Legislature

What Turns Oil Industry Lobbyists' Heads?

Climate change doesn't turn the heads of oil industry lobbyists, but killing the Global Warming Solutions Act does the trick. This is a picture of the elbow-room-only scrum outside the Assembly gate as lobbyists wait to see the outcome of the Assembly floor vote on SB 32 by Senator Fran Pavley. SB 32 would codify California's commitment to reducing emissions by 2050 to 80% of 1990 levels.

Going After California’s Gasoline Gougers & Climate Changers

As California drivers take to the freeways this Labor Day weekend, they will be paying a premium for their gasoline that's 88 cents more than the typical US driver. With crude oil prices at historic lows, and California oil refining profits at historic highs, the Golden State is getting gouged.

Let Them Pay 2 Grand

Governor Jerry Brown’s signature on legislation increasing the filing fee for citizens who file ballot initiatives from $200 to $2,000 is the modern equivalent of the famous salvo attributed to Marie Antoinette upon hearing of a famine among the French peasants, “Let Them Eat Cake.”

If citizens are starved for better democracy, let them pay 2K.

We’re Glad the DMV Is Making Us Wait

One of the biggest complaints people have about the Department of Motor Vehicles is how long you have to wait to get anything done. We’ve been waiting eight months on this DMV issue, but we are glad that’s the case this time.

Three Weeks In Sacramento Could Change Everything

The future of the Earth, and California's dependence on Big Oil, could be determined in these last three weeks of the Legislative session.    

That’s one of the reasons we launched Capitol Watchdog, our project to pull back the curtain on corporate corruption in the Capitol. 

These are some of the questions that will be answered soon:

Big Test for Big Oil

Will the California Assembly act in the public interest or will the massive amounts of money spent by oil and gas producers win the day? 

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