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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 […]

Treasurer Unveils Open Data Website Detailing $1.5 Trillion in Government Debt

Treasurer Unveils Open Data Website Detailing $1.5 Trillion in Government Debt

DebtWatch Makes Government Borrowing More Transparent State Treasurer John Chiang unveiled a new open data website today, providing important details about $1.5 trillion in debt issued by state and local government entities as part of his ongoing efforts to promote transparency in government. The site,  debtwatch.treasurer.ca.gov, makes it easier for taxpayers to track proposed and […]

Coal and California: State not as green as it may seem

Coal and California: State not as green as it may seem

Student debt makes CA waves

Student debt makes CA waves

By James Poulos   While California students mustered to lead a nationwide movement for college debt relief, policymakers and innovators grappled with the issue in ways of their own. Students in the UC system — particularly the Berkeley campus — have taken a central role in pushing the co-called Million Student March. Protest organizers have announced a sweeping agenda […]

PUC faces harsh hangovers from Peevey era

PUC faces harsh hangovers from Peevey era

Tesla gets shadowy CA competitor

Tesla gets shadowy CA competitor

By James Poulos . Tesla, Elon Musk’s famed electric car company, just lost a slice of the Golden State limelight. Speculation has swirled around the debut of another entrant into California’s crowded, cutting-edge automotive industry. The company, known as Faraday Future, “has been hunting for a place to build what it says will be a $1 billion manufacturing […]

Brown’s Delta tunnel project draws strong opposition

Brown’s Delta tunnel project draws strong opposition

Largest U.S. desalination plant nears CA open

Largest U.S. desalination plant nears CA open

. California has begun its biggest foray into desalination. Located in Carlsbad, in the San Diego area, the plant has raised hopes for drought relief — but has brought elevated stakes along with it. “The billion-dollar project is only the nation’s second major seawater plant,” noted the Associated Press. “The first U.S. foray in Tampa Bay […]