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June 5, 2010 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
Tuesday's California primary election represents a first — two initiative measures that were conceived and financed by individual companies. The fate of these propositions, analysts say, could determine whether other companies follow suit. Proposition 16 is being pushed by Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which has provided 98% of the $46 million in campaign financing for the measure, according to the secretary of state's office. The measure would make it harder for municipalities to launch utilities to compete with corporate providers such as PG&E.
July 8, 2012 | By Jeff VanderMeer, Special to the Los Angeles Times
2312 A Novel Kim Stanley Robinson Orbit: 576 pp., $25.99 As the author of the "Mars" trilogy, among other novels, Kim Stanley Robinson has established a superlative reputation for science fictional extrapolation. In his vibrant, often moving new novel, "2312," Robinson's extrapolation is hard-wired to a truly affecting personal love story. By the year of the book's title, humankind has (just barely) survived global warming, in part because of terra-forming technologies that have made possible the colonization of Mars, Mercury and Venus.
April 22, 1989
The Mercury group of insurance companies will implement an average 8% auto insurance rate increase statewide on policies renewed after May 1, the company's chairman, George Joseph, said Friday. Joseph said it was the first general increase by Mercury, one of the state's top 10 sellers of auto insurance, in about a year.
August 12, 2011
SPARKS TONIGHT VS. PHOENIX When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: Live Access. Records: Sparks 8-13, Mercury 13-9. Record vs. Mercury: 1-1 Update: The Sparks ended a three-game losing streak with a 71-66 victory against Tulsa on Tuesday even though they shot only 41% from the field. The Shock is in last place in the Western Conference and has the lowest field-goal percentage in the league (38.8%), whereas the Mercury is third in the West and leads the league in shooting (46.9%)
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