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News Story
3/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — A consumer group has filed a complaint asserting that a top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown had a financial interest in helping her former employer Pacific Gas and Electric Co. lobby for friendly appointees to the California Public Utilities Commission and influencing legislation that would benefit the firm. In its complaint, the group...
News Story
3/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Gov. Jerry Brown has tried for many months to ignore the growing scent of corruption now afflicting his administration, instead pushing the worldwide battle against climate change even as he virtually ignored the world's largest methane leak while it spewed greenhouse gases for months in his backyard.   But serious conflict-of-interest...
News Story
3/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN BRUNO, CA -- Gov. Jerry Brown's top aide - a former PG&E executive - influenced the governor's decisions for appointments to the powerful and tarnished state Public Utilities Commission to prop up PG&E's stock, a consumer group claimed on Monday. "The governor needs to take this seriously," said Jamie Court,...
News Story
3/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A former executive of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. signed an agreement to protect the reputation of the utility as part of a $1 million settlement she reached with PG&E when she left to work as a top aide for the California governor, a consumer group alleged in a complaint filed with the state's political watchdog...
News Story
1/17/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The dire warning arrived in a mailer to thousands of state voters from a group called the California Drivers Alliance. "Gasoline restrictions ... will hurt families in LA," the geographically targeted mailer warned, alerting the recipient that legislation being debated in Sacramento would "take away our ability to drive to work in...
News Story
12/17/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Last December, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed a longtime adviser, Michael Picker, to head the California Public Utilities Commission. The CPUC oversees privately owned electric, gas and transportation companies and has been under fire for a series of scandals and missteps since 2010. That’s when a gas pipeline owned by PG&E exploded in a San...
News Story
12/17/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
US tech firm has stepped up lobbying efforts with $3.5m charm offensive to persuade EU to drop punitive action over alleged abuse of monopoly position Google enlisted members of the US congress, whose election campaigns it had funded, to pressure the European Union to drop a €6bn antitrust case which threatens to decimate the US tech firm...
News Story
12/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Fair Political Practices Commission is pushing new rules that would require interest groups for the first time to disclose how they spend millions of dollars on ads and other efforts to influence state policy. Lobbyist employers would have to itemize expenditures that exceed $2,500. And they would have to disclose the recipients of the...
News Story
11/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The state's political watchdog agency is mulling a rules change that would mean dropping elected officials economic disclosures and behested payments reports from its website after seven years – effectively removing them from public view. And in a state where lots of people often hold one or more public offices for way longer than seven...
News Story
10/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A state administrative law judge has proposed a $16.7-million fine against Southern California Edison for failing to report talks that utility representatives had with regulators over the closed San Onofre nuclear plant. The ruling by Administrative Law Judge Melanie Darling is subject to final approval by the California Public Utilities...