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California Assembly Bill 2145 is dead

By Roy L Hales

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California’s monopoly utilities failed in what many perceive as their latest attempt to squash community choice aggregates. Assemblyman Steven Bradford could not find a senator willing to sponsor his controversial bill. So it expired when the legislature’s current session ended, at 3 am on Friday night. California Assembly Bill 2145 is dead.

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Renegades of Bike Culture: A Review & Video

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“Renegades of Bike Culture” traces the origins of mountain biking back to the high wheelers of the 1890s. Along the way, you listen to earn that anecdotes and information, such as:

  • People sometimes lost control of the old high wheelers going down hill and modern bikes were originally called safety bicycles because they are easier to manage
  • Mountain biking, as we know it today, started in Marin County California during the 1970’s.
  • There is a connection between the Grateful Dead and mountain biking.
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Is PG&E making a mockery of California Senate Bill 790?

By Roy L Hales

California Senate Bill 790 (SB 790) bans utility companies from using ratepayer funds for negative publicity campaigns against local community utilities ( community choice aggregators, or CCA). They are now required to file the details of any anti-CCA marketing with the California Public Utilities Commission. Only PG&E has not filed in the case of AB 2145 (popularly known as the “Monopoly Protection Act” ) because the marketing is being done by associated third parties. Doesn’t this make a mockery of California Senate Bill 790?

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California’s Second Community Choice Utility Goes Online

By Roy L Hales

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Sonoma Clean Power is now supplying power to 16,845 commercial and 6,225 residential customers. Over the next two years, all customers in the unincorporated areas of the county, Santa Rosa, Windsor, Cotati, Sebastopol and Sonoma will become eligible for service. On May 1, 2014, California’s second community choice utility goes online.

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