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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1998
I am thankful that you gave equal time in reporting on Prop. 9 (Sept. 27), the initiative to block the bailout of the utility industry by California ratepayers. However, there are errors I would like to address. The writer says the legislative analyst agrees that the passing of Prop. 9 will lead to tax increases. On the contrary, the state legislative analyst's office has studied Prop. 9 more carefully than any other ballot measure. They did not put the possibility of a tax increase in the voter's pamphlet as it was too misleading, and in the words of deputy legislative analyst Mac Taylor, "It just seemed almost inconceivable."
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August 29, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
Welfare is a deadening system, at least according to the discussion being waged these days in connection with the presidential campaign. It saps ambition, discourages enterprise, allows the undeserving to sit on their haunches endorsing checks. We all know the talking points. So why aren't we more outraged by the $54-million welfare check going out every month to the shareholders of Southern California Edison, courtesy of the utility's ratepayers? That's how much Edison is collecting every month to operate its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2001 | GERRIE SCHIPSKE, Gerrie Schipske is a nurse practitioner, part-time instructor at the Cal State Long Beach Center for Public Policy and Administration and former Democratic congressional candidate
The noise being generated in Washington and Sacramento over who is to blame for California's energy crisis brings to mind the adage that when hippos begin to fight, it is the ants who should worry. I work with a health care/social services agency that receives numerous calls from people asking for help with their electricity, gas and water bills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2012 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Southern California Edison announced plans to cut nearly one-third of its workforce at the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant, raising new questions about whether the plant will ever return to full operations. The planned reduction of about 730 employees announced Monday will bring the plant's staffing down to 1,500. Details of the cuts will be worked out later this year, company officials said. Edison said in a statement that the company had begun plans to downsize more than two years ago after concluding that San Onofre's staffing and costs were "significantly higher" than at similar nuclear plants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A state lawmaker who hopes to become mayor of the proposed San Fernando Valley city moved Thursday to protect Valley ratepayers from what he said would be unfair water and power prices if the region secedes. State Sen. Richard Alarcon (D-Sylmar) introduced legislation that would prohibit Los Angeles from charging higher utility rates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1993
The City Council voted Tuesday to postpone consideration of a utility rate increase, saying the city staff has not persuaded the council it was necessary. The proposed increase, which would raise an average resident's utility bill by $2.24 a month, will now be considered Feb. 23. Daly, along with Councilmen Frank Feldhause and Fred Hunter, voted for the delay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1992 | GREG BRAXTON
The Burbank City Council has taken steps to raise household utility rates an average of 40 cents a month under a plan to help the financially strapped Burbank School District by reducing its utility bills. The council instructed the city attorney Tuesday to prepare a resolution that would reduce by half the district's yearly fees for refuse collection, electricity, and sewer and water service. The reduction would be covered by the raise in household utility bills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1992 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA
The Burbank City Council voted Tuesday to give city administrators authority to require that applicants for Lifeline--a program offering reduced utility rates to needy residents and seniors--provide city officials with proof of income. Under the new policy approved by the council, the city may now ask all applicants to provide copies of their state and federal income tax returns when applying for Lifeline exemptions. The policy would affect about 2,300 households.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1996 | ERIC WAHLGREN
Despite a faint improvement in Ventura County's economy, Oxnard may have to increase utility rates and other fees to keep next year's budget from incurring a $925,000 deficit, according to a financial forecast released this week. The 1996-97 budget described under the forecast's "best guess scenario" does not include more money for public safety, youth services, street maintenance and two other areas the City Council has suggested it wants increased.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1998
City Councilwoman Ann-Marie Villicana said a residents group she leads is ending its effort to place several initiatives on the ballot, including one to repeal an 11% city electricity rate increase, according to city officials. The residents group, called the Committee for Affordable Government, began collecting signatures earlier this year to put four initiatives on the ballot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Newly installed Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson engineered another shake-up at City Hall on Friday, stripping rival lawmakers Bernard C. Parks and Jan Perry of key committee chairmanships that had major influence over the city budget crisis and utility rates. The move is expected to widen the bitter divide between Wesson and the council's only other African American members, who are at odds with the council president over proposed new political district boundaries.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2011 | David Lazarus
Galen Dean of Yucaipa has worked on and off for Southern California Edison Co. for 29 years. As he puts it, he's done "pretty much everything except climb poles. " When he retires in four years he expects to get about $1,500 a month from his Edison pension plan. And he has no problem with the fact that ratepayers will foot the bill for at least a portion of those payments. "It's totally justified," said Dean, 59. "Our salaries are lower than what private enterprises pay. The pension helps make up for that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2010 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Executives with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on Tuesday issued a sharply worded defense of their decision to withhold $73.5 million from city coffers in the middle of a recent fight over electricity rates, saying they did so to protect the utility's credit rating and its customers. During a lively exchange with City Council members, several of whom made no effort to disguise their disdain for the DWP, current and former managers of the nation's largest municipally owned utility responded to a report that accused them of misleading both the council and the public about the agency's financial health.
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January 18, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A communications company has offered to help Bullhead City pay the steep natural gas bills for a new eternal flame at its veterans memorial. The town turned the flame off Jan. 5 after it received a $961 bill for the first full month of service. The flame was relighted several days later after protests from veterans who had worked to build the memorial. Frontier Communications Corp. of Stamford, Conn., is offering to pay at least part of the monthly cost of keeping the flame going.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2008 | David Zahniser, Zahniser is a Times staff writer.
A plan for adding 400 megawatts of solar power throughout Los Angeles could lead to electricity rate hikes for Department of Water and Power customers ranging from 2% to 8% over the next four years, according to figures provided by the utility. The L.A. City Council plans to vote today to put a measure on the March 3 ballot ordering the DWP to place solar panels on the roofs and parking lots of government, commercial and industrial buildings by 2014.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers will pay more for their electricity after the company hiked its rates by an average of 6%. The new rates, which went into effect Wednesday, mean a typical residential customer will now pay more than $73 a month for electricity. Larger homes will see their rates rise to a little more than $158 a month, and a typical small business will pay more than $292. PG&E says the rate hike is needed to cover a rise in the price of natural gas.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2008 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Supreme Court ordered federal regulators Thursday to revisit a decision upholding high-priced electricity contracts that California utilities and others signed amid the chaos and soaring prices of the state's 2000-01 energy crisis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2008 | David Zahniser
A key City Council committee voted Tuesday to restructure electrical rates at the Department of Water and Power so that families who live in higher-temperature neighborhoods pay less for power. On a 4-1 vote, the Energy and Environment Committee recommended that the council approve the plan, which would give a break to portions of the San Fernando Valley, the Eastside and South Los Angeles. Councilwoman Wendy Greuel voted against the plan, saying it relied on a study that was commissioned 14 years ago. "I want the DWP to provide me with the information, or the data, that indicates that they've had some review done since that study was issued in 1994," she said.
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