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December In Sacramento: Governors Budgeting Time For Budget Planning

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, December 5, 2019

As a recovering speechwriter once employed by a California governor, I can assure you: these are the best of times and the worst of times for any scribe hoping to get a moment of the boss’s time in the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

In the News

California Proposal Rejects Wildfire Premium In PG&E, Other Utilities' ROE

quoting James L. Sweeneyvia Utility Dive
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The CPUC's proposed decision maintains the utilities' test-year 2020 ROE at 2018 values: 10.3% for Southern California Edison, down from the requested 11.45%; 10.25% for PG&E, down from the 12% it applied for; and 10.2% for SDG&E, compared to the 12.38% it requested.


Only In California: Housing Deregulation Increases Housing Regulations

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

This would be a head-scratcher anywhere but in California. Two years ago, state lawmakers passed legislation to expedite housing approval by exempting some projects from environmental lawsuits and zoning appeals. This legislation can cut the approval process by a decade or more and reduce costs enormously. So why is hardly anyone using it? 

The StateFeatured

A California Thanksgiving From Years Past And “The Happiest Years Of Our Lives”

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Every holiday has its Scrooge, one supposes, and this week is no different. As proof, I offer this “bah humbug” New Yorker article that delves into the “massacres, myths, and the making of” America’s Thanksgiving tradition.


PG&E Refuses To Get Burned

by Edward Paul Lazearvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, November 25, 2019

Under the utility’s incentive structure, blackouts make sense.


Is It Time For California To Start Uttering The “D-Word”: Drought?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, November 21, 2019

If you’re in the market for a lighthearted look at the outré existence that is high-end Southern California, might I suggest L.A. Story, a 1991 comedy starring Steve Martin as Harris K. Telemacher, a local weatherman who’s lost his way spiritually and professionally.

In the News

Steps To Reduce The Risk Of Wildfires In California

quoting James L. Sweeneyvia The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

[Subscription Required] Three experts share their views on what policy makers can do.


Californians Could Have Told You Harris Wasn’t The Real Deal

by Bill Whalenvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

If you plan to catch Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate, here’s a tip: Keep an eye on California Sen. Kamala D. Harris. Unless she manages a rhetorical miracle in front of a national audience, Harris could well be the next candidate to exit the race (stage left).


Bernie Sanders Goes Completely Sideways On California’s Housing Crisis

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Bernie Sanders is downright angry with Apple for its efforts to address California’s housing crisis. Last month, Apple announced it would contribute $2.5 billion, including $1 billion in new housing, $1 billion in mortgage assistance, and $300 million of Apple-owned land to be used for affordable housing.


Victor Davis Hanson: The California Endangered Species No One Can Save – Will It Ever Return?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Saturday, November 16, 2019

From 1967 to 2019, Republicans controlled the California governorship for 31 of 52 years. So why is there currently not a single statewide Republican officeholder? California also has a Democratic governor and Democratic supermajorities in both houses of the state legislature. Only seven of California’s 53 congressional seats are held by Republicans.