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Capitol Watchdog: Upcoming Meetings to Watch

The best time to have a hearing on another health insurance merger in California is when few in the media are around to prepare for it. So, obviously, California plans another health insurance merger hearing on the Monday after New Year's. Let's hope it is more informative than the last one, though we have our doubts. But the holiday season is also, in political terms, the calm before the legislative storm. The Legislature begins its next session on Jan. 4. 

Ex-Attorney General Bill Lockyer Explains Why He Is Working For Big Oil

Lockyer Goes To Dark Side, Big Oil

Heading to Sacramento Wednesday to testify on California’s outrageous gasoline price spikes, I was looking for context to explain the $10 billion extra California drivers paid for their gasoline in 2015 compared to US drivers. Then I read the Star Wars series made $4.4 billion worldwide. 
 
An oil oligopoly, anchored by four California oil refiners, that control 78% of the gasoline market, raked in more extra dollars at the pump in one year than one of the most successful movie franchises in history.
 

California: The Oil Industry's Golden Goose

2015 may be remembered as the year that refiners swindled Californians at the pump and bamboozled lawmakers in the Capitol – and got away with it.   

Big Oil Spends Millions to Protect Billions

For the oil industry, this year’s legislative session was full of doomsday legislation – bills targeting petroleum use, emissions, environmental protection, and profits. For the rest of us, it was the opposite – a bright spot in the battle over climate change. It’s no surprise then that the oil industry spent $11 million on lobbying in the third quarter alone. But that’s a pittance compared to the billions of dollars in profit it was protecting. 

Thursday Hot Meetings List: the PUC, CARB and Hearing on Possibly Remaking State Boards

Could the membership of state boards lead to anti-trust lawsuits and put members in the legal crosshairs? That's what a 1 p.m. joint hearing will discuss on Thursday. 
 

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