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California Senate Passes Bill to Strengthen Electrical Grid Safety

August 29, 2014

NBC Bay Area: The state Senate passed a bill Friday that would beef up security for California's electrical grid.

PUC Launches Probe into Breach at PG&E Substation in San Jose

August 28, 2014

Contra Costa Times: SAN JOSE -- State regulators Thursday opened an investigation into the second major security breach at PG&E's Metcalf electricity substation in South San Jose amid rising criticism about how the embattled utility safeguards the region's vital electrical system.

Hill’s Limo Safety Bill Moving to Governor

August 28, 2014

San Mateo Daily Journal: A limousine safety bill inspired by a fatal fire on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge that claimed five lives awaits the governor’s signature after passage Wednesday by the state Legislature.

EDITORIAL: Our Valley Assemblymembers Must Back the DISCLOSE Act

August 27, 2014

Fresno Bee: It speaks loudly about how campaign contributions carry the freight in Sacramento that there's a possibility the Assembly will trample all over grass-roots democracy before the weekend is over.

PG&E Substation in San Jose That Suffered a Sniper Attack has a New Security Breach

August 27, 2014

Mercury News: The same PG&E electricity substation hit by gunfire in 2013 has endured a fresh security breach, despite a wide-ranging upgrade of the facility's security systems, the utility reported Wednesday.

Editorial: California Campaign Cash Disclosure Bill Needs Final Push

August 26, 2014

Los Angeles Daily News: For Californians who know all about the problems caused by big money’s influence on elections, finding the solution remains easier said than done.

Editorial: Truth in Campaign Advertising Should Be the Law

August 26, 2014

Mercury News: Supreme Court rulings leave little room to regulate the influence of big money on political campaigns except in one very important area: disclosure. Corporations, unions and other organizations have unfettered rights to bankroll campaigns, but at least they can still be required to clearly disclose who's writing the checks.

Dan Morain: Despite Environmental Efforts, Billionaire Faces Martin’s Beach Access Fight

August 24, 2014

Sacramento Bee: As billionaires go, Vinod Khosla would seem to be an unlikely villain for environmentalists...Still, if Khosla thought his past work might have given him a pass, he definitely was mistaken.

Three Pipeline Bills Part of California's Legislative Finale

August 22, 2014

NGI's Daily Gas Price Index: Three bills to tighten natural gas pipeline regulations -- one already awaiting the governor's signature and the other two awaiting floor votes -- have emerged as the California state legislature heads into its final week and mandated adjournment by Aug. 31.

Martins Beach Access Bill Headed to Governor

August 21, 2014

Mercury News: Legislation that could mean greater public access to Martins Beach in San Mateo County cleared its final legislative hurdle on Thursday and now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown's signature.