January 30, 2004 |
The city of Glendale has agreed to pay $25,000 to settle charges that it engaged in Enron-style trading schemes to create artificial shortages during the California energy crisis. Under a preliminary deal with staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the city Thursday reaffirmed its innocence. Federal regulators agreed to end their probe of Glendale's market strategies, including partnerships with Enron Corp. and Coral Energy.
June 15, 2001 |
In the back of a dingy duplex in South-Central Los Angeles, utility investigator John Foegen pulls two battered electric meters from their wall sockets and smiles. "Well looky here," he said with satisfaction, pointing a gloved finger at two thick strands of red wire jammed into the guts of the utility panel. Someone has helped himself to free electricity, using a hot-wiring technique that skirts the meter.
December 22, 2000 |
California's power plants are spewing large quantities of extra air pollution during the state's energy crunch--setting the stage for a high-stakes conflict between power producers and air quality regulators as the energy shortage continues. Earlier this month, regulators received a taste of problems to come when energy company AES Pacific Inc.
April 28, 2001 |
A Texas congressman plans to introduce legislation next week that would allow California's small power producers to sell their supplies on the wholesale market--a move that could threaten Gov. Gray Davis' plan to end the state's energy crisis. The proposal by Republican Rep.
September 17, 2002 |
A federal grand jury has been convened in San Francisco to investigate whether Enron Corp. and other electricity sellers manipulated prices during the state's energy crisis, causing blackouts and huge electricity debts for the state and its biggest power utilities. The new grand jury represents a widening of the Justice Department's probes into Enron and the costly California electricity debacle of 2000 and 2001.
December 2, 2001 |
California was the beginning of the end for Enron Corp. One of the company's first real failures in the marketplace occurred in California as electricity deregulation began in 1998. The big energy trading firm came barreling into California prepared to sell electricity to retail customers at lower prices than local companies could. Enron invested at least $250 million preparing to expand in California, including ads on the Super Bowl telecast in '98.
October 22, 1993 |
Ukraine's Parliament, more worried about energy shortages than environmental safety, voted Thursday to keep the infamous Chernobyl nuclear power plant working and to resume the country's stalled atomic energy program. The Soviet-built Chernobyl plant, which spewed radiation across Europe after a 1986 explosion and fire, was to have shut down by the end of this year.
May 19, 2001 |
With googly eyes or goo-goo eyes, dolls nicknamed Googlies were popular early in the 20th century. Rose O'Neill, creator of Kewpie dolls, and Grace Drayton, the artist who created the Campbell's Kids and Dolly Drake, were the best-known designers of Googlies, but many other illustrators and doll makers imitated their style. A googly eye is almost a circle with a dark circle of color inside for the pupil.
August 13, 2001 |
Judy Gertner was ecstatic over the all-electric Costa Mesa home she bought in 1979, with its extra-large electric water heater, electric appliances and electric radiant-heat system that gently warmed rooms according to individual thermostats. She was shocked, however, when her monthly electric bill rose to $200 in July.
April 4, 2001 |
At last, offered exclusively in this space, a fully generic, all-purpose California commentary, a column designed to be applicable to any and all state crises, regardless of season, scope or county of origin. Not available in stores. Use only as directed. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe sound bites sold separately. Mistakes have been made, big mistakes. No doubt about that. As these things go, this is the worst by far that California has seen in a long, long time.