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The People v. CPUC’s Michael Picker

The president of the California Public Utilities Commission secretly meets in a Warsaw hotel room with a Southern California Edison executive and eventually ratepayers wind up paying 70 percent of the $4.7 billion tab to shutter the defective San Onofre nuclear power plant. Does that president sound like Michael Peevey, now under criminal investigation for alleged ex-parte communications, obstruction of justice, and other transgressions?

Capitol Watchdog: Upcoming Meetings to Watch

A Joint hearing will be held about the transportation sharing economy, a topic that has struggled getting approval from committee chair Sen. Ben Hueso. The Fair Political Practices Commission will be getting an update about California legislation now being considered that could affect transparency, including changes to advertisement disclosure, lobbying procurement contracts and disclosure of contributions deadlines.

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Will Convicted CA Dirty Doctor's Long Sentence Help End Opioid Crisis?

Though it has been six years since she was caught, the California poster child for dirty doctors, and how they contribute to America's Opioid crisis, has finally and justly been sentenced to a long prison term. 
 

Don't Blow Up The CPUC, Overhaul It

Assemblyman Mike Gatto unveiled a big idea -- blow up the CPUC before anything else in our shoddy utility infrastructure goes Boom. In a nutshell, he wants to put a constitutional amendment on the 2016 ballot to “reconstitute” the PUC, i.e. blow it to smithereens by repealing its mandate and authority.
 

Big Oil Lobbyist Leads in Spending, Most of Which Stayed Hidden

Hiding how money has been spent by big industries to influence the California legislature has been rampant for years and has become a speciality of well-funded special interests such as Big Oil's Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA).

Google Threatens DMV That It Will Pick Up Its Toys and Drive Elsewhere

Google is telling the California Department of Motor Vehicles that if proposed regulations are enacted that require a human driver behind the wheel, capable of taking control of a self-driving robot car, the company will take the vehicles elsewhere.

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