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Fire Season Becomes Blackout Time in California

Fire Season Becomes Blackout Time in California

By Hudson Sangree, RTO.COM

October 16, 2018

https://www.rtoinsider.com/cpuc-wildfires-blackout-inverse-condemnation…

All three of California’s big investor-owned utilities this week shut down power or warned customers they might need to because of dry, windy conditions that could lead to wildfires, prompting one consumer group to call for a probe into the practice.

Consumer Advocates Suggest Hunt To Replace DWP Watchdog Is A 'Sham Process'

Consumer Advocates Suggest Hunt To Replace DWP Watchdog Is A 'Sham Process'

By Emily Alpert Reyes, LOS ANGELES TIMES

October 10, 2018

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-ratepayer-advocate-20181010…

When Los Angeles started hunting for a “ratepayer advocate” to scrutinize the Department of Water and Power, Mike Gatto said he was encouraged by several people at City Hall to apply.

Aegon Unit Agrees To $195m Settlement Over Universal Life Insurance

Aegon Unit Agrees To $195m Settlement Over Universal Life Insurance

By Staff Writers, VERDICT UK

October 5, 2018

https://www.verdict.co.uk/life-insurance-international/news/aegon-settl…

Transamerica, the US unit of Dutch insurer Aegon, has agreed to pay $195m to resolve charges of raising monthly deduction rates on certain universal life policies.

Op-Ed: Insurance For Fossil-Fuel Projects But Not Homeowners

Op-Ed: Insurance For Fossil-Fuel Projects But Not Homeowners

Op-Ed Commentary by Jamie Court & Michael Mattoch, Consumer Watchdog for SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

October 4, 2018

https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Insurance-for-fos…

What if hospitals sold crack, doctors offered cigarettes in their waiting rooms, and firefighters gave out flamethrowers?

Their Children Were Killed By An Opioid User. They Changed The Entire System

Their Children Were Killed By An Opioid User. They Changed The Entire System

After Carmen and Bob Pack discovered the driver who hit their children had opioid pill prescriptions from six doctors, they sought to fix California’s drug-monitoring database

By Chris McGreal, THE GUARDIAN UK

October 2, 2018

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/oct/02/california-opioid-syste…

High-Tech Ferry Backdrop For 16 California Clean Energy Laws

High-Tech Ferry Backdrop For 16 California Clean Energy Laws

By Staff Reporters, ASSOCIATED PRESS

September 13, 2018

https://www.ksl.com/article/46390761/high-tech-ferry-backdrop-for-16-ca…

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown used a high-tech battery-operated San Francisco Bay sightseeing ferry as the backdrop for approving 16 new laws Thursday aimed at easing global warming.

California Senate Denies Vote On Bill To Cede California Electricity Grid To Trump

California Senate Denies Vote On Bill To Cede California Electricity Grid To Trump

By Dan Bacher, INDYBAY

September 2, 2018

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/09/02/18817263.php

“The Senate leadership was wise to not subject California to another deregulation scheme that would have empowered the Trump administration to stick California with more coal and fracked gas," said Adam Scow, California Director of Food & Water Watch

A Future Of Driverless Vehicles Is Coming. Will SLO Be Ready?

A Future Of Driverless Vehicles Is Coming. Will SLO Be Ready?

By Nick Wilson, SAN LUIS OBISPO TRIBUNE

September 1, 2018

https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/article216737550.html

The future of driverless cars is coming and, perhaps, faster than some might think: Robot drivers are expected to share public roads within a few years, and mainstream use is potentially 15 to 20 years away, according to industry experts.

Utility Union Benefits From California Wildfire Legislation

Utility Union Benefits From California Wildfire Legislation

By Jonathan J. Cooper, ASSOCIATED PRESS

August 31, 2018

https://apnews.com/0a076ef809f44e74b683d37cb0d54560

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Utility workers would get protections for their jobs, salaries, benefits and pensions as part of a measure allowing California power companies to raise electric bills to cover the cost of lawsuits from last year's deadly wildfires

Trump Donor Buys California Power Plant, Asks Feds To Change Energy Market

Trump Donor Buys California Power Plant, Asks Feds To Change Energy Market

By David R. Baker, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

August 29, 2018

https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Trump-donor-buys-Californi…

Late last year, a company tied to one of President Trump’s campaign donors took possession of a bankrupt power plant in Kern County.

Trump’s Coal Plan To Have Little Direct Effect on California

Trump’s Coal Plan To Have Little Direct Effect on California

By David R. Baker, THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

August 21, 2018

https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Trump-s-coal-plan-to-have-…

President Trump’s plan to roll back one of his predecessor’s key climate change programs, governing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, will win few fans in Sacramento.

Woman Plans California Supreme Court Appeal Over Injuries in Snowboarding Accident

Woman Plans California Supreme Court Appeal Over Injuries in Snowboarding Accident

Kathleen Willhide-Michiulis says she has struggled to recover from the trauma of the incident in 2011

By Eric Leonard, KNBC TV-4 Los Angeles, CA

August 21, 2018

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/investigations/Woman-Plans-California-Sup…

Welcome to California, Home of the Never-Ending Fires, Rising Temperatures and Disappearing Coasts

Welcome to California, Home of the Never-Ending Fires, Rising Temperatures and Disappearing Coasts

Why California’s war on climate change may not be enough to save a world on fire

By Alastair Bland, SACRAMENTO NEWS & REVIEW

August 16, 2018

https://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/welcome-to-california-home-of/con…

This Silicon Valley Car Tech Firm Is Bringing Secret Weapon To Sacramento Streets

This Silicon Valley Car Tech Firm Is Bringing Secret Weapon To Sacramento Streets

By Tony Bijzak, SACRAMENTO BEE

August 13, 2018

https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/transportation/back-seat-driver/artic…

A Silicon Valley tech company recently posted a video front and center on its website that may startle some Sacramentans.

It shows a sleek black car driving across the Tower Bridge ... with no one in it.