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Californians slash water use by 27.3 percent in June

Californians slash water use by 27.3 percent in June

. Motivated by a fourth year of drought — and mandatory water cuts — Californians reduced urban water use by 27.3 percent in June, compared with the same month two years ago, the state reported on Thursday. The results are the first since state-ordered water cuts went into effect June 1. They exceeded the 25 percent conservation target mandated […]

CA judge scraps assisted suicide suit

CA judge scraps assisted suicide suit

Qualcomm Lays Off 4,500 Workers While Demanding More H-1bs

Qualcomm Lays Off 4,500 Workers While Demanding More H-1bs

Newsom-led report pushes pot regulations

Newsom-led report pushes pot regulations

By James Poulos . Chairing a panel on California’s would-be approach to legal marijuana has tamped down his enthusiasm for pot permissiveness, said Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, as the blue-ribbon panel released a sweeping new report on the question. The commission included Stanford University professor Keith Humphreys and California ACLU director Abdi Soltani. Together with Newsom, they produced […]

Groups eye additional “sin tax” revenue

Groups eye additional “sin tax” revenue

. Is a tax on cigarettes a revenue raiser or a “sin tax” — used to discourage individuals from using products considered harmful? The effort to raise taxes on cigarettes – there is a measure in the Legislature as well a ballot initiative moving through the process — often directs new revenues toward specific purposes. […]

Unlawful immigrants rush for CA drivers licenses

Unlawful immigrants rush for CA drivers licenses

Feds fluster Brown on Delta pump plan

Feds fluster Brown on Delta pump plan

. Gov. Jerry Brown suffered another setback in his effort to gain the upper hand over California’s persistent drought. New details on alterations to his massive pumping plan, which would change the way the Delta region distributes the water that flows into it, revealed major changes that have aroused major opposition. In a harsh editorial, the […]

Uber expands CA access despite fines

Uber expands CA access despite fines

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 […]