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CPUC eliminates “smart meter” opt-out fees

CPUC eliminates “smart meter” opt-out fees

By George Miller When “smart meters” were rolled out by utilities across the nation as part of the “smart grid” technology, there was much opposition. The “Smart Grid” was sold based on being able to monitor power usage much more closely, to identify trends, usage patterns, eventually implement time phased billing to encourage flattening of […]

Developing a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) – Part Three SGMA

Developing a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) – Part Three SGMA

By Sheryl Hamlin This is part three of a multi-part report on California’s plan to achieve Sustainable Groundwater Management. Part One covers recent history and the legislation implementation timeline. Part Two covers the Draft Basin Boundary Emergency Regulations. Part Three covers three of the ten issue topics for Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) regulation development. Much […]

Bill gives illegal immigrants access to Medi-Cal

Bill gives illegal immigrants access to Medi-Cal

. California Democrats have ramped up their push to extend health benefits to in-staters who immigrated unlawfully. High-stakes legislation Sacramento Democrats have advanced a piece of legislation, authored by State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, that would grant access to Affordable Care Act benefits to unlawful immigrants. SB4, which would open up Medi-Cal enrollment, cleared the Assembly Health Committee on a party line vote, drawing a few […]

Draft Basin Boundary Emergency Regulations – Part Two SGMA

Draft Basin Boundary Emergency Regulations – Part Two SGMA

By Sheryl Hamlin In Part One of this series on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), the history of California’s landmark 2014 legislation was discussed as well as the near-term milestones in the implementation of the legislation. In Part Two, the draft Basin Boundary Emergency Regulations will be discussed. Every word carries significance in governmental […]

California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management – Part One

California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management – Part One

By Sheryl Hamlin This is a multi-part report on California’s plan to achieve Sustainable Groundwater Management. Part One covers recent history and the legislation implementation timeline. Part Two covers the Draft Basin Boundary Emergency Regulations. Part Three covers three of the ten issue topics for Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) regulation development. Much of this material […]

CA sardine fishing ban: Did regulators wait too long?

CA sardine fishing ban: Did regulators wait too long?

. The federal government’s emergency moratorium on sardine fishing off the California and Pacific Northeast coast took effect July 1, in a major blow to commercial fishing operations, which directly and indirectly sustain thousands of middle-class jobs. The Pacific Fishery Management Council ordered the ban in April after research showed a decline of more than […]

Cap-and-trade funds targeted for high-speed rail project

Cap-and-trade funds targeted for high-speed rail project

Questionable practices at CA prisons criticized

Questionable practices at CA prisons criticized

Gov. Brown opposes CA minimum wage hike

Gov. Brown opposes CA minimum wage hike

. Opening another fissure with members of his own party, Gov. Jerry Brown has come down on the opposite side of a proposed statewide increase in the minimum wage. Changing course In an indication of the mood in the governor’s office, Brown’s number-crunchers came down hard on the proposed hike. Kristin Shelton, the state’s budget program […]

Bill would ban sex offenders from driving for Uber, Lyft

Bill would ban sex offenders from driving for Uber, Lyft