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6/27/2016
By Jamie Court
Governor Brown and legislative leaders announced a series of agreed-upon reforms to target the corruption that's haunted the Public Utilities Comission during the Brown-era and immediately prior to it.    There are some substantive changes on the list that move the ball foward for rooting out the next corruption scandal and...
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6/3/2016
By Cody Rosenfield
Update:  The clock last reset on June 6th at 8:30 am after an unplanned shutdown at Tesoro's Carson refinery.This follows a June 2nd shutdown at Chevron's El Segundo refinery.   When refineries go down, gasoline prices go up.  That's why we started the clock on the next "unplanned" refinery outage: the Golden...
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6/2/2016
By Carmen Balber
JUNE 14, 2016 UPDATE: This morning, the Assembly Business and Professions committee voted 16-0 for SB 482 by Senator Lara, to rein in opioid over-prescribing and curb the overdose epidemic.  Prince’s death, and the loss of thousands of Californians every year, has helped spur lawmakers to stand above politics and stand up for reform....
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5/17/2016
By Jamie Court
Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik recently took on the "drug money" against a November ballot measure to require the state to pay the lowest price available for prescription drugs, which is the Veterans Administration prices.    Drug companies have put up $100 million against the effort by the AIDS Healthcare...
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4/27/2016
By Jamie Court
It's probably hard to feel the sting of state gasoline prices, that are 70 cents per gallon above US prices, when you are in an ivory tower.  Perhaps that's why some of the academics on California Energy Commission's Petroleum Market Advisory Committee (PMAC) are taking a slow train to recommendations about how to fix the...
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4/20/2016
By Jamie Court
Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and that goes for blackout threats too.   The California Senate Energy, Utilities & Commerce Committee has set an oversight hearing for May 10th to ask state energy regulators about last week's controversial report that absent Aliso Canyon's gas storage there would be blackouts this summer in...
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3/31/2016
By Harvey Rosenfield
Los Angeles mourns the passing of one of this extraordinary city’s most extraordinary men, Bill Rosendahl. Most Angelenos know him as the City Councilman who represented Venice, Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades between 2005 and 2013, where he was a passionate champion of the 99%, including the 1% – the homeless people for whom even...
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3/23/2016
By John M. Simpson
The National Highway Traffic Safety Adminsitration (NHTSA) says it will hold public meetings about self-driving robot car technologies after a coalition of consumer groups sent a letter to Transportation Secretary  Anthony Foxx and NHTSA Adminsitration Mark Rosekind calling for public involvement as new polices are developed. “Your...
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3/22/2016
By John M. Simpson
The  unprecedented deal between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and 20 automakers to voluntarily make automatic emergency braking systems standard on their cars by 2022 actually undercuts auto safety.  As Congress said in 1966, when it created NHTSA: ‘The...
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3/13/2016
by Jamie Court
California public officals are not allowed to participate in decisions in their public office when they have an financial interest in the outcome. Evidence uncovered in wake of the PUC public corruption scandal fingers Governor's Brown top aide, Nancy McFadden, for doing just that.   Emails between former PUC president Michael Peevey and...