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Water woes bring uneven fines and regulations

Water woes bring uneven fines and regulations

CA utilities commission plays dangerous game with power grid security

CA utilities commission plays dangerous game with power grid security

By James Poulos . The latest tit-for-tat between lawmakers and the California Public Utilities Commission has brought back bad memories of an in-state — and unsolved — national security threat. The tiff began when the CPUC “hired outside lawyers as federal and state investigators probed allegations of official influence-peddling and improper deal-making with Pacific Gas and […]

CA Congressional delegation divided on refugees as crisis spikes

CA Congressional delegation divided on refugees as crisis spikes

CA accelerates delayed robocar rules

CA accelerates delayed robocar rules

Court won’t sink CA death penalty

Court won’t sink CA death penalty

. Its fate long in doubt, the death penalty gained a new lease on life in California, driving opponents to muster support for a ballot initiative that would eliminate it once and for all. The turnaround arose from an unlikely place — the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, itself overturned with such relative frequency that […]

CA looms large in Paris climate talks

CA looms large in Paris climate talks

Brown under fire for property dealings

Brown under fire for property dealings

Hundreds of Californians seek custom oil and gas maps following governor’s request

Hundreds of Californians seek custom oil and gas maps following governor’s request

. Hundreds of Californians have requested free custom research of their property from state regulators, following the governor’s request for a personal evaluation of oil, gas and mining interests on his Northern California ranch. Earlier this month, the Associated Press first reported that Governor Jerry Brown had directed state employees at the Division of Oil, […]

CA Controller Yee Finds Widespread Deficiencies in State Board of Equalization Fiscal Controls

CA Controller Yee Finds Widespread Deficiencies in State Board of Equalization Fiscal Controls

State Controller Betty T. Yee today announced that her team’s detailed review of the state Board of Equalization’s accounting and administrative controls identified material weaknesses in how the board allocates retail sales and use tax. In some cases, this led to state revenue being deposited in the wrong accounts. The review team also discovered weaknesses […]

Solar plant nearly forced to buy carbon emission rights

Solar plant nearly forced to buy carbon emission rights

. The giant $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar plant off Interstate 15 just west of the California-Nevada border has apparently won its fight with state regulators and won’t be classified as a heavy polluter that is required to buy carbon-emissions rights in the state air board’s cap-and-trade program. This account is from the Riverside Press-Enterprise: The […]