclear and hydro.

    Smartest guys in the world and apparently Jerry can’t find one.

    Grow up already.

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  8. edryan221
    edryan221 9 March, 2020, 06:56

    In 2018, 3 different police whistleblowers told us, the Gangstalking operations are run from the Fusion Centers. The details can be found in government reference documents in “The Governors of Gangstalking.”

    The Director of the Fusion Center in each state, is the criminal Boss for these operations. You might think of these people as a “mafia boss.”

    In my opinion, the people on this chart have led the Gangstalking Program for greater Los Angeles, for many years. The federal government calls it a Fusion Center.

    The people working at the JRIC assume, that if someone’s name appears on the Watchlist, the stalking and harrassment is justified, even if it is illegal. It never occurrs to these idiots to ask – “Should this person even be on the Watchlist?” or “Why is this person on the Watchlist?”

    Federal Judge Anthony Trenga, decided that the Watchlist is Unconstitutional, because the FBI failed to provide any shred of evidence, that someone was a “known or suspected terrorist.”

    Targeted Individuals are not terrorists. They are gangstalked because they are whistleblowers and political activists, etc. The CIA wants them silenced, and funds this program through the black budget.

    Joint Regional Intelligence Center – Los Angeles
    12440 East Imperial Highway Norwalk, CA 90650
    (562) 345-1100
    [email protected]

    Steve Oda, FBI
    Robert Fox, LAPD (now retired)
    Robert Galarneau, LA Sheriff’s Dept

    Alex Vargas, Jr – Deputy Director
    Joel Cohen, Manager of Intelligence
    Mark Tharp, Manager of Operations

    [email protected]

    Senior Managers working with JRIC:

    Alejandro Vargas, Jr and Cynthia Gatiglio have held management positions at the JRIC.
    In my opinion, they both know about, and support the Gangstalking operations. It is illegal.
    [email protected]

    Cynthia Gatiglio, 48
    Cynthia A Gatiglio, Cynthia Ortega, Cythia Gatiglio
    13828 Greenbrier Ave, Bellflower, CA 90706
    Related to
    Glen M Pool 98 Andrea M Ortega 70 Andred Ortega Bettyl L Gatiglio 80 Hilda Pool 50 Mamie Gatiglio Mark Gatigilo 51 Glen R Pool 47 Julian Gatiglio J Gatiglio ~84 Michael A Gatiglio 55 Ruby Ortega 44 Michael A Chrisafis ~55 Julian A Gatiglio 84 Javier P Ortega 74

    Cynthia A Gatiglio, Age 48
    3636 N Rose AVE Long Beach, CA 90807
    (562) 492-5984

    Cynthia A Gatiglio, Age 48
    9530 Maplewood ST Bellflower, CA 90706
    (310) 920-1057

    In the opinion of Richard Lighthouse,

    At the Los Angeles Police Dept, these two Assistant Chiefs are involved with Gangstalking Operations and the cover-up.

    Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau (CTSOB)
    100 West First Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90012


    [email protected]

    [email protected]
    [email protected]

    Horace E Frank, 59
    Frank E Horace, Horace Grant
    Corona, CA

    Related to
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    Aram Sahakian, General Manager
    Emergency Management Department
    City of Los Angeles
    (213) 484-4821

    [email protected]
    [email protected]

    200 N. Spring Street,
    Room 1533
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    (213) 484-4800
    [email protected]

    Robin Limon promoted to Assistant Sheriff, March 2019.
    [email protected]

    Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept – Special Operations Division supports the Gangstalking.

    “As Assistant Sheriff, Limon will oversee Countywide Operations, which includes Detective Division, Technology & Support, Special Operations Division, and Countywide Services Division, which encompasses over 200 facilities located across the 4,752 square miles of Los Angeles County.”
    Pearlstein is a Counterterrorism specialist.

    Supervisory Special Agent | Intelligence Division
    [email protected]

    Supervisory Special Agent | Counterterrorism Program Coordinator |
    Joint Terrorism Task Force
    Dates Employed Jan 2016 – Sep 2017
    Employment Duration 1 yr 9 mos
    Greater Los Angeles Area Joint Terrorism Task Forces

    Roger Rieger Cherie Kono

    Mail: 404 E. 1st St. #604 • Long Beach, CA 90802
    Office: 11000 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 1100 • Los Angeles, CA 90024
    Phone: (562) 345-1192

    [email protected]
    [email protected]
    [email protected]

    JRIC states that Infragard plays a important role in their operations. However, Infragard is little more than a privatized spying and stalking organization, in my opinion. This is done to avoid FOIA requests. Their people are recruited, trained, and tasked using the FBI’s “Confidential Human Sources Policy.”

    Roger Rieger – President/CEO
    InfraGard LA

    Last Known Addresses for Roger Rieger
    645 Pacific Ave Long Beach, CA 90802
    12440 E Imperial Highway St Long Beach, CA 90802

    Cherie Kono – Executive Director
    InfraGard LA

    Cherie J Kono, 32
    Related to
    Albert A Cua 49 Dennis A Kono ~31 Dennis A Kono 35 Keith K Kono Domingo M Legarda 61 Amelia A Kono 61

    Cherie Jean Kono
    1342 N Detroit ST #301 Los Angeles, CA 90046
    (323) 672-8323

    Cherie Jean Kono
    5505 Halison ST Torrance, CA 90503
    (310) 542-0347

    Board Members:
    Roger Rieger – President/CEO
    InfraGard LA
    Shawnee Critides – Exec. Vice President
    So. Cal Edison (ret.)
    William Michael – Corporate Treasurer
    Phil Siegel – Corporate Secretary
    Northrop Grumman
    Cheryl Santor – Board Member
    Metropolitan Water District of So. Cal. (ret.)
    Chuck Baley – Board Member
    Farmers Insurance Group

    Infragard.org is a national organization. They are funded and controlled by the FBI. After they are established, they solicit donations from companies. The FBI assigns an agent to each of the Infragard offices. They have 66,000 members in the United States. This represents about half of the daily gangstalkers in the United States. Citizen Corps (DHS) and Neighborhood Watch also have significant member-stalkers. See their websites.

    The paranoid idiots at Infragard, believe that a terrorist is hiding behind every tree, and under every rock. The FBI cultivates this type of paranoid thinking, because it justifies a bigger budget every year. And it allows the FBI to avoid FOIA requests about the activity.

    Their supposed goal is to protect infrastructure. But you can’t accomplish “protection” by having meetings and talking about protection. You have to surveil someone – and that’s grossly illegal. There are stalking laws in every state. Where do they get the names from? – The FBI and the Fusion Center give them names and addresses from the FBI’s illegal Watchlist. Judge Anthony Trenga declared the Watchlist as Unconstitutional, because the FBI could not provide a shred of evidence, that someone was a “known or suspected terrorist.” This is how the patsies at Infragard are duped into performing the dirty work for the FBI.

    The Watchlist is not a list of terrorists. Most of the names on it are “Non-Investigative Subjects” (NIS). We can deduce that the FBI is a criminal organization, just like Ted Gunderson (former FBI Chief) and Geral Sosbee (former FBI agent – http://sosbeeVFBI.com/ ) have repeatedly stated.

    “The CIA and FBI are behind most, if not all terrorism.”
    – Ted Gunderson, former FBI Chief

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Chris Reed is a regular contributor to Cal Watchdog. Reed is an editorial writer for U-T San Diego. Before joining the U-T in July 2005, he was the opinion-page columns editor and wrote the featured weekly Unspin column for The Orange County Register. Reed was on the national board of the Association of Opinion Page Editors from 2003-2005. From 2000 to 2005, Reed made more than 100 appearances as a featured news analyst on Los Angeles-area National Public Radio affiliate KPCC-FM. From 1990 to 1998, Reed was an editor, metro columnist and film critic at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario. Reed has a political science degree from the University of Hawaii (Hilo campus), where he edited the student newspaper, the Vulcan News, his senior year. He is on Twitter: @chrisreed99.

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